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Stabbed body found at Metro station
New Delhi, March 27
A 27-year-old BPO executive was found unconscious with multiple stab injuries near the Akshardham Metro station in east Delhi, the police said today. He was rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, but was declared 'brought dead'.

Civic bodies Poll
Serial blast accused files papers from Gujarat jail

New Delhi, March 27
An accused of serial bomb blast case in 2009 in Delhi, in which a few people were killed and several injured, filed nomination to contest the MCD election from the Zakir Nagar municipal ward.

Education loan racket busted, 12 held
New Delhi, March 27
The accused at the PHQ in New Delhi on Tuesday. Twelve people, including eight women, have been arrested for being allegedly involved in a fake education loan racket and duping over 300 students across the country of more than Rs 45 lakh.

The accused at the PHQ in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui


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150 Tibetans detained; tight security at BRICS summit
New Delhi, March 27
The Delhi police yesterday detained about 150 Tibetans from Patel Chowk for attempting to reach the Chinese embassy in protest against the Chinese President's visit to the national Capital for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit.

Blind workers stage dharna
New Delhi, March 27
Amidst the heavy deployment of the police from the central district, members of the Blind Workers' Union today staged a demonstration at Sarai Rohilla railway station protesting government's inaction over their several representations related to alleged violation of their labour rights by NGOs and private enterprises.

Girl drowns in fire dept tank
New Delhi, March 27
A seven-year-old girl died after she fell into a fire department water tank at Mandawali, East Delhi this afternoon. Sheeba (7) fell into the 10-feet-deep tank when she was playing with her friends, Parvez and Santosh, near her residence. Her friends attempted to save her, but she had drowned. The incident occurred at 3 pm.

 





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Stabbed body found at Metro station
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27
A 27-year-old BPO executive was found unconscious with multiple stab injuries near the Akshardham Metro station in east Delhi, the police said today. He was rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, but was declared 'brought dead'.

The deceased, identified as Rohit Kumar, lived in Mayur Vihar Phase III. He was employed with a BPO at Nehru Place.

According to the police, Rohit was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood at a footpath near the Metro station at 11 pm yesterday.

A case under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC has been registered against unknown persons at the Pandav Nagar police station.

Preliminary investigations reveal that Rohit was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon. There were deep wounds on one of his thighs. The police suspects that he may have been murdered due to personal enmity.

The police believes that robbery cannot be the motive of the murder because Rohit's wallet containing Rs 700 and mobile phone were found intact at the site where he was found.

Sources said that he had left his office for home at 10 pm. His father Kanta Prasad informed the police that Rohit used to board a DTC bus plying towards Outer Mudrika from Nehru Place.

He would exit the transport at the Mother Dairy bus stop, where Prasad would receive him. 

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Civic bodies Poll
Serial blast accused files papers from Gujarat jail
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27
An accused of serial bomb blast case in 2009 in Delhi, in which a few people were killed and several injured, filed nomination to contest the MCD election from the Zakir Nagar municipal ward.

The accused, Zia-ur-Rehman, who is lodged in Sabarmati Jail in Gujrat, filed the nomination papers after getting permission from the court. He sent his nomination through superintendent of jail, Sabarmati, sources said.

He filed the nomination with the support of some influential people in politics like MLA Asif Mohammad Khan, who said that the result of the election would be referendum to prove that he was involved in militant activity or not, the sources added.

Asif said, "We have been saying from the very beginning that Zia and others who were arrested in the Batla House encounter case were not terrorists.

They were students. But the government does not believe us. We appealed to the government for judicial inquiry but it was not accepted so far. Now we have no alternate but take help of other democratic ways and contesting election is the best way to prove ones innocence."

By laying charge by the police one cannot be a terrorist. Let the people give reply to the charges of the police, he added.

The sources said that not only MLA, even the Ulema Council and the Peace Party that had contested assembly election in Uttar Pradesh and won a few seats had also supported the candidature of Zia-ur-Rehman.

The Peace Party fielded a candidate from Okhla but avoided Zakir Nagar, the sources added.

Leaders of the Ulema Council and the Peace Party could not be contacted for their comments.

According to the sources, Zia's father was caretaker in L-18 apartment in Batla House where an operative of the Indian Mujahidin was killed in encounter.

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2,500 candidates file papers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27
Over 2,500 candidates have filed their nominations for the Delhi municipal polls though the final number of candidates will be clear only after March 31 which is the last day of withdrawal of nomination.

The Delhi State Election Commissioner, Rakesh Mehta, said that the Model Code of Conduct was being vigorously enforced by the authorities.

According to officials of the Election Commission (EC), in order to cast their votes, electorates will be required to carry voter ID cards.

However, who have not been issued voter ID cards or have misplaced or lost it and an FIR has been lodged in this connection, they will be allowed to cast vote on production of documents like passport, driving license and PAN card. Ration card will not be permissible as proof of identity, he added.

According to the EC, 2,590 people filed their nominations for the April 15 polls to the three municipal bodies.

A total of 1,785 candidates filed their nominations yesterday, the last day of filing nominations, while 805 had filed their papers earlier.

The BJP and the Congress candidates have also filed their nominations.

The last date of withdrawal of nomination is March 28.

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Education loan racket busted, 12 held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27
Twelve people, including eight women, have been arrested for being allegedly involved in a fake education loan racket and duping over 300 students across the country of more than Rs 45 lakh.

The kingpin of the gang, Sandeep Kakkar (25), his younger brother, Vishal Deep Kakkar (22) and their associates, Sandeep Bajaj (25) and Ram Avtar (27) were arrested along with the women. The arrests were made following a complaint by a student residing at Model Town in North Delhi, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Railways) Ashok Chand.

They advertised under the names of Rotomax Finance, Raddison Finance, All States Finance, Overeas Finance, Compac Finance, Oriental Finace and Iffco Finance. The advertisements were published in regional papers in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

Sandeep Kakkar and Vishal ran the racket from a rented apartment at Sector-8, Rohini. Sandeep Bajaj and Ram assisted them. The women were their employees and they were paid a monthly salary of Rs 10,000 with the incentives.

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150 Tibetans detained; tight security at BRICS summit
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27
The Delhi police yesterday detained about 150 Tibetans from Patel Chowk for attempting to reach the Chinese embassy in protest against the Chinese President's visit to the national Capital for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit.

The activists have been kept at the Tihar Jail.

Two Tibetan activists were detained today after conducting a press conference at the Press Club of India to address the issue .

The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) organized a rally from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar yesterday. They gathered to voice their solidarity in protest against the Chinese President, Hu Jintao's visit to Delhi. The police had given permission to the TYC to conduct demonstrations from March 26 to 28. The BRICS summit is on March 29.

However, the permission was cancelled after a Tibetan activist, Jamphel Yeshi, attempted to immolate himself at Jantar Mantar yesterday. He is still in a critical condition.

"We have cancelled their permission as a precautionary measure before the upcoming BRICS summit. Yesterday, we prevented about 200-300 Tibetan activists from trying to reach the Chinese embassy. We detained about 150 Tibetan activists from Patel Chowk. They are presently kept at Tihar Jail," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Central Range) Taj Hassan.

A special police team has also been deployed at the Chinese embassy. Section 144 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code has been put in place at the New Delhi district. This section prevents four or more people from gathering.

"We have deployed about 30 companies (over 2,000 policemen) of the Delhi police at the Taj Palace hotel, which is the venue of the summit," added Taj Hassan.

Sources said that a three-tier security arrangement has been put in place at the Taj Palace hotel and the venue where the leaders of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa will stay. The Delhi police and National Security Guard (NSG) will be in charge of the outer layer. Special officials of the Delhi police will be a part of the second-layer security. The third layer will be monitored by high-ranking police officers and embassy officials.

The hotel where the four foreign leaders will be staying has been turned into a fortress. The floors above and below the suites, where the heads of the foreign governments will be staying, have been kept vacant. NSG snipers will be positioned near the hotel and will also be deployed at high-rise buildings on the routes taken by the leaders. Security of the Chinese President, Hu Jintao, is a high priority of the police.

The Delhi Traffic Police has also implemented strict measures to ensure a secure vehicular movement for the foreign leaders.

"Sardar Patel Road from Dhaula Kuan to Panchsheel Marg will remain closed for traffic in the evening on March 28. The road will also be closed from 8.30 am to 4 pm on March 29. Those who want to reach Central and New Delhi districts can use Upper Ridge Road," said JCP (Traffic) Satyendra Garg.

Some of the routes that would be affected by VVIP movement on March 28 and 29 are Sardar Patel Marg, Kautilya Marg, Panchsheel Marg, Teen Murti Marg and Akbar Road. On March 29, people should avoid using roads from South of Rajpath up to Prithvi Raj Road between 9 am and 10 am, and from 2 pm to 4 pm, said Garg. 

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Blind workers stage dharna
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27
Amidst the heavy deployment of the police from the central district, members of the Blind Workers' Union today staged a demonstration at Sarai Rohilla railway station protesting government's inaction over their several representations related to alleged violation of their labour rights by NGOs and private enterprises.

While pressing for their demands, including alternative employment in public sector, the section concerned issued an ultimatum to the government of carrying out a mass agitation and "rail roko" in several places next month.

"If the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry failed to address our concerns surrounding our basic rights of labour, such as minimum wage, PF, bonus, overtime payment and provide employment immediately to these workers, then from the next month we would be forced to go for 'rail rook' movement," said an unemployed worker.

They held the dharna from the morning till later part of the day and the area echoed with anti-government slogans even as their call for "rail roko" was foiled with dozens of policemen of the railway protection force and the police cordoning off the area around gate No. 1.

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Girl drowns in fire dept tank

New Delhi, March 27
A seven-year-old girl died after she fell into a fire department water tank at Mandawali, East Delhi this afternoon. Sheeba (7) fell into the 10-feet-deep tank when she was playing with her friends, Parvez and Santosh, near her residence. Her friends attempted to save her, but she had drowned. The incident occurred at 3 pm.

The tank which belongs to the fire department was open due to construction work.

Sheeba lived in Patparganj. She had left her house at 1.30 pm today after having her lunch. According to eyewitnesses, she could not spot the tank and fell inside it.

Now, the MCD and fire department are pinning the blame on each other.

A fire department official said, "Earlier, the tank was used by Delhi Fire Services for storage of water in fire tenders. The fire department has not been using the tank, as there are better options available. The task of maintaining the tank is of the MCD and not the fire department."

A senior official from MCD said, "The water hydrants are not maintained by the MCD. It is the work of fire department to maintain the water hydrants that they construct for themselves." TNS

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