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Mosque Row: Stakeholders agree to follow court order
New Delhi, July 23
The stakeholders of the disputed Akbarabadi mosque agreed to follow the Delhi High Court order. This was decided at a meeting held today with the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi, Tejinder Khanna.
The disputed site at Subhash Park The disputed site at Subhash Park. Tribune photo

BJP blames govt for violence
New Delhi, July 23
The BJP has blamed the Delhi government and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for the deterioration of the law and order in the city following the purported discovery of the remains of Akbarabadi mosque at Subhash Park.

Ruckus at NDMC meet
New Delhi, July 23
Mayor of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation Meera Aggarwal today adjourned a House meeting twice after Congress and BJP members jointly demanded the demolition of all new construction at the disputed Akbarabadi mosque site in Subhash Park.


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Girl shot at by stalker
New Delhi, July 23
A 22-year-old woman was today shot at by her alleged stalker, who is her neighbour. He had earlier threatened her with dire consequences, if she did not withdraw the police complaint against him.

Four bikers held for hurting traffic cop
New Delhi, July 23
The Delhi police has arrested four persons for injuring a traffic policeman no Akbar Road when they were allegedly performing stunts on their motorcycles late last night. According to the police, the arrested persons have been identified as Gajender Pal Singh, Sonu, Sohan Singh and Faizan.

Freshers get a warm welcome at Delhi University
New Delhi, July 23
As the fresh batch of students thronged various colleges of Delhi University (DU) today, both the North and South campuses hustled and bustled with a flurry of activities, starting with the orientation programmes and anti-ragging shows organised by the university authorities, Delhi police and several NGOs.
Freshers at KMC greet each other on their first day on Monday Artistes perform a drama against ragging organised by the Delhi police at the Delhi University Metro station

(Left) Freshers at KMC greet each other on their first day on Monday. (Top) Artistes perform a drama against ragging organised by the Delhi police at the Delhi University Metro station. Tribune photos: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Light rain expected today
New Delhi, July 23
The scanty rains after a hiatus of over a week, in some parts of the capital today failed to bring any respite to the residents owing to above normal mercury levels and hot and humid conditions throughout the day.

Minor reshuffle in Delhi police
New Delhi, July 23
The Delhi police today did a minor reshuffle of some of its special commissioners. A 1978-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Vimla Mehra, who was special commissioner of police (security), has been posted as director general (prisons).

Students of the Banjara School of Dance perform during a festival in New Delhi on Sunday night
Students of the Banjara School of Dance perform during a festival in New Delhi on Sunday night. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

2 trafficked minor girls rescued
New Delhi, July 23
Two minor girls from West Bengal were yesterday rescued from the clutches of alleged human traffickers at the Old Delhi railway station. Four people, including two women, were arrested from the station.

1 dead, 2 injured in cylinder blast
New Delhi, July 23
A 23-year-old man died and two others were injured after an oxygen cylinder exploded at the site of the Delhi Jal Board in Vikaspuri this afternoon. According to the police, the three victims were welding a sewer pipe to another pipeline at the Outer Ring Road in Vikaspuri when the incident took place at 12 noon.

3 hurt in fire
New Delhi, July 23
Three persons were injured in a fire that broke out at a plastic manufacturing factory last night in Bawana, outer Delhi. A Delhi fire service official said that the incident occurred at 9.55 pm.





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Mosque Row: Stakeholders agree to follow court order
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The stakeholders of the disputed Akbarabadi mosque agreed to follow the Delhi High Court order. This was decided at a meeting held today with the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi, Tejinder Khanna. The construction of the mosque has been stopped with the order of the high court. Further course of action will be taken by the court, the meeting decided.

The meeting was chaired by the LG. He urged all the stake holders to exercise restraint and instruct their constituents to respect the order of the high court. He said that the ASI had submitted its findings to the authorities concerned and the Delhi High Court. An appropriate view would be taken in the matter in the public and national interest.

All the community leaders assured their full cooperation and stated that they would do their best to maintain the environment of mutual harmony, brotherhood and respect of each other's religious feelings during Ramzan and forthcoming festival of Janmashtami.

They also agreed to participate in a joint peace march, if required.

The meeting was attended by Minister of state for Food Supplies and Power Haroon Yusuf, officiating chief secretary R. Chandramohan, Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, Mayor of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mira Aggarwal, Director General of ASI Gautam Sengupta, chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission Safdar H. Khan, shahi imam of Fatehpuri Mosque Mufti Mukarram, chairman of the Delhi Wakf Board Matin Ahmed, MLA Shoaib Iqbal, VHP leaders Om Prakash Singhal, Ujahar Singh and Satender Mohan, municipal commissioner P.K. Gupta, Special Commissioner of Police P.N. Aggarwal, Special Commissioner of Police (law and order) Dharmendra Kumar and Joint Commissioner of Police (central) Taj Hassan.

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BJP blames govt for violence

New Delhi, July 23
The BJP has blamed the Delhi government and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for the deterioration of the law and order in the city following the purported discovery of the remains of Akbarabadi mosque at Subhash Park.

"Had they understood the gravity and sensitiveness of the case in time and arranged sufficient police force immediately, the law and order situation would not have deteriorated," said Delhi unit chief of the BJP Vijender Gupta .

The Delhi High Court on July 20 directed the Delhi police and the government to cordon off the disputed site and take its possession within two hours of the order. Had the government and the police implemented the order immediately, no violence would have taken place, Gupta alleged. The police took possession of the disputed site on Saturday morning.

The party has appealed to the people to maintain peace till the court takes a decision. TNS

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Ruckus at NDMC meet

New Delhi, July 23
Mayor of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation Meera Aggarwal today adjourned a House meeting twice after Congress and BJP members jointly demanded the demolition of all new construction at the disputed Akbarabadi mosque site in Subhash Park.

Leader of Opposition and Congress councillor Mukesh Goel said that the civic body had failed to protect the archaeological remains at the disputed site. The Mayor adjourned the House proceedings for 10 minutes for the first time.

After the proceeding resumed, the Leader of the House Mahender Nagpal tried to assure the House that the municipal commissioner would table the report on the entire issue during the next meeting, but members did not relent. Consequently, the Mayor adjourned the House for 30 minutes. TNS

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Girl shot at by stalker
For refusing to withdraw complaint against him
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
A 22-year-old woman was today shot at by her alleged stalker, who is her neighbour. He had earlier threatened her with dire consequences, if she did not withdraw the police complaint against him.

Today at 4 pm, the woman was standing outside her house at Sector 3 of Budh Vihar when Ishwar Singh came towards her on a motorcycle. According to the police, he fired a gun shot at her and she sustained a bullet injury on her thigh.

She was bleeding profusely when she was rushed to a nearby hospital. In the evening, doctors told the police that her condition was stable.

On May 11, the woman had lodged a complaint at the Vijay Vihar police station against Singh for allegedly molesting and stalking her. When he became aware of the complaint he threatened her with dire consequences, if she did not take the complaint back.

He allegedly troubled her even more, said the police. Today, after she lodged another complaint at the same police station, the stalker attacked her outside her house.

A case of attempt to murder has been registered at the Vijay Vihar police station. Singh is absconding since the incident took place.

The woman is a student of a private college in Delhi. Singh runs a shoe factory at Budh Vihar, according to the police.

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Four bikers held for hurting traffic cop
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The Delhi police has arrested four persons for injuring a traffic policeman no Akbar Road when they were allegedly performing stunts on their motorcycles late last night. According to the police, the arrested persons have been identified as Gajender Pal Singh, Sonu, Sohan Singh and Faizan.

Yesterday, assistant sub-inspector Rajbir Singh was on duty on Akbar Road. He noticed a group of 30 motorcyclists coming at a high speed.

They were allegedly driving in an unruly manner. Rajbir signaled two persons driving a Bullet motorcycle to stop. While trying to stop the vehicle, Gajender rammed into the policeman, who received injuries on his right hand.

According to the police, Rajbir's hand was fractured during the incident. A case has been registered against Gajender Pal Singh in this regard at the Tilak Marg police station, said joint commissioner of police (traffic) Satyendra Garg.

Sonu, Sohan and Faizan were prosecuted for dangerous driving.

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Freshers get a warm welcome at Delhi University
Anti-ragging campaigns organised on Day 1
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
As the fresh batch of students thronged various colleges of Delhi University (DU) today, both the North and South campuses hustled and bustled with a flurry of activities, starting with the orientation programmes and anti-ragging shows organised by the university authorities, Delhi police and several NGOs.

On the other side, taking the opportunity, representatives of several students' political outfits, such as National Students' Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) were too seen active in urging and motivating the newcomers to join their groups through well-drafted speeches well-laced with overtones of student activism.

For the first year students - anxious, confused yet enthusiastic - the transition from school to college was still to sink in with as they were seen participating attentively in the introductory sessions on the first day of the college.

Since morning, students some in simple and others decked up in their best attire were seen queuing up at metro stations.

The day was eventful marked by awareness skits surrounding issues like ragging and drug abuse and no untoward incident related to students were reported, said officials of the Delhi police.

Such a street play anchored jointly by the north district police and Jagran, an NGO, near a metro station close to Khalsa College received good audience. The aim was to promote intolerance towards ragging practice. The small play highlighted the need to discourage any form of ragging. It is important for freshers to speak out for their rights and report such incidents, said a representative of the NGO.

"We carried out anti-ragging plays at many sites on the North Campus colleges and our men were deputed on the job to keep an eye on any instance of abuse, molestation or ragging. For security we have 200 personnel manning the hostels at the colleges," said Alka Azad, Moris Nagar SHO.

There were also similar programmes organised at Arts Faculty block of the North Campus and another at Chatra Marg near the metro station. At the colleges of both the campuses it was otherwise a jolly good affair with students enjoying their introductory sessions with the faculty who briefed them about their respective subjects and later the seniors giving them a cordial welcome on their first day of college.

"As expected, the day was good and satisfying. Started off with teachers talking about their subjects and their classes and later we interacted with our seniors who were also fine," said Kunal Aggarwal, a BCom (H) student at Ramjas College.

Students at some of the colleges were told that there would be unofficial sessions with their seniors apparently just for enabling a friendly environment and what looked cool was that barring few majority students looked fine with no fears of ragging visible around.

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Light rain expected today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The scanty rains after a hiatus of over a week, in some parts of the capital today failed to bring any respite to the residents owing to above normal mercury levels and hot and humid conditions throughout the day.

So, even as there was a slight drift in the mood of the weather, the atmosphere continued to be muggy with a partially clouded sky and humidity level oscillating between 57 and 85 per cent. The rains gauged by the Indian Meteorological Department were in decimal around 0.1 mm till evening.

However, no worry signs have been issued by the weather department as of now. "Delhi should expect to have some good rains around July 24-25," added an official.

For the day, the maximum was recorded at 37.2 C, a marginal dip from yesterday's 37.5 C while the minimum mercury level was seen up from yesterday's 28.5 C at 29.8 C.

According to the weather officials, a similar weather is likely tomorrow with forecast of light rains and the temperatures are expected to hover between the range 28 and 36 C, respectively.

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Minor reshuffle in Delhi police
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
The Delhi police today did a minor reshuffle of some of its special commissioners. A 1978-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Vimla Mehra, who was special commissioner of police (security), has been posted as director general (prisons). She has been transferred to the earlier post of the incumbent police commissioner, Neeraj Kumar.

Special commissioner of police (special cell) PN Aggarwal, who is a 1981-batch IPS officer and was the head of the counter terror unit, Delhi police, will replace Vimla Mehra. He will be the new special commissioner of police (security).

SN Srivastava, a 1985-batch IPS officer, will be the new special commissioner of police (special cell). He was special commissioner of police (training) and this post is presently vacant.

The crime branch of the Delhi police is also undergoing changes. Additional commissioner of police (crime branch) Ashok Chand was recently posted as additional commissioner of police (special cell).

More special commissioners are likely to be transferred soon to fill the vacant posts.

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2 trafficked minor girls rescued
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
Two minor girls from West Bengal were yesterday rescued from the clutches of alleged human traffickers at the Old Delhi railway station. Four people, including two women, were arrested from the station.

According to Shakti Vahini, the anti-human trafficking organisation that rescued the girls along with the Delhi police, the victims are aged between 14 and 15.

Rishi Kant, the media coordinator of Shakti Vahini, said the traffickers lured the girls into coming to Delhi by promising a better life.

The girls, who hail from Jalpaiguri in Bengal, have been sent to children's home.

The accused have been identified as Mainy Chetri, Satyam, Laxmi and Kiran Chetri, who hails from Jalpaiguri. They have been booked under sections of the Juvenile Justice Act, Bonded Labour Act and the Indian Penal Code.

"Mainy and Laxmi, both women, are the main conspirators. They are the ones who brought the girls to Delhi. Usually, the girls brought from Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling are either forced into sex trade or sold to maid placement agencies," said Kant.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (crime and railways) Sanjay Bhatia said placement agency owner Ravi Soren, who is a resident of Shakarpur, has also been arrested.

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1 dead, 2 injured in cylinder blast
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
A 23-year-old man died and two others were injured after an oxygen cylinder exploded at the site of the Delhi Jal Board in Vikaspuri this afternoon. According to the police, the three victims were welding a sewer pipe to another pipeline at the Outer Ring Road in Vikaspuri when the incident took place at 12 noon.

They were taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, where doctors declared Saddam brought dead. The other two persons, Sadiq and Sakir, suffered burn injuries.

A case under Sections 336 (act of endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against unknown persons, according to the police.

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3 hurt in fire
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
Three persons were injured in a fire that broke out at a plastic manufacturing factory last night in Bawana, outer Delhi. A Delhi fire service official said that the incident occurred at 9.55 pm.

The fire started at the basement and reached the first floor. Four fire vehicles were rushed to the site of the incident to douse the fire.

The injured sustained minor burn injuries and were given first aid treatment.

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