QAhmedabad: FIR Against Makers of ‘Hellaro’; Fire at Chemical Firm

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Still from the National Award winning Gujarati Film <i>Hellaro</i>

1. FIR Against Makers of Award-Winning Gujarati Film for ‘Casteist’ Dialogue

Makers of the Gujarati film ‘Hellaro’, which bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards, were booked for the alleged use of a “derogatory term” in a dialogue to refer to a Scheduled Caste character, police said on Tuesday.

Hellaro (The Outburst) was released in theatres on 8 November.

“An FIR was registered against the director, producers and dialogue writer of the Gujarati film Hellaro over the utterance of word ‘Harijan’ by one of its characters, considered derogatory by members of Scheduled Caste to which it referred,” an official of Kagdapith police station here said.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Major Fire at Vadodara Chemical Firm, No Injuries

A major fire was reported from the godown of National Chemical company in Navayard area of Vadodara on Tuesday morning (12 November). No injuries were reported. Officials said 18 fire tenders including nine foam-based fire tenders and 60 firefighters were deployed at the site to control the situation.

Fire department officials said they had first received a call regarding smoke billowing out of the three-storeyed building at 7:24 am. But by the time the fire fighting team reached the spot, the blaze had begun engulfing the building. It took more than an hour to control the fire, and the ventilation and cooling process was still underway in the afternoon. It took 15,000 litres of foam to douse the entire fire.

The chemical company supplies raw materials to pharmaceutical companies and had built its own laboratory-cum-godown on the ground floor of the building. While it’s unknown what exactly sparked the fire, fire officials claim that it was most likely a reaction between the chemicals.

(Source: The Indian Express)

3. Cops Extern Gujarat Corporator Who Rebelled Against BJP

A corporator of Vijalpore municipality in Gujarat's Navsari district was externed for six months for frequently getting involved in crimes, police said on Tuesday, 12 November.

Jyotindra Rajbhar (34), who rebelled against the BJP and formed his own front, was externed from Navsari for a period of six months after a decision was taken by Jalalpore sub-divisional magistrate, said local police in a release.

Rajbhar had been arrested on several occasions, mostly on charges of assault, after which Vijalpore police station prepared a proposal seeking his externment from Navsari district, the release added.

The sub-divisional magistrate externed Rajbhar under sections of Gujarat Police Act, and he was released in the neighbouring union territory of Daman, the police said.

(Source: Business Standard)

4. Body of Man With Hands Bound Found in Dev River

A partially decomposed body of an unidentified man of age 30-35 years was recovered from Dev river Tuesday morning,12 November. Police said some locals spotted the body floating in the river under the bridge in Vejalpur village of Waghodia on Tuesday, and informed the police.

A team from Waghodia police immediately reached the spot and fished out the body. The man’s hands were tied together, he had a head injury and his face was decomposed beyond recognition, the police said. The police also found a basic mobile phone without a sim card and three lemons from his pocket, but no identify proof.

The police also found a wooden log with blood stains in a graveyard nearby. The police also found blood drops on the ground and a trail of blood leading to the river bed indicating that the man was dragged from the graveyard to the river, the police said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Case Registered Over ‘Phone Threats’ to Fringe Outfit Leader

The police have lodged a criminal case against unknown persons after the leader of a small outfit submitted his complaint alleging threats to his life in Ahmedabad.

Police said that Updesh Rana, the general secretary of the outfit Vishwa Santhan Sangh, submitted a complaint on Monday, 11 November.

“He said he received calls from five unknown callers… allegedly from Dubai. We have lodged a case under IPC section 507 for intimidation through anonymous channel,” a Naroda police officer said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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