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CHB issues notices to 900 flat owners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Cracking down on those who have illegally added a floor to their flats or carried out additional construction, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has issued notices to about 900 flat owners in Sectors 44, 45 and 47 giving them 21 days before carrying out demolitions.

The CHB conducted a survey to identify major violators last month. The field staff has come up with a list.

Sources said majority of violators had added illegal floors, constructed illegal car parkings and, in some cases, even extended their houses onto government land.

Meanwhile, Mr Jatinder Bhatia, Municipal Councillor and long-time champion of allowing regularisation of “need-based changes” in CHB flats, says the board should have waited till a committee set up to look into the issue submits its report and it is discussed.

Sources said senior officials of the Administration and also the CHB were alarmed when the issue of illegal floors was pointed out in newspapers. It was decided that the committee would not look into the issue of allowing additional floors. Since the floors had come up on common area owned by the CHB, it could not be allowed, CHB officials said. Thus there was no need to wait for the verdict of the committee on the issue of illegal floors. Meanwhile, Mr Bhatia demanded that the floors should be regularised. He also said that the field staff of the CHB should be held responsible for allowing illegal construction.

The residents held a protest rally in Sector 47-D. Among those who addressed the rally were former Mayors, Mr Subhash Chawla, Ms Harjinder Kaur and Ms Kamla Sharma. Illegal construction has been done by residents on terraces of existing block of flats in the entire belt of southern sectors. Many people who have done so have given these units on rent. In some cases, they have accommodated their growing families on what is actually CHB’s land. A survey by Chandigarh Tribune revealed that the hundreds of MIG flat residents of Sectors 45-A, 47-C & D, 44-A & D, 40 and 46 have added illegal floors.



General Manager of PUDA arrested
Connivance with colonisers
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 18
The Punjab Police today arrested Mr Hardev Singh, General Manager, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for allegedly ‘facilitating’ illegal colonisers in the state. This is the first major action against a senior PUDA official.

According to the police, Mr Hardev Singh was arrested on the basis of information provided by three colonisers arrested by the police last night from Mohali. Amba Prasad, Jai Dev and Sunil Saini were arrested by sleuths of the economic offences wing following a complaint in the matter.

Other than these three Hardev Singh and Gurinder Singh Bhatia, another coloniser, were also arrested. Jasbir Singh Sandhu, an Amritsar based coloniser, whose name reportedly figures in the FIR, is yet to be nabbed.

According to the police, Amba Prasad had carved out a colony in Kansal under the garb of a welfare society. Sunil Saini had cut plots in Kansal in the name of a construction company.

Police sources said Hardev Singh was helping colonisers turn their illegal colonies into legal ones by backdating construction in these colonies. Mr Hardev Singh, in lieu of this help, was allegedly given ‘plots’ by the colonisers.

When contacted, Mr Rohit Chaudhry, DIG, Economic Offences, confirmed that Hardev Singh and Gurinder Bhatia had been arrested and further investigations were on.

According to sources, Gurinder Singh Bhatia had confessed that he was an agent for Jasbir Singh Sandhu and one Iqbal Jolly. And while the police was trying to nab Sandhu, it was tightlipped about Iqbal Jolly, whose name reportedly figured in the case following Bhatia’s interrogation.

The name of a senior police officer reportedly close to Jolly also figures in the investigations.

It is learnt that in June 2004, a letter from PUDA was sent to the Phase I police station that hundreds of illegal colonies had mushroomed in Punjab. The letter was marked to the economic offences wing of the police. Following investigations through the SSP, Ropar, these colonisers were held yesterday and took today under various Sections of the Punjab Apartment and Property regulatory Act, 1995, the Punjab Capital Periphery Control Act, 1952, and the IPC. Mr Hardev Singh has been booked under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Those arrested, including Gurinder Singh Bhatia, have been sent to police remand till August 20.



CAT quashes Lake Club GM’s appointment
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has quashed the appointment of the General Manager of the Lake Club, Dr Reet Mohinder Singh.

The Bench directed the Chandigarh Administration to fill the post as per rules and regulations after advertising in newspapers within three months. It directed the administration not to grant any pecuniary benefits to Dr Reet Mohinder Singh.

Terming the “contractual appointment” as arbitrary and against well-established norms, the Bench was of the view the decision of the administration in not appointing a regular GM was “unjust and arbitrary”

Dr Reet Mohinder Singh was appointed GM on a monthly salary of Rs 20,000 on September 17 last, flouting the rules and regulations. Protests by other eligible candidates notwithstanding, his term was extended till March 2005 later.

Challenging the validity of the appointment, a local resident, Mr Rajiv Sharma, had moved CAT seeking directions to the Administration to appoint an “eligible” candidate, who had a background in water sports. Dr Reet Mohinder Singh, who retired from the Department of Physical Education, Panjab University, had a background in athletics and was not suitable for the post, Mr Sharma alleged.

Even as counsel for the petitioner termed the appointment as “illegal”, counsel for the Administration argued that the appointment was purely a “stop-gap arrangement” till a regular GM was appointed.

It is not for the first time that the post of the Lake Club GM is in the eye of the storm. The previous incumbent, Col Madhukar Berry (retd), was chargesheeted by the Administration on the charges of financial irregularities and administrative lapses.



Student bodies in poll mould, begin dharna
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

PUSU workers (above) and NSUI workers stage a dharna in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photographs

Chandigarh, August 18
The election bugle has been sounded by various students’ organisations on the campus. The first indication came by way of regular dharnas being organised by students’ bodies in a bid to make their presence felt on the campus. It is also an attempt to showcase their commitment towards the students they aspire to represent.

The tree outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, has become their favourite haunt. One or the other students’ body keeps the place humming with activity by organising a protest, however, trivial the issue might be. In the last one week, three students’ bodies have expressed their protest on varied subjects.

Chain fasts graduating into indefinite fasts are the only weapons in the arsenal of these students’ organisations, most of which are on the lookout for issues which might interest students at large.

Interestingly, while these dharnas begin with a lot of fanfare, at the end of the day, the protesting students are nowhere to be seen as was the case during a protest last week. Hopping from department to department, expressing concern for problems plaguing students and raising them at the suitable forum is keeping these organisations busy.

Their issues range from increasing the number of rooms at the disposal of students to maintaining cleanliness in departments and hostels. A very consistent demand over the years has been the need for a placement cell in every department. Then, there are issues which pertain to lack of facilities on the campus, updating syllabi, problems posed by the credit systems of the sciences and revaluation results.

While students organisations admit that the “dharna business” is essentially about getting popularity and mileage, they are quick to add that it also helps address problems which usually go unnoticed for the simple reason that they affect only a few. However, they are unable to justify why all these are forgotten once the students’ council is in place.

The university authorities, too, are taking these protests in their stride. “The students’ organisations resort to dharnas, fasts and processions before elections. There is hardly any meat in the issues they put before us. Everybody knows it is a part of their election strategy,” an official claims.

While these organisations sweat it out in an effort to reach out to the actual voters, the students, announcing of their respective panels for the new session is carrying on simultaneously.

PU for elections in early Sept

Panjab University has already written a letter to the UT Administration to seek permission for holding students’ elections in the first week of September.

A reply is awaited though the university authorities have fixed a meeting of the Principals of affiliated colleges for August 21 to discuss the formalities involved with holding elections.



Protest against credit system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) organised a dharna outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor at Panjab University here today to protest against the credit system in B.Sc (Honours School) and problems of science students.

Led by president of PUSU Rajwinder Singh Lucky, the students sat on a dharna, demanding that the university should promote students who have scored 64 out of 80 credits against 72 credits, which are mandatory for promotion.

The organisation has further demanded that students with 20 credits be given a mercy chance while B.Sc (I) students with 28 out of 40 credits be promoted to the second year whereas the requirement is 32 credits. The students also demanded a canteen for those in the five-year integrated law course.

The National Students Union of India (NSUI) also sat on a protest outside the V-C office. They demanded that B.Sc (I) students with 26 out of 40 credits be promoted to the second year. The President, Nitin Goyal, claimed that the university had given in to the demands of the students last year as well.

Symposium: A group of 52 students from various city colleges and 11 foreign students studying at Panjab University left for a symposium on “Social regeneration - youth perspective” in Delhi here on Wednesday.

The two-day symposium, to be held on August 18 and 19, is being jointly organised by Gandhi Smriti (New Delhi) and Yuvsatta, a city based NGO.

The Chairman of the Department of Gandhian Studies, Dr M.L. Sharma, flagged off the bus at the Student Centre.

Found: A credit card of the Bank of Punjab in the name of Mr Sudhir Sharma was found at the university campus by the head gardener, Construction Office, Mr Amar Din, here.

The card is valid up to March 2012. The same can be collected from the office of the Chief of Security after identification.



Kohli’s remand extended till Aug 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Ms Paramvir Nijjar, extended the judicial remand of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, main accused in the British teenager Hannah Foster rape and murder case, till August 25, today.

Through another order, the CJM allowed “conditional handcuffing” of the accused. She directed the police authorities that the accused should be handcuffed only while being taken from jail to the court.

High drama was witnessed in the court as several lawyers belonging to a human rights body, Lawyers for Human Rights International (LHRI), appeared for Kohli. Ultimately, the CJM authorised Mr Navkiran Singh and Mr Charanjit Singh Bakshi to defend the accused.

Tempers ran high when Mr C.S. Kadian, Inspector, Chandigarh Police, stopped lawyers from talking to Kohli. The Judge later allowed the defence counsel to “consult” the accused in the court room for about 20 minutes.

The defence counsel claimed that during the course of conversation Kohli pleaded innocence. The confessions by the Punjab Police had been recorded under pressure, he is understood to have told the defence counsel.

It may be recalled that a two-member delegation of the LHRI, comprising Mr Arvind Thakur and Mr Neelam Singh, met Kohli in the Burail jail after permission from the jail authorities yesterday. Kohli signed the power of attorney and desired to be defended by the LHRI team.

Earlier, Mr Thakur claimed to have met the accused when he was being produced in the CJM’s court on August 12 and the accused reportedly requested for legal aid.

He was unable to arrange for a defence counsel as his wife and children were in the UK and his brothers had refused to help him because of the police pressure. His mother was bedridden, his father was not in a position to provide him any help, Mr Thakur had said.



Fraud in Panchkula hospital
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
The authorities at the General Hospital here have detected a fraud worth several lakhs by some officials of the accounts department. Over a period of one year, beginning April, 2003, the staff had failed to deposit almost 20 per cent of receipts of fee charged for various diagnostic tests conducted at the hospital.

A departmental inquiry against two Drawing and Disbursing Officers, a Cashier, an Assistant and Accountant of the hospital conducted recently found that they had failed to account for the fee charged for various diagnostic tests, amounting to Rs 10 lakh.

The fraud was detected during the checking of records from April, 2003, to March, 2004, recently.

An inquiry was ordered and a report submitted to the health authorities, but they have ordered for a fresh inquiry on the ground that the figure for the fraud given in the first inquiry “was exaggerated”.



Chandigarh rail link dealt major blow
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
One of the prestigious rail projects in this part of country – the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link — has received a major blow.

The Railways is reportedly not in a position to electrify the 45 km Chandigarh-Morinda stretch of the Chandigarh— Ludhiana rail link.

This can cause a delay for any long distance trains routed through this new line as trains would require change of engines from electric to diesel here and then at Morinda.

Railway officials said originally electrification was planned but it had somehow not been started due to paucity of funds. The electrification has not been budgeted for.

The section is targeted for completion next year, would remain a non-electrified stretch in the middle of electrified routes to Chandigarh from Ambala, Delhi and Kalka on the one side and the other end to Morinda from Nangal, Una, Sirhind and Ludhiana as all the other sections in this area are electrified, railway sources said. It will stand out like a sore thumb and operating on the system would require more engines and manpower.

The sources said that the running time of the trains from Chandigarh to Ludhiana and vice versa or on Chandigarh- Morinda-Ropar to Una in Himachal Pradesh would increase as rail engines would have to be changed from electric to diesel here and at Morinda as each change over required a minimum of 20 minutes each.

This in turn means long distance trains which presently run on the Ambala–Rajpura- Ludhiana route cannot be diverted on to the Ambala-Chandigarh-Ludhiana as this would mean throwing the entire schedule out of synchronization.

Several of the long distance trains connecting cities like Amritsar and Jammu with the rest of the country were expected to be re-routed through Chandigarh, however, without electrification of the track that is not possible.

The new broad gauge rail line from Chandigarh to Morinda is in an advanced stage of completion at a cost of about Rs 370 crore, the sources said, adding that electrification of Chandigarh— Morinda —Sahenewal route for running high speed trains would have meant an increment of Rs 35 crore only to the project cost.

Senior railway officials declined to divulge the reasons for the Chandigarh-Morinda link being left out of electrification, saying it was a policy matter dealt with at the level of Railway Headquarters in Delhi.

The Chandigarh- Ludhiana route had been planned in 1997 with electrification and latest signaling and telecommunication system as a high speed corridor as there was no direct link between the two stations and various parts of Punjab, including Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ferozepre and Pathankot, with its state capital here.

Earlier the train link to various places in Punjab and Jammu was via Ambala which was a long winding route.

The project has been revised and limited to Chandigarh—Morinda link with the trains scheduled to use the existing Morinda— Sirhind —Ludhiana track from there.



GCM: media entry banned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Army today denied entry to media persons covering the General Court Martial (GCM) trying Colonel Anil Sahgal on charges of professional impropriety in the tehelka case, at Chandimandir.

The entry of media persons was barred despite the court not passing any orders in this regard or the accused, who features on the tapes, raising any plea to hold the proceedings in-camera on account of the tapes' sensitivity.

The video tapes, which contain footage of several officers and bureaucrats allegedly demanding and accepting bribes for arms dealers and officers using the services of call-girls, were screened before the court as evidence. The original tapes were produced by the Secretary to the Phukan Commission of Inquiry, Mr S K Dasgupta.

Media persons were not allowed to proceed beyond the main gate and were told that Station Headquarters has been intimated for clearance. For over two hours there was no message from Station Headquarters. Even an officer from the local Military Police unit who was present, told media persons to wait without assigning any reason.

There was heavy security deployment at Chandimandir and even the gates of the alternate entrance adjoining the main gate, made to ease traffic congestion, were closed. A captain from an infantry battalion was detailed to oversee security and even the Administrative Commandant at Station Headquarters was seen reviewing security.

Official sources said there was no event at Chandimandir which warranted heavy security deployment. A senior officer at Headquarters Western Command said that they were unaware about restrictions imposed on the media and said that Station Headquarters was co-ordinating the whole thing. Incidentally, the Station Commander, Chandimandir, Brig Kuldip Singh, is the GCM's presiding officer.

A GCM is an open court and proceedings can be held in-camera if matters concerning national security and military operations are involved. For proceedings to be held in-camera, the court has to pass explicit orders and the same is to be taken on record, which, according to sources was not done in this case.

Further, the trial pertains to corruption and does not involve sensitive matters concerning national security.

Even the entry of media persons to two trials GCMs held to try officers for professional impropriety during the 1999 Kargil conflict was not barred at any stage, though they involved arguments on operational plans and their execution. Similar was the case with the recording of summary of evidence in the fake killings in Siachen case.



Tyagi inspects squadrons, units
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal S.P. Tyagi inspected various squadrons and units at the Chandigarh Air Force Station today. He appreciated the station’s performance in air maintenance of forward areas as well as its efforts to help the civil administration during flood relief and rescue operations earlier this month.

He also lauded the role of the station authorities in getting the airfield operational in the least possible time after the torrential rains which hit the city recently, a statement issued here said.

During his visit, Air Marshal Tyagi interacted with station personnel and also attended a barakhana with airmen. Earlier, on his arrival, he was received by the Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing, Air Cmde S.S. Tilloo and other senior officers.



Couple unconvinced by hospital report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
It was a clerical mistake on the part of the nursing staff not a child swapping incident, says the internal inquiry panel report of General Hospital, Sector 16, which was constituted to probe the alleged child swapping incident that took place last week. But the results have not convinced the parents, Kuldeep Singh and Kuljeet Kaur. They say they will wait for the results of the DNA tests to put an end to the controversy. “We had decided that we will keep the female child with us. But we will believe the report of the DNA test to make sure that the girl is actually ours,” said the father while talking to The Tribune.

The inquiry report, which was submitted yesterday to the Director, Health Services (DHS), Dr C.P. Bansal, by the inquiry officer, Dr Rupinder Kaur, has put the entire blame on the nursing staff who was present in the labour room at the time of the delivery. The report says that the nurse wrongly wrote “male” instead of “female” on the file which eventually created confusion among the parents and their relatives who alleged child swapping at the hospital.

While the hospital has already transferred the nursing staff to other department and has removed the student interns from the labour room, the measure seem inadequate to the family concerned. “The staff has committed a blunder. They have just been transferred to another department in the same hospital, which to us, is no punishment at all,” opined Kuldeep Singh, whose wife, Kuljeet, was discharged from the hospital today.

Though the staff has been transferred, the hospital has not made any changes in the labour room to avoid these errors. “Human error can happen anywhere. The nurse has been transferred and the inquiry has shown that it was a clerical mistake. Our procedures in the labour room are well established for many years now and there seems no need to change them in wake of just one incident,” said a senior doctor. The mother and the new-born are made to wear a tag after delivery for identification. The nurse makes entry into the file about the baby’s particulars and the file is then sent to other wards, he said.



Reserve price for renting out open spaces fixed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Finance and Contract Committee of the municipal corporation fixed the reserve price of renting out the various open spaces of the city while rejecting the proposal to use community centres for various welfare activities.

For Nehru Park in Sector 22, the reserve price was fixed at Rs 3.8 lakh while the reserve price of the exhibition ground in Sector 34 was fixed at 3.6 lakh. The reserve price for stalls outside the Laxmi Narain temple and Dharmashala in Sector 20 on the occasion of the annual Janamashtami mela was fixed at Rs 1 lakh for seven days. However, the fixing of rent for letting out the Circus ground in Sector 17 will be taken by the municipal corporation House.

While the proposal of a guest house of the corporation was turned down by the committee, members agreed to allow the conversion of four rooms of the Community Centre in Sector 47, to deluxe rooms. The committee has hiked the rent of the Harijan dharamshala at the Old Indira colony in Mani Majra. The rent has gone up from Rs 500 to Rs 1000. The proposal to levy domestic charges for water from dentists, doctors, architects and consultants, functioning from their residences, was referred to the House.

The proposal for letting out community centres free of cost for holding religious functions was rejected by the members. The reserve price of condemned vehicles of the office of Medical Officer Health, to be auctioned shortly, was increased from Rs 6 a kg to Rs 8 per kg. Two old vehicles of the corporation were approved for condemnation and selling as scrap.



Encroachments at Sectors 18, 19, 20 markets removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The enforcement staff of the municipal corporation removed encroachments from corridors of Sectors 18, 19 and 20 markets, here today. Shops in the Sector 20 market remained closed in protest against the drive and the “high-handedness” of the staff and the police.

Shopkeepers of the market raised slogans against the corporation while the drive was on. They will approach the Municipal Commissioner tomorrow to resolve the matter. They alleged that the enforcement staff had forcibly taken away their goods lying within the shutter and shop beams.

Eleven trucks and one JCB were pressed into service to carry out the drive. The corporation issued 139 challans during the drive which was carried out under the supervision of Mr Arun Sekhri, Additional Commissioner, and Mr Ishwar Singh, Anti-Encroachment Magistrate

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal also condemned the lathi-charge on shopkeepers of the Motor Market yesterday. The CBM delegation also visited the various markets where the enforcement staff had carried out its drive.



Cable services resumed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Cable services in Chandigarh and the satellite towns of Panchkula and Mohali resumed tonight after the strike was called off by cable operators.

Siti Cable and the Prime Channel — two major Multi-System Operators(MSOs) — providing services in the region, resumed operations enabling lakhs of subscribers to watch their favourite programmes on pay channels. The news channels, which were free-to-air, are already available to the subscribers.

Cable industry sources said the strike, call for which was given by the All-India Cable Forum,against the increase in service tax from 8 per cent to 10.2 per cent in the 2004 Budget, was called off following instructions from the forum.



Environment ministry terms for big projects
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
In a move which could have an impact on the development of big projects in the city, the Chandigarh Administration today notified the terms of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, which says big projects have to be cleared by the ministry after an evaluation of the purported impact.

As per the notification, all new and industrial townships, settlement colonies, commercial hotel, hospital and office complexes for 1,000 persons will come under the Ministry of Environment and Forests scanner for environmental clearance.

Also under the purview of the Union Ministry will be units discharging sewage (50,000 litres per day or above) or involving an investment of Rs 50 crore or above and also industrial estate accommodating industrial units in an area of 50 hectares or above.

All these categories will be within the purview of the amended Environment Impact Assessment Notification and all such project proposals.

In Chandigarh this could means several new housing projects, especially colonies for slum dwellers, could come under the scanner of the Union Ministry.



Mandira escapes media glances
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Mandira Bedi has her hands full these days. After her film “Shaadi ka Ladoo” which literally bombed at the box office, she is again getting ready for a cricket programme. She was in the city today for yet another event being handled by Sony — the ICC Champions Trophy presentation — which is due to begin towards the end of this month.

As a run up to the event the Sony team was in the city for a photo shoot of Mandira, who visited several locations, including the city stadia. Escaping media all day, the team took the shoots. “We are not looking for publicity right now.

That is why we are not allowing any news photographer to take her picture.

We may actually drop Mandira’s shots if we are not fully convinced about their quality.

She won’t be available for talks for the time being,” said one of the organisers, camping at a city hotel in Sector 35.



Old Age Home inmates celebrate Teej
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, August 18
For the elderly in the Old Age Home of Sector 15, the day brought loads of excitement in its fold. It all began with volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation arriving at the Old Age Home for celebrations of Teej, the festival that spells joy and hope.

Loaded with refreshments and love for the inmates, volunteers from the Art of Living and its members spent a great deal of time at the Home, singing songs and involving inmates in the celebrations.

To begin with, they decorated the swing that adorns the compound of the home. Having done that, they distributed bangles and henna among women. Shortly after that, the celebrations were kick started by volunteers who sang many numbers to bring alive the spirit of Teej, which falls tomorrow. The programme was coordinated by Ms Alka Kansra of the Art of Living Foundation.

Having involved the inmates, the members of the foundation took a backseat and enjoyed the presentations made by Mahendra Rani, who took time to muster the confidence of facing a group. She sang, “Udan khatole mein ud jaaon main…” Amrik Singh, another inmate, presented “Juti Kasuri”.



Police auction from Sept 5
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 18
The Chandigarh Police is to sell articles lying in various police stations. The auction will be opened to government servants, except employees of Police Department.

The highest bidder will be required to deposit the bid money on the spot. The District Magistrate, Chandigarh or any officer deputed for conducting the auction may refuse to accept the highest bid without assigning any reason.

The date and time for auction at various police stations is as following:



Man found done to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
A man in his early thirties was found bludgeoned to death in a corn field in Johluwal village near Pinjore this afternoon.

The victim had received injuries on his head. The police suspects that he was hit with a heavy stone. A stone smeared with blood was found near the spot. The victim appeared to be Nepali.

The body was first seen by the owner of the land, Mr Sucha Singh, a resident of Karanpur village. The latter was reportedly inspecting his crop when he stumbled upon the body lying in the standing crop. He immediately informed the police.

Since the police could not find any clue to his identity, they made inquiries at the village and nearby villages. The body was then sent to the Kalka Civil Hospital.

The police says that prima facie the death was a result of head injuries, though strangulation could not be ruled out.

A case under Section 302, IPC, has been registered by the Pinjore police and a special team constituted for investigation of the case.



Cyclist crushed to death
Tribune Reporters

Lalru, August 18
Davinder Singh, a resident of Gholu Majra village, was crushed to death by a car on the Kalka-Chandigarh highway near Dappar village, late last night.

Working with the Military Engineering Services (MES) at Dappar, Davinder (50) was riding his bicycle when a car going towards Ambala hit him at about 9.30 pm. He died on the spot.

According to the police, Mr Ram Singh, a retired panchayat officer, of the same village was also accompanying him when the accident occurred. He said the car driver sped away after the accident and he was unable to note its registration number. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered at the Lalru police station in this regard.

The body was handed over to the family this evening after a post-mortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Rajpura.

Body found: The body of a person, aged between 35 to 40 years was found in Jharmari rivulet near here today. Some passersby noticed it as a foul smell was emanating from the rivulet.

The sarpanch of the Lalru village, Nirmal Singh, was informed who later got it extricated and handed it over to the police. The police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for a post-mortem examination.


Car stolen: Maninder Singh of Mujafat village, Ropar district, has filed a complaint at the Sector 17 police station that his Ford Ikon car was stolen from the market of Sector 22 on August 12. The police has registered a case of theft.



Woman dies in mishap

Chandigarh, August 18
A 55-year-old woman was run over by a car in the Sector 46 market on Wednesday.

Ram Kali of Ram Darbar was working as a sweeper with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. According to eyewitnesses, the accident happened when she was cleaning the road and Mahboob Ali, a mechanic in the same market, was reversing a car. The car ran over her and she received multiple injuries. She was taken to the GMCH Sector 32, where she was declared brought dead. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A at the Sector 34, police station. The driver of car was arrested but later released on bail. — OC



Man stabbed by fruit seller over mango rate
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
Madan Lal, a labourer, was stabbed by a mango seller when he tried to negotiate its rate.

Madan Lal (35) was reportedly returning to his residence in Ambedkar Colony, Industrial Area, late tonight, when he saw a mango seller. He asked the seller to give him 2 kg mangoes.

When the seller was weighing the fruit, he pointed out that the fruit was too expensive at Rs 40 a kg and asked him to reduce the price to Rs 35 a kg. An argument ensued and in a fit of rage the fruit seller stabbed Madan and fled.

He was rushed to a hospital. His condition is stated to be stable.



Jobless youths posing as eunuchs arrested
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, August 18
Three unemployed youths posing as eunuchs to earn livelihood for the past several months, were today exposed by eunuchs of the area. The three were later arrested in a case of cheating.

Hailing from different areas of Haryana, the three — Soni Ram, Ranjit Kumar and Surinder Kumar — were operating in this peripheral area of Chandigarh. The group leader, Surinder Kumar, would wear men’s clothes while Soni Ram, alias Soni, and Ranjit Kumar, alias Manju, posed as women eunuchs’.

The group earned handsome money dancing at marriages.

The modus operandi of the group came to light when actual local eunuchs went to a house to perform dance and came to know about existence of another group in the locality.

Taking serious view of the intruders, Meena Mahant, head eunuch of the area, complained to the police. Resident of Daddu Majra Colony in Chandigarh, Meena also complained that the group members were boys posing as eunuchs.

Following Meena’s complaint, the police party laid a trap and nabbed Soni Ram, Ranjit Kumar and Surinder Kumar from near a dhaba on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Patiala highway.

The police has registered a case of cheating under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code against them at the Lohgarh police post.



Bank cheated
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 18
A man has cheated Punjab National Bank, Sector 17-C, by fraudulently taking a loan of Rs 25 lakh by showing forged documents according to a police press note released today. Mr Gurpreet Singh of Sector 35-C, proprietor of A.S.T. Pre- Fab Engineers, Industrial Area, Chandigarh had taken a loan of Rs 25 lakh under the cash credit scheme by submitting a forged deed of conveyance in his father’s name.

He has not returned the loan. The Assistant General Manager of the Punjab National Bank, Mr Rakesh Mohan Diwan, has filed a complaint against the suspect in Sector 17 police station yesterday. The police has registered a case under various sections of the IPC.



Motor Market re-opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Motor Market in Mani Majra opened today after yesterday's clash between policemen and shopkeepers of the area who were protesting against the demolition drive by the municipal corporation.

The MC had undertaken a drive on August 16 to remove encroachments by shopkeepers of the Motor Market, taken 80 junk vehicles into possession and issued 155 challans to errant shopkeepers.

To protest against the drive, shopkeepers gathered in the market and broke the barricade to come on to the main road in Mani Majra, forcing the police to lathicharge to bring the crowd under control.


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