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June 26, 2001 - June 26, 2001

City advocate takes up case for harassed Muslim jail inmates Tuesday, June 26, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 25: A city advocate, Ghulam K. Saiyyed, has sent an application to the Sabarmati police station to look into the complaints of the Muslim inmates in Sabarmati Central Prison who are allegedly being beaten up and harassed by jail officials. The application was sent on Monday.

In his application, Mr Saiyyed has alleged that several cases of Muslim inmates being beaten up have already been registered at the Sabarmati police station.

On June 6, at 7.30 am, inmate no 7787, Abdul Wahid Fakir Mohammed, was not allowed to say his namaz and was beaten up without any reason with lathis, belt, chain and lock. He was injured and even incurred a fracture on his hand, according to the complaint.

The culprits named in the complaint are Jadgish Kanubhai (sevak), Jagdish Marwadi (watchman), Bharat K Singh (laltopi), Ishwar (warder), Kanti (warder), Amir (sipahi), Arjun Singh (sipahi), Parvin Singh (watchman) and Lakha (watchman). Sabarmati police inspector S S Chudasma accepted that several complaints of fights were lodged but he said that these fights were basically between the inmates and were not communal in nature.

The complaint further alleges that on the same day some other Muslim inmates were also beaten up. They were Salim Abdul Karim Pathan, an NDPS inmate and Mohammed Athar Mohammed Hassam, inmate no 6991.

The application further states that the complaint of the Muslim inmates was not registered, instead the senior jailor, A B Makwana, and the jail superintendent, A V Kharadi, accused the Muslim inmates of fighting with the Hindu inmates.

The application also points out to two more complaints filed. One on November 6, 2000 where inmate Abdul Wahab Shaikh was attacked by jail officials and was hit with a hammer on the head.
In another case on September 18, 2000, Tahir Jamal Siraj Ahmed, inmate no 6359, was allegedly attacked by jail officials and Hindu inmates with a sharp weapon and was injured on the neck. A complaint was also filed.

The application has stated that though the Muslim inmates have made repeated complaints to various authorities, no steps have been taken as yet. It also points out that a complaint has also been filed against jailor Makwana when he was at Vadodara jail.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Scientist’s suicide still a mystery Tuesday, June 26, 2001

By Sonal Kellogg, AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 25: Ten days after Physical Research Laboratory scientist Nagesh N. Rao committed suicide, the Satellite police are still clueless about the reasons behind the act. Police inspector P D Patil plans to ask the PRL authorities for an account from the Clarkson University officials in the USA, since Mr Patil suspects that the mystery could possibly be solved with some clues from the university.

But Mr Patil hinted that the PRL authorities were not very cooperative with the police. On Mr Rao’s besna on Monday evening, many of his colleagues and friends came but they were equally clueless. After questioning relatives, friends and colleagues, Mr Patil said that nobody has an idea as to why Mr Rao could have taken such an extreme step.

The controller of PRL, Mr M.R. G. Murthy, said that normally it was customary for the host university to intimate the guest institute if any untoward incident occurred , but he said that till date they have not got any intimation from Clarkson University. But when asked if they had asked the university about what had transpired in the initial 15 days, Mr Murthy said that they had as yet not done so.

Mr Rao had sent an e-mail to the director of PRL, Mr G S Agrawal, on April 16, just 15 days after he had landed at Clarkson University, Postsdan, New York, USA, asking permission to cut short his sanctioned one-year leave and allow him to cut short his visit ‘in view of some serious personal and family matters.’ He was sanctioned the permission the next day itself by the director. Mr Rao had left for Clarkson University, Postsdan, New York, USA on April 1, for a year-long project and had taken a sabbatical of one year.

Mr Patil, who is investigating the case, said that he found out that Mr Rao had told his wife, Dr Usha Rao, that he was not able to adjust to the workload there and was not able to cope up with the pressure.

Meanwhile, the police is still awaiting the postmortem report and though Mr Rao was found hanging from the ceiling, his body and face were bloated and so the Forensic Science Laboratory has taken a viscera sample for chemical analysis.

Incidentally, before he committed suicide, Mr Rao had eaten dinner at a friend, Mr M Mohan’s house, and had seemed a bit preoccupied then, Mr Patil said.

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MSU students help rehabilitate Kutchis Tuesday, June 26, 2001

By Nandini Oza, AsianAge
Vadodara, June 25: When their parents were on vacation, a group of 40 students from the Master of Social Work faculty at the M.S. University of Baroda were sweating it out in Kutch studying problems faced by the residents there. Working for dissertations during vacations is no different for MSW students but it is for the first time that the entire group has gone to one place.

Faculty dean Anil Navale told The Asian Age that in fact the MSW faculty is the first faculty in the country that has asked all its students to academically contribute to quake-affected Kutch. Having visited Kutch twice after the January 26 disaster, doing dissertation on the area came in naturally, Prof. Navale says. Apart from academic contribution it is an exposure for senior MSW students. Once the dissertations, that are part of MSW examination programme, are completed, the faculty intends to present an action-oriented proposal to the state government.

The senior MSW students, who have started returning from the field, have practically touched all the aspects, except scientific details. The dean specifies that the faculty is not doing postmortem of the government work and what were the failures. We are focusing on what should be done now, he says. For about 10 to 15 days, the students stayed in the groups and alone in different parts of Kutch. Some stayed with the non-government organisations and some in tents but for one working on a wide range of subjects in Kutch has been a learning experience.

“It was actually social work,” remarks Ruchita Shah, a senior MSW student. Ms Shah, who is studying the role of volunteers, says that many volunteers were so busy that they did not give interviews. “We could not get reactions of members of Red Cross Society, UK,” she confesses. Kamini Vaghela, another MSW student, was pained to she that even today many of the craftswomen have not got the much-needed financial support. According to her, majority of the craftswomen said that most of the help had come from the non-government sector.

Unlike the past dissertations that revolved around industries and related subjects, this time the dissertations are different, says Sonal Nair, a senior MSW student. It is a current issue and has taught us a lot, she says, also making a point that unlike in other industrial topics, here readymade tools were not available for data collection and had to be prepared afresh. “We wish that in the coming years fresh students of MSW know in details about Kutch and the problems faced by the residents,” says Ms Shah.

Prof. Navale says that except for initial reluctance, which is quite natural, the students readily agreed to work in the border district. It will take a few months before the dissertations are completed. Each group will come out with different findings depending upon the topics. But one thing that the students have not missed out to note is the indomitable spirit of residents of Kutch. As a student remarks, “the people of Kutch are mentally very strong and can brave many such disasters”.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Barot to take up cable issue with Centre Tuesday, June 26, 2001

AsianAge
Gandhinagar, June 25: The minister of state for information and broadcasting, Mr Bharat Barot assured the cable operators that the state government would appeal the information and broadcasting ministry at the centre to devise a policy to ensure a systematic guideline in case of increase in the rates of satellite pay channels.

The Ahmedabad Cable Operators Association submitted a memorandum to Mr Barot, on Monday. The memorandum was to oppose against the indiscriminate hike in the rates of pay channels.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Surat mishap: Nine bodies recovered Tuesday, June 26, 2001

AsianAge
June 25: Nine bodies of the young men who drowned in the sea near Suwali village, Hazira Jetty in Surat had been retrieved by Monday afternoon, according to the commissioner of police of Surat I G Vineet Kumar.

Mr Kumar said that is not the usual place where people go to swim or visit. He added that the youth went to the tilla which is like an island when the tide is high but which can be reached by land on a low tide. When the tide began to rise the youth were not able to estimate the time it would take for the tide to come in and the place got flooded so the boys had to swim from the tilla towards the main land.

Though all the boys were swimmers, none of them were able to make it to the land because of the strong current and drowned in the process.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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