Arun Ferreira released from jail

The district and sessions court of Gadchiroli on Wednesday granted bail to Mumbai-based alleged Maoist Arun Thomas Ferreira (40) who was arrested by the anti-naxalite squad in connection with a police-naxalite encounter in the district.

Farreira, who was arrested along with senior naxalite leader Arun Satya Reddy alias Murali in Nagpur in 2007, was acquitted of 11 different cases, including a case of unlawful activities by the sessions court in Nagpur. However, whenever he was acquitted of one charge and was ordered release, the state police re-arrested him on fresh set of charges.

He was booked by the Gadchiroli police last year after he was acquitted by the local court in another charge. It was alleged that Ferreira was involved in a police-naxalite encounter near Jafargarh under Korchi tahsil in Gadchiroli district in April, 2007.

Jagdish Meshram, the counselor of Ferreira informed that the principal district and session judge, SS Ahmed granted him a bail on condition that he should report to the nearest police station at Bandra in Mumbai once in a month and a personal bond of Rs 50,000.

It was an emotional moment for Ferreira and his relatives at the central jail here on Wednesday afternoon after his release. A group of lawyers, his parents and well-wishers received and he immediately proceeded for Mumbai.

Fed up with the alleged bias of the state police and jail authorities for re-arresting him on one case after being acquitted in another, Ferreira filed a petition before the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Tuesday against the state authorities and slapped a compensation of Rs 25 lakh.

sad death of Hoshang Irani (now he is called Hoshang Boman)

 Hoshang Irani (my batch-mate-1972 pass-out -- he was in Std. XI-C) was murdered on the auspicious day of Christmas (25 Dec 2011- Sunday) at his new home in Dahisar (West). He moved from Bandra (West) to Dahisar (West) about 3-4 months back. There he was alone between 10.00 pm and 11.45 pm when his life was cut short and he was murdered. Today's Times of India (27 Dec 2011) has a news item on page 5 and an announcement about Uthamna on page 10.

Hoshi (as we his class-mates called him) was a soft hearted, kind and caring person. Today (27 Dec 2011)I attended his Uthamna along with Kushru Dalal (another 72 batch guy and very close to Hoshi) at Doongerwadi, Kemps Corner from 03.30 pm to 05.00 pm. It is worth mentioning that no other Batch-mate attended.

Hoshi ... I will always miss you, friend. But I do realise that God needs you more than you were needed here on earth.

/rajiv bhasin -- batch of 1972 -- std. XI-A.


February 2012


No, I did not get lost. True, it’s been some time since I posted a blog entry. No excuses either! After ages it seems, I expect to be in Mumbai between the 12th to the 15th of February 2012. During this brief period, I hope to visit Vinayala where Fr. Bulchand is resident. On the 14th of February, I plan to visit St. Stanislaus high School. Do not ask me why? I guess because it played such a big part in my childhood. Perhaps because so many of my memories are rooted there. Maybe I hope to meet old timers  like myself who shared the same space and experiences. How do I go about getting in touch with SSESA members who know me from back then?
I would love to talk to senior students who are looking for careers. So also, I would love to meet young students who are seriously financially disadvantaged. And I have just one day. Any ideas?

Do you have a BIG heart to donate blood?

SSESA ( is organizing a Blood donation camp in the School Therapy room (near the Gym/Swimming pool) on this Saturday 19th November 2011 between 8am-1.30pm. While I am no more in the SSESA Managing Committee I help out whenever required.
First thiughts about the blood donation camp were "good idea, don't have the time, you have my support, you go ahead and donate blood" empty words really after what I heard from Holy Family Hospital who are conducting the blood donation camp.
They kept bugging Ilidio Borges who is co-ordinating this camp with phone calls 2-3 times a week asking about when SSESA was organizing the camp. To get them off his back Ilidio asked them what the deal was? Why the persistance and bugging? We were all surprised and shocked to learn there is an acute shortage of blood of all types even the common O+ leave alone the AB - and others. This is in our backyard where any of us or our families could need blood.
I am going to be donating blood on the 19-Nov and I appeale to all living in Mumbai to please make the time and donate blood. Seems trivial and a waste of time...only till one from my family requires blood in an emergency.
Thanks...(end of sermon)

Thank You Stanislites for supporting Healthcare 2011

Fund raising for the St. Stanislaus Teachers Healthcare program is a stressful time. We had a target of Rs 5 Lakhs and a deadline of raising the money before 25-October and we have been doing it for the last five years. Today 21-Oct we reached our target of Rs 5 lakhs after about 35 days.

This year has been especially stressful as we did not have an online payment gateway available and I was fearful that we may not reach our target. Online payments really give momentum to our fund raising efforts. However one person has over the years been silently raising funds (His Class of 1975 will testify not so silently :) ) for the cause without any demand to be recognized. Take a bow Bryce D’silva (Class of 1975). You are truly “Born for Greater things”, you give without counting the costs.

This year we were doubly blessed when Devdas Kamath (Class of 1976) worked with his batchmates to top the Class Ranking for funds raised.

Thank You my friends, I can sleep easier tonight.


Helping Yeshwant Ohal

This morning I had a visit from Yeshwant Ohal's wife and elder son. For the last four days he has been in the ICU of Guru Nanak hospital on a ventilator. At Guru Nanak there is no Social Worker to help economically weak, they just have to pay the bills. There was desperation on the faces of both mother and son. They do have the Teachers Healthcare card which will help them recover part of their expenses. Yeshwant's son works as a driver while the younger son works as a peon in our school.

Yeshwant was not one of our teachers who made an impact on us for life, he was a simple peon who swept our School floors and cleaned and watered the grounds. It is people like Yeshwant that make donating for the Teachers Healthcare program even more relevant and worth while.

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