Wednesday, August 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Cops have egg on their face
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 20
Even as the Delhi Police continued to hunt for R. K. Sharma, the senior Haryana cadre IPS officer, the efficiency and alertness of its men was in question when an affidavit attested by an officer at Tis Hazari courts on August 16 was submitted before the Delhi High Court to buttress the plea for anticipatory bail.

The law requires that a person be physically present at the time the affidavit is attested by an oath commissioner. It is apparent that R K Sharma, who has been declared an absconder in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case, was physically present in the Capital for the purpose of securing an affidavit. At that point, the Crime Branch teams were scouring the neighbouring states in an effort to nab him.


Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, August 20
A team of the Crime Branch of Delhi Police, which is investigating the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case, today arrived in Utlodha, the native village of Satya Prakash, one of the accused, to gather information about the case. The police team escorted Satya Prakash to his house and also visited a government school.

According to information, the school building in the village was constructed when Satya Prakash was the Sarpanch of the village. It was inaugurated by the then DIG, Rohtak Range, Mr Ravi Kant Sharma, the prime accused in the case.

The police team reportedly took with them two photographs of the inauguration ceremony to establish the proximity between Ravi Kant Sharma and Satya Prakash.

Sources said that the brazenness with which R K Sharma was able to secure the attested affidavit had exposed the tall claims of the Capital’s police force. Already the force is facing flak for allegedly adopting dubious means in its investigations into the three-and-a-half-year-old murder case.

These sources pointed out that this was the second instance of embarrassment for the Delhi Police before the judiciary, the first one being on August 17 when one of the accused, Pradeep, alleged in the court of the metropolitan magistrate, Mr. J. P Narayan, that another suspect, Satya Prakash, was in police custody and was being kept in the anti-robbery cell of the Crime Branch in R. K. Puram. The police till that time had been repeatedly asserting that Satya Parkash was still at large. An hour later, the police officially announced his arrest.

It is being alleged that even in the case of Shri Bahgwan, who was the first one to be arrested, the police announced his arrest several days after he was picked up and only when his relatives filed a habeas corpus petition in the court. Senior police officers and legal experts said that by adopting these tactics the Crime Branch was only weakening its case and in the process also sullying the reputation of the entire police force. A senior officer, who did not want to be identified, said that when ever there is a sensitive case, the investigating officers need to go by the book so that nothing can be challenged legally at a later stage.


Tipsy executives get into brawl
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 20
At least 20 persons were injured in a clash at a party thrown by a private marketing company. Following the fracas, several executives found themselves in police custody today morning.

A high-level meeting of the marketing representatives of the company was held at Hotel Samrat Heavens here. It was virtually all beer and skittles for more than 100 executives of Haryana, Delhi and Western UP who participated in the meeting. The company also hosted dinner for them.

After the meeting, several participants started smashing plates and other crockery. Tipsy executives soon ran berserk and ransacked the hotel.

It was a free-for-all as they clashed for food and drinks. A short while later, they moved to the adjoining road through the dining hall and started beating up the top executive of the company.

The executives also ransacked the vehicles parked outside the hotel and smashed the windows.

Some security guards fired in the air. The police were then informed at around 10.30 pm and the SHO of Nauchandi, PS Ashok Kumar Shisodiya, and SSI Indal Singh rushed to the hotel.

The executives were seen thrashing the hotel staff. Drunken executives also threw bear and whisky bottles on each other. A senior manager was also beaten up.

Nine heavily drunk executives of the company were arrested by the police, including Radheshyam, Dr Sohan Lal, Mahipal Sigh, S K Kaushik, Sanjive and Sunil. They were all booked under Section 151 of the IPC.

SHO Ashok Shisodiya told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that the police found it hard to control them as they were in their cups. The executives also made a nuisance of themselves on the police station premises. They could be brought under control only after buckets of water were poured on them. They were later produced in the court of the sub-divisional magistrate.


Restaurant owner, wife murdered
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 20
A 65-year-old restaurant owner and his wife were murdered by four persons at midnight last night in NH-5 locality of the NIT area. The assailants are suspected to be the employees of the restaurant owner.

While the suspects are reported to be absconding, the police have taken into custody three other employees of the restaurant for questioning. The victims — identified as Narender and his wife Phool Kaur (60) — were found lying in a pool of blood this morning in their house. It is learnt that the criminals tied the couple with telephone cables and then assaulted them with iron rods and household items kept in the kitchen. It is suspected that they were strangled with the telephone cables after being assaulted.

While Narender was found lying in the backyard of the house, his wife was found in the bathroom. The incident took place at about 12.30 a.m. when the couple was sleeping in their room. The cause of the gruesome killing is stated to be a dispute. The immediate provocation was an altercation that took place between Mr Narender and his employees at his Kaka restaurant.

According to Mr Tejinder, son of Mr Narender, one of the accused, identified as Bipin, and three other workers were upset when he reported to the police that they had taken Rs. 500 from him and used it for gambling and satta. The altercation snowballed when the victim reportedly slapped one of the employees and the matter reached the police station. It is learnt that the issue was resolved a few days ago but there had been a quarrel on Monday again between the owners and a section of the employees.

The district police chief has reportedly placed an ASI under suspension on a complaint that the official had failed to take action against the suspects for their involvement in satta activity. The complainant had also alleged that the ASI had demanded a bribe to settle the issue. While the main suspects, including Bipin, have fled, the police has taken into custody three other employees for questioning. The suspects are reported to be residents of Bihar.


Roll no slip, marks card to carry photo
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, August 20
The Maharshi Dayanand University plans to introduce roll number slips, detailed marks sheets and degrees which will contain the photos of the candidates. This decision will come into force in the ensuing annual examination.

This proposal is contained in the report of the Examination Reforms Committee, constituted by the Vice-Chancellor, Maj Gen (Retd) B S Suhag, under the chairmanship of Dr S B Dahiya, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences.

The move, it is expected, will help check impersonation and use of unfair means. The photo and signature of the candidate will be scanned and tallied at the time the candidate sits for the examination. MDU’s strength lies in its examination system. The university announces the dates for the annual examinations at the beginning of the academic year. It also declares results on scheduled dates.

The vice-chancellor is also toying with the idea of changing the academic session of distance education students from October to September. This would facilitate efficient conduct of examinations of regular as well as distance education candidates. However, the syllabus of the DDE students and regular candidates would remain the same, Mr Suhag told the NCR Tribune.

The Examination Reforms Committee has also recommended issuing of two different types of detailed marks cards for pass as well as fail or re-appear candidates. The design of the DMC for fail or re-appear candidates will be distinct in size and format.

The committee also discussed the issue of allotting only one roll number to a student for all subsequent examinations. The committee members, however, felt that this system could create problems and complications at a later stage


Sonepat breathes easy as Yamuna water recedes
R.D. Sapra
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 20
The water level of the Yamuna has started receding near this city since Monday.

According to a report, the district authorities and the officials of the irrigation department heaved a sigh of relief on account of receding water level but the people of the area blamed the irrigation department officials for not completing the anti-flood works, including the construction of stone studs.

They also alleged that the flood waters had washed away stones which were dumped in the river but not encircled by barbed wires. Many people said that the state government had suffered a huge financial loss on account of non-completion of flood control works.

Similarly, the farmers of the area alleged that their crops had suffered extensive damage on account of swollen Yamuna after the release of three lakhs cusecs of water from the Tajewala headworks near Yamunanagar.

According to many farmers, the loss is still being ascertained but they say that the standing kharif crops including paddy, sugarcane, jowar and maze in several thousand areas have been badly damaged. They demanded immediate payment of compensation for the damaged crops as the authorities of the irrigation have utterly failed to give information about the release of water from the Tajewala headworks.

The leaders of various farmers organisations, the Congress and the Haryana Vikas Party have urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the non-completion of flood control works by the irrigation department and punish those who found guilty of misutilising the funds allotted for these works.

According to a report, they also threatened to gherao the officials if the state government failed to action against the guilty officials.


Awards instituted for labour unions, leaders
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 20
The Delhi Government today announced the institution of “Rajiv Gandhi Awards for Industrial Peace and Harmony” to be given to labour unions and union leaders annually.

The awards carrying cash amounts of Rs one lakh and Rs 50,000 each, would be presented from next year, the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit said at a function organised by the Labour Department here to mark the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister, Mr Rajiv Gandhi. The Delhi Labour Welfare Board would give the awards.

Ms Dikshit said her government proposed to construct houses for the labourers in all industrial estates in Delhi. Multi-storey houses would be built for labourers so that they were not left to live in slums, she added.

The Chief Minister announced that a ‘Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Blood Bank’ would be set up soon to cater to the needs of the labour class. She also launched a Mobile Labour Welfare Centre with medical aid and other welfare facilities for workers. Ms Dikshit inaugurated the websites of the Labour Department, and Delhi Labour Welfare Board, . She also distributed Delhi Safety Awards and Delhi Shramik Sujhao Puraskar to various individuals and organisations for their excellent work. The Delhi Labour Minister, Mr Deep Chand Bandhu and DLWB chairman, Mr Balbir Sharma, were also present on the occasion.


Walia for life term to fake drugs sellers

New Delhi, August 20
Health Minister A.K. Walia wants his counterpart in the Union Ministry of Health to amend the Drugs and Cosmetic Act to punish any person found to be manufacturing and/or selling spurious drugs with imprisonment for life. Accordingly, a request has been made to Shatrughan Sinha for amending Section 27 of the Act that Walia says prescribes as much. The need for a suitable amendment to the Act arises, he explains, because it is almost impossible to prove in a court of law that “an adulterated or spurious drug has caused grievous hurt to a person or has caused death.”

Explaining the reasons for approaching the Centre, he clarifies, the NCT of Delhi does not have an act of its own. “There is, therefore, no option but to seek amendment to the Central Act.”

He also wants the punishment to be made stringent for manufacture and / or sale of “sub-standard drug”. “I have proposed that the punishment of a jail term for one or two years be substituted with one year to three years as is in vogue in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.”

The spurt in media reports over the past year about the prevalence of spurious drugs, Walia says, was provocation enough for dispatching a letter to Sinha. Incidentally, Delhi is a potential transit point for transaction of spurious drugs.

“Bhagirath Place,” says the minister who is also a qualified medical practitioner, “is one of the largest wholesale markets of drugs in the country. The trade of spurious drugs is becoming an organised criminal activity.” Walia says that with the advancement in communication and transport the unscrupulous elements engaged in the manufacture and trade of spurious drugs are difficult to be tracked and therefore warrant a deterrent punishment be awarded to those who are caught. TNS


Houses allotted to MCD safai karamcharis
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 20
The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, today distributed allotment letters of residential quarters to safai karamcharis working in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) under the Ambedkar Awas Yojna. The quarters were allotted on the occasion of ‘Sadbhavana Diwas’, in the memory of the former Prime Minister, Mr Rajiv Gandhi, on hire purchase basis.

While distributing the allotment letters, the Chief Minister disclosed that the Delhi Government had provided Rs 5 crore for maintenance and other auxiliary works of these quarters.

In addition, Rs 3 crore had been provided to complete other such residential quarters. She said that the Delhi Government planed to construct 2, 500 residential quarters for safai karamcharis.


Five dacoits held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 20
With the arrest of five dacoits, the East district police today claimed to have prevented a dacoity near New Kondli Gas Agency and Ruchika petrol pump. The police also recovered a loaded pistol and knives from their possession.

The police, acting on a secret information that criminals would assemble near New Kondli Gas Agency, nabbed Sahid Ali, Anish, Farooq, Abrar and Laik Ahmad, all residents of Bijnore. All the accused had past criminal records and they were involved in various cases of murder, robbery and burglary. The gang leader, Shahid, was involved in more than 14 cases of murder, attempt to murder, robbery and dacoity. The accused told the police that they targeted places like petrol pumps, gas agencies and houses of wealthy people.

Snatchers held

Three chain snatchers were nabbed by the police near Pitampura. Those nabbed were identified as Piyush, Dhiraj, residents of Pitampura and Rajesh, resident of Malik Pur.

The PCR van stationed at the TV tower in Pitampura played a pivotal role in nabbing the chain snatchers.

Acting on a complaint of Sumitra Devi, resident of Pitampura, the police nabbed Piyush and later, his two associates.


Cop’s wife ends life

A constable’s wife, harassed by her in-laws, consumed some poisonous substance and ended her life here. A case has been registered under sections of abetment to suicide against five members of the in-laws.

The accused constable Suleman has been arrested and sent to jail while another accused, a head constable, has also been arrested.

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