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Murder burst in capital of crime

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi witnessed six murders, reported a rape and two molestation cases since last evening, making the national capital the prime candidate to be the crime capital.

Madhu Mehrotra, 52, and her sister Veena Baijal, 61, were found murdered in the former’s house in Vasant Kunj on Monday afternoon, police said. The bodies with slit throats were allegedly found by the maidservant around 2 pm when she returned after a one-and-half hour break, the police said.

An almirah was found ransacked and some jewellery and Rs 15,000 were found missing, they said.

In another incident in Sreenivaspuri, Jagdev Singh was murdered allegedly by his landlord and his two family members after a dispute regarding the construction of a sewage line. The landlord and his wife have been arrested.

Singh was fighting a court case against his landlord.

In another incident, a worker in an embroidery factory in Sunlight Colony in south Delhi allegedly killed one of his colleagues and injured two, police said.

Ubesh Khan allegedly attacked fellow worker Murshid following a fight with a knife, injuring him, the police said.

When Murshid’s brother Mehboob and another worker came to his rescue, Khan attacked them, too. The three were taken to a hospital where Murshid succumbed to injuries.

Russia for ‘real action’ from Pak

New Delhi: Throwing its support totally behind India on Monday, Russia said it would like to see “real actions and deeds” by Pakistan on checking cross-border terrorism. It also clarified that its desire to improve ties with Islamabad was not at Delhi’s cost.

This was conveyed by Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov during his talks with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and foreign minister Yashwant Sinha today.

ddressing a joint news conference with Sinha after arriving here from Islamabad, Ivanov said: “All judgments regarding questions of terrorism and other matters have to be made not upon just statements but upon real actions and deeds.” Asked to comment on Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s remark that he could not rule out another Kargil, Ivanov said Moscow had made it clear that more work had to done on curbing cross-border terrorism.

Sinha said Russia and India agreed that terrorism had to be fought by the international community collectively. He said the two sides felt it was “imperative for Pakistan to seize the opportunity and stop cross-border terrorism and dismantle the terror apparatus so that there can be progress on the (Indian) Prime Minister’s peace initiative”.

Gehlot denied US visit permit

New Delhi (PTI): The Centre has turned down Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s request for visit to the US to attend the International Rajasthani Sammelan organised by expatriates from the state there.

Gehlot is the third Congress chief minister who has been denied permission to travel abroad after Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh and Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Chilli powder ploy

Nagpur (PTI): Four youths robbed a businessman hailing from Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh after allegedly throwing chilli powder at him in Kalmana market on Monday, police said. Munaf Jamal Gatti was on his motorbike when the four stopped him. They threw chilli powder at him and escaped with his bag containing Rs 3.5 lakh in cash.

Mishap claims 3

Nagpur (PTI): Ten people of a marriage party were killed and 40 injured when a truck in which they were travelling fell into a ditch near Chikhaldhara in Amravati, police said. The truck was going to Paratwada, when the driver lost control over the vehicle.

Fake degree racket

New Delhi (pti): A fake degree racket was busted after Delhi police arrested three people and seized 500 bogus degrees of various universities, including that of Delhi University. Mukesh Paliwal, Manoj Kumar Singh (both claiming to be lawyers) and Padam Seth were arrested from Lajpat Nagar on Sunday night by the crime branch, police said. Cheques worth Rs 8 lakh were also seized.

6 poachers nabbed

Dehra Dun (pti): Six poachers were held from Nanda Devi National Park in Chamoli, forest officials said. The poachers from Pithoragarh were arrested on Sunday. Two of their accomplices, however, managed to escape.

Accident in J&K

Srinagar (pti): Two women and a five-year-old boy were killed and four hurt when a car hit a group of people and later turned turtle along Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Monday, sources said. The car hit pedestrians in Qazigund, killing the three on the spot.


The 158th anniversary of Indian Arrival Day, the day indentured labourers first set foot on the Caribbean Islands, was celebrated at Port of Spain. India’s envoy to Trinidad and Tobago Virendra Gupta said Indians’ success is testimony to their hard work.

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