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Mob action again as cops beat up youth, mother
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 22
The methods of the police do not differ from one area to another. Nor does the response of the outraged public.

Sometimes, the similarities are too glaring to be overlooked. Just as the residents of Madipur in Punjabi Bagh area of Delhi went on a rampage yesterday, in protest against the custody death of a youth, the locals at Shiv Harijan Colony of Ballabgarh town took the law into their own hands, livid over police brutality against a youth and his mother.

As coincidence would have it, the police at Ballabgarh, too, wanted to apprehend a person, allegedly involved in gambling and a brawl. The incident took place around 8 pm last night when four cops, including two policemen on a motorcycle, reached the spot where seven persons were reportedly gambling.

As they began dispersing the group, it is learnt the cops caught hold of a youth, identified as Darshan, and gave him a thrashing in public. The mother of the youth reached the spot and tried to intervene. But the cops did not desist and instead beat up the middle-aged woman, who collapsed in a heap on the ground.

This incensed the onlookers, who had gathered in good number. The crowd protested against the beating and started throwing stones on the cops. Seeing the situation turn ugly, the cops slipped away, leaving behind their mobike. The mob set fire to the mobike and chased the policemen out of the area. Later, more forces were called. The SDM and the DSP of the area also reached the spot and tried to placate the protestors. It is reported that the mob agreed to withdraw when the authorities promised to take action against the cops who had thrashed the youth and his mother. Though a case has been registered against some persons for violence, no arrest has been made. This is not the first incident of its kind: several such incidents have taken place, leading to mob action.



health watch
Dengue scare leads to spurt in tests for platelet count
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 22
Ever since some patients succumbed to high fever here, the dengue fear has gripped the district. As the Health Department and the authorities are yet to come out with an effective programme to disseminate information about the disease, the fears have assumed an alarming proportion.

While there is no denying that there are several cases of dengue in the district, most of which are under treatment, it is also a fact that the disease has struck a kind of terror among the locals.

“Anyone down with fever for two or three days rushes to a pathological laboratory for dengue tests,” said Dr Vinod Kaul, the director of a local laboratory here. He said there had been a spurt in requests for platelet counts in the past three weeks, pointing out that reduction in number of platelets did not mean that the patient was suffering from dengue. It could also signal the onset of other diseases like meningitis-viral and meningitis-bacterial. In fact, some of the suspected dengue cases had turned out to be typhoid.

He pointed out that viral fever could run for a week. The physician may advise the patient to go in for a blood test, but it would be wrong to presume that the patient is suffering from dengue. Moreover, a platelet count was only a preliminary type of test for a dengue suspect. A clear report could emerge only after the serological test for dengue. Villagers were more likely to nurture such fears, he added.

Dr Tarun Kashyap, a physician based in Sector 7-10 market, felt that the Health Department, besides providing mobile test laboratories in affected areas for conducting blood tests, should carry out an awareness programme. All the tests should be conducted or made available at affordable rates and physicians should conduct a thorough check up before prescribing medicines, he added.

Construction of GB Nagar varsity stopped Greater Noida: The Greater Noida Authority has stopped the construction of the Gautam Budh Nagar University, a pet project of Ms Mayawati. The contracts awarded for works worth Rs 45 crore have also been cancelled, it is learnt. Contracts for additional works worth Rs. 19 crore are also in jeopardy. The Chairman-cum-CEO of Greater Noida Authority, Brijesh Kumar, has also ordered an inquiry into all contract worth more than Rs one crore in the past one year. Addl CEO Shashi Prakash Goel has been asked to conduct the probe. A committee, which has been set up under Mr Goel, found that some contracts had been awarded for an inflated amount just to benefit the contractor. OC



Three officers held for accepting bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 22
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government today arrested three government officers for demanding and accepting bribe from different complainants. In the first case, the branch sleuths arrested a Junior Engineer of CPWD, who allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 10, 000 from a contractor of a private security agency who supplies security personnel to the CPWD.

The complainant, Ranjan Bandhopadhyay, told the anti-corruption branch that the suspect had demanded a bribe from him for clearing a three-month bill pending with the CPWD.

The DCP said that in the second case, an inspector of the Health Department of the MCD demanded Rs 200 for issuing a license to a sweet shop owner in Rajouri Garden. The complainant, Gurbux Singh, had applied for the license. When he met the inspector Harvinder Singh for the license, he demanded the bribe. In the third case, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Delhi Police, Bhim Singh, posted in the Crime against Women Cell (CWC), Lajpat Nagar, was arrested for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1, 000 in a dowry case.



Look inwards, Sheila tells men in uniform
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 22
Regretting the insensitive behaviour of the Delhi Police and the violence that followed the death of a youth, allegedly in police custody, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the police need to introspect and begin a sensitisation exercise, so that people do not lose faith in the force.

The police had picked up Sushil Kumar from his home in Madipur in the wee hours of Tuesday. His family claimed he was beaten up in the police lock-up and tortured. He died of wounds soon thereafter.

Ms Dikshit said such acts of police insensitivity and violence, coming from the custodians of civil society, were demoralising for the common man. “Sometimes, a VIP intervention is required to even register an FIR on behalf of the common man,” she said.

She was talking to reporters after inaugurating the All India Student Parliament on Health, where she lauded the initiative of Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY) and Student Health Action Network (SHAN).

“There is an urgent need to train and sensitise the police to make them more humane in their approach towards the people, who are scared of even going to a police station to lodge an FIR because of the callous attitude of the staff,” she said on the sidelines of the function.

Responding to the rape of the Swiss diplomat, the chief minister called for expeditious investigation, so that the perpetrators of the heinous crime were apprehended. She called for a stringent law to punish the guilty, so that a clear message is sent that “nobody is above the law”.

The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) has also sought an investigation into the alleged custodial death of Sushil Kumar. Reacting to the “brutality” of the men in uniform, DPCC President Prem Singh said exemplary action should be taken against the guilty.

The death of the boy, allegedly in police custody, the DPCC president said, had highlighted yet again the need for freeing the Delhi Police from the control of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. His colleague and former of Member of Parliament of Outer Delhi Sajjan Kumar also echoed the sentiments of Singh.

Kumar, who called on the grieving family of Sushil Kumar in Madipur, said the Lieutenant Governor should initiate stringent action against the guilty policemen. Member of Legislative Assembly Malaram Gangwal and councillors Suresh Yadav and Surjan Lal Panwar accompanied Kumar.



Armed men hustle bank staff into toilet, decamp with Rs 5.8 lakh
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 22
Six armed robbers looted the State Bank of Patiala’s Dasna Branch, which falls under the Mussori police station area, of Rs 5.8 lakh after repeatedly stabbing the bank manager, D C Gupta, at 3.30 pm on Tuesday. During the hold-up, about half a dozen employees were beaten up and looked in a bathroom.

The daylight robbery created a commotion in the police department with the SSP, SP (Rural) and Circle Officer rushing to the site. On the fateful day, many customers had thronged the bank branch, situated in Jindal Nagar, as is usual in the festive season.

The bank cashier, Anil Gandhi, had just finished counting the cash and was about to deposit it in the cash room when eight persons barged into the bank. They asked the bank manager for the keys of the cash room. When he refused, one of the desperadoes repeatedly stabbed the manager in the stomach. The other employees were also roughened up and locked up in the bathroom.

Then, the robbers snatched the cash room keys from the cashier and helped themselves to Rs 5.8 lakh from the cash room.

They asked the cashier where the balance was stacked. When he pleaded ignorance, they beat him up and pushed him into the bathroom. After locking the main grill gate of the bank from outside, the robbers fled.

They had ransacked the bank for 45 minutes.

At about 4.30 pm, a courier arrived at the bank to deliver some letters and opened the door which was bolted from outside. He freed the employees and informed a police patrol car parked at a little distance.

The police rushed the injured bank manager to a private nursing home. Soon SSP Jaynarayan Singh, SP (Rural) V K Shekhar and circle officer Uday Shankar rushed to the spot. The manager is in a critical condition due to excessive bleeding. He has been operated upon by the doctors.



Third incident of throat being slit in Sihani Gate area
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 22
The body of a 13-year-old boy has been found with the throat slit in the Sihani Gate police station area. The assailants had dumped the body behind Nagar Nigam workshop in Subash Nagar. The murder weapon, a blade, has been recovered from the scene of the crime.

This is the third instance of a youth’s throat being slit in the Sihani Gate police station area in the past ten days. Two youths of this area had died in this fashion a few days earlier.

This is the second death in Hari Ram’s family in the past three days. On Sunday, his brother Hukam Singh was killed in a road accident and the family had returned on Monday after the cremation. They found Hari Ram’s 13-year-old son, Neetu, missing the same day. The bereaved family started looking for the boy, but it was to late.

Some people of Ram Mohalla informed the family that they had seen the boy’s body in the fields. Later, the family identified the body as that of Neetu.

The police was informed and the blood splattered sharp-edged weapon, with which the boy was done to death, was found nearby.

Hari Ram has filed a report against unidentified killers in Sihani Gate police station. The murder has brought back memories of a youth of Nand Gram under the same police station, who had been clubbed to death with bricks a few months ago.



Dacoits strike at house of affluent industrialist
Tribune News Service

Panipat, October 22
Claims of the local police regarding improved law and order situation notwithstanding, another dacoity in a posh sector of the HUDA in the wee hours today, has spread panic in the affluent industrial circles here. The dacoits decamped with cash and jewellery worth several lakhs of rupees.

At least seven armed desperadoes barged into the house of a spinning mill owner, Mr Vinod Mittal, around 2 am and asked the occupants to hand over the cash and jewellery. Mr Mittal’s son, Vipin Mittal, a lady and two children and their servant, Ramu, were present in the house at the time of the crime. Mr Vinod Mittal is recovering in a Delhi hospital after a paralytic attack.

Once the occupants handed over the cash and the jewellery, the assailants started ransacking the house for hidden cash and jewellery. Even as they took the valuables, they rebuked the occupants for keeping a set of artificial jewellery. They left the house around 5 am with a warning to the occupants not to report the matter to the police. A police team led by Mr O P Narwal, DSP (Headquarters), visited the house in the morning. A dog squad was also pressed into service. A team of the forensic experts from the Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuban (Karnal), also visited the spot.



14-year-old clubs grandfather to death

Panipat: In a brutal incident, a 14-year-old boy, Anil, clubbed his grandfather to death on Monday night at Hathwala village near here.

According to information available, 70-year-old Chander went to sleep after dinner on Monday night. Anil, who was also lying near Chander’s cot, picked up a “hathora” and clubbed the old man when he was asleep. A profusely bleeding Chander died on the spot. The family came to know of the incident only in the morning.

Chander had reportedly rebuked his grandson for coming to house late on Monday. He had also asked Anil to quit smoking. The Samalkha police questioned the family in connection with the murder. Ultimately the police zeroed in on Anil.

The police said Anil had confessed to having killed his grandfather. A case has been registered. TNS



CM victimising rivals: HVP
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 22
Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) and Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) have charged Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala with adopting mean tactics to victimise his political opponents.

In a statement here today, the HVP supremo, Mr Bansi Lal alleged that the Chief Minister had launched a campaign to register false cases against the leaders of Opposition.

He said implicating Mr Jai Prakash, Congress MLA from Barwala in a case of snatching a petty amount from an INLD leader was a clear example of the raging anger of the Chief Minister against his rivals.

Mr Bansi Lal claimed that over 60 prominent politicians and a large number of workers of different parties had been booked in various cases by the government during the past few years.

He said the leaders of the Central government raised much hue and cry over the action taken against Mr Prakash Singh Badal, a former Chief Minister of Punjab. However, he alleged that the Central government had winked at the ‘malpractices’ of Mr Chautala as five INLD MPs from Haryana had extended support to the BJP-led Central government.



Third Front to announce candidates by Nov 3
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 22
The list of candidates to be fielded by the Third Front is likely to be announced by November 3. Already, the sources said, the names of the candidates who will be contesting in 60 Assembly constituencies have been decided.

Talks are on for the remaining 10 seats with the parties like the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD.)

Addressing a press conference after the meeting of the co-ordination committee of the Third Front, Tariq Anwar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said the names of a majority of the candidates had been finalised. “We have left 10 seats as some parties are expected to join the Third Front,” he told the media persons.

The Third Front has parties like the NCP, Janata Dal (Secular), Samajwadi Janata Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Republican Party of India and Labour Party. Shoiab Iqbal, in turn, clarified that talks were not on with the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party. “They are yet to make up their mind…. We are not talking to them,” he said.

Reiterating that their fight was against both the INC and the BJP, they said the Third Front was created to provide a third choice to the people of NCT of Delhi and for providing a clean and transparent administration.

The first list of candidates is expected to be released on October 29 and the second and final list on November 3.



Excise Dept suffering huge losses due to
liquor smuggling
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 22
The Haryana Government has been suffering huge financial losses on account of liquor smuggling and their sale in Sonepat, Gohana, Ganaur and other villages by the liquor mafia operating in this district.

It is alleged that the authorities of the Excise Department have failed to check the activities of the liquor mafia and the anti-social elements engaged in liquor smuggling and its sale. The liquor mafia bring smuggled liquor from Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and sell it in the urban and rural areas of the district in connivance with officials of the Excise Department.

The sales of liquor is rampant on the dhabas, restaurants and hotels on the National Highway no 1. Most of the customers include truck drivers and passers-by as well as the long distant travellers passing through the state.

Similarly, liquor was also freely available in the villages where supply of liquor pouches had become the main source of livelihood for a large number of shopkeepers. In the past, shopkeepers used to stock liquor pouches, but following police raids, many shopkeepers appear to have discontinued the practice.

In the last one year, the police had seized thousands of bottles of country-liquor, liquor pouches and

English wine worth several lakhs of rupees and challaned hundreds of people under the Excise Act.

The action of the police, however, had led to a considerable decline in cases of liquor smuggling during the past two months.

Many people who buy liquor from the dhabas and restaurants confirmed the role of the officials of the Excise Department in the smuggling. The said they obtained their liquor pouches under the very nose of the Excise Department officials, said to be in league with the liquor mafia.

Representatives of various political parties, social and voluntary organisations as well as trade unions today urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the public complaints about liquor smuggling and sale of liquor. They demanded the transfer of officials of the Excise Department found to be involved in the smuggling racket.



Educational institutions under MC scanner
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 22
The Sonepat Municipal Council has intensified its campaign against educational institutions involved in unauthorised constructions and their failure to get their plans sanctioned from it.

According to a report, it has sent notices to the managing committees of the Hindu College of Engineering, CRA College, GVM Girls College, Rishikul Vidyapeeth, Gohana Road, Jain Vidya Mandir near Subzimandi, Saraswati School in Shastri Colony, Navyug Public School on Rohtak road, Shri Ram Modern Boarding School in Chawla Colony and a school in New Braham Colony asking them to explain why their unauthorised buildings should not be demolished.

They have also been asked to explain why they had failed to get their expansion plan sanctioned from it before the start of the construction work.

The Sonepat municipal council has warned the managements of these institutions that if they failed to send their reply within five days, they would be served with another notice for the demolition within six hours.

Meanwhile, it has also identified 20 more educational institutions where the unauthorised construction work was in progress. These institutions would also be served with similar notices prior to the demolition of the unauthorised constructions.

The council is also contemplating filing of suits in the court against these institutions if they failed to get their plan sanctioned from it.

The civic authorities also questioned why the CBSE and the Board of School Education, Haryana, had given their affiliation to such institutions whose building plans are not authorised by the council.

They also stated that the students of these institutions are being charged huge amount as ‘building funds’ every year, but the these institutions had failed to get their building plans sanctioned from the authorities concerned.



Residents caught between traffic violators and unscrupulous police
Our Correspondent

Panipat, October 22
Even though a number of special drives have been undertaken by the district traffic police to curb lawlessness on the road, incidence of traffic jams at every crossing and harassment of motorists are a daily occurrence. It is pointed out that the indifferent attitude of the costables are one of the primary reason for the ‘mess’ on the roads of Panipat. With thousands of vehicles crossing the town daily, the traffic problem of Panipat needs a rethinking.

Even though regular changes have been made to keep the traffic police personnel on their toes, it has made little difference to the ‘chaos’ on the roads, particularly at the National Highway no 1 crossings.

Resentment prevails among the residents against the ‘dictatorial attitude’ of the district traffic police. Vehicle owners alleged that they were charged “entry” of minimum of Rs 100 and that too without any receipt. If a person refuses to oblige the traffic police with the so called “entry”, he is forced to face the consequences of visiting the District Transport Office (DTO), alleged one Kamal Saluja, who was charged “entry” thrice. He alleged that the people preferred to pay the “entry” on the spot without any receipt so as to avoid the trouble of going to the courts or to the DTO office.

Apart from the traffic police, even the Home Guard personnel use the opportunity to charge “entry” from vehicle owners. In effect, the common man is at the mercy of these law enforcement agencies, said one Deepak Ahuja. Mr Ahuja pointed out that if the traffic police took stringent action against the law breakers, particularly the three-wheelers, jeeps, maxi-cabs and checked the movement of trucks within the town during the daytime, most of the traffic related problems of the town could be solved. However, the traffic staff is busy pocketing their “collections”, particularly at the bus stand crossing, Lal Batti chowk, Railway road crossing, Sanjay chowk, Gohana chowk, Mr Ahuja remarked.

A three-wheeler driver told this correspondent that even though he did not have any of the necessary papers he was able to manage his work without any hindrance by making an “entry” of Rs100 per month at every crossing on his route. Another driver said that by providing a copy of the ration card, three photographs and Rs 700, one could obtain ones driving license sitting at home. He further stated that if the traffic police impounded the driving license, it was better to have a new one made instead of getting it released from the DTO office or Courts after payment of heavy penalty. This was proved by the DTO’s admission that a large number of cases have been pending with them.

Explaining the deteriorating traffic condition on the roads of Panipat, Sub-Inspector Ramesh Kumar said the lack of space on the road was the main reason for the traffic jams. He said the traffic police were lenient with the vehicle owners during the festive season and would be extremely “strict” thereafter. He said the present staff strength was insufficient to control the traffic ‘chaos’ on the G. T. Road in Panipat. A bypass or a flyover on the G.T.Road was the only remedy, he said.

Residents of the town said that even though the traffic police was “hard” on the traffic violators, they provided “protection” to the vendors for a “price”. Another motorcyclist pointed out the unauthorised encroachment by the thelawalas right under the nose of the traffic police. “Record of their challan books would prove that not even a single thelawalas are ever challaned for encroaching upon the roads,” he said.

When the Superintendent of Police (SP) Panipat, Dr Suman Manjri, was approached for her views, she told the NCR Tribune that flyovers are the only solution to ease the traffic jams on the roads of Panipat. She said that she had tried to make the youths, particularly school going children, aware of this problem so that they could develop proper road sense. Dr Manjri assured that she would come out with further programmes to make the younger generation aware of the traffic rules so as to overcome this problem. Students of schools and colleges would be asked to come forward to participate in traffic awareness programme and also spread such awareness among the general public.

She emphasised that it the truck drivers could be activated towards traffic rules, a major part of the problem of traffic jams could be solved. The traffic police personnel have been ordered to take strict action against “professional traffic rules violators” after the festival season, she said. She said that the traffic police would welcome volunteers to help the district authorities in the management and smooth flow of traffic in the city.



Happiness is within: Sant Rajinder Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 22
Head of the Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission and president of the World Council of Religions, Sant Rajinder Singh, was greeted by a huge congregation of supporters on his visit to Ghaziabad.

Addressing the people, Sant Rajinder Singh drew attention of the people to the fact that each one of us can gain from spirituality. He said that love is the natural state of the soul and so long as it does not merge with God, it remains unsatisfied.

Sant Rajinder Singh went on to say that happiness like everything else is within us and we need to invert our attention and live a virtuous life. He went on to say that love alone leads to spiritual progress and service to humanity is the manifestation of love.

A camp for those seeking spiritual initiation was organised by the Ruhani Mission in Ghaziabad’s Ramlila Grounds yesterday.



LJP leader’s murder condemned
Our Correspondent

Rewari, October 22
Mr Ramesh Thekedar, president of the Haryana Yuva Lok Janshakti Party (youth wing of the LJP), has condemned the brutal murder of Mr Satyender Prasad, district vice-chairman of the Kissan Cell of the LJP at Garhpura in Begusarai region of Bihar recently.

In a press statement here today, Mr Thekedar said that it was something horrendous that the LJP leader was shot dead by unidentified assailants in broad daylight in the market place at Garhpura. He asserted that all this showed that there was a total collapse of law and order in Bihar.

Demanding immediate arrest of the culprits, Mr Thekedar also pleaded for a high level enquiry by an independent agency like the CBI into the brutal killing of Mr Prasad.

The demon of dengue

Taking into consideration the widespread scare about dengue, Dr Tara Saxena, president of the Rewari Obstetric and Gynaecological Society (ROGS) has come out with the informative suggestions which could guide the citizens to fight the disease. Her explanatory observations have been culled mainly from the “Harrison’s Principle of Internal Medicine”, known as the Bible of medicine. Furnishing the details to the ‘NCR Tribune’ here today, she said that dengue, a viral infection, is transmitted by the bite of a vector Aedes Aegypti which mostly breeds in unhygienic conditions, prevailing in the urban slums as well as non-degradable tyres and old plastic containers lying in dirty places.

She said that dengue fever was of two types—non-haemorrhagic which resembles influenza with severe headache and haemorrahagic which, if not treated properly, often proves fatal.. As regards the symptoms, she informed that the sudden onset of fever, severe headache, retro orbital pain (pain at the back of the eye-ball), back pain and severe myalgia indicated the affliction by dengue.

Elucidating the symptoms of haemorrhagic variety, she said that it was something serious in which there was bleeding from nose, mouth or skin rashes as well as the Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS).

Besides, there was increased vascular permeability, low blood pressure, cyanosis and pleural effusion in such patients.

Briefing about the preventive as well as curative steps, she said that in the first instance, elimination of mosquito breeding sites of Aedes Aegypti and the removal of unhygienic conditions was essential while simple blood and X-ray tests were essential for all such patients at the very first stage of the disease following which they could be given transmission of fresh blood or platelets if required.

Besides, there was also a need to drastically avoid self-medication as well as medication by quacks for all such patients, she added.

Small saving scheme

Jhajjar: Mr Mohinder Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, urged various agents, officials and people concerned with the Small Saving Scheme to deposit more money under the scheme to meet the target set for the district. The Deputy Commissioner was addressing the audience following a prize distribution ceremony in the local panchayat bhavan today. He said that the Central and state governments release funds for development on the basis of total collection under the Small Saving Scheme.

He distributed 55 sewing machines to the poor women and girls students on this occasion. ADC Suprabha Dahiya, SDM Jhajjar, Pankaj Agrawal, SDM Bahadurgarh, Sultan Singh, Special Collector Rajpal Singh and other officials were present on the occasion.



Four-yr RI for possessing opium
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 22
The Additional Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Mr J S Jangra, has convicted a youth Satish of Aghwanpur village nd sentenced him to four years’ rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10,000 or in default to undergo further six months’ rigorous imprisonment in a case of keeping the contraband opium.

According to the prosecution story, the Ganaur police had arrested him on May 30, 2001 on the charge of keeping 770 grams of contraband opium and sent the challan to the court.

Jhajjar TCC president

The Haryana Congress has appointed Mr Sohan Lal Gujjar as the president of Jhajjar Town Congress Committee.

A party spokesman said that Mr Gujjar, former chairman of the Municipal Committee, has been given the authority to organise the executive body of the TCC.

The newly appointed president thanked Mr Bhajan Lal, HPCC chief for making his appointment and promised to strengthen the party unit.

Open Durbar held

Faridabad: An Open Durbar was held by the district authorities at Alawalpur village of Palwal sub-division, today.

About 150 complaints were taken up for redressal. Nearly all the departmental heads had been present with their makeshift infrastructure.

The health department claimed to have conducted the check-up of about 888 persons. TNS


New Delhi: The NDPL today announced loadshedding tomorrow due to installation of a new Ring Main Units at B Block, GT Karnal Road Substation in district Model Town.

Timing of the loadshedding will be from 11 am to 5 pm and the affected areas will be parts of B Block, GT Karnal Road, a press release said. TNS



Two women injured in group clash
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 22
Three persons, including two women were injured in a clash that took place between two groups here last evening.

According to a report, the injured persons include Mrs Chandro and her son Suresh and his wife.

The police are investigating the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection as the alleged assailants are absconding.

Scooterist killed
A scooterist was killed on the spot when he was hit by a tractor on the Sonepat-Gohana Road near Barwasni village about 5 km from here last night.

According to a report, the victim was going on a scooter to the village during the night. He was identified as Rajesh of Barwasni village. The police are still investigating the case.

Youth suffers burns
A youth Surinder sustained serious burn injuries when his clothes caught fire while he was preparing a cup of tea on the LPG chulah in his house at Bhatgaon village about 15 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the person was rushed to the local civil hospital where he is being treated.

Pistol seized, man held
The Murthal police have arrested a man Ajit of Mehndipur village following the alleged recovery of a country-made pistol from his possession.

According to a report, the police have registered a case under the Indian Arms Act against him.


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