Thursday, January 9, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Tara Singh statue unveiled on Prakash Utsav eve
Tribune News Service

A boy during the Nagar Kirtan on the eve of the Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh ji at Connaught Place
A boy during the Nagar Kirtan on the eve of the Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh ji at Connaught Place on Wednesday. — Tribune Phone Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, January 8
Amidst controversy and protest, the statue of the Sikh freedom fighter Master Tara Singh was finally installed and the foundation stone for the underground car parking opposite the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was also laid today on the eve of the Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh.

The Union Urban Development Minister, Mr Ananth Kumar, unveiled the bronze-plated statue of the Sikh leader, almost seven years after it had been made, in the presence of a number of Sikh leaders, office-bearers of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC). Loud slogans of “Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal” rent the air on the occasion.

Recalling the role played by the Sikh leader, he said Master Tara Singh was a great leader who played a significant role during the freedom struggle. He rose above the caste, community and was a vocal voice of Indian freedom fighters, and not that of the Sikhs only.

Questions have been raised about the location of the statue, as the present spot was demeaning to the stature of the Panth Rattan Master Tara Singh. The president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Mr Avtar Singh Hit, said the place was earlier used for public conveniences.

Whereas the DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna said the spot for the unveiling of the statue has been chosen by the DSGMC for three reasons: it is right opposite Parliament, which has been the long pending demand of the community; the place is just outside the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj where the Sikh leader used to stay during his visits to the Capital and finally, the place is quite near for the gurdwara staff to maintain the statue.

The statue had been earlier installed on the premises of Rakabganj Gurdwara, which was opposed by many Sikhs on the plea that it amounted to idolatry, forbidden in the Sikh religion. Later, the statue was dumped in a DSGMC store where it got even partially damaged.

The foundation stone for the underground parking outside the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was laid for the second time in the past eight months. In June last, the Lt-Governor had laid the stone for the multi-level car parking, but the project could not get under way as the New Delhi Municipal Council raised objections.

The foundation stone was again laid today by Mr Ananth Kumar, amidst noisy protest from the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). The Union Minister hoped that the Rs 10-crore project would be completed within a year. Speaking on the occasion, the New Delhi Municipal Council Chairperson, Ms Parminder Mandeep Singh, said the multi-level underground parking would accommodate about 700 vehicles.

She said the project to be completed in two years would not only benefit the devotees visiting the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, but also other vehicle owners. “On special days of Gurpurav, the feasibility to let this parking lot free will also be explored,” Ms P M Singh said.

Meanwhile, Nagar Kirtan to mark the Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh was taken out today, which disrupted traffic in the heart of the city. The Traffic Police had their hands full as the motorists despite being informed of the route of Nagar Kirtan, did not alter their routes which resulted in traffic jams in Connaught Place, spilling over to other important connecting roads.

Avtar Singh detained: The Delhi Police have detained president of Shiromani Akali Badal (Delhi Unit) Avtar Singh and five others who allegedly opposed underground construction for parking opposite Gurdwara Bangla Sahib and raised slogans against the authorities concerned.



Wake up! Khalsa

New Delhi: “Wake up Khalsa and think for the betterment of the Panth,” is the call given by a group of youths, who represent the general feelings of a large section of the community, disillusioned with the politicisation of the gurdwara affairs by different Akali factions.

The call given on the eve of the Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh is significant as the 10th Guru on Baisakhi Day of 1699 gave a call, which resulted in the formation of Khalsa. Sikh affairs scholar Dr Komal Avtar Singh said the Sikh Guru was a reformer and nation builder. He laid the foundation of national awakening with secular approach. The youth, Harvinder Singh Bawa and N P Singh Bindra, have appealed to the Akali factions that the members of the Sikh community “do not want leaders like a candle that can be blown out by a whistle, political pressure or personal interest”.

Stating that the political factions spend large sums for the DSGMC polls, the appeal said that the leaders after winning, indulge in corrupt practices and the members of the community “should feel satisfied if they spend some money for the parchar of the panth”.



Delhi Govt plan to show the door to overstaying aliens 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
A day after Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani expressed concern over Pakistanis and Bangladeshis overstaying in the country and the need to send them back expeditiously, the Delhi government today said it would soon start a deportation drive besides taking other stringent measures to overcome the problem.

Describing the overstaying and illegal entry by various foreign nationals in Delhi as a major security concern, Delhi Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor said, “We must comprehend the danger posed by the illegal presence of these nationals here. It is an unacceptable situation and we are soon going to take stringent measures including deportation of these nationals.” Law and order is the preserve of the Lt-Governor because of the limited statehood status of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

The Delhi government had recently held a meeting with various security agencies including IB, RAW and Delhi Police and decided to take strong action for their deportation apart from other measures.

“Next week again, we are going to hold a meeting to chalk out the future course of action which includes the identification of such nationals and throwing them out,” Mr Kapoor said, adding that Delhi has always been the target of terrorism and other crimes.

Mr Vijai Kapoor also cautioned that there was a syndicate of Bangladeshis being involved in various crimes, including hawala transactions.

He said there were various categories of people staying illegally—those who have valid documents but overstay and others who illegally enter the country and mingle with the locals. “While those who enter with legal documents but overstay can be identified without a problem as there is a record with the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) and other agencies at the entry points, it is difficult to identify those who enter illegally and mingle with locals,” Mr Kapoor said. Though difficult, it is not impossible to identify them, he added.

On the number of foreign nationals staying illegally in the country at present, Mr Kapoor said that as many as 500 Pakistanis, who had entered with valid documents, were overstaying in Delhi. However, he said about others, the government had only estimates.

Delhi Police Commissioner R S Gupta said during 2002, as many as 2,000 Bangladeshis were deported. Asked if they were also planning to issue identity cards or maintain a city register, Mr Kapoor said, “Mr Advani had talked about it yesterday. We have to wait for the same.”

Drive to discipline road hogs: In a major initiative aimed at disciplining road users in the Capital, Delhi Police will start punching driving licence from January 20 for each traffic violation, Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor said today.

He said there was a specific provision for punching licence under Section 24 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

At present, there is neither a provision for written endorsement nor for punching which makes it difficult for the court to know the background of the driver at the time of prosecution.

The violations which would attract punching of licence will include jumping traffic signals, lane jumping, drunken driving, rash driving, overtaking from the wrong side, overspeeding, wrong parking, playing loud music, unnecessary honking and use of cell phones while driving.

The Delhi Police decided to introduce the stringent traffic norms to discipline the errant traffic in the Capital as all other methods did not yield the desired result.



All Delhi schools closed till Jan 13
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
While the Delhiites received respite from the unrelenting cold today as the sun peered out from the clouds, schoolchildren are rejoicing the announcement of an extended winter vacation.

The Delhi Government today announced the closure of all schools in the Capital till the 13th of this month. The decisions came in the wake of the extreme weather conditions that made driving difficult, particularly in the early hours. Education Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said that the decision would be applicable to all the schools. However the pre-board exams will proceed according to schedule.

The Capital also received respite from the dense fog that had thrown life out of gear. The fog was created because of the western disturbance and resulted in the air and surface traffic going haywire. The city today woke up to a clear morning although chilly winds kept many people indoors. However, the minimum temperature went up by one degree compared to yesterday and was registered at 7.1 degree Celsius. Flight schedules, which had gone awry due to poor Runway Visibility Range (RVR) at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI), were normal this morning. While Indian Airlines reported no cancellation, Jet Airways said it had to cancel the only flight (Delhi-Chandigarh) due to bad weather in Chandigarh.

Rail traffic, however, continued to remain disrupted. Trains ran late by several hours and some of them had to be cancelled. Among the trains cancelled were Amritsar-Delhi, New-Delhi-Jalandhar, Haridwar-Sriganganagar and Sriganganagar-Haridwar Intercity trains.

The Met department has predicted a rise in temperature. “We are expecting the temperature to increase by at least three degrees in the next 24 hours. There will be, however, shallow fog and chilly winds will continue,” said the Director, Met office. 



Five of dreaded gang nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
The inter-state cell of the Crime Branch has nabbed five dreaded criminals of the Anoop-Narender gang, involved in more than 60 cases of murder, extortion, robbery and kidnapping for ransom, after a brief encounter in the Dwarka area of South-West district last night.

The police also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions, including three Chinese pistols, one country-made weapon, six magazines, 62 live cartridges and two fired rounds, from their possession. Uniforms of ASIs of Delhi Police were also seized from the accused persons, who used these dresses to reach their targets.

Acting on a tip-off, the police spotted a silver colour stolen Hyundai car (HR-03-3609) near Netaji Subhash Institute around 8.30 pm last night. When they tried to stop the car, the occupants tried to escape. Two persons — Satish alias Dadhu (29) of Bahadurgarh and Dharmveer alias Jhundha (36) of Rohtak — fired at the police but the latter overpowered them. The other accused — Narender (36) of Kanjhawala, Anil Kumar alias Titu (29) of Hisar and Joginder alias Sunni (23) of Gurgaon, were also nabbed from the spot subsequently.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) U. K. Katna said that two gangs — Narender-Balraj gang and Krishan Pehalwan gang — had a rivalry in the land and building operations, where the Krishan Pehalwan gang has huge stakes. The rift had led to the killings of a number of members of each gang in encounters.



Skulls and skeletons in police cupboard!
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, January 8
Considerable panic prevailed here following the recovery of four skulls and human skeletons from an Ambassador car parked on the Bhudana Kotwali premises yesterday. The car, seized in a criminal case, had been parked there for several months. The fact that the bizarre findings were made by a youth during a dharna by Bharatiya Kisan Union activists, demanding recovery of the body of a youth who died in police custody, made it all the more dramatic. In fact, the dharna was led by BKU president Mahendra Singh Tikait.

The matter has become so “hot” that senior Home Ministry officials from Lucknow have sought a report from Deputy Inspector General of Police, Meerut zone, Prem Chand Sabbarwal.

According to reports, members of the BKU were staging a dharna on the premises of the police station demanding the immediate recovery of the body of Anil, who allegedly died in custody last week. A boy, Jan Mohammad, alias Janu, was standing near a white Ambassador car parked on the premises. The car had no numberplate. While the gate of the police station was locked by irate BKU activists, all police personnel of the station fled the spot. Inspector, local intelligence unit, Rakesh Bala Tyagi was standing at the site even as BKU leaders started their speeches. Meanwhile, Jan Mohammed turned the handle of the boot of the car, which opened. The next sight was of a scared Jan Mohammad running away crying aloud. People assembled near the car to find four skulls and human skeletons in the boot.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarnagar, B. R. Meena termed the matter as rubbish saying that the skulls and skeletons were planted by someone among the BKU activists.

The SSP insisted that the rare findings had nothing to do with the Bhudana police. He added that the matter was being investigated and the skulls and skeletons were in police custody as the case property. The SSP also ordered to register a criminal case against those who have “planted them”.

As the news of the recovery spread, the SSP rushed to the police station and met several BKU activists who were on dharna inside the premises under the leadership of BKU president Mahendra Singh Tikait and an MP, Munnavar Hussain.

Mr Prem Chand Sabbarwal, admitted to the ‘NCR Tribune’ that human skeletons had been recovered from the boot of a car, stationed on the premises for months. He has requested for a DNA test of the skeletons to find out whether it belonged to Anil, who died in custody. 



Some auto operators strike again

New Delhi, January 8
Even as more than half a dozen auto operators’ unions have given a written undertaking that they would ply their vehicles with electronic meters, a section of the operators went on a sudden strike today causing inconvenience to the public once again.

As usual, the most affected were the passengers arriving at the railway stations and the inter-state bus terminuses. The authorities, however, are in no mood to relent and have decided to tame the autorickshaw operators once and for all. Their earlier three-week-long strike had fizzled out and there was little sympathy for the operators who had been fleecing the public over the years.

Officials of the Delhi government’s transport department said that additional buses were released on the roads to meet the demand because of the sudden strike. The government said that it was willing to consider the increase in the tariff once all the 45,000 odd auto rickshaws switched over to electronic meters. TNS



Prostitutes, pimps rake in filthy lucre here
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 8
Regular campaigns against the world’s oldest profession by the police notwithstanding, flesh trade is flourishing here. The affluent industrial city has become a favourite haunt of “high profile” call girls from metros such as New Delhi and Mumbai.

Affluence coupled with connectivity of the handloom city to all major cities of the region, including the national Capital, ensures that the profession flourishes. In fact, all players in the game — the pimps, the police, the call girl and solicitors - seem to benefit from the vicious circle. Murmurs of protests from the lesser mortals fall on deaf ears.

The rounding up of about 15 call girls and some pimps by the police in the past week under a special drive is seen only as the tip of the iceberg. In fact, the arrests and subsequent interrogation of a minor call girl aged about 14 years and her pimp last night shed more light on their shady deals. They are reported to have told the police that a full-fledged call girl racket operated from Delhi. Their “clients” were from several cities, including Panipat, Karnal and Kurukshetra. They have revealed they shift their area of operation every week or so.

The city has a flourishing handloom and blanket trade besides having Asia’s largest shawl market. Hundreds of affluent traders visit the city every day for business. Since the demand for the high society girls was more, the supply had to keep pace with the demand, the sources reasoned.

In fact, the call girl business in not new to the affluent city, which reportedly earned Rs 1,400 crore through export last year. And with scores of hotels, guesthouses, including government owned ones, dotting the city there is no dearth of accommodation for the persons who want to mix business with other activity.

It may be mentioned here that about one-and-a-half years ago the lid on the call girl racket in the city was blown off by a pimp-Usha-who catered to the upper end of the market. Her arrest and the subsequent nabbing of two “high-profile” society girls, one from Delhi and another from Mumbai, from a local three-star hotel, had led to startling disclosures.

It was learnt that the girls were hired on a “monthly salary” of a minimum of Rs 20,000. They were made available at hefty amounts ranging from Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000 to the “customers”. The negotiations were done on the mobile phone only. In fact, Usha, probably an assumed name, had given different mobile numbers to different persons to ensure secrecy. At that time, the management of prominent hotels and a couple of government hotels were a worried lot as these hotels had played host to Usha, her girls and their “guests” at one time or the other.

Apart from that every other day the police claim to have busted a call girl racket.

Not only that, there is no dearth of girls for the middle class and the lower middle class. The modus operandi of “poor man’s call girls” is simple and direct and varies from area to area. Tehsil Camp, Railway Road, Azad Nagar Dhoop Singh Colony and the G T Road seem to be their favourite areas of operation. While girls from the Tehsil Camp area along the GT Road entice the motorists through gestures, those on the Railway Road have devised a novel way to woo the potential “customers”. They hire a rickshaw and make repeated rounds of the Railway Road in search of the “customers”. In fact, shopkeepers of the Railway Road have brought this “public nuisance” to the notice of the police several times but to no avail.

And with the odds pitted against the police only time will tell how successful the ongoing campaign against the flesh trade turns out to be.



More counters at railway stations soon 
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, January 8
The Railway Ministry has prepared a significant scheme to provide better facilities at railway stations by declaring the area between Sarai Rohilla railway station, Delhi, and Bhiwani railway station as suburban area. To implement its scheme, the ministry has sanctioned a sum of Rs 2 crore.

Reports said that adequate ticket booking counters and nine-lined crossing bridges would be constructed with the sanctioned amount. Sources said that the Railway Ministry had declared the route from Sarai Rohilla station to Bhiwani station as suburban area last month and the departments concerned were directed to develop all the stations falling on the route.

The construction division of the Railways has chalked out a plan to construct at least six booking counters at small stations and 12 each at major stations.

In this connection, tenders of Rs 35 lakh have already been approved. Twelve more ticket counters would be set up at Bhiwani, Rewari, Gurgaon, Delhi Cantonment and Sarai Rohilla with this amount and six counters each at Charkhi Dadri, Jharni, Kausli Jatusana, Khalilpur, Ichchapuri, Pataudi road, Jatolla-Jodi-Sampla and Patli stations.

At present, there are only three counters each at Bhiwani, Rewari, Delhi Cantonment and Sarai Rohilla stations and one each at the other small railway stations.

Sources disclosed that construction work for these counters would be started by the end of this month whereas tenders would be released for the construction of line crossing bridges during the first week of the February. These bridges would be built at Jatusana, Kausli, Jharni, Manheru, Khalilpur, Ichchapuri, Pataudi, Jataula and Patli railway stations costing each at least Rs 8 lakh. 



Expelled family moves rights panel
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, January 8
The members of a family expelled from Charkhi village in this district by a panchayat of villagers have pleaded before the Human Rights Commission to reinstate them in the village. Meanwhile, a local court at Charkhi Dadri has summoned the station house officer to appear before it on March 4 for not initiating any action in the matter.

The advocate of the expelled family of Leela Ram, Anand Prakash Kadyan, said that the family submitted an application on January 1 against their deportation and to resettle them in the village. Taking serious note of the application on January 2, the court sent a notice to the police as to why action had not been taken against the four persons of Charkhi village who were already booked by the police.

It may be mentioned here that the 14 members of the expelled family had filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding action against the four accused and to resettle them. Giving its decision, the high court had directed the civil and police administration to resettle the expelled family by October 23, 2002.

The court decision was opposed by the Sangwan Khap and villagers of Charkhi who staged dharna time and again outside the bus stand at the village against the resettlement of the expelled family.

Reports say that the police administration, viewing the spirit of the masses, refrained from taking action whereas the Kadiyan Khap, to whom the expelled family belongs, filed a defamation suit in the high court. Meanwhile, the police registered a case against four persons at the Sadar police station on November 11.

Kadyan Khap representatives said that the expelled family had filed a defamation case against the four persons at a Charkhi Dadri court wherein compensation for the ruined crop on 24 acres of land had been sought. They maintained that the khap had vowed to resettle the family at any cost.



Slum dweller housing scheme soon in Haryana
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 8
The centrally-sponsored Balmiki Ambedkar Slum Dweller Housing Scheme will be launched in Haryana in the near future. Giving this information, Mr Ganga Ram Teja, a member of the Rashtriya Safai Karamchari Commission, told mediapersons here yesterday that this scheme had already been enforced in some other states of the country.

Initially, the scheme was introduced for the family members of the safai workers only. Now, the central government had made some amendments in the scheme. The scheme, he said, now envisaged 50 per cent of its benefits to the safai workers, 30 per cent to the backward classes, 15 per cent to the handicapped and five per cent to the general category people.

He regretted that the safai workers affiliated to the Balmiki community were still carrying the filth and garbage on their heads and the scheme for their rehabilitation still existed only on paper.

Earlier, addressing a meeting of the officials, Mr Teja directed the officials of the civic bodies to provide medical facilities to the safai workers and they should be examined by a team of doctors once in three months. This, he said, would check diseases among safai workers.

He highlighted the various schemes introduced by the central government for the welfare of the safai workers and asked the officials to take concrete steps for the implementation of these schemes.

Mr Teja also directed the officials of the Public Health Department to ensure the safety of the safai workers before they were asked to clean the sewers.

The names of such employees should be entered in the registers and their signatures taken before they were sent to clean the manholes.

Later on, the leaders of the safai workers union called on Mr Teja and submitted a charter of demands to him.

The memorandum alleged that the amount cut from their salary had not been deposited in the GPF for the last 22 months and this had been causing huge financial loss to them. 



Alwar Utsav from Feb 7
Tribune News Service

Alwar, January 8
February will put the otherwise quiet town of Alwar in the spotlight. The dates for the annual cultural extravaganza, the Alwar Utsav, have been announced.
The city has begun preparing for the fair that is scheduled to start on February 7. The three-day festival was initiated last year by the state government in a bid to promote tourism in the state. A major highlight of this year’s utsav is the decision taken to involve the sponsors in the relief work for the drought-affected people.

The event will be organised by the state government every year till 2010. The three-day festival comprises a wide range of cultural programmes. The event is aimed at spreading awareness among the people about the city of Alwar. Sariska wildlife sanctuary, which is a part of the district, is the city’s only major attraction. The authorities are also hopeful that the festival will bring respite to the drought-affected people of the district as sponsors of the event have been asked to donate one-fifth of the funds for drought-relief work.

The state government has taken on the onerous task of promoting the other lesser-known locales in the district. Places like the 1,000-year-old Neelkanth temple, the ruins of the medieval township of Bhangarh, the City Palace and the Lake Palace are some of the spots that are being used to lure tourists.

Starting with a heritage awareness rally, the utsav will have folk music and dance presentations and exhibitions of private collections of photographs and paintings as well as an exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts. The festival will also help in promoting the handicrafts of Alwar, like Ramgarh pottery and leather products.

The people of the state have joined the initiative and are organising the festival with the aid of the state government. The state government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 2 lakh for the festival. Private sponsors have also been roped in to enhance the quality. These private players are expected to play a major role in organising the event. 



Women to take part in gherao of PM’s house
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 8
District Mahila Congress president Sharda Rathaur has said that a large number of party workers and people affiliated to the party here would take part in the proposed gherao of the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi on January 15 on the SYL canal issue.

Stating this here today, Ms Rathaur claimed that the protestors would include hundreds of women from the Ballabgarh subdivision. Alleging that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had been trying to mislead the people on the issue, she described the proposed all-party meeting convened by the CM as a mere political drama. She said such a meeting held last year had failed to produce any of the desired results.

She said the ruling party had failed to apply any pressure on the Union Government of which it was a partner and now when the Congress president of Haryana, Mr Bhajan Lal, had announced a gherao, Mr Chautala wanted to take a credit by holding an all-party meeting. She said that the misrule of the INLD had been exposed.

According to the Congress leader, the farmers and residents of south Haryana had been a victim of several serious problems, which included drought, inadequate power and water supply, unemployment and worsening law and order situation. 



Special samagam on Ajaib Singh on January 16
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
Rev Ajaib Singh, a distinguished missionary of the Sant Nirankari Mission and member in charge of Sewa Dal, Sarovar Complex, Agriculture and Langar in the executive committee of the Sant Nirankari Mandal, left this mortal world on January 5. His body was taken for last rites to his native Machhike near Amritsar in Punjab.

The funeral took place at a simple ceremony. It was attended by a large number of devotees of the mission from all over Punjab. Mr Gobind Singh, general secretary of the mandal, along with Mr V. D. Nagpal, member of the executive committee, represented the headquarters, while Mr A. S. Sandhu, zonal in charge of Batala, was also present.

In order to commemorate the services of Rev Ajaib Singh to the mission, a special samagam will be held at Delhi Headquarters on January 16 from 12 noon to 2 pm in the benign presence of His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj.

Born in 1936 in Machhike, Rev Ajaib Singh joined the mission in 1958. He was nominated an accredited preacher (Gyan Pracharak) in 1970. He became a member of the working committee in 1983. In 1991, Rev Ajaib Singh was nominated member of the executive committee. Ever since, he had successfully held the charge of various departments including prachar (missionary activities) and publications.



CM to address development panel meet
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, January 8
The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will address a district-level conference of sarpanches, panches and members of village developmental committees at Police Lines ground here tomorrow.

A spokesman for the district administration said that nearly 125 participants were likely to attend the conference. He said the developmental activities carried out in different villages would be reviewed and a book on the development of the district be released.

Jat society chief:  Mr Uday Singh Mann, a former MLC, has been appointed acting president of the Jat Education Society, Rohtak. According to information, the appointment has been made by the Vice-Chancellor of Maharshi Dayanand University, Maj Gen B. S. Suhag (retd), under the provisions of the MDU statute. Mr Mann, who assumed the charge on Tuesday, would hold the post till fresh elections are held to the society. Appointment of the acting president would facilitate the release of salaries of around 500 teaching and non-teaching employees serving in various institutions being run by the society.

DC on encroachments: The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, has directed all people to remove their encroachments in residential and commercial areas of HUDA sectors within a week.

The Deputy Commissioner said a campaign would soon be started by the HUDA authorities to remove the encroachments in various sectors. He cautioned the encroachers that the illegal structures would be demolished and the expenses incurred on demolition be charged from them.



Factory worker killed
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, January 8
One factory worker was killed while two others were injured seriously in separate accidents in two factories at Bahadurgarh here on Monday evening.
According to information, Bhupender, a generator operator in Vikas Trading company in the MIE, succumbed to head and chest injuries. He was trapped inside the running belt of a machine. In another incident, two labourers received burn injuries in a foam producing factory, Real Polymers, situated near Jakhoda village here. Some LPG cylinders caught fire reportedly due to a short circuit in the factory. The labourers, identified as Vinod and Harish, were hospitalised with burn injuries.

Fog causes mishaps, two killed

Sonepat: Two persons were killed and at least 15 injured, some of them seriously, in a series of accidents occurred in this city and other parts of the district during the past 24 hours on account of dense fog which has not only disrupted the normal life and business activity but also rail and road traffic for the past one week.

According to a report, a 12-year-old boy Mani Ram was killed on the spot when a three-wheeler carrying him was overturned near the Tikka Ram College in the city. The father of the boy had died about two weeks ago.

According to another report, Mr Prem Singh, a resident of Sisana village was killed when a tractor carrying him fell into a ditch along the road near Pipli village, 2 km from here, last night.

Succumbs to burns

Ghaziabad: A housewife in Brajghat, Garh Mukteshwar, who suffered burns after kerosene was sprinkled on her succumbed to her injuries in a hospital on Monday. Reena, 19-year-old married daughter of Kalwa of Gajraula, was allegedly burnt by her in-laws for her failure to bring in more dowry. She was rushed to a Delhi hospital in a critical condition on the night of January 5 and 6. She was admitted to the government hospital here on being refused further treatment by a Delhi hospital late in the night. She breathed her last in the Ghaziabad hospital. Reena’s husband had claimed to be a doctor whereas he was a barber, the police said.

One killed in mishap

Faridabad: One person was killed and two others were injured when a speeding truck hit them on the Palwal-Sohna road on Wednesday morning. The victims had been going on bicycles when the accident took place. The deceased has been identified as Ishwar. TNS



Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) yesterday announced load-shedding on January 9,10 and 11 due to maintenance work at the Jehangir Puri grid from 10am to 5 pm on rotational basis.



Central dist shows dip in crime graph
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
The Central district police today claimed the crime situation during the year 2002 had registered a decline under various heads and attributed the success to the hard work of the police personnel.

The district recorded a total of 3,451 of IPC crimes against 3,537 in the year 2001. Apparently showing a dip in the crime graph, 22 cases of murder, 37 cases of attempt to murder, 39 cases of robbery, eight cases of riot, two cases of kidnapping for ransom and 22 cases of rape were reported in the district in the year 2002, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Arvind Deep.

The total number of heinous cases also dropped to 131 this year as compared to 137 last year.

The police also received criticism for the incident of rape in Khooni Darwaza last year where a medical college student was raped in broad daylight. But soon the suspects were nabbed by the district police and produced before the court after launching serious efforts, said Mr Deep.

“We are also working on the strategy for the current year like a centralised feedback system linked to all police stations, area security plan, introduction of token system in parking areas, visible policing to instill confidence among the public, quick preventive action in known enmity cases and nabbing criminals involved in motor vehicle theft, burglary, robber and snatching on daily basis”, added Deep.



Cops on lookout for killer servant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
The Lajpat Nagar police have launched a hunt to nab the domestic help of a retired official of the PWD on robbery-cum-murder charges. The suspect, Sanjay (25), had joined as domestic help in the house of victim Sarva Daman. Police verification of the suspect was not got done by the victim. The suspect had joined the victim hardly four weeks back.

On Monday night, three associates of the suspect entered the house of the official on the pretext of meeting Sanjay. When they entered, Sarva Daman and his wife were away to attend a satsang while their two young daughters and another domestic help were inside the house. The suspects stabbed the daughters, strangulated to death another servant, Rajesh (13), and robbed valuables worth lakhs of rupees. The victims were admitted to Spring Meadows.

Hunt for cop’s murderers: The East district police have launched a hunt for Surender and Manoj, who had allegedly shot dead a personnel, Harpal (30), posted at the Police Control Room. The suspects, who lived in neighbourhood of the constable in Trilokpuri, had asked some money from the brother of the victim. When the victim and his brother, Gajan Singh, went to the suspects to find out the reason for asking the money, the suspects fired at them killing the constable on the spot, the police said.

Tehsildar held: The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Government of NCT of Delhi arrested a Tehsildar, Har Prasad Gaur (59), for allegedly having demanded and accepted Rs 1,000 from Puran Chand for forwarding cheques of his salary to the Labour Commissioner in the Delhi Government. The cheques were pending with the suspect. The complainant had worked with M/S Pooja printers in Sabzi Mandi area and had filed a suit regarding his salaries in the Labour Court against the firm. The court directed the company to pay Rs 41452. Finally, Tehsildar, Har Prasad Gaur was directed to recover the amount. But he demanded Rs 3000 from him.



Prisoner suffers heart attack, dies

Bhiwani, January 8
A prisoner died following a heart attack at the local Civil Hospital yesterday. The deceased, Bir Singh, resident of Tigrana village, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in a case in 1995. He was admitted to hospital after complaining of pain in his chest.

His son, Manoj, said they were not intimated about his father’s illness in time. The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination. Four held, get bail The police arrested four of the six accused involved in a group clash at Kheri village on January 2 following some old enmity. The accused, Satbir, Ram Chander, Surender and Rajesh, were later released on bail by a local court on Monday. The police had registered a case against six persons on the complaint of Shamsher Singh under Sections 323, 324 and 325 of the IPC on January 3.

Thieves strike at shops: In two incidents, thieves struck at two shops and decamped with cash. Burglars entered a shop outside the local Vaish Model School here on Monday night and stole money from the cash box, shop owner Vikram Singh has reported to the police.

In another incident, burglars entered a halwai shop and decamped with cash and other food items.

Ram Kishore of Badhwana village, in his complaint registered with the police said that thieves escaped with cash and other items after breaking the lock of his shop on Monday night.

Case against driver: The police have charged a minibus driver for absconding after hitting a man on road. Police sources said Babu Lal of Barwas village said in his complaint that the driver of a minibus, Rajbir, resident of Arya Nagar, Hisar, hit him in his back when he was going somewhere and absconded.

A case has been registered for negligence. OC



‘Chhoti si love story’ ends in murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 8
The West district police have arrested a juvenile who gruesomely murdered his elder brother, as the accused was attracted to his sister-in-law. The accused found his sister-in-law very attractive. She was married to his brother Rajbir, alias Sunny (19), only a month ago. Rajbir was a drummer. On December 27, the accused went to the first floor where Rajbir and his other brother were sleeping. He starting smashed his brother to death with a hammer.

The police during preliminary investigations found out that all doors were closed and ruled out the possibility of the involvement of an outsider. Later, they finally zeroed in on the juvenile, who later confessed to the crime.



1 shot dead near STD booth

Jhajjar, January 8
One person was reportedly shot dead by some assailants in Line Par Colony of Bahadurgarh here late last evening. According to information, an unknown person contacted Sanjay, son of Mukhar Singh, and asked him to come to an STD booth situated in the colony immediately. Sanjay along with his brother Anil left home to meet him. As they approached the PCO booth, at least six heavily armed attackers showered bullets on both the brothers. Sanjay received six bullets and died on the spot while Anil was rushed to the Civil Hospital with three bullets in his legs. The Line Par police have registered a case of murder against nine persons on the complaint of the injured.

The assailants have been identified as Jasbir of Badli village, Chand and Sandeep of Kulasi village, Surender and his nephew Manjeet of Jasaur Kheri village, Karambir of Jakhoda, Joginder of Jatwara village and Neelam, sister of Jogi. Neelam had reportedly accused Raju, brother of the deceased Sanjay, of murdering her brother Jogi last year. OC



Two dera occupants killed
Tribune News Service

Panipat, January 8
Crime in the district staged a comeback when two occupants of a dera were killed by unidentified persons at Chandoli village, near here, late on Monday night.
According to the police, Shiv Nath and Maha Nath were killed and their faces disfigured by the killers who threw acid on them. The DSP (Headquarters), Mr O.P. Narwal, visited the spot to take make an on-the-spot assessment of the case. A case has been registered.

Death toll rises: The mystery death figures have risen to five in Raskeda village in the district. As many as four persons have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

According to information, a child, Farman, died on Monday. With his death panic has gripped the village. Sources said the family had prepared “ladoos” peppered with some “poisonous” substance, which led to the death of five persons.

Concerned villagers today asked the district administration to order a probe due the mystery deaths. The sources said the exact cause of the death could only be ascertained after medical tests.


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