Monday, August 14, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


2 thieves arrested; goods recovered
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 13 — Efforts to curb burglaries and thefts in the city proved successful with the arrest of two members of a gang here today.

According to police sources, Mr K. I .P. Singh, SHO, Sector 31 police station, received information that two members of a gang, which mainly operates in the city and SAS Nagar were planning a major strike. Accordingly, police parties were dispatched to various places.

One of the parties stationed on the outskirts of Hallo Majra village saw two persons walking on a mud track leading to the village. They were signalled to stop, but they tried to flee. After a short chase by the police, they were overpowered .

The accused revealed their identity as Ajay Sharma, a resident of Phase V, Mohali, and Satinder Singh, a resident of Sector 38. On interrogation, they admitted that they were members of a gang that was active in the city and the periphery.

They also confessed to committing 10 burglaries and thefts in the city and led the cops to the place where the stolen goods were stored. As many as seven colour television sets, four stereos, mixer grinders and assorted household goods were recovered. The total value of the goods is more than Rs 1.50 lakh.

More recoveries are expected, police sources added.

Their modus operandi was to identify locked houses during the day and burgle them at night. They have been remanded to police custody till August 14 by a local court. 


Zirakpur stone-crusher’s operations halted
Pollution norms violated
From Bipin Bhardwaj

ZIRAKPUR, Aug 13 — The Punjab Pollution Control Board has issued directions for the closure of all stone-crushers in Zirakpur and its surrounding areas. The PPCB authorities have also directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to disconnect the electricity supply to them.

Directing the stone-crusher owners, the Chairman of the PPCB, said that they had been operating the units without installing adequate pollution-control devices.

He observed that they had failed to obtain consent from the board under Section 21 of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, for their operation.

The crushers were examined by officers of the board who found that the units fell in the Capital Periphery Zone and did not meet with the guidelines notified by the government.

The units were served notices under Section 31-A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 as amended in 1987, to stop all operations forthwith, since they were polluting the atmosphere.

The board also directed them to refrain from restarting the plants unless all necessary air pollution control measures were taken. Also, the concentration of various pollutants had to conform to the emission standards laid down by the PPCB.

The board had granted three months time for the relocation of stone-crushers in the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat area on February 11.

According to a notification issued by the board, these crushers were not complying with the guidelines, and had to be shifted in view of pollution caused by them.

Stone-crusher owners said that they had purchased land jointly at Sanouli village for the purpose of relocation. They said that the government should provide them with infrastructure like roads, electricity and other facilities before asking then to relocate.

According to sources, there are 24 stone-crushers in the Zirakpur area. Of these, 10 were closed down by their owners after the formation of the Nagar Panchayat. Now, after the directions of the board, the remaining 14 would also be closed down.

Mr Krishan Pal Sharma, General Secretary of the DCC, Patiala, said that the board’s decision had brought hundreds of workers, on the road, who were directly or indirectly dependent on the crushers. The board should review its decision and the matter be taken up with the owners.

The residents of the area, however, are pleased at the board’s decision and said that now they would be able to inhale clean air.



Special team to arrest Punwire men
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Aug 13 — The Punjab police has constituted a special team of senior police officials to arrest 13 employees of Punjab Wireless Systems Limited (Punwire). These employees are accused of cheating and misappropriation of funds to the tune of crore of rupee.

Efforts are also being made to get the Managing Director of Punwire, Gurpal Singh, one of the main suspects in the cases, deported from the USA. The MD, reportedly, fled to the USA when the company was facing financial crisis. He has already been declared a proclaimed offender.

The special team constituted on the orders of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mr G.P.S. Bhullar, comprises the Superintendent of Police (Detective), Mr J.S. Khalon, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr S.S. Gill, and the Station House Officers (SHOs) of the Phase I and central police stations. They are conducting raids on the suspected hideouts of the suspects.

The DSP, Mr S.S. Gill, said Gurpal Singh, MD of the company, A.P. Singh, its Deputy General Manager (DGM), Ved Parkash, Executive Director (ED), Ashok, R.K. Gupta, Manager Accounts, Harjit Singh, Sales Coordinator, N.K. Goyal, D.K. Singla, Shiv Kumar, Jagmohan Sharma, Sanjay Sharma and Rakesh Manak were wanted by the police in different cases. Another suspect, P.C. Sharma had allegedly committed suicide.

PU Senate meeting adjourned
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 13 — The special Senate meeting of Panjab University was adjourned here today. Discussion centered around the in camera meeting held yesterday regarding permission to the CBI to take action against Dr Sodhi Ram, a former Controller of Examination’s, involved in a paper leakage case.

The Senate today decided that the meeting would be held on August 26. CBI officials would be available for clarification, if desired by members. Subsequently, the meeting would be open to the Press, an official press note said. It was also decided that Dr Sodhi Ram would be given an opportunity to provide additional information, pertaining to the case.

Mr Satish Sharma, speaking during zero hour, said a 400-page report made available in the House about the case was very extensive. Fellows should be given more time to go through the details. Prof Charanjit Chawla said knowledge of the details of the case was important to ensure fairness.

Prof Ram Prakash said important parts of the case included the Vice-Chancellor’s letter to the CBI requesting investigation. The Registrar had also written to the CBI. The university Houses were not informed about the development on this front. Even now, the university should not proceed without reading the extensive material on the case made available only today.

A majority of the speakers maintained that the role of the CBI was not being debated. The Vice-Chancellor had earlier said that the role of the CBI was not being commented upon. The House was only studying its own functioning.

Dr Sodhi Ram had written to the university requesting personal appearance in the Senate to clarify his stand on the issue.

Mr M.L. Sekhri, Dr Mohammad Khalid, Mr Rajinder Deepa, Mr Ashok Goyal, Ms Sneh Mahajan, Prof R.D. Anand and Prof I.M. Govil supported his demand. Prof P.P. Arya, president, of PUTA, supported openness and also fovoured allowing the former Controller to present himself before the Senate.

Mr G.K. Chatrath said the Senate could take action in disciplinary matters but not in criminal. The House should ponder over the correct procedure to be adopted in the case.

The Senate, however, passed, Dr Sodhi Ram’s request for being allowed to appear before the Senate. However, the House said that the procedure of the Senate, if accepted under the law and the rules of the investigating agency, should be carried out independently.

The university has corresponded with the Chancellor’s office. The reply was to consult the competent authority. The last Vice-Chancellor had maintained that he was the competent authority to allow prosecution. The CBI, in a letter to the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, had asked for an incamera meeting to which it should be allowed access.

The case in question pertains to paper leakage in the honours school of the Mathematics Department. Amrinder Pal, a student, complained to the university about the alleged paper leakage on April 3, 1998. A few days later the DUI was informed. Following media reports, an inquiry committee was constituted. In June, 2000, the Vice-Chancellor wrote to the CBI asking for a probe into the matter.Professor Chawla said the media could not be debarred from coming to the House for covering the Senate meeting. The proceedings in Parliament were open to the Press. Dr Santosh Chaudhry, Dr Anand, Ms Mahajan and Dr Ram Prakash supported this.

Dr Deepak Manmohan, Dean, Colleges, said that the House should be open to the Press. He said that such proceedings should be covered. It was possible that certain members were misquoted. The issue was a sensitive one.

The budget came up for discussion in the afternoon.Back


From blue to yellow, city schools change colour

MAJORITY of the schools in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula have their own buses. Others hire the vehicles from private contractors, which pick up the children in the morning and drop them in the afternoon. Several school managements in Chandigarh are changing the colour of their buses from light or sky blue to golden yellow on the directions, of the Chandigarh State Transport Authority. In April, 1988, the Chandigarh Administration ordered that the vehicles of the educational institutions should be painted light blue or sky blue with a 254 mm wide strip of dark blue paint going all round the body 178 mm below the windows. It was also stated that the crest of the educational institutions should be painted below the dark strip in white colour on both sides of the vehicles between the rear and front wheels and the name of the institutions should be written on the front side either above or below the windscreen (The Tribune, April 10, 1988).

In order to stop the misuse of the school buses, and in the interest of safety, the Environment Society had suggested that these buses should be of golden yellow colour (The Tribune, August 27, 1986 and March 30, 1988). While the Chandigarh Administration ordered that the buses be painted light blue or sky blue, the Delhi Administration directed that the school buses be painted “golden yellow” for instant identity. At last Chandigarh has also changed colour.

Clean slate: It was a painting-cum-slogan writing competition on the importance of tree plantation to save the environment, organised in a city school. Surprisingly, the students who exhibited their writing and painting skills hardly knew the role of trees in keeping the environment clean. A student very enthusiastically got up to say: “The trees stop the soil erosion and so they keep our environment clean.”

The teachers and the organisers present there had no option but to laugh.

Kala Utsav: While most social organisations and clubs are celebrating Sawan and the festival of Teej in the traditional manner, the faculty and students of Government College of Art, Sector 10, devised a novel way to do so.

For the first time in the history of the college, Kala Utsav was organised on its premises. It aimed at roping in the creative talent of the entire city. The students, teachers and many senior artists of the city got together on a common platform to give a face to their ideas on canvas. As the senior artists worked on their individual frames, college students concentrated on a five-metre-long roll given to them for the purpose. Fortysix attractive works were created within five hours, apart from the roll painted by the students. These will shortly be exhibited on the college premises.

Jazba, in reality!: Where commercial gains have become the sole objective of any creative activity, it was heartening to learn that the team which produced the telefilm Jazba for Alpha TV Punjabi was guided more by patriotism than by profits. Significant is the fact that the film, which is due to be aired on August 15, was prepared in a record period of just 14 days. It was written in two days and shot in just four. That itself explains the Jazba which was guiding the team led by producer-director Girish Malik and scriptwriter, Brig M.M. Bhanot.

The nationalistic passion of the team was also visible in the film, which came across as a labour of conviction!

Inaccessible: Access to the Sector 34 post office, located behind the furniture market, has become difficult owing to the number of private tourist buses that remain parked near it.

The open space to the right of the post office is being used to haphazardly park tourist buses, making it difficult to use the kutcha path that leads away from it, especially on a rainy day. The buses not only block the way but also obstruct the view and can cause accidents.

In the interest of public convenience and safety, the buses should either be shifted to a proper parking lot or should be parked in a systematic manner.

Sponsored: The upkeep and maintenance of most of the roundabouts in the city is being sponsored by prominent local companies or organisations. But some innovative companies have not restricted themselves to sponsoring roundabouts.

Metal barricades that are usually put up on the road leading towards Hotel Mountview in Sector 10 too have a sponsor. The Bank of Punjab has put up messages on road safety on bright blue boards hung on these barricades. These barricades obviously serve a dual purpose — they convey a message of public interest and in the process beget the sponsor free publicity.

— SentinelBack


Residents’ grievance against HUDA
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Aug 13 — The House Owners Welfare association of Sector 10 alleged that the Haryana Urban development Authority was not attending to their demands despite repeated reminders and directions from Mr K.S. Bhadana, Chairman of the District Grievances Redressal Committee.

In a press note issued here today, the General secretary, Mr M.L. Gupta, demanded that a nodal officer for each sector be appointed to redress the problems of the residents who would meet the residents on an appointed day once a month.

He added that stray cattle and demolitions had irked the residents who had been maintaining lawns in the space in front of their houses. Mr Gupta alleged that the walls in front of the flood-affected houses had been removed on the garb of encroachments which had led to inconvenience during the rainy season.

The members of the association contended that they had suggested that the problem of waterlogging in front of houses be solved by raising humps and providing a pump near the houses but to no avail. Also, a few residents had informed the chairman that the transformer in front of their houses be shifted. However, action is still to be initiated in this regard.


Press Club celebrates Teej
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 13 — Teej was celebrated in a traditional way here today in the Chandigarh Press Club. Persons, who had gathered in large numbers, got to know the real spirit behind the festival.

Swings and a free treat of kheer pura for everyone present on the occasion proved that the organisers had done a great job. Children and women were seen enjoying themselves on the jhoolas that had been especially put up to enliven the show.

There was a free applying of henna, besides a provision of bangles for women.

The mehndi stalls found a great favour with women who were seen trying more than 300 intricate designs. To add enthusiasm to the ambience, a programme of Punjabi folk and soft Hindi songs had also been organised. The icing on the cake, however, was the dholi who played the traditional Punjabi folk beats for visitors.

Light Hindi and Punjabi songs were also being played in the background.

Another hot spot was the tuck shop which was selling delicacies. The programme, which was open to all club members, their families and guests, went on for about three hours.


Rotary Himalayan Ranges’ charter
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 13 — "At the Rotary Club, if you do something with honesty, it is appreciated," said Mr Rajendra Kumar Saboo, while speaking at the charter presentation ceremony of the Rotary Himalyan Ranges, here today.

Mr Saboo, who has served the Rotary International in many capacities, urged the members of the new club to put in action the plans charted for the poor, needy and illiterate.

The President of the new club, Mr Sangeet Sharma, received the charter of Rotary International, from the District Governor, Mr Ranjit Bhatia.

The former District Governor, Mr Arun Sharma, who initiated the formation of the Rotary Himalyan Ranges, urged all Rotarians to share information with the new club.

Mr Sharma, while introducing the members and the executive committee, pledged to spread the message of service. He said that the club had plans to adopt a school, initiate adult education and work for polio eradication.

Mr Ranjit Bhatia, who was the guest of honour, said that the orientation of the new charter members was important for the success of the club.


Batra elected chief of mandal again
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 13 — Mr Inder Lal Batra was today re-elected President of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal.

Mr Diwakar Sahoonja, a spokesperson, said the mandal has 129 members and representatives of more than 50 market unions of the city..

Mr Batra polled 84 votes and defeated his rival Jagdish Lal, who polled 41 votes. There was, however, some slogan shouting by the rival faction when the new President was installed but senior members prevailed upon them to stop it and order was restored.



Anandgarh villagers to gherao Badal
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Aug 13 — Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, in a joint statement with Mr S.S. Dhullo, MP, issued yesterday said sarpanches of the villages which are being included in the proposed Anandgarh, along with residents of the area would gherao the Chief Minister, Mr Prakash Singh Badal, when he visits Morinda on August 19.

Mr Kang said it was the SAD-BJP combine which had opposed the plan of the late Beant Singh’s government to develop New Chandigarh. And today, they had proposed Anandgarh. He stated that the government was ignoring the sentiments of the people. Mr Dhullo said he would raise the Anandgarh issue in Parliament.


Man who escaped from custody held
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 13 — The police today arrested a Nepali resident who escaped from police custody on August 3.

According to police sources, Manish Rahi was arrested from near Bal Bhavan in Sector 23 while he was sleeping under a tree following information by a city resident. After his escape, the cops had circulated his photographs and description among their informers and others.

He had been arrested for various thefts and was in custody when he jumped out of a window from the Sector 22 police post. Two constables had been suspended for negligence after the incident.

Scooter thief held: The police arrested a person for stealing a scooter from Sector 22 late last night.

According to sources, the police control room flashed a message to all police stations and PCR vans that a scooter (PUI 3962) had been stolen.

The scooter was noticed by some cops in a PCR vehicle near the rehri market in Sector 45. They chased the two-wheeler and nabbed the accused, Mundi Kharar resident Dharambir Singh.

A case under Sections 379 and 411, IPC, has been registered.

Meanwhile, the UT IGP has awarded Class I commendation certificates, besides Rs 500 each to Head Constables Ram Phal and Desh Raj, besides Naresh Kumar, home guard volunteer, for their alertness and dedication to duty.

Shop broken into: The police has arrested Kajheri resident Rajinder Singh and his three sons for breaking into the shop of Dr Yuvraj Singh and occupying it . All the medical equipment was also stolen by them.

A case under Sections 454, 448, 380 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.

Car stolen: Mr L. R. Dass, a resident of Mani Majra, reported that his car (CHOIB 7782) has been from a parking lot in Sector 17. A case under Section379 of the IPC has been registered.

Hit with rod: Sector 37 resident has reported that Amit Katariya and Susheel, hit him with an iron rod and injured him near the Mandir in Sector 41. He was admitted to the PGI.

A case under Sections 307, 341, 324, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.Back

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