NMMC ask cops to take ac­tion against er­rant vol­un­teers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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