Half-burnt body of 80-yr-old woman found near police HQ

A 80-year-old woman was found murdered and torched in a shack near the city police headquarters on Friday. She was the mother of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) posted at Ahmedabad Police Headquarters.

During preliminary investigation, police found that the woman's throat was slit before setting her on fire.

The Madhavpura police identified the deceased as Ganga Reva Parmar. She was living with her son Kanti Parmar (ASI) in a police quarter in the city.

The incident came to light when the shack was found burning in the morning and fire officials carried out an operation to douse the flame. The body was brought out in half-burnt condition, police said.

A few hours later, the family members of the victim came to police claiming that the victim had gone missing a night earlier and expressed grief over the "accidental death of the woman", officials said.

However, when the family members and neighbours were questioned, the police reportedly received leads that she was allegedly being tortured by her son Kanti, two daughters and grandsons.

The family members of the deceased also claimed that she had lost her mental balance and used to fight with everyone in the colony. They therefore thought she "walked away", police said.

ACP J C Patel said, "The body had cut marks. We have started investigation into the case." According to police, the family members of the victim including the ASI were under police radar, the official added.

The Madhavpura police station constable, Rajendra Prasad Mishra, has lodged an FIR in this connection

as none of the family members reportedly came forward for it.

The body was sent for post-mortem and a case of murder was lodged under the Indian Penal Code and begun further investigation in this connection.

Gandhinagar steel factory director held for 'tax evasion'

Excise Intelligence officials Thursday arrested the director of a steel factory in Gandhinagar for allegedly evading taxes worth Rs 4 crore by using fake invoices prepared by more than 58 different ship-breaking companies in Alang and transporting finished products from his unit without mandatory receipts.

Interestingly, the accused paid his dues to excise authorities via seven cheques upon being caught, but had asked his bank to cancel the cheques before the authorities could draw the money.

"Mitesh Patel, 27, director of Nandeshwari Steel Ltd, block number 76 in Zak village of Gandhinagar district was arrested on Thursday at 7.30 pm," a statement from the director general of Central Excise Intelligence said Friday.

An official said Patel was produced before a magistrate Friday and granted bail on the condition that he deposit his passport, do not leave the country and reports his presence each month to the police until the investigation is complete.

"The manufacturer of S S Ingots, S S Round Bars had evaded Central Excise duty by way of clandestine removal of their said finished goods through various transporters, without issuance of invoices, without payment of the taxes," the statement said.

It added that the company availed of CENVAT credit by using invoices issued by more than 58 ship-breaking units based in Alang although it never actually received the goods and instead bought scraps. "The (accused) deposited Rs 75 lakh on the spot and also tendered post-dated cheques for Rs 3.50 crore towards their Central Excise duty liability. Five out of seven post-dated cheques, furnished by Patel towards his duty liability were deposited in the bank, but the bank did not honour the cheques," the statement said.

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