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3 months later MLC Metes driver in Navi Mumbai has been charged with carelessness

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Eknath Kadam, ex-MLC Vinayak Mete’s driver, has been arrested for reckless and careless driving that caused death following a three-month investigation by the CID into the deadly SUV collision involving Mete (52) on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway close to the Bhatan tunnel in Navi Mumbai. On August 14, at around 5.15 am, the accident occurred. Along with his security Ram Dhobale and driver Eknath Kadam, Mete was travelling from Beed to Mumbai in a Ford Endeavour. Later that day, he had a meeting on the Maratha reservation issue to attend.

At the Rasayani police station late on Tuesday night, senior inspector Subhash Nikam of CID filed the FIR. Detective Nikam stated, “Eknath Kadam, the accused, has been charged with reckless driving that resulted in Mete’s murder and seriously injured Dhobale when the ex-MLC was riding in the back seat of the Ford Endeavour SUV and his bodyguard, Constable Ram Dhobale, was sat next to the driver. Kadam was previously detained by Beed police for a deadly accident that occurred in 2018, when he collided with another vehicle and killed a person inside the other vehicle.”

“Based on a report from the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory and an eyewitness testimony, the FIR has been filed against Kadam, according to Inspector Nikam. This was done after recording the statement of the driver of the vehicle Kadam is accused of ramming into while allegedly driving carelessly. After the collision, the tempo’s driver, Umesh Yadav, sped off.

But the next day, the Raigad crime branch in Gujarat’s Vapi region detained him. However, Mete’s bodyguard claims he is unable to remember the tragic incident since he is still suffering from mental stress. Additionally, according to Mete’s SUV’s speedometer readout, Kadam was travelling much beyond the expressway’s legal speed limit. On Wednesday, the CID squad proceeded to Kadam’s Beed home to make the arrest.

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Concerns Are Raised By A Neglected Area Outside The East Exit Of Vashi Station By Passengers

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A neglected area outside vashi station was the issue of concern.

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While most commuters get off the subway facing the Vashi station’s Raghu Leela side, a sizable portion of travelers also use the station’s eastern side to get towards Sanpada. The neglected state of the outlying lands outside the station on this side has drawn the attention of locals and commuters alike.

Several complaints have been made by commuters, who list numerous problems with the area. Under all that debris, they noticed that wiring and plastic tubing were left unsecured, and there was a pedestrian bench.

A daily commuter stated, “Authorities have turned a blind eye to this problem even though it’s right under their nose. This side does not receive heavy footfall like the other side of Vashi station does one is concerned about the aesthetics of this area.”

“My son studies at Father Agnel High School and my office is in Vashi. When we pass by this area in the morning, I have noticed slabs that have caved in; this has become a hazard for people walking here,” a Sanpada resident remarked. Additionally, there is an overabundance of bushes and plants next to a bench that was supposed to serve as sitting. A renovation is desperately needed in the area.

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As The Lok Sabha Elections Draw Near, The Navi Mumbai Police Are On Guard

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The Navi Mumbai Police has stepped up its efforts to maintain peace and order as the Lok Sabha elections get closer. The police have sprang into action with the adoption of the Code of Conduct, organizing six teams to target illegal activity within the municipal borders.

Preventive action has been taken against 270 people, and 663 guns belonging to license holders have been gathered, according to Special Branch Deputy Commissioner Prashant Mohite. Given the presence of political personalities and activists with criminal records in the city, this proactive strategy tries to avert any problems during the elections.

A total of 270 people have been subject to preventative action under Sections 107 and 110 since the Code of Conduct’s inception. Six people with criminal backgrounds have already been removed from the city and district, and the police are aggressively seeking more. In addition, there are currently 15 to 20 more culprits to find and prosecute.

The enforcement of the code of conduct will be handled by a specialized squad that will concentrate on transportation, illicit liquor manufacture, and drugs. In Kamothe and Panvel city, code infractions have already resulted in the registration of cases.

Navi Mumbai Police will be augmented by forces from the Central Reserve Force and Home Guard to strengthen security during the elections. People are urged to report any anomalies using the Election Commission’s C-Vigil app or the police, and Deputy Commissioner Prashant Mohite promises that concerns will be handled quickly.

As part of its efforts to suppress illicit activity, the police have recovered 3409 liters of booze valued at Rs 3.54 lakh in addition to large amounts of narcotics including MD, LSD, ganja, and charas. In addition, 23 distinct kinds of firearms have been seized, demonstrating the police’s dedication to guaranteeing a secure and impartial voting procedure.

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Dry Coconut Tree Leaves And Other Trash Cover The Footpath In Sanpada

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The Sanpada residents expressed frustration over tree leaves & trash covered on footpaths.

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The deteriorating state of the footpath along the Palm Beach bridge, which is close to the NMMC garden plot, has disappointed the residents of Sector 13, Sanpada. In Sanpada, on the other side of the nullah. Now it’s just a dump on the path. Garbage, dried coconut tree leaves, and other stuff are merely laying there while people go by, demonstrating the authorities’ indifference.

Residents have reported that dried leaves, trash, and abandoned objects have been visible along the path for over a month. They have also mentioned that men urinate oneself close to the walkway because it is relatively empty after dusk.

“I pass by this area every day; the palms from the coconut trees on this small garden plot of NMMC have fallen on the footpath for quite some time and no effort has been made to send sanitation workers to pick them up and take them away,” said Sayali Rathore, a resident of Sector 13, Sanpada.

Locals have voiced their concerns over why, despite having sufficient staff to address the issue, local pockets in less-frequented regions are becoming untidy and messy, given that Navi Mumbai is the third cleanest city in India.

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