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Woman among four held for murder of SI
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8
With the arrest of four persons, including a woman, the North-West district police today claimed to have solved the sensational murder of a Delhi Police Sub-inspector and an informer, whose beheaded bodies were found in different places of Haryana.

The accused were identified as Rajinder, alias Jinder, (24), Joginder, alias Danny, (24), Vinod and Laxmi (59), all residents of Mangolpuri. Rajinder and Joginder are sons of Laxmi. They were engaged in drug trafficking and bootlegging. Vinod, also a bad character, assisted them in the trade. The police have now launched a hunt for the third son of Laxmi whose name is also Vinod.

On February 5, the Anti-Homicide cell of the Crime Branch received a tip-off that some robbers, involved in a robbery of Rs 15 lakh, were staying in the Mangolpuri area. Accordingly, a team headed by Inspector Ajay Sharma and Sub-Inspector Satish Kumar Dalal were sent to the area. After reaching the area at around 8.30 pm, Satish along with the informer Vijay Kumar Swami, an MTNL employee, went inside the area. Soon they vanished.

The police searched the area and then lodged a missing complaint in Mangolpuri.

However, the police received an information in the morning that two beheaded bodies were lying in different places in Bahadurgarh.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) Sanjay Singh said that they received a tip-off this morning that one Laxmi involved in the crime would be visiting her daughter’s house in Mangolpuri. Accordingly, the police laid a trap and caught the woman. During interrogation, she confessed to the crime and also disclosed that her two sons and an associate, involved in the crime, were waiting near a temple in Mangolpuri industrial area. The three were arrested immediately.

The DCP said that on the fateful evening, SI Satish and Swami were noting down the registration number of a Santro car. It was during this time Vinod told Laxmi and her three sons Rajinder, Joginder and Vinod that two persons were noting down the registration number of their car.

Immediately, the accused rushed outside. They exchanged arguments with the policeman. An altercation ensued between them. During the commotion, Joginder snatched the service revolver of Satish and threatened him to accompany them to their house.

When Satish revealed his identity that he was an SI in the Crime Branch, the accused got the jitters and strangulated Satish and Swami. They were then taken in the Maruti van.

Later, their beheaded bodies were disposed of in different places. Their clothes were also removed in a bid to destroy the evidence.

Meanwhile, the police sources said that they were verifying the role of Swami to ascertain whether he was the actual informer or he just assisted the raiding party in the Mangolpuri area.



Fijian medical student raped

New Delhi: A 21-year-old Fiji national of an Indian origin was raped in a car by a businessman on Saturday night after she was offered lift by the accused. The accused Abhinav Kochar, resident of Rohini, Sector-6, who owns a travel agency in Azadpur, was apprehended by the police and a case of rape registered against him. The police said that the victim, a medical student, went to a discotheque in the Hyatt Hotel in the vicinity of Sarojini Nagar on Saturday night. The victim reportedly consumed liquor in the hotel and was in an inebriated state.

When she came out of the hotel, the accused offered her lift and then raped her. She was finally dumped near the Deer Park in Hauz Khas and spotted by the PCR van. She narrated the incident to the PCR staff. Later, the medical examination also confirmed the rape. TNS



Centre gets SC nod to remove Red Fort encroachments
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8
The Supreme Court has given the government a go-ahead to rid the Red Fort of encroachments. The apex court today gave a green signal to the Centre to remove all encroachments in the 17th century Mughal monument Red Fort, whose restoration work had been questioned by a PIL. The petition alleged that the work was not up to the international standards. The order came from a Bench comprising Chief Justice V N Khare, Justice A R Lakshmanan and Justice S H Kapadia, which granted four days to the Attorney General Soli J Sorabjee to consult all parties concerned in the proper constitution of the high-level committee to oversee the conservation work.

Mr Sorabjee submitted that due to the earlier oral order for the maintenance of status quo, the Government was not able to remove encroachments at the site. It was alleged by a petition filed by Rajeev Sethi that the seat of power of the Mughal Emperor Shahjehan was being endangered due to the shoddy restoration work carried out by the team from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Appearing for the petitioner, counsel Akhil Sibal contended that the ASI had not drawn any blueprint for the restoration nor kept any record of the work carried out so far. 



March stresses strengthening women’s movement
Tribune News Service

Women activists participating in a march on the occasion of the International Women’s Day in the Capital on Monday. — Photo by Kamal Singh 

New Delhi, March 8
A march was organised today from the Science Academy at ITO to mark the International Women’s Day. A large number of women, including housewives and working women from various areas such as Hyderpur JJ colony, Madanpur Khadar Resettlement Colony, Mahavir Enclave and Manglapuri, participated in the march organised by ‘Pragati Sheel Mahila Sangathan’.

Participants carried placards and raised slogans such as, “Stop privatization of electricity”, “Down with imperialist culture”, “Stop privatization of higher education”, and called for the strengthening of the revolutionary women’s movement.

The march passed through Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, Delhi Gate and culminated in a public meeting at Firozshah Kotla ground. Later, a number of leaders of the organisation addressed the gathering. Members of the ‘Akhil Bharatiya Nepali Mahila Samaj also participated in the march.

The Women’s Day is not a festival but a symbol of collective struggle, said one of the organisers of the march. A strong women movement is needed to stand up to the cultural onslaught on women by the MNCs, she added. The privatization of water and electricity under the “dictates of the World Bank and WTO” was also criticised by the organisers.

It was alleged that privatisation of higher education was taking higher education out of the reach of the common persons. The meeting also criticised the government for not implementing women related legal provisions in industrial units. The provision of mandatory night shifts will adversely affect the economic independence of women.

Speakers stressed on the fact that violence against women, including sexual harassment was due to the unhindered imperialist culture and the “secondary status of women” in the society. They called for a revolutionary women movement to bring about the necessary change in the society.

They called for a solidarity between various women movements to bring about an egalitarian social order. Participants from Mahavir Enclave and Manglapuri presented progressive songs during the programme.



DPCL yet to recover Rs 2,400 cr dues
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8
The former DESU Advisory Committee member, Mr Nand Kishor Garg, said that the Delhi Power Company Ltd (DPCL), despite repeated reminders, has not been paid any of its dues amounting to Rs 2,400 crore.

He was speaking in a press conference here.

Mr Garg said, “Till date, not even a rupee has been paid to the Delhi Power Company Ltd.” Mr Nand Kishor Garg is presently a member of Delhi Pradesh BJP election Committee.

The distribution companies, which have been formed after privatisation, are required to collect Rs 3,000 crore as outstanding dues against the consumers, according to an official of erstwhile Delhi Electricity Supply Undertaking (DESU). The current distribution companies—namely the Reliance-managed BSES and Tata’s North Delhi Power Ltd (NDPL), have recovered Rs 100 crore by sending arrears in the regular bills and also by out-of-court settlement and Lok Adalats. But the rest of the money has still to be recovered, Mr Garg said.

The electricity companies are distributing electricity in the Capital without the required licence under the Electricity Act, Mr Garg said.

Meanwhile, angry with the inflated bills, Delhiites approached Mr Garg who has advised them to take up the matter to the court.

He said that the fast meter readings and inflated bills are troubling the residents of Delhi. The DVB privatisation has started showing its adverse effects. The residents are made to pay through their nose for electricity.

He also expressed shock at the fact that there is an additional in-built circuit in the electronic meters for which these private companies have not sought the permission of the Electricity Regulatory Commission.



Lawyers seek tehsildar’s scalp
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, March 8
The District Bar Association launched an indefinite relay dharna today in front of Panchayat Bhawan, demanding suspension of the tehsildar and initiation of a departmental inquiry against him. The tehsildar had allegedly asked for a bribe in getting a plot registered from the daughter of a lawyer here. They also decided to boycott all executive courts at the district headquarters on a call given by the DBA following a meeting in the morning today.

According to the DBA president, Mr Naseeb Singh Kadian, the lawyers’ body had asked the tehsildar to give an explanation till 11 am today during their Saturday meeting. However, revenue officials or any representative of the district administration failed to contact them to explain the circumstances or feel sorry for that incident. He said the lawyers were demanding that the tehsildar should express his apologies for his behaviour. He said the lawyers were enraged over his refusal to listen to them when they called on him. However, he later completed the registry of the land without taking any bribe. At least 50 lawyers sat on dharna today.

He said when no one from the district administration turned up to listen to their demands they were left with no option but to launch an agitation against the corrupt official. The lawyers had also observed a strike on Saturday in protest against the behaviour of the tehsildar.

The tehsildar in question had demanded Rs 2,000 from the daughter of a lawyer for completing the registry of her plot on March 5. The issue snowballed when the tehsildar refused to budge on his demand even after some senior lawyers and members of the DBA body called on him. However, the association decided to take up the issue of widespread corruption in the executive courts. It gave two days’ time to the official to apologise. When the deadline expired today the lawyers went ahead with their agitation, demanding suspension of the tehsildar and other tainted staff under him, registration of a case under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and initiation of a departmental inquiry against them.

The Deputy Commissioner could not be contacted despite making repeated calls at his office.



Pronounced male child bias
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 8
Sociologists and legal experts today expressed concern over the dismal male-female ratio in Haryana and urged a change in the patriarchal mindset of society. They asked for strengthening the legal framework to ensure a conducive environment for the growth of women.

Speaking on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Director of Maharashi Dayanand University National Law College here, Dr P.C. Juneja said that although Haryana was one of the progressive states in the country, it has

lagged behind in the male-female ratio.

The function was organised on the campus of National Law College to observe the Women’s Day.

Dr Juneja said that although the successive governments have done a lot to uplift the status of women, more ground needs to be covered on this front. He cautioned that a state or any society cannot reach its optimal potential if one-half of its population remains stymied in a depressive atmosphere.

He called upon all concerned to contribute to the process of mass awakening on the need to develop the status of women.

Dr Promilla Batra, a professor of psychology with the MDU University, regretted that the negative mindset in society vis-à-vis women has persisted for ages.

She said that the progress of women should be seen in a proper context. Men as a whole are not against the empowerment of women.

Dr Madhu Nangla of MDU, placed the women-related issues and negative reactions of menfolk in various conceptual schools of thought, including the Marxian ideological framework.

While some speakers said that there should be no reservations for women as they were not inferior to men, others made out a case for 50 per cent reservation of seats for them in legislatures.



Making future techies

IP University is the first university, attracting a large number of students, who were earlier going to south India to get degrees in engineering and medical courses, says Mr K. K. Aggarwal, Vice-Chancellor of IP University. He speaks to Manish Kumar Singal.

With the opening of Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, the number of girl students in different technical education streams has increased. The parents who were reluctant to send their girl child to south Colleges, are now sending their children to this university for technical courses,” said Prof K. K. Aggarwal, the Vice-Chancellor of Indraprastha University.

K. K. Aggarwal, a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Punjab University, obtained masters degree in Advanced Electronics from Kurukshetra University. He took over the reins of this university five years ago. His mission was to give the students an institution offering different technical courses and to make them self-sufficient in technology.

He also did his PhD in Reliability Evaluation and Optimisation from Kurukshetra University. In 1975, he rose to the level of professor at the age of 27, probably among the youngest professors in the world. He has been the chairman of the Department of Electronics Communications and Computer Engineering at Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra, and worked as Dean (Academic) for that institution.

He was also the Director, Centre for Excellence for Manpower Development in Reliability Engineering, established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development at the college. Before joining as the vice-chancellor of the IP University, Prof Aggarwal was the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, for a period of three years.

He is also the president of The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE).

He has worked extensively in the field of electronics and had published more than 200 papers in reputed journals and more than 100 international journals.


What type of courses is being offered by IP University?

We are offering only technical courses to the students. These courses include BTech, MBBS, MBA, MTech, BEd. etc.

How did IP University come into existence and what is its significance?

This university was opened with an idea to produce technical hands, as many as possible. Earlier, there were only two institutes in Delhi, one is IIT and the other one is Delhi College of Engineering. But, since the number of seats were very limited in these two institutes and the rest of the students had to go to deep South India for getting engineering degrees, the government decided to open another university of its own.

Now, the Delhites have their own university offering technical courses.

Do you think that the students going to south India engineering colleges have now returned to the university?

Yes, during last five years, the number of students going to south Indian technical colleges have decreased. They have preferred our university instead of going there. The main reason is that the parents do not want to send their children far away from them. Secondly, the expenses are also less in this case.

What is the ratio of male and female students in the university?

With the opening of this university, a large number of girls have started opting for technical qualifications. Earlier, if a girl remained unable to get selected in the entrance of IIT or DCE, she preferred to choose humanities or other general degree courses available in the colleges of the Delhi University since their parents did not want to send them far away to south India.

But now, the girls are increasing in every technical course in IP University. We have around 40 percent girl students in different technical courses, including engineering, management and medicine.

How do you compare IP University with the DCE and IIT? Do you think that the IP University would achieve the same standard as that of DCE and IIT in the near future?

We are trying our best to give the best possible education to the students so that they can prove themselves in the market. We are not comparing ourselves with DCE and IIT rather we have taken those institutions to set an example for us.

Although, I would like to say that IP University has achieved a status just in five years where it has a better name than a good number of other technical colleges of south India. Moreover, the DCE is a 50 years old institution with a landscape of about 125 acres while our institutes are having only five-acre land and are just started five years back. Moreover, the government is funding these two colleges while our institutions are self-financed.

How is your placement division working and how many students have been able to get jobs?

We have a fairly competent placement division and have been able to get students good jobs in leading companies. Some of the leading companies are already our clients and have taken our students.

They are well satisfied with the performance of our students and this year the number of companies has increased manifold.

How many affiliated colleges you have and what are the parameters for those colleges? How you assess their quality and performance?

We have 75 affiliated colleges offering different courses including engineering, management, law courses etc. We regularly send our experts’ team to monitor the infrastructure and discipline of these colleges. If we find any college not measuring up to the mark, we stop it from admitting students that year. If the institute continues to do so, we cancel its affiliation as we have done earlier in some cases.

As per the norms of the university, any institute has to have a complete infrastructure and building to run an institute. But, most of your colleges have been seen running in private small buildings or even in some rooms also. Why?

As an institute comes into existence, it has to take different licenses and affiliation i.e., land allotment, AICTE permission, university affiliation etc. Then permission from DDA or municipal authority has also to be taken. It all takes some time.

But now, more than 60 affiliated colleges have shifted to their own buildings and are running the institutes successfully. Others are also on their way to finalise their construction and are about to shift anytime.

Are there some plans to open some course related to the literature of Guru Govind Singh?

Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit has announced it recently in a public meeting. If there were some directions to do so, it would be done accordingly. But as of now, we have not received any official information.

Which are the courses mainly designed for women and what response you are getting from students?

There is no such specialised course that is meant only for the women students. All the courses are getting tremendous response from the girls. In BEd course, 80 percent are girls of which maximum are housewives.

Do you have any plans to start more courses in near future?

Yes, we are planning to start some new courses in banking, insurance, entrepreneur, travel and tourism, paramedical, medical lab technicians, nursing etc. Besides, we are also planning to start some courses in collaboration of Spinal Injuries Centre, who are well established in physiotherapy and also MSc in the Criminology & Forensic Science, in collaboration with Delhi police’s forensic labs.



BJP alleges misuse of position by DGP
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 8
The Haryana BJP has sent a complaint to the Election Commission alleging the use of official machinery by the Director-General of Police, Haryana, Mr M. S. Malik, for his wife, Mrs Krishna Malik, who has been fielded by the ruling INLD as its candidate for contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Sonepat seat.

Party sources alleged police officials were engaged in organising meetings of panchayats in each village of the constituency in support of Mrs Malik on the behest of Mr Malik. As proof of their complaint, the party has started a video recording of these panchayats. This would be sent to the Election Commission for taking stern action against the DGP.

Mr Bhaley Ram Narwal, district president of the BJP, has demanded immediate shifting of Mr Malik from the post of the DGP to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections from this seat.

Meanwhile, Mrs Krishna Malik, INLD candidate, has denied the allegations of the BJP about the involvement of her husband in the elections. She maintained her husband had nothing to do with her election bid and had not interfered in her election campaign so far. Instead, he had cancelled his tour programme for attending the state-level function at Kanya Gurukul, Khanpur, in connection with Women’s Day which was fixed about one and a half months ago.

She claimed she was contesting the Lok Sabha elections on the INLD ticket and anticipating their defeat the BJP had started a hue and cry to besmirch the image of her husband. She gave three instances where wives of senior officers had contested elections and nobody had asked for these officers to be shifted.

Mrs Jagbir Singh Malik, HVP candidate from this seat, has described the allegation of harassment of BJP candidate K. S. Sangwan levelled against the Chief Minister as baseless and misleading. He alleged that he and not Mr Sangwan had become the victim of atrocities and harassment meted out by Mr Chautala.



Will Sangwan score a hat-trick from Sonepat?
B. S. Malik

Sonepat, March 8
Sonepat parliamentary constituency is the only one in the state which created history by electing an independent candidate, Dr Arvind Sharma, in the 1996 general election when he defeated veteran politician Rizak Ram of the Samata Party, Mr Abhai Ram Dahiya of the Haryana Vikas Party and the then HPCC president, Mr Dharampal Singh Malik.

However, Dr Sharma was shown the door in the mid-term polls in 1998 when he contested as a Shiv Sena candidate. The seat was bagged by the sitting MP, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, of the INLD in a multi-corner contest with Mr Abhai Ram Dahiya of the HVP, Dr Arvind Sharma of the Shiv Sena and Mr Balbir Singh Malik of the Congress.

The seat was retained by Mr Sangwan in the 1999 elections as a BJP nominee. He defeated veteran Congress parliamentarian Chiranji Lal Sharma by a huge margin of 2,66,128 votes in almost a direct contest between the two.

Mr Sangwan has again been fielded by the BJP. Interestingly, this time he will have to fight it out without the support of the INLD, which had proved decisive in earlier elections. It is also relevant to point out that like in 1991 the BJP is contesting the coming Lok Sabha poll without forging any alliance with any political party and did not get a single seat out of the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state.

Sonepat parliamentary constituency, since its inception as a separate constituency in 1977, has been represented twice by Mr Malik in 1984 and 1991 and Mr Sangwan in 1996 and 1998. In his bid for a hat-trick, Mr Sangwan has already come in the fray. Mr Dharampal Singh Malik has also been trying to get nominated as a Congress candidate. The Congress is likely to announce its candidate by March 15, according to HPCC president Bhajan Lal.

The constituency so far has been represented three times by the Congress, two times by Devi Lal’s Janata Party (S) and the INLD, once by the Janata Party in 1977, by the Janata Dal in 1989, the BJP in 1999 and by an Independent in 1996.



Govt dragging feet on poor students’ admission to public schools
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8
The Delhi unit of the BJP today accused the Delhi Government of dragging its feet on the issue of admitting 25 per cent poor students in unaided public schools of the Capital.

According to Delhi BJP chief Harshvardhan, the Delhi Government should publish a list of all those schools which had been given land at concessional rates and ask them to admit poor students to their schools.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Harshvardhan said the Education Minister, Mr Arvinder Singh Lovely, was trying to reduce the percentage to 15 to 10 per cent. The government was guilty of committing contempt of court by not ensuring compliance of the high court directive to these schools to reserve 25 per cent seats for poor students.

Dr Harshvardhan said at present there were more than 1500 societies which had given assurance about giving admission and free education to children of weaker sections to get government land allotted in their favour. However, after the schools became operational their management conveniently forgot the promises. The most unfortunate part was that the Delhi Government was watching the scenario helplessly, said Dr Harshvardhan. He further said the new academic session was to begin soon so if the government took early steps to ensure compliance of the HC directive it would enable more than one million poor children of the Capital to brighten their future.



Ambassador takes keen interest in integrated farming
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 8
The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Zeljko Janjetovic and councillor, Mr Omar Ojanavic, today visited the Dagar Mushroom Farm at village Akbarpur Barota in the district.

The dignitaries were there to have a spot inspection of integrated farming based on organic farming and the process of diversification of agriculture. During their hour-long visit at the farm, they inspected the mushroom sheds, processing of vermy-compost, fish farming, operation of the biogas plant, installation of solar system and bee-keeping.

Discussing the marketing strategy, the farm owner, Ramesh Dagar, informed that most of the supplies were made to the national Capital. They also exchanged information on the cropping pattern of their respective countries.

The Ambassador said that the cropping in his country was possible only between April to September because of the seasonal conditions.

He appreciated the weather conditions of India, which was agro-friendly.

The team took keen interest in mushroom cultivation and particularly inquired about maintaining the ideal temperature even during hot conditions. Impressed by the organic farming system adopted by the farm, they enjoyed lassi, honey and babycorn served to them.

Their wives, who accompanied them, were presented with Haryanvi turban and Chunri. Earlier, they also visited the ‘21st Century Fabric’ in HSIDC Complex at Kundli.

HVP candidate for Karnal

The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has named Ram Chander Jangra, president of the Haryana unit of the Backward Classes Association, as its nominee for contesting the Lok

Sabha elections from the Karnal seat in Haryana.

According to a report, Mr Jangra has promised to safeguard the interests of the Backward Classes in Haryana if he was elected to the Lok Sabha. His candidature has been approved by Mr Bansi Lal, the former Chief Minister of Haryana.



50 Holi revellers injured
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 8
More than 50 Holi revellers were injured, 20 of them seriously, in clashes in the district yesterday. A number of them were discharged after being administered first-aid treatment at the local civil hospital whereas 20 others were still undergoing treatment.

The police have registered the cases and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

Meanwhile, Holi was celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety in this city and elsewhere in the district.

Young boys and girls were seen roaming about in groups, some of them beating drums and dholes and dancing at the road crossings.

Congregations were also held at the religious places and community langars were also organised in various parts of the city.

A large number of devotees had a holy dip in the Yamuna. They later thronged the religious places to offer prayers and poojas.

Woman held for smuggling charas

The officials of the Narcotics Bureau of Delhi, headed by Mr S K Pandey, conducted a surprise raid in Mohalla Kot here yesterday and arrested a woman, identified as Sunita Arora, wife of Mr Joginder, on the charge of alleged smuggling of charas.

According to a report, she was produced before a Judicial Magistrate, who remanded her to 14-day judicial custody and sent to the Rohtak district jail.

The raid was conducted based on a secret information received by the bureau. A case under NDPS Act has been registered against the arrested woman.

According to another report, the Ganaur police have arrested one Uttam Singh under the NDPS Act following the alleged recovery of 118 grams of charas from his possession. The culprit belonged to Thaki village in Kulu district of Himachal Pradesh.

The culprit was spotted during the night patrolling by the police and was taken into custody for interrogation.

The charas was recovered from him during the search operations.

Meanwhile, the Kharkhauda police intercepted a Tata 207 carrying English wine on the Kharkhauda-Sampla road, about 25-km from here last night.

According to a report, the police recovered 38 boxes containing 456 bottles of English wine from the vehicle and arrested two persons, identified as Ranbir and Sumer, both residents of Chhara village in this connection.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered against them. The vehicle was on its way from Sampla to Kharkhauuda.

Motorcyclist killed in collision

A man, identified as Devinder (32), was killed when his motorcycle collided with a three-wheeler on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Jharoti village, about 10 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the police have registered the case and sent the body for the postmortem examination.

Body seized from cremation ground

The police conducted a raid at a cremation ground and seized the body of a young housewife, identified as Bala, at Nahra village, about 20 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the police action followed a complaint alleging the burning of the victim by her in-laws in the village. The victim belonged to Machhraula village under the Samalkha police station in Panipat district. She was married in Rohna village.

The police have registered a dowry death case against the members of her in-laws family and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has so far been made in this connection.

Youth electrocuted

A youth, identified as Kuldeep (25), was electrocuted in the fields at Rathdhanna village, about 5 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. The body has been sent for the postmortem examinations.



Youth shot at in Govind Puram
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, March 8
A contractor and his two sons have been named in a case of attempted murder in which a youth was shot at in Govind Puram yesterday evening. Old enmity is said to be the reason for the crime. The injured youth is in critical condition.

Sachin Tewetya (21), a resident of R.K.Puram, was standing in front of his house (No.I-121) in Govind Puram when contractor Satveer Singh along with his two sons, identified as Pawan and Deepak of Harsaon, came and picked up a quarrel with Sachin. When Sachin opposed them, Satveer and Pawan assaulted him while Deepak shot at him in the head with a licensed revolver.

Fearing they would be lynched by the people who had collected on hearing the gunfire, the three sped away firing shots in the air.

Sachin was rushed to the Yashoda Hospital, where he is stated to be in critical condition. A bullet is stated to be imbedded in Sachin’s forehead.

Sachin’s cousin, Mohinder Singh, filed a report with the Kavi Nagar police, naming Satveer, Pawan and Deepak in the case.

According to the police, Sachin’s father, identified as Om Veer Singh, was murdered in 1998, for which one Kamlesh Gopal was named. Kamlesh is a friend of Satveer.

Sachin’s uncle Sunil had earlier informed the police that they feared that Satveer posed a threat to Sachin’s life.

Since the assailants have gone underground, the SO of Kavi Nagar Police Station, Mr Shatrugan Upadhya, hinted that a court order for the attachment of Satveer’s property would be attained by the police.

The police have already seized Satveer’s Maruti Esteem car, which was used during the crime, the SO said.

11 persons injured in road accidents

Sonepat: At least 11 persons, including five women, were injured in different road accidents in the district during the past 24 hours.

According to a report, a jeep carrying passengers fell into a nullah on the Kharkhauda-Sampla road, about 25 km from here.

A number of passengers, including women sustained injuries and were hospitalised.

However, the driver of the jeep escaped unhurt. An eight-year-old boy, identified as Kanaihya, and a labourer, identified as Sultan Singh, also sustained injuries in the road accidents. They were immediately hospitalised.

Wife beaten up

A housewife, identified as Kaushal, was allegedly beaten up and injured by her husband, Kiranpal, at Pabsara Village, about 25 km from here last night.

According to a report, the injured woman was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment. She was stated to be out of danger.

The police have registered the case against Kiranpal, who is still at large. A family quarrel is stated to be the main cause for the husband beating up his wife.



DUTA rally against V-C
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) organised a protest march against the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Deepak Nayyar, on International Women’s Day at the university guesthouse. The Vice-Chancellor, who was scheduled to address a meeting on this occasion, did not turn up.

The DUTA president, Mr Aditya Narayan Misra, said that the Agnihotri Commission provided provisions of maternity leave for women teachers working on adhoc basis in different colleges. However, the Vice-Chancellor had withdrawn the recommendations unilaterally two months back and circulated the document that did not have the provisions of maternity and medical benefits to the adhoc teachers.

He said that there are around 500 women teachers working on adhoc basis in different colleges and institutions. This step of the Vice-Chancellor was totally against these teachers and had been arbitrarily decided by him.

The DUTA executives also demanded the institution of inquiry against the Vice-Chancellor and his removal. They have also released a white paper listing the irregularities in the Delhi University Act, statute, regulation, ordinances and norms.

Annual day celebration at Navyug school

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC)-run Navyug School, Tilak Marg, celebrated its annual day at the school premises today. Member of the NDMC, Mrs Tajdar Babbar, MLA, was the chief guest on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, she congratulated the students for their outstanding performance in their academic and extra curricular activities during the academic year. She distributed over 100 prizes among the students on the occasion.

She also urged them to keep up their standard in the future.

A cultural programme of Ghoomar, Arabian and Rajasthani Holi dance were also presented on the occasion by the students of the school, which was well appreciated by the audience.

The Principal of the school, Mr Neera Mehta, presented the annual report of the school for the academic year 2003–2004 on the occasion.



Yogendra Prasad honoured
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8
Prestigious hydropower publication from USA, ‘HRW’, has conferred the ‘Author’s Award’ upon Mr Yogendra Prasad, Chairman and Managing Director, National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd.

The award was conferred on him in recognition of his article ‘Financing of Hydraulic Projects’, ranked No. 1 by the readers, published in March, 2003, in the magazine. Publisher Leslie Eden and Editor-in-Chief Carl Vansant presented a plaque to commemorate the achievement of Mr Prasad. As per the deciding survey, Prasad’s article was judged the most useful article. Mr Prasad has been associated with the Indian Power sector for over three decades. He has made major contribution in the field of transmission of power and the promotion of hydropower development in the country. Mr

Prasad is largely responsible for bringing awareness in the policy making echelons of the government of India about the need to bring about an optimal hydro-thermal mix in the country. Thus, he has been successful in making a turn-around in the perception of the policy makers towards growth of hydro sector in the country.

During the course of his service, he has presented a large number of papers at various international and national fora and has been honoured with various awards like- ‘International Commission of Large Dams (ICOLD) Award’ for his contribution to the cause of development of Hydro Sector, the ‘Top CEO Award’ from Indian Institute of Marketing, ‘Honorary Texan Award’ by Governor of Texas, USA, award by Institution of Engineers

(India) for his contribution towards promotion of hydro development by the Prime Minister of India. Mr Prasad was also conferred the honour of ‘Distinguished Fellow’ for the year 2001 by the Institute of Directors, New Delhi.



Woman kidnapped from Hapur
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 8
Two criminals are reported to have abducted a woman from Hapur bypass late on Saturday night.

While there is no trace of the woman, Kavi Nagar and Mussori police are locked in a controversy over jurisdiction, with the result that neither of them has registered the case so far.

Ram Dular of Sitapur was waiting for a bus at flyover near Lal Quan along with his wife Tutti, 25, and cousin Ram Kumar late in the evening.

At about 8 pm, a Maruti car stopped there and its two occupants offered to carry them up to Sitapur at Rs 50 per passenger. After a while, the driver stopped near a petrol pump in Quazipur village, ostensibly to ease himself.

Ram Dular also came out. However, the driver started the car quickly, leaving Ram Dular behind. When Ram Kumar opposed this, the duo threw him out from the moving car and sped away with the woman.

Ram Dular and Ram Kumar both told the petrol pump staff who informed the police control room.

Mussori and Kavi Nagar police had reportedly launched a hunt for the criminals, but could not trace them.

Meanwhile, both the police stations have not resolved their impasse over registering the case.

Wanted criminal held from hospital

Ghaziabad: A notorious criminal Yudhveer Bata, undergoing medical treatment in Yashoda Hospital here, has been arrested. He was wanted in a robbery case in Noor Nagar. He had escaped during a police encounter.

He is wanted by Sihani Gate police in 22 cases of murder, attempt to murder, Goonda Act, etc.

He was arrested from room No.114 of Yashoda Hospital by Sihani Gate police yesterday afternoon. Bata, injured in a shootout, had been treated secretly at the hospital for the last three days.

Two persons had shot at him on March 2 after a clash regarding overtaking of the car. Bata was also among 10 criminals who were involved in robberies in three houses in village Noor Nagar on December 31, 2003.



Hunt on to bring criminal back to jail
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 8
The Sonepat police have launched a massive hunt to arrest a notorious and dreaded criminal, Ramesh. He had succeeded in getting bail on the basis of fake bonds submitted in the court of Mr J. S. Jangra, Additional Sessions Judge here.

According to a report, the accused is allegedly involved in a number of loot and murder cases registered against him in the Ganaur police station of this district. He was also confined in the district jail of Ambala.

The fake bail bonds’ scam was exposed on Friday last when two residents, namely Raghbir and Maman, of Pinana village appeared before the Judge and told him they had not submitted the bail bonds for the release of the criminal. On the statement of Raghbir and Maman, the Judge has ordered the arrest of the lambardar who had verified the bail bonds submitted on behalf of the accused in the court.

The Judge also ordered the Superintendent of Police, Sonepat, to conduct a thorough probe into the scandal and submit his report to the court immediately.

It is stated that the accused had failed to appear before the court on various dates of hearing. Thereupon, the Judge issued the arrest warrants of the accused and sent notices to the persons who had submitted the bail bonds for the release of the accused. When the notices of the court reached Raghbir and Maman of Pinana village they were stunned. They appeared before the court on Friday last and apprised the Judge of their innocence in the case.

The bail bonds were accompanied by the revenue record of the cultivable land but it was not shown who was the owner in the records. This was necessary for the acceptance of the bail bonds.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested the lambardar. He was produced before the Judge who remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.



Temple employee in cahoots with thieves held
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 8
An employee of Hanuman Temple in Hapur, who was hand in glove with the criminals who looted the temple, has been arrested.

The criminals had tied an employee and decamped with thousands of rupees in cash from the temple. The employee, who is suspected of having connived with the criminals, has been taken into custody.

Four criminals had entered Hanuman Temple on railway road from the adjacent primary school terrace after breaking open the locks and tying the hands and feet of temple employee Rakesh with a wire. In a hurry, the intruders forgot to take away stone-studded crown of the idol.

Rakesh had informed Mandir Management Committee members of the loot after some time. When the police were informed they smelt a rat and brought Rakesh along with them to the Kotwali for questioning.

Inspector Y. P. Ahlawat said Rakesh had devised the plan with help from his two companions. The police had information about the absconding thieves and they too would be nabbed soon, SO Ahlawat said.

Rakesh had a chance to see the cash lying in the temple donation box which had made him think of this plan with the help of his friends.


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