Authorities must not encourage food bigotry or harass legitimate businesses

Last week Gujarat adopted a draconian law against cow slaughter, making it punishable with a 14-year jail term. This is on the heels of a clampdown on abattoirs in UP. Over in the Jharkhand capital, licenses of mutton and chicken shops haven’t been renewed. Voices are growing from Hindutva organisations in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and other BJP-ruled states for a blanket closure of meat shops. Taken together there are worrying signs of a rise in food bigotry, cow vigilantism, harassment of legitimate meat businesses and competitive fundamentalism.

It’s important to note that cow slaughter was banned in all these states even before the current NDA government took office. Gujarat for example had imposed a complete ban not just on slaughtering but also on transporting cow and progeny in 2011. Today if it were simply a matter of improving the implementation of all laws, incidentally including such bans, it wouldn’t necessarily be such an adverse development. A clampdown on illegal slaughterhouses would be welcome if it meant a more modern, compassionate and hygienic meat industry.

Unfortunately this is not the message that goes out when Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani says he wants to make Gujarat vegetarian, his government decrees veritable life sentences and Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh talks of hanging those who kill cows. Or when legitimate UP enterprises that account for over half of India’s $5 billion worth of buffalo meat exports are threatened. It’s not just precious foreign exchange but lakhs of jobs that are at stake in an economy characterised by jobless growth. Even if one wants to institute bans on cow slaughter, this cannot be equated to the taking of a human life. Such conflations amount to religious fundamentalism which will breed conflict and violence – Pakistan next door is a good example of how it plays out. The vigilantism and violence seen from Dadri to Una could now get worse, endangering social stability and harmony.

Some months ago Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come down heavily on such vigilantes, calling out the majority of ‘gau rakshaks’ as anti-socials who proclaim themselves cow protectors only to cover up their misdeeds. Yet, in conflicting signals, legitimate meat businesses are suffering and non-vegetarianism is facing an aggressive Hindutva attack. Both Centre and BJP-ruled states need to send a more coherent message, about respecting individual liberties and protecting legal businesses.
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Hundreds of cases, but only one conviction since 2011 under Gujarat cow law

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Since October 2011, when the government of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi amended the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act, 1954, by inserting clauses banning cow slaughter and the sale and transportation of cow meat, there has been only one conviction under the Act.

On May 8, 2016, Rafik Khalifa (35), a resident of Gandevi taluka in Navsari district, was sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment by a local court under various sections of the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2011, for possessing beef. This, according to public prosecutor M N Vasava, was the first conviction under the law amended in 2011.

On Friday, the Gujarat assembly amended the law again to make it more stringent. Cow slaughter now carries an enhanced punishment ranging from a minimum 10 years in prison to a maximum for life. The punishment for illegally transporting cow, beef or beef products is seven years.

Khalifa was caught by two members of cow vigilante groups on October 8, 2014 from Gandevi taluka, while he was allegedly on his way to sell the beef to customers in villages. Hundreds of cases have been registered across Gujarat for alleged violations; there has also been widespread abuse of the law. The most egregious case was in Mota Samdhiyala village of Una taluka in Gir-Somnath district on July 11, 2016 — four Dalit youths were flogged by “gau rakshaks” on suspicion of cow slaughter; investigation revealed later that the cow had been killed by a lioness, and the local police had fudged the record to book the Dalits for cow slaughter.

In September last year, cow vigilantes chased a car allegedly carrying two calves in Ahmedabad and thrashed the driver, Mohammed Ayub, who died of his injuries in hospital. The police filed a chargesheet against seven persons, all of whom allegedly worked to “protect” cows from slaughter.

On March 27, 2017, the Gau Rakshak Dal of Surat’s Gabhru Bharwad lodged a complaint against drivers of two tempos they had intercepted on Palsana Bardoli road near Dhamrod village. The drivers had fled, leaving behind five cows in each vehicle.

In Panchmahal district, 87 cases of alleged transport of cattle to slaughter houses were registered last year. In one case, the Godhra Taluka police arrested three persons for allegedly transporting 14 bullocks near Vavdi toll plaza in Godhra town.

The same year, 30 cases were registered in Anand district — in most cases, for transporting cattle and cow meat. In eleven cases, a total 2,930 kg meat, mostly of cows, were seized.

A superintendent of police said on condition of anonymity, “The amended law is good, as it will work as a deterrent. We have seen this recently in the case of the liquor law — after it was made a non-bailable offence, many habitual bootleggers who used to get bail easily are behind bars. There will be a similar impact in cases of cow slaughter. Trading in cow meat is anyway not lucrative, so offenders will think twice before indulging in such acts.”

In at least a dozen orders pronounced between 2012 and 2017, the Gujarat High Court found that the police had registered cases for either carrying buffaloes for slaughter or buffalo meat. The accused had moved the court for the release of vehicles impounded under the 2011 Act, that provides for their seizure for six months. The court ordered police to release such vehicles since they were carrying animals or meat other than that of cow.

“There is a lot of harassment by the authorities. I have at least three dozen cases, 60% of which deal with buffaloes. However, the police treat all cases under the same Act,” advocate Soeb Bhoheria said. “The lower courts hardly consider the difference, and we have to move the High Court every time for the release of vehicles that were impounded wrongly.”

Some other cases in which action was taken under the Act:

On July 6, 2016, Nazir Shaikh and Faruk Surti of Anaval village in Mahuva taluka of Surat district, and Hussain Shaikh and Naeem Shaikh of Surat city, were arrested by Mahuva police for alleged involvement in slaughtering a cow on the banks of the Kaveri river in Anaval village. Sarpanch Thakor Patel had lodged a complaint against the accused.

On July 27, 2016, Girish Sosa of Navsari town was caught by two members of cow vigilante groups, allegedly in possession of 20 kg of beef. Members of the vigilante group registered a police complaint against the accused.

On August 19, 2016, tempo driver Mohsin Mansuri of Surat city was arrested for carrying 12 buffaloes, allegedly for slaughter. Cow vigilantes intercepted the tempo at Neol checkpost on Surat Kadodara highway.

May 21, 2015, Ahmed Makda and his aide Taufik Makda were caught by vigilantes near Kaliyari village for carrying cattle allegedly meant for slaughter.

May 29, 2015, tempo driver Shamsher Pathan, a resident of Limbayat, was found dead on the bank of the Tapi river. The cleaner, Farid Shaikh, alleged he was caught by cow vigilantes who had beaten and thrown him off Savji Korat bridge in Navsari. Police registered cases against the cleaner and the deceased for carrying beef, and also a complaint against members of a cow vigilante group for beating the driver and the cleaner.

In September last year, Bhalej Police in Anand arrested Ilias Vora and Gulam Qureshi from Vidhyanagar town for allegedly transporting cow meat. Police seized 800 kg of cow meat and a mini truck. They were released on bail.

On February 4 last year, Vadu Police in Vadodara arrested Samadhan Dangar, Kishor Dangar, Dinesh, and Vijay Luhar for allegedly transporting 9 bullocks. They were released on bail.

(Inputs from Ritesh Gohil in Vadodara and Gopal Kateshiya in Rajkot)

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‘Will Hang Those Who Kill Cows,’ Says Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh

This comes soon after Gujarat amended the cow protection law, which will result in life imprisonment for offenders.

Amidst the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh and the Gujarat Assembly’s amendment to the cow protection law, Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has declared that those who kill cows will be hanged, ANI reported.

His statement was a response to a reporter who asked him if the Chhattisgarh government would take steps to strengthen laws against cow slaughter in the state, following in the footsteps of Gujarat.

Replying to the question, the Chief Minister said, “ Pichle 15 saalon main kuch nahi hua, lekin agar marega toh usko latka denge.” (Nothing has happened in last 15 years, but if it happens then the accused will be hanged.)

This comes immediately after the Gujarat Assembly amended the cow protection law, which, after the Governor’s nod, will result in life imprisonment for offenders.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Gujarat: ‘Clean chit’ to then Modi govt on most allegations, no opinion on others

The Gujarat government on Friday tabled the report of controversial Justice M B Shah Commission, which was constituted by the then Narendra Modi-led government in August 2011, in the Assembly, after days of demands from the Opposition Congress.

The commission was an outcome of the Congress’s sustained demand to have corruption charges against the then Modi government investigated. However, the government had not tabled the report which was submitted to it in 2013.

The commission gave a “clean chit” to the then Gujarat government on a majority of the 15 allegations of corruption and giving undue favours to industries, while not opining on the others, arguing the matters were either sub judice or subjects under committees of the Assembly.

Congress MLAs, who had dressed in aprons with messages seeking an apology from BJP national president Amit Shah on Thursday, were stumped when Deputy CM Nitin Patel announced tabling of the Shah commission report in the Assembly. At this moment, both their top leaders, Shankersinh Vaghela and Shaktisinh Gohil were absent from the House.

The two-part report is running into 20 volumes. After tabling the report, Nitin Patel said, “We have tabled the report today. As we said earlier, the commission has said that all the allegations against the government are baseless. We have nothing to hide.” Patel also released a translated gist of the Commission’s report.

The commission was formed by the Gujarat government after Congress leaders Arjun Modhwadia and the then Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil submitted a memorandum to the then President Pratibha Patil. In the said representation, the two leaders had made 17 allegations against Modi-led Gujarat government. The Shah commission was formed to probe into 15 of the allegations. Justice Shah also headed the SIT to curb black money in the economy.

The Commission had submitted its interim report in 2012 and the final report in 2013.

The allegations in the memorandum were mainly related to land allotments and special packages given to various industries in the state by overlooking rules or norms, such as not following public auction process and giving land at throwaway prices, to favour industrialists of choice, and thus causing loss to the state exchequer in billions.

Some of the major projects on which the allegations were made included Nano project of Tata Motors Limited, giving gauchar land to Mundra Port and Mundra SEZ of Adani group at token rates, illegal allotment of forest land and land falling under the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) to Essar group, giving land in Kutch district to Archean Chemicals (allegedly associated with the then BJP president Venkaiah Naidu) to set up a salt chemical plant at cheap rates and giving huge land parcel of Hajira in Surat at prime location to L&T at low rates.

The allegations of corruption were also made in government projects like Sujalam Suflam irrigation project and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC’s) deal with Geo Global on gas exploration in KG Basin. The Congress leaders had also levelled allegations against Modi for using luxurious private planes of industrial houses.

The commission has called majority of the allegations as baseless and the government’s decisions on them in consonance with government policies.

On Tata Nano project, the report said, “Public interest, particularly for the state of Gujarat, was a paramount consideration for inviting Tata to establish Nano project and automotive hub in the state of Gujarat. The said policy decision was taken in conformity with the central government policy of establishing automotive industry…There is no substance in the allegations that Tata Motors Limited was favoured in anyway as contended.”

It also said that the project was given benefits by the Gujarat government as per the policy of the Central government to promote automobile industry for years between 2006-2016.

The commission said that earlier also benefits were given to General Motors in a special case. It added that due to Tata Nano project, automobile related ancillary industries have developed a lot in the state. The government was facing allegations that it gave financial relief of Rs 33,000 crore to Tata Motors to relocate its Nano plant in Sanand.

On giving gauchar land to Adani group in Mundra, the panel said that by calling establishment of an SEZ as a “public purpose” the Supreme Court and the High Court have given a right to the state government to give gauchar land for this purpose. It called the allegations on the land allotment as not acceptable.

On the allegation of giving forest and CRZ land to Essar Group in Hajira, the commission said the land in question was 500 metre far from the coastline. The panel also stated that the land in question was allotted way back in 1983 by the then Congress chief minister.

“If the Congress chief minister is conveyed the allegations made by his own party on the land allotment, he will surely be shocked,” said Nitin Patel in a press conference.

Congress leaders had alleged that the Gujarat government gave huge land to a company associated with Venkaiah Naidu to get political benefit. However, the commission said that looking at the documents of the company, neither Naidu nor his direct descendants are director or partner in the company.

The commission, however, refrained from going into the details on some allegations citing their subjudice nature or those being subject matters of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) or Public Undertaking Committee (PUC) of the Assembly.

The commission said that it did not find it fit to discuss allegations on the GSPC oil exploration project since the allegations have to be looked into first by PAC-PUC and then by the Gujarat Assembly in the wake of judicial decisions in that regard by the Supreme Court. Similarly, it refrained from giving opinion on allegations of corruption in the Sujalam Suflam Scheme in which the CAG had reportedly pointed out financial irregularities.

Shah report ‘highly misguiding’: Congress

Reacting to the M B Shah Commission’s report, Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said that the state government must have made changes in the report, otherwise it would not have waited for so long to table the report in the Assembly.

“Also, I have seen all the volumes of the report. The commission has not given the government clean chit, it has cited technicalities.” Former Congress president Arjun Modhwadia termed the report as “highly misguiding’’ . Alleging the Shah commission was nothing but “Modi Bachao’’ inquiry commission, he said Congress would get it re-investigated if the party came to power.

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BJP to raise issue of illegal slaughter houses in Gujarat

A CAG report tabled in the Assembly on March 31 noted that slaughter houses in Gujarat are running their business without obtaining license under Food Safety and Standards Act. (Representational Image) A CAG report tabled in the Assembly on March 31 noted that slaughter houses in Gujarat are running their business without obtaining license under Food Safety and Standards Act. (Representational Image)

The ruling BJP in Gujarat today said it will raise the issue of illegal slaughter houses running in the state.

To a question on the party’s stand regarding illegal slaughter houses running in Gujarat, state BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said the government is committed to save cows.

A CAG report tabled in the Assembly on March 31 noted that slaughter houses in Gujarat are running their business without obtaining license under Food Safety and Standards Act.

The observation by CAG came on a day when the state government passed a Bill proposing life term for those found to be involved in cow slaughter and 10-year jail for those involved in sale or transportation of beef.

“BJP will definitely draw the attention of the state government on this issue. If something is illegal then it has to be dealt with. No one can be allowed to play with people’s health. BJP will surely make a sincere representation to the government on this issue,” Pandya told reporters here today.

The BJP leader also denied Congress’ allegation that cattle rearers were forced to send their cows to slaughter houses due to unavailability of gauchar (grazing land).

The opposition party had alleged that gauchar was sold to industrialists by the BJP government.

“Gauchar land was sold when Congress was in power (before 1995), not under the BJP rule. Our government is committed to save cows by introducing various schemes,” Pandya said.

He said the BJP would organise celebrations across Gujarat for three days from tomorrow to thank the state government for introducing a stringent Bill to save cows.

“For the next three days, party workers across the state would organise programmes of gau puja (cow worship) and offering of grass to cows in all talukas,” he said.

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Gujarat govt cautioned against ‘undue benefits’ to private firms in port constructions

Picking holes in the famed PPP model of port development in Gujarat, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) cautioned the state government against providing “undue benefits” to private firms involved in construction of ports and jetties. “The GMB (Gujarat Maritime Board) has made progress in developing port projects with private sector participation since 1993. The state encouraged private participation in the port sector due to which cargo handling of the state had also improved. Nevertheless, deficiencies were observed in the projects undertaken through private participation,” the country’s topmost auditor stated in a report on “Economic Sector” that was tabled in the Assembly on Friday.

The CAG observed that between August 2012 and March 2015, the Gujarat government had “extended an undue benefit of approximately Rs 182 crore to seven captive jetty holders by reducing the wharfage rates (an amount that is recovered from captive, private and GMB jetty users by the state government as a charge for use of the water front which is a government property). The firms to which benefits were extended included Reliance Industries, (Sikka and Dahej), L&T Cement Ltd (Jafrabad), Essar Steel Ltd (Magdalla), Gujarat Ambuja Cement Ltd (Magdalla) and Digvijay Cement Co Ltd (Sikka).

The CAG also noted that “cost verification process” — which was important for safeguarding the interest of the state government in private ports — of various works undertaken was not completed at Pipavav and Mundra ports. “In respect of private ports, dual benefit had been extended to GAPL (Gujarat Adani Ports Ltd), by allowing both lower tariff rates and capital cost reimbursement in respect to Wandh Coal Terminal which resulted in a revenue loss of Rs 7.42 crore in 2015-16,” the report stated.

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Gujarat: BJP organises ‘gau pujans’ to celebrate passage of Bill against cow slaughter

Gau pujan” being organised at Shree Kalyanraiji temple in Vadodara on Saturday, a day after the Assembly cleared a Bill providing for life imprisonment for cow slaughter. Members of BJP’s women wing joined the ritual. Bhupendra Rana Gau pujan” being organised at Shree Kalyanraiji temple in Vadodara on Saturday, a day after the Assembly cleared a Bill providing for life imprisonment for cow slaughter. Members of BJP’s women wing joined the ritual. Bhupendra Rana

The Maldhari community members belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gathered at various places in Gujarat to celebrate the passage of a Bill providing for harsher punishment for violation of cow slaughter ban in the state. In Gandhinagar, there were gau pujan rituals, led by BJP leaders. “They fed them sukhdi, gur and lapsi. They also burst crackers at many places,” said state BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya.

State BJP president Jitu Vaghani, organising general secretary Bhikhubhai Dalsaniya, Gandhinagar MLA Ashok Patel and office-bearers of the city and district party organisation, besides religious leaders were present at the time of cow worship. They also commended the state government for its decisive action against the violation of cow slaughter ban, Pandya said.

More such programmes would be held in the state over the next two days, Pandya said. In Ahmedabad, the Maldharis gathered in front of its Khanpur to express their gratitude to the government. A crowd of around 200 had gathered at the venue shouting slogans. A few municipal councillors danced wearing traditional Maldhari attire and carried a small statue of a pair of a cow and calf.

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Summon Amit Shah, 13 others for my alibi: Maya Kodnani to riots court

BJP chief Amit Shah at the Gujarat assembly complex in Gandhinagar. Source: Javed Raja BJP chief Amit Shah at the Gujarat assembly complex in Gandhinagar. Source: Javed Raja

FORMER GUJARAT minister and BJP leader, Maya Kodnani, has moved an application before a special designated court seeking issuance of summons to 14 persons, including BJP president Amit Shah, to be examined in her defence in connection with the Naroda Gam massacre case linked to the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

While the application was moved earlier this month, the court on Thursday asked Kodnani’s lawyer Amit Patel to show how this plea was relevant in the case at this stage. The matter will be heard next Monday.

Earlier this month, Kodnani moved an application in the court for “issuing summons” to 14 persons under section 233 (3) of The Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). “We will give our submission to the court on Monday,” said Patel.

Section 233 (3) of CrPC reads: “If the accused applies for the issue of any process for compelling the attendance of any witness or the production of any document or thing, the Judge shall issue such process unless he considers, for reasons to be recorded, that such application should be refused on the ground that it is made for the purpose of vexation or delay or for defeating the ends of justice.”

Through this application, Kodnani wants to present before the court alibis for February 28, 2002, the day riots broke out in Naroda Gam and Naroda Patiya, and prove that she was at the Gujarat assembly; Sola civil hospital; the nursing home she ran in the Asarwa area of Ahmedabad; the civil hospital in Asarwa; and then, at her home.

Kodnani has been accused of leading a mob of thousands, and inciting violence. She was held guilty on similar charges in the Naroda Patiya massacre case in which was sentenced to life imprisonment. The court had held her as the “kingpin” of the riots. She is on bail since July 2014 on the orders of the Gujarat High Court.

According to the application, Kodnani wants issuance of summons to “Amit Anilchandra Shah” to prove that “she had met Shah at the Assembly and Sola Civil Hospital as well”.

Kodnani, Shah and other leaders had reportedly gone to Sola civil hospital on February 28 to see the bodies of victims of the Sabarmati Express train carnage case which were brought from Godhra.

Apart from Shah, the list of persons who Kodnani wants to be examined in her defence include: Amrish Govindbhai Patel, ex BJP MLA, Asarwa; Rayeeben Somaji Chauhan, a resident of Memnagar, whose baby Kodnani claims to have delivered that day at her Shivam maternity hospital; her hospital staff Jasuben Jayantibhai Jadav; Dr Dhaval Rajnikant Shah who also works at her hospital; her husband Surendra Tahilram Kodnani; and, Dr Anil Chadha, the then superintendent Civil hospital, Asarwa, among others.

Kodnani is among the 82 accused facing trial in the Naroda Gam riots case in which 11 persons from the Muslim community were killed on February 28, 2002.

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Century-old land law amended, 7.5 lakh homes likely to benefit

The Gujarat Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill, 2017, was passed by a voice vote in the Assembly on Thursday in absence of the members of Opposition Congress who were suspended earlier in the day. The state government tabled the Bill to amend the Gujarat Land Revenue Code, 1879, claiming it would benefit around 7.5 lakh families.

State revenue minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma described it as “historical” while discussing the provisions of the Bill, coming in a poll year, when the BJP government has already brought in a number of land reforms. Like the recent move to regularise illegal housing settlements on government land.

“I term this Bill historical because such a land reform has not taken place in the last 104 years. It was last amended in 1913,” said Chudasma. “We have already brought in 21 changes to various revenue laws of the state in the recent past,” he added.

The 1879 law provides for creation, updation and preservation of record of rights in respect of land for revenue and maintenance of register of mutations.

The minister told the Assembly that due to rapid industrialisation in Gujarat, “transitional or hybrid areas” had come into existence, which was admixture of rural, semi-urban or urban areas. “These areas have come into existence after the traditional villages, towns or cities have enlarged beyond the limits fixed by the collector.”

“The developments taking place in such transitional areas in violation of the terms and conditions or the restrictions provided for in such revenue laws have led to inchoate rights, titles and interest over the land, resulting in the record of rights and the register of mutations not showing the actual status of the holdings and therefore (there is) mass scale disparity in determining actual status of occupancies… difficulties are faced in smooth administration,” stated the Bill. The minister added around 7.5 lakh families currently lived in such areas and that they cannot take loans because their titles were not clear.

“The state government may, by general or specific order, direct the collector(s) to determine what land be included in the transitional area and fix the limits of the same,” states the Bill.

The state government will be making special provisions for “having a supplemental settlement of private lands” by abating all proceedings arising due to breach under certain revenue laws on payment of compounding fees “for (the) purpose of bringing on record the exact and real status of occupancies.”

This is, however, not applicable to any government or gauchar land,” said the minister.

The new amendment will also not be applicable to land belonging to tribals, local or statutory authorities, fixed or reserved under town planning schemes of Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development, allotted under Saurashtra Bhoodan Yagna Act, water-ways and water-bodies and open private plots, both agricultural and non-agricultural.

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IPL a good platform for young domestic players like me, says Basil Thampi

Basil Thampi was picked up for Rs 85 lakhs as against his base price of Rs 10 lakhs. (Source: BCCI) Basil Thampi was picked up for Rs 85 lakhs as against his base price of Rs 10 lakhs. (Source: BCCI)

Kerala pacer Basil Thampi, who was picked up by Gujarat Lions for IPL-10, feels that being a part of this T20 tournament is a big opportunity for young domestic players like him. “IPL is a good platform for young domestic players, who get a chance to play with and against international players and for me its a big opportunity,” Thampi told media persons here at Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium in Khandheri.

Thampi was bought during the IPL auction by Gujarat Lions for Rs 85 lakh against his base price of Rs 10 lakh. The bowler would be paid much higher than experienced Munaf Patel and Manpreet Gony, who will also play for Gujarat Lions in IPL-10. However, the young pacer considers T20 format as a big challenge particularly for the bowlers. “Bowling is a big challenge in shortest format of the game, but luckily I am getting tips from skipper Suresh Raina and experienced bowlers like Praveenbhai (Praveen Kumar) and Munafbhai (Munaf Patel),” he said.

Gujarat Lions chose Thampi as the team franchise owner wanted to make its bowling department stronger and the new entrant has an ability to bowl around 140 kmph consistently. Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will attend the opening ceremony of Gujarat Lions at the SCA stadium, where they will play the first match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Niranjan Shah, former honorary secretary of SCA said. Also, KKR co-owners Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan and actress Juhi Chawla are expected to be present during the match to cheer for their team.

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