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Lid off massive bank fraud
OBC manager caught, more arrests likely
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
The Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested a manager of the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), Sarvapriya Vihar Branch, Baljit Singh, for cheating the bank out of several crores of rupees.

The suspect was arrested from his brother’s house in Ashok Vihar. He was produced before court and remanded in five days’ police custody. The role of other suspects is being probed and some more arrests are expected soon, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Dinesh Bhatt, said.

The OBC registered a complaint mentioning the act of fraud and cheating allegedly committed by Baljit Singh during his posting as Branch Manager at Sarvapriya Vihar from August 1999 to June 2002. The fraudulent act of the suspect came to the notice of the bank for the first time during inspection of the branch.

The DCP said that after the initial inquiry in January 2002, he was placed under suspension. A detailed inquiry was conducted by the bank which revealed that Baljit Singh had opened 10 accounts of his friends and relatives in his branch. Their accounts were opened for accommodation purpose only as most of the transactions in the accounts were done through Baljit Singh.

He said that during investigation, it was found that the signatures of various accounts, vouchers, transactions do not tally with the account holders’ admitted signatures and most of the vouchers of the irregular transactions were written or signed or authorised by Baljit Singh himself.

Baljit Singh allegedly misused his position and went to the extent of sanctioning three demand loans worth Rs 6.10 lakh to his wife Satnam Kaur, despite the fact that the sanctioning authority is not empowered to sanction any credit facility to himself or his near relatives as per the bank rules.

Checking of account of the branch disclosed that a major share of accommodation advances was made to the person allegedly linked with the Chadha Group of Companies also known as Orion Group of Companies, dealers of TATA and HYUNDAI vehicles.

To favour the Chadha Group, Baljit Singh allegedly sanctioned 14 term loans, amounting to Rs 74.50 lakh for purchase of trucks, buses and cars. These were reportedly pure accommodation loans where no vehicles were actually purchased.

During investigation of the case, irregularities committed by Baljit Singh, were reportedly established. He frequently had changed his residence to evade arrest for the last six months. He was arrested on February 17 from his brother’s house, the DCP said.


Mea culpa
SDM declares woman dead ‘by mistake’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
A Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) in the Capital prepared an inquest report, explaining the circumstances leading to the unnatural death of a ‘living’ woman, and told a city court that it was due to a ‘mistake’ on his part.

Submitting before a Tis Hazari Sessions Court, SDM Harish Kumar Ahuja said though the woman was on her deathbed, she had not died. He had used the word, inquest report, by mistake.

Mr Ahuja was summoned by the court after Mangolpuri SHO K G Tyagi, who was confronted with the issue, told the court that he presumed the woman was dead ‘since the SDM used the word deceased and also prepared an inquest report’.

The matter came to the notice of the court after accused Om Prakash, who moved a bail application before the court on February 7, told the court that his wife was alive, yet he was being charged with abetting her to commit suicide.

On the same day, the court issued notices to the SHO and the DCP who appeared on February 10. Explaining the reason for charging the accused under Section 306 of the IPC, the SHO pointed to the report of the SDM.

The SDM appeared on February 11 and confessed to have committed a mistake. At this stage, the SHO again submitted that he was misled by this fact, which prompted him to register a case under section 306, besides Section 498A of the IPC.

He further submitted that the victim (who allegedly died after consuming a poisonous substance) had been discharged from the hospital on February 9 but he had not been able to contact her so far.

Thereafter on February 16, the SHO appeared to oppose the bail and said that the victim had alleged that her husband used to beat her. The court, thereafter, rejected bail to Om Prakash who was arrested on January 31, the day the FIR was registered.

However, the matter probably went unnoticed when a Metropolitan Magistrate rejected bail to Om Prakash February 5.


Sonia lays foundation stone of Guru Tegh Bahadur Smarak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Smarak at the Singhu border on National Highway No 1.

The memorial will be built on 3.5 acres at an estimated cost of Rs 6.62 crore. It will be completed by July 2005. The complex will also have an amphitheater and a dedicated library of the works on Sikh history.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who accompanied Ms Gandhi to the venue, said the Guru Tegh Bahadur Smarak was the Government of NCT of Delhi’s tribute to the ninth Sikh guru, who sacrificed his life for humanity.

Also present on the occasion was Arvinder Singh Lovely, the lone Sikh in the Sheila Dikshit Ministry and other ministers besides a delegation of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).

The DSGMC delegation was led by its president Prehlad Singh Chandok, Senior Vice President Nirwair Singh, Junior Vice President S Harbhajan Singh Matharoo and Joint Secretary Kuldip Singh.

President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) and former president of the DSGMC Paramjit Singh Sarna, Bhajan Singh Walia and other members of the DSGMC also graced the function.

In his address, Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely thanked Ms Gandhi and Ms Dikshit for fulfilling their commitment of laying the foundation stone of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Smarak.

“The memorial,” he said, “will educate the people about the supreme sacrifice of the ninth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib … it will educate not only the Sikhs but the entire nation.”

Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal has criticised Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi)’s Paramjit Singh Sarna for inviting Ms Gandhi to inaugurate the Guru Tegh Bahadur Smarak.

In a news conference, SAD general secretary Kuldeep Singh Bhogal said it was ironical that the president of a party that terrorised the Sikhs in 1984, after the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated, should have been invited to lay the foundation stone of the memorial in honour of the Sikh guru.

“It would have been appropriate if the foundation stone of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Smarak was laid by a saint, a Shankaracharya, Jathedar of Akal Takht or other religious leader,” Mr Bhogal told mediapersons.


Lovelorn couple try to end it all; woman dies
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 18
A 35-year-old married woman Farida and a 22-year-old youth Yazid made an attempt to commit suicide by taking sulphas tablets on Purkhas Road here yesterday following their failure to marry.

According to a report, the condition of both became serious and they were rushed to the civil hospital where the woman died.

However, the parents of the youth whisked him away without the knowledge of doctors. The police are still investigating the case.

The youth belonged to Tharia village whereas the woman was living with her husband and three children on Purkhas Road. The woman belonged to Kairana village in UP.

The youth’s sister Maltisa was married to Munavar, a son of Farida about a year ago. The youth and Farida developed illicit relations and the woman then left her husband’s house and started living with her mother in Mahavir Colony. When the people objected to their liaison, the duo left Sonepat and started living in Panipat. They returned to Sonepat yesterday after about four months and decided to end their lives.

Husband strangled

A 40-year-old woman Mrs Mahindro is reported to have strangulated her husband Jainarain at Bandepur village in the district on February 11.

The alleged murder came to light only yesterday when the case was reported to the Sadar police by a 14-year-old girl Sangeeta, a daughter of the victim. Sangeeta gave the slip to her mother and her paramour who had confined her in the house after the murder, till February 16. The police immediately registered the case under Sections 302, 201 and 190 IPC and arrested both the culprits.


Adulterated food eating into the vitals of Palwal
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 18
The problem of adulterated food items has plagued the residents of Palwal, a subdivisional town in the district for a long time.

The Citizen Welfare Association, a leading social body of the district, has demanded strict measures to check the menace that poses a serious health hazard.

Mr Trilok Chand Gupta, president of the association in a letter to the Chief Minister, has alleged that spurious food items, including spices and even packed items, were being supplied in the market and the consumers had no means to detect the adulteration.

Mr Gupta alleged that a good number of persons dealing in grocery trade were selling the adulterated products, which include haldi having chromate powder, dhania with cow dung, milk with urea, rice with stones, red pepper with ochre and cooking oil with inferior quality.

He said that the consumption of such items could cause various maladies such as swelling of limbs, loss of appetite, diabetes, blood pressure, damage to the liver, kidney and heart, and even cancer.

Mr Gupta claimed that the constitution has given every citizen the right to sustain life with balanced diet, unpolluted water, fresh air and food without adulterants.

However, the anti-social elements with their desire to earn a fast buck had made a mockery of this right.

The problem had acquired serious dimensions in many parts of district and Palwal was perhaps one of the worst affected at present, he said. According to the association, the recent assault on a food official who was on a tour to check the samples in the market in Palwal, showed the presence of a strong mafia. There were at least two incidents of attacks and misbehaviour with the food inspector witnessed in the market here during the past two years.


Copycats cock a snook at exam invigilators
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 18
The menace of copying in the ongoing middle standard examinations, conducted by the Board of School Education Haryana, continued unabated in the city and elsewhere in the district. This, despite the ‘strict’ measures taken by the district and the police administration as well as the Board.

According to a report, as many as eight cases of unfair means were detected in Sonepat sub-division and 12 in Gohana sub-division during the English paper yesterday.

An examination centre was scrapped at Rohat village. It was shifted to Kharkhauda. Rohat is the native village of Mr Rajinder Singh Dahiya, District Education Officer posted at Sonepat.

The flying squad of the Board has detected one case of the use of unfair means at Anwali village, two cases each at Bahinswal and Kheri Damkan villages, two cases each at Garhwal and Madina villages, three at Baroda village and one at Gohana town.

Similarly, five cases were detected at Kharkhauda and three in Rohat village.

Large crowds of people, mostly relatives and friends of the examinees, were seen roaming around almost all the examination centres in the urban and rural areas of the district despite the promulgation of the prohibitory orders under Section 144 Cr.P.C. enforced by the District Magistrate of Sonepat, banning the assembly of five or more persons and carrying of firearms within the radius of 200 metres of the examination centres.

Many examinees complained that the Board and the authorities have failed to arrange for the furniture for them to sit and attempt the question papers. Instead, they have been forced to sit in the open on floors.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Students Welfare Association has condemned the Board and the district authorities for not arranging for the furniture for the examinees and warned that if such situation continues, it would approach the court on this issue.



Samata to field two candidates
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, February 18
The Samata party would field its candidates in two Parliamentary constituencies in Haryana. This was announced by Mr Shishpal Beniwal, state president of the party, at a press conference here today.

The Samata party leader said that the party has taken decision to field Mr Sanjeev Dharu from Ambala Parliamentary seat, while the name of a candidate from Rohtak segment would be finalised soon. Mr Beniwal informed that they would hold a dharna at Jhajjar district headquarters to protest against the deteriorating law and order situation and kasino bill in March.


BJP clamours for better law and order

Gurgaon: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of the local unit staged a dharna outside the office of Inspector General of Police (IG), Gurgaon Range, in protest against the government’s failure to control law and order and submitted a memorandum to the Governor, Haryana, Babu Parmanand, on the issue. Top leaders of the BJP here, led by Mr Sita Ram Singla, took part in the dharna and held demonstrations against the government and the police. In the memorandum to Babu Parmanand, the BJP urged him to use his good offices to impress upon the state government to improve the law and order in the district. TNS


CM inaugurates 132 KV sub-station in Bhiwani
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, February 18
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, said that 71 new sub-stations had been set up and the capacity of 240 sub-stations had been increased at a cost of Rs 532 crore in order to improve the power supply in the state. The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a 132 KV sub-station in the industrial area of Bhiwani.

The sub-station was set up at a cost of Rs. 4.37 crore and would provide uninterrupted power supply with better voltage to the people of the area. Mr Chautala said that the power transmission and distribution systems were being improved in view of the increase in demand for power. He said that an ambitious project had been prepared to further improve the power sector in Bhiwani district at a cost of Rs. 44 crore.

Five new sub-stations would be set up and the capacity of three sub-stations would be increased under this project. Moreover, 21 feeders would be rehabilitated. He said that 1,300 new distribution transformers were being set up and 300 km of additional cables were being laid.

He said that 77 new sub stations were being set up and the capacity of 57 existing sub stations were being increased on a war footing. Appreciating the functioning of the power utilities, he said adequate power was supplied to the farmers last year, which had led to a bumper crop despite the drought conditions prevailing in the state.

He reiterated the commitment of the state government to provide adequate irrigation water to the farmers and effective steps were being taken to further improve the irrigation sector.

The government had sanctioned 600 acres of land for setting up of second Maruti project involving an investment of Rs 1,800 crore, he said. The project would generate employment opportunities for the youth as well as revenue for the state, which would be utilised for developmental works. He said that the project would be similar to the existing Maruti project.

Greeting the people on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, he urged the people to maintain communal harmony so that development could take place in the state.


Three of Tehsildar office held for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi Government arrested three persons, identified as Mahesh Chander, Kanoongo and Harish Chand Khulbe, employed in the office of the Tehsildar, Notification Branch in Kashmere Gate area, for allegedly demanding and accepting Rs 2,100 as bribe. They took the bribe from an advocate, Sanjay Aggarwal, for issuing the status report of a property (number A-438) in Shastri Nagar.

The complainant reported to the ACB that he had applied for the status report in respect of a property (number A-438) in Shastri Nagar on behalf of his client, Rajender Prasad, through sub-registrar-I, Kashmere Gate.

His application was sent to the office of the Tehsildar Notification, Old Civil Supply Building. When he met the Tehsildar Notification, Mr S.P. Ratoria, to pursue the matter, he was directed to contact Mahesh Chander, who allegedly demanded Rs 5,000 for facilitating the issue of the status report.

However, the matter was settled for Rs 2,100. The sleuths of the ACB laid a trap and arrested the suspects, said an official of the ACB.

Study Centre opened

The Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr K.K. Paul, inaugurated a study centre for the children of policemen living in Model Town Police Lines.

More than 800 families of policemen live in the locality. As many as 150 children have already enrolled themselves with the study centre.

Inaugurating the study centre, the Police Commissioner said that he had asked the various districts and police units to open such centres in other residential colonies after receiving encouraging response from the children. The North West district has been asked to open study centres at Ashok Vihar and Shalimar Bagh.


Sonepat remains waterless for 24 hours
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 18
The entire city of Sonepat, having a population of more than two lakhs, remained without water for 24 hours at a stretch following the disruption in the drinking water supply system yesterday.

According to a report, the taps of the people remained dry between 2.30 pm on Sunday and 2.30 pm on Monday.

However, no reason has been given in this regard by the officials of the Public Health Department, who do not bothered about the public complaints.

Even they always failed to give prior information to the residents about the disruption in the drinking water supply system. They also failed to make alternative arrangements for the supply of drinking water to the residents when the supply is affected on one pretext or the other.

Many residents alleged that the authorities of the PHD had failed to arrange the diesel generating sets for using them in the absence of power supply and continuing the supply of drinking water to the residents.

The residents, particularly women, were seen carrying pitchers on heads and fetching water from distant places to meet requirements.

Some residents also alleged that the water supply had remained erratic during the winter season and the pressure remains always low.

The water supply is still erratic and their complaints in this regard to the officials concerned have fallen on deaf ears.

Most of the saluice valves are leaking in different parts of the city thanks to the failure of the authorities of the PHD to repair them.

One of the saluice valves in the Ram Bazar area had been leaking for the past 10 months and all the complaints made to the authorities concerned have yielded little results.

The Residents Welfare Association and the Sonepat Citizens Forum today expressed concern over the inefficient and unsatisfactory working of the Public Health Department and demanded a high-level probe into the public complaints about the erratic water supply.


Residents plagued by paucity of power
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 18
Power played hide and seek with the residents of the city for the past few months.

According to a report, this could be the worst power cuts in the city. The loadsheddings which start in the wee hours continued late in the evening. Normal life has been thrown out of gear. The drinking water supply has been hit badly. Large number of villages continued to remain powerless for days together on account of the burning of electricity transformers. The residents of affected village had held demonstrations and blocked traffic on the roads and they lifted the blockades only when they were assured to ensure regular power supply.

Angry residents say that the local complaint offices do not respond to their grievances. Many residents complained today that the supply in the city has been erratic all through the winter. “Even during the summer, the situation was not so bad. There is no water in our overhead tank because the pump was not working in the absence of power supply,” said some residents.

The officials of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam on the other hand, maintained that the demand for power in the morning was high and this had led to the loadsheddings to compensate the shortfall between the available supply and demand. Moreover, the frequency has also dipped below the normal frequency of the system. It is highly unlikely that the situation will become normal in the next few days.

The residents alleged that the loadsheddings in the wee hours and late in the evening for the past one month have led to inconvenience to them as they have to remain in darkness during the period of the loadsheddings. The commuters and the students as well as the womenfolk were the worst affected by such loadsheddings.


A wake-up call to conscience
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
“If we are not part of the solution, then we are the problem.” This is the opinion of the best-selling author Shiv Khera.

“Freedom is not free” the latest book by Shiv Khera, which is published by Macmillan India Limited, was released at the 16th World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan yesterday. The venue was packed with people from different spheres of life, including the media, professional practitioners, students and housewives. It was indeed a sight, where people were literally on the floors and aisles, as well as the stairs, once the chairs were full, to listen to the internationally acclaimed educator and motivator.

The book was released by Justice R. N. Sharma (Retd), who showered praise on Shiv Khera, the author of bestsellers like - “You Can Win” and “Living with Honour”. Incidentally, “You Can Win” has sold over a million copies in eight languages.

The just released book is a wake-up call for those whose conscience has gone to sleep, but is not yet dead. It is a call to action for those whose hearts beat and weep for India. It invokes the participation of ordinary citizens so that they take up cudgels for the nation - a challenge that will put us on the path to prosperity. The author encourages every Indian to take the initiative in bringing glory to India.

According to Shiv Khera - “A nation writes its autobiography by the actions or inactions of its citizens.”

The book is a result of the author’s anguish and a refusal to tolerate injustice, corruption and oppression any further. He calls upon the common man to stand up and fight for principles, so that all Indians can be led to dignity and prosperity.


SHO summoned for torture of man
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 18
The Chief Judicial Magistrate has summoned the Station House Officer (SHO), Mr Mehar Singh of Sadar police station Sonepat on February

20 in a criminal case filed against him by Mr Kulbir of Bayyanpur village.

The complainant alleged that the SHO had tortured him during the police custody.

Three acquitted

The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Dharamvir Singh, acquitted three accused, Jagbir and Niranjan of Sehri village and Pale Ram of Khanda village due to lack of evidence in a case of looting on September 4, 2003.

According to the prosecution story, the Rai police had registered the case under Sections 28, 392 and 411 IPC. Sanjay Kumar, a truck driver, had alleged that the accused had offered addicted foodstuffs to them and had snatched their cash and drove away with the truck when they had become unconscious.

Smuggled liquor seized

The Ganaur police intercepted a white Maruti car and seized 600 bottles of country-made liquor from it on the Ganaur-Garhi Jhinjhara road, about 20km from here last night.

According to a report, the police seized the car and arrested its two occupants, identified as Brij Pal Gujjar and Nafe Singh Gujjar of Patti Kalyana in Panipat district.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the duo. The arrests followed a 'nakabandi’ organised by the police after receiving a tip-off in this connection.

This is the second big haul of smuggled liquor by the police during the past 48 hours.

Raid against LPG dealer

The officials of the Food and Supplies Department carried out a raid at Murthal village yesterday and seized 28 under-weight LPG cylinders from a tractor-trolley.

According to a report, the officials also arrested two employees, Suresh and Prem Chand of Kumar LPG agency in this connection.

The officials also lodged a complaint with at the Murthal police station for further action against the dealer.

The officials conducted the raid after receiving number of public complaints in this regard.

Kumar LPG Agency is located in front of the Head Post Office at Sonepat, which is sponsored by Indane. The officials are contemplating sending their report to the Indane company against the dealer.

Passengers stranded

Thousands of passengers were stranded at Sonepat and nearby railway stations following the late running of the suburban trains on the Sonepat-Delhi section of the Northern Railway yesterday.

According to a report, many suburban trains were held up at the wayside railway stations between Panipat and Delhi to allow the special train carrying the General Manager of the Northern Railway to pass through. The special train was on its way to Delhi.

Many commuters pointed out that the Delhi-bound 2 NPG (New Delhi-Panipat-Ghaziabad) train was held up at Sandal Kalan Railway Station for half-an-hour. It caused great inconvenience to the commuters, mainly government employees and school teachers.

The Daily Railway Passengers Welfare Association has expressed concern over the late running of the trains on the DUK section of the Northern Railway and urged the Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar to order an inquiry into the commuters complaints in this regard.


Residents cry foul as Noida hikes flat rates

Noida: The Noida administration has increased the prices of its MIG flats nine times in the last three years.

Though the flats have not been made available on time, their prices have been increased by at least 50 per cent during this period. Besides, the Noida administration has also charged a hefty interest on half-built flats.

Against this increase, which the allottees dub ‘open loot’, Noidaiites have started organising themselves.

The Noida administration had announced a middle income group (MIG) flats scheme in Sector-52 and 62 during 2000-2001 vide which allottees of flats were promised flats at a uniform rate of Rs7.75 lakh in both these sectors.

The price of ground floor flats in these sectors was subsequently revised to over Rs 8.88 lakh, first floor flat was priced at over Rs 8.64 lakh, second floor flat at Rs 8.52 lakh while third floor flat at Rs 8.28 lakh. OC


Delhi digest
IIT Vision 2020 Conclave
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 18
Over 400 IIT Delhi Alumni from across the country and abroad shared their views and ideas in formulating the way forward for their alma mater here at their annual get-together today.

The IIT Vision 2020 Conclave, held in the Ashoka Convention Hall, started with a welcome address by Mr Sudarshan Chawla, president IITDAA. A presentation of the white paper ‘IIT Vision 2020’ was part of the event.

Mr M. S. Banga, chairman, HLL, lead the discussion on ‘Faculty’ and Mr Mansharamani participated in the debate on ‘Infrastructure’.

The aim of the participative format of the meeting was to encourage dialogue between the alumni and academicians of the IITD in formulating a way forward for the institute.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chawla said, “the overwhelming participation from all the alumni members is encouraging and reflects the pride and aspirations for our alma mater.”

He went on to say, “it is time now to sow the seeds of a new vision, which will help the institute to be recognised as a leader in knowledge creation too.”

The paper emphasised the need to adopt a research agenda that is truly cutting edge. It states, “while the standards of research activity in every department and centre should be raised to global standards, each IIT should identify three to four areas of research in which it will excel and in which it aims to achieve leadership.”

There was an agreement amongst the alumni that amid the very valuable components of their education at IIT were a rich hostel life, the infrastructure for development of individual talent and diverse background of the student body, which taught them to respect merit and the power of ideas without the thought of the social or economic background of the other.

Mahila Sangathan

The Ojaswee Mahila Sangathan, an NGO working for women victims of crime, claimed to have rescued a woman, who was thrown out of the house.

The woman was the mother of five children.

The organisation fought her case and convinced her in-laws to take her back in the house.


NCR briefs
Rs 65,000 snatched from factory employee
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 18
Two scooter-borne youths snatched Rs 65,000 from an employee of a manufacturing unit here yesterday. The incident took place in the Sarai Khwaja police station area when the victim, identified as Udham Singh, employed as a cashier in a company here, was returning to the factory after withdrawing the money from the bank.

It is reported that the two youths came from behind and snatched the bag from him and sped away. A case has been registered.

Meanwhile, in another incident, the police have registered rape case against a resident of Thanthri village of Palwal subdivision after a woman lodged a complaint. The complainant alleged that the accused, identified as Nanak, had forcibly entered the house of the victim when she was alone and raped her.

A case has been registered under section 376 of the IPC, though no arrest has been made so far.

Four Killed

At least four persons, including an infant, were killed in various incidents in the district. According to a report, one Yadram, an employee of a factory in sector-6 here, was killed due to electrocution while he was working on a machine.

This is the second such incident in the town in the past four days.

An unidentified person died after an auto-rickshaw rammed into him in the Mujesar area here yesterday.

Meanwhile, the police recovered an unidentified body in the Old Faridabad area. In the fourth incident, one boy was killed after he reportedly consumed kerosene oil kept in his house in Rahul colony here.

Three children missing

Noida: Three children, including a girl, were found missing from Noida. A resident of Chhalera village lodged a report that his daughter had been lured by a youth. Her father alleged that Umesh, a local resident is suspected to have abducted the girl. A 10-year-old boy, Mohd. Naushad, went missing from Sector 12 under the sector24 police station.

Anti-encroachment drive

Anti-encroachment drive was carried out in Noida sector-52, in which 5 acres of land was freed from encroachment.

Panchayat Samiti elections

Sonepat: Elections to the post of the chairman of the Panchayat Samiti of Sonepat block would take place on February 24.

The District Development and Panchayat Officer, Sonepat, will be the returning officer. As many as 30 members will cast their votes.

It may be recalled that the election of Dalip Singh as chairman was set aside by the court with the directions to hold reelection within one month on the petition of a block Samiti member, Bal Kishan Sharma. OC


Mahila HVP leader held for selling stolen stereo
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 18
A mahila leader of the Haryana Vikas Party was caught red-handed while disposing of a stolen stereo at an accessory shop in local Sector-14 today. The police took her into custody. A number of stolen articles of car accessories have reportedly been recovered from her possession.

However, no case has been registered against her. The police chowki in-charge has sought the help of lady police to further interrogate her.

According to information, the leader Krishna Hooda had deposited a stereo with the owner of a shop on Tuesday asking him either to buy it or she will make the payment of the labour charges of installed accessories on Wednesday.

However, when one owner of Subham Kar Ghar, Sunil Malik, went to Sector-14 shop for some work today morning, he found that it was the same stereo, which had been stolen from his shop a few days back.

Meantime, the owner of Sector-14 shop asked her on phone to come to the shop to make payment of his labour and take back her stereo. When she reached on the shop, and saw Sunil Malik on the shop, she reportedly tried to run away from there. But she was not allowed to move away and police was informed of the incident.

Then she was taken to the police chowki, and on her information, the police recovered large number car accessories from the room of a house.

On the other hand, the general secretary of the HVP, Rajiv Jain, clarified that Krishna Hooda was not in the party.


Jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh seized
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 18
The mobile squads of Trade Tax Department arrested two persons from Sector 18 markets and seized 2.2 kg of gold ornaments from them on which no trade tax had been paid.

The arrested persons had brought the jewellery, estimated to be worth Rs 10 lakh, from Jaipur for selling in the Sector 18 markets in Noida.

The Trade Tax Department had been tip- off about their arrival from Jaipur, said the Deputy Commissioner, Trade Tax, S.K. Yadav.

The police waited for them in the area and arrested them.

During interrogation, they confessed their crime. The jewellery weighed 2.262 kg and was made from 18 carat gold.

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