Tuesday, August 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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City college students’ strike from today
Minimum attendance norm sparks off protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
City college students have decided to go on strike from tomorrow against the decision of the Panjab University to implement the increase in the minimum lectures to be attended in colleges from the present 66 per cent to 75 per cent.

More than 100 students of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, most of them hostelers, took to the streets after declaring a strike in the college today. They marched to Panjab University campus raising slogans and protested in front of the Vice-Chancellor's office. After raising slogans of ‘‘We want 66, we want 66’’ outside the VC's office these girls, who were by then the centre of attraction on the campus moved to the Students Centre and raised slogans.

Talking to mediapersons, these students said they would be joined tomorrow by students of Government College, Sector 11, DAV College, Sector 10, SGGS Colleges, Sector 26 and GGS College, Sector 26. ‘‘All students in these colleges are going on an indefinite strike from tomorrow and they are all collecting outside our college tomorrow morning,’’ informed one of the GCG “leaders”. The university security called for extra police help in the university and the Chandigarh Police men followed the GCG students in the university and out of it

However, the Principals of the colleges said they were simply following the PU directive on the matter and any change in the said decision would have to be from the university's side now.

Meanwhile, the police has made special security arrangements for the proposed march tomorrow. It would be followed by a dharna by these students. The Sector 11 police station has been directed to ensure that peace is maintained during the march of the students to the VC's office.

PU had sent a circular last week to all its affiliated colleges that the minimum percentage of lectures required for students to be eligible to appear in the annual examination is to be increased from the present 66 per cent to 75 per cent following directions of the University Grants Commission.

The students, however, maintained that they were barely able to complete the 66 per cent condition and it would be virtually impossible for them to attend 75 per cent of the lectures.

Santokh Singh Nabha, Malwinder Singh Kang and Surat Negi of ABVP, SOPU and PUSU have decided to give full support to the college students. Mr Chand Singh Madan of the Haryana Students Union has, however, shown reservations about supporting the students on the issue. ‘‘This directive of the university will bring the standard of education up in the colleges and if the students even strive to attend 75 per cent of the lectures it won't be a bad thing,’’ he said.

The protesting students of GCG-11 found a unique way of raising their voice against the move to increase the minimum percentage of attendance. About 80 girls “hopped” on to CITCO’s hop on hop off bus in the PU campus and raised slogans from the upper deck. The police following them had half a mind of stopping the bus driver and making them get off the bus to avoid the attention they were attracting. But then they told the driver to drop them at their college.


Admn turns down residents’ demand
No roll back of power tariff hike
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service


* City residents will continue to pay a fixed monthly charge at Rs 35 for each kilowatt of sanctioned load. This was hiked from Rs 6 per kw in February this year.

* An average middle class household has a sanctioned load between 8 to 14 kw.

* Local MP had raised the issue in Parliament last week.

* Financial crunch may have held back the Administration from ordering even a partial rollback.

* Engineering Department opines such a charge is levied in all neighbouring states.

* These states are running populist schemes like free or highly subsidised power for farmers and some other categories. UT has no such scheme.

* Are city residents being made to bridge the gap in revenue on account of power stolen by a majority of 3 lakh jhuggi dwellers ?

* Even where slum-dwellers consume power through meters, a Rs 1 crore arrear is outstanding.

Chandigarh, August 27
A major demand of city residents regarding the roll back of monthly minimum charges (MMC) imposed on power consumption in February this year has been turned down by the Administration.

This means the consumers will continue to pay for power which at times is not even consumed by them. In the past two months several people have protested with the Chandigarh Administration seeking a roll back of a newly implemented regulation which forces them to pay for power despite not consuming it.

Today a final decision was taken to maintain status quo, well placed sources told The Tribune this evening.

Last month the Engineering Department had put up a proposal to the Administration saying if the MMC was to be reduced the subsidised power tariff in the lowest slab need to be hiked to meet the expenses.

The department also cited how similar charges had been imposed in the neighbouring states while forgetting that these states run populist schemes whereas there is no such scheme in the Union Territory.

Sources said the MMC had been hiked to primarily meet the target of profit set for the power department. In the past the department has never made a loss but has been making a marginal profit thus the hike in MMC is not justified. In its proposal the Engineering Department also argued that all calculations of sanctioned load are being made on the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) pattern.

Several people had lodged protests pointing out how they never even consume power at par with the minimum charges.

The demand was that the Administration should charge on actual units consumed by consumers as this provides an incentive to save power. “The imposition of high minimum charge does not promote conservation of power,” added a Sector 15 resident.

Since February this year bi-monthly bills of residents have witnessed a jump since the Chandigarh Administration hiked the minimum monthly charges on a per kilowatt basis of sanctioned load. This was jacked up from Rs 6 per kilowatt to Rs 35 per KW in March this year. Under the new formula a bill is issued on the total minimum monthly charge or for the actual consumption of units, whichever is higher.

The catch in this, however, is that anyone having between 8 to 10 kw of applied load always has to pay on the minimum monthly charge. In case of a 10 kw connection the minimum charge works out to be Rs 700 for a bi-monthly billing cycle. Several old couples who live alone consume less power but end up paying for the power they never consumed.

As per electricity norms power engineers calculate that not more than 33 per cent of the sanctioned load is used at any given time in a normal home. In case an air conditioner is installed the usage is about 66 per cent. This is calculated that a person uses an AC for almost eight hours in day. Engineers admit this is not possible if the AC is installed in a working couple’s home or for people with touring jobs. These calculations are based on maximum usage and they do not apply in case of Chandigarh where the number of nuclear families is more, said a source.

Another person said a large number of old people have AC’s in their guest rooms where their children or grandchildren come to stay for a short period during summer holidays. Another complainant has argued with the Administration that a power point where an AC is set up is never used in the winter and vice versa a power point for geyser is never used in summers. But due to extreme weather conditions residents have to maintain both points.

Mixer grinders or food processors in the kitchen are never used for more than 3 to 4 minutes. Constantly running appliances like refrigerators do not consume more than 40 units in month, another resident had pointed out in his protest to the Administration, while seeking a roll back of the minimum charges.


CTU buses for pvt schools now
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
All private schools of the city will now be able to use buses of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) from September 1, according to a decision in this regard by the Chandigarh Administration.

“This is a contingency measure as all private school buses are more than 15-year-old, which means that these should have been phased out long ago,” the UT Home Secretary and Transport Secretary, Mr Raminder Singh Gujral, said here today. He said the Administration was not considering an extension of the August 31 deadline.

Past week, the Chandigarh School Bus Operators Welfare Association had demanded that the deadline be extended and implemented from the next academic session.

The Director Transport has been asked to coordinate with the Director Public Instructions (schools) and ask private schools authorities if they needed the services of the CTU. Schools will have to pay for the CTU bus service and provide the Administration with persons who would help drivers get familiar with the routes and students.

According to the estimates of the Administration, about 45 schoolbuses that are more than 15-years-old are on city roads. These would soon have to be put off-road. “Services of the CTU are being offered to save parents, schools and students from any harassment that they may face after these buses are off-road,” the Home Secretary said.

From September 1, the Administration will initiate action against drivers and owners of old schoolbuses.


Shock treatment for power thieves
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, August 27
After a raid to detect power pilferage here today, the UHVVN slapped a Rs 1,57,500 penalty on two residents of Panchkula.

A team of three junior engineers of the nigam conducted surprised raids on the residences of Hari Kishan of Sector 7 and Amod Kumar of Sector 16 and found them pilfering electricity and tampering with electricity meters. These persons had allegedly used X-ray film pieces to stop the consumption indicator in the meters from rotating.

Mr R.K. Bhardwaj, Assistant Executive Engineer, said that Rs 1,10,000 penalty had been slapped on Hari Kishan, while Amod Kumar would have to pay Rs 47,500 as penalty. He said the nigam had recovered Rs 3.5 lakh from five pilferers so far.

Three JEs of the UHVVN were attacked by a consumer when they conducted a raid on his house in Sector 16 here on August 19.


Recharging trouble for ‘spent’ police cell
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Lack of resources make it difficult for the Crime Branch Operation Cell of the city police to remodel itself on lines of the Special Crime Cell of New Delhi. Reportedly, this is affecting the efficiency of the Cell.

Earlier this year, the UT police had declared that it planned to reorganise the cell on the lines of the one in New Delhi. The decision was taken on the basis of an observation that the cell had become redundant with terrorism no longer being a major problem here.

However, after it was found that several members of the Uttar Pradesh underworld were hiding in the city, the top brass of the city police decided to give a new direction to the CBO Cell. It was decided that the cell would look after all kinds of organised crimes in the city.

On February 15 this year, the city police, in a joint operation with the Rishikesh police, had arrested Nazim ‘Shamim’. Shamim has been accused of committing at least 23 crimes, including nine murders, six attempts to murder and three violations of the Arms Act . Shamim was arrested from Mani Majra by a police team led by the Rishikesh SP, Mr Umesh Kumar.

The police of several areas, including New Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh wanted to arrest him. He had been working for Pratap Singh gang and there had been a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head. He had also been featured in the TV programme ‘India’s Most Wanted’ a few weeks before his arrest.

In June, a team of the Special Crime Cell of New Delhi arrested Manjit Singh Mange, a member of the Babloo Srivastava gang, from Panchkula. His friend-turned-foe, Balwinder Pal Singh Bunty, and his three accomplices, too, had been staying in a rented accommodation in Sector 15 of Panchkula, ever since they had escaped from Bhuj jail after the earthquake on January 26. Reportedly, they had escaped to Kolkata.

However, a lack of trained personnel, special equipment and vehicles, the cell cannot move in the desired direction. Highly placed police sources say that most staff members of the CBO Cell, too, consider it “a punishment posting”, where there is not much work. Reportedly, the cell personnel do not have sufficient vehicles to carry out their normal duties.

“The cell is dealing with organised crime like drug trafficking, liquor smuggling etc in the city,” said a senior police officer.


No bidders for shop sites
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 27
The auction of commercial sites in Focal Point, Industrial Area, Phase IX, by the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) failed to attract any bidders. The auction had to be called off.

According to information available, at least five shop-cum-offices (SCO) sites and five booth sites were put under the hammer. The reserved price for an SCO site was Rs 25.80 lakh and for a booth Rs 8.60 lakh. The officials waited for over two hours before calling off the auction.


Murder accused re-arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The Central Bureau of Investigations was saved of a major embarrassment when it managed to re-arrest a murder accused two hours after he escaped from the CBI custody this morning.

According to information available, Abhay Singh, an accused in a murder case in Mahendragarh in Haryana, had been arrested by the CBI a few days ago and was on a police remand .

Sources said that early this morning, he asked to be let off in order to answer the call of nature. As he went out, he saw that he was not being followed and managed to slip out of the CBI building. Immediately, the CBI formed special teams and these were despatched to all directions. 


Wife of disowned son alleges dowry harassment
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 27
The daughter-in-law of an Army officer’s widow has complained to the Punjab Governor that she is being threatened and harassed by her in-laws for not bringing dowry.

Earlier, on August 22, the mother-in-law of the complainant and widow of Major Ved Parkash Pathak, Ms Pushpa Pathak (73), who is suffering from a terminal disease, had sought protection from the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) from her disowned son and husband of the complainant, Dr Raj Kamal Pathak, Professor of Anthropology, Panjab University. She had alleged that her son wanted to throw her out of her house and was adopting every means, including abusive language, threats and occasional violence to achieve his aim. Suits in connection with the ownership of the house in Phase II and the eviction of Dr Raj Kamal from the premises are pending in courts at Kharar.

The wife of Dr Raj Kamal Pathak, Ratna, said in her written complaint to the Governor on Friday, copies of which were sent to, among others, the PHRC and the DGP, that she was from Imphal and belonged to the Meitei Hindu community and her mother-in-law had never approved of her marriage to her son, a Punjabi, as it was an inter-caste and cross-cultural one without any consideration of dowry. They had two minor children.

Ms Ratna Pathak said after her husband joined Panjab University in 1998, she and her children began living with him in the aforesaid house, which belonged to his late father.

She alleged in her complaint that after she shifted to the Phase II house, her mother-in-law started abusing, harassing and threatening her with dire consequences for not bringing dowry. She also alleged that she had been beaten several times by her mother-in-law, sister-in-law Suman and her husband, Dr Satish Sharma of the Sociology Department, HPU, Shimla. She claimed that her sister-in-law and her husband wanted to “kick us out” of the house and grab the property, regarding which a suit was pending in a Kharar court.

Ms Ratna Pathak further charged that on August 22, when her husband had left home for work, her in-laws tried to burn her, but she saved herself by bolting herself in a room and informing her husband.

Ms Ratna Pathak said she was still being threatened by her in-laws to make her leave the house and feared that an attempt would be made again to kill her, especially during the frequent visits of Dr Sharma from Shimla to the house.

She said she had no option but to report the matter to the Governor and the police and seek protection.

Ms Pushpa Pathak and Ms Suman Sharma have denied all allegations levelled against them.


5,000 aspirants for 30 TA vacancies
Tribune News Service

Kalka, August 27
Over 5,000 aspirants turned up for the 30-odd vacancies in the Territorial Army during an open recruitment rally organised by the 102 Infantry Battalion (Punjab) here today.

The fact that the TA is only a part-time profession and personnel may be embodied for just two months in a year did not deter a large number of youth, mostly from rural and economically weaker sections of society, from all over the region from converging at Kalka for an opportunity to seek employment.

While for some joining the TA is continuing with the family traditions, for the vast majority it is apparently a means of earning a livelihood as was apparent from the statements of some of the aspirants who spoke to TNS.

Having studied only up to class-V, Bhawan Kumar from Mandi said that there was little scope of employment for him outside. His meagre qualifications make him eligible to enroll in the TA as a tradesman. Another aspirant, Pradeep, said that his height made him ineligible to join the regular Army, but different qualitative requirements for the TA gave him an opportunity to join the forces.

For Ravi, hailing from Bhiwani, it is the age-old charm of wielding a rifle that has attracted him to don the olive green, while for several aspirants such as Nirmal Singh, hailing from a neighbouring village, it was continuing with the village tradition of serving with the forces.

According to Lt Col K N Jetly, the presiding officer for the recruitment rally, the response this time has been much greater then the previous rally organised in February. He attributed this to publicity given to the recruitment programme via the media.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the process of raising six new TA battalions has commenced. Sources said that a few companies from the already existing TA units have been shifted to the new units to form a nucleus, while the balance manpower required to build up the units to their requisite strength will be recruited by the respective units. Sources add that more vacancies are likely to be released by the TA directorate shortly for recruitment to both, the old as well as the new units.

New TA units are being raised include those affiliated to the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, Punjab Regiment, Sikh Regiment and the Bihar Regiment. For the first time, a TA infantry battalion for deployment in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is being raised and it will be under the operational command of the Fortress Commander at Port Blair.


26-hr-long power cut in village
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, August 27
Over 26-hr-long power cut in Singhpura and six nearby villages brought misery to villagers on the second consecutive day today. Normal life was put out of gear and villagers were forced to trudge miles to fetch water for their daily consumption. Residents of these villages complained that there was no electricity since Sunday morning. Despite repeated representations to the authorities, power supply was not restored till late on Monday.

The villagers were forced to use kerosene, which further forced them to fetch for the commodity at specific shops in the local market. Mr Paramjit Singh, a resident of Singhpura village, complained that he had to go to his work without taking a bath.

Children had a tough time on the second day today and had to bear mosquito bites during the night. The local authorities of the PSEB admitted that a Singhpura-based transformer had developed a snag and that the power would be restored by evening.


Footpath cycle workers seek better deal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Member of the Footpath Cycle Workers Union held a protest rally outside the UT Estate Office today in support of their demands. Later, they also submitted a charter of demands to the UT Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. Ramsekhar. The protesters also raised slogans against the authorities concerned outside the MC office.

The president of the union Mr Ram Miloan Gaur, stated in a press note that all 2,274 footpath workers who had been covered under a survey conducted by the Administration should be issued identity cards immediately. Further, the footpath workers left out must also be covered under a new survey.

The enforcement staff should not confiscate the belongings of the footpath workers without violation on their part of the norms.

They complained that at present the enforcement staff confiscates the rickshaws and rehris without any violation on the part of workers. “Only the violators should be penalised and not everyone, they added. They should be allowed to put tarpaulin to save themselves from the vagaries of weather.

The 439 cycle repair workers should be allotted booths immediately and those who have Footpath Cycle Workers Union identity cards should not be removed.


MC employees stage dharna
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 27
Protesting against the move of the Punjab Government to abolish octroi, the employees of the local municipal council staged on a one-day dharna and raised slogans against the state government. The employees sought that if political considerations were weighing heavy on the government, alternative arrangement to make up for the loss should be made.

The employees were joined by the local MLA, Ms Daljeet Kaur, some municipal councillors and leaders of political parties. Leaders of the employees said the civic body did not have any other major source of income other than the octroi. Unlike other civic bodies in the state it did not have any property in its name nor did it have its own office complex.

With the existing other sources of income, paying the electricity bills, rents of accommodation and the salaries of the employees would not be possible. Ms Daljeet Kaur, said she would take up the issue with the Local Government Minister and would raise the issue in the Assembly. Mr Manjeet Singh Sethi, Ms Harbans Kaur, Mr S.S. Grewal, Mr Manmohan Singh Langh and Rajinder Sharma, all municipal councillors also joined the protest.

The Punjab Municipal Sanitary Inspector Union was represented by Mr Gurdeep Singh Cheema and Mr Harinder Pal Singh, senior vice-president and vice-president, respectively. Mr Avtar Singh Kalsia, an employee of the council, also addressed the rally. Mr Krishan Lal Saini, general secretary of the Municipal Employees Union, spoke on the demands of the employees. The employees decided to constitute a committee to fight for the cause.

Mr Amrik Singh Tehsildar, Mr S.S. Barnala, Mr Najar Singh and Ms Paramjit Kaur also protested against the abolition of octroi. Mr K.B.S Kang, leader of the youth wing of SAD (Badal), alleged the fears of the employees that their jobs would be at stake if the octroi was abolished. The president of the civic body, Mr Kulwant Singh, said the government should make some alternative arrangement before abolishing the octroi.


A senior political functionary in the SAD (Badal) today indicated that the government could impose a new type of entry tax on the goods entering the state. The entry tax collected would go to a common pool from where it would be distributed among the civic bodies — depending upon their collection from octroi in the past.


546 commuters challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The traffic police, in association with the police personnel drawn from various police stations in the city launched a special drive in the city. As many as 546 commuters were challaned in different parts of the city during the three-hour drive.

According to the information available, the police also impounded 11 vehicles - two cars, six motorcycles, two autorickshaws and a tractor, for violating the traffic rules and regulations. It is learnt that the police had laid nakas at 32 points across the city. All the Subdivisional Police Officers and Station House Officers were posted at different places for this drive.

Commuters were checked for various offences like driving without helmets, over speeding, triple riding , black films, wrong entry, wrong turn, jumping red lights, under-age driving etc.


City’s cosmopolitan sector
Tribune News Service

One of the oldest sectors of the city, Sector 19 can be called the cosmopolitan sector.

This sector is an ideal place for the people of all religions as it houses a gurdwara, a temple and church. Besides, the Jama Masjid in Sector 20 and the Jain Temple in Sector 27 are a stone’s throw from this sector.

Its cosmopolitan character apart, the sector is a shoopers’ delight with a full-fledged market besides the Palika Bazar and the Sadar Bazar. The latter two markets cater to all kinds of shoppers and remain crowded all day long.

This sector, which houses bureaucrats, Judges, journalists, lawyers, businessmen and government employees and other professionals, however, has its share of problems. The roads in the sector (A, B and D) had been recarpeted and are in good shape. In Sector 19-C, however, the roads seemed not to have been recarpeted and are dotted with potholes.

The water and power supplies are normal and a majority of the streetlights are functional. While the major parks are in a satisfactory condition, the maintenance of smaller parks needs much to be desired. Garbage removal is another problem.

The Sector 19-D market continues to be plauged by problems. Since it is an old market, parking is a major problem, particularly in the evening hours. The result is that many customers prefer other markets which affects their business, alleges Mr Jagdish Kapoor, president of the market. Similarly, no pruning of the trees has been done for a long time, he adds.

Encroachments continue to be the bane of the Palika Bazar and the Sadar Bazar. With shopkeepers encroaching upon the corridors, people have difficulty in passing through the area. Repeated drives by the enforcement staff have failed to curb this menace. In the absence of adequate parking space, people park their vehicles on the road, making it an accident-prone area. Flooding is another problem in the market and in the monsoon season certain portions of the market are flooded, posing problems for the shopkeepers as well as the shoppers.

The Sadar Bazar faces similar problems. In the absence of a parking space, scores of vehicles remain parked on the road. 


Bank employees’ dharna today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The Central Bank of India Employees Union will organise a dharna before the bank’s zonal office in Sector 17 tomorrow.

A press note issued by the union said the dharna would be part of an agitation launched by the All-India Central Bank Employees Federation throughout the country in support of its demands. The demands include recruitment to fill vacancies of sub-staff and clerks, promotion to scale I vacancies with matching recruitments and fill of all special allowance posts.

The press note said there would be an all-India strike on August 20.


Residents’ panel burns CHB chief’s effigy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Members of the MIG Residents Welfare Association, Sector 46-C, yesterday burnt the effigy of the Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in protest against the alleged pick-and-choose demolition policy of the board.

According to a press note, the protesters gathered in front of the rehri market and condemned the manner in which the CHB had chosen to handle the issue of violations in the dwelling units.

The rally was addressed by various leaders, including Mr Devinder Singh Babla and Mr Sandeep Singh, Chandigarh Vikas Manch, Mr R.S. Sandhu, trade union leader, Mr Subhash Chawla and Mr K.S. Panchhi, Congress, Mr Ajit Singh, BSP, Mr Gurbachan Singh, NCP, Mr Inderjit Grewal, CPI, Mr Harish Kapoor, labour leader, Ms Lalit Joshi, Mahila Congress, and Mr Jatinder Bhatia, Mr B.S. Chadha and Mr Nirmal Dutt, all leaders of the CHB Residents Federation.


MCC move on rehri market opposed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The Social Welfare Committee of Sector 18-C has decided to oppose the proposed move of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) to shift the rehri market in the green belt on the backside of the marla houses facing Sarovar Path.

According to a press note, since the sector had been declared as “model sector” the committee was making efforts to maintain cleanliness and beautify the area. The shifting of the rehri market in the green belt till pucca booths were ready would be negation of these efforts.


Training programme for office attendants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The Jan Sikshan Sansthan will organise a training programme for office attendants between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow, and on August 29.

About 40 attendants from various departments and organisations will participate in the programme to be organised at SCO 313 (first floor) in sector 38-D, according to a press release here today.

The Sansthan will organise follow-up programmes judging from the response of the first programme tomorrow. The guest faculty will be from the Panjab University, Food and Nutrition Board, State Institute of Education and Fire Department, Chandigarh.


Girl dies as door falls on her
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
An eight-year-old girl, Manu, was killed when a wooden door in a newly constructed house in Sector 21 fell on her.

According to an FIR registered under Section 304-A of the IPC, it is alleged that Nirmal Singh and his worker were attending some work in the house, when a wooden door fell down on the daughter of Mr Sushil Kumar. The girl was seriously injured and was rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Girl abducted: A 21-year-old girl is alleged to have been abducted by Abhishek Kapil, a resident of Sector 35 and hailing from Yamunanagar. According to an FIR registered under Section 366 of the IPC, the victim’s brother, Kanwaljit Singh, has alleged that the girl was abducted on Saturday night at about 9 pm.

However, police sources inform that this is a case of elopement.

Five cases of theft: Five cases of theft have been registered in different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.

A scooter (CH-01L-6325) was stolen from outside the Sector 40-D residence of Mr S.K. Chopra during the intervening night of August 25 and 26. In another case, the front wheel of Mr Ravinder Kumar’s scooter was stolen from outside his residence during the intervening night of August 25 and 26. In the third incident, the battery of a Kinetic Honda scooter was stolen from Sector 38 West during the intervening night of August 24 and 25.

In all the three above mentioned cases, the police has registered FIR’s under Section 379 of the IPC.

A briefcase containing documents, registration copy of a TVS moped and Rs 4,000 was stolen from the residence of Mr Bachan Singh in Daddu Majra Colony on August 24. In another case, two LPG cylinders were stolen from the Raipur Khurd residence of Mr Prithi Chand. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered in both these cases.

Stabbed: A man was allegedly stabbed by his neighbour in Gobindpura Mohalla here this morning. It is learnt that Ajit Singh had received stab wounds on his head when he was attacked by Nishad after an altercation between them.

One dead: One person, Mangal, was killed and three others were injured when a truck (PB-12A-4636) in which they were travelling overturned today. It is learnt that the accident took place on the Sectors 36-37 dividing road. All the injured were rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 16, where one of them later died.

Suicide: A 25-year-old labourer committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Ram Darbar. It is learnt that the victim, Rajesh, alias Raju, was staying alone at his residence.


Three cars recovered
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, August 27
The Panchkula police claimed to have recovered three stolen cars, a Ford Icon and two Marutis, and a scooter from different places and arrested two persons in this regard.

The Ford Icon (HR-03D-1889) has been recovered from Kharkhoda, while a blue-coloured Maruti car (CH-03-5995) was recovered from the Kalka road and the other one was recovered from Agra. The police also claims to have arrested two persons, Amrit Pal and Baldev Singh, in a scooter theft case. The accused were involved in several other theft cases in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar.



HDFC: Mr Rishi Aggarwal, Director JCBL Ltd,. launched HDFC Bank’s ATM on the Ambala-Chandigarh road at Lalru on Monday. The total number of ATMs in Punjab rises to 23. TNS

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