Gujarat Railway News

Launch of second version of Vande Bharat trains by August: Ashwini Vaishnaw
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago
The Indian Express
10 hours ago

Pointing out that the two Vande Bharat trains launched in 2019 have travelled 14 lakh kilometres and “proven” themselves, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Tuesday said the Indian Railways will launch an upgraded second version of the semi-high-speed trains in August 2022.Interacting with media persons at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) at Gandhinagar, the minister said, “The plan for Vande Bharat trains were given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 and the first two trains started operating in 2019. So far, both the trains have travelled 14 lakh kilometres… Last year, 75 more trains have been approved that are under production.”The Indian Railways operates Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi to Varanasi and from New Delhi to Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Katra.Adding that the second and third versions of Vande Bharat trains will use better technology, Vaishnaw said the Vande Bharat trains currently run at 160 kilometres per hour and the second version will touch 180 kilometres per hour and the third version of the train will travel at 220 kilometres per hour.“We will start the roll out of Vande Bharat-2 train or the second version of the trains in August 2022,” he said adding that five-six trains will be rolled out every month after the launch. “The second version of Vande Bharat will have air springs (between the coach and the wheels) and will improve the ride quality manifold,” Vaishnaw added.The minister said once the first batch of 75 Vande Bharat trains are launched, the Indian Railways will launch more. “Of the proposed 400 trains, about 250 will be the second version of Vande Bharat trains and then the third version will introduced,” he added.The Railway minister who was at EDII for an interaction on start-ups said Vande Bharat trains will be operated on new routes and in some places, it will replace existing trains. “Bullet train takes 55 seconds to reach from 0-100 kilometers per hour. A similar technology has been ised in these trains and it has been designed in India. It takes only 54 seconds to reach from.0-100 kms per hour. It has a good acceleration. Its shock absorbers are also very good,” he added.Bullet train projectTalking about the bullet train project, Vaishnaw said the project will pick up speed with a new government in Maharashtra. “The earlier government in Maharashtra was not in favour of this project. But now that people have changed the government, the progress will happen,” he added.“Good progress is being made in the bullet train project. So far, pillars on 70 kilometres of the route on Vapi-Ahmedabad section, have been built. The work on this section began first, as we got the land. Foundations for pillars have been laid on 160 kilometres in this section,” he said work on the 8-9 bridges and stations were also under way.“The first bullet train section from Surat to Billimora is targeted to become operation by 2026. The first bullet train section made by China was 113 kilometres between Beijing and Tianjing. Our section between Ahmedabad and Vapi is 352 kilometres,” he said.Station redevelopmentThe minister said a masterplan for developing 370 stations have been made and tenders for 45 stations have been issued. He said the learnings from the pilot projects for station redevelopment at Gandhinagar, Bhopal and Bengaluru have been incorporated into new redevelopment. Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Navsari, Rajkot, Vapi, Bharuch, Bilimora, Anand, Nadiad, Ankleshwar, Udhana, Gandhidham, Palanpur, Jamnagar and New Bhuj will be the 16 stations that will be redeveloped in Gujarat. Apart from this, a new station building has been constructed at Vadnagar station and Chhayapuri is being developed as a new satellite station near Vadodara.The railway minister also said that tenders for installing ingenious anti-collision device “Kavach” have been issued for 3,000 kilometres of railway tracks.

Launch of second version of Vande Bharat trains by August: Ashwini Vaishnaw
Daily Briefing: BJP era will last 30-40 years, says Amit Shah; SC judge calls for mandatory regulation of social media
The Indian Express | 2 days ago
The Indian Express
2 days ago

Good morning,In today’s edition: A Supreme Court judge wants mandatory regulation of social media; Covid crisis brings estranged couples together in Gujarat; and why over 50% of Indigo flights were delayed. The Big StoryWith the BJP eyeing regions and vote banks where it has not been able to make any significant inroads or electoral gains, sources told The Indian Express that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked leaders at the party’s national executive meeting, which concluded on Sunday, to reach out to “deprived and downtrodden sections” in communities other than Hindus.Addressing the national executive meeting of the BJP in Hyderabad, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that it will be the era of the BJP for the next 30 to 40 years and India will become Vishwa guru within the next few decades. Shah also claimed that BJP will end “family rule” in Telangana and West Bengal in the upcoming elections.Only in The ExpressIn this edition of the Idea Exchange, AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe talks about why civil and mechanical engineering courses need to incorporate AI and a start-up/entrepreneurial spirit, and how industry involvement and curriculum upgrade are key to students’ employability.From the front pageTwo heavily armed militants from the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were overpowered by villagers in J&K’s Reasi district and were tied up in ropes, prompting  Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to announce a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh. However, their capture led to a flutter in J&K political circles after it emerged that one of them had headed the IT and Social Media Cell of the BJP Minority Morcha in Jammu province.The Calcutta High Court ordered the termination of services of 273 primary teachers in state-in schools due to alleged irregularities and corruption in the recruitment process. Among them, several were found to have links to the ruling-Trinamool Congress or CPI(M). We visited the homes of 12 of those 12 sacked in the districts of Hooghly, Howrah, and Purba Bardhaman.  Most of them were not available. Their family members spoke of fear and public shame. Days after a Supreme Court vacation Bench lashed out at former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her remarks on the Prophet, one of the judges who was part of the Bench has expressed concern over the use of digital and social media for “expressing personalised opinions” against judges, and called for mandatory regulation of such media to “preserve the rule of law” in the country. His remarks come amid criticism on social media of the Bench’s observations in the case. Must ReadA total of 303 cases — relating to divorce, maintenance, and guardianship of children — were resolved by the Lok Adalat on June 26; a record for a single day, family court judge R G Devdhara said. And in about 30 per cent of the cases that were resolved, the estranged couples decided to give themselves a second chance of being together. Advocate Preeti Joshi told The Indian Express that the curse of Covid turned out to be a blessing for several separated couples whom the crisis reunited.A massive landslide which hit the Tupul railway construction site late on June 29 in Manipur’s Noney district has so far claimed 42 lives — 27 Territorial Army personnel and 15 civilians, including railway employees, construction workers and villagers. Still missing are 20 people. Now into its fourth day, a massive operation by a combined force of the National and State Disaster Response Forces, the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and police has run into hurdle after hurdle. Sporadic rain. Mud roads caused by inclement weather. The sheer volume of debris. And fear — loose soil and small boulders continue to tumble down from the hills.The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in its 47th meeting held last week undertook a series of rate changes as part of correction of inverted duty structure, withdrawal of certain exemptions in what could be a precursor for an overall tweaking of tax slabs and rate rationalisation in future. The GST Council discussed recommendations of four ministerial panels — on rate rationalisation, on movement of gold and precious stones, system reforms, and casinos, horse racing and online gaming.More than half of the flights operated by IndiGo, India’s largest airline, were delayed on Saturday as a large number of its cabin crew members called in sick. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken note of this development, and has sought a report from the airline on the delays, officials said. According to information sourced from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, IndiGo’s on-time performance on Saturday was 45.2 per cent, meaning less than half of its flights departed within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure time. Notably, Saturday also marked the beginning of the second phase of Tata Group-owned Air India’s recruitment drive for cabin crew members.And FinallyThe raw digits convey that India’s bowlers let England fightback from 83 for 5 and then 149 for 6 to post 284 runs. A classic England stung-by-the-lower-order tour story. Just change the names and dates. A once-typical losing the steam at the end narrative. Except that it was not. Instead, it was one of India’s finest bowling recoveries in recent times. They did let England off the hook, but they regathered to pull the hook back. Bazball-indoctrinated Jonny Bairstow could have blown them away, but they clutched at the straws, hung onto the swaying pole and then whipped up a furious storm of their own post lunch, counterpunching the counterpunch.Acting governor of the State of California Eleni Kounalakis met Chief Justice of India N V Ramana at the official residence of the Consul General of India in San Francisco on Saturday. The CJI, who is on a tour of the US, presented to her a copy of the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi.In today’s episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we talk about the murder in Maharashtra’s Amravati district of the 54-year-old chemist named Umesh Prahladrao Kolhe, who had allegedly posted Nupur Sharma’s video on social media. Silchar witnesses unprecedented flooding, and Neeraj Chopra breaks the national record twice in two weeks.Until next time,Leela Prasad and Srishti Kapoor

Daily Briefing: BJP era will last 30-40 years, says Amit Shah; SC judge calls for mandatory regulation of social media
Ahmedabad: Modi govt spends 6 times more on railways in Gujarat than UPA, says Amit Shah
The Indian Express | 4 days ago
The Indian Express
4 days ago

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday that the Narendra Modi government is spending six times more money annually on the railway network in Gujarat as compared to the previous UPA government.“The Congress government (UPA) in Delhi used to spend Rs 590 crore every year on the railway network in Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased this spending from Rs 590 crore to Rs 3,960 crore between 2014 and 2022,” said Shah, who was addressing a gathering at Chandlodiya locality of Ahmedabad.Pointing out that projects like Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and Sabarmati riverfront have been successful only in Ahmedabad, Shah said, “As far as development is concerned, PM Modi has done a lot of work for Ahmedabad. I have never seen a riverfront like this anywhere else in the country. Weddings, morning walks, boating, and picnics can all be done on the riverfront. Similarly, BRTS has not been successful anywhere else apart from Ahmedabad.”“The (Ahmedabad) metro project is also nearing completion. Once it finishes, people in the city will not have to burn petrol. Like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, they can simply hop on the metro and reach their workplace,” he said, speaking about Phase 1 of the project.On Saturday, Shah inaugurated projects worth Rs 33.29 crore carried out jointly by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Western Railway. This includes improving the existing platform and building a new booking office at Chandlodiya station, a railway under bridge between Chandlodiya and Khodiyar and three waiting rooms and foot-over-bridge at Sabarmati railway station.In his speech, Shah said during the last three years, 10 over bridges or underpasses have been built in Sabarmati Assembly constituency (part of Ahmedabad city) and thus the government has eliminated the need for railway crossings. “From today, 10 trains, including Gorakhpur-Okha Express, Somnath-Jabalpur Express, Bandra-Veraval, Mumbai-Okha Express, Ahmedabad-Somnath Express, Vadodara-Jamnagar train, will have stoppages at Chandlodiya railway station,” Shah said.The Union minister also asked people of his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency to plant trees. “There is no doubt in my mind that we will become the most developed constituency in the country. I have made a five-year plan. Covid-19 has punctured it a bit, but still development is on track,” he added.

Ahmedabad: Modi govt spends 6 times more on railways in Gujarat than UPA, says Amit Shah
Gujarat: Amit Shah to arrive today on 3-day visit
The Indian Express | 6 days ago
The Indian Express
6 days ago

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah will arrive in Ahmedabad Thursday night for a three-day visit to the state during which he is scheduled to attend the annual Rath Yatra in the city. He is also expected to lay the foundation stone or dedicate a host of developmental projects in his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.Amit Shah will attend Mangala Arati of the annual Rathyatra of Lord Jagannath at Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad Friday early morning.Later, he will attend a ground-breaking ceremony of a private 750-bed hospital at Saij village near Kalol in Gandhinagar district.Subsequently, Shah will visit the temple of Goddess Vardaini at Rupal village in Gandhinagar district. From the temple premise, he will lay foundation stones for the beautification of a lake in Rupal village.The temple trust has also decided to perform the Rajat Tula ritual of Shah in which he will be weighed against silver. He will be donating the silver collected through his Rajat Tula for the developmental works of the temple. Notably, the Central government had recently selected the temple of Goddess Vardaini under its PRASAD Scheme (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spiritual Augmentation Drive).After Rupal village, Shah will go to the nearby Vasan village to lay the foundation stone for a village lake beautification project.On the same day, Shah will dedicate a Sakhi One Stop Centre at Gandhinagar Civil Hospital. After that, he will inaugurate an overbridge at Navapura village in Sanand tehsil of Ahmedabad district.On Friday evening, Shah is scheduled to attend a public meeting in Modasar village of Sanand assembly constituency in which benefits of various government schemes are likely to be distributed among the beneficiaries. In Modasar, too, Shah will lay the foundation stone for the beautification of a lake in the village.On Saturday, Shah will attend a tree plantation programme near Science City in Ahmedabad. Later, he will attend a programme at Chandlodiya railway station where a new railway reservation centre has been set up.

Gujarat: Amit Shah to arrive today on 3-day visit
Citizens, activists hold protest to condemn Teesta Setalvad’s arrest
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

SEVERAL ACTIVISTS and citizens from Mumbai staged a protest at Dadar (East) in support of Mumbai-based social activist Teesta Setalvad and retired state DGP R B Sreekumar, who were arrested by the Gujarat police.They termed the FIR and arrests “vindictive” and a brazen attempt to silence and criminalise those who stand for constitutional values and demanded their immediate release.Setalvad was arrested by Gujarat ATS on Saturday last week from her Juhu residence on allegations that she had concocted a conspiracy to send innocent individuals to jail after the 2002 riots in Gujarat. The protestors also expressed shock at the Supreme Court judgment in the Zakia Jafri case, which has criminalised the lawful pursuit of the criminal conspiracy case of the 2002 Gujarat alleged genocide and appealed to the SC to review its judgement in the above matter.While several protests took place across the country, over 50 people got together outside Dadar railway station holding placards and chanting, “Jo Hitler ki chal chalega, woh Hitler ki moth marega!” and “Avaaz do hum ek hain!”

Citizens, activists hold protest to condemn Teesta Setalvad’s arrest
  • Activist Teesta Setalvad Produced In Court, Calls Her Arrest "Abuse Of Power"
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    Teesta Setalvad questioned why ATS was sent for arresting her in an alleged forgery case.Ahmedabad (Gujarat): Teesta Setalvad, who was produced before the court on Sunday in connection with a case against her NGO which gave baseless information about the 2002 Gujarat riots to the police, alleged that her arrest was illegal and she was driven from Mumbai to Ahmedabad in a car to intimidate a "human rights lawyer".She called her arrest an "abuse of power" alleging that she was not allowed to speak to her lawyer.She was making her statements in the metropolitan court of Ahmedabad where she was produced by the Gujarat police crime branch."The ATS barged into my house without any warrant, snatched my phone and pushed me. Look at this wound they inflicted on me. They brought me to Ahmedabad Crime Branch at 6 am," she said in the court."They came in at three and it was only after my lawyer came that they showed me an FIR. Is arresting on the basis of an FIR legal? Why wasn't I served a notice? I was detained illegally from 3 pm to 10.30 am. Why was I driven down in a car by ATS from Mumbai to Gujarat? To intimidate me? To intimidate human rights lawyers is okay? This is an abuse of power. My detention and arrest is illegal," Ms Setalvad alleged.Alleging "fear for life", she questioned why ATS was sent for arresting her in an alleged forgery case."I fear for my life. I have been roughed up, and abused...why should ATS be sent for what is a forgery case? Is this the new norm? I should be given bail. I am a human rights activist. This is a political case. I am cooperating and will cooperate with all legal investigations and queries," Ms Setalvad said.Meanwhile, the Gujarat Police Crime Branch on Sunday arrested Teesta Setalvad in connection with a case against her NGO which gave baseless information about the 2002 Gujarat riots to the police.The action came after Union Minister Amit Shah in an interview with ANI said that Teesta Setalvad-run NGO gave baseless information about the 2002 Gujarat riots to the police."Former IPS officer RB Sreekumar was arrested yesterday and Teesta Setalvad was arrested today. Forging of evidence and hindering of evidence will be looked into. We will produce both the accused in the court by 3 pm," Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Chaitanya Mandlik said earlier today."The accused are not supporting us in the investigation. We are demanding 14 days of custody. Teesta will be produced in front of the Magistrate and all her statements will be recorded there. We are getting the documents arranged from various sources," said the DCP.He further said that as of now the investigation is at a primary level and later strict actions will be taken once the investigation is done."We have done the medical check-up, and the due process was followed by the Crime Branch. The investigation is at a primary level, strict actions will be taken once the investigation is done. We have the primary affidavits and documents submitted by accused," he added.Earlier in the day, Ms Setalvad was taken for a medical checkup at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad."They have done my medical. I have a big bruise on my hand. This is what the ATS did to me. They are taking me to the magistrate's court," said Teesta Setalvad had said after the medical checkup.On Saturday, Gujarat Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) team detained Ms Setalvad from Mumbai in connection with a case on her NGO and later in the night she was taken to Ahmedabad.The Gujarat ATS team took Teesta Setalvad to the Santacruz police station yesterday."I have read the judgement very carefully. The judgement clearly mentions the name of Teesta Setalvad. The NGO that was run being run by her - I don't remember the name of the NGO- had given baseless information about the riots to the police," Amit Shah, in an exclusive interview, told ANI.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Supreme Court had on Friday, dismissed as "devoid of merit" an appeal by Zakia Jafri in a plea challenging SIT's clean chit to the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi and others in cases related to the riots. Zakia Jafri is the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the riots.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Activist Teesta Setalvad Arrested By Ahmedabad Police day After Detention
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    Teesta Setalvad is also accused of conspiring to fabricate facts and documents.Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad crime branch on Sunday arrested activist Teesta Setalvad, a day after she was detained in Mumbai and shifted to Gujarat, in connection with a fresh case of forgery, criminal conspiracy and insulting criminal proceedings to cause injury registered against her, officials said.A day earlier, the crime branch had arrested former Gujarat DGP Sreekumar and is in the process of getting a transfer warrant for ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's custody in connection with the FIR lodged against them, said DCP (crime), Chaitanya Mandlik.He said the crime branch will collect documents submitted by Ms Setalvad, Mr Sreekumar and Mr Bhatt to the Commission of Inquiry, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), and courts regarding the 2002 communal riots cases as part of the investigation."The investigation is underway in this case and we are procuring documents that were submitted by the accused persons before the Commission of Inquiry, SIT (formed by the Supreme Court to investigate 2002 riots cases), and different courts...Affidavits and other documents are the main basis for the FIR, and we are trying to collect other documents as well," he told reporters.Investigators believe that more people may be involved in the criminal conspiracy and the probe is conducted from this angle, Mr Mandlik said, adding that none of the two accused - Mr Sreekumar and Ms Setalvad- are cooperating in the investigation.Ms Setalvad was detained from her house in Juhu area of Mumbai on Saturday afternoon after an FIR was registered against her at the Ahmedabad crime branch based on a complaint lodged by a crime branch inspector DB Barad. She was brought to Ahmedabad via road by the Gujarat police squad."After being brought here, Setalvad was handed over to the city crime branch on Sunday morning. She will soon be placed under arrest," a crime branch source had said earlier in the day.The FIR was lodged against Ms Setalvad, Mr Sreekumar, and Mr Bhatt after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging the clean chit given by the SIT to then chief minister Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 post-Godhra riots cases."The FIR is based on the observation made by the Supreme Court in its judgment, which said, 'As a matter of fact, all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceed as per law,' Mr Mandlik said.Ms Setalvad, who is the secretary of NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace, is also accused of conspiring to fabricate facts and documents, tutor witnesses and abuse the process of law by fabricating false evidence to frame people, based on the submissions made before the SIT formed by the Supreme Court to investigate the 2002 Gujarat riots cases and before the Justice Nanavati-Shah Commission of Inquiry.Ms Setalvad and her NGO were co-petitioners with Zakia Jafri in the petition filed against PM Modi and others in the Supreme Court. Jafri's husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed during the riots.While former DGP Sreekumar was arrested, Mr Bhatt is currently lodged in jail after being convicted of life imprisonment in a custodial death case. In another case, he has also been charged with planting contraband to frame a lawyer.The FIR invoked sections 468, 471 (forgery), 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence), 211 (institute criminal proceedings to cause injury), 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save a person from punishment or property from forfeiture), and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.The officer said that while the investigation is at the primary stage, all the persons who are found to be involved in the criminal conspiracy will be arrested.After her detention, Ms Setalvad claimed her "arrest" was illegal and apprehended a threat to her life.On her accusation that she was roughed up by the Gujarat police, Mr Mandlik said that due process was followed and Ms Setalvad is free to lodge a complaint before the court of the magistrate.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMs Setalvad, Mr Bhatt and Mr Sreekumar have been accused of having conspired "to abuse the process of law by fabricating false evidence to make several persons to having committed an offence that is punishable with capital punishment."(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Activist Teesta Setalvad Arrested; Probe Underway To Find Role Of Others
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    Teesta Setalvad is also accused of conspiring to fabricate facts and documents.Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad crime branch on Sunday arrested activist Teesta Setalvad, a day after she was detained in Mumbai and shifted to Gujarat, in connection with a fresh case of forgery, criminal conspiracy and insulting criminal proceedings to cause injury registered against her, officials said.A day earlier, the crime branch had arrested former Gujarat DGP Sreekumar and is in the process of getting a transfer warrant for ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's custody in connection with the FIR lodged against them, said DCP (crime), Chaitanya Mandlik.He said the crime branch will collect documents submitted by Ms Setalvad, Mr Sreekumar and Mr Bhatt to the Commission of Inquiry, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), and courts regarding the 2002 communal riots cases as part of the investigation."The investigation is underway in this case and we are procuring documents that were submitted by the accused persons before the Commission of Inquiry, SIT (formed by the Supreme Court to investigate 2002 riots cases), and different courts...Affidavits and other documents are the main basis for the FIR, and we are trying to collect other documents as well," he told reporters.Investigators believe that more people may be involved in the criminal conspiracy and the probe is conducted from this angle, Mr Mandlik said, adding that none of the two accused - Mr Sreekumar and Ms Setalvad- are cooperating in the investigation.Ms Setalvad was detained from her house in Juhu area of Mumbai on Saturday afternoon after an FIR was registered against her at the Ahmedabad crime branch based on a complaint lodged by a crime branch inspector DB Barad. She was brought to Ahmedabad via road by the Gujarat police squad."After being brought here, Setalvad was handed over to the city crime branch on Sunday morning. She will soon be placed under arrest," a crime branch source had said earlier in the day.The FIR was lodged against Ms Setalvad, Mr Sreekumar, and Mr Bhatt after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging the clean chit given by the SIT to then chief minister Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 post-Godhra riots cases."The FIR is based on the observation made by the Supreme Court in its judgment, which said, 'As a matter of fact, all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceed as per law,' Mr Mandlik said.Ms Setalvad, who is the secretary of NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace, is also accused of conspiring to fabricate facts and documents, tutor witnesses and abuse the process of law by fabricating false evidence to frame people, based on the submissions made before the SIT formed by the Supreme Court to investigate the 2002 Gujarat riots cases and before the Justice Nanavati-Shah Commission of Inquiry.Ms Setalvad and her NGO were co-petitioners with Zakia Jafri in the petition filed against PM Modi and others in the Supreme Court. Jafri's husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed during the riots.While former DGP Sreekumar was arrested, Mr Bhatt is currently lodged in jail after being convicted of life imprisonment in a custodial death case. In another case, he has also been charged with planting contraband to frame a lawyer.The FIR invoked sections 468, 471 (forgery), 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence), 211 (institute criminal proceedings to cause injury), 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save a person from punishment or property from forfeiture), and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.The officer said that while the investigation is at the primary stage, all the persons who are found to be involved in the criminal conspiracy will be arrested.After her detention, Ms Setalvad claimed her "arrest" was illegal and apprehended a threat to her life.On her accusation that she was roughed up by the Gujarat police, Mr Mandlik said that due process was followed and Ms Setalvad is free to lodge a complaint before the court of the magistrate.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMs Setalvad, Mr Bhatt and Mr Sreekumar have been accused of having conspired "to abuse the process of law by fabricating false evidence to make several persons to having committed an offence that is punishable with capital punishment."(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Who is Teesta Setalvad and why was she detained in 2002 Gujarat riots case
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    NEW DELHI: The Gujarat ATS (Anti-Terrorist Squad) on Saturday detained Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad in connection with an FIR filed in Ahmedabad alleging “criminal conspiracy, forgery and placing false evidence in court to frame innocent people” in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. The action came a day after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea challenging SIT's clan chit to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and others in cases related to the riots. Read AlsoGujarat police detain Teesta Setalvad, arrest ex-DGP day after SC upholds SIT clean chit to ModiMUMBAI: Activist Teesta Setalvad was on Saturday detained by the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Mumbai in connection with an FIR registered against her at the Ahmedabad city crime branch. The former director general of police R B Sreekumar was also arrested. This comes a day after theAfter the SC verdict, Union home minister Amit Shah lashed out at the Teesta Setalvad-run NGO for giving "baseless information" about the 2002 riots to the police. Read Also'Truth has come out shining like gold': Amit Shah on SC upholding SIT clean chit to Modi in 2002 Gujarat riotsHe also said Narendra Modi had endured pain for the last 19 years without speaking a word and followed "Lord Shiva who swallowed poison and held it in his throat."Who is Teesta Setalvad?An activist, journalist and Padma Shri recipient, Setalvad is a founding trustee and secretary of the NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP). The NGO was established after 2002 Gujarat riots with an aim to provide legal and financial support to the victims of the riots. Setalvad and her NGO were co-petitioner with Zakia Jafri in the petition filed against PM Modi and others in the Supreme Court. This was the petition that was dismissed by the apex court on Friday. Jafri's husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed during the riots. Setalvad became a prominent face in standing up for the victims of the Gujarat riots and in 2007 pushed the Supreme Court into launching a fresh probe into the post-Godhra violence six years later. A series of allegations were also launched against her in the Gujarat riots. Aided by Citizens for Jusice and Peace, Zakia Jafri had filed a criminal complaint for criminal and administrative culpability against top politicians and policemen, including Narendra Modi. This is separate from the Gulberg trial on the killing of Ehsan Jafri and 68 others. Setalvad had sought an FIR against PM Modi for his alleged role in the Gujarat riots. Why was Teesta Setalvad detained?Several charges were levelled against Teesta Setalvad in 2006, including allegedly hurting religious feelings, fabricating false evidence, and trespassing on burial places among other charges. She was also slammed by the BJP for attacking Narendra Modi without “substantial evidence” and running a defamation campaign against her. She is also accused of conspiring to fabricate facts and documents, tutor witnesses and abuse the process of law by fabricating false evidence to frame people, on the basis of submissions made before the SIT formed by the Supreme Court to investigate the 2002 Gujarat riots cases and before the Justice Nanavati-Shah Commission of Inquiry. Setalvad was detained on the basis of an FIR registered on Saturday which accused her and two former IPS officers - R B Sreekumar and Sanjiv Bhatt - of forgery, criminal conspiracy, instituting criminal proceedings to cause injury, among others. (With inputs from agencies)

  • Gujrat ATS detains Teesta for ‘faking 2002 riots evidence’
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Police detained Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad and arrested ex-DGP RB Sreekumar on Saturday in connection with an FIR filed in Ahmedabad against them and Sanjiv Bhatt, alleging "criminal conspiracy, forgery and placing false evidence in court to frame innocent people" in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. Bhatt, who is in Palanpur jail (Banaskantha, Gujarat) awaiting trial in a case of planting drugs on a suspect, will be arrested after the police obtain a transfer warrant from the court, sources said. The action came a day after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging the SIT clean chit to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots case. The apex court said "all those involved in such abuse of process need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law". The FIR naming Setalvad and the two former IPS officers had been registered by the Ahmedabad crime branch hours before ATS officials knocked on her door in Mumbai. As part of detention procedure, the team first took her to Santacruz police station, where she lodged a complaint claiming "illegal arrest" and threat to her life, sources said. The team bringing Setalvad to Ahmedabad was expected to reach the city late Saturday. All three are accused of forgery Ex-DGP RB Sreekumar was taken into custody in the evening after being summoned to crime branch headquarters at Gaekwad Haveli for interrogation earlier and sent for a Covid test. The FIR lodged by inspector DB Barad of the Ahmedabad city crime branch against Setalvad and the two ex-IPS officers alleges that they fraudulently passed off forged documents as genuine "with intent to procure conviction of capital punishment" against those whom the SIT had cleared. Setalvad specifically stands accused of "conjuring, concocting, forging and fabricating facts and documents, including witnesses' testimonies, and influencing and tutoring witnesses". The allegations are based on the cross-examination of Zakia Jafri during the Gulbarg massacre trial. Setalvad's NGO supported Jafri, who had filed the petition alleging a larger conspiracy behind the riots, throughout her legal battle. Bhatt has been accused of making false claims in 2011 that he was present at a meeting at Modi's then residence on February 27, 2002. He alleged that the erstwhile CM asked bureaucrats to go slow on rioters. The FIR also charges Bhatt with furnishing forged documents "in order to implicate various persons". The complaint states that the SIT probe revealed he colluded with people who had vested interest, and NGOs and political functionaries who wanted to settle scores by "framing innocent individuals". Bhatt allegedly received incentives for this, the FIR states while making a case for a detailed investigation. Sreekumar is accused of making false claims in his affidavits before the Godhra inquiry commission. The then DGP had alleged that he was illegally issued verbal orders that he recorded in a "semi-official diary".

Explained: How Gujarat’s first multi-layer flyover will help ease Surat’s traffic woes?
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago

Gujarat Sunday inaugurated the state’s first multi-level railway-over-bridge and flyover built at the cost of Rs 133.50 crore. A look at the three-level bridge, its features and how it will change life for commuters in Surat.The projectThe project was launched in 2017 in Surat — the hub of the diamond and textile industry and also among Gujarat’s most densely populated cities. This three-level bridge was planned by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to ease the traffic at Sahara Darwaza on the city’s ring road, where the textile markets are located. The bridge will be the main connect between the east and west regions of the city on either side of the Surat Railway station.The bridgesAccording to SMC Bridge Cell Executive Engineer Amit Desai, “The total length of all the three bridges is 2643.075 metres”.At the lowest level is the single-lane bridge around 5.2 metres wide and 410.535 metres long, connecting Surat Railway Station to Sahara Darwaza which is 15 metres from the ground. In the middle is the bridge for traffic from ring road to Sahara Darwaza which is 563.120 metre long and rises 8.75 metres from the ground. The bridge for traffic returning from Sahara Darwaza to ring road is 523.3 metres long, and single-lane.At the highest level is a two-lane bridge for traffic from Sahara Darwaza to Kadodara.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxMaterial usedAccording to Desai, “For the construction of this bridge, 747 pile foundations, 121 piers, 232 PSC (pre-stressed concrete girders), and 30 plate girders, have been used.” In all, 14,257 metric tonnes of cement, 3860 metric tonnes of reinforced steel has been used.Ending traffic woesWith this new bridge regular traffic movement to Bombay Market, APMC, and Kadodara from the west side to the east side of the city will be eased. A diversion has been provided to the Varachha area for those who want to reach Kamrej junction on NH-48.New textile markets and textile transport godowns shifted from ring road to Saroli area near Kadodara will also benefit. The bridge will reduce a major chunk of the traffic at Sahara Darwaja.Surat Municipal Corporation City Engineer AM Dubey said, “This multilayer bridge will be a great asset to the people connecting the west side of Surat Railway station to the east side. This will also help end traffic problems faced by people. This multilayer bridge is the first in Gujarat and it will give better connectivity to the people of Surat.”

Explained: How Gujarat’s first multi-layer flyover will help ease Surat’s traffic woes?
PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone Of Railway Projects Worth Rs 16,000 Crores
Ndtv | 2 weeks ago
Ndtv
2 weeks ago

PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Surat, Udhna, Somnath and Sabarmati stations.Vadodara: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of development projects worth over Rs 21,000 crores in Gujarat on Saturday.Beneficiaries of various government schemes participated in Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan at Vadodara on Saturday.PM Modi dedicated and laid the foundation stone of various railway projects worth over Rs 16,000 crores. These include the inauguration of 357 km long New Palanpur-Madar section of Dedicated Freight Corridor; gauge conversion of 166 km long Ahmedabad-Botad section; electrification of 81 km long Palanpur - Mitha section, among others.PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Surat, Udhna, Somnath and Sabarmati stations, along with the foundation stone of other initiatives in the railway sector.Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, a total of 1.38 lakh houses have been dedicated by the Prime Minister, including houses worth around Rs 1,800 crore in urban areas and houses worth over Rs 1,530 crores in rural areas. In addition, Khat Muhurat of around 3,000 houses worth over Rs 310 crores will also be done.During the programme, PM Modi dedicated and laid the foundation stone of various development works at Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, and Panchmahal, worth over Rs 680 crore.PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of Gujarat Central University in Kundhela village of Dabhoi taluka of Gujarat. Located at about 20 km from Vadodara city, the university will be constructed at a cost of around Rs 425 crores and will cater to higher education needs of over 2,500 students, said the Prime Minister's Office.With a focus on improving maternal and child health, PM Modi launched 'Mukhyamantri Matrushakti Yojana', which will have an outlay of Rs 800 crores. Under the scheme, pregnant and lactating mothers are to be given 2 kg of chickpeas, 1 kg of tur dal and 1 kg of edible oil free of cost from Anganwadi Centres every month.PM Modi also disbursed around Rs 120 crores towards Poshan Sudha Yojana which is now being extended to all tribal beneficiaries in the state.Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi inaugurated the redeveloped Kalika Mata Temple atop the Pavagadh Hill.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone Of Railway Projects Worth Rs 16,000 Crores
Will lay foundation of CUG’s new campus
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Vadodara: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stone of a new campus of the Central University of Gujarat (CUG) during his visit to Vadodara on Saturday. Modi is set to participate in the Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan function at Leprosy ground in the city. CUG’s new campus will come up near Kundhela in Vadodara’s Dabhoi taluka. The Union government has sanctioned Rs 743 crore for the university project. Currently, CUG’s temporary headquarters is in Gandhinagar will be shifted to Vadodara. Officials said that while the state government has allocated 100 acres of land near Kundhela, the new campus will have a capacity of accommodating nearly 2,500 students. It will have a library with books, magazines, digital and e-resources apart from large administrative building, multipurpose buildings, guest house, accommodation for students, laboratories and lecture halls equipped with all facilities. The PM will also perform ground breaking of a new building for Bharatiya Gati Shakti University that will be constructed at a cost of Rs 571 crore. Centre is re-christening the National Rail Transport Institute (NRTI) as Bharatiya Gati Shakti University. NRTI was established in 2018 to expand rail road transport system and research works linked with it.Modi will start 18 new projects of Indian Railways worth Rs 16,369 crore. These include five railway projects that will be constructed at a cost of Rs 10,749 crore and 13 different projects that will be constructed at a cost of Rs 5,620 crore.He will also flag off Ahmedabad-Botad railway passenger train after inaugurating Palanpur-Madar Dedicated Freight Corridor constructed at a cost of Rs 7,250 crore. Apart from this, Lunidhar-Dhasa, Palanpur-Radhanpur passenger train will be flagged off by the PM.

Will lay foundation of CUG’s new campus
PM Modi to inaugurate railway projects worth Rs 16,300 cr in Vadodara
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago

On his visit to Vadodara on June 18, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate railway projects worth Rs 16,369 crore, including laying the foundation stone of the new building of the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) which is being rechristened as the Bharatiya Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya and will officially be declared a central university. Modi will also launch the Chief Ministers’ Matrushakti Yojana from Vadodara’s Leprosy Ground.The Prime Minister is first scheduled to visit the Kalika Mata temple in Panchmahal district’s Pavagadh and hoist the saffron flag (dhwajarohan) on the shikhara of the newly renovated temple premises which, according to the trust, will be the first ‘religious flag hoisting’ at the temple in centuries. Modi will inaugurate the temple premises, renovated at a cost of Rs 121 crore, under the aegis of the Gujarat Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board,The renovations include a campus with a capacity for over 2,000 devotees, a widened stairway to the temple, gold plating of the kalash, garbhagriha and the shikhara done at a cost of Rs 7.5 crore as well as installation of elevators (for which tendering process is underway). The trust is also in the process of building a dormitory for visitors at a cost of Rs 12 crore and a dining hall with a capacity to serve meals to 400 devotees simultaneously.From Pavagadh, Modi will arrive in Vadodara and head directly to the Leprosy Ground as the original plan for a road show from the airport has been cancelled due to security reasons. At the Leprosy Ground, he will inaugurate projects and lay foundation stones for 18 projects of the Indian Railways worth Rs 16,369 crore, including the renaming of the NRTI to Bharatiya Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (BGSV).PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone of the new, modern building of the BGSV in Vadodara, the country’s first railway university, that will come up near the Pratap Vilas Palace. According to a release from the government, Modi will inaugurate five railway projects worth Rs 10,746 crore and lay foundation stones of 13 projects pegged at Rs 5,620 crore, including the Rs 571-crore BGSV building.“National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) set up as per the vision of PM Modi in 2018 will be rechristened Bharatiya Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya and also be accorded the status of a Central University at the same event. As part of the Gati Shakti movement, PM Modi has given an impetus to infrastructure projects,” the statement said.PM Modi will inaugurate the Rs 7250 crore Palanpur-Madar dedicated freight corridor and flag-off of the Botad-Ahmedabad passenger train after gauge conversion. In addition, he will also flag off passenger trains between Lunidhar-Deesa and Palanpur-Radhanpur. Modi will lay the foundation stone for the locomotive repair depot located at Gandhidham and the redevelopment projects of Surat, Udhna, Somnath, and Sabarmati railway stations. The Prime Minister will also perform the virtual ground-breaking for the gauge conversion of railway lines between Vijapur-Ambaliyasan, Nadiad-Petlad, Kadi-Katosan, Aadraj Moti-Vijapur, Jambusar-Samni, Petlad-Bhadran and Himmatnagar-Khedbrahma.The PM will also launch the Chief Minister Matrushakti Yojana (MMY), which will provide women with nutritious meals for 1,000 days starting from the first trimester of pregnancy in order to improve the health of mothers and newborns in the state.

PM Modi to inaugurate railway projects worth Rs 16,300 cr in Vadodara
  • PM to inaugurate rail projects on June 18
  • Times of India

    Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stones and inaugurate projects of the railways, worth a total of Rs 16,369 crore during his visit to Vadodara on June 18, state government spokesperson Jitu Vaghani said on Monday.Vaghani said the PM will either lay foundation stones or inaugurate 18 projects of the railways, which includes flagging off of new trains, the new freight corridor, redevelopment of railway stations and gauge conversion works. The PM will address the Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan rally in Vadodara as well.At Monday’s state cabinet, the government also decided to hold a ‘Vande Gujarat Vikas Yatra’ from July 1 to 15 to showcase the development work of the last two decades. Vaghani said in another important decision, 46 MLAs representing municipal corporation areas of the state, will get grants of Rs 2 crore each for development activities.

  • Vadodara: PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate rail projects on June 18
  • Times of India

    GANDHINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stones and inaugurate projects of the railways, worth a total of Rs 16,369 crore during his visit to Vadodara on June 18, state government spokesperson Jitu Vaghani said on Monday. Vaghani said the PM will either lay foundation stones or inaugurate 18 projects of the railways, which includes flagging off of new trains, the new freight corridor, redevelopment of railway stations and gauge conversion works. The PM will address the Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan rally in Vadodara as well. At Monday’s state cabinet, the government also decided to hold a ‘Vande Gujarat Vikas Yatra’ from July 1 to 15 to showcase the development work of the last two decades. Vaghani said in another important decision, 46 MLAs representing municipal corporation areas of the state, will get grants of Rs 2 crore each for development activities.

Dedicated Freight Corridor: Contracts awarded for Rs 18,000 cr, 100-km stretch commissioned
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago

Contracts worth Rs 18,000 crore have already been awarded for the construction of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) in Gujarat, and a 100 kilometers stretch has already been commissioned, said officials of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL) on Saturday.DFCCIL is a special purpose vehicle set up under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways.DFCCIL’s Rs 18,000 crore investment “includes major civil, electrical and Signal and telecommunications contracts worth Rs 14,000 crore and ROB (Road Over Bridges) contracts worth Rs 4,500 crore,” said Niraj Verma, Group General Manager, DFCCIL.“The total length of DFC in Gujarat is 565 kilometers of which about one-fifth of the route has been constructed and commissioned from New SriAmirgardagh till New Mehsana. About 52 trains are running of which approximately 20 trains ply towards Gandhidham and 10 trains from Pipavav,” Verma added.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThese are dedicated tracks for operating freight trains and run almost parallel to the Indian Railways at many places in the state. The first trail on the DFC in Gujarat was successfully conducted between New Palanpur and New Mehsana stations in May, 2022.A total of 2,578 hectares have been acquired for the project and Rs 1,955 crore has been paid to 9,342 Project Affected Families as compensation in Gujarat.The route of DFC passes through 12 districts including Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari and Valsad.

Dedicated Freight Corridor: Contracts awarded for Rs 18,000 cr, 100-km stretch commissioned
Country’s first bullet train to be operational by 2026: Vaishnaw
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the government is confident of running the country’s first bullet train project by 2026. “The trial run (of the Mumbai–Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor) would be between Surat and Billimora in Navsari district in August 2026,” Vaishnaw said in Surat.The Union minister was on a visit to Surat and Navsari to review the progress of the bullet train project. “I have seen the construction work in progress at Surat and Navsari. I am satisfied with it. The fares of the bullet train will be lesser than airlines. One will get better facilities than airlines. We have not yet decided on the fares. We will work on it once the project gets completed,” he said while interacting with mediapersons.The bullet train will run at an average speed of 300 kilometre per hour (kmph) while its design speed is 320 kmph. “For that more time has been consumed for designing. Every month, 12 kms work is done,” he said. The total length of the project is 508.17 kilometres. There will be 12 stations out of which eight will be in Gujarat and four in Maharashtra. There will be three depots, two in Gujarat (Surat and Sabarmati) and one in Maharashtra (Thane).🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨Vaishnaw said that the bullet train project has generated around 1 lakh  employment. “Of the 508-km project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the work is in progress between Vapi and Ahmedabad. Of the 350-km section areas, the work is in progress on 160 kms. The pillars had been erected in a 60-km area. Latest technology is being used in six casting yards. Earlier, the girders were directly imported from China, but now we have started manufacturing girders locally in Surat and Chennai,” the minister said.At the same time, he said the process of land acquisition was happening at a slower pace in Maharashtra. “The local people want bullet trains there, but the Maharashtra government does not wish to go ahead with this project. We will not have any problems, our work will continue. We are hopeful that the people of Maharashtra will accept this project in the coming days. A few days ago, I spoke to a big political leader of Maharashtra and he told me that he wanted such a project in the state,” Vaishnaw said.Meanwhile, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) said over 90 per cent of the total land required for the bullet train project has been acquired. More than 98.8 per cent of the land has been acquired in Gujarat, while 100 per cent is acquired in Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Union Territory) and 71.5 per cent in Maharashtra. Until last month, around 139.6 kilometre of piling work, 72.4-kilometre of foundation work and 61.6 kms of Pier work were completed.Vaishnaw also stated that the Railways will undertake the redevelopment project of the Surat Railway Station, which was initially planned to be done under public-private partnership. “Earlier, we lacked the experience for redeveloping railway stations. We got experience after redeveloping two railway stations—one in Gandhinagar and second in Bhopal. We have issued tenders for the redevelopment of 30 railway stations across the country to make them first-class railway stations,” he said.The total cost for redeveloping the Surat Railway Station is Rs 980 crore. “The tender will be issued in the first or second week of July. The work will be initiated from Diwali month (October). We have done improvement in the structural design part… A two-floor roof plaza will be made and the same concept as railway stations in Beijing and Tokyo will be applied on the two floors. It will be connected with BRTS and Metro Rail. The roads of the nearby areas will be elevated,” he said.

Country’s first bullet train to be operational by 2026: Vaishnaw
  • "Confident Of Running The 1st Bullet Train In 2026": Railways Minister
  • Ndtv

    Ashwini Vaishnaw said the bullet train is a national project and there should be no politics. (File)Surat, Gujarat: Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday said they are confident of achieving the target of running the country's first bullet train between Surat and Bilimora in Gujarat in 2026 as good progress has been made in this direction.Mr Vaishnaw was in Surat to inspect the progress of the government's ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project.There has been good progress in the construction of infrastructure for the bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, and the work is being done at a high speed."We are keeping the target of running the first bullet train between Surat and Bilimora in 2026. The progress is very good, and we are confident of running the train by that time," he told reporters.Bilimora is a town in Navsari district of south Gujarat.The project is aimed at running the bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai on a high speed rail (HSR) corridor at a speed of 320 kmph, covering a distance of 508 km and 12 stations. The train is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities to about three hours from the current six hours.The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is funding 81 per cent of project cost which is estimated at Rs 1.1 lakh crore.Mr Vaishnaw said pillars for the bullet train project have been put up on 61 km of the route and work is underway on around 150 km of the stretch."It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to provide ultra modern and best services, such as redevelopment of railway stations, new Vande Bharat trains, Kavach (automatic train protection system), bullet trains...We are working to fulfil the aspirations of 130 crore Indians," he said.Vaishnav inspected the operation of a segmental casting yard of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor near Vaktana village in Choryasi taluka of Surat, and also visited the under-construction Antroli railway station under the project.Later, he also visited the project site at Nasilpore in Navsari along with Minister of State for Railways Darshana Jardosh Jardosh.Asked about the progress of the bullet train project in neighbouring Maharashtra, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said it was slow due to land acquisition issues. He said Maharashtra should work with the spirit of cooperation and collaboration on the project."This is a national project and there should not be any politics over it," he said."I believe we would set an example of working together on this project...The progress (in Maharashtra section) is slow. We hope there will be more progress," he said.But, at the same time, the 352 km section in Gujarat is also sufficiently long, he said, adding that the focus will remain on Gujarat until the work of land acquisition in Maharashtra is completed.Earlier, addressing the bullet train project workers at a site in Surat, Mr Vaishnaw informed them about the Centre's 'One Nation, One Ration' scheme, whereby they can get food grains in any part of the country where they are working.The central government is working with the spirit of service and development of all under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Land acquisition delay to escalate cost of bullet train project in Maharashtra: Rly minister
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago

ASHWINI VAISHNAW, Union Railway Minister, inspected the ongoing work on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project in Surat on Monday and said that the cost of the project is expected to escalate in Maharashtra due to the delay in the land acquisition and commencement of the work.The estimated cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is Rs 1.08 lakh crore of which 81 per cent is funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).Vaishnaw also announced that initially, the bullet train service will commence on the 51-km stretch in Gujarat between Surat and Bilimora by 2026 even if the work in Maharashtra is not complete.While the Central government has put the onus on the state government behind the delay in starting work, the project seems to have also been delayed by over four years in Gujarat.The initial deadline for completion of work on the 508-km project was 2022 end. However, the deadline kept extending and now the first phase of the project, a 51-km stretch between Surat and Bilimora in Gujarat is likely to be operational only in 2026 and the remaining part of the project in Gujarat is expected by 2028.The work in Maharashtra, however, depends upon the acquisition of the land. So far, the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) a nodal agency of the Indian Railways, which is executing the project has managed to acquire 71 per cent of the total land requirement for the project. The agency has managed to buy land parcels from private owners but has been unable to acquire land owned by the state government or the forest department. This constitutes the remaining part of the land requirement for the project.Since the work contract cannot be awarded until 90 per cent of the land acquisition is complete, there is a delay in handing over the land in BKC and other parts of Mumbai to start work. Due to the unavailability of the land of BKC, the NHSRCL had recently cancelled the tender for the construction of terminal at BKC after several extensions.“The work in Maharashtra will start once the land is handed over to us, but more than that it’s the intent of the state government for the project. Now, it’s also a time that the people of Maharashtra should speak and think about it the people of the state want the bullet train project and we are now hoping that the state government will also be convinced soon. We are open to discussing with the state on any issue they wish to discuss and sort it out,” Vaishnaw said.When asked if the cost of the project on the Gujarat section will also be escalated as there has been a delay, the railway minister said the costing will be reviewed soon to ascertain the escalation.The project has been opposed by the Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who during his earlier rally in Bandra Kurla Complex had clearly said that the people of Maharashtra do not need the project as the Ahamadabad-Mumbai route is not useful for Maharashtra. He had demanded a bullet service train between Mumbai and Nagpur stretch.Giving details about the project, Vaishnav said that till now, piers have been constructed in more than a 61-km stretch also, and work is being carried out simultaneously on a 160/170-km stretch. Every month, more than 10-12 km of piers are being constructed, including bridges on rivers, he added. 

Land acquisition delay to escalate cost of bullet train project in Maharashtra: Rly minister
All Civil, Track Work Contract For Bullet Train Project In Gujarat Placed: Minister
Ndtv | 2 months ago
Ndtv
2 months ago

Bullet train project contracts for track work worth Rs. 3,141 Cr awarded, said the ministerNew Delhi: All civil and track work contracts for the 352-km stretch of the bullet train project on the Gujarat side have now been awarded, with Rs 3,141-crore worth track contract being given to infra giant Larsen and Toubro, Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Saturday.The 508-km bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad has hit a roadblock in Maharashtra because of land acquisition issues, but work has already started on the Gujarat side of the project."BulletTrainProject NHSRCL contracts for track work worth Rs. 3,141 Cr awarded. 100% contract placed for civil and track work in Gujarat area," Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in a tweet.#BulletTrainProjectNHSRCL contracts for track work worth Rs. 3,141 Cr awarded.100% contract placed for civil and track work in Gujarat area. pic.twitter.com/jMCChwXws0— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) April 30, 2022A statement from the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) said the ballast-less slab track system as used in the Japanese HSR (Shinkansen) will be deployed in India's first High-Speed Rail project (MAHSR).Japan Railway Track Consultant Co. Limited (JRTC) has provided the detailed design and drawing of major HSR track components like RC track bed, track slab arrangement, and continuous welded rail (CWR) forces for the contract, the statement said.This contract to L&T is the second one for the design, supply, and construction of the track and track-related works for the Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor. "National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited awards second contract (related to track works) for supply and construction of track and track-related works for Double Line High Speed Railway between Vadodara and Sabarmati Depot and Workshop in the State of Gujarat (MAHSR T-3 Package) to M/S Larsen & Toubro Limited at a total approximate cost of INR 3141 Cr," a statement from NHSRCL said.Earlier, the first contract for track works between Vapi and Vadodara was awarded to IRCON International Limited on December 24, 2021.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThese contracts will boost the Make in India initiative as both the contracts have been awarded to Indian companies, the statement said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

All Civil, Track Work Contract For Bullet Train Project In Gujarat Placed: Minister
Gujarat Man Spots Broken Rail Track, Runs For A Kilometre To Inform Train
Ndtv | 4 months ago
Ndtv
4 months ago

The shepherd, Rakesh Baria, was honoured by the Ratlam division railway officials with Rs 5,000Indore: A 30-year-old shepherd averted an accident in Dahod district of Gujarat located on the Delhi-Mumbai route as he ran for about a kilometre before flagging down a train after he spotted a railway track broken at a place, officials said on Wednesday.Dahod falls under the Ratlam division of the Western Railway.The shepherd, Rakesh Baria, was honoured by the Ratlam division railway officials with a cash reward of Rs 5,000 and a citation on Wednesday, two days after the incident, they said.The incident occurred on February 21, in which Baria flagged down a goods train by waving a red cloth after seeing the broken track in Dahod, due to which an accident was averted, the officials said.After knowing about Baria's act, Ratlam's Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Vinit Gupta invited him to his office and honoured him with Rs 5,000 and a citation, praising his presence of mind and promptness, which helped avert an accident.After being honoured, Baria said that when he was grazing his goats, he saw a railway track broken at one place, after which he ran for a kilometre to raise an alarm, but did not see any railway employee there."Then I called my father and informed him about the broken railway track. He tried to contact some railway personnel over the phone, but failed to do so," he said.Afterwards, as per the advice of his father, he went to his home located nearby and returned to the track with a piece of red cloth, he said.Mr Baria said that later, he sat about two kilometres from the place of the broken track and started waving the red cloth on seeing a goods train. On seeing him, the loco pilot stopped the train by applying emergency brakes.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAfter that, the work of repairing the rail track was launched, he said.The railway officials said that the broken track has been repaired. A total of around 125 trains - passenger as well as goods trains - pass on this busy route on a daily basis, they said.

Gujarat Man Spots Broken Rail Track, Runs For A Kilometre To Inform Train
Railways Ran More Migrant Trains From Gujarat Than Maharashtra: NCP MP
Ndtv | 4 months ago
Ndtv
4 months ago

The Congress currently shares power with the Shiv Sena and NCP in Maharashtra. (File)Mumbai: NCP MP Supriya Sule on Tuesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accusing the opposition of inciting migrants to flee from Mumbai during the COVID-19 lockdown, and claimed more trains were operated from Gujarat than Maharashtra for migrant workers during the pandemic-related curbs.PM Modi said in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the Congress "crossed all limits" during the COVID-19 pandemic, and accused the party of instigating and scaring innocent labourers into fleeing to their native states from Mumbai.He was replying to the debate on Motion of Thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of Parliament.The Congress currently shares power with the Shiv Sena and NCP in Maharashtra.Talking to reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday, Ms Sule said it is painful to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeting Maharashtra, that significantly contributed to his party winning 18 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections."The Indian Railways' data reveals that 1,033 trains for migrant workers were run from Gujarat, while 817 Shramik trains were operated from Maharashtra,” she claimed.Ms Sule also referred to a 2020 social media post of the then railway minister Piyush Goyal, who had targeted Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray over the issue of trains for migrant workers.“Goyal in his Twitter post on May 24, 2020 said that 125 Shramik Special trains were ready to be allotted to Maharashtra for the migrant workers to return home. He had asked the state to give a detailed list of migrant workers within an hour to the Railways," the Lok Sabha member pointed out.Ms Sule further said BJP MP Harish Dwivedi last week proudly stated in his speech in the Lok Sabha that the Union government had operated trains for migrant workers to reach their homes safely."Then why PM Modi is selectively talking about Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in his speech?” she asked."It was painful for me to see PM Modi insulting Maharashtra when we were expecting him to speak on issues like China, unemployment. He is the prime minister of India and not of a party,” she said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe NCP leader also referred to a tweet of senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis in which he had welcomed Goyal's move of planning some trains for migrant workers from Maharashtra.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Railways Ran More Migrant Trains From Gujarat Than Maharashtra: NCP MP
Rajdhani Express Hits Pillar In Gujarat, Cops Suspect Bid To Derail Train
Ndtv | 5 months ago
Ndtv
5 months ago

The police have filed an FIR over the Rajdhani Train matterValsad: The Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express train hit a cement pillar, which some people allegedly placed on the railway track near Valsad in south Gujarat. No one was injured, the police said today.The police suspect that the incident, which took place around 7.10 pm on Friday, was an attempt to derail the Delhi-bound train. They have filed a case."The Mumbai-Hazrat Nizamuddin August Kranti Rajdhani Express train hit the cement pillar placed on the railway track close to Atul station near Valsad. After being hit by the train, the pillar got pushed off the track. The incident did not affect the train as it moved on and no passenger was hurt. The loco pilot immediately informed Atul railway station personnel about it," an official of Valsad rural police station said.On being alerted, senior police and railway officials rushed to the spot."Some unknown people had placed the cement pillar on the track. The train hit the pillar, after which the train manager immediately informed the local station master," Rajkumar Pandian, Range, IG of Surat, told reporters.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIt appeared to be a case of attempt to derail the train, he said, adding that the police are conducting an investigation into the matter.A first information report, or FIR, was filed against unidentified people at Valsad rural police station, and efforts are on to nab the culprit using technical surveillance, the Valsad rural police official said.

Rajdhani Express Hits Pillar In Gujarat, Cops Suspect Bid To Derail Train
Encroachment ‘sad reality’ for 75 yrs: SC allows Railways to proceed with demolition
The Indian Express | 6 months ago
The Indian Express
6 months ago

The Supreme Court Thursday allowed the Railways to proceed with the eviction of unauthorised settlements on its land earmarked for the proposed Surat-Jalna route, but not before pulling it up for failing to prevent encroachment despite maintaining a Railway Protection Force and having a special enactment that enables it to do so.A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar said that the Railways may immediately issue notices to occupants of illegal structures and give them two weeks to vacate the premises. For structures that do not require to be vacated immediately, four weeks may be given, said the bench that also comprised Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar.“In either case, if occupants fail to vacate unauthorised structure, it will be open to Western Railways to initiate appropriate legal action and forcible removal of unauthorised structure by taking help of local police force,” the court ruled.Hearing a plea seeking directions for the rehabilitation of those who will be displaced, the top court said the Collector of the district concerned must gather the names and details of such people before commencing the process of eviction. This is for providing suitable accommodation to “deserving and eligible persons”, said the bench.The court said solatium of Rs 2,000 should be paid for each structure by the entity owning the land — that is the local and state governments.“Amount shall be initially paid by the Collector for a period of 6 months only to be shared equally by the owner of the land (local and state government),” it said, adding that affected persons can apply for rehabilitation if the local government has such schemes.The court added that if there is no scheme formulated and in force by local authority, the persons likely to be affected by the action of demolition can apply for allocation of premise through ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’ provided it is processed within 6 months.Western Railways had argued that the primary responsibility of ensuring no encroachment takes place on any property is of local government and state government.But the court said: “Although the argument appears substantive in first blush, (it) does not impress us as Railway enactment allows them to safeguard their property and they also have a Railway force to safeguard their property wherever located.”“You want your property back and you are the Union, you have to take financial responsibility. Why are you spending so much on police force if you cannot manage your own property? Only issuing circulars won’t help,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraj. “We hold Railways equally responsible for this situation and they are bound to provide support to the persons who are likely to be affected by this demolition.”The court said encroachment of public land has been a “sad reality” in the country over the last 75 years.“Primary duty to see that there is no encroachment of public land is duty of local government. It’s time local govt wakes upto this situation. It’s a sad story continuing for 75 years. This is the sad story of this country. Some may encroach. It is removed and another encroaches. It is ultimately the taxpayers money which goes down the drain,” the court said.Pointing out that the Railways has the power to initiate criminal action against unauthorised occupants, the apex court said it must resort to such proceedings immediately after it is brought to the notice of officials concerned.Earlier, the Gujarat HC had dismissed the plea following which a plea was filed in the form of PIL in the SC.

Encroachment ‘sad reality’ for 75 yrs: SC allows Railways to proceed with demolition
Bangladesh@50: Bangla War theatre from ruins of a cinema hall, a veteran recalls
The Indian Express | 6 months ago
The Indian Express
6 months ago

On the morning of December 13, 1971, Commanding Officer Col V K Singh of 26 Madras Regiment called a meeting of his officers. Then just 19 and a Second Lieutenant, Binay Kumar Sinha recalls the meeting happened in a “half-finished cinema hall with no screen”. The task before the battalion was recapturing Siramani town in Khulna district, in what is now Bangladesh, from the Pakistan army, by the end of the day.“On our left was the Bhairab river, on the right was marshy land with a railway track. In the front, where the cinema screen should have been, the hall was open, showing a jungle and a water tank, from where the Pakistanis were directing airbursts at the troops. Even the Air Force had sent out messages that they could not decipher the enemy strength because of the jungle,” says Sinha, speaking to The Indian Express.The battalion ended that day a winner, and was decorated with Battle Honours. Sinha was injured, quit the Army soon after, and having joined the Civil Services, retired from the Gujarat Ports and Transport Department in 2012. On Sunday, Sinha and other officers part of the battalion reunited to celebrate the golden jubilee of the Siramani Battle.Recalling the events of that day 50 years ago, Sinha says that by around 2 pm, the troops led by Major Harry Roshan had launched the counter-attack. The soldiers walked on the railway track toward the Pakistanis. “Crawling, with our binoculars, we tried to gauge their strength when suddenly phuch!…something hit me. It (the bullet) had gone through, hitting me near the heart, I was lucky (it missed the heart). I fell. Somebody tried to pick me up, but I asked him to go on as he would be a sitting duck,” Sinha says.He crawled back, and with some medical attention, his arm tied in a sling, he was back on his feet in about an hour, though his upper body remained numb for some time. “I felt no pain, but knew I had barely survived.”Sinha recalls that their Commanding Officer, Col Singh, was among those injured that day. Singh had been a POW in the 1962 war. “A shrapnel hit Col Singh and he was unconscious for about 30 minutes, but he refused to be evacuated and went back to fight,” Sinha says.He brings out a photo taken of him and the other soldiers at that cinema hall before they ventured into battle. Taken by noted photographer Raghu Rai, then with The Statesman, it shows Sinha, Major R K Mannon, 23, and Major Utpal Sen, 22. Mannon died that day within an hour of telling an injured Sinha that he would do fine.A week before that battle, Sinha was part of the Army team that took control of Jessore Jail. He recalls entering the jail, covered in “deathly silence”, on December 6, and noticing the “brand new uniforms and belts” of the men who were now jailors at the same prison they had been kept captive for nine months by the Pakistanis.“In the night we would hear gunshots from the village,” Sinha says. They were told it was a battle between the Mukti Bahini (fighting for Bangladesh’s freedom) and Razakars (suspected to be working as informers for the Pakistani army). “Let them sort it out, we were told. ‘We are here for another purpose’.”The injured Sinha was first taken to Jessore hospital and then on a train to Calcutta. He remembers meeting a young captain from the Pakistani army, a POW who was senior to him but insisted on calling him “sir”, while admitted at the Calcutta Army Command Hospital. Sinha says the Pakistani captain felt “let down” by his superiors. “He said, ‘We would have rather gone down fighting and died, than surrender like this’.”Sometime in the third week of December 1971, General Jagjit Singh Aurora’s wife came to the hospital to meet the injured officers. She enquired if they wanted anything. The Punjabi soldiers asked for “sarson da saag and makke di roti”, and Sinha requested for a picture of the formal surrender by Pakistan to India in the 1971 war, signed by General Aurora and General A A K Niazi of Pakistan.Three days later, the saag and makke di roti arrived, and the photo signed by Gen Aurora. The officer who got the photo “said it was not possible to get Gen Niazi’s signature as he had been shifted to Bareilly”, Sinha says.With his career likely to be impacted by the injury, Sinha quit the Army, finished his graduation and took the UPSC exams in 1974.Fifty years later, the black-and-white picture, with “Jagjit Singh” signed in fading red, is among Sinha’s prized souvenirs from the war. He has other photos, taken from a “Rs 10 camera”, as well as copies of pictures taken by Rai “as bullets flew”.He came upon them by accident. Twenty years after the war, Sinha was a director posted in the Home Ministry in Delhi when he located Rai from a picture. He met Rai in his office at Connaught Place, and eventually got copies of those photographs.Sinha continues to believe in the possible, a throwback to his Army training. As Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner (1997-99), he was known as a “no-nonsense officer”, and had published a list of 20 high-rise buildings with violations. “In the Army we learnt that if you are given a task, you do it even if your life is at stake,” he says. “Zyada se zyada ka hoga? Badli kar denge… (What is the worst that could happen? A transfer…).”

Bangladesh@50: Bangla War theatre from ruins of a cinema hall, a veteran recalls
Diamonds, jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh stolen from Gujarat couple in train
Times of India | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 months ago

JAIPUR: Diamond sets and several gold ornaments worth Rs 25 lakh were stolen from a Gujarat-based couple's luggage while they were travelling in a train from the city on Saturday afternoon. Deputy SP, government railway police (GRP), Jaipur, Surendra Singh Shekhawat said that Sajjan Kumar has filed a complaint at the GRP police station about the incident. According to SHO Phool Chand, the complainant is a native of Jaipur and has a business in Gujarat's Dhaod. He had come to the city on December 7 to attend his relative's wedding and arrived at Durgapura railway station in the afternoon to board Mumbai superfast train. "The couple was carrying a bag which had two purses, one included jewellery and other contained some documents," Shekhawat said. The couple boarded the train at about 2pm when they realised that the bag felt lighter. They immediately checked through their luggage and found that two purses kept inside the bigger bag were missing. The train by that time had already left the Durgapura railway station. The couple again checked their luggage but found that both purses were missing. They alighted from the train near Shivdaspura and immediately returned to the Durgapura railway station. There they contacted the police and filed a complaint about the incident. DSP Shekhawat along with the SHO and other officials from GRP and the railway police force (RPF) arrived at Durgapura railway station on Saturday evening to examine the scene. Police suspect that the thief had stolen the bag some time between the couple leaving the platform and boarding their coach. "There are two possibilities, either the suspect stole the bag immediately after the couple stepped into the train, or right at the platform of Durgapura railway station," one official claimed. "The couple had come to attend a wedding and was leaving on Saturday. One of their relatives had also accompanied them to the railway station, therefore, it has to be corroborated when the heist took place," the official added.

Diamonds, jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh stolen from Gujarat couple in train
FSL report says woman found dead in Valsad train was not raped: SIT
The Indian Express | 6 months ago
The Indian Express
6 months ago

A month after a 19-year-old girl’s body was found hanging inside a coach of one of the state’s busiest commuting trains — Gujarat Queen — at the terminating station of Valsad on November 4, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday said that the final report of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) had ruled out gangrape in the case.Addressing reporters on Monday, investigating officer BS Jadav, deputy superintendent of railway police, said that the victim was “not gangraped as per medical reports” but the SIT will continue to investigate the case for the stipulated period based on the victim’s diary narration.Revealing details of the FSL and the histopathology report of the victim, DySP Jadav said, “The final cause of death, as per the FSL is asphyxial death due to hanging. The FSL has ruled out gangrape of the victim as per the medical examination of her vaginal swab and viscera … A report of the sample of the vaginal swab of the victim sent to FSL has come back negative for semen strains. The viscera has also not indicated any poisoning… according to the medical reports, the victim had not been gangraped. But our investigation is ongoing. We are trying to gather other evidence that could support (her narration in her diary)…”Jadav said that the investigators began probing into the angle of gangrape based on the narration of the alleged incident in the victim’s personal diary. Jadav told reporters, “The SIT had begun an investigation into the gangrape based on the victim’s diary, some witnesses as well as the missing cycle of the victim… The postmortem report has indicated three injuries on her hand, thigh, and inguinal region… we are not ruling out sexual assault yet as we might chance upon some incriminating material evidence or witness. There are minor injuries on her body as per the postmortem… she has also described abduction and her cycle was missing… We have questioned countless people from auto drivers, security guards, newspaper delivery agents to gather clues.”Jadav said that officers of the SIT are now analysing the data of five mobile phones and digital video recorders (DVRs) of CCTV cameras of shops in the vicinity of the vaccine institute ground in Vadodara where the alleged crime took place on October 29. Jadav said, “We are analysing the data we have received from the FSL from five mobile phones… the analysis of CCTV cameras, DVRs of roadside shops is also ongoing. We will conclude the analysis on the case… so far, the case of gangrape booked at Valsad railway police, as well as abetment of suicide, continues.”On December 4, The Indian Express reported details from the victim’s postmortem that had not indicated the presence of injuries to support the allegation of gangrape. The postmortem report, conducted at the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS)-run Medical College Hospital of Valsad after receiving the body from the city railway police on November 4, mentions the presence of “old wound abrasions over the right thigh of five centimetres in length, a wound of six centimetres on the left upper arm and a four-centimetre wound on the right inguinal region, all black in colour.” The report states there was “no evidence of injury or fracture” on the victim’s skull, although the victim had claimed in her diary — the primary evidence in this case — that she was dragged over a stone-path, causing injuries on her head, after first falling unconscious when she hit her head against a wall while her perpetrators allegedly hit her bicycle with a vehicle to abduct her.A senior officer of the SIT said that the victim’s narrative had a “serious discrepancy” with circumstantial and medical evidence found by the investigators. The senior officer said: “There are several contradictions in her own narration of the incident… While, we can presume that as a victim of the alleged incident, she could have been in trauma, her description of the entire sequence of events is not matching with findings on the ground and medical examinations. According to her personal diary account, she had turned unconscious after hitting against a wall and then regained consciousness before she was dragged to the deserted location, hitting her head on stones and passed out again… but she has also continued to describe the events as if she were awake.”The official added, “In the first part of the account she has said that the accused allegedly tore off her clothes to commit the gangrape, but later, she has mentioned that when she was found by the ‘uncle’ (the first witness in the case), she was ‘not naked’… She has also said she did not see the two accused as she was unconscious most of the time but she has said that they were ‘not mavali type’ and were wearing ‘fragrance’ and ‘not more than 20-21 by the body’… We are unable to find even circumstantial evidence to corroborate her account yet but the attempt is ongoing.”While the police continue to investigate the alleged sexual assault of October 29, investigators say the entire incident described in her personal diary took place within 27 minutes. The victim was last spotted in a CCTV in the lane near the Malhar point area in Vadodara at 6:22 pm on October 29 and was found injured but ‘fully clothed’ at the ground at 6:48 pm by the first witness — a bus driver passing by. The officer said the police teams first tried to reconstruct the sequence of events from a relatively less frequented lane of the junction. The CCTV footage has not shown the ‘actual abduction’ of the victim, the police said.The SIT has interrogated three persons in the case so far — a security guard, from whose possession the victim’s cycle was recovered, a cleaner accomplice of the security guard as well as a man, who the victim spoke to for 36 seconds sometime before she allegedly died by suicide. DySP Jadav said that all three persons have been cleared as not being suspects in the case.

FSL report says woman found dead in Valsad train was not raped: SIT