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A young man wanted in at least 30 cases of murder,theft and extortion was arrested in Southwest Delhi.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 19, 2010 1:08 am

Criminal held
A young man wanted in at least 30 cases of murder,theft and extortion was arrested in Southwest Delhi. Sikander was caught by the Crime Branch’s Special Operations Squad near Palam railway station on Wednesday. A country-made weapon with live cartridges has been recovered. Sikandar was allegedly involved in about 30 cases of murder,robbery,extortion,snatching,and attempt to murder,theft,house burglary and riots.

Mock drill at Parliament
A security drill was conducted on Thursday at the Parliament ahead of the Budget session beginning next Monday. The mock exercise was done to check the preparedness of the security forces in case of an emergency. “This is a routine exercise. All the agencies concerned participated in the drill,” a senior police officer said.

18 rescued from GB Road
A joint team of the Andhra Pradesh police and Delhi police raided several brothels on GB Road on Thursday and rescued 18 women,seven of them minors. Ten alleged managers of the brothels were also arrested. Delhi police officials said their Hyderabad counterparts approached them after inputs about girls being trafficked to Delhi from the state. Police said the 11 women have been sent to Hyderabad while the minors were taken to the Child Welfare Committee.

School instructor hangs self
A senior instructor at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School was found hanging at his residence in the school premises in Civil Lines area of North Delhi on Tuesday morning. The police said the body,which was at least two days old,was discovered after a junior staff member informed his seniors of a foul smell coming from the room. Police identified the deceased as Father Paul Wenish (39). Police officials said Father Wenish was to go to his home state Kerala on Sunday to attend his mother’s death anniversary. A postmortem was conducted at Bara Hindu Rao hospital. A case of suicide has been registered at the Civil Lines police station.

Winners of debating competition
Siddhartha Thyagarajan and Aanchal Kapoor of Ramjas College won the Frank Thakur Das Memorial Debate (English language) while Vivek Agarwal and Rajan Mishra of the Law Centre won the N S Pradhan Memorial Hindi Parliamentary Debate at the week-long festival organised by the debating society of Kirori Mal College of Delhi University. The festival concluded on Wednesday.

‘131 colonies not developed for regularisation’
Urban Development minister A K Walia has said his department is planning to take the matter of regularisation of 131 unauthorised colonies to Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna. The government had set up a benchmark for regularisation of unauthorised colonies — they were to be at least 50 per cent developed by 2002. “Of these 131 colonies,121 are less than 50 per cent developed and 10 not developed at all. Despite this,the resident welfare associations had still applied for regularisation,” Walia said.

Cash van catches fire,Rs 29.6 lakh burnt
Currency worth over Rs 29 lakh was burnt after a CNG-run cash van caught fire in Outer Delhi’s Vijay Vihar area on Thursday afternoon. The police said the incident took place after the van’s tyre got stuck in a pothole. The police said the van,belonging to CMS,was on its way to deposit the money in banks. “The van caught fire at 1.20 pm. Cash amounting to Rs 29,63,000 was burnt. We are investigating the cause of fire,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer),Atul Katiyar said. The police said a short circuit in the engine might be the reason. Two cashiers,a gunman and a driver who were in the van escaped unhurt. A case has been registered.

Govt forming panel,mulls congestion tax
After High Court’s suggestion earlier this month on imposition of congestion fee on private vehicles,the Delhi government is now constituting a 12-member expert committee,as suggested by the court,to look into Delhi’s traffic problems. Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta,who will head the committee,said: “We want to charge a tax on congestion. But we are not sure if it should be a one-time fee or we should charge it at regular intervals.”
Earlier this month,HC had directed the government,MCD,DDA and Delhi Police to constitute a task force to explore all questions regarding traffic.

ASI hurdle in Parade Ground parking work
Two days after MCD began work on the proposed multi-level parking lot at Parade Ground in the Walled City,the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has raised objections to the site,considering its proximity with various heritage structures in the area,sources said. It has reportedly directed MCD to stop work. MCD spokesperson Deep Mathur said they were yet to receive a written communication or formal order from ASI. “We will examine the problem once they get in touch with us,” Mathur said. “The Parade Ground parking lot is an important project and we will try to resolve all problems. Once ASI is satisfied,we will continue with the work.”

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