RTO to con­duct Marathi test for auto per­mits from Mon­day

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Navi Mum­bai RTO will con­duct oral Marathi test and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments from Mon­day as part of the process to is­sue au­torick­shaw per­mits.

The process is be­ing con­ducted for those whose names have been short­listed through a draw of lots. The test will be con­ducted in front of as­sis­tant re­gional trans­port of­fi­cer and jour­nal­ists.

The ver­i­fi­ca­tion and test will be con­ducted from 10am will be held at RTO test­ing ground in the APMC mar­ket area.

New au­torick­shaw per­mits are go­ing to be is­sued in MMR re­gions of Mum­bai and Thane ar­eas. There is a 5% reser­va­tion for women in the per­mits. How­ever, with very lit­tle re­sponse from them, there are fears that over 1,000 much sought af­ter per­mits go waste.

Au­torick­shaw per­mits were last is­sued in 2014 in MMR area through draws.

This time, too, a sim­i­lar process was un­der­taken. A to­tal of 35,288 per­mits are go­ing to be is­sued. 1764 per­mits have to be dis­trib­uted to women, how­ever, just around 400 ap­pli­ca­tions are from women.

Deputy re­gional trans­port of­fi­cer San­jay Dhaigude, “In 2014, a to­tal of 2,087 au­torick­shaw per­mits had been is­sued in Navi Mum­bai. In 2016, 1,943 auto per­mits are to be is­sued. Only 63 women have ap­plied for the per­mits while 104 can ap­ply.”

Dhaigude said, “This year, RTO depart­ment will con­duct Marathi lan­guage test and the panel in­cludes six me­dia per­son­nel. As per the high court or­ders, the en­tire process will be videographed and only au­tho­rised per­son­nel will be al­lowed en­try in the des­ig­nated area.”

He added, “Ap­pli­cants should Par­tic­i­pants of Miss Navi Mum­bai Beauty Con­test at Vish­nudas Bhave Au­di­to­rium at Vashi on Fri­day night. Out of 350 ap­pli­cants, 14 con­tes­tants were fi­nalised. The event was jointly or­gan­ised by the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and U&I En­ter­tain­ment. be present with their en­tire set of doc­u­ments. They should not con­tact any agents or or­gan­i­sa­tions for help. Pref­er­ence will be given to women, but they should come on the days al­lot­ted to them. Their tests will not be con­ducted on other days.”

Dhaigude said, “Only those who have knowl­edge of Marathi will fi­nally be given per­mit.”

The ver­i­fi­ca­tions and is­sue of in­tent let­ters will be done till March 5.

A lo­cal court has ac­quit­ted a 24-year-old man in a 2014 mur­der case giv­ing him the ben­e­fit of doubt.

District prin­ci­pal judge SK Kot­wal in his judg­ment, pro­nounced re­cently, ob­served that the pros­e­cu­tion failed to prove the case un­der IPC sec­tion 302 ( mur­der) be­yond rea­son­able doubt, and hence, gave the ben­e­fit of doubt to ac­cused Mo­ham­mad Jiyaullah alias An­sari.

Jiyaullah, who worked at a tex­tile fac­tory in Bhi­wandi, was ac­cused of killing his col­league Rehman An­sari, aged 25 at the time of in­ci­dent, on Septem­ber 1, 2014.

Pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor San­gita Phad, in her sub­mis­sion, told the court that ac­cused and the vic­tim knew each other well.

On the night of the in­ci­dent, the ac­cused called up Rehman and took him to a place in Hanu­man Tekdi and forced him to have a drink. He was found dead the next day in Koni vil­lage in Bhi­wandi.

The pros­e­cu­tion also said that the vic­tim spoke to his brother over phone on the day of in­ci­dent. The Nizam­pura po­lice sta­tion lodged a case of mur­der in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent against uniden­ti­fied per­son.

De­fence coun­sel PS Mahimkar con­tested the case and said the pros­e­cu­tion had failed to prove the mo­tive be­hind the killing.

The court con­cluded that the ac­cused be given the ben­e­fit of doubt and ac­quit­ted him of all the charges lev­elled against him.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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