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