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Three of family murdered in sleep
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 9
In a gruesome incident, three members of a family were clubbed and then stabbed to death in their sleep by unknown miscreants in a house in the thickly populated Sector 4 here. The incident took place on Sunday night, but came to light only around 11.30 pm last night.

Seventy-year-old Dr Kasturi Lal Arora, a retired Punjab Engineering College professor, his daughter-in-law Parveen Arora (40) and grandson Anmol (9) were found dead in their house by Dr Arora’s eldest son, Mr Subhash Arora, last night. Perplexed over the fact that no one answered the phone at his father’s house the whole day, Mr Subhash Arora, who lives in Mani Majra, went over to check yesterday, only to find that his father, sister-in-law and nephew had been murdered.

According to the police, all three victims were first hit on the head with the wooden leg of an old bed and then their throats were slit with a sharp-edged weapon. The bloodstained piece of wood used for clubbing the victims was later recovered from the spot.

The postmortem examination shows that Dr Arora was hit on the head and shoulders and his throat was slit, while Ms Parveen died of her throat being slit. It is suspected that the nine-year-old Anmol resisted the attack, as he was not just hit on the head, his throat was also slit and his stomach ripped apart.

Ms Parveen, a teacher in Manav Mangal School here, had lost her husband, Vijay Arora, about four months ago. A financier, he was killed in a road accident here on July 26 this year while returning home from work. Since then, Dr Arora, Ms Parveen and Anmol had been living in this house. Anmol was a student of Little Flower Convent School here.

Talking to TNS, Mr Amit Arora, a son of Mr Subhash Arora, said they had last met his grandfather, aunt and cousin on Saturday night at a family dinner hosted by his other uncle, Dr Vinod Arora, at the latter’s Sector 46 residence in Chandigarh. “Dadaji, Chachi and Anmol stayed back and Dr Vinod Arora dropped them back at Panchkula on Sunday morning,” he said.

Dr Vinod Arora said yesterday he kept trying to get in touch with his father all day, but to no avail. “I called up at least four times during the day, and again at about 10.30 pm. I got worried and asked one of my friends, Sahib Singh, who stays in Panchkula, to go and check up on them. He went over to my father’s house around 11 pm and rang the doorbell several times, but no one answered. He then called me up, saying that the main gate of the house was locked and asked me to come and check myself. Since my elder brother Subhash’s house is near Panchkula, I called him up and asked him to rush to Sector 4,” he said.

It was then that Subhash and Amit went to the Sector 4 house at about 11.30 pm. Amit jumped over the gate, as it was locked, and as he tried to knock at the front door, it opened, and he saw that the lobby had been ransacked. By the time, a few neighbours had also come out of their homes. The police was called then in and it was with the police that they went inside the house, and found Dr Arora’s body in his bedroom and the bodies of Parveen and Anmol in another bedroom on the ground floor.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Mohammad Akil, said burglary could not be ruled out as the motive behind the murder.

“The evidence collected so far suggests that the miscreants entered the house through the skylight in the lobby. A coconut-fibre rope was used by the assailants to climb into the lobby (which was also recovered by the police) and from there they went to the bedrooms. The assailants had first tried to enter through the door on the first floor, but the lock did not give way, so they entered by removing a portion of the skylight. Later, they walked out of the main door, which explains why it was found unlocked last night,” Mr Akil said.

“We presume that they first hit the victims to make them unconscious, but later, probably fearing they would be recognised, murdered them,” the SP explained.

The police suspects that the assailants were in no hurry as they went about their work. Pouches of paan masala and spit were found at a few places in the room. This has led the police to believe that the assailants were probably migrants and were well aware of the layout of the house. Police sources say that some woodwork was being done at the Aroras’ house for the past 15 days. The carpenter and his assistants, as well as the maid working in the house, have been picked up for investigation.

A case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC has been registered. Three glasses found in the kitchen have been taken into custody by forensic experts from Madhuban, as it is believed that they were used by the miscreants to drink lemonade.

This is the second triple murder case to have been reported in the region. In 1996, two women and a girl of Chaddha family of Sector 18, Chandigarh, were done to death by their tenant and an accomplice. 


Neighbours fail yet again
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 9
The gruesome murder of Dr K.L. Arora, his daughter-in-law, Parveen and grandson Anmol in the densely populated Sector 4 has once again brought to light the lack of cohesiveness in the social structure of the town.

This is yet another case where a crime is committed in a house but the neighbours, too busy in their own lives and not willing to “poke their nose” in the affairs of others, do not notice what happens next door. The fact that the residents of Panchkula are settlers from all over the region, including terrorism-hit families from Punjab, there is hardly any interaction among neighbours.

Dr Arora’s residence was neither in a secluded corner nor were the houses adjacent to, opposite, or at the back of this house lying vacant. However, no one heard or suspected that the entire family had been done to death. Mr Gurinder Singh, an immediate neighbour, while expressing his shock at the incident, said it was only last night that he got to know of the murder.

When asked if he had been interacting with the Aroras, he said they used to exchange pleasantries but had never been inside each others’ houses.

But this is not the only case where the neighbours had no inkling of the happenings in their neighbourhood. In January, 2001, an elderly couple — Dharam Pal Madhok, and his wife Rita Madhok — were murdered by unknown persons at their Sector 2 residence here. It was only 10 days after the murder that the incident came to light. Newspapers had been piling at the front door which prompted the neighbour to call the police. The neighbours had then said that since the Madhoks were reserved people, they had not bothered to check on them. The case is still untraced in the police records.

Similarly, in neighbouring Chandigarh, a widow in Sector 18, Usha Grover, was murdered and buried in her house itself, but no one suspected foul play. The neighbours knew nothing and it was only after one year that her skeleton was recovered.

It was precisely for this reason that the Chandigarh Police had launched its ambitious Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, wherein people were asked to be more vigilant of their neighbourhood and the police beat staff asked to keep a special watch on senior citizens.


Cops' credibility takes a beating
Tribune News Service

Murders this year
Chandigarh 20





Panchkula, December 9
The murder of three members of the Arora family here has once again put the local police in a spot. The list of unsolved murder cases seems to be growing longer--much to the chagrin of the top brass.

Though the police claims to have picked up several leads in the Aroras' murder case, it will require a yeoman's effort to regain its lost credibility. Apart from the latest case, there have been 11 other murders reported in the district this year.

Of these, at least two have remained untraced. A woman's body, buried in a mound near Nadda, was found in October this year when dogs dug it out. The police had then initiated inquest proceedings, but the investigations have made little headway. In another case in February this year, a 60-year-old woman, Mohri Devi, was found murdered in Ramgarh, near here, with her feet chopped off. This case too remains unsolved.

The style of police investigation came under cloud a fortnight ago when a Sector 14 housewife, Neelam, was stabbed by a youth at her residence. Though the accused, Manjit Singh, had escaped, he left his scooter behind, and the police came to know of the assailant within a few hours of the crime. However, till date the accused has not been nabbed, even as the investigating officer, the then Station House Officer of Sector 19 police station, was sent to the Police Lines for his failure.

Apart from this, the murder of Dharam Pal Madhok and his wife Rita in Sector 2 on January 21, 2001, the shootout in Sector 1 in which hotelier Pankaj Rana was shot dead in September 2001, and the murder of Col H.D. Kahol, also in September 2001, have remained "untraced" in the files of the Panchkula police. 


Ex-servicemen’s warning to parliamentarians
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
Sending a message to parliamentarians that retired soldiers now constitute a significant vote bank, ex-servicemen’s organisations here have cautioned the nation’s elected representatives that they will vote for only those candidates who show results in helping them meet their demands before the elections.

In a letter written to all sitting members of Parliament (MPs), the All India Defence Brotherhood (AIDB) has stated that ex-servicemen will judge their sincerity towards defence forces by what they do before the next general election and not by the promises they make when elections are imminent.

Requesting MPs to raise issues concerning defence forces as well as ex-servicemen in Parliament as well as other relevant forums, the letter adds that while parliamentary proceedings are routinely disrupted on “trivial” issues, not a voice is raised against glaring injustices heaped upon the defence services.

“Serving and retired soldiers have very genuine demands and face some glaring injustices which the authorities from the level of village panchayats to Parliament ignored simple because soldiers had no vote bank earlier,” president of AIDB, Brig Harwant Singh (retd) told The Tribune here today. “Now that we have a vote bank, we will provide electoral support to those who gets our demands fulfilled or at least addresses them with transparent sincerity,” he added.

Among the demands forwarded to the MPs is guaranteed employment up to the age of 60 years, keeping in mind that soldiers are compulsorily retired at a young age to keep the profile of the armed forces youthful. Demanding that the government must provide alternate employment to retiring soldiers up to age limits applicable to civilian employees in central and state governments, the letter has pointed out that majority of the retired soldiers are in the thirties and forties. The letter has suggested that jobs be given to them before their retirement by lateral induction into the para-military forces or by absorbing them into the civil services.


School board to reinstate 107 clerks
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 9
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) today decided to ‘re-employ’ the 107 contractual clerks who had been relieved of their duties past month bringing their month-long agitation to an end.

However, the issue of the implementation of the Punjab Government notification with regard to the regularisation of the services of contractual employees was kept pending at the meeting of the board members held here today.

Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, the Chairman of the board, Dr Kehar Singh stated that the board will be drawing up a seniority list of these clerks on the basis of the number of years served in the board. Depending on the number of posts required to be filled for examination duties and for the duration of these duties, the posts will be filled from among the seniormost in that list.

Other than the 107 agitating clerks who are likely to placed in the list, the list will also include about 57 of the 134 clerks who had been ‘thrown out’ by the board recently following a report of the committee constituted to ascertain the validity of the process of their regular employment in the board.

The 57 clerks had been serving in the board prior to the controversial conduct of the written test.

Sources state that the decision to re-employ these clerks either as daily wagers or again on contract has been taken following immense pressure on the Chairman and some other members of the board to end their agitation.

However, the board members decided to postpone the decision regarding the implementation of the 2001 Punjab Government notification which states that employees serving on contract in a government organisation should be regularised after three years of service as contractual employees. Stating that a majority if the members were of the opinion that the implementation of the said notification will amount to contempt of court in wake of the Supreme Court decision on the issue, the Chairman pointed that an acceptable via media will, however, be worked out in the case of PSEB employees. ‘‘Some members of the board have offered to meet political leaders, including the Education Minister and some thing might be worked out,’’he added.

The sources also revealed that majority of the members attending the meeting today were against the implementation of the notification but the matter was kept pending instead of being outrightly rejected following the insistence of some members.

Meanwhile the employees union leaders told The Tribune that they would be discontinuing their agitation from today and were happy that almost all of the clerks who had been agitating outside the board building will be back in job. ‘‘However, we would have preferred if the government’s notification would have been implemented today,’’they added.


Lawyers’ march for justice
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 9
Hundreds of lawyers practising the Punjab and Haryana High Court, UT District Courts, Panchkula and Kharar courts today participated in a protest rally organised by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana in the High Court premises here today. Later about 50 representatives of the layers submitted the memorandum to the office of Punjab Governor.

The lawyers were holding protest against the Legal Service Authorities Amendment Act, 2002, implementation of Section 30 of the Advocates Act and deletion of section 34 (1) of the Advocates Act 1961, entry of foreign lawyers, National Judicial Commission, Justice Malimath Committee recommendations.

Later they gathered in the Bar Association room of the High Court where they were addressed by Dr Anmol Rattan Sidhu, the President, of Bar Association of Punjab and Haryana, the Chairman of the Bar Council, Mr Mukesh Berry, the General Secretary of the Bar Council, Mr C.M. Munjal, and also the Secretary of the High Court Bar Association, Mr S.S. Swaich.

The members of the Bar Council did not submit a memorandum to the Haryana Governor, as the officials present there refused to allow all members of the Bar Council to meet the Governor said the General Secretary of the Bar Council, Mr C.M. Munjal.

Ambala: Members of the District Bar Association suspended court work today in protest against the Legal Services Authorities (amendment) Act regarding the setting up of permanent lok adalats. The Bar Council of India had given a countrywide call for a strike in this regard.

A meeting of the Bar was organised in the Bar room under the chairmanship of its president J.S. Kohli. A number of speakers condemned the amendment on this occasion and demanded that only persons with judicial background should hold a lok adalat.

Later, the Bar handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner to be forwarded to the President and the Prime Minister. Addressing the lawyers, Mr Kohli criticised the withdrawal of right of appeal. He said the right to appear before the tribunal and the authorities was important and should be restored immediately. He welcomed the proposal of the National Judicial Commission.

Patiala: Members of the District Bar Association organised a protest rally in the front of District Courts here today.

As many as 500 advocates participated in the rally. The members of the association condemned the amendment made by the government in the Legal Service Authority Act, 1987. According to the amendment, for the establishment of a lok adalat in a district, district judge, assistant district judge and other employees will be appointed by the government and there will be no appeal against the decision taken by the majority in these adalats.

Addressing the gathering, secretary of the council G.S Rai said under this amendment, no provision of the Civil Court and Indian Evidence Act would be implemented against the decision taken by the lok adalats.

The association further condemned the amendment made in the Advocate’s Act, according to which powers of the related Bar council were being given to high courts. This means that the high courts could take disciplinary action against advocates.

The association later also submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh. President of the association Rakesh Gupta, Vice-President B.S. Roharjagir and joint secretary Amardeep Singh Saran also addressed the rally.


Panchayat poll: Cong seeks EC’s help
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
In light of the general elections to the gram panchayats in the city on December 21, the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee has sought the intervention of the Election Commission of India in the inadequacies in the voters enrolment process.

The election staff was demanding birth certificate, residence certificate and employment certificate from the persons who were applying for a voter I card. The Congress President, Mr B.B. Behl, said there had been cases where the name of the enrolled voters were missing in the voter list. Such examples were many, said Mr Behl.

Meanwhile, there was a heavy rush of candidates and their supporters who had come to file their nominations at the offices of the four returning officers. Tomorrow is the last day of filing the nominations.


Scribes demand new wage board
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
The Indian Journalists Union ( IJU)today urged the Centre to announce a new wage board as per the provisions of the Working Journalist Act. There was a need to hike emoluments of the working journalist, who had been neglected by the print and the electronic media, said members of the national executive.

A consensus was reached on the issue during the inaugural day of the two-day national executive meet of the union. The meet was hosted by the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists, which is affiliated to the IJU.

The members also demanded an end to the contract system in the print and electronic media, saying that it was against the freedom of the press. They expressed concern over attacks on mediapersons in different parts of the country and demanded security.

Inaugurating the first day of the meet, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, described the media as the fourth pillar of democracy, which he said, was straying away from its primary duty. “ Healthy criticism of failures of the government was acceptable, but it must come up with praise for good work”, said the Chief Minister adding that the scribes needed to be given news and views and not impose their personal viewpoint on the masses. The journalists should also shun from planting news, he opined.

He was critical of the electronic media in wrongly predicting the results of the Assembly elections in four states and also during the last Assembly elections in Punjab. He attributed the defeat of the Akalis in Punjab on the wrong projection by the media. Mr Chautala said his regime was in the favour of looking after the welfare of the scribes and assured all possible help to the union.

Earlier, Mr Suresh Akhouri, president of the IJU, said the members of the national executive discussed various issues concerning the journalists. He sought the help of Mr Chautala in urging the Centre to set up a new wage board. He said dharnas and rallies would be held if the Centre did not listen to the genuine demands of the journalists.

Members of the organising body said a unique group insurance scheme would be formally launched at a function in the CII by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, tomorrow.

Mr Vinod Kohli, president of the CPUJ, said during the two-day meet, issues like implementing the wage board recommendations, equal facilities to desk and reporting staff and demand for a new wage board would be discussed.


Focus on Indo-Iranian ties
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
Long association of the Iranian civilisation with that of India left an indelible mark on the history of the two nations. The bond assumes a greater significance in the current times especially in relation to the geo-political and strategical aspects in the changed world order.

This was highlighted by Dr Pam Rajput, Director of the Centre for Women Studies, Panjab University, at a symposium on “Indo-Iranian historico-cultural relations” at Gandhi Bhavan on the campus here this evening. The symposium was organised by the Centre for Women Studies in collaboration with the Iran Students of Panjab University.

Dr Rajput quoted Pt Jawaharlal Nehru by saying: “Among the many nations and people that have come in contact with India and made their mark in its life and culture, the oldest and the most consistent is Iran”.

She laid emphasis on the need for unity among the Asian countries in the context of changed world power equations, which were purely in favour of the West.

Prof A.K. Prasad, former Dean University Instructions, said Iran and India had common ties. The Iranian King was known as the Aryan Mihir. A large number of other similarities in language and culture could be pointed out. As a consequence of very rich oil reserves Iran had assumed a great geo-strategic importance.

Ms Abolfathi, an Iranian student, spoke on the role of women in Iran. She quoted the example of Makhmalbaf who received an award of 100000 Euros recently for her artistic performance at an International Film Festival held in Venice. She said as many as four women were elected to the “majlis” (Constitution). The times were changing.

Mr Asgarzadeh, a research scholar of English Department, introduced the speakers. He also gave a brief talk on the geographical, historical and socio-economic features of Iran.

Prof R.J. Hans Gill, Dean University Instructions, also spoke on the occasion. Mr Majid Reza Mommin summed up the proceedings. A photo exhibition on women related issues in Iran was inaugurated by Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, in the afternoon.


Dhanwantri College, Dabur sign MoU
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 9
Dabur India Limited and Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College in Sector 46 yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which, “world-class ayurvedic specialised services”, besides data-based evaluated study for research and development will be provided.

At a formal ceremony, CEO of Dabur India Limited Sunil Duggal and President of the Shri Dhanwantri Educational Society D.K. Gupta signed the MOU. According to a press note, Dhanwantri Ayurvedic Hospital will be renamed as Dabur Dhanwantri Ayurvedic Hospital. It will conduct clinical studies and research. Dabur will provide strategic inputs and will also invest in expanding infrastructure.

“This tie-up is the first of its kind with any ayurvedic institute . This is also, perhaps, the first such alliance wherein a company has taken stake in the management and operations of an ayurvedic institution and will invest in further expansion of its operations”, said Mr Duggal.


Uday’s funeral tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
The funeral ceremony of Sgt Uday Singh, who died in an ambush while serving the US army in Iraq, will take place here on December 11. Lieut-Gen James Campbell from the US Pacific Command at Hawai is stated to represent the US army at the funeral.

The 21-year old trooper, who belongs to Chandigarh, had died after he received gunshot wounds near Habbaniyah, 65 miles west of Baghdad, on December 1 when US forces on a routine patrol came under fire. His body will be brought here on the day of the funeral.

Among others to attend the ceremony would include US Embassy Defence Attache Col Steven Sboto. US Embassy attache and casualty assistance officer Steven Stoiber and the Embassy’s media adviser Arti Singh are already here making arrangements for the ceremony.

Uday, who recently migrated to the USA, is the first Indian to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 


Drive against cattle launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
The Municipal Corporation today launched a drive to remove milch cattle from villages in the city. As per the programme announced by the corporation, the enforcement staff today visited Buterla, Badheri, Bapu Dham and Burail villages to catch the milch cattle.

A total of 37 milch cattle were caught in today’s drive. When the enforcement team reached Atawa village, the owners of the milch cattle objected and they were given three days’ time by the Deputy Commissioner. The enforcement team was headed by Enforcement Magistrate, Mr Ishwar Singh and Assistant Commissioner, Mr Arun Sekhri. 


Units causing pollution, say villagers
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, December 9
Panic gripped Mubarikpur and its adjoining villages after villagers complained of respiratory problem because of emission of some pungent gas from certain industrial units located nearby, this morning.

While talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Amar Chawla, a resident of Trivedi Camp, lamented that the situation became peculiar during odd hours.

As the problem aggravated early today, more than a dozen villagers of Trivedi Camp in Mubarikpur village complained to the police. A delegation of villagers, headed by Mr Amar Chawla, took up the issue of pollution caused by certain industrial units located in Mubarikpur, Bhankharpur, Haibatpur, Saidpura and nearby areas with Mr Manmohan Kumar Sharma, DSP, Dera Bassi.

Taking a serious note of the complaint, Mr Sharma deputed three constables to identify the industrial units emitting pollutants. When contacted the DSP said he had written to the Punjab Pollution Control Board, Patiala, regarding the problem being faced by the residents.


Canada to open visa office in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
With a view to facilitating Punjabis’ migration, the Consulate-General of Canada would start its operations in the city from April 1, 2004.

This was stated here today by the Animal Husbandry Minister, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang. He had called upon Canada’s Federal Agriculture and Food Minister, Mr Lyle Vanclief, and the Canadian High Commissioner, Ms Lucie Edward, in New Delhi yesterday with a proposal to discuss collaboration with Canada for promotion of dairy development, processing and fisheries.


Osho meditation camp on Dec 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
The Osho Naman Dhyan Kendra, Sector 37, will organise a meditation camp at Indira Holiday Home, Sector 24, on December 11 from 6 am to 8 pm to celebrate Osho’s birthday. Experimentation with numerous meditation techniques, including cathartic, Buddhist and musical satsang, will be the highlight of the day.

The Premdwara Meditation Centre will also hold celebration the same day from 12 noon to 6 pm at Lajpat Rai Bhavan, Sector 15. According to Swami Akhilesh Saraswati, an exhibition of Osho literature, cassettes and CDs will be an added attraction of the function.

In Panchkula, a two-day celebration to mark the occasion will begin from Saturday evening at Osho Dhara Commune, 50, Industrial Area, Phase I. A unique dance to meditation programme will be conducted by experts. A full-day meditation camp will be held on December 14. 


KC cinema reopens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
KC Cinema in Sector 17 reopened today after five days after the Chandigarh Administration suspended the licence of the cinema on December 4. The cinema was opened after ADC, Mr IS Sandhu, inspected the facilities.

Earlier, the licence of the cinema was suspended for seven days starting from December 4. But after the ADC found that the toilets and seats had been repaired. The cinema management had been given a show-cause notice a few days ago as to why the licence should not be suspended.

It may be re-collected that a basic set of directions were agreed upon about eight weeks ago when the rates of cinema tickets were hiked.



Manhole cover stolen
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 9
A manhole cover from a drainage pipe in the Sector 10 house of a former Chief Engineer, Punjab Irrigation Department, Mr H.S. Ahluwalia, was reportedly stolen this evening.

Mr Ahluwalia told Chandigarh Tribune that he was told by his tenant that an unidentified man removed the cover at around 6.30 pm, rapped it in a mat and disappeared. ‘‘The tenant was under impression that I had hired the man to carry-out some repair job and that is why she did not raise an alarm’’, said Mr Ahluwalia.

Thefts: A Sector 35 resident, Mr Parveen Gulati, reported that his car stolen from Sector 9 yesterday. Another Sector 35 resident, Mr Hoshiar Singh, reported that his car was stolen from his residence on the night of December 7.

Mr Ajay Mohindroo, a resident of Jalandhar, reported that his car was stolen from a Sector 26 market on Friday. The scooter of Mr Nazar Singh (of Hallomajra village) was also stolen the same day from the Sector 22 market.

Meanwhile, a Punjab Engineering College student, Mr Mohit, reported that two mobile phones were stolen from his hostel room. 


Couple injured in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Lalru, December 9
Three persons, including a Panchkula-based couple, were injured in an accident involving two cars on the Kalka-Ambala highway in Kurli village, near here, late last night.

The couple, Jaspreet Singh and his wife Baljit Kaur, of Sector 6 in Panchkula was heading towards Zirakpur in their Indica ( HR-03D-2111) when a Maruti Esteem, approaching from the opposite direction, collided head on with their car. Harnek Singh, driver of the Esteem (CHA-4196), also sustained injuries in the accident.

The couple was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh while Harnek Singh escaped with minor injuries.

Vehicular traffic on the highway also disrupted for more than one-and-a-half hours.

After impounding the vehicles, the police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC against Harnek Singh at the Lalru police station.


Student commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 9
A 17-year-old engineering student of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, allegedly committed suicide here today. The victim, Manjinder Singh Sandhu, was living with his parents and elder brother in Phase VI, and was found lying on the road in Phase V in the evening by some passers-by.

Although the family of the victim refused to talk to the media about the incident, sources said Manjinder was a first-year student of the college and had attended college today where he had an examination.

He was found on the road and seemed to have consumed poison. The passers-by found a telephone number from his pocket. His friends were informed, who told the family. He was taken to a private hospital and later referred to the PGI, where he was declared brought dead by doctors.

Known as Honey to his friends and family, Manjinder’s father works in the mini-secretariat in Chandigarh. His neighbours said there did not seem to be any problem in the family. 

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