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Norms bent to give MC chief’s company Rs 260-cr project
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 27
The Punjab Government’s empowered committee headed by the Chief Minister has given a nod to a Rs 260-crore project to Janta Land Promoters Limited (JLPL), Mohali, for the development of a 300-acre industrial park in Mohali in two non-contiguous pockets.

Deviating from the traditional town planning patterns followed in Chandigarh and Mohali, the committee has made a special concession for the JLPL by allowing the company to undertake the project on two pieces of land. According to the minutes of the committee meeting, the Secretary, Urban Housing and Development, informed the other members of the committee that no single contiguous piece of land measuring 300 acres was available in Mohali due to the constraints imposed by the master plan of Mohali.

The committee allowed the company to develop industrial and residential/commercial components of the project on non-contiguous pieces of land in the ratio of 60:30:10 as prescribed under the scheme of industrial park as special dispensation. This means that while 120 acres at one location in the township would be developed as the residential and commercial component of the project, another 180 acres would be developed as its industrial component.

The JLPL, owned by the Mohali Municipal Council chief, Mr Kulwant Singh, had been refused a coloniser’s licence by PUDA for the development of a residential colony in 120 acres. Sources stated that these 120 acres now formed a part of the 300 acres industrial park.

Other than this special dispensation that is bound to raise many eyebrows, a host of other concessions have also been given to the company. The land use change in the area falling under the control of the Punjab Periphery Control Act shall be allowed without any charges levied by the department of Housing and Urban Development. However, this concession would be subject to the decision of the high court.

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development in a controversial decision taken on October 31, 2003 allowed the change of land use of over 120 acres in Sohana and Lakhnaur villages for the purpose of colonisation. The decision was taken by the minister despite objections raised by the then CA, PUDA, and the then Secretary, Housing. Following this, the JLPL was refused a coloniser’s licence on various grounds. The validity of the minister’s decision in allowing the change of land use was also questioned.

The sources said senior officers also tried to raise objections to the project during the meeting but they were ignored. It was also decided by the committee that the government would ensure the connectivity of roads, accessibility and communication to the project.

When contacted Mr Kulwant Singh, stated that the JLPL project would lead to the building up of a state-of-the-art industrial park. “We have never flouted any rules laid down by the government and we intend to take up this project only within the ambit of the law of the land,” he said.



Kajauli’s Phase IV no permanent solution
Proposal for Phase V under study
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
It is nothing more than great expectations from the Kajauli water works, Phase IV, for residents of the city, seeking a permanent solution to the water problem, particularly during summers.

Expected to be completed later this year, the much-hyped Kajauli project will get nothing more than 14 MGD for the city out of the total share of 20 MGD capacity of the water works. At the moment the city has a supply of 68 MGD against the requirement of 110 MGD. The problem is more pronounced during the current heat of the season.

The Municipal Corpora-tion is already looking into a proposal for Phase V of the water works. A senior officer in the Municipal Corporation confirmed that a proposal to this regard was under active consideration of the higher authorities.

Mr Swaran Singh, Superintending Engineer, while talking to The Tribune said: “The city needed to immediately respond to the requirements of the future. Each year the water consumption was increasing substantially. So the planning for future should keep the expected growth rate of population in mind. Instead of looking for solutions to immediate problems only, we need to plan for the future”.

The Phase IV of the Kajauli water works has a capacity of 20 MGD. Out of the total, the UT is expected to get about 14 MGD and the remaining will be shared by Punjab and Chandi Mandir. It is felt that the water requirement scenario will change very significantly in the coming five years. It is felt that first the authorities need to identify the agency or the government that should take the responsibility for the Phase V of the project.

Mr Swaran Singh said that Phase IV of the works, when complete, will definitely improve the water supply. However, things will not be as rosy as expected. During the ongoing summer, citizens should be prepared for a “little discomfort”. Those residing on the first and the second floors should adjust to the situation.

Residents on the first and the second floors in the city, particularly in the southern sectors, are complaining about low water pressure. Mr Inderjit Singh, a resident of Sector 38(West), said that his house on the second floor did not get any water supply after 7.30 a.m. today and even the earlier supply was nothing more than a trickle. A resident of Sector 29 also complained about the low water pressure.



Bus driver thrashed; police lets off accused
Our Correspondent

Lalru, May 27
Armed with batons, sticks and other weapons, a group of 15 persons blocked the Kalka-Ambala Highway near Lalru, pulled out a driver of the Haryana Roadways bus and assaulted him today afternoon.

The fault of the driver, Mr Sukhwinder Singh, was that his bus (HR-45-7314), on route from Chandigarh to Kalsora near Karnal, had collided with a jeep near Zirakpur about 30 minutes earlier.

Sources in the police claimed that the armed persons were employees of the Agro Dutch Foods Limited, an industrial unit near Lalru, who turned violent and assaulted the driver in presence of some police personnel at the spot.

They were later let off following telephone calls from the owner of the industry.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the armed persons reached the spot in three vehicles including a black Corola (HR-03R-8837), a Gypsy and a jeep.

They blocked the highway at about 4 pm and assaulted the driver brutally leaving him critically injured. The injured was later admitted to the Civil Hospital at Dera Bassi.

Traffic on the busy highway also came to a standstill for over one-and-a-half hour putting hundreds of the motorists and passengers to great hardship. Mr M.S. Bhinder, owner of the industry, however, expressed his ignorance about the incident.

The police had started investigating the matter and taken the statements of victim Mr Sukhwinder Singh and Mr Mehak Pal, the bus conductor.



Beware of urchins posing as cleaners
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 27
If you are driving alone in a car, beware of urchins who pose as windscreen cleaners. They can lay their hands on your belongings.
Ms Jyoti Sharma, a lecturer in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, found that her purse was missing after a boy started cleaning the windscreen.

She objected to his cleaning the window but he succeeded in diverting her attention.

When he refused to go away, she scolded him and he started making faces at her. In the meantime, the light turned green and she drove off.

She thought of making a call to her husband but was shocked when she found that her purse was missing.

She informed the police in Sector 17. She was told to file a complaint at the Sector 17 police station.

A case of theft has been registered.

Her purse contained Rs 6,000 a mobile phone, car registration certificate, an ATM card and documents of immigration to Canada. 



Probe meat supply to zoo, says lawyers’ forum
Bipin Bhardwaj

Chandigarh, May 27
Expressing concern over the supply of substandrad meat by a Saharanpur based contractor to the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park (Chhat Bir Zoo) inmates, the Federation of Lawyers Against Corruption (FOLAC), Chanigarh, today wrote to the Punjab Governor to take action against the guilty officers.

In a complaint to the Governor, the federation, a non government organisation, has also given reference of the news item published in The Tribune regarding the supply of meat of dead buffalos by a meat supplier to the zoo.

The federation has also sought a high level probe by a judicial commission presided over by sitting judges of Patiala or any other district so that the erring officers could be punished according to law.

Mr Arvind Thakur, president, and Mr RS Thakur, vice president of the federation, said the matter of Sarsika Wildlife Sanctuary was already in the news with the CBI reporting to the Supreme Court that there was no tiger in the sanctuary. In 2002 different newspapers highlighted in their columns that poor quality meat was being supplied to the tigers of the sanctuary following which their population had declined drastically.

The federation claimed that the Saharanpur based contractor had been collecting dead and ailing animals from the Municipality of Saharanpur and supplying their meat to the Chhat Bir Zoo after skinning them in a filthy makeshift slaughterhouse.

The federation also expressed concern over the role of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, (PCCF) Punjab, and the Director of Chhat Bir Zoo for being mum on the this issue.

The federation also complained to the Governor that with this illegal act on the part of the authorities concerned, the lives of mute animals in Chhat Bir zoo was not safe. The federation also complained that the authorities had not been adopting safety measures in checking the quality of buffalo meat being supplied by the contractor.

Supply of meat of dead animals to over 60 carnivores of Chhat Bir Zoo by Mr Inaam Qureshi, a Saharanpur based meat contractor, was highlighted by The Tribune on Wednesday.

All zoos in the state come under the control of the Chhat Bir Zoo authorities. Interestingly, the price of meat quoted for supply to the three zoos is strikingly different. The meat rates at the Tiger Safari, Ludhiana, is Rs 25.97 per kg, at the mini zoo, Patiala, Rs 40 per kg and at the Chhat Bir Zoo Rs 13.68 per kg.



Goods worth lakhs gutted in fire
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 27
Goods worth several lakhs of rupees were gutted in a major fire that broke out in a tractor spare parts factory here tonight. A large portion of the factory was completely destroyed.

Though the exact cause of fire was not immediately known, it is suspected that the fire was caused by a short circuit in Auto Spark Industry. Some workers employed in the neighbouring unit saw the smoke coming from the factory around 7 pm and informed the fire department, police and the factory owner, Mr G.S. Madan.

As many as two fire tenders were rushed to the spot and within 45 minutes the fire was brought under control. The Station House Officer, Mr Balwant Rai, too reached the spot to see the fire fighting.

Mr Madan said a large amount of raw material, computers, air conditioners, records and furniture were destroyed.

He suspected the loss to be close to Rs 75 lakh. 



PEC opens doors to foreign students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
In order to enrich the overall academic environment of Punjab Engineering College, the college’s Board of Governors today decided to admit foreign students starting from the academic session 2006-2007, a press statement said here today.

The move is seen as an opportunity of giving international exposure to the students.

The college adopted a flexible cadre structure for its faculty on pattern of the IITs. The Board also approved a one-time application of the AICTEs Career Advancement Scheme for the existing eligible faculty members.

A new formula for sharing of consultancy income was approved encouraging the faculty members to undertake industrial consultancy. This would promote industry-institute interaction, it was observed.



Gram panchayat members seek meeting with Administrator
Tribune News Service

Common demands of the UT villages

  • Cemented bylanes
  • Proper drainage for rain water
  • Solar energy-powered streetlighting
  • Upgradation of government schools
  • Veterinary facilities and upgradation of health sub-centres
  • Development of parks on low-lying areas

Chandigarh, May 27
Representatives of the 18 gram panchayats in the city have sought a meeting with the UT Administrator over their long-pending demands.
Highlighting the main issues, the villagers said that electricity wires passed over their houses touching the rooftops. This could cause accidents. At certain places naked wires were also visible.

Drawing the attention of the Administrator towards the poor condition of the bylanes, the villagers have sought pucca bylanes and demanded that an underground storm and drainage system be laid.

Mr Didar Singh, chairman of the panchayat samiti, said the Chandigarh Administration should pay the market rates while acquiring land. The acquisition rates could be on a par with the rates being paid by Punjab and Haryana in their areas adjoining the city.

Demanding extension of the lal dora, it has been said that over the years the size of families had increased and the space within the lal dora had been exhausted, forcing the villagers to build houses outside the lal dora. The panchayats, zila parishad and panchayat samiti members have also sought that their villages should not be included in the municipal corporation.

Quota in government jobs, plots under the oustees quota and sports facilities in villages are the other demands.



Housing society members threaten to move court
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Almost a week after the postponement of draw of lots of the Universal Enclave, Sector 48, slated to be held on May 28, by the Joint Registrar Cooperative Societies(JRCS), the controversy refuses to die down. Now the harassed members of the cooperative society have threatened to move court against “injustice” by the Chandigarh Administration.

Members alleged that even though 122 substitute members out of the 186 members had paid all dues, yet the administration was fighting shy of recognising them as members of the society. And this was despite the fact that even the banks and financial institutions had advanced them loans for being “genuine and irrevocable” members.

Mr S.K. Sharma, a member, claimed that the names of the substitute members were approved by the executive and the general body of the society and the list was sent to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies(RCS) in 2003.The administration was aware of the substitution of members and the deposit of the cost of land to the Chandigarh Housing Board(CHB) by them, he added.

Now when the flats were ready for possession, the administration was dragging its feet on the issue of a policy for the substitute members. In fact, the draw of lots had already been postponed twice—in June and November 2004.

It may be recalled that in response to a newspaper advertisement in January 2003 inviting substitute members, 122 persons, which formed almost two-thirds of the membership, had applied. After fulfilling all formalities and payment of dues, the members were issued share certificates, the Universal Enclave Welfare Association claimed.

Feeling cheated, the members blamed that apathetic attitude on the part of the executive body and the administration had resulted in a delay of over one year putting the members to hardship.

Since a majority of members had raised loans from the banks to pay the instalments, they had been put to financial hardship.

The welfare association alleged that each member of the society was suffering a loss of over Rs 10,000 per month since the past over one year. Besides paying interest on the bank loan, they had been paying rent for the house they were living at present.

The association urged the administration to allow the draw of lots for all members in the interest of justice.



DLF complex unveiled at Chandigarh IT Park
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
A part of the Information Technology Park here is finally ready.
The DLF, which is having 12.4 acres of land, announced that it was offering ready-to-move-in space for IT companies and deals with some companies to lease out space were in finals stages.

The glass façade building, having about 8 lakh square feet of space, was formally unveiled today.

The Chief Executive, Marketing, DLF, Mr Arvind Khanna, said it was high-end work place and DLF had invested nearly Rs 240 crore on the project.

The DLF's building in the IT park was spread over 12.4 acres of land at the Chandigarh IT Park and comprises of 6 office blocks, each equipped with an independent lift and lobby.

The IT Park is located amidst the lush green surroundings at the foothills of the Himalayas in proximity to the residential and recreational areas.

The project also includes a modern retail and entertainment complex which would be ready in six months said Mr Khanna.

Chandigarh has a high degree of literacy and boasts of a large and qualified pool of workforce with manpower pouring in from nearby areas like Patiala, Shimla, Rohtak, Ludhiana, Solan/Kalka, Karnal, Jallandhar, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Amritsar, J and K, etc.

A strong presence of research and educational institutions, a number of engineering colleges and universities offer attractive catchment for the IT business, Mr Khanna added.

In a survey conducted by Hewitt Associates on the City Ranking for IT Companies, Chandigarh was rated high on the parameters of "Low Cost of Living" and "Quality of Life".

The demand for employment is far higher, giving an opportunity to the IT companies to attract and retain the best talent.

An increase in the number of employment opportunities is expected to attract a large majority of student population from around Chandigarh.



With a special child, Major’s widow pleads for house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
After having lost her husband to militants and waging a continuous battle against a rare neurological disorder affecting her six-year-old daughter, Ms Shalini Bhandral, is on the verge of being rendered virtually homeless.

While she will have to vacate the Army’s separated family accommodation quarters in Sector 28 here, she is seeking assistance from the Punjab Governor for the allotment of a flat from the Chandigarh Housing Board on compassionate grounds as she cannot move out of Chandigarh on account of her daughter’s treatment.

Ms Shalini’s husband, Major Vivek Bhandral, of 21 Para had been killed in a counter-insurgency operations in Kupwara in August 2002 and had been awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry. Her daughter, Arushi, is suffering from Landau Kleffner syndrome, a rare disorder resulting in epilepsy, inability to talk and behaviour like a one-year old child.

“Since Arushi is undergoing regular treatment at the PGI and is going to a special school, I simply cannot move out of Chandigarh,” Ms Shalini said. adding that “Because she requires constant care and attention, I cannot even take up a job.”

According to Army rules, she is entitled to retain government accommodation for two years after her husband’s demise. This was extended by a year in her case on sympathetic grounds, but now she has just a month left to vacate the house.

She had applied for a flat under the Governor’s discretionary quota during the tenure of Lieut-Gen J F R Jacob (retd) in 2003. After General Jacob left, the scheme, which was introduced by him, was done away with and the UT administration refunded the deposit made by her for the flat.

“I had sought the assistance of General J.J. Singh when he was the Army Commander and he had taken up the matter with the Governor, Gen S F Rodrigues, (retd),” she said. “In principle, the Governor has agreed to get things worked out and I have been told that he had written to General J J Singh in this regard”, she added.

Ms Shalini had written an application to the Punjab Governor in November, highlighting her position. She had also sought an audience with the Governor and his wife, but is still awaiting a response. Queries with the Chandigarh Housing Board have resulted in her being told that her case was being processed.

While the administrative machinery seems to be making little or no headway in her case, several Army officers are coming forward to lend a helping hand. She said that yesterday a retired Colonel had contacted her, offering assistance.



Ex-Executive Engineer’s death: family alleges negligence
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, May 27
A retired Executive Engineer of Punjab Irrigation Department died at GMCH, Sector 32, allegedly unattended and the Panchkula-based family minces no words in blaming the doctors for “gross negligence” by not even turning once to attend to the patient while he was admitted in the emergency.

According to Prof Surinder Kapila, her 68-year-old husband, Balraj Kapila, suffered a spinal injury last week while he was trying to move a bookrack at their residence in Sector 21 Panchkula. Mr Kapila was immediately taken to a private doctor in the town who further referred him to orthopaedic department at the GMCH for “specialised care”. The patient was admitted in the emergency of the GMCH on May 20 and junior doctors began attending on him.

“We were told by the junior doctors at the emergency the next morning that Prof Raj Bahadur would come and examine the patient. But though no doctor came the next morning, a nurse with one hand bandage came and began to turn my husband. He cried in pain while the nurse started giving him physiotherapy. My husband died suddenly and the nurse just fled from the spot,” alleges Ms Kapila while talking to The Tribune today.

However, defending the line of treatment given to the patient, the head of department, Prof Raj Bahadur, today said that the patient suffered cervical cord injury, was already wearing a collar and given steroids within the first 24 hours. “The patient, aged 68 had died due to sudden respiratory arrest because of ascending edema, which is common in the patients with cervical injury. It is incorrect to assume that he died due to physically turning him around,” said Dr Raj Bahadur. Asked about the family’s allegation of not attending to the patient for several hours, he said: “I was operating at the theatre when I received a call about the patient’s condition. While I left the theatre to attend to the patient, he had already died. The investigations were still going on and even the MRI had not been done. It was too early for the patient to be labelled “serious,” added the doctor.



Desecration: Muslims give memo to Governor
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 27
Hundreds of Muslims living in Chandigarh today submitted a memorandum to the Governor and the UT Administrator, General S.F. Rodrigues (retd), condemning the desecration of the Koran by US soldiers in Guantanamo Bay prison.

Led by Maulana Mohammed Ajmal Khan, Imam of the Jama Masjid, Sector 20, they demanded an apology from the US Government.

The deputation also requested the Governor to transmit the memorandum to the US Government through the US Embassy, New Delhi, for taking stern action against the culprits.



UT akademies revamped
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
The UT Administration has reconstituted the general councils of all its akademies, including Sahitya, Lalit Kala and Sangeet Natak. The members of the newly constituted akademies are as under:-

CHANDIGARH SAHITYA AKADEMI: Dr Naresh, chairman; Prem Vij, secretary. Ex-officio members are Anita Dutta, PRO, Parvinder Sharma, financial adviser; Head of Department of Hindi, Panjab University, Head of Department of Punjabi, Panjab University, Head of Department of English, PU, Head of Department of Sankrit, PU.

Non-ex-officio members include Dr Naresh Kaushal, J.S. Rainkh, G.S. Saini, Prof Meera Gautam, Vijay Luxmi, Prof Bakshish Singh, Dr Nav Rattan Kapur, Narvijay Yadav, Vimal Bhargava, Syed Noor-u-Zaman, Chaman Lal Wadhawa, Dr Mohd Ayub Khan and Prof Vikram Kumar.

CHANDIGARH SANGEET NATAKA AKADEMI: Kamal Tiwari, chairman; Kamal Arora, vice-chairman; Parvesh Sethi, secretary. Ex-officio members are Vijay Kumar, Parvinder Sharma.

Non ex-officio members include Dr Kumara Verma, Dolly Tewari, Mukesh Gautam, Chaman Lal Sharma, Umesh Kant, Shiv Kumar, Sudesh Sharma, Zulfikar Khan, Pt Yash Pal, Ravinder Singh, Ratika Tewari Mohan, Kanwar Iqbal, Harleen Kohli, Chander Sharma, Shobha Koser, Suchitra Mitra, Rama Rattan, Kana Singh, Aditi Tandon, Vandana Shukla, Balpreet and Nonika Singh.

CHANDIGARH LALIT KALA AKADEMI: Aditya Prakash, chairman; V.N. Singh, vice-chairman; Ravinder Sharma, secretary. Ex-officio members are Rupesh Kumar Singh, PRO, Parvinder Sharma, financial adviser, Brahm Prakash, Principal, College of Art, Rajnish Wattas, Principal, College of Architecture, Rajinder Bhandari, HoD Fine Arts, PU.

Non-ex-officio members are Nirmala Singh, Rekha Naresh, Pallov Mukerjee, Prof Ravinder Sharma, Sandeep Joshi, cartoonist, The Tribune, Nonika Singh, D.S. Kapoor, Dr Tirthankar Bhattacharya, Madan Lal, Prof Inderjit Gupta, Dr S.L. Sharma an Dr Veena Vig.



Encroachments removed

Chandigarh, May 27
Extensions in front of nearly 30 houses in Sector 42 were demolished by the roads division of the UT Administration here today.
Mr Parminder Singh, a resident, said the extensions were being used by the residents for parking their vehicles. “We have no problem with the clearance of the ‘encroachments’. However, we are surprised why similar structures in front of houses of the policemen were spared, he added. TNS



2 minor cases of fire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Two cases of minor fire were reported in the city today.
In the first case, a fire engine from the Industrial Area was rushed to an open space where dry leaves had caught fire. Another fire was reported in Sector 50 in the evening. In this case also, the fire was caused by dry leaves.



SGPC chief to address media

Chandigarh, May 27
The SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, will address a meet-the-press programme at the Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Saturday at 11am, according to a press note issued by the secretary general of the club. TNS



Man held for carrying gun
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 27
The police has arrested a Bathinda resident from the Punjab and Haryana High Court this afternoon for carrying a double-barrel gun.

According to the police, Malkiat Singh of Ganga village in Bathinda district had come to the court with his brother for a hearing. He was moving on the court premises with a .12 bore double-barrel rifle. Five live cartridges were also recovered from his possession. During interrogation it was found out that he had a licence to carry the weapon in Punjab only which was not valid in Chandigarh.

A case under Section 188 of the CrPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered.



Dhanas resident held for stealing power
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 27
A resident of Dhanas village was arrested for stealing power while three vehicles were reportedly stolen from various parts of the city, the UT police said, here, today.

Hakam Singh of Dhanas village was arrested for stealing power, yesterday. A complaint was filed in this regard by Bhag Singh, Junior Engineer, Electricity, sub-Division number 4. A case under Section 379 IPC and Section 39 of the Electricity Act has been registered.

Vehicles stolen: Mr Manpreet Singh of Phase VI, Mohali lodged a complaint with the police that his Maruti car (PB-12-A-3111) was stolen near a park in Sector 36 on Thursday.

Mr Kewaldeep Singh of Phase XI, Mohali, reported to the police that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (PB-11-M-9517) was stolen from market in Sector 44, yesterday.

In a similar incident, Ms Anutriya Gupta of Sector 21-B filed a complaint to the police that her Scooty (CH-01-R-1083) was stolen from the market in Sector 22 on Thursday. Three separate cases of thefts have been registered in the various police stations.

Cable stolen: Mr Kulwant Singh, In-charge of Telephone Exchange “N”, Area Airport, reported to the police that 300 meters of telephone cable was stolen from the premises during the night of May 25. A case of theft has been registered.

House burgled: Mr Dontha Murali Venu Gopal of Sector 47 lodged a complaint to the police that Rs 500 and five tolas of gold were stolen from his residence yesterday. He told the police that the thieves gained entry by breaking open the locks. A case has been registered.

Two held with smack: Kulwinder Singh of Sector 22-D was arrested with two grams of smack near 66 KV Sub- Station, Sector 47, yesterday. In a separate incident, Satnam Singh of Phase XI was nabbed from a barrier near Sector 47 with three grams of smack last night.

Two separate cases under the NDPS Act have been registered in the Sector 31 police station.



1 booked for duping Mani Majra resident
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 27
A Jalandhar resident has been booked by the police for duping a Mani Majra resident of Rs 1 lakh.

Mr Manoj Kumar Sehgal, a resident of Gobindpura Mohalla, Mani Majra has lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Satish Kumar Ahuja of Viveka-nand Park, Maqsudan, Jalandhar district, had taken Rs 1 lakh as token money from him for the sale of his house on July 29,2004.

Mr Sehgal told the police that he had paid the money at the district courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Later, he came to know that Satish Kumar had sold the house to another person.

Burnt: Bharti Devi (25), a resident of Phase I, Ram Darbar, sustained burn injuries when the stove on which she was making tea burst at her residence on Thursday morning.

She was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. According to doctors, she has suffered 75 per cent burns.

Vehicle stolen: Ms Anita Gupta of Sector 38-A has reported to the police that her Maruti car (CH-02-L-6200) was stolen from her residence on Tuesday. In another incident, Mr Suresh Rani of Sector 20-B has filed a complaint to the police that her LML Vespa scooter (CH-03-M-5497) was stolen from her residence 04 May 23 night.

Gambling: The police arrested Ravinder Kumar of Phase II, Ram Darbar, and Satnam Singh of Naya Gaon from Sector 24 for gambling at a public place, on Wednesday. The police seized Rs 1,120 and Rs 945 from their possession, respectively.



Ex cop’s wife held for cheating
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 27
The UT police has arrested a woman wanted in a cheating case involving a sum of Rs 11 lakh.
The accused was in a committee business and allegedly did not clear the dues of the investors, said the police.

According to the police, Rajwanti Rana, a resident of Sector 48 and wife of a retired sub-inspector of Haryana Police, was arrested yesterday. Rajwanti was booked in a cheating case under Section 420 IPC.

A complaint was filed against her by 17 persons on May 27, 2003. The police obtained non-bailable warrants against her number of times but she remained elusive to the police.

Her anticipatory bail was rejected by a Sessions Judge and later by the High Court.


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