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Missing SI, informer found headless with skulls charred
J T Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 6
Mystery shrouds the death of a Delhi Police sub-inspector posted in the Anti-Homicide cell of the Crime Branch and a police informer, who were found brutally murdered this morning in two different places of Haryana. The headless and naked bodies of SI Satish Kumar (45) and the police informer, Vijay Kumar Swamy, which were recovered by the police from Bahadurgarh and Jakura villages, have been sent to the mortuary of the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital.

The charred skulls of both the victims, which were recovered by the police this afternoon, have been sent for forensic examination. Sources said that the clothes of the victims were deliberately destroyed in a bid to destroy the evidence.

After the discovery, senior police officers like Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sudhir Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Dependra Pathak and Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) Sanjay Singh, accompanied by other officials and family members of the victims, reached the spot in Bahadurgarh area.

The Crime Branch, Anti-Homicide cell, had received a tip-off from Vijay Kumar Swamy that some robbers were active in the Mangolpuri area. Accordingly, at around 8.30 pm, a special team led by Inspector Ajay Sharma and SI Satish Kumar reached the spot. Sources said that while Ajay waited in the police vehicle, Satish and Vijay proceeded to the village to gather information and kept contact with Ajay through a mobile phone.

Sources said that soon after they lost contact. With no one offering any clues to the whereabouts of Satish and Vijay, a missing case was registered in the Mangolpuri police station. But a little while later the police learnt that their headless and naked bodies had been found in Bahadurgarh area.

SI Satish is survived by his wife Esvanthi Devi, a daughter and two sons. While his daughter is doing Chartered Accountancy, his elder son is doing engineering in Faridabad and the younger one is studying in the 11th standard. Satish’s sister is also a sub-inspector in the ministerial (CRO) division of the Delhi Police.

The Delhi Police has announced an extraordinary benefit for Satish’s family till the date of his retirement from Delhi Police and also an ex gratia payment of Rs five lakh. An additional Rs two lakh will be made available by the Delhi Police Welfare Society. A compassionate appointment of a family member will also be facilitated. Sources said that Satish will be given a 21-gun salute and a wreath will be placed in his honour when the cremation takes place.

Our Correspondent from Jhajjar adds: The recovery of the two headless bodies has created a stir in the town. One of the bodies has been identified as that of Satish Kumar, a sub inspector. He also happened to be the cousin of a Congress leader, Ramesh Dalal, who fought the Assembly election from Bahadurgarh last time. Dalal is a strong contender for the Congress ticket in the next Assembly polls, too.

The body was found near the agriculture office behind the court complex. The deceased was residing in Rohini and a native of the nearby Jakhoda village.

The other body was recovered from a factory premises near Jakhoda village. The charred severed head was recovered in Tikri village. Vijay Kumar lived in Mangolpuri.



‘Media executives’ held for trafficking
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 6
The Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police has arrested two people, including a woman, for their involvement in a human trafficking racket. The sleuths also recovered blank letterheads of various ministries and some incriminating documents from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Sanjeev Malik (40), a resident of Greater Kailash, and one Barkha Sharma (33). Malik, who used to introduce himself as the CEO of Asian News Channel, and Barkha Sharma, who had worked with a TV channel for five years, were arrested following investigations into a complaint lodged by a person who was stranded in Israel for an year after the duo facilitated his illegal entry.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (EOW) Dinesh Bhatt said that the sleuths were acting on a complaint from one Surinder Singh Negi. He and three others were taken to Israel on the promise of employment in December 2002 on payment of Rs 3.5 lakh to the accused. But soon after reaching Israel, the accused fled the country, leaving them without passports, tickets and money. Negi recounts that he worked on daily wages in Israel until he was able to return to India on December 10 last year on the intervention of the Indian embassy.

Negi says that Malik gave them identity cards and told them that they should identify themselves as technical persons who were visiting Israel for the purpose of making a documentary film. Malik presented himself as the CEO of the news channel and Barkha as the team leader.

The sleuths said that investigations revealed that the accused were running a human trafficking racket, charging between Rs 2 lakh and 10 lakh from gullible job seekers, depending upon the country and the nature of job. The duo used to take the aspirants abroad by arranging fake supporting documents for employment and finally deserting them without passports.

The accused had also gone abroad using a similar modus operandi on at least five occasions, deserting innocent persons in foreign lands. During interrogation, Barkha Sharma said that she had worked with Zee TV for five years.



Court bails out seven women undertrials
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 6
The Delhi High Court has granted bail to seven women undertrials, after taking cognizance of a letter sent by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), highlighting their pathetic condition in the jail in the Capital.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B D Ahmed, ordered the release on bail of undertrials in seven of the 15 cases it took up. There was a bunch of 26 cases in which the women were languishing in jail for as many as five years because of delay in trial. The court also issued directions to the trial judges to deal with the cases of women undertrials expeditiously with the consideration stipulated under the law.

The lower court, in some cases, had ordered bail but it could not be availed of by the accused due to their inability to pay the personal/surety amounts needed for securing bail.

Of the 15 cases the bench took up, bail was granted in seven, denied in three cases (in light of the seriousness/gravity of the offences they were accused of).

Since then bail has been granted by the trial court in three other cases while two other cases have been finally settled in the lower court. Earlier, acting on a complaint, an NHRC team had visited Delhi’s Tihar jail to have a first hand experience of the condition of women inmates.

After the visit, the NHRC wrote to the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, giving a detailed account of such women. Taking note of the letter, the division bench directed the city police to furnish records. Each case was examined individually on merit before the orders were given.

Ten new prisons in UP

Meerut: To meet the problem of overcrowding in prisons, the state government is going to create 10 new prisons in 10 districts, including Baghpat. Besides, 29 existing prisons will now have additional barracks. This was disclosed by Principal Secretary (Prison), Mr Mohinder Singh, while talking to mediapersons after the inspection of Meerut district prison.

The Principal Secretary (Prison), Mr Mohinder Singh, was here on a day’s visit. He inspected the district jail along with Senior Superintendent of Jail, Mr B P Tripathi, and the DIG Jail, Mr J B Pandey, on Saturday afternoon. Later, he reviewed the security of the district jail with other senior officials. After the inspection, Mr singh told mediapersons that the state government had sanctioned a project for Rs 231 crores for modernisation existing jails. OC



Air Hostess’ hubby claims he was on duty 
at time of arson
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 6
Air hostess Neetu’s estranged husband Jitendra Loura has filed an application in a Delhi court, seeking anticipatory bail. Jitender had allegedly attempted to kill his brother-in-law and torched his in-law’s house.

In an application filed in the court of Additional Sessions Judge at Patiala House, Loura said the FIR lodged by his father-in-law at Kotla Mubarakpur police station was intended to harass him.

While seeking anticipatory bail, Loura, an Air Traffic Controller at Safdarjung Airport, said, “The applicant was falsely implicated in the present case. The applicant was on duty on the date from 0730 hrs to 1700 hrs at his office.”

On the other hand, B S Dahiya, Neetu’s father, had complained that Loura had torched his house on Mandir Marg in Central Delhi. Loura had also allegedly attempted to kill Neetu’s brother a few days back as his demand for more dowry was not fulfilled. He said this in a complaint filed on February 2. The application filed by Loura said that the circumstantial evidence so far revealed that nobody had gone to torch the house. Witness Kartik, who first informed the Fire Brigade about the fire, had also not seen anybody near the house, it added. The judge will hear the bail application on Monday.



Three Hajis die in head-on collision 
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 6
Three persons died in a head-on collision between a Tata Sumo and a DCM mini-truck on the Brij Ghat in Garh Mukhteshwar.
The Tata Sumo was carrying Hajis who were on their way back to Bareilly after performing Haj in Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia.

Three persons died on the spot while half a dozen were seriously injured in the collision, the police said. The injured wee rushed to a nursing home while two of them were referred to a Meerut hospital.

The family of Nathan Khan had gone to receive him at Delhi airport in a Tata Sumo. At the Brij Ghat, when the Tata Sumo reached near Ganga Bridge at village Mohammedpur, a rashly driven DCM Toyota collided with the Tata Sumo. Both the vehicles were badly smashed.

Tabasum, 25, Shadab, 18, and Shafique, alias Chhote, 50, died on the spot. Haji Nathan, Khurshid Khan, driver Rakesh, Aslam, Ved Prakash and Naeem were seriously injured.



‘Wanted’ list adds to police woes

Noida: The police officers are a disturbed lot in western UP these days. It is feared that the history sheeters who had escaped from custody could throw a spanner in the works of the administration. There are 15 such criminals carrying rewards of Rs.2000 to Rs.2500 on their heads in Noida alone.

The following criminals are on the wanted list: Bhawar Singh s/o Dhan Singh of Tori Nagla, Rajesh s/o Raghubir of Chiti Shahjahanpur, Shyam Lal s/o Surinder Singh, Hardoi, and Tikkha s/o Sansi of Ram Nagar – all wanted by sector-58 police station; Harinder, alias Haryu, s/o Hari Singh, Dujama, Dadri, Om Pal s/o Raj Kumar of Ashok Nagar, Delhi, Gopal s/o Shavan of Aligarh – all wanted by sector-20 police, Noida; Ram Sewak s/o Raghunath of Manak Pur, Bulandshahar, and Jugnu s/o Om Prakash of 532, Jhandewla, Delhi – both wanted by sector-24 police station; Vinod Kumar s/o Chander of Gijore, wanted in sector-49 police station, Lala, alias Bishamber, s/o Khazam Singh of Chandi Ahar, Bulandshahar, Farooq s/o Rafiq of Dadri and Kishore Singh s/o Prahlad of Lohabad Champawat, Bihar, wanted in Bisarakh, Dadri and Phase II police stations, respectively. OC



Gang rape
8 family members get 12 years in jail
Tribune News Service

Ghaziabad, March 6
A fast track court of Baghpat has sentenced eight members of a family to 12 years imprisonment after holding them guilty of raping a girl.
The fast track court judge, Babu Lal Keservani, also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on each of them yesterday. The eight had gang raped the girl in Bijral village in Baghpat district on May 18,1999.

The accused have been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 3000 each under section 376 of the IPC and to seven years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2,000 each under section 366 of the IPC. However, the jail term would run concurrently, the judge said.

Those sentenced in the case are Kalu and Pappu (both brothers) and their cousins Angraj, Mallu, Virendra, Rampal, Rajpal and Mahipal.

They were present in the court when the sentence was announced and later taken to Meerut jail.

11-year-old gang raped

Jhajjar: A teenaged girl was allegedly raped by three youths in Dhaur village of the district yesterday. The police have registered a case against the accused in the case.

According to information, the 11-year-old girl was walking in a street when three youths took her to an abandoned place outside the village on some pretext, where they allegedly raped her. The suspects have been identified as Jitender, Meetu and Naveen of the same village. The police started investigation in the case following conformation of rape charges. OC



Jhajjar: The most sought-after town by all parties

Jhajjar, March 6
With the election tempo catching up in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, this historic town has transformed into a nerve centre for showing political strength.
The plethora of political issues and the politically active Jatland and Ahirwal belt, spread along northern and southern flanks of the district headquarters, ameliorate the significance of the town in the ensuing battle of ballots.

After the success of the road show of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the dusty township played host to the most significant rally of the ruling INLD on March 2, in which the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, launched the formal campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.

It may be reminded that the CLP leader Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda has held Adhikar rally here last year, following the Lalkar rally by his archrival in the party, HPCC chief Bhajan Lal. Both the rallies were organised on the SYL issue, which is directly linked with the sentiments of the people, as the arrival of water in this canal following the completion would prove a lifeline for the peasantry here.

Although, the Supreme Court has decided the matter in favour of Haryana, still it helped in adding luster to the rhetorical speeches of the politicians. Such over-activism of the political groups in this part of the state is almost unprecedented in view of the fact that Jhajjar is not a Parliamentary constituency. Moreover, Mr Sher Singh Badsami, state INLD chief, told the party workers here that the Chief Minister Chautala himself selected this town for holding the most crucial rally reposing full faith in the local workers who could ensure the success of the rally. And proving true to the expectations, the rally was a grand success from the gathering point of view.

So far, Jind was the most sought-after town for a show of strength due to its location in the middle of the state. However, the phenomenon has started drifting down south, towards Jhajjar seems to have equalise with Jind due to lack of issues for politics of hullabaloo in the interior districts.

The adjoining areas of this town include the Jat belt of Beri, Badli, Bahadurgarh, Rohtak, Gohana, Sonepat, etc on the northern direction and Ahir belt of Salawas, Rewari, Mahendragarh and parts of Gurgaon down south. These Jat and Ahir dominated areas, where majority of population is either engaged in peasantry activities or serving in the security forces, provide the requisite political issues in the present scenario related with the farmers and the servicemen, including water, electricity and ex-gratia and other benefits for the families of martyrs and ex-servicemen, respectively. These issues cast influence in the political equations in the entire state.

Another major factor for the newfound sought-after status of the town among politicians is that while Jat belt has been a traditional Lok Dal stronghold, the Congress has strong vote-bank in the Ahirwal region. Now, both the parties have been trying to penetrate into the traditional support base of each other and there is no other appropriate station for this purpose except the district, which is situated in between. It may be mentioned here that the Chief Minister has been trying to appease the Ahirs for a long time and decided to open a Military school in the Matanhail village, and also unveiled the statue of eminent freedom fighter of the Ahirwal Rao Tula Ram on the Silani Gate in Jhajjar recently. While Mr Manphool Singh, senior HVP leader claimed that the INLD and the Congress has concentrated their entire strength here to take on his party, which enjoy traditional support.

This region also supply with dedicated workers and electorate who can tilt the scales in favour of any party in the state. The location is fit from the point of view of drawing larger crowds. The people of Jatland, which comprise old Rohtak district, is always famous for the charm for participating in the political rallies. While the people in the Ahirwal region, are also politically conscious.



JD (Secular) to contest four seats in Haryana
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 6
The Janata Dal (Secular) has decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections from four seats: Karnal, Sonepat, Faridabad and Rohtak in Haryana.
According to the party sources, the national president of the party and the former Prime Minister, Mr Deve Goda, is arriving here on March 11 next to address the meeting of the party workers. He would announce the names of the party candidates that day.

Mr Kripal Singh, national secretary of the party, told the mediapersons here today that the party would launch the election campaign with full vigour and Mr H D Deve Goda would tour the entire state and mobilise the people to vote for the party candidates.

He said that the main theme of the party would be to expose the anti-people and anti-farmer policies of the BJP-led NDA Government in the country.

He alleged that the Vajpayee government had failed on all the fronts and the people had been trapped by the multinational companies.



HVP fields Jagbir Singh from Sonepat seat

Sonepat, March 6
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has fielded Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, a former Haryana Minister, as its candidate for the Lok Sabha elections from Sonepat constituency.
Announcing this, Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the HVP, told mediapersons here today that the party supremo and former Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, has already approved the name of Mr Malik and asked him to launch his election campaign immediately.

He also disclosed that Mr Malik would launch his election campaign from the Rai Assembly segment on March 11, and would cover most of the villages on that day. The HVP candidate would cover the villages of Rohat constituency on March 12, 15 and 20, and again the Rai Assembly constituency on March 16. He would also address public meetings in the villages of Kailana Assembly constituency on March 21 and 28. OC



Farmers bear the brunt of canal water theft
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 6
The farmers in the villages of Gohana sub-division of the district have been facing an acute shortage of canal water meant for irrigation purposes for the past few months. They have also alleged that theft of irrigation water by influential farmers, backed by certain political bosses of the ruling party is rampant.

According to a report, many farmers of Garhi Ujale Khan village have alleged that the canal water does not reach the tail end fields and this has resulted in the withering of the wheat crop.

They pointed out that they had sown the wheat crop in view of the widespread rains during the monsoon season. But there has been no rain for the past one month and the wheat crop had been hit badly.

The farmers of Sainipura village complained that lack of monsoon rains and canal water supply, the standing wheat crop has started withering away. The supply of canal water, they alleged, was erratic and inadequate. Moreover, the cases of canal water theft are on the increase on account of the failure of the officials to check the menace. The farmers whose fields are at the tail end are the worst hit.

Some farmers of Gamri village said that they had sown the wheat crop in their fields but it had been damaged on account of erratic supply of canal water. They also pointed out that the Israna distributary has become dry and there has been no supply of canal water in it.

Similar complaint has been made by the farmers of Kakana village who said that they have made a series of complaints to the authorities concerned about the non-supply of canal water but no action has so far been taken.

They also alleged that some officials of the Gohana Water Service Division are hand in glove with the influential farmers and were instrumental in hushing up the cases of water theft. As a result, the irrigation of the wheat crop that had already been sown, has been badly hit.

Expressing concern over the inadequate supply of canal water, the farmers of many villages blamed the authorities of the Gohana Water Service Division for not cleaning the canals, distributaries and minors despite clear instructions by the state government, particularly the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala.

They also alleged that the desilting operations carried out by the officials in the past were merely an eye-wash.

The farmers whose fields are situated on the tail end have demanded a probe into their complaints about the canal water not reaching their fields, and have demanded stern action against the officials found responsible for it.

They also alleged that the officials were misleading the district and departmental authorities by insisting that the canal water was reaching all the fields and the farmers had no problems. But the facts are otherwise, they say.

Meanwhile, representatives of various farmers’ organisations including the BKU have also refuted the claim of the irrigation department authorities that the canal water had reached the tail end villages during the rotation period and described the claim as incorrect and misleading. They said that the farmers were still facing the erratic supply of canal water for irrigation purposes and their crops were withering away on account of this.

They demanded the suspension of the executive engineer and other officials who are responsible for the canal water crisis. They urged the state government and the Chief Minister to take serious note of it and order the transfers of the Xen and other officials to ensure an independent and impartial probe. 



A road that tests motorist’s survival skills
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 6
Most of the roads in this industrial city are in a state of disrepair. However, Gurdwara Road in the NIT area here is damaged beyond belief. It serves as the main link to several densely populated colonies, including Jawahar Colony.

Rajesh Dass, a resident of Jawahar Colony, said that the one and a half km long road, passing through the colony and providing link to several adjoining areas like Parvatiya Colony, Nangla Road, Nangla Enclave, Sanjay Enclave, Sanjay Colony and parts of Dabua Colony had been badly damaged for the past many months.

He said as a large number of shops exist on both sides of this road, the situation turns ugly when there is a traffic jam.

Claiming that the residents of the area had met the municipal corporator and the authorities of the Municipal Corporation several times to demand the repair of the road, but of no avail.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had ordered the transfer of the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad (MCF) during his visit to the town here on February 21, when the latter was shown a film on the condition of the roads in various parts of the town, especially those in the industrial areas, by a leading industrial association.

It is learnt that the shortage of funds had been the main hurdle faced by the MCF to take up various projects.

The Senior Deputy Mayor of the MCF, Mr Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, said that the transfer of the commissioner was a welcome step and claimed that there was hardly a need for such a post.

He said the government should devise a method so that the MCF becomes a financially sound body and every official posted here be made accountable.

He said the civic body had received about Rs 50 lakh as slum grant after the transfer of the commissioner. 



Rajput Mahasabha feeling slighted
Our Correspondent

Rewari, March 6
The general secretary of the Haryana unit of the All India Rajput Mahasabha, Mr Pooran Singh Parmar, has asserted that the Congress, which is well-set to achieve a landslide victory in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls in Haryana, could be in trouble if it failed to assuage the smothered sentiments of the Rajputs who are in distress because of the persistent denial of their rightful claim of party nomination from at least one Parliamentary constituency of the state.

Talking to the NCR Tribune, he said that this is not a threat or warning by the Rajput Mashasabha, but this is a firm opinion held by the political analysts of the state as well. He said that it was beyond their comprehension that when most other communities were being affluently accommodated by the Congress in the matter of allocation of party ticket, then why the Rajputs alone are being sidelined just like a non-entity.

Giving a graphic account of the resentment over such state of affairs among the Rajputs, Mr Parmar informed that prominent Rajput leaders of the state had demanded Congress ticket for their representative from Bhiwani constituency at a Rajput Sammelan, held under the chairmanship of Rajput supremo and former minister Thakur Bir Singh at Bhiwani on February 22.

He went on to say that the Rajputs, who are now in a belligerent mood, would launch a “Rajput Adhikar Yatra” from March 14, to press the Congress high command for acceptance of this utterly neglected but long-cherished legitimate demand of theirs.

Further, justifying the demand, Mr Parmar said that Rajputs constituted 14 per cent of the total electorate of Haryana. As regards their constituency wise break-up, he informed that there were about 160,000 Rajput voters in Ambala; 157,000 in Faridabad; 156,000 in Kurukshetra; 150,000 in Mahendergarh; 131,000 in Karnal; 105,000 in Rohtak; 85,000 in Hisar; 70,000 in Sonepat and 55,000 in Sirsa while the biggest chunk of 177,000 Rajput votes was held by Bhiwani.

Mr Parmar further said that if the Congress high command accepted their plea for making Thakur Attar Lal its nominee from Bhiwani, the party would, in all probability, have a cake-walk from this prestigious Parliamentary seat of Bhiwani. It would also have a good impact in the remaining nine constituencies, where Rajputs would feel encouraged to vote for Congress candidates, he added.

He also explained that Thakur Attar Lal, whose name was already among the prospective candidates for Bhiwani, the panel of which had earlier been forwarded by the state party ujit to the party high command, was a prominent Congress leader and president of the Haryana unit of the All India Rajput Mahasabha. Thus, he fully deserved the party nomination from Bhiwani, where the INLD and Haryana Vikas Party were likely to field respectively Mr Ajay Singh Chautala and Mr Surender Singh, who both belonged to the Jat community, he added.



Charging farm house for functions ‘violates’ MCD Act
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 6
Member of Standing Committee in the MCD, Mr Vijender Gupta in a written letter to the Urban Development Minister of the NCT Government of Delhi, Dr A. K. Walia, demanded that the order of Special Secretary of the department about charging of Rs 40,000 from the farm houses for marriage or other social functions be withdrawn forthwith as this is unconstitutional and against the provisions of the MCD Axct.

He said that under the provisions of the MCD Act, any misuse order had to be incorporated in the budget proposals and sanctioned.

But the budget proposals of the MCD for 2004-2005 stand passed and sanctioned and no such provision of punishment has either been kept or sanctioned in the budget.

It is, therefore, totally illegal on the part of the Delhi Government to pass and convey orders to the corporation staff to charge and extract Rs 40,000 from the farm houses for every marriage function.

Mr Gupta pointed out that under the provisions of the MCD Act Section 347, no person without the explicit written permission of the Municipal Commissioner could charge for the use of land or building or allow any authority to charge for it.

In his letter to the Urban Development Minister, Mr Vijender Gupta explained the role and participation of other government agencies, saying that the authority givng the permission will have to meet at least once a month in which the MCD, Delhi Police, SDM and DDA representatives would be there.

The basis of rotational method in respect of farm houses, the number of guests, the anticipated number of vehicles, procession with horse carriage outside farm house and other such conditions will entirely depend on these factors.

Farm houses cannot be used for commercial purpose without the permission of the DMC Committee.

Rejecting the order of the urban development secretary, he said that the implementation of these measures given in the order would open new vistas of corruption as no thought had been given to the ground realities to charge Rs 40,000.



70 brick kiln labourers freed from bondage in Loni
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 6
In a raid on GBC brick kiln at Sakalpur village in Loni area, 70 bonded labourers have been freed after a raid by the district administration.
Even the family members of the freed labourers were being made to work at the kiln, it is learnt. The workers have safely been transported to their native place, the Addl DM said.

DM Santosh Yadav had received complaints about the bonded labourers in the GBC kiln. A team was organised under Addl. DM Sheshmani Pandey which included Asstt. Labour Commissioner, and a posse of Ghaziabad police.

The team raided the brick kiln at 10.30 pm yesterday with Addl. DM Pandey leading the raiding team. Seventy workers, including women and children were found working there. Seeing the raiding team, the supervisor of the kiln fled from the scene.

Freed workers told Addl. DM that they had been forcibly detained and compelled to work there along with their women and children.

The contractor said since the workers owed Rs 23,000 to the kiln, they were forced to work there. However, the workers countered it. They said they were being paid a pittance and the owner just cheated them by showing dues against them.

Addl. DM Pandey said the labourers and their families were transported to their homes during the night itself. They all belonged to villages in Loni and were from the economically weaker sections.

A chargesheet has been handed over to the District Magistrate, charging the proprietor with detaining these workers and compelling them to work as bonded labourers.



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Man is God’s only creature made to laugh, not to mourn

Whatever the legend behind the Holi festival, it is characterized by fun and frolic. It is associated with Spring and its colours. Daubing someone’s face with colours or directing a jet of coloured water on an unwary stranger seem to be the common idea of celebrating this Spring festival. But there is implied in it all, some fun, some laughter and good cheer.

Holi is connected with several stories: that of the burning of Kama by Shiva, the burning of Holika, who was a terror to Prahlada and the killing of Putana by Krishna. There is great divergence of opinion not only about its origin but also the manner of celebration.

With the onset of Spring, it is time for partying. The sun shines brighter and nature puts on colours. The children look forward to the celebration in gay abandon. Freedom from the daily drudgery is welcome; free to engage in a little fun and laughter. Human race everywhere yearns for a little laughter.

Festivals are invented for coming together to share a little joy and laughter.

“Laffing iz the sensashun ov pheeling good all over, and showing it principally in one spot, ‘’ recorded Josh Billings (1818-1885), an author known for wit and humour. Quite apt for these times when everybody is talking about ‘feeling good,’ notwithstanding the stresses and strains of present day living.

Josh Billings’ prayer may not be a tribute to his wife, but is still relevant: ``From a wife who don’t luv us, from fluky mutton and tite butes, from folks who won’t laff, good Lord deliver us!’’

Listen to him again on the nature of fun: ``Fun is the most conservative element in society, and it ought to be cherished and encouraged by all lawful means. People never plot mischief when they are merry. Laughter is an enemy to malice, a foe to scandal, and a friend to every virtue. It promises good temper, enlivens the heart, and brightens the intellects.’’

We are repeatedly told that laughter is best medicine. ``A merry heart doeth good like medicine!’’ proclaims the Bible. There are laughter clubs formed in various metropolitan cities in a deliberate attempt to promote health through laughter. Experiments too support these virtues attributed to laughter.

There is this story about a great comedian in a city. In his own private life, he wasn’t very fortunate, and had lately faced many tragedies. But his shows continued to draw large crowds. Unable to face the pressures of life, he went and consulted a psychiatrist for help. You know the advice he received? ``Go and watch the great comedian of the city for a few days!!’’

There is a Jewish story about a Rabbi. Once when he was in prayer, there appeared before him Prophet Elisa in a vision. With a smile he told the Prophet: ‘’I am glad to meet you. What have you to tell me?’’ Elisa replied: ‘’Do you see the two persons on the other side of the street?‘’

“Yes,’’ said the Rabbi. The prophet then remarked: ‘’ I know you fast and pray. Yet you are not eligible for a position as exalted as those two persons!”

The Rabbi could not understand the words of the prophet and grew curious. He went to the other side of the street and met the two men. ‘’Do you practice charity? Do you give to the poor?’’ the Rabbi inquired. ‘’We are beggars.

What can we give? How can we give?’’ responded the two men. ``Do you pray?’’ came the next question from the Rabbi. ‘’We are illiterate. We do not know how to pray. And no one has taught us how to pray !’’

The Rabbi wondered how these men who neither prayed nor gave in charity can get to heaven. After a few thoughtful moments he again asked: ``If you are not praying you must at least be fasting!’’ The reply was again in the negative. ‘’Then what are you doing every day?’’

“We simply crack jokes to bring laughter to people in sorrow! When we see someone who is unhappy we try to make him laugh’,’ they said in reply. Now the moral of the story is that there is a special place in heaven for those who try to make others happy. No doubt, charity and prayers are good and have their place. But all of us can do our bit to comfort those in sorrow; to bring relief to those who weep.

It is possible to wonder how we can comfort others when we ourselves do not have peace within us. How can we make others laugh when we ourselves are in sorrow? Think it over. When we really try to bring a little cheer to someone in trouble, the very effort will bring us as much relief as to the others!

This is a great mystery. When we try to make others happy, we also tend to become happy. It can not be the intention of our Creator that we should go through life with a mournful face!

MPK Kutty



Delhi Digest 
68 hauled up for eve-teasing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 6
On the eve of Holi celebrations, the East district police have checked as many as 2,241 vehicles and arrested 68 persons who were found to be indulging in eve-teasing. The police also impounded five vehicles in the district.

Loadshedding: The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has announced loadshedding in the Mangolpuri, Model Town, Narela and Pitampura areas on March 8 from 10 am to 5 pm due to some maintenance work.

Only emergency duty in some offices: The Lt-Governor of Delhi, Mr Vijai Kapoor, today announced that all offices of the Delhi Government would be closed tomorrow on account of Holi festival. Staff for emergency duty will be available in some offices.

Meanwhile, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ajai Maken and Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely expressed their good wishes to Delhiites on the occasion of Holi. The festival of Holi depicts the pomp and show of Indian culture. Holi, the festivals of colours, is celebrated amidst the feelings of unity and brotherhood. The people apply colours on one another to show bonhomie and happiness. Arvinder Singh Lovely said that Holi is a festival of colours and happiness. It gives the message of friendship, unity and brotherhood. 



Two passengers injured in Holi hooliganism 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 6
Two passengers of a Haryana Roadways bus, an armyman and a woman, were injured when some Holi revellers grappled with them in a bid to throw colour near Bhainswal Kalan village about 25 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the bus was on its way from Gohana town to Bawana village (Delhi) via Kharkhauda. The Holi revellers stopped the bus and boarded it. They tried to throw the colour but the passengers resisted the move.

During the grappling, two passengers namely Sirajuddin, an armyman, and a woman Ms Harpati sustained injuries. They were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger.

It is reported that when the passengers tried to apprehend the Holi revellers, they managed to get down from the bus and fled towards the nearby fields. But two of them were caught and handed over to the Kharkhauda police when the bus reached Kharkhauda.

Bid to smuggle wine: The Kharkhauda police have intercepted a tractor-trolley, carrying boxes of English wine and foiled an attempt to smuggle them following the arrest of two persons in this connection.

According to a report, the arrested persons were identified as Qasim Ali and Nawab, both residents of UP.

The tractor-trolley was loaded with building material. During the search operations, as many as 70 boxes of wine were recovered from it, which was on its way from Sampla to Kharkhauda.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the duo.

SHO transferred: The Haryana Government has transferred Mr Virender Singh Yadav, Station House Officer of the Civil Lines police station in the city for violation of the Code of Conduct enforced by the Election Commission for the Lok Sabha elections.

According to a report, the state government had issued the transfer order on February 28, but the SHO was asked to assume the charge of new police station two days before the issue of the transfer orders.

Meanwhile, leaders of various political parties have accused the state government of violating the Model Code of Conduct and said that a formal complaint would be lodged with the Election Commission in this connection shortly.

Two workers killed as tractor overturns: Two farm workers were killed and two sustained serious injuries when a tractor on which they were travelling overturned near Banwasa village about 50 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the victims were identified as Ghalib and Musharraf and they belonged to Sarsawa village in Saharanpur district of UP. Both the injured persons were rushed to the PGIMS at Rohtak.

The police have registered the case and sent the bodies for the postmortem examination. Further investigations were in progress.

The tractor was on its way from the fields to Banwasa village on which five farm workers were travelling. One of them escaped unhurt.

Boy crushed to death: A five-year-old boy Kapil Dev was crushed to death by a tractor trolley at Barauta village on the Sonepat-Gohana Road about 30 km from here last evening.

The police have sent the body for the postmortem examination after registering the case.

Meanwhile, three employees of the Haryana Roadways were injured, two of them seriously, when a crane on which they were travelling, rammed a tractor-trolley loaded with wood, and fell into the pond along the Sonepat-Meerut inter-state road near Khewra village about 15 km from here last evening.

The crane was on its way to Gauripur village in Baghpat district of UP for taking a Haryana Roadways bus of the Sonepat depot which had developed some mechanical defect.

It is stated that the driver of the crane tried to save a motorcyclist which resulted in the accident. The injured were immediately hospitalised. The condition of two of them was stated to be serious.



Three Nafees Kalia gangsters caught
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 6
The Loni police have arrested three historysheeter criminals of Nafees Kalia gang of Muzzafarnagar from near Sangam Cinema in Loni.
The trio had reportedly come to Loni for a contract killing and loot.

The police claimed to have recovered three local revolvers, two knives and a large quantity of cartridges from them. According to Circle Officer Sanjeev Kumar, the police post in charge Chander Kiran Yadav had noticed three persons hanging around in a suspicious manner near Sangam Cinema. On seeing the police, the three criminals began running towards the railway crossing. While trying to escape, they fired two shots at the cops.

But the police team managed to nab them. One of the arrested criminals is said to have hit his head with a stone.

The police seized three pistols, two knives and a large number of cartridges from the criminals. They gave out their names as Ayub and Sarifuddin, son of Sarfraz, resident of Serai Lal Das, Meerut, and Khalid, son of Allauddin of Tara Puri, Meerut.

The SO Vishesh Kumar said that the criminals were members of Nafees Kalia gang of Muzzafarpur who carries a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head.

Ayub, the police SO said, was wanted in Meerut in 15 cases of murder, loot, dacoity and kidnappings.

The three criminals were wanted in dozens of cases in Meerut, Muzzafarnagar and in many police stations in Delhi.

They said they had been paid for the murder of a person by Khalid who was to meet them at Sangam Cinema.



Bawana an industrial hub 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 6
Bawana is fast emerging as an industrial hub thanks to the government’s decision to relocate the manufacturing units there by April 30.
“The sprawling complex is coming to life with 200 factory owners, who were allotted plots to build units in the area, having already begun construction work,” the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC) Managing Director, Mr Jalaj Shrivastava, said here.

The DSIDC was entrusted with the task of developing Bawana and surrounding areas to relocate polluting units located in non-conforming parts of the city following an order of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Pradesh BJP has criticised the Government’s decision to shift the industries to Bawana, saying that the step was taken in haste.


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