Wednesday, December 12, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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Sikhs upset at Delhi Government move
Cancellation of public holiday on Martyrdom Day
Ravi Bhatia & R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
The Sikh community in the National Capital Territory has taken umbrage at the Delhi Government’s move to cancel Guru Tegh Bahadur’s martyrdom day as a public holiday. This year the day falls on December 19.

Angered by the Government’s move, the members of the Delhi Minorities Commission are meeting the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, on Wednesday to persuade her to reconsider her decision. The NCT Government had reportedly written a letter to the Lt.-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, recently seeking cancellation of the holiday.

December 19 has been observed a public holiday since 1995 when the then Chief Minister, Mr Madan Lal Khurana , in deference to the popular demand of the community, declared it a restricted holiday in the Capital.

The Delhi Minorities Commission member, Mr N S Bhandari, said that there were very few holidays declared by the state government, based on the religious occasions of the Sikh community. “The Government should reconsider its decision and declare December 19 a public holiday,” he said.

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee general secretary Kulmohan Singh said, “We have written a letter to the Chief Minister to reconsider her decision. An adverse decision could hurt the sentiments of the members of the community.”

The ninth Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur sacrificed his life to protect Hinduism. He was beheaded in Chandi Chowk on the orders of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

The trunk of the tree, under which the Sikh Guru was beheaded, is still preserved in Gurdwara Sis Ganj. The torso of the Guru was retrieved by Lakhi Shah, a Sikh devotee, who under the cover of darkness carried it to his residence, where the historical Gurdwara Rakab Ganj was later built.

He reverently placed the body of the Guru on a pile of sandalwood and set fire to the whole house, collected the ashes in an urn and later buried the urn at the very spot where the body was cremated.

A disciple Bhai Jaita took the severed head of the Guru Tegh Bahadur to Anandpur Sahib and cremated it near the place where he used to meditate in a cell. That place is also known as the Sis Ganj of Anandpur.

Describing the move by the state government as “unfortunate”, Shiromani Vishav Akali Dal president Jathedar Balbir Singh Bir said the Delhi Government’s move had resulted in disenchantment among both the Hindus and Sikhs.

DSGMC sources said that the committee would wait for a couple of days to gauge the response of the Government and, if need be, launch an agitation.

Sources said that the committee would give a call to all the members of the community to stay away from work on the martyrdom day as a mark of protest against the decision.

“The move could cost the Congress dearly in the forthcoming polls to Municipal Corporation of Delhi as the cancellation of the public holiday on the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur would be seen as a party’s insensitivity to the sentiments of the community,” a DSGMC member said.

Another member said: “If the Government goes ahead, it would be the second gravest error by the Congress after the 1984 riots. With the passage of 17 years, the party had started garnering attentive audience amongst a section of the community, but with this step, the party has once again alienated the Sikhs.”

Delhi is the only state in the country to have Guru Tegh Bahadur’s martyrdom day as a holiday since he was executed here and the day is observed with religious reverence by recalling his contribution and sacrifice to the cause of the religion.
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CM says she responded to Lokayukta queries
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said that departmental action would be initiated against the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials as recommended by the Lokayukta in his report on the allegations of corruption in the award of contracts by the water utility.

The Lokayukta, Justice RN Aggarwal, has in his report recommended departmental action against two engineers of the Delhi Jal Board for fabricating evidence and giving false evidence during inquiry. Besides recommending action against Junior Engineer Anil Kumar Sharma and Assistant Engineer Narinder Kumar, adverse entries had also been recorded against Ajay Kumar Talwar, director of M/s Werm India Limited and Cemcon Builders Private Limited; Pradeep Mehra, the then chief executive officer of Delhi Jal Board; RK Jain, chief engineer; and BK Jha, director (finance and accounts) of the Board.

Addressing a news conference, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that in her capacity as chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board she had already issued directions to officials, so that there was no scope for irregularities of the kind mentioned in the Lokayukta report. Moreover, now it was mandatory to consult an expert outside Delhi Jal Board before awarding contracts of a certain amount. Also, if any company pushes a lower bid for the purpose of securing a contract and foregoes other obligations, it would be blacklisted and barred from bidding in the future.

Responding to the Lokayukta’s observations against her for having made a statement that was prima facie contempt of court, Ms Dikshit said she would be writing to Justice Aggarwal to explain her position.

“I had only said that charges levelled against me were politicised,” she said, referring to the allegations hurled at her by the Opposition.

Ms Dikshit also clarified that she had replied to the Lokayukta’s queries and that she was at no time evasive.

The Lokayukta stated in his report that he had sought from the chief minister some information with regard to her family, which she refused to furnish.
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Sheila, Prabhu review power reform process
Tribune News Service

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Power Minister of Delhi, Ajay Maken meeting with Union Minister of Power Suresh Prabhu on privatisation of Delhi Vidyut Board in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Power Minister of Delhi, Ajay Maken meeting with Union Minister of Power Suresh Prabhu on privatisation of Delhi Vidyut Board in New Delhi on Tuesday.
— Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, December 11
In an effort to instil investor confidence, the Union Power Minister and the Delhi Chief Minister will meet the potential bidders for the Capital power distribution sector. The Delhi Government has short-listed six companies - AES (India) Pvt. Ltd, BSES Ltd. CESCON Ltd. China Light and Power International Ltd., Reliance Power Ltd. and Tata Power Co. Ltd for bidding the three distribution circles in the National Capital Territory (NCT).

This was decided at a meeting between the Union Power Minister, Mr Suresh Prabhu, and the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, on Tuesday. The two leaders also reviewed the power sector reforms in Delhi.

‘’The Power Minister fully supported the efforts being made for distribution reforms and privatisation. Mr Prabhu and Ms Dikshit decided to jointly meet potential bidders to generate investor confidence while entering the complex business of electricity distribution,’’ an official release said.

The meeting was also attended by Delhi Power Minister Ajay Maken, Chief Secretary P S Bhatnagar, the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) Chairman and Principal Secretary (Power).

The steps taken by DVB in the privatisation process were discussed at the meeting during which the Chief Minister said that lessons learnt from the experiences elsewhere had also been taken into account.

Mr Prabhu assured Centre’s ‘’full support’’ to the Delhi Government in the carrying out the power reforms.

The transmission and distribution losses of DVB are one of the highest in the country.

In a move to streamline the power sector, the state government has decided to split the DVB into one generation company, one transmission company and three distribution companies.

The private companies would have 51 per cent equity in the distribution companies. The companies would have to send in their bids by January 31.

A high-level committee of the Delhi Government headed by the Chief Secretary would evaluate the bids and send its
recommendations by February 15. The agreement of handing over the distribution companies would be signed on February 28.

The value of the assets of the three distribution companies is Rs 2,360 crore. For the Central-East company, asset value is Rs 290 crore, for North and North-West company, it is Rs 920 crore and for South-West company, the value is set at Rs 1,150. The generation and transmission companies are together valued at Rs 800 crore.
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BJP asks CM to quit
Tribune news service

New Delhi, December 11
The Delhi BJP today stepped up its tirade against the Congress Government in NCT and demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit as she had been “indicted” by the Lokayukta in the Delhi Jal Board “trenchless technology” scam.

The Executive Committee of the party held a meeting under the chairmanship of the NCT President Mange Ram Garg here and adopted a resolution saying that Ms Dikshit, who is the Chairperson of the DJB, had been found guilty in allotting tenders to the companies. The meeting was held to chalk out the strategy for the forthcoming MCD elections. The meeting discussed threadbare the programmes and achievements of the MCD and various points relating to the election campaign and manifesto of the Municipal polls.
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Contract killers linked to Anees Ibrahim held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
With the arrest of two contract killers, the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang which was remote-controlled by the Dubai-based underworld don Anees Ibrahim. The duo had shifted their base from Mumbai and Azamgarh to Delhi, and were active in kidnapping and extortion cases.

The contract killers, Harish alias Hari and Sabir, were arrested from Minto Bridge. They belong to Azamgarh. When they were arrested, they were going to board a train for Surat, where they planned to kidnap a businessman for ransom. A country-made pistol and four live cartridges were recovered from their possession, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), Mr Qamar Ahmed, said.

They were reportedly involved in several contract killings in Delhi, UP and other states, including the kidnapping of the owner of Ashok Masala in Kanpur. They had made a list of businessmen from whom they intended to extort money in Delhi, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The police is in search of their other associates.

They were involved in several kidnappings for ransom and murder cases in Azamgarh. They left Azamgarh due to the police pressure there.

The Delhi Police monitored the movement of these contract killers following the arrest of Farooq and Zeeshan, who tried to extort money from a famous sweet shop owner in Bengali Market. Their interrogation led to the identification of Harish and Sabir in the kidnapping-cum-extortion cases, Qamar Ahmad said.

Harish had begun his criminal career at an early age by killing a 70-year old grandmother of his friend, Manoj Mishra, in Azamgarh. Thereafter, he became a desperate criminal. In 1996, he met one Laddan, a trusted lieutenant of Anees Ibrahim in Dubai, who hired him for eliminating one Abdullah. Therafter, he carried out many robberies and assaults in Azamgarh region. Wanted desperately by the Azamgarh police, he was involved in a fierce encounter in 1999 but escaped unhurt and shifted his base from Azamgarh to Delhi.

While in Delhi he was in touch with Guddu and Vicky in Dubai. Once he was assured of regular assignments by Laddan and Vicky, he called his other associates – Srikant, Kamlesh, Arvind, Abid and Joginder – to Delhi.

Arvind and Abid are at present in Kanpur jail in connection with the kidnapping case of the masala factory owner. Thereafter, he was assigned two murder cases, one in Gujarat and another in Jaipur.

The modus-operandi for the contract killings was chillingly professional. The duo was provided complete details of the target victim by a local contact of Guddu. The local contact was paid through hawala for giving information about the targets. The victims were shot, if they refused to comply with their demands.
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Faridabad caught in a crime spiral
Bijendra Ahlawat

Faridabad, December 11
The crime graph has shot up in the area in the past 30 days even as the police are organising ‘sadhbhawna’ meetings with the public in order to improve their image.

Ten murders have taken place in the district recently apart from other crimes. The residents have pressed the panic button. They feel that the cops really need to get their act together.

The first murder took place at Raipur village on November 12 when a person, identified as Bijender Singh, was found dead and his body was recovered from the bushes in Sector-25 here. The murderers are yet to be identified.

A couple of days later, Rajender of Pahari village, who had gone to invite one of his relatives to his wedding, was waylaid and killed. His body was found on the bank of a canal next day.

On November 22, Nannu Ram of Ballabgarh, was beaten to death by unknown persons. In the same town, Budhram, a contractor of Chawla Colony, was murdered in sleep, a few days later in his shop.

Jaikishore became the fifth victim. His body was recovered from a vacant plot in Sector-25 on November 26. The police arrested a person, though he claimed that he had been falsely implicated. The cops claimed in the meantime that they had solved the murder case of Budhram with the arrest of some of the accused last week.

Mrs Chandravati alias Chandro, wife of one Samay Singh of Bhurja village, was hacked to death about 10 days ago. She had gone to collect fodder for the animals from nearby fields.

The seventh incident happened when some persons barged into a house in Jabra Colony of Palwal town, about 30 kms from here and killed Mrs Preeti, wife of Kanwar Bhan, a cement dealer. She was alone in the house and was deprived of her jewellery worth several thousands by the criminals last week.

Anil, a tea stall owner, was stabbed to death by his own brother at Nehru Ground on Friday last after a drunken brawl. The police claim to have solved the bank robbery case which took place on November 10 with the arrest of five accused, though the clerk of Canara Bank (main branch) here, who tried to stop the criminals from robbing him of Rs 5 lakh, was shot at by the criminals. The victim, Ram Naresh, succumbed to the injuries in a hospital on November 12.

Krishna, wife of Rajender of Samaipur Dairy, area, was also murdered allegedly by her in-laws for not bringing enough dowry, according to a complaint lodged by one of her relatives yesterday.
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Govt may miss CNG deadline 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
With the deadline of January 31, 2002 approaching, the Government of NCT of Delhi is racing against time to honour the Supreme Court directive to convert public transport in Delhi into CNG mode. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is scheduled to meet Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik on Wednesday to apprise him of the ground realities. An exasperated Ms Dikshit on Tuesday told media persons that given the short supply of CNG and the unequal distribution of CNG filling stations in the Capital, coupled with the delay in declaration of safety norms for CNG driven vehicles, her government was finding it difficult to ‘convert’ the private bus operators.

As against the 25 CNG filling stations required for DTC buses, only 11 had thus far become operational. Also, there were less than 20 filling stations for private buses and other vehicles whereas 87 had been proposed. Aggravating matters, she said, were reports of an impending hike in CNG prices and the prohibitive cost of conversion into CNG mode. “For private bus operators, this is a deterrent and renders conversion less attractive,” she said, adding that a CNG bus costs not less than Rs 16 lakhs – double the cost of an ordinary vehicle.

Ms Dikshit disclosed that DTC was incurring a loss of Rs 60,000 daily on account of “dead mileage.” Nearly 500 buses out of the 2000-strong fleet, she said, remained off the road on any given day as they have to queue up at CNG filling stations.

In an oblique reference to the Centre, Ms Dikshit said the Union Government had presented an erroneous picture to the apex court that was “contrary to ground realities.” Even the co-ordination committee set up for the express purpose of monitoring the progress on the CNG front has not met on more than two occasions, she noted.
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IN PARLIAMENT
Metro project running behind schedule
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
The Delhi Metro Rail Project (DMR) is currently eight months behind revised completion schedule due to delay in finalisation of some contracts, Parliament was informed today.

In a written reply, the Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya said that part of this delay was expected to be made up by the time the entire Phase-I of the project got completed.

Phase-I of the project will be commissioned in stages. The first stage from Shahdara to Tis Hazari in December 2002, and full project by the middle of 2005, the Minister said, adding that 19.5 lakhs commuters a day were expected to be served by the project at the optimum level of operations.

The completion cost of the project, as assessed at the time of negotiating a loan for this project from OECF, was Rs 8,155 crore. The foreign exchange component of the project cost has been estimated as Rs 3,853 crore. Expenditure incurred on the project till November 11, 2001 is Rs 1,574.63 crore, including foreign exchange component of Rs 416.51 crore, the Minister told the House.

In reply to a separate question, Mr Dattatreya said that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had reported that due to poor quality of construction, 1250 flats were declared dangerous in eight schemes. Of the 1250 flats, 1050 flats stand already demolished and the remaining 200 flats in Dilshad Garden are going to be razed.

Disciplinary proceedings were initiated against 32 officials and major penalty was imposed on 10 officials, while minor penalty was imposed on four officials, the Minister said.

Cases against three officials have been closed and six cases are under various stages of disciplinary proceeding. Besides this, there is a stay from court in nine cases, the Minister told the House.

Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi is reported to have made certain statements in support of the call given by the Shoora of Afghan Ulema for Jehad, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Vidyasagar Rao, informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today.

The Delhi Police have referred the matter to the Prosecution Branch of the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi for its legal opinion as to whether these statements purported to have been made by the Shahi Imam, constitute a cognizable offence, the Minister told the House.

In order to maintain peace and communal harmony, Delhi Police have been on high alert, especially in the sensitive areas and have kept a close watch on the persons having history of involvement in such incidents, the Minister said.

In reply to a separate question, the Minister said that in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 20 of Delhi Control of Vehicular and Other Traffic on Roads and Streets regulations, 1988, the Delhi Traffic Police have prohibited plying of slow-moving vehicles for specified periods in the entire area falling under the jurisdiction of New Delhi Municipal Council and some parts of other districts in Delhi.
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Does diplomatic immunity cover building bylaws?
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
It is not the residents of the National Capital Territory alone who violate the building bye-laws, even the diplomatic missions undertake constructions which are contrary to the provisions of the law, the New Delhi Municipal Council has said.

Twelve diplomatic missions, including US, UK, China, Australia and Switzerland, have undertaken constructions in violation of the building bye-laws, Parliament was informed today.

The NDMC has forwarded a request to the External Affairs Ministry for appropriate action, the Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, said in a written reply.
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Haryana gets funds for improving road network
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 11
The Central Government has sanctioned as many as 25 schemes under the “Central Road Fund” to improve the network of the roads in Haryana.

According to an official press release, various schemes, which are already in progress would cost Rs 44 crores.

The state government had also approved a Rs 26-crore project to improve 168 km of highways and major district roads in different parts of the state. The PWD (B and R) will undertake the work during the next month and it will be completed within a year.

Under the project, most of the existing roads would be widened into two-lane road besides improving their surface to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

The roads to be covered under the project are Rohtak-Kharkhauda-Delhi road; Narwana-Tohana road; Beri-Kalanaur road and Rohtak-Bhiwani road in Rohtak district; Sanauli-Panipat-Gohana road in Panipat district; Jind-Hansi road in Jind district; Chhuchakwas-Jhari-Bahu Karoli road in Jhajjar district; and Karnal-Meerut road in Karnal district.

The ninth scheme for the construction of a bridge and improvement of Ratia-Mudhlada road in Fatehabad district was also a part of the project. A stretch of the Karnal-Meerut road would also be widened into four-lane road.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Government has constituted a ‘Haryana Mission’ on employment in the state to generate massive employment opportunities for the educated persons, both in urban and rural areas. The prime objective of the Mission is to suggest ways and means for achieving the target of providing employment opportunities to 25 lakh people within the next 10 years.

The Mission would also prepare a time-bound action plan for the implementation of the suggested strategies. The scope of employment would include both the organised and unorganised sectors, self-employment, entrepreneurship, development with special reference to micro enterprises and employment for artisans and skilled persons.

The Mission would identify and prioritise key sectors to facilitate private investment in these sectors in order to create greater employment opportunities. The Government will take all necessary steps to create a favourable environment for private sector and their participation in the generation of new employment opportunities in the state.
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Tihar, a den of dangerous alliances
J T Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Jails normally meant to punish criminals and subsequently reform them to lead a normal life, are gradually turning into places where criminal conspiracies are hatched.

For some die-hard criminals, jails have become secure places for holding conclaves to discuss future plans away from the prying eyes of the police and informers.

This is what happened when three small-time criminals from different places were lodged together at the Tihar Jail. All three came into contact with one another for the first time, and then planned a sensational robbery upon their release.

According to their plan, they had identified a Delhi-based businessman in Greater Kailash as their potential target. They forced their entry into the house, and while they were about to escape with cash and jewellery, the officials of PCR van, on routine duty caught them. They confessed that they hatched the conspiracy while in jail. Further, they said that they were petty criminals and used to commit crimes like pickpocketing and snatching. It was their first attempt at robbery.

A crime branch official said, “These people prefer to commit crime in groups. So, they make potential accomplices with similar background, and once their group is strong enough, they go in for big crimes.”

Once a dreaded criminal, Manoj from UP, while in jail, gathered support of some first-timers and started commissioning crimes through them. The gang was actively involved in crimes like robbery and auto-theft in UP areas. When the police nabbed the gang, they confessed to have been operating at the behest of Manoj.

The jail authorities say many petty criminals come here, and meet criminals of various capacities and get inspired by them. Once they are out on bail or released, in a few days, they start committing crimes again.

“For them, the jail is only a place to rest and plan for the future while making new contacts,” a jail official said.

Around 3,000 prisoners are lodged in each jail of Tihar, and only 300 are put to work every day, while the rest are allowed to fend for themselves. Invariably, they seek companionship from like-minded interns. Some of course, try to learn trades like tailoring, carpentry and gardening.

It was precisely to prevent criminals from entering into unholy alliances inside the jail that the authorities have introduced Yoga and bhajans to divert their attention.

The official said that they were accommodated in barracks where generally 70-80 prisoners used to be lodged. During winters, the number goes up to 200 as some commit crimes to enter jails in this season to escape from cold weather. Moreover, they seem to enjoy the jails atmosphere as they get everything here, food etc.

The authorities also voice their helplessness as their efforts to reform most of them go waste. They also complain about the lack of adequate staff to monitor every prisoner. “It is very difficult to keep tabs on every individual as we have to take care of so many things. Some go reformed and other continue with their activities,” said the official.
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GURGAON
Sinha presents FICCI Award to Anarde Foundation
Tribune News Service

The Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, gave away the FICCI Award for 2000-2001 to Anarde Foundation on rural development at FICCI’s 74 annual meeting held in New Delhi today.

The Chairman of Anarde Foundation, Mr Kapoorbhai M Chandaria, received the award for his outstanding work in the area of rural development since 1979.Senior All India Coordinator, Mr Vinod Kaushik said that the foundation’s mission is to eradicate poverty in rural India through an integrated programme of rural development with giving emphasis to economic upliftment.

The foundation is working in 15000 villages in 15 states, particularly in Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa.

Mr Kaushik further said that in Haryana, the projects on watershed and rural water sanitation are being organised in Gurgaon, Sonepat, Bhiwani, Narnaul and Karnal.

Anarde Foundation has achieved tremendous success in the field of self-help training; income generation activities, housing and community oriented schemes in the country.

Advice to students

The Commissioner, Gurgaon Division, Mr L S M Salins exhorted the students to imbibe in them the moral and ethical values besides the basic academic qualifications.

Addressing the students of UCSKM Public School at its founder’s day, Mr Salins said that teachers and staff played a significant role in the over all development of the child. Co-curricular and sports activities moulded the child in a best way.

Welcoming the guests, Col Satsangi, VSM, chairman of the school said that the school would leave no stone unturned to impart best possible education to its students.

On the occasion, a cultural programmes by tiny-tots were also displayed, which stole the hearts of the gatherings. Apart from the programms, the students also performed colourful programmes.
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SONEPAT
Man robbed of car and Rs 4.20 lakh at gunpoint
on G. T. Road
Our Correspondent

Mr R K Sharma, an officer of the Hindustan Tin Box factory, was allegedly robbed of his car and Rs 4.20 lakh by four unidentified armed youths on the G.T. Road near Bhigan village about 12 km from here last evening.

According to a report, Mr Sharma was carrying the cash after receiving it from the Bhardwaj Security Service Pvt. Ltd. Ghaziabad, for dispersing among the security staff of the factory.

When he reached near Bhigan village, the youths waived their hands and asked Mr Sharma to stop the car that he was driving. Thereupon, Mr Sharma stopped his car as they were the employees in the factory.

One of the youths immediately put a pistol on the head of Mr Sharma and asked him to come out of the car. As Mr Sharma came out,all the miscreants entered the car and fled with the cash and his mobile telephone.

The culprits are reported to have abandoned the car of Mr Sharma near Hassanpur Kurar village a few km away from the spot of looting and escaped.

On receipt of information, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat and other police officials arrived and started the search operations but failed to apprehend the thugs. Later, the border of the entire district was sealed and a massive hunt was launched to apprehend the culprits.

A case of looting has been registered against the culprits allegedly involved in this case.

Traffic blockage

Traffic on the Sonepat-Rohtak road remained blocked for several hours following the overturning of a loaded truck near Rohat village about 5 km from here last night.

According to a report, the accident occurred when the truck driver lost control on account of thick fog.

A large number of vehicles including cars, buses and trucks were lined up on both sides of the roads but the police failed to normalise the traffic.

The residents of the village called the crane from Sonepat that succeeded in taking out the truck from the roadside khud.

According to another report, the rail traffic on the DUK section of the Northern Railway remained disrupted on account of the late running of incoming and outgoing long-distance and suburban trains due to dense fog, which enveloped the region in the early morning.

Several thousands of commuters were stranded at Sonepat and nearby railway stations and they reached the destinations behind schedule.

Criminal held

The district police has launched a massive hunt to arrest a dreaded criminal Udey Bhan Singh alias Doctor Singh of Mirzapur district of UP who was evading the police for the last few months.

According to the police, the criminal is allegedly involved in a number of murder and rioting cases and carried a reward of Rs 20,000 on his head. The Uttar Pradesh police have sought the help of the Haryana police for the arrest of the culprit.

Youth apprehended

Parveen, a youth of Rajloo Garhi, was arrested by the Railway police at the railway station here yesterday and recovered a knife from his possession. According to a report, the youth had created a scene at the railway station and had a quarrel with a passenger. A case under the Indian Arms Act has been registered against him.

One killed

One person was killed and five others were injured in a case of land dispute at Asadpur-Nandnaur village about 15 km from here last night.

According to a report, the victim has been identified as Mr Prem Singh, who was waylaid and murdered on the way when he along with his son was returning to his home from the field.

The police have registered a case against four persons namely Jagdish, Hari Om, Sona Devi and Satish and launched a hunt to apprehend them. Further investigations were in progress.

Girl rescued

On a tip-off, the Kundli police conducted a surprise raid at a house in Jahangirpuri area of Delhi yesterday and recovered a girl Ekta along with his paramour Mukesh of Akbarpur Barota village of this district. According to a report, Mukesh had kidnapped the girl on November 23 last and took her to Delhi. The girl was to be married on November 26 last.

Commits suicide

A young housewife, Sudesh, was reported to have committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in her house at Sisana village about 25 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, a family quarrel is stated to be the main cause of the suicide. The police are investigating into the case.

Youth beaten up

A drunken youth was allegedly beaten up by the residents and shopkeepers while he was found teasing the girls near the bus stand at Kharkhauda town about 19 km from here yesterday.

Fire breaks out

Fire broke out in a field of sugarcane and destroyed the one-acre land at Machhri village about 15 km from here yesterday. The cause was still not clear. The municipal fire brigade brought the fire under control.

Mobile stolen

A mobile telephone was allegedly stolen by two motorcycle- borne youths at Ganaur Mandi, 16 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the duo had come to the shop and inquired about the price of the mobile telephone. One of the youths started counting the currency notes and the shopkeepers started taking other goods. In the meantime, the duo fled on the motorcycle.
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Bag found
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
A bag of Ms Shilpa Kapoor, a B.Ed student, was found in the EMU, which runs between Shakur Basti and Hazrat Nizamuddin at 8.30 a.m. today. The bag contains six notebooks and a project report. It is in the possession of Mr Anoop Ghosh, an employee of The Tribune. He could be contacted at 3310045, 3350208, 7019407.
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NCR BRIEFS

Convict escapes

Ghaziabad: Another criminal, accused in a cheating case, escaped from police custody while being he was being taken for a court hearing from the Dasna Jail. He had been arrested for having defrauded a Ghaziabad youth of Rs. ten lakh. According to information available, Narinder Singh was being taken to a Delhi court in a different case on December 10 when he able to hoodwink the police on the way and escaped.

The UP police party escorting him has lodged a report in Delhi’s Vikaspuri police station. The victim of the cheating case, Devinder Kumar of Dasna Gate, has alleged that the police did not shown enough sense of responsibility and had been careless in escorting the dangerous criminal.

Steel rod thieves arrested

Noida: the Sector-39 police, in a raid last night, arrested five criminals who specialised in stealing steel rods (sarya), used in building construction. Thirty two quintals of steel rods, costing around Rs 50,000 in the open market, three scooters and a mobile phone were also seized from them.

The arrested persons identified themselves as Pappu, Satnam, Amrik of Kalyanpuri, Anup of Seelampuri, and Amit of Trilokpuri. On interrogation, they confessed that they were behind 22 such thefts of Sarya. They are also being questioned about the three scooters.
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Three killed in car-truck collision
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Two persons were reportedly killed and three others were injured when their Maruti car in which they were travelling had a head-on collision with a speeding truck at Bhairav Road Red Light T-point on Tuesday early morning.

The deceased were identified as Vinod (40), his wife Santosh (40), resident of 74C- Janta Flats, Jungpura. Those injured were identified as Anil Kumar, his wife Pritma and his son Gautam. After the accident, they were taken to JPN hospital. Tilak Marg police have registered a case and arrested the truck driver Ram Kishan (42), resident of Majnu Ka Tila.

One dies in mishap

In another incident Vipal Paul (20), resident of Jhuggi, C.R. Park, was reportedly killed and three others were injured when a RTV Bus collided with a TSR in Market No.2 C.R. Park yesterday night. Those injured were identified as Bhola Ram (20), resident of Market No.2, C R Park, Suhel (28), resident of Tigri Khanpur and Sasank Das (20), resident of H. Block, C.R.Park.

The injured have been admitted to AIIMS and are stated to be out of danger. C.R. Park police have registered a case the driver Ajay Singh, resident of Lado Sarai, was arrested. 

Three killed

Faridabad
Three persons lost their lives in various incidents in the town in the past 24 hours. Amar, son of Lal Singh of Budhena village, died after he fell into a well on Monday. The victim was a farmer and had been working in the field when the incident took place.

In another incident, Dheeraj, an unemployed youth of Sarai Khawaja locality, committed suicide by hanging himself in his house on Monday.

Wife hacked

Jhajjar
A man reportedly hacked his wife to death in Beri village, around 20 km from here today.

According to the police sources, deceased Sheela, a mother of three children was attacked by her husband, Satish Kumar, with an axe around 3.30 pm today at their home. Their family was reportedly facing a financial crisis as Satish Kumar was unemployed. The woman was working in a factory on daily wages. A verbal altercation culminated into this mishap.

The district police, however, has reached the spot and sent the body to PGIMS at Rohtak for a post-mortem examination.
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Stabbed to death at nephew's wedding
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, December 11
A bridegroom's uncle was stabbed to death by members of the wedding party, which arrived in Chhuchhakwas village of the district from Kitlana village in Bhiwani district last night.

According to information, the deceased, identified as Satyawan, was dancing after reaching the bride's house when four persons belonging to his village and who were part of the wedding party attacked him with knives. He was rushed to the PGIMS in Rohtak where he died later. Some old animosity between them owing to the laying of a sewer pipe outside their houses was stated to be the reason behind the murder. The assailants were identified as Balloan, Randhir, Sunder and Ramniwas. The district police have started investigations after registering a case in this connection.
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Instant service for repairs at doorstep 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Aware of the time constraints of beleaguered metro citizens, a company called ‘no Q service’ has sought to cash in on the opportunities by offering maintenance services of a whole gamut of electronic and electrical gadgets under one roof.

The company, which has positioned itself as “A total consumer after-sales service offered at your doorstep”, is armed with more than 100 qualified engineers and technicians to give on-the-spot service equipped with state-of-the-art centres and mobile service vans for on-the-spot service in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).

Mr Krishna Verma of the company said there was a lot of misinformation regarding after-sales service of branded gadgets and consumer durable items. “There is a difference between authorised service centres and authorised dealers and most of the time dealers do not inform the customers that they are not service centres. Moreover, in most cases, the dealers are catering to multiple brands as various brands are clamouring for window space,” Mr Verma said.

While no exact figures are available, it is pointed out by industry observers that approximately about 40 per cent of the customers refer the cases of fault in gadgets such as televisions, ACs, refrigerators, irons etc to the original point of purchase. While about 10 per cent of the cases are referred to authorised service centres, the balance 50 per cent are being serviced by mostly unqualified mechanics in the unorganised sector.

Mr Verma said that the unorganised sector is not technically capable to meet the growing demands as rapid technological developments are rendering the services of technically non-qualified vendors redundant.

The company is promoted by the SAR Group of Companies, which has a turnover of Rs 60 crore in diversified fields, such as power conditioning products and services, IT services and software development and after-sales services of other high-tech equipment.

Mr Verma claims that the company is the first of its kind in the country. “All one needs to do is to either log on to a particular website or call a toll-free number (1-600-113377) and inform about the nature of the service required. The company’s engineers will provide on-site service within hours and that too at a nominal price. To back it up, there is a mobile van which attends to complaints on the spot,” he said. Further, he said, the company offers convenient pricing options, depending on the number of appliances that a household owns. “The response has been very good and we are planning a national launch of our service soon,” he said.
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