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65% vehicles in Ahmedabad yet to get HSR plates

Though the Supreme Court in 2013 made High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP) mandatory for vehicles, only 25 lakh vehicles of the total 70 lakh vehicles in Ahmedabad city and rural have installed HSR plates, while the remaining 45 lakh vehicles are still to get them.On December 28, the state government issued a January 15 deadline for vehicle owners to replace their old number plates with HSRPs or be ready to pay penalty. Two-wheelers and three-wheelers will be fined Rs89, while four-wheelers and heavy vehicles will have to pay Rs150 if they are caught without HSR plates on them.GS Parmar, Regional Transport Officer, Ahmedabad, said, “HSR plates have been mandatory for vehicles since 2013. Every vehicle registered in RTO after 2013 have HSR plates installed. But the ones registered before 2013 are still to get them. Very few old vehicles come to install HSR plates. Now that a deadline has been issued, we are expecting the older vehicles to come to us to get them installed. Our staff is working on most Sundays specifically for HSRP work, but most of the time no one turns up.”According to an RTO source, till mid 2016, RTO had trouble installing HSRPs on old vehicles. During transfer of vehicles or new registrations, fresh data is entered in RTO’s system and it is linked to HSRP unit through which vehicle owners get the plate. However, it was not possible for old vehicles as the RTO didn’t have the system to update the data of old vehicles due to which the process was halted till mid 2016.”We faced difficulty tracking old vehicles because their data was registered manually. Now, even those data have been transferred to the system, and we can install HSRPs on them,” added Parmar.

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Child rape cases shot up sharply in Ahmedabad, says NCRB

The city which is known to be one of the safest for children is turning out to be a place of nightmare. According to the data issued by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), 196 cases were recorded under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses(POCSO) Act were lodged in Ahmedabad in 2016.Of these, 139 cases were of minors being raped, 21 21 of them were reported to be sexually assaulted. Also, 7 cases of unnatural activities were reported against children were registered.For instance, one eight-year-old girl was molested by a 60-year-old doctor in his clinic in Isanpur area last Thursday. The incident took place when the girl went to his clinic alone. The doctor took her to an adjacent room, where he held her hand and zipped his pants down to flash his private parts.In 80 per cent of such cases, the accused turned out to someone known to the victims, which includes mostly relatives, neighbours, friends etc. Binal Patel, the city coordinator of Childline of an NGO that works to protect the rights of children, said that she has known a lot of cases where children are abused daily.The one who abuses the kids are mostly in acquaintance, she said.”It is often the relatives, friends of the family, neighbours or people in school whom the child is in touch with who abuse them,” said Patel, adding that in many cases the child is being abused over a period before s/he opens up to her/his parents.The trigger is often when parents discover the physical signs of sexual abuse or molestation,” said Patel. In many cases, the relatives even ignore the case because the incident involves members of the same of extended families, she said. “We know of a case in which an orphan girl was sexually abused by her uncle. But, her relatives asked her to stay mum,” she said.According to NCRB data, 481 cases of crime against children were reported in Ahmedabad in 2016. Of them, 196 cases were reported under POCSO Act, which is 40.74 per cent. While in 2015, 609 cases of crime against children were reported where 191 cases were of POCSO, 173 out of 437 cases were registered under POCSO Act in 2014.Cases in 2017 October 31: A 6-year-old boy was kidnapped and sodomised by a 21-year-old, who spotted the victim playing near his house. The crime took place in Odhav area of the city. Finally, the accused was caught redhanded by the victim’s uncle and was handed over to police.On September 14: Principal of a municipal English medium school, near Shankar Bhuvan, in Shahpur, was nabbed by Shahpur police for raping an eight-year-old student of his school. March 17: Two teenage sisters, both around 15 years old, were gang-raped by six in a running car in Dahod. The accused wanted to punish the family after the girl’s brother accused one of them of bootlegging.POCSO cases filed in Gujarat 2016 1408 cases1414 victims2015 1416 cases1424 victimsPOCSO cases lodged in Ahmedabad 2016 196 cases196 victims2015 191 cases191 victims2014 173 cases 173 victimsCrime chart of cases filed under POCSO Act in Ahmedabad Child Raped 139 cases139 victimsSexual Assualt 21 cases21 victimsOther POCSO cases35 cases 35 victims

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How safe are the elderly in Ahmedabad?

The senior citizen of Ahmedabad is no longer safe, as per the reports of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Senior police officials that DNA talked to said criminals find senior citizens to be easy targets for murder, chain-snatching and loot. For instance, take the loot and murder case of 75-year-old woman Rambha Patel, a resident of Ghatlodia.The Karmacharinagar Housing Society, part-2, resident was found strangulated with a cloth by her daughter Bhagwati Patel around 2 pm on Thursday. There was no sign of struggle at the crime scene. Cops say CCTV footage from the house shows a courier boy entering it with two boxes. The two gold bangles that the victim was wearing were found to be missing from the spot. Deepan Bhadran, DCP of Crime Branch, said, “We are investigating the case. More CCTV footages have been recovered but we cannot reveal further information right now as it may affect the probe.”73% crime against senior citizen of state reported from AhmedabadAccording to the NCRB data, Ahmedabad ranked third in the incidents of crime against senior citizens in 2016. Out of 496 crime cases registered against senior citizens in Gujarat in 2016, 362 were reported from Ahmedabad, which is almost 73 per cent of the total cases.While 68 cases were reported in 2014, it reduced to 17 in 2015 only to rise to 362 cases in 2016.MK Rana, ACP of Prevention of Crime Branch, said, “Senior citizens are the soft target for the accused. Not just elderly but all people should remain alert. We conduct several awareness programmes for senior citizens regularly and also issue guidelines. But most of them don’t follow it.”He added, “If a senior citizen lives alone, his or her relatives should have the information of the people visiting the house including milkman, newspaper boy, cook and domestic help. Most of the time, these aspects are neglected.”The top cop added that informed and updated relatives not only help avert crimes against elderly but also increase the possibility of police to catch them after committing the crime.AHMEDABAD NO CITY FOR ELDERLY?A LOOK AT 2017 On October 12, Meena Jog, 60 was attacked by four people while she was alone in her house in Vidyanagar Flats near Keshavbaug Party Plot in Ahmedabad. Valuables were also stolen but cops were able to nab all the four accused.On August 25, 93-year-old Rasiklal Mehta was suffocated with a pillow at his house in Darshan Society of Navrangpura by his former domestic help, police said. He was nabbed later.On February 1, a 75-year-old woman identified as Malti Parekh was found dead in her house in Swastik Society of Navrangpura. Police later nabbed her former domestic help, a 19-year-old for the crime.CRIME AGAINST SENIOR CITIZEN REPORTED IN GUJ2016- 496 cases2015- 195 cases2014- 372 casesCRIME AGAINST SENIOR CITIZEN IN AHMEDABAD2016- 3622015- 172014- 68CRIME AGAINST ELDERLY IN CITY IN 2016Murder- 6 elderly were victimsExtortion- 1Robbery- 12Cheating- 6Other IPC cases- 336NATIONWIDE (2016)Mumbai- 1,218Delhi- 642Ahmedabad-362Coimbatore- 233Chennai- 210

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Gujarat elections 2017: Before counting, rumours float in Gujarat online space

An ‘official’ government order purportedly signed by one K L Parmar, Deputy Election Commissioner, stated that internet will be banned in Gujarat on counting day. Another letter, purportedly from BJP state president Jitu Vaghani to its national president Amit Shah, states that the BJP is losing Gujarat. Another letter allegedly by Gujarat Congress chief Bharat Solanki to Rahul Gandhi admits the party will face a terrible defeat in Gujarat It’s the eve of counting of votes in Gujarat Assembly polls and all sorts of ‘stories’ are floating in the air…errr WhatsApp.They range from issues as serious as the internet being banned on the counting day to the one like BJP booking the Sardar Patel stadium for its swearing-in ceremony.One of those canards that really took the goat of the officials — the Internet ban rumour.As the ‘order’ bears an official looking seal and even forged signature in the name of deputy Election Commissioner K L Parmar, he filed an FIR, seeking the origin of the rumour, with the cyber cell of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch.The ‘letter’ says several EVMs were hacked during the two phases of the Gujarat polls. These machines, with microchips inside, were connected to some of the satellite towers of telecommunication companies. “The EC has therefore ordered these companies to stop beaming internet on December 18 between 8 am and 6 pm,” it reads.Rajdeep Zala, Additional DCP of Crime branch, said they had started an investigation. Zala also said the police have lodged a case against unidentified person/s.”We believe the forged letter was circulated to create chaos in social media and could create a law and order situation in the state,” he started.As if this was not enough, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel tweeted that a team of 140 engineers from an Ahmedabad-based company was ready to hack over 5,000 EVMs via ‘source code’. He even named assembly seats where the attempt was made.FAKE RESIGNATIONVaghani was not the only one to have been affected by the fake letter virus. A ‘resignation letter’ of Congress state president Bharatsinh Solanki was also making rounds on social media after ticket distribution in which he was said to have been unhappy over tickets to Alpesh Thakor and his men. In the fake letter that went viral, Solanki was quoted as saying that the Congress will lose heavily because of this decision.‘LETTER’ STIRS UP ROWA ‘letter’ that went viral was purportedly from state BJP president Jitu Vaghani to party’s national president Amit Shah, saying Vaghani allegedly wrote that the party was losing badly.

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Don’t speed, 24 cameras will be watching you

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If Need for Speed is your favorite, play it only on your computer, not in Amadavad streets. For, the traffic department is soon installing 24 speed radar cameras at four major spots in city and will catch in frame all vehicles exceeding the speed limits.The cameras, that will also have night vision, will automatically click pictures of violators from the stretch. Hefty fines, suspensions of driving licenses are in store for those who disregard the speeding limits. “We analyzed traffic and accidents in city and found that most over-speeding and related cases were being reported from stretches of SG Highway and Narol SP ring road. Accordingly, the cameras will be installed at strategic spots on these roads,” said Sudhir Desai, DCP of traffic.The entire project will cost around Rs 1.5cr. Once the project is successful, more places in the city will have the same devices installed to control the over-speeding vehicles.

2009 FSL test showed Talwars were innocent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the evidence collected against the Talwar couple was inconclusive, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted the duo in the double murder case of their 14-year-old daughter, Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj which happened in May 2008.In 2013 Nupur and Rajesh Talwar were sentenced to life imprisonment in Ghaziabad’s Dasna Jail for the double murders. In the year 2009, the Gandhinagar FSL team was taken by the Delhi police regarding the case. During investigation, a team was formed by the FSL department of Gandhinagar, headed by SL Vaya, a leading FSL scientific officer, now retired. During investigation, the team had done Polygraph, Narco and Fingerprint tests of the couple. The reports were negative and the agency even claimed in the report that the parents were not lying.SL Vaya, the retired FSL officer, said, “The parents could have been saved if the reports were considered by the court. The report clearly showed that the parents were not lying during the polygraph, Narco and Fingerprint tests as reports were negative.”The report was submitted to the Delhi police, as per their request of the officers. However, nothing was considered in the court. Amita Shuka, Assistant Director of Psychology department, said, “At that time, one of the Scientific officers investigating the case and in 2009 they had sent reports claiming that the innocence of the parents in the case which was not considered by the court. If they would have considered it the parents would have been saved.”Apart from that we used to make reports and never used to go for the follow of it and never used to ask them what they have done.

Blue whale game: 35 calls in 8 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ahmedabad Cyber Cell of Crime branch received 35 calls in eight days on the helpline number launched to create awareness on the Blue Whale Challenge. The helpline number was issued on September 7.As per the cyber cell officials, out of the 35 calls received, only one call was from the victim. The others were regarding guidance to prevent the Blue Whale threat and tip-offs regarding the links of the Challenge.The officials have received calls from parents in the city asking how to prevent their kids from felling prey to the challenge. The officials gave tips on how to prevent their kids from playing the Challenge and how they can know whether their kid is playing the Challenge or not. They also told the parents to keep a close watch on their kids, especially when they are using a mobile phone or a computer.Officials also received many calls from people who claimed that they have links of the challenge in order to get the reward of Rs 1 lakh.Rajdeep Zala, ACP, Cyber cell of crime branch said, “We have received many links of the challenge, but not a single one is genuine. People have sent us links to other fake Blue whale games which are available on Google play store.But it’s a good news as people have now started taking this news seriously and have started approaching for help.”The helpline number for Blue whale challenge was launched by Cyber cell of crime branch on September 7, 2017, as per the orders of City police commissioner AK Singh.The helpline number brochures have been made by the department which is circulated in the city areas and they have even posted the helpline number on Social media sites.

3 more names revealed in 1,500 kg drug haul case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the investigation of the 1500kg heroine seizure case, the Narcotics Control Bureau(NCB), stated that the names of three more persons have been revealed during the interrogation of the arrested accused, who are connected to the drug racket.On Friday, the three accused identified as Vishal Yadav and Irfan Shailk from Mumbai and Sujit Tiwari, younger brother of Suprit Tiwari (Captain of the Ship) have been arrested by the NCB on conspiracy charges and two satellite phones were recovered from them. During interrogation, the accused revealed that there were three more people from Mumbai who were involved in the racket.Further investigation disclosed that the three accused were to take the delivery of the drugs from Vishal and others. But once they were alerted about the seizure, they changed the plan.“On Friday morning a team of NCB and ATS officials were sent to Mumbai to nab the three accused regarding the matter. All the three are based in Mumbai. Once they are nabbed, it will be possible to get the entire link of the drug racket which runs in Mumbai,” said NCB officials.The city police are also running several awareness campaigns to make youth aware about the harmful effects of drugs.

Purest heroin we’ve ever seized: Hari Om Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While investigating the 1,500kg heroin seizure case, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has come to the conclusion that the heroin is of really high quality. They say this is the first time that heroin of such pure quality has been seized in India.Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had detained three others from Kolkata and Mumbai in connection with the drug seizure. They were in contact with the captain of MV Hennry, the ship which was hauling the contraband to India, through a satellite phone. The officials also recovered two satellite phones from them during the investigation before handing over the case to the NCB for further investigation. “On Wednesday, these accused were sent to 15-day-remand,” NCB officials said.“They were bringing the drugs to Indian coasts but did not have a foolproof plan as to what they would have done with it once they reached here. We are yet to find what they were planning to do with it. Only further investigation and interrogation of the accused will reveal this. We even suspect that more people are involved in the racket,” an NCB official said.Meanwhile, NCB’s zonal director Hari Om Gandhi has said that the seized heroin is of a very high quality and that this is the first time that such pure heroin has been seen in India. “Generally, impure or low-grade heroin is found on Indian streets,” Gandhi said.“A sample of the drugs has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Gandhinagar. We will come to know of its exact purity once we get the FSL report,” Gandhi added.LARGEST BUST EVERIn one of the largest single haul of narcotics till date, the Indian Coast Guard had on July 31 seized 1,500 kgs of heroin, valued at around Rs3,500 crore, from a merchant vessel off the Gujarat coast. The vessel had been spotted around 380km off Dwarka through surveillance mounted by the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), an intelligence-gathering agency.
The NTRO shared the intelligence about the suspect vessel on July 27 and the Coast Guard was notified. Intelligence suggested the crew was negotiating the mode of payment for the contraband and its intended destination. They had finally decided the hawala channel for payment, according to intelligence agencies.
The NTRO sent out updates and the Coast Guard pressed its ships and aircraft to observe and prevent the vessel from escaping. The merchant vessel, MV Hennry, was finally intercepted on Saturday and brought to Porbandar.
The contraband was later estimated to be around Rs 4,200 crore.

1 year of free auto rides for Anantnag’s braveheart and his kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Valsad is running short of words of gratitude for Saleem Gafur Bhai Sheikh, the bus driver whose grit and presence of mind saved more than 50 lives during the recent terror attack in Anantnag on Amarnath pilgrims. So, as a goodwill gesture, Valsad Auto Association has announced free rides to Sheikh and his family for a year.”His heroic act not only saved lives but also erased the differences between communities. We are proud to call him our brother,” Vimal Thakor, president, Valsad Auto Association, said at a function where Sheikh was felicitated, at Vivekanand Chowk in Valsad on Wednesday.”We are not Hindus or Muslims, we are Indians. The people he saved are his own,” he said.At the chowk, Sheikh was flocked by people, who now regard him as their hero. While some congratulated him for his bravery, a few asked how he did it, and the rest just wanted to shake hands with him. “Even children came to me asking if I was the same person who drove the bus that was attacked in Anantnag and shook hands with me,” said a visibly moved Sheikh.”This is the first time I have received so much love from the people of another community,” the braveheart said, overwhelmed, but his eyes reflecting the unwavering resolve to never stop driving pilgrims to Amarnath.Sheikh now wants to rush home and share all this with his family. “My wife Sanjida is the only person who hasn’t congratulated me so far. I think she is a little shaken. All she said when I came back was how I don’t take care of myself,” he said.

Valsad siblings get mom back from the ‘dead’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was an emotional roller-coaster for the Patel siblings and their relatives on Tuesday. Santosh Patel and his sister plunged into grief on receiving news that their father Ratilal Patel, 57, was among the victims of the terror strike on Amarnath pilgrims. Relatives and neighbours began pouring in and a pall of gloom descended on their house at Vadoli in Valsad taluka.Even as the family was mourning the loss of Ratilal, government officials reached their place and informed Santosh his mother Hasuben, 47, was also dead. The double blow was unbearable for the family. In the most bizarre twist yet fortuitous twist, two hours later, officials turned up at their residence to tell them there had been an error and their mother was alive. In fact, Hasuben had only sustained some injuries.Explaining the goof-up, BJP member Lalit Gagolia said, “The names of the dead were confirmed at 3am so we waited till morning to inform family members of victims. However, the list had an error due to which Ratilal Patel’s family had to face trouble.”

Exchanging seats turned out to be a deal with the devil for her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an unfortunate turn of events, just exchanging seats with her neighbour on the bus proved to be fatal for a 50-year-old woman, who died in the terror attack that happened on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir’s Anantnag district early on Monday night. The pilgrims were returning after visiting the holy shrine and were returning late and without an escort.According to her son Jigar, Surekhaben Patel, 50, a resident of Bhagwati Colony in Udwada at Valsad district one and one of the seven deceased in cowardly act, had started to go on each and every religious tour organised from the city after her husband’s death eight years ago. This time, three of her friends, Raju Mistry, Bhavna Mistry and Meenakshi Deshmuk, had also joined her for the Amarnath tour. Around 7.30pm on Monday, Patel called Jigar and told him they were returning to Vaishno Devi from the holy shrine. She even talked to her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter before hanging up.At about 8.15pm, nearly five minutes before the attack started, Patel, who was seating on an aisle seat on the right side of the bus, exchanged her seat with Raju, who wanted to sleep. Unbeknownst to her, this would turn out to be a fatal decision. At around 8.20pm, the terrorists began to open fire on the bus, where Patel caught one of the bullets and died on the spot. Luckily, her friends didn’t sustain any injuries in the dastardly incident. Jigar said, “We used to talk on the phone every day. She was really happy and enjoying the tour. She had even put on a Whatsapp profile picture of hers with a BSF jawan. The last time we talked, she was really excited to have almost reached Vaishno Devi, as she wanted to come back home and meet her granddaughter. But, that never happened. I am still in shock and cannot accept the fact that she is dead; I still believe she will call me again today.”