Thursday, October 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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SOS to Sonia on Ram Lila turf war
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
The Lav-Kush Ram Lila Committee, patronised by the BJP MP from Chandni Chowk, Mr Vijay Goel, today sought the intervention of the Congress President, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, and asked her to take action against her party man Jai Prakash Aggarwal, patron of the rival Shree Ramlila Committee which, they claim, is disturbing its programmes at the Ram Lila ground.

Disturbed at being denied the Turkman Gate side of the ground by the Supreme Court on a petition of the Shri Ram Lila Committee, the Lav Kush Committee, in a memorandum to Ms Gandhi, accused the rival body of committing many financial irregularities and extorting money from vendors.

The memorandum was given to Ms Gandhi at the AIIC headquarters here after the committee held a demonstration led by some of its members attired as Ram, Laxman, Sita, Hanuman and Ravan.

The Lav Kush Committee said, some vested interests are tarnishing the image of the Congress and turning it into an “anti-Hindu party”. The Shree Ramlila Committee has been organising the nine-day stage show at the ground for the past 70 years and was given the Turkman Gate side as per the apex court order.

On September 25, the Delhi High Court had acceded to a plea by Lav Kush Committee, seeking to stage the Navratra play at the ground from the Turkman Gate side, and allowed it to share the venue with its rival committee.

A division bench had directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to allot an area of four acres to Shri Ramlila Committee and two acres to the other Lav Kush Committee, after an assurance from Delhi Police that it would be able to maintain law and order, and ensure safety of spectators.

However, Mr Aggarwal, a former MP from Chandni Chowk, appealed against this order of the court and obtained an order from the Supreme Court, allotting the Turkman Gate side to the Shree Ram Lila Committee.

Earlier, the Lav Kush Committee and two other Ram Lila committees – the Nav Shri Dharmik Lila Committee and the Dharmik Lila Committee – failed to get permission to organise their functions at the traditional Red Fort venue.



Paswan’s emissary held outside CCS campus
Our Correspondent

Meerut, October 1
The Meerut district administration today arrested Lok Jan Shakti MP, Mr Ram Chandra Paswan, and hundreds of his supporters outside the main gate of CCS university campus.

Mr Paswan was trying to enter the campus to lodge his protest against the attack on a Dalit leader, CCS Students Union Mahamantri Ishwar Chandra, on September 26.

Mr Paswan was arrested under the CrPC for breach of public peace. The Lok Jan Shakti MP and the national president of the Dalit Sena was here on the directive of former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

Earlier in the day, the CCS university campus had turned into a cantonment with the deployment of the Rapid Action Force and the CRPF, with heightening tension amidst reports that some political leaders may visit the campus and incite the two rival groups to settle their scores.

The campus was awash with caste hues, predominantly on Jat Vs Dalit lines. Both groups starting converging on the campus with their supporters early in the morning. Unable to enter the campus, they called on the injured student and Dalit leader, Ishwar Chandra Sagar, in his private ward in the Medical College, Meerut.

The District Magistrate and SSP Badri Prasad Singh also got in touch with the Dalit leader in a bid to defuse the trouble.

Later, Ram Chandra Paswan and his supporters courted arrest. Mr Paswan alleged that the VC, Dr R P Singh, and some of the executive staff of the varsity were behind the attack on the Dalit leader. He added that the Lok Jan Shakti will not allow the varsity to be turned into an RSS centre. They also demanded the arrest of the assailants. He also objected to the administration allowing a local BJP MLA to talk with the students on the campus yesterday.



HC tells EC to act on electoral roll complaints
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
The Delhi High Court today expressed the hope that the Election Commission would expeditiously act on representations alleging discrepancies, illegalities and irregularities in the electoral roll in three Assembly constituencies in the national Capital.

Justice B D Ahmed disposed of the three petitions alleging infirmities in the rolls in Hastsal and Delhi Cantonment Assembly Constituencies in West Delhi and Wazir Pur Constituency in North West Delhi, after recording the statement of EC’s counsel R K Anand that all complaints made, on the prescribed format, would be expeditiously considered by the commission in accordance with law.

Former BJP Councilor R C Verma has claimed in his petition that there are discrepancies in cases of about 25,000 voters in Hastsal while former BJP MLA, Kanar Singh Tanwar, has claimed that there were discrepancies in about 13,000 cases in Delhi Cantonment. Former BJP councilor and party’s Delhi Yuva Morcha chief Mahinder Nagpal claimed that there were about 10,000 such cases in Wazir Pur.

Mr. Anand said the commission was currently conducting a special drive to upgrade the rolls and an individual could fill up any number of requisite forms for addition or deletion of names in the list.

Correction of electoral rolls was a continuous exercise and a person could seek changes before the roll was finalised and, even afterwards, till the last date of nominations, he added.

He denied allegations of bias shown by EC officials towards any particular party.



Plan to catch ‘‘big fish’’ comes a cropper 
Our Correspondent

Noida, October 1
Ever since the plan for targeting and nabbing the “top ten” and the “top five” criminals, respectively, has been put in cold storage, the criminals have been moving around with impunity, cocking a snook at the administration.

According to police sources, there are at least 400 hardened criminals in the district.

About five years ago the state government had come out with an attractive plan for policemen to catch the big fish. Under this scheme, the “top ten” criminals were identified in each district and a police station was told to nab the “top five” in the area.

According to SSP Rajiv Kishen, there are some 400 criminals in the district, 319 out of whom were history-sheeters. Strangely, all these had not been listed among the “top ten” and the “top five” due to some lacuna in the administration’s policies.

Many governments have changed at Lucknow since then, but none has provided the necessary push to the scheme. All this has resulted in criminals getting bolder and choosing their targets at will.

During Ms Mayawati’s tenure the dragnet around criminals was tightened and some action was initiated. But after the change of regime in the state, criminals are back on the scene with a bang. Though the noose around the neck of many criminals is tightening, still the loopholes in the system allowed them to go scot-free.

In Greater Noida, particularly after the change of guard in the state, there has been a spurt in crimes, which has sent panic signals all around.

Incidentally, each criminal is shadowed by a cop or two while the movements of dreaded criminals are personally monitored by a circle officer of the level of DSP.



When robbers come knocking in daytime
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 1
Three unidentified armed robbers barged into a house in Sector 22 in broad daylight and decamped with valuables worth Rs 50,000. A case has been registered.
According to reports, the incident took place around noon in house no 486, belonging to one S. K. Jain. Mr Jain’s wife and a maidservant were present in the house when the robbers, who knocked at the main door, barged in when the occupants responded. The criminals whipped out a revolver and pushed the women, before asking them to hand over the cash and valuables.

It is learnt that the gangsters tied the women before escaping with the loot consisting of cash and valuables. This is the second such incident in the town of armed robbers barging into a house in daytime and escaping. A similar incident had taken place in a house in Sector 7 a few days back.

The help of fingerprints experts and a dog squad has been requisitioned for cracking the Sector 22 robbery.

Businessman robbed

Sonepat: A Delhi-based businessman, Ajay Garg, was reportedly robbed of Rs 20,000 by three unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants near Auchandi border, about 25 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, Garg was returning to Rohini after collecting money from shopkeepers of Kharkhauda and other places. He was asked to stop his car near Auchandi border by the miscreants. When he stopped his car, they snatched the money from him and fled after puncturing the tyres of his car and snatching his mobile phone.

Ajay Garg runs a business of ghee and usually visits Kharkhauda and some nearby places to collect money from the shopkeepers, who are supplied ghee by him.

Meanwhile, the Kundli police have tightened the security measures near the Auchandi border.

According to another report, the police have launched a massive hunt to apprehend the miscreants, who had snatched a tractor from Vivek, a youth of Shahpur village near Rohat village on the Sonepat-Rohtak Road, about 5 km from here last evening.

The youth was waylaid and beaten up mercilessly by the miscreants. When the youth became unconscious, they threw him near the WYC embankment. He gained consciousness only this morning.



IAS officer discharged in molestation case

Sonepat: The District and Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Mr B. L. Singhal, has discharged Mr D. R. Dhingra, a senior IAS officer of Haryana, in a criminal case filed against him by a woman employee of the District Rural Development Authority (DRDA). Mr Singhal exonerated him of all charges of molestation and humiliation.

According to a report, Mr Singhal passed an order in this connection and observed that on June 5, 1993, and July 1, 1994, Mr Dhingra was not in Sonepat as mentioned in the complaint. Instead, he was away to Delhi and Pune in the course of his official duties.

The judge also criticised the delay in filing the complaint after a period of one year. Mr Dhigra has succeeded in getting justice after a protracted legal battle that has lasted 10 years in the lower court. OC

Two brothers shot in Hafizpur

Ghaziabad: Two brothers were shot dead in a hail of bullets in village Mehmoodpur under Hafizpur police station early yesterday morning, creating a sensation in the area. A land dispute is stated to be the cause of the killings. Police have been deployed in the village due to tension prevailing there. Vikram (35) and Yashpal (40) had gone to their fields early in the morning. Seven armed persons had descended on the field and shot them dead in a hail of bullets.

The killers fled from the scene while hundred of villagers had collected at the site of murder.

SSP J N Singh said the murders were committed due to a land dispute. The villagers had recognised the killers who included Satinder, Sukhbir, Neelu, Jeel and three brothers-in-law of Neelu. OC

DU council nod to policy against sexual harassment

New Delhi: The Executive Council of the Delhi University, in its meeting held here yesterday, approved the Policy Against Sexual Harassment and the proposed ordinance on the subject. According to the Ordinance, the interim committees, which have been thus far functioning in various colleges, departments and in the university at the apex level, will be replaced by statutory committees. These committees will be constituted through elections. TNS



Cleanliness goes for a toss as rail staff treat station as no man’s land
Our Correspondent

Panipat, October 1
The tussle between the Station Superintendent and the Assistant Engineer, Construction, on the issue of the circulating area continued for the 23rd day today. Panipat Railway Station is nowadays being treated as no man’s land. One of Indian Railway’s model stations presents the look of a slum with the stink of urine being all-pervasive.

No officer appears to be in a mood to sort out the matter, at least for the sake of rail commuters who are forced to ease themselves on the road, in the choked toilet or thereabouts, in the process creating nuisance for others.

The sweepers who have the duty of cleaning platforms appear indifferent about the cleaning and maintenance of the circulating area. The supervisory staff is reported to be supporting them for not working in this area. They are alleged to be responsible for dereliction of duty. As a result huge heaps of rubbish have piled up on the roads.

The lone urinal in the circulating area is fully choked, stinking and spreading filth all over. Rail passengers are the main sufferers as the staff at the station use toilets attached to their offices or waiting rooms. The poor passengers have no option but to urinate on the walls near the toilet.

The Station Superintendent (SS) is away for training. The Station Master officiating in his absence told NCR Tribune that before September 8, 2003, the work of cleaning was taken care of by the Assistant Engineer, Construction. While sending a copy of the circular he had told the sweepers of his department not to clean the circulating area.

Since September 28, 1995, cleaning of the circulating area was being taken care of by the Assistant Engineer, Construction, he added.

Moreover, the officiating SS said previously the work of cleaning was carried on without any hindrance.

Speaking about the staff requirement, the officiating SS said that in 1985 when Panipat had only two lines only six plus two sweepers for platform were with SS who cleaned the two platforms, railway lines, station building and open area outside as against 13 sweepers with AEN (Const). Now the station had five platforms and the circulating area was to be cleaned by the sweepers of AEN (Const) only, he told.

The AEN (Const), Mr Rajeev Goel, was not available. When this correspondent tried to contact him on his mobile, he was found to be at Karnal station. He told NCR Tribune on phone that as per railway laws, the SS was authorised to get the platforms and the circulating area of the station cleaned. This system was continuing at all other stations of the division so why should it not apply to Panipat.

He further said the Railways had already provided sweepers for that job to the SS then why was he not directing them to clean the circulating area. The AEN (Const) also questioned whether it was necessary to continue a wrong practice which had been going on for the past more than eight years. The AEN further told NCR Tribune that he had provided the copy of the circular to the SS in which the SS was deemed responsible for getting the circulating area cleaned.

The officiating SS confirmed that the circular received by them was an agenda for discussion and there were no such directions from the divisional head. He said if the AEN provided them two sweepers for the circulating area they would do the job.

A passenger, Mr Tirloki Nath Makhija, alleged that the one toilet-cum-urinal at platform number one was also in the same hopeless state. It remained choked because of old sewer lines with inadequate carrying capacity. Proper lighting arrangement had been provided but the lights remained switched off. With water stagnating the whole scene was nauseating. As a result, passengers had fallen in the habit of using the platform as a urinal.

Another daily commuter, Mohinder Sharma, alleged that platforms number 2, 3 and 4 were also sans a toilet. The EMU train passengers create nuisance with a majority of the passengers urinating in between two coaches from the platform itself.

Mr B.C.Varma, a daily commuter and member of the DURCC Committee of Northern Railway Delhi Division, alleged an unauthorised market had come up in the circulating area and every item restricted by the rail authorities was on sale here without any check, be it gutka, bidi or cigarettes. A poster saying “ Here smoking is prohibited and the guilty would be penalised” formed the backdrop.

Another group of railway staff working at Panipat railway station there was a need to form a separate cleaning department as all divisions had their own safai karamcharis. Some were overbooked while others roamed about. By creating a separate cleaning department the work on the station could be carried on smoothly. With all these internal controversies even a health inspector of Northern Railway was sitting idle, they said.

A retired railway employee and a senior citizen of Panipat said without getting sanction from the Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office, the present AEN had done a wrong job by withdrawing the cleaning staff.



When securitymen make themselves scarce!
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, October 1
The Greater Noida residents have a standing grouse that all the security personnel disappear after sunset when actually they are required more.
These security guards have been deployed by the Greater Noida administration ostensibly for the security of the residents in the sprawling area.

No wonder, thefts and other crimes have become an everyday occurrence, says Rajan Nagpal of Alpha C Block.

“Four security personnel are posted at each of the sector gates, but all of them make themselves scarce after the sunset,” says Nagpal.

There is only one guard left on the gate who too is found asleep most of the time.

Rajan Nagpal has lost a tape recorder from his car parked outside his house the other day. Theft of tape recorders, radios etc from the cars parked outside is a common occurrence in the area.

A water booster pump was stolen from the house of Deb Kumar in Betta II sector. Scores of such incidents have taken place recently.

When complaints about such thefts are made to the security guards, they say their duty is only confined to shooing away the stray cattle from the sector areas, says Narinder Singh of Alpha sector.

Narinder Singh’s motor had also been stolen from his house.

Many residents feel that the private security guards are hand in glove with the criminals.



Self-employment scheme for 1 lakh youths
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
Delhi Khadi and Village Industries Board is starting a new scheme, ‘Rajiv Gandhi Swavlamban Yojana’ to extend self-employment to the youth. It has been approved by the Planning Commission, the Government of India and the Law and Finance Department of Government of Delhi.

The DKVIb chairman, Mr Mukesh Sharma, said that it is for the first time that a board has initiated a scheme from its own financial resources. He also announced a 10 per cent rebate on the purchase of khadi products beginning tomorrow till January 31, 2004.

Speaking about the scheme, Mr Sharma said it aims at providing self-employment to one lakh youths in the next five years. The loans will be financed through the DFC.



Programmes to salute Bapu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
On the occasion of the 134th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a number of events and programmes will be held in the Capital tomorrow.
The National Gandhi Museum has organised an exhibition on ‘Gandhi and his Contemporaries’ on the occasion. The exhibition will open tomorrow and continue till November 30. The Gandhi Smriti and Darsham, an institution devoted to the Gandhian studies, will hold a painting and cartoon competition for children on the ‘Impact of violence in media’ to gauge how children view the violence they see in the visual media. The International Naturopathy Organisation will celebrate Gandhiji’s birth anniversary as the ‘Naturopathy Day’. The Gandhi Peace Foundation has invited veteran journalist Prabhat Joshi to deliver this year’s annual Gandhi Memorial Lecture tomorrow. The lecture is titled ‘Chambal Mein Gandhi Ka Hriday’ (Gandhi’s Heart in Chambal). An all-religion prayers programme will also be carried out at Rajghat and other places.



Three criminals arrested, revolvers seized 
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, October 1
Kavi Nagar police here have arrested three criminals in an encounter and recovered three revolvers from them.
The criminals, the police said, had been trying to rob an accountant of a steel merchant in Nav Yug Market.

Kavi Nagar police station incharge was checking the vehicles near Sanjay Nagar in Sector-23. Three youths on a scooter were signalled to stop, but instead they tried to speed away. On being chased, they fired on the police. Ultimately, the police overpowered them and recovered three country-made revolvers, cartridges and some smack from them.

The youths were identified as Deepak Kharteek, Narinder Kumar and Seeta Ram of Modinagar. They were riding a scooter stolen from Modinagar.

Farmers rally for SYL

Rohtak: The farmers of the region held a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office to demand early completion of Satlej-Yamuna Link canal, equal distribution of canal water, subsidy on agricultural products and creation of adequate employment opportunities.

The demonstration was jointly staged under the banner of ‘Nehri Paani Lao Sangharsh Committee, Haryana’ and ‘All India Krishak Khet Majdoor Sanghathan’. Later, a 10-point demand charter was submitted to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner.

Addressing the protestors, the speakers alleged that the consecutive governments did not focus their attention on the completion of the SYL canal and complicated the issue intentionally for the vested political interests.

Two youths remanded

Two youths who allegedly took away certain household things from some shopkeepers without paying charges at Kheri Sampla village on Monday, were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a local court today.

Those arrested have been identified as Ravinder Nandal and Sandeep.

The duo, along with their two accomplices, had taken pure ghee and other articles from certain general store owners by introducing themselves as health department officials and pressmen. Ravinder Nandal had reportedly reached a shop for taking sample on Tuesday. The neighbouring shopkeepers gathered around the shop and overpowered Ravinder.

During interrogation, he admitted the involvement of Sandeep in the fraud and disclosed his whereabouts. The police also arrested Sandeep and produced the duo in the court.

CCR college management

Sonepat: In order to transform the Chaudhary Chhotu Ram State Engineering College, Murthal into a dream college, the government has decided to hand over the college management to a society.

This was stated by the financial commissioner and principal secretary of technical education, Haryana, Dharamvir while inaugurating the three-day zonal youth festival (technical zone) in the college on Monday evening.



Gang of robbers smashed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 1
With the arrest of four persons, the Government Railway Police (GRP) have busted a gang of robbers operating for the past few months in this area.
According to a report, the arrested persons were identified as Qamuriddin, alias Kala, Mohammad Shafi, Jamil and Meharuddin. All the culprits, belonging to Idgah Colony of Sonepat, had robbed a passer-by of Rs 1,000 on September 26. Further investigations were in progress.

According to another report, the Kharkhauda police have foiled an attempt to take 14 bulls to UP for killing and sent them to a Gaushala at Sisana village in the district. However, the driver and the cleaner of the truck escaped. No case has been registered so far in this connection.

Body found: The Kharkhauda police found the body of a youth Satish (28) which was found hanging with a tree near his relative’s house at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here last night. According to a report, the youth belonged to Jhalla village under the Shamli police station of Muzaffarnagar.

Held for murder: The Kharkhauda police have arrested two persons in connection with the alleged murder of a youth Sunil Kumar of Sisana village whose body was recovered from a deserted ‘kotha’ on the Sisana-Sehri Road last month. According to a report, the duo had confessed to their involvement in the case.

Wheat-laden trolley seized: The Sadar police are reported to have seized a tractor-trolley, loaded with wheat meant for the Food for Work Programme, at Rathdhanna village about 5 km from here last night.

According to a report, the police have not yet registered the case as the investigations were on.


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