Wednesday, September 4, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Contaminated water: 60 schoolkids fall ill
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
At least 60 schoolchildren were taken ill soon after drinking contaminated water from a tap in their school this morning at Pitampura in North-West Delhi.

The children were taken to the nearby Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital where the condition of at least six was described as serious. They were being kept under observation. The others were discharged after medication and handed over to the anxious parent who thronged the hospital soon after learning about the incident.

The police said that the incident took place in the Maharaja Agrasen Adarsh Public School around 11 am, when the children had come out for their lunch break. About 60 children fell ill after they had consumed water that reportedly contained a large quantity of a chemical, potassium permanganate, which was possibly poured into the water tank to clean the water.

Soon after drinking it, the children complained of stomach ache and drowsiness, and were immediately rushed to the nearby Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital. There was considerable panic in the school as the teachers kept on receiving complaints from students of different classes.

Hospital sources said that the children were given first-aid in the hospital. While the condition of most of the children was reported to be stable, a few are said to be in a serious condition. While the police have registered a case of negligence, preliminary inquiries revealed that the usage of large quantity of potassium permanganate in the water tank had caused the problem.

Police said that they would initiate an action against the school authorities for their ‘carelessness’ in adding more than the required quantity of the chemical in the water tank.

Delhi Health Minister A K Walia visited the hospital and enquired the health of the students. Mr Walia was informed that 56 students and four teachers were admitted to the hospital after they had complained of stomach pain and drowsiness. Ten students are still in the hospital. Their condition is reported to be satisfactory. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) has been asked to look into matter.

Meanwhile, the DJB says it has collected samples for tests. Chief Executive Officer PK Tripathi told media persons that the utility is not to blame as the water supplied in the distribution lines met the quality control standards.

“The DJB can be responsible only for the water being supplied by it and not for the underground water used by the individuals. Often consumers who are supplied water by the DJB also use the underground water and mix it with the DJB water. The DJB cannot be held responsible for the quality of this mixed water,” he said. Allaying fears of contamination, Mr Tripathi said 90 per cent of water supplied by the DJB is always above desirable limit, duly accepted by the Bureau of Indian Standards.



DUSU polls: NE leaders jump on NSUI bandwagon
Gaurav Choudhury
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
About 10,000 students in Delhi University, hailing from the North-East, welcome the fact that the local leaders of their respective states are being roped in to woo the voters during the forthcoming polls of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU). They are all here to convince the students that “we are at your service”.

The National Students Union of India (NSUI) is believed to have summoned Assam NSUI chief Rekibuddin Ahmed, ostensibly to swing votes of the Assamese students in favour of NSUI in the DUSU polls. Ahmed has been camping in Assam Bhawan for the last couple of days, meeting students in different groups, using all his persuasive skills and urging them to vote for NSUI.

This apart, it is also learnt that three ministers of the Congress-ruled Assam Government are also camping in the Capital to do their share of pressing the flesh. Till recently, one of the ministers was a leading student leader of the state. While it is maintained that the ministers are here on official purpose, informed sources said that the services of the ministers are being solicited to blow the wind in favour of NSUI.

On his part, Rekibuddin Ahmed exuded confidence that the NSUI would romp home with a comfortable margin. However, the Delhi chapter of the respective students associations of various states appears to be disinterested.

Naga Students Union (Delhi) president Kegi Phopsu said that the DUSU panels down the years have shown scant interest in the issues specific to the students of the North-East. There are about 3,000 Naga students in various colleges in Delhi University and it is quite unlikely that any particular party will receive their votes en masse.

Incidentally, no student from the North-east has ever been elected to DUSU. There are only two instances when a candidate hailing from the North-East has participated in DUSU polls. In 1993, Sushmita Deb, daughter of Congress leader from Assam, Santosh Mohan Deb, contested for the post of president. This year, another student from Assam, Mayur Chetia, is contesting for the post of joint secretary on an SFI-PSU ticket.

Among the various states of the region, the maximum number of students come from Assam ( 5,000), followed by Nagaland (3,000), Manipur (2,000), Arunachal Pradesh (1,000) and Sikkim (1,000). There are hardly any students coming from Meghalaya or Tripura studying in Delhi University.



NH 2 traffic to be hassle-free
Tribune New Service

Faridabad, September 3
Commuters and tourists on the National Highway No 2 (Mathura Road), passing through this industrial town, are going to find a major change in the next few months. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and a toll operations company have joined hands to manage the traffic operations in order to provide safe and smooth passage to the highway users.

The NHAI Project Director, Mr Sudhakar Singh, and the General Manager of ‘inter-toll ICS CECONS’, Mr Manoj Dave had a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, and other district officials here today about the project to have smooth traffic on the Highway between Delhi border and Agra town in Uttar Pradesh.

According to Mr Singh the ‘inter-toll ICS company’ had been awarded the work for next eight years on the NH-2. Besides, he said that the company would also maintain NH 8, connecting Delhi and Jaipur.

He said the maintenance work would be of high standards, including repair work, road (route) maintenance, services like patrolling (24 hours), and emergency services like ambulance first-aid and other infrastructure. The company has been authorised to collect toll tax from the highway travellers as compensation for the work.

The company General Manager assured the district officials that the commuters would find a lot of difference in travelling between Delhi border and the Hodal town on UP border. He said that special assistance booths would be set up along the highway and free service would be available round the clock. The assistance includes first-aid, traffic signals, blinkers and aid to accident victims. Cranes and other equipment would be provided and service would be available in minimum possible time, he added.

The Highway would have special ‘call booths’ to get into touch with the aid service in case of accidents or brake-downs. But both the officials of NHAI and ‘inter-toll CCS, however, claimed that it was not possible without the help of the district administration.

They asked the Deputy Commissioner to help them remove encroachments along the national highway passing through the town. They said that the three-wheelers must be removed from the national highway and be allowed to ply on the service lane only so that the main road was decongested.

The Deputy Commissioner has asked the authorities concerned to clear up all encroachments and challan the trucks and vehicles parked on the service lane and the Highway. The NH-II is plagued by congestion and the resultant accidents due to violations of traffic rules and lack of flyovers at some of the spots. It is stated that while there is no proposal to six-lane the highway, the authorities have decided to repair the central verge and close all illegal cuts and diversions. The company awarded the contract has announced that it will look after the maintenance work including horticulture, grilling (fencing) signals, landscaping besides looking after the trees and plants along the way.

It is claimed that the work would be done in a most professional manner. The company whose contract began on September 1, has promised to bring a ‘sea change’ in travelling on the NH-2 here within three to four months.



Wife watches as hubby slits creditor’s throat
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
With the arrest of three persons, the South-West district police today claimed to have solved the case relating to the murder of Ram Singh Sharma whose body was found near Kusumpur hillock in Vasant Kunj on August 28.

Those arrested were Seema Chatterjee (32), Ravi alias Bittoo (18) and Pawan alias Sethi (18). However, the main accused, Sajal Kumar Chatterjee, husband of Seema, and three others are still at large.

The body of Ram Singh Sharma was found by the police with his throat slit and legs tied. Preliminary investigations had revealed that the deceased was the resident of Dabri and a local activist of the Congress. His family members had filed a missing report on the day of the murder in the Dabri police station.

The police took Seema Chatterjee in custody. Initially, she refused to divulge any details. She later confessed to the conspiracy behind the murder.

During interrogation, the police learnt that the deceased was running a unit of powder coating and was engaged in money-lending. In the process, he had lent a huge amount of money to Sajal Kumar Chatterjee who used to run a fabrication unit of wrought iron. The unit of the deceased used to coat his products.

Since Chatterjee suffered heavy losses in his business, he felt difficult to repay the money to the deceased who kept pressurising him. To settle the issue once for all, Chatterjee, his wife Seema, along with five others -- Ravi, Pawan, Vijay, Babloo and Raju -- hatched a conspiracy to kidnap and eliminate Ram Singh Sharma.

Initially, they planned to kidnap him and demand Rs 30 lakh. Since they were not able to execute the plan on several occasions, they became desperate to X-out Sharma.

On August 28, Chatterjee invited Sharma to his house in the morning to execute the plan. Since Sharma came with his driver, the accused informed him on his mobile phone to meet him in the evening and Sharma finally came in a motorcycle to Chatterjee’s house at 10.15 pm.

When Sharma entered the house, the accused wasted no time and pounced on him and overpowered him. They then asked him to call his home and arrange for money. When he refused to do so, the accused killed him while Chatterjee’s wife Seema kept watching from the terrace.

After killing Sharma, three of them dumped the body in a car and two of them followed on the motorcycle of Sharma and finally dumped the body near Kusumpur Hillock. A manhunt is on to nab Chatterjee. The police are conducting raids to nab the remaining persons.



Rain for some, pain for others! 
Tribune News Service

The scene at Panchkuian Road
The scene at Panchkuian Road. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

A water-logged bazaar of Paharganj near New Delhi Railway Station
A water-logged bazaar of Paharganj near New Delhi Railway Station after the heavy downpour in the Capital on Tuesday. — PTO Photo

New Delhi, September 3
Traffic snarls apart, the Capital today seemed to heave a sigh of relief as heavy monsoon showers lashed most parts of the city, bringing respite from the stifling and sultry weather. However, one man’s weal is another man’s woe, as it were. The unexpected showers were bad news for the civic authorities and commuters. Traffic jams because of severe waterlogging made travelling an arduous task. Winding queues of harried travellers and impatient drivers wrapped the roads.

Some of the most congested areas in the city such as Daryaganj and Karol Bagh became almost inaccessible. People going to New Delhi Railway Station were stuck up due to the accumulated rain water. The area around the station and Minto Bridge was waterlogged, so were Nizamuddin Bridge and Pragati Maidan areas, leading to a slowdown in traffic movement. It was reduced to a crawl on the main Vikas Marg leading to the ITO Bridge with the vehicles coming from East Delhi moving bumper to bumper in the rain.

The scene below the city’s newly constructed flyovers was no better. Two-wheeler drivers and pedestrians crowded below these structures to escape the ‘fury’ of the wet weather. People could also be seen taking shelter in bus stops and patios of shops. Mechanics had a field day as harried vehicle owners turned up with their broken-down cars and scooters. The cars and buses that run on CNG had a particularly rough time as the water made it nearly impossible for them to ply.

The Met Office reported that 9.66 mm of rain was recorded till three in the afternoon. More showers are expected in the region.

Meanwhile, the rain once again exposed the inadequacy of the civic bodies as most of the drains were found choked. This, despite the claims of the authorities that the regular pre-monsoon exercise of clearing up of drains had been completed well in time.

“Had the monsoon been on time, I am sure things would have been much worse,” commented an irate commuter who spent almost an hour to negotiate the ITO bridge this morning.



GDA relook at inflated land rates 
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, September 3
The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is assessing afresh the land rates in the residential colonies with a view to dispose of unsold properties.

It is learnt that the rates at which the GDA has been trying to sell different categories of properties is grossly inflated. Similar types of properties are available at a much lower price in the open market. The GDA is examining the possibility of tabling a proposal at its board meeting on September 19, which envisages bringing the GDA property rates on a par with the rates prevailing in the open market.

Recently, the GDA had hiked sector rates of its land in residential colonies by 100 per cent. Owing to these inflated rates, GDA property worth crores has been lying unsold.

According to GDA sources, residential property worth Rs 2.50 crore and commercial property worth Rs 1.25 crore is lying unsold in various sectors. The GDA had announced about a dozen schemes as per the increased sector rates in Indirapuram, Swaran Jyantipuram, Sanjay Nagar, Vaishali, Kaushambi, Pratap Vihar, Raj Nagar district centre etc but the net sale of property in all these schemes was almost nil.

In Indirapuram, Swaran Jyantipuram etc, although a Number of people had applied soon the applicants started demanding refund of their deposits due to unrealistically high rates.



Xen caught red-handed for bribe
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 3
A team of the Vigilance Department officials, headed by Mr Suraj Bhan Jangra, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Gohana, conducted a raid on the office of the executive engineer of the Command Area Development Authority (CADA) and arrested the engineer on Monday. He was accepting Rs 13,000 as bribe from a contractor Mr Kuldeep and his partner Mr Sunil for releasing a sum of Rs 70,511 outstanding against the CADA. According to a report, the Vigilance Department officials also recovered the currency notes signed by the officials from the possession of Mr Randhir Singh, Executive Engineer, against whom a case has been registered under the Anti-Corruption Act. It is stated that Mr Kuldeep and his associate had executed the work for constructing watercourses falling under the Gohana distributary during the year 2001 in accordance with the tenders accepted by the department.

The contractor and his partner alleged that the said Executive Engineer demanded Rs 13,000 for the release of the money outstanding against the CADA. Thereupon, they approached the Vigilance Department authorities for taking an action against the Executive Engineer.



Villagers raise a stink about illegal bone mills
Our Correspondent

Meerut, September 3
Hundreds of villagers demonstrated outside the residence of the Deputy Collector of Hapur today, demanding closure of illegal bone mills in the area.

The villagers warned the Deputy Collector, Mr Lalchand, that if the mills were not closed, they would again sit on dharna outside his residence.

The demonstrators had come from Rampur, Naan, Shivgarhi, Tamudel, Chilali and other villages. They are up in arms against illegal bone mills operating in the Rampur-Bulandshahr stretch despite court orders banning these units.

The farmers pointed out that the effluents discharged by the mills and the obnoxious smell of the garbage had made their lives miserable. Moreover, their fields had become dumping ground for the toxic waste.

The collector has assured the villagers that the mills would be closed down and orders to this effect have already been issued to the SHO.

The villagers disclosed that earlier the mills were operating clandestinely. But since the formation of the BSP government, these mills had shed whatever inhibitions they might have had and were now operating with impunity.

The polluted environment has become dangerous for the people of the villages who use this road daily. Villagers also complained that their fields had become barren as the toxic waste and acid from these bone mills were deposited in their fields.

The villagers further added that as a result of the air pollution, the marriage of their children had been adversely affected as their relatives had stopped visiting their villages.

The villagers warned the Deputy Collector that if the mills were not closed down immediately, they would stage a dharna.

The Deputy Collector assured the villagers that the mills would be closed soon and the necessary orders for this have already been passed to the SHO of the area.

The villagers had staged a dharna for 100 days in August 1995, demanding the closure of these mills.

The angry villager had unloaded several trucks of bones and meat in front of the offices of the Circle Officer and Deputy Collector, compelling them to close down the bone mills. A delegation comprising Viranjan Singh, Rajpal Singh, Shyaraj Gujar and S.P.Singh met the DC in his office.



PHD men fiddle as parched throats cry for water
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 3
The functioning of the Public Health Department seems to have collapsed following the continuous drinking water crisis in this city having a population of more than two lakh people.

According to a report, thousands of middle class and poor people living in the old section of the city have been facing the water crisis since the onset of the summer. Many people pointed out that the department had fixed the timings of each zone for the supply of water but it was never supplied on time and they had to wait for hours together to get the supply. Lack of control on the part of the drivers of the tubewells of the main waterworks at Murthal and the key men was the main cause for the erratic supply of drinking water in the city.

Many people also alleged that the officials of the PHD, from the junior engineers to the Superintending Engineer, were not found in their offices to hear the grievances. The stock reply was that they had gone to the field or were attending some officials meeting. People feel they are continually harassed and have to visit the PHD office frequently to air their grievances. On Saturday and Sunday or any gazetted holiday, it is hard to locate them. Residents have to face umpteen problems in order to meet them.

The PHD has also failed to depute any officer for addressing complaints on public holidays. The residents of the old section of the city have demanded shifting of a key man, Mukesh, for his failure to ensure the drinking water supply during his duty hours.

The Sonepat Citizens Council and the Residents Welfare Association today criticised the unsatisfactory working of the PHD and demanded the suspension of all officials found responsible for the drinking water crisis in the city, particularly the old section.

Both the organisations also urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to order a high-level probe into the public complaints about the stoppage of water supply in the evening in the old section of the city and order the suspension of the erring officials of the department.



BJP flays Cong move on Metro inauguration 

New Delhi, September 3
The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticised the Government of NCT of Delhi for insisting on retaining the powers to frame rules for operating and maintaining the Delhi Metro. The party also criticised the Congress move to ‘stall’ the inauguration of the first phase of the project in December by the Prime Minister.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Prof Jagdish Mukhi, on Tuesday said 56 per cent loan was secured after an agreement was signed with an agency of the Government of Japan on November 25, 1997. The Government of India was the guarantor. “Without the Centre, the Government of NCT of Delhi is not in a position to make an agreement with any foreign agency,” he said. Prof Mukhi said the future of the project would be in doubt if further loans could not be secured. “Delhi Metro has to lay 198.5 km of track for which Rs 70,000 crore soft loan is required. If the Government of NCT of Delhi does not change its stance, the future of the project will be in doubt.” TNS



Another fire in Shastri Bhawan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
In less then 15 hours after a minor fire broke out in Shastri Bhawan, another fire was reported today morning damaging some important documents in the same multi-storeyed building housing offices of several union ministers, including those of ministers of petroleum, information and broadcasting, coal and mines and fertilizers.

The fire was reported at around 9.25 am in one of the cables in a room in the first floor. Several fire tenders were pressed into service immediately and the fire was put off within minutes, according to the Delhi Fire Services.

This has been the sixth fire incident in the Shastri Bhawan in the last one year. A minor fire was reported in the same building at around 7 pm on Monday. Highly placed sources said the PWD, which had been taking care of the safety aspects in the bhawan, is going to check the conditions of the cables to avoid such incidents in the future.

Sheila flays Jaya for Sonia remark

The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, on Tuesday chided her Tamil Nadu counterpart for raking up Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin and said Ms Jayalalithaa was trying to politicise a matter that had already been settled by the Constitution and by the Supreme Court. Reacting to the recent statement of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms Dikshit said it was not beyond suspicion that Ms Jayalalithaa was trying to project herself as prime minister. “For this, she is even willing to join hands with the communal Bharatiya Janata Party,” she said.



Urinal adds to traders’ woes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
The Sadar Bazaar Traders Union has alleged that the Delhi Government’s step of constructing a public urinal near the Qutab Road has added to their woes.

The association President, Mr Brij Mohan Wig, pointed out that the authorities had failed to connect the urinal to a sewer connection and consequently the waste got spilled on to the roads.The traders complained that because of the waste lying on the road it had become impossible for them to walk past and reach their shops. The unbearable stench made it difficult for them to stay in the shops. Though the traders had complained to the Delhi Jal Board no action had been taken to rectify the problem. The traders added that the sewer lines in their part of the city were damaged and needed urgent attention. 



Canter driver stabbed to death after accident
Tribune News Service

Panipat, September 3
Heinous crime seems to be making a comeback in the city with two persons being stabbed to death since last night in two separate incidents.

In the first incident, an unidentified canter driver, was stabbed to death allegedly by Golu, son of S. S. Chauhan of Des Raj Colony, this evening. According to information, the canter, which was loaded with wooden logs, broke down in front of the house of S. S. Chauhan this morning and damaged the drains and street in front of the house. The canter driver and Chauhan exchanged hot words over the damage.

While Chauhan and Golu wanted Rs 1,000 from the canter driver for the repair of drains and street, the latter agreed to part with only Rs 500. From hot words, the two parties came to blows and in a fit of rage Golu allegedly stabbed the driver to death.

Meanwhile, Balwan Singh, an ice cream seller, who was injured by unidentified armed assailants in the Halwai Hatta area last night, succumbed in a private hospital today. It may be recalled that Balwan Singh (38) and his son, Sunil (15), were stabbed by about three persons last night when they were on their way home after closing the shop around 10.30 pm last night. The assailants also snatched their bag containing several thousand rupees.

The police have registered cases. Meanwhile, the police have made elaborate security arrangements for the cremation of the deceased in view of the anger among the trading community in view of the last night’s incident. 



Dreaded gangster arrested during drive
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 3
The police today arrested a dreaded criminal, who was a member of an inter-state gang and was allegedly involved in several cases of robbery, dacoity and murder in different parts of Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan.

The accused has been identified as Surender alias Mamu, a resident of Mehrauli in Delhi. He was arrested by the CIA staff from near Chara mandi here under ‘Operation Agni’, being undertaken by the district police from September 1 to September 30. The police recovered a revolver and five live cartridges from him and a case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered against him.

‘Operation Agni’ was launched following the direction of Director General of Police to nab those indulged in manufacturing, possessing or smuggling illegal arms and ammunition.

According to police sources, the arrested suspect, Surender, is a close aide of Krishan alias Kala of Dubaldhan village, the kingpin of an inter-state gang. Three members of this gang - Ajay of Mandhauti village (Rohtak), Sunil of Salimsar village (Sonepat) and Dillu of Bamla village (Bhiwani) - have already been arrested. During interrogation, Surender reportedly confessed to have committed several robberies and murders in different parts of the state.

The police also arrested five youths from different parts of the town and seized three pistols, a knife and four live cartridge from them under the operation. Those arrested have been identified as Kuldeep, Mukesh, Bharat Bhushan, Ravi and Subhash Chand.



Jobless youth kills sister-in-law, her children
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
Chandra Mohan, an unemployed youth, reportedly stabbed to death his sister-in-law, Manju, and her two children, Deepti (5) and Deepak (2) at their house in Shakarpur area of East Delhi last night. Later, he committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan.

The murder was discovered by, Chandra Shankar, the brother of Chandra Mohan (27) and husband of Manju, today morning when he arrived home after duty at the Golf Club where is employed.

Chandra Mohan reportedly committed the murders under frustration as he had been unemployed. He used to threaten his brother that he would kill his children and wife if he would not help him getting a job.

However, Chandra Shankar apparently took the threats lightly. Chandra Mohan, in fact, had quarrelled with him even yesterday morning over this. He had come to the Capital from Garhwal, Uttaranchal, in search of a job and was staying with his brother in Shakarpur area in East district. He regularly had arguments with Chandra Shankar, for his inability to arrange a job for him, the police said.

Shopkeeper stabbed: Jatinder Jain (27), a provision store owner, was stabbed to death in Baljeet Nagar area by unidentified assailants last night. The incident occurred when he was returning home after closing his shop. The parents and the brother of the deceased are in judicial custody for a dowry related death. A case of murder has been registered in Anand Parbat.

Drug Peddler Held: During a special picket checking, the East district police arrested a person from Jhilmil Colony who was on his way to deliver a heroin consignment to his contact in the area. When the police signaled him to halt his Hero Honda motorcycle for a routine check, he tried to speed away. The police party nabbed him after a chase. Heroin worth Rs 17 lakh was recovered from his possession.

In another case, the police arrested six persons involved in gambling from Bhola Nath Nagar. They were identified as Kamal, Gyasuddin, Devender, Rameshwar Prasad, Vinod and Bhupender the police said.

Five cheats held: The Delhi Police have nabbed five persons allegedly involved in duping people by promising to double the amount of money deposited with them. The arrested persons had allegedly duped a resident of the walled city of Rs 5,000 on Monday. 



Man shot dead in sleep, five booked
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, September 3
Dayakishan, a resident of Matan village, was shot dead by some assailants when he was sleeping in his house last night. The police have booked five persons — Naresh, Rajesh, Suresh, Randhir and Ratan — in this connection. According to information, one of the alleged attacker, Naresh, had molested a girl of the same village sometime ago. The deceased then had come in support of the victim. Since then, Naresh had been threatening to kill him, the wife of Dayakrishan said. She said that they had also complained to the police about the threats. However, no arrest was made.

Man hacked to death in field: Faridabad: A middle-aged man was hacked to death by some persons in Asavata village on Monday. The victim, identified as Balram, was working in his field when he was attacked with sharp-edged weapons by some persons. An old enmity is stated to be the main cause behind the murder. In another incident, Purshottam, a resident of Devli village, was killed after he fell from a running train near the old Faridabad railway station last night, Two other persons have also been killed under mysterious circumstances in the town in the past 24 hours.

Three held for triple murder: Sonepat: The police have registered a case against three persons namely Suresh, his son Sonu and a former Municipal Councillor Shiv Kumar for allegedly committing triple murder on Sunday evening in Gokul Nagar area of this city. A complaint was registered by Mr Ajit, the father of the victim, Mr Rajesh Dahiya. 



Illegal oil unit unearthed, RPF ex-cop nabbed
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, September 3
The Ghaziabad police have arrested a dismissed SI of the Railway Protection Force and his wife who have allegedly been running an illegal factory manufacturing duplicate Mobil oil and grease from Shastri Nagar. Oil and other materials worth Rs 5 lakh have been seized from the premises of the unit.

The police came to know that Vijay Nagar resident Pradeep Kumar Goel, the dismissed RPF cop, had been running a unit manufacturing duplicate oil of famous brand Mobil and grease. The police conducted a raid and nabbed Pradeep Kumar Goel and his wife, Indu, from a house in A-Block, Shastri Nagar, from where the illegal unit operated.

The police recovered 10 drums of fake Mobil oil, 21 drums of duplicate grease and brake oil.

The police also seized empty containers of reputed companies, materials like wrappers, labels, stickers etc used for packing.

Criminal held: The Vijay Nagar police nabbed a criminal, Shakeel, who was carrying a reward of Rs 1,000 on his head.

A resident of Farid Nagar village under Bhojpur police station, he had been absconding in a case under the Gangster Act. He was currently living in Charan Singh Colony of Vijay Nagar. A country-made revolver and cartridges were seized from him.



Three held in dowry death case

Rewari, September 3
The police have arrested the husband, mother-in-law and brother-in-law of Parmila (21) from Dhamlaka village under Kasaula police station of the district on Sunday in connection with her death. The accused have been identified as Vinod Kumar, the husband, Lali Devi, mother-in-law, and Dharam Vir, brother-in-law. The deceased is survived by her two-month-old daughter.

It is reported that Parmila and her younger sister Naresh Devi of Raipur village of Jhajjar district were married to Vinod Kumar and his younger brother Dharam Vir respectively. Soon after the marriage, the in-laws allegedly started subjecting them to cruel treatment to fetch more dowry. When the situation became unbearable, Naresh Devi recently returned to her parental home at Raipur village. It is learnt that Parmila must have either compelled to consume poison or poisoned to death by her in-laws. As soon as her parents came to know of her tragic end, they lodged a complaint with the police which registered a case of dowry death under Sections 498-A, 304-B, 34 of the IPC against the accused. OC



Truck smuggling calves seized 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 3
The Rai police have reportedly foiled an attempt to smuggle 12 calves and seized a truck used for transporting them on the Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road near Bahalgarh village, about 13 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the truck driver and other occupants managed to escape leaving the truck and the calves behind. A case has been registered against them and a hunt is on to apprehend them.

Bus employee hurt: Mr Ram Singh, an employee of the Haryana Roadways was injured when a scooter hit him while he was crossing the G.T.Road near Rai village, about 13 km from here on Monday night. According to a report, the injured employee belonged to Sonepat depot of the Haryana Roadways and was returning home after duty hours. He was immediately hospitalised.

Youth Hospitalised: A youth identified as Devinder of Nangal Kalan village was hospitalised here on Monday evening after he swallowed sulphas tablets in a bid to commit suicide in his house. According to a report, the condition of the youth was stated to be serious and the police have begun investigation into the case.



Audit panel to get DCA guidelines
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 3
The Department of Company Affairs will shortly come out with rules and guidelines for the audit committee, said Mr R. Vasudevan, Director, Department of Company Affairs, while inaugurating a seminar on ‘Dynamics of Audit and Directors’, organised by the PHDCCI, here today. The binding nature of the audit committee on board was an issue and so far as consolidation of accounts was concerned it was a matter currently engaging the attention of the department, he said. Mr Y.H. Malegam, Managing Partner, SB Ballimoria and Company, said that a critical view of our own audit systems needed to be taken and we should take greater advantage of the audit committees and make them aware of their responsibility. Emphasising on the need to create a conceptual approach to the concept of audit independence, Mr Malegam said there was a need to identify threats to audit independence and ensure adequate safeguards. “In India, we need to be cautious as to how to react to a particular situation and perhaps follow the conditions of the UK which are more similar to India rather than following the USA blindly, which has responded to special circumstances”. Mr Arun Kapoor, President, PHDCCI, said that corporate governance, transparency, safeguarding the interest of consumers and stakeholders were the most importance factors. Qualitative inputs from non-executive, independent directors could come only when more specialists were involved and more hours were devoted to business. 



PNB to have 500 ATMs by next year
Tribune News Service

Panipat, September 3
In a bid to ward off competition from the private sector banks, the public sector giant, the Punjab National Bank(PNB), which achieved a milestone on March 31 this year by crossing Rs 1,00,000 crore business, last night unveiled a major modernisation package for its customers. Under the ambitious upgradation plan christened as “centralised banking solutions”(CBS), 500 of the 4,200 branches of the bank would be interconnected by March 2003 to provide “anytime, anywhere services”. The bank proposes to interconnect 500 branches every year under the CBS after 2003, senior bank officials informed at a doctors’ meet organised by the bank here last night. The bank, which boasts of a more than three-crore customer base, was toying with the idea of going in for a major technological upgradation to provide world-class services to its customers. This included the increase in the number of ATMs to 500 from the present 165 by next year, telebanking at 165 branches, remote access facility for the corporate sector at 44 branches, Internet virtual banking and SWIFT facility. Mr U.S. Bhargava, General Manager of the Chandigarh Circle, who was the chief guest, informed as many as 2,395(79 per cent) bank branches were computerised. The Senior Regional Manager of the Karnal Circle, Mr H.K. Bansal, assured the customers that the time period for the clearance of the outstation cheques had been considerably reduced. Mr V.K. Mehta, Chief Manager of the GT Road branch, informed that PNB’s eight branches in Panipat had played an important role in the economic development of the textile city.

Dr Aditya Gupta, president of the local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), wanted the clause regarding the collateral guarantee while granting loans should be liberalised. He also wanted competitive rate of interest vis-à-vis the private sector banks and institutions.

Later, in a presentation by Mr Harpal Singh, it was informed that the bank, which had the largest presence in the country, had opened 100 “signature branches” to provide personalised services.


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