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8 facts about Bhavesh Bhinde: Owner of Mumbai-Ghatkopar hoarding accused of rape

Mumbai hoarding collapse: Bhavesh Bhinde of Ego Media Private Limited continued to evade capture. He's turned off his cell phone.

Written by  Annesha Barua -- May 15th 2024 09:31 AM
8 facts about Bhavesh Bhinde: Owner of Mumbai-Ghatkopar hoarding accused of rape

8 facts about Bhavesh Bhinde: Owner of Mumbai-Ghatkopar hoarding accused of rape

PTC News Desk: Mumbai hoarding news of a collapse A lawsuit has been brought against Bhavesh Bhinde, the proprietor of Ego Media Private Limited, the business in charge of erecting the substantial hoarding in the Ghatkopar neighbourhood of Mumbai.

At least fourteen people died when the enormous hoarding fell on Monday night. At the Pant Nagar police station, a FIR was filed under the IPC against Bhavesh Bhinde and others for culpable homicide that did not amount to murder, according to another source.


Since the incident, Bhavesh Bhinde has continued to evade capture. According to police officials, Bhavesh Bhinde has turned off his cell phone as well.

When dust storms and unusual rains hit the city, the unlawful hoarding—which was situated on property owned by the Government Railway Police (GRP)—slammed into a gas station in the Chheda Nagar neighbourhood.

Authorities reported late on Tuesday night that even thirty hours after the tragedy, and possibly even for many more, search and rescue operations were still underway at the site of the collapse in Ghatkopar.

According to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official, up to 90 per cent of the victims who were buried beneath the 120 × 120-foot hoarding have been freed. According to officials, at least 89 people were pulled out from under the hoarding; of these, 14 were pronounced dead and the remaining 75 were hurt and receiving medical attention.

The collapse of the Mumbai hoarding: Who is Bhavesh Bhinde?

1. In January of this year, Bhavesh Bhinde was charged with rape, and the Mulund Police Station received a complaint against him. A chargesheet has also been submitted.

2. Bhavesh Bhinde reportedly obtained multiple contracts for the installation of billboards and banners from the Indian Railways and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over the years, according to NDTV, which cited anonymous sources. Nonetheless, it is said that he has repeatedly violated the rules of both organisations.

3. In addition, charges involving tree poisoning and tree cutting have been connected to Bhavesh Bhinde and other partners in his organisation.

4. According to India Today, Bhavesh Bhinde ran an unsuccessful independent campaign in the 2009 Maharashtra legislative assembly election from Mulund.

5. Bhinde produced an affidavit claiming that 23 criminal cases were filed against him at the time of his electoral contest.

6. Bhinde previously ran a business called Guju Ads, which the BMC later blacklisted as a result of several legal problems involving him and the company, India Today continued.

7. According to the sources, Bhinde created Ego Media Pvt Ltd in spite of being placed on a blacklist and carried on obtaining contracts for hoardings and billboards.

8. The billboard that fell on Monday was recognized as the “Largest Hoarding” in the Limca Book of Records before it collapsed.

- With inputs from agencies

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