Tuesday, October 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India





THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

Tributes paid to co-pilot Ritu
Rohtak, October 1
A pall of gloom has descended on Model Town here following the death of young Ritu Malik, one of the crew, who perished in the plane crash along with senior Congress leader Madhav Rao Scindia and six others yesterday. Ritu, 20, was the only child of her parents. Her mother had died a few months ago.

Ragging forces girl to leave KU
Hisar, October 1
Tormented and tortured by seniors in the name of ragging, a girl student of M.Sc. (sofware) has left Kurukshetra University and returned home.

Number plates: new scheme put off
Chandigarh, October 1
The Haryana Government has postponed the introduction of the new type of number-plates on vehicles. Earlier, the Union Government had notified that the last date for the new number plates would be September 28.

MLA wanted in looting case spotted
Faridabad, October 1
Chander Bhatia, BJP MLA from the NIT Assembly constituency here, who is wanted by the CBI in connection with a dacoity case, is in news again.

Probe motivated, alleges Ran Singh
Rohtak, October 1
Former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ran Singh Mann has alleged that the Haryana Vigilance Bureau has been functioning as the “seva dal of the ruling INLD”.

Bhagat Singh’s statue unveiled
Faridabad, October 1
Mr Ajay Chautala, MP, unveiled the statue of Bhagat Singh at a postgraduate institute of management here yesterday.



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Rly goods worth Rs 3 lakh recovered
Ambala, October 1
The Railway police has busted a gang of thieves and recovered goods worth Rs 3 lakh.

Ruchika case adjourned
Ambala, October 1
Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, today adjourned the Ruchika molestation case to October 6.

3 recovered from police custody
Fatehabad, October 1
A warrant officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court raided Bhirdana police post in the district last evening and recovered three persons who were allegedly kept by the police in illegal custody.

Chickenpox breaks out in school
Rohtak, October 1
The outbreak of chickenpox in Sainik School Kunjpura, near Karnal, has caused panic among students and their parents. The father of a student complained that the school authorities had taken no remedial measures to protect the students from the disease.

Chaudhary takes over as Health DG
Chandigarh, October 1
Dr J.L. Chaudhary today took over as the Director-General of Health Services, Haryana, following the superannuation of Dr P.L. Jindal.

HPCC cancels mass fast plan
Chandigarh, October 1
Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, chief of the Haryana unit of the Congress, has said that the death of Mr Madhavrao Scindia has created a void in the democratic structure of the country.

CBI frames charges
Ambala, October 1
The special court for the CBI has framed charges against Mr R.K. Ranga and Mr Surender Tikku, a senior IAS officer and a former Regional Manager of the FCI, respectively, for taking bribe in the Open Market Sale Wheat Scheme.

Youths snatch Rs 1.5 lakh
Ambala, October 1
A bag containing about Rs 1.50 lakh was snatched from a businessman on the busy Nicholson Road this afternoon. The incident took place at 12.30 p.m. when the businessman from Ludhiana was walking along the Nicholson Road along with his employee.

New IG (Law & Order)

2 labourers killed


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Tributes paid to co-pilot Ritu

Rohtak, October 1
A pall of gloom has descended on Model Town here following the death of young Ritu Malik, one of the crew, who perished in the plane crash along with senior Congress leader Madhav Rao Scindia and six others yesterday.

Ritu, 20, was the only child of her parents. Her mother had died a few months ago. Her death is another blow to her father Rajender Singh, state Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner posted here.

A large number of people and senior officers of the administration have been flocking the residence of Maliks since the news of the tragic end of this promising girl spread.

Ritu, after doing plus two from Moti Lal Nehru School of Sports, Rai (Sonepat), studied at the local Vaish College of Engineering. Holding a commercial pilot licence she became a co-pilot only a couple of months back.

The body of Ritu Malik was brought at her residence this afternoon. Local MP Inder Singh, Deputy Commissioner Anil Malik, district police chief A.S. Ahlawat, Ritu’s friends and relatives, leaders of various political parties and social organisations laid wreaths on the body.

Later, Ritu’s body was taken to her ancestral village, Pauli, in Jind district for last rites. UNI

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Ragging forces girl to leave KU

Hisar, October 1
Tormented and tortured by seniors in the name of ragging, a girl student of M.Sc. (sofware) has left Kurukshetra University and returned home.

Anuja, who joined the post-graduate course at the university after securing 86.5 per cent marks in the B.Sc., said here that her seniors had been continuously forcing her to indulge in objectionable acts on the name of ragging in Kasturba Hostel following which she got mentally upset.

Her seniors (Minakshi, Madhu, Meera, Shefali and Aarti) teased her on the excuse of ragging and even asked their boyfriends to misbehave with her, Anuja alleged in a written complaint to the university authorities from whom she has claimed the refund of the fee and other expenditure to pay off the debt of her parents.

In a statement, Anuja has said the mischiefs of these girls went on increasing and when she complained to the authorities she was threatened of dire consequences.

According to her, the hostel’s warden Pushpa Sharma took her complaint lightly and filed the complaint without seeking any explanation of the perpetrators. Then she complained to chief warden N.D. Sharma and chief security officer D.S. Sandhu but no action was taken.

Her victimisation at the hands of senior girls continued and ultimately, broken at heart, she quit her studies and was compelled to leave the hostel.

Anuja’s father Balbir Kalwan, a resident of Hisar, had availed a loan for her studies. The man had even sold his wife’s jewellery to pay for the daughter’s higher studies, the family lamented. UNI

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Number plates: new scheme put off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The Haryana Government has postponed the introduction of the new type of number-plates on vehicles. Earlier, the Union Government had notified that the last date for the new number plates would be September 28.

Quoting Mr Rajan Gupta, Transport Commissioner of Haryana, an official release said that fresh orders on the introduction of the scheme would be issued later.

The release, however, said that the instructions regarding “black on yellow” number plates as per the old design should be implemented with immediate effect by transport vehicle owners.

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MLA wanted in looting case spotted

Faridabad, October 1
Chander Bhatia, BJP MLA from the NIT Assembly constituency here, who is wanted by the CBI in connection with a dacoity case, is in news again. While the MLA is being “hotly chased” by the CBI for the past few months after issuance of non-bailable warrants against him, he baffled people by ‘attending’ a religious function here last evening.

Bhatia was reportedly sitting in the front row along with other BJP leaders, including a former Union Minister, Mr Madan Lal Khurana and Mr Ram Bilas Sharma. Despite that the police did not arrest him. It is learnt that some senior officials were also present at the discourse programme on local Dasehra grounds.

The CBI officials had got a public notice passed on September 4 last that he could be declared a proclaimed offender if he failed to surrender on or before October 5. A formal public announcement to this effect was also made at the NIT locality.

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Probe motivated, alleges Ran Singh
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 1
Former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ran Singh Mann has alleged that the Haryana Vigilance Bureau has been functioning as the “seva dal of the ruling INLD”.

Addressing newspersons here today, he said the bureau was registered cases against Opposition leaders to ‘please’ the ruling party. He had advised the state Congress leaders to be vigilant and collect information about the corruption cases by the state government so as to pay them in the same coin whenever the Congress came to power in Haryana.

He said the inquiry being conducted by the bureau against him on charges of acquiring property disproportionate to his known source of income was politically motivated. He challenged the bureau to make public collective details of the property allegedly owned by him.

He said he owned only one residential house at Charkhi Dadri and had no other property either in his name or benami in any other village, town or city.

Mr Mann said if the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala was keen on eradicating corruption in the state, he should first order judicial inquiry by a stitting Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court into the allegations of corruption levelled by Mr Partap Singh Chautala against the Chief Minister.

He alleged that the government was “misusing” the vigilance bureau to tarnish the image of the Opposition leaders and gag them.

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Bhagat Singh’s statue unveiled
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 1
Mr Ajay Chautala, MP, unveiled the statue of Bhagat Singh at a postgraduate institute of management here yesterday.

Mr Chautala who was the chief guest at Saheed Bhagat Singh Postgraduate Institute of Management at its annual function, claimed that the sacrifice of ‘Saheed-e-Azam’ Bhagat Singh and other freedom fighters not only gave independence from the foreign rule but their ‘lives’ had become a moral for the modern youth. He said the late Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Devi Lal, had also spent some time in the same jail in which Bhagat Singh was ‘imprisoned’ and was inspired by him.

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambeshwar University, Prof H.L. Verma and Registrar of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan P.N. Vaidyanathan paid tributes to Bhagat Singh.

The chairman of the institute, Mr Babar Singh Sandhu, who is a nephew of the late Bhagat Singh stressed on proper education and career oriented programmes to deal with growing problem of unemployment in the country.

Dr A.V. Bhalla, who presided over the function said Bhagat Singh had been a student of DAV College and DAV institutions were proud of it. As many as 106 students were given degrees on completion of various courses from the institute.

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Rly goods worth Rs 3 lakh recovered
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 1
The Railway police has busted a gang of thieves and recovered goods worth Rs 3 lakh.

On getting information from the Engineering branch of the Railways about the theft of railway lines near the Pakki railway station in the Bathinda-Abohar section on September 17, a team was constituted by the Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, Mr Nirmal Singh.

A raid was conducted in a godown at Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib district. During the raid, stolen railway property worth Rs 65,000 was recovered, which included the railway lines from the Pakki railway station along with 99 brake blocks stolen from a goods train.

With the arrest of the members of the gang and receivers, a breakthrough has been achieved in the theft case. The investigation is being carried out by the Inspector, RPF, Mr D.L. Singh.

Later, a report about the theft of railway property from Naugaon, near the Morinda railway station, was received. A naka was set up near Naugaon village and the team succeeded in intercepting a truck carrying 35 stolen railway steel sleepers worth Rs 42,000. The gang members were arrested.

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Ruchika case adjourned
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 1
Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, today adjourned the Ruchika molestation case to October 6.

The adjournment is for awaiting the High Court order on a revision petition filed by the former Director General of Police, Haryana, Mr S.P.S. Rathore, on an application under Section 91.

On September 20, Mr Dhanjal had dismissed the review application filed under Section 91 by Mr Rathore. Mr Rathore and Madhu Prakash were present at the court.

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3 recovered from police custody
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 1
A warrant officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court raided Bhirdana police post in the district last evening and recovered three persons who were allegedly kept by the police in illegal custody.

Mr Jagat Ram, a resident of Katakheri village had moved the high court on September 27 through a habeas corpus writ petition. The petitioner had alleged that the police had kept three of his close relatives Shobha Singh, Hoshiar Singh and Shyam Singh in illegal custody and had expressed apprehension that the police might implicate them in false cases. On the directions from the high court, a warrant officer raided the police post and recovered the persons from the police post.
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Chickenpox breaks out in school
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 1
The outbreak of chickenpox in Sainik School Kunjpura, near Karnal, has caused panic among students and their parents. The father of a student complained that the school authorities had taken no remedial measures to protect the students from the disease.

He said he brought his son to Rohtak after the school management advised him to take away his son home because of the outbreak of chickenpox. He said over 50 students had already been sent home.

The doctor at Sainik School when contacted said only 15 to 20 students were suffering from chickenpox. He said since it was an infectious disease, it might have been carried by someone into the school. As there was no specific treatment of chickenpox, the patient was kept in isolation, he said.

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Chaudhary takes over as Health DG
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Dr J.L. Chaudhary today took over as the Director-General of Health Services, Haryana, following the superannuation of Dr P.L. Jindal.

Dr Chaudhary was the Director, Health, and Project Director, Haryana Aids Control Society, before his new assignment.

He worked as Medical Superintendent of the General Hospital, Sector 16 here, for six years. Before that he had been the Chief Medical Officer, Gurgaon, for three years.

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HPCC cancels mass fast plan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, chief of the Haryana unit of the Congress, has said that the death of Mr Madhavrao Scindia has created a void in the democratic structure of the country.

In a statement here today, Mr Hooda said that as a mark of respect to Mr Scindia, the HPCC had cancelled its mass fast programme in Ghasera village in Gurgaon district on October 2.

In another statement, Mr Satpal Kaushik, general secretary of the Congress in Haryana, said the death of Mr Scindia was a loss for the whole country.

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CBI frames charges
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 1
The special court for the CBI has framed charges against Mr R.K. Ranga and Mr Surender Tikku, a senior IAS officer and a former Regional Manager of the FCI, respectively, for taking bribe in the Open Market Sale Wheat Scheme.

The CBI had filed a charge sheet against the accused in the court about three months back.

Mr B.B. Parsoon, Special Judge for CBI cases, has fixed November 11 for evidence.

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Youths snatch Rs 1.5 lakh
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 1
A bag containing about Rs 1.50 lakh was snatched from a businessman on the busy Nicholson Road this afternoon. The incident took place at 12.30 p.m. when the businessman from Ludhiana was walking along the Nicholson Road along with his employee. Two car-borne youths accosted them and tried to snatch the bag which was resisted by the employee. The youths threw chilli powder into their eyes and snatched the bag. Later they escaped in their car.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Sandeep Khirwar, said intensive patrolling was on in the area and the police was looking into the matter.

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New IG (Law & Order)
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Mr John V George, IGP, Law and Order, Haryana, has been shifted as IGP, Hisar Range, vice Mr R.N. Chahalia.

Mr Chahalia has been posted as IGP, Law and Order.

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2 labourers killed
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 1
Two labourers were killed in Ambala City while unloading the heavy stones from a truck last late night.

According to information, the stones struck them while unloading it. One of the labourers died on the spot, while the other succumbed to his injuries in the PGI, Chandigarh.

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