Astrologers and Tantriks: All varities


There are Good ones and Bad ones

Desi astrologer approached to find lost man in Mexico

Gopal Tekwani was contacted by a Mexican citizen who has been desperately looking for his policeman brother kidnapped by an infamous drug cartel in July

BHUPEN PATEL

Mumbai astrologer Gopal Tekwani who predicted MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s separation from the Shiv Sena much before he moved out, has now been approached by a Mexican family to trace their son, a police commandant, kidnapped by a drug cartel in Mexico.

On July 14, Commandant Gerardo Valdes was kidnapped by six men while driving in Saltillo in Mexico. Police said an unidentified man called them and claimed that Valdes had been taken by the infamous drug cartel Juarez. The entire police machinery was pressed into service to trace Valdes. Three weeks after Valdes disappeared and with the police having no luck finding him, his brother Norberto approached Tekwani through a common friend.

“Tekwani also predicts the future on the phone. Some of the things he said about me were accurate and that’s when I decided to ask him to help find my brother,” said Norberto, one of the eleven Valdes siblings, who works as consultant for a risk management firm.

Tekwani said, “The family approached me some weeks ago wanting to find out the whereabouts of their son. At this stage I can only say that Gerardo is guarded by two police gun yielding men, dressed up in some kind of army attire. I have also described the features of one of the kidnappers to an artist and have sent it to the family.”

“Norberto contacted me through a common friend called Firdous Patel who works with him in the same organisation,” Tekwani added.

As per reports in the US, the government there has deployed 25,000 soldiers across the country to battle drug gangs which have responded with bold attacks on the military and police. Over 4,000 people have been killed in turf wars, assassinations and shootouts since 2005.

WHO’S GOPAL TEKWANI

Tekwani, a treasurer of the Bombay Pradesh Youth Congress Committee till 1985, has made a number of accurate predictions. In 2000, he started helping others too. With his level of accuracy, Tekwani has even been approached by Bollywood personalities and politicians.

‘Tantrik’ cheats man of Rs 3.15 lakh

Police raided the Bhayandar apartment of Abdul Sattar and seized a stock of condoms and pornographic material after the victim complained

RAM PARMAR

A s e l f – p r o c l a i m e d tantrik who claimed of curing all ailments, has been arrested from a Bhayandar apartment. A Dadar-based man complained about being swindled of Rs 3.15 lakh by him.

When the Mira Road police raided the tantrik’s apartment, they found used condoms and a stock of fresh condoms as also pornographic materials.
Abdul Sattar, 25, had been operating from an apartment on Navghar Road in Bhayandar (E) for the past few months.

He used to advertise in Marathi dailies and on the local cable about his expertise in curing ‘any’ ailment.

He used to charge around Rs 300 per ‘client.’
Ketan Patel (name changed) had taken his wife to the tantrik for a cure, in early August.

She was mentally disturbed and also had a gynaecological problem. Sattar took her to a room and switched off the lights while ‘examining’ her.
After this, Sattar charged Patel Rs 3.15 lakh as fees to cure her, saying his wife ‘had been possessed by a spirit.’ Patel agreed.
But in spite of paying the entire amount when his wife remained sick, Patel demanded a refund, which the tantrik refused. Patel had taken the amount from his Provident Fund account.

Finally, Patel complained to the Mira Road police station who arrested Sattar under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC late on Friday evening. Two of his associates are absconding, said PSI Pandurang Khedkar of Mira Road police station.

When the police raided the apartment, used condoms were strewn all over the room where the tantrik conducted his rituals.
Police also seized a carton of condoms.

According to neighbours, every week, a person armed with a video camera visited the tantrik. A few times, the neighbours also saw the person leaving with a bagful of CDs.

“We are investigating whether the tantrik was involved in a blue film racket,” said a police official.

The ‘tantrik’ Abdul Sattar, who was arrested by the Mira Road police

A Shameful Episode of Savagery

THRILLED WITH the UPA’s victory in the trust vote on July 22, Samajwadi Party MLA from Madhya Pradesh Kishore Samrite sacrificed 245 goats and four buffaloes at the Kamakhya temple over the weekend.

Samrite, a self-proclaimed devotee of the Mother Goddess, had reportedly sacrificed a goat for his party’s well being earlier too. He was accompanied by two other party men.

“I’ve come here to invoke blessings for the stability of the UPA government and for world peace,” said Samrite.

Outraged by the act, activists of the Animal rights group People for Animals (Assam chapter) staged a protest outside the temple. “The animal sacrifices were a violation of all ethical norms. We have filed a police report against the legislator,” said Sangeeta Goswami, a PFA activist.

But the MLA argued that animal sacrifice is a centuries-old tradition at Kamakhya and that there was nothing wrong in it.

Meanwhile, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Tuesday wrote to SP boss Mu layam Singh Yadav urging them to stop Samrite. “Animal sacrifice has no place in Indian culture.

Killing an animal to cele brate your victory in the parliament is a blatant show of cruelty towards ani mals,” said PETA chief functionary Anuradha Sawhney .

The Kamakhya, a Shakti shrine famous for Tantrik rituals, is one of the 51 holy Hindu peethas.

digambar.patowary@hindustantimes.com

Mumbai: Stamp Duty Muddle : need for many clarifications


As usual it is always the honest home owner who is harassed. The muddled thinking of Maharashtra government on Stamp Duty has lead to unnecessary harassment of flat owners. Rules are not clear, clarifications only add to the confusion.

A letter from a blog reader is below.

This refers to news item in Mumbai edition of TOI about Flat Owners told to pay stamp duty arrears of earlier tenants, on August 8, 2008, please publish the following in your esteemed Mumbai edition of TOI:

Your news item “Whose Duty is it?” clearly outlines the sad state of affairs about the government’s handling of Stamp Duty issue in the State. The circular issued by those in charge must have been to raise additional revenues for the State, however it has not considered all the legal issues as many court cases have been filed against the circulars, as we understand.

Now it is humbly requested to the Chief Minister to promptly step in and take corrective action immediately. He should ask his trusted officials to make a on the spot study at the serpentine and confused queues at MMRDA offices in Mumbai and find out the mood of the honest citizens including many senior citizens- who are being penalized for no fault of theirs due to in-imaginative circulars.

It is suggested that following steps may be taken to mitigate the problem faced by those who have been asked to pay Stamp Duty before September 8,2008 under the Amnesty Scheme:

a) As there are court case filed against the circulars, the decision from the court may take some time and my not come before Sept. 8, the last date for the scheme should be extended say for 3 months so that correct picture would emerge as to who has to pay and how much.

Since at present papers are being submitted under duress and many persons are misguiding citizens and charging Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000/- for filing the papers, which it may turn out need not be submitted at all. Is it not causing extra workload at MMRDA offices unnecessarily?

b) Govt should review the circular issued and study whether they are legally correct since to charge stamp duty retrospectively does not seem correct. Also to charge stamp duty at current market price when the flats were bought over 20 to 25 years back when the prices were say 1/100 of price now is illogical. Thus who bought flats before the circular was issued should not be asked to pay stamp duty if the law did not exist when they bought the flat. Thus those who bought flat between 1980 and 1985 should be spared and no stamp duty should be levied.
c) Those who are affected by previous transactions of buyers/sellers should not be asked to for others and if applicable they should be asked to pay only what is due from the current owner and only his transaction.

We hope Chief Minster will take a correct decision and announce the corrective measures before 15 August and issue circular in newspapers in this regard.

From Mumbai: Stamp Duty Muddle: Flat Owners Harassed, 2008/08/11 at 9:04 PM

Car Thieves: May not be just baddies but far worse


Police and Intelligence agencies cannot take car and motor cycle thefts lightly. In almost all cases of daylight shootings and heists it is the stolen motor cycle or car that is used.

Now comes the news of terrorists using stolen vehicles.

Mumbai police in MP to hunt down car thieves
Vijay V Singh I TNN

Mumbai: A crime branch team is in Madhya Pradesh at present, trying to trace a gang of criminals who may be responsible for the theft of the cars that have been used in the Gujarat terror plot. The team has been in MP for the last one week.
The Gujarat police have linked the cars used in the Ahmedabad blasts to a gang from MP. The gang members came to Navi Mumbai, stole the cars from there and then drove them to Bharuch (in Gujarat) and handed them over to their contacts, officials said in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
The crime branch launched a crackdown on car thieves in the Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Thane belt immediately after the blasts in the Gujarat capital and the discovery of explosives-laden vehicles in Surat.
Irrespective of whether the police succeed in establishing a link between terror in Gujarat and the recent car thefts in and around Mumbai, they have already given Mumbaikars a reason to smile. Officials have arrested nine car thieves from Mumbai and its neighbouring areas and managed to recover 40 stolen cars.
“All nine persons were active in the Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Thane belt and used to steal cars only on demand,’’ a senior official said on Saturday. “But we are sure that none of these thieves is connected to the terror plot,’’ the official added. Some of the nine criminals are from Mumbai and its neighbourhood but some are from Gujarat and Rajasthan.
It was this lot, though, which put crime branch officials on the trail of the MP gang, joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria said on Saturday.
“It was revealed during interrogation that one gang from Madhya Pradesh was very active here,’’ he said, adding, “they would get orders from other states and then come here to steal cars.’’
CARS CAUGHT IN TERROR WEB
Wagon R (MH-06/AF-9719) stolen from Panvel was used in the Ahmedabad explosions Maruti 800 (MH-05/H-5764) stolen from Sanpada was used in a blast at an Ahmedabad hospital Wagon R (MH-43/R-3569) stolen from Vashi was found laden with explosives in Surat Wagon R (MH-06/8294) found laden with explosives in Surat; stolen from Panvel
The numberplates of the cars had been changed