Friday, October 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Videotaped sex acts out of the closet
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 24
The West district police today claimed to have arrested a teenaged girl and a shopkeeper of readymade garments for allegedly running a call girl racket and fleecing lakhs of rupees from businessmen after video recording the victims in compromising positions with call girls. The films were reportedly shot with the aid of a hidden camera. The shopkeeper of readymade garments, Govind Bansal, was the brain behind the racket. He was largely inspired by the video recordings of Tehelka Sting Operation on the television, DCP (West) Deepender Pathak said. The girl suspect, Shweta Dhingra, and her accomplice, Govind Bansal, the businessman of Pitampura, who is in his early 20s, had a burning desire to become a millionaire overnight. The modus operandi adopted by him, along with Shweta, a worker in the shop, was simple: They would first lure the victim to their lair and after filming him in compromising positions demand huge amounts with veiled threats of making the films public.

According to the DCP, the racket came to light following a complaint lodged by Narender Singla , an industrialist and owner of a famous shoe company who received a call demanding Rs 50 lakh. In the complaint, he said that Shweta, who worked as a receptionist-cum-assistant with the complainant earlier, was the main suspect. A few weeks back she had called him to help her get a job in his company and made him drink beer spiked with some `soporific’ and later took him to some hotel in a neighbouring district of Haryana.

During interrogation, Shweta and Govind admitted to indulging in blackmail and extortion. Shweta also confessed to taking Narender to a hotel in Haryana and video recording him in a compromising position and subsequently making extortion calls.

Shweta had also worked with a magazine `Ravi Jyoti’ published by a member of Parliament in 1999-2000. She had also worked as a Special Correspondent with `Newstreet’, a journal brought out from Connaught Place. Later, she joined Govind’s readymade garment shop as a sales girl.

Shweta, in her teens, charming, attractive and articulate, became friendly with Govind. She was fond of frequenting five star hotels, pubs and discos. This desire for five-star lifestyle made her act as a pick-up and call girl. Shweta and Govind had likewise extorted Rs. 11 lakh from Rajesh, another businessman of Pitampura whose shop was next to Govind’s. The DCP said that Govind coaxed Rajesh to have fun by picking up a girl and taking her to some hotel. Having enticed him with this bait, Govind, Rajesh, Shweta and another girl, Jyoti, went to a hotel in Panipat and booked two rooms. Rajesh was made to go join Jyoti in one room while Govind and Shweta remained closeted in the other room. They had installed a portable camera on the table to videotape the acts. After a few days, Govind demanded Rs 50 lakh from Rajesh, who eventually coughed up Rs 11 lakh.


Smitten soldier rescues girl from brothel
Our Correspondent

Meerut, October 24
A teenaged girl scaled the banisters of a brothel in a red light area and fled to safety, goaded by a soldier who promised to marry her if she wriggled out of the clutches of the traffickers. Several pimps employed by the brothel chased the girl, but the traders in the iron market and some passers-by protested and prevented the pimps from taking her back to the hell-hole.

However, the police had not bothered to raid the brothel even five hours after the hot pursuit in the by-lanes of Kabari Bazzar. A fortnight back the 17-year-old girl, Mamta, was sold to Shanno’s brothel for Rs. 30,000 by one Kumaid. The girl belongs to Jahanabad in Bihar and had met Kumaid in Agra at her aunt’s residence. The soldier, Bhugbal, belongs to Bangalore. He is serving in Para 4 Brigade at Meerut.

Mamta was at Shanno’s brothel for a week. Bhugbal solicited her four days back. When the girl saw the nauseating activities at the brothel, she made up her mind to escape. Initially, when Mamta protested against the nocturnal activities, she was beaten up and deprived of food. She narrated her ordeal to her clients, but they were only interested in satisfying their carnal instincts.

Finally, her saviour ambled along. The soldier had got infatuated with Mamta on one of his jaunts and promised to marry her. The duo decided that the soldier would turn up in uniform the next day and position himself near a juice kiosk in the Kabari Bazaar. That was the signal for Mamta to jump the banisters and start running. Three brokers and the brothel owner, Shanno, immediately took to their heels, but the girl raised an alarm, causing several traders and passers-by to gather at the spot and protest against the activities inside the brothel. On seeing the crowd and fearing that the situation could turn ugly, the brokers and Shanno scurried away. A trader, Rajiv Jain, took the girl in his protective custody and informed the police. The police party took the girl and the army man to the Delhi Gate police station where the latter reiterated his promise to marry the girl before several witnesses. The solder later told the NCR Tribune that he would adhere to all legal procedures. Later in the evening the police produced her before the City Magistrate and recorded her statement. The Magistrate has lodged her in a girls’ hostel in Saharanpur.


Hit kicks up row over baptism bills
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 24
Mr. Avtar Singh Hit and Mr. Kuldip Singh Bhogal, president and secretary general of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Delhi state, respectively, today accused the Tohra faction-administered Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) of misappropriating Rs. 25 lakhs in the “Amrit Sanchar (baptism) ceremony recently.

In a joint Press conference here, the two Badal loyalists alleged that the DSGMC organisers had inflated the expenses incurred on the ceremony held here on October 2. Ironically, the present DSGMC committee, headed by Mr. Paramjit Singh Sarna of the Tohra faction, had romped home in the June Gurdwara elections on the corruption issue. They had managed to oust the earlier committee, which was led by Mr. Hit, by alleging large-scale financial bungling in the institutions run by the Sikh body. Demanding an inquiry, the two SAD (Badal) leaders said that the record of the expenses incurred on the October 2 ceremony should be scrutinised and action taken against those responsible for it. The DSGMC, however, has denied any bungling.

But what caused a ripple among the Sikh political circles here was the fact that for the first time, Mr Rajinder Singh Rajwanshi, a recently elected member of the Tohra-administered Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and a Bhai Ranjit Singh loyalist, sat besides SAD’s Delhi unit chief Avtar Singh Hit during the news conference here.

Bhai Ranjit Singh was sacked as Akal Takht Jathedar by the Badal-dominated Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in 1999, ahead of the Khalsa tercentenary celebrations, causing a split in the Akali Dal. The former Jathedar’s re-installation has been a key demand of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, before he considers a patch up with SAD President Parkash Singh Badal.

But differences between Bhai Ranjit Singh and Tohra aide Sarna surfaced during the run up to the June 30 DSGMC elections, apparently over seat-sharing. Mr Rajwanshi, sources say, was among some of the aspirants, recommended by the former Jathedar, who were denied ticket by the Tohra camp headed here by Mr Sarna. Mr. Rajwanshi, however, had managed to win by defeating his nearest ‘’rival’’ from the Tohra camp at the Subhash Nagar DSGMC ward.

The presence of Mr. Rajwanshi at the press conference has also given rise to speculation of a new political alignment in the DSGMC ahead of the elections to the Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee scheduled for November this year in which Tohra and Badal groups are the arch rivals.


Gauraksha ‘panchayat’ has no regrets
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, October 24
A panchayat organised here today asked the leaders of all parties to desist from politicising and giving a caste colour to the Dulina lynching case and threatened to gherao them if any politician came here to gain political mileage out of the issue.

However, it neither offered a word of sympathy to the victim’s families nor regretted what had happened. Defending the action of the mob on Dasehra day, the panchayat held that it was the result of a spontaneous reaction of people on seeing a cow being skinned in the open.

The panchayat, organised by the Haryana State Gauraksha Sangh, was presided over by Swami Omanand Sarasvati, head of Jhajjar Gurukul, and was also attended by Acharya Baldev of Goshala. It also announced its decision to hold a state-level Mahapanchayat in Jhajjar on November 2 to spread social amity and goodwill and to press for its various demands, including introducing stringent laws against cow slaughter. The panchayat was reportedly attended by representatives of all communities.

The panchayat passed 15 resolutions. It included condemnation of politicians for giving a caste colour to the issue, an appeal to maintain peace and harmony, calling for the formation of a gau sewa commission, setting up special trial courts, bringing cow slaughter under Section 302 of the IPC, constitution of a special task force to check smuggling of cows to slaughterhouses, shifting of the CRPF camp from Gurgaon to Firojpur Jhirka, declaring cow a national animal, banning the sale of cows in cattle fairs and closing down the slaughterhouse situated in Satakpur village of the Mewat region. Meanwhile, Mayawati, a Dalit woman sarpanch of Suhra village, warned the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms Mayawati, against raising the caste issue during her proposed visit here tomorrow. Otherwise, she would face the wrath of the people from all communities, the sarpanch said.

Slaughterhouses continue to thrive

Faridabad: The Haryana Government, which is in the dock over the lynching of five Dalits in Jhajjar district, recently ordered a probe by a senior IAS officer into the incident. Though the inquiry is welcome, it is unlikely to go into the crux of the problem: the existence of slaughter houses in Faridabad and Gurgaon districts.

The two southern districts of the state have the dubious distinction of recording the largest number of cow slaughters in a year and the issue has been highlighted on various occasions in the past.

The smuggling of cattle thrives in these districts; hardly a week passes when the police do not catch persons engaged in smuggling of cattle.

Hundreds of vehicles, including trucks, four-wheelers and motorcycles, which were being used to ferry the cattle, have been seized in the last two or three years in the district and several persons have been booked on the charge of cruelty to animals or under the Cow Slaughter Act. There are a few villages here, especially in the Mewat region, which are ‘infamous’ for cow slaughter. Various organisations, including those engaged in `Gao-raksha’ (cow safety), keep scouring the area for cow hide smugglers.

Several meetings and panchyats have been held in the district for taking measures to stop cow slaughter in the area. Two years ago a train loaded with cows and calves had been stopped at the old Faridabad railway station by Bajrang Dal and VHP activists. It was alleged that the train was ferrying cattle to the slaughter houses in West Bengal.

While some of the cows had perished en route, the train was allowed to proceed to its destination. While it is still to be established that the accused were hide traders and not slaughterers, it is a matter of fact that the policemen tend to extort money from people who are engaged in any kind of ‘shady’ business. Even if one makes an allowance for high-handedness on the part of the police, possibly with the intention to extort money, the incidents have lifted the lid off clandestine activities in the region, says Raj Kumar Gaur, a social activist. He says that often the seizures are stage-managed. The smuggling of illicit liquor and cow hides is a thriving racket in the area, often in connivance with the police.


Bhiwadi up in arms
Cost recovered, tax still being levied
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Bhiwadi (Alwar), October 24
Widespread resentment prevails among villagers and industrialists against the authorities for continuing with the collection of toll tax on a state highway passing through this industrial town of Rajasthan. They are angry that their repeated pleas to scrap the practice even to the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Mr Ashok Gehlot, has not borne fruit.

A barricade has been erected on the Alwar-Sohna road, right where the Bhiwadi township begins near Dharuhera in Rewari district of Haryana. According to the residents of the area, the toll tax was first imposed by the Rajasthan Industrial Investment Corporation (RIICO) after the four-km stretch of the state highway was four-laned. It is still being levied even after the RIICO’s powers were given to the newly formed Bhiwadi Industrial Development Authority (BIDA).

The cost incurred on the four-laning of the road is said to be about Rs 12 crore. As part of the government’s decision that there would not be anymore “free lunches”, the authorities levied the tax on the end users of the road about three years ago. Residents and road users argue that the authorities have collected the expenditure incurred on widening the state highway by now. Hence, there is no rationale in continuing with the tax.

The BIDA, which has been formed by the Rajasthan Government for the promotion of industrialisation and for overall industrial development of Bhiwadi and a cluster of 16 other villages surrounding it, have been declared a part of the Bhiwadi industrial zone, one of the biggest industrial zones in that state.

The levy is affecting both industrialists and common road users. A large number of people from Dharuhera of Rewari district commute through this road. Besides, finished goods from and raw goods for manufacturing units are being transported through this road. Every time commercial vehicles transporting these goods pass through the barrier, they have to shell out the tax. Also, a daily commuter who goes even a few yards after the barrier will have to pay the tax.

The government provided some relief when a representation was made to the Rajasthan Chief Minister about two years back. Following this, small vehicles and four-wheelers of residents of a few villages surrounding the area were exempted from paying the tax.

Residents say that as commerce and industry have emerged as a dominating culture in this part of Rajasthan, the people generally do not resort to extreme forms of protest against the establishment. But the people are affected adversely and would speak out their mind at the appropriate time, they say.



A festival of Punjabi food, rustic fare
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 24
With the autumn setting in slowly, it is time for family and friends to once again long for the rustic festive pleasures. Complimenting this festive mood, Essex Farm at Aurobindo Marg (near IIT flyover) is organising a `Punjabi Food Festival’, which will continue till this weekend.

“Offering the services by creating a native ambience and that too with an ethnic touch is our USP,” says Mr Sandeep Goyle, director, Essex Farms Pvt Ltd. True to his word, one can find at the entrance of the restaurant an open air space with sitting arrangements. Added to the ambience are `churiwalas” selling bangles, 'mehendiwalas’ painting festive designs in the palms of dainty ladies and the 'chulawala’ displaying various types of `kadais’ and `handis’. Just as one experiences in a sabzi mandi, garden fresh vegetables are displayed over a cart. What adds fun to this ambience is the live `Bhangra’ dance performed by Punjabi troupes.

The scene seems to be quite similar to that in a village `haat’ (market place). The interiors of the restaurant are decorated with colourful `duppatas’.

For those seeking gastronomic delights, they can choose from a veritable fare from a 'Punjabi Ishtyle' menu served by men in traditional Punjabi dresses. “Each and every item in the menu has been prepared keeping in mind the various food preparations from different districts of Punjab. For example, one can try a 'Gurdaspuri dish,” says Hemant Sachdeva, executive chef at Essex Farms Pvt Ltd. For starters one can choose from (shuru vich) `lassi’, 'jal zeera’ and then to ‘shorba’, tandoor specialities (tapte tapte tandoor toun), curry specialities (sadde dhabe toun). Every Punjabi main course is incomplete without `kadai’ and `handi’ preparations. For the vegetarians, there is a variety of offerings titled ‘sadde bagiche toun’, fresh from the garden. One can also select from a variety of `paranthas’ and `naans’ titled ‘sadde vede de rotiyan’. The festival also offers `masala tea’ called ‘adh pav dud di cha’.



Man held for girl’s murder
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, October 24
With the arrest of Birender alias Billu, resident of Dongra Ahir village, the Mahendragarh police claimed to have solved the rape-cum-murder of a five-year-old girl near Ateli bus stand.

This was stated by Dr C. S. Rao, Superintendent of Police, Narnaul, on Wednesday. He said separate teams were formed to trace the culprit and finally arrested Billu. Mr Rao disclosed that Billu's wife had deserted him about three years ago. A case under Sections 366-A, 451, 302 and 201 of the IPC has been registered.

Application date extended

Rohtak: Maharshi Dayanand University has extended the last date for receipt of application forms for MBA and MCA courses through its Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) up to November 10 without late fee. A spokesman of MDU said today that interested candidates should contact the approved study centres of the DDE of the university for admission.

Ban on crackers

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, prohibited the storage and sale of crackers in the thickly populated areas of Rohtak, Meham, Sampla and Kalanaur towns by imposing Section 144 of the CrPC today. The decision has been taken in view of a statewide anti-cracker campaign. The ban would remain in force till November 5.

Meanwhile, two youths were booked on the charge of storing large quantities of crackers in an unauthorised manner in the vegetable market here this afternoon. They have been identified as Praveen Kumar and Kishan Lal. They were nabbed by a team led by City Magistrate G. L. Yadav today. The City Magistrate directed the cracker sellers to strictly adhere to the directions issued by the district administration regarding storage and sale of crackers.

One killed in clash

Panipat: One person was killed and two other were injured seriously when two groups clashed at Puthar village under the Israna Police Station area near here last night. According to information, two groups clashed after heated exchanges. They attacked each other with knives. A seriously injured Rajiv was rushed to the local civil hospital where he succumbed. Raja and Akhilesh of the other group, who were also injured seriously, have been referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. An old enmity is stated to be the cause of clash.

Beam falls, 30 hurt

Sonepat: At least 30 labourers, including 10 women, were injured when a newly built beam fell on them in a factory at Ahmadpur village, about 5 km from here, last evening. According to a report, the injured were rushed to the local civil hospital where most of them were discharged after being administered first aid. However, six of them were admitted to the hospital for further treatment and observation. The police have registered a case against the owner of the factory. He was arrested on the charge of negligence.


DMS remains public utility service
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 24
For the fourth time in succession, the services of the Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) has been declared a public utility service for another six months by the central government under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. The Labour Ministry in its notification said that this was done in public interest and the services of the DMS were declared as public utility service from April 24, 2001 for six months and subsequently twice for another six months from October 24, 2001 and April 24, 2002 respectively.

The employees in the DMS would, among other things, be required to give notice to their employers six weeks in advance of proceeding on strike so that conciliatory proceedings could be started. During the conciliatory proceedings and seven days after their completion, the employees cannot go on strike, an official statement said.

Water supply in NDMC area

Water supply in the NDMC area will be available at low pressure tomorrow, particularly in the north of Rajpath, due to the diversion of 120 mm pipeline from the main water pipeline at Sham Nath Marg by the DMRC. The NDMC has deployed water tankers to meet the water demands of the areas likely to be affected and will be available on demand from water control room at Kalibari Marg at telephone numbers 3743642 and 3360683.

Globetrotter to visit Capital

The first man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop in a hot air balloon, Mr Bertrand Piccard, will arrive in the Capital on October 28. An internationally renowned balloonist, Mr Piccard is also the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) goodwill ambassador. He is a passionate advocate on several social issues, particularly of girls' education, gender equality and peoples' quality of life.

The objective of Mr Piccard's visit is to raise public awareness about reproductive health issues that concern millions of people in India. During the visit, Mr Piccard will get first-hand information about projects supported by the UNFPA. This, in turn, will facilitate his role as an advocate for reproductive health issues and will help him in mobilising political will of key and influential people and organisations in Switzerland, a major donor nation. Mr Piccard's work will also be directed towards an increased support for reproductive health and gender equality programmes in India and in other developing countries.


Bhairana, the sacred pilgrimage centre of Dadu devotees
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, October 24
Shri Dadu Dham Bhairana, which lies in the secluded hilly tract of Bichoon district in the Jaipur division of Rajasthan, has become a sacred place of pilgrimage for lakhs of devotees of Saint Dadu Dayal Ji Maharaj from Haryana. The devotees come from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and other parts of the country. They hold the place in reverence.

In the current scenario where fundamentalism is raising its head, Bhairana, the abode of Saint Dadu Dayal, who had considered communalism as the enemy of society and had preached brotherhood of Hindus and Muslims, has become all the more relevant for the entire country.

The ancient Bhairana hill, which situates amidst exquisite natural surroundings, has been the hermitage of many saints and seers since time immemorial. It is said that at the pressing solicitations of Uddhava Bhagat, a prominent resident of Bhairana, once Daduji Maharaj himself had a brief visit to Bhairana during which he intuitively realised the adorable sanctity of this ancient abode of saints. Later at the time of his departure from the world, he instructed his disciple-saints at Naraina: “After the demise, take my body to the Bhairana hill and then leave it there at a spot in its deep gorge. Hence forward, it shall be known as our sanctum-sanctorum and it shall continue to be a place of worship for saints and sadhus in the future times as well.”

It is said that Dadu was a foster son of Lodhi Ram, a Naga Brahmin of Ahmedabad, who had found the infant floating on the waves of the Sabarmati river in 1545. When Dadu Ji Maharaj breathed his last on in 1603, his body was taken in a palanquin from Naraina to Bhairana and placed there in its gorge by thousands of his disciple-saints. When they were engaged in a discussion regarding the last rites to be performed, a supernatural incident is said to have occurred all of a sudden. Tila Ji, a disciple-saint of Dadu Ji Maharaj, saw his guru standing at the gate of a cave near the hilltop. He brought it to the notice of others too. Instantly Daduji Maharaj spoke “Satya Ram” to all and then vanished into the cave. In the meantime, the palanquin also disappeared and only some flowers were left there, the legend says. The devotees had to remain contented with performing the last rites with those flowers at that site where now stands a large memorial, which is sacred to the Dadu-panthis.

The place is now popularly known as Dadu Khol or Dadu Ganga where ashes of saints, sadhus and other devotees of the Dadu cult are scattered like the ashes of Hindus being immersed in the Ganga at Hardwar. A progressive era of construction and expansion of the Dadu Dham started after the fourth and present Mahant, Swami Vallabh Das, took over charge in 1942.

During the last five decades, with the construction of a memorial hall over Daduji’s shrine in Dadu Khol, a magnificent Dadu Vani Mandir under the cave-temple, a full-fledged kitchen, store house, water tanks and over 40 rooms for resident sadhus and guest-devotees, a new edition of the Dadu Dham has come into existence. Mahant Swami Vallabh Das and his assistant Swami Rama Nand, with the assistance of sadhus and sewadars, manage the affairs of the Dadu Dham where a free langar for guest devotees, a charitable dispensary for patients of surrounding villages and a goshala are being run. Besides, daily recitation of Dadu Vani is also a regular feature in the Dadu Vani Mandir.


Families of policemen honoured
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 24
The families of nine police personnel of Ghaziabad were presented with a shawl each by the District Magistrate, Sanjeev Mittal, at a function held in the Police Lines here. "We should all draw inspiration from the policemen who make the supreme sacrifice for the maintenance of peace and law and order in the country," the District Magistrate said.

"It is necessary that the people also honour these heroes from time to time to express their gratitude to these brave men in khaki. It is a matter of pride that out of the 112 policemen who laid down their life while on duty in the state, eight belonged to Ghaziabad district", he said.

They were identified as Uday Veer Singh, Arjun Lal, Maninder Singh, Yogesh Kumar, Mahesh Chand, Sigauri Shankar, Ram Singh and Dharam Pal. Rich tributes were paid to them by speakers.

The women who received the honour on behalf of the killed martyrs included Gulab Devi, Shanti Devi, Mitthlesh, Lokesh Devi, Savita Tyagi, Rajendri Devi, Guddi and Jai Virsi.

All police officers including the SSP, SP, City, SP, Rural, SP, Traffic and all COs, SOs of police stations were present at the function.



CBI Director elected to Interpol executive
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 24
Mr P. C. Sharma, Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has been elected to the Executive Committee of Interpol. In the election to the post, Mr Sharma defeated Georges Boustani, Head of National Central Bureau (NCB) and Head of Internal Security of Lebanon.

Participants from 139 countries took part in the election at the General Assembly session of Interpol at Yaounde, Cameroon today. Mr Sharma, also the head of the National Central Bureau (NCB), Interpol India, is currently leading a five-member Indian delegation to the 71st Assembly Session of Interpol being held at Yaounde.



4 classmates missing, tutors suspect

Four school students are missing from Sahibabad Colony, Rajender Nagar, for the last six days for which two teachers, who used to give them tuition, are being suspected. The police have registered a case of missing persons. 15-year-old Sandeep, son of SP leader Ashok Chaudhary, is a student of class IX in Holy Angels and is missing since October 18. When Sandeep did not return from the school, his family started looking for him.

They later came to know that Rahul, son of Anand Kaushal of Bharat Electronics, who lived in house No. 9-382, Paras, son of Pradeep Kumar, and Robin, son of Ashok Valyan, were also missing since October 18. They were studying in the same class and in the same school. OC


Speed devices must in Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 24
The city government today informed the Delhi High Court that it would ban those heavy, medium and light goods vehicles from plying in the National Capital Region, which have not installed “speed governors.’’ The court also asked the government to strictly enforce the specified speed limit of 40 km per hour.

“No heavy and medium transport vehicles and light goods vehicles would be permitted to operate on the roads of the National Capital Region unless fitted with suitable speed control devices to ensure that they do not exceed the speed limit of 40 km,” Delhi State Transport (STA) Secretary P. C. Jain told the court in an affidavit.


Two commit suicide in Delhi hotel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 24
Two men allegedly committed suicide in Hotel Harsha International in Nabi Karim area in North Delhi. One of them was identified as Sujal Chatterjee, a resident of Dabri area. Sujal and his associate checked into the hotel on 22 October. Reportedly, they were not seen after they had brought dinner into their room from outside the hotel.

When the hotel employees felt a foul smell emanating from the room next morning, they informed the local police who broke open the door of the room. Sujal and his associate were found dead.

One of them was in the bathroom while the second was on the bed. A liquor bottle, some snacks and food were lying on the table. Their body had turned blue. Three suicide notes written by Sujal were recovered from the room.

In one of the suicide notes, Sujal said that he had committed the murder of his friend in Deabri and had been absconding. He stated that his wife had nothing to do with the murder and she should be released. He advised his children to take care of their mother and sister, the police said.

Extortionists arrested

The West district police have arrested two persons, identified as Lallan Singh and Kamlesh alias Mukesh, both from Bihar on extortion charges. They have been accused of extorting money from a businessman Harish Goyal of Sriram Plywood in Mundaka.

The accused made three calls on Goyal’s mobile phone and land line and threatened him that he and his family would be harmed seriously if he did not hand over Rs one lakh. When Goyal contacted the police, the police escorted him to Madanpur Dabas in Kanjhawala where he was asked to come with the money.

When the police spotted the accused heading towards Goyal to receive the money, they were overpowered by the police team. Interrogation revealed that the accused used to work in the next factory of Goyal and used to notice Goyal bringing cash everyday evening.

Man murdered

Two persons were arrested in the East district for murdering a labourer and later dumping the body in a drain. The victim who was later identified as Rakesh Kumar, resident of Anand Vihar, was working with a contractor Afsar Khan, resident of Shahdara. Reportedly, Khan was angry after an altercation with Rakesh over a money payment. Khan and his driver Sadhu strangulated Rakesh and threw his body in a drain in Geeta Colony.

Illegal liquor seized

The Central district police have arrested Satish Arora, resident of Ghanta Ghar and seized 3985 quarters, 516 bottles of different brands of Indian and foreign made liquor from his possession.

Auto-lifters held

In another case, the South district police have nabbed two auto-lifters and claimed to have solved more than 10 cases of car thefts. The police have also recovered three stolen Maruti cars, which were stolen from Hauz Khas, New Ashok Nagar and Lajpat Nagar. The accused Manoj Kumar Khattri alias Sanjay (48), resident of Noida and Sunder alias Ashok alias Ganja (32), resident of Noida, were nabbed when they were coming to Delhi to identify a potential target.


Extortion gang busted, four held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 24
With the arrest of four persons, the South district police today claimed to have busted a gang of desperate robbers and extortionists who had committed a sensational robbery in Sarita Vihar on October 1. The police have recovered a stolen CD player, a brief case with clothes, mobile phone and a country-made weapon from their possession.

The accused Rajbir (32), Rambir Singh alias Bagat (29), Suraj Pal alias Pappu alias Mahipal (36), all residents of Muzaffarnagar and Narender Kumar alias Bhullan (19), resident of Ali Vihar, entered the house of one Sunil Sahu around 3.30 am. They threatened him with knives and iron rods and demanded that he part with his cash and jewellery. Sahu and his wife were forced to part with Rs 20,000 and jewellery.

The robbers also took away a brief case containing clothes and a mobile phone from the victim’s house. After some time, the accused again phoned the victim and demanded some more money and threatened him that if he failed to deliver, they would enter his house again.

When the victim reported the matter to the police, they traced the extortion call to Pawta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh. During preliminary investigation, the police found that a brother of the caller was working in a sugar mill. When the police contacted Harbir, he also confirmed his brother’s visit a few days ago. Subsequently, the victim received a call demanding Rs 30,000. However, the call this time came from Muzaffarnagar.

The STD booth owner told the police that the person who had made the call would come again. When Rambir came to make the call, he felt the police presence and tried to flee. However, he was overpowered by the policemen. Subsequently, others were also nabbed following his arrest.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that Narender Kumar used to run a sugar-cane juice shop and was a neighbour of the victim. It was also revealed that he along with the other accused had planned to rob him.


Dairy product co launches online shopping
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 24
VRS Foods, manufacturer of the Paras range of dairy products, has announced the launch of a cybershop that would allow consumers to place their orders online. As an endeavour towards building strong consumer relationships, VRS Foods has undertaken this “first-of-its-kind initiative” in the dairy foods industry.

“We have been constantly developing ways and means to preserve and build strong consumer relationships. The Paras Cybershop is a reflection of our commitment towards introducing new paradigms of convenience for our consumers. Paras was the first dairy products company to introduce free home delivery and Cybershop is an extension of this effort,” says Mr K. K. Bhadra, manager, marketing, Paras.

Using the cybershop, consumers can sit back at their convenience at their offices or home and use the Internet to place their daily dairy product requirements. Consumers can choose from the complete range of products offered by Paras. Once they enter into the web page of Cybershop, they can click on the various products that they would like to order, including the number of packs. A consumer also needs to fill in the address to which the goods are to be delivered.

Besides, the consumer can also view the vital ingredients of the goods that he or she wants to purchase by clicking on the product they want. They get a detailed report of the constituents of the product. This is an endeavour of Paras to educate consumers about the milk products that they purchase. As soon as they place an online order, they get a confirmation reference number and they get a call from one of the Paras representatives to confirm the order. The products are then delivered at the consumers’ desired time at their doorstep.

“In an effort to monitor the performance and receive feedback from the consumers, a copy of the order placed in the cyberstore is sent to some of the senior most people at Paras. This is in line with the strategy of Paras to deliver consumers the best value for their money,” adds Mr Bhadra.

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