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Trilokpuri: Police use drone for search operation
New Delhi, October 28
The Delhi Police for the first time used a drone in a riot situation today, to search for storage of bricks to be used for stone pelting and weapons on the terraces of buildings in the riot affected locality, Trilokpuri, east Delhi.


The Delhi Police use a drone to spot bricks kept in the houses in Trilokpuri, East Delhi, on Tuesday. Tribune Photo

Cong ready for fresh assembly polls
New Delhi, October 28
The Delhi Congress has started preparation for the assembly elections in the national Capital with all party leaders being directed to get fully engaged in the membership drive.


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Govt ensures adequate supply of ration
New Delhi, October 28
Assuring that there is no shortage of essential commodities in Trilokpuri, the Delhi government today said the prices of essential commodities in the area are stable in comparison to other parts of the city.

Toilets inaugurated in slum area
New Delhi, October 28
First set of public toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission were inaugurated today by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. Comprising a total of 17 toilets, these two blocks have been built by the New Delhi Municipal Council at a cost of Rs 12.50 lakh for residents of two JJ Clusters in New Delhi. Of these toilets, eight are for women and two for differently-abled persons.

Man kills mother in Gokulpuri
New Delhi, October 28
A 64-year-old woman was shot dead by her son at her home in Gokulpuri, north-east Delhi, during the early hours today, the police said. The police have arrested Kuldeep (35) from the house with his father's licensed double barrel rifle.

BJP sends legal notice to Kejriwal, says Upadhyay
New Delhi, October 28
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said the BJP has sent a legal notice to AAP)chief Arvind Kejriwal over his allegations that the BJP was planning to create 5,000 fake votes in each Delhi Assembly constituency.

Delhi BJP unit president Satish Upadhyay shows notice paper to be sent to AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo

Chhath declared public holiday in Delhi
New Delhi, October 28
The Delhi government has declared a public holiday on Chhath Puja in the city. "The Lt. Governor, Najeeb Jung, is pleased to declare October 29, Wednesday, as a holiday in all government offices under the Delhi government, on account of Chhath Puja," a government notification stated. All Delhi government offices will be shut on the day unlike last year when it was a restricted holiday.

People shop for Chhath Puja near Gandhi Nagar flyover in East Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Youth held for killing girlfriend's uncle
New Delhi, October 28
A 23-year-old youth has been arrested for allegedly killing her girlfriend's uncle after her family prevented the accused from meeting her. Mohd Amaan, a resident of Shahanjahanpur in UP was arrested last night from Khajuri Chowk following a tip off.

 





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Trilokpuri: Police use drone for search operation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 28
The Delhi Police for the first time used a drone in a riot situation today, to search for storage of bricks to be used for stone pelting and weapons on the terraces of buildings in the riot affected locality, Trilokpuri, east Delhi.

The unprecedented development was made even as the police are searching for one of the most wanted men, Mobin, who had allegedly started the clashes between the two communities in Trilokpuri. The police are also probing the role of Sunil Vaid, a former BJP MLA, in the riots. "His name cropped up in the riots and we are presently watching his conduct," said a police officer.

A senior police officer said Mobin is presently absconding. He was caught by the police on Diwali night (October 23), after they found his involvement in a fight between five youths and some locals of Trilokpuri. "The five youths (who were from the two communities) were drinking and eating meat inside a car near Mata-ki-Chowki (a religious ceremony). Some locals objected to their conduct and asked them to move out of the area. The youths then threw a liquor bottle near the chowki. This started a fight," said a senior police officer, privy to the details of the incident.

The five youths are presently absconding.

Later, the police picked up Mobin for his alleged involvement in the fight. "He said he was praying at a masjid (mosque, located near the chowki) when the incident took place. We had to leave him," said the officer.

The officer said the next day it was Mobin who allegedly started clashes. "He was on the terrace of his building (located between Blocks 27 and 28) when he threw a stone at a group of men, who were walking near the block. This started the clashes," said the officer.

Some locals of Trilokpuri also confirmed that the police had left Mobin. "If he was not left by the police, then the clashes would not have taken place," said 48-year-old Vinod Kumar, who claims to be working for a civic body.

The police said Mobin stays at a four-storey building in Trilokpuri.

The police have arrested five people, who are history-sheeters. One of these men is Gaurav. The police said they recovered a sword from his house at Trilokpuri.

"Swords, knives and bricks were found from the houses of the other bad characters," said another police officer, adding that a total of 49 people have been arrested in connection with the riots.

The police today used a small drone fitted with a camera at the bottom of it. They flew the drone over the terraces of buildings located in eight blocks of Trilokpuri.

"It is unprecedented that in a riot situation, we used a drone. This is to ensure that there is no indiscriminate checking of houses for bricks and weapons. We selected the houses that needed to physically checked, after the drone showed bricks located on the terraces of some buildings," said Sanjay Beniwal, Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range).

About 70 bags filled with bricks were removed from the buildings. The police also found several knives, beer bottles and daggers.

An investigating officer said most number of bricks was found at Block No. 20, from where the clashes started.

Meanwhile, the police relaxed a prohibitory order issued under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc), banning "unlawful assembly" of five and more than five people, at Trilokpuri from 1 pm to 5 pm today. The orders were issued after Diwali in view of the clashes between the two communities. On Monday, the police had relaxed the order for an hour allowing the residents of the area to buy groceries and other household items, which had been falling short for them.

If peace remains at Trilokpuri and there is no outbreak of violence tonight, the police may further relax the prohibitory order from late morning until evening on Wednesday.

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Cong ready for fresh assembly polls
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 28
The Delhi Congress has started preparation for the assembly elections in the national Capital with all party leaders being directed to get fully engaged in the membership drive.

The party convened two meetings at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) office today in connection with the elections and appealed the party leaders and workers to gear up for the polls.

"The party asked its MLAs, ex-MLAs, former Ministers and Municipal Councillors to get ready for the Assembly elections and they were also asked to get totally engaged in the membership drive," spokesperson Mukesh Sharma.

Sharma said the party leaders have been directed to start agitations to expose its rival BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party. He said after the meeting, a unanimous resolution was passed, seeking fresh elections in Delhi after dissolving the assembly.

Trying to defend the poor performance of the party in recent polls, All India Congress Committee general-secretary Shakeel Ahmed and DPCC president Arvinder Singh said it was not the first time that the party had suffered defeat in elections.

"The Congress had lost the elections twice before. But the party had always staged forceful comebacks," said Singh. They expressed the hope that the Congress would come back to power strongly again.

"The BJP and the AAP had misled the people of Delhi by telling them lies to gather votes, which the people have now fully understood, and now the voters would not fall into the trap of these parties," he said.

They said the Congress had forcefully taken up all the issues affecting the people of Delhi during the past seven-eight months and the people were now becoming supportive to the party.

The party alleged that the BJP is afraid of defeat in Delhi and is therefore trying to delay the elections. "The BJP was fully responsible for the present plight of the people and there were many examples of the collusion between the BJP and the AAP," he said.

Threatens stir if BJP invited to form Govt

The Congress today threatened a stir in the capital if the LG invited the BJP to form the government in the state. Congress general-secretary Ajay Maken, former MP from the New Delhi Constituency, said, "If the BJP did not form the government when it had 32 MLAs after elections, how can it form the government today with 29 MLAs?" We will not let that happen."

The Congress is demanding fresh elections saying it ready for polls. Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit also dared the BJP to recommend dissolution of the assembly in Delhi and fight fresh elections.

Congress general-secretary for Delhi Shakeel Ahmad said today the BJP is repeatedly changing its stand in the court. Earlier, the BJP had said it would not want to form a government with the current mandate, but today the Centre conveyed through the LG that the BJP as the single largest party in Delhi can be invited for the government formation.

The statement was made on AAP's petition seeking dissolution of the Delhi Assembly which has been in suspended animation since February 14 this year when Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the Chief Minister after the BJP and the Congress refused to back his Jan Lokpal Bill.

Trilokpuri residents meet Rahul

Members of the Valmiki and Muslim communities of violence-hit Trilokpuri today met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi seeking his intervention in safeguarding the life and properties of the rioting factions there.

The delegation led by PL Punia, chairperson of the National Commission for SCs, appealed for help to the Congress days after violence broke out in the area. Rahul urged the communities to maintain calm and assured them help.

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Govt ensures adequate supply of ration
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 28
Assuring that there is no shortage of essential commodities in Trilokpuri, the Delhi government today said the prices of essential commodities in the area are stable in comparison to other parts of the city.

The Commissioner, Delhi Food and Supplies Department, SS Yadav said the department is maintaining a close vigil on the availability and the prices of essential commodities like rice, flour, pulses, vegetables, milk, etc., in this area in close coordination with SAFAL and Mother Dairy.

He said SAFAL has opened additional stalls in various pockets of this area to make available onions, potatoes and fresh vegetables, pulses are also being sold at these counters. Mobile vegetable vans have also been pressed into service. Availability of milk is being ensured by Mother Dairy both at its booth as well as mobile milk vans. There is no shortage in supply of milk.

Yadav said Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. has also taken initiatives to provide essential commodities like flour, rice, pulses, sugar and salt in the Trilokpuri area.

"Six mobile vans have been pressed into service, which are providing these essential commodities to the people at reasonable rates. The department has also ensured that all the 34 ration shops in the area remain open and disburse ration to the beneficiaries. Opening of LPG agencies has also been ensured to avoid any inconvenience to the people," he said.

Yadav said the department has constituted 10 teams of legal metrology officers. These teams are taking rounds of the area and keeping a close watch on the prices. Strict action is being taken against traders indulging in overcharging, hoarding and other malpractices to cheat the consumers.

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Toilets inaugurated in slum area
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 28
First set of public toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission were inaugurated today by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. Comprising a total of 17 toilets, these two blocks have been built by the New Delhi Municipal Council at a cost of Rs 12.50 lakh for residents of two JJ Clusters in New Delhi. Of these toilets, eight are for women and two for differently-abled persons.

One block of seven toilets will serve the residents of JJ Cluster No. 31 and the other block of 10 toilets are for JJ Cluster No. 33. These two clusters have 160 jhuggis accommodating about 3,000 people.

Stating that behavioural changes are critical for the success of Swachh Bharat Mission, Naidu said an intensive information, education and communication (IEC) campaign would be launched soon to create awareness.

"Though these clusters were in existence for over 30 years, only eight public toilets have been built for the residents besides one mobile toilet unit, so far," said the minister. "All efforts are being made to move towards 'Zero Waste Management', through 100 per cent door-to-door collection of domestic waste, its segregation at source and recycling," he said. He stressed that even the waste should be viewed as a resource through its scientific collection and management.

Within one month of launch of Swachh Bharat Mission, the NDMC has built 17 toilets and this is a clear evidence of the impact of the mission, said an NDMC official.

After visiting the two JJ Clusters, Naidu expressed concern over the living conditions therein. He said, to enable the poor of the country live with dignity, the Prime Minister has proposed the "Housing for All for by 2022" initiative for the benefit of urban and rural poor and weaker sections. He urged the residents of the two JJ Clusters to move to pucca houses built at Dwarka under JNNURM.

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Man kills mother in Gokulpuri
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 28
A 64-year-old woman was shot dead by her son at her home in Gokulpuri, north-east Delhi, during the early hours today, the police said. The police have arrested Kuldeep (35) from the house with his father's licensed double barrel rifle.

The deceased has been identified as Kamlesh, who was a resident of Brijpuri B-Block. She stayed with her husband Malkhan and four children - three sons and a daughter. According to the police, the incident was reported to them around 4.30 am.

"Our investigations have revealed that Kuldeep was upset over his parents' refusal to help him get married," said a police officer.

Kuldeep was unemployed and often spent nights outside his home due to which his parents had almost severed all ties with him. He was also upset as his younger brothers Bjijender, 34, and Ravi, 34, were also married. At present, Kamlesh and Malkhan were planning the marriage of their daughter Saroj, 32, who is physically challenged.

On Tuesday, Saroj had heard a gunshot. She came out of her room and found Kuldeep with the double-barrel rifle and Kamlesh lying in a pool of blood on the floor. She had sustained a gunshot wound on her chest.

Kamlesh was taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, where she was declared dead, according to the officer.

Hearing the commotion, neighbours called the police. The police arrested Kuldeep. "He did not try to flee and was held with the weapon of offence," the officer said.

Further probe revealed that the licensed rifle belonged to Malkhan, who works as a security guard. A case of murder has been registered on Saroj's statement at the Gokulpuri police station.

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BJP sends legal notice to Kejriwal, says Upadhyay
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 28
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said the BJP has sent a legal notice to AAP)chief Arvind Kejriwal over his allegations that the BJP was planning to create 5,000 fake votes in each Delhi Assembly constituency.

"On the one hand there is politics of development, on another some are doing politics of allegations, putting out false tweets because their support base is dwindling. We have sent a notice to Kejriwal because whatever he says is unsubstantiated," he said.

He also accused Kejriwal of doing "divisive politics" over the issue of the Trilokpuri violence.

Upadhyay said Kejriwal is playing politics of falsehood and baseless allegations. He is using social media for making political comments for the past few months. But, all the allegations made by him regarding invitation to form government or split in his party have been proved false.

Talking to the mediapersons he said it is ridiculous that yesterday when Kejriwal went to meet Election Commissioner of Delhi along with his party leaders, he did not give any proof about it but in a "childish manner" he demanded the Election Commissioner that he should publish the names of voters which are deleted or added.

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Chhath declared public holiday in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 28
The Delhi government has declared a public holiday on Chhath Puja in the city. "The Lt. Governor, Najeeb Jung, is pleased to declare October 29, Wednesday, as a holiday in all government offices under the Delhi government, on account of Chhath Puja," a government notification stated. All Delhi government offices will be shut on the day unlike last year when it was a restricted holiday.

A delegation of BJP leaders led by Delhi party president Satish Upadhyay met Chief Secretary DM Spolia today and demanded that a public holiday be declared.

There has been a tug of war between the BJP and the Congress over the issue of public holiday on Chhath Puja for the last few years. Lakhs of Purvanchalis have been demanding that a holiday be declared on this day.

BJP leaders hope that the step will help them garner support of Purvanchalis, who play a vital role in deciding the fate of many Delhi Assembly seats.

Meanwhile, District Magistrate (East) Kunal, visited all the 18 ghats in East District and reviewed the arrangements made along with a team of senior officers, including Deputy Commissioner, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and area Flood Control Department.

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Youth held for killing girlfriend's uncle

New Delhi, October 28
A 23-year-old youth has been arrested for allegedly killing her girlfriend's uncle after her family prevented the accused from meeting her. Mohd Amaan, a resident of Shahanjahanpur in UP was arrested last night from Khajuri Chowk following a tip off.

The incident took place on October 20 when the police got a PCR call around 2.15 am that firing has taken place in Vijay Park.

When SHO Bhajanpura along with a team reached the spot, they found a woman identified as Fatima along with his son Gajanfar.

Fatima told the police that Amaan had come to her house around 12.30 am. He knocked at the door and wanted to meet her daughter. She did not open the door and called her brother Uvesh Khan to tackle the issue.

"Khan reached the spot and took Amaan in a lane and tried to reason with him. However, Amaan got angry and started firing in the air," RA Sanjeev, DCP (North-East) said.

Around 4 am, Amaan shot Khan twice in his head and chest. PTI

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