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September 29, 2001 - September 29, 2001

Kheda DSP headquarters shifted to Nadiad Saturday, September 29, 2001

NADIAD: The state government has decided to shift the district superintendent of police headquarters (Kheda district) from Kheda to Nadiad. Minister of state for home Haren Pandya has given an assurance to this effect.

Following bifurcation of Kheda district into Kheda and Anand, most of the offices in Kheda district had shifted from Kheda to Nadiad. However, the DSP headquarters continued to function from Kheda, which used to put people in great inconvenience.

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Bhavnagar :: CPI(M) stages protest rally in Bhavnagar Saturday, September 29, 2001

BHAVNAGAR: The Bhavnagar unit of Communist Party of India CPI(M) on Friday staged a demonstration opposite the local post office here to protest against the liberalised policy of the Central government, rising prices of essential commodities, curbs on recruitment in jobs and indiscriminate imports that had affected the small-scale industries and farmers. However, when the rallyists tried to enter the post office, the police arrested them. According to a CPI(M) release, the police arrested 4,763 workers of the party for trying to storm the post office.

The rally was led by the party's state secretary, Subodh Mehta. A large number of students, workers, farmers and women participated in the procession.

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

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BJP, Cong mend fences at AMC Saturday, September 29, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Friday's general board meeting turned out to be a tame affair at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation after top Congress and BJP leaders met at the mayor's bungalow near Law Garden earlier in the day.

After blowing hot and cold since Congress emerged victorious in Sabarmati and Sabarkantha polls, Friday's board meeting was, as cited by members of the saffron brigade, to be a showdown.

With the Congress adamant on shelving the pro rata arrangement it has with the BJP in AMC, and the latter vowing to fight to the finish, security arrangements for Friday's general board meet were optimum.

But earlier in the day, said sources, BJP treasurer and chief of AUDA, Surendra Patel met with Amarsinh Chaudhary, Mayor Himmtsinh Patel and AMC's leader of opposition, Dharmendra Shah in tow.

The strategic meeting defused a situation that was threatening to turn volatile. The result was apparent at the general board meet when names of two corporators of BJP -- Mayur Dave and Amit Shah -- were amongst the six fresh inductions into the Standing Committee. Nazmeen Bastawala is the new face amongst the four Congressmen who were inducted into the committee after six members completed their year-long term in office.

The other decision taken at the Cong-BJP patch-up meet was that the chairman of municipal school board, Ganpat Parmar (a Congman under suspension), will be replaced. Parmar's controversial election (when BJP threw their weight behind him despite Cong-protest) to the chairman's post had become the bone of contention with Congress threatening to disallow BJP any representation in all the 13 civic committees of AMC.

GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary told TNN: "BJP leaders have assured us that the party-corporators in AMC would support any candidate that Congress chooses to replace Parmar with. If Parmar does not resign on his own accord we will take suitable action, with BJP's support, to replace the chairman of municipal school board."

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

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1 more arrested in campus murder case Saturday, September 29, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The Navrangpura police caught one more youth on Thursday in connection with the murder of the Gujarat College student, Bharat Patel, near the Nehru Bridge on Wednesday.

The youth has been identified as Bhavesh Makwana, a resident of Dani Limda. The 18-year-old was detained for questioning and then arrested by the police for 'common intention'. "We are yet to confirm whether he was also possessing weapons or not", police inspector O A Mazumdar told TNN.

Makwana, who is not registered with any college, is believed to have been hanging around on the campus and was an associate of prime accused Deepak Vidyadhar, who was arrested on Wednesday for killing the 21-year-old Bharat.

The motive, which is getting clearer is that the two groups of boys fought over standing at the Lal Darwaja bus depot. Some girls, who also stayed at Ranip and were students of S V College, were reportedly teased by the rival group from Dani Limda and this turned into a serious fight between the groups leading to the murder.

rucker looted, killed: Four gangsters, aged around 30 years, waylaid a truck (KA 1 C 993) opposite a petrol pump on the Bareja-Jetalpur road and killed the driver after attacking him with knives and other blunt weapons on Wednesday night. The driver has been identified as R Rajaramar (23).

The miscreants decamped with Rs 3,000 from the truck's cabin. The truck was loaded with firecrackers, and was coming from Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu heading towards Punjab.

A complaint was lodged at the Vatva police station by the co-driver of the truck, R Marugesan Ramaswamy Gaunder, who also belongs to Tamil Nadu.
Related News: College student kills fellow in Ahmedabad

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

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Disgruntled AMC Cong men return to work Saturday, September 29, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Corporators and chairmen of AMC's civic committees returned to work on Thursday after staying away from work on Wednesday.

After GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary's assurances of at least one post to every Congress corporator, the disgruntled Congress men calmed down.

Hasankhan Pathan, chairman of the AMC's town planning committee, who sources said was the loudest in demanding a change, said on Thursday: "There was no problem at all. Democracy has always prevailed in the Congress. All the 70 Congress corporators were present at a meeting with our state party chief where we discussed internal issues."

Insiders however said the disgruntled corporators were closeted in an over-two-hour meeting with Chaudhary at the Congress Legislative Party office at Gandhinagar from 12.30 pm.

After pouring their hearts out on subjects like no in-party democracy in the AMC, AMC-Cong leadership playing favourites, lack of civic development during Congress's year-long tenure, the complainants were assured of a training camp for corporators and that the newly formed co-ordination committee, headed by Rajkumar Gupta, will look into all civic problems taken up by the party's corporators.

However, a senior Congress man told TOI: "This hullabaloo, for a majority, was to ensure that they capture plum committees after the first term ends in October. While the whole episode was disguised as advocacy for the many capable Congress leaders being left out and that everyone should get a shy at power seats, the disgruntled section did get a hearing from the state Congress president."

One of the chairmen who had abstained from work on Wednesday said, "we have put across all our grievances to Chaudhary who has assured to look into each of them. While the disgruntled were asked to keep their tempers in check as Congress is getting back to its winning days, Congress leadership at the AMC were directed to be democratic and more sympathetic towards the appeals of fellow corporators."

He added, "We were never desirous of harming our party's image or organisation. It was a mark of protest through which we wanted to set right certain unacceptable ways of functioning in AMC's Congress leadership. We have succeeded in our mission and got assurances. Hopefully better days await Congress at the corporation."

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

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