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Bird flu enters Maharashtra but no ban on eggs, chicken yet

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Sparking huge concerns, bird-flu has entered Maharashtra in a big way after test reports confirmed the deaths of several hundreds chicken and others birds due to the H5N1 Avian influenza infection commonly known as bird flu in five districts last week, officials said here on Monday.

As per the report of the ICAR-National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (ICAR-NIHSAD), Bhopal, samples of chicken, crows, parrots, Herons and Pond Egrets have tested positive for the virus.

The spread includes among hens and Herons in Parbhani, crows in Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Beed, Pond Egret and Parrots in Thane, as per the report by ICAR-NIHSAD Director V.P. Singh.

Parbhani District Disaster Management Officer Pawan Khandge said that the blood samples of 800 chicken found dead in Murrumba village on Friday, were sent to the government’s veterinary college here and later the reports from the ICAR-NIHSAD proved the avian influenza.

“The concerned district authorities are visiting the affected village for a survey and later Collector Deepak M. Mugalikar shall take the decision to declare a containment zone and other suitable precautions to prevent further spread of the bird-flu,” Khandge told IANS.

However, Animal Husbandry Minister Sunil Kedar said that contrary to rumours there is no ban on sale of poultry products like eggs or chicken as of now and the state government is in a state of high alert.

The state health authorities held a high-level meeting of officials from different departments to assess the situation arising out of the new threat to both animals and humans amid reports of similar poultry birds’ deaths from various districts.

“The samples from Parbhani were sent to Bhopal (ICAR-NIHSAD) and the news is not good,” said Kedar, even as Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has summoned an urgent meeting to discuss the bird-flu situation this evening.

Besides Maharashtra, the other states hit by the avian influenza include Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala with a confirmed outbreak.

The bird virus has hit the sales and consumption of eggs and chicken and other poultry products in a big way in Maharashtra, with prices tumbling by nearly 35-50 per cent.

Simultaneously, this has led to a shift in consumption with people opting for mutton or fish products which have shown increased demand and prices moving up, according to retailers.

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Maharashtra ATS forms multiple teams to probe Hiren’s ‘murder’

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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday said that the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has registered a murder case and launched investigations into the mystery of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiren’s body being recovered from the Thane Creek wetlands on March 5.

A stolen SUV Scorpio, belonging to Hiren, had been abandoned outside Antilia, the home of Reliance Industries Ltd. Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Feb. 25 and later 20 gelatin sticks and a purported threat letter were found in it.

Exactly 10 days later, Hiren’s body was found in the Thane Creek, resulting in a political uproar after which it is now being probed as a murder case.

Deshmukh said that considering the circumstances and the appeals made by Hiren’s family, including his widow Vimala, the case has been handed over to the ATS which will probe the murder angle.

The ATS has set up around 10 investigation teams to probe different aspects of the probe, which visited the Hiren family and the marshes from where his body was fished out last Friday (March 5).

On a complaint by Vimala Hiren, the ATS has registered a FIR under Indian Penal Code’s Sec. 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 34 (common intention), and 120B (criminal conspiracy), against some unknown persons.

His family and friends rejected outright the ‘suicide’ theory since Hiren, 48, was a good swimmer, owned a car accessories business, in Thane.

On Saturday evening, Deshmukh held a meeting with Director-General of Police Hemant Nagrale, and the government wrote to Additional Director General of Police Jai Jeet Singh and ATS head, to take over the investigations.

In the letter to Singh, Deputy Home Secretary Ramesh Manale mentioned both the cases – the recovery of the SUV and gelatin sticks outside Antilia, coupled with the mystery death of Mansukh Hiren, the prime witness in the case, seeking an immediate probe and submitting the report to the government on priority.

Meanwhile, the gelatin sticks have been sent to the Forensics Science Laboratory, Mumbai for detailed analysis and to ascertain if the SUV chassis number of the car was tampered or changed, to help identify the real owner of the vehicle.

Earlier, Deshmukh informed the Maharashtra Legislature that the car belonged to one Sam Peter Newton and he had given it over to Hiren’s company for interior refurbishment – since he could not pay up for the work done.

However, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, contested this pointing out how Hiren in his statement to the police had said that he had purchased the car from Newton.

Prior to his death, on March 2, Hiren had shot off a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deshmukh and the police chiefs of Mumbai and Thane alleging harassment.

“I have already given my explanation and statements about how the vehicle was stolen, and I am being victimised and suffering harassment by police and news reporters,” Hiren’s letter said, adding that he had been repeatedly interrogated by the Vikhroli and Ghatkopar police stations, Crime Intelligence Unit and Nagpada unit of ATS and also NIA.

“The interrogation by various agencies disturbed my peace of mind. In spite of being a victim, I am treated as an accused. I have also been receiving calls from media houses who have been harassing me and my family,” he said.

The alleged threat letter, how the gelatin sticks were found in the SUV and tracking the vehicles’ original owner shall be matters of the investigation.

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Drug peddler linked to Sushant Singh Rajput probe arrested in Goa

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Three persons, including one Hemant Sah alias Maharaj, who is allegedly linked to the drug probe launched following the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput last year, have been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials in Goa, an official statement said on Monday.

Agency officials have also seized a large amount of drugs including cocaine, LSD, charas, ganja, during the simultaneous raids which are being conducted by the central agency through Sunday and Monday. Two foreigners from Congo and Nigeria have also been arrested by the agency officials.

Sah, a native of Madhya Pradesh, who had been running a shack along North Goa’s Morjim beach for several years had been named as a supplier by two alleged Mumbai-based drug dealers Anuj Keswani and Regan Mahakaal, who have been booked into the agency’s high profile drug probe.

“Hemant Sah alias Maharaj is native of Madhya Pradesh and was running a shack Buena Vida in Morjim area for the past several years. After locating Maharaj in Miramar area, his premises was raided in the late evening which resulted in recovery of 15 blots of LSD (commercial quantity) and charas 30 grams,” NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede said.

In another raid, the agency officials nabbed Ugochukwu Solomon Ubabuko from Nigeria and John Infinity alias David from Congo seizing 41 blots of LSD (commercial quantity), charas 28 gram, cocaine 22 gram, ganja 1.100 kg, 160 grams of white powder and 500 grams blue crystal suspected to be psychotropic substance and an amount of Rs 10,000.

According to Wankhede, Ubabako had been previously arrested by the Goa Police in 2013 on a narcotics charge.

“During the follow-up action, NCB team searched premises of one Prasad Walke and recovered LSD blots (commercial quantity) on Monday. Seizure formalities are underway and we are looking for Prasad Walke and his other associates. Prasad Walke is a history sheeter who had already been booked by NCB Goa in the year 2018 for trafficking of LSD, cocaine, ecstacy and ganja,” the NCB statement also said.

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Youth, dad and grandpa found dead in Mumbai

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A 20-year-old youth was found dead due to fall from a high rise society building. His father and grandfather were also found stabbed to death in the family flat, police said here on Saturday.

According to an official of Mulund Police Station, a wireless van got a message that a youth had fallen from a building and was lying badly injured in the compound.

The police van rushed to the spot at the Vasant Oscar Society on LBS Marg and found the victim, Shardul M. Mangle, lying in a pool of blood.

He was rushed to the nearby Agarwal Hospital where he was pronounced dead on admission.

Making further enquiries, when the police team reached the victim’s flat in the same building, they came across two men including a senior citizen, stabbed to death.

They were later identified as Milind S. Mangle, 55, and Suresh K. Mangle, 85, the father and grandfather of the deceased Shardul.

The motives behind the multiple crimes are not clear and police teams led by top officers are investigating the incident which sent shockwaves in the Mulund suburb.

Prima facie, the police suspect that the boy may have stabbed his father and grandfather with a knife before jumping to his death from the multi-storied building.

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