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Security beefed up after Pakistan caller threatens to repeat 26/11 attack on Mumbai’s Taj Hotels

The deadly terror attack on Mumbai’s Taj Hotel in Colaba

 

 

Mumbai: A threat call, reportedly from Karachi in Pakistan, was made to the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba and Taj Lands End hotel in Bandra, following which the Mumbai Police on Tuesday tightened the security outside the two plush properties. According to officials, the call was made from Pakistan’s Karachi and the caller identified himself as a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror organisation threatening to blow-up the two hotels. Since the phone call, police have increased the presence of police personnel around the hotel and even nearby areas.

The call was made on Monday midnight (at 12:30 am) after, four heavily armed terrorists attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi on Monday, killing three security guards and a police officer before being shot dead by security forces.

As reported in Zee News, the first call was received at 12:30 am; the caller said, Everyone saw the terrorist attack on the Karachi Stock Exchange, now the 26/11 attack in the Taj Hotel will happen once again. An investigation has been launched to identify caller and further details are awaited.

In 2008, Taj Hotels in Mumbai became one of the key targets for terrorists from Pakistan. The 60-hour terror attack killed nearly 166 people and more than 300 people were left injured. Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was caught alive then and was questioned thoroughly, after which it was revealed that the attack had Pakistans involvement.

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SHOCKER: 4 gang rape monitor lizard in Maharashtra, record act on phone; get arrested

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Radhika Dhawad | Ratnagiri

Monitor Lizard (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

In the most unbelievable incident ever, four men were arrested for allegedly raping a Bengal monitor lizard in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR). The reserve is spread over four districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.

The gruesome incident took place at Gothane village in Ratnagiri district on March 31 when the four accused illegally entered Chandoli National Park (part of the reserve). One of the four was also carrying a gun for hunting.

The Maharashtra Forest Department checked the mobile phone of one of the accused and that’s when he learnt about the incident. The officials found the recording of the act, which showed the accused allegedly gang-raping the monitor lizard.

A forest official said the four accused were identified as Sandeep Tukaram Pawar, Mangesh Kamtekar, Akshay Kamtekar and Ramesh Ghag.

The official said, “During the investigation, the forest officials found that the accused had allegedly raped a Bengal monitor lizard. Their act was also recorded in a mobile phone of one of the accused persons. We have recovered all the related evidence from the accused and they were granted forest department custody initially, but are out on bail now. They have been asked to mark their presence before the forest officer, who is probing the case, every Monday.”
“The four accused have been booked under various sections of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972,” said field director of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR), Nanasaheb Ladkat.

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ED attaches Sanjay Raut’s properties in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case; Raut tweets ‘Asatyamev Jayate’

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Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut

 

Enforcement Directorate (ED), on Tuesday, under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), attached Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut’s property in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case. The ED, in February, had also arrested his close friend Pravin Raut.

The ED attached Raut’s plot in Alibaug and one flat in Mumbai’s Dadar area.

After ED attached Raut’s properties, the latter tweeted, “Asatyamev Jayate (the lies win)”

 

The attachment is linked to a money laundering probe linked to an alleged scam related to the re-development of a chawl in Mumbai.

More details are awaited. 

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Wheelchair-bound Anil Deshmukh hospitalised at JJ Hospital after suffering shoulder injury

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Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Anil Deshmukh

Anil Deshmukh

 

Wheelchair-bound former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who is currently lodged at Arthur Road Jail, was hospitalised at JJ Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday after suffering a shoulder injury. The senior leader would undergo a surgery according to ANI.

 
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), today, reached Arthur Road jail to take custody of Deshmukh, his personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde in connection with an alleged money laundering case. 
 
Also, another team of CBI reached Taloja jail today to take custody of dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze vis-à-vis the same case. 
 
Amid opposition from Maharashtra government, the Supreme Court, on Thursday, transferred the investigation against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to the CBI. 
 
Param Bir Singh

Param Bir Singh

 
Singh is currently facing cases of extortion, corruption and misconduct. He was removed as Mumbai Police Chief owing to his alleged mishandling of the Antilia (Mukesh Ambanis residence) bomb scare case. 
 
There are as many as five alleged corruption and extortion cases against Singh. On May 4 last year, he went missing to avoid probe against him. 
 
Later, he appeared before the Mumbai Crime Branch to record his statement after the Supreme Court granted him relief on the grounds that he wouldn’t be arrested.
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