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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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High-level panel to deal with demolition issue
New Delhi, February 8
The Central government today announced the constitution of a high-powered committee under the chairmanship of former Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi, Mr Tejinder Khanna, who was well-known for dealing with building and land law violations with a strict hand during his tenure.
BJP leader Vijay Goel, Delhi BJP president Dr Harsh Vardhan and former East Delhi MP Lal Bihari Tiwari with other activists, protesting against the Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, on the issue of demolition drive in the Capital BJP leader Vijay Goel, Delhi BJP president Dr Harsh Vardhan and former East Delhi MP Lal Bihari Tiwari with other activists, protesting against the Chief Minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, on the issue of demolition drive in the Capital on Wednesday.
— A Tribune photograph

Chaos in Coop Societies’ office irks applicants
Gurgaon, February 8
The office of the Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Gurgaon, is in a mess following the unexpected number of applicants who want their societies registered for applying for a HUDA society plot.

SC to monitor progress of Ghazipur abattoir
New Delhi, February 8
Expressing dissatisfaction over the tardy progress in setting up a modern slaughterhouse at Ghazipur in east Delhi, the Supreme Court today decided to monitor the MCD project to ensure that it was completed by the deadline, June 30.



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CEE scam: HC orders fresh notices to students
New Delhi, February 8
The High Court today asked the Delhi University to serve fresh show cause notices to the 52 students allegedly involved in malpractices in the May 2005 common entrance engineering examination.

Court issues production warrants against R K Sharma
New Delhi, February 8
A Delhi Fast Track Court today issued production warrants against suspended Haryana cadre IPS officer R K Sharma who, alongwith five others, is facing trial in the high-profile journalist Shivani Bhatnagar murder case.

Four Chhota Shakeel gangsters held
New Delhi, February 8
Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested four members of the notorious Shaheen-Salim gang owing allegiance to Chhota Shakeel of Dawood gang and solved more than 11 cases, including the murder of the brother of Bajrang Dal leader Robin Sharma in March 2005.

Four alleged members of Chhota Shakeel gang arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in the Capital on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
Four alleged members of Chhota Shakeel gang arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in the Capital

Artistes, craftsmen from SAARC countries enthrall audience
Faridabad, February 8
The craftsmen and artistes from SAARC countries have been enthralling the visitors at the 20th Surajkund Craft Mela here. While many of the participants have come with samples of their traditional crafts, some of them have been busy presenting their culture and lifestyle through their folk dances and music.

Shortage of rubber worries units
Gurgaon, February 8
The rubber units in the manufacturing sectors here are feeling the pinch on account of shortage in supply of natural rubber. The Gurgaon Industrial Association has urged the government to stop the export of natural rubber on account of the scarcity of rubber in the local market.

A model displays the winter collections of Manish Arora to be showcased during the London Fashion Week 2006
A model displays the winter collections of Manish Arora to be showcased during the London Fashion Week 2006. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

MCD councillors’ funds hiked
New Delhi, February 8
MCD councillors will get a whopping Rs 1 crore as development fund from next year, up from Rs 85 lakh at present. A proposal to this effect was passed by the MCD Standing Committee today as part of its revised budget estimates for 2005-06 and 2006-2007.

Minor abducted at gunpoint, gangraped
Noida, February 8
Two young men have been named for abducting a 13-year-old minor girl at gunpoint from Kakrala village and later gangraping her. The girl was forcibly taken around and raped the whole day in a car after which the miscreants dumped her. Both the accused are absconding.

Builder kidnapped, robbed, let off in jungle
Greater Noida, February 8
A builder who has returning home after disbursing wages to labourers engaged at a building under construction at Site V, was abducted by criminals, later beaten up and deprived of his car, gold rings and chain and cellphones.

Criminals’ names to be deleted from voters’ list
Ghaziabad, February 8
The UP State Election Commission has ordered deletion from voters’ list of the names of wanted criminals who have been absconding for the past six months and whom the police have failed to arrest. The Election Commission has also sent a list of such wanted criminals to the government.

Goods worth lakhs looted, security guard thrashed
Greater Noida, February 8
Criminals looted goods worth lakhs from a closed factory under Kasna police station area after beating and overpowering the security guard. But the needle of suspicion is pointing towards the lone security guard

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High-level panel to deal with demolition issue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
The Central government today announced the constitution of a high-powered committee under the chairmanship of former Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi, Mr Tejinder Khanna, who was well-known for dealing with building and land law violations with a strict hand during his tenure.

The search for political representatives of the committee is on, an Urban Development Ministry source said.

“The committee’s terms and reference are being drafted. One of the key jobs of the proposed Central committee on building and land law violations in the Capital will also involve suggesting tough action against the builder mafia blamed for proliferation of illegal structures across Delhi,” the source said.

The decision to set up a special committee on Delhi’s illegal buildings and land encroachments was taken yesterday at a meeting on the issue of demolitions headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and attended by Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshi. The committee is to have eminent citizens as well as representatives from the two major political parties — the Congress and the BJP — and submit its report within three months.

In the meantime, the MCD had been asked to submit a plan of action and obtain instructions from the Delhi High Court which had ordered the demolition of all unauthorised structures in the Capital.

The committee, expected to be constituted by February 16, will be required to classify building law violations in the Capital as major or minor and enlist encroachments.

The government expects the committee’s recommendations, expected in three months, will be approved at the Cabinet level, but only after taking the court into confidence, the source added.

Khanna, Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor under the United Front government, had set up a special demolition task force while in office.

Meanwhile, noisy scenes were witnessed in the MCD House today after opposition BJP’s demand for a resolution urging the Centre to approach the High Court for stopping the civic body’s on-going demolition drive was turned down.

Pandemonium erupted as soon as the ruling Congress moved a resolution asking the Centre and Delhi Government to form to a high-powered committee to look into the issue. Contending that such a resolution was “meaningless” since the Centre has already announced formation of a high-powered committee, BJP demanded that the MCD should urge the Union Government to file an affidavit in the High Court to stop the drive till the committee submits its report.

“The demolitions must be stopped till the committee submits its report. The resolution is meaningless because the Centre has already announced constitution of a high powered committee,” opposition leader Subash Arya told reporters.

However, their demand was turned down by Mayor Satbir Singh, prompting opposition members to walkout of the House.

Ignoring the BJP protest, the House passed the resolution demanding that the Central and Delhi Governments amend existing building bye-laws to regularise unauthorised constructions.

“In view of the seriousness of the issue, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi asks the Central and State governments to form a high-powered committee and, if necessary, should take steps to amend the building bye-laws to regularise unauthorised constructions,” the resolution said.

After passing the resolution, Standing Committee Chairman Mukesh Goel said with the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, a solution would be found.

Interestingly, BJP leader and MCD Standing Committee member Vijendra Gupta has described the formation of the committee as a “sham”.

“Yesterday’s announcement that the Centre would set up a high-powered committee to look into various violations of building laws and evolve a practicable and long-term solution to deal with the unauthorised constructions are nothing but a sham,” he told reporters here today.

Describing the measures by the Centre as “too little”, Mr Gupta said, “No steps have been taken for obtaining immediate relief for the lakhs of common people of Delhi who have been pushed into a state of panic by the operation,” Mr Gupta said.

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Chaos in Coop Societies’ office irks applicants
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, February 8
The office of the Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Gurgaon, is in a mess following the unexpected number of applicants who want their societies registered for applying for a HUDA society plot.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has floated various societies for plots in various districts in the state. The last date for submission of forms is February 14. Hundreds of applicants today went berserk and broke windowpanes and doors when the staff failed to execute the work systematically.

Later, a delegation of applicants met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr R. P. Bhardwaj, who immediately directed the City Magistrate, Mr Ajay Malik, to remain in the office of the Cooperative Societies. Police force was also called to maintain law and order in the office.

Manoj Jain informed ‘The Tribune’ that he submitted his file in the name of Jai Jinender Cooperative Group Housing Society Limited, Gurgaon, on January 23. He kept visiting the office for many days. After 10 days, the department informed him that the affidavit submitted by the society members had to be changed. He changed the affidavit but still his society had not been registered, said Mr Jain.

Mr B. Prasad, another applicant, informed that they had submitted an application for the society, New Delhi Cooperative Group Housing Society, on January 19. They were told to submit a fresh affidavit which they submitted after getting them from Delhi courts. The officials told them to submit the affidavits which should be prepared in Gurgaon courts, informed Mr Prasad.

Mr Prasad further informed that they had submitted the affidavits yesterday but their society had not been registered till today. He added that in his society there were four members of Parliament.

Rajesh Kumar, who submitted his society paper on February 3, alleged there were various applicants whose societies were being registered on the same day. He further alleged that the officials of the department were demanding Rs 10000 to Rs 20000 for registration per society depending upon the members of the society.

Mr Rajesh Kumar further alleged he had met a couple of persons who were coming with various files. Their societies were being registered immediately on priority basis.

Here, it may be recalled that the police vigilance department arrested Sub-Inspector Suresh Chand Sharma of the Cooperative Societies red-handed while he was taking a bribe of Rs 7,000 from a person who had approached him for registering a society on January 25. But the system seemed to have no effect even after the arrest of the sub-inspector, opined Mr Devinder Jain, another applicant.

However, Deputy Commissioner R. P. Bhardwaj informed that as per City Magistrate Ajay Malik’s report, he had recommended extending the last date of submission of forms.

There were hundred of applicants whose files were pending in the department.

The Assistant Registrar of the Gurgaon office retired on January 31. After his retirement, there were some problems as there was no official to sign the final papers for registering the societies. That was why there were cases of pending files. The new Assistant Registrar joined this evening and the backlog would be sorted out on priority basis, added Mr Bhardwaj.

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SC to monitor progress of Ghazipur abattoir
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
Expressing dissatisfaction over the tardy progress in setting up a modern slaughterhouse at Ghazipur in east Delhi, the Supreme Court today decided to monitor the MCD project to ensure that it was completed by the deadline, June 30.

A Division Bench of Justice Ashok Bhan, Justice S P Sinha and Justice A K Mathur said it would also monitor the timely release of funds for the project to ensure that it was completed within the stipulated time. The Bench pulled up the civic body for the delay in shifting the Idgah slaughterhouse from the Walled City area to Ghazipur in East Delhi.

Meanwhile, in a fresh affidavit filed in the court, MCD said it would not like to deal with M/s Bans, the German firm supplying machinery for the new slaughterhouse, on the ground that the civic body had no direct contact with it.

MCD also said it would appoint a committee headed by Sher-e-Kashmir University Vice-Chancellor to assess the cost of increasing the plant capacity. However, the Bench, which had earlier rejected MCD’s older affidavit, noted that it would like to monitor the progress of the project and timely release of the funds for the same.

The court also asked MCD to file an additional affidavit and posted the matter for hearing on February 14.

Earlier, taking exception to the frequent change of lawyers by MCD, the Bench had observed that it adversely affected the progress of the case.

The court had warned MCD on January 9 to stick to its two-year deadline to complete the construction of the state-of-the-art slaughterhouse in east Delhi.

It had asked MCD to file a status report within two weeks specifying the stage of construction and installation of machines at the site.

Central Pollution Control Board counsel Vijay Panjwani had said there was no progress in the last two months on the project and that it should be monitored by an independent body like Environment: Prevention of Pollution and Control Authority (EPCA).

On July 14, 2004, the apex court had directed the MCD to complete the work on the slaughterhouse within two years, failing which strict action would be taken.

It had directed all government agencies to provide necessary assistance to the corporation in carrying forward the project.

The project is being funded by the Centre.

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CEE scam: HC orders fresh notices to students
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
The High Court today asked the Delhi University to serve fresh show cause notices to the 52 students allegedly involved in malpractices in the May 2005 common entrance engineering examination.

Justice Sen asked the university to issue fresh notices after taking into consideration the findings of the CBI which had recently submitted its report to the court.

The court granted six weeks time to the university to complete the process of issuing the notices, seeking individual replies and hearing the students personally before arriving at any decision.

The court passed the orders while disposing off a batch of writ petitions filed by the aggrieved students challenging the varsity’s decision to cancel their admissions for mass copying during the examinations. The university cancelled their admissions after issuing show cause notices in October last year which it said was based on the preliminary findings of the investigating agency.

However, the students challenged the same on the ground that they were not given any proper personal hearing before cancelling their admissions. They also submitted that the punitive action was taken against them even before the CBI completed its investigations. But during the last hearing, the CBI submitted its final report on the scandal and also filed chargesheets against all the 52 students in the special CBI court.

Counsel for the Delhi University A Mariarputham also gave an undertaking in the court today that if found innocent the students would be granted fresh admissions during the next academic year.

He assured that a separate quota would be reserved for such students.

Mariarputham also agreed to the suggestion of the court that no CBI official would be present in the examination disciplinary committee that would conduct a fresh hearing of the students version of the scandal.

Admissions of 52 students were cancelled in May last year by the university following allegations that they resorted to mass copying by using mobile phones in the examination halls.

Following a furore, the case was entrusted to the CBI for investigations by a Division Bench of the High Court in September last year.

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Court issues production warrants against R K Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
A Delhi Fast Track Court today issued production warrants against suspended Haryana cadre IPS officer R K Sharma who, alongwith five others, is facing trial in the high-profile journalist Shivani Bhatnagar murder case.

Additional Sessions Judge Rajendra Kumar, rejecting plea of Sharma’s counsel for exemption from personal appearance on medical grounds, issued warrants to ensure his presence on February 13, the next date of hearing.

Public Prosecutor S K Saxena, during the trial, raised objection on the absence of prime accused Sharma and contended that a warrant may be issued for securing his presence as he has already been brought to Tihar Jail as per the order of the Delhi High court.

Earlier, the Delhi High court, on the plea of the Delhi Police, had allowed it to bring back Sharma from Mohali’s Silver Oak Hospital where he was operated upon for spinal ailment in October last year.

On January 23, the case was transferred from the ASJ S C Malik’s court to the instant court to ensure speedy trial as the Delhi High court had directed that cases which were lingering on for last seven years would be transferred to FTC.

Sharma along with five others — Pradeep Sharma, Sri Bhagwan Satya Prakash, Ved Prakash Sharma and Ved alias Kalu — are facing trial in the murder of Shivani Bhatnagar.

The Indian Express scribe was found murdered at her East Delhi apartment on January 23, 1999.

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Four Chhota Shakeel gangsters held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
Delhi Police today claimed to have arrested four members of the notorious Shaheen-Salim gang owing allegiance to Chhota Shakeel of Dawood gang and solved more than 11 cases, including the murder of the brother of Bajrang Dal leader Robin Sharma in March 2005.

While three — Raees, alias Mohsin, Mohammad Saleem, alias Allahdiya, and Mohammad Vakil, alias Sonu — were arrested on February 5 from Wazirabad, the fourth — Shaheen, alias Kasim — was arrested yesterday after a brief encounter from Main Wazirabad, said DCP (Special Cell) Ajay Kumar.mar.

Shaheen’s arrest was made following the interrogation of Mohammad Saleem who confessed to his involvement, along with that of Shaheen, in the killing of Deepak Sharma — brother of Bajrang Dal leader Robin Sharma on March 3 last year in Dwarka. A .32-bore revolver, looted during a dacoity in Meerut (UP), and four cartridges, were recovered from his possession, the DCP said..

“All the four received their orders from one Tariq, based in Mumbai, who is said to be the second-in-command of underworld don Chhota Shakeel gang.

Tariq got instructions from Chhota Shakeel to eliminate the Bajrang Dal leader who got it executed through Shaheen and Saleem, the DCP added. Among the cases solved included that of contract killing and attempt to murder.

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Artistes, craftsmen from SAARC countries enthrall audience
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 8
The craftsmen and artistes from SAARC countries have been enthralling the visitors at the 20th Surajkund Craft Mela here.

While many of the participants have come with samples of their traditional crafts, some of them have been busy presenting their culture and lifestyle through their folk dances and music. The cultural evening on Tuesday belonged to the artistes from Sri Lanka as they enthralled the audience for two hours.

The programme started with the traditional dance ‘Magool Bera’, which is normally organised in the Island nation on religious occasions marked by a procession and dancers wearing face masks to resemble animals.

‘Gajga Naama’ was another important dance staged on the occasion in which the artistes tried to exhibit the actions and behavior of an elephant in a poised and thoughtful manner.

In the ‘Lee-Kali’ dance presentation, the participants used sticks, similar to the Dandia style of folk dance from Gujarat.

Traditional dances from Sri Lanka, ‘Giri Devi’ and ‘Ginni-Sisika’, based on folk tales, also charmed the audience.

It may be pointed out that this was the first time that a cultural event from a foreign land was presented in the Surajkund Craft Mela. Earlier, the participants were from the various states in the country.

Meanwhile, the craftsmen from SAARC countries have put up several stalls to showcase and sell their traditional items. While the Pakistanis and the Afghanistanis have brought handmade cloth items such as carpets, bedsheets and other daily use products, the artisans from neighboring Nepal have come with their woodworks.

Rajiv Shakia and Shanubhai Bajracharya have displayed an exquisite artwork on wood depicting the life of Lord Buddha on a wooden piece.

They have also depicted the well-known Pashupatinath temple on ‘Brumatic’ wood, besides the picture frames and other items made from the ‘Shaal’ type of wood.

The metal crafts presented here in the Nepalese stalls include idols of Lord Buddha and the deity Bhairav. ‘Sriyantra’ and other items have also been kept here for display as well as sale.

The stall from Bhutan has also been attracting visitors. Here many types of artifacts and samples of art works of Bhutanese have been displayed for the first time.

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Shortage of rubber worries units
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, February 8
The rubber units in the manufacturing sectors here are feeling the pinch on account of shortage in supply of natural rubber.

The Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA) has urged the government to stop the export of natural rubber on account of the scarcity of rubber in the local market.

There are about 300 rubber units in the small-scale sector operating in Gurgaon.

The products manufactured by them are mainly supplied to automobile manufacturers like Maruti Udyog, Hero Honda etc. According to GIA, the ‘jumpiness’ among the rubber units here is mainly on account of shortage of natural rubber in Kerala, the main state producing natural rubber in the country.

A member of the GIA said that on account of the shortage in the availability of natural rubber there is unprecedented upswing in its price.

The growing demand coupled with the on going lean season in production of rubber has complicated the problem.

The price of ‘RSS-4’ is ruling at Rs 80 per kg at Kottayam, Rs 90 at Delhi against the benchmark price fixed by the Ministry of Commerce at Rs 32.09 per kg. According to the GIA, the unexpected increase in price of rubber is hitting the SSIs. Under the present circumstances they are unable to fulfill their local and export obligations.

To meet the present crisis, the GIA suggested that the government took remedial measures forthwith. 

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MCD councillors’ funds hiked
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
MCD councillors will get a whopping Rs 1 crore as development fund from next year, up from Rs 85 lakh at present.

A proposal to this effect was passed by the MCD Standing Committee today as part of its revised budget estimates for 2005-06 and 2006-2007.

Among the other sops for the councillors in the budget, the number of free telephone calls available to them has been increased from 3,000 to 5,000 per month.

Among its other budget proposals, the corporation exempted the widows of those killed in the 1984 anti-sikh riots from paying property tax and increased the old age pension from Rs 200 to 400 per month. The revised budget estimates for 2005-06 put the projected income at Rs 3,05,454 lakhs while the estimated expenditure has been put at Rs 3,05,275.90 lakh.

Addressing reporters later, leader of the Opposition in the Standing Committee, Subhash Arya criticised the budget proposals saying discrepancy between the income and expenditure was more than the estimates indicated.

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Minor abducted at gunpoint, gangraped
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 8
Two young men have been named for abducting a 13-year-old minor girl at gunpoint from Kakrala village and later gangraping her. The girl was forcibly taken around and raped the whole day in a car after which the miscreants dumped her. Both the accused are absconding.

The abduction and rape had taken place under the Noida Phase-II police station area. There is tension in the village. The police have sent the girl for a medical examination after registering a case of kidnapping and rape.

One Vakil Ahmed (name changed) lives in Kakrala village with his family. His wife has alleged that while her 13-year-old daughter was asleep in the house with her at 4 am on Saturday two young men Azad and Shakir barged into their house and took her daughter Fatima (name changed) at gunpoint in a red Maruti car after beating up the family members.

By the time villagers could come to their rescue the bandits had sped away with her daughter. The mother of the victim alleged that both the youth had raped her daughter after abducting her. They had been taking the victim round the Noida-Ghaziabad road and repeatedly raped the minor girl.

Later, they left the girl near Vakil Ahmed’s house and sped away. After Fatima told her parents what had happened with her, her mother informed the police and also met the SSP to apprise him of the case.

The Phase II police have sent the girl for a medial examination after registering an FIR. Circle Officer K. K. Gautam said the police had started investigations after registering the case. The medical report is awaited.

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Builder kidnapped, robbed, let off in jungle
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, February 8
A builder who has returning home after disbursing wages to labourers engaged at a building under construction at Site V, was abducted by criminals, later beaten up and deprived of his car, gold rings and chain and cellphones.

Later, he was dumped in a jungle with his hand and feet tied. The loot took place on Tuesday night near the Ajaibpur police post in Greater Noida. When the builder somehow reached the checkpost, the police shooed him away, saying that the case was under the jurisdiction of the Kasna police station.

But the Kasna police treated it as a case of theft. The builder, Rajesh Mishra of Vasant Kunj, Delhi, was building a complex near the Kasna industrial area. He was returning home in his Maruti car at 9 pm when another vehicle overtook his car and blocked it. Five robbers got down from the car and putting a gun on Mishra’s temple threw him on the rear seat after tying his hands and feet. They drove the car towards Rathori village. They dumped the builder in a jungle and drove away with his car, gold chain, rings and two cellphones.

When he reached the Ajaibpur police post, the cops told him to go to Kasna. When he reached the Kasna police station after walking 6 km, the case of looting was changed into one of theft. The Kasna police have not yet taken any action.

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Criminals’ names to be deleted from voters’ list
Parmindar Singh

Ghaziabad, February 8
The UP State Election Commission has ordered deletion from voters’ list of the names of wanted criminals who have been absconding for the past six months and whom the police have failed to arrest. The Election Commission has also sent a list of such wanted criminals to the government. The government has ordered all District Magistrates in the state to delete the names of such criminals in their districts from the voters’ list.

As a first step, the names of those criminals will be taken off the voters’ lists whose non-bailable warrants could not be executed. The commission feels such criminal elements are capable of influencing the electoral process.

The commission has sent a list of 31 criminals from the Ghaziabad urban areas.

The wanted criminals police station-wise are: Kotawali—Sanjeev Sharma, Nane Chaman and Dilshad; Sihani Gate – Jawahar Singh Dhukana, Tapan, Dinesh and Naresh; Kavi Nagar – Sudhir Bhatti, Suraj Rohtesh and Tan Vir Singh; Vijay Nagar – Vijay Pal; Indirapuram – O.P. Lamba, O.P. Singh and Neeraj; Sahibabad – Imtiaz, Ajay Shukla and Lal Bahadur; Link Road – Ashish, Satinder, Imran, Arjun and Shiv Mani.

The name of all of them will be deleted from the voters’ list of Ghaziabad district.

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Goods worth lakhs looted, security guard thrashed

Greater Noida, February 8
Criminals looted goods worth lakhs from a closed factory under Kasna police station area after beating and overpowering the security guard. But the needle of suspicion is pointing towards the lone security guard

Eagle Garments, behind the Honda Siel factory, has been closed down for the past one year as it has not been able to pay back the bank loan. The bank has taken over possession of Eagle Garments and put their padlocks on the factory. Manish, a security guard, has been posted there to protect the premises.

At least 12 robbers are reported to have broken open the locks and entered the premises. They had allegedly beaten up the guard and overpowered him. — OC

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Dreaded criminal arrested
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, February 8
The Hapur police have arrested dreaded criminal Santarpal who had kidnapped Dr Umesh Chand Maheshwari from Mathura a few years ago and collected a ransom of Rs 1 crore for his release.

Kotwali in-charge G. P. Singh said that four criminals were nabbed after a brief armed encounter on Monday night. On interrogation, they were identified as Santarpal, Sandeep, Raj Bahadur and Firoze.

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DUTA general body meet on Feb 14

New Delhi, February 8
The Delhi University Teachers Association general body meeting would be organised on February 14 to discuss the charter of demands and action programme. Thereafter DUTA would demonstrate to the Vice-Chancellor’s office and dharna at Academic Council meeting.

DUTA has demanded that the government honour the commitments it made to teachers during the last pay revision so as to make the teaching profession less unattractive. — TNS

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Traffic advisory on Tazia procession

New Delhi, February 8
Delhi Traffic police have made adequate arrangements on the route to be followed by the Shia Muslim community tomorrow due to Tazia procession from Pahari Bhojla to Karbla in Jor Bagh.

Traffic Police officials have advised the commuters to avoid the said route due to traffic congestion. — TNS

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‘Sangat dismayed by locking of DSGMC office’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
Sardar Darshan Singh, vice-president of the Shiromani Gurudwara Sewadar Committee, has expressed concern over the locking of the head office of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee for the last 13 days.

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