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Congress provided such an eco-system where love jihad was easy: Himanta Biswa Sarma
The Indian Express | 2 days ago | |
The Indian Express
2 days ago | |

Assam Chief Minister and one of the star campaigners of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat elections, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Monday launched an attack on opposition Congress for providing such an eco-system to the country where issues likes love jihad became very easy, and called for a law against love jihad that is possible “only in the BJP government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.On his second visit to Gujarat for campaigning, Sarma raised the infamous Delhi murder case involving Aftab Poonawala and Shraddha Walkar from Mumbai, which he had raised during his earlier visit also.The Assam CM said that before her murder, Shraddha had lodged a complaint with Maharashtra police against Aftab but an FIR was not registered. “At that time, the government in Maharashtra was that of Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party… because of Congress’s politics of appeasement, a special class has got freedom to do whatever they want… ‘you do anything and law will not touch you’. It is because of Congress’s appeasement that the country has started seeing incidents like that of Aftab-Shradhha.”Sarma mentioned that Shraddha was cut into 34 pieces and such gruesome murder is possible only if some other agenda was attached to it. “Else, you will never cut a person, with whom you have lived for some time, into 34 pieces,” he said.“Therefore, I believe that the country needs a law against love jihad. And it can be possible only in the BJP government under the leadership of Narendra Modi,” Sarma said.Defending his statement that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has started looking like Saddam Hussain (former chief of Iraq), Sarma said, “Some people from Congress got unhappy (with my comment). What is there to be unhappy about? I did not call him Bahadur Shah Zafar (the last emperor of the Mughal dynasty). I only said that your face looks like Saddam (Hussain). Remove the beard and again you will look like Rahul (Gandhi). What is the problem? That is my assessment. You are giving it publicity by trolling me,” Sarma said.Mentioning about the BJP manifesto for the Gujarat elections, Sarma said that the issues like checking love jihad, commitment for Uniform Civil Code, work against radicalisation, increasing medical insurance for poor from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, resolve against terrorism, announcement to express readiness to hold Olympics, etc., have come up during the Gujarat elections.“The country has started feeling the agenda of 2024 (Lok Sabha elections) on which issues the 2024 elections will be fought,” he said, adding that Congress did not control terrorism in the country, but it was done by PM Modi after 2014.Sarma said that the BJP is set to win more than 150 seats in the current state assembly elections and more than 400 in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.In reply to a question whether he was trying to polarise Hindu voters in Gujarat, Sarma said, “What is the problem in it? Don’t Hindus have a right to talk like a political force? Is it only the right of (Asaduddin) Owaisi to polarise? ”“We too have a right to talk about Sanatan Sanskruti in India, to talk about Hindu asmita (pride) and also talk against the exploitation of women in Muslim community. Why do you think that by talking about Hindu pride, the country will be polarised?”Replying to a question on radicalisation, Sarma said that nobody is saying that an entire community is radicalised. “There are patriots in that community as well. But unfortunately, Popular Front of India (PFI) and Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) also come from that community. So, we have to accompany the patriots from that class and destroy the radicals.”In its manifesto, the BJP has promised to have a cell against radicalisation. Sarma said that we need to have a “vaccine” against radicalisation.Sarma also campaigned for BJP candidates Hardik Patel in Viramgam and Alpesh Thakor in Gandhinagar South constituencies later in the day. In Motera area of Ahmedabad, which falls under Gandhinagar South constituency, Sarma participated in a programme organised by the local Assamese population.

Congress provided such an eco-system where love jihad was easy: Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma: Shraddha murder result of Congress’s appeasement politics
Times of India | 2 days ago | |
Times of India
2 days ago | |

GANDHINAGAR: BJP leader and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday that the murder of Shraddha Walkar involving her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala is a fallout of the Congress’ appeasement politics and called for a law to tackle incidences of “love jihad”. Speaking to reporters at the state BJP headquarters, Sarma alleged “love jihad” incidents became normal in India because of an “eco-system created by Congress”. “Because of the appeasement politics of Congress, a particular class of people started thinking that authorities will not touch them no matter what they do. That is why we are now seeing such cases. Love jihad incidents became normal in India because of an ecosystem created by Congress,” Sarma said while referring to the Walkar murder case. “People like Aaftab are still under the impression that they can do whatever they want and nothing will happen to them. I believe the country needs a strong law to deal with ‘love jihad’ and it can be done only under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi,” he added. He said that terrorism couldn’t be contained under Congress’ rule because of its “appeasement politics”. “After 2014, you must have observed, the word terrorism has become almost obsolete. Terrorism could not be contained during the Congress rule because of appeasement politics,” he claimed. Sarma also stressed the need for the implementation of a Uniform Civil Code in the country and claimed B R Ambedkar was in favour of the UCC but Jawaharlal Nehru (the first PM of independent India) stalled his plans.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma: Shraddha murder result of Congress’s appeasement politics
Girl untraced after elopement, Gujarat HC orders action against cops
Times of India | 2 days ago | |
Times of India
2 days ago | |

AHMEDABAD: As Rajkot police and later CID (crime) have been unable to trace a minor girl for more than three years, in a case of alleged elopement, the Gujarat high court asked the deputy inspector general (DIG) of police to take appropriate action against the erring police officials. The bench headed by Justice A J Desai directed the DIG concerned to look into the investigation carried out for the last three years to find the minor girl form Rajkot and come up with a report on it by December 19. A 14-year-old girl had eloped with one Saddam Makwana alias Ghugho in May 2019. The girl’s father lodged an FIR at Gandhigram police station in Rajkot. The police filed a summary report in court, saying Makwana was not traceable. The complainant approached the HC through advocate Nirav Sanghavi and filed a habeas corpus petition. The HC did not find the police’s action of filing a summary report appropriate and ordered it to continue the investigation. The HC directed a deputy commissioner of police in Rajkot to supervise the probe. However, the investigation did not yield results and the HC transferred the probe to CID (crime) January 2022 and asked the agency to intensify the search for the girl. The agency recorded the statement of a woman, at whose place Makwana had stopped for a while after the elopement. The woman told the court that her statement was recorded ten times. When the case came up for hearing last week, Sanghavi submitted that it has been more than three years and police have not been able to locate the girl. This led the bench to order the DIG to supervise the probe and permitted the top cop to take action against erring police officials.

Girl untraced after elopement, Gujarat HC orders action against cops
Missing in records, but quite at home!
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 days ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 days ago | |

According to data from the CID Crime Missing Cell, about 10-15% persons listed as missing over the last several years may have returned home, yet they remain “technically” missing in police records.Among missing children, a total of 58 missing children from 20 districts were found by police. After deletion of their names from the missing list, 2,610 children are still missing in Gujarat.A year ago in October 2021, a total of 166 such “technically missing” persons had been stricken from police records in Ahmedabad city after CID Crime found most of these people had returned home but were still reported missing in their records.The scope of the problem is much worse in Surat, where, in September 2022, a whopping 646 people (19 children and 617 adults), some of them reported missing more than a decade ago, were “officially” said to have returned home after police officials struck them off their record books.Looking for missing people is tough for police as desperate families reach police stations immediately to file a complaint of a missing person but don’t show the same enthusiasm to approach police when he or she returns. An officer said, “However, all the blame cannot be laid at the feet of the people. In most cases, if the missing person or child is not found after two months, the file becomes dormant.”DySP Satish Chaudhary, who heads the Missing Cell in CID Crime, told Mirror, “We have seen that missing people who return home within 3 months, actually inform the police of their return. However, beyond that period there’s lack of communication between families of missing persons and police due to transfer of constables or ASIs probing the case. After trying to report once or maybe twice, the families stop trying and these people continue to show up as missing long after they return.”

Missing in records, but quite at home!
Is it liquor in the bottle? Police fail to prove it
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 days ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 days ago | |

ByMayur JoshiThe state police are waxing eloquent on seizing liquor in the poll season, but that is all there is to it because all accused in such prohibition cases go scot-free without conviction from the courts. The main reason thereof appears to be the fact that the police don’t include the expert opinion (of an FSL officer) that the seized liquid was liquor, in the charge-sheet. So if it is not proved whether the bottles seized in prohibition cases have liquor or not, the benefit of doubt goes to the accused.Every year, Gujarat sees thousands of prohibition cases being filed and the police receive praise regardless of whether they’ve seized one bottle or a 1,000 of them. Not a single conviction has been made in any small or big cases. Even bootleggers have no fear of this law and that is why they go back to the illegal business after being released from one case. There are many bootleggers in Gujarat who have more than two dozen prohibition cases filed against them, but they haven’t been convicted in a single one.No expert opinion on seized liquidIn any charge-sheet about prohibition cases, no expert opinions are sought on whether the liquid seized is liquor or not. And in cases where multiple bottles are seized, there is no provision to send them to the lab for examination. Thus, there is no such report annexed in the charge-sheet. Due to incomplete investigation, not a single case of prohibition is proved.-Bharat Shah, president of Metro Court Bar AssociationIncomplete charge sheets benefit accusedWhile liquor bottles have stickers saying that they are for sale in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan or Daman and Diu, it is not investigated how it managed to reach Gujarat. According to the law, the benefit of police negligence goes to the accused and they are let go scot-free. Courts should also not accept incomplete charge-sheets. The govt should give officers training on how to investigate such cases.-Amit Balsari, advocate

Is it liquor in the bottle? Police fail to prove it
Coming, a tough law to prevent cruelty to animals. Why is it needed?
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

The Centre has proposed to overhaul The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, introducing 61 amendments in the law, which includes three years’ imprisonment for committing “gruesome cruelty” including “bestiality” with animals.A draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Amendment) Bill, 2022, prepared by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, has been opened for public comments until December 7. Once the draft is final, the Bill could be brought either in the Winter Session or the Budget Session of Parliament.What are the main changes proposed in the law?Essentially, the law is proposed to be made tighter, with more stringent punishments. Several offences have been made cognizable, which means offenders can be arrested without an arrest warrant. The draft Bill has proposed to include “Bestiality” as a crime under the new category of “Gruesome cruelty.”The proposed subsection describes “gruesome cruelty” as any act involving animals which leads to “extreme pain and suffering” and is “likely to leave the animal in life-long disability”. It includes “mutilation or killing of animal by the use of strychnine injection in the heart or any other cruel manner that is known to cause permanent physical damage to the animal or render animal useless or cause any injury which is likely to cause death including bestiality…”.The draft proposes fines from Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000 “or the cost of the animal…whichever is more or with the imprisonment of one year which may extend up to three years or with both” for the offence of gruesome cruelty. For killing an animal, the draft Bill proposes a maximum punishment of five years in jail.What is the argument for strengthening the law?In September, a doctor in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur allegedly tied a dog to his car and dragged it across the city. The dog had a fractured leg and suffered bruises. An offence such as this — fairly common in India — would currently attract charges under Section 428 (mischief by killing or maiming animal) IPC and Section 11 (treating animals cruelly) of The PCA Act, 1960.First-time offenders under the PCA Act are punished with a fine of Rs 10-50. If it is found that this is not the offender’s first such crime in the past three years, the maximum punishment would be a fine between Rs 25 and Rs 100, a jail term of three months, or both.In short, the penalty is ridiculously light in the law as it exists now, and is incapable of acting as any deterrent for potential offenders.Who has called for amendments and on what grounds?Along with animal welfare organisations, several political leaders have in the past called for the law to be amended.In 2014, the Supreme Court, in ‘Animal Welfare Board of India vs A Nagaraja & Others’, had said that “Parliament is expected to make proper amendment of the PCA Act to provide an effective deterrent” and that “for violation of Section 11, adequate penalties and punishments should be imposed”.In September 2020, Kishanganj MP Mohammad Jawed brought a Bill in Parliament saying that the maximum punishment be hiked to a “fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to twenty five thousand rupees or with imprisonment for a term which may extend upto one year or with both, and in the case of a second or subsequent offence, with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees and with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but which may extend to two years.”n 2021, Kendrapara MP Anubhav Mohanty also proposed a Bill, expanding the definition of cruelty to include events where “animals are subjected to cruelty either during the sport or activity itself”, and anyone who “skins, roasts or kills for superstition or extracts parts of any live animals through a procedure which causes pain and suffering, for the purpose of getting skins, oils or other animal products; dynamites streams, rivers or other water bodies for the purpose of fishing or harming aquatic animals; or electrifies a fence, without the authority of law, whereby pain and suffering is caused to any animals.”In 2020, a group of MPs cutting across party lines wrote to then Animal Husbandry Minister Giriraj Singh, urging that the punishment in the 1960 Act be increased.And what has the government said on this subject?In April 2021, the Centre had proposed changes where the penalty can go up to “Rs 75,000 per animal or three times the cost of the animal as determined by the jurisdictional veterinarian, whichever is more, and imprisonment of three years which may extend to five years or both.”In October 2021, the government said it would bring in a Bill to amend the PCA Act. Union Minister for Animal Husbandry Parshottam Rupala told PTI, “We are ready with the draft amendment Bill. We are in the process of getting the Cabinet approval.”The government has finally moved in this direction.Apart from increasing penalties, what else is proposed?The draft bill proposes the insertion of a new section providing five freedoms to animals.“It shall be the duty of every person having charge of an animal to ensure that the animal in his care or under his charge has freedom from:* Thirst, hunger and malnutrition;* Discomfort due to environment;* Pain, injury and diseases;* Fear and distress, and the* Freedom to express normal behaviour for the speciesThe proposed law also says that “in case of a community animal, the local government such as municipality or panchayats shall be responsible for taking care of the community animals in a manner developed by the State Government or by the Board”.The draft defines “community animal” as “any animal born in a community for which no ownership has been claimed by any individual or an organization, excluding wild animals as defined under the wildlife Protection Act, 1972 (53 of 1972).”How frequent are acts of atrocities against animals?While acts of everyday stoning or beating animals are widespread and commonplace, sometimes the offence takes on grotesque and perverse forms.* In April this year, four people were arrested for carrying out unnatural sexual acts on a monitor lizard in Maharashtra.* In July 2021, the Kerala High Court took suo motu cognizance after a dog was beaten to death by three people in Adimalathura beach in Thiruvananthapuram* In 2020, the death of a pregnant elephant that bit an explosives-filled fruit had provoked nationwide outrage.* In February that same year, three men were arrested in Ludhiana for allegedly beating a stray dog with iron rods, throwing it from a rooftop and then dragging it on the road tied to an auto-rickshaw.Are there any concerns around tightening the law?While comments have been invited to the draft Bill, some experts have in the past pointed out that simply increasing the quantum of punishment may not be enough to stop cruelty against animals, and some already marginalised communities like ‘madaris’ (who perform with animals) and ‘saperas’ (snake charmers) may be disproportionately affected.Others have argued that focusing on the individual act of ‘cruelty’, such as farmers putting up electric fences around their fields, is an incomplete approach, and steps are needed to mitigate the larger issues of vanishing animal habitats and climate change exacerbating man-animal conflict.

Coming, a tough law to prevent cruelty to animals. Why is it needed?
Pakistan knows if 2 bombs are blasted in India, 20 will blast there: Himanta Biswa Sarma
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Campaigning in the constituencies of Naroda and Dariapur in Ahmedabad on Tuesday ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, “Pakistan knows that if two bombs are blasted in India then 20 bombs will be blasted in Pakistan”.Citing the example of the Shraddha Walkar murder case in Delhi to push for “one law against ‘love jihaad’ across the country” and polygamous marriages in “certain communities”, Sarma said, “Aaj Bharat mein ek varg hai, woh varg ke vyakti ka swadhinata hai, ki ek ko shaadi karo, thode din baad dusre ko shaadi karo, thode din baad teesre ko shaadi karo. Agar aap talaq dete rahe toh chautha, panchva, chhattha, saatva, jitna shaadi kar sakte ho. Arre yeh desh ka kanoon ho sakta hai kya? Mahilaon ka itna apman ho sakta hai kya? Isliye aaj humare desh ko kya zaroorat hai? Uniform civil code ko yeh desh ko zaroorat hai… yeh kaam khaali BJP kar sakta hai, Mahila shashaktikaran ka kaam khaali pradhan mantri Modiji kar sakta hai aur isiliye hum logon ko Modiji ko taakat dena hai (There is a class in India whose people have the freedom.. takes one wife, then two wives, three wives, and if you keep divorcing then fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, as many you can marry. Can this be the law of the country? Can women be thus humiliated? That’s why we need UCC (Uniform Civil Code)… this work can only be done by the BJP and that’s why we have to give strength to PM Modi,” said Sarma.Sarma kicked off his campaign from Modasa constituency in Aravalli district before visiting the two constituencies in Ahmedabad. Campaigning for BJP’s Naroda candidate Payal Kukrani, also on stage was former Naroda BJP MLA and 2002 Gujarat riots accused Maya Kodnani, along with Ahmedabad city mayor Kirit Parmar. The Naroda constituency has the areas of Naroda Patiya and Naroda Gam that saw the worst massacres.“It has been 7-8 years since Modi took over… Today if you go to Tawang, there’s a highway and railways work is underway and an aeroplane hangar has been made. Today, if China comes from Lhasa to Tawang in two hours, then the Indian Army can reach from Tezpur in one hour. Earlier it took 14 days. Today our country’s borders are protected. It is secure in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.Referring to the 26/11 attack in Mumbai and the Parliament attack in 2001, Sarma said, “Today our Prime Minister is Modiji, where are all that (acts of terror)? Where have all the gun-toting men, who would come to India from Pakistan, vanished now? Because today Pakistan knows that if two bombs are blasted in India then 20 bombs will be blasted in Pakistan.”At all three events, Sarma said that the Gujarat election this time is not much about BJP winning, of which the party is sure of, but rather to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns as prime minister in the 2024 elections.In 2017, Modasa was won by the Congress by a slim margin of around 1,600 votes, while Dariapur was won by Congress by a margin of over 6,000 votes. Naroda, a BJP bastion, was won by the party with a margin of over 60,000 votes.Taking on the Aam Aadmi Party, Sarma said, “Arvind Kejriwal says he will make mohalla clinics. When multispecialty hospitals, AIIMS are being made in Gujarat, of what use are mohalla clinics? This Kejriwal won the Punjab elections and look at the state of Punjab. Every day someone is being murdered in the open. Punjab is returning to its old state (of militancy)… guns and bombs have made a comeback.

Pakistan knows if 2 bombs are blasted in India, 20 will blast there: Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Pak knows if 2 bombs are blasted in India, 20 will blast there: Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • The Indian Express

    Campaigning in the constituencies of Naroda and Dariapur in Ahmedabad on Tuesday ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, “Pakistan knows that if two bombs are blasted in India then 20 bombs will be blasted in Pakistan”. Citing the example of the Shraddha Walkar murder case in Delhi to push for “one law against ‘love jihaad’ across the country” and polygamous marriages in “certain communities”, Sarma said, “There is a class in India who takes one wife, then two wives, three wives,… as many as they want. Can this be the law of the country? That’s why we need UCC… this work can only be done by the BJP and that’s why we have to give strength to PM Modi,” said Sarma. Sarma kicked off his campaign from Modasa constituency in Aravalli before visiting the two constituencies in Ahmedabad. Campaigning for BJP’s Naroda candidate Payal Kukrani, also on stage was former Naroda BJP MLA and 2002 Gujarat riots accused Maya Kodnani, along with Ahmedabad city mayor Kirit Parmar. “It has been 7-8 years since Modi took over… Today if you go to Tawang, there’s a highway and railways work is underway and an aeroplane hangar has been made. Today, if China comes from Lhasa to Tawang in two hours, then the Indian Army can reach from Tezpur in one hour. Earlier it took 14 days. Today our country’s borders are protected. It is secure in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh,” he said. Referring to the 26/11 attack in Mumbai and the Parliament attack in 2001, Sarma said, “Today our Prime Minister is Modiji, where are all that (acts of terror)? Where have all the gun-toting men, who would come to India from Pakistan, vanished now? Because today Pakistan knows that if two bombs are blasted in India then 20 bombs will be blasted in Pakistan.”At all three events, Sarma said that the Gujarat election this time is not much about BJP winning, of which the party is sure of, but rather to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns as prime minister in the 2024 elections.In 2017, Modasa was won by the Congress by a slim margin of around 1,600 votes, while Dariapur was won by Congress by a margin of over 6,000 votes. Naroda, a BJP bastion, was won by the party with a margin of over 60,000 votes. Taking on the Aam Aadmi Party, Sarma said, “Arvind Kejriwal says he will make mohalla clinics. When multispecialty hospitals, AIIMS are being made in Gujarat, of what use are mohalla clinics? This Kejriwal won the Punjab elections and look at the state of Punjab. Every day someone is being murdered in the open. Punjab is returning to its old state (of militancy)… guns and bombs have made a comeback.”

AAP like Siberian birds that migrate when election comes, says Fadnavis
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday called Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) “Siberian birds” that “migrate when election comes and return when its over” and termed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra a “Modi Virodhiyon Jodo Yatra”. Speaking at a political rally in Sabarkantha’s Bayad, Fadnavis said, “Do you know all these people of AAP are like Siberian birds? In Siberia, during extreme cold weather, the birds when they do not find anyting to eat, they fly to Mumbai and Surat, stay there for 2-3 months and when then cold weather ends fly back from Surat and Mumbai. AAP are like these Siberian birds that migrate when election comes and return when its over”.He further called them “liars” and as someone who would “dance in anyone”s marriage”. “Also, as you know there are some people in each village who start dancing in anybody’s marriage the moment band starts playing. Such are these people. Their habit is lying. After lying throughout the day they sit at night to evaluate their lies of the day and plan lies for the next day,” the BJP leader added.Accusing AAP to have deteriorated the law and order situation in Punjab, he said, “In Punjab, people are innocent, they believed in their revdi promises and elected them. But they are regretting it now. People are murdered in broad daylight, looted, such a bad law and order system that Punjab never witnessed.”Seeking support and vote for BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Fadnavis said that when the “son of Gujarat is taking care of the entire country then the entire Gujarat should back him” as today “national and world forces are dreaming on how to defeat Modi”. “Yuvraj came here, you know who is Yuvraj, I don’t call him Pappu but Yuvraj and what he speake I don’t understand that. At a time when there is election in Gujarat he is carrying out Bharat Jodo Yatra, he is roaming somehwere else. He comes for a day because he knows there is no point in coming to Gujarat. The seat where he addresses that seat is lost. The Bharat Jodo Yatra what Yuvraj ji started is not Bharat Jodo Yatra but Opposition Jodo Yatra,” he added referring to Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.“Through Modi Virodhiyon Jodo Yatra they try to create an identity by coming together but no matter they try…,” Fadnavis added. Meanwhile, speaking at a rally in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar constituency, Fadnavis added, “This time such would be an immersion (visarjan) for Congress that it must not have ever thought. Rahul Gandhi is well aware about that and that is the reason he has vanished from Gujarat after one rally.”Fadnavis also reacted to Rahul’s remarks about Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar. “He is abusing Savarkarji. He is saying that he is not Savarkar but mafiveer. He is not a freedom fighter but mafiveer… You should be ashamed. The person who took all the suffering in Andaman’s prison, Rahul Gandhi you will not understand his sacrifice.” Last week, Rahul questioned Savarkar’s nationalism by citing from a letter in which he had sought mercy from the British.Fadnavis added that the Congress has always humiliated Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

AAP like Siberian birds that migrate when election comes, says Fadnavis
Divide duties for bandobast and crime probe, police told
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

In poll-bound Gujarat, VVIP visits are getting more and more frequent. Even campaigning by national and state level leaders is increasing. In such situations, cops and senior police officials are deployed on bandobast duty for most of the time. This is hampering public-centric work and the investigations of pending crime cases.Now, Gujarat police has issued directives to all Police Commissioners and district police chiefs to divide the force so as to enable one section to look after law and order and bandobast duty, while the other would carry on with pending investigations and look after the public-related works. According to top police sources, officials deployed in police stations have had to totally depend on agencies like Detection of Crime Branch, Special Operations Group (SOG) and ATS for investigation aspects.Sources said local police have “on bandobast duty” as a ready answer for any query. This is quite evident from the fact the number of applications and complaints that have been filed by victims is more than the FIRs registered. “This is because an application is a written complaint submitted by the victim and the probe is not started immediately, while an FIR registered has to be investigated at the earliest,” a senior police official said.When asked, DGP (Police Reforms) Anil Pratham said that the state police has issued directives to the all four police commissioners of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot and also to all district police chiefs of the state to divide the police force they have into two parts — law and order and investigations. “We are getting replies from different district police chiefs and commissioners and will try to implement the formula in coming days,” DGP Pratham said.Sources said that in most cities and districts the sanctioned strength of the police is less than provided, and hence during VVIP movement or poll campaigning, most of the police force is deployed on bandobast duty. “This leaves us with a smaller police force,” said another official.It is worth mentioning that the state has a police force of about 1 lakh police officers and personnel, and Ahmedabad city has a strength of 12,000 police officials and personnel.Pratham said that several officers have responded to the directives saying that they are in the process of bifurcating the force on the basis of need for law and order and for investigation of cases.Meanwhile, the state police has also asked police commissioners and district chiefs about the new initiatives they have taken under the Suraksha Setu campaign, especially for protection of women and children against crime.

Divide duties for bandobast and crime probe, police told
SC recommends transfer of one more Gujarat High Court judge
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

Amid protests by lawyers over the recommendation of transfer of Justice Nikhil Kariel to Patna High Court, the Supreme Court has issued a notification of recommendation for transfer of another judge, Justice V M Pancholi, also to Patna HC.Meanwhile, a delegation of the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association (GHAA) met the Chief Justice of India over the issue of transfer of Justice Kariel. They will take further decision on the issue in a meeting to be held on Tuesday.Concerns conveyed to CJIRepresentatives of GHAA met CJI Justice D Y Chandrachud on Monday in the presence of two other members of the Collegium, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M R Shah. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes. A detailed representation was made to them and objections of the Bar against the transfer of Justice Kariel were conveyed to the CJI.The CJI assured the Bar representatives that the issues raised would be examined, but he conveyed strongly that since such assurance has been given, the advocates should not abstain from work. The GHAA members have ben abstaining from work since Thursday afternoon.Justice Pancholi had joined the Bar in 1991Justice Pancholi had joined the Bar in September 1991 and started practice as an advocate in the HC. He was appointed as Assistant Government Pleader and Additional Public Prosecutor in the HC and worked in the post for seven years till March 2006. He conducted important cases in various branches of law, viz. Criminal Law, Civil Law, Property Law, Service Law, Family Law, Banking Law and various other laws. He was also appointed as Honorary Joint Editor of Law Reporter — The Gujarat Law Herald — for two years and had worked as visiting faculty at LA Shah Law College, Ahmedabad from December 1993 for 21 years.Justice Pancholi was elevated as Additional Judge of Gujarat High Court on October 1, 2014 and confirmed as Permanent Judge on June 10, 2016.

SC recommends transfer of one more Gujarat High Court judge
  • Chief Justice DY Chandrachud To Meet Lawyers Opposing Gujarat Judge Transfer
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    CJI DY Chandrachud has given Monday afternoon appointment to Gujarat's protesting lawyers.New Delhi: After transfer orders of Justice Nikhil Kariel of the Gujarat High Court triggered protests by lawyers who don't want him gone, a delegation of their association will meet the Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, on Monday.The CJI has given them a 1.30 pm appointment in his chambers at the Supreme Court.Members of the Gujarat High Court Bar Association had on Thursday passed a resolution strongly opposing the recommendation of the Supreme Court Collegium to transfer Justice Nikhil Kariel to the Patna High Court, and also abstained from work in protest.“A delegation of five members of the Bar with in-charge president and secretary of association will be sent to meet the CJI and to request him to reconsider the transfer,” the resolution said, pledging to “protest indefinitely” until the issue is resolved.The lawyer had gathered near the High Court Chief Justice's court “to mourn the death of independence of judiciary” and observed a silence for two minutes, pledging that they'd protest indefinitely until the issue is resolved.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com“Justice Kariel is one of the finest, honest, upright and unbiased judges whose integrity and honesty is being vouched by the entire Bar in one voice,” the association said in the resolution.The resolution further said a representation would be sent to the CJI and other judges of the collegium “to reconsider the recommendation of transfer of Justice Kariel”.Featured Video Of The DayDrishyam 2 Review: We Wish It Was as Good as Drishyam

Junagadh cops goof up, arrest wrong man
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

In a major goof up by the Junagadh police, they had arrested a wrong accused in a big scam related to making fake websites of guest houses and hotels at pilgrim destinations namely Lilavati Atithigruh, Maheshwari Atithigruh and Sagar Darshan Atithigruh, all run by Somnath temple trust.This came to light when Ahmedabad cyber cell detained Vinay and Amar Prajapati, both brothers, of Mangolpuri in Delhi. One minor has also been detained in the case.As per a senior officer, the accused had cheated many pilgrims across the state and the complaints were registered in many districts of the state. “A few days ago, Junagadh police detained a person in the case based on the mobile phone used to alter fake websites. However, our investigation found out that the two accused had misused the mobile of an innocent man by saying they needed it for an emergency. The individual may be released after Junagadh files a C summary in the case,” the official said.Cyber crime sources said most pilgrims use websites to book accomodation in hotels, Atithi Gruhs, and Dharamshalas for their visits.The Prajapati brothers made fake websites which showed up first in Google searches by making numerous deliberate clicks on them. “Hence, when searching for rooms at pilgrim destinations, many from the state chose these fake websites of hotels and Atithi Gruhs. The pilgrims booked rooms and even paid money online. When they went there, they found that there was no room booked in their name. A few of them had approached Ahmedabad cyber cell about the scam,” the official said.The accused cheated about Rs 24.96 lakh from many pilgrims. Cyber cell found that the phone the accused used belonged to another man who was innocent. “We dispatched a team to Delhi and arrested the two accused and detained a juvenile,” the cyber crime official said.Cyber crime said Vinay Prajapati runs a website development company in Delhi’s Rohini area.

Junagadh cops goof up, arrest wrong man
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
BJP ended appeasement in Gujarat, says Amit Shah
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that the BJP ended “appeasement politics” and established the rule of law over two decades of its governance in Gujarat. He said this while participating in an election rally that was held before chief minister Bhupendra Patel filed his nomination papers from the Ghatlodia seat for the upcoming assembly election. Shah alleged the Congress used to mock the BJP and its cadres over the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. He asked Rahul Gandhi to visit the temple, which he said will be ready for inauguration in January 2024. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has solved this 550-year-old dispute peacefully,” he said. Shah also praised the PM for abrogating Article 370 (which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir) and bringing a law banning the practice of triple talaq. After the rally, Shah and Patel led a roadshow up to the Sola area where Patel submitted his nomination papers to the authorities. “The people of Gujarat had seen the days when communal riots were common, especially between 1985 and 1995 (under non-BJP governments). Curfew remained imposed for 250 of 365 days (a year). Women used to pray for their family members whenever they used to visit the Walled City areas,” Shah said. Shah said the BJP governments improved the situation because of which no one dares to create disturbance now.

BJP ended appeasement in Gujarat, says Amit Shah
Pollution, roads, sewage connections key issues
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 weeks ago | |

Vatva :99,000 Winning margin61.81% votes BJP hadsecured​​​​​​​32.41% votes Conghad securedBabubhai JadavjiBJPcandidatePeople of Vatva have faith in BJP and the developmental work done by Pradipsinh Jadeja during the last ten years. The issue of pollution is being addressed while the sewage facility is much more effective now. We have built party plots, gardens and RCC roads. BJP will emerge victorious under guidance of Pradipsinhji.Balwantsinh GadhviCongresscandidateDespite repeated representations, BJP has done nothing to control the rising menace of pollution in Vatva. Our organisation is working in the area and running a door-to-door campaign. If we come to power, the issues will be resolved. BJP has been in power for 27 years in Gujarat but has failed to resolve issues of Vatva.What the incumbent MLA saidPradipsinh Jadeja,former MoS HomeJadavji has been working in the organisation for 25 years. I have full faith in him and will campaign for him. He will win with a similar margin as I did.Developmental works worth over Rs 1,000 crore have been done in the area in 10 years.Winnerlast timePradipsinh Jadeja of Former MoS (home) Pradipsinh Jadeja had won this seat with a huge margin of over 99,000 votes in 2017 Assembly elections. BJP had secured 61.81% votes while Congress 32.41%.About VatvaBJP has announced the name of Babubhai Jadavji, a ward pramukh, from one of its safest seats Vatva. He’s a lesser known name in the predominantly industrial area that has 20% Muslim and 10% Dalit population. Congress has fielded Balwantsinh Gadhvi.The issuesPollution, poor condition of roads, sewage, rise in sale of drugs and crime rate are causes of concern for voters here.Hitesh DesaiserviceCleanliness and pollution are the biggest issues here. Even roads are not up to the mark. Pradipsinh Jadeja did a lot of good work in the area, but a lot needs to be done.Arbazkhan Pathanresident of Bibi TalavI don’t know who the candidates are but I will surely vote for AAP’s candidate. No one has done anything for the area. The drug menace has played a major role in spurring the crime rate.Shailesh RabaribusinessmanThis area has seen development under Pradipsinh but a lot more is desirable. Roads and pollution due to mushrooming industries are key issues. It’s likely to be a tight race this time.

Pollution, roads, sewage connections key issues
Gujarat defends organ transplantation policy
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government on Friday defended its policy of giving priority to local people in organ transplantation from cadavers and submitted that as the number of organs donated is abysmally low compared to demand, the government faces a moral dilemma in giving priority. The state government is facing a challenge to its policy prioritizing domiciles of Gujarat in transplantation of organs from cadaver donations from three persons - a woman who has Canadian citizenship and has been living in Gujarat for the last 13 years and needs a kidney transplant, a Madhya Pradesh woman needing a liver transplant and a person from Jharkhand who has settled in Ahmedabad for the last seven years and is awaiting a kidney. They questioned the policy first for not being considered for registration and then being in a queue with a Gujarat domicile patient given priority over them. Defending the policy, government pleader Manisha Shah submitted, "The number of organs donated against demand is abysmally low, so there is a moral dilemma. We are not turning down any patient...We are insisting on domicile when it is cadaver donation. When resources are limited, the state government can prioritize or else where would its own people go? There is no other option." She further submitted, "Due to shortage of organs donated, there is always a moral dilemma involved and there is no denying this. Every country wants to serve the interests of its citizens first, and would love to do so in every manner possible." The pleader argued that legislation for organ transplantation has been enacted to curb commercialization and amid a shortage of organs, if a priority policy is not adopted, it would lead to transplant tourism. “If organ transplantation tourism happens and an influx of registrations takes place at one place, those who are actually in need and are waiting will never get achance. Therefore there is a policy of priority and urgency,” she submitted. In the case of the Canadian citizen, who was refused registration for want of a domicile certificate, the HC had asked the government whether domicile is more important than the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. Besides, the HC in these cases asked the state government if it can give priority on the basis of how critical the condition of the patient is. The government replied that it faces a moral dilemma at every stage, but its policy seeks to address thequestion because it has an urgent list and a standard list looking at the condition of patients. Senior advocate G M Joshi, who appeared for the Canadian citizen, argued that there is no rule by which the government can refuse a domicile certificate to his client. If she gets a domicile certificate, she will be covered by the policy of priority. For the patient from Jharkhand, advocate Kunan Naik questioned the government’s policy to make separate lists, though no provision for this has been made in the law. He submitted that separate lists for local and outsiders are prepared through executive fiat under the guise of state guidelines, whereas the law does not discriminate against any citizen of the country because priority here cannot be attached the way it is given in education or sports. After hearing the arguments, Justice Biren Vaishnav reserved the judgment.

Gujarat defends organ transplantation policy
Gujarat ATS nabs man in Delhi with 8kg of heroin
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: In a joint operation, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Surat crime branch on Thursday caught an Afghan national from the Lajpatnagar area of Delhi, with 8kg of heroin, worth Rs 56 crore on Thursday, said officers on Friday. According to a statement by Gujarat ATS, DIG Deepan Bhadran received an input from the ACP of Surat city crime branch, B P Rozia, that an Afghan national named, Hakamtullah Nurullah, 35, a suspect in the 50kg heroin seizure case from Jakhau, was staying in Delhi. On October 7, a team of the Indian Coast Guard and ATS had seized a Pakistani boat, Al Sakar, with 50kg of heroin, worth Rs 350 crore. The agencies arrested six persons, all residents of Karachi. Investigating the case led the cops to Nurullah, who was caught at his house in Lajpatnagar. A team of Surat city crime branch and Gujarat ATS brought him to the ATS headquarters on Friday. During his primary questioning, Nurullah told police that he had concealed the heroin packets in a car, which was seized for the purpose of investigation. Nurullah had come to India on a tourist visa in 2018 and had been staying in Delhi ever since. ATS officers said he has been questioned about the involvement of other drug racketeers in the cartel and where the stock of heroin was to be delivered. In the first week of October, ATS had seized the 50kg of heroin, allegedly sent by Pakistan-based drug racketeer Mohammad Kadar, who intended to use the Gujarat coast to land the drug amd further move it to Punjab and other parts of north India.

Gujarat ATS nabs man in Delhi with 8kg of heroin
  • Afghan national held with Rs 56-crore heroin
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested an Afghan national from Delhi with 8 kilogram of heroin worth Rs 56 crore in the international market, officials said on Friday. Preliminary investigation has revealed the accused, Hakmatullah, a citizen of Afghanistan currently living in the Lajpat Nagar area of the national capital, was part of a drug cartel who had planned to smuggle 50 kg heroin worth Rs 350 crore into India via Gujarat through the sea route from Pakistan, they said. The ATS was searching for Hakmatullah after six Pakistani nationals were nabbed from a boat mid sea in October off the Gujarat coast with heroin worth Rs 350 crore, said the officials. Acting on a specific tip-off, the anti-terror agency reached Delhi and nabbed the Afghan national, who has been living in India for the last four years after arriving on a tourist visa, said an ATS release.

  • Gujarat ATS nabs Afghan national with heroin worth Rs 56 crore
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested an Afghan national from Delhi with 8 kilogram of heroin worth Rs 56 crore in the international market, officials said on Friday. Preliminary investigation has revealed the accused, Hakmatullah, a citizen of Afghanistan currently living in the Lajpat Nagar area of the national capital, was part of a drug cartel who had planned to smuggle 50 kg heroin worth Rs 350 crore into India via Gujarat through the sea route from Pakistan, they said. The ATS was searching for Hakmatullah after six Pakistani nationals were nabbed from a boat mid sea in October off the Gujarat coast with heroin worth Rs 350 crore, said the officials. Acting on a specific tip-off, the anti-terror agency reached Delhi and nabbed the Afghan national, who has been living in India for the last four years after arriving on a tourist visa, said an ATS release.

NIRF 2023 Rankings: New category added; registrations open till November 18
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

NIRF 2023 Rankings: The Ministry of Education is inviting applications for National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking for the year 2023. Interested higher education institutions (HEIs) can register for the Indian rankings on the official website — nirfindia.org.Institutes have time till 5 pm of November 18 to register for these rankings.This year, NIRF has added one new discipline namely, Agriculture and Allied Sectors. Also, architecture discipline has been renamed as Architecture and Planning.Last year, there were only four categories– Overall, Colleges, Universities and Research Institutions and seven subject domains– Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Law, Medical, Architecture and Dental.In NIRF 2022 rankings, IISc Bangalore ranked first amongst all institutions under research and universities category, it ranked second in the overall ranking. IIT Madras secured the first position in the overall ranking category.National Law School of India University bagged the top spot in the law category.Meanwhile, IIM Ahmedabad was the top ranked management college. Last year, around 670 institutions participated in the rankings out of which 387 had no research publications.The institutes were ranked based on different parameters in different disciplines. Some of the parameters include research and professional practice, graduation outcomes, outreach and inclusivity, among others.

NIRF 2023 Rankings: New category added; registrations open till November 18
Stalking plaint against HC peon
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

Stalking plaint against HC peonA woman working as an officer in Gujarat High Court on Wednesday filed a complaint of stalking against a peon from the court. She had originally lodged the complaint with the Registrar General of the high court in July 2019.Recently, the registrar asked the woman to file a police complaint. As per the complaint, when she was going to canteen, an unknown person stopped her demanding she chat with him. On refusal, he asked if she will chat outside the premises.Later, the woman found him in peon’s uniform. On July 31, 2019, he followed her and asked her to talk to him. When she drove away, he followed her and insisted she talk to him. She later found the peon’s name was Ketankumar Madia and filed an application against him with the Registrar General. Sola police on Wednesday registered a complaint of stalking. AM2 held in 7.5kg jewellery loot caseThe crime branch on Wednesday nabbed two persons in the 7.5 kg gold loot case in Madhavpura based on technical surveillance and CCTV footage.Accused have confessed to the crime. Crime branch officials said, “Teams have been dispatched to seize the jewellery looted by the duo from sales persons of a jewellery showroom on CG Road.”Parag Shah, a salesperson of Tirth Jewellers had filed a complaint with the Madhavpura police that two persons on a bike had snatched a bag kept on his scooter. Shah and his colleague Dharmesh were returning to the jewellery shop after showing ornaments to other jewellers. The accused had first targetted Dharmesh, but he had resisted and shouted to Shah, who slowed down. The accused then fled with jewellery worth Rs 2.82 crore that Shah had kept on his scooter. AMMan held with 81 ATM cards​​​​​​​The cyber crime branch on Wednesday arrested a man from Maninagar for withdrawing Rs 99,600 from a Ghodasar resident’s ATM card. Amitkumar Jain was nabbed on the basis of technical analysis, CCTV footage and human sources.On July 16, Jain followed pharma executive Chirag Hattimare to an ATM and pocketed the card, when the latter forgot it. Hattimare didn’t bother to block the card. However, a day later, a relative deposited Rs 1 lakh in Hattimare’s account to pay his daughter’s fees. But, Jain withdrew the money.During questioning, Jain admitted to sneaking behind ATM users, noting the passwords and stealing or pockeing cards. The cyber crime team seized 81 cards from him and has evidence about his crime.AM

Stalking plaint against HC peon
7.5kg gold jewellery snatched in Shahpur
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: In a major robbery, two employees of a CG Road-based jewellery store lost 7.5kg gold ornaments - roughly worth Rs 4 crore - from near Shahpur metro station on Monday night. Teams of local police and city crime branch started probe based on statements of the employees and CCTV cameras in the area. Check posts were also created to carry out stringent vehicle checking, said senior city police officials. According to Madhavpura police, Dharmesh and Parag, two employees of the jewellery store were returning from the ornament-making workshop based in Naroda with two bags filled with gold ornaments. The duo was travelling on a scooter and they had kept the bags in the front. "According to their statements, the vehicle got slowed down near Shahpur metro station near Halim ni Khadki area around 8-8.15pm when two persons came near them on a bike. Both the rider and pillion had worn helmets. Before they could understand anything, the pillion rider swooped down on the bags and snatched it. They then zoomed off in the traffic," said an investigator. The duo informed their employer after which city police were roped in. Senior officials including additional CP Neeraj Badgujar reached the spot. "It could be an insider job. The bikers might be trailing them for some time. All the CCTVs on the route are being checked. City crime branch officials are also roped in for the probe," said a senior city police official.

7.5kg gold jewellery snatched in Shahpur
Ahmedabad: Wife branded with cigarette for dowry in Naranpura
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 32-year-old woman living in Naranpura registered a complaint against her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law after the three first demanded a scooter from her family and then branded her with cigarettes. The complainant said she married the prime accused at a mass wedding ceremony in 2020 and went to her in-law's house with many household items. Her complaint states that her mother-in-law and father-in-law first demanded that she get money from her parents for a business. She said her in-laws would taunt her for not getting an 'adequate dowry'. Her in-laws then demanded she get a two-wheeler from her parents for her husband, which she did. She stated that later in 2020 she went to her parent's house and no one came to take her back. Later, she returned to her husband's house on her own. She stated that one day she told her husband not to smoke but instead of listening to her he branded her with a cigarette and told her to get a dowry. A few days she went out to buy things and when she returned the house was locked. Her in-laws did not answer her calls and at about 11pm she went to her parents' house and has been staying there ever since. She said her in-laws later called her to Bechraji for a religious discourse and after it she was sent back to her parents' home. When she caught Covid, her in-laws did not get her treated. In September, they sent her divorce papers. She filed a complaint at the Women's police station (west) on Monday.

Ahmedabad: Wife branded with cigarette for dowry in Naranpura
State GST dept revises norms for summons
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

The state’s GST department has produced new guidelines for issuing summons and arresting any individual who has allegedly violated the law. The department issued the new guidelines following an order by HC in response to a petition filed by an individual alleging high-handed approach of the department.The department’s guidelines stated that a person can be arrested only after proper reasoning and in compliance with the law. It said that the reason for the arrest must be unambiguous. It should be amply clear and must be based on credible material.Since arrest impinges on the personal liberty of an individual, the power to arrest must be exercised carefully. The arrest should not be made in routine and mechanical manner. Even if all the legal conditions precedent to arrest mentioned in Section 132 of the Gujarat Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 are fulfilled, that will not, ipso facto, mean that an arrest must be made. Once the legal ingredients of the offence are made out, the competent authority must determine if the answer to any or some of the following questions is in the affirmative.Regarding issuance of summons, the affidavit filed by the department states that power to issue summons are generally exercised by Assistant Commissioners and State Tax Officers, though higher officers may also issue summons.Summons by Assistant Commissioners and State Tax Officers should be issued after obtaining prior written permission from an officer not below the rank of Joint Commissioner with the reasons for issuance of summons to be recorded in writing.The court recorded the affidavit and disposed of the plea.

State GST dept revises norms for summons
‘Chulbul Pandey’ flaunts khaki power, harasses citizen at 4 in morning
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

The Ahmedabad police initiated an inquiry into the alleged misbehaviour of personnel, who were part of a night patrolling team, with a citizen at Shyamal Crossroads over the weekend.A man named Tushar Acharya took to Twitter to describe in detail how he was stopped, searched and in spite of cooperating with the police personnel on night patrol, was harassed by an officer of the Ahmedabad police in plain clothes.Acharya wrote that he had just landed in the city from Kolkata and was returning home at about 4 am on Saturday morning when he was stopped by the police at Shyamal Crossroads.When asked to open his bags for inspection, hecomplied but even as he had shown the police one bag, they began rummaging through his other bags. While he stated that this behaviour was unsettling, the experience got worse when an officer arrived on the scene.Acharya alleged on Twitter, “He (the officer) found two books in my bags and photocopies of some articles from the web on technical analysis that I have been trying to learn. They asked me so many questions about the books as if carrying them was a crime. At one point, he even asked me if I was selling pirated books or what!”He alleged, “The officer took away my phone. Checked each and every app including my WhatsApp and read a few personal messages. When he got to know that I am also actively trading in stocks and found out that I have an app which allows me to do paper trading to test my strategies, he tried to create a scene out of that. He told me that it’s illegal to have these apps and there can be a case against me for having them in my phone. He also tried to open my Zerodha app but thankfully it was locked.”Acharya alleged that the officer then made him feel thankful for allowing him to proceed on his way. Acharya wrote, “This is a case of mental harassment and violation of citizen’s rights. I would request the authorities to teach them some manners and professionalism so that no one else has to go through such a traumatic experience.”Speaking to Mirror, Tushar Acharya said, “While the issue has blown up on Twitter, which I hadn’t expected, my intention was only to make sure such harassment does not happen with anyone else. However, senior police officials have spoken to me and assured me of action.”Mirror has learnt that the matter has been brought to the attention of City Police Commissioner Sanjay Srivastava.IPS Safin Hasan, recently posted as Traffic DCP, spoke to the person and then forwarded the issue to the respective deputy commissioner of police, at Zone-7, under whose jurisdiction the Satellite police operates.Mirror spoke to Zone-7 DCP Bhagirathsinh Jadeja who said, “We have taken cognisance of the issue where a citizen has alleged harassment by the police. I have ordered an inquiry into the matter.”ACP of N Division S M Patel, who has been handed the inquiry into the matter, told Mirror, “We are first attempting to reach out to the aggrieved person to get the facts of the matter and looking into who was on night duty on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. The investigation is underway.”He (the officer) found two books in my bags and photocopies of some articles from the web. They asked me so many questions about the books as if carrying them was a crime–Tushar Acharya wrote on Twitter

‘Chulbul Pandey’ flaunts khaki power, harasses citizen at 4 in morning