Wednesday, June 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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This twelve-year-old girl is on pins and needles
Prem Pal Singh

Meerut, June 17
Munzrin (12) seems to be like any other girl of her age. But there is something strange about her. At least 80 needles, all 1.5 inches long, have been extricated from her body in the past seven months. The doctors are also in a fix and the entire episode is a challenge for the medical fraternity.

Aabid, resident of Bondra village under the Kithare police station, is a daily wage earner. He has six children. But his entire wages for the past seven months have been spent on the treatment of his daughter, Munzrin. Aabid says that he has become bankrupt because of the extensive treatment his daughter has to undergo. X-rays and frequent operations cost a lot. Now, he has no money for the treatment of his daughter.

The situation has come to such a pass that the local doctors in the village have to operate on her to take out the needles. Deep scars on different parts of her body tell a sorry tale.

The owner of a local nursing home, Dr Anwar, told NCR Tribune that Aabid came to his nursing home seven months back for the treatment of his daughter Munzrin. She had pain and swelling in her head. When he got an X-ray done of her head he was astonished to see four needles in her head.

He put her under the scanner and extricated the needles. But next month she complained of pain in her stomach. This time it was found that she had needles in her stomach. She was again operated. The needles found in her body are of the same size as the ordinary sewing needles. They are about 1.5 inches long.

Dr Zubair Ahmad and Dr Sazid Ali revealed they had extricated 20 needles from her body. A local doctor performed a minor operation yesterday, taking out needles in front of several local and national mediapersons. Munzrin is a student of class 8 in the local school of her village. She said she feels pain in her body after a week or two and the pain goes away only after an operation. She said she was fed up of putting up with so much pain and could no longer endure this hellish existence.

People from the adjoining villages are rushing to her village to get a glimpse of this strange girl.

Meanwhile, a team of doctors and surgeons from the district hospital visited her. They have asked her to come to hospital on June 19 for an examination.


Honey, HUDA has shrunk the Gurgaon sports complex
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 17
The Haryana Government and its agency, the Haryana Urban Development Authority(HUDA), have drawn flak over their move to reduce the area of the sports complex here, construction for which is under way. In the eye of the storm is Mr Gopi Chand Gehlot, Deputy Speaker of the Haryana Assembly and local MLA, who is leader of the ruling INLD though he had won the election as an Independent.

Mr Khazan Singh, secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee(HPCC) and former Sarpanch of Jharsa village, which is literally part of Gurgaon city, today accused the government of betraying public trust by scaling down the original plan for a 100-acre complex to 45 acres.

The Congress government, in the mid 80s, had acquired 300 acres of land belonging to farmers in Jharsa and Islampur villages for setting up a jail complex. The land became part of HUDA’s Sector 38, falling in the heart of the city and emerging as a prime piece of real estate. (It is flanked by the Delhi-Jaipur highway and the Rajiv Gandhi bypass, on the one hand, and the Gurgaon-Alwar road, on the other.)

As the area falls outside the municipal limits, the administrative jurisdiction is that of the Jharsa village panchayat. In December 1997, the Jharsa village panchayat unanimously passed a resolution urging the government to shift the venue of the proposed jail complex and construct an international class sports stadium on 100 acres of the acquired land. Incidentally, Mr Khazan Singh was then the Sarpanch of the Jharsa gram panchayat. The HVP government headed by Mr Bansi Lal heeded the demand and reserved 100 acres for setting up the sports stadium.

Although the stadium project started with a pubic announcement that it would be set up on 100 acres of land, in due course the proposed area shrank to 45 acres.

Mr Khazan Singh alleged that with the connivance of the Deputy Speaker of the Haryana Assembly, the government and HUDA were now trying to ride roughshod over the local sentiment by turning the stadium into a mere district-level complex. Saying that there was an element of bathos in the sordid turn of events, he cautioned the government to be ready to face public ire at a suitable time if the project was not restored to its original canvas. He further alleged that the market value of the residue 55 acres of land was about Rs 1,000 crore. He further charged that sub-standard material was being used in the construction of the stadium and demanded a probe.

There is another sociological twist to the entire episode. Coincidentally, a majority of the farmers whose land was acquired by HUDA were Thakrans, an endogamous group (sub-caste). Mr Khazan Singh cautioned that in case the government did not name the stadium after the martyr the Ahirwal 360 group of villages would launch an agitation on the issue.


Grand plan for rural sectors may end in fiasco
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 17
The state government’s move to develop residential sectors in villages seems to be a bold decision, but one beset with hurdles. The authorities may have to think twice about issues that have been crying for attention in sectors developed in urban areas.

Although the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is still to finalise the rates of the plots to be sold in the proposed sectors, the land mafia has already gone into overdrive, collating information about the land to be purchased.

Though the state government has announced that sectors will be developed on panchayat (common) land only, the move is sure to give a fillip to real estate rates.

A major cause of concern, according to experts, is the kind of demand such plots would generate. It is an open secret that some of the HUDA sectors in urban areas have not been able to elicit the desired response from consumers. In fact, HUDA had to return the booking amount of hundreds of applicants in some of the new sectors here, especially in the Ballabgarh area; it also had to reduce the reserve price of the plots in view of the lukewarm response.

Some applicants, who had later backed out, have lamented that the sectors had none of the facilities that were publicised by HUDA. Sectors 2, 64 and 65, located in Ballabhgarh town, are yet to witness any construction activity despite the fact that these sectors had got ample publicity a few years ago.

It is felt that encroachments in these sectors might have discouraged the buyers. In fact, hundreds of plots in the majority of the sectors have no takers.

Again, HUDA has not been able to provide even basic amenities in some of these sectors. The Residents welfare Association of Sector 21-C, which is one of the main upcoming residential areas located in the vicinity of Aravali Hills, is livid over the problem of sewage disposal. It is alleged that the sewers of the sector had been lying incomplete with open ends and had not been connected with the main disposal line. As a result, dirty water had been accumulating.

The residents of this sector had also been raising the problem of low pressure of water supply and the poor condition of roads. The maintenance of roads, streetlights, green belts, cleanliness and clearing of garbage are the main issues that still cause heartburn to the residents of the majority of sectors here. It is learnt that while the sectors have been developed by HUDA, the job of maintenance of civic amenities is that of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF).

As the sewers are often choked in many areas, residents have to seek private persons’ help to clear these as getting service from the corporation is no easy task. The residents have also employed sweepers to clean the area. Mr S. S. Chaudhary, a resident of Sector 14 here, claimed he had to pay several hundred rupees each month to get regular service of a gardener, sweeper, watchman and garbage cleaner. He said he had not seen any sweeper employed by the MCF in his locality in the past 15 years. The roads were repaired only during a VIP’s visit and the streetlights were being maintained by the residents’ association only.

The MCF had recently handed over the supervision and maintenance of about 40 parks to the RWA in the city. In view of the problems faced by the residents of HUDA sectors in the urban areas, experts have doubts about the viability and success of such an experiment in the rural areas.


Flag march on NHs derails BKU plan
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 17
The police today again staged a flag march on the national highways passing through the district to thwart any attempt of agitating Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) activists to disturb vehicular traffic on the Rohtak-Jind, Rohtak-Panipat and Rohtak-Sonepat roads.

Apprehending that the BKU might react in frustration after its failure to go ahead with its rasta roko agitation on Monday, the administration has sought four reserves of additional police force to meet any eventuality.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Yadav, warned that nobody would be allowed to disturb peace. During his village-to-village campaign, in an effort to seek the cooperation of the people in maintaining peace and ensuring uninterrupted flow of vehicular traffic, Mr Yadav today visited Jassia, Sunderpur, Kharawar and Brahmanwas.

He told the rural populace that the rasta roko agitation of the BKU was anti-people as it put the travelling public to inconvenience. He further told them that the case of Mr Ghasi Ram Nain, state president of the BKU, was sub judice and the government could not help them in any manner.

Dhamar, Titoli, Kiloi, Sunderpur and Khidwali villages are considered to be the stronghold of the Bharatiya Kisan Union. The administration is keeping a close watch on these sensitive villages. The Deputy Commissioner is also holding meetings with the sitting and former sarpanches and panches with a view to involve them in maintaining peace in the district.

MDU declares CEET results

Rohtak: Maharshi Dayanand University has declared the results of CEET 2003 (Common Engineering Entrance Test) held on June 10.

The result is available at the inquiry counter of the university. The result is available on website(s): www.haryana. and, according to the university handout.


Stabbed to death for saying ‘no’ in sweltering heat
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 17
Two criminals, who had been released from a jail on bail just two days ago, in a fit of rage stabbed a rickshaw puller to death when he asked for Rs 80 for ferrying the duo in the sweltering heat.

The duo was about to flee when villagers caught hold of them and gave them a sound thrashing. Later, they were removed to a hospital in a serious condition by the police, where Lalit succumbed to his injuries; Bidhu is still battling for his life.

According to the Dadri police, Lalit, son of Achhey Ram, resident of Gautam Puri, and Bidhu, son of Rane, resident of Uchhoja, were friends who were not liked by even their own families for their nefarious activities. They had been arrested under Section 109 and were recently released on bail.

On the fateful day, they had nothing better to do when they told a rickshaw puller to take them to NTPC, Naroli. The rickshaw puller had reportedly said he would not be able to pull the rickshaw that far in the blistering heat. But they coaxed him and promised to pay whatever he wanted.

He obliged the duo but when he demanded Rs 80, they both started beating him up. When he tried to resist they stabbed him to death.

Villagers from Naroli and Salarpur lost their cool on seeing the rickshaw puller being beaten to death. They caught hold of Lalit and Bidhu and gave him a sound beating.

The Dadri and Jarcha police were informed of the incident. They took the injured criminals to a hospital in Dadri from where they were shifted to a Ghaziabad hospital where Lalit succumbed to his injuries.

Protest in Noida against lawyers’ arrest

Noida: Protesting against the arrest of two advocates by the Delhi Police Crime Branch, lawyers here observed a strike today. The police had arrested the two advocates yesterday in connection with a fake degree and mark sheet racket.

Three persons, including two lawyers, were arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch yesterday for their alleged involvement in a racket in fake degrees and mark sheets. The police also claimed to have seized more than 500 such documents, cheques and drafts worth Rs 8 lakh, two computers, a huge quantity of papers used to produce degrees and mark sheets, printers and scanners from their possession.


Another official in CBI net
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 17
The CBI has arrested a Food and Supplies Department official for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a kerosene shop owner.

A spokesman of the CBI said the official, B P Makhija, had demanded a bribe from the shopkeeper to allow “smooth functioning” of his kerosene shop. Following a complaint filed by the shopkeeper, the CBI arrested the accused for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2000, the spokesman added.

During follow up searches at his residence, the CBI seized Rs 2.95 lakh in cash, shares and bonds worth Rs 6 lakh and bank passbooks which showed a balance of Rs 1.5 lakh. His bank lockers yielded Rs 1.3 lakh.

The CBI sleuths also recovered documents pertaining to property deals at various places in the national Capital, including two shops in Rohini in the name of his elder son, and two MIG flats at Rohini in the name of his wife and brother-in-law. Makhija was produced before a designated court yesterday which remanded him in judicial custody till June 30, the spokesman added. The official was with the Food and Supply Office of Circle 55, Jahangirpuri. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

VK murder: No headway

The South-West district police today continued the search for suspects in the Vasant Kunj murder case. The police have questioned a large number of persons, including friends, relatives, drivers and servants. They have also made a list of labourers who had worked in the area. The Residents’ Welfare Association of Vasant Kunj and private agencies were also contacted for obtaining a list of maids working in the area. The maid of the victim was also grilled as she was the only person who had last seen the ladies in the house, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-West) Tajender Luthra said.


Cong Leaders call for action against MLA
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 17
Three Congress leaders - Mr Azad Singh Nehra, Mr Ranjit Kaushik and Mr Anil Thakur - today demanded disciplinary action against Mr Jatinder Singh Malik, a party MLA, as he had not attended the block workers’ meetings of the party addressed by Mr Bhajan Lal, president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, in this district last week.

In a signed press statement issued here, they also alleged that Mr Malik had been engaged in anti-party activities and siding with another group of the party, which was opposing Mr Bhajan Lal. They also refuted the claim of Mr Malik that Mr Bhajan Lal had used objectionable language and criticised Mr Lehri Singh. OC


Cong meets sans DCC sanction ‘not on’

Sonepat: The District Congress Committee president (rural), Mr Jitender Singh Malik, MLA, has said that the DCC would initiate disciplinary action against those who organise meetings of the senior Congress leaders in the district without permission of the DCC.

Talking to mediapersons at his residence here yesterday, Mr Malik said such meetings would be considered against the party unity and complaints regarding this would be sent to the AICC.

He said that the DCC has planned to organise a two-day training camp for the district party workers on July 21 and 22 at the district headquarters. Senior leaders from the AICC and the HCC would address the party workers during the training camp, he said. OC


Joshi launches Delhi Assembly website
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 17
Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi today expressed strong preference for the parliamentary system of democracy, saying it was best suited to the country.

Kiran Choudhary with her daughter after receiving the Best MLA Award in the Capital
Kiran Choudhary (Right) with her daughter after receiving the Best MLA Award in the Capital on Tuesday. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

“Despite all its shortcomings, parliamentary democracy has stood the test of time and carried India through many crises,” he said.

Mr Joshi was speaking after launching the Delhi Assembly’s website and conferring best legislator and best journalist awards on the nominees in the Assembly’s Central Hall.

“We have undergone many crises since Independence. We have seen bloody riots, two Prime Ministers killed and our Parliament attacked but the system did not bend despite all strains,” he said.

The Speaker, however, expressed pain over the way politicians “conducted themselves in Parliament”, the supreme institution of the parliamentary system.

“I have no hesitation to say that the recent years have seen a downslide in the image of the politician. Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assemblies have failed to maintain the dignity of the House. They should follow rules to maintain decorum and learn to value the system,” he said.

wever, the conduct of the members of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi did not disappoint the Speaker, and having a dig, though in a lighter vein, at Members of Parliament, he said, “I am not used to delivering speeches in such a peaceful atmosphere.”


Basic telephony is alive and kicking, says Touchtel
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, June 17
Contrary to the belief that basic telephony has become a thing of the past, Bharti has sold more than two lakh landlines during the past one year.

Touchtel, the brand name of the company’s telephone wing, has doubled its subscriber base from two lakh in July 2002 to four lakh by the end of May this year.

Revealing the figures, Mr Badri Agarwal, president of Bharti Infotel Leaders, said that Touchtel’s commitment to providing cutting-edge technology combined with world class service had played a key role in the rapid growth.

India’s “first private fixed-line telecom service provider” provided various consumer-friendly tariff plans, a state-of-the art round-the-clock customer care call centre and a number of innovative Voice Plus services, he claimed. Touchtel provided complete telephone services and solutions ranging from DSL broadband Internet access, leased lines, ISDN services, VPNs, unified messaging solutions, a state-of-the-art high-speed communication network capable of handling voice, data and video, he said.

According to Mr Badri Agarwal, the company was making a new beginning in the delivery of integrated end-to-end communication solutions.

It sought to capitalise on the growth opportunities that, it believed, were available in the Indian market and to consolidate its position to be an integrated telecommunications service provider with a focus on mobile services.

The company today offers mobile services in fifteen out of 22 circles in India.

As far as the fixed line services are concerned, the company has licence for Haryana, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Today, SingTel and Warburg Pincus are its leading partners. The other partners include leading international financial investors such as International Finance Corporation, Asian Infrastructure Fund Group and New York Life Insurance.


Nepotism in police recruitment alleged
Our Correspondent

Rewari, June 17
The Haryana Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has alleged that the Chief Minister’s repeated pronouncements that all government jobs during his tenure had been given on merit are hollow.

In a press statement released here today, Mr Vidrohi alleged that in sharp contrast to the Chief Minister’s claim, casteism, regionalism, clandestine recommendations and money power had played a towering role in filling up the government vacancies during the past three years of the Chautala regime. He asserted that police recruitment made in the past three years had been glaring instances of this ‘arbitrary’ functioning.

He alleged that barring reserved vacancies, almost all police recruits belonged to one particular caste and one particular region of the state. Members of a majority community of south Haryana, which fell under category ‘B’ among the Backward Classes, were ignored for recruitment in the general category notwithstanding their superb fitness and eligibility, he alleged.

Mr Vidrohi asserted that the way in which the police force in Haryana was criminalised, politicised and stuffed with recruits of one particular caste could lead to dangerous consequences in the years to come. However, there was no gainsaying the fact that such a ‘committed’ police force could pay some dividend to the Chief Minister when he would be out of power, he added.

Emphasising the need to bring out a white paper on police recruitment made during the past three years of the Chautala regime, Mr Vidrohi asserted that this alone could provide a real picture to the masses about the government’s functioning.

Institute plans to start law college

A proposal to establish a law college here is under the active consideration of the management of the Somany Institute of Technology and Management (SITM) here. The proposal was discussed in detail and approved at a meeting of the governing body of the SITM held here yesterday.

The meeting, which was chaired by Dr Vijay Somany, was attended among others by the Haryana Health Minister, Dr M. L. Ranga, Dr H. L. Verma, Vice-Chancellor of GJU, Hisar, Dr R. K. Arora, Deputy Registrar of GJU, Hisar, Dr Yogesh Singh, Dean, Indraprastha University, Delhi, Prof Ranjit Singh, Regional Officer, All India Council of Technical Education, Chandigarh; Dr K. L. Johar, former Vice-Chancellor of GJU, Hisar, Dr S. K. Sharma, PG Centre, Rewari and Mr I. D. Bansal, director of SITM, Rewari.

The governing body wanted the law college to be started from the forthcoming session. Besides, the Health Minister mooted a proposal to use the services of senior and experienced lecturers of technical education in the state for the benefit of the students.


Sonepat roads cry for overhaul
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 17
The pathetic condition of roads in the town continues to cause nightmares to the people, already plagued by various other civic problems. The foremost reason behind the bad condition of roads is the lack of proper drainage facilities.

Moreover, the road dividers have become increasingly dangerous for motorists and pedestrians in the absence of blinkers. This causes more problems to those who drive small vehicles. This is due to little co-ordination between the engineering wings of the official agencies like the Sonepat Municipal Council, the PWD (B and R), the HUDA and the Public Health Department.

In what can safely be called a farce, the official agencies claim that the city roads have a very high degree of riding quality and are some of the best maintained in the state. The condition of the roads, particularly during monsoon, does not deter these agencies from making such claims.

Most of the roads are rough and structurally weak. The city roads, which have become synonymous with depression, bumps and uneven surface, have another lethal addition — open manholes. With complete disregard for the commuterss’ sufferings or safety, the official agencies content themselves with cosmetic patchwork here and there.

One can walk on or cross a Sonepat road only at his/her own risk. Reckless speed, callous overtaking and other brazen violations continue to kill and maim people. Sonepat continues to carry its dubious distinction of recording the highest number of road accidents among the cities of the state. The fast growing number of vehicles along with the burgeoning industrial goods traffic has taken a heavy toll on road development. Inadequate finance for both the development and maintenance of roads is one major reason for their poor connectivity and quality. During the past one year, a number of official measures had been taken to expedite the development of roads and highways in and around Sonepat. However in reality, far less money than sanctioned had been spent on the maintenance and construction of roads, compromising the quality of material and thickness.


Ganaur hit by worst power crisis
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 17
Power played hide and seek with the people of Ganaur, a sub-divisional town in the district throughout the day yesterday.

According to a report, this could be the worst power crisis at Ganaur. Normal life has been thrown out of gear.

Water supply has been hit badly. Some areas had been without electricity the whole day.

According to some residents, the supply was switched off around 8 am and restored around 1 pm.

People remained without power between 3 pm and late in the evening. This caused great inconvenience to them.

The officials of the UHBVN maintained that the power supply remained erratic for the repair work in the powerhouse.

According to another report, the town of Kharkhauda and its adjoining villages remained powerless for several hours last evening on account of major breakdown in the 132 KV grid power sub-station at Fazilpur village near Sonepat.

The worst-affected villages were Jharot, Jharoti, Anandpur, Bhadana, Kakroi, Nakloi, Nirthan, Dahiya Kheri, Bidhlana, Silana, Sisana, Garhi Sisana, Matindu, Chhanauli, Barona, Gopalpur, Pipli, Kundal, Rampur, Gahri Kundal, Ferozpur Bangar, Jataula, Mandora Mandori, Turkpur, Thana Khurd, Thana Kalan, Kanwali, Rohat and Fatehpur.


Sanitation to stay with council
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, June 17
The Sonepat Municipal Council has postponed the decision to hand over the sanitation work to a private company on account of non-availability of funds in the annual budget.

According to a report, the sanitation work would remain with the present strength of the safai workers which is much less.

Meanwhile, the municipal council had already spent Rs 3.30 crore on the development works in all 31 wards of the city.

Many residents alleged that most of the works executed by the municipal council were sub-standard. A high-level inquiry will expose the wastage of public funds and misdeeds of the officials and the contractors, the residents feel.

Tops in development works

Sonepat district topped other districts in the execution of works under the 20-point programme during the year 2002-2003.

Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner, told mediapersons here today that the District Rural Development Authority (DRDA) has earmarked Rs 301.33 lakh for undertaking the development works under various schemes launched by both the Central and state governments in the district.

PNB branch opens

The Punjab National Bank has opened its branch on the premises of the B M Institute of Engineering and Technology near Raipur village about 5 km from the district headquarters.

According to a report, Mr Rajiv Jain, Chairman of the institute was among those present on the occasion.

Hit by bus

A youth Sunil Mandal sustained injuries after being hit by a private bus on G T Road near Bahalgarh Chowk about 10 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the victim belonged to Indira Colony and was crossing the road. He was immediately hospitalised.

Housewife injured

A housewife Mrs Anita Devi (38) was injured in an accident near Turkpur village about 15 km from here yesterday. She was rushed to the local civil hospital from where she was sent to a trauma centre in Delhi for treatment.

The police are investigating the cases. However, no arrest has been made so far.

Child found abandoned

A four-year-old unidentified child was found abandoned at Jhundpur village in the district yesterday.

According to a report, many people of the area have come forward to adopt the child. The whereabouts of his parents is not known.

Girl run over

Neetu, an 18-year-old girl was run over and killed by a train near Shanni Mandir here last evening.

According to a report, the victim was trying to cross the track.


This is no music to ears!
Our Correspondent

Narnaul, June 17
There is a growing complaint by the music lovers in Mahendragarh district against the sale of duplicate cassettes.

Several shopkeepers and private persons are engaged in the sale of duplicate audio-cassettes of renowned companies, including HMV, TIPS, T-Series, Sony, Venus, etc. Duplicate cassettes are of substandard material but the price is charged for ‘the real thing’.

The main source of such cassettes is from Delhi.

According to a consumer, it is learnt that the sale of cassettes is without billing so that the consumer cannot file a complaint before the District Consumer Forum.


Five held for illegal sale of govt cement
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 17
With the arrest of five suspects, South-West district police today claimed to have busted a racket of criminals involved in adulteration or illegal sale of government cement in Sarojini Nagar area.

The suspects were identified as Darshan Lal, Harbhajan Singh, Ashok Kumar, Rajinder, alias Chela, and Qubed Ulla Khan. The suspects used to procure government cement in connivance with the government contractors or officials employed in the CPWD godown at lesser price and sell it after adulteration.

Police seized one loaded LP truck of CPWD cement, two TATA 407 vehicles loaded with adulterated cement, three cement bag-refilling machines, 3,600 empty cement bags of various companies.

The police received a tip-off that a gang of spurious cement is operating near CPWD cement godown in Sarojini Nagar in connivance with the government contractor or CPWD employees. The police developed the information and seized the LP truck unloading cement at a private factory in Sarojini Nagar where cement was adulterated.

During interrogation, the prime suspect Darshan Lal and Harbhajan disclosed that they used to run the racket in connivance with the staff of the CPWD cement godown or government contractors.

Labourer electrocuted

A 28-year-old labourer apparently died of electrocution at the A.C. plant in the basement of Bihar Niwas last night. The deceased was identified as Mehraj Alam who used to work in the AC plant along with other labourers. His body has been sent for a post-mortem. A case of negligence has been registered in police station Chanakyapuri.

Held for sale of fake spare parts

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police arrested the owner of India Auto Lines Jagdish Nagpal and another shop owner Inderjit Singh on charges of sale of fake spare parts using the TATA brand name. The suspects were arrested following a raid at Kashmere Gate in North Delhi. Huge stock of spurious packaging material like cartons, pouches plastic rolls, sealing tapes, MRP stickers and parts identification tags all with TATA logo or trademarks design have been seized, the police said.

BJP, Congress working under ‘US pressure’

The National Akali Dal president, Mr Paramjeet Singh Pamma, has criticised the reported plan of the Union Government to send Indian forces to Iraq.

He alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress are working under the pressure of the US. Instead of sending troops to Iraq, the government should take steps to strengthen the border, as infiltration of militants takes place every day, he stated.

Varishtha Pension Bima

The salient features of the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana have been finalised by LIC. The actual date of commencement of the yojana will be announced


45-yr-old woman commits suicide
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, June 17
A 45-year-old woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a fan in her house at village Safiabad today. According to information, the woman, identified as Mukhtiari, wife of a CPWD employee in Delhi, was first seen by her eldest son, Anil, when he came to the house. She died while being rushed to Narela. On a complaint lodged by Anil, a case has been registered in Rai police station against her husband.

After a post-mortem at local civil hospital, the body was handed over to her sons.

Girls’ NCC camp

A 12-day first Haryana Girls Battalion NCC training has been organised in Hindu Girls College in which around 450 girls cadets from as many as 13 colleges of the state will participate. The camp was inaugurated by the commanding officer of the Haryana NCC, Ambala Cantt, Lt. Colonel Anil Kumar here on Monday. According to the CO, there would be two training camps—one for senior NCC cadets from June 16 to 27 and other for junior wing from June 18 to 25.

In the senior wing training camp, the girls cadets from MDSD and Deep Sanai colleges of Ambala City, Arya Girls College of Ambala Cantt., Hindu Girls College of Jagadeari, G N Khalsa College, DNV College, MLN College and the colleges of Yamunanagar, Hindu Girls College of Sonepat, DAV College of Karnal, government girls colleges of Panchkula and Indira Gandhi Girls College, are attending the camp. Similarly in the junior wing training camps, the cadets from the government girls senior secondary schools of Ambala City, Panchkula, Nangal, Pehbowa, and Panipat and of Air Force Public School, Ambala Cantt, will participate.

MDU counselling schedule

Rohtak: The Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) has notified the counselling schedule for admission to the MBA and MCA courses in the Kurukshetra university, MD University, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar and Ch. Devilal University, Sirsa, and their affiliated institutions for academic session 2003-2004.

The MBA counselling will be held from July 3 to July 8 and the MCA counselling from July 10 to July 15. The venue will be the Directorate of Distance Education Building of M.D. University, Rohtak.

Computer centre opened

Bhiwani: The functioning of the Board of School Education, Haryana went high-tech with the setting up of a computer centre, equipped with more than two dozen computers and printers.

The Chairman of the Board, Mr Rambir Singh, formally inaugurated the computer centre at the office of the Board in Bhiwani last evening.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the introduction of computers would make the functioning of the Board more efficient and transparent.

He said that the Board would be able to use facilities like interactive voice response system and helpline for making the results of senior secondary annual examination-2003 available at the doorsteps of the candidates.

He said a number of candidates would benefit from this facility.

The Board officials were being imparted training on the use of computers. The Vice-Chairman of the Board, Mr.Dilbag Singh and Secretary Rakesh Gupta were among others present on the occasion.

Cong rally against shortage of water

Rohtak: Activists of the District Congress Committee led by Mr Shadi Lal Batra, MLA and president of the DCC (urban), staged a demonstration in the town on Monday in protest against acute scarcity of power and water, ‘deteriorating’ law and order situation and ‘anti-people’ policies of the Indian National Lok Dal government.
The demonstrators shouted slogans against the government and marched to the office of the Deputy Commissioner to submit a memorandum to be forwarded it to the Governor. Addressing party workers before staging a demonstration, Mr Batra alleged that the state government had miserably failed to fulfil its promise of providing 70 litres of potable water to a person in a day. OC

Water shortage

Narnaul: There is an acute scarcity of potable water in Kanina (Mahendragarh sub-division) these days. The supply has come to a halt for the past two days. In a few areas, more then 100 houses are not getting drinking water. It is only the old tube well which supplies water.

The canal-based water supply scheme was inaugurated about five years ago. The worst affected areas are Mohalla Thakranwale and Chand Muhalla. OC

CP central park to have new look

New Delhi: The central park of Connaught Place will undergo a complete re-greening, and will have an improved landscape, once the Metro rail underground construction is complete.

An open-air amphitheater, a water channel and special lighting have been planned. TNS


Posing as policeman, man caught for rape of minor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 17
The Delhi Police today heaved a sigh of relief after arresting a suspect, involved in the rape of a 15-year-old girl in Rohini on June 9. The suspect was not a police officer as had been claimed earlier.

The North-West police today claimed to have arrested four persons including the main accused for their alleged involvement in the crime. Earlier, the police had formed several teams in the district to identify the criminals as the crime had created ripples in the area. The police after making over 300 portraits, identified one of the accused and finally zeroed in on the main accused.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Northern range), Ranjit Narayan said that the main accused Roshan Kundu (35), resident of Kaitha, Haryana, Ram Sevak Gupta alias Lambu (26), resident of Rohini and a rickshaw-puller, and the conspirators Surender Singh alias Surpal (33), resident of Jahangirpuri and Ramesh Chand Singhal (44), resident of Rohini, were arrested individually from their houses.

Narayan said that Roshan, an ex-security guard from the Maurya Sheraton hotel had been frequenting the area for the past 10 years. He was even booked on an impersonation case in 1998 for extorting money from a general store merchant. He also had a motorcycle with a numberplate painted in red and blue paint, which is normally found in the police vehicles.

Narayan said that the police had been trying to locate Roshan’s contacts in the Police Lines.

On the fateful evening, the accused Roshan along with his friend Surender intercepted the victim and her uncle Hotam (30), who were on a bicycle in the Sultanpuri area.

Roshan, posing himself as a police officer, told Hotam that he was eloping with the girl.

Hotam tried to convince Roshan that the victim is a 8th standard student and hails from Madhya Pradesh. She is just visiting her relatives’ house in Delhi. But Roshan told them to accompany him to the police station in the Pitampura area and they would be released later.

He then took the victim and her uncle near Naharpur bus stand where he met another friend Ramesh Singhal, while Hotam made a PCO.

Roshan after giving them the impression that he is a policeman, took them near the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital and asked her uncle to wait near the gate, while he took the girl on the pretext of meeting a senior police officer.

En route, he met another person Ram Sevak Gupta, who also sat with them on the motorcycle. The duo took the girl to Japanese park and raped her in an isolated area, and deserted the girl.

The victim stayed in a nearby jhuggi and managed to reach her house the next morning.


Four members of ‘Tanny’ gang nabbed
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 17
The Noida Sector 58 police claimed to have arrested four dacoits of the dreaded ‘Tanny gang’ after an encounter. One country-made revolver, live cartridges, knives, iron rods, and instruments used for breaking locks were recovered from them.

The accused, who belong to the Bawarya tribe, were planning a dacoity in Chhajarsi village, the police said. SP Vijay Bhushan informed that they were wanted by the UP, Haryana, Punjab, and the Rajasthan police.

Several criminals of the tribe were involved in many crimes, particularly during the last few days in Noida. The police had been alerted and night patrols had been intensified.

“Last night, the Sector 58 police received some information that a few criminals had been hiding near the Hindon river and planning to strike in Chharjai village. Circle officer Rama Kant, along with the police force from Sector 58 police, reached the river, where the accused were arrested,” the SP said.

“During the interrogation, they disclosed that they belonged to Bawarya tribe, and identified themselves as Roti, Raju, Lakhan and Babu, all residents of Pigode. They said they were members of the Tanny Gang which had spread terror in Palwal, Balabgarh in Haryana, Bharatpur in Rajasthan and Agra, Ghaziabad, Noida in UP.

The gang is accused of committing thefts and dacoity in these areas. The police informed that the accused were conspiring to attack and loot some houses in Chharjsi village at midnight.

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