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June 7, 2001 - June 8, 2001

Murder case solved within week, 5 held Friday, June 8, 2001


Ahmedabad, June 7: Five days after the murder of a driver of a marshal jeep, the city crime branch arrested five persons from a place near the flower market, Sardar Bridge, on Thursday. The jeep driver’s body was found near the outskirts of Charodi village on June 2.

The body carried stab wounds caused by a sharp weapon on his neck, chest and stomach. Anand police had registered a case against the killers of the then unknown man. Meanwhile, assistant commissioner of police Subhash Trivedi received a tip off that some people were trying to sell a marshal jeep, and were making discreet inquiries for the same.

The crime branch police inspector, Tarun Barot, and his team immediately swung into action and apprehended the five accused along with the jeep. The names of the arrested are Bharat Parmar, 20, Harikissan alias Hariyo Mishra, 20, Akhil Khalil Shaikh, 21, Amiruddin alias Lallo N Shaikh, and Noor Mohammed alias Nooriyo Shayeed, 24.

According to the details available, the accused Bharat Parmar, an unemployed resident of Bhavar village, Banaskantha district, had borrowed Rs 25,000 from his mother-in-law. This resulted in frequent quarrels with his mother-in-law and his wife.

So to make arrangements for the money Parmar had come to Ahmedabad to his mother-in-law’s house at Kodiyar Nagar, Behrampura. There he met a friend Sikander who lived at Ramrahim Na Tekra, behind Calico Mills, who introduced him to Harikissan, a resident of the same place.

Harikissan Mishra told him that he could get the money if he could bring a four wheeler vehicle which they could sell and get money from the sale. Parmar went to Randhanpur and hired a marshal jeep on June 1 for Rs 1,200 and brought it here along with the driver Ketan Makwana, 40.

Parmar intimated Mishra who sent three of his friends Akhil Shaikh, Amiruddin alias Lallo, and Noor Mohammed along with Parmar and told them to get rid of the driver. The four of them then drove out of the city and having killed the driver and returned to the city.

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

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Customs dept. seizes 50 lakh litres of diesel Friday, June 8, 2001


Ahmedabad, June 7: The customs department has seized a vessel MT AL Rahmat that was to off load 50 lakh litres of smuggled diesel at the Porbander coast on June 1 to some unknown buyer.

Acting on specific intelligence that the vessel had already smuggled 50-lakh litres of diesel on Mumbai coast between April 24 and April 25 and was to offload the rest at Porbander coast, a team of officers from the Jamnagar customs preventive seized the vessel valued at Rs 1 crores along with 50 lakh litres of smuggled diesel oil valued at Rs 81 lakhs.

The coast guard intercepted the vessel after meticulous planning and due to information provided by Customs, Jamnagar. Initial investigations have revealed that the registration documents of the ship, bill of landing, shipping bill and other such papers were all fake.

The vessel had loaded approximately 891 lakh litres of diesel from Gulf countries in April 2001.
The total duty evasion in the case is accounted to be around 60 lakhs.

While the master of the vessel has stated that they were continuously receiving instructions about where to discharge the diesel oil on a wireless from Dubai, the Indian connection of the above vessel is being investigated. The possibility that this oil could have been smuggled out of Iraq cannot be ruled out and is being looked into.

This is the first case of its kind that has been detected. The modus operandi appears to be that smugglers purchase very old tankers that does not carry much value and smuggle oil out of Iraq to other countries.

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

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School for differently abled to open in city Friday, June 8, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 7: First of its kind school for children with learning disability will be opened in the city shortly. The Delhi Public School – Nalanda institute programme likely to be functional by November, will help children with learning disability make a holistic comeback to the mainstream society.

Giving out information to the media about the concept of special schools for children with LD on Thursday, DPS founder Manjula Pooja Shroff said, “10-15 per cent of school going children suffer from learning disability.

Although they are not physically different from children of their age, they are considered deficient because of their poor academic performance. Simultaneously, the society sidelines them as below par humans, which is an irony.”

Lack of awareness among parents, teachers, and the society as a whole has led to the problem. DPS – Nalanda intends to take up the challenge of giving them an environment conducive enough to overcome their shortcomings.

“Unless such cases are intervened at an early stage, the child’s life turns into a circle of failures,” adds Purnima Hindia, administrator of Mumbai-based Nalanda School that was initiated in 1998 with just two children with LD.

“Cases of children suffering from LD are there in almost all schools.” Inconsistent academic performance, lack of ability to pay attention during a class, difficulty in reading, writing, making innumerable spelling errors, inability to pronounce words properly are no mere signs of a child being dull.

Even cases of school dropouts by these children should not be treated as a usual phenomenon thinking they are dull students,” remarks MS Hindia. The proposed school in the city will cater to students from standard 6th, informed Ms Shroff.

“Other classes up to standard 12th will be started in phases,” she informed. “Taxing academic syllabus, large number of students in a single class does not give the teacher an opportunity to attend to the needs of these children. Therefore, introduction of these special schools are a must.

For the betterment of the child, who joins the mainstream after he gains enough confidence as others,” she said. Ms Shroff however believed that sensitisation of the masses towards the cause is of utmost before taking up the challenge.

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

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‘Centre should bear reconstruction cost’ Friday, June 8, 2001


Gandhinagar, June 7: Leader of the Opposition in the legislative assembly Amarsinh Chaudhary reiterated the demand to declare the earthquake as a natural calamity. He said he had, during the recent visit of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, represented that the entire reconstruction cost should be taken up by the Centre and the calamity declared as a natural calamity.

Mr Chaudhary said the Congress had represented that the state government had suffered losses to the tune of Rs 35,000 crores against which the central assistance had been a mere Rs 1,000 crores.

Mr Chaudhary alleged that the Prime Minister was intentionally kept away from the rehabilitation work of the state government and only the work of the voluntary agencies were displayed. He said while Mr Vajpayee was all praise for the voluntary agencies the state government had very little work to show.

“The state government did not have the courage to take the Prime Minister to any of its rehabilitation works despite the entire cabinet camping at Bhuj to prepare for his visit,” Mr Chaudhary said.

He alleged that of the 54 NGOs that had reached Kutch 34 had returned due to lack of cooperation from the state government and only 24 had stayed back who were complaining about the lack of cooperation from the state government.

Mr Chaudhary said the demand for a tax holiday was made by the Congress originally and demanded that the benefits should be extended to the earthquake affected industries at Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surendranagar and Patan districts also.

The Opposition leader said the Seeds Corporation had only 10 per cent of groundnut seeds and farmers are already facing problems due to lack of seeds. “By this time the seeds should already have been distributed which has not been done as yet,” Mr Chaudhary said.

He alleged that despite the problems the Seeds Corporation managing director had increase the salaries of four officials without consulting the state government.

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

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Keshubhai emerges stronger after PM's visit Thursday, June 7, 2001

By Anil Pathak, The Times of India

AHMEDABAD, June 7: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee`s two-day hectic visit for 'assessment' of rehabilitation in earthquake ravaged Kutch has proved moral booster for the Bharatiya Janata Party which has lost its image after drubbings in civic and panchayat elections and resultant groupism within the organisation.

The gift of tax holiday for industries for five years and a huge financial help for speedy reconstruction of houses declared by Vajpayee during his public meeting in Bhuj has generated a new atmosphere of hope and confidence among the frustrated rank and file and it was evident in several functions attended by Vajpayee during his 30 hour stay in the district, party leaders said.

The public functions addressed by Vajpayee in Bhuj, Dudhai and Ludiya were well attended despite the bandh call given by the opposition Congress party during the PM`s visit .

The Kutch district committee which was once ridden with bickerings caused due to pro-Suresh Mehta and official group has put up a united show this time.

The official group would like to project that in view of increasing criticism of the state government for delay in providing temporary shelter and in declaring the various packages the state leadership had worked out an organised plan to create a good image of both the party and Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel by inviting Vajpayee. Instead of pulling up the BJP government for lapses on its part, he gave away everything asked by Keshubhai Patel as if giving him a new lease of life. Not only that the BJP has earned a big political mileage out of this visit.

The state government had sent two senior IAS officials P K Laheri, Principal Secretary to CM and L Mansinh, Chief Coordinator of rehabilitation in Kutch with the details of the demands including that of tax holiday and aid for construction of primary schools and hospital attached with a medical college in Bhuj. The duo had detailed discussion with senior officials of the PMO who had readily agreed for Rs.100 crore state of art hospital. And Vajpayee on the basis of feedback from PMO finalised his tour despite pressing engagements and his knee operation in Mumbai late this week.

Senior BJP leader Ashok Bhatt said "the visit of PM has further strengthened Keshubhai Patel who has emerged as more powerful leader."

Despite provocation by the Congress the earthquake victims and people at large did not raise any protest during the visit there was total peace and order prevailed at all the functions in the district. Neither the local people nor the earthquake victims created any disorder anywhere giving an impression that the people in Kutch were not unhappy with the efforts being made by the authorities for rehabilitation.

Bhatt alleged that a majority of the demonstrators who waved black flags to Vajpayee were brought all the way from Ahmedabad and that too at the behest of Amarsinh Chaudhary.
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News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]

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