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Rs1.5 cr loot at Noida diamond showroom
Parmindar Singh

Noida, March 9
A gang of criminals decamped with diamonds and jewellery worth Rs.1.50 crore from a diamond showroom in the prestigious sector-18 market late Monday night.

The criminals had first attacked the jeweller at his residence in Sector-41, from where they abducted his wife and brought her in the jeweller’s Lancer car to their showroom. They made the woman open the showroom’s shutters and later decamped with the booty in the jeweller’s car. The woman was tied and left behind in the shop. She was warned against raising an alarm: Otherwise, their two accomplices, who had stayed back at the jeweller’s residence, would finish off her husband and son.

Giving details of what transpired earlier at the residence, the police said the showroom owner, B.S. Shaha, and his wife offered some resistance, but they were intimidated with guns and tied up. Having secured the residence, the intruders took the owner’s wife in the family car (No.DL-4C M 7564) to their showroom, Diamonds Exclusives, in Sector-18. Two gang members stayed back with their guns trained at Shaha, his 18-year-old son Supreet and a domestic help. The criminals were constantly in touch on cell phones.

The showroom is 100 meters away from the Sector-18 police post. But the police did not get a wind of the loot. The armed guard at the showroom also did not get suspicious since Mrs Shaha was herself opening the shutters. Preety was later tied with her own dupatta in the basement. After this, the intruders helped themselves to over 60 boxes of diamonds and jewellery. The gang members looted the shop at leisure and spent an hour in the showroom. When they were loading the boxes into the car, a number of shops were still open in the market.

There was a complete confusion when the police learnt of the loot. They reached the site immediately, but could not gather any information about the fleeing criminals.

SP City Noida Anant Dev, however, tried to underplay the crime and the loss, saying that the looted jewellery was worth only about Rs 5 to 7 lakhs and not Rs 1.50 crore as claimed by the victims.

The police are dumbfounded at the biggest loot in Noida’s history. The desperados were in their 20s and each had a revolver. The police have no clue which vehicle the criminals had used to reach sector-41.

Since then, the police have raided a number of places, but they have not obtained any lead to the dacoity.


Probe cases of impure diesel: SC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 9
The Supreme Court has directed the Commissioner of Delhi Police to probe allegations that the diesel sold at the retail outlets of leading petroleum companies in the national capital territory was adulterated.

The order was passed by a Bench comprising Chief Justice V N Khare, Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justice Arijit Pasayat. Amicus curiae Harish Salve had brought to the court’s notice an article published in the magazine, ‘Down To Earth’, giving photographic evidence of diesel being pilfered from the oil tankers and then replenished with chlorine, kerosene or even dry cleaning agents.

The court had on November 24, 2003, treated the photographs and the report as an interim application, moved by the amicus and issued notices to both the oil companies, Hindustan Petroleum and Indian Oil Corporation, asking for their response. Both the companies had initially asserted that they were supplying fuel through tamper-proof tankers, but later said that they were investigating the matter.

The Bench observed that the companies on the one hand were claiming that the fuel supplied through their dealers was pure, on the other hand, there was the evidence of proliferation and adulteration.

SC wants five more courts to tackle power theft cases

The Supreme Court today directed the Delhi Government to set up five more courts as requested by the High Court to deal with an anticipated 5,500 cases per year relating to power thefts.

The court also ask4Ethe government to appoint officers for inspecting the premises suspected of stealing electricity.

The order was passed by a Bench comprising Justice Ruma Pal and Justice P V Reddi after hearing amicus curiae Ranjit Kumar who pointed out that though the state government had appointed assessing officers under the Delhi Electricity Act, 2003, it had not taken steps for appointment of other officers.

The court took into account the affidavits filed by three power distribution companies—BSES Rajdhani Power, Delhi Transco and North Delhi Power Ltd—which said that they expected around 5,500 cases to be instituted every year pertaining to power thefts and violation of the Act.

The Delhi High Court has recommended setting up two special courts under the Act as an interim measure and suggested setting up of a total of five courts to deal with offences under the Electricity Act.


NDMC to house anti-corruption department,
headed by CBI man

Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, March 9
On the lines of the Delhi Government, an anti-corruption department is going to be set up in New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to check the cases of corruption and malpractices in the civic body, entrusted with the task of providing basic amenities to the VVIP areas in Lutyens’ Delhi.

The initial exercise in this direction has already been completed with the appointment of a senior level officer of the CBI as a director of this proposed department. Other officers are expected to be appointed soon. According to sources, the reason for setting up this department is the alleged failure of the existing vigilance department to check corruption.

It is likely that some of the officers working in the Vigilance Department may be inducted into the new anti-corruption department.

Highly placed sources said that the idea to set up such a department had been discussed for the last several months after a number of allegations were levelled against the employees, including senior

officers, of their complicity with the building mafia and others operating in the NDMC areas.

As the council is for the New Delhi areas only, the officers and employees have been in their posts for years together and have reportedly developed ‘very cordial’ relations with the contractors and sub-contractors.

Sources said that some officers who have risen from the ranks in the NDMC have become a law unto themselves because of their proximity to the senior officers. This has led to the erosion of discipline and work ethics in the council which has to often deal with the VIPs living in the NDMC areas—basically bureaucrats and politicians.

To prove their point, sources cite the example of one particular officer who has been with the council for 32 years, drawing salary more than that of the director of the department he is posted in. This has led to an unsavoury situation within the department.

These sources said that since the director of the new department is from outside (the CBI), he will be able to deal with the cases objectively. The director will report directly to the chairperson of the council which will eliminate any attempts to pressurise him.


Public angst
Medicine shortage afflicts CGHS dispensaries
Satish Misra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 9
Thousands of Central Government Health Scheme beneficiaries are feeling under the weather as the CGHS dispensaries in Delhi and NCR region are not able to meet their requirement of medicines. The shortage of medicine is due to a strike by the CGHS Chemists Association.

The association has stopped all supplies from March 8 due to non-payment of their bills for the last 20 weeks.

The worst affected are pensioners and their dependents.

Talking to the ‘NCR Tribune’, an office-bearer of the association said, “The payment of our bills has been pending for more than 22 weeks. This is a recurring feature for the last five years.”

October onwards, the unpaid bills mount owing to the budget shortfall, the office-bearer said.

In its letter of March 3 to the Ministry of Health, the association pleaded for payment.

It said, “March being the financial closing of the year, our suppliers keep asking for their payments. It causes a lot of embarrassment to us. While tender Clause No 27 clearly specifies that payments are to be cleared in three or four weeks from the date of submission of bills, the latter have been pending now for 20-25 weeks,” the letter pointed out and announced that the supplies would be suspended from March 8.

However, the association assured that the supplies would be restored as soon as funds were made available.

In 2003, too, the CGHS Chemist Association had gone on strike in November; the stir lasted till January 15, 2004. The patients had to buy medicines on their own and for reimbursement, they had to wait for weeks.

Seventy-one-year-old Vinod Singh, a patient at the CGHS dispensary, Noida, said, “I am facing a crisis for the second time. During the five-week strike in 2002-2003, I and my wife had to face a lot of hardship. The strike made a big hole in our pockets. Besides, we had to do a lot of running around. Filling up forms, getting them passed and then waiting endlessly for payments,” he lamented.

The septuagenarian patient rued the fact that he had been coming to the dispensary for more than 10 years,

but the situation had gone from bad to worse. The number of beneficiaries had gone up, almost doubled, but the number of doctors and staff remained constant, the patient said.

“I have to waste at least five hours for getting medicine for 15 days and the government says that we have reason to feel good. There is no ‘feel-good’ for me and many others,” he pointed out.


Police complaint boxes in girls’ colleges, schools
J T Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 9
The Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K K Paul, has ordered the setting up of complaint boxes in women’s schools, colleges and residential areas.

Dr Paul has also sought a report every fortnight from the Joint Commissioners of Police about the number of complaints received along with a statement on the disposal of complaints. He has asked the officials to set up these boxes at visible places, preferably at the entrance of schools and colleges so that the students can post their complaints without hassles.

These boxes will have the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of the district Deputy Commissioners of Police, telephones numbers of Assistant Commissioners of Police, SHOs and the Helpline as well.

The boxes will be opened twice a week by the Assistant Commissioner of Police concerned. The ACP will compile the list and then put up the complaints before the District DCP for the necessary action.

Whenever a serious complaint is received, the services of the district Crime Against Women (CAW) cell would be sought by the local police.

The ACPs will also be in touch with the principals and the presidents of the Resident Welfare Associations to inform them about the progress of the complaints. Besides, a meeting will also be held under the chairmanship of the District DCP or the Additional DCP to discuss about the complaints and their eventual disposal. The woman students and the Resident Welfare Associations are quite happy about the setting up of these boxes. They can register their complaints now without reaching a police station, thereby saving precious time. Meanwhile, people have responded favourably to the efforts of the Delhi Police Commissioner to improve traffic conditions and decongest the roads.

Senior traffic officers are now out on the roads, particularly during the peak hours to regulate traffic. Mr Raj Kishore, a resident of IP Extension who drives to work to his office in the ITO area said, “There has been a perceptible improvement over the last one week in the flow of traffic on the ITO bridge, Lakshmi Nagar crossing and the road till Mother Dairy.”

Similar has been the response of residents of some of the South Delhi government colonies who find the traffic more manageable now. The Delhi Traffic Police have now taken up the task of educating thousands of drivers of commercial vehicles in the Capital. The message is clear– either follow rules or stay off the roads. The Delhi Government has also joined in this campaign recently by persuading the drivers of the commercial vehicles to undertake an oath that they will not flout the traffic rules.


Legal corner
Lawyer, clerk booked in fake bail bond scam

Sonepat: The city police have registered a case against five persons, including a lawyer and his clerk, in connection with the fake bail bond scam and started investigations.

According to a report, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Kuldip Singh Sihag, has deputed ASI Ram Kumar to conduct a probe into the scam.

The SP has taken this action on the directive issued by Mr J. S. Jangra, Additional Sessions Judge, Sonepat.

The accused has been identified as Rajesh of Kurar village. A case under Sections 392 and 397 of the IPC had been registered with the Ganaur police against him in 1997. The accused is reported to have succeeded in getting bail on the basis of fake bonds submitted in the court of Mr Jangra.

Decomposed bodies found

Noida: The decomposed bodies of three members of a family of Chhalera village under Sector-39 police station have been found in mysterious circumstances. The police say the trio had committed suicide because of extreme poverty.

The man’s body was found in a ground floor room with a shutter while the bodies of his wife and six-month-old son were lying on a cot in the first floor room. The police said they were looking at these deaths from both angles—murder and suicide. The incident happened a week ago..

The family had been living on rent in Master Laj Ram’s house in Chhalera village for the last one month. The man was a hawker. One theory is that he had consumed liquor. In an inebriated condition, he threw his son on the floor, killing him instantaneously. Subsequently, the man strangled his wife. Overcome with remorse, he consumed some poisonous substance and ended his life, the police claim. It was only on Holi when the revellers were going around that they found a bad odour emitting from the room. When they lifted the shutter, they found the bodies. At that point, the police were called in. OC


Yet another petition against Yusuf’s election
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 9
The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to Delhi Transport and Energy Minister Haroon Yusuf on another petition challenging his election from the Ballimaran assembly constituency in Delhi. Mr Justice R. C. Chopra issued a notice on a petition filed by Mr Naved Yar Khan, who was a candidate of the Indian National League from the same constituency, to the Election Commission, the Delhi Wakf Board and all other candidates who contested from the constituency. The petitioner challenged Mr Yusuf’s election on the grounds that he was holding an office of profit (with the Delhi Wakf Board) at the time of his election.

This is the second time when a petition challenging Mr Haroon Yusuf’s election has been filed in the Delhi High Court. Earlier, on February 25, BSP candidate Mohammed Akram Ansari had filed a petition challenging the Delhi minister’s election. Both the petitions are scheduled for hearing on April 23.


Metro Rail is a waste: Austrian expert
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 9
The Delhi Metro project that is coming up as one of the latest and unique projects is, according to an Austrian transport policy expert, a sheer waste of public money. The expert said that it was not a viable option for the national Capital.

“The Rs 10,571 crore Metro project (for phase-1) is what the country could ill-afford. It has a long gestation period and does not take care of the city’s current transport needs. Moreover, the public money is moving into private hands,” said Prof. Hermann Knoflacher, head of the Institute for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, Vienna.

Instead, he recommended strengthening of the road public transport system.

Prof. Knoflacher said if good quality buses could be introduced and their number increased, people would prefer to use them rather than rely on their cars.

“This not only provides an instantaneous solution for public transport problem, but also discourages people from taking out their own cars,” Prof Knoflacher said. He was speaking at a presentation on ‘Understanding the effects of transport infrastructures’ at the Indian Social Institute here.

Meanwhile, the Metro officials said that the Metro system is of inescapable necessity if the present transportation problems and pollution levels are to be eased.

Metro is not only a fuel-saving and environment-friendly system but it also reduces accident rates, said the officials. “If the bus system at its best carries 10,000 persons every hour per direction, Metro Rail can cater to eight times the number of people during the same period. It can, in fact, carry nine lanes of buses and 33 lanes of private cars either way,” said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson of the Delhi Metro.

He said that Metro Rail also reduces journey time by 50 to 75 per cent, depending on the road conditions.

The expected ridership in 2005 is 21.82 lakh passenger trips per day. The system is capable of running trains at two-minute interval, he added.

“Though Delhi has such good roads, why do we still have traffic jams? To decongest the roads, the Metro Rail definitely is a viable option,” he stressed.


Private schools using pressure tactics
to stall implementation of new rules

Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 9
Taking advantage of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, private schools have stepped up their opposition to the implementation of the new school education rules-2003 from the current academic session.

Talking to the NCR Tribune here today, the president of the ‘Haryana Private School Owners Association,’ Mr Bhagat Singh Balhara, said the management private schools have been protesting against the new rules by organising marches and handing over memorandums listing their demands to the Chief Minister. He disclosed that a state-level conference of private schools would be held at Bhiwani in which large numbers of parents and guardians would also participate.

He remarked that the new rules were discriminatory and unjustified and most of the schools would be forced to close down for their failure to fulfil the mandatory conditions contained in the new school rules.

“While the government was adamant to close down private schools, it has failed to provided sufficient school buildings and teachers,” he said.

In effect, it would result in depriving jobs to thousands of teachers and education to lakhs of students, he warned. Meanwhile, a delegation of the Sonepat branch of the ‘Haryana

Sanyukt Vidyalya Sangh’ led by the state spokesman, Mr Manohar Lal Chawla, met the senior Congress leader, Mr Virender Singh, and apprised him about the new discriminatory rules.

Mr Singh has reportedly termed the new rules as “unjustified”, the implementation of which would lead to breeding of corruption.

1,217 polling stations to be set up

At least 11,39,771 electorate, including 5,0,778 women would be able to exercise their franchise in Sonepat Lok Sabha constituency on May 10, the date of polling fixed by the Election Commission. According to a report, nearly 87.21 per cent of the electorate had been photographed for being issued photo identity cards.

As many as 509 villages and seven cities/towns are part of the Sonepat Lok Sabha constituency, having 1,217 polling stations, include 1,006 in the rural areas.

As many as 227 polling stations have been earmarked for the electorates from the weaker sections. Six Assembly constituencies, namely Sonepat, Rai, Rohat, Gohana and Baroda fall in the Sonepat district. Bahadurgarh Assembly constituency falls in Jhajjar district while the Julana and Safidon Assembly constituencies fall in the Jind district.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Sonepat has convened a special meeting of the representatives of all the political parties to apprise them of the arrangements made by the district administration for conducting the Lok Sabha elections in a free and fair manner.

The DC also gave the details about the number of electorates and polling stations and asked them to file objections regarding the electoral rolls with the assistant of the Returning Officers concerned by March 10.

The DC, who is the District Electoral Officer also, stated that the final publication of the electoral rolls had been published on February 23. He also informed that electronic voting machines would be used at all the polling stations as had been instructed by the Election Commission.


Seminar to evaluate the relevance of
Daduji Maharaj

Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, March 9
A national seminar on ‘Dadu and his relevance in modern times’ would be organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and the All India Shri Dadu Sewak Samaj (AISDSS) at IGNCA, New Delhi, on March 13 and 14.

Providing details in this regard, the president of AISDSS, Mr Ashok Buwaniwala, said that Dadu Dayalji Maharaj was a great saint, who considered communalism as the enemy of the society and had preached brotherhood of Hindus and Muslims during the second half of the sixteenth century (1544-1603).

The Mughal Emperor Akbar had received sermons from him continuously for 40 days at Fatehpur Sikri following which the he had promulgated a ‘Shahi Firman’ (Royal Order) banning cow slaughter in his empire.

But more than sermonising kings and rulers, Daduji Maharaj had brought cheers to the lives of millions of impoverished and downtrodden masses by imparting the divine truth to them through his simple and spontaneous poetic sermons.

He had sought to convey his message through words as well as exemplary living.

The message of Dadu has become all the more relevant in the violence-prone current scenario for India as well as for the entire humanity, he added.

During the two-day seminar, which would be inaugurated by the presiding saint of the Dadu cult, Acharya Gopal Dasji Maharaj, noted scholars like Prof. Monika Boehm Tettelbach, Dr. Baldev Vanshi(Delhi University), Dr. Onkar Nath Chaturvedi, Dr. Rattan Lal Mishra (Jaipur University), Dr. Ram Baksh, Dr. Kishan Ram Bishnoi (Guru Jhambeshwar University, Hisar), Dr. Shagufta Niyaz (Aligarh Muslim University) Dr. D. S. Khan and several others would present their views on the subject. Besides, a film depicting the life of saint Dadu Dayalji would be screened on the occasion.


Resolution of property tax row: LG’s
intervention sought

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 9
The Leader of the Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Mr Subhash Arya, in a letter to the Lt-Governor has sought his intervention in the matter of passing of resolution of the Unit Area System of assessment of property tax by the Congress-led corporation without any deliberations.

The MCD has passed the resolution on the basis of their majority in the House without any discussion, keeping at stake the welfare of citizens. This was “murder of democracy, Mr Arya said.

He said that the BJP had pointed out repeatedly many anomalies in this report and protested against the unscientific method used for categorisation of colonies in the Dharamrajan Committee report of the Unit Area Method of tax collection. But the Congress party in the corporation constituted another committee under the Chairmanship of Mr O. P. Kelkar to remove anomalies. The Kelkar Committee submitted its report in haste to the MCD. The Congress administration placed the report before the Standing Committee on March 3, 2004, which was given approval in anticipation. Thereafter, this report was tabled before the House yesterday and was passed without any discussion, the letter said.

He alleged that categorisation of colonies was not based on the infrastructure available in these colonies. An extra rebate of 35 per cent was announced to LIG, MIG and HIG flats of the DDA but the report did not contain any stipulation to this effect. No decision had been taken on assessment of property tax in respect of farmhouses, schools and nursing homes.


Traders sit on dharna against kidnappings
Our Correspondent

Meerut, March 9
The members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vaishya Mahasabha sat on a dharna and relay fast at the Collectorate Office in protest against the increasing crime in Western Uttar Pradesh. The office-bearers along with hundreds of traders also remained on a symbolic hunger strike.

Addressing the meeting on this occasion, state vice-president of the Akhil Bharatiya Vaishya Mahasabha (ABVM), Mr Vinet Agarwal Sharda. warned the civil and police officials that a petition would be filed in the apex court if the police failed to trace the three kidnapped traders from Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Khatauli.

Five armed men kidnapped potato exporter and prominent trader of Western UP, potato king Sushil Kumar Garg, some 16 days ago while he was on his way to his farmhouse near Mawana town, 20 km away from the district headquarters.

Two other prominent traders, Satendra Jain and Sachin Jain from Khatauli, Muzaffarnagar, were also kidnapped at gunpoint in broad daylight. Two weeks have elapsed but the police are still groping in the dark. Speaking at the dharna site, Mr Sharda said Vaishya traders of UP contributed 90 per cent of the total tax to the state exchequer. Vaishyas had been attacked by criminals and incidents of robbery, dacoity, kidnapping for ransom had increased in the last couple of months . He also alleged that state government was doing nothing towards protecting the Vaishya community.

He alleged the Vaishyas had been compelled to remain confined in their houses due to the increasing attack on them and their property. Mr Sharda threatened the authorities that the whole Vaishya community would be on the road and a movement would be started if the potato king and other kidnapped traders did not return home. The ABVM also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister on this occasion. The ADM (City) accepted the memorandum. A prominent Supreme Court advocate who had filed a PIL in the Taj Corridor case, Mr Ajay Agarwal, also joined the dharna and addressed the traders.


Delhi Digest
HC upholds decision on Idgah abattoir
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 9
The Delhi High Court has upheld the decision of the authorities to amend the Capital’s Master Plan for modernising the Idgah abattoir instead of dismantling it.

Mr Justice Vikramajit Sen dismissed a petition filed by one V. R. Soni challenging the amendment changing the land use from residentialcommercialisation of the area on which the slaughterhouse, situated in the heart of the city, was built to enable the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to install the machinery and equipment needed for modernising the abattoir.

The proposed modernisation would bring about clean, humane and efficient slaughtering process as well as also fulfilling a long-standing demand to increase production.

In September 2002, the MCD had told the Supreme Court, dealing with the issue of dislocating the slaughterhouse to the outskirts of the national Capital, that it would not be possible to shift the abattoir to another place for various reasons and instead proposed modernising it.

Saying all authorities concerned, including the Delhi Development Authority and the Union Government, should be taken into confidence to do the needful, the apex court gave a year’s time for the work.

In May 2003, the government took out a preliminary notification, inviting objections on the said amendment in the Master Plan and after considering the objections issued a confirmatory notification in January this year in this regard.

Man gets life term for rape, murder

A man was today sentenced to life imprisonment for raping and murdering a girl besides threatening to kill her brother in 1996 in West Delhi. The court has also ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 30,000.

While pronouncing the verdict, the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Chander Shaikhar, said, “He (Ichcha Ram) is guilty of the gruesome act and no amount of punishment will be sufficient for this act....”.

Ichcha Ram raped the girl in December 1996 in Sultanpuri following which to eliminate the evidence he murdered her. Subsequently, he threatened to kill her brother Diwakar. Ram was pressing a pillow on the victim’s mouth when Diwakar tried to stop him.

The judge observed, “He (Ram) does not deserve any mercy and has to be given exemplary punishment so that it acts as a deterrent to others also.”

It’s poll padayatra time for Verma

The Union Labour Minister and BJP candidate from the Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency, Dr Sahib Singh Verma, today began his election campaign by undertaking a padayatra in the Ambedkar Nagar area.

Launching his padayatra in Subhash Camp in the Ambedkar Nagar area, he said the NDA government had ushered in an era of development for all and its achievements would be reflected in the results of the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. He toured South Enclave blocks 3,4, 8,9,10,13 and the DDA flats in Madangir, Khanpur JJ colony and Dakshinpuri.

Highlighting the achievements of the NDA government, he exhorted the people to vote for the BJP.


NCR briefs
Holi revelry lands youth in hospital
Our Correspondents

Noida, March 9
A youth was thrown from a terrace by Holi revelers who had had a few drinks here while another lost his life in a road accident as he had consumed excessive liquor in Khora Colony.

The second incident occurred in Asgarpur village under the Sector 39 police station.

Certain Bihari youths were celebrating Holi on the second floor of a building. They were throwing colour and water on those passing on the street below. A person whom they had similarly targeted thought of teaching them a lesson. He came up with his friends and caught hold of one Dharmpal and threw him down from the second floor terrace. The victim was rushed to government hospital where his position is stated to be critical.

Girl traced with paramour in Solan

Sonepat: A girl and her paramour have been traced from Solan (Himachal Pradesh) and brought here by the parents of the youth.

According to a report, the parents of the youth, Rajat Kapur, handed both of them to the police here last evening. The police immediately called the parents of the girl but she refused to accompany them. Thereupon, the police handed over the girl to the mahila police for taking further action in the case.

According to a report, the girl along with her paramour left home on February 26 last and went to Shimla where the two of them got married. The girl is reported to have taken away Rs 2,700 from her house before escaping. When the money exhausted the youth sold his gold ring for Rs 800 at Shimla. Thereafter, he tried to sell his mobile phone also but the shopkeeper asked him to come again tomorrow for getting the money. In the meantime, the shopkeeper contacted his relatives and informed them about the youth and the girl. The couple was spotted at Solan and brought to Sonepat by the parents of the youth.

Youth held for murder

The Ganaur police have arrested a youth, Sunil, alias Sonu, of Gumar village in connection with the alleged murder of his relative, Sudesh, wife of Manveer, in the village on August 18 last year.

According to a report, the police have already arrested his father Dalbir in this case.

Both the son and father had allegedly tried to burn the body of the victim but the police, on receiving information, recovered the body of the victim. Both, however, escaped. Dalbir was arrested after a few days but Sunil, alias Sonu, was arrested yesterday. He was produced before a Judicial Magistrate who remanded him in police custody for further interrogation.

Infant dead

Nikki, an infant girl, died under mysterious circumstances in her house at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, on Monday. According to a report, the police are still investigating into the case.

Cop beats up youth

A youth was beaten up by a police constable in his house at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, on Monday evening. According to a report, the injured youth was immediately hospitalised. A dispute was stated to be behind the incident.

Dowry death case

The police have registered a dowry death case against six persons of a woman’s family and started investigations into the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

According to a report, the police had already seized the three-fourth burnt body of the victim from a cremation ground at Nahra village on March 6 and sent it for a post-mortem examination.

The police action followed a complaint lodged by Mr Om Parkash of Machhrauli village in Panipat District. He had alleged his sister, Bala, who was married to one Joginder of Arya Nagar in 1997, was murdered by her in-laws.

The police are investigating. The accused are absconding to evade arrest.


Bus driver commits suicide
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 9
A Blue Line bus driver has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence.

The deceased, Parvinder Singh (35), a resident of Christian Colony, in his suicide note has alleged that Baldev Singh, a resident of Nai Basti, was responsible for his death.

He alleged he had helped Baldev Singh and Ajit Singh in buying a Blue Line bus on loan from the Credit Taxi Operators Thrift Credit Society by becoming a guarantor.

Since the duo was not paying the regular installments, the creditor had started pressing him for the due amount.

The Maurice Nagar police have registered a case of abetting suicide against Baldev Singh and are investigating the matter.

Fake batteries seized in Sadar Bazar

The Economic Offences Wing along with officials of Gillette India Limited conducted raids in the Sadar Bazar area and seized counterfeit Chinese manufactured Duracell batteries worth Rs 42 lakh from different traders.

DDA engineer held for taking bribe

The Anti-Corruption Branch has arrested Suresh Kumar Solanki, Junior Engineer, DDA, for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 9,000 from one Ram Prakash, a DDA contractor.

The complainant approached the Anti-Corruption Branch, alleging that Solanki had demanded the bribe for clearing a payment of Rs 1.60 lakh which was due to him by the DDA.


Woman sustains burns
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 9
A 22-year-old housewife sustained serious burn injuries when her clothes caught fire in her house at Kanwali village, about 15 km from here, on Monday night.

According to a report, the injured woman was taken to a private hospital at Kharkhauda town. She was shifted to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment. It is stated that she was lighting the kerosene lamp in the absence of electricity when it fell on her.

The police are still investigating into the case.


With no ST exemption, industries in Gurgaon
feel let down
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 9
Industrial units in the medium and large-scale category feel let down by the state government for being declined sales tax exemption.

The focus of the current debate generated by various industry related organisations on the issue was with regard to “Units in Pipeline-Benefit Sales Tax”. The Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has taken up the matter with the state government.

The government, in order to promote industrialisation in the state, had doled out incentives in its old industrial policy. According to the old policy, the industry would get concessions on two counts: sales tax benefit and sales tax exemption. However, later the government did away with the sales tax benefit incentive scheme and circumscribed the scope of incentive cover. In the amended policy only medium and large-scale units would be the beneficiaries.

An express provision was also made whereby the units in the pipeline could also avail of the benefits. According to GCCI President Arun Jain, as per the definitions given a unit in the pipeline meant an industrial unit which, as on April 30, 2000, fulfilled certain conditions. They are registered with the department of industries, have arranged land or premises by way of purchase, allotment, lease or rent, have applied for finance from a regular financial institution and would start production within two years i.e. before May 2002.

Mr Jain said with regard to registration with the Department of Industries, the department (District Industries Centres) register only small scale units (SSIs). Medium and large units do not come under the purview of the department as far as registration is concerned and hence are not supposed to seek registration.

Also, the Union Ministry of Industries had abolished the provision of licensing way back in 1991.

Moreover, a number of SSIs had now graduated into the medium or large scale and were also declined incentives.

The GCCI felt that it was on account of the state government’s incentive policy that a large number of units started their operations in Gurgaon and other parts of the state. It was of the view that at least those units which had bitten the bait should be given the benefit and not pushed to the fringes on minor technical considerations. On account of the “technical wall” and hide-bound attitude in a section of the policy making layers within the government, these units were finding it difficult to compete in the globalised and liberalised economy. Due to the prevailing situation the selling price of the products of these units was more than those of its competitors who were availing the benefit of sale tax exemption.

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