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Mosque building on despite notice by civic body 
New Delhi, July 19
People gather to see the construction of mosque near the Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Thursday. Even after a notice issued by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, construction of the Akbarabadi mosque continued under the leadership of Turkman Gate MLA Shoaib Iqbal who claimed that it was a Mughal era mosque which was demolished by the British government during the freedom movement.
People gather to see the construction of mosque near the Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Prez poll: 2 MLAs fail to vote
New Delhi, July 19
Polling for the presidential election at Old Secretariat ended peacefully. Among 70 members in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, two could not exercise their franchise in the election today.

Councillorís husband gets extortion calls, three held
New Delhi, July 19
Three men were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly placing extortion calls to the husband of Jaitpur's Municipal Councillor. They had demanded Rs 10 lakh. The arrested are Akhtar Ali, Abdul Gaffar and the mastermind Alauddin.




43 police inspectors to be shifted 
New Delhi, July 19
In a reshuffle within the Delhi Police, 43 inspectors will be transferred to different postings in the national Capital.

BJP protests bid to cover up Guwahati molestation 
BJP leaders Vijender Gupta, Arti Mehra and Smriti Irani with women members of the party protest outside the NCW office in New Delhi on Thursday. New Delhi, July 19
Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha president Shikha Roy along with several other women today staged a demonstration outside the office of National Commissioner of Women (NCW) to protest against atrocities on women and attempts to cover up the Guwahati incident.

BJP leaders Vijender Gupta, Arti Mehra and Smriti Irani with women members of the party protest outside the NCW office in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Army doctors hold eye camp at Leh
New Delhi, July 19
Braving the biting cold, a team of eye specialists from Army Hospital (Research and Referral) based in Delhi and Leh, led by Brig JKS Parihar, held its second mega eye camp at the altitude of 14106 ft at Tangtse and Leh.

39 kids rescued; 21 traffickers held
New Delhi, July 19
Twenty-one child traffickers were apprehended and 39 children rescued from city's Anand Vihar Railway Station in a major crackdown that concluded this morning.

3 held for drugging train passengers
New Delhi, July 19
The police has arrested three persons for allegedly drugging and robbing two train passengers in separate incidents. While Ram Ashok (40) has been arrested for the first case, two youths-- Iqbal Husain and Anwar- have been nabbed in the second case. Both the cases have been reported this month.

 





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Mosque building on despite notice by civic body 
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
Even after a notice issued by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, construction of the Akbarabadi mosque continued under the leadership of Turkman Gate MLA Shoaib Iqbal who claimed that it was a Mughal era mosque which was demolished by the British government during the freedom movement.

Hundreds of people are working voluntarily. School students, women and children came from outside the walled city today and helped in constructing the mosque, considering that it is a "kar seva".

A large number of people also came from the NCR region like Baraut and Hapur to see the mosque. Nazakat Ali who came along with his wife and a small child from Baraut said that he was making a video film of the wall that became visible after the digging done by Delhi Metro. He would show the film to his friends in the village.

Policemen standing as mute spectators took no action to prevent the construction though the MCD yesterday issued a public notice that the land belonged to North Delhi MCD. If any construction takes place, the MCD can take action, according to the notice.

Speaking to The Tribune, an IB official who was deployed there to keep tabs on the situation said that the government was not taking action, considering the assembly election due in Delhi next year. Stopping the construction will go against the party in power.

The IB official has taken photographs of the people busy in construction.

While the work was going on, supporters of Shoaib Iqbal told the people that nobody should donate money for the work. The finance is being sanctioned by the local MLA.

Iqbal said that during the freedom movement, the politicians in Delhi used to gather at the Akbarabadi mosque to make plans for the movement. When the British government came to know about their meetings, it demolished the mosque.

A spokesman of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said, "We have handed over the land to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. We have changed our site for the construction of metro rail line."

The Chairman, Standing Committee of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Yogender Chandolia appealed to the Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna to take action against the leader and his supporters under MACOCA for doing illegal construction at Subhash Park. 

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Prez poll: 2 MLAs fail to vote
Tribune News Service

Congress MPs Jai Prakash Agarwal and Mahabal Mishra come out of Parliament after casting their votes in the presidential election in New Delhi on Thursday
Congress MPs Jai Prakash Agarwal and Mahabal Mishra come out of Parliament after casting their votes in the presidential election in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, July 19
Polling for the presidential election at Old Secretariat ended peacefully. Among 70 members in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, two could not exercise their franchise in the election today.

The senior BJP MLA H S Balli and Independent MLA Bharat Singh could not vote in the election. Balli is hospitalized while Bharat Singh is recovering from the injuries he had sustained when he was attacked by a criminal.

Congress has 41 MLAs in the assembly while the BJP 24. Besides, two BSP, one RJD and LJP and Independent MLAs are there in the assembly.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Speaker Yoganand Shastri, Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra and all six ministers cast their ballot.

A number of police personnel were deployed to ensure the smooth conduct of the election. 

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Councillorís husband gets extortion calls, three held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
Three men were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly placing extortion calls to the husband of Jaitpur's Municipal Councillor. They had demanded Rs 10 lakh. The arrested are Akhtar Ali, Abdul Gaffar and the mastermind Alauddin.

Shikha Shah is the Councillor of Jaitpur in South East Delhi. On June 27, her husband, Narsingh Shah received a call on his mobile phone. The caller demanded Rs 10 lakh and warned Narsingh that he would kill his family if he didn't give the money. On the same day, Shikha and Narsingh lodged a complaint at the Jaitpur police station.

"We started tracking the caller's mobile phone number," added the officer.

The callers kept making calls to Narsingh. A deal was set between them. On June 30, the caller directed him to come to Faridabad with Rs 10 lakh. "A police team went there with Narsingh. But, the three men didn't come," said the officer.

Then on July 17, the caller told Narsingh to arrive with the money to the same location. "We again went there with him. When the three culprits came to take the money, we caught them red-handed," said the officer. 

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43 police inspectors to be shifted 
Count includes 7 SHOs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
In a reshuffle within the Delhi Police, 43 inspectors will be transferred to different postings in the national Capital.

The reshuffle includes the transfer of seven Station House Officers (SHOs) from GTB Enclave, Nabi Karim, Uttam Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Sarojini Nagar, Jagatpuri and Shakarpur police stations.

According to a senior police officer, the order was passed on Wednesday night by the "Establishment Board", a committee chaired by the Delhi Police Commissioner, Neeraj Kumar, and consists of three to four Delhi Police Special Commissioners. 

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BJP protests bid to cover up Guwahati molestation 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha president Shikha Roy along with several other women today staged a demonstration outside the office of National Commissioner of Women (NCW) to protest against atrocities on women and attempts to cover up the Guwahati incident.

The demonstrators raised slogans against the politicization of NCW by the Congress party.

During the demonstration, a delegation of senior leaders met the NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma and other members. This delegation included Vijender Gupta, Delhi BJP president, actress Smriti Irani and Arti Mehra, former mayor. The delegation expressed disappointment over the fact that the NCW has sympathy for Alka Lamba who disclosed the name of the victim to the media.

"The way in which an attempt was made to de-robe the girl student and molest her publicly in Guwahati was shameless. It is surprising that the conduct of NCW towards this crime was insensitive and an attempt to cover it up," said Smriti Irani, Mahila Morcha national president.

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Army doctors hold eye camp at Leh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
Braving the biting cold, a team of eye specialists from Army Hospital (Research and Referral) based in Delhi and Leh, led by Brig JKS Parihar, held its second mega eye camp at the altitude of 14106 ft at Tangtse and Leh.

Organised under the guidance of Director General Armed Forces Medical Services, the camp is a part of Armed Forces Research and coincided with the Golden Jubilee celebration of Trishul Division.

During the two phases of this camp earlier, 4,000 persons, both civilians and ex-servicemen, were screened. As many as 135 persons have already been operated upon by the latest technique of Phacoemulsification, which involves extraction of cataract by emulsifying the lens ultrasonically.

The civilians are learnt to have expressed their gratitude to the Indian Army which has been carrying out several activities under its operation "Sadbhavna". 

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39 kids rescued; 21 traffickers held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
Twenty-one child traffickers were apprehended and 39 children rescued from city's Anand Vihar Railway Station in a major crackdown that concluded this morning.

The five-hour-long operation led by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of Delhi Police and child rights NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) began late last night.

Delhi has once again emerged as a safe transit for cross-border trafficking, with 16 children among those rescued being from Nepal and the remaining from Bihar.

Many activists demand the deployment of a special team of Railway Police at every big junction to curb child trafficking.

"After the local police in Kathihar district was alerted, 10 children were rescued there and then the Seemanchal Express was being checked at various stations and our people boarded it before it reached Delhi last night," said child rights activist Rakesh Senger.

With a majority of the minors rescued belonging to low-income families, their parents were allured to sell off their children on the pretext of better employment opportunities and high regular wages to Delhi's poultry farms and construction sites, zari embroidery and glass bangle industries.

Many more children are believed to have been shifted from the crime site by the accused, taken on remand today by the local police.

The shocking tale reminds all of the appalling death of the trafficked child Moin (10) whose maternal uncle beat him to death in April last year after intense torture and work of over 14 hours at his factory. 

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3 held for drugging train passengers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 19
The police has arrested three persons for allegedly drugging and robbing two train passengers in separate incidents. While Ram Ashok (40) has been arrested for the first case, two youths-- Iqbal Husain and Anwar- have been nabbed in the second case. Both the cases have been reported this month.

In the first incident, Ram Ashok allegedly offered Faiyazuddin tea laced with sedative while the latter was waiting for a train at the Old Delhi railway station on July 5. However, Ashok was nabbed by the police even before he could walk away with Faiyazuddin's possessions.

The second incident took place at the New Delhi railway station on July 14. One Murari Sahni (24) was waiting for a train when Iqbal Husain, a rickshaw puller, and Anwar approached him. After becoming friendly with Sahni, they allegedly gave him tea mixed with sedative and robbed him of his belongings. However, they were later arrested. 

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