Maharashtra ATS chief removed

Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Ministry today axed chief of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) KP Raghuvanshi, sources said.

According to the sources, Rakesh Maria will be promoted as new ATS chief. Raghuvanshi is likely to be made ADGP Law & Order.

Raguvanshi was facing heat from the Central government and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan for giving a detailed briefing to the media about the arrest of LeT militants Riyaz Shaikh and Abdul Latif.

Duo was arrested by the ATS for allegedly plotting bomb attacks on the ONGC office at Bandra, Mangaldas market and Thakkar Mall.

In his address to media, Raghuvanshi had said that both the militants were in touch with their Pakistan-based handlers with a code name of uncle.

After his statement, both Centre and Chavan slammed Raghuvanshi and said that he should have refrained from giving detailed information before media.

Terror alert in Mumbai: No vehicle inside Vidhan Sabha

Mumbai: Following confirmed terror alert, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil today prohibited entry of any Red-light vehicles inside the state assembly premises.

Patil said that no VIP vehicle, including Chief Minister’s vehicle, would be allowed to enter the Vidhan Sabha premises.

He further said that militants may use VIP vehicles to target the State Assembly.

The precautionary measurement was taken following high terror threat to Mumbai till March 22, he added.

All the vehicles of MLAs and Ministers will be stopped outside the front gate of Maharashtra Assembly.

According to the sources, all the vehicles have reportedly been stopped outside the Gate No. 1 from Minister and MLAs were walking down towards assembly to attend ongoing budget session.

The decision was taken following strong intelligence inputs that terrorists might target Vidhan Sabha and other vital installations across the city.

It is noteworthy here that Mumbai has been facing terror threat till March.

The security has been beefed up in the city. Intelligence agencies have said that ONGC, BPCL, Vidhan Sabha and foreign embassies might be attacked through suicide vehicles.

The nature of attack could be similar to Pakistan’s Marriott hotel attack.

Earlier, two LeT suspects Riyaz and Latif were arrested by the ATS. The duo were planning to blow up ONGC oil tankers.

The police have also seized maps of vital installations and other sensitive materials from their possessions.

Mumbai will house India’s first film museum

A museum of moving images in Mumbai, an oil museum in Guwahati, one on mushrooms at Himachal Pradesh.

India finally seems to be taking to museums. The Kolkata-based National Council for Science Museums, the nodal agency under the ministry of culture, has got proposals for setting up 20 museums across India.

The offers are from educational and research institutes, corporate houses and public sector undertakings. “We have agreed to the proposals in principle. The agreements are being drafted,” said G.S. Rautela, director general of the Council.

By 2013, Mumbai will host India’s first museum for cinema at Mahalaxmi, run by the Films Division of India. “The agreement has been signed, work will begin soon,” said Rautela. Apart from displaying artefacts such as cameras and photographs, scripts, it plans to screen regional films.

“Cinema is a reflection of society and social attitudes,” said V. Packirisamy, director, Films Division. “The museum will trace cinema’s move from celluloid to digital in the last 100 years.”

“Every society should restore and conserve culture… It’s the only way a common man will relate to history,” said Rautela.

Museums are a medium of continuing education by self-study, said Sadashiv Gorakshakar, ex-director, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vaastu Sanghralaya, originally the Prince of Wales Museum. Globally, the movement to set up museums began in the 70s. “Then, India’s focus was on development. Now, the government has set aside funds,” he said.

Now Sena wants ‘Bombay’ removed from BNHS signboard

Suspected Shiv Sena activists vandalised the 126-year-old Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), demanding the word ‘Bombay’ be replaced by ‘Mumbai’ in its name.

Armed with bamboo sticks, around 40 activists marched into the premises and vandalised the society’s signboard by taking off the ‘B’ from ‘Bombay’ in the name last night, police said.

The building of BNHS, a body engaged in nature conservation research, is located opposite Maharashtra Police headquarters in south Mumbai.

They also put banners in Marathi with ‘Mumbai Natural History Society’ as its changed name.

No one has been arrested, police said, adding the society has not launched any complaint so far.

Terror Alert For Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore: Govt

Government alerted Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore governments on Monday about possible terror attacks post confession of Salman Ahmed, an Indian Mujahideen suspect.

This terror alert came after the arrest of an Indian Mujahideen terrorist, Salman Ahmed who is a suspect for terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Salman confessed that Indian Mujahideen is running a project called ‘Karachi Project’ under which it has Karachi, Kathmandu, Dubai bases.

He also confessed that ISI, Pakistan has inflicted this project to train provoked Indians against Indian targets. Indian security forces also arrested couple of IM terrorists from Uttar Pradesh who came from Bangladesh.

Salman was on the wanted list for a long time for involvement in serial bombings.  He confessed that Karachi Project was planning serial bombings in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. He also said that foreigners were on the target list.

A home ministry official said, “We are not taking any chances on whatever information we have received. So, we have alerted the concerned state governments to take all necessary security measures immediately.”

Salman also received the training by ISI in Karachi and confessed about the details. Another IM activist of the Karachi Project, Khawaja Amjad who is from Hyderabad provided similar information to police  telling that ISI- Lashkar were pressurizing Karachi IM chiefs to conduct terror attacks in India.

One killed, 11 injured in stampede during a police recruitment drive at the Kalina grounds

A 22-year-old police aspirant was killed and 11 others injured in a stampede that broke out during a police recruitment drive at the Kalina grounds here on Monday.

As soon as the gates of the ground were opened, thousands of youth forced their way in. They jumped over the barricades set up on the ground and fell on each other as well as on the police personnel who were trying to stop them, police said.

One person was killed in the ensuing melee.

Around 30,000 youth had gathered at the ground since last night to submit their forms for 3600 vacant posts of police constables, police said.

“The deceased has been identified as Ramesh Amer from Ahmednagar district and the injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital,” Additional Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta said.

Asha Bhosle snubs Raj Thackeray, says Hindustan belongs to All

Mumbai :  In a clear snub to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, legendary singer Asha Bhosle said that Hindustan belongs to all and all people in the country have rights to come to Mumbai.

Asha Bhosle made this comment in the presence of Raj Thackeray during a cultural evening organized on Sunday by a Marathi Television Channel in Mumbai.

“People are bound to flock to Mumbai as Hindustan belongs to all. Those who work hard here become prosperous. I also worked in my field with determination to earn success. I have sung in all Indian languages but I am a proud Maharashtrian”, said Asha Bhosle.

“No one can snatch the job of a man who works in Mumbai from morning to evening”, she further added, when asked if the exodus is causing any problems in Mumbai.

Raj Thackeray praised Ash Bhosle for her mult-talent and acknowledged that she has made Maharashtra proud by reaching out to evry nook and corner of the country.