News Flash – 31 May 2019

National News



“High-Flying” Domestic help held for Rs.9.4L Theft



Mumbai: Santacruz police recently arrested a 25-year-old domestic help for stealing silver valuables, diamond studded pendants and earrings, worth Rs 9.4 lakh, from his employer’s house. Businessman H K Parekh (59) got suspicious when Sanjaykumar Mukhiya showed him a flight ticket while leaving for his native village in Bihar on April 1. Mukhiya got the ticket with money he had stolen from Parekh over a period of time, police said. He was fond of pubs and to meet his wives’ expenses, he used to take loans from his employer, which he paid back with salary deductions. The theft was observed on May 1, when Parekh’s wife checked the cupboard safe. “Parekh suspected Mukhiya stole the valuables. He had shown an over Rs20,000 ticket on April 1. He was caught at his second wife’s home at J B Nagar in Andheri (E) after almost three weeks. The stolen valuables that he had hidden at his wife’s home were all recovered. He knew where the cupboard keys were,” said a police officer.



Mukhiya stole the valuables between March-April. After Parekh lodged a police complaint, additional commissioner of police (west) Manoj Sharma supervised a team of senior inspector Shriram Koregaonkar, assistant inspector Suresh Valvi, constables Ashok Bhand, Patil, Fatak and Shanderkar, and detection staff. When they reached Mukhiya’s village on May 11, they learnt he had returned to Mumbai. “We searched for Mukhiya with an incomplete address, but nabbed him from his second wife’s home on May 19,” police said. Mukhiya worked with Parekh since 2011 before relocating to Andheri post-marriage. His most trusted worker, he stayed at Parekh’s flat. Parekh refused to speak to TOI on Thursday but stated in the police complaint, “I got suspicious about Mukhiya after finding a costly air ticket with him. Few days later, I found the valuables missing. This confirmed his role.” Mukhiya was remanded to judicial custody after spending five days in police custody.



International News



7 Dead, 21 Missing as Tourist Boat Sinks on Danube in Budapest

Police and rescue vessels scour the Danube for survivors after a sightseeing boat capsized following collision with a river cruise ship.



Budapest: Hungarian rescuers were hunting for survivors on Thursday after one of the country’s worst boat disasters that left seven South Korean tourists dead and 21 others still missing. The Mermaid sightseeing boat capsized and sank in just seconds after colliding with a much larger passenger river cruise ship in driving rain on the Danube in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday. Army boats were scouring the murky waters of the Danube as dozens of people looked on, with chances of finding survivors dimming 19 hours after the accident in the fast-moving river. “The current was so fast and people were floating away but the rescue team did not come,” a rescued 31-year-old woman identified only by her surname Jung told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.



Thirty-five people were on board the 26-metre Mermaid when it collided with the Viking Sigyn “longship” near Hungary’s parliament building, most of them South Korean tourists including a six-year-old girl who remains missing. Another survivor, a 32-year-old woman surnamed Yoon, said: “The boat flipped instantly and capsized”. Police said they have launched a probe into “criminal negligence” and were questioning the Ukrainian captain of the Sigyn. Viking Cruises confirmed the Sigyn was “involved in an incident” on the Danube but there were no injuries to its crew or guests. The Mermaid was regularly serviced and had no apparent technical faults, Mihaly Toth, a spokesman for its owner Panorama Deck told Hungarian news agency MTI.

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