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November 5, 2001 - November 5, 2001

NAVSARI:: police solve double murder case Monday, November 5, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
Navsari police claimed to have solved a double murder mystery, allegedly masterminded by the nephew of one of the persons killed last month in a bungalow in Navsari Rural area, by arresting two accused in Mumbai.

Police arrested the accused from Bandra railway station and recovered booty worth Rs 3.57 lakh and weapons used to kill the victims.

According to Navsari police, on November 17, one of the accused, Vikram alias Vikki Gautam Goswami, allegedly killed his aunt and a housemaid with sharp-edged weapons and looted Rs 3.92 lakh. Acting on circumstantial evidence, the police came to the conclusion that the accused had a friendly entry into the house and later committed the crime with an intention to loot.

During investigations police came to know that Vikki had a prior love affair and wanted to get married with a woman identified as Usha. Police laid a trap and forced Usha to co-operate in apprehending Vikki and his accomplice Nizam Abdul Rahim Sheikh. Later, Vikki contacted Usha and asked her to meet him in Mumbai for marriage. Police arrested the duo when they reached Mumbai.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Agitation threatened against POTO Monday, November 5, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
A number of Communist, human rights and voluntary organisations have come together in Gujarat to voice their protest against the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO). They have threatened widespread agitation if it is not revoked immediately.

In a letter written to President K R Narayan on Saturday they have called the ordinance more draconian than its predecessor, the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), and asked all like-minded people to come together to fight it.

Handed to the Vadodara collector, the letter has been signed by representatives from People's Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), SUCI, Inqualabi Communist Sanghathan, Janata Dal (Secular), Communist Party of India (M), CITU, DYFI, and a host of others.

According to them, POTO is only one more attempt by the NDA government to cover up their failure in governance. With war clouds looming over Asia after the September 11 attacks in the US, the government led by the BJP is making use of the situation to re-enact the devil of TADA in another name, they feel.

Calling the ordinance anti-people, they argue that POTO has the capacity to even overshadow TADA as any ordinary citizen can be arrested and called a terrorist if he has information on terrorist organisations and has not given it to the police voluntarily. Any ordinance with such provisions is designed for misuse and would crush important democratic values, they feel.

In fact, the ordinance will only make it easier for the government to ban any political and voluntary organisation which does not serve its interests. Attacking the ordinance the letter adds, "Every one knows that the police works more for its own selfish interests than in the national interest." These organisations also believe that the central government is only trying to transfer its frustration, at not being able to control terrorist in the country, on to the people, by bringing ordinances like POTO.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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P M Chaudhary remanded for 10 days Monday, November 5, 2001

VADODARA: A city court on Friday remanded district panchayat's suspended executive engineer P M Chaudhary to 10 days in police custody. Chaudhary was accused of killing one Dilip Rathod alias Bala at Bhumiya Vasahat in Kevadiya earlier in May this year. He was arrested on Friday from a cinema hall in Vyara, Surat.

Chaudhary had absconded after allegedly killing Bala and injuring his friend Hemant Mistry. The latter had reported Bala's killing to police and said that he was eyewitness of the murder. However, before police could arrest Chaudhary, he had fled and was in hiding for about five months before finally getting nabbed.

Police had got information that Chaudhary was hiding in Mandvi in Kutch. On Wednesday, the police got a tip off that Chaudhary had left for Surat. Finally, police spotted Chaudhary while he was getting out of a cinema hall in Vyara.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Chaudhary may be stripped of one post Monday, November 5, 2001

After Diwali, the Congress may apply the ‘one-man one-post’ principle on the Gujarat unit where the state Pradesh Congress chief Amarsinh Chaudhary is also the legislature party leader.
The party may go in for a new leader also in the Assembly and constitute regional and district level committees to help shore up its organisational and legislative wings to meet the BJP’s challenge in the Assembly and outside.

As Chaudhary, who was appointed the PCC chief about three months ago, is a tribal, the party is toying with the idea of selecting an upper caste leader to head the legislature party. While there are several contenders, the two frontrunners for the post are believed to be Uday Sinh Baria and Naresh Rawal.

Perhaps chastened by its previous experience, the party is expected to plug for a compact, representative and balanced PCC this time and not a bloated body that added to its political and operational problems and spawned personality clashes.

Unlike the outgoing executive, which had about 150 members, the new set-up could have just about half as many.

But making it a social, geographic and political representative body could prove to be a slightly ticklish affair. One indication of this came during the party's coordination committee on Gujarat recently when a member proposed a kind of a quota system in ensuring representation to various groups — like the Janata Dal (G) — within the Congress. There was, however, no consensus on this formula.

The organisation will, however, get a fillip when Congress president Sonia Gandhi visits Kutch and addresses a rally at Mehsana later this week.

Party general secretary in charge of Gujarat, Kamal Nath is likely to extend his stay in Ahmedabad to fine-tune the modalities of setting up the organisational structure.

The need to tone up the organisation has gained urgency with the BJP installing pracharak and hardliner Narendra Modi as Chief Minister to revamp the ruling party's image — dented by Keshubhai Patel's inept governance — and to keep its support plank intact.

Since Modi's style of functioning as an organisation leader had earlier contributed to a split in the party, the Congress, which may be grappling with dissensions in its own ranks, is already nurturing hopes of a possible divisions in the ranks, even though it seems dim at the moment.

With the Congress still unsure about the implications of the Afghanistan war, there are apprehensions about the BJP's move to polarise the atmosphere in Gujarat and in the states slated for elections.

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Rickshaw drivers on strike alleging police assault Monday, November 5, 2001

News Source : Times News Network
VADODARA: Auto-rickshaw drivers in the city went on a flash strike on Friday night, after three persons, including two police head constables, allegedly beat up a driver.

Police said the two head constables have been suspended following the incident. The drivers alleged that the policemen beat up a driver, Idris Patel, at Tarsali area. Patel is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital. The drivers said an FIR registered in this regard named head constables Vitthalbhai Himmatbhai and Kantibhai Mohanbhai along with another person identified as Bhurio.

The drivers and policemen came in direct confrontation in several parts of the city following the incident.

Vadodara Rickshaw Chalak Congress submitted a memorandum regarding the issue to the police commissioner J Mahapatra. The memorandum said one of the head constables was in an inebriated condition and had demanded money from the driver.

Mahapatra said the head constables have been suspended with immediate effect and further investigations were on.

The head constables are, however, yet to be arrested. Police sources said they were missing after the incident. The drivers were likely to begin operations from late in the evening.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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