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Panicky colonisers go underground
Property rates in Zirakpur crash
Bipin Bhardwaj

Zirakpur, August 19
Panic has gripped residents and colonisers of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat following the arrest of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) General Manager and some colonisers.

Property rates in the area have crashed after the arrests made by the Punjab Police. Buyers have withdrawn earnest money paid to the colonisers.

Thousands of people have invested money in buying houses in various colonies. They had hoped that after the merger of eight villages of the area into the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, their property rates would be regularised.

The panic in the area has been such that colonisers and property dealers have gone underground. Some developers had their signboards painted over to escape the attention of the authorities.

Property dealers and colonisers of the area claim that they had been selling plots only after paying development and other necessary charges to the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat. Apart from this, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had also issued them no-objection certificates (NoCs).

Mrs Shashi, a resident of a colony in Bartana, said after being declared a Nagar Panchayat, they had invested their life-time earning in buying a house near Chandigarh for old age. “After five years of the formation of a civic body, now PUDA has awoken from a deep slumber,” she pointed out.

“The formation of a civic body is meaningless if PUDA Acts are still applicable. If PUDA-approved colonies are authorised, what would be the future of the colonies which come up under the Town Planning scheme,” questioned Mr Desh Raj, a resident of Dhakauli.

A survey by the Chandigarh Tribune team revealed that construction work in almost every colony is going on a war footing, despite PUDA’s move. Certain property dealers have changed the names of their establishments from “Property dealers” to “Property consultants”.

It may be recalled the economic offence wing of the Punjab Police had arrested three colonisers, including Bartana village-based property dealer Gurinder Singh Bhatia, on Wednesday evening.

The colonisers had been booked earlier in July under various provisions of the New Capital Periphery (Control) Act 1952 and the Punjab Apartment and Property Act. 1995. They were allegedly misleading buyers by displaying signboards claiming that their colonies were ‘PUDA approved.’

Officials of the PUDA have already conducted a survey of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat area and surrounding villages and found 30 colonies unapproved. In Bartana village, almost every colony is unauthorised.



PUDA GM sent to 4-day police remand
Tribune News Service

The SDJM, directed the Punjab Police that it should produce the accused in court on time. Stating that it was the last time that she was entertaining this request after court hours, she warned that this should not recur.

Mr Hardev Singh, General Manager, PUDA, being produced in the District Courts, Kharar
Mr Hardev Singh, General Manager, PUDA, being produced in the District Courts, Kharar, on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali, August 19
Hardev Singh, General Manager, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), was today sent to four days’ of police remand by a Kharar Court. He was arrested by the Punjab Police yesterday for allegedly ‘facilitating’ illegal colonisers in the state.

Mr Hardev Singh was produced before SDJM Poonam Ratti at the Kharar court this evening. The police asked for seven days of remand for Mr Hardev Singh in order to assess his property and investigate his role in helping various colonisers in the state. However, the judge ordered that the accused be produced before her on Monday.

Public prosecutor Jatinderjit Singh told the SDJM that Mr Hardev Singh had demanded a one kanal plot from Amba Prasad, one of the arrested colonisers, to ‘regularise’ his colony. Amba Prasad got a share certificate to this effect made in the name of Hardev Singh. While the certificate was signed by other office-bearers of Amba Prasad’s society, he being the President had to sign it last, after his colony was regularised by Mr Hardev Singh.

The public prosecutor also mentioned that the other arrested coloniser, Sunil Saini had revealed during interrogation that Hardev Singh’s close family relatives owned 12 plots in his colony at Kansal. While this colony was approved to carve out only 11 plots, as many as 67 plots had been carved out of the colony.

Terming these allegations frivolous, Mr Hardev Singh’s lawyers, Mr Rajesh Gupta and Mr Tarachand Gupta, told the SDJM that Mr Hardev Singh was the GM (Regulatory) many years ago and for the past two years he had not been holding the charge. They said Mr Hardev Singh had, in fact, been posted as GM (Regulatory) only 10 days ago. As a result, his arrest did not fall within the scope of police investigations that were limited to illegal colonisation in Punjab.

The defence counsel added that in any case the GM had no authority to regularise colonies, which was a prerogative of the Secretary, Housing and Urban Development. Mr Hardev Singh, his advocates argued, had been on the contrary instrumental in getting many of these illegal colonies demolished when he was posted as GM (Regulatory). The defence counsel told the SDJM that Amba Prasad had been earlier convicted by court for setting up an illegal colony in Chandigarh’s periphery. Two other cases were pending in this court against him.

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

Other than these three and Hardev Singh, Gurinder Singh Bhatia, another coloniser was also arrested. Hardev Singh was arrested under various sections of the IPC and Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.



Colonisers’ case now with Mohali DSP
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 19
The investigation into the illegal colonisers’ case registered in Mohali on July 4 will now be handled by the DSP, Mohali, Mr Harpreet Singh. Earlier, this case was being investigated under the direct supervision of the DIG (Economic Offences Wing), Mr Rohit Chaudhry.

It is reliably learnt that Mr Chaudhry requested to be relieved of these investigations, following which, the investigations were shifted to the DSP. The DSP confirmed that he had received the orders and also the file pertaining to the FIR dated July 4, 2004.

Five persons including the PUDA, GM have, been arrested in the case till date. While no further arrests were made in the case today, police sources said five more illegal colonies had been identified in Ropar on the basis of interrogation of those arrested. The colonisers were likely to be arrested in a day or two.

Senior police officials said districts were being issued to various district police chiefs to identify illegal colonies in their areas and start the process of conviction of colonisers.



Amit Suri case
Constables used excessive force, says DSP’s report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Traffic Police Constables Balwinder Singh and Jang Singh, who publicly bashed up teenager car driver Amit Suri on August 10, have been found guilty of using “excessive force” against him and his parents. The D.S.P. (South), Mr S. S. Randhawa, in his inquiry report said the two constables accompanying Sub-Inspector Poonam Dilawari used “excessive force and over-reacted.”

The report made public today said the two constables had allegedly assaulted the Suris. The two have been shifted to the security branch as punishment. A departmental inquiry has been instituted against them, an official press note said here today.

The Chandigarh Police has directed that interceptor Gypsies will not chase a vehicle and will only note down the registration numbers of vehicles. These Gypsies are being equipped with hand video-recorders to record violation or aggression.

The police is also working out a better coordination strategy between police control room vehicles and the Traffic Police to avoid a chase.

The police has directed the supervisory officers to brief their subordinates on following the law while dealing with violators and respecting human rights. The police has also constituted Sampark Sabhas to inform the police staff about human rights.

Inspector-General of Police Rajesh Kumar today talked to the staff of the Sector 11 police station about human rights and following the law while dealing with the public. 



2 illegal telephone exchanges unearthed, 4 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh police today claimed to have unearthed two illegal telephone exchanges connecting international calls to the USA on local charges by bypassing Indian security monitoring.

The illegal exchange are capable of breaking the satellite code for making international calls in alleged collusion with a New York-based licenced private operator.

The exchange operators are suspected to have caused a heavy loss to the licenced Indian international telephone call operators, including the Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL).

In the first case, Vishnu Prasad Mohapatra and Naresh Kumar Gupta, who were running a franchise of Internet service provider Sify, were arrested along with special equipment to bypass security and international call routing monitoring in a raid. They were running their illegal business from a cabin in SCO No. 80, 81 and 82 in Sector 34.

Mohapatra told reporters that they were operating through voice over Internet telephony (VOIT) technology for which equipment was locally procured for Rs 85,000. They had installed two instruments and had 17 lease lines of M-Tel, Reliance and Connect to run their business.

According to the Crime Branch, the detection of the illegal exchange was difficult with this technology as the accused were Internet service providers and their office did not have any antennae to raise suspicion.

Crime Branch in charge K.I.P. Singh said the Crime Branch had been following these persons for more than a month. He said the Director Vigilance, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, had made visits to the city recently to detect the exchange causing great revenue loss to the company.

However, the VSNL had not succeeded in its attempts.

Mohapatra told reporters that his company used to take traffic on behalf of a local person and give a call to the New York exchange to make a call from the USA, a local one.

The police said the two allegedly used to get money through hawala from New York. The police had to procure call details from the USA to ascertain the revenue loss to the telecom companies licenced to carry international calls.

Mohapatra said he had started the business only a month back but the police was examining if he had been running such exchanges from three different places earlier.

Mohapatra said bypassing Indian international call service providers could be done through a configuration done by technical people on the Internet.

In a follow-up raid, the Crime Branch detected another illegal exchange running above the Sector 34 branch of Punjab and Sindh Bank.

Ajay and Ashish were arrested for running the exchange. This exchange had 15 lease lines of Spice.

All four have been booked under Sections 379, 420 and 120 B of the IPC. They have also been booked under Sections 4, 20, 20A, and 25 of the Indian Telegraph Act.

Inspector K.I.P. Singh said simultaneous raids were being conducted to arrest others who were also involved in the alleged racket.



Volte-face of Kohli surprises none
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Manjinderpal Singh Kohli's volte-face has raised questions about the credibility of the Punjab Police. Once again, the men in khaki have come under severe criticism for extracting confessions from suspects in different cases.

Kohli was accused of raping and murdering 17-year-old British national Henna Foster. Even though the accused had denied his involvement in the crime after being arrested in Kaleempong, Kohli chanted the confession mantra in front of the media in Chandigarh after being taken into custody by the Punjab Police.

He reiterated his statement after appearing before a Kharar court, and again before the media after his appearance before a judicial officer but reportedly retracted his confessional statement after being lodged in Burail Jail.

Kohli reportedly told human rights lawyers — Navkiran Singh and Charanjeet Bakshi — that statement before the electronic media was not made "by my own will".

The development did not take anyone by surprise. "Everyone knew he was going to backtrack sooner or later," city lawyers claimed. In any case, legal eagles in the city recalled an earlier incident when an accused stood up before the media to claim that he was being threatened to confess his involvement in a case pertaining to the disappearance of a Ropar-based advocate and his family.

The accused, Harpreet Singh alias Lucky, claimed that the police was threatening him with the administration of cyanide capsule in case he refused to toe their line.

The lawyers added that the accused was found to be innocent after an inquiry into the case was conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Taking up the matter, the Supreme Court had directed the payment of compensation to Lucky, they revealed.

The police authorities, on the other hand, denied the allegations of eliciting statements from the accused. Referring to the Henna Foster case, a senior police officer denied the allegation of extracting a confession from Kohli without having any jurisdiction in the matter. He added that they had simply recorded Kohli's statement. "The police would have followed the same procedure even if Kohli had stated that he innocent and the crime had been committed by someone else", he said.

The lawyers, however, insisted that the act of recording the confession was merely a "publicity stunt". They claimed that it was convenient for both the police and Kohli. The accused knew very well that the statement before the police was inadmissible in evidence, they claimed.

Mr Amar Singh Chahal, practising on the criminal side, said the police managed to enhance its reputation. But in the process Kohli was held guilty in the eyes of the general public even before he was convicted by the court of law.



Judges cite reasons for withdrawing from Bench
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 19
Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice Nirmal Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, who, on August 12, withdrew from a Full Bench headed by Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy, have given their reasons for withdrawing from the same.

The Bench was to hear a review petition filed by the High Court against the order passed by the two Judges. The judges had withdrawn after questioning the authority of the Bench to hear the review petition.

While withdrawing from the case, the two judges had said that they would give the reason for doing so later. If the order passed by the two Judges gives an indication, it seems the issue had been waiting to erupt for quite some time.

Consider the facts in the case as given in the order passed by the two Judges in the case now.

The Division Bench of Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice Nirmal Singh passed an order on May 13, 2004. The order dismissed a writ filed by Punjab Police constable Ramesh Singh, challenging his transfer from Rajpura to Faridkot.

Through the same order, the Bench also put an end to all inquiry proceedings against Judicial Officer Jatinder Walia. The enquiries had been initiated on the complaint of constable Ramesh Singh, who had been penalised by Ms Walia through an order on the judicial side. Incidentally, the High Court was not party to that writ.

In the middle of June, Chief Justice B.K. Roy called the two Judges to his residence and "remonstrated" with them for making the order.

However, the two Judges told him that neither he nor anyone else could question them with regard to an order passed on the judicial side.

Later, two other Judges informed Mr Justices Bedi and Nirmal Singh that the Chief Justice had told them that the order was without jurisdiction and there were several options open to have the order set aside.

These options, the two Judges were told, were filing of a review before the same Division Bench, filing of a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court or set aside the order administratively by declaring it to be a nullity.

In their order, the two Judges have raised some issues for the consideration of the Full Bench.

The questions raised by the two Judges include whether the Chief Justice has the authority to convene a Full Bench by an administrative order dated August 3, "to examine the validity of a judicial order, which has attained finality and not challenged by any aggrieved party; whether an administrative authority can question an order passed by Judges on judicial side and to dissect the same and to determine that a part of it was within the roaster and a part of it outside the roaster and to therefore constitute a larger Bench to set aside the offending part, though the entire order has attained finality".

Among the other issues raised in the order are whether an application for review lies under Article 226 of the Constitution and whether such an application can be referred to a Bench other than the one that had made the order; whether the Chief Justice could by an administrative order direct the filing of a review application when the matter pertains to proceedings against a judicial officer and the matter comes under the purview of the High Court under Article 235 of the Constitution.

The two judges have also asked if a superior and appellate forum can be created by a Chief Justice under his inherent powers and to adopt a procedure unknown to law.



UT not planning action against illegal houses
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The Chandigarh Administration is not contemplating immediate action against those who have illegally built houses outside the “lal dora” in the 18 villages within the Union Territory.
It is learnt that the Administration will take a lenient view on such illegal houses and not follow Punjab’s decision to crack down on colonisers.

It is a long standing demand with the Chandigarh Administration to extend the “lal dora” and regularise houses outside it. A decision on the issue has been hanging fire for several years.

Senior officials of the Administration today said there was no need to follow Punjab in this regard as most people who had built houses in Chandigarh were middle-class salaried persons who could not afford houses within the city sectors.

In Chandigarh there is only one coloniser in Sarangpur village near the PGI. He has built a nine-storeyed high residential complex. However, his land is believed to be within the “lal dora”.

Meanwhile, in Delhi the courts have asked the Delhi Administration to control construction within lal dora as well. In Chandigarh, the village by-laws are yet to be finalised.

Paucity of land and spiralling property prices has led to the construction of more than 5,000 houses on “ non—residential” agricultural land. This is in violation of the New Punjab Capital Periphery Control Act, 1952.

In the past 10 years demands have been made to extend the “lal dora” and regularise construction on payment of development charges.

During the tenure of previous Administrator Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), there was a serious move to levy development charges and regularise the house. This remained on paper only as a section of officials in the Administration objected to the same.

Political pressure has been immense with both the Congress and the BJP demanding from time to time that the houses be regularised.

About two months ago, when a team of the Administration demolished some houses in Kishangarh and Hallomajra, officials were reportedly, summoned by senior Congress ministers to stop the demolition drive.



Man enters sewerage pipeline in search of pet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Drama was witnessed on the road dividing Sectors 17 and 18 here today, when a rickshaw-puller, Hanuman Singh, got into a sewerage pipeline in an attempt to save his pet dog.

The firemen and the police who reached the site on receiving information that a man was lying in the sewerage pipeline, cajoled him to come out. However, the man remained adamant, saying he would not leave his “abode” till his dog was found. In a statement to the police, he said his dog had hurt itself and taken shelter in a pipeline to escape medicine being applied on the wound.

Hanuman Singh went into the pipeline after the dog, fearing it would die if it stayed inside. However, unable to lay his hands on the pet even after going into the 7 ft-deep pipeline, he returned to the entrance feeling suffocated.

It was then that the firemen cut through three pipes only to discover that the dog, scared of the goings-on around him, had chosen to go further into the pipeline before vanishing into the stormwater manhole.

The tale ended on a sad note with the rickshaw-puller failing to recover his pet despite several attempts by the firemen even as Hanuman Singh called out his name repeatedly. 



Couple reconciled but say error caused much pain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The DNA report has finally put an end to the controversy surrounding the alleged child swapping case at the General Hospital, Sector 16, as the report has confirmed that the mother, Kuljeet Kaur, actually gave birth to a female child instead of a male.

“The DNA report too has confirmed that the child was actually a female and there was no swapping,” said the Director, Health Services.

Reacting to the final report that has proved the couple’s allegation wrong, the father of the child, Kuldeep Singh, had little to say when The Tribune spoke to him today. “It was the last test to prove things and we had pinned all our hopes on it. Now, we accept the report,” said Kuldeep, who, despite the outcome of the hospital’s inquiry report, had said he would wait for the DNA test report to believe whether the girl was actually their child.

What had irked them, however, was the mistake on the part of the nursing staff, which, according to the couple, caused a lot of harassment to them. “A blunder on part of the nursing staff, caused us a lot of emotional upheaval,” admitted the father, who was told about the DNA report by the Sector 17 police station personnel. Though the police had earlier said the DNA report might take more than two months to confirm the outcome, prompt results have surprised even the couple.



Residents complain of muddy water supply
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 19
Residents here have complained that muddy water was being supplied by the Department of Public Health in certain areas of the town. Complaints in this regard have regard have been received from pockets in Phase I, II, V, VII, and Sector 71.

The complainants said they had been facing the problem for the past about three months, but the authorities concerned had not done much to set the things right.

Mr Manmohan Singh Langh, a municipal councillor of Phase VII, said the water being supplied in certain pockets was muddy and not fit for drinking. Some residents had even complained of stomach ache. He said the problem started about 14 days back, but the authorities concerned had taken no action despite complaints. He said the SDO concerned had assured to slove the problem in five days, but when he was contacted again, he asked for five more days.

He said the council had cleared funds for a scour point in the affected area, but officials concerned had done nothing in that regard.

Ms Surinder Kaur and Ms Amarjit Kaur, residents of Phase I, said muddy water was being supplied in the area. The buckets became dirty as mud settled down if water was stored for some time, they said. Ms Amarjeet Kaur said at times they had to throw lots of water, leading to wastage.

Mr J.S. Bedi, a resident of Phase II, said the problem of muddy water was going on for the past more than two months. He said when muddy water was supplied, he had to throw five to 10 buckets of water for the clear water to start flowing. The water filter being used in the house had to be cleaned everyday, he added.

Mr Manmohan Kaur, municipal councillor staying in Phase II, also made a similar complaint. She said about five days ago a lot of mud was coming in water, but now there had been a little improvement.



Resident writes to DGP against cops
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 19
Navdeep Gupta, a resident of Sector 37, Chandigarh, has in a written complaint to the DGP, Punjab, alleged that he was detained illegally by the Mohali police and beat up, till rendered unconscious, till rendered.

He said he had fled with torn pages of the FIR to show as proof that he was detained at the police station. Navdeep Gupta said at the police station, he was also deprived of Rs 7000 by the police.



Fitness test for recruitment

Chandigarh, August 19
The Chandigarh police today announced a test schedule for recruitment of 230 constables. The test will begin on September 1. The schedule has been displayed at the police stations and police posts. TNS



Villager crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Lalru, August 19
Hans Raj (35), a resident of Ranimajra village, was crushed to death by a truck on the Lalru-Handesra road late last night.
According to the police, Hans Raj was riding bicycle when the truck, run over him at Jola Kalan village. He succumbed to his injuries on the spot.

The driver of the truck (RJ-31G-4935) fled from the scene leaving the vehicle. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, for postmortem.

A case has been registered against the driver.

Two injured: Two Congress workers, belonging to two groups, were injured in a clash at the Dera Bassi bus stand, late last night.

The injured have been identified as Baljinder Singh, a resident of Issapur village, and Hardeep of Dhanouni village.

The police has booked 10 persons, including Seempu, Moti, Manpreet, Ashu, Rinku, Aman, Pawan, Baljinder and Laddi under Sections 323, 324, 341, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

Cars recovered: The police has arrested Mohammad Ikram, a resident of Mujjafar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, and recovered three cars from him.

The police claimed that Mohammad Ikram was arrested while he was driving away a stolen Maruti car (HP-17-7497) near Singhpura village on August 15. The car he was driving was stolen from Sector 32, Chandigarh. During questioning, the police claims, that Mohammad Ikram has also confessed stealing two more cars from Chandigarh.

A case under Sections 379, 411 and 420 of the PIC has been registered against him at Lohgarh police post.

Body found: Body of a youth was found at Devi Nagar village, near Dera Bassi, late this night. Mr Gurnam Singh, sarpanch of the village, said the youth seemed to be a Nepali.



Three cases of vehicle theft
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 19
The local police has registered three cases of vehicle theft in different parts of the city, according to a press note.
Mr Gurkamal Preet Pal Singh, a resident of Sector 38-A, filed a complaint with the Sector 11, police station that his Maruti car (DL-1-CE-2285) was stolen from Panjab University, on August 18. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of IPC.

Mr Krishan Shah Mathur, a resident of Sector 18, reported that his Fiat car (HNQ-9065) was stolen from his residence during the intervening night of August 17-18. The police has registered a case.

In another incident, Naresh Kumar of Sector 11 filed a complaint in the Sector 11 police station that his Bullet motercycle (HR-08-E-3637) was stolen from his residence. The Police has registered a case of theft.

Bag snatched: Archana Mani a resident of Municipal Colony, Pathankot, filed a complaint in the Sector 34 police station that two youths riding a scooter without a numberplate snatched her bag from a slip road near Piccadilly Chowk on Wednesday. She said her bag contained two gold bangles and Rs 800 in cash. 



Two youths teased, woman booked
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 19
A high drama unfolded at the roundabout of Sector 34-35 after an incident of “adam teasing” here today.
The incident happened about 11 am when two youths, who were coming from Grain Market, Sector 26 in a rickshaw, stopped by a roadside fruit vendor on the road separating Sectors 34 and 35. At the same time two women, who alighted from an auto-rickshaw, allegedly asked the youths to go with them. The youths, Rahul and Akshey, who hail from Narkanda in Himachal Pradesh, reportedly declined the offer.

When the offer was refused again, one of the women grabbed a youth by his shirt and asked him to give her money. On seeing this, passersby gathered and soon the traffic on the road was held up.

The staff of a hotel in Sector 35 called the police and the situation was brought under control after the police intervened. However, one of the women escaped from the scene. The police took the youths and the second woman to Sector 34 police station. Some eyewitnesses also followed them to the police station.

On interrogation, it was revealed that the woman, who is a widow and has three children, belonged to Dhanas village. However, police officers in Sector 34 police station said the incident had taken place in an area that fell under the Sector 36 police station. After some confusion, the three were handed over to the Sector 36 police station.

Interestingly, SHO Karam Singh, police station, Sector 36, said the youths had waved at the women.

The police later registered a case of loitering against the woman. She was produced in the court and remanded in judicial custody till September 2. The youths were later released.



Body found near Pinjore identified
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 19
The police has identified the person found murdered in a corn field at Johluwal village, near Pinjore, as Raju Singh. The body was found by the owner of the field, Sucha Singh, yesterday.

It is learnt that the victim hailed from Assam but was staying at Pinjore for the past several years. He was employed at the Virk Cement Agency, on the Pinjore-Nalagarh road for the past six years and the body was identified by his employer.

The police stated that he was missing from his home for the past two days. After a post-mortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Kalka, the body was handed over to his relatives. The victim had received injuries on his head and the police suspect that he was hit with something heavy on the head.

Injured: Mahinder Singh, a resident of Railley village, was assualted by a villager, Mitu, on Thursday. The former had tried to trespass on Mitu’s premises, to which the latter had objected and in a fit of rage hit him with a lathi.

Suicide bid: Rajinder, a resident of Barwala, attempted suicide by consuming pesticide. He was brought to the General Hospital, and given first-aid. However, he managed to flee the hospital later in the evening.



Lineman roughed up
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 19
Irate residents of a locality in Sector 24 roughed up a lineman of the Electricity Department on August 17.
Hari Chand, a lineman is posted at a complaint centre of the electricity Office in Sector 22. The residents of that lacality were facing inconvenience due to erratic supply of electricity because of faulty wires.

The residents made several appeals to the complaint office in this regard but the problem persists. On that night at 9 p.m., the residents went to the complaint office with the same problem. Hari Chand who was on duty at that time told the residents that he would fix the wire temporarily and fix it permanently the following morning. At this the annoyed residents entered into a debate with him, which ended in a quarrel.

Hari Chand received injuries in the attack. The police has registered a case under Sections 323, 353 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code in the Sector 17, police station. The police has arrested three persons — Dev Raj, Harjinder Singh and Prabhdyal of Sector 24. The accused were later bailed out.



Alert woman foils theft bid, one held
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 19
The alertness of a woman prevented a thief from committing a crime who was later caught by residents of Phase VII here today.
It is learnt that around 1.30 pm. Ms Angoori Devi, a resident of HE quarters, saw that an unidentified person had lifted a folding bed lying outside her house and was about to escape on a bicycle. She ran and caught the bicycle and raised an alarm. The thief got nervous and fled the area after leaving his bicycle behind. As a number of residents had gathered by then, they managed to nab him. He was also beaten up by residents. Later he was handed over to the police.

It is learnt that the thief was a resident of Kumbra. Residents said that a number of bicycles and beds had earlier got stolen from the area.



Car stolen
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 19
A new Zen car was stolen from a house in Phase X in the wee hours here today. The owner of the car said the car was stolen between 2 am and 5 pm. A complaint in this regard was made to the police.


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