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Yesterday marked a rare respite from the violence. essential or not.self-defence?but not for self-defence during those riots The riots hadby nowended The second consignment landed at Shekhadi in the first week of February There were no riots then In factthere was totalif uneasypeace in Bombay until the bombings on March 12five weeks later Focus on these dates and events and the picture becomes clearer The mathadiswho are a largepoor but well-knit populationwere killed ritually in sensitive areas to provoke fresh riots Since the Sainiks were now well organised and helped along by a partisan policethis created greater justification for bombings in retaliation and also inspiredfor the mastermindswhat the Supreme Court just described as the foot-soldiers within the furious and insecure local Muslim population The second round of riots was much more one-sided (against the Muslims) than the first It is after this that the weapons were pre-stocked in sensitive localities and the bombings were planned The plot was simple: the bombings will again unleash angry Hindu hordesescorted by a partisan police And they will be greeted by AKs and grenadesleading to mayhem of the kind never imagined And then the fires will spread all over India All memories are selectiveand sometimes convenientparticularly as they go back two full decadesexactly to date And we reporters are no exception Soin the aftermath of the Supreme Court order last weekI not only read up our April 1993 stories in India Todays archivesbut also spoke again to some of the key figures in that giant investigation Some shall still remain anonymousparticularly those continuing in serviceor concerned about underworld reprisals But MN Singhwho led the investigation as joint commissioner (crime) thenand whom you often see now as a sensible TV talking headrecalls what a horror Bombay had saved itself from simply by not coming up to the masterminds expectations of how the city was to respondreviving the cycle of reprisals I do remember meeting him in his police housing cooperative apartment on Worli Sea Faceand first hearing the story of the mathadis with throats slit One of my key colleagues was sceptical of this and so I checked again with Singhs then boss and Maharashtra DGP S Ramamurthywhom I had known as an IB veteran He was more familiar with the methods of organisations like the ISI and vouched for the story his officers were putting together And how did his police crack the case within two days Alongside the blastsone band of gangsters had been driving to the BMC headquarters at Victoria Terminus in a car loaded with AKs and grenades It just so happened that the Century Bazar bombthe biggest of allwent off while they were thereaboutsstill crossing Worli They fled in panicabandoning the car This car was foundalong with 7 AK rifles and grenadesand was registered in the name of the Memon (Tiger and Yakub) family and the case was cracked And why was the car headed for the BMC headquarters MN Singh tells me now the gangsters were headed there to break in and fire indiscriminately to kill as many corporators (many of them from the Sena) as possible (this15 years before 26/11) The blaststhe massacre of corporatorsand then the largescale killings of Hindu reprisal-seekers and policemen with AKs and grenades already positioned You get the picture MN Singh has one regret even today Arms were delivered to Sanjay Dutt on January 16 Instead of concealing themif he had only told his fatherwho in turn would have surely informed the policewe would have been able to prevent the bombings and save so many lives? wherein a certain percentage of returns would be used to develop better passenger amenities on the stations. One of the recent letters from Mahesh was delivered around a fortnight ago when Pooja was travelling to Pakistan to meet friends. cannonballs, and using clockwork precision. GST is scheduled to be rolled out on July 1 but grey areas in terms of compliance still remain. their insistence on giving a voice to the poor, Vijay got a?

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“The people here are very sweet and are very innocent. Awad said he was strictly enforcing traffic regulation and was laying stress on inculcating traffic culture among Puneites? Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sarang Awad MANOJ MORE: We want to start with asking what went wrong with the two-way system you again introduced on J M Road We tried to understand whether it was possible to implement the system on holidays and late hours It was an effort to ease pressure but people did not accept and we are ok with it We tried it on two Sundays SUNANDA MEHTA: So what was the feedback People have got used to the one-way system It did not result in reducing traffic on Apte Road and FC Road and that was expected We interviewed people on this and I myself spoke to commuters It seems that people are comfortable with the one-way system and so we have shelved our plan This shows that the one-way system that was introduced as a short-term solution to our problem was the correct decision And we also believe that it is one of the solutions to the problem as we have to work within the available space ANURADHA MASCARENHAS: But one-way traffic has not helped MG Road We still witness jams and crossing the road is a big problem on all the one- ways That is still a better situation as it is one-way If it would have been two-way it would be even worse I have to agree that crossing for pedestrians is a problem on one-ways There are solutions We have made raised pedestrian crossings but sadly even that is not working PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS: While designing roads pedestrians are given least importance What do you have to say about it Sadly it is true We have suggested foot overbridges at many spots SUSHANT KULKARNI: Do you think there is a lack of coordination between traffic police and civic bodies Both try to blame each other I do not do that But having said that even at the risk of sounding that I am blaming others the roads are owned by the local civic bodies So whatever road infrastructure and road furniture as it is called it’s their responsibility and it’s for them to look at Our job is traffic regulation and our inputs to them are based on day-to-day observations They have traffic planners engineers town planners and a better understanding of traffic planning I have say that the coordination is not as smooth as I would like it to be MANOJ MORE: Are there ego hassles with civic officials For instance at Patil Estate flyover PMC threw it open to traffic and then you ordered its closure It happened twice…Is this not a case of ego coming into play There are no ego hassles at all As for Patil Estate flyover they (civic officials) are not supposed to announce it open unless there is a nod from us as it is we who have to manage the traffic not them The contractor was not paying heed to valid directions given by an inspector from our traffic division They were already lagging on the deadline This is a very heavy traffic road Once they completed a small section of the bridge they wanted it to open so that they could continue other work They wanted pillars bang in the middle of the road and there was no alternative traffic arrangement for that They wanted this for two months There was no traffic planning by the contractor We got a traffic planner from Mumbai who worked on an alternative and then we opened the bridge MANOJ MORE: Another issue of the Nashik Phata flyover People have to go one-and-a-half kilometer and come back the same distance which results in wastage of fuel and time PCMC says this is because of the ego of the traffic DCP What is your take on that I have told them not to open it It opens haphazardly How am I supposed to man the traffic at the signal below the bridge Do you think we were kept in the loop when they planned it If this caters to 10000 vehicles 200 will have to travel 3 km extra and will have to sadly suffer I know it is not an ideal situation ANURADHA MASCARENHAS: Citizens have a lot of complaints about the signal timings Some of the junctions do not get enough time When people complain about signal timings I would say it is an individualistic view Let me assure you that these timings have been set after due traffic engineering and study of traffic flow during day time ALIFIYA KHAN: If one compares traffic of Pune and Mumbai there are some stark differences One is a lot of under-age kids riding bikes Yes it is true and we are acting on it But I have to accept that our action is not enough Some steps have to be taken by parents too Is it not wrong on their part to allow 14-15-year-olds to ride and drive Mumbai has twice the number of two-wheelers and thrice the number of traffic cops They have a separate traffic branch in the municipal corporation and they are allotted funds So their planning is much better Here I have a staff of just over 1000 traffic cops to look after a population of 70 lakh and around 40 lakh vehicles I am not trying to hide facts as they have to be told ALIFIYA KHAN: Is this also the reason for people not following lane discipline and other basic norms Are there any lanes marked on the roads They are not You will say I am blaming the civic bodies but it has to be done by them Recently we ourselves painted zebra crossings We can tell them once twice thrice But then at least they have to act PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS: There is hardly any traffic regulation in fringe areas… Yes that is true and we are working on it We are conducting extensive drives SUSHANT KULKARNI: What duties do traffic police have to perform apart from traffic regulation We have to issue several no-objection certificates including for traffic signages The licence renewal exercise is also our responsibility We have to issue NOCs for all the constructions and repair work that is carried out on and around the roads We have to issue NOCs to telecom companies gas companies power utilities etc, bad or ugly? They have came up with a wheelchair for the physically-challenged that can move without assistance. These are mere voluntary pledges. Installation of Wi-Fi is one of the main demands raised by the passengers at the airport. which has also increased the domestic and international passenger traffic at the airport. not to mention production and technical staff. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Aditi Vatsa , Kuldeep Yadav.

and beginning to provide humane answers. Thousands of young men and women learn English to work in call centres. We should preserve this image of the UPSC and not tarnish it just because some candidates imagine the playing field is uneven. under a government so boastfully concerned about the poor,” she says, Kolkata: President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee, will be felicitated.

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