Wednesday, September 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


New, liberal excise policy in a coma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
The Government of NCT of Delhi’s “new,” “liberal” excise policy seems to be going the way of some of its other policies that were declared amid great fanfare only to be dumped thereafter. Excise Minister Mahinder Singh Saathi had on June 15 announced the salient features of the policy that was to come into force on July 1. Three months on, no body – not even the minister – is willing to hazard a guess about the status of the ‘comatose’ policy. No one’s singing a requiem either.

“Of the 514 applications received, 12 have been found to be in proper order after scrutiny,” says the minister. Prod him further and he concedes the policy will be delayed. “Several applications were rejected after scrutiny either because certain papers were not attached with the application or complete information had not been furnished,” he says by way of explaining the delay. The minister says the “rejected” applications will be examined a second time so that more numbers of “eligible” applicants can be accommodated. Sharing the salient features of the draft excise policy with media persons, Saathi had said private hands will be allowed to open five Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) vends in each revenue district, subject to a maximum of 70 in the whole of Delhi. No Objection Certificate (NOC) of legislator will not be mandatory for private players. “We will invite interested parties. Where there are two or more applicants we will go by a draw of lots,” he had told a news conference on June 15.

The loss to the exchequer on account of the delay is not immediately known. Officials in the Department of Excise will not offer any comment. The minister refuses to speak on the “excise policy.” What is known though is the government expected to achieve the target of Rs 770 crore this year–an estimated 26 per cent increase in excise revenue. That could well remain out of reach if the policy continues to get bogged down by seemingly insurmountable delays.

The officials’ silence notwithstanding, the new, liberalised excise policy appears to have also become a casualty of the row between AB 17 Mathura Road and Raj Niwas. The July 25 and August 29 circulars issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs mandate dispatching of all files to the Office of Lieutenant Governor. Also, the popular, duly elected government shall keep Raj Niwas informed at all times of policy decisions to be taken by it. Having announced the excise policy as early as June 15 and invited the applications from private players for opening of IMFL vends, the Sheila Dikshit Ministry is caught in a cleft stick.

The declaration of excise policy was not without its share of controversies. After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined in the protests by women’s groups and others who favoured prohibition, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had sought to defend the liberalised regime on the grounds that deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor could be avoided if quality liquor was made available to consumers. Where she retreated though was in transferring the Department of Prohibition from under the Ministry of Excise to the Ministry of Social Welfare while acknowledging her Ministry’s espousal of the cause of prohibition. Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Jagdish Mukhi says the fact that only 12 applications were found valid is a “clear rejection of the government’s excise policy by citizens of Delhi.” Cautioning the excise minister against playing into the hands of the liquor mafia, Mukhi says the Sheila Dikshit Ministry should “bow before the wishes of the masses [by] putting an end to the open excise policy and fulfil his Constitutional obligation to curb the consumption of liquor.”


Parties, unions take up cudgels for Sonepat DC
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 24
The representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions today expressed concern over the life threats to Mr S N Roy, Deputy Commissioner of
Sonepat, by some anti-social elements and urged the state government to take a serious note of it and provide full security to the DC immediately.

In separate statements issued to the press here, they said that such threats would prove harmful if no action was taken against such elements. The DC, they claimed, has initiated action to take possession of 98 acres of valuable land from the leaseholders after the vacation of the stay order by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the case.

They also stated that the DC has done commendable work by giving the city a face-lift during his tenure, though he had faced stiff opposition from some quarters. The work includes the widening of various crossings, namely Subhash Chowk, Bus Stand, Mamoon Bhanja Chowk, near Hindu College railway crossing and the Shani Mandir.

The DC, they said, has set up a park near Shani Mandir and improved other parks in different areas of the city.

These representatives also disclosed that the DC had taken numerous measures to repair and widen the main roads and installed the statues of freedom fighters and religious leaders at various crossings in the city.

The residents of the city would never forget these development works completed by the DC during his tenure.

Meawhile, the Rai Vikas Manch president, Mr Dharamvir Chotiwala, has sent a letter to the Union Home Minister, Mr L K Advani, demanding adequate measures for the safety of the Deputy Commissioner.

In a signed press statement, he condemned the threats to the DC’s life and warned that such elements would not be allowed to take the law into their hands and they would be taken to task by the members of the Manch.

He called upon people to come forward and support the DC who is working for the beautification of the city and the rural areas of the district.


With Maya away, securitymen play truant
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, September 24
When the Additional DG, UP Police, Mr C.M. Bhatt, paid a surprise visit to inspect the security arrangements at the Delhi residence of the Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati, on September 21, he was shocked to see that most of the policemen on duty had made themselves scarce. The residence was just a sitting duck.

This despite the fact that the UP Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati, had recently voiced fears of threats to her life at a Press conference. She had named an MLA from the Apna Dal Party and a notorious criminal in this context.

She even pleaded with the Centre to look into the matter. Subsequently, the security at her Delhi residence on Humayun Road was strengthened by the UP police who deployed some 29 Ghaziabad policemen headed by a DSP at her residence to ensure her safety. Teams of cops from Ghaziabad and Noida are deployed on 12-hour duty each at the Chief Minister’s Delhi residence.

But when the Additional DG, UP police, visited the Chief Minister’s residence, he was shocked to find that 22 of the 29 security personnel posted there were absent from duty. An Inspector and two SIs of Ghaziabad police intelligence wing and 15 SIs were among those who played truant.

The absentees included some commandos and two traffic police SIs. Some constables also played hooky. The Additional DG became quite worried.

Some of those who made absented themselves were lucky as their names had not been entered in the attendance register. So their French leave went unnoticed. The Chief Minister’s security, which is a shared responsibility of the Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar cops, seems to be nobody's business. The only saving grace was that the Chief Minister was away in connection with elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Some of the police officials found missing reportedly had an alibi, “What can we do at the CM’s residence when she is away to J and K. In any case, we would have just sat there, wasting time.”

The Additional DG has, however, ordered a departmental action against the missing police personnel. Of 29, only 7 policemen were found present at the Chief Minister’s residence.


300 vehicles ‘arranged’ for INLD rally
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 24
About 300 vehicles, including 150 buses, have reportedly been arranged by the local authorities for the transportation of the political workers during a state-level INLD rally at Jind tomorrow, to mark the birth anniversary of late Ch Devi Lal, former Deputy Prime Minister.

The authorities deny the charge that vehicle owners had been asked to surrender their vehicle for the rally. It is learnt that as many as 300-odd vehicles have been kept ready by the administration. The vehicles include those of the police department.

It is alleged that the police impounded many vehicles in the past few days for taking people to the venue of the rally. The police officials have been charged with threatening the vehicle owners that if they do not oblige, their vehicles would be impounded and they would get ‘challaned’.

It is reported that about 130 Tata Sumo vehicles have also been arranged for the purpose. The authorities have promised to get the vehicles fuelled, said a relative of a person here whose bus has been deputed for the ‘rally duty’.

The INLD leaders and activists have claimed that a large number of party supporters would reach Jind tomorrow. The Congress and other opposition leaders have charged the state government with misusing its authority and the official machinery to ensure a big crowd.


Sarna seeks facilities for Pak-bound pilgrims
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
The president of Delhi Shiromani Akali Dal (Tohra faction) and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, today submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister demanding all facilities for the pilgrims visiting the historical gurdwaras in Pakistan.

He appealed to the Union Government to speak to the Pakistan authorities before Gurpurab to make special arrangement for trains for the pilgrims who intend to visit Nankana Sahib and other gurdwaras on the occasion of Gurpurab. The trains should start from Attari border. Besides, Wagha border should be opened to the pilgrims who want to go by road.

While addressing newsmen, Mr Sarna said that in the US and European countries, people have started looking askance at the Sikhs after terrorist attacks at the World Trade Towers even though they had nothing to do with such barbaric acts. To improve the community image in European countries, the Union government should consider employing Sikh ambassadors in these countries who can help undo the damage to the image of the community.

He also demanded that Punjabi be declared second language in the National Capital territory of Delhi as majority of Delhiites speak and understand it. A Bill passed by the Delhi Assembly in this regard is being kept in abeyance with the Central government.

The DSGMC president claimed that there was no proper arrangement for parking near Gurdwara Bangla Sahib resulting in traffic chaos as devotees are forced to park their vehicles on the road.

He demanded that the vacant land in front of the historical gurdwara should be given to either the management committee so that parking lot can be constructed at the site or the authorities themselves should construct the facility.

However, the NDMC had issued notice over the construction at the site by the earlier gurdwara committee as there was no prior permission from the authorities concerned. The notice pointed out that unauthorised construction was liable to be sealed under Section 250 of the NDMC Act 1994. The earlier committee had initiated the construction of a parking lot which was subsequently abandoned.

Sikh leaders move NCM on hair-cutting

Upset with the incident involving a Sikh boy whose hair was allegedly cut by miscreants, senior Sikh leaders today moved the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), seeking action in the matter.

The teenager’s hair was allegedly cut during a scuffle in the toilet of a public school in Delhi by the miscreants wanting to settle scores with him. According to reports, 15-year-old Jaideep Singh was attacked in the school washroom on the premises of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, where he used to go for tennis practice.

On Friday, Jaideep was accosted by five teenagers who cut his hair to avenge a fight during a pop show held on the school premises two months ago. Senior Sikh leaders have now filed a complaint with the NCM over the vexed issue. They have also written to the Lieutenant-Governor and the Delhi Government, demanding that the guilty be brought to book.


Bridge to ease railway choke point
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 24
The District authorities are contemplating getting a bridge constructed at the Railway Crossing near Old Faridabad. The local authorities, including the Deputy Commissioner and the Municipal Corporation officials, held a meeting with the railway authorities today in this connection.

It is reported that the proposal has been mooted to check the traffic congestion and the railway accidents at the crossing. It is learnt that thousands of residents use this crossing every day and a large number of accidents take place every year at the spot due to negligence. The project to construct the bridge is likely to start by the end of this year.

The proposal for constructing a 2.5-km-long flyover at Badarpur border, to facilitate smooth travel for highway users, is in its final stage.

According to the district authorities, the flyover would start from a spot near Badarpur village and will touch the ground near Sector-37 here. While it will be one of the longest flyovers, its construction would result in a saving of about 20 to 30 minutes in peak hours. Besides, it would reduce the number of accidents and the traffic congestion in a 3-km stretch. The flyover would be constructed under the supervision of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which has already announced its plans to provide a smooth artery from the Delhi border to Hodal town in the district.

The authority has already built some new bus stops along the Mathura Road (NH-2) and plans to beautify and decongest the highway.

The NHAI officials have asked the local authorities to remove encroachments on both sides of the main roads and clear the service lane to ensure that three-wheeler autorickshaws do not ply on the highway.

However, it seems that the plan may get delayed as the work of clearing encroachments and repair of the service lane is yet to start.


Villagers lynch another criminal
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 24
Within three days of the lynching of a criminal in Luharli village, residents of another village here today lynched one of the four criminals who had barged into a ‘chaupal’ of a house to commit robbery.

The incident occurred around 3.30 am today in Smauddinpur village. Four persons forced their way into Shiv Lal's ‘chaupal’ where he, his wife Suresh and son Bhagat Singh were sleeping.

The criminals were equipped with iron rods and revolvers. Shiv Lal, who woke up by their noise, raised an alarm and within minutes villagers with lathis and other weapons came running to the premises.

On finding themselves surrounded and outnumbered, the criminals started firing at the villagers.

However, the villagers overpowered one of them while his companions fled under the cover of darkness. The villagers beat the captured criminal with lathis by the villagers. He died soon after.

The Dadri Kotwali police, who were informed, came and took the body of the unidentified criminal into their possession and sent it for autopsy.

This is the second incident of its type in three days. Three days ago, a criminal was lynched under similar circumstances in Luharli village.


WB scheme to check diseases among milch animals
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 24
The World Bank has sanctioned a scheme of Rs 91 crore for checking the spread of diseases among milch animals in the state.

The state government has already received the first installment of this amount from the World Bank. This was stated by Mr Mohammad Ilyas, Minister for State for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, at a function here on Monday.

He disclosed that the state government had taken a series of measures to check the spread of diseases among milch animals, in a bid to boost milk production in the state.

He also said that the state government would also provide financial assistance to the owners of milch animals so that they could initiate steps to check the spread of diseases among their livestock.

The minister further said that the state government had set up an Animal Development Board during 2001 and an insurance scheme to cover the milch animals was also formulated. The scheme, he said, envisaged 50 per cent payment of insurance installments by the Animal Development Board and the remaining 50 per cent amount by the owners of milch animals. The scheme has come as a great relief to farmers who had to bear heavy financial losses in the past.

According to the minister, the state government had drawn up a scheme for crossbreeding of milch animals like the world-famous Murrah buffaloes, to boost milk production. Under this scheme, the owners of such buffaloes would be given cash prizes at the rate of Rs 1,000 for the production of 12 kg milk, Rs 3,000 for 16 kg milk and Rs 6,000 for 20 kg of milk or more.

The minister disclosed that the state government had decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 51,000 to the registered `Gaushalas’ in the state.

He, however, denied that the state government had a scheme for providing financial assistance for the setting up bio-gas plants and fertiliser machineries in the state. Earlier, the minister witnessed the sports meet at Asadpur-Nandnaur village, about 15 km from the district headquarters here.


DDA demolition in Panchsheel Enclave raises eyebrows
Priyanka Gupta

New Delhi, September 24
Today afternoon was a dreadful day for shop owners of the Panchsheel Enclave shopping centre. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) demolished the platform in front of the shops in the 26-year-old shopping centre claiming that the owners had occupied it illegally. That too when owners of many of the 34 shops had obtained stay orders against the demolition.

Not only has the market been disfigured but many shop owners have suffered for no reason, it is learnt. The DDA started the demolition without informing or serving any prior notice to the shop owners.

The unexpected demolition was a shock for visitors as well. There was a lot of confusion as to platforms in front of which all shops had been illegal or authorised.

Mr Ravi Kalra, a regular visitor to the market, said, “It’s all because of personal grudges of the shop owners. I am a regular visitor and know almost all the people here. Since 1975, they have been here and this unexpected demolition is a setback for many of 
us. The DDA should have at least informed about it.”

The unauthorised constructions on the side lane, including the ‘chabutras’ of four restaurants, were brought down. The four shops — 8, 12, 18 and 22 — were originally allotted to their owners for running restaurants.

The owner of shop No. 18, Mr S. S. Singh, feels betrayed. He said, , “First of all, I have a stay order against the demolition in this place. I showed it to the DDA officials but they did not pay any heed. This place is allotted in the name of my wife, Reshma, in 1976 under the SC/ST category. The ‘chabutra’ is part of my shop. We have been running this place for the last 26 years under the name ‘Food Plaza’. We also have a valid licence from the MCD for running the restaurant.”

“We asked the DDA to provide us with the copy of the layout plan, which will have proved that the ‘chabutra’ is part of the restaurant. But the layout plan was not shown despite submitting Rs 75 for the same. And, all of a sudden, our restaurant was demolished,” Mr S. S. Singh said.

The shops allotted for restaurants was a small area of about 100 sq ft. “This is why the DDA made specific provisions for 1 ft high chabutras from the ground level adjoining the rear door of the restaurant to provide sitting arrangements for customers. The owner of shop No 20, Mr Gurwinder Singh, started harassing us as he wanted to build an opening towards our chabutra. We have not encroached any place; the DDA is not doing anything to non-original occupants who have constructed basements and put up hoarding illegally, as we cannot grease their palms. It’s sheer injustice,” Mr S. S. Singh alleged.

The DDA also agrees that the platform has not been constructed illegally by the shop owners but insists that it was an encroachment. 
Mr Chaman Jindal, another shop owner, said, “The DDA did not give any prior notice to anyone. We all have suffered because of the enmity of these two shop owners.

The place was allotted for sweet shops. The owners of both No.18 and No. 20 should sit and solve their dispute instead of troubling others. The DDA has also demolished some of the unauthorised constructions.

Occupants of these areas did not say anything because they know that they have done something wrong. We managed to save only a few items like water coolers but the most of them had been lost.”


PHDCCI resents move to defer sale of oil cos
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, September 24
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) has expressed its resentment over the move of the central government in deferring the privatisation of major oil companies, HPCL and BPCL.

Mr P. K. Jain, the vice-president of the PHDCCI and founder president of the Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), said that after a promising start to the disinvestment programme early this year, the recent decision of the Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment (CCD) to defer the privatisation had come as a major setback.

“What is surprising is that in this case, there was no fear of the companies emerging as private monopolies as these companies operate in the oil refining and oil marketing sectors, which have a number of private sector competitors,” said Mr Jain. He added that the immediate fallout of the decision had been a setback to the investor’s confidence. The result was a sharp drop in stock prices of PSUs and a steep fall in market capitalisation.

The PDHCCI vice-president said that the move had sent adverse signals regarding the government’s commitment to effect the second generation reforms, which could set the pace for reviving industrial growth in the country. The biggest casualty was the failure to realise that liberalisation, deregulation and privatisation had to move in tandem to achieve the high growth rates envisaged in the Tenth Plan, he said.

He further said the opportunity cost of a delay in effecting the privatisation programme was immense as this might lead to the PSU stocks losing their sheen. Indeed, the stalling of the disinvestment process might result in the government receiving lower valuations at the time of eventual privatisation, he said.

What was urgently required was to revive and hasten the disinvestment process as a mean to rekindle the sagging investor confidence. The government had to develop the political will to realise the target laid down for disinvestment in the Budget, he said.

He further said that the switch on and switch off policy practised by the government should be discarded as this would create uncertainty and dampen investment prospects, both domestic and abroad.

He suggested that the government should get out of business in order to pave the way for commercial decision-making and revitalise industrial growth.

The PHDCCI has recommended that the disinvestment of oil companies should be achieved through the strategic sales route to ensure that the value of assets appreciates over the years. This should be followed up by the equity sales to the portfolio investors as this method would ensure higher valuations due to the sharp rise in stock price that follows privatisation.


Soiled notes worth Rs 33 lakh exchanged
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
The Punjab and Sind Bank exchanged mutilated/soiled notes worth Rs. 33.21 lakhs on September 22. It also issued coins worth Rs. 7.07 lakhs in different denominations.

Disclosing this, Mr N S Gujral, Chairman and Managing Director of the bank, said that the exchange of mutilated/soiled notes and coins, carried out under the instructions of the Reserve Bank of India, was undertaken at seven branches in Delhi — Tilak Nagar, Karol Bagh, Geeta Colony, Paschim Vihar, Patel Nagar,,Krishna Nagar and Currency Chest.

Mr Gujral pointed out that the bank always gave precedence to customers. With this objective in mind, it was offering them the best banking facilities.

The bank has a long, cherished history of rendering complete, dedicated and efficient service to the nation for the last 94 years.

The bank, in keeping with the requirements of its clients, is focussing on housing finance, retail trade, consumer finance and has opened specialised branches in the field of SSI, agriculture, housing, international banking and lockers etc.

Technological upgradation and computerisation of the branches is high on the bank’s agenda. Its 603 computerised branches and extension counters, besides 5 ATMs, at strategic locations in the country are well equipped to provide efficient banking services to the clients. P and S Bank has plans to open 20 to 25 ATMs in the current fiscal. The bank has established VSAT connectivity under INFINET network of RBI at 9 sites in the country to make fund transfer, remittances, connection of instruments and other banking facilities possible.

Further, tele-banking, with fax on demand, facility is available at select computerised branches of the bank. The bank will be making available electronic data interchange facilities at all its A-category and B-category authorised branches for conducting foreign exchange business during the current fiscal.


‘Chautala not following Devi Lal’s policies’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
The spokesman of the All India Jat Maha Sabha, Mr Tara Chand Mor, said that the best way to pay homage to former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal was to follow his ideals and policies. He was speaking on the occasion of Devi Lal’s birth anniversary here.

Mr Mor said that Devi Lal’s son, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, who is the Chief Minister of Haryana, was following and implementing the policies of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, instead of the policies of his father.

Mr Mor said that when the struggle for reservation in jobs for Jats in Rajasthan was going on, the Haryana Chief Minister publicly announced that the moment Rajasthan announced job reservation for Jats, he would also implement a quota in Haryana the next day. Unfortunately, the said announcement had not been implemented till today, he said.

However, Devi Lal had set up the Justice Gurnam Singh Commission. On the commission’s recommendation, reservation quota for Jats in Haryana was announced in 1990 by then Chief Minister Master Hukam Singh. In 1991, then Chief Minister Bhajan Lal got the job quota for Jats cancelled by another commission, called the Verma Commission.


DUTA stages massive dharna outside VC’s office
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, September 24
In a bid to intensify the pressure on the Vice-Chancellor, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) staged a massive dharna outside his office today. Teachers turned up in large numbers at the invitation of DUTA. The dharna witnessed the participation of almost 1,000 teachers.

The day also marked the meeting of the Workload Committee to decide upon the amendment of workload norms proposed by the UGC. DUTA is pressing for the completion of the meeting’s proceedings by tomorrow.

The Vice-Chancellor had earlier promised DUTA that he would call an immediate meeting of the Academic Council within 48 hours of the submission of the workload committee report to finalise the workload. Sanjaya Bohidar, DUTA treasurer, said, “We hope that the VC keeps up his promises.”

DUTA, at an extended meeting last night, had decided to step up pressure on the VC through a massive demonstration. DUTA also decided to continue the relay hunger strike –which entered its eighth day today – till the time that the VC convenes a meeting of the Academic Council. Mr Bohidar said, “We are hoping that the committee decides in favour of the academic opinion, which is to continue with the ordinance of 15 hours per week.”

Peace march today

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Association will hold an all-religion peace march on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Shaheed-e-Azam on Wednesday. The peace march will start from Teen Murti at 11.45 am. It will be led by Mr Inderjeet Singh Aast. Mr Joginder Singh, former CBI Director, will be chief guest. Besides, Mr Maninderjeet Singh Bitta, Chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Mr Harsharan Singh Balli, MLA, Mr Ramakant Goswami, MLA, and Mr Paramjeet Singh Pamma, President of the National Akali Dal, will also participate in the peace march.

Mashelkar gets extension

Dr R. A. Mashelkar, FRS, Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was given an extension in service for a period of two years up to December 2004 by the government on Tuesday. Dr Mashelkar, who completes 25 years of service in the CSIR this year, has played a key role in its recent transformation into a user-focused and performance-driven organisation.


NSS holds rally against polythene
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 24
The NSS unit of Government Dental College here organised a rally to celebrate the NSS Day today. The theme of the rally was ‘awareness against the use of polythene in daily life’. Nearly 75 students of the college participated in the rally. They prepared different charts cautioning the people against the use of polythene and organised an exhibition in the reception hall of the college. Brig S. C. Anand, principal of the college, inaugurated the exhibition and distributed prizes to the winners.

Meanwhile, the NSS volunteers of local affiliated colleges and teaching departments of Maharshi Dayanand University marched through the streets, spreading the message of harmful effects of using polythene bags. Dr S. N. Mishra, a senior lecturer in bio-sciences department, apprised the students of the environmental damages on account of widespread use of polythene bags.

Mr T. C. Aggarwal, principal, Government College at Gohana, urged the students to use cloth bags in place of polythene bags. Mr Dalbir Singh Hooda, NSS programme officer of the college, suggested that the students should inform the masses about the ill-effects of polythene and inspire them to use cloth or paper bags.

Student killed

Panipat: A BA (Final) student of the local SD College, Neetu Singh, who was riding pillion on a motor cycle was killed when the vehicle was hit by a canter on the Gohana road here on Tuesday. Her father, Mr Brij Pal, who was riding the bike, sustained injuries.

Suicide by woman

Krishna, a married woman of Karhans village, consumed some poisonous substance at her home on Sunday night. She was admitted to the local Civil Hospital where she died on Tuesday morning. She was reportedly depressed as she was suffering from an incurable disease. The body was handed over to her relatives after a post-mortem examination.

Water scarcity

Narnaul: The gross high-handedness and negligence of the Department of Public Health has led to scarcity of water on the Government Post Graduate College for Boys campus at Narnaul. The only tubewell financed by the Government Post Graduate College here has been out of service for the past more than year. The cost of the tubewell (about Rs 2 lakh) was borne by the college. The executive engineer of the department was requested to run this tubewell for supplying water to the college grounds. The surplus water was to be directed to the Adarsh Nagar and Maharana Pratap Nagar colonies. Unfortunately, after an operation of about one year the submersible motor got damaged. The Principal, Mr H. R. Mittal, told this correspondent that the college authorities had written several times to the Public Health Department about this. Now, the matter would be taken to the district administration.


Four robbers who operate in buses nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
With the arrest of four youths from Sultanpuri, the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers who operated in moving buses. They were identified as Tanvir, his brother Salauddin and their associates Shamim and Anil Kumar.

The suspects were arrested on Monday from Jalebi Chowk in Sultanpuri when they alighted from a moving bus after robbing a passenger, Narender Kumar. The victim also got down from the bus just behind the culprits and informed the police. The police arrested them after a chase.

During interrogation, they confessed to having robbed the wallet of the victim in which he had kept Rs 850. The victim boarded a Blue Line bus (route number 908) from Sultanpuri bus stand. The robbers also boarded the bus from there. They spotted Narender Kumar travelling alone and tried to pick his pocket. When he resisted, the robbers threatened Narender with a knife and robbed him.

The bus was packed to its capacity but nobody dared to come forward when the victim cried for help.

The suspects further disclosed that Tanvir was their gang leader and known as “machine” and others were “Thekbaz”. They had been operating in the area for several months and their operation was limited to buses running on Ring Road from Shalimar Bagh and Ashok Vihar to Britannia Chowk and Saraswati Vihar, including bus route numbers 883, 908 and Mudrika services.

In another case, the North-East district police arrested five robbers, who operated in buses in the district. They were identified as Abdul Hamid, Issar, Shahid, Shirazudin and Saqir. They were arrested during a drive launched by the district police to curb robberies in moving buses, the police said.


Confectioner looted, murdered in Garh Mukteshwar
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 24
The reported looting and murder of Mr D.P.Gupta, a resident of Sonepat and president of the Haryana Pradesh Halwai Union, in Garh Mukteshwar (UP) area by unidentified armed robbers of Ghaziabad on Saturday, has cast a gloom over this city.

According to a report, the body of the victim was brought here on Sunday night and was cremated here in the presence of thousands of people including leaders of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions. It is stated that the Uttar Pradesh Police have taken into custody a resident of Modi Nagar (UP) for interrogation.

Mr Gupta, it is stated, had gone to Garh Mukteshwar (UP) on Saturday morning, instead of Friday, for having a holy dip in connection with the Puranmashi.

However, when he did not return in the evening, his relatives contacted the dharamshala at Brijghat, Garh Mukteshwar. To the dismay of the relatives of Mr Gupta, they were told that he had not reached the dharamshala at Brijghat. Thereupon, his relatives left for Garh Mukteshwar by car to look for him. However, they were unable to trace him in Garh Mukteshwar.

Thereafter, they informed the police about the disappearance of Mr Gupta.

The police informed the relatives of Mr Gupta that an unidentified body of a man had been recovered from the railway line.

The body was later identified as that of Mr Gupta and bore sharp-edged weapon injuries on his head. The police later registered a case of murder on the basis of complaint filed by the relatives of Mr Gupta. It is stated that the robbers had looted cash and other valuables from Mr Gupta before murdering him. Meanwhile, Mr Laxmi Chand Gupta, president of the Haryana Pradesh Beopar Mandal, Mr Pawan Goel, district president of the Beopar Mandal, Mr Ashok Goenka, Secretary of the Beopar Mandal and Mr Ashok Sharma, a Congress leader, today condoled the death of Mr Gupta.

They demanded a high-level probe into the ghastly murder of Mr Gupta and the immediate arrests of the culprits involved in it.

They also urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to take up the matter with his counterpart, Ms Mayawati, so that the culprits could be arrested and punished.


Cheat offering bogus jobs falls in police net
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24
The Crime Branch today claimed to have arrested one person who allegedly used to cheat innocent persons with fictitious job offers. A large number of filled application forms of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), interview letters, newspaper ‘Sandhyanand’ with an advertisement and visiting cards were seized from his possession.

The Investigation Team of the Crime Branch after receiving a complaint conducted a raid at Naraina Vihar and nabbed the accused, Akash Tomar (23), resident of Baghpat.

The accused had given an advertisement on August 3 in a local Marathi newspaper, ‘Sandhyanand’, of Maharashtra that the Reliance Industries Ltd needed field officers, supervisors, clerks, drivers, guards and storekeepers. The aspiring candidates were asked to apply with a deposit of Rs 2,200 as security and registration fees in Delhi.

Three candidates, Amod Ganpath Jadhav, Pradeep Manohar Sonawan and Asheesh Patil, who had come to deposit the security money, were also prevented from being cheated.

The other accused, Anil Tomar and Sanjay Sharma, are absconding. Efforts are on in full swing to apprehend them.

Robbers nabbed

Personnel of the PCR van deployed at West district apprehended two robbers Babu Khan (20), resident of Raghubir Nagar, and Suresh (19), resident of Bakarwala JJ Colony, who had stolen a Maruti car (DL-4CJ-0702), and were moving about in suspicious circumstances.

When the police stopped them they sped away without stopping. The police nabbed them near Tilak Nagar Gurdwara. On questioning, both confessed to having stolen the car from Vishnu Garden.

Delinquents held

The South-West district police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested three juvenile delinquents and worked out four cases of house burglaries which were done by breaking open the grills of windows.

The accused, Monty, Sonu and Monu (all names changed), residents of Mahipalpur, whad been arrested earlier for the same offence and were sent to judicial custody.

After getting released from custody, they had engaged themselves in burglaries and were involved in several cases. They used to take away electronic items, jewellery and cash. The boys are 10-11 years of age and of thin built. Thus, they could go through any window without problem. Their accomplice, Shankar, who used to dispose of the stolen jewellery, is at large.

Smack seized

The North district police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested a drug trafficker and seized 650 grams of high quality smack worth Rs 65 lakh in the international market.

The accused, Hemraj, alias Deepak, resident of Shahdarawas, was apprehended near Sarai Rohilla while he was on his way to deliver drugs in Ashok Vihar, Mangol Puri and Sultan Puri.

During interrogation, he revealed that his entire family, including his father, mother, wife and children, were involved in the illegal business.


Petrol pump robbery foiled as four held

Panipat, September 24
With the arrest of four persons last night, the Model Town police claim to have busted a gang of thieves. With their arrest, a bid to loot he Maharana Petrol Pump has also been foiled.

According to the SP, Ms Mamta Singh, on specific information three police teams, led by the Model Town SHO, Mr Naresh Ahlawat, cordoned off the Gohana road area. The accused were allegedly planning to loot the petrol station on the Gohana road. Even as they were about to execute their plan of looting the petrol station, the police team overpowered them. OC

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