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2 theft accused flee jail, 1 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
The Crime Branch this evening arrested Nanveet Kumar, who along with Raju Kumar had escaped from its custody during the day. The former was arrested from Sector 42, the police said.

The police said on getting information that he had been spotted in a nearby jungle in Sector 42 they reached the area. As soon as he saw the police coming, he started running. The police called reinforcements and cordoned off the forest area. During the search Navneet was arrested.

He reportedly told the police that he had used a bench lying in the verandah of the Crime Branch to jump on to the roof. After reaching there he escaped.

They were arrested on June 23 for stealing a bag containing some cash and documents from a car parked in Sector 35.

Their escape had come to light when Sub-Inspector Ram Kumar reached the office to interrogate the two, Navneet Kumar and Raju Kumar, at about 1.30 a.m.

The Sub-Inspector on arriving had noticed that the sentry on duty, Som Nath, was sleeping in a barrack and night in-charge Head Constable Sarminder Singh in another room when the incident reportedly took place, a Chandigarh Police press note said. It, however, did not mention how the accused fled.

A case under Section 223 and 224 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 11 police station in this regard. A departmental inquiry against them has also been initiated.


Emotional card did the trick
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
The Crime Branch today played an emotional card to re-arrest Navneet within hours after he escaped from the lockup. As soon as Navneet escaped, he rang up his sister Ashu, who works in a finance company in Sector 35, on her mobile phone. The police approached his family and persuaded them to help them track him. The family of Navneet agreed to accompany the raiding party.

During this time Navneet kept on calling up his sister, asking her to connect him to his mother. Ashu told him that she was in office and would be able to connect him in half an hour.

Meanwhile, the police was able to identify the locations of the calls. They had been made from PCOs in Sector 35, 36 and 42.

Navneet was spotted by a policeman near Sector 42. He approached Navneet, asking him if he could guide him in locating a house. In the meantime he informed the other police parties and the jungle area was cordoned off, which led to his arrest.



LPG-run car catches fire, owner booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
An LPG-run Maruti 800 car (DL 2CK 3630) was charred when its engine caught fire near the official residence of the Haryana Chief Minister in Sector 3.

The police has booked the owner of the car, Sukhchain Singh of Bathinda, for allegedly running a car on LPG illegally and posing danger to the lives of others.

The driver of the car and two others were heading towards the Haryana Chief Minister’s residence after a visit to the Punjab Chief Minister’s residence when the car caught fire. The occupants of the car came out of the car and fled the scene, fearing a possible blast and a subsequent police action. The police said the car was completely destroyed by the time the fire-tenders reached the spot. The occupants of the car escaped unhurt. However, the police failed to trace them. The police has impounded the vehicle.

A beat constable, Nachhatar Singh, noticed the fire and informed the fire brigade and the police. The engine of the vehicle caught fire and it soon spread to the rest of the car. A firefighter said the damage was so instant that by the time they reached the spot, the car had been completely burnt.

We could smell the LPG from the flames, a firefighter said. The fire brigade used foam and water to control the fire.


Marshals show the door to BJP, SAD councillors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Pandemonium prevailed at the beginning of the meeting of the local Municipal Corporation (MC) here today over bribery charges against a Congress councillor, Mr Balraj Singh. BJP and SAD members were thrown out of the House for allegedly disrupting the proceedings.

As soon as the meeting began, Mr Gian Chand Gupta and Ms Kamla Sharma (BJP), and Ms Harjinder Kaur (SAD) began demanding a CBI probe into the allegations that the councillor had accepted an illegal gratification of Rs 2,000 from a Mauli Jagran resident.

Raising slogans, the agitated members, who were locked in a bitter war of words with Congress councillors, particularly Ms Anu Chatrath and Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, demanded the resignations of Congress councillors on ‘moral grounds’.

With the Mayor, Ms Kamlesh, failing to pacify them, Marshals were called in to take the slogan-shouting councillors out of the House.

When the House resumed, the discussion on the status of sanitation in the city generated much din. An official report on sanitation gave the lie to “satisfactory” certificates issue by councillors to contractors in areas where the sanitation work had been privatised.

While the report found that “unsatisfactory” sanitary conditions prevailed at majority of places, the councillors in their wisdom gave “satisfactory” certificates. These certificates are mandatory for releasing payments to contractors. The report also found that the number of sweepers employed by the contractors was far less than the requisite strength.

Saying that there was a shortage of sweepers with the civic body, the Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh, suggested that up to 50 ‘safai karamcharis’ could be hired for proper sanitation of areas where the work was not satisfactory. The contractors would have to pay for the hired sweepers.

The meeting also decided to offer community centres, grounds and parks free of cost for holding ‘bhog’ and ‘kirya’ ceremonies. However, an amount of Rs 200 would be charged from persons booking these places for other purposes.

The meeting, on the request of the Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Pradeep Chhabra, also approved the purchase of 25,000 bags of cement, worth Rs 35.50 lakh, for various development projects that had been hanging fire in the city.


25 IT officials face axe
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Stage is set for the dismissal of 25 officials of the Income Tax Department of the north western region, who were booked by the CBI for allegedly forging documents to get jobs in the department.

Though no formal inquiry would be conducted by the department yet they are certain to lose their jobs on the basis of the CBI inquiry into the case, sources said here today. Earlier also, certain employees facing similar charges were dismissed by the department.

Absolving the role of the department in any irregularities in the case, the sources claimed that the department had no direct role in their recruitments.

Normally, a written test for the non-gazetted posts is conducted by the SSC followed by an interview by an independent panel of experts.

The names of the successful candidates are then forwarded to regional offices for appointment and there was no way the department could know about the irregularities in the recruitment process.

The recruitments were made during 1990-92 when the Office of the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax was at Patiala. It may be recalled that a number of candidates, who were later posted Inspectors, lower and upper division clerks and stenos, had allegedly forged documents for getting the jobs.

The officials, who are to be dismissed, include an Income Tax Officer (ITO) posted at the Regional Training Institute in Sector 34 here. The CBI has registered cases against them under Sections 420,468,471 and 120-B of the IPC.


Writer Deepak undergoes angioplasty
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 25
Prominent Hindi writer Swadesh Deepak (62) underwent angioplasty at Fortis Heart Institute in Phase VIII, here today.

Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Haryana Chief Minister, who was recuperating at Silver Oaks hospital here after an operation, today called on Deepak at Fortis to inquire about his health.

Deepak had got a heart attack at Ambala on June 23 and was admitted to the Fortis yesterday. An angiography was done which revealed that one of the arteries was completely blocked for which an angioplasty was needed.

According to close family members, Deepak was all alone at home when he suffered the heart attack. He fainted after the attack but later regained consciousness and contacted his brother in Chandigarh, who later got him admitted to Fortis. His condition was stable and was likely to be discharged in a day or two.

Deepak has written a number of novels, short stories and plays, including “Sabse udas kavita”, “Court Martial”, “Jalta Hua Rath” and “Kal Kothri”. He has also written an autobiography “Maine Mandu Nahin Dekha”. At present he was working on some short stories.


Chautala wishes Deepak quick recovery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala today visited writer Swadesh Deepak at Fortis Heart and Multi-Speciality Hospital, Mohali, who is recuperating there after undergoing heart surgery.

Talking to TNS, an emotional Swadesh Deepak said, “I was very surprised and grateful to see Mr Chautala and other senior dignitaries with him. He held my hand and said, “Get well soon, you have to a do a lot more, achieve many more laurels in your life. Just forget about everything, you have come to the right hospital and now looking after you is our problem and the state will take care of you.”

Swadesh Deepak has written 15 books and his latest book “Maine Mandu Nahin Dekha” is creating waves across the country. “ For seven years I was mentally ill and even spent five months in a psychiatric ward,” he says. “ When I was well, I thought I should write about my experiences of madness and that’s how this book came about. It’s the first book written by a patient and I am glad that the public has accepted it so well. Maybe, I will write another one now.”


Snake enters hostel room
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Gagandeep Singh, an occupant of Aggarwal Hostel in Sector 15 here, had a narrow escape when a snake sneaked into his room yesterday night. It was killed with the help of other occupants of the hostel.

“I rue the day when I moved into this hostel,” says Gagandeep. It is not the first time a reptile has snaked into a room of the hostel. Last year also, a snake had entered a room, said another occupant.

Occupants of the hostel allege that the upkeep of the hostel was not proper. They have alleged in a written complaint that the warden of the hostel is not providing proper facilities, whereas the charges are on the higher side.

The warden of the hostel could not contacted for comments despite repeated efforts.



Justice Nirmal Singh bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Ms Basant Kaur, mother of, Mr Justice Nirmal Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court, died yesterday.

Her daughter-in-law, Ms Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, is a Member of Parliament from the Bathinda constituency.

According to the family, the bhog and antim ardas will be held at 1 pm at Gurdwara Sahib, Sector 38-West on June 30.

Ms Basant Kaur is survived by seven sons and a daughter.

Her cremation, which was held yesterday, was attended by large number of people, including serving and retired judges and prominent politicians.

The legal fraternity in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh has mourned the death of the judge’s mother.



Tributes paid to Major Sagar
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 25
Tributes were paid to Major Sandeep Sagar of 1 JAKLI Battalion, on his martyrdom day at the Sandeep Sagar Memorial near the Sector 7 and 8 roundabout today.

People from different walks of life as well as family members of other martyrs in the region assembled at the memorial and paid floral tributes to the martyr. Major Sandeep Sagar had attained martyrdom fighting militants in Operation Vijay in 1999.

Paying tributes to the martyr, Mr N.C. Wadhwa, Chief Administrator, HUDA, said youth should take a lesson from the life of Major Sagar. He also directed the HUDA officials and the SDM, Panchkula, for the proper upkeep of the memorial.

His father, Prof Harbans Lal, while remembering him said his son lived up to the true sense of Army motto — The welfare of the country comes first, the welfare of the men you command comes next and your own welfare comes last.



Fire in booth
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 25
A fire broke out in a booth, dealing in electronic goods, in the Phase X market here last night. According to the fire brigade, the fire broke out after the owner of the booth had left. The incident was brought to the notice of the owner by a neighbour. Goods worth about Rs 40,000 got destroyed.

The fire brigade officials reached the scene and brought the flames under control. The cause of fire could not be known.


New passport application form

Chandigarh, June 25
A new passport application form is being introduced from July 1, this year.

The old form will also be accepted for a period of three months after the introduction of the new form, till September 30, the Regional Passport Officer, Mr Arvind Kumar, has said. TNS


Immigration racket busted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
The CBI today busted an immigration racket through which 341 persons were sent abroad on fake documents in alleged connivance with a former Protector of Immigrants based in the city. The development follows raids conducted as part of a nationwide and anti-corruption drive.

In another raid, the investigating agency detected a scam in the distribution of medicines. The raids continued till late in the night in the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) office here. Sources said the agency had been able to seize incriminating documents indicating that generic medicines were supplied to patients in the name of branded ones. The difference of rates between the two is huge.

CBI spokesperson from Delhi G. Mohanti told The Tribune that a former Protector of Immigrants, Randhir Singh, allegedly cleared 341 applications for sending the applicants abroad in alleged collusion with a Sector 17-based immigration agency, S.S. Enterprises, last year.

The raids were conducted both in Delhi and Chandigarh to seize documents and computers to establish the collusion.

The sources said S.S. Enterprises used to charge a fee of Rs 5,000 in each case. The immigration agency had allegedly produced fake certificates of employers from abroad before the Protector of Immigrants, who had the authority and wherewithal to check their veracity. He allegedly cleared all applicants forwarded by the agency.

The CBI found out that a man from Delhi, Sabghadullah, was also allegedly involved in the racket.


Doctor held for harassing wife
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 25
The police has arrested a doctor working in a private hospital here, after his wife had accused him of harassing her for bringing inadequate dowry at the time of marriage.

Dr Deepak Sahdev was arrested by the police late last night, on the complaint of his wife, Dr Kiran Sahdev. The latter had accused him, his parents Mr Ashok and Mrs Ram Piari, sister Chandan Verma, and aunt Kusum Gogna, of harassing and abusing her.

Dr Deepak was produced before a court and remanded in three days’ police custody. Meanwhile, the anticipatory bail application of his parents came up for hearing in the court, and the court issued a notice to the police for June 28. The arrest of Ms Kusum and Ms Chandan, has, however, been stayed.

Hurt: The 20-year-old son of Mr MP Bansal, an IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, was injured after he allegedly thumped his hand on a mirror in a fit of rage, at the Cricket Stadium in Sector 3. It is learnt that Shubham Bansal cut his hand after he thumped it on the mirror, when he was teased by his friends.

However, the cricket coach on duty said that Shubham was injured when he fell on the ground while playing. Bleeding profusely, he was rushed to General Hospital, where he was given stitches on his arm.

Arrested: The police arrested Ram Kumar in Raipur Rani today. He has been accused by Ramesh Kumar of forcibly entering into the latter’s house and outraging the modesty of his wife. The accused was presented before the court today and remanded to judicial custody.

Injured: A middle aged labourer, Nanku Ram, was seriously injured when he was hit by a truck near Aggarwal Bhavan, Sector 16 this morning. He was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, and is stated to be serious.


Governor’s driver beaten up

Chandigarh , June 25
The Haryana Governor’s driver Palaki Ram was today allegedly dragged out of his car and beaten up by a drunken driver on the Sector 23 and 24 round-about.

The police said a black Esteem car chased Baleno of the Governor and cornered the driver near the round about.

The heavily drunk person allegedly climbed on the bonnet of the car and damaged the windscreen of the Governor’s car, the police said.

The police later arrested Amandeep Singh of Mohali for allegedly assaulting the driver of the Governor. TNS


Reliance broadband service from July
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Reliance Infocomm, the telecom and information technology arm of India’s biggest private sector business conglomerate Reliance India Limited (RIL), is all set to roll out its latest initiative — Enterprise Broadband.

Being provided at data speeds 64 Kbps to 100 Mbps, the Enterprise Broadband’s products include voice and date transfer solutions, lease lines, internet connectivity, video conferencing and video telephony.

To begin with, Reliance Enterprise Broadband will be made available to corporates by the second week of July in 30 major cities across the country, including Chandigarh and Ludhiana. The company plans to extend the facility to 200 cities by the end of this year.

According to company sources, Enterprise Broadband will offer a convergent voice-data-video framework that will be delivered through the fibre-to-building and wireless mode.

Company sources say that though the tariffs are still being worked out, they will be “very competitive”.

Incidentally, Himachal Futuristic Communication Ltd (HFCL), another major telephony services provider, is gearing up to provide similar service soon. Reliance officials also say that Home Netway, through which the company will provide cable television on telecommunication platform, will be commercially launched around the end of this year.

Through Home Netway, the company will provide people the facility of Internet, telephone, video-on-demand, cable television, etc, at their houses, all at very “economical cost”.

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