Unauthorized constructions and land grabs are not new to the city and suburbs, but in Vasai-Virar, the illegality has turned so brazen that builders have taken to social media to openly advertise projects built on encroached government and reserved plots.
Rajkumar Nishad, 25, is a classic unwelcome houseguest with a criminal twist. He breaks into vacant bungalows in the Vasai-Virar region, loots them at leisure while staying for weeks and months in them using the facilities and food stored inside.
A man murdered his wife by first suffocating her and then slitting her throat in Vasai on Sunday morning. He turned himself in to the Waliv police soon after the incident and was booked for murder.
In order to reduce the load of outstation trains handled by the Bandra and Mumbai Central terminuses, the western railway (WR) has planned a new terminus at Vasai Road.
A 16-year-old allegedly strangled his 19-year-old sister to death at Waliv, Vasai (East), on Monday, as he was angered by her habit of talking over the phone for long hours, which disturbed his sleep.