Ahmedabad Juhapura News

‘M’ factor will likely usher vote for change
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 days ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 days ago | |

What is the mood for upcoming assembly elections among Muslim voters? Mirror talked to some voters from the minority community across different constituencies of Ahmedabad and Surat that form a sizeable chunk of the population. The narrative which came out was mixed, but most of them wanted to vote for a change. However, the mushrooming of Independent candidates, most of whom have a tainted past, might lead to scattering of their votes. Some respondents said they wanted to stay with the party which is most likely to storm back to power.In Surat East, there is a neck-and-neck contest between the BJP and the Congress. While Congress has a strong candidate in Aslam Cyclewala, AIMIM could be a big challenge for him. “However, most of the Muslim voters could vote for the national party. Some might even vote for BJP,” said one voter.Limbayat is another Surat constituency that has sizeable number of Muslim voters. Here, the scenario seems to be different. “There are 34 Independent candidates contesting from Limbayat. The votes could stand divided in the constituency,” a resident of Limbayat said.In Ahmedabad, the first in the list of constituencies is Jamalpur-Khadia. Congress MLA Imran Khedawala had won in 2017, but now with Sabir Kabliwala from AIMIM and other Independent candidates, it would be tough for him. However, though the Chhipa community votes seem to be divided between Khedawala and Kabliwala, the voter here wants to head to the poll booth with the intention of a decisive vote.Wasim Shaikh, a manager in a private firm, told Mirror that traditionally he votes for a secular party and so do most of the voters in Jamalpur-Khadia.A businessman from Dariapur-Shahpur said that about a month ago, most Muslim voters had decided to go with a “third party”, but the recent developments have changed their mind. “Most of us will vote for the winning candidate. However, the presence of AIMIM and other Independent candidates could be an X factor,” he said.Vejalpur constituency, which includes Juhapura with a large Muslim population, the choice seems to be divided. Mufti Mohammed Haroon told Mirror that some of the voters here could go with the winning candidate of 2017, because the two Independents here have a tainted record and thus would cut into Congress’s vote bank.Asrar Kadri, who runs a travel agency, told Mirror, “Neither the winning candidate of 2017 nor the Congress candidate has visited their area, and hence they will vote for change. Juhapura resident Wasim Syed, a businessman, said the area has been defamed with a specific intention. “The drug menace has spread in the area. There’s drinking water issue. We are still undecided about the vote,” he said.Muslim voters of the eastern part of the city seemed to be more sure of their choice. Kalim Siddique, a social worker, said that most of the voters have decided to vote for a new party, AAP, but after the recent controversy over currency notes, they have changed their minds and are going to vote decisively for Congress.Rafik Shaikh, a cloth trader in Danilimda, said, “Incumbent MLA Shailesh Parmar could face anti-incumbency.”

‘M’ factor will likely usher vote for change
2 held for stabbing debtor to death in Ahd
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 40-year-old man was stabbed to death by three persons in Sanklitnagar, Juhapura, early on Monday morning. Vejalpur police have arrested two persons for the killing. According to investigators, Wasimuddin Shaikh, a resident of Amin Park Duplexes near the APMC market, was stopped by Samir Pathan, his uncle Salim Khan Pathan, along with Saif Ali and Irfan, all residents of Juhapura, near Asha Hair Cutting Salon in Sanklitnagar at 1am on Monday. “The victim’s younger brother, Shahbuddin, in his complaint said he was home when an acquaintance, Salman, the owner of the salon near which the killing took place, told him that Wasimuddin was attacked by the four accused. Shahbuddin and his mother rushed to the spot and found Wasimuddin in a pool of blood. When he was taken to Amena Khatoon Hospital, he was declared brought dead. Wasimuddin suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and stomach which proved fatal,” said an investigator. K B Rajvi, inspector of Vejalpur police station, said that two of the accused — Irfan Shaikh (35) and Salim Khan Pathan (44) — have been arrested in connection with the murder. “During their questioning, the duo said Wasimuddin had borrowed about Rs 25,000 from them. He had not returned the money and also allegedly stopped answering their calls. Thus, when he was spotted by the group, a heated argument took place and he was then stabbed to death,” he said, adding that the accused have been arrested earlier too, for assault.

2 held for stabbing debtor to death in Ahd
Trust’s plea seeking property damages from AMC dismissed
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

A division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Friday dismissed an appeal by a public charitable trust, which ran a park in Juhapura, seeking damages and compensation for destruction of their property to the tune of crores by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). The court also refused to entertain AMC’s appeal against imposition of Rs 25,000 cost to be paid to the trust. The case pertains to Society for Promoting Rationality (SPRAT), which was running the Muskaan Park in Juhapura on a land owned by the AMC. According to SPRAT, the AMC evicted them on short notice during the Covid-19 pandemic. SPRAT also alleged that the AMC had demolished several of its equipment in the park, causing damage worth crores. SPRAT moved the high court in 2021 where a single-judge court had ruled that the court cannot go into the jurisdiction of paying damages, as it would require a detailed inquiry. However, it granted SPRAT the liberty to move the appropriate court to seek damages. The court had also observed that AMC had acted in an “unfair” manner and had imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on AMC, to be paid to SPRAT.SPRAT then challenged this order in the HC, pressing for damages, while the AMC also filed an appeal against the single-judge’s order on imposition of cost.The bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice AJ Shastri upheld the order, adding that the single-judge’s findings “would not call for any interference”.

Trust’s plea seeking property damages from AMC dismissed
DEO issues advisory to 1,500 private and govt schools of Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

The child-lifting rumours refuse to die in Ahmedabad. Two women were thrashed in Fatehwadi and Juhapura on the suspicion that they were child-lifters. Earlier on Sunday, a woman was assaulted in Jamalpur on the same suspicion and police had filed FIR in the case after Mirror broke the news.Taking cognisance of the issue, the Ahmedabad District Education Officer (DEO) has issued an advisory to 1,500 private and granted primary schools to spread awareness on the issue and take precautionary measures.Talking to Mirror, DEO (Ahmedabad District) Hitendrasinh Padheriya said, “We have issued advisory to all schools to beef up security andconduct awareness programmes for students and parents. We have asked schools to ensure that children are handed over to either parents or only to people they are familiar with.”Schools up their guardExecutive Director of the Udgam Group of Schools Manan Choksi said, “We have taken note of the child-lifting rumours and as a precautionary measure we have asked school van drivers, caretakers and supervisors to be on alert via a training session.” Talking about the precautions being taken, Udgam school caretaker Kalyani Bhatt said, “In case of a parent coming late to pick up their wards, the child should be taken inside the school and the supervisor informed. We verify the name, photo and relation with children of all the people coming to school to pick up children. We have been asked to take video or photo of any suspicious person loitering around the school.Diwan Ballubhai School, Paldi, Principal Vipul Dave, Nirman Group of Schools Managing Trustee Dr Ashish Desai and Global Indian International Senior Principal Caesar D’silva told Mirror that their schools follow the same protocols.DAV International School Principal Nivedita Ganguli said, “We have messaged the parents that they should not panic but remain alert. We conducted meetings with school van drivers, security guards, teachers and supervisors too. Parents have been issued authorisation cards.”Principal of HB Kapadia (Memnagar) Indrani Banerjee said, “We don’t allow children to go outside the school during recess. We take attendance before and after recess. Escort cards are mandatory for parents or guardians to pick up children.”Nashy Chauhan, Director of Anand Niketan School, said, “Parents have been told clearly that if they see any suspicious person in the car parking space, they should immediately inform us. We are alert and vigilant. There is tight security around the school.”Administrative officer of Municipal School Board Lagdhir Desai said, “The schools are covered by CCTV surveillance and both teachers and students advised to be on alert.”Vatsal Vaishnav of Nirma Vidya Vihar said, “We no longer allow children living in the vicinity to leave for their homes alone. They need to be picked up by a parent or an authorised guardian. We have provided parking space to parents within the school so that they don’t have to drop or pick up children at the gate and immediately drive away. We have also sensitised our security guards.”Police to conduct awareness programsJoint Commissioner of Police (Administration) Ajay Choudhary said police are sensitising people not to pay heed to rumours but stay on alert. “Inspectors of all the police stations have been asked to conduct awareness programmes in schools under their jurisdiction. We urge people not to take law in their hands and thrash people they suspect to be child-lifters.”Regarding women-thrashing incidents in Juhapura and Fatehwadi, Deputy Commissioner of Police Zone-7 B U Jadeja said the incidents have not been brought to his attention but he will look into them.

DEO issues advisory to 1,500 private and govt schools of Ahmedabad
Can Bhagwat meet Bilkis Bano: Owaisi
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Criticising Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat who recently visited a madrasa, head of All India Majis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaision Saturday asked if he would visit Bilkis Bano in Gujarat.Addressing a public gathering at Juhapura in Ahmedabad,  Owaisi said, “The BJP and RSS are doing a new drama. The Sarsangchalak of RSS, Mohan Bhagwat went to a madrasa in Delhi, where he listened to Quran and met the students. Media reported this beautifully. I am appealing to Mohan Bhagwat sahab… if you can meet Bilkis Bano and assure her of justice.”“Can Mohan Bhagwat meet Bilkis Bano? But he will not meet her. He goes to a madrasa and in Assam madrasas are demolished. In Uttar Pradesh, madrasas and wakf properties are surveyed so that properties of Muslims can be snatched away from them,” he added.Owasi also declared AIMIM candidates on three seats in Ahmedabad and Surat for the Gujarat Assembly elections scheduled later this year. “From Jamalpur-Khadia assembly seat in Ahmedabad, Sabar Kabuliwala (Gujarat president of AIMIM) will represent our party,” he said.He also named Wasim Qureshi who will contest from Surat-East and Kaushika Parmar from Danilimda constituency in Ahmedabad.Alleging that Juhapura is treated as an enemy territory, Owaisi said, “In Juhapura, Muslims get step-brotherly treatment. Being a Muslim area, it is looked at with hate and is described as enemy territory.”He added that BJP, during its two-decade rule in Gujarat, has not been able to open a government school in Juhapura, provide drinking water or tackle traffic snarls.At the event, Owaisi also inducted few Dalit leaders from Vadgam Assembly constituency which is represented by Jignesh Mevani, who is aligned to the Congress party.

Can Bhagwat meet Bilkis Bano: Owaisi
City police arrested 111 drug peddlers in 2022
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

The city police have gone hard after drug traffickers and peddlers this year. With the arrest of Amina Don of Kalupur, the city police have arrested a total of 111 drug peddlers in 2022 and seized synthetic drugs worth about Rs 7 crore. The city crime branch and the Special Operations Group (SOG) alone have caught 37 accused and seized drugs worth Rs 4.88 crore from them.In the latest operation, city crime branch nabbed Parbat Zala (31), resident of Satellite, with 23.2 gm of mephedrone and Osma Baxi (24) of Juhapura with 33.9 gm worth Rs 5.71 lakh. Crime branch sources said both peddlers supplied drugs to customers. “We are now after traffickers who hired them to peddle drugs in posh areas of the city,” said a crime branch official. JCP crime branch Prem Vir Singh said city crime branch and SOG have formed special units to break traffickers’ network by first nabbing the peddlers so that the supply chain can be snapped. “We have a plan in place. We want to first put the peddlers behind bars and then the traffickers. The city police are also part of the effort. We are also using decoys to catch traffickers and save some young girls and boys who have got addicted to drugs,” he said.About a fortnight ago, the crime branch arrested Amina Don who trafficked drugs in large quantities. “We have confiscated crime proceeds from her and also got the illegal part of her house demolished,” said a source.ACP, SOG B C Solanki said both the accused have confessed that they are part of the drug supply chain. Crime branch said it arrested Idrish Shaikh of Juhapura with mephedrone and will nab his wife Khushboo soon. “They have been using young girls and boys to peddle drugs,” said an official.

City police arrested 111 drug peddlers in 2022
Gosabara accused’s son leads drug biz
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago | |

Decades ago a man was named as an accused in the Gosabara (Porbandar) arms landing case, and today his son allegedly controls the flow of Mephedrone drugs in the city. Even as cops crack down on the drug menace, drug traffickers continue to peddle their wares in and out of the city.Sources in the Gujarat police said that Zuber, son of Mammumiya Panjumiya, an accused in the arms landing case in Porbandar, is heavily invested in the Mephedrone business. Several years ago Zuber was caught by the Crime Branch with drugs. If sources are to be believed his wife Amrin also aids him in the business. Mammumiya was later acquitted by the court in the case.Recently, Sarkhej police nabbed Mukhtiar Ghori with Mephedrone from Juhapura and during interrogation it emerged that he worked for a drug trafficker named Shahnawaz Khan alias Sanu Khan of Sanklitnagar in Juhapura.Inspector Vishnu Desai of Sarkhej police station said Mukhtiar is a peddler and used to deliver the drugs to customers on Khan’s instruction.“Khan, though a resident of Sanklitnagar in Juhapura, seldom visits his house and most often remains underground to avoid arrest. We are hunting for him. We have also asked for the Call Detail Record (CDR) of Mukhtiar to trace the addicts who are his customers so that they can be sent for rehabilitation,” said Desai.Sources said Khan now works for Zuber and Amrin and they are his suppliers.‘There are more than 20 active drug traffickers in Sarkhej and Juhapura, including one Faisal. He has a network of peddlers,” said a source.JCP, Crime Branch Prem Vir Singh said peddlers can eventually lead to big-time drug traffickers. “We are looking at peddlers as leads to the big traffickers who get stuff from Mumbai or Rajasthan,” he said.

Gosabara accused’s son leads drug biz
Gangster warns ex-godfather, Juhapura fears bloodshed
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago | |

A violent storm is brewing and Juhapura’s calm is about to end. The peace that the area experienced after the police crackdown on antisocial elements following the gruesome murder of RTI activist Nadeem Saiyed in November 2011 is now precariously balanced.Police are worried about a gang war breaking out in the biggest Muslim ghetto in India after notorious gangster Kalu Gardan (Mohammed Sharif) threatened his former godfather Mushir Qureshi.​​​​​​​The possibility of bloodshed is what drove the cops to transfer all three FIRs registered in July 2022 against Gardan to the City Crime Branch.Gardan, meanwhile, has escaped and is believed to have fled to a village near Udaipur in Rajasthan. Both Mushir and Gardan were booked for the murder of RTI activist Saiyed, but were later acquitted.To maintain peace in Juhapura, the cops had earlier booked gangster Sultan Khan and his members, and alleged gangster Nazir Vora under Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Control Act (GujCTOC) and put them behind bars for a long time. At present Vora is out on bail.The gangs operated in the Sanklitnagar and Fatehwadi area of Juhapura, making life difficult for the residents. Before the police began to crack down on the gangsters, extortion, murders and attempts to murder were a regular affair in Juhapura.Now, residents fear that with Gardan throwing the gauntlet and threatening Mushir, the relative peace that they enjoyed will vanish.The cases against GardanIn the threat case, Mushir first registered a complaint against Gardan on July 4. The complaint said that around 1am on July 4, Gardan along with his associates Irfan alias Mogli, Sultan Shaikh and Saddam came in two vehicles and pulled Mushir out of his car and bashed him. Gardan also allegedly threatened Mushir with dire consequences.The same night, a 42-year-old builder Mohammed Sharif Shaikh registered a complaint against Gardan and his associates accusing them of beating him and threatening him of dire consequences.Earlier on July 1, Inamuddin Shaikh, a tawa owner, registered a complaint against Gardan’s brother Sultan Shaikh and the latter’s son.Inamuddin said Sultan and his son threatened him with a knife and warned him of dire consequences after he asked them not to cause a traffic jam while setting up a makeshift shelter.Sultan and his son also beat up Inamuddin and asked him to wind up his tawa business. These four incidents within a week have created an atmosphere of fear among Juhapura residents.DCP Crime Branch Chaitanya Mandlik said they are hunting for Gardan and are keeping a close eye on the situation in Juhapura.Kalu Gardan is named so…The story goes that about a decade ago Kalu had gone to a salon for a shave and the barber accidentally shaved a part of his moustache. An angry Kalu snatched the knife and allegedly slashed the throat of the saloon owner in anger. Since then he was named Kalu Gardan.Gardan is armed 24X7Gardan, who is booked in two murders, one attempt to murder and several cases of kidnapping and extortion, is also allegedly involved in smuggling MD drugs from Rajasthan to the city. Police sources said Gardan has his gang and is fully armed 24X7.

Gangster warns ex-godfather, Juhapura fears bloodshed
Protests against Nupur Sharma: 10 booked in Ahmedabad, five released on bail in Surat
The Indian Express | 5 months ago | |
The Indian Express
5 months ago | |

Ten persons were booked in Jamalpur area of walled city Ahmedabad for unlawful assembly, two days after the June 10 protests over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks against the Prophet, while in Surat, five men were released on bail arrested after one-day police remand over sticking posters of Sharma on the road and circulating videos of it on social media.According to police, an FIR under IPC sections 144 for unlawful assembly and 188 for disobedience to order given by a public servant was lodged on Sunday agai-nst 10 residents of Jamalpur area.Protests were held in Jamalpur, Kalupur, Khadia, Shahpur, Mirzapur and other areas of the old city against Sharma on June 10 after Friday prayers. Shops and markets were also shut at Teen Darwaza, Kalupur, and Relief Road as a mark of protest. According to police, an FIR was lodged on Sunday after the protesters were identified using video footage. They staged protest without permission, police said. Speaking to The Indian Express, Sushil Agarwal, deputy commissioner of police (Zone 3), Ahmedabad, said, “The accused were identified from the videos and booked under unlawful assembly and disobedience. Other accused who were part of the protests are also being identified. No arrests have been made yet.”The city police on Sunday also detained 48 persons in Juhapura locality in Vejalpur of Ahmedabad and resisted them from taking out a protest rally against Sharma. According to police, a group of persons tried to take out a rally from Sankalitnagar in Juhapura without police permission. Meanwhile, the cyber crime cell of Ahmedabad Police on Sunday, also arrested Irshad Ansari, 36, a resident of Rakhial in Ahmedabad, under sections of the Information Technology Amendment Act, for allegedly uploading multiple instigating posts on social media, urging people to protest against Sharma.In the Surat case, on June 11, personnel of Athwalines police station came across a video in which two youths were sticking photos of Nupur Sharma with a footprint on her face on the main road at Kadar Shah Naal area.Police removed the posters and nabbed two youths — Taufik Shaikh, a resident of Subedar building in Nanpura, and Saiyed Saddam, a resident of Kadar shah Naal, on June 11.On checking their phone, police found that Taufik had shared the photo of Nupur Sharma to his friend Imran Pathan, a resident of Nanpura, for getting print outs. Police also picked up Imran Pathan along with Shahrukh Pathan, a resident of Navsari bazaar, and Sher Mohammed Ansari, a resident of Nanpura.Athwalines police sub-inspector MI Vasava lodged a complaint against Taufik Shaikh, Saddam Saiyed, Imran Pathan and others, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. On Monday afternoon, all the arrested were produced before the court of Justice Yogita Sharma who granted bail to all. Talking to The Indian Express, defense lawyer Nadim Chaudhary said, “Taufik told me that he is illiterate…, while the FIR, mentioned that he sent a message to Imran on June 9… I checked the mobile phone of Taufik and found that the message was sent on June 10 at 3.18 pm. I shared the information with the judge. The judge personally checked the mobile phone and found it contradictory.”Deputy Commissioner of police Sagar Bagmar said, “We have come across the contradiction… There would be some communication mistakes. We are looking into it.”

Protests against Nupur Sharma: 10 booked in Ahmedabad, five released on bail in Surat
  • Ahmedabad: 10 booked in Jamalpur for protesting against Nupur Sharma
  • The Indian Express

    Days after protests were observed in parts of walled city Ahmedabad over derogatory remarks made against the Prophet by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma, 10 persons have been booked by the police in Jamalpur for unlawful assembly.According to police, an FIR under IPC sections 144 for unlawful assembly and 188 for disobedience to order given by a public servant has been filed against 10 residents of Jamalpur area of walled city for staging a protest against Sharma on Friday last week.Last Friday saw several groups of residents stage a protest in Jamalpur, Kalupur, Khadia, Shahpur, Mirzapur, and other areas of the old city against Sharma.Shops and markets were also shut by the local residents at Teen Darwaza, Kalupur, and Relief Road as a mark of protest.According to police, the FIR was lodged on Sunday after the protestors were identified using video footage. Police have booked them for staging a protest without permission.Speaking to The Indian Express, Sushil Agarwal, deputy commissioner of police (Zone 3), Ahmedabad said, “The accused were identified from the videos and booked under unlawful assembly and disobedience. Other accused who were part of the protests are also being identified. No arrests have been made yet.”Meanwhile, the city police on Sunday detained 48 persons in Juhapura locality in Vejalpur of Ahmedabad and resisted them from taking out a protest rally against Sharma.According to police, a group of persons had tried to take out a rally from Sankalitnagar in Juhapura without police permission.Meanwhile, the cyber crime cell of Ahmedabad Police on Sunday also arrested a 36-year-old man Irshad Ansari, a resident of Rakhial in Ahmedabad, under sections of the Information Technology Amendment Act, for allegedly uploading multiple instigating posts on social media, urging people to protest against Sharma.