Tuesday, March 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Cong preparing BJP report card
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
In an apparent move to take advantage of the anti-incumbency factor, the Congress Party is planning to come out with a post-mortem report on the five-year rule of the BJP in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

“The report, which would focus on the corruption and inefficiency of the civic body under the BJP rule, would be released in phases to capitalise on the electorate’s disenchantment with the BJP,” Congress party sources said.

The sources said the report would cover specific issues on which the outgoing BJP had failed to deliver. The report would also contain the details of funds allotted to the corporators and their disbursement for developmental purposes.

The BJP, in its campaign, has been focusing on the problems in power and water sector, which come under the purview of the Delhi government. Even the senior leaders of the party had stresses the need to focus on these issues as the electorate in the Capital faces problems in these two areas and the majority of them are not aware that these subjects fall within the ambit of the Congress-led state government.

The Congress sources said the misappropriation of funds in the development of roads, mid-day meal scheme, schools and hospitals run by the corporation would be accounted for in the report.

The two parties today said they would release the manifestos for the civic polls on Tuesday, which would highlight the changes that needs to be made for the efficient functioning of the corporation.

One theme, corruption, seems to have emerged as the common area of focus amongst the two parties and they levied charges against one another.

While the Congress has decided to take to the people the statement of BJP MP and Minister of State in PMO, Mr Vijay Goel, in the recent past, that MCD is the most corrupt department, the BJP has decided to prominently portray the corruption in the Delhi government, the observations of the Lokayukta in the Delhi Jal Board scam and the dropping of four ministers from the Cabinet.

The virtual boycott of the BJP’s electoral campaign by the BJP MP and Union Tourism Minister, Mr Jagmohan, is proving to be both an embarrassment and blessing for the party.

Party sources said the MP from New Delhi parliamentary constituency has been advised by the senior leaders to keep away from the poll campaign as the recent demolitions (while he was the urban development minister) could prove to be quite costly for the party.

A section of senior leaders, however, were of the view that if the Union Minister campaigns for the party in his parliamentary constituency, which has the highest literacy rate in the Capital amongst other wards, he would be able to convince the electorate and swing the fortunes in favour of the party’s candidates.

The Congress, on the other hand, is trying to make an issue out of Mr Jagmohan’s absence by stating that he has been kept at a distance by the BJP as the party did not approve of his demolition drive.

The party’s Delhi unit president, Mr Subhash Chopra, said the anti-people policies of the BJP came to light with its bulldozer policy.

He said the party, though opposed to the land mafia, however, is in favour of carrying out changes in the master plan to enable the residents to carry out minor changes in their residences to meet the paucity of space.



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Residents near IAF base brace up for ‘biggest’ demolition
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 11
The district authorities here face an uphill task: They have to remove the alleged encroachments which have come up around the Indian Air Force base near Dabua, which falls in the NIT zone of the Municipal Corporation here. The illegal constructions, at least a few thousand, are spread over about a dozen colonies, which could be the target of the demolition squad. If this work is taken up, it could be the ‘biggest’ demolition in the history of the region. On directions of the Department of Defence, the district administration had released a statement in the media stating that all constructions within 100 metre radius of the Indian Air Force station had been declared illegal and would be construed as encroachments. It was also contended that since the area belongs to Defence, no construction within specified limits could be permitted.

Residents of various colonies, including the Dabua Colony, Parvatiya Colony, New Colony, Indira Gandhi Colony, Dabua village, Saran, Nangla Enclave, Sanjay Gandhi Extension, Shiv Colony, Nevada Colony, Jeevan Nagar and Parvatiya Extension, are in jitters following the order.

The restive residents have now taken up the matter at the political level. Although no formal protest has been lodged by the residents with the district administration so far, several residents contend that it was unfair and improper on the part of authorities to serve a notice at this juncture when the area was well inhabited. They are also of the view that such precautions (for a defence establishment) should have been taken earlier and claim that development of the colonies had taken place in full knowledge of the municipal authorities. The district authorities, on other hand, state that `no encroachment’ would be allowed in the prescribed area but ‘failed’ to divulge the details of the proposal aimed at bringing down the encroachments. It could lead to large-scale resentment and protests as the ‘proposal’ could affect thousands in the area, pointed out a resident. 



Trauma centre for motorists in distress
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 11
Better late than never. The district administration has finally come out of its stupor and realised the dire need for a trauma centre in the city. The administration has decided to take the lead and seek the help of private parties in setting up the trauma centre. It is in touch with the Rotary Club, the Sheetla Mata Trust and the Red Cross Society in this connection.

A senior officer said that although the modalities are still to be worked out, the authorities are hopeful of getting some material and logistical support from the voluntary organisations.

The proposed centre will have two Tata Sumo ambulances apart from other medicare infrastructure. It would also have at its disposal two cranes, which would be used to remove the wreckage from the accident site. At present, the authorities have no option but to hire cranes.

Although the residents have welcomed the decision to have a trauma centre in this sprawling urban pocket, they wonder why the government did not think of it earlier.

The burgeoning growth of the city in the last decade has manifest itself in the spurt in the number of vehicles on the roads. To aggravate matters, the Delhi-Jaipur national highway cruises through the city. The highway connects the city with eight states of the country.

A fallout of the overload on the national highway has been the alarming rise in the rate of accidents. It does not take an expert to fathom the intensity and impact of head-on collisions, when one considers that heavy vehicles ply in large numbers on the highway. The mobile trauma centre is expected to cater to motorists in distress on the highway. It is often seen that wreckage of heavy vehicles involved in mishaps is not removed for hours, adding to the congestion and traffic chaos on the highway.



Yadav cousins admit to role in Nitish case

Ghaziabad, March 11
The prime accused in the Nitish Katara abduction and murder case, Vikas and Vishal Yadav, have confessed before the Ghaziabad Police, admitting to their involvement in the gruesome incident. (Nitish, the son of a joint secretary, was kidnapped on the night of February 16-17 in Ghaziabad and murdered near Khurja a few hours later.)

The Ghaziabad Police, according to SP city, Dr Ashok K Raghav, has completed the interrogation of the main accused, the son and nephew, respectively, of the Rajya Sabha MP, D.P. Yadav, and remanded them in judicial custody till March 26 in Dasna jail as per court orders.

Dr Raghav disclosed that the Tata Safari (No Pb-07H-0085) used in the crime Was recovered today morning from the premises of a spinning and weaving mill in Karnal. Vikas had earlier told the police that they had used this vehicle in the crime, the police said. Now, the only missing links in the prosecution case are the mobile phone of the victim and Vikas’ accomplice, Sukhdev alias Pehlwan. “We shall now concentrate on nabbing Pehlwan, the third accused,” Dr Raghav said. The custody of Vishal and Vikas Yadav had been given to the city police on Sunday and their remand was to end by 2 p.m. today. The Yadav cousins were arrested in Dabra near Gwalior by Madhya Pradesh Police for possessing cartridges and booked under the Arms Act. Though the Ghaziabad Police had reached Gwalior by Saturday, they could not get the custody of the accused till Sunday morning due to legal hitches. While the Gwalior court passed orders for their being handed over to the UP

Police late in the evening, the Gwalior jail authorities refused to oblige, contending that it was against the jail manual which explicitly states that the accused cannot be handed over after sun set. Since the DNA test has confirmed that the body is that of Nitish, a local court ordered that it be given to his parents for cremation. OC



Two boys kidnapped for ransom rescued
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
With the arrest of three suspects, the Delhi Police today claimed to have solved the Kalkaji kidnapping case. The prime suspect, Kanahyya Lal, is still absconding.

The suspects, Nizamuddin (30), Girija Shankar alias Pandit (22), Ram Chander Yadav (23), were arrested on Sunday from Zakhira in North-East district. The victim, Sandeep alias Sonu, was also recovered from a house in Zakhira.

The prime suspect was working in the factory of the victim’s father in Kalkaji. He, along with his brother Girija Shankar, hatched the plot to become rich overnight, the police said. According to the police, Ram Chander Yadav took the child from his Kalkaji house on the pretext that his father, Thakur Prasad, had called him in the factory. After a few hours, the victim’s father received a ransom call of Rs 15 lakh. The matter was immediately reported to the local police who put tabs on Thakur Prasad’s phone; the suspects were known to call him up from different places.

The breakthrough came when the police arrested one Nizamuddin from Zakhira while he was making a call from a PCO. His interrogation led to the arrest of his two other associates, the police said.

In another case, a six-year old boy, Manish Goel, resident of Nangloi, was rescued by the West district police on March 9; the accused, Shadab alias Khalil, is still absconding. As the victim’s aunt, Poonam, had borrowed Rs 17,000 from the accused and could not repay the amount in time, the accused kidnapped Manish to pressurise the former.

He whisked away Manish on the pretext that he would give him first aid for a minor injury. Initially, he took him to Muzzafar Nagar and then brought him to Delhi the same day, along with this brother Margoob who has been arrested.



School kids held for murder
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 11
The police have solved the alleged kidnapping and murder of a 17-year-old youth, Vipin, of gur mandi area and arrested five youths, all students of a local school, in this connection.

According to a report, the arrested students were identified as Harish Dahiya, a student of 11th class, Ravi Kumar of Gokul Nagar (Delhi), Sanwal Kumar of Mahipalpur (Delhi), Satinder of Pritampura (Sonepat) and Amit Rana of Khera Kalan (Delhi).

The police found the body of the victim lying on the embankment of the Delhi Branch of the Western Yamuna Canal near Halalpur village of Sonepat district. It is stated that Vipin had gone to Bulbul restaurant in Model Town area of the city to attend a marriage party on Friday evening, but he failed to return to his house in the night.

Thereupon, Mr Rameshwar Dass Bansal, a trader of the foodgrains market and the father of the youth, launched a search, but in vain.

However, Vipin’s brother, Pawan, spotted a car hurtling towards Rohtak and gave it a hot chase; he even succeeded in stopping it near Lehrara village on the Sonepat-Rohtak road. Three youths, including a girl, were found travelling in the car. However, the youth and the girl managed to escape while the third occupant was overpowered by Pawan with the help of others. The suspect was later handed over to the police. His interrogation led to the arrest of the other accused. However, the cause of the kidnapping and the murder was still being ascertained by the police.



MCD files ATR in stray cattle case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
Even as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) filed an action taken report in the Delhi High Court on the measures taken to clear the Capital’s roads of stray cattle and dogs, the petitioner urged the court to issue directions to free the roads of NCT of cattle menace.

The petitioner, Common Cause Society, today pleaded with the court to issue direction to the authorities to make the Capital’s roads free of stray cattle, which hinder traffic movement and also result in accidents.

“We have pleaded that stray cattle should be off the city roads and streets as they not only create hindrance in the smooth movement of traffic but also were one of the main reasons for accidents,” Common Cause counsel Meera Bhatia said during the hearing of a pending writ petition by the society.

She said despite the claims of the civic authorities that they have taken required action as per court’s earlier orders, the stray cattle continue to roam freely on the Capital’s roads and streets.

A division Bench comprising Chief Justice S. B. Sinha and Justice A. K. Sikri posted the PIL, filed by the Common Cause and another petitioner, for final hearing on May 22 after MCD counsel Shiv Kumar said the action taken report had been filed by the corporation.

However, Common Cause counsels and lawyers representing other parties said the copy of the report had not been made available to them.

Ms Bhatia said the court had earlier directed the Centre, Delhi Government, MCD and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to make joint efforts to clear the city roads of stray animals.

The petition had been pending for nearly two years, but these authorities had done very little in this direction, she said, while the MCD and Delhi Government counsel submitted that since the required actions had been taken, the PIL should be disposed of.

Earlier, the high court had pulled up the state government and the civic agencies for passing the buck on the issue. The court had stated that the authorities had to decide among themselves and then report to this court on the decision taken to eradicate the problem of stray cattle and dogs rather than squabbling over fixing of responsibility while the menace continued.

The PIL was filed last July after reports that people were being gored by cattle. Ms Bhatia said that stray cattle squatted on roads and threw traffic out of gear, which led to accidents. The cattle also posed a health hazard, it said, adding that cows and stray dogs surrounded garbage dumps in colonies and made it nauseating for residents living nearby. The cattle often excreted on the roads which caused filth and stench all around. Such excreta was a breeding ground for microbes which could spread various diseases. Also, it was an extremely abhorrent sight.

Stray cows ate garbage from rubbish heaps due to which they fall sick and thus their milk was unfit for human consumption, Ms Bhatia added.



VHP’s Ayodhya call: Police on vigil
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 11
While the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has exhorted people to reach Ayodhya on March 15 to participate in the “bhoomi pujan”, the Haryana Government has warned that nobody would be permitted to disturb communal harmony in the state.

The VHP, in a statement here today, charged the government and the electronic media of creating panic among the “Ram bhakts” by repeatedly showing flag march undertaken by the paramilitary forces and the police in Ayodhya on Sunday. The police and paramilitary personnel deployed at Ayodhya are also ‘Ram bhakts’, the statement said and added that at the most these personnel would only arrest the devotees.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Government has directed the Deputy Commissioners and district police chiefs to make adequate arrangements so as to maintain communal peace and law and order in view of the VHP call for congregation of kar sevaks at Ayodhya.

The state government has advised the district authorities to deploy police in adequate strength at the railway stations and bus stations from where the kar sevaks are expected to leave for Ayodhya. Nobody should be allowed to raise provocative slogans or deliver such speeches, the government has told the authorities.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, told ‘NCR Tribune’ that duty magistrates and police would be stationed at railway stations and bus stands in the district from March 13 onwards. The administration, he said, was alive to the situation and anti-social elements and criminals would not be allowed to disturb peace. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Atar Singh Ahlawat, said that the police force in adequate strength would be deployed to protect religious places of the minority community.



Colony residents recreate a park
Rohit Wadhwaney

New Delhi, March 11
In most of the residential colonies of the city, parks remain neglected because of the indifference of government agencies. However, in those areas where the residents have owned up the responsibility of maintaining the parks, they have done wonders. That’s exactly how the residents of south Delhi’s New Friends Colony have stunned the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Just about two years ago, a park between Block A of New Friends Colony and Zakir Nagar was mostly misused. The MCD used to give it out for marriages to the residents of Zakir Nagar. Apart from the fact that it was an ornamental park, not meant for marriages, it was more shocking because the park did not even fall in the vicinity of Zakir Nagar. Apart from the din of and mess left by marriages, stray cattle reigned supreme in the park, and the only people who entered it were from Zakir Nagar, that too as a public toilet. The same park is the pride of the residents now.

“The MCD was obviously making merry from the marriages. Surely, they were being paid a lot,” alleged a resident of New Friends Colony. For nearly 25 years, the park was in a terrible condition. Residents recalled that a terrible stench used to hang around the entire area since people used it to empty their bowels. It had become almost impossible for the residents of houses nearby to look out of their windows as, apart from the foul smell, they would invariably see someone easing himself in the park.

In spite of making numerous complaints to the MCD, not a single official ever visited the site to know the condition of the residents. When the situation became intolerable, a few residents of New Friends Colony thought that they should ease the pressure off the shoulders of the MCD.

The Residents Welfare Association (RWA) of the colony made a request to the MCD in November 1999 to hand over the park to it for maintenance. And seemingly, the MCD was only happy to do the needful. The park was handed over to the RWA in March 2000 under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The RWA, after getting permission to maintain the park, collected money from the residents of mostly Block A, who were most affected, “for making a park look like a park.” The RWA is proud now to state that it had collected “Rs 1.5 lakh” from the residents.

From the money collected, the RWA first constructed the boundary wall, which remained broken for years and from where the stray cattle entered. Trees were planted, gates put up and gardeners employed to maintain the park. Though it was the residents of Zakir Nagar who were mostly responsible for the dilapidated condition of the park a few years ago, the residents of New Friends Colony have no grudges against them.

“What has happened has happened. The park is meant for anyone who wants to use it, but not abuse it,” said Mr Avinash Malhotra, a member of the RWA. “It was a public park and will remain a public park. Be it the residents of Zakir Nagar or of any other area of the Capital, it is meant for all. But all that they must keep in mind is that it is their park and they should keep it clean.”

The RWA said the improvement in the park in a couple of years was just the first step and if there were no barriers put up, they would be successful in making this ornamental park as beautiful as it must be.



A Jat wrestler who paints from his rustic heart

Jhajjar, March 11
A Jat lad and painting? Eyebrows may be raised. But Mahesh Dalal is a Jat from a Haryana village and has taken to painting as a full-time profession. Coming from a place known more for its rural culture and combative characters, Mahesh Dalal is a wrestler who began wielding the brush as a pastime. It is the realisation of his own talent that has forced him to travel the road less travelled by his fellow village folks. From wrestler to an artist, it has been a long journey for this 26-year-old resident of Mandouthi village of this district.

Mahesh has had the privilege of exhibiting his collection of 40-odd oil paintings in several famous galleries in the country, including All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi. Apart from this, he had exhibited his work in North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival ‘Unifest 2000’, at Gymkhana Club of Faridabad, All-India Artists Workshop - Surajkund in February 2000, and at Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi in 1999.

“Painting is a passion for Mahesh,” says Mr Tejpal Dalal, elder brother of Mahesh, who was the first person to recognise the talent in him when he (Mahesh) used to draw whatever he sees around him with pencils on paper. Mr Tejpal says their family has a background in defence and sports and their parents wanted Mahesh to join the police or defence forces. However, the young lad wouldn’t budge. He insisted on pursuing a career in painting, recalls Mr Tejpal. Interestingly, Mahesh has no qualification or formal training in painting. His routine was to go to the akhara for intense physical exercises daily.

“On my brother’s encouragement, I drew portraits of some of the leaders of freedom struggle with pencil for showing at an exhibition held in the All India Jat Heroes Memorial College, Rohtak, where I was a second year BA student, on the occasion of the completion of 50 years of our Independence,” revealed Mahesh. His drawing drew appreciation much beyond his expectations. “During the exhibition, some visitors advised me to paint with oil colours.” He followed the advice and even now practises it for long hours, particularly in the nights as oil catches dust in daytime and the paints fade.

The practice has paid off. Although he doesn’t know much about the finer points of the art, his paintings reveal the influence of the culture in which he has lived. “I could not classify my work in the artistic streams as it requires academic knowledge which I lack,” he admits boldly, but maintains that he has been quite successful in conveying his message and feelings in his paintings.

Watch any of his paintings, they reflect the surroundings and culture prevailing around him and they can be described as the realist form of painting. Rahat — irrigation system using bullocks that was in vogue in the village till a few years ago, fight between two bulls, Sanjhi — a portrait of village women during Dussehra, a farmer ploughing the fields, women carrying bales of hay on their heads trudging on village path and kutcha clay pots made by potters are all scenes from his village.

They present the promising, dedicated and not-so-old lifestyle in rural Haryana. He has been able paint these scenes in measured strokes without a formal training or education.

For this promising artist, Venn Gouge and Sir Shobha Singh who rose to fame under similar circumstances are the ideals and guiding force. However, for the moment, he is more indebted to his family, especially his brother for giving much required encouragement and exposure. Mahesh strongly believes in the rich Indian art of painting and protest against the westernisation of everything, including art.



Lajpat Nagar’s old guard helpless against 
land grabbers
Syed Ali Ahmed

Tirath Ram Saluja.
Tirath Ram Saluja. 

Octogenarian Tirath Ram Saluja’s tale is a journey of grit and determination, based on the foundation of strong social values. Uprooted from his native Falia in Pakistan part of Gujarat in the aftermath of Partition, Mr Saluja shifted his base to Delhi’s Amar Colony and devoted his life for the cause of social and community development. From a modest beginning as a secretary to the senior partner of chartered accounting firm, S. P. Chopra and Co in Lahore, Mr Saluja today is an administrator of the same firm and has successfully demonstrated that age is not a hindrance for the dedicated worker.

Outside office, the life of this 83-year-old man revolves around helping the distressed and the needy. He spoke to NCR Tribune about the journey that he has traversed and the dreams that he cherishes. Excerpts:

Can you list some of the socially relevant works you had been involved in?

Since 1947 when I came from across the border, I had decided to help the needy. When I settled down in Amar Colony in Lajpat Nagar in 1961, I saw there was no proper supply of milk.

There was only one booth of the Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) in such a big locality like Lajpat Nagar. It pained me to see that the residents of the locality used to stand in long queues for hours in front of the booth early in the morning to fetch milk.

Believe it or not, it was a horrible scene for me to witness. Often, the frustration of the people boiled over and frequent quarrels took place here.

Sometimes, people even used to fight it out. Once I saw a woman hit an old man following an argument.

I could not be a mute spectator to such frequent incidents. I volunteered to organise a better system of milk supply in the area.

My results bore fruit and soon there was no problem of milk supply in Amar Colony for a long time. When people living in other colonies such as Greater Kailash, Kalkaji and Pandara Road heard about the innovative system of milk distribution in Amar Colony, they came to me to find out about the scheme so that they could tackle similar problems in their areas.

Besides, the refugees had problems while depositing house tax. Residents in the area had little knowledge about the various provisions related to house tax in the Capital.

Since I worked in a chartered accounting firm, I was initiated into the nuances of taxation and came forward to help them.

My third contribution to the locality is the construction of a magnificent Raghunath Temple. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) allotted the land for temple but the residents did not have the funds to construct it. I managed to get Rs 2.5 lakh from the Moolchand Society that helped in the construction work.

How do you manage to spare time for social work?

I came from Lahore in the aftermath of Partition and was moved by the distress and poverty around me. So I also used to help people after my office hours.

I used to get up early in the morning and go to the milk booth to supervise the distribution of milk. After office work, I would not sit at home.

I used to roam around the locality and meet people. During this routine, people would tell me about their problems and I used to advise them on how to solve them. I was quite young then.

I had two younger brothers whom I used to teach late in the evening. One of my brothers was elected as the President of the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU).

Now I mostly concentrate on religious work. I am still the president of the Sanatan Dharam Sabha. I help in the organisation of religious functions by the sabha in the colony.

The office of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is at a walking distance from Amar Colony. How was it possible, then, for such widespread encroachment to take place in Lajpat Nagar which made headlines last month?

Encroachment is always done in connivance with officials of the MCD. Demolition in Amar Colony was done after the intervention of the Supreme Court. The residents were allotted only one-room set houses.

But by encroaching upon public land in front of their houses, they had converted them into palatial houses, resulting in regular traffic jams on roads.

Construction of basement is not allowed in the colony. But one can spot it in nearly every house of the area.

The MCD officials and the local police take bribe from the residents and, in turn, allow them to do whatever they want.

Besides, one is not allowed to construct more than two floors. However, it is a common sight in the locality to see buildings with four floors.

Obviously, the illegal buildings have been constructed in connivance with the authorities concerned. Amar Colony is supposed to be a residential area but now it has become a semi-commercial area, with offices and godowns of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) agency and junk dealer shops. Not surprisingly, police constables from the Lajpat Nagar Police Station are generally found sitting in junk dealer shops.

Could you suggest ways to prevent encroachments in localities like yours?

If there is a will, there is a way. Since the MCD does not have the will to remove the encroachment, it is impossible to prevent the menace.

Recently demolished buildings are again being constructed. There is no agency to prevent them from re-building their palatial houses and shops.

Unfortunately, time has changed and people like me cannot come forward to prevent encroachments as goonda elements have become very active in the area and are deeply involved in this menace.

Lajpat Nagar is a posh locality but a number of crimes are being reported from there. As a resident of the colony, what are you doing to help control the proliferation of crime in the area?

Criminals in the Lajpat Nagar area are not small-time activists. They are gangsters and land grabbers. They have connections with politicians, police and administration. Unfortunately, social workers like me cannot dare to prevent illegal constructions or similar anti-social activities. 



‘Install Devi Lal’s portrait in Parliament’ 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
The national executive of the All India Young Farmers Conference (AIYFC) today decided to observe the first death anniversary of former Prime Minister Chaudhari Devi Lal on April 6.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the chairman of the AIYFC, Mr Radha Krishan Hooda, urged to install Devi Lal’s life-size portrait in the Central Hall of Parliament and name one of the roads in Delhi as Chaudhari Devi Lal Marg to commemorate the death of the kisan leader. Besides, the conference will organise several functions including seminars and rallies to promote the ideals of the leader.

Bank branch for women: The Oriental Bank of Commerce has declared its Safdarjung Enclave branch as a special branch for women entrepreneurs. The special branch was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Finance, Mr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, today.

The bank has been advised by the government to earmark two per cent of its net credit for women entrepreneurs in order to strengthen credit delivery to them. The credit is to be subsequently increased to five per cent by March 2004.

Apart from the Safdarjung Enclave branch, the bank has already decided to designate some of their branches as special branches for extending credit to women entrepreneurs.



Crime against women on the rise in Rohtak
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 11
Although heinous crime is on the decline in the district, crimes against women appear to be rising.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Atar Singh Ahlawat, told ‘NCR Tribune’ here today that only seven murders had been reported in various police stations in the district till March 10 this year as against 12 during the corresponding period last year. Not a single incidence of dowry death had been reported and cases regarding attempt to murder had declined considerably.

However, dowry-related crimes against women had increased to seven during this year and incidence of kidnapping of women had also increased from four in 2001 to six till March 10 this year. The assault on public servants had also registered a decline in this year, Mr Ahlawat claimed.

The incidence of rioting, however, had more than doubled this year. The police had registered 12 cases of rioting till March 10 this year as against five during the correspondent period last year. Mr Ahlawat claimed that because of intensive patrolling during night, the cases of theft and burglary had also been controlled effectively. The police registered 67 cases of theft against 60 last year but incidence of burglary had declined from 47 to 42, he said.

Cyclist dies

A cyclist was killed after he was hit by a jeep on the G. T. Road near Bahlagarh Chowk, about 10 km from here, on Sunday. According to a report, the seriously injured victim, identified as Mr Lal Chand of Shamabad village in Uttar Pradesh, succumbed on the way to the local civil hospital. He was crossing the road when the accident occurred. The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection so far.

Youth Assaulted

Satyavan, a youth, of the Sunder Sanwari area of the city sustained injuries after he was attacked with knives by one Sonu and his associates in a moving bus going to Turkpur village in the district on Sunday.

According to a report, the injured youth, who was going to Turkpur village for taking part in a marriage party, was immediately hospitalised. He is stated to be out of danger. The alleged assailants, however, managed to escape immediately after the attack. The police are investigating into the case and the alleged criminals are still at large.

Chautala's  visit 

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will visit the city on March 31. He will address party workers at a meeting in the municipal park.

Mr Chautala will also take part in the marriage of the daughter of Mr Ved Singh Malik, a former minister and veteran INLD leader, on March 16 in the city.

Car stolen 

The car of Mr Satish Vij, owner of a chemist shop, was stolen from outside his house here Sunday night. According to a report, the car was later found abandoned near Mohana village on the Sonepat-Gohana road.

According to another report, two houses were burgled in the Kalyan Nagar here Sunday night and cash and other valuables were stolen.

Unions  rally

The Sarv Karamchari Sangh Haryana, the UTUC and other employees' unions will hold a joint demonstration on March 14 in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office in the city to register their protest against the "anti-employee and anti-people" policies of both the central and the state governments. According to a report, a procession will be taken out from the bus stand to the mini-secretariat.

Free eye camp 

A week-long free eye operation camp will be held on the premises of the Aggarwal Dharamsala in the gur mandi area of the city. A team of noted eye surgeons will operate upon patients. Other patients suffering from various eye diseases will be examined and treated by the team of doctors.

Youth shot at

A youth going to attend a court case was shot at by two criminals on a motorbike in broad daylight today under the Bisarkh police station area. The seriously wounded youth was rushed to Yashoda Hospital in Ghaziabad by the villagers. The assailants escaped soon after the incident. The villagers came to their rescue and rushed the profusely bleeding Hari Om to the hospital where his condition is stated to be serious. The police have started a hunt for the criminals.

Burnt to death

A newly-wed woman was burnt to death allegedly by her husband and family members for her failure to bring in more dowry in Wer Bhora village under the Kakore police station area in Gautam Budh Nagar district. The father of the deceased has filed a report of dowry death in the police station against the husband of his daughter, who is absconding after the incident.



DVB Junior Engineer dies as car falls into canal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 11
A junior engineer of the DVB, Mr R. K. Jain, died today when the Maruti car (No. DL-2C-L-8691) in which he was travelling fell into the Bawan canal. Two others, Santosh and Dharamveer, who were also in the car were rescued from the canal.

All three were rushed to Brahmashakti Hospital in Sultanpuri but Mr R. K. Jain had died by the time they reached the hospital.

liquor seized: The West district police have seized a large quantity of illicit liquor in two different incidents. In the first incident, the police received an information that a white Maruti car (DL-4CQ-0879) is carrying illicit liquor from Bahadurgarh border towards Ranikheda. On spotting the car, the police intercepted to stop it, but the driver after stopping the car tried to escape with his associates. But the constables overpowered them. A constable, Ranbir Singh, sustained minor injuries during the scuffle with the accused.

The police recovered 11 cartons containing 2,200 pouches of Sounfi special, five cartons containing 250 quarter bottles of Mastana desi liquor and five cartons of 240 quarter bottles of Bonnie Scotch whisky. The accused were later identified as Bhagwan and Mukhtiar. They were held on Saturday. In another case, ten cartons of 462 quarter bottles of Bonnie Scotch whisky were seized after a constable on night duty, Kuldeep Singh, stopped a Maruti Esteem (DL-2CE-0926), which had ‘press’ stickers on both sides, in Nazafgarh area.

Commits suicide: Raja (30), a resident of Harijan Basti at Palam village in South-West district, reportedly committed suicide early this morning in his friends house in the same locality. He used to work as a conductor in a private bus, the police said.

Raja went to the house of his friend, Ashwini, on Sunday evening where he was told that Ashwini had gone to a nearby cinema hall to see the night show. He entered Ashwini’s room on the pretext of sleeping and bolted the door from inside. When Ashwini returned from the cinema hall, he knocked at the gate repeatedly. After getting no response, he broke open the gate and found Raja hanging from the ceiling fan. The police said that he was depressed for a few days. He has apparently taken this step under depression.

Stabbed to death: A 50-year-old woman, Shanti Devi (50), was found stabbed to death in her house in Nand Nagri area of North-East district this morning. She was alone in the house last night. Her husband, Badari Prasad went to attend a marriage party in the colony. When he came in the morning, he found his wife lying in a pool of blood in the bedroom. Her husband reported the matter to the police. There was ransacking in the house but nothing was found missing. Robbery could be motive behind the murder. The police have registered a case of murder. The deceased had four daughters and all are married. One of them live on first floor of the house, police said.

One dies in mishap: One persons was killed and four others were seriously injured when a Haryana Roadways bus collided with an Esteem car here on Sunday. According to information, the Rohtak-bound bus from Delhi was involved in a head-on collision with the car coming from the opposite direction. The driver of the car, Mr Daya Chand, died on the spot while injured Pulkit, Mohit, Neha and five-year-old Sanklp were rushed to Rohtak, from where they were referred to the Apollo Hospital in the Capital.


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