Bomb hoax delays A-I flight
new delhi (PTI): A Hong Kong-bound Air-India aircraft, which was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Thursday following a call that two of its passengers were carrying explosives, took off in the afternoon after security personnel found it to be a hoax.
The A-310 plane was emptied and its 178 passengers and their baggage thoroughly searched after an anonymous caller told the Hong Kong immigration authorities that the passengers, whom he identified as Paramjit Kaur and Pawan Kumar, were planning to blow it up at the Chinese port city.
However, there were no such names on the passenger list, an airline spokesperson said.
Flight A-I 303, which arrived here from Mumbai at 7.55 am on its way to Hong Kong, finally took off at 12.40 pm.
This was the fifth such incident in the past week. The earlier cases involved an Air Sahara flight at Patna, two Indian Airlines flights from Hyderabad, a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai and a British Airways Singapore-London flight, which made an emergency landing on Tuesday.
Civil aviation minister Shahnawaz Hussain, who declared the call a hoax, said a total of 269 hoax calls have been received so far this year. The bureau of civil aviation security has been directed to track the origin of the calls, he said.
Assaulted girl records statement
new delhi (PTI): A girl, who was allegedly paraded naked three years ago in a village near here for helping a young man and a woman elope has recorded her statement before a city court.
The victim, a vegetable vendor, told metropolitan magistrate J.P. Narian that she was beaten up and her clothes ripped off in public, two days after a man, who was known to her family, ran off with a girl from the neighbourhood.
The incident had gained prominence after Delhi High Court directed the crime branch to take over the investigation following a petition by Sadbhavana Manch, an NGO, alleging unsatisfactory probe by the local police.
The incident occurred on December 29, 1999, when one Latoo of Chauhanpura village eloped with Preeti, the daughter of a cook. Enraged relatives of Preeti, assuming the victim to be a facilitator in the incident, allegedly assaulted and paraded her naked till police came to the rescue.
Three women were arrested during investigations. Later, seven more persons were arrested. The NGO, however, alleged that the real culprits were not brought to book.
Cricket betting racket busted
new delhi (PTI): Delhi police have busted a betting racket and arrested nine persons involved in gambling over the on-going India-West Indies Test match.
Police first arrested one Narender in Paschim Vihar and following his interrogation, Chiranjeev Singh Dang alias Dimple and seven others were arrested from Gurgaon in Haryana on Wednesday evening. Several laptop computers, mobile phones, TV sets and video recorders were recovered from them, police said.
Infantís body found
jaipur (PTI): A mutilated body of an infant was found near a sewer under Mahesh Nagar police station, police said. The body of the 18-month-old boy has been kept in a mortuary for identification.
Fake note arrests
coimbatore (PTI): Two persons were arrested for circulating counterfeit notes of Rs 100 denomination in the city, police said. Based on a complaint by a bank that a person had deposited Rs 2,000, out of which 19 were counterfeit notes, police took him in custody.
alwar (PTI): An employee of the Life Insurance Corporation of India was robbed of Rs 4.48 lakh near Aravalli Vihar, police said. Three scooter-borne miscreants attacked the cashier with an axe when he was going to the nearby UCO bank to deposit the money and snatched the bag carrying the cash.
6 die in collision
fatehpur (PTI): Six persons were killed and five seriously injured when the jeep in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Alipur village on GT road, police said. The jeep was coming from Kanpur.
Bofors payoff case
new delhi (PTI): A Delhi court on Thursday reserved its order in the Rs 64-crore Bofors payoff case following completion of arguments by the CBI, Swedish company AB Bofors and the accused, the Hinduja brothers. Special judge Prem Kumar, who has heard arguments for over two months, will pronounce his order on November 14.
Nearly 150 craftsmen from across the country are participating in Crafts Bazaar 2002, which began in Uttaranchal on Thursday on the occasion of the second anniversary of the hill state. The 10-day fair has been organised by the Union textiles ministry.