Ahmedabad Kalol News

Charanjit, Bobby are kingpins
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 weeks ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 weeks ago

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.

Charanjit, Bobby are kingpins
Amdavadi accomplice of main accused offers to surrender
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

Bobby Patel, a resident of Kalol and close aide of Charanjit Singh, the mastermind behind the illegal immigration racket being operated in the state, has offered to surrender to the Gujarat police. Earlier, Singh, a US citizen who also owns a bungalow in West Delhi, fled to his home country days before the Gujarat police lodged an FIR against him in the immigration racket.Bobby alias Bharat Patel who lived in a lavish apartment near Vaishnodevi turned fugitive after the immigration racket was busted. He was last traced to Rajasthan with several teams of Gujarat police chasing him. Sources said Patel has now offered to surrender and the cops are exploring the legal options.The illegal immigration racket was busted after a family of four from Dingucha village in Kalol froze to death while crossing over to the US from Canada. “We are awaiting instructions from the top officials about his surrender offer. We will try to arrest him before he surrenders,” a senior cop told Mirror.Meanwhile, Gujarat police approached the CID crime to issue a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Singh who is now in the US. Police sources said Patel was in direct contact with Singh and sent forged documents and passports of wannabe immigrants to him.“Singh used his network in Nigeria, Turkey, Canada and the US to push illegal immigrants into the US,” said the source.Police said Patel was also in touch with a visa consultant who had an office in the Satellite area of Ahmedabad. “During the investigation, it emerged that the visa consultant lured potential illegal immigrants and sent them to Patel. Bobby Patel has a US passport but is banned from entering the country after he was found to be involved in such activities in 2017,” said an investigator.The US Consulate has also provided Gujarat police with the names of some of the agents including the one who goes as Munna of Mehsana. The other agents include Sanjay Patel and Pravin alias Pallu Patel all from Mehsana who have a nexus with Mexican agents identified as “Mekla”.Police sources said a team of Gujarat police is camping in Delhi and Punjab to close in on Bobby Patel before his surrender. Another source said Patel may try to move to West Bengal if the Gujarat police decline his surrender offer.Meanwhile, Gujarat CID crime, which has been tasked with the crackdown on the illegal immigration racket has not made any headway in identifying agents who aid such immigration.“We have summoned nearly 50 people for questioning but no one is willing to reveal any information. Our information about such agents is coming through other agencies and the city and district police,” said DGP (CI) crime Anil Pratham. He said other agents who have been earlier involved in illegal immigration are also being questioned.

Amdavadi accomplice of main accused offers to surrender
Gujarat people smuggler crushes rivals, their clients
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: When it comes to eliminating the competition, agents Bharat alias Bobby Patel and Guramrit alias Pablo Singh will allegedly do anything to ensure they rule the illegal immigration business. Investigators probing human smuggling rackets in Gujarat revealed that the two men not only get other illegal agents and their clients arrested and thrown in jail, but also shoot videos of their torture and share them online as a warning to anyone else who tries to muscle in on their ‘dhandho’.Gujarat police officers told TOI that they have received video evidence showing Bobby and Pablo’s goons subjecting the clients of other agents to inhuman treatment. Usually, people from Punjab and Gujarat harbour dreams of settling in the US and Canada and are ready to do anything to fulfil this desire. “Cashing on this, Bobby from Dingucha village in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat and Pablo from Jalandhar in Punjab have set up a major migrant smuggling network that spreads from India to the US through Turkey and Mexico,” said a senior police officer.He added, “They take care of rival agents by tipping off the police, usually in Delhi, about the competitors as well as their clients. A man from Kalol had used one of their rivals to leave the country illegally last October. However, they tipped off the Delhi police who arrested the man under human smuggling charges. The man was sent to Tihar jail where Pablo’s men were present. We have a video showing the goons thrashing the Kalol resident and making him clean human excreta using his hands,” said the police officer, privy to the development.Revealing more about the nexus, a senior Gujarat police officer said, “Bobby went to the US and began smuggling migrants in 1997. He has been booked under many human trafficking cases including one in Kolkata, six in Delhi and one in Mumbai. Around two years ago, he met Pablo, who had shifted his base to Rajouri Garden area in Delhi and built a rapport with him. Pablo, who also oversees the human smuggling network run by agent Charanjeet Singh, extended his protection and help to Bobby.” The cops firmly believe that the Dingucha kingpin and Pablo were responsible for sending the family of Jagdish Patel from the Gandhinagar village on an illegal journey during which they froze to death on January 16.

Gujarat people smuggler crushes rivals, their clients
  • Gujarat: With 28 passports, human smuggler flies under radar
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: Bharat Patel alias Bobby Patel, one of the most notorious illegal immigration agents from Gujarat, has a good 28 passports! What’s more shocking is that, according to investigators probing human smuggling rings here, all 28 of them – some even containing his biometric information – were legally issued to Bharat alias Bobby Patel. The Dingucha resident, who started off doing odd jobs in the village, is now under scanner for running a major migrant smuggling racket that spreads from India to the US through Turkey and Mexico. An officer from the Gujarat police, privy to the development, said, “Bharat changed minor details and got multiple passports issued at different times through passport offices in the western parts of the country including Mumbai and Ahmedabad.” TOI learnt that the 47-year-old’s first passport was issued by the Ahmedabad regional passport office in 1997. “It contained his original name, date of birth, and address. He visited the US twice that year to expand his illegal immigration ring. The second time he went, he smuggled in two young children but got caught. He was booked for human smuggling and under provisions of the Alien Act. A US court banned him from entering the country for 99 years and deported him to India,” the officer revealed, adding: “In 2002, he got another passport. Since travelling on just one passport might have proved problematic, he kept getting new passports by changing a couple of details like the name, the surname, date of birth or address.” The police officer said that he got a passport issued in the name of Kamal Shah from Mumbai in 2004. The date of birth in the passport was changed too, the cop added. The officer told TOI that Bharat obtained seven passports from Ahmedabad and Mumbai passport offices. “He got 21 more passports from other parts of the country. In all the passports, his photograph was the same. In the past four years, he made four new passports in which his fingerprints and other biometric details including his retinal impressions were taken. Using these passports, he has been travelling in and out of the country and the authorities have no clue. We found this information through immigration officials while investigating the migrant smuggling rings,” the officer said. In the meantime, his parents, wife and two children settled in the US and became American citizens. The police said that his accomplices, Yogesh Sathwara, Bhrugesh Patel, and Rajesh Patel also have 5-10 passports. The ‘Dingucha kingpin’ is not only suspected of having sent four of a Patel family from the Gandhinagar village who froze to death near the Canadian border in January on their illegal journey to the US, but also of having helped 1,500 people from North Gujarat obtain fake passports. “We also suspect Bharat Patel of having sent six people from North Gujarat to the US recently. However, their boat capsized while crossing the St Regis river on the Canada-US border. The US border and customs police fortunately along with other agencies rescued the illegal immigrants. They will now be facing a legal case in the US,” said a senior police officer. The Gujarat police and state agencies began cracking down on human smuggling rackets after Canadian police found Jagdish Patel, 35, his wife, Vaishali, 33, and their children Vihanga, 12, and Dharmik, 3, frozen to death in an empty field on January 19. They had died just 12 metres from the US border. Their deaths renewed the focus on smugglers and the life-threatening methods they employ to help migrants cross into the US illegally. Since then, the police have busted eight such agents, and several more are under the scanner.

4.9k left for US illegally despite Dingucha tragedy
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: Dingucha – a small village a few kilometres from Kalol district in Gandhinagar – hit the headlines in January after a family of four froze to death while trying to illegally enter the US through the Canadian border. While the news shook the world, it has hardly acted as a deterrent for people from Gujarat approaching smugglers who employ life-threatening methods to help them cross into the US illegally. According to the latest information received from state and central agencies probing illegal immigration rackets in the state, about 4,900 people from Mehsana, Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad districts have embarked on illegal journeys to the US after the Dingucha incident. Senior police officers, who are investigating the cases of human smuggling in the state, suspect the agents, already under scanner in the earlier cases, of being involved in the latest cases too. “One of the main human smugglers from the state is Bharat alias Bobby Patel. He operates the illegal routes with help from Brugesh Patel, Rajesh Patel, and Yogesh Sathwara – who hail from Kalol or Mehsana. They have been sending people to the US illegally through Mexico and Turkey for almost a decade now. They were the ones involved in sending Jagdish Patel, his wife and kids from Dingucha to Canada, where they died just a few metres away from the US border while attempting to walk into the land of their dreams during a blinding blizzard,” said a senior officer of the Gujarat police. TOI has learnt that the Gujarat police were tracking Guramritpal alias Pablo Singh from Jalandhar in Punjab, an accomplice of Bharat Patel, when they found information that, since the Dingucha deaths, 4,869 people from Gujarat’s three districts were sent to the US illegally. Sources in the Gujarat police said that Singh and Bharat Patel “have been involved in the human smuggling business for some years now”. A senior cop said, “We also suspect Bharat Patel of having sent six people from North Gujarat to the US recently. However, their boat capsized while crossing the St Regis river on the Canada-US border. The illegal immigrants were fortunately rescued by the US border and customs police along with other agencies. They will now be facing a legal case in the US.”

4.9k left for US illegally despite Dingucha tragedy
  • Gandhinagar: 4,900 people left for US illegally despite Dingucha tragedy
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: Dingucha – a village a few kilometres from Kalol district in Gandhinagar – hit headlines in January after a family of four froze to death while trying to illegally enter the US through the Canadian border. While the news shook the world, it hardly acted as a deterrent for people from Gujarat approaching smugglers who employ life-threatening methods to help them cross into the US illegally.According to information received from state and central agencies probing illegal immigration rackets in the state, about 4,900 people from Mehsana, Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad districts have embarked on illegal journeys to US after the Dingucha incident.Senior police officers, who are investigating the cases of human smuggling, suspect the agents, already under scanner in the earlier cases, of being involved in the latest cases too."One of the main human smugglers is Bharat alias Bobby Patel. He operates illegal routes with help from Brugesh Patel, Rajesh Patel, and Yogesh Sathwara – who hail from Kalol or Mehsana. They have been sending people to the US illegally through Mexico and Turkey for almost a decade. They were the ones involved in sending Jagdish Patel, his wife and kids from Dingucha to Canada, where they died a few metres away from the US border while attempting to walk into the land of their dreams during a blinding blizzard," said a senior officer of the Gujarat police.TOI has learnt that the Gujarat police were tracking Guramritpal alias Pablo Singh from Jalandhar in Punjab, an accomplice of Bharat Patel, when they found information that, since the Dingucha deaths, 4,869 people from Gujarat's three districts were sent to the US illegally.Sources in the Gujarat police said that Singh and Bharat Patel "have been involved in the human smuggling business for some years now".A senior cop said, "We also suspect Bharat Patel of having sent six people from North Gujarat to the US recently. However, their boat capsized while crossing the St Regis river on the Canada-US border. The illegal immigrants were fortunately rescued by the US border and customs police along with other agencies. They will now be facing a legal case in the US."

Gujarat woman allows custody to dad with rider: Never tell I'm her mom
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: A seven-year-old girl, who was born out of wedlock and forsaken when she was two days old, will now live with her biological father. A court in Kalol town has given the girl’s custody to her father after her mother gave her consent for the same on one condition — the daughter will never be brought to her or be told she is her mother.The court expressed surprise and pain at the mother’s attitude who was not willing to keep the child. The biological parents of the girl are cousins and hail from Ranasan village of Mehsana. Since the child was born to the unmarried couple, the father, his sister and his mother had allegedly left her near a bus stop in Arjunpura village on October 5, 2015.However, locals caught them and handed them over to the police who booked them for child abandonment. The girl was taken to Gandhinagar Civil Hospital for treatment. From there, she was sent to Shishu Gruh in Odhav and now, she is placed in an orphanage run by a religious organization in Kalupur.As the girl’s father, his sister and his mother were acquitted by a magisterial court in Kalol of the charges of child abandonment for want of evidence, additional chief judicial magistrate Deepa Thaker heeded to the father’s request for his daughter’s custody.The court noted that the mother had no affection towards the child, while the father insisted on having her custody because he did not want her to grow up as an orphan.The court elaborately recorded the biological mother’s statements in its order and her justification too as she said, “I don’t have an issue if the child is given to anybody, but she should not have any relation with me.”The court expressed dismay when the woman “unexpectedly” stated that the child may jeopardize her future and that her presence would put her at risk of social stigma.She told the court, “I don’t want to keep the child because I am afraid of society. If somebody asks me whose child is she, I would feel shame and hesitation in answering the question.”The woman further said — and this the court found “surprisingly notable” — “I don’t have any problem if the daughter's custody is given to her father, but only on condition that he should never bring her to me and tell her that I am her mother.”

Gujarat woman allows custody to dad with rider: Never tell I'm her mom
Niece unlocks mystery of man's suicide in Gujarat
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

Ahmedabad: A nine-year-old girl from a Gandhinagar village unlocked the mystery behind her 24-year-old uncle’s suicide. She opened her uncle’s mobile phone as she knew its passcode, as she used to play games on it. From the phone, the family learned that the deceased was being constantly threatened by a man from Chhatral.On the night of April 14, 24-year-old Ketan Rawal left his home at Mokhasan village in Kalol taluka and did not return the next morning. His family members went looking for him and his sister-in-law found him hanging from a tree in Bhadol village on April 15 morning.Ketan’s father, Popat Rawal, informed the cops and a Kalol police team began an investigation in the case. Ketan’s postmortem was conducted and his family performed his last rites.Kalol police filed a case of accidental death and tried to find a suicide note among his belongings or at his house.On the morning of April 17, when Ketan’s condolence meeting was being held, his nine-year-old niece, Riya, came to Popat and told him that Ketan had a dispute with a man from Chhatral, Vishnuji Thakor.“Riya told Popat that as she used to play games on Ketan’s phone, she knew its password. She opened the phone and showed it to the other family members. The family members found that Vishnuji Thakor had been constantly threatening Ketan, as he suspected that Ketan had a relationship with his daughter,” the FIR states.Ketan’s family also found audio recordings on his phone, in which Thakor was threatening to kill him and his family and also threatened to besmirch his name in the village. Popat told the cops that Thakor had made 15 calls on April 14 and threatened Ketan, after which he left the house and committed suicide.On the basis of the contents of the phone, Kalol police registered a complaint of abetment to suicide and criminal intimidation against Thakor.

Niece unlocks mystery of man's suicide in Gujarat
Crime branch looks for Delhi-based man, his aide
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago

Even as Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel himself is personally monitoring the illegal immigration racket cases being investigated by the Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Crime branch, the investigators are looking for the Delhi-based mastermind and his Mehsana-based associate. A team has been dispatched to Delhi to catch hold of him while one team is trying to nab the Mehsana associate. The two extorted large sums of money to illegally send aspirants abroad.Meanwhile, the city crime branch has handed over details of the accused held in the case and about 150 persons belonging to 30 families of Kalol, Mehsana and Ahmedabad — who illegally entered the US through Mexico — to the office of US consulate General in Mumbai.The US and Mexican authorities are also looking for Indian agents’ Mexican counterparts who helped Indians cross into the US through the Trump wall and barbed wires.Gandhinagar SP Mayur Chavda said the whole racket came to light after a few people approached the CMO and complained about six prospective immigrants who wereheld hostage for money bysome people in Delhi.“We got instructions from the CMO to investigate the case. We immediately contacted our counterparts in Delhi police and found out that 15 Gujaratis were held hostage in West Bengal. We rescued all 15 of them and brought them to Gujarat. We registered one case and the rest of the cases were handed over to Ahmedabad police. The CMO is directly monitoring the case,” Chavda said.He further said one of the families in Kalol, whose member was earlier sent to the US illegally, was threatened by these agents by firing guns in the air. The accused, who were trying to extort money from the family, have been arrested.Chavda appealed to the citizens to come forward if they have been cheated by such agents and assured that they would be treated as victims and not law-breakers. “It is essential to break the chain of these agents and put them behind bars so that no one is cheated in future,” he said.

Crime branch looks for Delhi-based man, his aide
Men outsourced for Rs 2 crore angadia robbery in Ahmedabad
Times of India | 4 months ago
Times of India
4 months ago

Ahmedabad: Within a week of the robbery in which Rs 2 crore was taken from an angadia (courier) firm employee in Chhatral, Gandhinagar police solved the case by identifying eight accused and arresting five of them, from whom Rs 1 crore cash and two vehicles were seized.The detection also revealed that certain accused, from Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, gave the contract to execute the robbery to three persons from Rajasthan.On the evening of February 2, an employee of Mahendra Somabhai Patel angadia firm, Dilip Patel, a resident of Kalol in Gandhinagar, was going to deliver two parcels containing Rs 2 crore cash near Chhatral, when six persons chased him and snatched the money.Kalol taluka police registered a case of robbery and abetment against the unknown persons and began an investigation.Gandhinagar range IG Abhay Chudasama and Gandhinagar SP Mayur Chavda visited the crime scene and formed teams comprising cops of the special operations group (SOG), local crime branch (LCB) and Kalol taluka police to catch the accused.On Tuesday and Wednesday, the cops nabbed five accused who were involved in the robbery, from various places in Kalol and Kadi towns.Police said that they caught Vasant Chaudhari, 35, a resident of Mehsana; Raju Thakor, 25, a resident of Mandal in Ahmedabad; Anil Bhagora, 23, a resident of Dungarpur in Rajasthan; Sanjay Ninama, 25, a resident of Dungarpur in Rajasthan and Saurav Patel, 23, a resident of Odhav. Saurav’s father Gautam Patel, Ishwar Gameti of Bichhiwada in Rajasthan and Jaydeep Sinh, resident of Vasai in Mehsana are absconding, police officers said.“Bhagora, Ninama and Gameti were brought from Rajasthan for the robbery, for which they were paid Rs 10 lakh,” said an officer of Gandhinagar police. A police officer said Chaudhary knew the affairs of the angadia firm used to visit the office to get scrap and empty cartons. He told Gautam Patel about this, who with the help of Thakor hatched the conspiracy for the robbery.Thakor called Bhagora, Ninama and Gameti from Rajasthan and another accused, Jaydeep Sinh, brought them from their for the robbery. The three from Rajasthan were the executors while the three others were assisting them.Police said Saurav Patel, who was under heavy debt, paid Rs 10 lakh to moneylenders, Rs 40 lakh to get his pawned jewellery back and also paid LIC policy premiums.

Men outsourced for Rs 2 crore angadia robbery in Ahmedabad
Kalol firing: Accused duped Mansa family too with visa bait
Times of India | 4 months ago
Times of India
4 months ago

Ahmedabad: Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Gandhinagar police probing into the Kalol firing incident of Friday found out that the accused had earlier duped a family from Mansa of Rs 55 lakh with the promise of providing them the visa to the United States.The SOG officers said that they have arrested two persons — Rutvik Parikh, a resident of Sardar Patel Nagar in Shastrinagar area of the city, and Devam Brahmbhatt, a resident of Chandkheda — in connection with the case. The third accused Reyan Patel, who fired at the complainant Vishnu Patel from Kalol, is still on the run, said the officers.A police officer said, “The accused had earlier cheated a family from Mansa in Gandhinagar.” They used to ask for the half of the promised amount when a person wanted to fly to the US reached Delhi. They would ensure that the relatives of the person have the cash with them. After the relatives show them the cash, they would send the person till Delhi airport,” said the police officer. “When the person is about to take the US flight after payment, the accused used to leave the airport on some pretext. Later, they would go incommunicado,” said an officer. He said that the accused never sent any person to the US and cheated many. The complainant, Vishnu Patel, 50, told Kalol cops that the accused fired at him as he did not show them Rs 10 lakh cash demanded by them. Patel’s nephew Vishal and his wife Rupali wished to go to America and Vyas told Patel that he knew some people who could help. On January 18, Parikh and Brahmbhatt contacted Patel and said that they will take Rs 1.10 crore to do the job for Patel’s relatives. On Friday, Parekh called Patel and told him that the tickets to Delhi for Vishal and Rupali had been booked and that Patel had to give Rs 10 lakh.Parekh, Brahmbhatt and the absconding accused came to Patel’s residence and demanded to show Rs 10 lakh. But as Patel refused, Reyan whisked out a revolver and opened fire. Patel had moved in panic and the bullet missed him.

Kalol firing: Accused duped Mansa family too with visa bait
G’nagar SOG nabs man who threw minor in canal
Ahmedabad Mirror | 5 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
5 months ago

The Gandhinagar Special Operations Group (SOG has nabbed an accused in the killing of a minor girl in Kalol from Bhayander in Mumbai.A complaint of abduction and molestation was filed at Kalol taluka police station in 2021. SOG, Gandhinagar was tasked with the responsibility of finding the culprit by Range IG Abhay Chudasama and Gandhinagar IG Mayur Chavda.The body of the minor girl was found and evidence pointed towards the boyfriend of the minor girl having killed her.Investigation showed that Jay Chauhan alias Jaykishan alias Jackie, a resident of Auda house, Dastan Circle in Naroda, had come in contact with the minor girl through a friend of his wife. They had fallen in love. But later the girl had started demanding money from him and threatened to make photos of their intimate moments viral on social media if he did not pay up.Jay had with the help of his friend Majoj Jaiswal, a resident of Vasai in Nalasopara East had lured the minor to the Narmada canal in Kadi in a car and then pushed her into the canal.Jay later bought a SIM card in the minor’s name and kept sending messages on socialcmedia to create an illusion that she was alive.Jay operated a mobile shop in Mumbai earlier and had been arrested for offences registered under the Arms Act, honey trap cases and bootlegging. Being a hardened criminal Jay had escaped the police many times in the past.When the police was looking for him, it was learnt that he had visited his elder sister’s place in Bhayander in Mumbai. A team was constituted to keep a watch there. The help of Bhayander East police was also sought and he was caught.

G’nagar SOG nabs man who threw minor in canal
  • Ahmedabad: After fight with wife, man kills her 6-year-old brother, throws body in canal
  • Times Now

    Ahmedabad: In a cold-blooded case of murder reported from Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, a 21-year-old man allegedly kidnapped and murdered his wife’s eight-year-old brother in a fit of rage after a fight with her. He later disposed of the child’s body in a canal near Changodar.The accused, identified as Sohail Shaikh (21), has been arrested by the Danilimda Police for killing his minor brother-in-law Riyan. As per the police, on January 24, Riyan went to attend tuition classes but did not come back, following which his mother Batul Shaikh reached the teacher’s place to inquire about him. Later, the family lodged a kidnapping complaint with the police and started putting up missing person posters to find the child.According to the police, during investigation, a man mentioned that he had spotted Sohail taking the child somewhere in an autorickshaw. While Sohail was being questioned on Friday morning, the police received information that a body was found in Fatehwadi canal. The deceased was later identified as Riyan, who had gone missing. Subsequently, Sohail confessed that he committed the crime, a report by The Times of India stated.Sohail got married to Riyan’s sister Zara alias Nazo three years ago. The couple recently had a fight, following which Sohail decided to teach a lesson to Zara who loved her brother very much. He killed the child when the family started putting up missing person posters, as he felt that he would be caught. He even believed that the police would not be able to determine that it was Riyan’s body. In another incident, a 31-year-old man allegedly hacked his 27-year-old wife to death with a shaving blade at their residence in Ahmedabad, as he suspected her of having an extramarital affair. After the crime, the police arrested the accused, identified as Junaidkhan Pathan of Vatva.

  • Ahmedabad: Man murders wifes six-year-old brother
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: Danilimda police arrested a 21-year-old man, Sohail Shaikh, who allegedly kidnapped his six-year-old brother-in-law, Riyan, and murdered him. Sohail had a major fight with his wife after which he killed Riyan in a fit of rage.According to Danilimda police, Sohail killed Riyan and disposed of his body in a canal near Changodar. Police said a complaint for kidnapping was registered at Danilimda police station on Tuesday. The police have now added charges of murder and causing the disappearance of evidence.Police said the complainant, Batul Shaikh, Riyan’s mother, stated that on January 24, Riyan left for his tuitions and when he did not return till 8pm they went to inquire at the teacher’s place. The teacher told them that Riyan had not come for tuitions. The family then lodged a complaint for kidnapping.The search for Riyan was intensified and the family began pasting posters of him as being missing. Cops said during their investigation, a 27-year-old man, Vijay Parmar, said he had seen Riyan being driven somewhere in a rickshaw. He said Sohail had taken Riyan in his rickshaw.When they were interrogating Sohail on Friday morning, police were informed of a body in the Fatehwadi canal. The cops later learned that the body was Riyan’s. Sohail later confessed to committing the crime.Cops said Sohail married Zara alias Nazo, Riyan’s sister, three years ago. The couple had fights recently and Sohail decided to teach Zara a lesson. She loved her brother Riyan dearly.Cops said that when the family began pasting posters, Sohail thought he would be caught and decided to kill Riyan and disposed of his body in the canal. Cops said he was under the impression that the cops would be unable to establish that the body was Riyan’s.

Three countries target people smugglers
Times of India | 5 months ago
Times of India
5 months ago

Ahmedabad: After news emerged on Saturday that a family of four from Gujarat had frozen to death on the Canada-US border, Gujarat Police officers said on Sunday that the three countries will launch a probe.The Gujarat Police officers said that the security agencies of Canada and the US, and the Indian police will focus on the larger racket of illegal immigration.The officers said that the state CID (crime) has been assigned the task of unearthing the network of human traffickers targeting Gandhinagar and parts of central and north Gujarat. The victims are Jagdish Patel, 35; his wife, Vaishali, 33; and their children Vihanga, 12, and Dharmik, 3. They were residents of Nava Dingucha village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar. They were reportedly separated from a larger group of Indians who made it across the border to the US in -35 degrees celsius temperature. Their bodies were found just 30 feet from the US border on the Canadian side.The family had left for Canada about 10 days ago. “Earlier, the traffickers used to provide entry to illegal immigrants from the southern border of the US with Mexico or from Havana in Cuba,” said a police officer. “But the US authorities have tightened controls on the southern border. So the preferred route for traffickers these days is through Canada.”The officer said a travel agent from north Gujarat and another from Mumbai are under the scanner. He said they helped the Patel family travel to Canada. “We strongly suspect that these two agents were in constant touch with a Florida resident named Steve Shand,” the officer said. “We believe this Florida man played a part in planning the illegal crossing into the US for the family and seven others.”The officer said that the security agencies of the US and Canada have already started a probe and they will coordinate with the Indian police to bust the human trafficking racket. Sources said that the four were expecting to be picked up by someone and they had been walking in freezing conditions for about 11 hours. One of the group’s members had a backpack with children’s belongings It turned out he was carrying them for the family, which was eventually separated during a blizzard. A team of the Gujarat Police has been talking with the people of the Kalol village to determine the whereabouts of the travel agents.

Three countries target people smugglers
116 caught in Ahmedabad for drunken driving on New Years Eve
Times of India | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 months ago

Ahmedabad: The city police on the New Year Eve arrested 116 drivers for drunken driving. In the weeklong drive since December 25, 548 drunken drivers were caught. Also 123 persons were caught for violating curfew norms.The traffic and the city police had launched a special drive to nab drivers for drunken driving. The drive began from December 25 and the seven days saw 548 cases, of which maximum 116 were caught on Friday night.The officials said that of the 548 cases, 145 were filed by the city traffic police and of these 93 cases were from the western part of the city and the remaining were from the eastern part of the city.Police stations in the eastern part registered the maximum cases. Police stations of Isanpur, Maninagar, Vatva, Danilimda, Kagdapith and Narol registered 120 cases, followed by 74 cases in Zone IV which includes Dariapur, Shahibaug, Airport, Krishnagar, Meghaninagar and Naroda. The two zones had about 50% of the total cases registered by the city police.In the western part, 57 cases were registered in Zone II, which includes Chandkheda, Madhavpura, Ranip, Sabarmati, Karanj and Shahpur. This year, no permission for party was sought by any hotel or restaurant. The city police had deployed 13,000 cops including constables and home guards jawans across the city. Senior officials said that this year there were less cases in western part. “It appears that the people in the western part of the city had gone to nearby farmhouses of their friends or relatives. These farmhouses being individual properties do not require permission,” said a senior police inspector in the western part of the city. Refusing to be named, the police inspector said that the farmhouses toward Kalol and Nalsarovar were packed with revellers.“I have two farmhouses near Kalol and we had hired a cook in advance who had made elaborate arrangement for the party. I had invited nearly 40 guests and we enjoyed the whole night. We stayed throughout the day only to return on Friday evening. Usually we all disburse after the celebration, but this year due to curfew we stayed back and extended stay by a day,” said a businessman who stays on Sindhu Bhavan Road.

116 caught in Ahmedabad for drunken driving on New Years Eve
Court stays pharma firm from using brand for its painkillers
Times of India | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 months ago

Ahmedabad: An additional district judge at Kalol in Gandhinagar district has ordered a local pharmaceutical company not to temporarily use brand TEPALS for its painkiller tablets after a Hyderabad-based pharma company alleged infringement on its trademark rights on TAPAL . The court felt that there is visual similarity in mark with substitution of capital A with capital E, and the words are phonetically similar which could cause confusion among consumers. MSN Laboratory Pvt Ltd from Hyderabad has filed a suit against Kalol-based pharma company, Elikem Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, complaining that the latter is infringing upon its trademark rights and sought Rs 1 crore in damages. MSN’s counsel Samrat Mehta submitted that the company had got TAPAL registered for its products in April 2010 for treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions like osteoarthritis, low back pain, spondylitis etc. It has different product variants of TAPAL registered, and this brand cannot be used by others. MSN Laboratory complained that it came to know that Elikem started manufacturing and marketing its painkillers under brand TEPALS in July this year. Despite issuance of a legal notice, the company did not stop using the brand, which is identical and deceptively similar including drug colour and package code of TAPAL. The Hyderabad company alleged that continuation of use TEPALS would dilute and damage its goodwill in the market. After preliminary hearing, the court said the defendant (Elikem) has substituted one vowel A with E. “In terms of pronunciation, nobody is going to make the distinction between TAPAL and TEPALS. The two are likely to be confused. Visually, the defendant’s mark is far too similar to the plaintiff’s mark to allow to be continued. There seems no reason for the defendant to have adopted a mark so close to that of the plaintiff’s,” the court observed that posted further hearing on December 22.

Court stays pharma firm from using brand for its painkillers
Police to invoke manual scavenging law against pharma firm owner
Ahmedabad Mirror | 7 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
7 months ago

Gandhinagar police on Tuesday began the judicial process to add more sections of two laws to the FIR against the owner and manager duo of Tuttsan Pharma filed after the death of five persons in the effluent treatment plant (ETP) of the company in Khatraj GIDC of Kalol.Officials said that a report had been filed in the Kalol sessions court to add these sections to the case. However, with the court on leave, the report will be forwarded to the Gandhinagar court.The action comes a day after Mirror reported that the local police had failed to add relevant sections of Atrocity Act and the manual scavenging law in the FIR, which could possibly limit the liability of the firm owners in the death of five workers as well as affect the compensation of Rs10 lakh.The incident took place on November 6 at about 1.30 pm when Sushilkumar Bhurji, a security guard at Tuttsan Pharma, and his friend, Vinay Pandey, who worked at nearby CRI Pumps, descended into the ETP of the pharma company to clean it without and safety equipment. They began suffocating allegedly due to noxious gases and called out for help.Three workers of Vishakha Agro, Anish Pappuram Jadav, his brother Rajan Pappuram Jadav and Devendra Dinesh Jadav, who heard their cries and entered the 25-feet-deep ETP, also lost their lives in the process.On November 7, Santej police booked cousins Tushar Rastogi and Shivanshu Rastogi, owner and manager, respectively, of the company under sections 304 (culpable homicide) and 114 of IPC and under section 3(2)(v) of Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act.DySP VN Solanki said that both accused are currently out of the country.Mirror had reported on November 9 that the police had failed to add section 3(1)(j) of the Atrocity Act, which deals with prohibition of employment of members of the SC/ST communities for manual scavenging.They had also not added any section of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (PEMSR) Act. Parshottam Vaghela, director of Manav Garima NGO had condemned this lack of action by the police.Later the same day, DySP V N Solanki, Investigation Officer in the case, told Mirror that the process of adding section 3(1)(j) of the Atrocity Act and Section 9 of PEMSR to the case had been initiated.When asked about the earlier exclusion of these sections while filing the FIR, inspector Mayurdhwajsinh Jadeja of Santej police said, “The person who first entered the ETP, Sushilkumar, was a security guard, and the second person Vinay was his friend. They were not sanitation workers. When they entered the tank, the factory was closed and so we don’t know whether the accused asked them to clean the tank or they did it of their own accord. It is a matter of investigation by a senior officer.”The incident on November 6 was the third within three months. While five persons died in the latest incident, two sanitation workers lost their lives in Gandhidham of Kutch on September 6 and three workers died in a sewer in Bopal area of Ahmedabad on August 26.

Police to invoke manual scavenging law against pharma firm owner