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People stopped from praying at Akbarabadi mosque site
New Delhi, July 27
The Delhi police Activists of Hindu organisations up in arms against the construction at the Akbarabadi mosque site in Subhash Park on Friday.today cordoned off the area around the controversial Akabarbadi mosque site in Subhash Park to prevent Muslims from performing prayers and a group of saints and activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) from reciting Hanuman Chalisa.


Activists of Hindu organisations up in arms against the construction at the Akbarabadi mosque site in Subhash Park on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Copís body found in canal
New Delhi, July 27
The body of a 32-year-old Delhi police head constable, who had been missing since Wednesday, was found in Bawana Canal, this morning. The police suspects that the constable, Sunil Kumar, either committed suicide or was murdered and his body dumped in the canal. The body has been sent for postmortem to ascertain the cause of death.



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Two minor girls raped
New Delhi, July 27
In two separate incidents that took place in West Delhi during the past two days, two minor girls were allegedly raped, police said today. A three-year-old girl was raped by a construction worker near her house in Ranhola on July 25. The next day, a class nine student was sexually assaulted by her neighbour at Khyala. The police has arrested both the accused.

Homeless man shoots himself dead
New Delhi, July 27
A 28-year-old man, sitting on an auto-rickshaw, shot himself dead at Ambedkar Nagar, southeast Delhi, this morning. The man, Kulwant, worked as a mechanic on the streets of Block number 12 of Dakshinpuri. A police officer said that he used to sleep in the auto-rickshaw parked nearby .

Indian Oil exec abducted, robbed
New Delhi, July 27
A 42-year-old Indian Oil Corporation executive was allegedly abducted in his own car by two motorcycle-borne men at Sarita Vihar on Wednesday night. He was robbed of his valuables while they drove him around Delhi and also made him call his wife, asking her to give money for his friend, who had met with an accident, police said today.

Rosalind Wilson Memorial Lecture
New Delhi, July 27
Former Attorney General for India Soli J. Sorabjee will organize the 20th Rosalind Wilson Memorial Lecture at IIC Auditorium tomorrow. The topic of the lecture is Freedom of Expression and Communication, Challenges in the Age of Internet. Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor will be the main speaker, a press release said.

North Corpn drive on property mutation from Aug 1
New Delhi, July 27
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has decided to launch a campaign for guiding people on the mutation of property. s Chairman of the High Powered Property Taxes Committee of NDMC, Rajesh Bhatia today said that NDMC will be organising a 'special drive on mutation of property' from August 1 to 31. This decision was taken in a high-level meeting where Mayor Mira Aggarwal and Deputy Chairman of the committee, Arvind Garg were also present.

 





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People stopped from praying at Akbarabadi mosque site
Hanuman Chalisa recited at the Gauri Shankar temple to protest against the construction
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
The Delhi police today cordoned off the area around the controversial Akabarbadi mosque site in Subhash Park to prevent Muslims from performing prayers and a group of saints and activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) from reciting Hanuman Chalisa. The VHP activists had reached the site, claiming that the ruins belonged to a temple of the Pandava era.

The situation created problems for commuters as the traffic from Delhi Gate to the general post office near Kashmere Gate had to be diverted to Ring Road.

Meanwhile, stopped from offering prayers at the mosque site, a group of prominent saints registered their protest against the construction at the mosque site by reciting Hanuman Chalisa at the Gauri Shankar temple in Chandni Chowk. The saints gathered in front of the temple around 11.30 am and demanded that the structure built at the site be demolished.

Addressing the gathering, Mahant Naval Kishor Dass, secretary-general of the Delhi Sant Mahamandal, threatened that if the structure was not demolished soon, the protest would spread to every street of the city and the Capital "to awaken the sleeping governments and the handicapped administration".

The protesters were addressed by Jagad Guru Shankaracharya Ramanandacharya, Swami Handevacharya, president of the Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha Swami Raghavanand, Swami Dharma Dev, president of the Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh Mahant Surenra Nath Awadhoot, president of the Hindu Maha Sabha Swami Chakrapani and the international vice-president of the VHP Om Prakash Singhal.

The Delhi Saint Mandal has even submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee, demanding the removal of the newly constructed portion at the controversial site.

The case is currently with the Delhi High Court and Muslim leaders and local MLA Shoaib Iqbal last week gave a commitment to Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna that they would abide by the court order. 

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Copís body found in canal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
The body of a 32-year-old Delhi police head constable, who had been missing since Wednesday, was found in Bawana Canal, this morning.
The police suspects that the constable, Sunil Kumar, either committed suicide or was murdered and his body dumped in the canal. The body has been sent for postmortem to ascertain the cause of death.

Kumar lived with his family at Pul Prahladpur in south-east Delhi. He worked as a reader in the business department at the Police Headquarters.

Kumar's family approached the police after he did not return home on Wednesday. His colleagues confirmed that he attended office on the day.

On Thursday morning, the police found Kumar's Hyundai i-10 car near Bawana Canal. Divers were pressed into action to search for Kumar's body in the canal. Finally, the body was found around 11.30 am today. It was taken to the Maharishi Valmiki Hospital in Model Town.

The police is questioning Kumar's family and friends to learn if he had any enmity with anyone. 

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Two minor girls raped
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
In two separate incidents that took place in West Delhi during the past two days, two minor girls were allegedly raped, police said today.
A three-year-old girl was raped by a construction worker near her house in Ranhola on July 25. The next day, a class nine student was sexually assaulted by her neighbour at Khyala. The police has arrested both the accused.

In the first incident, construction work was being carried out on the second floor of a building at Ranhola on Wednesday. The accused, Om Prakash, was working at the site.

According to the police, he had asked the house owner for water. The three-year-old girl took a bottle of water to him. Seeing her alone, Prakash took her to a corner and allegedly raped her. A relative of the girl reportedly saw the act. Prakash was then severely beaten.

A medical examination of the victim confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted. Prakash was thereafter arrested.

The second incident occurred at an area under the jurisdiction of the Khyala police station on Thursday. A class nine student was raped by her neighbour, Rohit.

According to the police, Rohit on Thursday tricked the girl into coming to his room, where he raped her. After the incident, she informed her family, who reported the matter to the police.

Police investigations reportedly revealed that Rohit raped the girl over a period of many months. He also threatened to kill her if she reported the matter to anyone.

Rohit reportedly worked as a labourer and is married. 

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Homeless man shoots himself dead
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
A 28-year-old man, sitting on an auto-rickshaw, shot himself dead at Ambedkar Nagar, southeast Delhi, this morning.
The man, Kulwant, worked as a mechanic on the streets of Block number 12 of Dakshinpuri. A police officer said that he used to sleep in the auto-rickshaw parked nearby .

The officer said that at 6.30 am today, Kulwant while sitting on the auto-rickshaw, pointed a countrymade pistol at his temple and fired it, killing himself on the spot. A passerby informed the police soon.

The police reached the site of the incident and took Kulwant's body to a nearby hospital for a postmortem.

"We will probe the source of the katta (countrymade pistol). We will ascertain the motive behind Kulwant's extreme step," said a senior police officer.

His parents live at Sangam Vihar, according to the police. His mother works as a maid and father is employed as a dishwasher at a hotel. The officer added that he had two brothers, one of them died and the other one is unemployed.

"We spoke to Kulwant's parents, who said that he had left home when he was 8 to 10 years old. They tried speaking to him three days ago, but he refused to have any relationship with his parents," added the officer. 

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Indian Oil exec abducted, robbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
A 42-year-old Indian Oil Corporation executive was allegedly abducted in his own car by two motorcycle-borne men at Sarita Vihar on Wednesday night. He was robbed of his valuables while they drove him around Delhi and also made him call his wife, asking her to give money for his friend, who had met with an accident, police said today.

After the victim, Ashish Kumar, placed a call to his wife, one of the robbers went to his house at Sarita Vihar and took Rs 31,000 from her.

The incident occurred at H-pocket market in Sarita Vihar at 10 pm, when Kumar was returning home from his office in Gurgaon. Kumar told the police that at H-pocket, two men on a motorcycle asked him to stop his car. After he stopped, one of them came towards him and started shouting at him. When Kumar rolled down the window, the robber pointed a gun at him and forcibly entered the car. They then started driving Kumar's car and robbed him of Rs 1,200 and other belongings, including a gold ring. He then took the victim's ATM card and asked for the PIN number.

The robber gave the card and PIN number to his accomplice who was following them on the motorcycle. They parked the car near a shopping mall in Jasolla Vihar and the second robber withdrew Rs 50,000 from Kumar's account.

But the robbers wanted more cash. They told him to telephone a friend and ask for money. Kumar replied that no one will come to give cash, as it was late in the night. The robbers then forced Kumar to telephone his wife. They also directed him to tell his wife that he would be sending someone to collect the cash.

One of the accused went to Kumarís house and took Rs 31,000 from his wife. Before fleeing, they threatened him with dire consequences if he reported the matter to anyone.

A case of robbery and abduction was thereafter registered at the Sarita Vihar police station on Thursday afternoon and investigations have begun.

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Rosalind Wilson Memorial Lecture
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
Former Attorney General for India Soli J. Sorabjee will organize the 20th Rosalind Wilson Memorial Lecture at IIC Auditorium tomorrow. The topic of the lecture is Freedom of Expression and Communication, Challenges in the Age of Internet. Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor will be the main speaker, a press release said.

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North Corpn drive on property mutation from Aug 1
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 27
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has decided to launch a campaign for guiding people on the mutation of property.
sChairman of the High Powered Property Taxes Committee of NDMC, Rajesh Bhatia today said that NDMC will be organising a 'special drive on mutation of property' from August 1 to 31. This decision was taken in a high-level meeting where Mayor Mira Aggarwal and Deputy Chairman of the committee, Arvind Garg were also present.

Garg said that there are a large number of cases of sale and purchase of property in Delhi. In

this campaign, the property tax department will settle cases like where a legal heir wants to register the property in his or her name after the death of the property owner or where the property owner wants mutation of property in their name. Cases pending or rejected by the property tax department will also be taken up.

"Property owners can apply from August 1 to 31. The department will check the submitted documents to see if there is any discrepancy or any tax is due against the property. Then a notice will be sent before September 15 so that an applicant may complete the formalities till September 30. Subsequently, the documents on the mutation of property will be given to the property owner on October 4," said Bhatia.

He said that in every zonal office, the board outside the office should display the list of necessary documents required for the mutation of property and necessary steps should be taken to inform the citizens about this drive. He asked citizens, RWAs and property owners to participate in this drive. 

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