Wednesday, July 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Southern sectors to sweat at night
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Now power cuts in the city will last till midnight. These will be imposed on a rotational basis. The surging demand of power has left the Chandigarh Administration with no other choice, but to impose power cuts in selected areas. And as it always happens, the sectors south of the Dakshin Marg will bear the brunt of cuts this time also.

Late tonight the Administration announced that rotational power cuts would be imposed during the day in Sector 17, Sector 22 and various residential areas in the southern sectors. And after 8 pm, power cuts, each of 30 minutes duration, would be imposed in the southern sectors. The worst hit would be Sectors 43 and 44, predominately upper middle-class localities.

Engineers said, “the demand for power sees a sudden surge after 9 pm in 8 southern sectors when the residential load starts increasing due to use of air-conditioners, lights, fans, coolers and other gadgets like microwave ovens during dinner time. The cuts imposed for 30 minutes to one hour will help stagger this demand. With the existing power distribution system the Administration is finding it almost impossible to cater to the demand of power.”

The action had come as the delay in arrival of monsoon had led to a sudden increase in power demand leading to overloading of power transformers at the 66 KV substation at Sector 52, stated a press note of the Electricity Department. To avoid this overloading it has become necessary to impose need-based half-an-hour rotational power cuts on all 11 kv feeders emanating from 33 KV substations in Sector 17 and 37,” it said.


Day time


Night time  Area
11.30 am-12 noon  Sector 18 and 37 8 pm-8.30 pm  Sector 42
12 noon-12.30 pm Mandi Board 8.30 pm-9 pm  Sector 45
12.30 pm-1.00 pm Police Colony, Sector 17 9 pm-9.30 pm  Sector 22 &32
1 pm-1.30 pm PSIDC & shopping centre, Sector 17  9.30 pm-10 pm  Sector 41 & 16
3 pm-3.30 pm Sector 37-C & D and 41 10 pm 10.30 pm  Sector 43 & 44
3.30 pm-4 pm   Sector 36 10.30-11 pm  Sector 44 
4 pm-4.30 pm  AG, Punjab, and Sector 22 11 pm to 11.30 pm  Sector 46
4.30-5 pm P &T colony. 11.30 pm to 12 midnight  Sector 43



Distillery causes (bottle) neck
Manoj Kumar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The Municipal Corporation may never be tired of claiming that it will remove all encroachments in areas under its jurisdiction, but it has failed to take any concrete action against an influential industrialist, who has encroached upon a public park and surrounding roads in the Industrial Area, Phase II.

Industrialists and workers have to pass through a harrowing experience everyday, since that bullish industrialist has declined to listen to their repeated complaints that encroachment by him has been causing inconvenience to the public and often results in traffic jams on the road. In fact, the area, supposed to be a part of greenbelt, has been turned into a bottle yard.

The Industrial Association of Chandigarh alleges that the Queen Distillery Private Limited is using the park and nearby roads, in front of plot no 191 to 196, for storing bottles. Mr Manmohan Singh, an industrialist, says, “We have written to the Estate Office about one-and-half-year ago, and have often complained to the MC officials, but no concrete action has ever been taken against him. We are now planning to meet the Administrator, Lieut-General J.F.R. Jacob (retd), in this regard.”

Interestingly, the Queen Distillery unit, which supplies country liquor to Chandigarh and UP under HI Speed Whisky, Hero No 1 and various other brands, has no space to keep empty bottles. Neighbours allege that everyday about 30 to 40 trucks are loaded and unloaded in the park, causing noise and air pollution besides problems for the visitors. Since whole area is littered with pieces of glass and scrap, says Mr Sanjeev, another industrialist, no one likes to visit us.

Mr Bhupinder Singh, MD of the distillery, admits that they are illegally using the area for keeping bottles due to lack of space. He said, “We have often asked the MC to provide us an alternative land, but without any result. However, we will soon clear the area, which is, in fact, being used by our contractors, who supply empty bottles to our plant.”

Mr Sunil Bhatia, Secretary, MC and Joint Commissioner, when contacted in this regard, admitted, “The area has been illegally occupied by the firm. We have often removed the material, but encroachment reappear the very next day. We are facing shortage of vehicles and as soon as we get adequate number of vehicles, we will take action against the accused.”


Transfer funds or powers: MC panel tells Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Municipal Corporation found here today that the Chandigarh Administration had violated the Punjab Municipal Act of 1976 (as extended to Chandigarh in 1994) and the 74th Constitutional Amendment, while the Centre had ignored it. At its meeting here today, the committee led by Dr K.S. Raju decided to prepare a case and representation for the House and take up the matter with the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob, and senior officials.

The panel found that the violation had been continuing for the past six years and said the Municipal Corporation would want the Administration to transfer powers to it under the 74th Amendment and the MC Act or transfer funds under these accounts. The committee detected an impropriety in an audit report that did not have an action-taken report with it.

It stressed the need for creating a an MC body to monitor audit objections and check misuse of public money. The committee said the system of referring unresolved audit objections raised by the Auditor General to the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament had not been effective, as not even a single reference had been made.

The panelists said there was a strong case for monitoring of objections at the local level. The committee also approved of Mr Raju’s proposal that the committee be given powers to draft service rules, suggest changes, consider contract terms, make agreements, lease deeds, finalise tenders, supervise audit objections and settlement, evaluate implications of non-transference of powers by the Administration and consider all policy matters with legal implications.


A fatal blow to art
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, July 16
The rental hike by city-based auditoriums has come as a harsh blow for the budding theatre artists, which could be the final nail in the coffin of this dying art. While many groups are taking to raising money from their fellow artistes to stage a play, others are seeking refuge in street plays.

It has not been long ago since Bal Bhavan raised Rs 500 to it’s existing fee for it’s multipurpose hall. The Tagore Theatre and lately Punjab Kala Bhavan followed suit by making a quantum leap in their fee structures. Punjab Kala Bhavan is charging Rs 850 for it’s auditorium while Tagore Theatre is charging Rs 1500 for every four hours of performing time. Other than these three main auditoriums, Leckma Hall in 3BRD, Sector 31, charges Rs 2000 per show.

“There are no places for the struggling actors of this region,” said Rohit Batra, a theatre artiste, who runs Shristi Centre of Arts. The centre which recently held a two-day theatre festival had to shell out Rs. 800 per day along with a security of Rs 250 for a small hall with a simple stage in Bal Bhavan, which is not even adequate to stage a play.

However, it is not only the hike in fee which is troubling the artiste community. Even though the auditoriums have raised the price, they have failed to come up with adequate facilities for stage productions.

“With just one light on stage and no sound system, we could not even give special effects to our plays. And the worst part was that the place did not even have a green room, so the actors and actresses had to go out of the premises to change into their costumes,” said Rohit. Same is the case with Punajb Kala Bhavan which does not provide a green room, and to top it all charges an extra charge for rehearsal sessions.

As sponsorship is scarce for theatre shows, the rental hike is posing a grave problem for all concerned. “With no sponsors coming forward to host our shows we are going more towards street plays,” said Ravi and Vijay Manchal, who run a theatre group in the name of Mask Theatre. “Big quality productions cost to the tune of Rs 60,000, which is well beyond our capacity,” said Ravi.

When contacted, the auditorium authorities blamed the hike on financial crisis. Sources said Punjab Kala Bhavan is going through a rough phase and charging from performing artsites seemed to be the only way out to ease the situation. “To keep pace with the ever increasing electricity bills and other expenditures, we have no other option but to raise the price,” said a source from Bal Bhavan.

Echoing the same sentiment the manager of Tagore Theatre, Mr P.S. Thakur, said the authorities had decided to hike the rentals for the auditorium after a gap of 10 years. “Looking at the electricity bill that comes to the tune of Rs 1.20 lakh. We had no other option but to get some kind of return from the artistes,” he said. However, to give concession to the theatre community the theatre has kept the charge minimal at Rs 1,500, which, otherwise for commercial shows comes upto Rs 10,000.

“As the auditorium incurs an expense of Rs 3500 per show, including electricity, cleaning and everything, it is not possible to lower the price more than that. We know that the artiste community is the worst affected lot,” he said. Looking at the facilities the theatre provides, artistes are not complaining about the charges but are irked by the security system which requires one to deposit Rs 5000 while booking the auditorium. As both the aggrieved and the offender justify their causes, there are a few which feel there is a middle way to solve this problem. “If the auditoriums of schools and colleges are upgraded, the theatre groups can stage their plays there,” said Mr G.S. Channi, chairman, Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy. A survey conducted by the Chandigarh Administration a few years ago revealed that the city had about 29 auditoriums and with proper modifications those can be provided to the performing artistes, he added. 


Licences to colonisers in 60 days
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, July 16
The procedure to issue licences to private colonisers has been simplified and from now onwards the licence will be issued within 60 days from the date of making application.

This was stated by Mr Raghunath Sahay Puri, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Punjab, while talking to mediapersons after inaugurating a draw of lots for plots for PUDA employees here today.

The minister said it had been brought to his notice that certain colonisers had been waiting for licences for the past two to three years. It was necessary to issue licences to them to avoid the mushrooming of illegal colonies. A lot of improvement could be brought about with the help of colonisers.

He said he had asked the PUDA authorities not to harass allottees who came to the office in connection with any kinds of work. The genuine work of every allottee should be done in the minimum possible time. He said strict action would be taken against employees who unnecessarily tried to harass an allottee or indulged in corruption.

He said the government had a plan to provide houses to poor people in the state and a sum of Rs 50 crore had been earmarked for the purpose.

Mr Puri said the state was going through a financial crisis, which he blamed on the former government. He alleged that at the time of sangat darshans large sums of money were distributed for which no estimated had been prepared. This was done with the intention of winning elections, he said.

He said the Congress government would fulfil the promises it had made in its election manifesto.

PUDA conducted a draw of lots for 481 plots of different sizes for its employees. Most of the plots were for Class III and IV employees of PUDA and were located in Sectors 67 and 68.


Burglary in PGI doctor’s house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Burglars broke into a two-room house of a PGI doctor in Sector 15 here late yesterday and decamped with jewellery and electronic gadgets valued at about Rs 5 lakh. Dr Sahid Aziz, a doctor of medicine, and his wife had gone out to watch the late-night show of a movie when the burglary took place.

Dr Aziz said he had moved to the top-floor of 1296, Sector 15, about six months ago. When the couple returned at about half past midnight, they found the main door of the house open and all items scattered. A colour television, a CD player, diamond jewellery, expensive sunglasses and some clothes were missing.


BSNL-PWD rift muffles 1,000 telephones
Tribune News Service


  • BSNL has demanded Rs 1.25 crore from the PWD for damaging underground cables on the Mohali-Kharar road.
  • More than 1,000 phones have been lying dead for the past one month in various villages along the Mohali-Kharar road.
  • There is no chance of restoration of telephone services in these villages for the next two weeks.
  • Work on the 14-km stretch of the Sohana-Landhran-Chuni road has almost come to standstill.
  • Coming monsoon is likely to delay the project further.

Chandigarh, July 16
More than 1,000 phones have been lying dead for the past one month in the Sohana-Landhran-Kharar belt, thanks to a dispute between the Public Works Department and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). As the road is being widened, both are blaming each other for causing damage to the underground cables.

While the BSNL has slapped a bill of over Rs 1.25 crore on the PWD for causing damages to the cables and disruption of services, the latter has alleged that the delay in shifting of cables and poles by the former has delayed the Mohali-Sirhind road project, especially on the 14-km Sohana-Landhran-Chuni stretch which was to be completed by June 30.

Mr K.K. Sarangal, BSNL GM (Mohali area ) says, “ We have sent a bill of about Rs 1.25 crore to the PWD for causing damage to cables and disrupting services. Though we had changed the cables on a long stretch at our own cost, but the PWD has now again damaged thecable running along the National Highway No 21 resulting in disruption of more than 700 telephones in Balongi, Daun, Malana, Taska, Trauli, Badmajra, Behlolpur, Raipur, Ramgarh, Adarsh Colony, Azad Nagar and Dashmesh Majra.”

Villagers alleged that the dispute between the BSNL and the PWD was causing harassment to thousands of telephone subscribers, besides causing inconvenience to commuters on the Mohali-Sirhind route.

Referring to a letter of the Union Ministry of Surface Transport, Mr K.S. Bhinder, Executive Engineer, PWD (B&R), Mohali, said, “Utility services relating to the Telecommunication Department are to be shifted at their own costs.” Regarding the allegations of damaging cables, he said, “We have dug up land up to only one foot in depth and six metre in width on either side of the existing metaled road. According to government guidelines, the BSNL should have laid the underground cables at a depth of 1.5m. Clearly, the BSNL has flouted the guidelines.”Back


Strict vigil for I-Day function
Tribune News Service


  • Sensitising of vulnerable areas in the light of the Independence Day function in Chandigarh.
  • More welfare schemes for residents to be launched in the near future and the neighbourhood watch scheme to be reactivated.
  • The Station House Officer (SHOs) asked to perform better.

Chandigarh, July 16
In a run-up to the Independence Day celebrations, the Chandigarh Police is launching a special one-month checking to sensitise the city towards any strike by terrorists.

A strict vigil is being kept at vulnerable areas like the Inter State Bus Terminus, High Court, the Vidhan Sabhas of Haryana and Punjab and commercial areas of the city. The shopkeepers are being requested them to “keep their eyes open for militants-in-disguise stalking the city roads and markets.”

Not denying that Chandigarh was an ideal target due to the presence of defence installations in the adjoining places, senior officials of the Chandigarh Police deny that was any threat of terrorist strike in the city.

The issue was discussed at the meeting of senior police officials up to the rank of Inspector called by the Inspector General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi, at the police headquarters in Sector 9 here today. An overall review of the security arrangements for the August 15 function was discussed.

Sources said during the meeting, the IGP is learnt to have expressed dissatisfaction with the functioning of the Station House Officer (SHOs). They have been asked to perform better and to visit all the crime spots. The subdivisional police officers were asked to monitor the functioning of the police stations in their respective areas.

The Superintendent of Police (Operations), Mr HGS Dhaliwal, said the the neighborhood watch scheme would be extended to more areas.The IGP expressed his anger at the reports of non-availability of assistance at the accident victim assistance cell. The beat officers were asked to meet the residents in their area and update their list of the new entrants in their area.

The IGP said to provide better policing, a better utlilisation of the force was being done. Some force on administrative duty would be put on patrol duty after the office hours. “Basically we want more police on the roads”, said Mr Bassi.Back



Meeting on park and parking area
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The Sant Nirankari Mandal and a team of the Municipal Corporation held a meeting to provide the mandal a park-cum-parking area in Sector 30 here today.

The mandal representatives expressed their inability to incur expenditure for the development of a park and the corporation negotiators seemed unwilling to spend money on the project.

There is a view in the corporation that the development of the park and parking will attract a host of demands from religious bodies which the corporation will not be able to meet.

The members of the negotiating team of the corporation also wanted certain clarifications from the Chandigarh Administration for sending a scheme to the Municipal Corporation for providing the parking space in liew of the mandal developing the park.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Engineer, Mr V. K. Bharadwaj, the Superintending Engineer, Mr I. S. Sokhey, the Finance and Contract Committee members, Mr Vijay Rana, Mr Subhash Chawla, Mr Sant Singh and Mr P. C. Sanghi.

The mandal was represented by two members. 



Who will tame cable operators?

Watching one TV channel or the other has become not only a household necessity but also a way of life. Each family member, young or old, can’t think of a life without a cable. Having known this fact very well, the cable operators, by constituting a syndicate, are monopolising the trade at their whims and caprices. The practice of increasing monthly subscription almost every month and on unjustified rates, with absolutely no check from the administration, has left the residents at the mercy of a group of united cable operators.

Encouraged by the callous and indifferent attitude of the administration, these cable operators take the liberty of blacking out one channel or the other. They do not bother about the poor quality of reception. They do not even attend to complaints over telephone for days together in case of fault.

The staff boys of these operators consider it as their right to jump over the houses, without seeking permission from the occupants for maintaining the cable network. The cables are hazardously laid oout on the rooftops. They mostly pass through the back courtyards of the residential premises. This practice, apart from endangering the privacy and security of the residents, amounts to a serious law and order problem.

Residents don’t even have the alternative to switch over to a new connection from the other cable operator in the locality as he won’t oblige the customer for being committed to the Cable Operators’ Association against entertaining the subscriber opting out from a fellow operator. This monopolistic practice is not only causing harassment to residents at the hands of cable operators but also forcing them to accept whatever is provided against the whimsically declared tariff.

A close analysis of the trades/professions where door-to-door collection of money at a fairly large scale is involved shows that the involvement of the underworld is almost certain. The media in the recent past carried reports regarding the underworld’s involvement in the cable network trade in Delhi and other metros. This is certainly cause for concern for the residents of this region.

Welfare organisations have the social responsibility to take up the matter for a mass movement but for want of committed and consolidated efforts, thanks to self-esteemed, egoistic and divided leadership, these bodies have failed miserably to match the firmly united handful of cable operators. In a virtual deadlock when the cable operators’ body is not ready to budge an inch for coming into terms with the residents’ welfare bodies, the intervention of the administration and the government for timely action is warranted to save the cities from the unwanted anarchy as anticipated from the threat perception of the underworld involvement. At the same time,there is an urgent need for a deeper study of the various aspects of the issue before arriving at a conclusion.

Samadhaan, (A pressure group for social justice), Chandigarh

Costlier water

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has proposed to increase the water tariff in the city. The reason? To reduce the revenue deficit. May I know the purpose for which the Municipal Corporation is supplying water to residents? Is it only for washing of utensils, clothes, floors, vehicles or for bathing or watering lawns? It is not for drinking purposes alone. But then, you just open the tap for sometime and collect the water. You will find plenty of dust particles on the bottom. And if you try to use direct water, you will end up spending around Rs 200-300 for medicines.

If the Municipal Corporation is incapable of supplying clean drinking water, how can it justify the increase in the tariff? The authorities’ claim of maintaining Chandigarh as per international standards is false. The rainy season is about to set in. Can a common man use tap water directly? If not, can 70 per cent population of the city afford to install water purifiers costing Rs 5,500-6,000 a piece? If not, are’nt we making a mockery of ourselves?

R.R. PASSI, Chandigarh

What ails HUDA

Sir, As the recent report in The Tribune suggests, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has not been able to attract buyers for the commercial plots in the auctions in the last few years. While there may be many factors responsible for this, the fact remains that HUDA has failed to come out with new ideas.

The buzz-word today is to think out of the box and being innovative. Visit any of the markets and we will see symmetrically created squares with the SCOs and SCFs in the centre flanked by booths on both sides. They all appear to be the same — no interesting facades, no interesting designs. The square footage area of these booths and showrooms is almost the same — so conventional and uninteresting!

For instance, Panchkula’s Sector 11 commercial centre and Sector 7 market remains chock-a-block with vehicles. Once the population grows, markets and shopping complexes in other sectors will look the same.

The problems have to be anticipated now and the issue must be addressed with the attention it deserves. Why not have a market square with a central courtyard with shops of varied sizes and hues? Another one may have parking facility at the basement, while the main activity is carried out at the main level with access from within from the main level to the upper levels; another one may have an interesting arcade fronting the showrooms, yet another one may have an art novueo style or stone sculpture as facade.There could be an innovative use of recycleable building materials to keep the costs down. There is no dearth of ideas. We just have to keep looking for them.

A change can inspire many prospective buyers as a break from the boring and mundane. Metaphorically speaking, a decorated pie or a garnished dessert certainly whets the appetite even if the stomach is full.

Singapore (On e-mail)



Industrial area lacks civic amenities
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, July 16
Civic amenities in the industrial area here are either lacking or are poorly maintained with the authorities concerned not doing enough to bring about improvements.

The Mohali Industries Association says streetlight system on internal roads in different phases of the industrial area, particularly Phase IX, needs to be maintained properly. It says sodium vapour or mercury lights should be provided at road crossings and T-junctions for better illumination and reducing the number of incidents of theft.

The Association says greenbelts are to be identified by the PSIEC and handed over to the municipal council for development and maintenance. However, so far only the Phase IX greenbelt has been handed over to the civic body. The association also says that the open space behind industrial Phases IV and V should be developed as a park as has been done in case of the area between industrial Phase III and residential Phase IV.

There are five tubewells in the Phase IX industrial area out of which only two are in working condition. These are not enough to meet the water requirement. The PSIEC has already deposited Rs 18 lakh with the municipal council for this purpose.

The association further says that different truck unions have set up their parking lots at various places in the industrial area without any authorisation. This creates traffic hazards. A transport area should be demarcated immediately and truck operators should be ordered to shift to that area.

Phase IX of industrial area is also faced with the problem of sewege disposal. The association says there are two sludge channels, coming from the sewage treatment plant, from which foul smell emanates. With the passage of time their capacity has got reduced. Moreover, sewage coming out of the treatment plant does not confirm to the standards of the Punjab Pollution Control Board of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, the association says. The association also seeks signboards in different parts of the industrial area; hydrants at suitable places for firefighting; introduction of a local bus service; improvement in cleanliness; removal of congress grass; and stepping up of police patrolling at night.

The association says the road near Maggu Service Station in Phase VI needs to be widened. Besides, the traffic chaos at the PCL chowk, where buses continue to stop, needs to be minimised.

The road near the JCT factory in industrial Phase VII has been converted into ‘rehra’ stand which has given an ugly look to the place. Such encroachments should be removed, the association officials demanded.


Mayor dedicates ‘gaushala’ to city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The Municipal Corporation and the Chandigarh Animal Welfare and Environment Development Society (CAWEDS) here today opened a ‘gaushala’ in Sector 25 to take care of stray animals and prevent accidents on roads.

The city Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, dedicated the ‘gaushala’ to the city in the presence of the Adviser to the Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, officials of the Municipal Corporation and councillors.

Renovated and extended with an estimated cost of Rs 5.5 lakh, the ‘gaushala’ has sheds and fans for cows. It already had an open space of 2622 feet, covered area of 3862 feet and another 2731 feet of open space. Covered area has been extended by 1512 feet in the renovated gaushala in Sector 25, near cremation ground.

Ms Nanda advised the Municipal Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, to contact the vegetable market to collect green fodder which now goes to the Daddu Majra dumping ground.

Mr Singh said he was looking forward to help from society for fodder. Mr Mohinder Pratap Singla had taken upon himself to feed all cows in the Sector 45 gaushala, he said. The corporation would ask shopkeepers to segregate vegetable waste and the corporation would lift it from there itself, he added.

The Chandigarh Administration and the CAWEDS had also been making efforts to develop a new gaushala in Maloya and the land for the purpose had been earmarked. The two bodies were, however, finding it difficult to provide infrastructure for the Maloya project.

Mr Singh said, “Indian society attaches great importance to cow and a section of society even worships.” The corporation would like to provide them an opportunity to serve the deserted animal through donations for their fodder, he said. The MC is also exploring the market potential of cow urine and cow dung and is in touch with an institute in Nagpur which has been promoting cow urine as medicine.


Two hurt in road mishaps
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 16
Two persons were injured in separate road mishaps in the area falling under the Industrial Area police station here today.

A Sector 8 resident was injured after the Maruti car (HP-15-4518) she was travelling in was hit by a truck near the railway station this evening.

As per information available, Ms Subh Bedi was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

The truck driver reportedly fled after abandoning the truck. The truck has been impounded.

In the second incident, a cyclist, Suraj Pal, was injured when he was hit by a three-wheeler being driven by Rajesh Kumar in Sector 30 this morning.

The three-wheeler driver, Rajesh, also received minor injuries, said police sources.

The three-wheeler (CH-03D- 8586) was carrying LPG cylinders and it overturned after the accident. The cylinders scattered on the road leading to disruption in the movement of traffic.

Two cases under Sections 279 and 337, IPC, have been registered.


Anti-Terrorist Front wants Farooq sacked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front here today demanded the sacking of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr Farooq Abdullah, order to the Army to carry out military strikes on terrorist training camps across the border and declaration of Pakistan as a terrorist state.

The front led by its local unit president, Mr Rajesh Sharma, held a demonstration to express its anger on the killing of innocent residents.

The front activists burnt the effigies of the Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf.

Among others who attended the rally included Mr Vikram Chopra, Mr Praveen Behal, Mr Rajeev Awasthi, Mr Anil Kumar, Mr Sanjeev Mahajan and Mr J. S. Dhami.


No decision on terms for cafeteria
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The working group of the municipal corporation, to decide terms and conditions for the cafeteria in Shanti Kunj, failed to finalise modalities for attracting big food chain players in the prime garden of the city here today. The group which met under the chairmanship of the Mayor, Ms Lalit Joshi, returned the draft terms and conditions for improvement.

The members had suggested that the deposit of monthly rent in one go for a year and not to allow cooking and washing of dishes in the cafeteria. They also suggested that only big names in the industry should be offered tenders with attractive terms and conditions.


2 bodies found on rail track
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 16
Bodies of two unidentified migrant labourers were found cut in pieces on the Kalka-Ambala railway line opposite the Dera Bassi Truck Union office near here this morning. According to the police, the driver of the Kalka Mail noticed the bodies and informed the Railway authorities at Lalru.

A team of Railway police personnel headed by Mr Satwinder Singh, in charge of the Lalru Railway police post, reached at the spot and the bodies were removed from the track. Later, migrant labourers residing in nearby areas were called upon to identify the bodies. As none of the labourers and the local residents were able to make any identification, the bodies were sent to the Civil Hospital.


Robbery bid: ASI arrested
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, July 16
Assistant Sub-Inspector Rajinder Singh was arrested today in connection with the case of a robbery bid in a Phase IX shop here.

According to a press release issued by the police, the ASI, a resident of Kharar, who is posted at Fatehgarh Sahib, was taken into custody on the Sohana-Landran road, near here, while he was waiting to catch a bus.

The police alleged the ASI, along with two others arrested earlier, Lakhbir Singh and Bhupinder Singh, had planned to share whatever money and other property looted by them. The ASI’s service pistol was allegedly fired during the robbery attempt at the shop.


Flesh trade racket: three arrested
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 16
Continuing its drive against immoral trafficking, the police arrested three persons, including two girls, who were on their way to Chandigarh from Delhi near Zirakpur, on Monday night.

The police has also impounded a Maruti car (PB-27-3190) and seized a mobile phone and Rs 500 from their possession.

According to the police, Gautam, a resident of Jalalpur village in Gobindgarh, along with two Delhi-based girls, who were in their early twenties was arrested on a tip-off.

The police claims that the group was involved in a flesh trade racket in Chandigarh, Panchkula, SAS Nagar and nearby areas.

A case under the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act has been registered against them at Dera Bassi police station.

The trio were later remanded in judicial custody by a Rajpura court.


Bodies of two middle-aged men found
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Two bodies were found in the city today. According to the information available, a 42-year-old Jugraj Singh, a resident of Lopon village in Moga district, was found dead near a restaurant at the Sector 43 bus stand. The victim was working in a private school in Moga. A police official said the victim had consumed liquor. The family members of the victim was informed on the basis of telephone number found in a pocket of the trouser which the victim was wearing.

In another case, a 50-year-old man was found dead in Colony No 5 here today. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 Police Station.

Murder suspect surrenders
A suspect in the Mauli Jagroan death case, Shiv Shankar, today surrendered before a Duty Magistrate at the District Courts. The suspect, on one-day police remand, said he had just slapped the victim, Phool Chand, and on seeing that the body had started swelling, he had taken the body to Radouli village in Uttar Pradesh.

However, the friends of the victim had said that the auto mechanic, Phool Chand, had died due to excessive beating by his employer, Shiv Shankar. A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder has been registered against Shiva Shankar.

The victim had died at the PGI, Chandigarh. However, the police had claimed that they were informed about the death of the victim after the body had been taken to Radouli village, falling in Ambedkar Nagar of Uttar Pradesh. A case of murder is already registered at the Mali Police Station in Uttar Pradesh.

Gold chain snatched
Two scooter-borne youths snatched gold chain from a woman of Sector 44, Sudesh Makkar, at around 3 pm on Tuesday. The police has registered a case.

House burgled
The house of Ms Amita Chadha in Sector 35 was burgled yesterday afternoon and the thieves decamped with a gold pendant, five pairs of gold ear-rings, a gold chain, a wrist-watch and Rs 5,000. The theft took place sometime between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm. A case under Sections 454 and 380, IPC, has been registered.

Purse stolen
Mr Gurjit Singh, a resident of Sector 35, reported to the police that his purse containing Rs 3,000 and some documents was stolen from his Maruti car parked in Sector 22 last evening. A case has been registered.

Scooter theft
A Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-H-8529) of Mr Happy Kumar Sharma, a resident of Sector 14, was stolen from Sector 25 here yesterday. The police has registered a case.

2 beaten up
Two brothers were injured after they were allegedly beaten up by six to eight youths outside their house in Sector 20 here this afternoon.

As per police sources, Mr Rajan Malhotra (24) and Mr Ravi Malhotra (22), received injuries after they were allegedly assaulted by a group of youths. Mr Rajan Malhotra, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune, alleged that the leader of the group had been harassing his wife on the telephone.

‘‘This afternoon I met him and wanted to speak to him but he said that he would come to my residence and talk,’’ said Mr Rajan. Till the reports last came in, no case was registered.


Fraud case
Following directions from a Panchkula court, the police has booked six persons, including a branch manager of a Ambala located UCO Bank here today.

The accused, including Vivek Gambhir, branch manager, UCO Bank, Ambala, Vivek Tike, a resident of Sector 16, and Daljit Singh, have been booked under Sections 323, 342, 352, 506, 380, 392, 427, 420 and 120-B of the IPC and a case has been registered at the Sector 5 police station.

Earlier Ms Sunita Singh, a resident of Sector 6, had filed a complaint in the court alleging that these persons had cheated her after sanctioning her a loan of Rs 3 lakh. They also snatched a car from her on April 27, besides beating and threatening her with dire consequences. The persons later had fled from the scene, Ms Singh alleged in the petition.

Six booked
In a similar case, the police has booked six persons, including three members of a Ludhiana-based family for assault and criminal intimidation.

A case under Sections 392, 382, 452, 323, 341, 506, 380, 148 and 149 of the IPC has been registered against Prem Prakash Bhalla, his wife Shashi, son Sunni, all residents of Islamganj in Prem Nagar, Ludhiana, Satish Verma and their two other accomplices at the Sector 19 police station.

The complainant, Mr Anila Kumar of Sector 16, earlier had filed a case in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Panchkula, alleging that the persons came in a jeep to his shop and took away a pair of gold ear-rings, a gold chain and demanded Rs 5,00,000 from him. They beat him and fled from the spot.

Booked for cheating
In a case of a criminal breach of the trust and cheating, the police has booked five residents of Civil Lines, Ludhiana, on the complaint of Mr Som Dutt Sood, a resident of Sector 32, Chandigarh.

The police has booked them on the directions of the court and a case under Sections 404, 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against Naresh Kumar, Rajeev Bagga, his brother Pradeep Bagga, his daughter Seema and Veena Rani at the Sector 19 police station.

The complainant had alleged that the said persons had tried to misappropriate the property (plot No 1588, Sector 15, Panchkula) of his mother, Ms Shanti Devi, on July 14.

Liquor seized
The police has arrested Bikham Ram, a resident of Ratta Tibbi village, near Raipur Rani, for possessing 63 bottles of country liquor. He was arrested from his home and a case under the Excise Act has been registered against him at Raipur Rani police station.

Negligent driving: In a case of negligent driving, the police has registered a case against unidentified vehicle under Sections 279, 337 and 427, IPC, for hitting Mr Parkash Lal Grover of Kurari Mohalla, Kalka. Mr Grover has alleged that a person riding scooter (PB-13-0270) hit his scooter (HR-49-5437) on July 14 near Punjabi Dhaba in Kalka.



LAUNCHED: Platinum Honda in Sector 35 launched a maroon coloured Honda Activa on Monday. Mr Y.S. Guleria, Assistant Manager (Sales and Marketing), Honda Motor cycles and Scooter India Pvt, Ltd, handed over the keys of the scooter to the first customer, Mr Nihal Singh. Honda Activa is also available in gold, silver, blue and black colour. TNS

INTRODUCED: Tupperware India has introduced two products — ice cream cups and mega magic flow. Designed for everyday use, the 200-ml cups are available in a set of four in vibrant colours — sunlight, delta blue, spring green and orange cream. Mega magic flow is a 1.1 litre liquid dispenser and is very useful for storing liquids, soya sauce, sugar syrup, sharbats, vinegar etc. TNS

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