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Maid Rape Case
Cops play blame game
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 16
In yet another twist in the alleged rape case involving the Shiromani Akali Dal MLA from Dhuri, Mr Gaganjit Singh Barnala, following the allegations of the victim’s counsel that the victim had changed her statement under pressure while she was under the security cover of the police, the Mohali police today claimed that it had never provided any security to her. Nayagaon, where the victim resides, falls under the jurisdiction of the Mohali police.

After the victim retracted from her allegation against Barnala, the Chandigarh Police and the Punjab Police began putting onus of the security protection on each other. It is an open secret that after the incident, the victim was given security cover.

The SP (City), Mohali, Mr Varinderpal Singh, when asked about the allegation levelled by the counsel of the victim, said Nayagaon fell in their jurisdiction but they had not provided any security cover to her. The Chandigarh Police was handling the case, he said.

Counsel for the victim, while talking to mediapersons yesterday, alleged the victim (maid) was forced to change her statement while being under the security cover provided by the Punjab Police at her residence in Nayagaon.

A senior official of the Chandigarh Police had said that the victim was under the protection of the Punjab Police.



Mass leave call: PGI seeks help from city hospitals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
On a call for one day's mass casual leave by the PGI Medical Technologists' Association (MTA) as a part of the strike on Monday, the PGI authorities have sought help from the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and the Command Hospital (CH), Chandimandir, so that emergency services are not affected.

Sources revealed that the PGI authorities had also called back all technical staff, deputed in emergency services, who had sought leave after the MTA gave a call for the casual leave.

Keeping in view the hardship likely to be faced by patients and their attendants in getting the emergency tests done, the PGI management has asked the authorities of the GMCH, the GMSH and the CH to send technical staff to the PGI so that their services could be availed during the emergency.

Prof Raj Bahadur, Additional Medical Superintendent, PGI, said elaborate arrangements had been made for the smooth functioning of all essential and emergency services. The PGI technologists were to go on a mass casual leave on Monday, he said . He also informed that the PGI had sought help from other city hospitals, besides the Command Hospital for Monday.

The technologists associated with the emergency and other essential services have decided not to go on mass casual leave.

The PGI MTA and the Chandigarh Unit of the All-India, Laboratory Technologists' Association, in a joint statement said the PGI management would be responsible for the inconvenience faced by the patients and their attendants due to the mass casual leave.

The association claimed that the situation at the PGI was distressed because of the non-implementation of the medical technologists legitimate demands, including designation, promotion, allowances, training and academics. The backlog arrears of the Fifth Pay Commission, reckless transfers of technologists to irrelevant departments, and exponentially increasing workload on limited technologists due to vacant posts have worsened the situation.

Meanwhile, a press note issued by the PGI MTA has regretted for the inconvenience to be faced by the patients on Monday. The association has also claimed that 95 per cent members of the MTA would participate in a dharna on Sector 25 on Monday. The faculty association of PGI today said the demands of medical lab technicians were already under consideration of the management. The association general secretary said the technicians should reconsider their decision of going on mass casual leave which could affect over 10,000 patients.



Tribune Impact
MC poll: DC asked to check use of liquor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Taking note of a news item published in Chandigarh Tribune on Saturday, the Election Commission issued a letter to the IG (Police) and the Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, to take immediate and appropriate action to check the use of liquor by candidates during the MCC elections.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr V.K. Harit, joint state election commissioner, said a letter regarding use of liquor by the candidates had been sent to them today. “We have taken note and have asked for immediate action.”

Meanwhile, in view of the elections to the MC and the Panchayat Samiti, the UT Excise Department has banned sale of liquor in the city from December 18 (5 pm onwards) to December 20 (till 5 pm). The liquor vends would also remain closed for the entire day on December 22.

The sale and service of liquor in licensed hotels, clubs, restaurant, CSD run canteens and against L2 permits has also been banned on these days. 



MC POLL - 06
Tainted still dominate poll scene
Jyotika Sood

Chandigarh, December 16
Having a criminal record, at one point of time, was a fashion statement for a politician. This trend is, however, now changing. This may be the reason why some of the candidates in the fray for the Municipal Corporation elections with a criminal background are refraining from mentioning it.

Although the opposition candidates are leaving no stone unturned to mention a candidate’s criminal history, political parties like the Congress, the BJP and the CVM, who are against criminalisation of politics, are still fielding candidates with a criminal record.

The Congress tops the list with six candidates with police cases against them under different Sections. The party candidate from Ward No. 9, Mr Jagjit Singh Kang, was booked in a case in 2002 for 'grouping with wrong aim.' Mr Kuldeep Singh of Ward No.12 was booked for allegedly beating and forcibly entering a house. A vigilance probe is pending against former Mayor Kamlesh, who is contesting the elections from Ward No. 6. Mr Manjit Singh, contesting on a Congress ticket from Ward No. 11, has also faced criminal charges. Mr Pawan Sharma from Ward No. 13 was booked in a case for forged documents.

The BJP, the strong opponent of the Congress, is also sailing in the same boat with two of its candidates booked in different cases. Its candidate, Gurcharan Das Kala from Ward No. 25, was booked for forgery and investigation of which is pending with the CBI. Meanwhile, BJP candidate from Ward No. 24, Anil Kumar, is reportedly an accused in a case of hurt and assault.

According to Mr Satya Pal Jain, "The two BJP candidates do not have any serious allegations of corruption and minor disputes like this are very common."

The CVM has fielded two candidates having criminal backgrounds. Ramlal, who is contesting the elections from Ward No. 24, is an accused in the Shimla girl’s rape case, in which he allegedly conspired with former UT Home Secretary N.K. Jain to fabricate a rape case against a Jain's adversary.

Om Parkash Saini of the RJD has an endless list of criminal cases against him, which includes charges of extortion, kidnap and attempt to murder. A few independent candidates, too, have cases registered against them. Daya Prakash was chargesheeted under the PFT Act for adulteration in food items and Satyavir Singh was booked for beating and injuring.



National leaders pitch in for party candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
With two days left for campaigning to elections to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), the campaign today picked up momentum with national leaders pitching in support of their party candidates.

However, local issues continue to be absent from the campaign with the national leaders gunning for the UPA government for its failure on all fronts, including the spiralling prices. Meanwhile, in a clear bid to rock the BJP boat, the Bharatiya Jan Shakti Party (BJSP) chief Uma Bharati, will undertake a whirlwind tour of the city tomorrow.

While the BJP-SAD alliance brought in its star campaigner and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu, the NCP general secretary and MP, Mr Tariq Anwar, sought support for the party candidates.

However, after being at the receiving end of the judiciary and the media in the Gurnam Singh death case recently, Sidhu was easily the pick of the day. As far as holding the crowd together goes, nobody can match the former Indian opener, who batted for the BJP candidates in the run-up to the elections, and delighted crowds at a series of corner meetings this evening.

In fact, in a full-throttle attack on the Congress, the firebrand leader took on the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amrinder Singh, head-on challenging him for an open debate on the issue of development.The successive Congress governments have taken the people for a ride doling out false promises, the irrepressible leader said in a speech laced with his typical “shayari”.

Establishing an instant rapport with the audience, Sidhu took potshots at several senior leaders, including the UPA chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi. The BJP-SAD victory in Chandigarh would set the stage for the defeat of the Congress in Punjab and other states, he asserted.

The former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, came down heavily on the Congress for its failure to control the rising prices. He was addressing a rally in support of the BJP-SAD candidate from Ward No 18, Mr Mohinder Singh.

On the other hand, a former Himachal Chief Minister, Mr PK Dhumal, addressed a series of corner meetings in support of the party candidates.Mr Dhumal focussed on the failure of the Congress-led UPA government on all fronts.

Meanwhile, Mr Anwar demanded the creation of a state assembly for Chandigarh.Anwar said the coming elections would be a referendum on the whether the people wanted a state assembly for the city or not.



Don’t make promises you cannot fulfil, traders to nominees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The Traders Association, Sector 17, today organised a protest against paid parking and property tax in Sector 17 here. Led by Mr Subhash Kataria and Mr J.P.S. Kalra, president and general secretary, respectively, the protesters also came down heavily on the false promises made by different candidates contesting the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) elections on the issues of parking fee and property tax.

They urged parties not to make promises which they could not fulfil. The only purpose of the parking fee was the collection of money and not facilitating the public, they alleged.

Demanding the withdrawal of paid parking, the agitators demanded an end to harassment, from various government departments Nomination of traders representative in the MCC, amendments to the “outdated” bylaws, formation of sector-level committees and a transparent administration were also demanded during the protest.



Canvassing — a child's play now
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Electioneering may not be a child’s play. But the little ones are doing it effectively, and vociferously, in Chandigarh. You may find it incredible, but they are in reality tasting politics for the first time just for a chocolate bar.

As the civic body polls are drawing near, residents across the city in fray for the councillors’ posts are actually deploying battalions of young soldiers to drum up support for them in the little conflict of chance.

Go to some of the wards in the evenings and one will find kids, armed with posters and banners, advancing down the election path for aiding candidates running for the office in the poll scheduled to be held on December 20.

In Sector 20, ammunition is not required for winning the battle of hearts. A charming wink and a disarming smile is enough to prevail in campaigning as the young members of the disciplined force adjust caps with party symbols before venturing out in the open.

Enthusiastic slogans raised in melodic unison drown the din of trampling boots as around 10 of them march down the narrow market corridors with fluttering Congress party flags tightly clutched in their tiny fragile hands.

Among the innocent canvassers are Ankush, Shivam, Harpreet, Saket, Jatin, Tanu, Kamaljeet, Vishal and Jatinder. All of them do not belong to the families of political activists and hardcore Congress party supporters. But they do know a lot about their ward politics.

Ask them, and they will give at least five good reasons why one should vote for their candidate, instead of the rival. Some of them are actually capable of indulging in the politics of promise. They come out with assurances of overall development even before one can frame one's questions.

“They are too young to exercise their franchise. No doubt about it. But more than a few of them are actually big enough to convince one into voting for the candidate of their choice,” says a Sector 20 resident-cum-businessman Rohit Mahajan.

Entering the lists once again for the Councillor’s post, candidate Harmohinder Singh Lucky feels their innocence and enthusiasm makes all the difference. “In days that are no more, you had seasoned supporters going from house to house wearing immaculate white kurta pajamas, and plastic smiles, for seeking votes with folded hands. But now, kids have taken over the job”.

Explaining the trend, he says: “When a child says something to you with complete sincerity and conviction, it becomes very difficult not to listen. And that’s exactly what we want — to make you listen and decide what’s best for you.”

Even as he speaks, the little fellows, swaying in the cradle of politics, hold hands and utter: “Let’s play election-election”. 



Strike on Thursday, inconvenience on Saturday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Passengers having reservation for the Kalka-Howrah train for today had a harrowing time after the train was cancelled in the morning. According to officials, the nationwide strike called by the Left trade unions on Thursday was the reason behind the cancellation of the train.

Officials at the railway station said the train had to be cancelled, as the Howrah-Kalka Express did not arrive today due to the strike on Thursday.

“The train that comes from there goes back. However, the train never left Howrah on Thursday. There was, therefore, no return train for today,” an official said.

Announcements were made at the station and the ticket amount was refunded. However, the passengers were not so happy with all this. Many had got reservations done months in advance for the holiday season. Refund of the ticket amount was, therefore, no consolation to them. “What do I do with the refund? I had got my tickets booked in September. Now, there is no chance of any reservation for the next week,” said Mr Raj Kishan, a passenger.



Watch your weight, cops
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
A cyber crime cell, fit police personnel and information technology savvy force — all this and much more is on the Chandigarh Police’s agenda for 2007.
Taking a note of the fitness of the policemen, the IGP has said that from the next year, the policemen will be medically examined annually and their health status will be included in their annual reports.

They will be asked to keep their weight under control as per prescribed standards. This will make them agile and efficient.

Sharing his plans for the next year, the UT IGP, Mr S.K. Jain, said a cyber crime cell would be constituted next year. It would help the police check the modern-day crime effectively. He said a cyber crime lab would also be set up.

The global positioning system (GPS) would also be introduced for effective monitoring. He said the satellite-based tracking system was being set up in the PCR. It would help in connecting all PCR vehicles and 11 vehicles of the station house officers (SHOs) and the interceptor vehicles of the traffic police. It would help increase efficiency of the police, he added.

He said the Union Government had set up a satellite-based communication system, namely POLNET. The system had been functional and had helped the force share data with all state capitals across the country. The police was now capable of sending data about crime and criminals to the national server of the NCRB through this system.

He said the police would also set up its own fingerprint bureau in the coming year. This would help keep record of fingerprints of criminals from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana. The police would also initiate steps to introduce CCTVs at all 11 police stations and at some of the busiest places in the city.



Watch out

Sushil Kapoor, the manager of the Ranji Trophy team of Punjab, is currently in Kolhapur (Maharashtra). The team is playing against the home state in the Elite Group 'B' category. Kapoor is a former cricketer and an official of the Punjab Cricket Academy.



In Town

Mr Jasbir Gill, senior vice-president of SAP Labs and General Manager of SAP's Governance, Risk and Software unit, will be interacting with the media at the Press Club on Sunday at 11.45 am.

Prior to joining SAP, Mr Gill was the CEO of Virsa Systems which he founded in 1996. Virsa Systems was acquired by SAP in May 2006.

Mr Gill is widely acclaimed for his work in shifting the risk management model from after-the fact detection to real-time prevention.



Passing through

Dinesh Sharma
Dinesh Sharma President, Saigal Sangeet Sarita, New Delhi.

What is the objective of your organisation?

We are like-minded people who came together in 1972 to foster the memory of K.L. Saigal. We also sing the music of Punkuj Mullick, who composed songs for Saigal. We hold programmes throughout the country and promote Saigal's music by presenting his songs in our voices.

What are your future projects?

Our biggest project is to bring out a collection of 200 published songs of K.L. Saigal. These are in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Persian and Punjabi.

Is the government supporting you in any way?

The government has released a commemorative Saigal stamp. Now we are trying to convince it to institute an award in the memory of the legendary singer.

— Aditi Tandon



Crime graph down; robbery incidents up, claims police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Even though the Chandigarh Police, in its annual crime report, claims a decline in the crime rate, incidents of robberies, rioting, kidnapping and snatching continue to haunt the residents in 2006.

The city has also witnessed a rise in cases pertaining to white-collar crime, involving cheating and criminal breach of trust. Illegal liquor trade and drug trafficking also kept the police on its toes in as the incidence of the crime registered an increase.

Releasing the annual crime report, UT Inspector-General of Police (IGP) S.K. Jain said the city had seen a sharp decline in cases of murder, rape, etc.

Quoting figures, showing overall decline in the crime rate, he said total number of FIRs registered in 2006 till December 10 were 3,831, against the 3,936 registered last year.

Eighteen cases of murder were registered in 2005, while 10 cases had been registered this year till date. As many as 33 cases of rape were reported to the police last year, against 19 this year.

Reflecting poorly on the law and order situation in the city, incidents of robbery registered a three-fold increase, compared to the previous year. This year 33 incidents were reported to the police.

The number of rioting and snatching cases remained stagnant. However, there was a rise in the incidents of kidnapping and abduction with 65 cases registered against the 54 reported in 2005.

Listing its achievements, the police said it was instrumental in cracking the PMET paper-leak case and the petro scam. The senior police functionaries, however, remained mum over its failure to work out sensational and high-profile Dimpy murder case.

During 2006, 62 police personnel were awarded major punishments. One Inspector, eight constables were dismissed from service while 195 were awarded minor punishments. The traffic police had booked 1,11,187 offenders and collected fine totalling Rs 1.97 crore.



NFDC to select good scripts for co-production
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Usha Nair
Usha Nair

Chandigarh, December 16
The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is finally coming to terms with the fast-changing realities of the film world. Known for ace productions like “Gandhi” and “Salaam Bombay”, it is struggling to get on its feet, with a deep financial crunch bothering its think tank. That the corporation has not produced any film in three years says it all.

But if NFDC’s latest endeavour takes off, the future will not look so glum. To stem the financial rot and meanwhile foster cinematic excellence in India, the corporation has decided to invite film makers to submit feature film projects for co-production.

“It works quite simply”, says Usha Nair, Deputy General Manager, NFDC, in Chandigarh for the film festival, “Filmmakers are required to submit screenplays in English for consideration along with a letter of commitment for an assured minimum fiscal investment of 30 per cent of the total cost of the film project. The screenplays should be duly registered with the Film Writers’ Association of India and copywrighted.”

Proposals completed in all respects will then be evaluated by a committee of eminent personalities set up by the NFDC.

The best part of the plan is this -- For the projects selected by the expert committee, the NFDC will undertake to back the films with an investment of an additional 30 per cent of the total budget of the film or Rs 10 million, whichever is less. The rest of the cost will be raised through other sources, including corporate houses.

Interestingly, the NFDC is looking at equal partnerships for the first time. Till now, it has been producing films all by itself. But with the rising cost of filmmaking and the multiplying demands of the market, solo show no longer seems feasible. “Equal partnership will ensure risk sharing. It will, meanwhile, reduce our burden without hampering our purpose. All intelligent scripts with a commercial value stand a chance of selection under our new plan. Five scripts, in all, will be selected for co-production,” says Nair.

On reinvention path, the NFDC is also looking at government support to promote the kind of cinema it is associated with. For Chandigarh, it has another plan.

Soon it will launch the Chandigarh Film Circle (on the lines of National Film Circle) which will allow members to view 52 classics through the year.



Assn seeks changes in building bylaws 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs to give one-time relaxation in the building bylaws have not fully been implemented by the Chandigarh Administration.

Highlighting the issue, the Chandigarh Marla/Flats Houses Residents Welfare Association has lamented despite a meeting with the representatives of the marla houses, no need-based changes had been allowed.

On the issue of the building bylaws, the committee had pointed out the situation in the city had more or less arose in Delhi in the past after the courts passed orders to demolish the unauthorised structures. The Central Government stepped in and enacted a special legislation to give relief to the residents.

To avoid such a situation in the city, the Administration needed to have a practical look and come up with a new mechanism, keeping in mind the needs of expanding families, said the committee in its report, which had been tabled in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.

But, despite the assurance of the senior officials to have a liberal view, the Estate Office had been following a pick-and-chose policy while targeting the violations. Though 99 per cent of the house owners had committed building bylaw violations, yet only about 500 violators were being targeted. This had become a source of corruption, said the association.

Need-based rooms and toilets on the rear side of houses have led to demolitions and resumption notices to many a house owner. On the pattern of the Chandigarh Housing Board, the Administration should also compound minor violations within the boundary walls of the houses.

The association has also demanded that a survey of the entire city be conducted to find out the total need-based changes as about 99 per cent houses had violated the building bylaws. A uniform policy be framed to regularise need-based changes. 



Army, Air Force observe Vijay Divas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Commemorating the victory achieved by the Indian armed forces over Pakistan on both eastern and western fronts in 1971, military establishments today observed Vijay Divas.

A programme to pay tributes to those who had laid down their lives in the line of duty was organised at the Headquarters, Western Command, Chandi Mandir.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lieut-Gen Daljeet Singh, along with senior officers and war veterans paid floral tributes at the Veer Smriti war memorial. A ceremonial guard reversed arms as a mark of respect to their fallen heroes while buglers sounded the Last Post followed by the Rouse.

Officers also paid respects to Param Vir Chakra awardees, the busts of whom are installed along the walkways of the war memorial grounds. Among veterans present there were Brig Kuldip Singh Chandpuri of the Laungewala battle fame in the 1971 war, Lieut-Gen J.S. Gharaya, Air Marshal Randhir Singh, Air Marshal M.M. Singh, Lieut-Col R.S. Sharma and Lieut-Col M.L. Sharma.

In the evening, families of Army personnel residing in Chandi Mandir lit candles at the memorial to pay their tributes to the martyrs.

At a ceremony organised at the Air Force Station here, Air Officer Commanding, 12 Wing, Air Commodore T.K. Venugopal, laid a wreath at the Air Force Station War Memorial. A contingent of officers and airmen presented ceremonial guard reversing their arms.

It was on this day, 35 years ago, that over 90,000 Pakistani troops surrendered to the Indian forces, which resulted in the birth of Bangladesh.

This day Defence personnel also commemorate the victory of “Operation Vijay” in 1999, where Indian soldiers evicted Pakistani intruders from Muskoh, Dras and Batalik sectors in Jammu and Kashmir. 



Residents complain against guest house
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 16
High drama was witnessed at a house in Sector 8 when residents of the area called the police and complained against a guest house causing nuisance in the vicinity here today.

Maintaining that the guest house had become operational only six months ago, they demanded in a complaint to the SP that it be shut down.

“We saw two girls and a number of men going into the guest house. We called the police to inform them of the suspicious goings-on in the house. On arriving here, they found that every room in the house had been numbered and one particular room had only chairs inside,” a neighbour said.

The caretaker, Gangandeep, who arrived at the spot told the police that an institute was being run from the premises and that boys and girls frequented the place to attend classes.

However, the neighbours, not satisfied with the explanation, gave a written complaint to the SP asking him to order the shutting down of the guest house.



2 shops burgled; items worth 30 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 16
Two shops —a cloth store in Sector 8 and a hardware store in Sector 11 — were burgled and thieves decamped with items worth Rs 30 lakh from both shops here today. Thieves also broke into a house in Sector 12- A and decamped with ornaments and cash worth Rs 27,000.

While Monte Carlo apparel worth Rs 15 lakh were stolen, Rs 15 lakh designer hardware, including sinks, tiles, imported and brass taps, were also found missing when the owners came to open their shops this morning.

Sameer Seth of Monte Carlo said the guard was the first one to arrive at the shop this morning at around 9:45 am. "He found locks on both sides of the shutter broken open. Immediately, he called me up. On initial investigation, we found shelves empty and pants missing," he said.

While nearly 650 pairs of trousers are missing, nearly 90 shawls and stoles priced at Rs 2,500 each are missing. Sweaters, cardigans, warm vests, the thieves took away everything they could possibly load in their vehicle. The shutter was pulled down through the glass door and was left ajar.

The double lock on the cash counter containing Rs 80,000 was also broken open. Though the shop had a camera, it had been shut when the shop closed down.

A forensic team of the Police Department carried out its investigations after which the insurance agents and company heads began with the stock taking exercise to ascertain the losses.

Meanwhile, Babu lal, a resident of Sector 12- A, also reported a theft of gold ornaments worth Rs 25,000 and cash of Rs 2,500. He said he had gone to leave his children to school this morning, while his wife had left for her place of work. On reaching home, he found the lock had been broken open and the house had been ransacked.

The police has registered cases and investigations are on.



2 hurt in road accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
A pedestrian and a scooterist were hurt in two road accidents in various parts of the city.
A pedestrian, Mr Sufi Tehsin of Mani Majra, sustained injuries after being hit by a motorcycle near the Samadhi Gate in Mani Majra on Friday. The motorcyclist allegedly sped away from the spot. The victim was admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital.

In another accident, a scooterist, Ms Ankita Bhardwaj of Sector 45, suffered injuries after an Indica car rammed into her scooter near the Kerosene Pump, in Sector 45, on Friday. She was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.

Two separate cases of causing hurt due to rash and negligent driving have been registered in this regard.

Theft: Mr Bhupinder Singh, JTO, Telephone Exchange, Sector 34, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that 220m of telephone cable was stolen from near Oberoi Banquet Hall in Burail on Thursday night. A case of theft has been registered in this regard.

Car stolen: Mr Som Nath Kapoor of Sector 21, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Maruti car was stolen from the market place in Sector 22 on Friday. A case of theft has been registered in this regard.

Gambling: The local police arrested Rakesh Kumar of Phase I, Bapu Dham Colony, from the same locality on Friday on the allegations of indulging in gambling at a public place. The police recovered Rs 710 from his possession and registered a case under the Gambling Act in this connection. 



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