Republic Day honour for 26 Ghaziabad Police

Twenty six Ghaziabad Police officers were honoured at a Republic Day function held at Police Lines in Ghaziabad.

Rajya Sabha MP and senior Samajwadi Party functionary Ram Gopal Yadav was the chief guest on the occasion.

Those felicitated at the function, attended by DM Vimal Kumar Sharma, SSP Dharmendra Singh and GDA vice-chairman Santosh Yadav, included a DSP, 4 SHOs, 2 head constables and 19 constables.

Stressing on the need for equality in social, political and economic justice, promised to our country's citizens by the Constitution adopted on this day in 1950, Yadav said, "It's important to make the younger generation aware of the sacrifices made by their elders during the freedom struggle", said Yadav.

There was another function at the district collectorate in Raj Nagar, where DM Vimal Kumar Sharma hoisted the national flag.

City magistrate Kapil Singh visited houses of freedom fighters in the district and honoured them on the occasion.

One injured in Acid tanker burst in Ghaziabad factory

A storage tanker containing acid burst in a factory injuring one person on Thursday within the premises of MSB Chemicals in Mohan Nagar's Rajendra Nagar Industrial Area.

The incident took place a little after 2.30pm when most of the unit's workers had dispersed for lunch.

Harpreet Singh, a 32-year-old worker, was transferring the acid from a large iron storage tank to a smaller container when the mishap happened. Singh was rushed to Delhi's GTB Hospital from where he was later shifted to Safdarjung Hospital in the evening.

The tanker contained a dilute form of acid, usually used for cleaning toilets and bathroom floors. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained", Gyan Singh, proprietor of the unit, said. On receiving the information, cops from the Sahibabad police station rushed to the spot immediately. The fire brigade was called by the factory management.

"The condition of the injured worker is stable. No other worker was injured", said ASP Vipin Tada.

75 laptops stolen from godown, protesters block road

75 laptops worth Rs 20 lakh were stolen from a computer showroom's godown on Ambedkar Road in Ghaziabad.

Members of five traders' associations in the area staged a protest on Ambedkar Road, which brought the traffic to a standstill for close to two hours.

Police said that around 6.30am, a security guard called the owner of the showroom of Royal Computer, Piyush Batra, and informed him that the shutters of the shop were broken and a burglary had taken place at the godown. "When I reached the shop I saw that the locks were broken and 75 laptops of various companies worth Rs 20 lakh were stolen", Batra said.

"The theft was committed around 4.45am. The burglars did not enter the showroom in order not to attract attention. Initial investigation suggests that the theft was committed by a seasoned gang", said Anil Yadav, circle officer.

Meanwhile, the protesters blocked the Ambedkar road demanding immediate arrest of the burglars.

A 16-year-old schoolgirl was allegedly gangraped by three youth after abducting her in a Scorpio from Vijay Nagar of Ghaziabad on Wednesday evening. 

According to the police, the victim, a class 10 student was returning from her tuitions when three men forcibly took her in a Scorpio car and raped her. 

She was thereafter allegedly taken to Noida, gang-raped, and then dumped back near her house. The victim regularly went for tuitions around 4-5 PM.

A medical examination of the girl is still to establish rape.

"One of the accused has been identified by the girl," the police informed.

The car used allegedly in the crime has also been confiscated.

Swine flu hits Ghaziabad, first case of the season

The first swine flu of the season was recorded in the national capital with a woman from Ghaziabad breaking down to the virus.

According to hospital sources, the woman, who was from Ghaziabad's Model Town area, had been moved from Columbia hospital to Ganga Ram a few days back. She was bought in a critical state and both her lungs had stopped functioning. The woman was kept in an ICU.

She had the symptoms of fever and cold after which she was admitted to the hospital.

The woman tested positive for swine flu a few days later and her condition turned critical, said the hospital sources.

Two cases of swine flu have been reported in Delhi so far.

The health department has provided Tamiflu to any one who was in contact with the woman, including the hospital staff and her family members. This is also the first case of swine flu in Ghaziabad.