3 men beat up driver, flee with cab

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PUNE: Three men hijacked a sedan after beating up the driver and robbed him of Rs5,000 and his cellphone on Wagholi-Lohegaon Road around 2.30am on Saturday. The driver, Kapil Sharma (25) from Lohegaon, lodged a complaint with the Airport police on Sunday morning. Sharma is a private cab operator for a software company in Vishrantwadi. “Sharma had dropped the last employee of the company in Wagholi and was returning to home when the incident occurred,” assistant inspector of the Airport police Muralidhar Khokale told TOI. When Sharma reached near a…

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3 arrested for killing businessman

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PUNE: The body of a 45-year-old businessman from Khutbav village in Daund taluka was brought out from a pond in Baramati on Saturday following the arrest of three suspects who kidnapped him on September 5. The deceased has been identified as Hanumant Nivruti Thorat. His family members had lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Yavat police station on September 5. The complainants told police that Thorat had left home in his car but didn’t return. After searching for a couple of days, police decided to use an online messaging…

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PMPML struggles to keep mud, dirt off its buses

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PUNE: The muddy makeover, which the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses get every time it rains in the city, has become a big turn-off for the passengers. To clean up the act, the PMPML officials have said that all bus depots will soon have automatic washing machines. “We are lucky the rains have stopped for now. A month ago, it was difficult to even get into these buses,” said Atiq Shaikh, a bus commuter. Shaikh blames PMPML’s lack of monsoon preparedness. “Many buses have gaps below the window…

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Dabholkar shooter dumped gun in river: CBI

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday told a magisterial court in Pune that the firearms used in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar may be among four country-made pistols dismantled and thrown into a river near Navi Mumbai and the adjoining area on July 23 this year by Sharad Kalaskar, one of the alleged shooters. “This was in pursuance of a conspiracy to destroy firearms used in the crimes which are interconnected and investigated by CBI, state police agencies,” the central probe agency stated in a remand report…

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School principal booked for ‘molesting’ student

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PUNE: The principal of a wellknown aided English medium school in the city, who is also a priest, has been booked under the stringent Pocso Act for allegedly showing an adult video clip to a 14-year-old student twice and touching him inappropriately. The school’s counsellor, whom the boy had approached at the end of the academic year, has also been booked for not taking it up with the police, and threatening the boy. The incidents took place in March this year in the principal’s chamber and the staff rest room.…

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