Kamal Saiyed

Articles By Kamal Saiyed

Behind rivalry that led to ex-Gujarat MLA’s murder: Politics, crime, sleaze

Leaders of both parties say it is hard for them to believe that political rivalry can deteriorate to a level where “one would bay for the other’s blood”.

Rakesh Asthana: Fodder scam to Godhra, never far from limelight

With the country’s premier investigation agency witnessing an unprecedented battle between Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, The Sunday Express charts the journey of the two officers — one who climbed the ranks unnoticed, the other flamboyant and high-profile — until their paths crossed at the CBI.

Tension in Surat after Bihar migrant named in rape-murder

Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said, “We have identified the suspect and sent our teams to Bihar to locate him. We have also made different teams to trace the accused in neighbouring areas... We have added sections like rape, murder, atrocity, and POCSO.”

‘Run like a machine’: A day in the life of schoolteacher on poll duty in Surat

Teacher, mother, homemaker — Kuntal Nilesh Sorathiya spends 19 hours every day fulfilling her multiple roles. Ignoring poll duty among this runs risk of an arrest warrant

A Green Goodbye

Thanks to Gujarat HC order, civic corporations, police and Ganesh pandal organisers were forced to come together to stop the age-old practice of immersing idols in natural water bodies this Ganesh Chaturthi, thereby paving the green immersion model.

Gujarat teacher held in class for missing poll-related duty

The roll revision drive is taken up by the Election Commission of India for next year’s General Election, and Gandevi taluka’s mamlatdar S D Chaudhary asked the police on Monday to pick up the three teachers and present them at his office on Tuesday.

Hardlook: Shootout at Surat railway station platform no.1

Thursday night’s dramatic shootout at Surat railway station has put focus on lack of security and dilapidated infrastructure of one of the country’s busiest stations, which is being planned to be transformed into a multi-modal transport hub of global standard. KAMAAL SAIYED reports

Out on bail, Ajmer blast convict Bhavesh Patel returns home to hero welcome in Bharuch

People carried him on their shoulders while others showered him with rose petals, burst crackers and even invited a DJ to the celebration — all the way to his home where his parents were waiting for him.

Asian Games 2018: As praise and prizes pour in for Sarita Gaekwad, family waits for BPL card

While Laxmanbhai and his wife are both illiterate, they directed all their earnings towards the education of their four children. Sarita is a second-year student at the Arts and Commerce College at Chikhli in Navsari district.

A Queer Plot: Serial Killers of Surat

Last month, when two young men were arrested in Surat for kidnapping and sodomising a teenage boy, police were not aware that the interrogation of the accused would reveal a string of brutal murders of unidentified persons that were committed in the city by them in the last one year.

Gujarat: Traders’ body demands 50% reduction in power tariff for textile industry

The demand was made before the state industry commissioner officials in a meeting called to discuss the upcoming Textile Policy of Gujarat- 2018.

After 1985, tiger spotted near Tapi district, forest officials on alert

According to Nandurbar range forest officials, two residents of Koknipada village spotted the tiger, the first since 1985, on July 22 in two separate incidents.

Surat: Farmer’s 90-minute swim across swollen river to get son to hospital ends in tragedy

Due to an unavailability of boats, Mohan had to put his son on an inflated tyre tube and drag him along as he swam across the river, to reach the Ahwa Civil hospital.

Land acquisition for Bullet Train Project in Gujarat: Farmers try to block land survey, driven out by police

The incident comes a day after farmers at Bhatia village in the same district had not allowed officials of NHSRCL to conduct measurement work.

Eight tribal youths stripped, detained for hunting pigeons in Gujarat

Tapi village sarpanch defends youths, says hunting birds part of tribal culture

Surat rape-murder: Identity of victims revealed after police detain one

On Friday, the police detained Kuldeep Gujjar, a cousin of Harsh’s wife Rama Devi, from Gangapur city in Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. The accused have been booked for rape and murder and under anti-human trafficking laws.

Surat rape-murder case: No lead on identity of victims, police find prime accused difficult to crack

The 36-year-old woman’s body was found on April 9, three days after a mutilated body of a girl with 86 injury marks was found in a bush near a playground in Pandesara.

CWG 2018: Winning gold is like dream coming true, says Harmeet Desai’s mother

Harmeet Desai won the gold medal for India in the table tennis men’s doubles match with his partner G Sathiyan in Gold Coast, defeating Nigeria 3-0 in final.

Land acquisition for Bullet Train hits hurdle in Gujarat

Farmers and activists, who have jointly raised the issue with NHSRC say that they were given “no time” to prepare for the meetings nor are the railway officials presenting the report of impact assessment.

Hardlook: Caught between a rock and a hard place

Last month, Surat woke up to a rude shock of over Rs 12,000 crore bank fraud, allegedly carried out by two of their own big names in diamond trade — Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. A month later, Kamaal Saiyed, tries to find out if the fraud has made the world’s largest diamond cutting and polishing hub any less brighter.