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Two foreign arms smugglers held
Ghaziabad, August 19
The Kavi Nagar police have busted a gang of smugglers of foreign weapons. Two members of the gang were arrested and two Japanese automatic pistols, cartridges and empties seized from them. The gangsters used to sell arms in Ghaziabad after smuggling them from the Naxalite region of Jahanabad in Bihar.

  • Woman bootlegger held with smack

Dharamshila Hospital misleading
court: Delhi Govt
New Delhi, August 19
The Government of NCT of Delhi today disputed Dharamshila Cancer and Research Hospital’s claim before the Delhi High Court that the authorities relaxed lease condition of reserving beds from 25 per cent to 10 per cent for the poor even as the DDA said it has stopped the policy of land allotment at concessional rates to the private hospitals.

Two Sirohi gangsters held after encounter
Ghaziabad, August 19
A team of Special Operations Group (SOG) has nabbed two members of the Jatan Sirohi gang after an encounter. The gang had helped free dreaded criminal Amit Sirohi from the police custody.



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Rice exporter cheated, 2 held
New Delhi, August 19
The Economic Offence Wing of the Delhi Police claims to have arrested two persons for allegedly duping a rice exporter on the pretext of procuring rice and transporting it to Bangladesh.

  • Auto-lifters gang busted

Vivek Bansal, MLA from Aligarh and secretary, AICC, along with the Congress workers at Veer Bhoomi to pay homage to the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the Capital on Thursday.
Vivek Bansal, MLA from Aligarh and secretary, AICC, along with the Congress workers at Veer Bhoomi to pay homage to the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the Capital on Thursday.

Magistrate’s humane touch to drive against encroachments
New Delhi, August 19
Garage owners and motor mechanics who have their workshops in the Lajpat Nagar area heaved a sigh of relief following the direction of the Special Magistrate in the MCD, Mr Arya Vir, to clear the encroachments in the motor market in South Extension. It may be recalled that the MCD had ordered the shifting of all the garage and motor mechanic workshops from the market areas and roadsides as they led to traffic jams.

Warrant issued against Soren
New Delhi, August 19
A city court has issued a production warrant to the Superintendent of Jamtara Jail in Jharkhand to produce JMM leader Shibu Soren before it on September 13 in connection with the case of abduction and murder of his secretary Shashinath Jha. Shibu Soren is an accused in the abduction and murder case of his secretary.

Ashok Jain’s bail plea rejected
New Delhi, August 19
A Delhi court today rejected the bail plea of MCD Standing Committee Deputy Chairman Ashok Jain, arrested by the CBI on bribery charges. Special Judge Pratibha Rani turned down Jain’s bail application saying the charges against him were serious and that the investigation was at the initial stage.

  • Woman held with ganja

  • Robbers arrested

History-sheeter shot dead by companion
Ghaizabad, August 19
Notorious history-sheeter Yog Raj, alias Yogi, of Shahpur village, was shot dead in a hail of bullets by his own companion in Kavi Nagar last night.

Three robbed, killed in Meerut
Meerut, August 19
Three youths were robbed and done to death by armed assailants late on Wednesday night in the jungle of Gegha village under Pratapur police station.

The mangled remains of Tata Sumo.4 of family killed in accident
New Delhi, August 19
Four members of a family were killed in an accident last night in the Nangloi area after a Sumo rammed an electricity pole. According to the preliminary investigations, Sumo was overloaded. Twelve persons were travelling in the vehicle at the time of the accident.


The mangled remains of Tata Sumo.
— A Tribune photograph


Consumer forum puts Noida authority in the dock
Noida, August 19
The District Consumer Protection Forum has slapped a fine on the Noida authority in connection with the allotment of houses.

Lukewarm response to Teej fest
Faridabad, August 19
The Teej festival has been one of the most prominent seasonal celebrations in Haryana, but it seems to have lost its gleam and spirit, given the lukewarm response in various quarters, in the district today.

Mixed response to DU bandh
New Delhi, August 19
There was mixed response to the bandh call given by the ABVP. The ABVP had called for a university bandh to highlight their grievances against the Vice- Chancellor of the Delhi University, Prof Deepak Nayar.

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Two foreign arms smugglers held
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 19
The Kavi Nagar police have busted a gang of smugglers of foreign weapons. Two members of the gang were arrested and two Japanese automatic pistols, cartridges and empties seized from them. The gangsters used to sell arms in Ghaziabad after smuggling them from the Naxalite region of Jahanabad in Bihar.

The SP City, Mr Umesh Srivastava, gave this information yesterday. The police had undertaken a campaign against the smuggling and sale of these weapon which resulted in the breakthrough, the SP said.

The police had arrested one smuggler of foreign arms along with a middleman after an encounter. The smuggler is a dismissed Bihar government employee.

Anil Somanryia, SO Kavi Nagar police station and SI M.S. Tomar were patrolling along with their police team on Tuesday night when they noticed some youths standing near Sector-3 Raj Nagar railway level crossing in a suspicious manner. On seeing the police jeep, they opened fire on the police, but were overpowered. One of the criminals, however, gave the police the slip. S.P. City said Satinder and Deepak currently living in Shyam Park, Sahibabad, were nabbed while Vipul of Mohalla Hardev Sahai had escaped. An automatic foreign pistol was recovered from each of them along with cartridges.

Satinder, a dismissed driver from the Bihar Government Health Department, is the main smuggler. He had come to stay with his brother, Sanjay, a vegetable seller in Shyam Park. Soon he started smuggling foreign pistols from the Naxalite-prone district of Jahanabad for sale in Ghaziabad.

About 20 days ago, he had sold a pistol for Rs 38,000 to one Vipul through Deepak, a shopkeeper of Turab Nagar, Mr Srivastava said. The police are hunting for Vipul of Mohalla Hardev Sahai.

Woman bootlegger held with smack

The Vijay Nagar police have arrested a woman bootlegger and recovered 350 gms of smack from her, while her husband, who smuggles the narcotics from Nepal, gave the slip to the police.

The police had been tipped off that Rajesh, a resident of G Block, Sector-9, was a frequent visitor to Nepal and was involved in selling drugs.

The informer had told the police that Rajesh and his wife would carry a sizeable quantity of smack to Delhi for sale on Wednesday morning. When the police tried to encircle them, Rajesh managed to flee while his wife was arrested.

On frisking, 350 gms of smack was recovered from her in five plastic wrappers. She identified herself as Paro.

According to SP City Umesh Srivastava, Paro and her husband Rajesh were engaged in smuggling and sale of narcotics for a long time. He used to bring narcotics from some contacts on Nepal border and supply them in Delhi and Ghaziabad, he said. Rajesh had been arrested earlier also in Vijay Nagar and Delhi in this connection. Their activities were known to the people in the area, the SP City said.

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Dharamshila Hospital misleading court: Delhi Govt
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
The Government of NCT of Delhi today disputed Dharamshila Cancer and Research Hospital’s claim before the Delhi High Court that the authorities relaxed lease condition of reserving beds from 25 per cent to 10 per cent for the poor even as the DDA said it has stopped the policy of land allotment at concessional rates to the private hospitals.

The Dharamshila Cancer Foundation and Research Centre had claimed before a Bench of Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed that by February 1993 letter, the Directorate of Health Services had relaxed the lease condition.

However, disputing the claim of private hospital, the Government of NCT of Delhi today filed an affidavit before the Bench charging the hospital with “misleading” the court. The “DCFRC has misled the court by submitting by way of affidavit that the said letter permits the society to reserve 10 per cent of the beds free instead of 25 per cent as in allotment letter. Therefore, Directorate of Health Services never changed the term of allotment of lane as stipulated by DDA vide their allotment latter,” it said.

It said the committee formed to look into the affairs of the private hospitals, which were allotted land at a throw away rate, found some hospitals not adhering to the lease conditions, particularly for reserving beds for the patients of weaker section of society and violation was pointed out in the report regarding DCFRC.

The court on July 15 had directed the government to explain how and why it relaxed the lease condition for DCFRC.

Meanwhile, Jaipur Golden Hospital in West Delhi, which was issued notice for allegedly not obeying the lease terms of providing 25 per cent free treatment, today said it will adhere with the land allotment agreement.

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Two Sirohi gangsters held after encounter
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 19
A team of Special Operations Group (SOG) has nabbed two members of the Jatan Sirohi gang after an encounter. The gang had helped free dreaded criminal Amit Sirohi from the police custody.

The duo have confessed to a number of heinous crimes, this was disclosed by S.P. City Umesh Srivastava yesterday.

SOG incharge Santosh Chauhan received a tip-off that a gang was about to strike in Nav Yug market.

Mr Chauhan along with SI R.K. Sharma and two others from the Kotwali police station, rushed to Urvashi cinema in Nav Yug market.

They had an encounter with the gangsters following which the police nabbed Charan Singh, son of Sardar Singh of Gangdoli, Bagpat; and Mahesh, son of Kali Ram of Bagpat at 9.10 last night.

Charan is an active member of dreaded criminal Jatan Sirohi gang from whom an Indica car No. UP 10D-5655 was recovered displaying a fake number plate of DL 7C A/8969.

Charan Singh along with his companion Harpal, son of Ram Charan of Saidpur Bibi Nagar, Bulandshahr, had looted this car from Hardwar a month ago. They had hired it as a taxi and sped away after throwing out the driver at Muzzafarnagar.

Besides, he had stolen a Wagon R No UP 15-S-2677 from Muradnagar along with Harpal. This car has since been seized from police station Sasni Aligarh on June 19.

About two months ago, Vijay, Harvinder, Dheeraj, Sharvan had freed Jatan Sirohi’s nephew Amit Sirohi from the police custody in a running train near Rampur, S.P. City Umesh Srivastava said.

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Rice exporter cheated, 2 held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
The Economic Offence Wing of the Delhi Police claims to have arrested two persons for allegedly duping a rice exporter on the pretext of procuring rice and transporting it to Bangladesh.

The accused, Anil Sondhi (55) and Jitender Kumar Rohilla (35), the owners of M/s Krishna Overseas, allegedly duped the complainant Bhushan Kumar of Rs 80.5 lakh.

According to the police, Bhushan Kumar got an export order of Rs 1,900 MT of rice from Bangladesh. In this regard, the accused contacted him to procure the aforesaid quantity of rice. As per the agreement, Bhushan gave Rs 43 lakh as initial payment to the accused. The rice had to be delivered in Bangladesh by February 6, 1999.

The police said that the rice did not reach the destination. Meanwhile, the accused again demanded Rs 15.5 lakh on the pretext of false receipts of delivery. The accused further asked Bhushan to get the time limit extended by a month so as to procure the consignment from Kapurthala.

At this, the complainant got suspicious and went to Kapurthala where no stock of rice was found.

When Bhushan asked the accused, they said that the farmers were not cooperating, and hence, they were sending the consignment from UP mills and allegedly produced fake receipts dispatched to Bangladesh.

When the rice still did not reach its destination, Bhushan complained to the police. During investigation, the police found that the address of the company given by Anil and Jitender was the residential address of their third partner Vijay Dhir, a native of Assam. The police also found that the persons after cheating Bhushan out of Rs 80 lakh, had also sold out that property and went underground.

During several raids on different places throughout the country, the police managed to arrest Anil Sondhi and Jitender Kumar Rohilla. The third associate, Vijay Dhir is at large. The police further verified that the bilties/ LRs and a motorcycle’s number given by the accused were fake.

Auto-lifters gang busted

The South district police have busted a gang of auto-lifters active in stealing vehicles from India and selling them in Nepal.

The arrested persons were identified as Pawan Kumar, resident of Assam and Sandeep Kumar, resident of New Kondli area in East district.

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Magistrate’s humane touch to drive against encroachments
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
Garage owners and motor mechanics who have their workshops in the Lajpat Nagar area heaved a sigh of relief following the direction of the Special Magistrate in the MCD, Mr Arya Vir, to clear the encroachments in the motor market in South Extension.

It may be recalled that the MCD had ordered the shifting of all the garage and motor mechanic workshops from the market areas and roadsides as they led to traffic jams.

However, keeping in view the fact that the closure of the garage and workshops would lead to large-scale unemployment, the Special Magistrate directed them to clear the encroachments so that the visitors to the market did not face any problem.

The Special Magistrate is adopting the same strategy in other markets including Sewa Nagar, Defence Colony, South Extension main market and Lajpat Nagar central market. The owner of Tulsi Motors in Sukhdev Market said that earlier the people used to avoid coming to the congested market. Now, however, the people prefer to come to Sukhdev Market as there is proper parking for the vehicles. An ex-serviceman, the Special Magistrate, who joined the MCD Court recently, said that the aim of the court is not only to punish the guilty but to guide them in performing their civic duties.

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Warrant issued against Soren
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
A city court has issued a production warrant to the Superintendent of Jamtara Jail in Jharkhand to produce JMM leader Shibu Soren before it on September 13 in connection with the case of abduction and murder of his secretary Shashinath Jha. Shibu Soren is an accused in the abduction and murder case of his secretary.

The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Indermeet Kaur Kochchar, issued the production warrant to the Superintendent of Jamtara Jail, where Soren is currently in judicial custody in connection with the Chirudih massacre case.

According to the CBI, Jha was abducted from Dhaula Kuan area here on May 22, 1994, and taken to Piska Nagari village near Ranchi, where he was murdered.

The case was registered on June 2, 1994, with the Parliament Street Police Station here on a complaint lodged by Amar Nath Jha, the elder brother of the victim.

Knowledge of the alleged deal between Congress and JMM to save the Narasimha Rao government during July 1993 no-confidence motion and an act of sodomy led to the murder of Jha, the then secretary to Soren, the CBI had claimed.

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Ashok Jain’s bail plea rejected
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
A Delhi court today rejected the bail plea of MCD Standing Committee Deputy Chairman Ashok Jain, arrested by the CBI on bribery charges.

Special Judge Pratibha Rani turned down Jain’s bail application saying the charges against him were serious and that the investigation was at the initial stage. He was arrested by the CBI while he was receiving bribe of Rs 1 lakh in his office at Bazar Sita Ram. Ashok Jain, who represents Bazar Sita Ram, had contested corporator’s election successfully twice from Bazar Sita Ram segment. He tried unsuccessfully for the post of Chairman and Mayor in the last term of the corporation.

Woman held with ganja

The North-East district police have arrested one Tomina for carrying 950 grams of ganja. She was arrested from the Welcome area in the North-East district.

The woman was arrested after the police received a tip-off on August 17 that she would be delivering the consignment to another person.

Robbers arrested

The North district police have arrested a gang of robbers involved in looting cash and other belongings of passengers at the railway stations by giving them drugs and other sedatives.

The accused were identified as Phool Mohammed, Mohd. Mansoor, Abdul Kasim, Mohd. Intiyaz and Siddu Ram, all residents of Delhi.

The police have seized one TSR (DL-1RC-2167), two knives, Rs 450 and 20 tablets. The leader of the gang was Phool Mohammed, a TSR driver.

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History-sheeter shot dead by companion
Parmindar Singh

Ghaizabad, August 19
Notorious history-sheeter Yog Raj, alias Yogi, of Shahpur village, was shot dead in a hail of bullets by his own companion in Kavi Nagar last night.

According to police, Anil Tyagi of his village had come to meet Yog Raj in his house. They both came out after sometime and walked along a railway line. There was a tiff between the two over some issue, and Anil then shot Yogi in a hail of bullets.

Yog Raj, originally of Shahpur, was living in Jagriti Vihar with his family and had been released from jail recently.

Anil had fled after shooting down Yog Raj. The police rushed to the spot on getting news of the shootout. Profusely bleeding Yog Raj was rushed to the district hospital where he was declared brought dead.

SO Kavi Nagar police station Anil Somanya said Yog Raj was a history-sheeter of Sihani Gate police station and was wanted in about 20 cases. He was arrested recently carrying illegal liquor in a Santro car by the Vijay Nagar police.

Five murder cases were registered against him in Sihani Gate police station. Yog Raj, alias Yogi, headed his own gang and used to collect monthly ‘protection money’ from the traders and businessmen. He was also involved in liquor smuggling, Mr Somanya said.

Yog Raj’s wife had named Anil Tyagi, but the police suspect the involvement of more people in the murder.

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Three robbed, killed in Meerut
Our Correspondent

Meerut, August 19
Three youths were robbed and done to death by armed assailants late on Wednesday night in the jungle of Gegha village under Pratapur police station.

Two of the deceased belonged to village Dimoli while one belongs to village Dhidhala.

The whole area is tense after the incident and turned into a cantonment by the heavy presence of police, PAC and RAF.

The district police could not get any clue even after a combing operation. The incident occurred around 10 pm on Wednesday while the police got the information at 11.30 pm when its senior officials were feeling somewhat euphoric after gunning down a notorious gangster of UP and Uttaranchal, Amit Chaudhary, alias Mohan.

According to police sources, Harendra and his brother-in-law Narendra, were on their way to village Dimoli on their bicycle, when they were targeted by the robbers. They were first beaten up with lathis and then strangulated. Their cash and other valuables were snatched.

The gangsters threw their bodies to a nearby sugarcane field.

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4 of family killed in accident
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
Four members of a family were killed in an accident last night in the Nangloi area after a Sumo rammed an electricity pole.

According to the preliminary investigations, Sumo was overloaded. Twelve persons were travelling in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

They were going to Bahadurgarh. The victims were identified as Suresh Rathi (26), his sister Praveen (18), his daughter Abhi (7), and son Anshu (8). The other passengers of the family have been admitted to Sunder Lal Jain Hospital in Rohini. Their condition is said to be
critical.

The victims, belonged to the family of the Chairman, Municipal Council, Bahadurgarh, Karmveer Rathi, were coming after meeting their relatives
in Nangloi.

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Consumer forum puts Noida authority in the dock
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 19
The District Consumer Protection Forum has slapped a fine on the Noida authority in connection with the allotment of houses.

The forum has found the authority guilty of delay in allotment of houses and for charging higher rates of interest from the allottees.

Sunil Rana of Sector-34 told the forum vide complaint No.1094-2003 that he had applied for the allotment of a flat under a housing scheme by depositing a bank draft for Rs 1 lakh in the authority.

In its reply, the authority had accepted that there had been some delay in draw for allotment, but said the cost as mentioned in its letter, according to the complainant, was incorrect.

The forum ruled, if the Noida authority had already taken the cost of the house, it should refund the extra cost as well as the interest to the complainant.

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Lukewarm response to Teej fest
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 19
The Teej festival has been one of the most prominent seasonal celebrations in Haryana, but it seems to have lost its gleam and spirit, given the lukewarm response in various quarters, in the district today.

While the offices of the state government were closed in view of the official holiday, the majority of the private educational institutions worked as usual and there were only a few, who cared to have a proper and traditional celebration to mark the day.

“Although some social bodies organised get-together and some functions yesterday and today, but the traditional fervour was missing,” said a schoolteacher here.

He said there was hardly any school in the town, which organised the Teej Festival in a proper fashion.

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Mixed response to DU bandh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 19
There was mixed response to the bandh call given by the ABVP. The ABVP had called for a university bandh to highlight their grievances against the Vice- Chancellor of the Delhi University, Prof Deepak Nayar.

While most colleges in the North Campus claimed that the classes were held as usual, colleges in the other parts of Delhi wore a deserted look.

“In Deshbandhu College students stayed away from classes as most of them had read about the bandh in the papers. Only a few classes were held in the morning,” said a faculty member.

In contrast to this, Sri Venkateshwara College in the South Campus saw no disruption in studies. “The classes went on as usual. There was no effect of the bandh call given by the ABVP. A few practical sessions were disturbed but that was owing to the strike of the non-teaching staff,” said the Principal, Dr Reddy.

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Mukhi flays govt for price hike

New Delhi: The leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr Jagdish Mukhi, has criticised the Congress government at the Centre and in the state for increasing the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG twice during the past one and a half months. In a statement issued to the press here today, Dr Mukhi said due to this price of all essential items, including vegetables, had sky rocketed in the city.

Flaying the increase in service tax on cable operators, he said this would result to poor people being deprived of their right to information. The increase in the house tax, registration fee for cars and scooters, and parking fee had increased the financial burden on Delhiites. — TNS

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NCB library goes hi-tech

Faridabad: The library of the National Council For Cement and Building Materials (NCB) at Ballabhgarh has gone high-tech, with the installation of a modern library automation system.

The new system was inaugurated by Professor P.N Kaula, an eminent librarian. — OC

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