QAhmedabad: City Gets New Top Cop; 6 Held Over Fake Ayushman Card

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1. IPS Officer Ashish Bhatia Appointed Ahmedabad City Police Commissioner

IPS officer Ashish Bhatia, who was holding the additional charge of Ahmedabad city police commissioner, has been given full charge Monday, 25 November, a notification issued by the Gujarat government said.

Bhatia, who was the Director General of Police (CID Crime and Railways) and was given the additional charge of commissioner of police of Ahmedabad city, has been “transferred and appointed on the vacant ex-cadre post of the commissioner of police, Ahmedabad city”, read the notification released by the Home Department.

Bhatia was given the additional charge on 25 October after the post felt vacant when the then Ahmedabad city police commissioner A K Singh was promoted and transferred to the post of Director General of the National Security Guard (NSG) in New Delhi.

An IPS officer of 1985 batch, 57-year-old Bhatia, a native of Haryana, has served various crucial posts in the Gujarat police machinery in the past 20 years.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. 6 Held, 3 on the Run for Selling Fake Ayushman Bharat Cards

Six persons were held in Rajkot in Gujarat for allegedly issuing bogus health cards under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, the Centre's affordable healthcare scheme, police said on Monday, 25 November.

The accused had organised a camp at a government school in Rajkot city to issue fake cards after charging Rs 700 each, an official said. "On a tip-off, chairperson of the health committee of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Jaimin Thakar, raided the place and called in the police," an official said.

"The accused were charging Rs 700 for each such card, and were using the login password of a government doctor from Bharuch identified as Dr Keshab Kumar," said Rajkot police commissioner Manoj Agarwal.

He said three accused are absconding and a Special Operation Group team has been set up to probe the crime.

(Source: Business Standard)

3. Insurance Firms Holding up Claims, Say Gujarat Farmers

Farmers across Gujarat have launched State-wide protests demanding immediate disbursal of crop insurance claims for damage to their standing crops due to unseasonal rains in October and November.

The protests have been launched against crop insurance companies, which are apparently not passing claims filed by farmers in more than 20 districts, which were lashed by the unseasonal rains that left damaged crops like groundnut, cotton, pulses and paddy.

After the protests, Nitin Patel, Deputy Chief Minister, warned of action against insurance companies if they did not process claims and compensate farmers who paid premiums to insure their crops.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Sarpanch Family Beat Me up Over RTI Plea, Alleges Dalit Activist

A 27-year-old Dalit activist cum law student was allegedly assaulted at the behest of the sarpanch of Khopala village in Botad, on Sunday afternoon (24 November), after the victim allegedly sought details of government projects in the village through Right to Information (RTI) applications, said Botad police.

According to the first information report (FIR) lodged, Amit Parmar (27), a native of Khopala village in Botad, is a member of ‘Bahujan Tiger Sena’ and is pursuing LLB degree.

On Sunday around 2.30pm, Parmar was assaulted by four men at the behest of sarpanch family, when he was on his way to Lakhanka village from Khopala with his elder brother, Vinod Parmar. The victim received multiple fractures on his legs and hands and is admitted to Bhavnagar civil hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Boy Missing From Children’s Home, Kidnap Case Filed

The Godhra police on Monday, 25 November, registered a case of kidnapping against unknown persons after a 12-year-old boy went missing from the Children’s Home for Boys in Godhra.

According to the complaint filed by Pushpendra Solanki, in charge of the children’s home, on Sunday, 25 November, around 8 pm after dinner, Aamir Hemant went to the washing area to clean his plate and did not return.

An extensive search was initiated by the staff members in localities nearby, including railway station and bus stand, but in vain. Later they informed the police. The centre has nine staff members, including the warden and security guards. Aamir was brought to the centre on 1 November by the Godhra railway police and child helpline after he was found wandering around the platform alone.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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