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Global outcry over Israeli action at scribe’s funeral
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

#JerusalemThe US and EU led an international outcry on Saturday after Israeli police charged the funeral procession in Jerusalem of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and beat pallbearers who almost dropped her coffin.Thousands of people packed Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday for the burial of the veteran Al Jazeera journalist, two days after she was killed in an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank.Television footage showed the pallbearers struggling to stop Shireen Abu Akleh’s casket from falling to the ground as baton-wielding police officers charged towards them, grabbing Palestinian flags from mourners.The United States said it was “deeply troubled” by the scenes, while the European Union said it was “appalled” by the “unnecessary force”.The Jerusalem Red Crescent said 33 people were injured, of whom six were hospitalised. Israeli authorities said six arrests were made after mourners had thrown “rocks and glass bottles”.Abu Akleh, a Christian and a Palestinian-American, was a star reporter and her funeral drew massive crowds. Israel and the Palestinians traded blame for the death of Abu Akleh who was shot in the head during the Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp.The Israeli army said an interim investigation could not determine who fired the fatal bullet, noting stray Palestinian gunfire or Israeli sniper fire aimed at militants were both possible causes.But the Palestinian prosecutor’s office in the West Bank city of Ramallah said later the initial results of an investigation showed “the only origin of the shooting was the Israeli occupation forces”. Al Jazeera has said Israel killed her “deliberately” and “in cold blood”

Global outcry over Israeli action at scribe’s funeral
Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur, Agra -- all vote BJP back to power
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago

Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur and Agra were termed as trouble spots for the BJP, but the results of the Assembly elections out on Thursday clearly indicate that for the people, the incidents in these cities did not affect their decision to vote for the saffron party.Gorakhpur hit the headlines last year when Manish Gupta, a businessman from Kanpur, died, allegedly after being beaten up by the police during a raid in his hotel.The opposition was quick to use the incident as an example of ‘law-and-order’ situation in the state.However, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promptly handed over the case to the CBI and gave compensation and a job to Gupta’s widow. The matter died a natural death, and Gorakhpur has now given a clean sweep to the BJP with Adityanath winning his first Assembly election with an appreciable margin.The Lakhimpur incident in October last year, when an SUV, owned by Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra, mowed down four farmers who were returning from a protest.The incident provided fuel for the farmers’ agitation as opposition parties rushed in to cash in on the bereavement of the families.Ashish Mishra, who had been arrested, was released on bail recently, but Lakhimpur, apparently, put the incident behind and voted on all seats for the BJP.In Agra, the death of a Dalit youth — Arun Valmiki — in police custody also became fodder for opposition politics, but now that the BJP has won all the seats in Agra, the incident is on the backburner.”The manner in which the Yogi Adityanath government handled the action in these incidents became more important. The accused were arrested, the victims were given compensation an investigation continued without any pressure. People understood that the government did not wish to hide anything when it came to dealing with culprits,” said Vijay Pathak, state Vice-President of the BJP.

Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur, Agra -- all vote BJP back to power
I-T search at Shilp, Shivalik and Sharda groups
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago

The Investigation Wing of the Income Tax department on Thursday carried out search operations at a total of 25 premises belonging to three construction groups in the city.Searches were conducted at the Shilp, Shivalik and Sharda groups by 50 officers and 100 personnel of the investigation wing. More than 70 cops accompanied the tax sleuths.On the first day, the I-T teams found Rs 1 crore in cash and located 20 lockers which were sealed. Sources said tax evasion worth Rs 500 crore seems to have been committed. Of the premises searched on Thursday, 20 were residences and 5 were offices of these companies.Sources said the groups readily sold properties by accepting only 10% of the payment by cheque and the rest in cash, which makes a case for large scale tax evasion.Shilp, Shivalik and Sharda groups are connected with each other and many of their projects are joint ventures.After Diwali, the taxmen raided about five places and detected crores in tax evasion. Thereafter, the work of the income tax department had stopped. Now, suddenly 50 officers and 100 personnel with police protection descended on three construction groups, searching 25 premises.Among the locations searched included Shilp offices and residence of its MD Yash Brahmbhatt near Rajpath Club. Offices of Shivalik near Satellite police station and residences of Chitrak Shah and Taral Shah were also searched. Offices and residences of Sharda group MD and top officials were also searched.Stock brokersalso under lensAs soon as the search operations began, most builders in Ahmedabad closed their offices and went home. Searches were also conducted at premises of brokers Kiran Indravadan, Manish Brahmbhatt and Ketan Shantilal Shah. Investigation is also said to be underway against the right-hand men of the builders and their accountants.Possible TDR scam under scannerSome time ago, a raid by the income tax department on the Sambhav group had reportedly found wrongful use of Transferable Development Rights (TDR) worth hundreds of crores. Similarly, officials believe that these three groups may have also engaged in the same, leading to large scale tax evasion.Before swooping down on the three builders, a senior I-T official himself visited a plotting scheme, near Basant Bahar in Bopal, where the builder readily agreed to accept 90% payment in cash when the official expressed inability to pay by cheque.I-T insider leaking raid details?Just like informants pass on information to the Income Tax department, builders, jewellers and businessmen also have informants within the I-T department. In recent times, senior officials suspect information about raids and searches is leaked out. Efforts are on to zero in on the source.List of jewellers, doctors and bizmen readyFor a long time, tax sleuths had been busy searching for and compiling tax evasion by jewellers, doctors and businessmen. Homework on the type of tax evasion was underway. Now, it is learnt that a comprehensive list is ready and the taxmen may descend on several people in Ahmedabad in the near future.

I-T search at Shilp, Shivalik and Sharda groups
Atrocity: 2 IPS officers summoned
Times of India | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 months ago

Ahmedabad: A metropolitan court on Wednesday issued summons against six cops including two IPS officers, Ashok Yadav and Shweta Shrimali, after holding them responsible, prima facie, for atrocities in Chharanagar. The case involves beating, abusing, and criminally intimidating some members of the Chhara community in July 2018. A resident of Chharanagar and theatre activist, Atish Indrekar, had filed a complaint with the court after police refused to register an FIR. He moved court and alleged that a police party led by the then joint commissioner of police, Yadav, DCP Shrimali, and the then Sardarnagar police inspector R N Virani thrashed people and abused and threatened them. Indrekar was also one of the injured during the police raid carried out on the night of July 27. His advocate Jayendra Abhavekar submitted that the cops had gone to Chharanagar and resorted to violence on the pretext of a liquor raid. The court has summoned the cops after taking cognizance of their alleged crime on the basis of the complaint filed by Indrekar. The court said evidence showed that the raid was carried out under the supervision of the top cops. The complainant alleged that some people of the locality were illegally detained and booked in false cases when they had gone to lodge a complaint against police officials. The court summoned the cops with the specific observation that the act committed by them does not fall in the line of duty. Therefore, the court said, prior permission for prosecution under Section 197 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure), which is mandatory to prosecute a public servant, is not required in this case. The court said: “No cop has the right to commit an offence under the garb of official duty.” The court further said that if the action is not performed as part of duty and it appears to be misuse of power, the protection under Section 197 is not available for officials. The court concluded that the action taken by the cops cannot be said to be a part of their duty. Earlier, the metropolitan court took cognizance of police action and had summoned these cops on complaints filed by other residents. But two complaints have been withdrawn.

Atrocity: 2 IPS officers summoned
Gujarat: 13 dental students arrested for consuming liquor, creating nuisance in Gandhinagar
Times Now | 7 months ago
Times Now
7 months ago

Ahmedabad:In dry Gujarat, at least thirteen dental students, including nine girls were arrested on Saturday for consuming liquor at a residential apartment in Gujarat's Gandhinagar. The neighbours apparently alerted the cops to the party at a flat in Swagat Afford society.As a result of the raid, two liquor bottles were recovered from the flat. The man who recorded the video accuses the students of taking drugs as one of the girls is sleeping. The police team has arrested 13 students but no drugs were recovered from their possession.According to the police, a resident went to the flat in question and recorded a video, and sent a complaint to the police control room. Gandhinagar superintendent of police, Mayur Chavda said that the police have become complainant in this case as no resident came forward to file a complaint.As per the complaint, dental students had organised the party at their residence. According to the report published in the Times of India, one arrested student is local, while others are from Haryana, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Maharashtra among other states. Another similar incidentThe Hyderabad police caught three students with 110 MDMA pills on November 12. According to the police, the estimated value of the drugs will be Rs 3 lakh in the international market.Based on a tip-off, the police and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) team nabbed the three accused. During the interrogation, the accused revealed that the drugs were being supplied from Goa.

Gujarat: 13 dental students arrested for consuming liquor, creating nuisance in Gandhinagar
  • 13 dental students held in Gandhinagar
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: At least 13 students, including nine girls, of a Gandhinagar-based dental college were caught drunk at a flat in Swagat Afford society in Gandhinagar. Neighbours had apparently alerted the cops to the party. A resident of the complex went to the flat in question and started recording a video. He is heard accusing the students of taking drugs as one of the girls is sleeping. Gandhinagar Police has become the complainant in the case and has arrested the 13 from the flat. Gandhinagar superintendent of police Mayur Chavda said no drugs were found at the flat. Two liquor bottles were recovered. He said that the residents had sent a complaint to the police control room, but no one came forward to formally file it. So police have become the complainant. The complaint stated that one of the 13 arrested was a resident of the society and had organized the party. The person who had taken the flat on rent was a native of Madhya Pradesh. Cops said that one student is a local and the rest are from Haryana, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Maharashtra among other states. tnn

Gujarat connection to Aryan Khan drug case?
Ahmedabad Mirror | 7 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
7 months ago

While the controversial drug case of Aryan Khan is throwing up new facts daily, the latest is about an alleged Gujarat connection, especially the ‘Gandhinagar connection’. It has been alleged that the controversy has created political ripples in Gujarat too even as Kutch native Manish Bhanushali, K P Gosavi and Sunil Paatil areunder scrutiny.A senior BJP leader from Mumbai has claimed that a man named Sunil Paatil is the mastermind in the cruise-boat drug bust case. It is said that Paatil stayed in a luxury hotel in Ahmedabad for a month. Besides that, days before the cruise raid, between September 27 and October 12, all three had visited Gandhinagar to meet a minister. It also alleged that later on the same date they also met a senior Gujarat police official. Paatil claimed this before the media on Monday. This development has led to another controversy about the possible role of some Gujarat politicians and a cop in the Aryan Khan drug case.Leader of NCP and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik had on October 7 also named two high-profile people, who have no connection with NCB, for having played a role. Of these one is Manish Bhanushali, a Kandivali resident and native of Kutch. Bhanushali is believed to have political leanings, which has raised questions over his alleged connection with NCB Mumbai. Paatil, in an interview to a media outlet, claimed that Bhanushali met a Gujarat minister at Sachivalaya in Gandhinagar on October 1.When contacted by Mirror, the police official admitted that Bhanushali did make a courtesy call as he was a friend of his brother-in-law, who is no more now.Mirror also tried to contact the minister, but he was not available.

Gujarat connection to Aryan Khan drug case?