Wednesday, November 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Youths detained, interrogated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 19
The police today claimed to have detained at least half a dozen youths and were interrogating them to find out the identity of the suspect who had allegedly criminally assaulted a fourth year medical student of the Maulana Azad Medical college on Friday.

The police said that the suspect, who is in his early 20s, well-built and had his name (Rahul) tattooed on his arm, had been tentatively identified as a bad character of IP Estate area. The police teams were now working overtime to trace the suspect. The police said that they were confident that he would be nabbed soon.

The criminal assault on the medical student has sent shock waves in the Capital, particularly within the student community. Such was the ire of the students that the authorities were forced to postpone the fourth year examination yesterday.

Meanwhile, the police have placed barricades near the Khooni Darwaza and a PCR van has been deployed round the clock. More than a hundred policemen have been put on duty in and around the campus to restore confidence among the students whose final examinations are round the corner.

The police, on the other hand, are hoping that the statement of the victim would help them nail the suspect. The victim and her family have agreed to give a statement to the police, after her exams on November 25. It is expected that the victim’s statement would be recorded by the police under Section 161 of the CrPC. A senior woman police officer of the rank of an Assistant Commissioner of Police has been specially deputed to interact with the victim and her family, keeping in view the sensitivity of the incident.

Senior police officers, who initially tried to cover up the shocking incident by claiming it was a minor one, are now determined to nab the suspects. The college authorities have also assured the parents of the girl students that the entire security scenario in the college was being reviewed and the senior faculty has been asked to conduct surprise checks.

At the MAMC, which is located in the heart of the city, students continued to express their solidarity with the victim and claimed that they would all stand as one till the culprit was punished for the crime.


Family of four missing for one month
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 19
The relatives of Girdhari Lal Maheshwari, son of Mukut Bihari Maheshwari of Mathura, are worried that Girdhari Lal, his wife Sangeeta and their two small sons, who all are missing for the last one month, may have become victims of some crime. The Muzzaffarnagar Police, having registered a missing report, seem to have closed the file.

Sangeeta, sister of Dinesh of Govind Puri area of Modinagar, was married to Girdhari Lal of Guru Nanak Nagar Extension in Mathura district, 10 years ago.

On October 9, Girdhari Lal, along with his 35-year-old wife Sangeeta, sons Kanha, 3, and Radhey, 5, had gone to meet his brother Rajiv in Jhil Mil colony in Vivek Vihar area of New Delhi. After one day’s stay there, they had left for his sister Sheela’s house in Rawala area of Saharanpur.

On October 11, Girdhari Lal had left for his home but did not reach Manjiri Kunj Ashram in Brindabans Gyan Gudari area. The family members have looked for them at all the places, but there is no clue to the whereabouts of the four.

According to his brother, Rajiv Maheshwari, Girdhari Lal had boarded a roadways bus at Saharanpur for his return journey, but owing to mysterious reasons, got down at Muzzafarnagar Roadways bus stand, though they had tickets up to Vrindavan.

The bus conductor and two policemen, who were on duty, confirmed that a couple with two kids had alighted at the Taj Economic Zone.


MCD chief defends parking tax proposal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 19
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, today sought to clear some of the apprehensions over the proposed tax to be imposed on vehicles using municipal land for parking.

The controversial proposal was tabled before the all-powerful Standing Committee of the MCD in a meeting on last Wednesday.

The proposal had run into stiff opposition from some of the members of the Standing Committee, particularly from the Bharatiya Janata Party, welfare associations of various residential colonies and the general public who termed it as undemocratic and an additional burden on the already beleaguered middle class.

In a press conference, the municipal commissioner clarified that the parking charge was proposed to be levied on vehicles parked on municipal land, contending that under section 321 of the DMC Act 1957 the commissioner can lay down the conditions for use of public places. Parking tax is not a new issue, which has come up for discussion in the corporation. It is in practice in most of developed countries where people have parking problems.

He said that it had been under discussion in the MCD since 1990 but it could not take tangible shape because of the failure to find out a simple way to collect the charge. Now, the corporation has decided to collect the tax through the transport department of the Delhi Government for which the department will get one per cent of the total collections as fees

The municipal commissioner disclosed that a scooter owner will have to pay a one-time amount of Rs 500 as parking tax, car owner Rs 3000; auto rickshaw owner Rs 1000; taxi operator Rs 1, 500; RTV operator Rs 2, 500; goods vehicles (trucks) owner Rs 4, 000 and bus owner Rs 5000. He explained that these were one-time taxes and will be charged at the time of registration of the vehicle. The total revenue expected to be generated would be over Rs 100 crore, if all the estimated four lakh vehicles go in for annual registration.

When asked what was the rationale for charging a parking tax, the commissioner said that the proposal was tabled before the standing committee to curb the traffic problem, which was worsening day by day in the Capital. There are 35 lakh vehicles in the Capital and the number keeps increasing every year. A parking tax is one way of reducing the traffic congestion. This has been the experience of all municipal governments from Singapore to London.

The parking charge, thus, collected will not be misused. The corporation had earmarked 11 sites for construction of state-of-the-art parking lots. These sites are Shastri Park in Karol Bagh, Vasant Lok, Dangal Maidan, Parade Ground, Greater Kailash, South Extension, Nicholson Road at Mori Gate, Hamilton Road at Old Delhi Railway Station, Asaf Ali Road, Ansari Road and Tibbia College.

He said that the MCD has already signed an MoU with the Infrastructure Development Finance Company for structuring enhanced parking capacities in these locations.


1400 confidential files missing
Our Correspondent

Meerut, November 19
More than 1400 confidential official files are said to be missing at the district police office. Senior police officials are tight-lipped, but admit that they have failed to locate the files despite several rounds of search operations.

There is speculation in some circles that insiders are involved in the racket; the ostensible purpose is to thwart departmental enquiries against certain police personnel.

Senior Superintendent of Police Mukul Goel, during his recent visit to the district police office found several irregularities. He checked each file and

was shocked to notice that no letter bore his official stamp.

A visit to the record room revealed that more than 1,400 confidential files, pertaining to personal conduct, departmental inquiries, service records, annual confidential reports and pensions were missing. He immediately summoned the circle officer, Civil Lines, and issued a memo, asking him to search the records.

Last year, the then Deputy I G of Meerut Range, Arun Kumar, had unearthed the file scam during his annual visit to the district police office. Then, some 850 important confidential files were found to be missing. Result: A one-man inquiry committee was set up and directions were given to the SSP Meerut to take strong action against those found guilty. In the interim, the number of missing files has mounted to 1400 from 850.

Talking to the NCR Tribune, some insiders confirmed that police officials and office bearers were involved in the scam. The idea was to thwart departmental punishment and action against the guilty personnel.

Several police personnel had been indicted in departmental inquiries for abstaining from duty, some for dereliction of duty, and others for their links with criminals. Mostly such police personnel are involved in the missing file scam.

The SSP has now directed that a record should be maintained of file movement in the office. He has also issued a show-cause notice to some police officials in this regard.


Cops paper over crime figures. It’s elementary!
R D Sapra

Sonepat, November 19
How do the police conceal and minimise crime, change murder into suicide, dacoity and robbery into burglary, and burglary into theft? What specific methods do they employ? And how do they get away with it, after all?

Concealment of crime is being discussed in high police circles of Haryana from time to time following the directives from the state government that all crimes should be recorded.

Crimes mostly get undetected. Some are detected but not reported. Crime figures in police records have varied according to the attitude of the officer at the top.

Concealment and minimisation of crimes are practised on a fairly large scale. The SHOs of certain police stations have confirmed it. This, however, varies from time to time, place to place, offence to offence and officer to officer. There are two kinds of concealment—outright and garbled.

In the former, there is no record in the police station at all. In the latter, some sort of entry is made to pacify the complainant. Some SHOs have testified them.

Police resort to various methods in concealing and minimising crime. In recording a first information report, facts are either distorted to belittle the seriousness of an offence or new facts introduced to produce evidence against the accused or for implicating innocent persons.

Instead of registering a case, a ‘janch talab’ report is written in the general diary of the police station. The term ‘janch talab’ is coined to indicate that the facts reported by the informant do not definitely make out a cognisable offence. So a preliminary inquiry is required before that. Or a ‘daryafthal’ entry is made without enlisting it in the crime register.

During the so-called investigation, the complainant’s mood is watched. If he does not relent, the case is given a regular crime number. Otherwise, the ‘daryafthal’ ends in most cases in a final report without being included in the crime report.

The police also practise a ruse upon the informant. He is told that his report has been recorded. This is followed by a mock investigation including a visit to the scene of crime by a police officer. At times, the complainant is accused of having cooked up a false charge or told that his case is replete with defects and lacks proper evidence.

Experts say that the so-called crime control for which the police officers are sometimes given the credit is a hoax. The police should neither claim nor be expected to solve the crime problem. They can only do their best to mitigate it.

The reasons for concealment of crime are many, including police officers’ lethargy. Investigation involves long and painstaking questioning, meticulous attention to details, considerable travelling and careful observance of rules. Officers lacking fire naturally get tempted to conceal the crime or minimise a cognisable offence into a non-cognisable one rather than face subsequent inconveniences. Another factor is extraneous pressure on the police which is mainly political. The person may be a friend of a local politician. At times, pressure comes from both parties and the officer has to choose between the two. He usually obliges the more powerful. Cold-shouldering such pressure might harm the interests of the police officer later. He could be transferred or face suspension.

Innumerable offences remain unknown because of their nature or circumstances in which they are committed. Some of them are gambling, smuggling, excise offences, and violation of ordinance rules and regulations of various kinds.


What is eating you? ‘Poisonous’ meal! 
Our Correspondent

Meerut, November 19
Issuing licence to the hotels and restaurants blindly proved dear to the city Health Officer, Dr Prem Singh, when he fell ill after having ‘poisonous’ meal in a restaurant. The city Health Officer became a victim of diarrhoea. A hotel at the boundary road offered contaminated ‘dal’. Dr Singh vomited after eating the meal and had to be hospitalised.

He told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that he complained to the waiter against the fare but the restaurateur ignored it. He admitted that due procedure was not followed while issuing licences to the hotels and restaurants and people were paying a heavy price for it. He said he would take action against the culprits after his recovery.

Hotels and several restaurants in the city were offering adulterous foods to their customers taking advantage of the negligence of the municipal corporation.

Hundred of shops are selling eatables in open in the city. The meat shops are also selling mutton in open.


Welfare plan for Tibetan refugees
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 19
The ‘Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust’, an enterprise of the Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA), has decided to launch a special scheme to train Tibetan refugee youths with a view to making them economically independent.

According to Mr Rajiv Chawla, general secretary of the FSIA, the decision was taken after a meeting of this body with Ms Linda Cruiz, Project Advisor of ‘The Tibet Relief Fund of United Kingdom’ recently.

Mr Chawla said that TRFUK had looked upon FSIA to take an initiative to help the Tibetan youths become self-reliant and independent.

He said the Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust had been a unique institution which not only provides entrepreneurial skills to the educated youths, but also provides financial help to set up their units or avenues of self-employment. The BYST had trained scores of youths in the past several years which has been the reason that the international bodies like TRFUK had contacted FSIA to take the ambitious project, Mr Chawla claimed.

FSIA office-bearers were surprised when Ms Cruiz stated that Prince Charles of England himself talked about the activities of BYST when the issue was taken up with him by TRFUK.

This organisation has asked FSIA to provide training and entrepreneurial skills to hundreds of Tibetan youths residing as refugees.

TRFUK has also offered to contribute financially for making the project a success.


Extortion cases
Lawyers’ Mahapanchayat gives 10 days to SP 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 19
Lawyers from all over the state attending the Mahapanchayat held here on Monday, on the threats given to some lawyers by the anti-social elements, criticised the role of the police in arresting the culprits involved in the cases.

The miscreants tried to extort money from the lawyers.

According to a report, the Mahapanchayat, first of its kind, gave 10 days to the Superintendent of Police to reinvestigate the case and arrest the culprits, failing which further course of action would be taken. The arrest of a youth Krishna Kumar of Braham Nagar in this connection would also be reviewed by the police.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told the Mahapanchayat that Mr Arun Singh Nehra, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Zorawar Singh, CIA Inspector and Mr Rajiv Soni, an ASI of special staff would jointly investigate this case and they would provide information in this respect to the president and secretary of the District Bar Association every day.

However, the lawyers were not satisfied with the police assurances and they decided to go ahead with their strike till November 20.


Congress recalls services of Indira Gandhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 19
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) recalled the contributions of Indira Gandhi on the occasion of the 85th birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister. The party’s rank and file gathered at the party headquarters to offer floral tributes to her.

On the occasion, DPCC president Subhash Chopra said India’s emergence as a global player could be attributed to the late Prime Minister’s farsighted policies. Describing her tenure as the golden years of independent India, Mr Chopra said the abolition of privy purse and nationalisation of banks were far-reaching moves that helped shape the economy.

Contrasting the policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government at the Centre with that of the then Congress government, Mr Chopra said Indira Gandhi did not budge from her stated position vis-à-vis Pakistan even when the United States threatened to send the Seventh Fleet during the liberation of Bangladesh in 1970-71.

The Youth Congress also organised a function to mark the 85th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi. On the occasion, its members took the pledge to work for the unity and integrity of the nation and fight religious fundamentalism. All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Mukul Vasnik said Indira Gandhi had always worked for the poor and the downtrodden while the BJP-led NDA government was working against their interests.

Mr Vasnik criticised Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee for taking a vacillating stand on various issues such as killing of innocent people in Gujarat. “The Prime Minister changes his language and stand depending on the conditions and the people sitting in front of him,” he said. He called on the Youth Congress to take inspiration from the life and ideology of Indira Gandhi and work for a secular and strong India.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit joined Congress president Sonia Gandhi in offering floral tributes to the late Prime Minister.

Rohtak: Activists of the local Congress paid homage to Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary today. A ‘shradhanjali sabha’ was organised by the district unit of the Youth Congress at the party office under the presidentship of Mr Shadi Lal Malik. Mr Shadi lal Batra, local MLA, was the chief guest and Mr Karamvir Maina, senior vice-president, Haryana Youth Congress, presided over the meeting. The office-bearers of district units of the Youth Congress, Sewadal, Congress and different cells of the party were present on the occasion.


Parties flay ST on MRP
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 19
Various political and social organisations have severely criticised the state government for imposing sales tax on the MRP of 60 items and its decision to set up casinos.

The state unit of the BJP and the District Congress Committee (Rural) have described the imposition of sales tax on the MRP of 60 consumer items as anti-trader, anti-people and anti-trader. The BJP spokesman, Mr Pradeep Jain, said that such types of taxes would adversely affect the trade and traders in the state and would result in the decline in the sales tax revenue. The party has demanded withdrawal of this tax to provide relief to the people, who were already heavily burdened with other taxes.

The DCC (Rural) president, Prof Virender, said that following the imposition of sales tax at a flat rate on the MRP of 60 items of daily use, these articles had become costlier. He regretted that the imposition of this tax on life-saving medicines would deprive the poor patients of treatment. He described the imposition of sales tax on medicine as a tax on the ailing populace of the state.

Both the BJP and the Congress have described setting of casinos as providing legal sanction to gambling, which was not in the interest of the society at large. 


Sewadar falls to death

Two deaths were reported in the city today. In the first incident, Kuldip Singh, a sewadar at a gurdwara in the 8 Marla Colony fell to death on the gurdwara premises. He was changing the holy cloth atop the “Nishan Sahib” in the gurdwara when the rope he was holding on to gave way. He died on the spot.

In another incident, Babu Ram, a resident of Jagjivan Ram Colony, died at the local civil hospital after consuming some poisonous substance. TNS


12 hurt in group clash
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 19
At least 12 persons, including two women, were injured in a clash between two groups at Shekhpura village, about 20 km from here, last evening. According to a report, the condition of two injured persons is stated to be serious and one of them has been referred to a hospital in Delhi.

It is stated that lathis and other deadly weapons were used freely in the clash that took place on the removal of a tractor-trolley loaded with paddy. The Ganaur police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress.

The injured persons include Parkash, Kala, Jagat, and Ms Kamla, Howa Singh, Subedar, Balbir, Bijender, Kamlesh, Suresh, Hem Chander and Rajinder. All except Rajinder were admitted to the community health centre at Ganaur.

DC nabs gambler

Panic prevailed in the lottery bazar on the Railway Road here yesterday following the surprise visit of Deputy Commissioner S. N. Roy. According to a report, the Deputy Commissioner also apprehended a youth who was engaged in running satta in the garb of selling lottery. The youth was identified as Raj Kumar of Mohalla Kot in this city. He was later handed over to the police for taking action. The DC also summoned the station house officer of the Civil Lines police station and directed him to take stern action against the persons engaged in gambling, which had assumed alarming proportion in the city.

Devotees take dip

More than one lakh people, mostly women and children, had their holy dip in the Yamuna near Sonepat on the occasion of Kartik Purnima today. According to a report, an endless stream of devotees, which started around 3 am, continued for several hours. Hundreds of men, women and children also participated in the religious congregations at temples.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj’s birthday was also celebrated with great enthusiasm in this city and elsewhere in the district today. According to a report, a large number of devotees thronged the gurdwaras to join the religious congregations. Shabad kirtans and path were the main attractions.

Guru ka Langar was also organised in the main gurdwara near Gita Bhawan (city) in this city. A large number of Sikhs and Hindus including women and schoolchildren took part in the Nagar Kirtan, which passed through the main bazars of the city. The entire route was tastefully decorated with arches and welcome gates.

Four vehicles stolen

Faridabad: Four vehicles have reportedly been stolen in the town in the past 48 hours. According to complaints lodged with the police, two cars were stolen from Sector 15-A and NHPC chowk on Sunday night. One two-wheeler belonging to one Baldev Krishan of Sector 9 and another have also been missing.

Two quacks held

Rohtak: The police have booked two persons, who had been running a clinic on Jind road here, today. Those booked include Bansi Lal of new Rajendra colony here and Mukesh of Bhagwatipur village who had been treating patients at Sanjiwani clinic without having proper qualification or registration. A raid was conducted at the clinic following a complaint by Dr R. K. Chowdhary, Senior Medical Officer. A case has been registered against the duo under Sections 15(2) and 15(3) of Indian Medical Council Act and Section 420 of the IPC.

Magazine anniversary

The fifth anniversary of a literary magazine, ‘Masi Kagad’, was organised here today. The magazine is published by the Prayas Trust, Rohtak. Dr Chandra Trikha, Chairman, Haryana Sahitya Akademi, presided over the function and Mr Dharam Pal Malik, Director, All India Radio, Rohtak was the chief guest. Dr Harish Chandra Verma, a renowned Hindi scholar and a recipient of Sur Puraskar was the special invitee at the function. Mr Kamlesh Bhartiya, a senior staff correspondent at Hisar of ‘Dainik Tribune’ read out his article on the importance and contribution of small magazines in literature.


New telecom exchange opened in Paharganj
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 19
Local MP and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Vijay Goel inaugurated a 12,000-line new telephone exchange at Paharganj, which has been commissioned at the cost of Rs 12 crore. It provides number of state-of-the-art facilities for the subscribers.

As many as 8,104 connections working in Paharganj main bazar, Sangtrashan, Six Tooti Chowk, Anaj Mandi, Nehru Bazar, Basant Road, Shora Kothi, Tilak Street, Dariba Pan and part of Deshbandhu Gupta Road have been transferred to the new exchange. Over 4,000 new connections could also be released from the new exchange.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vijay Goel said that with the commissioning of the new exchange, all faulty telephones in the area would become fully operational and subscribers would get better telecom facilities. He added that MTNL had been instructed to remove hanging telephone cables and set up new systems in the area. The Paharganj area would be free of hanging telecom cables up to May next year whereas Chandni Chowk area would be free of hanging cables by January next year. This would help in giving a facelift to the area.

A telephone adalat was also organised to resolve the grievances of the subscribers. A similar adalat would again be held at the same venue next Monday. Mr Goel informed that MTNL would soon release a smart card depicting Red Fort. This would provide the facility to utilise telephone services from any place up to a limited value.

Walk for health organised

A walk for health was organised by the Pushpanjali Medical Centre in the Capital to highlight the importance of good health. The walk was flagged off by Mr Ram Babu Sharma, Chairman, Standing Committee, MCD.

A large number of students and citizens participated in the walk, the aim of which was to draw attention to the need for adopting a healthy lifestyle. People were advised to take a balanced diet, avoid drugs, tobacco and alcohol and remain in pollution-free environs. Mr Rakesh Mehta, Commissioner, MCD, who was also present, stressed on the need for organising such awareness campaigns. The health secretary, Delhi Medical Association, Dr Hari Haran, pledged cooperation with the MCD for organising such events.

Health Centre opened

Health Minister A. K. Walia today inaugurated an allopathic Health Centre in Majnu ka Tila, north Delhi. The number of Health Centres being run by the Government of NCT of Delhi now stands at 170. Present on the occasion were legislator P. S. Sahni and councillor Neetu Verma. 



A Sonepat datelined report carried on these pages in the November 13, 2002 issue inadvertently referred to Mr Kanwarjeet Singh as chairman of the Railway Board and Mr Som Pal as Chairman of the Planning Commission. Mr Davinder P. S. Sandhu, Chief Public Relations Officer of the Northern Railway has pointed out that Mr Kanwarjeet Singh is Member Engineering of the Railway Board, the chairman being Mr IIMS Rana. Also, Mr Som Pal is the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. The ex officio Chairman of the Planning Commission is the prime minister. The error is regretted.


Two youths fire at businessman, rob car
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 19
Two car-borne youths, armed with a pistol, robbed the car of a businessman in Kalkaji in South district last evening.

The victim, Gautam, had an electronic goods shop in Lajpat Rai market and was coming to his house along with his father and grandfather when the incident occurred.

As he reached near Deshbandhu Apartments in Kalkaji, his vehicle was overtaken by the youths who were in a Zen car. They blocked their way and had an argument. One of the youths fired from the pistol and Gautam received injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital from where he was discharged after being administered first aid. One of the youths took taken away the victim’s car, the police said.

B’Desh nationals with terrorist links nabbed

The Operation Cell of the North district police arrested two Bangladesh nationals, Mustafa and his associate, who allegedly had links with terrorists.

They were arrested from Yamuna Pushta last night where they had gone to extort money and to kill a person whom they suspected to be a police informer.

The police received a secret tip-off about the activities of Mustafa and his associate whose name was not disclosed.

The police have also managed to get a mobile phone number of the suspect. His phone was put under observation and most of the calls received by Mustafa were from East district. Last night again, the police received an information that Mustafa along with his associate was going to Yamuna Pushta to kill somebody.

A police party was deployed there. They were arrested as soon as they reached there. A country-made pistol and 250 gram opium were recovered from their possession. 


Four killed in accidents
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 19
Four persons, including two hawkers of newspapers, were killed in different road accidents reported from the National Highway No. 1 and the Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road on Monday.

According to a report, two newspaper hawkers, namely Ishwar of Murthal village and Dilsher of Zainpur Tikola village were hit by an unknown vehicle while they were going to a village to distribute newspapers. The accident occurred on the National Highway No. 1 near Rama Farm. The driver of the vehicle, however, managed to escape after the accident.

The police have registered the case and launched a hunt to apprehend the suspect.

According to another report, a doctor Virender Kumar died on the spot and a jeep driver Rajpal, alias Raju, sustained serious injuries on the Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road near Khewra village. The jeep was overcrowded with the passengers and the victim was travelling on the footboard of the jeep. When the driver tried to overtake a truck, he lost control on the jeep resulting in the accident. The jeep driver was sent to a trauma centre in Delhi for treatment. The police are still investigating the case.

A 10-year-old boy Hitesh was killed when he was hit by a speedy vehicle on the G T Road near here on Monday. The victim belonged to Bawana village in Delhi state. The police have registered the case in this connection and further investigations were in progress.

Meanwhile, a youth Vishal was found in an unconscious condition in Pancham Nagar area here on Monday evening.

The injured youth was rushed to the local civil hospital and he is stated to be in a serious condition.

The police investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

It is stated that the youth was assaulted by some persons and thrown in a street near his house.


500 gm heroin seized from gangster
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 19
The Special Operations Group along with a few cops of Sector 24 police station have arrested one person, Aaftab, and seized 500 gm of heroin worth Rs 5 lakh last night.

SSP Rajiv Kishen said that SOG in charge Alok Kumar had been tipped by a source that a member of an inter-state gang based in Ghaziabad was waiting at a bus station at 10 pm last night at Gijore crossing. He was reported to be carrying 500 gm of heroin. The SOG chief immediately went into action with his team, which included SI B.B.D. Goyal, ASI Mahavir Prasad, Satyavir Singh, Arun Kumar, Irshad Ali and Kulvinder Singh. He also informed the Sector 24 police station so that their team could also reach Gijore crossing and to nab the culprit.

The arrested carrier identified himself as Aaftab of Mata Colony, Vijay Nagar, Ghaziabad. When frisked, the police recovered 500 gm of high quality heroin priced at Rs 50 lakh in the international market. The SSP said that Aaftab was a member of dreaded the Hansi tribe gang of drug smugglers of Ghaziabad, which supplied heroin, smack, opium and other drugs on a commission basis. The suspect is understood to have given some valuable information about his gang to the police, who are making further investigations to verify the facts.

The SSP said that Afghanistan, Pakistan and eastern part of erstwhile USSR were the golden triangle of drug peddlers, while Laos, Burma, and Thailand were the silver triangle. Columbia and Venezuela in South America were the other important centres of drug producers and smugglers.


Patwari held while taking bribe

Panipat, November 19
The Haryana Vigilance Department today arrested a patwari, Shakti Singh, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from some residents of Gagana village at Sanoli Khurd in the district.

According to information, the accused, posted in the Sanoli area, was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from an advocate, Mr Rajinder Singh, by a party led by the BDPO, Mr Lekh Raj, and the Vigilance Inspector, Mr Surinder Sharma. Mr Rajinder Singh and his brothers - Mr Bhim Singh, Mr Satbir Singh and Mr Ishwar Singh - purchased 3 acres of land about three years back. Since then, they had been urging the patwari to do the “intkaal” of the land but the latter had been demanding illegal gratification. Mr Rajinder Singh brought the matter to the notice of the district Vigilance Inspector, Mr Surinder Sharma, who, in turn, informed the DC. The DC deputed Mr Lekh Raj to accompany the vigilance team. TNS


Two killed as bus hits auto
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 19
Two persons were killed on the spot and five others injured when an autorickshaw carrying them was hit by a speeding Haryana Roadways bus approaching from opposite direction near Dobh village on the Rohtak-Bhiwani road this afternoon.

The deceased have been identified as Chhattar Singh (45) and Muni Ram (48) of Bhali village. Those injured include Dayanand (65), Rishi Pal (18), Munni Devi (45) and Sumitra (18) of Bhali village and Mukhtyari (60) of Dobh village.

The injured have been admitted to the PGIMS and their condition is stated to be serious.

Those injured said the driver of the bus (HR 19 PA-0154) accelerated the speed of the vehicle to overtake a vehicle and hit the autorickshaw. The police have registered a case against the bus driver who escaped after the accident.

‘Drought relief insufficient’

The Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (United) has described the amount of Rs 115 crore provided by the central government as relief for the drought-affected farmers in the state as insufficient. Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, president of the state unit of the party, alleged that Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala had failed to put forward the severity of the drought before the central government. Besides, he said the affected farmers had to pay for the ‘sour’ relationship between the Union Agriculture Minister and the Haryana Chief Minister.

Holding Mr Chautala solely responsible for the grant of insufficient relief, the JD(U) leader alleged that the Chief Minister had never enlisted and announced the drought-affected areas in the state in a proper manner.


SARAS stalls with rural handicrafts a big draw 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 19
SARAS 2002, the single largest national pavilion at the India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2002, with over 450 stalls of rural handicrafts and artifacts has been witnessing an overwhelming response from the visitors who are keen to buy intricate rural crafts and designs.

SARAS has on display a wide range of products like handicrafts, garments and textiles, woodcrafts and cane furniture, leather products, footwear, toys, accessories, brass and metal ware, food and herbal products, pottery and artificial jewellery.

A number of stalls displaying rural interiors from the states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Manipur attract people with their rare handicrafts. The participants include self-help groups, NGOs and individual Swarojgaris and master craftsmen.

In SARAS, various workshops and seminars are also being organised for the participating artisans on subjects like product development, cluster approach and entrepreneurship development, packaging and quality control and export promotion of SARAS products.

SARAS 2002 is one step ahead to develop a market for rural products and, at the same time, encourage the rural art, craft, tradition, skill and improve quality of life of the rural artisans and thereby ensuring equity and effective participation in the national building activities. This would be achieved through facilitating interaction of the craftsmen with the urban customer.

SARAS was inaugurated by Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat on November 14. 

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