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Ruchika case takes new turn
Chandigarh, October 8
The Ruchika molestation case in which the former Director-General of the Haryana police, Mr S.P.S. Rathore, is an accused, took a new turn today when Mrs Madhu Anand Prakash, mother of Miss Aradhana, alias Reemu, a friend of Ruchika, moved an application in the court of Mr J.S. Dhanjal, Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, at Ambala, praying for the addition of offence under Section 306, IPC (forcing someone to commit suicide) in the chargesheet filed by the CBI against Mr Rathore.

'Withdraw court work from SDM’
Kaithal, October 8
Lawyers continued boycott of the court of SDM here, started last fortnight, in protest against his alleged rude behaviour and uncooperative attitude to them.

Remand extended in Punia case
Hisar, October 8
Judicial Magistrate N.K. Singhal has extended the judicial remand of Sonia, who allegedly killed eight members of her family, including her father, Relu Ram Punia, a former legislator, for another 14 days.

27 officers selected for LDCE course

Pinjore, October 8
To promote career progression for deserving personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 17 per cent of the vacancies for gazetted officers at the Assistant Commandant level will now be filled by subordinate officers through a Limited Departmental Candidates Examination (LDCE).

CRPF candidates selected for the first batch of the Limited Department Competitive Examination course at the course’s inaugural session at the CRPF Group Centre in Pinjore on Monday.
CRPF candidates selected for the first batch of the Limited Department Competitive Examination course at the course’s inaugural session at the CRPF Group Centre in Pinjore on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph



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EARLIER STORIES
 
Speed post passport service soon
Ambala, October 8
The Chief Post Master-General, Haryana circle, Mr T.R. Sharma, said today that speed passport service would be started shortly. Talking to mediapersons on the eve of World Post Day on October 9, Mr Sharma said the speed post passport service would be started at Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Faridabad and Gurgaon soon.

Counselling for NRI seats on October 11
Hisar, October 8
Dr R.K. Chauhan, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Jambheshwar University (GJU), said here today that counselling for NRI seats in all five engineering institutes of the state would now be held on October 11. Earlier this was scheduled for October 10.

Rs 2 lakh grant for each ward in Hisar
Hisar, October 8
The Chief Minister Mr Om Prakash Chautala today announced that the government would provide Rs 2 lakh to each municipal ward of the town as development grant. There are 31 municipal wards in the town.

Norms for colonisers relaxed
Chandigarh, October 8
The Haryana Government has decided to relax norms for issuing licences for setting up residential and commercial colonies in the state "with a view to promoting urbanisation in the low-potential towns".

Snags hit Power Department working
Faridabad, October 8
The State Electricity Department which has failed to ensure round-the-clock power supply at affordable charges has also been inviting severe criticism for various snags in its functioning.

BJP expels Bal Krishan Sharma
Rohtak, October 8
The Haryana BJP has expelled Mr Bal Krishan Sharma, member of the Karnal unit of the BJP, from primary membership of the party for six years on the charges of indiscipline and anti-party activities.

Husband gets 10 yrs’ RI for wife’s death
Rohtak, October 8
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Shiva Sharma, today convicted Harinder Kumar to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years on the charge of forcing his wife Shashi Kala to commit suicide.

Husband held for woman’s death
Rewari, October 8
The Bawal police has arrested Manish Kumar, husband of the deceased Rajan Devi and Ravinder Kumar, her brother-in-law and one more member of her in-laws family in connection with her death.

Shortage of doctors in Bhiwani hospitals
Bhiwani, October 8
While medical charges were increased recently to provide better facilities in civil hospitals and community and primary health centres of the state, people still continue to be deprived of basic medical facilities.

Two doctors booked for violating PNDT Act
Faridabad, October 8
The Health authorities here have got a case of violation of the Prenatal Diagnostic Tests (PNDT) Act, 1994, and 1996 registered against two doctors and their clinics. The case filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) is the second case of its kind in Haryana after the Act came into being.

Six dengue cases in Sirsa
Sirsa, October 8
At least six persons have reportedly been identified to be suffering from dengue fever in the district. During the past 20 days, 11 blood samples collected have shown low blood platelet count, indicating the expanse of dengue fever.

IG inspects police stations
Sonepat, October 8
The Inspector-General of Police, Gurgaon Range, Mr Ranjit Singh Dalal, paid visits to the police stations and posts in different parts of the city and elsewhere in the district last evening and inspected the records.

‘Khula darbar’ organised
Yamunanagar, October 8
Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, held a “khula darbar” here today, in which grievances of the people were redressed.

DRM inspects Panipat station
Panipat, October 8
The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Northern Railway, Delhi Division, Mr S.P. Mishra, today inspected Panipat railway station.

25 stolen vehicles recovered
Gurgaon, October 8
The district police has so far recovered 25 stolen vehicles, including 10 stolen from various parts of Delhi, during its ongoing drive.

Youth held on rape charge
Rohtak, October 8
The police yesterday arrested a youth who allegedly raped a woman on the pretext of curing her infertility at nearby Chhara village. The accused, Subhash, was sent to judicial custody. The rape victim stated in her complaint that she was married to Ramesh of Chhara village nearly six years ago but had not been able to conceive.

3 killed, 1 hurt in road mishap
Hisar, October 8
Three persons have been killed and one has been seriously injured in two separate road accidents in the district, the police said here today.

Police busts 39 gangs
Chandigarh, October 8
The Haryana police busted 39 gangs and nabbed 72 proclaimed offenders and 310 persons who had jumped bail during “Operation Night Vigil” which was launched in the state on September 14.

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Ruchika case takes new turn
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Ruchika molestation case in which the former Director-General of the Haryana police, Mr S.P.S. Rathore, is an accused, took a new turn today when Mrs Madhu Anand Prakash, mother of Miss Aradhana, alias Reemu, a friend of Ruchika, moved an application in the court of Mr J.S. Dhanjal, Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana, at Ambala, praying for the addition of offence under Section 306, IPC (forcing someone to commit suicide) in the chargesheet filed by the CBI against Mr Rathore.

It may be recalled that in pursuance of the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court of August 21, 1998 (which were upheld by the Supreme Court on December 14, 1999), the CBI had investigated the charges against Mr Rathore and filed a chargesheet against him under Section 354, IPC (molestation). The case dates back to 1990 when Mr Rathore, who was then an Inspector-General of Police, allegedly molested a promising tennis player, 14-year-old Ruchika. She allegedly committed suicide three years later when she could not bear harassment by the police officer, against whom a complaint had been made by a number of persons, including Mrs Anand Prakash.

Mrs Anand Prakash alleged in her application that from the statements of the witnesses recorded by the CBI and the documents placed on file (including the postmortem report of Ruchika being part of the inquest report filed by Mr Rathore in his reply) showed that Ruchika committed suicide because of continuous harassment of her and her family, including her brother, (at the hands of Mr Rathore).

She pointed out that the CBI recorded the statements of prosecution witnesses, including Miss Aradhana, alias Reemu, Mrs Anand Prakash, Mr Anand Prakash, Mr S.C. Girhotra, father of Ruchika, Dr Naresh Mittal, Mr Munish Arora, Mr J.K. Duggal, IAS, and Mr R.R. Singh, IPS. Many of these witnesses stated before the CBI that "hell-like" conditions were created by Mr Rathore for Ruchika. This situation ultimately led to her death in December, 1993.

Mr Girhotra, the application said, told the CBI that Ruchika used to "weep and cry and complain that Mr Rathore had spoiled her life and that her character had been assassinated". He also told the CBI that "even two or three days before her death, Ruchika cried and cursed Mr Rathore for making her life useless by molesting her". Mr Girhotra further mentioned in his statement before the CBI that Mr Rathore was responsible for the suicide by his daughter. He told the CBI that he had come to know from the postmortem report that his daughter had consumed poison.

The application contended that Ashu, brother of Ruchika, was involved in six false cases by the police. However, he was discharged by the Panchkula Chief Judicial Magistrate in four cases, while in the remaining two cases the police dropped the proceedings against Ashu when it found no truth in the allegations against him.

Mr Anand Prakash had stated before the CBI that Ashu was implicated in the criminal cases at the behest of Mr Rathore.

Mrs Anand Prakash said in his application that the CBI neither called for the postmortem report of Ruchika nor demanded the inquest report from the Panchkula police. "So much so, the statement of Ashu was also not recorded by the CBI."

Urging the court to allow her prayer for addition of offence under Section 306, IPC, Mrs Anand Prakash also prayed that the CBI should be directed to record the statement of Ashu and other important witnesses as well as to produce all original records pertaining to the investigation of the case from its very inception.

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Speed post passport service soon
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 8
The Chief Post Master-General, Haryana circle, Mr T.R. Sharma, said today that speed passport service would be started shortly.

Talking to mediapersons on the eve of World Post Day on October 9, Mr Sharma said the speed post passport service would be started at Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Faridabad and Gurgaon soon. “Presently the staff is getting training in processing of passport application forms at Regional Passport Office,” he said.

He said the service included sale of passport application forms along with envelope, acceptance of application forms on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs, checking of application forms with reference to the checklist and despatch of the same to the Regional Passport Office through speed post.

Mr Sharma said the Department of Posts had started e-post service as a joint venture with M/s Nettlinx Ltd, Hyderabad, with effect from October 2. “By using this service one can receive e-mail at its address even when one does not have an Internet connection or even a computer,” he said. “Initially, this service has been started at selected post offices of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat. After successful testing of the project in these states, it will be extended to the rest of the country,” he added.

He said, for the convenience of people, the department had started the sale of UPSC forms and forms of entrance examinations being conducted by different universities. “In Haryana circle, the entrance examination forms of Hisar Agriculture University and Kurukshetra University are sold in all post offices at district headquarters. All head post offices sell UPSC forms while the Ambala GPO also sells application forms and prospectus of MBBS entrance examination for AFMC, Pune,” he said.

Mr Sharma said the department had started the services of international money transfer in association with Western Union Financial Services, USA, from selected post offices. “Under this service, money deposited with the agents of Western Union in any country for transmission to the designated post offices in India would be available instantly for payment to the payee at the post office,” he said.

In Haryana, this service is available at the local GPO, Ambala City HO, Karnal HO, Rohtak HO, Gurgaon HO, Sonepat HO, Kurukshetra HO, Panipat HO, Bhiwani HO, Sirsa HO, Hisar HO, Ambala Sadar Bazar SO, Kurukshetra University HO, Karnal SO, Ballabhgarh SO, Jind HO and Faridabad HO. “Till September 30, in post offices in Haryana circle 48 transactions have been made and an amount of Rs 20.48 lakh received and paid,” he said.

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‘Withdraw court work from SDM’
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, October 8
Lawyers continued boycott of the court of SDM here, started last fortnight, in protest against his alleged rude behaviour and uncooperative attitude to them. President of the District Bar Association, Sawai Ram said that advocates at an emergency meeting constituted an action committee comprising Mr Mohan Bahadur Khurania as convener and Mr Satvir Ravish, Mr Randhir Singh Rana, Mr Kavi Raj Sharma, and Mr Mange Ram Sharma as members. The committee has been authorised to decide further course of action of the on going agitation against SDM Ashok Bishnoi. Advocates also have taken strong exception against the behaviour of the reader to the SDM.

The Bar president said that a memorandum had been sent to Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala demanding transfer of SDM Bishnoi. Copies of the memorandum were sent to the Chief Secretary, Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Commissioner Ambala division and Deputy Commissioner Kaithal. Mr Sawai Ram said that boycott of the SDM will continue. Laywers demanded that till the matter was settled, the court work from Mr Bishnoi should be withdrawn.

SDM Bishnoi said that he was surprised to know of the boycott of his court, as the District Bar Association had never approached him for the redressal of grievances. He said that he was always ready to discuss things with advocates. He has no ill-will against them.

When contacted Deputy Commissioner, Fateh said bar members had not brought to his notice any specific instance of misbehaviour by the SDM. However, he said that he was ready to intervene and do the needful if the lawyers wanted me to it.

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Remand extended in Punia case
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 8
Judicial Magistrate N.K. Singhal has extended the judicial remand of Sonia, who allegedly killed eight members of her family, including her father, Relu Ram Punia, a former legislator, for another 14 days.

She was produced in the court after the expiry of her earlier remand yesterday. On the last hearing the judge himself went to the jail premises to hear the proceedings of the case as the district police had prayed the court to do so. Sonia had attacked a photojournalist in the court premises last month when she was being produced in a court.

According to sources, this time too, the police requested the court to hear her case in the jail premises but the court refused to do so. After this, she was produced in the court amid tight security.

Her husband, Sanjeev Kumar, and eight members of his family are already on judicial remand in the case.

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27 officers selected for LDCE course
Tribune News Service

Pinjore, October 8
To promote career progression for deserving personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 17 per cent of the vacancies for gazetted officers at the Assistant Commandant level will now be filled by subordinate officers through a Limited Departmental Candidates Examination (LDCE). The first batch of the LDCE course was inaugurated here today.

The first batch consists of 27 officers, selected out of 306 candidates who had appeared for the examination. These are required to fulfill all eligibility criteria as specified for Assistant Commandants. These officers are required to undergo a training period of 25 weeks to inculcate requisite leadership skills and officer-like proficiency.

In his inaugural address, Additional Director General, North West Zone, Mr J P Verma, highlighted the need for constant and specialised training in the career of officers with a view to achieving effective and efficient management of the force in operations as well as administration.

He also congratulated the Director of the Internal Security Academy, who has been successfully handling multi-dimensional training programmes suited to various needs of the force.

In the next five years, the CRPF will be raising 68 new battalions in addition to the 140 battalions it already has.

This would entail increasing the force’s manpower, presently about 1.75 lakh, by about 80,000 personnel. The Home Ministry has granted approval for the increase following a recommendation by a high-powered committee. The force’s strength is being increased because the government plans to withdraw the Army from internal securities and hand such responsibilities to the CRPF.

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Counselling for NRI seats on October 11
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 8
Dr R.K. Chauhan, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Jambheshwar University (GJU), said here today that counselling for NRI seats in all five engineering institutes of the state would now be held on October 11. Earlier this was scheduled for October 10.

Dr Chauhan said the counselling for the NRI seats would be held on October 11 in the Committee Room of the university. He said the GJU had started its own engineering institute from the current academic session and courses in computer science, electronics and communication and information technology would be conducted. There were three seats in each course for NRI candidates. Besides, there were three seats for NRI category candidates in agricultural engineering course run by the HAU.

He further said in Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra, one seat each in computer science and civil engineering, two seats each in electronics and communication engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering were also available. In C.R. State College of Engineering, Murthal (Sonepat), one seat each in chemical engineering and architecture engineering and two seats each in computer and electrical engineering and three seats each in electronics and communication and mechanical engineering were available.

In YMCA Institute of Engineering, Faridabad, two seats each in computer, electronics and communication and information technology, one seat in electrical engineering and four seats in mechanical engineering were available for the NRI category students.

The last date for submission of application forms is October 10. The fee for an NRI seat is US $ 3500, he added.

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Rs 2 lakh grant for each ward in Hisar
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 8
The Chief Minister Mr Om Prakash Chautala today announced that the government would provide Rs 2 lakh to each municipal ward of the town as development grant. There are 31 municipal wards in the town.

Speaking at a “Sarkar apke dwar” programme here, Mr Chautala said special grants for repairing and maintaining roads and parks of the town would be released soon. He said his government would ensure proper supply of drinking water in every colony and proper maintenance of sewerage system in the town.

The Chief Minister made these announcements after repeated requests by the local municipal council president, Mr Hanuman Prasad, for grants.

Mr Chautala also sanctioned some development projects for half a dozen villages of Hisar Assembly constituency as the panchayats of these villages had submitted memoranda to the Chief Minister. He also announced grants for the construction of rooms and retaining walls of schools and chaupals in these villages.

Later, talking to mediapersons, Mr Chautala claimed that his government had accepted all 14,000 demands regarding development projects in all 90-Assembly segments of Haryana under the first phase of “Sarkar apke dwar” programmes. He said the second phase of this programme was in progress and he had visited 76 constituencies under the phase. He had already received 16,000 demands about development projects and work on most of them had already been started.

Earlier, Mr Chautala inaugurated a Block Development Office (BDO) block and a police Maalkhana near the minisecretariat here.

Mr Sampat Singh, Finance Minister, Mr Surender Barwala, MP, and Mr Ram Bhagat Sharma, MLA, were also present on these occasions.

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Norms for colonisers relaxed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Haryana Government has decided to relax norms for issuing licences for setting up residential and commercial colonies in the state "with a view to promoting urbanisation in the low-potential towns". The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has already okayed the liberalised norms, which will now go to the Cabinet for its approval. The norms have been relaxed following a representation by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the Town and Country Planning Department.

Under the existing norms, the minimum area required for a residential colony having independent plots is 100 acres, while that for the residential group housing colonies it is 10 acres (where the scheme is independent) and five acres for a scheme forming part of a plotted colony. The minimum area for a commercial colony is 8000 sq metres and the maximum 16,000 sq metres.

Official sources say that as a result of these norms, private colonisers concentrated on the prime urban areas of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Panchkula, while the small and medium towns were neglected. To overcome this problem, the Bansi Lal government reduced the minimum area for residential colonies having independent plots to 50 acres in the low-potential towns.

As per the categorisation done by the Town and Country Planning Department, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Panchkula are high-potential towns and Panipat, Sonepat, Bahadurgarh and Manesar medium-potential towns. The rest of the towns are in the low-potential category.

The department has now decided that the minimum area for a residential colony having independent plots in a medium-potential town will be 50 acres, while in a low-potential town it will be 25 acres. The minimum area for a group housing colony will be 5 acres both in the medium as well as low-potential towns. While the minimum and maximum areas for a commercial colony in a medium-potential town will remain 8,000 sq metres and 16,000 sq metres, respectively, these will be 4,000 sq metres and 8,000 sq metres, respectively, in a low-potential town.

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Snags hit Power Department working
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 8
The State Electricity Department which has failed to ensure round-the-clock power supply at affordable charges has also been inviting severe criticism for various snags in its functioning.

As a result, incidents of damage to public property and even loss of human lives have been reported.

The town has several colonies where high-tension wires over houses have led to several accidents in the past few years. Recently, at least four minor children were electrocuted and seven others received serious injuries when sparks fell on them from high-tension wires in two colonies here.

One person was electrocuted in the old Faridabad locality about two months ago when he accidental touched a high-tension wire over his house.

Besides, several cases of injuries to local residents have been reported in the past year. Although complaints have been lodged and demands made to shift the wires, the authorities have failed to take action.

Power Department officials seem to be “over enthusiastic” in ordering the axing of trees while erecting new poles for the transmission of lines. Several trees were axed or their branches cut on the Hardware B.K. Road here recently for the setting up of new poles.

It is also alleged that some trees were felled or pruned to make billboards of shops visible.

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BJP expels Bal Krishan Sharma
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 8
The Haryana BJP has expelled Mr Bal Krishan Sharma, member of the Karnal unit of the BJP, from primary membership of the party for six years on the charges of indiscipline and anti-party activities.

The state BJP president, Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, has warned that the party will not tolerate indiscipline at any cost. Meanwhile, the doctors cell of the district BJP, in a resolution has expressed resentment over the taxes imposed on the doctors and medical practitioners by the state government.

Mr Munish Grover, district chief of the BJP, has stressed upon the functionaries of the doctors cell to strengthen their unit further.

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Husband gets 10 yrs’ RI for wife’s death
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, October 8
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Shiva Sharma, today convicted Harinder Kumar to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years on the charge of forcing his wife Shashi Kala to commit suicide.

Although Harinder Kumar belonged to Sanpur-Khema-Nandpur village in Azamgarh district (UP), he had been residing at Rohtak for the past over 10 years. He married Shashi Kala of Nizampur village in Azamgarh district in 1991.

Mr Mohit Ram, brother of the deceased told the court that immediately after the marriage, the husband and father-in-law of his sister started demanding a motor-cycle. He said they told Harinder Kumar and his father, Mishri Lal that giving of a motor-cycle was beyond their financial capacity.

Mr Mohit Ram further told the court that on September 9, 1996, he was informed by a cousin of Harinder Kumar that Shashi Kala had expired at Medical College, Rohtak, due to cancer, while she was being operated upon.

Harinder Kumar also told the family of the deceased that she was cremated on the banks of Yamuna in Delhi and that all the papers regarding the treatment of the deceased were burnt at the time of cremation. Mr Mohit Ram said, he got suspicious and went to Rohtak on September 12, 1996, to inquire about the matter. Shalender, maternal uncle of Harinder Kumar, also told him at Rohtak that Shashi Kala had died during an operation.

Mr Mohit Ram informed the court that he first filed an FIR at Maharjganj police station in Azamgarh district alleging that Harinder Kumar and Shalender killed his sister because of bringing insufficient dowry.

The mystery surrounding the death of Shashi Kala was, however, solved when a constable of the GRP, Rohtak, met Mr Mohit Ram at his village and showed him the photograph of his sister. The constable told him that the body of Shashi Kala was cremated by the police as she could not be identified and the body remained unclaimed.

The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Sharma, said the unnatural death of Shashi Kala was not in dispute. She met her end on the railway track. Even if the version of the accused Harinder Kumar, that he was out of station on the date of incident was accepted, his conduct in not searching for his wife speaks volumes about his intentions, the judge said.

Mr Sharma also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the convict and in default of the payment of fine, the judge ordered him to undergo simple imprisonment for two months.

Mr Sharma awarded rigorous imprisonment for two years and imposed a fine of Rs 500 under Section 498-A of the IPC and further simple imprisonment for 15 days in case the fine was not paid.

Both the sentences of imprisonment shall run concurrently, he ordered. The judge, however, acquitted Mishri Lal, father of Harinder Kumar.

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Husband held for woman’s death
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 8
The Bawal police has arrested Manish Kumar, husband of the deceased Rajan Devi and Ravinder Kumar, her brother-in-law and one more member of her in-laws family in connection with her death.

Her half-burnt body was taken out of the burning pyre by the police at the cremation grounds of Khera Murar village of the district on October 3 following a complaint made by Mr Kiran Pal Gujjar, father of the deceased.

Kiran Pal reportedly failed to meet the persistent demand of her in-laws for a Maruti car. Kerosene was allegedly sprinkled on Rajan Devi and she was set on fire and then her body was hurriedly taken to the cremation grounds for funeral rites.

The police took out the half burnt body from the pyre and sent it to the PGIMS Rohtak, for post-mortem examination.

On the basis of the complaint, a case of culpable homicide and disappearance of evidence of offence has been registered against the husband, brother-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law and three others.

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Shortage of doctors in Bhiwani hospitals
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, October 8
While medical charges were increased recently to provide better facilities in civil hospitals and community and primary health centres of the state, people still continue to be deprived of basic medical facilities.

Most of the health centres do not even have a single doctor. As a result, patients are forced to go to far off hospitals or nursing homes in the neighbouring towns for treatment.

There are civil hospitals at Charkhi Dadri, Siwani and Tosham, including the 300-bedded hospital at Bhiwani; nine community health centres (CHCs) at Dhanana, Tosham, Loharu, Miran, Kairu, Gopi, Jhojhu Kalan, Bond and Manheru, besides primary health centres in 28 villages.

Around 4-5 primary centres working under a community health centre, have no X-ray machines.

Of the total 176 posts of doctor in the district, 67 are lying vacant. The same is true of the nursing staff. As per rules, a staff nurse is required to attend to four patients, but here each of them has to attend to 36 patients. Only 24 of the 40 female supervisors and 23 of the 43 male supervisers are posted here.

Work is also suffering due to the shortage of supervisers. One supervisor controls 4-5 multipurpose health workers. Sources disclose that more than 24 primary health centres do not have any doctor. These include Sui, Busan of Tosham, Devrala, Badhra, Ranila, Achina, Nakkipur, Jhojhu Kalan and Manakwas, Chhapar.

There is no doctor in the district jail here.

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Two doctors booked for violating PNDT Act
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 8
The Health authorities here have got a case of violation of the Prenatal Diagnostic Tests (PNDT) Act, 1994, and 1996 registered against two doctors and their clinics. The case filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) is the second case of its kind in Haryana after the Act came into being.

According to the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) here, a special team of the Health Department which raided a private hospital at Palwal last month, found the doctors and the clinic’s staff doing ultrasonography on pregnant women which is banned under the ‘PNDT Act’. It was also reported that the lady doctor there was ready to “abort a woman” who had come to know that she was carrying a girl child after the test. The Health officials used various audio and video systems to record evidence and proof gathered in the raid. According to CMO Dr B.S Dahiya evidence lifted from the private hospital identified as ‘Sukhram Hospital’ amply proved that various sections of the ‘PNDT Act’ were violated and it could be proved easily. Dr Subhash Goyal, his wife Dr Manju Goyal and ‘Sukhram Hospital’, have been named as the main accused in the case and it was filed in the court today.

Record of evidence was also submitted in the court. The district Health Department a few months ago had the first case registered under the ‘PNDT Act’ in Haryana. A doctor and two clinics making use of ultrasound test for the determination of sex had been booked for the violation of the Act in NIT locality here.

The Health and Drug Control officials had also identified a clinic run by a “quack” in Ballabgarh town 10 days ago. While medicines and other record were seized, the officials have written to the SSP and the SDM for booking the ‘quack’ practising for the past many years in the Sihi gate area of Ballabgarh town. One of the lady “doctors” there had been found performing illegal ‘medical termination of pregnancy’ (MTP) operations.

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Six dengue cases in Sirsa
Our Correspondent

Sirsa, October 8
At least six persons have reportedly been identified to be suffering from dengue fever in the district. During the past 20 days, 11 blood samples collected have shown low blood platelet count, indicating the expanse of dengue fever.

According to information of the identified dengue cases a girl has been referred to Ludhiana hospital, whereas three others are undergoing treatment at hospitals in Sirsa, Delhi and Hisar. The fever is said to have spread to the district from Hisar.

The Chief Medical Officer was not available for comments. However, the Senior Medical Superintendent, Dr J.P. Chaudhary, denied that any such case had been reported. He said no dengue patient had seen admitted to the local Civil Hospital so far.

In spite of these claims, recently a government teacher, Rakesh Sethi, was reportedly taken to Hisar for treatment for dengue fever.

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IG inspects police stations
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 8
The Inspector-General of Police, Gurgaon Range, Mr Ranjit Singh Dalal, paid visits to the police stations and posts in different parts of the city and elsewhere in the district last evening and inspected the records.

According to official sources, Mr Dalal also visited the residences of the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police and reviewed the security measures.

Later, he inspected various police stations on the G.T. Road and found some employees absent. He also ordered disciplinary action against them. The step has been taken on the instructions of the Director-General of Police, Haryana, Mr M.S. Malik.

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‘Khula darbar’ organised
Our Correspondent

Yamunanagar, October 8
Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, held a “khula darbar” here today, in which grievances of the people were redressed.

On a request for financial help by Lajwanti for the marriage of her daughter, the Deputy Commissioner directed the district Red Cross Society to release the funds. On a complaint of Sudesh of Machrouli village, Mr Sharma issued instructions to the Superintendent of Police here for taking a prompt action against her husband for harassing her and demanding more dowry.

The Deputy Commissioner directed the District Development and Panchayat Officer for taking suitable action in a complaint regarding a piece of land to be given to Harijans at Kaith village.

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DRM inspects Panipat station
Our Correspondent

Panipat, October 8
The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Northern Railway, Delhi Division, Mr S.P. Mishra, today inspected Panipat railway station.

The DRM, accompanied by an eight-member team comprising ADRM Atul Kumar, Chief Traffic Manager Vikram Chopra, Senior Divisional Operating Manager Naveen Shukla, Divisional Operating Manager Deepak Kumar, Senior Divisional Signals and Telecommunications Engineer Saminder Singh, Senior Divisional Electrical Engineers Manju Gupta and Vinita Singh and Divisional State engineer Sanjiv Lohia, reached here by morning Shatabdi Express.

The team inspected water supply facilities the circulating area, the reservation office and premises and platforms as also staff quarters. Instructions were issued on the spot wherever any discrepancy was found.

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25 stolen vehicles recovered
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 8
The district police has so far recovered 25 stolen vehicles, including 10 stolen from various parts of Delhi, during its ongoing drive.

In a statement issued here today, the district police chief, Mr Kuldip Singh Sihag, said 15 cars and 10 two-wheelers were recovered.

According to the police, during the 30-day special drive launched with the cooperation of National Crime Record Bureau in the district, the local police had been able to make an impact. The vehicles could be recovered and identified due to the data available with the bureau, Mr Sihag said.

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Youth held on rape charge
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 8
The police yesterday arrested a youth who allegedly raped a woman on the pretext of curing her infertility at nearby Chhara village. The accused, Subhash, was sent to judicial custody. The rape victim stated in her complaint that she was married to Ramesh of Chhara village nearly six years ago but had not been able to conceive.

The complainant said her father-in-law bought home a youth who assured her of curing her infertility. The youth approached the woman again on September 30 when her husband and father-in-law were not at home. He allegedly offered her a banana on eating which she fell unconscious. He then allegedly raped her. He also raped her in the same manner the next day.

Finally, the woman reported the matter to her husband and father-in-law. When the youth again came to her house on October 5, he was overpowered and handed over to the police.

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3 killed, 1 hurt in road mishap

Hisar, October 8
Three persons have been killed and one has been seriously injured in two separate road accidents in the district, the police said here today.

Two persons were killed and one injured when a jeep carrying them dashed against a tree near Koth Khurd village, about 40 km from here, last evening, the police said. The deceased have been identified as Dhoop Singh and Bharat Singh.

In another accident, Sanjay Sharma of Dharam Kheri village was crushed to death by a truck yesterday, the police said. PTI

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Training courses for girls
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Haryana Industrial Training and Vocational Education Department has granted permission to six institutes to run classes in various trades and courses for girls.

An official spokesman said here today that the institutes which had obtained permission were the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) for Girls, Ambala city, ITCs at Rohtak and Bhiwani, the ITC for Women, Jind, C R Kisan ITC, also at Jind, and Women League Girls School, Yamunanagar .

The spokesman said the last date for admission to these institutes was October 15.

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LJP rally on Oct 28
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Haryana unit of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is gearing up for a public rally at Rohtak on October 28, a press note issued by Mr Surendra Singh Hooda, General Secretary of the party's Haryana unit, said here today.

The press note said the rally, being called the Lok Chetna rally, would be addressed by Union Coal Minister Ram Bilas Paswan as well as other important central leaders of the party. Rohtak had been chosen as the venue for the first rally in Haryana as it was also known as the political capital of Haryana, it said.

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Police busts 39 gangs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Haryana police busted 39 gangs and nabbed 72 proclaimed offenders and 310 persons who had jumped bail during “Operation Night Vigil” which was launched in the state on September 14.

Quoting Mr M.S. Malik, DGP, an official release said the police recovered more than Rs 6 lakh from gamblers and satta operators during the drive which continued till September 30.

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HUDA to auction sites
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will auction sites for nursing homes, clinics and booths as well as built-up booths and shop-cum-office sites in Yamunanagar and Jagadhri on October 19 at the Community Centre, HUDA, Jagadhri, an official release said here today.

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