Thursday, May 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Cops crack Sunita Chadha road rage case
A good samaritan’s gory end
Tribune News Service

The accused in Sunita Chadha case being produced at Tis Hazari Courts
The accused in Sunita Chadha case being produced at Tis Hazari Courts in the Capital on Wednesday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, May 14
The North-West district police today claimed to have cracked the Sunita Chadha murder case with the arrest of three youths; the police have also recovered the car used by the youths on the night of the killing and the murder weapon.

The suspects were identified as Ajay Raj Kamal alias Raju, his driver Amit Bansal and a muscleman Deepak. They were arrested from near a new jail premises, which is coming up in Rohini.

Ajay belongs to Gurucharanpura in Rohtak and has a cable factory in Mangolpuri; Amit is a resident of Janata Anaj Mandi in Karnal; and Deepakn resides in Samaipur Badli. The police have also recovered a .32 bore revolver used to kill the woman in the first week of this month in Prashant Vihar in Rohini, the Commissioner of Police, Mr R.S. Gupta, said.

The suspects were produced in the court today and taken on police remand for 14 days. They were arrested while they were going somewhere in an Ikon Ford car owned by Ajay. During interrogation, they confessed to having killed Sunita Chadha, a divorcee, who lived with Ajay Pal, a polytechnic lab in-charge in BSF. She had two children from her first husband. The incident occurred when she was going to pick up her children from her mother’s house as they had to leave for Shimla the next day.

While addressing newsmen, the Commissioner of Police said that it was a blind road rage case in which the suspects killed the woman deliberately. The police was confused as the registration number of the vehicle of the suspects, its colour and make was not confirmed. A special team of 150 policemen, three ACPs and six inspectors was constituted. The team was headed by area DCP Sanjay Singh.

Teams were also sent to Haryana and UP. The police had contacted the transport authority in Ghaziabad and shortlisted 1,000 Cielo cars and 2,000 .32 bore revolvers.

The police team noted down the addresses of the all the licence holders of the revolver and went to their houses. When it reached the residence of Ajay, he was found missing from the day of the incident. The police was also told that he owned an Ikon Ford. Thereafter, three constables tried to collect information about his movements. Omender, a head constable, and Shiv Kumar, a constable, processed the information about his movements on the night of murder. Their car was stopped on Wednesday for checking near the new jail in Rohini. During checking the revolver was recovered from the car. They were subsequently questioned, leading to their confession.

The two cops and an eyewitness would be given a reward of Rs 5000. Shiv Kumar will also be given out-of-turn promotion.

The youths shot dead Sunita after she intervened in a heated argument between the suspects and a scooterist on some issue. They shot her just after she left the place. They had a licenced revolver, which belongs to Raju. The license was issued by the licensing department of Haryana.

During interrogation, the youth disclosed thaat they were going to Rohini in an Ikon Ford car on May 2. They happened to get into an argument with a scooterist, who turned without using his indicator. While they were arguing, Sunita intervened and ended up having heated exchanges with the suspects. They drove for a short distance and again engaged Sunita in a heated discussion, following which the suspects fired two shots at her. She was admitted to a hospital where she succumbed to her injury.



Two charred to death in Yamuna Pushta fire
Tribune News Service

A handicapped person searches for his things after the fire in Yaumna Pasta
— Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, May 14
Two unidentified persons, including a woman, were charred to death and eight others injured in a fire that broke out in Sanjay Amar colony at Yamuna Pushta jhuggi cluster this afternoon. A fireman was among those who sustained injuries. The injured have been hospitalised. Around 1,000 jhuggis were gutted.

The fire broke out at 3.25 pm. Initially, it was a minor one and the residents of the colony informed the Delhi Fire Service. By the time the fire fighters reached the spot, the fire had engulfed hundreds of jhuggis. At least 26 fire fighters were rushed to the spot; it took them more than two hours to control the fire.

According to a spokesman of the DSF, some combustible material was kept behind a jhuggi and somebody threw a matchstick after lighting a “bidi”. The residents tried to douse it but they could not and the fire engulfed the other jhuggis as well.

Another fire in Kidwai Nagar: In another fire, four persons, including two Delhi Fire Service (DFS) officials, sustained injuries while dousing a devastating fire that broke out in a jhuggi cluster near Kidwai Nagar early this morning. 



SC notice to Centre on cops’ plea 
to form associations
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre, Lt-Governor of Delhi and the City Police Commissioner on a petition seeking a direction to them for allowing the Delhi Police personnel to form their associations at all levels of ranks for redressal of their grievances.

“The petition raises issues of wider significance and impinges on the working of the police. The question why the reports of the police commissions received so far have not been implemented may also arise for consideration,” a Bench comprising Justice R. C. Lahoti and Justice Ashok Bhan in its order said while issuing notice on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

The PIL filed by a retired Inspector, two Sub-Inspectors and a Head Constable, sought a direction to the government to allow members of the police force belonging to the “enrolled officer category” to constitute an association for themselves at all levels.

Former Inspector M. L. Yadav, Sub-Inspectors Yashpal Sharma and P. N. Gupta and Head Constable C. S. Yawat in their PIL contended that the rationale for the formation of a forum by the police personnel and officers was redressal of their legitimate grievances.

The police personnel had been “classified as civil servants” in its report by Justice Khosla Commission, which was presented to Parliament in 1968, they contended.

While the more “influential associations” of gazetted officers belonging to the IPS and of similar other ranks had been granted permission/recognition, the same had been denied to the non-gazetted officers and the personnel from the ranks below, it said.

Even in the US and the UK, police personnel had been allowed to have “strong negotiating machinery”, which dealt with the government directly on any of the problems faced by the police force personnel and officers, the PIL said adding that they had a right to constitute associations under Article 19(1) and 21 of the Constitution. The petitioners said associations formed by the police officials in Haryana and Bihar had been granted recognition, while Delhi Police, which is directly under the control of the Union Home Ministry, had been denied the same.

The Union Government had also failed to implement the recommendations of the National Police Commission, the Law Commission, the National Human Rights Commission, the Vohra Committee and the Ribeiro Committee regarding police reforms, the PIL said.



Fee revision: Haryana VCs meeting today 
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, May 14
The Haryana government has convened a meeting of the vice-chancellors at Chandigarh on May 15 to discuss the fee revision for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses.

The vice-chancellors — Maj-Gen (Retd) B. S. Suhag (Maharshi Dayanand University), Dr A. C. Chawla (Kurukshetra University), Dr R. K. Chauhan (Guruu

Jambheshwar University) and Mr P. K. Dass (officiating vice-chancellor of the newly created Devi Lal University, Sirsa) — held inconclusive discussions here on Monday on the issue of fee revision..

The purpose of the meeting is to formulate a uniform fee policy for all universities in the state. However, the vice-chancellors in their meeting here on Monday could not arrive at a final decision as their universities, except the host university, has not yet completed the exercise of tabulating the proposals. Though they were closeted with each other for over three hours, they dispersed after sharing their views.

The necessity of the fee hike arose following the ruling of the Supreme Court in the TMA Pai Foundation case that the fee charged from different categories of students could not vary for the same course. The court has, thus, restrained the educational institutions from charging hefty admission fees through paid seats.

The MDU Vice-Chancellor, Maj-Gen (Retd) B. S. Suhag, told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that he was not planning any astronomical rise in the fees for its various courses. He hinted that the hike might be “moderate,” varying from course to course.

The Registrar of MDU, Dr A. K. Rajan, said that the report submitted by the fee committee of the university in this regard was not a final decision on the issue. The matter was still under consideration of the university, he said. The issue of fee revision was being examined thoroughly, he added.



DISCOMs need to cut expenses, not raise tariff
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
The PHDCCI has sought close scrutiny of petitions for determination of Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) of Delhi TRANSCO and the three distribution companies by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).

The chamber, in its submission to the commission, said that all measures to reduce the revenue requirement of all the four companies should be taken, so that there is no need for increase in tariff which is already quite high.

Transco has projected a revenue gap of Rs.846 crores for the coming year which would result in a 20-25 per cent hike in bulk tariff, said the PHDCCI, adding that this would lead to a substantial increase in retail tariff payable by consumers.

Further, since the cost of power purchased by TRANSCO forms nearly 95 per cent of the revenue requirement of Transco, it is important to ensure the power is purchased at economic prices, the chamber said.

According to PHDCCI, the expenses of these companies need to be cut down on general administration, salaries etc, so as to reduce the likely burden on tariff. The desirability of providing 16 per cent return to Transco at a time when the interest rates are falling drastically also needs to be checked, it said.

Commenting on the ARR petitions of DISCOMs, the chamber called for complete information on reduction in technical and commercial losses achieved due to improvement in metering and billing systems introduced by the distribution companies. Reduction in losses would obviously reduce the revenue requirement which would obviate the need for increasing tariff.

PHDCCI has also urged the commission look at the collection efficiency of the DISCOMs, which varies from company to company. Some benchmark must be introduced for the level of collection efficiency.

The chamber said there is also a need to assess the desirability of high interest funding for any plans to be undertaken by DISCOMs in the coming year.



When Jal Board sat over Rs 35 crore
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, May 14
The Controller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has advised the Trans- Yamuna Development Board to change its way of functioning and to adopt a more integrated and comprehensive method of working as it had failed to meet the objectives for which it was set up.

According to the latest report of the CAG for the five-year period ending March 2002, out of Rs.314 crore released by the board, only Rs. 292 crore had been spent so far by different development agencies like the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Delhi Jal Board, the Delhi Vidyut Board and the Public Works Department.

The Delhi Jal Board put Rs.35 crore into its current account for a long period with out any valid reason, due to which the developmental works suffered and the government had to lose the interest. The DJB failed to renovate the targeted sewer lines in the 56-month-long period, due to which Rs 17 lakh went down the drain. It also dithered over many tenders, due to which the government had to bear an additional burden of Rs. 30 lakh.

Again, due to the negligence of the Public Work Department, project costs escalated and the government had to bear the burden of an additional Rs. 44 crore. Apart from this, during this period, the board disbursed Rs. 62 crore, about which it could not furnish details.

When contacted, the current chairman of the board, Dr. Narendra Nath, said: “I am trying my best, but what I can say about my predecessors who not perform…”

The board was incepted in March 1994 by the Delhi Government for the proper and balanced development of the Trans-Yamuna area. At the time of its inception, it was decided that it would be the board’s duty to ensure that all the development agencies like the Delhi Jal Board, the Delhi Vidyut Board, the Public Work Department and the Municipal corporation of Delhi work honestly in this area. In turn, they would also be given extra funds, if it was found necessary.



NCW kudos for gritty Nisha
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
It is not young marriageable women alone who are talking about the courage and conviction of the 21 year-old bride who handed over her groom to the police for demanding dowry.

By sending the greedy groom packing from the marriage venue and handing him over to the police, Nisha Sharma sent a loud and clear message to dowry seekers. Enrolled in Guru Gobind Indraprastha University in the third year of Software Engineering, Nisha has succeeded in convincing everybody that women empowerment comes from inner strength or `atma shakti’.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has congratulated Nisha for taking the lead in eradicating a social evil like dowry. The letter written by a NCW member, Nafisa Hussain, states that the young generation needs to take bold steps like her. The commission has expressed the hope that Nisha will continue to show the younger generation the way with her bold decisions.

The appreciation letter from the NCW comes a day after former actor and Congress MP Sunil Dutt led a delegation of women from the Nari Raksha Samiti (an NGO working for the welfare of women harassed for dowry) to Nisha’s house in Noida to congratulate her.



Hooch or poison?

Hapur: Illicit liquor claimed one life at Dhrukheda village under Kharkoda police station in Hapur on Tuesday night; yet another person is in serious condition. Some local people here alleged that it was a case of murder. However, the area police said that the person lost his life after consuming illicit liquor.

The incident occurred when the victim, Jai Bhagwan (25), and his brother-in-law, Shyam Veer, had gone to attend a marriage at Dharu Kheda village. To overcome the fatigue, they decided to down a few pegs of liquor.

Shyam Veer bought a bottle of liquor from the market. As soon as they took a sip or two, Jai Bhagwan reportedly complained of a burning sensation and feeling of suffocation. Shyam Veer also complained of a severe headache. OC



No applicants for arms licences from 74 villages
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 14
There are still 74 villages in this district from where people have not applied for arms licences in spite of the deteriorating law and order situation and increasing activities of the criminals and anti-social elements in the state.

According to a report, there are 334 villages in this district and the people of 260 villages have arms licences for the purpose of security. As many as 44 residents of Mundlana village have been given arms licences whereas 27 residents of Thana Kalan village have been granted arms licences by the District Magistrate of Sonepat. Similarly 26 arms licences have been given in Bhatgaon, 25 each in Bhaira and Nizampur, 26 in Kundli, 27 in Mahamoodpur, 18 in Rubhra, and 17 in Lath.

The villages of Garh Meerakhpur, Moi, Nakloi, Nirthan, Palri Khurd, Patti Brahmnan, Ram Nagar, Rana Kheri, Rampur, Rewli, Rindhana, Saidpur, Shafiabad, Sandal Khurd, Sitawali, Shershah, Bhadi, Bhuri, Bichpari, Chandauli, Chatia, Chhinauli, Dewaru, Fatehpur, Rai, Liwasur, Machraula, Mandori, Garhi Bala, Garhi Sarai Namdaar, Giwana Hullacheri, Jataula, Jawahra, Kanana, Kanwali, Krewari and Kasana have only one arms licence each.

As many as 590 arms licences have been granted in Sonepat city, 140 in Gohana town, 53 in Ganaur town and 35 in Kharkhauda town. The present Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, has so far granted as many as four arms licences during the past two months.



NABARD launches project to encourage 
rural industrialisation 
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 14
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched an ambitious District Rural Industries Project (DRIP) in Panipat district to give a fillip to the rural industry.

The project aims at “creation of a significant number of sustainable employment opportunities in the rural areas through enhanced credit flow to the rural non-farm sector (RNFS) with complementary financial and non-financial promotional support,” NABARD officials said here today.

Giving details of the project, Mr D. V. Deshpandey, deputy general manager, NABARD, said that the DRIP was an integrated area-based project for the development of the RNFS through credit intensification process in collaboration with the project partners.

It was intended to provide sustainable employment opportunities to rural population by facilitating setting up of cottage and small industries, he added.

In fact, a 15-member Project Coordination and Guidance Committee (PCGC) under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner has already been formed to monitor the implementation of the projects. Mr Rajiv Siwach, AGM of the bank, will be the convenor of the committee.

As an initiator, NABARD would play a leading role in providing 100 per cent refinance to the banks and ensure the completion of the study in the project district to map industrial potential and preparation of the DRIP Action Plan.

The DRIP is a participatory programme of the state government, banks, NGOs and developmental agencies for the development of the RNFS. However, it is not a target-oriented programme as it does not envisage provision of any new subsidies available for the setting up of RNFS units in the district.

It may be recalled that the DRIP was launched in 1993-94 by NABARD as an area-based credit intensification programme in five pilot districts in the country with a view to evolving a role model for rural industrialisation. Keeping in view its success, the project was later extended to 17 more districts.

Meanwhile, the three-day planning programme workshop got underway here today. Inaugurating the workshop, Mr R. P. Bhardwaj, ADC, appealed to various development agencies and banks to extend all possible assistance for the setting up of new industries in the rural areas for the generation of new jobs.

During the workshop, an action plan would be drawn up in consultation with the project partners to increase rural industrial activities through bank credit during the project period (2003-2004 to 2007-2008).

Mr Deshpandey reiterated that NABARD would extend 100 per cent refinance and wide range of promotional activities for the promotion of new and existing industrial activities.

Cycles for kids: Hero Cycles Limited today launched four new models for kids — Sundancer, Swirl, Blaze and Sun Shine — under the e ‘Super Starter’ series at the dealers’ meet here.

Launching the new models, co-chairman and managing director of the company, Mr O. P. Munjal, said the new kids range was “today’s best at the lowest prices.”

“We decided to come out with the new range for the young riders after we realised that there was an urgent need to bring more models in this segment to provide additional safety features,” Mr Munjal added.



Rs 39.52 cr spent on repair of 12 roads

Sonepat, May 14
The Haryana Government has taken a series of measures to construct and repair the roads in the urban and rural areas of the district. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, told mediapersons here today that the PWD (B and R) had spent Rs 39.52 crore on the construction and repair of 12 roads in the district. The work undertaken by the department was almost complete.

The department, he said, had spent Rs 13.06 lakh on the construction of the inter-state road between the Yamuna bridge and Gohana town. A sum of Rs 1.74 crore had been spent on the Gohana-Lakhan Majra road, whereas Rs 2.23 crore had been spent on the construction and repair of Rohtak-Kharkhauda-Delhi road. He also disclosed that Rs 3.05 lakh had been spent on the construction and repair of the roads in the towns and cities of the district and another Rs 60 lakh had been spent on the maintenance of the roads twice in a year.

A sum of Rs 3.05 lakh was being spent on the repair of the road starting from the G T Road to Bahadurgarh town via Nahra village. The work on this was in progress and would be completed shortly. Another Rs 1.06 lakh would be spent on the repair of the Sonepat-Rathdhanna road and the road between Meerut and Sonepat bypass. A sum of Rs 3.61 crore would be spent on the Jharot-Narela road up to the Delhi border. OC



Vested interest blamed for power losses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
Continuing with its opposition to any hike in electricity tariff, Delhi Pradesh BJP secretary Vijender Gupta placed his contentions before the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Mr Gupta alleged that there was a vested interest of the Government of NCT of Delhi to continue the present state of affairs.

He alleged that the income collected by the private distributors of electricity from a single-point delivery connections was not mentioned in the documents.

He said the policy of providing single-point connections was adopted in theft-prone areas which was the single largest factor responsible for distribution losses.

Mr Gupta further alleged that allowing 16 per cent annual profit to the companies from the public exchequer in the name of tariff revision was unjustified, unconstitutional and against the principles of natural justice when the companies were suffering losses.



Duststorm disrupts life in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 14
Sonepat city and its surrounding areas were lashed by a severe duststorm last evening disrupting normal life and traffic on the national and state highways in the region. According to a report, the duststorm reduced the visibility to a few metres forcing the vehicles to move at a snail pace with the headlights on. Several trees were uprooted blocking the movement of the vehicles on the roads.

Electricity wires were snapped in some areas plunging the entire city and its suburbs into darkness for about five hours. The breakdown occurred around 5 pm and the areas fed by the Subzimandi feeder got the supply around 8.30 pm whereas other parts of the city fed by the essential load at 10.30 pm. This caused inconvenience to thousands of people. A large number of signboards and other banners were blown away in the duststorm. However, no loss of life was reported from any part of the district.

Goods worth lakhs gutted: Goods worth lakhs of rupees were damaged in a devastating fire which broke out in a plywood factory at Rampur Kundal village about 25 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the fire-brigade tenders brought the fire under control within four hours. However, no loss of life was reported. Sparking and heat in the plant are stated to be the cause of the fire.

Succumbs to burn injuries: A young housewife Mrs Ranu Devi sustained serious injuries when a stove burst in her house at Bahalgarh village about 10 km from here last evening.

According to a report, she was rushed to a Delhi hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. The body has been sent for a post-mortem.

Man killed in accident: Hari Om, a resident of Pipli Khera village, was seriously injured when he was hit by an unknown vehicle on G T Road about 15 km from here last evening. According to a report, he was rushed to the local civil hospital where he was declared dead by the doctor on duty. The police have sent the body for a post-mortem.

Adulterated foodstuff: The officials of the Health Department have launched a vigorous campaign to check the sale of adulterated foodstuff in this city and other parts of the district.

According to a report, the officials seized as many as 32 samples of aerated water and milk. Two of them were found adulterated. Cases for the prosecution of erring shopkeepers were being sent to the courts. This campaign has caused panic among the shopkeepers and the milk vendors in the district.



Strike on May 21
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 14
The employees of the state government are gearing up for the proposed nationwide strike of government employees on May 21. Various teams of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Haryana government employees had started a campaign to canvass for the strike.

According to a spokesperson of the Sarva Karamchari Sangh Haryana and Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh, the teams had launched their tour of various districts for seeking support.

Huda parking contract

Although the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has cancelled the present contract of parking at the famous Town Park of Sector-12 here, it seems that the implementation of the order may be difficult.

The authorities had cancelled the contract here a couple of years ago after the complaints that the contractor had been fleecing the vehicle owners by overcharging, but the parking mafia remained active.

It was reported that certain police officials had been behind the contractors and any complaint of misbehaviour or overcharging was not entertained by the police station.

Life Insurance Policy holder

Rewari: Mr Ashok Somany, a noted businessman and chairman of Somany Vidya Peeth Public School, was accorded a civic reception for being the topmost Life Insurance Policy holder of Rewari district by senior officials of the Life Insurance Corporation of India at a simple function organised on the school premises at Masani, seven km from Rewari on Sunday. OC

Congress meet in Chandigarh

The Congress will organise an all-party meeting in Chandigarh soon after the Fatehabad by-election on May 21.

The meeting, which will be attended by the party legislators and prominent leaders of the Congress and other political parties, will chalk out a strategy to meet the situation arising out of the Rewari episode pertaining to the ‘arbitrary’ demolition of the concrete structure raised for the installation of the statue of Rao Abhey Singh, a veteran Congress leader of the Rewari region . OC



Dangerous liaison: Friend murdered
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 14
A man slit the throat of a friend with whose wife he was having a liaison. The victim was served with a few pegs of whisky before being killed, it is learnt.
The Kasna police have arrested one of the four persons involved in the murder of Kuldip, s/o Mr Chand on March 26 in Kasna area.

His body was found by the side of railway line near Fazaylpur. The police had been trying to get the body identified by the people in the nearby villages.

According to Umesh Srivastava, SP Rural, SO N P Singh had learnt three days ago that the deceased was Kuldip, a resident of Shridharpur village.

In a raid, the police have arrested one Sunil from Bisvana, Sikenderabad. During interrogation, the accused Sunil has confessed his crime. Kuldip was working as a barber while his friend, Rishi was employed in a tailoring shop nearby.

Rishi used to often visit Kuldip’s house. Illicit relations developed between Rishi and Kuldip’s wife Seema. Kuldip had got the wind of their amour and warned Rishi against it.

The warning had no effect on Rishi who took his friends Sunil, Sanjay and Raju into confidence. They all plotted Kuldip’s murder. All four of them first abducted Kuldip and after having a bout of drinks, they slit his throat at night.

After Kuldip’s death, Rishi continued meeting Seema. Later when their affair became open, he absconded. Rishi is already registered under the Gangster Act in Kasna police station.

Some police teams formed for the purpose, have already fanned out to nab the other accused, including Rishi, SP (Rural) said.



Marketing patriotism: Makers of Swiss army knives to promote Param Vir
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 14
Victorinox, the makers of the famous Swiss army knives, have in a noble gesture come forward to promote Param Vir, the book by Major-General (Retd) Ian Cardoza, which immortalises the tales of valour and courage of 21 Indian soldiers who have won the country’s highest gallantry award, Param Vir Chakra, during the various wars fought after Independence.

Announcing its arrival in Delhi with the launch of an exclusive showroom in Connaught Place, Sasana Enterprises, the sole representatives for Victorinox in India, also launched the Param Vir Collector’s Pack. The pack would include, apart from the Swiss knife, General Cardoza’s book and the Indian Tricolour lapel.

Mr Anish Goel, MD of Sasana Enterprises, said that Victorinox had decided to patronise the book as the Swiss manufacturers of the world famous knives had the tradition of associating themselves with soldiers and armies around the world.

Victorinox also intends to come out with a series of collector’s edition Pocket Knives, which will commemorate every battle fought by the brave soldiers and officers of the Indian Army.

Mr Goel further added that by coming together with Param Vir, he hoped to generate the feeling of patriotism in the country in his own little way. He said that the collector’s pack was his way of paying respect to the soldiers and officers of the Indian Army.

Victorinox also announced the sponsoring of a New Delhi to Khardungla Pass bicycle expedition to be taken up by two former soldiers of the Indian Army who were physically dismembered during war. The two soldiers would be going on the expedition on the world famous “Tandem Biclycle”, which is another Swiss creation.

Manufactured in Schwyz, Switzerland, the Victorinox knives were first launched in India in leading departmental stores of Mumbai in 1999 and the first exclusive showroom was opened in Bangalore last year. Available in the price range of Rs 125 to Rs 3,000, Victorinox knives come in several varieties starting from basic kitchen knives to the best-selling ‘Swisschamp’, ‘Spartan’, ‘Climber’ and `Huntsman’ varieties.

Victorinox’s future plans in India consist of introducing knives with more decorative handles in different varieties of wood. At present, the Indian rosewood is used for the handles in knives by Victorinox worldwide.


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