Tuesday, May 23, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Jeweller murdered, body cut into pieces
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, May 22 — A 39-year-old jeweller was murdered by at least five persons at a Phase 7 house here and the body was cut into at least four pieces before being dumped at secluded places in and around the town late last night.

Pieces of the body were reportedly wrapped in bedsheets before being dumped at different places by the assailants. Till late this evening, only the torso of the victim was recovered. The victim, Ashok Kumar of Sector 46 in Chandigarh, was running Maharani Jewellers, a jewellery shop in Sector 15 of Panchkula.

The case came to light after one of the persons accompanying the assailants told about the incident to the family members of the victim. Last night, the victim had a drinks session with Kulvinder Singh of Phase XI, Gurvinder Singh alias Gary of Phase 3B2 and Lakhvir Singh and Ranbir Singh, both residents of Phase X, at a liquor vend in Sector 30 of Chandigarh.

During the course of the drinks session, the victim, who had interest in magic, pretended that he had caused a gold finger-ring of Gary to disappear. As all of them were in an inebriated state, the victim left for his home, but after half an hour all the four persons came to the house of the victim and asked him to teach the art of magic.

The victim was taken to the house number 186 of Gary in Phase 7. There all the persons reportedly had liquor again. The issue of the disappeared finger-ring again gained momentum, leading to a heated exchange.

In the charged atmosphere, the victim was first stabbed and the body was cut into pieces by some sharp-edged weapon. Sources in the police said a rod and an axe-like object were used in the crime. The parts of the victim's body were put in a black car, to be dumped at different places to escape police detection.

Kulwinder, who worked at a petrol pump in Sector 9, Chandigarh, was accompanying the assailants. He informed the family of the victim about the incident, who then informed the police. The front door of the Phase 7 house was broken by the police to gain entry into the house. Blood stains on a table, a bed and the floor of the drawing-cum-dining room of the house was noticed. Some blood stains on the passage to the house from the road were also visible. A blood-stained bedsheet was seized by the police.

A bottle of IMFL and an empty bottle of a cold drink, along with some glasses, were found on the table. In one of the bedrooms, the top end of the bed had been damaged by a sharp object. It appeared that while trying to hit the victim, the sharp-edged object hit the ply of the bed, creating a hole in it. In the kitchen, some empty beer, soda and one-litre bottles of cold drinks were also lying.

It appeared that the house was being used as a temporary residence by someone. Enquires revealed that that a number of persons usually gathered at the house and indulged in drinking, creating nuisance in the neighbourhood. An aged man, who reportedly owned the house, had left for abroad few days back.

The SP, Mr B.S. Randhawa, said investigations were still on.


Ranjit shot at by police for not stopping at naka?
Gill aides settling score: father
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, May 22 — A police party last night fired a shot at a youth who is suspected to be Ranjit Bajaj. He was in a Maruti van and allegedly ignored the signal given by a uniformed cop to stop at a naka.

Ranjit Bajaj is wanted in connection with a case of kidnapping and illegal confinement. The incident occurred near the Sector 16 Punjab Kala Bhavan, late last night.

The van (HR 26 1314) driver had allegedly ignored the signal given by a uniformed cop to stop at a naka following specific information that Ranjit would reportedly call upon his girlfriend at night.

On the other hand, Ranjit's father, senior IAS officer, Mr B.R. Bajaj, has given a new twist to the case by writing a letter to the UT Administrator today, alleging that "some old associates of Mr K P S Gill, a former Punjab DGP, in the local police, were out to settle scores with his family by getting his son killed in a fake encounter. Thereafter, a weapon would be planted on him and shown as an encounter.

"It is strange that a manhunt on such a large scale has been launched to eliminate my son just because he is seeking justice from the courts," he further added.

He also points out in the appeal that Ranjit has moved a bail application in the appropriate court which would be taken up in three to four days. He also alleged said the statements of the police against his son had whipped up a hysteria and they were trying to treat his son like "a terrorist."

Mr Bajaj adds that Ranjit is in touch with him on the phone and has assured him that he would surrender if his bail was rejected by the courts.

Refuting the apprehension expressed in the letter, senior UT police officers, said the police had been waiting all day long for the accused to surrender following a request by Mr Bajaj yesterday. Nobody turned up to honour that assurance but a question mark had been raised on the functioning of the police.

The officers said a police party reportedly spotted Ranjit driving towards the house of his girlfriend in Sector 16. When the van was signalled to stop, it stopped at some distance from the naka and Sector 44 resident Amit Sharma came out, and frantically waved him to run away. Ranjit reversed the van and sped off while Amit was overpowered by the cops.

The ASIs — Harinder Singh and Paramjit Kaur — pursued the vehicle on a motor cycle, upon which the accused is said to have swerved the van to one side and banged into the bike, injuring the officers. Upon this sudden attack, Harinder reportedly whipped out his service revolver and allegedly fired in the air in an effort to make the culprit stop.

A case under Sections 332, 353, 186 and 34, IPC, has been registered against Ranjit at the Central Police Station.

Dr Sagar Preet Hooda, ASP, Central, said raids were under way to nab not only Ranjit but also Jagtinder Singh, alias Bagga, who is wanted in connection with a murderous assault on Ranjit Bajaj in the market of Sector 11 on May 19.

He said raids were carried out all night long at the suspected hideouts of both of the accused besides their friends, some of whom are also wanted by the cops in both the cases. Parties had been sent to Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

The ASP said the accused would be apprehended soon.


Cops to watch VIP kids

A Special Task Force has been constituted to keep a watch on the activities of the children of the VIPs who indulged in illegal activities, Mr S. K. Singh, IGP, said here today.

Headed by Mr Baldev Singh, SP, the team includes Dr Sagar Preet Hooda, ASP, Central, Mr S. C. Abrol, DSP, Crime, Inspector J. S. Cheema, in charge, Crime Branch, and Inspector Satbir Singh, SHO, Central Police Station. The team would not only go into the broader perspective of the present case but also the issue of tacit support to youngsters and shielding them after a crime has been committed.Back


11 vehicles recovered from thief
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, May 22 — The police today arrested a vehicle thief and recovered five cars and six motor cycles valued at about Rs 15 lakh from him here. With his arrest, as many as 11 cases have been worked out.

According to Mr Baldev Singh, SP, who briefed mediapersons at the Crime Branch in Sector 11, the accused was a known criminal who has served sentences for stealing bicycles in the early 80s. The police had solved 30 cases of theft and had recovered nearly 300 cycles from him at that time.

The SP disclosed that they got information that Mohammad Ikram of Chusana, Muzzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, was residing in Dadu Majra village and was involved in the theft of vehicles.

A police party headed by Inspectors J. S. Cheema and Satbir Singh was constituted to keep a watch on his activities.

He was stopped near the Sector 22-23 traffic lights and asked for the documents of the motor cycle he was driving. Since he could not give a specific reply, he was questioned intensively, during which he confessed to stealing the vehicle besides many others. While the original registration of the motor cycle was CHO1U 3419, he had affixed a fake registration number, CHOIM 8897.

His confessions led to the recovery of five Maruti cars — CHOIJ 9463, CHOIS 0402, CHOIM 2299, CHOIH 0037, CHOIM 8910 — besides six motor cycles — CHOIF 4866, CHOIA 4666, CHOIM 8898, HR06A 9153, DL4S M 8211, CHOIM 8897.

Mr Singh said the accused was involved in a case of dacoity in Karnal and is a close associate of vehicle thieves Musatkeem of UP and Rasheed of Delhi. The former was arrested by the Crime Branch in the first week of April.


CTU staff may have to explain
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, May 22 — The controversy over Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) is likely to ask its employees, who allegedly impounded private buses, a work of the State Transport Authority (STA), to explain their conduct.

Meanwhile, the business of private bus operators continues to thrive with many residents opting for air-conditioned comfort to travel to places like Delhi, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Jammu. Some have shifted their base to the neighbouring S.A.S. Nagar while bookings can be made from within the city.

Explaining the success of private buses, a source said the state-run transport corporations are unable to run luxury coaches and cannot compete with private operators, who run buses by pricing tickets much below the notified rates and have low overhead costs. During the months when neither the AC nor the heater is required, the operators cut costs even further.

The private bus operators, who are said to be well connected in Punjab, have permits to operate routes in the state. The state government has reportedly written to the Chandigarh Administration about the alleged ''misconduct'' of its employees in stopping buses. The CTU, according to sources, is clear that the buses did not have permits to ply within Chandigarh.

The system of giving permits or allowing stage carriage for private buses is not prevailing in Chandigarh while the Punjab authorities have claimed that they have been notified for inter-state routes and have the right to issue permits.

Sources explained that private bus operators are known to run buses by evading passenger tax. Each state has a fixed percentage of the price of the ticket that goes towards passenger tax.

However, the STA is yet to bring on record the action it will take to curb the movement of illegal private buses in the city. The CTU unions have met the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and apprised him about the issuance of permits by Punjab to private inter-state buses and urged him to take up the issue with the authorities.


Villagers oppose liquor shop
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, May 22 — To express their resentment against the opening of a liquor shop, residents of Behlana village yesterday staged a dharna and raised slogans against the UT Administration.

In a press note, Mr Darshan Singh, sarpanch of the village, alleged that the shop was opened without the panchayat’s approval. Panchayat members have given representations to the administration regarding this but of no use.

Moreover, the location of the shop is adjacent to the village temple, gurdwara and school, the press note stated.

The agitation will be intensified if the liquor shop was not closed by May 24, threatened the village panchayat.


Rs 1 crore for NIIFT building
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, May 22 — The Punjab Government will give Rs 1 crore for the construction of the building of the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) here.

Stating this at the first convocation of the state government-run institute, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, said three acres had been allotted to NIIFT for its campus here. He regretted that the institution did not have a proper building.

Mr Badal said Punjab should be at the first position in the field of fashion technology. Punjab was known in the field of garment export and NIIFT would help in this and related activities, he added.

The Executive Director of NIIFT, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, said over the past few years there had been 100 per cent job placement for students who had passed out of NIIFT and 45 per cent of them had been absorbed in Ludhiana and 40 per cent in Delhi, while others had set up their own business.

Mr Ramesh Inder Singh, Chairman, NIIFT, administered the oath to the graduating students.

As many as 129 students from three garment manufacturing technology batches and two fashion designing batches were awarded diplomas by the Chief Minister. Among those present were Mr L.V. Sapthrishi, Director-General, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, Mr D.S. Guru, Director, Industries and Commerce, Punjab, Mr P.S. Sandhu,, DIG, Ludhiana Range, Mr G.S. Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, and Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Ropar.


Problems galore in Burail
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, May 22 — Tall claims regarding the development of the four villages by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) notwithstanding, the largest village in the city — Burail — is living with problems galore.

Perhaps the most acute problem is that of blocked sewers. Dirty overflowing water makes the area, particularly near the Janj Ghar, prone to diseases, alleges the President of Burail House Owners Welfare Society, Mr Sher Singh Rana.

Heaps of garbage and cow dung near a gate of Dev Samaj College for Girls had made the lives of residents miserable and has exposed them to diseases. A majority of the streetlights do not function and power supply, is irregular.

The residents have also urged the Chandigarh Administration to allocate funds for the maintenance of the Janj Ghar and the area around. it, as has been promised by the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal. Residents have demanded that CTU buses numbered 10 and 27 should be re-routed to the road separating the village and the college. The society has regretted that though all these have been taken up with the authorities concerned several times, nothing has been done so far.


Truck driver held in mishap case
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, May 22 — A resident of Colony Number 5 has been hit and injured by truck near the colony.

According to police sources, Shiv Shanker, reported that he was travelling on a three-wheeler when he was hit by a truck (HP 11 2352). He has been admitted to the Sector 32 hospital while the truck driver has been arrested. A case under Sections 279 and 337, IPC, has been registered.

Cash, jewellery stolen: A Sector 11 resident, Dr Mohit Lather has reported that jewellery and cash worth Rs 20,000 were stolen from his residence when he was out of station from May 19-21.

A case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC, has been registered.

8 arrested: The police has arrested eight persons for apprehension of breach of peace. While three persons were arrested from Gwala Colony, five were arrested from S.B.S. Colony.

Cases under Sections 107 and 151, Cr PC, have been registered.


Stabbed over parking: Patras, Samiya and Sambal sustained serious injuries when they were allegedly stabbed by Deepak, Parveen and Nandu, residents of Abheypur, after they picked up a quarrel over parking of a cycle late in the night.

Staying in rented accommodation, the three accused stabbed the victims when they refused to remove their cycle from in front of their house. The police has registered a case under Sections 324 and 34 IPC. The accused have absconded.

Shop looted: The police registered a case on the complaint of Ristesh, an owner of a shop in Swastik Vihar, who reported that cash to the tune of Rs 10,000 besides items from his shop had been stolen after miscreants broke into his shop last night.



Course in airlines management
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, May 22 — Keeping in view the need to provide training facilities of high standard, the Institute of Tourism and Future Management Trends (ITFT) has introduced an integrated airlines management course.

According to the Director ITFT, Dr Gulshan Sharma, airport management, cabin crew and airlines' city offices have been combined in this training programme. To ensure better training, services of certain members of international faculty are also being utilised. While Ms Isabel from Austrian Airlines is imparting training, Ms Trish Kershaw from Derby, UK, will be shortly joining the faculty at Chandigarh.

He further maintains that with the new draft aviation policy on the anvil, this important sector of the nation’s economy is likely to witness far-reaching changes in its functioning. Global experience, liberalisation, strategic partnerships, competitive environment and massive investments are some of the issues civil aviation will be facing in the country in the near future. Dr Sharma is of the view that the private sector will be called upon to play a greater role in establishing the new airports and operating flights and in developing competent human resource to organise various activities for facilitating safe and swift movement of the people.


HUDA crackdown on rehriwalas
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, May 22 — The Enforcement Wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority cracked its whip on rehriwalas at the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 17 and 18 by taking possession of their fruits and rehris here today.

During the special drive, 11 fruit-laden rehris were wheeled into the HUDA office in Sector 6 this afternoon with the vendors close on the heels of the employees. The rehris have been put in the store and a final decision on these would be taken tomorrow by the Administrator, Mr Sandeep Garg.

Although regular drives to check the vendors has been undertaken by the department at regular intervals, the wing had never managed to get hold of a number of vendors and usually returned with a couple of rehris since the rest managed to disperse in all directions on spotting the truck owned by the Enforcement Wing.

However, today the members went in a jeep with the staff which managed to get hold of all the rehris on one side of the roundabout. The department is expecting that this will have an impact on the offenders who would suffer negligible monetary loss earlier with the department impounding only their rehris which would later be released after a minimal fine.

The rehris are a major traffic hazard in the township since most motorists tend to stop right in the middle of the road to buy fruits, and numerous complaints by residents and action by the office had failed to check the menace. Moreover, the overwhelming response of residents, too, has been an incentive for the vendors to return for making quick money. Back

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