Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Mahatma Phule Po­lice sta­tion, Kalyan, on Wed­nes­day ar­rested four youths, in­clud­ing one mi­nor, for the mur­der of an auto rick­shaw driver.

“We have charged all four youths un­der IPC 302 (mur­der). We have ar­rested Ajay Bhoir, 28; Yo­gesh Daire,22; Ak­shay Mali,19; and one mi­nor boy, all of whom are Kalyan res­i­dents. They were pre­sented be­fore court. The court has re­manded the three adult youths in po­lice cus­tody till Jan­uary 19. The fourth youth is a mi­nor, so he has been sent to a re­mand home in Bhi­wandi,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Mahatma Phule Po­lice sta­tion.

The in­ci­dent took place on De­cem­ber 16, 2015. Auto rick­shaw driver Naresh Karnik was driv­ing his auto and car­ry­ing a pas­sen­ger to­wards Be­turkar Pada, Kalyan.

On his way, he found ahead of him four youth on one mo­tor­cy­cle.

Naresh honked mul­ti­ple times, so that they would let him over­take. But they did not let him do so.

Af­ter a few me­tres, Naresh man­aged to over­take the mo­tor­cy­cle. Then he ar­gu­ing with the four youths. Af­ter a hot ar­gu­ment, the youths got down from their bike and as­saulted the auto driver. Af­ter thrash­ing him up, they ran away.

The in­ci­dent took place at 11 pm, later Naresh was ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal. He was shifted to Sion hos­pi­tal. He was se­verely in­jured, and died dur­ing treat­ment on Jan­uary 10.

He added: “Based on the the bike’s num­ber plate we could trace their lo­ca­tion with the help of the RTO. We caught hold of one of the ac­cused first and ques­tioned him over a pe­riod of time fol­lowed by which he re­vealed lo­ca­tion of his as­so­ciates who joined him in com­mit­ting the crime”.

In the past one week, Navi Mum­bai and Pan­vel re­gional trans­port of­fices (RTO) have sus­pended around 150 driv­ing li­cences and col­lected around Rs10 lakh in fines.

Fol­low­ing the or­ders of a Supreme Court com­mit­tee and the state govern­ment, the RTOs and Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice have ini­ti­ated a crack­down on vi­o­la­tions of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act, 1988, in the city.

The drive is aimed at vi­o­la­tions of six com­mon of­fences which now lead to sus­pen­sion of the driver’s li­cence for a pe­riod of three months apart from a penalty.

The Navi Mum­bai RTO and traf­fic po­lice started a joint drive from Jan­uary 6 to 12. Ac­tion was taken against 192 mo­torists, in­clud­ing 74 who were car­ry­ing goods be­yond per­mis­si­ble limit.

Other cases in­clude fer­ry­ing pas­sen­gers il­le­gally, speak­ing on phone while driv­ing, not wear­ing seat­belt while driv­ing, not wear­ing hel­met and jump­ing traf­fic sig­nals, among oth­ers.

San­jay Dhaigude, deputy RTO, Navi Mum­bai, said , “The of­fences that now at­tract sus­pen­sion of li­cence for a pe­riod of

The anti-cor­rup­tion bureau (ACB) of Navi Mum­bai unit ar­rested a med­i­cal of­fi­cer of State Trans­port for al­legedly tak­ing Rs6,000 bribe from one of their em­ploy­ees on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the ACB of­fi­cials,

three months in­clude speed­ing, jump­ing a red light, over­load­ing of goods ve­hi­cle, car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers in goods ve­hi­cle, drink driv­ing and speak­ing on mo­bile phone while driv­ing.” the ac­cused Jash­want Tham­bre, 44, had de­manded the money to sign on the med­i­cal bill of the com­plainant. He was caught red-handed while ac­cept­ing the cash.

“Ac­cord­ing to their pro­to­col, when an em­ployee wants re­im­burse­ment of his or her med­i­cal ex­pen­di­tures, their

Driv­ing li­cences of 31 peo­ple were sus­pended and oth­ers were is­sued no­tices. The RTO has re­cov­ered Rs8,09,000 in penal­ties.

The traf­fic po­lice took ac­tion against 35 mo­torists. Of th­ese 20 med­i­cal of­fi­cer has to sign on the bill. The com­plaint had spent around Rs2 lakh for his treat­ment. When he ap­proached the ac­cused for get­ting the bill signed, Tham­bre asked for the amount from him,” said V Joshi, deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice of ACB.

“When the com­plaint came

mo­torists’ driv­ing li­cences were sus­pended.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) Arvind Salve, said, “We have formed two spe­cial squads of traf­fic po­lice that have been at­tached to Navi Mum­bai RTO as only RTO of­fi­cials have the right to sus­pend li­cences.”

Pan­vel RTO con­ducted a spe­cial drive from Jan­uary 7 to 9, wherein, it can­celled the li­censes of 84 mo­torists for var­i­ous vi­o­la­tions. It has re­cov­ered penal­ties of around Rs1 lakh.

In both the RTO ju­ris­dic­tions, the most num­ber of cases in­volved ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing goods be­yond per­mis­si­ble limit. The num­ber in Pan­vel was 39.

Apart from this, Navi Mum­bai po­lice traf­fic depart­ment started Road Safety Week on Sun­day.

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