Saturday, July 8, 2000,
Chandigarh, India





THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

3 held for extortion attempt
KAITHAL, July 7 — The district police achieved a major success when it busted a gang of criminals who were threatening a local physician, Dr Ramesh Bansal, to pay Rs 15 lakh or face elimination. With the arrest of three members of this gang, who were threatening the doctor on the telephone, the police heaved a sigh of relief.

Farmers plan to outwit govt on arrears
HISAR, July 7 — The recovery of arrears of power bills from farmers in problematic areas is fast developing into a battle of wits between the government and the defaulters. Just as the government appeared to be talking tough, the farmers have decided to approach the courts for being declared bankrupt to avoid recovery of arrears and repayment of bank loans.

Surya Kant SharmaSharma is new Haryana A-G
CHANDIGARH, July 7 — Mr Surya Kant Sharma, an advocate at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today took over as the third Advocate-General of the Chautala government. Mr Sharma’s appointment follows the resignation of Mr M.L. Sarin last night.

Vaccine’s efficacy: CMO writes to institute
YAMUNANAGAR, July 7 — The anti-rabies vaccine a life saving drug, is being received here at various hospitals in the district without following proper norms (cold chain).

12 houses demolished in Yamunanagar
YAMUNANAGAR, July 7 — As many as 12 houses of labourers were demolished by Town and Country Planning Department officials at Gobindpura to Ratoli road near here today triggering resentment against government officials.

No-trust move against bank chief quashed
CHANDIGARH, July 7 — A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice S.S. Sudhakar and Mr Justice M.S. Gill today quashed the no-confidence motion passed against Mr Gulab Singh, chairman of Board of Directors of the Hisar District Central Cooperative Bank Ltd, Hisar, on a writ petition filed by him.



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Civic body fails to check land grab
PANIPAT, July 7 — The violation of building bylaws and encroachment on vacant land is the burning topic in the town these days. It is alleged that with the connivance of the nagar parishad staff land grabbing is on the rise.

Brassware units look for shine
REWARI: Owing to persistent governmental apathy and problems of marketing and the supply of subsidised raw material, the traditional brassware industry here has been facing heavy odds.

Villagers agitated over power cuts
PANIPAT, July 7 — Resentment prevails among residents of the district over the irregular power supply in the villages and city on account of the alleged carelessness and inefficiency of the HVPN staff, resulting in loss to agriculture and industry.

One murdered in broad daylight
GURGAON, July 7 — Two unidentified persons riding a two-wheeler today shot dead a person near Payal theatre hall in broad daylight.

Restaurant owner fined Rs 3.6 lakh for power theft
SONEPAT, July 7 — The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has imposed a penalty of Rs 3,60,130 on the owner of Ghazal restaurant, on the Sonepat-Murthal road, for allegedly stealing electricity.

Non-official members of wildlife board
CHANDIGARH, July 7 — The Haryana Government today appointed non-official members of the State Wildlife Advisory Board.

Thief succumbs to thrashing
REWARI, July 7 — Following a sound thrashing given by an irate mob, a thief died here last night.

5 of dacoits’ gang arrested
GURGAON, July 7 — The police nabbed five members of a gang when they were about to commit decoity in a newly developed market in this city.

PCR cops nab assailants
AMBALA, July 7 — Police Control Room personnel proved to be a timely help for three persons travelling on a scooter, who were attacked by five assailants in a Maruti car near Dhillon petrol pump.

Authorised study centre for BITM
AMBALA, July 7 — Informatics Computer Institute, Ambala Cantonment, has been made authorised study centre for Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Management by the Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education of Utkal University.

Selection of ayurvedic doctors
CHANDIGARH, July 7 — On the basis of a screening test conducted on May 29 by the Haryana Public Service Commission, candidates with the following roll numbers will be called for interview for posts of Ayurveda Medical Officer (Group B) in the Ayurveda Department, provided they fulfil the conditions of eligibility.

Meeting on house tax policy today
CHANDIGARH, July 7 — The Local Bodies department of the Haryana Government will hold a meeting here tomorrow to discuss threadbare the issue of the new house tax policy which has evoked protests from various political parties.Top




 

3 held for extortion attempt
From Satish Seth

KAITHAL, July 7 — The district police achieved a major success when it busted a gang of criminals who were threatening a local physician, Dr Ramesh Bansal, to pay Rs 15 lakh or face elimination. With the arrest of three members of this gang, who were threatening the doctor on the telephone, the police heaved a sigh of relief. Residents of the town, including the doctor community, were happy and the tense atmosphere which had gripped the town during the last fortnight came to an end.

The police has seized the mobile phone which was used for making threatening calls. The culprits who have been arrested includes a local businessman, Rajan Gupta of Bhagwati Diesel, Kaithal, Krishan, a son of Telu Ram, and Krishan, a son of Kali Ram, both residents of Pattiafgan village. The fourth accused, Balwant, who was convicted by a court in connection with the kidnapping of a person and was on bail, is absconding.

Giving details of the whole episode to mediapersons here today, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Prabhat Ranjan Deo, said a tenant of Dr Bansal, Rajan Gupta, who is reported to be the son-in-law of a retired IAS officer and owner of Mico Dealers, was the brain behind the whole episode.

Out of the other accused, Krishan was a former employee at the firm run by Rajan Gupta under the name of Bhagwati Diesel. He had left his job about three years ago but he continued to visit his former employer. During one such visit Rajan Gupta and Krishan conspired to make a quick buck by threatening Dr Bansal.

Krishan was told by Rajan Gupta that Dr Bansal was a rich person and they could easily earn lakhs of rupees by threatening him. They thought the doctor was a gentleman and would be a soft target.

The SP further said Rajan Gupta told Krishan that if they threatened the doctor through a regular telephone where was the possibility of their being caught so he advised him to purchase a cash credit card of a cellular phone. Gupta then arranged a mobile phone from Delhi for Krishan. They did not purchase the mobile phone from the town to avoid detection. The mobile phone purchased by them on June 17 from Delhi became active the same night.

To execute their plan they involved Krishan, son of Telu Ram and Balwant. They made the first call on June 21 and demanded Rs 10 lakh from Dr Bansal. They threatened that failure to pay the demanded money would result in his elimination. The doctor expressed his inability to pay such a huge amount but the persons threatening him used abusive language and the threats continued. Rajan Gupta who was his tenant in the adjoining building kept a watch on the movements of the doctor. He collected information from Dr Bansal and passed it on to the co-accused. Interestingly, he informed them the doctor had informed the police and later on left the town for some unknown destination.

When the doctor returned to the town after a few days the persons making threats told him that now he would have to pay Rs 15 lakh for the safety of his life and told him to reach Narwana bus stand on July 7. They also instructed him to use a particular scooter and even directed him to drive it at a speed of 40 km. The police, which had traced the mobile phone from which threatening calls were being made and on confirmed information, took into custody Rajan Gupta who was initially reluctant to admit his involvement.

During interrogation he told the police he was related to a former IAS officer and tried to influence them. Soon he told the DSP, Mr Amir Singh Sabharwal, and the CIA Inspector, Mr Surender Malik, the whole story.

The police had also arrested two other co-accused by that time. They were making calls to the doctor from their farms. The police raided a number of places to arrest the fourth accused. In the meantime the Director-General of Haryana Police, Mr S.P.S. Rathore, left for Kaithal town. Taking to mediapersons on telephone, he expressed happiness over the achievement of the district police.

It may be recalled that the district police had earlier arrested killers of a local businessman, members of a gang of abductors and members of an international gang of vehicle thieves.Top

 

Farmers plan to outwit govt on arrears
From Raman Mohan

HISAR, July 7 — The recovery of arrears of power bills from farmers in problematic areas is fast developing into a battle of wits between the government and the defaulters. Just as the government appeared to be talking tough, the farmers have decided to approach the courts for being declared bankrupt to avoid recovery of arrears and repayment of bank loans.

It is reliably learnt that hundreds of members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) and other organisations are likely to file bankruptcy suits in lower courts when these reopen after summer vacation on July 15.

A senior functionary of one of the farmers’ organisations, leading the campaign against recovery of power bill arrears, told The Tribune here today that pending bankruptcy proceedings the farmers would seek a stay on recovery of arrears and bank loans to effectively block the government moves in this direction. He said the organisation had consulted several legal experts in this regard and they had concluded that this was the only option left to the farmers.

A draft of the suit had already been prepared and its copies distributed among the defaulters. Largely, the defaulters would file similar suits with a few minor changes here and there, depending upon individual cases. The idea behind the move was to file a large number of suits and then force the government to refer these to special courts, thereby focussing public attention on the plight of the farmers.

It is learnt that the political strategists for the farmers’ organisations have suggested that the bankruptcy proceedings by themselves may not rid the farmers of their financial woes but would serve as a double-edged weapon that will cut into the vitals of the government.

Firstly, the court proceedings will delay the recoveries indefinitely.

Secondly, if the courts accept the farmers’ pleas and declare them bankrupt, their assets would have to be auctioned to pay off the debts. Such an eventuality, they feel, will take the wind out of the sails of the INLD government, whose mainstay in politics is the peasantry. The farmers’ leaders feel that the government can not afford the ignominy of having farmers’ lands auctioned to recover power dues.

However, publicly, the farmers’ leaders maintain that the farmers are in no position to pay the arrears and the bank loans because farming had become a loss-making profession over the years.

The deadline for payment of arrears without surcharge and in instalments expired several weeks ago. The government publicly took a firm stand to disconnect supply to defaulters. However, to avoid a showdown in problematic areas, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam on July 1 afforded another opportunity to farmers from problematic areas to pay up without surcharge.

The farmers’ organisations, which had been in a wait and watch mode ever since the recovery proceedings were stepped up in May, have now swung into action. The BKU and other bodies held meetings last week at several villages, including the politically sensitive Badhra area, and directed its supporters not pay their bills pending the finalisation of the move to file bankruptcy suits.

However, sources in the state’s power utilities said they were fully prepared to thwart the farmers’ move. Top

 

Sharma is new Haryana A-G
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 7 — Mr Surya Kant Sharma, an advocate at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today took over as the third Advocate-General of the Chautala government.

Mr Sharma’s appointment follows the resignation of Mr M.L. Sarin last night.

Born on February 10, 1962, Mr Sharma is the youngest Advocate-General of Haryana. According to informed sources, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala had Mr Sharma’s name in mind for the constitutional post after Mr Mohan Jain quit as the Advocate-General last year. But Mr Sharma’s age came in the way. This morning Mr Chautala conveyed his decision to entrust the responsibility to Mr Sharma.

Mr Sharma belongs to a middle class family of Petwar village in Hisar district. He has a rural educational background and joined the legal profession in 1984. After practising for a couple of months at the Hisar district courts, he shifted to the high court.

Mr Sharma, who is considered in expert in service law, has represented several officers occupying key posts in the Chautala regime before the Central Administrative Tribunal and the high court.

In a letter to the Governor last night, Mr Sarin said he was resigning to vindicate himself in view of certain complaints made against him to the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council.

He said he had received two letters from the Bar Council on his return from a month-long foreign visit yesterday. Refuting the allegations made against him in the complaints to the council, Mr Sarin said the Advocate-General of a state "is the leader of the Bar and himself an ex-officio member of the Bar Council... In keeping with the high traditions of the post, I consider it fit it tender my resignation forthwith."

Two complaints were made to the council regarding certain land acquisition cases.Top

 

Vaccine’s efficacy: CMO writes to institute
From Our Correspondent

YAMUNANAGAR, July 7 — The anti-rabies vaccine (ARV), a life saving drug, is being received here at various hospitals in the district without following proper norms (cold chain).

According to sources, a recent consignment received in the district through the Railways has put a question mark on the credibility of the Kasauli Manufacturing Research Institution in Himachal Pradesh

The ARV is being supplied from Kasauli throughout northern India.

Dr Mrs Madan, Officiating Chief Medical Officer, has written to the research institution to confirm the efficacy of the vaccine. When contacted yesterday, she confirmed that she had written to the officials concerned.

She further added that a store at a hospital here received the consignment which was transported without following proper norms which may have resulted in the vaccine losing its potency. The expiry date of the vaccine is six months from the date of manufacturing and it is dispensed in 30 ml vials which are to be kept at a temperature from 2 to 8C.

From Kasauli the anti-rabies vaccine is being dispatched through the Railways to different destinations. Normally it takes two weeks to reach its destination and if it is not kept as per norms fixed by the medical science it results in losing its potency.

The issue was raised when an injection was to be given to a patient at the Civil Hospital Jagadhri.

Dr V K Sharma, when contacted, informed that about five days back, the patient Amarpaul who had been bitten by a dog, questioned the efficacy of the ARV. Dr Sharma then brought it to the notice of officiating CMO who immediately wrote to the Kasauli Research Institute. Dr Sharma stated that a consignment of 110 vials was received in Yamunanagar.

He confirmed that if the cold chain was not maintained then the potency of the vaccine was reduced from six months to one month.

However, no reply from the Kasauli Research Institution has been received as yet. Earlier when Yamunanagar was a part of Ambala district then a special messenger along with vaccine cold kit was sent to Kasauli to collect the vaccine by hand.Top

 

Civic body fails to check land grab
From Rakesh Bhardwaj

PANIPAT, July 7 — The violation of building bylaws and encroachment on vacant land is the burning topic in the town these days. It is alleged that with the connivance of the nagar parishad staff land grabbing is on the rise.

The nagar parishad of Panipat has failed miserably on all fronts and does not appear to be in a mood to perform its basic duties, which include taking care of sanitation, sweeping and cleanliness, maintenance of parks and regular repair of roads, drains, culverts and above all the collection of revenue from the people of the town to maintain its day-to-day working.

Resentment prevails among the public that if a common man submits plan for sanction of a house be it a house measuring 22.5 sq yards or 100 to 300 sq yards it takes a minimum of three to six months but whenever a builder or an influential person applies the sanction is got within a day or so.

A case of the same nature came to light when a plan submitted on May 18 this year was approved and sanctioned by these officials on May 22. The period in between had a Saturday and a Sunday. A comment mentioned under the plan said. "This plan for regularisation of newly constructed unfinished commercial building has been prepared as required by owner. Existing built up structure was constructed at site in violation of prevailing municipal building byelaws."

The plan was sanctioned ignoring all violations of bylaws and even the penalty imposed on the building was a mere 8 per cent. The valuation was also allegedly underassessed.

While sanctioning the plan of both the buildings the incompetence of the municipal engineer was clearly proved as no provision for fire fighting had been done nor any objection certificate from the departments concerned taken.

As one of the buildings is on the national highway an NOC from the National Highway Authority is also required but was not taken.

The building, the ground floor of which is already rented out to Punjab and Sind Bank, is just a stone’s throw away from the nagar parishad’s office. This is the third time this building has got its plan sanctioned in phase. First it was sanctioned for the ground floor. Secondly, it was for the first floor and now for the second floor but the third floor has already been completed by this owner, leaving the facts concealed for reasons best known to the owner as well as the nagar parishad authorities.

The authorities allegedly knew the fact that once the penalty was imposed then no revival case could be made. Hence work was going on smoothly under their control.

Similarly, another big encroachment in the city has come to light in which the owner of a 510 sq yard piece of land, Partap Singh complained to the nagar parishad and other district departments but no tangible results appear to have come out. Part of the land in question belongs to Partap Singh as he is a holder of general power of attorney for the same.

A complaint was lodged against Mohan Lal Budhraja and others that the site in question was disputed and the ownership documents which allegedly Mohan Lal and others submitted with the file were allegedly bogus as the Settlement Commissioner had passed an order to the Rehabilitation Department to obtain the possession of the land and distribute the same as per its decision.

It may be recalled that the total land area is 1250 sq yards. Out of this the possession of 510 sq yards vests with Partap Singh. The dispute regarding possession is still pending in the Panipat courts. The high court has directed the remaining 665 sq yards should be distributed among the claimants. Without a final decision of the high court the nagar parishad cannot sanction the plan for the disputed area.

With the connivance of officials of the nagar parishad, construction work went on the entire piece of land. Flouting all norms, two shops have been constructed and the alleged owner and illegal occupant have already violated the Haryana municipal building bylaws, to grab the open parking space shows in the sanctioned plan and added to shops with additional coverage of four to five feet of the road from bus stand to Sukhdev Nagar.

Ultimately, the Deputy Commissioner ordered suspension of the construction work and ordered a probe. The public is aggrieved that anybody who is influential can complete construction after paying some penalty with the blessings of the nagar parishad officials and can influence the system in his favour.

Hardly a few days back, the then Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sandeep Garg, went to Kalandar chowk along with his contingent of senior officials as well as police force to demolish a construction of merely 22.5 sq yards, where the person had been residing for the past 40 years. The plan for this construction was passed by the nagar parishad in 1982.

The contingent came back without doing any demolition and the government officials wasted time.

Residents of the area feel that the administration can move in the interior of the city but why do they not touch big bulls on the national highway who deprive the nagar parishad of substantial revenue.Top

 

12 houses demolished in Yamunanagar
From Our Correspondent

YAMUNANAGAR, July 7 — As many as 12 houses of labourers were demolished by Town and Country Planning Department (T&CP) officials at Gobindpura to Ratoli road near here today triggering resentment against government officials.

Most of the demolished houses were constructed after taking loan. Officials ignoring cries of people broke household goods. It is alleged that a few persons at Golden Puri and at Basant Vihar were dragged out by officials of Town and Country Planning from houses and bulldozed the houses,

Santlesh, a labourer and wife of Rajbir informed that today morning they were cordoned off by the police along with Town and Country Planning officials. Rajbir also a labourer said that he had taken loan from four months ago to build house and was not given any notice by the department till today.

He also alleged that his household goods were also destroyed. Surinder son of Sattam Singh, a safai karamchari in a private school stated that he built house two years ago. It was demolished today. Ram Kumar another labourer said that three years ago he had got his plot registered. Krishana Nand Pande a victim of the demolition drive has also lost his house. Kabir Asharam was also demolished. People alleged that they had got their plots registered and also got "inteqaal" and every thing was legal, but despite this the houses were demolished.

Town and Country Planning Department officials also demolished BK Oil agency godown. Owner of the agency said that he had built the godown on 500 square feet after getting inteqaal and got permission from the department.

It is alleged that hundreds of residents of the area assembled at the site forcing the department people and the police to leave the site. Crowd came to the minisecretariat and blocked the traffic at bypass chowk and raised slogans against the department.

After blocking traffic a few people met Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, here and complained to him against the misbehaviour of the department’s officials. They alleged that a few houses were left un-demolished whereas their houses have been razed.

Mr Sharma assured them that the action would be taken against the erring officials and an inquiry would also be held in this regard.Top

 

No-trust move against bank chief quashed
By Our Legal Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, July 7 — A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice S.S. Sudhakar and Mr Justice M.S. Gill today quashed the no-confidence motion passed against Mr Gulab Singh, chairman of Board of Directors of the Hisar District Central Cooperative Bank Ltd, Hisar, on a writ petition filed by him.

The petitioner was elected chairman of the Board of Directors on October 3, 1997. Eleven directors of the bank made a requisition to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Haryana, to convene a meeting of the Board of Directors for considering no-confidence motion against Mr Gulab Singh. The Registrar forwarded the requisition to the bank’s Managing Director, who issued an agenda for the no-confidence motion for December 27, 1999. The petitioner, however, challenged the requisition and the agenda, dated December 9, on the ground that the impugned requisition (dated December 1) and the agenda were contrary to the mandatory provisions under Section 30-A of the Cooperative Societies Act. According to him a no-confidence requisition can only be brought if a specific allegation was made in the requisition and as such no agenda to consider the no-confidence motion could be issued.

The judges agreeing with the argument of the petitioner’s counsel observed that requisition made on the directors’ application was not legal and the agenda for the no-confidence motion was also not in accordance with law and thus subsequent proceedings also did not hold good.

The judges quashed the impugned agenda and requisition as these were not in accordance with the law. The no-confidence resolution was also automatically quashed.Top

 

Brassware units look for shine
From Nawal Kishore Rastogi

REWARI: Owing to persistent governmental apathy and problems of marketing and the supply of subsidised raw material, the traditional brassware industry here has been facing heavy odds.

About 500 years ago brassware makers settled in various villages around Rewari. During the first half of the 19th century the predecessors of Rao Tula Ram, a hero of the first War of Independence, 1857, provided them residential land at Rewari. They started manufacturing guns and canons. Some of them were employed by the then Maharaja of Jaipur for minting coins. That is why their descendants here are known as Taksali Parivars (minting families). The British rule brought an end to the canon-making and coin-minting business.

At present over 2000 men, women and children of about 600 families are solely engaged in the manufacture of brass utensils which include, Tokni (water container), Parap (a large shallow dish), kettle, pan, plate, cup, mug, bucket and hubble-bubble (Hukkah) etc.

All these families belong to the Thathera community. They live in Mohalla Thatheran. Their units are located in their homes.

These utensils are in great demand in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and several other States. These are exported to Ajmer, Udaipur, Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Indore, Ratlam and Delhi round the year.

In the absence of direct marketing facilities the manufacturers have to remain content with their labour charges only, while the bulk of the profit is pocketed by wholesalers and retailers. The local metal market is flooded with the purchasers from neighbouring areas of Haryana and Rajasthan especially during the wedding season and Divali.

Raw material comes here mostly in the shape of brass scrap and worn out brass utensils. The raw material is converted into brass slabs which changed into sheets and circles by rolling machines. From these circles utensils are shaped.

This industry underwent a significant change about four decades ago when several of these Thathera families started manufacturing hanging-lamps, table-stands, vases, candle-stands, trays, chandeliers, swords, birds, animals, hubble-bubbles and statues of brass. These show-pieces are supplied to Calcutta, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi from where they are exported to foreign countries.

The assiduous work of these artisans has brought glory to Rewari which is now known as the metal city of Haryana. But they are now facing heavy odds on account of the shrinking residential as well as business accommodation in their present locality. Secondly, their long standing demands of abolition of sales-tax on brass wares, supply of subsidised raw material and appropriate marketing facilities for their goods, have persistently met with apathy from the government.Top

 

Villagers agitated over power cuts
From Our Correspondent

PANIPAT, July 7 — Resentment prevails among residents of the district over the irregular power supply in the villages and city on account of the alleged carelessness and inefficiency of the HVPN staff, resulting in loss to agriculture and industry.

Enraged at the ‘apathy’ of the HVPN staff, residents of the New Housing Board Colony beat up a Junior Engineer, Subhash Bahl, on June 29.

On the other hand, the HVPN employees are agitated over the beating up of their colleague.

Resentment is also increasing among the people against the ruling party over the 12 to 14 hours undeclared power cuts and the lack of any explanation by the employees.

The people allege that officials of the HVPN stationed at Panipat are dissatisfied with the ruling party and the common people are suffering on this count. They further allege that they are not getting power because the HVPN staff is incompetent, immature and corrupt.

The residents claim that the local officials of the HVPN are befooling them by stating that power has been diverted to agriculture.

Due to the long undeclared power cuts, the functioning of industrial and domestic units has been disrupted. Water has not been available for the past four to five days. The residents allege that the Executive Engineer, Mr Charan Singh Ahuja, is responsible for the power and water crisis since he does not have proper control over his junior officers. The residents alleged that Mr Ahuja’s comment that he attaches priority to VIP areas for power supply and residents of the city and villages are at the end of the list shows his partisan attitude.

Airing their grievance at the local power supply office, the villagers complained that though their transformer was burnt many days ago, the J.E. and S.D.O. concerned had done nothing in this regard.Top

 

One murdered in broad daylight
Tribune News Service

GURGAON, July 7 — Two unidentified persons riding a two-wheeler today shot dead a person near Payal theatre hall in broad daylight.

According to the police, no arrest has been made so far. The police teams have been sent to various suspected places to nab the culprits.

The dead Manoj, happened to be brother of the owner of a liquor shop, Mr Sunil, who was also murdered during the time of prohibition in the state. Mr Sunil was allegedly murdered by three of his business associates on account of dispute on financial matters. The police suspects today’s incident to have links with the murder of Mr Sunil and the subsequent court case.

The three, who were accused to be involved in the murder of Mr Sunil, were arrested by the police. The district police chief, Mr Shatrujit Kapur, said that according to the preliminary investigations, there was pressure on the family of the deceased for a compromise with the accused in the Sunil murder case.

Mr Manoj was in real estate business. Today’s incident took place when he was returning to his shop from one of the his business sites. He was hit on the head from a close range. The attackers fired another two rounds, which missed the target.Top

 

Non-official members of wildlife board
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 7 — The Haryana Government today appointed non-official members of the State Wildlife Advisory Board.

They are Mr Balwant Singh, MLA, Sadhaura, Mr Randhir Singh Mandola, MLA, Badhra, Dr K.C. Kajal of Bhiwani, Dr Anil Aggarwal of Yamunanagar, Dr Mohinder Singh Shah of Kaithal, Dr O.P. Gupta of Gohana, Mr S.K. Dua of Taoru in Gurgaon. district, Mr Randhir Singh of Panchkula, Master Ajmer Singh of Sabri village in Yamunanagar district, Mr Wazir Singh of Kharkhara village in Rohtak district, Mr Mukhtiar Singh of Mundhal village in Bhiwani district and Mr Inderjit Singh, a former Sarpanch of Nahari village.

The government also nominated four representatives of employers and an equal number of representatives of employees for the Labour Welfare Board.

The representatives of employers are Mr Harvind Batra of Faridabad, Mr O.P. Matta of Panipat, Mr V.K. Sachdeva and Mr Pathak of Yamunanagar. The representatives of employees are Mr Balwinder Kumar Gorkha, Mr Mangat Ram Kapoor of Yamunanagar, Mr Vijay Singh Gothra of Loharu and Mr Jagat Pal of Bhiwani. Top

 

Thief succumbs to thrashing
From Our Correspondent

REWARI, July 7 — Following a sound thrashing given by an irate mob, a thief died here last night.

It is reported that when the thief was climbing up the wall of a house in Mohalla Rawli Hatt here a neighbour sighted him and raised the alarm. A big crowd gathered there in no time. The infuriated mob virtually fell upon the thief who became unconscious as a result of his injuries.

In the meantime someone rang up the police which came and took the injured thief to the local civil hospital where he breathed his last after some time.

It has now come to light that the deceased (aged 35) was a notorious thief of Narnaul.

The police is contemplating taking legal action in the matter.Top

 

5 of dacoits’ gang arrested
Tribune News Service

GURGAON, July 7 — The police nabbed five members of a gang when they were about to commit decoity in a newly developed market in this city.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Shatrujit Kapur, said that the five arrested are Nandu, Narender, Rajender, Karam Singh and Hari. These gangsters were travelling in a stolen car while on their way for operation when the police nabbed them. Two country-made pistols and other weapons were found on their body.

The gangsters were involved in a number of cases of dacoity and robberies in this district.

According to the police, they were on way to commit dacoity on a petrol station in the newly developed market of Sector 9.

Acting on a tip-off from a source, the police cordoned off Sector 9, where the gangsters had already reached to execute their plans. Sensing alarm, they made unsuccessful move to escape the police network.Top

 

Restaurant owner fined Rs 3.6 lakh for power theft
From Our Correspondent

SONEPAT, July 7 — The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has imposed a penalty of Rs 3,60,130 on the owner of Ghazal restaurant, on the Sonepat-Murthal road, for allegedly stealing electricity.

According to official sources, the restaurant is owned by Vikram Rathi, son of Mrs Shanti Rathi, former Haryana Minister and close associate of the former Chief Minister, Mr Bhajan Lal.

The officials of the Nigam, it may be recalled, had conducted a surprise raid on this restaurant on June 28, following public complaints about power theft in this establishment.

During the raid, three electricity meter installed in the restaurant were found defective and tampered with and one of them was burnt.

The owner has deposited Rs 1.80 lakh with the Nigam as a part-payment of the fine. The power supply to the restaurant has been restored. The recovery of the remaining amount would be made in instalments, the Nigam sources said.Top

 

Residents protest at power cuts
From Our Correspondent

SONEPAT, July 7 — Large number of residents of various areas of the city staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) here yesterday to protest against the frequent unscheduled and unannounced power cuts, erratic power supply and low voltage.

They raised anti-government and anti-UHBVN slogans and dispersed after they were given assurance that regular power supply would be provided to their areas.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Urban Estate Welfare Association, Sector 15, has threatened to launch an agitation against the UHBVN if it failed to ensure regular power supply in their residential colony.

On the other hand, the authorities of the UHBVN have claimed that they were supplying more than two lakh units a day — more than the allocated power quota — to the Sonepat circle and hence they were regulating the power supply in all sectors by imposing a one-hour power cut by rotation in the areas.Top

 

PCR cops nab assailants
Tribune News Service

AMBALA, July 7 — Police Control Room personnel proved to be a timely help for three persons travelling on a scooter, who were attacked by five assailants in a Maruti car near Dhillon petrol pump.

The incident took place on GT road, when three persons, Harjinder Singh, Kuldip Singh and Danny, were travelling on a scooter from Ambala Cantonment to Shahpur village. The trio was accosted by five persons travelling in a Maruti car (HNX-3850). The Maruti car hit the scooter from behind and the assailants attacked the three persons with iron rods, a release said.

PCR number 6, manned by Head Constable Ram Singh and constables Mahender Singh and Subhash Chander, spotted the attack and they managed to nab three of the five attackers, Jagtar Singh, Lakhbir Singh and Harjit Singh. The remaining two assailants, Harjang Singh and Tejinder Singh, who managed to escape, were nabbed later. A case has been registered at Police Station Sadar. Top

 

Authorised study centre for BITM
Tribune News Service

AMBALA, July 7 — Informatics Computer Institute, Ambala Cantonment, has been made authorised study centre for Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and Management by the Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education of Utkal University.

The students who have passed Class XII are eligible for the BITM course. The course offers three honours specialisations in software development, e-commerce and network engineering. The course is specially designed for the students who have non-mathematics background, according to a press note. Top

 

Selection of ayurvedic doctors
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 7 — On the basis of a screening test conducted on May 29 by the Haryana Public Service Commission, candidates with the following roll numbers will be called for interview for posts of Ayurveda Medical Officer (Group B) in the Ayurveda Department, provided they fulfil the conditions of eligibility:

General category

193, 206, 222, 264, 315, 410, 443, 467, 481, 488, 493, 516, 555, 665, 690, 692, 727, 735, 744, 855, 884, 909, 937, 951, 1080, 1107, 1108, 1121, 1140, 1154, 1169, 1196, 1218, 1396, 1442, 1468, 1471, 1482, 1523, 1564, 1565, 1618, 1667, 1679, 1747, 1778, 1788, 1830, 1846, 1883, 1914, 1970, 1981, 2036, 2051, 2062, 2089, 2090, 2094, 2114, 2123, 2139, 2147, 2203, 2206, 2249, 2264, 2268, 2270, 2326, 2366, 2411, 2440, 2473.

Scheduled Castes (A category)

5, 392, 399, 879, 912, 1098, 1100, 1168, 1246, 1259, 1303, 1385, 1408, 1470, 1502, 1578, 1643, 2016, 2081, 2132, 2161.

Scheduled Castes (B category)

194, 284, 298, 304, 368, 492, 542, 549, 588, 611, 651, 717, 787, 818, 846, 975, 1034, 1056, 1151, 1321, 1528, 1642, 1705, 1816, 1824, 1828, 1829, 1879, 2014, 2048, 2179, 2271, 2292, 2352, 2437, 2493, 2519.

Backward Class category

27, 29, 311, 440, 473, 483, 624, 667, 772, 887, 892, 992, 1209, 1278, 1331, 1401, 1458, 2086, 2354.

Ex-servicemen category

95, 339, 380, 561, 612, 970, 999, 1213, 1249, 1301, 1383, 1539, 1687, 1950, 2104, 2104, 2290, 2454.Top

 

Meeting on house tax policy today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 7 — The Local Bodies department of the Haryana Government will hold a meeting here tomorrow to discuss threadbare the issue of the new house tax policy which has evoked protests from various political parties.

Ironically, the ruling INLD’s ally the BJP was the first political party to voice its opposition to the new policy as well as other taxes imposed on residents of urban areas. The Congress has also opposed these taxes.Top

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