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Delhi underground: Pickpocket lingo

Dec 03 2012, 01:54 IST
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SummaryA Delhi Police officer was asked to arrest a gang of pickpockets.

A Delhi Police officer was asked to arrest a gang of pickpockets. The officer took the order seriously and worked hard on the case. He followed the pickpockets in plain clothes to understand how the gang operates and tried to learn their vocabulary. The officer noted down around 200 phrases .

Smile please

A senior Army officer made guards at the Police Headquarters smile. Last week, a Lt-Gen rank officer arrived at the PHQ in his official vehicle. He was saluted by the guards when stepped out of the vehicle. The Army officer shook hands with four guards and asked them how they were doing. The guards were heard saying that it was the first time a senior officer had bothered to ask how they were doing.

Tents on lease

The Delhi Development Authority is planning to erect tents in each of the Capital’s nine districts to resolve issues related to the “tent mafia”. These people lease out their tents for marriages and other functions at exorbitant prices. “We have made the process of booking community halls, parks, etc. available online but more efforts are needed to end the tent mafia’s harassment. We are looking to set up tents in all districts and have asked officials to look into the feasibility of this plan,” a DDA official said.

Dead-end

The North civic agency’s Education Committee chairperson Rekha Gupta got a taste of red tape. Demanding an explanation about the ban on recruitment of teachers, she reminded an Additional Director of an order passed by the House over 40 years ago. The officer calmly explained that an order which has been gathering dust for so many years cannot be implemented now. “And I have no logical answer as to why even temporary teachers, needed to maintain the minimum staff strength, are not hired (permanently),” the official said, leaving no room for further discussion.

Pack-up

The repair work on the Airport Express Metro line has been completed, but the Urban Development Ministry has not stopped holding the weekly review meeting on the status of repairs in the corridor. The ministry is of the view that the review meeting should continue till the high-speed Metro starts running again. With the completion of repair work, the officials concerned have nothing to discuss. The meeting, which used to go on for hours, barely lasts 20 minutes. “Most of the issues have been addressed. So there is nothing to do apart from waiting for

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