News Flash – 7 January 2020

National News



8 Hurt in Fire at Kamathipura Building

A part of the ground-plus-one storey structure, Baghdadi Compound, collapsed due to the blaze.



Mumbai: Eight people were injured in a fire that broke out at a ground-plus-one storey commercial-cum-residential structure a little before 9 am on Monday. The injured, including an infant and two senior citizens, were taken to Nair Hospital and their condition is reported to be stable. A part of the building collapsed due to the fire. Three goats caught up in the structure, Baghdadi Compound, were brought out safely by firemen. The blaze started either in a shop or godown where wood and plastic material had been stored, said fire brigade officials. A senior official said, “There were people staying in the godowns… Many of the injured started to run out as the flames spread quickly”. The flames were put out around 5 pm.



50 Birthday Revellers Rescued from Flooding Catamaran

THAT SINKING FEELING! The catamaran, anchored 1.5km off the Gateway, started flooding as some screws in lower part got loosened, an official said.



Mumbai: A group of 50 people celebrating a birthday party aboard a catamaran anchored off the Gateway of India were rescued by fishermen on Sunday evening after it started flooding. No police complaint was registered and an officer from Colaba police station said they learnt about the incident from locals after the rescued people had left. When contacted Coast Guard officials too said they had no information. “The cruise has been anchored around 1.5km from the Gateway for quite some time and many people go there for parties. On Sunday too, a group took a boat from the Gateway to reach the cruise,” the police officer said. The catamaran owner lives abroad and a caretaker organises or permits parties. The vessel, Tricha, had a technical fault, the officer said. “Someone noticed water entering and started panicking. Some local fishermen on other boats heard the cries in panic and rushed to help. On learning about the problem, they helped the occupants to shift to their trawlers,” said the officer. The trawlers ferried the group to the Gateway.



After checking for some time, the crew found some screws in the lower portion loosened leading to water entering the catamaran rapidly. “In worst circumstances, people get panicked and jump into the sea. It’s good that the rescue operation began immediately,” said the officer. The catamaran was later taken to jetty number 1 at the Gateway. The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) have launched a joint investigation into whether the cruise had all permits. An MbPT official said they want to know if it was being maintained regularly and fit enough to remain anchored to host such parties. While MMB is investigating the safety, registration and approvals part of the ill-fated cruise, the MbPT, being an authority to allow boats to ply or anchor in certain areas around Mumbai harbour, is also verifying the permissions given by it. “We hope to complete the investigation in a couple of days and appropriate action will be taken,” an official said pointing out that permissions to all such cruises and boats and their technical feasibility to withstand waters will be given a second check to avoid such incidents in future.



4 Burglars Arrested in Meerpet, Police Recover 47 Tola Gold



Hyderabad: Four members of a burglary gang were arrested by LB Nagar central crime station (CCS) police with the help of Meerpet police on Monday. The cops also recovered 47.5 tolas of gold, 2 kg silver, an air pistol along with pellets, two pepper sprays, three bikes, and three TV sets worth Rs.22 lakhs from their possession. The arrested were identified as the mastermind V Manikandan (37) from Madanapet, P Yadaiah (38) from Choutuppal, Sk Syed (33) from Kompally and M Upendra Chary (38) from Bhongir. Another accused, A Laxminarayana of Dhoolpet, was arrested by Meerpet police in December last year. Meerpet police had stopped a bike at Maruti Nagar during vehicle check on the night of December 12. It was being driven by Manikandan with Laxminarayana as pillion rider.



Manikandan initially tried to introduce himself as a taskforce cop and even showed an air pistol, but the cops noticed a pouch with tools usually used by burglars. The accused then used pepper spray on them and fled from the spot. However, the cops managed to nab Laxminarayana. During interrogation, Laxminarayana confessed he was part of a burglary gang and said that they have committed 27 burglaries in Uppal, Thurkapally, Hayathnagar, Abdullapurmet, Meerpet, Valigonda, Vanasthalipuram, Saroornagar, LB Nagar and Balapur in a span of three years. Based on details provided by him, the cops arrested the others at Nandi Hills Colony. “The accused had mortgaged some stolen items at Choutuppal and kept some at Manikandan’s house,” Rachakonda commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said.

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