The Indian Express | 1 week ago | 06-08-2022 | 03:35 am
The Ahmedabad Police’s Detection of Crime Branch detained one person for allegedly throwing an animal carcass in front of a residential society in Isanpur of Ahmedabad Friday.According to police, a decapitated head of an animal was found outside the main gate of Bhagwan Nagar society in the Govindwadi area of Isanpur around 8:30 am on Friday. Another plastic bag containing almost 50 kilograms of the animal carcass was found dumped at the public road outside Arihant Jewellers showroom near Isanpur overbridge around the same time. “Around 8:30 am, I saw a crowd of people assemble at Bhagwan Nagar society gate where on the main road, a decapitated head of a bovine was thrown. Similarly, another bag was found dumped on the road outside Arihant Jewellers containing an animal carcasses. We called the police immediately. Eyewitnesses told us that they saw an unidentified man riding a scooter and throwing animal meat before running away,” said Rohit Desai, a resident of neighbourhood, who is involved into animal husbandry. Taken cognizance of Desai’s complaint, police lodged an FIR under IPC section 278 for making atmosphere noxious to health and sections of the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals Act and Gujarat Animal Preservation Act at Isanpur police station. By Friday evening, a team of DCB detained Mohammad Faizan Shaikh (26), a resident of Vatva in Ahmedabad, for allegedly throwing the animal carcasses.“Based on technical input, we picked up Shaikh from Rakhial area with his scooty. CCTV footage also showed Shaikh using his scooty to dump the animal carcasses. He is being interrogated regarding the motive and then handed over to Isanpur police station,” said a senior official of Ahmedabad DCB.
AHMEDABAD: Struggling with finances, the city civic body has now begun to unburden itself from looking after its infrastructural white elephants. On Monday, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) approved a proposal to give contracts to run its 41 existing gymnasiums and five upcoming ones on public-private partnership (PPP) model for five years. Sources said the civic body is likely to follow the same model in operating skating rinks and sports enclaves. The civic body's recreational, cultural and heritage committee's meeting on Monday discussed a proposal according to which 41 existing gymnasiums, and five being built in Naranpura, Jodhpur, Vejalpur, Lambha and Vatva, will be given to private players to run. The committee approved the proposal which states that in future, all gymnasiums of AMC would be given to private players to be run on PPP model. The official said that once the standing committee approves this proposal, a tender for the same will be floated. The initial tenure for operations will be five years but if the results are found to be satisfactory, the contract may be extended for three more years. Sources said that these gymnasiums were proving to be white elephants for the civic body as it spends Rs 3.82 crore annually to run them, but the annual income earned does not exceed Rs 55 lakh. Sources said that AMC's revenue from these gyms was Rs 45.96 lakh in 2016-17, Rs 54.88 lakh in 2017-18, Rs 52.49 lakh in 2018-19 and Rs 46.62 lakh in 2019-20. The civic body suffers a loss of Rs 3.27 crore annually, on average, and on top of that it spends Rs 20-25 lakh on installing new equipment. The proposal states that the private player who gets the contract will be able to charge Rs 300 per month for a non-AC gym, Rs 500 for an AC gym, Rs 500 per month for personal coaching in non-AC gyms and Rs 700 in an AC gym. The base annual rental fixed for Vejalpur gym is Rs 3 lakh, for Naranpura gym Rs 4.20 lakh, for Vatva and Lambha gyms Rs 3 lakh each, and for Jodhpur gym, Rs 5.60 lakh. The contracts will be given to the highest bidders.
Whether it is due to the lackadaisical approach of self-financed private schools to fill up appropriate statistics on the U-DISE portal or an actual lack of adequate number of students, the District Education Officer (DEO), City has identified 57 private schools in city that have 20 or less students enrolled in the primary section.The schools located in various parts of the city may face closure of classes with fewer students or closing of entire schools in view of very few students. The DEO has given the schools seven days to confirm the accurate details of the total number of students they have before action is taken.A circular in this regard will be sent to the schools on Saturday, said officials. The schools listed in the circular include primary schools under DEO City’s jurisdiction in areas like Gomtipur, Vatva, Khadia, Kalupur, Ognaj, Gyaspur, Ghatlodia, Saraspur, Chandkheda, Madhupura, Vastral Saijpur, Odhav, Vasana, Kubernagar among others.Of the total schools listed, 14 schools have zero students listed on the U-DISE portal, followed by 23 schools with students in single digits and the rest of them with students up to a maximum 20. “Like every year, we scan all schools’ admissions and the total number of students they have based on the U-DISE data. At the end of the scan, we have found some 57 schools that have 20 or less students. When private schools have very few students, the studies suffer as the schools do not hire teachers for the few students. This leaves students with compromised quality of education,” said a senior official in the DEO.Officials said allowing these schools to continue with the limited number of students will set a wrong precedent, which is why they have asked them to update and confirm the total number of students. “If the schools do not have an adequate number of students in a specific class or in school, they will face closure and students will be admitted to other nearby schools,” said the official.The schools are asked to submit a copy of the affidavit, consent letter from parents, consent letter from teachers, resolution from the trustees, list of students enrolled under RTE and the school’s permission letter for submitting the details if the school wishes to close classes by next week.
AHMEDABAD: Even as the city reels under an onslaught of seasonal flu, Covid cases and an unusual spike in swine flu cases, threat of vector borne illnesses namely malaria, dengue chikungunya now looks large. Heavy rains in July have led to an alarming spike in mosquito population - the city has average four mosquitoes in a room! This is nearly 60% higher than average of the past four years at 2.5 and is the highest in the past five years. The mosquito density survey was carried out by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to understand the distribution of vectors and prepare for the possible outbreak of vector-borne diseases. Among the areas, Paldi was found to have 24 mosquitoes per room, followed by 13 in Isanpur, 8 in Sardarnagar, 5 in Asarva, 4.5 in Stadium and 3.5 in Vejalpur among others. Experts said that the relative density is higher in western city areas due to factors such as higher share of open areas, terraces with pots and kitchen gardens that give mosquitoes places to lay eggs. Among the months so far, March recorded 1.3 overall density. You may want to allocate a good amount for mosquito repellents in your household budget if you don't want to end up spending a fortune on hospital bills. A record-breaking monsoon is leading to a consequence citizens may be less thrilled about: a huge explosion in the mosquito population in Ahmedabad city. The city has registered the highest mosquito density in four years - now, there are four mosquitoes per room against 2.33 in 2018. The worst-affected areas are in the western part of the city. Areas like Paldi have recorded as many as 24 mosquitoes in a room, while the next highest is in Isanpur in eastern Ahmedabad with a mosquito density of 13.25 per room. In a span of just one month, the city saw a rise in mosquito population. In June this year, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) calculated an average mosquito density of 0.10 per room which increased to 3.98 in July. The mosquito density has been accounted for all species - female anopheles mosquito that causes malaria and falciparum; aedes aegypti that causes dengue and chikungunya; anopheles stephensi and culicines. "The mosquito density will increase further in August and September," warned a senior AMC health official. In western parts of the city, the overall density of female anopheles has been found to be 1.38 per room, while the density of aedes aegypti is found to be an average of 0.39. An AMC health official observed, "Waterlogged terraces and building basements have become a major reason for breeding of mosquitoes," admits the AMC health official. This time around, AMC will be deploying drones to identify breeding spots on terraces and even conduct fumigation of such spaces across the city.
Months after a 40-year-old man was killed in Ambawadi area of Ahmedabad, police arrested the main accused — a friend of the man’s wife.According to police, Shantilalbhai, an autorickshaw driver and resident of Isanpur in Ahmedabad, was stabbed to death by unknown men outside CN School in the Ambawadi area of Ahmedabad on June 8.Days after the murder, police arrested Rupalben, wife of Shantilal, for allegedly paying Rs 4 lakh to two accused Sabir and Faizu under a contract to murder Shantilal.On Sunday, the Ahmedabad Police’s Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) arrested Tajuddin Shaikh Farooqui (47), the main conspirator in the case from Vatva area of Ahmedabad.“Tajuddin and Rupal were in a relationship and the duo wanted to get rid of Shantilal. Tajuddin took the help of his younger brother Faizu who suggested the name of contract killer Sabir. Both Tajuddin and Rupal paid Rs 2 lakh advance to Sabir to kill Shantilal,” said a senior officer of Ahmedabad DCB.“After the murder, the remaining amount was paid and Tajuddin broke all contacts with other accused to avoid suspicion. After a team from Ellis Bridge police station held Rupal, Faizu and Sabir, Tajuddin panicked and fled to Uttar Pradesh. He recently came to Ahmedabad,” the officer added.
AHMEDABAD: The city crime branch on Friday caught a 26-year-old man from the Vatva area of the city for allegedly dropping chopped animal meat in Govindwadi neighbourhood of Isanpur, leading to tension in the area, said a statement by the agency. The city crime branch press statement mentions that Mohammed Faizan Shaikh, a resident of Rakhial, was caught from Rakhial with the help of technical and human intelligence. An FIR filed with Isanpur police said that a resident of Vatva, Rohit Desai on Friday spotted a crowd around the head of a dead animal near Bhagwannagar society in Govindwadi. Desai said in the FIR that as he is into the business of animal husbandry. He believed that it was the head of a cow progeny. Near that place, Desai along with other people found a sack filled with chopped animal meat weighing around 50kg, said the FIR. Desai said in the FIR that a man on a scooter fled from the spot after dumping the animal meat. Police said that samples of the meat were sent to the FSL for examination. Isanpur police inspector D D Gohil said that as per the FSL report, the meat was not of a cow progeny. “Shaikh is a licensed seller. He used to ferry meat on his scooter from Rakhial to his shop in Vatva. On Friday morning, one of his bags dropped from the scooter. Some people saw this and began thrashing Shaikh. In his bid to evade public fury, Shaikh hit a bumper and fell on the road in which the head of a goat dropped on the road. This created tension in the Isanpur area,” said Gohil. Isanpur police booked Shaikh under the charges of IPC section 278 (making atmosphere noxious to health) along with charges of the Animal Protection Act, the Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Gujarat Police Act.