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Doctors’ admission to PG courses quashed
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, December 9
The admission of Haryana Civil Medical Services (HCMS) doctors to various post-graduate courses like MD/MS/PG Diplomas in the PT B D Sharma Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Science (PGDMS) for the year 2003 has been quashed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

These doctors had failed to qualify in the entrance test conducted by Maharshi Dayanand University since they could not secure 50 per cent marks in the entrance test which was the minimum essential as per the Medical Council of India regulations.

However, the condition was relaxed and those securing up to 30 per cent marks were admitted in August 2003 in a hush-hush manner. The second counselling for their admission was announced only through an advertisement in a Hindi daily giving only 24 hours notice and the counselling was held on a Sunday. No interview letters were sent to the candidates.

The notice given was so short that many qualified candidates could not reach at the time of counselling and interview.

Although many eyebrows were raised, both regarding relaxation in the minimum qualifying marks as well as not giving due notice for second counselling, and strong protest by the open category candidates, the Chairman of the interview board went ahead with counselling and admitted HCMS doctors who had secured up to 30 per cent marks in the entrance test.

As per the regulations of the Medical Council of India, no candidate who scores less than 50 per cent marks (40 per cent in case of SC/ST) in the entrance test can be admitted to any MD/MS/PG Diploma course and these regulations are binding and had been published in the prospectus of Maharshi Dayanand University.

The open category candidates, who had secured more than 50 per cent marks challenged this decision in the High Court which upheld their plea and quashed the admissions of those HCMS doctors who had secured less than 50 per cent marks in the entrance test as being violative of the MCI regulations. The admissions to various courses in the PGIMS, it appears, have been jinxed in this year. In the MBBS/BDS admissions, the candidates with higher merit were left out and those with lower merit admitted.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered a recounselling and admissions to be made in accordance with the merit list. Even the admissions done during recounselling, in pursuance of the High Court orders, have been challenged again in the High Court.

Even in course like B.Sc Nursing, a candidate with higher merit, who was left out, had to knock at the door of the courts.

The candidates of ophthalmic assistant were asked to appear in a written test although as per prospectus, their admission was to be made on the basis of 10 plus 2 merit. When the selected candidates took the matter to the court and pleaded with the highest executive authority of PGIMs as party by name, the administration conceded their plea and cancelled the written test.



MLAs step aside, ask Sonia to nominate CM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 9
The Congress Legislature Party in Delhi has asked the party’s president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, to nominate a person of her choice as Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi.
The CLP, which met in the evening, deliberated for an hour before adopting a resolution that authorised Mrs Gandhi to nominate its leader who will become the chief minister.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Prem Singh moved the resolution and Tajdar Babar seconded it. The legislators welcomed the adoption of the resolution by raising slogans.

The meeting passed another resolution expressing gratitude to the people of Delhi for their renewed mandate to the Congress by giving the party a two-thirds majority.

“The Congress would not be found wanting in its endeavour to provide a good and transparent governance with focus on an all-round development,” the resolution read.

The resolution also thanked Mrs Sonia Gandhi for leading the party from the front and marshalling her resources to ensure the party’s victory at the hustings.

A newly elected MLA said there were no “fireworks” and that the meeting was conducted in a cordial atmosphere. “We exchanged our views freely and frankly,” he said.

The meeting though was not without a discordant note. Certain legislators insisted that the observers appointed by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) also meet them individually.

Congress Working Committee’s member Pranab Mukherjee, who chaired the meeting, reassured the MLAs that their opinion would be sought before a new leader was named.

After the resolution was adopted unanimously, the observers met with the newly elected MLAs and elicited their views on who they thought should be elevated to the post of chief minister.

The decision to seek the opinion of every member of the CLP is seen as a deft move to prevent any wrangling in the faction-ridden party after the party high command makes up its mind.

The delay in electing the leader of the CLP is also seen as buying time by Sheila Dikshit’s detractors to have a say in the constitution of the Council of Ministers.

Sources said the matter has been left to the party high command and that its decision would prevail even as hectic lobbying was on to secure a berth in the Council of Ministers.

With only six berths up for grabs, the party has to walk a tightrope. The exercise becomes tougher still since caste considerations would have to be balanced. The venue of the CLP meeting was changed at a late stage after differences arose over whether the newly elected legislators should meet at the Old Secretariat or the DPCC office.

The party had named Mr Pranab Mukherjee and Mr PM Sayeed as the observers for the CLP meeting. AICC secretary Anil Shastri and Ahmed Patel were also present.



bloody encounter
Three copper wire robbers gunned down by police 
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, December 9
The Ghaziabad police have shot dead three criminals who were fleeing after looting copper wire worth Rs 5 lakh from a Hapur electrical trader’s godown.
The encounter had taken place early in the morning near Khichra village under Mussori police station. The police claimed to have seized one rifle, two local revolvers and about two dozen live cartridges from the desperadoes who could not be identified till late in the evening.

One constable Ashok was also injured in the encounter.

SSP Jaynarayan Singh said that some criminals had looted copper wire bundles from Hapur’s Parshotam Singh’s electrical godown in Triveni Ganj and were loading in their Tata 407.

Parshotam’s partner, Vivek Tyagi who lived on the top floor of the godown was woken up by the commotion. As he saw the criminals loading the wire bundle into mini trucks, he raised the alarm and informed the police.

The Hapur police had flashed the information to all police stations as the criminals had sped away in the truck. As Mussori police tried to block their way, the desperadoes turned the vehicle towards Dholana.

Ultimately the Tata-407 was blocked on Dholana-Mussori Road where the police engaged the criminals in an encounter. As firing ensued from both sides, the criminals were seen abandoning the truck and running for cover when three of them were shot dead. Two revolvers, one rifle and live cartridges were recovered from their possession. Injured policeman Ashok Kumar of Mussori police station was rushed to Sarvodya Hospital.

SSP said the mini trunk No.MP-13-F/3696 used in the loot was from Bulandshahr which had six tonnes of goods loaded in it. They were worth Rs 6 lakh.

The toll tax receipt recovered from the truck proved that it had gone to Hapur at 1.10 am in the night.

SPP Singh expressed suspicion that the criminal’s gang used to take the truck along to commit dacoities. The police are trying to verify as to how many crimes have been committed by this gang in the surrounding areas.

SSP and DIG Meerut have recommended rewards of Rs 2,500 and Rs 5,000 to the police team for the “good work”.



Desperate cry for adopting an abandoned girl
B.S. Malik

Sonepat, December 9
A couple from Rohtak has been knocking at the door of the administration in Sonepat district for adoption of an abandoned two-month-old girl child for the last one month, but the authorities appear to be not keen to entertain the couple’s request.

The couple is issueless and has even reportedly submitted in writing to the authorities that they were willing to transfer their property in the name of the child.

According to information, the child was found abandoned near Deepalpur village in the district on October 17 and it was reported to the police by the village sarpanch. When no one claimed the baby, she was taken in custody by the police and was admitted to the local civil hospital for treatment. However, when her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to the PGIMS Rohtak.

Incidentally when the baby was admitted to PGIMS, a couple—Rajbir and Reena—had also come for treatment in the PGIMS. They came to know about the baby there and reportedly made up their mind to adopt the child.

As stated by Rajbir, they were married about eight years back and have no child. The doctors have also confirmed after the medical examinations of the couple that they would remain issueless.

The couple reportedly contacted the PGIMS doctors for adopting the child and Rajbir’s wife Reena started looking after her in the hospital. Proper care and Reena’s motherly affection helped in the speedy recovery of the child. After discharge from the PGIMS, the baby has been lodged in Bal Gram Rai (Sonepat) by the administration.

Meanwhile, Rajbir applied to the Deputy Commissioner, Sonepat for adopting the child, submitting their family background, details of property and willingness of his wife Reenu. But the administration has not yet reportedly responded to Rajbir’s request.



Officials wink at encroachments in Faridabad
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 9
Encroachments or the violations of the norms laid by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) have become the order of the day in various parts of the town. The authorities seem to be overlooking the malpractices.

The authorities had launched a campaign to remove the encroachments a few years ago but without much success. One violation was the opening of rear doors by the house owners into the green belt provided by Huda and using the residential areas for commercial

activities. While the land worth several crores was recovered from the encroachers between 2000 and 2002, the campaign seemed to have lost its steam in the past about six months.

A resident of Sector 16-A said the residents having links with the influential persons have occupied the green belt of Huda in front and rear of their houses.

He claimed that several illegal fencings removed by Huda in year 2001-2002, had again emerged.

A resident of Sector 14 said that the residents of many houses lining the dividing road between Sector 12-17, 14-15 and 15-16 had again made the rear door entry of the kothis operational while, these had been sealed up by the authorities a couple of years back. According to reports, the violators include certain influential persons.

According to a particular case, a senior official of the power department had not only made the rear entry of his house (into the green belt) in Sector 17, but had got a sodium halogen light beaming on the back door leading to the dividing road.

Mr Vyayendra Kumar, the then Huda administrator in 2001-02, had directed all the residents welfare associations in the sectors to keep open all the iron gates into the pockets open during daytime, but this order seems to have been given the go-by.

A social activist S L Gera had filed a PIL in the High Court demanding the removal of encroachments outside a government school in Tikona Park.

According to Mr Gera, precious land worth hundreds of crores was still occupied by the builders and influential persons on Mathura Road, NiT and other parts of the town.



in a nutshell
Missing sisters surface in Shimla
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 9
The Sonepat police have rescued one Miss Seema, a student of B.A. Part 1 of a local girls’ college and her elder sister from Shimla and arrested two youths Rakesh and Deepak in this connection.

According to a report, both the sisters were medically examined by a team of doctors in the civil hospital here last night after the police party had brought them from Shimla. The youths had lured Seema and her elder sister and later succeeded in kidnapping them. Both the sisters were taken to Shimla where one of them managed to contact her parents who immediately informed the police about the whereabouts of the girls.

On receipt of information, the police team left for Shimla. The cops managed to trace the girls and the alleged kidnappers. Both the sisters had gone to purchase household articles form Ganj Bazar on Friday.

‘Husband’ kidnapped: A woman of Mundka village was reported to have gone to the house of one Mr Ram Kishan and whisked away his son Balloo who was preparing himself for his marriage at that time. The said woman presented herself as Balloo’s wife. She tried to convince his parents of her relation with Balloo but they declined to accept her. Thereupon, the woman along with her relatives, managed to whisk away Balloo and left the village immediately.

The woman is reported to have received an information about the second marriage of Balloo. She along with her relatives reached Liwan village in Sonepat district where the relatives of Balloo were present and the youth was about to leave along with the marriage party to the house of the bride. The incident has cast a gloom in the bridal home where the parents and her relatives were waiting for the ‘baraat’.



Rs 1 lakh in ‘alms’
Our Correspondent

Noida (Dadri), December 9
A beggar woman is alleged to have lifted a bag from the front seat of a trader Sunil Bansal’s car when he was checking the engine after lifting the bonnet near vegetable market here, the police said.

Bansal had withdrawn Rs 1 lakh from a bank and kept the bag by his side in the car. Soon after setting the engine right, he left for home. To his chagrin, he found the bag missing after reaching his house. He came back to the same spot but could not find the beggar.

He reported the matter to the police, saying that a beggar girl had approached him for alms when he was examining the engine of his car. The police could not trace the girl either.



in parliament
Govt depts owe huge amounts as water, power charges
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 9
An amount of Rs 36,46,96,776 on account of electricity and water charges and an amount of Rs 2,70,62,77,178 on account of licence fee of the premises, including interest accrued on unpaid license fee, are outstanding against various government departments as on November 30, 2003.

This was disclosed in the Lok Sabha today by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr I. D. Swami. He said the recovery of dues from defaulting departments by the NDMC was a continuous process and non-payment may result in disconnection of supplies. Non-payment of licence fee, said Mr Swami, might lead to eviction.

The defaulting departments include the Sports Authority of India, which owes Rs 1156286 for electricity and water, the Central Provident Funds Organisation owing Rs 11118424, the MTNL with Rs 2737030, the DMS with Rs 5040749. The offices, which are yet to pay the licence fee are the Directorate of Estate, the Ministry of Urban Development with an outstanding amount of Rs 896603954 and the Ministry of Home Affairs with Rs 23334843.

Others in the list are the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the Department of Telecommunications. Mr Swami also informed the House that 2004 cases of drunken driving had been detected in 2003 till the end of November. He said Rs 463150 had been recovered as fine for the same during the same period.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr. Haren Pathak, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha said that the Government of NCT of Delhi had on an experimental basis installed a biometric finger identification system in one of the jails of the Tihar Jail Complex. This enables the prisoners to be photographed along with taking the fingerprints. The system is expected to help proper identification of the prisoners ordered to be released and also identify the repeat prisoners.

The Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Mr Bandaru Dattaraya, informed the Lok Sabha the DDA had awarded the work for construction of 9611 LIG flats, 350 MIG and 140 HIG flats on turnkey basis to pre qualified construction agencies at the rate of Rs 7190 per square meter of the plinth area of dwelling unit.



Farmers huff and puff at canal water shortage
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 9
The persistent shortage and erratic supply of canal water have adversely affected the wheat crops in the villages falling under the jurisdiction of the Gohana Water Service Division in the district.

According to a report, the farmers who had sown the wheat crops today needed canal water for irrigation purposes, but the officials of the division have utterly failed to ensure regular water supply even during the rotation period. Many farmers alleged that theft of irrigation water was the main cause for not reaching the canal water in their fields, which are situated at the tail end of the distribution system.

It is also alleged that a number of farmers who allegedly enjoy the patronage of the ruling party MLAs and other politicians, are indulging in large scale theft of canal water. The farmers whose fields are situated at the tail end bear the brunt of the theft.

Expressing anguish over the inadequate and erratic supply of irrigation water, the sarpanches and panches of the villages as well as the members of the block samitis and Sonepat Zila Parishad say that the farmers are ready to pay the revenue for their share of water, but the government should ensure regular supply of canal water.

The maintenance of canals, distributaries and minors continue to remain a major problem despite heavy expenditure incurred on them in Gohana sub-division.

Farmers who are supplied water by Israna minor, Butana distributary, Gangesar, Bichpari, Baroda and Busena tails, have made series of complaints to the authorities concerned about the non-supply of canal water, but no action has so far been taken in this regard.

The farmers demanded an inquiry into the scandalous working of the officials of Gohana Water Service Division and immediate transfers of the Executive Engineers, SDEs and the junior engineers to ensure an independent and impartial inquiry.

Meanwhile, the farmers of several villages, including Garhi Ujjale Khan, Gahri Sarai Namdaar Khan, Gamri, Khanpur, Kakana, Kasanda, Kasandi, Nagar and Sainipura, are facing an acute shortage of canal water for irrigating the land and have appealed to Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to provide immediate relief to them.

Representatives of various farmers organisations have urged the Chief Minister to order a high level probe into the complaints of the farmers about the erratic supply of canal water and punish those officials who are found responsible for it.



GIA to petition Chautala on stopping land acquisition
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, December 9
Stumped by the government’s decision to go ahead with its plan to acquire land in Begumpur Khatola, Narsinghpur and Khandsa villages, where large number of industries are in operation, the Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA) will approach Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala to procure veto against the move.

The Haryana Government plans to acquire land in the villages for the purpose of setting up development of integrated complex for industrial, institutional, commercial and recreational and other public utilities. The land is sought to be acquired for Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC), an agency of the state government to promote industrialisation.

The process for acquisition is in the advanced stage, as the notification has been issued under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.

About 200 small and medium sized industrial units have been operating in the villages, with some of them having more than two decades of existence. The land sought to be acquired also encompasses the sites of the units and also the land surrounding them.

The GIA feels let-down, as it had taken up the issue with various authorities, including the Commissioner and Secretary, Industries, Haryana, Mr S. C. Chaudhary, who had assured it to omit the land of the existing units form the compass of the acquisition. The GIA had approached the authorities immediately after the government notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act.

The president of the GIA, Mr J. N. Mangla, said that the industry was really shocked to see the notification under Section 6, wherein all the existing units have been covered.

The GIA’s demand is that the government should omit the present industrial plots where the industries are located and also the plots purchased for industrial purpose or expansion purpose before the date of issue of notification under Section 4.

The industry’s case is that the units were not at a fault as they had set themselves in these villages when there was no development plans. They had set themselves after procuring the necessary permission.

Also, the GIA is surprised that the government appears to be changing its original purpose for acquisition of the land.

According to it, as per the earlier plan the acquisition was only for setting up a special economic zone. It feels that the impression given to it during initial days was that the proposed zone would only house industrial units.

But now the government has broadened the spectrum of purpose for acquiring the land. Whatever be the government’s compulsion the units in existence should not be put at a loss, the GIA added.



Delhi Govt demands Rs 7 cr from MCD for 
using global info system
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 9
The Delhi Government has demanded Rs 7 crore from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for the use of Global Information System (GIS) which will help detect and prevent unauthorised construction in the National Capital, sources said.

The Delhi Government has prepared the GIS in which details of all constructed buildings are given. The MCD wanted to know the exact number of buildings constructed on the national highways (NHW) and other areas. However, today the corporation passed a preamble in the Standing Committee to prevent the unauthorised construction on highways through the GIS. It has also decided to seize the property constructed on a plot measuring more than 300 square metres.

This decision was taken following the submission of a report by a committee constituted by the Standing Committee to prevent unauthorised construction on the national highways.

The committee decided to seek the report of the GIS prepared by the Delhi Government in which the exact number of buildings constructed so far is given. The committee also suggested confiscating the buildings constructed unauthorisedly after getting the GIS report.

The report said that the GIS was prepared by the Urban Development Department of the NCT Government of Delhi which provided information of all existing property already constructed. The corporation should also know the proposed amendments in the Delhi Master Plan 2021 regarding the present building bylaws and land use and the policy likely to be adopted in respect of legalisation of violations. It will avoid future complications.

The committee further suggested that policy be framed to check the future unauthorised constructions and misuse of land use. The commercialisation of residential areas on the main road which is the fountainhead of corruption in the Building Department should also be discouraged.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Standing Committee Ram Babu Sharma directed the corporation to implement the report of the sub committee led by him which suggested application forms of any contractor should not be submitted after the due date. He also directed making an inquiry into the case of the company whose papers were submitted before the due date.

He said that before privatisation of the toll tax the total collection of tax was between Rs 35 crore to Rs 40 crore. When it was privatised the collection rose up to Rs 71 crore. 



Ministerial staff threaten to go on strike 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 9
The Excise and Taxation Ministerial Staff Association has threatened to go on mass leave on December 22 and 23 and bring the working of the department to a standstill if the association’s demands are not accepted by the government by December 15.

The announcement was made by the state president of the association, Mr Amar Singh Yadav, while addressing a staff-level sammelan of the association here on Monday. Giving this information to mediapersons, the district president of the association, Mr Sukhbir Singh, stated that a percentage of posts of inspector were to be filled by promotion from the clerical cadre. But the employees in the field offices were being neglected and discriminated against by the authorities at the headquarters as most of the posts were being filled from the ministerial staff at the headquarters.

The association has been demanding that the promotions be given to employees working in the field as per the ratio of their strength. The demand did not involve any additional financial burden but the authorities had been adopting an indifferent attitude, he alleged.

The association would also observe protest meetings at the district level from December 10 to 18 and strike work on February 11 if the demands were not accepted, he stated.

Meantime, the employees affiliated to the Haryana Government PWD Mechanical Workers Union (B and R) organised demonstrations against the department authorities for not fulfilling their demands and threatened to launch an agitation if their demands were not fulfilled.

According to district general secretary Ram Bhagat Sharma, the main demand included promotion on the basis of seniority, payment of TA bills, annual increments, payment of arrears and issuance of dress and other equipment. He informed that the authorities had agreed to meet the demands in writing on September 13 last. The union has threatened that if their demands are not fulfilled members will go on a hunger strike and launch an agitation from December 18 onwards.



And finally a drizzle
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 9
Sonepat city and its adjoining areas received little rain for the first time during the current winter season thereby intensifying the cold in the area. The sky is still overcast with clouds and more rain is expected during the day.

Meanwhile, the dense fog has disrupted the rail and road traffic in the region. The Amritsar-bound Flying Mail was cancelled on account of its late running for about 25 hours between Darbhanga and New Delhi yesterday. This train reached second day in New Delhi. This caused inconvenience to thousands of passengers at Sonepat and other railway stations who are stranded at the platforms.

Similarly, the Amritsar-Baroni Express and Saryu-Yamuna Express, popularly known as Shaheed Express, ran behind schedule for 8 hours and 13 hours respectively.

The Malwa Express and the Dadar-Amritsar Express passed through Sonepat one hour and 30 minutes behind schedule respectively. Several other passengers, express and mail trains also ran behind schedule on this section.

Five hurt in collision: At least five persons were injured when a car and a three-wheeler collided with each other on the G T Road near Kundli village about 25 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured persons were identified as Mr Ram Singh, his brother Sham Sunder, Rakesh, his wife Mrs Seema Devi and her daughter Seema. All the injured persons were rushed to a private nursing home in Delhi, where the condition of Mr Sham Sunder and Ms Seema is stated to be serious. The police are investigating into the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.



Scribes to observe anti-repression day

Rohtak, December 9
The Haryana Union of Journalists and the Rohtak Patrakar Sangharsh Samiti has given a call for observing anti-repression day on December 15 in Haryana to protest against rising incidents of atrocities on journalists in the state and registration of false cases against some mediapersons at Rohtak.

According to the president, Haryana Union of Journalists, Mr Virender Chauhan, mediapersons at all district headquarters in Haryana would hold protest meetings and dharnas and take out processions on December 15. They would submit memorandums through respective Deputy Commissioners on that day to highlight the issues of freedom of the press, atrocities on journalists and undue interference in the affairs of journalists. He appealed to all organisations of working journalists in the state to make the anti-repression day programmes successful across the state. OC



Bodies of teacher, sons recovered
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 9
The police have succeeded in recovering the bodies of a schoolteacher and his two sons from JLN Canal near Barauta village on the Sonepat-Gohana road 142 hours after they drowned in it.
According to a report, the police handed over the bodies to the parents of the schoolteacher after the post-mortem examination.

Om Parkash Hooda, a schoolteacher, along with his two sons, namely Shiv (5) and Sanket (3), had jumped into JLN Canal and committed suicide. However, the cause of the suicide was yet to be known. The police are still investigating.

Power supply resumes: Power supply to Jatwara Mohalla was resumed on Monday after 30 hours by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN).

According to a report, the area remained in darkness after an electricity transformer was burned.

According to another report, an electricity transformer in Nahra village on the Majra road had burnt five days back. A complaint was lodged in the sub-station at Kundli but the transformer was still not replaced. As a result, the area remained in darkness.

This caused inconvenience to thousands of residents living in the area. They also faced drinking water shortage and had to fetch water from distant places to meet their requirement.

Suicide by youth: A youth, Jai Bhagwan, was reported to have committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in his house at Shekhpura village, about 20 km from here, on Monday. The police are still investigating into the case.

Woman killed: A 50-year-old unidentified woman was run over and killed by a moving train near the railway station here on Monday evening.

According to a report, the body still remains unidentified and the government railway police have sent the body for a post-mortem examination.


Cashier in LIC office robbed of Rs 9 lakh
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 9
Armed youths robbed around Rs 9 lakh from a cashier of the Life Insurance Corporation of India at revolver-point in Brass Market here last evening. They sped away with the booty in an Indica car parked outside the building of the LIC office.

The Branch Manager, Mr Sanjeev Khanna, tried to chase them in his car but the desperadoes’ car had gone out of sight sooner than expected.

The nakabandi of the police also proved to be of no use.

A case of robbery under Section 392 of the IPC and Sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered.

It is stated that finding the main gate of the LIC office closed two armed youths entered the building through the backdoor while their third accomplice kept vigil at the door. Two other accomplices kept the Indica car parked outside the LIC office in a ready-to-start mode. The youths reportedly made some inquiries at the counter after which they forced their entry into the cashier’s cabin from where they took a money bag containing the huge amount after terrorising chowkidar Anil Kumar and cashier Ashok Kumar Yadav with their revolver. 



Liquor shop salesman killed
Our Correspondent

Loni(Ghaziabad), December 9
A salesman at the country liquor shop at Behta village in Loni was strangled to death. Criminals later looted the shop and decamped with Rs 5000 in cash.
Deepak was working as a salesman in the country liquor shop owned by Nitin in Behta village. Deepak, who hailed from Rampur, used to sleep in the liquor shop at night.

He had gone to bed at the usual hour the previous night. When the other salesman, Vachiter Pal, reached the liquor shop at 9.45 am he found the shop closed. He pushed open the door as it was not bolted from inside. He found Deepak’s body on the bed and Rs 5,400 in the cash box were missing. According to the police, the victim had been strangled to death during the night.

10-yr jail for attempt to murder: A local court has sentenced an accused who had attacked with the intention to kill to 10 years’ prison term and fined him Rs 5,000.

According to the prosecution, Kani Singh of Sector 9, Vijay Nagar, had married his daughter to Deepak, alias Pappu. But Deepak was ill-treating his wife and would often stay at his friend Satish’s house.

Kani Singh consulted his brother in-law Dharmapal and both decided to meet Pappu to sort out the problem.

So Kani Singh, Dharam Pal and Satish all went to counsel Pappu at his residence on February 25, 1999.

But Pappu attacked the three who had come to counsel him with a knife. Dharam Pal had lodged an FIR. 



Miscreants drive away with car at gunpoint 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 9
Three unidentified armed miscreants are reported to have taken away a car from Mr Nirankar Tyagi, a resident of K.D. Nagar, Ganaur, 16 km from here, last night.
According to a report, Mr Tyagi along with his two friends was travelling in the car from Sonepat to Ganaur. When the car reached Namastey Chowk one of Mr Tyagi’s friend, Mr Shambir, got down from the car. Three miscreants who were riding on a motorcycle blocked the road and brandished a pistol at Mr Tyagi and his friend Mr Ram Phal.

The miscreants asked them to get down from the car and thereafter they drove away the car. The third miscreant left on the motorcycle.

The police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress.

According to another report, three unidentified armed motorcycle-borne miscreants also reportedly took away a motorcycle from a youth, Mr Ram Chander, of Kami village on the Sonepat-Kami road near here yesterday. The miscreants reportedly fired shots in the air and grappled with the youth.

The youth fell down and sustained injuries.

On receipt of information, the police arrived on the scene and started searching the miscreants by giving a chase to them.

The miscreants, however, managed to escape after leaving the motorcycle.

The injured youth was rushed to the local Civil Hospital for treatment. The police have registered a case against the miscreants.



Delhi digest
Gang of robbers held at rly station
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 9
The railway police of the Crime Branch today claimed to have arrested a gang of robbers in the Sarai Rohilla railway station. The police also claimed to have seized a countrymade weapon and three knives from their possession.

The accused were later identified as Ramzan Ali, Mohammad Shamim, Mohammad Shahid and Mohammad Noor. The gang members also robbed a passenger of Rs 10,000 last month in the train.

Duplicate CDs seized: The Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch has arrested one person and seized duplicate CDs worth Rs 7 crore in the Nehru Place area.

Based on secret information, the sleuths raided Siddhartha Building in Nehru Place and seized the CDs. The sleuths also claimed to have arrested Saurav Lamba in this regard.

Boy sodomised: A 10-year- old boy was allegedly sodomised by a 20-year-old unknown person last afternoon in the Sarai Rohilla area. The accused lured the victim, a sixth standard student of Government Senior Secondary School in Padam Nagar, on the pretext of offering him sweets.

He took the victim to a deserted area and sexually assaulted him. The victim who later reached the house narrated the incident to his parents.

The victim’s parents complained to the police about the incident. A case has been registered and the police have now launched a manhunt to trace the accused.



30,000 new SIM cards for Rohtak: BSNL chief
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, December 9
The Chief General Manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Haryana, Mr A. K. Nagpal, today assured the BSNL mobile consumers that the shortage of its SIM cards would be overcome as 30,000 new sim cards would be made available within two or three days.

Talking to newsmen after inaugurating the upgraded customer service centre and releasing the Rohtak telephone directory, he admitted that the BSNL mobile customers had been facing hardships on account of non-availability of sim cards. He claimed that there would be no problem in getting new BSNL mobile connections - pre-paid or post-paid, after the Nigam received new sim cards, the order for which has already been placed.

Mr Nagpal said that the mobile phone base of the BSNL was 1.5 lakh at present, nearly 60,000 more than its nearest rival. One lakh more cellular connections would be made available through capacity augmentation in the next phase.

He said that BSNL would install 80 more base terminal stations (BTS) in addition to the existing 104 BTs in different parts of the state. This would result in the BSNL cellular network coverage in 37 more towns of Haryana in addition to 43 cities and towns, where presently mobile telephone service was available.

Mr Nagpal said that the BSNL in the first phase had set up 70 fully computeris4ed customer service centres in Haryana covering all the nine secondary switching areas (SSAS), having 400 to 500 online terminals. All these customer service centres would be inter-linked within this month during the phase of the Haryana Telecom Circle drive to set-up fully equipped customer service centres across the state for providing various services to its subscribers under one roof.

He hoped that the process of inter-linking of these centres would be completed by January 1. The Rohtak Telecom District General Manager, Mr suresh Bhargava, informed that the distribution of the new telephone directory to subscribers in Rohtak SSA would start within a week. He said that the Wireless in Local Loop (WLL) services would also be made available to the Rohtak district subscribers soon, and new telephone connections would be available on demand by the end of the current financial year.



Manufacturers’ body meeting on Dec 11

Faridabad: The fourth meeting of the Executive Committee of the Manufacturers Association will be discussing schemes of the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) regarding loans and notices issued by the Haryana State Electricity Regulatory

Commission (HERC) regarding the use of power generation sets by the industrial units. The meeting will be held at Delite Hotel in the NIT area on December 11, according to the general secretary of the association. TNS


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