Nine-month-old girl beaten in day­care cen­tre at Kharghar 26/11 trib­ute: Team of 6 to at­tempt 1,000km swim in Ara­bian Sea State govt wants its Cuffe Pa­rade land back from WTC for vi­o­la­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com Jayprakash S Naidu jayprakash.naidu@hin­dus­tan­times.com Faisal Ma­lik faisal.ma­lik@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A nine-month-old girl was al­legedly as­saulted by the owner of a day­care cen­tre at Kharghar and a help who worked then. The baby suf­fered se­vere head in­juries, ac­cord­ing to med­i­cal re­ports. CCTV footage shows the help throw­ing the baby around. The mother of the baby dropped her at the playschool and nurs­ery around 8.30am be­fore she left for work on Monday. Both the ac­cused were ar­rested.

As a mark of sol­i­dar­ity to all In­dian mar­tyrs, in­clud­ing those of the Mum­bai ter­ror at­tacks, a team of six In­di­ans, in­clud­ing a 16-year-old boy, will em­bark on an in­spir­ing ex­pe­di­tion.

On the eighth an­niver­sary of the 2008 Mum­bai ter­ror at­tacks, the team, called Sea Hawks, will at­tempt the long­est open-wa­ter re­lay swim and set a new world record.

They will swim for 14 days and nights in the open sea along the In­dian coast from the Gate­way of In­dia to Man­ga­lore, for more than 1,000km. Ac­cord­ing to the Guin­ness Book of World Records, the long­est open wa­ter re­lay swim, un­der­taken by 200 swim­mers in 2009, spanned 684.75km.

The Sea Hawks team com­prises In­dian Air Force (IAF) wing com­man­der Paramvir Singh, 41, Sgt. (retd) G Nara­hari, 41, Air War­rior (IAF) Vicky Tokas, 26, Mum­bai Po­lice’s as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor Srikant Pa­lande, 33, Maharashtra (From left) Manav Me­hta, a stu­dent, Maharashtra state swim­ming team’s coach Rahul Chiplunkar, IAF wing com­man­der Paramvir Singh and Sgt. (retd) G Nara­hari. state swim­ming team’s coach Rahul Chiplunkar, 30, and a stu­dent Manav Me­hta, 16, who has been swim­ming in open wa­ters from the age of seven.

The state gov­ern­ment has de­cided to take back its prime plot in Cuffe Pa­rade on which the World Trade Cen­tre (WTC) stands.

The state has cited vi­o­la­tion of agree­ment clauses, fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and rev­enue loss, apart from il­le­gal con­struc­tions as its rea­sons for the de­ci­sion.

The gov­ern­ment also con­cluded that sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken by lease holder — M Visves­varaya In­dus­trial Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (MVIRDC) — on the premises were il­le­gal be­cause no gov­ern­ment sanc­tion was taken.

Mum­bai city col­lec­tor Ash­wini Joshi is­sued the or­der to take back the en­tire plot from MVIRDC.

The 42,025-sqm plot was given on lease for 99 years to the MVIRDC where the WTC was con­structed in 1970.

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