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HC for action against illegal slaughterhouses
New Delhi, August 25
The Delhi High Court today directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to take action against the illegal slaughterhouses and tanneries in the residential areas of the Capital.

Gang of robbers held after shootout
New Delhi, August 25
The North-West district police arrested a gang of four robbers after a shootout in Saraswati Vihar. The police seized two country-made pistols, three live cartridges, one knife and one Scorpio jeep from their possession.

Sisters in prostitution racket held
New Delhi, August 25
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has busted a prostitution racket active in the Rajouri Garden area. The police have arrested three girls, including two sisters, in this connection.

The heavy downpour has made up for the late arrival of the monsoon in the Capital. The heavy downpour has made up for the late arrival of the monsoon in the Capital. — Tribune Photo Mukesh Aggarwal

 

 

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Woman strangled in Noida, body found in bed box
Noida, August 25
A woman in House No. Q-70 of Sector-12, Noida, was strangulated and her body found by the police in the box of the bed in the house yesterday with a rope loop around her neck.

DUTA welcomes withdrawal of Model Act
New Delhi, August 25
Teachers have welcomed the Union HRD Ministry’s directive to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to withdraw the Model Act.

Dr K.K. Aggarwal, president-HCFI, launching the logos of forthcoming Perfect Health Mela to be held on October 29 in the Capital on Wednesday.
Dr K.K. Aggarwal, president-HCFI, launching the logos of forthcoming Perfect Health Mela to be held on October 29 in the Capital on Wednesday. — Tribune Photo

BJP seeks reconstitution of committee on MCD restructuring
New Delhi, August 25The BJP Legislature Party has sought reconstitution of House Committee on restructuring / division of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) so that a report could be placed on the table of the House for the Delhi Legislative Assembly to take a suitable decision.

Civic amenities go for a toss as monsoon strengthens
New Delhi, August 25
While the present spell of rain means good news for agriculture, it has resulted in traffic snarls, and reports of water logging have come in from many parts of the Capital.

DDA ordered to take action against Kalkaji Temple encroachers
New Delhi, August 25
The Health Minister, Dr Yoganand Shastri, has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi Police to take appropriate action against persons guilty of encroaching upon land within the Kalkaji Temple complex.

Integrated rail-cum-bus transit corridors
New Delhi, August 25
It is good news for local commuters and those from adjoining areas. The Northern Railway has conducted a feasibility study on the identification of rail projects for the commuters’ travel in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).

Cash-strapped MCF to sell prime land to Defence Ministry
Faridabad, August 25
The Municipal Corporation of Faridabad has decided to dispose of about 1,100 acres of its prime land located in the Aravalli Hills to the Defence Ministry to overcome its financial problems. This move is likely to make the civic body richer by several hundred crores, which had been unable to carry out the basic development works so far due to financial hardships.

Two run over by MCD dumper
New Delhi, August 25
Two persons were reportedly knocked down by a speeding MCD dumper near Noida More flyover. They were identified as Virender and Surinder.

Leather unit lock-out puts 366 workers on breadline
Noida, August 25
The sudden lock-up in a leather factory in Sector-58 has rendered 366 workers unemployed. The police have been deployed in and around the premises to deal with any untoward situation.

Residents help police arrest robbers
New Delhi, August 25
The Anand Parvat police arrested two robbers with the help of local residents today.

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HC for action against illegal slaughterhouses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25
The Delhi High Court today directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to take action against the illegal slaughterhouses and tanneries in the residential areas of the Capital. A Bench of Chief Justice B. C. Patel and Justice B. D. Ahmed directed the MCD to consider the report of the commissioner appointed by the court, who had pointed out that illegal slaughterhouses and tanneries were being run in some residential areas of the city.

The court directed the Police Commissioner to give necessary protection to MCD officials in carrying out their duties in this regard. The Bench fixed September 1 for further hearing on the issue, directing the MCD to file an affidavit on the action taken by it.

The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), which had sought the removal of illegal tanneries and godowns for melting animal fats and drying animal bellies and intestines on government land in Motia Khan in the heart of the city. The PIL by Mohammad Amjad belonging to an old butcher’s family of Sadar Bazar area was filed in March, when there was threat of an outbreak of bird flu. Amjad’s counsel M. T. Siddiqui submitted that MCD was not taking adequate steps to remove the illegal slaughterhouses as the butchers, who have business in the residential areas are exercising money and muscle power.

During the last hearing, the Bench had expressed its unhappiness over the MCD’s attitude of dealing with the matter.

7-year imprisonment for robbery

A Delhi court today sentenced a person from Himachal Pradesh to seven years’ imprisonment for robbing a vendor of Rs 1,200 and a watch in Okhla Industrial Area in southern Delhi.

Additional Sessions Judge Lal Singh ordered for imprisonment of Suresh Kumar of Sadar Bazar in Himachal Pradesh for robbing Kalu Ram of his day’s earnings and his wristwatch at knifepoint on the night of October 11, 1999.

Kalu Ram, Makhan Lal and Chote Lal were going to the Lotus Temple from Okhla Industrial Area after closing his shop. Suresh Kumar and three others robbed Kalu Ram. While fleeing, Suresh Kumar was caught by the mob at the Okhla market. He was handed over to the police.

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Gang of robbers held after shootout
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25
The North-West district police arrested a gang of four robbers after a shootout in Saraswati Vihar. The police seized two country-made pistols, three live cartridges, one knife and one Scorpio jeep from their possession. The arrested persons were identified as Naresh, alias Nanda, Padam, Gajender and Mahesh.

The police received a tip-off that some desperate criminals from UP would be reaching Wazirpur depot to dispose off a Scorpio jeep. The police was also informed that a person, who was declared dead in the police records, was also part of the gang traveling in the jeep.

When the police party intercepted the vehicle, one of the occupants opened fire. However, the police soon overpowered them. The police seized two country-made pistols, three live cartridges and one knife from them.

During investigation, it was revealed that one of them, identified as Nanda, had been declared dead in the police records.

The police said that the Scorpio (HR-18A-1912) had been hired from the Khurja Bus stand by his associates, identified as Padam, Gajender and Mahesh. Nanda had joined them on the way.

Thereafter, they had killed the driver of the Scorpio jeep and escaped with the vehicle.

The police said that Nanda was a well-known criminal of the area and had a number of cases registered against him in Bulandshahr, Khurja, Jawa, Aligarh and Seema Puri in Delhi.

Two held for murder of businessman in Ramesh Nagar

With the arrest of two suspects, the Delhi Police today claimed to have worked out a murder-cum-robbery case that took place in Ramesh Nagar area of Kirti Nagar. The suspects were arrested from Karnal. However, their associates are still absconding.

The suspects were identified as Joginder, alias Vijay and Parveen, alias Lala.

Joginder was arrested from his sister’s house in Karnal.

A country-made pistol, Rs 24,000 in cash and a mobile phone were seized from their possession.

Even as the police have identified another suspect in the case, 15 police teams of the West district have been sent to different areas in Delhi as well as the neighbouring states.

The police said that on Monday the suspects shot dead the victim, identified as Suresh Satija, who was running his business in Tatra. The businessman was killed as soon as he came out of his WagonR van in front of his House in Ramesh Nagar.

During interrogation, Joginder and Parveen disclosed the names of their other associates as Aman, alias Baboo, Salim and Rajesh.

The police are trying to trace them out. During interrogation, they disclosed the name of another person of Nepalese origin, who was involved in the crime and worked adjacent to the shop of the deceased in Tatarpur.

He had informed the other suspects about the movement of the victim and his earnings. He is yet to be arrested. It was revealed that Joginder was involved in 40 cases of auto thefts.

Joginder had stolen a Maruti Zen car from the Naraina Vihar area before the murder in Ramesh Nagar.

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Sisters in prostitution racket held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25
The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has busted a prostitution racket active in the Rajouri Garden area. The police have arrested three girls, including two sisters, in this connection.

According to the police, the arrested girls were found to be from affluent families of the Rajouri Garden area. The police received a tip-off that some girls involved in prostitution would be coming near Vishal Cinema Complex in the evening. The girls were arrested after a decoy customer struck a deal with them for Rs 10,000.

During interrogation, the girls confessed that they were involved in the racket since last year. The two sisters, who were arrested, were residents of Paschim Vihar. The elder sister was a recent drop out from a college in Delhi. Their father was a retired accountant from a five-star hotel.

The third girl was from Mumbai, who was visiting them. The police said that the motive behind their involvement in the racket was to get cheap money to finance their affluent lifestyle.

Bangladeshi robbers held

With the arrest of four persons, the North-East District police claimed to have busted a gang of Bangladeshi robbers. The arrested persons were identified as Dulal, Javed, Shahjahan and Zia. They were arrested while planning a dacoity in Shastri Park.

The police received a tip-off that a gang of robbers would assemble at DDA Park, Shastri Palace, Seelampur. On further investigation, it was revealed that they were planning to commit dacoity in the area. Accordingly, the police team laid a trap and arrested them. One of their associates, identified as Madhu, managed to escape from the spot.

The police seized a country-made pistol and three live cartridges and three knives from their possession. During interrogation, they confessed that they were planning to commit robbery in the Shastri Park area. Dulal further disclosed that his wife, working as a maid in Jain Mandir Gali, Gandhi Nagar, had provided clues about the cash and other valuables in the house.

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Woman strangled in Noida, body found in bed box
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 25
A woman in House No. Q-70 of Sector-12, Noida, was strangulated and her body found by the police in the box of the bed in the house yesterday with a rope loop around her neck.

According to SP City, A.K.Jain, the woman’s husband had possibly committed the murder. The man then himself photographed her body. The blood from the victim’s mouth had spilled in the box.

During interrogation, the man confessed that he had photographed his wife’s body with his own camera before leaving for office in the morning on Tuesday.

No article in the house was found touched or strewn around. The couple had a love marriage two years ago.

Manjinder Singh, alias Prince, 26, originally from Amritsar, had rented the second floor of the house of one Arjun Negi. Prince was employed as a mechanical engineer in Greater Noida’s Novel Mould Company.

Shradha, alias Amar, 26, was seen in her house till 7 am on Tuesday after Prince had left for his factory. No one heard any sound from the house. When he returned in the evening, the house was locked from outside.

He told the police that he had tried to find out about his wife on phone from a number of people, but in vain.

Later, he himself broke open the lock with a stone without calling the neighbours, or the police.

At 9 pm, Prince started shouting ‘come see what has happened to my wife’. Some neighbours came running and the Sector-24 police were also informed. But Prince reportedly became very volatile on seeing the police, press reporters and photographers.

He reportedly tried to assault some press photographers, according to SP City.

He had even tried to jump off from the terrace.

The police have sent the body of Shradha for the autopsy and Prince was brought to Sector-24 police station.

SP City A.K.Jain told The Tribune that the parents of the deceased, who had been informed by police, are on their way to Noida from Pune. Manjinder had been sacked by his previous employer Puneer for his criminal bent of mind, the SP City said.

Trader shot at in Dadri grain market

Three criminals astride a motorbike had wounded a trader late on Tuesday evening in Dadri grain market. The trader was rushed to local Naveen Hospital where his condition is stated to be serious.

The assailants who had come on a motorcycle to rob the trader, fled as the trader and his companion raised the alarm. The trio abandoned their bike there.

Sunil Kumar is a commission agent in Dadri grain market, Dadri police said. His relatives Surinder and Ashok had also come over as Sunil was to carry cash home.

According to Dadri police, as three assailants tried to snatch the cash from Sunil, they were challenged by others in the shop.

The assailants then fired a few shots from their revolvers. Two bullets hit Sunil. On hearing the gunshots, many people rushed towards Sunil’s shop.

On seeing a number of people coming, the criminals became panicky and beat a hasty retreat, leaving the bike. Wounded in the head and feet, Sunil was rushed to a hospital.

The traders raised slogans against the police. Such incidents often take place in the grain market, but there is no security or police protection, the livid traders alleged.

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DUTA welcomes withdrawal of Model Act
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25
Teachers have welcomed the Union HRD Ministry’s directive to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to withdraw the Model Act. The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), the Indian National Teachers’ Congress (INTEC) and the Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) have hailed the decision of the HRD Ministry.

The DUTA said that the Model Act would have otherwise promoted entry of foreign universities and setting up of virtual universities. “The Model Act … aimed at total withdrawal of government funding to universities as well as imposing political control over them,” read a media communique released by DUTA.

The FEDCUTA, in turn, said that the Model Act would have forced universities to mobilise financial resources to become self-sufficient and incorporate a commercial and corporate culture, thus paving the way for total privatisation of higher education. 

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BJP seeks reconstitution of committee on MCD restructuring
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25The BJP Legislature Party has sought reconstitution of House Committee on restructuring / division of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) so that a report could be placed on the table of the House for the Delhi Legislative Assembly to take a suitable decision.

The BJP Legislature Party also reiterated its demand for full statehood to NCT of Delhi and condemned the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, for reneging on her promise of securing full statehood and demanding only more powers for the Assembly now.

Reminding the Chief Minister of the unanimous resolution passed by the Assembly on September 11, 2002, for statehood to NCT of Delhi, Leader of Opposition Jagdish Mukhi said that the Chief Minister had no right to go against the consensus decision of the House.

“It is amazing that after the loss of NDA Government at the Centre, Ms Sheila Dikshit is now asking for only more powers to the Assembly and not for full statehood. Ms Sheila Dikshit has done a somersault,” the party said.

The Congress Legislature Party had met earlier in the week but failed to hammer out a consensus on the restructuring of the MCD. Meanwhile, the resolution passed by the BJP Legislature Party has condemned the corruption in the MCD.

The resolution demanded that the MCD be dissolved. Regarding the restructuring / division of MCD, the resolution read, the reports of the committees of Virender Parkash and Vijay Kumar Malhotra “are almost the same”. 

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Civic amenities go for a toss as monsoon strengthens
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25
While the present spell of rain means good news for agriculture, it has resulted in traffic snarls, and reports of water logging have come in from many parts of the Capital. According to experts at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the system that is causing the present spell will continue for the next 24 to 36 hours before weakening or moving away from the region.

The Director, Northern Hemisphere Analysis Centre at the IMD, Mr S. C. Bhan, said the present spell is the cumulative result of two systems in the region. A low pressure area over western Utter Pradesh and the western disturbance in Jammu and Kashmir. Combined together, these are causing widespread rain in the region. During the next 24 to 36 hours, the two systems will either move away or weaken.

The present spell means that the region will further recover from the deficiency it has been facing since the monsoon began this year. The area, which was severely deficient until about five weeks back, had already made up before the ongoing spell hit the region last week.

However, Mr Bhan said that this is not the end of the monsoon and the region is likely to be hit by the next cycle very soon. During the present spell, eight to 12 cms of rain has been recorded in the national Capital. This downpour, which is good for the agriculture, will also add to the ground water table. As the rainfall is not equal, the rise in the ground water table will be good for those areas that have received less rain. It also means savings on electricity, as farmers will not be required to operate their tubewells for the next few days. During this season, the rain gauge has recorded 333 mm of rain at Safdarjung, 281 mm at Palam and 369 mm at Lodhi Road.

Meanwhile, the incessant rain has also come with some woes for residents in the Capital and exposed the loopholes in the civic amenities in the national Capital.

The scene on the roads in the morning today remained chaotic, with motorists having to be content with moving at a snail’s pace. Resultantly, they had to spend extra time on roads to reach their destinations.

In the afternoon too, traffic jams were reported from different parts and harried policemen were seen trying to manage the traffic in the downpour. The scene at the Adhchini crossing was chaotic as usual, the knee-deep water becoming a motorist’s nightmare with the roads full of potholes deep enough to pull down a motorcyclist. There were also some reports of water logging, besides damage to some roads in East, Central and South-West Delhi.

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DDA ordered to take action against Kalkaji Temple encroachers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25
The Health Minister, Dr Yoganand Shastri, has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi Police to take appropriate action against persons guilty of encroaching upon land within the Kalkaji Temple complex.

The minister, who inspected the temple premises, ordered so after he enquired from officials about a certain construction. The minister was told that unauthorised constructions had indeed come up within the temple complex.

Also detected was pilferage of electricity by the persons constructing the unauthorised structure. The official concerned was told to put an end to the theft of electricity. The official of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was similarly told to remove the garbage piling up inside the temple complex.

Courts to remain closed on Raksha Bandhan

The Delhi High Court and the subordinate courts will observe holiday on August 30 on account of Raksha Bandhan.

The Delhi High Court issued a notification to this effect yesterday. The cases listed for hearing on August 30 would be taken up the next day. 

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Integrated rail-cum-bus transit corridors
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, August 25
It is good news for local commuters and those from adjoining areas. The Northern Railway has conducted a feasibility study on the identification of rail projects for the commuters’ travel in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). The study, which was conducted by the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), has identified 28 projects for implementation in three phases.

Out of these proposed projects, the Government of National Capital Territory Delhi has set up a technical committee to start three projects on priority basis. These three projects are - creation of 14 km long Integrated Rail-cum-Bus Transit Corridors (IRBT) between Shahdara– Sahibabad – Ghaziabad link, 17 km long corridor between Sahibabad-Tilak bridge – Shivaji Bridge link and 26 km long Tri Nagar-Brijwasan – Gurgaon link.

According to Northern Railway sources, the planning feature of the corridor involves double electrified tracks along with the existing Northern Railway tracks with certain additional facilities for the running of EMU trains. The EMU train operational plan involves running of six coach EMU trains with a headway of 10 minutes by the year 2006, which increases to nine coach EMU trains with a headway of five minutes by the year 2021.

“Passengers interchange with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be provided at Shahdara, Tri Nagar, Barakhamba Road and New Patel Nagar. Operational Linkage with the Northern Railway system will be provided at Ghaziabad, Sahibabad, Shahdara, Shivaji Bridge, Patel Nagar, Delhi Cant and Gurgaon. The IRBT corridors are proposed to have integration not only with the Metro Rail Transport System (MRTS) and Northern Railway alignments but also with other transport modes. As for example, the proposal includes provision of feeder bus services synchronised with train timings, common ticketing with feeder bus services and MRTS as well as arrangement for cycle and scooter parking, pedestrian pathways and commuter passenger information system. The projected break up of fare for the travel has been calculated at 90 paisa per km.

The project will definitely bring about a reduction in the number of vehicles on roads, vehicle operating costs, congestion on roads, vehicular pollution and road accident,” said a senior official. The total estimated cost of these three project is Rs 2,075 crore (At April 2002 prices). It will be equally shared by the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Urban Development and the state governments involved.

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Cash-strapped MCF to sell prime land to Defence Ministry
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 25
The Municipal Corporation of Faridabad has decided to dispose of about 1,100 acres of its prime land located in the Aravalli Hills to the Defence Ministry to overcome its financial problems. This move is likely to make the civic body richer by several hundred crores, which had been unable to carry out the basic development works so far due to financial hardships.

The decision to sell the land was taken at a meeting of the MCF House here, which was chaired by the Mayor and attended by a majority of the elected members and the Commissioner, civic body, here today. The corporation passed as many as 28 resolutions on different issues related to the town.

It is stated that the land to be sold has been situated on the Faridabad-Gurgaon Road, near the Bhadkhal Lake and the corporation would be charging the market rate to be decided soon.

It is learnt that the average price has been at least Rs 10 lakh per acre and the deal could earn a revenue of over Rs 100 crore to the MCF.

The civic body has been finding it hard to pay several of its bills and payments, and it is reported to be owing pending payments to the tune of about Rs 30 crore. These include a hefty power bill and payments to the contractors and agencies for carrying out the developments works.

Through another resolution, the civic body decided to rent out about 31 acres in the same region on lease to the Environment Management Society for setting up a plant for disposal of hazardous waste.

The body resolved to develop the land near Baselva village for setting up a special dairy zone, so that the dairies of the Old Faridabad city could be shifted out, as per the state government policy.

It was announced that the civic body will again start the allotment of commercial booths to various categories of residents, which include ex-servicemen, unemployed youths, disabled, blind and widows in various parts of the town. In another important decision, the MCF resolved to construct its new building at Sector–12, on a 2.5 acre plot, which will be known as MCF tower.

The other resolutions adopted, included the repair of all roads, streetlights and taking up maintenance of parks.

It also asked the authorities concerned to take up survey of all the illegal water connections in the town and sought to launch a campaign to regularise such connections. While the house tax was collected from about two lakh houses in the city, there had been only 80,000 water connections on the record.

It is suspected that there could be at least 15 to 20 thousand illegal connections at present. The MCF is completing its tenure in March next and the meeting could be the last if the state government goes in for early elections of the local bodies. 

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Two run over by MCD dumper
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25
Two persons were reportedly knocked down by a speeding MCD dumper near Noida More flyover. They were identified as Virender and Surinder. The victims were admitted to AIIMS where Virender was declared dead whereas Surinder sustained minor injuries. Dumper driver Dharmender has been arrested on charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving, the police said.

Carjacking

Two youths lifted a car of a businessman from airport where his servant, Raghunath Yadav, had gone to receive him. Raghunath came to receive his employer from IGI Airport.

He parked his car, Accent Hyundai, at New Airport Road. Three persons came to him on the pretext of asking for a matchbox. One of them poured red chilli powder in his eyes, dragged him out of the car and beat him up. They ran away with the Accent Hyundai and Nokia mobile phone of Raghunath. After a few minutes, the complainant came on the road and some passerby informed the police.

The complainant also informed that the two assailants were wearing pants and shirt, but he did not notice the clothes of the third one. The assailants were of 22-25 years of age and were speaking Haryanavi.

The car was later found abandoned near Jharsa village in Gurgaon. The main accused has been arrested and identified as Sonu. The other two suspects Kamleshwar and Ravinder Sehrawat, alias Mintoo, are absconding, the police said.

Gang of robbers busted

A gang of desperate train robbers was smashed by the Crime and Railways police here today with the arrest of eight persons. The suspects were identified as Boby Gupta, Anwar, Deenu, Naim, alias Saleem, Raju, Ajay, Aslam and Abdul Salam. One loaded country-made pistol, four knives, razors, ropes and iron rods were seized.

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Leather unit lock-out puts 366 workers on breadline
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 25
The sudden lock-up in a leather factory in Sector-58 has rendered 366 workers unemployed. The police have been deployed in and around the premises to deal with any untoward situation.

Tegi Enterprises, a unit of Apollo International, is located in C Block of Sector-58 which employs 366 workers. All the workers were greeted with a padlock on the gate when they came to report for duty on Monday. There was no hint of a lock-up till Saturday evening, when they were leaving after duty.

The Sector-58 police were summoned when the proprietor’s musclemen threatened the agitating workers.

Om Pradeep of Apollo International said his group had nothing to do with the workers. “We procure ready-made goods from Mohd Farroukh after giving him some space in the factory. These workers are employed by Tegi Enterprises,” he said.

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Residents help police arrest robbers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25
The Anand Parvat police arrested two robbers with the help of local residents today.

According to information, Head Constable Sunil, Constables Sukhram and Mahender, were on night patrolling when they saw five youngsters and tried to question them. As soon as the policemen reached near the youths, they fired shots at the police team. In defence the police also fired. After hearing the gunshots, the residents came out and overpowered two of the suspects.

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