Ahmedabad Bapunagar News

Harbhajan Singh at the crease, Mann fields ‘zero electricity bills’, AAP promises end to paper leaks
The Indian Express | 4 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
4 hours ago | |

ACCUSING THE BJP of being involved in paper leaks, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reiterated his promise that if voted to power, the AAP will ensure end to such incidents.He was addressing a roadshow in Saraspur area of Bapunagar constituency in Ahmedabad on Thursday, as 89 seats went to polls in Phase-1 of the Gujarat Assembly elections.Beginning the roadshow along with his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann, Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha and former cricketer and Rajya Sabha AAP MP Harbhajan Singh, Kejriwal said, “BJP jaye che, AAP aaye che (BJP will go, AAP will come into government).” Mann also displayed the “zero bills” that, he claimed, 25,000 Punjab households had received for electricity since the AAP came to power in Punjab.“Ask the BJP people what you will do, they have no plan. Ask them what they did for 27 years, they only abuse Kejriwal. Kejriwal ko gali dene se pet toh nahin bharta (One can’t fill one’s stomach with abuses for Kejriwal),” said the Delhi CM, addressing the crowd from a truck.Harbhajan interacted with a crowd of women carrying brooms and children wearing AAP caps, as well as other supporters, with a “Gujarat, kem cho (Gujarat, how are you)?” The crowd responded with “maja ma (All’s well)”. “Phir maja aa jana chahiye aath tareek ko (Then it should be the same on 8th, the result day),” he said.Bapunagar is currently held by the Congress’s Himmatsinh Patel, who is contesting again. It is one of the seats where Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addressed a rally.The roadshow saw the ‘Delhi Model’ displayed on a cart by Rahul Raval, 32, who runs a steel shop in Shahibaug. “Earlier, I voted for the BJP. But I am annoyed by the paper leaks, as I am preparing for the police exam. So, I will vote for AAP,” said Raval.

Harbhajan Singh at the crease, Mann fields ‘zero electricity bills’, AAP promises end to paper leaks
Modi-Shah play Hindutva duet
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 days ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 days ago | |

With barely a week to go for the first phase of polling in Gujarat, the BJP has adopted hardcore Hindutva. On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress and like-minded parties of keeping mum on terrorism “to not offend their vote bank”. Raising the issue of 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Batla House encounter, Ahmedabad and Surat serial blasts at a rally in Kheda, Modi said India will continue to face terrorism till appeasement politics continues.Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had accused the Congress of vote-bank politics and invoked abrogation of article 370 in Kashmir, Ram Temple in Ayodhya and implementation of Uniform Civil Code. At one of the public rallies he also talked about the 2002 communal riots and how the “troublemakers” were taught a lesson back then.The change in BJP campaign tenor over the last few days indicates that it wants to leave no stone unturned to break the past record of winning maximum 127 seats in Gujarat. Muslims account for 10% to 61% of votes on 53 seats in Gujarat, and voting on these seats will decide if BJP is able to break past records.BJP’s domination in 76 urban constituencies is a bygone conclusion. Among these, Muslim-dominated seats include Khadia-Jamalpur, Dariapur-Kalupur, Danilimda, Vejalpur and Bapunagar seats in Ahmedabad city where Muslims account for 20% to 61% of the votes. A similar scenario exists in Wankaner, Somnath, Dwarka and Khambhalia in Saurashtra, Abdasa, Mandvi and Bhuj in Kutch, Vadgam and Siddhpur in North Gujarat, Dholka in Ahmedabad, Godhra in Panchamahal, Bharuch, Vagra and Jambusar in Bharuch district, Matar, Mehmdabad, Mahudha in Kheda, Limbayat and Surat (E) in Surat. The big question is: How will Muslims vote this time? Will they gravitate towards AAP, AIMIM or Congress? Not surprisingly, Congress alleges that efforts are being made by the BJP to divide the Muslim vote.Take the example of Surat East where 12 of the 14 candidates are Muslims. In Limbayat, there are 36 Muslim candidates out of total 44.In Ahmedabad’s Bapunagar, out of 29 candidates 9 are Muslims. In Jamalpur-Khadia four out of eight and in Dariapur four out of 7 candidates are Muslims.In 2017, in these 53 Muslim-dominated seats BJP was victorious on 28 and Congress 25. The BJP game-plan is to bank on division of Muslim votes and retain Hindu votes.Muslim votes usually go to candidates with potential to win and who can be helpful to them in future. Owaisi’s hardcore minority politics has so far failed in West Bengal and UP. Kejriwal lost his currency and secular credentials among minority voters by raising the demand of putting Hindu god Ganesh and goddess Laxmi pictures on currency notes, silence on Uniform Civil Code, flogging of Muslim youths during Navratri in Gujarat, removal of encroachment by minorities in Bet Dwarka and remission to Bilkis Bano rapists.Voting percentage plays a crucial role in determining which party wins. When a particular community or group decides to come out en masse to vote for a particular political party, it usually boomerangs. For example, in recent past when a Muslim cleric exhorted voters to vote in favour of Congress and defeat BJP’s former revenue minister Kaushik Patel, the news spread like wildfire and a Hindu backlash followed which resulted in Patel’s victory by a thin margin. The bottomline: elections are not decided on a single factor but several factors.

Modi-Shah play Hindutva duet
Modi wouldn’t have become PM had Congress not kept democracy alive: Kharge
The Indian Express | 4 days ago | |
The Indian Express
4 days ago | |

Narendra Modi would not have become the Prime Minister had the Congress not kept democracy alive, said Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge in his first political rally ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections Sunday.“If the Congress would not have done anything in 70 years, then in this democracy, you would not have become the Prime Minister. This is given by the Congress. We might have lost but kept alive the (Indian) Constitution and democracy. Due to works done by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr BR Ambedkar, democracy is alive in the country today,” Kharge said in Ahmedabad’s Bapunagar area.He questioned the repeated visits of Modi to the poll-bound state. “The PM is leaving aside all his national and international work and spending time in Gujarat. This shows there is something wrong here. Why are all their ministers visiting Gujarat?” he said.Gujarat AICC incharge Raghu Sharma and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, too, questioned the repeated visits of PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. If they had done good work and development in Gujarat, why are they worried and spending more days in the state along with the central ministers, the Congress leaders asked.Kharge also took a jibe at the double-engine government slogan of the BJP. “Your double-engine has failed. One engine is down and the other is not working. That is why you are changing three CMs in five years.”He appealed to the voters to not go by the words and fake promises of a party that has divided every community. “You are selling PSUs set up by Congress in order to make a few of your friends richer and the poor poorer. They say we have humiliated Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel and Ambedkar, were they yours? Who banned the RSS? It was Sardar Patel, Nehru ji and Dr Ambedkar who did that,” he added.Hinting at anti-incumbency, Sharma said, “There is an undercurrent in Gujarat as people have decided to change the the deaf and dumb government that has strangulated the common man. People from all communities are fed up with the BJP.”Giving the example of Rajasthan, Sharma said, “In Rajasthan, too, there are 33 districts, of which 31 have government hospitals. We have implemented the employment guarantee scheme. Also, the old pension scheme is there in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh”. Targeting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he said: “(Arvind) Kejriwal of AAP, which is a B team of the BJP, is lying. They have come only to divide the votes. People are fed up in Punjab within eight months.”Seeking votes for Bapunagar Congress candidate Himmatsinh Patel, Gehlot said: “I appeal to you not to trust the AAP. What agreement has been made between the BJP and AAP, it is beyond my understanding”.The Rajasthan Chief Minister also claimed that the BJP’s Gaurav Yatra—a state-wide campaign held to promote the government’s achievements—was a failure. “People are not attending their meetings and have decided to change the government. If you change the government in Gujarat, it will be a favour for the entire country. The PM and Home Minister will introspect why they were defeated and…take remedial steps and thus, bring in some changes in the country.”

Modi wouldn’t have become PM had Congress not kept democracy alive: Kharge
At 34, Limbayat seat in Surat sees highest no. of independents
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

The number of candidates contesting the Gujarat Assembly elections in the second phase is higher than that of first phase, data released by the election commission shows. While 788 candidates will contest from 89 seats that go to poll in the first phase of the elections to be held on December 1, 1,112 candidates are contesting from the 93 seats that go to polls on December 5, as per the nominations that were scrutinised till Friday. The last day for withdrawal of nominations for the second phase is November 21.A total of 339 are independent candidates are in the fray for the first phase of Assembly polls, another 507 independent candidates are due to contest in the 93 seats that go to polls in the second phase.The highest number of independents candidates — 34 — are in Limbayat seat in Surat district from where 44 candidates are contesting elections. The second highest number of independents are in Morbi the sitting BJP MLA was dropped after the Morbi bridge collapse in which 135 people were killed. The reserved tribal seat of Mahuva in South Gujarat has just three candidates.Among the second-phase seats, Viramgam will see 18 independents contesting among the total 29 candidates from this seat, including Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who is contesting on a BJP ticket.The seat has the highest number of independent contestants among the 93 seats, followed by Bapunagar seat in Ahmedabad, where 17 independents are contesting among the total 35 contestants. The key contests in the first phase will see Isudan Gadhvi, the chief minister candidate of AAP fighting from Khambhalia seat in Devbhumi Dwarka district. Sitting BJP ministers including Purnesh Modi, Harsh Sanghavi, Naresh Patel and Kanu Desai, Raghavji Patel, Jitu Vaghani will be also contesting to retain their seats.Among the Congress candidates, former Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Paresh Dhanani and senior party leader Punja Vansh will be contesting to retain their seats. Indranil Rajyaguru, who returned to Congress will be fighting from Rajkot East seat. Rajyaguru had lost the 2017 polls to former chief minister Vijay Rupani.Other interesting contests in Phase-1 will see Rivaba Jadeja, wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, contesting from Jamnagar North, sitting MLA Kandhal Jadeja who recently quit NCP will be fighting from Kutiyana seat as a SP candidate, while sitting BJP MLA Jawahar Chavda will be fighting from Manavadar.While both Congress and BJP will be contesting in all the 89 seats in Saurashtra and South Gujarat that goes to polls on December 1, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest on 88 seats. Among the national parties contesting in the first phase, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will contest from 57 seats, Samajwadi Party (SP) on 12 seats and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM on six seats, along with Gujarat-based Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) contesting on 14 seats. For the second-phase, BSP has fielded candidates from 48 seats, AIMIM has fielded eight candidates, SP has fielded six candidates and BTP has fielded 12 candidates.The Bapunagar seat in Ahmedabad is due to be a highly contested seat with independents, BSP, SP, JD(U), AIMIM, other smaller and local parties competing for votes, apart from BJP, Congress and AAP.In total, of the 182 seats, SP is contesting on 18 seats, AIMIM on 14, BSP on 105 seats and BTP on 24 seats.

At 34, Limbayat seat in Surat sees highest no. of independents
Gulbarg witness is JD(U) candidate from Bapunagar
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The prime witness in the 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre case, Imtiyazkhan Pathan, filed his nomination for the Bapunagar assembly constituency in Ahmedabad city as a Janata Dal (United) candidate. Pathan will contest on the JD(U) mandate after severing his ties with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), after he was not picked to contest the assembly election by the party. AIMIM chose Shahnawaz Pathan for this seat, which was won by the Congress’s Himmatsinh Patel. Pathan quit the AIMIM after he was denied the ticket, which he claimed he had been promised. Pathan said, “I was associated with AIMIM since the party contested the municipal corporation election. I was working as a coordinator in Jamnagar and Kheda districts and put in my best to convince influential people in these districts to join the party. When it came to fulfilling the promise, the party’s Gujarat leadership backtracked.” Pathan further said he had decided to contest from Bapunagar as an independent but got the mandate from the JD(U). He contested from Kheda in the 2019 parliamentary elections and secured more than 5,000 votes. Pathan had testified before the special SIT court during the trial that former MP of the Congress party, Ehsan Jafri, who was killed during the post-Godhra riots, had frantically called people for help including the then chief minister Narendra Modi, and Modi had abused him. No other witness corroborated Pathan’s claim.

Gulbarg witness is JD(U) candidate from Bapunagar
Half the city candidates have graduate degrees
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

Politics is perhaps the only “profession” where your academic excellence doesn’t count. Or so the people think. However, Ahmedabad city is an exception this time with half of the 32 candidates (of BJP and Congress) either being graduates or postgraduates. In all, for 16 Ahmedabad seats, 11 candidates are graduates, 5 post graduates and 2 PhDs. Six candidates haven’t finished higher secondary.Among graduates, 7 are from Congress and 4 are from BJP. The INC candidates are Payal Patel, Ranjitsinh Barad, Vijaykumar Brahmbhatt, CM Rajput, Vipul Parmar, Sailesh Parmar and Bhikhu Dave. Among the BJP, three including Ami Shah, Kaushik Jain and Darshna Vaghela have graduate degrees while Payal Kukrani, the BJP candidate from Naroda, is a foreign medical graduate from Smolensk Medical University, Russia.​​​​​​​The most educated of the lot is Amee Yajnik, the INC candidate who is up against CM Bhupendra Patel in Ghatlodia. She has a Doctorate in the Science of Law (JSD) from Stanford University.On the other hand, ChiefMinister Bhupendra Patel has a Diploma in Civil Engineering. In the BJP, Harshad Patel of BJP, contesting from Sabarmati, has a Master’s Degree in Education (MEd) as well as a PhD.There are three candidates, all from the BJP — Amit Thaker from Vejalpur, Hasmukh Patel from Amraiwadi and Amul Bhatt from Maninagar — who have a Master’s degree. While Thaker has one in law, Patel has his degree in medicine and Bhatt has his degree in chemistry.Sonal Patel, representing Congress in Naranpura, has a PG Diploma in Planning from CEPT University in Ahmedabad.BJP’s Naresh Vyas, contesting from the Danilimda (SC) seat, has a Diploma in Fine Arts.There are four such candidates up for election in Ahmedabad - two each from INC and BJP - who did enrol in a graduate degree, but couldn’t complete college. These are INC’s Balvantsinh Gadhvi (FYBCom) and Dharmendra Patel who reached SYBCom. From the BJP, Jagdish Vishwakarma reached SYBA and Bhushan Bhatt, contesting from Jamalpur-Khadia, has completed SYBCom.Two candidates, both from the BJP — Jitendra Patel from Naranpura and Dinesh Kushwaha from Bapunagar constituencies — have just managed to finish higher secondary schooling. Notably, the INC candidate from Bapunagar, Himmatsinh Patel, has only passed Class 9.There are two candidates, one each from the INC and BJP, who have passed out of the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). They are Dineshkumar Mahida (INC) contesting from Sabarmati, and Babusinh Jadav (BJP), contesting from Vatva.Meghraj Dodani, the NCP candidate from Naroda, BJP’s Kanchan Radadiya from Thakkarbapa Nagar and two of the INC candidates — Gyasuddin Shaikh from Dariapur and Imran Khedawala from Jamalpur-Khadia — have all passed their Class 10 examinations only.

Half the city candidates have graduate degrees
ECI shunts out Gujarat assembly poll observer for ‘publicity stunt’
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A UP cadre IAS officer, who was appointed as a general observer for the Gujarat assembly poll, has been removed for indulging in a “publicity stunt”. Abhishek Singh, who was an observer for Asarwa and Bapunagar assembly constituencies in Ahmedabad, has been relieved from duty. Singh, a 2011-batch officer, posted pictures of his assignment as observer on his social media handles, posing with the vehicle that has been allotted to him and also with other personnel, including a cop. In a strongly worded letter to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat on Friday, the ECI said Abhishek Singh used Instagram to share his posting as a general observer and used his official position for “publicity stunts”. The IAS officer had uploaded the same pictures on his Twitter handle with the text, “Joined Ahmedabad as Observer for Gujarat Elections”. Singh describes himself as a public servant, actor, social entrepreneur and stubborn optimist on his Instagram and Twitter handles. The poll panel also shared with the CEO the pictures uploaded by the officer on the social media platforms, the sources said. Citing the EC communication, sources said the poll panel took “a very serious view” of the matter and relieved Singh immediately of his duties as a general observer. He has also been debarred from any electionrelated duty till further orders. The officer was also directed to immediately leave the constituency of which he was given the responsibility and report to his nodal officer in the parent cadre. All government facilities provided to him to facilitate the discharge of his observer duties be withdrawn, the letter said, according to the sources. CEO Gujarat P Bharathi said the officer has been relieved of the charge of observer of Asarwa and Bapunagar assembly constituencies. “The action has been taken according to ECI instructions,” she said. Prashant Narnvare was later appointed in Singh’s place.

ECI shunts out Gujarat assembly poll observer for ‘publicity stunt’
  • ‘Publicity stunt’: EC relieves IAS officer from Gujarat polls observer duty after he shares photos on social media
  • The Indian Express

    The Election Commission on Friday relieved an Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer from his duties as a general observer in the Gujarat Assembly elections after he shared photos of his posting on social media, EC sources said.The officer, Abhishek Singh, was on November 7 appointed as general observer of Bapunagar and Asarwa constituencies in Ahmedabad district for the Gujarat polls to be held in December. The EC wrote to the Gujarat chief electoral officer on Friday that it had come to its notice that Singh had used his official position as a “publicity stunt” by sharing photos of his posting or joining as general observer on Instagram.  A post shared by Abhishek Singh (@abhishek_as_it_is)The EC relieved the officer from his duties as general observer and debarred him from any election-related duty till further orders. The EC ordered Singh to leave the constituency immediately and gave another officer the additional charge till a new observer was appointed. The EC said all government facilities extended to Singh to discharge his duty should be revoked immediately by the district administration.Singh, a 2011 batch IAS officer, had on Thursday posted photos on Instagram of himself in front of an official car with ‘observer’ written on it, with the caption ‘Joined Ahmedabad as Observer for Gujarat Elections’. Singh, who describes himself as a public servant, actor and social entrepreneur, apart from an IAS officer, in his social media bio, has over 3 million followers on Instagram and 31,000 on Twitter. The Instagram post and tweet in question had received over 27,000 and 11,500 likes respectively as of Friday afternoon.

Ahmedabad: 2 held with pistols, vehicle thief nabbed
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The city crime branch on Saturday said it has arrested two persons who were in possession of two pistols and 11 live cartridges. In another operation, the crime branch arrested one person for his involvement in vehicle thefts from several areas of the city including Satellite, Navrangpura, Ellisbridge, and Naranpura. Crime branch officers said that a surveillance mission led them to intercept a man on a bike near New Cloth Market. He has been identified as Prakash Meena, 55, a resident of Udaipur. He could not produce the papers for the bike and hence was detained. During interrogation, he admitted that he had stolen the bike. Rakesh MeenaMeena confessed to stealing the bike from Meghaninagar one and a half months ago, and to snatching a chain in Khokhra. The cops said that he is involved in 40 thefts from many areas including Satellite, Navrangpura, Ellisbridge, Naranpura, Ghatlodia, Khadia, Maninagar, Vastrapur, Bapunagar, Paldi, Vatva, Naroda, Odhav, and Shahibaug. As for the pistols, police arrested Vinod Thakore, 29, and Dipak Srivas, 32. They are both residents of Bapunagar. Police said they arrested Thakore from Bapunagar based on surveillance intelligence. Police recovered two country-made pistols and 11 live cartridges. Thakore told police that Srivas had given him the pistols and the cartridges. When Srivas was interrogated, he revealed that he had obtained the weapons and cartridges from Madhya Pradesh. Thakore has been arrested earlier for loot, assault, and bootlegging. He was released from jail less than a week ago.

Ahmedabad: 2 held with pistols, vehicle thief nabbed
Maldhari body protests against AMC drive: ‘Release cattle, return our pastoral land’
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Gujarat Maldhari Mahapanchayat organised a “vedna rally” in Ahmedabad, against the ongoing cattle control drive by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) demanding that the civic body return their pastoral land, among other demands.“The corporation has been expanding the city limits and incorporating the villages outside the city under its jurisdiction. Our “gauchar lands” (pastoral lands) have been taken away by them. We have no land left to let our cattles graze. So, our cattle roam on the road,” said Mahesh Rabari, 32, of Gomtipur area who joined the rally against the cattle drive by AMC. Rabari had 10-12 cows in his shelter. “We are fine with the law, we are fine with the fact that those cattle roaming on the roads are being taken by AMC. But they have taken cattle from our shelters. Our shelters are registered, we have paid the registration fee (of Rs. 200), and have the receipt of it too. Then why take our cattle? And that too from the shelter…. And moreover, if the cattle roam on the streets of the city, it is because our villages have been taken inside the city limits, leaving no land for our cattle,” Deepesh Desai, 32, who resides in Bapunagar area, said in the rally. The rally started from Bapunagar to culminate at Bhadra. It was led by the spokesperson of Gujarat Maldhari Mahapanchayat, Nagjibhai Desai, and other members, like Bhavesh Desai and Jitu Rayka. “We also demand the government to provide us with a separate colony for us, Maldharis,” said Babu Rabari, 36, from Viramgam. “Our immediate demand is that the corporation release the cattle and allow the fodder in the city. We have nothing left to feed the cattle left in our shelters, especially the calves. Moreover, the capacity of the corporation’s cow shelters is around 2,000. The number of cattles kept in these shelters is around 10,000 or so, and also there is lumpy virus disease. How are they protecting our cattle?,” added Babu. “They not only took our cattle but also imposed serious charges against some of us under IPC, and have detained us. We were released after 24 hours. Before too, they used to take our cattle, but then release them after the payment of a fine of about Rs. 40,000. This time there was no option to pay the fine and get our cattle back. They simply refused to give us our cattle back,” said Mukesh Desai from Bapunagar, who was a participant in the rally. “This cattle drive has affected our business. Selling milk is our sole source of income. A monthly income of Rs. 15,000-17,000 comes from this. In addition to this, now to feed our cattle we have to bring fodder from outside the city, which is enough for a day or two. The cattle remaining in our shelters need to be fed,” said Sanjay Desai, 35, from Asarva who owns a cattle shelter of about 25 cows.More than half of his cows have been taken from his shelter by the Corporation. “We want them to come to a middle ground…..assign us a land, and the issue will be solved,” said Deepesh Desai. Nagjibhai said that several villages have been brought under the jurisdiction of the AMC like Vastral, Nikol, Naroda, Ramol, Piplaj, and the gauchar lands are used to make buildings. “Maldhari zone has been in demand for more than 27 years, but still no action has been taken till date,” he saidThose who sells fodder for a living also said that the drive has affected their livelihood.“We do not own cattle, but our sole source of income was through the sale of fodder. I was taken by the police and after the examination and a warning, was released in 5-6 hours. We are told not to sell fodder….,” said Tasleem Sheikh ,43, from Jamalpur area. Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“Before the cattle drive, we used to get Rs 400-500 every day by selling the fodder. Now, after the ban and restrictions, we sell from 7 am till afternoon. The earnings have limited to Rs 200-250,” said another fodder seller, Saroj Lodha from Jamalpur area, the sole earner of the family of 5 and procures fodder from Bapunagar area. AMC has impounded cattle following the directions of the Gujarat High Court, as per a recent order in August. AMC has also been directed by the state government to not release the cattle for the next three months. Similar drives have been carried out in Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot, following the High Court’s recent order.

Maldhari body protests against AMC drive: ‘Release cattle, return our pastoral land’
Abandoned by dad, son reunited with mother after 4 years
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago | |

It was a teary reunion for Nasir (15) and his mother Fatima who had not seen or heard from her child for the past four years. When she entered the room where her son was waiting, Fatima stopped short and went silent. She kept staring at her son for sometime before rushing to take him in her arms.Nasir, who hails from a small village in the Madhubani district of Bihar, is the eldest of Fatima’s five children. In 2018, his unemployed father took Nasir and his brother Yunus (13) to Mumbai for their education. Fatima was left behind with their two daughters and a son.For a long time, she believed that her sons were with their father who was working in Mumbai. But he had abandoned the two boys. She found her younger son Yunus in Darbhanga in 2019 where his father had left him, but Nasir was nowhere to be found.Fatima then migrated to Mumbai and was living with her sister for more than a year to look for her elder son. In the meantime, she worked as a house help to support herself.Four years after he left home, Nasir was found begging for food by a couple on the Mumbai Central-Porbandar Express on August 25. The good samaritans, who work for a private company in Viramgam, became curious after Nasir refused money and asked only for food. They asked him about his whereabouts, but all Nasir knew was that his father worked in Ahmedabad. The couple took the child home to help locate his family. Nasir stayed with them till August 28.“When they realised that the traumatised child could not tell them anything, they took him to the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Viramgam railway station and then he was taken into the protective custody of the state and handed over to Childline NGO in Ahmedabad,” said Constable Ruturajsinh of Viramgam GRP.Imran Bohahriya, a volunteer at Childline said officials soon realised that Nasir, instead of being put in school, was put to work at an embroidery workshop by his father. He had retained only memories of that place.From the limited description of his workplace, the NGO deduced that he could have worked in the Bombay Hotel area, Narol, Millat Nagar, Shah-e-Alam, Gomtipur, Rakhiyal or Bapunagar, where such garment workshops abound. The team approached social worker Nadeem Shaikh, who owns a shop in Bapunagar.Shaikh had helped thousands of migrant workers return home to Bihar, UP and Jharkhand during the Covid lockdown and hence had several contacts in these states. When Shaikh spoke to the boy in his native dialect he divulged the name of his village and that there was a mosque next to his old school. With this information, Shaikh managed to contact people in the village. Information about Nasir was announced through loudspeakers in the village mosques and his photograph was circulated on WhatsApp and Facebook groups.Within five hours, Nasir’s relatives were found and soon Fatima got to know about her lost son. “Even though it had been four years, the moment I saw his photo, I knew it was my son. I immediately went to Ahmedabad and brought him back,” said an emotional Fatima.Though Fatima got back her son, the boy, traumatised by years of child labour, lack of education and abandonment, could hardly speak to his ‘Ammi’. But Fatima is determined to get him all the help he needs and put him in school.

Abandoned by dad, son reunited with mother after 4 years
ACB starts bribe probe against Civil Hosp docs
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago | |

The Anti-Corruption Bureau has started investigations into allegations of bribes to the tune of lakhs in tenders for sign boards, vinyl board works by doctors at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. ACB sources told Mirror that the civil hospital superintendent will be served a notice and a probe will be initiated into the allegations.An application of alleged kickbacks of Rs 40 lakh paid to doctors and employees of ESIC Hospital and civil hospital for passing tenders for signboards, LED boards, fabrication and other work at Civil Hospital campus was sent to the ACB on July 13. According to ACB sources, a Bapunagar resident named D J Thakkar had made the application to the ACB.Mirror had reported on August 2 about the allegations of bogus billing in contracts given for sign boards, vinyl, fabrication and other works to Yash Fabrication, and the alleged involvement of Bapunagar based ESIC Hospital doctor Jignesh Desai, and Dr Sanjay Kapadia, Dr Sanjay Solanki, Pankhi Shah and M B Parekh was reported. Applicant Thakkar said, “The ACB recorded my statement. Irregularities and corruption on a massive scale will be unearthed if an unbiased probe is instituted.”The bribes were taken from one Sanjay Luhar of Yash Fabrication through RTGS in bank accounts and in the form of cash and jewellery, according to the application. The applicant had given detailed statements of bank transactions of Sanjay Luhar, Whatsapp chats, dates on which the bribes were paid and the amount as evidence.ACB DySP D P Vaghela said, “We have received the application of the Rs 40 bribes and the evidence from D J Thakkar and we will start the probe against the doctors. We have contacted top doctors at the Civil hospital.”

ACB starts bribe probe against Civil Hosp docs
Government doctors accused of taking Rs 40 lakh bribe
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago | |

octors at the Civil Hospital in Asarwa have been accused of taking lakhs of rupees in bribes to allegedly clear bills for fabrication work at the 1200-bed hospital on the Civil campus. The matter emerged after Bapunagar resident D J Thakkar filed an application with the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on July 13, this year.The application states that Yash Fabrication won a tender worth Rs 2 crore for installing signboards, LED boards, vinyl boards and flex boards at the 1200-bed hospital. “After the company won the tender, Dr Jignesh Desai, chief medical officer (CMO) of ESICHospital, Bapunagar allegedly got in touch with Sanjay Luhar, owner of Yash Fabrication,” the application states.As per the application, Dr Desai introduced Luhar to Dr Sanjay Solanki and Dr Sanjay Kapadia, both resident medical officers (RMOs) of Civil Hospital.“For work worth Rs 2 crore that Luhar carried out, several bogus bills were cleared for him and Rs 40 lakh was paid as bribe. The money for the same was given from the Rogi Kalyan Samiti fund,” Thakkar told Mirror.Thakkar has sent a copy of his application to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Gujarat DGP, the Home minister and the police commissioner.He has also submitted WhatsApp chats between Luhar and Dr Desai about the alleged dealings.The money trailAlong with his application to the ACB, Thakkar has also submitted Luhar’s bank statement, which showed that he transferred Rs 10 lakh to a bank account of Neelam Desai, wife of Dr Desai. The money was transferred on April 3, 2019, through RTGS.It further shows that another Rs 10 lakh was transferred to the account of one Pankhi Shah, a friend of Dr Desai. It is alleged that this was done under the instruction of Dr Desai. The amount was paid in two instalments of Rs 5 lakh each in the bank account of Shah on April 5 and 6, 2019.A day later, Luhar allegedly bought gold jewellery worth Rs 9.78 lakh from ND Jewellers. It is alleged that this was bought on behalf of one of the doctors.In addition, Thakkar has alleged that Luhar paid a huge sum of cash to Dr Solanki, Dr Kapadia and PN Patel, a former Civil employee.Luhar also withdrew another Rs 5 lakh on April 16, 2019, and allegedly paid MB Parekh, a former manager of Rogi Kalyan Samiti. He had retired, but continued to work at Civil Hospital without permission from CM’s office, Thakkar has alleged.The complaint states that since the money was paid through bank accounts, the same can be verified through the bank statements of Luhar and other doctors and it will show the trail of disproportionate assets and unaccounted money amassed by the accused.What accused sayWhen Mirror contacted Dr Solanki, Dr Kapadia and Dr Desai, they termed the allegations baseless. Luhar admitted to Mirror that he had transferred Rs 10 lakh to the account of Dr Desai’s wife Neelam through RTGS, but said he did it to help him as Dr Desai is a friend.Similarly, he said Pankhi Shah was a friend of his sister and he transferred Rs 5 lakh to help her. Luhar termed the allegations of paying bribes false.ACB DySP DP Vaghela said, “We have received the application and will move forward as per the director’s instruction.”

Government doctors accused of taking Rs 40 lakh bribe
R’than gangster Arvind Bika arrested from A’bad
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago | |

On July 8, Gujarat police had formed teams to nab gangster Arivind Bika of Rajasthan who also operates in Gujarat. A team of Gujarat ATS has now nabbed Bika from Bapunagar in the city with two pistols and 10 bullets in magazines. Mirror had reported About a fortnight ago how police were on his trail.On the evening of June 17, 2018 a team of crime branch led by then PI Rajesh Suvera and J N Chavda was fired upon by Bika and his gang when they surrounded the gang holed up at Neelkanth apartment in Kathwada area on the outskirts of the city.DIG ATS Deepan Bhadran told Mirror that Bika fired on the team of the city crime branch with two pistols in both hands and managed to escape. He drove for two straight days non-stop to Bengaluru. They had arrested other gang members, including Dinesh alias Bapji, from Bengaluru. “About 300 rounds of ammunition were found in a bag left behind by Bika in the flat in Neelkanth apartments,” said Bhadran.DSP B A Chavda said that a team of ATS intercepted him near Hirawadi in Bapunagar. “We knew that he had a tendency to fire on cops so our team caught him before he could react. We found one pistol hidden under his shirt and a pistol and country-made revolver in his bag,” DSP Chavda said.ATS said that during primary interrogation, Bika — who has about 25 active members in gang involved in more than 38 cases of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, extortion, firing on cops both in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Karnataka — told them that he has his gang members in Ahmedabad. “We suspect that he was in the city to commit an armed robbery,” said an investigator.Bika was later caught by Banaskantha police and lodged in Palanpur jail. However, he managed to escape while being taken to court about three months ago. About a fortnight ago, Bika, who is from Gulabganj in Sirohi of Rajasthan, had also opened fire on Rajasthan police at Abu Road and was on the run.Bika wanted to fill the shoes of gangster Anand Pal Singh who was killed in an encounter. Singh, Rajasthan’s most dreaded gangster, was shot dead in a midnight encounter with the state police’s SOG on June 24, 2017. It brought an end to a year of hot pursuit.

R’than gangster Arvind Bika arrested from A’bad
Dahod police seizes drugs worth Rs 50L
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 months ago | |

As the crackdown on drug trade continues across Gujarat, Dahod Police seized 500 gram synthetic drugs comprising amphetamine derivatives, methamphetamine and mephedrone worth Rs 50 lakh from an SUV. The vehicle was stopped near Ladvel Crossroads in Dahod and the contraband was found from a cavity in the vehicle’s chassis.Zanailub Abedin alias Janu Abdul Ansari, a resident of Gayatri Nagar Apartment in Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad, was arrested. Police said he was transporting the drugs along with IMFL bottles to a major woman drug don of Bapunagar. Dahod police are in contact with their Ahmedabad counterparts to nab the don and her accomplices.Inspector Vinod Dhorda of Dahod Crime Branch told Mirror that while they were on patrolling duty near Lunawada, presence of a Bolero SUV raised their suspicion. “On intercepting the driver, we found IMFL bottles in the cabin. We brought him to the police station and confiscated the SUV. It was forensic experts who later found synthetic drugs stashed in the chassis cavity. The drug seized sells for Rs 10,000 per gram in the retail market.”The synthetic drugs are believed to be brought from Rajasthan. Sources said if Ahmedabad city police dig deep into the racket, more arrests are likely including financiers of the synthetic drug racket in the city. “There are some police officers who have a nexus with the drug mafia due to which the drug trade has sustained and expanded,” said a source.The source said Zanailub Abedin is the husband of a woman drug mafia of Bapunagar who caters to the western parts of the city.Zanailub Abedin earlier worked with Farzana, Kaynat, Majjo and Sitara Devi, all accused of running drug trade in Bapunagar and Gomtipur. Notably, an inquiry was ordered into his wife’s nexus with policemen two years ago. Those named in the inquiry report were suspended or transferred to other places.“This drug queen has about 150 teenagers working for her as drug peddlers to cater to the posh areas in the western parts of the city,” said a source who was earlier involved in synthetic drug trafficking and worked for drug mafia run by Sitara Devi and Farzana alias Fanno.

Dahod police seizes drugs worth Rs 50L
SC orders status quo at Bapunagar's Morarji Chawk in Ahmedabad
Times of India | 6 months ago | |
Times of India
6 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the state and civic authorities to maintain status quo at Bapunagar’s Morarji Chawk, where they have planned to construct houses, police quarters and temporary barracks. While issuing notice to the state authorities, the SC bench of justice S Abdul Nazeer and justice Krishna Murari temporarily stayed them from putting up any construction. This happened in response to an appeal filed by the Bapunagar Morarji Chawk Hitrakshak Samiti, whose public interest litigation was dismissed by the Gujarat high court in March. The HC had stayed construction since 2015. The Samiti had filed the PIL in 2015 when the Gujarat Housing Board (GHB) undertook the project of construction of houses on the ground. The high court turned down the PIL by saying that the land belongs to GHB and it was earmarked as a playground in its internal planning, which by an error entered in the municipal body’s records also. However, the mistake was rectified and the GHB began a project of construction of houses on the ground. Meanwhile, the city police commissioner requested GHB to allot the land for construction of police quarters, temporary barracks and parade ground. The GHB accepted the request and undertook to construct facilities for the police department. After dismissing the PIL, the HC had extended its stay on construction for six weeks.

SC orders status quo at Bapunagar's Morarji Chawk in Ahmedabad
Two women neighbours die by drowning in Sabarmati
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 months ago | |

In a case of suicide which has intrigued the police, two close friends living in the same society in Bapunagar jumped into Sabarmati river on Tuesday afternoon. Both women drowned. Sabarmati Riverfront West police station filed an accidental death report.The deceased, Surbhi Rathod (22) and Simran Yadav (24), lived in Shastrinagar society in Bapunagar. According to police, Simran, originally from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, had got married to Vijay Yadav a few years ago and moved to Ahmedabad. The couple has a son aged two years. The other woman, Surbhi, was the eldest of three siblings and was pursuing her graduation while both her parents work in a private company.After Simran shifted to Ahmedabad, she became friends with Surbhi. The family members of both told police that the two used to spend a lot of time with each other, going out together occasionally and talking on the mobile.On Tuesday, Simran left home while her husband was away at work telling her in-laws that she was going to a tailor. Surbhi left home to give lunch to her parents at their office. In the afternoon, the two jumped into the river between Ellis Bridge and Nehru Bridge.Police said initially a message was received that a couple had died by suicide, but when the bodies were recovered they found that both were women.Family members of both said they did not know why the two took the extreme step. Police are investigating the matter further.

Two women neighbours die by drowning in Sabarmati