Railway police allegedly abused one disabled senior citizen at Lonavala station and did not even register his FIR against their colleagues. In addition, they repeatedly called this senior citizen from Mumbai to Pune at his own cost
Railway police have allegedly abused a Mumbai-based physically challenged senior citizen at Lonavala station and also refused to record his first information report (FIR) against their colleagues.
This 64-year old was abused by two Railway police while waiting to catch a train to Mumbai on the night of 8 October 2013. After asking some questions, these police dragged the senior citizen under a dimly lit bridge and thrashed him. They even asked the physically challenged to remove his clothes.
Somehow, the senior citizen managed to escape from there. After returning to Mumbai, he sent a complaint to additional director general of government railway police (GRP) on 14 October 2013. The GRP then asked him to be present at Pune on 1 November 2013 to identify the two police who allegedly abused him. He went there and identified one police, who slapped and ill-treated him from the three police presented before him.
He was again called on 8th November at Pune for enquiry. However, after going there, he was told that there no enquiry officer available on that day and he would be called later.
The senior citizen then shared this incident and his visits to Pune with a retired director general of police (DG) as well as a former member of Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC). The DG, after discussing this matter with railway activist Samir Zaveri, advised the senior citizen to take help from Moneylife Foundation’s Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline.
Samir helped the senior citizen in drafting and sending a letter to police and Railway authorities and expect some action against the police personnel soon.
However, this shows highlights the apathy of railway police, especially towards senior citizens and physically challenged people. Even after complaining, the progress in the matter so far was very slow, police were not registering FIR and repeatedly asking complainant to appear for probe at his cost and time from Mumbai to Pune.
To get free guidance and know more about free of cost Railway helpline visit, Moneylife foundation’s Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline
According to EOW of Mumbai police, these team leaders of QNet received commission ranging from Rs40 lakh to Rs2.5 crore in the binary pyramid scheme which is banned in India
QNet, the Hong Kong-based controversial multi-level marketing (MLM) operator that is accused of collecting money under the garb of selling products suffered another jolt. The Economic offences wing (EOW) of Mumbai police, which is probing a case against the MLM company, arrested eight of its agents or independent representatives (IRs) as QNet refers them. The EOW also froze bank accounts of these people.
According to Times of India, the eight arrested are, Vivekkumar Singh, Shashibhushan Rameshwar Pandey, his wife Namrata Pandey, Sabeena Vijay Mathew, Vijay Mathew, Jagdevsingh Parmar, Rohit Chandra and Mahesh Baharwali, all of whom are team leaders of QNet.
The EOW has frozen Rs1.8 crore from Vivekkumar Singh's bank account. Shashibhushan Rameshwar Pandey had Rs70 lakh, his wife Namrata Pandey had Rs2.5 crore, Sabeena Vijay Mathew (Rs1.2 crore), her husband Vijay Mathew (Rs74 lakh), Jagdevsingh Bhulsingh Parmar (Rs70 lakh), Rohit Chandra (Rs1.2 crore) and Mahesh Baharwali had Rs42 lakh in their bank accounts, all of which is now frozen by the EOW.
Rajvardhan Sinha, additional commissioner of police (EOW) told the newspaper that "These accused have got commission ranging from Rs40 lakh to Rs2.5 crore in the binary pyramid scheme which is banned in India".
Earlier, in August, the EOW froze six bank accounts of QNet and its associates with a balance of Rs46 crore in all these accounts. EOW had registered a case against QNet, for allegedly duping thousands of investors by selling them plastic and glass products terming them miraculous objects for treating severe diseases like Cancer. ()
The complainant, Gurupreet Singh Anand, a computer consultant from Lokhandawala, Andheri in his first information report (FIR) stated that his wife was duped for Rs30,000 by some people who had introduced themselves as the independent representatives (IRs) of QNet. Anand told the police, “They (IRs) had said that one of the bio-products my wife bought could be used to treat my 12-year-old son's brain-related diseases.”
The FIR names five accused, including QNet's Hong Kong-based founder Dato Vijay Eswaran, a Malaysian by birth and an Indian by ethnicity, who is photographed hobnobbing with the Prince of Saudi Arabia, in order to enhance his credibility in the Gulf.
As reported by Moneylife, QuestNet and GoldQuest, the MLM companies that had shut shop in 2009 following police action are back with a bigger bang. They now call themselves as QNet and are thriving in an environment where tens of thousands of Ponzis and MLM companies are able to lure people into believing that they have the formula to instant riches and a high growth career.
QNet operates in India through its official franchisee Vihaan Direct Selling Pvt Ltd, which carries the company's brand name in the country. However, Suresh Thimiri, who is often touted as QNet India's chief executive and had denied any relationship with QNet or any of its representatives, owns the 'QNet' trademark in India through his company Transview Enterprises Pvt Ltd!
Another interesting aspect in the whole episode is all top officials (?) of QNet India do not want to reveal their identity and remain hidden. Moneylife repeatedly sent emails to the company's official PR agency and also some officials from its parent QI group but there is no information forthcoming.
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Western Railway is seeking a revision in monthly passes on suburban network. However, it would not be required if only the authorities can cut unnecessary expenses and corruption, says Samir Zaveri, who runs Moneylife Railway Helpline
Citing losses incurred, the Western Railway (WR) wants to double the monthly season ticket fares for commuters on Mumbai's suburban network. However, the same WR is relentlessly wasting public money and its officials were found covering up the expenses.
Samir Zaveri, railway activist, in a letter to Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, says, "(The) main reason for losses is inefficiency and rampant corruption in Western Railway. This is evident in the Jagjivan Ram Railway Hospital at the Mumbai Central where the authorities spent about Rs20 crore on its cardiovascular thoracic surgery department but as many as 22 out of the 43 machines installed by them have been out of operation."
Similarly, the WR is spending money on renovation of Churchgate station. "They (WR) are replacing flooring tiles that are in good condition with slippery tiles near the ticket reservation and food courts. When the tiles fitted on platforms have more life and these tiles are not slippery, then what is the point in putting lives of thousands of commuters in danger?" Zaveri asked.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, with expenses of about Rs1,300 crore and revenue of Rs700 crore, the WR is incurring major losses annually. Of the income, nearly Rs500 crore of suburban revenue is earned from monthly passes. Considering the losses incurred by the railway suburban section, the authorities have suggested revision in fare of monthly passes for both first- and second class to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
This means, that a second class monthly pass from Virar to Churchgate that costs Rs280 will cost Rs560, and a first-class pass costing Rs1,025 will be available for Rs2,070, the report says.
Shirish Deshpande, chairperson of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, told the newspaper that, “The railway fare should be linked with the services they provide. Even after paying 5-6 times higher than a second-class passenger, a commuter in the first-class is not assured about his safety.”