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HC seeks report on food poisoning in hostel for blind
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 13
The high court today sought a detailed reply from the Delhi Government on the incident of food poisoning involving 30 residents of a blind students hostel in North Delhi who fell ill after eating hostel food November 11.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Mr Justice A. K. Sikri asked the state government to respond to a PIL seeking immediate and proper medical assistance and judicial inquiry into the incident of food poisoning at Sewa Kutir.

The petitioner, Mr S. C. Jain, through counsels Sugriva Dubey and Namita, alleged that of the 30 students 15 were still in hospital in serious condition while the others were neither at the hospital nor at the hostel.

Mr Dubey claimed 15 students were discharged to keep the issue under wraps but Delhi Government’s counsel V. K. Shali said the students had gone off to their friends’ or relatives’ places after being discharged.

Thereafter, the judges asked the state government to give the details in an affidavit. The petition also claimed that the students had been complaining about the food and other facilities provided at the hostel for the past five years but to no avail.

The condition of Sewa Kutir and other blind hostels in the Capital was pitiable due to negligence of the authorities and financial constraints, it said, and sought proper attention, funds and regular inspections in order to ensure proper functioning of the institutes.


At the eleventh hour, Cong drops a few
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 13
The Congress final list released on Thursday threw a few surprises. Among the notable dropouts were legislators Ashok Singh from RK Puram and Shishpal from Tughlakhabad. Among the conspicuous inclusions were Chairman of Standing Committee of MCD Ram Babu Sharma from Rohtas Nagar and Alka Lamba from Moti Nagar. The latter has been pitted against BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana. As late night reports trickled in, there were unofficial reports of another half-a-dozen sitting MLAs being dropped.

The son of the late Deep Chand Bandhu, who died in harness and had held the portfolio of industry and environment in the Dikshit Ministry, does not find a place on the list. Bandhu represented Wazirpur. The party has instead nominated Ratan Chand Jain.

Barring the dropouts, the list was on expected lines. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her Cabinet colleagues were renominated from their traditional seats for the December 1 Assembly election in the NCT of Delhi.

Ms Dikshit has been renominated from Gole Market. Also renominated are her Cabinet colleagues Ajay Maken (Rajouri Garden), Raj Kumar Chauhan (Mangolpuri), Haroon Yusuf (Ballimaran), AK Walia (Geeta Colony) and Mahender Singh Saathi (Vishnu Garden).

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President Prem Singh and Delhi Legislative Assembly Speaker Subhash Chopra have been renominated from Dr Ambedkar Nagar and Kalkaji constituencies, respectively.

Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly Kiran Chaudhary will contest from Delhi Cantonment. A former minister, Pervez Hashmi, will contest from Okhla and parliamentary secretary to the chief minister Ramakant Goswami from Patel Nagar.

Chief whip of the party Mangat Ram Singhal will contest from Adarsh Nagar and Tajdar Babar from Minto Road. Meera Bharadwaj has been renominated from Mandawali, though there were rumblings in the party over her candidature.

Ram Singh Netaji, who had fought the 1998 elections as an Independent backed by the Indian National Congress (INC), has been given the ticket from Badarpur. Jaspal Singh, who was in the news for pilfering electricity, has been fielded from Tilak Nagar.

A former minister, Krishna Tirath, has been fielded from Baljit Nagar-SC. Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women Anjali Rai will contest from Paharganj. AICC secretary Jai Kishan will contest from Sultanpur Majra-SC instead of his wife and legislator Sushila.

The names of Ram Babu Sharma from Rohtas Nagar, Rohit Manchanda from Saket and Surendra Singh Bittu from Timarpur were decided late in the night. The party has nominated Veer Singh Bidhuri instead of Shishpal from Tughlakhabad. Mukesh Sharma (Hastsal), Tarvinder Marwah (Jangpura) and Yoganand Shastri (Malviya Nagar) are the other names that have been cleared, according to sources.

Friday is the last date for filing of nomination papers. According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission (EC), the nomination papers will be scrutinised on November 15. The last date for withdrawing the nomination papers is November 17.


The following names figure in the final Congress list



Here, even SSP’s backyard is not safe
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 13
The criminals in the district seem to have thrown an open challenge to the district police chief who has vowed to cleanse the district of all crimes.

The thieves decamped with valuables worth lakhs from the house of an insurance agent in the vicinity of the SSP’s official residence.

Mr Sandeep Tyagi, according to information available, is a surveyor in an insurance company. He is a resident of 159, Raj Nagar, Sector 14. Early on the morning of November 5 Sandeep got the news that his father had expired in their village. The whole family left for the village, locking their house in Sector 14 Raj Nagar.

Last afternoon Sandeep Tyagi and his wife came home to collect some books for their kids, so that their studies did not suffer. They found the padlocks on the main door intact but discovered that the back door, all cupboards, the safe etc had been broken open and all things were strewn around.

The thieves had reportedly taken away 140 gm gold, 700 gm silver, Rs 25,000 in cash apart from other valuables in the house. Prior to it on June 29, thieves had struck in house no 124 and taken away valuables worth lakhs.

On November 27 last year also thieves had decamped with goods, cash and valuables worth lakhs from Zahid Ali’s house no 187.

If the police cannot put an end to incidents of theft in the vicinity of the police chief’s house, what kind of security and protection can one expect from the force, wonder residents.


Food inspector held while taking bribe
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 13
Chhattar Singh Dahiya, an inspector of the Food and Supplies Department posted at Kharkhauda town, was yesterday arrested by officials of the Haryana Vigilance Department while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 750 from an arhtiya, Mr Chanda Singh, owner of Chand Trading Company, Kharkhauda.

According to a report, the inspector had demanded illegal gratification from the arhtiya for releasing the amount of Rs 6.33 lakh outstanding against the department concerned on account of the procurement of bajra on October 24 and November 6 last.

A team of officials headed by Mr Satish Kumar, tehsildar-cum-Magistrate, and the vigilance inspector, Mr Tara Chand, arrested the inspector and recovered the bribe amount from his possession. A case under the Anti-Corruption Act has been registered against the inspector. The complainant has alleged that he used to give Rs 5 per bag of bajra procured by the department and he had given Rs 22,000 as bribe to him so far. He also alleged the inspector used to get Rs 500 per `gaanth’ of gunny bags as bribe from the firm when these ‘gaanths’ were unloaded at the bus stand of Jharot village.

The complainant has also alleged that the department had so far procured 38,000 bags of bajra from the Kharkhauda foodgrain market and the inspector used to get Rs 5 per bag from the arhtiyas. In this way, he had collected Rs 1.90 lakh from the arhtiyas of the mandi. The complainant pointed out that the inspector had shown less weight — to the tune of 11.56 quintals — during the procurement process. The inspector concerned had demanded the money as bribe from the firm. The inspector, he alleged, had withheld the payment of the firm till the receipt of the money as bribe.


Modern-day Merlin with a penchant for social work
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 13
Noted Haryana-born magician Samrat Shankar is perhaps the only professional practicing this art who has been in recent years dedicating his shows for a social cause. He has donated about Rs 1.25 crore towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and other relief organisations from the money collected through the shows in the past few years.

Samrat Shankar, who is in Faridabad these days to stage shows for the CM’s Relief Fund, told mediapersons here today he wanted to use the art for promoting a social cause and create more awareness among people about magic.

He admitted magic as a source of entertainment had lost its popularity to the television and cable TV programmes. However, people were still attracted to magic. Any individual, who knew some tricks, could gain respect in society. He also said the art of magic should not get into the hands of anti-social elements as there were chances of its misuse. He claimed the art could be well used to allay misgivings and exorcise religious superstitions.

He had done around 15,000 shows for the CM’s Relief Fund, the Red Cross and the Kargil war fund. A winner of several prizes, including Jadu Rattan, Haryana state honour, Jadu Bhaskar and Jadu Shiromani, Shankar expressed his desire to start a training academy for music.

He said the academy was likely to start by next year.

According to Shankar, magic was like a deep ocean where there was no dearth of tricks. He said a magician could improve his tricks, provided he had sophisticated equipment and was assured of financial support. He lamented that the apathetic attitude of certain state governments and the failure to abolish entertainment tax had hampered the growth and development of this art.

Samrat Shankar said his shows could be seen daily at Neelam Cinema from November 14 onwards for about three weeks. The tickets have been priced at Rs 30, 50, 70 and 100. However, the magician could not hide his glee when one of the organisers claimed that his name could be recommended for a national award or even for a berth in the Rajya Sabha.


Facility centre plot turns into garbage dump
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, November 13
A huge plot, meant for construction of a unique facility centre for the convenience of more than 500-odd industrial houses in the Patparganj Industrial Area of East Delhi, has now turned into a landfill area. In addition, the proposed Udyog Sadan and a third access road to this area are still a distant dream for the entrepreneurs and workers of this area, thanks to the apathy of the Delhi Government.

It was way back in 1990 when the notification from the Industry Ministry regarding the creation of this area was issued. It was also mentioned that the facility centre, Udyog Sadan, and the third road would also be constructed for the smooth running of the industrial area. And, in accordance with the master plan, a huge plot near the passage from the Hasanpur bus depot side was earmarked for the construction of the facility centre. It was proposed that all basic facilities like a bank, post office and health centre etc would be provided under one roof.

Now, the situation is such that this plot is being used for dumping of garbage and other industrial waste by various industrial houses of this area. In 1999, a foundation stone was also laid for the construction of Udyog Sadan and it was proposed that local industrialists would be given a single-window facility for clearance of various issues related to different departments. However, the construction work is yet to begin.

It was also proposed that besides the two existing approach roads — one from the Hasanpur depot side and the other from Gazipur side — a third road would be built to ease traffic congestion. But even a decade after the announcement, the road is not nearing completion.

A local industrialist, Mr Sharad Jain, said these facilities constituted the basic infrastructure, but ‘‘unfortunately we are being deprived of these very basic facilities.’’ “It is a planned industrial area and we were expecting a lot, but it is today no different than Wazirpur, Narayana, Jhilmil or any other unplanned industrial area”, he went on to say.


LJP going all-out to make its mark in Rajasthan
Our Correspondent

Rewari, November 13
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is going all-out to make its presence felt in Rajasthan. It is likely to contest over two dozen seats in the 200–strong Rajasthan Assembly. To boost the morale of the Dalit samaj, it has fielded Dalit nominees in several general (unreserved) constituencies as well. Tizara and Malakhera in Alwar district of Rajasthan are two such seats where Dalit candidates of the LJP are pitted against the upper caste nominees of other political parties.

Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, national president of the LJP, addressed election meetings in support of his party nominees at Ramgarh, Alwar, Malakhera, Kumer and Nivai on Tuesday and Wednesday. Barring Ramgarh, the turnout at most of the remaining other places was impressive.

Mr Paswan will be making another hectic electioneering in Rajasthan from November 21.

Furnishing details in this regard to mediapersons here today, Mr Ramesh Thekedar, president of the Haryana Yuva LJP (youth wing of the party) informed that he, along with several other prominent Yuva LJP functionaries from Rewari, Mahendragarh, Bhiwani and Hisar districts of Haryana, would be vigorously canvassing support for the party nominees from November 18.


Mini Haryana theme park to come up near GT Road
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 13
The Haryana Government has taken the decision to develop a theme park in HUDA’s Sector 7 adjacent to the GT Road in the district. The park, which will be developed in an area of 10 acres, will be known as Mini Haryana.

This was disclosed by the Principal Secretary of the state government, Mr Bhaskar Chatterji, while presiding over a meeting of the district officers at Ethnic India Complex, about 15 km from here, today. It would be the first of its kind in the state depicting the all-round progress of the state and the social and cultural life of the people of the state, he said.

Mr Chatterji, who is also the administrative secretary for Sonepat district, also reviewed the progress of various departments and execution of development programmes in the villages and towns. He directed the Bijli Nigam officers to ensure sufficient power supply for the agriculture sector as the rabi sowing was in full swing. He also asked the Irrigation Department officers to ensure water supply up to the tail-ends of distributaries and check the instances of water theft.

The health officers informed him that there were only seven cases of dengue in the district and all patients were provided timely treatment. Mr Chatterji instructed the health officers to ensure regular presence of doctors and paramedical staff in the health centres and dispensaries in the villages and availability of medicines in these health institutions. While reviewing the progress of paddy procurement, the Food and Civil Supplies officers informed that the procurement would continue up to December 15 and total arrival of paddy in various mandis had gone up to 31446 metric tonnes.

Mr Chatterji also disclosed that the government had plans to open a petrol pump on the premises of Ethnic India Tourist Complex.


MC gets Rs 4.53 cr for development projects
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 13
The Union Government has come to the rescue of the fund starved Municipal Council, Rohtak, and sanctioned liberal grants to it for undertaking the much needed development projects.

Under its Integrated Development of Small and Medium Town Yojna (IDSMT), the Centre has sanctioned a grant of Rs 4.53 crore for undertaking various development projects in this town. The first instalment of Rs 2.23 crore is likely to be released in February, 2004.

The president of the Municipal Council, Ms Pratibha Suman, said that the Council proposes to construct a four-storey shopping complex with parking facility outside the Delhi Gate in the Bhagat Singh Market area.

The project was expected to cost Rs 1.70 crore, she said. Similarly, an amount of Rs 37 lakh would be spent on the construction of 46 shops in the Sugar Mill Colony at the Sunarian Chowk and another Rs 13 lakh for the construction of 21 shops on the Bhiwani Road.

Thus, an amount of Rs 2.20 crore was likely to be spent on the construction of shopping complexes in the town.

Ms Suman said that she propose to upgrade the drainage and sewerage system in the town.

An amount of Rs 1.37 crore will be utilised for the widening of the link roads within the Municipal limits of the town.

Another amount of Rs 27.33 lakh has been earmarked for the improvement in the drainage and sewerage system, she said.

Ms Suman says that efforts will also be made to develop the parks in the town. In all, an amount of Rs 65.47 lakh will be spent under the park development scheme.

Out of this, an amount of Rs 14 lakh has been reserved for the upgradation of Mahabir Park, situated opposite the canal rest house and another amount of Rs 12.79 lakh is to be spent on the park in the Jawahar Nagar locality.

She said that the Netaji Park in the Subhash Nagar area will get Rs 12.81 lakh and another park in Model Town, behind the Subhash Nagar colony, would get Rs 12 lakh for development purpose.

The park in the Shivaji Nagar will be developed by spending Rs 12.85 lakh, Ms Suman said.

All these projects have been approved by the state government, she said. Ms Pratibha Suman has welcomed the scheme introduced by the Centre to provide birth certificates free of cost to those children who are below the age of 10 years.



Multi-faceted youth activities planed at MDU
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, November 13
The Maharshi Dayanand University has planned to organise myriad youth activities including camps and adventure sports during the current academic session.

Prof Rajbir Singh, Dean, Student’s Welfare, informed that the University intends to organise trekking expeditions, youth leadership training camps, national adventure programme, cycle safari, snow-skiing, sea-beach trekking international adventure programme, desert-safari paragliding/para sailing, rock climbing, river rafting, basic mountaineering course, water skiing, explore India programme etc.

Releasing the ‘Calendar of events’ in his office here today, Prof Singh said that essay writing competition on national integration and communal harmony along with a university level quiz contest would also be organised.

‘Management festival’, ‘Holi utsav’ ‘cultural shows’ and ‘technofest 2004’ are among the activities which would be organised during the year.

He said that these activities were aimed at the overall personality development of the students of the University and affiliated colleges. He also highlighted the achievements of the students of the University in the various cultural events as well as youth festivals.


BKU meet to discuss fate of Ghasi Ram Nain
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 13
The state unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to convene a meeting of the state executive on November 25 at Rohtak to discuss various issues including the release of the kisan leader Ghasi Ram Nain from jail. The meeting will be attended by the office-bearers of the state executive, district bodies and other special invitees.

According to senior union leader, Braham Singh Dahiya, the veteran kisan leader, Ghasi Ram Nain, will complete one year in jail on November 25 and the union will decide the future course of action against the government, which was pursuing anti-farmer policies.

He alleged that the paddy growers did not receiving the remunerative prices for their produce during this season. “The prices of other commodities in the market had increased this year in comparison to the prices last year, whereas the prices of higher grade paddy remained lower than last years purchase prices,” he said. He refuted allegations of “groupism” within the BKU and said such issues were being raised by people who had political interests.

Disruption in supply of fertilizer

Following disruptions in the supply of dap fertilizer in the godowns of various cooperative societies in number of villages, the farmers were reportedly facing problems in the sowing of rabi crops.

The sowing is in full swing and dap fertilizer is the first requirement at the time of the sowing. However, according to reports from the villages, the DAP fertilizer is unavailable to the farmers from the societies’ godowns. The only alternative left for the farmers is to either delay the sowing or buy it in cash from the market. As more than 90 per cent of the farmers take the DAP fertilizer from the societies in the shape of crop loan and return it after harvesting the crop.

However, the authorities of the main supply agency, the Hafed, said there was no shortage of DAP fertilizer, though there was some problem in the transportation system.


MCD reports 17 cases of dengue in 24 hrs
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, November 13
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has notified 17 cases of dengue during the last 24 hours taking the toll to 2,720. No fresh cases of death because of the fever have been reported so far.

The MCD pointed out that of the total cases of dengue, 2,168 have been reported from Delhi, 317 from Central Delhi, 237 from Shahdara (South), 292 from Shahdara (North), 212 from Najafgarh, 209 from Civil Lines, 204 from South Delhi, 167 from Rohini, 151 from West Delhi, 125 from Karol Bagh, 74 from city, 53 from Sadar Paharganj and 32 from Narela and 21 from Delhi Cantonment.

The MCD has also set up a Thalassaemia Day care centre at Kasturba Hospital near Jama Masjid. The centre will provide comprehensive care package comprising diagnosis, blood transfusion, chelation, follow-up, monitoring, treatment of complications and other medical problems arising because of thalassaemia.

The centre will be inaugurated by the Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, here tomorrow at 3 pm.

To celebrate the Children’s day, a grand function is being organised at the Ambedkar Stadium, where more than 500 primary children will present a cultural programme, PT and folk dance.

J S Sahni chairman of building panel

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee today appointed S Jatinder Singh Sahni, member DSGMC, as chairman of Building Sub-committee in a function attended by many prominent DSGMC members. S Jatinder Singh Sahni joined Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi along with S Manjit Singh-GK and S Dilvinder Singh Ayur due to the anti-Panth activities and non-co-operation of the Badal group members of DSGMC.

Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Sri Amritsar; S Prehlad Singh Chandok, president, S Harbhajan Singh Matharoo, general secretary; S Nirwair Singh, Tilak Nagar, sr vice-president, DSGMC; Dr Jaspal Singh, Principal, Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce; S Avtar Singh Autopin; S Waryam Singh, chairman, Purchase Committee; S Surjit Singh, chairman, Golak Committee; S Gurcharan Singh, Usha Park, chairman GHPS, Punjabi Bagh; S Malkinder Singh, chairman, GTBIT, G-8 Area, Rajouri Garden and many other prominent members were present at the function.


Man gets three-yr RI for setting neighbour’s
‘chhappar’ afire
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 13
The District and Sessions Judge of Sonepat, Mr B L Singhal, yesterday convicted the accused Parveen of Fazilpur village under Section 435 IPC and sentenced him to three years rigorous’ imprisonment with a fine of Rs 3,000 and under Section 429 IPC to two years’ rigorous imprisonment in a case of setting the ‘chhappar’ of a neighbour’s house on fire. It resulted in the death of a buffalo and gutted several other things.

According to another report, the judge also ordered the acquittal of the accused Jatinder of Bhainswal village for lack of evidence in the case of a murder registered by the Gohana Sadar police against him on December 6 last year.

Meanwhile, Mr Rakesh Singh, Judicial Magistrate, has acquitted an accused Sanjay of Barona village on lack of evidence in a case of theft registered against him by the Kharkhauda police on April 13, 1997.

He was arrested on the complaint of Mr Daulat Ram for committing a theft in his house.

Theft at three shops

Thieves are reported to have broken open the locks and shutters of three shops on the premises of the commercial market and taken away cash and other goods worth several thousands of rupees from them last night.

According to a report, the thefts took place at Kharkhauda town in the district. The shop owners have reported the case to the police.

According to another report, a case of theft was reported in the jewellers’ shop at Ganaur town, 16 km from here last night. The thieves are reported to have taken away Rs 15,000 and other ornaments from it. The case has been reported to the police.



Man held for murdering woman over money
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 13
With the arrest of one person, the Civil line police have solved the murder of a woman, Ms Sheela, on January 15, 2003. According to a report, the culprit has been identified as Joginder of Rohat village and is reported to have confessed to have committed the crime.

It is stated that Joginder had borrowed some money on interest from Ms Sheela and when the victim insisted that he pay back the money, the accused allegedly murdered her. According to another report, the police have arrested a Jat youth, identified as Jitender of Kami village, under the Indian Arms Act following the alleged recovery of a `Kamanidaar’ knife from his possession.

The culprit was nabbed by the Sadar police during ‘Operation Catch’ launched by the police in this city and elsewhere in the district. The police have launched a hunt to trace Mr Jit Singh, a former sarpanch of Bhatgaon Malian village, who had been missing since October 10, 2001. He had failed to return to his home after he had gone to the office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Sonepat.

RWA to end monopoly of cable operators

The Residents Welfare Association of Sonepat has decided to start a cable network on cooperative basis to check the monopoly of cable operators in the area. Mr Sushil Chand Jain, president of the Residents Welfare Association told mediapersons here today that the association would collect Rs 500 each per connection as the initial installation charges and Rs 150 as rental charge from the residents of the sector.

This scheme, he claimed, would provide great relief to the residents living in Sector 14 and the nearby colonies. Expressing his grave concern over the erratic water supply, chocked sewerage and dusty roads, he blamed the Haryana Urban Development Authorities for the poor state of affairs in the sector.

He said that all the complaints of the association in this regard have fallen on deaf ears.

He also said that the residents of the colony have been facing nuisance created by monkeys, pigs and other animals. However, the authorities concerned have failed to take effective steps to capture the stray animals. He also pointed out that the parks were being neglected for want of maintenance and a large number of cases were pending against HUDA in the various courts. Mr Jain also urged the state government to take a serious note of the harassment of residents by the cable operators. Pointing out the pitiable condition of the market, he wanted the authorities to direct the HUDA officials to redress the grievances of the residents.

He demanded the immediate widening of the Bawa Taran bridge and installation of sodium lights on this road for the benefit of the residents. He also stated that the power supply in the area was far from satisfactory and the residents have been facing unscheduled power cuts, frequent breakdowns, low voltage and the district authorities remain silent spectators.


Nirankari expo zeroes in on rare pix
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 13
‘Nirankari Pradarshani’, an impressive exhibition at the venue of the 56th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam at Burari Road in North Delhi is open to the public from today.

A number of interesting models are also included to give expression to the selected themes. A slide-based exhibit, for example, explains that like 2+2=4, the truth has always remained the same. It was the same during Satyug, Treta and Dwapar and it is the same in Kalyug today. It is the same for the Hindu religion; it is the same for Islam and so on.

Then why should their followers quarrel among themselves! Glimpses from the Baba Ji’s spiritual tours the world over included in the exhibition show that the Mission is being accepted more and more by the people cutting across caste, creed and colour, region and nationality.

These glimpses are not only depicted through attractive photographs but in a Website programme on display also. To make the exhibition interesting for the viewers, the young artist-saints from Ludhiana are presenting a short play with the message to rise above superstitious beliefs and realise the Truth.


Law student on morning stroll stabbed to death
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 13
Anand Bangad, a law student of Kurukshetra University and a resident of the nearby Kavi village, was allegedly stabbed to death by certain unidentified persons this morning.

According to information, Anand (23), who was on leave, had gone for a morning walk, a daily ritual. The body, which bore several stab wounds, possibly inflicted by a knife, was noticed by the family members at a short distance from the house.

Later, a post-mortem examination was conducted at the local Civil Hospital. The District Bar Association today suspended work in protest against the killing of Anand, who is a brother of local advocate Jai Parkash.

Petro stir: Zero impact

Faridabad: There has been no impact of the call for indefinite strike given by the Haryana Petroleum Tankers Association in the district so far. The association had announced that is going on strike in support of its demands, which include hike in the transportation charges of petro products from the refinery and distribution heads. TNS


Whodunnit worked out; woman among two held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 13
With the arrest of two persons including a woman, the North-West district police today claimed to have solved a blind murder case of one Rajbir (40), resident of Sannoth on November 3.

The body of the victim was found in the agricultural fields in Narela and had ligature marks.

The field owner identified the victim as the caretaker of the field. His wife also identified him.

The woman said that on the fateful night, her husband was seen with one Babu Lal alias Punchhi (44), resident of Sannoth. She also told the police that he took some money and eatables while leaving the house. Babu Lal also had illicit relationship with a woman Rajbala Kaushik (36), resident of Bawana.

During investigation, the police found both Babu Lal and Rajbala absconding which strengthened their suspicion. Later, both were arrested in Ghaziabad and Jhajjar respectively. Babu Lal told the police that both had relations and Rajbala once asked him for some money.

On the fateful night, Babu Lal called Rajbala to the fields and asked her to wait there. Babu Lal went to Rajbir’s house and invited him to have drinks. The trio then chatted and had liquor in the fields.

During the course of their conversation, Rajbir pulled up Rajbala for carrying illicit relations even after becoming a grandmother. Enraged with his remark, both Babu Lal and Rajbala killed Rajbir and left his body in the fields. They fled the area afterwards.

Two bookies held in Patel Nagar

The West district police today claimed to have arrested two bookies in the Patel Nagar area for running satta racket during the cricket match between India and New Zealand on November 12. The police also claimed to have seized five mobile phones, one digital recorder, one colour TV set. The total value of the satta was Rs 20 lakh, according to the police.

Based on a tip-off that the satta was going on in Satyam Complex in Patel Nagar, the police raided the office and arrested two persons Sunil (46), resident of Janak Puri and a civil engineer from BITS Pilani and Vikas Chand (26), resident of Inder Puri.


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