Wednesday, July 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Tohra group vows to review all contracts
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 2
Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, head of the Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi (pro-Tohra faction), which swept the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) general elections today, promised to review all the contracts given by the previous committee in the last two years.

Parmjit Singh Sarna, showing the victory sign.
Parmjit Singh Sarna, showing the victory sign.

Talking to the ‘NCR Tribune’ soon after he was declared elected from Punjabi Bagh ward by a convincing margin and when it was reasonably certain that his faction had attained a clear majority in the 46-member committee, Mr Sarna said “corruption in all forms would be eradicated”.

The Tohra faction had made corruption in the DSGMC-run institutions its main poll plank.

Mr Sarna assured that he and his colleagues would work in the right earnest for the welfare of the community and non-performance would not be tolerated. “If our faction does not work and show results, we will suffer the same fate as the Badal group,” he said.

Assuring that there would be transparency in the functioning of the DSGMC, Mr Sarna said the first task of the new committee would be setting up of autonomous judicial and educational councils.

“The Judicial Council would probe all the deals in the past two years and they would monitor the functioning of the new committee. It would act as a watchdog and would entertain complaints from the public,” he said, adding, “The autonomous Educational Council would improve the standard of the DSGMC-run institutions by looking at the issue objectively.”

Mr Sarna attributed the defeat of the rival SAD (Badal) faction to the large-scale corruption during its tenure and the tumbling out of the scams, including the Sidhu scandal in Punjab.

The SAD Delhi camp was joyous having won 27 seats in the 46-member DSGMC; the members of the SAD (Badal), which managed to win only 14 seats, were crest-fallen. Five Independents, including the lone woman member, Daljit Kaur, also won against all odds.

In the outgoing DSGMC, the Badal faction had 32 members and the Sarna faction 14 members.

Only 25 members of the outgoing DSGMC could cross the post this time.

Mr Manjit Singh of SAD (Badal) faction won by the highest margin of 3,986 votes in Greater Kailash ward and Mr Surjit Singh of SAD Delhi won by the lowest margin of 52 votes in Kamala Nagar ward.

The elected members took out processions in various wards, with supporters breaking into spontaneous Bhangra, accompanied by the resounding beats of the dholak and boisterous incantations of Balle-Balle. Even the winning candidates could not control themselves and joined the dance to the foot-tapping music. Sweets were distributed in the lanes and by-lanes through which the procession went and area residents welcomed the winners at different places by marigold flowers and garlands.

The defeat came as a shock to the Badal faction, with senior leaders refusing to come out in the open about the reasons for the party’s poor performance.

The SAD (Badal) secretary general, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, said, “The core group of the party would meet tonight to analyse the results.” Mr Dhindsa, however, refused to attribute the defeat to the recent scams, which have come out in the open in Punjab.

“The DSGMC poll was the first Sikh trial of Badal’s family-centric politics after he had used his official capacity as the Chief Minister to remove Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh and foisted his control on the premier Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee three years ago,” said the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, in a statement.

The secretary general of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, said: “The poll results have indicated who are the real Akali Dal. The realignment of forces behind the real Akali Dal would commence now.”

After the rout in he Punjab Assembly poll, civic and panchayat poll, this is a major defeat for the SAD (Badal). The prestige of Mr Badal and Mr Tohra were at stake in the DSGMC elections, as the two leaders personally had led the campaign for their respective factions and the poll was seen as a precursor to the crucial elections to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC), which is due later this year.


List of winners
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 2
The following were declared elected to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. While 27 of those elected belong to the Tohra faction, 14 are members of the Badal faction and five are Independents.

Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi
(Tohra Group)

Rashpinder Singh - Defence Colony; Sucha Singh – Safdarjung Enclave; Harbhajan Singh Matharoo – Preet Vihar; Harjender Singh Khanna – Malviya Nagar; Harmohinder Singh – Shiv Nagar; Baldev Singh Rani Bagh – Shakur Basti; Joginder Singh Walia – Rajinder Nagar; Gurmit Singh Meeta – Janakpuri; Man Mohan Singh – Ashok Nagar; Gurcharan Singh – Tagore Garden; Nirwir Singh – Tilak Nagar; Tarsem Singh – Sahib Pura; Man Mohan Kochar – Rajouri Garden; Malkinder Singh – Moti Nagar; Paramjit Singh Sarna – Punjabi Bagh; Surinder Singh – Tri Nagar; G S Sabarwal – Gandhi Nagar; Balveer Singh – Vivek Vihar; Gurcharan Singh – Khureji Khas; Varyam Singh – Model Town; Surjit Singh – Kamla Nagar; Bhajan Singh Walia – Pritam Pura; Inder Singh Happy – Karam Pura; Kuldip Singh – Tibbia College; Rajinder Singh – Dev Nagar; Inderjit Singh – Vikas Puri; and L S Bajwa – Dilshad Garden.

Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)

Surjit Singh – Chandni Chowk; Shamsher Singh Sandhu – Connaught Place; Jatinder Singh Sahani – Lajpat Nagar; Manjeet Singh – Greater Kailash; Harool Singh – Sham Nagar; Rajinder Singh Techno – Vishnu Garden; Mohinder Singh – Ramesh Nagar; Ravinder Singh Khurana – Wazir Pur; Tarjeet Singh Nagi – Geeta Colony; Dr Harmohinder Singh – Civil Line; Kulmohan Singh – Pahar Ganj; Bakshish Singh – Rohini; Saran Singh – Shakti Nagar; and Avtar Singh Hit – Hari Nagar.


Daljit Kaur Khalsa – Vasant Vihar; Avtar Singh – Kalkaji; Gian Singh – Naveen Shahdara; Dilwinder Singh Ayur – Patel Nagar; and Rajinder Singh – Subhash Nagar.


Kids spill beans: Father got mother killed
Parmindar Singh

Noida, July 2
The murder of Pinky, 41, on the afternoon of June 25, had been planned by her husband Raj Kumar and his younger brother Inderjeet of B-62, Sector 39. (It will be recalled that two criminals had snatched her purse containing Rs 31,000, withdrawn from a bank minutes earlier. One of the criminals had shot her in the temple when she tried to resist the robbers.)

According to SP (City) Vijay Bhushan, it was a contract killing executed through one Nazir, who is the brother-in-law of a grill mechanic Shahzad who had worked in Raj Kumar’s house. Nazir, a history-sheeter and a dreaded criminal, had undertaken the murder for Rs one lakh. He had three accomplices.

Rajkumar, who had illicit relations with many women, wanted Pinky to divorce him so that he could marry a 38-year-old woman from Delhi. With this ulterior motive in mind, he used to torture Pinky and beat her up. “He would thrash and drag her from the hair before throwing her out of the house”, revealed Priyanka, their daughter, who along with Rahul, her brother, was sitting in the SP City’s office today.

Rajkumar, a sadist, would also not allow his children to stay with him as he considered them an impediment in his amorous life. Both the children are staying in Hyderabad with their maternal uncle, who has a chemical factory there.

Mr Bhushan said, “We were suspicious from day one as Rajkumar insisted that we shall not take Pinky’s body to his residence and it should continue to lie in the morgue. It was unusual for a husband to say such a thing, particularly after such a tragedy.’’

When daughter Priyanka arrived from Hyderabad, she approached the SP Police and told him that her father used to beat their mother in their presence, in which his younger brother, Inderjeet, would assist him. Nobody in the family would come to their mother’s rescue. All this was corroborated by son Rahul.

“When I first heard the news, I was convinced that my father had got my mother killed,” said Priyanka. Rahul said that his uncle (mamaji) would urge their mother to divorce their father but she would not do that for the children’s sake and went on enduring the torture. “Often father would ask Mummy to leave him, but she would say, `I will not leave you, you can divorce me’ “.

Rajkumar left Model Town, Delhi, and settled down in Noida as he had been exposed in that locality. Everybody knew that he had illicit relations and that he wanted to marry a particular woman. “We have interrogated that woman also, “ the SP disclosed.

Mr Bhushan disclosed that the deceased had often filed complaints against her husband. Priyanka has handed over some letters, her mother’s diary and other documents to the police. “We also have pictorial evidence of the beatings,” revealed Priyanka. Mr Bhushan disclosed that both Rajkumar and Inderjeet had been imprisoned earlier in an attempt to murder case two years ago near Jama Masjid.

Priyanka is studying in inter and Rahul has done his B.Sc Electrical Engineering. “Many times mummy would say `I will commit suicide.’ ’’ But she added in the same breath: “I only live for you…’’

“We are ashamed to call him our father,” Rahul and Priyanka said in disgust.

The police have arrested Rajkumar, Inderjeet and Shahzad. Nazir is absconding.


Haryana comes to terms with unauthorised colonies
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, July 2
The Haryana Government has doubled the development charges for regularisation of unauthorised colonies from Rs 60 per square yard to Rs 120 per square yard in areas falling within the limits of municipal committees.

“These rates shall be increased annually by 10 percent for each calendar year and such increase shall be effective from January 1 of each year”, the notification issued by the Urban Development Department said. With a view to tackle the problem of unauthorised colonies, the government has amended the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973, and the powers and functions of the Director Town and Country Planning, exercisable under Act no. 8 of 1975 and Act no 41 of 1963, have been assigned to Director, Urban Development Department.

Provisions have also been made in the Act to make a no objection certificate (NOC) from the municipality mandatory before applying for sanction for release of water, sewerage and electric connections for a building falling within the municipal limits. These measures, the government feels, coupled with the notification of Urban Areas under section 7-A, which makes production of NOC for registration of sale deed compulsory, would effectively check further growth of unauthorised colonies. To regulate the future growth of towns, the government has also approved a liberal licensing policy for the municipal areas.

The government has constituted Building Plan Advisory Committees for scrutiny of building plans in the municipal areas. But these committees are not vetting building plans in the unauthorised colonies, on account of which there is no accrual of development charges.

The Director, Urban Development Department, has now advised the municipal committees that it would be appropriate to regularise all unauthorised colonies under the new policy, treating them as fate accompli, because their removal or demolition at this stage was impossible. Such regularisation, however, would not provide any immunity to a person against whom cases for violation of provisions of Urban Areas Act of 1975 have been lodged.

The Director, Urban Development Department, said that the government has, in principle, decided to regularise such unauthorised colonies in which construction has taken place on 50 per cent of the plots by charging development charges at the rate of Rs 120 per square yard in the municipal council areas and at the rate of Rs 80 per square yard in the municipal committee areas.

The government has also advised the civic bodies to open separate accounts for depositing the amounts received on account of development charges.


Parents gave up son as lost to Bollywood, find he was slain
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, July 2
Had the investigation in Vipul abduction case not been entrusted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the members of Ahuja family would have never known that their son was murdered nearly 10 months ago.

Distracted by the glamour of Bollywood, Vipul Ahuja, 14, a student of 9th class in Model School here, had left his house on September 1, taking an amount of Rs one lakh with him. The innocent boy was murdered the same day for the money and his body was fished out from a drain at Salhawas village in Jhajjar district on September 5.

The body was brought to the PGIMS, Rohtak, and cremated the next day with the police making no serious attempt at identification, even though an FIR was registered in connection with his disappearance at Civil Lines police station here under Section 364 of the IPC on September 3

Vipul’s relatives, unaware of his death till the end of June this year, kept searching for him in Bombay, Goa, Manali and other places. The parents came to know about the death of their son only when they were asked by the CBI team recently to identify the photo and clothes of the deceased.

In his complaint lodged with the police, Mr Sudarshan Ahuja, a cloth merchant and father of the victim, cited a phone call that his daughter received from the elder brother of a friend of Vipul at 2. 25 pm on September one. He said Vipul had left the house immediately after the call, never to return.

The caller, a law student of Maharshi Dayanand University and a son of an ‘influential’ lawyer in the town, had refused to assist Vipul’s parents in their search for the latter. He even denied that he had made any call to Vipul that day.

In support of his complaint, Mr Ahuja pointed out that Vipul had made two calls to his house from a cell phone owned by the law student the evening he left. The law student disowned these calls too, the complaint pointed out. However, the father claims that the transcripts of the mobile company, retrieved by the CBI, have confirmed that these calls were made from the cell phone of the law student.

Apprehending his arrest, the law student has reportedly filed an application for anticipatory bail in the designated court of CBI at Ambala which would be heard on July 3.

It is learnt the CBI officials have acquired the complete academic record of Vipul from the Model School and submitted a formal request to Dr S. C. Singh, principal of the school, to interrogate certain teachers about the deceased.


Booking agencies evading tax running into crores
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 2
The Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training, an independent body engaged in research, analysis and monitoring of road transport industry, has expressed serious concern over the unbridled growth of booking companies/ agencies indulging in tax evasion running into several thousand crores of rupees annually. Moreover, the Foundation felt that it was a blatant exploitation of workers employed in this sector.

In identical letters to the Chief Ministers of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and copies to senior officers of the Surface Transport Ministry, the Foundation has stressed the urgent need to make it compulsory for such public carrier goods agents to obtain license under Section 82 of the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993 and Section 93 of Central Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.

The National Capital Region (NCR) has become the hub of the transport industry, with Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Sonepat and Bahadurgarh emerging as major centres which control as much as 20 per cent of the national cargo and freight business.

In its communication to the Chief Ministers, the Foundation claimed that during its research and investigations it was discovered that the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi had for some inexplicable reason failed to enforce the relevant Section 82 of the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules. As such, the actual number of goods booking companies/agencies operating in the region could not be verified, as in many cases the same owners were operating more than one agency.

The Foundation claimed that the transporters’ association members lists and other related publications gave contradictory figures regarding the agencies operating in the region.

While the transporters claimed that there were 4000-odd companies/ agencies, a conservative estimate based on tax receipts and cargo vouchers indicated that the number did not exceed 2000. This glaring gap, obviously facilitated large-scale clandestine business on fake or bogus documents like invoices and goods receipts.

According to the Foundation’s research, the region generates Rs 7000 crores in sales tax/ trade tax annually.

However, the large-scale unaccounted transactions resulted in alleged tax evasion of Rs 4000 crores annually, as an average of 60 per cent of the trade was carried out on bogus papers. Obviously, such operations caused serious losses to the state exchequer. The Foundation claimed that once the transport industry in the region was streamlined through effective licensing procedures, it would reinforce the coffers of the government and set an example for other states to follow.


Married women ending it all by consuming sulphas
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, July 2
Rural areas of the district in the recent past have been witness to an alarming increase in the number of suicides. Most of these deaths have occurred as a result of consuming sulphas tablets. And most of them were young married women.

Harassment, cruelty, mental subjugation or physical torture. Whatever be the reason, these women could not hang on with the torment inflicted on them by their oppressors. The hapless souls and their parents have to constantly satiate the never-ending greed of the in-laws. Women find a way out of this living hell by making suicide bids. And sulphas, which is close at hand, comes in handy.

Matrimonial discord, unrequited love and failure in examinations are some other reasons for this seemingly endless loss of precious human lives.

The dowry prohibiting laws notwithstanding, dowry seekers are in a triumphant majority, it seems.

It is of paramount importance that society as well as the administration comes forward with certain drastic measures to prevent the menace from snuffing out human lives on such an alarming scale.

The latest incident of suicidal death as a result of sulphas consumption took place at Mamaria Ahir village under the Khol police station in the district on Saturday. It has virtually cast a pall of gloom over the entire village.

Shashi Bala (22) and her equally dejected husband Maman (24) took sulphas to put an end to their agony. Shashi Bala died on the spot while Maman breathed his last on the way to hospital. After an autopsy at the Civil Hospital here on Sunday, their bodies were handed over to their respective families. The couple has left a three-year-old son behind.

Shashi Bala and her younger sister Savitri, daughters of Amar Singh of Bawwa village, were married, respectively, to Maman and his younger brother Dholia, sons of Sher Singh of Mamaria village, about five years ago.

They were allegedly being harassed for more dowry. In a bid to resolve the matter, the panchayats of the two villages had met on three separate occasions.

A recent demand for a motorcycle and some cash made Savitri quit her husband’s home and seek refuge in her parents’ home at Bawwa.

Maman reportedly had been continually disapproving of the unfair demands. He was living with Shashi Bala in separate quarters.

In the absence of any written complaint from Shashi Bala’s parents, the police have treated these as suicide deaths. May be, the fact that their younger daughter, estranged with her in-laws, is putting up with them is weighing on their minds.


Panel to monitor norms of arrest
Our correspondent

New Delhi, July 2
The Delhi Government has decided to constitute a high-powered committee comprising of retired judges to monitor the implementations of the directions regarding the procedures to be followed by the police during arrests as prescribed by the Supreme Court.

The committee would comprise of retired Judge of the Delhi High Court, D.R.Khanna as chairman and retired Additional District and Sessions Judges O.P.Gogne and Y.S.Jenwal, to monitor whether the eleven directions of the Supreme Court were being followed by the police.

This announcement came in the aftermath of the decision to check the alleged incidents of torture and custodial deaths.

The three-member committee would undertake surprise visits to the various police stations and ensure that the rules laid down were not being violated. As per the directions of the court, those arrested should be medically examined every 48 hours during the detention period by a doctor on the panel approved by the Director of Health Services. The directions also calls for the medical check-up of arrested persons and recording of all major and minor injury present on the body.

The direction also lists that the police officer carrying out an arrest should prepare a memo of arrest, which should be attested by at least one witness, who can be either a family member of the detainee or a respectable person of the locality from where the arrest is made.

The directions stipulate that a person who has been arrested or detained and is being held in custody in a police station, interrogation cell or a lock-up is entitled to have a friend or a relative informed of the arrest if they are not the witness to the memo of arrest.

The Court also ordered that a police control room be set up at all district headquarters which should provide the necessary information regarding the arrest and the place of custody within 12 hours of the arrests. According to the Court order, this information should be put up on a notice board at the control room.


DP seeks UP Police help to nab fugitives
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 2
In a bid to work out some of the most heinous crimes committed in the national Capital, the Delhi Police has sought the assistance of the Uttar Pradesh Police to nab 17 wanted criminals who have taken shelter in various parts of the state.

The Delhi Police Commissioner had recently sent the list to his UP counterpart. These criminals were wanted by the Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in various crimes, mostly murder and dacoity, committed in the national Capital in the recent past. These hard core criminals are mainly based in Ghazibad, Nioda and other parts of Western UP.

Many of these criminals from Eastern UP came to the Capital after committing crimes in their native places. Once they become familiar with the Capital, they were involved in similar crimes here. Subsequently, to escape the police, they went back to their native places. The police point out that this is one of the major factors for the rising crime graph in the Capital.

Several meetings have been held between the Delhi Police and its counterpart in UP and Haryana in order to keep a tab on the activities of these criminals.

A special cell was formed by the Delhi Police to track down the movements of these inter-state criminals.

Several criminals from eastern Uttar Pradesh, particularly from Azamgarh, who were associated with the underworld mafia and specialised in extortion and kidnapping, were arrested earlier in the Capital.

At least two of these criminals are said to be hiding in the state Capital, while two others are believed to be hiding in the neighbouring district of Unnao.

According to information, most of the other wanted criminals are reported to be from Hardoi, Sitapur, Jaunpur, Noida, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Agra, Aligarh, Azamgarh and Mathura.

These criminals were wanted for alleged crimes in posh areas of Delhi such as Defence Colony, R.K. Puram, Ashok Vihar, Trilok Puri, Jama Masjid and Bhajanpura. The Additional Director General of UP Police (Law and Order), Tilak Kak, while confirming the presence of the list said it has been sent to the respective districts for effecting the arrests, the sources said.


HVP to issue I-cards to activists
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 2
The Haryana Vikas Party, led by former Chief Minister Bansi Lal, has formulated a comprehensive programme for issuing identity cards to party activists in south Haryana. As many as 10,000 HVP activists will be provided these I-cards in the assembly segments of Rewari, Bawal and Jatusana (all falling in Rewari district) alone.

The programme was formally launched at a workers’ meeting here on Monday, in which I-cards were distributed among about 350 party activists by Mr Anil Rao, senior HVP leader and in charge of party affairs in south Haryana.

Thanking the workers for their active participation in the protest rally, organised against the anti-people policies of the Chautala government, at Rewari on June 21, Mr Anil Rao asserted that the tremendous success of the protest rallies at Narnaul (June 17), Rewari (June 21) and Gurgaon (June 25) had given a big boost to the HVP which was now preparing itself to play a leading and decisive role in south Haryana politics.

Mr Rao said that it was distressing that in spite of the steep rise in the number of industrial units in the past two decades in various parts of south Haryana, the unemployment scenario had become grimmer. He assured the workers that seeking employment for jobless youths in these factories was the top priority of the party in south Haryana.

The district HVP president, Mr Sheq Lal Singh, the district president of the women’s wing of the party, Mrs Mithlesh Chaturvedi, Rao Kuldip Singh, Balbir Singh Krantikari, Mr Anil Chaudhary and several other prominent local leaders of the party were present on the occasion.


Use of power poles by cable outfits questioned
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 2
While the use of electricity and telephone poles by the Cable TV operators has raised a controversy in every town of the state, the issue seems to have taken a more serious turn here following the notice served by a social activist to the authorities concerned for stopping the ‘misuse’.

The activist, Mr Krishan Lal Gera, who has already filed three petitions (two in local court and one in the Punjab and Haryana High Court) against the alleged violation of the regulations of the Cable TV Network Act, has written to the Superintending Engineer of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), and Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Faridabad (MCF) saying that various cable operators in the town have been using poles of power and telephone departments unauthorisedly and illegally.

Demanding action against the `culprits’, Mr Gera has claimed that the use of poles for this purpose is not only illegal, but it also raises the risk to the lives of residents, as chances of electric current passing directly to the consumers are high. This could cause a major accident, he fears.

He says that due to the `inaction’ on the part of the authorities, the cable operators had been conducting private business without generating any income to any of the government departments and, at the same time, exposing the residents to the risk of electrocution.

Recently, a 12-year-old boy got seriously injured after he was electrocuted by the current which came through a cable wire attached to a television set at his house in Sector 7-E here, he recalls. The petitioner claims that there is no provision of using electricity and telephone poles in the Cable TV Network Act, 1995.

He mentions that the cable TV operators or their workers are often seen climbing the electricity and telephone cables illegally to fix, remove or rectify connections and that some mishap could have resulted. Since the officials responsible are allegedly in collusion with the operators, the problem remains as such, he says.

Requesting the authorities to get the cables removed from their poles within a week, he has threatened to make the authorities a party in the writ petitions pending in the local courts and high court. 


Four die, 10 hurt as maxi cab rams tree
Tribune News Service

Panipat, July 2
Rash driving by the driver of a maxi cab, coupled with overloading, led to the death of four passengers, including two women, in an accident on the Panipat-Sanoli road today. As many as 10 persons were injured.

The accident occurred when the driver of the maxi cab (HR-39-5610), Mehran alias Leena, tried to overtake a Haryana Roadways bus at break-neck speed. Even as he was trying to overtake the bus, one of the front tyres of the maxi cab, which was plying between Panipat and Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, got punctured and the driver lost control over the vehicle and it rammed a road-side tree, killing four persons on the spot. The vehicle, which was already in a bad condition, was turned into mangled iron.

The deceased had been identified as Khatun of Dhansoli, Latesh Kumari of Ward No 8 here, and Sita Ram of Ganaur in Sonepat district. The fourth person could not be identified immediately. The post-mortem examination was conducted at the local Civil Hospital and bodies were handed over to the relatives.

The injured included Yusuf and Guta, husband and son respectively of Khatun, Pradeep of Panipat, Ved Pal of Risala in UP, Satinder of Malikpur in UP, Chotte La and Mahesh, both labourers from Bihar, Raj Rani Bhatia of Panipat and Sham Lal of Ugra Kheri village.

As the news of the accident spread in the city and surrounding areas, a large number of relatives and well-wishers of the deceased and the injured rushed to the hospital. The premises of the hospital witnessed touching scenes with friends and well-wishers of the victims trying to console the relatives.

The accident had once again put a question mark over the efficacy of the District Transport Office (DTO) in checking the overloading of vehicles and roadworthiness of maxi cabs. It may be recalled that the maxi cabs plying on the Sanoli road are notorious for overloading with passengers. With the Haryana Roadways bus service highly unreliable and erratic, these cabs are the only alternative for the average commuter.


Fortune can come in a blades packet
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 2
Subedar Ramveer Singh Yadav (retired) is the toast of his native village, Kho, near here. Of course, not for any heroics on the battlefield but for hitting the jackpot and winning a Maruti 800 as a prize from Gillette India Ltd.

The Subedar won the prize in the nation-wide January-April promotional campaign launched by Gillette India for its Wilkinson blade. Accepting the key of his Maruti car from the functionaries of Gillette company, Subedar said that he hardly knew his fortune was locked in a packet of Wilkinson blade that he bought from a military canteen. “When I opened the packet to take out a blade for my shave, I found a message congratulating me for winning a car. Anxious, I did not disclose this to any one till I was doubly sure that I would receive the prize”, he said.


Three of family booked for murder
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 2
The police here have registered a case against three persons of a family in connection with the death of a woman. According to a complaint lodged with the police, Geeta, married to one Rajesh of NIT area here in 1986, was allegedly burnt to death by here in-laws, including her husband Rajesh, a resident of Bhagat Singh Colony. It is learnt that the five-year-old son of the victim told the police that he was witness to this gory incident. It is alleged that the in-laws of the victim had demanded a dowry of Rs 10,000 recently and she was harassed constantly for that.

Two killed in mishaps

Two persons were killed and a few others injured in separate accidents in the town in the past 24 hours. Amichand, working as a security guard in a factory in Sector 7 here, was killed after his motorcycle was hit by a jeep. He was a resident of Godata village. In another incident, several persons were injured when an autorickshaw and a Tata 407 collided near Bhadkhal village this morning. The injured have been admitted in the civil hospital.

In another incident, Jasbir was injured when a three-wheeler overturned on Mathura Road. Kulbhushan of Sant Nagar committed suicide at his house by consuming some poisonous substance last night.

Beacons on vehicles

The Haryana Government has announced that the stickers issued earlier for use of beacon lights on official and VIP vehicles will cease to be legal after July 15. A directive has been issued to vehicle owners and departments concerned to submit the old stickers at the transport office before the due date. According to a press release issued here today, the transport authorities will issue new stickers and valid documents to the officials or owners who are authorised to use beacon lights and who deposit old stickers. The police have been asked to check the documents along with the stickers in future.

Academic council

The Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, in exercising his powers under Statute 13 of the MDU Act, has nominated Mr Tej Singh, Lecturer in Commerce (PG Regional Centre, Rewari), Dr Neelam Jain, Lecturer, IMSAR, Dr Manju Pruthi, Lecturer in Mathematics (PG Regional Centre, Rewari) and Dr Indira Kumari, Lecturer, Education Department as members of the academic council of the university for a period of two years with immediate effect.

Child killed

A six-year-old child was killed and his parents were injured in a road accident near Badli village of the district last evening. According to information, Sunil along with his wife Sonita and son Sonu was going to Jhajjar from Pushpa Vihar in Delhi on their scooter. When they reached near Badli village, their vehicle collided with a Maruti car coming from the opposite direction. While Sonu died on the spot, the parents were hospitalised. The police have registered a case against the car driver, who escaped leaving behind the vehicle.

Consumer Forum

Resentment prevails among litigants of Mahendragarh district over the delay in nominating a president to the District Consumer Forum, Narnaul. As many as 348 complaints are pending before the forum. The post has been lying vacant since January 3 this year. Besides the absence of a president, the forum holds court in the lunch room of the lawyers and the whole staff of the forum sit in a lawyer’s chamber.

HM retires

Rao Udai Raj, who retired on Sunday after 37 years of distinguished service as the headmaster of various government high schools of the Rewari region, was given a dignified farewell by headmasters, teachers and residents of various villages at an impressive function organised in the campus of Government High School, Jant, about 10 km from here, on Monday.

Mr Rati Ram, present sarpanch, and Mr Ram Chand, former sarpanch of Jant village, jointly presented a turban to Rao Udai Raj. He was also presented with gifts.

Speakers at the function recalled the development works carried out by Rao Udai Raj during his stint at various schools. Rao Udai Raj distributed uniforms among 25 poor students as well as members of the menial staff of the school.

Later, he was seated on a mare and taken in a procession to his native Mirpur village.


Three currency racketeers nabbed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 2
The Haryana Police claimed to have busted a gang dealing in fake currency by arresting three of its members in a raid. The arrested persons were identified as Kuldip Singh, Sarup Singh and Sunil, the police said. The police said the three persons were arrested while they were planning to move to Delhi to dispose off fake currency notes of Rs 500 denominations. During interrogation, the trio confessed to have sold each Rs 500 fake currency note for Rs 400 in Delhi, the police added. In the raid, police said they recovered four computers, one printer, two processors and related material used in manufacturing fake currency notes.



Pak spy nabbed by Noida police
Parmindar Singh

Noida, July 2
The Noida Police claim to have arrested an ISI agent who had sneaked into India and put up at various places in UP, Haryana and Punjab.

He was a member of the Federal Intelligence Unit of the ISI and had been assigned a high intelligence task under the Joint Intelligence Mission of Pak government.

Salim alias Rana was caught from Sector-37. Originally from the Pakistani side of Punjab, he had sneaked into India last year in March and was living and operating from Delhi.

His mission was to transmit highly classified information about the Indian Air Force bases, SP City Vijay Bhushan said.

In this connection, some incriminating documents have been seized from him. He is likely to have had accomplices. Salim had been in Noida for three months. He had also stayed in Ambala for some time in a rented house.

He had got a ration card made and was trying to get a

passport issued in his name. He was part of a well-organised spy network and would collate and confirm the information before passing it to his bosses.

Though Salim is only high school pass, he can speak fluent English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi and is glib talker, the SP disclosed. Since he appears to be a part of a big gang, he was under observation and further Interrogation and investigations were on, Mr Bhushan added.


Two DVB employees arrested for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 2
The CBI arrested a Delhi Vidyut Board engineer and a clerk for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe for sanctioning a power connection. A follow up search led to the recovery of Rs one lakh from the residence of the engineer.

According to the CBI spokesman, the arrested officials, Mr R. P. Goel, working as an Assistant Engineer had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 5, 000 from a person to sanction a power connection in the name of his wife.

The spokesman said the person reported the matter to the CBI, which laid a trap and allegedly caught the Assistant Engineer red-handed accepting the bribe on Monday evening.

Subsequent searches conducted at the residence of Goel led to the recovery of Rs one lakh in cash, bank deposit of Rs one lakh and savings certificates worth Rs 1.15 lakh along with jewellery.

The CBI sleuths also arrested a DVB clerk, Mr Ashok Kumar, who had been “instructed” by Mr Goel to receive an additional bribe of Rs 500 from the complainant, the spokesman said. Both the suspects were produced before a designated court, which remanded them to 14 days of judicial custody.


Units making pirated CDs unearthed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 2
The Delhi Police today unearthed two factories manufacturing pirated CDs and arrested two persons in this connection.

Yashpal Singh and Sachin Gandhi were arrested during raids at two locations in Nangli and Nangli More areas in Najafgarh in South-West Delhi following a complaint regarding video piracy, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) Dinesh Bhatt said.

At least 1,905 pirated VCDs worth Rs 4 lakh, besides the equipment used in the manufacture of the CDs were recovered during the raids, Mr Bhatt said.

The seizure included pirated VCDs of latest Hindi and English movies, MP3 audio CDs, 1,854 inlay cards of different movies and two computer systems with three CD writers.


Gurgaon unit first to get Integrated Management Certificate
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, July 2
A city-based automobile locks manufacturing unit, Sandhar Locking Devices Ltd, becomes India’s first company to get the Integrated Management System Certificate, covering three separate traits — quality, environment and health and safety, all clubbed in one certificate.

The company has been awarded ISO/TS-16949 for quality management system standard (QMS), ISO-14001 for environment management system (EMS) and OHSAS-18001 for occupational health and safety assessment series (OHSAS).

The vice-president of the company, Mr Jamil Ashraf, informed ‘NCR Tribune’ that this integration was the first time in India and had enabled the company to have an insight into all activities in terms of quality, environment, health and safety of employees collectively.

Explaining the various steps taken by the company, the quality manager of the company, Mr Bharat Bhushan Juneja, said that sensors were installed in all water taps and urinal pots to check the wastage of water. Automatic cyclic timers were put at electric tubes, exhaust fans etc to ensure that these electronic gadgets were switched on and off automatically during lunch/tea break in the company, said Mr Juneja.

All electric tubes were replaced with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to conserve power, said the officer. He disclosed that the company had started rainwater harvesting three years ago to use the available natural resources to the maximum when it was not made mandatory by the government.

For prevention of pollution, the company had installed dust collectors, silencers and leakage proofing at all machines. The height of the stacks of all generator sets was increased to check noise pollution. He further disclosed that a unique in-house technique was developed to ensure zero per cent leakage or dropout in feeding oil/diesel to generators. To imbibe the quality culture among the employees, the company was promoting quality circle and suggestion schemes by involving employees in its day-to-day activities, said the officer.

The company had developed a single policy and manual covering QMS, EMS and OHSAS and illustrated job instructions carrying dos and don’ts and health and safety instructions etc. for each operation.

Mr Juneja informed that this integration had given around 30 per cent saving in certification, consultancy and documentation cost.

Acknowledging its efforts in checking pollution and protecting environment, the company had recently been honoured with the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award - 2002 from a United Kingdom-based World Environment Foundation for the sustainable environment initiatives undertaken in the factory.

The award was given on June 11 by his Holiness Dalai Lama at the 4th World Congress on Environment Management held at Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) in the presence of the then Food and Consumer Affairs Union Minister, Mr Shanta Kumar, the former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India, Mr M. N. Venkatachaliah and other guests. Sandhar Locking Devices Ltd, with technical assistance from Japan-based Honda Lock, supplies locks to various Honda joint ventures in India like Hero Honda, Honda Siel cars and Honda scooters. The company has four plants in Gurgaon doing assembly, zinc die casting, sheet metal and mirror plates. It has one of the Asia’s biggest mirror plates manufacturing plants.

The company got the Best Quality Circle Award from National Convention on Quality Circle (NCQC-2000), Hero Honda Quality Circle (NHH-2001) and Safety Award from the Labour Department, the Government of Haryana, for 1999.

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