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Poll fever at its peak in Capital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
Electioneering has reached its peak in the Capital, where the seven Lok Sabha seats are witnessing a fierce contest between the BJP and INC heavyweights.

While Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and Ms Sushma Swaraj addressed a series of meetings covering almost all the constituencies for the BJP yesterday, the INC tried to add a shine to its campaign with the help of film actors Sunil Dutt and Mahima Chaudhry, who addressed meetings accompanying party candidates in the door-to-door canvassing.

The INC will hold the gala event of its campaign with its president Sonia Gandhi addressing an election rally on May eight.

The party activists are working round the clock to make arrangements and to mobilise support for the rally. The secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC), Mr Anil Shastri, is heading the team supervising the arrangements.

Mr Advani yesterday addressed an election meeting each in Outer Delhi, East Delhi, South Delhi and Delhi Sadar while Ms Swaraj canvassed in favour of the party’s candidate from Chandni Chowk, Ms Smriti Irani, a popular TV actress.

Besides, BSP President Mayawati canvassed for party candidates in the Capital last evening. She addressed four meetings in various parts of the city, trying to make inroads into the BJP and INC votes.

The Delhi BJP today released its “Delhi Vision Document-2004” in the presence of all the seven party candidates to project its image as a party with development as its main agenda.

The general secretary of BJP, Mr Pramod Mahajan, will address an election meeting in support of party nominee for Delhi Sadar seat Vijay Goel.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President Prem Singh, reportedly at loggerheads earlier, today tried to project a united face of the party, holding a joint press conference outlining their strategy for ensuring the party’s success in the election.

Mr Advani addressed two election meetings today also.

However, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee might not address any meetings in the Capital. Indicating this, Delhi Pradesh BJP President Dr Harshvardhan said Mr Vajpayee was so much pre-occupied with campaigning in other parts of the country that it was difficult for him to spare time for NCT of Delhi.

However, several film stars and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would soon address election meetings in the Capital. The party has already held a gala cultural night, using star power to convey its message to the people.

The event, Maha Shakti Bharat Sangeet Sandhya, organised at Talkatora Stadium, saw appearances by singer Kumar Sanu, Mukesh Khanna of Shaktimaan fame, actor Suresh Oberoi, music director Ravindra Jain, former Miss World Yukta Mookhey besides Smriti Irani of the Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi fame, who is the BJP candidate from the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat, singer Ajay Kumar and poet Narendra Banjara.


BJP to infuse sanskar in school curricula
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
To inject a fair dose of Sanskar (culture) in school curricula in NCT of Delhi as part of its efforts to make education more representative of “Indian traditions and values”, activities strengthening sacrament and behaviour will be initiated in all the schools of the Delhi, says the Delhi Vision Document 2004 released by the Delhi Pradesh BJP.

Incidentally, education is a State subject and the Delhi Vision Document 2004 has been released in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election. It is the Government of NCT of Delhi or Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) who have a say in revamping the education and not the Union Government or the Members of Parliament (MPs).

The Delhi Vision Document 2004 outlines “comprehensive” and “co-ordinated” efforts to make NCT of Delhi employment-oriented, prosperous, peaceful, self-reliant, pollution-free and Green Capital where all citizens get all the basic infrastructural facilities and amenities at a reasonable and affordable cost.

The president of Delhi Pradesh BJP, Dr Hardh Vardhan, told media persons that the party would strive to make all efforts to make NCT of Delhi a “hub” for all branches of education, particularly higher and professional / technical education. Full statehood is one of the most prominent items on the BJP’s agenda.

The main purpose of introducing these additions to the curricula was to make the future generations aware of the age-old traditions of India, the document said. The party, if elected to power, would develop 140 selected parks as Yoga and Spiritual Contemplation Parks. The government would provide free yoga instructions in these parks.

A Delhi Festival will be organised every year from January 1 to 15. The party is planning to introduce Pride Awards for children, women and other citizens. If the awards were introduced, it would cost the exchequer Rs three crore.


Former DGP seeks nod to cast vote in native village
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 4
The former Director General of Police (DGP), Haryana, Mr Mahinder Singh Malik, (now on leave) has sent a representation to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) seeking permission to visit Sonepat district, so that he can cast his vote in his native village Shamli Kalan on May 10.

A copy of the letter sent to the Chief Election Commissioner has also been dispatched to the Returning Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner of Sonepat.

Mr Mahinder Singh Malik is the husband of Mrs Krishna Malik, the candidate of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) from Sonepat parliamentary constituency.

It may be recalled that Mr Mahinder Singh Malik proceeded on leave after the Chief Election Commissioner directed the Haryana Government to transfer him. The leaders had complained to the Chief Election Commissioner that Mr Malik was helping his wife in the polls by misusing his office. Subsequently, even as the Haryana Government refused to relieve him from the post of the DGP, Mr Malik went on leave.

The president of the district unit of the INLD, Mr Ranbir Singh Dahiya, told mediapersons here today that Mr Malik has taken this step on “moral ground” despite the fact that the Chief Election Commissioner had not banned his entry into Sonepat parliamentary constituency.

Mr Malik had earlier announced that he would not enter the constituency till the polling date, so that no allegation could be leveled against him.


Hoping to make a difference between the devil and the deep sea
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
Confident of causing an upset in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency, Disabled Rights Group’s (DRG’s) convenor and independent candidate Javed Abidi said that people from all walks identified with him.

“It is not just the disability sector whose cause I have championed always or the minorities’. My support comes from all levels like the educated middle class to the scores of Delhiites who were desperate for an alternative,” he said.

Mr Abidi is contesting against Ajay Maken of INC and Mr Jagmohan of BJP. “I have collected just Rs 2 lakh for my entire campaigning which is pocket change for all politicians but I know the people are with me, which is most crucial to win any election.”

“Look at the people who come out to meet me … yesterday at the Nizamuddin Basti (slum) the lanes were narrow and it was difficult to move but the feeling of goodwill was incredible,” Abidi said. He also gave the example of an educated middle aged woman from the posh Anand Niketan who broke down when she met him during campaigning.

“She told me that I had given them an alternative by stepping into the fray and that I had done something most educated people think of doing but never do.”

“The two main parties today are like the devil and the deep sea to the public and this is where I will make a difference,” Abidi said. On the offering of a Chaddar at the Nizamuddin Dargah yesterday, he said, “I was not doing a political stunt. It was a genuine wish of the local people that on Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, which is considered to be an auspicious day, I should make the offering so I just respected their wishes.”

About possible tie-ups with any party after the polls, he said, “I will never align myself with anybody. The whole purpose is to rectify the system and that is not possible once you attach yourself. I know people trust me and 55 per cent of Delhi’s population, which has refused to vote in the past few elections, may just turn up this time as they may support the social activist and not another VIP politician who disappears after the polls,” he said.

Criticising his opponents, Mr Abidi said although the INC claims to be a secular front, it has failed to field a Muslim or Christian candidate in any of the seven constituencies of the Capital. He also ridiculed the claims of the BJP candidate, Mr Jagmohan, saying, “How can the former tourism minister make statements that he would turn Delhi into Paris when even after being elected from this constituency three times he couldn’t do anything.”

Abidi claimed to represent the common man and urged people to vote for change and development. He said the public should see beyond the party politics of the BJP and the INC and their hidden agendas.


No power, no vote…
Parmindar Singh

Noida, May 4
Voters in six Greater Noida villages have declared that they will not exercise their franchise in the coming Lok Sabha elections because their villages are not being supplied power.

After the industrialists, it is the turn of the villagers to express their displeasure to the state government.

No power, no vote seems to be the mantra of the livid villagers who are unhappy with the state government for supplying electricity only for 4 hours to the rural areas. The state government had declared that villages will be supplied power for 14 hours.

There are villagers where defective transformers are lying idle for months together. In spite of the villagers having demanded adequate power supply, no step has been taken by the government to bail them out. Hence the villagers have decided to boycott the elections.

Significantly, the responsibility for supplying power to Greater Noida rests with the private sector Noida Power Company Ltd, the functioning of which has always been found to be questionable.

Though it has failed to come up to people’s expectations, NPCL has always managed to be in the good books of politicians and bureaucrats in the state.


EVMs rushed in from Maharashtra

New Delhi: Faced with shortage of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) due to the large number of candidates in two of the city’s biggest Lok Sabha constituencies, the Election Commission (EC) has rushed in 6,000 more machines from Maharashtra.

“The EVMs arrived here from Maharashtra yesterday and these will be pressed into service during May 10 poll,” Chief Electoral Officer of NCT of Delhi Arun Goyal said.

The crisis was triggered due to the presence of a large number of contestants in Outer Delhi (28) and East Delhi (26) constituencies, requiring two EVMs in each of the polling stations. There are around 3,300 polling booths in Outer Delhi alone as it is the country’s most populous constituency with 34 lakh voters.

The Election Commission of NCT of Delhi, which was originally allotted 12,500 EVMs, was forced to hunt for spare devices across the country. Finally, the officials zeroed in on Maharashtra where elections for all 48 Lok Sabha seats were completed in the first two phases.

“Now that we have over 18,000 EVMs, we should have no problems,” Goyal said. He said that an adequate number of maintenance engineers would also be present to ensure that no hitches occur on polling day. TNS

Sonia rally finally on May 8

The president of Indian National Congress (INC) Ms Sonia Gandhi’s rally to canvass support for her party’s candidates in NCT of Delhi will now be held on May 8, the second time her election schedule in the Capital has been changed.

May 8 is the last date of campaigning for the May 10 Lok Sabha election in NCT of Delhi. According to Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) sources, the rally, which was scheduled to be held on May 6, has been postponed by two days as Ms Gandhi is busy campaigning outside NCT of Delhi.

The press conference, to be held jointly by DPCC President Prem Singh and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at the DPCC office today, in connection with the rally was also postponed. TNS


Daughter-in-law held for multiple murder plot
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
With the arrest of Ms Kanwaljeet Kaur, alias Sonia (25), the North-West district police claims to have solved the murder-cum-attempt to murder case, which occurred on May 3 in the Pitampura area. Incidentally, the accused was the daughter-in-law of the victim, Saudagar Singh (72). Saudagar’s wife, Kuldeep Kaur (69), and his daughter, Dr Gurdeep Kaur (39), were hospitalised after the assault.

The police received a PCR call on May 3 at 10.30 am that three persons in KP-267, Maurya Enclave, Pitampura, had been brutally assaulted by unknown assailants. The police reached the spot and after detailed investigations learnt that Saudagar had some property dispute with his daughter-in-law Sonia, a resident of Tilak Nagar. Sonia’s husband Gurmukh Singh had a simmering feud with his father, Saudagar, over property matters and had committed suicide last year.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) Sanjay Singh said that during interrogation Sonia confessed to having plotted the crime along with Nawab Singh (24) and Balraj Singh (22), residents of Tilak Nagar. She told the police that she had a property dispute with her father-in-law and had decided to eliminate him and his family.

After the death of her husband, she gave birth to a female child last year. It was around this time that Sonia became intimate with one Nawab Singh and discussed the problem with him. Nawab had reportedly told Sonia that she would inherit the property only if the family members were eliminated.

Initially, they had planned to kidnap Saudagar’s son-in-law Dr Anil Kumar Nangia, as they realized Saudagar will not open the door to strangers. Accordingly, they kidnapped Dr Nagia from his clinic and took him at gunpoint to Pitampura; on the way they dropped Sonia in Tilak Nagar.

After dropping Sonia, they reached Saudagar’s house and threatened to kill Dr Nangia if Saudagar refused to sign a deed. When Saudagar refused to oblige, the duo assualted Saudagar, his wife and daughter with sharp edged weapon and took Nangia and his daughter along with them. The accused persons later dropped them on Jail road and threatened Dr Nangia that if he talked about the incident, he would also meet the same fate.


Hooda’s chaupal sabhas elicit overwhelming response

Jhajjar, May 4
The Congress nominee from the Rohtak parliamentary constituency, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, is drawing impressive gathering in his ‘chaupal sabhas’ being organised in this part of the constituency.

However, a section of people are unhappy with the issue of bringing leadership to the Rohtak district. “We are not impressed with Hooda’s assertion of bringing the leadership (chief ministership) in this region, as Mr Bhajan Lal would never allow this to be fulfilled,” opined a group of young villagers in Machhroli village during Hooda’s chaupal sabha today. They said that they are extending support to him as he was a Congress candidate and an established politician.

Unimpressed with the issues related to various political parties, being raised by him, the electorate seems to be in the mood of change in this area also, as is the environment in the rest of Haryana. This single factor is playing a predominant role in setting the tone of the elections for the Lok Sabha. This tone is likely to prove beneficial for the Congress while harming the ruling INLD.

A visit to about a dozen villages of Jhajjar assembly segment reveals that people are keeping their cards close to their chest, which is an indication of the rebellious mood of the people.

While INLD had received strong support from this area, the situation this time, appears to be different. Infact, the competition, this time, is stiff between the INLD and the Congress.

While the supporters of INLD are outspoken and are even ready for a wordy duel over the issue of performance of the state government, the Congress supporters are refraining from entering into an argument. This mixed scenario is evident from a bird’s eyeview of the village-wise analysis. Mr Hooda is the hot favourite in Silana and Silani, equation tilts in favour of the Congress in Dadanpur and Chandpur village. In Machhroli village, along with Hooda and Suhag, the BJP nominee Mr Abhimanyu has a considerable following.

As the cavalcade of Mr Hooda entered a village, people rushed towards the chaupal to have a glimpse of his. Hooda’s vikalp rath reached the chaupal, moving through the narrow and muddy streets of the village, and in curiosity, women and children came out of their houses.

On reaching there, Hooda was firstly garlanded and given cash and other donations. Then, he addressed the audience, standing in the middle of the chaupal. Expressing his gratitude to the villagers for the warm welcome, he urged them to reach out to their friends and relatives in other villages for getting support in his favour.


Bhagwaria to support Rao Inderjit Singh
Our Correspondent

Rewari, May 4
Former minister and state vice president of the HPCC, Ms Shakuntala Bhagwaria, alongwith her supporters, has finally decided to support the party candidate Rao Inderjit Singh who is contesting the Loksabha poll from Mahendergarh.

She gave a directive in this regard to party workers at a meeting, which was convened by her at her residence here this morning.

Earlier, the Rewari DCC president, Mr Harish Saini, the state secretary of the HPCC, Mr Jawahar Lal Sachdeva, the Khol block Congress committee chief Mr Parmal Singh, the vice chairman of the Beopar cell of the HPCC, Mr Brij Bhushan Sughand, the chairman of the Panchayati Raj cell of the HPCC Mr Rajender Singh Yadav and several others sought a clear-cut directive from Ms Bhagwaria during the meeting, which had been convened to take a collective decision to support Rao Inderjit Singh.

Till now, Ms Bhagwaria and her supporters had been maintaining a distance from the Rao camp.

If the views and sentiments expressed by most of the speakers at the meeting were any indication, most of them were in a defiant mood and the decision to support Rao Inderjit Singh had been taken out of compulsion.

Now, only the poll results, which will be declared on May 13, will determine the ‘veracity’ of their decision.


Samajwadi Party hopeful of making it from Ahirwal
Our Correspondent

Rewari, May 4
The Samajwadi Party is getting a positive public response with the pro-Mulayam wave spreading to Ahirwal as well, opines Ms Kanta Aladia, the Haryana Samajwadi Party chief.

Talking to the NCR Tribune, Ms Aladia said the party was hopeful of emerging victorious from the Mewat region as well. Claiming that Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, the party president, would be a key player in the formation of the next government, she said the mood had gone upbeat in the Mahendergarh constituency.

She asserted that while it augured well for the Samajwadi party which had made its maiden entry into the polls fray in a big way in Haryana, it had also considerably boosted the electoral fortunes of the party candidate Mr Raghu Yadav. She went on to say that the party nominee Mr Akhtar Hussain too was gaining a strong ground in Faridabad.


Film, TV stars campaign for BJP candidate
Our Correspondent

Noida, May 4
Film and television stars Poonam Dhillon, Suresh Oberoi, Mukesh Khanna, Pankaj Dheer and Surinder Pal, were here today to enliven the election campaign for the BJP candidate from Khurja reserve seat, Mr Ashok Pradhan.

Ashok Pradhan is facing a stiff challenge from ex-BJP MLA and UP State Revenue Minister, Ravi Gautam, who is contesting on the BSP ticket and from the Congress nominee, Devi Dayal, who is also a retired IAS officer.

While Suresh Oberoi conducted road shows in the slum areas of the town and the villages, Mukesh Khanna famous as Shaktimaan, Pankaj Dheer (Karan of Mahabharata) and Surender Pal (Dronacharya in Mahabharata) campaigned in various sectors of Noida.

The stars participated in road shows at 14 places in Noida, seeking votes for Ashok Pradhan.

The stars were warmly greeted and welcomed by various BJP leaders and office bearers as their motorcades passed through various sectors.

Except Suresh Oberoi, none of the starts had earlier addressed the public in Noida. Oberoi exhorted voters to support BJP. He said that every vote to BJP would ensure the continuation of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee whom the country needs as the Prime Minister for the next five years.


65 fire incidents in April, farmers suffer losses
B.S. Malik

Sonepat, May 4
Incidents of fire during this harvesting season, have, reportedly, led to huge losses to farmers in the district.

More than 90 farmers in the district have suffered losses of around Rs two crore as standing (wheat) crop got burnt and agricultural machines and husk got damaged in incidents of fire.

According to records, as many as 65 incidents of fire, in which crops in around 180 acres of land, two carbine harvesters and two tractors were burnt, have been reported in the month of April.

The first incident of fire this season was reported in village Kundal, in which standing wheat crop in three acres of area was gutted in fire. There were five fire incidents on April 11 in which wheat crop on 22 acres including 7 acres belonging to one Lal Chand, 4 acres belonging to one Mange Ram, 3 acres belonging to Dilbagh of village Mukimpur and 3 acres belonging to Jasbir of Janti were destroyed in the fire.

Just a day after, on April 12, there were seven incidents of fire in Khewra, Rajlu Garhi, Mohana and four other places and crops in 26 acres of area were engulfed in fire.

The day was followed by another five incidents April 15 and area affected was upto 35 acres, of which maximum loss, on 24 acres of cropped land, was reported from village Candeshar in Gohana sub division.

Apart from wheat and husk, agricultural machines (two carbine harvesters and two tractors) were also destroyed. The estimated loss was around Rs 60 lakh.

On April 13, one tractor and a trolley belonging to Paley Ram of village Nathupur were damaged due to fire. Also reported was a loss of one carbine harvester and cash

Rs 70,000 which was kept in the carbine, in village Bhatgaon on April 19.

According to the incharge of Sonepat fire station, Mr M S Bhardwaj, most of the fire incidents were caused due to short-circuit. He said that electricity wires passing over the cropped areas generally become loose in summer season and result in sparkings. “If these are tightened well in time, such incidents will not take place,” he added.


Sonepat residents continue to reel under water crisis
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 4
The water crisis in Sonepat continues unabated since the curtailment of the water supply from the main waterworks at Murthal by the Public Health Department (PHD). To make matter worse, it was done with without any prior announcement.

According to a report, the residents used to receive water twice a day. However, the water supply in the evening has been stopped by the PHD, which has caused widespread resentment among the residents.

To make matter worse, residents alleged that the water supply in the morning was not only erratic but the low pressure ensured that the water failed to reach even the first floor of the houses.

In effect, the drinking water crisis has forced the people, particularly women, to fetch water from distant places so as to meet their requirements.

It is common sight to see women carrying pitchers on their heads, as the taps have remained dry in most of the areas in this city.

The ‘Federation of All Residents Welfare Association’ has announced its intention of filing a public interest litigation

(PIL) in the court against the authorities of the PHD and the district administration in this regard.

They would demand that the court direct the authorities to take steps to rectify the grim situation.

A five-member lawyers committee has also been instituted for filing the PIL in the court.

Reportedly, the committee is finalising the petition, which is likely to be filed in a week or so. Meanwhile, representatives of various social and voluntary organisations have protested against the curtailment of the water supply and urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, to order a high-level probe and action against the erring officials responsible for the water crisis.


Three persons killed in road accidents
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, May 4
Two persons were killed in separate road accidents under the Sahibabad police station. In another accident, a youth fell off the foothold of a running bus in Dholana and was killed.

In the first incident, a 28-year old advocate was killed when a dumper rammed into his bicycle while he was going home. The injured advocate was rushed to the nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The dumper driver sped away from the scene of accident, said the police.

In another incident on Sunday, a 45-year-old Delhi resident, identified as Bhure Lal, was hit by a Tata-407 vehicle while he was standing on the roadside at the UP border.

Bhure Lal was rushed to the SGBT Hospital, New Delhi, where he succumbed to his injuries. The father of the deceased filed a report in the Sahibabad police station.

In Dholana, a 25-year-old youth, identified as Fazzar Mohd of Veeran Pura, was killed after he fell off the foothold of an overcrowded bus. Fazzar Mohd was crushed by the same bus after he fell off the bus. The villagers spilled on the road in protest against the accident. Later, the police was rushed to the spot, which managed to control the situation. The body was sent for the postmortem examinations.

Struggle for Gautam Budh Nagar promised

Noida: The BSP candidate for the Khurja parliamentary constituency, Ravi Gautam, declared that he would launch a decisive struggle for the restoration of the district status for Gautam Budh Nagar, which was scrapped by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. He claimed that the government led by Mayawati had ensured the all round development of UP. Earlier, a rally was taken out in which Ravi Gautam and district president of BSP, Kartar Singh, addressed the gatherings in various sectors of Noida.

Loadshedding announced

New Delhi: The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) today announced power shutdown for May 5 in different areas of Shakti Nagar, Pitampura, Modal Town and Narela. The loadshedding would be from 10 am to 4 pm in Shakti Nagar, Modal Town and Narela. In Pitampura, it will be from 10 am to 5 pm. TNS

Students selected for internship

Sonepat: As many as 25 students of B M Engineering and Technology College have been selected by Sterling Telecom and Net System for internship. According to a report, the interviews of these student were held on April 18.


Rs 2.2 lakh worth drafts looted
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 4
Two unidentified armed miscreants are reported to have assaulted Mr Ram Kumar, resident of Barwasni village, and snatched from him Rs 47,700 in cash, bank drafts worth Rs 2.2 lakh and self-cheques worth Rs 20,000, while he was on his way to Gohana road here yesterday.

According to a report, the incident occurred in broad day light, near the railway quarters, when the miscreants attacked him from backside. They also tried to snatch his bad containing cash, bank drafts and self-cheques but failed in their attempt.

Thereupon, they attacked Mr Ram Kumar with knives and the victim, after sustaining multiple knife injuries, fell down on the road. The miscreants immediately snatched the bag and ran towards the Sarang road where they boarded a waiting motorcycle and fled.

Mr Ram Kumar, who was injured, tried to chase them, but failed to apprehend them. Some persons who heard the victim’s cries tried to apprehend the miscreants but they showed them knives and threatened them with dire consequences if they tried to overpower them.

The government Railway Police (GRP) has registered a case after a dispute with the Civil Lines police, regarding the place of occurrence of the crime, and has launched a hunt to apprehend the culprits involved in the case. The injured man was admitted to the local civil hospital for treatment and is stated to be out of danger.


Dacoity at jeweller’s house averted, gang members held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 4
With the arrest of three suspects, the East district police today claimed to have busted a gang of dacoits and averted a sensational dacoity in the house of a jeweller in Gandhi Nagar area. The suspects were identified as Ravi, Sushil Kumar and Ikram.

The police received a tip-off that six men were likely to assemble in the Rana Pratap Park for planning a dacoity. The information was developed and a raiding party was constituted under the supervision of SHO Krishna Nagar.

The police team reached the spot and apprehended three of them. Two of the gang members managed to escape under the cover of darkness. Two-country made pistols, four live cartridges and a knife were seized from their possession.

During interrogation, the suspects confessed that they had planned to commit a dacoity in a jeweller’s house.

The suspects had specific information that the jeweller had recently entered into a land transaction, thereby suspecting a huge booty at his residence. They were engaged in collecting information regarding the wealth of the jeweller. A few days earlier they had identified another trader in the Sadar Bazar area who was supposed to travel on a scooter for making a payment of Rs 3.5 lakh. However, their plan did not succeed due to the lack of suitable opportunity.

The gang leader, identified as Ravi, confessed his earlier involvement in an attempt to murder case apart from a robbery in Muzaffar Nagar.

The group was constituted with Ikram acting as the contact man, a resident of the village Mansurpur in Muzaffar Nagar, now living in the national Capital.

The gang members would often meet in Delhi at Ikram’s residence and would select targets based on their local information and inquiries, the police said.

Dacoity foiled, five arrested

With the arrest of five persons, the Central district police claimed to have foiled a dacoity attempt opposite the Ambedkar Bus Terminal near Daryaganj.

The police also claimed to have seized two country-made weapons, two knives and one gold chain from the accused persons, who were involved in several robbery and dacoity cases in the national Capital.

The accused persons were identified as Salim alias Topy, resident of Jama Masjid, Shoaib alias Mukim alias Titoo, resident of Chandni Mahal, Sahid alias Shakir, resident of Hauz Qazi, Nadim alias Sabuddin, resident of Chandni Mahal and Asif, resident of Jama Masjid.

The police said that they received a tip-off that the accused persons were planning to commit the crime in a vehicle moving towards Rajghat.

Man held with illegal liquor

The Central district police claimed to have arrested one Lal Bahadur, resident of G B road for possessing illegal liquor. The police seized 84 bottles of whiskey and 40 bottles of beer from his possession.


Tempo loaded with wheat driven away
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 4
A tempo driver reportedly fled with 25 quintals wheat, six quintals of sarson and two quintals of barley, worth several thousands of rupees last night.

According to a report lodged with the police by Mr Krishan, a farmer of Pai village, he had hired the tempo to take his produce to the Narela (Delhi) mandi.

However, the driver of the tempo asked him to load his produce at night itself.

Mr Krishan and his son, Deepak, accompanied the tempo. When the tempo reached Daryapur Village, Mr Krishan asked the driver to stop the vehicle, as he wanted to go to the toilet.

As soon as Mr Krishan left the vehicle to go to a nearby toilet, the driver sent his son to fetch some water for his father.

As soon as Deepak went to fetch water for his father, the driver drove away the tempo loaded with the produce. Mr Krishan lodged an FIR with the Bawana police station in this regard.

Woman commits suicide

A newly married woman, identified as Rekha, reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a train near the Ganaur Railway Station, about 16km from here last night.

According to a report, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has sent the body for the postmortem examination. It is stated that the woman was married to a youth of Garhi Kesri village. The woman committed the suicide at her parent’s house.

Girl elopes with lover

A minor girl reportedly eloped with her lover at Gohana town, 35 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the girl was living in New Basti on the Gohana-Khanpur road and the Youth, identified as Ashok, belonged to Garhi Ujale Khan village.

The police have registered the case and further investigation was in progress. A hunt is on to apprehend the youth and trace the girl.

Youth assaulted

A youth, identified as Sanjay, was assaulted by his grandfather at Bhatgaon village, about 15 km from here last night.

According to a report, Sanjay sustained injuries in the assault and was hospitalised. He is stated to be out of danger. A dispute over the house is stated to be the main cause of the assault. The police are still investigating the case.

Man killed

A resident of Rohtak, identified as Sujjan Kumar, was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a canter near Rukhi village, about 40 km from here last evening. According to a report, the police have registered the case against the canter driver and sent the body for the postmortem examination.

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