Friday, July 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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300 gas cylinders explode in residential pocket
Our Correspondent

Meerut, July 17
More than 300 LPG cylinders exploded when a delivery truck rammed into an electric pole, causing a fire in the congested Nousendi area on Garh Road in the city this morning.

Later, some policemen sustained burns while trying to douse the flames. Senior Superintendent of Police Mukul Goel said that fire brigade personnel took nearly three hours to extinguish the blaze. The entire area was sealed and the traffic diverted.

According to the police, the incident occurred when the truck was carting the cylinders to the godown. The vehicle apparently veered out of control and rammed into an electric pole on the side of the road. Suddenly, there were a series of blasts as several gas cylinders caught fire and exploded.

Thereafter, it was panic stations as residents rushed out of their homes.

By now, the vehicle, too, had caught fire. The police and the fire brigade rushed to the spot and managed to remove the remaining cylinders to safety. However, it took them more than three hours to bring the fire under control.

The police said that it was apparent that proper precautions were not being taken while transporting the cylinders. At least, three houses and a motor garage were damaged in the explosion. It was a miracle that there were no casualties, a senior police officer said.

Preliminary inquiries have revealed that the fire was caused when some cylinders started leaking after the collision and caught fire when an overhead electric wire fell on the consignment.

Eyewitnesses said that the accident occurred just as the driver was trying to park the truck. The explosions could be heard a kilometre away.

The police said that cases of negligence, under the Explosives Act, had been registered against the owner of the godown, Ajit Tandon, who has been arrested. The district magistrate also directed the officials to find out how the godown happened to be located in a residential colony.

The police said that the explosions could have resulted in a major tragedy had the driver of another truck, laden with 400 cylinders, not reacted immediately and scurried from the scene with his vehicle. No employees were present at the godown as it was yet to open for the day. Further investigations are on.



Dwarka property dealer’s murder case cracked
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, July 17
The district police claimed to have solved the murder case of a Delhi-based property dealer with the arrest of an accused. The money transacted in a property deal is stated to be the reason behind the killing. The accused, Suresh Sangwan, who was remanded in four days’ police custody by a local court in Bahadurgarh yesterday, disclosed the involvement of six more accomplices.

Sources in the district police revealed today the Rohtak police had already arrested two persons named by Suresh as his accomplices in another case and they would be brought here later.

The police had recovered a body lying in an abandoned Indica car near a canal on the Jhajjar road in Bahadurgarh on May 22. The body was identified as that of Ramesh Bhatia, a property dealer in Dwarka.

However, the Crime Branch of Bahadurgarh yesterday succeeded in cracking the case following the arrest of the prime accused, Suresh Sangwan, from his residence in Sector 7 of Palam Colony in Dwarka. During interrogation, he confessed to the crime and disclosed the entire conspiracy behind the murder. He told the police his friend Sanjeev Goyal had bought a shop from the deceased and promised to pay for it later. However, when the victim started pressing Sanjeev for payment, the latter approached the accused, Ramesh, with the problem. A murder plot was hatched and Suresh got in touch with his accomplices. The deal was struck for Rs 3 lakh.

The accused identified his accomplices as Balwan, Rajesh, alias Rajbir, Rambir, Kuldeep, Teju and Himmati. They reached the office of the victim on May 21 in a Qualis car. But he was not in the office, so they went after him and tried to abduct him near a petrol pump in Dwarkapuri at pistol-point. When the victim refused to accompany them, one of the abductors stabbed him and took over the Indica car. They reportedly killed him in the moving vehicle and abandoned the car with the body lying inside on the Jhajjar road in Bahadurgarh.

The police sources said two of the accused in the case, Rambir and Kuldeep, had been arrested by the Rohtak. They were planning to murder a doctor in Kalanaur, who had refused to pay them ransom.

Aged man killed by wife, sons

An aged man was allegedly killed by his two sons and his daughters-in-law in Bhurawas village of the district. His own wife was an accomplice in the act. A property feud is said to be the reason behind the killing, which took place on the night of July 13.

According to the police sources, the deceased, Ran Singh, was living with one of his three sons, Arvind. His two other sons, Anand Prakash and Rajkumar, had been living separately with their mother.

Ran Singh owned 12 acres of land in the village, which was being cultivated by his three sons. According to Arvind, his father had raised a loan. Now, he wanted to sell the land and repay the same. This was not acceptable to the other two sons.

This conflict took a turn for the worse when he was allegedly killed by Anand and Rajkumar, the deceased’s wife and his daughters-in-law. They reportedly bundled his body in a bag and threw it outside the village. However, some villagers spotted the body this morning and informed the police. The police have arrested the accused following the registration of a case on the statement of Arvind.



ASI, civic body told to produce original files
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
The Delhi High Court today asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to produce before it the original files pertaining to the sanction of the construction plan of a building near the historic Jantar Mantar here, allegedly in violation of the provisions of the Ancient Monuments Act.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice A. K. Sikri also requisitioned the records of the trial court in order to ascertain if the NDMC had sought the ASI nod before approving the construction plan of the said building on Janpath Lane.

ASI counsel Sanjay Jain claimed Jantar Mantar was a protected monument and as per the Centre’s notification the said building could not be erected irrespective of the NDMC sanction as it fell within 100 metres of the 18th century monument.

However, petitioner S Shivdarshan Singh’s counsel P. N. Lekhi pointed out that the ASI had failed to place on record the said notification of 1957. The court was perturbed to know from Mr Lekhi that the NDMC was constructing a high-rise within the prohibited area and the ASI was not doing anything about it. “How can you permit it?” the Bench asked the ASI.

A Single Bench of the court had in October last allowed Singh to raise a construction after the NDMC gave its approval. However, the construction was stayed by the Division Bench after the ASI challenged the Single Bench order, claiming the NDMC approval was in complete violation of the law.

According to the Ancient Monuments Act, no construction activity could be undertaken on the protected (where the monument exists) and prohibited (within 100 metres of the monument) area. Such activities in another 200 metres had to be regulated so as to protect the monument.



Panipat’s exports up by Rs 50 crore
Tribune News Service

Panipat, July 17
Despite poor industrial infrastructure, lopsided government policies and worsening law and order situation, the handloom capital of the country has done it again on the export front with orders touching Rs 1,250 crore, up by Rs 50 crore over that in fiscal 2001-2002.

Despite an occasional slump, the exports have been growing since the early 70s when they were pegged at just Rs one crore. Besides handloom products, Pachranga pickles, Basmati rice and blankets are exported from the city. Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe and the Gulf countries are the major customers.

In 1997-98, the exports fell to Rs 400 crore from Rs 425 crore in 1996-1997. Similarly, the exports fell to Rs 400 crore in 1995-96 from Rs 450 crore in 1994-1995. However, in 1998-99, they staged a come back and jumped to Rs 600 crore.

Panipat has 2,600 handloom units employing over 70,000 skilled and semi-skilled workers hailing from UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Bangladesh. It is learnt that Panipat exports about 35 per cent of the country’s interior products. Hand-tufted carpets are a major item and this year their export has contributed over Rs 60 crores. The Export Promotion Council has awarded the carpet industry with a gold medal for its quality products. Besides, four units had been awarded the state’s Export Award.

Even as the state and local authorities claim credit for the galloping exports, the exporters have a different story to tell. A top exporter said on the condition of anonymity that despite poor infrastructure and rising crime graph, the dogged determination of the exporters and the easy availability of raw material and cheap skilled labour were the factors behind the spurt in exports.



Social activist moves court on selective demolitions
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 17
It seems that the authorities follow different norms for different people when it comes to taking action on encroachments. While bulldozers have razed over 3,000 jhuggis and kutcha-pucca dwellings at various places in the town in the past three weeks, the authorities have not cared to serve even a notice on certain influential persons in the NIT area and other parts for usurping public land.

Frustrated by the tepid response of the officials, a social activist here has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The civil writ petition filed by Mr K. L. Gera, a resident of Sector 15-A, in this regard has been admitted. The court has asked the authorities to file their reply by July 31next.

Giving details of the PIL, Mr Gera said he had issued a legal notice to the district authorities, including the Deputy Commissioner and the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF), stating that there had been rampant encroachments around the Government Senior Secondary School at Tikona Park in the NIT area.

Earlier, he had brought glaring examples of unauthorised occupation in the area to the attention of the MCF. The civic body, in its response to him on March 10, 2003, had communicated that for removal of encroachments a request had been made to the SP and DC.

However, about four months had passed with the authorities failing to take any action. He alleged that this could be owing to the vested interest of certain officials and the influence wielded by persons occupying the land.

The petitioner has now demanded the removal of the auto market, shops and the subzi mandi functioning illegally near the school boundary. He has pointed out that the traffic congestion and the resultant air and noise pollution was dangerous to the health of schoolkids and other residents.

The applicant has supplied about 38 photographs of the illegal structures. He has claimed that there were hundreds of illegal shops in the area and each shopkeeper had usurped 15 to 50 feet of public land. The green belt on both sides of the road had been encroached upon, either by the shopkeepers or the local residents who had constructed or extended the ramps outside the built-up area. A nearby park had also been illegally occupied.

The encroachers had even constructed multi-storied buildings and complexes. He challenged the authorities to pull down these structures. He was forced to file a PIL as the authorities had failed to initiate the desired action.



With phones on the blink, BSNL lets go of rent 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 17
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided not to charge any rent from telephone subscribers for the period when their telephones were lying disconnected. They have been promised re-connection without the payment of their bills.

Disclosing this, Mr R. C. Hooda, General Manager, Telecom, Sonepat district, told mediapersons here today that if any subscriber was inclined to take advantage of this scheme he should make payment of the amount outstanding against him in monthly instalments. If the first instalment was paid he could get the telephone connection without the STD facility. The STD facility, he said, would be given after the clearance of all dues pending against him. He said this scheme would continue till September 30 next.

He also disclosed that the BSNL was providing Cell-One mobile telephone connection free of cost to a subscriber who had already one such mobile connection. If any basic telephone subscriber wanted to get a Cell-One mobile connection in his own name or in the name of his family member, he could get two connections for Rs 200 only. This scheme would continue till July 31 next.

Mr Hooda also disclosed cash counters would be opened at Ganaur and Kundli telephone exchanges for providing the facility to the telephone subscribers. The capacity of the existing RSU telephone exchange (OCB) on the Gohana road was being expanded from 2,000 lines to 3,000 lines and this work would be completed soon.



Bus driver gets a thrashing, blocks traffic
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 17
The traffic on the telephone exchange road was blocked for more than half-an-hour last evening by a Haryana Roadways bus driver after he was beaten up by two motorcycle-borne youths.

According to a report, on receipt of information, the General Manager of the Haryana Roadways Sonepat depot, Mr H. C. Jain, and the SHO of the city police station arrived on the spot and pacified the angry driver.

The incident happened when two motorcycle-borne youths made an attempt to overtake the bus near the telephone exchange. The motorcycle was hit by the bus in the process, though the youth were not hurt. However, the duo took offence and parked their motorcycle in front of the bus. They dragged the driver out of the vehicle and thrashed him in the presence of a large number of people. The crowd, too, sympathised with the youngsters and asked them to flee. Not allowing the matter to rest, the crowd again roughed up the driver. Finally, the livid driver stopped his bus in the middle of the road and brought the traffic to halt. The logjam persisted for more than half-an-hour.



Interest rate cut on farm loans motivated: Cong
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, July 17
The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee has said that the Centre’s decision to reduce interest rate on agricultural loans up to Rs 50,000 was politically motivated and aimed at gaining dividends in the coming Assembly elections in five states and to the Lok Sabha a year later.

The party spokesman, Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, said that had the Centre been sincere to help the farming community, it should have reduced the rate of interest on agricultural advances two years ago when the nationalised banks had brought down the interest rate on savings from 12 per cent to 6 per cent. But the Centre then preferred to provide the benefit of the reduced rate of interest to the industrialists and the rich sections of the society.

Mr Hooda said that the Haryana Government should also reduce the interest on agricultural loans being advanced through the district and state-level co-operative banks. He regretted that the co-operative banks in Haryana had been charging 12 to 14 per cent interest on loans advanced to the farmers whereas the nationalised banks in the state were charging 9 to 12 per cent interest on advances made to the industrial sector. He described as baseless the allegations of the HVPN Chairman, Maj-Gen (Retd) B. S. Rathi, that 1,700 employees of the HSEB were retrenched when Mr Bhajan Lal was the Chief Minister. He said that Mr Bhajan Lal always believed in providing jobs and not snatching it away.



Third Front accuses BJP, Cong of stoking communalism
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
The Third Front of political parties in NCT of Delhi said the Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) were equally guilty of stoking communalism.

The constituents of Third Front on Thursday held a demonstration to protest the alleged miscarriage of justice in the trial of the perpetrators of communal riots in Gujarat.

If the BJP is responsible for the Gujarat riots, the Congress is equally guilty of fanning communal passions and victimising the Sikhs in the 1984 riots, said the chairman of Third Front, Mr Ramvir Singh Bidhuri.

“It is shameful neither party could get even one person punished for the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 … it is a blot on the nation,” Bidhuri told the demonstrators.

The president of the Delhi unit of Janata Dal (S), Mr Shoaib Iqbal, demanded that the Union Government and the Government of NCT of Delhi fulfil their promise of providing relief to the victims of anti-Sikh riots.

The spokesman of the Third Front and president of National Akali Dal, Mr Paramjit Singh Pamma, in turn said neither the Delhi unit of the BJP nor the DPCC did anything to ensure compensation to the affected Sikhs.

He also came down heavily on the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) for keeping mum on the issue despite being an ally of the NDA government at the Centre.

“Mr Badal rushes to plead with Mr Advani when his residences are raided but he has done nothing to get the BJP to give justice to the victims of the anti-Sikh riots,” he said.

The Third Front also demanded regularisation of unauthorised colonies in the Capital, a halt to demolition of slums, exempting traders from Value Added Tax (VAT) and exemption of urbanised villages from house tax. The representatives of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Mr Samajwadi Party, National Lok Dal, Shakti Dal and Loktantrik Samajwadi Party took part in the demonstration.



Power Dept to give the stick to errant staff
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, July 17
The Chairman of Haryana Power Transmission and Distribution Corporation, Major-General (retd) Bhoop Singh Rathi said here that his department’s aim is to improve relations with the consumers and purge itself of the possible corrupt practices of the employees.

Major-General Rathi, who visited Bhadas and Pinangwa villages in the Mewat area yesterday to bring the consumers and his department closer, stressed that it was in their own interest that they paid the dues and desisted from promoting corrupt practices among the lower staff of the department.

As part of his programme, he has been touring the villages along with other officials.

The programme was launched in June from Narnaul in Mahendragarh district. The districts covered so far include Mahendragarh, Gurgaon, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonepat in the NCR zone.

Major-General Rathi, who took charge recently, said that the state had ample provision of power to meet the demand. However, he lamented that only 50 per cent of the power was accounted for. Thirty per cent of it was lost due to technical loopholes and worn-out infrastructure, including cables and conductors, and 20 per cent was lost due to thefts.

The department has set a target of reduction of five per cent of the line losses in the next six months. This will enable the department to mop up Rs 250 crore per year, he added.

Major-General Rathi said in order to bring efficiency in his department, his organisation has decided to punish the erring officials and reward the sincere and hardworking ones. Besides, there is a proposal to honour those consumers who are prompt in paying their dues.

He attributed the shortage of personnel as one of the factors for the department’s functioning below par. To remedy the situation, a decision has been taken to recruit 6,000 technical staff in various categories.

He said that his department has been augmenting the infrastructure for the distribution of more power supply in the system.

The Transmission wing of the department has decided to purchase 12,000 transformers, each having capacity of 25 KVA. This will be the biggest bulk purchase at one go in the state. 



Rains expose inadequacy of drainage 
facilities in Sonepat
R. D. Sapra

Sonepat, July 17
The worst-ever waterlogging that paralysed the normal life of people living in the low-lying areas of the city during the current spell of rains has not only exposed the inadequacies of the existing drainage system but also the working of the civic administration.

The experience shows that the concept of systematic planning is alien to the administration, causing chaos in the city.

What has happened during the rains provides conclusive proof of the gross negligence, inefficiency and lack of farsightedness on the part of the authorities and other official agencies concerned. The drainage system in most parts of the city is either non-existent or has been inadequate to handle the normal water discharge during the past few years. The administration has made little effort to augment its capacity.

Though the government had spent crores of rupees on laying huge sewer lines under the Yamuna Action Plan in different parts of the city, the drainage facilities have not improved as desired. A high-level inquiry into the laying of sewer lines and public complaints into the misuse of public funds is likely to expose the truth behind this anomaly.

The district administration, the Sonepat Municipal Council and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had obviously not taken into account the inadequate drainage network, which is under pressure in case of a vigorous monsoon. This results in the flooding of low-lying areas, jhuggi clusters and resettlement colonies. This is precisely what has happened during the current spell of rains when most parts of the city got submerged under knee-deep water, posing a serious flood threat to the residential colonies.

Waterlogging in illegal colonies could be explained away as due to the absence of proper drainage network there, but the situation in other colonies, which have proper sewerage, cannot be easily explained. The residents of these colonies had to wade through knee-deep water for days.

Faced with a flurry of complaints regarding heavy flooding, the municipal council came out with the explanation that the drainage network failed because of the discharge of sewage and sullage through these drains. It was also stated that lack of drainage facilities in many unauthorised colonies had resulted in the discharge of sewage from these colonies into these drains.

In fact, most of the drains laid by the municipal council were found to be totally blocked. The council’s plea of non-availability of funds is seen as an attempt to save itself from the public outcry.

Waterlogging has become an annual feature and the municipal council should realise the magnitude of the problem and initiate action on a long-term basis.



Sushma concerned over imbalance in 
male-female ratio 
Tribune News Service

Sohna(Gurgaon), July 17
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, today expressed concern at the decreasing population of women in the country, leading to an imbalance in male-female ratio. She also inaugurated a three-day health camp here.

Addressing a state level convention of multiple purpose female health workers of Haryana here, Mrs Swaraj lauded the state government’s “Devi Roopak” programme, which aimed at addressing the skewed male-female ratio.

The convention, organised by the state Health Department, was attended by a large number of females, especially the multiple purpose health workers. According to Mrs Swaraj, such conventions will be held in all the states.

Incidentally, Haryana is the first state to host the state level convention. The Minister lamented the large number of deaths of women while giving birth. She urged upon the health workers to fan out in their areas of influence to awaken the women about health related issues. According to her, the Centre has already provided Haryana, as well as other states funds for purchase of disposable kits for the health workers.

The Minister of Health, Haryana, Dr M. L. Ranga, said that the state was taking steps to promote both Ayurvedic and Allopathy system of medicine.

In order to promote herbal cure and medicine, the state has developed the ‘Chaudhary Devi Lal Herbal Park’ on an area of 250 acres of land in Yamunanagar district.



National consultation begins to harness youth power
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
The national consultation on “Youth For Development-Vision and Focus” began today at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The two-day national consultation programme will mark the final stage of the deliberations that was initiated through the four regional workshops on the theme in different parts of the country.

Organized jointly by Planning Commission of India and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Mr K. C. Pant, Deputy Chairman, Planing Commission, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The function was presided over by Mr Vikram Verma, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports. The Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Vijay Goel, was the guest of honour.

The programme “Youth for Development- Vision & Focus” is aimed to discuss issues such as employment, education, environment, health and disaster preparedness, which are critical issues in front of the nation today.

The national consultation would highlight the role that the youth of the country need to play for the development of the nation.

According to Mr V. Muraleedharan, Director General, NYKS, “it is often felt that the youth power of the country with its vast potential, if properly harnessed, could contribute much towards the solutions to these problems. Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, the largest network of youth action groups spread all over the country should be geared up in this direction. This effort of applying youth power towards the development demands intense interaction and deliberation of experts and youth workers in the country.”



Ice factories closed for using impure water
Our Correspondent

Rewari, July 17
Invoking Section 2 (e) of the Prevention of Epidemics Act 1897, the District Magistrate, Mrs Neerja Shekhar, has ordered the closure of three ice factories in the district with immediate effect.

The affected factories include Dinesh Ice Factory, Dahina, Deepender Ice Factory; Tankri and Krishna Ice-Cream Factory , Kund.

The water being used for the manufacture of ice in these three factories was found unfit for human consumption by Pt. Bhagwat Dayal Research Centre, Rohtak, where samples of their water were chemically tested.

The District Magistrate has also directed the Tehsildars of Rewari and Bawal to ensure that the factories stopped manufacturing ice with immediate effect.

Earlier, two other ice factories of the district, Sharad Ice Factory, Qutabpur (Rewari) and Vicky Ice- Cream Factory, Kosli, were ordered to close down under the Act.

Van Mahotsav inaugurated

Mr M. R. Popli, principal, Rao Birender Singh College of Education, inaugurated the Van Mahotsav celebrations (tree plantations drive) by planting a sapling in R.B.S. Model Public School here yesterday.

To achieve the objective of making the environment free of pollution, as many as one thousands saplings of gul mohar, guldavdi, amla, kachnar, neem, sheesham etc. were planted by the staff and students of the school on this occasion.

The students also took a pledge for the upkeep of the saplings. Mrs Sharad Sinha, director of the school, said that it was a matter of great satisfaction and pride that through their relentless efforts as many as 250 plants out of 280 saplings planted last year had successfully survived in spite of drought conditions.

Stadium demanded at Rohtak

Rohtak: Mr Virender Singh, president, DCC (Rural), has demanded the setting up of a modern stadium at Rohtak as it had the distinction of grooming a large number of sportspersons of national and international standard.

Reacting to the statement made by the INLD MP and president of the Indian Table Tennis Federation, Mr Ajay Chautala, at Gurgaon regarding the setting-up of four indoor stadiums in the state, the District Congress Committee (DCC) has demanded that one such stadium be set up at Rohtak.

In a statement here yesterday, Mr Virender Singh, president, DCC (Rural), said the INLD MP had announced to set up four stadiums at Gurgaon, Panchkula, Sirsa and Chautala at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore each.

He said the setting up of such a stadium at Chautala village, the native village of the Chief Minister, was unnecessary.

The Congress leader argued that a modern stadium with international facilities be set up at Rohtak, as it was a centrally located district.

Moreover, he pleaded that Rohtak had the distinction of grooming a large number of sportspersons of national as well as international levels.

He said that number of players of the Indian Women Hockey team belonged to this district. A number of players from Rohtak had represented the country in the Asian Games who had brought laurels to the nation, he added. 



‘School Sudhar Yojana’ discussed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
The headmasters of 47 MCD schools today met the Union Minister of State for Sports, Mr Vijay Goel and discussed the ‘School Sudhar Yojana’, a project the minister has taken up to give a facelift to MCD schools in the Capital.

The meeting was held at the Gali Bandookwali School, where most of the work has already been completed.

During the meeting, Mr Goel explained the project to the participants and said that each NGO can look after one school. On their part, the headmasters apprised Mr Goel about the bad condition of the MCD schools and requested him to provide adequate infrastructure to run them.

Mr Goel also visited a school at Gali Bansi Koylawali, which has also been adopted by him to improve its condition. The Deputy Director (Education), MCD, was also present in the meeting and suggested ways to improve the schools.

Bridge over Yamuna Canal inaugurated: The Delhi Industries Minister, Mr Deep Chand Bandhu, today inaugurated the newly constructed bridge over the Western Yamuna Canal connecting road number 37 to Ashok Vihar.

The 15 mt wide and 20 mt long bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.77 crore. The area councillor Mrs Premlata Goel, Chief Engineer V.K. Malhotra and Deputy Commissioner of Rohini Zone Manpreet Singh were also present on the occasion.

The Industries Minister said that a 200-bed hospital would be developed soon in the area, which would have specialist doctors from all departments. He said that another project worth Rs 78 lakh was being processed. The area councillor, Mrs Prem Lata Goel, said the inauguration of the bridge would ease traffic flow from Lawrence Road, Pitampura, Rohini and other adjoining areas.



Youth shot dead in revenge killing in Gohana 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 17
In a case of revenge killing, a group of people reportedly shot dead a youth, identified as Ramesh, while he was going towards his fields near Chaudhary Devi Lal Nagar of Gohana town, 35 km from here yesterday. According to a report, the accused reached the spot by a car and started indiscriminate firing on the youth, who was released from jail about two months ago.

The firing incident caused panic among the people. On receipt of information, the police arrived on the spot and launched a hunt for the alleged assailants, but failed to arrest them. The police have registered the case against the alleged assailants and further investigations were in progress.

Body recovered: The police recovered the body of a newly born child from a drain at Janti Kalan village about 25 km from here yesterday. The body was sent for the postmortem examination. According to a report, the police have launched a hunt to trace the mother of the child. The police believe it to be a case of ‘illegitimate’ relationship and have registered the case. Further investigations were in progress. The body, which was unclaimed, was cremated by the Sonepat Municipal Council yesterday.

New Delhi
Man held for drug  trafficking:
One person identified as Gayan Murti (32), resident of Belarsa in Madhya Pradesh, was arrested last evening from Tahirpur T-Point in North-East district for drug trafficking.

He was arrested while he was waiting for a bus at the Tahirpur bus stand last evening. Eighty-five grams of ganja was recovered from him. During interrogation, he disclosed that he had brought the ganja from Belarsa to supply to his contacts in the Capital, the police said

He was staying at Darshni Vihar in the Capital. He entered the world of drug trafficking to earn easy money, the police said.

Motorcycle recovered: The Nand Nagri police today arrested Rishipal (32) and recovered a stolen motorcycle from his possession. The suspect was stopped by the police near Wazirabad road, and during interrogation he disclosed that the vehicle was stolen from Preet Vihar, the police said.


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