Police, officials keep visitors out of Pandavkada waterfalls
The number of revellers visiting Pandavkada waterfalls has dwindled noticeably in the past few days, thanks to presence of police and forest officials at the entry points.
In view of several untoward incidents in the previous years, the forest department had imposed a ban to the entry of the waterfall. In spite of that score of revellers from across Navi Mumbai and other peripheral area were going to there to enjoy a picnic.
“Since the safety measures for the revellers are not adequate at the waterfall, we imposed the ban to the entry as a preventive measure,” said Shivaji Thakare, range forest officer, Panvel.
“But, people were coming in large numbers to the waterfall specially during the weekends. To prevent this, we have deployed officials to stop people at entry points,” said Thakare.
The police officials deployed at the entry points along the main road were spotted stopping people on Thursday and Friday.
Thakare said, “The area of the waterfall is huge and there are several routes to reach the A policeman keeps watch on one of the entry points at Pandavkada waterfalls in Kharghar.
spot. Some people are still managing to reach the site even after this. However, we have left no stone unturned to keep area deserted for the safety of the people.”
Earlier in 2005, the forest department had imposed a ban on the waterfall after four students drowned. However, the ban was lifted later.
According to sources in the police department, as many as 12 students drowned in the waterfall in 2011; the number reduced to five in 2013.
A senior forest officer said, “We had to impose the ban at this popular tourist because the PWD did not take efforts to make the area safer for the revellers. We hope they will take the requisite steps just after the monsoon so that we can open it for public next year.”
A local court has sentenced a man to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and his mother to seven years in an abetment of suicide case.
District Judge Mridula Bhatia convicted Neeraj Mehta, 35, and his mother Sunita Mehta, 64, under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide) to 10 and seven years jail term respectively. The duo was also awarded three years rigorous imprisonment under IPC Section 498-A (domestic violence). Both the sentences will run concurrently. Neeraj was married to Neha in 2009 and had two children. He worked as area manager with a pizza outlet.
According to prosecution, the woman’s in-laws harassed and tortured her as a result of which she committed suicide on September 28, 2014, by hanging herself at their house in Nerul.
The judge noted, “The prosecutor has submitted that the death was admittedly unnatural and not accidental. The conduct of the accused throws grave suspicion. The accused did not immediately rush the deceased to the hospital nor did he call an ambulance.”
“The accused being educated, should have on his own rushed her to the hospital and should have not wasted time,” the judge observed.