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3 of family bludgeoned to death
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 7
Two brothers in their early 20s and their 65-year-old uncle were bludgeoned to death and eight other members of the family were injured in a brutal attack by a group of at least 15 persons in Chhajjumajra village in Kharar in the wee hours today.

The injured, including the parents of the deceased brothers, their wives, their two sisters and two minor children are admitted to the PGI with serious head injuries. While the condition of the parents is said to be critical, the rest of the family is out of danger.

The robbers, all clean-shaven men in their 20s, armed with a gun, batons and iron rods and clad only in underwears, struck at two more houses in the neighbourhood, decamping with valuables, but leaving the terrified occupants unharmed.

According to the police, the group of robbers entered the house of Prem Singh, a rich dairy farmer, at 1 pm last night and after hitting occupants with metal rods, they ransacked the house. The group stayed in the house for more than an hour. The robbers killed Prem Singh’s elder brother Bachan Singh who was sleeping outside the house in a cowshed. A couple of pet dogs in the house were drugged before carrying out the attack. The group then entered the house scaling the outer wall. Once inside, they hit Prem Singh (60), his wife Jaspal Kaur (55) and their two daughters Harpreet (23) and Jagroop (18), all of who were sleeping in the verandah.

Jagtar Singh and Bhagwant Singh, both brothers, were killed while they were sleeping inside the rooms with their families. Jagtar and his wife Manjit were hit along with their daughter Neetu (6) and son Gurjot (2).

Bhagwant and his wife Kulwant, both handicapped, were then targeted. “I saw two persons hit Bhagwant on the head mercilessly. Then they hit me. I was half delirious with pain when one of them asked me to close my eyes and untie my salwar. I pleaded that I was like his sister when the other man stopped this man saying, asa eh sab nahin karna (we are not to do all this) and left after hitting me on the head again,” recalled Kulwant, adding that the two conversed in Punjabi.

“The gang was working simultaneously in small clusters of two or three each. While some hit our parents, one person hit me on the head with a rod and asked me to be quiet, saying that he would remove my clothes if I made a sound. They picked up Jagtar’s children and brought them to me outside. They looked like young teenagers and were speaking in a Hindi-Punjabi dialect,” says Harpreet. Harpreet was married two months ago and had come home for Teej.

Jagroop, the unmarried daughter of the family, showed exemplary courage and tried to give the robbers the slip but failed. Nursing a fracture and head injury at the PGI she said: “I was hit and being watched over by two men when I told them that I needed to go to the bathroom. They agreed and followed me to a corner of the verandah. I ran and tried to scale the wall but they caught me. I recall seeing a jeep and a motor cycle standing outside which these persons must have used, before I was hit again and I collapsed. The robbers opened every box and almirah and collected valuables. They also took away all the gold ornaments we were wearing.”

The robbers dragged the injured family members inside the rooms and bolted the doors before leaving. “One door was left open. Manjit gained consciousnesses and threw water on everyone. I ran to neighbours for help but they told me they had also been attacked by the robbers. We called out relatives on the phone,” said Jagroop.

The police found the house in a state of mess. Blood was splattered all across the verandah, bed and floor. Clothes and household articles were strewn around the house. Bodies were lying on the beds while bleeding family members were huddled together trying to console one another.

Rajinder Singh, who is their neighbour, told the police that the robbers had entered his house too. “They told me, my wife and two children to sit down and be quiet. They demanded money and we gave them the only Rs 500 note we had. Then suddenly something came upon one of them and he took out a Rs 100 note from his pocket and gave it to my 5-year-old daughter,” he said.

The robbers also struck at the house of Balkishan Bhalla, a security guard at a milk plant. Here, they left untouched Bhalla’s young daughter-in-law and two daughters after they offered to hand over all their belongings to them.



Police top brass visits village
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 7
The attack on a Kharar family within a day of the “kuchha” gang striking in Ambala brought the entire top brass of the Punjab police to the scene of the crime at Chajjumajra village today.

The DGP S.S. Virk, ADGP (Crime) Chander Shekhar, IG Range S. M. Sharma, DIG Ludhiana Parag Jain and SSP Ropar S. P. Singh led the team of the district police officials to both sites, besides pressing finger-print experts and dog squads into service.

Working on the theory that the attack seemed to be the handiwork of criminal tribes that move across the state during these months, Mr Virk, said: “These criminals attack in groups, generally striking the richest house in the area. Their attacks are pre-planned.

However the family of the deceased insisted that the crime had been committed due to personal animosity. They said they had been receiving threatening calls from two men in the area for the past month. One of them had wanted to marry a daughter of the family but when she got married to someone else, he reportedly started threatening them. 



Police ‘lethargy’ condemned
Tribune News Service

Kharar, August 7
Following the gruesome murder of three persons of a family at Chajjumajra village here today, prominent residents of Kharar met in the evening under the chairmanship of the Kharar Municipal Council chief, Mr Charanjit Singh.

The residents condemned what they alleged was police lethargy in maintaining law and order. “All shops in the area would remain closed tomorrow to mark our dissatisfaction over the working of the police,” said Mr Charanjit



Heavy vehicles involved in 70% mishaps
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Heavy vehicles — accounting for just 7 per cent of the total automobile population in Chandigarh and Punjab — are involved in an estimated 70 per cent of the road mishaps. Yet, Chandigarh Police has hardly done anything to arrest the number of accidents involving such vehicles, including buses.

Nothing else can possibly explain the occurrence two mishaps involving buses in less than a fortnight. Though senior officers prefer to describe the mishaps as “isolated incidents”, the sources in the police headquarters admit that the number of accidents involving buses are on a rise in the city.

Giving details, the sources disclose that as many as 1633 accidents were reported to the police from January, 2000, till April this year. In 2004 alone, 396 accidents were reported to the cops. Out of these, as many as 141 proved fatal. In a substantial number of these mishaps, heavy vehicles, including buses, were involved.

The sources add the figures, however, do not indicate the “real picture” as a large number of minor accidents go unreported because of the legal complications involved in the entire process.

As far as the reasons behind the failure to check the number of such accidents are concerned, the sources insist that the police has apparently failed to generate “proper awareness” among the bus and the truck drivers despite organising traffic camps and awareness weeks.

The police has also failed to check drunken driving among the drivers of heavy vehicles in the city. The sources add that so many bus and truck drivers enter Chandigarh after drinking bouts at liquor vends dotting the highways in neighbouring Mohali and other cities of Punjab.

At several places in the state, the vends are situated in and around the bus stands, even though a minimum specified distance from the highway has to be maintained, according to the judgement issued by Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar and Mr Justice Sat Pal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the traffic management and pollution control case.

Though the presence of liquor vends encourages the habit of drinking among the drivers, the police has so far done little for their removal. The matter has not even been taken up with the authorities concerned.

Moreover, the traffic rules are not enforced “vigorously”. The sources claim that the challans issued to the violators of traffic rules have also failed to act as a deterrent. An estimated one lakh traffic offenders were challaned last year. Among them were bus drivers. As much as Rs 1.82 crore was collected by way of fine. Yet, the accidents continue unabated.

On July 26 four students and several passengers sustained injuries after a school bus and a roadways bus collided in Sector 22. Soon after, special challaning drives were launched by the Chandigarh Police to check the violation of rules by the buses. But within a few days, the cops apparently ran out of fizz and policing returned back to normal.



Govts fail to check circulation of fake stamp papers: CAG report
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Till the time the recent recommendation of the Chairperson of the UPA’s National Advisory Council, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to eliminate the use of stamp papers is implemented, the state governments across the country will continue to suffer huge annual losses due to unchecked circulation of fake stamps papers.

On their part, the state governments are unable to check the losses as the Indian Security Press, Nasik, has not established a surveillance and intelligence system in coordination with the state governments to check that fake stamps were not in circulation in the market. The facts have been pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its recent report on the control systems at the Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik.

Under the control of the Ministry of Finance, the ISP is responsible for printing and supply of postal stamps, other postal stationery, judicial and non-judicial stamps, cheque books for the Reserve Bank of India and the State Bank of India, passport booklets and other security documents.

The CAG has pointed out that except for a Forgery Detection Cell, which was responsible to verify genuineness of stamps referred to it, no other mechanism had been evolved to check the circulation of fake stamp papers in the market. Officials at the security press failed to extend the scope of their investigations to the possibility of counterfeit on a large scale, it has been observed.

The ISP did not prepare a comprehensive response to the high risk of counterfeit stamps despite large number of stamps referred to it for examination being found fake. Many of the cases have remained uninvestigated for years, sometimes on the ground of non-receipt of the examination fee of Rs 100. A large number of cases referred to for examination of the stamps pertained to Uttar Pradesh (241), Maharashtra (294), Andhra Pradesh (156), Delhi (140) and Tamil Nadu (57). Out of the total 69,648 documents, consisting of non-postal stamps and stamp papers, the examination by the fraud detection unit disclosed fake stamps in 50,313 documents.

There were cases of theft on the shop floor and many in transit, which entailed the risk of siphoning of the genuine stamps outside. The CAG has pointed out that the ISP did not investigate a number of cases of discrepancies in figures of the quantity of stamps. There were three case of theft of stamps from the ISP floor with aggregate value of Rs 1.17 crore while two cases are pending in courts. In the third case involving theft of stamps valued at Rs 84.60 lakh, which took place in April, 2002, the culprits are yet to be traced but the case has been closed.

A large number of cases of loss and theft of the stamp papers in transit through the Railways came to the notice of the ISP between 1995 and 2000. The aggregate loss is valued at Rs 2.5 crore. However, the sample check of documents in the treasuries of the respective states showed the loss in transit of Rs 181. 52 crore, during 1992-93 and 2002-2003 in five states. The loss suffered by the following states on account of theft and loss of stamps was Andhra Pradesh (Rs 6.81 crore), Assam (Rs 146.66 crore), Uttar Pradesh (Rs 20.74 crore), Tamil Nadu (Rs 5.28 crore) and Rajasthan (Rs 2.03 crore).

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has also highlighted deficient controls in the procedure for indents, printing and supply in this high risk function. Sharp swings in the indents received from state governments, union territories were not investigated. Over a period of eight years, between 1996 and 2004, the Indian Security Press printed only 46 per cent of the total indents. The actual supply was still lower at 43 per cent of the indents.



Passing Thru

Munniappan Raju
Munniappan Raju, team leader of eight-member “Bike Messengers”, who was in town recently to spread the message of peace.

What brings you to the city?

As part of our programme to spread the message of national integration through our eight-member team of “Bike Messengers”, we reached here on way from Kanyakumari.

When did you start your mission?

We started our mission from Kanyakumari on June 6 and have covered over 10,500 km. We have travelled through Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and are now in city beautiful.

What is your objective behind this?

The ambition of my life is to act as a catalyst for social change and create awareness on social needs and find remedies for the same. I propose to do so through my team on bikes. When we reach a city, we take a small round of the city holding the Tricolour aloft and address groups of people on the importance of national integration.

— G.S. Paul



IT returns can be filed by March 31, 2006, without fine
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Income tax assessees, who missed the July 31 deadline for filing the returns, need not despair. They can still file their returns without paying any interest or penalty till March 31, 2006.

Mr R.K. Goyal, Commissioner of Income Tax, confirmed here today that there would be no interest on the persons filing returns till March 31 next year.

The Income Tax Department cannot levy any interest or penalty on the income tax payers, who clear their tax liability by March 31 next. Since the tax liability was for the assessment year 2005-06, no penal action could be taken against the tax payers filing returns till March 31, Mr Girish Ahuja, a Delhi-based income tax expert, said.

Mr Goyal, however, clarified that a nominal interest could be levied on the late filers if their tax liability for the financial year exceeded the tax deposited.

Income Tax Department officials said under the Income Tax Act, 1961, an interest @ 1 per cent per month would be levied on the difference between the advance tax deposited and the tax liability.

However, a penalty of Rs 5,000 could be imposed on the persons filing returns after March 31, the officials said. The penal action could be taken only after serving a proper notice to a tax payer, they added.

It may be recalled that after the expiry of the last date for filing returns on August 1 (July 31, the last date, was a Sunday) there were a lot of apprehensions in the minds of asseessees about the imposition of penalty. It was widely believed that the deadline would be extended like last year when it was extended to September 30.

Meanwhile, it is mandatory for the persons having an income of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh to file income tax returns even if they were not in the tax bracket.



Apni Mandi has residents up in arms
Move to shift venue
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Tajinder Singh, of Sector 33, recently undergone a surgery for brain haemorrhage and has been advised rest.
However, since the operation his peace gets shattered for two days every week because of the Apni Mandi held right near his house.

Every Saturday the place turns into a virtual ‘mela’, with crowds, snarling traffic and chaos.

“We cannot go outside on Saturdays as suspicious-looking people also loiter around in the area. Besides this, the vendors start consuming alcohol after closing hours and even defecate against the walls of our house making life hell,” laments Tajinder Singh. He is contemplating of disposing off his house because of the nuisance.

People using the road dividing Sectors 32 and 33 face traffic jams, chaos and congestion due to the Apni Mandi held on the Sector 33 grounds every Saturday from morning to night.

The traffic is particularly heavy in the evenings here as this is also the closing time for offices. The road is used by the residents of the thickly-populated sectors like 32, 45 and 46 besides the dwellers of Mohali of Phase IX and X.

These people, besides the residents of nearby sectors, park their vehicles on the road, resulting in traffic jams and accidents.

Scores of fellow residents of the area also express their resentment over the issue. They are demanding a shift in the venue. “The nuisance starts on Friday with the coming of rehriwallas to book the space. People block our entries by parking their vehicles in front of our houses and we can not move our vehicles even in case of an emergency,” rued Mr Tajinder Singh.

“After the mandi closes, the problem does not come to an end as the garbage left over at the site, stinks for days together making the area disease prone”, said Mr Baljit Singh, another resident of the area.

When contacted about the problem, Municipal Councillor of Sector 33 and member of the Apni Mandi Committee, Mr H.S. Lucky, said, “Earlier, we had sent a proposal to shift the venue of the Mandi to Sector 34 Exhibition Grounds but the administration rejected the proposal. Now we are trying to shift it on the grounds adjoining the market of Sector 33.

Since the ground has ample space for parking, we hope that to other problem will arise with the shifting to the new site. Besides this, we are also planning to change the day from Saturday to Sunday”. The matter will be raised in the coming meeting of the committee, he assured. 



HUDA wants police to vacate booths
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 7
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the district police are at logger heads over the latter’s refusal to vacate the booths allotted to them for police posts.

Though the matter has been taken up at various fora by the HUDA authorities, the police department has failed to vacate the booths, even though new police post buildings have been allotted to them. Officials in HUDA say that they could earn lakhs of rupees by auctioning these booths.

The officials say that initially they had not built police post buildings in the township. “Only police station buildings were built as Panchkula was sparsely populated. As the population in the township increased, so did the policing needs. It was then decided to set up police booths in various sectors and booths in these markets were allotted to the police as temporary police posts,” informs a HUDA official.

Booths in Sectors 6, 7 and 10 were allotted to the police department. Two booths were allotted in Sector 6, three in Sector 10 and one in Sector 7. The Sector 10 booths were later used by the police as the Crime Against Women Cell, which was shifted to Sector 1. Now, the booths are locked.

The Sector 10 police post was constructed almost two years ago. The Sector 7 police post was constructed by HUDA and handed over to the police last year. However, no effort has been made to vacate these booths.

The police says that it is not vacating the Sector 7 booth as the Market Association wants the police to be present in the market. “They have made representations to HUDA that the booth be allotted to the Sector 7 police, in order to ensure law and order, says a senior police official. 



Milk tested for adulteration
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 7
With reports of adulterated milk pouring in, the Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation today organised a milk testing-cum-consumer contact programmes at the Community Centre in Sector 11. The camp was arranged by the Ambala District Milk Producers Union, which is one of the unions working under the federation and responsible for milk marketing here.

The facility for free testing of fat, SNF, and checking urea presence, and that of soda or any other chemicals was available. Of the 75 samples tested here, about 20 per cent were found adulterated with water. All these samples were from private milkmen, claimed a press note.

A sample from Sector 6 was found adulterated with caustic soda, a harmful chemical added by milkmen to increase the shelf life of milk.

Vita milk and milk products, which are marketed by the federation, were also displayed, along with the latest range of Vita sweets recently introduced in the market

Three days ago a testing camp was arranged in Ambala.



A peep into the world of British Raj
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The BBC is producing two series on the experiences of the people during the British rule in India and during Partition. Titled “Meet the Raj” and “The Partition of India”, these are scheduled to be broadcast on TV in 2007 to mark the 60th anniversary of Independence.

The series will not merely be a historical documentary of the events pertaining to that era, but an interactive programme with people giving out a first hand account and sharing their personal experiences about the Raj and the Partition.

These two programmes follow a series aired by the BBC in June to mark the enormous contribution made by more than two million Indian soldiers to the allied war effort during the Second World War. The series, specifically produced to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, featured first hand accounts of the war by Indian veterans.

According to a communique sent by the producer of the series, Mr Gurdip Bhangoo, to several people here, the series on the Raj would illustrate what it was to live, work and play in this era, whether one was a Viceroy who toured India in grandeur, a maharajah living in his luxurious palace, an Indian civil servant trying to build a career or a humble domestic servant.

“The journey into this world of the Raj will be through a mixture of intercutting first person accounts, rare unused film archive, location filming of present day Indian institutions created by the British like the Victoria Terminus in Mumbai, Viceroy’s Palace in Shimla etc and former grand palaces of the Maharajas,” the communique stated.

The series on the Raj is expected to have four episodes of about an hour’s duration each, while the one on Partition will have three episodes.

According to Mandeep Bajwa, a city-based researcher who is coordinating the production here, Mr Bhangoo is expected to arrive in India within the next few weeks to research the programme. At this stage only background research is being done and the main production, including filming and recording etc, will be undertaken later.

“We are looking for potential contributors and their stories of Indians who worked for the British as part of the civil service and formed the so-called emerging middle class,” he said.

While the production team has found a large amount of “fantastic” amateur film footage in the United Kingdom, it is also looking for film archives and still photographs in India.



Sukhna Blues

The Sukhna Lake is a prized water feature of City Beautiful. Not only is it a tourist attraction, but also the citizenry here frequents it all too often. It is indeed a favourite haunt of the old and the young; the rich and the poor.

Honeymoon couples can be seen here as well as octogenarians being pushed around in wheelchairs. Middle-age folks come here for brisk walks to lose their bulges and the young frolic around.

However, many of the people who come here flout the rules meant to keep this place peaceful and beautiful. Tribune photographer Vinay Malik sings out the Sukhna blues in photographs that show the visitors taking pleasure in breaking the rules.



Dotted by potholes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Notwithstanding regular recarpeting, the city roads never seem to be in a position to take the onslaught of the monsoon. Not so heavy by any standard though, the monsoon this year has left the city roads in a shambles. Roads have caved in at almost all locations, including the so-called sophisticated and privileged southern sectors like Sectors 32, 33, 44 and 43. The road around the inner rotary separating Sectors 32 and 33 has been recarpeted for the fourth time in this season. Every time it is re-laid, rains bring it back to its original state.

The lesser said about the roads in developing sectors like 46, 47 and 48, the better. Almost every main road in this area is potholed.

Another disturbing sight is that of dug up trenches around almost every rotary in the city.

Along many other roads, digging work is in progress as part of the maintenance drive, though the required demarcations have not been made, as around Sector 32-33 roundabout.



Kidney patient appeals for help
Tribune News Service

Janak Lal
Janak Lal

Chandigarh, August 7
For the past seven months, Janak Lal has ben managing treatment for renal failure from his thin income. After being detected for failure of kidneys, he had to use his savings for medicine and dialysis.

The result has been devastating for Janak Lal and his family of three young daughters who have no other source of income to bank on for their father’s treatment.

Admitted to the PGI for long, Janak Lal has already undergone 30 dialysis and has spent all his money on buying drugs prescribed by doctors. His condition is so dismal that he has had to sell utensils of his house to buy medicine.

Unable to meet future requirements for treatment, he has now appealed to good Samaritans for help.

Lodged in room No 6 of ward number 41-42 in the PGI sarai, Janak Lal awaits help in the absence of which he can not expect complete treatment. Further enquires can be made from the PGI’s Public Relations Department. 



Book on martyr released
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 7
Dedicated to martyr Naib-Subedar Pal Singh who died in Kupwara in a cross-firing across the border, a book “Hind de Soormey” written by Punjabi writer and poet Gurbachan Singh Azad, was released at a function organised by the Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Dera Bassi, here today.

Martyr Naib-Subedar Pal Singh of 16 SIKHLI (19RR) was a resident of Devi Nagar village near Dera Bassi and died on June 23, 2005.

Punjab Sahit Award winner Santokh Singh Dhir, who was the chief guest on the occasion, released the book. Addressing the gathering, Dhir lauded the efforts of Azad for writing and dedicating the 65-page book to a martyr.

More than 50 writers and poets from Patiala, Rajpura, Banur, Mohali, Ropar, Chandigarh and surrounding areas participated and presented their literary work. They also appreciated Azad for his writings.

The gathering also paid tributes to Punjabi novelist and writer Sohan Singh ‘Hans’ by observing silence for two minutes. Mr Bhupinder Singh Saini, president of the Rotary Club, Dera Bassi, donated Rs 5,100 to the sabha.

Besides members of the sabha, Mr Amrit Pal Singh, president of the Dera Bassi Municipal Council, and residents of the area also attended the function. Pal Singh’s family members were also honoured. 



BJYM to gherao Parliament on August 9
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
To protest against the anti-people policies of the Congress-led UPA government, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha(BJYM) will gherao Parliament on August 9.
Announcing this at a press conference here today, Mr RP Singh, in charge of the Chandigarh affairs of the BJYM, came down heavily on the policies of the government, which, he alleged, had made the living of the common man miserable.

If the government did not bring the prices of essential commodities down and provide enough employment opportunities to the youth, the BJYM would launch an indefinite agitation, he warned.

Mr Davesh Moudgil, president of the local unit of the BJYM, said over 500 party activists from the city would take part in the Delhi protest.



Seminar on meditation
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 7
Scholars and musicologists participated in a seminar on “Meditation-myth and reality” organised by the First Friday Forum here at the Institute of Town Planners of India (ITPI) hall.

Leading the deliberations, educationist Dr S.S. Bhatti said the craze for meditation was unflinching. Quoting certain saints on the subject that meditation takes place in “silence”, he suggested that to understand meditation, one must use one’s own mind to figure out the what, where, why, when and how of meditation.

Musicologist Pandit Yash Paul also explained the basic concept and benefits of meditation, drawing references from epics and scriptures.



Godown owners fear demolitions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Godown owners in Daria village have expressed apprehension that more structures adjoining the lal dora area of the village would be demolished for a new road proposed to link Makhan Majra village with the railway station road through Daria village. The structures are on private land along the gate No 1 opposite the Chandigarh Railway Station.

Mentioning a report of the committee constituted for the development of villages, the owners said demolishing the structures would affect a number of residents.



Intoxicants seized in raid on chemist shop
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 7
The initiative taken by residents of Sector 19 here to save lives of youth and innocent labourers from intoxicants being sold by a chemist, has resulted in the seizure of 18 kinds of intoxicating drugs valued at Rs 40,000 and arrest of the chemist.

These drugs had been seized in a joint move of the Health and Police Departments on the night of August 3. A case under Sections 18 and 27 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, was registered against the chemist and a show-cause notice was served on him for the cancellation of licence.

A press note by the Health Department said the chemist store in Sector 19, Sood Medical Hall, was selling intoxicating drugs and a number of complaints were received against the drug store. A raid was also conducted a few months ago but the chemist could not be arrested. However, a strict vigilance was maintained to watch his activities.

As a result of surveillance, a raid was conducted by sending a decoy customer to the shop. The decoy carried a fake prescription mentioning the names of some intoxicating drugs which were sold to the decoy. The shop was immediately raided and the chemist was apprehended with the sold medicines.

During investigations, the proprietor of the shop, Mr Shiv Kumar, said the main stock of intoxicating drugs was being kept by him at a nearby shop. The shop was later raided by the investigating team and a huge stock of psychotropic substances and intoxicating medicines was found. No record for the purchase or sale of these medicines could be shown to the Drug Inspector. This unauthorised stock of drugs was seized under Sections 18 and 27 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

The seized drugs included capsules of proxyvon, spasmoproxyvon, hypnoteck, parvon, tablets of lomotil, hypnotec, diazepam, alprazolam, microlit, nitrazepam, syrup corex and different brands of injection buprenorphine. Incidentally, dextropropoxyphene and buprenorphine are derived from known narcotic drug, morphine and are habit-forming. All seized drugs had been deposited in the court at Panchkula with the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

Officials in the Health Department said surveillance was being maintained in other pockets in the state to check such ill-practices. The entire inspectorate staff had been directed to keep an eye on mischievous elements who were indulging in the illegal sale of such drugs.



3 booked for duping man of 11.40 lakh
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 7
The police has booked three persons for allegedly duping a city resident of Rs 11.40 lakh on the pretext of sending his daughter and son-in-law abroad.
Mr Ajit Singh of Sector 15, Chandigarh, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Paramjit Singh and Bimla, both residents of Karnail Nagar in Ludhiana and Mr Kaur Singh of Sector 7, Panchkula, had taken Rs 11.40 lakh from him to send his daughter and son-in-law abroad.

He told the police that after taking the money the accused neither send them abroad nor returned their money. A case has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code in this regard. No arrests have so far been made in this case.

Snatching: Ms Bhawana Kaushal of Gaziabad in Uttar Pradesh reported to the police alleging that an unidentified clean-shaven scooterist snatched her purse containing Rs 2,000 and gold ornaments from near Government High School, Sector 35, here on Saturday. She was travelling in a rickshaw when the incident occurred. A case has been registered in this regard.

Assaulted: Mr Ishwar Chander of Sector 20 filed a complaint to the police alleging that Dalbir Singh, Sumeer Chand, Gurwinder Singh and Krishan Lal, all residents of Raipur Khurd village, had threatened and assaulted him on August 5 night at Makhan Majra village. Mr Ishwar was posted in the Makhan Majra forest area as Forest Guard and was performing his duty there. He was shifted to GMCH, Sector 32, with serious injuries. A case of rioting and criminal intimidation has been registered on the basis of his complaint. The police has arrested Sumer Chand in the connection and rest of the accused are still at large.

Cop injured in mishap: A constable of the police, Mr Manjit Singh, sustained injuries at a picket point in Sector 44 on Saturday after a speeding motorcyclist allegedly hit him. Constable Manjit Singh was shifted to GMCH, Sector 32. A case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving and obstructing a government servant to discharge his duty has been registered against Rajinder Singh. He was later released on bail.

In another incident, a cyclist, Ram Kirpal of Gulab Nursery in Sector 23 suffered injuries after a car (HR-01-L-6447) allegedly hit him near Batra Chowk on Saturday. The car driver reportedly sped away from the spot. Victim Ram Kirpal was admitted to General Hospital in Sector 16. A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered against the unidentified car driver.

Smack seized: The police today arrested Raju, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, while carrying 2 gm of smack near Gurdwara Tibba Sahib in Sector 26. Sources in the police said the accused was supplying smack in the city. A case had been registered.

Gambling: The police arrested Partap Singh Narwal of Sector 24 for allegedly indulging in gambling at a public place. He was arrested on the Panjab University campus and the police recovered Rs 1,020 from his possession. A case has been registered under the Gambling Act in this regards.



Watchman found murdered
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 7
A 50-year-old watchman working in an industrial unit in the Industrial area Phase 3 here was allegedly murdered by his co-workers. The victim, Laljit Singh, was a resident of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and was found strangled here this morning by the police.

According to the police, while Laljit Singh lived in a portion of the unit, another person, Tek Chand, a resident of Hoshiarpur and his family lived in another portion. A Nepalese couple, Anokhi Lal and Seema, lived in another part of the unit.

This morning Seema found Tek Chand’s body among the wild growth near the unit. The police was informed. It was found Tek Chand, his wife Geeta and two of his friends, Mohan and Yog Raj, were missing.

A case under Section 302, IPC, has been registered.



Suicide bid foiled
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 7
Angered over his wife’s objection to his drinking, Harjinder Singh (26), a Dhanas village resident, allegedly attempted to commit suicide at his residence late last night. The timely intervention of his brother thwarted the suicide bid but he is still struggling for life in the PGI.

Sources in the police said Harjinder Singh came home last night drunken at around 11.30 pm. His wife objected to his habit and he allegedly quarrelled with her. His wife came out in the open leaving him in the room. Thereafter, Harjinder bolted the room from inside and hanged himself with a dupatta from a ceiling fan.

When his brother, Jaspal Singh, noticed that no activity from Harjinder’s room, he went to check it. He found the door bolted from inside. He peeped through a window and found his brother hanging.

He raised an alarm and broke the door and rescued him.

They admitted him to the PGI, where his condition is stated to be serious. The police has registered a case of attempt to suicide against him.



Fringe benefit tax to hit profit, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
With a view to educating the public about the recently introduced fringe benefit tax, the Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) organised a seminar here today.

Mr Girish Ahuja, an income tax expert, said the Finance Act, 2005, had adopted two-pronged strategy to tax fringe benefits under the Income Tax Act. First, the perquisites, which could be directly attributed to employees. Second, there were perquisites which could be directly attributed to the employees.

The Commissioner of Income Tax, Mr R.K. Goyal, said such interaction between professionals and income tax officials would lead to less disputes at the time of assessments.

MP, Pawan Bansal, lauded the role of cost accountants .

The chairman of the chapter, Mr K.S. Tanwar, said the levy of the new tax would have an affect on the profitability of business. However, it would generate enormous revenue to the state exchequer. Those who spoke were Mr Balwinder Singh, chapter vice-chairman, and Mr D.C. Arya, member of the Northern India Regional Council of the ICWAI, New Delhi.


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