India Maharashtra Politics 

BJP wins big in phase 1 of Maharashtra gram panchayat polls

The Bharaiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday won around 50 per cent of the gram panchayats across Vidarbha, Marathwada, north Maharashtra and western Maharashtra. Results of 2,974 panchayats were declared on Monday. While the BJP won 1,457 rural bodies, the Shiv Sena won 222, the Congress got 301 and the NCP won 194. The remaining sarpanch posts went to Independents and other outfits. Elections for 3,131 gram panchayats across 16 districts were held on October 7 and 79 per cent votes were polled. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said: “People have shown…

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Elphinstone India Maharashtra Mumbai 

Here is the actual reason that caused the Elphinstone Railway Station stampede

The probe by the Mumbai Police into the Elphinstone Railway Station stampede, that killed 23 and left several others injured on September 29, is almost complete and has found two major reasons behind the incident, one of them being heavy rains and the second being, increasing crowd. According to a senior official, the witnesses claimed that a flower seller’s cry, ‘phool gir gaya’ (flowers have fallen) mistakenly construed as ‘pul gir gaya’ (bridge has fallen), acted as the fuel to the fire. The probe has ruled out dereliction of duty on…

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India Maharashtra Politics 

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane launches new party

Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane on Sunday ended months of speculation about his next political move by launching his own political party — Maharashtra Swabhimani Paksha. The senior leader, who quit the Congress last month, however, kept some cards about his future close to his chest. He did not directly answer if he was joining the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and gain entry into the state cabinet, where BJP is in a coalition government with Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena. He earlier accused the Congress of reneging on the promise…

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India Maharashtra Politics Social 

Mumbai Stampede: Railways Minister Gives One-Week Deadline To Officials, Congress Slam ModiSarkar

In the wake of Friday’s stampede at Elphinstone Road station, which left 22 people dead and 37 injured, Union railway minister PiyushGoyal ordered the western and central railway to conduct an audit of all suburban railway stations within seven days. The minister also ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident, which will be headed by the chief safety officer of the WR. Goyal will meet senior officers of the railway board, team of Research Design Standard Organization (RDSO) and WR officers to discuss the incident at Churchgate on Saturday. Goyal…

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India Maharashtra Mumbai 

Mumbai Stampede: Death Toll Rises To 22, Over 30 People Seriously Injured

At least twenty seven people have been killed in a stampede at Elphinstone railway station’s foot-over bridge in Mumbai that took place on Friday morning. Over 30 people have been injured in the incident. Medical teams have reached the spot. Those injured have been rushed to KEM hospital. Commuters claim that the foot-over bridge at Elphinstone was narrow and is always crowded during the peak hours. In videos emerging from the incident, people can be seen trying to climb over the railings of the stairway to escape the stampede. KEM…

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India Maharashtra Pakistan Terrorism 

Iqbal Kaskar Admits Dawood Called Him From Pakistan

Iqbal Kaskar, currently in police custody in Maharashtra, has told police officers that he spoke with his gangster brother Dawood Ibrahim four times in the recent past. Kaskar, who was arrested by Thane Police in an extortion case, is learnt to have told cops that he spoke to Dawood over phone and that he made the calls using burner phones and SIM boxes. SIM boxes are used to route voice over internet protocol calls in a manner that can confuse security and intelligence agencies as to who is making phone…

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Corruption India Maharashtra 

CBI Arrests Mumbai IT deputy commissioner In Alleged 3 Crore Bribery Case

It will certainly go down to the history of Indian corruption. This could emerge as the biggest case of “direct bribe demand” which has been busted by the CBI. The central intelligence agency on Friday shocked the nation by arresting a deputy commissioner of Income Tax with in Mumbai for allegedly demanding a Rs 3 crore bribe from the complainant. As per the CBI’s primary investigation, Jaipal Swamy, working with the central range of Mumbai, was busted red-handed at his South Mumbai office by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officers of…

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Crime India Maharashtra Terrorism 

Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar arrested for extortion in Mumbai

The Anti-extortion Cell, Thane arrested Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar on Monday afternoon. A Thane-based businessman earlier lodged an FIR claiming he had been getting extortion calls from Kaskar for the last seven days and the Anti-Extortion Cell were swift in action. “Iqbal was brought for questioning in connection with an extortion case. After investigation, he was found to be involved in the case and arrested,” an official said. The arrest was made by controversial Senior PI Pradeep Sharma. Sharma, who had been suspended in connection with the killing of…

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