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Rapist cabbie assaulted
He allegedly abused 3 siblings for over a year
New Delhi, September 18
The 32-year-old cab driver accused of raping a minor schoolgirl and sodomising her two minor brothers for over a year along with his four friends was assaulted by angry family members and their neighbours outside the Prasad Nagar police station in Central Delhi.
The school cab driver, Lalit Ratwal, being taken to the Tis Hazari Courts in New Delhi The school cab driver, Lalit Ratwal, being taken to the Tis Hazari Courts in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo

Commonwealth Games
Merchandise sale below par
Firm fears loss up to ` 3 crore, blames it on late launch
New Delhi, September 18
The merchandise launched for the Commonwealth Games, starting on October 3, has failed to create any buzz so far with the fear that the company involved would bear hefty losses.


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A village of the unlettered
New Delhi, September 18
Bhadarpur Khadar, a remote Delhi village which was recently in the news for getting its first supply of electricity on Eid eve, has another unenviable distinction. The entire population of this village, which is eight kilometers inside UP and is bounded on three sides by the neighbouring state and on the fourth by the Yamuna, is illiterate and there are many families whose members have not seen a school for many generations.

CBI urges court to withdraw case against Quattrocchi
New Delhi, September 18
Initiating arguments in the two-decade-old Bofors gun deal pay-off case against Italian businessman Octtavio Quattrocchi, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today told a city court to withdraw the case as it could not be kept pending for ever.

  ` 13 lakh for accident victimís kin
New Delhi, September 18
A city court has asked an insurance company to pay over
` 13 lakh compensation to the family of a man who died in a road accident in 2008. Holding the driver of the offending vehicle guilty under the Motor Vehicle Act, presiding officer of the motor accident claim tribunal Swarana Kanta Sharma asked the insurance company to pay ` 13,37,900 to the family of the deceased, Yogesh Sharma.

Use public transport during Games: Dikshit
New Delhi, September 18
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today urged people to use public transport as far as possible during the Commonwealth Games (CWG). She said that Delhi will sport a festive look during the Games and asked people not to panic when they witness an unprecedented security between October 3 and 14.
Sheila Dikshit inaugurates a 200-KV sub-station at Dhaula Kaun in New Delhi
Sheila Dikshit inaugurates a 200-KV sub-station at Dhaula Kaun in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo

No armoured vehicles for cops during Games
Delhi police had gone to town about its plans to procure three armoured vehicles for ensuring security during the Commonwealth Games. These sturdy machines were to be manned by commandos and supposed to give a good account of Delhi cops during the international event. Police had trained 100 personnel to take charge of these vehicles. Police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal had announced that the force had issued tender in this regard. 

SHERA WOUNDED! A child cycles past near a damaged poster of the CWG mascot in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

SHERA WOUNDED! A child cycles past near a damaged poster of the CWG mascot in New Delhi

Admin to report on crop damage
Palwal, September 18
The district administration will assess the amount of damage to crops in the villages affected by floods and send the report to the government by next week, according to officials.

Workshop to address adolescent issues
New Delhi, September 18 A series of interactive and skills-enhancement workshops are being held in the Capital to deal with the rising cases of drug abuse among teens, lack of knowledge about sex and addiction to social networking sites and mobile phones among the youth.

Film fest to highlight development goals
New Delhi, September 18 The national Capital is hosting a two-day international film festival featuring short films on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The festival, "Eight", will showcase short films on themes of development issues like ó ending hunger, universal primary education, gender equity, child health, maternal health, environmental sustainability, combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

Cancel your plans, showers likely today
New Delhi, September 18
It was a hot and muggy Saturday for Delhiites as the rain god overlooked the Capital for the second consecutive day. The meteorological office has predicted rains for Sunday. An official of the India Meteorological Department said, "The sky will remain cloudy and light rains or thundershowers are expected."

Unhappy with exam result, boy hangs self
New Delhi, September 18
Depressed over his poor examination result, a 16-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan inside his house in east Delhi. According to the police, Rahul, a senior secondary student of Salwan Public School in Mayur Vihar III, was upset by the result of is internal examination.

Father, son held for manís murder
Honour killing suspected
New Delhi, September 18
With the arrest of two persons-- Azad (40) and his son Monu (19) of the Bawana area in outer Delhi, the Delhi police today worked out a youth's murder. Mahender Singh's (23) body was allegedly found in a plastic bag at Haiderpur Water Treatment plant four days ago.

Man shoots at tenant
New Delhi, September 18
A landlord shot at his tenant over a money dispute in Prasad Nagar police station area of central Delhi last night. The police said the incident took place around 9 pm at house number 472 in the Bapa Nagar area of Prasad Nagar.

Man rapes promising marriage in Noida
Noida, September 18
A 23-year-old Hindu woman has lodged a complaint at a women police station here against a Muslim man for sexually exploiting her for the past four years on the promise of marriage. According to the woman, the man now refuses to marry her.

Man held for raping friendís wife
Gt Noida, September 18
A man allegedly raped his friend's wife last evening. Today, a case of rape was registered against the man and he was arrested. "The accused, Santosh Parmar, is a resident of Sector 36, B-block. As per the complaint, last evening, Parmar met his friend's wife at a shopping complex.





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Rapist cabbie assaulted
He allegedly abused 3 siblings for over a year
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18
The 32-year-old cab driver accused of raping a minor schoolgirl and sodomising her two minor brothers for over a year along with his four friends was assaulted by angry family members and their neighbours outside the Prasad Nagar police station in Central Delhi.

The simmering rage of the people burst into open as cops brought the accused out of the police station to take him to the court.

Cops said the accused, Lalit Ratwal, was slapped and kicked by angry men while two police constables accompanying him had a hard time in protecting him. Angry youths threw stones at him and broke down his cab parked outside the station.

Cops managed to rush him to the police vehicle even as he was chased and beaten up. Lalit was sent to police remand for two days by the court later.

Investigating officials said they have arrested two co-accused while two others are absconding.

Efforts are on to nab them. All the four are minors.

The family members and neighbours of the children later staged a protest outside the police station, accusing the police of not making sufficient efforts to arrest the other accused.

"My children's future is ruined. The police is not at all sympathetic. It should take strict action against the culprits," alleged the mother of the children.

The children, who had been sexually exploited, told their mother about it a few days back and the anguished woman then stopped sending them to school. It was only when she shared her distress with a neighbour that the ghastly crime came to light as she was persuaded to report the matter to the police.

Lalit would take the siblings to different places where he along with his accomplices would rape the 12-year-old girl and sodomise her two brothers, aged 7 and 13 years.

In their statement to the police, children alleged that Lalit would drug them first and then sexually assault them. "Ratwal had threatened to kill the children's mother if they spoke to her. They were young and fearful. The accused committing the crime for more than a year. The girl told her mother a few weeks back, but the mother was scared and did not report it to the police," said a police official connected to the investigation.

The victims' medical examination has confirmed the sexual assault.

Their father had died about two years ago and the family lived on money they earned as rent from four rooms in their residence in Prasad Nagar.

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Commonwealth Games
Merchandise sale below par
Firm fears loss up to ` 3 crore, blames it on late launch
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18
The merchandise launched for the Commonwealth Games, starting on October 3, has failed to create any buzz so far with the fear that the company involved would bear hefty losses.

Premier Brands, the official partner of the CWG merchandising, has engaged only four mobile vans to sell the products in the city, especially schools. The company has recorded a business of only ` 17 lakh as of now. Further, around 60 to 65 stores that are supposed to sell the products around CWG venues will open only on Oct ober3.

"Currently, there are only four mobile vans selling the merchandise. We have registered sale amounting to only ` 17 lakh, mainly due to the late launch of the products. We started sale just recently on September 6," said Suresh Kumar, CEO of the company.He said that the firm might bear losses up to ` 3 crore.

"We had projected profit, but due to delay in decision-making processes and launch of the products, we will now have to bear losses," he said.

Though, Kumar said that the response is good from schools.

"We have booked orders from around 12 to 13 schools and the response is quite overwhelming," said Kumar.

He said that the order is delivered in approximately ten days.

However, it would only be after September 21 that the company will come up with proper stores to sell the products. However, the stores will be set up at only four locations-- organising committee office, Commonwealth Games Village, the Ashok Hotel and main press centre at Pragati Maidan.

Apart from these four stores, the company will set up around 100 retail outlets in Delhi and NCR in the last week of September.

"Along with the four main merchandising stores, we will have around 100 retail outlets in Delhi and NCR. The decision will be taken in a day or two," said Kumar.

For people outside Delhi and NCR, the products will be available for sale online at the company's website.

"Online orders can be palced. We have sold products to people in Australia and Canada," added Kumar.

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A village of the unlettered
Kumar Rakesh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18
Bhadarpur Khadar, a remote Delhi village which was recently in the news for getting its first supply of electricity on Eid eve, has another unenviable distinction. The entire population of this village, which is eight kilometers inside UP and is bounded on three sides by the neighbouring state and on the fourth by the Yamuna, is illiterate and there are many families whose members have not seen a school for many generations.

A survey done by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan has revealed that no one from Bhadarpur Khadar has been to a school and even not seen a school in their life. Populated mostly by Muslims from poor economic background, the village has the nearest school at a distance of six km in UP while the nearest one in Delhi is eight km away.

The NGO has presented the case study of one Shah's family. An 85-year-old man, he has never been to a school and has nine children-- five boys and four girls.

They are all married and unlettered. Shahbuddin, one of his sons with whom he lives, has 10 children, seven girls and three boys, and they too have never been to a school.

These families raise livestock to earn a living and want their children to help them in rearing cattle instead of going to schools. The 250-year-village is cut off from the mainstream society and is prone to flood.

The NGO undertook the survey to know people's awareness across the country about the Right to Education Act and Millennium Development Goals. The residents of Bhadarpur Khadar were unaware of these laws.

The village was electrified only a week back and officials said its difficult location made it arduous for the government to bring development to its people. Despite the Delhi government's developmental claims, here is an indictment of the state policies, experts said.

When the electricity reached there recently, officials had said that it took them so long as they had to seek permission from UP government for bringing physical infrastructure to the village as all the facilities had to go through UP. However, providing the village a school or a medical facility should not be that difficult.

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CBI urges court to withdraw case against Quattrocchi
Rashi Agarwal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18
Initiating arguments in the two-decade-old Bofors gun deal pay-off case against Italian businessman Octtavio Quattrocchi, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today told a city court to withdraw the case as it could not be kept pending for ever.

The investigating agency said this citing the court's failure to get the 71-year-old Italian businessman on two occasions to face trial in India.

"There is no point keeping the case pending. The government of India had approved of withdrawing the case against Quattrocchi on September 28, 2009. More than 19 years have passed and several attempts to bring him to the country have failed," said additional solicitor general P.P. Malhotra.

Malhotra, who was arguing to withdraw the case, told the chief metropolitan magistrate Kaveri Baweja that the court had no power but supervisory jurisdiction to go into the merit of the application filed under Section 321 of the CrPc.

"The court is not to examine the merit. It is not to adjudicate. It is only to give its consent for withdrawal of the case after verifying whether the prosecutor is acting bona fide or not," he said.

The trial court that received the case records from the apex court last month had ordered fresh arguments on the agency's plea.

However, the submissions were vehemently opposed by advocates Ajay K Agrawal and Siddharth Gupta, appearing for an NGO that had filed an application before the court opposing the CBI's move to withdraw the case.

Agrawal and Gupta who submitted that they had every right to intervene in the matter as it involved public interest were told by the court to apprise it with the provisions of the law to justify their locus standi.

During over hour-long argument, the court put several posers to ASG who concluded arguments on behalf of the CBI with regard to the different moves taken by the probe agency in the case.

Agrawal and Gupta, who intervened during the arguments, were told by the court to put forth their points with regard to their locus standi on September 29, the next date of hearing.

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  ` 13 lakh for accident victimís kin
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18
A city court has asked an insurance company to pay over ` 13 lakh compensation to the family of a man who died in a road accident in 2008. Holding the driver of the offending vehicle guilty under the Motor Vehicle Act, presiding officer of the motor accident claim tribunal Swarana Kanta Sharma asked the insurance company to pay
` 13,37,900 to the family of the deceased, Yogesh Sharma.

"A driver behind the wheels of a mechanically-propelled vehicle is duty-bound to observe necessary caution for avoiding striking other vehicles, persons and users of road. Having failed to observe such duty and hitting the petitioner's motor cycle, thus, causing him grievous injuries, driver of the truck Dinesh Pandit was berserk and negligent," the court said.

It further directed the insurance company to pay the awarded sum within 30 days along with 7.5 per cent interest from the date the case was filed till its realisation.

On January 23, 2008, when the victim was returning home on his motor cycle, a truck from the other side hit his two-wheeler. The victim was crushed under the truck's rear wheel. The truck driver fled. The locals took the victim to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The victim, 29-year-old Yogesh Sharma, was a graduate. He ran a shop outside Jhandewalan Temple and was an income tax payee. His income for the year 2006-07 was around ` 4 lakh, his wife had said during the hearing.

Citing that the deceased had left behind his wife, a daughter and a mother, the court sympathised with the family saying, "No amount of compensation can compensate the loss of a husband to the wife and loss of a father to his children. No amount of money can wipe the tears and the trauma of the petitioners."

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Use public transport during Games: Dikshit
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today urged people to use public transport as far as possible during the Commonwealth Games (CWG). She said that Delhi will sport a festive look during the Games and asked people not to panic when they witness an unprecedented security between October 3 and 14.

"It is for all the citizens to be part of this national festival," said Dikshit while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 220 KV sub-station at Ridge Valley, Dhaula Kuan.

Dikshit urged people to be alert and take precautions during the Games. "Delhi is now well prepared to host the Commonwealth Games for which a sense of discipline and dedication is required. People should drive vehicles in their lanes and also use public transport," she said.

Constructed at a cost of Rs 110 crore, the sub-station would significantly improve power supply in Delhi Cantt, part of South-West and NDMC areas.

She said that the demand of power in Delhi is increasing around 7 to 8 per cent per annum. "To keep pace with the requirement, the government and the companies responsible for generation, transmission and distribution of power are doing their best to ensure uninterrupted and quality power supply in Delhi ," she said.

The existing sub-station of 66/33 KV at Ridge Valley supplies power to Delhi Cantt and NDMC areas.

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No armoured vehicles for cops during Games

Delhi police had gone to town about its plans to procure three armoured vehicles for ensuring security during the Commonwealth Games. These sturdy machines were to be manned by commandos and supposed to give a good account of Delhi cops during the international event. Police had trained 100 personnel to take charge of these vehicles.

Police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal had announced that the force had issued tender in this regard. Now it seems cops would not be able to lay their hands on these vehicles before the Games due to supplier's inability to give them on time.

Not willing to be held accountable to its earlier claims, officials say that the vehicles were never meant for CWG , but they wanted them for general security.

CWG organisers breathe easy

There has been one positive upshot of all the negative reportage the Commonwealth Games has generated: people's expectations from the 12-day event have come down drastically. Routine criticism has lost its zing while any bit of positive development is welcome. Some Games officials are euphoric over the positive buzz the Games Village created on its soft launch on September 16.

"The media walked inside expecting to find something wrong with the the facilities. But everything was in order much to their surprise," an official present at the launch ceremony said.

Some other officials added that the best part of the ceremony was the all-faith prayer meet held at the behest of LG, Tejendra Khanna.

"God's blessings are with us . We just have to ensure that we don't commit any more blunder,Ē other official said.

Old Delhi gets some attention

As the Games draw closer, it is difficult to find ministers in their offices. Their priority now is to beautify heritage sites, especially in Old Delhi.

Some of the best-known monuments are in the walled city, but are in a bad shape. The roads leading to tourist attractions like the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid needed to be cleaned up. There are many less-known sites like Ghalib ki haveli, the abode of arguably the greatest Urdu poet, Mirza Galib, Shahjahanabad and St. James Church within the confines of the ancient city. Ministers are working overtime to see to it that these places get a semblance of their glorious past

DUTA boosts extra-curricular activities!

The students' participation in extra-curricular activities in DU has got a boost due to the strikes of the Delhi University Teachers' Association. Dance, theatre and music groups have seen a renewed interest from students, especially from the streams like science which otherwise have a demanding study schedule and don't leave students with much time for other interests.

"College fests start lining up in October and we are normally not left with much time for practice. We are trying to make the best of whatever time we have due to break in classes," says Sugandha Shah, president, Dramatics Society, Kirori Mal College.

(Contributed by Sandeep Yadav, Kumar Rakesh, Syed Ali Ahmed, Jyoti Rai)

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Admin to report on crop damage
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Palwal, September 18
The district administration will assess the amount of damage to crops in the villages affected by floods and send the report to the government by next week, according to officials.

Meanwhile, flood water in the villages has started receding and the residents of Mahabalipur and Indra Nagar, who had been shifted to camps, have returned to their houses.

According to the deputy commissioner, Palwal, Dr Amit Kumar, apart from the damage assessment in the villages, the administration was also getting a survey of the damaged houses and dead cattle. Report to this effect would also be sent to the government for compensation to the owners.

While standing crops of bajra and vegetables have been completely damaged in the villages, sugarcane and paddy have also been damaged to a large extent. Maximum damage to crops has taken place in villages like Mahabalipur, Indra Nagar, Tappa, Bilochpur, Gurwadi, Rajpur and Sodla.Much to the relief of the villagers, the Yamuna is now flowing in its normal course and the water level is not alarming. The general feeling is that with the monsoon season about to end, the possibility of overflow of the river is remote.

Meanwhile, the administration has started measures to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases. The fields are still waterlogged and efforts are on to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.

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Workshop to address adolescent issues

New Delhi, September 18
A series of interactive and skills-enhancement workshops are being held in the Capital to deal with the rising cases of drug abuse among teens, lack of knowledge about sex and addiction to social networking sites and mobile phones among the youth.

A 12-part, once-a-month series, organised by Vidyasagar Institute for Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Vimhans), was launched on Friday. The topic was 'Teen trials, troubles and tribulations: Understanding transitional issues, concerns and changes'.

According to Vijaiti Mahendra, consultant psychologist, Vimhans, the workshops are primarily an attempt at enhancing communication skills among family members.

"These are free interactive workshops and their theme is to generate better awareness about routine yet delicate issues that can make a positive change in family relationships," Mahendra said.

The workshop included presentations, case studies and research videos on teen behavior. Many of the participants shared their personal experiences while trying to find solutions to their problems.

"This aims to capture the essence of young adulthood and address issues of relevance and effective strategies," said Neha Bhimwal.

Bhimwal said that based on growing demand from parents, school authorities and the young adult population during various interactions, Vimhans has put together the workshop series. ó IANS

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Film fest to highlight development goals

New Delhi, September 18
The national Capital is hosting a two-day international film festival featuring short films on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The festival, "Eight", will showcase short films on themes of development issues like ó ending hunger, universal primary education, gender equity, child health, maternal health, environmental sustainability, combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

Movies of filmmakers like Mira Nair, Gael Garcia Bernal, Abderrahmane Sissako, Jan Kounen, Gasper Noe, Jane Campion and Wim Wenders will be screened at the festival.

Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor had inaugurated the two-day film festival on Friday.

Supporting the millennium development causes, Kapoor said, "For more than a year, I have been associated with 'Save the Children ó Everyone' campaign which focuses on tackling child mortality.

"To do this we need to see progress on other millennium development goals such as tackling undernutrition, reducing maternal mortality, improving girls' education. We know this can and must change." ó IANS

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Cancel your plans, showers likely today

New Delhi, September 18
It was a hot and muggy Saturday for Delhiites as the rain god overlooked the Capital for the second consecutive day. The meteorological office has predicted rains for Sunday. An official of the India Meteorological Department said, "The sky will remain cloudy and light rains or thundershowers are expected."

The maximum temperature was recorded at 32 degree Celsius, two notches below the average, while the minimum was at 24.1 degrees - normal for this time of the season.

The humidity levels were high and vacillated between 95 per cent and 66 per cent.

The maximum temperature on Sunday is expected to hover around 33 degree Celsius and the minimum around 23 degrees.

The national Capital territory of Delhi has recorded a total rainfall of 889 mm this monsoon, around 48 per cent above the average. ó IANS

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Unhappy with exam result, boy hangs self
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18
Depressed over his poor examination result, a 16-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan inside his house in east Delhi. According to the police, Rahul, a senior secondary student of Salwan Public School in Mayur Vihar III, was upset by the result of is internal examination.

"Rahul allegedly hanged himself with a ceiling fan at his house in the New Ashok Nagar area around 6 pm yesterday," said a police officer, adding that no suicide note was found from his possession. The body has been sent for postmortem.

The victim lived with his father Ram Chander, who works with a private company. According to his neighbours, Rahul was a good student but was not satisfied with his performance in the internal examination.

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Father, son held for manís murder
Honour killing suspected
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18
With the arrest of two persons-- Azad (40) and his son Monu (19) of the Bawana area in outer Delhi, the Delhi police today worked out a youth's murder. Mahender Singh's (23) body was allegedly found in a plastic bag at Haiderpur Water Treatment plant four days ago.

According to the police, Azad killed Mahender after he saw Mahender in his daughter's room one night. The weapon of offence and the vehicle used in the commission of crime have been seized from the accused.

DCP (outer) Chhaya Sharma said the accused were arrested after Mahender's uncle suspected Azad and Monu's involvement in the murder. He told the police that his nephew had developed illicit relations with Azad's daughter. The police arrested the duo from their residence at Ramesh Nagar in Bawana.

Azad and Monu have confessed to the crime. "Azad disclosed that Mahender lived near their house. One night, he found Mahender in his daughter's room. He felt that Mahender had come there with some bad intention. Azad hit him with a hammer. They then strangulated him," said Sharma, adding that they then packed Mahender's body in a plastic bag, loaded it on a cycle and dumped it in Bawana Canal.

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Man shoots at tenant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18
A landlord shot at his tenant over a money dispute in Prasad Nagar police station area of central Delhi last night. The police said the incident took place around 9 pm at house number 472 in the Bapa Nagar area of Prasad Nagar.

The tenant, Mangal, was shot at in the shoulder. He has been admitted to the Lady Hardinge Hospital while the accused landlord Ramavatar has absconded.

According to a police official, there was a money dispute between Ramavatar and Mangal.

"Mangal claims that he had loaned around Rs 32,000 to Ramavatar on interest. However, Ramavtar failed to return the money and claimed that there were some mistakes in the calculation of the debt amount. This had led to a fight between the two earlier in the day, but neighbours had interfered and settled the matter then. However, in the night, Ramavatar returned home drunk and challenged Mangal and shot at him," said a police official, adding that Mangal is stable.

Mangal hails from Bihar and had rented in Ramavatar's room a few months ago. A case of attempt to murder has been registered against Ramavtar.

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Man rapes promising marriage in Noida
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 18
A 23-year-old Hindu woman has lodged a complaint at a women police station here against a Muslim man for sexually exploiting her for the past four years on the promise of marriage. According to the woman, the man now refuses to marry her.

"Neelam (name changed), training to be a beautician, stated in her complaint that she was in love with a man Gaurav (name changed), a resident of Sector 22. They were in the relationship for the last four years. Promising marriage, Gaurav established physical relationship with Neelam," said Urmila Choudhary, station officer, women police station.

"Neelam met Gaurav's parents last year and they also approved of their relationship. However, Gaurav started avoiding Neelam a few months ago and ultimately refused to marry her," said Chaudhary.

"I called Gaurav and tried to bring them together again, but was not successful as Neelam is Hindu while Gaurav a Muslim," added Chaudhary.

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Man held for raping friendís wife
Our Correspondent

Gt Noida, September 18
A man allegedly raped his friend's wife last evening. Today, a case of rape was registered against the man and he was arrested. "The accused, Santosh Parmar, is a resident of Sector 36, B-block. As per the complaint, last evening, Parmar met his friend's wife at a shopping complex.

On the pretext of dropping her home, he offered her lift on his motor cycle. As Parmar was her husband's friend, the woman did not suspect any foul play," said Shailendra Lal, deputy superintendent of police.

"However, instead of taking the woman to her house, Parmar brought her to his house, saying that he wanted to show her the house. But as soon as they entered the house, Parmar bolted the door and raped her," said Lal.

"A case of rape has been registered at the Kasna police station and Parmar has been arrested and sent to jail," said Lal.

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