Sunday, May 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Plot to make a fast buck from school plots
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 17
Defying all rules and regulations of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), some original owners of school plots, which were purchased at nominal rates, had sold them or were in the process of illegally handing them over to parties offering hefty amounts.

This has been charged by the Abhibhawak Ekta Manch here. It has demanded prompt action against the defaulters and resumption of the plots.

Describing this as a major racket, the president of the manch, Mr O. P. Sharma, and its general secretary, Mr Kailash Sharma, claimed in a statement that recently three school plot holders allegedly sold their land to other parties for a whooping Rs 4 crore.

It is alleged that one plot measuring about 1.5 acres was sold for Rs 3.37 lakh against a power of attorney. Another school plot, measuring about two acres and located in Sector 16, had been transacted for Rs 4.06 lakh on paper. Yet another school plot had fetched an amount between Rs 2 crore and Rs 4 crore after being sold in a similar fashion.

The manch has pointed out that as per the HUDA rules a plot meant for schools or educational institutions cannot be sold or transferred to anyone as it is sold at a very nominal price to the owner under clause 30 of the Act.

The parents’ association has demanded that the HUDA authorities should immediately start an inquiry into the matter as it was a very serious violation.

The manch has informed the Registrar and societies of the state government that certain registered social and educational societies had changed their status without informing the managing committees. Therefore, the registration of such bodies should be withdrawn. The manch has warned that a PIL will be filed in the high court if no action is initiated to check such irregularities.

The Abhibhawak Ekta Manch has accused the HUDA office of failing to implement its regulations.

It is pointed out that schools, which had come up on HUDA plots, had been admitting students arbitrarily and hiking fees indiscriminately.

HUDA rules had no meaning for these schools and even its notices were relegated to the dustbin, it is pointed out.


MDU wakes up to fake answer books
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, May 17
The use of fake answer books makes a mockery of the education system. In the examinations conducted by the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) recently, about 164 fake answer books were seized. An FIR under Sections 389, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC and Sections 51 and 52 of the Copyright Act had been filed. However, there have been no arrests, even though the university has named in the FIR eight candidates from whom the fake answer books were seized.

The use of fake answer books has been detected in the past also, but the university authorities had failed to take precautionary measures. Only, a police case was lodged a couple of years ago when a candidate was found using a fake answer book in the Economics Department. The case is still pending in court. Perturbed over reports of use of fake answer books, the MDU Vice-Chancellor, Maj-Gen Bhim Singh Suhag (retd), constituted a committee to scrutinise the answer books of engineering and other professional examinations, especially those held in September 2002, in January 2003 and recently.

On scrutiny, the committee found that 21 answer books of the LLB examination were fake. The paper used in these answer books is of the university but the title pages have been printed in some other private press.

The paper used in these answer books was allegedly stolen from the university press, the committee said. The university paper can be identified from the watermark, that is the insignia of the MDU.

A majority of the candidates found to be using fake answer books took their examinations in the centres set up in the Law Department of the university. These candidates stashed away the original answer books, which were issued to them inside the examination centre, and smuggled in fake ones, which were later handed over to the centre Superintendent.

Earlier, while evaluating the answer book of a candidate of BE (second semester), an examiner had doubts about the answer book and reported the matter to the university. (This examination was held in January last at Vaish Engineering College here).

The answer book was sent to the manager, university press, for verification. He disclosed that the answer book had been ruled, printed and fabricated outside the university on the paper of the university press. However, despite the disclosures, the department did not lodge any complaint.

According to highly informed sources in the MDU, the university insignia was being frequently used by the officials for printing their letter pads and was available with most of the printing presses in the town.

The use of fake answer books in the examinations conducted by the Board of Education, Haryana, and other universities in the state cannot be ruled out. It needs a thorough inquiry at the highest level.


Delhi BJP working on chargesheet 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
Dubbing the Congress government in the NCT of Delhi as “a paper tiger” that had failed on all fronts, the BJP today said it would shortly bring out a charge sheet against the Sheila Dikshit ministry, fully exposing its “hollowness and unworthiness.”

BJP general secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said cases of corruption and false announcements during the four-and-a-half-year rule of the Sheila Dikshit ministry were being exposed on a day-to-day basis to the people.

Brushing aside all speculations about the role of Mr Madan Lal Khurana in the city politics, Mr Naqvi said the BJP would not only fight the coming assembly elections in the NCT of Delhi “under the able and fiery leadership” of Mr Khurana but would also project him as the future Chief Minister. “Mr Khurana is a dynamic leader and will be the Chief Minister in the event of the party regaining power in the forthcoming elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly,” he said.

Mr Naqvi, who is the general secretary in charge of the NCT of Delhi, said the Delhi Pradesh BJP was already “in the midst of an intensive movement / campaign” against the misrule of the Sheila Dikshit ministry.

Asserting that the BJP was unitedly putting up a brave fight against the ruling Congress party at different levels to ensure its defeat at the hustings, he said there was absolutely no scope for ambiguity on Mr Khurana’s leadership.

“A charge sheet, fully exposing the unworthiness and hollowness of the Dikshit government’s tall claims in solving people’s burning problems, will be made public shortly,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a joint statement, vice-president Vijay Jolly and spokesperson Mewa Ram Arya of the Delhi Pradesh BJP expressed concern over the reported move of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to increase water charges under the cover of rationalisation of water tariff.

Ms Sheila Dikshit, while speaking at a seminar on water conservation as a sustainable solution to save Delhi from a water crisis, which was organised by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), chose to advocate and support a World Bank report on rationalisation of water tariff.


Housekeeper in Rai school alleges rape
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 17
A case of alleged rape of a housekeeper has come to light in Motilal Nehru School of Sports at Rai in this district, which is a premier sports institution in Haryana.

According to a report, the alleged culprit is stated to be the son of a senior officer of this school, who is stated to be trying to hush up the case.

The woman housekeeper has already informed the district authorities about the case, demanding immediate arrest of the culprit.

It is stated that some police officials have held an inquiry into the complaint of the woman housekeeper but so far no action has been taken against the alleged culprit.

The inaction of the district and police authorities has caused great resentment among the staff and students of the institution.

Representatives of various government employees’ unions have expressed grave concern over the incident of rape and the subsequent attempt to hush up the case. They have urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to take serious note of this and order a high-level probe.

They have also threatened to launch an agitation if the district and police administration fail to arrest the culprit immediately.

Meanwhile, leaders of the Congress, the Haryana Vikas Party and other political parties have demanded the immediate arrest of the culprit to instil confidence among the staff and the students of the institution.

They have warned that if this case is hushed up, they will have no alternative but to approach a court of law.


‘I am brave, not suicidal’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
Nisha Sharma, who became an overnight celebrity when she rebuffed her bridegroom and had him arrested, today declared that girls have to stand up against dowry to exorcise the social evil.

After being honoured by the Mahila Dakshta Samiti, Nisha said that she was relieved that she had been able to extricate herself from the clutches of greedy Munish Dalal who wanted to marry her only for money.

“I am proud of having taken the bold decision to call the police. I shudder to think what would have happened otherwise, as Munish had openly declared in the pandal that he wanted to marry me for dowry and that he would have thrown me from the third floor of his house within a few days of the marriage being solemnised,” Nisha said.

She denied that her calling off the marriage had anything to do with her alleged affair with a former classmate, Navneet. “I was friendly with him, but that chapter had closed last November when Navneet’s father told my father that he should make him a ‘Ghar Jamai’.”

Nisha denied that she had considered committing suicide at anytime. “I was not afraid of taking such a brave step (calling off the marriage), then how can you believe that I had tried to commit suicide earlier? This canard is being spread by the Dalal family to ruin my reputation and save their own skin. They should be prosecuted,” she said.

Thanking her parents, family and the media for supporting her, Nisha, who is a student of computer software, said that she would now concentrate on her studies and get married to a person selected by her parents. When asked about her earlier decision to join politics, Nisha said she was too young for that.

Nisha’s father, D. D. Sharma, said that he was not averse to giving matrimonial gifts to his daughter for setting up her house; but put his foot down only when the demand bordered on extortion.

Munish had initially asked Mr Sharma to buy a Maruti Esteem in his name, but Nisha overruled the bridegroom and insisted that the car be given as a “gift” in her name. While handing over the key of the car to Munish, her father had asked him to keep his daughter happy; Munish had responded by saying that he should first meet the cash demand of his mother, Nisha said. “However, I learnt about this rather late,” she added.

Regarding the purchase of electronic items for Munish’s brother, Nisha said: “Munish was insistent that his brother should also get whatever he was being given. To put the relations on a better footing, we decided to buy them,” she explained.

Well done Nisha, but what’s the govt doing?

Rewari: Dr Tara Saxena, president of the Rewari Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (ROGS), has said that it was heartening to note that a brave girl, Nisha Sharma, got her groom and his relatives booked under the provisions of the Anti-dowry Act in Noida recently.

But at the same time, it was a matter of concern that the government, which had been coming down heavily on medical practitioners with stringent provisions of the Pre-Natal Sex Determination Test ((PNDT) Act to curb the increasing menace of female foeticide, was not giving priority to efficacious enforcement of anti-dowry laws, she said.


Gory Frontier was the glorious Mail of the Empire
Our Correspondent

Meerut, May 17
The Frontier Mail was the glory of the British Empire in the pre-Independence era. In fact, the joy of senior bureaucrats knew no bounds when the train made its debut journey on the first day of September in 1928 from Church Gate railway station in Mumbai to distant Peshawar.

Punctuality was the hallmark of the train: there was an uproar in Mumbai when the train was late by 15 minutes, for the first time in a decade.

The train journey, covering an exhaustive distance of 2,335 km from Mumbai to Peshawar, was special in several ways. Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway started this train to ward off competition from the rival Punjab Limited train of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company. The Frontier Mail started covering the distance in just 72 hours while the Punjab Limited took eight days to cover the same distance of 2,335 km.

First class passengers got a printed menu for lunch, dinner and breakfast with the meals being served in silver and crystal vessels.

The train became air-conditioned in 1934, six years after it started. For effective air-conditioning, ice boxes were installed under compartments in specially designed racks with the cold breeze giving much needed relief to the ‘bada sahibs’ with the help of a blower. The ice boxes were changed several times at intervening stations on the way. In 1930, The Times of London called the Frontier Mail the best train of the British Empire. It was said that if you disclosed to a girl that you had travelled on the Frontier Mail, she would readily agree to marry you.

The HQ of the Western Railway opposite the Church Gate railway station in Mumbai was the first building of the company to be illuminated at night.

The lights were kept on when the Frontier Mail streamed into the station. Passengers could enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and were provided newspapers and magazines for reading.

The passengers of the Golden Temple Mail (Frontier’s name was changed in 1996) cannot imagine that it was once possible to have delicacies fit for a nawab on the same train.


Challan filed in fake cases of vehicle theft
after two years
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 17
Finally after nearly two years of struggle, the Gohana police have managed to submit a challan in the court at Gohana on Friday against 26 persons including four officials—Phool Singh, Jai Bhagwan, Ram Niwas and Lajpat Rai of the office of the Vehicle Registration Authority of Gohana in a fake registration scandal which was detected in 2001.

The court has fixed May 28 as the date of hearing of the case..

The challan was submitted by the Deputy Superintendent of Gohana, Shyam Singh Rana in the court of the Senior Division Judicial Magistrate, Ajai Parashar.

As many as 236 persons have been named in the challan as the witnesses in the case which rocked the state about two years back.

The police have also submitted a separate challan in the case earlier against four alleged accused in the scandal, namely Dhani Ram and Prem Singh of Rohtak, Dharam Pal of Pataudi and Raj Singh of Gohana in the court.

The names of other alleged accused mentioned in the challan included Ramesh of Beeru Printing Press Gohana, Dharam Pal, Karambir, Yash Pal and Jai Bhagwan of Bhainswan Khurd, Sanjay of Bupania, Rohtas of Seenk, Shamsher of Kathura, Baljit of Ahulana, Bijender of Chhichhrana, Satpal of Lijwana Kalan, Krishan of Jagsi, Jagbir and Chhatar Singh of Dichau Kalan, Suresh of Jhajjar, Pawan of Sampla, Dinesh of Sonepat, Baldev, Anil, Sant Ram and Anil Saini of Rohtak, Anoop Singh of Guhna and Ravinder of Sonepat.

As reported in the challan, out of 32 vehicles whose chassis and engine numbers were verified from the National Crime Bureau Records, the reports of theft of 21vehicles were found registered in different police stations including of Mumbai, Jammu, Jaipur, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Gohana, Sonepat and Panipat.

In this scandal, the persons with vested interests used to lodge false FIR of the theft of the vehicle. The police have succeeded in recovering the vehicles reported as stolen and also in finding out the original registration numbers of the vehicles.


Mystery shrouds death of lifer in Sonepat district jail
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 17
Yashpal (28), a life convict and a resident of Jasrana village in Rohtak district died in mysterious circumstances in the district jail here yesterday.

According to a report, this prisoner had a headache and was given a painkiller by the jail officials.

The prisoner slept for a while. However, his condition worsened and he was rushed to the local civil hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The victim, it is stated, was involved in the infamous murder case of Mr Devinder, a student leader of Rohtak and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The post-mortem was conducted in the presence of a duty magistrate.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress.

As soon as the news about the death of the prisoner spread, the prisoners of the district jail became furious and started shouting slogans.

They alleged that Yashpal died due to the failure of the jail authorities to provide medical relief to him.

They sat on a dharna and lifted it only after the intervention by the City Magistrate, Mr Anil Sharma.

Rasoi powerless

Thousands of residents of Rasoi village on G T Road continue to remain powerless for the eleventh day today, following the burning of a transformer by overloading.

According to a report, many residents alleged that the officials of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) have failed to replace the burnt transformer despite repeated complaints made to them.

They threatened to gherao the officials if the transformer was not replaced within 48 hours.

Motorcycles collide

Three persons were seriously injured when two motorcycles collided on G T Road near Rasoi village 15 km from here last night.

According to a report, the injured were sent to the trauma centre in Delhi for further treatment. The police are still investigating the case.


Rohtak residents gnash their teeth at prolonged power cuts
Vipin Sharma

Rohtak, May 17
With the onset of summer, electricity has played truant with the lives of residents. Scheduled and unscheduled power cuts have become common.

The residents of several localities along the civil road here faced acute hardship yesterday as the power supply was suspended at 11 am till late in the night. The prolonged power cuts also affected badly the shopkeepers who were seen sitting outside their shops.

The residents and shopkeepers alleged that they were not informed prior to this prolonged cut. They said they telephoned the power authorities time and again but could not get any satisfactory answer. The residents of outer localities including HUDA sectors alleged that frequent power cuts during the day as well as night were disturbing the lives. They said power went off frequently for half-an-hour to one hour during the night, which caused restlessness especially among the children. Even power inverters were also of no use during such prolonged power cuts.

They alleged that the authorities had also been discriminating in the matter of power supply as certain localities including Jagdish colony, Mansarover colony, Lakshami Nagar, Arya Nagar, Sant Nagar etc had to face power cuts for not more than one hour during the supply of piped water while several other localities had been facing power cuts ranging from three to six hours daily.

Mr S. S. Panwar, Superintending Engineer (operation), said he would check if such a prolonged power cut was imposed in the town without any prior intimation to the residents. Commenting on frequent power cuts during nights, he pleaded that cuts were imposed due to excessive load.

On the other hand, the power officials said yesterday’s cut was imposed due to shifting of poles near the Chhotu Ram Park area. They said the poles were shifted as a part of the beautification drive launched by the district administration.

However, residents further alleged that the functioning of the operation circle had been adversely affected because several of its employees including junior engineers had no functional knowledge of the field of operation. The sources said several junior engineers of the powerhouse had been shifted to the operation circle, which had affected the working of the circle.


Shortage of canal water in Sonepat, Ganaur
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 17
Thousands of farmers living in at least 150 villages in Sonepat and Ganaur subdivisions have been facing an acute shortage of canal water for irrigation purposes, following the receding level of groundwater.

According to a report, the farmers have to dig 45 feet to 60 feet deep for installing a tubewell and a well. In this way, they have to spend more money on this process.

On the other hand, at least 19 villages along the Western Yamuna Canal (Delhi Branch) have become waterlogged and the situation will worsen further with the construction of a carrier channel between Munak (Karnal) and Hyderpur Water Plant in Delhi.

The villages affected by waterlogging include Ahulana Sardhana, Khubru, Tewri, Nadipur Majra, Kailana, Sitawali and Rehmana. Thousands of acres of cultivable land in the villages of Dabarpur, Mahra, Juan, Bhattana, Zaffarabad, Chitana, Barwasni, Kakroi, Mehalana and Rohtak had become waterlogged and uncultivable.

Representatives of various farmers organisations today urged the state government to take immediate and effective steps to check the constant waterlogging of the cultivable land along the Delhi Branch of the WYC and the falling level of groundwater in the area.


Irregularities in preparing ration cards alleged
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 17
The Haryana unit of the Janata Dal (U) has alleged irregularities in the preparation of yellow and pink cards for people below the poverty line (BPL) in the district.

In a statement here today, the general secretary of the party, Mr Rajkumar Gaur, said that a large number of people belonging to the poor section had no knowledge or information about the survey being done by the district authorities to detect the beneficiaries of such cards.

He said thousands of residents had been living in various slum clusters and unauthorised colonies and no survey team had reached many of these colonies for identification of the beneficiaries.

He claimed that a large number of people who had got yellow and pink cards were not poor and had good income and the officials concerned had done the job by filling up the forms by just sitting at one place.

The last survey in this regard was conducted in 1997-98, which detected about 28,000 BPL families in the district.


L’affaire Madhumita: Tripathi’s arrest demanded
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
The activists of the National Human Rights Council today demanded the arrest of Uttar Pradesh Minister of State Amarmani Tripathi for his alleged links with the slain poetess Madhumita Shukla.

The activists while staging a protest here, criticised the anti-women stand taken by Chief Minister Mayawati in the matter and accused her of “trying to shield Mr Tripathi”.

They also burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister and raised slogans demanding the minister’s arrest before investigating the murder case.

They also claimed that Ms Mayawati, who had assured people of an honest, transparent and crime-free state, has been totally exposed in the latest case.

Madhumita was killed in broad daylight in the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister A B Vajpayee, they added.

Although the Opposition had unanimously demanded a CBI probe into the incident and arrest of the BSP minister, it had no effect on the Chief Minister who was shielding Tripathi, they said.

The state government and the police were trying to destroy the evidence implicating the minister in the case. 


The wages of offering ‘healthful’ herbal drinks
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
Two suspects, arrested yesterday by the Delhi Police for selling herbal drinks, were remanded in judicial custody till May 31.

An 18-year-old boy died after drinking a glass of ‘sherbet’ and at least 22 people fell ill in Rohini area of North-West district.

Metropolitan Magistrate Raj Rani Mitra ordered the 14-day remand for the vendor Praveen and his father-in-law Rajinder Prasad Kaul.

Kaul used to prepare the herbal drinks under the names of Ginger, Neem, Karela, Mulethi, Bel Pathar, Jamun, Tulsi, Pudheena and Brahmi.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) Sanjay Singh said Praveen had also consumed the drink and was admitted to hospital.

He was arrested yesterday after being discharged from the hospital. Rajinder Prasad used to prepare the drink.

Their third associate, Ashish, is yet to be arrested. They would sell the drink at District Park, Rohini.

According to police, two of Praveen’s relatives—Lalit and his mother Tarawati—were admitted to hospital as they had also drunk the sherbet.

Most of the 22 victims, however, were discharged after having been kept under observation overnight.

They were rushed to various hospitals in the city after they had complained of a burning sensation in stomach, numbness in limbs and giddiness after consuming the drink. Many of them fell unconscious.

Police have launched a special drive to stop such beverages being sold under the garb of herbal medicines.


Yet another woman harassed by a dowry-hungry family
Our Correspondent

Rewari , May 17
The efforts of a loving father, Rajender Prasad Sharma, to find a high-salaried groom for her daughter Neel Kamal Sharma just on the basis of an attractive matrimonial inserted in a prominent Hindi daily by the groom’s family have now virtually ended in despair and dejection.

Following a complaint lodged by Neel Kamal Sharma, the cops at the Surajpur police station in Gautam Budh Nagar (Greater Noida) recently registered a case of subjecting the woman to cruelty, voluntarily causing hurt to her, attempt to murder and criminal breach of trust under Sections 323, 504, 406, 307, 511 and 498-A of the IPC and Section 3/4 0f the Dowry (Penalisation) Act against her husband Vivek Sharma, father–in–law Rohtash Dutt Sharma and sister-in-law Srirhti Sharma, all residents of Adarsh Nagar, Rewari.

The Surajpur police later forwarded the complaint to the Rewari police for further investigation. Neel Kamal Sharma, along with other members of her family, met Mr. Hanif Qureshi, SP, Rewari, on Monday and made a written request to him seeking justice for herself as well as stringent punishment for her “fraudulent and avaricious” in-laws.

The woes of Neel Kamal virtually started on July 30, 2000 when ‘Amar Ujala’ (Chandigarh edition) carried a matrimonial ad stating that a young beautiful bride was required for a young Brahmin lad (27), employed in Merchant Navy and drawing a monthly salary of Rs 40,000.

Rajender Prasad Sharma of Suthiana village under the Surajpur police station replied to the advertisement. After relevant formalities, Neel Kamal was married to Vivek Sharma, son of Rohtash Sharma of Adarsh Nagar, on November 11, 2000.

It is stated that about Rs 12 lakh, which included a cash amount of over Rs 8 lakh for the purchase of a motor car, and various other items of dowry, was given. But this hefty amount given in dowry did not make the young bride a favourite of her in-laws. They allegedly started subjecting her to persistent harassment and torture to fetch more money as dowry.

It is stated that when things became unbearable, her father somehow arranged another Rs 3 lakh and given to her in-laws on May 1, 2001 for their proposed purchase of a residential plot at Gurgaon.

However, this also failed to bring relief to poor Neel Kamal who was allegedly subjected to more cruel treatment by her in-laws, now bent upon extracting another huge amount from her parents.

In the meantime, it also came to light that her husband was a jobless youth and that the claim in the advertisement that he was a radio officer in the Merchant Navy drawing a salary of Rs 40,000 was a lie. Finally, Neel Kamal, who had become a wretch due to the persistent ‘cruelities’ of her in-laws, was ultimately brought back to her parental home at Suthiana village by her brother.

During the past about 15 months, several attempts had been reportedly made by her parents for a rapprochement with her in-laws. But when things virtually came to a dead end, at the behest of the Surajpur police, Neel Kamal and her parents approached the Rewari district police administration for justice.


Love angle confirmed in murder

Rewari: With the arrest of one Vijay Singh by the Government Railway Police, Rewari in connection with the gruesome murder of Devender Kumar here on May 7, it has now almost been established that that the love affair between Vijay and Devender’s cousin had led to the crime.

It is stated that Vijay Singh, who worked in the auto market here, had been making amorous overtures to Devender’s cousin residing in a colony behind the railway godown close to the auto- market. The persistent overtures had reportedly annoyed Devender, who had earlier sternly warned Vijay to eschew his antics or face dire consequences .

Late in the evening on May 7 when Devender was returning after attending his cousin’s engagement-related ceremonies, he was confronted by Vijay. Vijay allegedly inflicted multiple knife injuries on Devender killing him on the spot. It is stated that Vijay took advantage of the ‘blackout’ caused by an abrupt power failure to flee the spot after throwing the body on the railway track from where it was recovered by the GRP.

It was finally the revelations made by his cousin’s family about the love affair that led to the apprehension of Vijay Singh.

Bus robbers arrested

The Dharuhera police have arrested two members of a gang, which had been looting cash, jewellery and other valuables from running buses as well as from motorists on roads. The duo were nabbed during a raid conducted by the police on an abandoned room near the powerhouse on the Dharuhera-Nandrampur Bas road on Wednesday.

They have been identified as Balwan Singh and Rajender, both belonging to the Sansi tribe and hailing from a village under the Meham police station in Rohtak district. They were reportedly planning to rob motorists. A knife and a dagger were seized from them. A case of attempt to commit robbery under Sections 398 and 401 of the IPC and Section 25/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them. OC


Forgiveness & repentance: The route to survival

Spiritually speaking all wars are the manifestation of evil – the manifestation of hatred and the yearning for revenge. “The chief evil of war is more evil. War is the concentration of all human crimes. Here is its distinguishing, accursed brand. Under its standard gather violence, malignity, rage, fraud, perfidy, rapacity and lust. If it only slew men, it would do little. It turns man into a beast of prey,” wrote William E. Channing (1780-1842).

And there have been wars all through history and with the advancement of science, they are becoming more and more lethal threatening the very existence of the human race. Man has not learned to live in peace. His inventive skill has produced weapons of mass destruction and it stands to reason that if nations only end up hating one another, then the end time is at hand.

The atomic age has one thing to say to us: the most terrible devastation could occur destroying us and the earth if we do not repent of our ways! And repentance is a subject of almost all scriptures, while arrogant man has so little of it in his heart.

Nations like individuals like to hate and are moved by a vengeful spirit. Conflicts, whether at the national levels or in families or individuals, are caused by injustice, hatred and the like — or sinful behaviour, to be precise. The scriptures prescribe repentance as a way out of the consequences of sin.

The repentant spirit is reflected in this Vedic (Rig Veda, Chapter 7) prayer: “Loose us from the yoke of the sins of our fathers and also from those we ourselves have committed. Release your servant as a thief is set free from his crime or as a calf is loosed from its cord.”

“Our transgressions are past counting; there is no end to our sins. Be merciful, forgive us O Lord, we are great sinners and wrongdoers,” so runs a confession in the Adi Granth of the Sikhs. Christ began his earthly ministry with a call to repentance. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” he called out.

A repentant attitude is the only proper attitude, which we can have toward God once we understand the corrupt human nature. We sin against God and against one another daily, and repentance should be the foundation of our life.

While it is accepted as a rule of faith that man ought to love one another, in practice, even so called religious people tend to hate one another or adopt a judgmental attitude towards one another. There is no sense of brotherhood or oneness. The disunity is an indication of the lack of love. The spirit of contrition and acceptance leads to unity and their lack spreads disunity.

To individual lives, which had gone sour, religions offer one remedy: repent and turn back. Real sorrowing over “wrong turns” should not turn one to despair but repentance. God’s kindness allows a second chance. History is full of examples of individuals who had been woken up from their wickedness. Some of them turned into great benefactors of mankind.

Indian history speaks of Asoka’s great conquests and how the ambitious king was brought to repentance once he saw the misery and pain he had caused through the Kalinga war. It was a turning point in his life and a turning point of Indian history.

He realised the futility of wars and also that national security did not lie in the making of great armies. His edicts reflect the change of heart that had occurred and a new vision of the reality. He affirms that “the respect, goodwill and friendship of neighbours, which Dhamma or virtue can gain”, were the true source of his security and defence, not conquest and occupation. In the 13th edict he claims that the Cholas and Pandyas ruling South Indian, the ruler of Sri Lanka and to his west, the Greek kings of five states have acknowledged Asoka’s conquest by Dhamma.

Epics have more often glorified vengeance on the ground that it gives justice to the victim. It glorifies avenging of old humiliations and wrongs. Forgiveness is considered pitiless because it implies it negates the right of the victim for justice. It blurs over suffering and death. “It drowns the past. It cultivates sensitiveness towards the murderer at the price of insensitiveness towards the victim.”(Cynthia Ozick)

Perhaps the same kind of arguments could be advanced against the peace moves by both Indian and Pakistan governments. Hawks on both sides have already begun talking about why these efforts should not be made. They resort to a recounting of old wrongs and old humiliations. Nations, like individuals, are proud, self righteous and unwilling to bend or mend.

But on the route of repentance and reconciliation lay the future hope of both nations. The hatred of 50 years had caused untold sufferings and these have been catalogued again and again in the media. Instead of “such remembering” leading to a spirit of vengeance, there should be efforts to think of the future ways of avoiding a repetition of history. Cheap forgiveness or a superficial peace will not last. There should be a confession of mistakes on both sides, a willingness to forgive and forget.

A French writer, Manes Sperber, said: “The surest and most lasting…reconciliation is when the descendants of evildoers and those of the victims bind themselves into a collective and unbreakable unity — into a family, a tribe, a people, a nation …The existence of nations depend on forgetting. Each nation represents the amalgamation of tribes who for many years, and possibly for hundreds of years, had inflicted the worst sufferings and griefs on each other..”

If there is a message to negotiators for peace it is that our clinging to the past will destroy our future. We will then rob coming generations of their right to a peaceful childhood. What is more when they grow up, they will become “martyrs for peace”.

Donald Shriver, author of ‘An Ethic for Enemies: Forgiveness in Politics’, writes: “The best gift that the twentieth century can give to our descendants of the twenty-first century will be protection from the massive evils that still clog our political histories. Forgiveness, with its companion repentance, is such a protection. It builds a bridge of hope across the abyss of revenge. ‘’

M. P. K. Kutty


Colleges urged not to doubt NAAC credibility
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, May 17
Dr Usha Kapuria, an eminent educationist and the Principal of K M College, Kharkhauda (Sonepat), has advised the management of colleges in Haryana not to question the credibility and norms of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the members of the teams deputed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for inspection of government and non-government colleges.

Talking to mediapersons here today, she observed that the evaluation process adopted by the teams was thorough and transparent.

The teams had taken into consideration various factors including the academic atmosphere and infrastructure available in the colleges while deciding on the grades in which various colleges were placed, she pointed out.

Dr Kapuria also said that the teams had also minutely examined the contributions of the colleges towards the improvement of the standard of higher education. However, she condemned the attitude of the management of some colleges, which had alleged that one had to appease the members of the teams for getting higher grades.

She claimed that the colleges affiliated to Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak had been placed in higher grades on account of their better performance and absence of friction among the management and students.

She said that the teams had not found any major irregularity during the conduct of the university examinations and its credit should go to the Vice-Chancellor of MDU.

Civic body crisis persists

Jhajjar: Although the ruling INLD is trying hard to prevail on the dissident councillors of the Jhajjar Municipal Committee, the crisis arises out of the decision of 12 members to withdraw their support to the chairperson, Mr Usha Bansal, has not yet blown over.

It may be recalled that 12 members out of a House of 15 have submitted affidavits to the Deputy Commissioner on April 26, stating that they have withdrawn support to the chairperson and decided to move a no-confidence motion.

The members had urged the DC to summon a meeting of the House.

Mr Balwan Suhag, state president of the INLD legal cell and former district unit chief, claimed here today that all the members have agreed to withdraw their affidavits submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, showing full faith in the chairperson.

The husband of the chairperson was beside him at the press conference but no dissident member was present there.

The sources told that the dissidents have not yet decided about renewing the support to the chairperson as one of the members was not in the town today.


Wrestler killed in freak mishap
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
Fiddling with scissors resulted in the death of a wrestler in Partap Bagh area yesterday. The wrestler was identified as Sandeep.

He along with his two friends Naveen and Neeraj was sitting in railway colony ‘akahara’ in Partap Bagh last evening. Naveen and Neeraj had shaven their heads. While they were gossiping in the akahara, another friend, Narender reached there.

Sandeep asked Narender also to get his head shaven. Sandeep had a pair of scissors. He held a reluctant Narender.

As Narender started twisting his head, scissors pierced Sandeep’s chest making him unconscious. Sandeep was taken to ESI Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Passenger killed

Samarpal, 17, died in an accident when the bus in which he was travelling was hit by another bus in attempt to overtake the vehicle. The accident occurred when he was going to Uttam Nagar in a bus (route number 740).

He was peeping out of the window when another bus of the same route tried to overtake it near Dhaula Kuan, resulting in the mishap. His head was crushed. He died on the spot.

The bus driver has been arrested on the charge of causing death due to rash and negligent driving, the police said.

Scindia Marg traffic

Vehicular traffic will be affected for about one month on Madhao Rao Scindia Marg due to road cutting by the NDMC.

The road will be cut between Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Jaswant Singh Road.

Motorists are advised to avoid the route from Kasturba Gandhi Marg to Jaswant Sing Road. They are requested to take Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Feroz Shah Road and Madhao Rao Scindia Marg to reach Jaswant Singh Road.

Matri Shakti Diwas

Annual festival ‘Matri Shakti Diwas’ was celebrated with full fervour at Mayur Vihar-based ‘Sri Vaisno Darwar Mata Neelam Devi Jee’ Mandir.

Thousands of devotees across the country and the world participated in the three-day-long religious celebration which concluded yesterday.

The main trustee and priest of the temple, Mrs Neelamba Jee, addressed the august gathering and said that Ma is the creator as well as the caretaker of the whole universe.

The main attraction of this religious conclave was the live performance of famous religious singers like Narendra Chanchal and Harbans Lal Bansi.

Dozens of politicians and social activists like Mr Ram Babu Sharma, Mr Harcharan Singh Josh, Mr Maninder Singh Bitta, Sardar Mahendra Singh, Mr Anil Chaudhary, Mr Narendra Sharma, Mr Kamlesh Anand, Mr Visweshwar Nautial and Mr Sitaram Kapur graced the occasion. 


Two criminals held; pistol, knife seized 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
The South district police today claimed to have arrested two desperate criminals who had been involved in several cases of robbery, murder and dacoity in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh last evening.

One pistol, two live cartridges and one knife were recovered from their possession.

One of the accused attempted to fire at the police, but was overpowered by the police party while he was trying to reload his pistol.

The police received a tip-off that the accused Yakub (30), resident of Kalkaji and Farukh (29), resident of Faridabad would be coming on a two-wheeler.

When the police party tried to stop them, Farukh left the scooter while Yakub tried to fire at the police, but the duo were overpowered immediately.

The police had announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for Yakub’s arrest as he was involved in a bus robbery along with his associates in January this year.

The police said that Yakub along with Patras and Sanjiv Verma boarded a bus route No 740 from Dhaula Kuan and robbed a passenger of Rs 10,000 at knife-point. Later, Patras was arrested, but Yakub and Sanjiv remained at large.

During interrogation, Yakub told the police that soon after the robbery, he was away from Delhi and started committing crimes in Toofan Mail, Punjab Mail, Intercity, Frontier Mail and even went up to Kanpur, Kota and Mumbai.

His associates Chhotu Bihari, Sanjiv Verma, Ravi Ballu, Ashok, Vinod, Imran and Furkan helped him in the crimes.

Yakub said that they boarded crowded trains after procuring tickets from Faridabad railway station and his associates used to rob passengers in the trains. Yakub always watched this from a distance and if there was any problem, he intervened to confuse the passengers and made a safe passage for his associates.

Yakub has been involved in more than 28 cases of murder, robbery and thefts in buses.

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