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Bajrang Dal activists prevent NMC officials from demolishing Hanuman Temple

Bajrang Dal activists blocked traffic near Shewalkar Garden, Mate Square today, as Nagpur Municipal Corporation tried to demolish a small Hanuman Temple following a High Court order to demolish structures on footpaths. The activists also shouted Jai Shree Ram, anti-NMC and anti-government slogans as they demanded answers from Suvarna Dakhane (Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Laxmi Nagar Zone) and ACP Keshav Shengale (Sonegaon Police Station). The activists then gathered together and sung the Hanuman Chalisa.

Speaking exclusively to Nation Next, Raju Shukla, Gau Raksha Pramukh, Nagpur Bajrang Dal, who led the morcha of activists, said, “I got to know in the evening that NMC had demolished two temples in the area and was trying to demolish a Hanuman temple. When I reached the spot, there were many people around but nobody was brave enough to stop the demolition. The fact that a Hanuman Temple was being demolished and that to on a Tuesday, agitated me. I immediately informed my Bajrang Dal colleagues and they reached the spot. We then stopped the demolition of the Hanuman Temple.” Expressing his resentment against the ruling party, Shukla added, “It is unfortunate that temples in Nagpur are being demolished by NMC since the last two years in spite of BJP being in power at the centre, state and the city. We don’t want a government like this, which makes us feel that we live in Pakistan. If anybody tries to demolish any temple in the city again, we will stage a massive protest.” Shukla also claimed that when two years back when he spoke to an NMC official, he was assured that no temple will be demolished in Nagpur. And if it comes to demolishing structures on footpaths, the Meetha Neem Dargah situated 100 meters away from NMC will be demolished first.

When Nation Next spoke to ACP Keshav Shengale of Sonegaon Police Station, he said, “Our bike marshal informed us about Bajrang Dal activists blocking the traffic to protest against the demolition of the temple. We reached the spot and then tried to restore the law and order in the area. Post the incident, a meeting was held between Bajrang Dal activists, NMC officials, BJP party workers and Congress Part workers at the police station. The Bajrang Dal activists were of the opinion that the Lord Hanuman Idol should not have been demolished without informing them. Suvarna Dakhane from NMC then informed that the notice of the demolition was already given two years back and she just acted on the High Court’s order.”

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NMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe storms out of meeting after Corporator calls him ‘blot on Saint Tukaram’

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In a dramatic turn of events today, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe stormed out of the General Body (GB) Meet held in the presence of Nagpur Mayor Sandip Joshi and several Congress and BJP corporators. The meeting, which took place after a gap of three months, was held at Suresh Bhat Auditorium in Reshimbagh, Nagpur on Saturday. During the meeting, BJP corporator Dayashankar Tiwari, BJP city chief and MLC Pravin Datke and BJP corporator Avinash Thakre accused the civic body of ignoring elected representatives while formulating policy decisions.

Later, as Mundhe spoke, Tiwari, while exercising Point of Information, interrupted him and began raising his voice. Mundhe told Joshi and the House that if corporators raised their voices, he wouldn’t sit through the meeting. Tiwari reacted to Mundhes objection by saying that Mundhe should leave Nagpur instead of leaving the House.

Tagging Mundhe as Britisher, Congress corporator Harish Gwalbanshi compared Mundhes attitude with that of a Britisher. He said, Like Britishers, Mundhe had supporters. The Congress corporator said the same while questioning the civic bodys move to convert a market complex into a COVID-19 health centre.

Also read: Nagpur man discovers 4-month-old foetus in gutter; cops suspect illegal abortion

Further, Gwalbanshi, comparing (Tukaram) Mundhe with his namesake Saint Tukaram, said that the commissioner was the exact opposite of Saint Tukaram, and that NMC chief was a blot on the Saints name. He even asked Mundhe not to tarnish the image of the Saint. An infuriated Mundhe immediately left the meeting midway, which was later chaired by Additional Municipal Commissioner Ram Joshi.

Meanwhile, a no-confidence motion was also moved in the House against Mundhe by calling his act as ?unconstitutional. Joshi said the same meeting would now be resumed on Tuesday and he would try bringing Mundhe for the meeting.

Watch below: NMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe को कोई नहीं चाहता; लोग उनसे दहशत में हैं: Nagpur Mayor Sandip Joshi

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NMC to seal The East India Co.,Moksha after owner’s family member tests COVID-19 positive

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NMC would be sealing Nagpur's popular restaurants The East India Co.,Moksha after owner's family member tested COVID-19 positive.
East India Co. situated at Civil Lines

Panic spread among citizens in Nagpur after one of the family members residing at Shivaji Nagar tested COVID-19 positive. The infected, who’s family runs citys popular restaurants ? The East India Co. situated at Civil Lines and Moksha situated at Jhansi Rani Square ? has been shifted to Government Medical College (GMC).

The woman, who had recently returned to Nagpur from Delhi, tested positive for the virus on Tuesday evening. Post that, her family members quarantined themselves at Hotel Pride at Wardha Road on Wednesday.

When we spoke to the owner of the restaurants vis-a-vis the risks associated with the family member getting infected and operating the restaurants, he said, There’s no need to panic as none of us visit the two restaurants. The restaurants have been providing home delivery and there’s no question of worry. Even I haven’t been visiting the restaurants.

However when we spoke to Prakash Warhade, Assistant Municipal Commissioner for Dharampeth zone, he said, We’re in the process of sealing the two restaurants.

Also read: 61 from Naik Talao-Bangladesh area test positive, Nagpur COVID-19 tally crosses 800

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NMC recovers over Rs 1.18 lakh fine in 15 days from people not wearing mask

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Sharvari Vaidya | Nagpur

After Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) made wearing of masks compulsory in public places to fight COVID-19, the Nuisance Detection Squad (NDS) of the civic body in Nagpur recovered a fine of Rs 1,18,500 from April 15 to May 30. NMC has also imposed a fine of Rs 200 against the violators in accordance with state government guidelines.

The NDS penalsied 534 people residing in all 10 zones of the city. The violators were mostly from areas including Dhantoli, Sitabuldi and Sadar, with age groups ranging from young and middle-aged.

NDS commandant Veersen Tambe told Nation Next, Any person violating these guidelines shall be punished issued under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and shall be strictly punished after three similar offences in a row by police officers or the NDS squad. Both of these officers are hereby allowed to take some action to seriously penalise these violators. Although lot of awareness is seen in people but for those who choose not to wear mask will have to face legal action and fine of Rs 200.

Also read: June 7: Here’s list of areas in Nagpur declared as containment zones till now

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