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RWAs seek CBI probe into illegal properties
New Delhi, October 30
The residents' welfare associations (RWAs) in east Delhi have demanded a CBI probe into the illegal constructions and the functioning of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

Chhat holiday a political issue
New Delhi, October 30
The declaration of holiday on November 1 for Chhat Puja by the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has become a political issue between the civic body and the Congress-led Delhi government.

Driver steals bossí credit card
New Delhi, October 30
A 25-year-old driver was arrested for allegedly stealing his NRI employer's credit card and using it to buy jewellery from a shop in Rohini. According to BS Jaiswal, DCP (outer), Jaspreet Singh Bhatia was arrested from Kakrola in Uttam Nagar two days ago.

Obscene poster: JNU boy to shoot notice to varsity
New Delhi, October 30
A week after Jawaharlal Nehru University issued a show-cause notice to a student for posting obscene pictures of a deity on the campus during Durga Puja, the student is likely to serve a legal notice to the university tomorrow, even as several students' bodies are planning to protest against the university .


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The mangled Swift car and autorickshaw after a collision at Mathura Road near Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on Sunday
The mangled Swift car and autorickshaw after a collision at Mathura Road near Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo

174 caught driving drunk in 3 hrs
New Delhi, October 30
Continuing with its drive against drunken driving, the Delhi police on Friday night challaned 174 drivers in a mere three hours. If traffic officials are to be believed, this is the maximum catch in a single night ever since Holi when 662 people were challaned through in the entire day.

Law catches up with man after 18 yrs
New Delhi, October 30
A 37-year-old man wanted in an 18-year-old murder case was yesterday arrested by the Jama Masjid police from a scrap shop at New Seemapuri in east Delhi.





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RWAs seek CBI probe into illegal properties
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 30
The residents' welfare associations (RWAs) in east Delhi have demanded a CBI probe into the illegal constructions and the functioning of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

Alleging that there has been an increase in illegal constructions after the suspension of the high court monitoring committee, the RWAs have urged the union urban development minister to immediately revive the body.

"The Delhi High Court had appointed a monitoring committee to keep a check on illegal constructions. The MCD and some leaders got the committee suspended after assuring the high court that they would not allow any illegal properties to come up," said Anil Bajpai, president of the RWA Federation Delhi (East).

He said that in January this year, the LG had ordered against issuing completion certificates for the buildings not constructed as per the rules, but the civic agency had been issuing completion and occupancy certificates to all illegal buildings.

"At present, every fourth house in Delhi is being reconstructed illegally. Fourth floor is being allowed to be constructed in several buildings despite a Supreme Court judgement on the issue still pending," said Bajpai.

According to the members of the RWA, the MCD has given a free hand to the builders and property dealers.

"Our meetings with the Lieutenant-Governor, Chief Minister and municipal commissioner regarding illegal constructions have not yielded any results. The RWAs had pointed out several illegal buildings in Gandhi Nagar, Geeta Colony, Kiran Vihar, Anand Vihar, Laxmi Nagar, but no action was taken against them," said Bajpai.

"A campaign by the monitoring committee for clearing the encroachments is needed. Due to corruption, MCD officials are turning a blind eye to the rapid increase in illegal constructions, which is taking a toll on the infrastructure of the colonies, including water, parking and sewage," said VN Bali of Ram Vihar RWA.

"The Delhi police is also involved in these constructions. A CBI investigation will find the culprits," he added.

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Chhat holiday a political issue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 30
The declaration of holiday on November 1 for Chhat Puja by the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has become a political issue between the civic body and the Congress-led Delhi government.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today rejected the request of her Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar to declare a gazetted holiday on the account of Chhat Puja, saying that the city government had already exhausted the prescribed limit of holidays.

Replying to a letter written to her by Nitish Kumar, Dikshit said her government had been declaring restricted holiday for Chhat Puja since 2001.

Last week, Mayor Rajni Abbi had declared a holiday for Chhat Puja. The move was seen as a bid by the ruling party in the MCD to please the Poorvanchalis, who form a large chunk of the voters in the city, ahead of the civic elections.

The DMC Act, 1957 does not empower the MCD to declare a holiday unless it is approved by the Delhi Government or the Lieutenant Governor, the Chief Minister said.

"I have love for the people from Poorvanchal. The BJP never raised the issue in the past. They have raised the issue now as the MCD elections are coming," Dikshit said.

The municipal poll is due for April next year.

Asked about the announcement of holiday by the Mayor, Dikshit did not give a direct reply, but said, "We have a list of holidays and it cannot be fiddled with."

However, Mayor Rajni Abbi said, "We have already declared a holiday on Chhat Puja and a resolution in this regard has been passed by the standing committee. The Delhi government cannot stop us from declaring holiday."

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Driver steals bossí credit card
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 30
A 25-year-old driver was arrested for allegedly stealing his NRI employer's credit card and using it to buy jewellery from a shop in Rohini. According to BS Jaiswal, DCP (outer), Jaspreet Singh Bhatia was arrested from Kakrola in Uttam Nagar two days ago.

"Bhatia works for Keshav Bhagat who lives in Moscow. Bhagat had visited India a few days ago when Bhatia allegedly stole his credit card from his wallet. On October 23, he went to a jewellery shop in Rohini and purchased jewellery worth Rs 1.22 lakh with the card," said Jaiswal.

He added that while Bhatia was shopping, an unknown person called up the jeweller and warned him about the stolen credit card. However, by that time, Bhatia had fled.

On the statement of the jeweller, Ashok Kumar, a case was registered.

Bhatia told the police that he stole the credit card after Bhagat refused to give him money for arriving late.

Alcoholic man kills wife

A 28-year-old woman was murdered by her husband in south Delhi after an argument over he consuming liquor, the police said yesterday.

Sheela was killed by Sattu, 32, on Friday night at their Rangpuri house.

"Sattu was a drinker and was fed up of his wife's constant nagging. On Friday night, she again started arguing with him and in a fit of rage, he slit her throat with a knife," a police official said.

According to the police, the neighbours found the mother of two lying in a pool of blood on Saturday morning. Sattu is absconding. ó IANS

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Obscene poster: JNU boy to shoot notice to varsity
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 30
A week after Jawaharlal Nehru University issued a show-cause notice to a student for posting obscene pictures of a deity on the campus during Durga Puja, the student is likely to serve a legal notice to the university tomorrow, even as several students' bodies are planning to protest against the university .

Jitendra Kumar Yadav, president of the All-India Backward Students' Forum (AIBSF) who is a PhD student of the Centre of Indian Languages, will reply to the notice tomorrow. Yadav was supposed to submit the reply on October 27, but he had asked for a three-day extension.

Yadav said he would send a legal notice to the university for singling him out on the issue. He argued that since none of the controversial posters bore his signature, it wasn't correct of the administration to issue a notice to him.

The AIBSF, meanwhile, is planning to hold a demonstration against the issue of the show-cause notice to its president. The forum alleged that the administration was planning to take action against Yadav to prevent him from contesting the university election.

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174 caught driving drunk in 3 hrs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 30
Continuing with its drive against drunken driving, the Delhi police on Friday night challaned 174 drivers in a mere three hours. If traffic officials are to be believed, this is the maximum catch in a single night ever since Holi when 662 people were challaned through in the entire day.

"We conducted surprise checks against drunken driving between 9 pm and 12 am on Friday night. The figure of 174 challans is beyond our expectation. Since we carried out a five-day drive before and during Divali, people thought we would now relax for some time now, and so, they took it easy," said a traffic official.

According to him, while maximum offenders were caught in the southern zone, where 54 people were challaned, only 18 were reported from the east zone.

Thirty six people were challaned for drunken driving in the west zone, while 22 cases were reported from the central zone. In the five-day drive during Divali, the traffic police challaned 374 people.

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Law catches up with man after 18 yrs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 30
A 37-year-old man wanted in an 18-year-old murder case was yesterday arrested by the Jama Masjid police from a scrap shop at New Seemapuri in east Delhi.

Sanjay revealed that in 1993, he had beaten to death Haroon Viopari for allegedly stealing iron roads from his scrap shop.

"Sanjay had dumped Viopari's body in Kohri Colony, Nandnagri, and absconded," said a senior police.

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