Thursday, November 28, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Cop nails gangster, Bollywood-style
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
In a daring km-long chase, reminiscent of some of the Bollywood action movies, an alert Delhi Police constable overpowered a member of Sunnu-Nizam gang, desperate bank robbers and known anti-social elements, in Nizamuddin area of South Delhi after a brief encounter which also left two civilians with minor injuries.

The injured, including the alleged anti-social elements, were identified as Amit Gupta (25), resident of Sangam Vihar, Hukum Chand and Bhachan Singh (both auto drivers).

While one bullet hit Chand injuring his finger, another bullet hit Singh’s back. However, his associate Omprakash alias Bunty, also resident of Sangam Vihar, managed to escape. The police have recovered their motorcycle DL-3S-Z-8445 which was parked near the bank.

All were admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where they are reported to be progressing. The constable has been given an out-of-turn promotion on the spot by the Police Commissioner, Mr R.S. Gupta, for his act of bravery and duty consciousness.

According to the police, the incident took place when the beat constable Anil Kumar was on a routine check near a bank on Mathura Road. He found a person standing near the Nizamuddin West market and was behaving in a suspicious manner. The constable accosted the person and started questioning when the suspect suddenly pushed him and ran away with the policeman in hot pursuit.

Hundreds of motorists and other persons present there watched the pre-noon drama unfolding before them as the suspect commandeered a moving autorickshaw and jumped into it forcing the driver to speed away.

Unable to get a lift from some of the cars that went whizzing by, the constable finally managed to take lift from a scooter and chased the autorickshaw on the Mathura Road. The suspect then reportedly whipped out a countrymade pistol and fired at the pursuing policeman. The shot went wild and the constable returned the fire with his service revolver, hitting the suspect thrice, injuring two autorickshaw drivers in the process.

By the time a crowd had collected and some police control room vans also reached the spot. The injured were rushed to the hospital. The suspect was immediately operated upon. His condition was later described as stable.

Senior police officers who also reached the spot after hearing about the encounter, said that the suspect was apparently waiting outside the bank looking for a target to strike. It was possible that he may have identified someone withdrawing money from there and was waiting for him to come out.

Investigations so far revealed that the same gang was involved in the robbery of Rs 9.5 lakh from the employees of the Gautam Motors in Okhla area. The gang members intercepted the employees and robbed the money from them. Even the gang had robbed Rs 1.35 lakh from a person who after withdrawing money from a bank in Nehru Place was intercepted in Okhla.

The police said that the suspect who was being kept in the hospital under strict guard would be questioned as soon as the doctors give the go-ahead to ascertain if he was acting alone or had some accomplices. Further investigations were on.



College girls detained for mahila sammelan
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, November 27
The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee has demanded an inquiry into the alleged detention of students of Government College for Women here by the college administration for nearly two hours for a mahila sammelan. Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, INLD MP and son of the Chief Minister, was the chief guest at the sammelan.

Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister and an HPCC spokesperson, today alleged that the students, whose classes ended 2 pm, were forced to stay on in the college premises till the sammelan concluded at 3.30 pm. Even the parents of the students, who had gathered at the main gate of the college to collect their wards, were denied permission to enter the premises.

The main gate of the college was locked from inside and the watchman directed the parents to pick up the wards after about two hours. This reportedly infuriated the parents who demanded that they be allowed to meet the principal. However, permission was declined and they had to fidget at the main gate till about 3.30 p.m. The commotion at the gate also caused traffic jams on the main road.

The Congress leader disclosed that a majority of the college students, who were detained in the college, hailed from rural areas and they missed the buses to their villages. They had to travel by the main route buses and cover a distance of 5 km by foot to reach their destinations.

Mr Hooda alleged that the organiser of the sammelan was a teacher in a government school who managed to requisition the college ground for the sammelan in violation of all rules and regulations. He further alleged that the students of the government school, along with their mothers, were forced to attend the sammelan.

The detention of the girl students had made a mockery of the slogan ‘women empowerment,’ which resounded at the ‘mahila sammelan’. He sought immediate suspension of the principal of the college and a check on the recurrence of any such incident.



Child rescued from sewer line after 5 hours

A two-year-old girl, who had fallen into a sewer line yesterday in Habibpur village in Greater Noida, was pulled out after five hours.

Daughter of one Devinder Singh, the child was playing when she fell into the uncovered sewer line. As there was a marriage in the neighbourhood, there was a great deal of commotion and nobody noticed that the girl had fallen into the sewer. The family of the child presumed that she was with somebody. But after all the guests had departed the family started looking around for the child.

Then, somebody had the good sense to look into the freshly dug sewer line and saw her sleeping there. She was pulled out after some effort, five hours after she fell into the sewer. Apparently, she had been weeping and had tried to climb out on her own. Later, she fell asleep due to exhaustion. OC



Krishna told to appear before cops
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The Delhi high court today rejected the plea for an independent inquiry into the recent Ansal Plaza shootout and quashing of the police notice to Hari Krishna, who claimed that the encounter with the two Pakistani terrorists was stage-managed, and directed him to appear before the Delhi Police tomorrow (Thursday) for recording of his statement.

Disposing a petition filed by Krishna seeking an independent inquiry into the shootout and quashing of the police notice to him, a Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Devinder Gupta and Justice A K Sikri said he would appear before the South Delhi ACP at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Krishna, who was served the notice by the police on November 8, five days after the shootout, for recording his statement under Section 160 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) as a witness, had so far declined to appear before them, alleging that he was being threatened by some police officials.

The court said, while questioning him, the ACP, who is also probing into the shootout on the order of the Delhi Police Commissioner after a petition was filed before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), would question Krishna as per the guidelines issued by the commission.

Delhi Police Counsel Mukta Gupta said the case for probe was transferred from Special Cell to the South Delhi Police by the Police Commissioner on his own initiative after a petition was filed before the NHRC.

The Special Cell had executed the operation in which two Pakistani terrorists, reportedly belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), were shot dead in the basement of the shopping plaza in South Delhi.

The operation was enveloped in controversy with the media raising questions about the encounter.



Jammu Tawi-bound train becomes trade fair shuttle
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 27
A large number of irate students and other commuters held up the Jammu Tawi-bound Jammu Mail by repeatedly pulling the emergency chain between Delhi and Sonepat and delaying it for about 45 minutes last night in protest against their failure to obtain berths in the overcrowded bogies.

According to a report, some of the students were returning from the International Trade Fair; others had gone to the Capital to attend the rally organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

When the train left Delhi, the livid students pulled the chain near Narela. Immediately the Railway Police personnel and the Northern Railway TCs got into action, in an attempt to identify the students who had pulled the emergency chain. However, they drew a blank.

When the train resumed its journey, it was again held up by some students. By the time the GRP personnel had responded to the situation, the students had moved out of their compartment. The train resumed its journey, only to be held up for the third time. Result: The train was delayed for half an hour near Narela railway station.

It is stated that the students held up the train for the last time when it was nearing Sonepat; again the hooligans could not be located by the GRP. Finally the train reached Sonepat 45 minutes behind schedule.

Many commuters pointed out that the train had been running behind schedule almost daily, since the beginning of the trade fair at Delhi.

In another alarming incident, it was panic stations on the Delhi-bound Howrah-Kalka Mail (2312 Down), when two bogies attached with the engine caught fire after reaching Sonepat railway station yesterday. Some of the passengers were injured when they tried to get down from the bogies.

The ASM on duty immediately informed the fire brigade which arrived on the scene and brought the fire under control. The train resumed its journey after a half-an-hour delay.



Factory of pirated CDs unearthed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The Delhi Police crime branch for the first time has unearthed a unit making pirated CDs and seized a large number of equipment, machinery and accessories worth Rs 11 crore in the market.

The police have arrested two persons Davesh Rathore, director and Kulbir Singh, responsible for marketing the CDs. Surender Kumar Wadhwa, the owner of the unit has been absconding.

Acting on a tip-off, the police raided Siddharth Opticals in Mayapuri and recovered two imported CD-recording machines, one CD printer, make of Hanky and Partners of Taiwan, 10,600 blue films video CDs, nine blue film stampers with 21 positives of blue film, 482 MP3 audio CDs, 13 MP3 stampers and 39 positives of MP3 audio, one Sony colour television, one CD player with remote, two computer speakers and one audio-video converter from their possession.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the equipment seized is capable of making about 50,000 CDs per day. The masters of blue film and the masters of MP3 were smuggled from Singapore and the stamper is also made in Singapore.

In another case, the Crime Branch has raided shops in Sadar Bazar and recovered 2,950 girlie magazines like Debonair, Fantasy, Menz Club, Fantasy Fun, Chastity, Vaishai, Urvashi, My Love, Non Stop Ishq, Dream Hasina, Sex World, Adventure.



HVP loads dice in gambit against ‘casino culture’
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 27
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), led by Mr Surender Singh, its secretary-general and son of former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, today held demonstrations and took out a procession in the city against the state government’s decision to open casinos. It urged intervention of the Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, so as not to allow the Bill on casino, already passed by the Assembly, to become an Act.

Women were conspicuously part of the impressive procession, which threw the vehicular traffic in disarray. Holding placards, the processionists raised slogans against the government’s pro-casino policy.

The agitators ended their march to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr Anil Rastogi, and submitted a memorandum to the Governor.

Building up a case against the move to open casinos, the memorandum said that the casino culture was a ‘social evil’. The culture will push the already indigent masses of the state to poverty and lead the youths to unethical and immoral ways.

The memorandum expressed the party’s resentment on the

deteriorating law and order situation, saying that the state was witnessing a ‘jungle raj’ where nobody’s life and property were safe. While the police and the administration have been gripped with a sense of inertia, the criminals and anti-social elements are having a field day.

With regard to the farmers, the HVP pointed out to the Governor that had Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala made a timely presentation of the extremity of the drought and the suffering of the farmers to the Centre, the state would have got its share of the central package as compensation.

Mr Chautala only presented the case after Union Agriculture Minister Ajit Singh, publicly stated on September 5 that the state had not presented its case to the Centre on the drought issue. Mr Chautala stood on false ego in presenting the case to the Union Agriculture Minister.

It alleged that the farmers of the state have not been given a penny in the name of compensation on account of the drought. It urged the Governor to use his good offices to provide compensation to the drought-affected farmers at the earliest, especially in view of the sowing of the rabbi crops. Also it urged for an ample provision for irrigation water and electricity to the farmers for sowing the rabbi crops.

It also picked holes in the government’s decision to levy an eight per cent surcharge on Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of 60 items. The masses of the state have been adversely affected by this move. It has particularly affected trade and industry in the state. The party demanded immediate rolling back of the surcharge.

Earlier, addressing the processionists, Mr Surender Singh spoke in the same vein as that of the memorandum. Besides, he said that the INLD government, instead of implementing its poll promise to provide jobs was indiscriminately laying off the employees in various departments. Should his party come to power, it would annul the anti-people policy of this government and give justice to those, including the employees, who are being harassed in the present regime.

While speaking to newsmen on the occasion, he said that while the mass of people was reeling from poverty, unemployment and other social indicators, the present government was trying to indulge in the fancy of promoting flesh trade and gambling in the name of casino. These activities grievously militate against a host of provisions of the Directive Principles of State Policy.

The Chief Minister is hardly aware of the plight of the basic needs of the people. He was often finding excuses to go on foreign jaunts, he added.



MCD panels on parking tax, heritage site set up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The all-powerful Standing Committee of Municipal Corporation of Delhi has constituted two committees each: one to discuss the issue of proposal for parking tax and the other to determine norms to declare a building a heritage site. The committees were constituted after the proposals of parking tax and heritage buildings had been opposed by the Opposition as well as Congress members. The proposals were tabled by Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Mehta.

The four-member Parking Committee is chaired by Vijender, a senior councillor of the Congress. Its other members are Surender Pal Singh Bittoo, Pratap Naraian, both Congress councillors and Rakesh Kumar, a BJP councillor. The committee will discuss the proposal and submit the report before the Standing Committee.

Vijender Kumar Gupta, opposition member has termed the proposal as unlawful and anti-people which would hit the middle class hard.



MCF becoming a byword for indolence, graft
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 27
The Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) is earning the dubious distinction of doing nothing constructive except taking up schemes just to ensure its survival. Instead of providing proper civic development through infrastructure, basic amenities and cleanliness in the residential and commercial areas, charges of rampant corruption have dogged the civic body.

The civic body’s attempt to auction about 194 shops, kiosks, booths and commercial spots in various areas drew flak yesterday, when no one turned up to buy the commercial property. It is not the first time the MCF officials faced such an embarrassing situation. It has happened many times earlier also, say the corporation sources.

The MCF, facing financial crunch for the past three or four years, has now been focussing its attention to develop commercial sites and other points to auction them at attractive prices.

However, the civic body’s move to develop a residential colony on the pattern of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has already snowballed. The MCF failed to develop and allot plots to the residents (applicants) for its ambitious Aravalli Vihar scheme launched about 10 years ago. The corporation which has an annual budget of about Rs 119 crore, pays a whopping Rs 50 crore as salary to its employees.

“The rest of the amount left with it is either meagre to carry out the required works or is used allegedly only in the wards of municipal corporators who belong to the ruling political party,” claims Mr Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, senior Deputy Mayor of the corporation and a known Congressmen here. He alleged that ward no five and six represented by him and his wife Maya Devi Sharma had been deliberately ignored due to political rivalry.

Quoting an example, he said, the residents of Jawahar Colony, the biggest residential colony in Haryana, having a population of about 2.5 lakhs, get potable water supply once in five or six days, even in winters.

He said the residents were forced to buy drinking water in summer when there is a huge scarcity, claiming that the colony was passed way back in 1974. It had still no sewerage system till now. While there are over a hundred residential colonies, including the Huda sectors in the town, still there are more than 40 colonies awaiting regularisation.

The district got a rude shock when the authorities concerned at Chandigarh ‘failed’ to include even a single colony of the town in the list of the colonies to be regularised. Some residents of the Jawahar Colony revealed their plan to wear ‘black badges’ and protest outside the MCF office on the day when the Chief Minister visits the town to chair the grievances committee meeting.

The MCF has already allotted the work of cleanliness of the eastern part to the ‘Sulabh International’ on contract basis, but the work of the body has been far from satisfactory in several areas. The work of cleaning sewers and drains in the town had been poor and the complaints of choked sewers and drains are common.

This has led to increased risk to the health of residents as the cases of malaria and contamination of drinking water have been on the rise while the acute shortage of drinking water, inadequate sewerage network, removal of garbage, lack of proper roads, streetlights and overall sanitation still poses a challenge to the MCF. The civic body often faces shortage of funds, mainly due to poor recovery of taxes and delay in various projects.

It is alleged that no file could move in the MCF office until the officials are ‘bribed’ or unless it is backed by influential quarters. The staff structure of the body presents a ‘heavy top’ picture with several officials manning it, which include an IAS and three HCS officers.

It is reported that the MCF officials have begun beautification plan worth several lakhs of rupees just in front of the MCF office and auditorium where the Chief Minister presides over the monthly meeting of district grievances committee.

Ironically, an open drain on the other side is choked with filth and the commercial area of Nehru Ground here is crying for development, but the MCF is blissfully ignorant.



Hooda flays INLD for not increasing MSP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 27
Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former Haryana Minister and the spokesman of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) today criticised the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) for not increasing the minimum support price (MSP) of sugarcane for the second consecutive year and alleged that it was adopting an anti-farmer attitude.

Speaking to mediapersons here, he said that the sugarcane growers have not been getting sufficient power and canal water for sowing the Rabi crops.

He said that the farmers in the state had suffered heavy losses due to the unprecedented dry spell but the state government has failed to provide relief to the drought-hit farmers.

On the other hand, the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had been engaged in foreign visits in the name of alluring the entrepreneurs.

The Congress leader opposed the imposition of various taxes on the people and alleged that this has caused widespread resentment among them against it. He demanded immediate withdrawal of all taxes to avoid confrontation with them.

He condemned the Casino Bill recently passed by the Haryana Vidhan Sabha and said that the people would launch a statewide agitation if the Bill was not withdrawn by the government as it would ruin the youths of the region.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Kisan Mazdoor Congress has convened a state-level meeting to be held at Sonepat on December 9 to discuss the Kelkar Committee report.

Disclosing this, Mr Samsher Singh Surjewala, a veteran Congress leader has said that Mr Balram Jakhar, a former Union Minister would preside over the meeting.

He said that if the Kelkar Committee report on agriculture was implemented, farmers of the country would be ruined as they were already facing the financial crisis and were under heavy debt.

He alleged that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre was pursuing anti-farmer policies. As a result, the economic condition of the farmer has deteriorated.

He said that agriculture had become an unprofitable profession and due to the burden of debt, farmers were committing suicide in different parts of the country.



Simians, the scourge of Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 27
The residents of this city have been terrorised by the monkeys for the past few years due to the failure of government agencies to capture them.

According to a report, the monkeys have bitten half-a-dozen people including women and children during the past one week. Most of the victims are house-maids and vegetable vendors, who cannot afford anti-rabies injections, making them prone to the deadly disease. There has been an acute shortage of anti-rabies injections in local civil hospital and other health institutions in the district as the civil surgeon has failed to ensure the regular supply of these injections from Solan (Himachal Pradesh).

Many councillors of the Sonepat Municipal Council have said that the council has no funds and it requires infrastructure to capture the monkeys. Hence, it would not be able to get the city rid of monkeys. The District and Forest Department authorities should arrange for langoors to make the monkeys flee from the city areas, they said.

Representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions have expressed their concern over the menace of monkeys and said that the residents are being stalked. Nobody is safe: people returning from office, housewives from their daily shopping and children from schools.

The residents fear leaving the safety of their homes. Many have been attacked by the monkeys and some of them have been bitten also.

But the question is who will bell the cat: the police, the municipal council, the forest department or the fire department, they said.

While the bureaucratic red-tape resolves this tangle, the monkeys continue to stalk the city.

Many residents said whenever they have called the police, they say that it is not their responsibility. They even say that it is an incarnation of Hanuman. So, they cannot attack it.



House of Sonepat Cong leader partially razed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 27
The officials of the demolishing squad, headed by Mr Anil Sharma, City Magistrate and Mr Chuni Lal Verma, Executive Officer of the Sonepat Municipal Council, demolished a room of the house of Mr Manu Dev Batra, a Congress leader in Mohanpura area of the city last evening.

According to a report, the officials were accompanied by a strong contingent of police, JCB machines, tractor trolleys and workers of the municipal council. When they reached the site, there was a panic in the area. A large number of people assembled.

Mr Batra showed the stay-order issued by a local court and other documents of the house to the City Magistrate and the Executive Officer but they ignored and ordered the workers to demolish the room constructed without any plan and permission from the civic authorities. Mrs Krishna Batra, wife of Mr Batra, also raised a hue and cry and sought help from the residents of the area but no one showed up. Thereupon, Mr Batra and his family members started removing the household articles from the room on their own.

Mr Dharampal Singh Malik, a former MP and former HPCC president arrived on the scene soon and protested against the action of the authorities but in vain.

Meanwhile, Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party has condemned demolishing the room of the house of the Congress leader and alleged that the officials have acted at the behest of some politicians who have enmity with Mr Batra.

He demanded a high-level probe into the incident and stern action against the officials who have violated the court orders.



Levi’s to rock the Capital on December one
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
Levi Strauss (India) Pvt Ltd, working through the Levi Strauss Foundation, today announced that on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1 the company, in association with Freedom Foundation, an NGO working with AIDS patients, would bring together the country’s finest rock music talent
and host a rock show at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

This show would serve as a forum to call upon the youth of the country to take up the challenge of battling and vanquishing the scourge of AIDS.

The Levi’s Battle Against AIDS Rock Concert promises to enthral its youthful audience with live performances by leading rock bands from across India. Standing by to fire the big guns are New Delhi’s Them Clones, Envision and Orange Street, Chennai’s Moksha and Mumbai’s Pentagram.

The show will be on at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan, at 5pm on December 1. True to the spirit of the concert, there is no entry fee to the show.

Bipashu Basu, Farhan Akhtar, Ruby Bhatia, Manpreet Brar, Marc Robinson, Palash Sen (of Euphoria fame), Pooja Bedi, Devang Patel, Farah Khan, video jockeys from Channel V and B4U Music have extended their support by featuring in a new music video, `Candywalk’, which was created by the Levi Strauss Foundation and Freedom Foundation exclusively for the purpose of spreading the message of the `Battle against AIDS’ through television.

`Candywalk’ is coordinated by Amit Saigal, Editor of Rock Street Journal, and the music has been composed by Orange Street. The video is produced and directed by Indrajit Nattoji and Bindiya Murgai of Blink Pictures. Palash Sen of the immensely popular home-grown band, Euphoria, has written the lyrics for the track.


Cops in plain clothes to visit rape victim
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The Delhi Police has framed new guidelines in order to enhance effectiveness and utility of Rape Intervention Centres (RIC) which include visit of the investigating officer to the residence of a victim in plain clothes, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Replying to written questions, Minister of State for Home Vidyasagar Rao said the measures had been taken to save rape victims from any harassment which included imparting training to three upper sub-ordinates, preferably women officers.

The other measures include ensuring that the rape victims or their relatives were not made to come to the police stations during the investigation of the case but instead the investigating officers visited their residences in plain clothes.

Additional districts: There was no formal proposal for creation of new Delhi Police districts in the Capital, Mr Rao said in reply to another written question.

About the modernisation of the Delhi Police, he said the 10th five-year plan of the Delhi Police includes two schemes —induction of the latest technology and upgradation of training..

AIIMS: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was planning to upgrade their facilities and a detailed master plan which includes expansion of housing facilities, expanded hostel facilities, new institutional building like pay wards, had been submitted to the Delhi Urban Art Commission, the Rajya Sabha was informed.

Replying to a written question, Minister of State for Health A Raja said the project was expected to be implemented phase-wise as a part of vision 2025 and would cost around Rs1300 crore.



NCP men burn Thackeray’s effigy
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 27
A large number of workers of the Nationalist Congress Party took out a procession here last evening to register their protest against the damaging of property by Shiv Sena workers in the central office of the party at Delhi.

According to a report, the protesting workers shouted slogans against Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and passed through the main bazaars of the city. They reached Subhash Chowk in the Model Town area and later burnt the effigy of Bal Thackeray. However, no untoward incident was reported as the police made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order in the city.

UHBVN employee hurt

Khaggi Ram, an employee of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), sustained burn injuries while working on a pole on the premises of the powerhouse at Beeswan Meel, 16 km from here, on Tuesday. According to a report, the injured employee was immediately hospitalised. He is stated to be out of danger.

Woman attacked by son

Mrs Surti, a housewife, was seriously injured when she was hit with a brick by her younger son, Chhanna Mal, at Purkhas village, 19 km from here, on Tuesday.

According to a report, the injured woman was immediately hospitalised and she is stated to be out of danger. The police are still investigating into the case. A family quarrel is stated to be behind this incident.

Youth seriously hurt

A youth, Vijay Kumar, was seriously injured when he was hit by an unknown vehicle on the Sonepat-Gohana road here on Tuesday night.

According to a report, the injured youth was referred to a trauma centre at Delhi by the doctors of the local Civil Hospital.

Farmers lift 7-day dharna

Faridabad: The seven-day-old dharna-cum-blockade staged by farmers of Asavati and Pyala villages to demand employment in the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) plant in lieu of the acquired land ended on Wednesday. It is reported that the SDM and the DSP of Ballabgarh subdivision met the agitating farmers and produced a copy of the fax message reportedly received by the district authorities from the high court, which declared the dharna as illegal. It is learnt the officials of the IOC plant approached the court after the farmers declared that their blockade on the road leading to the IOC plant would continue till their demand of employment in the IOC was met. It is stated the company had been suffering a huge loss as its supplies had been disrupted totally due to the dharna.



NDMC schools’ Science Fair opens
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, November 27
The NDMC schools’ three-day Science Fair was inaugurated by Mr Ram Bhaj, MLA & Vice Chairperson, under the theme “Science — Indigenous Technology & Sustainable Development”, at NP Boys Middle School, Lodhi Road. All NDMC schools have participated in this fair and over 500 exhibits consisting of models, charts and projects by the students are on display. The fair will remain open for the public and students up to Friday, the 29th November.

Mr Ram Bhaj appreciated the efforts of students and teachers through various mediums and also appreciated the confidence of students while explaining about the projects, models and charts on various topics like natural disaster, metro rail, anthrax, computer based technology, pollution control etc.

“Science — Indigenous Technology & Sustainable Development” is divided into three streams –Science, Work Experience and Nursery Exhibition which is further divided into five sub-themes ie Food, Health & Agriculture, Environment Management, Transport and Communication, Educational Technology and Energy Sources. Students and teachers are expected to be benefited through this fair. On the concluding day prizes will be distributed to the best participants by Mr Arun Baroka, Secretary, NDMC.

Sarna condemns attack on temple

New Delhi
Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, President, DSGMC and Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi), has condemned the terrorist attack on Raghunath Temple in Jammu. During the past more than 10 years the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and other terrorist agencies have been carrying out such attacks as part of a “deliberate design” to create a communal divide in Jammu

and Kashmir. The President of the DSGMC and Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) along with Mr Shamsher Singh Sandhu, Senior Vice-President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Gatka Master, Vice-President, Mr Bhajan Singh Waha, General Secretary, and Dr Harmohinder Singh, Secretary, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management

Committee, reiterated that terrorists groups being backed from across the international border and Line of Control had once again struck, thereby killing innocent people.

The President of the DSGMC appealed to the Centre and the state government to step up security and take stringent measures and push more effectively to curb such activities once and for all in order to create a peaceful atmosphere not only in Jammu and Kashmir but along the international border and the LoC.



Two women killed for dowry
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 27
Two women were killed in Gautam Budh Nagar district yesterday when they could not fulfil the demands for dowry. After registering the dowry death cases, the police are on the lookout for the culprits. The police have also arrested a youth for allegedly having committed sodomy.

Neelu, daughter of Ram Bhiromin of Jaunpur district, was living in Phase-II, Noida, after being married to Akhilesh four years ago. Reportedly, Akhilesh killed his wife after she failed to fulfil his dowry demand of Rs 25,000.

The body of the deceased is in the possession of the police. Moreover, Nilu’s father, Mr Ram Bharomin has filed a report against his son-in-law Akhilesh, Somwathi, Mrs Urmila Devi and Mrs Chhaya Devi, accusing them for the murder of his daughter.

The second dowry death occurred in Chholus village under Jarcha police station. One Mohd. Vakil is reported to have demanded dowry from his wife Shabnam. When she was unable to fulfil his demand, Mohd. Vakil and his family members hanged her to death.

The police have recovered the dead body. Babu Khan, Shabnam’s father, has filed a case with the police. However, the accused is absconding.

In Jarcha town, the 5-year-old son of one Manveer was sodomised. Later, the victim is reported to have told his parents about the incident who lodged a report with the police. The police arrested the accused, identified as Chintu, and sent him to jail.



Woman held for farmer’s murder
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 27
The police have arrested three persons, including a young woman, in the case concerning the murder of a farmer in Sakeda village of Dholna block six days ago. The police have also recovered the paddy which was looted from the deceased.

Suraj Pal had been shot dead in his fields and his uncle (father’s younger brother), Kamal Singh, was beaten up and tied to a tree. The police had registered a case of murder against unknown persons on a written report of Kamal Singh. The criminals had come in a bullock cart and had included a young woman also, the police were told.

The police nabbed 16-year-old Kusum when she was in the bullock cart. A man fled on seeing the police. He was reportedly Kusum’s father.

The police have claimed that this crime had been committed by Kusum, her father and brother. The woman is reported to be living in Samana village for the past few months along with her father and husband.

She told the police that they had gone to Chena village in Mussorie after the crime. There they had sold the looted paddy to Dharampal, son of Kanhya.

The police was guided by Kusum to Kanhya’s house late in the night. Kanhya and his son Dharampal have been arrested while Kusum’s father and brother are still at large.



Now, log on to PNB computer from home
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 27
Punjab National Bank proposes to introduce ‘Remote Access Scheme’ under which the personal computer of a customer would be connected to the bank’s computer to enable the customer to download statement of his bank account in his personal computer and give instructions to the bank regarding transfer of money to any other account. In this way, the customer will be able to obtain the bank’s services while sitting at home.

Addressing customers of the bank at a retail lending function organised here today, Mr G. K. Sawhney, Assistant General Manager, said Punjab National Bank was shortly going to provide roaming facility to its customers by connecting nine centres and 1500 branches of its group through a specialised network under the centralised banking solutions scheme by March next. Under this scheme, a customer of any branch of the bank can obtain payment from any branch at Delhi or Bombay or any other branch connected with the bank’s network.

While informing the customers about automatic teller machines (ATMs), Mr Sawhney said 208 ATM machines of the bank were operating throughout the country and out of these 23 machines had been installed in Haryana. He also apprised the audience of the bank’s specialised and latest banking facilities such as telebanking, fast collection of cheques, cash management system etc being provided to customers.

At least 200 customers participated in the function and retail loans worth Rs 4.20 crore were distributed. Mr C. L. Sharma, Senior Manager (Credit), Regional Office, Rohtak, informed in detail about the retail lending scheme. He said Punjab National Bank had formed various new loan schemes for its customers all over the country and under these schemes Rohtak region had so far sanctioned loans worth Rs 28.50 crore during the current financial year.

The Chief Manager of Rohtak region, Mr T. R. Sharma, informed that the total turnover of the bank was more than Rs 1lakh crore while the turnover of the Rohtak Region was about Rs 1500 crore.


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