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2 held for cheating ICICI Bank
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
The Economic Offences Wing claimed to have arrested two persons who had cheated the ICICI Bank out of Rs 60 lakh by selling the hypothecated vehicles on the basis of forged documents.

The accused were identified as Udayan Dravid (45) and Gurvinder Singh, alias Kittu (37).

The EOW received a complaint from the bank that Dravid, Director of Gravity Logistics Limited had obtained loan of Rs 1.10 crore from the bank against hypothecation of 24 vehicles.

After obtaining the loans, they repaid the instalment initially and then went underground. They also sold the hypothecated vehicles to unsuspecting customers in Delhi, Maharashtra, UP and Haryana, without clearing the loan. The accused Dravid was apprehended on April 7 and has been remanded in police custody.

During interrogation, the accused told the sleuths that he opened the office in 1999 for business in transportation and warehousing facilities. After obtaining the loan from banks and other financial institutions, the accused and his associate closed down the office in Aravali Farms and went underground.

It was also revealed that as many as eight vehicles have been disposed of in Moradabad.

Two vehicles were identified in Haryana while two had been captured earlier by the bank.

The sleuths are still investigating the case to ascertain the actual number of vehicles the accused has sold so far.

In another case, the EOW sleuths arrested two persons, including a woman psychologist for cheating various showrooms by issuing post-dated cheques.

Several items, including ACs, inverters, refrigerators, washing machines, stabilizers, gas stoves in packed condition were recovered from her possession.

The accused were identified as Dr Dimple Marwah (39), a Ph.D in Psychology and her associate Babu Khan (50).

The sleuths received a complaint from one Ram Prakash Malhotra, proprietor M/s Shakti Enterprises, Vikas Marg that one woman had purchased electronic items worth Rs 37,750 from his showroom on January 30, 2004 against some post-dated cheques. When the cheques were issued to one Jai Laxmi Bank, they were dishonoured. When Malhotra reached the woman’s house, she had vacated the house.

Again on April 9, she tried to purchase some items from Shiv Shakti Enterprises, Mayur Vihar, using the same modus operandi. But since the proprietor was related to Malhotra, he immediately alerted him and the police were also informed.

Ms Marwah was apprehended and she told the sleuths that to maintain a good lifestyle, she started cheating several showrooms. Earlier, she had also been arrested by the Ghaziabad police for cheating a mobile showroom.


Kalka Mail held up due to bomb hoax
Parmindar Singh

Dadri, April 12
The New Delhi-Howrah 2312 Dn Kalka Mail was held up here for three hours on account of a bomb hoax.

The train was emptied and the police, bomb disposal and dog squads were pressed into service to examine the compartments and baggage of passengers.

The train was detained at Dadri station after an official DP Gupta of the Section Control of Railways in New Delhi had given the information about the bomb.

Mr Gupta had informed L Shukla of TD Ghaziabad and Station Master Dadri through Tandla control.

The bomb had reportedly been planted in the third compartment from the engine at New Delhi station before the train’s departure.

Police Circle Officer S.N. Sinha and Inspector Chander Pal Singh had reached the Dadri station with the police force before the train reached the station.

It had been stopped on a different line so that it could not affect the running of other trains.

The Railway Protection Force jawans, PAC and the bomb squad examined the train and declared it safe. It departed after a “No-Bomb” certificate had been issued by the authorities.

Ex-serviceman killed by wife, paramour

Jhajjar: An ex-serviceman was reportedly killed by his wife and her paramour in Dehkora village of the district last night.

Attar Singh, son of Dharam Singh, had retired from the Army a few days ago. He was reportedly killed by his wife, Meena, and her accomplice, Mohan, an RMP practising in the village. The two had illicit relations. Both the accused offered drinks laced with intoxicants to the Armyman and later gave him electric shocks with an electric rod.

The sources said the wife of the deceased had been having illicit relations with Mohan for a long time. However, when Meena’s husband returned home after retirement from the Army, it became difficult for both to continue their relationship and they decided to eliminate him. They hatched a plan and killed him last night.

The police have registered a case and arrested Meena while Mohan is missing. OC


Child perishes in fire near Rajghat jhuggies
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
A fire broke which out in a jhuggi cluster near Rajghat today, claimed the life of a child and injured a number of dwellers. Thousands of jhuggis were destroyed in the devastating fire. With the beginning of summer, the incidents of fire have increased in the Capital.

A spokesman of the Delhi Fire Service said that the blaze, which broke out at about 2.20 pm, reduced to ashes about 2,500 to 3,000 jhuggis in Dholak Basti near Rajghat in central Delhi. The body of an eight-year-old child has been recovered from the debris, they said. About 30 fire tenders were rushed to the slum cluster. Though the fire has been controlled, the cooling operation was on. Senior fire brigade officials have reached the site to oversee the operation.

The cause of fire could not be known so far. However, the DFS sources said that somebody had thrown a butt of ‘biri’ over some combustible material, kept near a jhuggi which was made of wood and tarpaulin.

In the beginning, smoke billowed out from the combustible material, but people did not take it seriously. Suddenly, fire broke out and caught the tarpaulin hanging from the wall of a jhuggi. People tried to douse the flames themselves but in vain. Strong wind provided fuel to the fire which caught the neighbouring jhuggis also.

The jhuggi dwellers immediately informed the DFS control room. By the time the firemen reached there, it had become engulfed a large number of jhuggis. People were seen running helter-skelter with their children and belongings.

The child who perished in the fire could not run away. He was apparently sleeping.


Kidnapped Sonepat traders return home
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
Two young traders, Sunny Jain and Ashu Jain, who had been allegedly kidnapped on March 25, returned home safely in Sector 14, a residential colony of HUDA here last evening.

According to a report, the parents of both the traders are tight-lipped and did not say anything about the return of their wards. The police are investigating and inquiring about the kidnappers. Both the traders have also declined to say anything.

However, sources close to the family say that both of them had been released after paying the ransom to the alleged kidnappers and it may be either Rs 25 lakh or Rs 1 crore. Both the traders, it may be recalled, were allegedly kidnapped while they were going to Gohana by car on the night of March 25.

The kidnappers had demanded Rs 2 crore as ransom.


DU plays it cool in Rs 30-lakh ‘embezzlement’
Manish Kumar Singal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
Even after eight months, the Delhi University is maintaining a silence over the issue of Rs 30 lakh, given to six newly appointed teachers, reportedly without the knowledge of the head of the department.

The Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University gave this sum to the teachers of the Botany department to set up their own laboratory and for certain other purchases. He granted this amount without the knowledge of the head of the department.

The university has no record of any purchase, sources claim.

The head of the department, Prof. S K Sahney, who has termed it as embezzlement of money, had written an official letter to the pro V-C of the university in this connection.

According to sources, the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, Prof. Deepak Nayyar, had appointed six lecturers in the Botany department last year. The V-C had also granted Rs 30 lakh to them, Rs five lakh each.

The six lecturers were Prof. SR Yadav, Dr Renu Deswal, Dr Inderjeet, Dr Suman Lakhanpal, Dr Sudeshana Majumdar and Dr Anjayeya Vanamala.

For this purpose, a purchase committee of four members was formed whose members were Prof S R Yadav, Dr Renu Deswal, one Finance Officer and one Executive Engineer.

During this process, the head of the department was not consulted and he allegedly remained unaware of these grants. When the president, Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), Mr Aditya Narayan Misra, was contacted, he said that the matter is in his knowledge and no purchase could be made without the permission and knowledge of the head of the Department. But in this case, the head of the department was not consulted.

Prof Sahney had written in his letter that the purchase committee should be headed by the head of the department.

He further said that since all the purchases were made without his knowledge, the details of the purchases were not entered in any stock register. “This was done without my knowledge and the university has not replied since last year over the issue. I received the letter that the university has granted a sum of Rs 30 lakh to the department of Botany but not given the money,” said Dr Sahney. He added that the department was totally unaware whether the goods were purchased.

“Later, if the goods would not be found on the premises, the department would not be responsible for it as the goods purchased of this huge amount are not on record,” he added.

Mr Misra said that it was a clear-cut case embezzlement of funds and should be treated seriously.


Injured thieves escape from hospital

Our Correspondent

Noida, April 12
The police launched a hunt for the thieves who had been nabbed by the villagers and beaten up.

The injured criminals had been admitted to a private hospital in Sector 27 and were later shifted to the government hospital in Sector 30. They escaped from the hospital.

The criminals, who had been overpowered by villagers, were caught stealing iron angles on the expressway near Sultanpur village.

An ambulance of the private nursing home had left the injured criminals in the government hospital in Sector 30 here where they had been admitted by the doctors.

Karn, 25, son of Dharam Ram, was brought in with a glucose drip. He regained conscious after three hours’ treatment. He later went to sleep.

On feeling better, he slipped away from bed no. 36 in the general ward. The doctors and police were immediately informed. The policemen , it seems, were more interested in trying to sort out whether the case was a matter of jurisdiction of the Sector 20 or 39 police.


Bhatti case
Property of murderers to be attached

Noida: To build up pressure on absconding killers of ex-District Panchayat Chairman Naresh Bhatti, the SJM Court has ordered the attachment of their property under Section 83 of CRPC.

Naresh Bhatti was shot dead on 28 March in village Gangola while he was returning from village Chachoola. Naresh Bhatti’s relatives had lodged an FIR against eight persons, including Sunder Bhatti of Gangola village.

Having failed to nab the murderers, police had requested the SJM, Dr A.K.Singh, to order the attachment of property of the accused. OC


Standing wheat crop gutted in 5 villages
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
Standing wheat crop in 15 acres of land was gutted in fire incidents in five different villages in this district yesterday.

According to a report, fire cases were reported from Maqimpur, Janti Kalan, Jatheri, Deepalpur and Bega villages. The municipal fire brigades rushed to the sites and brought the fire under control.

According to information, short-circuit were the main cause of the fire incidents.

The police are still investigating into the cases. Representatives of various farmer organisations have demanded suitable compensation to the affected farmers.

Shopkeepers assaulted by youths

A group of youths assaulted some shopkeepers, including a cloth merchant, in the main bazar of Gohana town, 35 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the youths, under the influence of liquor, also fired some shots in the air. When they were challenged by the shopkeepers they escaped from the market on their motorcycles.

The police are still investigating into the case. The alleged assailants have not been identified so far by the shopkeepers or the police.


SAD (B) to support Delhi BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
Akalis loyal to the former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today pledged unconditional support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi as a gesture of ‘’gratitude’’ towards Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his concessions to the Sikh community. However, the Delhi Congress plays it cool and is not overly worried in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.

At a news conference here, leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Delhi State, cited the installation of Sikh statues and portraits in Parliament and Central funding of several religious events as primary reasons for their support to the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. ‘’We have formed an election campaign committee and set up a campaign control room at our party office here to ensure the community support for the BJP,’’ SAD Delhi chief Avtar Singh Hit said.

The campaign panel, he said, included him and DSGMC members Manmohan Singh Sachdeva, Inderpal Singh Khalsa, Ravinder Singh Khurana, SGPC member Harinderpal Singh and Rajinder Singh Techno, among others.

The party’s secretary-general Kuldip Singh Bhogal and Deputy MCD Opposition leader Onkar Singh Thapar were also part of the poll committee, Mr Hit, a close lieutenant of Mr Badal and former DSGMC chief, said.

The SAD (Badal) was unseated from the DSGMC, the powerful hub of Sikh religio-political affairs in the Capital, in the Committee’s 2002 general elections, losing power to the supporters of then dissident Akali leader late Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

However, the party failed to wrest control of the religious administration in its annual executive elections last year as it faced defiance from then DSGMC chief Paramjit Singh Sarna who refused to merge his separate grouping with the SAD despite his mentor Tohra’s patch-up with Mr Badal.

The September 2003 executive polling became historic for both the DSGMC and the SAD as veteran Congressman and entrepreneur Prehlad Singh Chandok, who had become the Committee member through a draw of lots, was elected its president, ending the Akalis’ 20-year-old hold over the Sikh religious affairs in the Capital.

The NCT of Delhi boasts of the largest Sikh and Punjabi population outside Punjab.

The Congress in the Capital is not worried over this decision of the SAD as both the SAD and the BJP have been allies in Punjab. Also, the Congress is said to have a considerable sway over the present DSGMC which manages several gurdwaras, educational institutions and clinics in the Capital. The recent merger of the National Akali Dal, led by Mr Paramjit Singh Pamma with the Congress, had further strengthened the party’s influence over a section of the Sikhs in the Capital, observers said.


Poll arena
Congress ignoring interests of poor people: BJP

Tribune News service

New Delhi, April 12
Accusing the Congress party of ignoring the interests of the poor, the BJP candidate from South Delhi parliamentary constituency, Professor Vijay Kumar Malhotra today assured the inhabitants of villages in the Capital that they would be exempted from House Tax. The new Unit Area Method of property tax collection has become a curse for the poor residents of the Capital, he said.

Earlier, the residents of unauthorised colonies, slum clusters and villages were exempted from the property tax. However, now they would have to pay property tax, he said.

Campaigning in his constituency, he claimed the Congress was put on the defensive on the issues of water, electricity and Unit Area Method of property tax collection.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Sadar BJP candidate, Vjay Goel, claimed that the candidate challenging him in the Lok Sabha elections was an “outsider”, who did not reside in the constituency.

Undertaking a padyatra today in Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar, Parmanand Colony and Mukherjee Nagar, he said that only a “local candidate”, born and brought up in the constituency, should be elected to enhance the pace of development in the constituency.

He claimed that the BJP was capable of speeding up development work in the constituency.

He claimed that the Congress party was loosing the confidence of the people, evident in its declining tally in the Lok Sabha since the 1984 elections.

Taking round of the Outer Delhi Parliamentary constituency, the BJP candidate, Sahib Singh Verma, claimed that Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government in the NCT of Delhi had failed to bring about development.

Challenging the Congress for a debate, he alleged that the Congress was afraid to face the BJP on a public platform and answer its queries.

He alleged that the development projects initiated by the BJP government in the Capital had been kept in the cold storage by the Congress government.

Residents of many localities in the Outer Delhi constituency have to live without electricity for a number of days. The students faced similar difficulty during the board examinations. He urged the people to vote for the party, which worked for their betterment.


My agenda is based on development issues:
Krishna Malik

Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate from Sonepat Parliamentary constituency, Mrs Krishna Malik, refrained from making any comment against her opponents as her agenda was based on the development of the area. Talking to mediapersons here, Mrs Malik said she was not hungry for posts as she belonged to a family, which has held a number of posts. “My aim of joining politics is to do social service. For me, politics is social service,” she said.

Despite drawing her attention towards the statements of the BJP leaders and other candidates of the Opposition parties against her husband, she refused to comment on their allegations.

Her husband, DGP Mahender Singh Malik, has proceeded on leave after receiving directions from the Election Commission.

Her media advisor, Dr Ved Varat, who was also present in the press conference, alleged that the Opposition parties were indulging in false and baseless allegations against her husband because they did not have any issue against Mrs Malik.

Replying to a question, Dr Ved Varat clarified that some reports had falsely claimed that police personnel were found involved in electioneering for the INLD nominee.

Mrs Malik claimed that she was getting the full support of the people and claimed that she would win the election with a big margin.

“I have so far covered nearly 230 villages in the first phase so far and remaining areas will also be covered soon,” she said, and stated that the state had witnessed record development during the rule of the Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala.


CM flayed for releasing criminals on parole
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
The general secretary of the Haryana unit of the BJP, Mr Veer Kumar Yadav, has criticised the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for releasing at least 300 dreaded and notorious criminals on parole. He alleged that they would be used by the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) for booth capturing and overawing the electorate on the polling day i. e. May 10 next.

Talking to Gohana-based mediapersons at Gohana, 35 km from here, he urged the Chief Election Commissioner to take serious note of this and take steps to curb their activities with a strong hand during the Lok Sabha elections to ensure free and fair elections.

He also demanded that the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police, Sonepat, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Kurukshetra, should be transferred immediately as they had violated the model code of conduct by helping the ruling INLD candidates. He also alleged these bureaucrats were still taking part in the election meetings addressed by the Chief Minister and the candidates.

The BJP leader also claimed that on account of a pro-BJP wave and the popularity of the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, the party would win all 10 parliamentary seats from Haryana.

Referring to the DGP, Haryana, episode, the BJP leader urged the CEC to impose a ban on the entry of the DGP, Mr M. S. Malik, in the Sonepat Lok Sabha constituency from where his wife, Mrs Krishna Malik, was contesting the Lok Sabha elections on the ruling INLD ticket. He also demanded immediate cancellation of his leave and demanded he should be posted somewhere else so that the Lok Sabha elections would be free and fair in the state. He also disclosed that two leaders of Haryana were contesting the Lok Sabha elections on the BJP ticket from Rajasthan. They are Mr Kartar Singh Badhana and Mahant Chand Nath of Asthal Bohar (Rohtak).


Mission minorities

The BJP hires Muslims and make them sit in front row in their functions just to show that it is a secular party and is not against the Muslim community, says the coordinator of the minorities cell of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Mohammad Adeeb. Despite the strenuous election schedule, Adeeb took time off to talk to Syed Ali Ahmed.

Mohammad Adeeb, an alumnus of the Aligarh Muslim University, has been working for the educational as well as social uplift of minorities for the last couple of decades. As the coordinator of the minorities cell of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), he has now the onerous responsibility of coordinating plans and programmes meant for the benefit of the minorities in the country. Adeeb perhaps has the perfect qualification for such a job. He has been the president of Aligarh Muslim University from 1966–1968.

Adeeb, 59, who belongs to a well-known family of Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh, has been leader of the All India University Students and led the All India University delegation to Australia and West Asia to participate in the World Assembly of Forum of Youth in 1968. He contested Assembly elections in Lucknow as a joint candidate of four national parties in 1971. He was also member of the Sangharsh Committee – a movement started by late Jai Prakash Narayan. He has been member of the Aligarh Muslim Court – the highest governing body of the university and executive member of the All India Muslim Education Society.

After having spent his formative years in Lucknow, a one-time cultural Capital of the country, he came to Delhi in 1990, and has been active in social work in the minority community since then. It was precisely for his selfless role in helping the deprived that the AICC leadership appointed him as the coordinator of the minorities cell.


Being the coordinator of the AICC, how would you motivate Muslims to vote for the Congress party in Delhi?

Whether it is Delhi or other states, the Muslim voters have decided to strengthen the Congress party in this parliamentary election. After demolition of Babri Masjid, the Muslim have left the Congress and they voted the regional parties like SP and BSP in Uttar Pradesh and Chandra Babu Naidu’s party in Andhra Pradesh. They wanted to make regional parties powerful to prevent the BJP to come to power. When regional parties supported the BJP in the form of the NDA in Centre after the last parliamentary election, the Muslims thought that they had been cheated. They again adopted their old strategy to strengthen the Congress party, as it is the only secular party on national level. The regional parties did nothing for the uplift of their voters. They supported the BJP just to enjoy power. At the same time, the Congress also realises the significance of the Muslims, its vote bank.

Seeing their role in the democratic government, the Congress has formed a co-ordination cell to persuade Muslims to vote for the Congress. As for as Delhi is concerned, the cell members have contacted religious, social organisations and Muslim intelligentsia in the Capital to convince them to forget the old issues and let us join the Congress with new agenda and vote it to power. The cell members have discussed this issue with Jamat-e- Islami Hind, Jamiat-ul- Ulma-e-Hind, Mushwarat, Milli Council and senior religious leaders at Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin. They promised to work for the Congress in the elections. The cell members have also contacted social activists in colonies and asked them to talk to local people to vote for the Congress party.

How many seats the Congress expects to win in Delhi?

I believe that the Congress will win six seats in the national Capital. There are certain reasons to support this claim. In Delhi, anti-BJP voters, including Muslims, have no choice but vote for the Congress party. As far as Muslims are concerned, 90 per cent voters will exercise their franchise for the Congress. Ten per cent can be misguided by the people like Arif Mohammad Khan and others who have joined the BJP recently. Muslims are deciding factor in Chandni Chowk, East Delhi parliamentary constituencies. If they do vote in favour of the Congress party, these seats can go into the Congress pocket.

In Chandni Chowk, the BJP can play some tactic to devoid the minority votes. But the Congress activists are making efforts enough to unite their vote bank. In South Delhi, only 10 per cent Muslims exercise their franchise last time. In this election, I and other cell members are in their contacts and hope that 70 per cent electorates will use their democratic right against the BJP. Besides, the Congress has chosen strong candidates this time, which can be another factor of winning the election.

In fact, in Assembly elections in 41 constituencies, the Muslim voters were the deciding factor. Of them, only Karawal Nagar seat went to the BJP favour.

You have been active in politics in your college days. Also, you are the executive member of the All India Muslim Education Society founded by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. What have you done for the uplift of the Muslim community?

That is right. I have worked in different forums, where I raised Muslim issues. But it is difficult to say how much Muslims have been benefited from my efforts. One can do only efforts.

Since 1996, I have been active in forums, which work against the communal forces in Delhi and in other parts of the country. I, along with other secular minded people, visited selected constituencies and had discussion with people of different cast and religion. The change, I have seen this time, is that people want a change on national level. They want a strong secular government. Earlier, people afraid of talking against RSS, BJP and their sister organisations, but now there is no fear at all. They are fed up with BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal. A group of Muslim intelligentsia also visited parliamentary constituencies, where Muslims are in strong possession.

In these constituencies, I have seen a lot of change in Muslim youths. They are sincere for education. They want to rise through education not through technical skills. And you know knowledge is the power. If they continue their efforts, one day they will be successful in electing a secular party at the helm of affair. When Muslim intellectuals met their Hindu brothers they found them very much secular. They praised our efforts. The RSS and BJP also know their fate in the parliamentary elections. That is why they have taken some action to confuse secular votes.

Can you explain the confusion made by the RSS and the BJP?

They hire Muslims and make them sit in front row in their functions just to show that the BJP is a secular party and is not against the Muslim community. This is the reason that Arif Mohammad Khan and a few others have joined the BJP party.

What role does the Minority Commission play for the betterment of Muslims in the National Capital Territory of Delhi?

Both the Union Government and the state governments have minority commissions. But it is my personal observation that they hardly do any work for the betterment of any community. If you have connections then only you can get the benefits. It is difficult for needy people to approach the bosses sitting in these offices.

The minority commissions have a number of programmes to work for the needy people of minority communities. They finance loan for business and they give scholarship to brilliant students. Some times scheduled caste and economically backwards of minority communities demand certificate for getting admission in professional courses. But they are not given.


Tail-end villagers thirst for water

Sonepat: Representatives of various farmers’ organisations, including the BKU and the Kisan Sabha, today urged the state government to order a high-level probe into the complaints of farmers about the continuous shortage of canal water and its erratic supply as well as water not reaching the tail-end villages falling under the jurisdiction of the Rai water service division in this district.

In a joint memorandum sent to the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, a copy of which was released to the press here, they also expressed grave concern over the inefficient and unsatisfactory working of this division and demanded immediate suspension of the executive engineer, the SDEs and other subordinate officials responsible for the scarcity of canal water even during the period of rotation. Such an action would certainly ensure an independent and impartial inquiry into the scandalous working of this division and expose the misdeeds of the officials concerned.

The memorandum blamed the officials of this division for not cleaning the canals, distributaries and minors properly despite the clear instructions issued by the state government and the Chief Minister. It alleged that the desilting and deweeding operations carried out occasionally by the officials were merely an eyewash as the farmers whose fields are situated at the tail-end had been facing shortage of canal water for irrigation purposes and suffering a huge financial loss when the crops wither away on account of this.

Meanwhile, the farmers of the tail-end villages have also expressed grave concern over the canal water crisis and urged the state government to take immediate and effective steps for ensuring the supply of canal water at their tail-end fields. OC


Failed student attempts suicide
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
A student of class VI, identified as Anju, tried to commit suicide here last evening by taking sulphas tablets in her house in Shiv Colony on the Sonepat-Dewru road here last evening. According to a report, the girl was hospitalised and was stated to be out of danger.

The police are investigating into the case. According to a report, she took this extreme step after she failed to clear her examination.

Policeman injured

A policeman was injured when he was allegedly attacked by his neighbourers in Sainipura colony here last evening.

According to a report, the police constable sustained injuries in the assault and was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment. His condition is stated to be out of danger. A dispute over the construction of a wall was stated to be the main cause of the assault. The police are still investigating into the case. No case has been registered so far.

Youths fined

The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Pradeep Kumar, convicted four youths under the Railway Act. The convicted youths were ordered to pay a fine of Rs 300 each for travelling in the ladies compartment of a train.

Judicial custody

The Judicial Magistrate, Ms Rajni Yadav, remanded an accused, Surinder of Farmana village, to 14-day judicial custody.

According to a report, he was arrested by the police in connection with the alleged kidnapping and murder of a three-year-old son of Dr Dharminder Sharma, owner of Sharma Hospital, in the village last month.


Home delivery of voters’ I-cards at a price here
Our Correspondent

Noida, April 12
People are keen to have their voters’ photo ID cards so that they can cast their votes in the coming elections.

Those who don’t find their name in the voters’ list are quite upset. To get their names included in the voters’ list and get their photo ID cards people are reportedly being forced to pay a price.

If you pay Rs 100 as “tip” to get your name in the voters’ list you get a bonus along with it - your photo identity card. After all, it is age of marketing.

Mostly, such touts are active in the slum areas but in sectors inhabited by the middle class and well-to-do people touts claming to have contacts are promising to get the missing names included in the voters’ list. They also promise to deliver your photo identity cards delivered at your home.

The election office had stopped accepting form no 6 for getting the names included in the voters’ list.

Certain people had reportedly offered their services. “Now I shall have to spend Rs 100 for this work,” was their refrain.

Senior officials in the election office, including Dadri SDM Yoginder Yadav, have expressed ignorance of such cases but agents are said to be “making hay while the sun shines.”


Section 144 imposed on Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 12
The District Magistrate of Sonepat, Mr M. R. Anand, has promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC banning the carrying of firearms throughout the district.

The firearms include swords, lathis and knives etc. This order, which comes into force with immediate effect, will continue until May 25. This step has been taken to maintain peace and law and order in view of the Lok Sabha elections.

This order will not be applicable on the officials and policemen on duty.

The District Magistrate has also directed the holders of licensed arms to deposit their arms in the nearby police stations immediately otherwise strict action would be taken against them.

New timings for telegraph offices

The Haryana Circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has revised the timings of the telegraph offices in the state. The telegraph offices will now remain open between 10 am and 6 pm and will remain closed on Sunday and other gazetted holidays.

This step has been taken in the wake of the falling revenue of the telegraph offices as the people prefer to use modern facilities like telephones, mobile telephones, fax and Internet instead of sending telegrams to their relatives and family members.


Toyota Qualis jeep snatched

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
Two persons last night robbed a car driver of his Toyota Qualis jeep near the Hanuman Mandir in the Delhi Cantonment area. The suspects, in their late twenties, hit the driver Girdhari, resident of Ramesh Nagar, and sped away with the vehicle (No HR-55-AT-2436) along with his mobile phone.

The victim, who was lying unconscious, was admitted to the DDU Hospital by the PCR staff at around 2.20 am.

The vehicle belongs to one Narender Dhingra, resident of Karampura.

The victim told the police that he had picked up some people near Seethlamata Mandir last night in Nand Nagari who wanted to be dropped in Gurgoan.

While he was returning from Gurgoan, two persons asked for a lift near the Gurgoan crossing. The suspects hit the victim with a blunt object on his head and made him unconscious.

However, the police said that the victim’s statement was contradictory and were investigating the matter.

Hi-tech solution to check bank robbery

Noida: The security of banks in Noida has been streamlined and stepped up in view of increasing incidents of loot and money snatching in and around banks in Noida and neighbouring areas.

According to Superintendent of Police (City), Mr Anant Dev, modern technology has been utilized for improving the security system in the banks.

He said that electronic alarm system has been installed in the various banks of the district.

During daytime, increased number of police personnel will be deployed outside the banks.

Moreover, alarm buttons will be fitted at about a dozen secret positions in the banks, especially at the cash counters.

According to the police, even if the criminals succeed in gaining entrance into the bank buildings, it would be difficult for them to loot the cash from the bank.

The alarm system will be activated immediately. Simultaneously, telephone bells in nearby police stations and control room will also get activated.

In effect, even before the criminals “get going with their work”, the bank building will be surrounded by the police.

Moreover, a list of all mechanics working with gas cutters will be prepared and a police verification of each one of them will be carried out.

The police are examining and considering all possible solution to end this problem in the district, the police chief said.

Woman burnt

Sonepat: A 19-year-old woman, identified as Sunita, sustained burn injuries when her clothes caught fire after a stove burst in her house at Murthal village, about 8 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the injured woman was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment. Her condition is stated to be serious. The police are still investigating into the case. OC


Baisakhi to be celebrated at Majnu Ka Tilla

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
Baisakhi, the day the Khalsa Panth was founded, will be celebrated with great enthusiasm under the aegis of the DSGMC on April 14 (Wednesday) at Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tilla Sahib, Khyber Pass, Delhi.

A big congregation will be held at the gurdwara which will start early morning with recitation of Nitnem and Sukhmani Sahib. Famous ragi jathas from all over India will participate with shabad kirtan. Bhai Manohar Singh Gurinder Singh Ji will perform the shabad kirtan with Asa Di Vaar.

Bhai Satnam Singh, Head Granthi, Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, will revive the memory of devotees about the creation of the “Order of the Khalsa” by Sahib Guru Gobind Singh Ji on the Baisakhi day of 1699.

Lectures will be delivered with the background of Baisakhi day of 1699 at Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib. The programme shall continue till the evening. Guru Ka Langar (free community kitchen) will also be served to all devotees irrespective of their religion, caste, colour and creed.

Demand for BA course restructuring

The staff council of different colleges unanimously resolved that “The entire exercise of restructuring of the BA (Pass Course) be started afresh from the college level. The council of each college has also said that the subject general bodies should undertake the entire exercise a fresh.”

It was emphasised in the meeting that the proposed course was too heavy and it would lead to the increase in the number of failures, which was already over 50 per cent in regular stream and 70 per cent in correspondence courses. Most of the teachers expressed their apprehension that there was a calculated move on the part of the University, at the behest of University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), to ultimately replace the existing BA (Pass) and Hons. courses by the proposed BA programme.

Loadshedding announced

The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) has announced loadshedding in the Pitampura and Moti Nagar areas on April 13 from 9 30 am to 6 pm due to maintenance work.


Ten bus robbers nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
The North-East district police claimed to have nabbed ten bus robbers in two different cases while they were planning to loot buses on the G T Road.

In the first case, the police received a tip-off that some robbers would be assembling in New Seelampur area to commit bus dacoity on the G T Road.

Based on this information, the police apprehended five persons, identified as Jeevan Rao, Man Singh alias Pahari alias Akram, Ashfaq alias Guddu, Shabbir alias Popla and Zakir alias Kasawara, all residents of New Seelampur.

One country-made pistol, three knives and Rs 2,900 in cash were recovered from their possession.

In the second case, the police apprehended a gang of five robbers after receiving a tip-off that some persons would meet in Welcome colony to plan a bus dacoity on the G T Road.

They were identified as Bijender Singh, resident of Johri Pur, Mobin alias Anis and Aslam, both residents of New Seelampur, Sharafraj and Shahnawaj, both residents of Meerut.

One country-made pistol, a live cartridge, two knives and surgical blades were recovered from their possession.

In another case, the Crime Branch sleuths apprehended four persons planning to commit dacoity in Ring Road-bound buses in the Andrews Ganj bus stand.

Based on a secret information that some persons were planning to loot the buses in the Andrews Ganj bus stand, the sleuths apprehended Jaswant Singh alias Jogi, resident of Rohini, Ajay Kumar, resident of Krishna Nagar, Abdul Latif, resident of Jehangirpuri and Yash Pal, resident of Sultan Puri.


Woman killed for failing to fulfill dowry demand
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, April 12
At least two cases of crime against women, including a ‘dowry death’ were reported in the district in the past two days. According to reports, a young woman, identified as Manju, married to one Govind of Sanjay Colony, died in a Delhi hospital of serious burn injuries. Her parents alleged that she was ‘burnt’ to death by her in-laws after she failed to satisfy their dowry demands.

They complained that her in-laws had been demanding a motorcycle from them. She was beaten up number of times before her death.

The police have booked a case in this connection.

In the other case, a woman who was doing the duty of a watchman in place of her husband at a school at Gudrana village of Palwal subdivision of the district was allegedly gang raped by two persons of the same village.

The complainant told the police that she was doing duty in place of her husband who was away in Hodal in connection with some work.

She alleged that the two youths forcibly gang raped her inside the school building. A case under Sections 376, 451, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered. However, no arrest has been made so far.


Dismissed constable held for bootlegging
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 12
The Crime Branch claimed to have arrested a dismissed constable of Railway Protection Force (RPF) for his involvement in bootlegging and other criminal cases in the national Capital.

With his arrest, the sleuths also claimed to have solved a sensational murder in which the accused, Randhir Singh Chauhan, murdered his own brother, identified as Sunil.

A loaded country-made weapon and two live cartridges were recovered from his possession. The accused was involved in five criminal cases in Nangloi and three cases in Sultan Puri.

In a special drive against bootleggers, the West district police claimed to have arrested two persons and recovered 1,743 bottles of country-made liquor local from different places in the district.

The two accused were identified as Vijay Kumar, resident of Subhash Nagar and Rajesh Soni, resident of Paschim Vihar.


Revised wages: Brick kiln owners, workers at loggerheads
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, April 12
Brick kiln owners and workers here are at loggerheads over the issue of implementation of revised wages for the labourers as the latter went on indefinite strike yesterday in support of their demand.

However, the brick kiln owners’ association also threatened to shut shop from the next production season at a meeting last evening.

Thousands of brick kiln labourers staged a demonstration.

They were led by the state secretary of the labourers’ association, Vinod, and the district secretary, Rohtas.

A meeting of both the groups was held and presided over by the labour officer who tried to sort out the matter. However, some kiln owners reportedly avoided taking any final decision and fixed the next date of hearing as April 19.

But the workers decided to go on indefinite strike till the time the revised wages were implemented. They claimed kiln owners in most districts had implemented new wage scales i. e. Rs 160 per thousand bricks, while they were still getting Rs 143 per thousand.

On the other hand, the brick kiln owners also threatened to close down their kilns from next season. However, they deliberately avoided the pressure of implementing revised wages, stating many problems being faced them.

The president of the owners’ association, Mr Satpal Deswal, said the kiln industry was facing a crisis due to many problems, including increasing taxes, and demanded rationalisation of taxes. They demanded enactment of a separate kiln Act and protested against the government direction to use fly ash in brick production.

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