Tuesday, March 4, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Lawyer found shot dead in Shakarpur office
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
A 53-year-old lawyer, Y. P. Sharma, was shot dead in his office in Vikas Marg in East Delhi last night by some unidentified persons. He was found lying in a pool of blood with a bullet wound in the abdomen. He was taken to Walia Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The body was found around 11 pm by his helper, Vijay, when he returned to the office after finishing some work outside.

The victim was a resident of Vaishali, Ghaziabad, and had his office in Shakarpur in block No A-119. He was practising both in the Supreme Court and the high court.

The police said that the motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained. They are in touch with the family members and friends to find out details about his background. “This could help us in leading the investigation in the right direction,” the police said.

Though Mr Sharma’s office is situated in a shopping area, yesterday being Sunday, all shops in the area were closed. No one heard a shot being fired. The victim reportedly had some financial row with his clients.

The police said that efforts were being made to compile a list of his clients to find out if any of them had visited him in his office on Sunday. The police also said that the statement of the helper had been recorded and his movements at the time of the murder were being verified. 


‘They’ll stab me if you don’t pay, dad’
Our Correspondent

Noida, March 3
“They are planning to stab me to death,” 13-year-old Mohit Sharma wrote to his father, asking him to pay the ransom. The scared boy, son of New Delhi Municipal Council junior engineer B. D. Sharma and a class 9 student of Vishwa Bharti Public School here, wrote in his letters during his 32 days in captivity: “I am beaten many times and surviving on a chapati and half-a-glass of water everyday.” “Save my life somehow,” he begged his father.

Finally, Mr B. D. Sharma coughed up Rs 3 lakh late February to get his son released from the kidnappers, led by Mohit’s erstwhile tutor, Vimal Kumar Chauhan (28).

Though Vimal Kumar was arrested yesterday, the boy still has nightmares thinking of the harrowing time he had during captivity. Since his release, he has not been able to talk freely to anybody. He had been kept in a dark dingy room for 32 days like a criminal on the death row.

Mohit Sharma, a resident of Sadarpur, was kidnapped while returning from school on January 21. The drama was allegedly orchestrated by Vimal Kumar, who is a science graduate and holds a postgraduate diploma in computer applications. The police have recovered Rs one lakh of the ransom amount from him and are trying to trace his two accomplices and the remaining amount.

Noida SP City Vijay Bhushan said: “Vimal Kumar had lost his job as a computer programmer in a Delhi firm. Desperate for money, he decided to kidnap Mohit, whom he had taught a few years ago.” Late February, he collected the ransom amount from Mr Sharma at Anand Vihar bus terminal in Delhi. The police had been waiting for the boy to be released. However, Vimal was arrested only yesterday.

According to Mr Vijay Bhushan, the police had played its cards with extreme caution. Otherwise, the criminals could have evaded arrest and the boy’s safety, too, would have been jeopardised, he claimed.

Father, son fall to death from train

Sonepat: With grief writ large on their faces, the residents of Gohana town assembled at the cremation ground yesterday when the bodies of Mr Mohinder alias Minto (32) and his son Sagar (3) were brought there.

Both the father and the son fell from a running train in Delhi and were killed on the spot. The residents and the relatives of the victims wanted to cremate both the bodies simultaneously but on the intervention of aged men, the boy was buried as per Hindu rites.

It is stated Mr Mohinder along with his son had gone to Palwal for attending the kirya ceremony of his relative there. On their return journey, they reached Delhi to catch a Sonepat-bound train. They boarded a train but did not found their relatives in the same train. They tried to get down from the moving train but fell down from it and were killed.

The relatives of the victims spotted them while they were travelling in another train. They got down at another station, reached the site and brought the bodies to Gohana town. OC


Airguns turn lethal in hands of western UP gangsters
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, March 3
The Delhi High Court has extended the interim stay on the sale of airguns, but the criminals of western Uttar Pradesh are unfazed.

In fact, these toy guns turn lethal in their hands: with slight modification, they transform into .9 mm pistols, fatal for both men and birds.

But even in these times of swadeshi, these trigger-happy gangsters are least interested in indigenous airguns. Instead, they go in for the imported variety.

A local intelligence unit official told the ‘NCR Tribune’, on the condition of anonymity, that the guns are imported from Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Korea, France and Germany. They are generally procured from friends, relatives and agents.

Since airguns are intended for recreation, no licence is needed. The surge in imports has opened the eyes of intelligence officials. According to a senior district police official, the gangsters make some changes in the magazine, calibre and bolt of the gun. It then turns into a sophisticated .9 mm calibre pistol, as lethal as the original .9 mm factory-made pistol, but cheaper.

The cost of an imported toy gun is around Rs 10,000. The gangsters spend another Rs 8,000 on the alterations. This is also easy as the area is notorious for illegal arms factories. At least five such factories were unearthed in Meerut city alone recently.

Six pistols seized from some gangsters last month in Meerut and Aligarh were found to be modified airguns.

Incidentally, German-made toy guns are more popular among the gangsters as their modification is easier; their performance is also better. The police are still investigating the recent seizures, SSP Mukul Goel told the ‘NCR Tribune’.


Concerted effort to clean up Capital
Tribune News Services

New Delhi, March 3
The Delhi Lt-Governor, Mr Vijai Kapoor, along with the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, the Minister for Urban Development, Dr A K Walia, and senior officers of the Centre and Delhi Government have reviewed the sanitation facilities and the condition of roads in the city.

The meeting, held at the Raj Niwas recently, was in pursuance of the President of India’s announcement in Parliament of government’s decision to “launch, in active partnership with citizens’ organizations, a major cleanliness drive, starting with Railways, government buildings, hospitals and public places.”

The Prime Minister’s Office has advised that the cleanliness drive should be launched from the national Capital, which should take the lead and set an example in this field.

In the meeting, the MCD Commissioner, NDMC Chairperson, DDA Vice-Chairman, the General Manager, Northern Railway, the Director General, Health Services, the Principal Secretary, PWD (GNCTD), and the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare (GNCTD), presented their respective action plans, spelling out measures for substantial improvement in their respective areas.

The Lt-Governor urged the concerned agencies to make concerted effort and show visible progress in the next one month in improving cleanliness of roads, public places, streets and mohallas. He emphasized that the programme should not lean too heavily on construction but should focus on actually improving sanitation, cleanliness and overall maintenance.

Each agency should assign specific responsibility for each stretch of road and each public place on individual officials, spell out the task in concrete terms, and monitor its timely execution.

There was consensus that the thrust areas in this drive should be proper removal of garbage and malba, cleaning and maintenance of public places and repairs of roads and pavements.

The civic agencies were directed to first provide adequate number of bins and dhalaos throughout the city. Strong enforcement measures with the help of municipal magistrates should then follow to discourage littering in streets and public places.

Railway stations should be cleared and a high-level of sanitation and maintenance should be ensured. New residential areas like Dwarka and Narela, developed by DDA, should be made into zero violation zones. The commercial complexes should also be given a facelift in collaboration with the market associations.

The Quadsia Park, Millennium Park and Roshnara Park should also be improved upon.

The civic agencies were advised to identify and take up some of the major roads for improvement within the next one month. For improving the sanitary conditions within the densely populated areas, it was decided to place funds with the Zonal Deputy Commissioners and authorize them to undertake sanitation and repair works in narrow streets and mohallas.

Funds will also be placed at the disposal of the Deputy Commissioners of Police, who have been delegated powers to undertake repair, maintenance and sanitation works, to improve the condition of police stations, etc.

The Chief Secretary outlined a programme for improving the condition of government buildings, weeding out old records and improving the lighting and general ambience of various public offices. The Director-General, Health Services, described the plans for improving sanitation and maintenance in Central government hospitals.

Encroachments along railway tracks, within the safety zone, will be removed by the railway authorities on priority basis.

The General Manager, Northern Railway informed that the Railways will undertake a major cleanliness drive at all stations and railway lands in Delhi.

The issues of repair of road cuts and redressal of complaints relating to sewers would be taken up in a separate meeting.

The Lt-Governor emphasised that all agencies should work with sincerity and harmony and called upon them to exhibit the will to implement the above decisions effectively. The position would be reviewed in another meeting to be held after a fortnight.


SC rejects plea to transfer Nitish Katara case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The Supreme Court today dismissed petitions filed by Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav seeking transfer of the Nitish Katara murder case from the present trial court to any other court on the ground that the judge was prejudiced against them.

A Bench comprising Justice K. G. Balakrishnan and Justice P. V. Reddi, while rejecting the plea to transfer the case, said that it was open to the accused to air their grievances about the procedure adopted in the recording of evidence before the sessions court.

Vikas and Vishal, son and nephew respectively of Rajya Sabha MP D. P. Yadav, had stated that they did not expect a fair trial from Additional Sessions Judge S. N. Dhingra whose remarks during the trial proceedings were not only prejudicial to them but also to their clan.

The apex court agreed with the Delhi High Court order rejecting the plea. The case against Vikas and Vishal was first registered in Ghaziabad in which the prosecution had alleged that the accused had kidnapped Nitish Katara from a marriage party in Ghaziabad and murdered him on February 17 last year as they did not like his friendship with their sister.

The case was transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court as the victim’s mother, Neelam Katara, had pleaded that she did not expect a fair trial at Ghaziabad, alleging that the accused were threatening the witnesses. 


Even judges won’t go to court to file child sexual abuse case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The trauma of being molested and the ostracism that ensues are further compounded by the lack of adequate laws to punish the offenders and the delay in trial, claim NGOs and psychologists working with the victims of child sexual abuse.

Highlighting the claim, the National Campaign Against Child Sexual Abuse (NCACSA) pointed out that during a survey of 109 judges across five cities, 90 per cent revealed that in case of domestic violence involving their daughter or a female relative, they would not opt for a legal redressal.

“There are no laws for sexual abuse of children; we have to resort to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with outraging a woman’s modesty, to fight sexual abuse of children,” pointed out Ms Aparna Bhatt, convenor of the NCACSA.

The NCACSA is now looking forward to creating a common platform for the stakeholders and to generate awareness about sexual abuse of children. “The law is yet to be passed by the government, despite it being aware of the trauma that a victim has to undergo at various stages of trial,” said Ms Raka Sinha of Anugoonj, a child rights’ organisation.

It is being alleged that because of delays in the trials and the insensitivity in handling the case, more often than not, the victim is compelled to bow out. This in turn leads to more acquittals than convictions.

“The parents are hounded. The victim is made to go through the trauma of having to narrate the gruesome incident various times. And the apathy of the police and the medical experts are reasons why most victims end up regretting filing a complaint,” added Ms Raka Sinha.

The psychologists point out that delay in trial leads to an increase in the child’s vulnerability. The NCACSA is also aiming at creating awareness amongst people vis-à-vis the risk of molestation at home, workplace and educational institutions. It is pointed out that abusers can be family members and abuse can happen anywhere.

Acknowledging that there is a pressing need for fast trials and child-friendly examinations, the NCACSA has proposed that medical examination of children should be permitted by private practitioners and arrangements should be made to prevent the child from having to testify in front of the abuser and the police officials must be adequately trained to handle the cases.

“There is no need to have the child repeat every detail in front of the perpetrators. A child should be allowed to make a statement in front of those who he or she is comfortable with and the police and the medicos should work together,” added Ms Aparna Bhatt.

Psychologists point out that the impact of the trauma in a child may not be revealed for months and years, but the impact can be minimised by doing the needful. 


Vidrohi alleges ‘injustice’ in drought relief 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 3
The president of the Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U), Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, flayed the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government headed by Mr Om Prakash Chautala for the alleged injustice meted out to the farmers of southern Haryana in the matter of drought relief.

In a signed press statement issued here, he said that it was ironical that most of the villages in the southern districts were not declared drought affected, while the ground reality depicted that severe drought conditions prevailed in these districts.

He said that it was all the more agonising that only a symbolic amount had been sanctioned in the first installment of drought relief for the farmers of these districts.

He wondered whether this was not a cruel joke played on the people by the government as it had sent hundreds of truckloads of fodder to Rajasthan, apparently to earn accolades for itself while the entire south Haryana had been facing a severe fodder crisis. He alleged malpractices in providing relief to the farmers of a particular community.

Mr Vidrohi refuted the claim of the Chautala government regarding retrenchment of government employees in various departments and alleged that thousands of employees had already been retrenched in various boards, nigams and corporations of the state.

He also criticised the Chautala government for sacking schoolteachers on the pretext of rationalisation of their work.

He also alleged that the chief minister was bent upon removing the government employees who had been recruited on adhoc, contract and daily wage basis by the previous governments. He said Mr Chautala was following a sinister design, and he suspected that in the coming months he would recruit employees to further his election prospects.

Mr Vidrohi claimed that 4,000 posts of clerks in the Irrigation Department had been abolished. He also apprehended malpractices in the proposed recruitment in the Police Department. He termed the Chautala government as anti-people and demanded a ‘white paper’ on this issue so that the people could know the facts regarding the claims of the government.


Cong to form ‘sangharsh samiti’ for SYL completion
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 3
The Opposition leader in the Haryana Assembly, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has threatened to launch a statewide agitation if the Union government failed to take effective steps regarding the completion of the SYL canal by May 2.

Addressing newsmen here today, Mr Hooda said the party would constitute a ‘sangharsh samiti’ to chalk out an agitational strategy, which would announce its plans the same day the ultimatum given by the party to the Union government expired. He said several strict measures including blocking of the roads leading to Delhi could be taken up as part of the agitational programme. Mr Hooda demanded that the state government should clear its stand on the Rajiv Gandhi-Longowal Pact, as the former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Devi Lal and the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had launched “nyay andolan’ against this pact. He alleged the construction of SYL canal had been delayed due to this agitation and the residents of Haryana, especially farmers, had been facing the consequences of that agitation.

The Congress leader said all the parties had authorised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to take a decision pertaining to the construction of the canal nearly one year ago. 


Minimum wages for workers raised
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 3
With the rise in the Consumer Price Index, the Labour Department of Haryana has notified instructions to increase the minimum wages (MW) for factory and industrial workers by Rs 6.93 per month from January 2003. It is stated that the average price Index has risen from 909 to 912 points and as the rate of neutralisation has been Rs 2.31 per point, the hike in wages comes to Rs 6.93.

According to the revision, the minimum wages due for unskilled workers which include general helper, yard majdoor, peon, cleaner, mali and beldar comes to be Rs 2,140.09 per month. For the semi-skilled category, which include taper, turner, driller, shaperman, furnace operator, machine operator, fitter, die maker, welder, hammerman, blacksmith, electrician, assembler, tester, moulder, wireman, electroplator, carpenter and pattern maker, the minimum wages fixed is Rs 2,250.09 per month. It is stated that a minimum wage of Rs 2,400.09 be paid to skilled workers, which include turner, machine operator, fitter, die setter, shaperman, furnace operator, tool setter and miller moulder.

For the highly skilled workers, the wages fixed is Rs 2,700.09. However, the minimum wages (MW) for clerical staff ranges from Rs 2,250.09 to Rs 3,200.09.

For clerical staff, who have not finished their matric and those who are non-graduate, the minimum wages are Rs 2,250.09 and Rs 2,350.09 respectively. The minimum wages for graduate and above is Rs 2,700.09.

For posts like stenographer and technical assistants, the minimum wages is Rs 3,200.09.

According to the notification, the security guards and security supervisor must be paid Rs 2,250.09 and Rs 2,400.09 per month respectively.

According to Mr Navdeep Chawla, general- secretary of the Manufactures Association Faridabad (MAF), the revised schedule of wages has been circulated to all its members for implementation.


Bride robbed of gold chain, ‘mangalsutra’ 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 3
A newly-wedded couple of Jatwara village within the municipal limits of Sonepat town was waylaid by three armed gangsters near Mukhi Hospital on Murthal Road on Sunday evening.

The gangsters looted a gold chain and the ‘mangalsutra’ of the bride at pistol-point and escaped after injuring bridegroom’s brother, Deepak.

According to information, Sandeep along with his bride and brother Deepak was returning to his village after his marriage, solemnised at Asan village, in car no. DNC-1281 last evening.

When their car came to a halt near Mukhi Hospital due to traffic congestion, the gangsters who were reportedly waiting on the roadside, pounced on the car and forcibly removed the gold chain and the mangalsutra of the bride.

While resisting the gangsters’ attempt, Deepak was attacked on the head with pistol butts. Despite injuries, he informed the police about the incident.

Deepak in his statement to the police, has allegedly identified two youths of his village Jatwara.

The police have raided their suspected hideouts in the village during night, but no arrest has been made so far.

In another incident, three persons and a child who were going to attend a marriage of their relative at Najafgarh (Delhi) were injured, two of them seriously, when their van met with an accident near Barwasni village on Sonepat-Gohana Road on Sunday.

Newlyweds among six hurt as van overturns

Sonepat: Six persons including a newly-wedded couple sustained injuries when a Maruti van in which they were travelling overturned and dashed against a tree near Hullaheri village about 10 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured were identified as Rajpal of Dodwa village and his bride Mrs Meenu; Jayoti Parkash and his seven-year-old son Sunil of Dewru village; Howa Singh of Dodwa village; and Rajbir Singh, brother-in-law of Rajpal, who belonged to Najafgarh (Delhi).

The injured were rushed to the local civil hospital from where two persons Jyoti Parkash and Howa Singh were referred to a trauma centre in Delhi for further treatment.

The parents and the relatives of the injured persons alleged that the hospital authorities failed to provide them with ambulance vans to transport the injured to Delhi.

The vans, they alleged, were sent to Rohtak for the ‘Vikas Rally’ to be addressed by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, and others.

The Maruti van was on its way from Asan village to Najafgarh (Delhi) when one of its tyres got punctured and the driver lost control. This resulted in overturning of the van and it dashed against a tree.

According to another report, a factory worker was injured after being hit by a tempo near Aghwanpur village about 15 km from here last evening. The injured worker was rushed to the local civil hospital wherefrom he was shifted to a trauma centre in Delhi for further treatment. The worker remains unidentified.

Meanwhile, a seven-year-old girl was seriously injured when she was hit by a vehicle returning from the Rohtak Vikas Rally, at Gohana town, 35 km from here last evening.

The injured girl Isha was sent to the GI at Rohtak for treatment. The police are investigating the cases.

Three killed as trucks collide

Two trucks-HR-38-1414 and HR-69-1569 collided near Rohna Minor on Sonepat-Rohtak Highway around mid-night on Sunday. Three persons, identified as Mehtab, driver of Sisana village, Om Parkash, driver of Chidana village and conductor Vinod Kumar of Uttar Pradesh, died on the spot.

In another mishap, a sub-divisional officer Dalbir Singh, serving in Food Corporation of India, was knocked down by a speedy vehicle on GT Road late last evening when he was returning from Delhi reportedly on a motorcycle. He died on the spot.

The bodies of the victims of these incidents were brought to the civil hospital for a post-mortem and later handed over to their families.


Lottery operator shot dead
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 3
A lottery operator was shot dead on NH-3 area in the NIT locality here last night. The victim, identified as Rakesh, alias `Raka’, had reportedly gone to collect some payment from a person known to him.

According to police sources, two persons, including the victim had gone to the house of the accused, identified as Prithviraj, alias `Pappi’, to collect some money. However, the accused allegedly took out a revolver and fired at Rakesh, who died a few minutes later.

Anti-encroachment drive

The district authorities today removed several encroachments near the `Rajiv Chowk’ on the national highway, near old Faridabad here.

About 25 to 30 kiosks and stalls put up on the green belt on both sides of the highway were brought down in the drive. It is reported that the BJP MLA from Mewta Maharajpur, Mr Krishan Pal Gurjar, had complained about the encroachments. He had alleged that while houses of poor people were being razed down, the authorities had been ignoring such encroachments.


Uphaar case: Officials gathering info on missing papers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The authorities are collecting information on the recent disappearance of vital documents pertaining to the case of the Uphaar fire tragedy five years ago in which 59 persons were killed and close to a hundred injured, Parliament was told today. Law and Justice Minister Arun Jaitely told the Rajya Sabha members that the information regarding the same was being collected.

The India Gate has not been included in the list of protected monuments under the care of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Lok Sabha was informed today. Ancient monuments which are less than a hundred year’s old are not considered for protection, Tourism and Culture Minister Jagmohan said in a written reply. While the main structure of the India Gate and the environment around it are preserved and maintained by the CPW, Amar Jawan Jyoti is maintained by the Military Engineering Service, he said, adding that the maintenance of the adjoining area is done by the New Delhi Municipal Corporation.

As many as 79 applications for airport entry passes, valid till December 31, 2004, have been processed by Air-India, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr Shripad Yesso Naik said. While 1778 applications were sent to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, one application has been withheld by Air-India for want of additional information, he added.

Since its inception in 1988, the National Capital Region Planning Board has financed 172 schemes, of which 84 have been completed and 88 are in various stages of implementation, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Some of the completed projects funded by the Board include the development of residential sectors at Gurgaon, construction of Transport Nagar at Panipat, Brass Market at Rewari, shopping centre at Dharuhera, Counter-Magnet Scheme at Alwar and Industrial Township at Bhiwadi. Replying to a query, Minister of State for Urban Development Pon Radhakrishnan said the Board had formulated and approved the Regional Plan, 2001 in November 1988 and notified it in January 1989. The plan envisages the development of Delhi Metropolitan Area towns: Ghaziabad-Loni, Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh and Kundli; and priority towns: Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Khurja, Palwal, Rewari, Dharuhera, Rohtak, Panipat and Alwar.

Elaborating, the minister said that the Board had initiated a slew of measures for the implementation of the plan. These include preparation of four functional plans relating to transportation, tele-communication, power and industry and also the sub-regional plans of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan sub-regions.

Mr Radhakrishnan also informed the House that the government had filed guidelines for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies in the Capital in the Delhi High Court in 1993.

He said the court had directed the ministry to notify the list of colonies, which could be regularised as per the guidelines. The Delhi government has been asked to furnish a list of such colonies. The minister added that the DDA had awarded the work for construction of 9,000 Lower Income Group (LIG) flats on turnkey basis to the pre-qualified construction agencies. The average cost of construction of LIG flats during last year was Rs 5,400 per square meter of the plinth area.


Four killed in accidents
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, March 3
Four persons have died in accidents, one of them in a road accident and three in rail accidents. Two women, Kela Devi (60) and Sunita (28), residents of Hardwari Nagar in Modi Nagar were run over by Magadh Express near Hapur. They were going to the weekly market at 10 am. Though the level-crossing was closed and train could be seen approaching, the women thought they would be able to cross the track.

A cyclist was killed after being hit by a vehicle in Hapur Road, under Mussori police station last night. The driver of the vehicle sped away after hitting the cyclist, who had died on the spot. A 30-year-old unidentified person, was crushed under the wheels of a train. Neither of them could be identified. The railway police have sent the body for a post-mortem.

Four auto thieves held

Ghaziabad: Kavi Nagar police claimed to have arrested four auto thieves. A Maruti car stolen from Delhi and three knives have been recovered from them. The criminals include Ran Vijay of Barielly, Rakesh, Kalu and Chanchal of Dadri. Maruti car DL-2CG-1022 and three knives have been recovered from them.

All four were moving in a Maruti car, equipped with master keys, knives and other implements for opening locks and stealing vehicles in Raj Nagar area. They were arrested near railway crossing during a checking. The criminals have been involved in some other crimes too, the Kavi Nagar police said. Besides, the police have nabbed a woman who was in league with criminals who used to loot and beat up tempo passengers.

Meenakshi was arrested near Lal Quan. She has been sent to Nari Niketan, Meerut after having been presented before city Magistrate. She confessed her role in looting and beating up tempo passengers.

Meanwhile, Link Road and Loni police claimed to have arrested Islam and Shafique. Knives were seized from them.

Book expo in Kharkhauda college

Sonepat: A one-day book exhibition was held in a non-government college at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here yesterday. According to a report, more than 100 books of various categories, written by the girl students of the college, were kept in the exhibition. The books were on technical and literary subjects.

Inaugurating the exhibition, Dr Usha Kapooria, principal of the college, exhorted the girl students to take interest in writing books. She advised them to inculcate a sense of discipline, patience and morality. She declared that the publishing of these books would be sponsored by the college president and other prominent personalities of the area. In the literary competition, Miss Geeta won the first and Miss Poonam bagged the second position.

In the miscellaneous category, Miss Sindhu Deswal, bagged the first position whereas Miss Kiran and Miss Pinti won the second and third positions respectively.

Other prizes were bagged by Miss Ankita, Miss Darshan, Miss Preoti Dhankar, Miss Sunita Kumari, Miss Renuka, Miss Usha, Miss Poonam and Miss Neelam. Best publishers of these books were identified as Miss Kusum Dahiya and Miss Promeela Rathi. The prizes will be given to these students during the annual function of the college. Its date will be announced shortly, according to the college principal.

This is the first time in the history of the college that such exhibition and competitions were organised by the college management. 


Eight held for giving fake sureties to criminals
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
With the arrest of eight persons, the South-West district police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang including a woman who were involved in giving fake sureties to the criminals lodged in various jails.

Four computers, one scanner, 50 National Saving Certificates of Rs 5 lakh, five fixed deposit receipts of Punjab National Bank and various other documents were recovered from their possession.

The accused Rajrani Bansal alias Maharani alias Sethani, resident of Mangolpuri; Surender Singh, resident of Sarai Rohilla; Thakur Suman Singh, resident of Muzaffarpur; Sandeep Vats, resident of Mundka; Santosh Kumar alias Raju, resident of Shahdara; Arun Kumar Pandey, resident of Badarpur; Rakesh Rawat, resident of Khanpur; and Shyam Sunder Arora, resident of Subhash Kumar, were nabbed, after the police received information that some touts were involved with certain lawyers in providing fake sureties.

The police sent a decoy customer and apprehended the accused from different places in Delhi. They had reportedly been involved in the crime for the last eight years and gave commission to the lawyers who refer prospective customers to them.

The fake sureties created lots of problems for the judicial and police authorities as once the accused was out on bail on fake sureties, he hardly bothered to attend the hearings in the courts.

During interrogation, the main accused Rajrani told the police that she has been engaged in the business for the last eight years and was also arrested earlier for the same offence. She enjoyed good relations with the lawyers who provided her business.


National Safety Day in Haryana industries today
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, March 3
The Directorate Industrial Safety and the Haryana Safety Council are jointly observing the 32nd National Safety Day in all industries in Haryana on March 4.

The objective of observing the National Safety Day is to create safety awareness among industrial workmen, said an official spokesperson.

Mr Prem Parshant, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment Department, Haryana, will inaugurate the state-level function at Hero Honda Motors Limited, Gurgaon while Mr K Khandelwal, Labour Commissioner and President of the Haryana Safety Council will preside over the function.

The theme of the National Safety Day is taken as “Improve occupational safety and health standard and gain in global competitiveness”. The theme demonstrates the direct linkage of safety and the business performance.

The government official has appealed to all the industries to observe the safety week commencing from National Safety Day on their premises. The activities like safety slogan, posters, safety talk competitions must be organised to involve the employees in the safety celebrations, suggested the official.

Bajaj Auto-NIQR Award

Dr K Kumar, Advisor (Engineering) at Maruti Udyog Limited, has been awarded the Bajaj Auto-NIQR Award for Outstanding Quality Man-2002.

The award has been conferred on Dr Kumar by the National Institution for Quality and Reliability (NIQR) for his “distinguished services in the field of quality”.

According to a press release issued by the company, Dr Kumar heads Quality Assurance, Service and Engineering Operations of Maruti Udyog Limited.

Concerned about customer satisfaction, he has driven Maruti’s efforts in achieving the first position in J D Power’s Customer Satisfaction ratings for three years in a row.

He has also spearheaded company-wide initiatives that led to ISO 9002 certification for Maruti and also for several vendors. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University with a Ph.D. from IIT Delhi, Dr Kumar moved from the Indian Railways to join Maruti as Senior DGM in 1985. He rose to be Director (Engineering) of the company before being invited to serve in the current position.

Dr Kumar, who has published several technical papers in international journals, was recently elected the first president of Society of Automobile Engineers, India. He will receive the award in Chennai on Tuesday.


HR coils price hike may sound death-knell for steel producers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The chairman of All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (AIMO), Mr Sudarshan Sareen, in a statement said that the prices of HR coils have skyrocketed by nearly 55 per cent in the past one year.

The price hike has caused serious problems for the secondary steel producers who may be forced to close down their units, rendering thousands of workers jobless.

Mr Sareen stated that the government has also imposed an anti-dumping duty on the import of HR coils besides a 25 per cent customs duty on its import.

It has become difficult for the manufacturers to substitute any cheaper source for the procurement of HR coils.

The AIMO has urged the government to withdraw the anti-dumping duty on the import of HR coils and reduce the customs duty from 25 per cent to 15 per cent so that the steel-consuming industries are saved from collapse.

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