Times of India | 3 days ago | 23-09-2022 | 11:25 am
PONDA: The body of Madhya Pradesh techie Arprit Shukla resurfaced after 18 days on Thursday. The 31-year-old software engineer from Bhopal had drowned in Dudhsagar river on September 5 after he slipped off the waterfalls. The body was stuck in the roots of a tree on the banks 7km from the falls. Collem PI Sanjay Dalvi said the victim’s brother who was in Goa to join the search operation has identified the body. It has been preserved at the GMC mortuary for an autopsy likely to be conducted on Friday. Shukla had visited Dudhsagar waterfalls on the evening of September 5 with his wife and some friends. He was suspected to have fallen into the stream in an attempt to get a picture of the waterfalls and went missing. A search operation was launched immediately after.
Ponda: Police custody of Jahangir Islam, 32, and Shaikh Nadeem Khan, 52, from Bagerhat district in Bangladesh’s Khulna division was on Thursday extended by five more days by a Ponda court in connection with an ATM robbery at Tisk-Usgao. The accused were brought to Ponda on September 15 from Andhra Pradesh’s Gannavaram police station. Gannavaram police had arrested them late last month at a local railway station for attempting to rob an SBI ATM there. Four others, however, are still at large.A gang of six masked robbers had detached two ATMs of two different bank kiosks at Tisk-Usgao, and had decamped with them early on August 18. Both were later found abandoned at Piliem-Dharbandora, a kilometre away. After the robbery, they fled to Hubballi by train and stayed there for a day before moving to Gannavaram. “When we verified the CCTV footage of a hotel in Hubballi, it was confirmed that they were the same men involved in the Usgao robbery”, Ponda DySP C L Patil said.
Ponda: In a second hit-and-run case in less than 20 days in Ponda, Anagha Desai, 43, a resident of Usgao, was killed in a hit-and-run accident at Tisk-Usgao on Friday while crossing the road. The driver of the car, Raghavindra Hanagi, 34, a resident of Dharwad in Karnataka, was arrested from Hubbali.The accused was identified with the help of CCTV footage and the car was traced to Hubbali, police said.In a similar incident, a truck cleaner was killed at Tisk-Usgao on September 3. Ponda PI Vijaykumar Chodankar said the vehicle involved in the accident that killed Desai was traced by Friday evening and was brought to Ponda along with its driver who had fled the accident spot without providing medical aid to the victim and without informing police about the accident.Desai, a native of Gadhinglaj in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district, worked at the Nestle factory. Police said she was crossing the road to reach the factory when the accident took place. TNN
Ponda: After Collem police seized machinery, including a horizontal laterite cutting machine from a Tatodi-Dharbandora quarry site, the owner has moved court to get his machinery released. The machinery was allegedly used to extract and steal laterite stones illegally. The matter will be heard by a Sanguem court on Saturday, Collem PI Sanjay Dalvi said.Following a complaint lodged by Omkar Naik Gaonkar, an assistant geologist of the directorate of mines and geology, Panaji, the police had seized the machinery earlier this week. Four persons — stone quarry owner Ganpat Gaonkar, 39, a resident of Tatodi, three labourers, Mukesh Urao, 21, and Rajesh Kindo, 19, both natives of Jharkhand and Santosh Lamani, 27, a native of Bijapur, Karnataka— were arrested. They were later released on bail, Dalvi said.Since stone extraction has been banned by the Supreme Court, extraction and selling of extracted laterite stones is an offence and a case under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Minor Mineral Ore Concession Rules has been registered against the accused, he added.
Panaji: Chimbel resident, Devu Mardolkar, 59, who was hit by a Kadamba bus at the Chimbel junction early Friday morning, succumbed to his injuries.The victim was riding a cycle when the Kadamba bus, which was proceeding from Panaji to Ponda hit him. The accident took place around 6.30am. Police said the victim was immediately shifted to Goa Medical College where he was declared brought dead.Police sub inspector Edvin Dias said that the driver of the bus, Rupesh Mudkudkar, was arrested and later released on bail. The victim was an employee of the Corporation of the City of Panaji.
PANAJI: A Ponda court has pulled up the police for seeking condonation in delay in filing charges and citing excuses of Covid-19 and bandobast duties. "Several stereotype applications for condoning the delay are filed by the investigating officers assigning similar reasons of being deployed on bandobast duties and other duties," stated Judicial Magistrate First Class, Ponda, Audi Shanoor. "I find that police officers have to discharge their duties with utmost diligence and such casual and cavalier approach cannot be entertained," the court added. In the latest case, the offence of rash driving took place on April 23, 2019, and the PI filed an application seeking condonation in delay in filing the chargesheet, stating that the head constable who is now a PSI was deployed for bandobast duty and Covid-19 duty. The delay, if calculated, is for over one year, the court found. "Perusal of the chargesheet shows that the investigation was completed in 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic started in March 2020 and the investigating officer had sufficient time to file the chargesheet but he has failed to do so," the court stated. The investigating officer has not sufficiently explained the delay of such a long period and stated that the application has been filed "in an utmost casual and cavalier manner without assigning any proper justification for the delay caused and without mentioning the exact number of days of delay caused in filing the chargesheet", the court stated. It also pointed out that the officer failed to remain present, "which shows his lack of diligence to proceed with the matter". The investigating officer lodged an FIR against a 22-year-old barber who lost three fingers in an accident case. The court found that sufficient cause was not shown by the investigating officer to condone the delay in filing the chargesheet. As per Section 468 of the CrPC, the chargesheet had to be filed within a year of the offence and in the present case it had to be filed by April 22, 2020, but the application before the court seeking condonation in delay was dated December 13, 2021. Rash driving under Section 279 of IPC provides for simple imprisonment for a term extending up to six months or a fine which may extend to Rs 1,000, or both. The court dismissed the police application.