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PM to address 14 poll rallies from Nov 27 to Dec 2
Times of India | 6 days ago | |
Times of India
6 days ago | |

GANDHINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been campaigning extensively in Gujarat for the assembly election, will address 14 rallies between November 27 and December 2, party sources said on Friday. The PM will arrive in Gujarat on Sunday, November 27, and address three rallies at Kheda, Netrang and Surat during the day. He will spend the night at the Surat circuit house and hold four more rallies on November 28, at Palitana, Anjar, Jamnagar and Rajkot, before returning to Delhi, party leaders said. The PM will arrive in Gujarat again on December 1 and address election rallies at Kalol in Panchmahal district, Chhota Udepur and Himmatnagar on December 1. After spending the night at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar, he will address four election rallies at Deodar, Patan, Sojitra and Ahmedabad. "The PM will be addressing his first rally in Ahmedabad city after the election dates were announced and the party has asked the leadership to include a road show before the PM's Ahmedabad rally, a senior leader said. Gujarat will vote in two phases, on December 1 and 5. Votes will be counted on December 8.

PM to address 14 poll rallies from Nov 27 to Dec 2
  • Gujarat assembly elections: PM Narendra Modi to address 14 rallies from Nov 27 to Dec 2
  • Times of India

    GANDHINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been campaigning extensively in Gujarat for the assembly election, will address 14 rallies between November 27 and December 2, party sources said on Friday. The PM will arrive in Gujarat on Sunday, November 27, and address three rallies at Kheda, Netrang and Surat during the day. He will spend the night at the Surat circuit house and hold four more rallies on November 28, at Palitana, Anjar, Jamnagar and Rajkot, before returning to Delhi, party leaders said. The PM will arrive in Gujarat again on December 1 and address election rallies at Kalol in Panchmahal district, Chhota Udepur and Himmatnagar on December 1. After spending the night at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar, he will address four election rallies at Deodar, Patan, Sojitra and Ahmedabad. "The PM will be addressing his first rally in Ahmedabad city after the election dates were announced and the party has asked the leadership to include a road show before the PM's Ahmedabad rally, a senior leader said. Gujarat will vote in two phases, on December 1 and 5. Votes will be counted on December 8.

Amit Shah leads the prestige battle in his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

As elections heat up, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been spending more and more time in Gujarat. Helming the BJP’s poll strategy in his home state, he spent four days at a stretch here till Wednesday, most of that time in Ahmedabad and his Lok Sabha constituency of Gandhinagar, finalising the candidate list, trying to pacify rebellions and joining the nomination processions of at least two candidates, including incumbent Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.In three other constituencies, where the party has dropped sitting candidates, Shah held late-night meetings.All these five constituencies where Shah spent considerable time fall under his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat. Of its total seven seats, the BJP has sitting MLAs in five and the Congress in two. Having won the Gandhinagar seat for the first time in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, it is a battle of prestige for Shah to win all the seven Assembly segments in it.Considered the brain behind the BJP’s poll strategies, particularly the figuring out of intricate sub-caste arithmetic in candidate selection, Shah cannot not meet with total success in own seat. He is also the face and voice of the party for the Gujarat elections, holding media interactions and laying down winnability as the criteria for ticket selection.It was after Shah landed in Gujarat on November 13 that the BJP took up finalisation of candidates for some of the most contested Assembly constituencies in the state, wrapping this up by Wednesday – a day to go for nomination deadline for the second phase to end. Sources said the Union minister was closely involved in damage control as a number of leaders were openly angry over allotment of tickets, with at least three threatening to contest as Independents.Between 1989 when Shankersinh Vaghela won from the seat, and 2019, when Shah became the MP, the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency had been represented by MPs not based in Gujarat. For example, former deputy prime minister L K Advani, who was a five-term Gandhinagar MP, winning it consecutively from 1991 till 2014, except 1996, when late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee won.An MLA from Sarkhej constituent of the Gandhinagar seat, Shah was the election manager for Advani each time he contested, ensuring a bigger victory margin every successive election.During his recent trip, Shah drove with candidate Kanubhai Patel as he went to file his nomination in the Sanand Assembly constituency, and made a halt to meet party workers at a small gathering, in a boost to the candidate. Similarly, he did a nearly 3-km roadshow with CM Bhupendra Patel in his Ghatlodia constituency on the day he filed his nomination papers.The Union minister visited the offices of the BJP candidates from Vejalpur, Naranpura and Sabarmati – Amit Thaker, Jitu Bhagat and Harshad Patel, respectively – who have replaced sitting MLAs.A party source said there was nothing surprising in this. “This is Shah’s style during elections. He was deeply involved during the 2017 Assembly polls as well. As far as visiting the constituencies goes, he is almost religious in taking care of them.”Of the seven Assembly segments in Gandhinagar — Vejalpur, Naranpura, Ghatlodia, Sabarmati, Kalol, Sanand and Gandhinagar North – only Kalol and Gandhinagar North have not had a visit from Shah recently. “He will certainly cover them in his next visit,” said the source.

Amit Shah leads the prestige battle in his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat
Gujarat: NRG objects to cracker noise, beaten
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 68-year-old man from Nardipur village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar, who was in his native village for Diwali festival, filed a complaint with Kalol taluka police that his neighbours attacked him and tore his clothes over firing crackers late on Monday night. Soma Patel, who has returned from the US recently, said in his FIR that many people were bursting firecrackers in his village and he too was enjoying it for some time. But when his two neighbours Anil Prajapati and Mukesh Prajapati started firing crackers in front of Patel’s house Patel got irritated, mentioned the FIR. He said that the two men were throwing firecrackers in front of his house which made him uncomfortable. Patel said that Anil and Mukesh had earlier also picked fight with him over petty issues and they often harassed him using different means. Patel then went to Anil and Mukesh and objected to bursting too many firecrackers which did not go well with them. He said that the duo began beating him. They pushed him to the ground and kicked him repeatedly. Patel said that no one dared to rescue him from the two men. He said that they even tore his clothes and he was bleeding from his mouth after that attack. They left him injured but before that they threatened to kill him. Patel said that his blood pressure shot up after the incident and he kept sitting at the place where he was beaten. After some time, he went to a community health centre in his village where he took primary treatment and a medico-legal case was filed. When he recovered a bit from the trauma, he approached Kalol Taluka police and filed a complaint for causing hurt, criminal intimidation and abetment against Anil and Mukesh.

Gujarat: NRG objects to cracker noise, beaten
FIR to be filed against a student for submitting fake HSC, SSC marksheet
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago | |

Gujarat police have initiated the process to file FIR against Varshil Dhobi of Kalol for furnishing false SSC and HSC marksheets to secure admission in a Canada university and later trying to enter the US illegally. Varshil was among seven students who had taken admission in Loyalist College in North York, Toronto, and secured student visas based on fake SSC and HSC marksheets. All had tried to enter the US illegally.Gujarat police looking into the immigration racket, which facilitates unqualified students or people from Gujarat to illegally migrate to US via Canada or Mexico, had sought copies of the documents submitted by the seven students to the college. On verification, it was found that the marksheets were fake.An investigator told Mirror, “The students had gone through an agent named Paresh Patel who hails from Kalol. We have sought details of the visa documents submitted by other six students as well from the Canada college.”The illegal immigration racket made national headlines when a family of four from Dingucha village in Gujarat froze to death in the US while trying to illegally cross over from Canada.Cops have recorded the statement of Varshil’s father who said that his son had gone to Canada through Paresh Patel. Varshil’s father had paid Rs 30 lakh to the agent after their son crossed over into the US. A police officer said, “We have also got the name of one Montu Patel who has contacts in Canada and facilitates illegal entry into the US from Canada.”​​​​​​​The fake marksheet racket follows the fake IELTS certificate scam unearthed by Mehsana police after six youngsters from Gujarat were nabbed by the US border authorities while attempting to cross over into the US from Canada.We have also sought details of the visa documents submitted by other six students from the Canada college–Police investigator

FIR to be filed against a student for submitting fake HSC, SSC marksheet
Gujarat: Sewage pollutes Thol, Ramsar tag under threat
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: For busy Amdavadis, a mere hour-long drive provides a calm escape to green and quiet Thol, an abode for migratory birds. The natural water lake, however, is under the threat of losing its status as a Ramsar site as it is turning into a 'septic tank'. Illegal restaurants that have cropped up to cater to birders and tourists along with newly constructed housing societies without a proper sewage network are befouling the lake with their wastewater. To make matters worse, air pollution from nearby industries is also affecting the health of the birds. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its 2022 report red flagged the rising pollution in Thol lake. It has been pointed out that seven property units were releasing their waste into the lake. CAG, which directly monitors the Thol sanctuary, in its 2022 report pointed out, "The prohibited establishment of sawmills, industries causing pollution, the establishment of commercial hotels, discharge of untreated effluents, and solid waste in the natural water body are causing pollution." Will probe dumping in Thol lake: Minister In the past, Kalol nagarpalika had planned to release treated drainage water into the lake. "A team of experts in their report to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) stated that treated wastewater from the proposed sewage treatment plant should not be discharged directly or indirectly into the eco-sensitive zone of Thol," said the official, adding: "If the experts objected to the release of treated wastewater, can you imagine the damage that untreated waste can cause?" Jagdish Panchal, minister of state for environment forest and climate change, said, "We will have to investigate the allegation of illegal dumping of human waste in the lake. We have also asked Gujarat Pollution Control Board to monitor air pollution and keep a watch on industries in the vicinity to ensure they were not tainting the area." Uday Vora, an expert ornithologist and a former official of the forest department, said, "The continuous high-level of pollution can definitely affect migratory birds and force them to abandon the area." When asked about wastewater disposal, Vora, a member of the committee formed by NGT, said, "The tribunal had sought an inquiry into the release of treated wastewater, but the forest department, earlier this year, withdrew the permission it gave to Kalol nagarpalika."

Gujarat: Sewage pollutes Thol, Ramsar tag under threat
FIR filed against key accused for bashing a woman in Jamalpur
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

A day after Mirror reported assault on a poor woman in Jamalpur, amid rumours of child-lifting gangs being active in the city, Gaekwad Haveli police registered an FIR against one Muni Anwar Shaikh and others for their involvement in the entire incident.Rumours continued even on Tuesday about the so-called child-lifting gangs in Ahmedabad. Shahpur police got two applications claiming separate attempts were made to kidnap a boyand a girl.Shahpur PI DD Parmar said a woman filed a complaint that her daughter was lured with chocolate by an unknown person. Police are investigating the case. “In another case, a person approached us with the complaint of his missing son. However, we traced the boy immediately and it turned out that he had disappeared to avoid tuition classes,” Parmar said.He further said, “It is apparent that rumours are baseless. I personally held a community meeting in three police chowky areas of the city and informed people to stay away from such rumours.”DCP Zone-3 Sushil Agrawal said the culprits involved in bashing up the woman in Jamalpur on Sunday were identified using the video footage.He said, “We don’t want people to take law into their hands or pay heed to rumours of child-lifting gangs. We will hold community meetings to create awareness.”Similar rumours had done rounds in 2016Similar rumours had done rounds of the city in 2016 and two persons were beaten to death by angry mobs who suspected them to be child-lifters. Police parties were attacked in Anand and Kalol areas after they tried to impress upon villagers that people held captive by them were not child-lifters. Shahpur PI D D Parmar, while being posted in Kalol, had suffered fractures after villagers attacked the police trying to secure release of an innocent person held captive on suspicion of being a child-lifter.

FIR filed against key accused for bashing a woman in Jamalpur
‘Under PM Narendra Modi, India beat United Kingdom’
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

GANDHINAGAR: India surpassed the United Kingdom to become the 5th largest economy in the world and this reflects the vast opportunities that await the country's youth in the future, said Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah. Stating that India will soon be the third largest economy in the world, Shah took a dig at the earlier UPA government, saying that it did a favour by not letting India slide lower than the 11th rank. "When Modi became India's PM, India was 11th in the list of biggest economies of the world. When Atalji ceased to be PM, India was 11th. In 10 years (of the UPA rule), Sonia-Manmohan did this country a favour by sustaining the position and not letting it slide to 15th rank," Shah said, laying the foundation stone of the new campus of Gujarat Technological University at Lekvada in Gandhinagar district. He added, "After Modi became PM, he worked hard to elevate India from the 11th to 5th position. Do you know who was displaced from the 5th position? England was in 5th place. In the 75th year of independence, England, which ruled India for 125 years, was displaced from the 5th spot." Shah added that the opportunities for youth in India would grow manifold as the country readies to become a $5-trillion economy. Earlier in the day, Shah laid the foundation stone for a 750-bed multi-speciality hospital of the Kalol Institute and Research Centre (KIRC) at Kalol in Gandhinagar district. In the presence of Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya, he asked KIRC to apply for approval of a medical college. He added that after Narendra Modi took over as PM, there has been a massive increase in medical colleges, undergraduate and postgraduate medical seats, and All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He alleged that instead of improving health infrastructure, Congress leaders "made money" to improve medical education facilities when the party was in power before 2014. "What is the meaning of such infrastructure if there are no doctors in hospitals? During Congress rule, leaders were busy making money to improve medical education facilities. PM Modi improved this scenario after assuming the office," the Gandhinagar MP said. Shah said 387 private and government medical colleges were functioning in the country in 2013-14. Their number has increased to 600 due to the PM's efforts. "The number of MBBS seats has also gone up to 89,875 today against 51,348 seats in 2013-14. The number of postgraduate medical seats also increased from 31,185 to 60,202 today, which means that the number of colleges and medical seats has doubled in the last eight years. Ten new AIIMS have become operational, while 22 more are coming up," said Shah. On the second day of his two-day tour to Gujarat, Shah also visited the Vardayini Mata temple at Rupal, inaugurated a new underpass in Gandhinagar city, and presided over the dedication of other projects at Ambod and Mansa in Gandhinagar district.

‘Under PM Narendra Modi, India beat United Kingdom’
Gujarat Police foil farmer’s self-immolation bid
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago | |

The police have foiled a farmer’s self-immolation attempt outside the taluka development office in Kalol in Panchmahal district on Monday.The police have also taken an assurance in writing from the farmer that he will not attempt self-immolation or take any extreme step in the future.Head constable Chandansinh Govindsinh said, “Ajabsinh Chauhan (45) from Sureli village had reached the taluka development office in Kalol with a jar of petrol in his hand with the intention of killing himself. As the police deployed outside the office had prior information of his suicide bid, they caught Chauhan and brought him to the police station. The police let him go after issuing a stern warning and taking in writing that hewould not any such step in the future.”According to Chauhan’s statement, last year, a well was approved for his agricultural land under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, for which he had invested Rs 1.80 lakh and had submitted the bills for approval and release of payment. While several months have passed since then, his payment has not been released yet. He tried to commit suicide to draw the attention of the authorities, the police said.Meanwhile, taluka development officer Maitri Leuva said, “Chauhan’s bill is under scrutiny because as per MGNREGA rules, materials for the construction of a well need to be procured only from agencies approved by the administration.”Chauhan had personally met me and complained about the pending bill, but till it is not verified by the concerned department, I can’t approve the bill. If the well is constructed following all the guidelines, his payment will be released.”

Gujarat Police foil farmer’s self-immolation bid
Express Impact: NGT panel disallows discharge of treated sewage to protected wetland in Gujarat
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

A committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) after The Indian Express reported that a proposed sewage treatment plant of the Kalol municipality in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar district had been allowed to discharge treated sewage to the Ramsar-protected Thol lake has disallowed the discharge into the lake and its eco-sensitive zone.The joint committee was formed in March following an order by the NGT principal bench, which on July 8 will likely take up the report submitted on June 1 by the five-member panel, headed by State Wetland Authority member secretary S J Pandit.While taking suo motu cognisance of the March 19 news report, the NGT had directed the panel to file a factual and action-taken report and sought to know if “treated sewage can be utilised for secondary purposes, instead of being discharged into the wetland”.The Indian Express reported that the Gujarat Urban Development Company Limited, a government undertaking, had floated tenders for setting up a sewage treatment plant with a capacity to treat 33.10 million litres per day in the Kalol municipality and parts of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority’s jurisdictional areas.In a communication of September 2021, Shyamal Tikadar, principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) and the chief wildlife warden of the state, granted permission for the proposed sewage plant to discharge treated wastewater in the Thol lake, which was designated as a Ramsar wetland site in April 2021.The NGT committee began its work on April 28 and completed the consultation process by May 12. Following a site visit, consultation with stakeholders, and deliberations on facts and records available and submissions of a subcommittee comprising subdivisional magistrates of Kalol and Kadi and Gandhinagar regional officer of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, several recommendations were outlined, the most important of which being that the “treated wastewater of the proposed sewage treatment plant of the Kalol Nagarpalika should not be allowed to be discharged directly or indirectly into the Thol lake and its eco-sensitive zone in any case”, according to the report.It has also been recommended that “the options of providing dedicated irrigation canals bypassing the Thol lake and without affecting the whole bird sanctuary, eco-sensitive zone of the Thol lake and reuse of treated sewage in the nearby industries should be explored”. Furthermore, “a guard pond-cum-distribution pond with an online continuous effluent monitoring system and regular manual monitoring should be provided for treated sewage from the proposed STP (sewage treatment plant), and treated sewage may be utilised based on requirements for irrigation and industrial purposes”.Some of the options identified by the joint committee and the subcommittee include utilisation of the treated wastewater in the garden area of the municipality, for use by the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation-Kalol, which houses 180 industries; utilisation by other industries such as Arvind Limited at Santej and Bharat Vijay Mill at Kalol; and utilisation by the Kalol unit of the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited, if feasible.On reutilising the treated wastewater, the NGT committee has also said that the municipality should advertise seeking expressions of interest for the utilisation of treated wastewater from the proposed plant. The panel also suggested that the state pollution control board take into account its recommendations while considering the Kalol sewage treatment plant’s application for consent.Following the distribution of the treated wastewater to industrial units and for other purposes, the remaining treated wastewater can be drained into a canal of Sujalam Sufalam Circle-1 for irrigation purposes, the panel said, adding that “technical modification in the existing pipeline” may be undertaken to ensure that treated wastewater does not get mixed with drinking water.

Express Impact: NGT panel disallows discharge of treated sewage to protected wetland in Gujarat
Charanjit, Bobby are kingpins
Ahmedabad Mirror | 5 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
5 months 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 | 6 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 months 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 | 6 months ago | |
Times of India
6 months 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 | 6 months ago | |
Times of India
6 months 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
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    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 | 6 months ago | |
Times of India
6 months 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