For the second time in 60 days, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) teams raided four locations, including the Nagpur and Mumbai residences of former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with an alleged corruption case filed against him, officials said here on Friday.
The raids were carried out in at least four locations as part of the probe into a money-laundering case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, lodged in May against Deshmukh, a senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, even as the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi slammed the Centre and Bharatiya Janata Party.
Earlier on April 24, around 10 locations of Deshmukh in multiple cities were raided by the ED on April 24 and he was detained for several hours after he was booked.
Prior to that, on April 6, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a preliminary enquiry following a Bombay High Court order asking the agency to probe the allegations of corruptions and misuse of office levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Soon after the dawn raids started, the ruling MVA allies Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress slammed the Centre and the BJP for “misusing central probe agencies” to harass opposition parties.
Sena MP and Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut besides NCP State President and Minister Jayant Patil accused the Centre of constantly misusing various probe agencies to target opposition parties’ and their leaders on flimsy charges.
In a sharp attack, Congress Spokesperson Sachin Sawant sought to know “what the ED is trying to search while raiding the residence of Anil Deshmukh” since both Param Bir Singh and sacked cop Sachin Vaze “never said money was given”.
“If the ED feels that money was given, why no raids on Vaze and Singh who supposedly gave the money? Sad state of Democracy We must save Democracy,” said Sawant.
He rued that all national investigation agencies have surrendered their independence before the (Narendra) Modi government and are being used as political weapons against the Opposition.
Sawant called upon the three ruling allies to “unitedly oppose this ploy to defame the MVA by torturing its leaders”.
NCP MP Supriya Sule said that while the entire state government is working round-the-clock to tackle the challenges of the upcoming Covid-19 ‘third wave’, the Centre is letting loose central agencies to pursue ‘vendetta politics’ against the Opposition.
In Nagpur, a large group of NCP activists lodged strong protests and raised slogans against the BJP and Centre for “blatantly misusing” central probe agencies like ED, CBI, NIA, etc. to hound opposition leaders.
Maharashtra: Police constable dies by suicide in Dhule; probe underway
A 57-year-old police constable allegedly hanged himself to death at his native village in Dhule district of north Maharashtra, an official said on Friday.
The incident took place on Thursday evening at Pohbara in Sakri taluka and the deceased constable was identified as Kaluram Chaitram Ahire, he said.
“Ahire was posted at the Mantralaya, the state secretariat, in Mumbai for security. He had been at his native place since the last few days,” he said.
He was found hanging in the cattle stable in the premises of his residence, the official said, adding that the exact reason behind the suicide is yet to be known.
Investigation into the case is being conducted by Pimpalner police.
In another case recently, a 24-year-old youth from Shivshakti Nagar in Turbhe allegedly died by suicide. The police said that the youth was going through financial issues which prompted him to take the grave step.
Identified as Kiran Ghadge, the deceased worked in private company’s housekeeping department.
Fake post on Shraddha Walkar-like case goes viral in Assam; police clarifies
With an aim to disturb communal harmony in Assam, a group of unidentified miscreants on Wednesday shared a post on Shraddha Walkar-like case on social media.
Taking swift action, the state police termed it “fake” news and said that it was taken from a Portuguese blog.
The miscreants claimed about a Shraddha-like incident in Assam and termed it ‘Love-Jihad’.
“A girl named Kajal who was in a live-in relationship was first raped by seven Muslim boys and then packed alive in a fridge where she died of hypothermia. Her live-in partner Ghaffar and his companions used to take the body out of the fridge and indulge in necrophilia daily.”
The cyber cell of Assam police quickly jumped into action and found the post to be fake.
In a Twitter post, Assam police wrote, “An image from a Portuguese blog of 2010 is being shared with a completely false context on Social Media. Appropriate action will be taken against those found sharing such messages.”
Meanwhile, a senior police officer urged the netizens for staying extra cautious while reacting to this kind of social media posts.
An investigation is underway.
Maharashtra: Man kills mother in Palghar; arrested
A man allegedly killed his 50-year-old mother after a dispute in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, police said on Wednesday.
The incident took place on Tuesday evening in Vikramgad area and the 30-year-old accused was arrested on Wednesday, they said.
The accused had a dispute with his father over the construction of their house under a government scheme.
On Tuesday, the accused beat up his father over the issue. When his mother intervened to save her husband, the accused allegedly attacked her with a roof tile and killed her, police spokesperson Sachin Navadkar said.
Their neighbours alerted local police who rushed to the spot and sent the body to a government hospital for post-mortem, he said.
Based on a complaint by the deceased woman’s husband, the police arrested the accused and registered a case against him under relevant provisions, the official said.
In another incident from the district, a mob brutally assaulted a man they suspected was a thief. A gruesome video of the same went viral on social media.
The police said that the mob had allgedly caught him when he broke into a gold jewellery shop and was stealing valuables. The locals beat him with rods, kicked him and punched him.
The police then booked a five persons for assault and the victim has been booked for theft.
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