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August 8, 2001 - August 8, 2001

House collapse at Sarangpur; 3 hurt Wednesday, August 8, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A major disaster was averted when a three-storeyed house in Sarangpur area of Khadia ward collapsed on Monday. Four persons, including a passer-by, were injured in the collapse which may have been triggered by heavy showers.


A passer-by, Ramubhai Hiralal, an autorickshaw driver, has sustained severe injuries. He and three others -- Idiraben Chandulal, Manishaben Atulbhai and Bhaveshbhai Prabhakarbhai -- are being treated at the VS Hospital.


Deputy Municipal Commissioner (in-charge of Central Zone), D B Makwana was not available for comments.


Immediately after portions of three houses in the central zone collapsed on July 29, Makwana, while talking to the TOI, had said: "It is physically not possible to comb through the whole of central zone and so there may be some buildings left out in nooks and corners. I am, at present, busy perusing a survey report on quake-damaged structures of the central zone, and will be able to arrive at a conclusion, and hopefully with a method of pre-empting or arresting these collapses, after three days."


But, more than the stipulated three days have gone by and the central zone continues to resound with building collapses even six months after the temblor hit Ahmedabad. While the AMC is busy in long-drawn meetings and attempts to device a fool-proof plan the local BJP corporator, Mayur Dave, is not too pleased: "The state government has come up with an ordinance that residents of quake-damaged structures may start repairing as soon as possible. A similar proposal had been ratified at the Standing Committee but here we find the AMC administration soft-pedalling on the issue, and even stalling the repairs." Dave added, "This building had an AMC security guard placed outside to prevent any repair work from taking place. This, despite the fact that the commissioner had, sometime back, announced that all AMC security guards posted outside certain buildings to prevent illegal construction be removed forthwith and that all further security deployment be sanctioned either by the municipal commissioner or in emergency cases by zonal deputy municipal commissioners. It is hard to explain why such double-standards are being practised in the Walled City by the authorities when innocent lives are at stake."

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BHAVNAGAR:::: Cricket betting exposed Wednesday, August 8, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
BHAVNAGAR: The anti-goonda squad of the Bhavnagar police on Wednesday arrested seven bookies who were allegedly facilitating placing of bets on the cricket matches in the Coca-Cola Cup tournament being held in Colombo.
According to the DySP M D Jani, the accused _ Prakash Ramesh Tanna, Kamlesh Pravinchandra Shah, Vinod Jethanand Sindhi, Jatin Bharatbhai, Mehul Bipinbhai Shah, Uday Dhirajlal Shah and Anil Sindhi were taking the bets on telephone in the Danapith area.
Reliable sources said that the local bookies have links with their counterparts in Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar and Mumbai. The entire network is linked through mobile phones. Monetary transactions are conducted with the help of a couple of angadia services.
Visitor from Russia
JUNAGADH: Chancellor in-charge of Rostov State Medical University, Russia, Victor Ovsyanikove, recently visited educational institutions run by the Sardar Patel Education Trust, Junagadh. He was accorded a traditional welcome by the students and staff members.
The trust's joint managing trustee G K Gajera and administrator D N Dwivedi briefed the dignitary about the activities of the organisation.
Professor invited
VALLABH VIDYANAGAR : Prof. K N Joshipura of the Physics department of Sardar Patel University here has been invited to visit University College, London, for three months under an international exchange programme of scientists.
He is among the six scientists selected from various disciplines all over India for the programme that is jointly sponsored by the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and Royal Society of London.

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Gujarat warned of heavy rains Wednesday, August 8, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: Heavy rainfall warning has been issued for the next 24 hours in both Gujarat and Saurashtra regions along with the neighbouring Union Territories with monsoon in the middle of its third burst of activity this season.
A meteorology office spokesman said rain or thunder showers are likely at many places in the state. Heavy rainfall is also likely at isolated places all over the state. Monsoon activity has been very good this season, coming on the heels of two years of successive drought.
About 28 talukas in the state have already recorded more than 100 per cent of their total season's average rainfall. Of these, five talukas are in Surendranagar and Jamnagar, four in Banaskantha, three in Ahmedabad (Bavla, Mandal and Detroj talukas), two each in Surat, Porbandar, Mehsana and Kutch and one each in Vadodara, Rajkot and Junagadh districts.
In all, 40 talukas have received between 25 to 50 per cent of their season's average rainfall, 98 talukas between 50 and 75 per cent and 60 talukas between 75 to 100 per cent. In actual terms, two talukas have received between 125 mm to 199 mm rainfall, 33 talukas between 200 mm to 299 mm, 63 talukas between 300 mm to 399 mm, 46 talukas between 400 mm to 499 mm, 33 talukas between 500 mm to 599 mm, 12 talukas between 600 mm to 699 mm, nine talukas between 700 mm to 799 mm and 28 talukas above 800 mm rainfall.
Percentage-wise, Bechraji in Mehsana tops the list with 191 per cent of the season's average rainfall, followed by Kalyanpur in Jamnagar with 188 per cent and Abdasa taluka of Kutch district with 184 per cent. In terms of actual rainfall, Songadh taluka in Surat district (1743 mm) tops the list, closely followed by Kaprada taluka in Valsad (1736 mm).
The analysis of the district-wise figures updated till August 6 shows that the districts which have fared the best are Porbandar with 104 per cent of the season's average rainfall and Surendranagar with 101 per cent. The districts which have received between 50 to 60 per cent of their average rainfall are Anand, Kheda, Sabarkantha, Dahod, Dangs, Gandhinagar and Panchmahals. Districts which have received between 60 to 70 per cent rainfall are Amreli, Narmada, Bharuch and Rajkot. The rainfall has been 70 to 80 per cent in Vadodara, Navsari, Bhavnagar and Mehsana districts and between 80 to 90 per cent in Surat, Banaskantha, Ahmedabad and Junagadh districts. The rainfall has been over 90 per cent in Kutch and Jamnagar districts.
So far, 58 persons have been killed in the rains so far in the state mainly due to floods, lightning and house collapse cases. Surat tops the list with nine deaths, followed by Jamnagar with eight, Valsad with seven, Panchmahals with six, Amreli with five and Vadodara, Navsari and Junagadh with four each.
The average seasonal rainfall for Gujarat is 852.33 mm. About 549.65 mm rainfall _ 64.49 per cent of the average _ has already been recorded.

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Life sentenced issued to 5 person of a family Wednesday, August 8, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEW SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: The story had an ideal ending: good triumphed over evil. But it was also one that came at a great price -- a Pyrrhic victory.
Five persons of a family were sentenced to life imprisonment for driving a woman to suicide. Twenty-three-year-old Bhanuben Makwana had doused herself in kerosene and set herself ablaze on July 4, 1999.
Additional sessions judge MT Unnada convicted the victim's husband, Narendra Makwana, along with four other members of his family. The other members of the family to be sentenced are: the mother-in-law, Jivaben; father-in-law, Gaerabhai Makwana; the brother-in-law, Devendra Makwana; and the sister-in-law of the victim, Jashiben.
The facts of the case sound a little too familiar. Bhanuben was married into the Makwana family in 1996. However, no sooner did she settle down than her miseries began. According to the prosecution, Bhanuben's inlaws would reprimand her for the smallest of mistakes. As time went by there was no end to her miseries. She would often find herself fighting a lone battle, with absolutely no support from anyone.
When Bhanuben could take it no more she expressed her desire to stay separately with her husband. The taunts and mental torture became so frequent that she finally decided to kill herself on July 4. She was rushed to Shardaben Hospital, where she was treated for six days before succumbing.
During the trial there were four sets of statements of the victim which were produced before the court. The first one was given before the doctor at Shardaben Hospital; the second was before the executive magistrate; and the last two were before the investigation officer of the case.
The court, however, relied on the first set of statements where the victim admitted to setting herself on fire. However, in the second statement before the executive magistrate said she had met with an accident.
Admitting the doctor's report as the dying declaration (DD), the court observed: "It is the court's duty to find out which DD is truthful." The court also relied on the statement given before the IO where the victim said she had made a false statement before the magistrate under pressure.
Appearing for the state, additional public prosecutor Sudhir Brahmbhatt submitted that in order to set an example in the society, and to avoid such incidents, maximum punishment should be avoided.

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Killer of 88-year-old woman arrested Wednesday, August 8, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: The city crime branch arrested two youths in connection with the murder of an 88-year-old woman on July 12. The prime accused, Paresh, is a former PASA detenue and had been booked earlier for vehicle theft and chain-snatching.
Eighty-eight-year-old Rampiyari Bhatia, who lived in bungalow no 4 of Premnagar Society in the posh Sardar Patel Stadium area, was killed and her gold bangles stolen by the youths. The two had come to her house on the pretext of collecting donations for a temple.
Rampiyari had given them Rs 50, after which they asked for some drinking-water. As she went to fetch water, the two followed her inside the house, gagged her and stole her bangles, not realising that she had been killed.
The body was later discovered by her daughter, Pushpaben, who lives two houses away. A complaint was lodged at Navrangpura police station.
Deputy commissioner of police (crime) GS Malik, who had visited the site, showed Pushpaben dossiers and video clippings of criminals who had earlier been booked for different offences, from which she identified Paresh.
Police inspector JL Jadeja was then tipped-off that Paresh alias Abdul Razzak Vedprakash Sharma was living in Defence Colony at Meghaninagar with another boy called Raju, who worked in the kitchen section of ECD entertainment cinema.
Police constables Dilipsinh, Jashwantsinh and Narvatsinh of Satellite police station nabbed Raju while he was going on a motorbike. The bike had no licence plate and had 'police' written on it.
Paresh was arrested while he was on his way to fetch his accomplice, Raju.
Paresh confessed that his grandmother, who lived near Ranchhodji temple in Shahpur, was very friendly with Rampiyari, who was a regular at the temple. Paresh came to know Rampiyari through his grandmother. He also learnt that she gave regular offerings at the temple.
Paresh had known Rajkumar alias Raju Joseph Lakra from his days in jail.
Three killed in accident: Three persons were killed on the spot when the Tata Sumo (GJ 2 K 9019) that they were travelling in collided head on with a luxury bus (MH 15 AK 111) near Hirapur chowkdi near Nadiad at 8.30 am on Sunday.
Those dead are Kantibhai Manibhai Soni, Jignesh Surendrabha Sharma and Neelam Ramchandra Soni, all residents of Gandhinagar who were going to Nadiad to attend a marriage.
Fake notes case: The Gandhinagar police arrested four more persons in the fake notes racket that was busted a fortnight back.
Intensive interrogations of Samir Pravinchandra Soni, who was arrested with fake notes of Rs 100 denomination, led to notes printer Chunilal Ravjibhai Patel of Takthgadh in Prantij. His interrogations lead to the arrests of Jatin Manilal Patel, Rakesh Vinubhai Patel and Mukesh Kanjibhai Patel of Ahmedabad.
Chunilal admitted to having burnt 24 fake notes in his backyard which was tracked down by the police. The police are still looking for others involved in the racket.

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