4 arrested for assault on Times Now TV journalist Herman Gomes in Mumbai

Four persons have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a television journalist near his house in south Mumbai, police said Monday.

The accused, all city residents aged between 20 and 25 years, were nabbed late Sunday night from Tardeo area, a senior police official said.

Herman Gomes, working with a private TV channel, was returning home along with a friend in a taxi on Sunday when he saw four to six men waiting near his house in Gamdevi area.

The men started abusing Gomes and later allegedly assaulted him and also hit his friend, as per the victim.

Gomes was injured in the attack and later received six stitches near his eyes.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-II) Dnyaneshwar Chavan, said prima facie it appears the incident might have taken place in the heat of the moment following some argument.

“However, we are trying to go into the depth of the matter,” he said, adding, the accused do not have any criminal background.

Based on Gomes’ complaint, the Gamdevi Police had registered a case under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 324 (voluntary causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and other relevant provisions.

Journalists’ associations in the city had Sunday condemned the attack and alleged that police did not file the victim’s complaint promptly.

The Mumbai Press Club termed the attack on Gomes a “dastardly act”.

An association of crime reporters in the city have urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to take action against police officers who allegedly delayed registration of the First Information Report (FIR) in the matter.

Minister of State for Home (urban), Ranjit Patil had later said an investigation was on into the incident and “correct steps will be taken in the direction”.

Source: PTI

Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis says Sanatan Sanstha’s ideology is violence-driven and against Hindu Values

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday broke his silence on Sanatan Sanstha and its ideology, condemning the organisation for fermenting and following a policy of violence.

According to a NewsX report, Devendra Fadnavis alleged that the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government did not take a strict action against the Sanstha, however, it is his government which is making a watertight case against them.

He said there is no pressure on the Maha ATS and he wants the ATS to work hard and plug all the loopholes in the case.

Criticizing the previous Congress-led government, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that UPA did not make a strong case against the Sanstha even when the first murder was committed when their (Congress) government was in the power.

Speaking about Sanatan Sanstha’s ideology, Devendra Fadnavis said that their ideology is just to indulge in violence. Their ideology is violence driven.

In an interview to NewsX, the Fadnavis said, “there can be no link with those people who have such ideology.” It is against Hindu values, the CM said.

If you talk about Hinduism, then it’s ideology is to remain tolerant. These people (Sanatan Sanstha) have no ideology because their ideology is violence.

However, the Sanatan Sanstha has always claimed that the ATS or other officials have never named it in the arms haul case.

Previously in August, speaking on the issue of banning proposal of Sanatan Sanstha, Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Deepak Kesarkar said that Maharashtra had not initiated a new banning proposal but only added to the queries of the earlier one which may get lapsed.

However, Kesarkar mentioned that the government can only consider for a fresh ban proposal after the ongoing investigations into the Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare murder cases get completed provided that the links between the accused and Sanatan Sanstha are established.

with inputs from NewsX

Mumbai plane crash: Pilots were forced to fly in bad weather, say families

A pall of gloom descended on the families of Marya Zuberi and Pradeep Rajput after the news of Ghatkopar plane crash reached their homes in afternoon on Thursday.

Zuberi and Rajput were the pilot and co-pilot of the ill-fated plane that crashed into an under construction site in Mumbai suburb around 1 pm.

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While everyone is praising the quick thinking of the pilots that helped them to avert a massive disaster, the families allege that they were forced to fly in bad weather by the aircraft owning firm UY Aviation.

The relatives of both the pilots say that they were not ready to for the test flight because of bad weather conditions but were forced by the owners of the firm owning the 12-seater aircraft that was purchased from the Uttar Pradesh government in 2014.

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Pilots were forced to fly in bad weather, say families

However, Captain Sai Vinod of UY Aviation said they ‘wouldn’t not like comment now on what the family members say as they are now under emotional stress. But everything was planned.’

Five people died on Thursday afternoon after a chartered aircraft belonging UY Aviation crashed at Ghatkopar. All occupants on board including two pilots, one engineer and one technician along with a pedestrian died after the aircraft caught fire post crashing in open area of under-construction building.

Union Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered a probe into the accident by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). “Saddened to hear the news about the aircraft crash in Mumbai. Have directed DGCA to conduct an investigation into the plane crash at the earliest. I’m in constant touch with on ground developments,” Prabhu tweeted.

“The aircraft VITPUZ of UY Aviation Limited departed from Juhu Airport on Thursday at 12.20 pm and lost contact from air traffic control (ATC) at 1.08 pm,” said an official at the Juhu Airport.

The official added, “We do not know why did the aircraft lost control from the ATC, and what went while they were on board before crashing at around 1.30 pm. The recovered black box from inside the flight will have conversation inside the aircraft before crashing, and DGCA that is probing the accident will give us more clarity. But major tragedy was averted as the aircraft crashed at empty area.”

The name of the five people killed in the crash include Captain Pradeep Rajput, Pilot Marya Zuberi, Surabhi Gupta (Engineer) and Manish Pandey (Technician) and a unidentified pedestrian. Along with it, three people are said to be injured.

Anil Chauhan, representative of UY Aviation said, “It was very unfortunate incident, the aircraft was completely fine during takeoff from Juhu Airport but only during landing the accident took place. We also do not know the exact reason of the accident yet, and DGCA will probe it.”

Further, a fire brigade team reached the spot with 3 fire engines and one jumbo water tanker as the aircraft caught fire post crashing. The fire was extinguished at around 1:40 pm.

Mumbai Plane Crash: Firm was banned by Maharashtra Govt last year after CM Devendra Fadnavis scare

Mumbai: The aircraft that crashed in Mumbai Thursday belonged to UY Aviation, a firm that was barred by the Maharashtra government after a mishap last year involving one of its choppers and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

On Thursday, the aircraft went down on an under-construction site in suburban Ghatkopar, killing five people — two pilots, two engineers and one pedestrian. The plane was a VT-UPZ, King Air C-90 with a capacity of 12 passengers that the company reportedly purchased from the Uttar Pradesh government in 2014.

UY Aviation is owned by businessman Deepak Kothari through his firm UY Industries.

The Fadnavis scare came in July 2017 in Alibaug when the chief minister was about to board the chopper and the pilot took off. Fadnavis had turned back in the nick of time. The twin-engine helicopter manufactured in 1995 was chartered by UY Aviation.

Click Here: Mumbai Ghatkopar Plane Crash: Exclusive Pics

After the incident, the government had instructed two of its empanelled aviation firms — Aloft Aviation and Adonis Aviation Enterprises — not to supply aircraft and choppers from UY Aviation.

“We did not have any direct business understanding with UY Aviation. We have empanelled Aloft and Adonis to supply aircrafts to us as and when we need them. These companies sourced the chopper from UY Aviation, but after the Alibaug incident, we strictly told Aloft and Adonis that we don’t want aircraft from UY Aviation anymore,” a senior government official at the state’s general administration department told ThePrint.

UY Aviation is a new company, incorporated in 2015, and posted a revenue of Rs 2.77 crore in 2015-16, as per the firm’s records. While its principal business is to operate non-schedule air transport services, the company has also been planning to expand to offering maintenance, repair and overhaul services, ground handling, warehousing, air cargo, operating flying schools, airport hospitality and so on.

Source: The Print (theprint.in)

PICS: CCTV Captures Moment Of Mumbai Plane Crash at Ghatkopar That Killed 5 Including a Pregnant Engineer

MUMBAI:  A CCTV camera in a building in Mumbai’s heavily populated Ghatkopar suburb has captured the final moments of the small chartered plane that crashed and burst into flames, instantly killing the four occupants in it and a person on the street below.

The video shows how the crashing plane hits a red vehicle on the road, and then immediately turns into a ball of fire.

The huge flames and smoke, spread over a 50-metre radius, were accompanied with a loud bang which led to locals running out of their houses and rushing to the crash site.

“There was a loud bang and then we saw the plane,” said a teenager who lives in the neighbourhood.

A resident of an apartment complex, Patel Niwas, added: “We are used to planes flying overhead. We thought there was an explosion at the construction site. Only later we realized that a plane had crashed.”

Click Here: Mumbai Ghatkopar Plane Crash: Exclusive Pics

The plane crashed through the boundary wall of the under construction residential complex and burst into flames leaving a strong smell of aviation fuel all over the area. Aircraft parts like the engines, propellers and landing gear were completely burnt even before the fire brigade could reach the spot.

The victims have been identified as Capt. Pradeep Rajput, woman pilot Capt. Mariya, woman aircraft maintenance engineer Surabhi, who was more than two months pregnant, and her colleague, an aircraft junior technician Manish Pandey, both of Indamer Aviation Pvt Ltd.

The 12-seater plane had taken off from the Juhu airstrip on a test flight. It wanted to make an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport but it crashed some distance away in Ghatkopar, killing all four on board – two pilots and two maintenance engineers.

The plane, a Beechcraft King Air C 90 turboprop, was sold by the Uttar Pradesh government to a Mumbai-based UY aviation company in 2014. “The deal was done after the plane had met with an accident in Allahabad,” UP official Avnish Awasthi was quoted as telling ANI.

The cause of the crash is not known and it occurred in the compound of the under construction Jagruti apartments, thereby averting a potentially major disaster.

Source: NDTV

PICS: 5 killed as airplane crashes in crowded Ghatkopar suburb of Mumbai

Five persons were killed when an aircraft on a test flight crashed in a crowded Mumbai suburb on Thursday afternoon, police said. Those killed include two pilots and two flight engineers on board, besides a pedestrian in the Ghatkopar area where it crashed, police said.

It was a miraculous escape for many as the area is well-populated and could have resulted in several deaths.

The King Air C90 12-seater aircraft, which took off from the Juhu airstrip, crashed in the Jagruti Nagar area of Ghatkopar, police said. A team of officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have rushed to the crash site for an investigation, an official said.


Police, fire brigade and disaster management teams have rushed to the spot. Bodies of those killed were taken to the nearby Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, an official said.

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau will conduct a detailed probe into the crash.

A fire brigade official said, “Our control room got a call at 1.15 pm informing a plane crash. Our jawans were immediately rushed to the site to launch the rescue operation. Four fire engines and as many water tankers were rushed to douse the fire that occurred after the plane crashed.” The police have cordoned off the area, an official said.


The chartered plane does not belong to the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government, as earlier speculated.

UP Principal Secretary of Information Avnish Awasthi told news agency ANI that the plane was sold to Mumbai’s UY Aviation after it met with an accident in Allahabad.

Rescue crew recover the Black Box from the crashed aircraft (Pic: Indian Express)

In the aftermath of a chartered plane that crashed into Mumbai’s Ghatkopar killing five and injuring one, the company UY Aviation that purchased the aircraft from Uttar Pradesh in 2014 is not new to controversy reports DNA.  Last year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis survived a helicopter scare in Pen near Alibaug, and it has been learnt that the chopper belonged to the same company.


At the time, Fadnavis was about to board the chopper when the pilot took off before the CM boarded. Realising what had happened in the nick of time, Fadnavis turned back. The VT-UPB — a Bell 230 helicopter — was chartered from UY Aviation.

Rescue workers carry the charred body of a passenger. Five people including a passerby was killed when a chartered aircraft crashed at construction site in Ghatkopar on Thursday.
Indian Express Pix by Deepak Joshi

This twin-engine helicopter was manufactured in 1995, and earlier owned by the UP government. However, it was rarely used by UP chief ministers as the UP government felt it had performance issues. It was then purchased by Mumbai-based UY Aviation. It was sent for CM’s tour on Friday.


UY Aviation is a Juhu-based firm and has a website. However, when DNA tried logging into the homepage both on a mobile device and a PC, the message read, “Internal Server Error. The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@uyaviation.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error. More information about this error may be available in the server error log. Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an Error Document to handle the request.”


“UY Aviation Pvt Ltd King Air C-90 aircraft VT-UPZ has met with an accident at Mumbai. Operator bought this aircraft from UP Govt . The aircraft took off from Juhu airport for test flight. There were two pilots and two AMEs on board.  All on board aircraft along with one person on ground are dead. Accident site is Ghatkopar, Mumbai.  DGCA team on way for prelim investigation. AAIB shall do detailed one,” said a DGCA spokesperson.

Thursday’s incident took place at 1.30 pm in the compound of an under construction building, claim agency reports.


A private aircraft – VT-UPZ, King Air C-90 with a capacity of 12 passengers crashed in the old Maniklal lane in Ghatkopar which is near telephone exchange on Jeev Daya Lane.

“Five people have been killed and two others injured,” said BMC PRO.

The plane was carrying was supposed to land in Juhu and it belongs to UY Aviation.


BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said that he is on the spot one pedestrian also died in the incident.

The incident took place a day after Sukhoi-30 fighter jet crashed in Nashik.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to conduct an investigation into the plane crash, an official said.

Meanwhile, Prabhu has expressed deep shock over the air crash and directed concerned officials of the ministry to rush to the crash site and extend all possible help and assistance, an official said.

Source: DNA, Agencies (all copyrights acknowledged)
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