Friday, April 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Closure notices to Gurgaon units
Industrial units in residential areas of Municipal Council told to down shutters in 3 days
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, April 18
As per an interim order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, all industrial units functioning in the residential areas of Gurgaon Municipal Council have been directed to close down within three days.

According to an estimate, around 1,000 such units would be affected, rendering thousands of people jobless. Most of these are small-scale units, employing less than 20 persons. The court notice warns that if the units are not shut down within three days, action would be initiated under Section 128 of the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973. With this, the licences granted to the units by the Municipal Council will become null and avoid.

The notices are being personally handed over by the office staff of the Executive Officer, Gurgaon Municipal Council, Mr S N S Sidhu. The notice refers to the order dated March 19 of the Special Division Bench, comprising Justice Mr G S Singhvi and Justice Mr M M Kumar of the high court.

The court has also directed the Haryana State Pollution Control Board to immediately initiate action against units responsible for noise pollution.

The court has asked the Municipal Council, Gurgaon, to take action against all industries which are operating in the residential areas with or without licences/permission. The high court also directed the authority to submit the status report in the form of an affidavit in the next hearing on May 6,2002.

The EO, Mr Sidhu, informed the NCR Tribune that he would strictly comply with the direction of the high court. No industrial unit would be allowed to function in the residential areas, the officer added.

The majority of these units were set up ten to 20 years ago when there were no residences in the area. Houses came up later, after the industrial activity increased. In fact, no new unit was allowed to be set up in the residential area for the last ten years by the authority, the affected entrepreneurs claimed.

The entrepreneurs are agitated as they would overnight lose their source of livelihood. According to Mr Manoj Kumar, a small entrepreneur, it is not possible to close down the units in three days.

“We are not aware of any legal case being fought in the high court” said the entrepreneurs. They must be given an opportunity to put forth their viewpoint.

The president of the Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA), Mr Jagan Nath Mangla, disclosed that section 128 of the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973, clearly stipulates that only dangerous units or ones which endanger the environment, could not be set up in the residential area.

Many small units, which do not cause pollution, are also being issued the closure notices, said the GIA president. He demanded that the notices be withdrawn immediately.

Some of the entrepreneurs, whose units cause pollution, are ready to shift them out of residential areas, if they are relocated elsewhere. But they must be given sufficient time, not just three days, for this purpose, insisted the entrepreneurs.



Mewat’s empowered women take on their mentor
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Mewat (Gurgaon), April 18
The Mewat Development Agency (MDA) appears to have bitten off more than it can chew in trying to awaken the women of Mewat, spanning over a major portion of Gurgaon district and a revenue bloc of Faridabad district. The MDA is a body of the Haryana government, constituted for an overall growth of Mewat area.

There are many who wonder now whether the MDA has extended its brief by trying to give a voice to the traditionally suppressed women of the most backward Meo-Muslim-dominated area of Haryana.

In a recent meeting of the women members of the Self Help Groups (SHGs) from a cluster of villages held at Gohana in Nagina revenue bloc, the Haryana government and its surrogate, the MDA, were put under the scanner. The women have apparently spread their wings.

The meeting, presided over by the MDA chairman, Mr S.A.Khan, was convened to sell the idea of constituting an elected apex body, representing about 15,000 female Self Help Group (SHG) members.

The idea of the body is to empower the women so that they could participate in the development works in the areas of Mewat.

The motive was to unionise the voice of women, traditionally suppressed in the male-dominated society.

The women from Sahjadpur, Uleta, Madhi, Patakpur, Multhan, Karhara cheered the speakers when they raised the issues like shortage of potable water. Raseedan, a sarpanch of Multhan village and member of SHG, speaking on the occasion, led the charge alleging that there was no potable water in her village. The ponds have also run dry as a result of which the cattle remain thirsty. A few cattle have also perished in the village.

She also pointed out that there was a shortage of teachers in the government school and demanded the posting of female teachers for the girls. In a scathing attack on the Haryana government and the MDA, Raseedan said that there was no fund in her gram panchayat. As a result, the panchayat cannot initiate the development works.

Speaking in the meeting, Lakshmi from Karhara lamented that nobody listens to the complaints about the lack of civil amenities in her village. Taking the cause of bovine number in her village, she said that as the milch cattle were not getting enough water, they could not produce milk. Consequently, their owners suffer. Hence, the animal husbandry, the major wealth of the residents of Mewat, was endangered. Ironically, the Haryana’s Minister of Animal Husbandry, Mr Illiyas Mohammad, is from Mewat.



When politicians turned experts on viability
 of CNG — II 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 18
Exactly one year ago, in April last year, Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, and Union Petroleum Minister, Ram Naik, met and concluded that they were on the same side of the CNG controversy. They agreed that they cannot put the city’s transport in a single fuel mode, and that any accident would bring the entire transport network to a grinding halt. Further, it was decided that they would ask the EPCA to recommend diesel with 0.05 per cent sulphur – a world standard clean fuel – as a substitute for CNG. In May, private CNG buses hit the roads. Immediately, there were reports of skirmishes between diesel and CNG bus staff. As more and more CNG buses hit the road, queues began to lengthen at filling stations. IGL officials kept saying that the problem would be solved soon. In June, the story was the same – more vehicles, longer queues..

The Delhi government voiced fears that the non-availability of gas could fuel another transport crisis. It filed an affidavit in the court stating that the September 30 deadline cannot be met as MPNG was not supplying adequate CNG. IGL promised to install booster compressors at its daughter stations (stations without any compressors) and convert them into daughter-boosters (stations with compressors) by September, which would shorten the queues. July saw the queues getting even longer. Reports of heart-rending stories of how nights were spent at CNG stations in the sweltering heat were by now common. Drivers were not seeing their children, unable to sleep, not able to bathe. Lines stretched for 2 to 3 km. Still no action.

The crisis deepened in August. On August 5, five people were injured as a Telco CNG bus caught fire. Experts rushed to discredit the technology, contending that there are no safety norms for CNG vehicles. Next day in Parliament, members said CNG technology was neither safe nor viable. Mr Ram Naik, in turn, told Parliament that it would take 4 to 5 years to increase the CNG supply beyond the existing capacity to meet Delhi’s needs. “No more gas is available physically,” it was disclosed Madan Lal Khurana, former chief minister of Delhi and local BJP leader, disclosed that Central ministries, including the Ministry of Environment and Forests, had decided to file a joint affidavit in the SC, asking it to consider other clean fuels, including 0.05 per cent low sulphur diesel. He even called for a strike by transporters. By then, the inquiry report on the CNG bus fire was out. It disclosed that CNG leak was not the cause of the blaze; instead, a short-circuit close to the engine led to the accident.

August 10: The city came to a halt with politicians vying for public glare. BJP’s Khurana led one rally to the apex court. He claimed that Delhi Government was to blame for precipitating matters as it did not inform the Centre about the “correct demand” of CNG. Later, Khurana and his colleagues told the press that Naik had assured them that his ministry would file an affidavit in the court stating that the government cannot supply gas to vehicles registered after September 30.

The then Delhi Transport Minister, Parvez Hashmi, led the second group of transporters and petitioned the Centre on gas supply. Delhi CM wrote to the prime minister asking for his intervention before a “serious law and order situation” developed. “I draw your attention to the urgency of ensuring adequate and reliable supply of CNG. I have noted with concern that the Centre has not notified safety and emission norms for CNG fuel,” she wrote. But her transport minister was not convinced. He lamented: “The recent bus blast has left us jittery. We are not sure if CNG is a safe option.”

(Third and final part tomorrow)



CBI guns for lease holders of mines
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 18
A team of the CBI and income tax officials today raided the offices of nearly all the leading lease holders of mines here. It is reported that the raids were a part of the CBI probe into the alleged irregularities and the large-scale illegal mining in the district. There are about half a dozen major mine lease holders in the district and a cabinet minister of Haryana is among those whose mining office was raided today. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the CBI to conduct an enquiry into the matter in response to a writ petition filed by a local journalist, Mr Subhash Sharma, in 2001. It is learnt that the help of mine experts from Dhanbad and Ajmer had also been taken by the officials in the investigation. An SSP of the CBI is reported to be camping here for the past few days in this connection.

Crusher units sealed: The District administration has sealed about 11 stone crushers here over their failure to deposit money for the rehabilitation programme of bonded labour, freed from the mines and crushers units. The Supreme Court had ordered that the funds for the construction of residential colony for the bonded labour would be charged from the crushers and mine owners. The Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) has made available the land for the purchase near Greenfields Colony here, for whose the payment will also be taken from the crushers and mine owners.

Four kids missing:
Even as the city police was patting itself on the back for rescuing a boy yesterday, who was abducted for ransom from Muzzafarnagar, three other boys have been reported missing from different parts of the city. In one case, the mother has even alleged that the boy was kidnapped by the father while he was playing in front of his maternal grandfather Harikishen’s house in Mohalla Richhpal Puri.

In Loni area, Ramzan’s four-year-old grandson, Zauddin, went to a nearby market to buy sweets, never to return. The boy’s father, Nasseem, has filed a report with the police station. OC



Marriage annulled on plea of pre-marital ties
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, April 18
Having illicit relations and being pregnant before marriage cost a resident of Ahar village dear as a local court today annulled her marriage.

In an unusual decision, the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr HP Singh, annulled the marriage between Mr Satbir, a resident of Sutana village, and the lady. The ruling will bring some respite to Mr Satbir and other members of his family as the lady had registered a case of harassment against them.

Mr Satbir was married to the lady on May 13, 1998. A fortnight after the marriage, the lady went to her parents’ house in Ahar village. According to Mr KC Sharma, counsel for Mr Satbir, when the lady came back in November 1998, she was suspected to be several months’ pregnant.

A suspicious Satbir took her to a nursing home for a pregnancy test. The test in November 1998 showed hat she was about seven months pregnant, even though she was married for only about five months. Things reached a flash point due to domestic strife and the panchayat was called to sort out the matter. After hearing both the sides, the panchayat ordered a “divorce” and directed the boy and the girl to live separately.

However, the arrangement did not work out as the girl’s family, in utter disregard for the panchayat’s directive, lodged a complaint with the Matlauda police that the in-laws, including the husband, were harassing the lady for bringing inadequate dowry. The in-laws and the husband later secured bail.

At this point, Mr Satbir approached the court for annulment of marriage. The court summoned the doctor who had conducted the pregnancy test. In her statement before the court, Dr Neera Gupta confirmed that the lady was about seven months pregnant at the time of the test. Satisfied with Dr Gupta’s statement and counsel’s arguments, the judge ordered the annulment of the marriage.



Born and cremated the same day
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, April 18
What an irony of fate! Sepoy Ombir (23) of 13 Rajputana Rifles got married just on March 27, but made a supreme sacrifice for his motherland even before he completed one month of his marriage. By a coincidence, he was born and cremated on April 18.

With tears rolling down his cheeks, Mr Satpal Singh, a former sarpanch and a relative of Ombir, recalled that the village lad resumed his duties on April 1, just five days after his marriage and promised to return on leave on May 5.

Ombir fell victim to a hail of enemy bullets during a search operation in Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir on the night of April 15.

Sepoy Subodh Kumar, who escorted the body, said a team of army personnel was searching for terrorists following a tip-off. The army vehicle was ambushed by the infiltrators as it neared a wooden bridge near Kulgaon village.

In the counter-attack, the armymen shot dead three infiltrators and captured one while the rest managed to escape under the cover of darkness. During the encounter, Ombir received a bullet injury in his chest and died while being ferried to Srinagar for treatment.

Ombir is survived by his wife, father, mother, an elder brother and four sisters. Capt. Inder Singh, M.P., and Mr Anil Malik, Deputy Commissioner, paid floral tributes to the martyr on behalf of the state government and the district administration. The Deputy Commissioner announced an ex gratia grant of Rs 11,000 for the bereaved family on the behalf of the district Red Cross Society.



Ram Babu elected MCD panel chief, 
Ashok Jain deputy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 18
Mr Ram Babu Sharma, leader of the house in Municipal Corporation of Delhi, today was elected unopposed as Chairman and Mr Ashok Jain as Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee by 18 members of the house.

After being elected as Chairman, Mr Ram Babu Sharma said that the promises made in the election manifesto of the Congress would be fulfilled in an efficient and time bound manner and the development work would be carried on war footing.

The Congress will provide a transparent, efficient and responsive administration to Delhiites. The active participation of all citizens will be assured in development works as well as solving civic problems through Bhagidari.

He also said that the newly elected corporation will approach the Delhi Government for regularisation of 1071 unauthorised colonies.

While addressing the house he said that it is the foremost duty of the civic body to provide good primary education, sanitation and cleanliness, better medical and public health facilities, maintenance of parks, maintenance of roads, improvement in slums, katras, relocation jhuggis and development of urbanised and rural villages.

He disclosed that there was no need for traders to produce property tax receipt for getting licence of any trade. They have to produce papers of the shop the place where they work.

The property tax, toll tax, licencing and tehbazari fees are the main source of non-plan income of the corporation. A committee of house members and officials of departments’ concerned will be constituted to chalk out plan to increase collection of these taxes.

He assured of qualitative and quantitative improvement in standard of the primary education and, if need be, renowned literary persons would be consulted to improve the quality of the education. Uniform and text books will be provided to all the students studying in municipal primary schools free of cost and well within time at the start of academic session. The mid-day meal scheme will be made more regular and effective.

The condition of municipal schools will be improved. Appointment of new teachers will also be made.

The tarnished image of Delhi that it is the dirtiest metropolis of the world will be changed and a new face-lift will be given to make the city an aesthetic look.



Kashmiri Pandits : We never got the focus
 Gujarat did
Smriti Kak

New Delhi, April 18
Adversity in the form of insurgency had them fleeing to save their lives. Nearly 12 years after they left the valley, seven hundred thousand Kashmiri Pandits are still battling for an identity and relief.

“Even after 12 years, we are migrants. The political parties who had promised to provide us with the bare necessities have failed to keep their word. Financial relief and help for education is not the be-all and end-all, we are still waiting to return home,” said Mr M L Raina, a retired school principal.

Like Raina, there are scores of people of the minority community who feel deceived. The recent carnage at Godhara that became the focus of the world media and the patrons of ‘secularism’ have brought back the pangs of turmoil that the Kashmiri Pandits faced in the early 1990s.

“We are sad for the innocent victims, but we are also reminded of the tumult that the community faced. The kind of broadcasting that the events in Gujarat are getting and the response that it has evoked in the people everywhere, is something that the Kashmiri Pandits should also have got. Not much has been done for the people who are so distressed. The case of the Kashmiri displaced people was, however, not taken up the way it should have been,” said Mr M K Kaw, a retired bureaucrat.

The members of the community allege that they have been relegated to the background instead of making them a party to the peace process and the dialogues initiated by the government.

“It is ridiculous that the government invites the Hurriyat for talks and conveniently forgets the Kashmiri Pandits. What is the Hurriyat? They are militants without arms. How can they represent the entire Kashmiri populace? Kashmiri Pandits are the indigenous people of the valley. They have every right to participate in any process that involves Kashmir. It is high time the government became serious about their return to their homeland,” Mr Raina added.

Spokesperson for the Panun Kashmir, an organisation fighting for a separate homeland, Mr Kamal Hak told the ‘NCR Tribune’, “Our sympathy lies with the victims of communal hatred in Gujarat. We do not endorse such act, yet we wish to know why the Indian polity maintains double standards. When we fled, there was no uproar. The selective condemnation by the polity has left us bitter. We are also the victims of fundamentalism, then why these so-called secularists kept quiet when we were being massacred?”

The community is also angry that the government has undermined their turmoil by continuing to address them as ‘migrants’. “Even the UN charter accepts that we are internally displaced people.

The government, however, has remained adamant in addressing us as migrants. If the victims of the Gujarat carnage are refugees, how come we are just migrants?” Mr Hak asks.

“The Prime Minister has described the events in Gujarat as a ‘bolt for the nation’. What about the continued state of Kashmiris? We are demanding that the government spell out the definition of relief, rehabilitation and displacement to us. It is amazing that Parliament is being adjourned for the last three days on the Modi and the Gujarat issue, can anyone recall Parliament being adjourned on the Kashmir issue.

Hundreds and thousands have been killed yet it never occurred to anyone to stage a walk-out”, said Mr Sunil Shakdher, president of the Kashmiri Samiti, Delhi.

Mr Shakdher continued, “The 2,900-odd Pandits who are right now taking the dole being provided by the government are a harassed lot. Day in and day out, these people are distressed by the authorities on the pretext of verification. It is a means akin to questioning carried out at the behest of the Home Ministry.”

The Kashmiri Pandits are also grieved at media reports that incidents in Gujarat are unprecedented. “Is the human memory really so short? Have we forgotten the incidents of brutal murder, rape and arson that shook us to the core? It is tragic that while moving ahead, people forget to recollect what we have seen.

We implore the government as also the people to give it some thought,” said Mr Shakdher.



Congress workers urged to fight 
‘anti-farmer’ policies 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 18
The Haryana Pradesh Youth Congress vice-president, Mr Sudesh Sharma, issued the identity cards of the party to the workers of the district in pursuance of the policy announced by the president of the All India Congress Committee, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, at a function held on the premises of the Congress Bhawan here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sharma also called upon the party workers to remain united and continue their struggle against the anti-people and anti-farmer policies of the Central and the state government.

Earlier, speaking to mediapersons, he severely criticised the indifferent attitude adopted towards the farmers by the official procurement agencies and alleged that the procurement agencies had failed to lift the wheat purchased for the government pool from the grain markets of the state.

Due to non-lifting of wheat, the farmers are not able to unload their wheat stock in them. It has also caused a great congestion in the grain markets and the farmers bringing their produce to the markets have to wait for days to unload their stock of wheat.

He also alleged that the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board (HSAMB) has not constructed any shed for the farmers in the grain markets and they have to keep sitting in the scorching heat to wait for their turn in the auction of the wheat.

He also criticised the repeated cleaning process of wheat by the official procurement agencies and said that it is causing a huge financial loss to the farmers.

The Youth Congress leader also alleged that almost all the government procurement agencies were rejecting the wheat brought by the farmers for sale at the minimum support price of wheat fixed by the government, on some pretext or the other though the wheat was within the permissible wetness norms.

He also alleged that the farmers were being forced to sell the wheat at a throwaway price to the traders and ‘arhtias’ who were engaged in exploiting the farmers, thanks to the failure of the state government to take stern action against them.

He demanded an immediate restoration of subsidies on the agricultural products and adequate facilities for the farmers.



Garh Mukteshwar to become a pilgrims’ paradise
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, April 18
The district administration has formulated a plan to make Garh Mukteshwar a holy city. The administration has sought Rs 15 crore from the state government for the implementation of the plan.

Detailed discussions were held in the meeting of the task force on the basis of which plan was drawn and the proposal for additional budget was forwarded to the principal secretary, tourism, in Lucknow, the sources revealed.

In the first phase, more important works would be taken up such as making roads, joining Garh with Brujghat, Garh Mukteshwar with Shiv Mandir, Ganga Mandir, Meera Ki Reti, Garh Chopla. A divider on Tehsil Road would also be built. All these roads will be laid with tarcoal.

Other works include, the broadening of steps at the Brujghat, giving a face-lift to the internal roads in the town, beautification of surroundings of the railway station, public toilets, entertainment park and making steps at the bathing ghats. A lake is also proposed for the beautification of the surroundings.

According to the District Magistrate, Mr Devasish Panda, a separate meeting will be held with the industrialists of the town and efforts will be made to persuade them to create facilities like old-age home, night stay shelters and other facilities. In the budget estimate, the proposals pertaining to water, public works and tourism have been included.

To provide security, a dam will be constructed to take the Ganga water to the ancient Ganga Mandir. There would be other development works like construction of Shiv-Ganga canal, building of ghats for bathing and puja near Shiv and Ganga mandirs, the construction of a platform near bathing ghats, and the construction of a bathing ghat near the railway bridge in Brujghat. These steps will form part of the overall plan for the development of the Brujghat in order to make it a pilgrimage centre. The state government has already approved the proposal to convert Brujghat Garh Mukteshwar into a holi city on the pattern of Haridwar after the later’s inclusion in Uttaranchal. But the progress of the new holi city has been rather slow because the necessary funds have not been forthcoming from the government.



Charity shows of ‘Aap Mujhe Achhey Lagne Lage’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 18
The charity shows of “Aap Mujhe Acchey Lagne Lage’ will be organised on Saturday April 20th at 9.30 pm and on Sunday April 21 at 6.30 p.m. at the popular Delite Cinema. The money collected at the box-office will be spent on the treatment and healthcare of poor people, according to Ms Sudha Gupta, Chairman of the Friends of Sant Parmanand Hospital Welfare Association. The show of the new film, starring Amisha Patel and Hrithik Roshan are organised by Rajesh of Positive Communication.

Earlier, he had arranged the charity shows of Ram Gopal Varma’s film “Company” at the same theatre. Delite’s Manager R.K. Malhotra said that Mr Shashank Raizada, the proprietor of the hall, believed in quality. He has always supported charitable causes.

Jathedar Award: The former Prime Minister, Mr I K Gujral will present the Jathedar Santok Singh Award instituted by the International Council of Punjabis on the 20th of this month.

The function will be held at FICCI auditorium and the recipients of this years award are classical singers Singh Bandhus, cricketer Harbhajan Singh, novelist Giani Bhajan Singh and cardiologist, Naresh Trehan.

The award ceremony will be followed by punjabiat di shaam a concert by Wadaali brothers.



Illegal phenyl unit uncovered, one held
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 18
The Drug Control Authorities here have unearthed an illegal phenyl manufacturing unit. Phenyl bottles, raw material, a machine, expired drugs and cartons have been recovered by the team.

The accused, identified as one Sudarshan Kumar who was running the unit, was produced in the Court of Mr Narender Sharma, who sent him to two days’ police custody.

The court provided custody of the seized material to the drug control officials, who have collected the samples and sent to the laboratory for test. The team led by the Assistant State Drug Controller (ASDC), Mr G L Singhal, found that while the unit was running unauthorisedly at a secluded place on Sohna road, it had no power. About 45kgs of cartons and pouches of a pharmaceutical company of Bahadurgarh and empty packets of ORS powder were also seized.

Urological ills

The National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCB) organised a talk on symptoms and treatment of basic Urological problems at its campus at Ballabgarh on Wednesday.

According to Mr S.C. Sharma, General Manager, a team of specialist doctors led by Dr B S Bansal discussed in details the facts and myths related to such disorders. He said that the problems associated with kidney, Gall bladder, bladder stone, Hernia, Ovarian cyst and the remoral of enlarged prostate and uterus were discussed and the gathering was told about symptoms and clue.

Road repair

While the ‘Darbars’ held by the district administration officials at various levels to look into the problems of masses, have become a routine affair, sometimes these prove only a formality as there are few takes of the theory. A recent Darbar held by the sub-divisional officer (Civil) at Palwal town in the district had only one complaint for redressal.

The only complainant took up the issue of repairing a road in the Baghola village, which he said, had been ruining the crops.

Bike stolen

A truck was forcibly taken away by five unidentified youths, while a motorcycle was stolen from the town today.

Mool Chand, resident of Jaipur and driver of the truck, stated in his complaint that he, along with Mr Giriraj, owner of the vehicle, was returning from Quota in Rajasthan to Rohtak on Tuesday night. He said that five unidentified youths forcibly boarded the vehicle when it slowed down near a speed breaker, about 10 km to Rohtak on Jhajjar road. He alleged that one of the miscreants took control of the vehicle and dropped him and Giriraj near Meham.

Mr Dinesh Kumar,a resident of Jind alleged in the FIR that his motor cycle was stolen from the medical complex.

Two remanded

Two murder suspects, who were arrested by the police on Wednesday evening, were sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a local court today. The accused have been identified as Sanjay and Raj Kumar.

According to police sources, the victim, Vikki, along with his brother, Amit had gone to a neighbouring locality for celebrating the festival of colours. Some youths quarrelled with the duo and beat them up mercilessly. Vikki had sustained severe injuries and died after a few hours.

Chain snatched

Quite a stir was caused when an unidentified youth is reported to have snatched a gold chain from a woman in her shop in Sector 14 here on Wednesday evening.

According to the woman, Mrs Savitri Devi, she was closing her shop when the youth arrived and snatched his gold chain from her neck and fled on a motor cycle. The chain costs Rs 10,000 and she informed the police about the incident.

According to another report, a youth attacked a woman in the same area and succeeded in snatching the bag containing Rs 6,000 in cash and other documents of the bank. She withdrew the amount from the bank and returning to her home on foot. She raised an alarm but the miscreant managed to escape on a motorcycle. The incidents have caused a panic among the residents of the area.

Youth arrested

The Murthal police arrested a youth Narinder of Butana village for allegedly being found in drunk on the G T Road near a dhaba last night.

According to the police, the youth who originally belonged to Butana village, has now been living in Shastri Colony in Sonepat city. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the arrested youth.

Open darbar

Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, a BJP MP, will hold his open darbar on April 20 at Ganaur, a sub-divisional town in the district. According to a report, he will hear the public grievances and redress them on the spot.

Structure razed

The officials of the Demolishing Squad went into action on the Sonepat-Rohtak road and demolished a number of unauthorised structures including the Suri petrol pump on Wednesday evening. According to a report, a strong contingent of police was accompanying the officials as a precautionary measure.

Road mishap

Three persons including two children were injured in two different accidents occurred on the G T Road near here on Wednesday. According to a report, all the injured persons were hospitalised. One of them was referred to the PGI Rohtak and another to a Delhi hospital for medical treatment. The police have registered the cases and further investigations were in progress.

Seven injured

At least seven persons were injured some of them seriously in group clashes at Janti Kalan and Jat Joshi villages of the district on Wednesday.

All the injured persons were rushed to the local civil hospital in the city. The police have registered the cases against the alleged assailants and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.



Money order protest

No sooner the Centre announced the hike of Rs 10 per quintal in the MSP of wheat recently, Mr Joginder Singh Hodda, a resident of Bahadurgarh, sent money orders of Rs 5 each to Mr Om Prakash Chautala and Mr Ajit Singh as a mark of protest. Though the Agriculture Minister has accepted the money order, Mr Chautala has returned it. Chaudhry Devi Lal had also sent a money order of Rs 1 to the then Agriculture Minister, Rao Birender Singh, in protest against the hike of ‘just’ Re 1 in the MSP.



Murder case of American Express employee solved
J T Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 18
The Anti-kidnapping section of the Crime Branch today claimed to have solved the sensational abduction-cum-murder case of an executive in the American Express Bank Shailendra Singh, who was mercilessly killed for falling in love with a girl.

Shailendra was killed by the hired killers in Lucknow and his body was later abandoned in the deserted fields of Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh on January 9, this year.

In this connection, the crime branch has arrested Kamal Kishore (girl’s uncle), resident of Gurgaon and Shashi Kant, resident of Lucknow.

The sources in the Crime Branch said that the accused along with his associate had planned the murder in a meticulous manner using e-mail as their mode.

The victim Shailendra Singh, resident of Sadiq Nagar, was working as a team member with the American Express bank. Even though he was paid a handsome salary, Shailendra was not satisfied and always on the hunt for more challenging and lucrative job.

The worst thing for Shailendra came in the form of a girl. He fell in love with a girl Viney Chugh, resident of Gurgaon, working with a financial services company in Noida. Since the brother-in-law of Viney Chugh, Kamal Kishore (the main accused), did not like this, he threatened to eliminate Shailendra if the relationship continued. But Shailendra took this warning casually and he was in touch with his girlfriend.

The sources said that the accused was infuriated over this attitude of the victim and decided to eliminate him once for all. Since Kamal was aware that the victim was looking for a lucrative offer, he along with his associate Shashi created a fake e-mail ID in Lucknow and sent an interview call letter to Shailendra through e-mail asking him to reach Lucknow by flight on January 9, this year.

Shailendra took this letter seriously and left for Lucknow to attend the interview. As per the plan, he was received by their Kamal’s men who had taken handsome amount to eliminate Shailendra.

After picking him up, the hired killers took him to a deserted area and killed him there. Later, the body was thrown in the jungles at Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh the same night. 



Doctor in custody on bribe charge
Tribune News Service

Faridabad April 18
The Chief Judicial Magistrate Mr Y S Rathore has sent an employee and a doctor of the Bhadshah Khan civil hospital here to 14 days judicial custody in connection with a corruption case booked against them on Wednesday.

While the main accused identified as Raghunath, working as peon in the hospital, was caught red-handed by a team of district officials on Wednesday, while accepting the amount of Rs 2,000 given by a physically challenged person, the doctor, who is an orthopaedic surgeon in the hospital was arrested, later on Wednesday night under Section 120-B. The peon claimed that he had taken the money on the instructions of Dr P S Yadav, for preparing a ‘disability certificate’. Raghunath has been charged under Section 7-13-49-88 of the corruption Act, while the doctor has been booked for conspiring into it.

Both the accused were presented in the court of CJM, who ordered their judicial custody upto May 2.

Khemchand, the complainant in the case, had approached the hospital for getting him issued a disability certificate, but he was told that it would cost him Rs 2,000.

He took up the matter with the Deputy Commissioner, who constituted a team to trap the accused.

In another case, a Havaldar of the Home Guards department posted at Palwal town in the district was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 800 from a person seeking an arms licence. It is learnt that the accused cop identified as Karambir had demanded Rs 800 from one Chander Pal of Bharat colony for getting him issued an arms licence.

The Deputy Commissioner constituted a team led by the SDM, Inder Singh, to conduct the raid as the complainant met the officials, regarding the demand of bribe.

Karambir was arrested and booked under corruption act. This is third such case caught by authorities since Wednesday.



Murthal cops unearth arms factory, two held
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 18
With the arrest of two armed youths, the Murthal police on Thursday claimed to have unearthed a factory where arms are being manufactured by the arrested youths.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told the mediapersons here on Thursday that the arrested youths have been identified as Dharambir a Jat of Bhora Rasulpur and Joginder alias Bora of Kurar village.

However, the third suspect Anil a Jat of Kurar village managed to escape under the cover of darkness.

The police, he said, also recovered two country-made pistols and other equipment being used for the manufacture of arms from the possession of the arrested youths.

Giving the details about the arrests, the SP disclosed that the police party got a secret information about the suspects that they were manufacturing the arms in a deserted dhaba on the G T Road. The police party immediately swung into action and conducted a raid on the hotel and arrested two youths namely Dharambir and Joginder alias Bora on the spot whereas the third suspect Anil managed to flee, after leaving his pistol there.

He disclosed that the police also seized some goods used for the manufacturing of arms from the spot. The police, he said, have registered the cases under the Indian Arms Act and launched a hunt to apprehend the suspect, who is still at large.

Crops burnt: The standing wheat crop worth several lakhs of rupees were burnt in the fire broke out in the fields of three farmers at Turkpur village about 15 km from here on Wednesday.

According to a report, sparks from the transmission lines were the main cause of the fire.

On receipt of the information, the municipal fire brigade arrived on the scene and brought the fire under control. The affected farmers have demanded compensation for the losses they have suffered from the fire.

Reports of fire are pouring in from Jahri and Jagdishpur villages, where the standing wheat crop was reduced to ashes.

At Khanpur Kalan village, standing sugarcane crop was burnt in the fire. The Fire Brigade brought the fire under control.



Killer of DTC driver held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 18
The Lajpat Nagar police today claimed to have nabbed the suspect who hit a stone on a DTC driver Rajinder Singh (55), who succumbed to his injuries while he tried to intervene when a group of students were found fighting.

The accused Sat Pal alias Gabdu (20), resident of Vinobha Puri, Lajpat Nagar was arrested today on the charges of murdering the driver.

Thirteen injured: Thirteen persons received minor injuries when a mini bus No DL-1V-6754 carrying people who were returning from Pouri Garhwal after attending a wedding overturned near NTPC gate, Mathura Road last night. The injured were taken to the AIIMS and later discharged after giving first aid, the Badarpur police have registered a case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving and have launched a manhunt for the erring bus driver.

DVB official held: The Anti-corruption branch of Delhi have arrested a senior clerk in DVB for demanding and accepting bribe from a person for rectification of his electricity bill.

The accused Ashok Gaur, senior clerk in DVB, Motiakhan office demanded an illegal gratification of Rs 2,000 from Shah Alam, resident of Sarai Khalil, Sadar bazar.


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