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Satta rackets with crores riding on ODI smashed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
The Delhi Police Crime Branch and the East district police have busted four satta rackets in the city and arrested 11 persons during the India-Pakistan one-day cricket match in Karachi. The betting money in the four cases ran into crores of rupees.

The Crime Branch sleuths, after getting a tip-off, raided three places in Adarsh Nagar, Rohini and Krishna Nagar areas this morning. The four persons arrested in Adarsh Nagar were identified as Sanjay Kumar (38), Ashok Kumar (45), Rajesh (41), residents of Sector-5, Rohini, and Rakesh (49), a resident of Geeta Colony.

The sleuths also claimed to have recovered 16 mobile phones, a television set, a laptop computer and landline phones from the hideout. The accused had been in the real estate business.

The value of satta in the Adarsh Nagar area was estimated to be in excess of Rs 50 lakh. While in Rohini one Anil Kumar (45) was apprehended and six mobile phones were recovered from his possession, in Krishna Nagar, three persons were arrested. The estimated satta in Rohini and Krishna Nagar areas is estimated to be running into lakhs of rupees.

In another case, the East district police claimed to have apprehended three persons who were into cricket betting, involving satta of Rs 20 lakh in IP Extension. The three were identified as Sandeep Rajpal, a resident of Surajmal Vihar, Shriram and Ram Bharose, residents of IP Extension.

The police claimed to have recovered a laptop computer, mobile phones, landline phones and computers from the den.

Kidnapped child rescued; four held

The Mehrauli police today claimed to have rescued a four-year-old child with the arrest of four suspects. The child had been kidnapped just in front of his house in Islam Colony in South Delhi. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Vivek Gogia, said that the suspects had kidnapped Deepak (4), son of Vinod Chaurasia day before yesterday. Chaurasia owns a factory of embroidery.

Chaurasia initially registered a missing report. He thought that the child had been missing. But when he received a ransom call of Rs 10 lakh yesterday, he informed the police and the report was changed from that of missing to kidnapping.

A special team was constituted under the leadership of ACP Hauz Khas, Mrs Varsha Sharma.


Son was in Rajasthan: Mother in MAMC case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
The mother of the main accused in the November 2002 Maulana Azad Medical College student rape case told a Delhi court that her son had been in Rajasthan at the time of the incident and that he had been falsely implicated in the case.

Deposing before Additional Sessions Judge Chandra Shekhar, defence witness Saroj said the police had arrested her son Rahul from near Rajghat soon after he had come to the Capital on November 22, 2002, seven days after the gruesome incident at Khooni Darwaza on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg here.

Defending her son, Saroj submitted that her son was born at Girdharilal Memorial Hospital here on October 16, 1985 and was a minor at the time of the incident. She also produced the hospital receipts issued that month with regard to the tubectomy operation performed after the birth of her second and last child Rahul to buttress her claims.

Rahul also produced the Sub-Registrar, Birth and Death (City Zone), as a defence witness to prove the entry of his birth in the records.

He said that the entry mentioned the birth of a male child to Saroj and her husband, Mahesh.

In the list of defence witnesses submitted before the trial court on February 5, Rahul had also included Dr J. S. Uppal, a radiologist at Safdarjung Hospital, who conducted the ossification test to declare that he was a major - -ruling out trial by a juvenile court.

Dr Uppal’s name was included in the list of prosecution witnesses but the prosecution preferred to drop him. He was not examined as the matter had already been decided by the Metropolitan Magistrate who ruled out trial by a juvenile court.

The gang rape of the fourth year medical student by four accused in the historic Khooni Darwaza near the Police Headquarters on busy Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg on November 15, 2002 had rocked the Capital with several individuals and groups questioning the efficacy of the Delhi Police.

The main accused, Rahul, alias Budh Prakash, who was arrested within a week, is facing trial for gang rape along with Amit.

Two others, Mohanlal and Ashok are also facing trial with the gang rape accused for receiving stolen property (the victim’s mobile) and harbouring the offender, respectively.

Two others, charged with gang rape, were minors (13 and 14 years) and have already been sentenced by a juvenile court.


Highway cops firing on all cylinders to book violators
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 13
The Haryana highway traffic police are pulling out all the stops to instil a sense of discipline among the road users. They have challaned a number of vehicles on the National Highway number 2 passing from here recently.

In fact, dozens of challans are done on any given day at special checking points in the town. While the total number of the traffic violations is still to be made public, it is reported that the figure could be around 50 every day.

Though for the residents, it had been a surprise development, an official of the highway traffic police claimed that the checking of vehicles was not new, but had been done regularly since the special unit of the police came into being in December 2000.

He admitted that hundreds of challans had been done in the past several days. However, this has led to panic among the people, who claim that despite following the rules, the policemen had been harassing them for bribe.

Interestingly, the highway policemen were religiously checking the pollution certificates of all the vehicles, including the brand new ones, said a resident of Sector-9.

He said many of the vehicle owners had to pay a penalty of Rs 1,000 recently as they did not get their certificates renewed.

He said that the authorities, expected to penalise autorickshaws, tempos and other commercial vehicles, emitting fumes to a dangerous level, had been sparing these vehicles. Instead, they were harassing those which were not contributing to the problem in any way.

The ‘Manav Sewa Sangh’, a social body based here, has demanded a ban on plying of commercial vehicles older than 15 years, conversion of all buses into the CNG mode and checking the growth of the outdated autorickshaws in the town.

“Although the authorities do announce various schemes in this regard from time to time, but they do not implement them,” said K.L. Gera, a social activist here.


Boy kills ‘alcoholic’ father
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 13
An ex-serviceman, Jagpal, was beaten to death by his son in village Raghunathpur under Mussori police station. The old man was an alcoholic and often rebuked by his son Manoj for his habit of drinking. In a scuffle with the son on Friday, Jagpal got injured and later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Hapur.

The Mussori police were informed on phone about the killing. CO Pilkhua said it was a case of assault. The ex-serviceman was stated to be a heart patient. Mr Pilkhua said the case would be filed only after the postmortem report.

Criminal nabbed within minutes

The police of Kavi Nagar and Mussori nabbed a criminal within 30 minutes of an incident of loot. Two revolvers and looted goods were also recovered from the miscreant.

However, owing to a territorial dispute between the two police stations, senior officers decided that the arrest be shown in both the police stations, so that they get equal credit for the good work.

SO Mussori, Ravi Shankar Pandya, was on patrol duty last night when he saw two youths standing near Dasna. They told the SO that they were students and going home after exams. A driver of a Maruti van agreed to give them a lift, but after a while he deprived the students of their cell phones, wrist watches and other valuables at gun point. Then, the two students were also thrown out of the vehicle. The SO Mussori soon came to know of the incident and flashed a message, giving the location and description of the criminals.


Legal corner
Stray cattle: HC seeks action taken report
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
Taking a serious view of an earlier order, the Delhi High Court has directed the civic and local authorities in the Capital to file an action taken report (ATR) on the steps taken to rid the city of the menace of stray cattle.

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed, ordered the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB) and the Delhi Government to file reports by next week, while calling for the personal presence of the MCD Commissioner.

On April 25, 2003, the HC had directed the Delhi Government and the civic agencies to rid the city of stray cattle within a year, failing which coercive action could be initiated against them.

Saying that they were being given one last chance, the division bench had ordered the state government, the MCD Commissioner, the NDMC Chairman and the DCB chief executive to convene a meeting within15 days and prepare a time-bound action plan.

The court was to be informed of the plan by May 23 last, otherwise the authorities could be liable for contempt of court, the judges had said.

However, no reply has been filed in the court by the authorities till date. The court was dealing with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Common Cause through its counsel Meera Bhatia.

Group clash

Ghaziabad: Two groups clashed in Prahalad Garhi village under Indira Puram police station last night.

Apart from the use of lathis, four bullets were also fired by both the parties. Three persons were injured in the clash.

The police were trying till late night to hammer an agreement between the feuding groups. OC


Chautala attacks BJP top leadership
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 13
If the recent election meetings of the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, is any indication, it was clear that he has decided to oppose his former ally with full force in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

During his two election meetings at Kharkhoda and Sonepat on Friday evening, the Chief Minister made it clear that he was not going to spare the BJP for its “opportunism”.

He lambasted the BJP and did not even spare the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, “for showing lack of concern for the INLD even though it had unconditionally supported the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre”.

“We had extended unconditional support to the Vajpayee government” because people had thought that there would be a change in the thinking of the BJP, Mr Chautala said in the election meeting at Sonepat.

“But I have lost faith now that the Prime Minister has asked for a clear majority for BJP for the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya,” he added.

He came down heavily on Mr Advani and referred to his statement at Palwal in which the Deputy Prime Minister had asked the voters not to vote for regional parties.

“When the regional parties were needed for forming the government at the Centre, they were good, and now these parties have become bad,” he remarked. He claimed that Mr Advani had his eyes on the chair of the Prime Minister and his statements were part of a pre-determined move.

The Chief Minister did not spare the BJP leaders in the state and claimed that none of the leaders had any vote bank in the state, as was evident from the results of the Assembly by-elections and civic body elections.

Targeting the BJP nominee, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, Mr Chautala claimed that he had won the two elections with the support of the INLD. However, “this time he will not win even in his own village,” Mr Chautala claimed.

The state BJP leaders have continuously tried to insult the INLD leaders, forgetting that both the parties were in alliance, he alleged. It was tolerated, he said, and hinted that “these insults would be taken into account after the elections.”

He asked the people not to hand over power in wrong hands, saying that the BJP always protected the interests of the capitalists.

As far as the Congress was concerned, Mr Chautala said, that it was a divided house, and the people of the state had already rejected the party during the last Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

The INLD nominee, Krishna Malik, state President Sher Singh Badshami and other leaders, including Padam Singh Dahiya, Suraj Mal Antil, Ram Kumar Saini, Dev Raj Dewan and Ramesh Khattak also addressed the meeting.



BJP Legal Cell appoints election watchdogs
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 13
The Legal Cell of the Haryana BJP has appointed six prominent lawyers, namely Mr Nar Dev Sharma, Mr N. K. Sanghi, Mr O. P. Goel, Mr Sanjeev Pandit, Mr Lekh Raj Sharma and Mr Ravi Kiran Dahiya, on its panel for looking into complaints about the misuse of official machinery by the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and its candidates during the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Giving this information, Mr Kishan Dayal Bhardwaj, President of the Legal Cell of the party, told mediapersons here yesterday that these lawyers had been authorised to file petitions at the instance of party cadres or party candidates in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and with the Election Commission about complaints relating to the misuse of official machinery by the ruling INLD and its candidates during the Lok Sabha elections.

He called upon officials of the Haryana police and bureaucrats to remain independent, fair and neutral during the elections otherwise they would be in serious trouble and face legal proceedings in the courts.

Mr Bhardwaj also warned that such officials would be taken to court or before the Election Commission for seeking penal action against them.

Meanwhile, the Haryana BJP has expressed grave concern over the use of official machinery by the INLD candidate, Mrs Krishna Malik. She is contesting form the Sonepat Lok Sabha seat.

The party has sought the removal of her husband, Mr M. S. Malik, from the post of the Director-General of Police (DGP), Haryana.

A deputation of party leaders would call on the Election Commission next week and press it to order the removal of the DGP from the post to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections in Haryana.


Can man live without God, subsist on atheism?

Can man live without God? Can he live without God in a reasonable way? The answer is in the negative according to Ravi Zacharias, a writer on apologetics, who has written a book with the title: Can man live without God?

He holds that without a point of reference, such as God, a person is compelled to deny a moral law, to abandon hope and to forfeit meaning. Man is then left to design his own meaning and moral law. The result will then be chaos.

There have been thinkers who opined that the quest after morality was an ill-fated pursuit imposed by religions, dwarfing man and imprisoning him with fear. Man was nothing but the product of environment and heredity. They held out a theory of evolution whereby man is only half way through his journey from being a beast to becoming the Superman.

Dr Zacharias points out that Immanuel Kant was perhaps the godfather of goodness procurable apart from God. Kant asserted that the rules of morality were rational and hence compelling for all rational beings. His foundational premise was that human beings could arrive by “reason’’ a normative dictum for right and wrong.

Kant believed that this dictum was not merely a theoretical “ought” that was unreachable. He believed that mankind had within itself the capacity to perform that “ought’’ in its most noble demands upon the will. So by reason one can know what is right and by one’s will one can do what is right.

This belief that a normative ethics can be arrived at apart from a divine revelation has philosophical, social and historical contradictions. He points out that the categories of right and wrong emerging from a secular viewpoint find no common ground with cultures whose ethics and political theories are born out of religious commitment. As instance can be cited East-West differences on certain positions ranging from sexuality to politics.

Summarising how different cultures arrive at concepts of right and wrong, Dr Zacharias postulates that for Islam, truth has been “revealed”; for Hinduism and Buddhism, truth is “intuitive” for the western world, truth is “reasoned”; and for the secularised Western man, his own happiness is paramount. This being so, there is the dilemma: “How does one reason against intuition, revelation and personal happiness when each comes with proportionate passion and conviction?”

Philosopher Kant has indeed failed in his efforts to provide an unassailable, rational basis for ethics apart from God. The postulation of ethics apart from God becomes difficult because without God the purpose and destiny of human life falls into grey areas. Dostoveski has pithily said if God is dead everything is justifiable. And in man’s search for morality and happiness outside God, he has effectively lost all three— God, morality and happiness— says the author.

Nietzche’s concept of Superman attracted persons like Hitler and Mussolini. The impetus for the Holocaust did not come from a military strategy as much as it did from the educated elite unblushing in their anti-theist philosophies and materialistic assumptions.

The sense of wonder in childhood, the pursuit of truth in adolescence and the longing for love in adulthood and life experiences tend to strengthen the search for God.

One of the common refrains we hear from those who reached the pinnacles of success is its emptiness that still stacks their lives, all their successes notwithstanding. This inevitable slide to emptiness makes H. L. Mencken to conclude that “the problem with life is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore.” Reason has no answer to pain and suffering as well.

And then in the face of death, old age compels man to look for security. If the grave is the end of life, then life is to be defined in terms of what makes one happy. One can easily conclude “whatever you feel is right.” Albert Camus once said that death was philosophy’s only problem and anyone who had watched the death of a loved one understands the problem very well.

The problem of death in the Christian faith was solved with Jesus Christ rising triumphantly over the grave and proclaiming the resurrection of the dead. Of course immortality of the soul is an accepted truth with major religions.

The yearning for love, which is realised in relationships, provides a wonderful clue as to the nature of God. In most belief systems, God is the embodiment of love notwithstanding all the tragedy of existence. Our heart is enriched by love. And that one relationship feeds other relationships.

St Augustine, who rebelled against God for most part of his youth, came to discover the truth and acclaimed later: “You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” Our capacity to recognise love comes from God, and therefore both the definitive terms of love and the sacrifice of love must also come from Him.

The saint describes what this love looks like. It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear sighs and sorrows.

M P K Kutty


Matriculation examination begins amidst tight security
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 13
The matriculation examination began today amidst tight security arrangements at the 105 examination centres set up by the Board of School Education Haryana in this city and elsewhere in this district.

According to a report, as many as 25,000 examinees are appearing in this examination, including 23,270 regular students and 2,331 private students.

The Board has declared 31 examination centres as sensitive, where extra police had been posted.

Along with the district and police administration, the Board had made elaborate arrangements for conducting a free and fair examinations in this district and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, as many as 32 cases of use of unfair means were detected by the members of the flying squads at various examination centres during the senior secondary examinations, which began yesterday in this city and elsewhere in the district.

According to details, use of unfair means were detected in Rohna, Farmana and Khanpur villages (2 each); Kharkhauda (7), Saidpur Village (4); Gohana town (7); Ganaur (4); Krewari (3) and Mohana village (3).

The flying squad cancelled the Hindi examination paper in Saidpur village for use of unfair means on a mass scale. A member of the supervisory staff was also relieved of his duty.

The prohibitory orders promulgated under section 144 CrPC by the Sonepat District Magistrate was largely ignored by the people. Large number of people, mostly relatives and friends of the examinees were seen roaming outside these centres in violation of the order.

Ticketless passengers penalised

A party of Railway officials, headed by Mr Vijay Singh, Railway Magistrate, arrested 102 passengers, who were found travelling without ticket in trains passing through Sonepat Railway Station yesterday.

According to a report, the officials checked the 2 KDM, 1078 DN Jhelum Express, 2 DU and 303 UP, during which a sum of Rs 75,000 was realised as penalty from the ticketless passengers.

According to information, ten passengers were sent to the jail as they failed to pay the penalty amount.

According to another report, the Railway officials also checked the trains at the Ganaur Railway station, about 16km from here yesterday and found 30 passengers travelling without ticket.

They were also fined by the Railway Magistrate on duty.


Rowdies force suspension of Punjabi Mela
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
The organisers of the three-day Punjabi Mela at Talkatora Gardens here have suspended the event after a group of slogan shouting youth barged into the designated audience gallery and created a ruckus during the pop show late last evening.

According to witnesses, the rowdies also exchanged blows with some of the organisers, including the secretary of the Punjabi Academy, Mr Rawail Singh, when they tried to restore order at the event which was touted as one of the biggest in the Capital.

The police said no one was injured in the fracas which forced the organisers to announce its suspension.

‘’We are having a meeting with the police and we are yet uncertain about resuming the mela,’’ Dr Singh said today. On display at the festival were artefacts of Punjab and traditional handmade articles. ‘’Months of our preparations have been ruined in a moment,’’ said an academy official who blamed the trouble on inadequate police presence.

Pop artistes who performed on the first day of the event yesterday were Sardool Sikander, Inderjit Nikku, Bhupinder Bhuppi and Satwinder Bitti. Others who had confirmed their participation included Bollywood singer Jaspinder Narula, Punjabi pop singers Mika, Nachchattar Gill, Varinder Viz, Lakhwinder Lakhi, Sarabjeet Cheema, Rani Randeep, Shankar Sawhney, Surinder Laadi and Kaptan Laadi.


Nursing homes raided in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 13
Officials of the Health Department headed by Ms Sushma Madan, Director of Health Services, conducted surprise raids at two private nursing homes at Gohana town, 35 km from here, last evening and seized certain documents from them for scrutiny.

According to a report, this step has been taken to check the functioning of the private nursing homes to enforce the PNDT Act. The raids caused panic among other owners of private nursing homes. Some of them closed downed the shutters of their establishment and fled.

The raiding party was accompanied by Mr G. R. Singla, Senior Drug Inspector, Dr Abha Sethi, Medical Officer, Dr P. N. Dhingra and Dr O.P. Buxu.

DDPO summoned

The Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr A. D. Gaur, has summoned the District Development and Panchayat Officer, directing him to appear in person before him on March 17 in connection with the petition filed by Mr Bal Kishan Sharma, a lawyer and the candidate for the post of Chairman of the Panchayat Samiti of Sonepat block.

Mr Bal Kishan Sharma had filed the contempt petition against the DDPO for his failure to conduct the election on March 10 last as directed by the court.

Four hurt in mishap

At least four persons were injured in different accidents on the GT Road and other state highways passing through this district on Friday. According to a report, the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and were stated to be out of danger. The police are still investigating into the cases.

House ransacked

The house of Mr Vijay Tiwari, an employee of the Public Health Department, was allegedly ransacked by his tenant in New Jiwan Nagar here on Friday night.

The tenant had reportedly mixed some intoxicant in ‘prasad’ and offered it to the housewife and her two sons. The three became unconscious after eating it. Thereafter, the tenant ransacked the house and decamped with all valuables and cash. When the owner of the house returned on Saturday after night duty he found his wife and children in an unconscious condition in a room locked from outside. He took them to the local civil hospital for treatment. A complaint was lodged with the police later on in this connection. The tenant along with his wife had been residing in the house since March 2.


Delhi digest
Spinal injuries centre to have new ward
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
In order to meet the increasing load of professional healthcare services to the patients with spinal injuries and related problems, the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) is very soon coming up with a new ward of 30 beds. The chairman of the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), Major H.P.S. Ahluwalia, announced it today while inaugurating the three-day conference of International Spine and Spinal Injuries Conference.

The conference was organised to bring the most recent advances in spine surgery and management of spine ailments to the developing countries of the region.

As many as 33 distinguished international faculty members and 63 esteemed national faculty members are participating in the conference. Stressing on the growing need for better spine related health services, Major Ahluwalia revealed that the central government had given the ISIC the task of establishing four regional centers in Cuttak, Mohali, Bareilly and Jabalpur.

Malhotra demands amendment to UAM

BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra today demanded amendment to the property tax calculating method. Naming it as a “draconian method”, he said the new method of calculating property tax would economically devastate the urban villages in the Capital. He said this method had exempted even the rented properties in these villages from house tax.

“The Congress in Delhi has turned blind to the aspirations and economic interest of the village by going ahead with the unit area method from April 1,” he added, addressing a meeting in Shahpur Jat and surrounding areas.

“The new method should be amended so that urban villages are exempted from property tax as the villagers had been deprived of their traditional sources of income,” said Malhotra. He said the BJP would hold a demonstration tomorrow to oppose the implementation of the new method in its present form.


Dacoity plan goes for a toss, five nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
With the arrest of five persons the South district police claimed to have averted a dacoity bid in a wine shop near Ajay Ahuja Park.

The police also recovered one countrymade pistol, one knife, two rods, two colour TVs, four cameras, silver jewellery and some antiques from their possession.

The police received secret information that certain persons were planning a dacoity in a wine shop and would assemble near Ajay Ahuja Park on March 11. Accordingly, the team laid a trap near the park at around 8.30 pm and apprehended five persons, Anil (19), resident of Kalyanpuri, Sohan Kumar, alias Sonu (19), Satish, alias Pintoo (21), resident of Ghaziabad, Vicky (20), resident of Narela, and Faimal, alias Famuddin, alias Salim (20), resident of Narela.

Pre-paid booth inaugurated

In order to bring some respite to the public from the problems of overcharging and misbehaviour by taxi drivers, the Delhi Traffic Police have inaugurated a pre-paid booth at ISBT Sarai Kale Khan. With the inauguration of this new booth, the traffic police operate as many as 30 pre-paid booths in the city for the convenience of the public.

The pre-paid booths are already in operation from airports, railway stations, ISBTs and hospitals.


Five hurt in fire at Azad Market
Tribune News Service

Delhi Fire Services personnel hard at work at Azad Market where a few shops caught fire in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune Photo

New Delhi, March 13
Five persons suffered burns and property worth several lakh was destroyed on Saturday morning in a fire incident in the Azad Market area of North Delhi.

The five persons who were rescued by the fire personnel were admitted to the hospital and the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, sources said.

Fire sources said that initially the fire broke out in shop no 5 at around 9. 20 am The blazing fire soon engulfed some wholesale shops selling canvas and other materials. At least 30 fire engines were rushed to the spot and the medium-intensity fire was brought under control by the firemen at around 2. 20 pm.


Eye camp tomorrow
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
The 33rd free eye checking camp of the Tarun Mitra Parishad will be held on Sunday 14 at Jagat Farm, Gama Shopping Mall, Sector Gama 1, Greater Noida.

The eye patients will be checked by the medical team of St Stephens Hospital. Select patients would be recommended for cataract operation in the hospital.


Two dreaded criminals nabbed, country-made
weapons seized
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, March 13
With the arrest of two criminals, the Modi Nagar police claimed to have solved a number of cases of loot and thefts.

The two criminals, identified as Naresh and Tinqu from Tikra road jungle, were arrested by a police team led by the S.O. Dharmender Chauhan. The criminals were held while they were planning to loot in the area, the police said.

However, their three other companions managed to escape. One country-made revolver, live cartridges and knives were seized from them.

During interrogation, the arrested criminals confessed that they mainly targeted houses where marriages were being held. They specially targeted houses at midnight along the railway lines, as it was easy to escape with little chance of resistance, S. O. Chauhan said.

They confessed that they had stabbed to death a security guard, who had put up stiff resistance when they had gone to loot a godown in Kazampur recently.

Besides, they confessed to have been involved in loot and theft cases in Umesh Park and Sikri Khurd.

The gang belonged to Lankapuri in Modi Nagar and their accomplices, identified as Sonu, Deepak and Monu, had managed to escape, the police said. The criminals would be booked under the National Security Act and Gangster Act, Mr Chauhan said.

Goods worth lakhs seized

Noida: The Noida police have recovered stolen goods worth lakhs of rupees from two guards and a gang of criminals.

A theft had taken place in a printing press in Sector-2, in which computers, printers and scanners had been stolen, said the Circle Officer, Mr Sewak Ram Yadav.

Two security guards were detained on suspicion by the police at Gole Chakkar.

The guards confessed their involvement in the thefts. Based on the information provided by the guards, identified as Inderjit and Om Prakash, 7 computers, CPUs, scanners and 7 printers were recovered by the police.

These goods seized were valued at Rs 7 lakh, the police said. The computer had highly valuable ad designs, which were also worth lakhs of rupees. Both the thieves have been sent to the jail by Sector-20 police.

Meanwhile, a gang of thieves operating in Noida was busted by the Sector-39 police.

A number of weapons were recovered from the five criminals. The criminals were found moving around in suspicious manner during patrolling in sector-41. They were arrested after a chase by the police.

Two country-made revolvers, cartridges and two knives and tools used in thefts were seized from them.

They arrested criminals were identified as Raju, Manoj, Budh Chander and Kedar Singh and Ravi.

They were residents of Nithari and Hoshiarpur villages. All the five accused have been sent to the jail, CO Yadav said.


Stolen vehicles worth Rs 50 lakh recovered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
With the arrest of two desperate auto thieves the Crime Branch claimed to have busted an inter-state gang and also recovered 17 vehicles worth more than Rs 50 lakh from Gujarat. The sleuths also claimed to have seized incriminating documents, forged rubber stamps and vehicle service books from their possession.

The accused persons, identified as Mohammad Jalaluddin, alias Pappu (42), resident of Ahmedabad, and Mohammad Rashid (23), resident of Moradabad, used to steal the vehicles in Delhi and drive away to Jaipur to finally dispose them in Gujarat. The vehicles were stolen from South, Central, South-West, West and East districts of Delhi.

The Crime Branch anti-auto theft squad received information that the Yashin-Pappu gang had been active in Delhi and was mainly targeting Maruti cars for disposing them of in Gujarat. The sleuths apprehended both Pappu and Rashid on March 1 and then took them to Gujarat for recovering the stolen vehicles.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Depender Pathak said the accused used to steal the vehicles with the help of duplicate keys and dispose them of in Gujarat with the help of forged documents with a new service book. The accused had got the registration of these vehicles done with road transport authorities in Ahmedabad, Gandhi Nagar and Himmat Nagar in fictitious names. The proof of address of these fictitious persons were also obtained by paying insurance premium of the vehicles.

The Crime Branch sleuths after reaching Gujarat found the vehicles were sold to unsuspecting customers in Ahmedabad, Himmat Nagar, Mehsana and Jamnagar. The sleuths also had to face a tough time to recover the cars from the owners of the cars. Ultimately, they were convinced after being shown the FIRs of the stolen cars in Delhi.

Mr Pathak said the stolen vehicles’ database located at the Traffic Control Room and the Crime Record office came very handy during the recovery of these vehicles from Gujarat. Especially, the original registration numbers, engine numbers, chassis numbers and copies of FIRs were sent through the modern communication system available with the sleuths. 


Contractor assaulted, robbed of car
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 13
Mr Jai Singh, a contractor, was robbed of his car and a mobile telephone at pistol-point by three unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants near Sehoti Village, about 15 km from here yesterday. The miscreants also assaulted Mr Jai Singh with knives when he resisted. Thereafter, they drove away the car and fled from the scene. The car was later found in a nearby field. It is stated that Mr Jai Singh was going in his car to see a friend at Kirohli village. As he reached a brick kiln, the miscreants parked their motorcycle in the middle of the road and blocked his way.

Thereafter, they pushed him out of the car at pistol-point and snatched his mobile phone. They also injured him with knife before fleeing. As Mr Jai Singh raised the alarm, a number of people reached the spot. Some of them even chased the miscreants who escaped on the motorcycle. They also fired shots in the air to scare away the crowd.


Pakistani business delegation visits Gurgaon
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, March 13
A Pakistani business delegation led by the Chairman, International Fair and Exhibition Commerce and the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr Amin Khan, was on a visit here today.

The delegation visited a local firm producing electrical goods to have a first hand experience of the business methods employed by it. Talking to newspersons on the occasion, Mr Khan said that since tension between the two countries had eased a favourable climate was there for bilateral trade. He urged Indian businessmen to take benefit of the favourable climate by establishing trade links with Pakistan.

He further said that during the recently held “Made in Pakistan Exhibition” his country received a good response from Indian entrepreneurs. He added that there was a plan to organise a “Made in India Exhibition” at Karachi in Pakistan shortly.

According to him, Pakistan was considering giving India the status of “most favoured nation” very soon so that liberal trade became possible between the two countries



DSGMC chief inaugurates college building
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 13
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee President Sardar Prehlad Singh inaugurated the second phase of the college building on the occasion of Mata Sundri Smriti Diwas yesterday.

Lt-Governor Vijay Kapoor was present along with other dignitaries.

The Chairman of the governing body, Mr Autar Singh, said the unauthorised land adjacent to the college could be used for the purpose of building an auditorium for the students and a girls’ hostel.

Mr Vijay Kapoor said he would support the college in every manner. He praised the college Principal and members of the DSGMC for the smooth working of the college. He said good work being done by the committee in the field of education, in the development of personality of the student and inculcating of basic human values in them.

He congratulated all prize-winners and achievers in every field.

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