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From fake rape story to man who spiked tourists’ coffee:Top 5 stories from Mumbai

Mumbai city news: Here are the top stories you shouldn’t miss

mumbai Updated: Jul 10, 2017 16:45 IST
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While a Mumbai student pretended that she had been kidnapped to harass a friend, a con man pretended to welcome foreign tourists to India, but waited until they had drunk his spiked coffee to steal their valuables.

Meanwhile, while IIT-Bombay has justified the need to hike fees in response to students going on strike, farmers in Maharashtra will restart their protests today.

1. Mumbai college student wasn’t raped or kidnapped, cooked up story after watching TV shows to harass friend

The college student’s claims that she was pulled into an Ecco car, taken to a secluded place in Charkop and raped were false, the police said on Monday, adding she cooked up the story after watching TV crime series to exact revenge on her friend.

2. Cops say Mumbai model fought with killers, had a head injury; two arrested

Mumbai model Kritika Chaudhary, 26, whose decomposed body was found at her Andheri residence on June 12, fought with her murderers and also had a head injury, said police. Two people were arrested in connection with the case on Monday.

3. Despite fee hike, IIT-Bombay will still lose Rs8.35 crore a year, report reveals

In the past six years, the central government’s non-plan funds allotted to Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) have shrunk from Rs3 lakh to Rs2 lakh a student, when adjusted for inflation, reveals a report issued by the institute on Friday.

4. How man who told tourists ‘atithi devo bhava’, spiked their coffee, stole their cash was nabbed in Mumbai

“Atithi devo bhava” was the phrase this 27-year-old used to convince foreign tourists in Mumbai that he wanted to be their friend. Once he gained their trust, he would then invite them to have the “best cup of coffee in Mumbai” at nearby cafés. After they drank the spiked drink and fell unconscious, he would loot their valuables and flee.

5. Maharashtra farmers to restart protest for blanket loan waiver today, to march from Nashik to Pune

Farmers’ outfits in Maharashtra plan to restart protests on Monday. Their demand: a blanket loan waiver and implementation of the Swaminathan commission report, which suggests a 50% minimum support price (MSP) for crops, in addition to the input cost.