If the police did their job on ground to maintain law and order during Rath Yatra, the state cyber cell also was on its toes to control communal and inflammatory material being spread in cyberspace.The job on their hands was to ensure that no inflammatory post becomes a point of concern or ignites communal tension in the state. During the two weeks before Rath Yatra, the cell identifiedabout 1,294 social media accounts that uploaded inflammatory posts, mainly on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. According to top sources in the cyber cell, after they wrote to various social media platforms, 1,143 such accounts were suspended immediately and later deleted.“This job was done by the officials of the newly set-up social media and cyber forensic laboratory of state cyber cell, CID crime. Through cyber patrolling, we identified another 510 such accounts on cyber platforms and have sent them notices as to why CID should not write to social media platforms to delete their accounts,” said a senior police official.The Cyber Forensic Laboratory of state CID crime has modern tools through which it monitors the cyberspace which is not end-to-end encrypted. “In end-to-end encrypted social media platforms, we got our men infiltrated in various groups which indulged in spreading hatred. We have identified a few groups and action will be taken against them,” a state cyber cell official said.Sources said that controlling inflammatory posts on social media was a big challenge for police. “The challenge became even bigger after the Nupur Sharma episode. Social media was stormed with inflammatory posts. After the killing of Kanhaiyalal in Udaipur, we were actually worried about the law and order situation during the Rath Yatra. We were getting inputs of communal violence from every corner,” said a police official.The Cyber Forensic Laboratory of state CID crime has modern tools through which it monitors the cyberspace which is not end-to-end encrypted. “In end-to-end encrypted social media platforms, we got our men infiltrated in various groups which indulged in spreading hatred. We have identified a few groups and action will be taken against them,” a state cyber cell official said.Sources said that controlling inflammatory posts on social media was a big challenge for police. “The challenge became even bigger after the Nupur Sharma episode. Social media was stormed with inflammatory posts. After the killing of Kanhaiyalal in Udaipur, we were actually worried about the law and order situation during the Rath Yatra. We were getting inputs of communal violence from every corner,” said a police official.State cyber cell sources said that they even made public a WhatsApp helpline number: 6359627142, so that the public could directly send their objections to inflammatory posts. “During the past two weeks, we got about 84 complaints about such posts on our WhatsApp number. We have initiated inquiries into these complaints and will soon take action against social media accounts that spread hate,” an official said.Action against hate to continueA cyber cell official said that with Eid around the corner, police will continue to identify hate mongers. “Our team is on it 24x7 to identify social media accounts which send hate messages, and get them deleted,” a cybercrime official said.
The metropolitan magistrate’s court on Saturday sent activist Teesta Setalvad and retired DGP R B Sreekumar in judicial custody after investigators did not seek further remand of the two.Setalvad was detained by the Gujarat ATS from her Mumbai residence last month and was brought to the city where she was later arrested by the crime branch, while Sreekumar was detained from his Gandhinagar residence and was arrested. Both were presented before the court which had granted the crime branch a remand till Saturday.As the remand period ended, the two were once again produced before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate. As the investigating team did not seek a further remand, they were sent to judicial custody.During the proceedings, Setalvad moved an application demanding protection within the jail premises where she also sought a separate cell stating that many of the 2002 riot accused, who are convicted due to the work by her NGO, are lodged in the Sabarmati central jail. The plea was opposed by public prosecutors citing that she is no extraordinary prisoner.Coming out of the court premises, Sreekumar showed the victory sign and Setalvad waved at the media persons shouting ‘Satyamev Jayate’.Earlier addressing press persons, officials of the crime branch had said that the two have not been providing any sort of support in the investigation, and the primary evidence against Sreekumar and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt are the affidavits submitted by them before the SIT commission. The FIR filed by crime branch inspector Darshan Barad had mentioned observations in a judgment given by Supreme Court last month with respect to a plea filed by Zakia Jafri challenging the clean chit given to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.
Activist Teesta Setalvad and former DGP RB Sreekumar were sent in judicial custody by magisterial court of MV Chauhan upon completion of their police remand on Saturday.The Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) had arrested them last month just a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit by the SIT to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots.Their judicial custody will continue until bail is granted. No bail application has been moved as of now.While both informed the magistrate of there being no ill treatment, Teesta, through her advocate SM Vatsa, submitted an application seeking protection within jail. She cited the ground that during her work through the NGO (CJP), many were convicted, several of them lodged at the Sabarmati central jail where she will be housed during her judicial custody, and thus she apprehends harm that she may have to face if protection is not granted.Prosecutor Mitesh Amin and Amit Patel opposed the application submitting that she is “not extraordinary prisoner”. Magistrate court has reserved order on the application, likely to be pronounced within an hour.Setalvad and Sreekumar were held on charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery and other Sections of the IPC on the basis of an FIR lodged in the DCB by Inspector Darshansinh Barad, which quotes extensively from the Court order. Also named in the nine-page FIR, filed on behalf of the Gujarat state, is former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who also faced strictures in the Supreme Court order. Bhatt is already in jail in connection with another case.
The Ahmedabad detection of crime branch (DCB) on Friday sent summons to at least 14 witnesses of the Gulberg trial, directing them to be present at 11 am on Saturday in connection with the FIR that had led to the arrest of Teesta Setalvad and retired DGP RB Sreekumar.The FIR lodged on June 25 also names former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt as an accused.The summons, which has been issued under CrPC Section 160 that grants police officers power to require attendance of witnesses, a copy of which was accessed by The Indian Express, read: “With this notice it is informed that investigation is going on FIR… at DCB police stations under IPC sections 468, 471, 195, 211, 218 and 120(B), in regard of which your statement is to be taken requiring your presence on 02.07.2022 at 11 am at Crime Branch, Gaekwad Haveli, Ahmedabad.”Following the FIR, the government had announced a special investigation team to probe charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery, among others, against former DGP RB Sreekumar, activist Teesta Setalvad and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. Setalvad and Sreekumar are under police remand till Saturday.The FIR was registered exactly 24 hours after the Supreme Court had pronounced its verdict giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi a clean chit for the 2002 Gujarat riots in the appeal filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri. The FIR is based on extensive quotes from the Supreme Court verdict and its annexures, and mentions the period of “occurrence of the offence” between January 1, 2002, and June 25, 2022.
DGP CID (Crime and Railways) T S Bisht retired from the Indian Police Service on Thursday. The charge of DGP CID (Crime and Railways) was handed over to State police chief, DGP Ashish Bhatia. However, the buzz in police circles was as to why DGP Anil Pratham who is handling human trafficking and women related issues was not given the charge.A 1985 batch IPS officer, before being appointed as chief of CID (Crime and Railways) in August 2020, Bisht had served across the state. He had also served as DCP Zone-1 in Ahmedabad. Recently CID crime had been entrusted with an inquiry relating to the death of four of a family from Dingucha village in Kalol who froze to death while crossing over in the US from Canada. However, the inquiry has not concluded.An order from the state home state department was issued on Friday mentioning that Bisht is permitted to retire from the IPS on attaining the age of superannuation with effect from June 30, 2022 after the office hours. Sources said that Bisht was accorded a farewell.Simultaneously, another order was issued by the state home department with a mention that the charge of the vacant post of CID (Crime and Railways) has been handed over to DGP Ashish Bhatia. It is worthy to note that DGP Bhatia is currently on an eight-month extension from his date of retirement on May 31.
Raiskhan Pathan, who had submitted an affidavit alleging tampering of affidavits filed by victims of post Godhra riots by CJP (Citizen for Justice and Peace), will be called in by the Crime Branch to record his statement. It is worthy to note that a day after the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the city crime branch had registered an FIR against Teesta Setalvad, ex-DGP R B Sreekumar and dismissed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt based on the observations made by the apex court.Raiskhan worked as field coordinator with CJP in 2002. Teesta Setalvad, who was the CJP secretary during the same period and essentially ran it, was arrested from her residence in Mumbai while R B Sreekumar was summoned for questioning and then arrested.Investigators said they are probing every aspect of the post Godhra riot and pleas submitted by CJP on behalf of the victims and witnesses. “We are also investigating the funding aspect of the pleas submitted before different courts by CJP which is run by Setalvad. We are looking at the role of others who could be part of the conspiracy to keep the pot boiling. There could be more arrests in future,” the investigator added.A senior police officer privy to the investigation said Sanjiv Bhatt, who is currently lodged in Palanpur Jail, would be brought on transfer warrant after the Rathyatra. “We would also question him about his alleged role in concocting intelligence inputs while he was SP, intelligence, at the time of riots that broke out after burning of Sabarmati Express at Godhra.”Raiskhan’s affidavitKhan had stated in the affidavit that he was getting instructions from Setalvad over phone and e-mails on a day-to-day basis to contact victims and witnesses of riot cases spread in various parts of the state and also those who had shifted to other states.Khan had also mentioned in the affidavit that he was overall in charge of the entire operation of CJP and used to organise press conferences of riot victims on instructions of Setalvad.According to the affidavit, Setalvad used to call riot victims and witnesses to meet her and pay them travelling expenses on behalf of CJP.
THE Gujarat government has announced a special investigation team to probe charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery, among others, against former DGP RB Sreekumar, activist Teesta Setalvad and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. The three were charged following a Supreme Court order upholding a clean chit to the Modi government in the 2002 riots, which passed strictures against the three. The FIR against the three quotes extensively from the Supreme Court order.A profile of the SIT:Deepan Bhadran: The head of the team, the 41-year-old police officer is a native of Kerala and an IPS officer of the 2007 batch. A B.Tech in Electronics Engineering, he has served at various crucial positions in the Gujarat Police, including the much-coveted DCP, Crime, Ahmedabad, post from 2015 to 2020, and as in-charge SP of the Gujarat ATS. During his Ahmedabad stint, he upgraded policing skills with crucial software inputs.As DCP, Crime, among the cases he handled was the assassination attempt on former home minister Gordhan Zadafia, and tracing of the Tablighi Jamaat workers who had attended a Delhi congregation ahead of the Covid pandemic, and a Jet Airways threat letter case.In September 2020, Bhadran was transferred as the SP of Jamnagar to deal with land mafia in the city. The move was welcomed on Twitter by Reliance Industries Director, Corporate Affairs, and Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani, who said, “Your posting here will give a great relief to the law-abiding citizens, land owners, builders, businessmen, traders & factory owners of the area.” Jamnagar is home to the Reliance refinery and several critical installations.Bhadran’s biggest achievement in the posting was busting of a land mafia gang led by Jayesh Patel, whose several members were arrested before Patel himself was detained by Interpol in London in March 2021.This led to Bhadran being promoted as Deputy Inspector General (DIG), ATS, Ahmedabad headquarters. It was done by upgrading the vacant ex-cadre post of SP, ATS, to the vacant ex-cadre post of DIG, ATS in December 2021.Chaitanya Mandalik: Also a B.Tech, in Civil Engineering, Mandlik, 36, is an IPS of 2011 batch. Originally from Maharashtra, he had ruffled a few feathers as a probationary officer in 2013 when he had busted a gambling den of a BJP member in Rajkot and then led a raid against the same leader’s godown to seize liquor worth Rs 1 crore.Mandlik served as ASP, Diyodar, Banaskantha, in 2015; SP, Mehsana, from 2016 to 2018; and SP, Sabarkantha, till 2021. During his time in Mehsana and Sabarkantha, Mandlik was credited with controlling law and order following the Patidar agitation. In January 2021, he was transferred as DCP, Crime, Ahmedabad.Sunil Joshi: An IPS officer of 2010 batch, the 37-year-old Joshi served as SP, Valsad, from 2016 to 2020, and later as SP, Devbhoomi Dwarka. In November 2021, while he was posted at Devbhoomi Dwarka, he had seized Rs 313 crore worth of drugs, leading to the arrest of three people. As a promotion posting, he was transferred to the ATS last year.B C Solanki: A state cadre officer, Solanki, 61, retired last year as Assistant Commissioner of Police, Special Operations Group (SOG), Ahmedabad, and is currently on extension. He has been named the investigating officer in the Teesta-Sreekumar-Bhatt case. Solanki was part of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases (it was the clean chit by the SIT that was upheld by the Supreme Court) and, in 2018, while posted as ACP, SOG, probed allegations against Setalvad’s organisation Citizens for Justice and Peace of illegally exhuming bodies related to the 2002 riots.P G Vaghela: Deputy SP Vaghela was among the 18 officers who investigated the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts which led to the death of 56 people. A court recently convicted 49 people for the blasts, with death sentences to 38. The Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) team including Vaghela, 56, led by now Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia, had made the first arrest after 19 days of investigation, including tracking lakhs of cellphone calls.A D Parmar: Parmar, 61, retired as an inspector and is currently on extension. He was also part of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT which probed the Gujarat riots, and later served in the SOG of Ahmedabad Police and the Crime Branch.Hiral Raval: A police inspector with the Ahmedabad DCB, Raval, who is in his late 20s, is a direct recruit in the Gujarat Police through GPSC.
The Gujarat government has announced a special investigative team to probe charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery, among others, against former DGP R B Sreekumar, activist Teesta Setalvad and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. The three were charged following a Supreme Court order upholding a clean chit to the Modi government in the 2002 riots, which passed strictures against the three. The FIR against the three quotes extensively from the Supreme Court order.A profile of the SITDeepan Bhadran: The head of the team, the 41-year-old police officer is a native of Kerala and an IPS officer of the 2007 batch. A B.Tech in Electronics Engineering, he has served at various crucial positions in the Gujarat Police, including the much-coveted DCP, Crime, Ahmedabad, post from 2015 to 2020, and as in-charge SP of the Gujarat ATS. During his Ahmedabad stint, he upgraded policing skills with crucial software inputs.As DCP, Crime, among the cases he handled was the assassination attempt on former home minister Gordhan Zadafia, and tracing of the Tablighi Jamaat workers who had attended a Delhi congregation ahead of the Covid pandemic, and a Jet Airways threat letter case.In September 2020, Bhadran was transferred as the SP of Jamnagar to deal with land mafia in the city. The move was welcomed on Twitter by Reliance Industries Director, Corporate Affairs, and Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani, who said, “Your posting here will give a great relief to the law-abiding citizens, land owners, builders, businessmen, traders & factory owners of the area.” Jamnagar is home to the Reliance refinery and several critical installations.Bhadran’s biggest achievement in the posting was busting of a land mafia gang led by Jayesh Patel, whose several members were arrested before Patel himself was detained by Interpol in London in March 2021.This led to Bhadran being promoted as Deputy Inspector General (DIG), ATS, Ahmedabad Headquarters. It was done by upgrading the vacant ex-cadre post of SP, ATS, to the vacant ex-cadre post of DIG, ATS in December 2021.Chaitanya Mandalik: Also a B.Tech, in Civil Engineering, Mandlik, 36, is an IPS of 2011 batch. Originally from Maharashtra, he had ruffled a few feathers as a probationary officer in 2013 when he had busted a gambling den of a BJP member in Rajkot and then led a raid against the same leader’s godown to seize liquor worth Rs 1 crore.Mandlik served as ASP, Diyodar, Banaskantha, in 2015; SP, Mehsana, from 2016 to 2018; and SP, Sabarkantha, till 2021. During his time in Mehsana and Sabarkantha, Mandlik was credited with controlling law and order following the Patidar agitation. In January 2021, he was transferred as DCP, Crime, Ahmedabad.Sunil Joshi: An IPS officer of 2010 batch, the 37-year-old Joshi served as SP, Valsad, from 2016 to 2020, and later as SP, Devbhoomi Dwarka. In November 2021, while he was posted at Devbhoomi Dwarka, he had seized Rs 313 crore worth of drugs, leading to the arrest of three people. As a promotion posting, he was transferred to the ATS last year.B C Solanki: A state cadre officer, Solanki, 61, retired last year as Assistant Commissioner of Police, Special Operations Group (SOG), Ahmedabad, and is currently on extension. He has been named the investigating officer in the Teesta-Sreekumar-Bhatt case. Solanki was part of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases (it was the clean chit by the SIT that was upheld by the Supreme Court) and, in 2018, while posted as ACP, SOG, probed allegations against Setalvad’s organisation Citizens for Justice and Peace of illegally exhuming bodies related to the 2002 riots.P G Vaghela: Deputy SP Vaghela was among the 18 officers who investigated the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts which led to the death of 56 people. A court recently convicted 49 people for the blasts, with death sentences to 38. The Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) team including Vaghela, 56, led by now Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia, had made the first arrest after 19 days of investigation, including tracking lakhs of cellphone calls.A D Parmar: Parmar, 61, retired as an inspector and is currently on extension. He was also part of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT which probed the Gujarat riots, and later served in the SOG of Ahmedabad Police and the Crime Branch.Hiral Raval: A police inspector with the Ahmedabad DCB, Raval, who is in his late 20s, is a direct recruit in the Gujarat Police through GPSC.
A case of hacking that had terrorised students and teachers alike of a city school for the past two years seems to have made headway.Cyber crime sleuths said they have received several inputs in the case of an unknown person infiltrating online classes of Anand Niketan Satellite school in October 2020 and sending four threatening emails to a teacher to postpone exams at the height of the Covid pandemic.“The case is still under investigation. We cannot divulge details of the investigation as we are still on it and are hopeful of cracking the case,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyber Cell, Amit Vasava.The Ahmedabad cyber cell had taken the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the case as the suspects had used the dark web to infiltrate online classes of the school and later send emails to teachers.One of the juvenile suspects’ houses was raided by an IPS officer in connection with the probe. The cyber cell had seized the suspect’s mobile phone and laptop, but could not find any evidence.The teenager was later sent to Dubai by his parents where he died by suicide. Investigations are on to track the real accused. The suspect who is not traceable according to the cyber crime cell had sent threat mails through VPN (Virtual Private Network) in addition to TOR (Online Router). VPN provides a protected connection when using public networks. VPNs encrypt the user’s internet traffic and disguise the user’s online identity. This makes it difficult for third parties to track user’s activities online and steal data.A bank account (**22****001****) of a resident of Goregaon East was used to buy premium VPN services for using dark web to infiltrate online classes and then sending four mails to a teacher to postpone the online exams. Gujarat police sources said emails to the teacher sent on September 8 and September 10, 2020, included names of seven girl students of the school. Police sources said other mails were sent to the same teacher on September 12 and September 29. According to sources, the SM-A105F model handset with a serial number R*8*62***** was used on the first occasion, while the handset used to send mails had IMEI number 8****450***18***. The mobile phone used was a Vivo 1819 model.In October 2020, a cyber stalker had sent threat mails to Anand Niketan to postpone online exams and threatened to circulate morphed pictures of girl students on social media. The school filed a complaint with cyber cell. In August 2021, the stalker again sent four e-mails and two messages to a teacher to postpone the exams.
A team of Surat crime branch arrested members of the ‘Chikhlikar’ gang from Surat-Bardoli road on Monday. A video of the operation, which went viral on social media, showed police attacking the car in which the gang members were attempting to flee.At one point, the gangsters even tried to run over the cops. Two accused were caught from the spot and others were arrested later.Addressing a press conference, Surat city police commissioner Ajay Tomar said members of the Chikhlikar gang were travelling in a Maruti Eeco car on the Surat-Bardoli road on Monday morning. Based on a tip off, a watch was kept and the car was intercepted at the Dastan railway track, where the two gang members attempted to flee. Cops attacked the car when the gang members tried to flee. But they could not get far as the exit was blocked with a JCB machine by the cops. The video of the incident showed Surat police attacking the car with sticks. Cops chased the car and arrested the accused.According to police, the gang has committed more than 20 offences. A team of Surat crime branch comprising 12 members was stationed at Dastan railway crossing to nab the gangsters. Police had suspected that the gang members might be armed with guns.
The new crime documentary series that is based on serial killings that took place in Delhi, titled ‘Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi’ is all set to be released on July 20 on Netflix.A cold-blooded murderer carrying a grudge in his heart and angst against the system, committed grotesque killings in Delhi. With the police relentlessly trying to decode the serial killings, the diabolical killer left everyone involved perplexed and sent shivers down their spine.The upcoming true-crime docu-series is to unfold the story of this gruesome killer by decoding his psyche and uncovering details of what actually went down.The series is directed by Ayesha Sood and produced by VICE India.Talking about the series Ayesha said, “The non-fiction space in India is constantly evolving and I am so happy to be a part of this to create a riveting story. As a filmmaker, I am keen to learn something from every project that I develop, and understanding this story and the investigation that it ensued, led me to discovering a lot about human psychology and the justice system as well.”Samira Kanwar, VP Content for VICE APAC said “India has always had the potential for a flourishing non-fiction content scene that is finally gaining ground like never before. We are thrilled to join hands with Netflix, home to some of the best documentaries from India and around the world, to present the story of some of India’s most ruthless serial killers.”
People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and other civil society groups came down heavily on the police’s action and demanded the immediate release of social activist Teesta Setalvad and retired IPS officer RB Sreekumar.Office bearers of the PUCL also demanded the Supreme Court to take suo motu action and expunge its observations in the recently passed order, based on which the FIR is registered by the Ahmedabad crime branch. It termed the action taken by the police as vindictive and revengeful.A resolution passed by PUCL and the members of the civil society condemned the recent arrests made by Ahmedabad crime branch. It said after the tragic events of 2002, citizens who were dissatisfied by the role of the state had sought intervention of the judiciary.The resolution expressed surprise at the apex court criticism of Setalvad, Sreekumar and Sanjeev Bhatt, suggesting that they should be in the dock. It said that when the Chief Justice of India recently stated that, “Citizens should work tirelessly to sustain freedom, liberty and democracy our forefathers fought for, suggesting prosecution of those who do fight for human rights and justice will have a chilling effect on such efforts. Their subsequent and immediate detention and arrest by the Gujarat government is highly regrettable and condemnable.”Asim Roy of PUCL said, “The Supreme Court has expressed its opinion on something which was outside the matter. It should take suo motu action where it should reconsider and expunge its observation. The FIR states conspiracy. If fighting for people’s rights is conspiracy then we all are in it. We demand that the FIR should be withdrawn immediately and the three persons should be released immediately with respect to their arrest in the recent case.”Those deposing before a commission areprotected: Yagnik Senior advocate Anand Yagnik, who was present at the meeting, said that as per the Commission of Inquiry Act, those who depose before a commission are protected, and the arrests are like breaking the ethos of the Act. He said, “If any person has to be prosecuted then it should be former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is said to follow Raj Dharma. The SC must recall its order and expunge its observation.” AM
Social activist Teesta Setalwad and former DGP R B Sreekumar were questioned for the second day on Monday at the city crime branch office. Sources said they are taking into account things which were allegedly concocted as evidence by Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP) either in the affidavits produced in the court or accounts of witnesses of post-Godhra riots. Meanwhile, police said they are getting medical check-ups of both done regularly.It is worthy to note that earlier in 2011 Raiskhan Aziz Khan Pathan of Rakhial, who used to work as a field coordinator for CJP, had stated in an affidavit that he was getting instructions from Setalvad over phone, e-mails on a day to day basis to contact various victims-witnesses of riot cases spread in various parts of the state and also those who had shifted to other states.Khan had also mentioned that he was overall in charge of the operation of CJP and also used to organise press conferences of riot victims on the instructions of Setalvad. According to the affidavit, Setalvad also used to call riot victims and witnesses to meet her and also pay them travelling expenses on behalf of CJP.Khan mentioned that in August, September and October of 2010, he came to know that various victims- witnesses during their cross examination in the trial courts have denied that they ever seen or said anything which has been mentionedin their affidavits, which wereprepared in filed in the courtthrough CJP.Khan had said that the victims and witnesses later accused him of manipulating and inserting extra paragraphs in their original affidavits which were filed through him. Attaching a copy of a newspaper report, Khan had claimed in the affidavit that witnesses of the Naroda village massacre case, Nanumiya Malik, and a woman, disowned during their deposition certain parts of the affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court.According to the affidavit of Khan, it was mentioned that the woman was raped during the massacre but she denied this in her statement before the Special Investigation Team as well as in the trial court.Khan had claimed in the affidavit that he used to get fully prepared affidavits on his e-mail and used to hand them over to Setalvad. Khan mentioned that though most of the victims and witnesses were poor and uneducated, their affidavits were prepared in English and on the pretext that in the High Court and the Supreme Court, Gujarati is not accepted.At the end of the affidavit, in his prayer Khan had mentioned that with a view to bring the truth on record he may be examined as a prosecution witness and if the prosecution is not inclined to examine him, then in the interest of justice he may be examined as a court witness under section 311 of the CrPC.According to crime branch sources, they had registered an FIR against Teesta Setalvad based on the affidavit of Khan and had summoned Setalvad for questioning.
Dismissing the appeal by Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots, against the Special Investigation Team clean chit to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others over allegations of conspiracy in the riots, the Supreme Court, in its judgment three days ago, referred to proceedings being pursued to “keep the pot boiling, obviously, for ulterior design” and said “all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law”.The bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar underlined that “materials collected during the investigation do not give rise to strong or grave suspicion regarding hatching of larger criminal conspiracy at the highest level for causing mass violence across the State against the minority community and more so, indicating involvement of the named offenders and their meeting of minds at some level in that regard”.Yet it was the Supreme Court which, through hearings and orders over the years, called for “fair and impartial investigation” into the riots cases. Two cases — of the Best Bakery and Bilkis Bano — were moved out of Gujarat to Maharashtra.At one point, the top court even expunged remarks of the Gujarat High Court against activist Teesta Setalvad and others – Setalvad was arrested last Saturday by the Gujarat police, a day after Zakia Jafri’s petition was dismissed.◙ On April 12, 2004, while ordering retrial in the Vadodara Best Bakery case after 21 accused were acquitted, the bench of Justices Doraiswamy Raju and Arijit Pasayat said, “Those who are responsible for protecting life and properties and ensuring that investigation is fair and proper seem to have shown no real anxiety. Large number of people had lost their lives. Whether the accused persons were really assailants or not could have been established by a fair and impartial investigation. The modern day ‘Neros’ were looking elsewhere when Best Bakery and innocent children and helpless women were burning, and were probably deliberating how the perpetrators of the crime can be saved or protected. Law and justice become flies in the hands of these ‘wanton boys’.”On the investigation and the trial court that ordered the acquittals, the judges said, “One gets a feeling that the justice delivery system was being taken for a ride and literally allowed to be abused, misused and mutilated by subterfuge. The investigation appears to be perfunctory and anything but impartial without any definite object of finding out the truth and bringing to book those who were responsible for the crime. The public prosecutor appears to have acted more as a defence counsel than one whose duty was to present the truth before the Court. The Court in turn appeared to be a silent spectator, mute to the manipulations and preferred to be indifferent to sacrilege being committed to justice. The role of the State Government also leaves much to be desired.”Hearing another petition the same day by Teesta Setalvad and others, the two judges expunged remarks made by the Gujarat High Court against her and the others: “Observations should not be made by Courts against persons and authorities, unless they are essential or necessary for decision of the case… There is no need or justification for any unwarranted besmirching of either the parties or their causes, as a matter of routine. Courts are not expected to play to the gallery or for any applause…”◙ Earlier, on September 19, 2003, when the then Chief Secretary PK Laheri and DGP K Chakravarthi were summoned, the bench of Chief Justice of India VN Khare, Justices Brijesh Kumar and S B Sinha asked Chakravarthi what steps he took when he learnt that witnesses were turning hostile. Chakravarthi said, “I did ask the Police Commissioner why they turned hostile. Answer is they appear to have been won over. I have made enquiry from the Police Commissioner who told me that these witnesses appear to have been won over by the accused.”Asked why he had not taken steps for their re-examination, Chakravarthi said, “I came to know at a much later date.”At this, Justice Sinha asked: “Do you mean to say that you asked the Police Commissioner only after the judgment of acquittal was passed?”. Chakravarthi said, “I do not remember the exact date. I did not take any steps even after coming to know that witnesses have been won over by the accused.”Chakravarthi died in 2020.◙ On November 21, 2003, the bench of CJI V N Khare, Justices S B Sinha and A R Lakshmanan stayed trial in 10 major riot cases on petitions seeking an independent investigation into the cases besides shifting of trials outside Gujarat.◙ On August 17, 2004, the bench of Justices Ruma Pal, S B Sinha and S H Kapadia directed that a riot cell be formed under the DGP to reopen cases closed by local police stations, and file quarterly reports.Stating that it would not proceed on the basis “that the entire investigating machinery in the State has failed”, the bench said “there should be further/more extensive and in-depth investigation into cases, numbering 2000, in which ‘A’ Summary Reports have been filed resulting in closure of cases at the threshold and that the State should consider further/extended investigations through its own high ranking officers to which none of the concerned parties (including State of Gujarat) had any objection”.In its order, the bench said, “The Non-Governmental Organizations which have been participating in this entire process, will be at liberty to draw the attention of the Range Inspector General to any particular case within the District of a particular Range Inspector General and the Range Inspector General will consider the same before deciding whether further/fresh investigation or what action, if any, needs to be taken in connection with the FIRs filed. The Range Inspector General shall see whether the FIRs already filed are defective/deficient or faulty in any manner.”Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox◙ On March 26, 2008, the bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam said, “Communal harmony is the hallmark of a democracy. No religion teaches hatred. If in the name of religion, people are killed, that is essentially a slur and blot on the society governed by rule of law… Religious fanatics really do not belong to any religion. They are no better than terrorists… These are cases where there is an element of communal disharmony, which is not to be countenanced. The State of Gujarat has stated that it has no objection if further investigation is done so that peoples’ faith on the transparency of action taken by the State is fortified”.The Court called for a report in three months on investigations into the cases of the Godhra train burning, the killings in Naroda Patiya, Naroda Gam and Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad, Sardarpura and Dipda Darwaja in Mehsana district, two cases in Ode of Anand district and the killing of British nationals in Prantij, Sabarkantha district.The Court asked the Gujarat government to issue a notification to appoint the SIT headed by RK Raghavan, retired Director of CBI.
Retired DGP R B Sreekumar and activist Teesta Setalvad, who were arrested by the Ahmedabad crime branch, have been sent to police remand till July 1. The crime branch is also in the process of acquiring a transfer warrant for arresting former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, currently lodged in the Palanpur jail. Meanwhile, a three-member SIT has been formed by the Gujarat police to supervise the investigation in the case.The Supreme Court had on Friday upheld the clean cheat given by the SIT to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It had observed that there appears a coalesced effort being made by the disgruntled officials to create sensation by making revelations which were false. Following this, the crime branch filed an FIR against them.The FIR filed by inspector Darshan Barad of crime branch on behalf of the state mentioned a judgement on June 24 with regard to Zakia Jafri’s plea that observed, “At the end of the day, effort of the disgruntled officials of the state of Gujarat along with others was to create sensation were false to their own knowledge. The falsity of their claims had been fully exposed by the SIT.“Intriguingly, the present proceedings have been pursued for the last 16 years (from submission on a complaint running into 67 pages, and then by filing protest petition dated April 14, 2013) with the audacity to question the integrity of every functionary involved in the process of expose to keep the pot boiling, obviously for ulterior design. As a matter of fact, all those involved should be put in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law.”Setalvad was detained by the Gujarat ATS from her Mumbai residence and brought to the city, where she was arrested by the crime branch on Sunday morning. Addressing press persons, DCP Crime Branch Chaitanya Mandlik said Setalvad and Sreekumar have not been providing any support to the investigation. Asked whether the three accused were in connivance with each other, Mandlik said that the section 120(B) stands for criminal conspiracy and the primary documents against the two former police officers are the documents and affidavits which were submitted by them.Setalvad and Sreekumar were produced in the metropolitan court, where a 14 day remand was sought. The court granted a remand tillJuly 1.When Mandlik was asked whether Zakia Jafri would be arrested in the case, he avoided the question citing that all those who are booked under IPC 120(B) will be arrested.SIT formed to supervise investigationThe Gujarat police on Sunday formed a three member SIT to supervise the investigation into the case under the chairmanship of ATS chief Deepan Bhadran. Other than Bhadran, the SIT includes ATS SP Sunil Joshi and DCP Crime Chaitanya Mandlik. The investigation is being done by SOG ACP BC Solanki who is currently on extension along PI PG Vaghela who is also currently on extension and was part of the bomb blast probe team, PI AD Parmar and woman PI Hiral Vyas.
THE GUJARAT government on Sunday formed a six-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad DIG Deepan Bhadran to investigate retired DGP R B Sreekumar, Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for criminal conspiracy and forgery, and other charges, “as per directions of the Supreme Court”, a top official told The Indian Express.The move follows an FIR lodged against the three at the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on Saturday, a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit given to the then chief minister Narendra Modi, his council of ministers and bureaucrats on their role in the 2002 riots.Setalvad, who was brought from Mumbai to Ahmedabad by an ATS team, and Sreekumar, who was arrested from his home on Saturday, were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate S P Patel on Sunday with the police seeking remand.According to sources, even as the hearing was on, Setalvad was taken to hospital for a “medical check-up” after she complained of injuries caused by an alleged assault by the police while detaining her. The police have denied the allegation.Sources said Bhatt was taken under custody on Sunday by a DCB team from Palanpur jail in Banaskantha where he has been lodged in a 1996 narcotics case. DCP (Crime) Chaitanya Mandalik told The Indian Express that the process of bringing Bhatt to the DCB office in Ahmedabad on a transfer warrant and arresting him “will take two to three days”.Mandalik is part of the new SIT under DIG Bhadran. The other members are: ATS SP Sunil Joshi, Deputy SP (Special Operations Group) B C Solanki, who will be the Investigating Officer, police inspectors P G Vaghela and A D Parmar, and a woman inspector H V Raval. The terms of reference include collection of evidence to investigate the case “as per the directions of the Supreme Court”.On Friday, while dismissing a petition filed by Zakia Jafri against the clean chit given to Modi, the Supreme Court had ruled that “no material was discovered pointing towards any meeting of minds/ conspiracy in the higher echelons of the administration or the political establishment conspired with other persons to cause such riots or turned a Nelson’s eye when the riots had triggered and continued”.It pointed to a “coalesced effort of the disgruntled officials of the state of Gujarat along with others… to create sensation by making revelations which were false to their own knowledge. The falsity of their claims had been fully exposed by the SIT (in the Gujarat riots case) after a thorough investigation”.It noted that “intriguingly, the present proceedings have been pursued for the last 16 years…to keep the pot boiling, obviously, for ulterior design…all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law”.Asked about the charges against the three, DCP Mandalik said: “The charges are forging government records, submitting forged documents and abuse of power. The arrested accused have been uncooperative so far and we are investigating the case from all angles. Prima facie, the charges against two ex-IPS officers are their affidavits and documents submitted in the case. We are also in the process of retrieving the documents they have submitted in front of commissions, courts and the SIT for further probe. The investigation is at an early stage but we believe that there could be other persons also behind the conspiracy.”Asked why the time frame of the offence in the FIR was recorded as “January 1 2002 to June 15, 2022”, Mandalik said: “The entire case began after the Godhra riots in February 2002 , therefore we have kept a time period bracket of 2002 to 2022 to investigate all angles in it.”Setalvad was brought to the DCB office in Ahmedabad’s Jamalpur early on Sunday after which she was taken to civil hospital for a RT PCR test. Later, while being presented in court, Setalvad told reporters that she is “not a criminal”.Setalvad, Sreekumar and Bhatt have been booked under IPC sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 468 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence, 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure) and 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture).Based on the Supreme Court verdict, the FIR states that the accused would be investigated for “finding out the behind the scene criminal conspiracy and financial and other benefits, inducements for commission of various serious offences in collusion with other individuals, entities and organisations”.(With Sohini Ghosh)
A day after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to PM Narendra Modi and others by dismissing a plea filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of late Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, the Ahmedabad crime branch on Saturday morning registered a complaint under sections 468, 471, 194, 211,218,and 120 B against dismissed DIG Sanjeev Bhatt, currently lodged in Palanpur jail in an NDPS case, former DGP R B Sreekumar and social activist Teesta Setalvad for “keeping the 2002 Godhra riots pot boiling” with bad intention.Based on this FIR, two teams of eight Gujarat ATS officials left for Mumbai and detained Teesta Setalwad from her residence on Juhu Tara Road. A team of crime branch picked up former DGP and then state intelligence chief R B Sreekumar from his residence in Sector 8 of Gandhinagar. A senior crime branch official said that Sanjeev Bhatt would be brought on a transfer warrant from Palanpur jail.According to officials of Juju police station, the Gujarat ATS officials had come to Santacruz police station along with an arrest warrant. The local police provided the assistance needed, after which legal formalities were done. Later, the Gujarat police took Setalwad into custody and brought to Ahmedabad.The FIR lodged by inspector Darshan Barad of crime branch on behalf of the state mentioned that the Supreme Court, in its judgement on June 24 with regard to Zakia Jafri’s plea, had observed, “At the end of the day, it appears to us that a coalesced effort of the disgruntled officials of the state of Gujarat along with others was to create sensation by making revelations which were false to their own knowledge. The falsity of their claims had been fully exposed by the SIT, after a thorough investigation. Intriguingly, the present proceedings have been pursued for the last 16 years (from submission of the of complaint in June 2006) on a complaint running into 67 pages, and then by filing protest petition dated April 14, 2013 running into 514 pages, including with the audacity to question the integrity of every functionary involved in the process of exposing the devious stratagem adopted to keep the pot boiling, obviously for ulterior design. As a matter of fact all those involved in such abuse of process need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law”.Zakia had challenged High Court orderZakia Jafri’s petition had challenged the high court’s October 5, 2017 order rejecting her plea against the SIT decision refuting the allegations. Her counsel had said her complaint of 2006 was that there was “a larger conspiracy where there was bureaucratic inaction, police complicity, hate speeches and violence. On February 8, 2012, SIT filed a closure report giving a clean chit to now Prime Minister Modi and 63 others.
The Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) arrested retired DGP R B Sreekumar, even as another police team from Gujarat reached the house of activist Teesta Setalvad in Mumbai on Saturday, a day after the Supreme Court’s verdict upholding the clean chit given to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.The DCB lodged an FIR on Saturday accusing Sreekumar, dismissed IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who is in prison in another case, and Setalvad on charges of forgery, conspiracy and other sections of the IPC based on a complaint by police inspector DB Barad.A team of the Ahmedabad crime branch picked up Sreekumar from his residence in Gandhinagar in the afternoon and took him to the crime branch headquarters in Gaekwad Haveli in Jamalpur, Ahmedabad, sources told The Indian Express.Sreekumar, Bhatt and Setalvad have been booked under sections 468, 471, 194, 211, 218, and 120B of the IPC.The FIR cites observations from the SC verdict: “At the end of the day, it appears to us that a coalesced effort of the disgruntled officials of the State of Gujarat along with others was to create sensation by making revelations which were false to their own knowledge. The falsity of their claims had been fully exposed by the SIT after a thorough investigation. Intriguingly, the present proceedings have been pursued for last 16 years (from submission of complaint dated 8.6.2006 running into 67 pages and then by filing protest petition dated 15.4.2013 running into 514 pages) including with the audacity to question the integrity of every functionary involved in the process of exposing the devious stratagem adopted (to borrow the submission of learned counsel for the SIT), to keep the pot boiling, obviously, for ulterior design. As a matter of fact, all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law”.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxOn Friday, the Supreme Court while rejecting riot survivor Zakia Jafri’s petition and upholding the clean chit given to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi by the court of the metropoliltan magistrate, had observed,The SC order had said, “We find force in the argument of the respondent-State that the testimony of Mr. Sanjiv Bhatt, Mr. Haren Pandya and also of Mr. R.B. Sreekumar was only to sensationalize and politicize the matters in issue, although, replete with falsehood”.
The probe into the death of four members of a Patel family from Dingucha village in Kalol, who were frozen to death near the US-Canada border in January 2021, has hit yet another stumbling block. The Canadian Police have declined to provide CID, the investigating agency in the case, records of the documents submitted by the Patel family to get a tourist visa to the country.So far the CID has recorded statements of over 200 people including those of Mahendra Patel, brother of the deceased Jagdish Patel, 39, in the case.A top CID Crime official said the Canadian Police wrote to them stating that they are not authorised to provide the records of the documents submitted by the Patel family for a tourist visa.“They have also informed us that the autopsy report of the family could take six to eight months. According to our records, the family first flew to Dubai and then to Canada,” said the official.He said the Canadian Police have asked them to get in touch with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for the documents on which the tourist visa was issued.Cops said their counterparts in Canada informed them that the deceased family had a legal visitor visa to the country.The CID Crime official said they wanted to know if the documents submitted to get the visitor’s visa were fake. “Now, we will have to write to the CBSA for the records and await their response,” an investigator said.CBSA is the agency that facilitates legitimate travel and trade in Canada.No FIR in caseInterestingly, although a probe is on, no FIR was registered in the case as neither the Patel family’s kin nor others are willing to file a complaint.“Our inquiries have found that it was one of the family members who arranged the deceased family’s illegal entry into the US. The Patel family first flew to Dubai on a tourist visa and then to Canada,” said an official.The cop said four days before Jagdish Patel froze to death, he called up his family to inform them that they were in Canada. He told them that he won’t be able to call them for the next four days, the cop said.Before Patel could call again, the family including his wife Vaishali 37 and their two children, aged 13 and 3 were found frozen to death on January 19, 2021. The family died while trying to illegally enter the US from the Canadian side of the US-Canada border.CID Crime officials said Jagdish’s brother Mahendra and his wife flew from Dingucha to Canada to cremate the bodies.“But they were stopped at the Toronto Airport. Mahendra was not allowed to go to the cremation site, but his wife was allowed to attend. The cremation took place on February 6, 2022,” a CID (Crime) investigator said.
Owner of Honest restaurant, Prahladnagar, has been booked under the Juvenile Justice Act and the IPC for allegedly employing three child employees in the restaurant against the law.Cops had received a tip off that child labourers were employed in the restaurant. On Monday, a team of CID crime and Bachpan Bachai Andolan members found two boys and a girl from the restaurant. All the three children, between 15 and 17 years of age, were employed by the restaurant owner since a month and were paid Rs 300 per day. Out of the three kids, one is from Gujarat while the other two are from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.After rescuing the three children, an FIR was registered at the Anandnagar police station against the owner of the restaurant under the Juvenile Justice Act and the IPC.
The City Crime Branch has submitted a 107-page chargesheet in the fake immigration scam mentioning Bharat alias Bobby Patel and Charanjit Singh as kingpins in the case who are absconding.Patel is a resident of Kalol and used to live in a posh apartment in the Vaishno Devi area of Ahmedabad while Singh, a US passport holder used to live in Delhi.Inspector N L Desai of Ahmedabad Crime Branch said the chargesheet mentions Bobby Patel and Charanjit Singh as absconding accused. “We have recorded statements of 49 witnesses in the state and five other arrested accused are still in judicial custody. We are chasing Patel and are in the process of issuing a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Singh,” PI said.The scam came to light after four members of a family from Dingucha village in Kalol of Gujarat froze to death while trying to illegally cross into the US from Canada in January 2022. The incident blew the lid off the scam and Gujarat police began to crack down on agents mostly from North Gujarat involved in illegal immigration.Most of the illegal immigrants that the agents sent belonged to Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Kalol. After the scam came to light, a team from the US Consulate, the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) and Canadian Border Police visited Ahmedabad and also met with DGP (CID Crime) TS Bisht and top officials of Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Ahmedabad Crime Branch. Bisht said they informed the team from the US about kingpins Bobby Patel and Charanjit Singh but have not heard from their counterparts about action against middlemen in the US and Canada who were part of the scam.The Crime Branch had also raided the residential premises of Haresh Patel, Rajat Chavda, Hardik Patel, Shilpa Patel and Raju Prajapati while probing the scam and recovered about 78 passports, several Aadhar Cards and other documents that are needed for a passport.The probe revealed that Haresh Patel was the agent who got the fake passports made for illegal immigrants via Rajat Chavda who used fake documents to get the passport.“They then send the details of the illegal immigrants to Bobby Patel who forwarded them to Charanjit Singh in Delhi. Singh arranged for the stay of illegal immigrants in Canada, Turkey, Egypt, Mexico and other countries through his middlemen,” a cop said.Singh owns a chain of motels in the US and his wife lives there.“He slipped out of India when he came to know of the family from Dingucha that froze to death in Canada. Patel is also on the run and we almost caught him in Rajasthan,” said a Crime Branch official.
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has busted an interstate illegal firearms and ammunition syndicate and also recovered a huge cache of firearms, an official said on Saturday.Sharing details, DCP (crime branch) Amit Goel, said information was received regarding movements and activities of arms supplier Nitin alias Bagadi alias Kalu and his associate Mustaq having illegal arms and being used by gangsters to commit crime in Delhi-NCR.”Nitin and Mustaq are arms facilitators of shooters of Deepak Boxer Gang,” Goel said.Subsequently a team was constituted which laid a trap near Chhath Park Ganda Nala Vikas Nagar, Delhi and apprehended Nitin alias Bagadi alias Kalu. On his cursory search, one country-made pistol of 12 bore along with two live cartridges were recovered from him. On search of his bag, two country-made pistols of .315 bore and four live cartridges of same caliber were recovered. Accordingly, the police registered a case under section 25 of the Arms Act on June 15.During interrogation of the accused, it was revealed that recovered illegal arms were procured from one Mustaq and were being used or further to be delivered to gang members on direction of associates of Deepak Boxer who are in judicial custody in Haryana jails.Accused further disclosed that these recovered illegal arms were provided by Mustaq for committing the crime on direction of associates of Deepak Boxer gang. “At the instance of accused Nitin, illegal weapon supplier namely Mustaq alias Sahil years was apprehended near park, C Block, Vikas Puri, Delhi at about 10 p.m. on Friday,” the official said.On search of accused one sophisticated pistol of 7.65 mm along with magazine and two live cartridges and one country-made pistol of .315 bore along with two live cartridges were recovered from him. The accused are in police custody and further investigation is in progress, the official added.
Based on an online survey conducted by the city police about issues relating to women’s safety in January-February, the city police has started a ground survey to identify 100 crime hotspots in the city under the ‘Nirbhaya Initiative’.The city police had started an online survey on issues related to women four months ago. More than 40,000 women pointed out the issues about safety. The identities of the women were kept confidential. Based on the survey, the city police have launched ground level action to identify crime hotspots in the city.In a letter written by Addl DGP Ajay Choudhry, the Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP), Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) and local police inspectors have been asked to identity crime hotspots and also identify places to put up poles on which PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras can be fixed.Police officials said the initiative has been pushed hard by MoS Home Harsh Sanghavi for providing a safe, secure environment for women, other citizens, senior citizens and children. “The initiative will also empower women and ensure that they can move about safely without being troubled by roadside Romeos or becoming targets of eve-teasers. The hotspots to be identified within a week will also be based on our crime record,” Choudhry said. Police sources said they have roped in a private company to design the poles and implement the scheme.The ground survey will identify places where offences like eve-teasing, chain-snatching, vehicle thefts take place the most. “Crowded marketplaces in different areas, areas near malls, food bazaars, Bhadra Plaza, Sindhu Bhavan Road (SBR), SG Highway, Vastrapur and many other areas will be surveyed, where poles equipped with PTZ cameras will be set up. “We will also be able to identify drug peddlers who frequent SG highway,” said a police official.Seventy of the PTZ poles will be fixed permanently, while 30 will be mobile and set up as per requirement. ADGP Choudhary said that mobile poles will be kept at places where crowds are expected to gather. “The cameras will have a face recognition system which not only identifies offenders and sends the feed to the command-and-control but will also identify which political party they belong to and whom they are connected to on social media. This is much needed as very soon VVIP movement will start in the state” said Addl DGP Choudhary.Total of 600 PTZ camerasPolice sources said apart from 100 poles at crime hotspots, there will those fitted on AMTS bus stands, taking the total to 600 PTZ cameras.The cost of cameras and other 180 items needed to fit the poles will run into crores.
Continuing her agitation against the liquor shops in Madhya Pradesh, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti threw cow dung at a liquor shop in Orchha town in Niwari district.Bharti has been demanding total prohibition in the state for quite some time.Earlier, she threw stones at a liquor shop in Bhopal and recently she also sat in protest in front of a liquor shop in the state capital. However, this is the first time she has expressed her anger outside Bhopal.Barti had earlier warned that she will take her agitation against liquor and use of drugs across the state. Bharti in a tweet claimed the shop was not approved for the spot where it was located, and that it was a crime to open such an outlet in the holy town of Orchha.However, police maintained that the liquor shop was located at the place where it was sanctioned. A video surfaced on social media which showed Bharti throwing cow dung at the liquor shop on Tuesday evening in Orchha.Madhya Pradesh: Uma Bharti, who is running a liquor ban campaign, protested by throwing cow dung at the liquor shop.#MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/8UYOhOCyqPShe was furious to see a liquor shop in the religious town which is famous for the Ram Raja temple, located 330 km from the state capital Bhopal. In the video clip, Bharti was heard telling the person shooting the video, “See, I have thrown the cow dung and not pelted stones,” she said.In a series of tweets on Tuesday night, Bharti said, “The shop, located at the main entrance of Orchha, is not approved for its current location, but for a distant village. The people and our organisation members staged protests against it continuously.”In another tweet, she said people submitted memorandums to the government and repeatedly appealed to the administration to remove this shop.”By all means, the people’s reaction against this shop cannot be termed a crime, because opening a shop here (at a religious place) is a bigger crime,” she said.Bharti said she got information that this shop remained open even when five lakh lamps were lit on Ram Navami (in April this year) under the ‘Deepotsav’ programme organised in Orchha, which she said is considered as holy as Ayodhya.”That’s why I have sprinkled some cow dung from a holy cowshed on the liquor store,” she said.media object widget
Ahmedabad: City police investigating the murder of BJP worker Rakesh Mehta in Khadia by a small-time gangster Montu Namdar have determined that Mehta’s refusal to heed Namdar’s demand to file a false affidavit in a property dispute cost him his life.On the evening of June 8, Namdar along with Vishu Rami, Jayraj Desai and his two aides, and Sunil Bajania had bludgeoned Mehta to death with sticks and baseball bats near Hajira ni Pol in Khadia.The city police began an investigation into the case on a complaint filed by a resident of Anandnagar, Pavan Gandhi, with whose family Namdar had long-running disputes.According to police, the murder was spurred not by political rivalry but by a three-decade-long enmity over a marriage and two property disputes.In 1992, Namdar eloped with his cousin Namrata Gandhi, Pavan’s sister, and married her despite vehement objections from her family and community members.Sources in police said that Namrata’s uncle Rajesh Gandhi, her brother Pavan, and another relative Kumar Gandhi allegedly killed Namdar’s uncle Girish on February 7, 1993, as Girish had allegedly supported Namdar in marrying Namrata. The three were convicted and sentenced to life in jail. Pavan and Rajesh were released in 2006-07.In 2020, Namrata’s father Mukesh Gandhi made his will but her name did not figure in it. Namdar was furious. As Mehta, a close friend of Pavan’s family, signed the document as a witness, Namdar had a grudge against him.About four months ago, Namdar had filed a complaint with the economic offences wing of the city crime branch alleging that Pavan and his family had forged documents of properties located at Vatva-Gamdi village. The value of the properties was pegged at Rs 50 crore. Namdar had also filed a plea with the mamlatdar’s office in Vastral, which is pending at present.“Namdar was pressuring Mehta to file an affidavit in support of his pleas with police and the revenue officer. But Mehta constantly refused to do so after which Namdar planned to kill him in public view,” said a police officer.Namdar had allegedly acquired agricultural land in Vatva-Gamdi village regarding which the Gandhi family had filed a complaint alleging that Namdar had falsely showed himself as a farmer. Namdar had built a farmhouse on the land worth about Rs 100 crore from where he was caught by the city crime branch on June 9.The fight over the two properties and his wedding which Mehta never supported led to the murder, police said.
After an Ahmedabad sessions court refused to grant anticipatory bail to Mumbai-based filmmaker Avinash Das on June 7, an Ahmedabad crime branch team was sent to Mumbai on Saturday to arrest the filmmaker, the investigating officer in the case said. Das was booked for allegedly sharing a picture of Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Jharkhand- cadre IAS officer Pooja Singhal, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case.The Ahmedabad Police’s Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) unit had on May 14 booked Das for sharing a photo on May 8 in which Shah and Singhal are seen speaking to each other at a public event in Ranchi in 2017, to allegedly “mislead the people and defame the reputation of Shah”. Das was also booked for allegedly insulting the national flag by sharing a morphed picture of a woman wearing the tricolour on his Facebook account.Das is facing charges under Section 469 (forgery) of the Indian Penal Code, Section 67 of IT Act and charges under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act.While refusing anticipatory bail, Additional Sessions Judge Dilipkumar Thakkar had observed that uploading the photo of a nude woman draped in the tricolour showed Das’ “mental perverseness” and “insulted Indian culture as well as evoked a feeling of hatred among people of the country.” The court also held that if Das is granted anticipatory bail, “it will accelerate the cybercrimes in the nation and will encourage to such persons to involve in such type of offence of insulting national honour as well as insult to the country’s national symbols, including the national flag as well as impair the image of the Union Home Minister of India.”The court further noted that as a filmmaker it is Das’ “prime duty to maintain dignity of the country and to give respect to the national flag as well as Hon’ble Home Minister of India” and yet he had “wilfully uploaded” the photo of Shah and Singhal on social media.Investigating officer H B Sisara, police inspector with the DCB, said, “Das has already deleted the posts from his social media. We had written to Facebook and Twitter 15 days back or so to firstly remove the posts and secondly to preserve the archive of it for investigation purposes. We have sent a team to Malad in Mumbai to arrest him after the sessions court rejected the anticipatory bail plea. Our teams had earlier visited his residence twice but he was not available.”
The name of a Medical Representative (MR) has emerged as the supplier in the drug racket case in which 590 grams of Ketamine Hydrochloride worth Rs 2.98 crore were sent from Ahmedabad through Air Cargo as a parcel via post to the US. The drug racket was busted in a joint operation by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch and the Customs Department.Investigations into the case have given cops a lead about an MR from Pushkar in Rajasthan. The MR supplied Ketamine Hydrochloride worth Rs 2.98 crore to Sanjay Vaishnav who in turn gave it to Sonu Goyal, also from Pushkar. Goyal was arrested by the cops following the raid. A Crime Branch official said during Goyal’s interrogation Vaishav’s name came to light. “Vaishnav is absconding. We also found that he used to get Ketamine Hydrochloride from a medical representative,” said the official.The cop said they are in touch with the Rajasthan police to trace Vaishnav and the medical representative. “The supply line will get clear once Vaishnav and the MR are held,” said the official.Sources said the MR would have easy access to the drug which he could supply to Vaishnav. Cops are on the lookout for those who are supplying drugs to Ahmedabad-based drug traffickers.Crime Branch officials said Vaishnave had been in touch with the MR for a long time and used to send the Ketamine Hydrochloride and other drugs procured from him to Goyal in Ahmedabad. “Goyal used some of the men known to him to parcel the drugs to the US under the guise of grocery items. In this case, Goyal used Sanjay Patel of Navsari to parcel the drugs to a US-based address - Mineralism IIC PO Box no. 1582 Nederland and Colorado, US - via Mumbai,” said an official.Patel was unaware that the packet he parcelled to the US-via-Mumbai contained Ketamine Hydrochloride. “The parcel that Patel sent also contained spices, chikis, chana masala and chaat masala packets, soap, ayurvedic creams, Patanjali face wash and clothes along with the powder,” said a cop.The parcel was intercepted at Air Cargo foreign post office in Ahmedabad. Crime branch sources said Ketamine Hydrochloride is mostly used as a sedative while treating animals but there are three states in the US where it is quite popular among addicts to get high. Cops said Vaishnav is also in touch with other drug dealers in Gujarat and Rajasthan.State cops are in touch with Rajasthan police to trace Vaishnav and the MR would have easy access to the drug–Police official