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July 8, 2001 - July 8, 2001

Moderate rains in 15 districts Sunday, July 8, 2001

The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: Light to moderate continued to lash several parts of the state barring Valsad district where Pardi taluka received 92 mm and Kalyanpur in Jamnagar recorded 87 mm in last 24 hours ending on Friday morning.

According to reports reaching the state revenue control room, as many as 15 districts received moderate rains. While the maximum rainfall was reported from Valsad and Jamnagar districts, Songadh in Surat district and Porbander and Ranavav recorded more than 30 mm of rainfall.

In Kutch district, Lakhpat and Rapar taluka reported 33 and 30 mm of rain, followed by 23 and 26 mm in Viramgam and Detroj in Ahmedabad district.

In the Saurashtra region, Porbander district has so far received 413.67 mm which is highest rainfall any part of the state has so far registered, and which is almost 78 per cent of the average rainfall in the district. Next to Porbander is Jamnagar, which has been lashed by heavy rains (almost 65 per cent followed), by Surendranagar district's 64 per cent. In north Gujarat, Sabarkantha district is in deficit as compared to other places as it has so far received only 135 mm of rainfall which is just 17 per cent of the season's average.

The season's total rainfall of the other districts is as follows. Ahmedabad 268 mm, Amreli 202 mm, Anand 177 mm, Banaskantha 156 mm, Bharuch 219 mm, Bhavnagar 208 mm, Dahod 227 mm, Gandhinagar 142 mm, Jamnagar 305, Junagadh 387, Kaira 222 mm, Kutch 137 mm, Mehsana 211 mm and Narmada 324 mm.

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Rs 479 cr first tranche disbursed to quake-hit Sunday, July 8, 2001

The Times of India News Service
GANDHINAGAR: A total sum of Rs 479.25 crore has been disbursed as the first instalment to 8,94,284 earthquake victims towards housing construction package, according to a spokesman for the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA).

The spokesman said Rs 288.11 crore had been distributed for completely destroyed 1,54,652 houses and Rs 191.14 crore for partially damaged 8,94,284 houses. With this, at this stage, no disbursement of assistance is pending except in the case of disputed properties.

The spokesman said that in compliance with the directive of the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, 4.5 lakh individual accounts had been opened in different banks in the last two months to facilitate the payment of housing assistance by cheque.

The state government had adopted a proper yardstick in the disbursement of housing assistance and on the basis of the resurvey, remaining assistance would be paid.

The spokesman clarified that the state government had never claimed that it was constructing houses and made it clear that the houses were being constructed with the involvement of individuals and voluntary organisations. As many as 9568 houses were being constructed by voluntary organisation in 184 villages by way of adoption.

Separate packages have been given to Bhuj, Bhachau, Anjar and Rapar towns for 27,798 completely destroyed houses, 37,438 partially damaged houses and each affected family was being paid Rs 12,000 for temporary shelter.

As many as 806 material banks were operating in the affected areas to provide construction materials at a cheaper rate. So far 21 lakh cement bags and 4,365 MT iron had been distributed in the earthquake affected rural sector.

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Ex-servant prime suspect in assault case Sunday, July 8, 2001

By Crime Reporter, Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: The Gandhinagar district police are looking for a former servant of the C C Patel household as the prime suspect the in break-in and attack on former government official Sushilaben on Thursday afternoon. But there is no concrete evidence to suggest who the unidentified intruders could have been.

Meanwhile, a shaken state government woke up to the gravity of the incident with additional chief secretary (home) V V R Subbarao convening a meeting of high-level district officials to take preventive measures against such incidents and directed the police to track down the accused.

Present in the meeting were Director General of Police K Chakravarthi, Inspector General (Gandhinagar range) Amitabh Pathak, district collector S J Haider and DSP E Radhakrishna.

Extra companies of SRP and Home Guards have been deployed in the state capital for patrolling, while checkposts at the city's entrance and exits have been alerted.

The condition of 75-year-old Sushilaben, who sustained stab wounds in the stomach and assaults from a blunt weapon on the head, is reported to be serious at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. The police has sent teams to Rajkot district where the servant belongs.

Inspector K N Patel of sector 21 police station said, "The intruders have ransacked two rooms, but Patel confirmed that the valuables which were in a cupboard were not touched." There was a driver inside a car outside the bungalow, and another seated on the veranda in the neighbouring bungalow, both of whom denied having seen or heard anybody.

According to Patel, the former servant, whose identity the police refuse to divulge for the sake of the investigations, was recently released on bail for another crime he was involved in. The suspect belongs to a village near Limdi in Rajkot district. C C Patel is learnt to have removed him from the job after he was caught and booked for robbery from his house earlier.

The maid, Jyotsna Raval, who is the complainant in this case, stays in the servants quarters in the premises. She claimed before the police that she had last served tea to Sushilaben at 3 pm. It was when she came in at 5 pm to cook the evening meal that she saw Sushilaben lying in a pool of blood.

The police have registered a case of robbery, although it has yet to be ascertained if the Patels had lost anything at all. "Patel is busy attending to his wife and has not been able to assess the extent of damage as yet," the inspector said. But judging by the rummaging in the house, police suspect there must have been some theft.

Meanwhile, GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary ridiculed the claims made by minister of state for home Haren Pandya about the fall in the crime rate. "That people can barge into a house in broad daylight and attack an elderly woman in the most posh locality of the state capital, shows that nobody is afraid of the police anymore," he said.

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Police to intensify patrolling for jagran on Saturday night Sunday, July 8, 2001

The Times of India News Service
RAJKOT: Police would be on tough on roadside Romeos who create mischief and indulge in nuisance during the ensuing jagran that marks the end of the Gaurivrat. Anti-Romeo squad would be deployed to deal with such elements on Saturday for the divas jagran. Mobile partolling would be intensified to prevent any indecent incident.

The police have allowed restaurants, icecream parlours and eating joints to remain open beyond midnight.

Meanwhile, the city has decked up for the celebrations. Most social and voluntary organisations have organised functions. Cinema houses have special late night film shows. The Hemu Gadhvi Natya Gruh has also organised a play.

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Tribal's body found near Sayaji Museum Sunday, July 8, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: A tribal youth was killed and his body thrown near the Sayaji Museum at Sayaji Park on Saturday. Police said the deceased was a young man of about 25 years, and was killed by fatal injuries on the head.

The autopsy report suggested that the murder might have been committed around 9 pm on Friday. The report also said that the murder was caused by a sharp-edged weapon.

Sayajigunj police inspector M S Patel said that the deceased was from Dahod. "He was wearing a yellow shirt and khakhi trousers. He perhaps hailed from Dahod. His left hand bore a sign of 'aum' and symbol of a trident," Patel said. He added the identity of the youth was yet not established.

"We have sent policemen with the deceased's photographs to pockets in city where tribals live. This man was short in height and had a dark complexion," Patel said.

The Sayajigunj police has lodged a case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

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