Saturday, August 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Akalis trade charges on defilement
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
The Akali factions today traded charges over the Guru Granth Sahib defilement at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, even as the devotees expressed anguish over such blatant acts of vandalism.

The three-member committee, instituted by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to inquire into the August 15 defilement of the Holy Book, in its interim report, submitted today that “it was a planned act” and that the “larger conspiracy” needed to be probed.

The committee, however, did not pin down the persons responsible for the defilement and said that the inquiry would continue.

The DSGMC, controlled by the pro-Tohra Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, had suspended three persons and transferred five others, including the head Granthi of the Gurdwara, Giani Hem Singh, for dereliction of duty.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) state unit president, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, lamented that the committee had not registered an FIR even one week after the “unfortunate” incident.

He said: “It was the work of an insider,” indicating that the rival Akali faction, to gain sympathy, could have engineered the act.

The DSGMC president, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, stated that he would “not like to point a finger at somebody at this stage.” However, he indicated that the incident was a planned act to discredit the committee, which is trying to bring about order in the body engulfed by corruption.

Mr Sarna said the DSGMC would ask the Delhi Police to probe the case, as such an act of defilement in a gurdwara in the Capital was unprecedented.

Mr Avtar Singh stated that he would soon approach the Akal Takht on the issue as the committee had failed to protect the Guru Granth Sahib from being defiled by miscreants.

The DSGMC said it has taken precautionary measures to prevent the repeat of such untoward incident in the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, where hundreds of devotees throng since dawn for the hukumnama.

Mr Sarna said two persons would be guarding the place all the time, a glass panel would be erected to prevent the devotee from touching the Holy Book and the devotees would have to register their name and address in the visitor’s book, which would be kept at the place.

A closed circuit camera could be installed, if required.

Meanwhile, the DSGMC president told newspersons that the previous committee led by the Badal faction had “misused” the gurdwara funds by distributing it to several persons without valid documents. Displaying before the media the “plain application” on the basis of which the committee had sanctioned funds worth several thousand, Mr Sarna said: “We are still unearthing to whom all funds have been distributed.”

Mr Sarna further alleged that the donations by devotees were used by the previous committee to pay the SAD (Badal) unit office’s phone bill.

On computerisation, Mr Sarna said, an external body, whose opinion was sought, stated that the DSGMC funds have been misused as the equipment were purchased in excess.

The DSGMC president said these issues would be referred to the Gurdwara Judicial Board, which would be constituted by mid September. The three-member board, to be headed by retired Delhi High Judge, Justice Jaspal Singh, is formulating the terms of reference and rules for the body, which would be autonomous in nature.


Parking sharks fleece vehicle owners
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 23
Starting a parking stand and charging rates according to one’s whims and fancies seem to have become the order of the day here. No wonder, some unauthorised parking stand contractors have been pulling a fast one on the vehicle owners for ages in the town. The parking stand at Town Park in Sector-12 is one such spot, which has become a happy-hunting ground of the illegal contractor. He has positioned his men outside all the four gates of the park who charge the vehicles parked there.

It is reported that the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) which owns the park had cancelled the last contract about a year ago but some contractors had been occupying these stands illegally and charge a fancy price from the owners of the vehicles.

The park, the first and the largest of its kind in town, draws thousands of residents every weekend.

It is learnt that after some complaints of irregularities, the contract was cancelled by the Huda officials, but the contractor is reported to have stayed put and still charging money from the vehicles owners.

Earlier, the rates were Rs 2, 3 and 5 for a bicycle, scooter and car respectively. They have now been doubled.

The contractor often does not give a receipt for the money he collects. There are many reports of their misbehaviour with people.

The matter was brought to the notice of the Huda authorities, which said that an action could be taken if a written complaint was given. The authorities had also proposed to give the park on contract to a security company for keeping a watch.

Three parking stands have also come up outside the civil hospital, popularly known as Badshah Khan Hospital in NIT area here, despite the fact that the contract has been given only for one stand.

The parking charges in a majority of the stands including those at railway station, bus stands and public parks had been exorbitant, said Rajesh Kumar of Sector-16 here.

He said that proper rate list is not displayed and the identification of the contractor remains unknown at many stands.

“It was nearly impossible to establish whether the person charging parking fee was genuine,” said another resident of the sector.

The authorities have even given the contract of parking at the office of the Deputy Commissioner and other district officials where a large number of people visit the office daily. “Parking fee at such places was an unnecessary burden on people,” said a retired employee.


SC orders transfer of Katara case to Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
The Supreme Court today directed transfer of the Nitish Katara murder case from a Ghaziabad sessions court to a competent court of the same jurisdiction in Delhi.

A bench two-judge, comprising of Justice G B Patnaik and Justice K G Balakrishnan, allowed a transfer petition filed by the mother of the victim, Ms Neelam Katara. The transfer was sought on the ground that the accused – Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav, son and nephew of D P Yadav, a member of Parliament — were allegedly influencing the trial because of their political clout.

The body of Nitish Katara, son of a senior IAS officer, was recovered on February 20 in a village in Ghaziabad district. The two accused, in whose company the victim was last seen on February 16, were arrested on April 23 after they had reportedly been nabbed at a railway station in Madhya Pradesh.

The chargesheet in the case had already been framed and it was at the stage of framing of charges that the apex court stayed further proceedings in the case before the Ghaziabad sessions court, because the transfer petition had been filed by then.

The police had at that time alleged that the young executive, who was working in a multinational company, had earned the ire of the Yadav brothers after he was spotted dancing with their sister at a wedding of a common friend in Ghaziabad. He was last seen leaving the venue of the wedding with the two suspects and then was reported missing.


A gangster who is slippery as an eel
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, August 23
The Meerut Police have swooped down on a number of villages in search of notorious gangster Nisha Mohammad, alias Maruti, wanted for shooting down two police constables and snatching their service rifles. Maruti allegedly shot constables Subhash and homeguard Vir Singh and snatched their rifles with the help of other gang members near Khivai police post in the last week of July.

More than a dozen raids have been conducted since then by the police in villages of Meerut and Muzaffarnagar, but each time Nisha Mohammad managed to flee. The police recently received a tip-off that Maruti’s wife had given birth to a girl five days ago. Again, the police party swooped down on his village, Panchli, but drew a blank.

At least twice, a posse of police closed in on Maruti, but he gave the police the slip. Since then, the police have constituted several teams to nab him. In an encounter the other day, the cops killed a gangster and recovered a rifle but the gang leader, suspected to be Maruti, escaped. Now, the police are so desperate that they want him dead or alive.

In fact, the IG, the DIG and the SSP, Meerut, have directed the rural police SP, Mr M.P. Singh, to catch Maruti dead or alive, and asked the police to use all its resources in this regard. The police, of course, continue to receive information about Maruti’s activities. Several persons have been detained in this connection, but in vain.

Maruti originally belongs to Bhaisara village of Muzaffarnagar and had been living in Panchli village for long. Nowadays, he is holed up in the sugarcane fields and hiding at tubewells in rural areas with at least six of his gang members.


Additional CP held on rape charge

New Delhi
The Delhi Police today suffered a major embarrassment when one of the senior additional commissioners of police, R. K. Sharma, was arrested in Uttaranchal’s Capital, Dehra Dun, for allegedly raping a 27-year-old married woman there.

According to the information available here, the officer, an ex serviceman and originally from the Danics cadre, was given 1977 batch seniority in the Indian Police Service. He is at present posted with the Delhi Armed Police. He had gone to Dehra Dun for a holiday and was staying at Rajpur for the last few days. Official reports said that the officer was arrested after the servant at his bangalow reported to the local police that the suspect had molested his wife, a mother of three, when he was out to buy vegetables last evening.

Senior police officers, while confirming the incident, said that they were seeking a detailed report from the Uttaranchal Police. The officer has been embroiled in several controversies in the past. Sharma was in the evening produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, who sent the accused to 14 days’ judicial custody. Later, Sharma was lodged in the Dehra Dun Jail. TNS


HC quashes hike in pecuniary limit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
In a significant ruling, the Delhi High Court today quashed the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Act, 2001, provisions enhancing lower courts' limit to hear civil cases up to the value of Rs 20 lakh in the National Capital Territory with immediate effect, holding that the state Assembly was not competent to pass such a legislation. A five-judge Bench, headed by Justice Devinder Gupta, said the amended provisions of the Act were "ultra vires" of the Constitution and, therefore, were struck down.

The amended Act provides that cases of pecuniary value of up to Rs 20 lakh would only be dealt with by the lower courts while those above it by the High Court. Before the Delhi Assembly made the amendment, the jurisdiction limit for lower courts was Rs five lakh. The Bench, comprising Justices Gupta, M K Sharma, S K Mahajan, Manmohan Sarin and Vikramjit Sen, said their order would not have retrospective effect.

The court said that cases above Rs five lakh pecuniary value, filed with the lower courts after the implementation of the Act, would stand transferred to the High Court. The court turned down the request of the Delhi Government and the three Bar associations of lower court advocates to keep the judgement in abeyance for two weeks to enable them to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court.

"We have held the provisions ultra vires, how can the judgment be kept in abeyance," the Bench said.


Down in the pits, Gurgaon gets more bins
Ravi S. Singh

Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, August 23
The Municipal Council has gone all-out to improve the sanitary conditions in the city after much dilly-dallying and apparent half-hearted measures.

The campaign started following a diktat of the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr Anurag Rastogi, to the municipality.

Mr Rastogi is said to have told the parties concerned to set the basics right, starting from improving the sanitary conditions and aesthetic look of the city.

The Executive Officer of the municipality, Mr K. Gupta told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that the decision to improve the sanitary conditions was taken at a joint meeting of the senior officers of Gurgaon, convened by Mr Rastogi.

In the first phase of the drive, the municipality has started constructing permanent prime collection pits at places where bins were installed. Already two such cemented pits, one each at Subzi Mandi and veterinary hospital, are in place.

The drawback with the earlier bin arrangement was that the residents showed lack of civic sense to use them properly. Besides, the bins had developed holes resulting in spilling of the wastes on roads. As the bins are huge in size, heaps of garbage lie scattered making the affected areas a good breeding ground for houseflies, etc.

The areas at Subzi Mandi used to be in a mess, especially during the monsoons.

In a related development, the municipality has employed 40 extra scavengers on contract basis to make the sanitation-improvement campaign a success. Also, it is making optimal utilisation of all its 10 vehicles for collection of the garbage from the primary collection pits to the main dumping ground at Basai road.

Till recently, the civic body was doing with only five of the vehicles as the other ones had broken down. The municipality has also employed five more drivers for optimum utilisation of the vehicles.

Besides, the municipality has launched a drive to clean the nullahs and major drains in the city. According to the municipality officials, some of the major drains were not cleaned up in the past 10 years.


Passengers rave as cops rant
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 23
A police patrol car stationed at the roadways bus stand (Bhainsali), meant for the passenger’s safety, suddenly turned into a battle ground when the head constable (driver) of the car took on the sub-inspector and threatened him. In a tit-for-tat, the sub-inspector also went for the head constable’s jugular. Several passengers and UPSRTC employees were enjoying the live drama of the police for more than half an hour.

This incident occurred at 2 am on Friday when the patrol van No. UP-10.B 1648 was on mobile duty at the roadways Bhainsali stand. Senior police officials got several complaints earlier in the past against the staff posted at the mobile van. However, today it was a single combat between the SI Satyabir Singh and the van driver Chain Singh. The driver complained against SI Satyabir Singh who sat on the front seat and would often sleep which had a ‘soporific effect’ on the driver.

The heated exchange turned violent when both the men dragged and thrashed each other. The violent driver threatened the sub-inspector to take the mobile van to the SP (City) residence.

The sub-inspector replied in the same tone and challenged the driver that he would sleep whenever he wanted. If the driver has the guts, take the patrol van to SP (City) residence. Both were abusing each other and the tea stall owners and passengers gathered around the patrol van and enjoyed the scene.


All creatures bovine get TLC at camp
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 23
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sonepat, in collaboration with Sri Ram Fertilisers and Chemical and the state Department of Animal Husbandry organised a one-day clinical camp in Fatehpur village, about 15 km from here, yesterday.

According to a report, as many as 270 cows and buffaloes got a spot of tender loving care (TLC) at the hands of Dr Narinder Dahiya, Dr Jyoti Prasad and Dr Suresh Ahlawat, all veterinary surgeons, on this occasion. The owners of the animals were given medicines after diagnosis of various diseases afflicting the animals.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr S. K. Kher, Head of the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology, said the most common problems encountered were those of infertility and mastitis. He explained in detail various prevention and control measures and treatment procedures to be followed in these conditions.

The latest methods of treatment were also discussed and explained to the attending field veterinarians. The clinical protocol to be followed for the treatment of diseases were also discussed at length and the mechanism explained to the practising veterinarians. It is hoped that the adoption of the measures would benefit the livestock farmers in the increasing the milk production from their livestock.

A large number of sheep farmers also benefited by receiving deworming medicines for their flocks. A livestock competition was also organised.

Prizes were also given to the farmers for best animals in various categories.

Dr Narinder Singh, Senior Extension Specialist (Animal Science), Dr Rupinder Singh, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, and Mr Surinder Singh Dahiya also spoke. They explained to the farmers the benefits of balanced feeding and proper management of the milch animals.


With no water tankers in sight, plantation drive a washout
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 23
The Cantonment Board’s much awaited plantation drive under Vanamahotsava-2002 turned out to be a flop show due to the dictatorial attitude of Cantonment Board CEO K.J.S. Chouhan and Executive Engineer Anuj Singh.

Though the chief guest, Sub-Area Commander Brig K.T.G. Nambiar, reached the venue, the vehicle sub depot, at the scheduled time, both the CEO and the XEN did not turn up till the plantation drive was over. The in-charge of the plantation drive, Commandant CMVI Col S. S. Thakral, and other

senior Army officials, including Admn Commandant Col Lalit Dutta, were heard complaining to Brigadier Nambiar about the CEO and the XEN. The water tankers, tree guards and other supportive material were to be provided by the board but no water tanker reached the venue till the drive was over. While information about the plantation drive was conveyed to the CEO and the XEN in black and white there was confusion about the time scheduled. Several schools in the cantonment area participated in the plantation drive. The Sub-Area Commander inaugurated the drive by planting a sapling at the VSD on the Saradhana road after waiting a while but the two officials did not turn up. More than 2,000 trees were planted on this occasion. More than 300 saplings were planted.

A plantation drive was also organised in the newly built Dabthua cantonment on the Saradhana road. Col S. S. Thakral, Admn Commandant Lalit Dutta and Major Khetrapal were present during the inauguration ceremony. 


Tale of inefficiency & apathy re-enacted
Our Correspondent

Sonepat August 23
This is a story of inefficient and unsatisfactory working of the Public Health Department as well as harassment meted out to thousands of people living in the old section of the city.

According to a report, the story starts from the day when the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, inaugurated a Rs 4.50-lakh canal-based drinking water supply scheme in Sector 23 of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in June last. At the time of commissioning, the Chief Minister announced that the supply of water would be augmented not only in the mandi area but other parts of the city as well.

According to the residents, this claim of the Chief Minister and the PHD authorities proved to be false as they did not get water from this project for one month or so because of several defects in the machinery. Repeated complaints made by the residents of Sector 23 have fallen on deaf ears.

The residents also alleged that the supply of water was still erratic and whatever was being supplied was not potable.

Similarly, the supply of water in the old section of the city was curtailed by the PHD without assigning any reason. Thousands of people living in the areas did not get water in the evening between June 28 and August 4.

This correspondent, who lives in this area, approached the XEN and SE a number of times and protested against the curtailment in the supply but they ignored the complaints.

However, the supply of drinking water was restored only when the residents threatened to file a complaint with the Consumers Redressal Forum, Sonepat.

It is alleged that a key man in the department, Mukesh, held the residents to ransom and was the one responsible for the entire mess. The residents made repeated complaints to the JE, SDO, XEN and the SE against him and demanded that he be shifted immediately. But all their complaints were ignored.

The Residents Welfare Association, the Sonepat Citizens Council and other social and voluntary organisations today sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister demanding immediate shifting of Mukesh from the area and suspension of the officials found responsible for the drinking water crisis in the old section of the city.



Shopkeepers let out public space, mint money
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 23
Shopkeepers all over the town, especially those well established in known markets, have been employing unfair tactics to earn a fast buck. Their ploys not only result in the loss of revenue to the state exchequer, but also lead to encroachment and congestion in public places.

Subletting the front veranda or 10 feet of open space in front of a shop has become a common practice.

The space meant for the movement of people and parking of customers’ vehicles, has been occupied by the ‘shopkeepers’ in all the major markets of the town.

The walking area used to be 20 to 30 feet earlier has been reduced to 10 to 15 feet in prominent markets such as NH-1, NH-III, NH-V, Sector-15, Sector 7-10 Chowk, Old Faridabad and Ballabgarh main market. It is reported that the shopkeepers have rented out the open space in front of their shops to the stall owners for an amount ranging Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 a month.

A shop owner in NH-1 market is reported to be making about Rs 50,000 to 60,000 per month by subletting the open space in front of his shop, which is not owned by him.

“The problem aggravated as every Amar, Akbar and Anthony had started subletting the space in front of his shop,” said an auto dealer in NIT area.

The congestion is so much, especially during festivals that a fire could result in heavy loss of property and life as the encroachers had not left the required space even for the fire tenders to move into the interior areas.

Every ‘rehri wallah’ or other temporary vendors are required to pay rent to the shopkeeper. No one could dare sell his wares without the permission of the shopkeeper. Disputes take place regularly over the issue. Recently, a young woman of Sector-16 who started a stall in front of a beauty parlour in Sector-15 market, was thrashed badly by some people.

The victim alleged that the parlour owner had sent goondas to beat her up as she had dared to run her business near the salon without permission.

The culprits not only beat her up in full public view but also torn her clothes. The majority of the shop owners in Sector-15, known as the Connaught Place of Faridabad, have constructed basements, some of them without permission. The Huda officials have served notices to the ‘shopkeepers’ for violation of the norms. It is learnt that a large amount of money is collected through subletting of space by the shopkeepers each month.



Residents gherao Xen’s office over scarcity of water
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 23
For days after the establishment of the control room to solve the water problem in the city, the situation seems to be far from satisfactory and people continue to take to the streets to voice their protest.

Today was the turn of residents of five localities—New Model Town, Rajput Colony, Garhwal Colony, Om Nagar and Krishna Nagar—to hold a noisy protest outside the Office of the Executive Engineer of the Public Health Division, Mr K.S. Joon. Since morning, hundreds of residents, a majority of them women, laid siege to the office of the Executive Engineer, protesting against the shortage of water in the localities. Shouting slogans against the authorities, they lifted the siege only when Mr Joon agreed to inspect a tubewell in the New Model Town area, which had developed a technical snag over a week ago.

It may be recalled that the tubewell had been out of order since the past over one week. A population of over 50,000 has been facing scarcity of water since then. The residents alleged that repeated representations to the department had failed to move the things, forcing them to organise the protest today. They alleged on account of scarcity of water, they were facing a lot of problems. Angry protests by the residents over inadequate water and power supplies had been a routine affair this summer.

It was after these protests that the district administration belatedly established the control room on August 19. But with the water supply failing to keep pace with the rising demand, the setting up of the control seems to have served no purpose.

Two dead

Phul Kumar, a cyclist, who was hit and seriously injured by a Haryana Roadways bus near the NFL Township here on Thursday night, died at the local Civil Hospital on Friday. Originally a resident of Jagsi village, he was living in the Raj Nagar area.

In another incident, a middle-aged unidentified person was run over by a train here on Thursday night.


Luxury residential complex for Gurgaon
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, August 23
Unitech Limited, a major construction company would launch Rs 200 crore premium luxury residential complex in the city. Announcing the project, Mr Ramesh Chandra, managing director of the company, informed mediapersons here today that the complex, meant to cater to the upper strata of the society, is set in 15.4 acres of landscaped greenery.

The apartments, designed keeping in mind the discerning taste of the luxury housing market segment, would be of the best quality to reflect the high standards and rich specifications. With approximately, 600 apartments costing Rs 32 to 50 lakh each, the complex would have about 11 lakh square feet of built-up area, comprising three to four bedroom flats, villas, town house, etc. It will come equipped with state-of-the-art clubhouse (with fitness centre), convenient shopping centre, high-speed elevators and above all, hundred per cent power back up, said the managing director.

The real estate company, conferred with ISO 9002, would provide three-tier security system, ample parking space (multi-level basement and surface), telephone and internet connectivity from the very first day in the complex, said Mr Chandra.

The managing director also revealed that a new project with entertainment facilities like cinema halls, hotels, restaurants and shopping complex was in the pipeline in the city.

Four acre of land has been acquired on the National Highway no 8, on the Gurgaon-Delhi border for the project, said the managing director.

The group has also decided to develop a Unitech Cyber Park on a 15 acre land in Gurgaon. The project would be formally announced at the end of the year, added the managing director.


MLA for tough action on SYL
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 23
A former Haryana Minister and MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, said that Haryana should ‘act tough’ if the Punjab Government failed to carry out the direction of the Supreme Court to construct the SYL canal by January 15.

In a statement here, Mr Dalal said the attitude of the Punjab Government had been uncooperative so far and political pressure was not enough to make the government start the construction work on the SYL canal.

He said if the Congress government failed to honour the decision of the apex court and deny Haryana its legitimate share of water, the people of the state should deny passage to the representatives of Punjab Government through the state.

He said Haryana should block all routes leading to Punjab and stop the movements of materials and people, so as to build up pressure after the January 15 deadline. Mr Dalal claimed that the all party meet convened by the Chautala government recently over the issue was only a formality and had failed to evolve any strategy to deal with the problem.


Women beaten black and blue in a Rohtak kite-flying case
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, August 23
Eight miscreants barged into a house at Quilla Mohalla locality in Bahadurgarh town last evening and beat up the women in the house with sticks. They ransacked the house, broke the windowpanes and damaged household goods.

The assailants were reportedly annoyed as one of them had to face defeat in kite flying at the hands of a servant of the house.

According to information, Kapil, a servant at the house of Mr Devendra Sharma, was flying a kite at the rooftop. Nandan Singh, a neighbour, was also flying a kite. His kite got entangled with that of Kapil’s and got detached. Nandan Singh got annoyed when Kapil shouted with joy at his ‘victory’.

Nandan Singh reportedly attacked the house of Mr Devendra Sharma along with his seven accomplices with sticks in their hands and searched for Kapil. However, Kapil managed to escape. The furious assailants attacked the women in the house. They also damaged the household goods and windowpanes.

Boy killed

A 13-year-old boy was crushed to death by a truck at Para Mohalla locality here on Thursday.

According to information, Devi, a Dalit woman, was going to her brother for Raksha Bandhan along with her son, Pradeep (13), in a rickshaw. The rickshaw was hit by a truck. Pradeep fell from the rickshaw and was run over by the truck. The driver of the truck fled from the spot. The police have registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC in this connection.

The body was handed over to next of kin of the deceased after a post-mortem examination.

Theft committed

Unidentified thieves broke open a house and decamped with jewellery, cash and costly articles worth nearly Rs 2.5 lakh at Netaji Nagar on the Circular Road here on Wednesday.

The complainant, Mr Vishal Srivastava, said he had left his house along with his wife at around 8 am on Wednesday.

He said unidentified miscreants broke open his house and made away with the cash, ornaments and household goods in broad daylight. The theft was detected by the house owner at nearly 12 noon. The police have registered a case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC.

Talent search

Maharshi Dayanand University would organise a Talent Search Programme’ on September 4 and 5.

A spokesman of the university said on Friday that the programme would be organised by the office of Dean, Students’ Welfare, in the senior teachers’ common room and the last date for submission of entries was September 2.

Sewing centres

The ‘Akhil Bharatiya Aman and Sudhar Samiti’, a well-known social organisation, has decided to set up free sewing centres in 84 villages of the Rai block of this district.

According to a report, the samiti will provide free training in sewing etc., to poor and destitute girls in these centres so that they could be self-sufficient.

Man killed

A youth, Ram Karan, died of snakebite in Rubra village, about 15 km from here last night. According to a report, the victim was running a public school in the village.

He was bitten by the snake, while he was opening the school door, resulting in his death.

Road accidents

Two persons, Noor Mohammad and Haroon, were injured when a three-wheeler collided with a mule car on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near Dewan farm, about 5 km from here last night.

According to a report, both the injured persons were hospitalised and they were stated to be out of danger.

According to another report, a motorcyclist, identified as Ajay of Rohtak, sustained injuries when his motorcycle slipped near Sonepat last evening.

Reception for Bhajan

The district Congress committee has planned to hold a civic reception in the honour of the HPCC president, Mr Bhajan Lal, on September 15 in this city.

Mr Azad Singh Nehra, president of the district Congress Kisan and Khet Maszdoor Cell, who is touring the villages, told mediapersons here today that thousands of party workers and supporters would attend the rally, which would be one of the biggest rally held in the district.

Probe demanded

Resident of Garhi Sisana village have urged the Superintendent of Police, Sonepat, to hold a probe into the allegations levelled by Mr Jai Singh of the village against the family members of his son in-laws for killings his two sons, Vinod and Sanjay.

The villagers demanded the arrests of those responsible for their killings.

According to Mr Jai Singh, father of the victims, Sanjay was an employee in the Indian Army and he had come to the village on leave on July 27.

He said that his son had visited the family members of his in-laws and returned to his parent’s house next morning. Thereafter, he left his house for a walk and his body was found on the Sonepat-Rohtak road.

He alleged that the family members of his in-laws had mixed some poison in his meal. Mr Jai Singh also alleged that his other son, Vinod, was murdered by his in-laws family. He said the body of his son was untraceable. Both the sons were married to Kavita and Manju, daughters of Mr Ram Kunwar, resident of Deepalpur village in this district.

12 hurt

As many as 12 persons were injured in the clashes that took place in different parts of this district yesterday. According to a report, all the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and they were stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the cases and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrests have been made in this connection.

‘Inefficient’ college

Resentment prevails among the students of the CR State College of Engineering, Murthal, against the inefficient and unsatisfactory working of the college. Many students alleged that the college authorities have failed to redress their grievances.





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IT was a Sunday. A friend of my son had come to see him. He came in his Zen and parked his car in the compound.

After sharing pleasantries, both of them went out to the nearby market. I had also gone to the chemist’s shop to fetch some medicines.

I returned after some time while they were still away. As I was heading for our flat, I noticed some people standing beside the chap’s Zen.

On reaching my house, I asked my wife who was also watching the incident with anxiety and remorse writ large on her face. “How come, what are you doing outside?” I asked.

“Some kids were playing and pelted a stone at the car and smashed its windscreen”, she replied excitedly. I felt deeply concerned and asked the two gentlemen standing across discussing the incident. Out of them, one was a person whose son was party to the dirty show of ‘marksmanship’ who had pelted the stone to test his acumen as to how meticulously he could repeat the legendary Arjuna.

He said, “his son had not hurled the stone at the car. It was another kid. “After a pause, he added, actually it wasn’t even the stone pelted by these kids that broke the glass of the windscreen. It was a much bigger stone that stayed stuck upside the huge Banyan tree, which was accidentally felled by the Monsoon breeze and did the unwanted trick.”

I interjected, “how could that be?” I tried to rebut his assertion. The other person joined me to scotch that possibility. “It’s a figment of your fancy and imagination,” I asserted.

Then I mused to contend what kind of playfulness is it to damage the vehicles like that. After all pelting stones is not a recognised game for national or international competitions. But no, children are children after all and if they would not play havoc and hell, who else would?” murmured an onlooker who tried to make light of the incident.

I sought to condemn the attitude of the grown ups and asked those standing around, if the children can be allowed an absolute freedom to play anywhere and in any manner not even to care how they were creating monetary problems for others. Unfortunately whether be it cricket or testing one’s skills in marksmanship, the kids in our country use the narrow lanes and streets for the purpose.

Obviously, such stretches of space cannot be deemed fit and proper. They are quite liable to cause such incidents of carelessness. Imagine how the poor owner had to bear the brunt of “our children’s total freedom” at the expense of somebody’s big loss.”

My son’s friend was dumbfounded and the guy just stood like a mute spectator. My son consoled the chap and said, ‘done is done’. It’s no use talking to these reckless fellows who will never admit their fault. Not even after a regret what to speak about compensating for the loss which, in this case, was estimated to be Rs 4,000.

I was struck by the lack of concern and casualness among the people who brush aside the matter so casually to justify the freedom to be given to the children to wreak havoc around with impunity. Agreed, children are children and do indulge in irresponsible acts of omission and commission but should the elders bend to a sense of defeatism and justify their wrongs as right instead of making the kids wise? Nobody would grudge their ambition to repeat an Arjuna. They should find a spacious space and practise hitting the fixed objects till they attained the perfection. That will avoid unseemly tiffs and skirmishes also. But if we keep unconcerned and unmoved, as we did, playfulness is sure to go off the track and cause unseemly spectacles of wrath and remorse beyond the limit of toleration.

One is free to play any game but certainly not the game of ‘stone pelting’. They may target any ‘object’ but not `anybody’s personal precious object.” Doing that will mean playing a costly game to the utter chagrin of the loser. The incident took us back to the `Stone Age’ when people did not perhaps know the consequences of stone throwing!

R. L. Pathak, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi

Wanted: Another Raja Rammohan

We proudly say ‘Jai Hind’. We feel immensely happy being independent citizens of India. But August 6 (Tuesday) is the black-letter day. A 65-year-old, Mrs Kuttu Bai, of Tamoli Pattna village in Madhya Pradesh, leaped on to the pyre of her 70-year-old husband Mallu. This is an unusually heinous crime in the name of Sati system.

It is ironically that her two sons, her kith and kin and a throng of 1,000 villagers were simply mute witnesses to the crime.

The intrepid sub-inspector, Mr H. S. Ghosh, and his small bunch of policemen of Saleha village, rushed to save the Sati (Kuttu Bai), a victim of the planned crime. He pushed through the throng and pulled her hand, while Kuttu Bai was sitting on the just-lit pyre.

But the sub-inspector and his policemen were stoned and beaten with blows and physically prevented from doing their sacred duty. And Kuttu Bai was forced to commit the act of Sati. The dutiful police sub-inspector and his party could save their lives narrowly. The guilty must be punished.

This is an unparalleled tragic incident in the post-independent India. It is an indelible blot on the law and order. It is really bad that the sub-inspector could not save the old woman.

One is stunned after hearing this bizarre incident. While we are celebrating the 56th year of Independence, this obnoxious system has prevailed. Where are those contractors of Hindutva? Where are the so-called social reforms? Do we need another Raja Rammohan Roy.

The turning of the cremation ground of the Sati, Mrs Kuttu Bai, into a place of worship, does not augur well. It may change the superb Indian civilization into inhumanly savage civilization.

All these questions and several others, rattle every sensitive and conscious citizen. We demand the answers from every state education department and the Human Resources Development Ministry of the Union Govt of the country.

Ujjal Pal Singh, President, Dinanath Public School, Faridabad

Election & humour

India is world’s largest functioning democracy. Here elections to local bodies, state legislatures and Parliament are held regularly.

These elections have given birth some interesting humorous terms, words, definitions, racy quotes/Phrases and above all to euphemism, which in political parlance has come to denote the art of camouflaging something, anything and everything in the name of election strategy. I wish to share some of them with the readers:

  • Vote: Voice of the electorate.
  • Election manifesto: A treatise on achievements, promises and assurances, which goes on changing with every election.
  • Election propaganda: 70 per cent lies and 30per cent cries.
  • Election slogans: Based on hit songs/tunes such as - `hamara candidate’, ‘Balle Balle, baki sare thalle thalle’.
  • Aaya Ram Gaya Ram: Haryana’s contribution to the ‘election terminology’.
  • Onion: At times, brings tears in the eyes of the opposition and wins election for them. Fit to be declared as a ‘national vegetable’.
  • Cases relating to scams, No comments. The cases are ‘sub-judice corruption’, Hawala, patronage and other criminal cases etc.
  • Mandate: What people give in elections and political leaders lose, when they are in power.
  • General public: People who vote the politicians to power, then beg them to keep their promises and assurances.
  • Social justice: Caste based politics.
  • Coalition dharma: The art of dividing a cake in such as way, that each constituent believes that it has got the biggest piece.
  • Sacrifice: What others did for the independence of the country. What the candidates cash in on during elections.
  • Election speech: The art of saying things in such a way that nobody knows exactly what you mean.
  • Tie-ups: Alliance of convenience, often marked by speed, they break-up with.
  • Front: An amalgamation of adversaries/disparate groups, formed during elections, often for a short period.
  • High-pitch election campaigns: Film stars often used by political parties to add glamour and excitement to their poll campaigns.
  • Secularism: A widely used world during elections, which is entirely defined in terms of the perceptions of the party.
  • Booth-capturing: Bihar’s contribution to the election terminology.
  • Election time: Best time for sycophants, manipulators, Jee hazoors, astrologers, advertising agencies, poll fore-casters history-sheeters etc — the list is endless..
  • Election Year: When politicians run and the tax-payers sweat.
  • Poll-forecasts: Just read and ignore, but make right choice while voting.
  • Women reservation Bill: The parties agree to disagree.

O. P. Sharma, Faridabad

Recruitment gulf

I fail to understand why the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Ms Mayawati, is creating a gulf while recruiting only Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes for the post lying vacant in reserved quota. As a matter of fact, post of all castes should have been filled up altogether. Thousands of posts of other castes are also lying vacant. And that can’t be ignored.

Ms Mayawati should keep it in mind that she is the Chief Minister of all communities castes and not of dalits only.

Subhash .C. Taneja, Rohtak

Female foeticide

Apropos of Subhash .C. Taneja’s letter “Female foeticide” (August 10), is not ironical that in India, where women are revered and worshipped as Durga and her incarnations, where girls are adored as ‘kanjaks’ during navratras and where jagratas of Mata Vaishno Devi and Mata Chintpurni, are held through out the year, to seek their blessings, the woman still remains a not-to—be-seen-or-heard entity in all walks of life. One who finds herself at the butt ends of all sorts of digs.

The malady of sex-determination tests and the subsequent abortion of female foetuses have become widely prevalent in almost all classes of society in India. The fault partially lies with the woman herself. She needs to realise that once upon a time she too was someone’s little girl who was discriminated against, and therefore, when she gets a chance, she should try and rectify things by flatly refusing to undergo sex-determination tests. What is needed, is to give woman, her rightful place, in the society, so that she is to be seen and accepted, as the power force she is adored and worshipped as Durga and her incarnations in our country.

RITU SHARMA, Faridabad

No auction, please!

The cancellation of all the gas agencies and petrol-pumps, allotted after the year 2000, by the government, seems a right steps. It assures the general public that the govt is concerned about corruption. But the govt’s decision to auction the petrol-pumps and gas agencies is not in favour of the public. As it will only provide opportunities to already rich and establish business families.

Thus, closing the doors forever for the middle-class and poor to enter in this business.

I may mention in this regard that few years back, the former Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Bansi Lal, cancelled all the pending applications for the residential plots and increase the selling price of residential plots in Haryana. The commercial plots were sold in auction only.

And in the result, the prices of residential and commercial plots of HUDA has gone as high as that only the rich, smugglers, bandits, thugs, big business houses, and property dealers can purchase the property now.

Are the planned cities are developed for only smugglers and corrupts to live, or the poor will be forced to live in slums only. And due to chief minister’s such shortsightedness, the prices of property in the nearby smaller cities also went up.

In a country like ours, where the masses are working for a thousand rupees a month and a piece of undeveloped residential land, measuring 50 square meters, is costing couple of lakh rupees, which is more than the entire life-time salary of a poor. Then how a poor will built a house to live.

I am sorry to suggest that there is no requirement for auction in future also.

What perhaps requires is modification of the existing procedure in selecting the dealer. The procedure to apply and interview seems require no change. But instead of selecting only one suitable candidate in the interview which can easily be done under political or economical pressures.

The selection board should select as many as reasonably suitable applicants.

The selected candidates should participate in an openly organised draw (which has to be done in randomly), and the one who wins should be allotted the dealership. The draw should be strictly held in the presence of all the selected applicants for the draw, duly signed by all the participants.

Trust the govt will keep in mind the interest of the poor and not of those already rich.

Mohinder Singh, Faridabad



Dacoits’ gang busted, 5 held in Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 23
With the arrest of five persons, the South district police today claimed to have busted a desperate gang of dacoits involved in several cases of dacoities, robberies and murders. The police claimed that it had solved several cases with their arrest, including a dacoity-cum-murder in a leather garments factory at Okhla Phase-II and in a copper factory in Okhla Phase I. Stolen materials worth Rs 13 lakh were also recovered from their possession.

The accused Mohammad Farid (27), resident of Bareilly, Ramesh Chand Saini (42), resident of Ghaziabad, Rakesh (27), resident of Bulandshahr, Papu Saini alias Kalwa (22), resident of Bulandshahr and Sanjay (24), resident of Badarpur were nabbed by the police. During interrogation, the arrested persons confessed to their crimes.

On the fateful night of April 17, the dead body of chowkidar Mehar Chand (50), employed in a leather factory for the last 20 years, was found.

The deceased was found with his hands and legs tied with several stab injuries. The accused took away superfine quality of leather worth several lakh of rupees from the factory.

Based on secret information received during the preliminary investigation, the police arrested the three accused, Ramesh Chand, Sanjay and Rakesh alias Raku. The police recovered a button-actuated knife from their possession.

On sustained interrogation, the trio revealed that they committed the crime with the help of four others, identified as Anmol Jha alias Pandit, Dharma, Farid and Pappu.

They disclosed that on the night of the planned robbery, they assembled at Farid’s jhuggi in Okhla Phase I with arms and housebreaking implements. They said that the chowkidar was killed because he had become an obstacle to their plan.

They also disclosed that they had committed crimes in Okhla and Vivek Vihar area.

Man stabbed

A person identified as Rajender (24), was stabbed to death in Tigri in South district this morning. Rajender sold magazines and books at a DDA shed.

He was taken to Majidia Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The police said that the arrested suspect disclosed that he had killed Rajender along with three others because of his intimacy with a common girlfriend. The other suspects, Sudhir, Babloo and Tejpal are absconding.

Powder racket

With the arrest of three persons, the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a racket involving the manufacture of duplicate Nycil powder. The suspects were identified as Ashraf, Sushil Kumar and Mohammad Zarif. During interrogation, they disclosed that after Ashraf and Zarif arranged for molded containers, they filled it with Nycil powder and supplied it in the market.

Car-lifters held

The Anti-Auto Theft Squad of the West district police arrested five car-lifters and recovered an imported revolver and two cars from their possession. The arrested persons were identified as Parveen, Anupam Kumar, Naresh Kumar, Mahender Singh and Chander Prakash. The suspects were arrested while they were travelling in two stolen cars–Santro and Indica-from Ghaziabad.

They were involved in several cases of car lifting in Delhi and the neighbouring districts of UP, the police said.


1 killed, 3 injured as trucks collide on GT Road
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 23
One person was killed and three others injured when two trucks collided on the G.T. Road near Qumashpur village, about 13 km from here.

According to a report, a truck (No HR 38 5577) was on its way to Delhi when it collided with another truck.

Subsequently, one of the truck overturned, resulting in the death of one Naresh of Jind district.

Three other persons, who sustained injuries, were rushed to the local Civil Hospital. The condition of one of the injured, Sanjay, was stated to be serious. The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress.

According to another report, as many as 11 persons sustained injuries in a road accident near Mundlana village about 40km from here. The accident occurred when a truck collided with a jeep carrying passengers. All the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and were stated to be out of danger. No arrest has been made in this connection so far.

The third accident occurred on the G.T. Road near Qumashpur village when a speeding car overturned, resulting in injuries to three persons, Rajesh Garg, his wife Rishu Garg and their 4-year-old son, Rahul.

They were admitted in a private nursing home at Murthal for treatment by the highway police.

Another accident occurred on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road where a truckload of wheat overturned resulting in the injury to the conductor of the truck. According to a report, the driver of the truck tried to save a boy who was crossing the road. The injured conductor was immediately hospitalised.

Two more accidents were reported on the Sonepat-Gohana road bypass and near Barwasni village on the Sonepat-Gohana road. It resulted in the death of an unidentified man and injuries to another youth. 


Central School student run over by Sumo

New Delhi
A ninth standard student of Central School, Air Force Station, was crushed to death by a Tata Sumo on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road this morning.

The incident occurred when the victim, Hemant, a resident of Arya Nagar, was crossing the road. The Tata Sumo, which was coming from Gurgaon speedily, crushed the student to death. The vehicle overturned after the accident. The vehicle was attached with a call centre in Gurgaon and when the incident took place it was carrying Meenu, 25, who was injured when the vehicle overturned, the police said.

The driver of the vehicle, Satyender, a resident of Sadar Bazar, Karnal, has been arrested. TNS


Shop online from Mrignayani Emporium
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, August 23
The Mrignayani Emporium run by the Madhya Pradesh Small Scale Industries Corporation has taken a decision to convert all its emporia into international stores and launch a web portal, which will enable the shoppers to shop on-line.

Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, while inaugurating the online control system, emphasised on using IT in view of the present competitive business environment.

In the new software, the elements necessary for running the international-level stores efficiently have been incorporated so as to connect all emporia of the corporation with each other as also with the head office. The bar coding and store control system will add convenience to shopping and aid in the maintenance of accounts effectively.

The Managing Director of the corporation, Mr Ashok Naronha, informed that in the first phase this software was being implemented in Delhi and later Jaipur and Udaipur will also be included.

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