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ACP not paid salary for three-month deputation period
J. T. Vishnu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 24
Additional Commissioner of Police (Armed Police) K D Singh is running from pillar to post to get his dues from the National Commission for SC/ST, where he was on deputation as Private Secretary to the Chairman from December 2003 to February 29.

Since the commission has not provided him the Last Pay Certificate (LPC), the IPS officer, who is posted in the Delhi Police now, has been unable to withdraw his salary and allowances for the last three months. His meetings with the Secretary to the Commission P C Rawal and other officials have also failed to evoke any positive response.

It was only after the intervention of the new Chairman of the Commission, Mr Suraj Bhan, that the commission sent him his salary through a special messenger, but for only for one-and-a-half month, even though he was in the commission for two-and-a-half months.

Interestingly, the cheque, which he received on May 18, was dated February 24, 2004. A letter attached to cheque, said it could not be delivered earlier, but now it should be encashed before May 31. Otherwise, it would lapse.” No reason was cited for the delay.

Singh, a 1985 batch IPS officer of AGMU cadre, was posted in Mizoram as DIG, CID. It was on the request of former Chairman, Dr Vijay Shanker Shastri, that he joined the commission as Chairman’s Private Secretary in the second week of December. Since his appointment was co-terminus along with that of the chairman, he was asked to report to his cadre after the commission was bifurcated.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Home Affairs had asked Singh to report to the Delhi Police in March and subsequently he was posted as the Additional Commissioner of Police (Armed Police).

Singh had also met the Delhi Police Commissioner, Dr K K Paul, in this regard and the Delhi Police Headquarters had subsequently even written a letter to the commission on May 5. The letter stated that Singh has assumed charge of Additional Commissioner of Police and, therefore, it is requested that the LPC of Singh may please be sent to the Police Headquarters in order to facilitate payment of his salary and allowances.

The officer is facing great financial hardship due to the non-payment of salary for the last three months, the letter said.


Maken to plead for Delhi statehood in Parliament
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 24
Delhi Assembly Speaker Ajay Maken, who has been elected to the Lok Sabha, today said he would raise his voice in Parliament for grant of full statehood to Capital.

The first-time MP, who will quit the post of Assembly Speaker by May 31, said that as promised during his election campaign, he would plead the case of Delhi Government for full control over land and law and order.

“Full statehood for Delhi will be my topmost priority in Parliament as it is urgently needed by the state government to take care of the problems of Delhiites,” Maken said.

He added that he would also take up the issues of Central Government employees. “As a representative of New Delhi Constituency, which has a large population of Central Government employees, I will take up their problems, which have been ignored by the previous government.”

He also asserted that he had not been hoping for a ministerial berth, saying as a first-time parliamentarian, his aim would be to utilise the term as a “learning experience.”

“There is no question of being unhappy at not being made a minister. As a first-time MP, my focus is on learning the Parliamentary procedures and taking part in debates in a constructive manner,” he said.

He went on to add, “ In fact, I am glad I will not be bogged down with a position and have the opportunity to learn the parliamentary process, which is so essential’’.

Listing the probables for the Speaker’s post he said, ‘’ there are five names in the running: Dr S C Vats, Dr Narender Nath, Mr Bhiduri, Ms Meera Bhardwaj and Mr Sahib Singh Chauhan’’.

Vijai Kapoor offers to step down as LG

The Delhi Lt. Governor, Mr. Vijai Kapoor, today offered to step down from the post following the installation of Congress-led coalition government at the Centre.

In his letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Mr Kapoor said, ‘’For over six years as Lieutenant Governor I have been privileged to be a part of Delhi’s governance and development. It is time that I moved on.’’

Mr Kapoor has requested the Prime Minister to consider appointing a new Lt Governor for Delhi.

This is an obvious development after the Congress victory in the recent elections as Mr Kapoor and the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Shiela Dikshit, were constantly at loggerheads. They had emerged as two power centres in Delhi with difference over issues like statehood.

Mr Kapoor, who was appointed by the NDA government, was the Centre’s representative and had a major say on issues under Centre’s control like law and order and Delhi Development Authority, which had brought him in direct conflict with the Dikshit government.

With the Congress winning six seats in Delhi and the installation of a Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre, the position of Ms Dikshit has been further strengthened both in national and state politics. 


DDA dithers on library by the lakeside
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, May 24
How enjoyable it would be to read your favorite novel in a library on the bank of a small lake situated in a beautiful park equipped with modern infrastructure. However, this ambitious project, planned in the sprawling Picnic Hut park near the Outer Ring Road in Rohini, is in the lurch for the last few years, thanks to the apathy of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the agency entrusted with the responsibility of completing this project.

The Picnic Hut park, spread over 35 acres of land, was constructed 15 years ago at a huge cost to provide modern facilities to those who wanted to get away from the daily stress of the beleaguered city. Some fully furnished rooms were also constructed here for the benefit of picnickers. The park immediately caught the fancy of Delhiites. The DDA was charging Rs.225 per day for each room. The initial response was very good but later on, these rooms became virtual vice dens as there was little supervision and some of the officials were allegedly involved in the racket.

The matter assumed such alarming proportions that a public interest litigation was filed and the Delhi High court had to intervene in the matter. It ordered immediate stoppage of booking of these rooms in the park.

It was at this stage that the DDA decided to construct a unique library here. But this library is still a distant dream as nothing has been done in this regard. Owing to the neglect and disuse, the rooms have now developed cracks and most of the furnishings have either been damaged or purloined. The water and electricity supply also remains disconnected.

When contacted in this regard, the spokesperson of DDA, Ms. Nimodhar, said, ``We are waiting for the release of funds from the financial department which has the proposal. The construction of the library would start as soon as the funds are released, she said.


Cops refuse to register rape case, brother-in-law swallows poison
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, May 24
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Monday in Shankar Vihar colony, which falls under Indira Puram police station. When her brother-in-law, Rakesh Saptanik, with whom the girl was living, went to lodge a report with the police, the police insulted him and shooed him away.

Extremely upset over the treatment meted out to him, Rakesh swallowed poison on Saturday evening. He has been admitted in a Delhi hospital in a serious condition. Unfazed, the police still maintain that it was a case of teasing and harassment and not of rape.

According to information, Rakesh Saptanik, a tenant in Vinode’s house in Shankar Vihar colony in Indira Puram, was sleeping on the terrace on Monday night with his wife while his sister in-law, Meena, was sleeping in the room on ground floor. A small girl was also sleeping the room.

Two brothers, Nagmani and Rajamani, the other tenants in the same house, intruded into the room in which Meena was asleep. Rajmani allegedly gagged the girl with a piece of cloth and raped her; his younger brother, Nagmani, helped him in restraining the victim. However, the little girl asleep in the room woke up and raised an alarm.

At this, both brothers took to their heels and are absconding ever since. The neighbours in the locality came out on the street, after learning about the incident. Later, Rakesh furnished a full report at the Indira Puram police station.

The police took the rape victim for a medical examination, but the same could not be conducted till evening.

Rakesh has alleged in his complaint that his landlord, Vinode, had helped the rapist and his accomplice to escape. It is learnt that the police have registered a case of teasing and harassment and not of rape under pressure from some influential people.

Rakesh had reportedly appealed to CO Dharmveer, SP City Umesh Srivastava and SSP Jainarayan Singh, but they are yet to respond.

Rakesh, who was extremely upset over the attitude of the police officials and others trying to shield the rapist, committed suicide on Saturday.

SO SP Singh claims he has no information about anybody swallowing poison. He still maintains that it was not a rape, but a harassment case.


Gang settles scores in shootout on highway
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, May 24
In a fierce shootout, possibly an outcome of gang rivalry, three criminals were seriously injured when they were attacked by rival gangsters near Beri village on Kahnour road here today. The injured were returning after an appearance in a Jhajjar court; incidentally, they are facing trial in another shootout incident that occurred in the court complex in October 2001.

According to the police sources, Satish Dhull of Jind district, Nir Bhay of Muradpur Tekna village and Mukesh of Kiloi village in Rohtak district sustained bullet injuries when about a dozen gangsters intercepted their vehicle, just one km ahead of Beri village, and started indiscriminate firing. The victims were travelling in a Hyundai Accent car while the assailants were travelling in five cars and two motorcycles.

The police told this correspondent that about 50 rounds were fired during the shootout. A double barrel gun and many live cartridges were recovered from the spot. The police have impounded two motorcycles involved in the shootout, an Alto car and the fire arms used by the assailants. Sombir, the gang chief, was also in the Hyundai but escaped unhurt. In fact, he brought the injured to the PGIMS at Rohtak.

The police said that the assailants might belong to Baljit group. Both the gangs hail from Jind district. The Sombir group had attacked members of Baljit group in the court complex in Jhajjar on October 31, 2001. The Baljit group had been waiting for an opportune time to take revenge.

Interestingly, the injured persons have refused to identify the assailants, saying that the attackers were wearing masks.

The SP, Mr H S Doon, told this correspondent that a special team had been constituted to investigate the attack. It will comprise ASP, Jhajjar, DSP, Jhajjar, CIA in-charge of Bahadurgarh and Jhajjar, and SHO Beri.

The police have registered a case against unidentified attackers; however, no arrest has been made.


city scan
No water for 7 hrs

Sonepat: The drinking water supply system remained paralysed for at least seven hours yesterday, causing much hardship to thousands of residents. According to a report, non-supply of water from the main waterworks at Murthal was the main cause of the disruption.

Not a single official of the Public Health Department was available at his residence on Sunday. Many residents made vain attempts to contact the officials on phone, but failed to elicit any response.

Some residents alleged that the department had failed to set up a special complaint cell for Sundays and other public holidays, to enable residents to lodge complaints about breakdowns, low pressure and contaminated water supply.

Officers on tenterhooks

The proposed visit of the chief minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, to Sonepat on May 27 has alerted the officers of district administration as well as the party’s office bearers, including the INLD legislators, as they are expecting some “dose” from the CM. the latter is coming here to take stock of the defeat of the party candidate, Ms Krishna Malik, from this constituency in the recently concluded parliamentary elections.

A number of officers told the NCR Tribune that they generally become target of the ire of politicians in such cases. “The party leadership hardly takes responsibility for defeat and fingers are instead pointed at the officers.” They apprehend that there could be a number of transfers of officers dealing with public grievances. On condition of anonymity, the officers admitted that inspite of record development works undertaken by the state government, the anti-incumbency factor played its role and “perhaps public grievances could not be redressed promptly.” OC


Exam result dates keep Helplines buzzing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 24
Even as the CBSE today announced May 26 as the date for declaration of results of class XII, helplines in the Capital were flooded with phone calls from anxious students wanting to know the “exact date” of the results.

The results for class XII for Delhi and Allahabad regions will be declared on the 26th of this month and the results of class X in Chennai and Ajmer regions will also be declared on the same day. However, the dates for the declaration of results of class X of the Delhi region are yet to be finalised.

Owing to the uncertainty in the last few days, Helplines had been inundated with calls from parents and students anxious to know whether or not the results had been declared. Some students even complained that the CBSE office was not forthcoming with the right information.

“We have been calling the Preet Vihar office, but most of the time the phone goes unanswered. Media reports are also confusing. The least the CBSE can do is put out the exact date of results and save the students from undue pressure”, complained a parent.

Meanwhile, helpline services in the city, too, were kept tingling by anxious students and their families. ‘Snehi’, which runs a 24-hour helpline, said it had received about 2,600 calls in less than three days from worried students and parents in the national Capital and outside.

Counsellors at Snehi claim that almost 80 per cent of the callers were confused about the results and wanted help. “The fear of unknown is causing more anxiety to the students. The calls this year have gone up and in the last couple of days they have been related to result dates”, said Abdul Mabood, Director, Snehi.

Fingers are also being raised at the authenticity of the SMS services following the suicide of a girl who received incorrect results through an SMS service. “Students should stick to checking the results from the lists posted in the schools. There can be errors, but one should verify the results before jumping to conclusions”, said a counsellor.


Malhotra blames Sheila for neglecting water crisis
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 24
The newly elected Member of Parliament from South Delhi parliamentary constituency, Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra, today criticised Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit for ignoring the water crises that has gripped the Capital. He said that the Chief Minister and her ministers were busy in celebrating the victory they got in the recent parliamentary elections and were least worried about the water problem and power crises being faced by the Delhiites.

He said that the people’s patience is now giving way to the frustration and if some law and order problem arises, Ms Dikshit would be responsible for it. He further said that Delhi Government’s callous and insensitive attitude is reason for drought like situation in Delhi.

Malhotra said that the situation would have not worsened had the state government made suitable efforts to reach water agreements with the governments of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in time. He also castigated private distcoms who are least bothered about removing hurdles in the way of smooth supply of electricity. He has also warned that if the situation does not improve in coming days, the people would be forced to take recourse to agitation path.


HVP to hold workers’ meeting on May 30
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 24
The Haryana Vikas Party (HVP) has decided to organise a workers’ meeting here on May 30, to chalk out the future strategy for contesting the next Assembly elections in the state.

Giving this information, Mr Rajiv Jain, general secretary of the state unit of the party told mediapersons here today that Mr Surinder Singh, secretary general of the party, will also take part in the meeting. He appealed to the party workers to participate in the meeting in large number and express their solidarity with the party, headed by Mr Bansi Lal, supremo of the party and the former Chief Minister.

He disclosed that the party would contest the Assembly elections in all 90 seats on its own and play a vital role in the elections. He said that the electorate of the state had given negative votes to the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections by expressing their anger with the anti-people policies of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government, headed by Mr Om Parkash Chautala, who he said had become a dictator and remained vindictive against his political opponents.

He claimed that there was no Congress wave in the Lok Sabha elections and hence it would be routed out in the next Assembly elections in the state. He said that the HVP workers were not demoralised by the defeat.


Extend last date for implementing Electricity Act: PHDCCI
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 24
The PHDCCI has asked for the Congress-led coalition government at the Centre to extend the last date for implementation of the Electricity Act 2003 to allow debate and introduce adequate safeguards for ensuring that consumers are not harassed in the guise of implementation of the law.

Calling upon the new government to immediately extend the last date for implementation of the Electricity Act from June 11, 2004, PHDCCI president Ravi Wig sought revocation of powers to functionaries of distribution companies to search the premises of consumers suspected of indulging in power theft.

In a representation to the Ministry of Power, the PHDCCI expressed concern over some of the provisions which militate against the ‘’liberal spirit’’ with which the Act was formulated.

All states are under an obligation to implement the Act within one year of its enactment, which is before June 11, 2004. The Chamber has cited the example of Delhi where a notification issued by the Lieutenant-Governor has empowered the functionaries of three distribution companies with search and seizure powers under Section 135 of the Electricity Act.

Mr. Wig said the Chamber apprehended that the new law would lead to return of inspector raj and may be used as a tool to harass consumers. These powers could also be used to settle personal scores with consumers.

Further, Section 135 of the Act bestows overbearing powers to officials of power companies which are much more than those required to curb theft. ‘’Of serious concern is the power to search premises of any consumer, including domestic consumers, at any point of time.

This would lead to total anarchy and may even result in a law and order problem.’’ With all states under an obligation to implement the Act within one year of its enactment it was expected that other state governments would also issue similar notifications, he said. 


Humorist in uniform

Mr Rajbir Deswal, an IPS officer of the Haryana cadre, is better known among his colleagues as the man who writes middles. For this humour-writer IPS officer, it was a few Urdu couplets recited by his father while he was still in school, which inspired him to continue with writing. Apart from authoring three books, he has contributed middles and articles on tourism and travel in almost all the leading newspapers and magazines. His books have also been translated by the well-known Khushwant Singh. He, who has a passion for reading and writing, was born in a village, Anta in Jind, located in Haryana. He completing his schooling from Jind, higher education from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and M.D. University, Rohtak from where he attained his masters in English.

He is currently pursuing law from the Delhi University.

He topped the Haryana Police Services in 1983, was elevated to IPS cadre a few years back and is currently an Assistant Director in the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD). However, it’s been his passion for writing due to which he has been contributing to various newspapers. Apart from being invited to various literary functions, he has also visited various countries including USA, England, France and Italy. And not just writing, he has been tremendously successful in his mainstream career as well.

Several projects, based on the idea of social policing, initiated by him in various areas, turned out to be exceptionally successful.


What inspired you to write?

My father was very fond of Urdu poetry and novels. At times, he used to recite beautiful couplets of Urdu poets which inspired me to write, particularly with a tinge of humour. Besides, being a student of literature, it was easy for me to pick up the subject and translate it.

I also worked as a journalist in a newspaper in Delhi before joining the police services, which gave me additional impetus for writing. Frankly speaking, when I was studying in college in Chandigarh, I used to recite poetry and jokes for my friends.

After completing my postgraduation from Maharshi Dayanand University, I joined a newspaper in Delhi and worked under a known journalist. But I left the pen-pushing job and joined the Haryana Police Services. Later, I also started contributing to newspapers – regional as well as national. At the same time I concentrate on my official duty – policing.

What kind of writing do you enjoy the most?

I contribute to various newspapers and mostly write light-hearted pieces. I have authored three books, one in English and two in Hindi.

My books have been translated by an eminent journalist, Khushwant Singh. These subject of my books moves around Haryanavi humour, culture and history. My jokes and other writings are those which find roots in the soil of the state. These are thoroughly village-oriented and it looks good when one speaks in the local language.

How do you spare time for writing while pursuing your official duties?

Writing jokes and other funny articles comes to me naturally. For these, I do not require extra time. While working in the field, I get ideas for my write ups.

A few years back, for instance, some incident took place in the Gharaunda police station. I was an SSP there. I went to the police station to see the nature of the incident, as generally officers do.

The SHO gave me the minutest details. While narrating the scene of the incident, the SHO told me about an old haveli where, kids played, but got injured when they jumped from there.

When I visited the haveli, I found that it was a historical building. It thus, became a subject of writing for me. So if one is interested, one can explore subjects of writing anywhere.

What is the character and form of Haryanavi humour?

Haryanavi humour is robust and not at all pretentious. It does not espouse in making up or repentance. Rather, in doing so, the intention and endeavour go beyond. The best humour is said to be the “laugh at oneself” variety but the Haryana brand, is, by nature, of the type that makes fun of anybody, anywhere and in whatever manner in such unsparing terms which do not differentiate between the subject and the object.

How does Haryanavi wit and humour reconcile in your estimation?

Haryanavi fun is more humorous and less witty. Wit emanates out of intelligence and humour, out of incongruities of human life, and interactive situations. Haryanavi humour is largely situational in its genesis. Its bite is fatally incurable. Once the salvo has been fired there is no salvaging effort. And this aspect makes the Haryanavi humour a distinctly tribal genre. Perhaps the hard life the Haryanavi leads manifests in his rural cultural milieu and leaves ample scope for desirable catharsis which is always purgative in nature. Thus a harsher hit balances more conveniently and suits the Haryanavi temperament more than a controlled and sophisticated approach even in matters not so serious.

Why is Haryanavi humour unpredictable?

As I said Haryanavi humour mostly emanates out of situations and since the situations cannot be predicted. So is its reaction, which is so spontaneous and innocent that you cannot read in between the unintended craft.

For instance, if you ask a Haryanavi the time, he might quip with no intention to harm you, “why, are you planning to down yourself in a well?” Or “ Do you have intentions to lie under a running train?”

And people also say that the Haryanavi humour is robust and unsparing…

Noted writer Khushwant Singh believes that high and might evoke laughter amongst the hoi polloi. The treatment meted out to the subjects is harsh and the latter are bound to make fun of their rulers in an unsparing manner.

This is true of the Haryanavi historically, since they have lived in the shadow of Delhi, a seat of power, since ages.

The belligerence in their disposition provided an in-built system of balancing, when it came to taking on the powers that be or any kinds of persecution of the people around Delhi.

That is how the Haryanavi humour got more teeth to bite than soft palate to soft-pedal when it came to situations allowing an interpersonal dialogue.

What do you say about your latest book on Haryanavi humour “Latke-jhatke”?

It is collection of jokes in case it gives you titillation what earthy humour is expected to give. The locale of all the anecdotes is typically rural and the dialect is Haryanavi, written in Devnagri.

But it is only the punch line that is in Haryanavi that too is translated for better understanding of those who may find it difficult to understand the dialect. It was almost a challenge for me to retain the punch while translating the dialectical idiom into a recognised and comprehensible scheme of Devnagri.

Infact, in all the anecdotes reflect some aspects of Haryana’s culture, be it the dialect, dressing, agriculture, lifestyle, dwelling, marriages, interpersonal relationships, the anecdotes do invoke laughter. But in a lighter vein, the desired effect of informing the readers about the culture of the land of Haryana is sought to be achieved.

With this kind of disposition, how have you involved the community in your police work?

Wherever I have remained posted in the field of active policing, I have given preference to the concept of social policing. At Karnal in Haryana, I started a police-Bhaiya project, which catered the tiny tots in primary schools.

The idea was to make the children not fear the police in their formative years so that they don’t carry a negative image of the police in the years to come. Then our ‘police – students anti copying programme’ too was a big success.

At Fatehabad, I was instrumental in floating a non governmental organisation with the help of about 100 socially conscious citizens who took up causes in public interest. At Sonepat in Haryana, I worked hard to have an all women police station, the first one of its kind in the state, which is working very well till date.

The latest in policing trends is to involve the public in way that they participate in poling the community a large. 


Sonepat residents worried over spate of thefts
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 24
Thieves are reported to have broken the locks of a house in the Lal Darwaza area here last night and decamped with Rs 19,000 in cash and gold ornaments worth several lakhs of rupees.

The owner of the house along with other family members had gone to Sector 14 to see his ailing father there. The thieves scaled the wall of the house and broke the locks of the house to gain entry. The owner of the house has lodged a report in this connection.

Burglars also struck at a house in Panchsheel Colony here last night and decamped with Rs 7,000 and gold and silver ornaments worth about Rs 40,000. The owner of the house along with his family members had gone to a neighbour’s house for taking part in the Bhagwati Jagran there. The owner of the house has informed the police about the theft.

Meanwhile, the recent spate of thefts has caused resentment among residents and shopkeepers here. Many residents have alleged the police had failed to solve any case of theft and night patrolling by the police existed on paper only.

The Residents Welfare Association has expressed concern over the cases of thefts and inaction of the police and urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to take a serious note of the activities of anti-social elements and criminals and order a high-level probe into the complaints of the people against the police.

According to a press release, it threatened to launch an agitation and gherao the officials if no step was taken to curb the activities of the anti-social elements and criminals operating in this city and elsewhere in the district.


AIMA releases book on sustainable competitive edge

New Delhi, May 24
The All India Management Association (AIMA) released its book that identifies key elements for sustainable competitive edge. The book, ‘Passion to Win’ is based on the research study “What it takes to build and sustain competitive Edge”.

Authored by Prof Abad Ahmed and Prof O. P. Chopra, the book was released here is the first of its kind that figures out how some companies are able to survive and grow in spite of radical changes in the business environment and how they are able to face tough competition from the domestic and multinational firms.

The book also figures out why most other become victims of declining performance and fall by the wayside, become sick, are taken over or just wither away. The book draws heavily from the insight of some of most successful Indian business leaders and highly experienced professional managers. Their wisdom and thoughts have been quoted verbatim from interviews to bring to surface their rich tacit knowledge, which makes it an interesting reading based on real life experience. — TNS


BKU expresses concern over erratic supply of drinking and canal water
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 24
The district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) today expressed its grave concern over the continuous shortage of canal water and drinking water in the villages and alleged that the problem has become acute and the authorities concerned have utterly failed to solve it.

A spokesman of the union told mediapersons here today that if the authorities failed to take immediate and concrete steps to improve the situation the farmers would boycott the proposed meeting of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) workers on May 27, which would be addressed by the supremo of the party and the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

The spokesman said that the farmers of the villages falling under the jurisdiction of Rai Water Service Division are the worst hit as the canal water was not reaching the tail-end fields of the farmers even during the period of rotation.

The farmers, he further said, have been facing hardships to sow the kharif crops on account of inadequate and erratic supply of canal water.

According to the spokesman, the farmers of Khanpur, Gamri, Kailana, Ram Garh, Sainipura, Garhi Ujale Khan and Garhi Sarai Naamdar have made a series of protests with the Executive Engineer and other officials of the Gohana Water Service Division against the inadequate and erratic supply of canal water but failed to get any response from them.

This, he said, has caused widespread resentment among the farmers of the area.

The spokesman demanded immediate suspension of the officials of both these divisions and a high-level probe into the complaints of the farmers in this regard.

It also warned that if no action was taken against the officials the BKU has no alternative but to launch an agitation and gherao the officials.

The spokesman also opposed the acquiring of the land of the farmers by the HUDA and other official agencies in this district and pleaded for giving compensation on the pattern of Delhi.


Guru Amar Das’ birth anniversary celebrated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 24
The birth anniversary of Guru Amar Das was celebrated all over India with great pomp and show. The occasion was celebrated by holding kirtan throughout the night and langar was distributed to all. Mr Darshan Singh Kalkaji, vice-president of the Shiromani Gurudwara Sewadar Committee (SGSC), congratulated all devotees and welcomed the decision of the Congress president to hand over the post of the Prime Minister to Dr Manmohan Singh. The SGSC president, Mr Raja Singh Sethi, said the appointment of Dr Manmohan Singh as the first Prime Minister from a minority community would restore the confidence of the Sikh community in the Congress leadership. The SGSC also criticised the Akali leaders who opposed the appointment of a Sikh Prime Minister, saying that the Akali Dal did not have a monopoly to represent the Sikh community. It represented Sikhs in Punjab only. The Akalis could not fight outside Punjab. The SGSC also called upon the Sikhs to forgive the Congress for Operation Bluestar and the 1984 riots and come forward to be a part of the national mainstream under the first Sikh Prime Minister who was an ideal of Sikh community.


Demolitions carried out at Rui Mandi

New Delhi: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi today carried out major demolition action against unauthorised commercial properties at Rui Mandi in Sadar Bazar. The property numbers 5081,82, 83 and 84 consisting of three floors each, that is first, second and third floors, were demolished as they were built unauthorisedly. The unauthorised construction was in the nature of big halls. It was intended to convert the halls into scores of shops. TNS

Man knocked down on highway

Jhajjar: Raghbir Singh, an aged person, was knocked down by a Maruti car near Corporation Bank on NH 10 in Bahadurgarh yesterday.

According to information, the deceased had come to the town to see his daughter and was crossing the road when a speeding car crushed him. He was rushed to the hospital by the occupants of the car where he was declared brought dead.

The accused car occupants fled from the spot. The deceased hailed from Bhiwani district. — OC


Gang of showroom cheats busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 24
With the arrest of four persons the East district police claimed to have busted a gang of frauds who used to get household items from showrooms financed on the basis of fake documents.

The accused persons were identified as Kulmani, alias Kapil, alias Sourabh, alias Sonu (25), resident of Laxmi Nagar, Prem, alias Pappu (20), resident of Guru Ram Das Nagar, Satender Gupta, alias Bunty (29), resident of Shakarpur, and Rajeev Gupta (32), resident of Guru Ram Das Nagar.

The police received information that certain people were involved in getting household items by preparing fake documents like I-cards, ration cards and other documents in the Laxmi Nagar area.

The police also received a complaint from City Financial Bank in this regard and a trap was laid to nab the suspects.

Accordingly, the team nabbed Kulmani and recovered some household items which were obtained through fraudulent means.

The police recovered seven original stickers of the UP Government which were affixed on election identity cards, ration cards, income tax forms, blank cheques, computer and credit cards in various names.

During interrogation the accused revealed that he had been in the business for the past nine months and so far he had purchased at least 90 air-conditioners, colour televisions and washing machines and sold them to Rajeev Gupta, owner of Choice Electronics, on Vikas Marg and Manoj Electronics in Daryaganj at much lower prices.

Kulmani said he used to prepare the fake documents with the help of a computer in a shop at Shakarpur.


Pimp held for murdering woman
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 24
With the arrest of one person the Crime Branch claimed to have solved the mysterious murder of a 60-year-old woman, Pooja Kharbanda, who was stabbed to death at her Pandav Nagar residence on August, 25, 2003.

The accused, who has been identified as Pradeep Sharma, alias Raju, resident of Babar Pur, was handed over to the East district police for the arrest of his accomplices. The police received information that Pradeep had been hiding in the Babur Pur area and thus he was arrested.

During interrogation he disclosed that he along with his two accomplices murdered Pooja in a bid to rob money and jewellery from her. Pradeep, a pimp, told the police that Pooja used to earn money by means of flesh trade by supplying girls in the area.

Four bus robbers held

The Crime Branch claimed to have arrested four bus robbers who were planning to loot passengers and recovered three button-actuated knives from their possession.

The sleuths received secret information that some robbers would assemble near the Modi flyover on Mathura Road and nabbed Ravi Kumar, alias Kale (21), resident of Kalyan Puri, Ashok Kumar (35), resident of Khichripur, Ram Singh (30), resident of Kalyan Puri, and Satish Kumar (32), resident of Khoda Colony, Ghaziabad.

Betting racket smashed

With the arrest of three persons the Delhi Police Special Cell claimed to have smashed a betting racket and recovered six mobile phones and a TV used for betting from their possession.

The sleuths received secret information that certain persons were involved in betting in the Jangpura area and nabbed Puran Chand (35), resident of Haryana, Harsh Sharma (55), resident of Malviya Nagar, and Tulshi Sharma (32), resident of Tis Hazari. 


Two youths kidnap boy, attempt sodomy
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, May 24
Two youths riding on their scooter are reported to have kidnapped a boy while he was asleep on a rehri at Mandora village, about 25 km from here, last night.

The boy was taken to the nearby fields where the scooterists made an attempt to sodomise the boy. On hearing the hue and cry, the residents of the village woke up and rushed to the fields. On seeing the residents the duo drove away the scooter and fled, leaving their clothes there. Later, the duo were identified as Devilal and Kuldeep on the basis of the clothes which they had left before fleeing from the site.

The village folk held a meeting and imposed a fine and shoe beating on the duo but they did not accept this punishment. The villagers have now decided to lodge a complaint with the police in this connection.

Woman attacked by cop

Chand Kaur, a widow of Sehoti village, was injured seriously when a police constable of Delhi, Surinder, along with his elder brother, Krishan, and other members of the family attacked her while she was preparing meals in her house at Sehoti village, about 15 km from here, on Sunday night.

The injured woman was rushed to the local civil hospital for treatment. However, the alleged assailants managed to escape immediately after the attack. It is alleged that the assailants wanted to illegally occupy her house. The police are still investigating into the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection as the alleged assailants are still at large. The condition of the woman was stated to be out of danger.

Man, nephew assaulted

Sanjay, and his nephew, Dharamvir, sustained injuries when they were attacked with lathis by some people at Bhatgaon village, about 15 km from here, on Sunday evening.

Both the injured persons were immediately hospitalised and stated to be out of danger. The police have registered a case and further investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection. The alleged assailants were identified as Sarup Singh, Howa Singh, Yoginder, Sandeep, Nawab, Vedpal, Balwan and Ranbir. An old enmity is stated to be the main cause of the assault.

Youth killed while boarding train

A youth, Sukhbir, was killed on the spot while he was trying to board a moving train at Rajlu Garhi railway station, about 10 km from here, on Sunday evening.

The victim was travelling on 2 DU passenger train from Panipat to Sonepat. He had got down at Rajlu Garhi railway station for drinking water. In the meantime, the train moved and he made an attempt to board it but fell down and was killed. The victim belonged to Juan village. The Government Railway Police (GRP) has sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

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