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Auction DMís car to pay rent: Court

Hajipur (PTI): A district court here has ordered the auction of the official car of Vaishali district magistrate, along with the ceiling fan, almirah and furniture in his office, to raise money to pay rent of a private house hired by the district administration in 1991.

The order was passed by Vaishali additional district and sessions judge Satyendra Prasad Singh on Tuesday.

The court also ordered the auction of furniture in the office of the district welfare officer.

The owner of the building, Kumar Ashok, a resident of Jhadua village, had filed a writ to recover the rent. The district administration had rented the house to run a hostel for girls.

Psychopath haunts Delhi

New Delhi: A psychopath appears to be on the prowl in northwest Delhi, giving sleepless nights to police and the residents, reports our special correspondent.

The man, who the police said must be in the age group of 30 to 40, has already attacked four girls in the Keshavpuram area within a span of a couple of hours, including the murder of seven-year-old Garima on Friday.

The mentally-disturbed man had smashed Garimaís head against a wall in a park in the Delhi Development Authority Colony. She died on the spot. Half-an-hour before the incident, the man pounced on two sisters, slashing the elder one wildly.

With the police far from any definite clue on his identity, panic has gripped one of the most crime-prone areas in the capital. Children of the colony were either confined to home or escorted by their parents.

A senior police official said they have told the residents that patrolling have been increased. More pickets have been deployed and any person with a suspect identity is being questioned. More than 100 people have already been questioned, said a Keshavpuram police station officer.

Deputy commissioner of police (northwest) Sanjay Singh said they have prepared a portrait of the suspected killer on the basis of information provided by one of the two girls. He, however, said they were not sure whether he was a psychopath. But he is a mentally disturbed person, Singh added.

The police thinks he is staying in a nearby locality, which houses slum clusters, as all the four incidents have happened in a radius of 500 meters.

2 killed in Delhi slum fires

New Delhi (PTI): Two persons were charred to death and one injured even as 800 slum clusters were destroyed in two separate incidents of fire here on Wednesday.

As many as 500 slum clusters were razed in a fire that broke out in a Yamuna-Pushta colony near Rajghat in the afternoon. Sub-divisional magistrate s.. batra said the fire claimed two lives and injured one person. In another incident, a blaze destroyed at least 300 slum dwellings in East Kidwai Nagar early on Wednesday.

Dutt can go abroad

Mumbai (PTI): A special court has allowed Sunjay Dutt, an accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts case, to visit the UK, Canada and the US to perform stage shows from May 22 to June 30. Designated judge p.d. kode granted permission on Tuesday on a plea made by the actorís lawyer Farhana Shah.

Squall claims 3

Dehra Dun (PTI): Three persons were killed and nearly a dozen hurt in a squall in Uttaranchal on Tuesday. Badrinath and Kedarnath received snowfall. The ongoing Chardham yatra resumed after being disrupted for a few hours, officials said.

Test toll

Coimbatore (PTI): A 26-year-old man from Udumalpet died of heart attack while running 1,500 metres as part of a test for police recruitment here. The man collapsed after completing three rounds and died on way to hospital, the police said.

Relief to Hindujas

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday permitted the three Hinduja brothers facing trial in the Rs 64-crore Bofors pay-off case to go abroad till July 21. A vacation bench of Justices . santosh Hegde and Shivaraj V. Patil extended an earlier relief granted to the brothers when the matter was mentioned by advocate Ram Jethmalani.

Passengers robbed

Bangalore (PTI): Dacoits robbed passengers on the Bangalore-Hubli train around midnight near Amsandra in Tumkur, police said. Eight dacoits forced three passengers to part with cash and gold valued at Rs 15,000. One of the dacoits was caught.

Sharmila Tagore has been conferred the B.V. Karanth Arts Award, instituted by Iftekhar Drama Academy. Accepting the award at a ceremony in Bhopal, the actress said she was interested in both sports and arts as they helped in forging brotherhood.

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