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Lashkar militant, scouting for base in Delhi, nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 5
The Delhi Police Special Cell today claimed to have arrested a Pakistan-trained Lashkar-e-Toiba militant from the Bhogal area in south Delhi. The sleuths also claimed to have recovered a .30 Star Chinese pistol, eight live rounds of ammunition, two fake identity cards in the name of Bashir Ahmed Wani and Tahir Nazir Mir and Rs 2.75 lakh from his possession.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Ashok Chand said the militant Irshad Ahmed Malik (28), resident of Doda in Kashmir, was arrested following intelligence input that a youth was trying to set up a base in Delhi for terrorist operations. He had already set up bases in Srinagar and Jammu.

Irshad was arrested in Bhogal area where he had come to collect hawala money. “He was here to set up base, stockpile arms and ammunition for terrorist activities, besides collecting hawala money,” Mr Chand said.

The DCP said the militant has not disclosed any specific targets. The police are trying to ascertain the motive of his arrival here on March 27. Even though his local contact has been identified, he is yet to be arrested, Mr Chand added.

During interrogation, Irshad said that he joined the LeT in 1998 after meeting the district commander of LeT, a Pakistani national, in Doda. He was also involved in a number of ‘operations’, including lobbing of a grenade on a vehicle canvassing for the BJP candidate in Doda in 1998. Several persons were injured during the blast.

Irshad was also caught and booked for two years in October 1998 under the J&K Public Safety Act.

In December 1999, he along with Zahoor Ahmed, a Hizbul militant escaped from custody during transit from court to jail.

Later, he came in contact with Pakistan-based LeT (India) incharge Abu Mohammad, went there in June 2002 for a month-long ‘indoctrination camp’ and then to a three-month ‘specialised training’ in Muzaffarabad, PoK, where he excelled in the use of assault rifle, guerilla warfare, ambush and manufacturing IED.

Irshad was formally sent on ‘Indian assignments’ in July last year along with an AK rifle, some ammunition and Rs 1.10 lakh. In Delhi, the LeT recruit would collect hawala money and through his contact in the walled city area, search for a place to set up ‘a base’. From the hawala money, Irshad bought a truck to transport arms and ammunition.

“He also disclosed that he had dumped arms, received from Pakistan, near a river-bed in Jammu, besides some in the backyard of Humayun Tomb in Delhi,” said Mr Chand adding that though weapons in Delhi were recovered, those in Jammu could not be traced.


Making students pay for indiscretions of institutes
Manish Kumar Singal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 5
Are you going in for an engineering degree in Architecture? Before you go ahead, acquaint yourself with the guidelines issued by the Council of Architecture (COA), or else you would not be able to register as a professional with the COA.

The COA has already refused to register about hundreds of students who graduated in Architecture from different universities countrywide, as their institutes did not follow the rules and guidelines given by the COA. Their students are now languishing.

The matter came to light recently after the Registrar of the Council called upon the Indraprastha University administration and asked it to follow the norms of the council.

According to the Registrar of the COA, Vinod Kumar, “If the universities do not follow the rules, the COA is not responsible. And being on a responsible post, I would not allow any student to get illegal registration.”

He said that as many as 100 students have spoiled their career because of the irresponsible attitude of the universities. “Since these universities were not following the norms of the council, I did not register them,” he said.

In several cases, the students moved the court. The court also, after going through the rules of the council, passed orders against the institutes.

The council was constituted on September 1, 1972, through an Act of Parliament, with clear-cut norms that any institute offering a course of Architecture has to conduct an entrance examination for students securing minimum 50 per cent marks in 12th standard. The entrance test would be conducted only in English and mathematics. “But the institutes are conducting the test in physics, chemistry and mathematics,” said Kumar.

Besides, the institute must have specified built-in area. There are more such rules that were laid down by Parliament. Only if the institutes adhere to these norms, the students would be able to get registered with COA,” said Kumar.

“We always give notices from time to time in the newspaper, so that the universities should not be ignorant, but still it has been seen that some universities and their affiliated institutes are running their B.Arch. degree course without the approval of the COA. They approach the AICTE and, after getting its permission, run the courses. However, this is illegal as the AICTE is not an authorised body, which can give permission to run a course of Architecture.

On December 15, 2003, the Chennai High Court had restrained the AICTE from giving permission to any institute for running a course in Architecture, since the COA is the only authorised body allowed to do so,” Vinod Kumar added.


Appeal in tandoor case to come up on April 12
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 5
The regular hearings on the murder reference and the appeal by former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma in the Tandoor murder case would commence from April 12.

A division bench, comprising Justices D K Jain and A K Sikri, fixed the matter for next Monday after the court was informed that all the requisite formalities, including the preparation of ‘paperbook,’ had been completed.

On December 17 last, the High Court had admitted the murder reference in the Tandoor murder case in, which former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma was sentenced to death, as also an appeal by the convict against the trial court order.

A division bench, comprising Justices Vijender Jain and R C Jain, had directed the police and Sharma to complete all formalities, so that the matter could be heard in February.

Sharma also told the judges that he would like counsel Jayant Sud to appear for him in the High Court. On December 9, the division bench had directed the authorities to produce Sharma, so that it could ask him to decide about the counsel who had been appointed as an ‘amicus curiae’ by the Court to defend him.

It was mandatory for the prosecution to file a murder reference in the high court to get the sentence of capital punishment given by the lower court confirmed.

Sharma had challenged the capital punishment given to him by the trial court. On November 7, Additional Sessions Judge G P Thareja had ordered

Sushil to be ‘’hanged by neck till he is dead’’ for murdering Naina Sahni on July 2, 1995 and disposing of her body in an oven (tandoor) of his restaurant in a city hotel.

‘’ Profaning the dead body of a helpless woman whom the convict exploited for his own political career is an insult to womanhood,’’ Mr Thareja had said while awarding the maximum punishment for any offence.

Observing that the sentence of death was the only appropriate punishment, Mr Thareja had said the murder was committed in an extremely brutal, grotesque, diabolical, revolting and dastardly manner.

‘’I respect the capital punishment,’’ was all that 43-year-old Sharma had to say about the sentence. His lawyer P K Dham had told reporters that Sharma did not want to go for an appeal.

‘’Reference to the High Court for the confirmation of the capital punishment is sufficient,’’ Mr Dham added. A fine of Rs 12,000 was also imposed on Sharma. Mr Jayant Sud’s father K K Sud had earlier appeared for Sushil before he was appointed Additional Solicitor General.

The trial court had convicted Sharma on November 3 for murdering Naina and trying to destroy evidence by burning her body in the ‘tandoor’ of his ‘Bagiya’ restaurant at Ashok Yatri Niwas on the intervening night of July 2-3, 1995.


Property worth crores gutted in transport co

New Delhi: Property worth crores of rupees was destroyed when a major fire broke last night in the Jaipur Golden Transport Company’s godown.

The fire at the godown on Roshanara Road near St. Stephen’s Hospital began at 10.30 pm yesterday. According to the fire sources, a call was received at around 10.35 pm about the mishap in the godown. The fire service rushed at least 32 fire tenders to the spot. After battling for four hours, the fire tenders brought the flames under control at around 1.20 am.

No casualty was reported, though a large quantity of goods were gutted. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.

Fourth quake in 3 weeks

The Capital was again rocked by a less intensity earthquake today. The quake is the fourth one in fewer than three weeks. The tremors, measuring 1.9 on the Richter scale, occurred at 11.34 am, according to the MET office.

The epicentre of the quake lay in the Delhi region at 28.7 degrees north latitude and 77.3 degrees east longitude. On April 1, a quake that hit the city also had its epicentre in Delhi at 28.6-degree north latitude and 77.2 degree east longitude. It measured 1.5 on the Richter scale.

Robbers strike in CP bank

Two cases of robbery were reported in the New Delhi and North-East districts today.

The police said that four persons entered the Global Trust Bank in Connaught Place in the afternoon today and picked up a bag lying with the cashier. The bag contained Rs 10 lakh.

However, two of the four persons were nabbed immediately. They were identified as Ravi (28) and Suresh (28), both resident of Pondicherry. The police have launched a hunt for their associates.

In another case in the North-East district, two motor-cycle borne persons in their late twenties, robbed an LDC of DSCSC, Khajuri Khas of Rs 79,000 this evening.

The police said that the LDC Dinesh Chand was heading towards the SBI, Karawal Nagar to deposit the money while the culprits intercepted and robbed him.

The police have registered a case of robbery and launched a hunt for the suspects involved in the crime. TNS


Probe into train fire
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 5
The Northern Railway has ordered an inquiry into the breaking of fire and burning of an engine of the Panipat-bound 1 DPM (EMU) shuttle at Sandal Kalan railway station about 5 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, this is the second case of fire in the train within three months. Earlier, a fire had broken out in the compartment of the same train at Rathdhanna railway station.

Several passengers were injured when they jumped out of the compartment in panic.

The schedule of several trains was disrupted. The 4 DPM (EMU) train was cancelled. The Dadar-Amritsar Express was allowed to pass towards Delhi after halting at all the stations between Ganaur and New Delhi.

The Bhatinda-bound New Delhi Bhatinda Express, the Amritsar-bound Amritsar-New Delhi Super, and 303 UP passenger train bound for Kalka were delayed for hours together on account of disruption in train services due to the fire caused in the 1 DPM (EUM) shuttle at Sandal Kalan railway station. Rail traffic on this section was normalised around 5.10 pm only and the first train, i.e., Sachkhand Express passed through Sonepat towards Panipat. It is alleged that the milk vendors travel in the 1 DPM (EMU) shuttle with huge containers. They occupy a lot of space in front of the entrance and exit gates of the coaches.


SHO beaten up by lawyers

New Delhi: The SHO, New Ashok Nagar was today allegedly beaten up by some lawyers after a woman lawyer exchanged heated arguments with the SHO in the Tees Hazari court complex.

The police have registered a case against the four lawyers Usha, Ravi Chaturvedi, Bhim Singh Naggar and Gokulesh Yadav, but no arrest has been made in the case. The police said that the SHO Ashok Tyagi had come to the court to give evidence in a murder case of Janakpuri. It was during this time Usha came to Gate No 1 and had some arguments regarding a property in the New Ashok Nagar, in which the SDM enquiry has been pending.

Immediately after the argument, she left the place and came back with a group of lawyers and started beating up the SHO, who was later rescued by his men. He was rushed to the Trauma Centre and discharged after giving first-aid. TNS



DJB told to ensure equitable supply

New Delhi: Asserting that the present water crisis in large parts of the Capital is due to poor water management, a Citizen’s Front today demanded that the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) supply equitable water to every locality, irrespective of its social and political status.

“There is an urgent need to have equitable distribution of water to deal with the crisis that is expected to aggravate in the coming months,” the Citizen’s Front Against Water Privatisation said in a statement.

According to the Front, one of the main reasons for the crisis is that the rich and the political bigwigs in Central Delhi get 24 hours of water while the rest get on an average 2 to 3 hours of water every day.

“The government should come forth with concrete plans to have water equity and to check water theft,” it said. The Front also announced setting up of a watch group to monitor the “artificial water crisis”. TNS


Sonepat may well be the most hotly contested seat in Haryana
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 5
With the announcement of Mr Dharam Pal Singh Malik as the Congress nominee from the Sonepat parliamentary constituency the stage has now been set for a multi-cornered contest. The parties which have announced their candidates include Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan of the BJP, Ms Krishna Malik of the INLD, Mr Jagbir Singh Malik of the Haryana Vikas Party, Capt Shamsher Singh Malik of the Lok Janshakti Party, Ms Shagun Gupta of the Bahujan Samaj Party and Mr Kripal Singh Kundu of the Janata Dal (Secular).

The first to start his election campaign is the sitting MP, Mr Sangwan. Since more than a month he has almost covered more than half of the villages in the nine assembly segments of the constituency. At an average he covers nearly a dozen villages every day. His focus is on criticising the INLD’s Chautala government, perhaps with an eye to take advantage of the anti-incumbency factor.

Immediately after the nomination of Mr Sangwan, the INLD chief, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, announced the candidature of Ms Krishna Malik, president of the Kanya Gurukul Khanpur Kalan and Gurukul Bhainswal Kalan management committee and wife of the Haryana DGP, Mr M. S. Malik, to match the early lead taken by Mr Sangwan. She has also been touring nearly a dozen villages every day. Though a new entrant in politics, she harps on the development works done by the Chautala government in the past five years and assures to do a lot for improving the lot of women.

Contrary to the speculations of a tie-up between the BJP and the HVP in the state, the HVP chief, Mr Bansi Lal, named his former state minister, Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, as the party’s nominee a few days after the nominations of Mr Sangwan and Ms Malik. Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, like Ms Malik, is also contesting the Lok Sabha election for the first time. He has been trying to match the pace of election campaigning of his opponents from the BJP and the INLD.

The Lok Janshakti party (LJP) president, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, announced Capt Shamsher Singh Malik as the party’s candidate at a rally held at Panipat in the hope of getting this seat in a sharing arrangement with the Congress. But the HPCC has reportedly denied leaving the Sonepat seat for the LJP and announced Mr D. P. S. Malik as its candidate. The LJP, at its state executive meeting, took the decision to contest all 10 Lok Sabha seats. However, Captain Malik has not yet started campaigning in the constituency and reportedly is waiting for the go-ahead from Mr Paswan.

The BSP and JD (S) nominees have not yet commenced electioneering in full swing and are perhaps waiting for senior party leaders to give the green light to their campaigning. The division in the BSP with its former state president Ashok Sherwal along with a number of other office-bearers joining the LJP has reportedly been demoralising for party workers.

The jubilant Dharampal Singh Malik, who launched his election campaign today from his hometown Gohana by opening his election office, told NCR Tribune that his election campaign would concentrate on anti-farmer and anti-poor policies of the BJP-led NDA government in the Centre, the autocratic rule of Mr Chautala and the worsening law and order situation in the state. “Mr Bansi Lal’s

HVP is hardly any factor in the Lok Sabha elections,” he added and claimed that the people were determined to vote for the Congress.

Meanwhile, the HVP candidate, Mr Jagbir Singh Malik, accompanied by state general secretary Rajiv Jain and party activists reached the Sonepat railway station at 6 am to ask commuters for their votes. He stayed at the station for nearly three hours to seek votes from more than 20,000 commuters who go to Delhi by as many as five passenger trains from Sonepat.


Former minister criticised for ‘stabbing’
INLD in the back
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 5
The resignation of the Cooperation Minister, Mr Kartar Singh Bhadhana, from the Chautala ministry and his induction into the BJP have come in for severe criticism by the workers of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). The leaders and activists of the ruling INLD have decided to oppose him politically so as to neutralise his “political strategy”.

The former Mayor of Faridabad, Mr Devender Bhadhana, an arch rival of Mr Kartar Singh despite hailing from the same village, severely criticised the former minister for “stabbing the party in the back”.

In a statement here yesterday, Mr Devender said that it was amazing that Mr Kartar Singh, who often used to compare the Chief Minister with his father, did not feel guilty in ditching Mr Chautala on the eve of the Lok Sabha polls.

He claimed that Mr Kartar Singh had been upset that the Chief Minister had been strict in implementing the ban on mining in the Aravalli hills.

Moreover, he wondered how the BJP could welcome him into the party fold when the former minister was facing a CBI inquiry on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court related to a complaint of illegal mining in the Aravali belt in the district. The case had been filed in the High Court by a local journalist, Mr Subhash Sharma in 2000.

He said that the BJP would have to face severe embarrassment as after the inclusion of Mr D.P Yadav. He said that he would soon be sending all the documents and records concerning the former minister to the Prime Minister to apprise him of the ground reality, including the ongoing CBI inquiry against him. He said the INLD workers would inform the voters about the “truth” and the past actions of the former minister if he was made a candidate by the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the authorities have ordered an inquiry into a water purification plant owned by the former minister and located in Anangpur village, which was inaugurated by the Chief Minister about two years ago. Mr Devender Bhadhana, who represents the area in the Municipal Corporation here had taken up the issue in the civic body earlier alleging that the plant had been located illegally. He has also asked the district administration to remove all the illegal encroachments, including those of the ‘influential’ persons.


Promoting brotherhood!

The unique approach of World Brotherhood Organisation (WBO) underlines the noble thought of "Sarva Dharma Sabhava", the equality of all religions and a feeling of respect for all of them, says WBO Secretary General Surinder Singh Marwah. In a conversation with Nalini Ranjan, he talks about all aspects of the organisation.

The 59-year-old resident of New Rajender Nagar Surinder Singh Marwah is often referred to as "brother" even by those who do not know him personally. The reason being that he is the Honorary Secretary General of a unique social service organisation called the World Brotherhood Organisation (WBO), a voluntary body for the promotion of universal brotherhood. It is said to be an organisation with a local focus and orientation but with a global vision raised specially for the purpose of promoting peace and love among various communities.

The work of the organisation has apparently been recognised internationally and that is perhaps the reason why Mr Marwah has been appointed vice-president of the Indian Red Cross Society, member of the Rotary Club of India, and also a member of ISCKON Religious Society. He has also achieved the unique distinction of being one of the oldest team members of the Delhi Government’s ambitious Bhagidari scheme.

Mr Marwah was born in Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan). There his father was employed in a post office. Later on, after partition, his family moved to Patiala. After passing the matriculation exams, he went to Kanpur for pursuing a diploma from the prestigious Indian Institute of Aeronautical Engineering. It is interesting as well as inspiring that he financed his entire three years long course by selling some consumer items and lottery tickets in his spare time. There was no or little financial help from the family.

Then, he decided to go into business rather than continue in Aircraft Engineering.

And rest is history. He is now the Chairman of the Marwah Group of Companies. Mr Marwah has organised many welfare and charitable schemes and programmes for the personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF), Indian Navy and Indian Red Cross Society. He is the recipient of many awards like Shiromani Award by the then President of India late Giani Zail Singh in 1986, Udyog Ratan Award by the President of India, Trade Promotion Award by Institute of Economic Studies and Sangam Kala Group Award for the promotion of Music in Delhi.

WBO was founded in 1999 with a fierce determination to inspire and mobilise people from diverse backgrounds, religions and cultures to come forward and share the joy and pride of working towards the betterment of the society. It is dedicated to promote religious harmony, world peace, creed or social status and serving the humanity as a whole. The unique approach of WBO underlines the noble thought of "Sarva Dharma Sabhava", the equality of all religions and a feeling of respect for all of them. It strives to spread its wings to international arenas also, with members in many countries worldwide. Dedicate to promote goodwill and brotherhood among all the countries of the world, it has its deep roots in India.


How did this organisation come into existence?

Prior to the establishment of WBO, many organisations were functioning in our society, which were working for the betterment and uplift of a particular religion or community. For instance, there were Rajasthani organisations, Gujrati samajs and Punjabi societies; each working within the sphere of their respective religion and communities.

In the late 90s’, we some like-minded friends had gone to Canada on the invitation of World Punjabi Society. Here, we observed that these type of social service organisations were playing a commendable role for the betterment of the society. Inspired with that organisation, after the homecoming, we incepted our indigenous World Punjabi Organisation on the lines of that. Unfortunately, due to some ideological differences, that organisation could not last for long.

Then, we decided to form an organisation free from cast, creed and community. And then, WBO came into being in 1999, fuelled by an unselfish motive of its founders to work for the betterment of the society as a whole rather than being centered on a particular religion and community and to foster brotherhood, harmony and unity among all religions. WBO strive to serve as a common platform for the people of diverse backgrounds to come forward and work for the society. Now, this organisation has about 250 active members nation wide.

What are the main objectives of the organisation?

The main objectives of the organisation are to promote universal brotherhood, world peace, protection of environment. In the human resource development activities, main features are to foster sports activities, to sponsor deserving, outstanding and economically weak students for higher level modern management techniques in education and other fields. In the social, economic and cultural development categories, the main activities are to organise health camps for educating the people about diseases like diabetes, cancer, AIDS, TB, heart diseases, eye care etc., to foster social, economic and cultural links among the people of world, to help or the eradication of poverty, to work for the uplift of women in the society, to help the weaker and poor section of the society including the resettlement of war widows, to organise social cultural and religious function and cooperate with the UN agencies.

To undertake all-round development projects in different spheres, to promote the UN activities, arrange exchange programme and cultural delegations, to bring awareness among children and youth who are the future pillars of the nation through seminars and discussions, to organise educational programmes for children to bring unity and patriotism in their lives.

What are the future visions of the organisation?

The future visions of the organisation are to hold seminars and discussions on the issues of national integration, world peace, harmony and environment, to help the deserving meritorious students to excel in their education by providing them with annual scholarships, to publish a regular newsletter from time to time to make its members aware of its aims and activities, to establish a charitable hospital to serve the weaker section of the society who cannot afford the expensive medical treatments otherwise. We are also planning to donate a mobile van to serve the poor people of the country.

The founder president of your organisation late Sardar Raunaq Singh had done memorable work for strengthening this organisation. Could you recall some incidents related to him?

He has been a great source of inspiration and imitation for all of us concerned with this organisation. By birth and religion, he was a Sikh but this did not lessen his respect for all the other religions. This is demonstrated by the fact that he inspired the organisation to hold an "All Dharam Sammelan". Accordingly, the organisation held a function under the name "Ek Sham Prabhu Ke Naam" on July 2, 2000, at Marwah place. The unique feature of this religious conclave was that the religious programmes of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians were held simultaneously, thereby complementing, and not contradicting each other.

While the devotional songs and bhajans carried the message of Hindu dharama, Muslim teachings and qwallis by Chand Abdul Chisti and party were also conducted. On the other hand, Father Victor D’ Souza of St. George’s Church preached the teachings of Christianity and this was followed by a "Kirtan" by famous Ragi Bhai Chamanjeet Singhjee Lal and party.

The underlying message in every preacher’s teachings was the same, all the religions teach unity, harmony and tolerance and condemn bloodshed, violence and communal differences. Apart from this, to honour the brave soldiers of our nation, he got organised a function on the April 30, 2000 "Great Sons of India" and in spite of his ill health he attended the function. Since then, these programmes have been organising regularly.

In your organisation’s vision what is the concept of religion?

We believe that religion should be a force that binds people from different cultures together. But Ironically, religion is made to be an issue that divides people and leads to communal riots and bloodshed. If we reflect deeply on this matter, we will realise that all religions preach unity and brotherhood, and not bloodshed. It is more relevant in India. Our country is like a beautiful bouquet having a variety of cultures, religions and languages that make up its rich cultural heritage.

Could you enlist some memorable events organised by your organisation?

We organised a cultural event ‘Rafi Sangeet Samaroh’ on July 28, 2001, at Siri Fort Auditorium in the memory of great singer Mohd Rafi, as being a Muslim, he sang in many languages. We honoured a number of upcoming and established singers on this occasion. We believe that cultural programme are very crucial in developing friendly ties between any two countries and that is why we had also finalised a cultural exchange programme with China for sending our cultural delegation there in November 2001.

Unfortunately, it was shelved due to the terrorist activities in the USA, which affected all international travel. The country went through a lot of testing times when a disaster struck Gujarat in the form of a devastating earthquake. As a humble gesture of concern and solidarity with the victims, we are the one of the few organisations to rush to the aid of the victims at the earliest and stand by the people in an hour of disaster and misfortune.

On February 19, 2001, we handed over a cheque of Rs 1.25 lakh for the Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund to Mrs Sheila Dikshit, chief minister of Delhi.

To celebrate the 55th Independence Day of India, we organised a function on August 11, 2001, at Hotel Le Meridian. The occasion was graced by the esteemed presence of many well-known leaders and journalists.

Several ambassadors and diplomats of foreign countries in India were also honoured at the occasion apart from the celebrations spreading the message of patriotism, brotherhood and unity. We have organised numerous free health check-up camps to make the best of medical facilities and care available to the poor and needy people as they cannot afford it on their own.


Suicide bid by contractor foiled
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 5
A suicide bid by Mr Om Paul, a contractor, who attempted to jump from a 60 ft-high pole, was foiled by the sarpanch with the help of the police at Badh Malik village about 13 km from here, yesterday.

The contractor was pacified by residents and brought down. The man was under heavy debt and used to quarrel with his wife almost everyday. He had done a number of works on contract but failed to get paid by them.

The police are still investigating into the case. No case has been registered so far in this connection.

Fire in field

Fire broke out in a field of standing wheat crop at Rampur Kundal village, about 25 km from here, on Sunday evening.

The residents of the village brought the fire under control within minutes. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.

Priest’s son missing

Bhola, eight-year-old son of a priest of a Shiva temple, was reported to be missing from his house in the Tara Nagar area here since Sunday evening. The parents of the boy have lodged an FIR in this connection.

Lok adalats in Bhiwani, Loharu

Bhiwani: The Haryana Legal Services Authority will organise lok adalats at various places during May to October. The District and Sessions Judge, Mr R. C. Bansal, said here on Monday that lok adalats would be held in Bhiwani, Siwani and Loharu on May 29 and at Charkhi Dadri on June 5. He said the lok adalats would be held thereafter at the same places on October 9 and 16, respectively. Cases relating to civil, criminal, marital and financial disputes, motor accident claims and bank loans would be settled.


NTPC to set up power research institute
in Greater Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 5
The National Thermal Power Corporation is setting up a power technology research institute in Greater Noida. It will be the first institute of its kind to be set up by the NTPC in the country, NTPC Chairman-cum-Managing Director C. P. Jain informed the media today.

The NTPC has acquired 80 acres of land at a cost of Rs 19 crore for the purpose at a prime location in Greater Noida. The NTPC hopes to take the work of setting up of the institute in hand in June after taking physical possession of the land from the GNIDA.

The proposed institute will be set up at a cost of Rs 150 crore and will conduct research on various aspects of the power industry.

The NTPC spends Rs 2500 crore on research, which comes to 0.5 per cent of its profits. A director to head the power research institute had already been selected, the CMD said. The NTPC has already set up a power training institute in Sector 16-A, Noida, and the headquarters of its research and development wing are located in Sector 24 of Noida.


Boy crushed while crossing road
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 5
A boy, identified as Monu, was crushed to death by a truck near Garh Meerakhpur village, about 20 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the victim was crossing the road when he was hit by a truck and killed on the spot. The police have registered the case against the truck driver and sent the body for the postmortem examination.

A hunt is on to apprehend the truck driver who managed to escape immediately after the accident. According to another report, eight persons were seriously injured when the jeep in which they were travelling rammed into a roadside tree near Ahulana village, about 50 km from here last evening.

All the injured persons were rushed to the community health centre at Gohana town from where five of them were referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment. They were identified as Subhash and Hanif of Madina village, Rajesh, Subhash and Jyoti of Kathura village. Three other injured persons, identified as Sonia, Premwati and Tek Ram of Kathura village, were undergoing treatment in the community Health centre at Gohana town.

The police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress.

Man assaulted by armed miscreants

Five armed miscreants reportedly assaulted and injured one Sat Parkash, a resident of Shahzadpur village near Jahri village, about 5 km from here last night. According to a report, Sat Parkash was on his way towards his village on a motorcycle when he was stopped by the miscreants near Jahri village, who assaulted him with lathis and iron rods.

He was removed to the local civil hospital for treatment in an unconscious state. The miscreants, however, managed to escape on the motorcycle.

The Sadar police have registered the case and further investigations were in progress. The police have launched a massive hunt to apprehend the culprits involved in this case.

According to another report, a shopkeeper, identified as Om Parkash Mehta, sustained knife injuries when he was allegedly attacked by three miscreants while he was returning to his home in Vishnu Nagar area at Gohana town, 35 km from here last night.

Mr Mehta, who was treated at the hospital, was stated to be out of danger. However, he had not lodged an FIR with the police in this connection so far. It is stated that he was on the way to his house on his moped after closing his shop when he was waylaid by the miscreants.

When he raised an alarm, they fled from the spot on their motorcycle after assaulting him with knives. According to Mr Mehta, he did not lodge a complaint as the police had failed to take any action in earlier cases of theft in his shop.


Gang of five robbers arrested
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, April 5
The police claim to have arrested a gang of five robbers while they were planning a dacoity on the intervening night of April 3 and 4 and recovered illegal arms from their possession. The police claimed the gang was involved in several incidents of robbery, dacoity, murder and abduction.

Disclosing this here today, the Superintendent of Police said the police on a tip-off nabbed five miscreants from a deserted place in Sector 13 while they were planning a dacoity in a house in Sector 13. They recovered a .315 bore pistol and live cartridges, a button-actuated knife, a small dagger and an iron rod from their possession. A case has been registered under Sections 399 and 403 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against Dashrath, Jai Bhagwan, Sanjay, Balwan and Ram Kishan.

The police, during interrogation, found that Balwan, son of Raj Karan of Tarkhan village in Jind district, had been involved in 12 cases of robbery, dacoity, abduction and burglary which had been registered at Uchana, Narwana, Julana, Barwala, Hisar town, Civil Lines, Hisar, Jind and Kalayat police stations.

He was earlier a member of the Jitender Pahal gang and involved in killing innocent persons for ransom.

He said another accused, Ram Kishan, son of Chhaju Gujjar of Talwandi Rana, had been involved in two cases of murder and the Arms Act. It is learnt that he had murdered five members of a family belonging to the Gujjar caste in Talwandi Rana village along with his accomplices in 1995.

He was wanted by the Hisar police in the same case.

The other accused, Dashrath of Puthi police station in Narnaund, had been involved in nine cases of theft, burglary and vehicle theft in Rohtak, Badhra, Julana, Karnal, Panipat, Meham and Bhiwani town, he said. Accused Jai Bhagwan of Ajitpura under the Sadar police station, Bhiwani, had been involved in cases of robbery.

The SP said Balwan, Ram Kishan, Jai Bhagwan and Sanjay were produced before the court and sent to jail while Dashrath’s interrogation was on.


Illegal bar busted in Shiv Puri
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 5
With the arrest of 10 persons, including a restaurant owner, the Delhi Police Crime Branch claimed to have busted an illegal bar on the Patparganj road in East district. The sleuths also claimed to have seized several bottles of liquor from the restaurant.

The sleuths received secret information that alcohol was being served in a restaurant, Chicken Plaza, in Shiv Puri. A raid was conducted and the sleuths spotted people drinking alcohol openly even though the restaurant does not have any valid licence from the Excise Department.

The sleuths arrested restaurant owner Navot Singh, resident of Geeta Colony, and detained as many as 17 persons. When a medical examination was conducted on these 17 persons at RML Hospital at least nine persons were found to have consumed alcohol.

They were identified as Ravinder (25), Dharambir (23), Jeet Singh (40), Jasbir Singh (34), Sonu Mehta (24), Ved Prakash (49), Vinod Kumar (23), Mohan Kumar (26) and Inderjeet Singh (26).

During interrogation it was found out that the restaurant had been serving alcohol for the past two years without possessing any valid licence from the authorities. The Delhi Police have intensified the drive against illicit liquor as the elections are round the corner.

Earlier, the Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K. K. Paul, had ordered his senior officers to give special attention to stop the sale of illicit liquor and its smuggling into the Capital from the neighbouring states.


Power cable thief held with kit, 10 pistols
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 5
The Crime Branch today claimed to have arrested a criminal after an encounter near the Nangloi-Ranholla road last evening. The man used to cut and dispose live high-tension wires in the Outer Delhi areas, thereby affecting the power supply. Three countrymade pistols, 10 live cartridges, a stolen Tata Sumo and a kit for cutting the wires were seized from his possession.

The police received information that the criminal, Rajbir Singh Rathi, alias Makora, alias Rajesh, alias Pankaj, resident of Rohtak, Haryana, was moving about in the area. He was spotted in a stolen Tata Sumo vehicle. When the sleuths followed him he started firing at the police party but soon he was overpowered.

The accused learnt stealing high-tension wires and disposing them to kabaries in Najafgarh. He was caught in 2000 by the Nangloi police for cutting wires worth crores of rupees.

His associates, Satyanarain, alias Satte, alias Rakesh, resident of Sonepat, was arrested by the Crime Branch and Ram Balak Mehto, Mahesh, Rajesh Yadav and Pawan Kabari were arrested by the South-West district police.

Auto thieves nabbed

The Crime Branch has claimed to have arrested three inter-state auto thieves and recovered one stolen vehicle and fake registration papers of Assam. Based on secret information the sleuths arrested Sunil (30), resident of Indira Park, Khogen Nahappam (24), resident of Imphal, and Kamal, alias Wahidur Rehman (22), resident of Imphal East. The accused were found travelling in an Accent car which was found to have been stolen from the Greater Kailash area.


Cow meat seized from Delhi-bound truck
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 5
The police today recovered at least four and a half tonnes of cow meat being illegally supplied to the national Capital in a dumper truck on the national highway this morning. However, the persons taking the meat were able to dodge the police and escaped.

The truck carrying the meat was coming from Gurgaon district and was on way to Delhi when it was intercepted near Seekri village, about 20 km from here. This is one of the biggest seizures of cow meat by the police in recent months. According to activists of the Bajrang Dal and the Go Suraksha Samiti hundreds of cows were being slaughtered every day in the Mewat region and there were no serious efforts by the government to check it.

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