Kamala Mills Fire: Third co-owner of 1Above pub arrested

Mumbai Police on Thursday morning arrested Abhijit Mankar, a co-owner of 1Above Pub in Kama Mills where a fire last month killed 14 people.

The three partners of the pub, Kripesh Sanghavi, Jigar Sanghavi and Abhijeet Mankar, were on the run after the police charged them with a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The Sanghavis were arrested on Wednesday and Abhijeet Mankar got arrested this Thursday.

Accusing the police of “destroying the evidence on site and making false reports”, the owners of 1Above pub had written to the President, Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Mumbai Police commissioner and the Chief of the cities civic body, demanding the case to be investigated by the central Bureau of Investigation.

The police on Tuesday arrested Vishal Karya, for allegedly helping Mankar escape arrest.

Initially, the police had filed a case against the 1Above pub management but later after the investigation they added the names of the owners of Mojo’s Bistro. Mojo’s Bistro pub is located on the rooftop of a building in Kamal Mills compound.

According to the fire department, the fire started at Mojo Bistro after the charcoal used for hookah set the curtains of the pub ablaze and spread to 1Above pub. Mojo’s Bistro did not have clearance to serve hookah and both the restaurants structures were not built in accordance with fire safety norms.

Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar arrested by Mumbai Police

Dawood Ibrahim’s brother’s two aides and Ibqbal Kaskar were arrested on Tuesday by Thane police in linkage of an extortion case where they allegedly threatened a prominent builder and have extorted 30 lakhs and four flats in Dawood’s name.

Kaskar who was arrested from Dawood’s sister, Haseen Parkar’s house on Monday by an encounter specialist team is said to be a close relative of hers. He was interrogated till late Monday night ans was then formally arrested, stated by Thane’s Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh.

In the press conference, Singh said that they are enquiring if Dawood has any connection in the matter. According to the reports of The Hindu, after being threatened by the aide sent by Kaskar, Builder gave four flats worth 5 crore and 30 lakh in cash and three of the given flats were sold off.

The builder filed an extortion case few days ago at  Thane’s Kasarwadavali police station under IPC section 384 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion).

SOURCES: HT, The Hindu

Hypocrisy of Indian Culture – Moral Policing

Judgment is an age-old disease in the Indian society, from the aunties in the neighbourhood to the leaders of our political parties, everybody loves to have an opinion about anything which differs from their own point of view. Having this judgement is acceptable, but shoving our opinions down other people’s throats using violence and force is where the line needs to be drawn.

This is exactly what has been happening in our society with regards to the preservation and enforcement of our holy Indian culture. Recently in order to protect the ‘maryada’ of our society, many groups have taken matters into their own hand. Law has been broken and the privacy of individuals has been exploited at the whims of various groups posing as the guardians of the Hindu culture and its customs.

The beauty of living in a democracy lies in the very fact that people can practise different lifestyles without interfering with or disrupting other societies and their beliefs. Peaceful co-existence is the key to a successful democracy. Sadly, our own country has failed in this regard.

Every year, especially on Valentines Day, groups such as the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, etc. take it upon themselves to act as the custodian of the Hindu culture. Couples celebrating their love and enjoying the day are subjected to moral policing and face harassment at the hands of these self-proclaimed protectors. In the name of ‘sanskriti’, they act as goons and cause physical harm to men and women alike.

Cases of couples being threatened and made to marry if seen together on V-day have become pretty common in the recent years. Even holding hands in public is labelled as indecent behaviour now, courtesy the moral police. Be it Maharashtra or Kerala or Gujarat, this violation of privacy and fundamental rights happen everywhere in the country.

For instance, in 2009, a group of young men and women were attacked in a private pub in Mangalore by members of the Sri Ram Sena group. The reason cited was that women shouldn’t be drinking in a public place.

Similarly, in 2012, a group of Hindu activists in Mangalore attacked a party of youngsters enjoying inside a private guesthouse and manhandled them accusing them of indecency and violating culture. These activists cried hoarse about Indian traditions and misbehaved with the women present there and assaulted the men.

The stories of members of Shiv Sena and Hindu Mahasabha among others vandalising shops and burning Valentine day cards and pelting tomatoes, Arreststones etc on the couples in public is another incident which takes place almost every year in some or the other part of the country.

What is even more disturbing is the fact that even the police has now started acting as the moral police instead of protecting the law and order in the couThe arrestof almost 15 couples by the Mumbai Police in the hotel raids conducted by it in 2015 came out as a shocking practise of moral policing. The raid conducted in various hotels, lodges, resorts and two-star hotels invaded the privacy of the couples and not only humiliated them, but also infringed upon their rights. This triggered a huge debate on social media with people asking what is wrong with two consenting adults enjoying their privacy.

As a result of the huge backlash faced by the police, the Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deven Bharti passed the order forbidding the use of  Section 110(public indecency) of the Bombay Police Act 1951  as well as Section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) under any circumstances. These sections have been infamously used by the Mumbai Police in the past to detain people for petty acts like hugging and holding hands in public.

Despite this, another incident of moral policing came to light in Thiruvanathapuram in February 2017 when a couple was harassed by female police officers in a public park for being ‘vulgar’. The couple, Vishnu and Arathy, made a facebook live video of the episode and exposed the misconduct of police on social media.

The video went viral and Kerala police received huge criticism for misbehaving with innocent couples. As a result, the state police chief had to issue an apology stating that “Police is a law enforcement agency, it is not the moral keeper of the society.” He also made it very clear that no one has the right to disturb or harass any couple anywhere more so in public places.

Yet, another senior police officer commented that police doesn’t act independently on such issues, it only acts after it receives a complaint; therefore such an issue is more of a cultural issue.

There are many more examples of moral policing available in our country; it all simply boils down to culture. While preserving our culture is important, it is also necessary to understand the meaning of culture. Ours is the same culture which is known for the origin of Kamasutra, then how can holding hands or hugging or kissing in public be interpreted as an act of violating this culture ?

How is pissing in public acceptable, but kissing is not?  How can we let some people become so overwhelmed by the need to establish the hegemony of their culture that we allow them to sever the principles of our democracy itself? How do we plan to become a developed nation when we cant even guard the freewill and independency of our citizens? How can we be so concerned with two adults engaging in a consentual sexual activity and have an almost negligent response towards women being violated against their consent?

Sadly, the questions are too many, the answers too few and the understanding too little. The only hope remains that we won’t need to write such articles again for another Valentine’s day in another year.

News Source- Hindu, NDTV, Indian Express

Image Source- ScoopWhoop

Death threat for actor Salman Khan

Salman Khan who is currently shooting for his upcoming film Sultan, seems to have landed in trouble yet again.  An anonymous phone caller has threatened to kill the Bollywood superstar.

Mumbai police are making efforts to track down the unknown caller who alerted them about the possible threats to the superstar’s life last week, an official confirmed today. The police control room received the first call on February 16 which was followed by another call the very next day.  The police isn’t sure whether one person or more than one person was involved as the anonymous caller claimed to have overheard some persons who were plotting to harm the actor. Salman Khan was alerted about the same and his security has been beefed up too.

The police suspected that it was a hoax call, but did not want to take any chances and immediately launched a probe. The police have managed to locate the place from where the calls had been made. The calls were soon traced to a PCO in Mumbai’s marine lines and also in Malad. No case has been filed yet but the police are attempting to trace the caller by checking CCTV’s installed in those areas for further investigation.

Source: http://movies.ndtv.com/bollywood/salman-khan-receives-death-threats-from-anonymous-caller-cops-1280331