QAhmedabad: Cyclone Maha Likely to Hit on 6 Nov; Farmer Kills Self

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Progress of Cyclone Kyarr and Maha on 31 October

1. Cyclonic Storm Maha Intensifies, May Make Landfall in Gujarat on 6 Nov: IMD

Severe cyclonic storm Maha is likely to make landfall along Gujarat coast between Dwarka and Diu on the night of 6 November and bring heavy to very heavy rain till the next day, the India Meteorological Department said on Sunday, 3 November. It is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm in the next six hours before making landfall, it added.

“The severe cyclonic storm Maha over eastcentral Arabian Sea moved further westwards and intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and lay centered over eastcentral Arabian Sea on November 3,” the IMD cyclone bulletin issued Sunday evening stated.

“Severe cyclonic storm Maha is most likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and make landfall between Dwarka and Diu on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning with wind speeds of 120 km/hour,” said regional IMD director Jayanta Sarkar.

(Source: Indian Express)


2. Farmer Kills Herself After Crop Failure Due to Unseasonal Rainfall

A 57-year-old woman farmer in a village under Modasa region of Aravalli, killed herself after her farm suffered crop failure due to unseasonal rainfall in Gujarat of late.

According to police, Manjula Parmar, a resident of Modarsumba village under Modasa region, was a widow and allegedly took the extreme step at her house on Sunday morning (3 November). “The woman ended her life by hanging in her room around 11.30 am, when no one was in the house,” said a police official of Modasa (rural) police station.

According to police, Parmar was distressed for the past few days after the crops in her land were destroyed due to the advent of cyclone Maha in parts of Gujarat, bringing unseasonal rainfall and high-speed winds. The victim was saving money for her son’s second marriage.

(Source: Indian Express)

3. Man Booked for Raping Daughter-in-Law, Say Police

A middle-aged man has been booked by the Sankheda police in Chhota Udepur for allegedly raping his daughter-in-law.  According to police, the incident happened a fortnight ago, but the 20-year-old survivor approached the police and filed a complaint on Saturday night.

In her complaint, she said that she had gone to their farm to give lunch to her father-in-law when he pulled her into the farm and raped her. He also threatened her of dire consequences if she informed anybody, she said in the complaint.

The survivor, however, informed her family and later insisted on approaching the police, after which the family filed a complaint. The accused, however, fled from the village and is yet to be arrested. He has been booked under IPC sections 376 (rape) and 506 (2) (punishment for criminal intimidation).

(Source: Indian Express)


4. Gujarat Mob Demands Death for Trapped ‘Man-Eater’ Leopard, Booked

A mob in Gujarat’s Amreli district has been booked for rioting for demanding that a suspected man-eater leopard be put down, police said on Sunday, 3 November.

The leopard had killed two people near Sudavad village in Bagsara tehsil recently, after which the forest department set up 10 cages in the vicinity and managed to trap it on 31 October.

While the leopard was being taken away by forest department officials to a rescue centre as per wildlife protocol, a crowd of over 400 people assembled and obstructed their work, an official said.

“The crowd demanded that the leopard be shot. They even climbed on the cage in which it was kept. We had to resort to mild cane charge to disperse them. It took us six hours to get the crowd to give way,” Amreli Superintendent of Police Nirlipt Ray said.

(Source: The Tribune)

5.Customs Officer Demands Bills for Jewellery From 2 Passengers at Airport, ‘Assaulted’

Two women passengers who reached Ahmedabad International Airport from Dubai on Friday, 1 November, were booked for allegedly assaulting a customs official at the city airport after they were asked to produce bills for the gold ornaments they were wearing. Two men accompanying the women have also been arrested for allegedly threatening another customs officer.

Police have booked Naseefa Chauhan, Altaf Chauhan, Heena Kausar Pathan and Firoz Pathan, all residents of Ahmedabad, under Indian Penal Code sections 332, 353, 323, 186, 294 and 506 for causing hurt to deter public servant from duty, assault on public servant to deter him from discharge of duty, causing hurt, obstructing public servant, obscenity and criminal intimidation, respectively.

The assistant commissioner of Ahmedabad Customs, Minguel Miranda was allegedly slapped by one of the two accused women around 12.30 am Friday when they arrived at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) International Airport from Dubai, police said.

(Source: Indian Express)

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