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Admn demolishes farmhouses in Kishangarh area
Tribune News Service

Among the demolished farmhouses are those belonging to

  • An IAS couple of the Punjab cadre.
  • One owned by a retired high court Judge
  • Another by a Deputy Advocate-General of Punjab.

Those facing the bulldozer
are owned by

  • A leading politician of Punjab.
  • A retired senior bureaucrat
  • A former PGI director

Chandigarh, May 25
In a major action against some powerful people, a team of the Chandigarh Administration demolished farmhouses in the Kishangarh area last afternoon and took into possession about 125 acres of land which had been acquired for an upcoming IT park.

A total of about 20 farmhouses were demolished in the operation. Two nurseries were also removed from the land.

Kishangarh, located just east of Sukhna Lake, is dotted with farmhouses owned by the rich, the famous and the powerful. Those left out in yesterday drive were people who had obtained a stay from the high court. They were not left out on the basis of their influence, said a senior official.

The land has been acquired and the occupants have been given compensation. The rate of compensation varies between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 14 lakh per acre.

Last afternoon, when the Chandigarh Administration team arrived to demolish the structures, there were protests by people. Employees of a nursery protested vehemently. The owner, a resident of Panchkula, said he never got any notice that the structure was to be demolished or else he could have removed the plants.

Meanwhile, sources in the Land Acquisition Office said an IAS couple, whose farmhouse was demolished, did not create much of a fuss.

The sources said another chunk of 507 acres of land also included some farmhouses which had come up during the past two decades. Notices had been served to owners under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.

Last winter, some area of Kishangarh village, where several people had built their homes, had been exempted from acquisition.

The Administration was also acquiring all vacant land to prevent it from falling in the hands of private colonisers and also prevent encroachments. The idea of the Administration is to develop a sort of green belt around the city and also use such outlying areas for building institutions — like the development of a bio-technology park in Sarangpur village located just west of Panjab University or the IT park in Kishangarh.


MC nod to auction of 5.3 acres of land in Mani Majra
Our Correspondent

Gallantry award winners

If an agenda item before the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is approved, the gallantry award winners would get the facility of free parking. Councillor Brig Sant Singh suggested that “considering the sacrifices made by them and the services rendered under the most hazardous conditions to uphold the national honour and to ensure the integrity of our borders, the PVC, MVC and VrC winners or their widows should be allowed free parking. The facility should also be extended to “the parents of bachelors who were given posthumous awards”.

He added, “I am proposing this as a matter of honour to them, rather than for monetary gain. For this very reason, the Government of India had exempted them from payment of toll tax on national highways.

Chandigarh, May 25
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today gave its approval for the “disposal” of 5.349 acres in Mani Majra by way of open auction “for construction of multi-storeyed housing flats”. The corporation also decided to invite “expression of interest” for setting up a “garbage processing unit” to dispose of municipal solid waste in the city. Councillor Harjinder Kaur, however, walked out of the meeting on the issue of carpeting of roads.

In its general house meeting, the corporation approved the purchase of a new bulldozer for the Medical Officer of the Health Department. The issue pertaining to the burning of leaves could not be taken up. The Municipal Commissioner informed the House that the corporation was facing a shortage of funds as the grant of Rs 20.8 crore had been stopped by the Administration.

The agenda for the disposal of land “in pocket nos 2 and 3” of Mani Majra was considered at an earlier meeting also. It was proposed that the site should be disposed of by way of open public auction to firms, companies and private builders of repute on a free-hold basis under the provisions of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act of 1952.

As far as the garbage disposal unit was concerned, a committee set up for the purpose was initially of the view that the “Plasma Pyrolysis Vitrification Technology” advanced by Terrasafe Technology Private Limited was “the most suitable”. But subsequently the company did not produce requisite clearance either from the Central Pollution Control Board or from the Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Resources. Later the corporation was informed that there were a few plants based on different technologies functioning in the country. As such, the “expression of interest should be invited”. 


Infosys begins its innings in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
In what is probably the biggest single investment in Chandigarh, information technology giant Infosys today sent a team here to hand over money for the land the company is buying. The company will set up a Rs 100-crore software development centre at the upcoming Chandigarh Technology Park.

This will employ up to 2400 professionals on the campus. During the first phase, Infosys will invest Rs 30 crore and employ 600 professionals. The first phase is to be completed by April, next year.

This means that Chandigarh will be considered one of the major IT cities in the country. Already, Chandigarh’s software exports in the last financial year had touched Rs 80 crore. The scope is unlimited in the next three years, hope professionals in the sector. Infosys plans to expand rapidly in Chandigarh Technology Park, said a spokesperson of the Administration.

Infosys, which will set up a campus spread across 20 acres, today handed over the first instalment towards the cost of land. A cheque of Rs 3 crore was handed over to the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), by the vice-president of Infosys, Mr H.R. Binod.

Infosys and the Chandigarh Administration had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) about an year and half ago, however, formal allotment of this piece of land was held back due to a court case filed by people seeking industrial plots at different location.

Now construction at the 20-acre site is to start by July this year. The facility in the park will be a part of its expansion plans in the region. Infosys already has a facility in Mohali where approximately 200 professionals are working at present.

Infosys is the anchor company for Chandigarh Technology Park. Meanwhile, DLF Limited is constructing the ready-built space, which will be on offer to companies. About 6 lakh square feet of space will be on offer from July 31, this year. The spokesman of the Administration said Chandigarh Technology park is set to become the most dynamic and flexible Technology Park of its kind in the country. A number of other leading companies like Convergys have also indicated interest for locating here.

The park is spread over an area of 111 acres. Besides main companies, an entrepreneur development centre is also being set up here. The Infosys team also met the Adviser to the Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, the Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary IT, Mr. Karan Avtar Singh, and the Director, Information Technology, Mr Vivek Atray.


PGI doctors conduct pathbreaking research
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
A team of PGI doctors has conducted a pathbreaking research on the use of statins to prevent blindness in diabetics which has brought them worldwide recognition.

As an acknowledgement of the significance of the research findings likely to benefit millions of diabetics across the world, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, in its 'Academy Express' - Electronic Newsletter of the Academy, has conveyed the research findings to its several thousand members as the 'New Journal Studies'.

The research was carried out by a team of doctors at the PGI, including Dr Amod Gupta, Professor and Head, Department of Ophthalmology, Dr Vishali Gupta, Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, Dr Shveta Thapar, Senior Resident in Ophthalmology, and Dr Anil Bhansali, Additional Professor in Endocrinology.

For years, statins have been used by the physicians and cardiologists in patients who suffer from heart attacks. In the research, the team of PGI doctors concentrated on the use of "lipid lowering drug Atorvastatin as an adjunct in the management of diabetic macular edema". The team found that statins were able to prevent blindness in patients who suffered from diabetic retinopathy.

The results of this research were published recently in the April issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology - one of the most prestigious Eye Journals in the world.

The current diabetic population in India is around 30 million which is likely to exceed 50 million mark by 2020. The diabetics, over a period of several years, will have eye sight affected due to collection of fluid and lipid in the centre of yellow spot.

So far, the standard care of these patients has revolved around closing the leaking point in the retina with laser in order to retain the vision. It was unusual for the patients to show any improvement in visual acuity after laser photocoagulation.

The study carried out at the PGI showed in no uncertain terms that these lipid deposits can dramatically melt away even before the laser treatment by using statins. The study also focused the need of a good metabolic control besides lowering the blood lipid level before subjecting them to laser treatment.

"The findings of this research are likely to benefit millions of diabetics across the world. We emphasize that diabetes and blood lipid level be controlled under the supervision of a specialist, preferably an endocrinologist", say the doctors who conducted the research.


Law institute: Zoning plan changed after allotment
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Was the zoning plan of Sector 38-A, Chandigarh, changed by the UT Administration to help high-profile buyers of a prime piece of land in their business venture?

The decision to allot land to Chandigarh Law Institute Private Limited for setting up a law institute was taken on January 22, 2004. On February 11, 2004, the UT changed the zoning plan for the site.

What comes as a surprise is the fact that the zoning plan for the land in question was changed after it was allotted "in a discrete manner" to some VIPs.

These VIP businessmen include Dr. V.K. Bansal, former Chairman of the Department of Laws of Panjab University, advocate Shailendra Jain, and Ripjit Singh Narang and Amarjit Singh Narang, both sons of Mr Justice J.S. Narang, a sitting Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Originally, the land was meant for buildings of public offices, cultural institutions or commercial buildings. The changed plan fixed the site for education institutions.

Records show that the decision to allot land to the Chandigarh Law Institute was taken by the Screening Committee of the UT after overruling the decision of the Estate Office.

The Estate Office had not found the company eligible for allotment of land as per guidelines.

However, according to Estate Office sources, since it was the first-of-its kind case, the file was sent to the Screening Committee. The Screening Committee overruled the decision of the Estate Office and allotted land to the company, registered as a private limited one.

Not only this, the Administration also charged much less than the amount it had fixed for the site.

According to the notification issued by the UT Finance Department on July 1, 2002, the rates of sites meant for commercial organisations and public sector undertakings on V2, V3 roads, where this land is situated, were fixed at Rs 17,000 per square yard. However, the management of the institute paid only Rs 1,800 per square yard for the plot.

It may be remembered that a public interest petition (PIL) is pending before a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The petition seeks quashing of the allotment of the land to the Chandigarh Law Institute Private Limited for a law institute.

The case is scheduled to come up for hearing tomorrow. 


General court martial under way
Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Though there is no special significance in a general officer being tried for an offence under the Army Act by a general court martial (GCM), it is rare for officers of the rank of a major-general to be prosecuted by it. A GCM is currently under way at Ferozepore to try a major-general on charges of professional impropriety.

While a number of courts martial are convened every year to try junior or middle rung military personnel for dereliction of duty or administrative lapses, the number of GCMs to try senior level officers, in comparison, is very small.

"The law does not cater to rank. It is for dealing with offences and is the same for everyone," Brig Rajinder Kumar, a retired Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Branch officer and a practicing lawyer said. "No one is above the law," he added.

The last time GCMs held to try officers of this level was in 2001 when two major-generals from the Army Service Corps (ASC) were tried in 2001. According to reports, Major-Gen Rattan Kaul, then posted in Northern Command had been charged for remaining absent without leave. The court, presided by the then GOC 2 Corps, Lieut-Gen Kapil Vij, had found him not guilty.

The other officer, Major-Gen V.K. Arjuna, who was tried separately by a different GCM, was reportedly awarded two years rigorous imprisonment on charges of professional impropriety. He had represented against the verdict, though the final outcome of the case is not known.

Both the generals were alleged to have been involved in some unsavoury incidents while on a visit to Bangalore. One of them was reportedly seriously injured after he was hit on the head by a woman. He was admitted to the Military Hospital in Bangalore, where he had been placed on the Dangerously Ill List, which was how the matter came to light.

Other known cases include the trial of a major-general posted at Nanital, who had been tried by a court martial about four years ago for his alleged involvement with a lady officer.

In the early 80s, Major-Gen D.S.C. Rai, GOC of a division, had been court martialled for alleged financial irregularities. A few years later, a major-general heading the ASC branch at Southern Command faced a court martial on corruption charges. In 1991, a General Officer Commanding 5 Division was tried at Mhow and during the mid-90s, the head of the Ordnance Branch in Southern Command being tried at Mumbai. Both officers faced corruption charges.

Earlier instances known date back to the years following the 1971 Indo-Pak war, when Major-Gen Hardev Singh, GOC of a division, was court martialled and cashiered from service. This was followed by a major-general belonging to the Gorkhas being tried for alleged administrative lapses by him during his tenure as an Area Commander.

There have also been instances of general officers quitting service or being "sent home" rather than facing disciplinary action. During the tenure of General Rodrigues as Army Chief, two major-generals were asked to put in their papers after they were found indulging in immoral activities. There have been instances of lieutenant-generals too being asked to quit.

"Court martial of officers at the rank of major general should not happen as only the best make it up the hierarchy" Major R.S. Randhawa, a former JAG officer and a practicing lawyer said.

"The Army cannot isolate itself from society and the same values will percolate to the services," Lieut-Gen Depinder Singh, former GOC-in-C, Southern Command said.


Students blame PU for harassment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Candidates appearing for an entrance test conducted by Panjab University for admission to B.Sc. (Hons. School), Five Year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) Integrated Course, MBBS, BAMS and BHMS, today lamented that they had to rush from one centre to another as the location of their respective examination centres was not clearly mentioned on the admit card.

A number of students said they had to lose valuable time finding exact examination centre. Many girl students had difficulty in reaching the changed centres as their parents had left after dropping them at the centres mentioned on admit cards.

The Controller of Examination, Panjab University, Mr Sodhi Ram, denied that there was any confusion about the location of the examination centres. He said they had opened special counters, including inquiries on telephone for the examination at the university yesterday, but a few students used the facility. Information about the special counters was also given in the newspapers, he said.

The students, however, lamented that the university authorities faltered in printing the right location on the admit cards, sent by registered post. Later a circular, dated May 19, was sent specifying the exact location of the examination centre. Mr Ashok, a Mandi Gobindgarh-based advocate, whose daughter appeared for the test, said he did not get the circular on amended location of the examination centre. Another parents said the admit card did not mention whether it was Government College for Girls, Sector 11, or Government College for Girls, Sector 42.


Demarcation of land on Ambala highway carried out
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, May 25
Following the Punjab and Haryana High Court directions on removal of encroachments from the “killer” Chandigarh-Ambala highway, teams of the Punjab Revenue Department and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) jointly conducted demarcation of the government land allegedly encroached upon by shopkeepers here today.

Over 150 shops that have come up illegally on the government land along the Chandigarh-Patiala highway in the Zirakpur market will face NHAI bulldozers in the next two days.

The demarcation process was finally conducted today by senior officials of both departments amid high tension. Earlier, irate shopkeepers had entered into a scuffle with the members of the demarcation team on May 21 in which the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat chief and two shopkeepers had sustained injuries.

To avoid any untoward incident, revenue officials and Punjab Public Works Department (which comes under NHAI) officials were provided assistance of 40 policemen by the local administration. The demarcation process was carried out in the presence of Mr Sanjeev Bansal, Tehsildar of Dera Bassi.

Mr P.K. Kalia, Subdivisional Officer of the Building and Roads wing of the Punjab Public Works Department (PPWD), Mr Praveen Kumar, Naib Tehsildar of Dera Bassi, with the assistance of 25 employees of both the departments, completed the process in about five hours.

These unauthorised constructions have been earmarked along the right side of the Chandigarh-Patiala highway as well as on the left side of the Zirakpur-Patiala road (starting from the traffic police post).

While implementing the high court directions, the NHAI has also started constructing temporary road dividers along the highway leaving 33 feet wide space for long-route vehicles.

While talking to this correspondent, Mr Kalia said three stripes would be painted on the 33 feet wide metalled road for long-route vehicles while the rest of the space would be used for parking purposes. There was also a provision to construct a pavement in front of the shops for the convenience of the general public, he claimed.

The SDO also added that the shopkeepers had been asked to remove encroachments on their own by tomorrow, otherwise the department would have to pull these down.

The shopkeepers and government officials had clashed during a demolition drive on May 21. The case had took a political turn after some local Congress leaders staged a dharna along the busy Kalka-Ambala highway on May 22.

To politicise the case, two councillors of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, Mr Jaspal Singh and Mr Bhagwant Singh, along with some Congress workers, including Mr Ekatar Singh, Mr Narinder Sidhu, Mr KK Verma and some others, also raised slogans against the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat president Mr Narinder Sharma, and demanded that a case be registered against him.

A case under Sections 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC was registered against Mr Sharma, Mr Harbansh Singh and Mr Pradeep Kumar.

Meanwhile, Mr Sharma made it clear that he was following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, besides assisting the revenue officials and the PPWD authorities in identifying the encroachments by the shopkeepers on the government land.


Action planned against residents damaging footpaths
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, May 25
The Municipal Council is gearing up to take action against residents who break footpaths and curb channels to provide ramps to their houses. The issue will be discussed at the civic body meeting scheduled to be held on May 31.

According to a report provided by the engineering wing, the council had provided footpaths and curb channels along various roads in the town. But it was seen that house owners, whose back was on the main road, had broken footpaths and curb channels to make an entry to the house from the back gate. It was also seen that a number of residents had extended their ramps till the road in front of their houses. For extending ramps they broke curb channels which resulted in blocking the flow of rain water. As such the roads in the area got damaged. Letters had been written to PUDA to take action against such persons but nothing happened. Now the council will discuss what action could be taken against persons who damaged footpaths and curb channels.

Estimates for various types of maintenance works totalling more than 80 lakh had been put on the agenda of the meeting. An estimate of Rs 5 lakh each has been prepared for the maintenance of Rose Garden in Phase III B 1 and Silvi Park in Phase 10. Similarly an estimate of Rs 3.81 lakh has been prepared for the maintenance of Bougainvillea Garden in Phase IV. An estimate of Rs 4.29 lakh has been prepared for the supply of labour for the maintenance of independent streetlight points, fire station, octroi posts and office building. Patch work on main roads would be done at an estimated cost of Rs 3.10 lakh. An estimate of Rs 4.10 lakh has been prepared for providing and installing gas chlorinators at tubewells in Phases VII and IX, Industrial Area.

The council is also planning to give two acres of land, allotted to it by PUDA for a cattle pound, on lease to “Gau Seva Ashram”. The society had demanded that possession of the land be given to it as it would take care of animals free of cost and would also construct the necessary sheds in the area. For giving land on lease to the society, the civic body would have to take the necessary permission from the Director, Local Government, Punjab. The work of constructing a boundary wall or fencing the area was being done by the council.

Objections and suggestions presented by residents of the town in connection with the implementation of the Punjab Municipal (Sanitation and Public Health) Bylaws, 2003, will also be discussed at the monthly meeting of the civic body. The government had directed civic bodies to implement the bylaws which prohibited certain acts which adversely affected sanitation and public health.

The council had cleared the proposal to adopt the sanitation bylaws at its meeting held on July 11 and wanted an early implementation of the bylaws. But the civic body had to invite objections from the public in this regard.

In the objections residents welfare organisations had sought the provision of certain facilities by the council before the implementation of the bylaws.


Fauji Beat
Jointmanship is key to success in war

EXPERIENCE shows that affiliations between the supporting and supported arms if properly natured during peacetime, better results are produced during the war. The bond that existed between the armoured regiments and infantry battalions in the olden days exemplifies this the best.

The friendly bond that existed between the arms in the earlier wars has now become necessary for the three services i.e. the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, to fight modern wars. To achieve close coordination between the three, the government had taken a decision more than two years ago to appoint a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to head the armed forces. Unfortunately, this decision has not yet been implemented.

We are seeing a unique affiliation developing between the Army and the Navy, which is likely to result in a better understanding between them in any future war. To begin with, the INS Mumbai was affiliated to the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment. The newly commissioned INS Delhi would shortly be affiliated to the Rajputana Rifles Regiment. The INS Mysore is also likely to be affiliated with an infantry regiment in the near future.

The key to success in the modern warfare is jointmanship. Once this is achieved between the three services, which results in better understanding of each others capabilities, affiliations will automatically flow from it. No war doctrine without jointmanship between the three services will achieve the desired results.

Patient-satisfaction hospital’s motto

Never the patient-satisfaction level at the Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, been so high as it was during the command of Major-Gen (now Lieut-Gen) B. Sadananda, who left on posting on March 30. So well streamlined was the hospital working during his tenure that more than 1000 outdoor patients left the hospital after their examination, blood and other test results and medicines the same day and never was there any shortage of medicines in the hospital. The waiting time for the patients was reduced to the barest minimum. But those patients who had to wait for their tests results never felt bored because enough reading material, including almost all the newspapers were available for them.

When the General was to leave on posting, the question on every ex-serviceman’s lips was: “will the present culture continue after he leaves?” No doubt, it was not possible by the Commandant to achieve the results that he did without his team of devoted doctors. But what can be said now is that General Sadananda’s relief is not only highly impressed by the standards set by his predecessor but he is also confident to continue with his mission in the right earnest.

Brig. S.K. Kaul, who has been approved for promotion, had come to this hospital on temporary duty for about a month and left the other day. He is likely to come on posting as the Commandant of this hospital in the first week of June.

Counter-insurgency school

When insurgency erupted in the Mizo Hills (now Mizoram) in 1967, one infantry battalion from each division in the East was inducted into that region to quell it. Realising that with the specialized training, our officers and men would achieve better results in these operations, a Counter-Insurgency Jungle Warfare (CIJW) School was established at Vairengte in the Mizo Hills.

The school has now come of age and can boast of having trained a sizeable number of the Army, paramilitary forces and central police forces personnel. Capsule courses also run for a selected number of personnel from the Navy and the Air Force.

The CI operations are tricky and taxing because locating a hostile is like locating a needle in a haystack. Not only that, this is one operation in which you cannot differentiate between a friend and a foe.

Despite all the Imponderables of these operations, the CIJW School has established its credibility all over the world in imparting the right kind of training for the CI operations. This has resulted in many friendly countries sending their personnel for training to this school.

— Pritam Bhullar


Smokers beware, you may be fined
Sanjay Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Smoking at a public place (bus stand, railway station, an open ground and government office compound) will invite a fine of Rs 200, while anybody advertising any tobacco product can be imprisoned up to five years.

Besides, anyone selling any tobacco product to a minor shall also make himself liable to a fine of Rs 200. This was stated in a workshop organised for the police personnel here today.

The Burning Brain Society chairman, Mr Hemant Goswami, said as per the February 25 notification many open areas like bus stop, stadium, etc. frequented by public were also covered under the relevant Act. Any extension of public building and area within the boundary wall of such office complexes should also come within the revised definition of public places.

However, the sources in the police said it would not be able to take any action against the smokers as no notification had been issued till date to authorise them to even challan people. Mr Rajesh Kumar, TGP, however, warned the smokers that the police would take action against them.

The hands of the police were tied as it had to be notified as to who amongst the officers would compound the penalty.

Different provisions and Sections of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, and other related laws were discussed in the workshop for working out a strategy to crack-down on smokers.

Mr Goswami’s lecture covered health, social and legal aspects of the smoking.

A presentation on medical aspect was prepared by Dr Rajesh Kashyap, Registrar, IGMC, Shimla, and on social and legal aspect by Mr Satish Kumar Bhatti and Mr Hemant Goswami.

The presentation was followed by an interactive discussion involving all senior officers of the Chandigarh police.

During the presentation Mr Goswami said smoking was a social menace in which over 50 per cent of men were trapped. He further said in rural areas, this figure was as high as 70 per cent.

The mean age of smoking is 11 years and by time a person reaches 18 he develops preference for a specific brand, said Mr Goswami. He added that the initiative of the government to ban selling of tobacco products to anybody below 18 was laudable but at the same time it was of utmost importance that the enforcement agencies kept a strict vigil on any violation. No leniency on this ground could be to lerated as this would leave the spirit of this provision and the act fall flat, which in return would directly affect the health of the next generation.

To a question about the revenue generated by the tobacco products, Mr Goswami said even the Supreme Court, in the famous Murli S. Deora vs. Union of India case had taken note of annual loss to the tune of Rs 13,500 crore in term of productivity loss alone. He added that this loss was besides the loss of public money on account of healthcare cost to smokers and their families. Even the Supreme Court had stated that the loss incurred by smoking offsets all benefits accruing in the form of revenue and employment generated by the tobacco industry.

The workshop was attended by most of the senior police officials of the Chandigarh police including the IGP.


Police post gheraoed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Around 150 persons gathered outside Sector 61 police post for three hours tonight demanding the arrest of a few persons of Sector 52, who had allegedly thrashed a man and a woman with sticks and hockey sticks.

An eyewitness Harbans Kaur, who identified herself as the organising secretary of the Congress Sewa Dal, Punjab, told Chandigarh Tribune that Krishan, Khandu and Ramesh along with at least six others beat up Samunder of the same sector with hockey sticks and a woman Raj who tried to save him. Ms Kaur alleged that the police was delaying the registration of the case forcing them to stage a dharna outside the police post.

The injured were taken to the Sector 16 General Hospital.

The wife of the injured, Ms Ramesho, said Krishan, Ramesh and Khandu came on a scooter and took away Samunder. She said the gang whose number later increased allegedly beat up her husband who was saved by residents of the colony.

Ms Kaur said had the residents of the colony not intervened the alleged attackers would have killed Samunder.

The police post in-charge Dalsher Singh, however, denied that the police post had been gheraoed. He said there was no question of denial of the registration of the case as the medical examination and the statement of the complainant had to be taken before registering a case.

He said Satyawan and Hansraj had been arrested in this connection and the police was also verifying the role of others.

The police post in-charge said a case had been registered in this regard under Sections 147, 148 (rioting), 341 (obstructing somebody’s movement), 323 (injury) and 506 of the IPC.


Honesty is still alive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
A person lost his purse carrying Rs 3000 and an ATM card in Sector 20 but was surprised to get information from his father that it had come back to him, not courtesy the police.

Sushain Jaidka of Sector 29-B narrating the incident said he went for shopping in the market but when reached the Sectors 29 and 30 light point, he realised that the purse had disappeared from his pocket. Mr Jaidka returned to the market to find out if his purse had fallen there. Jaidka was surprised to see his father Mr Rajinder Pal Singh in the market to tell him that two persons had come to their house to hand over the purse along with the amount and the ATM card.

The purse was spotted by Rakesh and Rajan who saw the identity card of the purse holder. They contacted the office of Mr Jaidka and found out the address of the person. Rakesh and Rajan then went to the Sector 29 house of Jaidka to hand over the purse. They told the father of Mr Jaidka that the purse was found near the light point of Sector 20.

Mr Jaidka said that he wanted to congratulate the two persons for their act of honesty.


Missing girl returns home
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 25
Shailja, a Class VII student of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, here, who went missing about a week ago, today returned to her home.

It is learnt that she returned to her home from Sector 9 in Chandigarh. A complaint about her disappearance was lodged by the father of the girl, Mr Jabgir Singh, a resident of Haryana Housing Board Colony, Sector 14, here. Shailja went missing as she had allegedly not been doing her homework regularly.


Mystery shrouds death of transporter
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 25
Mystery shrouds the death of Baljit Singh, a transporter and a resident of Bakshiwala village, near here.

According to sources, the body of Baljit Singh was found hanging from a tree in the forest area in the vicinity of Pinjore today. Baljit had left his house around 7 a.m. yesterday and informed his brother, Mr Jasbir Singh, an employee of the Punjab Tractors Limited. (PTL).

He alleged that the police was trying to hush up the case terming it as suicide. Though the post-mortem was conducted at Civil Hospital, Kalka, no case has been registered yet.

Five booked for assault

The police today booked five persons on the charge of assaulting certain police personnel in the Mansa Devi area here last night.

Sources said policemen on duty near a liquor shop and a lottery stall were assaulted after an argument with certain persons. Those booked are Surinder, Manish, Arun, Rinku and Pawan.

While Surinder has been arrested, others have absconded. A case had been registered.

Meanwhile, four persons have been booked on the charge of violating the Punjab New Periphery Control Act. They were allegedly constructing a petrol station, without the permission of the Towning Planning Department in the Chandi Mandir area.

The booked persons are Madhu Mangla, Anil Mangla, Sunil Mangla and Avinash Kumar, an official of the Reliance.

Sadhu alleges assault by cops

Surjit Dass, a sadhu of the Ram Vichar Akhara, Mattewala, today alleged that he was beaten up by certain police personnel last night.

In his complaint, he alleged that three policemen came in a gypsy to his ashram and assaulted him while he was waiting for a friend.

However, police sources refuted his allegations, saying that the policemen had only asked him to go inside the ashram. He was allegedly “stopping” trucks passing through a nearby road.

The police is investigating and no case has been registered.


Shopkeeper attacked in Colony No. 4
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
A shopkeeper was injured when he was attacked by a youth with a sharp-edged weapon in colony number 4, Industrial Area, last night.

An altercation between the woman, Babli, and the shopkeeper, Surinder Bajaj, turned violent when the nephew of the woman, Ravi, intervened and allegedly attacked the shopkeeper who runs a sweet shop in the area.

The police said the woman had gone to the shop to buy something last night and a verbal duel started between the woman and the shopkeeper. An enraged Ravi attacked the shopkeeper, who in turn assaulted Babli.

All three have been arrested.

Neighbour assaulted

A Mani Majra resident inflicted injuries on his neighbour with scissors following an altercation on Tuesday.

Mohmmed Irshad was taken to the hospital where he was stated to be out of danger. The police has arrested Balwinder, alias Bachhi of the Quila area, in this connection after booking him under Section 324 of the Indian Penal Code. He has later released on bail.

Pedestrian killed in road mishap

A pedestrian was killed after he was allegedly hit by a Tata 407 last night in the Industrial Area, Phase I.

He was taken to the Sector 16, General Hospital, where he was declared dead before admission.


One held for stealing shoes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
A Panchkula resident has been arrested for allegedly stealing a pair of shoes from a shop in Sector 17.

Vijay Kumar, resident of Bhainsa Tibba, Mansa Devi Road, Panchkula, was caught by the shopkeeper, Mr Umesh Bansal, near the Neelam Cinema. The shopkeeper recovered the shoes from the alleged thief. Vijay Kumar was then handed over to the police which arrested him. He has been booked under Sections 380 (theft), and 411 (recovery of stolen property).


One arrested with pistol
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
A Sector 25 resident Swarn Singh was yesterday arrested by the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh police along with a country-made pistol procured from Uttar Pradesh.

Swarn Singh, has been involved in several theft cases, Swarn Singh, who earlier worked with a junk dealer, told the police that he had bought the pistol for his safety.


5 hurt in mishap

Mohali, May 25
Five persons were injured when an auto-rickshaw and a truck collided near the Phase I barrier here today.

The injured were taken to the local Civil Hospital where they were discharged after first aid. It is learnt that one of the injured had been sent to Chandigarh to get a CT scan done.

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