NMMC ask cops to take action against errant volunteers
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has asked the police department to book volunteers who take money from devotees coming to immerse Ganesh idols in the ponds.
The order could lead to trouble on Thursday, the final day of immersion.
On Saturday, municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe visited the immersion pond at sector 6 in Vashi.
After he warned volunteers against asking for donations, the angry volunteers struck work and refused to immerse the idols. Vashi senior police inspector Ajaykumar Landge pacified the volunteers and they resumed the immersion.
Mundhe has reportedly ordered that banners be put up at the ponds to create awareness on the issue.
They will appeal to devotees not to pay any money to volunteers and also ask them not to ask for money.
Civic sources said that apart from Rs427 paid by NMMC to every volunteer daily, they are also given food.
For years there have been complaints by devotees that they have to pay exorbitant amounts to have their Ganpati idols immersed at several ponds in the city, with the maximum complaints coming from Vashi pond.
Additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan said, “We have told the police department that if anyone is found taking money from the devotees, they should register police case against them.”
He added, “We have made alternative arrangements in case there is any problem. We have asked for the police mitr in the city to be deployed for the immersions.”
Mundhe had said that if volunteers take money from the devotees, criminal case will be filed against them.
A local court has sentenced a staffer of a private school to one day in jail after he was found guilty in a 2010 case pertaining to SC/ST Atrocities Act.
District and special Judge VV Bambarde recently sentenced Lalchandra Chaube, 28, to one day in jail, though he was later asked only to remain present in the courtroom till evening. A fine of Rs5,000 was also imposed on him.
According to prosecution, the accused worked as a clerk at Pandurang Vidyalala in Kalwa.
The incident took place on June 23, 2010. While salary was being distributed by Chaube, some teachers enquired about their pending salaries, to which he chided and hurled abuses at them and made derogatory remarks on their caste.
A case was lodged against him under relevant sections of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by one of the teachers belonging to SC/ST community.
Defence counsel GB Chavan in his submission told the court that there was a delay in lodging the complaint with the police.
The judge, while deciding to award lesser quantum of punishment, observed that though there was a delay on part of the complainant due to reasons like fear of losing job, the accused has promised to maintain cordial relations with the teacher in the school and also has family liabilities.
“Since, the accused is related to management and his advocate submitted that cordial relations will be maintained in the school, I find that lesser punishment than six months shall be imposed for harmony and peace in the institution,” the court observed.