QAhmedabad: Congo Fever Kills Farmer, 4 Lions Rescued from Well

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1. Farmer Dies of Congo Fever, Family Under Observation

A day after a dairy farmer from Padadhari taluka of Rajkot district died at Rajkot Civil Hospital, health officers on Sunday, 15 September, said that his blood and urine samples had tested positive for Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF). This is the second case of the viral fever from Rajkot district this year.

Officers of the health department of Rajkot district panchayat said that a 42-year-old dairy farmer from Sajadya village had complained of fever and had been admitted to a private hospital. He was shifted to the civil hospital in Rajkot on Saturday, 14 September after doctors suspected that he could have contacted CCHF.

However, he died on Saturday itself, even as doctors were waiting for the reports of laboratory tests of his blood and urine samples, which had been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.

(Source: Indian Express)

2. Four Lions Rescued from 100-Ft Deep Dry Well in Gir Forest

In a breathtaking operation, the Forest Department rescued four Asiatic lions who had fallen into a 100-foot deep dry well, at Manavav village in Sarasiya range of Gir (east) forest division, in Amreli district on Sunday, 15 September.

Sarpanch of Manavav village, Dilubhai alerted the Forest Department around 7:30 pm on Saturday, 14 September, informing them that four lions had fallen into an abandoned well on his mango orchard. Soon, Sarasiya Range Forest Officer (RFO) M R Odedra and other staff members, who were out patrolling, reached the spot and launched an operation to rescue the big cats.

Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) of Junagadh Wildlife Circle, Dushyant Vasavada, said that the four sub-adult lions — aged between two and three years — were rescued by early Sunday morning. “It was an open and abandoned well without any water. However, the lions did not suffer any major injuries. Our staff rescued them in a short period of time and gave them treatment on the spot. The lions were later shifted to a facility for keeping them under observation,” Vasavada told The Indian Express.

(Source: Indian Express)

3. Over 1,000 Traffic Cops, Lok Raksha Dal to Keep an Eye on Traffic Violators

Over a thousand traffic police constables and Lok Raksha Dal (LRD) recruits will be deployed across Ahmedabad as the newly-amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act comes into effect from Monday, 16 September.

Even as the Gujarat government decided to wash down the penalty amounts suggested by the Union government in the MV Act by 50% and 70%, the violation fines are still hefty compared to the existing norms.

The violations which will attract penalties from Monday include driving without seat belt (Rs 500), riding without helmet (Rs 500), driving without licence (Rs 2,000 for bikes, Rs 3,000 for cars), driving vehicle without third-party insurance (Rs 2,000), driving vehicle without registration (Rs 1,000 for bikes, Rs 2,000 for cars), driving on the wrong side (Rs 3,000 for cars), illegal parking (Rs 500), driving car with black film (Rs 500), performing stunts or racing (Rs 5,000), not giving way to ambulance (Rs 1,000), over-speeding (Rs 1,500 for bikes, Rs 2,000 for cars) and triple riding (Rs 100).

(Source: Indian Express)

4. 94 Rescued Bonded Labourers Case: Cops Arrest Two More People from Kathwada

In the 94 bonded labourers rescued from Kathwada case, cops have arrested two suspected agents in the matter. As per police officials, two labourers who were working in the factory even worked as agents for the labour contractor and had arranged the labourers for him.

On Saturday, 14 September, the Nikol police had rescued 94 labourers belonging to Assam, Nagaland and West Bengal from a Bamba farmhouse located near SP ring road. After the labour contractor forcefully employed migrant labourers in a pharmaceutical factory and were not paid for their work.

The cops had arrested the labour contractor identified a Mukesh Bharwad, 34 in the matter. During his interrogation revealed that two agents who presently worked as labourers with Bharwad had made arrangement of recruiting the 94 labourers from Nagaland. The two accused were identified as a Sinohil Bijoy (25) and Hotnabi Boyoto (36) were also arrested by Nikol police in the matter.

(Source: DNA)

5. Gandhinagar Serial Killer, Wanted in Three Murder Cases, Held

On Sunday, 15 September, a team of Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested Gandhinagar's most wanted serial killer related to three murder cases that took place between between 14 October and 26 January in Gandhinagar, where the victims were shot on their back of the head by the accused and their valuables looted.

The accused identified as Monish aka Madan Maali,36, is a resident of Sarkhej and native of Rajasthan, who who runs a loading autorickshaw and works as a labourer. During the investigation, it was revealed that in the year 1995 Maali had left his father's house and reached Ahmedabad, where he got married and has a daughter , who are residing at Sarkhej area.

In 1999, Maali was arrested for stealing a cycle, later in 2007, he was arrested in another theft case and was jailed for two years. In 2016 he had broken into a house located in Sabarmati D-Cabin from where he stole a pistol and cartridge.

(Source: DNA)

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