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Raj Kundra Gave ₹25 Lakh Bribe to Mumbai Crime Branch to Avoid Arrest

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Raj Kundra, in the net over production of pornographic films, paid Rs 25 lakh to the Mumbai Crime Branch officials to evade arrest till now, this has been alleged by a wanted accused in the case.

The firm of Arvind Srivastava alias Yash Thakur, named as the kingpin of the racket in March, had complained to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) via an email the same month, Mid-Day reported. The ACB then sent it to the Mumbai police chief’s office in April. The city officers have, however, refused to comment. On Wednesday, the crime branch raided Kundra’s Andheri office.

The complainant to the ACB was Fliz Movies, previously known as Nuefliks, a US-based firm. Police had named the firm in March and seized two of its owner Srivastava’s bank accounts having about Rs 4.5 crore.

In the email, Nuefliks also claimed that a “demand, through a police informer, to pay an equal amount was also made to the firm”.

Mumbai crime branch is examining 70 videos allegedly produced on orders of Kundra. Sources told News18 that 70 porn videos were produced by different small-time production houses. All these production houses are under scanner now of the property cell, a source added.

Besides these, 90 videos made specifically for the Kundra-owned ‘Hotshots’ app are being examined by the investigating team. Some are over 20 to 30 minutes long in duration, the source said.

On Monday, the police had described Kundra as the “key conspirator” of the case, which was registered on February 4 at the Malwani police station in suburban Mumbai. In all, 11 persons have been arrested so far in the case, the police have said.

Kundra has been booked under sections 420 (cheating), 34 (common intention), 292, and 293 (related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) besides relevant sections of the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

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Cutting-Edge CCTV System Strengthens Taloja Central Jail’s Security

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Taloja Central Jail Strengthened with Modern CCTV System to Boost Safety.

The System

A total of 451 CCTV cameras have been installed at Taloja Central Jail as a key step towards improving security and surveillance in order to avoid inmate conflicts and misbehavior. Amitabh Gupta, Maharashtra State’s Inspector General of Prisons and Correctional Services and Additional Director General of Police, presided over the sophisticated CCTV system’s inauguration on Monday. Superintendent Pramod Wagh of Taloja Jail, Yogesh Desai, Deputy Inspector General of Prisons, South Division Byculla, Mumbai-8, and other authorities were also present.

The installation, which was done in two stages, started out with 331 CCTVs that were outfitted with modern technology to monitor the movements and activities of prisoners. In the next stage, the remaining cameras will be placed. AI technology is included into these cutting-edge cameras to improve their surveillance capabilities.

Amitabh Gupta spoke to the group and underlined the value of these CCTV cameras in stopping prisoner misconduct and guaranteeing efficient inmate supervision. It is anticipated that the technology would reduce misbehavior and enhance Taloja Jail’s general security protocols.

Furthermore, with continued installation efforts, Taloja Jail has added fifteen additional video conferencing devices to let convicts communicate with their families. In order to bolster prison security, a body scanning machine has also been installed, which facilitates comprehensive inmate searches.

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On The Sukhapur To New Panvel Route, Commuters Suffer From Potholes

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The Adai Circle area’s roadways have suffered greatly from heavy rains, creating large potholes that are now a major hazard for travelers. Large potholes causing traffic congestion and car damage have made the section of road under the Panvel Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) authority from Sukhapur to New Panvel especially problematic.

The worsening road conditions have been a source of irritation for commuters heading towards Panvel from the Nere Dhodhani, Akurli, Harigram, and Morbe regions. Due to the uneven surface created by the difference between the lower tarred road and the recently built cement concrete road, cars must drive more cautiously, which lengthens travel times and frequently causes traffic bottlenecks during peak hours.

A commuter from the area said, “The potholes are not only slowing down traffic but also causing damage to vehicles.” “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to navigate through this area, especially during office rush hours.”

The Panvel Municipal Corporation is being urged by locals and commuters to act quickly to fix the potholes and restore smooth travel on this important route.

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The Ecological Balance Of The Mangrove Zones Of Navi Mumbai Is Threatened By Illegal Godowns

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Illegal godowns threaten Navi Mumbai’s ecological balance in mangrove zones.

The Godowns

Illegal godowns built by filling them with waste pose a severe danger to Navi Mumbai’s delicate mangrove zones. In addition to upsetting the natural equilibrium, this illegal practice increases the likelihood of flooding during periods of high precipitation.

According to reports, there is a rising tendency of land grabpers encroaching on mangroves and filling them with garbage to make way for unlicensed warehouses, such as coal and scrap godowns, to establish flat areas. Vital drainage systems in the Thane Belapur region are under risk due to the fast encroachment of areas like Sanpada, Juinagar, and Nerul.

The way in which the authorities have handled these crimes is being scrutinized; concerns have been made concerning the illicit generation of considerable income and the delivery of energy to these godowns. Fears about Navi Mumbai’s long-term effects on the ecology and infrastructure are voiced by concerned individuals.

The urgent necessity for action to safeguard mangrove ecosystems has been emphasized by the Forest Department, which has elevated the matter to CIDCO. This urgent environmental situation will be discussed at the conference tomorrow, highlighting how vital it is to protect Navi Mumbai’s natural legacy.

“We have sent a detailed report to CIDCO and it will be discussed in detail during a meeting,” a Forest Department Officer stated.

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