New Delhi: Police and the BSES have busted a gang whose members allegedly tried to extort money from a consumer in Greater Kailash area here by posing as enforcement officials of the power supply agency, a spokesperson of the discom said Monday. One of the gang members, identified as Ravi Kumar, a resident of Budh Vihar, was arrested last week. Two other gang members are absconding, he said. The gang was trying to extort Rs 30,000 from a resident of affluent Greater Kailash area and almost succeed in doing so by posing as BSES enforcement officials, he added. The gang members had approached a Greater Kailash II resident and owner of an under construction house in the area’s S Block, the spokesperson said. “They almost managed to convince the resident that he was misusing the electricity connection and would have to pay a penalty of Rs 1,25,000. When the consumer was seemingly convinced, the gang offered to settle the matter for an amount for Rs 30,000,” he said.
In his periodic report to the Security Council, Hans Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), writes that the Commission “continues to see to attain a high state of readiness for the start of work in Iraq.” Mr. Blix reports that at a recent closed meeting of the UNMOVIC College of Commissioners he told the group that “once inspections in Iraq became possible, UNMOVIC would be ready to commence operations without delay.” During their discussions, commissioners expressed the view that the events of 11 September had “brought a new urgency” to international efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to the report. Noting that UNMOVIC’s preparatory work includes analysis of satellite images that are used to create line diagrams of sites for inspection purposes, Mr. Blix expresses hope that Member States will continue to provide UNMOVIC with satellite imagery “as such assistance to date has proven very valuable.” Experts from UNMOVIC are also analyzing “open-source” information – newspapers, academic journals and other published material, as well as television and radio broadcasts – on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities.In another development, the Security Council panel monitoring the sanctions against Iraq – known as the 661 committee for the resolution which established it – met behind closed doors this afternoon in New York to discuss a range of issues, including the tanker TT Essex which was involved in a case of smuggling Iraqi oil.Also today, a UN spokesman announced that Baghdad and the United Nations had signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the current phase of the oil-for-food programme. Last week, the Security Council approved a 180-day extension of the scheme, which allows Iraq to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief.