Posted On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 08:34:35 AM
Man abducted, robbed of Rs 20,000
The Chatuhshrungi police have booked three persons for allegedly kidnapping a Shivajinagar resident and extorting money from him at gunpoint. One of the suspects has been identified as Amol Vitkar, according to a complaint lodged by the victim, Hariprasanna Madhusudan Devnath (29), on Thursday.
Devnath claims that the suspects kidnapped him after initiating an argument with him over some trivial matter near Vadarwadi Housing Society in Shivajinagar. When threats did not work, they abducted him in a car and took him to Tilak Road.
From there, they took him to Katraj, Saswad, Narayanpur and finally, Satara. At Satara, they held him at gunpoint and also brandished sharp-edged weapons.
They took his cellphone, called his friend and asked him to fetch Devnath’s car to Tilak Road. The suspects then withdrew Rs 20,000 cash using Devnath’s credit card and then fled in his car.
State to launch Seaplane service by next month
The Maharashtra government plans to kick-start a Seaplane service next month with an initial focus on establishing connections using the inland water bodies.
“We are hopeful of launching the (sea plane) service by April,” Jagdish Patil, MD, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), said. He added that the proposal is awaiting a no-objection certificate from the state irrigation department.
“It is better to have such services inland rather than on the sea as the waters are very tranquil in dams,” Patil said. Patil said efforts are on to connect Rahuri in Ahmednagar district, which will serve pilgrims going to nearby Shirdi, Koyna dam (which will help tourists going to Mahabaleshwar) and Pune.
“We will launch it by April, before the monsoons,” Patil stressed. Maritime Energy Heli Air, which operates such services in Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, had said it has got the go-ahead from Maharashtra’s coastal zone management authority to begin Seaplane services from Mumbai. - PTI