Wednesday, September 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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First round to BJP on Metro
Ravi Bhatia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 17
With the inauguration of the trial run of the Delhi Metro by none other than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today the first round in the game of one-upmanship over the ambitious project has clearly gone to the Delhi BJP.
ON TRACK: The trial run of the Metro in the Capital on Tuesday.
— Tribune Photo

The galaxy of the state BJP, including party president Madan Lal Khurana and other office bearers, were there to gloat over the so-called victory.

They even observed the day as `Vijay Divas’ to mark the successful completion of the project, which they claimed was their baby right from the beginning.

The Congress Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, which has been monitoring the day-to-day progress of the project, was obviously outnumbered at the inaugural ceremony, even though the Chief Minister, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, put on a brave face and brazened it out by claiming it as “ their pet project”.

It was clear that the Delhi BJP had scored over the Delhi Congress which had earlier announced that the Metro would be inaugurated by none other than the President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, while the BJP stalwarts were all for the prime minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, doing the honours. After all, elections to the State Assembly were due next year and there was no harm in taking credit for a project which has come in for universal praise due to its adherence to deadlines.

Sensing the palpable tension over the project, which will catapult the Capital into the exclusive club of cities boasting of such a rapid mass transport facility, Mr. Advani tried to assuage the feelings of the state government by advising that major political parties should work in tandem and try not to engage in one-upmanship. Development is the concern of all and not just the ruling party.

Whether the message of the Deputy Prime Minister will go down well with the party cadre will be seen in the ensuing months in the run-up to the elections. But as for now the Delhi BJP is euphoric. Now, it is the turn of the Delhi Congress to come up with a matching repartee.


Pre-paid card swindler takes MTNL for a ride
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 17
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police has registered a case of fraud against the proprietor of the World Callnet, O.P. Nimani as he, in connivance with M/s Bharti Telnet (Touchtel), allegedly sold fake pre-paid STD/ISD cards of various denominations in Delhi and its surrounding areas.

The racket of fake prepaid STD/ISD cards and illegal exchange came to light as a result of the alertness of MTNL and VSNL officials, the police said.

According to the police, they were given a tip-off by the MTNL officials that M/s World Callnet Private Limited (with Cleartel as brand name) was advertising and selling prepaid STD/ISD cards of various denominations.

During investigations, it was found that the customers had to dial access code number of Cleartel which was routed to its server through the switch of M/s Touchtel. After the customer dialed the ID number and PIN number followed by the destination number, the call was automatically routed to the National Long Distance/International Long Distance network of Bharti/MTNL/BSNL.

The police said that Cleartel was providing intra-state and inter-state long distance services without having any valid licence from DoT. This had been done allegedly in connivance with M/S Bharti Telnet. The STD/ISD calls originated using these prepaid cards were being converted into the original calls of M/S Bharti Telnet by these illegal arrangements. The revenue earned by the racket reportedly went to Touchtel and MTNL/BSNL were virtual losers.

A joint team of BSNL, VSNL, MTNL and the Delhi Police raided the office of the World Callnet at F-67, Green Park, and 215 numbers of fake prepaid telephone cards were seized, the police said. O.P. Nimani is absconding after locking his office at Green Park and Gurgaon. His son Ajai Nimani was earlier arrested in a similar telecom fraud case.

Another raid was conducted at second floor, P-7, NDSE-II, and an illegal exchange of international calls was detected. This was causing a huge loss to the government and licensed telecom operators to the tune of Rs 27 lakh. Prince Vilbert of Chennai and Shiv Kumar, alias Ashok Kumar, were arrested red-handed while operating the illegal exchange. This exchange was being run independently, bypassing the normal gateway of VSNL and endangering the security of the country.

The police said that in these cases it had been noticed that people having no knowledge of computer technology and overenthusiastic computer engineers were initiated by foreigners sitting abroad. Whenever these exchanges are detected, the foreigners involved in the racket are not arrested.


HC stays MCF dissolution
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 17
The decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to stay the dissolution of the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad (MCF), the biggest civic body in Haryana, is seen as a major setback for the state government, even though it has brought much cheer to the `rebel’ councillors.

As many as 16 elected councillors had moved the high court recently, challenging the dissolution.

The Haryana Government had dissolved the two-and-a-half-year-old body on September 5, stating that the conditions at the MCF were not conducive for its working. It was pointed out that the majority of the members were disinterested.

The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had been taking a personal interest in the matter and was unhappy over the dissident activity against Mayor Anita Goswami, who was installed on his “instructions” in July last year.

Determined to oust Ms Goswami, the majority of the councillors moved a no-trust motion against her. The dissolution of the civic body was seen as a move to thwart their designs; the councillors dubbed it as `anti-democratic' and declared their resolve to seek legal remedy.

The house has 25 elected members and is due to complete its five-year tenure in 2005. The first mayor of the civic body was also removed through a ‘no confidence motion’ last year.

It is learnt that the majority of the members are Congress supporters. The ruling INLD and the BJP have only four and three members, respectively. Of the four meetings held since Ms Goswami took over, three were boycotted by most of the members.

Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, the BJP MLA from Maharajpur who has been providing moral support to the dissidents, today described the court order as a great relief. He described it as a `slap' on the face of the state government. All elected members, who had supported the dissolution, had no moral right to remain in office and must resign, he demanded.

Mr Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, Senior Deputy Mayor and one of the leading dissident members, said that it was a welcome development and hoped that the civic body would be able to complete its term. He, however, said that the move to oust the Mayor would now gain momentum and ``ultimately we will succeed”.


Corporators want pregnant colleague dismissed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 17
Even as the Leader of the Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today demanded the dismissal of Mrs Sumiti Maggo, a corporator from Ramesh Nagar, as she had been absent in the corporation meetings for the last three months, her husband, Mr Anil Kumar, has pointed out that she had submitted an application for maternity leave and that her due date was September 10.

This issue was raised by the Opposition in the last meeting of the corporation and a demand was made for the cancellation of her membership. However, the Congress corporators accused the opposition of trying to impart a political colour to the incident.

According to Leader of Opposition Subhash Arya, Mrs Maggo had been absent in the corporation’s meetings since the first week of June. She had not informed the Standing Committee either. Under the MCD Act, if any member is found to be absent in the corporation’s meetings for three months, his/ her membership is deemed to be cancelled. Since Mrs Sumiti Maggo is a Congress corporator, the MCD is trying to protect her membership, he alleged.

A delegation of BJP, including Mr Subhash Arya and Mr Vijender Gupta, today met Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor to inform him that the Congress-led MCD was violating the MCD Act and not taking any action against Mrs Maggo. The L-G has promised an enquiry.

The BJP leaders propose to hold a dharna in front of Town Hall in support of their demand for the cancellation of Mrs Maggo’s membership, Mr Arya said.

However, a report was tabled in an urgent meeting of the corporation on Monday clarifying that Mrs Maggo had submitted a leave application on August 2 addressed to the Mayor, Mrs Jaishree Panwar, intimating that she was pregnant. As per the report of the doctor, the expected date of delivery is September 10 and she has been advised strict bed rest.

Hence, she is not in a position to attend the meetings of the corporation or its committees in the ensuing months. She had sought leave of absence from the meetings of the corporation till the doctor permits her to attend the same.

The report also mentioned that Mrs Maggo had not attended the corporation’s meetings held on and after the first week of June.

According to her husband, Mr Anil Kumar: “My wife is pregnant. We have taken all permissions and even submitted the doctor’s certificate. The leave application had also been submitted some time back.”


Abducted student killed by captors
Our Correspondent

Meerut, September 17
An 18-year-old student of an engineering institute in Greater Noida, Ankit, who was kidnapped yesterday from Meerut city, was shot dead in Muradnagar by his captors today.

Following a tip-off, the police swooped down in the Rabari area, where the abductors were reportedly hiding with their victim in a pipeline.

According to the police, Ankit, sensing that the raiding party had surrounded them, tried to make good his escape. He was shot dead while he was trying to flee.

In the subsequent encounter, the police sharpshooters shot dead two of the abductors.

Ankit’s father Satish Gupta is the owner of a sports goods shop in Meerut. The abductors had demanded a ransom of Rs ten lakh from him. Ankit was a student of IEC Institute in Institutional Area, Greater Noida.

Last Thursday, he returned home from Noida in his Maruti Zen for weekend. Yesterday morning he set out for the college and was dropped by his father at the Bhainsali bus stand. Mr Gupta saw him take a lift in a Maruti van as he was getting late for the college.

Later, at about 11 am, his father received a ransom call at his shop. Mr Gupta immediately got in touch with the director of the institute who confirmed that Ankit had not reached the institute.

By then, Ankit’s family members were in a state of panic. The anonymous caller had told Mr Gupta earlier that they knew everything about his activities.

As the news of the kidnapping spread, several senior police officials, including SSP Mukul Goel, SP City D. K. Chaudhry and SP (RA) also rushed to Ankit’s house. Mr Gupta told the police that he could not recall the registration number of the van. Thereafter, the police raided several places in the city but to no avail.


Wrestler gets killed during nocturnal visit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 17
A wrestler, who sneaked into his lady love’s house for a nocturnal tryst, was murdered by members of the girl’s family. The police have arrested Om Prakash Kaushik, the girl’s father, an assistant in the Foreign Ministry, and are on the look out for the girl’s brothers who were allegedly accomplices in the crime.

According to the police, Joginder, a 25-year-old wrestler and a resident of Tajpur village, sneaked into the girl’s residence in Alipur late last night. The girl, a minor, is a student of class X and was friendly with the deceased. The two used to talk on phone and this was disliked by the family.

Joginder, who had made an attempt earlier to meet his girlfriend by sneaking into her house, was warned by her family.

But yesterday’s incident infuriated the girl’s father and her three brothers and two cousins, who thrashed Joginder before tying him with ropes.

The family then called up a PCR to inform that they had tied up a thief in their house. On finding the victim unconscious, the police took him to the Jagjivan Ram Hospital where he breathed his last. According to medical reports, the youth had been strangulated and his wrists and ankles bore the rope marks.

While the girl’s father, O. P. Kaushik, has been arrested, her brothers and cousins are absconding.

The family of the girl was frowning at the friendship with the wrestler as she happened to be a minor. Their proximity on the phone was an additional irritant.


Cleanliness drive: A feeling of deja vu
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune New Service

Gurgaon, September 17
The local administration is in a tizzy with the Chief Minister’s office (CMO) considering launching the fortnight-long state cleanliness drive from here on October 2, the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. Although a final decision is yet to be taken, the scales appear to be heavily tipped in favour of Gurgaon.

The administration has already gone into overdrive and is frantically looking for brooms and scavengers. After all, the Chief Minister would be descending on the city. A senior member of the administration said that efforts would be made to keep up the tempo of neatness even after the campaign is over. However, public participation would be essential to make the exercise meaningful and sustainable, he added.

Although the line of action of the administration is not yet clear, sources say encroachments would once again come under the arc lights during the proposed campaign. The encroachments, especially in downtown Sadar Bazzar and on the new and old railway roads, are egregious. Previous drives against these by the administration under various dispensations in the past have floundered. Invariably, the stumbling block has been the political intervention, following organised pressure from the shopkeepers and businessmen in the markets.

The authorities spasmodically focus on the encroachments, confiscating the wares of pavement vendors. But things are soon back to square one with the tacit approval of the shopkeepers.

Will Mr Chautala’s cleanliness drive help weed out the encroachments for good is the moot question.


Action against 3,248 for breeding dengue mosquitoes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 17
The Delhi Health Minister, Dr A.K. Walia, said that although not a single case of Dengue has been reported in the Capital so far, yet as precautionary measure, prosecution has been launched against 3,248 persons for allowing breeding Aedes mosquitoes causing the disease.

After reviewing the situation of water and vector borne diseases in the NCT of Delhi today, Dr Walia informed that a total of 54.35 lakh houses had been visited so far. Out of these, 12,795 houses were found positive for breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.

Consequently, 12,121 persons were served with legal notices and 3,248 were prosecuted. Creation of mosquiotgenic

conditions is an offence under Municipal Act and liable to a fine up to Rs 500, he added.

The Health Minister informed that according to a survey conducted last week by the Directorate of National anti-Malaria Programme, 75 per cent containers were found breeding Aedes mosquitoes at LIG flats, Loni road, in Shahdara(North Zone).

Similarly, 25 per cent containers were found to be breeding Acedes mosquitoes at Nauroji Nagar in NDMC area. Besides, 5 per cent to 8 per cent containers were found breeding Aedes mosquitoes at North Avenue, President Estate and Moti Bagh in the same area.

Containers breeding Aedes mosquitoes were also found in Nehru Vihar in Shahdara (North Zone), Red Fort and Nizamuddin Railway Station in city Zone, Pushpanjali in Rohini zone and Sanjay colony in Narela zone.

Dr Walia said that Aedes mosquitoes causing Dengue breed in homes and its surroundings in continuous and clean stagnated water. If the breeding of these mosquitoes is not checked timely, it can lead to outbreak of epidemic, he said, and added that 423 persons had died due to Dengue in Delhi in 1996.

The Health Minister urged upon the citizens of Delhi not to leave unused/broken articles like bottles, cups, pots, tyres etc., in the open in house or rooftops as they can hold rainwater and cause breeding of Aedes mosquitoes.

Apart from this, he also appealed not to allow stagnation of water in their offices, shops, schools, buildings /premises etc.

Dr Walia informed that a total of 27 cholera cases were reported during the last week in Delhi. Out of these, 23 belonged to Delhi and 4 to Uttar Pradesh.

He said that out of Delhi’s 23 cases, as many as 9 cholera cases were reported from the Civil Line Zone alone. A number of cholera cases used to be reported from the central zone during the first few months.

However, the cases from this zone is now on the decline as only one case was reported from there. The Health Minister has now convened a meting of the officers concerned to sort out the problem of Civil Line Zone separately.


Haryana institutes award in scribe’s memory
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, September 17
Babu Balmukund Gupt, whose 95th death anniversary falls tomorrow, was indeed a superb journalist, a thoughtful and reflective essayist, a robust satirist, a well-versed translator and an epoch-making Hindi writer of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. He was also a staunch nationalist and an ardent critic of British imperialism as well.

However, his greatest contribution to journalism and particularly Hindi journalism lies in the fact that when Marathi and Bangla journalism were primarily promoting political awakening and cultural renaissance while criticising the exploitative and repressive policies of the English he assiduously nourished Hindi journalism and showered spectacular prominence on it through his most potent and proficient editorship of the Hindi daily, Bharat Mitra, (published from Calcutta) which began in January 1899 and continued till his demise on September 18, 1907.

The Haryana Government has appreciably done some justice to this great son of Haryana by instituting a `Balmukund Gupt Award’ which will be annually given to a distinguished litterateur of Haryana.

It is also a matter of great satisfaction that Babu Balmukund Gupt Patrakarita and Sahitya Sanrakshan Parishad are organising a shradhanjali samaroh tomorrow (September 18) at his native village, Guriani, 25 km from here, to mark the 95th death anniversary of this great journalist and writer. Mr Vijay Sehgal, Editor of Dainik Tribune, will be the chief guest while Dr Chandra Trikha, Director of Haryana Sahitya Akademi, will preside over the function.

Gupt came into contact with Pt Din Dayal Sharma of Jhajjar, who was a scholar of Urdu, Persian and Sanskrit and who also brought out a monthly Urdu journal, Mathura Akhbar, from Mathura, which become the launching pad of Balmukund Gupt’s Urdu journalism. Then by dint of his innate ability and assiduously earned journalistic expertise he first became editor of the noted Urdu journal, Akhbar-E Chunar, at Chunar from where he shifted to Lahore in 1888 and accepted editorship of the prestigious Urdu weekly, Koh-E-Noor, at the behest of Pt Din Dayal Sharma.

Subsequently, this rich and variegated experience of Urdu journalism on the one hand and the sober and firm advice of the great reformist, Pt Madan Mohan Malviya, on the other hand made him enter the portals of Hindi journalism with the editorial of the Hindi daily, Hindustan, at Kala Kankar in 1889. Pt Malviya ji himself was its editor.

However, in the absence of Malviyaji, its editorship went to Raja Rampal Singh who, because of having a soft corner for the British rule, became instrumental in a change in the basic policy of anti-British stance of the paper which finally made Guptji severe his editorial linkage with the paper in February 1891.

But two years later he was picked up in 1893 by Mr Amrit Lal Chakravarti, Editor of a noted Calcutta daily, Hindi Bangwasi, who made him his assistant editor. Here he worked for five years during which Hindi Bangwasi shot into prominence owing to Gupt’s brilliant work. He quit his job in November 1898.

Then with a warm and cordial invitation from Babu Jagan Nath Das, proprietor of the prestigious Hindi Daily of Calcutta, Bharat Mitra, began Babu Balmukund Gupt’s destined role in journalism.He remained at the helm of affairs till his demise on September 18, 1907. His tenure of editorship of the Bharat Mitra was virtually the golden period of Guptji’s journalism. His `Curzon Nama’ and `Shiv Shambhu Ke Chitthe’ are among his masterpieces which satirically struck at the misgovernance of Lord curzon, the then British Viceroy of India.

Haryana Sahitya Akademi has recently published `Balmukund Gupt Granthavali’ which comprises his selected essays, editorials, poems, letters and authenticated accounts of his multi-dimensional activities in the domains of journalism, literature and service of motherland.


Sonepat gifts itself Rs 80 lakh Habitat Club
R D Sapra

Sonepat, September 17
Sonepat will soon have a “Habitat Club” which has been constructed at a cost of Rs 80 lakh. This includes the price of land. It is going to be the most wanted place not only in and around Sonepat but also in this part of the country.

Mr S N Roy, Deputy Commissioner-cum-President of the club, told mediapersons here today the club was located in a 2.5 acre piece of land, situated on the premises of the mini secretariat here. With a covered area of about 8,000 square feet and pumped in with about 40 tonnes of air-conditioning, the place can extend comfort to the maximum to the members. He said the club was a place which any town would like to proclaim as its crowning glory. It was a place members could proudly call as their own premises where they could enter at their will, enjoy a swim during summer, enjoy the facilities at its sports complex, have a go at putting, play billiards, go channel surfing on TV ( with a huge 54” screen), boogie-woogie to music, indulge in a spot of ballroom dancing, host exclusive parties for their friends in the executive lawns, have a drink or two in one of the most modern bars and have a late night meal or a relaxing lunch in a beautiful restaurant.

According to the DC, this club is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for the benefit of its members. There is an architectural delight in the form of a lounge where the members can sit in a relaxed mood and enjoy the graceful ambience of the club to its best.

A fully air-conditioned restaurant with exceptional architectural features is a thorough family place. Moreover, there is a fully air-conditioned bar with a dream floating entrance from the majestic elevation of a lounge.

Another fully air-conditioned family recreation hall is replete with a 54” TV, a grand music system and lots of other reading material. A view from within the bounds of the cosy interiors at two acres of lush green lawns outside is extremely soothing to the eyes. The club has a glass court with modern flooring. This club has the President’s lounge which is a place fully air-conditioned where a small group of people (at least eight), can have a meeting. It is a restricted entry area and a visit can be availed with prior special permission. The club has an open area specially designed to throw and enjoy cocktail parties. It overlooks the beautiful lawn and the view of the club is best enjoyed from the place. The club has a recreation room on demand and payment and it can be converted into a dream ball room where a party with appropriate level of music can be thrown and enjoyed by members. The club has two beautiful swimming pools – one is a learners’ pool which has a water depth of uniform 2.7”. It has an exquisite water jet also that goes up to a height of 50’ from ground level.

There is another general pool which has a depth that varies from 4’ to 6’ across its length. This pool is fitted with internal lights, six in number, that make swimming at night a fairy tale affair.


Villagers stage rally against Tyagi’s arrest
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, September 17
Farmers from dozens of villages, including Makkanpur, held a protest rally in front of the Collectorate here on Monday in protest against the arrest of Prahlad Tyagi by the Indirapuram police for the alleged murder of Rajat Chaudhary.

The rallyists also warned the police authorities of a long drawn out decisive struggle for having maligned and tarnished the image of women of the Tyagi samaj. They said they would in no case pardon the police for this excess.

Different political parties had also thrown in their weight behind Monday’s rally. They all demanded a high-level inquiry by a central agency into the whole episode and said the police department should take back its derogatory comments about Tyagi women folk. Should the police not accede to this demand, the rallyists said, thousands of villagers were ready to go to jails on this issue.

A large number of villagers had taken part in this rally and raised anti-police slogans.

The police had, however, converted the collectorate complex into a cantonment from early morning on Monday. All the SOs of city police stations were there with their respective forces in strength. SP City Umesh Kumar Srivastava was in overall command at the collectorate.

Shiv Sena state chief Mahesh Kumar Ahuja led the rally while MLA Surendra Prakash Goel, ex-BJP minister Baleshwar Tyagi, Lok Dal national general secretary and ex-MP K. C. Tyagi, Devindra Tyagi, Rajinder Tyagi, Neeraj Tyagi, Surendra Tyagi, Shiv Kumar Tyagi and Rakesh Tyagi, MLA Rajpal Tyagi and many other local leaders took part in the rally.


Chautala calls upon workers to strengthen party
Our correspondent

Jhajjar, September 17
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo and Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today called upon party workers to play a proactive role for strengthening the organisation and the state and to be prepared to make any sacrifice in the interest of the party.

Addressing a party workers’ meeting at Jahanara stadium here today, Mr Chautala asked activists to mobilise more peoples’ support for the Sahidi Diwas ceremony to be held here on September 23 and for the birth anniversary of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal to be celebrated on September 25 in Jind.

The Chief Minister also urged the INLD workers o follow the path shown by late Devi Lal for shaping Haryana into a model state. He stressed upon the need of better understanding, discipline, courage and dedication to boost the party activities in the new changing political scenario in the state. He claimed that the image of the party had improved during its three years of rule despite the false and misguided propaganda of the opposition parties. He said that every activist of the party was an honourable worker and being given due regard, and this sense of satisfaction among workers would make the party efficient and strong. He lashed out at the opposition parties, including the Congress, for not extending creative support and criticising the government policies in an irrational manner.

Mr Chautala also called upon the workers to ensure publicity of the state government policies in the remote rural areas. He revealed that the government so far had provided Rs 185 crore for carrying out various developments in Jhajjar district. He informed that the third phase of the ‘sarkar apke dwar’ would be launched from October 2. Mr Sher Singh Badshami, state president of the INLD, Mr Dir Pal, Revenue Minister, Mr Nafe Rathee, district unit president and MLA from Bahadurgarh, Mr Dariao Rajora, local MLA, were present on this occasion.


Jat Mahasabha demands reservations
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 17
The spokesman of the All India Jat Mahasabha, Mr Tara Chand Mor, has congratulated Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for inducting Mr Vikram Verma, a Jat Leader of Madhya Pradesh, into the Union Cabinet.

Mr Mor said that this was in addition to other Jat leaders like Choudhary Ajit Singh from Uttar Pradesh, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa from Punjab, Mr Sahib Singh Verma from Delhi and Mrs Vasundhara Raje and Mr Subhash Maheria from Rajasthan, who have already been inducted into the Union Cabinet earlier.

However, the Jat Mahasabha would like the induction of one more Jat leader from Haryana into the Union Cabinet because 5 out of 10 Lok Sabha members from Haryana are Jats.

Mr Mor further said that a delegation of the Jat Mahasabha would soon meet Mr Vajpayee to impress upon him the need to extend job reservations to Jats of Haryana.

It may be recalled that Jats have job reservations in Rajasthan, UP, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. Mr Mor added that Jat Sangharash Samitis have been demanding job reservation for Jats in Haryana, Punjab, and Maharashtra for a long time.

Mr Mor concluded that if the Union Government declares reservations for Jats in central government jobs, the state would soon follow the same.


Harrowing time for train passengers
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, September 17
Commuters in Hapur and Ghaziabad had a harrowing time as they were stranded due to the cancellation of trains or change in their routes after the sudden rise in water level in the Yamuna river. As a result of the water-level crossing the danger mark in the Yamuna river, 33 trains, which normally stop at Ghaziabad, were diverted from their normal routes. Many trains were cancelled and even Delhi bound shuttle trains were terminated at Shahdara railway station in Delhi.

Hundreds of passengers were seen running around as railway authorities at the Ghaziabad and Hapur stations were unable to provide correct information regarding the new timings of the cancelled trains. The most affected were the passengers travelling on long route who had booked their berths in advance.


Youth electrocuted
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 17
A youth died on the spot and three others, including two women, sustained burn injuries when they were electrocuted at Sisana village, about 25 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the deceased was identified as Rajesh, whereas the injured are Navin (13), Ms Santosh and Ms Rameshwar. All the injured persons were admitted to a private hospital where they were undergoing treatment. According to information, the injured Navin touched a live wire on his housetop.

On hearing his cry, Rajesh went to save him but was electrocuted and died on the spot. Thereafter, the women were injured in their attempt to save Navin. Meanwhile, the residents of Sisana village blamed the authorities of the UHBVN for not removing the electricity wire passing over their houses. They urged the authorities to take immediate and effective steps for the removal of these electricity wires and save the people from similar injury and death.

Student assaulted

Jatinder, a student of Class X sustained serious injuries when he was allegedly attacked by a group of rival students at Rajlu Garhi Railway Station, about 10 km from here last evening. According to a report, the injured student was immediately hospitalised and he is stated to be out of danger.

Jatinder is a student of Ramjas Senior Secondary School in this city. He left the school after it ended and boarded the passenger train for his house.

The students had some altercations in the train. When the train stopped at Rajlu Garhi Railway Station, Jatinder immediately got down from it and ran away. He was chased by the other group of students, who caught him and assaulted him.

Thereafter, some students admitted him to the Civil Hospital. Later on, he was referred to the Trauma Centre at Delhi for further treatment.

The police are still investigating into the case and a hunt is on to apprehend the alleged assailants who are still at large.

3 injured

Three persons were injured in clashes that took place in Sikka Colony of Sonepat and at Nangal village last evening. The injured persons were identified as Thakur Dass, Prem Kumar (Sikka Colony) and Dalip Singh (Nangal.

Chautala’s visit

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala will be visiting the city on September 20. According to a report, he will address a meeting of the workers at the Municipal Council on the same day.


Petrol pump owner robbed of 1.75 lakh
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 17
Mr Devinder Mahajan, an petrol pump of a petrol pump was allegedly robbed of Rs 1.75 lakh by some unidentified armed robbers on the Sonepat-Murthal road near Sector 14, a residential colony of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) here last night.

According to a report, Mr Mahajan was on the way to his residence when he was surrounded by robbers. One of them snatched the cash bag at a pistol point and escaped under the cover of darkness. The owner of the petrol pump immediately informed the police about the incident and the police immediately swung into action to apprehend the culprits. Even though the routes towards Delhi and UP border were sealed, the police failed to trace them. A criminal case has been registered against the culprits. Further investigations were in progress.

Prisoner injured

Arun Kumar, a prisoner and a resident of Pipli village was injured when he was assaulted by a group of inmates in the District Jail here last evening. According to a report, the injured prisoner was rushed to the local Civil Hospital for treatment where he is stated to be out of danger. The police are investigating the case.

Two crushed by truck

Faridabad: Two persons riding a two-wheeler were crushed to death by a speeding truck (dumper) near Aravali Hills here last night. The deceased identified as Purshottam and Jaswant had been travelling on a scooter when it was hit by the truck. They succumbed to their injuries.


Three held for auto accessories’ theft
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 17
With the arrest of three persons identified as Surinder, Jitender and Jitender Singh, the Delhi Police today claimed to have worked out theft cases of auto accessories and one case of robbery. Stolen property worth Rs 25,000, one countrymade pistol and two button actuated knives were seized from their possession. During interrogation the suspects disclosed that they were arrested twice in UP. Due to pressure maintained by the UP Police they shifted base to the national Capital. They had hired a room in Abul Fazal Enclave and were living there. They roamed in the targeted area during the day. They used to commit robbery during the night, the police said.

In another case, Crime Branch sleuths arrested Ram Kishan and Shiv Kumar who used to steal motor cycles of latest models and sell them in Aligarh, Khurja and Bulandshahr. They specialised in preparing forged documents, which they showed as having been issued from Bharatpur and Aligarh transport authorities. They used a screwdriver to start a stolen motor cycle and took it to Ghaziabad where they got RCs and other documents of vehicles changed. The police seized four motor cycles from their possession. These motor cycles were stolen from Mehrauli, Okhla Industrial Area, Ambedkar Nagar and Noida.

Liquor seized

The South district police arrested two persons identified as Baldev Kumar and Hari Chand and seized 52 boxes of liquor containing 420 bottles, 336 half bottles and 144 quarter bottles. The police have seized a TATA 709 truck in which they carried the liquor. During interrogation the suspects disclosed that they brought the liquor from Bharatpur in Rajasthan and were going to hand it over to someone in East Delhi.

Pickpockets held

The East district police arrested four pickpockets who operated in buses plied between Anand Vihar and Bhajanpura. They also used to commit robberies in running buses. They were identified as Vishal Malhotra, Rajbir Singh, Rajesh Kumar and Ram Lal Meena. They were arrested from a park in Patparganj while they were planning to commit robbery in a bus (route number 33), the police said.

4 thieves arrested

The Delhi Police have arrested four persons for snatching a wristwatch in the Kotwali area last night. According to the police, Shrikant Mishra, a resident of Gandhi Nagar who was pasting the posters of the Metro Rail was accosted by four men who whipped out a knife and made way with his wristwatch. Mishra complained to the police in a PCR van in the vicinity, who chased the foursome and managed to arrest them. While one of the offenders has been identified as Mohd. Nasir, a resident of Yammuna Pushta, the other three are minors.

Pirated cassettes

During raids conducted in various parts of the city, the Delhi Police have unearthed units manufacturing pirated cassettes. The first raid was conducted in Kapashera at the premises of Dev Bhushan and Dev Prakash. The second raid was carried out in Shakarpur where 21,500 duplicate inlay cards and audio-tapes of T-Series were seized.

The police were acting on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Super Cassette Industries that a large number of pirated cassettes were being manufactured in the Capital.

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