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Cong candidate wins MC byelection
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The Congress candidate, Mr Harmohinder Singh Lucky, defeated his nearest rival, Congress dissident and Independent candidate, Mr Rajesh Gupta, by 409 votes and was elected councillor of Ward 11 of the Municipal Corporation, here today. The Bharatiya Janata Party which had represented the ward twice took a drubbing in this election and finished third.

While Lucky polled 2560 votes, Mr Gupta got 2151 votes. The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, Mr Girdhari Lal Jindal, was third, getting 1683 votes. The candidate of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch, Dr O.P. Verma, got 952 votes. The candidate supported by the breakaway faction of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Harpal Singh, got only five votes.

Mr Gupta was leading the in first round of counting by 214 votes from Lucky. However, in the second round of counting, Mr Gupta got only 535 votes against Mr Lucky's 1358 votes.

Celebrations in the Congress camp began as soon as the leads in the second round came in. After the declaration of results, an elated Lucky, flanked by partymen and family, took out a colourful victory procession which went all over Sector 20 to thank the residents for their support.

With Lucky's election to the Corporation, the strength of Congress councillors went up to 14. Hopeful of a win since the time he filed his nominations, Mr Lucky said that his win was a slap in the face of the BJP which made every effort to malign him and resorted to petty politics.

"I stand committed to the promises I made to the residents of the ward. My priority would be to show results in the first six months and make it a model ward for others to emulate in two years' time. Among other things, sanitation, removal of malba and development of parks top my agenda," he said.

Addressing a press conference later in the day, Mr Lucky said the local unit of the party had drawn up a list of all Congress activists who had worked against the official candidate. "We have forwarded the list of all such workers to the high-command for action," he stated. Congress councillor Subhash Chawla added that such activists had no right to remain in the party.

The BJP, meanwhile, defended its poor showing in the election to the rule of the Congress government at the Centre and Congress Member of Parliament in the city. The party also constituted a seven-member committee headed by Mr Bal Krishan Kapoor, a senior leader of the party, to assess the reasons for the defeat of the party candidate. The committee will submit its report in a fortnight to the president of the local unit of the party.

Congress candidate H.S. Lucky created a history of sorts by winning the by-election in Ward 11 of the Municipal Corporation. While the Congress was nowhere in the picture in the first election of the ward to elect a Councillor and even ended up losing their security deposit, in the second election the Congress party was placed third. This time, despite personal attacks on Lucky and division within the party, he has been victorious.



Kalka-Ambala road closed to heavy vehicles
Pradeep Sharma and Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, November 30
The Kalka-Ambala highway has been indefinitely closed for heavy vehicular traffic following damage to a span on the Ghaggar bridge at Bhankharpur village, near here, late tonight.

The decision to close the bridge for heavy traffic was taken by the PWD (B and R) officials following depression on the surface of the third span of the bridge.Traffic was allowed only on one side of the busy road and regulated by the Punjab police personnel.

Officials said that bearings under the span had been “dislocated” on account of heavy vehicular traffic on the busy highway. It was not for the first time that the span had developed problems as the bridge, constructed way back in 1950s, had been closed for traffic for repairs from time to time.

Mr Har Ashok Sharma, Executive Engineer of the PWD (B and R), late tonight talked to the Patiala Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejvir Singh, who instructed that the heavy vehicular traffic should be diverted to alternative routes to avoid further damage to the bridge.

On the other hand, the heavy vehicles from Chandigarh will be first diverted to Banur and then to Ambala. The traffic coming from Ambala will be diverted to Barwala and Panchkula from here.

A visit to the bridge revealed that a stretch of about 20 metres on the surface of the third span of the bridge had developed “depression”. It was noticed in the evening by villagers, who informed the police following which the authorities sprang into action.

However, the light vehicular traffic would be regulated on the bridge. A team of four police personnel had been deployed on each end of the bridge to regulate the traffic.

Mr Sharma told Chandigarh Tribune that hydraulic elevator would be used to lift the span and the repair work would be completed in “a few days”.Teams of the National Highways Authority of India, the PWD (B and R) and the local administration would visit the site tomorrow to make an on-the-spot assessment.

Following the closure of the highway the management of the railway overbridge, Dera Bassi, would suffer a considerable loss as hundreds of vehicles would use alternative routes to reach Chandigarh and Ambala.



SI held for accepting bribe of Rs 2,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
A Sub-Inspector posted at the Sector 31 police station was today trapped by the CBI inside the police station while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 for letting off an accused allegedly involved in misbehaving with a minor girl on November 21 in Ram Darbar.

Sub-Inspector Rajpal Singh was caught when a tailor of Sector 20, a resident of Ram Darbar, Kafeel Ahmed reportedly handed over Rs 2,000 in currency notes of Rs 500 denomination to let his son Safaz Ahmed (21) off the hook. The father of the accused alleged that his son had been wrongly implicated in the case and he had brought the matter to the notice of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Rajesh Kumar, SSP Gaurav Yadav, Adviser Lalit Sharma and Home Secretary R.S. Gujral on November 23. The complainant alleged that the victim girl had refused to recognise his son and affidavits to this effect had already been given.

Kafeel Ahmed said his son, Safaz Ahmed, alias Kaka, had been picked up by the police when he was brought to the police station in connection with a ruckus in Ram Darbar. He said another person, nicknamed Kaka, had also been arrested in the same case.

The complainant said Sub-Inspector Rajpal Singh and two of his colleagues visited him and assured him of letting off his son if he was ready to pay. Meanwhile, approached the CBI which verified the facts.

The father of Safaz Ahmed claimed that Rajpal Singh and other police officers had agreed to take the name of Kaka out of the case if a payment of Rs 10,000 was made. Safaz was meanwhile sent to jail from where he had been released on bail.

Rajpal Singh was, however, quoted by his colleagues as saying during interrogation that he had not taken the money in hand and it was a mobile phone of the complainant party that was laced with a colouring chemical. Rajpal Singh was reportedly connected to somebody by the complainant in the police station.

According to sources in the police station, tension developed between the CBI sleuths and the police personnel posted in the police station when the CBI personnel allegedly sought to rough up the Sub-Inspector. Rajpal Singh’s colleagues allegedly argued with the CBI team to not rough up Rajpal Singh. Senior officers were also called to the police station to control the situation. Kafeel Ahmed told the police that he had recorded the conversation between Rajpal Singh and him and another person about the demand. He said as soon as the money was given to Rajpal Singh, (Kafeel Ahmed) called up the CBI team about the delivery of the money. The complainant even got Rajpal Singh to talk to CBI officers after the delivery of the money. Rajpal Singh was tricked into talking to the CBI officers as the complainant had told the police officer that one of SI’s middlemen had asked them to get Rajpal Singh to talk to a middleman after the delivery of the money.



Harassed by sister-in-law, Shimla girl lands in city
Sent to Nari Niketan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Harassed by her sister-in-law, a 17-year-old parentless girl from Junga in Shimla district ran away from home to reach here. She boarded a bus to Patiala without knowing where to seek help. The girl who identified herself as Mamata was asked to sit in the Patiala-bound bus by its driver when the girl told him that she did not have money. She came from her village by boarding a bus from Shimla.

The girl got help from a woman co-passenger and a business manager in a local company who saw the driver and the conductor squabbling over letting the girl board the bus without having money.

Ms Nimmi, sitting next to Mamata, in the bus, sensed that the girl could be in danger. She asked the girl where she was heading and why she had left home. The girl was also asked why she was going to Patiala.

The fight erupted between the driver and the conductor of PEPSU Roadways when the conductor asked the girl if she had a ticket. Mamata told the conductor she did not have money and had boarded the bus after informing the driver who had permitted her to board the bus.

Ms Nimmi then took the girl in confidence and persuaded her to accompany her to her home in Patiala.

Ms Nimmi faced resistance from her parents when the girl was taken to her home.

The parents were, however, won over by the boss of Ms Nimmi, Mr Ravinder Kalra, who had been informed by the business manager about the girl found in a bus.

The girl was today brought to the Sector 17 police station. The police authorities sent her to Nari Niketan as she refused to go back home fearing reprisals from her brother and sister-in law. Mr Kalra had suggested to his colleague to bring the girl to Chandigarh and hand her over to the police for her safety. Ms Nimmi travels daily between Patiala and Chandigarh.

The police is yet to ascertain the girl’s address as she could not clearly say where she lived in the village. She identified her brother as Raju and sister-in-law as Anu. The police is planning to send a policeman to her village to verify the facts and locate her family members and bring about a compromise among the family members.

According to the girl, her sister-in-law, Anu, had been beating her up for the past two years and had held her in virtual captivity.

Mamata’s parents died 11 years ago and she was brought up by her only brother, Raju, who got married two years ago.

The girl claimed that her brother’s was a love marriage and he was just a couple of years elder to her.

The girl has not talked about any of her other elderly relatives to whom she could be handed over.

Mr Kalra said he was trying to locate her family members since last night while Mamta was with Nimmi in Patiala.

But as the girl does not speak much, none from her family could be contacted. Mr Kalra said the girl did not know where her brother worked.

She had been saying that her brother was working somewhere and she left home when her brother had gone to his office.



Use of mobiles poses threat to discipline in schools
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The short message service (SMS) and multimedia messaging service (MMS) by school students during school hours has reached alarming proportion, threatening discipline in educational institutions.

Though officially, managements of most schools deny that students are allowed to carry mobiles to their classrooms, the facts speak otherwise.

According to students mobile usage is rampant during school hours and the authorities have so far failed to effectively curb it.

Teachers of elite schools admit that a majority of senior school students carry mobiles to school. Some schools claim that they conduct periodic searches of school bags to discourage use of the mobile phone.

In one school, students are required to deposit their mobile at the school entrance. However, the students are allowed use of phones during recess.

Despite the ban, the students manage to smuggle in mobile to pass on short message service (SMS) to their classmates or friends outside. Message from one MMS-enabled equipment, camera phone in popular parlance, is passed to another.

There is literally no check on the purpose for which the mobile sets are being used or the content of the SMS being exchanged, least a student is caught red-handed while using his mobile.

Inquiries by Chandigarh Tribune reveal that there have been instances in some schools when school authorities have confiscated mobile sets of students. But such instances are rare. In one incident, a junior school student was beaten up by his senior for not handing over his mobile for use.

Teacher of a private school admitted that it was difficult to enforce discipline due to commercial reasons as they charge high fee and funds for other regular activities. Since some of the schools take donation, the students take for granted that their parents are giving in to all type of demands from the school authorities, added the teacher.

Least concerned over a recent episode in a posh Delhi school where two Class XI students had sex on their school premises and shot it with a mobile phone enabled with multimedia messaging service (MMS), the well-off parents do not mind giving their children cell phones, to contact them in an emergency.

Mr Harold Carver, Principal of St Stephen’s School, said the mobile has been banned since the very beginning. Even the staff members and outsiders are not allowed to use their mobile in the school hours. He said it was the social and moral responsibility of the parents to dissuade the use of mobile.

“There is no practical use of mobile in schools. Some parents give reason that mobile is essential to locate their child in case of emergency as these days children travel by private conveyance or schools buses”, said Mr P.I. Sabu, Regional Officer of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

He said the board has banned the use of mobiles at examination centres long time back. The schools should take cue from our action and extend the ban in schools also. In his view, the parents and schools have to devise mechanism where the ban in enforced strictly.

Mr P. Cheema, Principal of St John’s School, said banning the use of mobile in school was part of discipline taught to the students. “If anyone is found in possession of a mobile, strict action is taken and the parents of the erring child are called,” she said.

The Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Mr Ram Kumar, said the mobile has been banned since the last two years. “We make regular announcements in classes and morning assembly, he added.



Water of 11,000 Punjab villages “undrinkable”
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 30
Water of nearly 11,000 villages out of 12,000 villages in the state was polluted and the only solution to come out of the problem was to recharge rain water.

This was stated by Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Punjab Parliamentary Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation, while talking to mediapersons here today. He said that if we did not take to recharging of rain water, we would be facing a very acute shortage of water by 2025. As a majority of centrifugal pumps had become ineffective, farmers had now taken to submersible pumps to reach the underground water table but once submersible pumps failed there was no alternative. Wheat and rice rotation had depleted the water table.

Mr Randhawa said there was a need to recharge ground water to raise the water table. Awareness should be created among farmers about the ground water situation. Under a plan prepared by the department, residents apart from government departments were being asked to have rain water recharge systems in their buildings. He said the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) had been asked to give no-objection certificates, in case of new buildings, only when arrangements for recharge of rain water was made in them.

He said that there was a plan to utilise nearly 1 lakh acres of wasteland in the state and a Rs 12 crore project had been prepared in this regard. When asked about the shortage of DAP being faced by farmers, Mr Randhawa said that shortage had arisen due to early sowing of the crop. Raw material prices were fixed late which led to delay in the release of DAP. He claimed there was no shortage of urea in the state.

He said that due to easy availability of loans farmers had purchased more factors than they really needed. He said that 2 lakh tractors were enough for the state but farmers had purchased 4.5 lakh tractors and were not able to repay the loans.



Chhat Bir animals beat the chill with honey
Our Correspondent

Chhat Bir, November 30
The animals of Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, better known as Chhat Bir Zoo, are relishing honey to beat the chill.

The zoo authorities have also decided to feed cod liver oil to animals this winter. The carnivores are being administered cod liver oil while the honey is being given to the herbivores.

The zoo authorities claim to have made elaborate arrangements to protect animals, birds and reptiles from the biting cold. Besides hot-air blowers, jute bags, paddyhusk and paddystraw, the authorities have also errected temporary huts in the enclosures meant for animals and birds.

To protect the birds from rain and cold, the authorities have covered their cages with tarpaulin sheets and beds of paddy husk to keep them warm during night.

Hot-air blowers have been installed outside the cages of lions, tigers and panthers. While paddy-straw beds have been placed in the cages of their cubs.

Dr Nirmaljit Singh, veterinary doctor of the zoo, said some changes had been made in the menu meant for animals. He added that quantity of some foodgrains had been increased keeping in view the fall in the temperature.

The doctor said arrangements had been made to administer allopathic syrups to the week animals to keep them warm. The python, the only reptile in the zoo, had been kept in an isolated room of the zoo hospital. To keep the room temperature normal, a hot-air blower and electricity bulbs were kept running round-the-clock.

Mr Neeraj Gupta, Wildlife Warden of the zoo, said 18 temporary sheds had been errected in the enclosures meant for deer, black bucks, hog deer, bear, cranes and some other animals. Straw huts had also been errected in the deer and lion safaris, he added.

Mr Kuldeep Kumar, Zoo Director, added that the arrangements had been made as per the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authorities (CZA) to protect the animals from cold.



12 nurses inducted into Army service
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
A ‘Lamp Lighting’ ceremony marked the initiation of 12 probationers into the nursing profession at the Western Command Hospital in Chandimandir today.

They belonged to the 39th Batch of the hospital’s School of Nursing.

The hospital commandant, Major-Gen S.K. Kaul, in his address, emphasised that nursing required a great deal of maturity, empathy, dedication and commitment to serve the suffering humankind.

He advised the students to inculcate a sense of responsibility and maintain high standard of nursing profession at all times. He also gave away prizes to those excelling in academics.

The Principal Matron, Col H.J. Bhullar, lighted the traditional lamp.

The day was a turning point in the life of the probationary nurses who donned their service uniform for the first time today.

The traditional lamp lighting ceremony is organised to initiate nursing students into the noble profession, and symbolises the transference of knowledge and spirit of service which emboldens them. It began more than a century ago with the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale popularly known as “The Lady with the Lamp”.

The School of Nursing established in 1961 at Military Hospital, Jalandhar, was shifted to Command Hospital, Chandimandir, in June, 1991.

This is one of the earliest schools of nursing in Armed Forces Hospitals imparting three-year training in general nursing and midwifery.



Cross-examination of inspector in Beant Singh case ends
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The cross-examination of the Chandigarh Police Inspector, Mr Nanha Ram, in the case relating to the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh concluded at the Burail Jail here today.

In his cross-examination, Mr Nanha Ram said he reached the site of the blast at the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat on August 31,1995, at around 5.22 p.m.When he inspected the car, he found burnt body of Beant Singh but he did not find the driver of the car.

He got the dead body of Beant Singh removed to the hospital after conducting the inquest proceedings. He stated that between the VIP gate of the Secretariat and the car of the former Chief Minister, two rifles, one carbine and some ammunition were lying scattered which were taken into possession by his men.

He had cordoned off the entire area by deputing 3-4 policemen and two gunmen accompanying him. He stated that a bomb disposal squad had visited the site after about half-an-hour of his reaching there.

He denied that a large number of journalists, civil and police officials were present at the site till midnight after the blast. Asked as to when he inspected the damaged car of the Chief Minister, he said he inspected the car after about 20 minutes after reaching the place of occurrence, because he first made sure that there was no chance for any further blast.

He said he prepared the inquest report of six dead bodies on the spot, but he came to know about their names in the PGI.



Decision on warrants against Hooda’s son deferred
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
The decision on arrest warrants for Deepinder Hooda, son of former Haryana Pradesh Congress Chief, Bhupinder Hooda, in a dowry case was deferred, after the police here failed to present in the court of Mr Ajay Aggarwal today.

A case of harassment for dowry was registered earlier this year, against Mr Bhupinder Hooda, his wife, his sister-in-law and Deepinder, by the latter's wife, Dr Geeta Grewal. Other than Deepinder, all other accused have secured bail. Deepinder is in the USA, and the police was to serve him arrest warrants through the US Embassy.

The police had filed an application for warrants to arrest Mr Deepinder Hooda on October 29. The judge then asked the police about the status of the warrants issued earlier, and asked them to file a reply on November 5. The police, however, failed to appear before the court on November 5, and again approached the court on November 7. They were given the next date of hearing for today.



Seminar on Linux held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Large organisations can save up to 30 per cent by adopting open source software solutions because of the reduced Licensing costs and technological requirements. This was stated by Mr Dhian Chand, HP Committee, PHDCCI at a seminar on Linux — An Open Source-Implementation organised today at Baddi.

It was inaugurated by Mr Rajender Chauhan, Industrial Adviser, HP Government who said that Linux implementation, was already at advanced stages in a number of Institutions, Corporate or Government sectors to meet the changing needs in the era of globalisation.

Speakers came up with suggestions that Control, Access and Flexibility are among the key benefits actively pursued by government organisations by adopting applications available on Linux at desktop and server level. Such informal adoption can lay down a new infrastructure and advance the capabilities of the open source software solutions. Certain mature solutions such as DNS, Web Services and increasingly, security and database services have already reached a threshold of utility and even customer dependency with in the government. Despite reluctance to openly embrace non-proprietary softwares, governments will continue to benefit from their informal use and contribute to open source software.

The seminar focused on innovative strategies, real-time implementation of Linux as an open source with emphasis on solutions available on the desktop and terminal server level, mailing solutions to make the industry reap benefits in future.

Eminent experts from IBM and Novell shared their experiences. Moreover Novell with Suse Linux can provide end-to-end solutions ranging from Novell Linux Desktop to Enterprise Service to meet IT needs of any industry segment.



Man wins car in Divali shopping bonanza
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
Mr Kunal, a resident of Sector 15, won a Maruti car in the draw organised for shoppers at Sector 15 market. The draw was part of a Divali shopping bonanza organised by the Sector 15 Market Welfare Association.

The draw for the first prize was taken out by the local MLA Mr Chander Mohan, this evening. The draw for second and the third prizes were taken out by the office-bearers of the Market Welfare Association. The second prize of a Samsung CTV was won by Ms Seema Anand (coupon No. 040969), third prize of a Samsung washing machine was won by Mr Sushil of Sector 11 (coupon No 019688).

Other than this 30 prizes (10 juicers, 10 wrist watches and 10 dinner sets each) were also announced today.

Rally: A rally was organised by the local branch of the Family Planning Association of India at Mauli Jagran. About 200 students participated in the rally.

Won: Hansraj Public School had won the first prize in the skit competition that was organised at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, from November 24 to 28. Sukoon won the first prize in ghazal competition, Anchal won the second prize in bhajan competition, while Nishitha Gupta won the consolation prize in Punjabi poetry recitation contest. The group song and group dance teams of the school won the third prize.

The school also won an overall running trophy in the inter-school competitions organised by Moti Ram Arya School, Chandigarh, from November 6 to 27.



Non-violence ‘core’ of Jainism
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Jainism is amongst India’s and world’s oldest religions. Twenty-four Tirathankaras (the path finders), beginning with Lord Rishabhanaath and ending with Lord Mahavira (599-527 BC) have guided its evolution.

The Sthanakwasi Shwetambar Jain sect chief Acharya Dr Shiv Muni Ji Maharaj stated in a discourse in Sector 69 here this evening. He, along with 10 other Jain saints, walked to the residence of Hira Lal Jain here this morning, after completing his chaaturmaas (four months of rainy season) at Jain Sthanak in Sector 18, Chandigarh.

Dr Shiv Muni said the followers of Jainism number over 10 million, mostly residing in India. “Jainism has made a refreshingly distinct and abiding contribution to India’s philosophy, culture and way of life,” said he, while disclosing that it has achieved this through its emphasis on thought and practice, on non-violence, reverence for life in all forms, ecological harmony and balance, recognition of universal mutual support and interdependence, non-attachment to illusory materialism, propagation of vegetarianism and a non-egocentric outlook.

Jain Acharya further stated that the three As, Ahimsa (non-violence), Aparigraha (non-attachment) and Anekant (relativity in thinking) constitute the basic core of the deeply compassionate Jain philosophy. Of these basic tenets are inspired concepts like maitri (amity), karuna (compassion), madhyastha (equanimity) and pramod (appreciation). “With such a comprehensive compassionate approach, Jain philosophy can meaningfully contribute to the attainment of universal durable peace and tranquility,” claimed he, while adding that Jain religion is unique in as much as in its long existence, it has never compromised on the principle and practice of non-violence.

Hundreds of devotees from different parts of Mohali, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Kharar attended the discourse, which was followed by sankirtan and meditation camp, in which the contemplators acquired the experience of leading natural, simple, tension-free and moment-to-moment pleasant life.



Governor for rehabilitation of destitutes and orphans
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
Awareness programmes on social evils in the society is the immediate need of hour.

This was stated by Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, at a function by Association of Social Health in India, organised at Ashiana school today, He appreciated the efforts made by members of Ashiana school for rehabilitation of destitute and orphan children.

He said that it is the foremost duty of each person to help the disabled and orphaned children, in getting quality educationHe also announced a grant of Rs 25,000 to the school from the Governor’s fund. He later released a souvenir of the Ashiana Children’s Home.

Mrs Pushpa Ojha, President of the State Branch of Association for Social Health, presented the report of the association, and apprised the Governor about activities being undertaken by them. A cultural programme was presented by the inmates of Ashiana.



Another accident victim dies in PGI
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 30
Kanshi Ram, another victim of accident that took place near Sector 14 and 25 intersection, died today in the PGI. Four persons were seriously injured in the accident. A 22-year-old Arun Gupta had died on Sunday.

The police said the post-mortem of the body would be conducted tomorrow. The condition of other two persons admitted to the hospital was stated to be serious.



Body with injury marks found near railway track in Mani Majra
It’s murder, says police
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 30
An unidentified man (30) is suspected to have been murdered with sharp-edged weapons and “brought” near the railway track in Adarsh Nagar apparently to pass off the killing as an accident.

A team from the Mani Majra police station recovered the body from a trench near the railway track in Adarsh Nagar of Mani Majra. The victim, who looks like a labourer, was wearing a cream colour sweater, light brown trousers and a light coloured checkered shirt. He was approximately five feet and eight inches in height.

“The body bore injury marks apparently caused with sharp-edged weapons behind the head, on the chin and a deep wound on the belly. It appears that the wounds were inflicted by axe and knives. It is clear from the body and the injuries that it is a murder,” Mr Dhan Raj Sharma, SHO, Mani Majra police station , said.

“The body was lying in the trench. The blood marks at the spot indicate that the body was dragged into the trench. A chappal was stuck to one foot of the victim, while the second chappal was lying some 15 metres away from the spot,” said the police who was investigating the spot.

Early in the morning, some children who were playing in the open area noticed the body. Soon the news spread in the locality and people started gathering at the spot.

A Home Guard of the Chandigarh police informed the police around 12.30 pm, the police said. The SHO added that they have noted down a phone number 4636132 and a name S.B.D. Sharma found on the collar of the shirt, while no other clue was found from the body, which could establish his identity.

Mr Dhan Raj, SHO, said the police is also working on a theory that the murder could have been committed at some other place before the body was disposed of in this area. He said the body might have been brought to the spot in some vehicle, as the murderer wanted to throw the body on the railway track to pass it off as an accident.

It is learnt that a reception party of a marriage was also going on in the park at some distance away from the crime spot.

The SHO further said, “We will take the body to the Labour Chowk in Chandigarh and Panchkula and also in the colonies for identification before keeping it in the mortuary at the General Hospital in Sector 16. The police is also contacting the presidents of the colonies to establish the identity.”



Father of Himachal Filaments’ Director held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Father of one of directors of the Kala Amb-based Himachal Filaments Private Limited has been arrested for failure to honour a Lok Adalat’s decision of payment of Rs 38.08 lakh rupees to Haldia Petrochemicals.

S.K. Arora yesterday surrendered before the Economic Offences Wing of the Chandigarh Police following dismissal of his bail application by the Supreme Court. S.K. Arora is in police remand till tomorrow. The police is looking for two directors of the company — Rahul Arora and Vikram Puri.

According to the police the Permanent Lok Adalat of Chandigarh had passed an award for payment of the amount.

The Himachal company had to make payment in Rs 2 lakh instalments but it could not honour the award. Haldia Petrochemicals had been supplying material to the Himachal-based company.

After the company failed to honour the award, a case was registered against the three by the EOW in 2002.

According to the complainant, the cheque was dishonoured the Panchkula-based account of the company in Oriental Bank of Commerce was closed when the cheque was presented to the bank.

The Himachal-based company had to make the payment for the raw material it had got from Haldia Petrochemicals.



Theft in chemist’s shop
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 30
A wholesale shop of medicines in Manimjara is reportedly burgled on November 28 night, the local police said here.

Mr Sanjiv Choudary of Sector 11 Panchkula reported to the police that he closed his shop in Motor Market in Manimajra, on November 27 evening.

Before leaving the shop he made sure that the shop was properly locked. He came to his shop on Monday, November 29 at around 10:30 and found the locks were broken.

Mr Choudary said, things were scattered on the floor. Medicine worth more than Rs three lakh were stolen, he said.

He added, the drawers were opened and Rs 3,000 were stolen from therein. I could not assess the loss at that time and reported the matter to the police, said Mr Choudary.

Mr Choudary said, it seems that the burglary was committed on Sunday night as the other shops in the market remains open on Sunday also.

A case was registered under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC in Manimajra police station.



Two hurt in mishaps
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 30
Two persons were reportedly injured in separate accidents in different parts of the city, the police said here today.

Ms Vivek Kumar of Sector 23 was hit by a car (CH-23-T-8056) near CTP turn in Sector 23. He was injured in the accident. A case was registered against the car driver under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC in Sector 17 police station.

Cyclist Dalip Singh of Phase VI, Mohali was hit by an unidentified vehicle at Sectors 20-30-32-33 roundabout. He was injured in the accident and was admitted in the GMCH-32. A case was registered in the Sector 34 police station in this regard.


Mr Atul Grover of Sector 10 reported to the police that one laptop computer and some other articles were stolen from his car (CH-01-T-0123) by breaking its rear windowpane, during the intervening night of November 28-29. His car was parked outside his residence. A case under Section 379 of the IPC was registered in the Sector 3 police station.

Dowry case

Ms Reeta Rani of Housing Board Colony, Dhanas, filed a complaint against her husband Pat Ram of Sector 33 that he was harassing her to bring dowry. She was married to him in August 2002. A case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC was registered in the Sector 34 police station.



2 held for stealing scooter
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 30
The police here has arrested two persons for allegedly stealing a scooter. They were caught by the Phase I police today. The stolen scooter has been recovered.

A thief was mercilessly beaten up by a mob after vigilant shopkeeper and his servant caught him from Kumbra village near here. Karyana store owner in Phase VII noticed the thief stealing some items and raised an alarm.

The store owner alongwith few others caught the thief and beat him up till he fainted on the spot. The police later took him in custody after recording statements of eyewitnesses.

BOOKED: An employee of a paint factory in industrial area was booked for allegedly defrauding the company of Rs 5 lakh.

According to the SP, Mohali, Mr Rakesh Agarwal, the owner of the company, Mr Arjun Anand, had complained to the police that one of his employees had reportedly sold their products to a an accomplice who acted as customer of the company. Mr Agarwal said products worth Rs 5 lakh were “sold” to the man.

The owner of Shivalik Prismo Limited in Phase III, Mohali, Mr Arjun Anand, could not be contacted. The company is manufacturing road markers and paints.

While a case had been registered against the employee and his accomplice. No one has been arrested so far.


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