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Cabinet Reshuffle
Portfolios notified

New Delhi, February 17
The Delhi government today notified the allocation of portfolios of all the ministers after reshuffle in the cabinet yesterday but three ministers, including newly appointed minister Ramakant Goswami were not in office today.

Teachers on Census duty beaten up
New Delhi, February 17
The police in east Delhi has arrested two persons for beating up two government employees who were on official duty and conducting Census survey in West Karawal Nagar.

The family members of Paras Ram (inset) mourn his death at thier residence in the Tilak Nagar area of west Delhi on Thursday. Man stoned to death
The victim protested the remarks against her daughter
New Delhi, February 17
A 40-year-old man was stoned to death by a group of people after he protested their badmouthing his daughter in the Tilak Nagar area of west Delhi late last night.

The family members of Paras Ram (inset) mourn his death at thier residence in the Tilak Nagar area of west Delhi on Thursday. A Tribune photograph


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4 MCD engineers suspended for impropriety
They had given completion certificates to two buildings which had defects
New Delhi, February 17
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today suspended four engineers after they were allegedly found giving completion certificates for two buildings in central Delhi which had some defects. The civic agency has ordered a probe in the matter.

Mock drill at Parliament
New Delhi, February 17
A mock drill was conducted at Parliament House this morning to check the preparedness of various agencies in the event of an emergency in the heavily-guarded complex.

Capitalís heritage sites cry for upkeep
New Delhi, February 17
Names etched on the monuments or the flora being damaged at the beautifully created gardens, or the ugly sight of people smoking and dirtying the surroundings - these are some of the common sights that greet visitors when they go various historical and heritage sites in Delhi even today.

DND flyway toll hike likely to be rolled back
BJPís protest against the hike causes jams 
Noida, February 17
The Noida Toll Bridge Company (NTBC) has assured the authorities that it will rollback the hike in tariff for using the Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) flyway that connects the satellite town to the national Capital, an official said.

Barred from classes, boy ends life
Mother of Aljin Verghese (inset) who commited suicide on Thursday. New Delhi, February 17
A student of Adarsh Public School, Aljin Verghese (14 years), committed suicide this morning and left a note which reads: "I am leaving this world. I am sorry for this. Good bye." The boy had been depressed by the fact that he was not allowed to go to school even as the exams were round the corner. His parents said he had been harassed for quite some time.

Mother of Aljin Verghese (inset) who commited suicide on Thursday. Tribune photo

Fog engulfs Delhi again on Thursday morning. Fog affects flight services
New Delhi, February 17
Foggy conditions returned to affect flight operations at Indira Gandhi International Airport today morning, causing cancellations of four flights and diversion of as many as 18. Besides, many flights were delayed by hours as the runway visibility was reduced below 50 meters.

Fog engulfs Delhi again on Thursday morning. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Youth murdered
New Delhi, February 17
A 26-year-old man on his way home from work was knifed to death by some unidentified robbers in the Nand Nagari area of east Delhi last night. According to the police, the victim was identified as Nitin Kumar, an employee in a private firm in Noida.

Transplant games held for organ recipients
New Delhi, February 17
Post-organ transplant, any recipient can lead a normal and healthy life and over 150 such recipients brought it all alive as they participated in "transplant games" - a sports event organised by the Army Research and Referral Hospital (AR&RH) here today.
Schoolchildren of Kamal Model School in Mohan Garden perform during its annual day function on Thursday.
Schoolchildren of Kamal Model School in Mohan Garden perform during its annual day function on Thursday. Tribune photo

Five vehicle thieves arrested
New Delhi, February 17
The police today claimed to have smashed an inter-state gang of auto thieves belonging to Himachal Pradesh with the arrest of five persons and recovery two cars and six mobile phones from their possession.

Portions of 7 properties razed
New Delhi, February 17
Acting tough against unauthorised constructions, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today demolished illegal portions of seven properties in the Capital. The drive was undertaken in the Rohini zone by the building department with help from the local police, officials said.

Car stolen, Rs 22-lakh jewellery stolen
Ghaziabad, February 17
Unidentified persons today lifted a car and stole gold ornaments worth Rs 22 lakhs from a house in the Vijay Nagar area here, the police said.

Woman kills daughters, immolates herself
Ghaziabad, February 17
A woman allegedly set her two minor daughters ablaze before immolating herself in Kakra here, the police said today. Mamta, 30, committed suicide by immolating herself after setting her daughters Nanhi (3)and Muskan (5) ablaze last evening, authorities said, adding that reason has not been ascertained yet.

Woman, paramour held for killing father-in-law
Ghaziabad, February 17
A woman, allegedly involved in the killing of her father-in-law, was arrested today here with her paramour and three other accomplices. Kamar Jahan and her paramour Riyazul with the help of three others allegedly killed Hanif earlier this month. Kamar and Riyazul killed Hanif because he opposed their relationship, the police said.

Tihar products may reach Mother Dairy
New Delhi, February 17
Encouraged by the response to its in-house products, Tihar Jail authorities are planning to start sale of their factory items at Mother Dairy and Reliance Fresh outlets, among others.

Lid off foreign job racket; 1 held
New Delhi, February 17
With the arrest of one accused, the south district police has busted a racket of overseas manpower in which several people were duped on the pretext of getting employment in Singapore and other countries. Forged documents related to employment visa, insurance, work permit and other papers related to the ministry of manpower, Singapore etc. have been recovered.

3 robbers nabbed for many cases
New Delhi, February 17
The police today claimed to have arrested three persons involved in several loots and snatching incidents in the national Capital and solved 12 cases of robbery, including recent one of Rs 8 lakh from a businessman.





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Cabinet Reshuffle
Portfolios notified
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
The Delhi government today notified the allocation of portfolios of all the ministers after reshuffle in the cabinet yesterday but three ministers, including newly appointed minister Ramakant Goswami were not in office today.

Sources said that Ramkant Goswami will join the ministry after performing 'puja'. He has gone to a religious place just after taking oath. Having seen his name plate, people today entered his room to congratulate him but they came out after being informed by the official that he had not yet joined.

In the notification, he has been allocated department of industries, labour and elections.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will look after all those subjects which have not been allocated to any minister.

A. K. Walia, who is considered the second important minister in the cabinet after the Chief Minister, has been allocated departments of health and family welfare, employment, revenue and irrigation and flood.

Walia has reportedly been a loser. Finance was an important department that has been taken from him that is an indication that the Chief Minister wants to clip his wings.

It's surprising that there has been no change in the departments being handled by Arvinder Singh Lovely. He will look after education, transport and gurudwara election and administration departments.

Haroon Yusuf has been entrusted portfolios of power, food and civil supplies and development. Power and development departments have been added to his kitty.

Raj Kumar Chauhan who is considered most loyal minister of the Chief Minister has been allocated the departments of PWD, urban development, land and building and SC and ST. Earlier urban development was with A. K. Walia.

Sources said that having seen poor performance in the health department Kiran Walia had been divested of it. She has been given social welfare. She will look after the departments of social welfare, women and child development and languages.

Meanwhile, Haroon Yusuf has taken the summer chart of electricity in the city on priority basis as during the peak hours loadshedding is always reported.

He said that though there is enough power in the Capital, still loadshedding is reported due to certain reasons.

Yusuf has called senior officers of the power department to get the brief of the power generation, total demand, distribution and cause of loadshedding.

A senior official of the department said that it was easy for Yusuf to understand the functioning of the department as a few years ago, he had this department. The issue of privatization of power distribution was done under his guidance.

He said that he would look after the rural development work also on priority basis as there is requirement of developing drainage system, construction of roads, etc in the villages.

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Teachers on Census duty beaten up
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
The police in east Delhi has arrested two persons for beating up two government employees who were on official duty and conducting Census survey in West Karawal Nagar.

The police said two teachers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Arvind Kumar and Sunil Kumar, were doing door-to-door survey when the accused, Rishipal and Umesh, picked up a fight with them.

Arvind was asking some questions from one Satyawati Devi about her family details when her son Rishipal objected to it and started abusing him. When he protested, Rishipal started pushing him. His friend Umesh also joined him, the police said. They then slapped the teacher and began beating him up, accusing him of asking "indecent" questions.

When his colleague Sunil came to his help, he was also beaten up, the police said.

The victims were taken to a hospital. The accused have been booked on different charges, including obstructing government officials from performing their duties and causing injuries to them.

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Man stoned to death
The victim protested the remarks against her daughter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
A 40-year-old man was stoned to death by a group of people after he protested their badmouthing his daughter in the Tilak Nagar area of west Delhi late last night.

According to the police, the incident was reported around 1 am from D-Block. Victim Paras Ram died due to stone injuries. The police has identified five persons, three of whom have been arrested in this regard.

The accused and the victim who worked on an MCD project in the area were drinking when one of the accused made certain remarks on the character of Paras Ram's daughter. When Paras objected, they entered into an argument which led to stone-pelting and killing of Paras.

The police says that the accused have been identified as Kanta Prasad, Babu, Brijan, Puran and Asha Ram. Paras was hit on the head and declared brought dead at the hospital. The murder triggered further stone-pelting between the two groups. Police officials from the three police stations, including the area ACP, had to reach the spot and pacify the people.

The police has registered a case of murder and arrested three accused identified as Asha Ram, Kanta Prasad and Babu while efforts are on to nab the other two absconding.

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4 MCD engineers suspended for impropriety
They had given completion certificates to two buildings which had defects
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today suspended four engineers after they were allegedly found giving completion certificates for two buildings in central Delhi which had some defects. The civic agency has ordered a probe in the matter.

The alleged violation took place near Filmistan in the Sadar Paharganj zone where five blocks of a factory were being constructed.

The engineers allegedly gave completion certificates to two of the blocks despite some shortcomings, officials said.

A superintendent engineer, an executive engineer, assistant engineer and a junior engineer have been suspended.

The corporation has become vigilant about unauthorised constructions after a building with illegal floors collapsed in the Lalita Park in east Delhi in November last year, killing 71 people.

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Mock drill at Parliament

New Delhi, February 17
A mock drill was conducted at Parliament House this morning to check the preparedness of various agencies in the event of an emergency in the heavily-guarded complex.

"The drill started around 8.30 am and it is part of normal security drill to check the preparedness of various agencies in case of an emergency," a senior Delhi police official said. ó IANS

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Capitalís heritage sites cry for upkeep
Jyoti Rai
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
Names etched on the monuments or the flora being damaged at the beautifully created gardens, or the ugly sight of people smoking and dirtying the surroundings - these are some of the common sights that greet visitors when they go various historical and heritage sites in Delhi even today.

Though the Commonwealth Games mania gave momentum to the projects of heritage conservation in the Capital, most of the monuments even after their makeover are falling prey to vandalism, which is going unnoticed.

The three famous historical monuments which have been listed as World Heritage Sites - Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar - are suffering from the neglect of official protection. However, the main victims are the lesser known monuments which often get no protection at all surprisingly. With more than 175 registered monuments of the state and national-level importance in the Capital, the total number of attendants that the Archeological Society of India (ASI) has employed is 148, which is not even one person per monument.

Often at some monument sites there is not even one official figure to look after the place. This then results in visitors writing or scribbling on the wall or plucking flowers and breaking branches in the gardens or one may even come across drug peddlers harassing visitors, trying to sell their wares.

It's just those monuments which currently are under renovation or house the offices of ASI, State Department of Archeology and heritage NGOs that have staff people moving around. Otherwise, there is no specific person at most monuments to check the vandalism activities.

Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, was a victim of vandalism with its walls being defaced with graffiti before the restoration work, and even now, after completion the problem continues to persist.

At the Red Fort, too, though the CISF security is deployed, they are only responsible for checking visitors when they pass through the gate. Once inside, visitors are capable of creating mischief without any legal supervision.

According to official authorities and the ASI who is the centre in charge of many monuments in the country, it is not possible to employ so many security staff and keep an eye on every one of the tourist that come to visit these sites. The ASI is facing a shortfall of 5,000 attendants to guard monuments across the country, thus it is forced to take the help of the police and paramilitary personnel which further add to the expenditure.

A senior ASI official said, "On an estimate, the ASI requires 10,000 additional monument attendants, mostly drawn from the pool of ex-servicemen, for effective implementation of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010, which fixes the prohibited area to 200 metre of the monuments and provides for two years' punishment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh for violation."

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DND flyway toll hike likely to be rolled back
BJPís protest against the hike causes jams 

Noida, February 17
The Noida Toll Bridge Company (NTBC) has assured the authorities that it will rollback the hike in tariff for using the Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) flyway that connects the satellite town to the national Capital, an official said.

Noida Authority CEO Rama Raman said: "They have told us that they would reduce the rates to the original tariff structure. We have asked them to submit the proposal for a hike again before the (Noida) authority, on which we would contemplate."

Earlier today, over 150 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers laid seige to the DND flyway booths, and let several vehicles to pass without paying a toll.

BJP activists gathered near Ashram Road in south Delhi and almost blocked the DND flyway, creating traffic woes for commuters. The jams began in the wee hours.

Traffic for Noida was diverted towards Sarai Kale Khan and Akshardham route.

As per the new rates levied since Monday midnight, cars and jeeps are required to pay Rs 25 instead of the earlier Rs 20. Light motor vehicles have to shell out Rs 50, in place of the earlier Rs 40. Buses and trucks would be required to pay Rs 65, instead of Rs 50.

Large vehicles are charged Rs 90 instead of the earlier Rs 65. Extra-large vehicles would be levied Rs 115, up from Rs 85. However, the toll for two-wheelers was left untouched.

A meeting held between the NTBC and Noida Authority officials on Monday evening saw the latter expressing stern reservations on the hike.

The Noida Authority had reportedly rejected the company's demand to increase the toll by 25 per cent. It had also declined to accept the firm's demand of notifying the proposal for increase in toll.

The company, however, went ahead with its decision on Monday night. -- IANS

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Barred from classes, boy ends life
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
A student of Adarsh Public School, Aljin Verghese (14 years), committed suicide this morning and left a note which reads: "I am leaving this world. I am sorry for this. Good bye."

The boy had been depressed by the fact that he was not allowed to go to school even as the exams were round the corner. His parents said he had been harassed for quite some time.

Since February 5, the child had not gone to school and he was said to be under stress which made him take this extreme step, said P V Verghese, Aljin's father, while consoling the child's mother.

It has been learnt that the school management of the private school, located in Vikas Puri, had asked the deceased's parents to take him from the school on the grounds of non-payment of fees. But when his parents requested the school authorities to let him take the final term of class VIII, they were told that their son could come only during the exams.

The family said that earlier the school authorities had given a verbal assurance to provide free education to the child as his mother, Leelamma, worked there as a staff nurse.

However, she was compelled to resign three years ago and the management then asked the parents to take the child. Later, the school somehow agreed to their requests of free education till 12th standard.

The police said they would be asking the school authorities to file their replies. "It's a case of suicide. We will have to see if the school has any criminal liability," an official said.

"He was punished along with some other students and told to stay outside the class. They said that our son was mischievous and in his company others were getting spoilt," said P V Verghese, Aljin's father, who works as an automobile engineer in a private firm at Rajendra Place.

"His mother kept knocking at the door, but the child didn't open. So she called a neighbour and pushed open the door only to find him hanging. He was upset as his younger brother and all his friends were going to school. He was depressed," he added. 

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Fog affects flight services
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
Foggy conditions returned to affect flight operations at Indira Gandhi International Airport today morning, causing cancellations of four flights and diversion of as many as 18.

Besides, many flights were delayed by hours as the runway visibility was reduced below 50 meters.

"Low Visibility Procedure (LVP) was implemented for close to seven hours at IGIA as dense fog enveloped the airport. While 49 flights were operated under CAT I conditions, 14 flights were operated in CAT IIIA and 57 flights under CAT IIIB conditions," an IGIA spokesperson said.

The runaway visibility had dropped to less than 50 meters while the required low-visibility take off at the minimum is 125 metres.

Passengers had a difficult time in the morning as confusion prevailed over the schedule of flights and they had to wait for hours. Official sources said over 60 flights were once queued up at the airport while the passengers at many flights had to stay put inside for hours as they waited for the visibility conditions to improve for take off.

The weather conditions, meanwhile, continued to be chilly for this time of the year, especially in the morning. The minimum temperature was recorded at 9.8 degree Celsius, which is one degree below the normal.

The Met department has, however, predicted clear sky in the coming days.

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Youth murdered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
A 26-year-old man on his way home from work was knifed to death by some unidentified robbers in the Nand Nagari area of east Delhi last night. According to the police, the victim was identified as Nitin Kumar, an employee in a private firm in Noida.

According to the police, Kumar, who was bleeding profusely after multiple knife wounds, was spotted by few passers-by near a bus depot and called the PCR. He was rushed to the Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

The police has detained five persons, bad elements of the area, and are verifying their movement at the time of the incident. "Five persons are being questioned in this regard," said a police official.

Nitin was a resident of the Sunder Nagri area of Nand Nagri.

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Transplant games held for organ recipients
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
Post-organ transplant, any recipient can lead a normal and healthy life and over 150 such recipients brought it all alive as they participated in "transplant games" - a sports event organised by the Army Research and Referral Hospital (AR&RH) here today.

"The whole idea behind organising such a unique sports day event is to give the message that organ transplantation is effective and an organ recipient can return to health and vitality," said Lt-Gen Naresh Kumar, officiating director general of the Armed Forces Medical Services and Commandant Army Hospital Research and Referral (AHRR).

"There was a four-year-old bone marrow transplant patient and two split liver transplant patients who are the first case in India for such a transplant," he added. Till date, the hospital has more than 1,100 organ transplants of heart, kidney, liver, aortic valves and eyes to its credit and the success rates have been tremendous, said the hospital authorities.

After the life-saving surgery, the patients feel that their life has become restricted and they are no more like normal people. Such fears have to be removed, said Maj Gen PP Verma, deputy commandant, AHRR, said.

Inaugurated by president of the Army Wives Welfare Association (Central) Bharti Singh and wife of the Army Chief, the event witnessed participants from all age-groups - from four to 60 years old.

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Five vehicle thieves arrested

New Delhi, February 17
The police today claimed to have smashed an inter-state gang of auto thieves belonging to Himachal Pradesh with the arrest of five persons and recovery two cars and six mobile phones from their possession.

With this, the police said, 14 cases of vehicle theft have been solved. Dev Thakur (27), Ajay Thakur (30), Amar Singh (21), Vijay Kumar (21) and Davnesh (23) were arrested from Nelson Mandela Marg, acting on a tip-off.

"At 1.30 pm, one Innova coming from Vasant Kunj side was signalled to stop for checking. The driver of the car was asked to produce the documents of the vehicle, but he could not do so," the police said. The vehicle was found to be stolen from Defence Colony and during the course of interrogation of all the accused, it was found that Dev Thakur, along with other members, had stolen and disposed of more than 15 luxury vehicles through one Murugan in Chennai and Vijaywada, they said. At their instance, another Innova car was recovered. Raids are being conducted to arrest Murugan. They used to move in posh locations in the morning hours posing themselves as morning walkers and keep a watch on the driver or servant washing the vehicle. "As soon as the driver used to go inside the residence, they immediately used to get into the vehicle and escape with it," police said. ó PTI

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Portions of 7 properties razed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
Acting tough against unauthorised constructions, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today demolished illegal portions of seven properties in the Capital. The drive was undertaken in the Rohini zone by the building department with help from the local police, officials said.

The action was taken against properties in Shakurpur JJ Colony, Sawan Park Extension and Rani Bagh areas, officials said.

According to MCD officials, these properties were violating building bylaws and Master Plan 2021. The MCD started acting against unauthorised constructions after a building with illegal floors collapsed in east Delhi in November last year, killing 71 people.

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Car stolen, Rs 22-lakh jewellery stolen

Ghaziabad, February 17
Unidentified persons today lifted a car and stole gold ornaments worth Rs 22 lakhs from a house in the Vijay Nagar area here, the police said.

Unidentified thieves stole some cash, ornaments and lifted a car from the house of Vijendra Singh, who had gone to village Dujana along with family members to attend his son's funeral, they said.

An FIR has been lodged and probe into the matter is on, according to the police.--PTI

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Woman kills daughters, immolates herself

Ghaziabad, February 17
A woman allegedly set her two minor daughters ablaze before immolating herself in Kakra here, the police said today. Mamta, 30, committed suicide by immolating herself after setting her daughters Nanhi (3)and Muskan (5) ablaze last evening, authorities said, adding that reason has not been ascertained yet.

The bodies have been cremated after postmortem and a probe into the incident is on, the police added.--PTI

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Woman, paramour held for killing father-in-law

Ghaziabad, February 17
A woman, allegedly involved in the killing of her father-in-law, was arrested today here with her paramour and three other accomplices. Kamar Jahan and her paramour Riyazul with the help of three others allegedly killed Hanif earlier this month. Kamar and Riyazul killed Hanif because he opposed their relationship, the police said.

The body and the murder weapon were recovered on February 12 from Ganga Canal here.

Authorities said the duo conspired to kill Haneef with the help of Rashid, Nadim and Khilafat by slitting his throat.

Riyazul had allegedly paid Rs 30,000 each to the three accomplices.

The police lodged an FIR on the complaint of victim's family and arrested them today, however, Kamar was granted bail as she is pregnant. - PTI

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Tihar products may reach Mother Dairy

New Delhi, February 17
Encouraged by the response to its in-house products, Tihar Jail authorities are planning to start sale of their factory items at Mother Dairy and Reliance Fresh outlets, among others.

Products like bread, cookies, cakes, namkeen, biscuits, rusks, loaves, oil and wooden furniture are manufactured in huge quantities in the Tihar Jail factory. These products are available at affordable prices at six outlets in the city.

The annual turnover of these products had increased from Rs 6.5 crore in 2009 to Rs 10 crore in 2010.ó PTI

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Lid off foreign job racket; 1 held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 17
With the arrest of one accused, the south district police has busted a racket of overseas manpower in which several people were duped on the pretext of getting employment in Singapore and other countries. Forged documents related to employment visa, insurance, work permit and other papers related to the ministry of manpower, Singapore etc. have been recovered.

According to HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (South), the accused has been identified as Sujeet Kumar Biswas, from Naidya, West Bengal. Biswas was arrested yesterday from near PVR Saket where he came to collect money from a victim.

The investigation was taken up after one Ajay Singh Negi complained about being cheated of over Rs 2 lakh. Negi had seen an advertisement in a newspaper in September last year regarding 'Overseas Vacancies' for hotel jobs and computer operators in Singapore.He contacted on the given telephone nos. and sent his resume on the given e-mail address and later fixed up a meeting where Biswas met him by the name of Mr Jena.

"Negi accompanied his five friends--Vijay Raj Bhatt, Krishnendu Bhandhopadhyaya, Abdul Imran, Prakash Chand and Rakesh Kunnjur--who worked in various hotels, restaurants in Delhi and were also aspirants for the overseas jobs. Biswas, alias Jena, collected about Rs 2 lakh from each of the aspirants," said Dhaliwal, adding that soon after Biswas switched off his phones, blocked e-mail address, closed his offices and disappeared.

The investigation was conducted on the basis of e-mail address and cell phone numbers given by the accused. The investigation revealed that he was having three offices related to Overseas Job Consultancy at Arjun Nagar, Main Shivalik Road and Luxmi Nagar.

Biswas revealed that after completing his graduation from Delhi University, he worked as quality controller for various fabrication units in Okhla, Noida and other parts of Delhi. He initially worked for a few good companies dealing in leather business and also owned a fabrication unit in Tuglakabad.

He moved in luxurious cars and married a Muslim girl whom he had met in Singapore. At present, he has been putting up with his in-laws in Laxmi Nagar.

The police remand of the accused has been obtained and efforts are being made to establish the role of his in-laws.

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3 robbers nabbed for many cases

New Delhi, February 17
The police today claimed to have arrested three persons involved in several loots and snatching incidents in the national Capital and solved 12 cases of robbery, including recent one of Rs 8 lakh from a businessman.

The police said images captured in a CCTV in a bank helped them nab the accused, one of them was arrested from Mumbai by a special team of the Delhi police.

Tajdar Hussain Khan (35), Ahsan Qureshi (26) and Sumit Kumar (25) have been arrested and the police has recovered Rs 3.5 lakh, vehicles and property worth lakhs of rupees from their possession. One Santro car purchased by the accused with looted money has been seized, they said.

The police said Tajdar Hussain used to go to the bank and keep a watch on persons who withdraw huge amount of money while his associates used to remain present outside the bank on motor cycles.

"After identifying a target, he used to pass this information to his associates who follow the target and commit robbery as soon as they get the opportunity," the police added.

The police started investigating the Rs 8 lakh robbery after victim Ashok Kumar lodged a police complaint on February 3 that he had been robbed when he was about to reach home after withdrawing money from the Rohini branch of Punjab National Bank.

"During the course of investigation, specific input was received about the image of one of the suspects, who was spotted in the CCTV footages and identified as Tajdar Hussain Seikh of Mumbai, who used to visit Delhi regularly," said Chaya Singh, deputy commissioner of police, outer District.

She said further investigation revealed that Tajdar was in constant touch with two persons in Delhi when the incident took place.

"The location of the said persons was also found to be in the same area at the time of the incident. We also came to know that the duo had left Delhi on the day of the incident," Singh added.

Ten days after the incident, a special team went to Mumbai on February 13 and arrested Tajdar, who confessed to his involvement in the robbery during interrogation. - PTI

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