Friday, October 11, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Raj Niwas allays fears on circulars
Ramesh Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
Sheila DikshitOn a day when Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit extended a formal invitation to Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Madan Lal Khurana for talks on a suitable dispensation for the NCT of Delhi, Raj Niwas sought to allay the apprehensions of the Council of Ministers on the impact of the twin circulars issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs that the chief minister maintained curtailed the powers of the popular, duly elected government and should be withdrawn.

Denying reports of a rift between the Centre’s nominee and the Council of Ministers, Raj Niwas said the apprehensions of an erosion of autonomy of the popular, duly elected government were false. “There is no friction … no controversy … apprehensions on this count are false.” Distancing itself from the “controversy” and also, perhaps, seeking immunity from allegations of partisanship, Raj Niwas further said it was for the Council of Ministers and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to resolve all outstanding issues.

Madan Lal Khurana “Why create hurdles where there are none ?” it said and clarified that the meeting that had been scheduled for the afternoon to review the financial position of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and which the chief minister did not attend had only been deferred to a later date. “The meeting has not been cancelled. It has been postponed because officials concerned wanted time to prepare for the review.” Raj Niwas also said the “common” commitment was to good governance and development of the NCT of Delhi.

Although the chief minister was not available for comments, her aides said Ms Dikshit had declined to attend that meeting although she did keep her appointment with the Lieutenant Governor for the weekly meeting scheduled for later in the evening. “The chief minister did call on the Lieutenant Governor in the evening,” the aides said. The chief minister, they said, had written a letter to Khurana inviting him for talks on the issue of statehood for the Government of NCT of Delhi. “The chief minister has invited Mr Khurana and others from the BJP for discussion on the future set up for the NCT of Delhi,” they said and informed that the meeting was likely to take place on October 16. Besides Khurana, four to five others from the BJP are expected to attend that meeting and deliberate on the suitable model of dispensation for the NCT of Delhi. While the BJP insists the proposed State have law and order under its control, the INC maintains a workable model be evolved by reworking the Delhi 21 document prepared by the Government of NCT of Delhi.



When hands of law quarrel in public

Jhajjar, October 10
The Bar Association in Bahadurgarh has taken up cudgels against the police and the administration here, following the reported beating up of an advocate, Mr Mahender Kasaria, allegedly by a cop. The police, instead of taking action against the erring cop, have registered criminal cases against the victim on the charge of assaulting a policeman on duty.

Even as Mr Kasaria began his three-day hunger strike outside the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate in the court complex here today, the Bar Association passed a resolution demanding the withdrawal of the criminal cases and suspension of the accused policeman.

The association criticised the SDM, Mr Sultan Singh, for his alleged indifference towards the public in general and the lawyers in particular. The resolution stated: “It has been unanimously resolved that the attitude of the SDM towards the public as well as the lawyers, moreover towards the law, is very derogatory and casual.”

The resolution accused the SDM of being non-cooperative and decided to boycott his court "till he improves his attitude". The association has also called for a meeting of presidents of all the state Bar Associations after three days to discuss further course of action, if the police did not accept its demands.

Mr Kasaria alleged that when he was getting his scooter repaired on October 1, a police constable arrived there and asked the auto-mechanic to get his shoes polished and uniform ironed immediately. When the advocate requested the constable to allow the mechanic to first repair his scooter, the latter misbehaved with him. Both also had a heated exchange. In the interim, some other policemen had also reached the spot. At this point, the cop attacked Mr Kasaria with an iron rod and fled from the spot, leaving his uniform and shoes behind. These are with the Mr Kasaria now.

After a while, DSP Shiv Dayal Tanwar and a few other policemen rushed to the spot and assured the advocate of action against the erring cop and asked him to accompany them to the police station. To his surprise, the police registered criminal cases against him under Sections 332, 353, 186 and 506 of the IPC, Mr Kasaria alleged. However, he obtained anticipatory bail from ADJ, Jhajjar.

On the other hand, the SHO (City), Mr Rajpal, said that Mr Kasaria had attacked the policeman on duty, Sat Prakash, and the case was registered after a medical examination of both persons.

Mr Devender Lathar, president of the Bar Association, said that the highhandedness of the police could not be tolerated and the association would rally around the victim. Their agitation would not end until their demands were met.



House panel reviews drive against sex test clinics 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 10
A nine-member team of the `Women Empowerment Committee' of Parliament paid a visit to the town yesterday to take stock of the measures being taken by the health authorities to check the violation of the Pre-Natal Detection Test (PNDT) Act in the region. The committee, which held a meeting later, called for more serious efforts and a continuous drive to implement the PNDT Act in a proper manner. The members of the committee, who were taken to two private hospitals for a formal visit, seemed to be not satisfied as they received reports that the misuse of ultrasound centres and facilities had not ceased.

The members expressed their concern over the falling male-female ratio in Haryana in general and in the region in particular, and said that a Bill would soon be tabled in Parliament to tackle the problem. A few members of the committee were of the view that the health officials ought to go out in the field to create mass awareness and take action against persons involved in the misuse of ultrasound facilities, instead of only holding meetings, debates or seminars behind closed doors.

The sex ratio in Faridabad district is reported to be 856 women per 1000 men. The health authorities told the committee that about 93 ultrasound centres or machines had been registered here with a view to checking the misuse. However, experts feel that mere registration of such centres was not an answer to the problem; they also flayed the tardy pace of the drive launched in 2000.

The committee also discussed the possibility of the misuse of the authority delegated to the District Health Department and called for setting up an independent body to monitor the implementation of the Act. The members of the committee, who visited the town, included Dr (Mrs) V. Saroja, Mrs Shyama Singh, Mrs M. Ribello, Mrs Gurcharan Kaur, Mrs Bimba Raikar, Mrs Savita Sharda, E. Punnuswamy and Sardar Bhan Singh. The Principal Secretary and Financial Commissioner in the State Health Department, Mr Bhagwati Prasad, Director, General Health Services, Mr J. L. Chaudhary, Director (Health), Dr B. S. Dahiya, Additional State Drug Controller, Mr G. L. Singhal and civil surgeons of Faridabad and Gurgaon were present at the meeting.



MCD gets cracking against tender mafia
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
Concerned over the alleged complicity of some officials of the Engineering Department while allotting tenders to contractors, the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has made certain recommendations to eliminate the nexus with the tender mafia.

This decision was taken after a report submitted by Mr. V. S. Sharma, additional commissioner, Engineering, revealed that the irregularities had resulted in a financial loss of crores of rupees to the corporation.

It was revealed that the members of the dreaded tender mafia corner tenders only to withdraw after accepting huge sums from the genuine contractors, resulting in high bids. This defeats the very purpose of issuing tenders for civic works.

The Standing Committee has directed that official responsible for a job will ensure that all invitations for the tender are properly displayed on the notice board of the division. The official will certify this on the office copies of the notice for invitation of tenders (NITs).

The executive engineer will also be required to check such certificates from time to time. Besides, NITs will also be displayed at the Zonal Headquarters notice board and outside the office of Superintending Engineer of the Zone and a copy will also be sent to the Chairman of the Ward Committee of the Zone.

The Standing Committee said that it was also in the knowledge of the corporation that a large number of class-I contractors enjoy the facility of earnest money but they do not participate in the tendering. Now, it has been decided that the facility of earnest money will be restricted to tenders falling in the category in which these contractors are registered. If the contractors want to purchase tenders of lower category, they will be required to deposit separate earnest money.

A financial limit has also been fixed for certain categories of contractors. For instance, those registered in Class V will be allowed to work up to Rs 20 lakh in a year and class IV up to Rs 40 lakh. These contractors will not be allowed to take tenders beyond this prescribed limit. No contractors registered in Category –II and I will be allowed to participate in tenders costing less than Rs two lakh, the sources said.



College molestations: Students boycott classes
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, October 10
The agitated students of the Government College for Women here boycotted their classes in protest against the casual attitude of the authorities against the molesters.

Responding to the call given by student leaders on Wednesday, several girls assembled in the college ground. Later, some girls gathered at the main gate of the college as they were not allowed to enter the college premises. They shouted slogans against a lecturer in the Fine Arts Department who allegedly molested a student in the college premises. Some of them carried placards condemning the conduct of the teacher and the ‘laxity' on the part of the authorities. The protesting students did not hesitate to face the camera of a local TV network and lashed out against the Fine Arts teacher and a lab attendant of the Psychology Department of the college who are allegedly involved in two incidents of molestation.

Talking to the 'NCR Tribune,' the protesters demanded immediate suspension and transfer of both the 'molesters'. They threatened that they would continue to boycott their classes till their demands were accepted.

Ms Manju Sekhri, officiating principal of the college, denied that the students had boycotted their classes. She said, although some students had gathered in the college ground earlier in the day, they went to their classes when she convinced them that the process of action against the 'erring' employees had been initiated. She informed the protestors that an official team constituted by the Director, Higher Education, was likely to inquire into the matter.



Yamuna is doomed: Jagmohan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
The day after a World Bank-funded report highlighted the fact that the Yamuna’s Wazirabad-Okhla stretch is the most threatened eco-system in the world, the Union Minister for Culture and Tourism, Mr Jagmohan, said the river could not be cleaned unless the social and political system underwent a reform.

“It would not be possible to clean the Yamuna in the real sense, unless our social and political system undergoes a reform and the people acquire an elevated mindscape of not sacrificing future for short-term gains,” he said.

The Yamuna catchment area of the National Capital Territory is one per cent of the river’s total catchment area but it generates more than 50% of the pollutants found in the Yamuna. The crucial stretch is a mere 22-km-long portion of its 1200 kilometre journey.

Wastewater with little or no oxygen flows through this stretch. TERI studies said more than 70% of the 84 districts that make up the Delhi sub-basin are water–stressed due to depletion and degradation of quality of ground and surface water resources. Delhi receives relatively clean water and converts it into a deadly concoction of disease-bearing water for the people who live downstream.

Laying the foundation stone for Navyug School in Gole Market, the Union Minister said, “Unless we become a well-organised and well-disciplined society, there is little hope for India to become a power that would count in the comity of nations.”

The Rs 7-crore school project became possible once the squatters were resettled at appropriate places under a programme of resettlement and redevelopment. The three-storey building would be constructed within two years.

Mr Jagmohan asked the New Delhi Municipal Corporation to expedite the redevelopment project opposite Birla Mandir. The squatters had been removed for developing the area partly as a residential complex for devotees and yatris who wanted to pray at the temple. A public library would also be set up and transferred to the NDMC, he added.

Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, said the school would meet the long pending demand of the area residents. Appreciating the efforts of the civic body in augmenting the civic amenities in the area, she said small shops and kiosks on the roadsides should be constructed, so that poor hawkers can earn their livelihood through these shops. 



HC sets up panel on burn wards in main hospitals
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
An eight-member committee was today set up by the Delhi High Court with Union Health Secretary as convenor to suggest ways and means to improve facilities available at the burns ward of four leading hospitals in the national Capital.

While constituting the committee, a Division Bench comprising Justice Anil Dev Singh and Justice Mukul Mudgal asked it to visit Safdarjung Hospital, R M L Hospital, G T B Hospital and L N J P Hospital for an on-the-spot assessment and submit its report by October 22. Besides Union Health Secretary S K Naik, other members on the panel are: Delhi Government's Health Secretary S P Aggarwal, Additional Solicitor General Mukul Rohtagi, former HOD of Safdarjung Hospital's Burns ward Dr J L Gupta, Director General of Health Services, Director General of Arms Forces Medical Corps and advocates Ashok Aggarwal and Meira Bhatia. The court also asked the committee to give an estimate as to how much money would be needed to install state-of-the-art equipment for upgrading the hospitals to international standards.

"Delhi deserves a first class burns ward not only in Safdarjung Hospital but in all the hospitals. Bomb blasts and terrorist attacks are taking place. We must have it," the court observed. "It should not be a five-year plan. We would like to see that things materialise in the very near future," the Bench observed.



Thanks to administrative lacuna, ADC has 3 houses 
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 10
The additional construction (changing the original layout plan) in house No 5 located in the Officer’s Colony I, allotted against the name of the wife of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Mahtab Singh Sehrawat is doing the buzz in the official and private circles here these days. The matter also have brought to light the number of houses allotted to the ADC who is also the local Administrator of Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda).

In effect, he has three houses against his name plus the wife’s house. This has happened apparently due to the administrative lacunae regarding house allotments to government servants.

Significantly, Mr Sehrawat was posted as ADC, Gurgaon, with the additional charge of local Administrator, Huda, recently. Although additional constructions have taken place in almost all the houses in the Officers’ Colony I here, this case has become the talking point as it involved the ADC. The house was allotted to Mr Sehrawat’s wife, a teacher in a local government college, long before he was transferred here. The alleged extension consists of a room and a bathroom-cum-toilet.

The reports available reveal that no permission was obtained for making extension in the house. The rule is that the Public Works Department can do extension or repair works in government houses and that too after prior clearance. The PWD says that no permission was obtained.

According to the rule, couple-employees cannot have separate houses against their names if they are posted at the same place. In this case, while house No 5 of the Officers’ Colony I is allotted to his wife, House No 1, falling in the same row, earmarked for the ADC, has been allotted to Mr Sehrawat. Interestingly, another house, earmarked for the local Administrator of Huda in Sector 15, has also been allotted to Mr Sehrawat.

Significantly, the name plate on the outer wall of house No 7 in Officers’ Colony I too reads Mr Mahtab Singh.

The allotments of houses to the ADC and the Huda Administrator, even though both posts are held by the same person, are being officially justified on the ground that the two houses are earmarked for the officers who are transferred here against these posts. As a rule, they cannot be allotted to anyone else. Hence, Mr Sehrawat, being the ADC with the additional charge of Administrator, is officially entitled to have the allotments against his name. A senior officer said that Mr Sehrawat had been staying in the house allotted to his wife.



Police blamed for Indirapuram murder-cum-looting
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 10
The sensational loot and murder in Indirapuram on Monday night seems to be due to dereliction of duty by the police. The fact that the police picket situated about 100 metres from the site of the incident and covering up of a similar incident on the previous day have been cited as proof of this attitude.

The injured were lying on the road the whole night. That the cops did not get an inkling of it is a poor reflection on the much-touted improved police patrolling in the area.

The spot where criminals had targeted the murdered youth, Suveneesh Tyagi alias Pintu, is the site of the police picket, according to police station records. The cops had been posted to set up the picket merely 100 metres from the spot where the crime took place, but the police were nowhere to be seen, with the result that the injured Vinode and his brother-in-law Suveneesh had been lying on the roadside for the whole night along with their scooter.

No police patrol vehicle had apparently come that side for the whole night. Vinode's life was reportedly saved only because he was wearing a helmet, though his face was covered with blood from injuries.

Vinode and Suveneesh were returning from Ghaziabad after shopping for a marriage. When they reached Shakti Khand on the canal road, they were hit with lathis. As they fell down in the bushes, about half-a-dozen criminals, who were lying in wait in the bushes, rained blows with lathis, saryas and other weapons on them. They tried to escape but were in incapacitated by further attacks.

When the police arrived to take away Suveneesh's body, the family members, particularly women, turned their anger against them: “Where were you when he was lying injured? Why are you taking the body now?” Had the police come on time and rushed him to a hospital, he probably would have been saved.

Later, the same criminals had reportedly attacked the house of Om Prakash, a contractor in nearby Lohya Nagar. After injuring Sanjay, Kamal and three other persons, the criminals fled with their bags and suitcases.

The Indirapuram police are also accused of covering up an incident, which had taken place the previous night in which members of the Saryamar gang were involved, according to Mr Phool Singh who lives in Indirapuram-II and works in meteorological department.

Vinode's in-laws live in Rampur village under Hafizpur police station area near CISF campus. As he was about to marry his daughter, his brother-in-law Suveneesh alias Pintu along with his wife Kamla had come over to help in the preparations for the wedding.



Stoppage for trains demanded
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 10
The Daily Railway Passengers Welfare Association has urged the Union Railway Ministry to order stoppage for Shan-e-Punjab, Jan Shatabadi, Sachkhand Express, Sarvodaya Express, Malwa Express and other Shatabadi trains at the Sonepat railway station, which is one of the highest revenue earning station on the DUK section of the Northern Railway.

In a memorandum sent to the Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, a copy of which was released to the Press here today, the association has pointed out that Sonepat is not only a historic city but it is an industrial township as well as the district headquarters in Haryana. At least 30,000 passengers commute in the trains from here everyday between Sonepat and Delhi. Lack of stoppage for the above-mentioned trains at the Sonepat railway station forces passengers to go to Delhi or Panipat to board them. This causes great inconvenience to them as they have to spend more money for going to Delhi or Panipat, the memorandum says.

The association also pointed out that the passengers bound for the cities of Punjab and beyond had been facing great hardships on account of non-stoppage of long-distance trains. Whenever the New Delhi-bound Shan-e-Punjab ran behind schedule, the Sonepat-based passengers could not board the New Delhi-bound Himalayan Queen Express from Panipat. They had to spend the night at Panipat for boarding other trains. The association demanded the stoppage of Shan-e-Punjab at Sonepat so that the local passengers could get down here itself.

The non-stoppage of Sachkhand Express has also caused resentment among Sikh passengers who have to board this train at Delhi or Panipat. Similarly, long-distant passengers fail to board Sarvodaya Express running between Jammu Tawi and Ahmedabad as well as Swaraj Express.



She keeps development of children 
close to her heart
Priyanka Gupta

Mrs Grace Pinto. New Delhi, October 10
Mrs Grace Pinto believes in the words of Joe E. Lewis: “You are only young once, and if you work it right once, once is enough”. Mrs Pinto, a woman of substance, is not only the director of Ryan International School, but has been involved in various charity works, including opening day schools for slum clusters and educating children near construction sites.

Mrs Grace Pinto feels she has only supported the dream of her husband, Dr A. F. Pinto. She said, “I am basically a teacher. It was Dr Pinto’s vision that persuaded me to open our own venture. He always wanted to serve the society. In 1983, St Xavier’s was established in Mumbai and Ryan International in 1993 in Delhi.” Ryan International now has 72 branches all over India.

Apart from the usual school activities, Ryan has been involved in various charity works. ‘Anubhav’ is one of the projects, which imparts education to slum children.

She further said, “We try to teach kids through practical examples. We do not burden them with unit tests every month. We make children interview a celebrity and telecast it live in the school. It builds the confidence of the child, for we emphasise on the development of overall personality. If a child is good in sports or art or any other activity, we encourage them to pursue that particular activity.”

Ryan is also associated with orphanages and various cultural centres. Mrs Grace added, “I give a personal touch to each of my students. And they love me.” Mrs Grace said that the children did not hesitate to share their feelings and their personal or family problems with her.

In between her tight schedule, Mrs Pinto even finds enough time to pay surprise visits to her schools and check copies of the students personally to asses the progress made by the kids.

Mrs Pinto has also produced few films involving her students, including ‘Chikki’, ‘Hum Honge Kamyaab’, and ‘Friendly Alien’, that was even selected for the National Children’s Film Festival. 



Hundreds line up to greet Sonia
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 10
Hundreds of Congress leaders and activists lined up at various points of the National Highway No 2 here this morning to greet Mrs Sonia Gandhi, the party president. She was on her way to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.

Several state-level and local leaders of the party stood for long hours at several places along Mathura Road to greet their leader. Huge banners and posters were put up on the highway passing through the town to welcome Mrs Gandhi, who took a brief halt at Ballabgarh to accept greetings.

A member of the AICC and the general secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Anand Kaushik, and the Secretary of the HPCC, Ms Sharda Rathaur, were among others to greet the Congress chief.



Phones in 11 villages dead
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 10
Communication links in at least 11 villages of the district have been disrupted following the development of technical defects in the rural telephone exchanges.

According to a report, the affected villages are: Chaulka, Nakloi, Khanda, Nirthan, Sehri, Bidhlan, Kheri Dahiya, Silana, Gorar, Sisana and Garhi Sisana. A large number of telephones continue to remain dead as the authorities concerned have failed to rectify the defects in spite of repeated complaints made to them by the subscribers.

At Garhi Sisana village, the underground cables have been damaged by the JCB machines pressed into service to remove encroachments on public and panchayat land there. As a result, all the telephones remain dead.

Similarly, most of the telephones in Khanda, Bidhlan and Sisana villages also have not been working following technical defects developed in the telephone exchanges. This has caused widespread resentment among the telephone subscribers who alleged that the officials of the BSNL had failed to take necessary action.

The Telephone Subscribers Welfare Association has demanded a high-level probe into the complaints and stern action against the officials found responsible for the mess.



Two killed as sewer caves in
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 10
Two labourers were buried alive when the earthen wall of a sewer they were digging caved in near Yadav Dharamshala here today.

According to information, three labourers were working in the 10-feet deep nullah when the accident occurred in the morning. The deceased were identified as Karamchari of Bihar and Ajay of Jhajjar. The district administration has announced an ex gratia of Rs 11,000 each to the families of the deceased.

18 hurt in mishap

Around 18 persons were injured, one of them seriously, when a Tata 407, in which they were travelling, overturned on the Bupenia-Badli road today. They were going to Gurgaon from Kherka Gujjar when one of the wheels of the vehicle burst. The seriously injured, Risalo Devi, and some others were admitted to Civil Hospital at Bahadurgarh.

Encroachments removed

Sonepat: The district administration has intensified its anti-encroachment campaign in the sub-divisional towns of Gohana and Ganaur in the district. According to a report, the officials of the demolition squad pressed into service JCB machines throughout last night and cleared the civil road of all encroachments. The officials also removed encroachments from the Samata Chowk and Ambedkar Chowk and demolished unauthorised structures in Gohana. It is stated that the administration has decided to remove encroachments on the public and municipal land and no one would be spared in this connection.

According to another report, the squad demolished all the unauthorised structures built in front of the shops at the main bazars of Ganaur town yesterday. This step has been taken to widen the roads for smooth flow of traffic.

Touchtel’s service shop

Faridabad: Touchtel, the private fixed line telecom operator of Bharti Group, today launched a new service point called `Touchtel connect’ for subscribers here in Sector 16 market. The chief operating officer (COO) of the company, Mr Rajiv Kohli, told `NCR Tribune’ that it was a part of move to facilitate customer convenience.

He said the spot would serve as a one-stop place for subscribers with the entire range of services from registering new customers to extending after-sales service support. Besides, instant booking for new connections, the `connect’ shop would also handle bills, payments, attending queries etc.



Library management made easy 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
The library management is likely to witness major changes with Super Infosoft, a leading IT firm, coming out with Libams-2000, a library automation and management system.

An IBM-Netfinity certified software to ensure most reliable, cost-effective and high accuracy software for automation of library management, the company said it has several unique features, which would be handy for the visitors and the library staff to keep track of books.

The software provides extensive search, which would indicate whether the book has been issued, available or reserved by someone. It also enables the library to maintain a list of members, vendors and suppliers, authors and books, journals and magazine.

It also has the capability to provide national and international connectivity with libraries using Z39.50 technology, the company added.

New PNB credit schemes: The Punjab National Bank has introduced a new special scheme “PNB Fin Basket” with a view to widen the range of offerings under the retail segments.

The offer of the bank is aimed at making easy availability of credit to persons desirous of availing housing and other personal segment loans with simplified procedure as a package, a release said here today.

The scheme offers total financial solutions to the public as a combined package of various personal segment schemes. It shall meet the finance requirements of individuals, including joint owners, who have the capacity and are willing to avail a minimum loan of Rs five lakh as a package under at least two specified retail loan scheme at a time, one of which necessarily be for housing and the other may be car, personal or education. Attractive features include softer interest rates, lower margins and insignificant processing fee irrespective of loan amount.

Gearing up for festive season: The Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, reviewed the measures taken by the civic agencies for the festive season that lay ahead. The private power distributors have been asked to ensure uninterrupted supply to streetlights on major roads. The Department of Public Works (PWD) have been told to repair the arterial roads and flyovers. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have been directed to launch a cleanliness drive.



Gang that gave deadly lifts 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
The East district police today claimed to have apprehended four members of a gang, which used to rob passengers after offering them lift from bus stops to various destinations in their private cars.

The police claimed to have solved three cases of robberies, which were reported in the month of October.

Jakir Ali (21), resident of Mayur Vihar phase-III, Yogesh Sharma (21) from Uttar Pradesh, Anil Kumar alias Kaka (25) and Harish (19), both residents of Trilokpuri were nabbed.

Other accused Nek Pal alias Neki, resident of Khichripur, Johri alias Ved Prakash, resident of Mayur Vihar, Harish, resident of Khora Colony, Mukesh, resident of Tirlokpuri and Ravi Meena, resident of Anand Vihar will be nabbed soon, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Arvind Deep.

Four mobile phones and a Maruti Van No.DL-7C-A-8086 have been recovered from their possession.

The gang robbed a doctor Virender Kumar, from ESI Hospital, Jhilmil, while he was waiting for a bus at ITO to go to the Delhi Railway Station.

The gang members agreed to take Virender to the railway station for Rs 10. Some more persons boarded the van midway, posing themselves as passengers.

When the van reached a deserted place, the gang robbed him of Rs 17,000, a mobile phone, wristwatch and other belongings. The robbers reportedly threatened him with knife and katta, and when he tried to resist, they even injured him.

In another incident, they robbed Raj Kumar of Rs 5,000 in a similar fashion and the victim even received multiple injuries when he had resisted. The gang members also used to convince passengers that their vehicle was government approved.

They encouraged the passengers to hand over their valuables with a treasurer for safe custody. Subsequently, the treasurer tricked the passengers and deprived them of their belongings.



Bank robbery suspect surrenders 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
The prime suspect in a bank robbery committed in Connaught Place in July 2001, when security guards of Brinks Arya Security Agency were transferring cash to ICICI bank, reportedly surrendered in Sonepat and was brought to Delhi on transit remand.

The police brought him to the Capital from Sonepat where he had surrendered before the court. The suspect, Jitender, was allegedly involved in an attempt to murder case in Haryana and was on bail. He got his bail cancelled and surrendered before the court in Sonepat, the police said. His interrogation led to the arrest of other suspects. However, the police have not disclosed their names.

The Delhi Police have been in search of Dharmveer Singh, Jaswant Singh and Jitender Singh alias Kaka alias Tempo, in connection with the bank robbery case. Jitender originally belongs to a village in Sonepat but after the robbery incident, he had shifted to Najafgarh.

He had purchased a house and some jewellery from his share of Rs one crore and had been living in Najafgarh. Another Rs one crore was divided among two others, the police said.

The robbery took place in July 2001 in Connaught Place when security guards of Brinks Arya Security Agency were transferring the cash to ICICI bank after withdrawing it from the Reserve Bank of India, Parliament Street. The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police was investigating the case and special teams had been constituted to work out the case.

In April this year, the Crime Branch received a secret information that the suspects were hiding in a hotel in Kolhapur. By the time the Crime Branch team reached there, a team of the West district police was also there to nab them. Even as they were arguing over who should formally arrest them, the suspects managed to escape.



Conmen posing as executives arrested 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 10
The Delhi Police Special Cell nabbed two persons who were posing themselves as executives of Citibank and cheated people by misusing their signatures to make fraudulent purchases. The special cell sleuths, acting on a complaint, arrested Micheal Francis (34) and his associate Prince Tyagi (27), both residents of Ghaziabad, who had misused 11 credit cards to make purchases like mobile phones, wristwatches, television sets, clothes, one MP3 VCD player and had also dined in expensive hotels. Five mobile phones, one wristwatch, one television set and a credit card were recovered from their possession.

Francis had worked for the of HSBC bank and had learnt the various loopholes in the credit card system there. He used to visit the homes of potential victims and managed to obtain their credit cards on the excuse of putting their photograph on the credit cards. Once the card came into his hand, he used the card to make fraudulent purchases.

Mobile phone gang smashed: The Crime Branch today claimed to have nabbed members of a gang involved in the theft of mobile phones. The gang members were involved in more than 27 cases in areas like Connaught Place, Karol Bagh and Pahar Ganj. Twenty-eight stolen mobile phones and four receivers of the stolen phones were seized. The gang members, who were school dropouts, were identified as Vinay Kumar (18), Purushotam alias Bhuri (18), Manoj Kumar (18) and Ajay Kumar (18), all residents of Kishan Ganj. They mainly stole the phones from market places, crowded buses and in cinema halls.

Gangster arrested: The Operations Cell of the South-West district police, after a brief encounter, nabbed a gangster, identified as Jitender Sharma alias Bitoo along with his associate Narender Tomar, near the Air-Force Station in Palam. The accused Jitender, resident of Bhiwani, was convicted to life imprisonment and had managed to escape from the custody of the Rajasthan Police while he was being taken to be produced in a court in Bhiwani.

He along with his other associates, Praveen, Manbir, Sunil, Satender alias Babbal, residents of Ghaziabad, Devender alias Debu, Sandeep alias Sagar, resident of Bulandshar and Rajesh, resident of Bhiwani allegedly had kidnapped Sameer Narang, a son of a businessmen in Bhiwani and had demanded Rs one crore for his release. While his associates had been nabbed by the police, Jitender had managed to escape the police dragnet. He was finally spotted near the Air Force Station while he was planning to meet a person. Immediately, he started firing at the police party but was overpowered by the police.

Minor raped
: A minor (14) was allegedly raped by a youth in Jainabad village, about 25 km from here, on Wednesday. It is stated that when the girl went out to fetch milk, the accused took her inside the house to collect the payment. She was then allegedly raped by the accused. Following a complaint lodged by the victim’s father, the police have registered a case of rape under Section 376 of the IPC and arrested the accused, Sajjan Singh Yadav, son of Abhey Singh Yadav of Jainabad.


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