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The story behind shootout at Lahoree

Late night on November 13, 2016, the peace at WHC Road, Dharampeth, Nagpur, was disturbed yet again with a shootout at Lahoree Deluxe Bar and Restaurant.
Lahoree Deluxe Bar and Restaurant (Photo by: Kartik Thakur)

Late night on November 13, 2016, the peace at WHC Road, Dharampeth, Nagpur, was disturbed yet again when some miscreants opened fire at Lahoree Deluxe Bar and Restaurant’s owner Manoj Sharma’s nephew Sameer Sharma, who takes care of the day-to-day management of the bar.

Reacting to the incident, Manoj Sharma told Nation Next in a telephonic conversation from Bangkok that he’s quite agitated with the daredevilry of the miscreants, who attacked Lahoree and shot at his nephew Sameer Sharma on Nov 13. “These criminal elements not only opened fire at my nephew Sameer but they also tried to attack the policemen there, who had come to help us, after we informed the police about how a few of them were creating ruckus. Maybe, they couldn’t identify the policemen, who were present outside Lahoree, as it was dark out there. When they realised the presence of the police, they fled the spot. But I’m really happy with the way Nagpur Police have handled the situation. Police have nabbed few of the criminals, and searching for rest of them.”

On asking whether he feels insecure about doing business in the night, after this incident, he said laughing,” Not at all! We’ve been serving people in our restaurants for past 35 years. And we have a robust security set in place to take care of such miscreants. Moreover, Nagpur Police are very efficient in protecting people from such criminal elements. I’m shocked at the way the Nagpur’s youth is getting involved in hooliganism and criminal activities. They should realise that they are spoiling their own lives by being on the wrong side of the law. I’m happy to see that they are being sternly dealt with.”

When Nation Next spoke to Sameer Sharma about the reason behind the attackon him, he said, “On Nov 13 evening, a guy named Pawan Chaudhary misbehaved with a girl and forced her to dance with him at Lahoree. When her male friend objected to this, Pawan misbehaved with him as well. The security staff at our restaurant then intervened and forced Pawan out of our establishment. He then went back saying that he’d be back. Sensing trouble, we called up the police who reached the restaurant quickly. Pawan then came back with his friends and they started firing at us, not knowing that the police were present too! Once they realised it, they quickly ran away!”

Our source at Sitabuldi Police station informed Nation Next that the police have already nabbed Pawan Chaudhary, Harshal Raut, Swapnil Bhoyar, Akash Chauhan and Milind Borkar, and they are in search of Pappu Dagor and Sheikhu Khan, who was also the main accused in the murder of BJP Yuva Morcha Chief Hemant Diyewar, who was killed at Shankar Nagar square in 2013. The court had acquitted Sheikhu of the crime later.

Reacting to reports, which claim that Lahoree staff and Sameer had also fired in retaliation and bashed up Pawan, Sameer says, “We are always blamed for no reason! Why would I fire or do anything when the police were present? The police are well-equipped to handle things like these. They were there to protect us. Moreover, these people who created ruckus are hardcore criminals with serious cases against them!”

 

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday. Kohli, who is in the city for first test against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.



The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

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