1.Cops Arrest Youth With Rs 42,000 Worth IMFL
A 20-year-old was arrested by Naroda police on Sunday, 23 June, after he was found with alcohol worth Rs 42,000 in his car. The accused identified as Sohib Mustafa is a resident of Ramol. The cops conducted a check after locating the damaged car parked near the Naroda road.
As per police official at around 2.15 am in the morning, they were on routine patrolling near Shidimata temple in Naroda. During which they saw a suspicious car parked near the Ayushman building site.
The car was damaged from the front after it met with an accident. When the cops apprached the car, the accused panicked. On checking the car the cops recovered IMFL (Indian-made foreign liquor) worth Rs 42,000.
During interrogation, it was revealed that Sohib along with the main accused Narendra who is been wanted in illegal liquor case, had got the IMFL from Rajasthan and were on their way to Ramol.
2. Banaskantha Murders: Prime Suspect Remains Unconscious
Three days after the murder of four persons of a family in a Banaskantha village, police are clueless about the motive as they await the patriarch and prime suspect Karsan Patel (55) to regain consciousness.
On Sunday, 23 June, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Banaskantha Police reached the civil hospital in Ahmedabad, however, it proved futile as Patel, who allegedly consumed pesticide, remained unconscious in the intensive care unit (ICU).
“We are awaiting Patel to regain consciousness so that his statement can be recorded and we can understand what happened in his house from Thursday night to Friday morning. Till now, we have not named anyone in the first information report (FIR). We are questioning all probable suspects. Patel has no criminal history and the motive behind the murders remains unclear,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police, P H Chaudhary, who is heading the SIT in the case.
(Source: Indian Express)
3. SG Highway Tree Cutting: Gujarat High Court Seeks NHAI, State's Reply
The Gujarat High Court has sought a reply from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the state government after a public interest litigation (PIL) questioning the cutting of trees for the six-laning of Sarkhej-Gandhinagar (SG) Highway came up for hearing.
The division bench of Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav issued notice to NHAI and the state government directing them to file their reply in the matter by 27 June.
The petitioner Arun Buch, 83, has moved to court demanding that the court should restrain the authorities from damaging the natural greenery and tree cover for almost a kilometer of the stretch in Gandhinagar for the development of the Chiloda-Gandhinagar-Sarkhej section of National Highway 147.
4. Spice Price Rise Spoils Consumer Taste
Prices of various spices in the wholesale market in Ahmedabad have risen by up to two times in over six months, said local traders. Lower production, lower quality, other market forces as well as global factors are responsible for the rise in prices of most spices, they inform. Moreover, with fresh supply of spices unlikely before October, the prices will continue to remain high, with no respite in the sight for the consumers.
Hiren Gandhi, a local traders and former co-chairman of Food Committee of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) said that reason behind the rise in prices are different for different crops. Severe floods in Kerala last monsoon had destroyed the crop of cardamom. The wholesale price in local market for cardamom hence have shot up from Rs 1,200 per kilogram to about Rs 3,400 per kilogram. In case of cinnamon and star anise (badiyan), the prices have doubled in past few months.
5. Proposal Sent to Gujarat Govt: Plan to Bar Begging at 10 Religious Sites
In order to curb begging at 10 renowned religious sites in Gujarat, the state’s Social Justice and Empowerment Department has proposed to notify these locations under the Prevention of Begging Act. The proposal has been sent to the state government to accommodate it in the upcoming Budget session of the Assembly, scheduled to begin from 2 July.
The 10 places that have been proposed to be notified are Pavagadh (in the Panchmahals district), Palitana (Bhavnagar), Junagadh and Becharaji (Mehsana), Shamlaji (Aravalli), Sidhpur (Patan), Ambaji (Banaskantha), Prabhas Patan, where the world-famous Somnath temple is situated, in Gir-Somnath district, Dwarka (Jamnagar), and Dakor (in Kheda district).
At present, five major cities of Gujarat — Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot — are notified under the Act, prohibiting begging in these cities, an official said.
(Source: Indian Express)
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