Archive for July, 2007

Protest against killer bluelines

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Citizens for good governance, involving RWAs of Delhi, NGOs and civil society activists will meet to protest the ‘licence to kill’ policy of the Delhi Government’s transport department and to highlight the non-serious attitude of the Government on the issuewith a Candle Light vigil for those who have lost their lives in road accidents by killer buses and a deadly policy.

Date: 19th July 2007
Venue : Jantar Mantar
Time : 5.30 p.m.

Please be there along with members of your staff, family or friends to bring attention to this burning issue.

For details, contact us on 9811153833, 9868148896 or 9811400644

Supreme Court stays proceedings in Sabharwal murder trial

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the trial in the Sabharwal murder case raising questions whether there is any mockery of justice hoping that the case would not go the ”Best Bakery” way where all the witnesses turned hostile.

The court also sought an explanation from the Madhya Pradesh Government what action it has taken against the police officers turning hostile witnesses.

Voicing concern over the manner in which the police officers who were reportedly eyewitnesses to the killing of the Ujjain professor turned hostile, a bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and D K Jain hoped that the case does not turn out to be another ”Best Bakery” incident where all the witnesses turned hostile.

”What action have you taken against those police officers who resiled from their earlier statements? Would not the trial be a mockery if your police officers turned hostile?,” the court asked.

‘Our anxiety is that every police officer will be given a clean chit. We have seen what has happened in the Best Bakery case,” the bench said looking towards the MP government’s counsel who was present in the court.

Professor Sabharwal died after he was allegedly beaten by ABVP workers outside the Madhav College campus on August 26 last year following the cancellation of the student union polls.

The state government has been asked to reply within four weeks specifying what action it has taken against the three policemen who withdrew their statements.

(Source: NDTV | link)

US writes to E. Sreedharan, to meet Transport Minister

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Press Release

Delhi University students ask for Metro fare reduction: transport to College costs more per month than the course fees for the whole year, say students.
· To meet transport Minister Haroon Yusuf on Monday 9th for shuttle bus services and additional DU specials

New Delhi, 8th July 2007:  Students of Delhi University under the United Students group have written to the DMRC Chief E. Sreedharan asking him to revise his view on offering students a special metro fare.

Students had earlier written to him suggesting that a special fare could be worked out for students going to and coming back from the Vishwavidyalaya Station only as a beginning but he had cited losses as a reason to deny the possibility. Students have yesterday written to him again asking him to reconsider the decision as in many cases the cost of transport to and from the DU was more than the annual fees. Students have also argued that a comparison with other metros shows that students everywhere get preferential rates.

Krishna Kaul, who is coordinating the Metro fare issue for United Students in his letter has also asked that the DMRC Chairman support their demand with the Fare Fixation Committee.

In a related development, Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf has agreed to meet a delegation of United Students members in relation with the issue of starting Shuttle Bus services for the North and South Campus which has added to the transport costs of students. The meeting has been fixed for 3.30 in the afternoon at the Minister’s office.

“Students have to shell out 20-30 rupees for traveling within the campus in the North while eveningers and others have to pay exorbitant rates to autos from Dhaulakuan to the South campus merely because there is no convenient way to travel this distance for students,” said Ritwik Agarwal who is coordinating the Shuttle Bus issue for the group.

Students expect to convince the Minister that a hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus service could take care of the entire issue without costing a lot of money in both the campuses.

“The introduction of a shuttle in the North and South Campus will not only save students precious amounts of money but also make the campus a cleaner place and far safer for girl students”, said Nupur Mittal, also a coordinator for the group.

Aldeena Raju, a Miranda House student and a US member said, “Today in the North Campus, hundreds of cycle rickshaws, buses, cars, motorcycles have made the campus look like a fish market while allowing hundreds of unauthorized people entry into the campus. A shuttle service will allow only authorized entry and provide a single mode of transport for students, faculty and service providers.”

Similarly in the South Campus, students, particularly girl students who cannot afford to pay Rs. 20 for trips between Dhaulakuan and the South Campus are often having to walk the distance come rain, heat or a dark evening. This needs to be stopped in the interest of safety and convenience, said the students.

For more information pl. contact Ritwik on 9873554908 or Nupur on 9868870647