Wednesday, July 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Cong reeling from Khurana effect
Ramesh Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
Even Madan Lal Khurana did not expect that his donning the mantle of Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President will rouse the Congress out of its stupor. But wittingly or unwittingly he seems to have achieved just that — revived an ‘inert’ party.


  • Sales tax raids discontinued till August 15.
  • A seven-member committee will recommend ways of augmenting revenue without hurting the sentiments of traders.
  • Unemployment allowance for youth.
  • Development works to be undertaken in rural areas.

Rattled by the groundswell of support that Khurana has been able to garner and the not-too-happy prospect of facing an Assembly election a year from now, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has begun doling out largesse to key constituents. Result: There is a virtual freeze on Department of Sales Tax’s raids on traders’ establishments. And a blueprint has been hurriedly drawn up for undertaking extensive development works in the rural areas of the Capital.

A communique from the office of Finance Minister Mahender Singh Saathi has put on hold all sales tax raids till August 15. In the interim, a seven-member committee will examine the gamut of sales tax collection and recommend ways of mopping up tax “without harming the sentiments of the trading community.”

The committee will comprise four representatives of traders and three officials of the Government of NCT of Delhi. The composition of the committee will be such as to include representatives of certain associations owing allegiance to the BJP. The minister, of course, dismisses any suggestion of political motive.

“The decision to freeze raids has been taken as the revenue collected over the last few months has appreciated. Whereas two months ago the collections had registered a negative growth of eight per cent, the situation today is better,” explains Finance Minister Mahender Singh Saathi.

The finance minister’s alibi notwithstanding, Chief Minister Dikshit does not want to antagonise the trading community just yet. An indication of which was her statement on the concluding day of the monsoon session of Delhi Legislative Assembly. “The government,” she had told the House, “will consider implementing self-assessment of sales tax, if the traders show the inclination to pay taxes of their own volition. We will evolve a suitable system, so that the government need not order frequent raids and worry about shoring the revenue thus collected.”

Another sign of frayed nerves is possibly the hastily drawn up development model for the rural areas of the Capital. Tuesday’s meeting attended by Development Minister Haroon Yusuf and Congress legislators is learnt to have agreed on extending unemployment allowance to the youth domiciled and educated in rural Delhi. Reviving the Rural Development Board and appointing a chairman of that board was also deliberated upon. Among the other proposals are establishing degree colleges in rural areas, reaching potable water, improving connectivity to the main arterial road and making use of multi-purpose homes to impart vocational training to the youth.


Industry gives Chautala its ‘wish list’
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 23
The Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had a rendezvous with local industrialists at the Municipal Corporation auditorium today.

The captains of industry briefed Mr Chautala on their problems and went into reasons for the industrial downslide. Leading industralists Shyam Khemka and K. C. Lakhani told the CM that the town needed better roads, proper sewerage, functional street lights and a smooth approach to Delhi. They claimed that several industries were shy of setting up units in Faridabad due to the traffic bottleneck at Badarpur border. On an average, a person lost half an hour while crossing this stretch. Mr Khemka demanded that a committee be set up at Chandigarh to co-ordinate with the industry. Also, the industrial units should be duly represented on this committee.

Mr K. C. Lakhani, Chairman of the Lakhani group, said Faridabad, which was once a jewel in the crown of northern India, had suffered the most in the past decade.

Asking the government to provide a booster dose to the town, Mr Lakhani said the government should set up a high-powered committee to conduct a survey of the problems afflicting the industry. He said efforts could be made to revive sick units and those facing closure due to division of ownership. He said the authorities should split the units in two categories and provide `change of land use’ facilities at the district level only. He disclosed that an amount of Rs 2.25 crore had been deposited in form of dues with the authorities in the last four months.

Underscoring the need for setting up large units, Mr Lakhani said big industry could generate hundreds of jobs and give a fillip to ancillary and small units. The industry representatives submitted a joint memorandum to the CM which seeks, among other things, the construction of a flyover at Badarpur border. In response to this demand, the Chief Minister declared that the construction on the flyover was likely to start by the end of 2002.

The industrialists also sought extension of the Metro train to Faridabad. It may be recalled that the Union Government has already agreed to extend this train to Gurgaon town.

The other demands included uniform sales tax, withdrawal of local area development tax, single window clearance, subsidies on generating sets, incentives for rural industry, development of small plots in industrial sectors, preference to products of Haryana in purchases made by the state government, decrease in the transfer fee on industrial plots and setting up of an export zone and an agro-park in Faridabad. The CM promised that all the genuine demands would be met. He said the demand for removal of LADT and release of subsidy on diesel generating sets was not acceptable.


Traders jittery with arrest of excise men
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, July 23
Panic has gripped exporters, traders and the staff of the local Central Excise and Customs Department after the arrest of two officials on corruption charges by the CBI late on Monday night.

Acting on a tip-off, a CBI team, led by the DSP, Mr H R Chopra, raided the office and caught Superintendent T.R. Prabhakar and Inspector B.S. Pawar red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from an exporter for issuing him “duty drawback certificate”.

In a closely-guarded operation that last several hours into the wee hours today, the CBI sleuths also raided the department office and residences of the officials and took into possession several “sensitive and incriminating” documents. Even the local police were caught unawares as they had no inkling of the raid.

The duo were later taken to New Delhi for interrogation. The CBI sources were, however, tightlipped about the seizure, saying that it would take time till the investigations were completed.

It may be recalled that the department staff were shuffled after large-scale complaints of evasion of the excise and customs duties by industrialists and exporters only last month. The reason for bringing the new staff was to reduce the evasion of taxes and net additional revenue.

However, things came back to square one as there were allegations of large-scale irregularities in the department. Meanwhile, the evasion of duties continued unabated allegedly in connivance with the department staff. That was perhaps why the revenue of the department did not pick up despite galloping exports to the foreign countries and flourishing domestic trade.

In the year ending March 31, 2002, Panipat had recorded exports worth over Rs 1,400 crore, an increase of over Rs 200 crore from the last financial year.

The news of the raids spread in the meantime and several exporters and traders, who might have evaded the customs and excise duties, have allegedly gone underground. All kinds of rumours about the possible raids on the prominent exporters and industrialists are doing the rounds of the city.


Slaughterhouse-bound cows seized from Maruti
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, July 23
The Meerut Police have busted a gang of cow smugglers and arrested its leader; two gang members, however, escaped. They were ferrying four cows in a pitiable condition in a Maruti van to a slaughterhouse. The cows were tied up and blood was oozing out of their mouths.

The Nauchand Station House Officer told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that two constables, Nareshpal Pawar and Vijay Pal, got a tip-off that a green Maruti van was ferrying four cows to a slaughterhouse.

The constables located the van near Hapur crossing, where it was intercepted. The constables were shocked to see that the cows had been accommodated in the van by removing the rear seats. Two persons were found sitting on them, ostensibly to create an impression that the car was carrying passengers. Senior officials, media persons and local residents gathered at the Hapur crossing to get a glimpse of the van.

The police have arrested the driver of the van, Harun, s/o Masoom Miyan, r/o Pakka Bagh Rampur, UP. Two of his accomplices made good their escape. The police brought them to the Nauchand police station and video-graphed the van. The driver is being interrogated. He is reported to be the gang leader and had been engaged in the business of cow slaughter for a long time in Rampur. His accomplices, Shadab and Idrif, are also from Rampur. They had collected the cows from Martya Panth near Sardhana in Meerut.

A case under Sections 3,5,8 of Cow Slaughter Act and Prevention of Cruelty to the Animals Act has been registered. The cows could only be released after an hour with the help of locals. SHO Ashok Shisodiya and SSI Indar Singh have ordered the staff to look after them. Mercifully, the cows and the calf have been provided with fodder on the police station premises. The SHO said that he would file an application in the court to secure their release. The police have found that the gang has a network in Delhi also.


Villagers raze houses to pave way for road

Jhajjar, July 23
The residents of Jasaur Kheri village here demolished their own houses to clear the way for a 44-ft wide road to be constructed soon.

However, the village is on tenterhooks with about 82 families living without a roof over their head for more than a week now. They had to raze their houses after receiving a demolition notice from the administration.

According to the villagers, the administration had served notices of demolition on 82 houses constructed in a row on both sides of the street running through the village on July 11 with the warning that JCB would pull down the houses after the deadline and the rent of the machine would have to be paid by the villagers.

The villagers were all ready to remove the illegal structures, but they objected to the process of measurement of street land and its demarcation as the width of the proposed 44-ft road at one place has gone beyond 55 feet while at another point it is reduced to much less.

They alleged that some were more equal than others as the authorities were partial in marking out the encroached land by different residents.

Subhash, a resident, alleged that while he was served with the notice of encroachment on 9-ft land in the street, his neighbour, who had constructed his house parallel to that of his own, was not served any notice.

Some of them alleged that Narender Deswal, chairman of Zila Parisad, whose house falls in that street, wielded considerable clout and he managed to save his house from demolition.

The villagers deplored that they had met the SDM at Bahadurgarh, requesting for re-measurement of the land, but he said that the time to appeal had expired now and that there was no way-out for them.

The SDM said that encroachments would be removed to construct a road with a width of 44 feet in the village.

He said that a grant of Rs 5 lakh would be available for the construction of the road. The road was proposed to be constructed within the Jasaur Kheri village only, he added.

Meanwhile, tension prevails in the village as 82 families have been living in the open for more than a week. Besides, the villagers who want to reconstruct their houses, do not know about the area of their land holding.


UGC, teachers spat likely on appointments
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
A clash between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and teachers of Delhi University is quite likely with the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) taking exception to the UGC’s directive asking colleges to fill up 80 per cent of the vacant posts for three months only. In a communication to college principals, the UGC has directed that 80 per cent of all posts should be filled up on a temporary basis for three months.

In a statement issued today, DUTA said that “the letter from the UGC to the colleges has created utter confusion with some principals reacting in panic, stalling appointments and demanding that teachers implement the 22 hours workload referred to as the UGC regulations”.

The DUTA said that there is no mention of such a workload in the actual UGC regulation. The teachers’ association said that the restriction of 80 per cent on appointments against vacant posts and only for three months, threatens to jeopardise the teaching-learning process.

“Apart from the teachers, the students admitted to the colleges will be the ultimate victims,” DUTA said in its statement. The Academics for Action and Development, an independent teachers’ body, also criticised the UGC directive.

“On the basis of its three decades of unscientific norms of workload distribution for teachers, the UGC communication provocatively states that Delhi colleges have 35 per cent excess teaching staff. The UGC, which is indulging in financial arm-twisting of colleges, seems to be unconscious and unconcerned about inputs required for teaching-learning process and impractical about science practicals,” the Chairman of AAD, Dr S S Rathi, said.


Dacoits held after dramatic 4-km chase
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 23
In a swift move, the police arrested two dacoits of an interstate gang in Punhana area in Mewat and recovered goods worth Rs 40 lakh from them. The operation led by the SHO, Mr Narender Singh Kadyan, had all the ingredients of a soap. Five other members of the gang escaped under the cover of darkness. A police source said today that the arrests have led to the clues to several cases of dacoity carried out by this gang, headed by Sardar Khan of Faridabad district. A truck of Jaipur Golden Transport Company was carrying 84 bales of cloth for export from Bhiwandi in Maharashtra to Okhla. About seven persons stopped the truck at Shajahanpur in Rajasthan for hitchhiking in the intervening night of July 17-18. Soon they overpowered the truck driver and helper, tied them in knots and threw them in the fields in Bawal area in Rewari district in Haryana.

When the news reached the police, a statewide red alert was sounded in Haryana. The Punhana police station received the message that the truck was heading in its area in the evening of the following day. However, the culprits got wind of the police alert and concealed themselves in a godown in Pinangwan in Punhana police station area. After a while, they tried to escape, but their truck got stuck in a traffic jam. In frustration, they bandied words with the public and also shouted at a police official passing by from Bilaspur Chowki.

They abandoned the truck shortly and fled from the scene. The raiding police team had a chance encounter with the cop who then gave them some clues to the criminals’ whereabouts.

After about 4-km chase, the police caught two of them.


Senior IPS officers’ promotion on hold to accommodate IAS men
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The delay in the promotions of 1974 batch of IAS officers has also affected the promotions of two senior IPS officers serving in the Delhi Police who are empanelled to be promoted as Special Commissioners. Sources said that when the Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr Radhey Shyam Gupta, sought approval for the meeting of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) from the Ministry of Home affairs, he was asked to defer it as IAS officers of 1974 batch are yet to be promoted as Special Secretaries. It will take at least one year for their promotion, he was informed.

The DPC meeting was to be held last week in which a decision on the promotion of Joint Commissioner (Training), Ms Kiran Bedi and Joint Commissioner (Establishment), Seva Dass as Special Commissioner was expected to be taken.

Both are IPS officers of 1974 batch and they were to be promoted as Special Commissioner after R.S. Gupta was elevated to the post of Commissioner of the Delhi Police.

Before being elevated to the coveted post of the chief of the Delhi Police force, Mr Gupta worked as Special Commissioner (Administration), considered to be the second senior most post in the city police hierarchy.

According to sources, Dr K.K. Paul (Special Commissioner, Intelligence) was to be given the post of Special Commissioner, Administration, as he is the senior most officer after the Police Commissioner.

Since the promotion of Dr Kiran Bedi and Seva Dass have been deferred, the second senior most post of the city police is lying vacant.

Moreover, now that there is little chance of holding the DPC meeting due to the departmental problems, source said that the present DGP, Arunachal Pradesh, Suresh Roy or DGP Goa, Gurcharan Singh may be asked to take over as Special Commissioner, Administration. Both the DGPs are senior to K.K. Paul.


Ponds being filled on war-footing
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, July 23
The Deputy Commissioner, Narnaul, Mr Vinit Garg, has directed the Public Health Department to sort out the drinking water problem on priority basis in case of any complaint emerging from any corner of the district. He said if need be there should be co-ordination with other departments too. He made this statement while reviewing the water supply arrangements in the district.

Mr Garg has issued strict orders for filling all village ponds on priority basis. He lamented that till now the tank of the canal constructed at Bhankri village had not been filled. He said it would now be filled on top priority. The Deputy Commissioner said the department should arrange to send water tankers to villages where there was acute scarcity. Besides this, the department should formulate permanent schemes. The executive engineer of the Public Health Department disclosed that the department was supplying potable water to 55 villages. When this NCR Tribune correspondent travelled to villages, all he could see were parched fields as far as the eyes can travel. Starved animals can be seen moving about the barren land in search of water to quench their thirst due to failure of the monsoon.

However, the frequent power cuts in the city and rural areas have also created an acute shortage of water. A visit to Nalwati revealed that the area has been in the grip of drought since years. The ground water retention capacity in this area is almost nil. “As a consequence of low ground water level bad fortune has become our constant companion. We are so unfortunate. The problem of erratic water supply has made our lives hell”, the peasants said.


Body of farmer activist fished out of canal
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, July 23
The body of 72-year-old farmer activist, Chaudhri Jaipal Singh, who had been missing for the past five days, has been fished out of Ganga canal in the Jarcha police station area in Gautam Budh Nagar district.

Jaipal Singh was a Congress leader and father of Krishen Veer Chaudhari, national president of the Bharat Krishak Samaj.

The police have arrested three persons, including Jaipal Singh’s partner, advocate Kirpal Singh, in this connection. The murder is believed to be a direct result of a dispute over money between the deceased and the advocate.

According to SSP Chander Prakash, those arrested include advocate Kirpal Singh of Block A, Govind Puram, the advocate’s driver, Gul Mohammed, alias Gul, of Rafiquabad village in the Dasna area and a Hordoi resident, Anil Kumar.

On their tip-off, the police have seized the car used in the kidnapping and murder, an iron rod and a wrist watch of the deceased.

Jaipal Singh and Kirpal Singh were partners in some business. After differences with his sons, Jaipal Singh had given the power of attorney of his house in Malibara to Kirpal Singh. The advocate had also got a transfer agreement of a house belonging to a lady in his own name, by presenting another lady in the court.

A dispute had later erupted between the two on account of money. When Jaipal Singh mounted pressure on Kirpal Singh to return the money the latter thought of a plan to eliminate him and included in the scheme his brother, his driver and another person, Gul Mohammed, the SSP said.

On the morning of July 18 Kirpal Singh, talked to Jaipal Singh on his mobile phone and invited him to his house. He sent his brother and his own car and driver to fetch Jaipal Singh.

Kirpal offered Jaipal breakfast in his Govindpuram house. He served him a cup of tea mixed with some intoxicant. Jaipal became unconscious.

Then he was hit with an iron rod on his head and an attempt was also made to kill him by pressing the iron rod on his neck. Later, he was strangled with a rope. His body was packed in a gunny bag and thrown in Ganga canal the same night.

When police interrogated the accused sternly, they blurted out everything. On their tip-off the police were able to fish out Jaipal Singh’s body from Ganga canal near Veerupura village under Jarcha police station in Gautam Budh Nagar yesterday.

The police are now looking for Kirpal’s brother, who is absconding.


More effective use of PCR vans on cards
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, July 23
The government has decided to review Delhi Police’s fleet of 338 Police Control Room (PCR) vans, informed the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Vidyasagar Rao said. The review of the existing strength would be done, inter alia, on the basis of average response time for each police station separately to ensure that a police station with a wider area under its jurisdiction or higher rate of crime or larger population has adequate PCR vans operating under its jurisdiction, the Minister told the Lok Sabha. The procurement of additional vans, if found necessary, would be made in a phased manner depending upon the availability of funds, he said.

He also informed that the Supreme Court has directed the Commissioner of Police to formulate a scheme so that the non-destined goods vehicles plying on inter-state routes may not transit through the national Capital. The Delhi Police was in touch with the Government of NCT, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for upgradation of infrastructure and logistical support.

The problems that are being faced by the Deli Police in implementing the order is the lack of road worthiness of the alternative routes where the vehicular traffic can be diverted, inadequate junction geometric at entry points of the NCT among others.

Mr Rao also informed the House that there are 1,1587 prisoners lodged in the Tihar Jail as on 16th July, 2002, out of which 2,433 are convicts, 70 detenues and 9,084 undertrials. He said the Chief Justice of India had addressed a letter to the Chief Justices of the High Courts suggesting that every Chief Metropolitan Magistrate or Chief Judicial Magistrate of the area, in which a district falls, might hold his court once or twice a month to take up the cases of those undertrials who have been involved in petty offences.

Special courts to try cases of undertrials who confess their involvement in petty offences are held in the Central Jail complex regularly.

The DDA has taken several steps to modernise its operation and improve its attitude towards clients and potential customers, the Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr O. Rajagopal, informed the House.

The steps include revamping of the entire public interaction and grievance redressal system after identifying areas of distrust that give rise to corruption, posting of Counsellors, placing of suggestion book, introduction of guide books, an online counter and public access to senior officials including the Vice-Chairman, the Minister said.

He added that the DDA had in the recent past organised ‘Housing Melas’ with an objective to reach the allottees in a time-bound and satisfactory manner. Other measures undertaken were computerised receipt and despatch system of flats and large-scale computerisation of all housing documents, he added. The Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr Santosh Kumar Gangwar, told the Rajya Sabha that no black marketing of CNG at the filling stations in the national Capital has been reported. However, in order to improve the availability of CNG, the Indraprastha Gas Limited has planned to increase the number of filling stations from 94 to 110 by March 2003.

He added that the government has increased allocation of Natural gas to IGL from 0.98 million standard cubic meters per day to 2.00 million standard cubic meters per day from June.

The Central Hindi Directorate (CHD) has issued a sum of Rs 13.48 lakh to the Capital for the year 2001-02. The CHD provides funds to different NGOs for the promotion and development of Hindi. The funds are utilised for organising Hindi classes, seminars, shorthand and typing classes apart from purchasing books for libraries. The Minister of State for Human Resources, Ms Rita Verma, stated this in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.


This do-gooder professor takes up cudgels for the deprived
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, July 23
He is a professor of political science in the University of Delhi here but his forte is social work. For almost a decade now, he has been single-handedly running the Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Ekta Samiti, a social service organisation on Vikas Marg in East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar area. In the process he has brought succour to a large number of distressed. Without any financial aid, this professor is financing the entire operation with his salary and some money collected as membership fees from like-minded citizens.

Born in a poor kisan family in neighbouring Ghaziabad’s Dadri area, Prof S. Kumar has had first-hand experience of what deprivation means. It was at the time when his parents did not have enough money to spend on his education that the seeds of social work took root in his sub-conscience. “ It was like an obsession”, recalled Professor Kumar in a chat with NCR Tribune recently.

He financed his college studies and later his M. Phil from Jawahar Lal Nehru University through tuition. Life was a struggle and the days stretched on and on but the zeal never dissipated. He joined the University of Delhi in 1989 and simultaneously enrolled in the Law College and got his LL.B as well. In 1993, when the Professor (as he is popularly known) thought that he was reasonably well-settled in life, he started the samiti, taking up cudgels on behalf of the deprived.

His fame spread gradually as more and more needy sought his help and other like-minded persons joined in as members. Now the samiti has 2,000 members throughout the country. “ The samiti gets four to five cases on an average and we have been able to assist them adequately” says Professor Kumar with pride.

Recently, a person with blood cancer and without a penny to his name came to him for help. The samiti members were activated and finally they were able to get Rs 25,000 from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for his treatment. The rest of his expenses are being borne by the samiti, most of it from the professor’s own salary. Married and with a daughter, who is now happily married, the Professor says that his and his spouse’s needs are few and they can manage very well on the little that is left after taking care of the demands of the deprived.

As far as rewards are concerned, the satisfaction of having done something for someone is enough. “ Our effort is to bring a smile on the face of someone, even if it is for a minute. Towards this objective, every Rakshabandhan day, the professor and his colleagues look for some of the most deprived and tie rakhis on their wrists just to make them feel that they are still wanted and there are people out there who care for them.

Professor Kumar has now started a primary school for the slum kids in the Swasthya Vihar area, giving “shiksha daan” to some of the most deprived.


Pedestrian subway opens near SC
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, July 23
A new pedestrian subway was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India, Mr B.N.Kirpal, at the Bhagwan Das Road today.

The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Shiela Dikshit, was present on the occasion along with Mr Subhash Sharma, Chairman of the NDMC and Ms Tajdar Babbar, MLA and member of the NDMC.

This well-planned 7 meters wide and 17.40 meters long subway with 3 meters of head room has been planned as an underground pedestrian mall, linking the Supreme Court with the lawyer’s chambers and the Indian Law Institute.

It has been constructed keeping in mind the safety of the pedestrians and special ramps will be provided for the mentally challenged people.

Granite and kota stone have been used for the interiors. It has been decided to allocate four shops for court related activities.


‘Police informer’ shot dead
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 23
A person, who had informed the police about the smuggling of illicit liquor in the nearby village of Jawa, was shot at by some unidentified persons. The victim, identified as Ishwar Singh, was injured and has been admitted to a hospital. It is learnt that based on information provided by the victim, the police had recovered illicit liquor worth Rs 70,000, a few days ago. The ‘liquor mafia’ had been responsible for the attack, said a kin of the victim.

Cattle recovered
The police have recovered two truckloads of cattle, allegedly being taken for slaughter in the district. It is reported that the cattle, including 18 cows, 8 buffaloes and 8 calves, had been loaded in two trucks, which were heading towards Uttar Pradesh. These vehicles were intercepted in the town by the NIT police. Three persons have been arrested and vehicles and cattle have been seized. A case under the prevention of cruelty act to animals have been registered.

Thefts reported
At least two motorcycles, electric cables and a computer set were stolen during the past 24 hours in the town.

It is learnt that cables worth Rs 4,400 have been stolen from Kheri Kalan office of the Power Department. A computer set was reported to be stolen from the office of district authorities at Sector-21 here. Cases have been registered with the police.


Special cell
Acting on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Haryana Government has created a Special Cell for the welfare of the 1984 Delhi riots victims under the chairmanship of the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Home Department. According to an official press note, the affected persons from Haryana would also be eligible for compensation. Those seeking compensation will have to submit detailed applications to the office of the Deputy Commissioner concerned by August 10, the press note said.

Two killed
A 12-year-old student identified as Narinder (12), a student of Class VI at the Government High School, Chandoli, was crushed by a tractor-trailer here today. A resident of Azziullahpur village, Narinder was on the way to the school on a bicycle when the accident occurred. The tractor-trailer, which wanted to overtake a bus, crushed her to death. Meanwhile, the body of a resident of Pusgarh in UP was also found here. The body was apparently run over by an unidentified vehicle.

Guidance week
Professional guidance to students of S.D. Senior Secondary School was the highlight of the “professional guidance week”. Organised by the district employment office, the “professional guidance week” will continue till July 26, 2002. Meanwhile, the office will organise a ‘self-employment awareness and loan disbursement camp’ on July 25 at the Bal Bhavan under the“Rozgar Aap Ke Dawar” scheme.

Process criticised
Terming the rationalization process in the Education Department as “impractical and the illegal”, a former president of the Haryana School Lecturers Association, Mr Satbir Singh Malik, said here today that the rationalization process adversely affect the teaching of Science and Commerce subjects.


Man abducts neighbour to settle old scores
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The North district police have arrested one person on charges of abducting his neighbour in the same area. Police said that the accused, Inderjeet, resident of Timarpur, had some problem with his neighbour, Prem Kishor, which was amicably solved.

Later, Inderjeet along with four of his associates abducted Prem in a Maruti car, and beat him up and released him after nearly five hours. The Timarpur police have registered a case of causing hurt, wrongful confinement, abduction and criminal intimidation against the accused. In another case, the North district police apprehended two persons, identified as Rajesh Sharma and his brother, Kishan Chand Sharma, resident of Haider Kuli, on charges of intimidating one Braham Dev Sharma.

Police said both the accused had asked for a loan of Rs five lakh from Sharma in a parking area in Haider Tuli Market complex. Since he refused to accept their request, both the accused threatened him with serious consequences. The police have registered a case of criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement against the accused.

Impersonation case

Four persons posing as CBI officials injured a person on his head when he refused to allow them to search his house in Naya Mohalla, Bara Hindu Rao. The police said that the accused entered the residence of Nooruddin (44) around midnight and demanded that they be allowed to conduct a search of his house.

Since he resisted and did not allow them to search the house and foiled a possible the robbery bid, they hit him with a blunt object on his head and fled away from the place.

Man crushed

One person today succumbed to his injuries when a bus ran over him near Neb Sarai, last night. The victim, identified as Jugal Kishor (32), resident of Agra, was rushed to AIIMS where the doctors declared him brought dead. The Mehrauli police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving and arrested the erring driver.

Chain snatcher held

The Central district police have apprehended a chain snatcher after he reportedly snatched a gold chain from Ms Sheetal Gulati near a red light stop, while she was travelling on a two-wheeler with her father. The police said that the accused, Vinod Tiwari (22), hailing from Gorakhpur, was fleeing after snatching the gold chain. On noticing this, Constables Rajender and Narender, who were on patrolling duty, chased him and nabbed him.

Woman robbed

Two unidentified youths, armed with country made revolvers, robbed an official of the Super Bazar branch in Delhi Vidyut Board Colony in Shalimar Bagh in North-West district this evening. There was no sale proceed money in the branch. They got away with a gold chain, a ring and Rs 700 of Asha Sharma, in-charge of the Super Bazar branch. When the incident occurred, two of her colleagues, Ganesh and Virender, were also present there. A case of robbery has been registered in the Shalimar Bagh police station.


Illegal weapons factory unearthed in Ghaziabad
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 23
The Ghaziabad police claimed to have unearthed an illegal arms factory in Muradpur village of Garh Mukteshwar and arrested two persons. The police have also seized a dozen country-made revolvers, two rifles, large quantity of cartridges and some equipment and machinery used for manufacturing arms. Arms and ammunitions manufactured here were being supplied to a large number of criminals in different districts in UP, the police said.

According to the Additional SP (Rural), Mr M.D Krishndhar, the police on a tip off, had raided Fariyad’s house in Muradpur village where illegal arms were being manufactured. Fariyad was nabbed immediately and 12 revolvers, two rifles, cartridges and machines and appliances used for manufacture of weapons and ammunition and large quantity of semi-finished weapons were also seized by the police, the SP said.

On interrogation, Fariyad confessed to the police that he had been supplying revolvers to a large number of criminals in districts of western UP for about a year. The police said they have arrested one Rabbani who was also involved in Fariyad’s illegal trade. A history-sheeter of Simbhawali police station, Rabbani wielded tremendous influence in the village.

The villagers helped the police in nabbing Rabbani, but said he may not be directly involved in the illegal arms trade. The SSP, Chander Prakash, termed this as a “significant work of success which will drain the supply of arms and ammunitions to criminals”.

Further interrogation is likely to yield vital information in this connection, the SSP said.

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