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Redevelopment project: Sabarmati Ashram resident faces FIR for ‘verbally abusing’ officials
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

An FIR has been lodged against a resident of the Sabarmati Ashram who allegedly threatened and verbally abused Ahmedabad district officials who were facilitating the rehabilitation of residents for Ashram redevelopment project.The officials of Ranip police station in Ahmedabad registered the FIR on June 22 on a complaint by a district official.Ashram resident, Shishir Dabhi, has been booked under IPC sections 186 (obstruction to public servant in discharge of public functions), 189 (threat of injury to public servant), 504 (intentionally insults provoking a person to break public peace), and 506 (1) (criminal intimidation).The complaint by Vadaj circle officer Kaushikkumar Solanki states that as per instruction from the executive committee constituted by the state government for Ashram redevelopment project, he was at the site for survey work pertaining to rehabilitation of residents along with other officials when around 6 pm, the Shishir came on his bike and started “verbally abusing” the team members.According to Solanki’s complaint, the accused threatened the officials and behaved rudely in the presence of a woman official, as a result of which the survey team had to return to the collectorate office without completing the day’s work.The state government is expected to rehabilitate or relocate 263 families who have been living in the Gandhi ashram premises as part of the Gandhi Ashram Precinct Development Project,with residents being given the option of accepting a one-time settlement amount of Rs 60 lakh for vacating their residence on the Ashram premises or a choice to be rehabilitated to a property offered by the Gujarat Housing Board.

Redevelopment project: Sabarmati Ashram resident faces FIR for ‘verbally abusing’ officials
Man with 2 POCSO cases seeks custody of wife
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

The Gujarat High Court has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on a 35-year-old man who filed habeas corpus petition seeking release of his minor wife, all of 15 years and six months of age, from the confinement of her parents though he was facing two separate offences under POCSO.Alleging illegal confinement of his wife, he even produced a marriage certificate based on which the court issued notice to the Vadaj police. During the police inquiry, it came to light that he had kidnapped his so-called wife in August 2020 and the girl’s mother had filed a complaint against him. He was arrested and later released on bail by the high court. Meanwhile, the girl started residing with her parents. The man again eloped with the girl in September 2021. He was once again arrested and the girl was sent back to the custody of her parents.Recently, he filed the habeas corpus petition. After learning the facts, the court rejected the petition. The court noted, “It appears that the petitioner took advantage of the fact that he was released on two occasions in both the cases. He attempted to marry the girl though her school leaving certificate shows her to be a minor, born on February 13, 2005. None of these aspects were brought before the court when the habeas corpus plea was filed.”The court also did not entertain the plea of the man’s lawyer to withdraw the habeas petition. The court said, “Since we have chosen to dismiss the petition there is no question of permitting him to withdraw the habeas petition in wake of these glaring facts. This being a complete suppression of the vital facts and utter misuse of court proceedings by an accused facing two trials under the POCSO Act, he needs to be saddled with much higher costs. However, considering his financial condition, the fine is restricted to Rs 25,000.”

Man with 2 POCSO cases seeks custody of wife
Man fined 25k for hiding Pocso cases
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on a man who sought the custody of his wife but hid that he was facing two trials under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso) for luring her twice and marrying her despite she being a minor. The petitioner, Hitesh Goswami, 27, from Vadaj, who was seeking custody of his wife, had furnished a marriage certificate. When the court sought details from the police, it learnt that Goswami had eloped with the girl twice in the past and was booked twice for rape and under Pocso. However, Goswami’s petition did not mention any of these details. The bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice Mauna Bhatt said, “This being a complete suppression of the vital facts and utter misuse of court proceedings by an accused facing two trials under the Pocso Act, he needs to be saddled with a much higher cost. However, after plea from his advocate about his financial condition, it is restricted to the sum of Rs 25,000.” The court had asked cops to furnish details about cases lodged against Goswami and bail conditions imposed on him. The HC was informed that Goswami first eloped with the minor girl from the neighbourhood in August 2020, when she was 15. He was arrested and released on bail on condition of exile from the city for three months. When he returned, he again eloped with the girl and married her at Shree Vaidik Marriage Hall on September 15, 2021. The marriage was registered. On the basis of the marriage certificate, he was released on bail. He then filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court. The HC opined that Goswami has also violated the bail condition.

Man fined 25k for hiding Pocso cases
Ahmedabad: 35-year-old raped by online pal, common friend stalks her
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

AHMEDABAD: A 35-year-old woman from the Akhbarnagar area of the city on Saturday filed a complaint with Vadaj police alleging that a 32-year-old man from Gandhinagar raped her, threatening to make viral her private pictures. She said when their common friend knew about it, he also stalked her and demanded sex with him too. The woman said in her FIR that she was introduced to the accused Parth Panchal from Kalol town of Gandhinagar in 2019 through Facebook. She said that he sent her a friend request and when she accepted, he began seeking her cellphone number. A month later, he requested her to meet him in the Vadaj area and she went to meet him. During their meeting, Panchal clicked her pictures without her knowledge. After a week, he called her up and told her to meet again. This time, he took her to a guest house as, according to him, if someone sees her with another man, she would face problem in society. After talking for a few minutes, Panchal told her that he had clicked her pictures during their last meeting and demanded to have sex and threatened to make viral those pictures to defame her if she refused . With such threat, he allegedly raped her at the guest house in Vadaj. Panchal had placed her phone camera in the room to record the act. Using that video, he again raped her at another guest house in Infocity area of Gandhinagar. The woman said that Panchal began asking for her nude pictures and even sent his wife’s nude images saying that he wanted such pictures of her. Meanwhile, another man named Kishan Chauhan from Vadaj, who was their common friend, knew that Panchal had stored the woman’s nude pictures and videos. He also began following the complainant and seeking sex with her. Depressed due to the pressure by the two men, she told her husband about the issue who convinced her to file a police complaint against them. The woman then filed a complaint of rape, criminal intimidation, sexual harassment and stalking against Panchal and Chauhan with Vadaj police. ( The victim's identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court's directives on cases related to sexual assault)

Ahmedabad: 35-year-old raped by online pal, common friend stalks her
Creditors death threats push trader over edge
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

Ahmedabad: Unable to cope with death threats from creditors, a 55-year-old Vadaj resident, whose business had been hit by Covid, committed suicide by consuming poison and jumping into the Sabarmati. The deceased, Vijay Jingar, ran a wholesale cloth business in Navrangpura.On Tuesday, the Sabarmati Riverfront (West) police station registered a complaint against 11 people, including four from Mumbai, for abetting the April 18 suicide.Jingar’s son Vinay said in his police complaint that his father left their house in Swaminarayanpark Society at around 5am on April 18 on his scooter. Jingar had told his family members that he was going to meet a trader. Subsequently, he called the family members twice and asked them if they were all right.At around 9am on April 18, a fire brigade officer informed Jingar’s family members that he had committed suicide and his body had been recovered from the river. Vinay along with other family members reached the spot a suicide note in which he had blamed the 11 traders for pushing him over the edge. On April 20, Jingar’s daughter Kinjal found detailed notes in his cupboard in which he mentioned the roles of the 11. Vinay said in the FIR that his father’s business had been shaken by Covid and he could not pay the full dues of various traders including the four from Mumbai, three from Narol, and four from other parts of Ahmedabad. According to Vinay, his father had paid 70%-80% of his dues but the 11 were constantly threatening to kill his father and his family. Vinay said that one of the 11 used to barge into his father’s office in Ratnam Complex on Ashram Road in Navrangpura and threaten to have him booked in a false case. “He used to claim that he knew all the cabinet ministers and often came with a man whom he introduced as the nephew of an ex-CM,” said the FIR.

Creditors death threats push trader over edge
PM visit: 5,500 cops on security duty
Times of India | 3 months ago
Times of India
3 months ago

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his home state on March 11 and 12, and Gujarat Police have put comprehensive security arrangements in place in Ahmedabad where Modi is scheduled to attend two programmes.According to joint commissioner of police (Sector-1) Rajendra Asari, about 5,500 police personnel will be deployed for the security of the PM.During his two-day visit, the PM will address Maha Panchayat Sammelan at GMDC ground in Ahmedabad on March 11. The theme of the event is ‘Maaru Gaam, Maaru Gujarat’.The PM will also inaugurate the Khel Mahakumbh, a sporting event, at Sardar Patel Stadium in Navrangpura in the city on March 12.“For the Prime Minister’s visit, we will deploy four officers of the IG and DIG ranks,” Asari told reporters on Wednesday. “Moreover, 24 DCPs, 38 ACPs, 224 PIs, 432 PSIs, and thousands of other police personnel will be deployed for the security detail.” As part of the security protocol, various roads will be closed for the PM’s events in the city. According to the city traffic police, the road from Sanjivani Hospital in Vastrapur towards Vastrapur lake, Blind People’s Association Crossroads, Helmet Crossroads, Hotel Hyatt Road, and Kalyanpushti Haveli Road in Vastrapur will remain closed on March 11.People can use the routes from Sanjivani Hospital to Mansi Crossroads, Keshavbaug, Panjrapol, Gulbai Tekra, and Dada Saheb na Pagla on March 11.On March 12, the road between Sardar Patel Statue Circle and Stadium Six Roads and the road between Income Tax and Swastik Crossroads will remain closed. Also closed will be the road between Lakhudi Circle towards Stadium Six Roads and the road between Commerce Six Roads and Stadium.People can use routes from Usmanpura to Buta Singh Crossroads, Mithakhali Circle, and Girish Cold Drinks Circle to reach Swastik Crossroads. Similarly, the route from Lakhudi Circle and Darpan Circle, Vijay Crossroads, Dada Saheb na Pagla and Commerce Six Roads can be used on March 12.The Riverfront (West) road between Vadaj crematorium and Ambedkar Bridge will remain closed and the stretch between Ambedkar Bridge and Vadaj Circle can be used on March 12.

PM visit: 5,500 cops on security duty
Frequent connectivity issues at sub-registrar offices hassle citizens
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago

Claim of providing best e-governance to citizens in Gujarat falls flat when it comes to sub-registrar offices across the state. Poor connectivity (read internet and server issues) forces people to return without getting their work done. If the work is not executed on the day, then citizens have to reschedule the appointment which they usually get after 8-10 days because of the heavy rush.The problem is so grave that on March 2 all the sub-registrar offices in the state remained closed. People and advocates complain that poor connectivity leads to delays of 3 to 12 days in registering properties.There are 14 sub-registrar offices in Ahmedabad city and 10 in the district. Of the 14 offices, two handle registration of only agriculture properties while the rest 12 handle all types of properties. Registration of property is done only after taking an online appointment.The sub-registrar` offices of western Ahmedabad at Polytechnic, Sola, Vadaj and Bopal daily register about 100-150 properties.Frequent outage or server issues lead to backlog, which gets aggravated in March as it is the last month of the financial year.Advocate Dipak Patel of Sola said, “There are always connectivity issues at sub-registrar offices in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Appointments get cancelled frequently. In some cases, disputes arise as token amounts are paid but registration gets delayed. In case of agricultural land, documents are not uploaded the same day and hence the delay.”President of Title Clearance Association Prakash Shah said, “There are connectivity issues in sub-registrar offices in rural areas. In places like Mandal and Becharaji a record number of land deals have taken place after investment by Maruti. However, the sub-registrar office here remains closed for three days a week, causing delay in registration of properties.”A senior official of a sub-registrar office in Ahmedabad told Mirror, “The Nikol sub-registrar was closed for 3-4 days last month due to connectivity issues. Later, it was found that the cable had been cut off. Dholera sub-registrar office is closed for the past 3-4 days. On an average 30 complaints are filed per month for poor connectivity. Mostly, there is a problem with G-Swan and or the BSNL leased line.”The waiting game…There is a waiting period of 3-7 days for registration of properties in western parts of Ahmedabad and 12 days in Gandhinagar. In Sola sub-registrar office, the waiting period is 6-7 days, in Vadaj 5-6 days, polytechnic 7-8 days and Bopal 4 days. For registration of agricultural land, the waiting is 5-7 days. In eastern parts, for example Odhav, the waiting period is 4-5 days.Issue in Dholera, tooState government has decided to develop Dholera as a smart city due to which land deals take place. However, the Dholera sub-registrar office faces connectivity issues and is closed for 2-3 days in a week.Income from stamp duty (Ahmedabad city and district)​​​​​​​

Frequent connectivity issues at sub-registrar offices hassle citizens