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Bumper to bumper: Delhi grinds to a halt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The traffic went for a toss yet again as the campaigning in the Capital reached its peak with VVIPS descending on the beleaguered metropolis, much to the chagrin of the general public. And to aggravate the woes of the commuters, Thursday happened to be the most auspicious day for marriages and the last day of the Trade Fair.

Traffic was either stopped or diverted on many roads as the Congress president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, addressed three meetings in South, West and East Delhi areas. Even though she went to the venues in a helicopter, security concerns entailed the stopping and diversion of traffic in the vicinity. This led to chaotic scenes and it took hours to negotiate even a short stretch in most parts of the city.

The motorcade of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, also contributed to the traffic chaos as he rushed to address Delhi BJP election rallies in several areas of the Capital.

The traffic chaos and snarls were not confined to the peak hours but continued throughout the day and it became a virtual free for all in the evening with the crowds from Pragati Maidan spilling onto the roads. This was also the time for the marriage processions to take to the streets, adding to the all round confusion and din.

Harried traffic policemen manning some of the busy intersections had a tough time keeping the traffic moving even at a snail’s pace.” There are just too many vehicles on Delhi roads,” one of them commented.

Harried commuters complained that many of them reached their offices and their homes at least a couple of hours later than scheduled, thanks to the traffic mess. ``Why can’t our leaders stay at home and address the rallies on TV. After all, this is a high tech age,” said one irate commuter.


Blatant Contempt
Forum sentences HUDA Administrator to four yrs in jail
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, November 27
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has sentenced Chief Administrator, HUDA, Mr N C Wadhwa, to four years in prison and asked him to cough up a fine of Rs. 80,000 on charges of disobeying the orders of the forum and showing disrespect to the judicial system.

The forum had last year passed orders on eight complaints lodged by different persons against the Estate Officer, HUDA, and Chief Administrator, HUDA, but the HUDA authorities did not implement the orders. Aggrieved with the non-implementation of the orders of the forum, these persons filed complaints under section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The forum clubbed these complaints and passed a single order on November 25.

The forum has said that the Chief Administrator was least bothered about executing its orders. ``It is regretted that in spite of orders dated May 8, 2003, and June 17, 2003, passed by the forum, the Chief Administrator remained inactive throughout the period. We have observed that probably all the orders passed by this forum on complaints under Section 12 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, against HUDA remained unexecuted until date, in spite of repeated directions to the HUDA by this forum. This mentality of the HUDA not only shows the contemptuous attitude against this forum but also indicates the sad functioning of the HUDA.

We are of the considered view that the Chief Administrator has not only disobeyed the orders passed by this forum but also shown deep disrespect to the whole of the judicial system. It is needless to say that the action of the Chief Administrator, in spite of repeated orders, is a clear cut case of violation/disrespect/contempt of the orders dated May 8 and June 17, passed by this forum,” the final order said.

The forum had also issued a show cause notice to the Chief Administrator, demanding why punitive action should not be taken against him under section 27 of the consumer Protection Act, 1986. It directed the Chief Administrator to present himself in person before the Forum on October 7 last. But he did not oblige. Taking a lenient view, the forum again directed the Chief Administrator to present himself before the forum on November 24.

But Mr N C Wadhwa neither presented himself nor directed his counsel to plead his case before the forum.

The forum, in its order, said: “It is needless to say that Mr Wadhwa does not deserve a lenient view. If stern punitive action is not taken in this case, the authority of law cannot prevail. Such a state of affairs cannot be permitted to go unchecked.”


Lampooning comes of age with fancy tableaux
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
Canvassing is not just about highlighting your own achievements, it is also about highlighting the ‘failures’ of your opponents. This is what the tableaux designed by the Congress and the BJP would have us believe.

These tableaux have been travelling across the city to ‘create awareness’ about the ‘failures’ and ‘achievements’. The BJP game plan is far more extensive than that of the Congress. While the former has designed four tableaux, the Congress has a single reply — an inflated rubber model of the Metro..

While one BJP tableau depicts the government’s ‘failure’ to check dengue, the second one is a reminder of the horrific Tandoor case. The third and the fourth display the problems in the power sector. Challenging the Congress’ ability to rule the state, a tableau screams, “Jo machchar nahi maar sakte, woh raj kya karenge” (what kind of rule will be provided by those who cannot kill mosquitoes).

The second tableau has a tandoor with a pair of legs hanging out, this is a retake on the Naina Sahani murder case. Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma, held guilty of murder, is not spared either, “Mangte hain Congressi bar bar satta, jis se kar sake khulkar hatya” (Congressmen want power again and again so that they can kill freely), reads a banner.

Another banner also points a finger at the Tandoor case declaring, “Jinhone in par vishwas kiya, un par hi Congressiyon ne aghaat kiya” (Congressmen have stabbed those who reposed trust in them).

Another tableau, which highlights the “failure of the Congress to provide water and power” carries a banner with the slogan “bijli chahiye, generator lao, paani chahiye, khud mangwao aur vote mujhe dekar apne jarooratoon ko bhool jao” (if you want power, get the generator, if you want water, manage it on your own. Vote for me and forget about your needs). The tableau also depicts darkness.

On power privatisation, yet another tableau depicts an electricity meter along with a slogan “kabhi tez bhagte meter to kabhi galat bill ke sang, Congress ke thekedaron ne lootne ke nikale naye naye dhang” (sometimes fast meters, sometimes wrong readings, Congress’ contractors have evolved newer ways to loot people).


Vote for development, prominent personalities tell Delhiites
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
Twenty-three prominent personalities have appealed to Delhi’s citizens to cast their votes in the Assembly elections in favour of that party which will usher in development and work for the benefit of the society.

These concerned individuals, in their appeal, have pointed out that citizens must exercise their vote with discretion. The appeal states that Delhi elections are, in a sense, celebration of India’s democracy and national unity. Incidentally, whenever there is some inadequacy in the functioning of the states, the impact is immediately felt in Delhi. One example is that of the universities and colleges in Bihar, which have been functioning inadequately. Result: Almost 60 per cent of the students in Delhi University today come from Bihar.

The Delhi government can earn the respect, loyalty and affection of the people only by inspiring the youth. The leaders and administrators of Delhi can be effective only if they project an image of integrity, transparency and good governance. The State government, by its functioning, can set an example for our national leadership. The idealists and visionaries will get inspired by Delhi’s example and can declare with pride: ‘Hum Hindustani Hain’.

Sheila Dikshit has conjured a vision of both a better Delhi and a better India by projecting an image of idealism and dynamism.

The undersigned believe that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the legislature and administration led by her have achieved, during the last five years, much of what its citizens desired and demanded. She has never shirked her responsibility in any area in the public domain and has shown what a just and fair society in our Capital region can be, and should be.

There are constraints that she has coped with like having to run an administration, which does not enjoy full powers.

Thus, the appeal to the citizens of Delhi to re-elect Mrs. Dikshit and her team. The signatories include Kapila Vatsyayan, Former Education Secretary and former Chairperson, Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts, Khushwant Singh, renowned journalist, H Y Sharada Prasad, Former Media Advisor to Prime Minister and Secretary in the PMO, Abid Hussain, Former Commerce Secretary and former Ambassador to Washington, S K Singh, Former Foreign Secretary, Mohd. Hamid Ansari, Former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and Former Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, Raja Vijay Karan, Former Director CBI, Rajendra Yadav, Editor, Hans, Satish Gujral, illustrious and world renowned painter and sculptor, Krishan Khanna, distinguished and world famous painter, Leela Samson, classical dancer, Kailash Vajpayee, renowned poet and member of Vedanta Research Foundation, Prof. Mushir-ul-Hasan, Director, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, Prof. Zoya Hasan, Prof. and Chairperson Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Director Escorts Heart Institute, Mallika Sarabhai, renowned dancer, Dilip and Devi Cherian, eminent media persons, John Dayal, Council of Churches of India, Rajeev Sethi, eminent author, Swami Agnivesh, spiritual leader and social activist, Javed Akhtar, eminent poet, Dr. Kiran Seth, founder Spic Macay, and Rev Valson Thampu of the Church of North India. 


Eight missing Dalits still untraced
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, November 27
The fate of the 12 persons, including eight Dalits of Samalkha town, who were kidnapped by some persons posing as police personnel in the wee hours of Wednesday, remains uncertain with the police failing to make a headway in the case. In fact, the functioning of the Samalkha police has come under a cloud for its failure to register the FIR even after two days of the incident.

The police today flashed wireless messages in all the districts to ascertain whether any persons had been taken for questioning by the Haryana police in connection with some incident. The assailants had reportedly come looking for their rival dreaded criminal, Bachhu Bavaria. Even as they kidnapped Bachhu and his three family members, eight Dalits sleeping near Bachhu’s house were also taken away by the culprits. Police sources said it was the handiwork of criminals, who posed as policemen, to avoid resistance by the residents.

It may be recalled that 12 persons, including eight persons, who had gathered for the marriage of the daughter of Mr Rajpal in Ganga Dayal Colony on November 25 were kidnapped early on November 26.

The armed assailants first looted the relatives. An amount of over Rs 10,000 received by the family as “kanyadaan”, was also taken away by the attackers. Besides Bachhu, the kidnapped Dalits are Rajpal, Mukesh, Sanjay, Rajinder, Joginder, Ramphal, Ishwar, Dilbagh. The local police had also contacted the neighbouring UP and Delhi police to confirm whether any police party from these places had taken away the Dalits. However, the Delhi and UP police forces have denied any involvement.


Pump owners call off strike
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, November 27
The owners of petrol pumps here, which went on a lightning strike yesterday in protest against the registration of cases against them in connection with the alleged adulteration, perhaps could not bear the pressure and called off the strike late last night.

A spokesman of the District Petrol Pump Dealers Association told The NCR Tribune that the decision to call off the strike was taken last night after a meeting with the local authorities who, he said, had assured them that all the cases against them would be withdrawn, if the officials of the Indian oil Company and its laboratory give it in writing that the ``samples tested were okay.’’

He said the President of the All India Association of the Petrol Pump Dealers had also arrived here and discussed the matter with the district administration. According to the District Association of Petrol Dealers, a delegation of pump owners would meet the Union Minister of Petroleum, Mr Ram Naik, soon in this connection.

Dreaded criminal escapes

Sonepat: Sunil, a dreaded criminal and a member of an inter-state gang of criminals, headed by one Sheelu, escaped from police custody at Gohana town, 35 km from, yesterday.

According to a report, another criminal, Sanjay, who was accompanying him, also tried to escape but was overpowered by the police. The police have registered a case and launched a massive hunt to re-arrest him. Sunil, it is stated, was brought from the Sonepat district jail for a hearing before the sub-divisional judicial magistrate. OC


Campaign trail
Ajay Chautala sees a raw deal in denial of Metro to outer Delhi
Tribune News Service

AFTER BAHU, THE SAAS: Sudha ‘Ba’ Shivpuri canvassing for the BJP candidates.

New Delhi, November 27
INLD’s Ajay Chautala addressing a public meeting in the outer Delhi constituencies today exhorted the people to ‘avenge’ the BJP’s and the Congress’ discriminatory attitudes towards them.

The leader said it was “discrimination against the rural belt that is the reason for the absence of the Metro from the outer Delhi regions”.

Chautala also criticised the police for detaining their “party workers” and said that the step has brought a bad name to the party, which has been portrayed more like a “band of criminals” than a political party.

He also hinted at a ‘political conspiracy’ as the motive behind the detentions.

BJP’s candidate from Geeta Colony, Naveen Kumar during his constituency visit was weighed against ladoos, but the former media person had little time for sweet talk. Responding to the charges of his opponent, Dr A K Walia, he said that he has been in the media for the last 16 years and that he “knows both how to work as well as how to get the work done”.

Dr Walia during a public speech had said that Naveen “is still a rookie, who doesn’t know how to work”.

Kumar also pointed out that during her tenure, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has done “nothing for the farmers”.

Close on the heels of Ajay Chautala’s criticism of the Delhi Police, comes a similar story from Hiren Tokas, Independent candidate from R K Puram.

Tokas has alleged that Barkha Singh, the Congress candidate from his constituency being, “more influential” is “favoured by the police”. Supporters of Tokas have pointed out that the Congress supporters have “been trying every trick in the book” to “help Barkha Singh” whose husband is a sitting MLA.

The BJP candidate from Wazirpur, Mange Ram Garg in his public address blamed the “wrong educational policies of the State Government” and the “wrong health policies and negligence, which led to the outbreak of dengue”.

This one sure knows how to play the secular card. Dharamveer Yadav, the Congress candidate from Badli was gushing over the fact that he “got to not just eat mithai and sewayian, but also got to hug his Muslim brethren”.

Yadav in a statement issued here today said, “Id ke jashan ne to sach much mujhe deewana bana dala hai” (Id celebrations have made me go crazy). Totally enamoured, Yadav claims that he “is already counting the days for the next Id”.

In another electoral ‘Kumbh’, it was the turn of the Saas after the bahu. Sudha ‘Ba’ Shivpuri went canvassing for BJP candidates from Chandni Chowk and Paharaganj constituencies, Dharamveer Sharma and Virendra Babbar. The Saas quipped that when ‘Bahu’ Tulsi is supporting the party with such zeal, how could she refrain from following suit.


NAD to back Congress
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The National Akali Dal, which broke away from the Third Front, has decided to extend support to the Congress. Its president, Paramjeet Singh Pamma on Thursday exhorted the Sikhs in Delhi and other states to vote against the “anti-Sikh” BJP.

He told media persons that there was no point in despising a party for the faults committed by a few of its office-bearers. The BJP, he said, exploited the Sikh votes after the 1984 riots in Delhi to serve its vested interests without giving anything in return to the community.

Delhi pavilion

The Delhi pavilion today attracted a large crowd as the Delhi Day was celebrated on the last day of the Trade Fair. This year’s theme was “Tourism and Promoting Export by Small and Medium Enterprises”. A number of classical and folk items were presented.


Panther’s Party to regularise unauthorised colonies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
The National Panther’s Party today promised that it would regularise all unauthorised colonies in the Capital and provide better housing facilities to the economically poor people. It also promised a uniform development of the neglected areas of the city.

Releasing a 19-point manifesto of the party for the Assembly elections, its president Bhim Singh said, “The party would work for the development of neglected suburbs and provide free education, legal aid and medical aid to the non-tax paying section of the society.”

Accusing the Election Commission (EC) of being ‘biased’ against the regional parties, he said the Commission had given two different parties the same ‘bicycle’ symbol resulting in a situation where they were fighting elections on the same symbol.

“We are planning to file a criminal case against the Chief Election Commission for this,” Mr Bhim Singh added.

Fighting elections under the Delhi Vikas Morcha comprising 14 other groups and political parties like the Republican Party of India, Poorvanchal Sangharsh Samiti Bhartiya Kisan Union, it promises to provide free education up to 18, employment or unemployment allowance to the educated youth.

The party also vowed to fight against terrorism and fundamentalism and drug abuse.”We promise to introduce a new syllabus in schools with chapters on fundamentalism and terrorism,” Mr Bhim Singh said.

“One of our main aims in fighting elections in Delhi is to make people aware of the dangerous situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. The party has fielded 22 candidates for the Assembly elections and is supporting five others.


Chautala asked to quit over CBI probe into recruitment of teachers
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 27
The Supreme Court’s decision to order a CBI inquiry into the recruitment of primary school teachers in the state has been widely welcomed by leaders of different political parties. They have demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on moral grounds.

In a press statement issued here today, the general secretary of the Haryana Vikas Party, Mr Rajiv Jain, said the main recruiting government agencies, the Haryana Public Service Commission and the Haryana Subordinate Services Selection Commission, had become meaningless as the selection lists were being prepared in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. And if any officer like Mr Sanjiv Kumar did not accept these lists for appointment he was harassed and tortured by getting cases registered against him.

The general secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Ms Sumitra Chauhan, has stated the apex court’s decision for a CBI inquiry has strengthened the faith of the people in the judiciary and the Chief Minister himself should resign on moral grounds. “If the CM does not resign, then the Governor should dismiss him,” she demanded.

The former minister and HVP leader, Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, while welcoming the court decision, said the Chief Minister had no moral right to continue as he had been directly accused of subverting the selection of 4,000 JBT teachers. He complimented Mr Sanjiv Kumar for being courageous in exposing the corrupt practices of the INLD government.

However, the president of the Haryana Loktantra Raksha Manch, Mr Joginder Singh Hooda, while welcoming the Supreme Court decision to order a CBI inquiry, lashed out at the Opposition, accusing that they remained silent when the then Director of Education, Mr Sanjiv Kumar, was being harassed by the government. “No one from the Opposition dared to support the officer that time and now they have become paper tigers in demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister,” he said, remarking that the Opposition leaders had lost the moral right to demand resignation of the Chief Minister.

“The Opposition leaders are like” begani shadi mein abdulla divana”, he commented. 


UP to observe Taj Mahotsav next year
Our Correspndent

Meerut, November 27
On the occasion of the completion of 500 years of the existence of Taj Mahal at Agra, the state government has decided to observe National Taj Festival next year. The Minister for Tourism, Mr Naresh Agarwal, said several programmes would be held during this Taj Mahotsav.

Mr Agarwal was talking to reporters after inaugurating a private resort here on Tuesday evening.

Mr Agarwal said that state had suffered a setback in the field of tourism after the formation of the new state of Uttaranchal. So, it was necessary to develop tourism in the state. The state government had divided the state into five sectors for the purpose of tourism i.e. Bundelkhand, Oudh, Agra Vindhyachal and Garhmukteshwar. A detailed master plan of Rs 400 crore to develop tourism and generate revenue had also been prepared while another Rs 500 crore would also be spent on Taj Mahotsav and on development work in Agra.

He also revealed the state government had also requested the Prime Minister to declare Agra Airport as an international airport and a detailed package worth several hundred crores had been sanctioned to develop Garhmukteshwar in Ghaziabad as a holy city. Garhmukteshwar would be developed on the lines of Hardwar.

He also alleged the Union Government was ignoring the state and had only sanctioned Rs 2.64 crore for tourism. Mr Agarwal also admitted district headquarters in the state were being developed in an unplanned manner and thus the state government had decided to prepare new guidelines for the development of the district very soon. 


Be on guard while visiting this rly station
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 27
It is an ordeal to visit the railway station and the bus stand in this city which is a district headquarters of Haryana.

According to a report, while the traffic snarls on the roads leading to the railway station and the bus stand are a big nuisance, the roaming pickpockets and the luggage-lifters add to the menace.

The criminals take advantage of the crowds thronging the station and the bus stand in the last-minute rush to board or get down. They wait and strike when the passenger is a little unguarded.

Many professional luggage-lifters board the trains or the buses from a station or stop earlier and get down with other passengers at the Sonepat railway station or the bus stand. They jostle about and exploit the confusion.

Another crime at the railway station or the bus stand is chain-snatching. The miscreants wait till a train or a bus picks up the speed and chugs out of the station or the bus stand. The snatchers pounce and snatch necklaces and earrings from the women passengers sitting next to the widows. Sometimes serious injuries are also caused.

Though the police have taken certain measures to curb the menace, the anti-social elements continue to operate. Vagabonds and beggars are routinely picked up by the police. The boundaries of the railway station are breached with impunity.


Buffalo electrocuted; fire breaks out in a fodder ‘dheri’
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, November 27
A buffalo was allegedly electrocuted at Sayyakhera village about 20 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, as the owner Jasbir was taking the buffalo to a nearby pond, it was touched with a live wire hanging from a transformer on the way.

The buffalo died on the spot as a result. The complainant alleged that he had brought to the notice of the UHBVN officials for removing the live electricity wire but they failed to take any step in this regard.

The residents of the village have now demanded suitable compensation to the complainant for the dead buffalo.

According to another report, fire broke out in a fodder ‘dheri’ and caused a huge loss to its owner in Jawahar Nagar on Kakroi Road here last evening. However, the tractor-trolley was saved from the fire which broke out from the short-circuit.

Another report of fire was received from West Ram Nagar area where a large quantity of fodder was burnt. The fodder was kept on the roof of the house and the residents of the area brought the fire under control.

Factory owner booked

The Kundli police have registered a case against four persons, including an owner of a factory following a complaint lodged by a worker Mr Basant. According to a report, the police have arrested three suspects and launched a hunt to apprehend the fourth suspect in this regard.

Boy falls in well

Deepak, a six-year-old boy fell down in a well at Hanuman Nagar near Mahavir Colony here yesterday and died.

According to a report, the police have sent the body for the postmortem examination. It is stated that the boy was playing near the well when he fell down in it.

25 UP farmers in the dock

Nodia: A case under 307, 302 against 25 UP farmers has been registered in Javer police station by a DSP of Haryana police for attack on Haryana farmers on Tuesday in connection with a longstanding dispute over land.

Ten out of these 25 have been identified, it is learnt.

When some farmers from Bhokra village in Haryana were irrigating their fields, a group of armed UP farmers from Mandya Sirsa village on tractor trolleys had allegedly descended there and attacked them. The UP farmers had indulged in firing, it is alleged, in which a 40-year-old woman Phulon Devi had succumbed to her injuries.

Shiv Ram, Mohinder, Kirshen Pal, Tej Pal, Beerpal, Jagga, Kela, Bheema, Pappu, Khema, Mukesh, Narayan, Shiv Kumar and others were hurt in firing. Critically wounded Shiv Ram was referred to Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi while others were rushed to government hospital Ballabhgarh, it is learnt.

Abducted timber merchant kept in Khanpur jungle

Three policemen have been suspended on the charge of dereliction of duty in connection with the abduction of a timber merchant Gyan Prakash of Javer.

Gyan Prakash was kept as a captive in the jungle of Khanpur village under Kotwali Dehat police station after his kidnapping. The police had recovered the car used in the abduction from the same jungle, it is leant.

Immediately after the kidnapping, the police had got the news, but one police post in charge and two cops had kept the information to themselves only. Annoyed with their stance, the SSP has suspened them.

Gyan Prakash was kidnapped by four armed miscreants at about 6 am on November 21when he had gone for a morning walk. The abductors had sped with Gyan Prakash towards Noida in a Maruti car. After two hours, a Maruti car was found abandoned in Khanpur village jungle.

The villagers had informed cop Kuchhi Lal of Jhajhar police post. The cop did not inform the post in charge or police station Kakode. He just kept the news to himself. 


Criminals masquerading as cops ransack house
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, November 27
Five miscreants posing as officials of the Special Task Force barged into a house in Vikas Kunj Colony in Loni and decamped with valuables and cash worth a few lakh of rupees. Though the police were informed of the incident, they did not respond promptly.

Satya Prakash, a resident of Vikas Kunj near the Indirapuri police post, said five persons had barged into his house yesterday. Posing as members of the Special Task Force, they said they had reports that some narcotics were stored there and they wanted to search the house. On the pretext of conducting a search they ransacked the house. On his putting up resistance, Satya Prakash was beaten up.

They decamped with jewellery, cash and other valuables worth lakh of rupees, locking Satya Prakash in a room.

Satya Prakash raised the alarm and informed his neighbour who in turn informed the police.

Workers overdraw money by forgery

Noida: A case of fraud by some labourers has come to light. They withdrew Rs 80,700 instead of Rs 8,700, from bank in Sector 27.

Jain Mandir in Sector 27 had undertaken some construction work. Labourers Jai Prakash, Vijay and another resident of Kanpur somehow got hold of a cheque for Rs 8,700 issued by the mandir management, the Sector 20 police said.

They cleverly inserted one zero after 8 and similarly the word “eight” was changed into “eighty” and withdrew Rs 80,700 instead of Rs 8,700 from the bank. The labourers are absconding now.

The mandir management and bank officials are equally flabbergasted at the cunning of the workers. Manoj has filed a report on behalf of the temple management with the Sector 20 police. Had the cheque been written in Hindi it would not have been possible to do the forgery, the police said.


Four killed in accidents
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, November 27
Four persons, including a youth lost their lives while another 11 were injured in three road accidents in Hapur, Modinagar and Moradnagar.

Raju, 25, of Kurse village in Moradnagar was run over near Sanjay Nagar railway crossing by a canter when he was crossing the road to board a bus.

He had gone with a marriage party and the ‘baratis’ were getting into another bus as the first had developed a snag on its way to Loni. He was rushed to a nursing home where be breathed his last in the night.

In another accident, Abdul Kalam of Pasaunda village was going with his 12-year-old son Mohammed Sitare. Sitare was hit by a Maruti car in Rajinder Nagar. He later died in Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, Shahdara.

A Maruti van coming at a fast speed had hit a stationary DTC bus on Hapur bypass. The car was badly smashed. As a result, a medical student Kesar Iqbal died on the spot while a constable of Dabai police station and his brother were critically injured. They were badly trapped in the car wreckage.

Ranvir of Kajampur Modinagar was going to Meerut on a motorcycle along with his uncle and sister-in-law when the bike was hit by a truck near Moradnagar Ganga canal. Ranvir died on the spot while his uncle and sister-in-law ere rushed to a private hospital.


Three held for stealing autos; six vehicles seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
Three youths have been apprehended for stealing autos by the Crime Branch sleuths from the Japanese Park in Rohini. The sleuths also claimed to have seized three motorcycles and three scooters from their possession.

The accused were identified as Sunny Diwan alias Sony, resident of Raghubir Garden; Vijay, resident of Vishnu Garden and Hukam Chand alias Vijay Kumar, resident of Vishnu Garden.

Based on a tip-off that the accused in their twenties would be moving in the Japanese Park area in a stolen motorcycle, the sleuths nabbed them after a chase.

Illicit liquor

The Crime Branch has arrested one person and seized 34 cartons of illicit liquor and a Tata 407 van from his possession. The accused was identified as Surinder (30), resident of Sonepat, Haryana.


BHEL announces winners of Excel Awards
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 27
Aimed at promoting and nurturing the culture of excellence in the organisation, the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has announced the winners of its Excel Awards for the year 2002-03.

The annual awards are presented to BHEL employees for their meritorious achievements in various fields.

The award is being conferred in various categories like Research and Development, Quality, Productivity, Creativity and Innovation, Best Technical Paper, Customer Satisfaction and Individual Excellence. In addition, two awards will be presented for outstanding contribution in the area of Social Service. The CMD’s award for the leading unit or division in activities related to Intellectual Property Rights has gone to BHEL’s Trichy unit, the BHEL spokesman said.

The scheme stipulated awards in nine categories, carrying a cash award of up to Rs 50, 000 for individuals and Rs 5 lakh for groups in addition to a medallion, a certificate and a citation. The awards are decided by the date of incorporation of the company, i.e. November 13 every year.

The employees selected for receiving the Third Excel Awards belong to units or divisions of BHEL at Haridwar, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Trichy, Bangalore, Ranipet, Corporate R and D, Power Sector-Western Region and the corporate office in the Capital, he said.

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