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Sri Fort rape: Youth with royal links under scanner
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
With the arrest of Navdeep Randhawa, an unemployed member of the erstwhile royal family of Mustafabad Riyasat in Haryana, the Crime Branch today claimed to have cracked the sensational robbery, which recently jolted the office of the Swiss International Airlines located in the World Trade Tower on Barakhamba Road in Connaught Place.

Interestingly, Navdeep has also come under the scanner in the Sri Fort rape case due to his uncanny resemblance with the suspect whose identity kit has been circulated in the media.

The police said the suspect was arrested last evening from Mayur Vihar, Phase–I. Navdeep had done his schooling from Lawrence School, Sanawar, and graduated in Economics Honours from Fergusson College in Pune, the Joint Commissioner of Police, Mr B.K. Gupta, said.

During interrogation he accepted his involvement in the robbery in the Swiss International Airlines office that took place on August 27. During the hold-up the suspect had fired from a pistol and robbed approximately Rs 14,000 and a mobile phone. He committed the robbery to pay for his lavish lifestyle.

While addressing newspersons, the Joint Commissioner said Navdeep had developed differences with his family after graduation and started living alone in Delhi. His parents gave him a monthly stipend of Rs 10, 000 to Rs 15,000, but it was not sufficient for him.

In the face of a financial squeeze, he planned the heist. He recced the area first and even worked out his escape route. The pistol used to fire in the office of the Swiss International Airlines was owned by his father, Kunwar Vijay Singh. Navdeep allegedly stole the pistol from his father. The Mayur Vihar house where Navdeep resides is also owned by his father.

However, Navdeep has denied his involvement in the rape case of the Swiss national. On the fateful night, he claimed he was having coffee with his girlfriend at a Barista outlet in South Delhi. His movements were being verified, the police said. Whether Navdeep’s father had lodged a complaint of the theft of his pistol or not was also under investigation, the Joint Police Commissioner said. The police received a tip-off about his involvement in the robbery while investigating the Swiss national’s rape case. The description given by the rape victim of the suspect almost matched that of Navdeep. The Inter-State Cell had received information about the presence of an East Delhi-based youth near Sri Fort on the fateful day. The sleuths of the cell tracked down the suspect, who turned out to be a young flamboyant English-speaking highly educated youngster staying at Mayur Vihar, Phase – I, East End Apartments. He was picked up from his house last evening, the JCP said.



BJP office-bearers quit over Gole Market nomination
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
The president and other office-bearers of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s New Delhi district on Tuesday resigned to register their protest against the nomination of Poonam Azad from the Gole Market assembly constituency.

The wife of member of Parliament and former Test cricketer Kirti Azad, Poonam has been fielded against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the December 1 Assembly election.

The president of the BJP’s New Delhi district, Mr Kedar Nath Sachdeva, said he had received the resignations of the chiefs of nine of the 12 mandals of the party in the district.

Delhi Pradesh BJP president Madan Lal Khurana moved in quickly to dissolve the New Delhi district and constitute a three-member ad hoc committee under its general secretary Siri Ram Chopra.

The other members of the ad hoc committee are Mr Mahendra Pal Chawla and Ms Mohini Garg. The two are members of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

Mr Sachdeva, meanwhile, said he and the office-bearers and working committee members were incensed at the denial of tickets to the candidate recommended by him.

He said the district committee had recommended Mr S. K. Anand, an advocate, for the Gole Market seat. “But the seat has been allotted to Ms Poonam Azad who cannot win the election,” he asserted.

Mr Sachdeva said the district committee had also recommended candidates for the Kasturba Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Minto Road and Jangpura constituencies.

The recommendations of New Delhi district and nine mandals, he said, had been ignored and tickets were allotted to the favourites, ignoring the claims of workers of five assembly constituencies.

In Kasturba Nagar, he said, sitting legislator Sushil Choudhary was renominated though both the mandals of the constituency and the New Delhi district did not propose his name.

The Delhi Pradesh BJP’s election committee had not shown the courtesy of consulting the party’s New Delhi district about the names of all five persons to whom the tickets had been given, Mr Sachdeva added.



Riots’ survivor to contest against Maken
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to field a survivor of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots against Transport Minister Ajay Maken.

Mr Sarabjeet Singh (33) will be fielded from the Rajouri Garden Assembly constituency, which has 30,000 Sikh voters among an electorate of 1.5 lakh. In 1984, the entire family of Sarabjeet Singh was killed during the riots in Krishna Nagar in East Delhi.

The Akalis are contesting the December 1 Assembly election on the BJP symbol from four constituencies.

BJP names three more candidates

The BJP on Tuesday announced the names of three more candidates. A former Transport Minister, Mr Rajendra Gupta, will contest from Timarpur. Mr Ashok Agarwal has been fielded from Model Town and Mr Surya Prakash from Kamla Nagar.

“Now only three seats are to be announced.... The announcement is likely to be made tomorrow,” BJP general secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told mediapersons.



SMS to counter BJP whisper campaign
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
Claiming that the BJP was indulging in negative campaign in the NCT of Delhi, the Indian National Congress (INC) on Tuesday said the party would counter it by highlighting the achievements of the Sheila Dikshit Ministry.

The Chairman of the Publicity Committee of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), Mr Vishwa Bandhu Gupta, said the party would make use of cinema, telephone, Internet, SMS, etc.

“The BJP has no issue ... it is issue-less, and therefore indulging in negative campaign against the Congress,” he said. “The BJP’s campaign is weak but our campaign will be innovative and focussed.”

The focus, he said, would be on the achievements of the Government of NCT of Delhi and its plans for sustained development, if returned back to power, he said.

Plans have also been devised to counter any rumour-mongering and whisper campaign which, he said, were the trademark of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Sangh Parivar.

“We have asked our block-level office-bearers to counter rumour-mongering through the telephone as it is the telephone that is used for such propaganda,” he said.



Murder accused shot on court premises
Our Correspondent

Meerut, November 11
A man was shot by two armed assailants at noon today outside the advocates’ chambers in the district court complex. Hearing the gunshots, panic spread on the court premises. The deceased, Rambhool, was facing trial in a murder case.

According to the Superintendent of Police (City), Dr Arvind Kumar, Rambhool, son of Dario of Rachhooti under the Mundali police station, was being tried for the abduction and murder of three children.

The accused was due to depose today in the Additional District and Sessions Court No 8.

The assailants, including a person named Vijay, cornered Rambhool outside the court premises. They professed to be his friends, and talked of a compromise in the case.

Having successfully engaged him outside the advocates’ chambers, Vijay seized the opportunity and pumped bullets into Rambhool’s head and neck.

Hearing the gunshots, there was utter confusion on the court premises. Some of the advocates, armed with their licensed pistols and revolvers, even tried to chase the assailants.

The assailants climbed on the roof and jumped towards the adjoining nullah. They soon disappeared, taking advantage of the crowd.

Hearing the news of the shootout on the court premises, several senior police personnel, including SSP Badri Prasad Singh, the ASP (City) and the ASP (RA) rushed to the spot with a heavy police force.

The body was then taken to the medical college for examination.

Later, the advocates staged a demonstration on the court premises. They demanded that the entry of vehicles be banned on the court premises and barriers be put up to check the entry of bad elements.



Cutting corners, even at the cremation ground
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 11
Dead men tell no tales, and that perhaps is a blessing. Otherwise, the ghoulish manner in which the limbs of the dead are pounded with lathis and pushed into the pyre would make even the corpses cry out in despair.

Ironically, it is the family members who are often responsible for this sorry state of affairs. Anxious to catch up with the humdrum of their busy lives, the relatives often leave the cremation grounds without waiting to see the body fully consigned to flames.

Sometimes the family members cut corners, refusing to purchase the three quintals of wood needed for the pyre. Instead, they opt for just two quintals. When the body is laid on the pyre, the limbs stick out of the wooden shaft. Result: they have to be pounded with lathis and pushed back into the pyre.

This is almost a daily occurrence at the Noida crematorium. In fact, a visit to the cremation ground in the evening can be a blood-curdling experience. According to the priest of Shanti temple, which is next to the cremation ground, such acts are a disgrace to the dead.



Faridabad folks feel marooned due
 to poor inter-connectivity
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 11
This industrial town, which has a population of about 14 lakh and is the largest urban centre in the state, has been dogged by poor links within the city. Residents of many areas feel cut off and marooned in this metropolis.

The town is split into two parts, vertically from north to south by the railway line and by the Mathura Road, right from Delhi border to Ballabgarh town.

There has been considerable development in the last three decades as far as the number of industrial units and residential clusters is concerned. But the authorities here have not been able to implement schemes to provide a smooth link between various areas falling in the eastern and western sectors, feel certain residents.

According to Mr Rajkumar Gaur of Sector 15-A, there had been a massive increase in the population and in the number of colonies in both the eastern and western areas.

These areas have been separated by the national highway and the railway track, which run parallel to each other. He said if someone residing in a sector in the eastern section wanted to visit a friend in the NIT area, he had to think twice as there was a heavy rush on the highway.

As the Bata over-bridge, which was thrown open in December 2000, was still a toll bridge most people preferred taking the Neelam flyover, which witnessed heavy rush round the clock.

Claiming that the Bata over-bridge had failed to decongest the area, he said steps ought to be taken to make it toll-free and open it to all kind of traffic.

He said lakhs of people were residing in the NIT area and adjoining colonies and villages but only one bridge was providing them free access to Mathura Road, Ballabgarh and the Old Faridabad areas. He said at least two more over-bridges were required to meet the rush and requirement of the people.

Mr Anoop Shourie, a resident of BP Road in the NIT area, said despite huge demand and pressure the authorities had not taken up the work of constructing a flyover at the Old Faridabad junction.

He said several people died each year while crossing the railway track. Despite this, there was no move to provide relief to thousands of residents on the NIT side.

The over-bridge near Bhadkhal on the railway track was too narrow and witnessed a traffic jam nearly daily. He said this over-bridge needed to be widened, so that residents of various colonies coming up in Sector 21, 21-B, 21-C, 44, 46, 47 and 49 could use the flyover to go to areas across the railway track and Mathura Road with ease.

He said the authorities should think futuristically and prepare plans keeping in mind the needs and the volume of traffic in the coming years. He said Faridabad required an independent development authority on the pattern of Noida, if proper development was to take place.

Mr Satinder Chaudhary, a resident of Sector 9, said the city required an efficient local bus service and measures should be taken to eliminate the polluting three-wheelers.

It is learnt the NHAI has prepared a plan to widen the five main crossings on Mathura Road at a cost of Rs 9 crore. But it is not known when this plan will take off.



Glut in market forcing farmers to sell paddy at throwaway price
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 11
The glut in the foodgrain markets has resulted in a “nexus” between the traders and owners of rice shellers, who are reportedly cornering huge profits through benami buying of paddy from the farmers at a throw away price.

In effect, the “nexus” between the traders and owners of rice shellers, has resulted in denying the farmer the minimum support price (MSP) for his produce. According to a report, the officials of the procurement agencies have failed to buy the entire stock due to the record arrival of paddy this season. Hence, the paddy growers have been forced to sell their produce below the MSP.

It is alleged that certain traders and owners of rice shellers are in league with the officials of the procurement agencies, who were buying bulk of the paddy from the growers below the MSP and without paying the market fees and the sales tax.

A high-level inquiry is likely to expose their misdeeds and the “nexus” between the traders, owners of rice shellers and the officials of the procurement agencies in the district. Meanwhile, the increased arrival of paddy has created a glut in the Sonepat foodgrain market.

It has also resulted in the lack of space for the unloading of fresh arrivals. In such a situation, the secretary of the local market committee, Mr Balwan Singh Sharma, has advised the paddy growers to take their produce to the new foodgrain market to obtain the remunerative price for their produce.

He also disclosed that adequate arrangements for the procurement of paddy have been made in the new foodgrains market and the farmers were getting the MSP for their produce. He also claimed that the market committee had made all other necessary arrangements for the benefit of the farmers including the supply of drinking water and streetlights.



Power cuts paralyse normal life in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 11
The ongoing power crisis in this city and its suburbs has worsened following the unscheduled power cuts enforced by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN). According to a report, the long spells of power cuts has not only paralysed the normal life of the people but has adversely affected the business and industrial activities in the area. All the essential services including the water supply were adversely affected. The services in the hospital too have been affected due to irregular power supply to the local 100-bed civil hospital.

The residents of the city are critical of the political leaders, particularly of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the BJP for their failure to raise the issue with the government.

Though the UHBVN has launched a campaign to check power theft, there has been no perceptible improvement in the power supply to the domestic sector. The summer season was particularly tough for both the urban and the rural people, as they had to face unprecedented power and water shortage.

The Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had failed to live up to his promise of providing round the clock power supply to all categories of consumers.

Moreover, since the feeders of tubewells are connected with the domestic feeders, the water supply in the city is also frequently disrupted. Since the tubewells at the main waterworks at Murthal and the boosting stations in this city have not been linked with diesel generators, the water supply is often disrupted. In effect, the irregular power supple has thrown the normal life out of gear. Moreover, the business activities have been severely affected. Repeated complaints made by the consumers have had no effect on the authorities. Even though the consumers have been forced to visit the complaint centres, there has been little response from the authorities. The junior engineers posted at each of the complaint centres to monitor the complaints are rarely found in their seats. The complaints made to the SDEs concerned in this regard have fallen on deaf ears.

Consumers wanting to deposit their electricity bills often have to wait for hours as cashiers posted at the collection centres are mostly absent from their seats.

The Residents Welfare Association and the Sonepat Citizens Forum today threatened to gherao the officials of the UHBVN if steps were not taken to improve the power supply and end unscheduled loadsheddings in the city.

The representatives of these organisations have sent a joint memorandum to the Haryana Governor and the Chief Minister demanding action against the officials responsible for the power crisis in this city and its suburbs.



CBI probe into murder of journalist welcomed
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 11
The Communist Party (Marxist) and the Haryana Union of Journalists have welcomed the directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, ordering a CBI inquiry into the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ramchander Chattarpati.

Both these organisations have, in separate statements, hoped that the inquiry would expose the mystery behind the murder. The CPM has also welcomed the stay orders given by the Supreme Court on the arrest of the journalists of ‘The Hindu’ in connection with the so-called breach of privilege of the Tamilnadu Assembly.

The party has termed this decision to be in favour of expression which was being curtailed by the Tamilnadu Vidhan Sabha.



Power thefts
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 11
The officials of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigan (UHBVN) have detected as many as 632 cases of power thefts in Sonepat circle during the past two months.

According to official sources, the erring consumers were imposed a penalty of Rs 35,17,312.

Of this sum, the officials seized Rs 13,88,169 during the period under review.

The officials also lodged FIRs with the police against 121 consumers who failed to deposit the amount of penalty during the stipulated period.

The UHBVN has also launched a special anti-power theft campaign during the current month.

Repair of chaupals

The Haryana Government has sanctioned Rs 82 lakh for the repair of as many as 834 chaupals in the rural areas of this district during the current financial year.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Ranjan told mediapersons here today that the district administration has already received Rs 41 lakh for the purpose.

As many as 147 chaupals in the villages would be repaired by December 31.

He disclosed that the state government has already sent Rs 68 lakh on this account and the district administration had got repaired as many as 296 village chaupals in the district.

Traffic held up

Traffic on the busy Gita Bhawan Chowk was held up for about an hour following the collision between a car and a truck late last evening.

According to a report, this caused great inconvenience to the people as a large number of auto vehicles were lined up on all sides of this chowk.

On receipt of information, the police arrived on the scene and arrested the truck driver for rash and negligent driving. The car was badly damaged on account of this accident.

Eye operation camp

A two-day free eye operation camp will be organised at Kharkhauda town in this district on November 15 and 16. According to a report, noted eye surgeons will perform the operations of the indoor patients.

Irrigation dept posting

The Haryana Government has appointed Mr D S Joon, and an Executive Engineer (vigilance) in the irrigation department in this district.

According to a report, Mr Joon has also taken the charge on this post in place of Mr Anil Aggarwal, Xen, who has been transferred to the Rai Water Service Division.



Authorities accused of arbitrary
selection of demolition targets
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 11
The demolition spree by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has given rise to a number of controversies. Last evening, the Town and Country Planning Department wing of HUDA demolished about a score of shops in village Silokhara, adjacent to the posh South City area (Sector 45) in the city. The shops were located on land owned by the president of the ‘All India Brahman Sabha’, Mr Mange Ram Sharma and Mr Hari Ram Sharma-both brothers.

Interestingly, the members of the two families are actively involved in politics with two different parties. While Mr Mukesh Sharma is the district (Gurgaon) president of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP), Mr Pawan Kumar Sharma is the leader of the youth Congress.

The villagers alleged that no prior notice was issued by the authorities and demolitions was carried out arbitrarily. A heavy police force led by a DSP was present with the demolition squad. An irate mob tried to resist the demolition work.

The members of the affected family alleged that there was nothing illegal about the shops as they were on “Abadi Deh” land and many of the constructions were done before 1940.

They further alleged that the authorities were inconsiderate to their pleas and even threatened to put them behind bars.

However, there were many who felt that the demolitions in Silokhara had been done at the behest of big builders, particularly UNITECH, which has set up the South City. It is alleged that the land on which the demolished shops stood “had nothing to do with HUDA”, rather it is surrounded by UNITECH’s landed property.

While many in the city agree with government’s drive to remove encroachments, there is a growing public opinion that the authorities appear to be doing it in a selective manner. A testimony to this alleged selective approach are the number of shops and commercial centres set up by “mafias” on the green belt along the national highway (Delhi-Jaipur) that has escaped the attention of the authorities.

A liquor vend, which stands on the forest land near Management Development Institute (MDI) chowk has been ignored though the residents of Sector 17 and others sectors have taken up the issue with various authorities. Though the Forest Department initiated action by taking the matter to the Environment Court, it has failed to punish the culprits on the ground that it is sub judice.

Meanwhile, the controversial vend continues to be used by the “liquor mafia”. Clearly, there is some truth when the people allege that there is selective use of demolition drives to settle personal and political scores.



ICCR commemorates Maulana Azad’s anniversary
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) held a solemn function at the grave of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to commemorate his 115th birth anniversary.

Floral tributes were paid on behalf of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha and President of the ICCR offered a “Chaddar” at the grave along with other distinguished guests.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Najma Heptulla noted that Maulana Azad sincerely believed in India’s destiny–not just as a nation but as a civilisation. Maulana was an amazing personality in many ways and a man of vision and foresight.

He always championed the cause of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and development and advised people to rise above petty-mindedness.

Dr Heptulla noted that the best tribute to Maulana Azad would be to follow the path shown by him.



Book exhibition held at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee organised a book exhibition at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary.

Former Justice Kuldeep Singh inaugurated the exhibition. Speaking at the inauguration, Justice Singh said despite a book exhibition showcasing books on the Sikh History each year, 40 per cent of the community members continue to remain ignorant of the Sikh history.

Justice Singh said that efforts should be made to educate the Sikh population about the glorious history and suggested the construction of a memorial to pay homage to those who died in the 1984 massacre.

The president of the DSGMC, Mr Prehlad Singh Chandok, reiterating the need for organising the book fair each year said that it helps to revive the memories of the Sikh Sangat and the Sikh history.

The chairman of the ‘Dharam Prachar Committee’, Mr Tarsem Singh, said there has been increase in the sale of books this year and expressed happiness that the Sikh community is buying books on Sikh literature and history despite the boom of the electronic media.

He also distributed Siropas and mementos to the staff members of DSGMC and the owners of the bookstalls. The former DSGMC secreatry, Mr Kulmohan Singh, was also present on the occasion. He represented Punjab and Sind Bank, which had organised the photo exhibition that was part of the celebrations.



Capt Suri’s martyrdom recalled

Ghaziabad: Very few people carve a niche in the heart of their countrymen. The martyrs who sacrifice their life for the defence of their motherland are definitely among these select few.

Captain Gurvinder Singh Suri, Ghaziabad’s only Mahavir Chakra awardee, will always inspire the youth of Uttar Pradesh with his valour and martyrdom. These were the sentiments expressed by speaker after speaker at a memorial service organised in Ghaziabad’s Shastri Nagar Colony on November 9, the fifth anniversary of Capt G S Suri’s martyrdom in 1999 as an officer of 12 Bihar Regiment. Gurvinder Suri had defended his post, Faulad, situated at over 12,000 ft in snowy heights of Gulmarg sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Captain Suri, a third generation soldier, his father Col TPS Suri and grandfather Subedar Gurbax Singh had served the Indian Army with distinction. OC



Five held for plotting to loot petrol pump
Our Correspondents

Rewari, November 11
The CIA police personnel apprehended five gangsters who were planning to loot a petrol pump near the Haryana petrochemical factory here yesterday.

The police seized an Indica car (No. HR 20E-9009), a country-made pistol along with a live cartridge, a knife and an iron pipe from them. A case of conspiring to commit dacoity under sections 399, 402 of the IPC and also of the Arms Act has been registered against them.

They have been identified as Anil Kumar Yadav of Bhagwanpur village of Rewari district, Bahadur Singh Yadav and Narain Yadav of Gurgaon district, Dalip Singh Rajput of Karoli district of Rajasthan and M. Rawe of the Chennai region of Tamilnadu.

During interrogation, they revealed that they had stolen the Indica car from Model Town here on October 22, 2003. Besides, Bahadur Yadav also reportedly confessed to have stolen a Maruti car from Kosli and an Esteem car from Saharanwas village in January last while Anil Yadav admitted to have stolen a motorcycle and some valuables from a house in Ramgarh village near here.

Diversify crop pattern, farmers told

Gurgaon: The Deputy Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha and local MLA, Mr Gopi Chand Gehlot, today urged the farmers to diversify the crop pattern to raise their economic status. Mr Gehlot made out a special case for medicinal plants to be opted by the farmers as it would also be in keeping with the state’s move to boost up production of herbs and plants having medicinal value.

He said that the farmers should diversify in a big way by opting for cash crops instead of the traditional crops of wheat and paddy.

He said that the state’s agriculture department has drawn up a scheme to boost plantation of cash crops like ground nut, lentsils and soyabean.

According to him, the department will make available the seeds for the cash crops. He stated that in the past three years, the INLD government has undertaken various schemes in the interest of agriculture and farming community.

Daily wagers on warpath

Noida: After sanitary workers, it is the turn of the daily wagers of the Noida administration to protest against what they call ‘step-motherly treatment’ being meted out to them.

Hundreds of the authority daily wage workers had demonstrated in front of the Health Department Office in Sector-15, Noida. They were protesting against the delayed payment of their wages. After raising slogans, the workers sat on dharna.

Union president Balbir Bhatti accused the Noida officers of giving them a raw deal. They wanted to put across their grievances to the senior bosses, but even after about four hours of dharna, no officer ever came to listen to their difficulties. The agitated demonstrators had thus parked their vehicles in a zig-zag fashion which resulted in a traffic jam on the road leading to Noida offices. According to Balbir Bhatti, those small-timers were getting their wages on 20 or 22 of each month. The Noida Chief Pay and Accounts Officer Rajinder Singh had issued an order on October 21 that all employees will be paid their salaries/wages by 7th of each month. But this order has not been translated into action.



23 dengue cases in 24 hours, reports MCD
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has notified 23 dengue cases during the last 24 hours. The total number of dengue cases has now gone up to 2,686. No death has been reported from the disease during the last 24 hours.

The number of deaths remained at 22. Out of total 2,686 cases of dengue, 2,136 are from Delhi. Three hundred sixteen cases have so far been reported from Central, 286 from Ghahdara (North), 234 from Shahdara (South), 209 from Najafgarh, 208 from Civil Lines, 198 from South, 164 from Rohini, 150 from West, 123 from Karol Bagh, 72 from City, 52 from Sadar Paharganj and 32 from Narela zones.

Besides, 73 cases have been reported from the areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council and 19 from the Delhi Cantonment/Railway areas.

One hundred two dengue cases are from Haryana, whereas 203 from UP, 7 from Rajasthan and 31 are from other states.

Fifty cases remained untraceable. Addresses were not mentioned in 157 cases. The MCD deployed 1,912 employees to detect the breeding of mosquitoes.

A house-to-house survey was carried out and 81,853 houses were surveyed. Mosquito breeding was found in 118 houses.

Legal notices were served on 92 defaulters and 44 were prosecuted. Spray was carried out in 45,996 houses. To create public awareness amongst the masses, 59,507 handbills were distributed so that people could take measures to check mosquito-breeding.


The NDPL today announced that electricity would not be available between 10 am and 6 pm on Wednesday in Shalimar Bagh areas of BM, BL, BR and BN Blocks due to revamping of substations.

The BSES also announced loadshedding in Sitapuri, Chanakya Place, Jeevan Park, Wazirabad, Ghonda, Khajoori, Jahangirpuri, Rajasthan Udyog, Anandpur, Adarsh Nagar and its adjoining areas due to repair and maintenance work.



Bangladeshi gang busted; six women held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
The East and North-East districts police today busted a gang of Bangladeshi criminals, including six women associates. They were involved in the sensational robbery case of Vivek Vihar where they had broken open the main gate, tied old couples and looted lakhs of rupees and valuables.

Their women accomplices worked as maids in the posh localities and provided information about the wealth of their masters.

Thereafter, the criminals would recee the target and strike. The suspects were identified as Alamgir, Sheikh Hashmat Ali, Sultan, Halim, alias Khalil, Moniza, wife of Zakir Sheikh, gang leader; Rashida Begum, Fatima, alias Dolly, Lilima, alias Lilly, Amiran, alias Shefali, and Salma.

Police recovered Rs 12,000, jewellery worth Rs 50,000, watches worth Rs 35,000, mobile phones of Samsung, ladies garment worth Rs 2,000, a country-made pistol of point 315 bore, a live cartridge, a knife and house-breaking implements.

During interrogation, they admitted to their crimes and said that they belonged to Bangladesh.

Their interrogation led to the arrest of six others. Their other accomplices are absconding, the police said.



Loni trader kidnapped, beaten up
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 11
A Loni trader was kidnapped here by four masked criminals travelling in a Maruti van.

After looting Rs 35,000 from him, they demanded another Rs 50,000 from the trader as price for setting him free. When he said he was not in a position to fulfil their demands, he was badly beaten up. The assailants fled after dumping him on the road side.

He tried to contact local people for help after regaining consciousness in the morning. One of his neighbours is also reported to be among his kidnappers.

At 3.30 pm on Sunday, Shakil, 35, a resident of Dabur Talab Colony was on his way to purchase some goods for his shop in Jawahar Nagar. He was carrying Rs 35,000 for the purpose.

Near Kela godown, four masked criminals hustled Shakil into their Maruti van and made him inhale a toxic substance, which made him unconscious. When he came around, Shakil found himself in the vicinity of a mosque behind Majnu ka Tila in Delhi.

His family members came to fetch him on getting information about the attack. The Loni police, who were informed, found out from independent sources that his neighbour and cousin, Babli, son of Etwari Khan, was also among the masked miscreants who had abducted him.

The police have arrested Babli and are on the look out for the other criminals. Shakil and his family said that they had no quarrel with anybody, whatsoever.



Five held for inter-state currency racket
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 11
The police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang engaged in circulating the fake currency notes in the urban and rural areas of this district and even in other states for the past few months.

According to a report, the police are reported to have taken into custody as many as five persons in this connection. These include Sohan Lal, alias Sonu, son of Mr Om Parkash Bairagi and Bani Singh, son of Mr Sujani, both belonged to Aghwanpur village in this district.

The police have also seized some equipment used in manufacturing the notes. Investigations were still on.

The police are also reported to have seized the notes worth Rs 35,000 from the possession of the members of the gang who have been taken into custody in this connection.

Superintendent of Police Paramjit Singh Ahlawat told this correspondent here today that the teams of police officials have been sent to a number of places for apprehending more gangsters who used to circulate the notes in various places of the neighbouring states.


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