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Govt agencies sitting over Rs400-crore property tax dues
New Delhi, December 27
Even though the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is struggling hard to nail the tax defaulters, the corporation seems to have turned a blind eye to crores of rupees pending in the form of property tax on government buildings. As the MCD is trying to meet its target of property tax collection, some municipal officials have now claimed that its task has been made difficult by various government agencies that owe the civic body over Rs 400 crore in property tax dues.

Light rain possible today
New Delhi, December 27
Delhi continued to be in the grip of fog It was yet another chilly day for the residents as a thick cover of fog engulfed the city bringing down the visibility level to 50 metres.

NO RELIEF:
Delhi continued to be in the grip of fog on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui


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Delhi gets a glimpse of cluster buses
A non-AC low-floor cluster bus at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi New Delhi, December 27
Low-floor buses that are to be operated on the Capital's roads under the cluster bus service scheme were demonstrated at the Delhi Secretariat today. The buses of cluster-I are to be launched on 32 routes in south Delhi from the end of January 2011, said Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.



A non-AC low-floor cluster bus at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Getting high to cost you more soon
Govt plans hike in liquor prices
New Delhi, December 27
The Delhi government has decided to hike liquor prices soon and implement bar-coding system to check smuggling.

Changed guidelines irk parents
New Delhi, December 27
With most schools getting ready to take out their forms for nursery admissions from January 1 onwards, parents with young children across the Capital are preparing for a hectic admissions season. Despite the government guidelines for nursery admissions coming out on December 15, many parents continue to be dissatisfied with the nursery admissions process.

Have fun with young DJs on song! 
New Delhi, December 27
Apart from Bollywood stars, playback singers and performers being invited to entertain at the Capital's haute parties, this time around young DJs are making the rounds. Some of the most anticipated parties of the year are inviting DJs to woo the crowds and especially the lady DJs are in demand this New Year's Eve.

Ban on plastic in tobacco packaging lauded
New Delhi, December 27
The civil society has welcomed the Supreme Court's recent order of banning the sale of tobacco products in plastic pouches.

DGE gets notice on gurdwara poll rules
New Delhi, December 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi-UK) served a legal notice to the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections (DGE), Delhi government, against the amendment of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (Election Members) Rules 1974, saying it was unwarranted and uncalled-for.

Fog Mishap 
12 vehicles involved

Greater Noida, December 27
About a dozen of vehicles were involved in accidents on Expressway due to dense fog in NCR yesterday.

Sex racket busted; 2 pimps, 6 girls arrested
New Delhi, December 27
Two pimps and six girls involved in a sex racket being taken away by the police in New Delh Ruining their hope of earning extra money during the New Year celebration, the staff of the K.N. Katju Marg police station have busted a sex racket and arrested two pimps along with six girls engaged in prostitution.





Two pimps and six girls involved in a sex racket being taken away by the police in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo

Man killed tenant for having affair with sister-in-law
New Delhi, December 27
The railway police has claimed to have cracked the case of murder of a 25-year-old man who was found dead near railway tracks in Ganesh Nagar on December 20.

Man held for killing father
New Delhi, December 27
The Delhi police has arrested two persons for allegedly murdering a man, the police said today.

Denied money for alcohol, man burns sonís face
New Delhi, December 27
A three-year-old boy suffered injuries when his angry father shoved his face in fire after his wife refused to give him money for alcohol. The incident took place in the Farsh Bazaar area of north Delhi last night.

MNC employee shot dead
New Delhi, December 27
A 26-year-old executive working with a multi-national company was allegedly shot dead in the Rohini area of outer Delhi last night.

Man in police net for 17 thefts 
New Delhi, December 27
The Delhi police has arrested a man for allegedly being involved in several cases of theft and burglary.

Bikers rob trader of Rs 4 lakh
New Delhi, December 27
A 48-year-old oil trader was allegedly robbed of Rs 4 lakh in the Karol Bagh area of central Delhi this morning.

Vehicle thief nabbed
New Delhi, December 27
A 29-year-old man has been arrested allegedly for being involved in vehicle theft cases. Earlier, the accused Sanjay Kumar was arrested in north-west Delhi yesterday.

6 held with Rs30-lakh drugs
New Delhi, December 27
The narcotic control bureau (NCB) last night arrested six persons with 65 kgs of hashish worth around Rs 32.5 lakh in the international market.

Actor Sharmila Tagore presents the Queen of Diamond 2010 award to Rizwana Samplewala during a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi
Actor Sharmila Tagore presents the Queen of Diamond 2010 award to Rizwana Samplewala during a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi on Monday.
Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Gujjars block the NH-24 road near Vinod Nagar in New Delhi during a demonstration to demand reservation for the community
Gujjars block the NH-24 road near Vinod Nagar in New Delhi during a demonstration to demand reservation for the community on Monday. Tribune photo







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Govt agencies sitting over Rs400-crore property tax dues
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
Even though the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is struggling hard to nail the tax defaulters, the corporation seems to have turned a blind eye to crores of rupees pending in the form of property tax on government buildings.

As the MCD is trying to meet its target of property tax collection, some municipal officials have now claimed that its task has been made difficult by various government agencies that owe the civic body over Rs 400 crore in property tax dues.

According to MCD's senior officials, the top offender is the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) that owes the MCD a sum of Rs 333 crore.

Other government departments and undertakings that owe the MCD property tax dues include North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) with Rs 2.65 crore, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Rs 23.62 crore, Public Works Department and the Central Public Works Department Rs 8 crore, Delhi Metro Rs 11.63 crore, AIIMS Rs 12.39 lakh, NDMC Rs 8 crore, among others.

The officer said that the agency has no proper planning to recover the property tax dues from these departments.

Besides, there are 665 farmhouses in the city which alone have Rs 81.80 crore pending as property tax.

However, the DDA officials denied owing any money to the MCD. Officials said the matter had been examined and no payments were due. On the contrary, the MCD was liable to pay certain arrears to the DDA, they said.

In the MCD's budget for 2011-12 unveiled in December, municipal Commissioner K S Mehra proposed a five per cent hike in property tax, citing the dire need of increasing the revenue in the face of a Rs 2,800-crore debt, but both the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress opposed it.

The political parties are in favour of increasing tax revenue by bringing more properties under the net, but the civic body is yet to the identify defaulters.

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Light rain possible today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
It was yet another chilly day for the residents as a thick cover of fog engulfed the city bringing down the visibility level to 50 metres.

Even when the maximum temperature today was up by three degrees from yesterday's 18.8 degree Celsius, the minimum further dropped to 6.1 degrees as against yesterday's 7 degrees.

Unlike yesterday, the sun today appeared for a couple of hours, clearing the fog.

Meanwhile, the weatherman predicted similar conditions for tomorrow with shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperature would hover around 7 and 23 degrees. There would be a possibility of light rain, he added.

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Delhi gets a glimpse of cluster buses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
Low-floor buses that are to be operated on the Capital's roads under the cluster bus service scheme were demonstrated at the Delhi Secretariat today.

The buses of cluster-I are to be launched on 32 routes in south Delhi from the end of January 2011, said Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.

He said that the first cluster would have 50 buses. Each bus would have 35 seats and space for one wheelchair. More than 50 buses would be added to the fleet every month to provide safe, efficient and better transport system to the commuters. The buses are owned by private transport company M/s. Star Bus Service.

Lovely said keeping in view the convenience of commuters and the decision to phase out Blueline buses, the government had planned to introduce 17 clusters for different routes in the city that are not well connected with the Delhi Metro and other public transport system.

The minister said that all cluster buses would be of orange and purple colour. orange buses will be non-AC and purple ones will be AC.

He added that Cluster-I buses, containing 231 low-floor buses, would be cater to the need of all 32 routes in south Delhi.

The buses would be equipped with GPS-based automatic location system and electronic ticketing machine (ETMs) based on automatic fare collection system, gas leakage detection alarming system, emergency exists and escape hatch, Euro-IV environment friendly.

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Getting high to cost you more soon
Govt plans hike in liquor prices
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
The Delhi government has decided to hike liquor prices soon and implement bar-coding system to check smuggling.

There has been an increase in wholesale procurement price due to shifting from the rectified spirit to extra-neutral alcohol, use of uniform standardized bottles and improved cartons.The average wholesale procurement price from Rs 181.18 per case in 2009-10 increased to Rs 200.50 in the current year.

Keeping in view these factors, the government has decided to increase prices of country liquor--quarter bottle from Rs 60 to Rs 70, pints from Rs 30 to Rs 35 and nips from Rs 15 to Rs 20. This increase will also result in more generation of excise duty of Rs 56 crore in one year. This is a major source of revenue for the city government, said Delhi finance minister A. K. Walia.

The government has also decided to implement 2D serialized bar-coding on liquor bottles to have an effective inventory control and overcome problems arising due to smuggling of liquor on daily basis.

The bar-coding will enable on-line tracking of every bottle vis-ŗ-vis the import and transport permits. Delhi has become the first state in the country to implement 2D bar-coding. The bar-coding contract has been given to Tata Consultancy Services. The 2D bar-coding will incorporate a comprehensive data that is type of liquor, date of bottling, batch number, distillery name and other relevant information on a small space on the liquor bottles.

The data will be captured by scanners at every level to check smuggling.

The agency will implement this on Design Build On Operate and Transfer - DBOOT model. 

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Changed guidelines irk parents
Charu Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
With most schools getting ready to take out their forms for nursery admissions from January 1 onwards, parents with young children across the Capital are preparing for a hectic admissions season. Despite the government guidelines for nursery admissions coming out on December 15, many parents continue to be dissatisfied with the nursery admissions process.

The common complaint this year round is that the government has left schools with too much power in their hands for deciding the criteria for admissions.

Dr Rita Agnihotri, a psychiatrist and single mother who has to get her daughter admitted to nursery class this year, said, "I think the way the nursery admission process is being conducted this year is just bizarre. The guidelines came out so late and then admissions have been delayed. They begin on January 1 this year whereas last year they began on December 15. Besides, parents have been given less time to complete admission formalities. The forms have to be submitted in all schools by January 15. We will be rushing from one school to another to complete the formalities on time."

Another parent, Gayatri Sehgal says, "Some schools open admissions on January 1, but there are others who are opening admissions on the January 2 or 3."

The government is facing considerable flak for leaving the admission decision in the hands of schools. Most schools are opting for the point system which had been in operation for the past few years. However, for admissions for the economically weaker section, they are using lottery.

Amita Wulla Wattal, principal Springdales School, said, "The admission criterion at Springdales is largely being decided on the basis of the point system. However, we will also be using the lottery system if we get too many applications in a particular category and of course for the EWS admissions."

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Have fun with young DJs on song! 
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
Apart from Bollywood stars, playback singers and performers being invited to entertain at the Capital's haute parties, this time around young DJs are making the rounds. Some of the most anticipated parties of the year are inviting DJs to woo the crowds and especially the lady DJs are in demand this New Year's Eve.

One of the most favorite DJs in the city, Khushi, aka DJ Kim started as a woman bartender in the city. Her love for music soon took off and she took up sound mixing as a professional course. She now plays at Ice Lounge in South Delhi and also plays with rock bands at the Hard Rock Cafť in DLF mall.

"This is one city where I did what I really wanted to do. Once my club manager knew I wanted to try, he gave me a chance. Since then there has been no looking back. I am playing in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon and even Mumbai parties. The yearly "war of te DJ's" at Chattarpur farms will be one of the most challenging parties to handle," she said.

The 25-year-old DJ Gunjan goes by the name of DJ Angel and is a regular at AI at Shangrila, and Fbar at Ashok. She is a BCom Hons pass out from Delhi University. She studied music at London's Leeds University and has been performing at parties in India and even London.

"I started very young but good parties have started coming my way only in the last two years. This year I am slated to play with DJ Nikhil in the Capital at Ai for the New Year's Eve. I believe that the young crowds nowadays appreciate good music mix. They allow the room for experimentation with the beats. I guess they have had enough live performances on New Years. Now it's just about flowing with the music and having a good time," said Angel, adding that Delhi's clubbing is one of the hottest scenes in the country.

DJ Kinjal from Chandigarh will especially come to the city to play on the New Year's Eve with famous singer "Hard Kaur" at the Intercontinental.

Kinjal who completed her studies in Ludhiana says Delhi is one place where she is welcomed without any prejudices.

"The crowd cheers for me when I play their favorite numbers. No matter how many genres a DJ tries, Indian crowds are no satisfied till the Bollywood numbers are rolled out. On New Year's Eve, the Capital has a mixed crowd at clubs. So one has to balance the act with good amount of rap, hip hop and Bollywood to keep the mood alive. I am very excited about my gig with Hard Kaur, I am sure it's going to be a blast this year," said Kinjal.

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Ban on plastic in tobacco packaging lauded
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
The civil society has welcomed the Supreme Court's recent order of banning the sale of tobacco products in plastic pouches.

Under the umbrella of the Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control (AFTC), 65 tobacco control organisations across India, have lauded the apex court's order which, according to them, has a two-fold commitment--safeguarding the health of Indians and protecting the environment from degradation.

According to the civil society groups, the order, which came up in the matter of the Ankur Gutkha and Others vs Indian Asthma Care Society and Others earlier this month, reiterates people's right to a pollution-free environment.

The order will hit gutka products hard as they are mostly sold in plastic pouches. The order will come into effect from March.

"This order will have far-reaching implications on health, environment and waste management in the country and we hope that after this observation from the court, the tobacco industry will behave more responsibly," said Dharamveer Katewa, secretary, Indian Asthma Care Society (the primary litigant of the case), while stressing the need to curb tobacco for saving the future generations. 

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DGE gets notice on gurdwara poll rules
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi-UK) served a legal notice to the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections (DGE), Delhi government, against the amendment of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (Election Members) Rules 1974, saying it was unwarranted and uncalled-for.

It seems that the DGE has amended the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) election rules to help the party in power. The amended rules are not in accordance with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act 1971 either, said president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi UK), Jasjit Singh.

According to amended rules, to contest the election the party should have balance sheets of accounts for three years and four members of the party should have contested general elections or it should have at least two elected members. Under such a condition, the new party cannot contest elections. This condition will not be tolerated by the Sikh community, said Jasjit Singh.

Addressing a conference, he warned the DGE that his party would go to the court against the amendment of the DSGMC election rules. To enforce any amended rule in Delhi, the consent of Parliament is a must. But in case of the DSGMC election rules, the proposal was not submitted before Parliament.

He also demanded 25 per cent reservation for women in DSGMC seats. The DSGMC has 51 seats. President of the gurudwara committee should be changed every year.

Jasjit also asked the government and ruling party in the gurdwara committee that teachers working in gurdwara schools should be given salary according to the Sixth Pay Commission forthwith.

Salaries of sewadars should be increased as well and their wards should get full concession in school fees.

He said that Ranjit Singh Gandhi, an elected member of the Delhi gurdwara committee had joined Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi-UK). Gandhi represented Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) in the gurdwara committee. Eighteen members are also likely to join his party soon.

Meanwhile, Delhi minister for gurdwara elections Arvinder Singh Lovely assured that the elections would be held in 2011. But he did not specify the month, saying that the delimitation of the constituencies was also to be done before the polls. The government would constitute a committee for the delimitation work.

This panel would also study the demand for reservation of women in the gurdwara committee, Lovely said. 

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Fog Mishap 
12 vehicles involved
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, December 27
About a dozen of vehicles were involved in accidents on Expressway due to dense fog in NCR yesterday.

Near Mohiyapur village under Surajpur Kotwali area, about a dozen vehicles were involved in accidents one after the other. About a dozen injured persons were rushed to Noida and Greater Noida hospitals. The police, which had been informed about the accidents at 6 am, had to struggle hard to clear the road of smashed-up vehicles.

Late at night on Saturday near Mohiyapur village, two truck collided which led to a number of vehicles hitting one after the other due to dense fog. An Esteem car smashed into a truck. Eight vehicles were badly wrecked in the accident, including a tractor and a canter.

Six PCR jeeps and a number of cops were deployed along with cranes to remove the piled-up vehicles.

Three ambulances were deployed to rush the injured to the hospitals. But the main cause of the accidents was that the two trucks involved in accident had not been removed from the road. The officials said they did not have heavy cranes to remove the vehicles like trucks and tractors.

Woman killed in accident
New Delhi:
A 40-year-old woman was killed and 11 were injured in separate accidents caused by dense fog in the national Capital since yesterday, the police said.

Bholi died in an accident that took place at Burari last night while nine were injured, the police said. The incident took place when a mini-truck hit a car around 10:30 pm.

The police attributed the incident to heavy fog, reducing the visibility. ó PTI

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Sex racket busted; 2 pimps, 6 girls arrested
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
Ruining their hope of earning extra money during the New Year celebration, the staff of the K.N. Katju Marg police station have busted a sex racket and arrested two pimps along with six girls engaged in prostitution.

The raid was carried out last night at house number 166, H-3 block of Sector 16, Rohini.

According to Chhaya Sharma, DCP (Outer), the arrest came after a police constable was sent as a decoy customer at the said address.

"The constable was sent as a decoy customer to strike a deal with Sharda (name changed), the kingpin of the racket. The woman and her accomplice Dev Kumar, alias W. Gupta, presented five girls before the constable and asked Rs 2,500 for a night. After the deal was confirmed, the police party was signaled and it made the arrests," said Sharma.

During interrogation, Sharda and Kumar disclosed that they had been involved in the racket for quite some time now. "Sharda used to provide space at her house and call girls known to her as per the demand of the customers. She kept a share of the income. All the arrested girls are in their early twenties," said Sharma, adding that two of the girls disclosed that they had come to Delhi from Patiala with a hope to earn more during New Year celebrations. 

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Man killed tenant for having affair with sister-in-law
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
The railway police has claimed to have cracked the case of murder of a 25-year-old man who was found dead near railway tracks in Ganesh Nagar on December 20.

According to the police, the victim Anil was killed by accused Ganesh and his cousin Sonu for having illicit relationship with their sister-in-law.

According to Ashok Chand, DCP (crime & railways), the identity of the victim was established from his mobile phone.

On enquiry, it was learnt that Anil, a resident of Raghupura village in Noida, was last seen in the company of Ganesh and Sonu. "We saw injury marks on Ganesh's hand, head and forehead. On interrogation, he broke down and confessed to the crime," said Chand.

Ganesh disclosed that Anil used to reside as his tenant in Sudama Puri, Ghaziabad. Ganesh's elder brother and sister-in-law also resided in the same house. Anil had developed illicit relationship with his brother's wife. When Ganesh learnt about it, he along with Sonu planned to murder Anil.

"They planned to bring Anil to the railway tracks and throw him before train. They wanted the incident to look like an accident. As per their plan, the two asked Anil to come to the railway tracks on the pretext of bringing Sonu's motorcycle from one Chattar Pal's residence close to the tracks," said Chand, adding that Anil was initially reluctant, but agreed on their insistence.

On December 19, the trio reached the railway tracks around 7.30 pm. They saw a train coming from the direction of Ghaziabad. Considering it to be a good opportunity, the accused entered into a scuffle with Anil on his relation with their sister-in-law.

"During the scuffle, the two sustained injuries, but managed to throw Anil in front of the train. Anil was thrown away by the train and he died," revealed Chand, adding that Sonu is absconding.

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Man held for killing father
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
The Delhi police has arrested two persons for allegedly murdering a man, the police said today.

The accused have been identified as Ravi (21) and Rahul, alias Pradhan (19).

With their arrests, the police claims to have solved the murder of Bhim Singh Nagar of Aali Village within 48 hours.

On December 24, the police learnt that a man was injured in a shootout at Aali village jungle. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

"The police found parts of the broken countrymade katta, empty magazine and fired carriages of .315 as well as 7.62-mm pistol," said a senior police official.

It was found that Nagar owned many properties in the village and was involved in disputes over several properties in the area.

Intelligence was developed and it was found that Nagar had an illicit relationship with a woman named Kamlesh who lived in the same locality and claimed to be his wife. She has two sons, Lokesh and Ravi, and a daughter out of the relationship.

From the past three years, the couple had developed some distance because of some property.

On further investigation, it was found that Ravi was not present in his house when the incident took place.

The police apprehended Ravi and his accomplice Rahul from Uttar Pradesh.

On sustained interrogation, Ravi disclosed that he was close to Nagar. But from the past few years, Nagar had started ill-treating his mother. He also humiliated the brothers several times at public places, this provoked them to eliminate him, said the official.

The police has seized a katta and a US-made 7.62 pistol that belonged to Nagar.

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Denied money for alcohol, man burns sonís face
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
A three-year-old boy suffered injuries when his angry father shoved his face in fire after his wife refused to give him money for alcohol. The incident took place in the Farsh Bazaar area of north Delhi last night.

The accused, Mohammed Shaubi, had gone to visit his first wife and demanded money from her to drink. But when she refused, Shaubi got violent.

"Shaubi is an alcoholic and spends all his earnings on alcohol. Yesterday, he demanded money from his wife Nagma, but when she refused, he bashed her up and then shoved their son's face in fire. The boy suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital by the neighbours who called the police," said a police official . 

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MNC employee shot dead
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
A 26-year-old executive working with a multi-national company was allegedly shot dead in the Rohini area of outer Delhi last night.

According to the police, the incident took place outside a chicken shop in Sector 17 of Rohini around 10:20 pm.

The victim has been identified as Iman Singh Batra of Gulabi Bagh who had gone to the chicken shop to make some purchase. "There, Batra had an argument with two persons over some issue. The men shot him twice and fled," said a police official, adding that Batra was declared brought dead when taken to the Jaipur Golden Hospital.

The police has registered a case of murder at the K.N. Katju Marg police station. 

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Man in police net for 17 thefts 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
The Delhi police has arrested a man for allegedly being involved in several cases of theft and burglary.

The accused has been identified as Mohammed Mazz Qureshi (19), a resident of Shri Niwas Puri.

With his arrest, the police claims to have solved 17 cases of theft and burglary and seize five stolen laptops, five mobiles, electronic items, quilts, electronic gadgets, travel bags and around Rs 11,000 in cash.

Qureshi was apprehended from the Okhla Phase I area on a tip-off.

"On interrogation, he revealed that he had committed thefts in Malviya Nagar, Okhla, Saket, Hauz Khas and disposed of some stolen items in Kabari Bazar, Lal Quila," a senior official said.

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Bikers rob trader of Rs 4 lakh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
A 48-year-old oil trader was allegedly robbed of Rs 4 lakh in the Karol Bagh area of central Delhi this morning.

According to the police, the victim Vipin Mittal was on his way to deposit the amount when two bikers stuck around 10:30 am.

"Vipin Mittal deals in Fortune oil trading and owns a shop in Bapa Nagar. This morning, he was on his way to the Union Bank of India branch in Karol Bagh to deposit Rs 4 lakh when two bike-borne persons snatched his money bag and fled," said a police official.

Mittal was parking his scooter near the bank when the incident allegedly took place.

A case has been registered at the Karol Bagh police station and investigation is on. However, no arrest was made till late in the evening. 

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Vehicle thief nabbed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
A 29-year-old man has been arrested allegedly for being involved in vehicle theft cases. Earlier, the accused Sanjay Kumar was arrested in north-west Delhi yesterday.

The police said Kumar was arrested from the Jehangirpuri area when he had come to sell a stolen car. Two cases of vehicle theft have been solved with his arrest. In July, he had escaped from the Punjab police custody that had brought him here in connection with a pending case.

The police said Kumar's father Ram Krishan was a friend of a vehicle thief, Dhani Ram Mittal, who is a proclaimed offender. After the death of his father, Kumar allegedly came in contact with Mittal who initiated him into the world of crime. "Kumar used to take stolen cars from Mittal for selling them in Punjab, using fake documents. ," said a senior police official.

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6 held with Rs30-lakh drugs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
The narcotic control bureau (NCB) last night arrested six persons with 65 kgs of hashish worth around Rs 32.5 lakh in the international market.

The accused were arrested after the NCB intercepted a vehicle in Peeragarhi.

Those arrested include two receivers hailing from Haryana and four distributors.

According to an NCB official, the accused had procured the hashish from Nepal. 

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