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Old woman found dead, hunt on for Nepali servants
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
The South district police have launched a massive hunt to trace the two Nepali servants involved in the murder-cum-robbery of a 50-year-old woman in the Jungpura area last night.

The servants have been identified as Shyam Kumar Sahu (26) and Dileep (18), both residents of Nepal. The servants have allegedly run away with Rs 1 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh from the house.

The woman was identified as Vijaya Gupta (50), resident of A-12 Jungpura, and is a wife of a businessman Gauri Shankar Gupta, who runs a sanitary material shop at Bhogal. The police received a call from the Sahi Hospital, Jungpura last night at around 10 pm that a woman had been brought dead to the hospital. The police immediately reached the hospital and during preliminary inquiries came to know that Vijaya was wife of a businessman.

The victim’s husband told the police that he had employed some servants in the shop at Bhogal.

Yesterday morning, he had sent the two servants to his house for cleaning. When he reached his house in the evening, he found the doors were closed. He managed to enter the house somehow and found his wife in a pool of blood.

He took her to the Sahi Hospital where she was declared brought dead. The police have registered a case of murder-cum-robbery and obtained details about the suspects. The police said that they have definite clues about the suspects and would nab them soon.

In 2003 alone, as many as nine cases of servants committing murders were reported, out of which seven cases were worked out and nine of the culprits arrested.

Tantrik killed

Noida: A tantarik was killed on Monday night under Dankaur police station. His eyes had been gouged out and his genitals severed.

According to Dankaur Police, Babu, 70, of village Mooji Khera, whom everybody called a ‘Bhagat’, used to be invited to the villages of the area for ritualistic jobs like shooing away the evil spirits.

Babu had gone to Dankaur on Monday on his cycle. On his way, he was seen taking a cup of tea at a wayside tea shop. He did not reach home till late in the evening.

Next morning, his body was reported to be lying near a farm house on Salarpur Road.

A revolver was place on his body and his eyes had been gouged. His genitals were also found severed from the body which has been sent for an autopsy.

In a second incident, one Pawan Kumar of Heroni village under Kakode police station demanded his wages from Hemraj for having worked with his tractor in latter’s farm. It developed into an argument and then a brawl. Hemraj is reported to have shot at Pawan Kumar with his revolver.

After Pawan’s death, Hemraj absconded from the scene. The police are hunting for the accused. OC


Security guard killed, goods worth Rs 6 lakh looted from export house
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 4
Four armed criminals killed a guard and decamped with goods worth Rs 6 lakh from a garment export house in Sector-6 under Sector-20 police station.

The intruders had strangulated the chief guard and loaded garments worth Rs 6 lakh in a Maruti van and fled.

The incidents of security guards being targeted recently have increased recently. Soon we may need to recruit people even to guard the guards in western UP, says a member of the Noida Entrepreneurs Association. In the latest incident in Noida, the criminals were reported to have befriended the guard.

SP City Anant Dev said in A-17, Sector-6, there is a garment export house, Fransica. Four criminals had descended on this cloth house in a Maruti van and engaged the security guard Kulip Yadav in a friendly chat. After a while, they gave poison-laced eatables to Yadav who lost his consciousness.

The intruders then looted cloth garments and sewing machines worth Rs 6 lakh from the company and loaded into the Maruti van. Before fleeing, they took the guard on top floor and strangled him with a muffler.

When the criminals were fleeing from Sector-6 police station, the police got suspicious and took them to the police station. The criminals identified themselves as Devi Prasad, of Jaitpur, Aligarh, Prem Singh of Fatehpur, Muradabad, Ashok of Kawal Garhi, Aligarh and Rajesh of Pandrawal, Bulandshahr. During questioning, they confessed that they were fleeing after killing the guard and looting the company. The police took charge of the body of the guard Kuldip Yadav, 20, of Amoda, district Nawada, Bihar. SP City said it was a well-organised gang who loots factories after befriending the security guards.


Delhi’s first unmanned power grid station commissioned
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday inaugurated the Capital’s first remote-controlled and unmanned 33 KV electricity grid station at Pandav Nagar. On the occasion, she said such technology advancement and initiative would have a positive influence on the electricity distribution scenario.

The North Delhi Power Limited, a joint venture of Tata Power and Government of NCT of Delhi, has commissioned this state-of-the-art grid station. Built in 10 weeks from the concept to the commissioning, it is controlled wireless from NDPL’s Central Load Dispatch Centre.

The grid station will augment the power supply situation in Ranjit Nagar, South Patel Nagar, Pandav Nagar, Shadipur and Khampur. This technological innovation is the second initiative by NDPL after it uploaded 100 per cent consumer commercial details on its website.

Power Minister Haroon Yusuf, who accompanied the Chief Minister to the function, said the commissioning of the grid station would ensure uninterrupted power supply to the surrounding areas besides setting a benchmark in the distribution scenario.

Chief Executive Officer of NDPL Anil Sardana said the results of the company’s high voltage distribution system and package sub-station had given it the required impetus to set newer benchmarks in the Delhi electricity distribution scenario.

The company became operational on July 1, 2002. Since then, it has initiated efforts to improve the power distribution in North and North-West Delhi. It has set up online consumer care centres at district, circle and corporate levels.

Mr Sardana added that the company also has the rare distinction of launching billing and payment data of its 100 per cent consumers on its website (ndplonline.com). Present at the venue were Patel Nagar’s legislator Ramakant Goswami and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Prem Singh.

Power board celebrates cultural meet
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
The Power Sports Control Board organised the 5th annual cultural meet today, which was attended by large number of invitees, guests, family and senior officials of power PSUs. The meet was celebrated with great enthusiasm.

The programme was organised by POWERGRID this year. The cultural programme, which showcased the talent as well as the hard work put in by the employees of central power PSUs, were appreciated by the audience.

The Union Minister of State for Power Ms Jayawanti; Mr R. P. Singh, CMD, POWERGRID, Mr C. P. Jain, CMD, NTPC; Mr Y. Prasad, CMD, NHPC; Mr H.L. Bajaj, Chairman, CEA; Mr A. A. Khan, CMD, PFC; Mr S.C. Sharma, CMD, NEEPCO and Mr Y. Annarao, CMD SIVN, were present on the occasion.Back


Sikh Forum submits memo to French envoy on turban issue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
The Sikh Forum and the Sikh Core Group Delhi Chapter has submitted a memorandum on ‘Turban as a basic religious value for Sikhs’ to the Ambassador of France in India.

The memorandum states that Article 27 of the International Convenant on civil and political rights provides, “in those states in, which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities shall not be denied the right in community with other members of their groups, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion as to use their own language.”

The memorandum, which is addressed to the Ambassador further says, “We urge upon the Government of France not to interpret secularism in narrow and dogmatic manner and stand by its commitments to the international community and human rights, respecting different cultural and ethnic identities and combating all forms of chauvinism and xenophobia.”

In its statement the Sikh Forum has described the prohibitive injunction to wearing turbans as “socially retrograde step and will be against the basic tenets of Sikh religion and identity”.

Justifying their claim to wear the turbans, the organisations said: “Religious symbols harbour defied consciousness and consequentially are a cultural conditioning and tradition nurtured by a community. The religious symbols have their own essence of holiness in the psyche of faithful.”

It was also mentioned that, “in case of the Sikhs, unshorn hair along with the turban, is an article of faith”.


ERDC workers caught in a cleft stick
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, February 4
The Haryana government’s decision to shut down the Electronic Research Development Centre (ERDC) and Precision Mechanical Design Facility (PMDF) functioning under the aegis of Haryana Electronic Development Corporation (Hartron) here has raised hackles in several quarters in this part of the state.

Following a decision of the Board of Directors of Hartron, about 85 employees of the two centres have been asked to shift to the Instrument Design and Development Centre (IDDC) in Ambala along with machinery and fixtures. Incidentally, IDDC also functions under the aegis of Hartron. The closures come following recommendation of the board members of Harton.

According to the official version, the 3.5 acres which acted as campus for the two centres will be used for setting up telecommunication park.

The ire against the closure of two centres is predominant in both the lower strata of society. Also, a larger section of the industry here is miffed about the winding up of the centres of Gurgaon district. The reason for this is not far to seek. The two centres have, especially the ERDC, so far trained and helped more than 5,000 local youths to get jobs. A majority of them are women. The industrial units used to make recruitment, more often than not, following interviews on the campus. Besides training for electronics job, training in computers had started opening avenues for getting jobs for the youths.

With unemployment rampant among the youths, the closures have come in handy for the Congress, especially with the parliamentary election round the corner, to run down the government. So much so that a delegation of local Congress leaders led by the Secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), Mr Khazan Singh, today visited the campus.

The Congress has alleged that the state government closed the centres due to ‘ulterior motives’ as the site of the campus constitutes prime area and its market value would be about Rs 150 crore.


Copycats to get the stick
R D Sapra

Sonepat, February 4
Ensuring a congenial atmosphere at the examination centres of the district would be the priority of the district administration. Anyone found disturbing the examination process would be dealt with sternly.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rajiv Ranjan, IAS, while addressing media persons, said that the examination centres of this district have been divided into 13 sectors out of which the Sonepat sub-division would have six and other sub-division of Gohana and Ganaur would have 4 and 3 sectors respectively.

In order to keep strict vigil at examination centres, each sector would be the responsibility of a squad headed by a district officer. He warned that stern action would be initiated against those indulging in copying and also against those found helping the examinees in any manner.

Briefing newspersons about the arrangements, the Additional Deputy Commissioner said that Section-144 would be imposed around 200 meters of the radius of the centres and the photostat shops falling near the examination centres would also not be allowed to function during the examination period.

Talking about the police arrangements, District Police Chief, Mr Kuldip Sihag, IPS clarified that adequate police personnel would be deployed by rotation system at the examination centres to check the outside disturbance.

Giving details of the arrangements, the Board’s Secretary Mr Rakesh Gupta, IAS informed that such strategy is being adopted so as to eradicate the evil practice of copying.

Giving details about the innovative steps taken by the Board, Mr Gupta said that scanning system has been introduced under which the photograph and signatures of the candidates would be printed not only on the admit card and signature chart but also on the certificate to be awarded to the candidates for the purpose of checking impersonation.

Mystery surrounds missing Dalit sarpanch

New Delhi: An action group has alleged that the authorities in Rohtak were doing nothing to locate a Dalit sarpanch who has been missing since October last year.

“They took their own sweet time to lodge even an FIR after a lot of pressure and innumerable demonstrations in front of the SP’s residence. Finally, it was done in November. After that, the police have not been doing anything in the matter. This is a glaring misuse of power, law and authority,” Ram Mehar, convenor of the action committee (the Karan Singh Sarpanch Pehrawar Kand Sangharsh Samiti) said, addressing a press conference here.

He said the sarpanch of village Pehrawar, Karan Singh, went missing on October 12 night after he attended a meeting of the Panchayat. Singh’s wife and son, who were also present at the conference, said they feared that he might have been murdered. TNS


MTNL to silence phoney operators abroad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
The Vigilance Department of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and the Delhi Police in a joint operation, have decided to crack down on a bypass fraud as illegal international calls are known. Such calls originate from a phone booth abroad but end up in the local telephone of an illegal operator in India.

The act begins when the local operator abroad collects the international calls and puts them on to an illegal entity in India. Such a racket was unearthed in 2002 and earlier also, a number suspects were arrested, a senior official of the Delhi Police said.

The illegal entity in India is someone who has taken a dedicated lease line to a foreign country claiming software exports and other businesses. The calls from abroad pass through the lease line to India and with the help of a machine are passed on to the local phones culminating as local calls. The entire process takes only seconds leaving the caller unaware of what is going on, but a caller identification line-fitted phone could give away the fraud in India.

There are several implications to bypass frauds. The government and the illegal operators lose revenue. But what is alarming is that it gives a channel for anti-national elements like terrorists, their associates and criminals like underworld dons to communicate evading attention, he said.

Because of the sheer number of lease lines running into thousands, bypass calls are difficult to monitor, making them an easy means of communication for anti-national elements.

Internationally, bypass frauds are estimated at about 40 billion dollars. In India, no agency has conducted a study to find out the loss. Because of the security hazards, bypass frauds have relegated subscription frauds, where people take connections through fake identity and disappear after amassing huge bills, to the background.

Since 2002, the MTNL’s vigilance department has conducted raids on illegal operators with the help of the Delhi Police to unearth 17 cases. The number of cases last year has been only two. When the illegal operators felt the heat of the MTNL and the Delhi Police, they shifted to private operators, he said.

In one case that the MTNL unearthed some years ago, an illegal operator had kept 72 local landlines in his office for converting international calls into local calls. The fraud in the case amounted to Rs 50 crore.

The MTNL has already taken a number of steps to curb telecom frauds.

In a circular last year, it asked all its area general managers not to allow callers to withhold their identity. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India set up an expert committee last year to find ways to curb the grey market in international telephone calls.

The MTNL, which has a special squad under its vigilance department to tackle telecom frauds, is coming out with an advertisement drive soon to educate the public about the dangers of such frauds.


Corruption rampant in Haryana: Cong leader
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 4
A former Haryana Minister and a Congress leader, Prof Chhattarpal Singh, has accused Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala of amassing wealth through objectionable means and has let loose a reign of terror in the state.

Talking to mediapersons here last night, he alleged that the crimes and corruption were rampant in the state and if this situation continued for some more months a jungle raj would prevail and the criminals would dominate the state.

He also referred to the vindictive attitude of the Chief Minister and said that Mr Chautala was out to take revenge from Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, a BJP Member of Parliament by asking the people to greet him (Mr Sangwan) with bricks when he comes to them again.

The Congress leader strongly condemned the statement of Mr Chautala, who, he alleged, had become a dictator and launched attack on the political opponents. He also alleged that Mr Chautala had lost his sense and had been engaged in constituting false cases against his political opponents in a bid to remain in power.

He cautioned the people of Sonepat district against the false promises being made to them by Mr Chautala who had remained in the district for five days at a stretch. He also appealed to the people of the district to teach Mr Chautala a lesson in the coming Lok Sabha elections so that he could not dare to befool them.

Referring to the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, he claimed that the Congress wave was sweeping throughout Haryana and the Congress would win all the 10 Lok Sabha seats from Haryana. He also claimed that the Congress alone could provide a stable and corruption free government to the people and it would safeguard the interests of Haryana and its people on the issues of SYL canal and other disputes with Punjab. 


ITO Chowk named after Ram Charan Aggarwal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
The Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, today named the ITO Chowk after the name of a freedom fighter and first deputy Mayor of Delhi Ram Charan Aggarwal.

She formally unveiled the plaque installed opposite Tilak Bridge and Andhra School on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg at a function organised by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

The Delhi Government Minister, Mr Haroon Yusuf, DPCC president Prem Singh, Mr Ashok Jain, Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee in the corporation, and Mr Ramesh Dutta Municipal Councillor and Chairman of City Zone Ward Committee, were also present on the occasion. Mr Jai Prakash Aggarwal, former MP and son of Ram Charan Aggarwal, was also present on the occasion.

Paying tributes to Ram Charan Aggarwal, the Chief Minister recalled his qualities as an honest and frank politician. Motivated by high ideals of Gandhiji and Nehru, he participated in the freedom struggle with great enthusiasm and after independence he took public service as a mission. At an early age 19, he became the treasurer of the DPCC.

Ram Charan Aggarwal went to jail in 1933, 1942 and in 1945. He was one of the 11 persons selected by Mahatma Gandhi from Delhi for individual Stayagrah along with Desh Bandhu Gupta.


Constitution Club to be renovated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
The Constitution Club will don a new look soon. The Club would soon have state-of-the-art facilities to match international standards like an underground sports complex, pool, sauna, jacuzzi and all modern facilities under one roof.

The Vice-President, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, today laid the foundation stone of the renovation work. On the occasion, he said the Club should continue to serve as a platform to raise and discuss various important issues before the nation. The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, was the chief guest at the function.

At an estimated cost of Rs 29.78 crore, the renovated premises would have an exhibition lounge, conference hall, press corner, Internet cafe, reading room, children’s games room, fitness centre, health bar, Ayurvedic centre, snacks corner and dining hall where Parliamentarians could take pride in entertaining friends and families.

The Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Secretary (Administration) of Constitution Club, Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, said the renovation work, to be carried in three phases, would take two to three years. The present structure consists of three conference halls, a fitness centre, recreation room, ayurvedic and satellite room besides a swimming pool.

Also present on the occasion were the Lok Sabha Speaker and president of Constitution Club, Mr Manohar Joshi, the Deputy Speaker, Mr P.M. Sayeed, the Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, Ms Najma Heptullah and the Union Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation and vice president of the Constitution Club, Mr Bandaru Dattatraya.

The Club, with a membership of 535, comprising sitting MPs and ex-MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, was first constituted in 1947 for the benefit of the members of the Indian Constitution Assembly to foster social ties. It was registered under the Societies Registration Act in 2001.

BSES helpline

The BSES Yamuna and the BSES Rajdhani power distribution companies have launched a dedicated helpline number for complaints against BSES employees asking for undue favours causing harassment to consumers. The number is 39999777.

A BSES communique on Wednesday said that the helpline would ensure that consumers had direct access to the vigilance officials of the company.

“Customer feedback is important to us. Hence, the introduction of this dedicated helpline number for our consumers will ensure direct access to out vigilance team and help us to further improve our services,” said chief executive officer Rakesh Aggarwal.

“We shall ensure that the names and contact details of the complainant remains undisclosed. We look forward to our customers’ co-operation to help us serve them better,” he added.

BSES Yamuna distributes electricity in central and east Delhi while BSES Rajdhani covers south and west Delhi areas.


Police under fire for ‘inefficiency’
Our Correspondents

Jhajjar, February 4
The functioning of the district police has come in for sharp criticism in the district. The residents of Birohar village are enraged over the detention of some villagers who were allegedly “lifted” by the police from their houses on Tuesday night.

Moreover, the ultimatum of the residents of Nawada village to locate a missing teenage girl will be expiring tomorrow. They have threatened to hold dharna in front of the office of the district police chief if the police fails to located the girl.

According to information, hundreds of villagers arrived in the town today to protest against the illegal detention of Sombir, Dinesh, Mange Ram, Ramphal, Dharambir, Pradeep and Bhoop Singh among others in connection with a minor clash.

The villagers met the Deputy Commissioner today and submitted an memorandum in this regard. Earlier, they also marched to the Sasroli police chowki where the villagers were detained. The detained villagers were, later, released under pressure from the agitated villagers.

However, the villagers were camping at the rest house here where Mr Ajay Chautala is scheduled to arrive late in the evening.

In the other case, the residents of Nawada village had called on the Superintendent of Police, Mr H. S. Doon, on January 30 and demanded that the missing girl be traced.

The girl was reportedly kidnapped by two youths of Kasni village about a month ago. Though the parents of the girl had launched an intensive manhunt to locate the girl, they had failed to find any clue of the missing girl.

When the matter was reported, the police refused to register the case.

Later, they contacted Ms Anita Yadav, MLA from Salawas, who along with the villagers met the Superintendent of Police on January 30, who had assured them that the case would be registered. He had also assured that the case would be handed over to the CIA police.

Sports meet on Feb 7

Sonepat: The Red Cross Hindu Institute for Education and Rehabilitation of Mentally Retard Children will be organising the 4th state-level sports meet on the premises of the S M Hindu Senior Secondary School, near the Panchayat Bhawan in this city on February 7. According to a report, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Balwan Singh, will inaugurate the meet. Later, a cultural programme will also be organised. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Rajeev Ranjan, will be the chief guest on this occasion.

Demand for special drive

New Delhi: Taking a serious note of the worsening law and order situation in Haryana, particulaly in Gurgaon, the Mr president of the Haryana Vyapar Manch, Mr Sanjay Sethi condemned the killings of traders and businessmen and rising incidents of crimes.

“We are going through a difficult time. The indifference of the society and the apathy of the administration has encouraged the criminals to continue with their activities,” he said. Mr Sethi demanded a special drive by the government to halt the increasing incidence of crimes in the area. TNS


SOS to Deputy Prime Minister
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
A woman, whose son was murdered last November, alleged that the police have arrested an innocent person while letting the real culprits go scot-free. The woman, identified as Meena from Bahadurgarh, Haryana, has appealed to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Lal Krishna Advani, the Delhi Lt-Governor, Mr Vijay Kapoor and senior police officials to ensure that the real culprit is punished.

“The police have arrested an innocent person on charges of murdering my son, while the real culprits have gone scot-free,’’ alleged the woman in a letter addressed to Mr Advani and Mr Kapoor.

She alleged that “my son was murdered by a factory owner in November last year, and instead of booking the culprit, an innocent person has been arrested.” Even though a case has been registered against the factory owner under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code, no action has been taken so far,’’ she stated.


Straw, Villepin scheduled for Scindia lecture
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
As part of the Madhavrao Scindia Foundation’s objective of infusing greater debate and encouraging excellence through globally oriented initiatives, the British Foreign Secretary, Mr Jack Straw, and the French Foreign Minister, Mr Dominique de Villepin, are scheduled to give lectures in New Delhi during the first week of February at the Teen Murti Auditorium.

The lectures will provide keen insights and diverse perspectives on foreign policy and global issues of special relevance to India.

The Madhavrao Scindia Foundation set up in the memory of Mr Madhavrao Scindia, one of India’s most globally oriented minds, has at its core the objective to act as a catalyst for Indian talent and enterprise to be directed towards activities that promote welfare and development in the country.

Both Mr Straw and Mr De Villepin are eminent political figures and renowned global speakers.

In their public lectures (which are by invitation only), they will be addressing several vital issues surrounding development and policy, international security and world peace, in addition to problems pertaining to society, the environment and human welfare.


Increasing robbery cases worry Faridabad residents
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 4
Even as robberies and thefts have become routine, the attitude of the law and order machinery towards such complaints have added to the worry of the resident of the town.

Mr Kimti Lal Jain, a businessman of sector-17, was not only deprived of Rs 3.30 lakh in a daylight dacoity in his house recently, but had to face the apathy of the Police Department.

Mr Jain has now approached the local business association to help him out of his trouble.

He told the NCR Tribune here that although the police had registered a FIR in connection with the robbery on February 1, he expressed his dissatisfaction over the manner of the investigation.

He claimed that although he had told the police about the suspects and had collected some clues about the culprits, none of the suspects had been arrested or interrogated. He was amazed that the officials were not taking the matter seriously. According to Mr Jain, the dacoity took place when his family was away from the house. He said the thieves broke into the house and decamped with the cash, jewellery and other valuables worth about Rs 3.30 lakh. Reportedly, the police had lifted some fingerprints, but nothing had been worked out.

Mr Jain claimed that though he had met senior officials in this regard to request a speedy action, no satisfactory steps had been taken so far.

According to the Jains, items stolen included Rs one lakh in cash, three pieces of diamond sets, three pieces of gold sets worth about 90,000, a necklace, gold pendent, gold chains, diamond rings, gold bangles, silver items and a camera. But this is not an isolated case. Several such incidents have taken place in the town in the past few months.

The robbers have struck in a big way in at least two places in the past ten days. However, the police have yet to trace the culprits and recover about Rs 19 lakh looted in these incidents, including Rs 15 lakh in cash from a car showroom in the heart of the city recently.

The robbers also escaped with electrical machinery worth several lakhs of rupees from a godown in the NIT area here recently. The godown belonged to one Mr Vijay Sehgal, who reported that about 436 electric motors were stolen.

In yet another incident, the robbers took away cash and valuables worth several thousand of rupees from a house in Jawahar Colony, NIT, on the same night.

The thieves also broke into the post office in sector–22 here and stole Rs 22,000 in cash on February 1. It is learnt that a gas cutter was used to cut the safe kept there. At least two vehicles, including a car and a motorcycle, were also stolen in past two days. 


Two held with 10.5 kg heroin
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 4
The Delhi Police Narcotics Cell claimed to have arrested two persons and seized 10.5 kilograms of heroin from their possession. The two arrested persons have been identified as Kalu Ram (33), resident of Jhalawar, Rajasthan and Lal Singh (45), resident of Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.

Based on a secret information that some persons were involved in drug trafficking, the sleuths laid a trap near the Nigam Bodh Ghat on January 30. The sleuths spotted two suspicious persons coming from the ISBT side at around 3 P.M. and apprehended them. During interrogation, the accused told the sleuths that they had bought the heroin from one Yunus, resident of Bhawani Mandi after making a part payment. For the balance, they had signed some property papers, said the accused. The Narcotics Cell has seized a total of 23 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 23 crore in the last month.

The Special Cell claimed to have arrested two persons and seized one kilogram of heroin worth Rs one crore in the international market.

Based on a secret information, the sleuths laid a trap near the MCD school, Indira Park, Palam Colony, and apprehended two persons. They were identified as Anil Kumar (24) and Sunder Lal (26), both residents of Palam Colony.

Carjacking case solved

With the arrest of four persons, the South-West district police claimed to have solved a car jacking case which took place near the Shahbad railway crossing on the night of January 23.

Based on a secret information, the police apprehended four persons, who were identified as Narender alias Lilu (24), Nihal Akhtar alias Chunchun (22), both residents of Najafgarh, Naresh alias Sarvar (22), resident of Sonepat and Satish Mundepi (21), resident of Garhwal.

The accused had snatched the car and Rs 6,000 in cash from one Mohan Mishra at knifepoint. Later, they dropped him near the Centuar Hotel.

Two of the accused, identified as Sarvar and Nihal, were also involved in a gang rape case in Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon, on June 26, 2003.

Nine held for making fake gas regulators

With the arrest of nine persons, the Economic Offences Wing claimed to have busted a gang involved in the manufacture of fake cooking gas regulators. The sleuths also claimed to have seized 800 regulators during the search operations.

The accused were identified as Bhupender Singh (42), Deepak Kumar (32), Ranganath (23), Pappu Sharma (25), Sumit Kumar (26), Anil Sharma (29), Sanjeev Kumar (23), Ramanuj (27) and Ranjan Kumar (26).


Rs 1 lakh snatched from woman
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 4
Three car-borne youths reportedly snatched a bag containing Rs 1 lakh from a woman, identified as Phoolwati (65), at Mirzapur Kheri village, about 50 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the police have registered the case and launched a massive hunt to apprehend the alleged culprits, who managed to escape after snatching the bag from the woman. It is stated that she had withdrawn the money from the Punjab National Bank at Gohana and left for the village after purchasing household articles. The culprits pounced upon her and snatched the cash bag as soon as she got down from a three-wheeler and proceeded towards her house. Later, they drove away in a car. Reportedly, the culprits were chasing her from Gohana itself.


Girl commits suicide by taking sulphas tablets
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 4
A 15-year-old girl, identified as Pooja, was reported to have taken sulphas tablets in her house at Pio Munayari village, about 15 km from here last evening.

According to a report, she was immediately rushed to the local civil hospital where she died after a few hours. The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. The body has been sent for the postmortem examination. A family quarrel is stated to be the cause behind the suicide.

Seven policemen acquitted

The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr J S Jangra, yesterday acquitted seven policemen accused in a murder case due to lack of sufficient evidence.

The acquitted policemen were identified as Raj Singh, Devinder, Nawal Singh, Anoop Singh, Ramesh, Rampal and Mahavir.

According to a report, the policemen were facing trial in a murder case registered on March 23, 2002, based on the complaint of one Satish of Nangal village in Sonepat district. The complainant alleged that his brother, Naresh, was arrested in a criminal case and was murdered in police custody.

Mother beaten up

A 65-year-old woman, identified as Mrs Yashwanti, was allegedly beaten up by her son Vinod, a school teacher, in Jawahar Nagar here yesterday.

According to a report, the woman sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment. It is stated that the police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection so far.

It is stated that the woman was living with the family in the house. Mr Vinod became angry with his mother when he noticed that a theft had taken place in his absence.

Thieves had decamped with stolen property worth over Rs 60,000. 

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