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Now, CCTVs to deter students from ragging
New Delhi, July 12
If the stern warnings of dire consequences (monetary fines, dismissals and even expulsions from university) were not enough, colleges have started resorting to seemingly “fool-proof” devices called Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) to deter students from ragging and also to catch them red-handed.

  • DU students held for impersonation

Kids join BJP rally on NCERT books
New Delhi, July 12
Agitated over the government’s decision to change course books midway, hundreds of schoolchildren today joined a rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The protestors were opposing the Congress-led UPA government’s move to replace NCERT textbooks prepared during the rule of the previous BJP-led NDA government.
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Minor raped by four youths in Faridabad
Faridabad, July 12
A 15-year-old girl who went to a field to collect fodder at Nangla Jogian village of the Ballabhgarh subdivision in the district was allegedly raped by four youths yesterday. While the victim has been admitted to the civil hospital here, the police have booked a case against the accused, who are reported to be absconding.

Stolen chemical worth Rs 88 lakh seized





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Fourteen persons, including five women, sustained minor injuries when a chartered bus overturned near the All India Radio Station in New Delhi
Fourteen persons, including five women, sustained minor injuries when a chartered bus overturned near the All India Radio Station in New Delhi on Monday. The injured were rushed to the RML Hospital for treatment. According to the police, the incident occurred at around 5.30 pm when the driver of the bus lost control of the bus. —A Tribune photograph

Auto mechanics of Delhi demonstrate against the MCD in the Capital on
Auto mechanics of Delhi demonstrate against the MCD in the Capital on Monday. — Photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Opposition boycotts House over order on garages
New Delhi, July 12
The BJP-led Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today boycotted the House meeting of the corporation in protest against the Municipal Commissioner’s order to close down auto mechanic shops and garages in different areas of the Capital. The opposition leaders sought the commissioner’s statement on the issue as the decision will affect the livelihood of thousands of poor people.

Delhi in parliament
Probe sought into deaths
of infants
New Delhi, July 12
The recent death of children in Safdarjung hospital here today evoked serious concern in Parliament with members demanding an impartial probe and punishment to the guilty as also adequate supply of medicines and equipment to treat infants.

  • Consumer redressal

Prolonged power cuts make traders, residents sweat and fume
Noida, July 12
Power cuts for more than 10 hours have played havoc with the industries for the last two days. Even the residential sectors are not spared and the residents continue to sweat for 3 to 4 hours.

  • Faridabad plagued by illegal water, sewer connections

Neonatal screening to help diagnose 60 genetic disorders
New Delhi, July 12
Dr Lal PathLabs Pvt. Ltd. (LPL), one of the largest pathology lab chains, has introduced neonatal screening using Tandem Mass Spectrometry for the first time in South Asia. This is the most advanced technology for the newborn screening in the world.

Reconsider sealing of mechanic shops: Mukhi
New Delhi, July 12
The leader of opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Jagdish Mukhi, has sought from the Lieutenant-Governor reconsideration of the sealing of shops of motor mechanics, tyre puncture, scooter parts, car parts and sale-purchase of scooter, car and other commercial vehicles.

Delhi sets record for non-stop dancing
New Delhi, July 12
It took 40 dancers a gruelling 55 hours of non-stop dancing to earn themselves a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Breaking the earlier record formed in Cleveland, the group from Delhi has set a new world record of dancing non-stop.

Seven-year RI for robbing man of jeep
New Delhi, July 12
A Delhi court today sentenced two persons to rigorous imprisonment of seven years for robbing a man of his Qualis jeep in February 2003. The Special Judge, Mr. H. P. Sharma, also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on Yogesh and Jagbir, who had robbed Satender of his vehicle while he was on his way to Gurgaon.

  • Servants held for robbery

  • Dacoity bid foiled

Security guard gagged to death
New Delhi, July 12
A security guard was found dead with his hands and legs tied and mouth gagged in the Okhla area of south Delhi this morning. The victim, identified as Avdesh, was posted outside a cloth exporter’s firm in Okhla Industrial Area Phase-I.

Worker’s death rouses suspicion
Noida, July 12
A worker in a NEPZ company has died in suspicious circumstances. The management says that he committed suicide while the workers say that the deceased has been beaten to death by the management for an alleged theft. The police have sent the body for autopsy.

Truck loaded with iron rods robbed
Noida (Khurja), July 12
Four unidentified criminals have looted a truck loaded with 90-quintal iron rods on G.T. Road under Khurja (Dehat) police station in the wee hours of Sunday. They had earlier thrown the driver and cleaner out of the truck in a sugarcane field after tying their hands and feet.

  • NCW meet on Dalit sarpanches

One held for culpable homicide
New Delhi, July 12
The Malviya Nagar police has arrested an electrician and registered a case of culpable homicide, not amounting to murder, for allegedly killing a TSR driver following a verbal duel this evening.

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Now, CCTVs to deter students from ragging
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 12
If the stern warnings of dire consequences (monetary fines, dismissals and even expulsions from university) were not enough, colleges have started resorting to seemingly “fool-proof” devices called Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) to deter students from ragging and also to catch them red-handed.

While the opinion on whether these CCTV should be used at all remains divided, most colleges have more or less readied their arsenal to check the ragging brigade.

“We have asked all colleges to keep their anti ragging squads ready and immediately report any case of ragging”, said the Dean, Students Welfare, Dr. Hema Raghavan.

To get cracking on the “offenders” (read students caught ragging), the university has sought, as was the case in previous years, help from the Delhi Police. “Principals and hostel administrators have been asked to get their proctorial teams ready. They have been instructed to carry out unannounced inspections and install complaint boxes for those who want to report such incidents in writing,” Joint Proctor Prof. Gurmeet Singh told TNS.

He said: “The Delhi Police has been asked to erect pickets outside colleges and in sensitive areas like the Mall Road, outside girls’ colleges and bus stops.’’

Since hostels are the hotspots, the administration has decided to “strengthen the security on the premises” to check incidents of harassment.

Not wanting to take a chance, colleges like Kirori Mal and Sri Venkateshwara have invested in the CCTVs. “We have installed 32 cameras on the campus. They will help us monitor whether any mischief is being attempted by the outsiders or even the students”, said Principal, Sri Venkateshwara College, Dr. A S Reddy.

He, however, stressed that the CCTVs “are in the larger interest of the college and the students”. Speaking to the TNS, he said, “We will keep 18 of these cameras in the library, so that pilferage of books can be checked. The other cameras in the corridors and the canteen, too will, help the students. Sometimes thefts are reported in the college. Through these cameras we can check that as well”.

And while the authorities are doing their bit to stop the harassment of “freshers,” student unions have also jumped into the fray. “We have got our own anti-ragging squads ready. These will monitor the situation in each college and hostel”, said an NSUI spokesperson Kuntal Krishna.

Voicing reservation against the use of CCTVs and offering his prescription against the social menace, he said: “Ragging as seen by students is basically a social exercise. It cannot be stopped through punishment, it needs to be tackled through a social movement”.

With this in mind, the NSUI has announced its decision to hold interactive sessions in all colleges, where seniors and juniors can meet in a peaceful and fun-filled atmosphere.

DU students held for impersonation

The Delhi Police Special Cell claims to have arrested a person who was allegedly impersonating a general secretary of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and a member of the Chhota Shakeel gang.

The main accused, identified as Anil Kumar, a Delhi University undergraduate, and his associates, Amit Ghai and Sushant Mishra, also graduates of Delhi University, were attempting to extort money from a West Delhi businessman. The sleuths also claim to have recovered two country-made pistols, five mobile phones, a car and a two-wheeler from their possession.

A businessman had registered a complaint with the Special Cell that he had received an extortion call from one person who identified himself as Iqbal and claimed to be an associate of Chhota Shakeel. He had demanded Rs 25 lakh and threatened to kill the businessman’s wife and kids.

The complainant also told the sleuths that two motorcycle-borne youths once fired at him near his residence at Mansarover Park, but he and his driver escaped unhurt. The complainant was also shadowed by the extortionists many times and was told on the phone to pay the extortion amount.

Inspired from recent flicks ‘Satya’ and ‘Plan’, the three, posing to be members of the Chhota Shakeel gang, even bought a Mumbai SIM card to authenticate their threats. The accused also procured two country-made weapons and ammunition from their associate Praveen, alias Jitu, resident of Rohini.

During investigation it was revealed that Anil Kumar was an ex-employee of the businessman who had informed his two friends, Amit Ghai and Sushant Mishra, residents of Rohini, about the businessman. Later, the accused started making extortion calls by posing to be associates Chhota Shakeel gang.

On one occasion, when the businessman was away to Jaipur on a business trip, Amit Ghai made a call and threatened the businessman’s wife of dire consequences if her husband refused to pay the money.
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Kids join BJP rally on NCERT books
Tribune News Service

Students participate in a rally against the distortion of history books, organised by the BJP in New Delhi
Students participate in a rally against the distortion of history books, organised by the BJP in New Delhi on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

New Delhi, July 12
Agitated over the government’s decision to change course books midway, hundreds of schoolchildren today joined a rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The protestors were opposing the Congress-led UPA government’s move to replace NCERT textbooks prepared during the rule of the previous BJP-led NDA government.

Children from various schools of the national Capital carried placards with slogans saying, “No change of books in mid-session” and “No politics in Education”.

Later, the Delhi BJP president, Mr Harshvardhan, along with some students, submitted a memorandum to the President, Mr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, asking him to “restrain the government from violating Indian history under pressure from Communist parties.”

It said the UPA government’s decision to “tamper with historical facts” present in the NCERT books was a “matter of national shame and regret.”

Accusing the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr Arjun Singh, of “playing political football with the lives and future of millions of schoolchildren by obstructing their studies”, the memorandum stated the Communists were “using their political influence with the UPA to force their distorted views of India’s glorious past on young minds.”

Mr Harshvardhan also criticised the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, for banning NCERT textbooks in schools run by the state government “in her zeal to please her party president Sonia Gandhi.”

Talking to reporters, he said the three-member committee set up by the HRD Ministry to study NCERT books had not been able to find problems in them and the BJP would consider going to court to prevent their replacement.
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Minor raped by four youths in Faridabad
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, July 12
A 15-year-old girl who went to a field to collect fodder at Nangla Jogian village of the Ballabhgarh subdivision in the district was allegedly raped by four youths yesterday.

While the victim has been admitted to the civil hospital here, the police have booked a case against the accused, who are reported to be absconding.

The villagers and parents of the girl, who is reported to be a Dalit, met the DSP of the subdivision and demanded immediate arrest of the accused. Two of the accused have been identified as Joginder and Rajbir.

It is learnt that the girl was alone at the spot. She was abducted and taken to a secluded place, where the culprits not only beat her up but also raped her before fleeing. Meanwhile, the police have booked a case of dowry death against four members of family of Dehlaka village in Palwal subdivision after a married woman identified as Prem allegedly committed suicide along with her one and a half years old son by jumping into a well.

It is alleged that she was fed up of the harassment by her in-laws. However, her relatives alleged that the mother and son had been killed by the in-laws.

Stolen chemical worth Rs 88 lakh seized

Noida: The Phase II Noida police recovered imported chemical worth Rs 88 lakh which had been stolen from a factory. An employee of a courier company has been arrested in this connection.

A local company had imported the chemical in powder form from Switzerland but an employee of the courier company had managed to steal two packs of the chemical valued at Rs 88 lakh in the market. The accused was arrested from the telephone exchange area in Sector-19 crossing.

According to police, Promode Pandya of Blue Star Courier had reported in Phase II police on July 3 that Mauser Beer Co of Phase II was expecting a consignment from Switzerland via sea. It was to be offloaded at Kandla port in Gujarat from where Blue Star Couriers were to bring it to Delhi. One company employee Dharminder had come with the consignment from Delhi, but fled with two packs of the powder at the time of unloading at the company in Phase II. Dharminder belonged to Gopal Ganj district in Bihar.

The police had deployed cops to keep an eye on his residence. Even tapping the telephones of Blue Star Courier Company yielded no clues about the accused Dharminder.

Meanwhile, the police got a tip-off that Dharminder was in Noida and wanted to sell the chemical powder to some cassette company. The police then nabbed Dharminder along with the stolen packet from T-Series crossing near telephone exchange in Sector-19 Noida. — OC
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Opposition boycotts House over order on garages
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 12
The BJP-led Opposition in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today boycotted the House meeting of the corporation in protest against the Municipal Commissioner’s order to close down auto mechanic shops and garages in different areas of the Capital.

The opposition leaders sought the commissioner’s statement on the issue as the decision will affect the livelihood of thousands of poor people. However, the Leader of the House and other the ruling party councillors pressurised the commissioner not to reply to the opposition’s question. Later the Congress councillors clarified that the commissioner’s order on closure of mechanic shops and garages is in deference to the Delhi High Court’s order.

As per the court order, all rights of way should be cleared of encroachments by the MCD. It has further directed the corporation to consider sealing garages, which were the main reason for the blockages and encroachments in South Delhi colonies a well as in other colonies of the Capital.

The High Court had passed the order specifically for areas including Lajpat Nagar, Sant Nagar, East of Kailash and Karol Bagh. The corporation’s zonal office started removing encroachments last month.

In protest against the corporation’s action, the owners of garages in Delhi held up traffic in Lajpat Nagar. The mob also destroyed two MCD garbage trucks. They have been on strike for the last two days. While opposing the corporation’s move, the leader of the opposition said that over 44,000 people were working in the garages. If the garages are closed, they will be rendered unemployed.
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Delhi in parliament
Probe sought into deaths of infants
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 12
The recent death of children in Safdarjung hospital here today evoked serious concern in Parliament with members demanding an impartial probe and punishment to the guilty as also adequate supply of medicines and equipment to treat infants.

Members, cutting across party lines, wanted a statement from Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on the deaths which, they said, “shocked society”.

Raising the issue in Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour, Anand Sharma (Cong) said 34 children ranging from one month to two years had died in the hospital, including 12 of them on July 3, from septicaemia, pneumonia, intestinal blockage and other complications.

Doctors, he said, had attributed deaths to shortage of medicines, ventilators and other essential equipment. This was an “unpardonable crime”, the member said.

Supported by BJP member Balbir K Punj, Sharma demanded an impartial probe and punishment for the guilty. Punj said Rs 8.37 crore allotted to the hospital had been returned unutilised despite shortage of equipment and drugs.

In Lok Sabha, Shivraj Singh Chauhan (BJP), who was backed by several other members, took exception to a statement by the hospital’s Medical Superintendent that deaths of children in Safdarjung hospital were lower than other hospitals and demanded a statement from the minister.

Consumer redressal

The Government today said consumers could seek redressal at appropriate courts for alleged fleecing by the Godrej Boyce company over maintenance of refrigerators.

In reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Taslimuddin said government was not aware whether the company had fleeced the residents of RK Puram locality here by collecting money for the maintenance of Godrej brand refrigerators but failed
to provide the promised services.

“However, aggrieved consumers may seek redressal at appropriate consumer courts, including consumer forum functioning in various areas across the country for any kind of unfair trade practices or deficiencies in providing services by the manufacturers, traders / service providers”, he said.
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Prolonged power cuts make traders, residents sweat and fume
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 12
Power cuts for more than 10 hours have played havoc with the industries for the last two days. Even the residential sectors are not spared and the residents continue to sweat for 3 to 4 hours.

The UP Power Corporation officials said the prolonged power cuts had been necessitated by the repair work in replacing the burnt-out and defective equipment in Muradnagar–Sahibabad section for which the Noida power officials had said the repair would take about 5 hours.

The Muradabad–Sahibabad main had developed some snags a few days ago which plunged Noida–Ghaziabad in almost a 24-hour blackout. Power was then resumed as a makeshift arrangement, but full replacement of defective and burnt-out equipment was undertaken in the past two days, though it was scheduled for last Sunday.

According to Dy GM B.B. Singh of UPPC, Noida, power shutdown had been planned for about 5 hours to help engineers complete the repair work and replace the equipment on Muradnagar–Sahibabad section. The repair work had continued till late in the evening.

The worst sufferers of the power cuts were the Noida industries. If the UPPC sources are to be believed, the Noida belt shall have no major power crisis now onwards.

Meanwhile, the youth Udyog Vapar Mandal announced that it would start an agitation against the UPPC. The Mandal contends that despite adequate power, the UPPC harasses the industries by resorting to uncalled-for and unwarranted power cuts.

Faridabad plagued by illegal water, sewer connections

Faridabad: The illegal water and sewer connections in the town continue to be a major problem for the civic administration here. While the corporation has announced a fresh campaign to regularise such connections in the approved colonies, the task is gigantic as the town has at least 15,000 illegal connections at present.

The Deputy Commissioner, who is also holding the charge of the post of Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Faridabad (MCF) has passed an order asking all the executive engineers of the civic body to start regularising the water and sewer connections within the Municipal limits. But they have been asked to launch the drive in the approved colonies only, whose number is around 71 at present. There are about 45 unauthorised colonies in the town where it is reported that several connections of water and power supply existed with other facilities like ration cards, phones and even collection of development tax was reported from some areas. This issue was raised and discussed in the MCF meeting on March 10 and a committee had been constituted to submit recommendations. — TNS
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Neonatal screening to help diagnose 60 genetic disorders
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 12
Dr Lal PathLabs Pvt. Ltd. (LPL), one of the largest pathology lab chains, has introduced neonatal screening using Tandem Mass Spectrometry for the first time in South Asia. This is the most advanced technology for the newborn screening in the world. It screens for genetic disorders called Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) in newborns. The comprehensive IEM testing profile will enable the diagnosis of 60 different metabolic disorders, 40 of these will be tested using a blood specimen collected on an IEM screening card (a special filter paper).

The test will be available through all the 250 collection centres and 10 labs network of Dr Lal PathLabs Pvt. Ltd. across the country.

The test is done ideally on neonates in the age group of 0-28 days, but it can also be done on children and adults. The blood sample is taken by pricking the heel of neonate. This blood drop is then taken on a special filter paper (IEM screening card). This sample is then tested for multiple disorders, a spokesman said.

Inborn Errors of Metabolism are basically genetic defects in enzymes/proteins used to metabolize proteins, fats and carbohydrates that result in deficiency or toxic accumulation of metabolites in the system. If left untreated, these can cause irreversible damage, leading to serious complications as mental retardation, autism, learning disabilities and even death.

Speaking on the launch, Dr Arvind Lal, managing director, Dr Lal PathLabs Pvt. Ltd. said, “People from the various strata of society spend a huge amount of resources on prenatal and neonatal care. Neonatal screening ensures an early detection and subsequent treatment of more than 60 genetic disorders, which if left untreated could result in severe mental retardation, autism, dyslexia and even death.”

Also present at the launch was Dr M Ramachandran, Director for Newborn Screening in the state of Georgia. He said, “Neonatal screening is mandatory in most western

countries and has met with a remarkable success rate in terms of timely intervention and thus prevention of long-term problems for children. This facility in India is the first of its kind in South Asia and should be utilised by everyone who wants to ensure a safe disease-free future for their child.”
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Reconsider sealing of mechanic shops: Mukhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 12
The leader of opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Jagdish Mukhi, has sought from the Lieutenant-Governor reconsideration of the sealing of shops of motor mechanics, tyre puncture, scooter parts, car parts and sale-purchase of scooter, car and other commercial vehicles.

Mr Mukhi said that the MCD has started taking action against the dealers of two-wheelers, three-wheelers, car and commercial vehicle and also persons dealing with repair, spare parts, sale and finance of above vehicles. The court, he claimed, has given direction for removal of only “unauthorised encroachments”.
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Delhi sets record for non-stop dancing
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 12
It took 40 dancers a gruelling 55 hours of non-stop dancing to earn themselves a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Breaking the earlier record formed in Cleveland, the group from Delhi has set a new world record of dancing non-stop.

Dancing since Friday evening, the group was allowed small breaks by the Guinness Book of World Records; the 40 youngsters broke the Cleveland record of 52 hours and three minutes at 10 pm last night.

Confetti blasts and screams of elation marked the moment of glory at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. Incidentally, the dance party in Cleveland, US, had breached the record of an MTV party in Gurgaon, Haryana, in 1999, which had gone on for 50 hours.

In midst of loud cheers and with confetti raining down, joyous onlookers and participants creamed with frenzy when the news of the world record was announced. Even though the news came late at midnight, it didn’t stop revellers from celebrating.
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Seven-year RI for robbing man of jeep
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 12
A Delhi court today sentenced two persons to rigorous imprisonment of seven years for robbing a man of his Qualis jeep in February 2003. The Special Judge, Mr. H. P. Sharma, also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on Yogesh and Jagbir, who had robbed Satender of his vehicle while he was on his way to Gurgaon. The Mehrauli police had charged three people in the case but one of the accused, identified as Bhupender, was acquitted due to lack of evidence.

Servants held for robbery

The Kashmere Gate police today arrested two servants of a shopkeeper, who had robbed Rs 1.75 lakh from the drawer of the shop. The servants were identified as Mansoor Alam, alias Raju, and Manmohan. The police said that Rs 90,000 was seized from Raju and Rs 85 lakh from Manmohan. During interrogation, Mansoor Alam confessed that they had committed the theft.

Dacoity bid foiled

With the arrest of seven members of a notorious gang, the Delhi Police today claimed to have foiled a dacoity bid in the Alipur area of North-West Delhi. The suspects were identified as Wajid Khan, Salim, Mohammad Sohaib, Mushtaq, Hashim, Mohammad Gaffar and Avdesh.

The gang members were active in Outer Delhi area and were involved in a number of burglary and theft cases.

The police seized a country-made pistol, a live cartridge and a button-actuated knife from their possession. The police have also seized a TATA 407 (DL-1L-B-8957), a Honda motorcycle, a scooter and four mobile phones.

The suspects were arrested from near Jindpur in Alipur area where they had assembled to loot Khushi Ram Bihari Lal Rice Godown, the police said.
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Security guard gagged to death
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 12
A security guard was found dead with his hands and legs tied and mouth gagged in the Okhla area of south Delhi this morning. The victim, identified as Avdesh, was posted outside a cloth exporter’s firm in Okhla Industrial Area Phase-I.

Apparently, he had died due to suffocation, as there was no sign of physical injury. The assailants had scaled the wall and broken the lock of the basement in a bid to loot the firm, the police said.

However, the assailants did not succeed in their attempt. It was not clear why the assailants had targeted Avdesh. The murder was discovered this morning by the company’s supervisor, who was on a morning inspection.

In another case, the father-in-law of a dowry victim was arrested after she was allegedly beaten up by her in-laws after an argument in their house in north-east Delhi.

The victim, identified as Anju Gupta, a resident of Mansarovar Park, was hospitalized late on Saturday night in serious condition after she was forced to consume a pesticide. In her statement before the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, the victim said that she had been beaten up by her in-laws following an argument over some dowry matters.
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Worker’s death rouses suspicion
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 12
A worker in a NEPZ company has died in suspicious circumstances. The management says that he committed suicide while the workers say that the deceased has been beaten to death by the management for an alleged theft. The police have sent the body for autopsy.

Ravinder Singh, 22, of Bulandshahr, had been working in the company for about a year. On Saturday, he was on a night duty. Till 3 am, he was perfectly all right, according to his co-workers. At 4 am, some company employees took him to Prayag Hospital where he was declared brought dead by doctors.

According to company management, there is a change in shift at 3 am when the employees are checked as a matter of routine. During the checking, Ravinder was found to have stolen some garments by the security supervisors.
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Truck loaded with iron rods robbed
Our Correspondent

Noida (Khurja), July 12
Four unidentified criminals have looted a truck loaded with 90-quintal iron rods on G.T. Road under Khurja (Dehat) police station in the wee hours of Sunday. They had earlier thrown the driver and cleaner out of the truck in a sugarcane field after tying their hands and feet.

According to police, truck driver Dharamveer Singh of Mahmoodpur under police station Bijnore was taking his truck from Kotdwar Hapur to Iglas Aligarh via Bulandshahr.

Near Thandi Piyao after Bulandshahr, four persons had asked for a lift. Soon after boarding the truck, they whipped out local pistols and took the wheel. They dumped the driver and cleaner into the cabin of the truck, threatening them with death if they raised the alarm.

After throwing out the driver and cleaner in a sugarcane field near Thandi Piayo with their hands and feet tied, they took a U-turn to put the truck back on the road to Bulandshahr.

At about 4 am on Sunday morning, the driver and cleaner somehow freed themselves and informed the cops at Thandi Piayo police post.

The police post officials in turn sent them to police station Khurja Dehat where they again narrated the incident. The police then swept into action to trace the criminals. But, the cops could not find any clue to the hijacked truck carrying 90-quintal ‘sarya’ for an Iglas iron merchant.

NCW meet on Dalit sarpanches

The National Commission for Women (NCW) and the Ministry of Urban Development are joining hands to organise a national conference on Dalit woman sarpanches here on October 1.

NCW Chairperson Dr Poornima Advani told mediapersons here on Monday that the problems faced by the Dalit woman sarpanches have promoted them to plan the meeting. The Commission has from time to time held workshops with the Dalit sarpanches with the help of State Institutes of Rural Development to enable them voice their grievances. — TNS
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One held for culpable homicide

New Delhi, July 12
The Malviya Nagar police has arrested an electrician and registered a case of culpable homicide, not amounting to murder, for allegedly killing a TSR driver following a verbal duel this evening.

The police said that the incident occurred when the victim Uphinder Choudhary (20), was on his way to drop his friend at the railway station as he was leaving for Kanpur. The victim was rushed to the Modi Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The victim got into an argument with the accused Lakshmi Naryanan (30) for incessant honking near a traffic light in Malviya Nagar. — TNS
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