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Restaurant & Hotel Owners of Mumbai, write letter to authorities on ‘MORAL POLICING’

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Why are On-duty Mumbai Police Officers seen sitting inside Bars & Restaurants?

Shashwat Mishra : Mumbai Uncensored, 21 January 2022

On 3rd January, 2021 the hoteliers and restaurant owners of Mumbai have expressed their plight in a letter to the excise department. Their concern is over Mumbai police constables who come to these places at 9:00PM and continue to stay over the premises till 5:00 AM. Their concern is over the fact that since the policemen continue to occupy their space for the aforementioned time frame, the same has severely affected their business, as customers are scared to come to these bars and restaurants for a reason that they might be booked under the law and face actions from police over flouting covid norms. The owners contend that despite following all the guideline/restrictions released by the Maharashtra government and functioning at a 50% capacity, presence of policemen inside bars and restaurants are doing no good. The other issue they have raised is due to such “moral policing”, not just their business is suffering but it is also causing a loss of excise duty to the exchequer.

The other point which needs due consideration is the fact that currently the Mumbai police is not working in its sanctioned capacity as there is a shortage of police personnel and therefore, in such a situation deploying policemen in these clubs and restaurants just for the purpose of keeping a watch on that particular restaurant or bar is their underutilization and is overburdening the police force, this duty of keeping a watch can also be performed by home guards instead. As mentioned in the previous articles by Mumbai Uncensored regarding the shortage of police personnel and the overburdened Mumbai police force, wherein there are not enough police officers to effectively carry out both administrative and investigative functions. 

The current situation is aggravated by deploying officers in bars/restaurants thus, a police force which is already working below its sanctioned strength is now working under more pressure because of the same. The statistics, as of 31st July 2021 states the number of the sanctioned strength of police personnel was 51,255, of which only 41,396 are rendering their services, which suggests a shortage of 19% personnel. There is also a shortage of police officers involved in the investigation which accounts for 18% of the shortage in PSI posts. Apart from this there is a high pendency in the investigation of cases like crime against women (77%), children (80%), and SLL (special and local laws crimes) 77% as of 2020. 

Another ramification which the decision to deploy policemen in these bars and restaurants is the increasing number of covid cases among police personnel, at present there are 523 active cases in Mumbai police. This decision has not done any good and instead has worsened the situation of policing in the city, appropriate steps towards this direction are needed to be taken.

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ख्रिस्ती मिशनरींचे, टार्गेट मुंबई…

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Akash Swarup Sonawane – Mumbai Uncensored, 24th May 2022

मुंबईत मागील काही दिवसांमध्ये ख्रिस्ती धर्मियांचे प्रचारक आणि त्यांचे कार्यक्रम मोठ्या प्रमाणात चर्चेत आसल्याचे सोशल मीडियाद्वारे दिसून येत आहे. ह्या कार्यक्रमांचे आयोजन काही चर्च मार्फत, ख्रिस्ती संस्थांमार्फत किंवा त्यांच्या धर्मगुरुंमार्फत करण्यात येते. लोकांच्या समस्यांचे निवारण करण्यासाठी हे मिशनरी परमेश्वर किंवा प्रभू येशूच्या नावाखाली बोगसरित्या लोकांना काही चित्र विचित्र प्रक्रिया आणि मंत्रोउच्चारण करून बरे करण्याचा दावा करत असतात. 

अशाच एका पादरी बजींदर सिंग मिनिस्ट्री नामक व्यक्तीचा वांद्रे कुर्ला संकुल येथील कार्यक्रम रद्द करण्यात आला होता. हा पादरी बोगस असून त्याच्यावर बलात्कार, बाल हक्क अयोग्य, अंधश्रद्धा कायद्यान्वये आणि असे अनेक खटले सुरु असल्या कारणाने हिंदू व शीख समाजाने व त्यांच्याशी जोडल्या गेलेल्या संघटनांनी विरोध दर्शवून कार्यक्रम रद्द केला गेला होता. 

परंतु असे अनेक पादरी व त्यांच्या मिशनरी कार्यरत असून असा आणखी एक कार्यक्रम समोर आला आहे. दिनांक २७ मे २०२२ रोजी मेयर ऑडिटोरिअम, बर्फीवाला रोड, अंधेरी पश्चिम येथे होणाऱ्या पादरी वेंकट, एच इ फाऊंडेशन, संस्थापक जरेमीआ तेकी, संतोष कोली मिनिस्ट्री, अँथोनी राज, जॉन आनंद आयोजित “अराईज अँड शाईन” नामक कार्यक्रमासाठी समाजातुन विरोध दर्शवला जात आहे. जनतेची दिशाभूल करणे, अंधश्रद्धेचा प्रचार तसेच समर्थन करणे, लोकांची फसवणूक करुन ठराविक धर्मामध्ये धर्मांतर करणे या आरोपांवर पादरी वेंकट व त्याच्या सहकाऱ्यांची चौकशी व्हावी अशी देखील काही संस्थांमार्फत मागणी होत असल्याचे सूत्रांच्या माहितीनुसार आढळून आले आहे. 

ह्या मिशनरी सोशल मीडियावर व्हिडिओ आणि पोस्टद्वारे आपली जाहिरात करुन अशा प्रकारच्या कार्यक्रमांचा प्रचार करत असल्याचे स्पष्ट होते. दिनांक १० मे २०२२ पासून ‘एच इ फाऊंडेशन’ या फेसबुक पेज वरुन ह्या कार्यक्रमाच्या जाहिराती होत असून विविध पोस्ट द्वारे या कार्यक्रमास, देवाने पाठवलेल्या पादरी वेंकट याला ऐकायला येण्याचे आवाहन केले जात आहे. तसेच आपल्या कार्यक्रमांमध्ये विचित्र आवाज, गाणी, घोषणा आणि अमानवीय क्रिया करुन लोकांच्या मानसिक संतुलनावर घाला घालत असल्याचे प्रसारित केलेल्या काही व्हिडिओंमधून आढळून येते. 

‘सॅफ्रन थिंक टॅंक’ संघटनेचे संस्थापक सिद्धांत मोहिते यांनी सदर विषयांवर आवाज उठवून लेखी तक्रारी दिल्या आहेत. या समाज कंटकांच्या विरोधी अनेक तक्रारी व विरोध असल्याचे प्रचलित असून सुद्धा सामान्य जनता याला बळी पडते. परंतू यांच्या विरोधात कारवाई केली जात नाही, त्याउलट अशा कार्यक्रमाना अधिकृत परवानग्याही दिल्या जातात. विरोध झाल्याशिवाय जर असे कार्यक्रम होणे बंद झाले नाही तर अंधश्रद्धेमार्फत धर्मांतराला वाव मिळतच राहील. 

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Days after Maneka Gandhi severs tainted Mumbai arm of her organisation PFA, extortionist associated with the organisation is arrested.

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Extortionist arrested for allegedly harassing a pet owner from Thane.

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 18th May 2022

An FIR was registered against Lata Parmar, president of PFA’s Mumbai Unit and her team members on April 14 for allegedly forging a document and using the stamps of Sion police on the letterhead of PFA while taking custody of a Dalmatian from a Thane resident.

Ravi Vikram Bhatnagar, an animal activist alerted the police about the forged document and said that two more accused were yet to be arrested and that these people were using Maneka Gandhi’s name and extorting people.

Maneka Gandhi is the founder of People For Animals and is currently the chairperson of this organisation. Whilst serving India as a political member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she founded India’s largest organisation for animal rights and welfare, People For Animals.

Following this complaint she tweeted a post that read-

“***IMPORTANT*** A decision has been taken to dissolve the People For Animals, Mumbai Unit-1. As on 15.04.2022, the PFA Mumbai Unit 1 ceases to exist.”

Days after Maneka Gandhi severed ties with the Mumbai Unit 1 of her non-profit People for Animals (PFA) over allegations of extortion, a woman, Bimlesh Navani, associated with the organisation was arrested for allegedly harassing a pet owner from Thane. As per the FIR, a few PFA members visited a site of Vedant Construction on Ghodbunder Road, Thane, on March 3. They found a Dalmatia dog and told its owner Akshay Zade that they were taking the canine and Zade could get it back after showing the necessary documents. The same day, Bhatnagar, who is a friend of Zade, came across a photo of the dog on social media. He found something was off in the documents uploaded along with the picture of the dog and alerted the cops. The Sion police have also booked Lata Parmar, president of PFA’s Mumbai Unit 1, in the case. Another accused, Mohit Chawre, has got anticipatory bail. 

An animal lover, who runs NGO, Salim Charania and had filed a writ petition in the high court against Parmar for misusing her power as president and filied 55 false complaints against him at various police stations. He said, “In 2020, the raid was conducted at my house in Vasai where I kept stray dogs for allegedly breeding dogs and selling them. However, the police did not find anything against me. Parmar targeted me as my NGO was working in the market. She used to call the police and Maneka Gandhi to complain against me. VVMC doctors also gave me a clean chit.’’

Simalar cases involving Parmar misusing her power under the name of the organisation and Maneka Gandhi were seen.

An Assistant doctor Kuldeep Mukane, also victim, spoke about how in January, a month after performing a surgery on a cat the owner came to us complaining that the cat had an infection. At that time, Lata Parmar had demanded Rs 1 lakh from them to not register a complaint. She also approached Gandhi and got Anchole police station to file a case against them.

Similarly Dr Dattatray Bhausaheb Raje’s clinic in Kalyan was shut down after Lata Parmar and her team in December 2021 informed Tilak Nagar police station that they was running a racket of breeding dogs at my clinic. They even got Maneka Gandhi and BMC officers involved. The civic body shut down his clinic.

PFA claims to be India’s largest animal welfare group with 26 hospitals, 165 units, 60 mobile units and 2.5 lakh members. Its stated aim is to open an animal welfare centre in every district in the country. It runs animal shelters, provides ambulance services for animals, sterilisation, rehabilitation of sick/needy animals, treatment, disaster rescue for animals. It lobbies for animal issues on different levels like education, sensitisation and legislation.

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Beware of a new kind of extortion: Maneka Gandhi led NGO’s Mumbai President booked for accusing innocent pet owners to extort money

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Vishwa Thacker – Mumbai Uncensored, 7th May 2022

In a recent case in Mumbai, a new breed of criminals trying to extort money from genuine pet parents has surfaced. Three activists of an organisation led by Maneka Gandhi, the city’s topmost NGO for animals, People for Animals, have been booked by the police.

A case of a Dalmation breed dog led to the arrest of three activists including the president of the organisation Lata Parmar along with Mohit Chawre and Bimlesh Navani. Lata Parmar has already been booked twice in cases of extortion and deterring a public servant from carrying out his duties. 

However, MP Maneka Gandhi has denied the accusations of her organisation or Lata Parmar being involved in any such crimes. She added that Parmar has always shown extraordinary efforts to save animals in her career. She further accused that his case was nothing but a way of defaming their organisation. 

In the case of the Dalmation, the accused allegedly went to a construction site on March 3 and threatened an employee Bindu Kumar Singh who further called the dog owner, Akshay Zade. They told Zade that they were taking the dog and he would get it back only after showing the essential documents. 

They then threatened him and forced him to sign a paper that read that he has given his dog up to the organisation because he is not in the right state to take care of his dog. Allegedly, the accused forged his signature when he refused. When Zade narrated the incident, the police booked the members under sections 384, 420, 465, 468, 500, 34 and 47 of the IPC. 

DCP Vijay Patil said, “We have registered an offence against the accused and she was called for an inquiry. The investigation is underway. We decide on the course of action depending on the findings.”

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