Sunday, September 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Don’t let the dog off the leash: court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Residents beware! Do not take your dog out for a walk without leash and muzzler lest you commit an offence. In an order directed at leashing the menace of biting canines, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the pet owners to ensure that their dogs were taken out on leash after “properly muzzling them”.

Delivering the verdict, the Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Mr G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall, also imposed a ban on taking the pets to lake and parks in the city. The judges also directed the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh and the Chandigarh Administration to implement the ban completely.

In their detailed order, the judges directed the Municipal Corporation to “issue public notices and get the same published in English, Hindi and vernacular dailies for a continuous period of three days”. The judges further directed: “On the next date of hearing, the Municipal Corporation should positively indicate its willingness to amend the bylaws for the registration of dog in context of earlier order....”

The judges further impleaded the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the People for Animals as parties in the writ petition. They also granted seven days time to two dog-bite victims for filing an affidavit “giving details of the treatment received”. Fixing October 9 as the next date of hearing in the case, the judges added that the issue regarding the award of compensation to the two victims would be considered on the next date of hearing.

It may be recalled that Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court had earlier taken suo motu notice of a news item on terror being unleased by increasing number of dog bites in the city. Mr Justice Gill, in his order, had observed: “A news item states that in whole of Chandigarh, only 186 pet dogs have been registered with the Medical Officer of Health. In spite of public notices being issued by the Municipal Corporation in the local newspapers, only 14 persons had approached for the registration of dogs from January 2000 till date. It has further been stated in the news item that no survey has been conducted about the number of pet dogs kept by the city residents. Some of them are keeping more than one pet dog. The news item further states that 450 cases of dog bites were reported during the past three months in the Sector 19 Civil Dispensary”.

The judge had concluded: “It has been rightly pointed out in the news item that terror has been unleased and an increasing number of dog bite cases in the city bears a testimony to this fact. The residents, though aware of the registration process, have not taken any serious steps to get their pet dogs registered. The Municipal Corporation authorities have also not cared to impose fine on the residents concerned. Taking suo motu notice of the news item in the interest of justice, I deem it appropriate to issue notices....”


PU to give concessions to students
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Panjab University is deliberating to extend a number of student concessions for different courses in the current academic session.

The university finally plans to give financial assistance to 5 per cent students in the newly started University Institute of Engineering and Technology from the current academic session onwards.

The proposal has once again featured on the agenda of the Senate following its deference last time as the university needed a legal advice on the aspect of offering free seats. Now, the university will offer free seats “ in each course to meritorious and economically weaker sections of the society”.

Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, said a communication in this regard had already been forwarded to the institute and the concessions would be given to the deserving students from the current academic session onwards. The university would refund the money of the students already enrolled if they apply and qualify for the concession now.

The condition laid by the university states that the interested students must have passed the qualifying examination in first division (60 per cent) and should belong to economically weaker section of the society. The annual income of the candidate’s family should not exceed more than Rs 1 lakh. Those holding yellow cards or yellow ration cards would be given preference. A certificate with regard to the financial status of the student would have to be issued by the Deputy Commissioner or the competent authority of the state or the Central Government.

The university says there will be no brother-sister concession or any other concession in the self-financing courses. The brother-sister concession will also not extend to the NRI category seats.

The Senate will also deliberate on a letter of the Central Government about extending concessions to Kashmiri displaced persons. The same concession was issued last year and the university proposes to extend it this year as well. However, negligent number of Kashmiri displaced students have taken admission in majority of the courses of the university.

These students will be given 5 per cent weightage provided the candidate fulfils minimum qualifications. There is also a proposal of 5 per cent increase in the intake that will amount to additional seats but not exceeding three in number.

The university proposes to increase one seat in the professional courses for them including: B Ed, M Ed, LLB, LLM, B.Lib, M Lib, B Pharma, M Pharma, Master of Mass Communication, MCA, MBA, M Tech, ME and BE.

The university was also considering a programme of the All India Technical Education for promotion of postgraduate education and research in engineering and technology. The scholarship amount here is planned to be increased from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 per month. The contingency grant for GATE qualified student will be increased from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000. For doctoral programmes, the scholarship will be raised from Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 besides increase for bachelors and masters courses.

The national fellowship amount for doctoral research will be Rs 12,000 per month and contingency grant will be Rs 25,000.


Hans Raj Hans given armed security
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The well-known Punjabi pop singer, Hans Raj Hans, has been provided with armed security following alleged death threats to him. Armed guards have also been posted at his residence at Jalandhar.

This was disclosed here today by the pop singer during an emotional interaction with TNS and later with mediapersons. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has also got in touch with him and assured him of full protection in his dispute with the owners of the Super Cassette Industries, the makers of T-series audio and video albums, provided the pop singer is not wrong on his facts. An FIR had already been registered at Jalandhar against the owners of the Super Cassette Industries for alleged cheating and infringement of Copyrights Act etc.

Hans’ interaction with media was held at Chandigarh Press Club and was attended among others by a large number of Punjabi singers in a show of solidarity with him. Normally, smiling and relaxed, Hans Raj Hans was visibly tense today. At one stage, he choked while describing the situation he was facing and had to be given a glass of water to regain composure. He also made it known that he was off singing for the time being. “How can you expect me to sing in these circumstances?” he asked.

The alleged death threats have come in the wake of pop singer’s dispute with the Super Cassette Industries over the cutting of new music and video albums. Hans Raj Hans says that he has made recording of new albums conditional: unless his album on the poems of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, recorded almost two years ago, was released by the company he would not sing any new songs. The company, he alleged, was dillydallying on this issue because it felt that the Shiv’s album was not a worthwhile commercial proposition. It was, therefore, more keen on recording other commercial pop songs. As a matter of fact, he complained, the company had tricked him into singing certain songs and released the album entitled “Hai Soniya”, without his consent and knowledge.

Hans said he had been under tremendous pressure from his friends and admirers ever since he cut the video album featuring the number “Agg Turi Jandi aye...” showing semi-nude girls gyrating to pulsating music. Although the album had been a runaway hit, it had drawn widespread criticism from his fans because it clashed with his carefully cultivated image of a serious singer of sufinana kalam and a votary of good clean music. He had, therefore, decided that he would sing only good, clean songs. It was in pursuit of that desire that he recorded the poems of Shiv Kumar Batalvi. It was, therefore, sad the company had failed to release it even two years after recording it.

Hans said: “Lyrics should be acceptable to the civilised society and private albums should not mix melody with voyeurism to make cheap gains. Even though I am professional singer, yet I have tried arduously that my songs should leave people laughing, make them happy or sad so that the whole family can enjoy them”.

He said: “I am aware that in the industry, the singer is only a part of a big chain, which comprises the lyricist, music director, producer, director, choreographer, cameraman and many other people. A music album is a synchronised effort of all these people. But because of the huge sums of money involved in the making of a music album and vast distribution network required, the music companies try to dominate all other people in the chain. This is the only reason that often these companies take undue advantage of their influential position. Music is merely a business for the cassette companies, who have no passion for it.

They don’t even show any concern for society and social welfare. Therefore, some cassette companies are ready to malign the purity of music just to increase the sales figures”.

“I have taken a firm stand against the vulgarisation of music. I myself am part of the music industry. I cannot claim that I am above all the vices but everybody knows that I try my utmost not compromise on the purity and quality of the music. My controversy with the current owner of T-Series is a proof of the fact that my struggle is only to preserve the melody and chastity of the music”, he added.

He also denied that he had breached his contract with T-Series and challenged the company to prove it, failing which it should apologise to him and release the cassette of Shiv’s songs. “I have no other controversy or altercation with the T-series”, he declared.


Kajheri resident booked for raping girl for 2 years
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The Chandigarh Police today registered a case against a 35-year-old resident of Kajehri village for abducting, forcibly detaining a minor girl of Delhi for two years and repeatedly raping her at a house in Kajehri village. The 17-year-old victim gave birth to a baby boy at the Sector 16 General Hospital on July 8, 2001.

The plight of the girl came to light when she escaped from the custody of the suspect, Ram Brij, a shopkeeper, and reported the matter to the police through a human rights organisation. According to information available, the girl, a resident of Geeta Colony in Delhi, was a relative of the accused. On June 15, 2000, Ram Brij approached the girl and requested her to accompany him to Chandigarh where his ailing wife was admitted to a hospital. He reportedly told her that he had sought permission from her parents.

The same day the girl was brought to a house in Chandigarh and nude pictures of the girl were allegedly taken by the suspect. There the accused along with his accomplice, Nageshwar Dubey, repeatedly raped her. Then she was taken to a house in Kajehri village, where the man pretended to the neighbours that she was her wife.

Every day the girl was threatened with the nude pictures in possession of the man. Later she gave birth to a baby boy. Efforts were also made to sell the girl to someone in Delhi. The accused is said to be already married and has two children from his marriage. On September 13, 2002, the girl escaped from the custody of the man and approached Mr Terminder Singh, an advocate and a member of the Sikh Human Rights Group.

A case under Sections 363, 366, 368, 376, 494 and 506 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 36 police station. A police official said the accused had escaped with the 14-month-old baby. Police parties have been sent to arrest Brij and Nageshwar Dubey. A medical examination of the victim was conducted at the Sector 16 General Hospital late this evening.


Anticipatory bail for M.K. Jain
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 21
A suspect in the rape case of a Shimla-based girl, M.K. Jain, was today granted anticipatory bail by a local court. Meanwhile, the regular bail plea moved by three suspects — Ram Lal, Surinder Sharma and Baldev — has been dismissed by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh.

The suspect, M.K. Jain, was granted bail by the UT Additional and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, on the surety bond of Rs 1 lakh. The judge also directed him to surrender his passport to the court and also not to leave the country without the permission of the court.

The UT police had stated in the court that the arrest of M.K. Jain was not required in the case at this stage. The police had also stated that victim’s arrest was also not required in the case at this stage.

While disposing of the anticipatory bail plea moved by the victim yesterday, the court had directed the UT police to issue seven days prior notice to the victim if her arrest was required in the case. The four — Ram Lal, Surinder Sharma, Baldev and a head constable with the UT police, Narveer — arrested in the case were presently in judicial custody.


Obesity is no sign of prosperity

THE lack of community feeling, sense of belonging, coupled with stress of living in the most expensive city is taking its toll of Chandigarh’s residents. The pursuit of material success and comforts at any cost, wrong eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, spending hours before television or computer, and lack of physical activity is responsible for obesity in the majority of the people.

Obesity is no joke and sign of ‘prosperity’ as is often claimed by Punjabis but in reality it is a self-inflicted disease which makes you look older, inefficient and leads to several health hazards. From fat to fit is, no doubt, a long journey but if a person can discipline himself or herself, he or she would be able to shed kilos and become fit, with little persistence, will power and changed lifestyle.

Those who have failed in their earlier attempts of fighting the battle of the bulge should give it another try and I can assure you that they will succeed. Four months back, I was also fat. On May 3, 2002, I was 93 kilos, ashamed, and disgusted with the way the mirror reflected the protruding middle-age spread which could have deceived any gynaecologist mistaking it to be healthy pregnancy. Fifteen kilos lighter on September 3, 2002, without spending a pie on any of the much-advertised and marketed slimming packages and diet, I am on my way from being fat to fit.

All this happened, thanks to the Fragrance Garden in Sector 36 which is an oasis in the jungle of concrete structures and stressful living conditions in Chandigarh. The beautifully laid garden, fragrant with blooming flowers and vibrant with enthusiastic walkers and joggers, can help any one lose weight by spending an hour using the most unused mode of transport — legs. For me, a visit to the garden in the morning and evening has become a pilgrimage because after losing weight, the very meaning and quality of my life has changed. This can happen to you also. Happy jogging!


Amend Rent Act

This has reference to the report on the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Punjab Rent Act 1949 (The Tribune, May 25). The Delhi High Court has struck down the provisions of 4,6,9 of the Rent Act in a historic ruling. Similar provisions of the EPU Rent Act, 1949, are also likely to be struck down by the court.

Consequent to the Chandigarh Administration’s decision hiking the rentals, there is resentment among the employees. The lower courts are full of litigation between owners and tenants for non-payment of rent for years and vacation of the premises. Some people believe in words rather than written documents regarding the rent which is increased from time to time. While there were no written agreements between the landlords and tenants earlier, in some cases, typed or handwritten rent notes on plain paper were given by the tenants.

There are cases where tenants paid rent in the courts many a time and the judges take no notice of repeated lapses. They invariably favour the tenants as the law is defective and corruption is mounting. The owners are made to suffer under trying conditions. Since Partition, major changes have taken place, but the 1949 Act is still operating. It is time the Punjab and Haryana High Court was amended as per the directions of the Supreme Court.

Lt-Col P.S. SARANG (retd), Chandigarh

Professional tax

Professional tax being imposed by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh will have to be opposed tooth and nail. We pay taxes in every sphere of our life. Even a tiny match box sells at a price inclusive of excise tax. Imposition of professional tax will evoke protests by the overburdened people. The authorities seem to have no limit from squeezing the pockets of the law-abiding citizens.

Big houses can afford to pay taxes but small houses can’t. The powers that be in the Municipal Corporation should think twice before taxing people.

ANOOP SHARMA, Chandigarh

Unsafe road

The roads at SAS Nagar are not safe for vehicles, particularly during nights. Cows are mostly seen in the middle of the road at night. You can never drive comfortably on the main road of Phases 1 and 6 near the traffic barrier. Often accidents occur due to these animals. It is the duty of the authorities concerned to make every road safe and accident-free. But the roads of SAS Nagar demonstrate the carelessness of the authorities.

The main road starting from the Mohali Barrier, Phase-I leading to the Government Hospital, Phase 6, has become accident-prone. Stray animals like cows and dogs from nearby villages come on the road and create havoc for vehicles, particularly for the two-wheelers. During night, due to poor visibility, black cows, dogs etc. cannot be seen and thus become the main reason for the accidents. Waste material, garbage attract these animals.

Residents should try to keep the vast area neat and clean without depending on the authorities. I also request the authorities to make the life of every citizen safe from accidents so that a person leaving his house for shopping may be expected to return without hurting himself.



NCRB points out flaw in registration certificates
Engine and chassis numbers not complete
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
A major flaw in the registration certificates of vehicles being issued by the Chandigarh Transport Authority has been found by the Chandigarh Police. The “mistake” has, however, gone unnoticed in the past.

Registration cards with incomplete engine and chassis numbers isssued by the Chandigarh Transport Authority.

The procedural flaw came to light when the Chandigarh Police during the course of verifying the record of second hand vehicles, bearing registration number of Chandigarh, noticed that the registration certificate did not bear the complete engine and chassis number.

Sources in the police said the error was pointed out by the vehicle coordination system of the National Crime Research Bureau (NCRB), set up recently at the police headquarters. The NCRB’s facility contains national data about the stolen vehicles and is helpful for the buyers of second hand vehicles to get the records of the respective vehicles checked up by the police. A certificate of ‘ the vehicle not involved in any crime’ was issued by the police.

However, when the applicants approached the police with the registration card of the respective vehicle, the computerised system failed to tally the information with its data. Reason, the engine and chassis number on the registration certificate were incomplete— it did not contain the complete series inscribed on a vehicle. Finding no way out, the applicants are being asked to trace the engine and chassis number on a paper and attach it along with their applications.

Feeling harassed, an applicant said it was the duty of the registration authority to remove the flaw. Each time vehicle was sold and again resold, a traced copy of the engine and chassis number had to be submitted to the police.

An official said the Chandigarh Administration had been requested to remove the flaw and it would not involve any extra expenditure.

The flaw could lead to stolen second hand vehicles landing in the hands of unsuspecting buyers as the police verification system did not except the incomplete data.

The official said after Delhi, the Chandigarh had become an important market for the sale of second-hand stolen vehicles. In Chandigarh alone, record of the NCRB reveals theft of at least 5000 vehicles. 


Slums may turn HUDA’s dream sour
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 21
The money-raking dreams of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) with regard to setting up of a medical complex here could turn sour — courtesy proximity of the site to two of the biggest slum colonies in the region.

HUDA proposes to develop approximately eight acres of the land in Sector 17 here as a medical complex. It also plans to develop at least 20 clinics and 21 nursing home on this undulated piece of land. The medical complex here is proposed to be developed on the pattern of Medicity in Gurgaon.

A sum of Rs 89 lakh has been sanctioned for carrying out development works on this land by the end of this year by making roads, pavements and parking complex. The sites will be up for auction by June 2003.

The proposal for setting up a medical complex was chalked out years ago on this land in Sector 17, when HUDA had banned all commercial and professional activity (including nursing homes, hospitals and clinics) to function from residential areas. At that time, there was a lot of demand for setting up a medical complex. However, with HUDA finally giving a nod to these clinics and nursing homes in residential areas, the project was stalled.

The authorities have now chosen a site adjacent to Rajiv and Indira colonies two of the biggest labourers’ habitation in the region. However, with authorities still not contemplating either demolition of these colonies or their resettlement elsewhere, the medical complex seems to be a distant dream.

Officials maintain that the development on several acres of the prime land here has been put on hold due to these colonies. Not only is HUDA losing revenue to be earned through auction of encroached land under jhuggis, but the areas surrounding these slum/ labour colonies fails to attract those buying property here.

A perfect example in this regard is the fall in prices of commercial and residential property in Sector 17 and in Industrial Area, Phase-1, because of its proximity to Rajiv Colony. A total of 56 acres of land here (and partly in Chandigarh) is under these slums and more than 10,000 jhuggis with about 50,000 residents live here.

Since the land chosen for the medical complex is farther away from commercial complex of Sector 17 and nearer to the labour colonies, doubts are being raised over the viability of the project.

Also, though HUDA had earlier tried to auction/allot this land to nursing homes/hospitals/clinics a number of times, before 1988 , but without much success. It is also being contemplated whether a huge sum of money should be spent on carrying out development works on this land.


Drive against adulteration to be intensified
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 21
Shopkeepers indulging in food adulteration may soon find themselves in trouble if the UT Health Department officials are able to successfully enforce their plans of coming down heavily on the offenders. In an attempt to curb the menace of food adulteration in the city with “greater enthusiasm”, the officials have now decided to intensify their drive against the adulterators.

The drive, the officials assert, has been going on a continuous basis for a long time with positive results, but now the officials have decided to “get down to business even more seriously”.

“Besides other things, we have always been focussing our attention on checking food adulteration in an attempt to ensure that the residents remain healthy,” the officials claim. “Now, with the existing infrastructure, we have decided to step up our efforts”.

The focus of the renewed drive, the officials assert, would be to apprehend shopkeepers who are selling misbranded articles or were indulging in adulteration of spices and other food products, the officers reveal.

“From our own experience and after conducting a thorough survey of the markets all over the city, we can say for sure that a large number of products are being sold in the shops without specifying the ingredients,” an official asserts. “We were even able to lay our hands on certain products which contained non-vegetarian ingredients without even mentioning the same on the container”. This, he claims, amounted to the commission of an offence and action was being taken against the offenders.

As far as the adulteration of spices and other food stuff is concerned, the officials add that in a large number of cases they found that colour was being mixed with the masalas being sold loose to the unsuspecting residents.

“A substantial number of samples of spices taken by us and sent for analysis to check whether they were adulterated, were found to be impure,” the officer confirms. “In majority of cases, we have already initiated proceedings against the adulterators”.

Giving details of the intensified drive, the officer adds: “This time we plan to lay extra emphasis on shops in and around the slums and colonies spread all over the city”.

He adds, “We are not trying to say that shopkeepers in slums sell adulterated stuff, but to be on safer side we will be carrying out checks. Our staff will not only be acting on the basis of specific complaints received by our department, but we will also be collecting samples on our own from shops we suspect to be selling adulterated stuff. After gathering the samples by following the due procedure of law, we will send them for analysis. If found to be adulterated, we will be taking action against them as prescribed under the relevant laws”.


Lake Club Director told to procure oars
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 21
The UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today asked the Director of the Lake Club, Sector 6, to provide 10 pairs of oars for the use of trainees in their daily practice on the rowing course. General Jacob paid a visit to the club late evening and interacted with Col Madhu Berry, Director, on the progress of various projects.

The aid might prove a big help for the rowers who are scheduled to participate in the Junior National Rowing Championship to be held at Pune and also for other tournaments. Colonel Berry said the purchase of the oars would be made by the UT Sports Department and its procurement would be done from Pune.

Colonel Berry later told this reporter that keeping in mind the tragic death of Ravi Ankit, few days back, number of security steps would be taken to check the occurrence of such mishaps in future. He said yesterday they had taken the decision to have registration of only those rowers who were well versed in swimming. The registration 106 trainees in rowing, canoeing and kayaking was temporarily cancelled. He said swimming tests for 50 trainees were conducted today in which each swimmer was required to remain under water without moving arms and legs for at least five minutes.

By another decision, the rowers would now have to wear orange coloured outfit so that they could be identified from a distance.

Moreover, the trainees would not be allowed to practice alone and a companion would have to accompany each trainee. If the event was of such nature then another team of rowers would follow the trainee at a distance.

Colonel Berry said though rules were being followed earlier, but with these amendments lapses would be minimised.

He said they had met with officials of the Chandigarh Rowing Association led by its president Mr T.C. Gupta today. It was decided to hold Chandigarh State Junior Rowing Championship tomorrow at 3.30 p.m., which will also form the basis for selection of the UT team for the National Rowing Championship.


Villagers allege illegal quarrying
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur-Garibdas, September 21
Residents of Mullanpur Garibdas village have alleged that illegal quarrying activities are being going on at village’s land owned by the government.

The land has been identified for the construction of a technical college by UK based NRI Nathu Ram Puri.

Mr Dewan Singh, sarpanch, today alleged that quarrying on the land was going on unabated. A visit to the site revealed several pits on the piece of land.

The naib tehsildar, Majari block, Mr Balwinder Singh, when contacted, claimed that he had given a written complaint to the police station concerned and the quarrying had stopped.

He added, ‘‘I will again look into the matter and if quarrying activities are still going on, action would be taken against the defaulters’’. The Station House Office concerned could not be contacted.



Late arrival of MLA delays meeting
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 21
Many staff members of the municipal corporation the president, municipal councillors, officials from PUDA and the Public Health Department were kept waiting by the Kharar MLA, Mr Birdevinder Singh, who was to hold a meeting at the council’s office today.

The MLA came at around 1.30 p.m. though the meeting was to be held at 11.30 a.m.

Earlier, the meeting was planned to be held at 10 a.m. but the time was changed yesterday and all those who had to attend the meeting were not aware of this change. Some officials of the council had reached the office at 10 a.m.

The executive officers of the municipal council had informed municipal councillors about the MLA’s visit and asked them to meet him along with written complaints of their wards.

He said the Excise and Taxation Department had opened many liquor vends in the town much to the annoyance of the residents.


Peepal tree a threat to three flats
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
A peepal tree within the walls of a house! Seems strange, but it is true. Growing at a rapid rate the tree is threatening three small government flats in Sector 29-A.

The occupants are scared while the maintenance staff is not acting on their complaints.

Surprisingly, the roots of the tree are not visible. On careful examination, however, one can see that the walls of the houses have developed cracks. The tree has been around for a few years. In the past few months, the roots of the tree have been spreading at a rapid pace. In one of the houses, an occupant had put up a wooden beam under the concrete beam to prevent it from collapsing.

‘‘We are afraid that the structure will collapse in heavy rain,’’ said a resident. Already, bricks on the walls on the outside have started peeling off.


Man dies of ‘poisoning’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Sweety (26), a resident of Sector 56 here, died of suspected poisoning at the PGI this morning. The victim was referred to the PGI from the Sector 16 General Hospital last night. The police is gathering circumstantial evidence before registering a case.


Laptop stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
At least four cases of theft were reported from the city in the past 48 hours.

A laptop computer was stolen from a car in Industrial Area, Phase 1 here last night. According to the information available, Mr B.L. Khair, complained that his car was parked out a industrial plot, when the computer was stolen.

In another case, Ashok Gulati, a resident of Sector 44, complained that his car was stolen from the parking of Khukrain Bhavan in Sector 35 on the night intervening September 19 and 20. The complainant was attending a marriage party at the bhavan.

Meanwhile, a radiator of a bus, valued at Rs 1,500 was stolen from the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, Phase 1 here. A case has been registered on a complaint filed by the General Manager of the depot.

An expensive car stereo was stolen from a Fiat Uno car on the night intervening September 18 and 19. According to the owner of the car, Manminder Singh Sidhu, a resident of Sector 14, the car stereo, valued at Rs 20,000, was stolen after the thieves broke open a window pane.

Mr Sidhu said several such incidents of thefts of items from vehicles had been reported from the locality in the past few months.

Two held: The police has arrested two persons Jai Narain and Nageshwer Mishra, both residents of Mauli Jagran, allegedly for beating Mr Gogi, a resident of the area yesterday. Mr Gogi reportedly received minor injuries. The two were arrested under Sections 324 and 34 of the IPC.

Case registered: A school bus reportedly met an accident at the petrol pump situated opposite Sector 56 here yesterday thus causing damage to a diesel dispensing machine, an electric pole and a water pipe. On complaint of Mr Dhar Tiwari, a worker at the petrol pump, a case under Sections 279 and 427 of the IPC has been registered.

Abducted girl recovered: A 17-year-old girl of Bapu Dham Colony here, who had allegedly been abducted by a Kashmiri youth about a month ago, was today recovered by a party of the Chandigarh Police from Banihal in Kashmir. The girl was reported missing from her house in Bapu Dham Colony and a case of kidnapping and illegal detention was registered.

According to information available, Mustak Ahmed, a rickshaw- puller had taken the girl to Banihal village. The girl on being brought to the city refused to go to her parents’ house and was then sent to Nari Niketan. The youth managed to escape when police party went to his native village.

Death: A 29-year-old man died near the Mani Majra government hospital here on Saturday evening. The victim, Deepak, was said to be mentally unstable and used to be kept in custody by his family. However, he managed to escape and ran for a long distance before giving up near the hospital. An eyewitness said the victim drank water before collapsing. He did not utter any word.


1 killed: Talu Ram a resident of Panchkula district, died reportedly after being hit by a scooter driven by a resident of Kalka yesterday. The accident had taken place in Housing Board Colony, Kalka and Talu Ram succumbed to the injuries at PGI in Chandigarh. A case has been registered.

Cheating case: The Sector 19 police station has registered a case of cheating and forgery under Sections 420, 467 and 471 of the IPC against Neena for allegedly forging documents and signature to obtain electricity meter.

Liquor seized: The police had claimed to have seized 11 bottles and 38 pouches of liquor from the possession of Sultan Singh, a resident of Toda village and Bira, a resident of Hangoli village here yesterday. Sultan Singh has been arrested while Bira is on the run. The two were booked under various Sections of the Excise Act.

Theft cases: Mr Dinesh Jain, a resident of Sector 12, reported with the police that thieves broke into his house and took away clothes, a camera, a wrist watch, gold ear tops and Rs. 700 on the night of September 18.

Mr Surinder Kumar, a Junior Engineer with HUDA, reported that someone had stolen a part of iron railing from a park in Budhanpur yesterday. Two cases have been registered.


2 murder accused held after 16 yrs
Our Correspondent

Rajpura, September 21
Two persons who were allegedly involved in a blind murder 16 years ago were nabbed by the Rajpura Police here today.

The duo — Ramesh Singh and Satpal both of Hassanpur village near Rajpura — was arrested for their alleged involvement in murdering Dr Madhusudan Joshi, a veterinary doctor, in Ganda Kehri village near Rajpura on October 24, 1986. On getting a tip-off, the police laid a trap and succeeded in arresting them here today.

Mr Pritpal Sing Thind, Deputy Superintendent of Police, said Ramesh Singh, a self-styled sadhu, along with his accomplice Satpal Sing had fired a shot from a .12 bore pistol on the neck of the doctor adjacent to a canal in Gadankheri village killing, him on the spot.

A case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and 25-54-59 of the Arms Act was registered against them at the Sadar police station.

The DSP said that the duo had confessed to committing the crime during interrogation. The sadhu had also allegedly developed illicit relations with the sister-in-law of his accomplice Satpal Singh.


Auto spare dealers get raw deal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Auto spare parts dealers who have been carrying out business in Sector 21 for the past three decades have got a raw deal from the Chandigarh Administration. They have been made to pay for following the law which the Administration has now changed.

When the auto mechanics were to be shifted and the new market in Sector 48 was coming up, several auto parts dealers were invited to make applications.

Acting on advertisements issued in various newspapers the shopkeepers applied for the same. A scrutiny was carried out by the Administration but several of them were declared ineligible on one ground or the other. One of the prime reason was the fact that several of them were running their trade from self-owned or rented out-showrooms, which were categorised under the general trade category on shops.

Since carrying out auto spare parts trade was permitted under the general category, the names of several shopkeepers were deleted from the list of allottees. The reason given for rejection was that the shop was being run from a showroom meant for general trade.

When the applicants were not allowed in the draw of lots, a list was displayed outside the Estate Office of ineligible applicants. This clearly stated the reason. Everything was fine, the shopkeepers carried on with their trade even as their competitors did roaring business in other newly developed auto markets.

The Administration, vide a notification, has changed the category of trade and under the new laws, an auto spare parts shop falls in special category and none can run a shop which is under the general trade category.

After the new laws came into force, the Sector 21 market shopkeepers have petitioned the Finance Secretary. Since then it has been an anxious wait as notices of misuse of building are inevitable. They are now demanding that the allotment of shops be made to them.


SBoP housing loan mela today
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Mr V.K. Gupta, Chief Manager of the personal banking branch of the State Bank of Patiala, Sector 8-C in a press note issued here today, has informed that the branch would hold a housing loan mela at the branch premises on September 22.

He said housing loans would be sanctioned on the spot after making appraisals, for construction and purchase of house besides repairs and renovation.

The bank is providing housing loan at 9.5 per cent for a period up to five years and at 10 per cent for 5 to 10-year period and at 10.5 per cent for above 10-year period.

In addition, no hidden charges or processing fee would be charged, he added.


Industries Assn’s plea to NSIC
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, September 21
The Mohali Industries Association (Baidwan faction) has urged the National Small Industries Corporation Ltd (NSIC) to organise a programme for creating awareness among local SSIs about their various schemes and projects. Mr Balbir Singh, vice-president of the association, said a delegation of the MIA held a meeting with top officials of the NSIC yesterday and the latter had agreed to the demand of the association. Mr Balbir Singh said at present the corporation was operating from its branch office in Ludhiana.

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