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Girl’s body found at zoo

New Delhi, July 17
A major flutter was caused at Delhi Zoo here when a visitor spotted the body of a young girl lying in a pool of blood near the tiger enclosure this morning. The girl, yet to be identified, had a deep gash on the neck. The police said that the body had been sent for post-mortem examination and efforts were being made to ascertain her identity.

A policeman trying to identify the body found at Delhi Zoo in the Capital on Saturday.
— Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

A policeman trying to identify the body found at Delhi Zoo in the Capital on Saturday.\

Monsoon session to begin from Tuesday
New Delhi, July 17
The monsoon session of Delhi Legislative Assembly begins on Tuesday with the election of Speaker. The posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker fell vacant after Mr Ajay Maken and Ms Krishna Tirath, respectively, were elected to the Lok Sabha.

Plea not to sell Phool Mandi to Delhi Govt
New Delhi, July 17
The Leader of Opposition in Standing Committee has demanded that the proposal to sell ‘Phool Mandi’ to the Delhi Government for the use of the Delhi Agriculture Produce Board at a cost of Rs 12.56 crore should be withdrawn.

 


EARLIER STORIES

  Make schools safe, says Shiv Sena
New Delhi, July 17
Expressing grief over the death of 87 schoolchildren in a fire at Kumbakonum in Tamil Nadu, the Shiv Sena today asked Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to take lessons from the tragedy and install fire-fighting equipment in the government-run schools in the Capital.

IP University officer held for bribe
New Delhi, July 17
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government today claims to have arrested the Section Officer, Academic Division of the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Sharad Kumar, for allegedly demanding and accepting Rs 20,000 as illegal gratification from a complainant, Mukesh Chaudhary, to facilitate admission of his sister to B.Ed.

Certificate racket busted

Artful forgers: Four persons who were arrested for selling fake certificates in the Capital on Saturday. — Tribune Photo 

Artful forgers

Bangladeshi burglars’ gang busted
New Delhi, July 17
With the arrest of five notorious Bangladeshi suspects the Central District police today claims to have busted a gang of inter-state Bangladeshi burglars. They were identified as Rafiqul, Sohrab, Najrul, Zakir Husain and Mutlib. They were involved in 24 burglaries, theft and arms act cases. 

CBI seeks to close case against policemen after 12 years
New Delhi, July 17
More than 12 years after the CBI registered a case of extortion against three Delhi Police personnel, the investigating agency has sought to close the case for want of sufficient evidence to prove the charges.

Father-in-law held for murder
Noida, July 17
A man was arrested for the alleged kidnapping and murdering his daughter-in-law. The husband of the deceased is absconding. According to police, Ravinder, daughter of Jatan Singh of village Sherpur, was married to Jayveer, son of Kalu of village Kachera. Ravinder was living with her parents.

Six sewage treatment plants to be set up in Noida
Noida, July 17
The Noida administration has decided to construct half a dozen sewage treatment plants in different sectors of the town as the volume of sewage has increased with the rise in population.

Youth shot dead by father, sons in Modi Nagar
Ghaziabad, July 17
A man and his two sons have shot dead a youth in Modi Nagar police station area. The police have arrested the trio and also recovered the instrument of crime. The body has been sent for autopsy.

Poor sanitation conditions ail Charak Palika Hospital
New Delhi, July 17
The biggest and dubbed as the only super specialist hospital run by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Charak Palika Hospital at Moti Bagh is in a deplorable condition. The situation of the 150-bed hospital is so alarming that it lacks even the most basic healthcare facilities like drinking water, sanitation and medicines.

Avoid hurry, worry and curry
New Delhi, July 17
Acidity is caused by a triad of hurry, worry and curry. Up to 10 per cent of the general public at any given time suffer from a reflux of acid from the foodpipe, resulting in heartburn or water brush. Heartburn because of acidity has become quite common in society.

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Girl’s body found at zoo
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
A major flutter was caused at Delhi Zoo here when a visitor spotted the body of a young girl lying in a pool of blood near the tiger enclosure this morning.

The girl, yet to be identified, had a deep gash on the neck. The police said that the body had been sent for post-mortem examination and efforts were being made to ascertain her identity.

The entire area was cordoned off soon after the body was found around noon to facilitate investigations even as hundreds of curious visitors thronged the site to have a closer look. The entry to the zoo was stopped for a couple of hours as the police closed the gates and urged those present inside to help identify the deceased.

Preliminary inquiries by the police have revealed that the girl had entered the zoo with several companions around 10.15 am. A security guard at the entry gate clearly recalls the girl clad in a salwar kameez. He, however, was not sure if there were male companions with her. She was not carrying any bag or identity card.

The police believe that there could be at least two suspects who had attacked her with a sharp-edged weapon near the Tiger enclosure. The spot as splattered with blood. The girl apparently made an attempt to escape the attack and took several steps before collapsing in a pool of blood on the path. The body was spotted by a visitor who first thought that the girl may have swooned because of the heat. But on closer examination, he saw blood oozing out of the deep gash on the neck.

The visitor immediately informed the security guard who called up senior officials. The gates were immediately closed on the instructions of the police. Several hundred persons, including women and children, waited outside the gates as the police along with a crime team examined the spot and made inquiries.

Meanwhile, the police said that a case of murder had been registered and the description of the deceased flashed to all the police stations and the neighbouring states as a lot of visitors from the adjoining towns come to the zoo on weekends. Further investigations were continuing.

The Director of the Zoo, Mr B. S. Bonal said, “We have tight security arrangement inside zoo. Policemen on motorcycles often take round of the zoo to check vandalism. We have 14 permanent security guards and 12 private. We have close TV circuit also installed at important places.

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Monsoon session to begin from Tuesday
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
The monsoon session of Delhi Legislative Assembly begins on Tuesday with the election of Speaker. The posts of Speaker and Deputy Speaker fell vacant after Mr Ajay Maken and Ms Krishna Tirath, respectively, were elected to the Lok Sabha.

Lieutenant-Governor Banwari Lal Joshi will address the House on the following day. It will be Mr Joshi’s first address to the Delhi Assembly after being appointed Lieutenant Governor. Mr Joshi, a retired IPS officer, succeeded Mr Vijai Kapoor.

The Sheila Dikshit Government will present the budget for the year 2004-05 in this session. Finance Minster A. K. Walia will present the budget in his speech to the members of the House. The House is also expected to take up other matters for discussion.

The pro tem Speaker, Mr Prem Singh, will chair the proceedings of the House on the first day of the session, when the election of the Speaker will be held. The names of several legislators are in the fray. A decision is expected anytime now.

Lal Dora

The Delhi High Court has issued a suo motu notice to the authorities against “large-scale illegal construction” in Lal Dora (residential) area of one such village in South Delhi.

The notice could affect the 700 urban villages in the Capital and more than 25,000 people living in them.

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Plea not to sell Phool Mandi to Delhi Govt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
The Leader of Opposition in Standing Committee has demanded that the proposal to sell ‘Phool Mandi’ to the Delhi Government for the use of the Delhi Agriculture Produce Board at a cost of Rs 12.56 crore should be withdrawn.

He alleged that the actual market cost of this building and land is ten times more than the price has been demanded by the MCD. The Phool Mandi is near Mori Gate, which is surrounded by Kashmere Gate, Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar and Tis Hazari. With the beginning of the Delhi Metro, price of this property has increased manifold.

This is a 100-year-old mandi and a few years back, the corporation had constructed a building in the Phool Mandi with the cost of Rs 2 crore. The leader alleged that under section 200 of the DMC Act, the MCD cannot sell any property at a price less than the market rate. He alleged that a proposal in this regard is likely to be tabled in the Standing Committee.

The proposal is being prepared by the Municipal Commissioner under the pressure of the Delhi Government.

He said that the mandi was established during the Mughal Empire. Being an old Phool Mandi, it is a heritage site for dealers of flowers. Moreover, it is the livelihood of thousands of families engaged in the flower trade.

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Make schools safe, says Shiv Sena
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
Expressing grief over the death of 87 schoolchildren in a fire at Kumbakonum in Tamil Nadu, the Shiv Sena today asked Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to take lessons from the tragedy and install fire-fighting equipment in the government-run schools in the Capital. In a letter to the CM, the party drew her attention to unrecognised private schools mushrooming in Delhi. 

“These schools have come up with the connivance of corrupt officials in areas where fire tenders cannot go. In case of a fire, these schools will be burning infernos,” the letter read.

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IP University officer held for bribe
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government today claims to have arrested the Section Officer, Academic Division of the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Sharad Kumar, for allegedly demanding and accepting Rs 20,000 as illegal gratification from a complainant, Mukesh Chaudhary, to facilitate admission of his sister to B.Ed.

According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, (Anti-Corruption Branch), the complainant had appeared for B.Ed. entrance examination conducted by the Indraprastha University.

Her rank was 2,033 and the university had called candidates up to the rank of 2,600 for counselling. The complainant’s sister could not attend the counselling session held on July 7, as she received no information from the university.

The complainant and his sister went to the university and met the Section Officer who was looking after the counselling. Sharad Kumar refused permission to the candidate to attend the counselling session. As the complainant pleaded, Sharad Kumar allegedly demanded Rs 1.25 lakh to consider Paldan’s sister’s name for counselling.

When Paldan told Kumar that his sister’s name had already appeared in the merit list of the entrance exam, the Section Officer, reportedly, scaled down the bribe amount to Rs 1 lakh. He instructed the complainant to give Rs 20,000 in advance as part of the full payment and the remaining amount after admission.

The complainant reported the matter to the Anti-Corruption Branch. The police laid a trap near DV-8 Bar, Regal Cinema in Connaught Place, and caught the Section Officer red-handed.

Certificate racket busted

With the arrest of four persons, the Narcotics Branch of the Delhi Police busted a racket in marksheets and certificates.

The accused, identified as Ajay Kumar (prime suspect), Mahavir Singh, Hem Singh Yadav and Ram Ujagar Prasad, were allegedly involved in selling fake certificates.

According to information, Ajay had a coaching centre in Madarasi Colony near Palam.

The Narcotics Branch received information that fake certificates and marksheets were being sold from Ajay Coaching Centre. A decoy customer met Ajay who demanded Rs 20, 000 for seven certificates and marksheets.

The decoy was sent yesterday with Rs 5,000 to purchase a few certificates. A raiding team was also sent along with the customer. When the deal was struck and the money exchanged, the raiding team arrested the suspect.

The police recovered a number of certificates of classes 10 and 12, school-leaving certificates, birth certificates, identity cards of Open School, blank progress reports, a letterhead of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry which was used to get the stamp prepared, 24 stamps in the name of education officers, principals and vice-principals and one identity card of Open School.

The police are searching for Ajay’s associate, Rajender, who operated from South Extension.

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Bangladeshi burglars’ gang busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
With the arrest of five notorious Bangladeshi suspects the Central District police today claims to have busted a gang of inter-state Bangladeshi burglars. They were identified as Rafiqul, Sohrab, Najrul, Zakir Husain and Mutlib. They were involved in 24 burglaries, theft and arms act cases. One loaded country-made revolver, one knife, two iron chains and two ropes were recovered from them. Besides, stolen gold and silver jewellery, TV set, mobile phones, cameras watches and clothes worth lakhs of rupees were recovered from their possession. They were arrested yesterday from near Samtasthal in Daryagunj area, police said.

Phoolan murder accused in judicial custody

A Delhi Court today sent Shravan Kumar, arrested in connection with a Phoolan Devi murder case, to judicial custody till August 1.

Shravan, who had been absconding since the murder of the MP in July 2001, was arrested in Jehanabad in Bihar on July 3 and produced before the Metropolitan Magistrate.

The Delhi police had been on the look out for Shravan, who stayed in a jail in Uttaranchal from July 18 -26, 2001, impersonating main accused Sher Singh Rana who was at large and had killed the bandit queen on July 25, 2001.

According to the police, Rana escaped from the Tihar Jail on February 17 this year and was believed to have been in touch with the accused.

The police has charged Shravan of being involved in the conspiracy for the murder of the bandit-turned-politician in front of her official residence at Ashoka Road, which is just one kilometer from Parliament.

Dinesh Giri gang members arrested

The Crime Branch of the Delhi police today arrested two members of Dinesh Giri gang who were active in Trans-Yamuna area. They were identified as Vikas Sharma and Ram Kishan. Two country-made pistols were recovered from their possession. They were arrested near Gagan Cinema Hall in North East district.

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CBI seeks to close case against policemen after 12 years
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
More than 12 years after the CBI registered a case of extortion against three Delhi Police personnel, the investigating agency has sought to close the case for want of sufficient evidence to prove the charges.

In the closure report filed before Special Judge Dinesh Dayal, the CBI said there is no sufficient evidence against the accused persons Sub Inspector Ashok Kumar, Head Constable Vijender Singh and Constable Hanuman Singh to launch a successful prosecution.

The CBI had registered the case in June 1992 against the three for allegedly extorting Rs 1.5 lakh from complainant Om Prakash for releasing him from illegal detention.

The investigative agency said Om Prakash, who was allegedly detained by the Pushp Vihar Police in connection with a Malviya Nagar case, had instructed two persons to hand over the money to the policemen. Ranjit Singh and Mukesh Jain said they had handed over Rs 1 lakh and 50,000, respectively to the three policemen.

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Father-in-law held for murder
Our Correspondent

Noida, July 17
A man was arrested for the alleged kidnapping and murdering his daughter-in-law. The husband of the deceased is absconding.

According to police, Ravinder, daughter of Jatan Singh of village Sherpur, was married to Jayveer, son of Kalu of village Kachera. Ravinder was living with her parents.

Ravinder’s in-laws persuaded her to come and live with them. Later, when Jatan Singh went to Kachera village, he found her missing.

Subsequently, a report was lodged in the Dadri police station, naming her husband and father in-law in the abduction and the murder of his daughter. The police have arrested the father in-law while his son is absconding.

Police fail to find trader’s body

Ghaziabad: A police informer was accused of killing a shopkeeper in the Kotwali police station area. The residents of Kela Bhatta and Islam Nagar disrupted the traffic on the G.T. Road at the Meerut Road tri-junction in the morning today in protest against the failure of the police to arrest the criminal and find the body of the victim. The protestors also blocked the National Highway.

According to sources, the body of the victim was dumped in the Sahibabad police station area.

According to information available, the victim, identified as Akhtar, was a fruit seller in Sahibabad market. The victim’s father, Meherban, had filed an FIR in the Kotwali police station in this regard.

According to the victim’s family members, Akhtar was last seen in the company of one Yusuf of the same locality, who was reportedly a police informer. Yusuf is suspected to have a hand in the murder.

Angered by the failure of the police, the residents of Kela Bhatta and Islamabad marched to the Meerut road tri-junction and jammed the traffic and raised slogans against the police. —OC

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Six sewage treatment plants to be set up in Noida
Parmindar Singh

Noida, July 17
The Noida administration has decided to construct half a dozen sewage treatment plants in different sectors of the town as the volume of sewage has increased with the rise in population.

While the plants will be set up in Sectors 122, 50, 54, 91, 136 and in Bhangel, the water from treatment plants is proposed to be utilised for the green belt in the town.

According to the Noida administration sources, a sewage treatment plant will be set up at a cost of Rs 50 lakh in Sector-91. In Sector 54, a treatment plant of 27 MLD and in Sector 50, 34 MLD capacity will be set up.

The Noida administration is managing with only two plants at present. One plant is of 27 to 36 MLD, while the other has a capacity of 45 MLD.

Noida generates 800 lakh litres of sewage every day. With the development of these sectors, the volume of sewage has also gone up considerably. The plan to construct new STPs has been evolved to tackle the latest situation.

A plant at a cost of Rs 1 crore has been set up in Sector-50 to purify the sewage water which will then be utilised for irrigating plants and trees.

It is being maintained at a cost of Rs 65 lakh. After purifying the water, it will be used for developing and maintaining parks and green belts in Sector-50, 54, 14-A, and 62.

An oxidation pond of 9 MLD in Sector-54 will produce 60 cubic metres of gas daily and a plan is being developed to use it profitably. There is no provision for allowing the sewage water to flow into the open drains without treatment.

It is obligatory to have the water treated from the point of view of pollution and foul smell, assert the Noida administration officials.

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Youth shot dead by father, sons in Modi Nagar
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, July 17
A man and his two sons have shot dead a youth in Modi Nagar police station area.

The police have arrested the trio and also recovered the instrument of crime. The body has been sent for autopsy.

Kalu, 27, son of Ram Sewak Sharma of Srinagar Colony, was shot dead last night near Mohan Park in Modi Nagar. Another youth Dinesh, son of Hakim, had reportedly quarrelled with Kalu over a trivial issue.

According to police, both had an argument in the morning, but the matter was sorted out at that time. In the evening, Hakim’s sons shot at Kalu, injuring him seriously.

The police reached the spot and Kalu was then taken to a local hospital. As his condition deteriorated, he was referred to G.T.B. Hospital, Shahdara. However, he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

S.P. (Rural) B.K. Shekhar said a murder case had been registered against Hakim and his sons.

Woman found murdered

A woman, identified as Ramvatti, was found killed in the Railway Colony here. The murder was discovered when the police broke open the door of the house. The residents of the colony had informed the police about a foul smell emanating from the house of Ramvatti on Thursday.

According to the police, the woman seemed to have been killed with some sharp-edged weapon. The police have sent the body for the postmortem examination.

After the death of her husband, Ramvatti was employed as a cook at the Ghaziabad Railway Station.

The murder has created panic in the Railway Colony. The residents felt that most of such crimes were being perpetuated by outsiders, living in the colony as tenants. They called for inquiry and strict action against such elements.

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Poor sanitation conditions ail Charak Palika Hospital
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, July 17
The biggest and dubbed as the only super specialist hospital run by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Charak Palika Hospital at Moti Bagh is in a deplorable condition. The situation of the 150-bed hospital is so alarming that it lacks even the most basic healthcare facilities like drinking water, sanitation and medicines.

According to the president of NDMC Worker’s Federation, Mr Ganga Ram, the hospital has hardly any specialist. The major departments like ENT, Heart and opthalmlogy have no specialists since 1996. Most of the workers of the council prefer to go to other hospitals rather. “Most of the doctors of the hospital come only in morning OPD, the patients are left at the mercy of god during afternoon OPD as hardly any doctor comes during that period. A state-of-the-art operation theatre was constructed with at a cost of lakhs of rupees about six years back, but it is yet to be the inaugurated. A VIP ward was also constructed during that period and inaugurated with much fanfare but it had to be closed after some time as it failed to live up to the expectations.

Doctors at the hospital admitted that there were some problems and these were basically the result of lack of funds and faulty planning.

Workers alleged that there was no provision for the coolers in the post operation rooms. While almost all the rooms allotted to the surgeons are fitted with air conditioners. Most of the instruments and machines of the existing operation theatre are outdated and practically non-functional. There are hardly any wheels in the wheelchairs meant for patients. Leakage often appears from the pipelines connecting to the oxygen plant and patients but nobody has bothered to check this.

There is a big waiting list for even a simple ultra sound test, said Mr Ganga Ram. When contacted in this regard the Director, Public Relation, Mr Madan Thapliyal, refuted these charges by saying that “we are trying our best to give it a look of one of the best hospital of Lutyen’s Delhi but there have been some constraints. These are now being taken care of.”

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Avoid hurry, worry and curry
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 17
Acidity is caused by a triad of hurry, worry and curry. Up to 10 per cent of the general public at any given time suffer from a reflux of acid from the foodpipe, resulting in heartburn or water brush. Heartburn because of acidity has become quite common in society. This was stated by Dr K K Aggarwal, Deputy Dean of Medical Education Board, Moolchand Hospital, Dr Anoop Saraya, Addl Professor-Gastroenterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Dr S K Thakur, Senior Gastroenterologist, Moolchand Hospital.

The experts said that persistent acidity should not be ignored. In the long run, it can cause even the cancer of foodpipe known as Darretts Esophagus. Any acidity not responding to the conventional treatment for two weeks should be investigated. Patients having acidity should avoid smoking, fried food, pungent, sour and salt taste, extreme hot and cold food and drinks like ice-cream, tea, coffee, alcohol. They should also abstain from painkillers like aspirin, brufen, etc.

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