Gujarat confidential

An additional DGP from Uttar Pradesh,Mahendra Modi,recently made a two-day trip to Gujarat ostensibly to educate people on water management.

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 14, 2013 3:10:44 am

Modi from UP pops up in Gujarat

An additional DGP from Uttar Pradesh,Mahendra Modi,recently made a two-day trip to Gujarat ostensibly to educate people on water management. The 1986-batch IPS officer,who hails from Bhilwara in Rajasthan and is currently posted with the vigilance department of UP police,says this was his first visit to Gujarat,which is the ninth state he has covered since he began this water management campaign in 2007 with his own money and resources. During his visit,Modi addressed seminars on water management in Navrangpura and Isanpur areas. In Gujarat,his contact was IPS officer Mohan Jha,currently posted as ADGP (Inquiries),who,Modi said,was with him at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Cop pays for telling off minister

A police sub-inspector posted with Katargam police station in Surat recently earned the wrath of a minister who eventually got him transferred. It all began when Minister of State for Irrigation and Water Supply Nanu Vanani,who is also the local MLA,called up sub-inspector S M Soni and asked him to take action against a man who runs a garage that allegedly blocks the access road to Dhartinagar housing society in Katargam. The officer,who had already made some arrests in the matter after a police complaint was filed by the residents of the society,told the minister he would go by the rules.

All in the name of Sardar

Four prominent Gujaratis were in for a shock recently when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Foundation,a Delhi-based NGO,asked them to return the awards it had given to them within 30 days. The reason: the NGO wanted them to contribute towards building a Rs 500-crore Sardar Patel Memorial in Delhi.

The four who received the unusual communication were Union Minister for Mines Dinsha Patel,chairman and president of Sardar Patel Trust at Karamsad,Ashok Patel,National Dairy Development Board chairman Amrita Patel and Charutar Vidya Mandal chairman C L Patel. The founder of the NGO,Ram Avtaar Sastry,who claims to be a Gujarati although he hails from UP,says the four had agreed to help him but did not keep their promise. Dinsha Patel laughed off the matter. “Who is Sastry and what is his designation?” On his part,Sastry has now put his faith in CM Narendra Modi,whose representative had met him just before he issued the notices to the four.

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