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June 20, 2001 - June 20, 2001

Another co-operative bank declared sick Wednesday, June 20, 2001

The Times Of India
GANDHINAGAR: Yet another co-operative bank, Visnagar Nagarik Sahakari Bank Ltd, based in Mehsana, has been declared sick by the Reserve Bank of India.

A Reserve Bank of India letter to the general manager of the bank says that during the course of inspection in the bank from November 6 to 27 last year, its financial position as percentage of net erosion to net funds worked out to be as high as 85.8 per cent.

"Accordingly, your bank has been classified a weak bank requiring rehabilitation and is included in the list of weak banks under rehabilitation", the RBI letter, signed by A. Ganapathy, deputy manager, urban banks department, Ahmedabad, says.

Asking the bank "not to declare and disburse the dividend without our prior permission in that behalf from the year 2000-01 and onwards", the letter says, "You are advised not to acquire, depose of any of the immovable properties and to shift, change the existing places of business without our prior approval."

Asking the management of the Visnagar bank, one of the premier co-operative banks in North Gujarat with Bholabhai Patel as chairman, to make "sustained effort towards deposit mobilisation, judicial deployment of funds with a view to improving profitability and management competence", the RBI advises it to build a "strong capital base and strengthen general internal control system/ loan policy and procedures and recovery overdues."

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Murder accused dies in police custody Wednesday, June 20, 2001

AsianAge
Vadodara, June 19: In an unexpected incident, a youth involved in murder and house breaking incidents committed suicide at the Raopura police custody between 11.30 pm on Monday and 2 am on Tuesday. According to a press release issued by the police department, Rajesh Rambhau Pawar, 26, was residing near Vadigam bus stand in Nagpur.

He hung himself with the help of his shirt and handkerchief when the other prisoners were fast asleep. Rajesh was brought to Raopura custody from JP Road police station where a complaint was lodged for housebreaking.

According to the police, Rajesh along with seven criminals was brought to Makarpura from a different police station because of space constraints. Rajesh was arrested on June 9 and he was on remand. He was also involved in a murder case in Mumbai where the Vadodara police took him for inquiry on June 15 and the team came back to Vadodara on June 17.

Speaking to The Asian Age deputy commissioner of police R V Jotangia said that the department would start an inquiry to find out reasons of Pawar’s death in custody. He said, “We have filmed the entire scene in a cassette as evidence.

Further, the forensic science laboratory experts were also present during the investigation.” He added that the human rights commission would likely to inquire about the incident since it was a custodial death. Mr Jotangia informed that in the initial stages Rajesh was not supporting the investigation officer during the interrogation.

He said, “Probably he was afraid of his tarnished image in the society as the police was about to detect all the crimes he had committed and that could be one of the reasons for his committing suicide.” However, Rajesh’s suicide has raised many a question for the police department.

When Rajesh committed suicide there were seven other prisoners in the same cell.
Any activity in the custody could have been easily noticed by the officer on duty because of the location of the custody. The deceased’s height was about 5.6 feet while the height of the window was about 6.6 feet.

Though the logistics do not quite match, Mr Jotangia maintained that it was a genuine case of suicide. He added, “In any case, though we believe it was a genuine case of suicide we would like to inquire the entire case thoroughly.”

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


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SURENDRANAGAR::::Two arrested for abduction Wednesday, June 20, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 19: Surendranagar police detected the kidnapping of a boy studying in class 12 within a day after they mounted a serious operation to catch the culprits and managed to rescue the boy on Tuesday.

According to details, Mr Mukund Gadani registered a complaint with the Surendranagar police that his son Gaurav, who was studying in class 12 at Dayamai high school in the science stream, was kidnapped on his way to school on Monday.

The complaint further stated that two unidentified persons had come to his house at Nava Junction Road, Surendranagar and demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakhs to release his son. He said that one of the two men was stoutly built and the other was slim.

Keeping in mind the seriousness of the crime, the offense was immediately registered under section 363, 387 and 114 of the IPC. The police set up road blocks at various places and the abandoned scooter of Gaurav was discovered from near the district panchayat office. Police also asked for the dog squad to help trace the criminals.

Meanwhile, the kidnappers called up Mr Gadani’s house to demand the ransom and police got an opportunity to trace the call. It revealed that the call was made from a STD/PCO in Naroda.
On keeping a vigil Surendranagar police were able to detect that the call was made by Vijay.J. Parmar, a resident of Danmill Road, Surendranagar.

Investigation revealed that Parmar was earlier arrested by the Surendranagar Police on March 28. He was involved in a crime along with Ramesh Govind, Kana Lalaji Parmar and Raju Kana Bharwad.

But since the others were not apprehended the police suspected that they were also involved in this crime. Enquiry revealed that Kana Lalji Parmar was the main person behind the plot and that his two accomplices Jayesh. Kohli and Mahesh Kohli were also involved in the kidnapping.

Jayesh alias Jayala was arrested on Tuesday night by the police and Vijay was also arrested from Ahmedabad. He confessed that Parmar and Mahesh Kohli were with Gaurav at Rampura area and that he had a mobile phone and a Hero Honda Splendor motor cycle.

The police asked Jayesh to call Parmar on the mobile and told him to not harm Gaurav since he was already arrested and that they were on the hunt for Parmar and Kohli. Afraid of being discovered, Parmar left Gaurav on the Saila Limbi highway and made off.

Gaurav was found off the road and handed over to his family, while the police are still looking for Parmar and Kohli. Police have already arrested Jayesh and Vijay and further investigations are on.

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


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Plan to build check dams has paid off: Nitin Patel Wednesday, June 20, 2001

AsianAge
Gandhinagar, June 19: The Sardar Patel participatory water conservation scheme of the state government to construct check dams in the state has paid rich dividends with most of the check dams having filled upto capacity and overflowing with water after the first spell of rains.

Medium and small irrigation minister Nitin Patel told reporters on Tuesday that 7,600 of the total 13,637 check dams especially build in Junagadh, Jamnagar, Amreli and Bhavnagar are overflowing after the first rains and 1,520 million cu ft of water has been conserved.

“The cumulative effect of the check dams on the region will be tremendous as can be seen that the water tables and the level of the wells that have gone up substantially,” Mr Patel said. Moreover, the check dams will also indirectly help the irrigation of 52,564 hectares of land.

Giving details of the overflowing check dams Mr Patel said of the 4,628 check dams in Jamnagar 3,260 have been presently filled to capacity, whereas in Bhavnagar of the 4,217 check dams 1,730 are overflowing.

Similar is the case in Junagadh 1,255 of 1,278, Kutch 230 of 496, Amreli 360 of 788 and Surendranagar where 275 of the total 348 check dams have been constructed. Mr Patel said the cost of construction of each dam came to Rs 2 crores and Rs 300 crores have been disbursed as payment to the various contractors for the construction under the scheme.

“Payment has been made in all cases except a few cases in Junagadh,” Mr Patel said. However, the state government admitted that there has been a delay in the construction of check dams in this year.

“We have not been able to achieve the target of 10,000 check dams set for this year and have already been able to construct 6,000,” Mr Patel said. This is in contrast to the previous year when 13,000 check dams were constructed against a target of 10,000.

Another member of the scheme attributed the reason to officials connected to different schemes being diverted to earthquake relief and other works. Mr Patel said applications for construction of 18,162 check dams were received in 2000-01 but could not be taken up due to the earthquake.

“The state government has however approved 5,473 applications recently of which 2,600 are already under construction,” he said. Mr Patel said the rains have also benefited the small and medium reservoirs in Saurashtra region and 15,208 million cubic feet water has been conserved through the schemes. A total of 34,278 million cu feet of water has been conserved in the entire state.

He said of the total number of 182 large, medium and small dams existed in the state of which 42 fell in Gujarat region, 120 in Saurashtra and 20 in Kutch region. Mr Patel said the state government will remove the encroachments on the Chandloda pond as per the high court order where a lot of industrial affluent is also disposed.

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


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Girls held for ‘obscene gestures’ Wednesday, June 20, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 19: Three girls were apprehended by the Vatva police from outside the Satnam Guest House for allegedly making obscene gestures in a public place. They were arrested and booked under Bombay Police Act under Sections 110 and 117.

The girls apprehended have been identified as Meena Patel, 22-year-old girl who is a resident of Mira Road, Mumbai, Shabana Bano Saiyyed, 18-year-old resident of Bharat Nagar, Andhra Pradesh and Shivani Das, 19-year-old of Andheri East, Mumbai.

According to Vatva police officials the three girls were running a prostitution den from the Satnam guest house and were also creating public nuisance in the area. When contacted, Vatva police officials were unavailable for comment.

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


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