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Cong protest power, water crisis; hold Secy, officials hostage
New Delhi, June 9
As the national Capital reels under sweltering heat with frequent power outages and water crisis, a Congress delegation led by its Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely today protested at the Delhi Secretariat.

DPCC president Arvinder Singh Lovely with other party members during the protest at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune photo

Four held for kidnapping, raping two girls
New Delhi, June 9
Four men have been arrested for allegedly raping two girls after kidnapping them in northeast Delhi last week, the police said today. The accused have been identified as Mohammad Naushad (34), Raj Kumar (38), Mohammad Nazir (26) and Dulal Khan (25). The victims are between 18 and 19 years old and are pursuing bachelor's degree in Theology from Gurgaon.


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Girls cover themselves with scarves to protect from the scorching heat in New Delhi on Monday. Tribune Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

AAP lashes out at Centre over power issue
New Delhi, June 9
Even as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) continued its tirade against the BJP-led Centre stating that Delhi's power emergency raises doubt on the Central government's "intentions", the party maintained the incumbent administration should take help of all political parties in resolving the power crisis in the national Capital.

With rising footfalls, domestic terminal witnesses security issue
New Delhi, June 9
The sudden increase in the number of passengers at the domestic terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, is causing delays in clearing them for security checks and is also being considered as a security concern, said sources in the airport security establishment.

BJP seeks removal of DERC chairman
New Delhi, June 9
The BJP has demanded from Lieutenant Governor of Delhi that the DERC chairman, P.D. Sudhakar, should be removed as he was hand in glove with the Congress and he is allegedly working against the interest of the people.

1,212 bottles of liquor seized in crackdown
New Delhi, June 9
In a crackdown against smuggling and sale of illegal liquor, officials of the Excise Department in Delhi have seized 1,212 bottles of illicit liquor during a raid in Bindapur colony. The bottles of liquor were seized last night and the officials arrested an accused, identified as Vikram, a resident of JJ Colony in Bindapur, during the raid.

 





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Cong protest power, water crisis; hold Secy, officials hostage
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
As the national Capital reels under sweltering heat with frequent power outages and water crisis, a Congress delegation led by its Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely today protested at the Delhi Secretariat. They met Delhi Chief Secretary SK Srivastava and two other officials on the issue. The protest ended only after Srivastava gave a written assurance to improve the situation.

The Congress leaders, including all its eight elected legislators and senior party leaders, held Srivastava and two others - Power Secretary Arun Goel and Urban Development Secretary Rajendra Kumar - hostage in the conference room of the Delhi Secretariat which is located in Central Delhi.

The leaders had come to meet Srivastava on the issue of water and power crisis. But later, held the other two officials captive too when their answers failed to impress them.

At 45.5 C, Monday was the hottest day in five years and also the hottest day of the season.

It was at the intervention of other senior secretaries and a written assurance promising to take remedial measures within 24 hours, the Congress leaders let Srivastava and other two secretaries go and agreed to protest outside his office.

"We will protest on the roads, and if needed be, will also protest outside the Prime Minister's residence," Lovely told mediapersons.

Officials said that the Chief Secretary in his letter assured that Delhi's power supply will be improved within 24 hours, but also noted that it will take close to 25 days to completely restore the power supply to normalcy.

The city is reeling under record sizzling temperatures, and the situation has been made worse by irregular power and water supply.

The Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, on Sunday directed the power companies to announce the schedule for power cuts to people in advance and stop electricity supply to malls after 10 pm.

"Peak load conditions occur in the city between 3 pm and 5 pm and again from 10 pm to 1 am. So, whenever there is less power supply, the power distribution companies will announce a schedule informing people about the timings when electric supply will be cut," Jung said in a statement after he reviewed the worsening power situation in the national Capital on Sunday.

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Four held for kidnapping, raping two girls
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
Four men have been arrested for allegedly raping two girls after kidnapping them in northeast Delhi last week, the police said today. The accused have been identified as Mohammad Naushad (34), Raj Kumar (38), Mohammad Nazir (26) and Dulal Khan (25). The victims are between 18 and 19 years old and are pursuing bachelor's degree in Theology from Gurgaon.

According to the police, constable Sanjeev Kumar was patrolling Gamri Road in the Shahdara area when he saw a woman walking in an intoxicated condition there on the night of June 5.

"The victim's clothes were torn and there were blood stains on it. She was taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital where her medical examination confirmed that she was raped," said V.V. Chaudhary, Additional Commissioner of Police (North East).

The woman was unfit to give a statement. A case under Sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc, with intent to commit an offence) and 376 (punishment for rape), IPC, was registered at the Bhajanpura police station.

About 8.30 am on the same day, another woman was found in an intoxicated condition at New Usmanpur locality, northeast Delhi. She was admitted to Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital.

During the course of investigation, the first woman told the police that she and her friend had gone from South Delhi to the Anand Vihar railway station to board a train for Jharkhand at 7.45 pm on June 5. But, they did not get confirmed tickets and missed the train.

They were soon approached allegedly by a young man who claimed that he was also going to Jharkhand and had missed the train. He introduced himself as Raju and suggested that they could go to the Old Delhi railway station to board another train. Raju became friendly with the two women after which they agreed to travel with him to the other railway station.

Raju hired an auto-rickshaw, which had another person, besides the driver, sitting in it. On the way, Raju and the auto-rickshaw driver allegedly brought cold drinks for the two women. They drank it and do not remember what happened after that. The first woman regained consciousness at GTB Hospital. Based on her statement, the second woman was traced at the home of her aunt in south Delhi.

"The phones of both the victims were missing since the day of the incident and we managed to locate one of them from Dulal. He was the first accused to be caught, and the other three were caught at his instance," said another police officer.

Naushad has been identified as a rickshaw-puller, while Raj Kumar is an auto-rickshaw driver. Nazir and Dulal are unemployed.

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AAP lashes out at Centre over power issue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
Even as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) continued its tirade against the BJP-led Centre stating that Delhi's power emergency raises doubt on the Central government's "intentions", the party maintained the incumbent administration should take help of all political parties in resolving the power crisis in the national Capital.

Stating that the onus lies on the newly elected Central government and the newly elected MPs to put an end to the miseries of the people, the AAP urged the new government to avoid a confrontationist approach.

"The consistent failure of the Central government and the Delhi administration in checking the endless power cuts across the national Capital clearly indicates towards a multiple failure of an insensitive regime. It appears that the Union Power Ministry and the city administration are taking advantage of the absence of an elected government in Delhi to take effective steps for ending the miseries of the people," said the party.

Lashing out at the Central government, the party said it is shocking that the Delhi administration, which is currently being directly controlled by the Centre, is resorting to "stop gap desperate measures" like rationing of electricity, instead of addressing the real issue of ensuring adequate electricity supply across the city.

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With rising footfalls, domestic terminal witnesses security issue
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
The sudden increase in the number of passengers at the domestic terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, is causing delays in clearing them for security checks and is also being considered as a security concern, said sources in the airport security establishment.

About 15,000 to 20,000 passengers arrive at the domestic terminal (1-D) in a day, during the off-peak period. But, since May the number of passengers has increased to about 30,000 in a day. The rush hours of such a day are from 6 am to 8 am and 5 pm to 8 pm.

The increase in the number of passengers entering the domestic terminal causes long queues of passengers awaiting their turn to be frisked and their baggage to be checked by the X-ray machines, before being allowed to enter the "security-hold area". From the security hold area, the passengers pass through the boarding gates to reach the flights.

The large crowd of passengers also creates a security concern. "An unwanted person could blend in the crowd and open fire," explained the sources. Such concern recalls the attack by armed militants at the Karachi airport last night. At least 28 persons, including 10 militants, have been killed and 14 were wounded.

"The rush of passengers at the domestic terminal happens from May to June and from November to December, mainly due to the holidays that people avail during these months. And this is an ongoing problem, which has been continuing for the past three years," explained the sources.

They said that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is guarding the IGI Airport, including the domestic terminal, had informed the airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), of the situation at a meeting held about two months ago.

"DIAL was requested to increase the number of X-ray machines and frisking booths at the domestic terminal to prevent the delay caused by the increase in the number of passengers," said the sources.

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BJP seeks removal of DERC chairman
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
The BJP has demanded from Lieutenant Governor of Delhi that the DERC chairman, P.D. Sudhakar, should be removed as he was hand in glove with the Congress and he is allegedly working against the interest of the people.

The BJP has held the former Congress and the AAP governments responsible for the severe shortage of power in Delhi. The party has asked that where is the action plan issued by the earlier governments and the power companies? The erstwhile governments had no summer action plan.

The NDA government at the Centre has hardly completed two weeks and it cannot be held responsible for severe shortage of power in the national Capital, Delhi BJP spokesperson said.

The BJP has been demanding the Congress for the past 15 years that after privatization of power supply, the people of Delhi should be supplied power for 24 hours. Getting power supply is the basic right of every citizen. But former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was hand in glove with the private power companies and hence they did not take care of the interest of the people and increased power tariff again and again.

The Sheila government granted subsidy to the power companies from public exchequer. Former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also did the same thing. Now the Congress and the AAP are targeting the BJP. The reality is that the Congress and the AAP governments are directly responsible for the acute shortage of water and power in Delhi. The Congress government did not take concrete steps to increase power production during the past 15 years in view of the increasing needs of Delhi.

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1,212 bottles of liquor seized in crackdown
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 9
In a crackdown against smuggling and sale of illegal liquor, officials of the Excise Department in Delhi have seized 1,212 bottles of illicit liquor during a raid in Bindapur colony. The bottles of liquor were seized last night and the officials arrested an accused, identified as Vikram, a resident of JJ Colony in Bindapur, during the raid.

"Out of these 1,212 bottles, 84 bottles of Besto Whisky were for sale in Arunachal Pradesh, 696 bottles of Rassila Santra for sale in Harayana and 432 bottles of Kingfisher Beer for sale in Harayana," Excise Commissioner J.B. Singh said. In this regard a case has been registered under Section 33 of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009.

Singh informed that the department during the raids at various places earlier has seized a huge number of illicit liquor. He said that 8,964 bottles of liquor of Besto, Murthal No.1, party special, Santra brand, Rasila Santra, Bagpiper, McDowell, IMFL, Besto, Royal Stag, Green Label, Kingfisher Beer, Kinnu, Impact and Episode and Asli Santra were seized and cases were registered against the accused in the polioce stations of Burari, Barakhamba Road, Pandav Nagar, Bhalswa Dairy, Vasant Kunj (S), Geeta colony, Alipur and Nizamuddin under the Delhi Excise Act, 2009.

The vehicles were used in the crime were also seized.

Singh said that up till now the department has seized 10,176 bottles of illicit liquor in Delhi.

He said that the raids will continue in the capital to check the discrepancies.

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