Ghaziabad to hold 2nd car-free day today

Ghaziabad: To encourage motorists to give up their four-wheelers for a day and use public transport, Ghaziabad city is holding its second car-free day on Thursday. Volunteers of civil defence in the city will join hands with residents for the second car-free day scheduled to be held on March 10. The event will be observed only in Kavi Nagar zone of Ghaziabad.

According to Chairman of RWA federation Colonel (retd) T P S Tyagi, "RWA representatives will distribute pamphlets and flowers among car-owners to spread awareness about vehicular pollution."

"The district administration had asked us to provide support to RWAs for the event. We have enlisted 30 volunteers to aid and assist residents in conducting the event. The volunteers will undertake the duties assigned to them by the RWA federation," said Lalit Jaiswal, chief warden of the civil defence (Ghaziabad).

Reportedly, a street play will be staged at Ramlila Maidan in Kavi Nagar around 8 AM today.  Mohan Nagar, Vijay Nagar and Vasundhara will be the focused areas, he said.

In order to promote the event, the Uttar Pradesh roadways department has agreed to ply 20 buses which will carry banners reading 'car-free-day'. A poster campaign — with the words 'I am ready for carpooling' — has been devised for the event. Volunteers will stick the posters on cars after taking permission to do so.

10 additional buses between Kavi Nagar and Vaishali Metro station will also be plied by the department.

The car free day, organised by Ghaziabad Federation of RWAs, will be observed on 10th of every month.

5 accused arrested in Snapdeal Employee's kidnapping case

5 men have been arrested by police in the Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna's kidnapping case. One of the accused arrested, is a man who broke out of jail in Haryana and is a 'psychopath'. The Ghaziabad police is looking out for others who might be involved in the abduction.

According to the police, the main accused is a resident of Panipat while others are from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. The man, identified as Devendra, plotted the entire kidnapping after stalking Dipti for some time.

During interrogation, Dipti, said that after leaving the Snapdeal office in Gurgaon, she took the metro to Ghaziabad and then got into an auto. Four men and a girl were traveling in the auto from where she was kidnapped.

Dipti was blindfolded at knife point and thereafter bundled in a car and ferried to some unknown place. After much traveling, the car reached a place where she was kept in a room.

The girl was not assaulted sexually or physically and was offered food and snacks. Around 4 AM on Friday, they dropped her at some unknown railway station platform from where she boarded a Delhi-bound local train.

Dipti's phone, laptop, purse and other personal items were taken by the kidnappers.

Army truck falls into Ganga canal in Ghaziabad; 6 jawans rescued

An army truck lost balance in an attempt to save another vehicle and fell into the Upper Ganga canal early morning today. The incident occurred on National Highway 58 at Murad Nagar in Ghaziabad in which six jawans were saved.

Police say that the truck carrying six army personnel was headed to Delhi from Meerut, which fell into the canal after breaking the roadside safety barrier at around 8am.

"It was a foggy morning and we heard a loud bang at our nearby police post. Our personnel rushed to the spot and found that the truck fell straight into the canal. The army jawans swam to the top of the vehicle which did not submerge into the water fully. They were helped out by divers and boats available at the site", said Raj Kumar Yadav, station house officer at Murad Nagar police station.

"All the six personnel were saved and brought to the banks of the canal. It seems the army vehicle lost balance while trying to avoid some other vehicle on the highway", Yadav said.

Authorities in Meerut have been informed by the police about the incident.

Missing Snapdeal employee returns home safely

24-year-old Dipti Sarna, an employee of Snapdeal, who went missing on her way home from work in Ghaziabad returned to her parents completely safe today morning.

Dipti's whereabouts in the last 36 hours have not been revealed yet by her parents, however, her father, Narendra Sarna said that Dipti was left inside a train at Narela Station in North West Delhi. He went to pick her up after receiving her call from an unknown number.

"She called me early in the morning and told me she was safe and in New Delhi. She said she will come to Vaishali railway station and asked me to pick her up from there", said her mother Vandana Sarna. "We asked her to stay where she was and her father would go to pick her up."

The company also posted on twitter about the return of their employee:

The incident occurred at around 5.30pm on Wednesday as Dipti left her office in Gurgaon and took an office shuttle to the nearest Metro station. At 7.42, the 24-year-old was seen exiting the Vaishali Metro station in Ghaziabad and heading towards a nearby auto stand. Dipti took a shared auto and called her friend Nivrat at around 8.30pm, who said she heard Dipti scream before suddenly going silent.

After receiving Nivrat's call, Dipti's family called her mobile several times but it was switched off by then. They then immediately called the police.

16-year-old swimming champ commits suicide in Ghaziabad16-year-old swimming champ commits suicide in Ghaziabad

A swimming champion of 16 years of age with over 200 medals to her credit allegedly committed suicide at her residence in Ghaziabad early Monday morning by hanging herself,  while her sister slept in the same room.

Saira Sirohi, a student of class 11th of the Delhi Public School in Ghaziabad, was found hanging by a shawl from a ventilator located above a door in her room, by her sister at around 1.30 am when she woke up for a glass of water.

"We have sent the body for a post mortem examination. We did not find a suicide note in the house during the initial search", said Ashok Shishodia, SHO of the Kavi Nagar police station.

Sirohi grabbed limelight in September 2008 when she swam non-stop for nearly 38 km at the age of eight. She was training to represent India in the Olympics.

Police said that further probe regarding the case is underway. "As per the autopsy report, death was caused by strangulation due to hanging. The ligature mark on the neck bore a V-shape. The mobile phone of the deceased girl has not been handed over to police yet. Further investigations are under way", said Ajaypal, SP (City), Ghaziabad.