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STAY CONNECTED Launched on Republic Day, Twitter handle of city police gets 51 followers in 24 hours
The Panvel city police have recovered 17 stolen two-wheelers after they arrested one thief on Tuesday.
Acting on a tip- off, a police team arrested Sachinsingh Madansingh Pardeshi, 35, from Sindhudurg.
He was wanted for several theft and cheating cases registered with different police stations in the past seven years.
“We had been searching for him for the past three days and finally managed to arrest him at a rural area in Sindhudurg. He used to steal vehicles from the areas such as Panvel railway station and bus depots,” said Sunil Bajare, senior police inspector from Panvel city police station.
“During interrogation, he told us about the places where he had hid the stolen vehicles. We recovered them. He was planning to sell them in some remote areas. We are probing to find out if more people were involved,” he added.
According to Navi Mumbai crime branch, as many as 594 vehicles were stolen from the satellite city last year. The police managed to recover only 142 of them, which is a mere 24% of the total vehicles stolen.
The police suspect a gang of seven to 15 people has stolen a car. Almost all the vehicles recovered last year were found either in the remote areas of Maharashtra or in the neighbouring states. At times, the stolen vehicles are also found to be used by the culprits in criminal activities such as chain snatching and robberies.
“Several gangs of car thieves from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Bihar are active in the city. They steal cars from the city and sell them in the rural areas of those states by changing the number plates. They mostly target SUVs as condition of the roads is not that good in the rural areas,” said a police officer.
Almost a month after Mumbai police launched their Twitter handle, their Navi Mumbai counterparts followed suit.
In an effort to ensure better policing, the Navi Mumbai police launched their twitter account on Republic Day and got 51 followers in the first 24 hours. Residents can now reach out to the cops at their twitter handle: @ N_ MumbaiPolice.
“Now, it will be convenient for residents to stay in our touch and vice versa through it,” said Prabhat Ranjan, Navi Mumbai police commissioner.
Dilip Sawant, deputy commissioner of police ( crime) said: “Residents can now tweet us the problems they have been facing in their areas. We will instruct officers to look into them. They can also give us suggestions for good policing and share their feedback.”
Sawant said this would also serve as a good platform to educate the masses. “If we get to know about any rumour doing the rounds in the city, we can instantly clarify it on Twitter. Similarly, many people don’t know whom to approach for a specific issue. We can also guide them through it,” he added.
However, unlike Mumbai police, the Navi Mumbai police have decided not to register first information reports (FIR) based on complaints received on Twitter. “We will not register FIRs based on Twitter complaints. For that, complainants will have follow the old method,” he added.
The police are expecting more f ollowers i n a week. “People sti l l do not know about it. However, we expect thousands of followers after a week,” said another senior police officer.
“These days, almost every resident uses a smartphone. So for them, Twitter will be the best way to convey a message to us. A dedicated team led by a senior inspector from the social media laboratory will handle the Twitter account,” he added.
The Mumbai police launched two Twitter accounts in the last week of December and it has been a huge success. They had 29,300 followers in the first 24 hours.
Twenty- two Shiv Sena workers and leaders, including state minister Eknath Shinde and Thane mayor Sanjay More, were on Wednesday acquitted by a local court in an attempt to murder and armed rioting case of 2005.
In 2005, when the then Shiv Sena leader and corporator Ravindra Phatak quit saffron party and j oined Congress along with senior leader Narayan Rane, the accused had allegedly attacked the Shiv Sena branch office in Wagle Estate and ransacked it.
Phatak had registered a complaint against the Sena workers and leaders in this regard and the accused were being tried in the court since then.
However, three years ago, Phatak returned to the Sena and was re- elected as its cor- porator, following which, he deposed in the court that he had no complaint against the accused.
Rajan Salunke, counsel for the accused, on Wednesday prayed that since the complainant himself has stated that he had no complaint against the accused, they should be discharged.
Accordingly, additional sessions Judge H M Patwardhan acquitted all the accused of all the charges.