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Mumbai – Custodial Death cases -15 years, just 19 cops charge-sheeted, none convicted

Shibu Thomas

More than 330 persons have died in police custody across Maharashtra in the 15 years since 1999, but not a single policeman has been convicted for the deaths so far. The state’s dismal record on custodial deaths has come back into sharp focus after the deaths of two young men in Mumbai in April this year.According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 1,418 custodial deaths took place in India between 1999 and 2013, and around 23% of these (or 333) were reported from Maharashtra. For the majority of the 15 years, the state topped the custodial death charts.

Reay Road resident Leonard Valdaris, whose son died in the Wadala railway police’s custody in April, submitted a petition through advocate Yug Chaudhry, where he contrasted the custodial death figures to the state’s crime rate. He pointed out that Maharashtra is ranked 19th in the crime rate chart, contributing 8.5% of the total cognizable crimes committed in India.

“Compared to the rest of the country, Maharashtra is rich, well developed, well educated, industrialized and quite law abiding. And yet, as per the records maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau, Maharashtra has had one of the highest number of custodial deaths in the country,“ the petition said.

The NCRB numbers reveal that Maharashtra is lax when it comes to investigating such crimes against its law-enforcers. Only four judicial inquiries and 59 magisterial inquiries were conducted and 43 FIRs registered against cops between 1999 and 2013. While chargesheets were filed against 19 policemen, there were zero convictions. This squares off poorly with the national figures, where 28 policemen were convicted for custodial deaths.

It is statistics like these that made a Bombay high court division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode ask the state government and the police: “Why are cases of custodial killings on the rise? Why assault a boy in his 20s in such a brutal manner? You have a right to arrest an accused. You have a right to prosecute him.
But you have no right to take the life of a person.“

In 1997 India signed the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, but failed to ratify it. A proposed law, Prevention of Torture Bill, is pending before the Parliament. The Supreme Court has laid down procedures to be followed during the arrest of a person, including his production before a magistrate within 24 hours of arrest. Legal experts however maintain that in many instances the accused is detained before he is formally shown as arrested, so that the police can get a confession out of him.

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Mumbai ranks No. 2 in crimes against children

75% Jump Sees It Overtake B’lore, Rape & Kidnap Cases Spurt

The state and the city have failed to protect its children, shows the NCRB report for 2013 released on Monday Maharashtra remained fourth among states for the .
number of crimes against children in 2013 while Mumbai climbed to second position in 2013 overtaking Bangalore with a 74.5% rise in the crimes.The only mildly bright spot in the report for the state is the small drop in foeticide cases (29%). There has been a spurt under every other head, even kidnapping -90.2% in the state and 96.5% in the city -and rape –68.6% in state and 56.7% in city (see box).

On May 14, 2013, 13-yearold Aditya Ranka, the son of a diamond merchant staying in Girgaum, was kidnapped by his cousin, Himanshu Ranka, 28, and his friend Brijesh Sanghvi, 25. The duo had incurred losses in IPL betting amounting to more than a million rupees wanted to demand a hefty ransom. But the plan went awry and they killed the boy.

Cases of rape of children keep coming up with a sick ening regularity, particularly in Mumbai’s slums. Police spokesperson DCP Mahesh Patil said they have in creased police patrolling, but cannot prevent rapes by persons known to minors.

Former chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Child Minaxi Jaiswal blamed the government. “The government is least bothered to take up the case of crimes against children. I have personally drafted several ideas to tackle crimes against children. But till date, the government hasn’t done anything,“ said Jaiswal.

A senior IPS officer said innocent children are easy targets. “The accused lure children by offering goodies and easily gain trust before committing the offence.
Take the example of Kurla’s Nehru Nagar rape and murder of minor girls that occurred in 2011. All the three minor victims were lured with chocolates by the accused before they were kidnapped, raped and killed,“ said the officer.

The officer added that the government has made it mandatory to lodge a complaint and begin probe immediately if a matter is related to minors.


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Of smart cities and (un)smart decisions – A tale of misplaced priorities

Friday, 27 June 2014 – 6:47pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
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It has been more than a month since the Modi-led BJP government swept to power at the Center, primarily riding on the anti-incumbency wave against the UPA, and on the promise of good days ahead (ache din aanewale hain).

Now, it is the (over-employed) mantra of “minimum government and maximum governance” that leads the policy-making discourse, advocating shrinking the top levels of government with “expansion at the grass-roots level”.  Having worked on Mumbai’s housing and urbanisation issues at the grassroot level, I’d like to highlight the misplaced priorities and the consequent policy contradictions in urban areas that have emerged in the new government’s short tenure until now. This article analyses our urban future given the current political climate in light of a few recent incidents in Mumbai. It is time for the State to rethink its priorities and goals for urban India.

The BJP Manifesto – Promises Galore 

The BJP’s election manifesto, like all party manifestos was full of loud claims for urban India. It clearly stated that “our cities should no longer remain a reflection of poverty and bottlenecks.” Contrary to the rural-centric policies until recently, BJP clearly views “urbanisation as an opportunity rather than a threat” and outlined an (albeit vague and contradictory) urban agenda to make cities “symbols of efficiency, speed and scale.” To achieve this, the manifesto makes many promises – it plans to prioritise low-cost housing and public transport, build 100 new cities, upgrade the existing 8,000 urban centres, use technology to improve urban services and also make development sustainable. The dream is powerful in rhetoric and imagination. But no one knows how these grand imaginations would pan out on the ground. If this very early tenure is to be analysed, it has frighteningly been heavily tilted towards intensive capital investment while the working poor and environment are at the margins of this envisaged development.

Low-Cost Housing and Public Transport  

On 27 May 2014, urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu, just hours into office, declared the intent of the new government by announcing “the need for the creation of 100 smart cities, to provide housing for all by 2020 and to reduce the interest rate on home loans”. To describe the concept of smart cities, he went on to add, “Our PM has a vision and we will give top priority to 100 smart new cities – smart, safe and better environment, better facilities better connectivity and better living condition for people. That is the concept we are finalising.” While the State was busy finalising ideas of smart cities and housing for all, more than 1400 (slum) homes were demolished in Ganpat Patil Nagar, located in north-west Mumbai. In the last month and a half, after the elections, we have seen more than three demolitions drives where more 1800 homes were demolished in different parts of Mumbai and at least 6,000 evicted.

The housing shortage in India, according to latest reports, is now pegged at 19 million, of which about 95% is for the lower income groups. Mumbai’s share in the grand total, according to unofficial numbers is around 2 million. i.e. 20 lakh houses! The much talked about and now idolised SRA (Slum Rehabilitation Authority) model, which in very simple terms allowed the private builder to monetise urban slum land by dispossessing the poor, has only added at best 2 lakh housing units over the past two decades of its implementation. The State’s retrenchment from housing provision has resulted in only a few thousands being added to Mumbai’s affordable housing stock. The bigger question is: Will this government succeed where the previous ones failed? Yes, it can. But not just with proposals to reduce interest rates on home loans and rope in builders or private companies, all of which are good initiatives, but might cater to only the higher incomes groups. Also, these incentives will surely fail unless they sync with the actual creation and delivery of affordable housing by the State to the lower income groups. Right now, we need to admit that urban housing policies have failed and the only way we can address the shortage is by working with people and their basic needs. The loud rhetoric of housing for all by 2020 must give way to pragmatism and programmes. Clearly, the 1800 homeless families will not add to Mumbai being any closer to a ‘smart city’ of the BJP or the ‘world class city’ imagined by the Congress government.

Less than a month after being elected, the government on 20 June, pushed through a steep rail fare hike ahead of the budget. This hike doubles the fare on suburban train travel in Mumbai after 25 June. However unsafe and crowded they might be, the local trains are the life-line of the city, and enable the financial capital of the country to function. The increase, as it was said, was to ease the subsidy burden on the railways, but the average Mumbaikar is enraged. The tariff hike does not promise to address any of the pressing issues they face – facilities like clean water and toilets, unsafe platforms and the lack of foot-over bridges etc. Fiasco ensued and parties and activists hit the streets to oppose the move which led to partial roll back of the fare hike.

The precarious situation of public transport in Mumbai is not new – over the years we have increasingly seen how the State has been more accommodative of projects that are money guzzling, encouraging only private vehicles and is detrimental to our city’s robust public transport. The recent tussle between the government and Reliance regarding the fares on the PPP-run metro are ominous signs for the future; of a government that encourages public-private partnerships in traditional state-run services. Projects like the coastal road (with a budget of Rs 10,000 crores) that are economically and ecologically unsustainable and benefit only a minuscule of Mumbai’s population are sanctioned, however un-smart the decision may be.

The Way Forward – To Re-envision our ‘Smart’ Cities as ‘Inclusive’ 

It is very clear that there is something fundamentally flawed in the urbanisation plan. Even though the BJP’s manifesto speaks of low-cost housing and public transport, the latest hints are emphatically in favour of urban infrastructure investments, green field developments, technology-oriented and wi-fi enabled, investor-friendly, 100 new ‘smart’ cities and upgraded old urban areas. However necessary these investments may seem, the big claims coupled with the investment-friendly jargon will only lead to further exclusion of the poor; their land – be it urban or in the urban peripheries. These will be monetized and appropriated, environmental laws diluted and ecological concerns sidelined, thus leading to hyper (unbridled) urbanisation – the China way. And we all know, that all Chinese models are not sustainable.

There is an urgent need to re-prioritise the policy and implementation directives. Considering the mammoth 20 million housing shortfall and the current 8000 unplanned, informal urban areas, the justification for re-thinking priorities cannot be dismissed. However, the way in which the new government re-thinks these priorities will have a far and lasting impact on India’s urban fabric. The new government needs to come out strongly and change the discourse on urbanisation by taking a stand on increasing state investment on the urban poor by providing security of tenure and livelihood. It is in recognising their contribution to the making and sustaining of our urban centres and making them partners in deciding urban futures that India will begin creating smart cities.

Aravind Unni has completed his B.Arch from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and M.S. Arch from University of California- Berkeley, and is currently working as a Planner with YUVA (Youth for Unitary and Voluntary Action) on various developmental issues in Mumbai

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Mumbai Custodial death: CBI books 10 police officials #torture

Shibu Thomas, Nitasha Natu & Vijay V Singh,TNN | Jun 28, 2014,

Custodial death: CBI books 10 police officials
Agnello Valdaris allegedly died when cops at Wadala railway police station mercilessly beat him up in their custody.
MUMBAI: The CBI has registered an FIR against 10 Wadala railway police officials and charged them with offences that could attract the capital punishment in a custodial death case, but arrests are not imminent.”We will make arrests only after a detailed inquiry and examining the collected evidence,” said a CBI officer. “All the accused are government servants so there is a rare possibility that they will attempt to escape.”

Following a Bombay high court order, the CBI filed the FIR on Wednesday night after recording the statements of complainant Leonard Valdaris, father of Agnello Valdaris who was killed on April 18 while in the custody of the Wadala GRP, and of the prime witnesses, including two persons and a minor who were arrested along with Agnello and claim to be witness to torture in custody.

The FIR has named 10 personnel of the Wadala GRP as perpetrators. They include the then in-charge of the Wadala GRP outpost, Jitendra Rathod, a woman officer, A M Pujari, and sub-inspector Tondse, head constable Mane and constables Kamble, Pathan, Mane, Suryavanshi, Ganya and Satish.

Leonard Valdaris, vivtim Agnello Valdaris’s father. (TOI photo by Shriram Vernekar)

Senior GRP officials said the tainted personnel have been shunted out of the force.

Among the charges applied against them by the CBI are murder, assault, unnatural sex, criminal intimidation, kidnapping, wrongful confinement and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. If convicted, the officials could be sentenced to life imprisonment or the death penalty.

A source said the CBI’s next step is likely to be to record the statements of the other officials at the Wadala GRP station. The Wadala GRP currently has a working strength of around 140 personnel.

Agnello’s family is relieved the CBI is probing the case. “We are expecting an impartial and professional probe,” said Leonard, who has largely fought a lone battle for justice.

The Bombay HC had ordered exhumation of Agnello’s body and the medical report could form part of the evidence. Two other documents are important — a fax sent by Leonard to the commissioner’s office could point to illegal detention, and a reply to an RTI application by Sion hospital that Agnello had complained to the doctors when he was brought for a medical check-up that he was assaulted by the police.

The most crucial piece of evidence that the family is demanding is the CCTV footage from Wadala and Reay Road stations. Since the police stations are on the station premises, advocate Yug Chaudhry, counsel for the Valdaris family, said it could reveal that Agnello and the three others were illegally detained by the police. The railways claims the footage has been destroyed, but the family is hoping the CBI will be able to retrieve it.

“The GRP has been harping on the point that they arrested Agnello on April 17. But the footage (at Wadala station) would have shown railway cops taking me, my younger son Reagan, and three of Agnello’s co-accused to their chowky for inquiries on the night of April 15,” Leonard told TOI.

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Mumbai – BARC scientist held on rape charges, faces suspension #Vaw #WTFnews


| Thane | June 23, 2014 12:19 am


The woman and her mother too visited the BARC campus to verify Sehgal’s employment status, said the police.

A scientific assistant at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Tarapur, has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman on the pretext of marriage. According to the complainant, accused Anirudh Sehgal (37), whom she had met through a matrimonial website, had sexual relations with her at his official residence in Tarapur since January 2014.

Sehgal, who stayed in the BARC Colony, Tarapur, had already been married since 2012, said Assistant Police Inspector Durgesh Shelar of the Tarapur police station, adding that his wife stayed in Kota, Rajasthan, to attend to his aged parents.  On the matrimonial site, Sehgal had registered himself as a bachelor, seeing which the woman (35) from Malad responded and he promised to marry her, said a police officer, adding that Sehgal also visited her residence and gained her mother’s confidence.
The woman and her mother too visited the BARC campus to verify Sehgal’s employment status, said the police.

With the woman’s mother giving nod to the match, Sehgal allegedly told the woman to visit him alone at him BARC Colony home. When the woman came to his residence, Sehgal insisted on sexual relations to which she agreed as they had already decided to get married, said the police.

However, the woman came to know that Sehgal was already married, said the police, adding that when she confronted, Sehgal threatened her that he would post their private moments on the internet if she broke up with him.

However, she complained to the police on Saturday and Sehgal was arrested under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code. He was produced before the Palghar court on Sunday and was remanded in police custody till June 27.


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Mumbai – Organ donations may breach 2013 mark #goodnews

,TNN | Jun 22, 2014, 11.45 PM IST

MUMBAI: After a dismal performance in 2013, cadaver donations in the city have shown a healthy rise this year. A total of 19 cadaver donations have already taken place in the first half of 2014 as compared to the 20 in the whole of last year.

The 19 donations have resulted in 33 kidney and 17 liver donations. And, the numbers are already catching up with the 34 kidney and 17 liver donations in 2013. City hospitals, however, have to strive harder to beat the record of 2012, when cadaver donations had touched a high of 26, resulting in 43 kidney and 18 liver donations. 2012 had also witnessed two lung donations in the city. There has been no lung donation in the city since then.

The Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) that distributes organs to member hospitals said awareness among citizens had a significant role to play. The latest organ donation at Lilavati Hospital last week underlined everything right about it and much more. When Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar, a member of National Commission for Women and former Mumbai mayor, lost her daughter Hemangi (18) to brain haemorrhage, she initiated the process of gathering knowledge about donating her organs. The mother of two communicated her decision through a doctor and initiated the process of harvesting Hemangi’s kidney and liver that gave two people the gift of life last Thursday. The collegian was born with one kidney. Her corneas too were donated to Lilavati Hospital, where she was admitted on June 6.

Nirmala said, “I learnt about organ donation during my stint with the civic and health departments. It is a tough decision for any mother, but a crucial one. We waited for her condition to improve, but after a point we had come to terms with her condition. We did not wait for any counselling as we had taken the decision already.” She was also willing to donate Hemangi’s heart. The significance of heart transplant took centre stage recently following a Bandra girl’s successful surgery in Chennai. “I was willing to fly her there. But, I was told, there are no recipients ready,” she said.

ZTCC president Gustad Daver said donor families deserve full credit for the healthy trend. “There is a growing awareness among people and also more hospitals are doing transplants. But more non-transplant hospitals need to start retrieving organs.” There are over 3,050 patients registered with the ZTCC for a kidney and 200 for a liver transplant.

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Mumbai schools refuse to admit RTE applicants #WTFnews

By Shreya Bhandary |mid-day

On the first day of school, some applicants who were allotted seats under the RTE quota were seen outside the BMC’s education office, claiming the allotted schools have denied them admission


The new academic year started on Monday, and most kids were seen flocking to their schools, however, some kids were with their parents at the BMC’s education office in Dadar (East) to complain against schools that have refused to confirm their admission.

Some parents of RTE applicants claim that schools are not allowing the admission of their students, claiming they have not received any information. Pic for representation
Some parents of RTE applicants claim that schools are not allowing the admission of their students, claiming they have not received any information. Pic for representation

While the education department insists that every student who had applied for schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act’s 25 per cent reservation quota has been allotted seats, some parents claim otherwise. Pallavi Jha (name changed) was happy when her son was given a seat in Queens Mary High School in Malad.

However, she claims that the school has denied his admission. “I have been running from pillar to post to get my son admitted, but there is very little help coming from the school or the BMC authorities. I hope that my son doesn’t lose a year,” she said.

Similar was the case with Rana Sonaran, who was waiting outside the education office with his grandson, who has been denied admission by Pawar Public School in Bhandup. “We were allotted seats through the online process, and now the schools are denying the admission.

Officials at BMC have asked me to submit the documents at the school again, but there is no concrete help coming from anyone,” he said, adding, that they will now ask the school to provide in writing why they have denied admission to his grandson.

The forum of Fairness in Education has also received a complaint from a parent, stating that the authorities of Cumballa Hill High School have refused to confirm his son’s admission to Junior KG. “I have been told that the entry level class for their school is Std I and therefore my son is not eligible for a seat in Junior KG.

I explained to them that he was allotted a seat through the RTE process, but they refuse to budge,” explained the father. Moreover, the father claims that the officials not only denied his son’s admission, but also demoralised him for trying to get his son admitted through free seats.


The other side
Speaking to mid-day, the school headmistress of Cumballa Hill High School, Joshna Duarte, said that she did not demoralise the parent, “We only explained to them that our school’s entry level is from Std I and kindergarten is not handled by the school management.” She added that if the parent decides to come back, they would consider the child’s admission to kindergarten since only one student was allotted a seat in their school via the RTE process.

BMC speak
BMC education officer Shambhavi Jogi stated that unless parents have not provided the requisite documents, no school could deny them an admission. “If a school denies admission without a valid reason, we will take strict action; they will face trouble in the next year’s admission,” she stated, adding that every school, on humanitarian grounds, school accept admission of children under the RTE quota.

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Sex racket busted in flat owned by MP and ex-cop Satyapal Singh #WTFMews  New Delhi, June 2, 2014 | UPDATED 15:22 IST

Baghpat MP and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh has landed in trouble after Mumbai Police conducted a raid at a flat owned by him and busted a prostitution racket.

The social service branch of Mumbai Police raided the flat, located in Versova, Andheri, and arrested the caretaker and two women.

That’s when the raiding police found out that it belonged to their ex-boss. Singh told a daily that he had let the apartment to a leading business house.

The business house, IndiaBulls, claimed the services of the house had been terminated, and that the company wasn’t at fault but the caretaker on location was to be blamed.

It’s not yet clear if the caretaker continues to be an employee of the company or not.


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They beat me till I fell unconscious… When I woke up, it began all over again #Torture


By Yogesh Sadhwani, Mumbai Mirror | May 21, 2014, 12.28 AM IST
They beat me till I fell unconscious... When I woke up, it began all over again
Leonard Valdaris, whose son Agnelo (inset) died in police custody, and Agnelo’s friends who were sexually abused by cops
Friends of custodial death victim, picked up for minor theft, reveal horrific torture in the custody of Wadala railway police

The Government Railway Police has initiated a departmental enquiry against 12 policemen following a complaint of sexual abuse and torture by three robbery suspects, including a minor.

The three were detained by the Wadala railway police on April 15 along with Agnelo Valdaris, 25, who died in custody three days later. While the police said Valdaris was run over by a train while trying to escape, his father alleged the cops murdered him in cold blood. The state CID is investigating that case of custodial death.

The police detained the four friends to get information about a gold chain worth around Rs 60,000 they had allegedly stolen from a senior citizen. They were picked up within minutes of each other from their Reay Road homes on April 15.

In their May 12 complaint about the torture, the three have also levelled detailed accusations of how Valdaris was tortured in front of them. They have demanded the policemen be booked for murder, sexual abuse, kidnapping, assault and tampering of evidence, among other charges. The 12 policemen are of the ranks of constables up to senior inspector, including a woman officer.

One of the complaints was identified as Sufiyan Khan, 23.

Valdaris, whose father is a clerk in the port trust, and Sufiyan, son of a mechanic, worked as drivers with transporter companies. The minor is class 8 dropout. The fourth youngster is unemployed.

Mirror is withholding the names of the other two – both alleged victims of sexual abuse. This correspondent spoke in person to the three complainants. Mirror is in possession of a copy of their complaint.

“(Constables Ravi) Mane and Kamble stripped me naked and put me on a table,” one of them has said in his complaint. “Mane assaulted me with a belt and Kamble with a baton. They hit me so hard I fell unconscious. They poured water on me. After I regained my senses, the torture started again. This time I was forced to perform oral sex on Agnelo and the minor. When I refused, I was threatened with more beatings. Left with no option, I did as asked. They later hanged me naked upside down and assaulted me again with belts and batons.”

This complaint said an officer who was identified only as Ganya tried inserting a stick in his anus. He said the police threatened to pour petrol into his anus as the stick was too thick. The complaint also lends credence to the allegations that Valdaris was tortured to death by giving details of how he was also tortured in asimilar manner.

“When Agenelo complained of chest pain and fainted, the police did not provide him any medical attention,” said the complaint. “They then took us to the court two days later. They threatened us not to tell the magistrate anything about the torture. They did not bring Agnelo with us as he was badly injured. In these two days, we were forced to eat the leftovers from the policemen’s meals.”

According to the complaint, the police on April 18 sent the minor to a juvenile home and remanded the other two were remanded in custody. That was when the police told them Valdaris had died while trying to escape.

“That is just not possible,” the complaint said. “We saw how badly Agnelo was beaten. There was no way he could run with his injuries. The police are trying to cover up their torture using the false claim that Agnelo tried to escape.”

The three were let off on bail on April 22. After the GRP commissioner ordered an enquiry based on the complaint, the three were, to their horror, asked to visit the same police station where they were allegedly tortured and collect their summons.

“When I had gone to collect the summons, constable Ravi Mane threatened to frame me in more criminal cases if I pursued the case,” said one of the three youngsters. “He said that the police will hound me forever.”

GRP Commissioner Prabhat Kumar told Mirror, “CID is investigating the custodial death case. We have asked a DCP to probe the departmental lapses. But she can’t reach any conclusion as the CID is seized with the investigation.”

Advocate Yug Mohit Chaudhry, who is representing the trio, said Maharashtra has witnessed the highest number of custodial deaths in recent years as policemen are seldom brought to justice. He advocated the installation of CCTV cameras in all rooms of police stations and stringent punishment for errant policemen as a solution.

“These victims of police brutality are now being threatened to take back their complaint,” said Chaudhry.

“This is nothing but tampering of evidence. They are able to go on unabated because no action has been initiated against them so far. This is the worst case I have come across so far. It is not only about murder but also about deviant sexual abuse and ruthless torture of the accused.”

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4 Mumbai Lok Sabha seats may see re-election

MUMBAI: There might be a re-election in four of the six Lok Sabha constituencies in the city within a year if the victorious candidates are convicted in the criminal cases against them, said the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) in its analysis of financial and criminal records of the winners.The ADR said there were serious criminal charges against Arvind Sawant from Mumbai South, Rahul Shewale from Mumbai South-Central, Kirit Somaiya from Mumbai North-East and Gopal Shetty from Mumbai North. They could not be reached for comment on Saturday.”After ordering disqualification of MPs and MLAs immediately after conviction for heinous offences, the Supreme Court on March 10, 2014, took a second big step towards cleansing the political process by directing that trial proceedings in cases of corruption and serious crimes against elected representatives must be completed in a year,” Sharad Kumar, member, ADR, said.

Sawant is accused of criminal intimidation. Shewale is accused of voluntarily hurting a public servant to deter him from carrying out his duty; he is also accused of dishonestly receiving stolen property. Somaiya faces three charges, one of voluntarily hurting a public servant and two of house trespass with prior preparation for assault. Shetty is accused of voluntarily hurting a public servant, criminal intimidation, and cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.

Shewale’s wealth grew 6,980.80% in two years after the BMC election in 2012. He was standing committee chairman for four terms.

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