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Educationist arrested for plotting lover’s murder


RAJKOT: City-based educationist and an active BJP member, who runs two schools and a college in the city, has turned out to be the killer of his 50-year-old paramour whose decomposed body was found in a water stream near Kankot village on September 5.

On Friday, Rajkot taluka police arrested the prime accused Shantilal Viradia (55), who is also an active BJP member, for allegedly killing Heena Mehta with whom he had illicit relationship for the last four years. Police said that the brutal crime was a fall-out of their relationship gone sour over Heena’s constant demand for money and a residential flat.

Along with Viradia, police also arrested Vijayrai Shriadhyarai (40), a native of Uttar Pradesh and a murder accused, who was roped in for the crime.

Viradia is the former convener of district BJP’s education cell, police source said. He runs two schools – Karmayogi Education School and Vande Matram School besides Creation College, all in Mayaninagar locality of Mavdi.

During interrogation, Viradia said that he and Heena had been into a relationship for the past four years. Heena used to work as clerk in one of Viradia’s school in Karmayogi School from 2002 to 2004. In 2007, Heena’s husband Rajesh died but their relationship continued.

“Over a period of time, Viradia got fed up of Heena’s persistent demands for more money, a two-wheeler and a flat. She also insisted on him leaving his family and start living with her. This drove him to plot her murder,” said Manoharsinh , deputy commissioner of police (DCP).

As Viradia could not muster courage to commit the crime alone, he sought help from Vijayrai who was jailed in a murder case seven years ago. Viradia knew Vijayrai as the latter had done the work of Plaster of Paris in his school. He was out on bail in a 2007 murder case.

“On September 3, Viradia called Heena at Karmayogi school. They took her her to a construction site owned by Viradia, situated opposite the school. Here Viradia grabbed her and Vjiayrai strangled her to death with a rope. They dumped the body in the bathroom. On the same night, the duo returned to dispose off the body which they carried in a car and threw in the stream between Mavdi and Kankot villages,” said Jadeja.

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IMFL, beer, worth Rs 9L seized


Rajkot: A total of 2,324 bottles of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) and 1,368 cans of beer, worth Rs 9 lakh, were seized from a farmhouse in Vegadi village of Dhoraji taluka in Rajkot district on Thursday night.
Police said the accused, identified as Bhavesh Kodiyatar, is a noted bootlegger. “We raided Kodiyatar’s farmhouse, following a tip-off. However, Kodiyatar appeared to have got the whiff of the raid and fled before we arrived,” said Dhoraji police station inspector M V Jhala.

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Methamphetamine powder seized


RAJKOT: A man was arrested with 74 gm of contraband powder, worth Rs 1.86 lakh from the outskirts of Khimania village near on Thursday night.

Police identified the accused as Saleem Lobi (36), a resident of Hapa Road Awas Colony, who used to use his shanty on the outskirts of Khimania village for storing drugs.

“During his interrogation, Lobi revealed the name of one Zakir alias Mustaq, a Mumbai-based drug trafficker who used to supply the contraband to Lobi. We have recovered Rs 79,400 cash and two cellphones from Lobi’s possession,” said Jamnagar sub-inspector H B Gohel.

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NRG killed in accident


RAJKOT: An non-resident Gujarati (NRG) was killed when his SUV rammed into the rear of a parked truck on Khambhalia-Jamnagar Road in Devbhoomi Dwarka district on Friday. Deceased as Popat Kanjharia (50), who stayed in Dubai, had come to visit his native in Kalyanpur.

“A dumper and a truck had a head-on collision on Khambhalia-Jamnagar Road on Thursday night. Kanjharia’s brother Shamji, who was driving the SUV, failed to spot the parked truck and rammed into its rear,” said police.

Kanjharia had a named City Sky in Dubai. He had been living in Dubai for the past 25 years. tnn

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Estranged wife drags husband ‘naked’ to police


RAJKOT: Drunkards often land themselves in embarrassing situations with their wild antics. But a habitual drinker suffered his worst humiliation, that too at the hands of his estranged wife, who took him naked to the police station in full public view on Thursday night.

Video of the man, who is seen wearing only a torn shirt, being taken to the police station by his wife on Kotharia Road, was widely circulated on on Friday. The ignominious treatment was a fall-out of the a bitter fight between the man identified as Jignesh Rathod and his wife Heena, who have been living separately for the past many years. Heena stayed in a live-in relationship with another man.

Bhaktinagar police station lodged a non-cognizable offence in the case.

The high drama played out after Rathod went to meet his son who lived with Heena in Bhartinagar locality on Kotharia Road. However, the couple had heated argument and she started thrashing him. In the heat of the moment, she also tore his clothes and neighbours too joined her in beating him. She then dragged him on the main road and began marching to the police station which was around 1.5-2 km away. Some onlookers even switched on their mobile cameras and started shooting videos while commuters stopped their vehicles at the queer sight.

Bhaktinagar police inspector V K Gadhvi said, “We have registered a non-cognizable offence as people brought him in a nude condition to the police station. Heena was living with her paramour in live-in relationship after separating from him.”

Dhara Chotalia, Heena’s neighbour, alleged that Jignesh often came to her house drunk and used abusive language. “In the past too, we had complained about his nasty behaviour and requested police to take the action on the basis of footage in our locality.”

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Bihar: Ban on plastic bags in rural areas soon


PATNA: Acting on the directions of the , the state government on Friday took a decision to soon ban all types of plastic carry bags, irrespective of size and thickness in of too.
Earlier, the state government had uploaded draft notification banning manufacture, import, store transport, sale and use of every type of plastic carry bags only in urban areas of the state on the website of Bihar State Pollution Control Board on August 12 but the high court had directed authorities to extend the ban in rural areas too on August 27.

Chief secretary Deepak Kumar held a meeting on Friday in which the decision was taken.

“We have decided that draft notification for banning in rural areas would be uploaded in public domain within the next few days. On the basis of the notification, views would be invited before finally banning plastic carry bags across rural areas too,” he said while talking to TOI over phone.

According to the notification for ban in urban area, it would be effective in all municipal corporations, municipal councils and nagar panchayats in Bihar. The ban would be on all types of plastic carry bags irrespective of size and thickness.

“The decision was taken in light of high court’s direction which had directed state government to ban plastic carry bags in rural areas as well,” chief secretary said.

“While the 30 days’ time frame of draft notification for ban in urban area would end on September 12, a similar notification indicating ban in rural areas too would be uploaded within next few days,” he said.

The issue of banning plastic carry bags arose during hearing in high court after it took suo-motu cognizance over a news report of a Hindi vernacular published on June 23 this year highlighting pollution of Lotus pond inside sacred Mahabodhi Temple due to plastic bags brought by visitors.

Gaya district magistrate had submitted an action plan to ban plastics inside the temple. Following the plan, the high court had asked government that why plastic bags can’t be banned across state.

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Mob lynches 3 for bid to kidnap girl


BEGUSARAI: An irate mob on Friday thrashed three people in their 30s to death after they allegedly tried to abduct a minor girl from her school in a village in on Friday.

According to Manjhaul SDPO Suryadev Kumar, the incident took place near the Government Elementary School in Pansalla village under the Chhaurahi police station area. The trio introduced themselves to a woman teacher as the uncles of Class V girl Nagina and sought permission to take the girl with them.

Even as the girl denied that they were her uncles and refused to go with them, said the SDPO, they insisted to take her. This led to an altercation during which one of them slapped the woman teacher.

On hearing the alarm raised by the teacher, villagers assembled and tried to catch the trio. “Apparently panicky, the intruders fired in the air,” the SDPO said and added the mob of villagers eventually overpowered and thrashed them brutally. “While one of them died on the spot, the two others were declared ‘brought dead’ by the doctors at the primary health centre at Garhpura.

The deceased were later identified as Mukesh Mahto of Kumbhi village and Bauna Singh of Cheria Bariarpur in Begusarai district, Hira Singh hailed from Rosera in neighbouring .

Police said the girl did not belong to any rich family. “Investigations are on to find out the possible motive behind the bid to abduct her,” a police officer said.
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