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HC orders DDA dose to hospitals flouting norms
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Development Authority and the Land and Development Office to take immediate action against hospitals violating their land allotment agreement which had a condition for free treatment to poor patients.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice A K Sikri also told the authorities to file an Action Taken Report within two weeks.

Earlier, a Central Government Committee, constituted by the High Court to inspect the records of private hospitals in the Capital, had found that several such institutions were violating the allotment conditions. These hospitals had received government land either free or at throwaway prices on the provision of 25 per cent free treatment.

In its report submitted to the division bench, the committee said it found that seven of the 18 hospitals, allotted land with the condition of providing free treatment, have been found violating the land allotment agreement.

Out of 23 hospitals which were allotted land with the condition of providing certain percentage of free service—in Indoor and Outdoor Patient Departments (IPD and OPD)—only 18 were functioning while five had not yet started functioning.

The committee found the following institutions violating their allotment terms: Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital, Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute, Mai Kamali Wali Charitable Trust Hospital, Jaipur Golden Hospital, Shanti Mukund Hospital and National Heart Institute.

Besides, the committee also reported that Amar Jyoti Trust was not fully functional and Escorts Heart Institute had not earmarked any free beds. Besides, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Bharwati Hospital refused to furnish details.

The committee further reported that Gujar Mal Modi Hospital, Deepak Gupta Hospital, Venu Eye Institute and Research Centre, Indian Spinal Injuries Research Centre, Sanjay Hospital and Kotakkal Ayurveda Vaidyasala were found to be observing the ratio of 25 per cent beds for free treatment. However, even in hospitals found to be following the terms, the committee said the extent of free treatment, which varied from hospital to hospital, left much to be desired.

The hospitals that were providing beds, the treatment was not totally free.

In some hospitals, basic medicines and investigations were given free, but it appears that consumables, expensive medicines, devices and implants had to be paid for in all the hospitals, the report said.

It added that for that matter even the Government hospitals like G B Pant and AIIMS were not providing these services free in the general ward.

It was noted that the hospitals had not publicised the free services available. Such institutions should display information on free facility prominently, it suggested.

The report recommended that in order to enforce the provision of free treatment, the criterion of choosing the poor should be uniform and as specified by the Planning Commission.

The report said that the hospitals, not providing free treatment, were liable for action in accordance with the lease conditions.

The committee also clarified that its findings were essentially based on uncorroborated information provided by the hospitals, in the absence of documentary evidence.

The Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Ministry had on April 9 constituted a nine-member committee in response to a petition, on the subject, filed by ‘Social Jurist’ through counsel Ashok Agarwal.

Petrol pump staff looted

New Delhi: Three car-borne armed men robbed a petrol pump employee of Rs 1.92 lakh this afternoon near Jheel when the employee was on his way to deposit the money in the bank.

The police said that at around 12.30 p.m., the employee, Inderjit alias Surjit (22), working in a petrol pump near the DDU hospital, was heading towards the Bank of Punjab, Janakpuri branch, on his motorcycle to deposit the money when the incident occurred.

Three persons in a Maruti car stopped him and sped away after snatching the bag containing the money. The police have registered a case.


Charred remains of abducted child found
Our Correspondent

Meerut, March 3
A seven-year-old boy, who had been abducted from village Atora on February 28, was charred to death in a furnace. When the boy’s skeleton was found in a cane-crusher unit (kolhu) of one Irshad on late Tuesday evening, angry villagers attacked and torched his house.

The mob also threw a stove on the police personnel and beat up a sub-inspector, who reached the spot. However, seeing the mob’s fury, the police force beat a hasty retreat.

Heavy police force has been deployed in the village to defuse the tension. Later, the police arrested six persons, including the mother of the main accused who is absconding.

According to some villagers, Lovemass (7), son of Sunil Chauchan of village Atora, went missing last Saturday while playing near a temple in the village. The matter was reported to the police and a panchayat was also held to discuss the matter.

During the panchayat proceedings, Irshad admitted that he had abducted Lovemass, son of his friend Sunil Chauchan. He also gave his word to the panchayat that he would safely bring the boy in two hours. But when Irshad did not restore the child to his parents, his family members reported the case to the police, but the police did not take cognisance of it.

On Tuesday evening, the villagers and some family members found the belongings of the child near the ‘kolhu’ of Irshad. The boy’s skull and skeleton were also seized from the furnace.

With the recovery of the child’s remains, fear stalked the village. Some villagers headed towards the house of the accused and attacked his wife and other family members. The police party was also beaten up when it tried to rescue them from the mob. Frenzied youths tried to attack a religious place, but some senior citizens managed to prevent them from doing so.


BJP set to field all six sitting MPs in Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to field all the six former Members of Parliament in the forthcoming polls. An indication to this effect was given by party sources today while constituting a 15-member election committee for the National Capital Territory of Delhi. All six of them have been included in it under the chairmanship of Delhi Pradesh BJP president Dr Harshvardhan.

The seventh seat, Sadar, fell vacant when Mr. Madan Lal Khurana, former Delhi BJP chief, resigned to take over the gubernatorial post in Rajasthan. The BJP had won all the seven seats in the NCT of Delhi in the previous Lok Sabha elections.

All the six — Vijay Kumar Malhotra (South), Jagmohan (New Delhi), Sahib Singh Verma (Outer Delhi), Lal Behari Tiwari (East Delhi), Vijay Goel ( Chandni Chowk) and Meira Kanwaria (Karol Bagh resereved) — have become extremely active in their respective constituencies ever since the Lok Sabha was dissolved.

Delhi BJP sources also indicated that the Sadar seat may be allotted to a nominee of the former MP from there, Mr. Madan Lal Khurana, who still holds considerable sway in the Punjabi dominated area. A formal announcement is expected later this week.



Recreating Holika Dahan in Phallen
Bijendra Ahlawat

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 3
Not many people know that there is a village in the neighbourhood of this district where the ritual of Holika Dahan, celebrated as Holi festival in the entire country, is strictly followed as per the mythological norms. The village has become famous even abroad. Thousands of people assemble here on this day to see the burning of Holika.

The village is known as Phallen and located just 16 km from Hodal, a border town of the district in the Mathura district of UP.

According to Mr D C Chaudhary, a resident of Hodal, who hails from this village, thousands of devotees and outsiders converge on this spot to witness Holika Dahan, carried out in the same manner in which it was stated to have taken place originally.

He said the residents of this and some nearby villages who play host to the people coming from outside, have already started preparations as the main function was to be solemnised on March 6, the day of Holika Dahan.

Moolchand Tanwar, a resident of the village, said that one Sushil, known as the ‘Panda’, would be the centre of attraction as he would be playing the role of Bhakt Prahlad, the saint.

According to mythology, Bhakt Prahlad did not die despite being made to sit in the fire along with Holika, by Heerankashyap, a theomaniacal ruler.

It is reported that the Panda, who has been doing this ritual for the past many years, do not get harmed or burnt even after passing through the fire. Before beginning the ritual, the Panda sits in a cave-like place in the village to perform the puja for a month.

During this period, he does not take food and survives on water and fruit only.

Mr Chaudhary said the whole village turns into a religious place. A number of ‘mandalies’ sing bhajans and chant mantras throughout the day. Many people know the occasion as Holika Dahan Mela.

It is learnt that the event is covered not only by the local media but also by the organisations like the BBC. The Panda crosses the fire, whose flames are seen from over a kilometre. He then takes bath in a special tub known as Prahlad Kund for about an hour.

According to some of the eyewitnesses, the panda takes about three minutes to go through the fire and comes out safely, to the disbelief of many.

The locals believe that this village was the spot where the real Bhakt Prahlad had gone through Dahan (fire) thousands of years ago.


‘Kavi Goshthi’ adds flavour to Holi celebration
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
A ‘Kavi Goshthi’ was organised as part of a Holi celebration among the under-privileged children by Sampurna, an NGO working among the weaker sections of the society. Poems and couplets were recited on the occasion, which added flavour to the colourful celebration.

The chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board, Ms Mridula Sinha, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mrs Simmi Jain, Chairman, Delhi Social Welfare Advisory Board, inaugurated the function by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Recitation of poems by children left the audience spell bound.

Moreover, a number of girls, who had come to Sampurna during their time of distress to seek guidance and relief, related their experiences in the form of poems, which was appreciated by the audience.

A number of physically challenged children received wheel-chairs from Mrs Simmi Jain, who exhorted them to fully participate in all activities to improve their talent.

While applauding the self-defence course held recently, she wanted that all the physically challenged girls should receive similar training so as to enable them to face the ordeals in life with confidence and courage.


Property tax
Separate valuation for hospitals
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, has said that the Municipal Valuation Committee would make a provision for valuation of property owned by hospitals and institutions, and land for public purpose utilities. The committee will formulate separate guidelines for such property for collection of property tax.

Giving reply to a question of opposition member of the Standing Committee, the Municipal Commissioner clarified that the corporation would publish a booklet to be made available at important points for any information on property tax. Citizens can deposit tax after consulting the booklet. The MCD, in its web cite (), will explain everything about the booklet. He said once the method was implemented, advertisements would appear in different newspapers in which the rate and category of the area would be cleared. People will not have to go to a private architect. For the convenience of citizens, the MCD will hire architects in different districts. The residents can take the advice of architects free of charge. It’s the corporation who will pay them.

The senior citizens and women are still entitled to a rebate of 30 per cent of the total value of their property.

The corporation will also constitute a hardship committee. If the residents have any problem, they can take up their problems with the committee. At present, the corporation has 30,000 cases of property tax. If these cases are worked out, the corporation will earn Rs 15,000 crore.

Boycotting the discussion on property tax, BJP councillor Vijender Gupta said that the hardship committee was nothing but a ploy to fool Delhiites. Seventy per cent of the residents of the Capital would have to deposit more tax than they had deposited earlier. Ten per cent people have been given benefit of Rs 200 crore. He threatened if the anomalies in the Municipal valuation committee were not amended, the BJP would launch an agitation against the ruling Congress in the corporation and the Delhi Government.


Industry scene
Land acquisition: Gurgaon Inc breathes easy
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 3
The Haryana government has constituted a three-member high-powered committee to study the feasibility of providing exemption from the proposed acquisition of land to the industrial units in Khandsa, Begampur Khatola and Khandsa.

The government has already made notification under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act, an advanced step in the procedure followed for the acquisition of land.

About 200 industrial units would be uprooted if the land in these villages is acquired.

The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and the Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) have hailed the move of the government. Several organisations, including the PHDCCI, the GCCI and the Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA) had been agitating on the issue for several months.

According to the GCCI, the committee is headed by the Commissioner and Secretary, Government of Haryana, Industry Department, Mr S.C. Chowdhary. The committee is to give its report by March 13.

The terms of reference of inquiry by the committee include the objections by those who have already obtained Change of Land Use (CLU), units functioning with or without CLU, continuity of land proposed for acquisition which is essential for integrated planning, existing industries which have earmarked land for expansion and wherever possible not to disrupt the existing industrial units.

However, the terms of reference are categorical that the users not conforming to the industrial use which are not permissible in the industrial zone like dairies, would be deprived of the possible relief.

In fact, the latest in the series of address to the government from the industry on the issue was by the GCCI during its 24th Annual General Meeting (AGM), held a couple of days ago.

In the resolution, the GCCI pointed out that hundreds of units—small, medium and large scale having investments of crores of rupees—are in a functional position in these areas, making products for the domestic and international users.

A majority of the units had been functioning for the past two decades.

It also pointed out that a majority of the units located in the impugned areas had obtained required permissions/registrations and licences, such as conversion of land use, factory licence, SSI or IEM, sales tax registration, electricity telephone connections.


NGO to observe three landmark Sikh events
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The Servants of Humanity, an NGO working in Delhi, started the celebrations of three centenaries of the Sikh community coming in year 2004 - Nanakshahi 536. The celebrations for the three centenaries - Guru Angad Dev Ji’s 500 Parkash Purab, Guru Granth Sahib’s 400 Parkash Purab and 300 Martyrdom of Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, was started by the organisation with a Gurmat Samagam, held at Gurdwara Shahidan, Shastri Park. Bhai Ravinder Singh, Bhai Surinder Singh and Bhai Amarjit Singh performed the kirtan while Bhai Attar Singh and Pritam Singh delivered the Gurmat Vichar to the present Sangat.

The Gurmat Samagam was convened by Sikh Missionary Harpal Singh.

Also, this year’s Nanakshahi calendar was released by the organisation and its first copy was presented by Harinder Pal Singh, member SGPC, to J. Gurcharan Singh Gatka Master, member DSGMC and senior vice-president, Shromani Akali Dal, Delhi. DSGMC member Gurbachan Singh Sabharwal also addressed the Sangat about his views on how to celebrate these centenaries.

Seeing the enthusiasm of the Sangat and the organisation, SGPC member Harinder Pal Singh extended his full cooperation to the organisation in celebrating these centenaries.

He also promised to arrange the religious books published by SGPC for the organisation to set up libraries in different Gurdwaras and to promote the reading habit in the community as it is the only possible means to know about the heritage and traditions of the Sikh culture.

He congratulated the organisers for publishing a beautiful colour Nanakshahi calendar as it is not only the duty of SGPC and DSGMC alone, but also of the other organisations as well.

The spokesmen of Servants of Humanity, Tehal Singh and P. S. Walia said in length about the programmes during these celebrations. A programme of Gurmat seminar in April on the occasion of Guru Angad Dev Ji’s 500th Parkash Purab was announced to be held in which Sikh intellectuals of country and abroad would be invited to discuss about the role of the Sikh community in the 21st century.



LJP demands Haryana DGP’s resignation
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 3
The state president of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Capt Shamsher Singh Malik, today asked for the resignation of the Director-General of Police (DGP) Haryana, Mr M. S. Malik from his post as his wife Krishna Malik has been nominated as the INLD candidate from Sonepat Parliamentary constituency.

Talking to mediapersons here before commencing party’s ‘Dalit Chetna Yatra’, Capt Malik, who has also been announced as party’s candidate from this constituency, feared large-scale poll riggings if the DGP continued on his post during the election.

Coming down heavily on Chautala government for showing total disregard to established conventions, Capt Malik apprehended that the Haryana police would make every try for the win of Krishna Malik and “for this the police can go to any extent.”

Urging the Election Commission to intervene and direct the Chief Minister to seek the resignation of the DGP, Capt Malik threatened that if the commission did not initiate any action in the matter, the party would be forced to gherao the commission.

Terming the BJP and INLD as the chips of the same flock, Capt Malik pointed out that both the parties worked together for four years and both were equally responsible for neglecting the welfare of the people of the state. “Even now also they are one. Their separation is just to fool the people during elections and they will again shake hands after the polls,” he remarked.

The Dalit Chetna Yatra was aimed to expose the state government’s indifferent attitude towards the safety of the Dalits in the state as was evident from different incidents of atrocities on Dalits in the state, he said and added that the yatra would conclude in a protest rally at Delhi today and it would be addressed by party president Ram Dilac Daewan and other central leaders of the party and Shiv Sena as the yatra was being organised jointly by the LJP and Dalit Sena units of the state.

Later, a delegation of LJP and Dalit Sena will hand over a memorandum to the president of India demanding immediate dismissal of Chautala government as it had failed to protect the life of the Dalits.


Interweaving issues of gender and sexuality needed to fight AIDS stereotypes: Study
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
“Bad women are the carriers of AIDS and so to avoid its spread we must get rid of them.” Shocking as it may sound this is the standard response of the adolescent community in four different slums of the Capital, where a study was conducted by the Gender Training Institute of the Centre for Social Research to look at AIDS from a gender perspective.

The project, supported by Asian Development Bank, has come up with a training design that emphasises on interweaving the issue of gender and power relations, sexuality and self-awareness.

The study carried out among 800 respondents in Trilokpuri, Sangam Vihar, Chattarpur and Yamuna Pustha revealed that there exist several gender stereotypes. Such gender norms create “a culture of silence and shame” that surrounds sexuality and an unequal balance of power between men and women. Women hardly engage in talks related to sexual health and men fearing the loss of masculinity never discuss such issues with their partners and friends.

During interviews it was found that some girls even do not know what the term sex worker means. Interestingly boys and girls say that client of a sex worker is not at risk. The report says that it is clear that sex workers are considered at risk, not the client, who happens to be men. The gender perception is very much visible in all the responses.

“The perception about AIDS and AIDS victims is a victim centric one i.e., to avoid AIDS it is better to avoid victims, which is inhuman and leads to discrimination at the outset,” says Dr Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research.

“The labeling of sex workers as a potential threat would do more harm, it would make them untouchable in the society, thereby making them more marginalised and stigmatised.” During interviews many said that “bad women are the carriers of AIDS”, at the same time client of sex workers are not considered as carriers. Such perceptions need to be changed. Even though in actuality everybody who is involved in risk behavior is prone to AIDS, be it client, housewife, drug addict or sex worker, certain misconceptions still exist among adolescents. The adolescents have developed a mindset, which is victim centric, says the report. One of the reasons for this could be schools not imparting knowledge about sex and AIDS.

“There is a strong need to inculcate values of caring, sharing and softness in boys too. The gender stereotypes as they operate today play havoc in the lives of men and women. And both directly as well as indirectly lead to the spread of the virus,” adds Dr Ranjana Kumari.

While AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease and informants have pointed out that through indulging in unsafe sex they can contract the disease, but only 42.1 per cent boys and 46.3 per cent girls pointed out that AIDS could spread through Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD).

Most informants have no knowledge about Sexually Transmitted Disease.

The report says that the worst threat lies here, but in India we call it as ‘Gupt rog’, which means diseases, that are not to be discussed with anybody. The fear of loss of masculinity acts as a hindrance for people to discuss issues of sex openly. This fear compounded with myths is being cashed on by the quacks. There are thousands of quacks in every locality and pose as sexologist and are visited by middle-aged and young men to seek help to increase their sex power and for treatment of STDs. These quacks also have little information on HIV/AIDS.

Investigator met an informant who had the history of STD and for its treatment visited a quack that told him that his problem was related to the fact that he indulged in masturbation.

The report stresses that often one ends up going for treatment to people who are misinformed, incapable of providing treatment and may, instead of helping to curb the Problem, lead to its spread. It emphasises the need for communicating issues of sex and sexuality through the right channels so that this open discussion clearly outlines the myths and facts associated with the disease. About the treatment of AIDS, 36.8 per cent of the boys and 30.6 per cent girls said that AIDS could be treated, while the reality is that there is no treatment for AIDS. Prevention is the only cure, preventing oneself from it requires that one have information about it.

The report emphasises that the educational messages about prevention need to recognise the unequal power balance between men and women and focus on sensitivity to neutralize the thinking that cutting ties with the patient is not an answer to HIV/AIDS or that caring for an HIV/AIDS patient could lead to infection.


SOS Children’s Village celebrates 30 years of service
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The SOS Children’s Village, Bawana, celebrated 30 years of its establishment. It was also the 40th anniversary of the establishment of organisation in India.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest, Mr Surendra Kumar, MLA, praised the work of the organisation in helping the needy sections of our society. He was welcomed by the children, mothers, the national director and the president of SOS Children’s villages of India.

The Delhi legislator said that he was happy to be associated with organisation and was ready to help it in every possible way. The Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, was unable to attend the function due to her illness. However, she sent a message expressing her love for the children and hoped that she would be able to visit them soon.

Mr J. N. Kaul, the president of SOS CVI, was happy that the SOS had crossed yet another milestone this year. He said that SOS Children’s Villages of India were planning to expand their operations to other parts of India. New children villages, including one at Bhopal for special children would be opened by the end of this year.

The organization hoped to extend its service to other states including Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and to the Kashmir Valley.

“Our emphasis will be on reaching out to many more children through initiatives including education and nutrition services and strengthening of motherhood,” said Mr Kaul.

Mr Pradeep Singh, national director, SOS CVI, said that the organisation wanted to spread the message that “all children are our children and are the responsibility of the whole society”. The chief guest visited the family houses followed by the ceremonial lighting of the lamp and invocation. Ms Kiran Walia, Chairman, Delhi Women’s Welfare Council, Mr Narayan Singh, MLC, and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.


Two dowry death cases
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 3
Two dowry deaths were registered by the police here. A woman was burnt to death by her in-laws when she was unable to meet their dowry demand of Rs.1.50 lakh. A report has been filed by the mother of the deceased with the Loni police.

The mother of the deceased, Sumitra Devi, a resident of Panchwati colony on Link Road, lodged a complaint that her daughter, Kavita, (24), was killed after being harassed by her-inlaws. Since Kavita was married last May, her husband, father in-law, mother in-law and sister in-law had been harassing her house hold item such as fridge, washing machine etc. Sumitra Devi claimed that even as she was able to fulfill their initial demands, they put up another demand for Rs.1.50 lakh in cash. Her harassment became intense when Kavita expressed her inability to meet this demand.

She was ill-treated and beaten up. Finally, Kavita was burnt to death by her in-laws on the night of February 27. Kavita was rushed to Delhi’s GTB Hospital in a badly charred condition, where she succumbed to her injuries. Sumitra Devi said that the news of her daughter’s death was given to her by their neighbours. She filed a dowry death case yesterday.

In another incident, the wife of an SDO, working in Delhi Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, under link road police station area of Sahibabad, died under mysterious circumstances.

Mr Ganga Ram, son of Mr Arun Singh, is a resident of Chander Nagar colony under Link road police station area along with his family. He is employed with the Delhi Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. Ganga Ram had reportedly purchased a house for Rs.36 lakh. However, the couple was reportedly not having harmonious relations, said a neighbour. The body of his wife, identified as Kusum, was sent for the postmortem examination.

The police are investigating into the cause of the death of Kusum.

Infant’s body found in a sack

The body of a new-born child was found inside a sack in Dasna pond. It appears to be an unwanted child, whose mother had thrown the baby in the tank soon after birth, the police said.

The decomposed body was discovered by some village youths, who had gone for fishing in the pond behind Kaziwali Masjid. The sack containing the body got stuck in their fishing rod.

No Wages For Staff

Greater Noida: Holi for these unlucky employees will not be as colourful as they had hoped. Some 20 employees working as seasonal staff have not received their salaries for past two months. These temporary employees were appointed by the district administration to tide over staff shortage. These employees are put on revenue collection work and their wages are paid by the District Collector.

The devil lies in the scrapping of the Gautam Budh Nagar district by the Samajwadi Party government.

The employees have been visiting the Collectorate in Ghaziabad regularly in the hope of personally apprising the District Collector of their difficulties.

However, the district Collectorate officials have a different story to tell. They said the budget of the Gautam Budh Nagar district has not been transferred to the Ghaziabad Collectorate. Hence, it was not possible to disburse wages to these employees.


Notorious criminal held from Jhilmil Colony
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The Special Investigation Team of the Crime Branch arrested a notorious criminal, identified as Bipin Sharma (31), resident of Jhilmil Colony, from the Anand Vihar area of East district. The sleuths apprehended him after receiving a secret information that the notorious criminal was staying in the Jhilmil area.

During interrogation, the accused confessed that he was an active criminal, and his close associate, identified as Ashok, was killed in an encounter with the UP Police.

Policeman held for taking bribe

The Anti-Corruption Branch arrested one Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Delhi Police posted in the East district while taking a bribe of Rs 500 from a complainant. The complainant, identified as Raju, had informed the Anti-Corruption Branch sleuths before hand about the bribe demand of the policeman.

Loadshedding announced

The North Delhi Power Limited has announced loadshedding in the Narela, Pitampura and Civil Lines area on March 4 from 10 AM to 6.30 PM due to maintenance work.

No food poisoning: Commissioner

The Municipal Commissioner, Mr Rakesh Mehta, today clarified that students of MCD schools at Jaunapur and Kadipur villages had not suffered from food poisoning. The medical report confirmed that there was nothing in the mid-day meal distributed to the children.

The same mid-day meal was distributed among 5,000 students that day and only around 228 students had problems. A group of people outside the schools had spread rumour of food poisoning, said Roshal Lal Ahuja. 


BKU to field candidate from Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 3
The district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has decided to field Mr Braham Singh Dahiya, vice-president of the Haryana unit of the BKU, as its candidate from the Sonepat Lok Sabha seat.

According to a report, the BKU has decided to organise district level rallies at Karnal (March 20) and Kharkhauda in Sonepat district (March 21) to garner support for him.

Sadhu dead

A 70-year-old unidentified Sadhu was found dead on the platform No. 2 of the railway station here last evening. According to a report, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has sent the body for the postmortem examination. Reportedly, the Sadhu died of a heart attack. It has, however, been revealed that the Sadhu belonged to Gharaunda town in Karnal district. He was waiting for a passenger train (303 UP) for going towards Gharaunda.

Body found hanging

The body of a man, identified as Risal Singh (55), was found hanging from a tree in Asawarpur village, about 15 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the police believe it to be a case of suicide and have sent the body for the postmortem examination.


4 inter-state auto thieves nabbed
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, March 3
The Link Road police arrested four auto thieves and seized two cars from them during a routine checking. Based on their disclosures, the police seized seven more cars from different places. Moreover, two country-made revolvers, a large quantity of live cartridges and two knives were also seized from the two accused.

All the vehicles had been lifted from the national Capital and surrounding areas recently. The four thieves were booked under the various sections of IPC. According to Circle Officer, Mr Dinesh Yadav, the Link Road police arrested the accused and seized the vehicles near Amit Plaza during a routine checking.

Later, the police also seized two Esteem cars (No.UP 14 4260 and UP 53 C-4253), two Zen cars, one Santro and two Maruti 800 cars from different places on the basis of information provided by them.

The vehicle thieves were identified as Mohinder, son of Makhan of Meerut, Gaggan, son of Chander Prakash of Dehra Dun, Amjad Suggal of Saharanpur, and Yogesh, son of Chote Lal of Shahdra, Delhi, Mr Yadav said.

Students injured by sword wielding miscreants

Sonepat: Two students of Hindu Institute of Technology, Sonepat, received knife injuries when they were attacked by a group of armed youths in a private mess on the Atlas road near Prem Nagar here last night.

According to a report, the injured students were identified as Anil (22) and Ompal (23). They were rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment and were stated to be out of danger. Both the students had gone to the mess for taking their food.

The alleged assailants were armed with knives and swords and attacked the students after some altercations with them. The police have registered a case and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

According to another report, irate students of the Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) went on rampage and pelted stones at a Haryana Roadways bus here yesterday protesting against the non-stoppage of the bus near the railway flyover. Even though there was no casualty, some windowpanes of the bus were smashed. Some of the students involved in the incident were handed over to the police by the passengers.

The bus was on its way from Rohtak to Sonepat. When the driver failed to stop the bus, they became furious and pelted stones on the bus and smashed its windowpanes.

Schoolgirl missing

A class IX student of the Jain school, identified as Manisha, was allegedly kidnapped by a youth, said to be her relative, at Gohana town, about 35 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the alleged culprit was identified as Manish, a student of Class X in another school of the town. When Manisha failed to return from her school, her parents informed the police who registered the case. Further investigations were in progress.


MCD gets court notice on renaming Rani Jhansi Road
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on a petition seeking to prohibit the municipal body from renaming Rani Jhansi Road in the heart of the Capital to Manohar Lal Khurana Road. A division bench comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B D Ahmed, issued notice to the MCD and its Standing Committee Chairman on the petition filed by a resident of Rani Jhansi Road.

The petitioner, Mr M P Chauhan, in his petition has said that renaming was an ‘insult’ to the great warrior queen Lakshmibai, who was one of the pioneers of the First War of Independence in 1857.

He said that M L Khurana, ex-metropolitan member, was no match to the personality of Rani Lakshmibai and added that the proposal to rename the road was only a ‘’dirty game of politics’’.

Saying that the steps to rename the road had hurt the public sentiments, the petition sought quashing of the MCD Standing Committee resolution in violation of the provisions of the corporation, convention and good law, and the larger public interest. While the road had been named as Rani Jhansi Road since pre-Independence days, the authorities were trying to portray that the road had not been officially named so far, it was claimed. A road ‘naming’ function was to be held on February 11 though it was called off.

Protest march by DUTA

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) today burnt the effigy of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Deepak Nayyar, for his alleged arbitrary and autocratic functioning.

A large number of teachers gathered at the DUTA office and carried out a protest march to the office of the VC. The teachers said that they were
also planning to boycott the forthcoming annual examination of the university.

The teachers said that they would not accept the privatisation and commercialisation of the higher education as it would directly affect lakhs of poor students.


Inter-state robbers, who would pose as cops, nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 3
The North-East district has claimed to have apprehended eight inter-state robbers and dacoits who used to gain entry in the targeted houses by posing themselves as policemen to commit crimes like robbery, kidnapping and rape.

With their arrest, the police have claimed to have solved at least 18 cases of Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh and recovered four sophisticated country-made weapons, 10 live cartridges and two knives from their possession.

The accused had committed crimes in Mansarover Park, Shahdara, Gandhi Nagar, Bhajan Pura and Welcome of Delhi, Kotwali, Babri, Budhana, Khatoli and Shamli of Uttar Pradesh.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East) Praveer Ranjan said that the gang members who used to adopt this unique modus operandi to commit crimes were arrested for the first time. The North-East district has launched a massive operation following a spate of such incidents and studied the modus operandi of the gang as they robbed cash, jewellery and even mobile phones, particularly in the evenings from the victims.

In some cases, the accused also threatened the inmates with dire consequences if they informed police and in one case they had committed robbery-cum- rape-cum-kidnapping.

On March 2, the police received a secret information that the gang members would assemble near the Jail Boundary, Harsh Vihar. Following that when the police team reached there, the gang members started running and one of them identified as Rais started firing at the police personnel.

But the police team apprehended eight of them who were later identified as Naushad (30), Rais (25), Ash Mohammad alias Ashu (22), residents of Muzaffar Nagar, Salman alias Zahid (24), resident of Meerut, Noora (23), resident of Muzaffar Nagar, Akram (23), Sakeel alias Pahelwan (24), residents of Muzaffar Nagar and Mohammad Hasim (27), resident of Nangloi.

During interrogation, the accused confessed to their crimes and said they used to carry weapons and rods during the commission of crime. They said that after entering the targeted house they used to stay from 30-mintues to one hour to commit crimes and threatened the victims with dire consequences.

Mr Ranjan said that the police are still working on the case and are confident to nab other accused.


Sadhu rapes woman pining for male child
Our Correspondent

Rewari, March 3
Purportedly driven by the pursuit of a male child, a woman of Zenabad village, about 25 km from here, recently fell into the clutches of sadhu Bhimgiri, practising occultism at Rewari and several other places in Haryana. The sadhu was apprehended by the CIA police of Rewari from its hideout in Hisar on Saturday.

The woman, who was taken from here to Hisar on February 22, under mysterious circumstances, was recovered by the police from the sadhu’s possession. The woman was medically examined at the local civil hospital. Later, she was restored to her father Prabu Dayal Yadav, resident of Dharan Ki Dhani village, about 15 km from here.

A case of rape, abduction, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation under sections 376, 366, 342, 506 of the IPC was registered against the accused sadhu Bhimgiri. The sadhu was produced before the Duty Magistrate here who remanded him in judicial custody.

According to sources, Prabhu Dayal Yadav married his daughter (Babli) to one Mahender Singh Yadav of Zenabad village about eight years ago. After the marriage, Babli gave birth to a baby girl. But later, it is stated, she developed some sort of gynaecological deficiency, which eventually spurred her husband to avail of the services of sadhu Bhimgiri to redeem their cherished longing for a male child.

Consequently, the woman became a regular patient of sadhu Bhimgiri, who held consultative parleys at a specified place here weekly.

These parleys had been going on for the past several months. On February 22, the sadhu allegedly eloped with the woman and clandestinely brought her to his Hisar hideout, where she was repeatedly raped. When Prabhu Dayal Yadav got information about his daughter’s sudden disappearance, he lodged a report in this regard at the police post at Dahina near Zenabad village.

In the meantime, her missing daughter somehow managed to inform him telephonically about her woeful plight. Subsequently, Parbhu Dayal Yadav, along with other elders of the village (Dharan Ki Dhani), met Mr Hanif Qureshi, SP, here on February 27, and urged him to rescue his daughter from the clutches of the wicked sadhu.

The District Police Chief entrusted the case to the CIA Police Inspector, who swung into action leading to the recovery of the woman as well as the arrest of the accused sadhu Bhimgiri.

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