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UT issued notice on merger of villages with MC
Work for wards’ delimitation to continue?
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The Chandigarh Administration, the Administrator, the Secretary, Local Government, and the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, have been issued a notice of motion and notice regarding the stay in two writ petitions filed by villagers, panches and sarpanches of Maloya, Dadu Majra and Hallomajra questioning the merger of the villages with the Municipal Corporation. The notice has been issued for October 12.

The petition, heard by a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice Jasbir Singh and Mr Justice Pritam Pal, pleaded that the merger should not be allowed as the mandatory requirement of consultation and views to be expressed by MC mandatory in law have not been followed, In case rules were followed, then the copy has not been supplied despite a request for the same. The petitioners further held that the area which is being merged is not an urban area, which, u/s 2 sub section 60 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act as applicable to Chandigarh, is required to be declared as an urban area.

It has been stated in the writ petitions that the notification—dated September 19 —with regard to merger of five villages in the area of the Municipal Corporation is illegal and void. It has been alleged that the rural area having a gram panchayat has to be first declared as an urban area under the Municipal Corporation Act, which has not been done. In the present case even the notification has been issued with a predetermined mind and the objections have been invited just as a formality because the Administrator had already declared the merger of the villages on August 15, 2006, and the draft notification has been issued on August 17, 2006.

In addition to this, the petitioners have alleged that there is no consultation between the Administrator and the corporation, which is mandatory, and the copy of the same along with the views of the corporation have not been supplied. In the objections filed by the petitioners, they have broadly alleged that 2/3rd area of the village is agricultural area and they are keeping the animals for their livelihood. In addition to this, they have alleged that on account of the election of the corporation in December, 2006, the respondents have hurriedly issued the notification without application of mind. It has also been alleged that even the copy of the reply of the objections as well as the opportunity of hearing has not been granted.

Sources in the UT, however, stated that the work for delimitation of the wards would not be affected by today’s notice. According to sources, the work was in progress for the fresh de-limitation of the MC wards after the notification of the inclusion of the five villages of Hallo Majra, Maloya, Palsora, Kajehri and Dadu Majra in the MC last week. The number of wards is expected to be increased to 26 from the current 20. The increase in wards would also mean that there will be a reshuffling in the wards reservation of women and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes candidates. The number of voters, too, would increase from the current about 5 lakh to about 8 lakh. The MC elections are proposed to be held in the first week of December.



Five-year-old raped in Sec 41
Chitleen K. Sethi and Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Is it safe to allow your girl child to go alone to a late night religious congregation in your immediate neighbourhood? If the shocking developments which unfolded in Sector 41 this evening are any indication, it is perhaps not safe to allow her go unescorted.

A five-and-half-year-old girl was brought to the Sector 16 General Hospital late tonight in a semi-unconscious state after she had been allegedly subjected to sexual abuse yards away from the congregation, which she had gone alone to witness.

In the absence of her father, who has gone abroad, she has no one else in the family except for mother. The only child of her parents, the victim was reportedly whisked away by a miscreant, wearing a red shirt and sporting spectacles, who left her with a trauma that would haunt her all her life. She was not only physically abused, but was left crying and in a state of shock after culprit had reportedly satiated his carnal lust.

The congregation on the road separating Sectors 40 and 41 went on undisturbed, while the victim was undergoing a harrowing time. The incident came to light when her mother went looking for her. To her great shock, she saw her being escorted by some unknown children as she was crying bitterly in pain. Her mother who took her home found the girl bleeding profusely. When the victim narrated her tale of woe, her mother immediately shifted her to the hospital. The doctors examined the victim and her medical reports were awaited.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under Sections 376 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code.



PM’s visit may inconvenience road users
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Police officials from three districts are being mobilised for the security arrangements being put in place for the forthcoming visit of the Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to the township.

While the road separating Sectors 9 and Phase 10 that leads to Mohali from Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh will be blocked for traffic for a few hours before the slated visit, over a 1,000 policemen will be deployed along the route and at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) where the Prime Minister will stay for an hour.

The Prime Minister would be at the institute at 6pm on September 27 to lay the foundation stone of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.

The SP traffic Mohali, Mr Rajbachan Singh Sandhu who is in charge of the security arrangements being made for the visit said traffic diversions are being planned for this road and the public would be briefed about these through the press tomorrow.

While the responsibility of the security arrangements within the NIPER campus is being shouldered by Mohali police the Fatehgarh Sahib police would be responsible for the security along the entire road route that the Prime Minister would follow across the state on September 27. 



ICC tickets’ sale starts
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 25
The sale of tickets for the inaugural match of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, 2006, to be played between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on October 7 at PCA Stadium, Mohali, started today.

According to information, the tickets will be available at the sale counters of PCA Stadium, Mohali, and at the HDFC Bank branches at Phase- VII, Mohali, Sectors 37 and 46, Chandigarh and Sector 8, Panchkula.

The sale of tickets will start at 10 am and close at 4 pm. It is for the first time that for convenience of public, chair seats have been installed in the General Block.

“Student block tickets will be allotted to the institutions in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. The District Administration of Mohali and the Chandigarh Administration have been requested to send the demand on the basis of recommendations of the DEO, Mohali, and the DPI, Schools and Colleges, Chandigarh”, said Mr Pandove, Honorary Secretary, PCA.

The tickets, except those of the General Block and the Student Block, are also available on BCCI’s Website www.bcci.tv and PCA’s Website www.cricketpunjab.com.



Controller of Explosives held taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today caught the Controller of Explosives, Dr A.K. Yadav, red-handed allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 4500 from Mr Kamal Anand of Baddi.

CBI sleuths also arrested a lower division clerk in his office Afzal Karim for negotiating and fixing the bribe.

Mr Kamal, a draftsman in the company, had lodged a complaint with the CBI today alleging that officials at the Explosives Department had demanded a bribe of Rs 5000 from him to grant permission to store explosive material. He had sought permission to store furnish oil on behalf of his company. The accused initially demanded Rs 5000 from him but later, the deal was struck at Rs 4500. Acting on the complaint, CBI sleuths laid a trap in the Sector 22 office of the department and nabbed the accused. Search operations were being conducted at their residential and official premises.

Afzal Karim told investigators that he had taken the money on behalf of Dr Yadav. 



Man ends life

Chandigarh, September 25
Stung by domestic disputes, a 40-year-old labourer hanged himself to death from a ceiling fan hook at his house in Sector 29 here this afternoon.
Sources in the Industrial Area police station said Shivaji Rao, a labourer at the Cable Ordinance Factory, sent his 16-year-old son on the pretext of fetching his younger brother from school. He then hanged himself to death. — TNS



Watch out

Sanam Singh
Sanam Singh

Even after falling at the last hurdle, 18-year-old Sanam Singh will play in the $ 3,80,000 Kingfisher Airlines Open Tennis Tournament starting at Cricket Club of India in Mumbai on Monday.

Sanam, who has paired with Mumbai’s Karan Rastogi, will take on Igor Kunitsyn of Russia and Rik Devoest of South Africa in the doubles event.

Though Sanam, seeded sixth in the qualifiers, lost to Japan’s Gouichi Motomura 6-7, 2-6 in the singles event, he got a wild card entry in the men’s doubles event of the tournament. Sanam is currently ranked 772nd in the world.

Some of the top players of the world are competing in the tournament in which another city boy, Parveen Kumar, a White Badge holder, is officiating as a chair umpire.



Passing Through

Manpreet Singh Chadha
Manpreet Singh Chadha, Director, Chadha Group

How is your housing project in Sector 85, Mohali, different from others?

We are developing the project on the pattern of a sports village. It will have international-standard sports facilities, including a cricket field, a shooting range, an Olympic-size swimming pool and gymnasium, for the residents.

What is the aim of developing such a project?

We aim to provide a lifestyle comparable to the best in the world for residents, particularly children.

Why are the plots and apartments in your project priced higher than others?

The connectivity and infrastructure are among the best in the region. This coupled with the quality of construction and completion of the project in about three years, should set us apart from the other real estate players.

What are the latest plans of your group?

The Rs 2,500-crore group is on the threshold of launching India’s single-largest self-sustaining, self-integrated township near the National Capital Region on the National Highway 24.

Pradeep Sharma



Chandigarh Calling

Good morning to you at Sukhna: If you are a regular morning walker at Sukhna Lake, you could not have missed him. He is a tall, fair and middle-aged man taking a brisk walk from one end to the other without fail. There are so many of them, you would say. But this person’s USP is he is the only man who wishes each single passer by with a jolly good morning— known or unknown. If you are amazed at how he manages to keep up the niceties even during his stroll, then there is more to come. If you wish him back, he will even bless you. Now if you are thinking how come a fellow human being can bless another, then do not make your thoughts transparent. That will only make him cut you off from his wishes. So wish him back and walk ahead. Whoever maybe the blessing authority, your good day is ensured.

Bapu rocks: With the roaring success of ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, Gandhi is making waves among the young on the campus. While on a morning walk, a housewife couldn’t help laughing when she heard a group discussing the movie. The comments ranged from “What a cool guy…fundoo dude” to “Groovy Gandhi” and “Ekdum mast, kya banda tha yaar.” The housewife — of the Hum laye hain toofan se kishti nikal ke generation — was thrilled that the youngsters were enamoured enough to talk of Bapu while on their morning walk. Gandhigiri might wax or wane but the director sure has managed to relocate the Mahatma from musty, rarely read tomes and ritualistic lip service on October 2 straight into the hearts of the young. There one hopes he will survive. Bapu sure rocks and how!

Spell check: Our very own member parliament ‘Preneet Kaur’ or shall we say ‘Parneet Kaur’ has a sweet little problem when it comes to her name. In a meeting with her in the midst of election campaigning for the assembly elections she had made the soft request that her name be written as ‘Preneet’ and not ‘Parneet’ as it is commonly spelt” and she was suggested to make it clear every time her name goes to print. Well with the Congress government coming into power in the state that problem of hers was taken care of. But in the last year of the government the state’s own PWD ministry seems to have forgotten this and her name is appearing once again as ‘Parneet Kaur’ with the prefix of Maharani in the invitation advertised for the inauguration of a bridge on the Mubarakpur-Ramgarh Road. Take note ma’am!

Tree tale: Trees may be our best antiques but a tree planted right out on the road. The road turning inside Sector 49 has such a sight to welcoming you. It’s a lush green tree standing tall a good two feet inside the by-lane. How come the tree was not chopped off before building the road is the first question that comes to your mind when you see it? Well! On second thoughts…. if only the infrastructure of our cities could develop in such a way that our roads and buildings could bend around ecology.

Slippery road: The other day, a newly metalled path laid near the temple in Industrial Area, Phase II, near the Tribune chowk was slippery due to the improper laying of “bajri”. Due to darkness, a number of scooterists slipped on it. Three motorists, who were also injured there, joined hands and started warning other motorists to go slow on the stretch. In this way, they saved a number of persons from a certain mishap. The road wing of the Administration should put up signboards at such places so that the road users could be cautioned about the lurking dangers ahead.

Pet names: There is no dearth of pet lovers in the city. Overhead a smart lady chatting up a young man in the Browser café: “You know in our friends’ circle we are known by the names of our pets.” All ears alert for one had known the old ‘desi’ of being addressed by the children’s names like ‘Munnoo ke abba’ or ‘Upasna ki amma’ but this here was something new. The lady went onto elaborate, “Like I am known as Ginger after my doggie and my friends are called Tommy or Dusky.” So be careful of what you name your pet for that would be what you will be called if this trend catches up.

Contributors: Aruti Nayar, Vishal Gulati, Parbina Rashid, Anuradha Shukla & Vishal Gulati



Going overboard to please Hooda
Transport Department impounds school buses for function
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
City schools had a rude shock this morning as the staff of the District Transport Officer began waving down school buses on their regular round to pick up children. Some drivers had to surrender papers and report back in the afternoon while others were asked to park the buses at the local bus stand.

No, it was not a regular challaning drive in progress for non-adherence of rules, but a bid to take charge of the buses, line them up at the bus stand and use them in the evening to ferry public and gather crowds from different corners of the district for a function to celebrate Agrasen Jayanti, slated for today, in Sector 16.

The Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Minister of State of Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, the Poverty Alleviation Minister, Ms Seilja, were to participate in the programme and all efforts were being made to make it an impressive show.

Meanwhile, agitated at the way the buses were pulled off the road, school heads and representatives of various schools gathered at the bus stand in protest against the high-handedness of the authorities in taking charge of the buses.

“We had no prior information about the Chief Minister’s programme in the city. We were told only this morning that the buses were needed and we were willing to oblige. Where was the need to take away the registration cards of buses and build pressure on us. We are willing to cooperate and have done so in the past by lending our buses to ferry public to rallies but if the department thinks it can arm-twist us into doing something, it is just not done,” a Principal said.

Another one-added that the arrival of the children to the school had been delayed on account of the mess created by the Transport Department. “We can’t come out in the open to express our resentment because we will have to bear the brunt and be on the officials’ hit list. So, like we have done in the past, we have no problems giving our vehicles for the evening. However, to think we will let school work suffer and lend them buses at the cost of putting our students to inconvenience is too much expectation,” a Principal explained, while adding that they were not being paid any remuneration for the use of buses.

The organisers of the function, the Aggrawal Vikas Trust spokesman, Mr Krishan Nanha, said they had paid money for using 15 buses and a deal to this effect had been struck with the bus operators union. “We needed the buses to bring in our members from all over the district.

We have no clue why the buses were stationed at the bus stand this morning,” he added. However the District Transport Officer,, Mr Sushil Kumar, refused to comment on the matter.



Cops’ capability to solve cases under scanner
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The capability of the Chandigarh police to investigate and solve cases has come under the scanner.
In two cases of charred bodies of a man and a woman found lying at secluded places in the city this year, the men-in-khaki have failed to achieve any breakthrough.

While the man had been strangulated to death and his body dumped in the jungle area in Sector 51 in August, the police was yet to ascertain the cause of death of the woman.

She was suspected to have been killed after being raped and her body had been found near the railway track in Mani Majra in June.

Sources in the police said investigations could not proceed further until the victims were identified.

Identification in such cases was the primary step to achieve any breakthrough as it helped in providing leads.

In both cases, the bodies had been charred beyond recognition and the police could not find anything from the spots which could help in establishing identities of the victims.

The sources said with highly developed crime investigation and detection techniques in advanced countries, investigating agencies were able to establish identities of victims.

But here, scientific methods of investigation were seldom adopted and in a substantial number of cases, the police did not believe in picking fingerprints.

In cases where scientific techniques were used, results were not very encouraging.

The sources said the police had managed to reconstruct the man’s face, but it had proved a bootless exercise so far.

The decomposed nude body of the woman was maggot infested and without left arm.

The Mauli Jagran police post in charge said the viscera and other reports were awaited from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory.

Officials there maintained that they were overloaded with work and it would take time to prepare reports.

The Sector 36 police station SHO maintained that investigations could not proceed till the victim was identified.



Protest by visually challenged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Members of the National Federation of the blind (Punjab Branch) today staged a protest in front of the office of the Social Security, Woman and Child Development, Sector 34, here this morning.

The protestors were demanding 1 per cent reservation of jobs. “The government has no mechanism,” stated Prof Rajesh Mohan, general secretary of the federation, Punjab branch. He demanded that the Social Welfare Department should be made the nodal agency.

He also alleged that the various institutes being run for the visually impaired in the Punjab were in deplorable conditions. “The government should look into the matter and should allocate proper staff for the same,” he stated.

The protestors alleged that the disability act was not being implemented fully by the government.

Later in the day, a meeting of the federation was held with the Secretary Social Security, Punjab. According to Prof Mohan, they were assured that a letter has been written to all departments to fill up their backlog regarding the vacancies of visual handicapped persons within 
15 days.

They were also assured that the issue of 1 per cent reservation would be put in the agenda of monthly meeting of all administrative secretaries. 



Fauji Beat
1965 war ended in Ichhogil stalemate

In May 1965, Pakistan had let loose its “Gibraltar Force” of trained guerrillas into the Kashmir valley. After the Indian Army had successfully thrown them out of the valley in August 1965, Pakistan launched its full-fledged attack (Operation Grand Slam) supported by tanks in the Chhamb sector on September 1. This was aimed at cutting off Jammu and Kashmir from the rest of India. When the situation in the Chhamb sector became precarious in the first week of September, India decided to open a new front by hurriedly moving its forces into the Lahore and Sialkot sectors. Units were moved from various locations and it was dark when they arrived in the Lahore sector.

Against all principles of warfare, the unit commanders were asked to go into attack without any daylight reconnaissance by them and their sub-unit commanders. The result was that most of the attacks failed and a number of unit commanders were removed from their commands and demoted. Some of the brigade commanders also met the same fate.

The handling of the situation by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) was so inept that even when a valiant infantry battalion (3 Jat) crossed the Ichhogil canal against all adds and captured the Dograi village across the obstacle, its success was not exploited because the basic principle of establishing a firm base across the obstacle was violated by the formation. Thus our advance got bogged down at the Ichhogil canal, resulting in a stalemate.

An ACR Army

Gone are the days when you would dig in your heels and say no to a wrong order. Today, it is your career that comes first. And for which, a majority of the officers would have no qualms in putting their conscience and integrity at stake. Apparently, this was the sole consideration that impelled four Brigade Commanders, nine Commanding Officers (COs) and some staff officers to become puppets in the hands of a Major-General who was siphoning off canteen liquor from his division to his hometown. They abetted in the crime with the hope that this would earn them good annual confidential reports (ACRs). This would have really happened had the Major-General not been caught.

Now think of the fate of 6 Mountain Division, which was being commanded by this Major-General. With the entire command set-up from the General Officer Commanding (GOC) down to the COs and some staff officers being involved in this disciplinary case, the division, no military mind can deny, has been rendered unfit for war. It will take quite some time and great effort to rejuvenate this formation.

The Army could not have done more than to award a deterrent punishment of cashiering and three years’ rigorous imprisonment to this Major-General. Even earlier, the Army has been awarding severe punishments in such cases. If despite this such black sheep continue to surface, the fault lies with our national character. As for the Army, the ACR system needs to rid the officers from the sharks like this Major-General who are growing in number by the day.

The youngest regiment

Raised in June 1963 by merging 7 and 14 J&K Militia, the Ladakh Scouts have cut a niche for themselves in the Indian Army due to their valour and excellence. In recognition of which, the Scouts were given the status of a regiment. The Ladakh Scouts Regiment is the youngest and one of the most decorated regiments of the Indian Army today.

The history of the regiment dates back to 1948 when the National Guards was raised with volunteers from Ladakh to save the honour of the country from the Pakistani intruders. The National Guards was later re-designated as 7 J&K Militia.

The Ladakh Scouts Regiment has acquitted itself credibly in all the wars that India has fought since 1948. In the 1999 Kargil war, the Ladakh Scouts had proved their invincibility. This was because the high altitude being their home, posed no acclimatisation problem to them.

The young regiment has an array of 10 Mahavir Chakras, 26 Vir Chakras, one Ashok Chakra, two Kirti Chakras and six Shaurya Chakras.

— Pritam Bhullar



National award for Local Level Committee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The Local Level Committee (LLC) of Chandigarh Administration has been awarded the national award for its outstanding work in the area of rehabilitation of mentally challenged children, the Home-cum-Secretary Social Welfare, Mr Krishna Mohan said today.

He said on the occasion of the sixth annual general body meeting of the National Trust of Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the award for the Best Local Level Committee was conferred by the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Mrs Meera Kumar, on the LLC.

The Joint Director, Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children-cum-Head of Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Prof B.S. Chavan, received the award on behalf of the administration.

Among the 499 LLCs from various districts of the state and Union Territories of India that competed for the award, the LLC of Chandigarh received it. Applications for the award were invited in June, 2006 and the last date for submission was July, 31.

Besides the Secretary Social Welfare, Mr Krishna Mohan, the other members of the LLC are the Reader, Department of Law, Panjab University, Mr Vijay Nagpal, and a representative of Parent Association of Mentally Challenged Children, Mr Balbir Singh.



Kerala Samajam elects committee
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 25
Members of the Malayalee Samajam here held their annual general body meeting yesterday. The meeting was followed by a cultural programme which was attended by a large number of Keralites.

This was the first event organised in the samajam’s own building in Phase 11 here. Among those who attended the cultural programme were representatives of other cultural organisations in and around Mohali.

A new managing committee under the presidentship of Mr Benny Thomas, an advocate in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was elected unanimously comprising Mr Ravindran Nair as vice-president, Mr T.G. Mathew as secretary, Mr M. Ramanathan as joint secretary and Mr M.K. Thankachan as treasurer.

During his presidential address, Mr Thomas reiterated the need for sustained efforts by all Keralites in and around Mohali towards the setting up of the prestigious Kerala Bhawan.

Mr Charles Samuel, Principal of the Mount Carmel School and winner of Indira Gandhi Sadbhawana Award for peace, while addressing the audience said such organisations should contribute more towards building a generation of young children with high morals, values and ethics.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr T. Chandramohan, CEO of Nagar Exports, congratulated the samajam on its new building.

The construction of the first phase of Kerala Bhawan building at Sector 65 is currently on, the foundation stone of which was laid by Mr T.K.A. Nair, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister in 2005.

In the first phase, the construction of a hall with balcony to seat approximately 500 people with a stage and green room in the basement is nearing completion.

The second phase of the construction with provisions for classrooms for conducting various classes on dance, music and other literary activities as well as library and conference hall would be taken up after finishing the first phase.



Rally against land acquisition tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 25
The Kisan Hit Bachao Committee is organising a ‘Chilla chalo rosh rally’, on September 27 at Chilla village to protest against the forcible acquisition of their land by the government.

The committee said that the Punjab Government was planning to acquire land for Sector 81 where the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research was to come up.

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will lay the foundation stone of the institute at NIPER on September 27 as the land in Sector 81 is under litigation.

Mr Tejinder Singh Jakhar, president of the committee, said that the protest rally was not being held against the visit of the Prime Minister but against the indifferent attitude of the Punjab Chief Minister towards the demand of the farmers.

Mr D.P. Singh Baidwan, convener, said that the Chief Minister should concede to the demand of the farmers and give a share in the developed commercial and residential plots falling in the Mohali area.

The demand made by farmers of Punjab under the land pooling scheme in connection with developed sectors has now become a demand of farmers of other states as well.

A share in the developed area will prevent farmers from being uprooted and being unemployed. He said the demand had been supported even by the Prime Minister and Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi.



Tribune journalist bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Manjit Singh, younger brother of Mr Amarjit Singh Thind, Senior Staff Correspondent of The Tribune posted at Ludhiana, died in London today morning after a brief illness. He was 36. An NRI, Manjit was working with the British postal service — Royal Mail. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and wife. A two-minute silence was observed by Mr Thind’s colleagues for the peace of the departed soul here today.



Mohali resident booked under Copyright Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The local police has booked a Mohali resident for violating the Copyright Act by allegedly making and selling replicas of artefacts. The accused was recently arrested by the local police on similar charges and was released on bail, the police said.

Sources in the Sector 3 police station said M.P.S. Chawla of Ravikirti Company, Phase II, Industrial Area, yesterday alleged that Inderpreet Singh Chhina of Eureka Exports, Phase IX, Mohali, had organised an exhibition in a hotel in Sector 10 in which he put the replicas of artefacts originally designed by his company on display.

Acting on the complaint, the police conducted a raid and seized four pieces of artefacts. However, Inderpreet reportedly managed to give the police a slip.

The police said Inderpreet was earlier arrested by the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh police in January this year on similar charges.

A case under Sections 63 and 65 of the Copyright Act has been registered in this connection.

In a separate incident, a laptop and other appliances were stolen from a Sector 8-based office.

The police said the owner of an advertisement agency, Rajesh Jain, of Sector 8 reported to the police that a laptop, a fax machine, a mobile phone and a computer were stolen from his office on Sunday night.

The theft came to light this morning when he found the articles missing from his office. He informed the police about the incident and it reached the spot along with forensic experts.

He told the police that he suspected the hand of someone from his office behind the theft.

The forensic experts took footprints from the office and were matching these with those of the employees.

No arrest has been made so far. A case has been registered in the Sector 3 police station.



Patiala man held for cheating Sector 46 resident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The local police has arrested a Patiala resident and booked his three associates in a case of cheating and forgery for duping a city resident of Rs 27 lakh. The police said the accused had taken the money as sale proceeds of a shop from Mr Darshan Singh of Sector 46, but later sold the same shop to another person by forging documents.

Giving details, sources in the Economic Offences Wing of the Chandigarh Police said Mr Darshan Singh alleged that he had given Rs 27 lakh to Gurdev Singh of Phase X, Mohali, Kamaljit Singh of Patiala, Sant Ram of Baltana and Surinder Singh of Ferozepore to purchase a shop at Burail village. However, he later came to know that the accused had resold the same shop to another person for Rs 33 lakh by forging documents.

Acting on the complaint, the police registered a case under various provisions of the IPC and arrested Kamaljit Singh of Patiala. The police said raids are being conducted at various places to arrest the other accused.

Motorcycle stolen: Mr Sandeep Chauhan of Sector 26 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (HR-03-E-6353) was stolen from Sector 34 market on Sunday. A case of theft has been registered.

Car stereo stolen: Mr Nitin Kumar Khaira of Sector 51 reported to the police that a music system was stolen from his car parked at his residence during the intervening night of September 22 and 23. A case of theft has been registered.



Students clash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Students’ politics took a violent turn in Sector 15 today when a group of at least 10 students of the local DAV College thrashed a student belonging to another student organisation. The victim was rushed to the Sector 16 General Hospital from where he was later discharged after first-aid, said the police. The police suspected the incident to be a fallout of a clash between the supporters of the ABVP and SOPU on September 23.

Giving details, sources in Sector 11 Police Station said the incident took place around 5 pm when a group of 10 boys travelling in two cars (PB-12-D-7900) and (PB-05-0433) thrashed one Nishan, alias Bansi, a student of BA-I of DAV College, Sector 10. He was taken to the hospital, and was later discharged. He sustained minor injuries.



Held for mobike theft
Our Correspondent

Karamjit Singh
Karamjit Singh

Mohali, September 25
The Mohali police has arrested one person in connection with the theft of a motor cycle. The vehicle was recovered from him.
According to the police, Karamjit Singh was arrested during a naka laid near Bawa White House in Phase XI here. A person coming on a motor cycle was stopped and later it was found that the vehicle being driven by Karamjit Singh was the stolen one. A case under Section 379 of the IPC was registered in this regard on September 21. 



House burgled
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 25
An amount of Rs 30,000 in cash, household items and jewellery worth about Rs 2.50 lakh were stolen from a house in Phase X here yesterday.
Ms Narinder Kaur and her husband Manjit Singh had gone to Chandigarh, where their daughter lived. They spent the night there and when they came back in the morning, they found their house ransacked. The thieves broke the metal grill to gain entry.



Case registered
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 25
The police has registered a case against the unidentified driver of the vehicle which killed three members of a family near Phase IX here last night.
The bodies of the deceased were cremated here today.



‘Ravana Vadh’ contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Telecommunication company Airtel today launched “Ravana Vadh” contest for its pre-paid and post-paid customers in Punjab.
At the launch, a Ramlila artiste dressed up as Ravana dared the guests to vanquish him. The Ravana laughed aloud till some employees came forward with daggers and killed him. Bharti Airtel Punjab Circle CEO (Mobility) Rajiv Jaitly then unveiled the new value added service for the customers.

The customer will have to call a number and answer some questions and become eligible to enter the lucky draw contest and win a mega prize of a silver idol or a daily prize of a silver coin. The contest will close on October 2.



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