Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Panchakki to be under CCTV surveillance-News-TOI

The Maharashtra State Board of Waqf officials have decided to beef up security at the historic Panchakki, the 18th Century water mill, by installing CCTV cameras and increasing in the number of guards. Incidentally, the Waqf Board is headquartered in the Panchakki complex. The state ATS team paid a surprise visit to Panchakki on Wednesday morning and conducted a mock drill, catching the waqf authorities and tourists by surprise. Following the mock drill, the ATS officials instructed the Wakf authorities to take adequate security measures, including installation of CCTV cameras.

Waqf CEO Sayyed Aejaz Husain told TOI, "At the conclusion of the security and anti-terror drill conducted by the ATS team, the sleuths asked us to increase the security at the premises and also install CCTV cameras. They cited a possible threat to the historical monument of Panchakki, which records scores of tourists from across the globe. Taking into consideration the feedback given by the ATS officials, we have decided to install CCTV cameras and also increase the security at the premises." Husain said soon the entire premises will be brought under the surveillance of CCTV cameras and all the measures suggested by the ATS would be implemented. He refused to divulge further details of the feedback citing security reasons.

ATS superintendent of police (rest of Maharashtra) Navinchandra Reddy played down the alert and said the drill is part of the preparations following a general alert. Reddy said, "Security drills are being conducted at all the significant places including tourist spots following a general alert. And after each drill, feedback is being given to the authorities to take preventive measures at that particular location and site.


Panchakki has its own underground water channel (Naher). The whole system is a typical example of medieval engineering. The source of water is situated about 8 km north of the city. Water reaches the final reservoir through earthen pipes. It is then raised by a siphon to the top of the rectangular masonry pillar, from where it is made to fall in the large reservoir below. In the north-west corner, adjacent to the cistern, is the water mill driven entirely by the water power. It is said that in the olden days, flour was obtained for the people from the mill without human effort. It was built in the year 1744. News source - TOI

Daring robbery at collectorate-News-lt

Posing an open challenge to the city police, in a daring incident unidentified thieves broke the windshield of a car parked at the district collectorate and decamped with a bag containing Rs 70 lakh at around 6 pm on Wednesday. On getting the information, police immediately rushed to the spot and swung into action. Police inspector of City Chowk police station Vijay Sonawane said, a businessman and resident of Sandeshnagar in Garkheda area, Laxmikant Ramvilas Dhoot (53) had purchased a plot measuring 2448 sq feet area on the Beed bypass area from a property dealer Mohammad Sajjad Shaikh Abdul Khalil (Buldhana). 
The agreement of sale was done four months ago by paying Rs 26 lakh in advance. As the term of the agreement ended on November 27, the owner had asked Dhoot to pay the remaining Rs 70 lakh to make the registry of the land. Hence, it was decided to complete the transaction on December 4. 
Dhoot withdrew Rs 70 lakh from Kotak Mahindra Bank from Waluj on Wednesday afternoon and went to the registry office. He gave the required documents to an agent to complete the registry procedure and also paid the franking amount of Rs 90,000 to him. The agent told him that as the papers had to be prepared so the registry would be done tomorrow. However, Sajjad had to leave the city today, hence, he requested the officers to complete the procedure today itself.
The officers told them that the registry will be done in the evening, hence Dhoot went his home. In the evening, Dhoot came again at the registry office with Rs 69.10 lakh in an airbag.  He kept this airbag stashed with amount under the left seat of his Skoda Fabia car (MH-20 BY-2932). The witnesses signed the registry documents and the owner asked for the money before signing the registry papers. Dhoot went to the car to bring the money. When he reached near the car, he found that left windshield of the car was broken and there was no airbag in the car. He immediately told the land owner about it and the witnesses and also informed the City Chowk police. Police inspector Sonawane, PSI Tatikondalwar and the police team rushed to the spot. 
Fingerprint experts and sniffer dog squad were called in. The impressions of the fingerprints were taken but the dog could not trace the thieves beyond the district collectorate area. The police have also collected the CCTV footages of the registry office. The police are verifying the footages, Sonawane said. News Source- LT