Friday, June 13, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Fire Department blacklists government hospitals
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 12
The Fire Department has issued notices to 69 state government high-rises, including major hospitals such as Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan, GB Pant, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Deen Dayal Upadhaya and Sushrut Trauma hospitals here for not following fire safety norms.

“We found these buildings to be unsafe and not in compliance with fire safety norms. So, we have sent notices, asking all of them to rectify the systems,” Chief Fire Officer (CFO) R. C. Sharma said.

He said that the department had identified 12 buildings that were not adhering to even two or three of the required minimum 12 fire prevention and safety measures. While the remaining 57 buildings did not have all the 12 preventive measures in working condition, the notices were sent to 69 buildings on June 10 and they had been given a deadline of four weeks.

The CFO further said: “We have given them four weeks to get things right. After the deadline if they cannot get the systems working, we will take action according to the high court’s directive on the issue.”

The State Health Minister, Mr A K Walia, has claimed that there were no major faults regarding fire safety measures in government hospitals. He said the deficiencies would be removed within the given time frame.

“There are no major faults in the fire systems in the hospitals,” he said, adding, “There might be minor faults in the fire safety measures being adopted and those would be corrected”.

On safety measures being taken in hospitals, which are under construction, Sharma said: “we are getting the plan approved by agencies and taking every measure to ensure that fire safety norms are followed.”

The Delhi High Court, on May 29, had laid down detailed and strict guidelines for high-rise buildings in the capital, making it mandatory to install fire protection system for issuance of occupancy certificate. The order came on a PIL filed by an activist, BL Wadhera, seeking implementation of fire safety norms for skyscrapers in Delhi which he described as a “disaster in the waiting”.

According to the court’s direction, any person or organisation, constructing buildings, shall provide for fire safety as per by-laws, and without such measures, the authorities shall not grant occupancy certificate. 


Congress asks EC to ban razing of slums
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 12
The Congress Legislature Party on Wednesday made a written representation to Chief Election Commissioner J. M. Lyngdoh requesting the Election Commission (EC) to ban demolition of slums in the NCT of Delhi at a time when the Assembly elections are only months away.

Seeking the EC’s intervention as the constitutional custodian and vanguard of the electoral process, the letter – bearing the signatures of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and colleagues in the Council of Ministers – requested the EC to “take a serious view of the situation and pass an order banning any demolitions, at least till the elections, so that justice prevails and no political party is allowed to take advantage by understanding such devious tactics”.

The letter refers to the indiscriminate removal of slums under “covert supervision” of Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana and BJP Parliamentary Party spokesman V. K. Malhotra. The removal of the slums, they said, was part of a planned exercise that aimed at creating political advantages for a particular political party “through blatant misuse of state power and government machinery”.

They alleged the demolition of slums was carried out deliberately with the “ultimate aim” of disenfranchising the voters who were between 20 and 30 lakh and who “are perceived to be voters of the Congress Party”. It was also stated in the letter that the demolitions were in contravention of the Supreme Court directives that made it essential to provide for alternate resettlement plan with basic civic amenities before the relocation exercised were undertaken.

The DDA had on May 31 razed the huts in Reshma Camp, a slum in Kirti Nagar. Transport Minister Ajay Maken, Health Minister A. K. Walia and Education Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan had trooped to Kirti Nagar after they learnt about the arrival of the demolition squad and the fire that destroyed many huts.

“It is unusual the civic authorities should target the slums in Kirti Nagar for demolition for a second time in a month. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had held a sit-in here last month and resisted the demolition of illegal structures,” Mr Maken had told mediapersons then.


Vikas and su-raaj are BJP mantras
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 12
The election campaign committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which met today to firm up its strategy for the Assembly elections in the NCT of Delhi and elsewhere, has drawn up the broad contours of its campaign, which would revolve essentially around development and good governance.

Briefing mediapersons in the evening, Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana said the party would highlight the failures, scams and inefficiency of the Sheila Dikshit ministry. He said the alleged scam in the handing over of distribution of electricity to private players was one instance of corruption. The party alleged the privatisation of distribution of electricity had been carried out hastily without taking into consideration the interests of consumers. It also alleged middleman and contractors were charging arbitrarily from the people living in slums. The party has also been seeking a CBI probe into the issue.

Mr Khurana said the acute shortage of water and power and the poor status of infrastructure projects including transport would be the other key issues for the Delhi Pradesh BJP in the run-up to the polls. Echoing the sentiments of Mr Khurana, BJP spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told mediapersons that the party had decided to target the failures, corruption and inefficiency of the Congress regime in the NCT of Delhi. The issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies and slums was another that would come up prominently during the campaign. The Congress on the other hand is seeking a rehabilitation policy based loosely on the formulation devised by former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi. Briefing journalists after a two-hour meeting of the party’s National Election Campaign Committee, BJP spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said “Vikas” (development) and “Su-raaj” (governance) would be the twin issues on which the party wanted to face the elections. Mr Naqvi will be overseeing the elections in the NCT of Delhi.


15-yr-old girl’s body taken into custody 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 12
The West district police took into custody the half-burnt body of a 15-year-old girl, who was consigned to flames in Uttam Nagar crematorium yesterday; the police suspect foul play in her death. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination to establish the exact cause of death.

The victim was the daughter of a resident of Shiv Park near Kakraula in West district.

She reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan and this was apparently not reported to the local police.

Her body was taken to the Shamshan Ghat in a three wheeler, which had further reinforced suspicions about the cause of her death, the police said.

This was discussed in a hush-hush manner at the cremation ground and one person informed the police about their suspicions.

By the time the police reached the Shamshan Ghat, the body had been consigned to flames.

When the body was retrieved, it was 40 per cent burnt. However, the police said that the cause of death of the victim could be established after the post-mortem report.

During questioning, the girl’s parents cited reasons for her taking the extreme step. They told the police that she had eloped with her boy friend last month Also, she could not clear the class X exams.

The police said that the area SDM had been informed and he would conduct he inquest.


Police file dowry death case on court’s order
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 12
The Dankore police have been forced by a court order to register a dowry death case against the in-laws of Pinky, who was allegedly poisoned to death on April 14. She was married to Pawan Kumar of Kumharan mohalla on only January 22.

When the brother of the deceased, Ghanshyam, a resident of Javer, went to the police station to file an FIR, he was reportedly shooed away by the cops, saying a written agreement was signed between Pinky’s relatives and Pawan’s family before her cremation.

Ghanshyam was left with no other alternative but to approach the court. Now, on the court’s order, the police have registered a dowry death case against Pawan Kumar, his parents Mukesh and Saroj, elder brother Promode and his wife Radha. The police have not yet been able to arrest the accused.

It is alleged in Ghanshyam’s complaint that Pinky had been continuously tortured by her in-laws for not bringing enough dowry. Her misfortune started soon after the marriage itself.

The in-laws had been pressing her to bring more cash and gadgets like washing machine etc. Though attempts were made to sort out matters, somehow the chasm between Pinky and in-laws only widened. Pinky was allegedly given a drink mixed with poison on April 14 as a result of which she died. According to the police, there is another side to the story.

At the time of Pinky’s death, her relatives were called and she was cremated in their presence. A written agreement was also signed between Pinky’s family and her in-laws, the police insist. This police version of the incident has, however, been denied by Ghanshyam. 


Want to do MSc, move out of south Haryana
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 12
Faridabad, the district with the largest population in Haryana, has no college offering post-graduate courses in science subjects. As a result, the students of this district, wishing to do MSc, have to run to Delhi or other faraway districts.

In fact, none of the southern districts of Haryana, including Gurgaon, Rewari, Mahendragarh and Jhajjar, have such a facility.

A large number of students, including girls, who want to pursue MSc in various subjects have to shift either to Rohtak, Hisar, Kurukshetra or Delhi.

It is learnt that several hundred students in the district have passed BSc this year.

Many of them do not know what to do next. According to Mr Kailash Sharma, secretary of the Faridabad Abhibawak Sangh, he knew many families who would not like to send their wards to study MSc in Delhi or the other districts of the state. If MSc courses were available in Faridabad, then many of these students could have taken up subjects of their calling, he said. Instead, now they had to take up whatever PG course was available in nearby colleges.

Mr Mahender Chaudhary, a resident of Sector 16 A here, disclosed that his daughter had to take up her MCA course via correspondence from Indira Gandhi National Open University; however, this was her second choice, the first being MSc.

The state government should start MSc classes in Faridabad and Gurgaon, as a large number of students in these districts had passed BSc with good marks.

Faridabad has about eight degree colleges and several private institutes offering vocational courses like BBA, BCA, MBA and MCA, besides some engineering disciplines. The Government Nehru College, here, offers MA in some subjects, including history, economics and political science.

The RPI MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, and the state president of the Janata Dal (U), Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, have alleged that the state government had been discriminating in the matter of providing education and employment to the residents of southern Haryana. Mr Dalal said, instead of opening another university in the Hisar-Sirsa area, the state government ought to start a university in any of the south Haryana districts.

Mr Vidrohi pointed out that the demand for setting up a university in south Haryana was very old. However, the successive governments had been overlooking this demand.

Mr Vidrohi said a large number of students were unable to pursue higher studies in the absence of proper avenues in the southern districts. He said the Regional Centre of MD University at Rewari was in dire straits; it ought to be given the status of a university.

He attributes the current situation to the lopsided government policy.


Be at Gurgaon law college, if your calling is German
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 12
Maharshi Dayanand University is to begin teaching foreign languages like German, French, Spanish etc at the MDU National Law College, Gurgaon, from June 20.

The demonstration lecture will be delivered by Dr I.S Dagar, Head, Department of German, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. The vice-chancellor will preside over the session.

The minimum educational qualification for joining the course is matriculation. Candidates interested in learning foreign languages have been advised to attend the demonstration lecture, for which registration would be done at the National Law College, Sector 40, Gurgaon, on June 19.

Information about the course can be sought telephonically (292431-Rohtak and 2303932 and 2580090-Gurgaon), a press release said.


DSGMC schoolteachers below par: internal review
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 12
The first-ever performance review of teachers handling board level classes in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management-run schools in the Capital has revealed that they are worse than expected. In the performance appraisal, they did not fare well.

“We have not issued any letters so far. We have given enough signals to them that they should improve and that their performance is being monitored, which would be considered for their career growth,” said the chairman of the Delhi Sikh Education Council, Mr Vikramjit Singh Sahney.

Declining to disclose the percentage of teachers faring below average, he said, “We want to encourage them to perform well and improve the standard of the schools.”

The DSGMC runs 12 Guru Harkishan Public Schools and some aided schools apart from colleges and technical institutes. Highlighting the achievements of the council during the past nine months, he said a management audit of all the educational institutions run by the DSGMC was conducted and the report would ready by the end of July.

Mr Sahney said the preliminary reports indicated that there was a lot of ad hocism in the functioning of these institutions and those involved in the financial irregularities would be punished. Since the council took over, the financial position of most of the schools had improved considerably, he said.

The DSEC chief said they had tried to usher in a professional approach and intended to keep the educational institutions above partisan Akali politics.

The appointment and promotion of teachers had been streamlined, admission norms professionally worked out, scholarship criteria laid down, refresher courses introduced for teachers and professional bodies were being consulted for imparting skills to the students to fare well in competitive exams.

Some of the measures, Mr Sahney said, had started bearing fruit with students of class XII and X securing good marks and the overall pass percentage showing an upward trend. “There are several drawbacks, which still exist, and they would take time to be rectified. We have not achieved the moon, but we are in that direction and are determined to succeed,” he said.


Chautala playing politics of fodder: Vidrohi
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 12
The president of the Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U), Mr Ved Parkash Vidrohi, accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, of playing political game in sending fodder to the drought-hit Rajasthan. He alleged that the Chief Minister had misused the government funds to further his political interests.

In a signed press statement issued here today, he also said that the family members of Mr Chautala had contested elections from Rajasthan previously and Mr Chautala had the misused public funds of Haryana to “expand” his political base.

He alleged that Mr Chautala had completely failed to provide adequate relief to the drought-hit farmers of his state and no positive steps had been taken to provide employment to the poor people and farm labourers, who had no other means of livelihood other than farming.

Mr Vidrohi also cautioned the people not to be misled by the “bombastic” claims of Mr Chautala.

He also urged the Chief Minister to clear his stand on the issue of sending fodder to Rajasthan.

The Janata Dal leader also criticised the state government for not supplying adequate canal water and power to the farmers of southern parts of the state.

He alleged that most of the schemes for providing drinking water in the rural areas had remained on paper and the people were facing an acute shortage of drinking water during this summer season.

He demanded the immediate digging of ponds in the rural areas so that the milch animals could be provided drinking water during the current summer season.


SYL canal to be completed soon: Chautala
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, June 12
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has said that SYL canal will soon be completed. It is the verdict of the Supreme Court. The canal will cater to the need of 7.5 lakh acre arid land, with the result that South Haryana’s land will produce gold crops, he added.

Mr Chautala was addressing ruralities while inaugurating the newly constructed Anaj Mandi at Ateli Mandi (Mahendragarh district), built at a cost of Rs 2.10 crore within the area of 29 acre. Mr Chautala said all ‘kacha khalas’ will be constructed and maintained by the Government in Haryana to avoid seepage. He repeated the slogan

by late Dy Prime Minister Devi Lal ‘Bijli Pani Ka Prabandh and Bhrasthachar Band’. In the light of this slogan, the present Government has augmented 792 mega watt power generation. Work at Yamunanagar power projects are in progress. Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated a water supply scheme built at a cost of Rs 66 lakh at Katkai village. It will cater to the need of Mauhmadpur, Jujarwas and Bhondi villages in Ateli block. This will provide 40 gallons potable water per capita every day.

Mr Chautala claimed that there was a target to cover 650 villages to provide drinking water in the state which had been achieved by spending a sum of Rs 134.40 crore.

He said under the NABARD schemes, 694 villages were covered, providing 70 litres of potable water per capita with an estimated cost of Rs 198.48 crore.

Mr Chautala said work is in progress during the current financial year in Mahendragarh district to boost the drinking water supply in 105 villages with an expenditure of Rs 12.09 crore.


CAS in the interest of TV viewers: I&B Minister
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 12
The primary concern of the government in tackling the cable TV issue is to safeguard the interests of TV viewers all over the country, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, told a deputation of the Delhi Residents Welfare Associations Joint Front last evening.

A press note issued by the Joint Front said that the minister assured the deputation that the Conditional Access System (CAS) being introduced from next month would be beneficial both in terms of cost and content to each of the 40 million viewers of television in the country.

He said that the lobbies with vested interests lobbies working against the launching of the CAS would not succeed in their efforts.

The minister informed the deputation that the television industry was poised for a growth from the current 17 per cent to 35 per cent and the advertisement revenue would range between Rs 4,000 crore and Rs 5,000 crore. Entrepreneurs would benefit due to this but they would not be allowed to do it at the cost of the viewers, the minister said.

According to Mr V. C. Tandon, founder convenor of the front, the minister has conceded to the request of the front to start a dialogue with the representatives of Residents Welfare Associations of Delhi sometime this month on the cable TV issue.

The delegation included Mr Yogeshwar Prasad, Mr P. N. Gupta and Mr V. C. Tandon. The Delhi Resident’s Welfare Associations Joint Front has been established to take up problems of the residents of Delhi common to all colonies and help seek their redressal. 


CM asked to end repression of BKU activists
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 12
Expressing grave concern at the turn of events arising out of the ‘Rasta Roko Andolan’ of the Bharatiya Kisan Union activists in various parts of Jind, Kaithal and Hisar districts, the Haryana Janata Dal (U) has held the “inept handling” by the Chautala regime squarely responsible for the situation.

The state unit president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, warned that the situation was fraught with “disastrous consequences”. He said that when the BKU supremo Ghasi Ram Nain and several other top activists were put in jail on charges of sedation, emotional outburst among the BKU activists against the ill treatment meted out to their leader was natural. He said putting sedation charges against the BKU leaders clearly showed that Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala was treading a “dictatorial path” and seemed bent upon crushing the farmers’ agitation ruthlessly.

He called upon the Chief Minister to give up ‘false ego’ and immediately abandon his dictatorial functioning and withdraw cases of treason and release Ghasi Ram Nain and others so that the situation could be prevented from taking an “ugly turn” in the state.


Politicisation of Punjabi language decried
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 12
Paying tributes to Bhai Vir Singh on his 46th death anniversary, the noted journalist, Mr Kuldip Nayar, warned against the politicisation of the Punjabi language. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nayar mentioned how through his writings Bhai Vir Singh brought much required respectability to the Punjabi language. He emphasised that Punjabi owes its origin to the saints and sages like Baba Farid and Bule Shah.

Mr Nayar warned against the Sanskritisation of Punjabi in India and Persianisation of it on the Pakistani side. He regretted that the politicians were using the cause of Punjabi language to further their political causes.

He said that the language should be saved from those trying to use it for political purposes, and making an oblique reference to the Punjabi Suba, he said that it was wrong on the part of the Hindus in Punjab to disown their mother tongue and blamed the Sikhs for making it their sole concern.

The Ragi Jathas performed the Shabad Kirtan and Dr J. S. Neki highlighted the literary contribution of Bhai Vir Singh on the occasion. The former Finance Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, presented a replica of the Golden Temple to Mr Nayar, who in turn announced a grant of Rs Five lakh for modernising the Bhai Vir Singh Museum in Amritsar.

The museum is housed in his Avas Sthan, a heritage building which was converted into a museum and a library with the help of the Department of Culture, Government of India, under the guidance of National Museum, Delhi and INTACH.


Rohtak Co-operative Bank to establish new counters, MDU, PGIMS to benefit 
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 12
The Rohtak Central Co-operative Bank proposes to expand its operations with the establishment of new extension counters in the city. The Chairman of the Bank, Mr Jagjit Singh Suhag, said that an extension counter is being set up in the Maharshi Dayanand University and another in the Pt B D Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), as also at the new bus stand site and in Sector 2, Sector 3 and Sector 4.

He said that the counter in the University would be located in the building of its Distance Education Department, for facilitating the students seeking admission in depositing their fees etc.

The bank will have 14 branches including those at Bhalaut, Lakhan Majra, Kalanaur, Meham, Madina, Jassia, Kharawar, Sugar Mills, Model Town and Sonepat Road besides its head office.

The bank earned a net profit of Rs 3.10 crore during the financial year ending March 31. He said that after the bifurcation of the bank in 1997 and with the creation of the new district of Jhajjar, the Rohtak Central Co-operative Bank had deposits of only Rs 33 crore. However, its fixed deposits today have increased to Rs 132 crore.

The bank advanced loan amounting to Rs 164.60 crore to the farmers for various agricultural activities.

The recovery of the loan amount appears to be causing a grave concern to the bank. The recovery of the loan advanced under the non-firm finances (NFF) and medium-term non-agricultural activities is virtually negligible.

Out of a total advance made of Rs 123.37 lakh under the NFF, the bank recovered only Rs six lakh (4.9 per cent). Moreover, out of a total loan of Rs. 101.27 lakh under the medium-term non-agricultural scheme, the recovery amounted to just Rs 3.83 lakh (3.8 per cent).

The recovery of the short-term agricultural loans advanced to the farmers, however, has marginally improved. While the overall recovery last year was 57.7 per cent, it was 60.2 per cent as on June 11. The recovery of the short-term and medium-term agricultural loans was 62.5 per cent and 50.2 per cent respectively. The bank has not advanced any long-term loan to the farmers since then.

The chairman said that a campaign had been launched to recover the balance loan amount by June 30. He revealed that arrest warrants had been issued to 543 defaulters, who jointly owed Rs 74.85 lakh to the bank. The bank was able to recover Rs 44.98 lakh from them. He has appealed to the agricultural and other loan takers to repay the amount by June 30.


Trader attacked in grain market
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 12
A large number of traders rushed out of their shops in panic as five armed youths forced their way into a trader’s shop and assaulted him in the grain market here yesterday.

According to a report, some traders showing courage, apprehended three of the five youths and informed the police. On receiving information, a large contingent of police arrived on the scene and launched a hunt for the two other assailants who had escaped. After an hour, the police arrested both the youths and brought them back to the shop.

The trader, it may be recalled, has alleged that the youths had tried to loot him but the investigations made by the police have revealed that it was a case of an old enmity between the trader and the alleged assailants.

Bitoo, one of the alleged assailants had worked as a broker in the grain market and he had a quarrel with the trader a week ago. He was also beaten up by the trader and his supporters that day. Thereupon, Bitoo along with his supporters forced their way into the shop and assaulted the trader yesterday.

A compromise was arrived at later in the presence of the police and the case was settled.

Bike stolen

A motorcycle parked outside a house was allegedly stolen by some unidentified thieves in Dhobi Mohalla of Jatwara area here last night.

According to a report, the owner of the motorcycle Mr Harish Dembla has lodged an FIR with the police in this regard.

The Deputy Commissioner of Sonepat, Mr Balwan Singh, has placed Mr Aman Kumar, Sarpanch of Garh Meerakhpur village under suspension on the charge of illegal occupation of 19 acres of panchayat land in the village.

According to a report, this action followed the public complaints received by the DC. This has caused a tension in the village.

Nine injured

At least nine persons including two women were injured in clashes that took place between rival groups at Kakroi, M P Majra and Kurar villages last evening.

According to a report, all the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and they are stated to be out of danger. The police are investigating the cases.

However, no arrest has been made so far. 


Woman immolates herself
Tribune News Service

New Delhi: A 26-year-old woman died, and her two children were seriously injured after she had set herself and children afire last night in the Sangam Vihar area in South district.

According to the police, the deceased, Anita, wife of a pickle vendor, bolted the door from inside the house and immolated her. Her husband was having his bath at the time of the incident.

While she received 100 per cent burn injuries and died on the spot, her two sons Akash (5) and Vikas (3), sustained 90 per cent and 30 per cent burn injuries respectively.

Both the children have been admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital for treatment and the police are investigating the case.

Woman drug peddler held

The Crime Branch nabbed a woman drug peddler in the Sultanpuri area in North-West district, and seized 105 grams of smack from her possession.

The accused, Rani, resident of Sultanpuri, was caught from her house and drugs worth Rs 10 lakh were seized.

Motorcyclist crushed

Noida: A motorcyclist was crushed to death after being hit by a truck near Chhapraula yesterday.

According to Dadri police, Dharam Pal Singh, 27, of Indira Puram in Ghaziabad, was going to Dadri on his bike. He was hit by a truck coming from Bulandshahr side near Chhapraula at high speed. He was killed on the spot.

After the accident, the truck driver fled away, abandoning his vehicle, the police said.

The police have sent the body for a post-mortem. The truck has been seized and the police are investigating the accident. OC

Aluminium items looted

Faridabad: Aluminium metal products worth over Rs 8 lakh were looted from two different spots in the district on Tuesday night.

According to reports, some armed persons came in a truck and forced their way into a factory in Sector 27-A and took away several blocks of aluminium by tying up the guard. The company manufactured auto parts and the aluminium was used as a raw material.

In another incident, aluminium plates worth several thousands were stolen from the premises of another company near Sector-31 here. OC

Two killed in jeep accident

Sonepat: Two youths were killed on the spot when a jeep in which they were travelling, was hit by a vehicle on the Gohana Rohtak Road near Mahra village about 45 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the victims were identified as Sandeep (16) of Rithal village and Surinder (22) of Hassangarh village. The police have registered the case against the driver of the vehicle involved in this accident. A hunt is on to apprehend him.

According to another report, two persons including a woman were injured when a car collided with a tractor-trolley on the G T Road near Ganaur about 20 km from here last evening. The injured persons were hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The police are investigating the case.

Meanwhile, the district police have received three ‘hand speed guns’ from the state government to check the speed of the vehicles passing through the district. OC


DDA launches housing scheme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 12
The DDA has announced a new housing scheme, ‘Jasola Janta Tenement Housing Scheme 2003’. Under the scheme, applications will be invited from the wait list registrants of Janta Housing Registration Scheme 1996 for allotment of one-room tenements in Jasola. The scheme will open on the 23rd of this month and conclude on the 22nd of July. About 2,005 ready flats, having an area of 20 to 24 sq mts, are available under the scheme.

The allotment will be made through a computerised draw, based on random number technique, in the presence of the applicants and a panel of observers from outside. The tentative cost of the flat will be Rs 1.74 to Rs 2.10 lakh exclusive of the service charge. The flats will be on freehold basis for cash down allottees whereas for hire purchase allottees, it will be on leasehold basis.

Engineering exam results

The results of All India Engineering/ Pharmacy/Architecture entrance examinations conducted by the CBSE were declared here today. As many as 2,98,490 candidates took the examination conducted in 97 centres across the country. The counseling brochures will be sent by the board to the qualified candidates. These brochures will also be available on the website. 


Policeman killed in shootout cremated with honours
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 12
Havaldar Raj Singh of Rohtak Police Lines, who passed away after a shootout at the Rohtak judicial complex on May 23, was cremated with full police honour at his native village Garhwal in Gohana sub-division last evening.

Besides thousand of the people from the village, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gohana, Shyam Singh Rana, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rohtak, Tika Ram and hundreds of police personnel from Rohtak and Gohana were present at the time of the cremation.

The expectation that the government would announce an ex gratia payment of Rs five lakh and a job for one of the dependent was belied.

The people were also upset that no high ranking government officer was present at the cremation site.

It may be recalled that Raj Singh received three bullet injuries while he was escorting the dreaded criminal Anoop to a lavatory in the judicial complex at Rohtak on May 23.

He was a member of the police team, which had escorted Anoop from the Sonepat District Jail to be produced in a court at Rohtak.

He was admitted to the PGIMS, Rohtak, in serious condition. When his condition did not improve, he was shifted to the Apollo Hospital on June 4. Raj Singh is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. 


Newly married woman ‘poisoned to death’ in Jhajjar
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, June 12
A newly married woman was allegedly poisoned to death by her husband and in-laws in Ladayan village of the district. The police arrested the four accused including her husband. According to the police sources here today, Sunil of Gwalison was married off to Manoj in Ladayan village two years ago.

The brother of the diseased told the police that the in-laws of her sister started demanding dowry just 10 days after the marriage.

He said that Sunil informed her family members about the demands of her husband who had been demanding Rs 80,000. Sunil’s father-in-law, Prakash, come to their house and took the money, the victim’s brother told the police.

After a while, she gave birth to a girl child. They again put a demand of a Hero Honda motorcycle, but the girl’s parents could not fulfil the demand.

The in-laws then sent Sunil to her parental home. But on June 5, her husband requested them to send her back. He assured them that they would not harass her for dowry. However, Sunil’s family was informed two days ago that she had been admitted to the PGI at Rohtak. The hapless woman died in the hospital later. The police registered a case under dowry acts against husband Manoj, his brother Satish and his parents Prakash and Ved Kaur and arrested them.

Woman consumes poison

A married woman reportedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous tablets at Kheri Sadh village of the district today. According to information, Sunita was married to Naresh in Beri village about 20 years ago. She was unable to bear any child. Her husband and other family members started taunting her and harassed her for years. Unable to bear the torture, she took the extreme step and consumed the poisonous tablets.

She was rushed to the PGI at Rohtak where she breathed her last. The police registered a case and arrested her husband.


SI ends life in Tagore Garden
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 12
A Delhi Police Sub-Inspector allegedly committed suicide last night apparently after his marriage had gone on the rocks. The deceased SI Manish Kumar, posted at the West district, hanged himself at home by using a bedsheet in Tagore Garden, West Delhi.

His body was recovered at around 7.15 am by his family members. Manish was staying with his parents and elder brother, also a Sub-Inspector posted at the Armed police.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Kumar had been going through a bad patch in his conjugal life which might have prompted him to take the extreme step. The police said that Manish was married in November last year.

He began to have problems with his wife soon after the marriage. The couple finally divorced last month.

Five held for dacoity bid

The Crime Branch of railway police has nabbed five notorious robbers from the Old Delhi Railway Station who were planning a dacoity in Muradabad passenger train last night.

Acting on a tip-off that some robbers would assemble in the railway station for committing dacoity in the trains of Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh sector, the police nabbed Sanjay alias Kalia (24), resident of Nand Nagari, Mohammad Farib (23), resident of Kotwali, Tinku Rai (22), resident of Mansarover Park, Kamal (22), resident of Gorakhpur and Kailash (20) of old Delhi.


Rewari teenager raped; man booked
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 12
The police have registered a case of kidnapping and rape under Sections 363, 366, 376 of the IPC against one Balwan Singh, son of Ram Pal, resident of Malpos village of Bhiwani district, following a complaint lodged by a teenaged girl of Bhalki village under Kosli Police Station of Rewari district.

The girl was also medically examined and a report in this regard was awaited from the State Forensic Laboratory, Madhuban (Karnal).

The police have not been able to trace the accused.

It is stated that Balwan Singh, working as a physical training instructor in Govt. School Babroli near Bhalki, had been living in some rented accommodation in the vicinity of the girl’s residence in Bhalki village.

Thus the man, it is stated, developed an intimacy with the family of the girl who was taken to Yavatmal in Maharashtra last week on the pretext that she would be imparted some professional training there.

It is also stated that during her stay there, she was repeatedly raped. She told her parents about the incidents on her return to Bhalki. Consequently, her father took her to the Kosli Police Station on June 9 where she made the complaint after which a case of abduction and rape was registered against the accused, Balwan Singh. The girl is a student of senior secondary class.

Betting racket smashed

New Delhi: With the arrest of five persons, Delhi Police have busted a cricket-betting racket in North-West Delhi area. The accused were operating for the Sri Lanka and West Indies cricket match held yesterday.

The police also recovered 12 mobile phones, two tape-recorders, three calculators, one TV set, one register with records. Some other gadgets were also seized from their house. When the arrests were made, bets running into several lakhs of rupees had already been placed.

The sleuths on receiving a tip-off, apprehended one Sanjay Chopra (40), and his associates Suraj (31), resident of Gujrawalan Town, Asok Kumar Jain (33), resident of Subzi Mandi and their assistants Jaiveer Singh (22) and Avdesh, both residents of Etah Mainpuri from a house in Pritampura last night.

While Suraj runs a travel and tour agency in Ludhiana, Jain is an expert in Hindi. They accepted booking from known persons only.

Held for bribe

The CBI today claimed to have arrested a middleman for allegedly accepting a bribe to facilitate procurement of a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for restructuring a house at Saket in south Delhi.

The accused Ram Singh Rawat caught outside the MCD office while accepting a sum of Rs 5,000 yesterday from the complainant Alok Gupta, was produced before Special Judge V K Jain after preliminary interrogation.

Rawat was remanded in CBI custody till June 16 for further investigation by the sleuths.

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