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Drive against helmetless women comes to a halt
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Two-wheeler women drivers and pillion riders, including Sikh women, in the city could drive helmetless without being challaned by the traffic police following a recent Supreme Court order.

The Supreme Court has upheld rule 193 of the Chandigarh motor vehicles rules, 1990 to contend that Sikh women are exempted from wearing helmets, and, therefore, the high court could not have given the direction contrary to the suggestion. The Supreme Court has also quoted the rule 193 of the Punjab motor vehicle rules, 1989.

The decision of the Supreme Court has come as a dampener to the campaign of the Traffic Police encouraging women to wear helmets. For ensuring the compliance to wearing helmets, the Administration now needs to strike down its 1990 exemption rule and amend it to suit the present reality with more women drivers being involved in fatal accidents.

The Supreme Court order says “It appears the rules were not brought to the notice of the high court. We, therefore, direct that if any exemption is granted to any person, including Sikh women from any of the motor vehicle rules, relating to different states or areas or under any statutory rule, the same shall operate notwithstanding the directions of the high court that all persons, including women shall wear helmets.”

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had earlier struck down the rule 193 of the Chandigarh Motor Vehicles Rules, 1990, exempting women from wearing helmets. It made wearing of helmet compulsory except in the cases of turbaned men and women.

The Supreme Court has upheld the rules framed by the Administration which exempted all women from wearing helmets. The traffic police’s concerted effort to educate women about wearing helmet has now taken a setback with beauty conscious women exercising their option.

If the Administration did not reframe or amend the exemption rule, the cause of the safety of mobile women will be greatly jeopardized. The religious sentiments could be taken care while reframing rules.

The sources said there was a need to amend the 1990 rules as safety of women had acquired a bigger dimension as there were few two-wheeler women drivers in 1990 and they were less mobile, a situation which is far away from today’s reality.

The traffic police started challaning women after the high court order which allowed exemption only to turbaned men and women.



High-rise buildings’ plan put on hold
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Plans to have 10-storey high residential blocks have been put on hold for now. The Chandigarh Perspectives, a body which was to study the proposal has more or less decided against allowing any such high rise blocks. However, the Chandigarh Administration will take a final decision.

A sub-committee of the Perspectives, which comprised leading architects on does not favour changing the city skyline, sources said. Originally the Chandigarh Housing Board has asked for permission to build 10-storey blocks for three bedroom HIG flats, each having a covered area of about 1,500 sq feet. This will require a height of 115 feet. At present, the residential blocks in the city are not more than 37-feet high. The Administration referred the matter to the Perspectives.

Initial studies have brought out that services like lifts, water supply pumping ducts, cost of maintaining common services become viable only after going seven-storey high.

The Administration had asked the Chandigarh Perspectives to give its opinion. High-rise buildings are one of the key options being studied, sources pointed out, to tide over the paucity of land.

Senior officials of the Administration are in favour of going vertical and allow high-rise residential blocks like those in Gurgaon and Noida. This will change the skyline of the city which is known for its low-height buildings and tree-lined roads, as envisaged by French architect Le Courbusier.

Sources said private builders had expressed their interest in getting 100 acres and developing it on their own while the Administration would prescribe parameters for the height of buildings, common services, open areas, roads, water supply and power back-up for lifts.

The idea to have high-rise residential blocks has come about after Panchkula and Mohali permitted such blocks much to the satisfaction of investors and allottees.



Woman’s body found in Sukhna Lake
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Morning walkers at the Sukhna were shocked today early morning when they saw a body of a woman floating a few metres away from the watch and measurement tower.

The woman wearing a black salwar and kameez is suspected to have drowned a day before Karva Chauth as there was a henna pattern on her left palm. She is estimated to be around 24 years of age.

The police suspect that she may have unmarried as she wasn’t wearing bangles. It also suspects there could have been a problem relating to a relationship.

When onlookers gathered at the lake, a patrol party of the police noticed the crowd. It tried to retrieve the body but didn’t have long sticks. The police party approached a storekeeper of the Horticulture Department for longer sticks.

There were no injury marks on the body. A woman constable examined the body but there was no suicide note.

All police stations of the city and surrounding areas have been informed and the body has been sent to the General Hospital. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated.



Suicide by Golf Club employee
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 1
A 35-year-old man, father of three children, allegedly ended his life today evening by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in Mani Majra.

Kanwarpal Singh, a Golf Club safai karamchari, took the extreme step at 4 p.m. when his wife Babli had gone to work. When she returned, she found the room locked from inside. She broke open the door and found her husband hanging from the fan. No suicide note was recovered from the clothes and room. The body has been sent to the hospital for a post-mortem examination.

He has one 16-year-old daughter and sons aged 13 and six.

The wife of the deceased said that she did not know why her husband committed suicide. She said there was no dispute between them. 



Prithpal Kaur appointed Dy Dir (Adult Education)
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The UT Education Department has appointed the Assistant Director (Vocational Education), Ms Prithpal Kaur, Deputy Director (Adult Education).

Ms Prithpal Kaur will also continue as the Controller of Examination and hold the charge of Adult Education and Coordinator, Sarv Siksha Abhiyan. The post of the Deputy Director (Adult Education) had been lying vacant for the past one month after the retirement of the previous incumbent, Ms Sudesh Kalra.

Before appointing Ms Prithpal Kaur, the Education Department had offered the post to two senior-most Principals, Dr Gulzar Singh and Mr R.S. Goraya. But both had expressed their unwillingness to join as it was considered to be an “unimportant” post. Both had expressed their willingness to join as the District Education Officer (DEO).

With the appointment, Ms Prithpal Kaur, who is from the same batch of the two other principals, has become senior, though it was not a promotional post, a senior officer in the Education Department said.

It may be mentioned that the senior-most Principal, Dr Gulzar Singh, has a chance to become the DEO after the present incumbent, Ms Rajesh Chaudhary, retires. There are two posts of Deputy Director and two posts of Assistant Director in the Adult Education Department. One of the post of Deputy Director is lying vacant after Ms Joginder Moti retired.

Meanwhile, the department was looking for an eligible principal to fill the post of Assistant Director (Vocational Education).



No separate TV, paid channels for Burail inmates, rules HC
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 1
In a significant development, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today set aside the order of the Chandigarh District and Sessions Judge, whereby he had allowed providing of separate television sets to some inmates of Burial Jail in their barracks and cells.

The High Court directed that inmates of the high security jail, whose security setup was sometime back breached by killers of the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, will be allowed to watch television with other inmates and no paid channels and other channels would be provided to them.

The Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy and Mr Justice Surya Kant also reiterated its earlier order of April 27 which said that mobile phones, pagers, and other electronic gadgets should not be allowed inside jails in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

The court gave these directions on a pubic interest petition (PIL) filed by Mr Viresh Shandilya of Ambala, who is President of the All-India Anti-terrorist Front.

In his petition, Mr Shandilya had alleged that the investigations being conducted by the UT Police into the case were nothing but an eye-wash.

He had alleged that high profile inmates such as the alleged killers of the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh, could not have escaped from prison without the active connivance of the prison staff.

He had also raised a number of related issues such as the jail manual, preventive measures needed to check such incidents from taking place again, etc.

Saying that though jail inmates, including under-trials have a right to entertainment, the Bench in its order said that the same could not be allowed to come in the way of adequate security set-up.

The Bench said that only DD channels and religious channels be provided for viewing by the inmates and at no cost should the state exchequer be burdened to provide these facility to the inmates.

It may be recalled that on the application moved by some inmates, including the killers of Beant Singh, who escaped from jail, the District and Sessions Judge of Chandigarh had allowed them to have separate televisions and channels in their barracks and cells.

On an earlier hearing, the High Court had asked the government to tell it how colour televisions have been provided to inmates of the Tihar Jail in New Delhi. 



New vaccine launched for rabies
Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Punjab has a high incidence of rabies as 100 odd new cases of dog /cat bites are reported in the anti-rabies clinic of Government Medical College, Amritsar, every day, said Dr Ashok Goel, Secretary-General of the Association for Prevention and Control of rabies in India ( APCRI) while addressing mediapersons at the launch of the rabies vaccine ` Rabivax' here today.

The recent data from the World Health Organisation indicate that about 30,000 people die of rabies in India, which accounts for about 81 per cent of global report of 37,000 deaths annually.

The incidence of the same is quite high in the states of Bihar and Orissa also.

Rabivax, the only indigenously developed human diploid cell ( HDC) was formally launched in North India today by Pune-based Serum Institute of India.

Compared to other tissue culture vaccines, the HDC products are considered the best as they offer better protection and very high safety standards, said Dr Subodh Bhardwaj of the Serum Institute.

From the safety point of view, every pregnant woman and children could take the vaccine. It could even be taken by those who were allergic to vaccine components as this HDC vaccine completely eliminated such risks, he added.

But Dr Goel lamented that even as such a vaccine was available at an affordable price of Rs 293 per dose, both the central and state governments were not doing much to make the modern vaccine treatment available to majority of Indians.

The viral disease, unlike AIDS, is 100 per cent fatal to both animals and humans but has still not been declared a notified disease.

Though rabies could be from cat and other animals bites, but 96.2 per cent are from dogs but not much is being done by the authorities concerned to check the increasing population of stray dogs.

`The basic strategy should be to control population of dogs, which will reduce danger of dog bites. And this, in turn, will reduce the risk of human rabies proportionately,'' he added.

Free of antibiotics like Neomycin, Streptomycin, Kanamyhcin and Polymyxsin-B, the new vaccine is a boon for people in all age groups, particularly those who are allergic to eggs and avian proteins, found in other vaccines, Dr Bhardwaj claimed.

The vaccination course consists of five injections in the arm and gives 100 per cent protection for at least one year if all doses are taken. the course should be started as soon as possible, ideally on the day of the bite.

However, post-exposure treatment may be stopped after three doses, if the animal is traceable and remains healthy after 10 days.

The incubation period is about 10 days to two months and sometimes even longer.

Studies reveal that the bites are more on lower limbs, men are almost double exposed to it and majority of these are affected by stray dogs.

The most effective protection against rabis is to wash and flush the wound or point of contact with detergent, followed by the application of ethanol, tincture or aqueous solution of iodine and course of anti-rabies vaccines.

Dr Bhardwaj said state government should take steps to make these vaccines available in the government hospitals so that the common man has an access to these.

Announcing the launch of the vaccine, Mr V. Kaul said the Rs 500-cr Serum Institute, which is the country's leading exporter of vaccines to 10 countries, would also be exporting the new vaccine to these countries only after it is found successful within the country following its launch.

Considering the low cost, as compared with other available vaccines, the vaccine's sale was not a concern.

In fact, we have to ensure more production of vaccines,'' he added.



Chandigarh Calling

CITY residents are in the grip of shopping fever which comes with the festive season. Exchanging gifts on every occasion or festival has become a expression of one’s status than the courtesy. Now when Diwali is around the corner, people have already made their lists and have started buying the things. Market research is on and all of them are looking for something different which can really please their ‘dear ones’. Gone are the days when greeting cards would suffice. Now gifts have to be swanky and grand if you want to make a mark. This stands true not only for the corporates dealing with their clients but also for youngsters. The mantra is — the bigger, the better.

Cops gear up to face chill

The setting winter is making policemen run for a cover. The cops on night duty in the PCR vehicles have to bear the winter chill. With each passing day the nights are getting colder. The cops on night duty can be seen in the jackets. Their job will become tough in the coming days with the winds sending a shiver down their spine. They will ward off the chill by making bonfires near roundabouts or huddling in their vehicles.

Discovering heritage was fun

The initiative taken by the Department of Youth Welfare, Panjab University, to add heritage aspect in the recently concluded zonal Youth festival has been welcomed by the students. The move to make all girl’s college to participate in the festival added colour to the event.

A participant told the sentinel that the event gave an opportunity to the participants and visitors to get glimpses of the folklore and traditional culture of composite Punjab, as it existed prior to 1947.

The display of various art and craft forms by the participating team has sent a message that culture was an inseparable part of the youth festival. It was a treat to see and hear the youths playing folk instruments, naqqals and ladies’ traditional songs.

Laughter heals

In the festival season, everybody seems to be in a happy mood. But to laugh heartily and make others laugh is altogether a different matter.

It was the occasion of first year anniversary of the Clapping and Laughing Club which was started by senior citizens of Sector 47. To make the occasion a big success, Mr M.S. Duggal invited the members of laughter clubs of Sector 36, 40 and Mohali. Ms Janak Narula, the elder sister of Dr Kataria of Mumbai and the anchor Mrs Meenu Narula, gave an interesting insight into laughing exercises. Mr Jitender Bhatia, the areas councillor was the chief guest, who appealed to the senior citizens to celebrate it every year and include others in laughing therapy.

“C” governance

Haryanavi humour can be very be realistic. A few days ago at a conference on “e governance” two persons could be overheard talking about “e-governance” initiative of the Haryana Government. One of them said in Haryana it was actually “ C-governance”. This was translated as “Chautala governance.” The second one not to be left behind remarked that we should expect “ B-governance” in the future. Now this “B” stands for Bhajan Lal, Bhupinder Hooda and Birender Singh, all senior Congress leaders. Of course, none of the two were ready to say as to which of the “B” will govern.

— Sentinel



Riot victims’ unending trauma, courtesy politicians
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 1
Still nursing the bruises of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and bereft of any hope of getting justice, many riot victims living in the city feel that they have been used as mere pawns by the callous politicians.

"Why our wounds are reopened every year when no one intends to help us genuinely?" asked Mrs Narinder Kaur Puppy, a displaced riot victim living in the Phase XI here.

Lambasting the politicians for using the riot victims for personal gains, she said the facade of helping them must stop.

The resentment among the riot victims had reached its zenith and if any politician approached them for votes, he would be stone-pelted, she added.

Mrs Narinder Kaur, who is also the president of the Block Mahila Congress, lamented that the riot victims had been raising a hue and cry before various leaders from the Congress and the SAD but to no avail.

She rued that those struck by the tragedy had wasted a lot of money in meeting political leaders without any results so far.

Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, was handed over a charter of demands by the victims and were informed that the Chief Minister, Punjab, had been intimated of the same. But nothing came out of it, Mrs Narinder Kaur rued.

Mr Ajit Singh, a riot victim and resident of Phase XI here, said he spent days in Chandigarh repairing vehicles to make both ends meet.

Recalling his struggle to get a home, he said no houses were allotted to them by the government and they were not in the position to buy one- either. Out of depression, they had to forcibly enter one-room flats constructed in Phase XI.

He said that the cost of each building so occupied by various riot affected was Rs 30,000. As the occupants were unable to pay monthly installment of Rs 184 per month, the amount due to be paid accumulated to about Rs one lakh owing to the penalties imposed.

Flaying the Congress government for not exempting the riot victims from payments for houses allotted by the then Punjab Governor, Mr J.F. Ribeiro, in 1991 to 65 families, he said the Punjab Chief Minister could buy cars worth Rs 56 lakh but had no money to help the riot-affected.

Mr Harbhajan Singh, another resident of Phase XI, said two generations had been adversely affected by the riots.

As the government failed to rehabilitate them, the riot-affected families were not able to offer quality education to their wards. Due to this many such youngsters were now working in the factories earning meagre salaries, he lamented.

Mr J.S. Bedi, also a resident of Phase II, was once a well-established person holding high positions in various sugar mills.

He recalled that his house had been burnt in Kanpur and his family had to spend days in camps.

He felt that even the people of Punjab had no sympathy for them and had heard those holding prominent positions as saying, " Why should jobs be given to the outsiders, have the people of Punjab died?"



Rs 15 cr lost to industrial fires in Mohali
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
Mohali industries have lost a whopping Rs 15 crore to industrial fires in the past two years. While a majority of the fires were termed as accidents, in some cases life and goods were lost due to oversights and carelessness.

There are over a dozen large industrial houses in Mohali that use highly combustible chemicals as part of various processes. There is need to train employees in these units and ensure that upgraded fire safety mechanisms are in place, Mr B.S. Sandhu, Fire Officer, Mohali, says.

On October 31, 2002, a fire at Navkirat Enterprises’ tissue paper unit in the Industrial Area, Phase IX, led to damage worth Rs 40 lakh. No life was lost but the two-floor building was gutted. The Phase IX industrial unit owners had demanded the permanent placement of a fire engine in the area. On April 23, 2003, damage worth Rs 2 lakh was caused due to a fire at Guru Nanak Paper Mills at Badmajra village. Tonnes of paper meant for recycling at the mill had caught fire.

On June 11, 2003, five persons died and 10 were seriously injured in a series of blasts and fire in the B-1 module of the Ranbaxy Pharmaceutical bulk drug plant. The fire had caused damage worth Rs 12 crore and the company gave Rs 70 lakh to the victims. The company had to close down the module where a similar fire had occurred in 1996. The cause of the accident remains unknown.

On December 26, 2003, two persons had died and one was injured in a fire at E-91, Phase VIII. The unit housed a paint manufacturing workshop and the fire was caused due to the flaring up of a fire lit by workers to keep themselves warm. ‘‘This was a mistake that could have been avoided had the workmen been made aware of the dangers of working in a unit like this, Mr Sandhu says.

On February 7 this year, a major fire broke out at Fraternity Chemicals Warehouse in Phase VIII and led to a damage worth Rs 47 lakh. The building where the fire took place was under construction and according to the fire department did not have adequate fire safety equipment.

On April 5, a fire broke out due to a spark in the heat treatment section of Punjab Tractors Limited and in August, damage worth Rs 20 lakh was caused at Puncom Limited in Phase VIII. A short circuit or a welding spark had led to the fire in the company’s lab.

Stating that the Mohali Fire Department is equipped to handle any emergency in the industrial areas, Mr Sandhu, however, said there was a dearth of staff. “We have enough fire engines and all other equipment. All we need is more trained men so that the pressure under which our staff is working is relieved,” he says.

Industrial fires need special material like chemical-based foam to be controlled. “We attach foam cylinders to the circulation system of the water-based engines: We do not have specialised foam-based fire engines,” he adds.



Fauji Beat
New role for former Army chiefs

THE first ever conclave of the former Army Chiefs was held for three days at New Delhi recently. It was attended by eight former Army Chiefs, including Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw, who is the senior-most and is over 90 years of age. The Chief of the Army Staff, General N.C. Vij, also participated.

At the brainstorming session, a frank discussion was held on topics such as new war doctrine, prolonged Army deployment for counterinsurgery duties, nuclear weapons strategy and modernisation, etc.

Considering this a useful exercise, the advisory role of the retired chiefs has been accepted by the government. As a result, they have been appointed colonels of their regiments. And in this capacity, they have been allowed to wear uniform. The retired chiefs were, however, of the opinion that it should be left to the Army Chief to take decisions and run the Army without interference. Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s comments were: “When I was the Army Chief, I did not take advice from anyone”.

No doubt the ex-Army Chiefs should be requested for advice when it is considered necessary. But bringing them into the working of the Army will be an impingement on the jurisdiction of the incumbent chief. Besides, appointing them colonels of their regiments (even in honourary capacity) when there are already officers in these appointments will interfere with the latters’ handling of their regiments. It is only a Field Marshal who is entitled to wear uniform because he does not retire throughout his life.

Major Somnath

Though the Indian troops began to land at the Srinagar airfield on October 27, 1947, threat to the airfield, which was the only link with their bases, continued to mount for the first 10 days. This was because of the tribals being in a much larger number than our troops.

The enemy was advancing along a ridge, which drops into the valley. To save the airfield, the last defensible position at Badgam along the ridge was hurriedly occupied by a rifle company of 4 Kumaon under the command of Major Somnath Sharma. When the tribals attacked the position from all sides, Major Sharma’s wireless message was: “The enemy is only 50 yards from us. We are hopelessly outnumbered, I shall not withdraw even one inch but fight to the last man, last round.”

Major Somnath fell fighting and his company suffered heavy casualties. By then, the reinforcements arrived and the tribals were forced to withdraw. Thus Major Sharma’s undaunted courage saved the honour of the country. For his unparalleled bravery, he was awarded the first highest gallantry award of the country - the Param Vir Chakra (posthumously) - on November 3, 1947.

Refund of withheld pension

At the time of retirement, a sum of Rs 1000 is withheld from an officer’s death-cum-retirement gratuity by the Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Allahabad. This amount is reflected in the pension payment order (PPO) of the retiree and is meant to cover any outstanding demands from the Controller of Defence Accounts (Officers), The amount becomes automatically payable to the pensioner after six months of his retirement or on receipt of no demand certificate from the CDA(O), Pune, whichever is later.

Some cases have come to notice where this amount continued to be withheld even after the receipt of no demand certificate from the CDA, (O), Pune. The pensioners are advised to check up with their bankers whether this amount has been refunded to them.

Western Command media seminar

A two day seminar on “National Strategy: Role of Media”, is scheduled to be held on November 16 and 17 at the Headquarters Western Command, Chandi Mandir. The aim of the seminar is to generate awareness, mutual understanding and harmony between the media and the Army with particular reference to their respective roles. Eminent speakers from the media and the Army are likely to participate.




Marriages of two poor girls solemnised
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
Volunteers of the Nishkam Seva Parishad of India married off two poor girls and honoured 37 bright but poor students at a ceremony at Pracheen Shiv Mandir, Sector 9, on Monday.

Amrita of village Kharag Mangoli was married to Banti, while Rakhi of Indra Colony was married to Surinder.

Two couples were married according to Vedic rites, amidst chanting of shlokas.

Mr Surinder Sood, Secretary of the Parishad, said that Rs 25,000 was spent on the marriage of every couple.

They were given household items like sewing machines, bicycles, wrist watches, clothes, beds and home linen.

Some silver jewellery was also given to the brides.

Mr B.R. Kamboj, prime sanchalak of the Parishad, informed that the Parishad had placed advertisements, inviting applications for the free mass marriage.

After a screening committee verified the applications, the Parishad arrange the marriages.

He added that volunteers of the Parishad and other donors had paid for the two marriages.



Villagers to submit memo against PUDA
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
Villagers agitating against land acquisition policy of the Punjab Urban-Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today decided to submit a memorandum to the Chief Town Planner (CTP) regarding their grievances.

This was decided at a meeting at Sohana in where farmers of 71 villages participated. A delegation of five members including president of the ‘Pind- Bachao Committee’ would meet the CTP and submit the memorandum on November 8. The farmers are demanding cancellation of the notification issued by the government with respect to acquisition of approximately 690 acres of land in five villages. According to the PUDA notification, over 170 acres of land will be acquired in Sohana village, 209 acres in Lakhnaur village, 21 acres in Landran, 124 acres in Bermpur and 162 acres in Manak Majra village.



Farewell party to Justice Verma tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
A formal farewell party will be given to Justice Om Prakash Verma (retd) on Wednesday. He resigned as Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, last week. After the farewell Governor of Haryana, Dr Akhlaq-ur-Rahman Kidwai, will take over as Punjab Governor following a swearing-in ceremony.

Farewell to Justice Verma will start at 10.15 am and the ceremony swearing-in will take place at 11 am. Both functions will be held at Punjab Raj Bhavan.



The Tribune News Coordinator retires
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Mr A.S. Prashar, News Coordinator of The Tribune retired from service on Sunday after putting in 27 years with the newspaper. Mr Prashar had started his career with the Press Trust of India in the mid 1960s and then joined The Tribune.

During his tenure at The Tribune, he handled the Chandigarh Tribune and the Ludhiana Tribune and covered political developments in the region.

Mr Prashar was given a farewell by his colleagues. The Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, Mr H.K. Dua, praised the versatility of Mr Prashar as a reporter.



Two arrested for stealing scooters
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 1
The police here has arrested two persons and recovered two stolen scooters from their possession.

Mohamad Alam, from Uttar Pradesh and Pardeep Joshi of Sector 41 were arrested from Sector 39, yesterday. The police said they were stealing scooters from the city. The police recovered two scooters CH-01-L-7141 and PB-32-5660 from their possession. Both accused were remanded in police custody for one day. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code was registered in the Sector 39, police.

Minor abducted

A minor girl which reportedly abducted by her neighbour-hood boy according to the information released by the police today.

The police said, Sunil Kumar a resident of Kumhar Colony abducted a 16-year old girl from the locality on October 29. A case under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC was registered in the Sector 11, police station.

Vehicle stolen

Rajiv Kashyap of Sector 38-D reported to the police that his Maruti Car (CH-01Y-2271) was stolen from Parade Ground, yesterday. A case of theft under Section 379 of the IPC has registered in the Sector 17, police station.

Nittu of Sector 23 filed a complaint that his scooter (CH-01-L-7141) was stolen from Parsu Ram Bhawan, Sector 37 on the night of October 30-31. A case of theft has been registered in the Sector 39, police station.



Milkfed manager’s house burgled
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
Cash, gold and valuables worth Rs 2 lakh were stolen from the residence of Mr S.S. Walia, Marketing Manager, Milkfed here this evening. Occupants of the house in Phase IX were away when the theft took place.

According to the police, thieves entered the house by jumping over the back wall. The thieves gained entry by cutting open the grill to the back window. The SHO Phase VIII Mr. Tirlochan Singh said the thieves took advantage of the fact that the back wall of the house opened towards an abandoned dispensary with wild grass growth in its compound.

The police said Mrs. Satinder Kaur Walia who teaches in Saint Stephens School in Chandigarh left at 6.30 am in the morning, while Mr Walia himself left to meet a friend 8.40am in the morning. Their tenant Ms Harpal Kaur, a free lance journalist too left for work. When Mrs Walia returned at 2.30pm she found the whole house ransacked.

Thieves had broken into every room, opened all almirahas and scattered the various items. Rs 35000 cash was missing. I am a heart patient and have to keep cash to take care of emergencies, said Mr Walia.

Other valuables in the house including watches, gold and cameras were missing. The family has till now given a list of items worth Rs two lakh to the police and are assessing the damage. Ms Harpal Kaur’s portion of the house was also ransacked. She lost items worth Rs 50,000.



Man booked for assaulting wife
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, November 1
The police has booked Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Housing Board Colony in Dhanas village of Union Territory Chandigarh, for attacking and injuring his wife. The suspect has been booked on the complaint of his wife Mrs Kamlesh Kumari.

The incident occurred at her parent’s house in Tribune Colony in Bartana village on Sunday evening when the duo had a scuffle over some dispute.

In her complaint to the police, Mrs Kamlesh Kumari has alleged that Mukesh assaulted her with sharp-edged weapon which caused injuries to her. She further alleged that Mukesh had been harassing her for money and dowry since long. The daily quarrels between the husband and the wife had strained their relations.

The police said that Mrs Kamlesh Kumari was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, with injuries on her body. However, medical reports has ruled out any weapon injury on Kamlesh’s body.

According to the family members, Kamlesh married Mukesh Kumar 10 years ago and had two kids. Their relations were strained for the last few years following which Kamlesh, along with her children, had come to her parent’s house.

She had already complained against her husband to the Dera Bassi police and both parties felt that the issue would be resolved.

They complained that Mukesh Kumar reached the house of his in-laws on the occasion of ‘Karva Chauth’ and the couple had arguments which later became healed. Mukesh reportedly fled the scene after assaulting his wife.

The police has registered a case under Sections 323, 452 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code against Mukesh Kumar at the Dera Bassi police station but no arrest has been made as yet.



Cash, jewellery worth Rs 4.40 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
Cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 4.40 lakh was stolen from a house in Sector 4 here last night. Owners of the family were out of station for the past five days.

Mr Dinesh Arya, owner of the house, said that in cash Rs 40,000, and gold jewellery worth Rs 4 lakh were stolen. He said that the jewellery, of his mother, wife and sister, had been brought from the bank for a wedding.

Mr Arya said that his father, Mr Ravinder Kumar Arya, was on tour and he with other family members was away to Shimla. "We had asked our neighbours to keep a watch on the house in our absence, and one of them today found that the grill of the kitchen window had been removed. He informed us, and also called the police," Mr Arya said.

He says that after he arrived here in the evening, and opened the house, he found that all four bedrooms in the house were ransacked. "The burglars had broken the locks of all almirahs and decamped with cash and jewellery. Even in the store room, the bolts of all iron trunks had been broken, and the boxes thoroughly searched." The police too inspected the house, and a dog squad and fingerprint team would be called for tomorrow.



Fresh complaints against Mohali jeweller
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
A host of fresh complaints poured in the SP Mohali’s office today against Prince Singh, owner of Sahdeva Jewellers, Phase II, for defrauding them of their money collected as part of a kitty. An FIR against him was registered yesterday.

According to the police, Joginder Kaur of Phase II complained that Prince had duped her too. Jagdish Lal of Sector 45 alleged that he had been cheated of Rs 2.5 lakh.

The police said initially at least 15 persons had come, following which a case was registered.



Over 1.65 lakh file IT returns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Even as people thronged Income Tax Department counters to file the returns on the last day here today, at least 1.65 lakh persons filed Income Tax returns in the city.

It was a long day for the staff as people started thronging the venues before the returns could be accepted from 9 am. The acceptance of the returns, which was by and large a smooth affair, continued to even after an hour of the scheduled time of 5 pm.

Special counters set up by the department helped with people lining up for depositing their IT returns.

About 1,64,866 assessees had filed their returns by evening in the six ranges under the jurisdictions of the Commissioners of Income Tax (I and II). This figure excluded the number of returns filed in parts of Ropar district forming part of Range 6.

Range 5 accounted for the largest number of nearly 67,000 returns.

Range 6 accounted for only about 10,833 returns. The areas falling under the CIT-II reported the filing of about 1,02,366 returns and the CIT-I about 62,500 returns.

Officials sources said the above figure was only a rough estimate of the returns filed by the assessees and the final compilation would take at least a few days.


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