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She came back from the dead to nail him
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 2
The police today claimed to have arrested one Harvey (40), an architect, for brutally beating and shooting at his wife in the Safdarjung area of South-West district last night. He then tried to dispose of her body, thinking that she had died. The man has been arrested.

The incident came to light when the woman regained consciousness this morning and reported the matter to the police. The victim, Aarti Arora (30), an employee of an event management company, has been admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital with injuries all over her body. Her husband was arrested this morning by the Sarojini Nagar police.

The police said that both had a fight at around 11.30 pm and Harvey fired on her head with an air gun. When the victim became unconscious, Harvey thought she had died and wrapped her nude body in a net. He then headed towards Noida at around 3.30 am in his Honda City car. However, failing to find a place to dump the body, Harvey came back home and parked the car in his house. In the morning, Aarti gained consciousness and managed to come out of the car’s dickey. She rushed to a nearby petrol pump where she was provided with clothes by the employees.

With the help of her neighbours later, she went to the police and complained against her husband who was arrested.

The police said that the accused wanted to destroy the evidence. In order to divert the attention of the investigators, he removed the woman’s clothes before trying to dispose of the body.



Gang hires Qualis, beats driver to death
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 2
Manoj Yadav, a resident of village Bhojawas in Mahendragarh district, was killed by the inter-state criminals in Rajasthan about two months ago. His murder has opened a Pandora’s box of problems for his two children and other family members. The murder is shrouded in mystery.

Manoj had taken up the job of a driver with the Ganga Taxi Stand here a couple of months ago. He was quite strong and even angled for a police job in Haryana. A person from Ghaziabad rang up the taxi stand here for a Qualis on February 12. The caller gave him a false address in Ghaziabad from where he and his three friends were to be picked up. The calls were made through a Reliance mobile phone and an STD booth in Ghaziabad. The names of the callers were known afterwards. They are Rajender Singh Dhariwal, alias Raju, Virender Dhariwal, alias Veeru, Sunil and Vijay Peter. Vijay Peter is a resident of Ghaziabad.

The requisitioned vehicle reached Ghaziabad the same evening and picked them up. Manoj drove the vehicle.

The alleged killers lied that they had to go to Jaipur to meet somebody in a hospital. They left for Jaipur the same night and halted at Chandwaji before Jaipur. Next morning, they set out for the Pink City and visited several places. They also visited a Hanuman temple at Salaasar in the evening on February 14. After visiting the temple, one of the accused took over the wheel and asked Manoj to sit on the rear seat along with others. After the change of seats, those sitting in the rear, attacked Manoj.

The accused allegedly used a hammer and a rope to batter his skull and strangulate him. After killing him, the criminals took an approach road and dumped his body in a field of standing wheat crop after taking off his clothes. They had already taken his documents and mobile phone that he was carrying.

Thereafter, the accused took the vehicle to Mumbai.

With no contact with Manoj, the taxi stand personnel got suspicious. Mr Naresh Yadav of his family started looking for Manoj. The call that the criminals had made from an STD booth and the Reliance mobile phone provided the vital clues. The code registered on the phone here was of Ghaziabad. Besides, the call made from Reliance mobile phone by the criminals to the taxi stand showed the code number of Mumbai. Mr Naresh Yadav, who narrated the sequence of events, said that following a number of interviews with the STD booth owners and the residents of the area, he and the family members traced a house of Vijay Peter in Ghaziabad. Although Peter was not in, his son spilled the beans. He revealed his father’s name and also those of three friends who had stayed overnight with him in his house. Also, that Peter had gone to Mumbai with them. One clue led to another and the murder was out.



MCD counsel defends Sharda Jain’s expulsion
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 2
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has defended in the Delhi High Court its decision to expel Sharda Jain, prime accused in Congress Councillor Atma Ram Gupta murder case, from the corporation.

The MCD counsel, Mr Raj Yadav, arguing before Justice Vikramajit Sen, said the corporation had expelled the corporator from Keshav Puram (North-West Delhi) seat in February last for absenting herself from the House without intimation for three months at a stretch.

On the recommendation of the Municipal Secretary, a resolution in this regard had been initiated, which was passed by the corporation by a majority vote under the then MCD Standing Council Chairman R B Sharma, the counsel said.

Mr Yadav stressed that the MCD was within its powers to remove Sharda Jain without putting her to notice in the circumstances while she, through her counsel Rakesh Kumar, claimed that the MCD had to give her notice and a fair hearing before initiating the expulsion.

Sharda Jain alleged that the principles of natural justice had been violated, especially when it was public knowledge that she had been arrested and put in jail as an accused in the murder case.

The court was hearing arguments on the petition filed by Sharda Jain, challenging the vacation of her MCD seat. Yesterday, the High Court had turned down Sharda Jain’s interim bail application. Justice O. P. Dwivedi dismissed her petition seeking bail on the ground of helping her daughter with the school exams, after the court was informed that there were other family members to coach the girl.

On February 26, the High Court had issued notice to the police on the petition, filed through counsel Ritu Gauba, in which Sharda Jain said her daughter’s exams were due on March 3, and she being an MA and M Ed herself would be able to assist the child.

On February 17, the High Court had rejected the interim bail pleas of Sharda Jain and her brother and co-accused Raj Kumar. The two had sought bail to attend on February 18 and 19, the remembrance ceremony of their father who died on February 4 in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. Justice Dwivedi dismissed the petitions after he was informed that on verification, it was found that the ceremony had already taken place a day before.



With poll dates out, vehicle thefts pick up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 2
The thefts of TATA Qualis’ and other vehicles are on the rise after the announcement of dates of the general elections. It is suspected that the stolen vehicles will be used for election campaigning and other purposes in neighbouring states. Yesterday three cases of vehicle theft were reported in the North-West district.

The police suspects the involvement of a professional criminal in these cases. According to sources, the Kishan Pehlwan gang could be involved; it reportedly has a nexus with political parties. Following directions from their political mentors, they have stepped up their activities.

The police said that a group of auto lifters last night robbed a TATA Qualis in Shalimar bagh. The suspects were in a Santro car. On the main Shalimar Bagh road, they intercepted the Qualis, forcing it to stop. The driver was asked to step out and the vehicle was whisked away. The incident occurred at midnight.

The Qualis driver, Mohammad Kuwanr, reported the matter to the local police. However, the vehicle has not been recovered so far. In a similar fashion, the suspects in Santro looted a Tata Indica car of Tek Chand in Mangolpuri area at gun point.

On the night of Saturday the gang had looted two TATA Qualis within a span of three minutes in Punjabi Bagh. Later, they left one of the vehicles in Sultanpuri. A few days ago they had looted a Santro car of one Harikishan, who runs a factory in Tilak Nagar. The police are investigating these cases from different angles to recover the vehicles.



Mulayam government taking a leaf out of Mayawati’s book?
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, March 2
Is the state government of Mulayam Singh Yadav walking in the footsteps of his predecessor and arch rival Ms Mayawati?

It seems so. The officials of the consolidation department are reportedly trying to destroy the record of all land scams under Nalgarha village.

The 2778 katcha bigha land of Gram Sabha, vide Khatta No.28 under Sadar Tehsil, is being transferred to the people who are not the original residents of the village, but are possessing the said land illegally.

This is being done by the orders of the consolidation department, and surprisingly, the telephone and electricity bills are being shown as the basis of their possession, when nobody in the village is reported to have a telephone connection.

This is reportedly being done in a longstanding dispute. The case pertaining to it is still pending in the High Court.

According to Greater Noida sources, the land compensation of the entire chunk of land is estimated to be over Rs 105 crore, which all these people are keen to usurp.

DM Santosh Kumar Yadav is reported to have instructed the government pleaders to challenge the orders of the land consolidation officer.

The DM has also ordered that the land compensation of this land may not be disbursed yet.

According to available information, consolidation officer Rajinder Singh Chauhan, ordered on Monday that vide case No. 60/2003/04, land measuring 2778 bigha, vide Khatta No. 28, be transferred to the name of 61 people, including Dharam Singh, son of Ummed, Shiv Raj Singh, son of Harvansh Singh, Indu Solanky, daughter of Moti Solanky.

He had also ordered about 150 bigha land to be transferred to the names of Dharam Singh and others as Abadi land.

It has been pointed out that nine persons, including Baldav, Jaswant, Kalwant and Jaspal, out of the 61 persons are original inhabitants of this village.

Other 52 persons have no connection whatsoever with the village and nobody knows their whereabouts.

In Nalgarha, only 10 families have built their houses in the village on Abadi land. The names of those 52 outsiders are not included even in the voters’ list of the village.

But the authorities have ordered that the land be transferred in their names on the basis of possession by them.

Interestingly, there is a longstanding dispute on this land of Nalgarha village, dating back to 1926 which had often led to clashes among people.

In 1926, Syed Amir Mohd, who was village headman (numberdar) was the owner of this land. He had given the land to one Bhagwati Sahai, after which the names of Dharmvir, Desh Bakht and others also got linked with it.

One Surajmal had filed a case in 1981, alleging that the consolidation officer had illegally rejected his application in 1953 and ordered the land to be given to the village society.

While Dharam Singh and others had filed a case for including their names in the land on the basis of claiming possession of the land for 40 years. In 1990, SDM Dadri had rejected the titles of 40 landless labourers who later procured a stay from the High Court.

The matter is still pending in the court.



Gurgaon Inc irked by govt move to take over land
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 2
The industry here has once again voiced concern over the government’s move to acquire land in villages Begumpur Khatola, Narsingpur and Khandsa which would uproot about 200 units.

The Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), in its 24th Annual General Meeting (AGM), urged the government to refrain from acquiring the units. Besides, all lands purchased by the existing units in these areas for expansion and diversification should be excluded from the notification.

Moreover, the land purchased for industrial use by the entrepreneurs should be exempted with an understanding that it will be used for industrial purpose only.

The government has already issued notification under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act in these villages.

The GCCI says that hundreds of units, small, medium and large scale having investment of crores of rupees, are functional in these areas and making products for the domestic and international users. A majority of these units have been in operation for the last many years.

It pointed out that a majority of the industrial units located in these areas have obtained the required permission/registration and licences, such as conversion for land use, factory licence, SSI or IEM, sales tax registration, central excise registration, electricity and telephone connections, etc.

The GCCI president, Mr Arun Jain, expressed hope that the government would pay heed to its demand.

On the issue of the External Development Charges (EDC), the GCCI lamented that from time to time, it had been focusing the attention of the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) on the issue. Although it welcomed the government’s move to provide a relief of Rs 54 per square meter in the EDC, it urged for further reduction of the rates. Even the present charges impose a heavy financial burden on the units. Equally important is that the demand notices issued earlier should be withdrawn without penalty and interest, it added.

While expressing relief on the government’s withdrawal of professional tax, it urged for the scrapping of Local Area Development Tax, too.

It urged the government to withdraw market fees on important agro products, especially wheat, barley, paddy and gram used by the agro processing industries. It regretted the low rate of growth of ago processing industries in the state.



All candidates for Sonepat Parliamentary seat from Gohana
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 2
As four major political parties except Congress have already announced their candidates for Sonepat Parliamentary constituency, all these candidates belonged to Gohana region of the constituency and three of them to Malik ‘Gotra’.

The first party to make announcement of the candidates was the Haryana Vikas Party of Bansi Lal, when it named the former minister Jagbir Singh Malik as its candidates at a public meeting in the district nearly one month back.

Jagbir Singh Malik who hails from village Bhainswal Kalan – a prominent village of the region, had been a minister of state in Bansi Lal’s cabinet 1996 to 1999. But he lost the Assembly election in 2000 to INLD’s Ram Kumar Saini in a multi-corner contest. He has already toured number of villages in the constituency to gauge the public sentiments before launching the full-scale poll campaign.

Despite the fact that the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of Ram Bilas Paswan has almost finalised its poll alliance with the Congress at national level, the party had already announced at its Panipat rally on January 27 that the president of the state unit, Capt Shamsher Singh Malik would contest the election as party candidate from Sonepat Parliamentary constituency. Capt Malik belonged to village Mirzapur Kheri under Gohana tehsil and has played a significant role in raising the party cadre in the state and organised successful rallies at Rohtak, Sonepat and Panipat.

According to party sources, the LJP will claim for Sonepat seat while finalising seat sharing with the Congress in the state. Capt Malik has also been touring the villages for the last two months and announcing his candidature from the constituency.

The BJP has already named the sitting MP Kishan Singh Sangwan as party’s candidate. Mr Sangwan won this seat in 1998 on INLD ticket and in 1999 on BJP ticket. He also belonged to village Nunan Khera under Gohana tehsil and had been a Cabinet Minister in the state from 1987 to 1991. To prove him as a formidable candidate, he organised a successful and largely attended party’s rally at Gohana in the first of the February.

The announcement made by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on February 29 that Krishana Malik, wife of the Director General of police, Haryana, Mr M. S. Malik, would be INLD’s candidate from this constituency, has surprised people in the area as her name is very new in political circles of the area. Krishna Malik, who has been working as the president of the managing committee of Kanya Gurukul Khanpur Kalan and Gurukul Bhainswal Kalan for the last two years, is the daughter of village Bichpuri in Gohana tehsil and married in village Shamlo Kalan - a village in Julana Assembly constituency, which forms part of the Sonepat Parliamentary constituency.

The Congress is yet to announce its candidate, but number of aspirants for Congress ticket belonged to Gohana area. Prominent among them are: the former HPCC president Dharampal Singh Malik, who has represented the constituency twice-1984 and 1991 in the Lok Sabha, Dada Baljit Singh Malik, Balbir Singh Malik - they all belonged to villages under Gohana tehsil. Other names which are being mentioned for party candidate included the present MLA Jitender Malik, former minister and general secretary of All India Mahila Congress Krishna Gahlawat.

It is also a question mark whether the Congress will spare this seat for LJP or not in seat sharing.



SGSC tells Akali Dal to go it alone

New Delhi: The Shiromani Gurdwara Sewadar Committee at a meeting here today appealed the Shiromani Akali Dal to contest Parliamentary elections in Punjab and Delhi as a single party without any accord and alliance. Shiromani Akali Dal is the sole representative of Sikh living in India and abroad.

Akali Dal was launched in 1977 against the Central Government for imposing emergency unnecessary in the country and got success after 19 months. Now it is time to elect the representatives for 14th Lok Sabha election in April. It is duty of the Shiromani Akali Dal to elect deserving men. TNS



INLD accused of misusing admn
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 2
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has accused the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, of misusing official machinery during the INLD rally at Jhajjar.

Talking to mediapersons here today, the general-secretary of the HVP, Mr Rajiv Jain, claimed that lakhs of people from all over the state had participated in the Jind rally on February 29 despite obstructions by the police and the Transport Department.

He maintained that the people would vote against the ruling party in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state. A wave in the favour of the HVP was sweeping the state, he claimed. He also ruled out any poll alliance by the HVP during the Lok Sabha elections and said that it would contest all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state.



Anger swells over poor civic facilities in Jhajjar

Jhajjar, March 2
Notwithstanding the claims of the INLD government to provide all the basic amenities in the rural areas on priority basis, people of the villages in the district have been facing miserable conditions due to shortage of drinking water and irrigation facility, deplorable power condition, inadequate facilities of transportation, potholed-infested roads and mud-spattered streets in the villages.

Fed up with the unbearable prevailing conditions, the villagers took to violent means to protest against the establishment and demanding availability of proper facilities to them. However, such sour feelings of the people could be transformed in anti-incumbency wave to give an electoral jolt to the ruling parties in the state. Well-timed onslaught of the opposition leaders during their public meetings are fueling the fire.

The frequent incidents of protest demonstrations of the villagers by putting up blockades on the main roads are indicator of growing resentment among the rural areas against the present regime. “These blockades are a wake up call for the INLD government, and we are feeling exploited and cheated as Chief Minister talks big and do little,” said a former sarpanch of the village, Jai Bhagawan participating in the road blockade in Matanhail village on February 20.

Even the villagers could not recount how many times they have resorted to this tactic after the local ruling politicians and the district officials failed to give a sympathetic ear to their grievances.

Similar incidents of road jam and protest demonstrations have been reported regularly since last couple of years. Each time, a team of the district and police officials reached the spot and make assurances to the peeved villagers and returned at the district headquarters after lifting the blockade. But, the situation again comes back to square one as the district authorities forget their assurances and pay no heed to the problems. In fact, some of the villages have been more vocal in raising the banner of revolt against the district administration as well as the state government, time and again. Some villages, such as: Silana, Silani, Hasanpur, Akehari Madanpur, Kasni, Jahajgarh etc, where the road blockade incidents have been a routine affair. As many as six incidents of road blockade and gherao of police chowki have been reported in two months this year.

Political observers, however, feel that thanks to failure of the authorities to cater to the basic needs of the people here, especially in the rural areas, coupled with the spurting crime scene in the urban areas, the brewing discontent towards the ruling clique appears to be growing fast among the electorate, which could cost heavily on the ruling parties, in the state and Centre, as the election time is round the corner.

Frequent road blockade incidents in the rural areas by the agitated villagers reflected the simmering anger among them, these sources added. Mr Dhir Pal, Country and Town planning Minister, admitted while addressing the workers meeting here that the people of the district have been suffering due to lack of basic services and the financial position of the people here is also weaker than other parts of the state.

Enraged sentiments of the people are being encased by the opposition parties, including the Congress, the HVP and the BJP, who have intensified their anti-government stirs. The election aspirant local leaders of opposition parties, including Mr Manphool Singh and Mr Kultaj Singh of HVP, Ms Anita Yadav, sitting MLA from Salawas and Mr Anand Sagar, both from the Congress, Mr Om Prakash Dhankar, national secretary of the BJP, who is possible candidate from Rohtak Lok Sabha seat, have been holding public meetings and people contact campaigns for a long time in the countryside to add fuel to the enraged sentiments of the people.



Bad drainage system creates health hazards
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 2
The poor drainage system and inefficient garbage removal seems to have become the bane of the historic town of Palwal in the district. It has not only been creating environmental problems for a large number of residents, but had come as a major health hazard too.

According to the Citizen Welfare Association, a registered society looking the common interests of the residents there, the matter had been taken up with the authorities concerned at a number of times, but to no satisfactory results.

The association claims that the main Nullah or the drain constructed in and around the town had failed to serve the purpose as this channel remained choked and blocked at any given time, resulting in filthy smell and a favourable place of growth of all kind of insects and germs.

Stating that all the residents who reside near the drain were faced with a major health risk, an office-bearer of the association claimed that throwing of muck and garbage into the nullah at a number of spots had stopped the flow of the dirty water.

This, he said, had resulted in waterlogging at several places and many people fall victim to many diseases that crop up due to uncivic conditions. He said the garbage dumped illegally into the drain was hardly cleaned in the past many years and had resulted in outbreak of waterborne diseases like jaundice at a number of occasions. It is claimed that since the drain had been covered with concrete slabs and the volume was large, the manual cleaning had failed to solve the problem so far. He said although the civic authorities keep assuring the people to provide solution, but stated that it required detailed planning and strategy to find a long-term solution.



Consumer has ‘no say’ as cable war breaks
out in house
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 2
Even as consumers are fed up with the steep hike enforced by the cable operators here, the consumers are now being harassed for other reasons. A resident of Sector-29, Mr B.R Singla, has been one such victim of the “mess” created by the cable operators. He has been running from pillar to post to get his cable connection extended in his house.

Mr Singla, a member of the Faridabad Abhibhawak Ekta Manch, was shocked to find that he had to get a ‘NOC’ from another cable operator when he wanted to extend the cable line of his connection to one of the rooms of his house, which had been vacated by a tenant. The operator, a franchisee of the Win Cable network here, told him that he could not do so as the tenant had taken connection from another operator functional in the locality.

The issue got murkier when the other operator clearly told the consumer that cable connections to the other room in the house would be provided only by him as the territory of the two operators had been divided and his house had become a shared territory of the two operators.

Subsequently, Mr Singla approached a local MLA, as the operator “creating the problem” reportedly was his relative. Even though he assured him that the problem would be sorted out, the cable operator threatened him with dire consequences.

As a last resort, he lodged a complaint with the police against the cable operator. However, the police did not take any action against the accused, Mr Singla alleged. As a result, he has approached the ‘Grahak Panchayat’, a body of the consumers to intervene in the matter.



Science exhibition
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 2
The Science faculty in coordination with the Department of Geography organised an impressive exhibition on the premises of Government College at Gohana town, 35 km from here yesterday. According to a report, more than 50 students of the college took part with their innovative ideas.

Dr Gajraj Kaushik, a well-known physician of the town, inaugurated the exhibition. He was impressed by the models and exhibits displayed by the students.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Gohana, who went round the exhibition, took keen interest in the models displayed by the science students.

He also praised the organisers of this exhibition and hoped that such exhibition would also be held in the future.

The students of the college had come second in the inter-university science and maths quiz held recently. The college principal, Mr Desh Deepak, has been the driving force behind such initiatives.

Rs 9,000 snatched

A physically challenged person, identified as Rakesh Singh, was allegedly whisked away by some persons near HUDA Sector 15 while he was on his way to Murthal village last night.

According to a report, the alleged miscreants took him to a deserted place and beat him up.

They also snatched Rs 9,000 from him and fled after threatening to kill him if he reported the case to the police.

The victim sustained serious injuries and was immediately hospitalised. However, he is stated to be out of danger.

The police are still investigating into the case and no arrest had been made in this connection.

Concern over late running of trains

The ‘Daily Railway Passengers Association’ today expressed its concern over the late running of Amritsar Super Express and the 4 KDM EMU shuttle.

They have urged the Union Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, and other authorities of the Northern Railway to take a serious note of the matter and order a high-level probe into the complaints of the commuters.

In a press release, it also warned that if no step was taken to ensure the punctuality of these trains, the commuters would be forced to launch an agitation on the issue.



CGHS dispensary inaugurated at CBI Colony
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 2
The Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Mr U. S. Misra, today inaugurated a CGHS dispensary in the CBI Colony, Vasant Vihar.

The CGHS dispensary would benefit the CBI officials and their family members.

With the inauguration of the dispensary, at least 4,000 families were expected to receive medical benefits.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Misra said “the dispensary will go a long way in solving the medical requirement of the family members of the CBI officials since many of the officers have to go on tour for long periods. Now their family members can avail the facility at their doorstep.”

The dispensary was a long-standing demand of the CBI personnel and their family members. With the opening of the dispensary, Mr Misra said that the CBI personnel would be able to work better without bothering about the health concerns. He asked the officials to cooperate with the medical staff posted in the dispensary for its effective functioning.

Earlier, the Union Government had approved the opening of the dispensary and sanctioned the required staff, including two doctors.

Power links to jhuggis snapped: goel

The Union Minister, Mr Vijay Goel, accused the Delhi Government of disconnecting power connections to Jhuggi clusters in the national Capital. The government has planned to enhance the rate of electricity and water in the Capital, he alleged. The new policy for the assessment and collection of property tax was anti-people, he said.

He claimed that the Delhi Jal Board has completed all the process for its privatisation. Mr Goel called upon the Delhiites to protest against the ‘anti-people policies’ of the Congress government.

11 passengers injured

At least 11 passengers were injured when a private bus rammed into a tree near the Maulana Azad Road here this afternoon. The injured were shifted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital soon after the accident. All the passengers were discharged from the hospital after being administered first aid. The police said that the bus (Route No 433) met with the accident after the driver lost control of the bus. The blueline bus was plying between Central Workshop and Jantar Mantar.

The driver, Sukhi Singh (26), resident of Sarai Kalai Khan, was arrested and a case of rash and negligent driving was registered against him.

Police officer passes away

The former Joint-Commissioner of Police, Mr Y. R. Dhuria, died of heart attack in the Ganga Ram hospital. Mr Dhuria, who retired as Joint-Commissioner, Security, is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.



Demand for advertisements

Faridabad, March 2
The ‘Haryana Patrakar Sangh’, a leading association of the working journalists in the state, has asked the state government to immediately restart the release of government advertisements to the medium and small newspapers published in the state. In a statement issued here, the president of the association, Mr K. B. Pandit, expressed concern over the “blocking of the advertisements” to most of the publications in the last four years.

He claimed that the small and medium newspapers and publications played a vital role in highlighting the issues of the common man and in highlighting the various development schemes at various levels. He demanded that the government should not only adopt a liberal approach towards this matter, but the authorities ought to amend the rules for providing accreditation to the reporters. TNS



Three persons held for abduction-cum-murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 2
With the arrest of three persons, the South district police claimed to have solved a kidnapping-cum-murder case of a 14-year- old-boy from Badarpur on February 23.

It may be recalled that the uncle of the kidnapped boy, identified as Pramod, a resident of Badarpur, complained to the police that his nephew was missing.

He also stated in his complaint that he had received ransom call from the kidnappers, who demanded Rs 10 lakh for freeing his nephew. The kidnappers were aware of the fact that that the boy’s father was bank employee in Kuwait, he said.

During investigation, the police recorded the voice of the kidnapper through a tape recorder attached to the phone. Later, the cassette was circulated in the area to identify the caller’s voice.

On March 1, the police received an anonymous call hinting that the voice could be that of one Vinod. As a result of subsequent investigations, the culprit, identified as Vinod (20), resident of Badarpur, was arrested.

During interrogation, he confessed to have committed the crime along with his two associates, who were later arrested and identified as Satender (21), and Vikas (22), both residents of Sarai Rohilla.

Girl raped by neighbour

The North district police have launched a hunt to trace a 21-year-old man, who raped his 13-year-old neighbour on February 23. The police said that the accused, identified as Anthony, resident of Gulabhi Bagh and a neighbour of the victim, enticed the girl and raped her.

The incident came to light when the girl narrated the incident to her parents next day. Her parents complained about the incident to the police.

Notorious criminal arrested

The East district police claimed to have arrested a notorious criminal, identified Ajay alias Ajju, resident of Jaroda, who was involved in two sensational cases. One country-made weapon and a live cartridge were recovered from his possession. The accused had looted jewellery worth Rs two lakh and Rs 40,000 in cash in one incident. In another case, he had had injured a businessman and looted Rs 4.5 lakh from him.

Policeman held for threatening hotel employee

The South-West district police have arrested a constable, identified as Sandip Bhardwaj, posted at the Security unit on charges of threatening an employee of Yo China restaurant with his service weapon.

The victim, Sanjay Kumar, was on his way to deliver some food items, when the constable waylaid him near E-l, Vasant Vihar, the police said. In a fit of anger, the constable whipped out his service weapon and threatened to shoot the restaurant employee. Further investigation in the case is on, the police said.



Member of Toufique gang arrested

Noida: The Noida police have nabbed a dreaded criminal, Shaukat, who was carrying a reward on his head. He was an active member of the Tofique gang, the police said.

A local pistol and live cartridges were recovered from his possession. He was wanted in about 36 cases of murder dacoity, loot etc in various police stations in UP, Rajasthan and Haryana.

SP City Anant Dev said as per Addl D-G Bhua Singh’s instructions, a special campaign has been launched for nabbing notorious criminals in view of the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Dy SP Sewak Ram Yadav had received a the tip-off that a member of a criminal gang was about to strike in sector-20 police station area. OC



Security guard stabbed to death
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, March 2
A security guard in Modi Nagar was stabbed to death by criminals. This is the second murder in the area in the last two days. The guard worked in a spurious diesel factory at Kajpur under Modi Nagar police station. Some criminals intruded into the factory last night. The guarded grappled with the criminals before they stabbed him to death and escaped. The guard was rushed to a Ghaziabad hospital by police, said the Superintendent of Police, Mr B.K. Shekhar. The police have started investigation into the matter, Mr Shekhar said. This is the second murder in Modi Nagar area in the last two days.

Mystery death

Sonepat: Mystery shrouds the death of one Ram Singh Safari, a truck driver, of Mahiraya Raj Company, situated on the 20th milestone of the National Highway No. 1. The police have sent the body of the deceased for the postmortem examination.

According to a report, the victim belonged to Bhareli village in Panchkula district and was employed as a truck driver in this company. The police are investigating into the case.

Gang of snatchers

A gang of snatchers is stated to be active in this city. According to a report, though three cases have been reported in the past two days, no case has been registered with the police in this connection.

A scooter-borne youth reportedly snatched a bag from a girl student while she was on her way to the railway station here today. Though she raised an alarm, the culprit managed to escape.

Kidnapped schoolgirl found

The police today claimed to have found a schoolgirl kidnapped by a youth and handed her over to her father. The girl, identified as Pooja, a class VIII student of Shree Ram Modern Day Boarding School, Sonepat, had reached Mumbai, from where she contacted her parents on the telephone. Further investigations in the case were in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.


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