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Give us Priyanka, too, chants DPCC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) has welcomed Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest the Amethi parliamentary constituency and described it as a dream come true. The party felt that the demand of the youth would be fully met when the other Gandhi sibling, Priyanka, too throws her hat in the ring.

“Mr Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Amethi fulfills only 50 per cent of our demand…the youth will be 100 per cent happy if Priyanka too joins the fray,” DPCC’s Labour Cell convenor Shyamdev Bhadana said. The youth, he added, felt reassured that Rahul Gandhi would fulfill his late father’s dream for the 21st century.

Bhadana had gone on hunger strike in front of the party’s headquarters on Akbar Road in January to demand the Gandhi siblings’ entry into politics.

He said that he broke his fast only after the assurances by the office-bearers. They told him to wait a little more. “I am happy that that the wait has ended,” he said.

“Let Bofors remove all the darkness from Indian politics. Let those who question the deal know how this gun is suited to the Indian conditions. Let science and technology, the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s gift to the nation, be harvested now,” Bhadana said, “Mr Rahul Gandhi’s entry will lend strength and stability to the party.”

Bhadana said he was voicing the sentiments of a large number of youths across the nation in seeking the entry of the other Gandhi sibling, Ms Priyanka Vadra, into politics. “Half a step has been taken with Mr Rahul Gandhi’s entry … it would become one full step when Ms Priyanka takes a similar decision to contest the election,” he said.

Foreigner found dead

A 40-year-old national of Luxembourg was found dead in mysterious circumstances in a hotel in the Paharganj area this morning. The deceased was identified as Zean Zigler; he was staying in Amar hotel since March 19 this year.

The police said that on Monday morning a foul smell was detected in Zigler’s room, which was locked from inside. The hotel staff opened the door and found Zigler’s body.

The deceased had come to India in January this year.

The police said that the cause of death was still to be ascertained as there were no external injuries. Nor had his room been ransacked.

The German embassy has been informed about his death and his body had been sent for a post-mortem examination.



Contract killers held for builder’s murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22
The Central district police today claimed to have arrested two contract killers, including son of a former councillor from Jama Masjid area, in the murder case of a builder.

The prime suspect, who gave money to the suspects for killing the victim, is absconding. His arrest will disclose the total number of suspects involved in the murder case, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Madan Oberio said.

The arrested suspects, Akil, a resident of Lal Quan and Sayyed Abrar, son of a former councillor from Jama Masjid area and resident of Kucha Chalan were paid huge amount for killing the victim.

The prime suspect has been identified though the police have not disclosed his name. Old enmity could be the cause of murder, the DCP said.

He said that Akil was arrested yesterday from Subhash Park. His interrogation led to the arrest of Sayyed.

During interrogation, both confessed to have killed Yogesh Sharma, who was involved in construction activities in Walled City. The victim was a resident of Chandni Mahal.

The police recovered a country-made pistol and Rs 1.18 lakh from Akil’s possession.

Akil’s associate Sayyed was given Rs 90,000 for the job. The police recovered Rs 88,000 from his possession.

They have been remanded in police custody for three days.

Akil disclosed that he shot at the victim from close range near opposite street Nanhe Khan in Darya Ganj. The victim was going towards Street Moti Mahal, Netaji Subhash Marg.

The victim fell down and died on the spot. The assailant, a stout youth wearing helmet, was seen by the passers-by going towards Kucha Dakhhni Rai where he boarded a motorcycle waiting for him. The motorcycle was driven by Sayyed. The incident took place on February 25.

The police said that the investigation of the case also disclosed that the victim also had criminal record in 1986. He was arrested in 1992 by Lahori Gate police. He was again arrested by Mahipalpur police in 1996 and third time, he was arrested by Chandni Chowk police where he was involved in a murder case of Pramod Tiwari, a builder. 



House session advanced for cricket buffs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22
The Delhi Legislative Assembly will meet on Wednesday for a two-day session to pass the Vote on Account. The session has been advanced by four hours on Wednesday to enable the legislators to watch the fifth and final one-day international match between India and Pakistan on television. Speaker Ajay Maken said that the Business Advisory Committee has decided that the first day of the session will be held from 10 am to 2 pm instead of 2 pm to 6 pm. The timing had been changed, so that everybody could watch the match starting at 2 pm, he told a news conference.

The Business Advisory Committee has cleared two short duration discussions – one on unauthorised colonies and the other on the paper leak that forced the cancellation and postponement of internal examinations conducted by the Directorate of Education.

The issue of unauthorised colonies will be taken up on March 24. A comprehensive discussion on the paper leak will be held on March 25 when the vote on account would be passed, Maken said. The issue of unauthorised colonies has assumed political overtones with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Union Culture and Tourism Minister Jagmohan accusing each other of exploiting it ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

The Speaker said the session would open with obituary references in memory of Kerala Governor Sikander Bakht, a former member of the Metropolitan Council, and Pondicherry Governor KR Malkani, a former member of the Rajya Sabha from NCT of Delhi.

The chief minister would introduce the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, which would be taken up for consideration during the two-day session. The first report of the Business Advisory Committee and General Purposes Committee would also be presented and moved for adoption by the House.

The session will also see elections to three financial committees – the Public Accounts Committee, the Estimates Committee and the Public Sector Units Committee – so that these could be constituted by March 31. These committees have not been set up since the constitution of the third Assembly.

Push button system for assembly

The Delhi Legislative Assembly will soon do away with the “crude way” of asking members to stand up for counting in case of division of votes and will introduce a push button system like in Parliament.

Releasing the Vision Document to make the Assembly modern through the use of information communication technologies, Speaker Ajay Maken said an electronic voting system would be introduced which would be more dignified, convenient, time-saving and foolproof.

“The members have to simply push the relevant button to record his vote, which is then displayed on the screen,” Maken said, “The screen can also be used by the members during the Special Mention for displaying pictures to supplement the issues they want to highlight.”

To do away with the excessive use of paper, copies of all notices, reports of various Assembly committees, budget documents and other documents laid on the table, starred and unstarred questions and agenda papers would be put on the Assembly website.

To elevate the standards of performance of the Assembly, an extensive database would be created that would enable the legislators to prepare for debates and raise meaningful questions and supplementaries. An online communication system on a one-to-one basis between the members, ministers and officers would also be created.



Aged couple battered to death
Our Correspondent

Rewari, March 22
An aged couple, Matadin Thekedar (70) and his wife Bhagwati Devi (65), were brutally killed with sharp-edged weapons by unidentified assailants in Manethi village, about 23 km from here last night. The Khol Police have registered a case of murder.

The police have also detained a village youth, Azad Singh, son of Abhey Singh, for interrogation.

According to the sources, the assailants entered the house at about midnight and struck several blows at the couple while they were sleeping in the courtyard of the house.

Matadin and Bhagwtai tried to escape, but they were knocked down and given even more blows till they bled to death. Late in the morning today, when Bhagwati Devi failed to turn up at the milkman Sheo Lal’s house, which was her daily routine, Sheo Lal sent his grandson with the milk to Bhagwati Devi’s house. The bodies were discovered by the grandson.

According to sources, Matadin had been lending money on a large scale. It is possible that he had earned the wrath of some hard-pressed debtor.



Sahib Singh denies manhandling minister’s son
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22
Union Labour Minister and BJP’s candidate from the Outer Delhi constituency, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, has denied manhandling the son of a minister in the Government of NCT of Delhi and ridiculed the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) for resorting to ‘shameful’ and ‘cheap’ tactics in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election.

According to Mr Chauhan, who held a press conference at the DPCC office yesterday, Mr Sahib

Singh lost his temper after he was questioned by a member of the audience about the “anti-farmer policies” of his government.

Mr Verma dismissed as a ‘total lie’ Raj Kumar Chauhan’s allegation that Verma called him names, alluding to his caste or manhandled his son at an election debate organised by a television channel in the Tikri Kala village of the Outer Delhi parliamentary constituency on March 20.

“Instead, it is Mr Chauhan and his goons who manhandled and called me names when I tried to pacify them, after they had become agitated. They got angry as a person asked them a question on how private contractors were looting consumers of electricity,” Mr Verma told a news conference.

The behaviour of the minister and his supporters was shameful, Mr Verma said.

The police, he said, should investigate impartially and bring out the truth. Delhi Pradesh BJP president Harshvardhan also addressed the news conference along with Mr Verma.

Mr Verma said that the main cause of the DPCC’s panic was the social security scheme for the benefit of 37 crore labourers and the regularisation of unauthorised colonies which, he claimed, had caused a shift in the party’s traditional vote bank.



HVP turns heat on INLD candidate
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 22
There is hardly any respite for the INLD nominee Krishna Malik from the allegations of the misuse of the police machinery in her election campaign levelled by the opposition party leaders.

After BJP, now the Bansi Lal’s Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has announced that it would raise the issue before the Central Election Commission. The HVP state general secretary, Mr Rajiv Jain, stated that a delegation of the party led by HVP supremo Bansi Lal would urge the election commission for deployment of para-military forces in the elections to ensure free and fair elections and for taking action against the police personnel allegedly involved in election campaigning for the INLD nominee Krishna Malik, who is the wife of the Director General of Police (DGP) Haryana, Mr M. S. Malik.

The party would also demand for removal of the Mr Malik from the post of DGP to ban the entry of those police officers who have served in the district under the INLD rule, Mr Jain said while talking to mediapersons last evening after a meeting of the party workers here.

Despite repeated explanations and claims of Krishna Malik that she is the wife of a government servant and like other family members of the officers and ministers in power who contested the elections in the past and no one had demanded their resignations or removal from the post, she is also contesting the election. Even DGP Mr Malik has reportedly refrained himself from touring the areas falling under the Sonepat parliamentary constituency.

A senior INLD leader on condition of anonymity told the NCR Tribune that the most powerful man in the state is always the chief minister and from the past records it was evident that the sons, daughters and wives of the chief ministers have contested the election while in power and no one had made any hue and cry to demand resignations of the chief minister.

“The DGP is a small fry in comparison to the chief minister and hence there is no logic in demanding removal of the DGP,” he remarked.

It is also learnt from political sources that the BJP and HVP have started planning to establish records of the alleged involvement of the police personnel in campaigning for Krishna Malik and produce it before the election commission. Interestingly, the Congress, which is yet to announce its candidate, has been keeping quiet on the issue so far.



Congress leader flays Mahajan, Katiyar

Sonepat, March 22
The State Mahila Congress president, Ms Sumita Singh, today chided BJP leaders Pramod Mahajan and Vinay Katiyar for making derogatory remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and threatened,: “If they do not refrain from it, we will not hesitate to retaliate.”

Inaugurating a one-day district level training camp of the Mahila Congress activists here, Ms Singh said that the political leaders are required to maintain the political standards and there should not be any attempt to make character assassination of the opponents.

Exhorting the Congress activists to get ready for the Lok Sabha elections, She asked them to establish contacts with every woman in their respective areas and inform them about the failures of the BJP led NDA government in the centre and INLD government in Haryana. She detailed out the steep hikes in the prices of essential commodities, petrol, diesel, agriculture in-puts and deteriorating law and order situation. She also informed them that the other purpose of the meeting was to create awareness among them about the growing imbalance in sex ratio particularly in Haryana.

Pleading that they should desist any attempt of foeticide by not be any safety of the women.” They will not be able to dare to go out of their houses even during day time,” she cautioned. OC


HVP asks for CRPF presence during poll
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 22
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has urged the Election Commission to deploy the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) instead of the Haryana Police in the Sonepat Lok Sabha constituency to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections. Stating this, Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the state unit of the party, told mediapersons here today a deputation of the party led by Mr Bansi Lal, former Chief Minister and HVP chief, would meet the Chief Election Commissioner in New Delhi shortly and submit a memorandum to him in this regard.

The ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) had fielded Mrs Krishna Malik, wife of the Director-General of Police (DGP), Haryana, from this seat to contest the Lok Sabha election. He alleged the DGP was using official machinery on a large scale for the success of his wife in this election. Mr Jain also demanded immediate removal of Mr M. S. Malik from the post of the Haryana DGP and deployment of the CRPF in place of the Haryana police in this constituency. He also demanded immediate imposition of a ban on the visits of senior police officers, like the SP, DSPs and inspectors, in this constituency. Earlier, a workers’ meeting of the party was held at Aggarwal Dharmashala here last evening and it was addressed among others by Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the party. Mr Jain called upon the party workers to work hard and go round the constituency to mobilise people in favour of the party nominee and ensure his success in the elections. He charged the ruling INLD leaders with pressing the electorate on some pretext or the other in favour of the party nominee.



Why no takers for the Indian New Year?
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 22
While March 21, this year, marks the beginning of the ‘Indian New Year’ according to the Vikrami Sanvat, our traditional calendar, there are a section of people who strongly favour and recommend the proper recognition and celebration at this period of time, instead of English calendar.

Mr Kailash Sharma, a resident of Sector-10 here, is one of those who feels that observing ‘Nav Sanvatsar’ as New Year is more relevant and judicious instead of December 31. He claimed that due to following of the Western culture blindly, majority of people in a country like India, which he said, had a great cultural heritage, have either been ignorant or had forgotten the importance of the Indian New Year.

Taking a dig at the functions organised on the night of December 31, he said that the youths go head over heals to celebrate the occasion, while hardly anybody had the knowledge of the ‘Nav Sanvatsar’.

Stating that the Indian calendar had been more judicious and based on the importance of the seasons, while there was hardly anything special about the English calendar. He said the ‘Nav Sanvatsar’ was welcomed with the change in the season and when the weather was most pleasant.

It was the time when we enter new financial period and new academic session begins and India being an agriculture-based economy, the time also signals to the arrival of the harvesting season.

Stating that all the festivals in the country were based on the traditional calendar and all the important occasions in our daily lives, including marriages, religious ceremonies were observed on the calculations based on the calendar only.

He said it is okay to have knowledge and information about the culture and life of Western countries but there had been hardly any effort by any one to propagate and popularise the Indian calendar and the culture associated with it.



Deadlock over measures to check din generated by generators
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, March 22
A stand-off seems to have emerged between the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) and the industrial units here on the issue of adopting measures to check noise pollution created by the diesel generating sets used by the latter. The HSPCB has served an ultimatum to the units to either put ‘acoustic enclosure’ on the diesel generating (DG) sets by March 31 this year or face a penalty ranging from Rs 10,000 to 20,000.

The board had put up a notice in some of the leading newspapers on March 5 last, stating that all industries using DG sets of less than 250 KVA should install the acoustic enclosure by March-end. Here, it is stated that the latest guidelines were meant for the small and medium type of units which had been using DG sets of low capacity. Officials of the board had also asked the local entrepreneurs at a meeting here recently to take the notice seriously. It is stated that the violators of this provision would be imposed a penalty up to Rs 20,000 each. The Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA) reacted sharply to the notice and demanded more time for the units to adopt the above measure. In a memorandum submitted to the Chairman of the board, the general secretary of the FSIA, Mr Rajiv Chawla, claimed the latest notice had come as a rude shock for many as the time limit for meeting the requirement was too short. According to him, while the funds were not a limiting factor for the environmental

protection and the majority of the units had started the process to acquire and install the acoustic enclosure the move involved financial planning and borrowing of funds and it was not very easy to achieve the target in such a short time. He said as the financial year was closing very soon it would be difficult for many to meet the deadline due to obvious reasons. He claimed that imposing a heavy penalty on small-scale units would act like a ‘strangulator’ at this junction. It is also added in the memorandum that the board had given sufficient time to the medium and large industries to put the ‘enclosure’ as the last date had been extended from January 31 to March 31, 2004. The FSIA has demanded that the time limit for this matter ought to be extended up to September end next without the condition of security deposit. It has also contended that the use of DG sets by the SSIs was minimum and hence the deadline could be extended easily. Meanwhile, the FSIA has announced holding a workshop on the topic of ‘Export Management and Documentation’ at its hall in Sector 24 here on March 23. While the topics to be covered include key issues in export management (government policy, exim policy, financial management and the key issues of finance the delegate fee for attending it has been kept at Rs 250. 



Water crisis takes turn for the worse
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 22
Widespread resentment prevails among the residents of old section of the city against the curtailment in the supply of drinking water by the Public Health Department without any prior notice or any reason.

According to a report, the residents hitherto were being supplied water twice a day-morning and evening, and now they had been getting drinking water in the morning for the past one week or so. Many residents alleged that all their complaints made to the authorities concerned in this regard have fallen on deaf ears. Even the district authorities also remain silent spectators.

Meanwhile, the Residents Welfare Association and the Sonepat Citizens Forum have protested against the curtailment in the supply of drinking water and warned that if the supply was not restored immediately, the residents will have no alternative but to gherao the officials of the PHD.

They also demanded a high-level probe into the public complaints in this regard and stern action against the officials found responsible for the man-made water crisis in the city. They also threatened to air their grievances before Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on his next visit to this city for election purposes.



Occupational therapists
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22
The experts have pointed out that occupational therapy helps in creating better jobs for disabled people. At a three-day conference EMCON ’04, organised by the All India Occupational Therapist’ Association (AIOTA), it was pointed out that for India’s six crores disabled people there are a mere 6,000 occupational therapists.

Dr Anil K. Srivastava, Chairman AIOTA, pointed out “because of speedy life style, people are getting more prone to live a stressful life. Accidents, depression, irritation are the main problems that arise due to stress, a major cause of disability. Occupational therapy plays a major role to treat the people suffering problems of stress.”

Experts also rued the fact that there are too few occupational therapists in the country.



NDPL announces power cuts

New Delhi, March 22
The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has announced power shutdown on Tuesday in certain areas on account of maintenance work a sub stations. Bakoli and Bakhtawarpur, Tigipur and Jhangola in Narela will face power cuts between 10 am and 5 pm. Parts of Hudson Line in Civil Lines, Bagh Kare Khan in Shakti Nagar and C5 and C6 residential areas in Keshavpuram will have a cut in the power supply between 11 am and four pm.

Shora Kothi, Gali Kankwan, Harphool Singh Building in Shakti Nagar will have a power cut between 10 am and 2.30 pm. TNS



Youth dies in mishap

Sonepat: Sukhbir, a resident of Jatwara Mohalla, was killed on the spot when he was hit by an unknown vehicle on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near here on Sunday evening. The police have registered a case and sent the body for a post-mortem examination. Jaipal, a resident of Rattangarh village, was seriously injured when an unknown vehicle hit his mule cart which was overturned on the Sonepat-Gohana road near here on Sunday evening. He was immediately hospitalised. Pushpa, a 12-year-old girl, was injured when she was hit by an unknown vehicle here on Sunday evening. She was rushed to the local civil hospital and stated to be out of danger. OC



Bharat Uday ratra to reach Haryana on March 24
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, March 22
The Bharat Uday Rath Yatra, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, will enter Haryana near the Delhi-Haryana border at Kundli village, about 25 km from here, on March 24.

Mr Advani will be given a rousing reception by Mr Ganeshi Lal, president of the Haryana unit of the BJP, Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, a BJP candidate from the Sonepat Lok Sabha seat, and other prominent leaders of the party, including former MPs and MLAs. Thereafter, he will be taken into a procession to Sonepat via 20th Mile, Pio Munyari, Rai and Bahalgarh where the party workers will greet him.

At Sonepat, Mr Advani will address a public meeting and leave for Panipat via Murthal and Ganaur.

The party leaders have finalised the programme for giving a tremendous welcome to Mr Advani on the entire route of the district. The party workers from Kharkhauda and Gohana towns will join the reception here.

Woman recovered in raid

The Sonepat Police recovered a young married woman from Meerut (UP) on March 19 last after a surprise raid conducted there following information received by the police officials.

She had reportedly eloped with her paramour on March 16 last after deserting her husband. She was married off to one Lokesh, alias Sagar, about 10 months ago. The police have not yet registered a case in this connection.

It is stated that the youth had developed illicit relations with the woman and taken her to Meerut (UP). The youth is still at large and a hunt is on to apprehend him.

Free coaching starts

A three-month free coaching for the students under the Centre-sponsored Coaching Allied Scheme has been started at Government Senior Secondary School in the Model Town area of this city.

Stating this, Mrs Surinder Chaudhary, Principal of the School, told mediapersons here on Monday that the students would get coaching for PMT and CEET free of cost for a three-month course. Students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the backward classes and the minority community are entitled to get admission for coaching. There are 40 seats for coaching purposes and these include 20 seats for the Scheduled Castes, 12 seats for the backward classes and other eight seats for the minority community students.

The Principal has appealed to the students of these communities to avail the opportunity and take advantage for free coaching in the subjects mentioned above.

Youth attempts suicide

Ravinder, a married youth, was reported to have made an attempt to commit suicide by taking some poisonous substance in his house at Lehrara village, about 3 km from here, on Sunday evening.

When the condition of the youth worsened he was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment. His condition is stated to be serious. The police are still investigating into the case. A family feud is stated to be the main cause for his taking this extreme step.

Child freed from kidnappers

Jhajjar: The police freed a three-year-old child from the kidnappers on Sunday. The police have succeeded in arresting the kidnapper, Ramdhan, alias Baba. The child has been handed over to his parents.

The press note said Baba kidnapped Akash, son of Manoj, resident of Amadalpur village, on March 20 when the accused along with his accomplices came to the house of Manoj in a Fiat car. The father of the child said he sold an Ambassador car to Baba two years ago for Rs 36,000. Baba than paid some money but later returned the car and demanded the money back. He returned the money but some amount was due to be paid to Baba, who occasionally used to frequent his house for the money. On March 20, he came with some persons and on getting a chance kidnapped his son. The police have arrested the accused and recovered the child.



South Delhi academics root for BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22
The academics residing in South Delhi constituency have decided to extend their support to Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra of the BJP in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The teachers are from Delhi University, Jamia Milia University, IP University and Jawahar Lal Nehru University. The teachers’ fraternity expressed gratitude to Mr Malhotra for his untiring efforts for successful implementation of the recommendation to merge 50 percent DA with basic pay. Mr Malhotra called upon them to act as opinion makers of society and lead the electorate to an enlightened decision while casting their votes.

Two get life term for killing associate

A city court today sentenced two persons to life imprisonment for killing one of their associates. The convicts are Ashok and Jhumman. The court has also fined them Rs 5,000 each in addition.

On January 11, 1999, the two were consuming liquor along with their third associate, Balwaan Singh (35), in the Naseem Garden farmhouse near the DDA flats at Mehrauli. The three were well-known to each other and on that fateful night the three had an altercation following a scuffle among them. The two convicts then overpowered Balwan Singh and killed him. Hearing the hullabaloo, the owner of the farmhouse came outside and saw the body of Balwan Singh in a pool of blood. He immediately called the police. During investigations, the police recovered the weapon of crime and arrested the duo three days later on January 7.

Protest against jhuggis’ demolition

The Gole Market Block Congress Committee today demonstrated in protest against the demolition of JJ clusters and disconnection of power and water supply in the clusters. They held to Union Minister Jagmohan responsible for this. The demonstration was led by Mr Sunil Khosla, national Youth Congress leader. The pradhan of the Gole Market Block Congress Committee, Mr Suka Ram, and other local Congress leaders participated in the demonstration.



Two notorious criminals nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22
The Inter-State Cell of the Crime Branch has arrested two notorious criminals of the dreaded Sanjay Bhutana alias Shamsher gang from the Bijwasan area of South-West district. The sleuths also claimed to have recovered one countrymade weapon and two live cartridges from their possession.

The accused had allegedly gone to the area to commit carjacking and look for some businessmen in transit. The two were identified as Narender, alias Nanhe (26), resident of Jhajjar, and Devender, alias Kala, resident of Rohtak.

Their gang leader, Sanjay, alias Shamsher, who is at large, has a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head and is wanted by the Inter-State Cell.

The sleuths had secret information that members of the Sanjay gang were staying in Kapashera area of South-West district and would be assembling near Bijwasan for committing crime. Accordingly, the two were nabbed.

The Crime Branch Anti-Extortion Cell has arrested two persons and claimed to have busted a cricket betting racket. The sleuths also claimed to have recovered two mobile phones, four land line phones, one computer, two betting books and cash Rs 3260 from their hideout.

The sleuths, based on a secret information that betting was going on in the Malviya Nagar area, raided the premises and apprehended two persons who were identified as Pawan Kumar (29) and Kamal Kumar (47), residents of Shivalik, Malviya Nagar.



50 CTVs recovered as thieves’ gang is busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22
With the arrest of three persons, the East district police today claimed to have busted a notorious gang of thieves of the Siraj Gang near the Vivek Vihar market.

The police also claimed to have recovered 50 brand new stolen LG colour televisions, 40 cartons of CHO-CHO chocolate wafer stick, one Vikram TSR scooter (Dl-1L-F4048) and two mobile phones from their possession.

Based on secret information that two persons were waiting in an auto with two colour televisions in the B-block market of Vivek Vihar and trying to sell them, the police swung into action and apprehended them.

The two were identified as Sanjay Verma (29), resident of New Rana Pratap Bagh, and Talak Raj, alias Sanjay (32), resident of Nand Nagari. Eight more colour televisions were recovered from their possession.

The accused persons told the police that one Mohammad Siraj, resident of Turkman Gate, used to steal the television sets from International Container Depot, Tughlakabad. Subsequently, Siraj was also arrested and other television sets were recovered from a godown hired by him for keeping the stolen television sets.

In another case, the East district police have arrested three persons who were involved in a racket of encashing fake money orders.

Based on secret information that fake money orders were in circulation and issued from Kanke Post Office, Ranchi, the apprehended three persons, Sudhkant Jha, resident of Jharkhand, Hari Shankar Thakur, resident of Bihar, and Brij Kisore Jha, resident of Jharkhand.


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