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Differences hold up Cong list
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 12
A difference of opinion on 15-odd seats has held up the declaration of the Indian National Congress (INC) list of candidates for the December 1 Assembly election in NCT of Delhi.

Spokesman Jaipal Reddy on Wednesday told a news conference the party would release its list of candidates for the 70-member Assembly in one go on Thursday.

“The list,” Mr Reddy told media persons, “has almost been finalised and will be released tomorrow.” Thursday is the penultimate day of filing of nomination papers.

Asked whether the delay in announcing the names of the candidates was because of infighting in the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), he deftly parried the question.

Party sources nevertheless said last-minute discussions were on for finalising the names of the candidates for at least 15 constituencies. Otherwise, the sources said, the list is ready.

Differences persisted on account of the tug of war between the factions led by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and recently appointed DPCC President Prem Singh.

Although the chief minister is learnt to have had her say in the exercise of selecting candidates, the sources said, all but a handful of the sitting legislators find a place on the list.

The chief minister is more or less certain to contest the election from the Gole Market Assembly constituency, which she won in the last election. A second seat is also almost ruled out for her.


Poonam, Khurana file nominations
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 12
Poonam Azad, whom the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded from the Gole Market Assembly constituency held by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, filed her nomination papers on Wednesday.

Chairman of the party’s election committee VK Malhotra, Union ministers Jagmohan and Vinod Khanna and Poonam’s husband and Member of Parliament Kirti Azad were present on the occasion.

“Sheila Dikshit had come as a guest and it is time to bid her goodbye. I am hundred per cent sure of my victory,” Poonam Azad said as she came out of the returning officer’s room. Her husband Kirti said people were disappointed with Sheila Dikshit and her ministry. “People will certainly clean bowl her this time,” the former Test cricketer said.

Ms Dikshit, he said, rarely visited her constituency. “She does not even have an office in Gole Market,” Kirti asserted. Ms Dikshit had defeated Kirti Azad in the last election.

Delhi Pradesh BJP President Madan Lal Khurana also filed his nomination for the December 1 Assembly election in the NCT of Delhi on Wednesday. On the occasion, he sought from the voters of Moti Nagar another chance to “repay the debt to the people of the Capital who had elected him 10 times since 1966 and who were responsible for making him Chief Minister and Union Minister”.

A puja was performed at Khurana’s Kirti Nagar residence before he led a delegation of his supporters to the office of the deputy commissioner in Rampura. BJP President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP General Secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Delhi Election Committee Chairman Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel accompanied Khurana.

Enroute, Khurana paid obeisance at a Sanatan Dharma Mandir and a Gurdwara. Avinash Sahni, the sitting legislator from Moti Nagar who decided to step down in favour of Khurana, proposed Khurana’s name in the nomination papers that were filed soon thereafter. Khurana represents the Sadar constituency in Parliament. Moti Nagar, which falls in Sadar, has been his traditional Assembly constituency.


Woman teacher shot dead at bus stand
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 12
Three armed desperados on a motorbike shot dead a woman teacher and former district kabbadi champion last evening.

Her uncle was seriously wounded in the attack near the Dadri bus stand on late Tuesday evening. The assailant escaped on the same motorbike.

According to the police, the young woman teacher, Usha, and her paternal uncle, Ramphal, had come to attend a court date in the district courts in connection with the murder of Manoj Kasna, nephew of MLA Madan Bhaya. Usha, daughter of Nanak Chander, and her uncle were waiting for a bus to go home.

Last year Manoj Kasna, nephew of Jawali resident and Khakhra MLA Madan Bhaya, had been murdered. His body was found in the Suraj Pur area of Greater Noida. Usha, who was named in this murder, was later arrested and sent to jail.

After being released on bail, Usha had gone to attend a court date in the district court, Phase II, Noida. Usha had reached the Noida-Dadri bus stand along with her uncle Ramphal.

The three criminals were lying in wait for them. Usha, who was hit by three bullets, died on the spot. Ramphal was hit by one bullet.

Passengers at the bus stand ran helter skelter when the firing started at the bus stand. Taking advantage of the commotion, the three assailants sped away on the motorbike.

According to eyewitnesses, the assailants had covered their faces with white scarfs. Usha, Dhiraj and Sanjay had been named in Manoj Kasna’s murder. After the murder, Dhiraj Pandit was shot dead in the Musoori police station of Ghaziabad.

The murders of Manoj Kasna, Dhiraj Pandit and now Usha are a result of a gang war, the police feel.

SDO held on bribe charge

Panipat: SG Vats, an SDO with the Haryana Power Department and posted at the Kila sub-division, was today arrested by the Haryana Vigilance Department while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 1,000 from a resident of the Devi Mandir Colony.

According to information, the SDO had demanded an amount of Rs. 1,000 from Mr Surinder Saini for installing a new electricity meter. When the brother of Mr Saini, Mr Subhash Saini, an advocate, approached the official, he was also told to bring the ‘‘amount’’.

A team of officials, headed by the Vigilance Inspector, Mr Surinder Sharma, arrested the SDO. TNS


NHRC intervention sought in case of ‘missing’ sarpanch
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 12
The Haryana Guru Ravidas Samaj Mahasabha has sought the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in tracing Mr Karan Singh, a Dalit Sarpanch of Pehrawar village, who has been missing since October 12.

The mahasabha president, Mr Ram Mehar, has in a letter to the NHRC Chairman said that Ms Bharpai, wife of the missing Sarpanch, had alleged Karan Singh was kidnapped and killed.

Ms Bharpai told the mahasabha that her husband was called to attend a meeting of the village panchayat on October 12 at 10 pm in the house of Mr Jai Bhagwan. Since then, Karan Singh had not returned home and his wife and relatives were unaware of his whereabouts, Mr Ram Mehar told the NHRC.

The mahasabha alleged that though Ms Bharpai had reported the matter to the SHO, Sadar police station, Rohtak, in whose jurisdiction the village falls, no FIR had been registered so far.

Ms Bharpai suspected the involvement of certain residents of Pehrawar village in the kidnapping and suspected murder of her husband Karan Singh. She also alleged that a white-coloured Ambassador car was used in the kidnapping of her husband.

Seeking immediate registration of an FIR under relevant sections of the IPC, the mahasabha has demanded that further investigation of the case should be handed over to the CIA staff under the direct supervision of the Superintendent of Police, Rohtak.

The mahasabha has also demanded police protection for Ms Bharpai as threats to keep quiet were being issued to her.

The mahasabha has further demanded the suspension of the SHO, Sadar police Station, who has failed to take proper action in the case. The SHO, it said, was favouring the culprits on the basis of caste.

Meanwhile, if the handout issued by the District Public Relations Department today is to be believed the Sarpanch of Pehrawar village was present in that office today and told them that the main occupation of the villagers of Pehrawar was agriculture and the land was being irrigated by the JLN Canal.



No end to suffering of tail-end farmers
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, November 12
Are tail-end farmers of a canal distributory entitled to a share in ‘tawan’ (penalty), which is charged by the irrigation department from unauthorised users of the canal water? This legal point has been raised by the farmers of village Nindana in Meham sub-division of this district.

Mr Shamsher Nehra and a few other farmers of Nindana, whose land is situated at the tail-end of Bainsi Minor distributory, have alleged that canal water had not reached the tail-end for the past six months as a result of which the crop in their fields has been destroyed. This has been happening for the last many years and the farmers have complained to the irrigation department on numerous occasions against the raw deal.

Mr Nehra, in a representation to the irrigation department authorities, has alleged that farmers, whose land is situated near the minor-head, make unauthorised use of their share of canal water. Because of this unauthorised use, these farmers reap a bumper harvest.

The irrigation department, on receipt of the representation of tail-end farmers, conducted a survey and observed that farmers owning land near the minor-head have used the share of the tail-end farmers for irrigating their crops of paddy and sugarcane.

The irrigation department has, in exercise of powers under section 28 of Haryana Canal and Drainage Act, 1974, imposed `tawan’ on such farmers.

Mr Nehra disclosed that the department had collected a `tawan’ of Rs. 8 lakh from those farmers whose land is situated between Burji no 9 and 20 of Bainsi-Minor in Nindana. The `tawan’ charged from the erring farmers of the villages through which the minor flows is in addition to this amount.

He has demanded that the `tawan’ collected by the irrigation department should be distributed among the tail-end farmers as they were the actual sufferers. An official of the irrigation department has visited Nindana and recorded the statements of the tail-end farmers, but has expressed its inability in sharing the `tawan’ as there was no such provision in the Act.


Another polio case, still resistance to drops
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 12
A polio afflicted child was found in Rasapur, Ghaziabad, even as police teams going from door to door as part of a campaign have come across a large number of families who refuse to allow the medical teams to administer polio drops to their children.

Some 50 such families were found in one day yesterday. The discovery of a polio afflicted child despite the pulse polio drive having been carried out here since a number of years now has shaken the confidence of the district health authorities.

According to information, the child with polio is named Jatin. He is four and a half years old. The second problem is that authorities have not been able to scotch rumour mongering against the pulse polio programme of the government.

The polio teams find it a difficult task to convince the people in Muslim localities like Kela Bhatta and Islam Nagar, where some 20 families refused to allow their children to get polio drops. The local leadership in these localities has also not come forward to lend a helping hand in this national programme which affects the health of the future generation.

The polio staff said there is resistance even in localities where Muslims are the majority community to accepting pulse polio drops for their kids.


Bar Assn up in arms against ‘illegal’ demolitions
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, November 12
The District Bar Association today took up cudgels against the government for “illegally” demolishing buildings of two advocates, Mukesh Sharma and Praveen Sharma, in village Silokhara on Monday last. The Bar Association has given a district-wide call for suspension of work for two days, commencing from today, in protest against the demolitions.

The decision was taken vide a resolution passed at an emergency meeting of the District Bar Association this morning. The resolution condemned the demolition and termed it ‘‘illegal, arbitrary and politically motivated.’’

The Bar Association has also decided to send a copy of the resolution to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which can, if it so deems fit, treat it as a Public Interest Litigation under Article 226/227 of the Constitution.


Big traffic bandobast for annual trade jamboree
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 12
The Delhi Traffic Police have made elaborate traffic arrangements for the Trade Fair this year from November 14-27 at Pragati Maidan. As the fair is likely to attract a large number of people from across the city and also cause considerable traffic congestion on roads, the traffic police have identified a parking space in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for those who wish to attend the fair. Special arrangements have been made to ferry those people with the help of special DTC buses.

Since bringing of personal vehicles is likely to cause traffic snarls, the police have advised the visitors to use special Pragati Maidan bus service as also for the limited parking space on Purana Quila Road, Bhairon Road opposite Gate No1, Press parking inside NSUI club, Appu Ghar, Lane inside Gate No 4 Appu Ghar. As many as 26 cranes and over 150 traffic marshals will also be deployed to regulate traffic.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Qamar Ahmed has urged the visitors to follow the police directives and also to cooperate with the organisers to avoid any confusion during the fair.

The visitors are advised not to park their vehicles on Bhagwan Dass Road except for those vehicles which have special parking passes issued by the authorities concerned. In order to decongest Mathura Road, the police have also closed the ticket counters and asked the public to buy tickets from Mother Dairy Safal Booth, DTC depots and also at selected branches of State Bank of India, Central Banks of India and Canara Bank.

Besides, special arrangements to monitor the law and order, security, crime prevention will be place with anti-sabotage and anti-terrorist measures to prevent any terrorist strike. Deployment of policemen in plain clothes and observation towers to prevent chain snatching, pickpocketing, eve-teasing and molestation are also in place.

A new foot overbridge has also been erected for facilitating smooth pedestrian movement across the road near Mathura Road and Purana Quila Road junction. The police have also advised the motorists travelling from Nizamuddin Bridge and not attending the fair to use Ring Road, Ashram for journey towards West Delhi and for the North and Central Delhi, they are advised to use Nizamuddin Bridge, Ring Road, Raj Ghat for onward journey.


This ashram provides body cure in harmony with nature
Our Correspondent

Panipat, November 12
Established by Gandhian Om Prakash Trikha in 1955, the Natural Life Centre in Patti Kalyana under Samalkha town has earned quite a reputation for its unique method of treatment.

Based 21 km from Panipat on the National Highway no.1, more than 61,000 patients have benefited by the treatment provided here. The ashram in Patti Kalyana is recognised and aided by the Union Health Ministry and Gandhi Samarak Nidhi, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

It is said that when Mr Om Prakash Trikha became seriously ill at the age of 32, he read the book “Arogya Ki Kunji” written by Gandhi Ji. He was influenced by this unique method of treatment and decided to dedicate himself to this field. Later, Om Prakash and his wife Laxmi Devi Trikha decided to set up this ashram. They now propose to increase the capacity of the ashram so that maximum number of people can benefit from the facilities provided here.

Initially, a forest cover, the ashram has developed with the contribution of the general public. The lush green ashram has number of fruit trees, which increases its beauty. It has now turned into a well-developed ashram where people spend time and relax, particularly those travelling on the NH no.1 from Delhi towards Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Dr Sumer Chand Gupta, who is incharge of this ashram, joined here in 1972 along with his wife Dr Sneh Lata Gupta. Since then, they have been serving the people who come here for treatment.

Talking to the NCR Tribune at the ashram, Dr Sumer Chand Gupta said this unique place is pollution free. Talking about the patients, he said chronic cases and those who have lost all hope of medical treatment come here to be treated by nature cure. Dr Gupta said that there are 38 rooms to accommodate the patients here. The ashram has three general wards as well as rooms for double accommodation. Besides, there is also one vidya mandir hall, meditation hall and yoga hall. He said natural method was used here to cure all kinds of body aliments.

Speaking on the system of nature cure, Dr Gupta said that self-control and prevention is the best way to maintain ones body. He advises fasting to keep oneself healthy. He takes the help of water to remove abnormalities from the body through his unique “waist bath”, “backbone bath”, “foot bath”, “hot and cold tub bath” and “body paste-bath”. Dr Gupta said the body is wrapped with mud so that it can suck the antibody from the ailing body.

Dr Sumer Chand also emphasised the importance of steam bath and yoga to cleanse the body. Food without salt and sugar are other methods to keep the body healthy. He said no food from outside is allowed in the kitchen and food is prepared according to the need of the patients. Massage is extensively used keep the body healthy and for all kinds of treatment, he added.

Dr Sumer said ailments such as asthma, diabetes, ulcer, dysentery, stomach cramp, indigestion and loss of appetite, stone in the kidney, gall bladder, obesity, hyper acidity, piles, old mucus, blood pressure, nervous debility, jaundice and liver problems have been successfully treated at the ashram. Besides, the ashram is running a school for the orphans and 25 students are enrolled with the help of the Haryana Social Welfare Department.

The ashram will celebrate its golden jubilee in 2005. A free nature cure treatment camp will be organised at Gandhi Samarak Bhawan, Chandigarh, from November 16 to 23, where doctors will treat patients of blood pressure, diabetes and other ailments.


Irregularities in tax collection angers residents
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 12
Resentment prevails among the residents of Kharkhoda over flouting of government directions in the recovery of the house tax by the municipal authorities.

The residents have urged the district administration to intervene in the matter and take necessary action against the highhandedness of the chairman and the secretary of the municipality.

As alleged by number of residents including shopkeepers, the house tax was assessed in 2000-2001 and the residents paid the house tax to the municipality. For a while, however, the committee was abolished and was restored later in the year.

After restoring the status of the Municipal Committee, new elections were held and a new elected body was constituted.

The newly formed body reportedly ordered for a new assessment of house taxes. Residents alleged large-scale irregularities during the new assessment.

A shopkeeper, Hari Singh near the bus stand, alleged that while a house tax of Rs 500 was fixed for his shop, a nearby shop of almost equal size was asked to pay only Rs 50. “There are hundreds of examples of such irregularities in the town,” he added.

One Gulshan Rai pointed out that when the committee started recovering the house tax on the basis of the new assessments, a complaint was lodged with the government and district administration. Taking note of the complaints, the government ordered the cancellation of the new assessment and ordered the recovery of the house tax on the basis of the assessment of 2000-2001, he said, adding that the order was to remain in force up to 2005.

After receiving the orders from the government, the district administration informed the municipal authorities about the new development and directed it to recover the house tax on the basis of the old survey reports, he said.

However, he alleged that despite the new direction, the residents were being harassed to make house tax payments on the basis of the new assessments. The resentment also prevails among residents over the imposition of fire tax of Rs 55. They point out that fire tax was being imposed even though no fire fighting services existed the town.


Residents sore over unsettled medical claims
Our Correspondent

Panipat, November 12
Resentment prevails among the residents of Panipat against the indifferent attitude adopted by insurance companies over unsettled medical claims. According to information, a number of claims are pending due to one pretext or the other. It is alleged that certain private concerns authorized by the government have been getting claims settled in lieu of certain charges.

One Suresh Kumar Jain of Panipat alleged that his medical claim of Rs 30,000 filed in August is still pending on one pretext or the other. Another claimant, Mr Dhingra, alleged that he received his payment after nine months of “running around”. Arjun Dev Khunger said that his claim papers were reported to be “untraceable”. It is distressing that papers filed by the claimants were lost in the office of the concerned authority.

An officer of Paramount in Delhi clarified that due to the “bureaucratic procedures” delay occurs in settlement of the cases. However, he denied that there is any under hand settlement to clear the claim cases.

However, he clarified that if middlemen are involved in the negotiation process, then the company does not come into the picture. He cautioned the people to “stay away” from middlemen and inform the company about them so that proper action could be taken against them.

However, the truth is that even those who have not taken the help of middlemen or agents to recover their claims find it extremely difficult to settle their case with the insurance companies.


Postal employees upset with indifferent attitude of officials
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 12
The district units of the All India Postal Employees Union (AIPEU) and the ‘National Union of Postal Employees’ have condemned the alleged indifference of the postal authorities towards the demands of its staff.

They have also criticised the refusal to provide appointment to the staff to meet the Director, Postal Services, during her two-day visit to the district recently.

In a statement issued here today, the office bearers of these unions, including Mr Risal Singh Rathee, Mr Giriraj Singh, Mr Bhagwan Sahai and Mr Sher Singh, said that the denial of an opportunity for a meeting with the staff representative by the director was “unfortunate”.

He said it showed the seriousness of the officials towards the problems of the employees, and their commitment to take up cases of corruption, inefficiency and casteism in the department.

The union wanted to raise these issues, which they claimed had damaged the image and credibility of the department.

Mr Rathee said several complaints of corruption and harassment had been lodged by consumers against certain officials and employees of the department in recent times.

The union wanted the director to interact with the staff members and the consumers so that the authorities got a ”clear picture” of the state of affairs prevailing here.

It may be recalled that a former official of the Postal Department based at Palwal had recently written to the President of India about ‘corruption” in the department and the involvement of some officials in such practices.


Avant-garde documentaries on public service broadcasting
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 12
The three-day festival of cutting-edge public broadcasting documentary films that began on Monday at Lady Shri Ram College and Indian Habitat Centre came to an end today amidst brainstorming discussions on Public Broadcasting: Imperatives.

Eminent speakers Bhaskar Ghose, Shailaja Bajpai, Professor Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Dr Rosenbauer shared their views on the subject.

The discussion was on the depleting role of public broadcasting in India, what with private broadcasters ruling the roast.

“What we are witnessing today is a complete dumping down in terms of content. This is primarily because the private broadcasters, guided by nothing else but the profit motive, pay little heed to quality and take the easier option by taking recourse to sex and violence and mindless reality shows,” said Dr Rosenbauer.

The festival which was organised by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust in association with INPUT (International Public Television), Lady Shri Ram College, India Habitat Centre and Max Mueller Bhavan screened some of the best documentaries from across Europe and the United States.

Dr Meenakshi Gopinath, Principal, LSR thanked PSBT and Dr Rosenbauer, President, INPUT for giving their college an opportunity to screen some of the best works in public service broadcasting.

The festival witnessed some interesting films from the United States and the UK, including ‘Secret Thoughts’ (Netherlands) which talked about the secret thoughts of children, Malegaon Ke Sholay (India) which talked about a small town in Maharashtra that is looking for a new identity that of a parallel film industry, Assassination Colonial Style (Germany) about TV’s role in rewriting history, Your Majesty the Beauty Pageant (Colombia) showed how a beauty contest has become one of the principal stages where the Colombians meet and Wife Swap (UK).

The film was about two wives who swap their homes and husbands for two weeks.


Roadways employees clamour for their demands
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 12
The employees of the Haryana Roadways, owing allegiance to the `Sarva Karamchari Sangh’, Haryana, staged a demonstration outside the General Bus Stand at Ballabgarh town, today, as part of ‘Save Roadways Day’.

The roadways workers union submitted a charter of demands, addressed to the transport commissioner, to the GM Roadways.

According to Jai Singh Chauhan, district chief of the union, the memorandum consisted of 16 demands including the appeal to save the roadways department from getting dismantled owing to the present policies of the state government. He said the state government ought to purchase about 3,000 new buses in the department, so that an efficient public transport services could be maintained.

Alleging that the privatisation of routes was being done to benefit the relatives of influential persons, operating the bus services. He said the Haryana Roadways department was still a profit making service, but said due to ‘mismanagement’ and inefficient handling at official level, the morale and work culture at certain depots had been affected adversely.

The union alleged that certain officials had been victimising the staff in way or other. It said that the suspension of Dalbir Kirnara, a workers’ leader at Hisar Depot and issuing of notices to many other employees was wrong and an attempt to malign the union. 


Minor girl gives kidnappers the slip
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 12
A fifth class girl student was allegedly kidnapped while she was returning home around 5.30 pm at Kharkhauda town about 19 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the girl, however, managed to escape from the clutches of the kidnappers after half an hour and reached home safely. The incident has caused a panic among the residents of the town.

16-year-old girl knocked down

A 16-year-old girl was knocked down and killed by a speedy car on the G T Road near Larsauli village about 13 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the police have arrested the car driver after a hot chase and sent the body for the postmortem examination. The victim who belonged to Ganaur, was crossing the road when the accident occurred. She was the daughter of a safai worker Rajinder of Ganaur municipal committee.

Old man’s death wrapped in mystery

Mystery shrouds the death of an old man Chandan (85) whose body was found outside the village of Ridhao under the Kharkhauda police station about 15 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the police believe it to be a case of murder and have sent the body for the postmortem examination.

Parties mourn death of BJP leader’s son

Naveen (50), a son of the senior BJP leader, Mr Ram Singh Doda, died of heart attack here yesterday.

According to a report, a large number of BJP workers as well as leaders of other political parties including Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, Mr Sham Dass Mukhija, both former Haryana Ministers, Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) and Mr Dev Raj Dewan, MLA accompanied the funeral procession.

The death of Mr Naveen Doda was mourned by various political parties, social and voluntary organisations and trade unions as well as the religious organisations.

Sector 14 Welfare Assn office-bearers

The following persons have been elected as the new office-bearers of the Sector 14 Welfare Association, Sonepat: president Sushil Chand Jain, advocate; sr vice-president D N Madan; vice-presidents V K Kapoor and S K Sharma; general secretary P N Sharma; secretary K D Vashisth; joint secretary R K Batra; treasurer M H Ansari; chief advisor K C Jain; advisor O P Aillavadi; auditor R N Chugh; publicity secretary T D Taneja; press secretary D V Arya.


Dacoity bid foiled; five held in Nand Nagari
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 12
The Special Cell is claimed to have averted a dacoity by arresting five persons from Nand Nagari.

The sleuths also claimed to have seized a country-made pistol along with two cartridges, two knives and iron rods from their possession.

Based on a tip-off that five persons operating in the Trans-Yamuna area would assemble in a graveyard in Sunder Nagari to commit dacoity in Nand Nagari, the sleuths apprehended five persons, identified as Mohan Lal, alias Kala Bunty (30), resident of Nand Nagari, Om Prakash, alias Kubada Bunty (30), resident of Seelam Pur, Ravinder, alias Totla Bunty (28), Dalip Khanna (24) and Amar Nath (25), all residents of Nand Nagari.

The gang leader Mohan Lal, alias Kala Bunty, has been involved in more than 14 cases of robbery, theft and arms act.

Coins of Mughal era seized

The sleuths have apprehended three persons and seized a large number of coins dating back to Mughal era of 15 and 16th century. The suspects Yashin Ansari (23), resident of Sunder Nagari, Abdul (25) and Abdul Rehman (31), both residents of Hathin, Faridabad were apprehended when they were planning to sell the coins weighing two kg for Rs 6 lakh.

Dacoit caught

The Crime Branch has apprehended a notorious dacoit and killer Gajender Singh (32), resident of Najafgarh and recovered one country-made pistol along with two live cartridges from his possession.

During interrogation, it was found that Singh had killed one Bhoore (25), resident of Uttar Pradesh as Bhoore had abducted Singh’s sister and forcibly married her.


JE held for spiriting away cement bags
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 12
The Civil Lines Police have arrested Mr Paramjit Singh Rathi, a junior engineer of the Panchayati Raj institutions, on the charge of misappropriation of 125 bags of cement worth several thousands of rupees meant for development works at Maqimpur village in this district.

According to a report, the bags of cement loaded on a tractor-trailer were seized by the police from a house under construction in Sector 14 here on September 27. Thereafter, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, deputed the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rajiv Ranjan, for a thorough inquiry. He found the junior engineer guilty of committing irregularities and misappropriation of the cement bags.

The police registered a case against the junior engineer on the written complaint lodged by Mr Dalip Singh, Block Development and Panchayat Officer. Another junior engineer, Radhey Shyam, who is also involved in this racket, is still at large and the police are making concerted efforts to apprehend him. The tractor driver has already been arrested in this case.



One killed as tempo turns turtle
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 12
One person was killed and 42 were injured this afternoon when a Tata tempo overturned on the Punjabi Bagh flyover. The victim was identified as Ram Asray (35), resident of Kirti Nagar. The injured were admitted to different hospitals in the city.

Among those injured, one Aman, resident of Patel Nagar has been admitted to RML Hospital in a serious condition while Joginder (40), resident of Kirti Nagar admitted to a trauma centre. The other six were admitted to Maharaja Agarsen Hospital, 25 to the ESI, six to Kethrapal Hospital and three to DDU Hospital.

The incident occurred at around 2.30 pm when the Tata 609 overturned injuring the occupants of the van. The driver has been absconding and the efforts were being made to trace him, the police said.


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