Thursday, May 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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The fight for brilliant students: Many a school stoops to conquer
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 29
Come the Class X results of CBSE and the battle begins among various schools to persuade the toppers to take admission in their schools. Free education and other facilities are offered to the students who pass with flying colours and secure 90 per cent and above.

It is learnt that the principals or the managers of various schools visit the houses of brilliant students and request the parents to get their children admitted to their schools. They offer various sops!

This is done so that the cream of the students brings laurels to the schools in Plus Two examination.

In fact, according to school-watchers, the hunt for the brilliant students begins from Class IX onwards. “The management of some of the leading public schools begins to prepare a list of probables on the basis of the result of ninth and tenth classes. And here starts the campaign to rope in the cream of the cream, says a teacher of a prominent public school.

The authorities of a leading public school in Sector-14 admitted that several students who had shown excellent academic achievements up to ninth or matric had been persuaded to take admission by the management of some schools.

The principals of some schools keep in touch with the parents of good students and do everything to ‘catch’ them by offering ‘lollipops’.

It is reported that special classes and coaching are arranged for the students of class XI and XII so that they are able to get admission in engineering and medical colleges and the schools get the credit for their achievements.

It is learnt that a girl student of Palwal town, who has topped the district in matric examination of CBSE, with over 96 per cent marks this year, was offered admission, at her house, by the principal of a leading public school.

While she was promised a ‘free’ education, her younger brother has also been offered admission in class four as an incentive. The principal himself went to her house to congratulate her and the family. He asked them to get the girl enrolled in his school.

On the other hand, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has issued notices to about 70 public schools in the district which have been allegedly violating the Huda norms of allotment of land to these institutions.

It is alleged that there is hardly any school which has followed the rules regarding admissions to the poor students.

Several schools have also upgraded without permission and the Huda authorities are not taken into confidence at the time of admissions or revising the fee structure.

As per the rules, every school should provide admission to the students of the sector or locality where the school is situated and reserve some seats for the economically poor students. As per rules, Huda should be represented by a member in the management committee of the school, to be nominated by the administrator and the Huda authorities be informed about every important decision regarding the admission and fee structure but no representation has been given to Huda so far by the majority of the schools.

The office of the Huda estate officer had given a notice of resumption of the plot of a leading public school located on Delhi-Mathura Road, after the ‘failure’ of the school authorities to submit a satisfactory reply to the notice given for the violations of the rules.

It is now learnt the authorities have failed to take action against the school so far. The Huda administrator, Mr Vijayendra, admits that the violations of rules were of serious nature and could amount to cancellation of the plot as per norms.


Delhi in deep water thanks to ‘wettest May’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
Heavy downpour in the past 48 hours in the Capital has created a record with the Indian Meteorological Department declaring that this “May was the wettest in city’s recorded history”. At the same time, the unprecedented rain has once again exposed the lack of preparedness by the civic authorities. The rain and the squall not only took the toll of Capital’s greenery, but also had a major part of the national Capital waterlogged.

The downpour resulted in traffic jams in different parts of the Capital, clogging roads and forming of pools in low-lying areas. Motorists had a harrowing time in wading through knee-deep water in some of the colonies.

So far, 121 mm rain had been recorded this month in Delhi, breaking the earlier record of 77.9 mm experienced last year and making it the wettest May, Deputy Director General of Meteorology (Cyclone Warning) S. R. Kalsi said.

Today’s analysis and forecast charts indicated that the current spell of rain over northwest India was likely to continue for the next two days and extend towards the east later, he said. Heavy rain was also expected over western Himalayas during the same period, he said.

The current spell of connective showers in northwest India in the past three-four days was due to the influence of low-level moisture-laden winds blowing from the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, accompanied by a slow moving diffusive trough in mid-troposphere westerly, he added.

The Capital has 1,333 floodwater drains under the jurisdiction of the MCD, which have to be cleaned before the onset of monsoon. The civic agency had set May 31 as the deadline for completing the desilting process. However, the MCD has stated that only 40 per cent of the job have been completed. The agency has now set a new date of June 15 to complete the process as the monsoon hits the Capital generally in the last week of June.

The MCD has an annual budget of Rs 24 crore for cleaning the drains. However, the knee-deep water through which the citizens of Delhi have to wade through during the rainy season each year only indicates the crores of rupees claimed to have been spent on desilting merely drains down from the MCD coffers to the contractors’ pocket, observers said. 


Wheat damaged

Lakhs of quintals of wheat procured by various government agencies and stored in the open are feared damaged by the unseasonal rain and winds that lashed in the district in the last 48 hours. The downpour in the last two days has affected the wheat bags stored at various places, including the mandis and stockyards where there is no roof. About 1.25 lakh metric tonnes of wheat kept at old Faridabad Mandi and in the warehouse premises were soaked in rain on Tuesday.

The high velocity winds accompanied by the rain dislodged several bags from the stacks resulting in water entering the bags. Thousands of bags are lying in the open and these have not even been covered with plastic sheets in the majority of places.



Rain wreaks havoc on basic amenities
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 29
Sonepat city and its surrounding areas were lashed by heavy rain today again inundating almost all the low-lying areas and disrupting traffic at many places. The rain started around midnight and continued till noon.

All the main roads were submerged and several vehicles got stuck in the middle of the roads. Defective drainage system also resulted in the accumulation of water on the roads and streets causing inconvenience to the people.

The spell of unseasonal rain during the past three days has added to the woes of the people as both the water and power supply has been disrupted. The residents had to go without power throughout the night on Monday and throughout the day on Tuesday following a defect in 33 KV sub-station of the UHBVN here.

The erratic power supply has paralysed the drinking water supply as well. The residents got the supply only once during the day instead of twice. The sky is still overcast and more rain is expected. However, the rain has brought down the temperature considerably providing much relief to the people.

People living in the rural areas were the worst-hit. Trees, electricity and telephone poles were uprooted and power supply to several rural areas was cut. Meanwhile, both the state and central governments have suffered a huge financial loss on account of the extensive damage caused to thousands of wheat bags lying in the open in the grain markets as well as godowns of the official procurement agencies.

Non-lifting of procured wheat bags from the grain markets by the officials of the procurement agencies was the main cause of this loss. A high-level inquiry into the delay in lifting the wheat stocks is likely to expose the inefficient working of the procurement agencies and their officials, representatives of various political parties and trade unions have urged the state government.


It rains cats and dogs in Gurgaon, Huda sectors
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 29
The first major unseasonal rain today plunged Gurgaon, especially the old areas of the city, in a flood-like situation, exposing the poor infrastructure and civic amenities here in the process. The apparent ill-preparedness of the authorities pooh-poohs the government’s repeated claims of Gurgaon being the avant-garde city in terms of infrastructure development. The heavy downpour, which began at about 3 am today, continued for about six hours on trot, making the Public Health Department, other agencies concerned as well as the common man running for cover. A large number of areas, especially in the lower reaches, witnessed rainwater entering the houses as the sewerage proved to be in a pitiable state. In some of the colonies, the residents had to leave their houses for safer destinations. The flood-like situation was most glaring in areas like 4-8 Marlas, Shakti Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Madan Puri, Baldev Nagar, Veer Nagar, Feroze Gandhi Colony, Jyoti Park, Arjun Nagar, Pratap Nagar, major portion of Patel Nagar and Jacompura, Prem Nagar, Rajiv Nagar, Om Nagar, Hari Nagar enclave, Surya Nagar, Feroze Gandhi (Colony-II), Laksman Vihar and Ashok Vihar — all forming part of old Gurgaon..

A visit to these areas revealed that after inundating the streets and bylanes, water has started entering the houses by around 6 am. By the time the rain abated, there was knee-deep water in the houses in major parts of old Gurgaon.

The main Sadar Bazaar, Subzi Mandi falling in Old Gurgaon, was also flooded. A large number of parks also were flooded. The roads, especially the arterial roads of the city, witnessed heavy accumulation of water. Even the main road in the posh Civil Lines could not take in the fury of the rain.

Most of the sectors of Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) were also victims of the heavy downpour. Water entered the houses in Sector 10. The areas around the main road of Sector 7 and Sector 5 (near Sheetla Mata temple) were also affected. 


DSGMC poll process gains momentum
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
The political process for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee general elections picked up momentum today with four persons filing their nomination and the two main Akali factions holding closed-door meetings to give final touches to their first list of candidates for the 46 wards.

While one nomination paper as Independent was from Rohini ward, three nominations were filed from Subhash Nagar ward, officials in the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections said. As Wednesday was the second day of filing the nominations and the notification for the polls were published in the media today, the officials said that they were hopeful that the number of persons filing the nominations would increase in the coming days. The last date of filing the nominations is June 4.

The two main Akali factions – Badal and Tohra – today held ‘in camera’ meeting with the selection committee members expressing free and frank opinion about the possible candidates for different wards.

Sources said that the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has reached some sort of consensus for about 15 names, which would figure in the first list, to be released tomorrow.

Sources said that the names that could figure in the first list were: Mr Kuldip Singh Bhogal from Bhogal, Jathedar Surjeet Singh from Chandni Chowk, Jatender Saini from Lajpat Nagar, Mr Mahinder Singh Mathroo from Model Town, Mr Manjit Singh from Greater Kailash, Mr Manmohan Sachdeva from Punjabi Bagh and Mr Avtar Singh Hit from Hari Nagar, Mr Kulmohan Singh from Pahar Ganj and Ravinder Singh Khurana from Ashok Vihar, Dr Harminder Singh from Civil Lines, Dalvinder Singh Ayur from Ranjeet Nagar.

The party would release the list after holding consultations with the senior party leader and Union Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

The selection committee, however, faces a piquant situation over giving tickets to the sitting members like Daljeet Kaur, Jasbir Singh Kaka, Sadar Bagh Singh, Bakshish Singh Rohini, Atma Singh Lubana as there is no unanimity of view among the committee members in grant of tickets to them. Several party workers expressed their voice for and against these members and the committee would clear their names only after holding talks with senior Akali leaders.

Meanwhile, the pro-Tohra, Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi, held discussion on the first list of candidates under the supervision of the former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh.

Party sources indicated that the first list could be released by tomorrow. The list could contain several surprises and may not satisfy all the members. Indications are that the party may grant some seats to the confidants of the former Akal Takht Jathedar, who has been directly asked by the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, to have the party’s last word on the DSGMC polls.

The National Akali Dal said that it would come out with its list of candidates for the DSGMC polls tomorrow. This would be party’s first hustling in the gurdwara politics in the Capital.

The Shiromani Vishav Akali Dal today released its first list of eight candidates who would contest the polls. Those given party tickets were Amarjit Singh from Kalkaji, Harbhajan Singh Rajouri Garden, Surjeet Singh from Hari Nagar, Amarjit Singh ‘Amar’ from Vishnu Garden, Baldev Singh from Subhash Nagar, Bibi Harjeet Kaur from Ashok Nagar, Kawaljit Singh from Tagore Garden, H H Batra from Tilak Nagar. The party said it would support good candidates from some seats. There are 15 registered parties with the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections and 28 free symbols for Independents to choose. The candidates have to deposit a sum of Rs 200 to file the nominations. The general elections are scheduled for June 30. The DSGMC is elected for a term of four years.


Mukhi smells a rat in DVB privatisation bid
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
Smelling a scam of the magnitude of Rs 5,000 crore, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today demanded invitation of fresh bids for the privatisation of three distribution companies of the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) after cancelling the process that is underway.

“Invite fresh bids,” Leader of Opposition in the assembly Jagdish Mukhi told the Government of NCT of Delhi. He also sought an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and valuation by a government-approved valuer.

Prof Mukhi told mediapersons that the Chief Minister had stated on the floor of the House that the offers of the bidders had been rejected and government would not have any dialogue with the companies. “The constitution of the core committee for negotiations with the bidders is a deep-rooted conspiracy between the ministers, top bureaucrats and the bidders,” he said quoting the Contract Act of India that says conditional offer (by a bidder) automatically stands rejected.

Questioning the government’s bid to push through the privatisation of the power utility, Prof Mukhi said no thought had been given to why the government should be purchasing electricity from the generation company at Rs 6 per unit, selling it to private distribution companies at Rs 1.50 per unit and then buying electricity again from those very companies at Rs 2.50 per unit for meeting the requirements of Metro Rail and such other projects.

Alleging that the bidding was not competitive, Prof Mukhi said the process was “arbitrary, mala fide and unjustified”. Dwelling on the concessions given to the bidders, he said the residential colonies and offices (land and properties) that form a part of the distribution companies had not been included in the valuation.

“There are 2,500 residential quarters and office complexes worth Rs 700 crore. These are being given to private companies for a fee of Re 1 per month.” This, he alleged, amounted to giving a concession of Rs 700 crore.


Street kids discover a high in correction fluid
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, May 29
For hundreds of street children who survive on the dole of gurdwaras and temples in the heart of the Capital, the garbage dump behind Shastri Bhavan on the outer edge of the sprawling India Gate lawns has become a new haven to transport them to the heights of ecstasy. It is here that they lay their hands on partially filled or half-filled bottles of correction fluid and dilutor discarded by the offices. Containing a highly toxic chemical, Toluene, these bottles are in great demand by the addicts as inhaling the residue provides an instant kick, strong enough to compare with that of half a bottle of liquor or a fix of the dreaded heroin or cocaine.

There is a virtual scramble for these discarded bottles of correction fluid used in hundreds every day in the government offices. The bottles manufactured by an internationally known brand of stationery manufacturers, bear a statutory warning “Do not drink or inhale”. But that is only for those who want to avoid the harmful effects of the deadly potion. For the addicts, it is a manna from heaven.

Right under the watchful eyes of the half a dozen law enforcement agencies on security duty in the Lutyens Delhi, these children daily rummage through the garbage dumped there carelessly by the cleaning staff of various ministries which have their offices in Shastri Bhavan. Ironically, none of the official agencies, including the Delhi Police and the Drug Abuse section of the Ministry of Social Justice, are aware of the dangers posed by the discarded bottles of the popular correction fluid.

Ms Jayanti Chandra, joint secretary, in charge of the Drug Abuse Section in the ministry was stunned when the NCR Tribune asked her about this. She assured that now that the matter had been brought to her notice, a proper method of disposal of such hazardous material would be evolved and confessed that this was the first time she was hearing about the other use of the correction fluid.

However, for the addicts or those working with street children, the phenomenon is by no means new. In fact, several such cases were brought to the notice of the authorities in Bangalore. Such was the concern, that some of the NGOs working with street children had written to the manufacturers of the correction fluid to add some strong smelling chemical to it so that it would discourage children from inhaling the bottles. A well-known psychiatrist and drug abuse expert of the city, Dr. Sunil Mittal says that Toluene is highly toxic and can prove fatal if inhaled for a prolonged time. He says that since these bottles are there for free for any one to pick up, it has become popular among those who cannot afford to buy the conventional drugs.


Delhi Police warn of ultra strikes

New Delhi
The Delhi Police have warned the people against possibility of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) being planted by terrorists in busy public places in the Capital.

“The IEDs could be in the shape of toys, boxes, briefcases, suitcases or containers,” a Delhi Police release said. The Delhi Police have also announced cash awards for information leading to the arrest of terrorists or their accomplices.

Vehicle owners have also been advised to carry licences and registration books as the police have intensified checks on the streets.


Manpower recruitment racket unearthed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
With the arrest of three persons, the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police today claimed to have unearthed a manpower racket that indulged in collecting huge amounts of money on the pretext of sending aspirants abroad for providing skilled and unskilled jobs. They have allegedly collected lakhs of rupees from the innocent persons.

The prime suspect, Farooq, was arrested from Lakshmi Nagar and his interrogation led to the arrest of Vakil Ahmed and Ashok Sharma, the police said.

The police received a tip-off that a gang of racketeers indulging in duping innocent individuals of their money on the pretext of sending them abroad for jobs. Their modus operandi was to induce the innocent persons by making false assurances to the effect that they would provide a job abroad with handsome salary, free boarding and lodging. They used to collect Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 from each individual.

At least Rs 20,000 were required to be paid by each victim along with their passport in advance and the balance of Rs 30,000 was to be charged at the time of providing visa.

The police said that the victims, Mohammad Wasim, Irfan Khan, Rasid Khan and Parvez Khan, all of Rampur in Nainital district, had approached the office of the Protector of Emigrants in Delhi to enquire whether the POE stamp on the passport of Mr Parvez was genuine. On verification, it was found that the POE stamp (ECNR stamp of POE, Mumbai) was reportedly forged and the signature of POE was also forged. The copy of the UAE visa in possession of Parvez Khan was also found to be not genuine.

The matter was referred to the Economic Offences Wing by the POE. One of the victims told the police that he was approached by one Vakil through his contacts Aminuddin and Ashok with the promise of arranging employment in the UAE. Vakil demanded Rs 60,000 for the job in the UAE and Rs 20, 000 in advance.

During the investigation, a trap was laid and Farooq was arrested. Four passports of the victims, forged stamps and other incriminating documents were recovered at the instance of the suspects, the police said.


She prefers lighting a candle than cursing the darkness
Priyanka Gupta

YEOMAN’S SERVICE: The production centre of the NGO at Tihar Jail.

“YOU are young only once, and if you work right, once is enough, said Joe. E. Lewis and this statement is apt for Scope Plus Director Seema Malhotra. When Seema started Scope Plus, she never thought that this would become the means of survival for thousands of people. Despite the general feeling among the people that NGOs are merely money-making institutes, she ignored such misconceptions and continued working for the slum-dwellers as well as Tihar Jail prisoners.

Seema was an active social worker in school and wanted to be a doctor but her destiny took her to an altogether different field. In 1978 when Delhi faced floods, she volunteered her services for distribution of medicines and providing basic necessities. She was NSS president in Lady Irwin College in 1979. After her marriage with a journalist, she got busy in tuition, counselling and started helping people in her own way. In 1991, she joined Springdales School as a coordinator-cum-social worker and in 1993, worked in a National Literacy Project. That time, Kiran Bedi was planning reforms in Tihar Jail and wanted to educate the unlettered inmates of Tihar.

Under the banner of DSLP, Seema contacted about 80 schools to donate stationary and other things.

Seema said, “There were just four jails that time and starting from music classes to distributing books, notebooks, financial help and even television sets, people donated open-heartedly. A meeting with a CASP-PLAN made me think about Scope Plus in 1996. Started with just six members, we went back to Tihar Jail and slum-dwellers for adolescence education.”

She went on, “But we observed that even though the children and adults were studying, they were not happy about it as their basic needs remain unfulfilled. We realised that they need money in hand. And with the concept of making them earn a little, we introduced candle-making, stitching, beauty parlour work, paper bags and other things in jail in 1999. Later, the jail authorities permitted us for opening the production units in jail itself and that made us work more freely. We were able to reach a large number of prisoners. The main aim was to make their life in jail better.”

This made the imprisoned to earn extra money. The feedback that Scope Plus got from these prisoners was thrilling. A woman shared that she was able to have extra tea. The boys who had no visitors for the last two years, were able to buy new clothes with their own money.

In 2001, Scope Plus extended its services by starting vocational studies, computer education, English conversation and other activities for prisoners. Seema said, “Though it was not an easy task for me as the workload increased but it gave me satisfaction. My family supported me a lot and volunteers helped to extend services from slums to jails. Not only this, Tihar Jail Employees Association requested Scope Plus to help groom their families too. The jail provided us infrastructure and we motivated the children of jail employees to become independent.”

She added proudly, “The file and folders we made were used in conferences and meetings. Our Prime Minister took them to Rome through FICCI. Nafisa Ali admires this work. We are also promoting them as gifts in schools and colleges. We are satisfying ourselves that that we have employed 29 people in our small endeavour. All this would not have been possible without the help of Usha Mutoo, Chanchal Bawa and many more, who have recently helped us in inaugurating new production centre, ‘Nav Rachna’.”

Seema follows the ideals of Vivekananda and keeps her account book transparent. She believes that asking for financial help from the government won’t make her achieve her goal, i.e. contributing to society on her own. Now, Scope Plus is looking forward to carrying on water-harvesting project in Tihar. She cherishes the words of Kiran Bedi, who told them, “You are not helping the prisoners but helping the next victim.”


Murderer awarded life term
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 29
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr HP Singh, today sentenced Baljit, resident of Bhadsi Kari village in Kaithal district, to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 7,000 in a double murder case. It may be recalled that the convict had gunned down Raj Kumar and another person, both resident or Urlana Kalan.

DPS result

As many as students of Delhi Public School, Panipat Refinery, has scored over 90 per cent marks in the matriculation examination conducted by the CBSE. They are Kunal Sandal, Supratik Kumar Mishra, Manjari Umesh Morey, Harshil M Shah and Pallavi Sharma. According to Principal, Mr Vinod Sharma of the 3 students, who appeared in the exam, 30 have scored over 80 per cent marks.

Two die in mishap

New Delhi
Two persons were killed and one person was injured when they were hit by a private bus on route number 610 on Desh Bandhu Gupta Road on Tuesday. The victims, Mohammad Akbar and Mohammad Taqi, died on the spot while injured Prem was admitted to RML Hospital. The driver of the bus fled the spot after leaving the bus behind, the police said.

Transfer ordered

The Haryana Government has ordered the transfer of Mr Y. S. Gupta, Executive Officer of the Sonepat Municipal Council to Gurgaon with immediate effect. According to a report, it has asked Mr Chuni Lal Verma, Executive Officer, Jind Municipal Council to take over the charge from Mr Gupta immediately.

Kisan rally

The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee is organising a state-level Kisan rally on June 23 in this city. According to a report, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, AICC president, and other leaders of the state unit of the party will address this rally. The rally is to protest against the anti-farmer and anti-people policies of the Chautala government.

Youths arrested

The police arrested four youths in connection with the alleged beating up of a sadhu here last evening. According to a report, this followed a complaint made to the DC and the SP in this connection.


Hospital’s parking area auctioned to protect vehicles
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 29
Yielding to the popular demand for security of scooters and bicycles on the premises of the district general hospital, the authorities of the local Health Department have auctioned the parking enclosure. The Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr S. P. Singh, said that the move was to regulate the vehicles on the premises as well as to provide more security to the two-wheelers from possible thefts from the hospital’s premises.

According to official sources, there have been reports of lifting of two-wheelers, including bicycles. This has often led to embarrassment to the authorities. With the lifting of vehicles, especially two-wheelers, going on unabated in Gurgaon city, there has been mounting pressure on the authorities from the public at large for a better security set-up.

Thousands of patients report for check-ups at the general hospital from the city as well as faraway places. Since most of the patients visiting the hospital are from the lower income or below the poverty line group, they are hit hard when their vehicles are stolen.

According to Dr Singh, there is also a move to restart the canteen on the hospital premises. The canteen was closed a few years back. The contractor who had taken the canteen on auction had further sublet it, leading to litigation. Subsequently, the Director, Health Department, Haryana, ordered its closure.

The local authorities have now built up the case afresh for consideration of the office of the Director of the department to reopen the canteen. This is in view of the manifold increase in the number of patients reporting at the hospital in the past few years.

Those patients who come from far-off places in the district are forced to go for refreshments outside the hospital premises. Often, the shopkeepers and vendors near the hospital premises exploit the patients and their attendants by charging exorbitant prices.

Besides, the department has decided to install water coolers in all the OPDs and wards of the hospital. According to Dr Singh, they should be in place shortly.


UP to give married daughters right to father’s property
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 29
The Uttar Pradesh Revenue Minister, Ravi Gautam, said that the state government is contemplating to introduce in the assembly a bill to guarantee the right to property of a deceased father to the married daughters too.

“What is happening now is that in the absence of sons the married daughters are deprived of the property of a father after his death and it passes on to the brothers or other heirs of the deceased even though they did not have cordial and brotherly relations with him and might have been actually have been harassing or even assaulting him during his life.”

He was talking to the newspersons in Noida today. Mr Ravi Gautam said that some states like Haryana already had such a law giving the benefit of father’s property to the married daughters.

The revenue minister said that the revenue staff were asked to take strict action against the defaulters in depositing government revenue. It is not necessary that only small fish will have to face the music even influential and big defaulters might be sent behind the bars.

“The development authorities and the district administrations were asked to speed up the payment of land compensation to the farmers whose land has been acquired for development. If the payment of compensation cannot be paid quickly then the land should be returned to the farmers,” Mr Gautam said.

He said that consolidation of holdings should also be finalised and speeded up. The minister also said that he was in favour of removing anomalies in the rate of compensation to the farmers by Noida and Greater Noida authority. They should be compensated at the same rate.

He asked the revenue staff to improve the collection of the government revenue, but ensure that small defaulters and common people are not unnecessarily harassed.

They should try to net the big fish. He hoped the electricity staff will also be able to restore 24 hours power in Noida.


Ex-jawan’s death: Villagers protest against doctor
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 29
A large number of irate residents of Murthal village, led by Mr Suraj Mal Antil, an INLD MLA, held a demonstration in front of the civil hospital here on Tuesday to register their protest against the death of Mr Ram Chander (45), retired armyman allegedly due to the negligence of the duty doctor.

According to a report, Mr Ram Chander was seriously injured in a road accident and he was brought to the civil hospital for medical treatment. But the doctor on duty remained indifferent to him and the victim succumbed to his injuries before he was treated.

This news spread like wildfire in the village and the residents reached the hospital in their tractor-trolleys, where they staged a demonstration and raised anti-doctor and anti-government slogans. The residents turned violent and tried to damage the hospital furniture and property but were prevented from doing so by the MLA concerned.

Mr Antil, however, took a serious note of the doctor’s negligence and he made a complaint to the Civil Surgeon for taking necessary action against him. The Civil Surgeon assured that she would take steps to avoid such incidents in the future.


‘Rehriwala’ beaten black and blue
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 29
Mr Sheeshpal, a rehriwala, was allegedly beaten up mercilessly by a police officer and his subordinate policeman on the Sonepat-Gohana road here on Tuesday evening.

According to a report, the police officer was going in his jeep towards the office of the Superintendent of Police when the rehriwala came in front of the jeep while crossing the road. Thereupon, the police officer became furious and he asked a police constable to teach him a lesson. The police officer also got down from his jeep and beat the rehriwala with his cane. However, none of the shopkeeper dared to intervene.

When the police officer left the place, the innocent rehriwala wept and blocked the road. But the shopkeepers pacified him and succeeded in lifting the blockade.

It is also alleged that the policemen also turned the rehri loaded with tomato turtle on the road before leaving the place. The policemen also allegedly misbehaved with a woman and another rehriwala. The police officer also warned that he would take stern action against the rehriwalas if they dare to keep their rehris on the road.

The incident caused widespread resentment among the shopkeepers and the residents of the area and they wanted a stern action against the erring policemen. The shopkeepers are also planning to keep their shutters down if no action was taken against the officials.


Cops miss the chance to bust narco-terrorist gang
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
Sleuths of the Narcotics Branch of the Delhi Police have missed the chance to nab members of a gang involved in narco-terrorism. The names of the members of this gang came to light after the arrest of Parvez Khan of Bareilly a few days back from near ITO with 7 kg heroin.

Money earned through the narcotics was supposed to finance one of the militant outfits in the Kashmir valley. The key suspect, Raza, resident of Ballimaran in the walled city, who could well have been the main source of the Delhi Police to disclose the ISI’s involvement in narco-terrorism, has absconded.

According to the sources, Raza had direct contacts with ISI agents in Pakistan, who supplied heroin to their Indian contacts to finance militants in the valley.

Parvez Khan was arrested on May 24 from ITO, where he came to deliver the consignment to his contact in Delhi. The consignment was brought by one Baba Jaila of Amritsar and was delivered to a truck driver who is also absconding. A police team went to Amritsar to nab him but the address given to Parvez was found fake.

According to the sources, Jaila was given the consignment by one Aslam of Lahore in Pakistan, with reference of one Raza, resident of Ballimaran in walled city. Sale proceeds of the consignment were transferred to Aslam through hawala channels. The police are trying to find out the other contacts of Aslam and Parvez in the Capital.

Javed, brother of Parvez, is also said to be involved in narcotics smuggling. He is wanted by the Delhi Police.

The sources said that the heroin smuggled from Pakistan is generally sold in Mumbai. Delhi could be one of the routes to send smuggled heroin to Mumbai but the smugglers prefer other routes to carry drugs to Maharashtra, the sources said.



One dies, nine injured in group clash
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 29
One person was killed on the spot and nine others were injured, six of them seriously in a clash, which took place between two rival groups at Kathura village, about 50 km from here, on Tuesday.

According to a report, guns, lathis, jelleys and other sharp-edged weapons were used freely in the clash. All the injured persons were rushed to the Community Health Centre at Gohana town from where four of them were sent to the PGI Rohtak for further treatment.

The clash followed a land dispute. The deceased was identified as Suresh alias Shashi, son of Mr Daryao Singh. He died due to bullet injuries.

Some of the injured have been identified as Paras Ram, his brother Bhaley Ram, Daryao, Ram Dhari, Baljit and Jaipal. They have been referred to the PGI Rohtak for treatment.

The police have registered a case against 10 persons and further investigations are in progress. However, no one has been arrested so far in this connection.

The police, it may be recalled, had arrested 17 persons after both the groups clashed with each other on March 9. The groups again clashed on March 12 and this case is pending in the court of the SDM, Gohana.

According to another report, three persons were injured in cases of assault at Kurar, Pipli Khera and Asawarpur villages in the district on Tuesday.

All the injured persons were admitted to the local civil hospitals where they are stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered cases and further investigations are in progress. No arrest has been made in this connection.


Man hacks father to death over property
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, May 29
A son reportedly hacked his father to death when he was sleeping at Dhakla village of the district on Tuesday night over a land dispute. His wife and brother-in-law (his wife’s brother) were accomplices in committing the murder.

The police said today that Ranbir in his complaint informed that his father, Sheesh Ram, was sleeping in his garage when his brother Ran Singh allegedly attacked him with sharp-edged weapons on Tuesday night. The murder is said to be the fallout of a domestic property dispute. The complainant told the police that his father did not give the land share to the accused brother in the land distribution between brothers. Thus, he was unhappy with his brother.

The police arrested Ran Singh and his wife in this connection after registering a case against them.

Two killed in mishap

Two persons were killed and two others injured seriously in a road accident involving a Tata Sumo and truck on the National Highway No 10 near Jakhoda village here today.

According to information, the occupants of the Tata Sumo, residents of Rajgarh in Rajasthan, were going to Palam Airport in Delhi to receive one of their relatives, who was arriving from Dubai. However, the driver of the vehicle could to see a truck coming from the opposite direction due to a fallen tree lying on the road and rammed it.

While the driver of the Sumo, Krishan, and Gaphoor Khan died on the spot, Ashagar Khan and Aarif were injured seriously and rushed to the PGIMS at Rohtak.


Gang of two-wheeler thieves arrested
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, May 29
The district police claimed to have busted a gang involved in the theft of two-wheelers with the arrest of three persons. The police claimed to have solved five cases of stolen vehicles.

According to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldeep Singh Siag, the police had constituted a special team to trace the culprits following several incidents of theft of vehicles under Sadar police station. The police got an information that Manoj Kumar alias Bulbul, resident of Sohna, was engaged in such crimes. Manoj was arrested from a teashop at Bherampur village near National Highway No. 8 after a tip-off. He confessed that he along with his colleagues had stolen more than five vehicles. Manoj also revealed that he along with Tekchand, resident of Gandhi Nagar, Gurgaon, stole a Hero Honda motorcycle from Naherpur Roopa village seven month ago. However, they had to leave the vehicle at a dhaba in Pawal in Faridabad district while going to UP for selling the vehicle when they noticed two policemen coming towards them. The Faridabad police later took possession of the vehicle.

Manoj also confessed that he with his colleagues had stolen a motorcycle from the Khandsa road and a scooter from a provisional store in Anaj Mandi during Holi. After a gap of 20 days, they again stole a scooter from Shakti Park colony and a Hero Honda motorcycle from Hari Nagar colony. Manoj and Tekchand had sent all these four two-wheelers to a resident of Aligarh, UP, for selling them. The police arrested all the 3 accused and recovered one vehicle. The remaining three vehicles have reportedly been sold to some unknown persons.


Leopard skin worth Rs 60,000 seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 29
The Crime Branch arrested Mohammad Islam from Abul Fazl Enclave-II and seized a leopard skin worth Rs 60, 000. The sleuths had information that the suspect was involved in the sale and purchase of wild animal skin. His movements were monitored and he was arrested from Sarai Rohilla railway station. He originally belonged to Gajrola in UP. The skin was of a fully grown leopard.

Suicide by student

Pinki, a student of Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Yamuna Vihar in North-East Delhi, reportedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan as she could not get through her 10th class examination. She lived along with her uncle in Ganga Vihar. Her parents live in Aligarh, the police said.

Robbery bid foiled

The Lahori Gate police of North district arrested a person who attempted to rob a businessman of Firozabad, Rajresh. The victim was going to visit his relative in the Capital after disposing of his consignment in Sadar Bazar. He is a manufacturer of bangles in Firozabad and supplies his products in Delhi. He was carrying Rs 40, 000 when he was attacked by the robber, the police said. When his rickshaw reached near the fire station, a youth came, sat beside him, brandished a country-made pistol and demanded money. The victim raised an alarm. Meanwhile, an associate of the robber came and threatened the victim with a knife.

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