Tugboat capsizes near Dahej port

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SURAT: The master of a tugboat assisting movement of Ro-Pax ferry service vessel of Indigo Seaways is feared dead while six others onboard were rescued when it overturned at Dahej jetty near Bharuch on Thursday afternoon. On Saturday, the new vessel will be inaugurated by chief minister Vijay Rupani to ferry passengers as well as heavy vehicles, cars and two-wheelers. Sources said the trial run of Ro-Pax ferry service vessel between Dahej and Gogha was going on for the past three days. On the third day, the trial run had…

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Three years on, raped minor still battling trauma

Surat: Swaminath Raghuvir (24), will spend his life behind the bars after a court convicted him on Wednesday, but the minor girl whom he raped, is still shuddering under the trauma of the sexual assault. Three years after Raghuvir raped her, the survivor, now 11, is still frightened of going out alone. She has stopped schooling ever since the sexual assault. The girl’s psychological condition is also pitiable and she gets frequent bouts of anger. Her family has to take extreme care while dealing with her and they are in…

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Man gets 8-year jail for trying to sell minor girls

Surat: A local court on Thursday sentenced a 45-year-old man to eight years imprisonment after finding him guilty of kidnapping two minor girls and trying to sell one of them for prostitution in Mumbai and attempting to kill another.Mohammed Nisar Shaikh alias Munno, a resident of Nana Bazaar in Rander, had kidnapped one five-year-old and another six-year-old girl when they were playing outside their homes on May 15, 2013. He lured them by offering ice cream and took them Adajan Patiya. Shaikh then took the girls to the station and…

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Six new H1N1 cases surface

Surat: Six fresh cases of swine flu were detected in Surat city and district on Thursday. Four of them were from Surat city and this took the total number of swine flu cases in this monsoon season to 123, including four deaths. Detection of two new cases in Surat district took the total number of cases there to 28, including five deaths, during the period. A 14-year-old girl of Choryasi and a 70-year-old woman of Bardoli town tested positive for swine flu in Surat district. Meanwhile, a 59-year-old man from…

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50-year-old NRG from Mehsana shot dead in US

Palanpur: An Indian-origin man was shot dead by some unidentified persons in Georgia in the United States. The deceased Praful Patel. Patel (50) originally belonged to Ganeshpura village, some 15 km from Kadi in Mehsana district. Patel was settled in the US for the last 22 years and had a grocery store in Georgia. Father of village sarpanch Babhuji Thakor said that Patel was shot dead on October 13 when he was preparing to go home after closing his store. Some unidentified masked gunmen shot at him from a close…

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Three booked for spreading rumours, one arrested in Chhasra

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Rajkot: Situation remained tense on Thursday in Chhasra village of Mundra taluka in Kutch following killing of six persons in a group clash Tuesday midnight. On Thursday police booked three persons and arrested one of them for spreading rumours on social media to give the incident a communal colour. Police said that a fake video had been uploaded on social media claiming that people from one community was is setting ablaze houses of people from other group. However, video turned out to be old one of a fire in a…

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Boy missing from Rajkot found in Thorala

Rajkot: A nine-year-old boy, who had gone missing from his residence in Aji Dam locality of Rajkot, was found and returned to his parents by the officials of Thorala police station on Thursday. Police said they found Raju Verma in Thorala. “We activated our sources and found out that Raju’s father Rajiv Verma was searching for his missing son. We contacted him and handed him the boy. Raju said he had left home to go to Ayodhya on a pilgrimage,” said Thorala PSI S N Gaddu. tnn

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‘Swaminarayan Temple rape plaint extortion attempt’

Surat: Trustees of Swaminarayan Temple on Ved Road have come out in support of the temple’s saint, Karan Swami, 24, who was arrested by cops of Katargam police station on Wednesday for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman. The trustees alleged that the complainant woman came to the temple on Tuesday with her parents and a few men. “One of them introduced himself as a cop and showed an identity card. They first thrashed the swami and later threatened of filing a police complaint. Later, they offered to settle the case,”…

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Ahead of elections, Four states to launch joint anti-Naxal ops along borders

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Nagpur: Intense operations are set to be launched in the coming days involving security forces of 10 bordering districts of four states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. The initiative will be taken to thwart Maoists in their strongholds, especially in central India’s Dandakaranya where elections are due within one-and-a-half months. The decision to join hands against the Maoists was taken to ensure free polling in Chhattisgarh (November 12 and 20), Madhya Pradesh (November 28) and Telangana (December 7) during an interstate co-ordination meeting of senior officials of police…

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HC rejects CBI probe into Munna Yadav case

Nagpur: In a partial relief to senior BJP leader Omprakash alias Munna Yadav, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court dismissed two pleas against him praying for CBI/CID inquiry into the case related to injuring Mangal Yadav and his family members on October 21, 2017. The cases were filed by Navita Avdhesh Yadav and Geeta Mangal Yadav claiming that the entire police machinery was protecting him for being a close aide of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. They accused police of deliberately dropping Section 307 of IPC for culpable homicide against…

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