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Forged will: ACP in the dock
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
The Economic Offences Wing of the Crime Branch claimed to have arrested an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) on charges of forgery and cheating. The accused, Lakhminder Singh Brar (56), posted at the District Investigating Unit of the North district, had grabbed a 1,300 square yards property worth crores on Mathura Road, by using forged documents.

The sleuths received a complaint from one C P Malik in whose name the land was ‘willed’ by his father in 1992. Later, Brar in league with a bad character, Mukesh Kumar of Lajpat Nagar area, forged the ‘death certificate’ and the ‘will’ of the complainant’s father and ‘transferred’ the land in the name of a Kolkata company.

When the SDM, Kalkaji, enquired about the matter, some irregularities came to light. Soon after, Mukesh was arrested by the police who then revealed the involvement of Brar in the case.

Mukesh said both he and Brar had decided to sell the land to a party through a property dealer, J P Chaudhary.

During investigation, the sleuths had sent the thumb impression on the will and the handwriting of Brar for forensic examination. Brar was arrested after his handwriting and fingerprints matched with those on the forged documents.

The sleuths said that Brar was taken into custody after both oral and documentary evidences were produced against him.

The sleuths said that the interrogation of the accused is on to ascertain the involvement of others.

Meanwhile, a Delhi court has sent Brar to a day’s police custody today. Metropolitan Magistrate B K Garg remanded the police officer in police custody after prosecution sought it to enable the police to question him about his alleged involvement.


NGO head held for duping visa applicant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
The New Delhi district police today claimed to have arrested one Charles Robert, alias Syed Quiser Mehmood, who runs the NGO OPLIAN, for alleged forgery and cheating a girl of Rs 1,20,000 by promising to secure her a US visa.

On the basis of a complaint from John C Peter, Vice Consul, US embassy, the visa applicant, Payal Bansi Kumar Patel, a resident of Gujarat, was arrested on the charge of presenting forged documents with her visa application.

During interrogation she told the police that one Charles Robert had arranged all the visa papers and that she was innocent. Payal told the police that she had met Charles in the lobby of Oberoi and Samrat hotel and on his directions she had applied for the visa. The meeting was allegedly arranged by one Sunil Patel, a resident of Gujarat, who had given her Charles’ reference.

The police arrested Charles after Payal identified him; he had allegedly collected two installments of Rs 70,000 and 50,000 from her for securing the visa. The applicant, who was also arrested for furnishing false papers, had been released on bail.

Charles was arrested under sections 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC. The accused, known for his high connections in political circles, had organised a function of OPLAIN (Organisation Devoted to International Peace and Cooperation) at the Constitution Club) yesterday.

The invitation card for the function said that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was to be the chief guest but the function was cancelled at the last minute.


Decomposed body of abducted boy found
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 8
The CIA officials have found the decomposed body of a three-year-old boy Ozu, alias Ojasvi, son of Dr Dharminder Sharma, owner of a private hospital at Farmana village. The body was found in a brick kiln at Bhatgaon village, about 15 km from here late last evening.

According to a report, the body has been sent to the local civil hospital for the post-mortem examination.

The police have also arrested one Surinder Singh, alias Mithun, (34) in this connection.

The victim, it is stated, was allegedly kidnapped on the evening of March 14 when he was playing outside the clinic in the village.

The alleged kidnapper is reported to have confessed the crime and told the police that he had killed the boy the same day, i.e. March 14.

The alleged assailant is stated to be a close relative of the victim’s father. Further investigations were on.

The police have failed to achieve any breakthrough in the alleged kidnapping case of two young traders, Mr Sanni Jain and Mr Osho Jain, both residents of Sector 14, in a Huda colony. The police conducted raids at all possible hideouts of the alleged kidnappers but in vain. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore from their parents.

Both the traders, it may be recalled, were allegedly kidnapped on the evening of March 25 when they were on their way to Gohana town by a car.

Meanwhile, the residents of Saidpur village found a five-year-old girl Nishu on Monday. She seemed to have lost her way. The residents are still trying to trace her parents. She gave the name of her father as Mr Hari Parkash and her mother as Mrs Santra.

There have been a spate of abductions in the Sonepat district in the recent past, putting local residents on tenterhooks.


crime against women
Librarian raped, killed by husband’s cousin
Our Correspondent

Dadri (Noida), April 8
A man and his friend raped his cousin’s wife and later strangled her in Nyadar Ganj Mohalla, Dadri, on Wednesday.

The duo then arranged the naked body of the victim in the terrace to mislead the family into believing that some criminals had committed the act.

The deceased Parvesh, 28, was a head of library in Dadri’s Meher Bhoj Degree College.

According to Dadri police, Parvesh, wife of Mukesh, was living in Nyadar Ganj Mohalla with her two children.

Jay Bhagwan, an uncle (younger brother of her father in-law) was living on the ground floor along with his family.

Parvesh had gone to meet her father Rattan Lal in Ghaziabad on Wednesday, the police said.

On her return to Dadri at 4 pm, she did not find her husband’s uncle and his wife at home. After a while, Sonu, son of Jay Bhagwan, came up to her house on the first floor along with a friend.

Sonu and his friend raped Parvesh and then stabbed her. Later, they strangled her with a rope. The naked body of the victim was dragged to the terrace and dumped there.

When Jay Bhagwan and his wife reached the house, they saw Sonu and his friend coming down from the terrace. Sonu told his parents’ about bhabi’s (sister in-law’s) body on the terrace.

While Jay Bhagwan informed the police, Sonu shed copious tears over the death of his bhabi.

Parvesh’s father Rattan Lal told the police that his daughter had often complained that Sonu used to harass her. He had even stolen some goods from her house, Ratan Lal said.

It did not take Dadri police long to fathom the story. Sonu was arrested and he admitted to his crime. Parvesh was raped at knifepoint and when she resisted, she was stabbed and later strangled.

The police have sent teams to nab Sonu’s accomplice. They have raided places in Aligarh.


Four-year-old burnt to death in sleep
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 8
four-year-old girl was burnt to death after a thatched hut in which she was sleeping, caught fire in Marokhera village in the Palwal subdivision of the district.

It is reported that the parents of the deceased Rukhshana had gone to fields for harvesting when the incident took place. The parents had left the girl in sleep and did not tell the neighbours to take care of her while she was alone at home.

Although the fire was brought under control soon after, it had claimed the life of the innocent minor girl.

It is reported that several incidents of fire have been reported from several villages, since the harvesting of Rabi crops had begun. In one such incident, wheat crop on about one acre of land in Dehkola village was reduced to ashes after it caught fire on Tuesday last.

On the other hand, various subdivisional headquarters were ill-equipped to tackle a major fire. The recent tragedy has left the villagers shell-shocked.


Cong first list finally out
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
Putting to rest speculation about its candidates for the Lok Sabha election in NCT of Delhi, the Congress has decided to pit Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Ajay Maken against Jagmohan in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency.

Deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Krishna Tirath, Jagdish Tytler and RK Anand are the other names that were agreed upon in Ms Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President Prem Singh.

Although Congress sources said that a consensus had been arrived at in respect of the persons who will be nominated, the party was still to make a formal announcement of the names of the candidates. The delay, however, has made the BJP more restive.

Krishna Tirath, who was a minister in Sheila Dikshit’s first term as chief minister, will contend with Anita Arya of the BJP in the Karol Bagh (Reserved) constituency. A former mayor, Arya has been renominated from here for the second consecutive time.

A former Union minister, Jagdish Tytler has been fielded from the Sadar seat. Vijay Goel of the BJP is his opponent. Goel won this seat in the 1996 poll. In the 1999 election, he won the Chandni Chowk seat; Madan Lal Khurana won the Sadar constituency.

A lawyer by profession, RK Anand joined the Congress only recently. He will fight against Vijay Kumar Malhotra of the BJP. The Congress has not won this seat since 1985 when Arjun Singh won the by-election after the killing of the sitting MP, Mr Lalit Maken.

The party was still to declare the names of candidates who will contest the remaining three constituencies of Outer Delhi, East Delhi and Chandni Chowk till late in the evening. 


Cong workers resent delay in announcement of candidates
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 8
The alleged delay of the Congress party in announcing the names of its candidates for all the Lok Sabha seats in the state seems to have come as a demoralising factor for its workers and supporters. They also tend to blame the problem of internal dissension among the senior leaders, which they claim could prove adverse in the coming polls.

The Congress, which had swept in the state in 1984, by winning all the ten seats, was wiped out in 1999, as it could not win even a single seat in these polls. “The party leaders and the activists had been feeling very enthusiastic and confident after the break-up of the INLD-BJP alliance and the response seen with the ‘Road Show’ conducted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in February. But the delay and the reports of the “tussle” going on between the party leaders over the selection of the candidates had been ‘killing’, says a party activist here.

On condition of anonymity, he said if the things go in this manner, the party may not take the benefit of the break-up of the alliance and the anti-incumbency factor that was going against both the INLD and the BJP and it would be like surrendering the victory.

According to certain observers, although the infighting in the party had cropped up in the early nineties, but its result was worst visible in the 1996 Lok Sabha elections, when the party could won only two seats in the state. A nearly same situation prevailed in 1998 polls, when its tally was three, but it got routed in 1999. It is believed that the party was again facing the same problem, although the senior leaders of the party, including Mr Bhajan Lal and Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, deny any rift or internal dissension within in the party.

Political experts believe that perhaps it was the time when certain people who were fed up with the present rule in the state and at Centre, had started looking up towards this party as a possible alternative. Moreover, since the party had received a shot in its arm after some of the senior political personalities, including three MLAs had joined the Congress recently, it was the time to capitalise on these factors. It may be recalled that Faridabad is one of the leading constituencies where the Congress was still to declare its candidate, while the BJP and the INLD candidates have already started their election campaign. Visibly happy over the delay, a local leader of the BJP admitted recently that the situation could help his party indirectly, although it could have been vice-versa.

The report about the party finalising names of at least five candidates in the state including that of Mr Kuldeep Bishnoi, son of Mr Bhajan Lal from Bhiwani, do not match the expectations, feel some of the experts. It is believed that Faridabad could have been a safer seat for him. Certain party workers also admit that shifting of political heavyweights to other locations could prove costly for the party.

A party activist here claimed that the road show of the Congress party chief would have no effect if wrong candidates were given the tickets as a result of the internal infighting. Quoting the example of the last Assembly elections, he said that at least two of the rebel candidates in the district, who fought as independent won their seats in the district.


Leopard’s hide seized; 39 more skins doing the round
Our Correspondent

Meerut, April 8
The Special Operation Group of Meerut police arrested four persons and seized a leopard’s skin from them. Three of them were the agents of the skin smuggler Moh. Alam of Delhi.

Three agents and their acquaintance Varis told the police that the actual deal was for 40 leopard’s skins and this was only the sample skin.

According to police sources, the Special Operation Group (SOG) got a tip-off that a transaction of leopard’s skin would take place in Meerut. The SOG team then raided an old bungalow at the Meerut-Baghpat Road and arrested Varis, son of Gulam Sarvar, resident of 176 Handia locality, Meerut.

Three youths Dinesh from Ghaziabad, Rajendra from Bulandshahr and Suresh Pal, also from Bulandshahr were also arrested from there.

Varis told the media persons that he was a real estate broker and that leopard’s skin was given to him by another person Jani to sell at 2 per cent commission.

Jani told him that a party would arrive from Delhi to buy the skin.

The agents of skin smuggler Moh Alim also told the police that the deal was for 40 skins of leopards. One skin cost Rs 1 lakh.

A team of forest officials also reached the police station. The skin bore a bullet mark in the back and it was 2.44 x 1.38 metre.

Smugglers also said that the leopard was hunted inside Jim Corbett Nation Park in Uttaranchal. The hunt is now on for Jani who has been absconding since the arrest of Varis and three agents.

The police are also investigating as to how Jani got the skins of 40 leopards.


Delhi Master Plan getting finishing touches, to be notified in 2004
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
The first draft of the Master Plan 2021 for the Capital will be submitted to the Government by October 2004. The notification in this regard is also expected to be issued during the current financial year.

Stating this at an interactive meeting, organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), Mr Madhukar Gupta, Vice-Chairman, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said that efforts would be made to notify the plan in the current financial year itself.

He said the Master Plan would focus on the implementation of policy initiatives in conformity with the work of various development agencies. Exercises had already began, he said, with Delhi

Jal Board, Delhi Transport Corporation and other agencies, where perspective plans were being made which could then be dovetailed into the Master Plan easily.

Mr Gupta said that a hybrid land and development policy would be evolved for optimum land development in Delhi. A consultancy has been set up to present pilot projects. The Master Plan will focus on mixed land use, he added.

In response to the issue of land conversion rates, Mr Gupta said that a DDA Committee would be set up to examine and rationalise the rates under conversion scheme. 


Students stumped

Jhajjar: The students of class 10 + 2, appearing in the National Institute of Open Schooling, Delhi examination, were in for a nasty surprise when they reached their examination centre in Beri town of the district today. They were told that the question papers for their examination of the Home Science subject had not reached the centre. The students had to return without appearing in the examination.

According to the sources, about 39 students, who had opted for the Home Science subject, arrived at the examination centre in Model Senior Secondary School at the scheduled time. However, they were informed that their paper had not reached the centre. — OC


BJP workers cry foul against administration

Jhajjar: The BJP workers in Beri town of the district demonstrated against the local body, the district administration and the state government over complete collapse of the civic infrastructure, poor sanitation and cleanliness conditions in the town on Wednesday. They also submitted a memorandum to the secretary of the municipal committee and the Naib Tehsildar demanding improving the civic conditions of the town.

According to the information, a number of BJP workers gathered in a dharamshala and later took out protest march passing through main bazzar, subzimandi and reached the Municipal Committee. Mr Dinesh, president of the youth wing of the local unit alleged that the entire town has been turned in to a heap of garbage and almost all the open spaces and the streets are littered with the leftovers. He alleged that in absence of proper cleanliness facilities, piles of garbage have made it impossible to walk through the streets as unbearable smell emerges of these piles. He said that the wild animals roam through these heaps all the day, but there is no sweeper to remove and lift these trashes.

Another local leader Netram said that the people of the town and the local traders have complaint to the local authorities many times but the authorities ignored their demand every time. He told that the town, especially the main bazaar area has turned into a hellhole due to dirty and unhygienic conditions. — OC


Retrenched employees to oppose INLD
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 8
Thousands of dismissed or retrenched government employees of Haryana have decided to oppose the INLD candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state.

They decided to oppose the INLD candidates so as to expose the policies of the Haryana Government, which were against the interest of the employees.

In a press statement issued here today, the state president of the ‘Haryana State Minor Irrigation Tubewell Corporation Karamchari Association’, Mr Raghbir Singh Lambardar, stated that the dismissed and retrenched employees will hold demonstrations at Faridabad, (Aril 10), Karnal (April 17), Ambala (April 24), Sonepat (April 28) and Hisar (May 1) to expose the false claims of the Chautala government.

Contradicting the Chief Minister’s statement that none of the government employee had been dismissed from the service, Mr Lambardar said that it has been admitted in the state Assembly by the government that 6,169 employees have been retrenched. He pointed out that nearly 20,000 employees, including police personnel, have already been deprived of employment by the government led by Mr Chautala.


Little ones to take Indo-Pak peace process further
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
Taking the Indo-Pak peace process a little further, children from both the nations have joined hands. A 30-member peace delegation is currently in the Capital from Pakistan.

Led by Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan the team will collaborate on issues including elimination of child labour and education for all among others.

Global March Against Child Labour led by Kailash Satyarthi will host the visiting delegates.

A peace march for children titled, ‘Peace for Children, Children for Peace’ will be organised at the Ambedkar Stadium here tomorrow.

Apart from the delegates, 200 former child labourers and schoolchildren will join the march, which will proceed to Raj Ghat.

Pak artistes to perform in Capital

The World Punjabi Organisation (WPO) will organise a Baisakhi mela named “‘Paigham Mohabbatan De” – an exclusive cultural evening to be presented by over 15 leading folk artistes, film stars, comedians and singers from Pakistan at Hotel Ashok here on April 14.

Several prominent Pakistani personalities like singers Shaukat Ali and Saira Nasim, Pakistan TV star Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, comedian Goshi Khan, film stars Roja and Sheen and others would perform on the occasion. It would be the first time that such renowned personalities from Pakistan are coming to India.

Speaking on the forthcoming occasion, President of WPO Vikramjit Singh Sahney, said: “Keeping the rich tradition and great Punjabi culture in mind, this celebration provides an excellent opportunity for the people of India and Pakistan to come closer and strengthen the affinity between the two nations.”

The PWO is the body of Punjabis to promote brotherhood and cultural bondage among Punjabis living in more than 100 countries all over the globe.


Delhi ranks fifth in accident mortality rate
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
Even as the number of deaths due to road accidents in Delhi has come down from 2,000 in 1998 to 1,600 in 2003, the national Capital ranks fifth in terms of accident death rates in the country. According to a recent study, Delhi had an estimated annual rate of all injuries at 116 per 1000 population and annual rate of traffic related injuries at 29 per 1000 population.

If only major injuries were considered, the study estimated the annual rate of injuries as 73 per 1000 population while rate of traffic associated injuries were 22.3 per 1000 population.

“These estimates indicate that traffic associated injuries cause major injuries than minor ones. The annual mortality rate from all injuries was 1.5 per 1000 population, of which traffic injuries accounted for almost one-third,’’ said Dr Badri Nath.

The study has also revealed traffic injury was more common among two wheeler users (with 46.3 per cent victims) followed by pedestrians (24.7 per cent).

High speed (31 per cent) and congested roads with high vehicular density (20.4 per cent) were the leading factors for the occurrence of traffic injuries.

In fact, the traffic police officials were happy that road accidents were now being considered as a health issue in contrast to earlier when they were treated simply as the job of the traffic police.

“This attitude would help reduce mortality and injuries caused by road accidents. The actual number of fatalities in the road accidents have declined in Delhi and it has come down from over 2000 in 1998 to about 1600 in 2003,” said a traffic police official.

The officials also attribute the decline to the introduction of Centralised Ambulance and Trauma Service (CATS), which has played a crucial role in reducing fatalities by facilitating the speedy arrival of accident victims at the trauma care centre.

Recently, the Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K K Paul, also stressed the need for increasing traffic education and enforcement of the laws. The Delhi Government and the traffic police also undertook plans to educate the blue-line bus drivers in the Capital about the traffic rules and also ways to respect them.

Officials also said that the only way to reduce the fatalities on the roads is to ensure stringent and sure punishment for any traffic violation. 


Jagmohan urged to stop illegal construction in Fatehpuri mosque
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
The General Secretary of the National Heritage Protection Council, Mr Mohammad Saleem in a written letter to the Union Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr Jagmohan urged to stop allegedly illegal construction on first floor of Masjid Fatehpuri as it is a heritage building. In the heritage building construction is not allowed.

He said that unauthorised construction over first or second floor of the mosque near its main gate facing Chandni Chowk and above the shop of Chaina Ram Halvai was under constriction. There are some other unauthorised structures nearby. He appealed the minister to remove the unauthorised construction on the vicinity of the mosque.

The mosque is being looked after by the Delhi Wakf Board. Permission of the Wakf Board is necessary for doing any repairing work or construction.

Permission of Heritage Building department is also required, as the mosque is a heritage building. The Fatehpuri mosque is the second historic mosque in the National Capital.

He alleged that no objection certificate (NOC) issued by Delhi Wakf Board issued for construction on the premises of the mosque is invalid.

The CEO, Delhi Wakf Board, Mr. F. O. Hashmi, claimed that Imam of Masjid Fatehpuri lived on rent. As for as NOC for construction is concerned, the Wakf does not have its record. It is still being verified. The Imam of the mosque has been asked not to do any construction work in the mosque until NOC kept by the Imam is verified, he said.


Property dealers dig the earth of embankment 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 8
The Haryana Government has been suffering a huge financial loss on account of the nexus between the officials of the irrigation department and some property dealers of Gohana town in the district.

According to a report, some property dealers have been digging the earth from the 12-ft high embankment of the Drain No 8 for the passage on way to the residential plots of the colonies of the property dealers. The embankment of the drain was constructed 12 ft high in 1995, to check the floods in the drain during the monsoon season. If the digging of the earth was not checked by the administration, the Gohana town would be flooded if the water of the drain overflows during the rains.

It is stated that the property dealers are engaged in raising the level of 30 acres of land meant for the construction of houses and they have pressed the JCB machines into service for digging the earth of the embankment of the drain in connivance with some officials of the irrigation department. The work has been going on for the past two weeks thanks to the failure of the authorities concerned to check it.

The residents of the town have apprehended that they would face the floods during the monsoon season if the digging of earth and raising of the level of the land by the property dealers were not checked by the administration.

The residents also urged the state government in general and Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala in particular to order a high-level probe into the scandalous working of the irrigation department and punish the officials who are responsible for the racket.

They also warned that if the administration failed to tackle the problem a public interest litigation (PIL) would be filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for seeking justice on the issue.


Mayor tom-toms his achievements

New Delhi: The outgoing Mayor, Mr Ashok Kumar Jain, today claimed that he had done a lot of work during his one-year tenure in the corporation.

Before he took over the coveted post in the corporation, the children in MCD schools were given biscuits and chana as mid-day meal. Now, as many as 95 per cent children are being provided cooked food. Over 1.5 lakh dual desks were procured during this year in schools at a cost of Rs 14 crore. He claimed that during his tenure 236 new pucca rooms were constructed in different schools. Earlier, students used to sit in tents. Now tents are being replaced by the concrete buildings. Due to strenuous efforts of the Mayor, the MCD was able to supply uniform as well as sweaters during the winter. TNS


Residents troubled by lack of civic amenities
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 8
The residents held a meeting here last evening related to civic amenities in the city. The meeting highlighted the growing water crisis in the city, which is feared to get worse in the coming summer season. “Even people living on the ground floor are unable to get water due to the low pressure. Residents are forced to fill up their underground tanks and then pump the water to the overhead tank.

To make mater worse, residents of Model Town and Indira Colony areas have complained of contaminated water being supplied in the pipeline.

The local water reservoir was built at a time when the population of the city was less than half of the population at present. With the increase in the population and construction of multi-storeyed buildings, it has become inadequate,” said one resident.

Moreover, the Public Health Department (PHD) has failed to look into the problems of the residents adequately, despite repeated public complaints.

Similarly, the residents of Ram Bazar and Mohalla Kalan areas complained of low water pressure in the pipelines.

Residents allege that the old boosting station has only one motor of 100 HP, which is often found to be out of order. With no stand-by arrangement, residents have to suffer the consequences.

With most of the residents using suction pumps, often connected to the main pipelines, the water pressure is very low. The authorities have failed to check such practices.

To make mater worse, residents of Model Town and Indira Colony areas have complained of contaminated water being supplied in the pipeline. They feared the spread of waterborne diseases in the near future if the water contamination was not checked immediately.

Residents alleged that water supplied in the pipeline was not fit for drinking. “The colour of the water is almost black and we fear that the sewage and water lines have been mixed up. Our repeated complaint in this regard to the PHD officials has failed to have adequate response,” he said.

Another resident alleged that a sample of the water supplied to the area was tested, which showed traces of a charcoal-like substance in it. Moreover, the sewers in most parts of the city are more than three decades old and have been badly damaged due to poor maintenance and misuse. They are often clogged, leading to the flooding of the roads.

The residents complained that desilting of sewer lines has not been undertaken for sometime. The residents complained that the builders dump their construction waste on the roads. Moreover, once their work is completed, they dispose of the waste material by dumping it into the sewers. “The sewer lines are already clogged. To add to the problem, they dump the construction waste into the sewers. The sewer flows back into our houses and the water pipes are situated near the sewers, which causes intermixing and pollution of the water,” they said.

The state government, it may be recalled, had spent crores of rupees on laying the sewer lines under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP). However, it has proved to be inadequate. 


NCR briefs
Seminar highlights vulnerability of pedestrians
Our Correspondents

Noida, April 8
Presiding over a seminar on the World Health Day, the former Police Commissioner of Delhi, Mr B. M. Kaushal, said the pedestrians were the most vulnerable section. The World Health Day was observed as ‘Safe Life Day’ by the Noida branch of Indian Medical Association here yesterday, along with about a dozen NGOs of the city.

He said that it was a matter of concern that every year the number deaths in road accident is on the increase. “Roughly over 2,000 pedestrians are killed in the national Capital alone every year. The drivers on Indian road seem to have a license to kill,” he added.

“Road accidents are a short cut to mortality,” said the Chairman of the Noida Authority, Mr Vinod Malhotra. Slum dwellers and those coming from the villages fall easy victims to road accidents, he said.

Cancelled exams to be held on April 11

Bhiwani: The Haryana School Education Board decided to hold the cancelled examinations of senior secondary from 21 centres on April 11.

A spokesman of the Board said that examinations for the various subjects would be conducted at 14 centres in Bhiwani district, four centres in Sonepat district and three centres in Jhajjar district.

He said that two observers would be appointed at each centre to ensure the smooth conduct of the examination.

He said that the Board had fixed April 29 as the last date for submission of application forms for re-evaluation of answer sheets of the annual middle examination, 2004.

He said that the candidates would be informed of the decision within 15 days of the submission of the application.

In case, the candidates did not receive any intimation within 15 days of the submission of the application, the office of the Assistant Secretary could be contacted on phone number 01664-244171, extn. 158 and 174.

He said that the candidates would have to deposit a fee of Rs.100 per subject while submitting the application.

Two persons injured

Sonepat: Two persons, identified as Mahavir Prasad of Palwal and Hari Om of Bindrauli village, were injured in different road accidents on the Sonepat-Bahalgarh road near here last evening.

Both the injured persons were rushed to the local civil hospital from where Hari Om was referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment.

The police are still investigating into the cases and no arrest has been made in this connection.

One killed in road accident

One person was killed and another injured seriously in different road accidents on the National Highway No. 1 last evening. According to a report, the injured person was referred to the PGIMS at Rohtak for further treatment. The police have registered the cases and further investigations were in progress. The drivers of the vehicles were still to be identified.


Delhi digest
‘Jan Sunvayee’ highlights grievances of minority groups
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
The Delhi Competitive and Vocational Society (DCVS), an NGO empanelled by the Delhi Minority Commission, organised a ‘Jan Sunvayee’ for the commission at Laxmi Nagar today. The ‘Jan Sunvayee’ was organised to look into the grievances of the people from the minority groups.

Initiating the ‘Jan Sunvayee’, the Chairman of the DMC, Prof. Abu Baker, said that the DMC would make every possible effort to redress the grievances of the people.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. P. S. Bawa, DMC member, said that commission would explore possibilities for providing employment opportunities to students of Urdu and Punjabi language, which have now been declared the second language in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

Goel blames Sheila for summer woes

Holding the Delhi Government responsible for the woes of the Delhiites, the BJP candidate for the Sadar parliamentary constituency, Mr Vijay Goel, said the people were fed up with the government’s inability to make available potable water and electricity.

Actress Poonam Dhillion today joined his election campaign in the Sadar parliamentary constituency. She inaugurated two election offices in Shastri Nagar and Rana Pratap Bagh.


Dacoity in Standard Chartered bank averted, 10 persons arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
The New Delhi district police claimed to have arrested 10 persons and averted a dacoity bid in the Standard Chartered bank in Connaught Place.

They were also involved in robbing briefcases, laptop computers, mobile phones and other accessories. They were identified as Mukesh, Kamal, Kumaran, Arumugam, Deena, Ram, Muthuswami, Sundaram, Ilango and Kannan.

Two country-made weapons along with five live cartridges and a button-actuated knife were recovered from their possession.

The police said that accused were from Tamil Nadu but were well-versed in Hindi and other local languages.

To avoid suspicion, they used to pretend as if they were new to the city.

Gang of burglars busted

With the arrest of four persons, the Crime Branch claimed to have busted a gang of burglars in the Paschim Vihar area. The burglars were identified as Dhruv Kumar, resident of Mubarakpur, Barkat Ali, Mohammad Ikram and Israt Khan, all resident of Nithari. However, the leader of the gang, identified as Bishamber, involved in several crimes, managed to escape.

Two held with antique idol

With the arrest of two persons, the Crime Branch claimed to have seized an antique idol of ‘Asta Dhatu,’ from a Jain temple worth Rs two crore in the international market. The accused persons, who were trying to sell the antique piece, were identified as Samuel alias Sam, resident of Majnu Ka Tila and Sunil Gupta, resident of Adarsh Nagar.


Prostitution racket busted, four girls rescued
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
With the arrest of two persons, including a woman, the East district police claimed to have rescued four girls forced into prostitution. Based on a secret information about flesh trade being carried out from a flat in Laxmi Nagar, the police raided the flat. The police rescued two minor girls and arrested one Sikandar alias Mohammad Shafi alias Saleem, resident of Seelampur, for forcing them into prostitution.

During investigation it was found out that the girls were brought from West Bengal.

Based on information received from Sikander, the police raided a kotha in G B Road, were two girls, including a minor was rescued. The police also arrested a woman, who had lured the girls into the flesh trade.

The girls belonged to West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

In another case, the Crime Branch arrested eight girls and three pimps from the Greater Kailash area for being involved in a prostitution racket.

The sleuths received a tip–off that some people were actively involved in flesh trade in the garb of providing massage services through advertisements in the leading newspapers.

The pimps were identified as Dinesh Kumar, resident of Todarpur, Jai Singh, resident of Pushp Vihar and Adil, resident of Priyardarshni Vihar.

Before raiding the place, the sleuths struck a deal with the pimps for arranging girls near Hotel Ganga Azure in Greater Kailash. Accordingly, when the girls were paraded near the hotel, the police raided the place and nabbed the culprits. The girls belonged to Sikkim, Kolkata, UP and Delhi.

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