Friday, May 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Faridabad Cong leader shot dead
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 23
A prominent Congress leader of the district, Mr Amarjeet Singh, (42), was shot dead by three unidentified assailants near his house in Sector-17 here this morning.

The assailants reportedly used a gun with AK-47 markings to kill Mr Singh, who was taking his usual constitutional in a park around 7 am. The accused fled from the spot soon after the incident.

Mr Singh had escaped the shots fired by the youths initially but fell down on the ground as his foot got entangled in the gate of the park.

The armed youths chased him and fired at least 24 bullets in a few seconds to ensure that he was killed.

About 15 to 16 persons who had also been in the park at that time rushed outside to seek cover. Some of the eyewitnesses revealed that Mr Amarjeet was shot dead perhaps by an AK-47 gun. However, the police believe that it was an automatic weapon and are not sure about the make of the gun used by the assailants. The accused, numbering three, were aged about 24 to 25 years. They escaped on foot from the spot, located only about 50 metres from the house of the deceased. Mr Amarjeet died on the spot.

He leaves behind his wife and three children, including two daughters, aged 7 and 5 years and a son, about six months old.

About a year ago, Mr Amarjeet Singh had been attacked by a person at Town Park here. He was given security cover on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the regime of the Bansi Lal Government a few years back.

A posse of Punjab Police had been posted at his house. He had been accompanied by bodyguards till about eight months ago when the Haryana Government withdrew the security. Later, he appointed private security persons. Mr Amarjeet was accompanied only by his relative Sukhvinder during his morning walk. They were reportedly unarmed at the time when the three youths accosted them and opened fire. Sukhvinder escaped by the skin of his teeth.

A large number of politicians, admirers and supporters rushed to Mr Amarjeet’s house and at the hospital where he was taken for the post-mortem examination. The deceased was not only close to Mr Bhajan Lal in political field but had also close links with the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

Mr Karan Singh Dalal, MLA from Palwal who rushed to the hospital this morning, has condemned the murder.

He said the law and order in Haryana and especially in Faridabad had worsened and demanded the removal of the district police chief and asked for action against those who had withdrawn the security cover of Mr Amarjeet.

Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, BJP leader and MLA from Maharajpur, has described the incident as political killing (revenge).

Mr Dalal has demanded a probe by a central agency as the “Haryana police had lost its credibility in checking the crime”.

A former minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, the secretary of HPCC, Ms Sharda Rathaur, and the chairman of state parliamentary board of Lok Jan Shakti, Dr Lal Singh, also condemned the incident and sought an immediate arrest of the culprits.

They alleged that the police had failed to provide security to the common man and the law and order situation turned worse.


Delhi’s rich hog more power than the poor 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 23

  • Two top Delhi-based Government of India officials until recently owed Rs 25 lakh to the Delhi Vidyut Board.
  • Two Government of NCT of Delhi officials also enjoyed the distinction of being in the DVB net.
  • A “top” politician’s son-in-law owed Rs 23 lakh to the DVB.

These are the instances of pilferage of electricity (“fraudulent abstraction of energy” as DVB dubs them) conveniently overlooked by Power Minister Ajay Maken during his surprise visits to DVB sub-stations and customer centres the past week.

Although these four bureaucrats and the politician’s son-in-law have since paid up in instalments the outstanding amounts, several others still languish on the list of defaulters. Incidentally, DVB sources tell you, the updated list is routinely dispatched to the chief minister’s office. While Mr Maken attributes the acute power situation to the tapping of electricity by slum dwellers and those living in unauthorised colonies, DVB sources acknowledge, grudgingly though, that while the “incidence” of theft in JJ clusters is higher compared to that in posh colonies, the latter account for a higher “volume” of electricity pilfered than all the rest put together.

Sample this : While 18 KW of electricity is pilfered by 3,000-odd JJ clusters, two group housing societies in south Delhi were detected as having fraudulently abstracted 214 KW. Furthermore, instances of pilferage of electricity had been detected at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters in Jharoda Kalan and the government quarters in the Central Jail, Tihar.

DVB sources concede that bureaucrats and politicians are to blame for defrauding the power utility as much as those living in unauthorised colonies and slum clusters. Worse still, as they acknowledge, the well-connected tribe of bureaucrats and politicians are “pathologically” inclined to steal more (than the slum dweller) and get away with it, for the longer Government of NCT of Delhi mulls over plugging the loopholes in the Electricity Act, the merrier it seems is the going for them. DVB sources say posh residential colonies and industrial areas would come for special attention from enforcement squads during late night raids. Distribution engineers have been specifically told to identify pockets that are theft-prone. In Shalimar Bagh, New Friends Colony and adjoining areas pilferage to the tune of Rs 1.28 crore (2549 KW) was detected in a single day.

Officials say the rising incidence of detection of thefts in these areas is a disturbing trend. “One had erroneously come to believe that only the unauthorised villages and JJ clusters accounted for a majority of theft cases but the menace has not spared the affluent sections of society,” they say.


DSGMC-run schools being revamped
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 23
Introduction of a new assessment methodology for students, ban on transfer of teachers, marginal hike in school fees, computer education from class I and mandatory computer literacy for teachers to be eligible for promotion are some of the measures being introduced by the Delhi Sikh Educational Council to improve the standard of education in the DSGMC-run educational institutions in the Capital.

“The measures being taken by the council would improve the standard of education in the DSGMC-run institutions and the students would be well-qualified to compete with those from other institutions,” Prof Amrik Singh, chairman of the Delhi Sikh Educational Council, appointed by the DSGMC, said here today.

“The new system of assessment would be introduced from this academic session,” he said, adding: “A grading system could be introduced at the school level. A final decision on grading system for those students who do not have to appear in board exams would be taken soon.”

Apart from unit test, the schools would conduct tests periodically to assess the standard of the students.

Highlighting the measures taken by the council during the last eight months, Prof Amrik Singh said: “Earlier there was no system for evaluating or improving the standard of education in institutions run by the DSGMC.”

He said the council would first focus its attention on Guru Harkrishan Public Schools, which are about a dozen in number. In the next phase, the DSGMC-aided schools would be targetted.

“The first attempt would be to streamline the functioning of these schools. We will cover areas like the number of working days, books prescribed, rules of appointments and promotions,” he said.

Most of these schools were overstaffed and the rules regarding appointments and promotions were only now being formulated.

To regulate admissions in class X and XII, the council has decided to conduct an inter-school test. Only qualifying students would be admitted. Transfer of teachers from one school to another has been banned. However, if two teachers can work out a mutual transfer and the principals consent, such transfers would be allowed, he said. The fees, which would be regulated by the council, has been increased by only Rs 50 to cope with the additional D.A, he said, adding that new rules for fee concessions have been framed and the system has been rationalised.

On the measures taken by the council to cope with the CNG crisis, he said the council found that only four schools were affected by the row. “They have been asked to rationalise their transport system.”

In a move to instil computer literacy amongst the teachers, Prof Amrik Singh said, “Teachers are being encouraged to undergo training and 50 per cent of the cost would be met by the council.”


Sarna accuses SAD (B) of enlisting bogus voters
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 23
The Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi today alleged that the rival faction, SAD (Badal), was indulged in enlisting bogus names in the electoral roll. Mr Paramjeet Singh Sarna, the president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, said the party had lodged a written complaint with the Delhi Government and the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections, about the electoral malpractice being adopted by the rival faction.

He said in a statement that the SAD (Badal), as part of a pre-determined strategy, was enlisting the names of several thousands of persons in Hari Nagar and Gurdwara Rakab Ganj.

Mr Sarna, in the complaint, apprehended that the rival faction, which controls the DSGMC at present, could then move the court with the plea that new names had been added to the electoral rolls and the general elections should not be held until the voters list was verified.

The directorate has given time till May 27 for the members of the community, who have attained 18 years and above, to enlist themselves to be eligible for the DSGMC polls scheduled to be held next month.


DU colleges told to accept centralised forms
Tarun Gill

New Delhi, May 23
With the admission process scheduled to begin on June 5, an elaborate exercise is under way to facilitate the submission of application forms in more than 80 colleges of Delhi University. All colleges have been instructed by the DU authorities to accept centralised forms, which will be made available at convenient locations, besides being sold on the college campuses.

While a formal notification is yet to be issued, sources in the university said that the last date for submitting application forms was likely to be June 22. The first list is likely to be declared on June 25.

To prevent the rush of applicants, DU authorities have posted the forms at its website from where one could download them directly.

The Dean (Students Welfare), Dr Hema Raghavan, told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that more forms were expected to be submitted this year as the web-enabled version would save the students the trouble of running around.

“Last year, we were overwhelmed to receive 13.5 lakh applications. This year, we are expecting at least 16 lakh forms due to the effective functioning of our website,” she said, adding that “Our website wasn’t that effective last year due to some technical problems.’’

Extra care has been taken to minimise the discomfort to the physically challenged with the university planning to set up a nodal centre. It will operate from the Office of the Dean (Students’ Welfare). Physically challenged students henceforth will not be required to hop from one college to another. They can instead complete the admission formalities at a single window at this centre. For the reserved category, a special counselling session is being organised. “We are planning to have a session from June 3 to June 5 for all the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) to help them fill up the admission forms,” Dr Raghavan said.

Dr Raghavan was hopeful that by next year most of the colleges would accept forms online, making the process much easier. This year itself, St Stephen’s College, Hindu College and Sri Venkateswara College have announced that forms will be accepted online.


Intra-Gurgaon bus service back
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 23
The common man, especially the industrial labour of the city, has something to write home about. The administration has agreed to restart the intra-city bus service of the Haryana Roadways, keeping in view the problems of labour and industrial workers.

In a joint meeting of the industrialists led by the Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA), the administration accepted a proposal of the industry to start bus services to solve the transportation problems of the labour class of the city.

At present, the local Haryana Roadways has a shortage of more than 50 drivers. In case, the drivers on long routes are diverted for intra-city operations, the long-route service would be affected.

Going by the mood of the administration, the local bus service will be in place in a week’s time.

As per the decision taken today, the roadways will start the service of two buses in the morning and the evening for the convenience of the industrial employees. The roadways will start the services on routes and timings in consultation with the GIA.

The route map has been so drawn that the two buses would cover the city areas having industrial hubs. The number of buses and the frequency could be further increased, depending on the demand in future.

Significantly, the Haryana Roadways had started local bus service a few months back. However, the scheme foundered as the roadways ran into huge losses.

Many argue that the losses were on account of faulty planning in drawing up the routes. The buses meant for the local services were later pressed into service to and from Gurgoan-Dhaula Kuan route on popular demand.

By providing transportation facilities to the workers so that they could make to the work place on time and thereby securing their jobs and daily wages, the government’s act is not only correct in a “welfare state” model of governance, but would go a long way in cherishing the directive principles. Besides, more than one lakh industrial workers are in employment in some form or the other in Gurgaon and in its vicinity. With Gurgaon city still expanding industrially, it was only proper that the government solved the transportation problem of the workers.

The industrial circles feel that happy workers will enhance productivity and improve the work culture in the factories.


Our own home-spun Ricky M(ehndi)
Nalini Ranjan

Photo by Anil SharmaNew Delhi, May 23
If someone were to ask you what Ricky M is all about, don’t jump the gun. Ricky M is not the short and sweet version of our “Un Dos Tres” Latino sensation Ricky Martin.

Ricky M is the “sadda Punjabi” pop star who has finally emerged out of the shadows of his more famous and talented cousin, Daler Mehndi. Having performed in Daler’s countless shows as a troupe member, Ricky M has finally severed the so-called umbilical cord and landed on the Punjabi Pop scene with his very own maiden album titled ‘Ankho Sohini’.

Born in Sirhind, a village in Punjab, Ricky chose music over other options. While his family wanted him to join the rubber business, Ricky had other plans.

He chose to explore the world of music, his first audience being the crowds that gathered at local festivals and fairs in and around his village. That was way back in 1992. Since then there has been no looking back and he has been on the move, performing in various cities.

For the son of a classical singer of the Patiala Gharana, he did not have to look around for inspiration. The gift of a mellifluous voice was in the genes. Ricky does not believe in imitating someone. Inspired by the late Sufi singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ricky wants his voice to stand out in the milieu of strains.

His album is a neat mix of fast and slow beats. There is a song for everyone, from sad numbers to Punjabi folk. A self-confessed fan of Gurdas Mann, Ricky’s video is being directed by choreographer Himanshu Saini while the music has been composed by Goldi Dogra.

Living in Preet Vihar of East Delhi, the 26-year-old bachelor confessed to the NCR Tribune recently that his ambition was to become a household name not only in Punjab but all over the globe where there is a concentration of Punjabi diaspora. Asked why he chose to call himself Ricky M, he smiled disarmingly and said that there was no harm in it. “ After all no one is going to take me for the famous Ricky Martin”. As far as the “M” after his name is concerned, it could stand for either Martin or Mehndi. “I leave it to the people,” he said.

Ricky is also reluctant to proclaim to all and sundry that he is a cousin of the famous Daler Mehndi. The reason? He wants to make it on his own and not due to his “family connections”. Music, he claims is in his blood and to prove this he bursts into songs without the slightest provocation.

What remains to be seen, however, is how fast does this latest kid on the block climb the steps to become the numero uno on the Punjabi music charts.


Chautala discriminating against Rohtak, Sonepat: Bansi Lal
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 23
Mr Bansi Lal, a former Chief Minister and the supremo of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), has criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for implicating his opponents in false criminal cases and said that it was an attempt to crush their voice against his misrule in the state.

Addressing a huge public meeting at Kathura village, about 50 km from here on Wednesday, he said that Mr Chautala had not come up to the expectation of the electorate to whom he had promised to provide free power and water as well as clean government before coming into power in the state. He said that the recent happenings in Jind district had proved that Mr Chautala had lost the trust of farmers who were now against him to teach him a lesson.

He alleged that Mr Chautala had betrayed the people of the state by not taking any effective step to get the order of the Supreme Court on the SYL canal issue implemented. He claimed that he had relentlessly worked to get the Dixit Award in favour of Haryana as he knew that this canal was the lifeline of the state’s farmers.

Mr Bansi Lal also alleged that Mr Chautala had discriminated against Rohtak and Sonepat districts in the allotment of canal water. This, he said, had caused resentment among the people, particularly farmers, in these districts. He also opposed the deduction of Rs 5 per quintal from the account of the sugarcane growers who were supplying their produce to the Devi Lal Sugar Mill of Ahulana village and declared that his party would launch an agitation to get justice in favour of the sugarcane growers.

He also criticised Mr Chautala for naming the Ahulana sugar mill after the name of his father and said that if his party came into power in the state, it would remove all the statues of Devi Lal within a month. He also claimed the credit for giving liberal financial aid for carrying out development works in Rohtak district and declared that his party was in favour of shifting the trauma centre from Karnal to PGI Rohtak.

The HVP leader also announced that he never believed in making false promises and betraying the people after coming into power. He disclosed that his son who contested the Lok Sabha elections in 1998 had approached him to waive the arrears of the power bills but he declined to accept his request on the ground that it was not in the interest of the financial structure of the state.

Expressing his grave concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, Mr Bansi Lal said that the people of the state were feeling insecure as the cases of murders, loot, kidnapping, extortion and other crimes were on the increase and the government had utterly failed to check these incidents.

He alleged that the ruling party leaders were hand in glove with the anti-social elements and this was the main cause of the lawlessness in the state.

The HVP supremo alleged that Mr Chautala had amassed wealth through objectionable means and become rich more than the Tatas and Birlas in the country. He said that Mr Chautala’s lust for money would prove bad for him in the long run.

Referring to the farmers agitation in various parts of the state, Mr Bansi Lal appealed to the farmers not to take the law into their hands but should continue a political fight to end the misrule of Mr Chautala and achieve their goal.



NHPC to add 5,310 mw during 10th Plan
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 23
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd (NHPC) plans to add 5310 mw of new capacity during the 10th Plan period. Under the programme, 14 projects are to be commissioned during the next five years.

For the execution of the 14 projects identified during the Plan period, the NHPC has finalised an investment plan of Rs 31,466 crore, out of which the net budgetary support by the Government of India will be to the tune of Rs 14,200 crore. This is the highest-ever allocation to the corporation so far by the Planning Commission. This was stated by Mr Yogendra Prasad, Chairman and Managing Director, NHPC, while addressing mediapersons here today.

Mr Yogendra Prasad said the 300-mw Dul Hasti project in Jammu and Kashmir and 300-mw Chamera Stage-II project in Himachal Pradesh were to be commissioned during December, 2003 and May, 2004 respectively. The work on 280-mw Dhauliganga Stage-I project in Uttaranchal and 510-mw Teesta Stage-V project in Sikkim was in full swing. The Dhauliganga project is likely to be commissioned by March, 2005.

Giving details of the other projects to be completed during the 10th Five Year plan period, Mr Prasad said that work on the 1000-mw Indira Sagar project, a joint venture of the NHPC and Madhya Pradesh Government, was also in the advanced stage. The new projects identified for commissioning were the 125-mw Farakka Barrage, 132-mw Teesta Low Dam Stage-III and 168-mw Teesta Low Dam Stage-IV in West Bengal, 120-mw Sewa-II in Jammu and Kashmir, 18-mw Bav-I and 37-mw Bav-II in Maharashtra and 810-mw Upper Krishna projects in Karnataka.

The corporation was likely to set up a joint venture for the execution of 900-mw Purlia Pumped Storage Scheme in West Bengal. This would be a joint venture of the NHPC and the West Bengal Government.

He also mentioned that the work on a number of projects scheduled for commissioning during the 11th Plan period was also likely to be initiated during the current Plan period. The NHPC planned to add 10,341 mw capacity during the 11th Plan period.

About the projects which are under active construction, he said that all major civil works except that for the head race tunnel had been completed at the 390-mw Dul Hasti project in Jammu and Kashmir. All electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical works were completed on January 31 this year and 85.77 per cent excavation of the 10,581-metre long head race tunnel had been completed. The project was scheduled for commissioning by December, 2003.

Construction activities at the 300-mw Chamera Stage-II project in Himachal Pradesh were going ahead of schedule. The corporation expected to commission this project ahead of schedule as per the present progress of work being achieved, he said. The work on the 280-mw Dhauliganga project in Uttaranchal and the 510-mw Teesta Stage-V Project in Sikkim was progressing as per schedule.

Mr Prasad added that the NHPC also planned to take up the construction of the 800-mw Parbati Stage-II project in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

Giving the performance highlights of the corporation during 2001-02, he stated that the NHPC earned a net profit of Rs 469.09 crore with a sales turnover of Rs 1,289.32 crore. The NHPC paid a dividend of Rs 30 crore to the Government of India during the year. The corporation was able to realise Rs 2,175.63 crore from various beneficiary during 2001-02, he said.

The NHPC’s performance had been rated excellent on the basis of the MOU signed between the corporation and the Ministry of Power. The corporation had been appointed a nodal agency by the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources for exploitation of geo-thermal energy in the country. The corporation also bagged consultancy assignments worth Rs 17.18 crore during 2001-02.

The NHPC had also commissioned the 5.25-mw Kalpong project in Andaman and Nicobar Islands 15 months ahead of schedule. The corporation had commissioned three units of 15 mw each of 60-mw Kurichu project in Bhutan ahead of schedule and also completed the associated transmission network of the project in a record period of 12 months. Haryana had been allocated power to the tune of 275.89 mw from NHPC’s operating power stations located in the Northern Region. 



Cops ‘beat up’ cab driver for refusing to give bribe
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, May 23
A driver of a maxi cab has charged the police with beating him up mercilessly as he failed to fulfill their demand for bribe.

Mr Jasveer, a resident of Roorki village, said in his complaint that he was waiting for passengers along with his assistant Nanha at Sukhpura Chowk here on Wednesday evening. Four cops came up to him and asked him to accompany them to the nearby police post. The cops allegedly demanded an amount of Rs 10,000 and started beating him up when he refused to give them the money. A ‘false’ case was also registered against the complainant and he along with his assistant were kept in police custody throughout the night. The cops allegedly snatched Rs 4,500 from the complainant. Protesting against the ‘barbarity’ of the police, the association of maxi cab owners have announced to block traffic at Sukhpura Chowk tomorrow.

Purse snatched

A scooter-borne youth snatched the purse reportedly containing cash and jewellery worth nearly Rs 4,500 from a woman near Model Town here on Wednesday evening. Ms Sarita, a resident of sector 3, stated in her complaint that a miscreant on a scooter snatched her purse and escaped.

MDU summer camps

Maharshi Dayanand University will organise youth leadership camps and trekking programmes for its students during the ongoing summer vacation. A spokesman of the university said today that the youth leadership camp for girl students of the varsity would be organised at Mussorie from May 30 to June 6 while that for boys would be held from June 18 to 25 at Nainital. He said trekking camp for girl students would be organised at Manli from June 2 to 11 and that for boys would be organised from June 12 to 19 at Narkanda.


Dreaded criminal arrested from Jakhoda
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, May 23
The district police have arrested a dreaded criminal, who is declared most wanted in Jind, Kaithal and Sonepat districts in connection with several cases of murder, dacoity and kidnapping for ransom, from Jakhoda village of the district today. A .315 bore pistol and one cartridge was also seized from him.

A police spokesman said here today that arrested criminal, Manoj alias Bachchi, resident of Pilloo Khera village in Jind district, was a proclaimed offender and

Had been evading arrest after he was released on bail. He was also wanted in illegal sale of firearms case. He was arrested by a party of the Crime Branch, Bahadurgarh, led by Sub-Inspector Rajendra Singh.

During interrogation, Manoj confessed his involvement in several criminal cases including an attempt on the life of Ramchandar of Pilloo Khera with his accomplices Dharamraj, Roshan and Ashok for not paying a ransom of Rs 2 lakh in 1999. He along with Rajendra and Bijendra had killed Lala Omprakash in Kaithal in August 2001. Again, he had demanded Rs 2 lakh as ransom from the owner of Pinki Cable Operator. The police also arrested Krishan and Dharambir of Jakhoda village and recovered two country-made pistols and two cartridges from them. They had reportedly bought the arms from Manoj for Rs 2,500 each. The trio have been booked under the Arms Act.

Appointed NGO chief

The Citizens Alliance for Promotion of Responsive Governance, an organisation dedicated to working against corruption and promotion of honest, clean and effective administration, has appointed Mr S. P. Sachdeva, a former district governor of Rotary International, as the president of its Sonepat chapter with immediate effect.

Demand for change

Mr Joginder Singh Hooda Tapasewala, president of the Haryana Loktantra Rakhsha Manch, today demanded an immediate change in the leadership of the BJP and stop to the infighting in the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee and called upon the political parties to come to a common platform and chalk out a strategy to check the misrule of the Chautala government in the state.

In a signed press statement issued here, he said that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had proved himself to be anti-people and anti-farmer and he had no right to govern after backing out on his pre-election promises of providing free power and water to the farmers.

Threat to gherao MLAs

The district unit of the Sarv Karamchari Sangh today threatened to gherao all the ministers and legislators of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha on May 26 in this district and elsewhere to press its demands.

In a press release, the sangh alleged that the state government had adopted an indifferent attitude towards the long-standing demands of the government employees and this had caused widespread resentment among them. Meanwhile, the Haryana Government PWD Mechanical Workers Union has decided to launch a statewide agitation if the government failed to accept the just and legitimate demands of the employees immediately.


Two labourers die in cylinder blast
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 23
Two labourers were killed and three persons, including an engineer injured seriously when an oxygen cylinder exploded in Indocom Project Limited office in Mohan Cooperative Society on Mathura Road near Badarpur this evening.

The injured were admitted to Apollo Hospital where the doctors said that they were very serious. One of them sustained 85 per cent burns. The deceased were identified as Daya Ram (35) and Sanjay Gupta (26). The injured were identified as Ravinder Saini (engineer), Ajai Puri and Arjun Singh, labourers, police said. When the explosion occurred the victims were at their work. The cylinder exploded due to heat generated by the welding machine being operated near the cylinder. The laboureres who died were working there. The left leg of one of the labourers was completely damaged.

The explosion was so powerful that the workers and other people thought that it could be a bomb explosion. But when they reached the site, they found the victims lying, blood was oozing from their bodies and pieces of cylinder were recovered from the spot. Soon, the firemen of Delhi Fire Service and the police reached the spot.

They also confirmed that it was cylinder blast. The windowpanes of the Indocom Project office and other offices were damaged. The case is being investigated as to how the explosion had occurred and who could be responsible for this. 


Huda sector, a happy hunting-ground for burglars
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, May 23
Thieves have struck it rich in the Huda Sector-1 during the past one month. As many as seven burglaries, including two on Wednesday, have taken place in the sector during the period. Sector-I, situated on the outskirts of the town, has perhaps become the favourite hunting ground of the thieves.

According to informed police sources, nearly 28 burglaries have been committed in the jurisdiction of the Civil Lines police station, in the past two months. Huda Sector-I also comes under the control of the Civil Lines police station.

Incidentally, all the thefts in the sector were committed during broad daylight. The police have so far failed to arrest any of the burglars and recover the stolen property. This has cause widespread resentment among the residents of Huda Sector-I and they feel insecure.

The Huda Sector-I is inhabited by well-to-do families of the town and employees in the state government and public sector undertakings.

Most of them have sold ancestral property in the congested colonies of the town so as to live in the pollution-free Huda sector.

The thieves appear to be fully aware of the topography of Sector-1 as they escape unnoticed after committing the crime. According to sources, these thieves use cars for fleeing after stealing.

The targets of these thieves so far have been those houses owned by working couples. It means that they make quick recce of the area to identify their victim.

Jewellery and cash appear to be the first choice of the burglars, the losses suffered by their victims suggest.

The functionaries of the Huda Sector 1 Residents Welfare Association a few days ago urged the superintendent of the police to take measures to put an end to the burglaries in the area. But it seems that they had appealed to the deaf ears.

However, the Inspector- General of Police (Rohtak Range), Mr Resham Singh, today summoned the SHO, Civil Lines police station and Incharge, Police Post, Sector 1 to his office and directed them to apprehend the burglars at the earliest.

He was approached by some residents of the sector who had sought his intervention in view of the deteriorating law and order situation. Incidentally, one thief was apprehended by the domestic servant of a house which committing crime yesterday, with the help of the neighbours. He has been handed over to the police and is being interrogated.


Cop faces probe for ‘sexual harassment’
Tribune News service

New Delhi, May 23
A vigilance inquiry has been ordered against the Director of the Finger Print Bureau of the Delhi Police, Mr R.C. Bhardwaj, following a sexual harassment report lodged by a woman Sub-Inspector with the National Commission for Women (NCW).

The inquiry was ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ajai Raj Sharma, following the report of a committee that there was some truth in the allegations against the Director of the Finger Print Bureau. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (North), Ms Garima Bhatnagar, was one of the members of the committee set up by the NCW. The Joint Commissioner of Police (Vigilance), Mrs Kanwaljeet Deol, will now supervise the inquiry into the case.

The complainant has been asked by senior officers of the vigilance not to go on leave as she might be called any time for recording of her statement. At present, she is posted in the Crime Branch at the police headquarters.

The lady Sub-Inspector had lodged a complaint against Mr R. S. Bhardwaj in 1998 to the Police Commissioner and senior officers of the Crime Branch. An inquiry was also conducted in the case under the supervision of the Joint Commissioner of Police (Training), Dr Kiran Bedi, and Mrs Kanwaljeet Deol, who reportedly gave a clean chit to Mr Bhardwaj. But this report did not satisfy the complainant and she lodged a report with the NCW on February 4 this year.

She said that while conducting the inquiry, the Delhi Police did not follow the guidelines of the Supreme Court, which had mandated that any such committee should have 50 per cent women members. She alleged that since the Director of the Finger Print Bureau was a gazetted officer, the senior officers favoured him.



Sons kill father over sale of land
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, May 23
Two sons allegedly killed their old father and threw the body in a rivulet in Saidpur village in Modi Nagar. Both the sons had absconded after the murder, the police said here today. In another case, a woman Home Guard, upset over the missing of her only son for the past four days, allegedly hanged herself with a noose in the Arthala area of Sahibabad today. Since her husband has absconded, the police are suspecting some foul play in the incident.

According to the police, Sard Singh (66) of Saidpur village wanted to sell some part of his land. This was being opposed by his sons. On Tuesday, the police found Sardar Singh’s body. He had been hit with a sharp-edged weapon on the head. The police suspect the two sons have killed their father as they were opposed to his plan to sell the land. The police are trying to nab both the sons who have absconded since his death.

In Arthala Colony of Sahibabad, a neighbour noticed the door of Katli Singh’s house open and the body of wife Snehlata hanging in the verandah. He informed the police. From the information gathered from the neighbours, the police learnt that Snehlata was very upset as her only son, Guddu (22) had been missing for the past four days. She feared that he might have been murdered. Today, a relation is learnt to have handed over the cap of her son to Snehlata. It perhaps convinced her that her son was no more. Snehlata had reportedly lost her mental equilibrium and committed suicide, the police said. There is no trace of her husband who is employed with a wholesale steel merchant. The police are suspecting foul play in the case. 



German found dead in hotel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 23
Karl August Fowl (63), a German national, was found dead in his room in Clark International Hotel on Wednesday. His room was bolted from inside and he was not responding to the telephone calls either. The hotel staff suspected some foul play when he did not response to any call. They even knocked at the door of his room but there was no response. The hotel staff informed the police, who broke open the door and found him dead in sitting posture in a chair. He was naked, the police said.

Nepali youths held

The East district police arrested two young domestic servants of Nepali origin and seized Rs 8.8 lakh and valuable jewellery of gold and precious stones weighing about 800 grams from their possession. During interrogation, they disclosed that they worked as domestic servants at the house of leading industrialist of Kanpur, Prem Prasad Tiwari. They gained trust of the Tiwari family. On the intervening night of May 21 and May 22, they hatched a plan to rob the family.

They allegedly mixed some poisonous intoxicant in the meals. When all the eight members of the family fell unconscious after consuming the food, they robbed cash and jewellery and fled. They came to the Capital from where they were planning to leave for Nepal. The Kanpur police had also joined the investigation, the police said.

Duplicate tobacco

The Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police seized a large number of duplicate pouches of Baba Zafrani Zarda and Tulsi Zafrani Zarda following raids conducted at different places in North and South districts and arrested three persons. The suspects were identified as Mukesh Kumar Gupta, Viushal Kumar and Madan Kumar. The raids were conducted following the complaint of Lt-Col. H. Sriniwas, an authorised representative of M/S Dharampal Styapal Group. During interrogation, Mukesh disclosed that he used to supply the spurious tobacco through Vishal and Madan, the police said.


Defaulting consumer beats up three UHBVN staff
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 23
Three employees of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) were allegedly beaten up by a group of persons when they went to disconnect the power supply of a house Sector 15, a residential colony of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) here, on Wednesday evening.

According to a report, when these employees reached the house to disconnect the power connection on account of the non-payment of electricity bills, the owner and his associates allegedly beat up them. One of them sustained serious injuries and was immediately hospitalised. He is stated to be out of danger. The officials of the nigam have lodged an FIR with the police against the alleged assailants and further investigations are in progress. No arrest has been made in this connection. According to another report, Mr Kartar Singh, in charge of the ‘adda’ of the Truck Operators Union, sustained injuries when he was attacked by a group of truck operators outside the union office here on Wednesday.

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