: Members of an all-party action committee formed to oppose setting up of tollgates in Kolhapur on Wednesday staged a protest and garlanded the effigy of Maharashtra’s Chief Secretary Jayantkumar Bathiya for allowing the IRB Company to collect toll. The protesters alleged that the new road laid by the company was substandard. Mr. Bhatia had given a go-ahead to the toll collection following a report by the officials. When the news about Bathiya’s directive became public, the activists and the workers of various political parties regrouped and have now decided to step up the agitation. — Correspondent
Prakash Kamble, 49, a talathi at a village in Satara district has been handed a two-year jail term for demanding Rs. 1,000 from a woman for recording the name of heirs in the 7/12 document. According to the prosecution, Meenakshi Kadam wanted to enter the names of the heirs following the death of her husband in the document. When she approached Kamble, she had to endure delaying tactics. When she pursued the matter, she was asked to pay a bribe. The woman then complained to the anti-corruption bureau officials, who laid the trap and caught the clerk red-handed.
On the basis of the evidence and the arguments putforth by the prosecution, Satara district judge Ms. S.S. Kosamkar pronounced Kamble guilty. — Correspondent
Youth ends life, police harassment alleged
Narayan Rajguru, 22, who had been allegedly harassed by police, committed suicide at his home at Godoli in Satara district. Dalit activists have demanded action against the police officials concerned who are alleged to have harassed Narayan following a complaint by the family members of a girl who had an affair with him. The family members of the girl had allegedly opposed the marriage proposal. The family members of Narayan have blamed the police for the incident. Narayan died of burns he sustained after setting him ablaze.
He died at a local hospital on Tuesday.
Shiv Sena activists on Wednesday attacked waste-carrying truck of the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation in the city opposing the dumping of the waste into the Panchaganga River. The protesters said the KMC’s move was affecting the health of the residents in the surrounding villages, where cases of jaundice were on the rise. They said the river was also a source of drinking water for them. The activists warned the KMC officials to check the dumping of garbage into the river and urged the State Pollution Control Board to take action against the local authority.