Tuesday, September 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Cong, Centre tussle to showcase Metro
Ramesh Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

Stakes mount in run-up to poll

The Metro Rail is touted to be a milestone in the transportation sector. Much is therefore at stake for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA Government at the Centre and the Congress-led Government of NCT of Delhi. Besides showcasing the completion of Phase I of the project as an achievement of the Congress’ term in office, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit wants to drive home the advantage ahead of the Assembly elections due next year.

The Government of India and the Government of NCT of Delhi are stakeholders in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC.) Part funding of the project is by way of loan from the Government of Japan. The DMRC is implementing the first phase of 62.8 km railway system that will be completed by 2005. After the completion of second phase, Delhi Metro would cover a distance of 113 km.

New Delhi, September 2
No quarters will be given and none taken as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) prepare to square off in the NCT of Delhi and states where Assembly elections are due in the next 12-odd months. Every goal scored counts, so what if the “ball” is Delhi Metro?

If the BJP thought it has made a “smart” move by getting Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to inaugurate the Delhi Metro sometime in December, the Congress-administered Government of NCT of Delhi thinks it will “outsmart” the Opposition if President APJ Abdul Kalam agrees to be the chief guest.

Accordingly, the weekly meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday decided to invite the President for the inauguration of the Delhi Metro and introduce a suitable legislation that will replace the draft Metro Railway Operation and Maintenance Bill 2002 formulated by the Centre. According to BJP sources, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani would flag off the trial run of Delhi Metro tentatively on September 17. The inauguration will be done by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25, which is also his birthday, says the party.

The Congress says it has reasons to believe Delhi Metro is its baby. Transport, it argues, is a state subject and Delhi Metro does not come under the Railways. Since the Government of India and the Government of NCT of Delhi have made 15 per cent investments each in the project, Delhi should have equal if not more say in fixing tariff, identifying routes, etc.

The dispute, the Congress claims, can trace itself to the Centre’s “unilaterally” drafting the Metro Railway Operation and Maintenance Bill 2002 “ignoring the Government of NCT of Delhi’s interests.” To register its protest, the Cabinet had rejected the draft Bill and constituted a committee to make suitable recommendations for the Cabinet’s perusal. Transport Minister Ajay Maken says the Government of NCT of Delhi should be given the due constitutional powers. “So what if the Centre has pumped money into the Metro Rail Project ? It is the Government of NCT of Delhi that is answerable to the people of Delhi and therefore should have a say in how it should be run,” is how he offered to react.

What has sent the Congress into a huddle though is reports of the Centre bringing an ordinance. According to legal and constitutional experts consulted, says Maken, the Government of NCT of Delhi is empowered to legislate on a “state subject” such as the Metro.

The stumbling block, if any, is Delhi’s Union Territory status that mandates prior permission of the Centre to introduce any legislation. “The BJP,” he asserts, “is taking advantage of the UT status to score brownie points.” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit says the BJP’s demand for full statehood stands exposed as the Government of NCT of Delhi is being deprived of powers due.



BJP smells a rat in MCD move to privatise toll tax
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2
Mr Vijender Kumar Gupta, Bharatiya Janata Party member of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, today demanded a high-level probe by an outside agency into the privatisation of toll tax.

In a written statement issued here today, Mr Gupta, who is also member of the corporation’s all-powerful Standing Committee, alleged that the ruling majority party in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi had come up with the proposal of toll tax privatisation just to siphon off public exchequer. The privatisation had been planned to spare the corporation’s executive wing from the highest tax embezzlement in the history so much so that the commissioner had himself publicly admitted that the corruption was costing nearly 40 per cent of the total toll tax collections.

The Congress cashing in on the inefficiency and corruption in the MCD executive wing, had approved the proposal of privatisation in haste on July 22, 2002, the day on which the BJP had boycotted House due to Delhi Bandh, thus, putting a question mark on the whole process, he claimed.

The commissioner had proposed privatisation of the toll tax on the following grounds: Delhi having very porous borders, it is easy to evade toll tax; use of fake passes by transporters; forcible entry by transporters without paying toll tax; no penalty to evaders in the absence of any by-laws; entry of commercial vehicles from the wrong side of road to avoid toll tax due to the gap in verge existing in other states, before entering Delhi; due to non-cooperation by the police force, i.e. whenever there is traffic jam due to narrow lanes, barriers are removed and the vehicles are allowed to pass without paying toll tax; and whenever there is a movement of VIPs and politicians from the neighbouring states, roads are cleared by the police and no barriers are allowed on the roads enabling the commercial vehicles to pass without paying the tax.

Mr Gupta alleged that it was strange that none of the above points appeared in the reply of the commissioner in the half-an-hour discussion during the corporation meeting on June 3, 2002. Besides, if these are the circumstances leading to the privatisation of toll tax, then the corporation has admitted that they are bowing to the muscle power and that no rule of law exists in Delhi, he said.

Instead of getting the proposal approved, it would have been better course if some experienced agency had been engaged to estimate the number of incoming commercial vehicles in the Delhi territory with the help of the records maintained by agriculture produce market committee, Mr Gupta added. The State Transport Authority police check barriers and the goods/passengers transport companies who have trucks/buses attached with them.

By this exercise, the corporation would have been able to know the exact number of the commercial vehicles liable to pay toll tax at the entry points per day/month/year.

Besides the evasion of tax could also have been checked by sealing the porous entry points by installing more toll tax barriers and strict vigil.

“We are not opposing the policy of privatisation in principle but the present proposal of toll tax collection is totally different to the cases where the private parties have been empowered to collect toll tax. In the case of corporation proposal, the bidder will not invest anything but would reap the profits on the corporation powers of levying tax under Section 113 and 114 of the Act which surely would be against the public and corporation financial interest as well,” the BJP said.



Govt abandons zero transfer policy
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 2
The failure to effect routine transfers in the Municipal Corporation is largely responsible for the corruption in the civic body. This realisation has suddenly dawned on the state government, which is now determined to make the transfers of MCF employees a routine affair.

With this objective in mind, the government has decided to upgrade the municipal bodies of towns with a population of over three lakhs or more. Now, they will be full-fledged municipal corporations.

Until now, only Faridabad could boast of a corporation; even other prominent towns like Gurgaon, Hisar, Karnal and Ambala, the population of which is well over three lakhs, had only municipal councils.

Given the ‘zero transfer’ policy, the shifting of the Financial Controller of the MCF a few days ago took everyone by surprise. The aforesaid official had been serving in the MCF for the last two decades. Promoted to the post of finance controller, the official had become synonymous with the finance department of the MCF.

With the transfer of this official to Panchkula, the decks seem to have been cleared for transfer of other senior officials, including engineers and town planning officers.

The issue of alleged corruption, inefficiency and mismanagement in the civic body had been highlighted on several occasions during the meetings of the district grievances committees, chaired by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala.

While the post of the commissioner, MCF, and joint commissioner in the civic body are transferable as these are held by IAS and HCS officers, respectively, there are hundreds of posts, including those of engineers, which have become ‘permanent’. Again, many officers have retired or are due to retire after serving in one station. Several social and political activists and resident organisations had voiced the demand that officials who have served for more than three years be transferred, so that the civic administration could become more responsive and active.

The authorities did transfer about seven middle-level officers on deputation to other stations, but it is learnt that most of them have failed to take up their new charge even after two months.

No wonder, the state government has decided to upgrade the

civic bodies of at least six district towns to

corporations. By doing so, the State government can now easily effect transfers of civic body employees. The civic bodies are being upgraded in Ambala, Yamuna Nagar, Gurgaon, Rohtak and Hisar.



Hardly an August month in Bulandshahr
Parmindar Singh

Noida, September 2
Criminals seem to have had a field day in Bulandshahr with as many as 18 persons getting murdered in August itself. The police have given a dismal account of themselves in tracking the perpetrators down or solving the murder mysteries.

With the failure of the police to take suitable action against reward-carrying listed criminals, the people in the district were virtually living in terror unleashed by the 18 sensational murders and about 12 incidents of looting.

Vijay alias Sai Baba, engaged in hotel business, was done to death in the beginning of August. The police have failed to trace any of the accused, to say nothing of nabbing them. History-sheeter Pradhan Pati lost his life in a hail of bullets on August 3 outside a bank in the Bibi Nagar area. Though the killers had announced their plan before hand, they managed to go scot-free.

At Kanauna village in the Khanpur area and Nagad the kachchha baniyan gang had wrought terror for days together. In Kanauna, after murdering Nand Kishore, a number of houses were looted. The next day the assailants attacked Veer Narayan and his wife in Walipur village. Veer Narayan later succumbed to his injuries.

Two brothers, Sri Chand alias Sarya and Amar Singh, who had served a jail term, were shot dead in Darwar village of Anupshahr. The same day another murder was committed in the Aurangabad area. On August 17, three persons were murdered. Before that a woman was done to death in the Shikarpur area. A young girl was murdered in Hasanpur Mandi. Her face was disfigured by burning. Udaypal was murdered in Asmanpur village of Khurja after a drinking bout.

In Anupshahr Udesh Mishra and his wife Shashi, belonging to Noida, were murdered at Rajora village.

On August 26, Gagan Singh, an accountant of the Cooperative Samiti, was shot dead. The same day Bechan Singh, a teacher, was shot dead in the Gulawatti area.

Earlier, on August 22, Dharampal of Kota was killed.

A rented Sumo was looted in the Shikarpur area and its driver, Subodh, of Jabalpur Kareena was murdered. His body was thrown in the Khurja Dehat area. The sensational robbery and murder at coal merchant Sardar Khan's place could not be solved by the police. Ten days later, after seriously injuring Brijender Singh a gang of desperadoes had committed robbery at a number of places. The police are still clueless about these incidents.

While the people are living in fear, the police have accomplished precious little to either nab the culprits or take some measures to do away with the terror that has gripped people. Last month's mass transfers had a lot to do with the unusual crime situation in Bulandshahr. 



Shakeel’s aide held near restaurant 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2
The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested Shah Mohammad alias Sham Mohammad, one of the associates of Chhota Shakeel and Anis Ibrahim, brother of Dawood Ibrahim, last night near a restaurant in Connaught Place and recovered a revolver and six live cartridges from his possession. The Special Cell sleuths acting on a tip-off that one of the aides of Chhota Shakeel was in Delhi, nabbed Shah Mohammed near a restaurant. He had reportedly slipped into the Capital to evade arrest in Mumbai.

During interrogation, he revealed that he had initially joined his father's printing business, but later started his own business of property dealing in Mumbai in 1990, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), adding that during this period, he came in close contact with Chhota Shakeel.

Subsequently, when the underworld shifted its base to Dubai, Shah continued to maintain contact with them and in 1996, he became a full-fledged property dealer. He kept his links alive and used them in his property business. On a number of occasions, Shah used the underworld connections to settle the issue in his favour. The accused had reportedly dealt in disputed property worth several crores in Mumbai recently and apparently slipped into Delhi to evade arrest.



This radiotherapy machine needs to be put 
on the drip 
Our Correspondent

Meerut, September 2
Need radiotherapy? Go to Delhi. The radiotherapy machine of the LLRM Hospital of the Medical College here has not been operational for more than one and a half years now. Even the doctors of the radiotherapy department have been transferred.

The radiotherapy department of the Medical College was assigned to give treatment to the cancer patients. A large number of patients used to come here from all over western UP, including Meerut, Saharanpur and Moradabad division. But the department is in a state of disrepair. The radiotherapy machine went out of order one and a half years ago due to poor handing.

The principal of the Medical College, Dr Usha Sharma, admitted to the ‘NCR Tribune’ that the machine had not been working. The HOD of the department sent a letter to the principal requesting her to arrange for the maintenance of machine.

Subsequently, the principal forwarded the letter to the government in Lucknow, but it is still somewhere in the files, gathering dust. It is reported that about Rs 50 lakh would be needed for its repair. But not a single rupee could be released despite the assurance by the earlier health minister and director-general of health services. Now the Dr Arvind Tiwari has taken over.

He admitted that the OPD had not been functioning for several months. He said that the patients here were referred to Delhi’s hospitals. The radiotherapist department had its referral OPD and regularly referring the patient to Delhi’s hospitals. While the principal, Dr Usha Sharma, claimed that the patients were being treated regularly in OPD, the registration book says otherwise as not a single entry was made in the register for many months.



Khurana gives tips to regularise illegal colonies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2
Mr Madan Lal Khurana wants all unauthorised colonies built in the Capital up to March 31, 2002 regularised. He also desires stringent action against builders and colonisers who grab government land and build residential areas on them. Isn’t there a contradiction in terms? None, he believes, because considering the needs of 40 lakh people staying in 1,600 unauthorised colonies, “there is no other option but to regularise them”.

Ask him how he proposes to regularise the colonies, the Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president says by getting the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to amend the Master Plan. To give a legal shape to the proposed amendment to the Master Plan, Mr Khurana says he has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of former Delhi Chief Secretary Omesh Saigal. The committee will include among others former Mayor Shanti Desai, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Prof Jagdish Mukhi and legislator Nand Kishore Garg.

The Government of NCT of Delhi, Mr Khurana told mediapersons, should at the same time take effective steps to curb the uncontrolled and inconsistent growth of Delhi. “It is also required that the government makes strict legal provisions to take action against the builders and colonisers who indulge in grabbing the government land to build unauthorised colonies.”

He said all unauthorised colonies should be regularised by implementing the recommendations of the Malhotra Committee. The Malhotra Committee under the chairmanship of senior BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra was constituted by Mr Khurana during his tenure as Chief Minister to suggest measures to provide housing facility to the people of Delhi and also think about future requirements keeping in view the growing population. The committee had recommended various things including amending the building bye-laws.

Mr Khurana said the Union Ministry of Urban Development had decided to allow leasehold industrial and commercial properties to be converted into freehold and change the land use pattern that would benefit millions of people. The party would now press for acceptance of its other demands like regularisation of all the unauthorised colonies that came up till March this year, when an aerial survey was carried out by the Centre. The working committee of the party had even passed a resolution in this regard.

Mr Khurana said he had also sought from the Centre the setting up of a commission to be chaired by a high court judge to look into the “misdeeds” of builders and colonisers responsible for Delhi’s uncontrolled and inconsistent growth.



Rs 50,000 to kin of child victims 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today visited the families of the three girls and two boys who lost their lives in the fire that destroyed a portion of the Shiv Shakti Temple in J Block, Vishnu Garden in Tri Nagar, West Delhi, over the weekend.

Ms Dikshit announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 each to the families of the deceased and assured free medical treatment to the injured. She told mediapersons that the guilty would be punished and promised quick and fair investigation into the mishap.

Five children were roasted alive in the fire that broke out in a portion of the temple on Saturday evening. A large number of devotees had thronged the temple to participate in the Janmashtami celebrations. Apparently, sparks flew off the naked electricity cables overhanging the temple. In the melee, a few children were trapped inside.

The Government of NCT of Delhi had on Sunday ordered an inquiry into the fire. The Deputy Commissioner (West) is probing the causes that led to the fire and ascertain whether there was any laxity on the part of the organisers of the Janmashtami festivities.

Delhi Fire Service’s Chief Fire Officer R. C. Sharma has denied the fire tenders arrived late on the site. Fire tenders rushed to the site at 8.20 pm after receiving a call at 8.10 pm, Mr Sharma said. “There was not much of a delay,” he said.

Mr Sharma felt had fire safety guidelines been observed, the organisers of the festivities could have saved the lives. Apparently, the wiring was not proper and, Mr Sharma said, a short circuit had caused the blaze that later spread because of combustible materials.

This is the second major incident of fire to break out in the Capital. Only recently, several shops were gutted in a fire that broke out in the Chandni Chowk market.



Minor fire at Shastri Bhawan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2
A minor fire broke out today at the multi-storeyed Shastri Bhawan, which houses offices of several union ministers, here this evening.

The blaze erupted at 7.05 pm in the first floor of the building, following a spark from a ceiling fan. After a call was received, several fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the blaze, sources in the Delhi Fire Service said.

The eight-storeyed building houses offices of several ministers, including those of Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Coal and Mines and Fertilizers Minister.

405 complaints against autos: The Department of Transport has received 405 complaints in two days after it launched the drive to discipline errant autorickshaw drivers and operators. Transport Minister Ajay Maken today said that five autorickshaws were impounded, either because electronic meters were not working or they were plying without the fitness certificate. The campaign was launched after persistent complaints of over-charging by autorickshaw drivers.



Cops ‘reluctant’ to rescue missing girl
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2
The Delhi Police are allegedly showing reluctance at rescuing a girl, who had been reported missing from her residence in the first week of last month, even after her father informed the cops of her whereabouts. The father of the girl, Mr Deep Kumar, has now written a complaint to the Delhi Police Commissioner alleging reluctance on the part of the cops to take action in the regard.

Mr Deep Kumar, who resides at J J colony of Wazirpur in North-West district, had lodged a complaint at the Ashok Vihar police station and with Joint Commissioner of Police (Northern range) Ajai Chadha that his daughter was in Kotdwar and lived with one Vicky, resident of the same locality. He also had expressed doubt that Vicky had abducted the girl but no action had so far been taken, his complaint to the Commissioner said.

He was also reportedly threatened of dire consequences by the parents of Vicky if he lodged any complaint against them. He met the in charge of Wazirpur police post, the SHO and the ACP but they were reluctant to take action, Mr Deep Kumar said.



NCM missive to police chief on kirpan issue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) vice-chairman, Mr Tarlochan Singh, has written a letter to the Commissioner of Police, Mr R S Gupta, urging him to inquire into an incident involving the Lok Sabha MP, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, who was prohibited from carrying a kirpan in Tihar Jail.

In a letter to the vice-chairman, NCM, Mr Mann has complained that he was humiliated by the superintendent of police when he insisted on carrying the kirpan. The Indian Constitution under Section 25 permits Sikhs to carry the kirpan, a religious symbol, to all places.

In his letter, Mr Mann has pointed out that on prior visits to the jail, he had never been denied the permission to carry the kirpan. Mr Mann was visiting one Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who has been sentenced to death.

Mr Mann has written, “I have been taking my kirpan to Parliament, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Supreme Court as well, and even while travelling by air. My privilege as a Sikh as a member of Parliament and as a leader of the Sikhs has been breached.”



12,000 acres in Panipat drought-hit
Tribune News Service

Panipat, September 2
An area of 12,406 acres, out of the total cultivable area of 1,03,124 acres, has been found to be drought-hit in the district following a survey by the district administration. According to an official press note, while 7,541 acres were 70 per cent to 100 per cent drought-hit, 1,640 acres were found to be 51 per cent to 75 per cent drought-hit. Similarly, 2,330 acres were affected between 26 per cent and 50 per cent and 895 acres up to 25 per cent. The report on the drought-hit area had been sent to the Haryana Government. The crops, which had been affected, included paddy, sugarcane, maize, bajra, and several vegetables.

Photo ID cards

The special campaign to prepare photo identity cards for the voters of the Panipat constituency who had not got their cards earlier got underway here on Sunday. As many as four photography team, besides one at the district headquarters, are engaged in the work, which would continue till September 15. Any discrepancy in the existing ID cards is also being entertained and fresh cards issued to the voters free of cost. However, the voters, who have lost their cards, will have to shell out Rs 25 for getting new cards.



A house for feathered postmen
Tribune News Service

Alwar, September 2
Thanks to the initiative of a senior citizen, the pigeons of Alwar have a new home. A nine-storey pigeon house has been inaugurated to keep the postmen of yore warm and snug complete with the facilities like food and water.

The abode of the pigeons is a 20-foot high concrete structure in one of the city’s parks built at a cost of Rs 50,000. The man behind the idea is a retired railway employee, Mr N L Mishra.

While the municipal committee has not only approved the construction, it has also promised its upkeep. But the citizens of the city have taken on the responsibility of providing food and water to the inhabitants of this pigeon house.



Dacoity foiled as six fall in police net
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 2
The Kharkhauda police has arrested six robbers in a raid on their hideout at Rohna road while they were planning to loot a petrol station near Kharkhauda town, about 19 km from here, last night.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here today the culprits had been identified as Pawan of Bindrauli village, Karamvir, Manjit no. 1, Nahna, Manjit no. 2, Mukesh and Narinder, all residents of Saidpur village. Two country-made pistols, two live cartridges and four knives had been seized from their possession.

Giving details of the arrests, the SP said Mr Ram Kishan, a Sub-Inspector of Kharkhauda police, got secret information that six armed youths were sitting at a deserted place on the Rohna road and planing to loot a petrol station. The police, he said, immediately swung into action and conducted a surprise raid on their hideout and succeeded in arresting all culprits with arms on the spot.

He said that the culprits, during the course of interrogation, revealed they had snatched lakhs of rupees from a hospital in this city on September 30 last year. Similarly, the culprits had snatched a Yamaha motor cycle from Gohana town and a Hero Honda motor cycle from Mohidinpur village in Karnal district last year.

According to the SP, the culprits tried to commit a dacoity in Gohana hospital on August 28 last year but could not succeed in their nefarious design as a police van stopped outside the hospital. The culprits, he said, also robbed a doctor after getting admission to his hospital. Pawan was employed in this hospital and had hatched a scheme to rob the doctor concerned.



Three shot dead in group clash
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 2
Three youths belonging to one group were shot dead by members of another group in a clash that took place in the Gokul Nagar area on the Rohtak road here on Sunday evening.

According to a report, another youth also sustained serious bullet injuries. He has been sent to a Delhi hospital for further treatment. On hearing shots being fired, panic gripped the area and shopkeepers downed the shutters.

Mr S. N. Roy, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, Superintendent of Police, along with a strong contingent of police, arrived on the scene. A hunt was on to nab the assailants. The bodies of the victims were sent for post-mortem examinations. They were identified as Rajesh Dahiya, Vikas Dahiya and Amit. Rajesh Dahiya was a lawyer and he had married last year, whereas Vikas Dahiya and Amit were said to be students. A collision between two motorcycles at Mission Chowk and a subsequent quarrel were the main cause of the clash.

Immunisation drive: Faridabad: The district health department has decided to immunise all children of several villages of the Hathin subdivision in the district following a panic caused by the reported outbreak of diphtheria in the region. Some deaths, including those of infants, have been reported in the past few days in some villages.

The district administration has taken up an awareness campaign to inform the residents about the disease and provide them medical help at their doorstep. In a statement here today, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, has appealed to the people not to panic, but face the situation in a proper manner. He has asked the residents to contact physicians and doctors and not to believe any heresy.

In view of the fact that seven cases of the disease had been reported and the blood samples of the victims had been referred here, he said that expert advice of doctors of the AIIMS in Delhi was being taken and steps were being taken to contain the disease.

SHO caught taking bribe: Rohtak: The vigilance staff caught red-handed the in charge of the CIA while accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a resident of the Dairy Mohalla locality here today.

According to information, Bhagwat Swaroop alias Baggha had registered a complaint with the vigilance officials that SHO Jagdish Chander had misbehaved with his wife, who is a councillor, and had been demanding an illegal gratification of Rs 3,000 from him. Surprisingly, the vigilance and CIA staff allegedly had beaten up the complainant as he ‘dared’ to register a complaint against a police official.

It is learnt, the complainant has been involved in ‘satta’ business for the last several years and the police official had been demanding bribe to wink at his illegal profession.

Two nabbed: The police today arrested two supporters of Prakash Veer Gupta, a prominent leader of Samalkha, who allegedly ransacked a computer firm on August 10 here. According to sources, Azad and Balwan were arrested by the police. 



Delhi doctor arrested for daylight murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2
The South district police today arrested a medical practitioner from Harkesh Nagar who was allegedly involved in a daylight murder. A country-made pistol, one live cartridge and one fired cartridge were seized from his possession.

The suspect, Dr Raj Kumar, a registered medical practitioner, had allegedly shot dead Krishan Gopal, a resident of Harkesh Nagar, as both had enmity. The suspect allegedly brought the pistol from his hometown in Bihar to kill Krishan Gopal. He was arrested from Patiala House Courts where he came to hire an advocate. During interrogation, he disclosed that he had a clinic in Harkesh Nagar and lived there in a rented house. Krishan Gopal used to quarrel with him over his way of treatment. On the fateful day, they had a heated exchange. Later, the doctor took out the pistol and shot at the victim, killing him on the spot. While running away from the spot, the suspect had thrown the pistol in jungle, the police said.

Stolen property seized: With the arrest of Sakir and Hari Baba, the North district police today claimed to have recovered stolen property worth lakhs of rupees from them. They used to steal articles from rickshaw-pullers and trucks and sell them to kabaris. They used to operate in the areas of Lahori Gate, Civil Lines and Pratap Nagar. During nights, they used to watch the parked loaded trucks and whenever they found the opportunity, they would steal the articles, the police said.

Pirated cassettes seized: The Delhi cops have raided the premises of some persons who were involved in selling pirated cassettes and recovered hundreds of them from their possession. Acting on a complaint by Super Cassettes Industries, the police in the first incident raided their residences of Dev Bhushan, Dev Prakash and Shyman, all residents of Kapashera and recovered T-series albums from their possession. In the second raid, the police raided a place in Shakarpur and recovered audiocassettes of films like ‘Chor Machaye Shor’, ‘Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam’, ‘Kaante’ and ‘Maine Dil Tujhko Diya’ from the place. All the arrested persons were booked under the Copy Rights Act.

Pedestrian killed: One pedestrian reportedly died after he was hit by a two-wheeler at the T-point in South Extension today morning. The police said that the victim, Mohammad Khan (40), resident of Kotla Mubarak Pur, was walking near the red light 9.30 am when a two-wheeler hit him from behind. The driver left his scooter and fled the spot soon after the incident.

Khan was immediately rushed to Safdarjung Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving and have launched a manhunt to nab the erring driver.



Abduction of wife: Man urges SP to book case 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 2
Mr Sahib Dayal, a resident of Nagar village, today urged the Superintendent of Police, Sonepat, to direct the police to register a criminal case against those persons responsible for the kidnapping of his wife.

In a complaint made to the SP, a copy of which was released to the Press here, he alleged that he had informed the police on August 22 about the kidnapping of his wife but the police had neither registered a case nor arrested the culprits.

The complainant also pointed out that his wife had been employed in a factory from where she was kidnapped.

Youth robbed: A youth, Charan Singh, was robbed of Rs 1,200 by two unidentified armed persons near Bidhlan village, about 10 km from here, on Sunday evening.

According to another report, the same robbers allegedly snatched Rs 2,000 from Mr Rakesh, a chemist, when he was on his way from Silana village to Gorar village on Saturday night.

According to another report, burglars took away goods worth Rs 50,000 from a photo studio at Saidpur village, about 25 km from here, on Sunday night. The owner of the shop alleged that the police were reluctant to register an FIR in this connection.

Dowry harassment: The police have registered a dowry harassment case against the family members of the husband of a woman, daughter of Mr Raj Singh, a resident of Bali Qutabpur village in this district. According to a report, the police are still investigating into the case. No arrest has been made in this connection.

Dies of snakebite: Mr Riazuddin Singh, a shopkeeper of Murthal village, died of snakebite in his house in the same village, 8 km from here, last evening. According to a report, the police are still investigating into the case.

In another similar incident, a three-year-old boy became unconscious after a snake bit him at Panchi Jatan village, about 10 km from here, last evening. The boy was playing outside his house when he was bitten by the snake. He was rushed to the local civil hospital from where he was sent to a Delhi hospital for further treatment.

2 hurt in clashes: Two persons, Anand and Rajinder, sustained serious injuries in separate clashes that took place at Akbarpur Barota and Dodwa villages near here on Sunday. Both the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and they were stated to be out of danger.

Women injured: Two women were injured seriously in a clash between two groups at Kurar village, about 10 km from here, last evening. According to a report, both the injured women were immediately hospitalised and they are stated to be out of danger. The police have registered a case.



Car, pistols seized from three

Jhajjar, September 2
The Bahadurgarh police today arrested three persons and seized two pistols, seven cartridges and a stolen Maruti car from them. According to information, Anand of Bupenia village was arrested with a country-made pistol and two cartridges in the Housing Board colony. A stolen Maruti car was also seized from him, which was being used by changing the chassis and registration number. While a foreign-made pistol, a magazine and a cartridge were recovered from Bhim Singh, another person, Sunil Kumar, was arrested with four cartridges from Sector 6.

Girl drowned: A seven-year-old girl was reportedly drowned to death by a youth in Dhandhalan village of the district on Sunday. The police sources said today that Satbir Singh, in his report to the police, said that his niece (brother’s daughter) Moni was killed by Deepak on Sunday. An old enmity between the two families was stated to be the reason behind the incident. OC



A technology treat at Transport India
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2
The Chief Minister, Ms Shiela Dikshit, today inaugurated the International Trade Fair for Transport and Logistics sector showcasing the dynamics, latest developments and technology in the Capital today.

The trade fair focuses on logistics and technology concepts for passengers and freight transport by water, land and air. It has been organised to bring on a common platform members from the government, service companies, logistics operators, importers and legal professionals.

The Chairman, Transport India 2002, Mr S. Sundar said, “Transport volumes in India are growing at a rapid pace and have immense potential, but there are several gaps in the transport network, which need to be addressed. India’s capacity to grow and integrate with the rest of the world rests on integration and efficiency of its transport network”.

A three-day seminar focusing on the industry issues would run parallel to the exhibition. Organisations in railway vehicles and systems, planning or roads and bridges, port installations, shipbuilding and maintenance, airport installation and maintenance, petrochemicals and lubricants will be participating in the seminar.The seminar will be attended by members from the industry who would address issues crucial to the transport sector such as investment opportunities in port, inland water and shipping, mass urban transport and use of IT in managing the transport sector. Emirates Skycargo, an international airline, participating for the first time, Container Corporation of India Ltd., South Eastern Roadways, Gujarat Maritime Board are some of the participating companies.


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