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BJP rejects Unit Area method, to oppose Bill 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
The BJP has opposed the proposal to include Unit Area Method in its schedule of rate of taxes. The office bearers of the party met on Tuesday and decided to oppose the Bill in its present form and content.

President of Delhi Pradesh BJP Harsh Vardhan has said that Unit Area Method was wholly unacceptable in its present form and the party was rejecting it outright.

He appealed to resident welfare associations (RWAs) to join the sit-in on January 30 at Town Hall to protest against the introduction of Unit Area Method of taxation.

“The Unit Area method is not based on a well-conceived, scientific method and the system to be adopted for levying property tax has been recommended in a hurry,” he said.

He alleged that the decision to introduce Unit Area Method was politically motivated and a ploy of the Indian National Congress (INC) to extend financial benefit to a particular section of society.

Harsh Vardhan said that the new system would increase the tax liability of old properties, which were usually owned by the low– and middle-class and they would have to pay double the sum if it was introduced.

He further said that the properties hitherto exempted from property tax having a rateable value of up to Rs 1,000 would be subjected to property tax at par with other properties under the new system.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Legislative Assembly Jagdish Mukhi has condemned INC President Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for politicising the relocation of slums.

Mukhi said that Ms Gandhi and Ms Dikshit had blamed the Union Government for shifting the slums and not providing basic amenities, when the responsibility for the same lay with the Government of NCT of Delhi and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which is dominated by the INC.

“It is the prime duty of the Government of NCT of Delhi and the MCD to provide electricity, water, road and transportation to the people living in the slums. The government,” he said, “was escaping from its duties and playing a political game for its own vested interests”. Ms Gandhi, he added, issued the statement without ascertaining the facts.



Delhi Congmen join Rahul-Priyanka chorus
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
The Gandhi family remains noncommittal about Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi contesting the Lok Sabha election, even as various Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) are joining the chorus for enlisting their services in the run-up to the poll.

The latest to issue an appeal to the Gandhi siblings are certain members of the Congress party in NCT of Delhi. Although a formal resolution urging Priyanka and Rahul to throw their hats into the ring is still to be issued, they say their presence would rejuvenate the rank and file.

They suggest that the statements being issued by the BJP are indicative of its unease and restlessness at the prospects of Priyanka and Rahul jumping into the fray. One office bearer said that the BJP was gripped by fear.

“The statement of Pramod Mahajan of the BJP, published in newspapers this morning, in which he asserted that Priyanka and Rahul’s joining active politics would not affect the BJP at all … is a clear indication that that party was in the grip of fear,” he said.

The BJP, he reasoned, was paranoid about the groundswell of support for the Gandhi family and the entry of Priyanka and Rahul into active politics. Another said that the stage was set for their contesting the election and that the party’s fortunes were on the upswing.

Although Ms Gandhi had already announced that the two would not like to enter politics as of now, their joint tour of the Amethi parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh has given rise to speculations about their entry into politics on the eve of the general election. Priyanka is also the official manager of Ms Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency.



Monkey menace
Livid residents arm themselves with lathis
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Shocked at the vicious attack by a monkey on a two-month-old baby, resulting in its death in Laxmi Nagar, East Delhi, yesterday, the scared residents have taken upon themselves the task of patrolling the streets and fortifying their homes against the menace.

People wielding thick bamboo sticks are a common sight in this sprawling congested colony, which has been at the receiving end of hordes of monkeys descending there at all hours in the last few months. There have been at least half a dozen incidents in which children have been attacked and bitten by monkeys.

The agitated residents of the area claimed that the authorities had done little to end the menace, even though several complaints had been made to them. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is supposed to take the responsibility of catching these monkeys and rehabilitating them in the nearby forests. “ But during the past two months we have not seen any one trapping these animals, which has caused panic in the colony”, parents of a nine-year-old school-going girl said.

Gora Devi, the grandmother of the infant who was killed yesterday, recalls the viciousness of the monkey when she tried to shoo it away. The monkey, after smashing the head of the infant against the wall, turned around, bared its fangs attacked her.

The residents are now organising themselves and taking preventive measures. Children have been advised to not to play alone but stay in groups and preferably under the supervision of some elders armed with sticks watching them. Those who bask outside in their courtyards or verandahs are now keeping sticks close at hand.

The elders of some of these colonies have also appealed to the residents not feed these animals, lest they start frequenting the area. The police have also been asked to strengthen patrolling in the area.

The Assistant Commissioner, Mr. M.U. Sarwar, said that the MCD had a regular contractor on its payroll, whose task was to trap the monkeys in different parts of the Capital. The corporation has directed the contractor to trap all monkeys in the Shahadra South Zone. The Veterinary Officer, Dr Dinesh Sharma, is looking after the job. He is coordinating with other agencies and Residential Welfare Associations, to keep himself informed of the monkey menace in the area, he said.



big catch
“…And tell your father that you have reached London”
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
With the arrest of four persons, including a person who pretended to be an MP from Bihar, the Delhi Police Special Cell today claimed to have unearthed a manpower racket. The accused used to dupe innocent people by promising to send them to UK and the US. The sleuths also seized a Maruti Esteem car, a Maruti 800, fake letterheads of MPs, visa forms and other incriminating documents from their possession.

Based on a complaint from one Surinderpal Singh, an ex-serviceman from Hoshiarpur, the sleuths apprehended four persons — Sanjay Bhola (33), Rupesh Kapoor (32), who pretended to be an MP from Samastipur, Bihar, Vinod Kumar (52) and Gurlqbal Ahuja (35).

The complainant came into contact with Ranjit and Gurdeep, the local agents, for securing a visa for his son Gurpreet and his cousin Sarabjit. The agents arranged a meeting for Surinder in a five-star hotel in Delhi with a person who introduced himself as Surinder Prasad Yadav, MP from Samastipur.

They demanded Rs two lakh from Surinderpal as ticketing expenses and visa fee. It was also decided that Rs nine lakh would be paid after Gurpreet and Sarabjit obtained the visas and the balance of Rs 10.4 lakh on disembarking in London.

The accused and his assistant took both Gurpreet and Sarabjit to the UK Embassy in their Maruti Esteem car and affixed fake visa stamps on the passports.

Later, they told the complainant, Surinderpal, to go back to Hoshiarpur and that they would look after Gurdeep and Sarabjit. When Surinderpal left Delhi, the accused took Gurdeep and Sarabjit to a hotel in Karol Bagh and made them to call up Surinderpal, stating they had reached London.

After this, the accused collected the remaining amount from Surinderpal and went underground. They were finally nabbed by the sleuths on January 26. 


G B Nagar gears up for bandh, cancels cops’ leave
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 27
After the Maha Panchayat in Greater Noida on Saturday, the Joint Action Committee (GB Nagar Bachao Sangarsh Samitti) is concentrating on the proposed Maha Bandh and chaka jams in the area on January 29.

The Ghaziabad District Administration and police are not leaving anything to chance and are gearing up to ensure that the proposed bandh remains peaceful.

According to reliable sources, the leave of PAC and RAF personnel has been cancelled, so that there is no shortage of men for meeting any eventuality.

Those cops, who are on leave, have been asked to report by January 28. The administration has already declared that it is determined not let anybody take the law in to his hands.

The administration has asked the staff officers in charge of police stations to have meetings with the local residents and impress upon them the need to maintain law and order.

Though it was decided at the Maha Panchayat that the proposed bandh on January 29 will be peaceful, a section of the Joint Action Committee had called for a more aggressive approach. ‘‘A routine bandh or peaceful protest is not taken seriously enough by the powers that be,’’ it was pointed out.

The police suspect that some of the aggressive elements could indulge in violence on the day of the bandh.

The police will, therefore, be deployed in adequate numbers around towns, including Noida, Greater Noida, and industrial units.

The Ghaziabad DM, Mr Santosh Kumar Yadav, and police chief Jai Narain Singh have made it clear that peaceful protestors will not be disturbed, but if anybody indulges in violence or damages property, the elements will be dealt with sternly.

If need be, the administration can requisition additional police, PAC and RAF companies to control the situation, it is learnt.

Burglars use showroom van to decamp with safe

Faridabad: About 10 to 12 armed persons stormed into the office of a leading Maruti automobile dealer on the main Mathura road here early this morning and decamped with a safe containing about Rs 20 lakh. The dacoits decamped used a Maruti Versa van kept in the showroom of the company for getting away.

The incident took place around 4 AM this morning, when the robbers, who came in an unidentified vehicle, knocked at the doors of the showroom located near Sector-16. They tied up the three watchmen on duty, before launching a search for the cash. It is reported that the culprits, after failing to break open the lock of some almirahs and the safe, decided to take the safe containing the cash with them. They also forced the watchmen to hand over the keys of a new and unsold Maruti Versa van and use it to ferry the safe to their hideout.

While the exact amount of money looted is not known, it is reported that it could be around Rs 20 lakh as the company had not deposited the cash proceeds for the past two days. A case has been registered but no arrest has been made so far. TNS



Capital’s new police chief
A man of many parts with an impeccable record
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
Dr Krishan Kumar Paul, Special Commissioner of Police (Administration), an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1970 batch of the UT cadre, will be the next Police Commissioner of Delhi. Dr Paul succeeds Radhey Shyam Gupta, who will be the first Delhi Police Commissioner to retire from the Delhi Police on January 31.

Mr Gupta will now take over as the chief of a three-member Special Investigative Team (SIT) in Chandigarh, which will look into the Burail jailbreak.

Dr Paul, who has an impeccable record, has earlier served in the Delhi Police in various capacities besides having had stints in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of the Cabinet Secretariat from 1981-82 and in the Intelligence Bureau from 1991-97.

Those who know him say that he is the true epitome of a gentleman and a scholar. A doctorate in inorganic chemistry, soft-spoken and upright, Mr Paul is also a prolific writer, interested in cricket, films, astrology, environment and sciences. Dr. Paul’s fortnightly column, “Brass Tacks,” which appears regularly in the NCR Tribune, was extremely popular and gave a unique insight into complicated scientific developments.

It was his keen interest in cricket that helped his team crack the unprecedented international match-fixing racket, when he was the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).

Dr Paul, after his first posting as the SDPO in Civil Lines, North district, was posted in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as Additional SP. Later, he became the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South district) and served in Central district, Traffic, Crime and Railways.

He was also part of the Special Team which investigated the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1985-86 and served as Additional Commissioner of Police in-charge of Security and Traffic.

When he returned to the Delhi Police after a stint as Inspector General of Police in Arunachal Pradesh, the post of Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) was upgraded to that of the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) and Dr Paul was the first incumbent to occupy the post. During that period he was also in charge of two departments — Crime and Traffic — for some time. .

Dr Paul also served as the Special Commissioner of Police (Security and Operations) and (Intelligence), before he became Special Commissioner of Police (Administration), next only to the Delhi Police Commissioner in seniority. Hailing from Chandigarh, he had his schooling and higher education in Punjab University, Chandigarh. His father, Dr R C Paul, was the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab University from July 1974 to January 1985. 



Cops, sportsmen honoured on R-Day 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 27
The Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Ashok Kumar, who hoisted the National Flag at a district level Republic Day function organised in the Police Lines here yesterday, gave away commendation certificates to 36 police officials and 24 sportsmen, students, patwaris and the officials of the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the Sonepat Cooperative Sugar Mills for their distinguished and meritorious services.

According to a report, the police officials include Mr Rajiv, an ASI who along with others, had arrested a most wanted criminal Ishwar, alias Doctor, of Farmana village on November 10 last year. The criminal was lodged in Sonepat district Jail after being sentenced by a court in a murder case at Bhiwani.

He was released on parole but failed to return after the expiry of the parole period. Thereafter, he was declared a proclaimed offender. He was re-arrested by the said ASI along with other members of a gang of fake currency notes following the recovery of fake currency notes worth Rs 40,000 from the members of this gang.

Other policemen who were honoured included Mr Kanwal Singh, ASI, Mr Summandar ASI, and Mr Suresh, Mr Bhagat , Mr Sukhbir, Mr Vijay, Mr Ashok, all police constables and Mr Rajbir, S C. Besides, Mr Dhanna Ram, Inspector, Mr Ram Niwas, Mr Yashpal and Mr Kalan-dar, all ASIs, Mr Rajinder Singh, an ASI, and Satyavan, Jagdish, Dhanraj, Lajpat, Jagbir, Ramesh, Raj Singh, Jagat Singh, Jagjit, Sunil, Ranbir, Raj Singh, all constables were honoured for arresting criminals wanted by the police.

Moreover, Mr Narsingh, ASI and Baljit, Rajpal, Suresh Chand, Om Parkash, Ram Niwas, Rajbir, Satnarain and Jagbir were awarded with commendation certificates for their distinguished services.

The minister also awarded commendation certificates to a wrestler Krishan Kumar of Halalpur village who had bagged the gold medal in the third Asian Cadet Freestyle Wrestling Championship, Naveen Kumar who also bagged the gold medal and Somveer of Khanpur village who won the Kansya medal in this meet.

A BSF jawan Mr Devinder Singh also received a commendation certificate for rescuing two persons from a burning car on Subhash Chowk of this city. Similarly, a student Sandeep Jain and other student Vikas Sharma were awarded commendation certificates for topping the matriculation and plus two annual examinations held by the Board of School Education Haryana.

Mr Krishan Lal Tomar, Chief Engineer and Mr B.S. Chauhan, a chemist of the Sonepat Cooperative Sugar Mills, Mr Joginder and Mr Ajit Singh, employees of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Mr Balwan Singh and Mr Surinder, both patwaris in the ADC’s office were among those who received the commendation certificates on this occasion.

Similarly, Devinder Singh, Sheetal, Amit, Mamta and Mahinder Singh, all sportspersons were honoured on this occasion for their achievements in various sports meets. Mr Balwan Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, Superintendent of Police, Mr Rajiv Ranjan.



With little to celebrate, homeless get together
on R-Day 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
With no roof over their heads and very little to call their own, for scores of homeless people in the city, the Republic Day may not amount to much. Yet, putting aside their grievances, they got down to celebrating January 26th here yesterday.

Hundreds of Delhi’s homeless, including women and children, gathered at the Minto Road night shelter here to celebrate the occasion. It is probably for the first time that the marginalised sections have been roped in to celebrate occasions of national importance. The function was organised by Prayas, an NGO working for the welfare of the street children.

In Delhi, there are an estimated 1,00,000 homeless people who sleep on pavements, in parks, under flyovers or in their rickshaws and carts.

Among them, there are a large number of homeless women and girls, who are exploited and abused on the streets of the national Capital. For such a large number, there were only 1200 government-run night shelters, which can accommodate only 1,500 people. Surprisingly, there is no night shelter for women.

A K Paitandy, Secretary, Delhi Social Welfare Ministry, said that the government was considering regularising some of the night shelters and continue all the others till March. ‘’The Delhi Government was committed to providing shelter to all,’’ he said.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Amod Kanth, adviser to ‘Delhi for Change’ and Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police, said that the Slums and JJ Department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and several NGOs like the Ashray Abhiyan Adhikar, Sulabh International and Butterflies have formed a joint apex committee for improvement of night shelters and facilities for street children.

Under the aegis of this body, 45 temporary and regular shelters had been created for about 5000 homeless children, women and adults. Mr Kanth, who is the vice-chairman of the apex committee, explained to the participants about their constitutional rights and guarantees in this regard.



Blood donation marks R-Day celebrations 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 27
A blood donation camp and a special programme of couplets and gazals of the world famous singer Bashir Badr, marked the Republic Day celebrations in local Hindu Girls College on Monday.

The member of Parliament from Bhiwani and president INLD Youth Wing, Mr Ajay Chautala, presided over the function and inaugurated the blood donation camp in which as many as 235 teachers and students of the college donated blood.

The camp was jointly organised by the District Red Cross Society and Lions Club.

Mr Chautala exhorted the students to make blood donation their habit and also come forward and donate their eyes. He disclosed that around two lakh INLD volunteers have already expressed their willingness to donate eyes.

Bashir Badr stole everybody’s heart with his couplets.

His couplet–“Dushmani jam kar karo, magar ye gunjayash rahe; jab kabhi hum dost bane to sharminda no hon” was a message given indirectly to the people and leaders of India and Pakistan.



Gohana rally to launch BJP’s election campaign
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 27
The Haryana BJP is holding its state-level rally on February 8 at Gohana town in this district to launch its campaign for the next Lok Sabha elections. The BJP leaders would announce their strategy for the Lok Sabha elections at the Gohana rally.

It is believed that the BJP will announce whether the party would contest the elections on its own or with its alliance partner INLD.

The state BJP leaders and the workers were in favour of contesting the Lok Sabha and the Vidhan Sabha elections on its own.

However, it is believed that the party High Command has assured the Chief Minister that the BJP would continue its alliance with the INLD.

The BJP activists were rallying the people to make the Gohana meeting a success. They leaders have been touring the villages for mobilising the people in large number for this rally.

According to a report, the Gohana town falls in the Sonepat Lok Sabha constituency, which is presently held by Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, vice-president of the state BJP.

Once a supporter of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, Mr Sangwan disassociated himself from Mr Chautala when he was refused the party ticket. The BJP “adopted” him as the party candidate from this seat during the 1999 Lok Sabha elections.

Now, the Chief Minister has been pressing the BJP High Command to reserve the Sonepat Lok Sabha seat for his party, as he wanted to field his son, Mr Ajay Chautala from here.

It is believed that if Mr Ajay Chautala contests from here, it is likely that the HVP secretary general, Mr Surinder Singh, son of Mr Bansi Lal, will also contest from this seat.



Special Focus on gurgaon
Congress to corner INLD on anti-encroachment drive
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, January 27
With the Parliamentary elections round the corner, the district unit of the Congress has decided to take on the INLD government for its insensitive anti-encroachment drive.

The Congress has decided to provide a thrust to the issue during the party’s ongoing campaign to rally the people against the ruling government.

In order to fine-tune its strategy on the issue, it has convened a meeting of its workers on January 31, to be addressed by Mr Birender Singh, special invitee to Congress Working Committee (CWC) and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Birender Singh is also the former president of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC). Mr Inderjeet Singh, the Congress MLA from Jatusana (Rewari district), is also scheduled to attend the meeting.

Announcing the party’s programme, the secretary of the HPCC and local leader, Mr Khazan Singh, said that issues like growing unemployment in Gurgaon district, Sutlej-Yamuna

Link Canal (SYL) project and deterioration in the law and order will also be on the agenda of the meeting.

The reason for Congress going on the offensive on the issue of demolition is not far to seek. Since the INLD came to power about four years back, more than 1,000 structures in Gurgaon city and nearby have been demolished by the authorities. Majority of the demolished structures fall in the residential category.

According to the authorities, these structures were illegal and sufficient time had been given to the violators to take remedial actions. They are said to have identified about 36,000 units, which fall under the category of illegal structures in Gurgaon city and its surrounding areas.

However, the Congress, which is the main Opposition party in the Haryana Assembly, has a different take on the issue. The Congress alleged that the administration, at the behest of the Deputy Speaker of the Haryana Assembly and local MLA, Mr Gopi Chand Gehlot, was targeting only those structures owned by his political opponents.

According to the Congress, the authorities not only provided electricity connections to them but taxes were also collected from the owners. However, the Congress believes that it was utterly inhuman to demolish the structures after the people have spent their life’s savings on them. Hundreds of such structures falling in villages like Jharsa, Bindapore, Sukhrali, Nathupur, Bhondsi, Sikanderpur, Khawaspur Bawda have been demolished. 



Irrigation water denied for failure to follow ‘desilting orders’ 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 27
The authorities of the Irrigation
Department have adopted a novel way to penalise the farmers of Chidana and Shamri villages in Gohana sub division of this district. The farmers have been denied irrigation water as they have declined to desilt the Bijewa minor in accordance with the “orders” of the officials of the Irrigation Department.

According to a report, the farmers of these villages had called on the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, at Chandigarh and made a complaint against the Executive Engineer, the SDO and the Junior Engineer of the Israna minor and Panipat Water Service division.

The farmers said that the Chief Minister had taken note of the complaint and directed the authorities concerned to ensure the supply of water to the farmers during the period of rotation.

The aggrieved farmers also stated that the officials of the Irrigation Department used to undertake the desilting and deweeding work of this minor in the past. The farmers alleged that the minor was full of silt, which hampered the flow of irrigation water to the tail-end villages.

However, the officers were now asking the farmers to undertake the desilting work at their own cost.

The farmers alleged that the water was not being released in this minor by the officials of the department in a bid to penalise them for not undertaking the desilting work of the minor.

The farmers have planned to meet the Chief Minister on February 1 when he is expected to visit Shamri village and apprise him of the latest developments in this regard.



Water unfit for consumption 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 27
The disruption in the supply of drinking water in Sonepat continues. Even as the residents are receiving contaminated drinking water in certain parts of the city, the district authorities have continued to remain a silent spectator.

“The colour of the water is almost black. There seems to be some mixing between the sewage and the water lines,” said one resident. “We have been complaining to the PHD officials, but there has been no response. We don’t think they even bother to read the complaint letters.”

The areas of Mohalla Kalan, Ram Bazar and the Raj Mohalla near old subzimandi were the worst affected and the people have been forced to boil the water before drinking it.

It is alleged that most of the saluice valves in these areas have been leaking profusely. Complaints regarding leaks in the saluice valve in Ram Bazar area for the past nine months have been unattended. A sample of the water supplied to the area was tested and was declared as “unfit for human consumption”.

According to a report, the residents are often seen carrying pitchers on heads to fetch water from distant places to meet their daily requirements. Residents alleged that the water supply is erratic and the pressure was always low. Their complaints in this regard to the officials concerned have fallen on deaf ears.

Representatives of various political parties have refuted the claim of the officials of the Public Health Department that the water supply position has been normalised. They have demanded high-level probe into the public complaints regarding the erratic water supply in this city. 



‘Plot’ behind dowry case against Hooda
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 27
A former secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee and a senior party leader from here, Mr Vas Dev Saluja, has described the registration of a dowry case against the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, as part of a conspiracy hatched by his political opponents.

He claimed that the allegations of dowry levelled against Mr Hooda and his family members were not true and alleged that it was an attempt to ruin the rising political graph of one of the most popular leaders of the state.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Saluja said that he had known the Hooda family for years and an allegation like dowry was just unbelievable, but it certainly lends credibility to the theory that his opponents could go to any length to sully the growing image of Mr Hooda.

He asked the party high command to take a strict action against those indulging in ‘mud slinging’ and those playing in the hands of the political forces opposed to Mr Hooda. ational Flag at a district level Republic Day function organised in the Police Lines here yesterday, gave away commendation certificates to 36 police officials and 24 sportsmen, students, patwaris and the officials of the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the Sonepat Cooperative Sugar Mills for their distinguished and meritorious services.

According to a report, the police officials include Mr Rajiv, an ASI who along with others, had arrested a most wanted criminal Ishwar, alias Doctor, of Farmana village on November 10 last year. The criminal was lodged in Sonepat district Jail after being sentenced by a court in a murder case at Bhiwani.



Patwari burnt to death in sleep
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, January 27
Mr Rohtas, a patwari was burnt to death in sleep at Gandhi Nagar in Ganaur town, 16 km from here last night.
According to a report, the victim who belonged to Bajana Khurd, had been living along with his family. The cause of the fire was not known and the police had sent the body for the postmortem examination.

It is stated that the house owner, Mr Raunaq Singh, woke up at night and saw the fire in the room of the victim. He raised the alarm. The family members then woke up and opened the room, but the patwari was found burnt to death.

Thereupon, they informed the police about the incident.

Old couple beaten up by son: Lakhi Ram (75) and his wife Angoori Devi (70) were beaten up by their son Prem Singh and his wife in the house at Mohammdabad village about 15 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, Prem Singh had retired from the army last night and was demanding his share of the ancestral land. Hearing the commotion, some neighbours reached the house and got the elderly couple freed from the alleged assailants. Both the injured husband and wife were immediately hospitalised. However, no case has been registered so far.

House burgled: Thieves are reported to have broken the locks of a house in Jain Bagh Colony here last night and escaped with the gold ornaments worth about Rs 80,000.

House owners Gowardhan along with his family members had gone to some other town to meet his relatives. As the neighbours informed him of the theft, he immediately came back and lodged a complaint with the police in this connection.

Medical camp: As many as 67 patients suffering from ear, nose and other diseases, were examined by a team of ENT specialists at a one-day camp organised by the Rotary Club, Midtown and the Saxena Hospital here yesterday.

According to a report, Dr J B Bansal, Dr Mukesh Sachdeva, Dr Devinder Gulati, Dr Ashok Sharma, Dr Ashok Singh and Dr A S Manocha examined the patients and gave them free medicines.

Truck overturns: A truck loaded with wood overturned in a canal near Anandpur Jharot village about 10 km from here today

According to a report, the truck driver tried to overtake a vehicle near Pai village and lost control resulting in the overturning. Both the driver and the cleaner sustained injuries and were immediately hospitalised. They are stated to be out of danger.

Boy killed in mishap: A 14-year-old boy Jatinder Kumar was killed by an unknown vehicle on G T Road near Kundli village about 25 km from here last night. He was crossing the road when the accident occurred. The police have registered the case.

Freedom fighter dead: Mr Deep Chand , a freedom fighter died here yesterday after a prolonged illness. He was 90 and leaves behind two sons and two daughters. The body was cremated with full state honour in the presence of Mr Suresh Kumar, Tehsildar, and a large number of citizens.

According to a report, he had served in Azad Hind Fauj for a number of years after leaving the British Army.

Youth missing: Azad Singh (15), a 10th class student had been missing since  January 21 from his house at Chaulka village in the district. However, no report has been lodged with the police by his parents so far.

Cassette shop looted: Thieves are reported to have entered a VCD player and cassette shop near the CRZ Senior Secondary School here last night and decamped with goods worth several lakhs of rupees from it. According to a report, the shop owner has lodged a complaint with the police.

Scooterist hurt: A scooterist was hit and injured by an unknown vehicle on G T Road near Pritampura village about 25 km from here last evening. According to a report, the scooterist was identified as Mr Naveen of Timarpur (Delhi) and he was coming towards Sonepat on his scooter. He was rushed to the local civil hospital where from he was shifted to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.

New Delhi
Sanitation staff in the mire:
A sanitary inspector and three assistant sanitary inspectors have been placed under suspension. Besides, a sanitary superintendent and an inspector face charges for dereliction of duty in maintaining the sanitation in the areas under their jurisdiction.

The action against the erring officials follows the field inspection of senior officers. A chargesheet for a major penalty has been initiated against Mr Ram Vir Singh Yadav, Sanitary Inspector; Aman Walia and Om Prakash, Assistant Sanitary Inspectors have been placed under suspension. These officials were posted in Rohini zone. They failed to maintain proper sanitary conditions in Pitampura and Vaishali areas. During the inspection, J J clusters near TV Tower were found dirty. The dhalao opposite Vaishali was overflowing with garbage, notwithstanding the fact that truck and loaders were available to them.



ncr briefs
HVP slams CM for ‘unkept’ promises
Our Correspondents

Jhajjar, January 27
Lashing out at the ‘backtracking’ by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, on the promises made before coming to power, Mr Surender Singh, general secretary of the HVP, said that the INLD government has come to power by resorting to falsehood. The people have lost faith in this government, he said.

The HVP leader while addressing their party workers called upon them to prepare for the elections and stake a claim for all the 10 parliamentary seats of the state.

He held that the people are fed up with the present regime and they are waiting to settle scores with it.

He promised to restore law and order and tackle unemployment on priority basis if voted to power.

He said that the clean image of former Chief Minister Bansi Lal attracts people who trust him most above all other leaders.

The HVP also screened a film in which Mr Chautala is seen promising free water and electricity. In the very next scene, he was denying that he had made any such promise. Mr Surender Singh also invited the workers to attend the Haryana rally in Jind on February 29.

Sir Chhotu Ram remembered

Sonepat: Rich tributes were paid to Sir Chhotu Ram by the Congress leaders at a function organised in the local Chhotu Ram Dharamshala on the occasion of his Jayanti. The senior Congress leader, Om Prakash Saroha, presided over the function.

Paying glowing tributes to the veteran kisan leader, Mrs Sudha Malik, former member of the Haryana Public Service Commission, said that Sir Chhotu Ram was the champion of farmers and struggled throughout his life for their dignity.

Sir Chhotu Ram was the first leader of pre-Independence era who realised the problems of the farming community and as a revenue minister of pre-partition Punjab, he brought sweeping reforms in the existing land laws which transformed the life of the farmers.



delhi digest
DUTA to stage dharna against proposed Model Act 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) will stage a dharna outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office on Thursday. In a statement issued here today, the DUTA president, Dr Aditya Narayan Misra, has said that the dharna will be organised to protest against the UGC’s proposed Model Act and “irregular and anti-academic functioning of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Deepak Nayyar”.

The DUTA has alleged that Prof. Nayyar has refused to honour the decisions of the Academic Council, which were taken under his chairmanship. Among the issues not adhered to, are the regular appointments of teachers, introduction of preceptorials and tutorials for science courses and administrative support.

It was pointed out that the AC had sought the appointment of regular teachers before the beginning of the academic session, introduction of preceptorials and tutorials for the purpose of internal assessment for the students of science and support of administrative staff for functioning of laboratories and libraries on all six working days.

DUTA has also put forth the demand for the review of contact hours and assigning marks to the students on the basis of attendance. Other demands include restarting the exercise of restructuring the BA courses on “democratic basis and acceptance of the report of Prof. Agnihotri on ad-hoc teachers.

It was also alleged that since no action had been taken on the demands, 19 members of the AC had submitted a requisition to the V-C for a meeting on January 10 and despite a regulation that requisitioned meeting must be conveyed within 15 days, the VC has not responded.

DUTA has decided to intensify the agitation if the V-C fails to take action, it was pointed out.

Load shedding: The NDPL today announced power shutdown tomorrow in Rohini and Shalimar Bagh areas due to the maintenance work at substations. The affected areas will be Vijay Vihar Phase I from 10 am to 2 pm, Govind Mohalla and part of village Haiderpur from 10 am to 6 pm.



Lid off liquor smuggling
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
With the arrest of one Bhim Singh, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a network of liquor smuggling and seized a large number of bottles from Tilak Nagar. It was a dry day yesterday due to the Republic Day.

The police received a tip-off that someone would bring liquor to Tilak Nagar in a Maruti van. A trap was laid near the area and the van identified. On search of the van, the police seized 38 cartons of illicit liquor of Commando XXX Rum, Rajputana Whisky, Boss Fine Whisky marked for sale in Rajasthan only. A total of 1,032 bottles of Commando XXX Rum, Rajputana Whisky, Boss Fine Whisky were seized and the vehicle was impounded. During interrogation, Bhim Singh said that he worked for one Shamir Malik. Malik would give liquor-laden Maruti van to him for delivering the bottles at a particular place.

Bhim Singh disclosed that this time he took the van from Shamir Malik near Shahadra flyover. As per his direction, Bhim Singh was going to deliver the liquor to someone near Tilak Nagar. Last year also, he was arrested in the same case in Roop Nagar area, police said.

Woman found dead: Reva Devi (55) was reportedly found murdered on the third floor of Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini where her 26-year-old daughter was admitted. She went to the hospital to look after her daughter. She found dead in the hospital today. No external injury was visible on her body. A case of murder has been registered .


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