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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Youths were seen queuing up in front of several counters to fill forms with their details like education qualification, name, address, age and interested field. After getting negative response from one window, they moved to other counters.