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December 1, 2001 - December 2, 2001

Man murdered; police clueless about motive Sunday, December 2, 2001

SURAT: Some unidentified person murdered one Sailesh Golabahi Patel, a resident of Vishal Nagar Society at A K Road, by using sharp weapons. The police found the victim's body in a mutilated condition near Simada at Kapodara on Friday. The police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder.

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Hudco's Rs 721-cr loan to Guj water projects Saturday, December 1, 2001

NEW DELHI: Housing and Urban Development Corporation has sanctioned Rs 721.50 crore for five major projects on water supply and drainage in quake-affected Gujarat.

The bulk water transmission pipeline projects in Kutch, Rajkot and Jamnagar districts is estimated to cost Rs 953.61 crore, of which Hudco will provide Rs 721.50 crore, Hudco chairman V Suresh said in a statement.

Elaborating on the projects, he said Hudco would provide Rs 343 crore to bulk water transmission projects of Rajkot and Jamnagar, estimated to cost Rs 429.41 crore, while Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board would be the implementing agency.

The corporation would provide another Rs 95 crore to the water project of Tankara-Jamnagar estimated to cost Rs 135.50 crore. The project would be implemented by Gujarat Water Infrastructure Company.

Hudco would also provide 135 crore to the Maliya Bhachau Water Project estimated to cost Rs 169.11 crore.

The company would provide another Rs 124 crore for a project in Kutch estimated to cost Rs 177 crore.

Jamagar Municipal Corporation would get Rs 24.5 crore for a underground drainage system estimated to cost of Rs 42.37 crore.
( PTI )

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Murderer asked to compensate victim's family Saturday, December 1, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Additional sessions judge Sonia Gokani on Friday sentenced Rajesh Harisinh Rajput of Saraspur to five years rigorous imprisonment for beating 42-year-old Baldev Vaghela to death in June this year and directed him to compensate the victim's family.

The court also directed Rajput to cough up a fine of Rs 25000, out of which Rs 21,000 will be paid to Vaghela's family. The victim is survived by his wife and three children.

According to prosecution, the complainant, Shivram Vaghela, brother of the victim, was informed on June 5 that his brother was lying injured at the Giridhar Mastar compound. He along with the wife of the victim went to the spot and found the victim, who had sustained severe injuries with a blunt object, dead.

Investigation revealed that the victim had an argument with Rajput three days prior to the incident.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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When BJ goons terrorised Baroda medicos Saturday, December 1, 2001

VADODARA: The notoriety of B J Medical College (BJMC) students, currently embroiled in a major controversy, is not confined to the boundaries of Ahmedabad.
Medicos of Baroda Medical College harbour bitter memories of the incident when organisers of a 'Vibrant', a cultural were bashed up by BJMC students.
The incident took place in July this year following a minor tiff when a BJMC student was prevented from joining a jam session as he lacked an entry card.
The matter didn't end at this. Five organisers were brutally bashed up the next morning at their hostel. The BJMC students , on being outnumbered, summoned reinforcements from Ahmedabad before they launched a final assault on the Vadodara medicos!
A medico, who was an eyewitness to the episode, recalled that that those who came to beat them up were brandishing cricket bats, iron chains and other articles. "They had already identified the rooms of the organisers.... The attack was well planned and nobody came to know about it till they had left."
A resident, Dr H Kagdi, who was another witness said, "They chased me when I came to see what was happening. It was only after they had left that we came to know who they were. The hostelites were shocked as the details started trickling in..."
The mob allegedly escaped with mobile handsets and other valuables. But no police complaint was registered.
The attack marred an otherwise well organised event, said Dr Nipul Vara, another resident doctor. "Such acts do not behove doctors. Tiffs do take place, but that doesn't mean people start using bats and chains. Even our egos were hurt after the incident. But we didn't pick up weapons and rush to BJMC."
However, this incident is not the only one where the Vadodara medicos suffered at the hands of their BJMC counterparts. "They have always resorted to highhandedness and bullying tactics. A few years back residents of the entire state joined a strike for a raise in stipends, but junior doctors of BJMC kept away and played into the hands of politicians there. Not limiting themselves at this, they threatened us when we went to Ahmedabad for a meeting," said former Junior Doctors Association president Dr Sachin Patel.
Former president of Baroda Intern Doctors Association Dr Niraj Desai pointed out that despite having political connections, students in Vadodara maintained a low profile. "This is in striking contrast to the BJMC culture. The students there have been pampered by a few influential elements who protect them."

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Porbandar ::Woman beaten up to prevent contesting polls Saturday, December 1, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The Congress got its first weapon to hit out at the Samras scheme after a woman - Lakhiben Odedara from Bakharla village in Porbandar - wanting to file nomination for the gram panchayat elections was allegedly beaten up by the rival faction to prevent her from contesting.

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Amarsinh Chaudhary told newspersons on Friday that persons from the gang - belonging to taluka panchayat president Bhima Dula - attacked Lakhiben Odedara, who wanted to file nomination for the post of sarpanch from Bakharla village.

Chaudhary said that Bhima, who is the brother of Kutiyana MLA Karsan Dula, sent his men to her place who broke her limbs with an iron pipe. "This was seen by the staff of the primary health centre," he said. A complaint was lodged in this regard.

When contacted, the Porbandar control room said that such an incident has been reported but could not confirm if a case has been lodged.

He alleged that Bhima's men have been 'patrolling' the villages of Adityana, Borija and Bakharla with guns and swords to ensure that no one files nominations. "It is unfortunate that the chief minister is contemplating to contest elections from a constituency where such hooliganism exists," he says.

Chaudhary said that such complaints have also come from other districts, and criticised the BJP for violating the election code of conduct for launching projects and schemes after the code came into effect. He said the Congress has filed complaints with the state election commission. Everyone from the chief minister to other ministers were violating this code, he added.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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