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Missing Bikru witness tracked

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Manu, wife of gangster Vikas Dubey’s aide Shashikant Dubey, who had gone missing two days ago, was finally found living at her parents’ home in Balolpur village along with her two minor children.

Manu is one of the eye-witnesses of the July 3 ambush in Bikru village in which eight policemen were killed.

Manu’s father-in-law, Prem Kumar Pandey, was gunned down by the police, barely three hours after the massacre.

Her husband Shashikant was also arrested and sent to jail.

Police had stated that Prem Kumar Pandey was one of the assailants and Dubey’s accomplice. Pandey’s house is located a few metres from Dubey’s now demolished house.

An audio clip of Manu talking to a woman-purportedly Vikas Dubey’s sister-in-law — about the carnage had gone viral on the social media.

“Manu had gone to her parents’ house. We have deployed security personnel outside her parents’ house now because she is a witness in the Bikru carnage,” SP (Rural) Brijesh Shrivastava said on Thursday.

Sources said that Manu’s name is likely to be included by the police in the supplementary charge sheet.

As per the 1,700-page police charge sheet, the information about the raid on gangster Vikas Dubey’s house was leaked by local police and women helped in the ambush, allowing the assailants to kill police personnel and escape.

Eight policemen, including a deputy SP and three sub-inspectors, were killed in the ambush.

Police had charged 36 persons in the case. Six of the assailants, including gangster Vikas Dubey, were killed in encounters.

The accused also include four women— Kshama Agnihotri, Rekha Agnihotri, Shanti Dubey, and a minor wife of Vikas’s aide Amar Dubey. Their husbands are also accused in the case.

Manu has not been charged by the police.

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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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SUV near Ambani home: ‘Don’t politicize Hiren’s death’

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Terming the mystery death of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiren as “unfortunate”, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday said it would be wrong to politicize it and point accusing fingers at the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

Interacting with mediapersons, he said unraveling the truth behind the intriguing death of Hiren was critical for the “image and prestige” of the MVA government.

Hiren shot into the limelight after his stolen SUV, a Scorpio, was found parked suspiciously outside Antilia, the lavish multistoried home of Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani, on February 25, in south Mumbai.

The police later recovered 20 gelatin sticks and a purported typewritten threat letter, creating a sensation in the country’s corporate and political circles.

“It will be wrong to politicize the (Hiren’s) death and put the government in the dock Doubts are being raised whether his death was a suicide or a murder. The police are investigating. He was also an important witness in the (SUV) case,” Raut said.

He also called upon the home department to find the truth about Hiren’s death at the earliest and urged the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to have faith in the police probe.

“The Home Minister has already handed over the case to the Anti Terrorist Squad There’s no need for transferring it to the National Investigation Agency (NIA),” Raut stated.

Hours after Hiren’s autopsy was completed but the report and doctors’ opinion kept in ‘reserve’, his family demanded that the post-mortem report and the video-recording of the procedure must be made public.

An ATS team on Saturday morning visited the marshes adjacent to the Thane Creek near Mumbai from where the body of Hiren – an expert swimmer – was fished out on Friday morning.

ATS sleuths and Thane Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Avinash Ambure, and several BJP leaders visited the family at their residence in Vikas Palms society in Charai where the police have deployed tight security since early Saturday morning.

The Naupada Police on Friday lodged an accident death report even as further probe by the ATS is underway as the sensitive case sparked off a political row.

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NCB’s 12K-page charge sheet ‘damp squib’: Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer

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Terming the voluminous 12,000-page charge sheet filed against Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and 31 others as “expected”, their lawyer Satish Maneshinde launched a sharp attack on the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), virtually accusing it of a witch-hunt, here on Saturday.

“All efforts of the NCB have been directed towards Rhea Chakraborty, to somehow rope her in. The entire NCB, from top to bottom was engaged in unearthing the drug angle in Bollywood,” Maneshinde said.

“The charge sheet is a damp squib standing on the foundation of inadmissible evidence and statements recorded under NDPS Act Sec. 67 even after the Supreme Court judgement in the Toofan Singh case. Without Rhea Chakraborty being charged, this case has no substance,” Maneshinde said.

Referring to the NCB’ contentions in the charge sheet that it has seized various narcotic drugs (Charas, Ganja, LSD, Ecstasy) and psychotropic substances (Alprazolam and Clonazepam), the lawyer rubbished the federal drug agency’s claims.

“The entire amount of ‘Narcotic Substances’ recovered against the 33 accused are nothing compared to what even a Constable in Mumbai Police or Narcotics Cell or the Airport Customs or other agencies recover from one raid or trap,” Maneshinde pointed out.

Moreover, he said there’s hardly any material against any known faces, who were paraded during the investigations, and wondered whether the allegations were false, or “only God knows the Truth”.

The lawyer added that even the Bombay High Court did not find prima facie material at the stage of bail of the ‘alleged’ financing of drugs trade, as claimed by the NCB.

Maneshinde’s strong reactions came a day after the NCB lodged its charge sheet — a 11,700-page plus more in electronic format — with the Special NDPS Court in Mumbai, signalling an end to the probe.

The NCB came into the picture in August 2020 after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) stumbled on the drugs aspect of its probe into the financial angles surrounding the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14 at his rented duplex in Bandra, Mumbai.

Besides Rhea and Showik, the NCB has named the late actor’s ex-manager Samuel Miranda, his domestic help Dipesh Sawant, a drug peddler Anuj Keshwani from whom commercial quantity of drugs like LSD sheets and Marijuana) were first recovered.

Also figuring in the charge sheet are two foreigners — actor Arjun Rampal’s South African girlfriend and model Gabriella Demetriades, her brother Agisilaos Demetriades, besides Kshitij Prasad, a former executive producer with Dharma Productions, and two collegians, said to be the last-mile peddlers.

“We will have the last laugh Satyameva Jayate,” an unfazed Maneshinde concluded.

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