MSRDC to repair potholes on Pune – Mumbai expressway

The potholes on the Valvan bridge near Lonavla on the Pune – Mumbai expressway are being repaired by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation(MSRDC). Between Friday night and Saturday afternoon, tyres of over 28 vehicles, which include two vehicles of the highway police, had flattened or some of them have developed suspension problems after running over the potholes.

The potholes have developed after heavy rainfall for seven days.

“MSRDC and IRB authorities had undertaken the road repair work at the spot. As the stretch is about 500-metre-long, it will take a day or two to repair or resurface all the potholes. The work started on Sunday morning. Thankfully, the rain has reduced and the work is in progress”, said, a senior Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) officer told TOI.

Adding to his statement MSRDC officer also said that after the rains MSRDC inspects and study the roads. After that, roads would be resurfaced with tar to prevent potholes in the future.

Officials from MSRDC have also claimed that they had instructed the IRB infrastructure to appoint two men at the spot to avoid accidents and further damage to the vehicles.

Sources – TOI DNA

Image Source – Representational photo from DNA

Fire breaks out at Kanpur hostel: 2 killed, 13 injured

After a fire broke out in a private hostel in Kanpur on July 20, two people were burnt alive while 13 others suffered serious burn injuries. As per the police report, the fire broke out in the two-storeyed building around 3.30 am.

The flames were brought under control by the firemen after nearly three hours, reported NDTV.

The deceased have been identified as 25-year-old Ria Thakur who owned a beauty parlour and her 24-year-old cousin Manish. Rest of the victims were admitted in the hospital.

Sonia Singh, DIG Kanpur Range, revealed that based on first impression it seems that the fire was caused due to a short circuit.

The owner of the hostel Baijnath Singh lives in his native village, but his elder son Dharmendra lived in the hostel and carried out cable business, said Circle Officer Ranjneesh Verma.

Police said that the local residents have lodged a complaint and the investigations are on.

According to Firstpost, when the fire broke out there were 15 people in the hostel-cum-residence including eight family members of Singh, five students of a coaching institute, Ria and her cousin who had come to visit her.

Sources: NDTV, Firstpost

Freedom fighter Tilak’s great grandson accused with Rape charges

Freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s great grandson, Rohit Tilak has been booked with charges for allegedly raping a woman. She was also forced into “unnatural sex”. A case had been filed against him on Monday night. The police informed The Indian Express.

NDTV reported that the woman was 40 years of age and knew (Rohit) Tilak for a couple of years. The police informed that she had been raped repeatedly with the excuse of marriage. Tilak has been accused with charges of rape, voluntarily causing hurt, unnatural offences, insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace and criminal intimidation based on numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code.

The Times of India mentions that he also happens to be the grandson of late Jayantrao Tilak, a senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament. Mukta Tilak, the Bharatiya Janata Party Mayor of Pune is his aunt. He had contested the Maharashtra Assembly Polls in 2014. He was the Congress candidate from Kasba Peth seat in Pune; and lost to Girish Bapat, from the BJP.

The Police informed that the 40 year old complainant separated from her husband ten years ago. She has been in touch with Tilak since two years.

Sourced from Indian Express and NDTV

20-year-old raped in Mumbai


Mumbai: A woman in her early 20’s was allegedly gang-raped on Wednesday in a moving car by four men and eventually thrown out.


Zee News reported that the woman was on her way to college at 7 in the morning when she was shoved into an Eeco van at Charkop, which is a suburb in Mumbai. In her report, she told the police that as the vehicle moved towards Madh Island she was assaulted in the van and later thrown out.

Vikram Deshmane,a senior police officer said,” We have registered a case and are investigating.”
The police are also trying to retrieve the CCTV footage of the suburb from where the woman was apparently kidnapped. Moreover, the police are also trying to track down the vehicle with the help of the van’s registration number provided by the woman.
Tougher laws on rape were brought in by the government after angry street protests became a common sight in India over the inhuman gang-rape of a medical student in Delhi in December 2012. The 23-year-old was also gang-raped in a moving bus and later thrown out on the road. She eventually died after 16 days of the incident, reported NDTV.

Sources: Zee News

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Woman attacked with acid in Pimpri

An FIR was registered on July 4 at the Pimpri Police station by a woman who was victim to an acid attack. The incident took place on July 1 around 4pm, after which she was immediately rushed to the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH). The complaint was registered against 4 unidentified people.

The victim was identified as Anita Deepak, who is a resident of Mahatama Phule Nagar in Chinchwad. According to Pune Mirror, the woman was attacked while she was on her way back from work. She was attacked while passing through an isolated area around Ramnagar. Two of the attackers held her from behind and the other two threw acid on her. The acid was brought in a black bottle.

According to the sub inspector of Pimpri police station,Sharad Kamble, “She doesn’t remember anything that can help us identify the culprits”. Also, the area where the incident took place was an open ground and devoid of CCTV cameras.

The accused have been booked under sections 326(A) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code for causing voluntary injuries through dangerous weapons.

Sources: Pune Mirror and Indian Express

Car bomb in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, 30 dead

A car bomb explosion outside a bank in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Thursday, June 21, has left at least 30 people dead and almost 60 wounded. According to The Guardian, a number of civilians, soldiers and government employees were queuing up to collect their salaries from the bank in Lashkar Gah.

Salam Afghan, a police spokesman in the city, told AFP, “Around 12 noon a car bomb exploded at the entrance of New Kabul Bank.”

The bank was also extremely crowded at that time, ahead of the Eid holidays at the end of Ramzan, reported Al Jazeera. The bank has reportedly been the target of an attack before, meaning that security was quite tight, but the car bomb managed to evade suspicion.

The consequent blast caused vehicles to be upturned and left debris on the ground and smoke in the sky.

Many of the injured were admitted to Emergency hospital, Lashkar Gah’s main trauma centre, which is located near the bank and had its windows shattered in the explosion as well, according to The Guardian.

This is the latest in a series of attacks on banks in recent months. Al Jazeera reported an attack in May, and another in February, which was claimed by Taliban.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, the timing matches with the Taliban’s renewed efforts after they announced their spring offensive in late April, reported Al Jazeera.

The US is also expected to increase its number of troops in Afghanistan, which currently numbers 8400, along with an added 5000 NATO allies. This will help support the Afghan forces.

Sources: The Guardian, Al Jazeera

Woman abducted and gang-raped; thrown out of a moving car in Greater Noida

A 35-year old woman was allegedly kidnapped, gang-raped and thrown out of a moving car by three men in Gurugram, Haryana, on June 20, 2017. She has recorded her statement with Noida Police. This is yet another alarming incident highlighting the issue of women’s safety in and around the nation’s capital.

Based on a Times of India report, she hailed from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, and had come to visit a relative in Sohna last week. While walking near her residence, she was pulled into a Maruti Swift car and was assaulted for almost eight hours. At 3 a.m., she was found crying opposite Yatharth Hospital and was rushed by the police for medical examination.

Earlier it was believed that she was abducted from Sohna, but the Noida Police later stated that she was picked close to Gurgaon’s MG Road Metro Station. “Some beer bottles were also found from the spot which indicates that the accused persons were inebriated at the time,” a senior Greater Noida police officer informed PTI. Sources from the police department stated that there is some confusion in the case, which would require further investigation.

“We have also sent a team to Sohna to coordinate with the local police. We are investigating the case to identify and arrest the accused,” the police said.


Sources: The Indian Express, The Times of India, Hindustan Times