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Red again: AISA makes a clean sweep at JNU
New Delhi, March 3
With deafening roars of "comrades ko lal salaam" and "naxalbari" in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus today the All India Students Association (AISA) claimed the JNU students' union throne with a remarkable victory after a wait of four years.
AISA supporters celebrate their victory in New Delhi on Saturday.
PAINTING IT RED: AISA supporters celebrate their victory in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo

Institute managers held for running degree racket
New Delhi, March 3
The police has arrested four persons, including three associated with the management of a Delhi educational institute, for allegedly running a racket of providing forged academic certificates to candidates seeking employment.

HC breather for Noida industrial units
Noida, March 3
After banks got a breather from the Supreme Court, industrial units in Noida also got similar relief from the Allahabad High Court on Friday.


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DSGMC chief seeks action against Jangpura MLA
New Delhi, March 3
Delhi police personnel keep a vigil on the gate of Bala Sahib Gurdwara in New Delhi on Saturday. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjeet Singh Sarna today appealed to the Congress high command to sack its Jangpura MLA from the party as he allegedly instigated his supporters to attack DSGMC secretary Harvinder Singh Sarna in gurdwara Bala Sahib on Ring Road near Sarai Kale Khan yesterday.


Delhi police personnel keep a vigil on the gate of Bala Sahib Gurdwara in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Schoolboy goes missing in Noida
Noida, March 3
A 15-year-old boy who had gone missing from the state government's showpiece residential school, one of Chief Minister Mayawati's pet projects, here on Tuesday has left his family worried and the district police puzzled.

No headway in case of copís missing son 
Noida, March 3
Eighteen-year-old Abhay Pathak, son of an Uttar Pradesh police sub-inspector (SI), went missing from his residence in Greater Noida on February 25. Six days on, the police is yet clueless about his whereabouts.

SAD Badal to sit on dharna
New Delhi, March 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today said that lobbing tear gas and firing in the air on the premises of gurdwara Bala Sahib was "a mini operation Blue Star" for that the police as well as the ruling party in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Committee Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) was responsible.

Missing RTI activist found after two days
New Delhi, March 3
A 38-year-old Right to Information (RTI) activist was found at Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh today after he had gone missing from East Delhi on Thursday.

Assaulted Russian seeks police protection
New Delhi, March 3
A Russian woman, who was allegedly assaulted and robbed by a son of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA two days, today said that the South Delhi police is protecting the culprit. The 24-year-old woman has sought protection in a letter addressed to the Delhi police commissioner.
A little girl walks down the ramp with her designer at Fashionista Fashion Fest ó Kids Couture 2012 in Gurgaon on Saturday.
A little girl walks down the ramp with her designer at Fashionista Fashion Fest ó Kids Couture 2012 in Gurgaon on Saturday. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

3 get life term for murder
Ghaziabad, March 3
The Ghaziabad district judge has sentenced three murder accused to life imprisonment. All the three have also been slapped with a fine of Rs 75,000 each.

AIIMS baby may be discharged soon
New Delhi, March 3
The two-year-old battered baby at AIIMS, whose story of survival has caught everybody's attention, could be discharged in the next few days, say doctors at the premier hospital.

Constable arrested for manís death 
New Delhi, March 3
A Delhi police constable was arrested today in a case of the death of a 66-year-old man who died after a heart attack. Anil Kumar Arora died after he was allegedly pushed by constable Vikram Singh outside the Dhaula Kuan police post at night on Tuesday. Anil, a resident of Geeta Colony, was a retired accountant.

Stolen idol worth Rs 1 cr seized
New Delhi, March 3
The crime branch of the Delhi police has arrested one person for being involved with a gang in Malda, West Bengal, for stealing a 13th century idol of Lord Vishnu, which is estimated to be worth Rs 1 crore on the international market.

Hot start to weekend
New Delhi, March 3
The national capital had a rather sunny and hot start to the weekend today, with the day temperature shooting up 3 degrees above the average to settle at 29.2 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature settled one degree below the average at 12.4 degree Celsius. The humidity level fluctuated between 90 and 30 per cent.

Man jumps in front of Metro train, dies
New Delhi, March 3
A 45-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a speeding train at the Uttam Nagar Metro station this evening. The deceased has not been identified as yet. Officials only recovered a Metro card from his pocket. The man is said to be in his forties. He was wearing a yellow T-shirt, black jacket and black trousers.

Liquor is a grand leveller!
Everybody likes a drink once in a while, and the same goes for city policemen. Interestingly, barely 100 metres from the Police Headquarters (PHQ) at ITO is a liquor shop. Police sources say that the shop's main customers are the policemen posted at the PHQ, besides some income tax officials.

 





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Red again: AISA makes a clean sweep at JNU
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
With deafening roars of "comrades ko lal salaam" and "naxalbari" in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus today the All India Students Association (AISA) claimed the JNU students' union throne with a remarkable victory after a wait of four years.

The Ultra-Left body AISA swept the polls of the students' union today second time in a row claiming all the four posts of office-bearers - president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary.

The AISA had won with a clean sweep back in 2007 as well. The party left behind its closest competition on all the four seats for the JNUSU panel, SFI-AISF by considerable satisfactory margins.

Sucheta De won the JNUSU president post with a historic margin of 1,251 votes. She received a whopping 2,102 votes against her closest contender Zico Dasgupta of the SGI- AISF, who got 751 votes. Abhishek Kumar Yadav of the AISA won the vice-president post 1,997 votes after defeating Anagha Ingole of the SFI with 1,357 votes by a margin of 640 votes. The AISA contender for general secretary, Ravi Prakash Singh (1,908 votes), trumped Durgesh Kumar Tripathi (989 votes) of the SFI, by 919 votes.

Post of the joint secretary was again won by the AISA with its candidate Mohammad Firoz Ahamed with 1,778 votes leaving behind Mohammad Altamash (1,199 votes) of the SFI, by the margin of 579.

Students congratulated one another as even though the elections were conducted after a four-year break, the AISA managed to come back as the biggest students' party in the fray, bagging all four main panel seats along with a majority win in the councillors' elections winning 16 seats out of the total 29.

Celebrations had begun since the morning as with each passing hour, the certainty of the AISA's win kept getting stronger. Students went into an absolute frenzy when finally the news of the AISA's win arrived around 12.45 pm with Election Committee chairperson Prabhodan Arvind announcing the winners' names.

With slogans like "comrades ko lal salam" and "SFI ka bhoot banaya," AISA supporters marched off proudly along with the winners to a victory march, celebrating their success throughout the campus premises and the hostel areas as well.

Staying put on her word about her immediate agenda for the proper functioning of the JNUSU, Sucheta De said, "We said earlier as well, the students will speak for us. They have spoken through their mandate. They have stood against the establishment, rising corruption, AFSPA and SEZs."

Commenting on what her first priority on campus be, Sucheta said, "Our union will fight against the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee. Before the next elections arrive, we aim to get concrete results towards re-establishing the JNUSU constitution. Also, the problem of students' suffering from the unfair marking system in viva exams will be looked into."

The SFI camp on the other hand was visibly disappointed from the loss this time around. The party lost all four seats to the AISA in the main panel and could only manage two councillors against the AISA's 16.

"We didn't anticipate or expect such a response during elections. It is of course a huge mandate. It will take some time for us to analyse and understand," said Roshan Kishore, state secretary of the SFI.

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Institute managers held for running degree racket
Tribune News Service

 The accused in police custody.
SHAMEFACED: The accused in police custody. Tribune photo

New Delhi, March 3
The police has arrested four persons, including three associated with the management of a Delhi educational institute, for allegedly running a racket of providing forged academic certificates to candidates seeking employment.

The arrests were made following a complaint registered by a freelance journalist of a television news channel, who had conducted a sting operation on the racket.

The police learnt that three of the accused-- Sanjay Chaudhary, Bhanu and Somaya Samantra--had started the racket in December last year after their institute suffered losses. The certificates were printed by one Naveen, who is the fourth accused.

The sting operation was conducted at the Jagannath Institute of Management and Technology by the freelance journalist on February 29. The institute is at Netaji Subhash Place.

According to the police, the journalist, who is the complainant in the case, had obtained fake certificates and marksheets of MBA for the period from 2004 to 2006. The institute, however started, functioning in June 2011.

The complainant had paid an advance amount of Rs 5,000 to the accused. The remaining money was to be paid at the time of the delivery of the fake certificates and marksheets.

The complainant handed four marksheets and a certificate of MBA to the police. The documents were given to him by the institute. The police thereafter raided the institute and interrogated the general manager, Sanjay. During a search, some forged certificates and marksheets of various candidates and receipts of payments were found.

Sanjay was arrested and he disclosed to the police that the institute was started in June last year. He said that Somaya and Bhanu are directors of the institute.

Sanjay used to work at the Asian Institute of Management and Technology at Prashant Vihar in 2008. There, he met Bhanu, who was an employee of the institute, and they became good friends, according to additional deputy commissioner of police (north-west district) Romil Baaniya.

In 2010, the two left the Asian Institute of Management and Technology and joined IIIMT in South Extension. There they met Somaya. Sanjay and Bhanu left the institute the same year and started the Jagannath Institute of Management and Technology in June 2011.

Sanjay joined the institute in August last year as the general manager.

"The institution failed to obtain enough candidates and they suffered losses. They, thereafter, planned to supply fake degrees and certificates to candidates. They charged Rs 20,000 per candidate for certificates and degrees. They started the illegal business in December, 2011. They used to extract data of candidates from a website and then contact them," said Romil Baaniya.

The certificates and marksheets were printed by Naveen. Sanjay became acquainted with him in 2008 at the Asian Institute of Management and Technology. Naveen stuck a deal with Sanjay for printing certificates and marksheets for Rs 65 per copy. 

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HC breather for Noida industrial units
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 3
After banks got a breather from the Supreme Court, industrial units in Noida also got similar relief from the Allahabad High Court on Friday.

On a petition filed by the Noida Entrepreneurs' Association (NEA), the court has granted a stay on the sealing of industrial units, asking the petitioners to file objections to the shutdown notices issued by the Noida Authority within three weeks.

The court has said that after the filing of the objections, the Noida Authority is free to take appropriate action.

Last month, the Noida Authority had issued shutdown notices to about 1,000 units that supply raw material to 6,000 industries. Protesting the move, the NEA on February 25 sought a stay on the sealing drive scheduled to start on March 5.

A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and Sunita Agarwal on Friday directed the members of the petitioners' association to submit detailed objections to the notices to the Noida Authority within three weeks.

The Authority is free to take appropriate action after examining the objections in the light of the Supreme Court order of January 23, said the court.

The January order had directed the Noida Authority to seal all properties operating out of non-conforming areas.

Vipin Malhan, president of the NEA, said, "Because of the absence of retail markets for raw material, commercial activity has been going on in some industrial sectors. Shutting down of operations in these units will bring industries spread across 34 sectors in Noida to a standstill."

The petitioners have also asked for quashing of the notices dated 27/1/2012 and 30/1/2012 issued by the Noida Authority, asking the units to close down as it was against the land use mentioned in their lease deed.

The notices had directed the allottees to immediately stop the "unauthorised activity" or face sealing action and lease deed cancellation.

Noida CEO Captain SK Dwivedi said they had not received a certified copy of the court order."After our legal counsel studies the order, we will decide the further course of action," Dwivedi said.

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DSGMC chief seeks action against Jangpura MLA
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjeet Singh Sarna today appealed to the Congress high command to sack its Jangpura MLA from the party as he allegedly instigated his supporters to attack DSGMC secretary Harvinder Singh Sarna in gurdwara Bala Sahib on Ring Road near Sarai Kale Khan yesterday.

Sarna said that he, along with members of the DSGMC, would meet AICC chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to appeal to them to take stern action against the MLA and cancel his party membership and other posts. Fifty per cent of the attackers were non-Sikh, he said.

Sarna said that it was a murderous attack on Harvinder, yet no criminal case has been registered so far. The police has not taken any action against the culprits.

He said that the government should give the same punishment to the culprits as given to the terrorists who had attacked Akshardham Temple in Gujarat a few years ago.

Giving reply to the allegation that the DSGMC secretary performed "havan" on the gurdwara premises before handing over the possession to the B.L. Kapoor company, Sarna said the secretary performed only "ardas" in the gurdwara. He showed a picture of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal performing "havan".

Sarna said that the attackers raised slogans against the secretary just after he came out of the gurdwara. When he did not react, they pelted him with stones. The attackers then threatened to kill him. Sensing the situation going out of control, the secretary's driver pushed him in his car and drove him out of the gurdwara premises.

Sarna said he would continue his plan of running the hospital with the help of private companies.

On the other hand, Tarvinder Singh Marwah, MLA, said, "I have nothing to do with the attack. It was the community members who carried it out. Sarna has a task force that was used against the community members. In a befitting reply, they attacked the secretary. The Guru Harkishan Hospital that is the bone of contention was constructed by Baba Harbans Singh. The money was contributed by the community. Sarna has no right to give it on lease to a private company."

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Schoolboy goes missing in Noida
Parmindar Singh

Noida, March 3
A 15-year-old boy who had gone missing from the state government's showpiece residential school, one of Chief Minister Mayawati's pet projects, here on Tuesday has left his family worried and the district police puzzled.

Prabhakar, a Class IX student of the heavily guarded Panch Sheel Balak Inter College in Sector 91, was found missing from the school hostel on February 28 when his father arrived to pick him up.

Surprisingly, the school built to provide "affordable and quality English education" using modern paraphernalia such as air-conditioned classrooms with projectors and electronic screens, is kept under constant watch with 34 CCTV cameras and an army of private security guards.

"Our son's disappearance from such a well-protected school is shocking. It belies the tall claims of the government of naming it one of the best schools in the country," said Chaman Singh, Prabhakar's distraught father, who owns a pharmacy in Ghaziabad.

Prabhakar's disappearance, close on the heels of a police official's son going missing on February 25, has turned the spotlight on the region's poor child safety record. Child rights activities allege that inadequate infrastructure and insufficient training of police officials was making the task of finding these children difficult.

Data with the zonal integrated police network (Zipnet) shows 243 children reported missing last year have not been traced. According to Mala Bhandari, a child rights activist, "The chances of tracing a child are reduced due to inadequate coordination between different district and state police forces."

"We were very happy when our child got admitted to the school because we thought he would get the best education. Now we just want him back," said Chaman Singh, missing boy's father.

School principal Satveer Singh has made himself unavailable for comment.

"The boy was suspended from school after he hid in a cupboard and his parents were informed. His family lives in the Vijayanagar area of Ghaziabad. The school management had asked the father to pick his son up but by the time the father arrived, the boy had mysteriously disappeared," said a police official.

Randhir Singh, SO, Noida Phase II police station said the evidence suggested that the boy disappeared on his own will.

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No headway in case of copís missing son 
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 3
Eighteen-year-old Abhay Pathak, son of an Uttar Pradesh police sub-inspector (SI), went missing from his residence in Greater Noida on February 25. Six days on, the police is yet clueless about his whereabouts.

It has launched a search operation. Abhay, Class XII student, had come to Greater Noida from Aligarh on February 5 to prepare for his CBSE board exams, which started on Thursday. His father SI Ved Prakash Pathak, posted at the Police Lines in Greater Noida, lodged a complaint on Sunday.

According to his father, Abhay used to go to a coaching centre in Sector Alpha-I. On Saturday, he told his parents that he had some doubts in physics and chemistry and left for the coaching centre around 1 am. However, he neither reached the centre nor returned home.

Abhay, alias Harshit, the only son of his parents, studies at a private school in Aligarh. "I was transferred to Gautam Budh Nagar but my son decided to live in Aligarh to complete his Class XII from there only. Abhay had come to Greater Noida to prepare for his exams," said Ved Prakash.

The family resides at the senior citizens' society in Greater Noida.

"When my son did not return home, I called him around 9 pm, but his cell-phone was switched off. Thinking that he may be at a friend's place, we waited till the next morning. Then we alerted the police," he added.

SHO Jagat Singh Sharma at the Kasna police station said, "We have sought his call details from the telecom company. The family does not suspect anyone."

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SAD Badal to sit on dharna
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today said that lobbing tear gas and firing in the air on the premises of gurdwara Bala Sahib was "a mini operation Blue Star" for that the police as well as the ruling party in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Committee Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) was responsible.

The Delhi unit chief of the SAD Badal, Manjit Singh (GK), said that the incident was condemnable. Harvinder Singh Sarna should not have gone there.

Now the election has been announced, the present committee has no right to take any executive decision.

The fate of the Guru Harkishan Hospital located on the premises of the gurdwara will be decided by the new committee to be constituted after the election.

He said that he along with a large number of party workers would sit on dharna in front of the office of the Union home minister on Monday. 

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Missing RTI activist found after two days
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
A 38-year-old Right to Information (RTI) activist was found at Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh today after he had gone missing from East Delhi on Thursday.

The activist, Shiv Kumar Tiwari, is a resident of Shakurbasti. He is a florist and owns a shop at Connaught Place. Two days ago, he and his employee had gone to a flower market at Ghazipur in East Delhi. He went missing thereafter. His family lodged a complaint with the police.

Sources said that Tiwari was kidnapped by four armed persons who robbed him of his jewellery and cash. He was forcibly taken away in an Innova car and then dumped at Muzaffarnagar.

After regaining consciousness, he approached the UP police for help who took him to a local hospital. The Delhi police was thereafter intimated.

He was traced to Muzaffarnagar and is being brought to Delhi, according to the police.

Tiwari had conducted a sting operation on New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) employees and police personnel, who had allegedly taken bribes.

Sources said that he had also filed a complaint in the 'Ghost Employees' case of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

According to sources, Tiwari's wife, Pratibha said that he had filed some RTIs in 2009. Thereafter some NDMC and MCD officials were suspended. She believed that some government officials might have kidnapped Tiwari to settle scores. He had also received some threatening calls.

A case of kidnapping has been registered against unknown persons at the Ghazipur police station.

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Assaulted Russian seeks police protection
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
A Russian woman, who was allegedly assaulted and robbed by a son of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA two days, today said that the South Delhi police is protecting the culprit. The 24-year-old woman has sought protection in a letter addressed to the Delhi police commissioner.

The woman is employed as an architect with a private company at Gurgaon. Her advocate Gagan Chhabra alleged that the police is not arresting Vivek Singh, who is the son of BSP MLA, Chandraveer Singh. The woman alleged that the police is shielding the accused.

Chhabra alleged that Vivek had entered his client's house, pointed a gun at her and thrashed her repeatedly. Vivek left her house with her passport, debit cards and mobile phone. Despite this, the police has only booked the accused under IPC Section 452.

He alleged that this raises concern over the manner in which the police deals with such cases.

The victim had also approached the Russian embassy for help. Chhabra alleged that the woman was living in fear after the incident which happened during the early morning of Wednesday.

The police denied allegations made by Chhabra. According to the police, a case under IPC section 452 and Arms Act was registered. Later, it replaced section 452 with IPC section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery).

Sources said that the Russian woman and Vivek had met about a year ago at a corporate party in Gurgaon. They became friends, but fell out in October last year.

On Wednesday, the woman arrived at the IGI airport from Moscow. Vivek also reached the airport to escort her, but she refused to go with him. She hired a taxi and left for her residence at Freedom Fighter Colony in Mehrauli.

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3 get life term for murder
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 3
The Ghaziabad district judge has sentenced three murder accused to life imprisonment. All the three have also been slapped with a fine of Rs 75,000 each.

The judgment was delivered by additional district judge Sarvesh Pandey. The convicts 
are Sumera, Harchandi and Vikal.

According to the prosecution, Nanak Chand, a resident of Chaura Mussori in the Loni police station area, had married his daughter to Nandal of Sirauli. Nanak Chand's younger son Hawa Singh used to live with his sister in Sirauli. There, he had reportedly developed an illicit relationship with a girl. But the girl's family was against the relationship and this had led to enmity between them and Hawa Singh's family.

On October 11, 1998, Hawa Singh's elder brother Kishen Pal had gone to Sirauli to meet his sister and brother. But he was murdered there and his body was fished out of a pond in the village after 10 days.

The police had arrested three men--Sumera, Harchandi and Vikal ó as the accused.

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AIIMS baby may be discharged soon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The two-year-old battered baby at AIIMS, whose story of survival has caught everybody's attention, could be discharged in the next few days, say doctors at the premier hospital.

"Battling for life for almost 45 days, she has displayed an amazing fighting spirit. Her condition has improved and she is now moving her limbs. Though still comatose and sub-conscious, she has showed improvement and survived the life-threatening phase," neurosurgeon Deepak Agrawal said.

All her infections have been controlled and with a gradual recovery, we can soon declare her fit to be discharged from the hospital, added Agarwal. The baby was admitted to the hospital on January 18 with broken skull, fractured arms and bruises all over the body. 

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Constable arrested for manís death 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
A Delhi police constable was arrested today in a case of the death of a 66-year-old man who died after a heart attack.
Anil Kumar Arora died after he was allegedly pushed by constable Vikram Singh outside the Dhaula Kuan police post at night on Tuesday. Anil, a resident of Geeta Colony, was a retired accountant.

The incident occurred when Anil tried to stop a scuffle between his son, Mohit Arora (32) and Vikram. The constable is posted at the Delhi Cantonment police station.

Delhi police commissioner BK Gupta had directed the Crime Branch to investigate the case. A senior Crime Branch official said that Vikram was arrested after analyzing the circumstances of the incident and the statement of Mohit.

On Tuesday night, Anil and Mohit were returning to their residence at Dwarka. They had stopped their car at the Dhaula Kuan police post. They wanted water for the over-heated radiator of another car that was being driven by Anil's eldest son, Kamal. Mohit asked Vikram for water, who was standing nearby and talking on the phone. The constable ignored his repeated pleas.

Mohit was then allegedly beaten by the constable. As Anil intervened, he was allegedly pushed aside by the constable. He fell to the ground and became unconscious. He was taken to the Safdarjung Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

A case under Indian Penal Code section 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) was registered at the Delhi Cantonment police station.

A magisterial inquiry was ordered under section 176 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc).

A three-member medical team conducted a post-mortem. The cause of death will be ascertained after the report. 

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Stolen idol worth Rs 1 cr seized
Tribune News Service
The accused and the idol in New Delhi on Saturday.
The accused and the idol in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo

New Delhi, March 3
The crime branch of the Delhi police has arrested one person for being involved with a gang in Malda, West Bengal, for stealing a 13th century idol of Lord Vishnu, which is estimated to be worth Rs 1 crore on the international market.

On February 29, the police was tipped off about a man named Israr-ul-Haque (42) who would be going to Jaipur with a stolen idol. He was planning to reach Jaipur after boarding a bus from Mori Gate at 7 pm.

The police laid a trap at Mori Gate and arrested him. Haque is a resident of Jaipur. An antique idol of Lord Vishnu was seized from him. The idol was made of a particular black stone.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Joy Tirkey said, "The idol is of Lord Vishnu with four arms which is standing on a lotus. There are 10 small statues of men and women, two statues of elephants and two statues of horses around the main idol of Lord Vishnu. It is from the 13th century and probably belongs to the Sena Dynasty or Deva Kingdom of medieval Bengal."

Haque had possession of the idol after it was given by Tapas from Nadia district near Malda. It was reportedly stolen from a temple in Malda, according to Joy Tirkey.

A case under appropriate sections of the Antiquity and Art Treasures Act, 1972, and the India Penal Code has been registered.

According to Tirkey, Haque has been engaged in the trading of gems and antiques in Jaipur for the past five to six years. He works for Shakeel who is also a resident of Jaipur.

Shakeel has bought and sold numerous antique statues which he had procured from Tapas and his gang in Malda. Shakeel has a criminal record. He was arrested for a similar offence in October 2009 at IP Estate in Delhi, added Tirkey.

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Hot start to weekend
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The national capital had a rather sunny and hot start to the weekend today, with the day temperature shooting up 3 degrees above the average to settle at 29.2 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature settled one degree below the average at 12.4 degree Celsius. The humidity level fluctuated between 90 and 30 per cent.

The weather office has predicted a hotter Sunday.

"The weather conditions are likely to remain similar tomorrow. The sky is expected to remain clear and sunny while the day temperature may rise further. The maximum and minimum temperatures tomorrow are likely to oscillate between 31 and 14 degree Celsius," said an official of the Indian Meteorological Department.

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Man jumps in front of Metro train, dies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
A 45-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a speeding train at the Uttam Nagar Metro station this evening.
The deceased has not been identified as yet. Officials only recovered a Metro card from his pocket. The man is said to be in his forties. He was wearing a yellow T-shirt, black jacket and black trousers.

The man had jumped on the tracks in front of a moving train at platform one. The train stopped after its driver applied the emergency brakes, but the man was crushed under its wheels. The train was coming from Dwarka and headed towards Rajiv Chowk. The man was rushed to the DDU Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. 

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Liquor is a grand leveller!

Students of Delhi University celebrate the forthcoming festival of colours on north campus in Delhi on Saturday.
HOLI HIGH JINKS: Students of Delhi University celebrate the forthcoming festival of colours on north campus in Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Everybody likes a drink once in a while, and the same goes for city policemen. Interestingly, barely 100 metres from the Police Headquarters (PHQ) at ITO is a liquor shop.

Police sources say that the shop's main customers are the policemen posted at the PHQ, besides some income tax officials. Ahead of the shop in a byroad are a couple of dhabas, where people gather to enjoy their drink and snacks every day after dusk.

According to sources, a large number of customers at these dhabas also are from the police and income tax departments.

Childcare services

The burning issue of two children of Indian origin lodged in a foster home by the Norwegian government is a case study of the stark contrast between the working of childcare services in India and Norway.

According to the children's grandparents, the Norwegian government had objected to the habits of the parents, basically "cultural differences" like sleeping on the same bed or feeding them with hands. However, the objections constituted firm grounds for the government there to take the children away for their welfare. While in India thousands of children may be suffering from physical and mental abuse inflicted by their so-called well-wishers. Surprisingly, even a much-publicised case like that of "Baby Falak", who is fighting for life after being subjected to the worst form of physical abuse, has not served as an awakening call to those responsible for proper implementation of child-oriented welfare schemes.

Free drugs at public hospitals

After harping on universal healthcare, the government has at least announced the provision of free drugs at public hospitals. The step, likely to be implemented through the 12th Five Year Plan to reduce burden on patients, has received a warm response from the poor as well as the city's medical fraternity.

While welcoming the health ministry's idea of setting up a central procurement agency for achieving the goal of Universal Health Care under the National Rural Health Mission, the Indian Medical Association has also offered its assistance in the endeavour.

ĎStrongí plan goes phut

After unruly scenes created by the supporters of some senior BJP leaders, now it seems that party president Nitin Gadkari's decision of giving tickets to "strong candidates" only will not be implemented. Soon after the names of leaders in the election committee were announced, a large number of supporters of former leader of opposition in the state Assembly Jagdish Mukhi and former state party president O P Kohli created a ruckus. They shouted slogans against Vijender Gupta--the Delhi BJP chief.

As the names of Mukhi and Kohli did not figure in the election committee, their supporters were upset. They feel that now they have no chance of getting tickets to the upcoming municipal elections.

(Contributed by Shaurya Karanbir Gurung, Himani Chandel, Ananya Panda, Syed Ali Ahmed)

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