Saturday, December 7, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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PU likely to hike tuition fee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
The tuition fee of various courses in Panjab University is likely to be hiked from the forthcoming academic session. A proposal in this regard comes up for discussion in the Senate meeting later this month.

The proposed tuition fee for general undergraduate courses is Rs 900 against the existing Rs 635. For honours courses in arts, science and commerce, it is Rs 1,000 against the existing Rs 820. If the proposal gets through, students of professional college courses will have to pay a tuition fee of Rs 900 against Rs 730, now. Students in general postgraduate courses will have to pay Rs 1,000 against the existing Rs 820. The fee for professional postgraduate courses will be Rs 1,200 against the existing Rs 1,125.

Panjab University is planning to allow students to appear in two examinations simultaneously. Here the university is referring to the improvement and regular-course examinations.

The PU proposes to reserve five per cent supernumerary seats in all courses on the campus and in its affiliated colleges for students belonging to the economically backward sections. Earlier, the benefit was for joining the professional courses only. The candidate applying for seats in this category should have secured at least 60 per cent marks in the qualifying examination. He or she should preferably be a yellow-card holder and the family income should be less than Rs 1,00,000 annually.

The report of the Finance Board also finds place on the agenda for the meeting. The report shows a record of the current year’s income and expenditure of the PU, with a view to reviewing the shortcomings. The University Grants Commission has given Rs 48.25 lakh to the university for purchasing a computer, a stabiliser, a local power-distribution system and air-conditioner for maintaining the system in the Department of Computer Science. The Senate is to be told about the Rs 50 lakh grant by Mr Sunil Bharti, chairman of Bharti Telecommunications, for establishing a telecommnications chair.

Meanwhile, Ramgarhia College of Miller Ganj in Ludhiana has sought to withdraw the affiliation granted to it for introducing the undergraduate course in business administration. Two colleges have already discontinued this course. Also, eight names have been proposed for elections of two members of the Finance Board. The members have to be non-syndics. The names include Prof M.R. Aggarwal, Mr Satya Pal Jain and Prof Satya P. Gautam, besides others. 


HC order not implemented’ 
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, December 6
The Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Punjab, is likely to face contempt for its alleged non-implementation of a Punjab and Haryana High Court order on the issue of payment of salaries to contractual lecturers working in technical colleges in the state.

According to these lecturers, the department has only partially followed the court’s orders in granting them regular pay scales from the date of the court’s judgement and not given these benefits from the date of their joining the service. Arrears for periods ranging from six to four years, according to these lecturers, need to be paid to them by the department.

More than 180 contractual lecturers serving in various colleges in the state had got relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in March last year in the shape of enhancement in their pay scales, bringing their salaries on a par with the salaries of those appointed on regular basis.

While the lecturers are getting these new scales from the date of the judgement (March 12, 2001), they have been claiming that according to the judgement they should get these scales from the date of their appointment.

The lecturers have also put forward, through their college Principals, their claim of arrears based on their new pay scales starting from the date of their appointment. While a large number of these lecturers were appointed between 1995 and 1997, some of these were been appointed in 1998.

On the other hand, the department has in its letter dated July 19, to the technical college Principals, clearly stated that only those lecturers who were in service at the time of the judgement are to be given this enhancement.

The department also issued a clarification to these colleges in August this year repeating whatever had been said in the earlier letter, but still not clearly stating whether this enhancement of scales has to be made from the date of joining of these lecturers or from the date of the High Court decision.

According to the Director, Technical Education, Mr Roshan Sankalia, the department will follow the court’s orders completely and that he will look into the matter again.


Musical moods of war heroes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
Not everyday one sees soldiers holding fort outside the battlefield, but the evening today in the Chandigarh Press Club was special. It showcased valiant fighters from Ladakh in a musical mould. Romancing instruments from drums to bass guitar, were eight members of Ibexthrillers, the band of Ladakh Scouts, a regiment famous for wresting the first victory for India in the Kargil War.

These soldiers who dared to scale dangerous heights, something that no other regiment could do when the Kargil War had just begun, were in the city today, led by Commandant Amarjit Singh. They sang nostalgic melodies for the audience in the Sector 27 Press Club.

Today was also the first time the Ibexthrillers (derived from Ibex, an animal found in Ladakh) had seen plains of north India and the Punjabi culture. So far, they have performed only for soldiers fighting to save the country. Ladakh Scouts have earned not only nationwide goodwill for entertaining soldiers in war times, but also a reputation in Ladakh of being the best regiment.

The evening iterated the immense musical talent the Ibexthrillers have displayed since the band was formed in the 1960s. The ice was broken this evening by Tsewang Namgyal, a Ladakhi belonging to the pure Aryan race, who sung the Hindi song ‘Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye’. Surprising everyone with his command over Hindi, he told this reporter about his eight audio cassettes that are being recorded by Zee Music. “The songs in the albums are all in Ladakhi, but I also know a lot of Hindi songs,” he said. He went on to sing other Hindi numbers like ‘Aankh Hai Bhari Bhari Aur Tum Muskurane Ki Baat Karte Ho’.

Arpan Simon presented English melodies, from ‘I’ll Be There For You’ to ‘I Can See My Baby When I Leave’. The best part of the show came when another singer from the band presented the Punjabi number that took Jasbir Jassi to fame. Coming from Tashi Yanjor, the famous ‘Kuri Kuri’ acquired a fresh flavour altogether.

Playing the rhythm guitar was Shanzin Rinchin, while jongo was being played by Rinchen Dorja. Tashi Stobgai on drums, Tsering Tashi on bass guitar and Tsering Tashi on piano played their parts in creating the magic.


Chandigarh Admn cuts 3 holidays
Tribune News Service


* Punjab employees to have 34 holidays in 2003.
* Haryana has 32 holidays while Chandigarh will have only 19.
* Chandigarh has reduced three holidays.
* Employees will also be eligible for their routine casual leaves, privilege leave and medical leave which totals up to 80.

Chandigarh, December 6
The employees of the Chandigarh Administration and its various boards and corporations will enjoy 19 holidays in the next year while their counterparts in the Governments of Punjab and Haryana will be better off in this regard as political compulsions will force Punjab to close down its offices for 34 days while offices in Haryana will not open for 32 days in the next year.

In Chandigarh, six of these 19 holidays fall on Saturday or Sunday. In Punjab and Haryana, 10 closed days fall on weekends. This partially cushions a huge number of holidays and effectively reduces the number. Old timers in the Government sector point out that this does not account for half-day holidays announced when processions are taken out on the eve of major religious festivals. This itself adds to more than six post-lunch offs.

In Chandigarh, as per the list of holidays, a major rationalisation was carried out and three holidays observed in 2002 are all set to be deleted. A formal notification in this regard will be out soon. According to sources Muharram, Good Friday and Budh Purnima, falling on March 14, April 18 and May 16, respectively, will be deleted from the list. The justification is that Muharram and Budh Purnima are not closed days in the adjoining states while Good Friday is not listed in the holiday for next year in Punjab.

Thus, if an employee in Punjab and Haryana opts to avail all leave, he or she will be off work for 214 days in a year!. The same is true for the employees of Haryana. Employees in Chandigarh will be off work for 202 days in this case. Calculating all types of leave will mean about 80 off days. This as the number of casual leaves vary between 12 and 24 depending upon the number of years of service put in by the employee. Besides this, an employee is also entitled to two holidays out of a list of restricted holidays.

A senior official in the Government sector said the Fifth Pay Commission had categorically mentioned the reduction in closed days in offices as these resulted in the slowing down of the economy. The governments had been increasing wages but due to political compulsions could not reduce the holidays. Lately, the national Labour Commission, in its report in October, suggested that only three public holidays be observed as off days. The commission had suggested the enhancement of casual leave to offset the cut in holidays. This would enable the employees to take leave as per their personal and religious requirement.


Two hurt, as Sumo jumps red light
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 6
Two persons were injured, one seriously, when a Tata Sumo vehicle jumped a red light and banged into a Tata Indica car and two bicycles. It happened on the road dividing Sectors 29 and 30 at about 10 pm here today.

Eyewitnesses said that the Tata Sumo (KA-01-N-9380) coming from the Sector 32 side had jumped the red light and banged into the Indica (CH-03D-2475) coming from the Sector 30 side towards Sector 29. The car lost control and banged into two cyclists standing at the crossing.

Pappu, 27, one of the cyclists, received serious injuries and had to be rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. The driver of the car was also injured.

The other cyclist, Raju, said Pappu and he had been taken completely by surprise. They were coming from their workplace in Mauli Jagran when the accident took place. The driver of the Sumo fled.

Some of the eyewitnesses said the Sumo had somersaulted twice before coming to halt. Windowpanes and windscreens of the Sumo and the car got smashed in the incident and the traffic was disrupted when the police was removing the vehicles from the road.


Id celebrations go peacefully
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
Id-ul-Fitr, coinciding with the Babri mosque demolition day, was celebrated in the city peacefully with the Muslim community offering prayers and being careful in not raising the issue of demolition.

However, the Bajrang Dal organised "shaurya divas".

The Yuvjan Sabha of the Samajwadi Party, while congratulating the Muslims on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr in an Id milan programme in Burail, repeated its demand that nothing had been done to bring to book the "culprits" of the demolition of the mosque.

Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee president B.B. Bahl visited the Sector 20 mosque to felicitate the devotees who offered their special namaz.

An Id milan function was organised in Mauli Jagran which was attended by Mr Bahl, local MP Pawan Bansal, Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress president H.S. Lukhy, Urban District president Pawan Sharma and Deputy Mayor Balraj Singh. Said Akbar Ali Munna of the Yuvjan Sabha demanded a ban on the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

The Bajrang Dal organised a procession from the Sector 47 Ram Mandir under the leadership of national VHP secretary Vinayak Deshmukh Pandey.

Mr Pandey announced that MPs would be forced to support the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. He said 50 lakh Hindu families and two crore people would be involved in the "Ram jap programme."

Bajrang Dal in charge Naresh Arora and convener Suresh Rana asserted India was a Hindu nation in the cultural sense. VHP leaders Vijay Pal Singh, Col Dharamvir, Madan Gupta, KC Goswami and Satinder Singh addressed the processionists.

The Muslims, however, celebrated Id with traditional gaiety.

After the traditional morning prayers, Muslims received their friends and relatives at their homes and went out to congratulate others on the occasion.

Several programmes were organised by Hindus for their Muslims friends.


Beopar mandal to organise bandh next week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal today decided that a bandh and a rally will be oganised next week in Nehru Park in Sector 22, where all heads of beopar mandals of the adjoining states will participate.

It may be mentioned here that different heads of mandals from various states, including Delhi, have supported the bandh call and pledged their cooperation to the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal to get the East Punjab Urban Rent Restrictions Act withdrawn. It was also decided that all heads of political parties, MPs and ex-MPs would be invited to address the rally.

It was also decided that shops would remain closed during the “sankalp rally” and traders would hold black flags from 10 a.m. to 12 noon everyday.

The mandal announced it would march up to Delhi, if the Chandigarh Administration did not relent.

The local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, and the president of the Chandigarh Congress, Mr B.B. Bahl, visited the site of the relay fast today. Mr Bansal condemned the police action on traders and told members of the mandal that he would get a meeting fixed with Mr Ananth Kumar, Minister of Urban Development, next week.

Meanwhile, the mandal said the police had exploded a plastic bomb to deter the traders on December 4. Splinters of these bombs had also caused injuries to some persons, they alleged. Traders had blocked the Chandigarh-Panchkula road on Wednesday, which caused a jam for more than three hours. The mandal also clarified that none of its members had resorted to throwing stones, as reported in a section of the media.

The leaders of the mandal, in a press conference, said the traders had assembled on the road to draw the attention of the government by raising slogans. No government property or public vehicle were damaged, they said.

The peaceful attitude of the traders was evident from the fact that they were rounded up and later let off. The mandal appealed for a high-level enquiry into the alleged high handedness of the police.

The mandal also said the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), must conduct an enquiry about all those who had purchased disputed properties during the past one month.


‘No clash between head injury, religious injury’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, a wellknown Sikh scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, today suggested that an amicable solution must be found to the problem created by the High Court order for compulsory wearing of helmet by two-wheeler drivers that should respect court order as well as the Sikh sentiments.

In a statement issued here, he said: “The current police enforcement of the High Court order for compulsory wearing of helmet by two-wheeler drivers has evoked protest in Sikh circles that this order for forcing Sikh women to put on a cap-like headcover hurts their religious sentiments.”

But what is forgotten in this controversy, which has been going on for decades together, is that in Sikh religion human body is considered a divine gift (as stressed by Guru Arjun Dev Ji in Sri Guru Granth at page 378), as well as a micro-abode of the divine spirit. As such it is a sacred duty and religious obligation to protect the human body. This being a religious concern as much as a secular concern of the State, some amicable solution has to be found that should respect the Court order as well as the Sikh sentiments which cannot be ignored.

“In the New Delhi Gurdwara Bangla Sahib complex, there are certain shops selling readymade headwears with turban-like flaps on the exterior. These are purchased by the Sikhs who virtually wear them as caps in their homes; no Sikh organisation has protested against such cap-like readymade ‘turbans’. Can’t some headwear of light-weight, hard material, sewn in between the outer and the inner cloth of such readymade turbans be improvised to be put on by Sikh women while driving two-wheelers; there could be other improvisation capable of protecting against accidental head injuries without injuring religious sentiments. “The point is that there is no basic either/or contradiction, between ‘head injury’ and ‘religious injury’.”


House chokes village drain
Floods houses; trouble ahead
Bipin Bhardwaj

The house outside the village phirni that has been blocking the main drain of the village. 
The house outside the village phirni that has been blocking the main drain of the village. 

Banur, December 6
Trouble is brewing in Khijargarh-Kanour village, where an influential person has constructed a house in a low-lying area where the sullage from the village drains used to accumulate for the past several decades.

Irate villagers have even moved the court of the Magistrate, seeking directions to the Panchayat to interfere in this dispute, but no status quo has been ordered.

The trouble started when Mr Baldev Singh of the village built a house on the land outside the village phirni (ring road), blocking the drain. This caused the sullage from houses on the village high ground to enter more than 10 houses in the low-lying area of the village.

Families are facing great hardship, as, at some places, three-foot deep discharge has accumulated, submerging household goods and grain. The families said Mr Baldev Singh had built the house where the sullage had been accumulating for decades. “He gradually filled the spot with loose soil and, eventually, blocked the main drain, which created the problem,” Mr Jujhar Singh, a villager, said.

Another villager, Mr Gurmel Singh, said Mr Baldev Singh had, earlier been living in his ancestral house. “Two years ago, he started building a house outside the phirni and even removed the electricity meter from his old house to fit it in his new house,” he said.

A visit to the village showed that persons living on the high ground had used loose soil to block the sullage from entering their houses. They are flushing the sullage out with the help of buckets, so that, it does not enter the houses in low-lying parts of the village. The sullage is also being collected from the village streets.

Ms Ajmero Devi, a senior citizen who lives in the village, said more than 25 households had been affected and the womenfolk of these families were flushing out the discharge from their houses or streets. The villagers have given several representations to the local administration in this regard, but nothing has been done, so far, to solve the problem.

The situation may cause a loss of life and property, since the situation will worsen, if it rains. Water would accumulate to such an extent that the ‘kutcha’ houses might collapse, said Mr Mehar Singh, a villager.

Mr Baldev Singh, owner of the house, however, said he had built the house on his own land. He said: “I have even offered the complainants an alternative site where the village sullage could be accumulated, but they have turned down the offer.”


HUDA urged to follow Vaastu principles
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 6
Over 130 allottees of commercial sites in Sector 14 have urged the architectural wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority to change the elevation of the commercial centres on the principles of Vaastu Shastra.

The allottees said the front elevation was against the principles of Vaastu Shastra. In a letter to the Administrator, HUDA, these allottees have claimed that the remaining commercial sites, to be auctioned off in the near future, would fetch a better price if the front elevation was changed in accordance with the elevation of commercial sites in Sectors 8, 9, 10.

The front elevation of this market is similar to that of the Sector 11 market, with arches carved out over showrooms and shop-cum-offices on the ground floor. There are as many as 64 SCOs and 72 booths in this commercial complex of which 20 sites were auctioned off in October, this year.

The allottees have also claimed that the design of the front elevation would also create problem for the general public as well as for occupants of the first and second floors. They have argued that the architectural design was such that there was no provision of light and air on the first and second floors.

The present architectural plan also did not allow the allottees on the first and second floor to put up their display boards. The allottees said if the front elevation was changed, it would not disturb the symmetry.

The Administrator, HUDA, has now referred the case to the Chief Administrator, HUDA, recommending that since possession had not been offered so far, it would not be difficult to change the elevation.


Misery unlimited for family
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
Thanks to the help and financial support from relatives that Kishan Chand, a shopkeeper from Rajpura, near Patiala, could manage to get a kidney transplant done, but with his 20-year-old disabled son faced with the same problem, he is losing hope.

“My entire savings and the money I raised by selling a plot have been spent on my kidney transplant and the cervical operation my son Pradeep underwent at the local Government Medical College and Hospital,” says Kishan Chand. He along with his wife, Kaushalya Devi, brought their son to the PGI on Wednesday, where his kidney transplant is to be done.

Kishan Lal says he does not know what destiny has in store for his son, who is finding it difficult to walk after his cervical operation. “It was after this operation that he got a kidney infection, for which he needs to undergo kidney transplant immediately,” he says. “Though my wife will be donating the kidney, with practically no money with us, we do not know how to save my son’s life, he says in anguish.

A helpless Pradeep, who looks much younger than his 20 years, says after his first operation, he accepted destiny, thinking that being a disabled person, it would be easy for him to get a job. “Little did I know at that stage that it was not the end of my misery, because of which even my parents are facing so much of a problem,” says Pradeep, who is even finding difficulty in walking.

In fact, the constant medical problems in the family has compelled Kishan Lal’s younger son, Lalit (16) to give up his studies so that the shop remains open. For the last four years, the family has been in and out of hospitals, with several lakhs spent on operations.

Kishan Lal is finding it difficult to even manage money for the dialysis, which Pradeep needs every now and then. Doctors say at least Rs two lakh will be required to meet the cost of the transplant and medicines to save Pradeep’s life.

Those willing to extend financial help for the kidney transplant of Pradeep can contact the PGI Public Relations Officer at telephone number 747585-6003.


Martyrs remembered on Flag Day
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, December 6
Widows and family member of those who laid down their lives for the country in the line of duty were honoured during the Flag Day celebrations held at Paragon Public School, Sector 71, here today.

Organised by the Sainik Welfare Board Punjab, family members of four jawans were given monetary help and Rs five lakh disbursed among them. While the widows of the martyrs received Rs one lakh as ex gratia, the parents received Rs 50,000 each.

Among those who were remembered today included Naik Subedar Surjit Singh, a resident of Nur Pur Bedi, who died in Jammu and Kashmir.

His wife, Ms Amarjit Kaur, received Rs one lakh. Ms Paramjit Kaur, wife of CRPF Constable Naib Singh who had died in action in the north-east, was also given Rs one lakh.

Naik Harjinder Singh who died in action in Jammu and Kashmir was honoured and his wife, Ms Jasbir Kaur, given Rs one lakh. Ms Sudeesh Kumari, wife of Naik Teerath Lal, a resident of Anandpur who died in action in Jammu and Kashmir was given Rs one lakh.

Brig Kuldeep Singh Kahlon, Director of the board, spoke on the occasion and handed over the cheques to the families.


Residents bid farewell to cop
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 6
It was just like any other farewell party and yet there was something very special about it. Very few cops can boast of getting a farewell party from area residents.

Today residents of Burail and Sector 45 came together and bade farewell to the in charge of the Burail police post, Sub-Inspector Ved Prakash Sharma, who was transferred a couple of days ago.

Mr Sharma has been transferred to the Economic Offences Wing of the police. Mr Vijay Singh Rana, area Councillor who organised the party, said the SI had earned a reputation for himself among the area residents. “His priority was to help solve disputes between the parities amicably”, said Mr Rana.

Over 100 area residents were present at the party. “During his tenure as the police post in charge here, he behaved more like a fellow resident than a cop”, remarked a resident.

Sub-Inspector Uday Pal Singh is the new in charge of the police post here.


Tohra to announce stir on Dec 26
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, December 6
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SHSAD President, will announce the start of an agitation in connection with the demands of Punjab and public grievances at Fatehgarh Sahib Shaheedi Jor Mela on December 26.

Stating this at a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, SHSAD general secretary, said Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President, had lost the opportunity as Chief Minister to bring about positive changes in Punjab. He could not even get the due benefits for the state from the NDA government at the Centre, including on issues, like the water dispute and transfer of Chandigarh.

Mr Chandumajra favoured the adoption of the true federal system with more powers to the states.


Police raids Jain's house
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 6
The police ‘‘raided’’ the Sector 7 residence of controversial Haryana bureaucrat N.K. Jain here today. The police obtained a non-bailable warrant against Jain.

According to sources, at about 1 pm today, a team of four police personnel reached Jain's house where the door was opened by his wife. She reportedly told the police that N.K. Jain was not at home and the party went back. There are reports that Jain has gone underground. No senior police official could be contacted.


Protest rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
AITUC, INTUC, CITU, the BMS, the HMS and the ACTU here yesterday decided to hold a protest rally on December 8 against the “anti-labour” policies of the Central government.

This was decided at a meeting of the central trade unions held under the chairmanship of Mr H. S. Gambhir. The unions expressed solidarity with traders and condemned the reported lathi charge. They decided to meet the Labour Secretary to urge him to implement labour laws also.

Mr Gambhir, Mr Devi Dayal Sharma and Mr Dev Raj from AITUC, Mr Rampal Sharma, Mr J.R. Khilin and Mr M.P. Mishra from INTUC, Mr Inderjeet Garewal and Mr Balbir Singh from CITU, Mr Jagdish Bajaj and Mr Subhash Chander from the BMS, Mr V.P. Vadera and Mr Mukram from the HMS and Mr Malkeet Singh from ACTU attended the meeting.


Tribune employee bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
Mrs Kaushalaya Devi Bajaj, mother of Mr Subhash Chander Bajaj, Sectional Head, The Tribune, died in their village, Gugaheri in Rohtak district (Haryana), today. She was 76. She will be cremated in the village tomorrow.


One killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Lalru, December 6
A youth was crushed to death while his companion sustained severe injuries when a truck rammed into their bicycles on the Lalru-Bagwassi link road near here, late last night.

According to the police, Kaku (16), a resident of Bhagwassi village, died on the spot while Jaspal Singh (17) sustained injuries. He was rushed to the PGI. The driver of the truck (HYG-4595) reportedly fled from the scene after leaving the vehicle. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the truck driver.

Arrested: Subhash and Ravi Sharma of the Mauli Jagran colony and Hari Sharma of Sector 27 were arrested while carrying 500 pouches of country-made liquor at a naka in Zirakpur on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, late last night.

According to the police, a vehicle used for carrying the liquor was also impounded.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered against them at the Dera Bassi police station.


Theft cases: During the past 24 hours three cases of theft were registered in different parts of the city.

Ajay, a resident of NAC, Mani Majra, reported that his two wheeler (PJD 1953) was stolen from a market in Sector 35, yesterday. A PU hostler, Jadian, reported that his motorcycle (CH01N 7090) was stolen from the parking lot in Hostel No. 1, yesterday.

The police has arrested Mukesh, a resident of Ram Darbar, for allegedly stealing two measuring weights from a shop in Sector 52. The stolen item were recovered from his possession.

Case registered: Sumit Jain, a resident of Sector 49 A, has alleged that Surjit Singh of Nirwana district, Haryana, along with three other persons came to his residence and manhandled him yesterday. A case under Sections 147, 149, 448 and 506 of the IPC has been registered.

Arrested: The police has arrested Aslam Khan, a resident of Sector 30, from Industrial Area, Phase I, and seized 48 pouches of liquor from his possession. He has been booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.


Booked: The police has booked Tarsem, a resident of Ferozepur village, for his alleged indecent acts. He has been booked under Sections 294 and 341 of the IPC.

Liquor seized: The police has seized 12 bottles of country-made liquor from Praveen Kumar. He was arrested near the bus stand in Raipur Rani.

Four Booked: The police has booked Jeet Ram, Raj Kumar, Pyare Lal and Sheikh Imam on the charges of drinking in a public place in Barwala.

Judicial Remand: The four accused in a flesh-trade racket, busted by the police yesterday, including Varinder and his sister, were sent to judicial remand by the JMIC, Mr P.K. Yadav, today. 


One held on rape charge
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 6
The police has arrested Kamal (23), a man of Phase II of Palsora Colony, on the charge of illegally confining and raping a 21-year-old woman of the colony today. According to the police, the woman’s mother had gone to Kamal’s ‘jhuggi’ to deliver a can of kerosene oil late yesterday and Kamal asked her to sit there, while he excused himself and reached the woman’s jhuggi. There, he allegedly told her daughter that her mother was looking for her. He, then, took the woman to another ‘jhuggi’, where he confined and raped her.

Early today, the woman escaped and told her mother what Kamal had done to her. The mother, then, informed the police. The police arrested Kamal from the ‘jhuggi’.


Five more car thieves arrested
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 6
The police has arrested five other members of the inter-state gang of car theives, which was busted last week. The accused, Ashu, Balwinder Thakur, Mukesh Tandon and Anant Sharma, have been arrested by a team led by DSP Desh Bandhu.

Earlier, three members of the gang, Sarit, Himanshu and Mohan, were arrested from near Sector 16 and remanded in police custody. Another member, Vikas, was arrested by them from Delhi on December 2. As many as eight luxury cars have been recovered from this gang so far.

This gang was involved in stealing luxury cars and then selling them after preparing forged registration papers.

The gang was active in Delhi, Panchkula and Chandigarh.

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