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Mumbai Police probing ‘fraud’ in private society vaccination drive

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The Mumbai Police have launched investigations into an alleged fraud in a posh Kandivali housing complex where a private vaccination drive was undertaken two weeks ago, an official said.

“We are probing the matter after the society’s complaint, but so far, there is no FIR lodged nor any detentions or arrests,” a police official said.

According to the residents of the Hiranandani Heritage Society (435 flats in three towers) in Kandivali west, a fraudster allegedly carried out the vaccination drive for 390 people comprising society members and their families, in-house staff like security guards, drivers or domestic helpers on May 30.

It was conducted through a couple of facilitators, Rajesh Pandey and Sanjay Gupta, who claimed to represent leading private institutions like the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) and the Nanavati Hospital- and agreed to provide 400 vaccine doses for around Rs 1,260 each, for which the society paid around Rs 5 lakh.

However, top authorities of the KDAH and the Nanavati Hospital have stated that they had nothing to do with the entire drive as claimed by the agents, they were not approached by the society and they did not contemplate any further steps in the matter like lodging a police complaint.

The doubts started after the inoculation drive was over, as none of the beneficiaries were given the vaccination certificates, and many of the residents noticed that the vials bore a red stamp ‘Not For Sale’.

Gupta assured that the certificates would be given after 3-4 days, and when many of them finally got them after June 8, they were found to be generated from different hospitals in the city, without the date of May 30, when the inoculation was carried out.

Many of the residents checked their status on CoWin and were shocked to learn that they were yet to get their first vaccine dose, which set alarm bells ringing.

“We have approached the Kandivali police in the matter. We are very worried. We don’t know what was administered to us in the name of the Covid vaccine. We also did not develop the normal side-effects post-inoculation, adding to our doubts,” one of the residents said.

Local BJP leaders like Yogesh Sagar alleged that there could be a nexus between the BMC and unscrupulous elements in such private drives and the beneficiaries must make full enquiries before getting lured by such offers.

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33-year-old man commits suicide in Gurugram

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A 33-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself inside a private company’s premises in IMT Manesar Sector-2, Gurugram, on Saturday afternoon. However, no suicide note has been recovered. Manesar police have sent the body for autopsy and are probing the case.

The deceased has been identified as Pawan Kataria, a resident of Samalkha in Sonipat.

According to police the victim used to work in the company’s lab and was a permanent employee. His colleagues found his body inside the lab room and informed the police.

During a preliminary probe, the police have ruled out any foul play and said the exact cause of death would be known only after the autopsy report comes.

“Statements of family members and his colleagues were being recorded to ascertain the reasons behind the extreme step taken by the victimy,” Varun Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Manesar), told IANS.

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Taliye village of Raigad devastated by landslide, population of 120 people, 49 dead, 47 missing

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Heavy rains, floods and landslides have cause great damage in Maharashtra. So far 136 people have been confirmed dead in different different incidents. But the most painful accident happened in Taliye village of Mahad taluka of Raigad district, where 49 people have died. Here 12 people are still injured, while 47 others are said to be missing. See the scene in the pictures.. This incident of landslide happened in Raigad’s Taliye on Thursday evening. Relief and rescue work is on. Milind Gangwane, a resident here, said, ‘The disaster alert was not issued to the villagers by the government and the administration. Our small village has a population of 120 peoples only. The stone fell from a height of 100 feet from the mountain.

He also told that they were shifted to a safer place 4-5 days ago by the local administration but they returned when the rains subsided. Several people have died in separate incidents of floods and landslides in Raigad, Satara, Ratnagiri. At the same time, a resident of Taliye named Ankita told- My house was broken. This had never happened before. People had built new houses and took loans for the same. Everything is over. The opposition BJP accused the leaders of the ruling party and the administration of not taking action on time and not reaching even after 20 hours of the incident. At the same time, the NDRF team, which came from Mumbai via helicopter, had to return due to non-availability of landing place from the administration.

There is a red alert in Raigad, Konkan and Satara for the next two days. Kolhapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are on Orange Alert. River Panchganga in Kolhapur, Kajali and Muchkundi in Ratnagiri, Krishna river and Koyna dam as well as Vishishti river are still flowing above the danger mark. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced interim assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased in rain-related accidents. The central government will give Rs 2 lakh to the families of dead person and Rs 50,000 to the injured. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took the look of the situation by reaching the emergency control room of Mantralaya.

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CBI raids multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir gun license scam

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The CBI on Saturday carried out raids at multiple places including the official residence of an IAS officer in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the gun licences racket being investigated by the agency.

Official sources said the CBI carried out raids at 12 places in the Valley and 10 places outside in connection with the issuance of gun licenses racket being investigated by it.

Sources said CBI also raided the official residence of IAS officer, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary in Srinagar in addition to the office/factory of a gun manufacturer in Rainawari area of the city.

The gun licences issuance racket was transferred to the CBI after the J&K anti-corruption bureau (ACB) registered an FIR against the racket.

Last year, another IAS officer, Rajiv Ranjan and a senior J&K cadre officer, Itrat Hussain Rafique were arrested by the CBI in connection with the same investigation for misuse of their official position during their tenure as deputy commissioners in Kupwara district of the Valley.

This racket is believed to be India’s biggest gun licences racket in which thousands of gun licences were issued on monetary consideration even to people living outside J&K.

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