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May 31, 2001 - May 31, 2001

Vacation proves to be boon for burglars Thursday, May 31, 2001

By Sonal Kellogg

Ahmedabad, May 30: The city has recorded a rise in burglary and thefts during summer while the police keeps making unsuccessful attempts of checking it. In April, Ahmedabad saw a major rise in house-breaking cases specially in the western parts of the city.
Police commissioner P.C. Pande said, “Housebreaking offenses showed a marginal increase during the summer months.

And since this year we’ve had a long summer vacation housebreaking offenses would be on the increase.” Mr Pande also said that thefts mostly occured in empty houses and since this is vacation time many people go out of station. Also burglaries are not easy to detect because burglars have become smart and steal only cash and jewellery.

“While cash is difficult to detect, jewellery is melted soon after committing the offense,” Mr Pande said. The modus operandi varies across gangs. There is the adivasi gang, the Dungarpur gang and the famous chaddhi baniyan dhari gang, which has almost stopped operating.

While breaking main door locks and window grills has become a routine affair, some also enter houses through ventilators. These gangs are organised and skilled and study the vicinity before breaking in. According to Mr Pande, other factors contributing towards the rise in crimes is post-quake unemployment and prevailing recession.

At a rough estimate, there are about 50,000 immigrant labourers in the city and many of them cannot find jobs because of the recession. F.A. Gohil of Satellite police station said that in Satellite, Vastrapur, Ambawadi and Drive-In areas, the frequency of housebreaks is high because of affluent residents, also due to the oppressive weather many prefer to sleep on the terrace and therefore the lower floors remain locked.

“Some residents sleep just inside one room because of air conditioners. Many a time one cannot hear locks being broken over the steady hum of the air conditioner,” said a police officer. Navrangpura police inspector A.C. Jadeja said that though his area has mostly affluent residents, housebreaking crimes have been lesser this year because of day and night patrolling.

Another reason why Satellite area has more thefts than other areas are because of its proximity to the highway. There are as many as 12 different roads leading to the Gandhinagar-Sarkhej highway. According to a police officer, thieves can make an easy flight in from these roads directly to the highway. Also all the outskirts of the city are also susceptible to housebreaking offenses.

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


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Theft worth Rs 54,200 Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ahmedabad
Cash and jewellery worth Rs 54,200 was stolen from the house of Shailesh Desai, a resident of P D Apartments, Pritamnagar, Paldi. The theft happened between Monday night and Tuesday morning and the thieves entered the house by bending the grill of the bathroom window.

After much protesting, president of Navgujarat Bank Depositors Association Jitubhai Shah and four others were allowed to meet Mr Advani to plead their case. Later, Mr Shah said that although the Madhavpura Revival Committee submitted its report ten days back, the Centre has not taken any concrete action.

Sources said Mr Advani assured the depositors that bank will be revived but also asked them to keep patience. Earlier, members of the Akhil Bharitya Customers Organisation met Mr Advani and represented the same case. A revival committee appointed by the Central Registrar of Cooperative Societies had recently submitted a detailed bailout package for Madhavpura to Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha and the RBI.

Going by the report, about 350 odd cooperative banks in Gujarat will contribute four per cent of their deposits towards MMCB’s revival. Mr Advani had taken keen interest in the bailout scheme, which has been keeping thousands of depositors on tenterhooks. The bank is now being run by administrator S. Ramchandran, who had put in his papers only to withdraw it later.

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


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5-yr-old hit by tanker, dies Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ahmedabad
Five-year-old Veena, who was riding pillion behind her father Ashish Shrivastav, on a scooter was killed when a tanker hit the scooter while he driving irresponsibly just outside Dariapur Darwaja on Tuesday morning. Veena was hit on the head which proved to be fatal. Madhavpura police station has registered an offence against the driver of the tanker.

After much protesting, president of Navgujarat Bank Depositors Association Jitubhai Shah and four others were allowed to meet Mr Advani to plead their case. Later, Mr Shah said that although the Madhavpura Revival Committee submitted its report ten days back, the Centre has not taken any concrete action.

Sources said Mr Advani assured the depositors that bank will be revived but also asked them to keep patience. Earlier, members of the Akhil Bharitya Customers Organisation met Mr Advani and represented the same case. A revival committee appointed by the Central Registrar of Cooperative Societies had recently submitted a detailed bailout package for Madhavpura to Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha and the RBI.

Going by the report, about 350 odd cooperative banks in Gujarat will contribute four per cent of their deposits towards MMCB’s revival. Mr Advani had taken keen interest in the bailout scheme, which has been keeping thousands of depositors on tenterhooks. The bank is now being run by administrator S. Ramchandran, who had put in his papers only to withdraw it later.

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


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Depositors urge Advani to intervene in MMCB case Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 30
The Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank depositors’ association staged dharna outside the circuit house, where Union home minister L.K. Adavni was putting up, seeking revival of MMCB. Mr Advani was in the city to lay foundation stone of the Science City.

After much protesting, president of Navgujarat Bank Depositors Association Jitubhai Shah and four others were allowed to meet Mr Advani to plead their case. Later, Mr Shah said that although the Madhavpura Revival Committee submitted its report ten days back, the Centre has not taken any concrete action.

Sources said Mr Advani assured the depositors that bank will be revived but also asked them to keep patience. Earlier, members of the Akhil Bharitya Customers Organisation met Mr Advani and represented the same case. A revival committee appointed by the Central Registrar of Cooperative Societies had recently submitted a detailed bailout package for Madhavpura to Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha and the RBI.

Going by the report, about 350 odd cooperative banks in Gujarat will contribute four per cent of their deposits towards MMCB’s revival. Mr Advani had taken keen interest in the bailout scheme, which has been keeping thousands of depositors on tenterhooks. The bank is now being run by administrator S. Ramchandran, who had put in his papers only to withdraw it later.

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


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Rainfall experienced in all the parts of state Thursday, May 31, 2001

May 30th:
Scattered rainfall was reported from parts of Gujarat during the past 24 hours even after the cyclonic storm fizzled out in the Arabian Sea.

According to reports received here, rainfall was experienced in districts of Ahmedabad, Mehsana, South Gujarat areas and other North Gujarat areas besides Kutch region.

However, the sky remained clear during the day with strong wind blowing.

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


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