Residents blink headlights at plaza to protest paying toll
In order to protest against toll imposed at various entry and exit points of the city, Thane commuters have decided to flash the headlights of their vehicles at all toll plazas from Friday.
Over two lakh people, including residents, NGOs and officegoers have joined hands to oppose the tax and have also taken to social media to spread the word. Sources said more than 500 vehicles blinked their headlights at toll plazas on Friday.
They are demanding that the toll plazas be closed before the upcoming civic polls.
The movement is supported by over 50 housing societies, Indian Medical Association, the Thane Citizens Foundation, Rotary and Lions club, industrial organisations from Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli and Navi Mumbai. Over 50,000 members of Hiranandani Estate Resident Welfare Association are also participating in the protest.
Kasber Augustine, convener of Thane Citizens’ Foundation, said, “Most residents commute to Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai daily. They will have to pay toll at the entry and exit points of all these cities.”
She added, “We demand that toll be abolished. We are creating awareness through Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. We have over two lakh people supporting this movement.”
During the poll campaign, the BJP had assured that tolls at various places across the states would no longer be levied. Augustine said, “The housing societies will put up posters. We have also distributed over 20,000 stickers to motorists, appealing them to join the movement.”
A 36-year-old woman from Bhiwandi, who was found guilty of possessing counterfeit Indian currency notes, has been sentenced to four-year rigorous imprisonment by a district court.
Thane District Judge A S Bhaisrae awarded the sentence to Shehnajbano Kamruddin Khan, a resident of Gaibinagar, recently. The court, however, acquitted another accused Mohammad Islam Anwar Hussain Ansari, 25, for want of evidence against him giving him the benefit of doubt.
The judge also slapped a fine of Rs1,000 on Shehnajbano, besides awarding an additional three-month sentence after she was found guilty for offences punishable under sections 489 (B) and 489 (C) of the IPC.
The prosecution told the court that that she went to the branch of Bombay Mercantile Bank on October 15, 2013, to deposit Rs50,000 comprising notes of Rs100 and Rs500 denomination.
The cashier on the counter suspected them to be fake and sought the assistance of his manager for a check. It was found that all the 54 notes that she had were fake. The matter was reported to Kumbharwada police who arrested the woman, the court was told.
The accused told the court that she was illiterate and had given the money for depositing in the bank and after an hour the police arrested her.
The fake notes were sent to the currency press at Nashik which in its report confirmed that these were counterfeits.
The judge, in his order, noted that the accused had accounts with different banks and hence it can be concluded that she was having banking knowledge.
“There is no material on record to show that at any point of time, prior to this incident, the accused had deposited such a huge amount in bank. She might have mixed the counterfeit notes in genuine notes and had tried to deposit the same in the bank. Therefore, it can safely be said that she was having knowledge that those 54 notes of Rs500/ Rs100 were fake. The series of notes and note numbers were also found to be different. Therefore, it can be inferred that the accused had intention to pass off the fake notes as genuine,” the order said.
Using counterfeit notes in the market, rather in the present case, in the bank, is nothing but to disturb the economy of the nation, the judge said.
The accused is not entitled for any leniency. She is not entitled to benefit of Probation of Offender’s Act, under the Bombay Probation of Offender’s Act, 1958, the order said.