Sunday, March 12, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Crores of rupees fail to check slums
By Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 11 — Even after the Chandigarh Administration spent crores of rupees in the name of social rehabilitation of slum dwellers, who had grabbed prime land in Sector 31, the slum colony remains as it was.

More and more people are moving in to illegally occupy the vacated jhuggis and small mud kiosks thus creating a fresh problem for the Chandigarh Administration. Political pressure is not being ruled out in protecting the slum and its residents.

Sources said the situation was fast slipping out of the hands of the authorities, who had given time to the 200 odd families to move out by the end of winter. Actually, these 200 people could not be covered under the largesse of free plots in the rehabilitation scheme in either Mauli Jagran or Kajheri. These families were left behind and some time was given to the plot allottees also , otherwise the slum could have been flattened by the bulldozers by December.

With the Administration failing to recover its land back from the unauthorised occupation of the slum dwellers, the number of small kiosks on the road dividing Sector 31 and Industrial Area phase II has gone up manifold in the past three months. Several of the vacated jhuggi’s have been re-occupied. The latest racket is run by those who have been allotted plots. Several of these allottees have left behind a family member in the jhuggi or given it out on a rent, probably waiting till the Administration comes to demolish these.Over 200 families have encroached upon adjoining vacated jhuggis after the Administration started a fresh survey of the area.

This correspondent, posing as a person requiring a jhuggi for his labourers, approached a shopkeeper on the roadside. Investigations revealed that an unauthorised roadside kiosk can be had on a monthly rent for Rs 500 and a jhuggi can be rented out for Rs 700.

With stolen power to operate room heaters, televisions and refrigerators these jhuggi dwellers are also putting pressure on the electricity load of the Industrial Area. Some of the structures have become permanent with brick and mortar walls. Removing these will be an uphill task for the Administration.

Interestingly, after allotting this batch of slum dwellers from UP and Bihar free plots, the Chandigarh Administration, in December, amended its much criticised rehabilitation policy. Under the new scheme jhuggi dwellers, who were not on the electoral rolls before December 8, 1996, will not be eligible for allotments after the amendment was carried out following a notification.

Interestingly, on the other hand, close to 50 per cent of the 2565 plots in the second phase of the Mauli Jagran re-habbilitation colony, allotted less than an year ago, have been sold out on premium. The underhand sale of plots in Mauli Jagran was already in the notice of senior officials.

Each plot measuring 220 square feet was allotted on rent to those people who had jhuggis in Sector 31. The allotment by the estate office was made on a rent of Rs 100 per month for providing the peripheral services. The collection of rent was left to the Municipal Corporation. The entire colony is spread over an area of more than 20 acres of prime property. Back


The colours of spring come alive
By Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, March 11 — The colours of spring came alive at the Spring Fest which commenced at the flower bedecked Town Park in Sector 5 here today. Two marigold elephants “lifted” from the Topiary park, were placed at the entrance as part of the reception committee.

Performances at the festival included a spirited Haryanavi dance, with girls swaying to the folk music playing in the background. A band of the ITBP played music for the visitors and other local dance troupes performed on the occasion, making the lawns resound with musical notes and merry-making. Also, the artistically arranged flowers for the “Flower Arrangement” contest won appreciation.

Dressed in white and supporting red turbans, a dance troupe from Ambala presented “Dhamal”, a dance typical of Holi festival. Nihangs added vigour to the whole show with gatka and Sharif Idu

dhadhis gave a rustic touch with folklore of Heer-Ranjha, Mirza-Sahiba and Bhagat Singh.

Meanwhile, at the open-air theatre, contests for painting and mehandi were held. Rangolis in bright colours adorned the parking place within the premises of the park. The fancy dress competition was an entertainer all the way and was the only item which saw the theatre packed to capacity.

The festival concludes tomorrow with a baby show, hasya ras sammelan, veer ras sammelan and folk dances. A prize distribution function for all winners will be held in the evening at the venue.

Earlier, the festival was inaugurated by the state Minister for Town and Country Planning, Mr Dhir Pal Singh. Also present on the occasion were the Deputy Commissioner, Mr SK Monga, Superintendent of Police, Mr Sudhir Chaudhary,Chief Administrator, HUDA, Mr NC Wadhwa, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Administrator, HUDA, Mr Abhilaksh Likhi, among others.

The results of today’s contests are as follows: Open to all exhibitors: Fresh Flower Arrangement: Gurmeet Singh (1), Renu Rana and Anu Priya (2); Dry Flower Arrangement: Kavita Kansal (1), Palwinder Kaur Bawa (2);Mixed Flower arrangement: Mr AK Kansal (1), Ms Alka Bansal(2); Arrangement for Dining tables: Renu Aggarwal (1), Simran (2); Arrangement for a corner: Anjana Kansal (1), Gurpreet Kaur (2).

Open to children up to 15 years: Fresh flowers: Ankita Kansal (1), Shelly Gulati (2); Dry Flowers: Ankur Kansal (1), Arjun Chopra (2); Open to maalis: For central table: Gurmeet Singh (1), Ram Chander (2); Artistic bouquet: Gurmeet Singh, Artistic garland: Shiv Prasad Maurya.

Cut Flowers: Open to individuals: Gladiolus: Mr Rakesh Kumar (1), Mr Gurmeet Singh (2); Dahlia: Mr Malkeet Singh (1), Mr Mahesh Prasad (2); Carnation: Mr CS Mali (1), Mr Ramesh (2); Antirrhinum: Mr Ramshankar Yadav (1), Mr Mahesh Prasad (2); Lupin: Ms Rennu Bala (1), Mr Malkeet Singh (2); Stock : Mr Daya Shankar (1), Mr Paramjit Singh and Mr Bhaiya Ram (2).

Aster: Mr Mahesh Prasad (1), Ms Kavita (2); Sweet Peas: Mr Tej Bahadur Mourya (2); Pansy: Mr Tej Bahadur Mourya (1), Ms Anita Sahni and Mr Ranshankar Yadav (2); Rose hybrid: Mr Ramesh (1), Ms Anju Sharma (2); Rose flouribunda: Mr Rakesh Kumar (1), Ms Rennu Bala (2); Any other flowers: Mr Haridwar Prasad and Mr Mahesh Prasad (1), Mr Rajender Kumar and Mr Ram Chander (2).

Painting competition: Below 6 years : Shila Verma (Little Flower Convent School)-1, Dig Vijay ( DC Model Senior Secondary School)-2; From 6 to 12 year : Auj Duggal (St. Xavier School)-1, Sukhija Vasishth (DC Model School)-2; 12 years and above : Rishu Mangal (St. Solidier Divine School, Sector 16)-1, Navdeep Singh (Satluj Public School, Sector 4)-2; Open category : Nisha Garg (1), Sucheta Sharma and Shivani Pathania (2).

Class-C cut flowers

Open to all including institutions

C 1 Gladiolus collection of 4 different varieties: Ranbaxy Labs Ltd (1), Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (2).

C 2 Gladiolus collection of three different varieties: Ranbaxy Labs Ltd (1), Punjab State Warehousing (2).

C 3 Dahlia: Ranbaxy Laboratories (1), Continental Device India Ltd (2), Chandigarh Housing Board (2).

C 4 Carnation: Hotel Mountview (1), Punjab State Warehousing (2).

C 5 Antirrhinum: M/s Joyco India Ltd (1), Chandigarh Housing Board (2).

C 6 Pansy exhibition blooms: Punjab State Warehousing (1), Chandigarh Housing Board (2).

C 7 Gerbera (single): Rajender Kumar (1), Hotel Mountview (2).

C 8 Gerbera (double): Chandigarh Housing Board (1), Vatica Nursery (2).

C 9 Stock (branching): Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (1), Ranbaxy Labs Ltd (2).

C 10 Stock (non-branching): Chandigarh Housing Board (1), Hotel Shivalikview (2).

C 11 Clarika: Ranbaxy Labs Ltd (1), Kendriya Sadan (2).

C 12 Salvia: Deltron Limited (2).

C 13 Petunia Double: Kendriya Sadan (1), Vatica Nursery (2).

C 14 Aster: Ranbaxy Labs Ltd (1) Continental Device India Ltd (2)

C 15 Lupin: Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (1), Continental Device India Ltd. (2).

C 16 Sweet Peas: Chandigarh Housing Board (1), Ranbaxy Labs Limited (2).

C 17 Rose Hybrid Tea: Hotel Mountview (1), Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (2).

C 18 Rose Floribunds: Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (1) Ph-III, Ind. Area, Mohali, Ranbaxy Labs Limited (2).

C 19 Any other flower not mentioned above: C.F.S.L. Office Building (1), Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited and Chandigarh Housing Board (2).

Result sheet

Mehandi competition

Age group below 6 years

— Shreya Mahendru, Hans Raj Public School (1).

— Ishan Gulati, Moti Ram Arya Public School (2).

Age group 6-12 years

— Richa Gandhi, D.C. Model School (1).

— Sweety Saini, New India Sr. Sec. School (2).

Age group 12-16 years

— Pooja Dhiman Haryana Model School (1).

— Shweta Bansal, D.C. Model School Sector-7 (2).

Open category

— Kamini (1)

— Ritu (2)

Result sheet

Rangoli competition

Open category

1. Inderdeep, Pallavi, Anu, Kavita D.C. Model School, (1).

2. Alka Singla 366, Sector-11 (2).

Entries from schools

1. Satluj Public School (1).

2. D.C. Model School (2).

Fancy Dress competition: Below 6 years: Ayushi (1), Anchal and Neha (2); 6 to 11 years: Taruna (1), Kunal (2); above 11 years: Shareek (1), Kanika (2); In the open category: Below 6 years: Nitika Garg (1), Arushi (2); 6 to 11 years: Shivani Kapoor and Jannat (1), Rouchir and Anmol (2), Above 11 years: Rachna (1), Shiv Kumar (2).

Best Garden in the city: Two kanal and above: Puja Khanna (1), Rajendra Kumar (2); One kanal: Mr B.S. Thakur (1), Mr Vikas Malik (2); 14 marlas: Mr Sanjay Kalra (1), Sudershan Jindal (2).

Best garden in schools: Hansraj Public School (1), Bhawan Vidyalaya (2). Institutions: Regiment Headquarters, Western Command (1), Sig Regiment and Quarter Guard (2).

Best Garden in cantonment: Two kanal and above: Brig S.K. Sinha (1), Ms Roma Bhandari (2); One kanal: Maj-Gen Inderjeet Singh Dhillon and Maj-Gen Varinder Singh (1), 14 marlas: Col K.K. Singh and Brig H.V. Nanda (1), Lt B Mahajan (2); Less than 14 marlas: Mr R. Saini (1), Ms Kanchan Kapoor and Brig Dalip Kapoor (2), Maj K.K. Tewari (2).Back


Action planned against erring school
By Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 11 — Action is contemplated against an aided city school for blatant violations in letter of allotment and byelaws. The DPI (Schools), Mr D.S. Saroya, has in a communication sent recently to the Assistant Estate Officer pointed out these violations and asked him to take appropriate action in accordance with the bye-laws applicable to such buildings.

The aided school in question is I.S. Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21 C, which is functioning from the present site allotted to it in 1959. It was subsequently brought under grant-in-aid in 1967 and draws 95 per cent of the grant from the government.

The DPI (Schools) had noticed a series of violations, including the functioning of a Polytechnic Institute in the temporary sheds within the premises. When the issue was taken up with the school authorities, the principal and the management of the staff could not give any satisfactory answer as to how these unauthorised structures were raised in the school premises.

He has further pointed out that another junior school under the name and style of “Dev Samaj Model School” is being run from the same building under a separate head, perhaps due to organisational infighting. The DPI, Schools, has already ordered a departmental investigation to ascertain under what circumstances an aided school was split into two schools under two different management committees. He has asked the Estate Office also to probe whether as per the allotment orders, another institution can run from the premises of an institute, which was earlier brought under grant-in-aid.

Another violation pertains to the misuse of Principal’s residence as a guest house. It has been pointed out that the previous Principal was occupying this residence, but she had unauthorisedly claimed HRA amounting to Rs 82,000, but the same was subsequently recovered from the grant-in-aid when the unauthorised disbursement of HRA was discovered. But since the new Principal was appointed a year back, the Dev Samaj Management has unauthorisedly converted this residence into a guest house. As a result of this development, the new Principal, who is staying outside has started claiming HRA, which is a direct loss to the state exchequer.

The Assistant Estate Officer, Mr S.P. Arora when contacted said that the violations, including the misuse of Principal’s residence, will be thoroughly probed into and necessary action taken against as per law. Even in the past, the Estate Office has taken a strict view of these illegal activities and demolished the temporary structures from the premises of few private schools.Back


Is the Administration indifferent to PILs?
By Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 11 — The UT authorities are apparently disinterested in public interest litigations filed before the district courts here.

In the civil suit for restraining the defendants from passing the plans of fire-prone buildings in the city, filed after a showroom went up in flames, the Chandigarh Administration did not furnish any reply despite several opportunities. Finding no justification for further delaying the matter, the court ordered the Administration's defence to be struck off.

"Not an isolated case," assert organisations and advocates filing PILs. Mr Ajay Jagga, President of Janata Party's local unit, asserts, "The suit for directions to the Municipal Corporation for maintaining cleanliness in the city was filed on November 12, 1997. Till date, the reply has not been filed."

Furnishing details of other cases, Mr Jagga says, "Nearly a year has passed since a suit for clearing the backlog of licences and registration certificates was filed. We requested the court to direct the Administration and others to act within 15 days. Till date, no reply to the suit or the application has been filed."

On the PIL to make the Health Education Bureau functional, Mr Jagga adds, "The Municipal Corporation did file a reply, but the UT Administration is yet to submit its reply." The notice on the suit, he adds, was initially issued on June 14, 1999.

Denying the allegations of the authorities of being indifferent towards PILs, counsel for the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, Ms Deepali Puri, states, "So many such suits are being filed every other day that it has become kind of difficult for us to keep trace of all of these. Worse, as these are being filed by same persons and organisations, the titles are the same, making our job more difficult."

Claiming to be burdened with routine cases as well, she asserts, "A large number of frivolous litigations are being filed for publicity. We have civil suits seeking directions for getting toilets cleaned and bushes and hedges pruned. What is this! The hedges will grow again after six months."

Agreeing with her, an official of the UT Administration says, "It is the same set of people filing similar cases. Such cases, resulting in wastage of the court's precious time, should be dismissed with costs. It takes time to prepare the replies. There is no wastage of time on our part."

"Not true", insists Mr Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel in the stray cattle menace case. "For instance, in the cattle menace case, the Administration initially did not file the reply. It was only when contempt proceedings were initiated that an appeal against orders, dated August 7, 1997, directing the rounding up of cattle within 15 days, was filed. Then cattle pounds in the city were transferred to the corporation. It is true that the appeal was decided in the Administration's favour, but the orders against the corporation still stand."

Blaming the authorities for not being responsive, Mr Jagga says, "First, we are forced to file the suits because the authorities do not perform their statutory duties. If they clear the backlog of licences, maintain cleanliness or provide basic amenities to the residents, why should we file the cases? When we do file the suit for injunction, the officials do not take it seriously, in the right spirit. Then also, instead of performing their duties, they contest the cases."Back


ICSE paper lifted from guidebook?
By Sarbjit Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 11 — Who sets the question papers for annual examinations? Private publishers?

These questions cross the mind after going through the question paper of Hindi (language) paper-1, which was given to class X students taking the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) examination on March 7 here.

The question paper is almost a copy of a “model specimen paper” published in a guidebook brought out by Agra-based private publishing house.

The first question in the ICSE paper was: “write a composition in Hindi choosing one topic from the following.” Three topics given in the ICSE paper were same as in the specimen paper. The first question was worth 25 marks.

The second question in the ICSE paper was: “write a letter in Hindi on any of the following topics”. The first topic was “write a letter to the Health Officer of the area regarding adulteration in eatables” and second topic was “write a letter to brother or sister who lives in a hostel for making the right use of time”. Both these topics figured in the specimen paper too.

One paragraph was lifted from the specimen paper for answering questions in the ICSE question paper. Even questions pertaining to meanings of words and antonyms had total similarity. In fact, there was complete similarityin the A, B, C, D parts of question No 4 of both papers.

Informed sources said when students found that there question paper of Hindi (language) paper-I was lifted from a particular guide book by the ICSE paper setter, they rushed to bookshops to buy that guide for preparing next day’s paper of Hindi (Literature. There was a brisk sale of the guide book and there were reports of overcharging tooBack


Bansal flays ST on petrol
By Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 11 — The local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, is unhappy over the manner the Chandigarh Administration has been revising sales tax on various items “without moving for the introduction of uniform floor rate”.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune here this afternoon, Mr Bansal assailed the latest move of the Administration in revising upwards sales tax on petrol.

“It is ridiculous that every now and then the Administration revises sales tax on one item or the other. If there has to be uniformity in introducing a common taxation structure then why make deviations here and there. Some of the decisions on variation from the uniform floor rate defy any justification. What is the logic of charging so much of sales tax on agarbatis and dhoop which all other states have almost exempted from levy of any sales tax,” Mr Bansal added.

“It is not only the sales tax but the day-to day functioning of the Administration which has been a big disappointment”, says Mr Bansal pointing towards the overbridge on Sukhna Cho which has been languishing for more than five years now. “It was during my last tenure as MP that overbridge was cleared by the Union Government. There are no indications of this project being completed in any near future”.

“By raising ST or revising water and power tariffs, the Administration makes an endeavour to show its competence. While in reality, the governance has touched a new low. The work on various projects has been progressing at a snail’s pace. See what is happening to garbage disposal and cleanliness in the city. The number of heaps of garbage has been multiplying,” Mr Bansal said.

The Administration, he maintained, was trying to cover up its weaknesses by putting additional burden on residents without ever caring to improve civic amenities.

“There is total adhocism in the UT Administration. The affairs of the Union Territory appear more to be a part of ‘officers fiefdom’ than a responsive administration,” Mr Bansal added.

The local MP reiterated his earlier stand to stay away from the Advisory Councils of the Administration. “What, if they get these recent hikes ratified from the Advisory Council.”Back


Aid for World War II veteran
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, March 11 — The Army authorities have come to the rescue of an 80-year-old Second World War veteran, Sepoy Bhup Singh, living in penury.

The plight of the veteran soldier was brought to the notice of the Director-General of Supplies and Transport, Army Headquarters, by the local Army Supply Core (ASC) Retired Officers Welfare Association.

A resident of Sihon Majra near Kurali, the veteran soldier was left to fend for himself after he came back to his village at the end of the World War. After the death of his wife, and no kith and kin to look after him he became dependent on his kindhearted neighbours. Lt-Col Angad Singh (retd), who first noticed the condition of the Sepoy, said the Director-General of Supplies and Transport, Army Headquarters, Lt Gen J.S.Bhatnagar, donated Rs 4000 for Bhup Singh.

The financial aid was recently handed over to the soldier by Col P.K.Rana, Commanding Officer of a unit of the ASC, at a simple function at Sihon Majra village. Col Rana also donated Rs 1000 to the soldier from his pocket. Others present at the function were Lt-Col Didar Singh (retd), Capt (hony) Karnail Singh, and residents of the village.Back


Book on Ramayana for Clinton
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 11 — The US President, Mr Bill Clinton, has included in his reading list in preparation for his forthcoming visit to India “Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God” by Jonah Blank, says a Press release of the Penguin Books India.

The Press release further says that this book, published in 1998, is about India’s most beloved epic, the Ramayana. It is about the 3000-year-old story of Rama’s journey across the subcontinent. It is during this journey that the dutiful son, sent into exile by his father, makes the spiritual journey from man to God. In this book journalist Jonah Blank physically retraces the blue-skinned God’s steps and draws back the veil on the mysteries and riches of India through the retelling of the epic.

“This informative and entertaining book is something to be thankful for,” wrote the New York Times while Pranay Gupte, wrote in Washington Post Book world, “ Quite possibly the most perspective book that I have come across on India.”Back


Verification of servants, tenants must
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, March 11 — The District Administration, Ropar, has made the verification of servants and tenants in the town compulsory. The order have been issued by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr G. S. Grewal under Section 144, CrPC.

Disclosing this here today, the Superintendent of Police, Mr B. S. Randhawa, said here today that action against the residents who failed to provide information about their tenants or servants would be taken under Section 188 of the IPC. He said the residents were not forthcoming in providing details about their servants and tenants.Back


Regional Manager, wife assaulted
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 11 — Mr D.K. Malhotra, Regional manager, Torrent Pharmaceuticals, today lodged a complaint with the Sector 34 police station that some unknown people allegedly forced their way into his house and physically assaulted him and his wife.

Without being able to identify the assailants, Mr Malhotra said that the intruders allegedly cautioned him against interfering in the affairs of the Chandigarh Medical Representatives Association (CMRA).

Mr Malhotra maintained that initially two persons entered his house and later several others, who were waiting outside joined in the assault as he was beaten up, and his wife, who tried to intervene, was also roughed up. The assailants came in two cars, including a Zen the number plates of which were smeared with mud. One of the assailants even threatened to use a gun against him, he added.Back


2 assaulted in city
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 11 — Two persons were assaulted and injured by unknown assailants in separate incidents in the city.

In the first instance, Kumhar Colony resident Dile Ram was assaulted by some persons following an altercation. They beat him up and stabbed him with a knife. he has been admitted to the General Hospital and his condition is reported to be stable.

In the second incident, Sector 21 resident Bhagwant Singh reported that some unknown persons assaulted him in the market.

Cases under Section 324\ 34, IPC, and Section 147 \ 148 \ 323, IPC, have been registered, respectively.

Whisky seized: The police has arrested three persons from various places and seized 132 pouches of whisky besides seven bottles of liquor.

Ram Bilas, a resident of Colony Number 5, was arrested from near the colony with seven bottles of whisky. Similarly, Suraj Pal and Kalla were arrested from near the Colony Number 5 and near Attawa Chowk and 132 pouches of whisky were seized from their possession.

Cases under section 61 \ 1 \14 of the Excise Act have been registered.

Held for gambling: The police has arrested Pardeep and Amar Singh on the charges of gambling from the Industrial area and recovered Rs 75 from them. Back


NRI attacked
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, March 11 — Two armed unidentified youths attacked a non-resident Indian (NRI) at his house in Phase 3B2 here last night.

The NRI, Mr Gurnam Singh Hundal, along with Col Jasbir Singh and Mr Harinder Pal, was strolling in the front court yard of the house when the youths attacked. In the ensuing moments, when the NRI was trying to save himself, the butt of a .12 bore gun possessed by the assailants broke and they escaped in the darkness.

The police has registered a case under Sections 427 and 458 of the IPC and the Arms Act. The reason of the attack could not be ascertained. The police is investigating the matter.Back


Truck-tanker collision
From Our Correspondent

ZIRAKPUR, March 11 — A truck and a tanker collided head-on on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near here last night, injuring a person.

According to sources, Mr Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Bhankharpur village, who was travelling in the truck was rescued by a passerby and taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh with multiple fractures on his left leg.

The tanker was proceeding towards Ambala and the truck was coming from the opposite direction. Drivers of both vehicles reportedly fled after the accident.Back


Police denies torturing suspects
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, March 11 — While denying that the suspects in the theft case at the R and D complex of Swaraj Tractors were illegally detained and tortured in police custody, the Superintendent of Police, SAS Nagar, Mr B. S. Randhawa, has directed the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), SAS Nagar, Mr S. S. Gill, to investigate into the matter. The DSP has been asked to record the statements of the victims.

The suspects, Malkiat Singh, a retired Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), Bhagat Singh, retired sepoy and Nepali national, Mr Ram Bhadhur, said Mr Randhawa had been named in the First Information Register (FIR) registered on the complaint of Mr M. N. Sehgal, Proprietor of Detective Security Systems — the security agency providing security guards at the tractor manufacturing unit.

Terming the facts of the alleged torture given by the victims as fabricated and baseless, the police denied that they had been detained at the police station. Police officials claimed that the suspects were called just called on the morning of February 25 and 26 for questioning in the theft case.

It claimed that the statements given by the suspects after more than 15 days of the registration of the FIR was an afterthought. They maintained that there was no medical report of the suspects to corroborate their side of the story. The police claimed that the suspects were "hardly" touched by the investigating officer, SI Balbir Singh.Back


Six miscreants arrested
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, March 11 — The local police nabbed six persons who beat up an official of New India Insurance company, Mr Baljit Udasi, while he was on his way from Chandigarh to Pinjore late last night.

According to information provided by the police, Mr Baljit Udasi, a resident of Pinjore, told the police that he was on his way to Pinjore in his car when he was stopped by eight or nine boys in a white Santro and a blue Maruti near Old Panchkula.

He was beaten up after being pulled out of his car. They also took away a car stereo, Rs 12,000 and his wrist watch, after which they fled towards Pinjore. He added that one of the boys was called Deep, while another one was named Gaurav. A case was registered at the Chandi Mandir police station under Sections 341 and 395 of the IPC.

The local police swung into action and sounded a red alert in the entire district. All police parties and nakas were given a description of the boys and their car numbers were flashed. Consequently, the police nabbed six of the accused.

These include Aman Deep of Sector 5, Mandeep Singh, Satish Manocha and Jagdish Manocha, of Sector 7, and Gaurav and Gagan Goyal of Sector 8.Back


Exhibition to help rural women
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, March 11 — From March 15 to 18, Arpana volunteers are organising an exhibition-cum-sale of exquisite hand-embroidered baby frocks, ladies night wear and a full range of household linen to assist rural women at Piccadily Hotel, Sector 22, here. The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds will go to charities.

Arpana is a registered spiritually based charitable organisation situated in Madhuban, Karnal. It consists of a community of about 80 members from different faiths drawn to Pujya Ma, their light and inspiration. The spirit of Her Message is that all people, of whichever faith, constitute one universal family, and true joy lies in the service of fellow human beings. The Arpana family has made a lifelong commitment to put its expertise and experience at the disposal of the underprivileged.

This dedication is seen in Arpana’s wide-ranging medical and socio-economic services, including the 715-bed Arpana Hospital in Madhuban, Karnal, Haryana, two medical centres in Himachal Pradesh, mobile clinics, wide-ranging primary health and developmental programmes in Haryana, Himachal as well as comprehensive programmes to tackle urban poverty in two New Delhi slums.

The goal in Arpana’s rural handicraft activities is to help create income-generating opportunities with which disadvantaged women can meet their essential needs.Back

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