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Campus turns rowdy

* Swords seized on poll eve    * 33 students ‘kidnapped’
* Police resorts to lathi charge  * Fear, tension grip varsity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23
The Panjab University campus was in utter disarray on the eve of the students’ election. Recovery of weapons from a private vehicle, alleged kidnapping of 33 students, protests and road blocks, lathi charge by the police and a subsequent DDR, the entire day was packed with this and more.

While activists of students’ bodies identified a Sumo carrying weapons, the alleged connivance of the police in allowing the culprits involved in the smuggling in of weapons and “kidnapping” of hostelers came under fire. To protest against this, the activists of the SOPU-NSUI-HSA-USSA-HPSA alliance blocked traffic on the Sectors 14-15 road for which they were cane-charged by the police.

The president of the Students’ Organisation Of Panjab University (SOPU), Ranjit Singh Raju, was picked up for rioting and let off after another protest was staged at the Vice-Chancellor’s office on the campus by his supporters. The day ended with the police making a DDR entry against PUSU president as demanded by SOPU. It also saw the coming together of two rival parties, SOPU and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), on the issue.

Trouble started from Hostel No. 7 on the campus when residents complained to activists of SOPU and those of ABVP that some of their friends, hostelers of the first year of Chemical Engineer, had gone “missing”.

While some claimed that activists of Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) had lured them in the name of showing a matinee show, others alleged they had been kidnapped by PUSU supporters. Dalvir Singh Goldy, a hosteler, said that the “missing” students were not responding to repeated mobile calls and that their identity cards had been taken away from them to ensure they could not cast their vote in tomorrow’s election.

As soon as this news was flashed to the president of SOPU, Ranjit Singh Raju, he reached the spot and began making queries about the “whereabouts of the missing hostellers” and checking cars parked outside the hostel.

“A Sumo was stationed outside the hostel. Our activists approached the driver and asked him to open the backdoor. Inside, we found stickers of PUSU and a bag full of swords and baseball bats. Since the police had arrived by then, we handed over the driver and two other outsiders to them. While they took the car into their custody and arrested the driver, the boys were let off by the police,” Raju claimed.

Irked by this behaviour of the police, the students, primarily activists of SOPU, marched to Gate No. 2, towards Sector 15, and blocked traffic to lodge their protest. They held up traffic for nearly half an hour during which the gates of the university were closed and a large number of police personnel were called in.

Shortly afterwards, the presidential candidate of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Gurparvez Singh Sandhu, also arrived on the scene, accompanied by a handful supporters. Together, SOPU and its alliance partners along with activists of the ABVP raised slogans against the police.

They alleged that the Sumo had been hired by the PUSU presidential candidate, Rajwinder Singh Lucky, to rig tomorrow’s voting for the council seats. They claimed that while the driver had admitted to the same, he had also disclosed that this was his fifth round to the campus for ferrying students. On the other hand, Lucky said this was only an attempt of frustrated elements and candidates to malign him.

Finally, DSP, Mr SC Sagar, reached the spot and listened to the grouse of the students against the police. He explained to them that the driver had been arrested and the Sumo in question, impounded. Meanwhile, Sandhu and his supporters made their exit.

While Mr Sagar attempted to reason with the students, they were unwilling to clear the road till a police case was registered against Lucky and the Sumo and driver produced before them. Agitated with this “unreasonable” demand of the students, Mr Sagar ordered his men to get the road cleared.

Almost immediately, the police personnel, armed with batons, swung into action and dispersed the students, hitting whoever they could lay their hands on. While most students slipped, SOPU president, Raju, was caught by the police after he tripped while trying to run away.

He was immediately whisked away along with SOPU general secretary, Vikas Rathee, to the Sector 11 police station. With this, while the police managed to resume the flow of traffic on the road dividing Sectors 14 and 15, the activists shifted their protest to the Vice-Chancellor’s office. Even more angry, they demanded release of SOPU president and demanded an inquiry into the lapse on the part of the police, enabling the culprits to escape. They also sought registration of a case against PUSU president, Lucky, claiming the Sumo impounded by them belonged to Lucky’s brother-in-law.

The Dean University Instruction, Prof S.K. Sharma, spoke to the students and assured them that their grievances against the police would be addressed. He called in the Dean Student Welfare, Prof Nirmal Singh, and in the presence of the police, it was decided that Raju would be released.

A DDR was also registered against Lucky at the Sector 11 police station after which SOPU and its allies and the ABVP called off the protest. However, the mystery of the “missing” boys continues. Raju claimed that the mobiles of these students were still switched off and the arrested driver had no clue about their whereabouts since he was new in the city.

The police rounded up Naresh Kumar, resident of Balachaur, driver of TATA Sumo jeep (PB-12-F-2412) under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC for a breach of the peace in Sector11, police station. Two swords and two sticks were also recovered from his jeep.

The police also confirmed that the warden of Hostel No. 7 has given them in writing that the hostelers had gone to their homes and were not missing as being alleged by SOPU and the ABVP.Back


NSUI-ISU tent burnt, buntings pulled down
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23
Peaceful campaigning on the campus of the Government College, Sector 11, was disrupted when the supporters of the NSUI-ISU alliance noticed that a portion of their tent brunt and buntings near the college gate pulled down.

The partially burnt tent was noticed this morning, when the supporters reached the college to chalk out their programme of door-to-door campaign. “It appeared that someone had played mischief with an intention to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the college”, said Sandeep, presidential candidate of the NSUI-ISU alliance.

The attempt to burn the tent was suspected to be made when nobody was present in the college in the wee hours. The college authorities feel that a burning cigarette butt thrown near the tent could have caused the fire. However, the students say when they left the college premises last evening, the tent was intact. Sandeep said he would depute his supporters to ensure that no mischief was played before the election.

The principal, Prof Balwinder Singh, said regular raids were being conducted in the college to prevent entry of any unwanted guests. The policemen present at the college gate were, however, not questioning outsiders to verify their identity. A number of outsiders were found moving around in support of their friends.

In wake of the yesterday’s assault on Harpreet Singh, a SOPU candidate from GGDSD College, Sector 32, various student bodies apprehend that election related violence could erupt tomorrow as a number of outsiders from Haryana and Punjab are camping in the city to support their friends. At GGDSD College, questioning of the students was done for over an hour but later on the outsiders mingled with college students.

Meanwhile, various student bodies today intensified their door-to-door campaign. After covering different sectors in the city, the student leaders campaigned in Kharar, Kurali, Panchkula, Mohali and Mani Majra. In violation of the election code, buntings and posters were displayed at public places in different colleges.Back


6 nominees from graduate constituency elected to Senate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23
Six candidates from the graduate constituency were declared elected to the Panjab University Senate after the first round of counting concluded at the Gymnasium Hall, Panjab University, here today.

While three candidates were elected from the three reserved seats of Chandigarh and Punjab to the Senate, three other candidates cleared the quota of 3021 votes fixed by the Returning Officer for the graduate constituency.

The Director (Colleges) of the DAV Managing Committee, Mr DR Gupta, pocketed the maximum number of votes totalling 4182, another candidate sponsored by the DAV Managing Committee, Ms Puran Prabha, cleared the quota, getting 3275 votes.

For the first time, a father-daughter duo will sit in the same Senate. Ms Anu Chatrath, daughter of Senator, Mr GK Chatrath, was declared elected from the Chandigarh reserved seat. She polled 2200 votes, the maximum number netted by any candidate from Chandigarh.

Also a councillor from the city, Ms Chatrath said that she would fight against the commercialisation of education in the university.

Mr Mukesh Kumar Arora, a lecturer at Government College, Ludhiana, was declared elected from one of the two reserved seats of Punjab, getting 2973 votes after the counting for the first round was completed.

The Principal of DAV College, Ferozepore Cantt, Ms Satnam Kaur, was elected from the other reserved seat of Punjab, getting 2510 votes.

Mr Prabhjit Singh, an office-bearer of the employees association of the office of the DPI, Punjab, cleared the quota with 3514 votes to become a member of the Senate.

Meanwhile, counting for the second round began at the venue in the afternoon. Candidates sat through the entire proceedings all day, waiting anxiously for more results to come in.



Open house at PU
Real issues left untouched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23
Issues were lost in the din of the enthusiasm of supporters at the open house addressed by the presidential candidates and their spokespersons at Panjab University here today.

In an event that saw a lot of colour, waving of flags and propping up of banners, the debate boiled down to pulling the other one down rather than putting forth the organisation’s programme for the year.

The candidate of the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Ranjit Singh Raju, spoke first. Seeking one chance from the students to prove his commitment to their concerns, he said the other parties had failed to deliver after being elected to the council though they had made tall promises at the time of election.

“Security for girls on the campus is our priority. During the last session, I have taken up issues pertaining to the engineering departments, the hostels, sports. You name it and we will produce evidence. This election, my work should be my reward. Our alliance partners are the five pillars of democracy and they will give us strength. We have united the entire region under one head,” he claimed.

An injured Gurparvez Singh Sandhu of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) claimed that SOPU and PUSU had a track record of indulging in violence. Refuting claims that the attack on him was stage-managed, he said,”It is my open challenge to all candidates to break a bottle on their head and I will withdraw from the contest,” he said.

Referring to the SOPU alliance as “khichdi”, he announced, “This time, they recognised us as a force. I have paid a price for my popularity with my blood. They attacked me to prevent me from filing my nomination papers. Their purpose lies defeated. We will make the university a violence-free zone. Besides, I have been there for the students whenever they need me.”

Panjab University Students’ Union candidate Rajwinder Singh Lucky, spoke last. He asked the other parties where they were all through the year. “They surface a month before elections and vanish a month later. Our agenda is the students’ agenda. We have stood for students’ causes since 1977 and continue to do so. Showing strength by hiring students won’t pay. They will need identity cards to cast a vote. They can read the writing on the wall and are frustrated because our list of achievements is endless,” he said.

One spokesperson and one girl from each of the three parties was given an opportunity to speak. Later, one question each was asked from the candidates by the audience. Before they could answer, most of the students had left.

Earlier, the three students’ organisations came to the area earmarked for the open house in a colourful procession. Activists of each party had stickers pasted all over their clothes. While activists of PUSU lifted Lucky on their shoulders till he reached the stage, Raju came supporting a green turban and Sandhu was brought in a jeep to the venue. A lot of poetry loaded with Punjabi accent, the Haryanavi Hindi provided light moments during the debate.

Supporters of various parties cheer their candidates at the open house held on the eve of students’ elections in Panjab University on Thursday. — Tribune photographs



SAD leader Kang declared PO
Tribune News Service and Agencies

Mohali, September 23
Akali leader Kiranbeer Singh Kang was declared proclaimed offender by a Kharar court yesterday in a case pertaining to the shoot-out at an SGPC election rally in Kharar on July 2, which had left two persons dead and three, including Kang, injured. Kang’s wife, Navneet Kaur, alias Neena Kang, and father, Dharam Singh Kang, were declared proclaimed offenders on September 18 by the same court.

While disposing of an application filed by the accused for dropping of proclamation proceedings under Section 82 of the CrPC initiated against Kang, his wife and father, the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Mr Ranjan Khullar, had passed two separate orders to this effect. The copies of the orders were sent to Roopnagar Senior Superintendent of Police to register the names of the accused in the register of proclaimed offenders.

“The conditions of Section 82, CrPC, have been fulfilled as per the report of the police and the court had published written proclamation. Even after 30 days have elapsed, the accused have not yet appeared,” observed Mr Khullar in his order. The court orders stated that in the interest of justice, the case was today called several times since the morning, but the accused had not appeared. Therefore, they were ordered to be declared proclaimed offenders.

Seeking dropping of proclamation proceedings against the accused while attributing the proceedings against them to political vendetta as Kang was a close aide of former Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal and his Rajya Sabha MP-son, Sukhbir Badal, the defence counsel Anil Kaushik, in separate applications moved last month, had submitted that Kang had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking entrustment of investigations in the case to CBI or any other independent investigating agency of any state other than Punjab.

Opposing the applications while arguing that the accused were evading arrest even after the repeated issuance of non-bailable warrants of arrest and proclamation against them, the police, however, averred that their arrests had not been stayed by any high court or the Supreme Court.

The police last month, presented challan against 17 persons in a Kharar court in connection with the case. Kang, his wife, father, SAD state vice-president Rajbir Singh Padiala, his brother Tejbir Singh, both residents of Padiala village near Kharar, former Kharar Market Committee chairman Naagar Singh of Dharak village near Kharar, Amarjeet Singh of Padiala village, Sajjan Singh alias Bawa of Chhota Samana in Morinda, Tevinder Singh of Kurali, Jugraj Singh alias Raju of Mankheri village in Morinda, Harjit Singh alias Jeet of Khanpur village in Kharar, Harsimran Singh alias Binny of Kharar, Kulbir Singh of Jhampur village in Kharar, Gurjit Singh, Ravinder Singh, both of Amritsar, Sewa Singh of Sill village in Kharar and Satinder Singh Gill of Sector 69, Mohali, were among the 17 persons, against whom the challan had been presented. The remaining 14 challaned persons, except the Kangs, have already been arrested and have been in judicial custody.



Wedding season brings great rush at beauty parlours
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23
The onset of wedding season has led to an unprecedented rush at some of the top-end beauty parlours of the City Beautiful. Not only the local would-be-brides are flocking to the parlours in order to look their best before taking the plunge into matrimony, but also those from far off places all over the region comprising Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

“We have been booked till the end of January next year”, says Ms Harveen Kathuria who manages a beauty parlour in Chandigarh’s new upmarket address along Madhya Marg in Sector 8.

“The bookings began in August, tapered off towards the middle of September and will pickup again from the middle of October after navratras, shradh and the festivals of Dasehra and Divali.

They are expected to continue till January next year”.

“We have received bookings not only from the nearby towns of Ambala, Yamunanagar and Patiala but also from Shimla and Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Hisar and Pathankot”, says Ms Babita Soni who heads wellknown beauty clinic in the city. “Some of the girls who belong to other cities but are getting married in Chandigarh have arranged to come down to Chandigarh early in the morning of their wedding day to be ready for the big event in the evening”.

“Everyone appears to have become fully aware of the need to look their best, and more importantly they do not mind spending a tidy some for this purpose”, points out Ms Ritu Colentine, who set up a beauty parlour in Chandigarh last year and has opened a branch in Panchkula this year.

She is now planning to set up a third one at Mohali later this year or early next year.

Not only the bridal make-up packages but also pre-bridal make-up packages have caught on in a big way.

“The pre-bridal make up package starts up to two months before the wedding. These include overall weight reduction, spot reduction and figure correction, toning up massages, head to toe beauty treatment, including manicure, pedicure and full body massage, besides beauty counselling, says Ms Neelu Grewal, who runs one of the oldest beauty clinics in the city.

At some of the beauty parlours, these packages cost between Rs 5000 and Rs 15, 000. One parlour is offering a gold facial package. A gold facial costs Rs 2000 per session. The whole package costs upwards of Rs 50, 000! Incidentally, almost every bride wants to try a gold facial at least once.

“The days of the loud makeup are gone”, says Ms Anju Khanna, a beautician of repute.

“The trend now is have a natural or copper look with matt finish.

The attitude of the parents have also undergone a change.

They do not interfere much in the matters of make-up.Even the would-be mothers-in-law have begun to take extra interest to ensure that their brides look the best.

“And over the years, mehndi has been replaced by tatoos, veni and gajaras have given way to temporary colours, sparkles, beads and sequins, the traditional wedding-eve “batana” has been replaced by body paint...”

One beauty parlour in Panchkula has launched the concept of trial make-up which has become a big hit with the young.

Says Ms Rangoli Sodhi, a wellknown beauty therapist: “We put make up on half of the face of the would-be bride to give her a clear idea as to how she will look with or without makeup.

These days, young girls are very aggressive and very insistent on the way they want to look. The trial makeup gives them to a chance to finetune their choice”.



Power cuts: MIA seeks CM’s intervention
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 23
Expressing concern over the 30 per cent loss in industrial production, the Mohali Industries Association (MIA) has asked the Punjab Chief Minister to intervene and direct the Punjab State Electricity Board to exempt industrial units of the town from daily power cuts.

In a letter addressed to Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, the president of the MIA, Mr Gurmeet Singh, said that power cuts imposed by the PSEB might give wrong signals to NRIs who were likely to invest in the state. He said a number of multinationals had already established units here as Mohali had been declared a “cut-free zone, being an electronics town of Punjab.

He said the production losses were adversely affecting their delivery system and also hampering the execution of export orders. Other services like water supply were also hit due to 
power cuts.

He urged the Chief Minister to direct the power board to chalk out long-term solutions to the power shortage problem by exploring new avenues of power production. He said if no solution was found, the industry might have to close down rendering thousands of workers jobless and crippling the state’s economy. 



Malkhana case: cop remanded in police custody
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 23
Balbir Singh, an Exemplary Head Constable (EHC), arrested by the police late last night on charges of criminal breach of trust and stealing cash and goods from the malkhana in district courts, was remanded for four days in police custody till September 27.

He was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Gulab Singh today. The prosecution pleaded for his police remand saying that cash and goods stolen from the malkhana had to be recovered from him.

Bungling of cash and goods from the district courts malkhana came to light recently, during the routine checking of malkhana by DSP, Headquarters, Mr Desh Bandhu. The malkhana is checked twice a year by a DSP. Mr Desh Bandhu found that case property of three cases under trial at the district courts here was missing. On questioning EHC Balbir Singh, and Head Constable Sukhwinder Singh, in charge of the malkhana, the duo could not offer any explanation of how the goods went missing. They were booked by the police last night under Sections 409 and 34 of IPC. While Balbir was arrested by the police, the police is investigating Sukhwinder’s role in the siphoning of goods.

Cash worth Rs 20,800, one silver ring, one gold ring, two gold karas, two gold rings studded with precious stones, and two watches were missing from the malkhana. A Nokia mobile phone, also deposited as case property by Himachal INTUC leader, Amarjit Singh Bawa, an accused in a case of attempt to murder, was also used by the accused for making telephone calls.



Free parking in Sec 34 draws flak
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, September 23
The recently introduced free parking service in Sector 34 market complex by the Chandigarh police and traders jointly is turning out to be more problematic than useful.

The policemen on duty are giving away the tokens meant for the cars to two-wheeler drivers and vice versa. The visitors complain that they are given wrong tokens at the entry points and when they go out from the other point, the policemen demand the token assigned for that particular vehicle. The visitors complain that in the absence of any proper system they face this problem every day. They further said that the organisers were not coming up with any practical solution to this problem.

The policemen are on duty till around 10:30 pm. The visitors, who go out late in the night from the market complex, find nobody on duty to collect the tokens.

The market complex has restaurants, discotheques and pool parlours which are open late in the night, besides two hospitals, several call centres and medical transcription centres which operate 24 hours. The regular visitors to the institutions do not get any tokens when they come late in the night but when they go out in the morning, the policemen, who come to the duty at around 6:30 am, demand tokens from them.

Sanjiv, a resident of Sector 24, who works with a medical transcription company, said during his evening shifts he gets a token but when he goes late in the night after the job, he finds no body to collect the token. During night shifts there was nobody to give the token and he uses the tokens gathered with him earlier and gives the same to the cops in the morning.

The SHO of Sector 34 said they have deployed 36 policemen on this job who work in two shifts at six entry points. It is a free service and the lack of manpower was the main reason for this problem. He said he has asked the regular visitors to deposit their tokens with their respective offices from where the police would collect them.



Bank to adopt Kaimbwala village
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23
The Chandigarh Administration and the Punjab National Bank will join hands to extend micro credit in all villages of Chandigarh. The PNB has desired to adopt the model villlage Kaimbwala for its socio-economic development. He informed UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma (retd) that after formally adopting this village, bank would conduct its socio-economic survey of this village to understand the requirements of the villagers.

The Administrator had called in the Zonal Manager of Punjab National Bank, Mr B.P. Chopra and asked him to prepare programme to extend micro-credit plan for 22 villages of Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Justice Verma emphasized that to empower the villagers and to make them financially self-reliant it was imperative that banks should come forward for lending to the villagers.

The bank would also set up of State-of-art library-cum-reading room in the village Kaimbwala. He informed the Administrator that it would be the second village to have been adopted by the PNB as it has already adopted village Maloya. 



Austrian delegation impressed by Fortis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23
A high-powered Austrian delegation led by the Austrian Ambassador to India, Dr Jutta Stefan-Basil, visited Fortis Hospital, Mohali, today and praised the facilities available at this state-of-the-art health facility.

The other members of the delegation included Dr Johann Pfeifer, Dr Felix Offner, Dr Ursula Risslegger and Dr Stefan Hoschek. The delegation was shown around the hospital by Mr Harpal Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Fortis Healthcare Ltd and SRL Ranbaxy Ltd and Mr Daljit Singh, CEO-Operations, Fortis Healthcare Ltd. The delegation was shown the Cardiac Operating Theatre, Multi-specialty Operation Theatres, Catheterization Lab etc.

Talking about health care in Austria, Dr Stefan-Basil stated that “every Austrian citizen gets state sponsored health insurance and hence the focus is more on government run hospitals.

According to Mr Harpal Singh, Chairman, “ It is very interesting to note that a large number of non-resident Indians from all countries of Europe, including Austria, as well as from countries like USA and UK prefer to fly down to India and get treatment at Fortis.”



Missing girl traced, handed over to parents
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 23
More than a month after she went missing, 16-year-old Salamat alias Sona, allegedly kidnapped by three youth of village Kambala was handed over to her parents today by the Sohana police. The police also arrested Rakesh Pathania, a resident of Pathankot for abducting Sona and keeping her confined two persons Vicky and Rintu were arrested earlier in the case.

The two were picked up from Rakesh’s village, Akhwana in Pathankot, said Mr Vinod Sharma, SHO Sohana police station. He added that the girl had been medically examined and handed over to her parents but her statement was yet to be recorded.

Sona went missing on August 20. On the complaint of her mother Gulzaro, a case under Sections 363, 366 of the IPC was registered on August 29. Gulzaro had alleged that she had fought with a village youth Vicky over the use of her fodder cutting machine and Vicky had threatened to teach her a lesson. After which Salamat alias Sona had gone missing from her tailoring class in Phase XI here.

Gulzaro had further alleged that Vicky’s cousin Rintu and the landlord’s son Rakesh had planned together and got Sona abducted. While Vicky and Rintu had been arrested on the day of the registration of the case, Rakesh was arrested today.

Sources added that Sona had reportedly gone with Rakesh on her own and had event tried to call her parents in the village to inform them about her whereabouts but could not get through to them.



Saplings planted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23
The Art of Living Foundation (Vyakti Vikas Kendra) organised a plantation camp at Government High School, Khuda Ali Sher, where about 25 saplings were planted.

Mr Ishwar Singh, Deputy Conservative Forest Officer, inaugurated the camp by planting a sapling. The village sarpanch was also present on the occasion. An art competition on environment was organised for the students. The winners were awarded certificates by the chief guest.

Mr Ishwar Singh said conservation of the environment was the need of the hour.

He exhorted the students to contribute their bit to save the environment. “Planting a tree does not solve our purpose. We need to take care of the plant like a child”, he added. 



Rapist held after 8 years
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, September 23
A person allegedly involved in gangraping a Himachali girl for months, was last night arrested after 8 years of having evaded arrest. The local police assisted Punjab Police in arresting Vijay Kumar (40), a resident of Palsora village, wanted in the rape case registered against him in 1996 in Mansa district, from Sector 22 market, yesterday.

According to Mr Mohinder Das, Inspector, Punjab Police, Mansa, Vijay and five other accused raped a 20-year-old girl, who hailed from Dhira village, Amb district in Himachal Pradesh for six months. She was kept at various neighbouring places in Mansa and Bhatinda districts and was gangraped by the accused.

He said that the victim got pregnant during that time and reported the matter to the police in June, 1996. The police registered a case of rape under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code in police station at Mansa district. The police arrested other five accused. However, Vijay kept on evading arrest. Later, the police declared him a proclaimed offender. The other five accused were bailed out by the police in the absence of witnesses against them.

The police arrested Vijay from his toy shop in Shastri Market, Sector 22, yesterday. The police further informed that Vijay is married and has two children, a boy and a girl. The police said that Vijay told them that he was living in the city during these years. He had a garment shop which failed and after that he opened up a toy shop. His son was also present at the shop when he was arrested by the police. Later, his wife came to the Sector 22 police post with a relative and handed over clothes to him.

The accused was produced in the district courts, Mansa, by the police today.



Man’s death shrouded in mystery
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 23
Mystery shrouds the death of a 41-year-old man, Inderjit Singh, a resident of Sector 20 here. The man was declared brought dead when he reached General Hospital here, and three persons, including a woman, accompanying him slipped away from the hospital, leaving his body there.

The victim was brought to the hospital by a woman, Harwinder Kaur, he was living with and two men at around 12.30 in the afternoon. As soon as the doctors declared him dead, the three persons slipped away. The hospital authorities then informed the police.

The police says that Inderjit Singh and Harwinder Kaur were living together in a flat in Sector 20 here for the past four years, though Inderjit Singh would stay here for a few days and then return to his own family at Chudiala village in Ambala.

He had two children from his marriage, and his children and wife are staying in Chudiala, along with his mother and younger brother’s family.

However, for the past four months, he had not visited his family, and was staying here.

Police sources inform that Harwinder Kaur, too, was married to an Army personnel, and had two sons from this marriage.

She had left her husband several years ago, and divorce proceedings with her estranged husband are going on.

The victim was a close associate of a former minister and a Congress leader, Mr Nirmal Singh. After his death in the afternoon, Harwinder Kaur informed Mr Nirmal Singh, who, in turn, informed his family in Chudiala.

Mr Charanjit, a maternal uncle of the victim, said that when they reached here, Harwinder Kaur was not in the hospital, but later arrived with her elder son.

Though Harwinder Kaur maintained that she had brought Inderjit Singh to the hospital for a renal ailment, and he died after suffering a heart attack at the hospital, the hospital authorities say that he was dead when he was brought to the hospital.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted tomorrow to ascertain the cause of death.



Fresh FIR filed in Amartex-Gawritex case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 23
In the ongoing dispute between the owners of Amartex and Gawritex industries, the police booked the owner of Gawritex Industries and 10 others, on charges of criminal trespassing and assault.

Mr Sushil Gulati of K.V.S. Apparels, a subsidiary of Amartex Industries, has accused Mr Amar Gawri, Managing Director, Gawritex Industries, Mr Amit Gawri, Director, Neeraj , Yadav and six others of tresspassing in a portion of an industrial shed taken on rent by K.V.S. Apparels, on September 21. He has alleged that the accused also threatened and assaulted his men.

The complaint was given to the SP, Ms Mamta Singh, yesterday and an FIR was registered late last night at Sector 20 police station.

A portion of the industrial shed in Industrial Area Phase I was taken on rent by Gawritex while the front portion of the same shed was taken on rent by K.V.S Apparels.

The security staff of the two companies had clashed on August 15, when employes of K.V.S. Apparels had allegedly tried to take illegal possession of the portion rented out to Gawritex Industries.

A case was registered against several persons, including Mr Gulati, and Managing Director of Amartex Industries Arun Grover. 



Insurance company manager held for graft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 23
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today here caught red- handed, a Sonepat Branch Manager of United Insurance Company, while receiving a bribe of Rs. 15,000.

The complainant had approached CBI two days ago saying that Darshan Singh, the manager had been delaying his payment of Rs 3.5 lakh of his accident case insurance claim for the last six months. The complainant also alleged that the manager was demanding Rs 20,000/- for clearing the case.

The CBI yesterday verified the demand and laid a trap. Accordingly the complainant conveyed to the manager that he was ready to make the payment. The manager the complainant to arrange a vehicle from Sonepat for the manager and asked him to come to Chandigarh. The manager had told him that he will get claim from the Chandigarh office. They were separated in the city. The manager told the complainant that he is going to the company’s office. He asked the complainant to meet him at Ghazal Restaurant.

In the mean time the complainant communicated to the manager that he could only arrange for Rs 15,000. When the complainant went to deliver the money, the CBI team caught the manager red handed along with Rs 15,000.



One killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 23
One person was killed, while his brother was seriously injured , when their car had a head-on collision with a truck (HR-68-1107) near Raipur Rani today.

The police say that Surinder and Sanjiv were driving in their car (BDQ- 9615) from Yamunanagar to Panchkula, when the accident took place. The truck driver fled the scene, and the brothers were taken to the PGI, Chandigarh. Surinder died later at the hospital.

In another accident, a scooterist Jaswinder Singh was seriously hurt when his scooter (HR -02B-2484) was hit by a car (DNB-6807), near Barwala.


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