Saturday, October 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Tussle for VC’s post at JNU
Sangh Parivar jockeying for position
Gaurav Choudhury
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 15
Perhaps for the first time since its inception more than three decades ago, the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is in a state of uncertainty as the government has been unable to achieve a unanimity so far on the choice of the successor to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Asis Datta, whose tenure ended yesterday.

However, Prof Datta will continue to hold the administrative reins of the university till a successor is appointed.

Informed sources said that the main reason for this indecision by the Government was the fact that while the Human Resource Development Ministry would like to have someone sympathetic to the Sangh Parivar, the so-called intellectual lobby is opposed to this move and would like someone, “ with an open mind to be at the helm of affairs”.

Sources said that the Government was under pressure from the Sangh Parivar, especially in the context of the appointment of Prof Deepak Nayyar as the VC of University of Delhi. The Parivar saw it as an “act of betrayal”, as Prof Nayyar was reportedly inclined towards the Left.

The HRD Ministry is understood to have appointed a three-member search committee with former Director of Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr S K Joshi, former Chief Justice of India, Justice J S Verma and noted historian Prof D P Chattopadhaya. Knowledgeable sources in the Government said that the Secretary in the Human Resource Development Ministry, Mr M K Kaw’s name figured prominently in the race. Secretary, Department of BioTechnology, Dr Manju Sharma, is also among the contenders for the post in the prestigious university.

Prof P Talgiri, the Director in the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Hyderabad, is also understood to be considered for the post. Prof Kapil Kapoor, one of the three rectors in Jawaharlal Nehru University, is another name being considered by the search committee.

Dr Manju Sharma refused to offer any comment on the issue. “I have not heard anything officially and therefore I am not in a position to comment,” was all that she said.

The Human Resource Development Ministry is already embroiled in a major controversy regarding the ‘rewriting’ of history textbooks prescribed in schools. It is alleged that the new syllabus is being done in a hush-hush manner, and that no one is being shown the draft of the contents of the syllabus. It has been alleged that the move is primarily aimed “saffronising” education and there was a major debate in Parliament during the last session regarding introduction of astrology as a fundamental course in universities.

The Prime Minister’s Office, it is reliably learnt, has asked the HRD Ministry to stay clear from any political backlash that may boomerang on the Government.

If the recent students union election is any indication, there appears to be resurgence of leftism on the campus with the Students Federation of India- All India Students Federation (SFI-AISF) combine completing a clean sweep in all the posts of the Central Council.

Importantly, for the first time in the history of the university, all the five posts of councillors were wrested by the SFI-AISF combine in the School of Languages. In all, the combine won 21 (including four of the central panel) of the total 29 councillor posts in the recent polls by defeating their nearest rivals of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) by comfortable margins.


Cracker order lost in the din
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 15
It was a noisy Divali as usual with crackers’ keeping the Capital’s decibel level unusually high throughout the night and atmospheric pollution level scaling a new high despite the Supreme Court orders curtailing the time allowed for bursting of crackers.

It is of little solace that the pollution was a little less this year, if one is to accept the Central Pollution Control Board findings.

The Delhi Police had warned of stern action this year against those violating the directive of the Apex Court, which had ruled that bursting of crackers will be only permissible between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. It is apparent that the police and other law enforcement agencies were unable to enforce the directives in letter and spirit. And, the bang of the crackers continued to jar the sensitivities of those who wanted to have a good night’s sleep after the ritual “puja and parsad.”

“The noise pollution levels were high in most parts of Delhi and, in places where it was less, it was marginally below last year’s level. Air pollution levels also assumed an alarming proportion,” Mr Dilip Biswas, the Chairman of Central Pollution Control Board, told The NCR Tribune. The Carbon dioxide level was 10,305 per cubic metre, sulphur-dioxide 118 per cubic metre and nitrogen oxide 139 per cubic metre. The levels were marginally lower than that last year. Then, carbon dioxide level was determined at 12,556 per cubic metre, sulphur dioxide at 90 per cubic metre and nitrogen oxide at 81 per cubic metre, the Central Pollution Control Board said.

Mr Biswas said the heavy weather conditions in the Capital on Divali night resulted in most of the poisonous gases being confined to the lower strata of atmosphere. The poisonous gas content was much higher than the permissible levels. The presence of highly toxic gases affects people with asthma and other chronic lung diseases. Delhi, with heavy vehicular population, already leads the country in air pollution. Poisonous gases emitted by crackers further pollute the atmosphere and the long-term exposure to such toxic content could result in several complications; it could prove to be carcinogenic too, doctors have said.

The noise levels too touched a new high with Lajpat Nagar, East Arjun Nagar, Kamla Nagar, India Gate and Connaught Place being adjudged the noisiest spots in the Capital. In Lajpat Nagar, niose pollution was pegged at 85 decibel (db) compared to 81 db last year, East Arjun Nagar recorded 85 db, an increase from 83 db in 2000, Kamla Nagar notched 82 db, an increase from 81 db last Divali, and in Connaught Place noise pollution increased to73 db from 72 db last year. India Gate area witnessed an increase from 66 db to 69 db. The All India Institute of Medical Science, New Friends Colony and Mayur Vihar recorded a decrease in decibel levels while the noise pollution level in Patel Nagar remained stagnant.

AIIMS recorded a perceptible fall in decibel level – from 76 db last year to 66 db this year. A similar fall was recorded in the posh South Delhi colony of New Friends colony, where it fell to 80 db from 87 db last year. In the middle class residential colony of Mayur Vihar, the db levels fell to 80 db from 84 db recorded last year.

The standard decibel level, permissible in most parts of the city, is 55 db. A higher level can affect the eardrums and lead to deafness.


Arms cache seized from woman ‘pradhan’
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 15
The Babugarh police have seized illegal firearms and a large number of cartridges of different bores from the house of a woman ‘pradhan’ of village Datyana.

A sum of Rs 86,000 was also recovered during the police campaign to unearth illegal factories of crackers and firearms on the eve of Divali.

The police have arrested Rashmi Chaudhri, the village ‘pradhan’. SSP Prashant Kumar said that the cartridges of prohibited bores had been recovered from the house of the ‘pradhan’ along with a rifle, two country-made pistols and empties of the cartridges.

Her husband, Vinode Chaudhri, is absconding while his brother, a notorious criminal, is in a jail, the SSP said.

Mr Prashant Kumar disclosed that S.O. Puran Singh Mehra raided village Datyana on a tip-off on the night of November 13 and arrested Rashmi Chaudhri. She was caught when she was trying to conceal the arms in a neighbour’s house. Two revolvers, a huge cache of cartridges of 315, 56,32, 22, 7.62, .38 and a rifle along with Rs 86,000 were recovered from her.

In the last month, the incidence of such seizures has gone up in the region.


CM okays funds for MCD in patch-up bid
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 15
In a move aimed at rapprochement, the Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, on Thursday assured a delegation of councillors of the Bharatiya Janata Party-dominated Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) that the government will release the second installment of about Rs 80 crore for carrying out development works in various wards. The councilors had called at her office.

Relations between the government and the MCD had come under a strain, particularly so after the Centre advanced a sum of Rs 100 crore bypassing the NCT Government. It had raised the hackles of the Congress, which threatened to freeze all further grants to the corporation.

The Chief Minister told the delegation led by the Leader of the House in the MCD, Mr Mahesh Chand Sharma, that the installment would be released in the next three days.

Mr Sharma told The Tribune that the Government had so far released only about Rs 75 crore and that the remainder of the Rs 153-crore grant had been hanging fire.

He said that the Chief Minister had also agreed to release a sum of Rs 8 crore, ‘subtracted’ from the corporation funds towards the payment of outstandings to the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB).

The Chief Minister assured the delegation that her Government was ready to help the corporation solve any problem that might have cropped up of late.

Mrs Dikshit said that a meeting would soon be convened comprising representatives of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Union Urban Development Ministry and the Finance Ministry of the NCT Government to address the grievances of Delhiites.


Robbery victim dead
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 15
Mr Ram Naresh, a cashier-cum-clerk of the Canara Bank (Main Branch), from whom Rs 5 lakh was looted by four car-borne youth on November 10, succumbed to his bullet injuries in the hospital here last night. He was shot at by the robbers when he and another employee were taking the cash from the main branch to an extension counter at a factory near the thermal power station. Ram Naresh, after battling for life for four days, died in Escorts Hospital last night.

Naresh was hit in both his shoulders by the assailants, who ultimately succeeded in snatching the bag containing the cash. However, the other employee, Mr Om Prakash, a peon in the bank, escaped unhurt. They were riding a two-wheeler when they were intercepted by the car-borne youth. It is learnt thah the robbers used a knife to cut the strings of the bag when they failed to prise it apart. Ultimately, they managed to flee with the bag.

Despite the police claims that security around various banks has been strengthened, such incidents have been occurring off and on. 


Statistics don’t tell the tale, but neither do women
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 15
Is the Capital a safe place for the fair sex? This question is being repeatedly asked as more and more women are coming out to join the work force to supplement the family income in the urban areas. Officials agree that statistics are no sure indicators of this trend, as many women prefer to suffer the humiliation of daily teasing and unsavory remarks rather than take up the cudgels and suffer further harassment and humiliation.

Officials cite instances of women victims of rape having to go through the trauma of answering questions in detail during trials which leave the victim further traumatised.

That the number of cases of eve teasing are on the rise is evident from the fact that the chief minister of the National Capital Territory (NCT), Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, was forced to convene a meeting of the University and police officials to put an end to the menace following complaints from students in the prestigious Delhi University.

The students union has also taken cognizance of the problem and is now planning to hold classes in karate and other self-defence techniques to equip the women to defend themselves.

The police admit that the number of cases of kidnapping of women is on the rise in the Capital. A total of 872 cases of kidnapping of women were reported from different parts of the Capital this year while last year the number was only 828. Dowry cases too have registered an increase over last year – 102 this year so far against 98 last year.

The police, however, maintain that the number of kidnappings and dowry cases do not reflect the correct picture as often the kidnapping turns out to be an elopement while dowry cases often are a result of marital discord.

According to the Joint Commissioner of Police, Dr K.K. Paul, the increase in the registration of dowry and other crimes against women is a fallout of women having become more aware of their rights. The official publicity and the consistent campaign by some Non Government Organisations (NGOs) over the years has instilled some confidence among the women. “ They are no more afraid to approach the authorities”, he said.

The Joint Commissioner of Police said that the police is now able to better handle cases of crime against women. The first attempt is always to try to bring about a reconciliation. The police have, so far, played arbitrators in 1300 cases this year through their counsel. Rape cases, which have been on the rise, were under control this year. A total number of 317 cases have been registered. In most of the cases the perpetrators were family friends or relatives who had access to the house. Only in about 30 per cent cases the crimes are committed by neighbourhood friends or maniacs , he said. 


Ex-minister in dock for swindling trust
Vigilance case for bungling of Rs 75 lakh
A. Jain

Gurgaon, November 15
The State Vigilance Bureau has registered a case against a former minister in the Bansi Lal cabinet, Dr Dharambir Yadav, and three others in a land-related forgery case.

According to police sources, Dr Dharambir Yadav allegedly committed a fraud of Rs 75.89 lakh against the Delhi-based K J Saumaiya Trust, which had issued a general power of attorney (GPA) to Mr Yadav to purchase land. On the complaint filed by the trust, the Superintendent of Police, Vigilance, Mr K. K. Sindhu, investigated the allegations and found that a total sum of Rs 1,09,35,000 was given to Dr Yadav by the trust.

Against the amount, Dr Yadav purchased 11 acres of land for the trust spending Rs 29,85,325. Mr Yadav who was the PWD Minister in the Bansi Lal cabinet in the state at that time swindled the remaining amount of Rs 75.89 lakh.

The FIR mentions that the trust had executed an agreement with Dr Yadav on June 26, 1995 when he was a property dealer and again on June 19, 1996 when he was a minister for purchasing the land. Dr Yadav received Rs 1,09,35,000 from the trust on different dates from April 1995 to March 97. But he purchased the land for just Rs 29.85 lakh for the trust.

In another case of forgery, Dr Yadav executed a registry, No. 3559, of 8 canal, falling in Rhitoj village for Rs 3,60,000 on March 31, 1997 from a villager, Mr Siria, for the trust.

On the complaint, Mr Siria’s thumb impression, executed on the above said registry was sent to Fingerprint Bureau at Madhuban. The fingerprint expert in his report mentioned that Mr Siria’s thumb impression does not tally with the above said registry’s impression.

On the papers related to this registry, Dr Yadav and Namberdar of Daula village Jagdish and Hanuman, son of Laxman Singh, resident of Sohna, have signed as witnesses. The then Sohna Naib Tehsildar, Mr Hanuman Singh, registered this sale deal without verifying the thumb impression.

On finding the fraud, the trust cancelled the general power of attorney executed with Dr Yadav on March 3, 2000.

In the FIR, lodged on the complaint of the DSP, Vigilance, Mr Lal Chand, it was alleged that Dr Yadav, as an MLA and minister, had worked as a property dealer’s agent which is illegal. Finding the forgery, the State Vigilance Bureau has lodged the FIR under Sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC against Dr Yadav, then Sohna Naib Tehsildar Hanuman Singh, Namberdar Jagdish and Hanuman, resident of Sohna.


Divali: fire-fighters kept on their toes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 15
Even as the general public was celebrating Divali in high spirits, the personnel of the Delhi Fire Service were on a high alert, to avoid any kind of untoward incident in the Capital.

It was reported that 203 fire calls were received by the fire personnel, and all of them turned out to be minor ones thereby causing problems of least nature.

The Chief Fire Officer, Mr S. K. Dheri, said that most of the fire calls were minor in nature and the arrangements they had made well in advance ensured that there were no major problems in handling the alert calls.

It was, however, reported that the sound of bursting crackers continued till the wee hours, albeit the Supreme Court’s order and Delhi Police warning which said that those who burst crackers after 10 pm would be booked.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had a tough time in cleaning up the littered roads but by doing so it had also violated the court’s instruction by flaming piles of litter. The court had instructed that litter should not be set aflame.Back


An apology for a house, but this flyover will do
Rohit Wadhwaney

New Delhi, November 15
At a time when the construction of flyovers after flyovers is causing traffic jams at every curve and corner of the Capital, the homeless have something to smile about. They have found shelter under them.

Ram Prasad, a sweeper in the public toilets here, has found a home under the Chirag Delhi flyover in South Delhi and is not sad at all. “Till about two months ago, I didn’t have any place to sleep. I would sleep wherever I got tired of walking. I always carried my sheet and I would spread it on the pavement anywhere. But now I know I have some place to reach - my home.”

Prasad’s habitation under this bridge is quite a home. He has cleaned a portion of it and even has flowerpots and lovely looking plants, which the government planted for a “greener Delhi”, around it. He has a black and white television set and a few utensils along with a stove. “What more do I want in a home? I don’t have the problem of getting wet in the rain because it is covered. I have the fresh cool breeze. And I don’t pay anything to anyone,”
he says.

Whenever Prasad leaves for his job, he keeps everything he owns in a big steel box and hides it in a very secure place behind a wall where “no one would bother to look.”

And Prasad is not the only one. There are scores of people like him who have a reason to smile. Nimli Devi, a beggar, says: “When I came here from Rajasthan, I had no clue where I would live. I think the flyover is the best possible thing that could happen to me and my two kids.”

Devi, who lives under the IIT flyover in South Delhi, says she doesn’t have a problem at all even with work. “I don’t have hang ups of getting up early to reach anywhere. This is the traffic signal I beg on. And whenever I get tired, I come back to my portion of the flyover and doze off for a while.”

Shankar was a resident of the Govind Puri slums, from where he was thrown out because he married a woman from another caste, found something attractive about the Nehru Place flyover. He stays there with his wife and three children.

“I have nothing to cry about. I have got everything. The government should make more and more flyovers like this. At least, homeless people like us would get a place to live in.

The government would never make homes for us. So tell them we are quite happy under one of these,” says Shankar with a beaming smile at the sight of his children running around and playing `hide and seek’ with other children living under the bridge.

A few people living under the Moti Bagh flyover say that the cops have taken money from them for allowing them to sleep there. “The policemen come here whenever they want and take about Rs 10 from each of us. We are about 25 people living here. I will shift and find another bridge. Why should I pay?” asks Kundan, who sells `kulfis’ for a living.

An Assistant Commissioner of Police told The NCR Tribune: “This is absolutely illegal. The government has set up homes for these homeless people.

No matter how much they say that the government does not do anything for them, the truth of the matter is that they don’t want to go to their homes because they don’t want any restrictions.

We keep checking these people living under flyovers on a regular basis. We are planning to keep a permanent check under a few flyovers of South Delhi, to begin with.”

But don’t think that it is easy to get a place under the flyovers just in case you get thrown out of your house. “It is not a joke,” says Ganga Ram, a ‘resident’ under the Chirag Delhi flyover.

“We won’t let anyone who comes here live here as a permanent resident. First we ask him for the truth - where he has come from, what he does? And if we don’t find his answers convincing we kick him out,” he says.


Minister hopes Ghaziabad will be no-power-cut zone
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 15
Ghaziabad will soon be declared a `no-power cut region’. The UP Government will conduct a study to improve the power situation, the UP Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Power, Mr Hukam Singh, stated this and said that things would improve after the rules were made more flexible. This would also reduce corruption.

“The process for improving the power situation has already been set in motion. The telecom department has too many supervisors.

What we need is to trust one another,” the minister said and added that he would place the factual position before the Chief Minister.

Mr Hukam Singh said that he had told the district magistrate to solve the problems of the entrepreneurs at his level.

Industrialists M L Arora, Rajkumar Agarwal, P.C.Gupta and Ramanand Sharma had explained the difficulties faced by the enterpreneurs due to power crisis.

Mr P.C.Gupta asked the minister to get the Mohan Nagar trade tax check-post removed. He said that due to Form-31 and check-post, the government revenue collection had come down while corruption was on the increase. Another industrialist, Mr Manmohan Goel, said that in this age of professionalism, efforts should be made to develop the industries in the state. The industrialists also requested that more facilities be provided to the powerloom sector in Pilkhua. The meeting was attended by District Magistrate Debasish Panda, Additional Commissioner, Trade Tax, J.P. Srivastava, et al.


Railways set up booking counter at trade fair
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 15
A computerised railway reservation counter has been set up by the Railways at the India International Trade Fair 2001(IITF) for the benefit of trade representatives and people visiting the fair.

The centre in Hall 14, Pragati Maidan will remain functional from 10 am to 5.30 pm everyday till November 27. Besides issuing train tickets for various destinations, the counter will also have facilities for general enquiry and refund of tickets.

The centre is part of the Indian Railways stall at the IITF where the Railways is showcasing among other things its latest modernisation drive focussed on safety and hassle-free journey to rail users.

Apart from the captivating beauty of hill railways and efforts to facilitate tourism, different zonal railways and production units are displaying safety enhancement devices, computerised passenger reservation system, state-of-the-art signalling equipment, most modern locomotives and sleek and passenger-friendly coaches.

Working models, translites and blow-ups depicting almost all aspects that ensure smooth functioning of the railways round the clock are also on display. Other displays of interest include the models of the anti-collision device indigenously developed by the Railways
and the Konkan Railways Corporation and Sky Bus as an innovative transport model for city traffic.



Gaiety sweeps Sonepat on Divali

Gaiety swept the city as Divali festivities reached their climax with a loud bang yesterday night. The entire city and its suburbs were lit up with candles, earthen lamps and colourful bulbs. And the more affluent the area, the brighter it burned. The major complexes which had been illuminated for several days acquired an extra festive look as people flocked to them for a last minute shopping. Children kept themselves busy throughout the day bursting crackers and replenishing their stocks whenever they were depleted.

As the evening approached and the shadows lengthened, the lights went up and the sound of crackers rend the air pushing noise pollution to new heights. However, in the slum areas, the festivities were predictably on a low key. But the Divali spirit was very much in the air. Small earthen lamps redeemed the darkness around the jhuggis and despite economic hardship, people living in them managed to spare some money for their children to buy a few crackers.

The religious aspect of Divali was not forgotten amid the festivities. In the evening, pujas were performed in homes and blessings of Ganesh and Laxmi were invoked. For businessmen, Divali marked the beginning of the new financial year and they welcomed it by
opening new account books and ledgers.

Series of fire

A variety of goods worth several thousands of rupees were destroyed in a series of fire in the city and nearby villages on Divali yesterday.

According to a report, a fire broke out in a provision shop on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near a private hospital in the Sikka Colony here around 1 am today. The fire caused damage to the goods worth about Rs 35,000. A short circuit in the electricity lines sparked the fire. The municipal fire brigade rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control.

According to another report, two shops were gutted in a fire that took place near the Bawa cinema and the Suri petrol station on the Sonepat-Rohtak road here last night. Iron goods and electric gadgets were damaged in the fire. At both these places, the fire brigade rushed to the sites and extinguished the fire after about an hour. Fire broke out at two places in the nearby Mehlana village, one at 8.30 pm and another at 9.45 pm, damaging fodder stacked there. The fire was brought under control by the fire brigade. The cause of the fire is still being ascertained by the police. According to another report, some goods were reduced to ashes in a fire which broke out in a chemical factory on the Bahalgarh-Deepalpur village road, about 15 km from here, yesterday.

Chacha Day

Homage was paid to Jawaharlal Nehru at numerous functions on the occasion of his birthday yesterday. School children celebrated the day as Children’s Day with usual enthusiasm and gaiety. Children’s meals, rallies, folk dances and songs, games and cultural events were the highlights of the celebrations. At the functions, children had arranged special programmes in remembrance of Chacha Nehru.

Arya Samaj

The death anniversary of the founder of the Arya Samaj, Maharishi Swami Dayananda, was celebrated here yesterday with great enthusiasm. Prayers and religious congregations were held at many places and warm tributes were paid to the Swami by leaders of the Arya Samaj.

Water crisis

Thousands of passengers, mainly commuters, have been facing an acute shortage of drinking water for the last few weeks at the railway station in the city.

Many commuters alleged that they had complained to the Station Superintendent about the disruption of water supply.

They urged the higher Railway authorities to take a serious note of the complaints and order a high-level probe into the matter. They also demanded stern action against the official found responsible for the ‘drinking water crisis’.

Man murdered

Rohtas (45) was found murdered in his house at Jagdishpur village, about 8 km from here, on Wednesday. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress. According to a report, the victim was found sleeping by unknown assailants who allegedly murdered him.


The police have launched a massive hunt to apprehend Rakesh, a dreaded criminal of Rewara village, who is one of the most wanted criminals in the district. A number of murder and kidnap cases have been registered against him with the Gohana police station.

Pension probe

Representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions on Thursday urged the district administration to order a high-level probe into the irregularities in the distribution of old-age pension in the city and elsewhere in the district. In a joint press release, they alleged that several old persons had been deprived of their pension on account of irregularities and malpractices indulged in by certain officials entrusted with the job for distributing pension. An inquiry would certainly expose the misdeeds of these officials, they added.

Four injured

Two persons were injured seriously when a jeep and a motor cycle collided on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Rohatak village, about 5 km from here, on Wednesday.

According to a report, the motor cycle was on its way from the village to the city. When it was crossing the bridge on the Delhi branch of the Western Yamuna Canal, a jeep carrying passengers coming from opposite direction collided with it injuring two of the three persons riding on the motor cycle. The injured were hospitalised and they are stated to be out of danger.

According to another report, an old woman, Mrs Laxmi Devi, was injured seriously when a scooter hit her on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near here on Wednesday. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress.

In another incident, a youth, Manoj, was injured seriously when he fell down from a three-wheeler at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, on the same day. He was rushed to the PGI at Rohtak for further treatment.

Leaders flayed

Mr Ranbir Dahiya, president of the district unit of the INLD, on Thursday criticised the leaders of the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party for their attempts to mislead the people, particularly the Dalits, on the issue of demolition of Dr Ambedkar Park near the bus stand here for widening the roads and giving a face-lift to the statue of Dr Ambedkar.

In a press statement, he praised the district administration for the beautification campaign launched in the city and hoped that it would improve the smooth flow of traffic in and around the bus stand.

Water supply

Residents of Bindrauli village held a demonstration in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police here on Thursday to register their protest against the stoppage of drinking water supply in the village. They raised anti-police slogans and demanded immediate restoration of water supply.


Paddy season in Sonepat reeks of a racket
R.D. Sapra

Sonepat, November 15
The Haryana Government has been suffering a huge loss of revenue on account of irregularities committed in the purchase of paddy by certain traders and owners of rice mills in the city and other parts of the district. Most of them have misled authorities on the quantity of paddy they have bought and sold by manipulating the register.

According to a report, the racket has been going on with the alleged collusion between officials of the procurement agencies and unscrupulous traders and owners of rice mills.

During the current paddy season, most of the traders had made direct purchases of paddy from the growers and sold the bulk stock to the owners of rice mills without entering it in their stock registers, thereby evading the market fee and the sales tax. Some officials of the procurement agencies are said to be involved in the racket.

It is alleged that officials of some procurement agencies had allowed the traders to purchase paddy from farmers without showing it in their stock registers. Informed sources also say that some unscrupulous arhtias have also adopted a new strategy to dupe the officials by showing less weight of the paddy sold by the growers.

Official sources have revealed that as many as 55,573 tonnes of paddy had arrived in the markets of the district as compared to 44,601 tonnes arrived during the corresponding period last year. These include 458 tonnes of common variety, 12,395 tonnes of A grade quality, and 42,820 tonnes of basmati variety. The paddy stock had been purchased in bulk by traders and owners of rice mills.

Informed sources have also revealed that certain rice mill owners of the district had been exporting the commodity to other states and abroad without the permission of the authorities concerned.

The owners who had been granted licences for the setting up of rice 'shellers' were required to seek prior permission from the department authorities for exporting rice to other states and foreign countries and provide information about the quantity of rice exported by them to the department concerned.

The department authorities, on the other hand, seem to stand as silent spectators and they have failed to check the violation of the rules. According highly placed sources a strict vigil is on, and if found stringent action would be taken.


3 killed in brawl over village land
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 15
Four persons have been killed in two separate incidents in rural parts of Noida in the past 24 hours.

Two persons were shot dead in Shahpur Kala village under the Dankaur police station. The duo was killed after a brawl started between two factions to wrest control of the village society land. The dead have been identified as the village Pradhan and his nephew, Rajesh.

The group opposing the pradhan reportedly put his house on fire later in which a physically challenged old man was burnt alive. The dead has been identified as Sone Pal.

The Superintendent of Police (Rural), Mr Gautam Budh Nagar, said that the place of the occurrence of crime actually fell under the jurisdiction of Khurja police station of Bualandshahar district. However, the Dankaur police had gone to the spot as they were just 3 km from the village and were the first to reach there. Further investigations are on.

In another incident, a bachelor youth was severely beaten up in Ghirdpur village under the Kasna police station limits when he barged in to the house of a widow in an inebriated condition.

According to information available with the police, a youth, Ved Pal, entered the house of a widow in a drunken state and misbehaved with her. The other inmates of the house and neighbours thrashed him. Though he was rushed to the government hospital in Noida, he succumbed to his injuries later.

The Kasna police have registered a case under Section 354 of the IPC against the woman’s brother, Dos Raj, and others, the SP said.Back


Labourer shot dead by neighbour
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 15
Two persons have been reportedly murdered in different areas of the Capital for the last 24 hours. In the first incident, a 40-year-old labourer, Vishwanath, was allegedly shot by his neighbour, Ram Parvesh, after an argument last evening in the Roop Nagar area of North Delhi. The assailant accosted Vishwanath while he was on his way home and shot him from point blank range. Vishwanath was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

In the second incident, a 45-year-old man, who worked as a watchman in a factory in the Pitampura area of North-West district, was found strangulated to death in his house last night. The murder came to light when the owner of the factory came to his house and found him lying dead in his house. There were strangulation marks on his neck, the police said. 


Youth falls to friend’s bullets
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 15
A 22-year-old man of Dabua Colony here was allegedly shot dead by his friend and two others near the Air Force road last night. The deceased identified as Sudhir, son of Bengali Singh, had gone to a place on the Air Force road at about 8.30 pm where he met one of his friends, Sonu, and two others.

It is reported that while the trio left the place after a heated exchange with Sudhir, they came back and shot at him with a firearm.

The victim died after a few minutes. The police have found the body and booked a case against Sonu and the two others. No arrest has been made so far. The police have also found an unidentified body of a woman, aged about 35 years, from a place near Gurgaon canal this morning.

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