Friday, August 29, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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BJP finds a window of opportunity in milk crisis
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28
Not wanting to let go of an opportunity that has presented itself, the Delhi BJP will hold a sit-in outside the Secretariat to protest against the shortage of milk. This is when Union Agriculture Minister Rajnath Singh has said the shortage was not restricted to the Capital alone.

A delegation of the party will also meet with Chief Election Commissioner J. M. Lyngdoh tomorrow to protest against the alleged misuse of official machinery by the Congress.

Delhi BJP president Madan Lal Khurana today told mediapersons that the Government of NCT of Delhi had “mismanaged” the situation and ought to offer an explanation. The milk crisis, he said, had added to the woes of Delhiites, who were already faced with power and water crises. He said only 25 lakh litres of milk were available per day when the demand was of 43 lakh litres. The Executive Committee of the Delhi BJP had on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning the Government of NCT of Delhi for failing to provide milk to the people of Delhi. Mr Khurana claimed the crisis was the result of the government shifting the private milk producers out of their areas of operation and not giving them alternative sites.

He also alleged that the Congress had converted the official function of inauguration of the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana into a political rally of Ms Sonia Gandhi. The delegation, he said, would demand that the Election Commission immediately enforce the model code of conduct to prevent the Congress from taking advantage of its being in power.

The delegation would also raise the issue of alleged enrolment of bogus voters in several Assembly constituencies. He claimed discrepancies in the voters’ list of his constituency of Kirti Nagar and elsewhere.

Interestingly, the party wants to do to the Congress what had happened to it in the last Assembly elections when the shortage of onions became an election issue. The Congress exploited the issue then to deal a humiliating defeat to the BJP. Now, the BJP thinks it has been presented itself with an election issue in the form of the shortage of milk.


Building completion certificate made easier
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28
In a move that is being seen as a pre-assembly election sop, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has simplified the procedure of getting the building completion certificate which normally involves a lot of running around and harassment to the owner.

It is precisely for this reason that a large number of people avoid getting the completion certificates, resulting in losses amounting to crores of rupees to the civic body, a senior official of the Revenue Department said.

According to sources, the corporation had constituted a committee to prepare a report to simplify the procedure. The committee consisted of a few senior members of the Standing Committee and corporation officials. The recommendations were then placed before the all-powerful Standing Committee of the corporation.

The report of the committee suggested that at the time of issuing a completion certificate only the building “envelop” should be checked with respect to permissible setbacks, the covered area on each floor, the height and number of permissible dwelling units and the number of storeys. Any internal deviation, if carried out, should be ignored.

At present, extra coverage up to 13.5 square metres of five per cent of floor area ratio (FAR) is being compounded by charging penalty equal to prevailing land rates. Now, it is recommended that extra coverage up to 10 per cent of the permissible FAR be compounded, subject to non-infringement of setbacks beyond the compounding limits at the rate of Rs 500 per square metre in residential buildings, including group housing schemes. In case of other buildings the rate will be just double of the residential areas.

The report further said that professional activities of doctors, architects, chartered accountants, lawyers and activities that might not cause any noise and smoke pollution would be permitted in residential areas up to the limit prescribed in the notification of the Union Ministry of Urban Affairs and Poverty Alleviation issued in 1998. These activities can be run in part of the premises up to a maximum of 25 per cent of the FAR.

At present, people have to take a no objection certificate from the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) for getting completion certificates of the building. Now, they do not need to go to the DUAC.

They can directly apply to the department concerned in the corporation for the completion certificate.

People should hire architects or engineers who are members of the council of architects as they are aware of the building bylaws, the Master Plan provisions and departmental procedures. If any such professionals apply for completion certificate of the building it should be issued without further delay. 


Lease deed for Rs 14 crore executed on stamp paper worth Rs 50
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 28
A stamp duty evasion of over Rs 2 crore has been detected in a loan deed executed by Ansal Housing and Construction Ltd for its housing colony in the Loni area on 87 acres of land with the UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC). Surprisingly, the lease deed for land worth Rs 14 crore was executed on a stamp paper worth Rs 50 only.

More than 87 acres of land acquired for industrial development by the state government was allotted to Ansal Housing and Construction Ltd for their housing colony (Tronica City) in July 1997 by the UP Industrial Development Corporation.

According to UP Stamp Commissioner Prabhat Kumar, the Ansals had filed their application on February 15, 1997, and the price of land was fixed at Rs 397 per sq metre. The UP State Industrial Development Corporation had executed the lease deed for land worth Rs 14 crore on a stamp paper of Rs 50 only.

The stamp duty on the lease should have been calculated at the rate of Rs 145 per thousand. Thus, a stamp duty of Rs 2.03 crore should have been paid for this lease deed. Despite the fact that the UPSIDC is a government corporation, the officers had connived with Ansals Housing Ltd, a private organisation, to fleece the state government of over Rs 2 crore stamp duty. At a meeting held in Noida and chaired by the UP Stamp Minister, Mr Hukam Singh, in 2000, a discussion on this evasion was on the agenda. Later, plots had been earmarked and sold on this land. Some buildings have also come up in the colony after possession of the plots was handed over to allottees.

The UP Stamp Commissioner, Mr Prabhat Kumar, has ordered the stamp officials to recover the stamp duty dues from Ansals. The Assistant Commissioner, Stamps, Mr Ajay Kumar Goel, said the department would have to file a case to make a recovery.

Three questions, however, arise in this connection, according to experts. The government will, of course, be able to recover the stamp duty. But what about the interest accrued on Rs 2 crore for the past six years or so. Secondly, will no penalty be imposed on the Ansals for wilfully evading stamp duty? 


Impressive turnout in DUTA polls
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28
Ahead of the student union elections scheduled for September, the Delhi University teachers got a chance to cast their ballots. The elections to choose the office-bearers of the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) were conducted peacefully here today. The DUTA polls, which were held between 10 am and five pm at the Arts Faculty on the North Campus, recorded a turnout of 72.8 per cent. “The polls were peaceful and no untoward incidents were reported. The teachers cooperated and came to cast their votes in a true democratic fashion,” said the candidate for the president’s post of the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF), Mr Amar Deo Sharma.

The “turnout was about 70 to 75 per cent, which is credible”, he added. Of the more than 7,000 teachers about 6,800 had registered themselves as voters. Candidates contesting for this year’s polls had been requesting the teachers to cast their votes and take an active part in the electioneering process.

Happy at the poll turnout, Mr Sharma pointed out: “The credit for conducting the polls goes to the DUTA. We have managed to execute the event without any external aid and no law enforcers were called from outside.”

The low turnout at the DUTA elections in the last couple of years had cast a shadow of hesitancy on the poll process. The candidates this year claimed that they had to work hard to restore the faith in the DUTA as also to push ahead their agenda.


Siwah denizens take to crime as fish takes to water
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 28
The killing of 19-year-old Parveen on the campus of the local SD College has once again turned the focus on Siwah village. It is surmised that crime is a way of life in this native village of Haryana Assembly Speaker Satbir Singh Kadian. The fact that 300 of its residents are allegedly involved in heinous crimes and a majority of them are already behind bars gives credence to this theory.

Sumit Mor, a BA III student, who allegedly pumped bullets into Parveen during a clash between groups from Siwah and Naultha, also belonged to Siwah. The lackadaisical attitude of the police, the porous border with UP and Delhi and unemployment among the youth are stated to be the reasons behind the spiralling crime graph here.

The August 26 incident also demonstrated the apathetic attitude of the police and scant regard for the law among teenaged criminals like Sumit Mor and Sunil, who were arrested from the campus after the clash. The profusely bleeding duo gave the police the slip while undergoing treatment at a private hospital. It was only when more police force was requisitioned and the area cordoned off that they were apprehended again.

In fact, criminals are considered “demigods” by the youth in the village and their “excellent” crime records are extolled rather than condemned. Dreaded criminals like Rohtash and Pradeep are considered as role models. Rohtash had given many a sleepless night to the UP, Haryana and Delhi police before being shot dead by the UP Police in 2001. Pradeep, who had regrouped the Rohtash gang and specialised in snatching new cars and breaking police cordons, is now cooling his heels in a jail.

According to a village resident and advocate, Mr Rajpal Kadian, the involvement of a substantial number of village youth in the crime portends ill for the society. However, the authorities seemed to be least bothered. They presume that the village is beyond redemption and are toying with the idea of setting up a jail here. The construction of the Police Lines is already under way.

Apart from the “native” criminals, the village is now earning the dubious distinction of harbouring persons involved in “high profile” crime in the city. It may be mentioned that a majority of the over 20 accused in the infamous “kothi case”, in which the plush Model Town kothi of retired schoolteacher Joginder Kaur was razed to the ground by armed assailants in June 2000, were from Siwah village.


Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani…

Greater Noida: A Pakistani national illegally living in the country has been arrested by the Jaroha police from Kalaunda village. He reportedly visited Pakistan thrice and then each time crossed over illegally to India.

The police are interrogating Rahim Ahmed, son of Azeez of Karachi, to know if he had any criminal background or connections with terrorists. He had first come to India in 1957 and then in 1965 when he was deported by the Ghaziabad police. Rahim Ahmed again visited India during 1971 but went back. The last time he came to India in 1984. He has been illegally living at Kalaunda village under the Jarcha police station ever since. To hide his identity he had married an Indian woman and sired some kids, too. He has been calling himself a true Hindustani. The intelligence agencies had reported that a Pakistani national was living illegally at Kalaunda village. The police could not find any valid documents with him. The SP (Rural), Mr Umesh Srivastava, is interrogating him personally to find out his antecedents. OC


Cops beat up lawyer outside lockup
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 28
Local lawyers and members of the District Bar Association have demanded strict action against the policemen who allegedly beat up a lawyer when the latter was talking to an undertrial in the police lockup on the court premises today.

While the work on the court premises came to a halt for sometime, the issue was amicably resolved when the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) and the DSP assured the agitated lawyers that a departmental inquiry would be held and if any one was found guilty he would be placed under suspension. The police authorities also relieved the accused cops from court duty immediately.

The incident took place after one of the advocates, identified as Joginder Singh, went to meet one of the undertrials who had been brought from Sonepat Jail. It is reported that a havildar and three other cops got into an altercation with the advocate and pounced upon him as the latter talked to the undertrial. The complainant alleged that the policemen beat him and this led to the lawyers converging at the spot to protest against the incident. The lawyers dispersed after the senior police officials assured action would be taken against the guilty.

Liquor shop employee found hanging from fan

Sonepat: An employee at a liquor shop on the Rathdhana turning on the outskirts of the town was found hanging from the fan in the vend. It is suspected that the gangsters struck in the night at the shop and forcibly hanged him after divesting him of around Rs 4500. The body has been identified as that of Naresh of Mahoti village under the Samalkha subdivision. The final report on the cause of death would be available after a post-mortem examination. The police have started investigation. According to another report, a youth, Samunder of Kakroi village, has been referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak, in a serious condition. A complaint has been lodged. OC


Women robbed of ornaments in sleep
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 28
Eight unidentified armed miscreants struck at a brick kiln near Shekhpur village, about 20 km from here last night, and took away about Rs 8,000 in cash and other ornaments of women labourers who were asleep there.

According to a report, the miscreants tied all the labourers, including an employee of the brick kiln, and stuffed cloth in their mouth so that they could not raise an alarm. Thereafter, they snatched the cash and gold and silver ornaments from the women labourers and fled from the spot.

The miscreants also forced their way into a temple at Sayya Khera village, where they snatched the earrings of a woman.

The Ganaur police have registered a case against the criminals and are on the lookout to apprehend them. The incident has caused panic among the residents and the labourers of the brick kiln.

According to another report, a group of armed miscreants also struck at Janti village along the Haryana-Delhi border, about 25 km from here last night, and took away cash and other ornaments worth several thousands of rupees.

Later, on hearing the hue and cry, several residents resisted the miscreants, in which an exchange of fire was also reported, resulting in injuries to one of the miscreant. However, they managed to escape.

On receiving the information, the police arrived at the scene and organised a search to apprehend the miscreants. However, they had disappeared by then into the nearby fields.

The police have registered the case and recovered as many as three live cartridges and some empty cartridges from the spot.

The miscreants took away Rs 15,000 and ornaments worth about Rs 35,000 from the house of one Mahinder of the village.

The police is trying to ascertain whether the aforesaid incidents of looting are linked in any way or not. A search is on for the miscreants.


Outside Noida agencies had a field-day in Mayaland
Parmindar Singh

Noida, August 28
During the BSP-BJP regime in Uttar Pradesh led by Ms Mayawati, outside agencies have had a field-day as far as the contracts for development works in Noida are concerned. These agencies grabbed contracts for welfare projects worth over Rs 600 crore during this period.

It was done ostensibly to speed up development works. However, neither the agencies had delivered on time nor could they gain people’s appreciation for the quality of works undertaken by them.

Residents of new sectors like 62, 71 and 82 had repeatedly knocked at the doors of the Noida administration for the basic infrastructure but the administration did not pay heed to it.

The agencies, according to insiders, never had it so good in Noida as during the BSP-BJP tenure. The main beneficiaries of this period were the National Building Construction Corporation, UP State Construction Corporation, UP Jal Nigam, National Project and Construction Corporation and Hindustan Steel Construction Corporation.

All of these had bagged prestigious projects worth hundreds of crores of rupees for which the authority never invited bids through open tenders or press advertisements. Lack of quality in their works or their failure to deliver on time have resulted in serious problems in Sector 61 within a few weeks of allotments.

In a letter dated August 26 to the Noida Chief Executive Officer, the Resident Welfare Association of the sector has urged the authority not to allow a road through the sector to Khora Colony or open a gate into this colony.

The association has made it clear that if things are not remedied, many allottees will be forced to shift to some other place.

The association has also urged for restoring streetlights in Sector 62 and to have a permanent police post in the area for the security of the residents.

According to association president Munna Kumar Sharma, accidents can take place any time in B and C Blocks in EWS flats in the sector as very inferior quality material has been used in construction.

Kuldip of Sector 82 had also given a letter to Noida CEO about the difficulties being faced by the allottees there.

But, no action has been taken so far, they regret.


Cut use of non-biodegradable items: Sheila
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today cautioned Delhiites against the quantum jump in the refuse generated every day and invited them to become Bhagidars (partners) in the Government of NCT of Delhi’s initiative to contain the damage caused by non-biodegradable materials to the environment.

She was addressing representatives of the residents welfare associations (RWAs) from Rohini, Najafgarh and Shahdara who participated in the 23rd Bhagidari (citizen-government partnership) workshop. The workshop, the first such initiative on segregation of solid waste and management, will conclude on Saturday.

The Chief Minister said non-biodegradable materials like plastic, glass, aluminium and polythene did more harm than good to the environment.

She urged the people to exercise restraint in the use of such materials. Reduce consumption to reduce the generation of garbage and segregate the non-biodegradable materials for recycling, she told the gathering. The depletion of land for use as sanitary landfill was likely to imbalance the environment and ecology if immediate steps were not taken by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in collaboration with the Delhiites, she said, and reiterated that the only solution lay in segregating the solid waste at the source.

Mayor Ashok Jain said the MCD had designed a new “two-in-one system” of a truck-cum-loader and 1,100-litre capacity plastic bins for collecting garbage. 


Cong leaders recall Scindia’s legacy
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Bhoda Kalan (Gurgaon), August 28
Residents of Bhoda Kalan and the nearby villages, falling in Pataudi assembly segment, installed here a bronze statute of former Union Minister Madhav Rao Scindia. The statue, which was unveiled today by Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress MP from Madhya Pradesh and son of the late Congress leader, amidst a large crowd, was installed under the aegis of the local Rajput Sabha.

Among others, the former Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Bhajan Lal, the general secretary of All Indian Congress Committee (AICC) and in-charge of Haryana, Mr Nawal Kishore Sharma, and the secretary of the AICC, Mr Satyajit Gaekward, were present on the occasion. Besides, the former captain of Indian cricket team Tiger Pataudi, and Rao Dhrampal, Capt Ajay Singh, Rao Narender Sigh and Ms Anita Yadav were present on the occasion. The man behind the entire show was the former minister of Haryana and vice-president of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), Dr Kripa Ram Punia.

Speaking at a public function on the occasion, Mr Scindia walked down memory lane establishing more than two-century-old relationship between the people of Haryana and his royal family.

He said that the people of Haryana had sided with the Scindias during the War of Panipat, about 250 years back.

Touching on the political scene, he said that the country was presently misruled.

The country needed a rule by those who could actually redeem their promises.

He lamented that the country’s secular fabric was being torn asunder by fanatics and fundamentalists. The country’s inherent strength was unity in diversity and the common bond of brotherhood among all sections of the country’s polity.

Mr Jyotiraditya, who has done his studies abroad, addressed the youth of the country saying that they collectively had a lot of potential. He asserted that his father had wished to be remembered not as politician but as a social worker. His belief in society was transcendental embodying basic human values, Mr Jyotiraditya added.

Various speakers including Mr Bhajan Lal, Mr Gaekward and Tiger Pataudi paid rich tributes to the late Congress leader and hoped that his son would ably carry on the baton of responsibility to serve the nation.

The Rajput community of the area formally accepted Mr Jyotiraditya as its leader.


FIR against cops for assault on SP workers
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 28
The filing of a report against the Staff Officer (SO) and other policemen of Kavi Nagar for beating up Samajwadi Party workers protesting at the Collectorate, is being viewed as a fallout of the change in power equation in Uttar Pradesh.

The SP workers had demonstrated in front of the SSP office, and by evening an FIR had been registered against the SO and three other policemen of Kavi Nagar police station for assaulting the SP workers. According to analysts, this is clearly a consequence of the change in power equation in Uttar Pradesh, where the SP is all set to form the government. The spirited SP workers had torn several hoardings listing the achievements of Ms Mayawati and her government at the district headquarters.

As the SP workers were on a rioting spree, the police lathi-charged them and booked cases against them for rioting, damage and interfering with the government staff discharging their duty. Sihani Gate police filed cases against 350 workers, naming Mukhiya Gujjar, Raj Devi Choudhry, Sanjeev Sharma and Sunita Choudhry in the report. Kavi Nagar police also booked Jagbir Singh, Kazi Naushad Alam Ishwar Saif, Sanjay Bat, Anil Yadav and 250 others in a case of rioting. The SP leaders demonstrated in front of the SSP office and handed over a memorandum to SP City Ganeshwar Tiwari.

A report against Inspector Mohan Lal, S Rakam Singh and B. B. Singh was then filed for assaulting and beating up the workers.


NGO to lead march for procuring ration shops records
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28
In a bid to bring to light large-scale corruption in the public distribution system and make the public aware about its rights, an NGO, Parivartan, along with at least 300 city residents, will approach the Food Department tomorrow to obtain the copies of records of ration shops in their respective areas for scrutinising the details.

The NGO, Parivartan, shot into limelight after bringing under the scanner loopholes in the MCD’s working recently. After assembling the group of 300 persons at the Gandhi Peace Foundation on August 29, it will move to the Food Department at the ITO here and file applications to seek (and consequently peruse) the records of the ration shops under the Delhi Right to Information Act.

The step follows the refusal of officers of the Delhi Administration to hand over the records of ration shops in the Seemapuri area after gross differences were found in the registers of shopowners and the version of area residents. Parivartan spokesman Arvind Kejriwal said the move came after people increasingly felt that corruption in the public distribution system was preventing them from obtaining right quantities of ration at the right prices. ‘’We feel making the whole system transparent is important to check corruption.’’ The problems faced by people in obtaining their dues from the ration shops would also be raised, he added. 


Special Focus Rohtak
Erratic power supply threatens to turn into law and order problem
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, August 28
Agitated over the unscheduled power cuts, the rural consumers have resorted to road blockades in many villages in the district. In effect, the erratic power supply has now started creating law and order problem in the area.

The agitated inhabitants of village Lakhanmajra had blocked Rohtak-Jind National Highway for over five hours to protest against the unscheduled power cuts.

The agitators had damaged the windowpanes and the brake-gate of the powerhouse at Lakhanmajra. The blockade was lifted only after the intervention of senior officials of Uttar Haryana Bijlee Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and the police.

Feeling perturbed over the continuous loadshedding, the inhabitants of village Aanwali, near Gohana, have resolved on Wednesday to follow the dictum, “no power, no bill”, and they justify it on the ground that the principle of “no work, no salary” is applied by the government when its employees go on strike.

The agitated villagers yesterday took out a procession at Sampla to protest against the erratic power supply.

A few days ago, the farmers receiving power supply from the Hassangarh feeder had staged a blockade at Sampla, and it was lifted only after the Deputy Commissioner assured them to improve the power situation in the area.

A large portion of the sub-divisional town of Meham, which receives power supply from the Kherigate feeder, has been without electricity for the past three days.

The continuous power-cuts are adversely affecting the farming activities in the region. The residents of the area (Ward no 13) will meet tomorrow to decide their course of action in order to force the administration to agree to uninterrupted power supply.

They plan to meet the local MLA and senior government officials for the redressal of their problems.

The industrial sector, however, has no such problems. The industrial feeder remains operational without any loadshedding, except during the peak-load hours from 7 pm to 10 pm.

The industries, which consume power during the peak-load hour restrictions, are charged higher rate for power supply during this period.

The erratic power supply in the state has had its impact on the politics of Haryana in the past, as the Opposition parties have criticised the government for failing to fulfill its promise of uninterrupted power supply.

In effect, the power situation in the state is a contentious issue that plays a dominant role in the elections in the state. If no remedial measures are taken soon, history may repeat itself.


Martyr cremated with full honours
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 28
Naik Anil Kumar of the 16 Jat Regiment, who died fighting the militants in the Naushera border in Jammu and Kashmir on August 23, was cremated with full honours at Partapur village, 5 km from here, today morning. Thousands of villagers attended the cremation.

It was an emotional farewell to the brave soldier at the cremation ground here when his eight-year-old son lit the pyre while his another four-year–old son looked on unable to grasp the gravity of situation.

The village has been in mourning since an army man broke the news on August 24 to the family members that their brave son was no more. The news spread soon and the whole village took to mourning. Anil Kumar is the first resident from here who has died in action against militants.

Speaking to the ‘NCR Tribune’, Col B.P.S. Sirohi, General Staff, said that Naik Anil Kumar continued to fight even after receiving six bullets on his chest, abdomen and neck and a grenade shrapnel on his leg. He managed to gun down two militants before succumbing to the injuries.

Soldiers from the 20 Jat Regiment gave a guard of honour to the martyr here today.


GRP constables held for extortion
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, August 28
The Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested two policemen, Karam Chand Havaldar and Jai Kishan constable, on charges of extortion of money from four passengers in the New Delhi-bound Unchahar Express between Panipat and Ganaur on Tuesday evening.

According to a report, both the policemen were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Pardeep Kumar, who remanded them in judicial custody for one day.

Patwari nabbed for bribe

Officials of the Vigilance Department, headed by Inspector Jabbar Singh, arrested Ram Bhagat, a patwari of Guhana area while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Mr Rajbir, a resident of Tihar Malik village for getting revenue work done yesterday.

According to a report, the officials laid a trap and recovered the signed currency notes from the patwari.

One killed

One person was killed on the spot and another two were injured seriously when a two-wheeler on which they were travelling, was hit by a truck on the G T Road near Rai village about 13 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, both the injured persons were sent to a trauma centre in Delhi. The police have registered the case and sent the body of the victim for a postmortem. The victim along with two others was going towards Panipat.

Suicide by housewife

A young housewife Mrs Sumitra is reported to have committed suicide by hanging herself with a rope in her house at Pipli Khera village about 15 km from here yesterday. According to a report, the police are investigating the case.

Civic body chief in dock

Following complaints of irregularities by more than a dozen councillors of local municipal council against the chairman of the council Satpal Goyal and other municipal employees, the Deputy Commissioner, Balwan Singh, has ordered the district development and panchayat officer to conduct inquiries and submit report at the earliest.

Two commit suicide

Bhiwani: A woman reportedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance here at local ‘guwar’ factory area on Tuesday. She was rushed to civil hospital but could not survive. The police handed over the body to the relatives after a post-mortem.

One Ajay Kumar (35) of Balmiki basti at Charkhi Dadri committed suicide by jumping into the Shameshar pond today. Ajay had been ill for a long time, report said.

In another incident, Ranbir (45) of Kanhra village attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself. A timely information failed the attempt and he was admitted to the hospital.

One killed in road mishap

Two persons sustained injuries when their scooter on which they were travelling was hit by an unidentified vehicle near village Kharak, 15 km from here on Tuesday. One of the injured, Yashpal Yadav, succumbed to his injuries during medical treatment at civil hospital. The injured, Sandeep, who is a nephew of the deceased, resident of Khajuri village of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, was going to their village to abandon the scooter. Yashpal had retired as lecturer from BSS School, Pilani, on July 31.


Police chief opens milk parlour
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28
Delhi Police Commissioner R S Gupta today inaugurated a milk products’ parlour of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Federation at the New Police Lines.

The Amul parlour will be run by the policemen posted in the complex. The price of the products will be low when compared to the normal market rates.

Since a large number of families of policemen live in the complex, Mr Gupta said that the opening up of this retail outlet is one of the several measures recently taken for the welfare of the policemen.

Mr R S Khanna, General Manager, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation said that their association with the Delhi Police would help them open new outlets in Delhi.

Parents-teachers association

The Union Minister of State for Sports and Culture and MP from Chandni Chowk area, Mr Vijay Goel, said that parents-teachers association would be formed to create conducive atmosphere and for proper upkeep of the MCD schools.

Reformation work is in process in 12 corporation schools located in Chandni Chowk area.

He appealed to the parents to co-operate to improve the schools standard; otherwise their children would not be able to get the benefit of the School Sudhar Yojna launched by Mr Goel.

Two schools, Gali Bansi Ali and Koele Wali, have been renovated. Now this is the duty of the parents to maintain these schools.

Gurmat Samagam in memory of Sant Baba

A Gurmat Samagam in the memory of Sant Baba Sucha Singh is being organised at Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Jungpura Extension.

The programme, which began on the August 25, will continue till the 31st of this month. The main Gurmat Samagam will begin on the morning of August 31 with the recitation of Sri Sukhmani Sahib and Nitnem.

Asa di Var with Shabad Kirtan will be performed by Bhai Sahib Baljeet Singh Namdhari followed by the performance by the Ragi Jathas.

The former High Commissioner of India and Principal of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Dr Jaspal Singh, will speak on the occasion.

Among others who will speak on the occasion are the former principal of Mata Sundari College, Dr. Maninder Gill, Dr Jagbir Singh, Dr Jatinder Pal Singh, Mr Douboom Tulku, Director, Tibet House and Jain Muni Swami Roop Chander.

Guru ka langar will also be organised on the occasion.


Mayur Vihar housewife was strangled, hanged from the ceiling
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28
With the arrest of one person, the East district police today claimed to have solved a murder-cum-robbery case of a woman, Sajni Bhatia, who was killed at her house in the Mayur Vihar area on August 28.

The woman was killed and later she was hanged to show it as a suicide. But during the examination of the scene of crime, the police suspected someone’s foul play. The entry also seemed to be a friendly one.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), Nuzhat Hassan, since the driver of the victim’s sons who were studying in the Ryan Public School, voluntarily told the police that he tried to get in touch with victim from his mobile phone, we became suspicious and started questioning him. But, when the police had gone through the mobile records of the driver, it was found to be untrue.

Then the accused Kamal Gupta, resident of Laxmi Nagar, told the police that he was in dire need of money and wanted to pay back his loan of Rs 40,000 for his Maruti car. Since he came to know from the victim’s sons that their father was out to Ambala, he hatched a conspiracy with one of his accused to loot the house. Accordingly, they went to the house and the victim offered them water and told them she would prepare tea for them.

When the victim entered the kitchen, the accused strangulated her. They later tied her hands and legs and then wrapped a piece of cloth around her neck. To make it look as a suicide, they also hanged her from the ceiling fan.

They then decamped with Rs 1 lakh and some jewellery. While the police have yet to make any recoveries of the stolen materials and cash, hunt is on for the another accused involved in the murder.

Cop’s murder solved

With the arrest of four persons, the North-West district police claimed to have solved the murder of a Delhi Police Head constable who was killed while on duty.

The police had recovered the body of Chand Singh (41), resident of Narela, from a drain opposite Hyderpur Ring Road, Shalimar Bagh.

During preliminary investigation, the police came to know that the victim was on his way home after collecting his salary of Rs 4,580 when the incident occurred. Based on an information that a gang would assemble near the MCD park in Pitampura area, the police apprehended Davender alias Bedu (22), Sunil (18), Sunil Pal (21) and Sunder Pawan (17), all residents of Hyderpur.

During interrogation, they admitted to have killed the cop on June 2 on the Outer Ring Road Canal. They overpowered Chand and attacked him with a sword on his head. A profusely bleeding Chand fell unconscious. The accused then damaged his face with a concrete block and threw his body in a drain.

Gang of robbers, pickpockets busted

The crime branch today claimed to have busted a gang of 11 bus robbers and pickpockets from West Patel Nagar to commit crimes in Central and West Delhi in moving buses.

The accused Jagdish alias Dariya Singh (22), resident of Nabi Karim, Manoj alias Sunil (22), resident of Motia Khan, Rajesh alias Suraj (24), resident of Motia Khan, Vinay (19), resident of DBG Road, Mukesh (19), resident of Paharganj, Vinay Kumar (20), resident of Uttam Nagar, Dalip (18), resident of Kabir Park, Ajay Kumar (18), resident of DBG Road, Chander (19), resident of DBG Road and two juveniles.

Police have recovered one countrymade pistol, two knives, four surgical blades and two razors.

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