Friday, September 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Theft in Sector 15 shop
Jewellery worth 10 lakh stolen 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Gold and silver ornaments valued at about Rs 10 lakh were stolen from a jeweller’s shop in Sector 15 here this morning after two youths entered the shop by allegedly breaking open the lock.

The duo, who are reportedly a son and a relative of the landlord, where the shop was housed, are missing. The jeweller, Mr Harinder Kumar Handa, who runs the shop by the name of University Jewellers was informed by his neighbour, Mr Surat Singh, that his (Handa’s) shop had been broken into.

Actually it was Mr Surat Singh, who found about the theft around 6.30 in the morning. He had gone to his shop to collect newspapers. He panicked upon finding a different lock on the door of his shop. Mr Surat Singh’s paint shop is adjacent to Mr Handa’s jewellery shop.

According to the police, the thieves first broke open the lock of Mr Surat Singh’s shop to enter Mr Handa’s shop. The dividing wall was also broken. Mr Harinder Handa said that jewellery valued at about Rs 10 lakh had been reported missing, including cash box containing Rs 50,000. They both alleged that the landlord was after them to get the shop vacated.

In a complaint to the police, Mr Surat Singh and Mr Handa alleged that the landlord’s son, Pradeep, and Pradeep’s brother-in-law, Dalbeer, had committed the theft.

The police has registered a case under Sections 448, 452, 380 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the duo.

Meanwhile, Mr Surat Singh alleged that paintings worth more than Rs 50,000 were reported to be missing from his shop and all his painting material was missing.

Police sources informed that parties had been sent to nab the two persons who had absconded. The duo had reportedly telephoned the jeweller also and indicated that they would come in the evening. The landlord and the jeweller were involved in a dispute. They were about to settle it and then this had occurred, the sources said.



Below average rainfall in region
By Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Rainfall during this monsoon has been below average in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh while it was more than average in Chandigarh. Despite falling below average, the rainfall was within the acceptable normal range laid down by the meteorological authorities. The rainy season officially ends on Saturday.

Actually, the monsoon lost steam in August and September. Initially, in June and July, the rainfall was far above average.

Except in the case of Punjab, this year has been better than last year when it had rained even less. This year, in Punjab, the rainfall has been 15 per cent below average, much less than 9 per cent below average in 1999. This means it rained 6 per cent less than last year in Punjab.

In Haryana and Himachal Pradesh it was 14 per cent and 6 per cent below average, respectively. This was an improvement since last year when it rained 25 per cent and 8 per cent below normal, respectively, in these two states. In Chandigarh the rainfall was 9 per cent above average, which was a vast improvement when compared with last year’s 16 per cent below average.

Despite the rainfall being below normal this year, the figures compiled by the local meteorological office indicate that it was within the normal range. This range is accepted for rainfall that is plus or minus 19 per cent of the average for the season. And in the entire region which includes Chandigarh, the total amount of rainfall till today has been within this range. For the calculations, June 1 is taken as the date of commencement of the rainy season.

Anything less than 19 per cent of the average means deficient rainfall, explained Mr S.C. Bhan, Director of the local meteorological office. Mr Bhan assigned no specific reason for below normal rainfall this year while adding that there were annual variations. Much of the low-pressure area arising from the Bay of Bengal, which results in rain in the region, did not reach the region at all, especially after July 31.

From June 1 to July 31 the rainfall in Haryana, Punjab and Himachal was 37 per cent, 16 per cent and 20 per cent above normal, respectively. By then, in Chandigarh, the rainfall was a whopping 67 per cent above average. In July it rained so much that Chandigarh received almost 25 cm of rainfall within 24 hours, thus breaking a 45-year-old record.

Commenting on the sudden drop in the morning temperatures, Mr Bhan added that this was no indication of the arrival of an early winter. The transition month of October would be normal.


An artist comes back to his roots 
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Nostalgia filled the ambience today as Government College of Art, the institute which furthers the legacy of Lahore art, played host to an internationally acclaimed artist, who has strong Lahore connections. He is also be only one among two luminaries on the Indian art scene who speaks with insight on Lahore’s artistic heritage. And the reasons behind this are not far to seek, because the 75-year-old Kishen Khanna, who is a self taught artist, has lived through a great part of the legacy. Right from his birth at Lyallpur (now in Pakistan) in 1925, to his migration to Bombay in 1958, Kishen remained an inseparable part of the aesthetic scene which dominated Lahore, and more precisely Mayo College of Art.

In this sense, today’s talk by the artist, who rose to fame after his famous series, “The Trucks”, threw light on the Lahore days and the art scene at that time, in an informal manner. With a number of artists gathered to hear him speak, Kishen limited his talk to the art scene in the yesterdays at Lahore and the key players at that time.

Speaking to The Tribune today, the artist said that art in Lahore could not be described as being dominated by a single theme. “There were many ideas playing at the same time, and there were many artists. Some who had returned from England brought a distinctly English touch to their works by using water colours, so typical of the English art works. There were others like Amrita Shergill whose works reflected the French influence.”

Khanna himself admitted that he had never been to Punjab, or even to Haryana where his son had built him a house. But he has a place which offers a peaceful existence which is indispensable for a peaceful existence. Khanna nowadays shuttles between Delhi and Shimla. After becoming a full-time painter in 1961, Khanna travelled extensively under the Rockfeller Scholarship. He was also invited to the American University as an in house artist.

“There has been no looking back ever since,” says the artist, who is not a believer in the perpetual value of things. “I believe that things have to alter and change. That is the magnificence of life. In all my works, I have tried to display freedom in every form.” Khanna is well known for his works The Game, The Truck, Christ and The Bandwallas. His artistic journey has been dotted with attempts to further the human cause and all his figures portray bliss and pangs of pain as experienced by us humans. He now paints at Garhi Artists Studios and the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

During his talk today, mentioned friends and contemporaries, Harkishen Lal and Pran Nath Mago as the two people who contributed majorly to art at that time. Harkishen, who was brought to fame by his teacher A.C. Haward, an Englishman, laid a valuable foundation for the contemporary Indian art by embodying the spirit of Indian culture in his works. Underlining this fact, Khanna added, “There was no duality in works during those days. A miniature was treated with great respect, as having an entity and spirit of its own. Pran Nath Mago, was another painter who belonged to this genre. These artists brought out the spirit of the subject and there was nothing false about their works.”

During pre-partition days there was a lot of traditional influence on the art scene. Explained Khanna, “Since our heritage is very rich, it was natural for art to be influenced by tradition. So we had the Sikh school of painting, the Hindu flavour as well as the British touch, all operating at the same time.”

Talking about himself, Khanna said that he came to Bombay in 1958 and it was there that he met artists like M.F. Hussain and V.S. Gaitonde. He said, “I was always intrigued by the fact that all the artists who had been at Lahore and had Punjabi connections, actually chose to settle in Bombay rather than in Punjab. The reason was simple. They were all attracted towards Bombay which served as a place for enormous deliberation on art and related issues, and an artist got a chance to grow there.”


Suicide bid by VC’s gunman 
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Sept 28 — The 30-year-old gunman of the Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, Surinder Singh, attempted suicide by shooting himself with his service revolver at the VC’s residence in Sector 8 here today. He is stated to be mentally disturbed and is presently in the Intensive Care Unit at the PGI.

Police sources informed that Surinder Singh returned to the residence in the afternoon and went straight to his room. Conversing with a domestic help, Man Singh, he took out four bullets from his service revolver, leaving the rest inside. In a dramatic style, he first pointed the revolver at the domestic help. Man Singh somehow managed to come out of the room.

While he was working in the stairs, he heard a gunshot only to find that the gunman had shot himself. Immediately, the VC, Mr R.S. Chaudhery, informed the Superintendent of Police and the Civil Surgeon about the incident. The gunman was rushed to the PGI because he was suffering from convulsions, the doctor said. However, when contacted, Mr Chaudhery denied any knowledge about the sequence of events.

The Superintendent of Police, Ms Kala Ramchandran, said that a case had been registered under Section 309 of the IPC. 


Myths come to life 
From Our Correspondent 

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Colorful pandals and Ramlila stages set up to narrate the story of the Ramayana in the city, came to life with the characters of the epic staging their designated roles at over 47 different venues in the city tonight. The celebrations would end with the slaying of Ravana on Dusehra.

City residents also enjoyed showing recorded cassettes of earlier performances of Ramlila at some venues in the city. The Shree Ram Leela Committee, Sector 32, is showing the Ramlila on a 8X10 foot screen, using a projector. ‘‘We are showing the Ramlila that we had staged in 1995’’, said Mr R.S. Parmar, general secretary of the committee.

People in large numbers thronged the venues all over the city. A lot of excitement was seen among children and women. The golgappa and groundnut sellers did brisk business.

Some sectors are showing Ramlila at more than one place. In Sector 22, Ramlila is being held at Nehru Park, organised by the Ramlila Committee and another by the Garhwal Sanskritik Mandal. ‘‘We have some very entertaining features as fillers when the scene changes’’, said a member of a Ramlila committee.

The police had made special security arrangements. Volunteers at different venues had been asked to wear identity cards, which were issued to them by the Station House Officers.


Permission for Ramlila at three places withdrawn 
Tribune News Service

chandigarh, Sept 28 — The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today withdrew permission to hold Ramlila and Dasehra at three sites in the city including the Sukhna Lake. It dawned upon the MCC authorities that the land did not belong to them.

In the order issued today, the MCC admitted that the land did not belong to it. In the case of the Sukhna Lake, the permission was not given by the District Magistrate and even the land was owned by the Chandigarh Administration and not the MCC. In the case of the Parade Ground, Sector 17, and the Math Mandir ground, Sector 20, the MCC admitted that the permission had been given erroneously.

Mr Puranjit Singh, Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation, in a statement issued tonight said the Chandigarh Kendriya Ram Leela Sabha had sent 28 requests for permission in three lots.

All these permissions for holding Ramlila are, however, valid only after the clearance from the District Magistrate, Chandigarh.

The Lake Club is not under the jurisdiction of the MCC like Parade Ground, Sector 17, and the Math Mandir ground, Sector 20. So permission for these areas could not be given by the corporation. Since the applications were in lots, the jurisdiction matter got overlooked by the checking authority and the permission was erroneously accorded to all the applicants.

However, the District Magistrate, whose clearance was essential, withheld the permission for the Sukhna Lake.

The mistake was corrected by withdrawing the permission to hold these functions at the Sukhna Lake island and two other such areas where the corporation was not competent to grant the permission.

The Chief Engineer clarified that since the DM had given permission for the Parade Ground, Sector 17, and the Math Mandir ground, Sector 20, Ramlila is being held there. 


Devotees throng Mansa Devi shrine 
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Sept 28 — Devotees in large numbers thronged the Mata Mansa Devi shrine on the first navratra here today. Meandering queues grew longer with every passing hour as more and more people joined in to pay obeisance at the shrine.

Shops selling colourful chunnis, vermillion, coconuts, and sweets displayed their items in style and did a brisk business. Tempting passers-by with a place to keep their shoes, the shopkeepers managed to convince them into buying offerings “which would please the goddess’’.

Earlier, Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, accompanied by his wife, Sudesh Kumari, participated in puja followed by the shatchandi havan amidst elaborate security arrangements.

Greeting the devotees on the occasion, the Governor said that Mansa Devi was one of the well-known shrines of the country and devotees from all over came during the navratras to seek the blessings of the goddess.

Appreciating the arrangements made for the devotees by the Shrine Board and the district administration, he said that the officials must ensure that the devotees are put to no inconvenience during their stay. He stressed the need for giving extra attention to sanitation and health services during the mela.

The Governor planted a molsri plant in the temple premises and inaugurated a rangoli contest. School students and individuals participated in the contest which had eight entries. Among individual, entries Alka Singla won the first prize of Rs 1100, Akanksha Mittal stood second, receiving Rs 700, while the rangoli by students of Haryana Model Senior Secondary School came third and they were awarded a cash prize of Rs 500. Besides, all participants were given Rs 250 by the Governor.

Among those present on the occasion were a local minister, Mr Subhash Goyal; State Health Minister, Mr M.L. Ranga, Commissioner, Mr S.K. Maheshwari, Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Monga; Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, Mr Sandeep Garg; Superintendent of Police, Ms Kala Ramachandran besides other officials of the district..


Employees lose appetite over meal rates 
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Sept 28 — It is a hopping distance away from the royal precincts of the Red Bishop Complex in Sector 1 and provides two square meals a day to over 40 employees of the hotel. A slab of concrete is used to roll out dough and the rolling pin works efficiently while an iron rod serves as a spatula.

A team of five works in two shifts in the kitchen operating under a tree, cooking pulses and rice on fire from dry wood. To fan the fire, is the seething resentment of the employees who are protesting against the hike in the subsidised prices of food given to them, by nearly three times, at the hotel.

While they boycott food at the hotel premises, lunch time serves as a break to exchange notes and prepare the future course of action, to make a statement and get the officials to redress their grievance against the department.

The General Secretary of the Haryana Tourism Karamchari Sangh, Mr Rajinder Saroha, said the separate kitchen had been started to protest against the hike. He added that the employees, primarily Class IV ones, had made similar kitchens at the tourist complexes in Pinjore and Karnal.

Mr Saroha said that the cause would slowly be taken up by all 42 tourist complexes in the state, where over 2000 employees were resentful of the attitude of the officials. Further, the association plans to launch a signature campaign followed by dharnas and gate rallies.

One of the employees said that the only facility the Tourism Department gave its employees was two meals a day at subsidised rates. “All we got was four chapattis and two ladles of dal. Even onion for salad was denied to us whereas many officials treated their guests free of cost. Let them cut down on the theft, rather than hiking rates of food for us,” he said.

The department had raised the price of subsidised food from Rs 100 to Rs 300 for Class IV employees comprising kitchen staff and waiters, while for others the hike was from Rs 125 to Rs 350, Mr Saroha said. The Director, Haryana Tourism, Mr S.S. Dhillon, was not available for comment.


Women employees allege harassment 
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Sept 28 — Certain women employees of the local municipal council have complained of alleged harassment in official work at the hands of a clerk and a junior assistant in the civic body’s office in Phase VII here.

In a written complaint to the council’s Executive Officer, copies of which were sent to the Principal Secretary, Local Government, and other senior officials, Ms Satwinder Kaur alleged that the clerk, Mr Bhupinder Singh, and the junior assistant, Mr Suresh Kumar, subjected her and other women staff to mental harassment in matters relating to office work, often holding out the threat of getting them suspended. The complaint, which had the recommendation of certain municipal councillors, demanded action against the guilty.

Although Mr Suresh Kumar could not be contacted for comments, Mr Bhupinder Singh today denied the charges. He said Ms Satwinder Kaur had earlier wrongly complained against five of her colleagues and had later apologised for doing so. He said at the time of an alleged incident mentioned in the complaint, he was not even in the office and had in fact gone for some work assigned by the council's administrator.

The Administrator-cum-SDM, Mr Jai Pal Singh, said Ms Satwinder Kaur had not come to him as yet in connection with the complaint. However, certain women staff members had met saying that they had nothing to do with the complaint. The Administrator felt that a conspiracy was being hatched in which unwilling persons were being involved.


Dharna to demand bonus 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Hundreds of UT employees and workers of different departments gathered at the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chowk and demanded that bonus be released to them before Divali.

The employees held a procession holding banners and raising slogans against the Chandigarh Administration. Their main demands include grant of bonus for three years, release of DA instalment due from July, stopping of privatisation move of public sector establishments, scrapping of the contract system, filling of vacant posts, including the posts on compassionate grounds, regularisation of daily wagers and grant DA, HRA and medical allowance to all employees transferred to the MC on deputation, implementation of the Punjab rules, scrapping of allotment of government houses notification of 1996, enhancement in CCA, patient-care allowance to General Hospital employees, grant of scales of all drivers at par with CTU drivers, to stop recruitment on deputation and grant of promotional scale after four, nine and 14 years of service.

The employees stressed that the government should concede the demands of the UT employees immediate.

Employee leaders condemned the Chandigarh Administration and the Union Government for increase in water and power tariff, bus fares, fee of schools and colleges and prices of petroleum products. They also strongly criticised a ban on filling of vacant posts.

Leaders of the federation urged the government to shelve its policy of privatisation of the public sector, and threatened to resort to intensify the struggle in the middle of October. 


Children spread the ‘green’ message 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — The Nature Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, celebrated Green Consumer Day today. More than 500 students of the school held a rally after pledging to protect the environment. This rally, which was sponsored by the Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration, was flagged off by Mr H.S. Sohal, Director, Environment and Wildlife Warden, Chandigarh. Mr Jaswant Singh, President of the club, while addressing the students said the aim of the rally was to create awareness among students and public about the causes of pollution and the role of plants in preventing it. A slogan-writing competition was held on the occasion. Neelima, Jaspreet and Maninder Kaur were declared winners. Mr Sohal appreciated the role of the club and Principal R.S. Goraya in organising the event.

More than 200 children of Government High School, Sector 7, walked through the streets of Sectors 7 and 8 with banners and placards spreading the message of “green consumerism”. The students were led by teachers of the school. The rally was organised by the Eco Club of the school in collaboration with the Children’s Alliance for Protection of Environment and flagged off by Mr S.K. Sharma, President, Environment Society of India. The school principal, Mrs Urmil Dogra, addressed the children on the occasion.


MC seeks permission to maintain parks 
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Sept 28 — The local Municipal Council has written to PUDA to give it the responsibility of maintaining green spaces in the town free of cost.

The council’s Administrator-cum-SDM, Mr Jai Pal Singh, said here today that PUDA had claimed that it had no funds for this purpose and the council was therefore willing to undertake the work.

The Administrator, who was speaking at a sapling plantation function of the council in the Phase IX Industrial Area, said PUDA had decided to hand over the Bougainvillea Garden, the Rose Garden and two or three small parks to the civic body for maintenance. He said once these were taken over by the council, positive changes would be evident in these parks within a short time.

He favoured the planting of quality grass in parks and perennial shrubs along roadsides. Such grass and shrubs, he said, required less maintenance and beautified the area.

The Administrator laid emphasis on the greening of the town and today’s function, he said, was only symbolic in nature.

In the 2.25 acre stretch in the Industrial Area the council plans to plant 350 saplings of trees and 350 of shrubs. The council favours handing over this area after developing it to industrial unit owners.


Radioactivity — a unique exposure

AS part of the ongoing activities to celebrate the Centenary of the Discovery of Radioactivity, the Alliance Francaise at Chandigarh has put up a poster exhibition on the scientific connotations of radioactivity. The aim is to create public interest in past and present research, in its discoveries and to gain a better knowledge of the usage made of this vast research issue.

Henri Becquerel’s discovery in March, 1896, of an invisible, penetrating radiation emitted spontaneously by uranium was the turning point in the history of science. Combined with this event was the marvellous baptisation ceremony of polonium in July, 1898, and radium in December of the same year by the couple Pierre and Marie Curie. The phenomenon of radiation production was given the name “Radioactivity” by these scientists. The world acknowledged their brilliant scientific contributions by jointly awarding all three French researchers with the Nobel Prize for physics in 1903.

The art gallery at the Alliance Francaise has once again provided a highly informative and useful show under the French Science Week Programme. The posters give precise and extremely relevant information about radioactivity. These systematically categorise the journey of radioactivity from its discovery, through its applications, detections, effects and eventual prevention.

Natural radioactivity has been a part of the universe since its creation. It is found on the Earth within matter and even in living beings. The radiations emitted are invisible, but can be measured with high sensitivity and precision. Today, its applications are growing in number, especially in chemistry, biology, medicine, archaeology, sciences of the Earth and the Universe, the food industry etc. The energy contained in an atom’s nucleus is used to produce electricity. Therefore, its indispensability in our existence today.

The effect of radiation on human body depend on the dose and the kind of radiation received. Two approaches are used to study their biological effects: epidemiology and experimentation on living cells.

Radioactivity is both beneficial and dangerous for mankind, it is entirely up to us how to help us build our future or initiate its destruction.

— Suparna Saraswati


Amendments to CPA criticised 
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — A day long media workshop on citizen’s charter was held at Kisan Bhavan, Sector 35, here recently. The workshop was organised by the Chandigarh Consumers Forum in collaboration with the Consumers Coordination Council, New Delhi, and Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (Germany).

The participants included journalists, members of consumer organisations and officials representing the service providers. Ms Mala Banerjee, Chairperson of the Consumer Coordination Committee, was the chief guest.

The forum and other NGOs were critical of the amendments to the Consumer Protection Act and working of the consumer courts. A demand for the Lok Adalat for the pending consumer cases in the Consumers Redressal Forums was made at the workshop.

Summing up the workshop, Ms Banerjee stressed to opt all the suggestions and to act on all the observations made during the workshop by the media people and the service providers.


Low water pressure 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Residents of Sector 41-D are complaining of low water pressure for the past two days. Mr R.K. Mann, President of the LIG Residents Welfare Association, Sector 41-D, today said that water pressure had been poor during the past few days, but since yesterday the condition had deteriorated.

Various authorities have been approached, but nothing has happened besides assurances


Tibetans take out street procession 
From A Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — Members of the Tibetan Freedom Movement and the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Chandigarh, organised the candle light vigil, a street procession, yesterday.

It began from the Sector 14 market and passed through Sectors 15 and 16 to conclude at the Sector 17 Plaza.

It was held to remember the sacrifices of thousands of Tibetans who were imprisoned and killed while resisting the inhuman acts of China on the same day in 1987. Since then September 27 had become an important day in the history of Tibet.


Musical nite on October 4 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — The Payal Musical Club is going to hold O.P. Nayar Nite on October 4, in Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.

Renowned singers of the region will regale the audience with evergreen numbers of Hindi films of yesteryear.

Famous foot-tapping, solacing and soothing numbers of the great maestro will be included in the programme. Entry cards are available in Tagore Theatre.


Chandigarh students face theft charge 
From Our Correspondent

PARWANOO, Sept 28 — Six students of SD Higher Secondary School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, were nabbed here by the Parwanoo police at the inter-state police barrier, when they were trying to run away in a (PB-113-4814) after committing a theft at Jangesu village on the old Parwanoo-Kasauli road.

According to the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Sanjiv Lakhanpal, the students in their statement said that they came to this hilly area for enjoyment and found that their funds had exhausted.

Thus they decided to break open the lock of a shop, so that they could get some money. When the shop owner, Mr Naresh Kumar, came in the morning to open his shop, he found it was already open. On seeing the owner, the students ran away in their car with some goods. The police was informed about the incident and they were caught at the barrier.

The car, which belongs to Ms Kiran Bala of Panchkula, has been impounded and a case under Sections 380 and 454 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Kasauli police station.

The students were taken in custody. They were later produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kasauli, camped at Solan and bailed out yesterday. The students have been identified as Lakhwinder Singh, Rajpal Singh, Harshkumar Singh, Amar Deep Singh, Vivek Kumar and Nitin Kumar.

According to the police, the car belongs to Nitin’s mother who is staying in Panchkula.


Rs 10,000 stolen 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — A scooterist, Sukhwinder Kumar of Mani Majra, has alleged that Rs 10,000 have been stolen from the glove compartment of his scooter (CH-03-8399) while it was parked in the Sector 19 market.

In a separate incident, a scooter (CH-01-E-2792) owned by Gulshan Kumar of Sector 22, was stolen from Sector 17.

Ornaments missing

A Sector 18 woman, Neena, has claimed that four gold bangles and two pairs of gold earrings lying in her purse are missing when she visited a shop in Sector 17. The police has registered a case of theft.

Medicines stolen

A Sector 32 chemist, Mr Y.P. Baghi, has alleged that some medicines have been stolen from the basement of his shop during the night intervening September 26 and 27.

In another incident, Mr Rajinder Singh of Colony No. 5 alleged that Bhanu Yadav of the same colony had stolen a cattlefeed bag from his shop. He was, however, caught redhanded.

Separate cases of theft have been registered.

Man booked

A man has been booked for allegedly defacing property. Chhote Lal of Colony No. 5 was arrested with 150 posters of a paint company. He was caught while pasting the poster on the wall of a mandir in Sector 27. He was booked under the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act.

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