Friday, October 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Cops dub it encounter, kin calls it murder
Tribune News Service

The car recovered from the suspects, which the cops claim was used in the murder of the son of a Delhi head constable this year.
The car recovered from the suspects, which the cops claim was used in the murder of the son of a Delhi head constable this year.

New Delhi, October 17
The North West District Police today claimed to have killed two dreaded criminals and arrested two others following a fierce encounter in the Najafgarh area late last night. No policeman was injured in the exchange of fire.

The deceased were identified as Vivek alias Vicky and Mandeep while those arrested were identified as Sandeep Malik and Kishan Gogia. All of them were wanted in several cases of dacoity, highway robberies and car jacking. A Mauser, a Webley Scot pistol, two country made guns and a car were recovered from them. Efforts were being made to ascertain if the car was a stolen one.

The suspects used to operate in Delhi and in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Three of the suspects hail from Jhajjar and Rohtak districts of Haryana. The Haryana and Uttar Pradesh police have also been informed.

According to the police, some personnel of the anti auto theft squad of the district saw Vicky getting into a Maruti car in which three other persons were present. This was near Bahadurgarh. The police party followed the suspects and attempted to stop them when they reached a spot in Najafgarh.

Challenged by the police party, the suspects swerved off the main road and tried to speed away into the fields. The police party, however, managed to intercept the vehicle. When challenged, the suspects reportedly fired at the police which retaliated. There was an exchange of heavy firing for a few minutes and two of the four suspects fell to the police bullets. The other two were subsequently overpowered and arrested.

The police said that the two arrested suspects were being interrogated to ascertain their involvement in some other crimes, including murder.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, North West District, Mr. T. S. Luthra, said that Vicky was a known history-sheeter of Vasant Kunj police station and was involved in at least 17 cases of heinous crime. He was also allegedly involved in the murder of Bhim Pehalwan of Kishan Garh some time ago.

The police believe that the car recovered from the suspects last night was the same which was used in the murder of the son of a Delhi Police head constable in Bawana earlier this year.


They were picked up from a flat’
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 17
The Delhi Police’s handling of criminals once again came under the scanner with the relatives of the two persons killed in an encounter near Jarodha village alleging that the duo were murdered in cold blood.

Rajbir, the uncle of one of the deceased, Mandeep, alleged that the four friends were picked from their flat and killed in a fake encounter along a canal on the Delhi border. He alleged that Mandeep, along with his three friends, Vicky of Kishangarh, Kishen of Kharawar and Sandeep of Pelpa village, were sitting in their flat in Dharam Vihar when some persons in two Maruti cars arrived there; they were allegedly South West Delhi Police sleuths. The cars did not have registration plates.

According to a servant in the flat, 7 to 8 persons stepped out of the two vehicles and made inquiries about the owner of the house. When the servant said that there was no one in the flat except him, they forced him into a room on the ground floor and locked it from outside.

The four friends were allegedly overpowered and whisked away with their hands tied behind their back. According to Rajbir, on reaching the canal, two of the friends, Mandeep and Vicky, alighted from the car and were asked to run. After that, the sleuths of the South West Police reportedly fired several rounds at them. Some persons of the Jarodha village have confirmed the incident, which was made to look like an encounter.

Mandeep was a relative of Jogi, a notorious criminal who was also shot dead some months ago in Bahadurgarh. Vicky was involved in several murder cases.


Blueprint of Delhi State is CM’s model
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 17
The blueprint of State of Delhi enjoying special status under Article 371 is virtually a template of the State-of-its-own-kind model proposed by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. It incorporates many of the institutional reforms suggested by the Delhi 21 document prepared by the Government of NCT of Delhi in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The two political parties had met on Wednesday to hammer out a consensus on a suitable dispensation for the NCT of Delhi. Although both parties welcomed the outcome of the talks on the issue of statehood, the BJP had to climb down from its stated position of a ‘full’ statehood with land, police et al. While the BJP had insisted on absolute powers to exercise control over land and police in the run-up to the talks, the Congress had maintained that would not be viable for reasons of it being the nation’s Capital and also a Union Territory with an elected legislature. The Congress had suggested the Delhi 21 document as an alternative.

(“It is agreed the Centre should retain certain powers to administer issues relating to law and order and security. We are therefore undecided yet on whether Delhi State should have absolute control over the police establishment … or if there should be a separate law and order machinery for VIP areas. That is a matter of detail … it will be taken up with the Centre,” the chief minister told media persons soon after conclusion of the talks.) The Delhi 21 document envisaged major changes in the institutional framework, including full control by the NCT of Delhi over Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and full control over land. That document also proposed constitution of a Metropolitan Planning Committee as mandated by the 74th Constitution Amendment; restructuring of MCD into smaller bodies; restructuring of DDA with the Planning wing being brought under the Metropolitan Planning Committee; and setting up of a unified Metropolitan Transport Planning and Co-ordination Mechanism.

The BJP and Congress had on Wednesday resolved that Delhi State should be special with regard to security and financial assistance under Article 371. The two political parties also agreed to seek the opinion of Delhiites in general and experts in particular before eliciting the views of the Centre. The Government of India, the chief minister told media persons, was as much a stakeholder as any other. “It is very much a third party and therefore its opinion will have to be sought,” she had said.

The blueprint of the proposed Delhi State as agreed upon by the two political parties suggests a State that is a species of its own kind.


Chautala’s on-the-house visits: No account of lakhs spent
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 17
The visits of the Chief Minister to the district, few and far between earlier, have gone up in the past few months. While this has made the local administration get their act together and ensured smooth functioning in many a government department, it has also caused ‘inconvenience’ to the common man.

It is learnt that there is no audit done of the expenses on such programmes while lakhs of rupees are spent on each such tour. Any development programme including the construction of roads during such a visit is done without inviting tenders, according to official sources.

Here is a chance for the officials to line their pockets by keeping the difference between what is spent and what is shown on record. The officials are hardly available to a common man whenever there is a tour by the Chief Minister as they remain busy organising the itinerary, said Raj Kumar Gaur, a resident of Ajronda village here.

He claimed that despite the fact that the Chief Minister himself had presided over the monthly meeting of the District Grievances and Redressal Committee here, it failed to solve the problems of the people. The officials simply did not let bona fide complainants voice their problems before the Chief Minister during the meeting.

He alleged that just a formality was done and only those complaints were tabled which had already been solved or had an easy solution. While on the other hand, some officials believe that the district authorities do pull up their socks when the Chief Minister himself is presiding over such a meeting. The police department responsible for maintaining the law and order also find itself in a ticklish situation.

Hundreds of policemen are posted for hours on the roads where the Chief Minister’s cavalcade passes and the cops remain there till the chief guest is out of the district. The law-breakers have a field day in such a situation. The movement of vehicles, especially commercial, is stopped in the area to be visited by the Chief Minister. Cops also man the private buildings to keep vigil during a public meeting addressed by the Chief Minister.

The roadside hawkers are removed whenever the Chief Guest visits a particular area. It is noticed in the NIT area where the CM comes to preside over the Grievances Committee’s meeting in the MCF auditorium.

Departments like Huda, PWD and MCF misuse the funds meant for development works during the CM visit. The CM, who has paid on an average two visits to this district since June-July last, visited the town today. He had a hectic schedule today too.


Sonepat drive to mop up house tax arrears
R. D. Sapra

Sonepat, October 17
In a bid to come out of the red, the Sonepat Municipal Council has launched a special drive for recovery of house tax arrears. The drive is targeted at the big fish, particularly the owners of some mobile phone companies and the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. Apart from corporate entities, 37 influential persons of the city are also in the tax net.

According to official sources, the total amount due is Rs 70 lakh. Of this, Rs 30 lakh is due from mobile phone companies, the BSNL and the 37 other assessees. The amount outstanding against Escotel is Rs 2.40 lakh, Airtel Bharati Rs 3.50 lakh, Essar Rs 1.40 lakh and BSNL Rs 1.60 lakh. The amount due from BSNL is Rs 1.45 lakh, which had not been paid for the last many years despite repeated requests by the civic authorities.

Official sources revealed that one of the mobile phone companies had obtained a stay order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The officials of the company have now gone a step further and installed yet more towers without seeking the sanction of the Municipal Council.

The mobile phone companies were obliged to pay Rs 2.50 lakh each to the municipal council before erection of the towers, but none of them had paid the amount thus far to the council.

The number of house tax assessees in the city is 44,996 and of these 9,161 are exempted on the instructions of the state government.

The municipal council is likely to net Rs 1.42 crore from house tax during the current financial year. A sum of Rs 25 lakh is outstanding against 37 influential persons who had defaulted for the last many years despite repeated reminders sent to them from time to time. Likewise, nearly 8,000 assessees are yet to pay Rs 85 lakh in house tax dues.

Due to the non-payment of dues, the municipal council is facing a financial crisis and it does not have adequate funds for launching development works and paying salaries to the staff.

The financial mess is blamed on the decision to abolish octroi duty. The State government has not given any grant to the municipal council either for coming out of the red.

Now, Diwali festival is round the corner and the employees, particularly the safai workers, are agitated over the non-payment of their salary for the last three months.

The civic authorities have thus no option but to use coercive methods against the defaulters to recover the arrears.

The Municipal Council has already displayed the names of the defaulters on notice boards in different parts of the city, but the move has not yielded any result.

The Municipal authorities are now considering taking more stringent steps against the defaulters and have approached the district authorities in this regard.

Meanwhile, representatives of various parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions have hailed the drive launched for the recovery of tax arrears.

In a joint press release, they demanded immediate prosecution and arrest of the defaulters. The residents feel that they are losing out on basic amenities due to the financial crisis faced by the municipal council.


Traders livid after clash with I-T men
Tribune News Service

Armed cops keeping a vigil at Khari Baoli market in the Capital as the traders downed shutters following a clash with an Income-Tax team on Thursday.
Armed cops keeping a vigil at Khari Baoli market in the Capital as the traders downed shutters following a clash with an Income-Tax team on Thursday. — Tribune Photo

New Delhi, October 17
Traders of the wholesale market in Khari Baoli downed their shutters today following a clash with a raiding party of the Income Tax Department. Two employees of a trader were injured in the clash. They were discharged after first aid.

According to the police, a raiding party of the Income Tax Department, along with CISF personnel, swooped down on a dry fruit shop in Khari Baoli. The employees of the traders reportedly took umbrage at the raids.

There was an argument, which snowballed into a clash.

After the news of the incident spread, hundreds of traders converged at the site, shouting anti-police and anti-Income Tax Department slogans. Traffic was also disrupted for several hours by the shopkeepers and their employees.

An emergency meeting of the Kirana Merchants Karamchari Sangh was convened and it was decided to endorse the traffic jam call. The call was also supported by the Kirana Marchants’ Committee and the Khari Baoli Traders’ Association .

Senior police officers rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the agitated traders. They assured them of action against the erring CISF and IT personnel.

The General Secretary of Khari Baoli Traders association, Rajinder Gupta, later alleged that income tax officials always carried out raids in the market during the festival season. He has sent a letter to the Prime Minister, condemning the incident and demanded action against the CISF personnel and the IT officials.


Wife battered to death by hubby, buried in courtyard

Jhajjar, October 17
In yet another bizarre crime against women in the district, an eight-month-old pregnant woman was bludgeoned to death by her alcoholic husband in Samaspur Majra village of the district a week ago. He dug a pit in the courtyard of his house and buried the body, which was recovered yesterday.

The district has a dubious distinction in woman-related crimes. According to information, the deceased, Sheela Vati (32), daughter of Ram Swaroop of Majra Dubaldhan village, was married to Umed Singh of Samaspur Majra village for the last 15 years. The couple even had a son and a daughter. However, the husband was an alcoholic, which was the cause of much friction between the couple. A week ago, following a brawl on the same issue, in a fit of rage, the husband attacked his wife with a heavy wooden rod. She died on the spot and a flustered Ram Swaroop buried the body in the courtyard.

The brother of the deceased, in his report to the police, stated that his sister's daughter, Krishna (13), after returning from school inquired about her mother. She was told that the mother had gone to Badoli village to meet her sister. However, when she did not return all day, the girl got suspicious. Besides, she detected a foul smell in the courtyard; when she went down on her knees she could see the semblance of human flesh. She removed the top soil, only to find a completely decomposed body.

She got in touch with her maternal uncle, who brought the matter to the attention of the district police. The husband was finally arrested under section 302 and 201 of the IPC.


Solid waste disposal scheme for Faridabad proposed
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 17
The Urban Development Department will put in place a viable solid waste disposal management scheme in the state to ensure better management of the environment, according to the Chairman of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, Mr Harbhajan S. Bains.

With a purpose of implementing the scheme, the department has devised a project worth Rs 160 crore. The money will be raised as loans from the National Capital Region Board, the Haryana Government and HUDCO.

Mr Bains, who was here today to preside over ‘Sarkaar Udhamio ke Dwar’ (government at the doorstep of industrialists) programme of the state government, said that the state Pollution Control Board had submitted a proposal to the state government for cleaning the environment of Faridabad. The proposal had been accepted by the Assembly and the government. It would be submitted to the Supreme Court for its consideration. Once the apex court accepted it, the proposal might be made applicable for the entire country by the Centre, he added.

He said that the board had also suggested in the proposal that the proposed remedial steps for Faridabad might also be replicated in Gurgaon.

He cautioned the industrialists that the board would conduct surprise tests of samples of water and other discharges from their units more than once in an year even though it might have given consent for longer period of time.

Mr Bains made it known that the board would come down hard on those units that had not obtained consent with regard to practising environment friendly norms. The board found itself constrained and was compelled to go in for tough measures on account of the sensitivity of the courts, he added.

The board had also taken up with the authorities concerned to display the status of the pollutants in the atmosphere in Gurgaon city at a public place. While a panel had already been drawn up to prepare and update the status report on a daily basis, the display would be made with the help of Hero Honda company. Gurgaon would thus be the first city in the state to have such displays.

In response to a specific question, he said that the board could only get the status report about the presence of pollutants each day displayed. As per amendment in the rules, the discipline with regard to vehicular pollution was under the jurisdiction of the district and transport authorities. Hence, the remedial measures could not be taken by he board.

On the suggestions from industrialists on similar lines, Mr Bains offered to personally come to Gurgaon at an appointed day with his entire staff to clear the applications of firms with regard to consent from it. It is mandatory for all the firms, especially the polluting ones, to seek fresh consent every year. The application is an undertaking from the firms to the board that they have taken all precautionary steps to control possible pollution discharge from the units.

The board has identified more than 350 firms in Gurgaon, which have not sought consent at all. It issued a stern warning to these firms to complete the formalities soon, failing which punitive action would be initiated against them. 


NAD demo against Bali blasts 
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, October 17
The National Akali Dal held a demonstration at Jantar Mantar today to protest against the recent bombing in Indonesia allegedly by Al-Qaeda associates leading to several casualties.

The demonstration was led by NAD president Paramjeet Singh Pamma who said, “The only way to put an end to this recurrent loss of innocent lives at the hands of terrorism is by all countries uniting against the miscreants.”

The contingent paid homage to the deceased by observing a two-minute silence. They also shouted slogans against the growing threat of terrorism. The group demanded that the offenders must be caught and adequately punished for their actions. The group also burnt a symbolic effigy of Al-Qaeda to depict the sentiment.

Mr Pamma added, “Whether it is Al-Qaeda or Lashkar-e-Tayebba, the danger of terrorism is real and threatens us all. The names might be different but the aim of these groups is the same — to spread terror and effect casualties en masse..”

National general secretary of the NAD Satpal Singh Manga, Amarjit Singh Banti, Chamkor Singh and Ashok Chugh and a horde of supporters were present at the demonstration. 


Suicide becomes case of murder after inquiry
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, October 17
Following the receipt of the report of enquiry conducted by Mr Raj Singh, DSP, Crime Branch, Faridabad, the Khol police have now registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC in connection with the unnatural death of Ram Pal Yadav, Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) of Dahina village. It was being treated as a case of suicidal death by the police under Section 174 of the CrPC.

The enquiry was ordered by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had issued a directive to this effect on a writ petition filed by Mrs Laxmi Devi, the widow of Ram Prasad Yadav, a younger brother of the deceased.

The Station House Officer of the Khol police station is now interrogating the suspect, Rama Nand Yadav, and other members of his family who, it is suspected, killed Ram Pal Yadav to grab his property worth lakhs of rupees. Rama Nand Yadav is another brother of the deceased. It is also noteworthy that Ram Pal

Yadav (50), who is a bachelor and who also owned land, had been living with Rama Nand Yadav for the past sometime.

The incident was noticed on June 2 this year when the body of Ram Pal Yadav was recovered by the police from a room of a private school in Dahina village. The school was being run by Ram Nand Yadav. A nephew of the deceased had then made it known to the police that Ram Pal Yadav had died of electrocution.

The post-mortem examination was conducted at the civil hospital here by a team of doctors.

Laxmi Devi had told the police that it was a case of murder and not suicidal death. However, her cry went unheeded then.

Ultimately she, along with others, approached the high court, which issued the above directive resulting in an enquiry by the Crime Branch, the report of which has now led to the registration of a case of murder against the suspects.


Lynching: Parties flay officials
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 17
Different political and apolitical organisations have condemned the bizarre incident in which five youths were dragged out from a police post and lynched by a mob in the presence of district officials at Dulena village in Jhajjar district on Tuesday evening. All the deceased belonged to poor families and were earning their livelihood by skinning dead animals. They were allegedly targeted by the agitated villagers on the suspicion that they had slaughtered cows.

The state secretariat of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) described the incident as unfortunate and alleged that the conduct of the senior officials of the district administration and the police had been irresponsible and criminal as they made no effort to protect the 'innocent' detainees from the public fury. Mr Inderjit Singh, state secretary of the CPM, said a delegation of the party had left for Dulena village today to gather details about the incident and release a factual report. Capt Shamsher Singh Malik, state president, Lok Janshakti Party, Ms Kanta Alaria, state president of the Samajwadi Party, Mr Chand Ram, a former union minister, and Mr Satyawan, state secretary of SUCI, described the incident as shameful and demanded a high-level inquiry.


Dermatologist and social worker dead
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 17
Prof P. N. Behl, a renowned dermatologist and cutaneous surgeon, popularly known as the father of dermato-surgery, died on Tuesday in a hospital following illness. Dr Behl had devoted himself to teaching, research, writing, farming and missionary work. He had also organised numerous free dermatological camps in the remote and poorest areas of several states of our country and treated thousands of poor patients. 


Chautala opens bridge over Yamuna 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 17
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today inaugurated the bridge over the Yamuna near Mohna village. The bridge, built at a cost of Rs 7.25 crore, will provide access to 16 villages across the river to the district headquarters. It will also provide Faridabad a direct link to Aligarh and Bulandshahr district.

The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of a primary health centre at Mohna village and a police station in Sector 8 here. He inaugurated a newly built police station in Sector 31. An amount of Rs 73.8 lakh has been spent on its construction. Mr Chautala also disposed of as many as 12 complaints tabled in the monthly meeting of the District Grievances Committee.

Girl crushed to death

Jhajjar: A college girl was reportedly crushed to death by a speeding truck on the railway road in Bahadurgarh town today. According to information, deceased Poonam, student of local Vaishai collage was going to collage in the morning when the run over the girl. She died on the spot. The line par police have registered a case in this connection and arrested the driver of the truck, Gagan Singh.

Puraskar for best farmer

Panipat: With a view to promoting agriculture, the state government has started the ‘Chaudhary Devi Lal Kisan Puraskar Yojana’ from the current year. Under the scheme, an amount of Rs 1 lakh will be given to the farmer standing first in the state and Rs 25,000 to the farmer standing first in the district. The scheme will also be open to persons pursuing animal husbandry, fishing and horticulture.

Pensions distributed

Sonepat: The Haryana Government has distributed Rs 1.21 crore among 59,911 old-age, widow and handicapped pensioners in Sonepat district during the last month. Mr S. N. Roy, Deputy Commissioner, told mediapersons here today that the beneficiaries included 38,846 aged persons, 16,006 widows and 5,019 handicapped persons. They were given Rs 79.06 lakh, Rs 32.70 lakh and Rs 9.77 lakh, respectively.

Two killed in mishaps

One person was killed after he was hit by a vehicle on G. T. road near Kundli village, about 25 km from here, last night. According to a report, he was rushed to the local civil hospital with serious injuries but died on the way. The victim was identified as Jaspal Singh of Amritser district.

In another incident, Mai Sharma was hit by an unknown vehicle on G.T. road near Rai village, 13 km from here, last evening. He sustained injuries and later died. The police have registered a case in this connection. In another accident, a cyclist was hit by a jeep on G. T. Road near 20th milestone, resulting in injuries to the jeep driver and the cyclist. Both were immediately hospitalised and they are stated to be out of danger. The police have registered a case in this connection and further investigations are in progress.

CM hears pleas of farmers

Mr Anil Sharma, City Magistrate, visited the grain market here yesterday and listened to the complaints of paddy growers and arhtias about the procurement of paddy by various official agencies. According to a report, Mr Sharma assured them that strict action would be taken against the officials if found guilty of harassment.

Mild tremor

Thousands of citizens here were suddenly awakened by an earthquake of mild intensity around midnight last night. They rushed out of their houses in panic. According to a report, the tremor lasted a few seconds. No loss of life or property has been reported from any part of the city. Many residents said that windows and doors of their houses rattled, forcing them to come out in the open. 


Panipat: Paddy procurement has picked up momentum in the district. Till Wednesday, 48,626 metric tons of paddy had arrived in the 11 mandis and procurement centres.

According to an official press note, while 31,391 metric tons had been procured by the rice millers, 3,562 metric tons were procured by the Food and Supplies Department. Hafed (3,981 metric tons), Haryana Agro (1,386 metric tons), Haryana Warehousing Corporation (5,449 metric tons), Confed (2,825 metric tons), and FCI (32 metric tons) were the other agencies, which are procuring paddy.


Donation of blood marks ITBP Raising Day
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 17
As part of the 41st Raising Day celebrations, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police today organised a massive blood donation camp at its Base Hospital at Tigri camp here today.

As an annual feature of the Raising Day across the country, as many as 200 donors comprising officers and jawans donated blood at the camp.

Mrs Kanchan Chaube, chairperson, ITBP Himveer Wives Welfare Association, who inaugurated the camp, said that this was a sign of commitment by the men who guard the snow-clad terrain and the 2,115-km-long Indo-Tibetan border.

Director, Medical Services, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Dr R. N. Samantray said the men in the Border Force were healthy and physically fit, which made them the best source of life saving blood. The Director General's Insignia parade will take place on October 24, the founding day of the ITBP.

IEI seminar on Oct 26-27

The Delhi state centre of the Institution of Engineers India (IEI) is organising a two-day seminar on ‘Future Needs of Technical Education’ to discuss the recent advances in improving standards of technical education. The seminar on October 26-27 is expected to be attended by more than 1,000 experts from diverse technical fields and students from all over the country.

The main objective of the seminar is to enhance the structure and standards of technical education by means of modifying the traditional system of diploma/degree. The other objective is to showcase the world-class education that India offers at affordable costs.

The highlights of the event will include the 10th annual convocation of the institute, student convention, technical seminar and exhibition, quiz competition and campus interviews. Registrations for colleges and students are on October 25. 


Two killed as truck hits tractor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 17
Two persons were killed and three others injured when a truck hit a tractor-trolley in Shahdara late last night. The police said that the truck hit the tractor from behind near a CNG station on Loni Road. The deceased were later identified as Rajeev (20) and Mintoo (22), both residents of Loni. The truck driver, Maksood (26), has been arrested.

In another case, two persons, Narottam Singh and Prabhud Singh, residents of Paschim Vihar, died when an Indica car in which they were travelling was hit by a truck.

Stabbed to death

One case of murder and another of attempt to murder were reported in Uttam Nagar in West district last night. In the first case, Udai Singh and Amar Singh, both residents of JJ colony, Uttam Nagar, had drinks together and suddenly Udai slapped Amar over some altercation. Infuriated, Amar allegedly stabbed Udai to death with the help of a kitchen knife. Udai was rushed to DDU Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

In another case, three youths stabbed another youth after they entered into a fight over dancing in the Shiv Mandir, Mohan Garden. The victim, Santosh, was stabbed in his stomach and left arm by the youths, Mohammad Sajjul, Shankar and Praveen. The police have arrested Mohammad and a manhunt is on to trace the other two accused.

10 kg hashish seized

The Delhi Police Narcotics Cell has arrested three persons in two separate cases and seized hashish and heroin from their possession. In the first case, Riyasat (32), resident of Muzaffarnagar, was nabbed from a bus stop and 10 kg of hashish, which was concealed in a bag, was seized from him. In another case, Kehar Singh (30) and Prem Pal (29), both residents of Bareilly, were found carrying a suitcase containing false cavities. The police later discovered that about 500 gm of heroin was hidden in the cavities. In another incident, a stolen tanker (HR-14-1236) was seized by the PCR personnel deployed at Paschim Vihar after they stopped a truck driver Rajesh, who was found moving under suspicious circumstances. 


A one-stop shop for all
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 17
Concepts Shopping Fest 2002, a two-day shopping extravaganza, is being held in the Capital from October 19 in the Hotel Samrat, Chanakyapuri from 10 am to 8 pm.

The fest promises to present a unique shopping experience to the entire family. It will have everything for everybody; i.e. not just for women and children, but for men also.

With over 50 exhibitors from various parts of the country participating, the fest would showcase some of the finest craftsmanship and designs. In fact, it provides a platform for the up-and-coming and talented designers from places like Benaras, Kashmir, Jaipur and Panipat to display their creations, says Mr Baljeet Singh, organiser, Concepts Shopping Fest 2002.

Various products to be displayed include clothing, footwear, jewellery, Benarasi saris, flowers, interior decor, gift items, home linen, kids wear, candles, cosmetic items, perfumes, saris, stuffed toys, shirts, skin and beauty care, handicrafts, designer eyewear, leather items, glassware, designer furniture, Kashmiri shawls, Jaipuri quilts and much more.

Also available at the fest will be high-quality artefacts and decoration items from the House of Paramba International Limited; tableware and crockery from Cynosure Overseas Pvt Ltd; glassware from Bormioli Rocco Group; silk, dry and fresh flower arrangements from Madhu Farms; western wear from the House of Parvesh Couture; Bandani saris and cushion covers from Jaipur’s famous fashion designer Kusum Sharma; exotic jewellery from Chowdhary Jewellers; and Gold, exclusive footwear and bags from Hyde Out. Also not to be missed are the exclusive collections from Aafreen, Kutir and Vinayak. The other attractions of the fest are counselling on skin care by Classic Skin & Beauty Care, wedding photography by Expressions, magic shows, free rides and lucky draws.

For men, there would be mens wear from M. Ashri. India’s first electric car Reva will also be on display. The fest is also being used as a platform to unveil new products like Dolby CTC Tea. A product of Tingrai Tea Estate, the tea claims to be 33 per cent more energetic and stronger as compared to other teas, says Mr Rajinder and Rajesh Goyal (directors). They also claim that the strength and aroma with unparalleled taste are due to their strict quality control. Dolby Tea is available in packets of various quantities from 5 gm to 250 gm and it is coming up soon with a bigger packing, according to Mr R. K. Jha, GM, Dolby Tea. They are also coming out with exclusive tea collection for the elite class.

The objective behind the fest is to bring forth the exclusivity in each category and an affordable range of goods and services for the middle and upper middle sections of the society for the festive season. And also to act as a platform for the budding talent in the country.


House security devices unveiled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 17
Godrej and Boyce Security Equipment Division, leader in security equipment for the banking, home, institutional and industrial segments, today unveiled security devices for the home segment by launching Godrej Secure Home (GSH).

The Godrej Secure Home configuration comprises Avanti security doors, private eye video door phone, ‘eagle burglar’ and fire alarm system, ‘treasure chest’ electronic safes, ‘rhino’ burglar-resistant safes and ‘safire’ fire-resistant safes.

Dara Byramjee, vice-president and business head, Godrej and Boyce, Security Equipment Division, said, “As leaders in the security equipment segment, it is our constant endeavour to innovate, upgrade and provide value-added services to our customers.”

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