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MC smells scam in ex-official’s largesse
Urges Home Secy to take action
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The Municipal Corporation has alleged that Mr W.C. Goyat, former additional commissioner of the MC, was involved in a Rs 27 lakh scam as he bestowed “illegal benefit” upon builders of a shop-cum-office (SCO) in Sector 9 here.

The MC authorities have written to the UT Home Secretary “informing him about the case for initiating departmental action against the errant official”.

Reliable sources said required information would be passed to the Chief Secretary of Haryana for necessary action. Haryana is the parent state of the “errant” official.

The case pertains to the SCO nos 143-144 in Sector 9-C. While taking up the case, Mr Goyat allegedly noted that the site had got the water-supply line on August 14, 2000.

This led to an order waiving off the outstanding amount of Rs 27,20,744 to the party which the official noting calls “illegal benefit”.

The official note mentioned : “Additional Commissioner Goyat has given undue benefits to allottee of SCO 142-143 in 9-C, while granting extension of time, on ground that water supply lines in the area were laid on August 14, 2000, whereas the same is not in consonance with available file.”

The files mentioned that the allottee had taken the connection on June 2, 1998, when the building plan was sanctioned.

There was also a note from the allottee saying the construction was at an advanced stage in 1999 which means a water connection existed, official sources said.

It has been pointed out that “before granting the benefit, Mr Goyat should have called for the necessary record from SE (Public Health) with regard to grant of water-supply connection. It clearly shows that Mr Goyat has passed the orders against the correct and true facts available on record in the file”.

Senior sources said: “The timely detection of the loose ends in the case saved the MC from big financial embarrassment because incase this case was allowed, at least 16 more allottees would have sought a similar benefit leading to a big loss to the MC exchequer.”

The matter now lies in court of Mr S.K.Sandhu, Chief Administrator, who is the Appellate Authority in this case.

Official sources said:“In the orders passed by Mr Goyat, he quoted a “questionable letter” as the reason behind his decision. The MC is also looking into authencity of the letter under question.

“It is strange that he did not bother to go through the papers of the case filed in the Supreme Court, which included a MC statement saying that the place under question had all the basic amenities.”

The official note said: “The act of misconduct by officer certainly calls for departmental action.”



HUDA rakes in moolah
Auction of commercial sites
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 29
The auction of 26 commercial sites, located in various sectors, by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) fetched it over Rs 54.33 crore here today.

Some of the sites in “popular” sectors went for over three times the reserve price in the auction that continued till late evening. The highest bid came for a corner SCO site with a basement in Sector 9, which went under the hammer for Rs 9.76 crore against a reserve price of 1.80 crore. The site was bagged by the IG International.

Of a total of 46 sites up for auction, the HUDA, however, managed to “sell” only half of the slated sites. The rest were either withdrawn for lack of bidders or on account of poor bidding though the auction proved to be successful, by and large.

However, the HUDA plans to have its next auction in December when many more commercial sites and school sites will be put on “sale”.

Close on the heels of the highest bid made for the site in Sector 9 were the showroom sites with basements in the Sector-11 market.

These went for over Rs 8.50 crore each against a reserve price of Rs 3.99 crore. The only SCO site with a basement in Sector 20, with a reserve price of Rs 3.95 crore, went for Rs 7.05 crores.

From among the booths, the highest bid came for a site without a basement in Sector 12. Against a reserve price of Rs 22 lakh, the booth site was auctioned for Rs 40.50 lakh, while two booth sites with basement in Sector 19 went for Rs 38.50 lakh and Rs 36 lakh, respectively, against a reserve price of Rs 18.35 lakh.

Before the beginning of the auction, bidders were asked to deposit a security amount equal to two percent of the reserve price of the property.

The Estate Officer, Mr S.P. Arora, also announced that bidders should deposit money separately for booths and SCOs.

“In case a bidder was successful, he would be allowed to deposit more money to facilitate participation in the auction of remaining property,” he said in his announcement before the process of bidding began. Successful bidders were asked to pay 10 per cent of the bid money at the fall of the hammer.

The entire auction, a thoroughly smooth affair, was overseen by the Administrator, HUDA, Ms Neelam Pradeep Kasni, and Mr Arora.



16 new faces in Cong’s list of candidates
Amrita Dhaliwal
Triune News Service

Congress list of candidates for MC elections.

Ward no. 1- Chander Mukhi Sharma

Ward no. 2- Anu Chatrath

Ward no. 3- Pradeep Chhabra

Ward no. 4- Subhash Chawla

Ward no. 5- Sheela Phul Singh

Ward no. 6-Kamlesh

Ward no. 7- Harphool Kalyan

Ward no. 8- Reeta Sharma

Ward no. 9-Jasjit Singh Kang

Ward no. 10- Jagat Sharma

Ward no. 11- Manjeet Singh Chohan

Ward no. 12-Kuldeep Singh Kajahri

Ward no. 13-Pawan Sharma

Ward no. 14-Satpal Gupta

Ward no. 15-Ravinder Kaur Gujral

Ward no. 16-Mohinder Singh Lucky

Ward no. 18-Davinder Singh Babla

Ward no. 19-Sunita

Ward no. 20-Lalit Joshi

Ward no. 21-Ravinder Singh Pali

Ward no. 22-Surjit Chaudhary

Ward no. 23-Satish Kainth

Ward no. 24-Mukesh Bassi

Ward no. 25-Surinder Singh

Ward no. 26-Pushpa Sharma

Chandigarh, November 29
The Congress will field 16 new faces in the upcoming Municipal Corporation election. Only 10 of the 15 sitting councillors have been given tickets by the Congress. Of the 16 new faces, three candidates have contested earlier while the rest will be contesting elections for the first time.

The most prominent among the sitting councillors to be denied a ticket is Ms Shyama Negi, Senior Deputy Mayor, and sitting councillor from ward no 5.

Her husband Santan Singh Negi had also asked for a ticket from ward no. 9, he too has been denied a ticket. They had asked for tickets from ward 8 and 9, respectively.

Ms Harpreet Kaur Babla and Geeta Rani have also been denied tickets.

Former Deputy Mayors Balraj Singh and Sohan Lal Vaid, who are the sitting councilors from ward no. 19 and ward no 14, respectively, have also been denied tickets.

Of the three new faces, who had contested the elections earlier, two of them had lost the elections then.

Mr Satpal Gupta had contested the elections twice earlier and lost. He will contest from ward no. 14 this time. Mr Davinder Singh Babla had contested the election in 1996 on a CVM ticket and had lost. He will now contest from ward no. 18 in place of his wife, sitting councillor Harpreet Kaur Babla.

The third candidate, Ms Sunita, who has been given a ticket from ward no 19, had won the election in 1996 as an independent candidate. She did not contest the election in 2001.

Mr B.B. Bahl, president, Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, released the list of candidates for the MC election late today evening. The elections are scheduled to be held on December 20.




Petrol stations wear deserted look
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
For once, the change in petrol prices to be affected from midnight today did not see a mad rush at the petrol stations in the tricity.

As news spread about the petrol prices having gone down by Rs 2 a litre and diesel prices by Re 1 a litre, people preferred to wait till the new prices were announced.

Unlike in the past, when fuel prices were increased and a heavy rush was seen at all petrol stations in the city in order to get the fuel at the cheaper rates, the stations today wore a deserted look.

Petrol pump owners said the daily sale was down by 40-50 per cent in anticipation of the fall in prices.

Brig (Dr) Ajmer Singh Dhaliwal, a resident of Manimajra, welcomed the decision to reduce the fuel prices.

“At a time when prices of each and every commodity are going up, the reduction in fuel prices is a respite for everyone,” he said.

Mr Anil Kumar, Manager Operations, Bharat Petroleum Pump in Sector 21, informed the TNS that as compared to the pump's daily sale of 36 kilolitres, the sale today was just 23 kilolitres.

“Only those whose fuel tanks were empty are getting their refueling done today. Even they are buying fuel for a day and will get their tanks filled only after the new rates come into effect,” he said.

Incidentally, the daily sale of petrol in Chandigarh is around 2.70 lakh litres and that of diesel is around 1.80 lakh litres. In Punjab, the daily sale of petrol is 20 lakh litres and that of diesel is 78 lakh litres.

A senior official in Chandigarh division of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) informed that with the prices going down, the consumers in Chandigarh and Punjab will save Rs 1 crore daily.

It may be noted that while petrol is cheapest in Panchkula and highest in Mohali, diesel is the cheapest in Mohali and highest in Panchkula.

This is because as compared to Haryana, local taxes on petrol are higher and on diesel lower, in Punjab.



Happy, comfortable in his kidnapper's company
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Unmindful of the consequences of his action, a Rohtak-based labourer allegedly kidnapped his contractor's five-year-old-son in an attempt to 'force' him to pay his wages outstanding against him. He had reportedly come to the city to lodge a complaint with the Labour Commissioner in Sector 30 here against the contractors when alert cops nabbed him this morning following his suspicious behaviour.

The accused has been identified as 23-year-old Lalesar of Rohtak, originally haling from Bihar. He had come to the city along with the kidnapped child, Vinod Kumar, last night. During the preliminary interrogation he told the police that he had lured the child on the pretext of buying him jalebies. They spent the night at the Sector 17 ISBT before coming to the Labour Commissioner's office in Sector 30 this morning.

The SHO of the Industrial Area police station, Inspector Baljit Singh Chadda, said the police received information about a man roaming outside the Labour Commissioner's office along with a minor boy. Following the information the beat staff of the area was alerted, which managed to nab the accused. Interestingly, the child did not show any fear of the man and appeared to be comfortable in his company.

The SHO said the Rohtak police has been informed about the recovery of the child and they were on the way to the city along with the father of the child. Lalesar told the police that his contractor had not been paying his wages and the amount outstanding against him was Rs 15,000.

Lalesar told TNS that his contractor, Tej Ram, had duped several other labourers by denying them wages and it had become his routine.When his repeated plea fell on deaf ears, he decided to teach him a lesson and came to the city to lodge a complaint with the Labour Commissioner. When asked about why he kidnapped the child, he replied:"It was a pressure tactic". On being asked whether he knew it was an offence, he expressed ignorance about it. He, however, added that the child, being familiar with him, readily agreed to accompany him and did not talk about his parents even once throughout the journey.

Shying to talk to strangers, Vinod, after a little persuasion, said:''Uncle told me that he would buy me jalebies on which I came along with him. He took me here in a bus and also gave food to me last night". When asked about whether he was afraid of the man or he caused any harm to him, the child just said "no".

The police said the child did not have any warm clothes and shoes, and on seeing this cops purchased a sweater and shoes for the child.



Watch out

A city-based golfer, Col Harinder S. Baidwan is leading the 12-member team of the Punjab Golf Association currently playing at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Club in Pakistan.

The team, a part of the 47-member delegation of golfers, is playing against Pakistani Punjab's golf team for the second PUNJ-AAB Cup. Col Baidwan has been taking part in the tournament under 'Above-50' category.

Besides playing golf, Col Baidwan has been working for the promotion of the sport and is the Senior Vice- President of the Punjab Golf Association.



In Town

Wolfgang Haffner, a jazz band from Germany, and Martin Dabanukar Bloodsystem, Swiss jazz group, would be performing at the Panjab University Law Auditorium tomorrow evening.

The programme is being organised by the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany and the Embassy of Switzerland in collaboration with Max Mueller Bhawan New Delhi, Indo-German language and cultural society Chandigarh and Spic Macay.

In the Wolfgang Haffner group, Haffner will be on the drums, while Sebastian Studnitzky will be on trumpet and piano, Christian Diener on e-bass and Franck Kurac on the guitar. Martin Dahanukar will be on the trumpets while Vinz Volanthen will be on guitar and loops, Samuel Joss on bass and Peter Horisberger will be on the drums.



Passing Through

What is the scope of designer wear in Chandigarh?

The residents are fashion conscious, undoubtedly. Gone are the days when plain-looking suits with little or no work were good for them. Today, they like to wear good stuff with intricate work and contemporary cuts.

For so many of them, money is not always a problem as they pull out crisp notes for picking up pricy stuff of their choice.

That's perhaps the reason why designer wear is increasingly becoming popular in this part of the region.

Do you think designer wear will gradually push non-branded stuff out of the wardrobes of the high society?

Not really. Size continues to be a problem. Not many residents find branded clothes that fit them easily.

As such, they prefer to get their apparels stitched after buying unsewed clothes from the market.

Until or unless, labels come up with clothes in large and extra-large sizes, designer wear will not succeed in replacing the non-branded wear even in the wardrobes of people belonging to the high society.



Poor sanitation, encroachments raise councillors’ hackles
Reject grant proposal for Nayagaon civic body
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 29
Even as the local municipal council unanimously cleared all items on the agenda of the monthly meeting held here today, councillors showed concern over the sad state of affairs of sanitation, encroachments and the menace of stray animals in the town.

Mr R.P.Sharma said the councillors should boycott public functions as the elected representatives of the people were not given due respect at such functions. Quoting a latest incident, he said when the Chief Minister had come to Mohali to lay the foundation stone of a research institute, the president of the civic body Rajinder Singh Rana, was not allowed to sit on the dias.

Also, municipal councillors had not been invited to the function when the Prime Minister had come to the town to lay the foundation stone of the All India Institute of Science at NIPER a few months ago.

Kuljeet Singh Bedi wanted all safai sewaks of the civic body working at the houses of senior officials and ministers to be called back because sanitation was in a state of neglect in Mohali. The council president said sanitation employees were working at the houses of officials and ministers before he took over as the head of the civic body. However, he would look into the matter and do the needful.

Mr Bedi said the number of rehris parked illegally in different parts of the town was increasing each day and the council was not doing anything to check such activities. He even alleged that certain council employees were taking bribes from rehri owners who were allowed to park their rehris at unauthorised places.

The House straightway rejected the proposal of giving Rs 40 lakh to the newly formed Nayagaon civic body . It was pointed out that a sum of Rs 76 lakh was already lying pending with the civic bodies of some other towns . The council could not bear an additional burden of Rs 40 lakh.

The council cleared the proposal of giving pension to Isha, a four- year-old girl child, who got orphaned when her parents died in a road accident in September. Isha’s name had been approved for pension in the dependent children’s category.

Estimates for development works worth Rs 3 crore to be carried out in different parts of the town were cleared at the meeting. The civic body plans to construct foot paths, roads and storm sewers apart from upgrading various traffic light points and developing parks.



Missing trees, napping administration
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
In the so-called Green City, there are stretches of barren land that are yet to attract the attention of UT Administration's Horticulture Department.

The worst among these is the Purav Marg along Sector 47 B and C where people and pollution reside in close proximity, courtesy apathy of authorities who have not initiated any greening plan in the area.

There are no plans either, says XEN, Horticulture, UT, Mr J.S. Gill.

For those residing in areas along this belt, Mr Gill's statement is hardly an answer to the vital question: “Did the administration not sanction a plantation plan when it was sanctioning the road in question?”

What’s more surprising is that this barren road has a railway line running parallel to it. Six trains pass this line daily, raising dust and causing noise — adding to the existing air and noise pollution load in the area. Making matters worse is the complete absence of a buffer zone in the form of trees.

The matter is not new nor is it out of the authorities’ attention. Lieut- Col B.K. Sodhi (retd), general secretary, Army Welfare Housing Organisation Society — a society of area residents — shows documents that prove he has been raising the issue with the authorities for five years.

He says: “The railway line is not new. It was there in Le Corbusier's plan though the administration has taken years to put it in place. Somehow, they forgot to plant tree rows, although there should at least be eight such rows to separate residential area from the railway line just as there is between the Industrial Area and the railway line. “We have been meeting several chief engineers and XENs both in the MC and the UT Administration, asking them to plant trees but to no avail.”

Not only are there no trees parallel to the railway line, even the V2 road here is barren. Some old wild growth is all it has.

This despite umpteen reminders to authorities, who have, by not planting trees where there is scope for several, flouted the basic principles of good urban planning practice which says minimum four rows of trees need to be planted near V2 roads and minimum 10 such rows need to separate a railway line from houses.

But none of the two has happened in case of the Purav Marg along Sector 47.

In fact, last year some of the existing trees were sacrificed when the road in question was widened.

Lieut Colonel Sodhi says: “I have interacted with Mr J.S. Gill and he said he had no money to plant trees.

Well, today, the XEN said he had no idea of the road in question.”



Physically challenged hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Physically challenged hailing from Punjab held a protest at the Sector 39 Grain Market and later blocked road in support of their demands here today.

The agitators raised slogans against the indifferent attitude of the state government and the Chandigarh Administration, which had turned a blind eye to their long-pending demands. The police had to intervene to bring the situation under control and restore traffic.

Despite the fact that the local police assured the protesters that it would call representatives of the government to receive the memorandum, the agitators staged a dharna.

Mr Jaspal Singh, Deputy Director of the Social Welfare Department, then came there and received the memorandum on behalf of Mr K.P. Singh, Minister for Social Welfare Department. He assured them of sympathic consideration of their demands. Mr Balwant Singh Dardi, president of the Physically Handicapped Association, Punjab, said in case the government failed to meet their demands, they would express their resentment against the authorities concerned on International Day of Disabled Persons being commemorated this year on December 3 and would announce the future course of action.

They were demanding free education, uniforms, books, stationery and transportation for disabled students, filling of backlog in jobs, 3 per cent quota for promotion in service, at least 10 per cent quota for jobs, enhancing the travelling allowance from Rs 250 to Rs 1,000, introduction of the shagun scheme of Rs 25,000 for the disabled at the time of their marriage, granting loan without interest to start their own work and the allotment of plots for houses, shops and other purposes on subsidised rates.

Lambasting the callous attitude of the authorities concerned, Mr Kashmir Singh Sanawa, chairman of the association, alleged that the authorities concerned were giving much less facilities to the disabled than the states which were not as economically strong as Punjab and the UT Administration.



Saket to augment limb fitment
Acquires Jaipur foot technology
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

The Government of India’s sample survey shows that 5.5 million people suffer locomotor disabilities in India. Of these, one million have lost their limbs and four million suffer from polio. The yearly increase in the population of amputees in Inia is around 25,000. The fitment, therefore, has to be further augmented on a large-scale.

Chandigarh, November 29
In its golden jubilee year, Saket Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped could not have bought a better gift for the disabled. Already well-known for offering integrated services-corrective, educational and vocational-to physically challenged children, the Institute has now acquired the Jaipur foot and limb technology to further help its beneficiaries.

The move is significant considering 5.5 million suffer locomotor disabilities in India. The yearly increase in the population of amputees is around 25,000.The fitment, therefore, needs to be further augmented. Saket will collaborate with the Jaipur-based Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, the world’s largest limb fitting society.

The samiti is known for its mastery of the Jaipur foot technology, which centers on a rapid-fit limb that is cosmetically and functionally closer to the human limb and is light and durable.

Following this exchange of technology, Saket will be able to extend the benefits of the Jaipur foot to those fitted with heavy wooden limbs. Col (Dr) G.P. Taneja, Director-General, Saket, who was in Jaipur for training in the new technology, says:”We have trained two staff members in the Jaipur technology, which permits normal sitting, running, squatting, climbing and swimming. The collaboration means we can now develop and disseminate the new limbs locally, something that hasn’t happened before”.

Having crossed another milestone in rehabilitative care of the disabled, Saket is now encouraging its inmates (72 children reside in Saket’s hostel complex close to Pinjore) to learn the production of the new limb. One enterprising inmate,16-year-old Surjit Singh, is already on the job. No ordinary child, he recently won a bronze at the Regional Abylympics, a vocational skills contest for the physically challenged held in New Delhi. And he won for making an artificial limb.

A regular at Saket’s workshop where such limbs are created, Surjit is now bracing for the National Abylympics to be held in Delhi shortly. This time he wants to make the Jaipur limb, for which is he practising hard.



‘Pak women on road to progress’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
“Women in Pakistan are on the right track but it will take some time before they are emancipated and empowered,” said Dr Ruhi Aftab, Head, Department of Applied Psychology, Beaconhouse National University. Dr Ruhi was talking to The Tribune during her visit to the city today.

“While education remains the most important factor that will lead women in Pakistan to progress and achieve equality with men, there is also a dire need for a change in the attitude and mindset of men to allow women to move ahead,” she said, adding that women in Pakistan, as in India, are considered children of a lesser God.

A clinical psychologist, Dr Ruhi’s postdoctoral work was on gender issues and her PhD on self-esteem. “As part of my research on violence against women, I have said intervention either by the state or other agencies has to be done, for the woman as also for the man. The perpetrator of violence needs help himself. It is his sense of inadequacy that makes him violent towards the woman,” she said.

“Things are changing rapidly in Pakistan. Women in urban areas are studying and are employed but the situation is not as rosy in rural areas. But I believe in due course of time, change will trickle down to these areas as too,” she said.

Suggesting that state intervention can be instrumental in uplifting rural women in the country, Dr Ruhi said the media, specially the television, can play an important role.

“Cable networks have managed to reach every household and I feel that it can be used as a potent media to reach out to the masses. And to begin with, women should be made aware of their rights and career options”.

Stating that many educational institutions in Pakistan were also doing their bit for the cause of women, Dr Ruhi said Government College University, Lahore, was one such institution.



Don't overload, Transport Dept to truckers
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, November 29
The Transport Department has imposed penalty worth Rs 1.30 crore on traffic violators, especially those involved in overloading of vehicles on the Zirakpur-Lalru stretch of the Kalka-Ambala highway, in the past 10 months.

The heavy, overloaded vehicles, that have been transporting sand, gravel and concrete to Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of the region from Mubarikpur, which is the main stone-crusher zone of the region, are a major factor behind the breakage of roads in this subdivision.

The department claims that trucks and multi-excel vehicles load sand, gravel and construction material from the stone-crushers in Mubarikpur beyond capacity in violation of the law.

The overloaded vehicles often could be seen either involved in accidents or damaged amid the roads thus blocking smooth flow of traffic at various places.

With the plying of overloaded vehicles, the Mubarikpur-Chandigarh, the Mubarikpur-Dera Bassi-Lalru, the Mubarikpur-Ramgarh, and the Mubarikpur-Patiala highways have become accident-prone.

Scores of human lives have been lost in various road accidents, involving overloaded goods carriers, in the past.

Mr J.S. Brar, Assistant District Transport Officer (enforcement), Punjab, claimed that the vehicles were challaned under Sections 114 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.

The department has now launched a massive statewide campaign to educate truck drivers and owners of vehicles about side effects of overloading.

“To achieve targets by penalising drivers or vehicles owners is not the aim of the department. The department wants that public should be aware of the consequences of overloading. Overloading not only damages vehicles but roads also,” claimed Mr Brar.

“During the awareness campaign, the department has now started offloading the vehicles apart from challaning them. The department has now decided to issue contempt notices to the violators,” he added.

Welcoming the move of the department, Mr Kuljit Randhawa, president of the Mubarikpur-Dera Bassi Truck Operators Union, Dera Bassi, said truckers were now getting more benefits in addition to the safety of their vehicles.



Kisan panel plans ‘pol khol’ drive
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 29
The Kisan Hit Bachao Committee has planned to launch a “pol khol” campaign if the government forcibly tries to acquire land without implementing the land pooling scheme.

Giving an ultimatum to the government, farmers from villages falling under Mohali said the government should implement the scheme before the code of conduct was enforced in connection with the coming Assembly elections failing which the masses would be mobilised against the Congress .

The committee, which has been opposing the forcible acquisition of land by the government without giving adequate compensation to farmers, said if the demand was not fulfilled, the protesters would be compelled to go to villages and launch a campaign to expose the activities of the government. It said a massive rally would be organised here on December 11 in association with other farmers organisations of the state.

Mr D.P.Singh Baidwan , convener, said the latest policy formulated by the government for the acquisition of land was even more destructive. By merely giving a 10 per cent increase in the land price , the government wanted to take away the right of the farmers of challenging the awards in courts. He said the rates being offered for the land of four villages which was to be acquired for Sector 81 was much lower than the market rates.



2 hurt in assault
Tribune news Service

Panchkula, November 29
Vimal Suri and Rajesh Suri, residents of Zirakpur, received serious injuries after they were attacked by a "mob" of 15-odd persons late in the evening in the Sector-20 market here today.

They were admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6, tonight and are presently undergoing treatment.

Their brother-in-law, Varun Kohli, said the duo had gone to get food packed from the market after closing down their shops on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway.

"They got a call from Inderpal, a resident of Ambala, who was known to them. He asked them where they were. On being told of their whereabouts, Inderpal arrived at the place, accompanied by lathi-wielding boys, and attacked them," Kohli alleged.

Today's attack has its roots in a deal for a car-sale between the two parties.

Vimal had bought a car from Inderpal about three years back. Driven for about a month, the car, an Indica, had been bought by him on the condition that the no objection certificate (NOC) (the car was financed by a bank) would be given to him in a few days. However, that never happened," he explained.

However, when Vimal and his family decided to sell the car, they again approached Inderpal for the NOC.

"Realising that he was at an advantageous position, he tried to strike a bargain and asked us to sell the car back to him. However, he neither showed any interest in buying the car nor gave us the NOC. Also, for the past few days, he has been calling up and using very filthy language," Varun stated.

After two other family members mediated, he agreed to sit and talk with the Suris. "Today, he called up and said he wanted to sit and talk about the NOC. Vimal and Rajesh decided to call him to the Sector 20 market where they were getting food packed. They ended up getting hurt and it was the police who brought them to the hospital,” he said.



Three vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Two scooters and a motorcycle were stolen from the city while in a separate incident a house was burgled in the city.

Adesh Kumar of Sector 25 reported to the police alleging that his motorcycle (CH-03-4468) was stolen from his residence during the intervening night of November 17 and 28. Also, Manbir Kaur of Sector 18 lodged a complaint alleging that her Kinetic Honda scooter (CH-03-J-1973) was stolen from SGGS College, Sector 26, on Tuesday. In yet another incident, Gurmit Singh of Sector 41-A filed a complaint alleging that his LML Vespa scooter (CH-01-T-8054) was stolen from his residence on Tuesday.

Three cases of theft have been registered in various police stations in the city.

Smack seized

The local police arrested Sunny of Sector 38-A from the Sector 37 and 38 roundabout on Tuesday for allegedly possessing eight grams of smack. A case under Section 21 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered.


Ujjagar Singh of Sector 27-D reported to the police alleging that he was hit by an Alto car (DD-03-0145) in Sector 28 on Tuesday. He suffered injuries and was admitted to the PGI. The car driver reportedly sped away from the spot. A case of causing hurt due to rash and negligent driving has been registered.

House burgled

Parveen Chander of Sector 35-D reported to the police alleging that a LPG cylinder, a stove, a TV, electricity wire, a mobile phone and other articles were stolen from his residence during Monday night. A case has been registered in in the Sector 36 Police Station.



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