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Maharashtra minister addresses children with revolver tucked under belt

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 30 Maret 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Maharashtra's water resource minister Girish Mahajan, who came in for criticism for attending a school function with revolver tucked in his waist, has said that it was business as usual for him and he was carrying the revolver for last 25 years.

"From last 25 years I keep a revolver," Girish Mahajan was quoted as saying by ANI. "I admit that revolver was visible. But never have I pointed a revolver, or gotten involved in violence of any kind in my life."

Earlier, the minister Girish Mahajan came in for criticism for attending a hearing and speech impaired children's event with his revolver tucked in his waist, which was very much visible to everyone.

The incident occurred in Jalgaon city on Saturday during an event held for distribution of educational material to the students.

The minister has a weapons licence. Leader of opposition in legislative council Dhananjay Munde said: "The minister should know what sort of example he is setting for the kids by brazenly displaying his weapon.''

(With inputs from agencies)

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Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan admits carrying gun to school

MUMBAI: Maharashtra's water resource minister Girish Mahajan, who came in for criticism for attending a school function with revolver tucked in his waist, has said that it was business as usual for him and he was carrying the revolver for last 25 years.

"From last 25 years I keep a revolver," Girish Mahajan was quoted as saying by ANI. "I admit that revolver was visible. But never have I pointed a revolver, or gotten involved in violence of any kind in my life."

The incident occurred in Jalgaon city on Saturday during an event held for distribution of educational material to the students.

Defending the minister, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that the licensed arms were meant for carrying though not allowed to be shown or used while in public.

"There was no intention to create any scare or threaten anyone. And there is absolutely nothing illegal in carrying a licensed arm," Fadnavis said while making a statement in the house after opposition created a ruckus and staged walkout in protest over the incident.

However, Fadnavis agreed with the speaker Haribhau Bagade's directives that no minister should openly use or expose it in the public while carrying. "We will issue proper directives accordingly so that ministers or public representative do not exposing their arms while in public," he said.

The minister has a weapons licence. Leader of opposition in legislative council Dhananjay Munde said: "The minister should know what sort of example he is setting for the kids by brazenly displaying his weapon.''

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Fire breaks out at fibre sheet godown in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi

BHIWANDI (Maharashtra): Fire broke out at a fibre sheet godown in Bhiwandi city in Maharashtra on Monday.

Fire tenders have reached the spot to douse the flames.

No casualties have been reported so far.

Further details are awaited.

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Maharashtra minister draws criticism for carrying gun to school

MUMBAI: Maharashtra water resources minister Girish Mahajan of BJP has come in for criticism for attending a hearing and speech impaired children's event with his revolver tucked in his waist, which was very much visible for everyone.

The incident occurred in Jalgaon city on Saturday during an event held for distribution of educational material to the students.

The minister has a weapons licence. Leader of opposition in legislative council Dhananjay Munde said: "The minister should know what sort of example he is setting for the kids by brazenly displaying his weapon.''

(With inputs from agencies)

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Maharashtra minister admits carrying gun to school, CM defends

MUMBAI: Maharashtra's water resource minister Girish Mahajan, who came in for criticism for attending a school function with revolver tucked in his waist, has said that it was business as usual for him and he was carrying the revolver for last 25 years.

"From last 25 years I keep a revolver," Girish Mahajan was quoted as saying by ANI. "I admit that revolver was visible. But never have I pointed a revolver, or gotten involved in violence of any kind in my life."

The incident occurred in Jalgaon city on Saturday during an event held for distribution of educational material to the students.

Defending the minister, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that the licensed arms were meant for carrying though not allowed to be shown or used while in public.

"There was no intention to create any scare or threaten anyone. And there is absolutely nothing illegal in carrying a licensed arm," Fadnavis said while making a statement in the house after opposition created a ruckus and staged walkout in protest over the incident.

However, Fadnavis agreed with the speaker Haribhau Bagade's directives that no minister should openly use or expose it in the public while carrying. "We will issue proper directives accordingly so that ministers or public representative do not expose their arms while in public," he said.

The minister has a weapons license. Leader of opposition in legislative council Dhananjay Munde said: "The minister should know what sort of example he is setting for the kids by brazenly displaying his weapon.''

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AAP crisis: Many Maharashtra leaders 'extremely upset', may quit

MUMBAI: A source close to Maharashtra AAP leader Mayank Gandhi said, "It has now become impossible for him (Mayank) to work for the party in current circumstances."

Indicating that AAP's internal crisis is far from over, many Maharashtra leaders are said to be "extremely upset" by the series of stings and controversies that have cast a shadow on the party's founding principles and reconsidering their continuation in the party.

Many leaders from Maharashtra feel that the "Dilli Gang" of AAP leaders "would cast more interference in our unit" after they removed dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from key posts at the March 28 National Council meet.

Expressing "disgust" over the party's line of action, senior Maharashtra leader Maruti Bhapkar on Monday threatened to quit. "Whatever happened in NC meeting was nothing short of murder of democracy. I am deeply hurt and giving a serious thought to quit the party. We will decide our future course of action tomorrow when our state committee meeting takes place," Bhapkar said before leaving Delhi on Monday.

"Maharashtra unit has already been scared of "Dilli Gang" of so-called AAP netas. Now current mudslingings in the party would cast more interference in our unit. We are at the crossroads as of now," said another senior leader from the state, who left Delhi today after taking part in NC meeting.

He said, "Right from the beginning, Delhi leaders never gave free hands to state units and (Arvind) Kejriwal's henchmen such as Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Manish Sisodia and Ashish Khetan commanded us at every juncture despite having least experience to deal with masses and volunteers." He, however, said he would like to wait and watch the developments but chances were very bleak to be with the party.

Mayank Gandhi, who spearheaded the Anna Andolan in the state, has already revolted against "dictatorial" attitude of Kejriwal, refused to comment on the issue. But a source close to him said, "It has now become impossible for him (Mayank) to work for the party in current circumstances."

A party insider said, "Apart from Preeti Sharma Menon, former spokesperson of AAP Maharashtra, who was seen taking signatures of the NC members in the meeting, no one else seems enthusiastic to be with the party functionary."

"Anjali Damania (who has already quit), Vijay Pandhare, Subhash Ware and a few other leaders holding posts in state and various district committees are extremely upset by the series of stings and controversies that have cast a shadow on the founding principles of the party," the party insider said.

A prominent AAP leader from Maharashtra, Medha Patkar, had quit the party hours after the NC meeting saying the fundamental principles on which the party was formed had been trampled upon amid the "tamasha" underway in Delhi.

Another senior leader, seeking anonymity, said, "Why did Kejriwal leave Anna Hazare? Just because he wanted to reform the nation by electoral politics. But we were left astonished when he straightforwardly denied fighting Maharashtra Assembly election in October 2014."

"If we are here not to fight the election, then what was wrong to be with Anna only," quipped the leader, adding that Kejriwal had miserably failed to read the aspirations of the volunteers outside Delhi.

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As others watch, boy flies in with help for thirsty bird

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 29 Maret 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: In this fast-paced city where people are always on the run, a touching sight unfolded in Kanjurmarg on a sweltering Saturday afternoon. A dehydrated pariah kite swooped down on the new railway footover bridge with a wild flutter, sending pedestrians scurrying for cover. It turned out that all that the pariah kite was scouting for was, not prey, but a blotch of shade and a few drops to quench its thirst.

Some people stood and stared at the kite which darted glances back at them. As the onlookers stood watching helplessly, standing towards the edge of the bridge, away from the "menacing" bird, it was a young lad, all of 10 years, who sensed the need of the mute creature.

The boy, Akash Yadav, hotfooted to fetch some water in a plastic cup, and then gingerly walked towards the seemingly fatigued bird.

As the child carefully approached the bird with the water, the pleased-looking kite hopped slowly towards the little boy before gratefully dunking its beak into the cup. As if on cue, the bystanders broke into a round of soft applause, some of them capturing the act of kindness on their cellphones.

Animal activist Sunish Subramanian, who is from the Plants & Animals Welfare Society, said it is advisable to keep water bowls in housing societies and balconies for such thirsty birds, especially during the summer.

Little Akash, when asked if he did not fear the big bird, the boy, who lives in a slum rehabilitation building in Kanjurmarg east and studies at a primary school, simply shrugged. Then, his face melting into a boyish smile, he said: "I love birds and animals. Today, I just did what I felt I should."

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Illegal hoardings case: 11 years on, Cong leader acquitted

MUMBAI: A metropolitan magistrate's court recently acquitted a Congress leader charged with illegally putting up cutouts 11 years ago. Bandra resident Ashok Jagtap, also known as Bhai Jagatp, was granted the relief after magistrate M B Patwari observed that there was no evidence to show his involvement in putting up the hoardings.

"It can be said that certain cutouts were raised opposite Eros Cinema in violation of the model of conduct in force at the relevant time due to Parliament elections. However, that will not be sufficient to hold the accused guilty for such violation," the magistrate said.

Jagtap was charged under section three of the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, Maharashtra, 1995. An FIR was registered at Azad Maidan police station on April 29 2004, by a senior inspector, licence, of BMC.

The inspector deposed that on March 1, 2004, he was assigned with the duty to give permission for erecting hoardings. He also deposed that due to elections, the model code of conduct was in force and erection of hoardings or advertisement boards was not permitted.

The court, however, said that the inspector had candidly admitted that he had not seen who had raised the cutouts and when. "His testimony does not suggest that cutouts were erected on the instance of the accused or as per his directions," the court observed.

The court also referred to a statement of another witness, an assistant commissioner of police.

"In the cross-examination he has admitted that he did not find any document to show that the accused gave instructions for raising the cutouts. He also admitted that he did not get direct evidence as to who had raised the cutouts," the magistrate said.

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Hunt for dad with posters, hope

MUMBAI: A telecom engineer, along with her two sisters, are going from station to station in Mumbai suburbs with a picture of their cancer-survivor father who had gone missing from Goa three months ago.

During inquiry, the sisters learnt that their father was seen in the city so they decided to take the help of good samaritans to trace him. The women said their father, Joseph Lopes (65), can't speak after the cancer operation. He stepped out of the vicinity alone after 10 years and the sisters suspect that he may be finding it difficult remembering his address.

When the family approached the Mumbai police for help, they were told that the police cannot help as Joseph went missing from Goa. "We don't know what to do and are trying everything. We know he cannot reach us, so we are trying hard to reach him with the help of people," said one of the sisters, Cinthiya.

Joseph was staying with his wife, a retired teacher, in Vasai. The couple have three daughters, all of whom are married. Joseph had been operated on for throat cancer. He went to Goa along with a group in December and went missing from a market.

The sisters started the search for him in Goa, where a bus driver told them he had seen their father boarding a Mumbai-bound bus. The driver told them it was difficult to understand Joseph but he understood from his distorted voice he wanted to go 'Vasai'.

The sisters started to inquire about Joseph in the city and Navi Mumbai. They also visited old-age homes.

After inquiring with people between Borivli and Virar, the family learnt that he had been spotted in the extended western suburbs. Since last month, they have been standing outside railway stations with a poster of Joseph. Their expectations rose when a woman told them that she had seen their father at Mira Road. But it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

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Compound wall collapse at Dahisar

MUMBAI: Two persons aged 45 and 10 years passed away when the compound wall of an under construction building at Dahisar, fell on a chawl situated near by today early morning.

The two injured were rushed to Shatabdi hospital where they were declared dead. The incident took place at 7.55 am today and the BMC disaster management officials are still at the spot. The under construction building is located on Western Express highway.

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