Tuesday, January 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


MC okays formation of Sanitation Committee
Construction of de luxe public toilets approved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The first business meeting of the second Municipal Corporation House here today decided to create a separate Sanitation Committee and approved the construction of de luxe public toilets on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis.

The House did not approve the terms of contracts for privatisation of maintenance of stationary and mobile toilets objecting to many clauses of the terms of contracts.

The matter has been referred to the Sanitation Committee to decide fresh terms of contract amidst objections raised by Amar Kulwant Singh, Chandermukhi Sharma, P.C. Sanghi and Gyan Chand Gupta.

Mr Gupta suggested these toilets could be utilised for advertisement purposes on the pattern of those to be built on the BOT basis and those built by the New Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Other councillors pointed out that certain terms of contract were in favour of the contractor. Medical Officer Health G. C. Bansal informed the House about official position.

Commissioner M.P. Singh invited suggestions from councillors for toilets to be built on BOT basis within three days. These suggestions will be examined by a task force formed under the chairmanship of the Chief Architect.

Congress leader in the House Subhash Chawla told Chandigarh Tribune that the committees, including the new one, would be formed within couple of days. The constitution of the sanitation committee is in line with the Congress focus in its manifesto on cleanliness of the city. Nominated Councillor B.R. Verma then proposed the formation of sanitation committee which was supported by the local MP Pawan Bansal and other members.


Bikramjit Singh summoned in corruption case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 28
The Principal Secretary, Home, Punjab, Mr Bikramjit Singh, has been summoned to appear before a local court by the UT Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge, Mr Lakhbir Singh, in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act registered against him by the CBI.

Acting on the charge sheet filed by the special cell of the CBI accusing, the Principal Secretary of “amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income”, the judge has issued summons against him for March 2.

Earlier the CBI had filed a charge sheet against Mr Bikramjit Singh in the court of the District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, on January 25 after getting the sanction of the Union Government to proceed against him. The CBI had filed a charge sheet against him under Sections 5(1)(e) read with Section 5(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947, and Section 13(1)(e) read with Section 13(2) of the 1988 Act. Mr Bikramjit Singh had already been granted bail in the case.

The CBI had alleged in the charge sheet that Mr Bikramjit Singh had been maintaining a fleet of cars and a number of credit cards, besides a large number of bank accounts and property, including a house in Sector 33-B, a shop-cum-office in Sector 35, agricultural land measuring 32 kanals at Bazidpur village and some other places.


City-Ambala highway to close for a week
Repair work on Ghaggar bridge to begin on Jan 30
Bipin Bhardwaj

Dera Bassi, January 28
The Zirakpur-Dera Bassi stretch of the Chandigarh-Ambala highway would remain closed for vehicular traffic for a week from January 30 onwards because of the repair work on Ghaggar bridge. The work would be carried out by the Building and Road Wing of the Punjab Public Works Department, from January 30 morning till February 5 evening.

Sources in the department said due to heavy volume of traffic on the bridge, many barriers had disappeared from under seven spans. The department would insert over 18 barriers under the spans, apart from replacing four damaged expansion joints of the bridge, said Mr Ajit Pal Singh Brar, SDO.

About Rs 21 lakh would be spent on the repair work which would be carried out by R.S. Builders, a Ludhiana-based construction company. The company is also constructing a railway overbridge on the Bhankharpur level-crossing on the Ambala-Kalka highway near Dera Bassi.

For the convenience of motorists, traffic heading towards Ambala and Delhi would be diverted from Chandigarh to Panchkula-Ramgarh -Mubarikpur to rejoin the highway near Dera Bassi. Vehicles coming from Delhi and Ambala side would be diverted from Ambala to take the Rajpura-Tapra road to rejoin the highway at Zirakpur.

For the light vehicles, VIP convoys and local commuters, the department has constructed a makeshift kuccha road on the Ghaggar bed adjacent to the railway bridge near Mubarikpur.

Site in charge Mr Sant Ram, a Junior Engineer, said to construct a makeshift bridge over 5,000 sand bags had been used and more had been kept reserves in case the road sinks due to heavy volume of traffic. He said to avoid dust, a water tanker had been arranged that would sprinkle water to settle dust particles on the road when ever necessary.

The link road leading near from the PWD Rest House in Mubarikpur will take traffic from the Mubarikpur-Nagla road to rejoin the highway near Nagla village near Singhpura and vice versa.


Jaspal Bhatti releases ‘suitcase’ manifesto
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, January 28
With election round the corner, who else but Jaspal Bhatti would have thought about such a delightful way in making the voters realise how important it is to vote in a judicious, sensible way to save Punjab from corruption and subsequent bankruptcy. Rising to the occasion, this poker-faced “ulta pulta” comedian floated his Punjab Suitcase Party amid fanfare and admiring spectators at the Sector 17 Plaza here today.

Bhatti’s satire on corruption managed to tickle the funny bones, leaving the audience wanting more and more, for which the troupe from his Nonsense Club had to stage the same sequence at least three times at the same venue. As Bhatti presented his one-point manifesto with club members shunning the slogans “Suitcaisan dee sarkar — 24 ghante khulla darbar” and “Suitcase liyao kam karvao”, the crowd gleefully joined them.

The party, he said, would allot five tickets for his family members and the candidates for the remaining seats would be decided on the size, shape and currency filled in the suitcases they carry. As Bhatti delivered the speech after getting coronated by his ‘chamchas’ promising that he would not be second to any maharaja in plundering the state, the crowd broke out in laughter.

The mood lingered even as Bhatti managed to squeeze out for some time to have a tete- a- tete with the media persons in between his shows. When someone accused him of changing party frequently, he readily replied: “This is just like any other business, so wherever the profit lies, I go there.” Besides, one can take the cue from his surroundings, chipped in his wife Savita Bhatti.

He said: “Nonsense Club has not been involved in regular activity but always conjures up something based on any major issues that may hit the nation,” It was his “Hawala party” in 1996, “Divali gift shop” after that and his satire against the price hike on Onions sometimes back.

Jaspal Bhatti is taking his Suitcase Party to a few major towns of Punjab namely Jalandhar and Ludhiana. “We are also planning to start a 10-episode teleserial based on the election issues,” said Bhatti refusing to divulge any further information.

Anybody who shares the same taste can be a member of his Nonsense Club. “Man or woman with an open mind and who does not side with any political party is legitimate for the membership,” said Bhatti. “Our aim is to carry on a crusade against the wrongdoers irrespective of the party or state they belong to,” he added.



Cross voting in F&CC elections shocks Congress
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The Congress received a jolt here today when one of its members cross-voted in favour of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) candidate in the elections to five seats of the Finance and Contracts Committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

A Congress councillor, Ms Kamlesh got a full share of six votes, the Congress leader in the House, Mr Subhash Chawla received five, nominated councillor Brigadier Sant Singh received six, another nominated councillor, Mr P.C. Sanghi received five and the CVM candidate, Mr Vijay Rana got four.

The cross-voting is being seen as an attempt to check the rise of Mr Chawla, who is projected to be the next Mayor.

The CVM, which has only three votes in the House, got one vote from the share of Mr Chawla, which showed that the Congress was not as unified as it seemed.

Mr Rana’s poll manager, Mr Devinder Singh Babla, whose wife Ms Harpreet Kaur Babla was able to get two extra votes in the election to the post of the Senior Deputy Mayor due to her husband’s manipulations, said he could get 14 second-preference votes for Mr Rana.

The BJP councillor, Mr Rajesh Gupta, who was eliminated in a draw of lots, after a tie, on the basis of first-preference votes, according to Mr Pabla, got five second-preference votes.

Getting 14 second preference votes shows that Mr Rana was able to get votes from others, besides nine nominated members. He did not get four votes of the BJP-SAD alliance.

Ms Harjinder Kaur withdrew from the contest before the elections. The BJP could not snatch the votes of others, including nominated members.

Two nominated councillors, Brigadier (retd) Sant Singh and Mr P.C. Sanghi, could win because Brig Sant Singh had the support of six nominated councillors, while Mr Sanghi had the support of three.

All Congress councillors, after the elections, met in the Mayor’s room in the presence of Mr Bansal, where Mr Chawla was heard saying that either the “black sheep” be caught or he would resign.

Mr Chawla, later, met the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) chief, Mr B.B. Bahl, to seek an inquiry into the matter.


Residents fora confound common man
Stir against house tax, cable tariff
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 28
Even as the cable operators raise the banner of revolt against various paid channels who have been increasing their subscription fee, various “self-appointed “leaders are with each other to be portrayed as the ones fighting for the peoples’ rights.

Ever since the Municipal Council has imposed house tax on residents and the cable operators house announced a hike in monthly tariff, new associations / forums are being created at the drop of a hat.

The common man, however, is too bewildered by these new associations to become a part of these.

Other than these self-appointed leaders of the people, the common man is unwilling to join in the agitation being staged by them. The dharna being staged by the District Youth Congress and Mr Hemant Kinger, the erstwhile convener of the now dismantled Panchkula Joint Welfare Associations Forum, is one such example.

A handful of Congress workers in the first case and a few residents in the second case, are the only ‘activists” of these groups.

Now, the Panchkula Residents Welfare Forum is also expected to follow suit. Though Mr R.P. Malhotra, president of the forum, claims support of 24 Resident Welfare Associations and House Owners Welfare Associations , various other representatives of Residents Welfare Association are sceptic about the success of this association.

Perhaps the lure for this seemed a bit too tempting for the MLA from Kalka, Mr Chander Mohan, who, too, had earlier organised a protest rally .

Even today, he participated in a rally at Bhainsa Tibba village, wherein he asked people not to pay house tax.

He also said he would stage a dharna outside DC office along with other district Congress workers on January 28 to protest against the hike in cable and water charges.

This, allege Congress detractors, in a deliberate move to outdo the car rally being organised by Panchkula Residents Welfare Forum. The latter is organising a rally on January 30. “The residents are sure that the aim of these Associations is self promotion rather than promotion of their cause,” says Mr Jagjit Soi, a resident of Sector 4.

The local Administration , too, is quite taken aback by this sudden influx of associations. A senior official, requesting anonymity, remarked that they were in a fix to decide of who to invite for talks in order to resolve these issues.”

There are just too many leaders and too few followers. “The residents, we learn, have already started paying the house tax as well as the enhanced cable tariff,” he said.

Meanwhile, charges and counter charges continue to flow among these leaders, protesting against hike in cable tariff, even as the cable war continued to simmer.

With all these representatives being united in their demand of not paying more than Rs 150 per month, and the cable operators refusing to budge, the stand off continues. 


City feels tremors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The city was rocked today by tremors measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale at 4 am.

The epicentre of the earthquake was approximately 350 north-west of Chandigarh.

The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) recorded the data regarding the earthquake in the analog and digital form through instruments developed by the organisation.

Dr M. A. Shamshi, Head of the Geo-Scientific Instruments Division of the CSIO, said that the organisation’s seismic observatory recorded the data.

The CSIO termed the tremor as that of ‘’low intensity’’.

There were no reports of any damage to life and property.

The CSIO report did not mention for how long tremors were felt.


Bomb hoax in Sec 17 building
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The Sector 17 Thirty Bays Building, where several offices of the Haryana Government are located, was sealed and searched here today after the police control room received a telephone call that a bomb had been planted in the building.

According to the police, the call was received at about 8 am and the called said he was Inspector Sharma from Delhi and there was a bomb in the Estate Office building.

About 60 police personnel, including commandoes of the India Reserve Battalion, led by Inspector Vijay Kumar, SHO of the Sector 17 police station, cordoned off the building and began the search for the bomb. Sniffer dogs were also brought in, but no such object was found in the search that took two-hours-and-a-half.

Only a handful of persons were present in the building at the time of the alert and they were asked to come out. The police says that no threat had ever been received about blowing up the building.

Police said the caller identification system, recently installed in the police control room, showed that the call had been made from Delhi. Efforts are on to trace the telephone from where the call was made and the local police is taking the help of telephone service providers of Delhi.


Mauritian President halts in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Mauritian President, Mr Cassam Uteem, his daughter and daughter-in-law spent about four hours here en route Shimla on private visit.

Mr Cassan, whose ancestors migrated to Mauritius from Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh) in 1834, chose to take rest in Hotel Mountview, instead of conducting any official business in these hours.

The Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, and the UT Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, paid a short courtesy visit to the Mauritian President. Ms Nanda and Mr Gujral, then, spent some time with officials of the Mauritius Government.

Mr Cassam and his contingent was received by the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), the Haryana Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, the Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr N.K. Arora, the Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr L.M. Goel, Ms Neeru Nanda, the city Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, and the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, besides others, at the civil airport at about 10 am.

The Chandigarh police was ready for any security emergency. The Superintendent of Police (Security), Mr Balbir Singh, was supervising the security arrangements. The SSP, Mr Parag Jain, came to the hotel to check these arrangements.

While Mr Uteem took rest, his daughter, Ms Dilshad, and daughter-in-law, Ms Nadira, went shopping, but had to return empty-handed as most shops in Sector-17 were closed on Sunday.

The hotel had booked 20 rooms for the President and his contingent, but they took only 12 rooms. The hotel had made special arrangements for serving dignitaries.

The President of Mauritius had lunch with the Punjab Governor in Punjab Raj Bhavan before moving on to Shimla.

The contingent of Mr Uteem included the Mauritian High Commissioner to India, Mr Deenalal Jeewoo, whose ancestors were from Bihar, his ADC, protocol officer of the Ministry of External Affairs and a security liaison officer of the Government of India.

Mr Jeewoo’s daughter, Sheetal, was married to a doctor working in the city, Dr Rajeev Kumar. The marriage ceremony had been organised in Hotel Shivalikview.

The Mauritian High Commissioner to India said Dr Kumar would now settle in Mauritius where Sheetal was working.

Mr Jeewoo said about 65 per cent of the 12 lakh population of Mauritius was of Indian origin, but Mauritius received only 20,000 Indian tourists out of about 6.5 lakh tourists that visited the country every year.

He said the Mauritian Government was going to introduce postgraduate courses in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu in the country from the next academic session. He said Mauritius imported its potatoes from Punjab.

Mr Jeewoo said his country, now, had a gurdwara and already had 200 temples, 100 mosques and 100 churches.


12 in fray after withdrawals
Five left in field in Morinda

Tribune News Service


ON the directions of the Election Commission, liquor vends in Punjab will remain closed from February 11 to February 13, the days of polling and on February 24, the day of counting.

SAS Nagar, January 28
With the deadline to withdraw nominations ending today, 12 candidates have been left in the fray in the Kharar Assembly constituency. A dissident Akali leader, Mr Amrik Singh Mohali, who had filed his nomination papers on January 23 as an Independent candidate, withdrew his nomination today.

The prominent among those left in the fray are: Mr Rajbir Singh Padiala of the Panthic Morcha on party symbol of SAD (Mann), Mr Bir Devinder Singh of the Congress, Mr Kiran Beer Singh Kang of SAD, Mr Harnek Singh Gharuan and Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, both dissident Congress leaders, and Mr Bhupinder Singh Laddi of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Other candidates are Ms Gurmel Kaur, Mr Jagmal Singh, Mr Rachpal Singh, Mr Dharam Singh Saini, Mr Rajbir Singh and Mr Amarjeet Singh.

The Returning Officer for the Kharar assembly seat, Mr Jaipal Singh, allotted election symbols to the Independent candidates. He also gave a demonstration of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), being used for the first time in the Kharar assembly segment.

A total of 205 EVMs will be used this time. Around 8,300 new voters had been registered under the revision of voters’ list. A total of around 1.76 lakh voters in the Kharar constituency will exercise their franchise against 1.97 lakh voters who had been enrolled during the last Parliament elections.

The District Electoral Officer has identified at least 80 supersensitive polling stations in the five assembly segments — Morinda, Kharar, Chamkaur Sahib, Anandpur Sahib and Nangal — in the Ropar segment. The number of sensitive booths in the Ropar district is 117.

According to the information available, the maximum number of supersensitive polling stations (21) were in the Morinda Assembly segment. The supersensitive polling stations in Kharar, Chamkaur Sahib, Anandpur Sahib and Nangal were 12, 19, 18 and 10, respectively.

DERA BASSI: None of the four candidates, contesting the Banur assembly seat, withdrew his nomination papers on the last day fixed by the Election Commission for it.

Now there are four candidates in a fray for the forthcoming elections scheduled to be held on February 13. Apart from an independent candidate, Mr Ashok Kumar, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, (SAD), Ms Seelam Sohi (Cong) and Ms Karamjit Kaur (BSP) are in the fray.

KHARAR: As many as five candidates are left in the fray in the Morinda assembly constituency on the last day of the withdrawal of nomination papers today. Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, Kharar, is the Returning Officer for the constituency.

The candidates are Mr Ujjagar Singh Badali (SAD), Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang (Cong), Mr Ravi Inder Singh (Panthic Morcha), Mr Kuldeep Rai (Shiv Sena) and Mr Ranjit Singh (Independent).


Poll candidates address rallies
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, January 28
The SAD candidate for the Kharar assembly seat, Mr Kiran Beer Singh Kang, today promised the district status for the town if the party was voted to power. Addressing a rally at Sohana village, he said the sitting MLA from Kharar did little for the area.

Later he addressed rallies at Sakrulapur, Gharuan, Badanpur, Rorkee, Mamupur, Bhagomajra, Khanpur, Daumajra, Radiala, Padiala, Bhookhri and Bhajauli villages.

Campaigning in favour of the Congress candidate, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, the General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mrs Lakwinder Kaur Garcha, while addressing a gathering at Saneta village, promised development for the Kharar assembly segment.

A dissident Congress leader, who is contesting as an Independent candidate, Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, opened five election offices at Chadiala, Manauli, Saneta, Landran and Phase 11 here. Addressing his supporters at a rally here, Mr Sidhu urged the Congress candidate, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, to withdraw his nomination papers

The candidate of the Nationalist Congress Party, Mr Bhupinder Singh Laddi, while addressing a rally at Majri village, urged the voters to be aware of the wrong policies of the SAD government.


Sports and cultural function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The Tribune Youth Club organised sports-cum-cultural function on January 26 on the Tribune Colony premises. According to the president of the club, carrom, table tennis, 100 m and 1,000 m races, cycle and musical chair race, were the main events organised on the occasion. Solo dance and group dance competitions were part of the cultural programme.

Results: carrom (doubles) — Vinay and Harbinder 1, V.P. Gupta and Naveen Gureja 2, and Vijay and Monu Sharma 3; table tennis (singles) —Munish 1, Rajan Reikhy 2, and Umesh Rajpal 3; table tennis (doubles) — Munish and Sukhwinder Sodhi 1, Umesh Rajpal and Vinay 2, and Rajan and Navtej 3; 100 m race — Amanjot 1, Ajay 2, and Nishant 3; 1000 m race — Manoj 1, Harish Pandey 2, and Ashok Yadav 3; cycle race — Ropin 1, Harish 2, and Sunil 3; and musical chairs — Madhu Jedka 1, Shobha 2, and Preeti Thapa 3.

Hanish — 1st in solo dance; Neha and Priya — 1st in duet dance; and Jatt Group — 1st in group dance competition.

Mr Bhag Singh producer and director of Punjabi films was the chief guest on this occasion. Karan Jasbir was the guest of honour. Sandeep Joshi, Rinku Kalia, Chana and Lalit Bhatia were the main judges. Rajesh Ahuja was the stage secretary.


Fear of panther attack grips villagers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 25
Tension prevails in Taprian village in the Barwala block, after a panther has been coming down here from the Shivaliks in the search of food. It has already killed four cattle during the past one month.

According to information available, the villagers have started staying indoors after dusk. With the panther attacking the cattle here on three different occasions during the past one month, the villagers fear that the panther could now turn on them.

Mr Babu Ram, a resident of the village, says children are no longer allowed to venture out after 4 pm. “Most of the villagers also prefer to return home an hour before the sun sets. We have also informed the Forest Department staff, “ he said.

It is learnt that the panther first descended on the village in December and killed a cow and a bull. It again came to the village on January 17 and a cow was killed. The latest incident occurred on January 23, when a bull was killed.


Many greet Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Distinguished citizens of the city from varied backgrounds like freedom fighters, politicians, social workers, officials of the Army, Air Force and bureaucracy attended an ‘‘at home’’ function hosted by the Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), at Punjab Raj Bhavan on Republic day.

Citizens greeted the Governor on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of Republic Day of our country. The Governor exchanged greetings as the police band played patriotic tunes in the background. Vice-Chancellors of all the universities of Punjab and Chandigarh, members of Punjab Public Service Commission, presidents and office-bearers of various political parties of Punjab and Chandigarh also greeted the Governor.

Foreign students and handicapped students were special guests of the Governor this time. JCOs and 13 Jawans of 3 Field Regiment, which was raised by the Governor on May 14, 1956, were specially invited by the Governor for this time.


Donate blood to save lives

“NOTHING is precious than life, save it by donating blood,” opines Rajan Khetarpal, a 28-year-old advocate practising in the District Courts and Punjab and Haryana High Court, for the last three years.

After completing LL.B from Panjab University, he did Master of Business Administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and postgraduate diploma in computers.

Apart from a regular blood donor, Raj is a great lover of sports and kind enough to animals and environment. He has also won several gold and silver medals in boxing and donated blood 28 times so far.

He says, ‘‘Keep your body fit and do exercise two to three hours daily. Healthy body contains healthy mind’’. According to Raj, the noblest cause in this universe is to donate blood and give life to some one who battles for it. Satisfaction by saving a life is the only reward I feel, he says. OC


Garhwal Sabha honours Negi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The Garhwal Sabha here today honoured Shyama Negi, a Congress councillor, who recently won from ward number 5 in the municipal corporation elections.

Hundreds of members of the sabha including women activists, felicitated Ms Negi, who originally belongs to a remote village of Uttranchal. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Negi gave all credit of her political success to her husband, Mr S. S. Negi. She also thanked leaders of her party and the Uttrakhandi families living in ward number 5 for their support to her.

Earlier, the secretary of the Sabha, Mr D D Sundriyal, welcomed the guests, while the president Mr Chandra Singh Rawat, presented the vote of thanks. Mr Chandi Bhatt conducted the stage.

A brief cultural programme based on the folk songs and dances was also presented on the occasion.


Tribune employee bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Har Inder Singh, father of Mr Daljit Singh Dhunna, Foreman, Punjabi Tribune, today died after a prolonged illness at Sultanpur Lodhi. He was 90. He is survived by his wife, five sons and four daughters. The cremation will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.


Best contingent trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The best contingent trophy at the Republic Day parade in Sector 17 has been bagged by the No.1 Chandigarh NCC Air Squadron, a statement issued here today said. The contingent was led by Cadet Under Officer Umesh Sharma. Besides Umesh Sharma, two other cadets, Under Officer Nitin Sood and Sgt Aseem Modhil were also selected from this squadron to attend the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.


1 held for threatening doctor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
A resident of SAS Nagar, Sunil, was arrested by the police for allegedly misbehaving and threatening a doctor in the emergency ward of the Sector 16 General Hospital. Sunil, who runs a business of medical equipment from Sector 37 and claimed to be the chief of the local Shiv Sena unit, pulled the doctor from collar and snatched his stethoscope. He was accompanied by several persons.

The doctor complained to the Director, Health Services, who in turn, lodged a complaint with the police. A case under various provisions of the IPC for assaulting, threatening and obstructing a public servant on duty has been registered.

1 ARRESTED: A resident of Ram Darbar, Pardeep, was caught red-handed while he was trying to steal an empty barrel and a 20-kg measure from the residence of Baldev Singh in Hallo Majra. He was arrested and a case has been registered.

BOOKED FOR FRAUD: Based on a complaint filed by a Sector 46 resident, Pawan Kumar, the police has booked the owners of a Sector 35 petrol pump for fraud. Pawan Kumar had reported that the accused, a couple, had fell short of money while getting the allotment of the petrol pump in 1994 and had taken Rs 25 lakh from him on the pretext of making him a partner in the venture. The owners later dissolved the partnership clandestinely and did not return the money nor shared any profits with him, the complainant added.

1 BOOKED: The police has booked a resident of Una for allegedly kidnapping a 15-year-old girl after a resident of Colony No 5, Ram Partap, reported that his daughter has been missing since January 10. A case has been registered.

KIDNAPPED: A resident of Bapu Dham colony, Mool Chand, has reported that his 18-year-old daughter has been kidnapped by a resident of the same colony. The police has registered a case.

MAN KILLED: A resident of Mani Majra, Bant, was reportedly killed on the spot after he was hit by a crane near the Dhillon theatre. The police has booked the crane driver, Yusaf, a resident of Majidawala village, near Panchkula, for rash and negligent driving.

KNOCKED DOWN: A resident of the Industrial Area, Mohan Lal Sharma, was seriously injured after his bicycle was knocked down by a vehicle in the Industrial Area Phase II. He was admitted to the PGI in an unconscious condition. The police has registered a case.

THREE ARRESTED: Two persons have been arrested for defacing public property. The accused have been identified as Anil Aggarwal and Charanjit Ahuja, who were pasting advertisement posters on the wall of the SGGS College, Sector 26, and an electricity box near Kiran cinema, Sector 22.

A resident of Hallo Majra, Sanjiv Kumar, was caught red-handed while he was trying to enter the house of Ram Darbar resident Om Parkash. He was handed over to the police, who has arrested him and registered a case against him.

DUPED: A resident of Bapu Dham Colony, Raj Pal, has reported that he has been duped of Rs 2000 by two persons on the pretext of buying fruit from his rehri while he was passing through Sector 30. The police has registered a case.

PURSE SNATCHED: A resident of Sector 41, Aruna, has reported that two scooter-borne youths snatched her purse containing Rs 170, two silver kara and a mangal suttar in Sector 37. The police has registered a case.

THEFT CASE: Sector 29 resident Gurdeep Singh has reported that his house was broken into and a CD player and two CDs were stolen. The police has registered a case.

Sector 38-West resident V.K. Sharma has reported that his Maruti car (CH-01-N-9350) has been stolen from his residence. The police has registered a case.

Mohali resident C.S. Bawa has reported that his car (DL-3CD-7939) has been stolen from Sector 34. The police has registered a case.

Sector 40 resident Ranbir Singh has reported that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-S-7897) has been stolen from Sector 36. The police has registered a case.


COUPLE INJURED: A scooterist couple sustained serious injuries when an unidentified motor-cyclist hit their scooter (CH-03-9129) in Swastik Vihar, near Mansa Devi complex, here today.

According to the police, Mr Manohar Lal Bhatia, a retired Army personnel, along with his wife, Indira, was on the way to Swastik Vihar to see some of the relatives there when they met with the accident.

The couple were later taken to Command Hospital.

A case has been registered in this regard.


1 held in rape case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The police has arrested a man accused in the gang-rape of a 35-year-old widow near the railway station. The accused has been identified as Rinku, a resident of Rajeev Colony. Another accused, Sanjay, also a resident of the same colony, was arrested a few days ago.

The woman had been allegedly gang-raped by the two men after she and her father were robbed of Rs 12,500 at knife-point by four persons while they were on their way to the railway station.



Filling station owner booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The owner of Sector 35 filling station and his wife have reportedly been booked under charges of conspiracy and cheating for defrauding a sector 46 resident of Rs 25 lakh.

The police has registered a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC.

Mr P.K. Garg reportedly handed over Rs 25 lakh to the filling station owner couple on the alleged assurance of making him business partner.



Killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, January 28
One person died in a head-on collision between a truck and a motor cycle on the Dera Bassi-Barwala highway, near Saidpura village, late last night.

Sources said Mangal Singh of Fatehpur Behra village who was on way back to his village was hit by a truck (HR-37-3115). He died on the spot.

The police has arrested the truck driver, Jarnail Singh.

After registering a case, the police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for a post-mortem examination. 


Two POs arrested
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, January 28
The police has arrested two proclaimed offenders who were wanted for their involvement in a beating and trespassing case in Sector 11.

The accused, Sunil Kumar and Rakesh Kumar of Mori Gate, Manimajra, were earlier booked for beating Yogesh Kumar after entering his shop in Sector 11 on October 26, 1997. A case was registered against them at Sector 5 police station. The two were produced before the court where they were remanded in judicial custody in 1997.

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