Thursday, August 14, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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I-Day alert for human and vehicle bombs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
The Delhi Police today said they have received specific input on possible terrorist strikes, especially use of human and vehicle bombs, aimed at disrupting the 57th Independence Day celebrations.

The possible use of police and army vehicles in such strikes is more real this year. In view of this, special parking labels are being issued for security vehicles, said Special Commissioner of Police (Security and Operations) S. K. Kain.

Unprecedented security arrangements have been made this year keeping in mind the recent strikes in Jammu, when terrorists were found to be dressed in Army fatigues. The Delhi Police have decided not to take any chance and be extra vigilant about such possibilities,” said Mr Kain.

Even flight operations in a radius of 300 km will be suspended between 4 am and 10 am and again between 4 pm and 7 pm on August 15 to prevent any aerial attack. Light and microlight aircraft and gliders can be used carrying out such strikes, it is feared.

Two helicopters would be on aerial patrol and monitor the security arrangements on the VVIP route, at Red Fort, at Rajghat and in New Delhi area, the police official said.

The markets in the vicinity of the Red Fort and the shops along the route leading to the Red Fort would be closed and the high-rise buildings would be sanitised. Around 450 houses in the walled city area are under surveillance to avoid any untoward incidents.

Mr Kain said about 900 commandos from the Delhi Police, the NSG and the ITBP will be positioned at vantage points.

Mr Kain said the Delhi Police had received specific threats against Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani, other political leaders and leaders of the VHP and the RSS from the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Security has been beefed up at the IGI Airport, ISBT, railway stations, metro stations, market places, cinema halls and parks and the entire New Delhi area, he said.

In all, about 16,000 to 17,000 security personnel would be involved in anti-sabotage and anti-explosive checks and anti-terrorist measures in and around the Red Fort.

Surveillance has been mounted in certain areas, which could be used as hideouts by terrorists. Commandos would be stationed on about 150 multi-storey houses near the Red Fort. They would maintain a close watch on the movement of traffic with the aide of binoculars.

The deployment near Parliament House, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and residence, and buildings of historic and national importance has been increased.



Rajouri Garden encroachments to be razed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
The Delhi High Court today set a deadline of six weeks for the MCD to remove all encroachments from the Rajouri Garden area of the Capital. The order emanated from a Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed after MCD Deputy Commissioner K. D. Akolia appeared before it to explain problems faced by the civic agency in implementing the court order on the issue.

The court also directed the Delhi Police chief to provide necessary assistance to the MCD, so as to avoid any possible law and order problem in executing the order. The court also asked the MCD to inform the DCP/SHO of the area 48 hours in advance about the requirement of the police force. The Bench posted the matter for further hearing on September 17. Following a PIL filed by Rajouri Garden Residents’ Welfare Association three years ago, the court had on March 22 last year ordered the MCD to remove all encroachments and illegal constructions from the area.

Thereafter, a committee was appointed by the court to monitor the progress in implementing the order. The committee complained to the court that 17 months had passed since the court order and the same had not been implemented so far.

While hearing another matter on illegal construction, the Bench asked the counsel for the MCD, NDMC and DDA to expedite hearing in all cases of encroachment and illegal constructions and prepare a list of such cases pending in the high court.



Bus staff convicted of throwing student
out of running bus
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
A Delhi court today convicted and sentenced the driver and conductor of a bus to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for killing a student by throwing him out of the moving vehicle in September 1997.

Special Judge V. K. Jain convicted conductor Sudhir Kumar and driver Dinesh Singh on the charge of throwing Dinesh Tokas, a student of class 10, out of the running bus near Sangam Cinema in south Delhi on September 27, 1997.

Tokas was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital where he breathed his last in the evening. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the accused, of which Rs 15,000 would go to the mother of the victim.

According to the chargesheet, Dinesh Tokas had boarded the bus (DL-1P 2752) running on route number 864 and handed over Rs 20 for purchasing a Rupee one ticket. The conductor did not return the balance. When Tokas asked for it, the conductor abused the boy and claimed that he had returned the money. After sometime, Tokas went to the bus depot along with his friends, Lalit Singh, Chandragupta and Vijay Kumar, and demanded the balance.

Instead of returning the money, the conductor and the driver thrashed the youths and threw Tokas out of the bus. The medical report, conducted on the body, said Tokas died of internal injury caused due to a fall.

After examining 12 witnesses, Mr Jain convicted both under Section 325 of the Indian Penal Code, instead of section 304, for causing grievous hurt.



IIT panel to probe alleged ragging of JEE topper
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, has set up a committee to inquire into the alleged incident of ragging involving a student, Prakash Rajpurohit.

The student, who topped the IIT JEE list in the Capital recently, alleged that a group of seniors had ragged him. Unable to bear the agony, the student had left the hostel. Rajpurohit was told to perform unmentionable acts and harassed for not carrying out the senior’s wishes.

The IIT has now ordered an inquiry. “We have set up a committee to look into the matter. Strict action will be taken against the offenders”, said the Registrar, Mr. A S Malhotra.

He added, “A team from the university met the student at his residence today. We have asked him to divulge the names of those involved and help us identify the culprits”.

Traumatised by the incident, Prakash has not yet identified the culprits. His family had earlier pointed out that the boy was suffering from acute depression following the inhuman treatment meted out by his seniors.

A case has been registered in the Hauz Khas Police Station and Prakash, who is now at his Ghazibad residence, has been asked to identify the culprits, which will help them carry forward the investigation.

Meanwhile, the IIT authorities have intensified checks to ensure no incidents of ragging occur in any of the hostels. “ The wardens and the Deans are carrying out intensive checking of the hostels at regular periods and even late at night to ensure that students are nor ragged,” said Mr Malhotra.



Consumer Forum empowered to punish
GDA, rules HC
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 13
The top brass of the Ghaziabad Development Authority are in a spot with the Allahabad High Court rejecting the GDA plea that Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act was unconstitutional. The GDA, facing a plethora of law suits in the Consumer Forum, had contended that the forum was not legally empowered to impose punishment.

The recalcitrant GDA has not complied with the Consumer Forum’s decisions in at least 1,342 cases, it is learnt.

With the high court dismissing the writ filed by the Secretary of the GDA, the officials are now in a quandary as they can now be hauled up for contempt of court. This is amply clear from the high court’s observation: ``Section 27 of the Consumer Act is just like contempt proceedings. It is a special provision for protection of consumer’s rights.’’

The high court, while rejecting the writ, has held the decisions of the District Consumer Forum, including the punishment of six months’ prison term awarded to the GDA Secretary, as valid. This spells trouble for the top brass of the authority.

The GDA has all along been accused of being high-handed; thousands of allottees have filed cases in the District Consumer Forum questioning the GDA’s callousness. The Consumer Forum has given its verdicts in favour of the allottees in almost all these cases. The GDA had complied with some of the decisions of the forum, ordering the refund of money deposited by the allottees. But in a majority of the cases, the GDA consistently chose to ignore the Forum’s rulings.

There are still 1,342 cases in which the authority has failed to comply with the decisions. Significantly, the Consumer Protection Forum had awarded the GDA Secretary six months’ imprisonment each in more than 20 cases for non-compliance and for being callous towards the allottees.

The allottees perceive the District Consumer Forum as a consumer-friendly institution, which they expect will protect their rights against the whimsical and biased GDA officials.



Gurukul management talks tough
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 13
The surplus staff in the educational institutions of the Kanya Gurukul, Khanpur Kalan, and the Gurukul Vidyapeeth, Bhainswal Kalan, has become a big problem for the new management of the gurukuls. No wonder Mrs Krishna Malik, who was unanimously appointed the president of the management committee recently, has decided to take the bull by the horns. (Incidentally, she is the wife of the Director-General of Police, Haryana, Mr M. S. Malik. In fact, she is the second woman after Padam Shri awardee late Subhashni Devi to head the committee.)

Mrs Malik’s first announcement after taking charge underscored the need to improve the financial position of the gurukuls. Fort this she suggested several measures, including removal of the surplus staff. Although she has tried to initiate some steps to streamline the income and expenditure of the institutions, so far she has not succeeded in removing the surplus staff due to opposition from former influential members and presidents of the management committees.

She had attempted to wind up a boys senior secondary school of Gurukul Vidyapeeth, Bhainswal Kalan, as the management was incurring heavy losses in running the school. But she was forced to backtrack following opposition from the people of the area. The school staff members were close to some influential person or the other. However, this management committee is different on one score. It has not made any appointments so far. The earlier committees would induct their favourites in different gurukuls without taking into account the financial implications. Even the government guidelines were flouted while making the placements.



Bismillah Khan’s shehnai to take on
Amjad Ali Khan’s sarod
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, August 13
South Extension-based Pandit Chatur Lal Memorial Society is dishing out a rare treat in Indian classical music with two legendary artistes, Ustad Bismillah Khan and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, performing together in a concert, titled ‘Amar Jyoti’, at Talkatora Stadium on August 18. It is a musical tribute to the unknown soldiers, recreating the glory of India’s freedom struggle.

The jugalbandi, for the first time by Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan (Shehnai) and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod), is sure to enchant the audience. Ustad Bismillah Khan, the ailing Shehnai maestro, had recently regaled the parliamentarians.

The Pandit Chatur Lal Memorial Society was founded in 1990 by the son of the great tabla wizard Pandit Chatur Lal, Pandit Charanjit Chatur Lal, to revive his memory. The main objective of the society is to propagate solo tabla performances, organise concerts to provide opportunities to young and upcoming artistes to display their talents and perpetuate the memory of late Pandit Chatur Lal through the creation of a huge music library.

The organisation recently produced a documentary film on the great artistes of classical music. “Thirty-six years ago, we lost the legendary tabla player, Pandit Chatur Lal, at the young age of 40. Western musician Yehudi Menuhin once remarked that he was one of those few pioneers who won for India the great and growing following it now commanded in the West. Pandit Chatur Lal had always served a single purpose, sangat, both in art and life,” an organiser said.

On August 20,1999, a concert ‘Amar Jyoti’, dedicated to Kargil soldiers, was organised by the society at Ashok Convention Hall, Ashok Hotel. Mrs Suman Krishana Kant, wife of then Vice-President, and the three Services chiefs had attended the function.

The society started an educational series, ‘Jagriti with living legends’, which was inaugurated by the flute legend, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, on October 31 at Siri Fort Auditorium.



‘Mahapanchayat’ near CM’s house on Aug 27
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
It’s literally taking the battle to the opposition camp. Chairman of Third Front Ramvir Singh Bidhuri says a ‘Mahapanchayat’ of 365 villages will be hosted near Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s residence on August 27 to awaken the Government of NCT of Delhi to the problems faced by the villagers.

The Mahapanchayat, Mr Bidhuri on Wednesday told media persons, would demand the fulfilment of the assurances made by the Congress before the 1998 Assembly elections. The Congress, he said, had promised to extend the Lal Dora and exempt villagers from paying house tax.

“The Congress will complete five years in office soon but in these five years, it has done nothing … neither did it extend the Lal Dora nor exempt the villagers from paying house tax. If the Chief Minister does nothing now, we will organise a panchayat in every village to expose the claims of the government,” Mr Bidhuri said.

President of Delhi unit of Janata Dal (S) Shoaib Iqbal, Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP’s) Delhi unit president Sukhbir Panwar, Samajwadi Janata Party’s (SJP’s) national general secretary HN Sharma, National Akali Dal president Paramjit Singh Pamma and Shakti Dal’s Delhi unit president Gopal Jha were present in the conference.



Canal water nourishes tail-end villages
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 13
Representatives of various farmers’ organisations, gram panchayats, block samitis and the Sonepat Zila Parishad today expressed satisfaction at the working of the vigilance wing set up in the Irrigation Department in this district, saying that cases of canal cuts and unauthorised irrigation had come down considerably.

In a press note issued here, they said that the officials of this wing had checked the ongoing works undertaken by the Irrigation Department but failed to detect any irregularity and malpractice in the utilisation of the public funds. The officials of this wing, they said, had inspected the sites at various places where the work for desilting and deweeding operations was in progress and found the work in accordance with the schedule.

They also stated that the farmers whose fields were situated at the tail-end villages had been getting regular supply of canal water during the period of rotation as the officials had been patrolling the embankments of the canals, minors and distributaries in the district. This, they said, was possible on account of the strict monitoring of the works for the cleaning operations of the canal network by officials of the vigilance wing.



Down history lane of colourful kites
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
Chandni Chowk MP and Union Minister of State Vijay Goel today said that a kite museum would be set up in the heritage city of Chandni Chowk. This would highlight the history of colourful kites.

Mr Goel took a round of Lal Kuan area. He was given a rousing welcome by the kite sellers and kite lovers. On the occasion, Mr Goel said that kite-flying is a symbol of composite culture of Chandni Chowk. It also helps strengthen the bonds of communal harmony. Kite-flying was at its peak during the Mughal era. Many emperors along with their begums and shehzadis used to fly kites.

Mr Goel added that Chandni Chowk has large number of kite manufacturers who are preparing kites in different colours and designs.

During the months of Sawan Bhadon, the sky of Chandni Chowk is flooded with different kinds of colourful kites and 15th August is termed as a day for kite flying. The area bounded with colourful kites reflects the unity in diversity of our great country. Mr Goel while appreciating the feeling of kite-fliers, announced that kite shops would remain open during late night till 2.00 am during these two days.

Mr Goel hoisted national flags in many places in Lal Kuan. Addressing a large number of Hindu and Muslims on the occasion, he said that both communities struggled side by side to attain freedom for the country and both the communities are safeguarding the freedom.

He said that Chandni Chowk is the only locality in the country where the Independence Day is celebrated in every street and bazaar and a number of cultural programmes are organised. The people of Chandni Chowk want to see their motherland prosperous and developed, he added.



With raids galore, owners of fair price
shops scurry for cover
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 13
Officials of the CM’s Flying Squad, accompanied by the police, carried out surprise raids on a number of fair price shops in different parts of this city yesterday and found almost all of them closed.

According to a report, the owners of the fair price shops had reportedly got prior information about these raids. As a result, they did not open their shops and hid themselves in safer places.

The main purpose of the raids was to check the records of the fair price shops in connection with the alleged blackmarketeering of the wheat flour meant for distribution among families living below the poverty line (BPL) in this city and elsewhere.

This followed public complaints about the maldistribution of BPL flour by certain owners of fair price shops in connivance with some officials of the Food and Supplies Department.

The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, it may be recalled, had ordered a high-level probe into the public complaints in this regard. Acting on the directive of the Chief Minister, the officials of the CM’s Flying Squad had conducted raids at some wheat flour mills in this city as well as at Ganaur and Kharkhauda town last week and inquired about the alleged bungling in the distribution of atta among the families living below the poverty line in this city and elsewhere in the district.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the Food and Supplies Department are contemplating taking action against the owners of the fair price shops for not opening their shops yesterday. They also propose issuing show-cause notices, asking them to explain why their licences should not be cancelled for closure of the shops without any reason. The department authorities also propose calling the owners of these shops one by one for the scrutiny of the records in connection with the distribution of BPL atta.



DC’s initiative on sprucing up parks bears fruit
Our Correspondent

Panipat, August 13
In this industrial town, the business community seems to be least interested in the welfare of society as a whole. Some charitable institution here had donated water coolers, which were installed at different platforms of the Panipat railway station, the bus stand and at Shivpuri cremation ground. But no one so far has taken the initiative to take measures to provide pure and fresh air to the residents of the town for the benefit of the future generations in this thickly populated and polluted industrial town. Air and water pollution register a regular upswing here.

People here would remember the Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. R. Anand, for taking appropriate steps geared towards providing pure and fresh air to the residents of the town. In the list of parks developed by him, the latest addition is Hero Park, which is going to be inaugurated by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on Independence Day.

The DC had envisaged a plan whereby 63 parks were to be cleaned in the town in the first phase. More than 50 per cent have been spruced up for the residents.

The parks’ scheme was envisaged about 30 months ago when many of the parks in posh areas of Panipat were being for nefarious activities or providing shelter to pigs and stray cattle.

When complaints were lodged with the DC, he thought of doing something concrete for the beautification of the area. He set about doing this with a double-pronged strategy entailing multiple benefits. On the one hand anti-social activities were curbed in residential areas and on the other hand the parks after being spruced up became playgrounds for the children.

The scheme clicked and the first ever 11-member DAV Residents Welfare Association was formed with ladies of that area taking the lead. Ms Ritu Nanda and Ms Indu Dutt, president and secretary, respectively, along with other lady members of the association started collecting donations from the residents of the area and erected a boundary wall for the park, raised green grass and saplings of different varieties of flowers and trees in it.

Besides this, these ladies ensured fixing of benches in the park for old people and made arrangements for providing floodlights in the park. Moreover, to make the park clean and green the association installed a pump for providing ample water for the plants. Two sweepers and two gardeners were deputed for the upkeep of the park which was named DAV Apna Park.

DAV Apna Park initiated enlisting public support. Many residents welfare associations came up and a new era in getting pure and fresh air in Panipat was heralded.

The Executive Officer (EO) of the Municipal Council, Panipat, Mr Shiv Kumar Vats, told NCR Tribune that almost 50 per cent parks of the town had been beautified and handed over to the resident welfare associations. Mr Vats confirmed that work was in progress at parks in Devi Murti Colony, Friends Colony, Adarsh Nagar, Ram Nagar in the Tehsil Camp area and the prestigious Hero Park in Model Town. All these parks will be handed over to the associations within the stipulated time.

While giving details of the newly built Hero Park, spread over four acres, the EO said to perpetuate the memory of Subhash Chandra Bose the park had been named Hero Park.

The park, situated in front of present Congress MLA Balbir Pal Shah’s residence, was being used by a tent decorator to store material since ages. Nobody could remove the encroachment, the EO briefed. In a matter of just 60 days the park was ready.

The EO further said the main attraction of the park was a newly designed fountain with a 1400-ft-long stone channel constructed around the park with four bridges. In between the park, there was a double-storied canopy, he added.

On its upkeep after the inauguration, the EO confirmed that this park would be managed by the local RWA. The total cost of the project was Rs15 lakh with the association contributing Rs 2.5 lakh and the Panipat Refinery and the Municipal Council both making a contribution of Rs 5 lakh each. The cost for the balance amount would be met by the MC.

Giving details of other major projects on parks and greenery, the EO said work on Hali Park and Lake had also started. The lake, which was named after famous poet Altaf Hussain Hali was also in poor condition. The dyeing units around this lake released coloured water. Again, the DC had intervened and established an 11-member committee headed by him and started beautification of the park and lake with financial support from the Panipat Refinery, the EO confirmed.

Talking about the Hali Park and Lake project which was taken over by the Panipat Refinery, Mr Vats told an estimate of Rs1.62 crore was given to the refinery which was pending consideration by a high-powered committee of the refinery.

The Panipat Refinery had made an initial contribution of Rs 10 lakh for the Hali Park and Lake project. The EO said flowering saplings had been planted, rotten trees uprooted, jogging tracks repaired, floodlights provided and gates fixed in the park. The MC, Panipat, had deputed gardeners and sweepers and even leakage from the dyeing units had been sealed and diverted to Yamuna Action Plan, he confirmed.

Mr Vats also said a detailed scheme had been made to clear the stagnant water of the lake into a proper sewerage scheme. Besides, a 51-acre Tau Devi Lal Park was coming up on National Highway 1. This would have musical fountains and other amenities.



MCD teachers hold dharna for salaries
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
Teachers of the government primary schools submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, demanding the immediate payment of salaries due to them and the implementation of the Government’s Assured Career Progression (ACP) Scheme.

The Akhil Delhi Prathmic Shikshak Sangh had staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar today before handing over the memorandum to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Addressing the agitating teachers, the Sangh general secretary, Mr Ranchandra Dabas, said around 20,000 teachers of nearly 1,800 primary schools run by the Municipal Corporation Of Delhi (MCD) had not received their salaries since June.

He said they had also been denied the benefits under the ACP scheme, which had already been implemented for other employees in 1999, and were still awaiting the implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations.

Mr Dabas said teachers resented their deployment in non-teaching activities, which hampered their primary work. The Sangh also demanded the recruitment of teachers to fill up the vacancies in the MCD schools without delay.



Real models in all their glory
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
They were models in their own right. Dressed in the trendiest the designers had created for the occasion, disabled people made it to the ramp during a special show, organised by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and the International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT).

These models held the space with the professional ramp walkers and managed to hold their own despite many of them being confined to wheel chairs.

Excitement and cheer backstage were replaced with poise and aplomb on the stage. Attired in bright clothes designed specially for the occasion, these models participated in the integrated fashion show here last evening in what is claimed to be the first of its kind in the country.

The show featured 12 professional models including Jessie Randhawa and Rahul Dev. The disabled models included visually challenged as well as hearing impaired.

The show, in 10 sequences, displayed ‘saga in white’, consisting of white skirts with embroidered tops, short dresses in peekaboo pleats, and crochet tops.



Plan for INA market development
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has prepared a conceptual plan for redevelopment of the congested INA market area in South Delhi, the Rajya Sabha was told.

Considering the existing inadequacies in the INA market and to provide for an environmentally better market place, the MCD has prepared the plan, the Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Mr P. Radhakrishnan, said. However, the proposal is at a preliminary stage, he said.

Metro compensation

The government is examining recommendations of a committee on temporary relocation/rehabilitation of structures likely to be affected by Line 3 section of the Delhi Metro Project, Mr Radhakrishnan said.

Compensation for residential and other types of land and structures is payable on actual acquisition in accordance with provisions of Land Acquisition Act, 1894, the minister said.

Beggars apprehended

During 2001-02 and 2002-03, 3,776 beggars were apprehended, out of which 1,788 beggars were convicted, the Minister of State for Social Justice, Mr Nagmani, said. However, there is a constant influx of beggars from other states making it difficult to completely remove them from public places, he added.



Villagers sweat and fume
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 13
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has imposed an unannounced power cut for nine hours daily in the villages of Janti Kalan, Janti Khurd, Dahesra, Khatkar and
Shershah, along the Haryana-Delhi border falling under the jurisdiction of Kundli sub-division of the Nigam in the district.

According to a report, this has caused widespread resentment among the residents of these village and they are planning to gherao the sub-station and the SDO of the Nigam.

They alleged that the SDO had adopted indifferent attitude towards the residents of these villages and they had no alternative than to launch an agitation.

The main demands of the villagers, among other things, include the suspension and transfer of the SDO immediately and a high-level probe into the unsatisfactory working of the Nigam in this sub-division.

According to another report, the residents of Gadore Colony and the industrial area held a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here yesterday in protest against the erratic power supply. They raised slogans against the UHBVN and demanded immediate steps to ensure regular supply of power to the residential colony and the industrial area.



Thieves strike tyre showroom near police station 
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 13
Several cases of thefts have been reported in the district in the past 24 hours.

According to reports, robbers made their way into a tyre showroom adjacent to a police station at Palwal town and decamped with several tyres worth Rs 1 lakh. One motorcycle was also stolen.

Thieves also struck at two different places in the town and took away cash, valuables and jewellary worth several thousands of rupees. The burgalary took place at a house in Ashoka Enclave and Sector-31. An Indica car of one Murari Lal Gupta of Sector -15 was stolen from outside a temple yesterday.

Case of last rites: Vidrohi wants action

Rewari: The Haryana Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, urged the Chief Minister to take action against all those who prevented the last rites of a local youth Ranbir Singh from being performed at his native Charkhi village.

The youth was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the village in the morning of August 4.

Mr Vidrohi said it was all the more agonising that the Sangwan Khap Panchayat was allowed to have its own way much to the chagrin of the men of the Kadiyan Khap to which the deceased belonged.

He wanted all prominent leaders of the state to rise above vote bank politics and condemn the so-called Khap Panchayats for all such acts of omission and commission.

Protest march against SC judgement

Sonepat: Large number of workers affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) took out a procession here today against the Supreme Court’s judgement depriving the government employees of their right to organise strikes.

Mr S. N. Solanki and Mr Hawa Singh, both the leaders of the CITU, led the procession. The speakers said that the apex court’s judgement had hit at the fundamental democratic right of the people as it had grossly negated the statutory provision in the Industrial Dispute Act 1947, providing legal right to the working class to go on strike.

They also announced that their agitation would continue until this judgement is withdrawn.

Woman commits suicide

A 20-year-old woman, identified as Manjeet, was reported to have committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in her house in Jeewan Nagar here last night.

She had been snubbed by her father, which had forced her to take this extreme step. The police have sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

No trace of child prisoners

The police have failed to arrest the two child prisoners who had fled from the Bal Sudhar Grah.

According to a report, the police have taken into custody the warden and the security guard for interrogation.

Even though the dog squad had been summoned, the police were unable to get any clue. The police had also carried out raids at the possible hideouts.

Roadways driver beaten up

A driver of the Haryana Roadways was assaulted by two persons on the Sonepat-Rohtak Road near Kanwar village, about 15 km from here.

According to a report, the Kharkhauda police have registered a case against the alleged assailants.



Shramik Mahila Jagriti Sammelan’

New Delhi, August 13
The Delhi Labour Welfare Board and Swavalambi Women organised a function, ‘Shramik Mahila Jagriti Sammelan’ in Kamani Auditorium here today.

The programme included a performance by noted dancer, Geeta Chandran and her troupe on ‘Nari Jagriti’. The Board Chairman, Mr Sukhbir Sharma, gave the welcoming address.

He explained the future programme of the board and shed light on the past achievements. He said the board would focus on the empowerment of the women.

Among those who attended the programme were president of the DPCC, Mr Prem Singh, chief of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Mr Daniel Gustafson and Dr Francois M Farah, chief of UNFPA.

New voters’ list sought

A former legislator has sought the intervention of the Election Commission (EC) to prepare a new voters’ list for the Delhi Cantonment Assembly constituency.

The former MLA, Mr Karan Singh Tanwar, on Wednesday claimed in his petition to Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh that the names of several voters had been deleted from the list allegedly at the behest of the sitting MLA and Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Kiran Chaudhry. Seeking an inquiry into the discrepancies in the voters’ list, Mr Tanwar claimed an official had not only deleted about 500 names but also incorporated the names of about 1,600 bogus voters. 



Two Killed in head-on collision

Rohtak, August 13
Two persons were killed in a head-on collision between two motorcycles near Bhalaut village last evening. One of the deceased has been identified as Rajender, while the other victim is yet to be identified.

Mr Jai Bhagwan, a resident of Sunarian Khurd village, stated in the FIR that a motorcycle collision took place when his brother-in-law, Rajender, was returning home along with his wife.

A case under Section 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered in this connection.

Poster competition

The district Red Cross Society will organise a district level poster competition on August 20 here. The aim of the competition would be to encourage people to donate blood. Mr O. P. Arora, secretary of the society, said the winners would get an opportunity to contest in the state level competition to be held later.

He said prizes worth Rs 1,000, Rs 500 and Rs 250 would be awarded to the candidates winning the first, second and third prizes respectively.



Pirated porno cassettes, CDs seized
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 13
With the illegal sale of pornographic CDs and cassettes flourishing it is fast giving rise to porno culture in the posh sectors of the town. It is polluting the young and impressionable minds, according to the police.

The police were checking vehicles near the Sector 37 crossing last night when they spotted a scooter coming from the Delhi side. On seeing the police, the pillion rider tried to escape but he was nabbed.

A thorough frisking of the duo and a search of the scooter toolbox yielded 129 pirated cassettes and 57 porno CDs. The two identified themselves as Sanjay of Sector 20 and Rinku of Kalyanpuri, Delhi. They confessed that they brought pirated porno CDs from Delhi and sold them to Noida shopkeepers.

According to the SP (City), Mr Vijay Bhushan, the police had come to know that certain persons were trying to sell CDs of blue films in areas under the Sector 39 police station. The SO, Mr Rakesh Paliwal, got a tip-off that two youths would be coming from Delhi last night to sell fake CDs in shops in Sectors 37 and 36.

Young boys and girls have become so used to the thrill of watching blue films that they are reportedly fooling their parents with all sorts of excuses to have a sneak peek at these prono films.

With the fast moving and hectic lifestyle these days, most parents are left with hardly enough time and energy to inculcate proper moral values among their wards. A bad fish spoils the whole pond syndrome appears to be true in this case, the SP (City) feels.

During the check one countrymade revolver and a knife were also seized from the two youths who identified themselves as Shiv Kumar of Sadarpur and Rakesh of Sector 36, Noida. They were planning some crime in the area, Mr Paliwal said.



Nirula’s manager robbed of Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13
Four armed desperadoes robbed the manager of the Nirula’s outlet of Rs 5,000 on the Delhi University campus last night. According to the police, the incident occurred around 8 pm. Four youths called the manager, Asim Sharma, outside the outlet and after brandishing a revolver and asked him to hand over the money in the cash box.

When one of his colleagues brought the cash box on the instruction of the terrified manager, the youths snatched the money and ran away. The police said that a case of robbery had been registered at the Maurice Nagar Police Station and efforts were being made to trace the suspects. Their descriptions have been flashed to all the police stations.

Meanwhile, the police said that patrolling in the university area was being intensified in view of the forthcoming Delhi University Students Union elections.



Man duped into buying artificial ornaments
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, August 13
A miscreant cheated a youth out of Rs 30,000 by selling him artificial ornaments and silver coins here last evening.

Mr Jai Prakash, a resident of Naya Parao locality here, stated in the FIR that a youth came to his house on August 7 and told him that he had unearthed a pitcher filled with ornaments and silver coins in his house at Kurukshetra recently.

The complainant said the youth expressed his desire to sell these ornaments weighing nearly 1 kg for Rs 1.20 lakh.

However, the complainant said that the youth agreed to hand over the ornaments for a part payment of Rs 30,000 and collect the rest of the amount later.

However, when verified by a goldsmith, the ornaments turned out to be artificial.

A case under Section 420 of the IPC was registered in this connection.


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