Saturday, May 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Jt Director held for bogus allotments
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 9
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government has arrested a top official of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on charges of corruption, with the police claiming to have unearthed a major scam in the relocation of slum clusters in the national Capital.

The Joint Director of MCD’s Slum Wing, Kundan Lal, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Police after he was found to be allegedly involved in allotment of land to bogus persons.

Investigations showed that Lal was allegedly involved in allotment of land meant for relocated slum dwellers to at least 100 non-existent persons, said Paldan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Anti-Corruption Branch.

The names of seven more officials of the corporation and the Delhi Development Authority have figured in the scam and they are expected to be arrested soon, the DCP said.

Lal, in connivance with four property dealers and other government officials, would allot land to bogus persons during relocation of slum-dwellers, he said.

The DCP said that the scam came to light following a complaint with regard to location of a slum cluster from Yamuna Pushta, near Players’s Building in ITO, to Balsawa.

The complainant had alleged that the Slum Wing Department of the corporation had allotted land to fictitious persons in connivance with the government officials and property dealers in Balsawa.

During investigation, the sleuths found that names of 28 bogus persons had been included in the list of inhabitants; this was done after a survey at the behest of the property dealers.

These jhuggies were shown as ``locked’’ in the survey report and Lal, as the chairman of the survey and the allotment committee, passed it. Further inquiries revealed that so far allotments had been made to 100 non-existent persons, the DCP said.

The case was still being investigated and more such bogus allotments were likely to surface. More arrests could be made in the case.

Kundan Lal has been placed in three days’ police remand. He was produced in Special Judge P.K. Bhasin’s court today.



Khurana produces papers to nail Cong claim
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 9
Continuing with his tirade against the “corruption-ridden” Congress government in Delhi, BJP state unit chief Madan Lal Khurana today produced documents to show that files pertaining to bulk electricity consumers, who owe more than Rs 700 crore to the government, were not available with the government and have been misplaced.

Mr Khurana released copies of the minutes of the February 7, 2003 meeting of the state owned-Delhi Power Company Ltd at a press conference, called to counter the claim of Delhi Power Minister Ajay Maken that all the files were very much available with the government and private companies and the allegations in this regard are ‘absurd’.

Mr Khurana said the meeting was called to pass on details of bulk supply records of ledgers to the two private power companies and to finalise the arrears of bulk supply connections till June 30, 2002 which was to be remitted to DPCL. Mr Khurana said when a decision had been taken to retain the original files and transfer only photocopies, as stated in the minutes, how could the files be handed over to the two private DISCOMs — North Delhi Power Ltd. (NDPL) and Bombay Suburban Electricity Supply (BSES). The minutes showed that Rs 50,000 were allocated towards photocopying of these files and documents.

According to the minutes, Director (Finance) Bindu Agnihotri had asked the then Company Officers (Bulk Supply) Mukesh Sharma and Prem Prakash to explain why no records were available with them relating to the bulk supply connections of the erstwhile Delhi Vidyut Board.

Mr Khurana said the most interesting feature of the scandal was that the meeting was informed by Mr Mukesh Sharma that since he and Mr Prakash were transferred to the Commercial Department, no records, including ledgers and files of bulk supply connections, were retained by them and moved to the private companies after the unbundling of DVB. ‘’As such there was no formal handing/taking over of records,” Mr Khurana quoted Mr Sharma having told the meeting.

The controversy was initiated by Mr Khurana on Wednesday when he alleged that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had misappropriated Rs 1,150 crore of government funds to influence Assembly elections later this year. Important files of 1500 bulk consumers of electricity, against whom a sum of Rs 700 crore is due, have disappeared from office records.

He claimed that at the time of the privatisation of the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB), a condition had been added in the agreement that the pending electricity charges would be collected by the private companies and 80 per cent of the amount would go to the government while the rest would go to the private companies. With the disappearance of these files, there was no way the amount could be recovered, he said. Neither had the Delhi Government lodged any case, nor had it initiated an inquiry into the matter, he said, alleging that the files disappeared with the connivance of Ms Dikshit and the officials of the private companies who are responsible for collection of pending dues.



DPCC tells Khurana to quit for promising the moon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 9
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) has questioned the Delhi Pradesh BJP’s intentions on the demand for declaring NCT of Delhi a State. DPCC President Subhash Chopra on Friday said the BJP had betrayed the sentiments of 1.4 crore Delhiites by not introducing the Bill for grant of statehood to NCT of Delhi in the Budget Session of Parliament that concluded today. He demanded the resignation of Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana for “promising too much without accomplishing much.”

That the Bill had not even been drafted, Chopra told media persons, showed the criminal callousness not only of Khurana but also of the NDA Government at the Centre. “That Khurana did not make any protest against such lackadaisical approach in the high-level meeting with the prime minister and the deputy prime minister clearly shows that Khurana was playing a hoax on the people of NCT of Delhi,” he said.

Chopra said in a meeting convened by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in October last year, and attended among others by Khurana, both the Congress and the BJP had agreed on a consensus document for granting of statehood to NCT of Delhi. A joint news conference was held subsequently by Dikshit and Khurana. The document was sent to the deputy prime minister for further action.

“What the Government of NCT of Delhi got in return was clipping of its powers through two circulars issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs by way of amending the Transaction of Business Rules,” Chopra said. Even after this, he told reporters, a resolution was passed in the Delhi Legislative Assembly recommending statehood for NCT of Delhi and the same was sent to the Union Government but no positive response had been received yet.



When criminals strike and flee with ease
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, May 9
The criminals seem to be a law unto themselves in Ghaziabad, considering the fact that they have struck at three places in broad daylight in recent days. More than the police, it is the common man who is worried about this crime spiral.

Though the new IG zone had indicated that the culprits in the first case of loot of Rs 3.23 lakh on May 5 have been arrested, the police department has not named them so far.

Only the computer sketches of the suspects involved have been released so far.

Even on May 7, two criminals on a red Hero Honda motorbike had snatched Rs 1 lakh and a cell phone from one Ashok Sharma who was on a scooter. This incident had also occurred in Sector 9-10 of Raj Nagar under Kavi Nagar police station during daytime. The robbers sped away waving their revolvers in the air.

Again, on May 7, Rs 60,000 had been looted from one P R Sen of Delhi Vidhi Apartments in Kavi Nagar area.

Mr Sen, who had come to Ghaziabad from Delhi for some job, was made to alight from a tempo and deprived of cash by the robbers.

On May 5 in Navyug Market, a sum of Rs 3.23 lakh was looted from two employees of an Indian Oil lubricant dealer. Four robbers in a Santro car had committed the crime.



Special children: Let their creative juices flow
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 9
They may not have the IQ to match their counterparts in regular schools, or able to count numbers with ease or even recite a poem, but these children exude love for life and learning, which is no measure less than normal.

To satisfy the creative urges of those with mental disability and to instil in them love for the arts, educational institutions are now conducting special workshops.

Take, for instance, the Creative World section of Four Steps, a research, training and rehabilitation centre for children with special needs being run by the Dalmia Sewa Trust.

A summer workshop for special children will teach the nuances of drama, the fun that computers are and life skills like administering first aid. “Our Creative World is an activity-cum-recreational club for children with special needs. It intends to empower special children to move towards integration and self-realisation. It is a platform to facilitate social integration of the special children”, said the Principal, Mr. Himanshu Bhowmik.

The month-long workshop, open to special children from across the city, will provide training in creative fields, including dance, art and craft, instrumental and vocal music, theatre, money handling skills, computers and even cooking.

Emphasis will be laid on daily living skills with a particular focus on first aid and community orientation, behaviour management and remedial teaching. “The children will be assessed by psychologists and on the basis of their aptitude they will be assigned to various learning groups. This assessment will be carried out in accordance with the parents’ approval and the students’ inclination”, pointed out the Principal.

With the aim of giving an opportunity to the special children to spend time productively and to teach them how to hone their inherent skills, the workshop will use the aid of special educators and counsellors. Apart from professionals in the field of dance and music, the children will also be provided remedial lessons.

“Remedial lessons will be given to the children in the afternoon. If a child has a speech disorder, then the therapists will work with him to rectify that. The same goes for other disorders,” said Mr. Bhowmick.

He added: “Classes in dance are aimed at improving motor skills and co-ordination. Vocal music classes work as speech therapy. Theatre raises inter active skills. Daily living skills are taught in a manner that they can be absorbed naturally, in a spirit of fun and enjoyment.”

Referring to the need for enrolling special children in recreational activities, Psychiatrist Dr. Sameer Parikh points out: “Apart from recreational value, these lessons in dance and music have a strict meaning for them. Take, for instance, dance: It helps them concentrate. Matching a step with music and each other teaches them co-ordination and concentration. The initial entertainment becomes an asset”.



Bumper production brings down sugar price
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, May 9
The downward trend in sugar prices has adversely affected the financial health of the cooperative sugar mills in the state. The free quota sugar, which was sold at the rate of Rs 1,436 per quintal in 2000-2001, was being sold at a rate of Rs 1,127 per quintal in April.

The Haryana Cooperative Sugar Mills, Rohtak, is facing a storage problem due to the bumper production since 2000-2001 season. It has huge stocks of 3,66,343 quintals of sugar as on date, said its Managing Director, Mr P.K. Sharma. The total value of this sugar is estimated at Rs 43.20 crore.

Mr Sharma said that the sugar market has ‘crashed’ and sugar mills in the country ‘have obtained stay orders’ against the monthly release by the Union Government.

The Cooperative Sugar Mills, Rohtak, the oldest mills in the region, closed its crushing season on April 23, after completing 154 days of operation. During the season, it crushed 27.63 lakh quintals of sugarcane against the target of 26 lakh quintals. It produced 2.72 lakh quintals of quality sugar.

Mr Sharma said that the Cooperative Sugar Mills, Rohtak, was distributing pesticides and insecticides at 25 per cent subsidy to the sugarcane suppliers. The facility of heat treatment seed was also provided to these cane growers, he said.



Wheat stocks piling up in mandis
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 9
While wheat arrivals have started receding in this district, stocks of procured wheat have started piling up in the foodgrain markets and the purchase centres because of slow lifting.

According to a report, though procured wheat is being fairly regularly lifted but some stocks have recently piled up because of poor lifting by the official procurement agencies. The farmers are facing great hardships in unloading the stocks of wheat being brought by them for sale at the support price fixed by the government. Many farmers alleged the officials of the procurement agencies were reluctant to buy their wheat on some pretext or the other and they are forced to sell their stocks at throwaway prices.

Contrary to the claims made by the government, the officials have stopped buying wheat at some purchase centres in the district and the farmers are diverting their produce to the nearby Narela mandi in Delhi for sale. According to many farmers, the problem of slow lifting was more acute in the foodgrain markets of Sonepat, Ganaur and Gohana towns as there was a glut of wheat in them.

At least 2,39,489 tonnes of wheat has so far arrived in the markets and purchase centres of Sonepat district and the entire stock barring 121 tonnes has been purchased by the official procurement agencies in the district. The Food and Supplies Department has purchased 65,380 tonnes of wheat, Hafed 1,01,897 tonnes, the FCI 32,735 tonnes, Confed 32,321 tonnes, the Haryana Agro Industries Corporation 2,972 tonnes, the Haryana Warehousing Corporation 4,063 tonnes. Private traders have purchased only 121 tonnes of wheat so far in the district.



Probe panel gives clean chit to librarian
Priyanka Gupta

New Delhi, May 9
The librarian of Hardayal Municipal Public Library, who was suspended last year after an audit found certain discrepancies in the running of the institution, has been reinstated.

Sources said that Mr Madhukar Rao was reinstated after an inquiry committee absolved him of all charges and gave him a clean chit.

According to MCD sources, an audit was conducted in October 2002 which found that a large number of rare books were missing from the library, which is one of the oldest in the city.

The audit report discovered that rules were blatantly flouted while issuing rare books to the staff members. In one case as many as 40 such books were issued to one particular person even while the rules restrict the number to only two books at a time.

The sources said the audit report also accused the librarian of running the institution on his whims and fancies without bothering to refer to rules and regulations governing the running of such institutions. The report alleged that the librarian had transferred certain officials even when he was not empowered to do so.

The audit report had also discovered that the library had failed to maintain a list of late fee charges on books which were not returned in due time. At the same time, it had failed to recover books which were issued to the staff members. Some of these books were rare and expensive and cannot be replaced.

Mr Madhukar Rao, when contacted, said he was reinstated after all allegations against him were found untrue.

He said that he had become a victim of politics in the MCD.



Dalits give petition against liquor vend
Our Correspondent

Dankaur (Noida), May 9
Dalits in Mohalla Peerwala and Sarovanya in Dankaur have intensified their struggle for removing the liquor vend from their locality. Even the district unit of the BSP seems to have thrown its weight in support of the people’s demand.

In a letter to the District Magistrate, the people have protested that the liquor vend, which is situated by the side of a temple, is a big nuisance for all those who go to the mandir for prayers. Many times, revellers are seen going inside the temple with bottles of liquor in hand. People have demanded this should be stopped forthwith.

A man named Jagdish has been running a liquor shop in Mohalla Peerwala and Sarovanyna in Dankaur by the side of the temple since August 31 last year.

Residents in the locality had opposed the setting up of the liquor vend. People even gave an appeal signed by them to the city police against opening of this liquor shop. The police had stopped him from running the liquor vend for some time.

But since December 1 he has again started opening the shop. When people expressed their opposition to it, the contractor is reported to have hired some hoodlums to threaten them. People are practically living in dread of Jagdish and the liquor mafia in the colony.



Wheat procurement likely to be suspended

Jhajjar, May 9
The procurement of wheat in three grain markets of the district has been stopped while the procurement process is also likely to be suspended soon at other centres on account of non-arrival of grain.

According to information, about 32,267 tonnes of wheat was brought to six procurement centres at Jhajjar, Bahadurgarh, Asaudha, Beri, Chhara and Majra. The official sources said that this was almost half of the arrival of wheat recorded last year when more than 61,000 tonnes of wheat was procured in the district. The procurement process at mandis in Jhajjar, Bahadurgarh and Asaudha was stopped after 20 days. The procurement started on April 15. The procurement process is expected to be withheld in a day or two at other centres also, although officially the procurement process will continue till June 30.

Explaining the reasons behind the low arrival of wheat, the sources say the farmers are expecting an increase

in the prices after some days so the farmers are preferring to store their produce as of now, awaiting an expected hike in prices. In addition, the overall production of wheat has also decreased as compared to last year as a section of farmers has shifted to other oilseed crops.

The official sources informed that purchase licences to 82 arhtiyas were issued this time. While Hafed has purchased about 10,000 tonnes the Haryana Warehouse Corporation and the FCI has purchased more than 5,000 tonnes and 7,000 tonnes, respectively.

The official sources said the lowest wheat arrival was recorded at Bahadurgarh mandi where only 2,147 tonnes of grain had arrived. At centres in Jhajjar, Beri, Asaudha, Majra and Chhara, the wheat arrival was recorded at 6,959 tonnes, 9,033 tonnes, 5,552 tonnes, 4,330 tonnes and 4,246 tonnes, respectively.



Bar Association polls witness a neck and
neck contest

In a nail-biting finish to the elections held for the executive body of the Bar Association, Bahadurgarh here today, margin of win for the posts of president, vice-president and secretary was mere two votes.

Mr Yoginder Sangwan was elected as the president of the Bar Association defeating Balram Lohchab by two votes in a closely fought triangular contest. Sangwan get 34 votes while his rivals Balram Lohchab and Tejpal Rathree managed 32 and 29 votes, respectively.

The election for the post of secretary was equally interesting, in which Mr Rahul Dev Mudgil also won by two votes while the winner get 39 votes, his nearest rival Deepak Gupta get 37 and another contestant Rajiv Golia secure 20 votes.

While the success was relatively easy for Rajiv Kaushik who became the joint secretary of the Bar. He get 55 votes while Chand Singh Rathree, his rival managed 40.

Advocate R. K. Majithia, Returning Officer, informed that out of 100 votes, 98 were polled. He said that election was held peacefully and fairly and no candidate complained of any irregularity. OC



Triangular contest for Brahman sabha on cards

A triangular contest is likely to be held among the six contenders for the post of president in the elections to the Gaur Brahman Vidya Parcharini Sabha slated for May 21. The sabha runs various educational institutes in the region.

Among the contestants, Mr Azad Singh Atri, Mr Prem Singh Atri and Mr Sushil Sharma bear allegiance to the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) while Mr Hoshiar Singh is from the Haryana Vikas Party. The other two candidates are Mr Suresh Sharma and Mr Ramesh Sharma. The election campaign is at its peak these days and the candidates have been visiting villages in different towns to persuade voters. Almost all candidates claim to have visited hundreds of villages in Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Sonepat districts for electioneering.

The government seems to be in no mood to extend the party’s favour to any of the candidates. The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, reportedly did not show inclination towards any candidate during his recent visit to Rohtak. The efforts of a panchayat of the community to evolve a consensus on the issue also proved futile. OC



Mini-secretariat to be ready by March next year
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, May 9
The mini-secretariat being constructed here will be ready by March next year, according to the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr Anurag Rastogi.

Mr Rastogi said today that though the project’s deadline was March next year, it would be ready before.

For the record, while various districts in the state, low in the pecking order of development and urbanisation, have mini-secretariats; Gurgaon is still looking for one.

The construction work for the mini-secretariat has been on for the past many years, but a functional complex, which proposes to house all the offices in the district headquarters under one roof, continues to be elusive. It is anybody’s guess who benefits from such delays.

In response to a question, Mr Rastogi said that the administration would intensify its drive to recover outstanding government loans and dues from the borrowers. There are plans to give a sustained momentum for recovery during a month-long campaign.

Flanked by the superintending engineers of public health, electricity and high officials of other departments during his monthly meeting with mediapersons, Mr Rastogi said that all measures were being taken to keep up the supply of power and water, especially in view of the advent of summer.

The Deputy Commissioner briefed the newsmen on the developments in the district following his joint meeting with the officials of various departments.

The head of electricity department said that the current daily demand of about 53 lakh units of power in Gurgaon city was being met. This has been possible on account of augmentation of distribution network, he added.

With regard to water, it was claimed that the demand in the city was being met. However, there was shortage in Mewat area. Efforts will have to be made to outsource water in Mewat, it was added.

In response to a specific question on the management and augmentation of water resources, Mr Rastogi said that it was practically difficult to plan for 10 years ahead on account of ever-increasing consumerist lifestyle of the people. Still, the administration was doing everything possible to rationalise the usage of water and expand the water base.

When referred to the reports of substandard water being supplied in some parts of the district, the public health department claimed that it had happened for a day in the past, but the matter was rectified. However, Mr Rastogi directed for a random checking starting from tomorrow to put the issue beyond contention. To this effect, he said that the SDM, Nuh in Mewat would start the checks in his area. He offered public participation with the SDM during the campaign.





Do you have a grouse against the apathetic attitude of the authorities? Are you fed up with the dilly-dallying tactics of officialdom and the stranglehold of red tapism? If so, please write to us. We have a full half page every week reserved just for you. The letters should be clearly marked, Speaking out, NCR Tribune,
First Floor, Dyal Singh Library Building, 1 Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg, New Delhi-110002.

This is with reference to the news item, “Nurse injured in ceiling mishap,” which appeared in NCR Tribune dated April 30. In or around 1976-77 the Uttar Pradesh Government had passed an Act to establish the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) with the intention to develop roughly 2,000 industries near Dadri village of Ghaziabad (UP).

The area was chosen by the UP Government because of its proximity to Delhi, the capital of India. The head office of the Noida Administration was housed about 13 km from Connaught Place in New Delhi. On the right side of the Yamuna there was a locality called Okhla in Delhi and on the left side of the Yamuna the UP Government named this office as Noida (New Okhla).

During 1980-81, there was very little habitation in and around the Noida head office. I had visited the Noida office during those days. Noida soon saw the establishment of the T-Series factory by Gulshan Kumar and several other industries also came up here. At present, Noida is a full-fledged district. Its official name is Gautam Budh Nagar district.

Noida has flourished because of the riots in Punjab between 1980 and 1987. Several Sikhs and Punjabi people established their industries in Noida. The UP Government has been earning hundreds of crores of rupees a year from Noida till date.

But what is unfortunate is that the staff quarters constructed a few years back (Till 1985 there were very few buildings) are in a dilapidated condition. Things have come to such a pass in a short span of 15-20 years. Seventy-four staff quarters of Type-II and Type-III are in a particularly bad shape.

Chandigarh was built in 1950 but the buildings are still so beautiful and in good condition. Noida came into being just 20-25 years back but the buildings are already cracking. An inquiry should be held into this episode by a sitting or retired judge of the high court or the apex court.

The UP government, which is earning a huge profit courtesy Noida should spare a concentrated thought to this and to the overall development of Noida city. A little amount of the gargantuan profits earned from Noida must be spent on the city.

O. P. Wadhwa, Gohana

Faith in God gives meaning to life

This is with reference to the article “In search of unravelling God’s moral design”(NCR TRibune April 27) by M. P. K. Kutty. The writer has tried to explain in detail different facets of Dr I. Mohendra Singh’s book, “My Search for God”.

In this connection, I wish to say that there are six basic psychological needs of man i.e. the need for love, the need for security, the need for recognition, the need for creativity, the need for identity and above all, the need for God. A question often asked is whether man can live without God. The belief in God provides protection against moral disorder. Only faith in God can give meaning to life and death, work, hardships and suffering. Someone has aptly said, “If there is no filament in a bulb, there is no light. If God is not in our life, there is no life.” There is no thought, feeling, yearning or desire, however low or trifling we may deem it, if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of His sympathy.

Whether we admit it or not we all need God because when a person surrenders to God he switches his mind to Him, listens to His advice and acts according to it.

O P Sharma, Faridabad

Hoardings make city’s visage ugly

This is to bring to your notice that hoardings were banned sometime back in Delhi vide a Supreme Court order but there are still some agencies and government department who are hell-bent on going against the directive of the court. We understand that for advertising agencies profit matters the most but what motive do organisations like the Delhi Financial Corporation have in putting up hoardings at prime and strategic locations of Delhi in collusion with various advertising agencies, thus showing disrespect to the highest temple of justice. If these departments act in this manner who will stop the common man from going against the law. Do these government agencies feel they are above the law and they can do anything they like? Hoardings have been erected at the ITO crossing and many others have been put up all over Delhi.

The Save India Foundation is a non-profitable, voluntary organisation which has been registered duly as a trust. With trustees who are persons of high calibre, probity and commitment to society, the SIF has taken up the task of launching a drive against corruption. It has taken the onus to fighting corruption and raising a voice against the misuse of public property, crime, and the sagging law and order situation.

A task force (Anti-Corruption Task Force-ACT) consisting of top citizens and volunteers has decided to take up issues of corruption that affect most people and resort to collective action and building moral pressure to have grievances of the common man redressed. This is a colossal task and cannot be carried out alone.

D. S. Mendhiratta, New Delhi

Card renewal fee or extortion?

Ours is a card age. There are the ration cards which now seem to have shed their limelight a bit. Then there are I-Cards of all varieties, beginning with departmental I-cards to voters’ I-cards. Again, we have bank credit cards issued by all banks to facilitate instant identification and transaction at their counters. Even the DTC issues I-cards along with the monthly passes issued to the commuters. But one thing is common to all. Such cards are issued sans any fee.

What, however, differentiates the I-cards issued by the post offices is that although all particulars given on them, like name of the person, his/her photograph, address and the date of birth remain the same yet they are issued for a period of three years only. If desired, one can renew them for another three years but not without a price. Does this not amount to extortion without any justification at all? Why can’t the Postal Department make it a one-time exercise? Can they justify the grounds on which fee is charged for testifying the same, particularly all over again? If not, it would be better for them to do away with the system of renewals and stop the unwarranted extortion.

R L Pathak, New Delhi

Kudos to HC for judgement

The Delhi High Court has brought forth some consolation for the Uphaar tragedy victims.

As they say, better late than never! The six-year wait has resulted in a landmark judgement. The Delhi High Court awarded compensation of Rs 21.39 crore to the victims of the Uphaar Cinema tragedy.

The lives lost cannot be compensated with money but by favouring the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) the judiciary has indicted those responsible for the tragedy and rapped certain agencies for negligence.

The court has penalised the owners of Uphaar Cinema, the Delhi Police, the Delhi Vidyut Board and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi jointly responsible for negligence towards public safety. Kudos to the Delhi High Court for bringing justice to AVUT and penalising the culprits.

Finally, the compensation awarded will repose people’s faith in the judiciary and the government authorities will realise the value of people’s life and be vigilant about their duties.

Saurabh Duggal, Faridabad

Flogging in public for greedy in-laws

It was extremely shocking to read that a newlywed girl was killed by her in-laws, including her husband, in Noida for want of more dowry. Sushma’s mother-in-law helped her son in killing her.

I fail to understand why women do not sympathise with other women. Greedy people who have no qualms in making the life of young girl hellish must be punished in public and flogged to death.

Till the time exemplary punishment is not meted out to such greedy persons society cannot be rid of the scourge of dowry.

Subhash C. Taneja, Rohtak



Estranged husband kills wife
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, May 9
Frustrated over the estranged relations with his wife, Sanjiv Tyagi of Rewla Khanpur village in Delhi allegedly murdered his wife, Yashwanti, dumped her body in a field and surrendered before the police in the district on Thursday. According to information, Yashwanti of Bhigan village in Sonepat district was married to Sanjiv Tyagi about eight years back. After a few years, differences cropped up between them and both started living separately. A case of divorce was reportedly pending in the court. On Wednesday night, Sanjiv reportedly took her on his motorcycle and stabbed her to death in the area between Dadola and Simbli village in Samalkha area. After committing the crime, he threw her body behind a tubewell.

Later, Sanjiv reached the Murthal Police Station in Sonepat district and narrated the incident. After taking him into custody, the Murthal police informed the Panipat police about the murder. The Panipat police reached the site and recovered the body.

Mahapanchayat against dowry

The Kisan Mazdoor Kalyan Samiti has given a call for organising a Mahapanchayat against the social evil of dowry at 11 am at Meher Bhoj Inter College, Dadri on June 1. Bir Singh Bhatti, secretary of the Samiti said that dowry had converted the institution of marriage into a trading game. The solemn occasion of marriage was being used for squandering wealth and exhibiting one’s financial status. Dowry, he said, was a serious crime resulting in the exploitation and death of innocent girls after marriage.

Admission for LLB courses

Maharshi Dayanand University has issued admission notice for LLB (3 year and 5 year) courses in its law faculty and affiliated institutes. MDU will hold the LLB (3 year) entrance test on June 15 from 11 am to 12 noon. The LLB (5 year) entrance test will be held on June 15 from 3 pm to 4 pm. The prospectus of LLB courses will be available from the sale counter in the publication cell of MDU, MDU National College, Gurgaon and MDU P.G. Regional Centre, Rewari. The last date for the submission of application forms will be May 28. The duly filled in application forms are to be submitted with the assistant registrar (R-II) of the university.

B.Ed. entrance test

MDU will hold the B.Ed (regular entrance test on June 30 instead of earlier notified date (June 29). The decision has been taken by the university administration in the interest of students as the UGC is holding its NET on June 29. Furthermore, the MDU will hold the Paper-II of M.A. (previous) English (code no. 2002) on May 20. This paper had been scheduled earlier for April 30, but could not be held that day. The time and centre for this paper will be the same.



Extortionists posing as newsmen held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 9
The North district police of Delhi today claimed to have busted a gang of extortionists with the arrest of five youths who used to extort money by posing themselves as newsmen and police officers.

They were identified as Mohammad Tahir, Islamuddin, Rahish Ahmed, Nawab Misry and Iqbal. Police received information that the suspects tried to extort money from the residents of Bara Hindu Rao area.

On inquiry, it was found that they had identity cards of the press issued by the editor of “Mazdoor Ki Zindagi” and had come at Library Road, Azad Market on May 1. They extorted Rs 15,000 from Amir Ahmed blackmailing him emotionally and physically.

One of the suspects claimed that he was a police officer. They again tried to extort money from a resident in Bara Hindu Rao. But the resident became suspicious and informed the police. They were arrested immediately, police said.

Tazia procession

The Shia Muslims will take out Tazia procession on May 10 in memory of late Hazrat Imam Zain-ul-Abideen. The procession will start from Imambara, Pahari Bhojla in the walled city and reach Karbala in Jorbagh through Chitli Qabar, Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid, Chawari Bazar, Chowk Hauz Qazi, Ajmeri Gate, Pahar Ganj Bridge, Chelmsford Road, Wrong Carriage Way up to Parliament Circus, T/R Sansad Marg, T/L Red Cross Road, R/A Krishi Bhawan, Rai Sina Road, Krishna Menon Marg, Tuglak Road, Aurbindo Marg. It will culminate at Jorbagh in Karbala. The motorists are advised to avoid the roads in the morning, DCP of traffic police (VIP), A.K. Ojha said.

Ganja, smack seized

With the arrest of two persons, Imam Ali and Mukhtar, the North district police today claimed to have seized 40 kg ganja. They were arrested from Sarai Rohilla railway station.

The police had information that the suspects were bringing narcotics from Assam in a train. A raid was conducted at the railway station and they were arrested.

During interrogation, they disclosed that the duo belonged to Assam. They brought it from Assam to distribute in the Capital, the police said.

In another case, the Narcotics Control Bureau arrested Ravinder Layall alias Billu from Narela and seized 260 gm smack. He sold the narcotics in small packets, the police said.



Brother shot at over distribution of fodder
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 9
Ramesh, a youth was shot at and injured at Kidholi Pehladpur village about 15 km from here last night.

According to a report, the injured youth was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The Kharkhauda police have registered a case of murderous assault against Mahabir, the elder brother of the injured person and launched a hunt for him. A dispute over the distribution of fodder (wheat husk) is stated to be the main cause of the assault.

Car, three-wheeler collide

Five persons were seriously injured when a car and a three-wheeler collided on Sonepat-Gohana Road near the blind curve of Barwasni village about five km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured were rushed to the local civil hospital where one of them succumbed to his injuries. The victim was identified as Mr Rishi Parkash. He belonged to Naina Tatarpur village. The condition of other injured persons, Rajinder Singh, a car driver, Ram Prasad, Devinder and Attar Singh was stated to be out of danger. The police have registered the case and further investigations were on. However, no arrest has been made so far in this connection.

Meanwhile, a woman Mrs Bhirawan was seriously injured when she was hit by a speedy motorcycle on Sonepat-Bahalgarh Road near Sikka Colony here last evening. She was crossing the road when the accident occurred. The woman was immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. In yet another accident, an unidentified man was seriously injured when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing G T Road near Rai village about 15 km from here last night. The injured was rushed to the local civil hospital from where he was shifted to the PGI at Rohtak for treatment. The police have registered the case and investigations were on.

Thieves strike

Thieves are reported to have entered two houses at Rajlu Garhi village about 10 km from here last night and decamped with Rs 10,000, three bags of wheat and other valuables.

HUDA colonies powerless

Thousands of residents living in the residential colonies of HUDA- Sector 14 and 15 remained powerless for more than two hours last evening following power breakdown.

According to a report, the breakdown occurred around 5.40 pm and the power was restored around 8 pm. This caused great inconvenience to the residents. The cause of the breakdown was yet to be known. Meanwhile, the power breakdowns in the evening have become a routine in these sectors and the bus stand areas. The Mohalla Kalan and the Ram Bazar areas had remained without streetlights for the past one month or so.

Petrol pump sealed

The officials of the Food and Supplies department sealed a petrol pump situated on Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road between Bahalgarh and Khewra villages about 13 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, this action followed the surprise raid by the officials and the apprehending of a tanker driver who was engaged in adulterating the diesel. The officials of the raiding party got the case registered with the police against Mr Om Parkash, owner of the petrol pump, Jai Bhagwan, an employee and a tanker driver Surinder. The tanker driver told the police that he loaded the tanker from the Panipat Refinery and came here to deliver the commodity.

Woman’s bag snatched

An unidentified man allegedly snatched a bag containing Rs 5,000, two gold rings, one gold chain, one locket and clothes worth Rs 20,000 from a woman passenger who was boarding the Karnal-bound passenger train at the railway station here last evening.

According to a report, the woman Mrs Sarla belonged to Karnal. She had come to the house of her relatives in Nandwani Nagar of the city.

This incident occurred at the railway station on her return journey. She raised the alarm but the bag-snatcher disappeared immediately after the incident.



Daylight dacoity at exporter’s house solved
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 9
With the arrest of two persons from Muzaffarnagar district of UP yesterday, the police claim to have solved a daylight dacoity committed by at least seven armed assailants in the house of a prominent exporter, Dr Ram Niwas Goyal on April 3.

According to the police, acting on a tip-off, a police team, led by the DSP, Mr O P Narwal, arrested Samshad, a resident of Sarvat and Samshad, a resident of Sayadpur, both in Muzaffarnagar district and Mohsin, a resident of Sarvat.

Two country-made pistols and eight cartridges were seized from them.

On Wednesday, Mr Varinder Goyal, a son of the exporter, got an anonymous call giving a tip-off about the dacoits. Mr Goyal passed the information on to the police, which got into action and nabbed the culprits.

Mr Goyal and a servant of the exporter, Mr Sanjay, accompanied the police party and helped in the identification of the culprits.

The police also raided certain jewellery shops in Muzffarnagar and recovered some jewellery items, which the dacoits had sold off. The police party faced stiff resistance from the shopkeepers and it was with the help of the UP police that the operation was conducted.

Cash and jewellery worth over Rs 7 lakh was looted by the desperadoes from the busy GT Road area. The remaining dacoits will be arrested soon, the police said.



Ex-cop gets the taste of robbery!

Two robbers fled after looting Rs 2.10 lakh from a retired policeman in Loni Police Station area at noon today.

According to report, Babu Khan, a retired head constable of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and resident of Kanchan Park, Loni was walking when two criminals, astride a green-coloured Hero Honda motorcycle No. 4485, snatched Rs 2.10 lakh from him at gunpoint and sped away.

Interestingly, the robbers are reported to have clashed with some cops near Roop Nagar police post while escaping. Though the policemen had snatched a 9mm revolver from them, the robbers, however, fled with the booty. The police post sentinels did not have even an inkling of the crime they had committed.

There is a widespread anger among the people in Mahan Nagar, particularly the traders and businessmen.



Rs 6 lakh snatched from cellular phone employees
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 9
Four unidentified assailants robbed Rs 6 lakh from two employees of Intact Cellular, distributor of mobile set Hutch, in Janakpuri this afternoon. The victims, Raja Rupinder and Pradeep, were on a motorcycle and were going to deposit the money in a nearby bank.

They were hit by a TATA Indica car as they reached the main road in Janakpuri. Two youths, who were trailing the car on a scooter, brandished a knife and snatched the bag in which they were carrying the cash. The police have registered a case of robbery.

In another case, four youths armed with knives entered the house of one Reena Sethi in Mangolpuri and escaped with jewellery worth lakhs of rupees. The victim and her maid were in the house at the time of the incident. The armed youths tied their hands and legs and ransacked the house. The incident came to light only when one of the neighbours of the victim came to meet her. A case of robbery has been registered in the Mangolpuri Police Station.


Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
123 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |