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Anil Deshmukh probe: CBI questions Vaze, Param Bir Singh, summons DCP

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned arrested Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze, former city Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and two others in connection with the preliminary enquiry it registered for the probe into allegations of corruption against former state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

A CBI source related to probe told IANS: “The agency sleuths have recorded the statement of Vaze, who is presently in NIA custody.”

The source said that the CBI is also recording the statement of Singh, who dropped a letter bomb on March 20, accusing Deshmukh of asking Vaze and other Mumbai Police personnel to extort Rs 100 crore monthly from bars, hotels and restaurants.

Besides the two, the agency also recorded the statement of ACP Sanjay Patil and petitioner Jayshri Patil in connection with its PE.

The source said that the agency has also called DCP Raju Bhujbal for questioning in connection with its probe.

The names of Sanjay Patil and Bhujbal were taken by Singh in his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The CBI had registered a PE on Tuesday night. Two teams of CBI-led by SP level officer have arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday and Wednesday to probe the matter.

The Bombay High Court directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary probe against Deshmukh on Monday. Soon after the ruling, Deshmukh stepped down from his post.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the pleas of the state government and Deshmukh challenging the High Court order.

The NIA has arrested Vaze on March 13 after taking over the case of the explosive laden SUV found outside Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani’s residence. Vaze is also being probed in the mysterious death of businessman Mansukh Hiran.

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NCB detains Dawood brother in drugs case

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The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has detained Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar – the Mumbai-based sibling of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar – in connection with a drugs-related case.

“He has been taken under a production remand,” NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede told IANS, but declined to comment further.

Currently, Iqbal, who is lodged in Thane Jail for extortion cases, is being interrogated at the NCB Mumbai office, after his name allegedly cropped up during investigations into various drugs cases being probed by the central agency in the past one year.

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Bomb blast near Hafiz Saeed’s house in Lahore kills 2

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A massive bomb blast occurred near the house of terrorist Hafiz Saeed in Lahore’s Johar Town area on Wednesday, in which at least two persons were killed, while 17 others have sustained injuries.

Saeed is wanted in India for the Mumbai terror attack and other terror cases. He is the founder of banned terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamat-ud-Dawa and currently lodged in jail.

The house was cordoned through barbed wire and security personnel were deployed permanently to guard it.

Top sources said that one of the policemen deployed for the security of the house was killed in the blast. The second person who died in the blast was a passer-by.

Lahore’s Chief City Police Officer Ghulam Mehmood Dogar told media persons that the probe has started into the incident and a team of bomb disposal squad is on the spot.

He had also stated that the Bomb Disposal Squad would share the details about the nature of explosion.

Police and bomb disposal teams have reached the site of the incident. It is found that the glass windows of nearby houses and buildings were shattered.

The people, who sustained injuries, had been rushed to Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital in private cars and auto-rickshaws.

The sound of the blast was so loud that it was heard in faraway areas. However, the nature of the blast has not been ascertained yet.

Local police have cordoned off the area for further probe into the matter.

Punjab chief minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has sought report from the Inspector-General of Police about the blast.

The Government of Punjab on Twitter announced that the chief minister has ordered an immediate investigation of the incident.

Last year, Saeed was sentenced to 15 and a half years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in one more terror financing case. He has had already been convicted for 21 years imprisonment in four terror financing cases.

Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist on whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17 last year in the terror financing cases.

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Furore as rat nibbles patient’s cheek in Mumbai civic hospital

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In a shocking incident, a patient undergoing treatment in the ICU of a BMC hospital was reportedly bit by a rat on his cheek, sparking off protests, here on Wednesday.

The patient, Shrinivas Yellappa, 24, was admitted for liver complications three days ago and was on ventilator in the ICU of the Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar.

Yesterday, (Tuesday), his sister saw a bandage below his left eye and created ruckus when informed that a rat was suspected to have nibbled the patient on the cheek.

Later, doctors and civic authorities claimed that the rat-bite was not serious and would heal soon, but the patient’s family was not convinced.

Mayor Kishori Pednekar suspected that since the ICU is on the ground floor, the rat may have sneaked in unnoticed when the door was opened by one of the staffers.

The Mumbai Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has slammed the BMC for failing to protect patients from such happenings and demanded a thorough probe into the matter.

Criticising the Mayor for her statement, AAP Mumbai chief Ruben Mascarenhas asked whether this is the ‘Mumbai Model’ as hospitals are under attack by rats.

Hoping to drive home the point, the AAP has organized an ‘Undir Protest’ (Rat Protest) in which its activists will dress up like rats and present mouse-traps to the BMC, this afternoon.

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