Ahmedabad Police News

‘Chulbul Pandey’ flaunts khaki power, harasses citizen at 4 in morning
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

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

‘Chulbul Pandey’ flaunts khaki power, harasses citizen at 4 in morning
Child labour cases: Nodal officers to fast-track filing of complaints
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

Ahmedabad police, in the city and rural jurisdictions, have been asked to appoint nodal officers to liaison with the labour department and NGOs working to eliminate child labour and make sure that owners of such establishments are booked under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act and Juvenile Justice Act.The move comes at the behest of Ahmedabad collector Sandip Sagale who, after receiving multiple concerns from NGOs working for children and officers of the Labour Department about problems from local police in lodging FIRs against those employing child labour, requested the Ahmedabad police commissioner and Ahmedabad Rural SP to appoint nodal officers who can make sure that such employers are booked promptly.The issues were brought to light and discussed in a meeting of the District Task Force on Child Labour in Ahmedabad.Ahmedabad CP Shrivastava, in a letter dated September 18, appointed the ACP of Mahila Cell, currently Mini Joseph, as the nodal officer. He further appointed the DCP Crime Branch, currently Chaitanya Mandlik, as supervisor in such cases.SP Vasava in rural Ahmedabad confirmed that DySP Headquarters, ND Chauhan, had been appointed as nodal officer in June.Stakeholders had raised concerns in the meeting about non-cooperation and lack of communication between officials in the filing of FIRs related to child labour and emphasised the need to appoint liaison police officers to get full cooperation from police.Sources said labour department officials and volunteers of various NGOs face a lot of problems due to non-cooperation of local police, leading to those involved in the rescue of children, having to spend hours in police stations or juggling between police stations to file FIRs in such cases.“There have been cases where filing of a case has been delayed several days,” said officials. Mirror had reported in April how it took 7 days for police officials to book a child labour FIR in Bhavnagar after 7 children were rescued from Ahmedabad railway station.Ahmedabad Collector Sagale, chairperson of the Task Force told Mirror, “Task Force members raised serious issues regarding the delay in filing of FIRs and lack of coordination between different government authorities. So we requested the CP to appoint nodal officers to streamline the process.”

Child labour cases: Nodal officers to fast-track filing of complaints
Probe agencies being used for extortion, not to end graft: Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat; claims cops asked about money during AAP office raid
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: In a swipe at the Centre, Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday alleged that probe agencies were being used to conduct raids for "extortion" and not to end corruption. Speaking about the purported raid conducted by "three policemen" at the AAP's office in Ahmedabad on Sunday, Kejriwal claimed the policemen were asking about money. "We are a poor party with no money. The policemen searched our office for two hours and left. They were asking our people about money. They left when we said there was no money. Today, the Ahmedabad police said no raid took place. This is surprising," he said. "What is going on in this country? Is this how a policiya sarkar (police state) works? Police are entering any house or office without valid papers," he questioned while speaking at a town hall in Ahmedabad in poll-bound Gujarat. The Ahmedabad police had refuted the claim of AAP that its office was raided on Sunday. Kejriwal said the country cannot progress until businessmen are free from the fear of raids. He urged the business sector in the state to support AAP in the Assembly polls, due in December this year, as a victory would mean the AAP has three chief ministers (Delhi, Gujarat, and Punjab), which will allow its voice to be heard by the Centre for simplification of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). "They are scaring people through agencies not to end corruption but for extortion. All the agencies are being used for extortion. Until the businessmen of the country are rid of fear and can do business freely, the country will not progress," Kejriwal said. The AAP government will be corruption-free and will ensure people can do business freely without fear of raids as well as works towards simplification of the GST process at the state and Central levels, the AAP leader claimed. He said the party will have three chief ministers if it wins in Gujarat and "when the three CMs raise their voice before the Centre, we will be heard more". Attacking the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Kejriwal said, "They are doing their best to spread lies across the country that Kejriwal is involved in liquor scam, Manish Sisodia is behind Rs 144 crore corruption. They conducted raids on his house and could not even find Rs 10,000." Raids on the AAP at several places, including Gujarat, have yielded nothing as the party and its individuals are honest and do not take money, Kejriwal claimed. "They found nothing in the houses of Manish Sisodia and Satyendra Jain. They keep talking about such things. The public is watching. When we formed government in Delhi, we stopped all the raids," he said.

Probe agencies being used for extortion, not to end graft: Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat; claims cops asked about money during AAP office raid
Mr. CP, how about preventing cars with dark glasses in your office?
Ahmedabad Mirror | 5 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
5 months ago | |

Even as Ahmedabad police’s traffic department initiated a week-long drive on Monday to nab those with dark films on their vehicles, it forgot to put its own house in order first.While the traffic cops were busy chasing violators with tinted windows on their vehicles, several cars were found parked at Ahmedabad police chief’s office in Shahibaug sporting dark glasses in blatant violation of the rule.Interestingly, two of the parked vehicles with dark glasses also had police written on them.This begs the question: does the city police not practice what it preaches? Did the cops forget to check its own backyard or are they shying away from penalising their own personnel for violating the rules?In 2012, the Supreme Court in a ruling had prohibited the use of sun films on windshields and windows of vehicles that restricted visibility beyond the permissible limits under the Motor Vehicles Act.Those found violating the rules are liable to face action under the Motor Vehicles Act with a fine of Rs 500 for the first violation and Rs 1,000 for subsequent violations.JCP Traffic Mayanksinh Chavda told Mirror that during any drive, the department first penalises police personnel if they are found to be violating the rules. As for the presence of cars with tinted windows in the city police commissioner’s office premises, Chavda said they will take action as the violation was brought to their notice.​​​​​

Mr. CP, how about preventing cars with dark glasses in your office?
City police’s mobile kiosks to detect malware go missing
Ahmedabad Mirror | 8 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
8 months ago | |

In 2019, the cyber cell of Ahmedabad Police and the Forensics University came up with an ambitious project to install kiosks that would help people detect malware in their mobile phones, pen drives and tablets. Two years later the kiosks have disappeared altogether or have become redundant even as new and smarter malware enter the market.Police sources said 22 such mobile kiosks were made and installed with the latest software to detect malware and wipe them off mobile phones, pen drives, tablets and hard drives among others.One such kiosk was installed in all the nine Range IGP offices in the state, two each was put up at the cyber cell office in Ahmedabad, at Karanj police station and Gujarat University police stations in 2019.Two were also installed in the Vidhansabha during the assembly session.But now the police department is not sure where these kiosks are.A top police official said the mobile kiosks that were installed across the state detected about 1000 malware of which about 400 were detected from mobile phones in the Vidhansabha alone.As to why they went redundant, a senior cop said many people began to be suspicious of the kiosk and its actual function and so they were removed from many places. “As a result, the ambitious project that was to cover the entire state got stalled,” said the cops.When Mirror contacted the cyber cell office of Ahmedabad police at Dafnala where such a kiosk was installed, a police official said it was no more there and was shifted to other locations. However, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Amit Vasava said two mobile kiosks which were installed at the cyber cell office are still there and are in working condition. Mirror tried to locate the kiosks but could not.The status of two kiosks at Karanj police station is also not known. Inspector MM Laliwala of Karanj police said he is not aware of any such kiosk in his police station. Senior police officials said several such kiosks installed at various places in the city are not traceable anymore.“These kiosks need periodical maintenance and updating to keep track of the new malware. Since no one bothered to update them they disappeared. Several of these kiosks are untraceable and it needs to be investigated what happened to them,” said a senior official.How the kiosk workedAnyone wishing to detect malware in their mobile phone, tablet or the hard disk could use the kiosks. The kiosk would seek the person’s permission to clean the device. “The device is cleaned of malware only after an affirmation by the owner of the device. The malware detected are sent for forensic examination and if new malware is detected steps to counter it is designed,” said a cop.

City police’s mobile kiosks to detect malware go missing
Delayed panic button project in A’bad gets the go-ahead signal!
Ahmedabad Mirror | 9 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
9 months ago | |

The ambitious panic alarm button project is getting revived again after being put on the back burner for five years. The project, under which panic alarm buttons were to be installed at about 250 public places in Ahmedabad, including AMTS bus stands, was approved in 2018. It was to enhance the safety and security of women in the city.Ahmedabad was among the eight cities in the country selected for the project. Central grants for the project were released under the Nirbhaya funds, and it was to be jointly carried out by Ahmedabad Police and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Unfortunately, the project did not take off then for reasons unknown.The project was envisaged under the Nirbhaya fund, which was set up by the Centre following the horrific Nirbhaya rape incident. The fund was to be used for projects to enhance women’s safety and one of them involved installing CCTV panic alarm buttons at various places for women.The motive was to ensure women could seek immediate help when in distress. The panic alarm was to be connected to the police control room, and when pressed, it would give the location of the caller to those manning the control room.A senior AMC official told Mirror that 250 places were selected, and tenders were also issued. “Then suddenly, in 2020 and 2021, the project was stuck. This has been the fate of many projects under the Nirbhaya fund,” said the official.Transport Manager RL Pandey said the Ahmedabad police had asked the AMC for a list of bus stands in the city, which was provided. “We don’t have any update about it now,” said Pandey.JCP Ajay Chaudhari said that the project planning was in the final stages and will soon be implemented.AMTS sites for panic alarm buttons​​​​​​​• Lal Darwaja bus stand• Gujarat University bus stand• Ashram Road, Natraj cinema• Income Tax bus stand• Sarangpur bus stand• Vadaj bus stand• RTO bus stand• Paldi bus stand• Dilli Darwaza bus stand• Kalupur bus stand• Asarwa Civil Hospital• Chandkheda bus stand• Soni ni Chali, Odhav• Rakhial Char Rasta• Raipur Darwaja bus stand

Delayed panic button project in A’bad gets the go-ahead signal!
Police start scheme to help kin of cops who died on duty
Ahmedabad Mirror | 9 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
9 months ago | |

For a youth in his early 20s, it was tough losing his father, who was working as an assistant sub-inspector, to Covid not just emotionally but financially too. He was preparing for a competitive exam and now the family had just lost the only earning member. But Ahmedabad police ensured his admission in a private coaching class to help him prepare for the exam well.Ahmedabad police commissioner Sanjay Srivastava started a programme in December to help families of city cops who passed away due to Covid. Later, it was decided to extend help to all families of cops who died on duty.As part of the initiative, police will enquire with the family of the deceased personnel about the problems they face and provide help in the form of rations, healthcare kits, school/college fees among others. The assistance offered has been divided into four categories — primary needs, healthcare, educational needs and employment related help.This has now been converted into a standard operating procedure (SOP) by the Ahmedabad police to be followed for providing help to families of police personnel who died while on duty. DCP Zone 4 Rajesh Gadhiya has been made the nodal officer to oversee the process. Till now, help has been provided to more than 20 police families in the form of monetary support, ration kits, medicine to children, among others. Talking to Mirror, DCP Gadhiya said, “We are registering a charitable trust so that funding can be acquired in the form of CSR. Trustees will include members of GCCI as well so that industrial training can also be provided to family members of police personnel. A helpline will also be launched.”Aid for at least 1 yearRation kits provided contain food material which would ensure help at least for a couple of months. The assistance will be given for at least one year. Help is provided to the immediate family members of cops, which includes parents, wife and children. The base year for assistance is January 2020, but this will be extended to include those who had passed away earlier also.We are registering a charitable trust so that funding can be acquired as CSR. Trustees will also include GCCI members who can provide industrial training to cops’ family members–Rajesh Gadhiya, DCP Zone 4

Police start scheme to help kin of cops who died on duty
Out of 78 accused, 49 convicted, 28 acquitted, one turned approver
Ahmedabad Mirror | 9 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
9 months ago | |

Pronouncing the verdict in the 2008 serial bomb blasts case, a special court in Ahmedabad convicted 49 accused while acquitting 28. The serial blasts had claimed 56 lives and injured over 200 in Ahmedabad. The quantum of punishment is likely to be spelt out on Wednesday by judge A R Patel.As many as 78 persons were put to trial, out of which one turned approver. Out of 77, 28 got the benefit of doubt and were acquitted. Those who were held guilty included Safdar Nagori, Javed Ahmed and Atikur Rehman. Among those acquitted were Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Ahmad and Shakeel Ahmed.On July 26, 2008, 20 bombs detonated in Ahmedabad within a span of 70 minutes killing 56 persons and injuring more than 200. The police had claimed people associated with the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), a faction of radicals of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), were involved in the blasts. It was alleged IM terrorists had planned and executed the attack as revenge for the 2002 post-Godhra riots.The trial in the case began in December 2009 against 78 persons connected to IM after the court merged all 35 FIRs.Special public prosecutor Amit Patel said, “We will seek maximum punishment under the law against the accused. The 49 have been convicted under murder (IPC 302), criminal conspiracy (IPC 120B) and provisions of UAPA, including section 16 of UAPA which is for terrorism. The provisions provide for life imprisonment and death.”“The convicts and the Special Public Prosecutor will be heard on Wednesday and then the quantum of sentence will be decided. The judgment was given through a video conference. The convicts were present during it from various jails. The hearing of the convicts will also be held through a video conference,” Patel said.The approver was given bail from the time he approved. He has been relieved of the charges against him.Calling it a big achievement, Crime branch PI P D Vaghela said, “If Ahmedabad police had not cracked the case and established the links, the module would have continued setting up big explosions in the country.”On how the accused were nabbed, he said, “After the arrest of some accused initially, the probe spread wider and led the cops to the entire network. There are 15 more accused in the case. Two of them were killed in the Delhi Batla House encounter, one died in Kashmir, three are presently in jail, while two have run away to Pakistan. We arrested the other involved.“As many as 1,100 witnesses were probed and hearings continued even during the Covid pandemic. Initially, for two-and-a-half years, the accused had appealed in the Supreme Court. Their appeal was rejected and the hearings in the special court started in 2012.”Giving details of how the conspiracy was put into play, Vaghela said, “The accused had held two training camps, one in Pavagadh and another in Vagamon in Kerala. This is the reason why the UAPA was established in the case.”The investigation involved undercover witnesses that helped in reaching the accused in various states. Oral and documentary evidence was collected against the accused, who were interrogated by officials like Ashish Bhatia and Abhay Chudasama.Within a few days of the blasts in Ahmedabad, cops had found 15 bombs from various parts of Surat. Total 20 FIRs were registered in Ahmedabad and 15 in Surat. The trial was conducted after merging all the 35 FIRs.If Ahmedabad police had not cracked the case and established the links, the module would have continued setting up big explosions in the country–P D Vaghela, PI, Crime Branch

Out of 78 accused, 49 convicted, 28 acquitted, one turned approver
Restaurateurs seek police support
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: Even though the state government announced a change in guidelines permitting restaurants to deliver food round the clock, only a few continued delivering till late after restrictions eased from Sunday. A major hindrance was delivery personnel and restaurant workers being stopped by police at check points during curfew hours from 10pm onwards. Representatives of Hotels and Restaurants’ Association, Gujarat, urged the Ahmedabad police commissioner for aid. A representation was made on Tuesday.“We asked the Ahmedabad police commissioner to allow people with identity proof to pass during curfew hours. Our businesses have been hit over the past two years and permitting deliveries round-the-clock is one way for restaurants to sustain. A lot of students, IT professionals, resident doctors and youngsters tend to order in food late at night and this brings us business,” said Narendra Somani, president, HRA, Gujarat.A copy of the representation was also sent to director general of police, Gujarat.HRA estimates suggest that roughly 85% of hoteliers’ and restaurateurs’ revenues come from dine-in business during the evening. However, this has taken a major hit with the curfew being in place from 10pm onwards and with Covid-19 cases witnessing a massive rise.“Permitting deliveries will help restaurants sustain when dine-in footfalls have remained less. We will be grateful if restaurant staffers and food delivery workers are allowed to move during curfew hours with proper ID cards or the department must make provision for curfew passes,” said Somani.

Restaurateurs seek police support