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Din in House over CWG irregularities
New Delhi, August 17
The monsoon session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly began on a stormy note as the opposition BJP demanded immediate debate on the Commonwealth Games, whose organisers face allegations of corruption and incompetence.

CHARIVARI: BJP MLAs protest outside the Vidhan Sabha on the first day of its monsoon session in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Right) BJP members brave water cannons during a protest against the alleged CWG corruption near Delhi Assembly
CHARIVARI: BJP MLAs protest outside the Vidhan Sabha on the first day of its monsoon session in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Right) BJP members brave water cannons during a protest against the alleged CWG corruption near Delhi Assembly. Tribune photos: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Minor girl killed; mother, brother found unconscious
New Delhi, August 17
A four-year-old girl was allegedly found murdered, while her mother and younger brother were found unconscious in their Patel Nagar house of central district last night. According to the police, the incident was reported around 9 pm yesterday from D-block, Baljeet Nagar in the Patel Nagar police station area.


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Even govt flats hit by dengue outbreak
New Delhi, August 17
The dengue outbreak in the city has not hit hard only modest colonies but also localities which, many would believe, should get priority attention of civic agencies.


Garbage near a residential block in Pragati Vihar Hostel that houses government officer flats in New Delhi. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui
Garbage near a residential block in Pragati Vihar Hostel that houses government officer flats in New Delhi

Students protest fee hike
Greater Noida, August 17
Protesting against the fee hike, students of IEC College of Engineering & Management today boycotted classes and held demonstration outside the college.

DU Row: Itís a nightmare for students
New Delhi, August 17
The impasse between the teachers and the vice-chancellor of Delhi University over the implementation of semester system at the undergraduate level is now giving nightmares to the students.

Women scavengers from Alwar visit Parliament to see the Lok Sabha proceedings in New Delhi
Women scavengers from Alwar visit Parliament to see the Lok Sabha proceedings in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

MCD doctors make silent protest
New Delhi, August 17
Doctors of six major MCD-governed hospitals-Bada Hindu Rao, Rajendra Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis, Maharshi Balmiki Infectious Diseases, Girdhari Lal Maternity, Swami Dayanand, Kasturba and Civil Hospital-and several other policlinics and health centres in the Capital have gone in for a silent agitation by wearing a black badge.

Womenís safety at workplace stressed
Faridabad, August 17
The labour department of Haryana is striving hard to enforce the rules which make it mandatory for the employers to provide security to women at workplace besides at the time of their transportation to and fro home, according to labour commissioner, Haryana, Satwanti Ahlawat.

Evening rains lash Delhi
New Delhi, August 17
Delhiites witnessed another rainy day today. While some parts in south Delhi reportedly received rains around 5:30 pm, people in east Delhi enjoyed the showers around 3:45 pm.

Sex racket: Court defers framing of charges
New Delhi, August 17
A Delhi court today deferred framing of charges against one of a co-accused of self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi, in a case of allegedly running a sex racket. Metropolitan magistrate Ravindra Singh fixed the matter for framing of charges against the remaining accused on August 30.

School's investiture ceremony held
New Delhi, August 17
The Navy Children School, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, held its investiture ceremony recently. During the function, 66 students from the primary and secondary sections became the members of the students' council.

No weddings at MCD community halls
New Delhi, August 17
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has cancelled the booking of community halls for wedding purpose during the Games as they would be used to house paramilitary forces.

Bank manager found dead
New Delhi, August 17
A 30-year-old manager working with a private bank in the Capital was allegedly found murdered in the Mandawali area this morning. The police said the victim Anjani Thakur (30) was found dead with a head injury.

Youth shot at in road rage
New Delhi, August 17
A 28-year-old man was shot at by the owner of a chartered bus following an argument that ensued after the bus hit his bike in the New Ashok Nagar area around 10 pm yesterday.

Man threatens to end life over salary dues
New Delhi, August 17
Upset by the non-payment of salary, a 24-year-old sanitation worker allegedly climbed a light tower at a DTC depot in south Delhi today and threatened of ending his life.

Three women pickpockets nabbed in Delhi
New Delhi, August 17
The central district police yesterday evening arrested three women pickpockets while trying to flee after stealing Rs 470 from the bag of a passenger in a bus.

Jewellery worth Rs 20 lakh burgled
New Delhi, August 17
Some unidentified men allegedly barged into a house in the Laxmi Nagar area of east Delhi and decamped with jewellery between Rs 15 and Rs 20 lakh.

Over 100 litres of illicit liquor seized
New Delhi, August 17
The north-west district police has recovered over 100 litres of illicit liquor in two separate incidents and has arrested two youths. According to the police, the accused have been identified as Ram Vilas (24), a resident of Shalimar Bagh, and Vinod Kumar (31) of Rani Bagh.

Robbery bid: Man found injured on road
New Delhi, August 17
A 35-year-old man was found injured in the Moti Bagh area near R.K. Puram in south Delhi on Monday night, the police said. The injured man has been identified as Lokesh Tripathi, a resident of Delhi Cantonment.





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Din in House over CWG irregularities
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

Projects to be completed on time: Chauhan

Public works minister Rajkumar Chauhan has assured Delhi Assembly that all CWG projects would be completed on time and there would be no corruption.

Facing the ire of the Opposition which boycotted the House, insisting that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit should reply to the questions of the Opposition, Chauhan said only Rs 11,348 crore had been spent on CWG projects so far by the Delhi government.

He said quality work was being done in all projects and they would be used for the citizens of Delhi after the Games were over.

The Delhi government had to construct 24 flyovers. All three stadiums - Thhyagraj, Ludlow Castle and Chhatrasal have been completed. Indian Building Congress has even awarded Thhyagraj Stadium.

Pointing out the CVC report, Chauhan said that it was a routine report of the agency. There was nothing new.

New Delhi, August 17
The monsoon session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly began on a stormy note as the opposition BJP demanded immediate debate on the Commonwealth Games, whose organisers face allegations of corruption and incompetence.

As soon as the House met, opposition leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra asked Speaker Yoganand Shastri that the question hour be suspended for discussion on the CWG as it was a most burning issue.

However, Shastri said traditions should be respected and dismissed Malhotra's demand, prompting the BJP members to raise a storm.

Three BJP MLAs, Ramesh Biduri, SCL Gupta and Sunil Shoukin had entered the House with steel plates and started beating them to pressurise the Speaker into accepting their demands.

The Speaker then ordered the marshals to take them out of the House.

The BJP members termed Commonwealth as 'corruption wealth' and the Speaker adjourned the House for 20 minutes.

When the House met again, the members reiterated their demands even as the Speaker began the question hour amid din.

Arvinder Singh Lovely, education minister, replied the questions of Matin Ahmed and a few others, but the House was so noisy that it was difficult to hear the ministers reply.

The Speaker said that the question hour had never been suspended in the history of Delhi Assembly. Discussion had always been held after the question hour. However, the BJP kept making a noise which forced the Speaker to adjourn the House for the second time for 15 minutes.

When after the question hour, the Speaker gave permission for discussion on the Commonwealth Games issue, RJD MLA from the Okhla Assembly constituency, Asif Mohammad Khan, asked the government to reply as to why no action was taken to control dengue in Jamia Nagar where more than a hundred people have been affected by the fever. The Holy Family Hospital had refused to admit the patient, saying that it was short of bed. However, he was marshaled out when he did not follow the Speaker's direction.

LJP MLA from Matia Mahal, Shoaib Igbal, also created scenes in the House in support of Asif Mohammad Khan.

Earlier in the day, BJP activists staged a demonstration near the Assembly, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The demonstration was led by Vijender Gupta and Vijay Kumar Malhotra.

The activists gathered near Chandagi Ram Akahada to gherao the Assembly. Marching ahead they broke two police barriers. The police had also fixed barbed wires to stop the workers from marching ahead. When groups of workers marched ahead, the police used water cannons and stopped them. Both the leaders addressed the party activists there.

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Minor girl killed; mother, brother found unconscious
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
A four-year-old girl was allegedly found murdered, while her mother and younger brother were found unconscious in their Patel Nagar house of central district last night. According to the police, the incident was reported around 9 pm yesterday from D-block, Baljeet Nagar in the Patel Nagar police station area.

"The incident came to light when the girl's father Amar Bahadur came home from work and found his four-year-old daughter Sunaina dead, while his wife Sushila and his two-year-old son Somnath were lying unconscious with their mouths frothing," said a police official.

According to the police, Sunaina's throat was slit and she was found dead in the kitchen of the house, while Sushila and Somnath were found lying unconscious in the bedroom.

Amar Bahadur who works with a software company in Peeragarhi told the police that he usually came home early, but had got late yesterday due to some work in the office and traffic. When he reached home, he found the door ajar and discovered the incident.

Amar told the police that the house did not appear ransacked and he was not aware if anything was missing.

The police said Amar rushed all three to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where Sunaina was declared brought dead. Sushila and Somnath were discharged this evening.

"The mother and son have been discharged. According to doctors, the two were drugged and had not been given any poisonous substance," said a police official. He added that Sushila and Somnath were drugged first and Sunaina was killed later as the two are ignorant about the incident.

The police suspects the involvement of a tenant, Prakash, who had been living in the house for some time and is absconding ever since the incident took place.

The victims have told the police that they did not have any rivalry with the tenant.

"A case of murder has been registered against the unidentified person at the Patel Nagar police station and investigation is on," added the officer.

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Even govt flats hit by dengue outbreak
Tribune News Service

2 H1N1 deaths in 2 days

Claiming two lives in the last two days, influenza A (H1N1) continued its unrelenting spree, with as many as 34 people, including two children, being diagnosed with the disease today.

With today's cases, the cumulative figure of positive cases stood at 396 in the Capital.

New Delhi, August 17
The dengue outbreak in the city has not hit hard only modest colonies but also localities which, many would believe, should get priority attention of civic agencies. Forget about crowded places like Jamia Nagar, one of the worst affected residential enclaves in the dengue outbreak, a locality like Pragati Vihar Hostel, which is situated bang near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and has flats exclusively for government officers, is reeling from the viral impact.

Though there is no exact estimate of how many people staying there have contracted dengue, some local residents said at least 25 persons in their knowledge have contracted dengue in the last couple of weeks as dengue figures have soared. And a visit to the place makes it obvious why dengue mosquitoes have found congenial atmosphere in the locality.

Heaps of household garbage could be seen right close to residences and locals said drainage and sewage lines often overflow even when there are no rains. Major constructions in and around Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium have caused blockage in the drainage lines and civic agencies have made no alternative arrangements, an official said.

VK Monga, chairman, Health Committee, MCD, admitted as much saying that construction in the city has causes problems of waterlogging and debris.

"Pragati Vihar lies in the vicinity of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and there might be some problem. We will look into it and take necessary steps," said Monga.

"All these years we have never worked in the monsoon and no construction activity was ever carried out in the rainy season. But this year it cannot be stopped because of the Games," he said.

The place houses a large number of families of paramilitary forces like BSF and CRPF and many officers are serving in conflict zones like Kashmir and northeast states outside while their families stay here.

Many dengue victims are women and children who have been left fending for themselves in the absence of their husband and father and due to utter callousness of civic agencies.

Residents have also blamed CPWD, the agency responsible for the maintenance of central government buildings, for the outbreak. However, the CPWD officials concerned could not be reached for comments.

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Students protest fee hike
Parmindar Singh

Greater Noida, August 17
Protesting against the fee hike, students of IEC College of Engineering & Management today boycotted classes and held demonstration outside the college. "Though the university registrar has informed that the fee approved by the fee fixation committee is applicable to the first year students only, the college is demanding the hiked fee from the second year students as well which is unjustified," said the agitating students.

"We are also protesting against the fee hike for the first year students. The fee of Rs 75,000 was already high. Now, it has been hiked to about Rs 85,000 for B.Tech., MBA and MCA courses," the students pointed out.

"Since Friday, we have been protesting peacefully and requested the college management to resolve the issue. As it did not pay heed to our pleas, we were forced to demonstrate today. We have come here to study and not involve ourselves in any agitation," they added.

College chief financial controller Dhiraj Mangal said, "Rs 75,000 was the interim fee decided by the High Court. The Admission & Fee Regulatory Committee has now approved fee structure from Rs 85,000 to Rs 88,000. As the fee was decided by taking average expenses of the last four years, the approved fee should be applicable to all the students from the first to final year. We moved the High Court on August 5, seeking directions."

District magistrate Deepak Aggarwal said, "SDM Vishal Singh has resolved the issue at a meeting of the college management and students held at his office this afternoon and directed the college to take fee as per the last year structure and not to take any undertaking from the students."

"Other colleges too have been directed to charge fee as per the university rules," Aggarwal added.

"We will abide by the directions of the SDM," said Ishan Ranjan, college director.

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DU Row: Itís a nightmare for students
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
The impasse between the teachers and the vice-chancellor of Delhi University over the implementation of semester system at the undergraduate level is now giving nightmares to the students.

As the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) today held a massive demonstration outside the vice-chancellor's office over the issue, the students were left wondering if the teachers realise that their action may affect the future of the students.

The students, who are suffering because of irregular classes and improper timetables, are worried about their exams which are scheduled to take place six months from now.

While some colleges have started classes in the semester mode, other colleges continue to follow the annual mode of teaching. This after the vice-chancellor sent repeated reminders to the colleges to start classes in the semester mode.

"There is still a lot of uncertainty. We were hoping for some positive outcome from the high court, but after the disposal of the case, the situation is back to square one. Almost every second day the teachers cancel classes and on asking questions, we are told that it is happening for our good," said Shalini Bhattachrya, a Maths (hons) student of Zakir Hussain College.

Jeevanshi, a student from Hansraj College, says "I have friends studying science in other colleges. The status is different in different colleges. The DUTA says that the temporary loss is much less than what they are fighting for. But this temporary loss will cost us dearly in the first year examinations."

"Science courses require lot of time as it also has practical classes. We cannot afford to waste time. While many teachers try their best to minimise our loss, they cannot make up for the total damage. The internal assessments and assignments are also to be completed in time. The impasse is taking a toll on us," said Vibhuti Shukla from Ventakeshwara College.

Meanwhile, DUTA today claimed that the tussle with the administration had strained its relationship with college principals.

"Never before in the past have the principals and the DUTA come into conflict in this manner. The vice-chancellor is trying to create a rift between principals and the teachers to impose semester system in science courses. He is issuing them 'orders' to implement semester system," said DUTA president, Aditya Narayan Mishra.

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MCD doctors make silent protest
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
Doctors of six major MCD-governed hospitals-Bada Hindu Rao, Rajendra Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis, Maharshi Balmiki Infectious Diseases, Girdhari Lal Maternity, Swami Dayanand, Kasturba and Civil Hospital-and several other policlinics and health centres in the Capital have gone in for a silent agitation by wearing a black badge.

Feeling discriminated, nearly 1,000 doctors serving in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi-run health facilities say the system has been insensitive to their grievances for over five years; their demands of streamlining the norms pertaining to recruitment, promotion, seniority sans bias have been sidelined.

Accused of functioning arbitrarily, the civic administration is said to be running on a "pick and choose" policy with favouritism taking precedence over rules. The MCD authorities could not be reached despite several attempts.

"We do not want patients to suffer and hence we announced a silent agitation since yesterday and it would continue till September 5 if our demands are not met," Dr Kavita, the president of the MCD Doctors' Association told The Tribune.

The MCD, being directly under the jurisdiction of the Union home ministry, follows the norms of the Central Health Services, but this doesn't seem to be happening at the ground level, with a range of differences being noticed in its implementation system.

"MCD hasn't revised recruitment rules for 25 years and all its norms are implemented in "exception". This has resulted in financial loss, loss of seniority, leading to many awkward situations at times, with a senior doctor placed under a junior doctor and posted in the same department," said Dr A K Yadav, general secretary of the Association, while calling for a need-based review of the recruitment rules.

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Womenís safety at workplace stressed
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 17
The labour department of Haryana is striving hard to enforce the rules which make it mandatory for the employers to provide security to women at workplace besides at the time of their transportation to and fro home, according to labour commissioner, Haryana, Satwanti Ahlawat.

Ahlawat, who presided over a meeting of the executive committee of Haryana Safety Council here today.

She said that the department is also keeping a watch on the implementation of rules which prohibit employment of children below the age of 14.

A fortnight-long campaign was recently launched by the department throughout the state in which more than 1,000 raids were conducted at the errant units of the state.

With regard to providing secure environment to women at workplaces, the labour commissioner said the department is keeping a tab on the implementation of the existing rules. As regards to women in IT-related services, only those units are allowed to employ women on night shifts whose employers fulfill certain conditions regarding their security, including at the time she is being transported to and fro from her house.

Addressing the meeting of the executive committee of the Haryana Safety Council,

she urged the industrialists to link the concept of industrial safety with the production while practising safety rules in their units.

She stressed training of the work force vis-ŗ-vis industrial safety. The Haryana Safety Council will provide all possible help towards this end, she said.

The council is a tripartite body consisting of members of the government, trade unions and industries.

Industrialists of different parts of the state attended the meeting.

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Evening rains lash Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
Delhiites witnessed another rainy day today. While some parts in south Delhi reportedly received rains around 5:30 pm, people in east Delhi enjoyed the showers around 3:45 pm.

"After a long hectic day at work, if one gets to chill out in this awesome weather, there is nothing like it. My friends and I have planned to hang out together," said Satakshi Tanwar, a BPO employee.

"It rained heavily in the evening. We were all stuck in the office, enjoying the weather with pakoras and jalebis," said Kruti Gupta, a banker .

The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy sky with one of two spell of rains and thunderstorm in some parts of the city tomorrow.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 34 degrees Celsius, while the minimum will settle around 26 degrees Celsius, said an official of the Met department.

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Sex racket: Court defers framing of charges
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
A Delhi court today deferred framing of charges against one of a co-accused of self-styled godman Shiv Murat Dwivedi, in a case of allegedly running a sex racket. Metropolitan magistrate Ravindra Singh fixed the matter for framing of charges against the remaining accused on August 30.

The court had, on July 30, framed charges under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against Dwivedi and six others, including five alleged call girls in the case.

The call girls have been charged with the offence of making themselves available for the illegal trade.

The charges against the eighth accused, an alleged call girl, could not be framed on that day as she was not present before the court.

Dwivedi and alleged pimp Praveen have been charged with the offences of procuring and supplying girls. Besides the present case, godman and Praveen have been booked under MCOCA.

The six call girls were arrested in February this year from south Delhi. Dwivedi and Praveen were nabbed subsequently.

The police that had filed a chargesheet under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act against Dwivedi and others, is yet to complete probe in the case lodged under the MCOCA.

The chargesheet said Dwivedi had amassed wealth running into crores of rupees by running the flesh trade for over a decade.

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School's investiture ceremony held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
The Navy Children School, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, held its investiture ceremony recently. During the function, 66 students from the primary and secondary sections became the members of the students' council.

Aditya Wariyal was appointed as the head boy and Mukta Katoch as the head girl by Vice-Admiral SPS Cheema, Controller, Personnel Services, Indian Navy.

In his speech, Admiral Cheema exhorted the members of the new prefectorial board to uphold the honour and dignity of their position and come up to the trust reposed in them by the school.

While emphasizing the importance of academics, he advised them that fire in the belly, strong commitment and focus are the only keys to success.

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No weddings at MCD community halls
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has cancelled the booking of community halls for wedding purpose during the Games as they would be used to house paramilitary forces.

A total of 49 out of 220 MCD-run community halls have been earmarked for paramilitary forces, while 11 will house SAI officials.

However, the MCD officials said only few bookings had been cancelled.

"Requested by the Delhi police, we booked 49 halls for paramilitary forces in June. Only five bookings were made before that and we returned them their deposit," said a senior MCD official.

"Banquet halls have mushroomed in and around the city and over 800 parks are also there. They can be used for weddings," said MCD leader in the House Subhash Arya.

"We don't foresee any major problem there," he added.

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Bank manager found dead
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
A 30-year-old manager working with a private bank in the Capital was allegedly found murdered in the Mandawali area this morning. The police said the victim Anjani Thakur (30) was found dead with a head injury.

The police suspects it to be a case of robbery-cum-murder as the victim's gold chain and ring were allegedly missing.

"Anjani Thakur worked at the Laxmi Nagar branch of Kotak Mahindra Bank. He was hit on the head probably by a blunt object. The body has been sent for postmortem," said a police official.

Thakur, originally from Darbhanga in Bihar, lived in a rented flat in Pandav Nagar and worked in the insurance unit of Kotak Mahindra Bank.

"He had got married just last month. His wife lives in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Thakur's employees and his family members have been informed about the incident," the official said.

The police has reportedly found Thakur's bike from Mandawali Halt parking and is trying to find out why he came there. "We are working to find out whom he had come to meet there as the area does not lie in the route from his office to home. Perhaps, the person can throw some light on the incident," the official said.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered and the police is investigating the matter.

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Youth shot at in road rage
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
A 28-year-old man was shot at by the owner of a chartered bus following an argument that ensued after the bus hit his bike in the New Ashok Nagar area around 10 pm yesterday.

The victim Sanjay Kumar runs a placement agency in Mayur Vihar Phase III and was on way to his house in Madhu Vihar when the speeding bus hit him.

"Kumar and the bus driver entered into an argument following the accident. The driver informed the bus owner, who reached the spot and after an argument took out a firearm and shot at Kumar. The duo then fled the spot," said the police, adding that the bus had been confiscated while efforts were on to nab the culprits.

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Man threatens to end life over salary dues

New Delhi, August 17
Upset by the non-payment of salary, a 24-year-old sanitation worker allegedly climbed a light tower at a DTC depot in south Delhi today and threatened of ending his life.

Deepak (40) climbed the tower at the depot in Sarojini Nagar around 7 am today, the police said. The police urged him to come down. But he refused as his employer had not paid him his salary due to which his family was starving.

It was only after the contractor gave his dues to his wife that Deepak agreed to come down. ó TNS

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Three women pickpockets nabbed in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
The central district police yesterday evening arrested three women pickpockets while trying to flee after stealing Rs 470 from the bag of a passenger in a bus.

According to the police, the three were arrested after the victim, Ghanshyam Dutt, a resident of Alwar (Rajasthan), raised the alarm when he got suspicious of the three women who suddenly got down from the bus when it reached Turk man Gate.

"Dutt got suspicious when the women suddenly got down from the bus pushing him away. When he checked his bag he found that his purse containing Rs 470 and some documents was missing. Dutt immediately raised the alarm and constable Virender Singh posted with the Daryaganj police station chased the women and caught them.

They were identified as Sarita, Jamuna and Maya. The stolen purse was recovered from them," said a senior police official from the district.

During interrogation, the women disclosed that they used to travel in crowded buses and Metro rails and after diverting the attention of the target, picked his valuable articles and got down immediately.

They also committed pickpocketings and thefts in crowded areas, particularly public meetings.

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Jewellery worth Rs 20 lakh burgled
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
Some unidentified men allegedly barged into a house in the Laxmi Nagar area of east Delhi and decamped with jewellery between Rs 15 and Rs 20 lakh.

According to the police, the incident was reported from Akhil Jain's house at Kishan Kunj in Laxmi Nagar around 3:15 pm yesterday. Jain is of a chartered accountant.

A case has been registered at the Shakarpur police station, but the police is yet to make any breakthrough.

Jain and his brother Ankur live with their families and mother in the two-storey building.

"My brother and I had gone for work when the incident took place. Ankur's wife along with her daughter was sleeping on the second floor of the house where the burglars struck. They broke open the almirahs in the adjoining room and decamped with all jewellery. We have incurred losses between Rs 15 and Rs 20 lakh," said Akhil Jain.

According to Jain, there are two entry doors on the second floor and the burglars probably found one of them open.

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Over 100 litres of illicit liquor seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
The north-west district police has recovered over 100 litres of illicit liquor in two separate incidents and has arrested two youths. According to the police, the accused have been identified as Ram Vilas (24), a resident of Shalimar Bagh, and Vinod Kumar (31) of Rani Bagh.

According to area DCP N.S. Bundela, the police recovered around 103.680 litres of illicit liquor from the possession of the accused.

According to information, Vilas was arrested on August 13 from Shalimar Bagh following a tip-off while his accomplice, Pappu, the driver of the autorickshaw in which he was travelling, fled the scene.

Vilas told the police that he was a rickshaw puller and was accompanying Pappu to unload the cartons of liquor. He also claimed that he had accompanied Pappu while delivering illicit liquor two-three times before also.

In another incident, Kumar was arrested yesterday evening from near Haiderpur Chowk when he was coming in a car with illicit liquor. He told the police that he was carrying the liquor from Bahadurgarh in Haryana and the consignment was for sale in slum clusters of Pitampura and Wazirpur.

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Robbery bid: Man found injured on road
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
A 35-year-old man was found injured in the Moti Bagh area near R.K. Puram in south Delhi on Monday night, the police said. The injured man has been identified as Lokesh Tripathi, a resident of Delhi Cantonment.

The police received a call around 12.10 am from a passerby who informed that a middle-aged man was lying on the road in a pool of blood.

A police team soon reached the spot and rushed him to Safdarjung Hospital.

"The victim has suffered head injuries. He is undergoing treatment and his condition is stable," said a police officer.

The police believes it to be a case of robbery attempt.

Lokesh works at a private firm in Mahipalpur.

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