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Businessman violates forest laws
Retaining wall comes up along choe
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
In violation of the forest protection laws, a large chunk of forest land is allegedly being diverted for non-forest purposes in Karoran village by a Patiala-based businessman, related to a highly-placed officer in the Punjab Government. The site is located at a short distance from the controversial Forest Hill resort.

The land, protected under various Sections of the Punjab Land Preservation Act, 1900, prohibits any kind of quarrying, uprooting and cutting of trees and changing the use of land.

For the past over a month, tractors have been engaged to level the low-lying land located along the Patiala Ki Rao choe. In the process of levelling the land, several trees and other wild growth have been uprooted.

To protect the land from erosion, the violator has raised an over 15-foot retaining wall right in the middle of the seasonal rivulet. The illegal activity to change the course of the choe could damage the ecologically sensitive and fragile Shivalik hills, an officer of the Forest Department said. The activity was also in violation of the Wildlife Protection Act.

The person has literally cut the size of the choe to half by raising the retaining wall which runs along the land being reclaimed. The effective width of the rivulet would negate all the money spent under the Japan project to protect the fragile hills from erosion.

A visit to the spot revealed that hedge planted by the Forest Department under the Japan project had been damaged by the retaining wall. An officer of the Forest Department claimed that a challan had been issued against the violators and police action had also been sought. He expressed his helplessness in checking the construction without police help.

Despite the Forest Department claiming of having acted against the person, construction is going on in full swing and “henchmen” had been deployed at the site to keep troublemakers away. “ By the time action will be taken, the damage would have been done. The excuses given by the officers are due to loopholes in the system which allow the violators to continue with construction in connivance with officers”, a resident of Karoran said.

The case of the Forest Hill resort apart, ever since the Anangarh project was visualised and then scrapped, several well-connected persons have been purchasing land protected under the Punjab Land Preservation Act and fencing it with barbed wire. In several cases, hillocks have been levelled. 



EO ‘sits on’ house plan despite court order
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
In a case of the bureaucracy flouting the judiciary, the UT Estate Office (EO) has allegedly failed to pass the revised plan for a Sector 15 house despite court orders.

Now miffed at the dilly-dallying attitude of the EO, Mr Gopal Prasad, buyer of the top floor of house No. 2101, Sector 15-C, has approached the UT Administrator, for his intervention.

In a representation to the Administrator, Mr Prasad alleged that since December 2004 the EO had been delaying the passing of the revised plan for the house on one pretext or the other.

Mr Prasad had purchased the top floor (20 per cent share) in November 2003. When he wanted to cover the open space, the ground floor owner filed a civil suit in a local court against him.

However, on July 23, 2004, the court ruled that “if the proposed construction is within the rules and will not in any way damage the existing structure, the site plan be sanctioned according to law irrespective of the signatures or consent of the plaintiff.” 

Despite the fact that the revised plan was submitted on July 30 last year as per the rules, the EO official concerned wanted that the case should be submitted in accordance to the Apartment Act, Mr Prasad alleged.



Travel agent held for cheating
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 2
The police today arrested a travel agent on the allegations of duping a Sector 15 resident of Rs 11.40 lakh by promising to arrange a study visa for his daughter and would be son-in-law.

Giving details of the incident, sources in the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police said the accused, Paramjit Singh, a resident of Pakhowal in Ludhiana district, was arrested from near the Sector 17 ISBT this morning. A case of cheating under Sections 420 and 120-B, IPC had been registered against the accused in August.

The complainant, Mr Ajit Singh of Sector 15, in his complaint to the police mentioned that he had given Rs 11.40 lakh to Paramjit Singh for arranging a study visa for his daughter Sukhdeep and would be son-in-law Hardeep Singh in 2004. He alleged that after taking the money Paramjit Singh neither send Sukhdeep and Hardeep abroad and nor returned his money and other documents. When Ajit Singh failed to get Paramjit Singh to the terms he brought the matter to the notice of the police.

After conducting preliminary inquires a case has been registered. Since then the accused remained elusive to the police.

Sources in the EOW further said the accused had no office in Chandigarh. The complainant met him at Khanna where Paramjit Singh claimed that he had links with certain people and can arrange a study visa for money.



Taxi driver commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 2
A taxi driver in his mid-30s, Kitab Singh, reportedly hanged himself to death at his house in Hallo Majra late last night. Though no suicide note has been recovered, family dispute over his habitual drinking is cited to be the reason behind the extreme step, police sources said.

The suicide of Kitab Singh came to light this morning when his wife, who was sleeping on the terrace with her two sons, came downstairs and found the room bolted from inside. When her efforts to wake-up her husband failed, she looked through a chink in the door and saw him hanging from a ceiling fan. She raised the alarm and people gathered at her house, a police official said.

The neighbours broke open the door and the police was informed, which took the body into its custody.

Quoting Kitab Singh’s wife and neighbours, the sources in the police said he was a habitual drinker and it was usually the reason behind the quarrels between the couple.

Kitab Singh hailed from Jind. He was living in a rented accommodation in the village.

The body was later handed over to the family without a post-mortem examination as the wife of the deceased ruled out foul play. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this regard.



Four drug addicts held for burglaries
Tribune News Service

Amit, Rajat, Nitin and Manish who have confessed to snatching chains and committing burglaries in Panchkula.
Amit, Rajat, Nitin and Manish who have confessed to snatching chains and committing burglaries in Panchkula. — A Tribune photograph.

Panchkula, October 2
Four young drug addicts who had been indulging in chain snatching, purse snatching and burglaries are now in the police net. The accused come from middle class families and say that the reason for committing offences was to get easy money for smack.

Amit, Rajat and Nitin, all local residents, and Nitin’s cousin Manish, a resident of Balachaur, were arrested by a team of the Panchkula police during a naka on the Sector 11/ 15 roundabout last evening after it received information about the gang.

The accused have confessed to 10 cases of chain snatching, and four cases of burglary.

The police said while Nitin’s father was an employee of IMTECH, Chandigarh, Amit’s father was a Haryana ministerial employee and Rajat’s father a draftsman. Manish was a bright student and was preparing for admission to IIT until he came here for coaching and became addicted to drugs.

“They come from middle class backgrounds and had limited pocket money. They wanted to live it up and had a penchant for a good lifestyle. Amit had set up his business recently but was in collusion with the others,” ASI Surjeet Kumar said.

The accused were produced before a local court today and were remanded in four days of police custody.



Centres to deal with health issues of newborn babies
Payal Pruthi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Faced with the daunting task of addressing health challenges for the new-born, both in India and the US, the Indo-US team comprising representatives from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), US, yesterday decided to launch Clinical Academic Centres (CAC) across the country to deal with the issue.

In Chandigarh for a two-day workshop on “Neonatal and Infant Morbidity and Mortality: Contributors Biology and Intervention Strategies,” the NICHD delegation headed by Deputy Director Yvonne Maddox approved six collaborative research proposals to be funded by it out of the total 25 such proposals received.

Mr M.K. Bhan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, who was present at the concluding day deliberations, told The Tribune in an interview that the joint initiative undertaken by both countries would go a long way in reducing infant and maternal mortality.

Mr Bhan said that projects such as the proposed CACs would help in addressing the problem of birth asphyxia, newborn infections and deficiency of micro nutrients.

He said the current workshop had helped in the conceptualisation of these CACs which would further help in adopting a multi-disciplinary approach towards a specific problem. Mr Bhan said the country would initially try to build about 20 such centres and each would require a budget allocation of Rs 8 crore to Rs 10 crore. The concept, he said, was a novel one and would be submitted to the Government of India in two months time.

Dr Bhan said the nation was facing a peculiar problem of finding enough researchers for combining transitional research with the work of clinicians and behavioural scientists. The Clinical Academic Centres (CAC) would work towards preparing medical school students for research work.

This would help translate the knowledge of science for the prevention of disease. With this concept, the nation would build centres of excellence outside of existing departments dealing with health of the newborn and mothers.

The next workshop on the Indio-US initiative would be on sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and HIV/Aids that would discuss ideas for developing new tools to provide better understanding to help reduce infant and mother mortality.

The infant mortality in the country stood stagnant at 58 per 1,000 births during the past three decades. He suggested that a home-based programme may go a long way in tackling such problems.

The Indo-US initiative would also focus on training young physicians for clinical trials. Because there was no linkage between medical research and education in medical schools, the country was facing an acute shortage of researchers, Dr Bhan said.

He was of the opinion that even though the standards of livelihood were much better in states like Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, as compared to other states, these states had a high percentage of children suffering from malnutrition.

These children, he said, had a high incidence of iron, zinc, vitamin-A, riboflavin and B12 deficiency. He said that a home-based programme could go a long way in tackling the problem.



Cancer-afflicted kids take their maiden flight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Thirtyfive underprivileged children from across the country took a joy trip aboard the Indian Airlines plane from Delhi to Chandigarh and back. Designed to bring cheer to the suffering children and also to shut their minds to hospital travails, the trip was successful in achieving its target.

Just before the flight, the children exhibited discipline at the Palam Airport where they patiently queued up to take the first big flight of their life. They had been brought together by the Cancer Patients Aid Association. The trip was sponsored by the Indian Airlines whose pilots even took off time to make their little guests comfortable. They exchanged notes with them and made them feel at home.



Hunt on to nab former AAG
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 2
Even after registering a case of cheating, forgery and fraud against a former Assistant Advocate General (AAG), Punjab and Haryana High Court, Rajinder Singh, the police is far from laying its hand on him.

A resident of Sector 6 in Panchkula, Rajinder Singh, a self-styled ‘advocate’, was booked by the police on Friday under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 474 of the IPC on the basis of a complaint filed by Mr Surinder Kumar Singla of Sector 10, Chandigarh. Senior police officers of the Chandigarh Police said efforts were on to trace the accused and they were conducting raids at his hideouts.

Mr Singla, in his complaint, alleged that Rajinder Singh never completed his Bachelor of Law’s degree from Panjab University and had not been practising as advocate. Interestingly, Rajinder Singh was an AAG with Punjab and Haryana High Court from July, 2003, to August, 2004.

It was also alleged that Rajinder Singh had been using another name, that of Rajinder Singh Shah.



Passing Thru

What brings you to the city?

G. Indeevar
G. Indeevar, Head,
Automotive Aftermarket, Amara Raja Battery

Our company through Amron and Optima has been supporting motor sports since 1999. My visit to Chandigarh was to flag off “Team Optima” being sponsored by Amara Raja for the Himalaya de Raid.

Tell us about your company and its product.

Amara Raja Battery is a public company and is listed on the BSE, NSE and Hyderabad Stock Exchange. We are a joint venture of Amara Raja Group and Johnson Controls of the USA. We manufacture and sell stand-by power solutions. We are the sole distributor of optima batteries in India and SAARC nations.

Do you have branch offices in North India?

North India is an important market, constituting 40 per cent of the potential in the country. We have an extensive franchise and retailer network here as we have branch offices in Chandigarh, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Lucknow and Jaipur.

How do you like Chandigarh?

It is my favourite destination and is one of the most beautiful cities of Asia. It is nice to see the greenery, wide roads and disciplined traffic, which is a rare sight in other cities of India.

— Akash Ghai 



Rodrigues releases model plan of village
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The UT Administrator today called upon villagers to join hands in helping the Administration shape the future of the UT villages. The response and conviction of the villagers will determine the response from the Administration, the Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), said.

He was speaking at a gathering at a government school in Kajehri village after laying the foundation stone of a health sub-centre.

Coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti, the Administrator launched a programme aimed at the radical transformation of village life. He released a draft model action plan, prepared by Nabard, for the village. The plan envisages eradication of poverty, ignorance and disease by implementing projects guaranteeing social equality, justice and employment.

He said there was a wider scope for participation of village panchayats from the outset in the planning of community works and also at the execution stage.

Releasing the draft action plan, he said after discussion with various stakeholders, the action plan would be finalised for implementation after a month.

The action plan would identify infrastructural gaps, suggestions for streamlining regulatory measures, identity the potential income generations activities and strengthen the capability of the Panchayati Raj institutions.



Need to improve trout habitat, says study
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh: Game fish trout has always been an angler’s delight. But now there is a need to improve its habitat in Himachal Pradesh, says a study conducted by the Department of Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

The study, “Habitat restoration of streams to enhance trout population”, was conducted in Kulu district. It was submitted to the government recently for perusal.

The trout is a cold water fish and is found in the upper Himalayas. Of the 15 species found globally, two species, brown and rainbow trout, are found in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu and Travancore in Kerala.

However, like other aquatic species, its population is also declining due to various reasons, including the construction of dams, barrages, pollution and human interference.

Prof M.S. Johal, principal investigator of the study, says geomorphological, hydrobiological and biotic factors of eight stretches of the Sainj and the Tirthan streams of the Beas were studied. Both are glacier-fed streams, having four species, including two native species.

The study, funded by the Himachal Fisheries Department, says ongoing hydroelectric projects, construction of roads and poaching in the catchment areas of the Sainj have resulted in the decline of flora and fauna.

However, the Tirthan is still a good spawning ground due to less human interference.

The report says that the habitat can be restored by creating food and breeding zones. For this, the streams need to be treated. Dr Johal says similar measures with slight modification can be taken in other streams having similar ecology.

The trout was first introduced in Kulu in 1909. Next year, it was introduced in Chamba and in 1916 in the Pabar and Baspa valley. In 1947, its entire stock died in Chamba due to floods.



“Every journalist has to be a Gandhi at heart”
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
A special lecture on “Gandhi and Media” was organised by the Gandhian Studies Department to mark Gandhi Jayanti today. Vipin Pubby, Resident Editor, Indian Express, delivered the lecture.

Pubby stated that every responsible journalist has to be a Gandhi at heart to be a true journalist. Quoting extensively from Gandhian writings, he observed that Gandhi must be viewed as a journalist and prolific writer as well as how “initially, in order to ventilate the grievances of Indians and mobilise public opinion in their favour, he started writing and giving interviews to newspapers.

“He focused on open letters and Letters to Editor, but soon realised that occasional writings and the hospitality of newspapers were inadequate for the political campaign he had launched. He needed a mouthpiece to reach out to the people; so in June, 1903, he launched the Indian Opinion. It served the purpose of a weekly newsletter which disseminated the news of the week among the Indian community”, Pubby stated.

“And in these days of cut-throat competition and most newspapers stooping to great depths to retain their market share, it is amazing to point out that Gandhiji’s papers published no advertisements. They enjoyed wide circulation. The combined circulation of the Young India and Harijan was about 40,000, much more the combined circulation of all English newspapers put together at that time. His approach to journalism was totally devoid of ambitions. To him it was not a vocation to earn his livelihood, but a means to serve the public. He said in his autobiography: ‘The sole aim of journalism should be service. The newspaper is a great power, but just as an unchained torrent of water submerges whole countryside and devastates crops, even so an uncontrolled pen serves but to destroy. If the control is from without, it proves more poisonous than want of control. It can be profitable only when exercised from within.”

Professor K. N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, welcoming the speaker said the title of the subject was most appropriate on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and it was worthwhile to revisit Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and canons of journalism as also his contribution as a journalist.

Professor Pathak said Mahatma Gandhi was of the views that one of the objects of newspaper is to understand the popular feeling and give expression to it; another is to arouse among the people certain desirable sentiments and the third is to fearlessly expose popular defects.

Our best homage to this great personality which dominated the age of our freedom struggle would be to analyse the principles dear to him and take all necessary in the direction of their fulfilment. Most of his principles, if not all, were for the uplift of the poor, downtrodden and rural people which if followed scrupulously, can change the very face of the nation, he added.

Among others who spoke were: Prof S. L. Malhotra, founder Chairman, Department of Gandhian Studies, Prof M. L. Sharma, present Chairman of the department, and Dr Jai Nara.



Gandhi, Shastri remembered
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 2
Floral tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversary at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan in Sector 35 here today.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, Mr B.B. Bahl, highlighted the sacrifices made by Gandhi for the freedom of the country.

Various speakers spoke about the qualities of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Others present included Ms Lalit Joshi Bhardwaj, Mr J.N. Shastri, Mr Surinder Bhatia, Mr Shyama Negi, Mr Kuldip Singh, Mr Balraj Singh, Mr H.S. Lucky, Ms Pushpa Sharma, Mr Jagat Sharma, Mr D.S. Babla, Mr Mehar Singh and Mr Ram Charan Gupta.

Government College, Sector 11, commemorated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by releasing a college news letter on Gandhi Jayanti. The news letter was released by Principal Pahlad Aggarwal.

The news letter contains photographs of Mahatma Gandhi and some of his famous quotations. Mr Pahlad Aggarwal said Gandhi’s ideal vision provided a base which the youth must follow.

The function was attended by Maor Jiwan Tiwari, former Syndic of Panjab University and president of the Indo-China Society of Punjab.

The CRPF also organised a function to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti on the CRPF campus at Hallomajra.

Mr D.P. Sinha, Additional Director-General, North Zone, (CRPF), distributed utility items among class IV employees.



98th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh celebrated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 2
The Mohali and Chandigarh unit of the All-India Democratic Students Organisation observed the 98th birth anniversary of hero of the freedom-struggle, Saheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, at Punjab School Education Board, Phase VIII, here yesterday.

Representatives of social clubs, employee associations, teachers, students and senior citizens participated in the programme. Mr Vinod, Ms Nandita and Mr Harinderjit Singh sang patriotic songs dedicated to the martyrs.

A majority of the participants took serious note of the fact that the state government was not giving due regards to Bhagat Singh as there was no state-level programme held on September 28 to mark the day.

Mr Gurdeep Singh Dhillon (president, PSEB Non-Teaching Employees Association), Mr Dharampal Singh (president, Resident Welfare Association), Mr Bhagwant Singh Bedi (general secretary, PSEB, Non-Teaching Employees Association), Mr Harpreet Singh (president, S. Udham Singh Club), Jaswinder (president, Democratic Youth Organisation), Harbans Singh Bagri (president, T.U.C.), Master Harbans Singh, Mr Manu Kaushal, Mr Gurmeet Shahi and Dr Balkar Singh paid tributes to the martyrs and stressed the need to spread the ideology of the martyrs among the public.

Mr Inder Singh appealed to all participants to observe the 75th martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in a befitting manner on March, 2006, by organising Chetna March involving the students of all schools and colleges and common people throughout Mohali and Chandigarh.



Deep Complex residents hold rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
To protest against the acquisition of land of the Deep Complex, Hallomajra, residents of the area held a rally against the move by the Chandigarh Administration.

The Administration proposes to acquire around 33 acres on which the Deep Complex has come up on the outskirts of the village. The residents are also sitting on a hunger strike.

Mr Didar Singh, president of the Panchayat Samiti and Mr J.S. Benipal, president of the Deep Complex Welfare Association, said the rally was held after no response was received from the officers.

The residents lamented that it was totally wrong on part of the administration to destabilise the needy people.

The administration had initiated the move after sitting on the issue for over seven years. The constructions had not come overnight and it took years together to construct the houses.



Check unethical practices, valuers’ told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Calling on valuers to follow the code of conduct and check unethical practices, various speakers of the Institution of Valuers urged the members to be “investigative and well-versed with the fiscal scenario”.

Speaking at a function held to observe “Valuers’ Day” at Sector 7, here, the chairman of the association, Mr B.L. Luthra, said a valuer need to learn to say no to clients wanting bogus reports sans an inspection.

He pointed out that financial institutions could overcome huge losses incurred due to bad loans by paying valuers as per rates approved by the Institution of Valuers and not after bargaining.

He assured the financial institutions that the valuers were willing to help them in reducing the non-performing assets (NPAs).

The chief guest, Mr A.K. Krishna Kumar, General Manager, State Bank Of India, inaugurated the function. He lauded the role of valuers.

“We were earlier making do with own staff. However, now with the increase in volume and complexity of schemes and lending, besides a need for stringent compliance to the Reserve Bank of India guidelines, we have enlisted the services of valuers,” he stated.

Mr Kumar pointed out that there were concerns about the evaluation of collateral security. “At the time of sanction of a loan the value is higher, which gives a false sense of security to those sanctioning a loan,” he held.

Mr Sarabjit Singh, chairman, Ludhiana branch, and Mr Sandeep Kumar Luthra delivered lectures on the valuation of property which included land, buildings, plants and machinery.

While proposing the vote of thanks, Mr Rakesh Dutta, secretary, appreciated the cooperation given by the State Bank of India and participants.

An interaction session was also held by participants from financial institutions and valuers. The function was attended by Mr B.P. Chura, General Manager, Punjab National Bank, senior officers from the State Bank of India and other financial institutions and valuers.



Effigy of Congress-Left burnt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The local unit of the BJP today burnt an effigy of the Congress-Left parties outside Congress Bhavan in Sector 35 here in protest against their alleged “unholy nexus” with the Russian intelligence agency KGB as exposed by a recent book.

Earlier, shouting slogans the BJP activists, led by Mr K.S. Sangwan, MP, and national vice-president, marched in procession from the party office Kamalam in Sector 33 to Congress Bhavan.

Addressing the protesters, Mr Sangwan alleged the book had exposed the shady role of certain Congress and Left leaders in parting with country’s secrets to the KGB.

Meanwhile, the BJP observed the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya, founder-member of the erstwhile Jana Sangh, and former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, at the party office in Sector 33.



Readers Write
Filth around Assembly buildings

We are tourists from France and were most distressed to see the surroundings of Le Corbusier’s Assembly buildings located in Sector 1, Chandigarh.

The two ponds are filled with rubbish from which emanates a bad smell. To make matters worse, unwanted grass has grown up in a big way around the buildings.

It seems the authorities of Punjab Assembly have taken little care to keep the ponds clean and get unwanted grass removed.

We urge the Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh to visit the surroundings of Assembly buildings and take stern action against defaulters.

The watch and ward officer should also be taken to task.

Le Corbusier’s buildings are the most prestigious and surroundings must be kept clean.

— Marina Bontron and Mathilde Berthelot


Pensioners’ woes

I am a Punjab Government pensioner drawing my pension from the State Bank of Patiala’s branch in Sector 35-D, Chandigarh, for the past 12 years.

Central Government pensioners also draw their pension from this branch. The bank also does its usual business for the public.

Earlier, there used to be no problem as the staff was adequate but some years back the bank got computers and then all mess started.

The staff was reduced and the remaining incumbents were not fully trained.

Such is the poor state of affairs that on the first days of a month, the computers don’t work and manager or the staff makes hectic calls to the main office in Sector 35-C to send mechanies which usually results in long queues.

Old pensioners are made to stand for hours, there being no place to sit. Recently, the branch has introduced new account numbers but no entry of the deposit or withdrawal is made in the passbook. Even if one visits after 10 days for the purpose, the teller directs the customer to the manager who is always so busy that after waiting for and hour or so, one has to return empty-handed.

— Tirath Singh Chandigarh

Sector 49-D in bad shape

I want to draw the attention of the Chandigarh Administration towards the grievances of citizens of Sector 49 D, Chandigarh.

Our society was allotted land in Sector 49-D to which we had shifted after completion of this construction.

This sector (Sector 49) is one of the least-developed sectors and particularly the Sector 49-D.

There are berms and pits and small water ponds in the entire sector where mosquitoes breed incessantly.

While the Administration has planted beautiful saplings in Sector 49-A, there is not even a single plantation in Sector 49-D.

Although electricity poles have been installed and tube lights affixed on them in the Sector 49-D, yet only one of the lights works at night. There is no market to meet even daily needs and residents have to fetch even vegetables from far-off places.

The Administration has not even initiated the process of setting up a market, what to speak of the time it will take in setting it up.

— S.K. Bajaj


Probe housing society affairs

In open collusion with the Chandigarh Administration and contractors, office-bearers of the PUSHPAC Housing Cooperative Society have used non-ISI steel, bought most of the items at exorbitant rates and used substandard bricks, poorly finished wood and more sand than cement.

All appeals to the Registrar Cooperatives have fallen on deaf ears. Our two Professors and their colleagues in the PUSHPAC Executive seem to have managed all levels in the UT Administration. Even the money meant for the water pump booster and the community centre was swallowed and in spite of budget provision, these were left incomplete. Members had to pay again for the water booster but the unfinished community centre remains a reminder of the corruption that went on.

Earlier, the General Body meeting was evaded doggedly to avoid any discussion. All requests for the meeting were ignored by the administration too. General Jacob had instituted a technical audit but soon it was wound up under obvious pressures. The new Governor, General Rodrigues, may kindly probe the PUSHPAC affairs.

— Prof Arun D. Ahluwalia




Landlord booked on trespassing, theft charges
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 2
The local police today booked a landlord and his accomplices on the charges of trespassing, theft and criminal conspiracy for allegedly taking away Rs 2 lakh along with goods worth about Rs 8 lakh from the shop of his tenants after breaking open the shutters late last night.

Sources in the police said a dispute has been going on between both parties. The landlord wanted to get the SCO vacated.

Giving details of the incident, the sources in the police said the tenant of SCO No. 207 in Sector 29 Iron Market, Mr I.C. Aggarwal and Jai Kishan Aggarwa, reported to the police that Surjit Singh, the landlord of the shop, had allegedly taken away their belongings after breaking open the locks of the shop’s shutter last night.

They alleged that Surjit Singh had been threatening them in this regard.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by Mr Jai Kishan Aggarwal a case under Sections 452, 457, 380 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against Surjit Singh of Mohali village and others.

Surjit Singh had purchased the SCO about six months back.

A case had been pending in a court between the tenants and their earlier landlord. They had been depositing the rent in the court before the SCO was sold to Surjit Singh.



Crime round-up
Man held with 14 cartons of liquor
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 2
The police today arrested a resident of Burail village on the charge of possessing 14 cartons of liquor illegally. In another incident, a Sector 15 resident was caught red-handed while allegedly stealing a VCD player. Elsewhere, a house was burgled in the city and a motor cycle theft was reported to the police.

Meanwhile, a city resident was booked on the charges of duping a person of 96,000 by promising him to send him abroad.

Police sources said Ram Chander of Burail village was arrested from Kajheri village.

Acting on a secrete information the police conducted a raid and arrested him with 14 cartons of liquor of different brands. The accused was running the illegal liquor trade from a rented accommodation in the Kajheri village.

Ram Chander, a junk dealer, has two shops in Burail village besides another one in Kajheri village. He was earlier booked in thefts cases but was never caught under the Excise Act. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against him. He was later released on bail.

Acting on a complaint of Mr Vinay Kumar of Sector 15, the police arrested Pankaj Deep of the same sector while he was allegedly stealing a VCD player from his residence during the night of September 30.

Ms Poonam Gulati of Sector 35-C lodged a complaint with the police alleging that a gold ornaments, five watches and some clothes, along with other articles, were stolen from her residence during the Friday night.

Mr Yajinder Pal Verma of the Panjab University campus reported to the police that his motor cycle (CH-03-S-2182) was stolen from the campus on Friday. Two separate cases of thefts have been registered at the various police stations in this regard.

The sources said Mr Naval Kishore of Sector 21-D lodged a complaint alleging that Gagandeep of Sector 26 had taken Rs 96,000 from him promising to send him abroad.

But the accused neither send him abroad nor returned his money. A case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.

Meanwhile, Jagar Nath of Palsora village was arrested with 8 kg of poppy husk near the road dividing Sector 55 and 56 on Saturday. A case under Section 21 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act has been registered.



1 held for drugging, looting
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 2
The police has arrested a man on charges of looting people by drugging them.

The accused, Bhola, offered victims laddoo laced with dhatura seeds as prasad. Once they lost consciousness, he robbed them of their cash and other belongings. The police says his “business” was on for almost two months, before he was finally nabbed by the Sector 21 police.

Bhola, a resident of Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh, says he was staying in Delhi two months ago. “I was working as a labourer in a factory. I moved to Chandigarh two months ago, and when I was unable to find a job, I saw this as an easy way of making money,” he said.

The police says that he was nabbed after an autorickshaw driver, who had been drugged and looted by him, recognised him and got him arrested. He also confessed to have robbed four labourers in Sector 20 on September 27, and taken away Rs 6,000, a watch and a ring from them.



Computer parts stolen

Mohali, October 2
Thieves decamped with computer parts worth Rs 2 lakh from a compact computer shop in Phase 3B2 here today.

According to the police, the owner of the shop, Ms Savneet Kaur, said she had closed the shop last night at about 9.30 pm and left. She got a call in the morning from a florist nearby that the locks of the shutter of her shop had been broken and the shop was open.

On reaching the shop, she found laptops, computer monitors and other hardware missing. A case has been registered. — TNS


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