Wednesday, June 4, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Seven allottees dumped
Replaced in housing society’s list by IAS officers
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The names of seven local residents, each of whom has deposited between Rs 1.61 lakh and Rs 2.61 lakh, have been deleted from the list of original allottees of a cooperative housing society in Sector 49-D. Those who have replaced them in the list include a few IAS officers from Punjab. The premium for flats is between Rs 4 lakh and Rs 5 lakh.

According to sources, an unofficial inquiry is on to determine how the names of the officers has replaced the names of the allottees. The original files are being checked to verify whether the replacement of names has been allowed and if so, who has allowed the replacement.

The Chandigarh Administration is holding on to its formal approval to the list supplied by the Pink Rose Cooperative Housing Society. Acting on a complaint of the seven allottees, the economic offences wing of the police is carrying out an inquiry. No formal case has been registered so far.

The original allottees — Mr A.S. Kohli, Mr Raj Kumar Kaushal, Mr Kartar Singh, Mr Balraj Kaundal, Mr Madan Gopal Goyal, Mr Dev Raj Wadhawan and Mr Prem Puri — have been members of the society for more than two decades. They have been paying instalments and the initial cost of construction.

Showing receipts of payments and share certificates issued by the society, they say they have been duped. Mr Kartar Singh says, “Our names have been replaced by names of influential persons. We want immediate redressal of our grievances.”

They have also submitted affidavits to the Chandigarh Administration, claiming that they have not sold or surrendered their share and have not sought the transfer of their share. Mr Madan Gopal Goyal has proof of being elected to the executive committee of the society on March 25.

The president of the society, Mr Jagjit Singh Gill, claims that the members have been expelled. They are defaulters who have also indulged in activity against the society, he alleges. The case for replacement has been sent to the Administration, he adds.

In the new list, house number 257, Sector 16, which is the official address of Mr Dalip Kumar, Joint Secretary, Finance, Chandigarh Administration, has been mentioned as the residential address of two IAS officers. A flat in Sector 45-A has been mentioned as the address of another IAS officer.

Another IAS officer has used a residential address in Sector 42 , the official accommodation of the Punjab Government. Officials of the Chandigarh Administration say personal enquiries have revealed that the IAS officers have been lured into the society by a retired employee of the Administration.

Investigations by Chandigarh Tribune revealed that it started when the Chandigarh Administration decided to bifurcate societies on the basis of allottee and non-allottee members. Fresh lists were to be supplied to the Cooperatives Department.

The names of the seven persons has been mentioned in the share transfer list. The list has 14 names of allottees of category A flats. The society has a total of 151 allottee members and about 300 non-allottee members.


PU postpones fee hike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Panjab University has deferred the fee hike for the academic session (2003-2004) as proposed by the Punjab Government recently.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the local Syndics here today attended by DPIs of Punjab and the UT, except Mr Asok Goyal. Those who attended the meeting under the chairmanship of Prof K.N.Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, included Prof S.L.Sharma, Principal P.S.Sangha, Principal, Ms Usha Gupta, Dr Dinesh Talwar, Prof Charanjit Chawla, Principal S.C.Marriya and Mr S.S.Virdi.

The proposal of fee hike has been deferred to the next Senate meeting slated for July or September. This means that students will be admitted according to the existing university fee structure with a provision in the prospectus saying that the fee structure could be amended after the meeting.

At least two meetings were held at the university recently on the fee issue. At the first meeting the issue of fee hike was cleared despite reservations from certain quarters. At the meeting of a sub-committee of the Syndicate the hike was upheld despite notes of dissent by Prof Chawla, Dr Talwar and Mr Goyal.

It was pointed out that fee hike was a very crucial issue and needed deliberation before any decision. The meeting also decided that there will be only one fee structure for all affiliated colleges.

An official press note of the university said today that “ the sub-committee of Syndics constituted by the Vice-Chancellor decided to accept the enhanced fee structure as per the notification of the Punjab Government and it will be implemented after the approval of the Senate with effect from the beginning of the academic session 2003-2004. Till then the colleges affiliated to PU will charge the first instalment of fee structure as per the existing fee structure.”

A Syndic pointed out that what was the point in calling the Senate in case the university had already “accepted” the enhanced fee structure as per the government notification. The meeting today also deferred the proposed fee structure for B.Ed and M.Ed classes.


Man shot at, 2 held
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur-Garibdass, June 3
A cement dealer of the village, Bhupinder Kumar was shot at after he refused to give water to five brothers of the village who were allegedly in an inebriated condition. The brothers allegedly attacked him with swords and fired at him from a double-barrelled shotgun here last night. Bhupinder is now at the PGI, Chandigarh and his condition is said to be stable. Two persons have been arrested in this connection.

The victim’s family succeeded in snatching the gun from the assailants and later handed it to the police. Bhupinder’s family claimed that the brothers were also carrying a country-made pistol and swords.

The gun was licenced and had been issued to Mohan Lal Mohni, a suspect in the shooting. The other suspects are Darshan Kumar, Tej Pal (Panch village ), Golu and Prem.

The police has arrested Mohan Lal and Tej Pal. A case under Sections 307, 148 and 149 of the IPC and Sections 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered. Raids were being conducted to arrest the remaining three brothers.

According to the family members of the victim and other villagers, the five brothers — Mohan Lal Mohni, Darshan Kumar, Tej Pal, Golu and Prem — were consuming liquor at the village’s dharamshala. Around 10.30 pm, one of them asked Bhupinder for water but the latter refused. ‘‘They all were drunk and we did not want to get involved with them. When we refused to meet their demand, they started hurling abuses’’, alleged Harinder Kumar, brother of the victim.

“Bhupinder came out of the house to pacify them. The moment he came out, he was attacked with a sword’’, alleged Harinder. During the brawl, one of the brother fetched the gun. ‘‘Mohan Lal fired a shot in the chest of Bhupinder’’ alleged Ms Rasham Pajni, elder sister of the victim.

The police was called in and the SHO of the Mullanpur-Garibdass police station, Mr Parminder Singh Dhillon, took Bhupinder to the PGI.

Tej Pal, who is also a village panch, runs a sweet shop while Darshan Kumar is employed as a LDC with the Haryana electricity board.

Meanwhile, there was resentment among villagers after the shooting. They alleged that the suspects were involved in gambling. The SHO refuted the allegations and claimed that the police was keeping a strict vigil on persons who had earlier been engaged in activities like gambling.


Do PGI docs serve humanity or slug it out?
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Are bickerings and ego clashes between PGI doctors over selections, promotions and heading departments so serious that it can affect patient care at the institute?

As the time for selections and promotions draws near, the number of PGI doctors moving court goes up. Two senior doctors did this for the redressal of grievances last week. “Every doctor has the right to approach any forum, but personal differences affecting patient care is objectionable,” rues a senior doctor.

Though the post of Professor has been re-advertised, Dr Ashok Gupta, Associate Professor in the ENT Department, has moved court on the plea that the recommendation of the selection committee, which held interviews for the post in June last, has not been declared so far.

Irked at the governing body’s decision to appoint Dr Sudha Suri, Head of the Radiodiagnosis Department, as the PGI Dean, Dr Sarla Gopalan, Head of the Gynaecology Department, had moved court against last week.

A case regarding dispute over seniority between Dr Suri and Dr Gopalan is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The appointment of the previous Dean, Prof O.N. Nagi, had been challenged in court twice.

PGI doctors admit that due to factionalism within departments, a patient suffers if the doctor treating him is on leave and the doctor on duty is not on good terms with his doctor. “This happens in the departments of cardiology, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, paediatrics, paediatric surgery and ENT,” admits a senior doctor.

As the date for selections and promotions draws nearer, shooting letters to the Union Health Minister, moving court and lobbying begins at the PGI. “When the authorities adopt a policy of pick-and-choose while advertising vacant posts, it is natural that there will be discontent,” opines a senior doctor. The issue of some vacant posts not being advertised came up for discussion at the last governing body meeting on May 12.

The VCD issue had rocked the PGI a month back. The two contenders for the post of the Head of the Cardiology Department, Dr Anil Grover and Dr Harinder Bali, had remained in the news for all the wrong reasons.


Dera Bassi MC to collect octroi from today
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 3
Octroi collection at all entry points of the township will now be made by the municipal council with effect from midnight today. The decision was taken after complaints of harassment at the hands of the private contractor were received.

The decision has been taken by the civic body after passing a resolution in the House.

Sources in the civic body revealed that the contract has been cancelled after the contractor failed to give a satisfactory reply to the allegation levelled against him.

Mr Amrit Pal Singh, president of the civic body, said the contract was cancelled after the civic body found violation of certain terms and conditions of the contract by the octroi collection staff at various posts.

He further said the contractor was charging exorbitantly from the vehicles carrying goods.

On the other hand the octroi contractor, Mr Manjit Singh Bhatia,said he had not received any notice in this regard.

“The contract has been cancelled about a month before the expiry date of the contract so that the security be forfeited,” added Mr Bhatia.

He claimed that Mr Amrit Pal Singh had violated the set procedure for the cancellation of the contract by not taking up the matter with the Department of Local Government, Punjab.


City sizzles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The city today witnessed the hottest day so far at 44°C, 0.2° C higher than yesterday, six degrees above normal. Ambala in Haryana recorded a maximum temperature of 45°C today. Yesterday the maximum temperature recorded at Ambala was 44.1°C. Patiala recorded a maximum temperature of 45.6°C.


Immolation threat keeps cops on toes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 3
To prevent self-immolation by widows of those killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in front of the official residence of the Punjab Chief Minister here, the UT police remained on its toes for the entire day. Special checkpoints were set up for the purpose.

Five widows had threatened to immolate themselves here today. Buses and other vehicles entering the city from Punjab were searched. Police women frisked women who went towards the area housing the Chief Minister’s residence. Special nakas were erected around the Chief Minister’s residence, Matka Chowk and SAS Nagar (Mator barrier).


Rehna fire: losses estimated at Rs 2 lakh
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
The district administration has prepared its report on the damage caused by the fire that broke out at Rehna village, near Raipur Rani, on June 1. According to the administration’s assessment, the damaged caused during the fire was estimated at Rs 2 lakh. It is learnt that the survey to assess the damage caused by the fire was completed today.

A three-member team, comprising the Tehsildar, Panchkula, Mr Ashwani Sharma; Naib Tehsildar, Raipur Rani, Mr Harish; and Secretary, Red Cross, Ms Vijay Lakshmi, today submitted their assessment report to the Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula. Confirming this, the DC, Ms Satwanti Ahlawat, said over 46 housing units were destroyed, either partially or completely, in the fire. “Some of the houses suffered a loss of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000,” she said.

The Deputy Commissioner also said the compensation to the victims would be given tomorrow.

It may be recalled that over 45 houses were gutted and 10 cattle heads were killed in the fire. The flames raged for over six hours, razing almost half of the village.

Though the exact cause of the fire was not immediately known, it was suspected that someone threw burning cow dung cakes, used for cooking, into a heap of wheat husk near a house. The wheat husk immediately caught fire and the flames raged almost six to seven feet high. With winds blowing in the southerly direction, the flames engulfed thatched rooftops of the nearby houses.


Relief for overstretched CRPF in offing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Relief for the “overstretched” Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is in the offing, with a massive expansion and modernisation programme getting underway. The programme would make it one of the largest paramilitary forces in the world by 2005.

Speaking to mediapersons here today, CRPF Director-General S.C.Chaube said 23 battalions would be raised this year, while 25 would be raised next year. “We would be able to provide some respite to our forces which have been overstretched,” Mr Chaube remarked. “About 90 per cent of the force is deployed in Jammu and Kashmir and the north-eastern states, where it is engaged in combating militancy,” he added.

The CRPF has presently 154 battalions. One battalion comprises 800 troops. Among the new battalions being raised in the region one is at Pinjore while another is at Jalandhar.

The Director-General, who is here to oversee the expansion and modernisation programmes of the force, also called upon the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana. He also inaugurated a new administrative block at the CRPF Complex at Hallo Majra near the airport.


Enforcement Wing pulled up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The Enforcement Committee of the Municipal Corporation today pulled up the Enforcement Wing for its failure to remove liquor bottles lying at a public place in the Industrial Area despite a direction from the General House.

At its meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Mr Jatinder Bhatia, the committee asked the officials to make sure that the directions of the House were implemented.

The committee objected to water melon sale going on along V-3 roads, although the Traffic Police has termed it a traffic hazard.

Except for Mr Surinder Singh, all other members, including Shyma Negi, Anu Chathrath, Kamlesh, Gian Chand Gupta and P.C. Sanghi, attended the meeting.

Surprisingly, the issue of the recent demolition drive did not come up for discussions despite all political parties expressing reservations on the way the anti-encroachment drives had been conducted.

The committee members also asked its Secretary Tehsildar Bhagwan Dass Vishnoi to frame an anti-encroachment policy to remove the possibilities of alleged pick and choose approach of the department.

The committee also asked the officials the details of the challans issued by the department.


Exhibition by PFA to raise funds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
In order to raise funds, the local unit of the People for Animals (PFA) held an exhibition of antique wooden furniture, Rohit Bal shirts and designer candles at Government Museum and Art Gallery here today.

Seeking police help in the execution of animal laws, the PFA had yesterday organised an animal law workshop.

As part of their eighth anniversary celebrations, the workshop was attended by two representatives from each police station. The SP (city and headquarter), Mr Baldev Singh, was the chief guest. Appreciating the work done by the PFA, Mr Baldev Singh called upon the police personnel to assist in the execution of the animal laws.

The participants were given information about the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rule, IPC 428 and 429. A local PFA representative gave details about the projects and activities carried out by the organisation since 1995.The PFA also organised a mobile veterinary camp at Khuda Lahora, during which 54 animals were given free treatment. A team headed by Dr Banjeet Mazumdar, in charge of the PFA shelter home, distributed anti-rabies vaccines and free medicines among people.


BSNL staff stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) staged a dharna today in front of the office of the Chief General Manager Telecom, Punjab, in Sector 34 to press upon the management to accept their demands. Employees drawn from Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Ferozepore, Hoshiarpur, Bathinda, Amritsar and other districts participated in the dharna.

Addressing the participants, Mr Amarjit Singh, circle secretary, and Mr Y.B. Walia, circle president, Telecom Engineering Officers’ Association, condemned the adamant attitude of Mr S.C. Chaudhary, Chief General Manager, Telecom. Mr Amarjit Singh said the demands of the JTOs and SDOs included provision of WLL telephone connections for joint telecom officers, transfer on need basis, promotion of employees posted at Jalandhar and residential phone connections to JTOs of civil and electrical wing. Among others, Mr Inderjit Singh, Mr K.L. Sharma, Mr Sanjeev Kumar, Mr Vivek Ahuja, Mr Harpreet Singh and Mr Raj Kumar also addressed the employees.


Convene Advisory Council meeting’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The BJP members of the Advisory Council today urged the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, to immediately convene the meeting of the council to discuss important issues and problems faced by the people of the city.

The members in a joint statement, also urged the Administrator to evolve an anti-encroachment policy.

The members asked the Administrator to hold the meeting which had been scheduled for April 22 to discuss a large number of issues pending with the Chandigarh Administration.


Book of poems released
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 3
Koplain — a book of Hindi poems by Sarjit S. Yadav was released by the Editor, Dainik Tribune, Mr Vijay Saigal, at Rock Garden here this evening. The book aptly titled Koplain (buds) comprises 32 poems and is the maiden venture of Yadav who is working as an art executive in the Department of Public Relations, Haryana.

Sarjit Yadav, a diploma holder in applied art from Government College of Art, Chandigarh and a Hindi honours (Prabhakar) has not only expressed his thoughts in words but also depicted them in sketches in his book.

Mr Vijay Saigal addressed the gathering.


Shramdan at Sukhna
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, June 3
More than 60 students from MBA, MCA and BCA courses of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology here, along with 12 faculty members, participated in the shramdan at Sukhna Lake today.

Mr J.S. Bedi, chairman of the institute, who led the group for the shramdan said, the activity started at 6 a.m. and continued till 7.30 a.m. The participants lifted silt at the regulator end of the lake.

Singla invited
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Fiscal Reforms, has been invited to participate in the inter-action on the ‘Leaders in development-political and Economic’ by the J.F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. Eminent political scientists, academies and politicians having expertise in political reforms have been called for the interaction that will start on June 9 and end on June 22.


27-yr-old woman hangs self
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 3
A 27-year-old woman, Neera, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her servant’s quarter accommodation in a house in Sector 36 here today. Her husband works as a domestic help in the house.

As per police sources, Neera had taken ill few months ago and had been keeping tense ever since. The victim is survived by her husband and four children. The police did not find any suicide note. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

Woman dies

Laxmi, who was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital in a serious condition yesterday after the cycle she was riding pillion was hit by a Maruti car near Airport chowk, died here today. Her husband Katta Mattu, a resident of Mauli Jagran, was also injured in the accident and was admitted to the same hospital.

The police arrested the driver of the car, Satish Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar, under Sections 279, 337 and 304A of the IPC. He was later released on bail. In another road accident, Mr Suresh Kumar of Bapu Dham was injured after the auto-rickshaw he was travelling in was hit by an Indica car near CTU workshop here yesterday. The driver of the car, Mohinder Singh, a resident of Khuda Lahora, was arrested and later released on bail.

Chain snatched Two unidentified persons riding a scooter reportedly snatched a gold chain from Ms Satwant Kaur, a resident of Sector 15, in Sector 15 here yesterday. On her complaint, a case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Scooters stolen

Mr Manoj Kumar, a resident of Burail village, reported to the police that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH03 F 257) was stolen from a Sector 22 market.

In another complaint, a resident of Sector 21 reported that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH01 Y 4750) was stolen from his house on the night intervening May 29 and 30.


Liquor seized

The police arrested Jaswant from Pinjore on charges of liquor smuggling and seized eight bottles of liquor from him.

Purse snatched

An unidentified motor cyclist snatched a purse from Ms Savita Rani near Sector 4 market on Monday. The purse contained Rs 500 and some documents.



One person was injured when he was hit by a car near Chawla Chowk here today.

Mr Kharag Singh, a resident of Matour, was immediately taken to Chawla Nursing Home where he was given stitches. He said that he was hit by a Santro car whose driver had jumped the red light at the chowk.

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