AHMEDABAD: A 55-year-old man from Bopal on Friday filed a complaint with Railway police, alleging that someone stole his bag containing jewellery worth Rs 6 lakh when he was about to start his journey on the Vande Bharat train. Paresh Sonani, a resident of Navnidhi Elegance on GEB Road in Bopal, in his FIR said the incident took place on Tuesday. He said he left home and took a BRTS bus to Iskcon Crossroads and where he travelled by an AMTS bus to Kalupur railway station. He said he got on the train and put his bag on his seat. After a while, he found that his bag, which had jewellery worth Rs 6 lakh, had been stolen when he was distracted. He approached Railway police and filed a complaint of theft against an unknown person. Ahmedabad railway police began an investigation in the case and began checking CCTV footage of the station.
The kalupur Metro station Rail got a big thumbs up from citizens on Sunday when 45,000 of them took the ride between Thaltej and Kalupur, just for sake of it. However, lack of parking infrastructure at Metro stations can discourage people from using it on a daily basis. BRTS continues to suffer for lack of parking facilities near the bus stations. Mirror followed the Metro Rail route between Kalupur metro Station and Thaltej and found that there is no parking space for cars or two-wheelers at Stadium Crossroads, Commerce Six Roads, Gurukul, Doordarshan and Thaltej. There’s facility to park two-wheelers only at the Kalupur Metro Rail Station. Managing Director of Metro Rail S S Rathore told Mirror, “The very purpose of Metro is to reduce vehicles plying on roads. It will be defeated if commuters bring their own vehicles to stations. Globally, the concept of Metro rail is to ease traffic congestion. We have metro stations every 1 to 1.2 km and our catchment area is 600 metres from metro stations. Besides, there are two points where the route coincides with BRTS and that can be used for connectivity.”Kalupur No Dedicated space for parkingThere is enough space forparking two-wheelers but nodedicated space. The parked bikes and scooters mostly belong to Metro rail staff. A Metro rail personnel at the control room said, “There was excitement in the air on Sunday. But on day 2, few people are travelling by Metro as there are no parking spaces in the vicinity of the stations.Asif Shaikh, 31, who works in Gheekanta and was travelling by Metro rail to experience it for the first time, said, “Without the parking space, people are unlikely to take the Metro Rail on a daily basis to work.”Sardar Patel Stadium No parking spaceThere were only seven commuters at the station, mostly students. Cars parked outside by the roadside belonged to visitors to a local diagnostic centre or other businesses. Station manager Pathak said, “There’s no parking space at present. It may be created at a later date.”Nirav Patel (49), a Civil Engineer and resident of Usmanpura, said, “ I came in a rickshaw from Usmanpura because I was keen to experience the Metro ride. In absence of parking space, it will be tough for Metro authorities to get commuters in large numbers on a daily basis.”Thaltej No parking spaceThe starting point of the Metro in the west lacks parking space. Vehicles were parked on the road in front of the Metro station stairs.Anurag Malkani (19), a physiotherapy student travelling for the first time in Metro rail, said, “Parking space with security is a must if one wants regular commuters. This should have been pre-planned by the Metro Rail authorities.”Gujarat Uni No parking spaceThe security guard pointed at the footpath and under the stairs leading to Metro Rail where several two-wheelers were parked, mostly by metro rail employees. He said cars will have to park on the streets.Maulik Shah (43), a businessman said, “I reside at Odhav and had taken the Metro from Nirat Park station. “There is no parking space either at Nirat Park or at Gujarat University. It is a big drawback.”Gurukul No parking spaceThe footpath below the station was jam-packed with two-wheelers and cars. In absence of dedicated security for parked vehicles, commuters would find it tough to leave behind their vehicles and take Metro.Rushank Shah (42), a Naranpura resident, had come to take a joyride in Metro. He had parked his vehicle below the station. “Most people will reach the Metro station on some kind of vehicle. Parking facilities need to be built with adequate security if it has to be used by office goers daily.”Commerce Six Roads No space for parkingThe main road in front of the Metro Rail stairs was full with vehicles of commuters with no space left for passengers to go. The Security guard was seen lifting the two-wheelers to make space for people to get into the Metro Rail.There are hospitals, businesses, shops and offices on the road, each vying for the road space.Sandip Desai (25), a resident of Odhav whose workplace is at Swastik Crossroads, said, “I took the train from Vastral to Commerce Six Roads. There is an open plot which can be used at Vastral for parking but it is not for Metro Rail alone. There is no parking space at Commerce Six roads. I will be reluctant to park my vehicle here as it is on the open road and there’s no security.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the maiden ride on the East-West corridor of the metro rail from Kalupur to Thaltej metro on Friday, taking all of 17 minutes to cover the distance. The entire 32-km route between Thaltej and Vastral Apparel Park, once thrown open to the public on October 2, will take nearly 35minutes to cover. Swanky coaches, beautiful stations and smooth escalators: A look into the newly-inaugurated East-West corridor of the 32-km long Metro rail gives an insight into the meticulous planning and execution of the project. For the first time, underground and side electric connections have been used for Metro lines in the country. The kalupur to thaltej metro rail has all the advanced technologies which will make it user friendly, including automatic doors and public announcement system. The 32-km long corridor will begin for commuters from next week.People can ride from Thaltej to Apparel Park in Amraiwadi from October 2 and from Motera to Gyaspur from October 6. The service will be from 9 am to 8 pm. The trains will operate on the routes every 30 minutes which can be reduced to 15-20 minutes depending on the rush. It will take the metro only a minute to cover the distance between any two stations. The train will stop for 30 seconds at each station.The route has elevated corridors which gives a vantage view of the city skyline. It passes via the Sabarmati Riverfront giving a beautiful view of the river. It has three underground stations at Dariapur, Shahpur and Kalupur.The fare will range from Rs 5 to Rs 25, in increments of Rs 5, depending upon the distance.No metro connectivity to Kalupur railway stationThough the metro has a station at Kalupur, there is no direct connectivity to reach the Kalupur Railway Station. In such a case it would be difficult for people having luggage to reach the railway station. A concourse connecting Kalupur station and the proposed High Speed Rail corridor has been planned but till then the use will be limited.Wait and watchThe metro rail authorities are in a wait and watch mode. Operations would be regularised depending on the number of people using the facility. Initially only three coaches will be put in use which can be increased up to 6 depending on demand. A senior official of Metro said, “It takes nearly 3 to 4 years for the service to become fully operational. There are many issues like connectivity which play an important role.”Metro drivers trained vigorouslyA team of male-female operators rode the first Metro train with the Prime Minister on board. They were trained for over 45 days to operate the service.
A Kalupur resident has in an application with the Satellite police accused a tour operator of cheating him of Rs 2 lakh over a Dubai tour. The application said the tour operator gave him tickets for Dubai but didn’t arrange for the visa. So, he could not go to Dubai.Paresh Parmar, a Gheekanta resident, said he approached KC Holidays after reading an advertisement.He was directed to their Shivranjani office, where he booked a package for his family of five and paid Rs 2 lakh on June 30. Kiran Chauhan of KC Holidays gave him flight tickets for September 28 for Dubai and said he will be informed about the visa later. However, he didn’t get any visa even on the day of his flight. AM
AHMEDABAD: Kalupur police on Friday registered a case under the Copyright Act against the owners of two shops, Hitesh Muttha and Raju Daswani. The complainant, Vijay Jain, said that his firm was given the responsibility to check for copyright violations of the brand name Calvin Klein. On Friday, he stated that he and the police went to Amber Garments and Pooja Creations and found 226 shirts with Calvin Klein labels and 3,600 of its tags.
Aminabanu Pathan alias Amina Don, a notorious drug trafficker who was arrested by the Special Operation Group (SOG) last week has had the illegal part of her four-storeyed building in Kalupur bulldozed on Wednesday. The illegal structures were razed by the AMC.Crime branch officials said a probe revealed that a major portion of her house was illegally built and hence was razed down.Amina was earlier arrested under NDPS Act and was convicted for 10 years. She was released from jail in 2011 after which she started dealing in MD drugs. Last week Amina (52), a resident of Vaniya Sheri, Bhanderi Pol, Kalupur, was detained along with Samiruddin Shaikh, 38. a rickshaw driver and resident of Saudagar ni Pol, Kalupur Tower.Shaikh is a drug peddler who was earlier booked for both bootlegging and dealing drugs. The SOG also seized 31.310 grams of Mephedrone (MD) worth Rs 3,31,000 from the two.Top crime branch sources said Amina herself consumed five pouches of MD worth about Rs 10,000every day.A crime branch official told Mirror that when she was arrested she had flushed a major part of the drug in the toilet. “Following her arrest, we managed to nab five of her peddlers through whom she used to sell the contraband to her high profile customers,” said the official.Amina was also into bootlegging since the time of underworld don Abdul Latif Abdul Wahab Shaikh. Latif was later killed in a police encounter in 1998. Sources said Amina’s father died when she was young and she later separated from her husband. She has been in the business of dealing with intoxicants for a long time.Samiruddin alias Bond works as a peddler for Amina and has been her aide since her bootlegging days. According to sources, Samiruddin is also an MD addict.After her arrest, locals in Kalupur and Dariapur took out a rally accusing her of misleading the youth in the area. Top crime branch officials said they are now working to break the network that supplied her drugs.
The two railways stations at Sabarmati and Ahmedabad (Kalupur Railway station) will be fully redeveloped, said Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw. “These are being redeveloped into modern stations with roof plaza and concourse,” said Vaishnaw after taking a tour of the Sabarmati multimodal hub that will connect passengers of the bullet train, the Indian Railways, the Ahmedabad Metro and BRTS at Sabarmati. He said that the multimodal transport hub will be ready by February 2023.He also reiterated Union Minister Amit Shah’s announcement last month that the Ahmedabad Railway station at Kalupur will be redeveloped based on architecture of Sun temple at Modhera. “The work will start soon. The project is going to the cabinet for approval,” the minister added. Approvals for redeveloping the Sabarmati railway station has already been received.Vaishnaw added that the existing “Jhulta Minara” or shaking minarets in close proximity to the Ahmedabad railway station will also be integrated into the redeveloped railway station.The minister interacted with the workers at the Sabarmati multimodal transport hub. Talking about the progress of bullet train project, the railway minister said that pillars have been erected on 80 kms of the route. “After the change of government in Maharashtra, the pending issues in the state has been solved,” he added.
AHMEDABAD: A 42-year-old woman from Kalupur, who works as an advocate in the family court, was allegedly beaten by her husband after a failed mediation at the mediation centre of Gujarat high court. The woman's lawyer too was allegedly assaulted by her husband's lawyers. Dimple Shah, a resident of Kalupur, has filed a complaint against her husband Paras Shah, a resident of Thane in Maharashtra, at Sola police station. The couple married in 2006 and have a 15-year-old daughter. They filed a divorce plea in 2008 and the matter is sub-judice. A family court had directed Paras to pay Rs 4,000 per month as alimony to Dimple. She had challenged the order before the Gujarat high court. The HC ordered that she be paid Rs 15,000 per month, which Paras challenged before the Supreme Court. Later the apex court sent the case back to HC. While hearing the petition, the HC ordered for mediation in the case. On Thursday afternoon, Dimple and her lawyer Balram Jain, and Paras and his lawyers J B Dastoor and Vijay Lodha, reached the HC's mediation centre. After several rounds of arguments, a mediator named Shailesh Parikh announced that mediation had failed, the FIR mentioned. When Dimple and Jain were about to leave the mediation room, Paras's lawyers held Jain by his collar and began abusing him, she alleged in the FIR. She further alleged that when she intervened to rescue her lawyer, Paras slapped her and assaulted Jain. The staff of the mediation centre rescued Dimple and her advocate from the three. She alleged that her husband and his two lawyers threatened her, asking her to withdraw the case against him and vacate the house. Dimple also alleged that her husband threatened to kill her daughter. She called up the police control room and filed a complaint. Paras and his lawyers have been booked for causing hurt, uttering abusive words, criminal intimidation and abetment.
AHMEDABAD: A 46-year-old man, Ismail Shaikh, a resident of Kalupur Darwaza, who was absconding in a case of chain snatching and murder since 2017, was nabbed from the Kalupur area of the city on Thursday. In 2017, Ismail with his other accomplices - Asif Shaikh and Samir Pathan - had snatched a purse of a woman in Madhavpura. The woman, who was riding pillion, fell down from the vehicle and got injured. Later, she died because of the injuries. The cops said that the phone looted from the woman was given to one Abdul Shaikh, who sold it to a fruit seller for Rs 5,000. The phone was then recovered by the police. Between 2010 and 2017, total 10 cases were registered against Ismail in Navrangpura, Ellisbridge, Shahibaug, Dariapur, Shahpur, Chandkheda, Kalupur, Gomtipur and Ramol. Ismail used to steal belongings of the passengers in his autorickshaw, said cops. Earlier, Ismail was arrested in 2017 by Shahibaug police and was detained under PASA on two occasions. He was sent to Jamnagar and Rajkot jails.
AHMEDABAD: Two drug peddlers were caught with 31.31 gm of mephedrone worth Rs 3.13 lakh from Kalupur on Wednesday. The Special Operations Group (SOG) received input that a woman named Ameena Pathan, a 52-year-old from Bhanderi Pol in Kalupur, and her aide Sameeruddin Shaikh, a 38-year-old resident of Saudagar ni Pol in Kalupur, were selling mephedrone from Pathan's house. A police team raided her house late on Tuesday, found mephedrone, and booked the two under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. A statement by the SOG said that Pathan had been arrested by the city crime branch in an NDPS case in 2002. She was convicted and later released from jail in 2011. There are four cases of prohibition, two cases of causing hurt, looting, and causing grievous hurt registered against her. The statement added that Shaikh was accused in 30 offences including an NDPS case, five chain-snatching cases, and 14 cases under the prohibition act.
Ahmedabad Crime branch has nabbed two persons for stealing cash from the two-wheeler of an angadia working with a Rajkot-based courier company.Sachin Bhogekar (Chhara) alias Lakhan (34), a resident of Machimar Wali Gali in Sardarnagar and Nilesh Bhogekar (Chhara) alias Niliya (50), a resident of Free Colony in Sardarnagar were nabbed near Kubernagar Railway Crossing. The crime branch also seized Rs 1,15,000 and a Mahindra Xylo worth Rs 5,00,000 from the duo.The two notorious thieves, having been caught in thefts in the past, had started stealing from other cities. A month ago, the two had gone to Rajkot with three aides in their Xylo.After parking the four-wheeler at the Rajkot Civil Hospital and leaving behind an aide to keep an eye there, Sachin and Nilesh, along with other aides, targeted an angadia employee who came out with cash from the firm. When the courier went inside a building to make deliveries, Sachin and Nilesh broke open the unseat of the courier’s two-wheeler and stole Rs 3 lakh from it.The two, who were earlier involved in thefts, chain-snatching and vehicle thefts, are being questioned and will be handed over to the Rajkot police.AM
Citizens of Ahmedabad will get the Navratri gift of Metro. The much-awaited train services are expected to begin by the third week of September. The work on phase-I of the project is nearing completion and trial runs of the trains on the North-South corridor have started.The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will conduct the final inspection next week. The CMRS team is expected to arrive on August 20 and will inspect the operations on the entire stretch of 40 kms.Once the inspection work is done, the Gujarat Metro Rail Service (GMRS) will have to do necessary paperwork to get final approval to launch the service.The compliance of CMRS can take up to 15-20 days and the services are likely to begin in late September, Managing Director of GMRS S S Rathod said. Work has been affected due to the monsoon. Trial runs are in progress and each train has to complete 320 kms of trial run before the actual operations can start.The project was scheduled to be completed in 2021 but Covid lockdown and some legal hurdles delayed the project. More than Rs 12,500 crore have already been spent on the project. The train will run on elevated platforms except in the Walled City where it is underground. There are four stations in the underground section- Kalupur, Shahpur, Gheekanta and Kankaria East.The phase-1 has two corridors. Corridor- 1 is from APMC to Motera stadium while corridor -2 is from Thaltej gam to Vastral gam, Rathore said. Corridor -1 will have stations at Jivraj park, Rajivnagar, Shreyas, Paldi, Gandhigram, Old High Court, Usmanpura, Vijaynagar, Vadaj, Ranip, Sabarmati Railway station, AEC, Sabarmati and Motera.While corridor- II will pass through Thaltej gam, Thaltej, Doordarshan Kendra, Gurukul Road, Gujarat University, Commerce six roads, S P Stadium, Old High Court, Shahpur, Gheekanta, Kalupur Metro station, Kankaria East, Apparel Park, Amraiwadi, Rabari Colony, Vastral, Nirant Crossroads, Vastral gam.Maximum fare to be Rs 25The maximum fare in Metro trains would be Rs 25 while minimum would be Rs 5. The fares will be in multiples of Rs 5. The maximum fare of Rs 25 in corridor -I would be from APMC to Vastral and Motera to Apparel Park. While in corridor-II, Rs 25 would be the fare from Thaltej gam to Vastral, Nirant Crossroads and Vastral Gam. The fares for different stations would be Rs 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25.
AHMEDABAD: A jeweller who has a shop in Ratanpol, Kalipada Bhukta, registered a complaint against another jeweller in Ratanpol, Ravi Soni, alleging that Soni forcibly took his gold jewellery and pure gold worth Rs 6.30 lakh, along with bank and insurance documents. Kalupur has registered a case against Ravi Soni his manager Pratik Jain and two other unidentified persons. Bhukta said he used to get gold ornaments made by Soni, as a worker of his, Surojit, had started working for Soni about two and a half months ago. He stated that he had to collect 12g of gold from Surojit. On July 27, Surojit called him to Soni's shop. When he got there, Soni and Jain demanded that he give them 200g of gold which Surojit had purportedly given him. Bhukta said he had not got any gold from Surojit. Soni and Jani then started abusing him and assaulting Surojit and him with a plastic baton. Soni then told Jain to take Bhukta to his shop and recover 200g of gold from him. The complainant stated that he was taken to his shop where Jain forced him to open his safe and took gold bracelets and pendants worth Rs 2.65 lakh, his chequebook and passbooks from it. Bhukta alleged that Jain and his men also took away other gold ornaments weighing about 60g, worth Rs 3.12 lakh and 10g of pure gold. In all, Jain took jewellery and gold worth Rs 6.3 lakh and other documents. He stated that he was then again taken back to Soni's shop, where he was made to sit inside it till midnight. Bhukta said he was threatened that if he informed police they would have his shop closed down. Bhukta said he was initially afraid but on Friday mustered the courage and lodged a complaint at Kalupur police station for assault and extortion.
GANDHINAGAR: Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that the Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad will be renovated and modelled on the Modhera Sun temple in five years. Shah said this at Manipur locality of Ahmedabad, after laying the foundation stone and dedicating development works worth Rs 211 crore in his Lok Sabha constituency, Gandhinagar. “I guarantee you that in the next five years, the Kalupur railway station will be a grand place modelled on the Modhera Sun temple,” Shah said. He added that the Sabarmati railway station will also be renovated completely and passenger trains bound for Mumbai and south India will also depart from the Sabarmati railway station. Earlier, Shah inaugurated a water supply project for Bopal and Ghuma . This will ensure pure Narmada drinking water to 70,000 households. On the occasion, Shah inaugurated a Rs 77.5 crore water supply project, Rs 7.73 crore housing project under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and a sports complex. He also laid the foundation stone for a flyover, redevelopment of a lake, a bridge over a canal, and a solid waste recycling project. “Narendrabhai (PM Modi) took Gujarat on top in terms of development (when he was the state’s chief minister) and also ensured the tradition continued even after he left (for Delhi),” the Union minister said.
The Ahmedabad railway station in Kalupur will be developed in a grand manner on the theme of the Modhera Sun Temple over the next five years, Union Minister for Home and Cooperation Amit Shah said Sunday. The Sabarmati railway station in Ahmedabad city will also be developed in a grand manner with added connectivity to destinations in south India, the Gandhinagar MP added.Shah made the announcements while addressing a public function as he inaugurated or laid the foundation stone for various developmental projects worth Rs 211 crore in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency from Manipur village in Ahmedabad district.“Today, along with numerous developmental works done, I guarantee you that our Ahmedabad’s railway station too will (be developed). You feel delighted visiting Kankaria Lake, don’t you? Just see Ahmedabad railway station after five years. (Narendra) Modi-ji has visualised it, Ahmedabad’s railway station will be developed as grand as the Modhera Sun Temple,” Shah said.The Modhera Sun Temple is located in the neighbouring Mehsana district. It was built in the 11th century during the reign of the Chalukya dynasty to honour the Sun god and is a major tourist destination in northern Gujarat.Shah said the Sabarmati railway station in Ahmedabad will also be developed in a grand manner. “Trains which don’t go to south (India) from Sabarmati will also be connected. We are going to make arrangements so south India-bound people get trains from Sabarmati – whether you want to go to Mumbai or Kankyakumari – so that they do not need to go to Kalupur (or Ahmedabad main railway station),” he added.The Union minister also announced that 14 lakes in Ahmedabad city and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) areas will be inter-connected and a tourist centre will be developed at a cost of Rs 100 crore. Shah said he was to chair a meeting in this regard on Sunday and added that 1,200 new ponds will be developed in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha region.Shah said PM Modi has set the pace for the development of Gujarat. Whether it is the development of tribals or fishermen, rural development, urban development, industrial investment, infrastructure, roads or Metro, Shah said, Modi took the state to the first place in India’s developmental map.The minister also appealed to the people to hoist the Tricolour at their homes between August 13 and 15 as part of the Har Ghar Tiranga initiative of the central government to celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Two underage girls, one from Gujarat and the other from Odisha, who ran away from home hoping to escape arranged marriages, ended up at Ahmedabad railway station on the same day.The two teenage girls were among five minors found and rescued at the station on Thursday. These included a 6-year-old lost child, a 15-year-old boy running away from abuse and another 11-year-old running away from a madrassa.One of the two adolescents, 16-year-old Neelam* is a resident of Bhubaneswar in Odisha. She was found wandering at Kalupur railway station by security personnel and taken for counselling and aid to Childline NGO officials. The teenager revealed that her mother had got her engaged to a boy whom she did not like. Officials said that the girl was instead besotted with another person from a nearby village. Hoping to avoid an arranged marriage against her wishes, she climbed aboard a train and reached Ahmedabad.Officials said they have spoken to Neelam’s mother and her relatives will arrive in Ahmedabad to take her home in a couple of days. Till then, she has been sent to a women’s home by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Ahmedabad.The other girl, Reena*, found wandering at the railway station, is a 17-year-old from Chotila in Surendranagar. She worked part-time in a company in the city. When asked by counsellors if she was alone and what she was doing at the railway station, she said that her parents had arranged for her to be engaged to a boy of the same community.However, Reena said that she did not like him and instead preferred another person from Uttar Pradesh. Childline officials said that she arrived on a train at Kalupur station, hoping to catch another train to UP.Her parents were tracked down fast since they are in Gujarat. Imran Bohahriya of Childline said, “In such cases, parents are counselled about respecting the choices of their children and taking into account their wishes with respect to marriage. They are also asked to give in writing that they will not engage in child marriage.”These runaway adolescents are indicative of a larger societal problem that sees hundreds of teenagers leaving homes every year. As of March 31, there were 2,470 minors still missing in Gujarat. Adolescent girls between 15-18 years accounted for 1,274 or 51.5% of them.Historically too, the trend has been the same, according to data from Missing Cell of CID Crime. In the last 15 years, a total of 52,409 minors went missing in Gujarat. Of these, adolescent girls accounted for 30,526 or 58.2% of the total missing minors in Gujarat.(*Names changed toprotect identity)
In a series of confusing events that not only bewildered passengers but also threatened to derail their journeys, the originating and ending points of 3 pairs of north-bound trains from Ahmedabad were changed three times in a matter of one week.Owing to serious lack of coordination between departments of Indian Railways, the attempt tochange the starting and ending points of three trains between Ahmedabad and Agra Cantonment, Gwalior and Muzaffarpur, from Kalupur station to Sabarmati station, had apparently not taken into account the digital reservation system of the railways, thus leading to the boarding point for passengers in Ahmedabad becoming Mehsana, which 80 km away.According to railway officials, this was a ‘technical glitch’.Yogesh Mishra, president of Akhil Bharatiya Rail Upabhokta Sangh, condemned the confusion caused saying, “The railways cannot just change the boarding points and stoppages of trains like this in a couple of days. Their incompetence can lead to passengers missing their trains. The changes in the last two days have alarmed passengers.”It all began on July 4 when Western Railway (WR) in a statement said that July 11 onwards, three pairs of trains, the Ahmedabad - Agra Cantonment Express, the Ahmedabad - Gwalior Express, as well as the Ahmedabad - Muzaffarpur Jansadharan Express would originate and end at Sabarmati railway station, completely removing their presence at Kalupur station.However, at about 11 pm on July 9, WR issued another statement saying that the transfer of three pairs of trains to Sabarmati station had been cancelled and instead, would depart and arrive at Kalupur railway station.Then once again on July 10 evening, WR changed the stations and stoppages of these three pairs of trains. Now, the train to Agra Cantonment on July 11, would start from Kalupur but have a stoppage at Sabarmati station, while all 3 pairs of trains from July 12 onwards, would start and end at Sabarmati station.Within 7 days, and just one day before departure, the railways assigned, cancelled and again staggered the transfer of trains between two railway stations in the city.Sources said that the fiasco was due to the lack of coordination between different departments of the Indian Railways (IR). While the decision to move the three pairs of trains to Sabarmati had been taken in June, officials had allegedly not taken into account the digital system of the railway network and changes that were supposed to be made in the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) in Delhi.“Till now, these three pairs of trains didn’t have any stoppages at Sabarmati railway station. They used to stop at Mehsana and then directly reach Kalupur railway station. Now, before removing Kalupur railway station from the system, the trains had to be given stoppages at Sabarmati, so that it becomes the next viable boarding and exiting point for passengers. However, since this was not done at CRIS, the PRS system automatically used the next stop - Mehsana - as the originating point for the trains, leading to confusion,” said sources.Resultantly, any passengers looking to board train number 12548 Ahmedabad - Agra Cantonment Express from Sabarmati on July 11, would have found that they had to board the train from Mehsana.The issue appeared to have been finally resolved only on June 10, after which officials at the Ahmedabad Division of WR issued hurried statements saying that while the July 11 train would leave from Kalupur with stoppage at Sabarmati, all three trains would run from Sabarmati from July 12 onwards.Ahmedabad Division PRO J K Jayant confirmed to Mirror that the issues with the PRS system at CRIS could have led to the confusion and passengers missing their trains. The ‘glitch’ had now been resolved.
After the decision of having a car shed for the Metro 3 project at Aarey, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that work on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train corridor will also start soon.Speaking at the Second Sankalp Se Siddhi — a New India, New Resolve Conference in Mumbai Friday, Fadnavis said, “The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train is a dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For certain reasons, Maharashtra remained behind, while Gujarat worked swiftly for the Bullet train. I have spoken to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and we will buck up. We have decided to cope because it is not just a bullet train but the beginning of a new phase of transportation.”“The MVA government in the state had stopped the land acquisition process for the Bullet train project and had stalled the construction of the terminal at the Bandra Kurla Complex,” said Fadnavis.Speaking at the event, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the under-construction Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, the Nagpur-Mumbai Samriddhi Mahamarg — and a number of new road projects will propel further economic growth in Maharashtra. Gadkari added great infrastructure projects to connect Mumbai with Delhi, Pune and Bangalore are in the pipeline.He further said 70 per cent work on the ambitious Rs 1 lakh crore Delhi-Mumbai Expressway has been completed and it will reduce the travel time between the national capital and the commercial capital to 12 hours. He said, “It is my dream to establish seamless connectivity from Nariman Point in Mumbai to Delhi through a network of coastal road and sea-link up to Vasai-Virar and beyond with a project outlay of Rs 50,000 crore.” The Union Minister requested the Maharashtra government to waive the state GST on steel and cement required for the project.Gadkari also spoke of plans to build direct road connection from Mumbai to Bangalore through Westerly Bypass of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and Pune Ring Road. He added the road alignment plan has already been prepared and the work is expected to begin soon. The minister informed that a new Pune-Aurangabad road alignment has been planned, which will reduce the travel time between the two cities to just two hours.Gadkari asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who was also present at the conference, to pro-actively undertake land acquisition work. He also suggested that on the lines of Navi Mumbai, the Maharashtra government should plan to build new townships along the new roads near Pune and Aurangabad. The Union minister also informed that the new road alignment connecting Surat, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Solapur would divert 50 per cent of the south-bound traffic coming from North India, which would result in substantial reduction of air pollution in Thane, Mumbai and Pune.Emphasising on the importance of infrastructure in economic development, Nitin Gadkari said India’s dream of becoming a $5 trillion economy, cannot be realised without significant contribution from Maharashtra. “Maharashtra is the growth engine of the Indian economy and to realise the dream of becoming a $5 trillion economy, the state will have to contribute majorly in all the fields – agriculture, industry and services,” he said.Shinde said the state government is focused on creating 15 industrial corridors in the state and promised to work with the Centre to create a pro-industry ecosystem.
Twenty years after conceptualisation, multiple route changes and successive cost escalations, cases of irregularities and consequent change of guard, the Phase-I of Ahmedabad Metro is nearing completion and will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August, ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections scheduled to be held later this year.Despite its commissioning in August, the 40-kilometre Phase-1 that will criss-cross Ahmedabad will remain incomplete as three metro stations and a 1.4-kilometre route are scheduled to be completed only by January-March 2023. Phase-I will connect Vastral Gram in the eastern periphery of Ahmedabad with Thaltej Gam in west, while APMC Vasna in South will be connected to Motera in North.SS Rathore, Managing Director of Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) — the SPV for the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro rail project, says the lockdown due to the Covid pandemic and legal hurdles associated with land acquistion set the project back by a couple of years.A 6.5-kilometre stretch between Vastral Gam and Apparel Park on the East-West Corridor in East Ahmedabad that was launched by PM Modi ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections has around 800-900 users a day. The 12-minute one-way ride on the “first priority stretch” costs Rs 10.The second priority stretch on the North-South Corridor between APMC Vasna and Shreyas Crossing (Western Ahmedabad) was scheduled to be inaugurated in 2021. However, debt-ridden infrastructure company IL&FS — earlier in charge of building the section — expressed its inability to continue and was allowed an exit in December 2018. The company, however, returned to the project just eight months later.About 95 per cent of Phase-I stands completed as of this month, and officials of the GMRC are testing the trains and equipment installed on both the corridors. “This is being in done in preparation of the mandatory inspection by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CMRS), due mid-July. The process could take about a fortnight and a certification at the end of it will clear the project for commercial operations. We had promised to ready the project by August,” said Rathore.An official flag-off ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections could fare well for the BJP government in urban areas of the state where a second metro project is being built in Surat and feasibility study of constructing “lite metros” in four other cities — Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar — is being done. The announcement for the same was made in Union budget in 2021 and, subsequently, the Gujarat government allocated Rs 50 crore in the state budget for beginning the projects.Most of the metro route in the 600-year-old walled city, which has the UNESCO World Heritage City tag, will go underground, as deep as 22 metres.The construction cost of the underground metro line is almost 2-3 times more than the elevated one. The underground section has been made along a densely populated stretch with a high built-up area and inadequate road width.The metro route passes under monuments protected by the Archaeological Survey of India such as Rani Rupamati mosque, Qutbuddin Shah’s mosque, Kazi Mohammed Chisti Masjid, Delhi Darwaja and Kalupur Darwaja.The underground section has four stations — the deepest being Gheekanta, located 22 metres below the ground. The others are Shahpur, Kalupur Railway station and Kankaria East that are at 13-14 metres below the ground. These stations will have island platforms with the platform being at the centre and metro rail tracks on either sides of the platform. It is a three-level station with entrances and ventilation shafts at the ground level, ticketing and a concourse in the middle tier and platforms at the lowest level.By the end of August, a phenomenal Rs 12,700 crore would have been spent in constructing Phase-1, an escalation of Rs 2,000 crore from March 2015, when the project groundwork began. Ahmedabad Metro, after completion, will cost approximately Rs 300 crore for every kilometre constructed.Ahmedabad Metro began commercial operations in March 2019 on the 6.5-kilometre stretch between Vastral Gam and Apparel Park with six stations. Though over 7.1 lakh passengers have taken the metro till now, the monthly ridership has never crossed the March 2019 ridership figure of 38,137. Officials say a majority of users are those taking joyrides especially during weekends.The ridership has remained restricted too, as the operational stations are only on the eastern side of the city. The underground section on the same stretch will not only link the western part of the city, but will also connect the route to the North-South Corridor, which will run parallel to the Sabarmati river at many places and connect the Northern parts of the city with Narendra Modi stadium and surrounding areas in Motera in the South.It is this North-South Corridor that will further extend to GIFT City and Gandhinagar under Phase-II of the project. The incomplete sections in Phase-1 include a 1.4-kilometre stretch between Thaltej and Thaltej Gam, the western-most stretch of the now partially operational East-West Corridor. The other parts where work commenced late include the underground station of Kankaria-East and the Sabarmati metro station (which will provide one of the two crucial interlinkages for passengers travelling on the planned Bullet train and via the Indian Railways network).“The land required for these areas was acquired late due to legal hurdles,” Rathore added. On the East-West Corridor, there was an integration planned with the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) at Rabari Colony and Helmet Cross Road in the drive-in area. There is an integration with the Indian Railways and Bullet Train at Kalupur, which has Ahmedabad’s main train station.On the North-South corridor, the rail, road, and metro meet at Sabarmati close to the Gandhi Ashram with the Indian Railways station at Gandhigram, with Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation and the BRTS at Ranip station. The Old High Court station on the Ashram Road, which is Ahmedabad’s oldest commercial artery, will be the interchange station for metro passengers looking to shift corridors.TIMELINEThe Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Ahmedabad Metro has been prepared or altered at least five times. Originally, the DPR for the project was submitted by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in 2005, which included a North-South corridor covering APMC Vasna-Income Tax-Sabarmati-Akshardham and an East-West Corridor traversing Kalupur – Income Tax and Thaltej.The DPR had predicted that the stretch between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar would cost Rs 4,300 crore and carry 6.75 lakh passengers daily by 2010. In the same DPR, DMRC also presented a study on the upgradation of the regional rail system for Ahmedabad district which included a rail service between Barejedi-Kalupur-Kalol and Kalupur-Naroda.Subsequently, the DMRC was once again commissioned by the Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board (GIDB) in 2009 to prepare a DPR for metro connectivity from Gandhinagar to the proposed flagship finance hub in GIFT City and the Ahmedabad airport. It was also asked to review certain portions of the corridors proposed in the 2005 DPR. Accordingly, a study was carried out by DMRC and a report was submitted in 2010.The Gujarat government reorganised the Metro Express between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) in 2011 and later appointed retired IAS officer Sanjay Gupta as chairman of the special purpose vehicle MEGA. Under Gupta, the metro routes were redrawn twice and in 2012, for the first time, the state government tried to construct the North-South corridor alongside the Sabarmati-Botad meter-guage railway line that was part of Bhavnagar division of the Western Railway. However, it was only after a regime change in New Delhi, that western railway granted approval for the alignment.HurdlesOnce Sanjay Gupta quit in August 2013, the project got engulfed in a Rs 211-crore scam where Gupta was arrested by Gujarat Police and jailed. Gupta and other officials of MEGA were accused of taking commission from suppliers and floating dummy firms.Even the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) took note of the developments happening under MEGA under Sanjay Gupta. CAG highlighted how the project incurred a Rs 445 crore “infructuous expenditure”. Gupta passed away in Lucknow in April 2021 after contracting Covid-19.“Even before the DPR was prepared (in August 2012) and approved by the Board of Directors, MEGA started issuing purchase and work orders from June 2011. A total of 1,868 orders were issued between June 2011 and September 2013, at a cost of Rs 583 crore,” the CAG stated in its report in March 2016 and pointed out how Gujarat government had infused Rs 1100 crore as share capital for MEGA between May 2011 to March 2014.Meanwhile, work related to alignment, planning expenditure, construction of depots and bridges, casting yards, rolling stock, protection wall and survey and data collection for Phase-1 were all stopped in September 2013, CAG observed.New beginningsIn August 2013, MEGA under IAS officer Vijay Nehra requested DMRC to redraw the earlier DPR submitted by it. The DPR was redrawn due to “lacunas” in earlier ones. It was proposed that the construction work for the upgraded project will start in June 2014 with a targeted completion by March 2018. It was estimated that 4.96 lakh people will take the Ahmedabad Metro daily in 2018 with one train leaving every five minutes during peak hours and 8-20 minutes during lean hours. This ridership was slated to increase to 6.69 lakh by 2021.In 2014, as Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, MEGA was turned into a 50:50 special purpose vehicle owned by the Government of India and the Government of Gujarat. However, it was not until March 2015, when the then Chief Minister Anandiben Patel laid the foundation stone for the project. By then, the project cost for constructing only the Ahmedabad portion of the metro rail skyrocketed to Rs 10,773 crore. The Phase-II of the project, linking GIFT City and Gandhinagar, was another Rs 5,384 crore.In January 2019, MEGA, under retired IAS officer IP Gautam, was once again reorganised and renamed as Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation which was the parent body for all future metro projects in the state.
The Ahmedabad city police on Wednesday announced traffic diversions and laid out the final route for the Jagannath Rath yatra procession along 18 kilometres on July 1.The Rath Yatra will start from Jamalpur Darwaza around 7 am to Saraspur after an aarti by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and will return back to Jagannath Temple in Jamalpur by 6 pm. According to officials of the Jagannath Temple trust, three to four lakh devotees are expected to join the procession from across the state.Over 25,000 personnel of the Gujarat Police and other security agencies will also be deployed along the yatra route.As per Ahmedabad police, the final route for the yatra procession is Jamalpur Chakla-Vaishya Sabha-Gollimda-Astodia Chakla-Madangopal ni haveli-Raipur Chakla-Khadia Juni Gate-Khadia crossroads-Panchkuva-Kalupur circle-Kalupur bridge-Saraspur. The route from Saraspiur would be Kalupur bridge-Kalupur circle-Prem Darwaza-Jordan Road-Bechardas Lashkarini Haveli-Dilli Darwaza-Shahpur Darwaza-Shahpur Chakla-Rangila Chowki-Otampol-RC High School-Dilli Chakla-Ghee Kanta road-Pankor Naka-Kuvara-Chandla Ole-Danapith-Gollimda-Khamasa-back to temple.“The concerned routes mentioned in the map will be shut for a few hours as yatra proceeds from them, the roads will be opened. Commuters can use the alternate route of Raikhad Char Rasta to Victoria Garden to riverfront to Flower market to Jamalpur bridge in order to travel to Geeta Mandir road,” said Mayanksinh Chavda, joint police commissioner, in a statement.“Similarly, commuters travelling towards Paldi can use the diverted route of Astodia Char Rasta to Geeta Mandir to Jamalpur bridge to Sardar bridge. Similar diversions will be facilitated by the police on the route of Rath Yatra,” Chavda added.The 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra is being held in a full-fledged manner after a gap of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, the state government had ordered a symbolic procession of chariots inside the temple premises while in 2021, only three chariots and a few priests were allowed to carry the procession without devotees.
Two days ahead of the 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in old city Ahmedabad, the city police announced traffic diversions and laid out the final map for the 18 km yatra procession scheduled on July 1, where lakhs are expected to arrive, after two years of no-show due to the pandemic.The Ahmedabad Traffic Police on Wednesday laid out the route map of the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra from Jamalpur Darwaza to Saraspur and back to Jagannath Temple in Jamalpur. The yatra is scheduled to begin by 7 am after Union Home Minister Amit Shah will conduct an aarti at the temple premises and the procession is expected to return to the temple by 6 pm.The 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra is being held in a full-fledged manner after two years of the yatra being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, the state government had ordered a symbolic procession of chariots inside the temple premises itself while in 2021, only three chariots and a few priests, sans devotees, were allowed to carry the procession.According to officials of the Jagannath Temple trust, around 3-4 lakh devotees across Gujarat are expected to join the procession. Over 25,000 personnel of Gujarat Police and other security agencies will also be deployed during the yatra on July 1.As per Ahmedabad police, the final route for the yatra procession is Jamalpur Chakla-Vaishya Sabha-Gollimda-Astodia Chakla-Madangopal ni haveli-Raipur Chakla-Khadia Juni Gate-Khadia crossroads-Panchkuva-Kalupur circle-Kalupur bridge-Saraspur. The route from Saraspur would be Kalupur bridge-Kalupur circle-Prem Darwaza-Jordan Road-Bechardas Lashkarini Haveli-Dilli Darwaza-Shahpur Darwaza-Shahpur Chakla-Rangila Chowki-Otampol-RC High School-Dilli Chakla-Ghee Kanta Road-Pankor Naka-Kuvara-Chandla Ole-Danapith-Gollimda-Khamasa-back to the temple.“The routes mentioned in the map will be shut for a few hours. As yatra proceeds, the roads will be opened. Commuters can use the alternate route of Raikhad Char Rasta to Victoria Garden to riverfront to flower market to Jamalpur bridge in order to travel to Geeta Mandir Road. Similarly, commuters travelling towards Paldi can use the diverted route of Astodia Char Rasta to Geeta Mandir to Jamalpur bridge to Sardar bridge. Similar diversions will be facilitated by the police on the route of Rath Yatra,” said Mayanksinh Chavda, joint police commissioner, Ahmedabad Traffic Police, in a statement.
Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi conducted an inspection of the Rath yatra route along with senior police officials, priests, and local Member of Legislative Assemblys (MLAs), on Tuesday morning, ahead of the 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra scheduled in old city Ahmedabad on July 1.Later in the day, Sanghavi also took Dilip Dasji Maharaj, the head priest of Lord Jagannath temple, and Congress MLA Imran Khedawala to interact with the local residents of Jamalpur, as a confidence building measure between two communities ahead of the yatra. A total of 25,000 personnel of Gujarat Police, State Reserve Police, Home Guard, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF) and other agencies will be deployed at the 18 kilometres long stretch of the yatra on July 1. In that regard, a total of 51 persons were detained under sections of the CRPC.“On June 29 at 8 am, idols of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra and Baldev will enter the garbh gruh (sanctum santorum) and then after pooja ceremony, the idols will be blindfolded as per ritual. Then at 9:30 am on Wednesday, Gujarat BJP President CR Paatil will attend a flag hoisting ceremony at the temple premises and later, former deputy CM Nitin Patel will honour the saints,” said Mahendra Jha, one of the trustees at Lord Jagannath Temple.“On Thursday, a pooja ceremony of elephants will be conducted followed by the placing of the three chariots carrying the three idols. Then a peace committee meeting will be called at the temple premises and later CM Bhupendra Patel will conduct an aarti in the evening,” he added.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨“On July 1, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will conduct an aarti at the temple around 4 am and then the yatra will begin by 7 am,” he added.Lakhs of devotees will walk 18 kilometres along the route of Lord Jagannath from Jamalpur Darwaza to Saraspur to theLord Jagannath temple. The historic yatra was curtailed for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in 2022, the state government has given permission to organise the rath yatra in a full-fledged manner. Surat all set In Surat, the procession will be taken out from five different locations — Pandesara, Mahidharpura, Katargam, Sachin and the main one from Surat railway station to Jehangirpura at Iskcon temple. After holding a meeting with leaders from the Hindu community and Muslim community on Tuesday, Surat police commissioner Ajay Kumar Tomar said, “We have given assurances that the police will assist each procession and see no untoward incident takes places. Police vehicles with cameras and personnel with body cameras will also travel with the procession.”Giving details about the yatra, Saroj Kumar Das of Iskon temple said, “Our procession will start from Surat railway station at 3 pm on July 1. It will reach Athwagate area and cross Tapi river from Sardar bridge and reach Adajan area, before culminating at Jehangirpura area by 9 pm.”
When Lord Jagannath undertakes the 145th Rath Yatra on July 1, Amdavadis need to venture out on specific routes and not get caught in the procession. So, planning a detour is a must. The processions and waves of devotees will take up major areas of the city, leaving traffic to take other routes.Here’s a quick lowdown on the roads which will remain closed at different times through Friday. Stretch from Khamasa crossroad to Jamalpur crossroad to remain closed from 2am until completion of yatra Raikhad crossroad to Astodia Darwaza will be shut off for traffic from 5am to 11am, and from 5pm until completion of yatra Stretch from Astodia Chakla to Kalupur Circle to remain unavailable from 9am to 4.30pm Sarangpur Circle to Kalupur Circle to Kalupur bridge will be closed from 9am to 4.30pm Kalupur circle-Prem Darwaza-Dariyapur Darwaza-Delhi Chakla will be closed from 9.30am to 4.30pm Stretch from Delhi Chakla-Shahpur Darwaza-Shahpur Chakla-Rangeela Chowki-RC High School-Gheekantha -Pankor Naka-Manek Chowk-Golllimda will be shut off from 5.30pm until the yatra is completed.
A 22-year-old BSc student, who became a drug carrier to make quick bucks, was caught by the Kalupur police on Monday morning during routine vehicle checking at Sarangpur crossroads. The cops became suspicious as he tried to flee from the spot after seeing them.Ganpatram Bishnoi, a 22-year-old student from Barmer in Rajasthan, was on foot and heading towards Sarangpur crossroads. On nearing the police team which was making routine checks ahead of the Rathyatra, Bishnoi tried to run away. Suspecting something fishy, cops ran after him and nabbed him.On frisking him, cops found 83.16 gm Mephedrone worth Rs 8.36 lakh from his pocket.On being questioned, Bishnoi confessed to have entered the illicit trade to make money. He had collected the drugs from one Devraj Chaudhary in Barmer and was on his way to Rajkot to deliver it to one Mayuddin. An FIR has been registered at the Kalupur police station against three people and further investigation is underway.
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.”
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.
Protests were held in the Walled city area of Ahmedabad and Vadodara on Friday by Muslims against the statements made by suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Muhammad in a TV debate a few days ago.In Ahmedabad, Shops were shut in Kalupur, Dariapur, Shahpur, Teen Darwaza, Jamalpur, Khadia and other adjoining areas of old city Ahmedabad on Friday.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxAround 4 pm, spontaneous protests were held by several dozens of residents who came out on the road in Mirzapur, Kalupur and Shahpur demanding arrest of Sharma. The sensitive areas were under heavy police deployment however, the protest was peaceful.In Vadodara, protests were held at Nagarwada, Machchipith and outside Jama Masjid as people carried banners demanding arrest of Sharma.At Machchipith, protestors pasted pictures of Sharma and BJP leader Naveen Jindal on the roads as a mark of protest.
AHMEDABAD: A seven-year-old boy who fled from the Swaminarayan Temple orphanage on Friday was found later that night as cops followed his CCTV trail, and a police complaint was filed in the case on Saturday. After the boy disappeared, Kalupur cops initially treated it as a case of kidnapping. D J Chudasama, the Kalupur police inspector, said that CCTV footage later showed that the boy had run out of the orphanage alone. Surveillance footage showed him walking till Relief Road. Eventually, the boy was found from the Kagdapith police precincts. The complaint in the case was lodged by Ishwar Patel, a cashier at Swaminarayan Temple, Kalupur. He stated that the boy was brought to the orphanage by the child welfare department on May 25. Patel said that on Friday at about 7pm, all children went to have dinner and returned at 8pm. It was noticed then that the boy was missing. Patel said the staff could not find him and hence a complaint of kidnapping was lodged with Kalupur police. The cops said that a search was launched and a She Team and other personnel were deployed to look for the boy. Also, the control room flashed a message to all police stations in the city. One police team began scanning CCTV footage and spotted the boy heading alone to Relief Road. Kagdapith cops eventually found the boy, took him in their custody, and handed him over to the orphanage.
AHMEDABAD: The Special Operations Group (SOG) of the city crime branch on Sunday filed a case of circulating fake Indian currencies on the intimations given by 17 banks and the Reserve Bank of India. Interestingly, of the total 1,931 currency notes, 1,221 were in the new denominations of 2,000, 500 and 200. According to the FIR filed with the city crime branch, the SOG officers were informed by banks about the fake currency notes being deposited. Many of those notes were the damaged currencies wrapped in a plastic and some of them had a print of the “kids’ bank”. “These 1,931 currency notes include the currencies in the denominations of Rs 2,000 (123 notes), Rs 500 (770 notes), Rs 200 (328 notes), Rs 100 (647 notes), Rs 50 (111 notes), Rs 20 (eight notes) and Rs 10 (four notes),” said an SOG officer. The banks in which the fake currency notes were deposited have been identified as Axis bank, ICICI bank, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Canara Bank, IDBI Bank, DCB Bank, Kalupur Cooperative Bank, Bank of Baroda, AU Small Bank, State Bank of India, Saraswat Bank, IDFC First Bank, Gujarat State Cooperative Bank, Abhyudaya Cooperative Bank, TJSB Cooperative Bank and the RBI.
Reels have come back to haunt Gujarat police once again and this time it has got three policemen of Kalupur Police Station in Ahmedabad entangled. A video of the three cops showing quirky songs and dialogues made inside the police station has gone viral resulting in top officials suspending the trio.The video shows police constable Keshav Swarup, Siraj Razak and Edwin Alexander of Kalupur Police station wearing goggles, acting and delivering quirky dialogues with songs playing in the background.Disciplinary actionThe video also has a private individual in it. All the videos were shot within the Kalupur police station premises resulting in disciplinary action from the department.The three cops were later suspended on Monday.DCP Zone-3 Sushil Agrawal told Mirror that departmental action was taken against the three cops after the video was brought to their notice.“The behaviour amounted to indiscipline by the personnel,” said Agrawal.Box:-Reels reel in trouble for copsBack in 2019, Lok Rakshak Dal (LRD) jawan, Arpita Chaudhary of Mehsana police shot to fame after a TikTok video of hers went viral. The video was made inside the police station. She was suspended for the video and later reinstated. Last year, another video of her in a police uniform also surfaced.Similarly, in 2019, Vadodara city police commissioner Anupam Singh Gahlaut ordered an inquiry against PSI Arun Mishra after a video of his went viral on the internet. The video featured Mishra in a police uniform grooving to the song ‘do nain sitaare’.Two constables of Rajkot were suspended for making a video and posting it on TikTok while on duty.In 2019, DGP Ashish Bhatia issued a circular asking cops to desist from posting videos on ‘TikTok’ and other social media platforms while on duty.
Ahmedabad: In a bid to go popular on social media platforms, four cops of the Kalupur police station shot videos which they uploaded to Instagram reels around a week ago. As the videos in which the cops are being heard delivering dialogues of a Hindi movie went viral, the deputy commissioner of police of zone-3 ordered an inquiry into the case.According to the sources in the city police, the four constables had shot the videos inside the police station, on the terrace and near the parking area on Sunday.“They used to make entertainment videos earlier also but this time they chose dialogues by goons in a film. This did not go well with certain police officers who informed DCP Sushil Agrawal. Agrawal ordered an inquiry to be conducted by an ACP,” said a source in Kalupur police station.These four cops had earlier made motivational videos also which they put on social media, said the officer, adding that they were hailed by other cops for putting such reels on the Instagram after which they decided to use filmy dialogues.According to the sources in the police, all the cops are more likely to face adverse action in the case.Earlier, a video by a Mehsana cop Alpita Chaudhary became viral. She had posted her videos in khaki uniform shot inside the police station. She had faced an inquiry and was dismissed later.