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September 14, 2001 - September 14, 2001

KHEDA :: Kheda police also to destroy liquor Friday, September 14, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Taking a cue from the Ahmedabad operation, the Kheda district police on Friday will destroy 2.5 lakh bottles of liquor seized over the last decade.

Superintendent of police Manoj Agrawal told TNN on Thursday that the IMFL bottles estimated at Rs 5 crore will be crushed on a ground near the police headquarters and it would be witnessed by police representatives.

The bottles, seized over the last 12 years, had been occupying some 10-odd rooms, which will finally be vacated. The operation is likely to begin early in the morning and continue till late afternoon under heavy security, Agrawal said.

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Police unearth ISD racket Friday, September 14, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The city crime branch has unearthed a major ISD racket operating from Kubernagar. Police suspect that the racket may have been operational for the past four months, during which the accused are suspected to have earned lakhs in dollars.

The three escaped after suspicion that the police were after them. Deputy commissioner of police (crime) GS Malik told TNN that the tip-off came from the telephone department where it was learnt that ten telephone lines were operating out of a single building at Kubernagar.

Later, investigations revealed that at least 24 lines had been operating out of the building, where a connection had been established with the United States via a dish antenna.

Malik said the crime branch sleuths found 10 lines and traced the rest of the lines, via the cable, to the dish antenna.

The suspects have been identified as one Prakash Butwani, 'Nanne' and the owner of the building Pandu Soni.

Bank cheated: Manager of the Sarangpur Co-operative Bank Ltd at Ellisbridge lodged a complaint stating that Narendra Thakarshi Thakkar, who stays at Manoramya bungalows, in Koba, took a loan of Rs 4 lakh from the bank in December 1996, and bought a Maruti Esteem (GJ-1 AR 5117). He deposited Rs 1,75,554 into the bank as instalment but failed to pay up the remainder.

Further, Thakkar sold the car to another party without informing the bank. The offence was registered at Ellisbridge police station.

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Vigil at sensitive spots stepped up Friday, September 14, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Intelligence operations have been stepped up in the state following the high alert declared by the State on Wednesday in the light of the terrorist attacks on America. Sensitive defence installations, airports and oil refineries have been placed top on the patrolling list.

Border districts of Kutch, Patan and Banaskantha which record more cases of intrusion are also being watched.

With the world at its nerve's edge, massive sounds of a blast exploded into the Rajkot skyline sending shivers down its residents' spine on Thursday afternoon. Police commissioner Sudhir Sinha said the sound was heard between 12.30 p.m. and 1 p.m. and it was first suspected to be a supersonic boom.

"We contacted the airport and they denied the possibility", says Sinha. Frantic calls at the commissionerate, however, kept the police on their toes.

More than visible policing, the police and security agencies are concentrating on gathering of information on the secret agents and fundamentalist organisations.

"We have sent extra wings to the Naliya air base and to the Bhuj airport which is already secured by the CISF", Kutch SP Vivek Srivastava said. But the state police does not rule out repercussions of this attack on India.

Says Additional Director General of Police GC Raiger, "Security at the vital installations and bridges had been increased".

At Mehsana, ONGC installations needed attention. "We have beefed up the patrolling there since a sabotage on a fuel installation could prove disastrous", says SP AK Sharma.

City police commissioner PC Pande said the 'ground operations have been activated'. Incidentally, on Wednesday, the Shahpur police rounded up a few men held earlier for the recent communal riots in Ahmedabad and questioned them about the distribution of hand-outs prior to the riots. They were later released.

Certain organisations are under watch. While the police believe that terrorist organisations could lie low for now, they are not ruling out a possible ambush on Afghanistan which will affect India.

"Nothing may happen but one has to remember that it is the people who harbour such elements and the places which train them, that are more important and have to be identified", says a senior police officer.

The fact that America, being a world power with all its electronic interceptions, could not detect the organised effort to destroy its nerve and business centre, has shaken the intelligence wings here.

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Former BJP corporators join Congress Friday, September 14, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Two former BJP corporators of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and two senior members of the saffron brigade joined forces with the Congress on Wednesday.

Prime among the list of "turncoats" are Dr Amit Shah and Geetaben Nayak who were corporators of Vasna and Nava Wadaj till last municipal elections when they did not get a party ticket.

Along with the duo are Dr Nutan Trivedi, a member of BJP's doctor's cell at Gandhigram, along with the person in-charge of the BJP women's wing in Wadaj.

Jubilant Congressmen welcomed the four into their fold and touted the move as a major victory over the saffron brigade. "This is only the beginning. They shifted allegiance over to Congress because BJP is failing to address the needs of Amdavadis. The four have brought along more than 150 party workers to join forces with us," said chairman of AMC's standing committee Badruddin Sheikh.

Leader of the Opposition in the AMC, Dharmendra Shah, reacted: "Both Shah and Nayak were not involved in party activities for very long. I have, however, not been officially intimated on any such move."

Dr Shah said: "I shifted to Congress because I felt ignored. BJP seems to have this aversion to medical practitioners and intellectuals. I had this dream of helping poor but the saffron brigade sidelined me and my vision. It is very important to be with a political power to get people's work done in this country, so I and three others shifted base. BJP has lost direction and Congress is the only option."

Mayor Himmatsinh Patel said: "This marks the start of BJP's downfall in Gujarat. The first signs were apparent during municipal elections when the public reposed faith in Congress."

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CERC asks to compensate blinding victims Friday, September 14, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad has made a representation to the state government urging it to pay compensation to the 33 victims of eye surgeries conducted at a charitable hospital in the city in July this year.

"The government cannot wash its hands off the tragedy and therefore should compensate the hapless patients who are old and daily wage-earners," CERC has stated in a letter to the state health minister Suresh Mehta.

CERC said the victims of the July eye operations have been left to their fate because of the government apathy. They have not only lost their eyesight but also their livelihood, as most of them are daily wage-earners.

With the government refusing to compensate the victims, they are condemned to live a miserable life. Some of them even do not have any members in the family to look after or guide their movement or help them with their day-to-day needs".

While urging compensation to the victims, CERC focussed attention on the government's medicare policy. It has said that as the government is not providing free eye treatment to the poor at its hospitals, "these children of lesser God" turn to charitable trusts, which are performing a welcome job in the existing medicare system in the state.

However, the state government, which gives financial assistance to trusts/hospitals conducting eye camps, is yet to establish minimum norms to be fulfilled before the hospitals are granted recognition. "Sometimes these operations are performed in an unacceptable hygienic conditions", it has stated.

CERC avers that the government is "equally guilty of negligence for not auditing the facilities and satisfying itself of the suitability of those receiving grants".

Professional and expert bodies like Indian Medical Association and the Indian Opthalmological Society should play a "proactive role", and ensure that their members insisted on minimum hygienic and sterility requirements before undertaking mass eye operations, CERC has stated.

"From these Gujarat tragedies, it is clear that the sacred faith reposed by the citizens in the doctors has been betrayed. In their own private clinics, the same doctors go to the extent of maintaining all the necessary facilities like a good autoclave with temperature monitor and a temperature recorder".

No wonder with efficient air-conditioning and well-fumigated operation theatres and filtered air under positive pressure and safe medicines, the success rate of these very operations in these doctors' private hospitals and clinics is almost cent per cent, CERC has stated in the letter.

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