Ganja seized; two arrested

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RAJKOT: A total of 3,300 kg ganja (marijuana), worth Rs 23,100, was seized and two persons arrested from Shapar-Veraval industrial area of Rajkot on Monday. The accused were identified as Bhola Gupta (57) and his brother-in-law Kedar Gupta (40), both natives of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Apart from the drug cache, police also recovered Rs 16,480 cash from the accused. “During interrogation, the accused said that they used to bring the contraband from UP and sell it in Rajkot,” said M N Rana, inspector of Rajkot rural special operation group. “We…

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Ceramic unit owner opens fire at labourers in leg

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RAJKOT: A labourer was shot in his leg when a factory owner opened fire at a group of labourers after he was attacked by them in Oram Ceramic Factory on Jetpar Road near Morbi on Thursday night. The incident occurred when an altercation broke out between factory owner Mahendra Jhalaria (40), a resident of Anupam Society on Ravapar Road locality in Morbi, and Hemant Mishra and Manish Sahi, both labour contractors. The altercation broke out over the issue of non-release of Rs 5 lakh payment due to labourers. About 12…

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Dalit woman cop accuses constable of molestation in Kutch district

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RAJKOT: A Dalit woman police constable lodged a complaint of molestation against a police constable with Khavda police station in Kutch district on Thursday night. While the woman constable (23) serves with Mandvi police station, the accused constable, identified as Shailendrasinh Jadeja, serves with Nakhatrana police station in Kutch district. “In her complaint, the woman cop has alleged that Jadeja had molested her on Tuesday evening in a room allotted to the cops who were summoned to manage bandobast at ‘Rannotsav’ in Dhordo. The woman alleged that while she was…

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Penalty up to Rs 2 Lakh for using banned plastic in Rajkot

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RAJKOT: The standing committee of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Friday approved a proposal of collecting higher penalty, up to Rs 2 lakh, from those using prohibited plastic in the city in violation of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. Currently, the maximum penalty for such offenders is Rs 2,000. The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, aims to increase minimum thickness of plastic carry bags from 40 to 50 microns, expand the jurisdiction of applicability from municipal area to rural areas, bring in the responsibilities of producers and generators,…

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SSNNL executive engineer faces DA probe now

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Rajkot: The Rajkot anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Sunday booked Mahesh Patel, executive engineer with Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) of Dhrangadhra division, for possessing assets disproportionate to his known source of income after Rs 46.20 lakh cash was recovered from him. The money was received as kickbacks from contractors for passing the canal works. Patel was arrested along with his accomplice Pratik Rathwa, a junior clerk in the same department, for accepting Rs 2,000 bribe in Surendranagar on Wednesday. Later, the Rajkot ACB and the Surat ACB officials unearthed…

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Robbery victim dies in Ahmedabad

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Rajkot: A robbery victim, who was stabbed on Friday night in New Janata Society of Adipur of Kutch district, died during treatment at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Police said the victim, identified as Bhima Gohel (52), was waylaid by two unidentified robbers while he was returning home. “The robbers asked him to hand over his valuables to them. When Gohel refused to comply, they stabbed him twice in his back. Before dumping him, the robbers took away his cellphone worth Rs 15,000,” said B G Labaria, sub-inspector of…

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Liquor bottles, beer cans seized from dilapidated house

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Rajkot: A total of 5,220 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL), worth Rs 18.27 lakh, and 3,168 cans of beer, worth Rs 3.16 lakh, were seized from a dilapidated house in Saigam village near Rapar in Kutch on Saturday night. Police said the bootlegger, identified as Ajitsinh Jadeja, gave the cops the slip before the raid. “Jadeja, a history-sheeter, has been booked earlier also for bootlegging. Two months ago, IMFL cache worth Rs 10 lakh were seized from his house,” said R L Rathod, inspector of Rapar police station.

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