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40 special kids hurt in mishap, shell-shocked
Tribune News Service

Unsympathetic doctors

If the school faculty was all thankful to the police for its help in ferrying the children to hospital and later dropping them home, they were upset at the treatment meted out to the children at the General Hospital. There was no dentist or radiologist available for several hours to take care of the children. “These are specially abled children. At least the doctors could have been more sympathetic,” one of the teachers was heard complaining to the Civil Surgeon and the SDM, Panchkula, when they visited the children.

Panchkula, April 28
Forty schoolchildren, most of them physically or mentally challenged, were injured when their speeding school bus hit a tree while trying to avoid a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer. The accident took place near Ram Mandir on the Mansa Devi-Saketri road around 1.30 p.m.

There were about 60 students of Government School of Integrated Education for Disabled, Mansa Devi Complex, in the bus (CH-03K-6712). Of these, 35 were physically challenged. The bus has been hired on a contractual basis by the Education Department to ferry these children to the school daily.

Eyewitnesses say that the school bus was going at a very high speed and the driver could not control the bus when he saw the tractor-trailer coming from the opposite direction. The driver, Dalip Singh, reportedly swerved the vehicle to avoid a collision, but the bus rammed into a kikkar tree. Since the bus was at a high speed, it sliced the tree and some of these physically challenged children sitting in the front rows of the bus, flew off their seat and smashed through the windscreen of the bus.

The shocked children were unable to move out of the bus because of their disability. Hearing their screams, some passers-by stopped and started helping the children get out. By this time, a Police Control Room vehicle reached the spot and joined the rescue efforts. The school authorities were also informed and school faculty members led by the headmistress, Ms Surinder Kaur, reached here.

The police and school teachers identified the seriously injured children from those having minor injuries, and then sent the seriously injured ones to the General Hospital. The other injured were taken to the government dispensary at Sector 4 Mansa Devi Complex. About 20 children, who escaped unhurt, were taken to the school, where a teacher tried to calm them down. Suresh, Amarjeet, Kusum, Manish, Fatima, Khushboo, Manju, Dharmendra, Ajay, Padmavati, Khushboo and Inderjeet suffered deep cuts and bruises, besides internal injuries. Inderjeet’s mother, Balbir Kaur, who had come with him, was also seriously injured. Parveen, Uma Bharti, Poonam, Manish, Priyanka, Manju, Rekha, Naveen, Arvind, Puran Chand, Satvir and three siblings — Ravi Shankar, Sharda and Sandhya, escaped with minor injuries. Fifteen other children were discharged after first aid from the dispensary.

At the General Hospital, the children could not express their pain or tell where they had sustained injuries, and were inconsolable. The school faculty tried to quell their fears, but to no avail. Manish, who suffers from a hearing and speech impairment, was shocked beyond solace. Though his teacher used the sign language to ask him where he had received an injury, he could not explain as tears kept rolling down his cheeks.

Khushboo, a Class II student, who is suffering from a rare brain ailment, said, “The driver was driving the bus fast. I saw the tractor-trailer coming in front of us, and then there was a loud smashing of glass as the bus hit the tree. I cannot recall much of what happened later, and have a faint idea that we were brought to the hospital in a car,” she said, as she caressed the forehead of her five-year-old younger sister, Fatima, who was seriously injured and was bleeding profusely from her mouth. None of the siblings could explain the location of their house, though they said that they stayed in the Madrasi Colony.

Meanwhile, the police has booked the bus driver under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC and has rounded him up. The police is also investigating whether the bus was road worthy and if all safety precautions were being taken in the bus as per the norms laid down.



Religious structures major encroachers
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The largest chunk of land illegally occupied is to house gods and goddesses, contrary to an impression that only migrants have grabbed it.

As much as 40.5 acres of land has been occupied by those who have built up religious structures across the city. The total land illegally occupied in the city is 243.8 acres.

Rest of the land is under illegal possession of 69,147 jhuggi dwellers who have built 20,911 jhuggis across the city. The land under illegal possession is estimated to be worth hundreds of crores of rupees.

These facts were today made public by the Chandigarh Administration on its website www.sampada.in.

The removal of this illegal possession is becoming a controversy with politicians asserting unless the valid persons are provided shelter, they should not be removed while the Administration stresses it is illegal and needs to be removed. The largest chunk of land under illegal possession is the one which the government had acquired at different times. The major chunk of the land that is under illegal possession is the one which had been acquired in 1952.

The largest slum of the city, Colony Number 5, is spread in 55 acres with 6420 jhuggis providing shelter to 18,909 persons.

The second largest slum, Colony Number 4, is spread in 40 acres with 3953 jhuggis housing 15,298 persons.

Twelve acres of land is under illegal possession of Gurdwara Gur Sagar Sahib in Kaimbwala. Twelve acres of land was freed from encroachment in Dadu Majra recently where 14 structures of almost all religions were removed by the Municipal Corporation.

Kumhar Colony in Sector 25 is spread in an area of 20 acres and houses 6523 persons in 1610 jhuggis.

Madrasi Colony which is spread in 15 acres houses 10,494 persons in 3408 jhuggis. Nehru Colony in Sector 53 is spread across 20 acres while Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony in Mauli Jagran is spread in an area of 10 acres.



PU employee jumps to death in Sukhna
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 28
Brij Pal (33), a peon in the Registrar Office, Panjab University and a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, jumped to death in the Sukhna Lake this morning. A suicide note found from his clothes says that nobody was responsible for his extreme step.

According to the police, some boatmen working at the lake saw his body in the lake and informed the police around 9 am. The police immediately rushed to the spot and took out the body. His Hero Ranger bicycle was also found lying near the track. The police recovered a small telephone diary from his clothes and informed his family members. They came to the lake and identified the body.

Om Pal, brother of the deceased, said Brij Pal left home around 8 am without saying anything. He further said that Brij Pal was not going to the office for the past three days. He is survived by his wife and a daughter (8) and a son (4). He was married 11 years ago.

The police while quoting the family members of the deceased said Brij Pal was suffering from some stomach ailment and was taking treatment from the PGI. He was depressed due to his ailment. There were no household problems behind his suicide.

Brij Pal was living in a joint family and his brother Om Pal said that last night they had dined together at home and Om Pal was talking to them normally. The body was taken to the General Hospital for post-mortem, said the police. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of CrPC.



Vigilance initiates probe against Ropar SSP, 2 others
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Almost 11 months after an NGO demanded a high-level probe against three police officials, including the Ropar SSP, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has initiated an inquiry into the alleged amassing of wealth “disproportionate to their known sources of income”.

In a communication to the Federation of Lawyers Against Corruption (FOLAC), the NGO, which filed the complaint on June 15 last year, the bureau has asked the NGO to join the probe against three officials.

Besides the SSP, the NGO had complained against K.I.P. Singh, an Inspector with the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh police, and Lahwinder Singh, Kurali SHO.

The FOLAC had alleged that Surinder Pal Singh and K.I.P. Singh, who are also brothers, owned properties disproportionate to their known sources of income.

These allegedly included a 3-star hotel on the Chandigarh-Ambala road near Zirakpur, plant nurseries in Naya Gaon, a house in Sector 23 and other benami properties.

Giving a specific case, Mr Arvind Thakur and Neelam Singh, president and general secretary of FOLAC, respectively, alleged that the SSP and the SHO were harassing an old widow — Lachmi Devi — of dire consequences if she did not sell her 18 acres of land to their favoured persons. The matter is now in the court.

Similarly, the organisation had alleged that Lakhwinder Singh owned a benami properties in Mohali and other parts of the Ropar district.



State always responsible for communal riots, says scholar
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Jasbir Grewal
Jasbir Grewal

Mohali, April 28
“The state has always been directly or indirectly responsible for communalism and communal riots in the country,” said the courageous Dr Asghar Ali Engineer here today.

Talking to The Tribune during a special function organised by the Institute of Development and Communication (IDC), Chandigarh, to facilitate Dr Asghar Ali, the well-known Islamic scholar said communalism could not spread without the active complicity of the state. “Also no incident of communal violence can last for more than a few hours if the state wants to control it,” he said, adding that the governments in Bihar and West Bengal had been able to make their states virtually free of communal violence “simply because they want it to be like that”.

Forthrightly rejecting the proposed Central Government Bill on Prevention of Communal Riots, Dr Asghar Ali warned that such a Bill would have the opposite effect. “It would give more anti-minority power in the hands of the state,” he said, adding that there were enough laws in the country to curb communal disturbances. “Only if the government was to strictly implement Section 153-A of the IPC which makes it unlawful to carry out religious propaganda, most of the problem would be solved,” he said.

Stating that the UPA government was better than the NDA government as far as secularism was concerned, he said the UPA government was, however, not doing as much for the cause of communal harmony as was desired. “The UPA government should, with immediate effect, change all the history textbooks being used in schools across the state. And by schools, it means also the 32,000 RSS-run schools. Teaching of history in schools should be regulated and only completely authentic history books should be taught,” he said.

One of the rare scholars who combines the knowledge of literary sources with an insight into the contemporary changes taking place in the world, Dr Asghar Ali said: “If you were to goad a child into believing that Muslim rulers were bigots and destroyed temples and persecuted Hindus, what would be the effect on the mind of a student? It is also important to notice that our historians have looked at medieval Indian history in a mono- causal manner. They have not been able to take a holistic approach to the study of Muslim rule in India.”

Winner of the Right Livelihood Award-2004, considered alternative Nobel Prize, he has authored 50 books and numerous articles on issues relating to Islam, Indian Muslim, communal riots, communalisation of Indian society and human rights violations. A passionate advocate of progressive understanding of Islam that strives to creatively respond to change, Dr Asghar Ali, however, admitted that Muslims were one of the most misunderstood communities in the world. He said while communal forces were mainly responsible for this, the western media too was to be held responsible. “Also to be blamed is the Muslim community itself,” he pointed out.

A fearless activist of communal harmony, Dr Asghar Ali has been targeted many a time by fundamentalists, both within the Muslim and Hindu communities. “I have inner conviction that what I am doing is right. And I will stand by it even if means a risk to my life,” he said.



J.S. Grewal, Asghar Ali Engineer felicitated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 28
The Institute of Development and Communication, Chandigarh, today felicitated well-known historian, Dr J.S. Grewal, and renowned Islamic scholar, Dr Asghar Ali Engineer. At a special function organised at the Jan Shikshan Sansthan here, the two were honoured by the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Dr K.N. Pathak.

The two were showered with comments of appreciation from their colleagues and friends who attended the function. Listing the achievements of the two, Dr Pramod Kumar, Director, IDC, said Dr Engineer took a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering but his interest in religion and philosophy motivated him to do an in-depth study of Islam and other religions. “He has been advocating to Muslims to follow in spirit the Quranic teaching of adl, ahsan, rahmah and hikmah i.e. justice, benevolence, compassion and wisdom to make this world a better place to live for everyone. In his writings, he has also been arguing for the need to study the Islamic sources in the modern context,” said Dr Kumar.

Dr Asghar Ali Engineer’s book on Gujarat pogrom of 2002 was a watershed in the history of communal violence in India and his book “Rethinking issues in Islam” was a path-breaker as it provided a framework for the need to revisit some of the important issues confronting Muslims in India and elsewhere, said Dr Pramod Kumar. Winner of the “Right Livelihood Award-2004”, Jamia Hamdard University, considered it an honour to confer the degree of the Doctor of Literature (D.Litt), Honoris Causa on Engineer.

Dr J.S. Grewal is the present Chairman of the governing body of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. “Dr Grewal has been unusually productive with over 30 volumes to his credit, about a dozen monographs, half a dozen books on Persian sources and edited works and over a dozen collections of essays. He has elevated historiography to a high intellectual level provided respectability to regional history pioneered study of urban history and reconciled the demands of rigorous historical scholarship with the study of religious traditions. Dr Grewal’s open-minded and interdisciplinary approach to history is informed by liberal outlook, rational secular worldview and humanistic sympathies,” said Dr Pramod Kumar. For his contribution to the study of history and literature, Dr Grewal has been awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Later a seminar on “Politics of discourses on secularism and communalism: implications for research in history” was held. Views were expressed that history has to be scientific, authentic and rigourous rather than secular or communal or non-democratic. It was pointed out that most of the history has been politically correct but might not necessarily be scientific and authentic. Therefore it was suggested that there was a need to have a re-look on the categories used to analyse history and also the tools and techniques applied to uncover historical facts. These views were expressed by Professors J.S. Grewal, Indu Banga, K. Tuteja, Dr Bhagwan Josh, Dr I.D. Gaur and Prof Kamlesh Mohan.

Dr Pramod Kumar mentioned that the dialogue on communalism and secularism had branded academics, political parties, individuals and institutions as promoters of communalism or saviours of secularism. The use of this descriptive categories result in a kind of decision by the present political dispensation to collect data on Muslims instead of minorities or people below the poverty line having the affiliations with diverse religious, castes, groups and ethnicity. These kinds of attempts ultimately result into discrimination of other groups and appeasement of a particular group, he said.



Fortis' Chief Operating Officer keen on image makeover
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Dr Asghar Ali Engineer
Dr Asghar Ali Engineer

Chandigarh, April 28
Fortis is keenly working on an image makeover. And if the plans of its new Chief Operating Officer, Mr Jasbir Grewal, are anything to go by, the hospital may well justify its claim of being socially aware. "We will shut down if we don't cater to a larger section", Mr Grewal said in an interview to The Tribune today.

Though labelled as expensive, Fortis, he said, was committed to social causes for which it had a proper budget. The multi-speciality hospital is spending Rs 4 million a year in conducting free or discounted services for the poor. In May it plans to introduce a special medical facility for the aged. They can procure a Rs 500 medical card which will enable them to avail of as many consultancy services as they want for a full year. Also in the pipeline are ambitious projects like the medi-city project at Gurgaon and a hospital at Hyderabad.

At home the target, Mr Grewal said, was to provide world-class cardiac care to patients, besides strengthening the multi-specialty sector which accounted for 50 per cent of Fortis' income. Here, Mr Grewal is quick to add, "We are targeting heart care systematically. The idea is to save patients the hassle of traveling to Delhi for operations. Our patient base already spreads out from Himachal Pradesh to the US."

At another level, Mr Grewal said he wanted to bring his hotel industry experience to the hospital sector. "This will help us strike a balance between quality healthcare and "community service. We can apply the principles of hotel industry to patient care. I am here to bring warmth into the system, and to build patient-centric approach irrespective of the strata he represents," said Mr Grewal who has worked for Hong Kong Hilton and the Maurya Sheraton earlier.

Admitting that Fortis was considered upmarket, hence unaffordable, Mr Grewal said the perception was misplaced. He went on record, saying, "Money or no money, we will treat anyone who enters our emergency ward in need of care. We will treat him notwithstanding his paying capacity."

The COO, however, admitted that world-class services came at a price. At the same time, he said the hospital would work to retain its exclusivity while reaching out to as many people as possible. Much of this objective could have been achieved through privatisation of healthcare, about which Punjab was keen until recently. There were talks about Fortis taking over some civil hospitals in the region, including the Bathinda Civil Hospital. But lack of political will has stalled the move for the while.

Another key area of Mr Grewal's focus will be medical tourism and collaboration -- at local and global level. Fortis is consolidating its position in Amritsar. In Patiala its experts claim to operate the poor free of cost at the Sadbhavna Hospital.

Even at international level, the hospital is deriving from its online tie-up with the Boston Medical Health Centre. There is collaboration with Aga Khan Hospital, Karachi. While experts from the former regularly monitor and audit services at Fortis, the relationship with the latter is more interactive. A team of Pakistani nurses is about to visit Fortis shortly. 



Passing Thru

Dr Nandita Choudhary
Dr Nandita Choudhary, an expert in child psychology, and Head of the Department, Lady Irwin College, Delhi.

How is advancement in technology impacting the lives of children?

Children, today, are not getting seriously exhausted while playing and are being pushed into a sedentary lifestyle, courtesy the computer and television. It has disrupted outdoor activities of the kids which need revival on an urgent basis. However, the positive side is that today’s child is more aware of the world around him and technology has opened new vistas of learning for him.

Does viewing of violence damage their thinking and psychology?

Parents should keep children away from viewing violence and aggression. They must make it a habit to watch television with their children to explain the rights and wrongs of whatever they see.

How should a parent deal with an introvert, shy child?

Parents ought to recognise the individuality of their children. The children are not an industrial product. They should be allowed to be themselves rather than being forced into conforming to standards set by the parents.

— Geetanjali Gayatri



Residents show documents of houses outside lal dora
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
In reaction to the stand taken by the administration that the houses outside the lal dora in the UT villages were illegal, a number of residents living outside the lal dora have claimed that they were in possession of documents which reveal that these very houses were “approved” by the revenue authorities in the early 90s.

The residents said at the time of raising structures outside the lal dora, their property related documents were certified by the revenue officials. In some of the cases, the non-encumbrance certificate was issued by the Estate Office between 1995 and 1996. Some residents were even issued the certificate much later.

“The documents of hypothecation required for bank loan was routed through the office of the Tehsildar and other revenue officials”, said Mr Jagtar Singh, who is in possession of the documents. There were many such cases in which the residents raised construction after getting their sale deed registered and got house building loans after the necessary approvals from the Estate Office and the Revenue Officials.

If the documents produced by the residents are to be believed, it seems that no one in the administration bothered before the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court came in 1997. Then the registries were banned but sale and purchase of land went on till 2002, when the General Power of Attorney (GPA) was banned.

Highlighting the issue, members of the Joint Action Committee, a forum of resident living outside the lal dora, said the entire problem had cropped up due to delay on part of the administration in deciding on the issue of extending the lal dora of the village. The Pind Bachao Committee has been fighting for the cause for a longtime.

Despite the high court guidelines, construction activity went on and the revenue officials failed to take note of the emerging issue. Apparently, the Patwaris did not inform the higher-ups and construction is still going on. In a specific case, till 1997 there were around 200 houses out the lal dora in Hallo Majra village and today the figure stands at around 700. There are around 35,000 persons living outside the lal dora in the UT villages, claim the Joint Action Committee.

Questioning the stand of the administration on the issue, the residents said on the plea of the Pind Bachao Committee, the Administration had constituted a high-level committee on December 22, 1992, to examine and make suggestions for the necessary increase in the demarcation in the lal dora. The committee, comprising of the Finance Secretary, Chief Architect, Chief Engineer, Deputy Commissioner and Land Acquisition Officer, was supposed to forward its suggestions by January 1993.

Documents in possession of The Tribune reveal that in 1996, a note of the proceedings of a meeting between the Deputy Commissioner and the representatives of the action committee for the development of villages of the residents reads, “Regarding the extension of lal dora, the members of the committee were apprised that the Finance Secretary was holding a meeting of the committee constituted by the Finance Department. In this meeting a view point of the action committee shall also be considered”

Besides, the administration had worked on a scheme to regularise the houses outside the lal dora on payment of certain charges. But that never saw the light of the day.’

Members of the committee said after the consolidation of the villages, done between 1952 and 1960, a number of houses had come up outside the lal dora, including those in the extended abadi deh. The figure of such houses was much more than disclosed by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr S. Regupathy, in Parliament on the basis of information provided by the administration.

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Bansal, in separate statement said in the past many years, a number of people had bought small pieces of land under duly registered sale deeds. If the land was required by the administration, the right step would be first devise a scheme for construction of quality houses. 



110 more jhuggis razed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 28
Propelled by the success of yesterday’s anti-encroachment drive, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) continued to remove encroachments in different sectors today. Almost 110 jhuggis in Sectors 14 and 15 were razed.

The service lane behind the Sector 11 market, which has been occupied by car service dealers and converted into a motor market, was cleared of encroachments.

Owners of these service stations were warned against encroaching on the HUDA land.

The staff, led by Junior Engineers M.P. Sharma, J.S. Beniwal, Ram Phal, Jasbir Singh and Ajay Bansal, then moved on to remove encroachments along the side of road dividing Sectors 11 and 14.

Temporary flower shops set up on the road were removed as were carriage operators (who sell building material) near Industrial Area, Phase I. (Traders who had set up roadside businesses on the road dividing Sectors 10 and 15 were also asked to leave and their goods confiscated.

About 100 temporary hutments that had come up on HUDA land near Sector 15 market and 10 jhuggis near Seed Certification Centre in Sector 14 were also removed by the anti-encroachment staff.

Other than this, some rehris were selling wares on roadsides were confiscated by the HUDA staff.



Need felt to boost farm investment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Not everything of what was done to the Indian economy in the 1990s was right and the difference of economic growth between the 1980s and 1990s was, at best, only marginal. The growth in the agricultural sector in fact collapsed in India in the 90s, the period of globalisation and economic reforms.

Expressing an urgent need for the country to boost its investment in the development of infrastructure and agriculture, Prof Y.K. Alagh, former Union Minister for Planning and Power and Member, Planning Commission, while delivering a lecture on the “Globalisation of Economy: Emerging Trends” at Panjab University today said the growth in employment had been stagnant in the country, even as the poverty rates were kept low.

He said inequality had not changed and the rural and urban divide had further increased because of the growth in the service sector, which was an urban phenomenon.

“The growth in the Indian economy during the 80s and 90s was about 5 per cent. Questions are now being raised whether what India did during this period in the field of economic policy was right or wrong and whether the growth in the 1990s was higher than the growth rate in the 80s and thirdly whether the growth rate of the 90s is sustainable,’’ said Professor Alagh.

He was of the opinion that in order to maintain a healthy growth rate, the country had to increase investments in infrastructure generally and agriculture in particular. ``Attention has also to be paid to the backward regions of the country where no private investment is being made. The development of such regions has to be done by the state through public funds,’’ he emphasised.

Expressing the need for the country to integrate its domestic reforms process, Professor Alagh said the inter-regional trade in energy and water needed to be strengthened. “Agricultural profitability has to be ensured and a viable economic employment policy formed where the poor must get work and food,” he added.

Delivering the presidential address, Prof G.S. Bhalla, Professor Emeritus, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, was critical of the way in which the economic reform process was introduced in the country during the 80s and 90s. He was of the opinion that the market must be used as a servant of the people rather than their master.

The lecture was followed by a lively discussion in which Dr Ronki Ram, Prof Manjit Singh, Dr Krishan Mohan, Professor R.P.S. Gosal and Mr Gurdial Singh Pandher, participated.



Another tech park planned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The Chandigarh Administration today said it had decided to set up a Technology Habitat, spread over 250 acres adjacent to the Chandigarh Technology Park.

Modern residential facilities, commercial areas, including a multiplex and shopping mall, community welfare infrastructure consisting of educational facilities, high-tech medical care centre and banquet hall will form part of the proposed campus.

Special attention would be paid to the residents of Kishengarh. Sports and educational facilties adjoining the village will be created specifically for the development of the children of the village.

A significant portion of the campus will consist of a green belt and environment friendly features. The habitat will be developed by the Administration with participation from the private sector.

The Chandigarh Administration has been receiving a good response from IT companies and developers, for providing them space in the IT Park.



Sita Ram is market panel chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The Congress wrested back the chairmanship of the Market Committee after a contest between two groups within the Congress. Mr Sita Ram, considered close to the Congress Municipal Councillor Kuldeep Kajheri, won the seat.

Mr Sita Ram polled five votes out of a total of nine votes. His nearest rival Mr Subhash polled three votes. He was backed by a former chairman of the market committee, Mr Bhupinder Singh Badheri

Mr Sita Ram also apparently managed to secure the votes of two BJP aligned members - Mr Ramvir Bhatti and Mr Harbhajan Singh. The post had fallen vacant after chairman Bhupinder Singh Badheri was ousted following a no-confidence motion two months ago. The BJP-aligned member, Mr Harbhajan Singh, was made the officiating chairman, which further intensified the fight.

This has led to war of words between the Congress led by its MP Pawan Bansal and the Chandigarh Administration.

The election was conducted under the supervision of Mr Inderjeet Singh Sandhu, Additional Deputy Commissioner, in his office.



Kandhola new MC Joint Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Mr H.S. Kandhola, Joint Director (Admn), Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, will be the new Joint Commissioner of the municipal corporation. He replaces Mr Kulwant Kumar Kalson, who has been repatriated to his parent cadre of Haryana.

Mr R.S. Verma, who has joined the Chandigarh Administration on deputation from Haryana will be the new Joint Director (Admn), Government Medical College and Hospital, in place of Mr Kandhola.

Also in pursuance of Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs orders, two UT cadre IAS officers, Mr S.C. Poddar, Chandigarh Housing Board and Mr K.S. Wahi, Special Secretary, Printing & Stationery (designated) have been relieved with immediate effect. They have been asked to join duties in Delhi.

Also tonight, senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration hosted a farewell party for the outgoing officers at the Lake Club lawns. The UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) was also present on the occasion.



Sector 37 resident’s complaint to Rodrigues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
A senior citizen, living in Sector 37, has complained to the UT Administrator General S.F. Rodrigues (retd) that his neighbour is constructing balconies in connivance with the enforcement staff.

Mr M.K. Puri, a resident of house number 2541, said his neighbour was constructing balconies even as these were not allowed to be constructed by the Administration. In the past five months he claimed to have met the Deputy Commissioner and lodged a complaint. The enforcement staff was turning a blind eye to this blatant violation, he rued.

Mr Puri said he had been complaining to the enforcement staff for the past five months but to no avail.



IGP inspects parade
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 28
The IG of the Chandigarh police, Mr Satish Chandra today inspected a welcome parade at the Police Lines, Sector 26. Speaking on the occasion, he called upon the police to bring transparency in their functioning.

The SSP Operations and Training, Mr L.S. Sandhu, SSP Headquarters, Mr Varinder Singh Chahal, SSP, Chandigarh, Mr Gaurav Yadav, SP Traffic and Security, Mr Amitabh Singh Dhillon, DSPs, inspectors and other police officials were present on the occasion. DSP (South) S.S. Randhawa commanded the parade.



Child dies in accident
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 28
A one-and-a-half-year-old child was killed in an accident near Phase VI, here, this evening. It is learnt that the child, Sumit, was hit by a truck near the local Civil Hospital in the Chandigarh territory. He was taken to the hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

The body was taken by the Chandigarh police for a post-mortem examination to the Sector 16 General Hospital.



One killed, two hurt in mishaps
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 28
One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in three separate cases of road accidents today. Mukesh Kumar (24) was killed when his motor cycle had a head-on collision with a truck on the Zirakpur- Panchkula highway near Sector 20 this morning.

The victim died on the spot after he was crushed by the truck. The police say that he belonged to Dhakauli, and was on his way to Kalka for work when the accident took place around 7.30 a.m. The police could identify him only after a few hours. He is survived by his wife and a four- month- old son.

In another accident, Pradeep Kumar, a resident of Barwala, was seriously hurt after his car hit a tree near Barwala. He was coming back from work when he reportedly dozed off.

A motor-cyclist, Kamaljeet, received serious injuries when he was hit by an unknown vehicle in Sector 8.

Other than this, four other minor accidents were reported, but the victims were discharged after treatment.



Probe into murder case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 28
The SSP today ordered an inquiry into the Sanjay murder case after the media highlighted the delay in registration of a case. In another development the IGP today ordered the transfer of the SHO of Sector 11 police station to police lines.

According to a pressnote of the Chandigarh police, a fact finding inquiry had been entrusted to Mr Davinder Singh Thakur, DSP, CID, regarding the murder of Sanjay Kumar. The DSP has been asked to complete the inquiry expeditiously and submit the report at the earliest.

It was yesterday that the Sector 31 police station registered a case of murder following the death of Sanjay Kumar (21), a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, at the PGI, who was hospitalised after he was beaten up by four persons, including his brother-in-law, on March 26.

On the other hand the IGP today ordered transfer of Inspector Jaswant Singh Khera, the SHO of Sector 11 police station to the police lines. Mr Khera faced controversy after the shopkeepers of Sector 15 market protested against him, alleging his biased role in registering an attempt to murder case against a shopkeeper and his son.

Inspector Sukhpal Singh Rana from the police lines has been transferred to the Sector 11 Police station.



2 Rohtak men held for smuggling liquor
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 28
The local police arrested two Rohtak-based inter-state liquor smugglers and impounded a mini-truck in which they were carrying 2,628 bottles of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) valuing Rs 3.94 lakh from a picket point here late last night. The accused were smuggling the liquor in the mini-truck from Chandigarh to Rohtak trying to pass off the vehicle as a milk-van, the police said.

The crime branch of the local police intercepted the truck, Tata 407 (HR-26-A-8577), from the road dividing Sector 25 and the Cremation Ground around 2 am following a tip-off. The police apprehended Vinod Khatri and Mohinder Singh, both residents of Rohtak district in Haryana, and during the search of the vehicle seized 219 cartons of whisky, including 118 cartons of Officer’s Choice whisky, 85 cartons of Winner whisky and 16 cartons of Commando Rum, from the mini-truck.

Asked by the police to produce the excise permit, they failed and subsequently were booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. The police also impounded the truck.

The police said during interrogation the accused confessed to liquor smuggling. They had been frequenting the city on earlier occasions also to collect similar consignments. This was their fourth visit during the current month to smuggle the liquor. They were transporting liquor trying to pass off the vehicle as a milk van. They had also stacked the empty crates of milk bottles and pouches on the roof top of the vehicle to pass off the truck as a milk-carrier.

During further interrogation, they disclosed that they had taken the liquor consignment from a liquor godown situated at Khuda Lahora village. Out of this consignment 25 cartons of Winner whisky were to be delivered to one Anil Kumar in the Labour Colony, Sector 25, Chandigarh, for retail sale in the colony and rest of the consignment was to be taken to Rohtak. The vehicle was going towards Sector 25 to off-load the Chandigarh quota when it was intercepted by the Crime Branch team.

The police said it was also verifying the possible complicity of the local excise contractor in it. Meanwhile, a report has been sent to the Excise Commissioner, UT Chandigarh, to initiate a parallel penal proceedings against the local excise contractor. A separate request has also been sent to the Excise Department to provide the details of the excise contractor from whose premises the said consignment was sold.



Burglary attempt foiled
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 28
A burglar was caught red-handed in the Teachers Flats in the PGI this evening when the owner of the house returned. The burglar tried to jump from the top floor of the house but, did not find the heart to do so and was caught.

According to the police, Jatinder Kumar, a resident of Khuda Lahora, attempted burglary at house no. 20 in the Teachers Flats on the campus.

However, the owner, Dr Sumesh, happened to come home and catch the accused who tried to run away.

The doctor called the police which later arrested the accused. A case has been registered in this regard.



2 held on assault charge
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 28
The police has arrested two persons for assaulting and threatening a resident of Dhanas village. Mr Kuldeep Singh of Dhanas village reported to the police that Bhag Singh, Jasbir Singh, Kulbir Singh, alias Lalla, all residents of the same village, assaulted and threatened him at his residence on Wednesday.

A case under Sections 323, 506 and 34, IPC has been registered. The police later arrested Jasbir Singh and Kulbir Singh.


Mr Man Singh of Naya Gaon lodged a complaint with the police that two iron angles, two door closers and one steal water tap were stolen from the toilet at the Sukhna Lake during the night of April 26.

Motor cycle stolen

Mr Satish Kumar of Hostel No. 1 in Panjab University reported to the police that his Yamaha motor cycle (HR-16-A-8580) was stolen from the parking lot of the hostel premises on April 23. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.


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