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Car catches fire in Mumbai building, no casualties



In a bizarre incident, a car which was reportedly not serviced for long, suddenly caught fire after the owner switched off the engine and stepped out, officials said here on Monday.

The incident happened late on Sunday at the Ushakiran Building and the fire brigade which rushed there saw the entire vehicle burning in the parking lot.

They immediately deployed two high pressure jets and managed to extinguish the blazing vehicle within minutes.

Enquiries with the vehicle owner revealed that he returned home from outside and was parking it when he noticed some smoke emanating from the engine.

He immediately switched off the engine and jumped out to safety, unhurt, even as the vehicle was suddenly engulfed in flames.

After verifying his statements and checking the CCTV footage of the parking area, it was concluded that the probable cause of the blaze was a “defective electric circuit”, said a fire brigade officer.

Since many vehicles are lying unused during the past over three months of lockdown, the Mumbai Fire Brigade has advised people to check for any damage caused by rodents, especially to the electrical wiring which can cause such a fire.

The fire brigade also dismissed social media rumours that there was a sanitiser in the vehicle which allegedly resulted in the fire.

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India logs 41,831 new Covid cases, 541 deaths in a day




India on Sunday reported 41,831 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 541 fatalities, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed.

India is registering less than 50,000 daily new cases for the last 35 days. However, the country registered marginally higher cases on Sunday than Saturday’s caseload of 41,649.

With 541 more covid fatalities, India’s cumulative death toll from Covid-19 now stands at 4,24,351.

India’s active caseload has crossed the four lakh mark again and currently stands at 4,10,952. India’s recovery rate is 97.36 per cent. However, the active cases constitute 1.30 per cent of the total cases.

The weekly positivity rate remains below 5 per cent and is currently at 2.42 per cent. The daily positivity rate continues to remain below 5 per cent for the last fifty five days and currently stands at 2.34 per cent.

Meanwhile, the government has advised the states to restrict the gatherings in the districts which are reporting over 10 per cent positivity rate.

According to the government data, a total of 39,258 patients were discharged from hospitals and health centers in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 3,08,20,521 to date as the virus continued to infect less than one lakh people over the last 53 days.

The Health Ministry data said that a total of 60,15,842 Covid vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hrs. With this, the number of vaccinated people with at least one jab has gone up to 47,02,98,596 in the country.

In a tweet, Health Ministry said that India has achieved a landmark in vaccination drive against the Covid pandemic and has successfully jabbed over 47 crore people across the nation.

The total number of samples tested so far has reached 46.82 crores as on August 1.

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Ex-Axis manager swindled his own bank of Rs 26.84L: Police




Former Manager of Axis Bank, Anil Dubey – who looted the ICICI Bank and killed a woman Deputy Manager on Thursday – has now been charged with allegedly cheating his immediate previous employer of Rs 26.84 lakh (Rs 2.68 mn), police said here on Saturday.

The huge amount was found missing during a recent audit of the cash reserves at the Axis Bank’s Naigaon Branch where Dubey was the manager before he was abruptly sacked on Friday, hours after the sensational ICICI Bank Virar East Branch heist and murderous attacks on two women staffers inside the bank premises.

The Waliv Police Station has registered a complaint of the missing amount under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and investigations are currently on, said an official.

“The discrepancy was found during the routine monthly tally of accounts and reported to the top authorities. Thereafter, an internal investigation has been launched and we have also lodged an FIR with the police,” an official of Axis Bank told IANS, requesting anonymity.

Simultaneously, the bank is attempting to confirm whether Dubey – who had joined Axis Bank in August 2020 – had cheated its customers or indulged in any other scams or misappropriation of public money.

Apprehending action from the Axis Bank or the police after his misdeeds were discovered in the past few days, he had skipped office during the week, but by the weekend masterminded the ICICI Bank heist to clear off his outstanding dues at one go.

Officials reveal that since he had served ICICI Bank for 15 months, he was on good terms with the staffers there, well acquainted with the bank’s routine activities.

These and other details may have helped him commit the daring – but unsuccessful – loot attempt on Thursday (July 29) night as the bank would be closed for the weekend after the July month-end accounts tally.

As his escape attempt was foiled by the local people, the Virar Police recovered the booty comprising cash and gold totally valued at around Rs 3.38 crore, said Senior Police Inspector Suresh Warade.

Dubey was produced before a Vasai Magistrate Court which remanded him to police custody till August 6, under charges of dacoity, attempt to murder, murder, theft, etc.

Meanwhile, the condition of the injured cashier Shraddha Devrukhkar – who was attacked by Dubey with a cut-throat razor, remains worrisome and she has been shifted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai.

“She is still in deep shock due to the bloody assault on her and also her senior colleague and close friend, Yogita Vartak Choudhary, who succumbed on Thursday,” said another staffer.

Owing to the serious injuries on her neck, shoulder and other parts, Devrukhkar, 32, is communicating through signs with her family, police and bank colleagues.

Dubey, 38, with over 15 years of experience in the banking sector, had piled up huge debts through a lavish lifestyle, expensive tastes, certain investments in lucrative residential/commercial properties, etc, though the sources of his finance are still not clear.

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Case of extortion registered on 28 including Parambir Singh, Don Ravi Pujari, Pradeep Sharma





The troubles of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh seem to be increasing continuously. One after the other FIRs are being registered against him. The process of registering complaints and FIRs is going on in many districts of the state including Mumbai, Thane. The FIR is not limited to Parambir Singh only. Apart from him, some DCP, ACP and other police officers have also been named. However, there is a new twist in the story here. Now in an FIR with Parambir Singh, a case of extortion of crores of rupees has been registered in Thane city against 28 people including encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma and underworld don Ravi Pujari. Pradeep Sharma is in jail in the Mansukh murder case and Antilia explosives case. Pradeep Sharma has also worked under Parambir Singh. At present, a case of extortion has been registered against these two officers in Thane.

In this case, the complainants Ketan Tanna, Sonu Jalan, Riyaz Bhati have accused them of forcibly extorting money by implicating them in a false case. In all the FIRs registered at present, what kind of action the police will take on Parambir Singh and other accused, only time will decide. After Parambir Singh’s allegations against former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, his troubles are also increasing continuously. Singh had accused Anil Deshmukh of extorting Rs 100 crore. Following these allegations, Deshmukh had to resign from his post. After that first CBI and now ED is also investigating against him.

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