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Head Constable held for sodomy attempt
Tribune News Service

Head Constable Varinder Singh has also earlier been accused of sodomy. Sources in the local police say that a case under Section 377 of the IPC is already pending against him.

Panchkula, October 27
A Head Constable, Varinder Singh, posted at Old Police Lines here, allegedly tried to sodomise a 10-year-old boy in his room this evening. The incident comes close on the heels to an attempt to sodomise a 14-year-old boy by the CIA staff recently.

At the time of the incident, the victim was playing near a tea stall, run by Anil Kumar, just outside Old Police Lines. The cop reportedly approached Anil Kumar for a cup of tea and asked him to send the same through the boy playing nearby. The boy took the tea to the cop’s room. After about 10 minutes another tea vendor, Raju, approached Anil and informed him that he heard the boy crying out for help.

The duo rushed to the cop’s room and barged in where they found Varinder trying to force himself on the boy. They somehow managed to free the boy. Varinder threatened the child, Anil and Raju with dire consequences if they reported the matter to the police. The three, however, approached the Superintendent of Police, Mr Balbir Singh, and told him about the incident.

The parents of the child, working as daily wagers in old Panchkula, were informed of the incident. The accused was detained by his colleagues. The police took away the accused and the victim to General Hospital for medical examination. A case under Sections 377, 323 and 511 of the IPC was registered.

It may be noted that the Panchkula police is already in the dock over the alleged illegal detention and torture of a 14-year-old-boy. The case had come to light just a fortnight ago after two lawyers, who had filmed the torture, exposed the cops. As many as six cops have been placed under suspension and one of them was arrested and later released on bail.

Meanwhile, an identification parade of cops was held at Sector 5 police station today under the supervision of Mr M.S. Sangwan and Ms Geeta Prakash. The lawyers, who were called to identify the guilty cops from among 36 cops, could, however, not identify the accused.



Cricketers sweat out before tie
Tribune News Service

Sri Lankan star batsman Jayasuriya and coach Tom Moody with Kumar Sangakkara during a practice session on the eve of the second One-Day International cricket match in Mohali
Sri Lankan star batsman Jayasuriya (right) and coach Tom Moody with Kumar Sangakkara (left) during a practice session on the eve of the second One-Day International cricket match in Mohali. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Mohali, October 27
As the countdown to the India-Sri Lanka One-Day match draws to a close, the South Asian neighbours sweated out on the nets at the PCA stadium here. While thousands of cricket fans eagerly await the One-Day tie, scheduled for tomorrow, many tried their luck today to see the men practice at the ground. Not to miss was the close scrutiny by the Down Under coaches, Greg Chappell and Tom Moody.

From the usual warm-up routine to the net practice, the teams, with their adrenalin levels already going up, practiced in order to ensure no disappointment for their respective fans on Friday.

The Indian team reached the stadium at 2.30 p.m. and after warm-up exercises for half an hour they went to nets. Yuvraj, who was dismissed on just 14 runs in the first match of the series, drew the special attention of the coach as Greg was seen giving him tips of front-foot shots.

He also bowled to him for half an hour. Chappell was probably preparing him for the spin attack by Muralitharan and Chandana.

Sachin remained on the nets with his bat for half an hour and faced the deliveries of Agarkar, Venu Gopal, Irfan Pathan and Murali Kartik. He entertained the crowd with his class shots in all directions.

Mohammad Kaif, who has to prove his fitness for entry in the team, also practiced along with his team mates. When asked about his status of fitness, he just replied, “Better.”

Sri Lanka's turn came at 4.30 p.m. after Indian practice session. The visitors, who lost the previous match, honed their fielding skills first before occupying the nets for batting and bowling at least two hours.

The match, which is to be played under flood lights, will start at 2.30 p m. tomorrow.



Special buses for cricket match
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking has decided to ply special buses for one day international day and night cricket match to be held at Mohali tomorrow, an official press release said here today.

The buses will operate between 12.30 pm and 3 pm and back at 9.30 pm to 11 pm. The special buses will ply on routes, including university/ PGI, Sector 11/15, 10/16, 16/17, bus stand, Sector 17, Sector 21/22, 34/35, 43/44, Mohali, Phase VII, VIII and IX cricket stadium with a frequency of 15 minutes.

Similarly buses will ply from Mani Majra, Housing Board, Grain Market, Madhya Marg, Sector 7/19, KC Sector 17, Bus Stand, Sector 17, Aroma, Sector 21, 20, 20/30, 33/32 cricket stadium with a frequency of 15 minutes. As many as six extra buses will also be made available from 9.30 pm onwards at the Stadium which will be sent to various destination depending upon the requirement.

In addition, regular route buses will also be available. The route of regular buses for 38 and 39 are ISBT Sector 17, Aroma, Sector 35/36, 36/42, 37/41, Badehri, Mohali Barrier, Phase I, III/V, VII, Mohali Bus Stand, Cricket Stadium, Ph X, XI with a frequency of 15 minutes.



1,500 cops at stadium
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 27
Over 1,500 cops of the Punjab Police have been deputed at the PCA Stadium to maintain law and order during the match.

Besides the IG (Commandos), Mr S.K. Sharma, and the DIG, Mr Parag Jain, there would be five SPs and 39 DSPs on duty during the match.

Three-tier security arrangements have been made for the stadium. In addition to the routine policemen, there would be policemen from the intelligence and communication wings.



Irfan gets birthday ‘gift’
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 27
For Irfan Pathan, the memories of his 21st birthday will remain clear and vivid for a long time. A beeline of cricket fans or better say Irfan fans, who just wanted to catch a glimpse of their favourite star and wish him a happy birthday, gathered at the PCA stadium today.

But there is more to the story as some female fans expected more from the young cricketer who was left in a state of shock when Rajni, a resident of Panchkula, could not help but flung her arms around the cricketer.

The incident occurred when Irfan came out from the net area after his practice session. The girl, who was waiting for him with a greeting card in her hands, wished him first and much to the shock of Irfan as well as the cricket buffs, security personnel and mediapersons, she embraced Irfan and started weeping. Initially, Irfan tried to console her but immediately he tried to maintain a distance. She even accompanied Irfan in the grounds, which is the restricted area.

After the incident, the girl kept on weeping for more than one hour. She hanged around till Irfan left the stadium along with his team late in the evening.



New chapter in city’s sports history
First Chandigarh State Games begin
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, October 27
Carrying the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius and Fortius’, more than 3000 sportspersons assembled at Sector 17 Football Ground to take part in the spectacular show that lasted for over two hours. For all this while, the Football Ground, venue of the 1st Chandigarh State Games-2005, organised by the Chandigarh Olympic Association, brimmed with the vim and vigour of sport.

The chief guest was General S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Punjab Governor and UT Administrator. Flying Sikh Milkha Singh also added grace to the function which “marked a beginning for the new chapter of sports in city’s history”, as Rana Gurmit Sodhi, President, Chandigarh Olympic Association, said.

Earlier, General Rodrigues took the salute to an impressive march past by sportspersons carrying placards of different sport disciplines. Later he, in his brief address, asked the players to work hard to bring laurels for the city and the country. He promised to provide all possible help in promoting sports in the city.

The Chandigarh Administration, he promised, would consider any proposal of the Chandigarh Olympic Association for raising new infrastructure or upgradation of existing facilities to facilitate city’s sportspersons and motivate them.

Earlier, Mr Sodhi brought to the notice of the Punjab Governor that there was no reservation of job quota for outstanding sportspersons in the Chandigarh Administration. City-based sportspersons had no option except to move out to other states in search of jobs.

Among other highlights of the function was the march past by ‘Veeru’, the mascot of state games, who enthralled the spectators depicting the spirit of love and affection.

Milkha Singh lit the flame amidst loud cheers from sportspersons and officials. Soon after lighting the flame, the legendary Milkha was virtually mobbed by his fans for autographs.

Earlier, the Asian Rowing bronze medalist Saroj and hockey Olympian Surhbir Singh Gill ran with the torch before handing it over to Milkha Singh. Cultural programme by students of Chaman Lal DAV School , Panchkula, and KB DAV Centenary School, Sector 7, kept the spectators entertained throughout the show. Archer Rajani Bajaj took oath on behalf of the participants.

Meanwhile, cycling events were included at the eleventh hour, bringing the total number of disciplines to 22.

In the matches held in different disciplines, New Public School finished winners in the women’s hockey competitions.

Boxing : Amrita (Friends Club) b Pooja (United Club), Komal (United Club) b Kanika (United Club), Hardeep Kaur (Eagle Club) b Kanika (GHSS-7), Amandeep (Dev Samaj Club) b Suchint (United Club), Babli (Home Science Club) b Seema Rajput (Eagle Club) Pandit (S.DC-32) b Ringeu (Dhanvantri), Meena Thakur (Dhanutri Club) b Suman (Eagle Club), Kalpana (Home Science Club) b Sunita (Dev Samaj Club), Diviya (GHSS-7) b Pallavi (GCG-42), Anjali (Dhanvantri Club) b Deepali (Eagle Club), Jasmeen (Home Science Club) b Manpreet, Anita Raj (GHSS-7) b Suman (Eagle Club), Navdeep (Home Science club) b Mamta (SGGS-26), Bindu b Bharti (Home Science Club), Amanpreet (Dev Samaj) b Ritu Bala (Eagle Club), Upasana (Dhanutri) b Supriya (Eagle Club), Prerna (GHSS-7) b Neha (Home Science Club).



Court order fails to ensure free flow of traffic
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Last year till December as many as 342 rallies were held in different parts of the city. Besides this, 818 dharnas were organised. The cops had to escort 163 processions, besides taking care of the law and order situation during 32 anti-encroachment drives.

They had to use force for dispersing the crowd in a majority of 45 kundi-connection removal operations held in the city’s slums and colonies. The sources add that the cops had to be deployed for ensuring the smooth conduct of 235 examinations and 23 elections, besides taking care of 116 strikes, along with 131 demonstrations.

Chandigarh, October 27
Even though the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Chandigarh Police to ensure the free flow of traffic during the dharnas and rallies organised in the city throughout the year, it has failed to comply with the directions, apparently.

Nothing else can explain the inconvenience caused to hundreds of commuters due to a massive rally taken out by the supporters of a religious organisation in the city yesterday. So many of the commuters had to wait for several hours for the rush to clear. Even school students reached home hungry and thirsty three hours after being let off.

Senior police officers refuse to comment on the issue. Sources in the police headquarters say this is not the first time the motorists had to alternately press the brake and the accelerator while struggling their way through the sea of protesters.

Quoting rough figures, the sources say the cops on an average take care of an estimated 800 dharnas and over 150 processions every year. A majority of them are organised around Matka Chowk. As a result, the road leading to the chowk remains “out of bounds” for the traffic virtually throughout the year, even though it runs parallel to the city’s downtown.

The sources agree that the residents going to Sector 17 and other places in the chowk’s vicinity are almost always caught unaware as they seldom receive warnings about the blockades, resulting in inconvenience, besides wastage of precious time.

They add that at one point of time the feasibility of shifting the venue of the protest from Matka Chowk to the “Open-hand monument” near Punjab Civil Secretariat was considered by the UT Administration. But the idea was dropped due to “security considerations”.

The sources assert that another suggestion for shifting the venue to some other place on the city’s outskirts was also taken into consideration by the authorities. The idea was to stop the protesters at a point earmarked for the purpose on the city’s border and to allow only a handful of representatives to enter the city for submitting representations to the authorities concerned.

But the recommendation did not find favours with the members of different political parties. Otherwise also, several senior functionaries of the UT Administration were of the opinion that the decision would go against the right to protest guaranteed under the Constitution. As a result, the proposal could not be implemented.

The sources agree that the residents are forced to suffer in the absence of any concrete plan to tackle the problems posed by the protesters. They add that the Chandigarh Police can easily guarantee almost-normal flow of traffic by allowing the protesters to remain on one side of the road, while allowing the motorists to commute on the other. But even this is not done.

As far as the high court orders are concerned, the sources say that Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar had directed the police to ensure smooth flow of vehicles while taking up the traffic regulation and pollution control case.



Meeting on Chandigarh deferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
The meeting of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs for Chandigarh was deferred in New Delhi today, reliable sources said.

The meeting on affairs pertaining to the City Beautiful is now scheduled for November 8. The meeting could only hear the representatives from Andaman and Nicobar and Pondicherry today.

“It got very late while hearing the representatives from Andaman and Nicobar and Pondicherry. They had come from a long distance so we thought it was prudent to defer the meeting on issues pertaining to Chandigarh,” a senior delegate said.

“No issue was discussed so it is difficult to spell the agenda specifically. Questions raised during the meeting of the Standing Committee in Chandigarh recently were likely to be brought up for discussion. The reply of the administration on the key issues was expected,” the delegate said.

One of the burning issues during the meeting of the committee in Chandigarh recently was the question of whether the city should have a Vidhan Sabha. The issue of regulated growth of the peripheral areas of the city was also likely to come up for discussion.

Mrs Sushma Swaraj, a senior BJP leader, is the chairperson of the committee.



Mauli Jagran residents block railway line
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh October 27
Traffic on the Chandigarh- Ambala railway line was disrupted for over 40 minutes when residents of Vikas Nagar and Mauli Jagran blocked the line in protest against the move of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to seal certain houses for violating the building bylaws.

A diesel locomotive was approaching the level crossing at Mauli Jagran when the protesters blocked the track. Sensing trouble, the gate man who had closed the level crossing for road traffic signalled the locomotive to stop.

Heavy police reinforcement had to be rushed to the spot to avert any incident. The rail traffic was resumed after the protesters were shooed away.

A senior railway officer said due to the blockade the Lucknow-Chandigarh Express had to be halted at the Ghaggar railway station. The train was already running late by over an hour and the blockade further delayed the train. Minutes before the blockade, the Paschim Express crossed the level crossing. The Shatabdi Express was also not affected by the blockade.

Mr Anil Dubbey, president of the tenant cell of the local BJP unit, who headed the protest, said the corporation move was unwarranted.

The poor people had managed to build their houses out of their meager sources. The ADC, Mr I.S. Sandhu, and the DSP, East, Mr Vijay Pal, also rushed to the spot to pacify the protesters.



Rare land link to re-open for Pak delegation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
Forty years after the land link between India and Pakistan in southern Rajasthan was snapped following a war between the two neighbours, the Munabao- Khokhrapar road will be reopened next month to allow a delegation of Pakistan Rangers to cross over to India for official talks with the Border Security Force.

The 18-member Pakistani delegation, headed by Major-Gen Hussain Mehdi, Director-General, Rangers (Punjab), is scheduled to cross over to India on October 16, BSF sources said here yesterday.

A road link was established between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad earlier this year, but that is restricted only to Kashmiris on either side and they cannot use it to travel beyond Jammu and Kashmir on the Indian side and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on the other side. Further, the bridge and some portions of the road were reported to be destroyed in the earthquake with rocked Kashmir this month.

According to a senior BSF officer, Munabao in Barmer district and Khokhrapar in Sindh Province are about 15 km apart. The link was snapped in 1965 and the Wagah-Attari check-point has been the sole crossing point for civilians.



Mauritian PM in city today
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, October 27
The Mauritian Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, will have a brief stopover in the city on Friday on his way to Mashobra in Himachal Pradesh. Dr Ramgoolam will reach the city from Mumbai in a Mauritian state aircraft and then will be ferried to Mashobra in the Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper.

After the two-day holiday in Himachal, the Mauritian premier will arrive back in the city on October 30 and spend the entire day in the city sightseeing. He is accompanied by his wife and a seven-member delegation.

Dr Ramgoolam is currently in India to seek Indian investments in the Island nation. He has already met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Rajasheker Reddy.



3-yr-old dies of head injury
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 27
A three-year-old boy, who suffered head injury after he fell on road this afternoon in Sector 38, later succumbed to his injuries at the PGI.

According to information, Jaskirat, a student of Ankur School on the Panjab University campus, alighted from the school bus in Sector 38. His grandfather, Harcharan Singh, had come to take him home. As they were crossing the road Jaskirat shook his grandfather’s hand and ran away. In the process he fell and sustained a head injury. He later died at the PGI.

His father, Navjinder Singh, is a private contractor. No case has been registered in this regard.



Postal service finds a few takers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
The charges of using the ‘Direct Mail’ service are proving to be an impediment in the success of the scheme. Ever since the service was launched on October 9, only two advertisers have come forward to avail themselves at the facility, said sources in the department.

The service was launched to cater to the needs of business organisations for direct advertisement of their products. When the facility was launched, Dr Shekhar Jindal of Sector 32 was the first customer.

As per the rates, up to 20 grams of the weight of a document the department is charging Rs 1.50 paise and beyond 20 grams the charges are Re 1. Comparatively, private service providers are charging as low as 10 paise per document.



Admn gets tough on helmets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
The Chandigarh Administration has banned the sale of non-ISI mark helmets, an official press statement said here on Tuesday.

Any breach of the order will be punishable under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code. It has been pointed out that the sale of protective head gears (helmet), which do not subscribe to the standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards, is flourishing in the city.



MES contractors hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27
Contractors working with the Garrison Engineers, 3BRD, have gone on strike against the alleged high handedness of the Garrison Engineer.

The contractors, who have decided not to participate in any tenders, alleged that they had working at the 3BRD for the past 20 years. But the Garrison Engineer was pressuring them to use the material of a specific make.

Members of the MES Contractors Association hold a protest in support of their demands outside 3 BRD in Chandigarh
Members of the MES Contractors Association hold a protest in support of their demands outside 3 BRD in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph



SBOP staff on fast

Chandigarh, October 27
The relay fast started by members of the All-India State Bank of Patiala (SBOP) Employees’ Federation in support of their demands entered the second day at the Sector 17 branch here on Thursday. — TNS



9 mobile phones, car stereo recovered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 27
The local police today claimed to have recovered nine stolen mobile phones and a car stereo from a Bapu Dham colony resident.

Giving details of the recovery of mobile phones, sources in Sector 26 police station said on the basis of a secret information, Sanjay, alias Jai Chand, of Phase III, Bapu Dham Colony, was arrested at Sector 7 on October 25. The police recovered three stolen mobile phones from him.

During questioning in the police remand, the police solved two cases of thefts and recovered six more stolen mobile phones and a car stereo.

He would be produced before a court tomorrow, said the police.

Scooters stolen

Mr Sham Singh of Sector 20 reported to the police that his scooter (CH-01-S-4069) was stolen from his residence on Wednesday.

In another incident, Ms Raveena Bains of Sector 11 filed a complaint to the police that her Honda Activa scooter (CH-03-E-1990) was stolen from the Sector 10 Bougainvillaea Garden’s parking lot on Wednesday.

Mr Krishan Gopal of Sector 41-A lodged a complaint with the police that his scooter (CH-01-V-8751) was stolen from his residence on Tuesday.

Three separate cases of thefts have been registered.

Mobile phones stolen

Ms Neru Sapra of Sector 36 lodged a complaint with the police that two mobile phones were stolen from her residence on Tuesday night.

A case of theft has been registered.


The local police took four persons in custody on the allegations of indulging in gambling from various places in the city on Wednesday.

Bhagat Ram and Lal Bhadur of Shimla of were arrested at Motor Market in Manimajra for allegedly gambling at a public place. The police recovered Rs 5,450 from them.

In another incident, Jagtar Singh of Sector 24 and Vijay Kumar of Sector 38 were taken in custody from Dhanas and Khudda Lahora Bridge for allegedly indulging in gambling. The police recovered Rs 900 and Rs 930 from them respectively.

Three cases have been registered under the Gambling Act.



Two held for raping minor
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 27
Two persons have been arrested by the police here today on the charges of abduction, rape and criminal intimidation. A minor girl, living in Phase VII here, was allegedly raped by the two youths.

The accused have been identified as Dalbir Singh, alias Raju, and Harpreet Singh, alias, Sonu, both residents of Kumbra village. A case under Sections 366, and 506 of the IPC was registered against the two last night.

The victim, a 13-year-old girl, was taken to the Civil Hospital for a medical examination late last evening.

According to the police, Dalbir, who was known to the girl, went to her house on Tuesday afternoon and took her to Chandigarh on the pretext of getting her a job there. It is alleged that Dalbir raped her in Chandigarh and later dropped her near Gurdwara Shaheedan in Sohana village in the evening.

The girl spent the night in the gurdwara. She later reveal the incident to her mother. The father of the girl works as a driver of a private vehicle in Chandigarh.

The police said the victim was also allegedly raped about four days ago by another person, Harpreet Singh, who had taken her to some house in Phase VII for committing the crime.



Mother of two ends life
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 27
A 25-year-old mother of two children ended her life by allegedly hanging herself at her Madrasi Colony residence in Bapu Dham Colony, here today. The exact reason behind the extreme step is not known.

Giving details the Station House Officer (SHO) of Sector 26 police station said Sukh Dei hanged herself with a duppata from a ceiling log at her single room accommodation in the morning. Her extreme step came to light when her husband found the room bolted from inside around 8 am. He got suspicious and broke opened the door. He found her hanging though she was alive then. He along with others lowered her and shifted her to the Sector 16 Government Hospital. She died around 12 noon.

Her husband, Rajpal, a vegetable vendor in the Sector 26 Grain Market, told the police that Sukh Dei used to fight over trivial issues. The parents of Sukh Dei, who live in their vicinity, also ruled out any possibility of foul play behind their daughter’s death.

A mother of a son and a daughter, Sukh Dei was married to Rajpal about eight years ago.

The police handed over the body to the family after the post-mortem examination. It initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.


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