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Crime in Chandigarh
Crime graph falls, insecurity increases in city
Murders, kidnappings, vehicle thefts go up; cheating, rioting decline 
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Though the cases of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and vehicle theft have risen in the city, the Chandigarh Police claims the crime scene during the first half of the year has looked up as compared to the corresponding period last year. The total number of cases registered this year has fallen, it claims.

Chandigarh, interestingly, has the highest number of police personnel per lakh residents in the country. With an area of just 144 sq km, it is also not stretched spatially.

However, despite the intensive policing, June was a bloody month with five murders taking place in the city. Only one killing took place in the corresponding period last year. Besides, 23 kidnapping cases were reported during the first six months of this year as against 13 last year. Cases of vehicle theft were 305 against 274 during the corresponding period last year. Cases of attempt to murder this year have increased to 11 against 8.

The saving grace for the police is that 10 out of 12 murders have been solved and most of the kidnapping cases have been registered by parents of minor as well as adult girls, who reportedly left their houses against the wishes of their families.

The SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, claimed in an interview that the security scenario had improved in the city as murders were generally committed because of troubled relationships, which occurred in a certain period of the year. He said there was no law and order problem as such in the city as there were negligible cases of assault on public servants or armed violence. Mr Yadav said efforts of the police to crack down on prostitution, gambling and drug use had arrested the trend of theft, chain snatching and burglary.

Mr Yadav, however, said more focused and intensive patrolling was needed to increase the already visible presence of the police in the city.

On the other hand, the Chairman of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations, Mr P. C. Sanghi, said a large number of office-bearers of 28 associations attached to his organisation had been complaining about day-time thefts and burglaries, chaotic traffic and lack of coordination between police officers and sector welfare association representatives.

Mr Sanghi said associations were promised that SHOs, beat officers and DSPs would meet them from time to time. But they had not met for months. The neighbourhood watch scheme seemed to have been abandoned, he said and added that patrolling was not effective.

An Administrator’s Law and Order Advisory Committee member, Mr Shivi Jaiswal, said insecurity was there in many areas of the city. He said though a large number of citizens had weapons, because of the imposition of Section 144, they could not carry those on their person. As a result, people’s contribution towards enhancing the security environment was negligible.

A former Chief of the Intelligence Bureau of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal, Mr H. S. Virk, said as movement into Chandigarh was easy, joint patrolling on the border by the UT, Punjab and Haryana police forces was required to improve the security environment.

June saw the gruesome murder of Sector 25 resident Komal by Mukesh, a son of a woman drug peddler, Kamla. He allegedly killed Komal for withdrawing from the narcotics business with his mother. On the same day, a woman was allegedly raped and killed in Gwala Colony.

The case was solved, but the woman was cremated without being identified after days of wait. A 13-year-old girl was allegedly set afire in Maloya Colony on June 19 by a juvenile after she spurned his sexual advances.

On June 16, Om Prakash was allegedly shot dead by his wife Meena and her paramour Jaswant Pal in Ram Darbar. On June 14, an Air Force personnel, Vijay Kumar Pandey, was battered to death by his wife Seema and son Chandra Shekhar Pandey who had cleared his medical entrance test a just few days before that.

All these cases were solved in a month.

Fear among the residents increased with the kidnapping of a banker, Lekh Raj. The three identified kidnappers and the US-based mastermind in the case, Jasbir Singh, are still at large, though Lekh Raj was rescued within 24 hours.



Murder accused have confessed, claim cops
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 25
The eight youths arrested by the CIA staff of the Panchkula police have confessed to at least three murders, including a double murder in Ambala district.
The gang members — Kewal, Sanjeev, alias Khwaja, Gurcharan, alias Band, Harpreet, Kuldeep, alias Mange, Gurwinder, Amit and Parminder, alias Bindu — have also confessed to the murder of their gang leader, Hardeep, alias Deepa, on the night of July 6 and dumping his body at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh.

The police say Hardeep was shot at by Kewal near Mubarakpur while they were checking a countrymade pistol. The gang was on way to commit a robbery at a factory in Mubarakpur when Kewal fired a shot from a countrymade pistol, injuring Hardeep in the thigh. They panicked and rushed him to the hospital, but left after taking him to the emergency. Parminder is the younger brother of Hardeep.

The revelations by the gang came up while the accused were being interrogated by the CIA staff, after being caught from Sector 3. The gang members had reportedly gathered in Sector 3 and were planning to strike at a house in Sector 4 with the intention of robbery and abduction of a child from the house. Two countrymade pistols, four rounds of cartridges, and sharp-edged weapons were recovered from their possession. A Tata Indica car (HR-37 T-0794) and a motor cycle were also recovered.

CIA staff officials said they had not examined the circumstances leading to the murder of Hardeep, as the case was registered in Chandigarh. The accused had also confessed to the murder of an old couple at Pilkhani village, when they had gone to commit a robbery at the victims’ house.

Officials said the accused were involved in various incidents of robbery, rioting and theft. One of the accused, Kewal, was involved in the alleged abduction of two schoolgirls in Sector 20 of the township in May, along with an associate of a state minister and another youth.

Though the police had not confirmed it, the arrest of the accused could help it solve at least two other cases of murder in Panchkula district. All accused were presented in the court of the duty magistrate, who remanded them in two-day police custody.



Amitabh casts a spell, moves on
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Amitabh Bachchan’s magic fails to die. Rated among the most promising of Bollywood’s crowd pullers, he proved to be much in demand today, as always.
The word of Big B’s brief presence at Chandigarh airport had emanated somewhere from the Sahara India office, which is obliged to host the warmest possible reception whenever a Sahara director comes calling. And once the news spread, it was natural that Sahara employees would have company of fans yearning for a glimpse of their hero. So it happened today, with the Chandigarh airport suddenly turning into a site of commotion. Security personnel had a tough time handling fans who would not budge from the exit point. The guards on duty were highly concerned over safe exit of Amitabh.

As the drama unfolded, Sahara workers stood steadfast, with smiles on their faces and flowers in hands. The situation reminded one of the six-hour-long ordeal which many Sahara employees underwent the last time Amitabh was in town for the shooting of Anil Sharma’s “Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon”.

They had been ordered to wait outside the VIP exit at Chandigarh airport, and present a flower each to Big B when he makes an appearance. It is another matter that after sweating it out in the sun for so many hours, few out of about 50 employees managed to hand over flowers which had anyways withered in the heat.

Today’s arrangement was no different. About 30 Sahara employees stood in the welcome of Amitabh, who arrived by the Indian Airlines flight. Much like before, he could hardly halt outside. There were security reasons, his visit managers said. And one could actually sense the danger of allowing Amitabh an unguarded exit from the airport. The passers by virtually went wild as the news of his arrival spread. Many who had come to receive their near and dear ones could not resist the temptation of meeting Amitabh, and were seen waiting upon him instead.

Long after the flight landed, Amitabh emerged from the VIP exit, well guarded and well cushioned in his sophisticated vehicle. He, however, had no major pleasantries to exchange. As a norm he waved for a while and without halting in front of the waiting Sahara employees he barged ahead with the production team of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is camping in Shimla for the shooting of his new film, “Black”.

Officially, he did not utter a word. All he did was cast a spell on the already smitten fans with his new bronze hair look. There was also news that Rani Mukherjee was arriving from the next flight, but airport security personnel heaved a sigh of relief as most fans decided against waiting for her. They were seemingly exhausted. As for the film, members of production team kept all information close to their hearts as if it were some official secret!



Recall & destroy damaged wheat to prevent misuse: consumer panel
A. S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
The largescale diversion of "unfit for human consumption" wheat to roller flour mills and chakkis by the unscrupulous traders for consumption by humans, which was exposed by The Tribune last week, has sent ripples racing through the entire region.

Valued at nearly Rs 500 crore, the damaged wheat which is discoloured and weevil-infested was disposed of as "cattle feed" by the official procurement agencies in Punjab and Haryana. This wheat is now finding its way into the human food chain, thanks largely due to the general apathy of the government machinery and the greed of the unscrupulous among the traders.

The damaged wheat is allegedly being mixed with fresh wheat and broken rice by the unscrupulous among the traders and supplied to flour mills and chakkis who grind it into atta and dispatch it to retailers in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh for sale . Broken rice makes the atta look whiter and fresher. In the process, they are making huge profits at the cost of the human health because the damaged wheat has been sold between Rs 120 and Rs 400 per quintal while the fresh wheat is ruling at Rs 750 per quintal in the open market these days.

Incidentally, one question which is begging an answer is why did the government not follow the past practice of selling the damaged wheat to distilleries for turning it into low-grade liquor and instead, decided to sell it to different parties as "cattle and poultry feed" with all the attendant risks with regard to its end use?

Mr Bejon Misra, Chairman of the Consumer Coordination Council (CCC), the national coalition of 55 leading consumer organisations of India, who was in town today, expressed grave concern over the phenomenon and asked the government to institute a comprehensive enquiry into what he termed as "one of the biggest scandals" in the country. He wanted the entire damaged wheat stocks auctioned by the government to be recalled and destroyed to prevent their falling into wrong hands. "This is the least the government should do to protect the rights and interests of the consumers", he said in a talk with TNS.

Mr Misra along with Mr Narinder Modi, President, Sirhind Consumers Protection Forum and Lt-Col Sarwan Singh (retd), Chairman, Consumers Forum, Chandigarh, also addressed a memorandum to the Principal Food Secretary, Punjab, Dr B. C. Gupta, demanding that all facts and data concerning the sale of damaged wheat stocks should be made public and all those were violating the guidelines laid down in this regard be brought to book". It was clear, they argued, that the huge government subsidy of Rs 27, 000 crore earmarked for the food sector to support the farmers was being misused for profiteering by the middle men and traders.

The issue was also discussed at a meeting organised by the Chandigarh Consumer Forum to celebrate its silver jubilee where it was decided that the government must take immediate action to prevent contaminated wheat from getting into the food chain. "All the relevant provisions of the Food Adulteration Act should be used to prevent it", the forum said.



Components’ theft done with motive: SP
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 25
The Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Mr Rakesh Agarwal today stated that the theft of certain vital components from Punjab Recorders Limited here, used in the manufacture of parts of India’s main battle tanks, was done with a specific motive by an insider. ‘‘These components are of no use to any one except a person who knows what to do with them,’’ he said, adding that the needle of suspicion was now revolving within the company itself. ‘‘The involvement of an insider in the theft is almost certain,’’ he added.

Sources pointed out that the theft reported by the Company’s Managing Director, Mr Varinder Singh, was in fact a part of a deeper conspiracy to harm the interests of the company and stall its functioning. ‘‘While this could be true the chances of a potential competitor trying to lay his hands on the casting designs or component fabrication is much higher. And for this some one inside the company is being used. But to think that the theft of these parts could harm national interests is too far-fetched,’’ said the SP.

Mr Varinder Singh, MD of the company, had complained to the police on Friday, alleging that three different components were missing from the company’s premises. These included certain items used in manufacturing bilge pumps for the BMP tanks. He had also claimed yesterday that his company was the only one in the country producing these components for the defence services.

‘‘It is important to notice that PRL has a monopoly over this component and once PRL stops production following disinvestment, the defence services will be looking for someone else to provide them with the component,’’added a former employee of the company.

Despite manufacturing vital components for the defence services, Punjab Recorders Limited has virtually no security arrangements. A single guard on contract is on duty at the unit’s premises in Industrial area. According to rules, the boundary wall of any company dealing in defence products should be at least 7 feet high with another 3 feet of barbed wire on top of the wall. However, according to the security guard posted at PRL, Mr Manjit Singh, the boundary wall is as low as 4 feet and any one can simply jump into the premises from the back. ‘‘When the unit is closed in the evening, the doors are locked. But there are windows that are broken and any one can simply walk into the production room,’’ he said.

Sources at the unit pointed out today that the system of making entries into the inventory being followed by the company’s foremen was faulty. ‘‘The MD is insisting that theft of components took place on the night of July 21. He states that these components had been delivered into the unit the same day in the evening. But that is untrue, these components had been delivered on June 22. The theft of 34 out of the 75 components that were received could have taken place any time by anyone over the past one month,’’ they added.



He took Indian Railways to its zenith
Roopinder Singh

He was an engineer who literally linked remote parts of the country for the Indian Railways. Born 100 years ago this day, he was also a good sportsman who rose up from a nondescript village to become a legend in his lifetime.

Karnail Singh was born in Chhajalwadi village, near Amritsar, on July 25, 1904. From the village school, he went on to receive higher education at Panjab University and Thomson Engineering College, Roorkee. He joined the North-Western Railway (now in Pakistan) in 1928 and rose to be Chairman of the Railway Board and Principal Secretary to the Government of India, before his retirement in 1962.

Karnail Singh received the title of “Sardar Bahadur” in 1946, and his career was marked by both his professional attainments as well as his prowess on the playing field.

While with the North-Western Railway, he spent most of his time on special works such as surveys, construction of major bridges and reconstruction of Quetta after the 1935 earthquake, and building of new lines including Hindubagh-Fort Sandeman in Baluchistan and Fort Abbas-Hotwala in Bhawalpur. At the close of the war, he was Deputy General Manager of the North-Western Railway and later entrusted with the construction of the Ropar Talaura Railway, built to serve the Bhakra Nangal Project.

However, the crowning glory of his career was to come after Independence, when he built the Assam Rail Link in record time. It connected West Bengal with Assam, immediately after Partition in 1947, when rail connections between Assam and the rest of India were cut off due to the creation of East Pakistan.

This 250-km line, which was built in a record time of less than three years, belied the then prevailing impression amongst senior British engineers that such a line could not be constructed at all, considering the requirement of bridging more than half a dozen major West Bengal rivers hurtling out from the Himalayas, bringing boulders and flotsam.

In January 1957, he was promoted as Member, Engineering, Railway Board, in which capacity he controlled engineering and stores administration of the Railways. In April, 1960, he took over as Chairman, Railway Board.

Even after retirement, Karnail Singh was busy with assignments. He served the Punjab state as Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board, and the Jammu and Kashmir state as Vice-Chairman, J&K Industries Ltd, in honorary capacities. He died on February 12, 1976. Two years later, a stadium constructed by him near Connaught Place, New Delhi, was named Karnail Singh Stadium.



Meeting on Punwire revival
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 25
Mr Debabrata Biswas, Rajya Sabha MP and General Secretary, All- India Forward Block, today held a meeting with Mr B.S. Baidwan, former president of the Mohali Industries Association, to get first-hand information on the draft rehabilitation scheme for the revival of Punwire, prepared by Mr Baidwan.

Mr VP Saini, secretary, All-India Forward Block, and Mr Shahid Ahmed, Mr Bahal Singh, and Mr Harchand Singh, president, general secretary and executive member, respectively, of the Punwire Employees Union, were present at the meeting. Mr Biswas expressed his surprise that a company that had earned profit continuously for more than 20 years and had been supplying strategic communication equipment was lying closed.

He assured Punwire employees that he was satisfied about the technical and commercial viability of the unit and he would seek another appointment with Ms Sonia Gandhi and Mr Pranab Mukerjee to ask them to help in the revival of Punwire.



‘Inspiration delivers better than motivation’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
In his address to industrialists and bureaucrats today, Sri Sri Ravishankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, touched upon the elements that enhance work culture in corporate set-ups.

Stressing the power of humanness in making things happen, Sri Sri Ravishankar said “money does not always deliver results. The human face that you induce into work is the real force behind reward.” He was addressing a huge gathering at PGI’s Bhargava auditorium this morning. The function was organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was attended, among others, by Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai and Finance Minister, Haryana, Prof Sampat Singh. Representatives of the industry were present in great number.

Calling today’s address a lecture would be an overstatement. In fact, right at the outset Sri Ravishankar rejected the podium for a direct interaction with the listeners. He hinged his speech upon elements basic to ancient wisdom, something he uses in his much sought after “Sudershan Kriya”. For most of the time his focus was on change of mindsets. He did not address the specifics of work culture, but talked generally about factors that can enhance productivity.

“Labour union mindset blames the system for not letting it function. Authoritarian mindset believes in its rightness on all matters. We need to strike a balance between the two. Step out of the authoritarian mindset and start trusting people. It is more important to inspire than to motivate. Inspiration lasts longer and delivers better.”

A reference to will power (sankalpa shakti) was natural given the nature of the talk on “work culture.” “We must learn to balance vision and practicality. It is foolhardy to assume that we make things happen. There is something else functioning. If we have enough will to proceed against odds, even nature will support us. Taking complete responsibility also helps enhance productivity,” he said. He added that India needed to learn precision from the Germans, team work from the Chinese and marketing skills from the USA.

Following the session, Sri Ravishankar fielded questions from the gathering. His answer on the issue of corruption drew tremendous applause, as many of his other witty remarks did during the course of the speech. About corruption, he said, “Corruption occurs outside the boundary of belongingness. We must inspire workforce with a sense of belongingness if we wish to root out corruption.” The event concluded with 15 minute meditation session.



Mandal organises Nirankari ‘samagam’

Chandigarh, July 25
The durability of any edifice, depends on its foundation; when the latter crumbles, the citadel falls down.
This was stated here today by Mr K.R. Chadha, secretary, Sant Nirankari Mandal, Delhi, while addressing a congregation at the Nirankari bal sant samagam organised by the Sant Nirankari Mandal.

He said children were the foundation of human civilisation and had strong observation from infancy. It was incumbent on the parents and elders to inculcate the values of mercy, compassion and respect in the children rather than sowing seeds of communal hatred in their tender hearts, he said. TNS



MC vice-president held for fraud
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 25
Officers of the economic offences wing, Khanna, have arrested Mohali municipal council vice-president Amrik Singh. A former tehsildar, Amrik Singh has been charged with misusing his powers and committing a fraud in the Revenue Department, Samrala, when he was posted there as qanungo.

Oblivious of a fraud case being investigated against him, Amrik Singh yesterday reached the Khanna police station and demanded to be told why the police had come looking for him at his house in Phase 11, Mohali. When he disclosed his identity, he was arrested and produced in court. He has been sent to judicial custody.

According to Mr Harbans Singh Riar, in charge of the economic offences wing, Khanna, 7 kanal at Chotta Samrala was attached to the Excise Department in 1980-81. In connivance with the owner of the land, Mr Jaswant Singh, Amrik Singh, the then qanungo, and patwari Ram Sarup Singh fraudulently transferred the ownership of the land in the name of Jaswant Singh in 1985-1986.

Following a complaint lodged by the Revenue Department, the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, deputed the SDM, Samrala, to conduct an inquiry. Following the inquiry, the economic offences wing, Khanna, registered a case under Sections 267, 268, 420 and 120-B at the Khanna police station.

Mr Amrik Singh, better known as Tehsildar, was chosen vice-president of the Mohali civic body a few months ago. A member of the opposition, Amrik Singh represents ward 23 of Mohali in the council.



Scuffle over harassment by in-laws, two hurt
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 25
Two persons were injured in a scuffle resulting from a family dispute in Mauli Jagran village this evening. The problem started when Hazura Singh, a resident of Bahadurgarh in Patiala district, along with his brother-in-law, Naib Singh, and his son Kulwinder Singh, went to Mauli Jagran village. They had reportedly gone there to inquire about the alleged harassment of Hazura Singh’s daughters, Amarjit and Karamjit at the hands of their in-laws.

The women are twins and married to Raghubir Singh and Bakhshish Singh, both sons of Ram Das. When the three tried to make inquiries, they were allegedly beaten by the husbands of the women. In the scuffle, the visitors also attacked Ram Das and one of them allegedly bit him on the shoulder.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Naib Singh and Kulwinder Singh alleged they had approached the Mauli Jagran police post and also the office the Station House Officer in Mani Majra, but no action was taken.

However, Mr Sukhbir Singh Rana, in charge of the Mauli Jagran police post, said the two had not approached the police. On the contrary, a complaint had been lodged against them by Ram Das for the bite on his shoulder.



Senior IT official assaulted
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, July 25
An Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, Panchkula, and his family members were allegedly assaulted by a group of car-borne youths, including a lambardar of Lohgarh village, on the Kalka-Ambala highway near Zirakpur, last night.

Mr Jagtar Singh, a personnel security officer (PSO), of Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, who was also on the way to Chandigarh, had to face the music when he tried to intervene.

The incident took place at around 10.15 pm when the Assistant Commissioner, Mr Rajinder Kumar Gupta, a resident of Sector 38, Chandigarh, along with his wife Santosh, Son Jagrit and driver Ranjit Singh was on his way to Chandigarh from New Delhi in Maruti Zen. At Lohgarh village their car collided with Accent car.

Following the accident, heated arguments were exchanged between the two parties which later resulted into a scuffle.

The Accent car owner, Santokh Singh, a lambardar of Lohgarh village, along with 12 persons allegedly assaulted Mr Gupta.

Noticing gathering on the highway, Mr Jagtar Singh along with his security guards intervened and the youths dispersed.

Reacting to the intervention of the PSO, some youths belonging to the Santokh Singh group reached the village gurdwara and an announcement relating to the attack on the lambardar was made. A large number of villagers assembled on the spot and there was a high drama till late in the night.

Leaving their car on the spot, Mr Gupta and his family members reached Chandigarh at 11.30 pm. They alleged that their complaint was not entertained by the Lohgarh police..

Mr Manmohan Kumar Sharma, DSP, Dera Bassi, said that a case under Sections 279, 323, 356, 506, 148, 149 and 120 of the IPC had been registered against Santokh Singh and his accomplices. 



Three injured in road mishaps
Our Correspondent

Lalru, July 25
Three persons were injured in two accidents on the Kalka-Ambala highway near here today.
In a head-on collision involving a car (DL-3CM-5727) and a scooter (PIP-4825), two scooterists, Raju and Rockey of Dheha Colony, Lalru, sustained severe injuries and were admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh. According to the police, the car was on its way towards Chandigarh when it collided with the scooter. A case has been registered against the car driver Rajinder Singh, a resident of Delhi, under Sections 279, 338 and 427 of the IPC at the Lalru police station.

A cyclist, Shamsher Singh of Lalru village, was knocked down by a car on the highway near Lehli village. A Delhi-bound car (DL-10C-2693) hit the cycle from the rear, leaving the cyclist injured on the road.

The injured was later rushed to a private hospital in Ambala City, where his condition is said to be stable. The car driver reportedly sped away from the scene. The police has registered a case of negligent driving against the car driver. Meanwhile, the police today nabbed a person while carrying 12 bottles of liquor. Ashok Kumar was arrested from near the ITI turn while he was carrying the liquor in a gunny bag. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against him at the Lalru police station.



One held for negligent driving
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 25
The police today arrested Daljit Singh, a resident of Rajiv Vihar, Manimajra, for negligent driving and causing injuries to two scooterists on Saturday.
According to a press note issued by the Chandigarh police, Harnek Verma of Khuda Lahora and Ashok Kumar were riding a scooter when a Maruti car (CH-01-W-4880) hit them near the PGI workshop.

In the accident, the scooterists sustained injuries and were admitted to the PGI.

On the complaint of the injured, the police had booked Daljit Singh, car driver, under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC at the Sector 19 police station. He was later arrested and granted bail.

Thief arrested: The police claims to have arrested a cycle thief and recovered a cycle that he had stolen from the Sector 24 rehri market on Saturday.

Earlier, the police had booked Praveen Kumar of Janata Colony, Sector 25, for stealing a cycle owned by Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Kumhar Colony, Sector 25. He was booked under Sections 379 and 380 of the IPC.

Jewellery stolen: Thieves struck at the house of Mr Surinder Kumar in Sector 46-B and decamped with jewellery and cash on Saturday. According to the police, the thieves took away two gold rings, a pair of earrings, one gold hair clip, a nose pin and a sum of Rs 1,500 from the house.

A case has been registered under Section 380 of the IPC at the Sector 34 police station.

Case registered: Mr Brij Mohan, a resident of Sector 29, in a complaint to the police has alleged that Raman Kumar of Chadhiar village in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh borrowed a TATA Sumo (HR-01M-0036) from him on July 17 and had not return it till date.

Apprehending cheating by Raman, Brij Mohan has lodged a complaint with the police and a case under Section 406 of the IPC has been registered at the Industrial Area Police Station.

Motor cycle stolen: Auto thieves stole a Hero Honda motor cycle (HR-08D-7575) from the courtyard of a house in Sector 20 on Friday night. In a complaint to the police, Mr Sandeep Kumar, owner of the motor cycle, complained that someone took away his vehicle when they were asleep. A case has been registered at the Sector 19 police station in this regard.



Youth stabbed by brother of beloved
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 25
A youth was allegedly stabbed in the stomach by the brother of his beloved, after he was called to his beloved’s house by her family in Sector 6 this evening.
The victim, Ravinder Singh, was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, by his friends, who were waiting outside the house of the girl. Since he was in a serious condition, he was rushed to PGI, Chandigarh. Ravinder had just finished his course in law and began his practise only a few months ago.

The police said that the brother of the girl had seen the couple driving around in the victim’s car yesterday. He noted down the registration number of the car and located the victim’s house in Sector 2. Today, the father and brother of the girl asked Ravinder to come and meet them at their house in Sector 6, said the victim’s father, Mr Hatthi Singh Gill.

“He went there with his friends, but they refused to allow his friends inside the house. After a while, the friends heard his cries for help and they forced their entry in the house. They found the victim bleeding from the stomach and rushed him to the hospital,” added Mr Gill.

Since the victim was not in a condition to give his statement, no FIR was registered so far. However, the police took the statements of the victim’s father and his friends.



Four women held for snatching chain
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 25
Four women were caught while snatching a gold chain from Ms Raj Rani in Apni Mandi in Sector 14 here last night.
The women, Sulochana, her granddaughter Naina, Kamla and her daughter Jyoti, were caught by people on the spot as Ms Raj Rani raised the alarm. They were then handed over to the police. The four accused were presented before the Duty Magistrate today and remanded in judicial custody.

One arrested: The police arrested Mohammad Sikander of Raipur Rani on charges of threatening workers at a poultry farm in Haripur village with a knife last evening. He has been booked under the Arms Act.



Girl hurt as car hits scooter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
A 17-year-old girl, Sonia, of Sector 38 West here sustained head injuries when the scooter she was riding collided with a car today. The girl was not wearing a helmet and received stitches on her head. The accident took place around 1: 30 pm near the girl’s house. Sonia was returning from her tuitions when the accident took place. She was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 16.



GTB depositors a shaken lot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Panic spread among the depositors of Global Trust Bank (GTB) here today following the decision of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to impose a moratorium on the withdrawal of money and the suspension of its ATM services.

Shock and disbelief were writ large on the faces as irate depositors thronged the bank’s Sector 8 branch to know the status of their deposits. Today being a holiday, locked bank premises and the ATM room with notices pasted outside worried the visitors even more.

The customers, many of them employees of corporate offices and showrooms on the Madhya Marg, were anxious about the safety of their money and the bank’s course of action. For the time being, customer confidence had taken a severe beating.

Under the three-month moratorium from July 24 to October 23, the depositors can withdraw only up to Rs 10,000. They will not be allowed to use the bank’s ATMs for any transaction.

“All my plans of buying a piece of land have been dashed to the ground following the moratorium,” said Ms Anjali, who had deposited Rs 60,000 last month. With the RBI allowing the withdrawal of only Rs 10,000, the fate of the rest of my money is anybody’s guess, she added.

Mr Raghvindra Rao, an executive in Dabur India, who had a deposit of around Rs 70,000 in two bank schemes, said the money might be safe in the long run, but for now his confidence in the “better-managed bank” was shaken.

He was of the opinion that the RBI should have first attached the property of the promoters as the problem seemed to be created by them.

On the other hand, a notice issued by the Managing Director, Mr Sudhakar Gande, said the bank was seeking clarifications from the RBI regarding the modalities of the permitted payments and other transactions.

While allaying the fears of the general public about the safety of their deposits, Mr Gande appealed to the depositors to contact the head of the respective branches for further clarifications with effect from July 26.



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Insurance products

Allianz Bajaj Life Insurance has received approval from the IRDA for complete suite of group products, which includes Unit-Linked Group Superannuation and Group Gratuity, Group Term Life, Group Term Life in Lieu of EDLI.

The gratuity and group superannuation products have been launched under a unit-linked platform so that policy holders can see that they are getting the returns that the funds earn. This also gives the company the flexibility to offer customers a choice of investment in short-term debt, balanced or income funds.

Corporates can use the volatility in the markets to their advantage by buying additional units during a downtrend.

Atta relaunched: General Mills India has relaunched Pillsbury Chakki Fresh Atta. Pillsbury Atta was launched in 1998. — TNS


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