RTO Office In Vasant Vihar Delhi : No Bribes Please

       Difficult to Believe? Unbelievable but true.

     Please see our earlier blog of Sept 2010, where in we expressed surprise that one could get a driving license issued without paying bribes.

    Last month a member of my family had gone to get his driving license made. He got the license without any hassle, and without paying a bribe.

        The RTO and staff deserve praise.


PWD Delhi: Negligence kills Newly Wed

      Delhi Roads are Death traps for the unwary. Maintenance by MCD, PWD is virtually absent. Bad roads, absence of road signs are the cause for most of the deaths on Delhi roads. Organizations and men responsible for these deaths are never hauled up.

   Even in the present  case noted below the police have tried to hush up the matter by registering a case against the victim. The perpetrators will get away once again.


                                                                                                                                Death trap flyover snuffs out newly-wed

Indrani Basu TNN

New Delhi:The poor maintenance of a Rs 6-crore flyover at Gokulpuri came to the fore when a 19-yearold newly wed died after the bike she was riding pillion skidded on the stretch. Her husband suffered minor injuries in the accident.

      Aryan Vajpayee and his wife Pooja were returning from Pooja’s paternal home in Sunder Nagri on Saturday night when their bike bounced on the uneven expansion joint of the flyover, causing the vehicle to skid and hit the railing. While Aryan suffered minor injuries in the accident, Pooja succumbed to her injuries at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital on Sunday morning around 9.30am, cops said. A case of causing death due to negligence and rash and negligent driving has been registered in this regard.

     “An SDM inquiry has been ordered and statements have been taken. We are waiting for the inquiry report and also probing the negligence of civic agencies. No arrests have been made so far,” said a senior police officer.

     Pooja and Aryan had got married on January 28 this year and were returning to their Kartarpur residence at New Usmanpur when the incident happened.

      A TOI team conducted a spot check of the flyover to find that the four-year-old structure lacks maintenance due to negligence. While the metal binding of the expansion joints of the flyover have already started coming off, the concrete underneath the metal binding has also been damaged as a result.

     Police said that Aryan’s bike had bounced on one of the uneven gaps formed where the expansion joints are in place, causing the accident.

    The flyover was constructed by DDA in 2006 and inaugurated in 2007 at a cost of Rs 6 crore. The maintenance was then entrusted to the Public Works Department (PWD), officials said.

       However,the poor maintenance of the flyover as well as the roads on either side is evident with major portions of the stretch being reduced to rubble. Patches on the flyover too bear signs of neglect with uneven road surface making it a dangerous stretch, with vehicles speeding on the road.

     PWD officials said they would conduct an inspection. “It appears that patches of the mastic layer (top blackish layer with stone pebbles embedded on it) are missing.

      Senior officials will check whether the situation is so bad. A report will be submitted once the inspection is complete,” said a senior PWD official on condition of anonymity.

       The roads leading up to the flyover have been badly damaged and broken. Around 50 metre of the road connecting Yamunapur C-Block to the flyover has been reduced to rubble, making it virtually impossible for vehicles to move on the stretch.

DANGEROUS: (Top) Gap that’s showing on Gokulpuri flyover; (above) a vehicle going over the joint on flyover

Chennai Police:Criminal to train cops on card cloning

Criminal to train cops on card cloning

Agrees To Help Police Break Racket

A Selvaraj TNN

Chennai: What do you do with a credit card cloning criminal? The Chennai police have decided to use him to crack a series of cases of credit card fraud. Umesh Balaravindan alias Shorty, who was recently arrested from the city, has agreed to help the police break a racket in the country that clones cards and withdraws money from many people’s accounts.
The police have obviously realised that their knowledge of computers and the techniques used by Shorty was limited and that they could take a lesson or two from the criminal. A source said Umesh’s interrogators were all ears when he spoke about the urgent need to develop the skills of bank officials to compete with credit card fraudsters who were abreast of the latest techniques of cheating.

       Umesh and his gang members have been accused of withdrawing money using at least 64 cloned credit cards and debit cards of victims. Earlier, it was believed that the gang installed afilm-thin skimmer at an ATM in Kilpauk to copy data from customers’ cards. Later, Umesh told the police that he had bought the data through a website. Police raided his house in Kovilambakkam near Porur immediately after his arrest and recovered a skimmer, an encoding machine, an engraving machine and fake cards.

        A police officer said Umesh agreed to teach the police the loopholes in the system which he and other fraudsters exploit. The city police had taken Umesh, who was in Puzhal jail, into their custody from October 12 to 14 for further questioning. “It was during this session that he volunteered to help us,” said the officer. “He promised to help us nail down other criminals operating in Chennai and other places in the country. He says there are many such gangs operating in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore,” an offcier said.

     Umesh has apparently made some plain talk. “He said bank officials have very little knowledge about credit card scams. By the time banks put in place security systems, the fraudsters would have gone further. We will utilize him to prevent future frauds and maybe crack a few cases,” the officer said.

         Umesh was arrested by the central crime branch for withdrawing Rs 32 lakh using credit cards of 64 persons. After two days of police custody, he was sent back to jail on Friday.

SWITCHING SIDES: Umesh Balaravindan (3rd from left) will teach the police the loopholes in the system


     Kindly note that complaints and copies of complaints against individuals cannot be investigated by CAPRG.

      So it is not possible to publish unconfirmed complaints against individuals.

Our Indian Soldiers: Deserve better treatment

J&K House, CM mum on soldiers’ deaths

‘Leaders In State React Only When A Death Has Political Implications’

Randeep Singh Nandal TNN

       Srinagar: Far from the drama in the assembly over Afzal Guru, another story was being written in the hills of Kupwara in blood. For three days, a firefight raged on freezing heights. The final toll was nine killed — four of them securitymen and five militants of the Pakistani group, Jaish-e-Mohammed.

       But these deaths did not cause even a ripple in Kashmir as MLAs went through convulsions on Guru’s clemencyhanging. They did not waste a minute on the four securitymen who died. The CM, usually quick on twitter, didn’t have time for a 140-character homage. The MLA who sat on dharna’s for Guru didn’t waste time to move a resolution condoling with the grieving families. In Kashmir, it’s sometimes the fate of people to die unsung.
Of the four securitymen killed, three were from J&K. Lieutenant Sushil Khajuria of the Army and Shiraz Ahmed and Gulzar Ahmed of the special operations group, state police. Sushil (26) was from Samba in Jammu, while the SOG men were from Kupwara. The fourth dead was a soldier from the hinterland. Why did these four men die? They died “battling militants”— the militants who are no longer a part of the discourse since militancy has officially “ended”.

       “The basic reason is nobody wants to take sides. Politicians, mainstream or separatist, have become insensitive to sacrifice. They react only if a death has political implications,” said a senior newspaper columnist.

       The jawans died because their ilk are doing a job that is “no longer needed”. So Khajuria went on that lonely journey, his consolation, a personal letter from the governor to his parents, the only civilian official in the entire state to notice the event, and a montage of his funeral on a TV channel. The SOG men didn’t even get that: no letters, tributes or thanks from the people who sit in the assembly only because people like Gulzar and Shiraz are ready to die for them. “This is the pattern here. Nobody came to pay respects to Khajuria. It was an all-Army affair, even though he was from Jammu & Kashmir. How many times do leaders here pay homage to dead security personnel? The other day, a policeman was shot dead a few hundred metres from the assembly, but not one politician even mentioned it. It is disheartening,” said a security officer.

      What about the other five young men who died on the ridge in Kupwara, the young boys who left their families in Pakistan for jihad in Kashmir? Their fate was even worse with their identities erased into a collective “five militants”. The men and the cause they fight for didn’t grieve either. They were buried in hastily dug graves that, maybe, shall one day draw notice. They died without realizing that the “essentially secular and political nature” of the Kashmir cause has no place for Mujahideen. They crossed the LoC without knowing that the Tehreek has now switched to a peaceful phase because Kashmiris have “rejected militancy”. They left their madrassas in Pakistan, to liberate Kashmir for Pakistan, whereas in Kashmir, Pakistan is now seen as a failed state full of “militants”.

       Yet, this war shall continue, as it has for years now, the armymen who man the LoC will continue to die, the Lashkar and the Jaish will continue to send across young boys from poor families to wage jihad, and the graves and the funeral processions will continue to multiply.

      And Kashmir will continue to watch impassively, its leaders too scared, too careful to ever let go of their police guards and its people petrified of telling the “mehmaan” Mujahideen, that they have overstayed their welcome. The nine dead have become statistics, each catalogued into a neat separate section. But across three villages in J&K, in a small house in UP, and in five villages across the border in Pakistan, nine women cry for their sons.


     UNSUNG HEROES: The twitter-savvy CM didn’t have time for a 140-character homage for soldiers who died in the Kupwara encounter.

Our Soldiers: Treat them better, They deserve better

        It is no secret that   members of our military and para military forces are dealt with contempt by legislators, and bureaucracy at all levels.

      Their living conditions in the field are difficult at best and terrible most of the time. Officers and men are away for long periods from their families, and find it difficult to discharge their responsibilities. Their families are left to fend for themselves. The days when the district administration could be approached to support have gone. Local dadas forcibly occupy land and houses of service men, who are not around to protect their property. District administration is callous for they cannot pay bribes, Legislators could not care less for  their votes do not count.

      Men spend hardly 2/3 years out of ten in peace stations, which also may be a 1000 miles away from their village. In peace stations houses are not available,  Children find it difficult to get admissions to good schools. Who will look after ailing parents, and take them to a hospital?

     Why don’t the courts ask the government why are there fratricides? Why are there desertions? Why are the service conditions so terrible?


HC for strict action against errant jawans

Harish V Nair harish.nair@hindustantimes.com


ACTION Allows bosses of paramilitary forces to take action against those who feign sickness to take leaves THE PETITIONER, TOOK LEAVE ON THE GROUND THAT HE NEEDED TREAT- MENT AFTER HE WAS POSTED TO TRIPURA

     The Delhi high court has taken serious view of tendency among security personnel to feign sickness or exaggerate minor illness to avoid working in difficult areas including the country’s border.

The court has supported the decision of paramilitary forces to take strictest disciplinary action against such personnel.

“We must highlight that all cases of unauthorised absence or desertion being brought before us pertained to when battalions of CRPF or BSF are transferred to hard areas and it surprises us that when stationed at peace places, no officer of CRPF or BSF complains of sickness“, said the court.

The bench headed by justice Pradeep Nandrajog said this dismissing a petition by a CRPF head constable Digambar Singh challenging compulsory retirement for “unauthorised absence“ of one year and two months after he was posted to Tripura by exaggerating an eye ailment.

“Not a single case of desertion, or unauthorised absence, out of over 350 decided by us till today pertains to a jawan posted in a peace station“, the court said.

CRPF told the court that it could not afford to be lenient on such personnel as “if it is overlooked, it would breed insubordination because jawans would not obey commands of the superiors to report back“.

Pointing out that this would also encourage deviant behaviour in other personnel, CRPF said personnel are sent on leave by rotation and where one jawan overstays leave, he does so at the cost to some others.

Digambar, while posted in Delhi in 1995, had an eye ailment.
He took the long leave on the ground that he needed treatment at AIIMS after he was transferred to Tripura.

“Petitioner did not have any certificate that he was unfit for duties except for a period of 3 weeks, while hospitalised at a CRPF hospital, where he was in OPD. This shows he was in his house“, said the court.

“A first class eye treatment may not be available at Tripura but his request for transfer to Delhi or Chandigarh is a surprise. If at all he required periodic visits to AIIMS, the alternative of sanctioning medical leave for short durations would also have been considered as an alternative“, the bench said .

Rejecting Digambar’s contention that the punishment given was “harsh“, the bench said original penalty of removal from service had been reduced to compulsory retirement with benefits of pension and gratuity which meant that the he has been granted due recognition to receive pensionary benefits.

Ahmadiyyas: India must protect

       India is a country where  citizens can practice any religion, and has proved a haven for those distressed over the centuries, whether Jews or Parsis. Tibetans are welcome with their Dalai Lama. Gurus and Sufi saints are venerated. India should not be cowed down by bigoted  fanatics of any hue who threaten religious freedom of its citizens.

Ahmadiyyas have a right to practice religion according to their precepts.

Minority commission should be applauded for their stand.




       They proudly claim to be Muslims but are laughed off by mainstream Islam as “fakes“. The dispute goes beyond mere ridicule. From Pakistan to Indonesia, the Ahmadiyyas are often killed for believing in their own line of subordinate prophets after Mohammed. Now, as they try to assert themselves in India, the sect’s very birthplace, a conflict looks likely.

     In Delhi’s Constitution Club last month, a Quran exhibition held by the Ahmadiyyas had to be called off because of shrill protests from Jama Masjid Imam Ahmed Bukhari and an All-India Muslim Personal Law Board member.

      Yet the Ahmadiyyas -a minority within minority -believe if there is a place to thrive, it is India. “This is one of the few countries where we have the same rights as others,“ Syed Tanveer, the spokesperson for Ahamiddya Muslim Jamaat, told HT from Qadian, Punjab. Backing them is the National Commission for Minorities, which is now examining if Bukhari and All-India Muslim Personal Law Board member Kamal Farooqui attempted to curb the Ahmadiyyas’ religious freedom.

     Bukhari and his brother Yahya, among others, were briefly arrested on September 24 for disrupting the exhibition.

     Politically, the Ahmadiyyas are seeking legitimacy from Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa, who represents in their religious nerve-centre ­ Qadian in Gurdaspur. “Bajwa had judged us well and found us to be law-abiding. That’s why he supports us,“ Tanveer said.

     Minority watchdog chief Wajahat Habibullah said: “An attack on the religious freedom of Ahmaddiyas clearly falls under our jurisdiction.“

     Despite the proposed intervention, the Ahmadiyyas are unlikely to find acceptability because of a worldwide fatwa (edict) against them.

      “The commission has to serve notices to 150 million Muslims of India who will never allow Ahmadiyyas to call themselves Muslims,“ Bukhari said.

Habibullah is facing attacks for visiting the Quran exhibition.

       The conflict could escalate in India, where the Ahmadiyyas want to spread themselves.

       Muslims generally believe there can be no prophets after Mohammed. The Ahmadiyyas have their own TV station in the UK, where their “caliph“ lives in exile.