Sunday, November 5, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Home guard jawan dies in accidental fire
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — In a case of "gross negligence and violation of standard operating procedures", a 21-year-old Chandigarh home guard volunteer, Ram Rattan, was killed on the spot after a bullet, fired accidently by a woman volunteer during a training session, pierced through his head today morning.

The incident occurred at about 8.15 a.m. in the Sector 26 police station. Volunteer Jasbir Kaur, in kneeling position, was practicing to load and unload the riffle when it went off suddenly. The whizzing bullet, say sources in the Police Department, took little time to end Ram Rattan's life.

He, along with 11 other volunteers of Platoon No 5, including three women, were being trained at the police lines under the supervision of Head Constable Ram Dhan.

His body was removed to the Sector 16 General Hospital where he was declared dead. His uncle, residing in the city, was informed about the accident immediately. His parents were also called from Sonepat.

Ram Rattan's father, Om Parkash, reveal sources, was a farmer and his younger brother was physically handicapped. He also has two younger sisters. Ram Rattan had joined the training course in Chandigarh three months back.

Soon after the incident, the Chandigarh Police handed over the investigation to the Crime Branch after registering a case of causing death by rash or negligent act under Section 304-A of the IPC.

The three-page FIR was lodged on the complaint of Assistant Sub-Inspector Sanjeev Kumar, posted with the police station East. He had rushed to the spot after information regarding the incident was flashed to the Police Control Room.

Load with care

Precautions should be taken while loading and unloading the riffles. The instructor, experts insist, should adequately brief the trainees regarding the measures required to be taken. He should ensure no one is ahead of the line of fire.

The standard operating procedures should be followed strictly and the weapon should be pointing away from any building, person and animals. The shooter should also ensure that the chamber is empty after unloading the weapon.

The DIG of the Chandigarh Police, Mr Ajay Kashyap, when contacted, said, "Ram Rattan should not have crossed the line of fire. Jasbir Kaur, on the other hand, should have made sure no one was in front of her".

Regarding departmental action against Jasbir Kaur, the DIG asserted, "If warranted, strict action will be taken against her". Commenting upon the Instructor's role, he stressed, "Whether all precautions had been taken or not will be seen during the investigations".

Sources added that the Investigating Officer would also see if negligence had been committed in using live cartridges instead of blanks. The Inspector-General of the Chandigarh Police, Mr B.S.Bassi, has, meanwhile, announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5,000. The Chandigarh Administration was also being contacted for additional ex-gratia.


Decaying books, missing pages galore in PU library
By Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Decaying books and stolen pages out of rare books of academic importance continue to be ugly sores on the face of the Panjab University library.

The library authorities differ on the facet saying that the Internet and computers had changed the face of the libraries. Missing data from books can be accessed from the computer service in the library installed a couple of years ago.

However, when asked that books had their separate ‘value’ for glory of a library, Mr A. R.Sethi, Librarian of PU, said that there was no foolproof method of preventing stealing of books which was really a sorry affair. However, the practice had been reduced, he claimed.

Mr Sethi said that the library had been upgraded in the changed information technology scenario. Access to ‘knowledge’, rather than books, was important which was made possible through computers and the Internet facilities, he insisted.

One big usual practice is stealing of important pages from the books in the library. No one can deny the indulgence of 'weak' students in the illegal act. The pages missing are largely those referred by the class teachers for library work on class-room topics.

The lost pages are not of general studies largely. A cursory overturning of pages in the English section showed large-scale absence of pages from the syllabi-related texts.

Mr Chand Singh Madaan, chairman of the Haryana Students Association, said that there was just one computer in the open that "too in a corner". There were six more but behind the office walls. This did not satisfy a rather long queue. The facility of a private stall had come to the rescue. “What I mean is that how is the university claiming benefit of computers when their presence is hardly felt".

Mr Sethi said one big fact in under utilisation of the library resources was little “interest by the teachers”. Only help books are referred to students. Comparatively, there are prestigious institutions abroad where teachers first ensure gathering all related matter with the topic before taking up the topic, he added.

A research scholar pointed out that the management on the first floor was rather appreciable as was reflected in a general talk with students. The top floor for research scholars remains vacant largely. The room for government reports needs re-arrangement and clearance of dust gathered on papers.

Mr Madaan also pointed out the “rotting” books in corners. “I said books were rotting because of termite attacks but I was called next day by the authorities to be shown that texts were not suffering because of termite attacks but because of silver fish.”

One general complaint by a cross-section of the students was that books were not arranged according to numbers on the racks in majority of the chambers.

The library after independence came up at the US Club, Shimla. In the present setting, the foundation stone was laid by Mr S. Radhakrishnan in 1958 and was formally inaugurated by Pt Jawaharlal Nehru in 1963.

The library stores over six lakh publications and 1490 manuscripts besides other rare texts.

M Sethi said that “our job is not that of a policeman but success has been noticed on front of saving texts. The books deserve preservation for their glory but coming in of computers should also be taken up in high spirits”.

Mr Madaan gave one example that can sum up the situation in a real case. “There were 10 copies of a book on sociology authored by a university teacher. The teacher had retired and all available copies on the campus had very important pages missing. During his last visit he was requested to bring his original copy so that photostat copies could be secured for PU records. The teacher surely complied", he explained.


16 Inspectors reshuffled
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — In yet another reshuffle within a fortnight, 16 Inspectors of the Chandigarh Police were, today, transferred within the city. The orders, passed by Inspector General of Police Mr. B.S. Bassi, came into effect today itself.

According to the orders, Inspector Arjun Singh Jaggi, earlier posted as Station House Officer with police station 19, has been transferred as SHO of police station west. He replaces Inspector Ram Gopal, who has been shifted to the traffic wing in place of Inspector Ajaib Singh.

Inspector Ajaib Singh has been posted as SHO of police station 36, replacing Inspector Tirath Singh who has been transferred to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW). Inspector B.S. Negi, earlier posted with the traffic wing, has been shifted as SHO of police station east, replacing Inspector P.S. Malik who has been posted out to the Operation Cell in place of Inspector Mastan Singh who has also been shifted to the traffic wing.

Inspector Moti Ram, earlier with the VIP security, has been transferred as the SHO of Industrial Area police station in place of Inspector Vijay Kumar, who has been shifted to VIP Security.

Inspector B.S. Chadha has been transferred from the Crime Cell. He is now the new SHO of police station 19. Inspector K.I.P. Singh, earlier SHO of Sector 31 police station and Inspector Biswa Lal, earlier the SHO of police station 34, have been made to swap places.

Inspector S.S. Sidhu has been posted from Police Lines to Crime Against Women Cell (CAW). Inspector Natha Singh and Inspector Ishwar Singh Mann have been posted from Police Lines to VIP Security. Inspector Jagbir Singh, meanwhile, has been posted from VIP Security to Operation Cell.

Terming the transfers as ‘‘routine’’, sources in the Police Department say they were being awaited for over two months now. Sources add that reversion of Inspector Ram Gopal and Inspector Tirath Singh, earlier posted as SHO of police station west and SHO of Sector 36 police stations respectively, had worked as a catalyst.

Fresh postings at a glance

Inspector  Arjun Singh Jaggi SHO, West

 '' Ram Gopal Traffic

’’ Ajaib Singh SHO 36

’’ Tirath Singh EOW

’’ B.S. Negi SHO, East

’’ P.S. Malik Operation Cell

’’ Mastan Singh Traffic

’’ Moti Ram SHO, Ind. Area

’’ Vijay Kumar VIP Security

’’ B.S. Chadha SHO 19

’’ KIP Singh SHO 34

’’ Biswa Lal SHO 31

’’ S.S. Sidhu CAW

’’ Natha Singh VIP Security

’’ Jagbir Singh Operation Cell

’’ Ishwar Singh VIP Security


We’re for party workers’ honour: Venod

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — ‘‘We are fighting for restoring the honour and prestige of the party workers. We want to provide a credible alternative to the present government,’’ says former Union Minister Venod Sharma, spokesperson for the Jitendra Prasada camp, who is contesting against Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

His group was not against any individual, he said. It was not that the policies had failed them, but the culture of sycophancy had.’’

The need of the hour was to take collective responsibility for the decay and do some soul searching. The causes behind the fall of the 120-year old party should be identified, Mr Sharma said.

The party, which ruled in most of the states was now in power in just four states. It was because the rank and file of the party hadn’t got recognition for their work. One step in this context would be to do away with nominations, he stressed.

Ruling out of a split in the party, he said elections were part of the democratic process. Issues which have a bearing on the smooth functioning of the party should be addressed.

Commenting on the election process, Mr Sharma said the voting would take place through secret ballot. The elections of the pradesh chiefs would also be held simultaneously. The voting would take place in state headquarters and the ballot boxes would be taken to Delhi. The ballots would be mixed and counted.

He refused to comment on the functioning of Mr R.N. Mirdha, the Returning officer for the elections. He, however, said delay in voting in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar was not proper.

Mr Sharma said 7,000 delegates from across the country would cast their vote on November 12.

Reacting to a query about the support to Mr Prasada, he said the response from delegates was much more than their expectations. He added that they were finding it hard to get in touch with many delegates, since the lists supplied to them did not contain their contact numbers or addresses. 


Man crushed to death at ISBT
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — A 69-year-old businessman, Vasudev Singh, was declared dead on arrival at Sector 16 General Hospital today morning after being hit by a Chandigarh Transport Undertaking bus at Sector 17 Inter-State Bus Terminus. He was on way to visit his daughter in Ludhiana.

The accident occurred at about 9 a.m. Eyewitnesses said the bus, while moving within the bus stand, banged into Vasudev Singh opposite the counter number 40. The driver stopped the bus before taking the victim to the hospital where he was declared brought dead, sources stated.

A close family associate, Mr Gurcharan Singh Giani, said they were informed about the incident after someone managed to trace their address with the help of a visiting card being carried by Vasudev Singh.

He stated that the victim had left his house in Sector 27 at about 8 a.m. to visit his daughter. He said that Vasudev Singh was survived by two sons and four girls, all married. The family was running a business of manufacturing transformers.

The police has, meanwhile, registered a case of causing death by rash and negligent act under Section 304-A of the IPC. The sources added that bus driver Ashwani Singh had been arrested.


‘No plan for international airport in city’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has no plan to develop the Chandigarh airport as an international airport, says a letter written by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry following a query by a local politician.

The ministry's reply comes following a letter written in this context by the president of the local unit of the Janata Dal (U), Mr Surender Bhardwaj.

While asking about the outcome of the international airport, Mr Bhardwaj has quoted data of the airlines which showed that 30 per cent of all airline passenger traffic originating from Delhi is from Punjab and Chandigarh.

About 10 to 12 lakh passengers travel by air every year from the region. For going to Delhi from Punjab and Chandigarh the passengers spend about Rs 200 crore, said Mr Bhardwaj while addressing a press conference where he showed the copy of the letter of the Union Civil Aviation Ministry. When asked about this 200 crore figure he said this had been calculated on the basis of the mode of travel used by members of the public which includes luxury buses, trains and taxis and also on the various expenses incurred along the way. Besides this, the number of mandays lost whenever a Chandigarh or a Punjab resident had to board a flight from Delhi were not counted.

Meanwhile, the ministry's letters say that the Chandigarh airport belongs to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the AAI maintains a civil enclave. The existing airport infrastructure facilities are considered adequate to cater to traffic demand at Chandigarh and besides the Chandigarh is well connected by road and rail to the national capital.

Mr Bhardwaj demanded that the city should have link flights with Delhi which connect with other major cities.


Yog Raj hospitalised
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4—Former Test cricketer Yog Raj Singh, who is in judicial custody in connection with a petrol adulteration case, was today admitted to a Government Hospital following complaints of chest pain.

Meanwhile, the Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Mr Pushvinder Singh, today directed the jail Superintendent to provide all medical assistance to Yograj and allow his family member to see him.

The cricketer-turned-Punjabi film actor filed an application in the court stating that he was admitted to the local Government Medical College following chest pain and pleaded for his transfer from emergency OPD to the VIP ward considering his status.

It may recalled that Yograj Singh had surrendered before a court on October 31.


Anokha blend of East and West
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — This was one performance which happens in a lifetime, and so if the city’s Tagore Theatre was reverberating with sounds of applause today, it was not without reason. The Algerian choreographer Kader Attou spilled magic on the stage tonight, as the gathering saw the Indo-French Indian dance project, “The Dance of The Gods and The Humans”, conceived early this year, take body and form, and amazingly so.

The exquisite blend of Hip Hop, Kathak and Bharatnatyam has been made possible by Kader Attou, who successfully harmonised the influences of oriental and occidental dance forms. Kader has been in the city for three days now, along with his team of seven dancers. He also conducted two dance workshops yesterday, one at the Pracheen Kala Kendra and another at Alliance Francaise. The idea was, of course, to further the spirit of cross-culture harmony.

The show, called Anokha, was presented by five French and three Indian dancers, who displayed the nuances of the dance forms through each little gesture and movement they made on the stage. News has it that after being successfully staged during the French dance festival four times on demand, the show was presented in India for the first time today. The series will now go on and Accrorap, as Kader’s group is called, will also stage performances in Sri Lanka and Nepal in the days to come.

Speaking to The Tribune about the venture, Kader, the man behind the show, said the attempt was to bring the East and the West together on some common ground. Kader’s claim took shape on stage which saw Indian spiritualism and western slickness come together in a magical blend. The theme of the show was very universal although the dancers based the same on Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of non violence.

Said Kader, “The performance is built on the meeting between Hip Hop, Kathak and Bharatnatyam dance but it is also a meeting in a somewhat larger sense. We are putting hip hop into a historical perspective by taking a cue from the Mahatma’s concept of non violence.”

The last section of the dance sequence showcased the building of the Swastika as a symbol of harmony and balance, and simultaneously projected the Asuras (demons) condemned to live among men. So Anokha saw the juxtaposition of positive and negative forces through rhythmic movements and powerful bodily projections.

Another striking feature of today’s performance was the underlying message of universal harmony that was put across through it. The artistes, themselves, have come together despite difference of race and language. The three Indian dancers who projected classical movements on the stage are Vaishali Trivedi, Rukmani Chatterjee and Prashant Shah.

Vaishali, a disciple of Kumudini Lakhia, has emerged as a renowned kathak dancer with a unique style. She is also famous for her novel innovations. Rukmini learnt Bharatnatyam from Mrinalini Sarabhai. She has performed in several festivals in and outside India. She also acts in theatre, cinema and TV and is also the person who staged Adya Shakti with artistes from five continents. Prashant, also a disciple of Lakhia, has developed his own style of virtuosity and aesthetic sense in dance.

Kader, who founded Accrorap about 17 years back, runs one of the most famous hip hop companies in France. Other dancers were Joze Santoz, a self-taught hip hop dancer from Switzerland, Habib Benziane, also a self-taught dancer, and Christelle Blanc, who has long been into various dance forms like jazz, modern Jazz, African dance and Bresilien dance.

The dance project, which draws inspiration from the orient and the occident, was conceived to further cultural harmony between India and France, and it has the patronage of the French Ministry of Culture. The choreography of the show had been done in two main sessions, for six weeks in Ahmedabad during February and March and for about two months in France during August and September.

The show was lapped by the local audience which gave a standing ovation to the group. They were quite obviously enthralled by the cheerful blend of acrobatics and street dance on the one hand and classical influences on the other. The artistes were almost dancing in the air, and kept repeating upside-down movements, thus exhibiting their tremendous physical prowess. While the Indian aspect of the dance related with God’s history the contemporary occidental dance expressed man and his position in the world.


NGOs urged to join pulse polio drive
From Our Correspondent

DERA BASSI, Nov 4 — A number of panches, sarpanches and residents of the nearby villages participated in a subdivisional level panch and sarpanches sammelan and a seminar on pulse polio eradication organised by the local Rotary Club, the Rotary Club City and the Rotract Club at Saini Bhavan here today.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister of Punjab, who was the chief guest, appealed the non-government organisations, government officials and some prominent social workers to join hands to eradicate the polio.

The Civil Surgeon, Patiala, Dr Ramesh Chandran, said the there was need to keep regular check on migrant labourers and to vaccinate them to make the area polio free.

Mr Bhupinder Singh Saini, project chairman of the pulse polio eradication drive, said that the children from 0 to 5 year age would be vaccinated on November 5, December 10 and January 21. The sarpanches will inaugurate the drive in their respective villages.

He stated that about 25,000 children will be vaccinated during the drive. To achieve the target, 103 booths (10 in urban and 93 in rural areas) and 4 mobile vans have been pressed to duty.

A number of school students wearing colourful paper caps and play cards with message to eradicate polio also lined the way to the bhavan.

Besides the sarpanches of surrounding villages, Mr S.S. Sidhu, SDM, Mr H.S. Bhullar, DSP, Mr Jagjit Singh Dalli, president of the Dera Bassi Municipal Council and Mr Paramjit Saini, president of the Rotary Club, Dera Bassi, were also present.



Sikhs must crusade against caste system’
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — A two-day seminar on ‘Sikhism and caste system’ and ‘Punjab and autonomy’, by the Institute of Sikh Studies, began at Gurudwara Sikh Studies, Kanthala, Industrial Area, here today.

Mr Rajshekar, editor of Dalit Voice, in his keynote address, said that Sikhism is on very strong footing to fight an ideological battle against the caste system which was strongly opposed by the Sikh gurus. Justice Kuldeep Singh, in his address stressed that Sikhs must lead a crusade against the caste system.

Prof Gopal Iyer of Panjab University, said that caste is a social phenomenon. He observed that rigidity of caste system in Punjab is much less as compared to other states.

Mr Gurudarshan Singh Dhillon, president of the institute, said that the Sikh gurus negated the caste system and it must be projected on a mass level.


Partap Dayal is Commandant, WC Hospital
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Maj-Gen Pratap Dayal took over as Commandant, Western Command Hospital, Chandimandir, today. Prior to this appointment. he was the Commandant, Armed Forces Medical Store Depot, Lucknow.

He takes over from Maj-Gen Virendra Singh, who has been posted as Deputy Director, Medical Services, Eastern Command at Calcutta.

An alumnus of SMS Medical College, Jaipur, General Dayal was commissioned into the Army Medical Corps in August 1965. His important appointments include Commanding Officer of 60 Para Field Ambulance, 166 Military Hospital and Military Hospital at Kota, besides holding the appointment of the Training Officer at the AMC Centre and School.


Various facets of vigilance discussed
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Various functions were organised in the city on the concluding day of the Vigilance Awareness Week today.

The special issue of HUDCO's in-house magazine, Jagriti, on vigilance matters was released. Mr Jasbir Singh, Nodal Vigilance Officer, threw light on the life of Sardar Patel.

Mr L.C.Sharma, Chief Vigilance Officer, Punjab, Mr B.R.Lal, Managing Director, Haryana Police Housing Corporation, and Mr P.Lal, Managing Director, Punjab Police Housing Corporation, also shared their views on various facets of vigilance and detailed various steps that can be taken to eradicate corruption.

A seminar was arranged by the zonal office of the NFL by availing the services of a CBI officer, who deliberated on anti-corruption topic. Mr Sukhcharan Singh, Chief Vigilance Officer, NFL, emphasised the importance of week vis-a-vis the role of the Central Vigilance Commission.

The zonal office of IFFCO organised talks on the concept of preventive vigilance bringing transparency in all systems and the role of vigilance in the marketing sector.

A presentation on various provisions of the vigilance manual and various instructions issued by the Central Vigilance Commission from time to time was made by the Chief Vigilance Officer of the BBMB.

Competitions like poster-making, slogan-writing and essay-writing were organised by Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 47. Similarly, a seminar on 'Preventive vigilance' was conducted by the Chandigarh Regional Office-II, National Insurance Company Limited at Panchkula. The seminar was presided over by Mr K.Mahapatra, Chief Vigilance Officer of the company.


RPO to accept printed forms only
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4—The Regional Passport Office (RPO) has discontinued the use of the copy of the passport form with an immediate effect from today. The office will be accepting the printed forms only which will be available for Rs 10 each.

This information was given by the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the RPO here today. The PRO said that the office had been accepting the photostat forms due to the shortage of original forms. But from now onwards the original forms the practice has been stopped.

The original forms can be had from the Regional Passport Office counter, a special counter at the General Post Office, Sector 17, Jain Law Book Store, Sector 17 and Royal Education Consultant Private Limited, Sector 22.


Polio awareness rally organised
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Nov 4 — A rally of children from Devi Nagar village, Majri and Azad Colony was organised to create awareness about polio and AIDS among the lower strata of society here today.

Organised by the Unnat Bharat Vikas, the rally drew an enthusiastic response from the children which was flagged off by sarpanch Gita Ram of Devi Nagar village. Over 400 children participated.

The procession concluded at the dispensary at Old Panchkula. The children were distributed sweets and fruits. Posters were distributed to people on the way, Ms Indu Bala, running the NGO said.

Polio drops would be administered to children at a special camp at the bus stand in Sector 5 tomorrow by the Health Department of the district in collaboration with the Unnat Bharat Vikas.


Intellect and emotion go hand in hand’
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Intellectual writing has to be driven by emotion as emotion is the core of existence, said Sagarika Ghose, who visited the British Library here today in connection with the release of her first novel ‘‘The Gin Drinkers’’ in the Harper Collins Book Festival organised by the library

Describing her book as a tragi-comedy of manners which holds up the severe clashes of social class in modern India, she said that with the help of a confused set of characters, she had tried to marginalise the influence of the ‘Brown Sahebs’ by letting a Dalit man with an awkward accent win the race.

Later, talking to mediapersons, Ghose said though a few of her characters were drawn from her personal experience, the rest of them were mainly an amalgamation of people reeling under the impact of post-colonialism.

Sagarika, who is working for Outlook as a political feature writer, said her career as a journalist helped her to write the book. ‘‘The seed of the book were conceived after coming back from Oxford after completing my M. Phil in history,’’ she said adding that it took about two years to put it into its present shape.

Speaking about her future plan, Ghose said she was working on the idea of young adults trying to rediscover their roots in the age-old traditions in a modern way


War veteran is dead
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Nov 4 — A highly decorated World War II hero, Col Iqbal Singh, passed away at his residence in Sector 7 here today. Born in Hoshiarpur in 1922, Col Singh joined a regiment of artillery in the early forties and served in the North West Frontier Province and Burma.

For his gallant action in the battle of Phaitu, Burma, he was awarded the Military Cross. He was also decorated with the Ati Vashist Sena Medal (AVSM). During Partition, the officer played an important role in evacuating a large number of migrants. He had to his credit reorganising and training the Nepalese Army during his posting in the Indian Military Mission, Nepal.

Col Iqbal served as Chief of Staff of Indian delegation in the International Commission for Control and Supervision with operational responsibilities in North Vietnam, South Vietnam and Cambodia. He was awarded the AVSM for an operation in Mizo hills. During 22 years of service, the Colonel was awarded 22 medals. He is survived by his son, Mr Amardeep Singh, and his daughters, Ms Jyoti Charak and Ms Amar Deepika.


Cactus show inaugurated
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — The two-day 24th annual show of the National Cactus and Succulent Society of India was formally inaugurated by Mr Dheer Pal Singh, Minister for Town and Country Planning, Haryana, at the Lajpat Rai Bhawan here today.

More than 2,500 rare and exotic cacti and succulents, grouped in 52 classes from the regions of America, Africa, Madagascar and Asia, are being displayed in the show.


Three booked in harassment case
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — On a complaint filed by a Gurdaspur resident, Ms Sonia, alleging harassment for dowry, the Chandigarh police has registered a case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC. In her complaint, she alleged that she was maltreated by her husband Ramphal Jain and in-laws Subhash Chand and Rajni.

Car stolen
The theft of a Maruti car from outside his residence has been reported to the police by Mr Mulaak Raj Wadhwa of Sector 18. A case of theft under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered. The police is investigating.

Battery theft
A Sector 21 resident, Mr Aman Kumar, reported to the police that the battery of his scooter was stolen while it was parked in the Sector 34 market. The police has registered a case of theft and is investigating.

Cash stolen
In a complaint to the police, a Mani Majra shopkeeper alleged theft of Rs 2,000 from the cash box. Taking up his complaint, the police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC.

Two arrested
The local police arrested Gauri Shankar and Dev from Bapu Dham in Colony Number 26 for staying without intimation. According to sources, a case under Section 188 of the IPC has been registered.

Judicial remand
Proclaimed offender, Satnam Singh alias Bunty, accused of stealing a purse, was remanded to judicial custody till November 18 by UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash.

Satnam Singh was arrested by the Chandigarh Police in an FIR registered against him under Sections 379 and 411, IPC. He had reportedly stolen the purse of Sector 33 resident, Mr Mangat Ram, and was declared a PO on February 2.


Campaigning picks up for market panel poll
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Providing better facilities for the commission agents and the farmers in the Sector 26 grain market figure prominently among the assurances listed out by the candidates from the arhtiyas constituency for the UT Market Committee elections to be held on November 6.

The candidates,Mr Sat Prakash Aggarwal and Mr Des Raj, separately interacted with mediapersons here today. The third contestant is Mr Om Prakash Chawla from Subzi Mandi.

Reiterating that he would win in the elections, Mr Aggarwal said the administration had always meted out step-motherly treatment to the traders of the market. An example in this context was the proposed erection of barricades around the market which had sent the impression in the community that they were thieves and needed to be reined in.

He also said the points on his agenda included provision of shelters for saving the produce of the farmers from the vagaries of the weather. Another point was pressing the authorities for allotting plots to traders in Sector 39 Grain Market so that the new market got developed at the earliest.

Besides this the provision of facilities for paledars, better roads, sanitation, street lighting and rest rooms for the customers would be constructed in the market, he promised.

Similar assurances were also given by Mr Des Raj.

Meanwhile, hectic activity is on in other constituencies for the poll. Door to door campaigning is being carried out and every voter wooed by the candidates. There are 16 candidates in the fray for the nine-member committee.


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