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Police rule out suicide in missing advocate case
Kiran Deep
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 28
The police here have become suspicious of the theory of suicide attributed to the disappearance of Mr Rajesh Gumber, an advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and resident of Chandigarh.

The police are yet to recover the body of the advocate, who was initially believed to have committed suicide near the Bhakra canal, though 23 days have passed since he went missing under mysterious circumstances.

They have begun investigating Mr Gumber’s disappearance from other angles. Evidences gathered by the police so far rule out the possibility of kidnap and murder. The police are investigating the probability of the advocate hiding somewhere to escape the consequences of something he had done in the past.

While questioning a person from Ludhiana, who was close to the advocate, the police learnt that he was involved in export of spare parts to foreign countries and had many business associates. They also found that Mr Gumber had recently gone abroad in connection with his business. 

Initially, the police believed that he had committed suicide as his mobile phone, wallet and credit card were found in his car (CH-03Q-0473) at Ahmadpur near the Bhakra canal on June 5. Later, on June 7, a suicide note was recovered from his residence in Sector 39A, Chandigarh. From the records of his mobile cell, it transpired that he was in Ropar on the day he went missing.

However, the police became suspicious as the body could not be recovered. If he had jumped into the canal, as believed, the body would have surfaced in less than a week and the police could have recovered it. This led the police to investigate the case from other angles.

Criminologists believe that people do not plan suicides much in advance. In this case, the advocate had written the suicide note a few days before the alleged suicide took place. Usually, people who commit suicide leave their suicide notes on the spot and not anywhere else.

The advocate’s father, who met the police officers recently, is also of the view that his son had not committed suicide. He suspects foul play behind his disappearance.

During the investigation of the case, it also surfaced that the advocate had recently handled a case under the NDPS Act. He had charged Rs 4 lakh as fees in this case. Later, he had to return the amount to the party concerned, the police said.

When contacted, the DSP, Mr Didar Singh, who has been handling the case said that they were not ruling out the possibility of the advocate escaping from the spot for some reason. He claimed that they have recovered some material, which would throw light into Mr Gumber’s past and help solve the case.



‘Buggis’, shikaras to lure tourists
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The city beautiful will soon have horse carts (buggis) and shikaras. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of Board of Directors of CITCO held under the Chairmanship of Home Secretary-cum-Chairman, CITCO, Mr Krishna Mohan here today.

CITCO has also decided to further beautify the Sukhna Lake with addition of new tourist attractions. Horse carts will operate between Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake, the two popular tourist spots of the city.

"Horse cart ride is very popular among tourists and the decision will enhance the image of the city as a centre of tourist attraction. Initially, five horse carts will be purchased", an official press release said.

Shikaras are being introduced to promote Sukhna Lake as a major water tourist resort in Chandigarh. Shikaras are quite popular and considered a major attraction at Dal Lake in Srinagar. CITCO has already received two bids for the Shikaras.

CITCO has also decided to take over the operations of the new block of UT Guest House and manage it in a professional manner by providing quality services to the guests.

Interiors and eminence of the rooms of Hotel Mountview will be given special attention under a new development project. An amount of Rs 52 lakhs will be spent on executing work of interior decoration.

A high power committee under the chairmanship of the Managing Director, Mr J.S. Bir, has been constituted to examine all technical aspects of the projects/schemes after following the prescribed procedure in a transparent manner.

The reconstituted high powered committee, as already approved by the Chandigarh Administration, will have Chief Engineer and Chief Architect as members.

Mr J.S. Bir and Director of the Tourism Department, Mr Vivek Atray, and certain eminent non-official members were also present at the meeting.



City could have housed a cellular jail
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
If things went the way of the British Deputy Commissioner of Ambala in 1939, Chandigarh would have been the site for a jail and a reformatory, on the pattern of the Cellular Jail of Andamans or the 'Kalepani'. This and many more interesting facts will form part of the script of the 'Son Et Lumiere' or the Sound and Light Show being prepared by the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) in collaboration with the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).

A senior official of CITCO said the fact about the city being recommended as the site for jail did not find a mention in the script for the Sound and Light programme under scrutiny, however, this and certain more facts will be added on revision.

The area had big open space found fit to house a big jail because of absence of any major jail in the region except the one at Ambala "during those days". The proposal was turned down by the Centre. "The fact about the city's name being proposed for a prospective site for a massive jail was brought to our notice by a very senior librarian in the Central Library about 10 years back. We are searching for the original script in the library records to make an addition to the current script," a senior official said.

Experts are dabbling with certain more facts which are likely to be added to the script of the show. Three buildings in the Capitol Complex bear the stamp of Le Corbusier’s fascination with the Indian art forms. Cows, birds, snakes and other forms are sketched on the concrete of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Secretariat and the Legislative assembly. Mr Corbusier also sketched a fourth building in the Capitol Complex as the Governor’s Palace which never came up because of "paucity of funds".

In the Corbusier tapestry, it is figured that a reptile represents "the creeping and crawling, an event so frequent in nature and which bears different signification". A red wheel on a green plain represents" the work on land but also the force of commandment". The " 'Hand' held the key to personality of a human being" which is attempted on ground layout of the city. " The Government Museum and Art Gallery houses letters that Corbusier wrote to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru addressing him as "Jawahar". He makes repeated comments about the bureaucratic hurdles in his project implementation. In a unique style statement, all the manholes in the city had the map of the city etched on it. The manholes designs are now available as souvenirs.

Chandigarh will be the first city sporting modern architecture to feature in the coveted show of the ITDC which usually included the cities with strong historical background as its subject matter. The prestigious show is currently being run at the Red Fort, Delhi, Golcunda Fort, Hyderabad and in Andaman and Nicobar Islands only.

The script under consideration has Sukhna Lake represented in a male voice and Goddess Chandi (Chandigarh derives it name from the Goddess) is a female. "The copy under study is neat, however, it needs certain additions which can be incorporated", the official added.



Liquor kiosks flout ban, display hoardings
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Hoardings and advertisements of liquor brands adorn the outer walls as well as the roof of this make-shift kiosk in Sector 49, Chandigarh.
Hoardings and advertisements of liquor brands adorn the outer walls as well as the roof of this make-shift kiosk in Sector 49, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan.

Chandigarh, June 28
Even as the Union Government has been considering putting an end to surrogate advertisements of liquor and tobacco brands on the television channels, the powers-that-be in Chandigarh have turned a blind eye to huge hoardings put up by many liquor contractors on the sides of the make-shift liquor kiosks.

In fact, so brazen is the attempt to lure customers and advertise the liquor brands that nothing is left to chance. One of the make-shift kiosks in Sector 49 has been turned into a advertising hoarding, with huge hoardings and wall writings advertising seven liquor brands adorning the walls and top of the kiosk.

Sources connected with the trade told The Tribune that in most cases, licencees have actually been taking hefty amounts from the liquor companies to allow them to advertise their brands.

“In India, where even surrogate advertisement, showing mineral water or sports gear of the same name as popular liquor brands, is banned, it is surprising the licencees of these kiosks are getting away with so much advertising. The companies are actually luring youngsters to start drinking by advertising their brands. Somebody must put an end to this,” says Mr Mohan Jain, leading city-based advocate, who practices in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The excise policy announced by the UT Administration as well as the conditions governing the grant and operation of wholesale and retail licences of country and Indian-made foreign liquor clearly say that sign boards put up on liquor shops would be according to specifications prescribed by the Estate Office and the Excise and Taxation Commissioner. It is also written that the vendor would at no time advertise sale of liquor.

Incidentally, while the violation is visible at almost all kiosks, it is most glaring at the make-shift kiosks, many of which are located outside the grid, where the writ of the Estate Office does not run.

When contacted, Mr I.S. Sandhu, Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Chandigarh, said he would get the matter inquired and take proper action.



Liquor in city being sold below MRP
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Customer is the king in the city's new liquor scene. Certain liquor contractors have lowered the prices of different brands of whisky, thanks to the new liquor policy.

To woo customers, liquor contractors are offering the popular brands of whisky at prices less than the minimum retail prices (MRP) fixed by the UT Excise and Taxation Department. Sources in the liquor trade reveal, that the introduction of the new system of licensing, the licence are ready to lower their profit margins. The price war is more visible in the areas where more than one liquor shop is located with in a short distance.

If a customer opted to buy a case of 12 bottles, the discount could up to 30 per cent. "Even the department does not object to trend of retailers charging for ten bottles in case of 12 bottles", said a contractor.

A liquor shop in Sector 51 was selling a bottle of Royal Stag at Rs 160, against the MRP of Rs 180 per bottle. Other popular brands like Red Knight and McDowell No.1 were available at anything between Rs 150 per bottle and Rs 160. A case of the above mentioned brands was being sold for anything between Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,700.

Though the department has been tough against such practises, the contractors resort to such tactics to earn quick profit. The Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mr R.K. Rao, said in the past licence of some shops had been suspended for a day for selling liquor below the minimum prices fixed in the new liquor policy. The department regularly conducted checks to check the trend, he said.

Sources in the liquor trade revealed that the Excise Department had allowed a margin of about 40 per cent to retailers. But due to a number of new entrants, the profit margin was being lowered to boost sales. It could also result in a liquor contractors lifting stocks from another and still making profit, said a contractor.

"Customers can now choose from a wide range of liquor brands at competitive rates. Due to the monopoly of the liquor cartel last financial year, customers were forced to chose between a few brands at exorbitant rates", said Mr Naresh Verma, who was buying liquor from the vend in Sector 52.Another reason was that since their no fixed quota for IMFL, the UT excise policy was export oriented, at the cost of the neighbouring states.



MoUs big step towards future: CM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Forging alliances, nationally and internationally, is a big step towards future in the current socio economic scenario of the country. This was stated by Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, at an “MoU-signing ceremony” between the Business School of Fashion of Fashion Technology Park (FTP) and ESMOD International Fashion School, Paris, at Hotel Mountview here today.

The FTP signing up MoUs with the ESMOD International and other prominent organisations is a right step towards realisation of the vision of globalisation of the Indian fashion industry, he added.

Coinciding with the event, the upcoming FTP, Mohali, also organised its first meeting of the high powered advisory board. The stalwart of the textile industry from research organisations, retail sector, institutions, film and fashion industry deliberated upon the various issues of textile and fashion industry.

The main objectives of forming the board are to create an interactive platform to discuss and deliberate upon the state of the fashion industry, international and domestic, and to represent textile and fashion industry views and feedback to the concerned government departments and institutions on matters pertaining to latest trends in fashion and textiles.

Fashion Knowledge Forum (FKF) 2006 — International Conference-cum-Exposition will be organised from November 6 to 8 in Chandigarh, said Mr J.S. Kochar, CEO of the Fashion Technology Park.

The Business School of Fashion, which is the nucleus of the FTP, has inked MoUs with ESMOD International, France; Munch Design Workshop, Bangalore; BODHI Textile Design Studio and Workshop, Vadodra, and The Textile Manufacturers’ Association, Amritsar

Mr Pravesh Sippy said: “The FTP will get all synergies and possibilities from Bollywood for making it one-stop shop for all kinds of fashion related requirements”. Ms Shweta Nair, Miss India Earth 2003 and Fashion Icon for the park, also spoke.

Interacting with the media, Mr Pikender Pal Singh, CEO, Business School of Fashion, said: “The project has the potential of engineering a low-cost economic revolution in India and abroad, complementing the entrepreneurial skill of the region”.



Sikh scholar invited to USA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Dr Harnam Singh Shan, Professor Emeritus and a former Chairman, Guru Nanak Chair, Panjab University, has been invited by San Jose State University, California, USA, to participate in an International Conference on Guru Arjan Dev's life and martyrdom commencing there from July 29.

He will present his paper on "Concept and Tradition of Martyrdom in the context of Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev".

Dr Shan is a renowned scholar of Punjabi, Sufi and Sikh studies and is an author of 85 books and monographs, besides about 250 research papers and articles.



Kumhar Colony residents block traffic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Irritated at the discontinuatuion of power supply to their tenements, inhabitants of Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, today blocked the road leading to the Panjab University from Sector 38 here. The jhuggi dwellers had not been paying their bills and were instead using kundi connections, said a senior official of the UT Electricity Department.

The blockade was lifted after about three hours when officials of the UT Electricity Department restored the supply on the condition that the jhuggi dwellers would apply for metered connections within two days. Failing this, the power supply would again be disconnected, said the Chief Engineering, Mr VK Bhardwaj.

Tension mounted when the inhabitants laid a siege to the road and started raising slogans against the Chandigarh Administration. A strong posse of police led by the DSP, North, Mr SS Randhawa, rushed to the spot to control the situation. Initially, the officials of the Electricity Department refused to restore the supply stating that the arrears in form of power consumption was running in to lakhs of rupee.

But after the matter was discussed among the Deputy Commissioner, the Senior Superintendent of Police and the Chief Engineer, the power supply was restored. Mr Bhardwaj said kundi connections in different colonies were a big nuisance for the department. “After two days’ deadline, the department would disconnect the power supply if it do not receive applications for the metered connections”.

On the issue of shifting the jhuggi dwellers from the site as the land had been allotted to a dental college to Panjab University, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr R.K. Rao, said already about 2800 jhuggi dwellers ( as per the 1996 cut-off list) had already been shifted. The Estate Office has given 15 days notice to the remaining 2,500 jhuggi dwellers to shift to another site. “There was provision for about 3,700 tenements at the alternative site. The remaining would be rehabilitated to some other site”.

The recently concluded bio matrix survey had indicated that a number of jhuggi dwellers had squatted at the site.



Workshop for disabled to form self-help groups

Chandigarh, June 28
The Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation Limited, a channelling agency for the scheme of NHFDC, organised a workshop for persons with disabilities for motivating disabled persons to form self-help groups for availing financial assistance in the form of loan for self employment.

This workshop was organised in collaboration with Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC), Sector 32, at the Auditorium of Government Medical College and Hospital , Sector 32. As many as 1000 disabled persons and their parents and guardians attended it.

Ms Amandeep Kaur, managing director, was the chief guest. The other prominent speakers were Dr B.S. Chavan, Joint Director, GIMRC, Mr Manjit Singh Gill, Additional Secretary, Social Security, Punjab, Mrs Boparai, non-official Director, Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation and Col (rtd) A.S. Bindra who shared their views on different topics relating to persons with disabilities.

Mr K.K. Sexena, AGM (NABARD) explained the concept of self-help groups in detail and its benefits.

Workshop on helping misplaced persons

The Punjab State Red Cross Branch organised a workshop on restoring family links of the misplaced persons at Hotel Parkview, here today. The aim of the workshop was to train the representatives of the District Red Cross branches and Punjab State Human Rights Commission in tracing the misplaced persons who have lost contacts with their families and pass on messages regarding their welfare through Red Cross.

The event was sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Indian Red Cross Society, New Delhi. Mr Nicolas Bachamann, Protection Administrator and Ms Carolin-Douillez, Protection Coordinator of the International Committee of the Red Cross, resource persons, spoke about the urgency to reunite them with their families by delivering Red Cross messages.

Dr I.S. Jaya Lakshmi, Advisor, Health and Tracing of the Indian Red Cross Society stated that their was need to expedite the tracing requests.

Dr V.K. Puri Secretary, State Red Cross stated that tracing cells would be established at all District Red Cross branches and the State Red Cross office at Chandigarh would be the Central Tracing Agency for the misplaced persons of Punjab in India or other countries of the world.

Mr Ramesh Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Red Cross, asked all representatives to expedite the tracing requests and replies to Red Cross messages received from the Ukraine Red Cross Society. General public may avail the tracing services of the Punjab Red Cross at phone No 0172-542180 , said Mr H.S. Baidwan, Publicity Officer of Punjab Red Cross. — TNS



BJP opposed to proposed garbage-disposal plant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Leaders of the local unit of the BJP have demanded immediate cancellation of the agreement signed by the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh with M/s Jay Parkash Associates to set up a garbage-disposal plant at Dadu Majra.

Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, president of the unit, Mr Kewal Krishan Addiwal and Bal Krishan Kapoor, both general secretaries, Ms Kamla Sharma, Leader of Opposition in the MCC, and Mr Rajesh Gupta, councillor, issued a joint statement in this regard here today.

The BJP leaders said the agreement executed by the Congress-ruled MCC with the said company was initially under cloud. The proposed garbage-disposal plant was not in the interest of the people of the city from health point of view.

With the commissioning of the plant, there was every possibility of the outbreak of epidemic diseases and the entire city would come in the grip of foul smell. Such garbage-disposal plants were always set up at a distance of 40-50 km from the city.

They said the Mayor and his team, who visited Germany recently, also inspected a garbage-disposal plant there, which had been set up at a distance of 40-50 km somewhere in the hills.

The leaders have demanded the plant be set up at a distance of 40-50 km from the city in an area adjacent to Punjab by purchasing land.

They have also demanded that the agreement for setting up the plant be got investigated by the CBI as it had been executed by setting aside all the rules and regulations.



48 Squadron to get President’s Standard
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
As recognition of distinguished services rendered by it, the Air Force's No 48 Squadron, a transport outfit based at Chandigarh, is being awarded the President's Standard.

The Standard will be presented to the squadron by the President at a special ceremony to be organised at the Chandigarh Air Force Station later this year. Standards or Colours are cherished awards presented to units of the armed forces for professional excellence.

Besides maintaining the vital air bridge to the strategic northern sector and airdropping supplies over Siachen, the world's highest battlefield, the squadron has rendered yeoman's service during natural calamities in the past few years.

The squadron has a chequered history. Raised of the venerable Dakota aircraft at Barrackpore in November, 1959 with Sqdn Ldr Chandan Singh as its first commanding officer, it was re-equipped with US-built Packet aircraft in 1961. It moved to Kalaikunda, near Kharagpur, during the 1965 Indo-Pak war, in support of fighter squadrons, often operating from unprepared airstrips.

In July 1968, the squadron moved to Allahabad, but continued to maintain a detachment near Silchar during the Mizoram operations. It also took part in the famous Tangail para-drop during the Bangladesh Campaign. Re-equipped with the AN-32, the squadron was moved to Chandigarh in 1986.

Popularly called "Camels", the squadron has since then been engaged in air maintenance of the country's northern, mountain-bound regions, ferrying troops and supplies to guard the frontiers as well as maintaining a vital air bridge, when the road link to Ladakh remains cut off in winters.



Three buffaloes electrocuted
Tribune News Service

Bodies of three buffaloes, which were electrocuted in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
Bodies of three buffaloes, which were electrocuted in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, June 28
Three buffaloes were found dead in open area in Sector 43, here this morning. The police said the animals, belonging to a Kejheri resident, were electrocuted during the night after coming in contact with live wires, lying on the ground.

Both the electricity department and the owner of the buffalos were levelling allegations on each other.

Sources in the Sector 36 police station said, Mr Shiv Rattan Khan, owner of the buffaloes, in his complaint alleged that his buffaloes died due to negligence on part of the electricity department as they had not carried out repair work after a complaint was lodged with them about the wires lying on the ground. But no action had been taken on the complaint.

On the other hand, officials of the electricity department maintained that the repair was done on Tuesday after the complaint was lodged. They claimed that the wires might have fallen on the ground after the buffaloes, while fighting each other, pushed the pole as a result of which the wire snapped and fell on them.

The officials also alleged that the owner should be booked for the offence as he was rearing the animals in violation of the law. 



My client is in the clear, says counsel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Reacting to the news-item, “Delhi Police probes role of local manpower firm” in the fake visa racket carried in these columns on June 14, the counsel of Mr Bhupinder Singh, proprietor, B.S. Enterprises, Sector 42, Chandigarh, has clarified that his client has never indulged in any nefarious activities.

In a communication to The Tribune, the counsel asserted that the news-item “categorically and specifically raised a finger” at the company’s role “without verifying the facts and figures.” He added that his client was not involved in the issuance of air tickets from a Sector 34-based travel agency.

Moreover, the firm’s name was connected with the “drivers’ recruitment scam” allegedly involving a Delhi-based agency, even though Mr Bhupinder Singh or his company had no hand in it. The counsel claimed that his client’s reputation has suffered a great deal in the eyes of friends, relatives, colleagues and even the general public following the publication of the news-item.

He added that his client’s firm was dealing with recruitment of Indian workers for deployment with foreign employers under a valid licence issued by the Union Ministry of Labour and had neither duped, nor induced anyone to pay more than the legally charged fee. He was carrying out the entire exercise in accordance with the norms and instructions issued by the Union Government.



Radio jockey training from July 1

Chandigarh, June 28
The Take-One Academy of Broadcasting will start a fast-track radio jockey training programme from July 1. Located at Radio Buzz Studios, this will be a 20-day course where admission would be based on auditions. The registration has started there is no age limit.

Those selected would be trained and the best would be given a chance on Radio Buzz's show “Take One Sip of Chandigarh” on AIR FM, Chandigarh. Everyone will get a chance to be on-air and would receive a certificate.

The course shall cover all aspects of training that is required to make a mark in the radio industry. The faculty would include Hardeep S. Chandpuri, Neha Sabherwal, Anju Grewal, Yogeet Brar and Zaki Hashmi.

Presentation skills, body language, pronunciation, diction, music genres, formats, hour clock and phonetics would be covered.

“There are more than 330 private radio stations coming up in the next year and this is our attempt to make the students ready to take up the challenge and that too in the minimum possible time,” says Hardeep Chandpuri of Radio Buzz. The TAB is the only academy to give such an opportunity to the students. — TNS



Panchkula MC awards contracts
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 28
The local Municipal Council has awarded a contract for catching stray cattle to M/s Narinder of Sector-26, Chandigarh.

Similarly contracts for sanitation have been awarded to two parties. M/s Terrier Utility Services Pvt. Ltd., Chandigarh, has been assigned contract for sanitation in Zone I for Rs 6.35 lakh while M/s Prehari Securities, Kapurthala, have been awarded sanitation contract for zone II for Rs 6.97 lakh.

According to Panchkula Municipal Council chief Manveer Kaur Gill, seven contractors had applied for the sanitation contract and three for the stray cattle catching contract.



Ex-councillor missing
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 28
A former municipal councillor has been reported missing. The councillor from Phase XI, Paramjit Kaur, has been missing from her house since June 20.

Her husband Harpal Singh has reported to the police that Paramjit Kaur left home on June 20 to buy medicines at the nearby chemist shop and has not returned home since.

Paramjit was actively associated with the various 1984 riot victim associations in Mohali and Ropar. She had shifted along with her family from New Delhi to Mohali following the 1984 riots.



Temporary sheds demolished
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Enforcement staff of the Estate Office today demolished about 17 temporary structures adjoining Colony No.5 here this morning. The structures had come up in the area near the Sector 50 flats.

An official of the enforcement staff said the structures had come up after a recent fire in the area.



Loader dies in freak accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
A 50-year-old resident of Colony No. 4 was sandwiched to death between two trucks in Phase I, Industrial Area, here this afternoon. The victim was loading goods from one truck to another, when one of the trucks moved as its brakes were not properly applied leading to the victim’s death.

Sources in the Industrial Area police station said Ram Lal was loading packets of detergent powder from a truck into a Swaraj Mazda. The incident took place at noon, when the Swaraj Mazda, which was not parked properly and its hand brake not applied properly, moved backwards towards another parked truck and in the process sandwiched Ram Lal, killing him.

He was rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. He was declared brought dead. The police said the driver of the Swaraj Mazda, Ashok Kumar, of Pipliwala Town, Mani Majra, was arrested on a charge of causing death due to negligence.

Attempt to suicide

The local police booked 45-year-old Chunni Lal of Naya Gaon on the allegation of attempting to end his life by jumping into the Sukhna Lake late last night.

Alert cops on duty rushed to his help and pulled him out of the waters and gave him first-aid. He was taken to the Sector 16 General Hospital. A case under Section 309 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 3 police station.

Motor cycle stolen

Mohammad Arsheed of Sector 56 has reported to the police that his Hero Honda motor cycle (CH-03-M-4932) was stolen from Sector 22 on Tuesday. A case of theft has been registered in the Sector 17 police station.



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Cops get mobile over thefts
Get act together, SSP asks staff
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Less than 24 hours after inaction on the part of the Chandigarh Police in tracing stolen mobile phones was highlighted in these columns, alarm bells have started ringing.

The local police today issued a series of instructions to Deputy Superintendents of Police and Station House Officers asking them to maintain a special register for keeping the record of investigations, besides other things.

Non-gazetted officers have also been asked to look into matters regarding missing mobile phones in which daily diary reports have been registered.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gaurav Yadav said, “I have directed all SHOs today that the investigations of all missing mobile phones in which DDRs have been lodged should be handed over to NGOs. These, in turn, will forward information to nodal officers of mobile companies and get feedback from them personally. After completing the investigations, the NGOs will submit their final report to the authorities.”

Taking a serious note of incidents of “lackadaisical attitude” of police officers in investigating cases of theft, snatching and robbery of mobile phones, the SSP said all SHOs and DSPs had been instructed to maintain a special register having complete details of the case and its current status. He added that the SHOs would jointly act with the nodal officer of the telecommunication company and monitor the investigations.

The SSP said in case of any incident of loss, theft or snatching of a mobile phone, a special report, including all possible details of the case, should be sent to the DSP (Crime) immediately. In case of recovery of the mobile phone, the same officer should be informed about it. Besides, the SHOs should monitor the status of the mobile phone from the companies regularly on a weekly basis.

About the cases mentioned in the report, the SSP said, “I have asked the officers to look into the cases and properly investigate them.”



Child’s death: house owner held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The local police today arrested a Burail resident on allegations of causing death due to negligence after an eight-year-old child was crushed under the parapets of his house, which collapsed during construction work on June 23, leaving the child severely injured. The child succumbed to his injuries at the PGI on last night.

Sources in the police said Major Singh, the accused, was carrying out construction work of parapets on the fourth floor of his house. Despite the fact that his neighbours had warned him not to raise the parapets, he did not pay heed and continued with the work.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the victim’s uncle, Mr Vijay Kumar, a resident of Burail and vegetable vendor, said, “The accident took place in the afternoon of June 23. As it was raining that day, I did not go out for work and was waiting at home for the rain to stop. I, along with Nitin, my wife and our two-year-old son, were sitting in our one-room accommodation when all of a sudden followed by a deafening din, our tin roof crumbled upon us. We were trapped under the debris and our neighbours rescued us.”

In his complaint to the police, he alleged that his roof crumbled after the parapet suddenly fell on it. He alleged that he had asked Major Singh, his neighbour, to stop raising a single brick parapet on the fourth floor of the building as the structure was too weak to sustain its weight, but he refused to budge.

On that day also, Vijay had reportedly warned Major Singh after some pebbles fell on his roof and soon after it the mishap took place. Nitin had sustained serious head injuries in the accident and Vijay’s leg was broken. His wife and son also got injured in the mishap. Nitin was referred to the PGI after his condition deteriorated, where he succumbed to his injuries on last night, said a police officer in the Sector 34 police station.

An inconsolable Vijay said, “I brought Nitin to the city after his father, who was my brother, died of cancer about five months ago. Nitin is survived by his mother and four elder sisters. My sister-in-law sent him with me foreseeing a better future for her son, but everything is ruined now.”

Meanwhile, the police today arrested Major Singh after booking him in a case under Sections 337 and 304-A of the IPC. He was later released on bail.



2 attacked by group
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 28
Two men were seriously injured when they were allegedly attacked by a group of five men. The incident took place at the Punjabi University Extension Library in Phase VII where the two were sitting outside on the lawns. One of the victims, Pradeep Rana, told the police that he, along with his friend, were accosted by a group of five men, whom they did not know, at the library. After a brief argument, the five went away only to come back later armed with rods. They started raining rods and blows at the two, injuring them seriously. The two were rushed to the Phase VI Civil Hospital where they have been admitted.

Scooter thieves held: The Mohali police yesterday arrested two scooter thieves at Kurali. According to the police, ASI Jagir Singh on naka duty got secret information that Rajiv Sood, a resident of Kurali, and Darshan Singh of Mundo Mastana village were travelling on a stolen scooter. The two were arrested and two stolen scooters were recovered from them. A case has been registered against the two.



Relief for industrial shed owners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The Board of Directors of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) today decided to recommend to the Chandigarh Administration to transfer the lease hold rights to the allottee of sheds.

The recommendation comes in a big relief to mote than 500 industrial shed owners who had not been given the lease rights despite the provisions in the original lease deeds. The lease papers were currently lying with CITCO and now will move to the Estate Office to make the transfer easier. It was decided in a meeting held today under the chairmanship of Home Secretary, Mr Krishna Mohan.

Mr Raminder Singh Kapany, vice president of the Chandigarh CITCO Shed Owners Association, thanked the corporation.

In case approved by the administration, the long-standing demand of the shed allottees will be fulfilled at the administration’s level and normal rules as applicable for the transfer of lease hold rights will be implemented.

In another major decision, the board decided to re-designate certain categories of operational staff of hotels and other units, which is applicable to the core strength of the human resources of CITCO related to housemen, waiters, cooks and room attendants.

Re-designation of these employees will be applicable to the employees who have completed 16 years of service on the same post and have been placed in the higher pay scale under the Assured Career Progression Scheme but have not been promoted.



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