Friday, September 5, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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SAD, Sarna showdown on September 24
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
The Shiromani Akali Dal, led by its Delhi unit chief and former DSGMC president, Mr Avtar Singh Hit, had to drop its plans to choose a new executive today after strict police instructions last evening to follow the official schedule.

“We dropped our plans after a meeting with DCP (New Delhi) M K Lall as we did not want a bitter confrontation,” said Mr Hit, claiming that Mr Paramjeet Singh Sarna, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president, will finally be unseated on September 24.

Mr Sarna had announced yesterday that the elections to the DSGMC executive would be held on September 24. By announcing the date, Mr Sarna had pre-empted the move by the SAD-led opposition to unseat him on September 4. Mr Sarna has already overshot his term, which ended on July 24 this year.

“The elections will now be held on September 24 as announced by Mr Sarna,” said Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today. He disclosed that in the interim the SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, were being consulted “to end the stalemate in the DSGMC”.

Mr Dhindsa, it will be recalled, had earlier served a call election notice on Mr Sarna. The notice had informed Mr Sarna, who is considered close to the Congress, that the majority of the Akali members would choose a new executive loyal to the SAD on September 4 in case he failed to order the overdue DSGMC elections on his own.

Today, there was a heavy police presence in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj’s compound, where the DSGMC office is located, with supporters of Mr Sarna arriving in hordes since morning.

In last year’s general elections, Mr Sarna had swept to power on a plank of fierce anti-Badal rhetoric, with the blessings of Mr Tohra.


Files on dubious Noida contracts missing
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 4
At least 26 files pertaining to contracts awarded to outside agencies are reportedly missing from the Noida administration offices. The authority is understood to have written a letter asking Chief Project Engineer O. P. Tiwari, the officer who had reportedly played a key role in awarding these contracts to these companies, to return the original files forthwith, failing which legal action could be taken against him. Mr Tiwari was removed from the post on Tuesday.

Interestingly, the file pertaining to the Rs 84 crore flyover project allotted to the National Project Construction Company, is said to be among the missing files. Mortally afraid that it will have to face a CBI inquiry, the NPCC, which was involved in the Taj Heritage project, has returned the Rs 4 crore advance given to it for another project worth Rs 41 crore.

According to some insiders, the flyover project was awarded to the NPCC by Noida administration in haste in May this year. The NPCC sent its application for building the overbridge on the Gautam Budh Expressway on March 19. Action on this application was initiated on May 5. On May 9, the Chief Project Engineer, O. P. Tiwari, in letter (No. 30) informed Deputy General Manager, NPCC, that the authority (Noida) had awarded this job worth Rs 83.62 crore to it.

The MOU was sent by the authority to the NPCC officials for their signature as a token of their acceptance of the project work, it is learnt. In the meantime, the controversial Taj Heritage issue surfaced. Despite this, the company was trying to grab the project of 1,152 LIG houses in Sector 93 for which it sent its bid on June 4. Interestingly, this bid was also approved within a week by June 10, it is learnt.


DU polls today: Rallies end, only litter remains
Smriti Kak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
Frenzied supporters, roads carpeted with posters and pamphlets, deafening sloganeering and finally a pause at the Vivekanand Statue, which has over the years stood witness to the commotion during elections. Just a day before the polls, Delhi University was caught up in what has become the usual election process.

With campaigning having been officially wound up by noon today, it was time for the parties to proclaim their strength as each of them trooped in with supporters in tow. These rallies preceding the elections are an indication of the support that the parties have, reveal party workers.

“The rallies on the last day is basically to indicate the support we have and also the time for the supporters to show their allegiance. They book vehicles for commuting and also spend money on posters and wooing students with food and drinks,” said a worker of the ABVP.

As each party advanced from the Vivekanand square, they left behind enormous heaps of clutter, which incidentally no one is ready to take responsibility for.


Elaborate security for DU elections
Tribune News Service

Students discussing political issues on the eve of DUSU polls.
Students discussing political issues on the eve of DUSU polls.

New Delhi, September 4
The Delhi University authorities, along with the Delhi Police, have made extensive security arrangements for the DUSU polls, scheduled for tomorrow. It was pointed out that to ensure a violence-free election, security agencies and the university officials had chalked out details in a meeting held ahead of the polls.

“We have communicated with the principals in each college and they have been briefed about the security arrangements that should be in place during the elections,” said Prof S. C. Jain, Chief Returning Officer. He added, “The principals have been asked to take help from their respective police stations and they have been instructed to seek any additional help they require.”

To ensure that there are no instances of rigging or bogus voting, entry in each of the 52 colleges affiliated to DU will be restricted to the students enrolled in the college. “The college authorities have been given strict orders to allow identification card entry and anybody who is not a bona fide student will not be allowed in,” said Prof Jain.

The university has already dispatched the ballot papers and the ballot boxes to the colleges, where these will be kept until tomorrow morning under tight security. “The election process will begin at 8.30 a m and the colleges will open the ballot papers then. There will be monitoring committees in each college and visiting university officials,” pointed out Prof Jain.


Sheila slaps legal notice on Khurana
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today served Delhi BJP president Madan Lal Khurana with a legal notice for levelling “baseless” allegations of corruption against her.

The legal notice sought an apology and payment of a nominal sum of Rs 101 towards damages within three days. “Failing which,” it read, “my client will be constrained to initiate appropriate legal action, civil and criminal against you.”

Mr Khurana had claimed that the Chief Minister received money for her party’s election campaign from the private power distributors in return for making available to them the funds released by the Union Government as part of the Accelerated Power Distribution Reform Programme.

The notice said it was a deliberate attempt to malign her reputation.


BJP accused of following a communal agenda
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 4
The Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U) president, Mr Ved Parkash Vidrohi, has accused the BJP of following a communal agenda and destroying
the secular structure of the

In a signed press statement issued here, he pointed out that the attempt to introduce the Anti-Cow Slaughter Bill in the Lok Sabha by the Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh, was a clear proof of it.

He appreciated the stand taken by the partners of the NDA government, including the Janata Dal (U), the Telugu Desam and the DMK, as well as the Left parties on this issue.

He described the action of the BJP as a “drama” as it was aware that other constituents of the NDA government would oppose such a legislation.

He said that such anti-secular policies being pursued by the BJP would create disharmony among the communities and would lead to the disintegration of the social set up.

Mr Vidrohi also said that the report of the ASI on excavation of the Ayodhya temple was meaningless as it did not provide a clear cut proof of the
existence of a temple at the disputed site.

He criticised the BJP, RSS and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad as well as the Bajrang Dal for taking political advantage out of it.

Referring to the foreign tours of the Chief Minister, the Janata Dal leader said that Mr Chautala had wasted public funds and the Union Government should take steps to check such tours by Mr Chautala.

He also demanded a public apology from Mr Chautala for giving wrong statistics in respect of foreign investments by multinational companies in the state. He said the figures given by Union Industries Minister in the Lok Sabha had exposed the false claim of Mr Chautala on this issue.


Records seized in wheat flour distribution scandal
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 4
The officials of the Chief Minister’s Flying Squad have reportedly seized the records in connection with the ongoing inquiry into the alleged bungling and malpractices in the distribution of the wheat flour meant for the families living below the poverty line (BPL) in this city and elsewhere in the district.

According to a report, the officials, headed by Mr Ashok Saini, Deputy Superintendent of Police, have also reportedly issued notices to the inspectorate staff directing them to appear before them on Monday next for inquiry.

The officials had already seized the record of the CONFED distributing agency for scrutinising it.

The photostat copies of the records of the fair price shops in this city and elsewhere in the district are already in the possession of the officials.

It may be recalled that Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, a former Haryana Minister and a leader of the Haryana Vikas Party along with Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP and the vice-president of the Haryana BJP, had demanded a CBI inquiry into the scandal.

They had demanded that the official of the Food and Supplies Department should not be associated with the inquiry as they were allegedly involved in the racket.



Rohtak milk plant: The new lifeline for Delhi consumers
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 4
The state government-owned milk plant here is supplying nearly 1.70 lakh litres of processed milk to the Mother Dairy in the national Capital to enable it to meet the milk requirements of Delhites.

During the period of acute shortage of milk in the past few weeks in the national Capital, this milk plant was supplying approximately two lakh litres daily. The milk plant here was installed in 1976 with a processing capacity of one lakh litres. Although the installed capacity has not been increased during its 27 years of existence, the milk plant has been functioning at almost double its installed capacity. Today, its processing capacity is nearly two lakh litres.

The milk plant procures milk through the 820 odd milk co-operative societies spread in the rural areas of Rohtak, Sonepat and Bhiwani districts.

Although the plant received 1.22 lakh litres of milk from these societies last year, the supply has declined to 76,000 litres during the current year.

The authorities at the milk plant here were reluctant to explain the cause of the decline in the procurement of milk through co-operatives.

Therefore, in order to meet the requirement of the Mother Dairy in the national Capital, the milk plant is receiving nearly 20,000 litres of milk from the Jind milk plant.

However, the milk scarcity in the national Capital has eased with the import of powder milk.

Moreover, the milk plant here is also supplying approximately 30,000 litres of milk daily to the domestic consumers in Rohtak, Sonepat and Bhiwani.

During the festival seasons, the demand for milk in these towns increases to over nearly 35,000 litres.

Though Rohtak is known as the “city of dairies”, citizens are increasingly preferring to use Vita milk, which they claim to be better processed and sanitised.

Meanwhile, following the strike by milk vendors, the residents of neighbouring Gohana town are facing an acute shortage of milk. The milk vendors resorted to the strike after the halwais insisted on the reduction the price from Rs 13.50 per litre to Rs 12.50 per litre.

The vendors refused to oblige the halwais on the ground that the purchase price of milk was Rs 12 per litre and thus it would be economically unviable for them. The deadlock continues even as the residents are clueless about how the milk scarcity in the town would be overcome.


Several thousands fish found dead
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 4
Several thousands fish worth about Rs 1.50 lakh were found dead in the contaminated water released by the management of a leather factory near Dahesra village about 25 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the contractor, Mr Surinder Sehgal, has lodged a complaint with Mr S P Rathi, Executive Engineer, Environment, who has assured him that he would take legal action against the owner of the factory.

However, on the instructions of the contractor, more than 50 fishermen have pressed into service the ferries and ‘jaals’ and brought all the dead fish out of the water.

It is stated that the state government has approved the contract totalling Rs 3.31 lakh for the purpose of pisciculture in the Yamuna water between Bega village and Dahesra village for the current financial year.

Hospital functioning

Dr Satish Kalra, Director of the Health Department, went round the civil hospital ‘in cognito’ here yesterday to check the functioning of the hospital.

According to a report, he remained in a queue of the patients to be examined by a doctor. Thus, he went to all the wards and spoke to the patients about the functioning of the hospital. Finally, he went to the room of the Medical Superintendent where he revealed his identity and expressed satisfaction at the working of the hospital.

Ticketless passengers

Ticketless passengers went on the rampage and pelted the Haryana Roadways staff with stones when they were checking a bus on the Sonepat-Kharkhauda Road near the Diversion Drain No. 8 about 10 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the ticketless passengers said to be the candidates for Army recruitment, smashed the window panes of the bus.

Held for making illegal arms

The special staff of Sonepat police carried out a surprise raid at a house in Bidhlan village about 10 km from here last night and arrested two persons while they were engaged in manufacturing illegal arms.

According to the police, the persons were identified as Sheesh Ram and Rajinder. Two country-made pistols and the manufacturing machinery were seized from their possession.

The police have registered the case against the persons under the Indian Arms Act. Further investigations were on.


Voters may verify names in electoral roll from Sept 11
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
Voters could, in the fortnight beginning September 11, verify their names in the electoral roll after the Directorate of Election makes arrangements for the lists to be read out in the Resident Welfare Associations and Gram Sabhas. The exercise will conclude on September 27.

The Directorate of Election is engaged in revising the electoral roll and issuing the elector’s photo identity card so that the names could be added, deleted or modified and at least 75 per cent of the voters have the designated elector’s photo identity cards.

An estimated 70 per cent of the voters have already been given the elector’s photo identity cards. The Directorate of Election would have issued the cards to another five per cent of the 82.5 lakh electorate by the time the exercise concludes on September 9.

A special software has been written to detect voters whose names figure in two or more places, those who have shifted their residence or voters who are dead. Already, more than 10,000 duplicate voters have been detected.

Meanwhile, the officials found guilty of misconduct have been suspended and appropriate action taken against them. The Election Commission (EC) had taken a serious note of the conduct of three officials in the matter of issuing elector’s photo identity cards.

‘Chetna’ march

The Shaheed Baba Jiwan Singh Ji Educational and Welfare Trust is organising the fourth ‘Chetna’ march from Sri Darbar Sahib Amristar to Chandni Chowk on September 5.

The president of the trust, Satnam Singh Uppal, has appealed to the Governor and the Chief Minister of Delhi to name a road near Chandni Chowk as ‘Baba Jiwan Singh Marg’ and establish a chair in the Delhi University on his name.


The North Delhi Power Limited has announced loadshedding in different areas of Shalimar Bagh on September 5 due to maintenance work at a substation in Model Town district.

PNB general manager

Mr V K Nagar has taken over as the general manager, Punjab National Bank, Delhi zone. Mr Nagar was earlier heading the Eastern UP zone as general manger before his present post. He was also the Zonal Manager of the southern zone in Chennai, handling bank business in four southern states and Pondicherry.


Labourer electrocuted
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, September 4
A truck came in contact with a live power cable with the result a labourer was electrocuted. The driver was charred as the vehicle caught fire in Mussori police station area yesterday.

The accident happened at about 1 am on Habibi Road when the truck had unloaded paper in Ganga Paper Mill. There were three labourers, apart from the driver and conductor in the truck.

Two labourers had got off to guide the driver when the truck came in touch with the live high tension power cables and caught fire.

As the third labourer Nasim Ahmed stepped down, he came in touch with the live power cable. He was electrocuted and died on the spot. The driver Sibte Hussain was rushed to the district hospital in a serious condition.

Homage to martyr

Faridabad: A condolence meeting was held at Mirpur Korali village of Hodal sub-division to pay homage to Naib Subedar Dharamvir Singh, who had lost his life on August 22, in the Rajouri-Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, while fighting the terrorists.

The district authorities handed over Kisan Vikas Patras (KVP) worth Rs 50,000 to the family of the deceased.

While the local VIPs including the Deputy Commissioner and the SP could not attend the cremation on August 24, the Additional Deputy Commissioner and the MLA from the area were present at the meeting today.

The aid of Rs 50,000 has been divided into KVP of 10,000 each and was given to the widow and four sons of the deceased.

Mobile phone frauds

Sonepat: The General Manager, Telecommunications, of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Mr R C Hooda, is reported to have lodged an FIR against some persons who have got mobile phone connections by submitting forged and fake application forms to the nigam.

According to a report, the police have started investigations but no arrest has so far been made in this connection.

Gamblers arrested

The Kundli police have arrested two persons on charges of running satta in the garb of selling lottery tickets and recovered Rs 900. According to a report, the culprits were identified as Chander Parkash of Shalimar, Delhi, and Tota Ram of Kadipur (Delhi). A case under the Gambling Act has been registered against them.

RI for opium trade

Mr J. S. Jangra, Additional Sessions Judge, has convicted Raj Kumar of Malikpur village under the NDPS act and sentenced him to two years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 3,000. According to a report, the accused was arrested following the alleged recovery of 400 grams of opium in 2001.


Gang of quacks busted, seven nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
With the arrest of seven persons who obtained fake medical degrees from Sampoornanand University and had been practising in Delhi for the last 15 years, the East district police today claimed to have busted a group of quacks.

Three persons — Ajay Kumar, Dinesh Kumar Keshwaqni, resident of Burari, Mubarak Ali, resident of Ghaziabad — who used to sell the fake degrees and marksheets to these quacks have also been apprehended.

Based on an information from Bhartiya Chikitsa Parishad in Preet Vihar that some fake doctors were practising in the area, the police visited Sampoornanand University, Varanasi and checked with the Registrar about the degrees.

On confirmation that these degrees were not issued by the university, the police arrested Harish Gupta, resident of Rahugbir Nagar, Kashi Ram of Uttam Nagar, Dalvir Singh of Uttam Nagar, Chavi Ram Bhaskar of Mehrauli, Rajkumar of Faridabad, Surinder Pal of Najafgarh and Dhanpat of Dilshad Garden.

They were all prescribing allopathic and Ayurvedic medicines to poor patients who cannot afford the medical expenses at clinics. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Alok Kumar said that these persons procured the fake certificates from the three conduits for Rs 30,000–40,000 per certificate.

The conduits also used to sell such certificates to other quacks practising in Delhi for Rs 70,000-80,000. For this purpose, the conduits had an office in Shahdara named Institute of Paramedical Studies and Charitable Diagnostic Centre.

They had links with the university in Varanasi and used to obtain fake degrees, mark sheets and other papers.

The police said that they were looking for other persons involved in the racket.


Five highway robbers held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 4
With the arrest of five persons, the North-East district police today claimed to have smashed a gang which used to rob trucks with large consignments at the borders.

However, two persons Dharmender and Ramjani managed to escape.

An Ashok Leyland truck No WB-3A-4009, consignment of Colgate-Palmolive, two country-made weapons, five cartridges and three daggers were recovered from their possession.

The police during a routine checking found a truck on Wazirabad Road, and when they tried to stop it, the occupants tried to escape.

However, the police managed to seize the truck and arrested Jitender alias Titu (24), Puran Singh alias Vicky (25), Dinesh (25), Ranjit Singh (26) all residents of Ghaziabad and Rajesh alias Dhandu (23), resident of Old Seema Puri.

The police also recovered the body of a truck driver and found that the cleaner was tied to the back seat with the help of a blanket in the truck.

Three caught for robbing driver

The North-West district police today claimed to have arrested three persons who had robbed a TSR driver on Khera Road.

The driver Meghnath Saha was robbed of Rs 500 at knife point by the robbers. The robbers Ajay Maan (19), Lalit Kumar (20) and Ajay Kumar (20) all residents of Khera Kund were arrested. However, their another accomplice Vinod managed to escape.


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