March 29, 2013 4:50:33 am
A 27-year-old coach of Thang-ta,a Manipuri martial arts,was arrested Thursday by the city police for allegedly raping two minors a few days ago. The coach had allegedly lured the girls on the pretext of training them and offered them some spiked soft drink,police said,adding that he had raped them for two days during which they were in an unconscious state.
One of the girls,who hails from Ahmedabad,had lodged an FIR at Chandkheda police on Wednesday. In her complaint,she stated that in January this year she and her friend from Anand district met coach Satish B Makwana,resident of Sabarmati,in a train from New Delhi to Ahmedabad while they were returning after participating in a competition for Wushu,another form of martial arts.
Makwana had gone to Delhi as a coach in a under-19 Thang-ta championship. The girls were in Delhi to take part in a Wushu game too. During the journey to Ahmedabad,Makwana told the girls that there is not much future in Wushu as it has become a common sport. He told them that Thang-ta is still not familiar in Gujarat and there is much potential in this game to make it to the national level. Makwana persuaded them to switch to Thang-ta from Wushu, police said.
On March 24,the girls were invited by Makwana to take part in a workshop on Thang-ta at sports complex near Chandkheda in Gandhinagar district. Police said Makwana reportedly accommodated the girls at his friends flat. On the same night,Makwana allegedly offered them food and beverage which was allegedly mixed with alcohol.
On March 24 night,when the two girls were unconscious due to alcohol,he raped them. He repeated the act on March 25 as well, said A G Gohil,Chandkheda Police Inspector,who is investigating the case.
Police said while Makwana has been arrested in this connection,the investigation is on to find out the role of his friend for providing his flat to the suspect.
PIL questions criteria for horticulture course
The High Court on Thursday sought a reply from the state government while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging a government advertisement inviting admission applications for a post-graduate diploma course on horticulture.
The petition was filed by one Jignesh Patel of Mehsana.
Patels lawyer Harsh Thaker said the state government had issued an advertisement for a special post-diploma course on horticulture but the eligibility criteria stated for it was diploma in agriculture,and not horticulture.
Thaker said the earlier criteria was a diploma in agriculture or horticulture. He said the change in criteria this year ignored students having a diploma in horticulture.
The court has kept further hearing on the PIL for Tuesday.
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