Blueline catches fire, passengers safeNEW DELHI: A Blueline bus carrying over 50 passengers caught fire near Africa Avenue here on Thursday.

The passengers escaped unhurt.

The accident took place around 4-15 p.m. when the CNG-run bus plying on route 621-- from Munirka to Mori Gate -- caught fire apparently due a gas leak.

All the passengers rushed out of the vehicle in time. Meanwhile, two fire brigades were pressed into service to douse the fire that damaged a portion of the bus.

Another fire in Yamuna PushtaNEW DELHI: Yet another fire broke out in the Yamuna Pushta slum cluster in East Delhi on Thursday. Though over 60 dwellings were gutted, no one was reportedly injured.

The fire department received a call around 12-30 p.m., following which a dozen fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

The blaze was brought under control within an hour.

On April 3, six persons were killed and several injured in a major fire in the same slum cluster.

DDA guard arrested for graftNEW DELHI: A Delhi Development Authority (DDA) security guard has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the State Government on charges of demanding Rs. 5,000 from a shop owner for not demolishing his shop.

On Wednesday, Nikhlesh Sharma lodged a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Branch alleging that Ram Mahesh Yadav, a revenue record keeper with the DDA, and Brahm Singh, its security guard, were demanding Rs. 5,000 for not demolishing his flower-shop.

Acting on his complaint, the police laid a trap and arrested the security guard while accepting Rs. 2,000. A hunt has been launched for Ram Mahesh.

In another case, the Anti-Corruption Branch arrested Yashpal Raghav, an assistant sanitary inspector with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 1,000 from a sanitation worker for marking his presence in the duty-register for two months.

Prostitution racket busted, three arrestedNEW DELHI: The Crime Branch of the Delhi police arrested three persons, including two women, near a five-star hotel in South-West Delhi on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the flesh trade. The accused had been running the "business" in the garb of a massage parlour.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Tejinder Luthra, a team led by Inspector Jasvir Singh Malik under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police Rakesh K. Bansal recently came across a newspaper advertisement about a massage parlour. A police decoy contacted the person concerned on a mobile number published in the advertisement.

The suspect readily agreed to provide women to the decoy.

On Wednesday, the accused asked the decoy to pick up the woman near a five-star hotel. He came along with two women and accepted the advance payment of Rs. 1,000 when the police arrested the three.

Mr. Luthra said the accused had demanded Rs. 5,000 per woman for the job.

During interrogation, the pimp allegedly identified himself as Kamal Kumar. Mr. Luthra said the links of the accused were being probed.

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