Thursday, June 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Sheila exerts control with Prem Singh as DPCC chief
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 11
Ending days of speculation, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Wednesday appointed Prem Singh as president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC). Announcing the decision, AICC General Secretary Oscar Fernandes said Singh was appointed after Subhash Chopra submitted his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Chopra will in turn be the party’s nominee for the post of Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly.

“Chopra’s resignation,” Mr Fernandes said, “has been accepted with immediate effect and in his place Mr Prem Singh has been appointed Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president.”

A Dalit leader, Prem Singh has had a long and chequered political career. He is the Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly and has held the post of DPCC president on two previous occasions. Singh is featured in the record books for not losing an election. He first contested in 1957 and has not looked back since. Barring a brief period when he did not contest, he has fought and won every election. Singh’s appointment will come into effect from June 18 after his resignation as Speaker is accepted. He would continue to discharge his duties till then.

“I have not stepped down as yet,” he told this newspaper. “I will put in my papers only next week. The inauguration of the website of the Assembly is scheduled for the 17th.”

The website, prepared after months of hard work, is finally ready. It will be inaugurated next week. Speaker of Lok Sabha Manohar Joshi is expected to be present at the ceremony. Singh’s appointment brings to an end the fortnight-long political drama which seemed to drag on. The announcement was to have been made earlier this week but was postponed at the last minute.

For one who has conducted the business of the House over several sessions, the ‘suspended animation’ which the Congress found itself in was nothing new. The party organisation was in a limbo with rival factions making desperate attempts to install their respective nominees at the helm of the party’s affairs in NCT of Delhi. The delay was attributed to the choice of legislator for the Speaker’s post in the event of Singh’s appointment as the DPCC chief. Fernandes has since clarified Subhash Chopra would be the party’s nominee for the Speaker’s post. With barely months away for the Assembly elections, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit wanted a change in the organisation to improve the co-ordination between the party and the government.

Several names were floated for the post of DPCC president. However, the prospect of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) putting up a stiff challenge in the polls appeared to have swung it in Singh’s favour. Prem Singh’s belonging to a particular caste and the experience of leading a disparate group of legislators pitchforked him to the forefront yet again. The Congress fears the emergence of the Third Front and the likelihood of BSP putting up its candidates could erode its traditional support group among the backward classes and Dalits.

That, and the forging of unity by rival Akali factions, has added to the consternation of the Congress. Traditionally, the Badal faction has aligned with the BJP and the Tohra group with the Congress.



Youth’s body rots as cops bicker over turf
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 11
The body of a young man has been found from the fields near a tubewell in the Daula Rajpura area of Dankore. His head had been severed with a sharp-edged weapon. The deceased was reportedly involved in a love affair. The murder is suspected to be a gory sequel to it.

Surprisingly, as the result of a controversy over jurisdiction between police personnel of Dadri and Dankore, the body was left to rot away for the entire day. It was removed much later after the intervention of senior police officials.

People who depend on irrigating their fields from the tubewell water and Tolla Rajpura Marg felt nauseous on account of the stink emanating from the area. When they looked around, they discovered to their horror the body of a 30-year-old man in the bushes.

Both the Dadri and Dankore police were informed as the body was lying in a place bordering the areas falling under the jurisdiction of the two stations. The Dadri police were the first to arrive but beat a hasty retreat, saying that the case came under the jurisdiction of the Dankore police. Later, the Dankore police, too, refused to pick up the body, taking the same plea put forward by the Dadri police.

All this while, with the police dithering and compounded by the heat the condition of the body kept getting worse. The locals, irked by such uncalled for behaviour, informed the higher police officials. Policemen from the two stations were summoned at the site. Eventually, the Dankore police were asked to handle the case who then sent the body for an autopsy. The head of the deceased had been severed with a sharp-edged weapon and there were marks of wounds in the lower part of the body also. Police are making further investigations.

Women block traffic

Faridabad: Several women residents of Dhatir village blocked the traffic on the Palwal road in the district today, protesting against the shortage of drinking water. Incidentally the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, was laying the foundation stone of a water scheme at Hathin town in the area at that time.

The dharna, which continued for about an hour, was lifted after the officials assured them of proper action on their demand.



Rs 90 lakh fraud on Hutchison: Bail plea 
of accused rejected
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 11
The bail applications of four accused, who had allegedly defrauded Hutchison mobile phone company to the tune of Rs 90 lakh, was today rejected by a city court on the ground that investigation into the case was still on.

Dismissing the plea of the accused — Saurav Chatterjee, Amit Chaudhary, Pauly Antony and Roy Alexander — Metropolitan Magistrate Paramjeet Singh said that the investigation in the case was still at the initial stage and they could not be enlarged on bail.

They were arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police following a complaint by Hutchison that some persons had fraudulently acquired its 49 sim cards with global facility and got 19 of them activated in the US, which has caused an estimated loss of Rs 90 lakh to the cellular service provider.

The police submitted before the court that 49 sim cards were obtained by the accused persons under “false” representation: it was contended that the cards were required for corporate connections by a company known as Prime Net Global Ltd (PNGL).

Out of the 49 sim cards, 19 were activated by them and when Hutchison inquired from PNGL about it, the company said neither the cards were acquired by it nor did they exist in its name.

The police alleged that Chatterjee, a former employee of PNGL, had fraudulently issued the cards in its name in connivance with Chaudhary, who was working with Hutchison.

The police had recovered a fake stamp of PNGL from the possession of Chatterjee and Chaudhary when they were arrested about two weeks ago, which was used by them to obtain the sim cards from Hutchison, the court was informed.

Antony, a businessman, and Alexander, a software Consultant, working in the US, were arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in the racket following the interrogation of Chatterjee and Antony.



Jailbirds can take lessons from MDU
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, June 11
The Maharshi Dayanand University is considering a proposal to grant admission to inmates of various jails in the state who are desirous of studying further through distance education.

The Director-General of Police, Haryana, had requested the Vice-Chancellor of MDU to arrange classes in the prison for inmates. Since the number of candidates in each class was pretty small, it was not feasible for the university to create study centres under the distance mode of education on the jail premises.

These candidates, however, will be treated on a par with the serving personnel in whose case the requirement of attendance in classes is optional.

The Executive Council of the university at its meeting here tomorrow will also consider proposals to allow 50 per

cent concession in total fee to the wards of the university employees keen to do BBA, MCA and MBA through distance mode of education. This facility is already available to such candidates doing computer courses.

The university also plans to introduce a one-year postgraduate diploma in networking management (PGDNM) through distance education.

The Executive Council will also consider proposals to grant provisional affiliation to the Faridabad Institute of Technology for a three-year MCA course. The university has further decided to discontinue the unviable Master of

Finance Control course being run by its Commerce Department. Moreover, the UGC had also not recognised the Master of Finance Control degree.

The university has decided to reconstruct the result records which were damaged in a fire incident seven years ago. The result records of over one lakh students were either burnt in the fire incident on April 9, 1996, or damaged and tampered with in the certificate section of the university. The VC had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Registrar to find out ways to straighten the university records. The committee has suggested that the result sheets of these students need to be reconstructed.



Eleven-year-old boy Devgan fan admits to murder
Our Correspondent

Meerut, June 11
How action and violence in movies can affect the minds of innocent children is evident from the case of an 11-year-old who killed his neighbour, a shopkeeper, to fulfil his dream to go to Mumbai and meet action heroes, including Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan.

The 11-year-old stole the idea from a film of Ajay Devgan. His wish was to become an action hero like Sanjay Dutt. He needed money to go to Mumbai and he obtained the cash by stabbing his neighbour, Munesh, and subsequently demanding Rs 5 lakh from his widow on phone. He was later arrested, thanks to the caller ID installed in the phone.

Munesh was stabbed to death on the night of May 30 while returning from his shop.

The brother of the deceased had lodged an FIR against unknown killers. The police took three men into custody on the basis of the caller ID. They were identified as Surendra, Babloo and the 11-year-old Masroof. The Kithare police could not get any lead from them despite several rounds of interrogation.

The 11-year-old was very bold in the beginning, answering the police questions with aplomb. But the police became suspicious when he started changing his statement each time he was interrogated. Masroof reportedly broke down last night at 1 am under psychological pressure.

The 11-year-old confessed to his crime, but he has no regrets for his act and nor is he afraid of anybody in police custody. He told the NCR Tribune that he was fond of action and violent movies. Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan were his idols and he never missed any of their movies. 



Former Miss Bangalore held for prostitution
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 11
A 21-year-old former Miss Bangalore was today arrested from a five-star hotel on prostitution charges by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police this morning.
With the arrest of the model the police claimed to have unearthed a prostitution racket involving models and certain high-profile persons. The accused told the police she had come to Delhi for shooting her portfolio for submission to movie and serial producers.

The police said a decoy traced her mobile phone number and struck a deal for Rs 15,000. When the decoy reached the lobby of the hotel he paid Rs 2,000 in advance in presence of a shadow witness and as she led him to the room booked by her she was arrested.

The accused was crowned the beauty queen of Bangalore in 1999 and is currently a model. She was apprehended by the Crime Branch personnel after the police were passed on the specific information that some girls from the fashion industry were indulging in flesh trade in Delhi, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Railways) Dependra Pathak.

During interrogation, she told the sleuths that she along with another girl had been sent by one Lata of Bangalore last week for this purpose, adding that she came from a middle-class background. She also claimed that she had taken to the profession two years back because of financial problems.

“She disclosed her family was passing through a financial crisis and could not meet her high status expenditures, forcing her to engage in flesh trade,” Mr Pathak said.

The Crime Branch has ordered a probe to locate the contacts of Lata in Delhi and the police suspect the involvement of some high-profile people.

In the last two weeks the Crime Branch has busted several prostitution rackets in the city.



BSNL tightens noose around defaulters
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 11
All those, who have not been paying their telephone bills, will not be able to switch over to private telephone service providers now. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has reached an understanding with the private phone service operators who will not release any connection to defaulters or would immediately disconnect the connection granted to such customers, till they pay their outstanding bills to BSNL. Mr Yashpal Kataria, General Manager, BSNL, Faridabad, told newspersons here today, that the BSNL is all geared up to ensure recovery of its outstanding bills amounting to Rs 24 crore in the district.

While the Nigam recently managed to recover Rs 3.5 crore, several new schemes to encourage defaulters to cough up their dues are being introduced, he said. Under one such scheme, the BSNL is giving an opportunity to the customers to get their phones re-connected without paying the rentals accrued during the period when their telephone connection remained disconnected.

However, they would be required to pay all the outstanding dues till the date of disconnection. The closing date for submitting applications in this regard is July 15, Mr Kataria informed.

BSNL has also formed a special task force to conduct a survey and take action against defaulters. He said the department had so far disconnected 6,000 telephones. It had come to the notice of the department that telephone connections of several customers, who had not paid their bills for as long as 36 months, had not been disconnected.



Bhajan Lal pooh-poohs graft charges against him
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 11
Mr Bhajan Lal, a former Chief Minister and the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has declared that he would not only retire from the politics but would also commit suicide if charges of corruption were proved against him.

Talking to mediapersons at the Rai PWD rest house, about 13 km from here yesterday, he said that the leaders of some parties and vested interests in his own party were levelling false allegations to tarnish his image. But he was not bothered about these allegations as these were false.

He claimed that during his 12-year tenure as the Chief Minister, he had executed a number of development schemes and brought the state on the international map. He said that none of the successive chief ministers had executed such a large number of development schemes in the state in the past.

Mr Bhajan Lal also claimed that he had restored the rule of law in the state and the criminals shifted their activities to other states.

He demanded immediate prosecution of Mr Chautala for retracting from his promises he had made to the people at the time of Assembly elections in the state.

He alleged that he had cooked up a false case of treason against Mr Ghasi Ram Nain, president of the Haryana unit of the BKU who he said was fighting for the cause of the farmers.

He declared that if the Congress came to power in the state and he became the Chief Minister, he would re-establish Asia’s biggest vegetable market at Rai. He criticised Mr Chautala for scrapping the vegetable market plan and establish an industrial area at this land which had been acquired for setting up the vegetable market.

Mr Bhajan Lal also addressed workers’ meetings at Ganaur and Rai and appealed to the partymen to remain united and work for strengthening the party base.

He announced that indiscipline and party factions would not be tolerated at any cost till he was the HPCC chief.



Haryana to be brought under high 
transmission network
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, June 11
Haryana will soon be brought under high transmission network. With this, the Haryana Power Transmission and Distribution Utilities expects a substantial reduction in its losses.

“For this, several areas are being clubbed to bring under high voltage power lines and the possibility of losses is very low under high voltage power lines,” said

Chairman, HPTDU, Maj-Gen (retd) Bhup Singh Rathi, while addressing a press conference here today.

He said the situation of power utilities and transmission was not so bad and that, if handled systematically, they could perform well.

He said that while interacting with the consumers in various villages and towns, he realised that people were quite willing to pay their outstanding electricity bills.

Stressing the need to create a customer-friendly environment, he said the departmental functionaries should strive hard to ensure best possible services to the consumers, be it the release of new connections, maintenance of interruption-free supply to the consumers, billing or handling consumer grievances.

He told newspersons that special instructions had been given to the staff to ensure speedy recovery so that the department could overcome the financial losses.

A sum of Rs 1,450 crore is outstanding towards consumers out of which about Rs 800 is pending towards rural consumers, he said.

Giving details of his interaction with the customers at Badhra and Jui, he said he had even given them an option of making part payment of their outstanding bills and people were keen to make payments.

Responding to a query, the Managing Director of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Mr V Umashankar, said that a scheme had been worked out to recover outstanding dues from the government offices. They had been given a year to deposit the bills in instalments. He told that a sum of Rs 43 crore was outstanding towards the government offices at Bhiwani.

He also said that the Nigam was preparing to combat the menace of direct connection system and for this, rubber- based arial bunch conductor cables would be laid down in several areas in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Hisar. 



Ambitious plan to double potable water supply
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 11
Reeling from an acute shortage of water and power, the general public had something to cheer about today with Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala holding out great hope for them in future.

Mr Chautala, who was here in connection with laying the foundation stones for a dispensary in Sector 45 and a police station in Sector 5, said that the government has finalised a plan to double the supply of potable water for the city. The proposed scheme is based on canal water, and it would take care of the needs of the people for the next 20 years.

The scheme envisages widening the canal which brings water into the Basai water treatment plant. The canal’s width will be doubled to augment the supply of water to the treatment plant, set up by Haryana Urbana Development Authority (HUDA).

Mr Chautala praised HUDA for its contribution in the development of Gurgaon.

The mini-secretariat, Transport Nagar and a cultural centre—works for which are on—will be commissioned as per schedule. Besides, construction work on the proposed Cyber City is going apace satisfactorily. Gurgaon city has now joined the rank of one of the most developed cities in the world in terms of development.

He asserted that Gurgaon would soon leave behind Banglore and Hyderabad in information technology. Presently, export worth more than Rs 4,000 crore is being made from this field from Gurgaon.



Residents pass through hell due to power cuts
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 11
Thousands of residents in the city, which is a district headquarters in Haryana, continue to face problems as regards of various civic amenities. Erratic power supply in the city as well as several villages has multiplied their woes.

According to a report, residents in various localities complain about power cuts, which are long and uninformed. It was earlier promised that with the commissioning of 220 KV power substation, regular power supply would be maintained.

There was some improvement for sometime but the problem has returned in greater proportion.

Power breakdowns, tripping and low voltage have become a routine and the day started with such things and continued till 10 pm or so. The erratic power supply has resulted in frequent road jams and violent protests at the office of the Superintendent Engineer (operation) and other offices of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) in the city and elsewhere in the district.

Large number of the villages, falling under the jurisdiction of the Kundli, Rai, Murthal, Ganaur and Gohana sub-divisions of the UHBVN, had been facing long power cuts daily and this has resulted in great resentment among the consumers who are planning to lodge protests and organise demonstrations.

Apart from power cuts, there is also rise in various damages due to falling of electric wires during the recent dust storms, which had lashed the region since the onset of summer season.

Transformers are lying unguarded at various places and electricity-wiring networks are in a shambles. In the absence of electricity, thousands of generators continue to operate adding to the pollution in the city.

The UHBVN has already undertaken the work for the installation of 132 KV sub station at Harsana Kalan village and another 33 KV sub-station at Khanda village.

With the completion of these projects, the power situation would be improved in this region and the load of 132 KV sub-station at Fazilpur and 33 KV sub-station of Suraj Steel would be decreased.

Deputy Commissioner Balwan Singh told mediapersons here today that the works at these sub-stations are in full swing and would be completed soon. He claimed that the uninterrupted round-the-clock power supply in the urban areas of Sonepat city was being maintained by the UHBVN.

However, there were the cases of power breakdowns, tripping and low voltage on account of overloading of the transformers and rise in the temperature because of the heat wave conditions.

He complimented the staff of the UHBVN who immediately swung into action and succeeded in restoring the power supply as soon as possible. He also said that the UHBVN has been supplying eight-hour power supply daily in the rural areas to maintain the drinking water supply in the villages. The UHBVN has been supplying at least 27 lakh units a day, which is much more than last year, Mr Singh added.

Referring to anti-power theft campaign, the DC disclosed that the officials of the UHBVN had checked 964 power connections last month and detected 207 cases of power thefts. The officials imposed a penalty of Rs 13.79 lakh on the erring consumers and recovered Rs 3.29 lakh from them as fine on the spot, he said.

The DC also disclosed that the officials of the UHBVN had lodged FIRs with the police against 42 erring consumers, who failed to pay the amount of penalty within the stipulated period.



MC’s land auction has many conditions
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 11
Though the local Municipal Council has decided to sell its 4.03 acres of prime land in the centre of the town through open auction, but it has reportedly imposed many such conditions, which would likely to be difficult for the successful bidders to comply over the deal of crores of rupees.

Some of the people, who intend to take part in the auction, alleged that such conditions were being imposed to confine the auction to some limited persons. The council has decided to auction the land located on Railway Road on June 26.

According to the terms and conditions of the auction, the persons interested to participate in the open auction will be required to deposit Rs 5 lakh as security before taking part in the auction process. The successful bidder will have to deposit 10 per cent amount of the bid on the spot. Later he has to deposit 15 per cent amount of the final bid within the month after allotment of auction in his name.

The remaining amount of the allotment is to be paid within three years by half-yearly instalments at the interest rate of 12 per cent besides giving bank guarantee of 50 per cent amount of final accepted bed.

The interested parties generally take these terms and conditions as genuine and acceptable. Apart from these conditions, there are some other conditions incorporated with it, which have been termed as very rigid and discriminatory by the parties.

These conditions included that the successful bidder will not be allowed to separate this commercial land into parts and the service as well as building plan is to be got approved from the directorate of country and town planning and the land is to be used only for the commercial purpose, which has to be pollution free.



LJP leader expresses concern over deterioration of academic standard
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 11
The Haryana unit of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has expressed concern over the deterioration in academic standard in the region during the tenure of ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

In a statement here today, Capt Shamsher Singh Malik, state president of the party, said that the academic structure in the state was on the verge of collapse due to large scale irregularities committed from time to time.

The question papers from middle to MA were leaked before the commencement of exams in different parts of the state, he alleged. Besides the question papers of various entrance tests for admission to prestigious courses, like PMT and
CEET, were also leaked bringing a bad name to the educational standard in the state.

Moreover, the LJP leader alleged that fake answer sheets of Maharshi Dayanand University were sold in the market in connivance of the university officials.

However, he alleged that the university administration as well as the government did not take appropriate action to check such sort of malpractices.

He announced that the issue of ‘rapid deterioration’ in the academic standard would be raised in the Yuva Adhikar rally, to be held at Rewari on June 24. He said the national party president, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, would address the rally.



New water supply scheme launched
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 11
Amid the ongoing water and power crisis, the Chief Minister today laid the foundation stone of an augmented water supply scheme at Hathin, a subdivision town.

Later, addressing a gathering, the Chief Minister claimed that his government would provide 70 litres of water per person daily. He said that while a comprehensive project worth Rs 305 crore had been prepared to provide water in the Mewat region the Hathin project would cost Rs 2.12 crore. The project would be ready by September next year to provide water to a population of about 17,000. He said that all ponds falling under residential limits in the villages would be filled up with earth (sand) and turned into parks, while new ponds outside the limits would be constructed. This, he said, would help the recharging of under ground water. Mr Chautala also sanctioned the construction of a bypass at Hathin and developing a park near the new water augmentation scheme. In the midst of all these heartening announcements, the MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, claimed there was an acute shortage of water in more than a dozen villages.



Meerut’s men in khaki will be well armed now
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 11
The Meerut Zone IG Police, Mr V. N. Rai, has said the process of modernisation has been initiated in the Police Department. As a result of this, within the next five years the UP Police will be equipped with modern and automatic weapons.

Lately, it had been felt that desperadoes in the crime-infested Western UP were usually better equipped with the latest and automatic arms while the police and other security forces were still combating with the aid of the old horse- the 303 rifle. This often resulted in criminals making good their escape right under the nose of a helpless police force.

Mr Rai said Meerut had become a favourite hideout of terrorists. The Police Department was preparing to equip the force with the latest and most modern arms and gadgetry. The police and other security forces would be equipped with the latest automatic weapons instead of the 303 rifle, which had outlived its utility.

The police are also undertaking special vehicle checks, conducting raids on guest houses and hotels and keeping a watchful eye on some notorious places in unauthorised localities, which could be used as hideouts by such anti-national elements.

Better communication equipment and faster vehicles for the men in khaki were also on the cards, Mr Rai added.



Contaminated water supply
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 11
In view of the repeated complaints regarding the supply of contaminated water in certain localities, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, has directed the officials of public health department to disconnect all the water connections taken from the pipelines passing through the sewer lines or drains in Gandhi Camp and Para mohalla localities within three days.

These connections would be given from the fresh pipelines to be laid within a few days.

Addressing the officials of public health department at mini-secretariat here today, the Deputy Commissioner directed the officials to be vigilant about the supply of piped water and take immediate measures if any complaint of contamination was received from any locality.

He directed them to ensure regular and adequate supply of potable water to different localities and make every possible effort to supply water to the localities situated at tail-end. He also ordered them to disconnect the unauthorised water connections as they were mainly responsible for contamination.

Mr Yadav appealed to the residents of various localities to report immediately to the district authorities in case they found contamination in the water supply.



Two drown, third commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 11
One person, who had gone for a holy dip in the Hindon on Jaishth Dushehra day, reportedly drowned in the river. Another drowned in the Yamuna yesterday while the third person jumped into the Hindon to commit suicide.

One person from a group of youths of Mehmoodpur village in Loni, who had gone for a dip in the Hindon on Jaishth Dushehra day at 9 pm, drowned as he slipped into deep water while another was saved by his friends.

The youth did not know about the depth of the river as there was no ghat near their village. Promode and Anil were the first to plunge into deep water while others were bathing near the bank. When their friends did not see any movement for quite sometime, they raised the alarm. With the help of the villagers and boatmen, Promode was saved, but there was no trace of Anil.

Even the police divers, who reached the spot, could not find Anil’s body. The one who jumped into the Hindon has been identified as Sanjay. His relatives had informed the Indira Puram police about his having committed suicide.



Two killed in head-on collision
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 11
Two persons were killed and six injured in a head-on collision between Tata Sumo and Tata-407 near Chit Hore village under Dadri police station.
The occupants of Tata Sumo were proceeding to Aligarh for engagement of their daughter. The injured were rushed to a Ghaziabad hospital. The collision resulted in a traffic jam on G T Road. When passengers were extracted out of Sumo, six-year-old girl Chanchal and driver Uday Singh were found dead.

Rajkumar, resident of R-144, Partap Vihar in Vijay Nagar was going to Aligarh along with his family for the engagement ceremony of his niece. More than a dozen persons including children, were reportedly packed in Tata Sumo, police said. One Uday Singh was driving the vehicle.

When Tata Sumo, DL 7CA-9211 reached near village Chit Hore, it was hit by Tata-407-SR-38-G 8159 which was going towards Ghaziabad. The driver of Tata-407 appeared to have lost control over the vehicle and a head-on collision between the two vehicles resulted. All the passengers were badly trapped in Tata Sumo. The injured were rushed to a Ghaziabad hospital by police with the help of villagers. They included Ram Kumar, Chet Ram, Lakshman Prasad Ajay.

Rape bid on school premises: statements recorded

Sonepat: The Haryana Government has ordered an inquiry into the allegations of attempted rape levelled by a house-keeper of the Motilal Nehru School of Sports at Rai. According to a report, Mr Sandeep Khinkar, Superintendent of Police (CM’s security wing), visited the school yesterday and recorded the statements of the house-keeper and other officials of the school. However, a student of the school, who was allegedly involved the incident, was not present on the occasion and the statement of his father was recorded instead. TNS



Boy drowns in Punjabi Bagh pool
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 11
A 15-year-old boy reportedly died after he was drowned in a swimming pool last night in the Punjabi Bagh Club. The deceased Ankit, resident of East Avenue Road and the son of a businessman is a member of the club and had gone for swimming at around 7 last night.

Eyewitnesses in the club told the police that Ankit dived into the pool and never came up after that. He sustained serious injuries on his head after he had dived. He succumbed to his injuries later.

Ankit was lifted out of water with the help of life guards in the club and rushed to the Maharaja Agarsen Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Travel agency worker beaten up: A 32-year-old employee of a private travel agency was allegedly beaten up and pushed from the rooftop last night by his employer in the Malviya Nagar area in South district.

The victim Pawan Kumar, resident of Malviya Nagar sustained injuries on his legs and hands and has been admitted to the AIIMS. The victim was residing in the area with his wife and mother. Pawan alleged that he was employed on May 9, by Vijay Pathak, who runs a travel agency in the Shivalik area. At the time of his appointment, it was decided that he would be paid Rs 2,000 as salary.

Since the salary was not sufficient to meet his needs, Pawan reportedly asked Pathak on June 7, to hike his salary to Rs 2,500 and also demanded a weekly off every Sunday.

Vijay after listening to Pawan paid him Rs 1,000 and asked him to meet him on June 10 for the remaining amount. Accordingly, when Pawan met Pathak, he was beaten up and thrown off from the rooftop. The incident came to light when Pawan’s mother went to his office in search of him and found his son lying injured. The employer, on seeing his mother, fled from the spot.

The victim who was initially taken to three private hospitals finally landed up in AIIMS.



Rly reservation facility for foreigners

New Delhi, June 11
The Northern Railway’s International Tourist Bureau offers reservation exclusively for foreign tourists/NRIs who wish to travel from one station to another. This facility is provided by paying the fare in the US dollars and Sterling pounds or in rupees against encashment certificate issued anywhere in India. The Foreign tourists and NRIs can also purchase Indrail Passes issued exclusively to them. The fare of Indrail Passes are in US dollars and payments can be made in US dollars or Sterling pound. International Tourist Bureau is situated on first floor of Station Building of New Delhi Railway Station in Pahar Ganj. The office remains open from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and from 8 am to 2 pm on Sunday. TNS



NTPC official commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, June 11
A senior manager of the NTPC, Mr S. S. Rajput, put an end to his life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his house in Dholana.
Rajput(56), whose wife had died three months ago after fighting a battle against cancer, had been suffering from depression since then. He was last seen alive in his house on Sunday morning. After having his breakfast, he made a noose out of a bed sheet, slung it around his neck and hanged himself from the ceiling fan.

The tragedy came to light when no one responded to repeated knocks at the door. Chanderwatti, who had been working in the house for the past 10 years, then informed the neighbours who forced the door open. The police have sent the body for a post-mortem examination.



Theft at trader’s house in Indralok Colony 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 11
Thieves are reported to have entered the house of Mr Govardhan, a trader of Sonepat grain market in Indralok Colony here last night and decamped with two coloured TV sets, a CD player, one mobile phone and Rs 8,000 from it. According to a report, the owner of the house lodged an FIR with the police and investigations were on.

Youth found hanging: The body of a youth Amit (20) was found hanging from a tree at Barona village about 15 km from here yesterday. According to a report, the police believe it to be a case of suicide. They are still investigating the cause of this extreme step.

Bike stolen: A motorcycle parked outside a CD canteen was stolen here yesterday. According to a report, the motorcycle belonged to Mr Anand of Katwal village who had come to the canteen for some purchases. The owner of the motorcycle has lodged an FIR with the police.

Freedom fighter dead: Mr Jagan Nath, a veteran freedom fighter died in his house at Pai village about 15 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, he was 90 and had been imprisoned six times during the freedom movement. He was given Tamara Patra by the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for his contributions towards the freedom struggle.

Flood control schemes: The Haryana Financial Commissioner, Mr Sunil Ahuja, accompanied by Mr R R Bainswal, Commissioner, Rohtak Division, Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner and other officials, inspected the flood control schemes being executed in the district yesterday.

According to a report, Mr Ahuja visited the embankments of the Yamuna and went round the stone studs being constructed at various places to check the erosion of land on Haryana side by the river floods during the monsoon season.

He directed the authorities to speed up the work and complete it before the onset of the rains.

Mr Ahuja also inspected the work for digging of Drain No. 8 near Gohana. He was unhappy with the pace of work.

Earlier, Mr Ahuja addressed a meeting of the district officials at Rai and directed the authorities to ensure the power and water supply in each sector, filling of village ponds by canal water and take steps for checking the decreasing level of underground water in the district.


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