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SHO held for ‘molesting’ SI
Tribune News Service

SI Paramjit Kaur Sekhon: The Inspector caught hold of my plait and made advances towards me when I was coming out of the office of the SHO in Sector 17. He had made advances towards me in the Sector 34 police station, too.

SHO Jagir Singh: It was all a bundle of lies and nothing of that sort happened. The entire episode was a conspiracy against me. I always regarded SI Sekhon as my daughter as she was a daughter of a Sub-Inspector of the Chandigarh Police.

Chandigarh, January 22
In a dramatic turn of events, Inspector Jagir Singh, SHO of the Sector 34 police station, was arrested this evening on the charges of molestation and criminal intimidation on a complaint filed by Sub-Inspector (SI) Paramjit Kaur Sekhon.

Taking a serious note of the case, senior police officers placed the Inspector under suspension.

The SHO of the Sector 17 police station, Inspector Jagbir Singh, said a case under Sections 454 and 506 of the IPC had been registered following a complaint lodged by Sekhon.

In the complaint, she has alleged that the Inspector had caught hold of her plait and made advances towards her when she was coming out of the office of the SHO in Sector 17. The incident took place at around 3:30 pm. Taking cognizance of the matter, the case was registered.

She told the police that she had gone to toilet attached to the office of the SHO. When she was coming out of the room, she was confronted by Inspector Jagir Singh. She also alleged that about three-four days ago, the Inspector had made advances towards her in the Sector 34 police station.

The police said SI Sekhon, posted in the crime branch, had come to the District Courts in connection with some case and come to the police station to relax. The police do not know how the Inspector Jagir Singh reached there. The Inspector was in the police uniform, SI Sekhon was in the civil dress.

Inspector Jagir Singh denied the allegations, terming them as baseless. He asserted that it was all lies and nothing of that sort happened. He termed the entire episode as a conspiracy against him.

He claimed he was called to the Sector 17 police station, where he was later arrested. Adding to this, he said he always regarded SI Sekhon as his daughter as she was a daughter of a Sub-Inspector of the Chandigarh Police.

Ms Balwinder Kaur, wife of Inspector Jagir Singh, who came to the police station, said her husband was targeted by certain people, who were jealous of his functioning. It was a conspiracy to tarnish his image. She alleged that the case was registered hurriedly without cross checking the contents of the complaint.



Youth murders mother’s paramour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Fed up with humiliation he had to face due to the illicit relations of his mother, a 19-year-old youth today brutally killed her paramour at their rented accommodation in Phase II, Ram Darbar, this morning. The accused, who was nabbed from the spot, was shouting that he would not leave his mother, said the eyewitnesses. He reportedly has confessed his crime before the police.

The incident took place at around 11:30 am today when the accused, Sunil Kumar, repeatedly stabbed 45-year-old Dara Singh of Pratapgarh district in Uttar Pradesh at his brother’s residence, following which Dara Singh died on the spot. The police said they found at least 16 stab wounds on the body. Sunil Kumar is a mason.

The badly wounded body was found lying on the floor in a pool of blood. The victim’s face, throat, arms and legs were injured in the attack. The blood stains were found on the wall indicating that the victim struggled to save himself.

The incident came to light when neighbours heard the cries and went inside the house to inquire and found the room locked from inside. A woman noticed blood coming out from below the door. She locked the room from outside and the police was informed about the incident.

In meantime, Mr Neeraj Kumar, a relative of Om Pal Singh, the landlord of the house, reached there. He opened the door from outside and Sunil Kumar came out of the room. He was holding a meat chopper in his hand and his clothes were blood stained. Neeraj along with other people gathered there overpowered Sunil Kumar. At the same time the police reached there and arrested the accused.

The SHO of the Sector 32 police station, Inspector Har Sahai Sharma, said Sunil told the police that he did not accept the illicit relations of his mother with Dara Singh and told him numerous times to keep away from his mother, but he refused to budge. As the relations had become a constant source of humiliation to his family and father, he decided to close this episode by killing Dara Singh.

He, in his statement recorded by the police, asserted that his two brothers, Surinder and Subash, had taken the house on rent while he was living in another house in the locality. He came to know that Dara Singh was alone at the house as his brothers had gone to work. He decided to eliminate Dara Singh and had also purchased a meat chopper for the same. When he went there Dara Singh was cooking food. After Dara Singh finished cooking, Sunil asked him to end his relationship at which they had a heated argument. In the process, Dara Singh slapped Sunil. Infuriated over his action, Sunil began stabbing him and ultimately killed him, said the police.

The police said Sunil’s mother Dakhniya had entered into a relationship with Dara Singh about a year ago. Her husband, Devi Din, is living in their native village in Pratapgarh. Dara Singh’s wife had died. Dara Singh and Dakhniya used to stay with Subash and Surinder whenever they came to the city as both the brothers did not mind their relationship. Dakhniya had gone back to their village about a few days ago.



Taj firefighting system satisfactory: MC

Chandigarh, January 22
Officials of the Municipal Corporation today gave a clean chit to The Taj with regard to the fire that occurred yesterday in its banquet hall. The officials stated that they were satisfied with the functioning of the firefighting system of the hotel.

Meanwhile, a team of experts from The Taj at Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi have come to the city to ascertain the reason of the fire and also to assess the extent of the damage. According to Taj officials all guests were accommodated at Hotel Mountview yesterday and today the things were back to normal. “We reopened by 8 pm yesterday night and everything is functional,” stated Mr Anil Malhotra, General Manager of the hotel.

While officials refused to comment on the extent of the loss, the banquet hall has apparently been completely gutted. According to Mr Malhotra, all events slated for the next week have been shifted to the other banquet hall of the hotel, while fresh bookings for the banquet hall, which was burnt, are not being entertained. “The banquet hall is expected to be functional by the first week of February,” he added. — TNS



Bus driver assaulted, traffic held up
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 22
Traffic was held up for nearly one hour at the Labour Chowk in Sector 16 here today after a bus driver, Ashok Kumar, was assaulted and beaten up by a car driver for allegedly causing an accident which dented the latter's car. Nobody was hurt in the accident.

Ashok Kumar on route 2F driving CH 01 G 5978 was on his regular round when he hit a car (HR 03 E 1177) driven by a boy at the Sector 16 roundabout. With the bus having scratched passed the "wrongly parked car", the boy raised a hue and cry, pulled out the driver and began slapping him.

Sitting in the bus was the president of the CTU Employees Association, Mr Raj Kumar, who took up cudgels on behalf of the bus driver and stopped all buses on that route to join the protest against the boy who had slapped the bus driver.

With buses parked along the roadside, the traffic came to a grinding halt as the drivers launched an offensive against the car driver who called his father, Mr RK Bhadwaj, at the spot to resolve the matter.

While office-goers had a tough time getting out of the blockade, the police arrived on the scene and worked out a compromise between the two parties. Both of them signed a compromise and agreed not to press charges against each other.



Police to take legal opinion on Gaurav
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
It was a canard and not an assault as alleged by Gaurav, son of J. C. Sharma, a local lawyer. The initial investigations indicate that he had inflicted injuries on himself before a few witnesses in a barber shop in hostel number 6 of Panjab University.

The police today decided to go for a legal opinion in this connection after completing its report.

Talking to mediapersons, a DSP asserted that the police had recorded the statement of four persons, including a barber in hostel number 6 of Panjab University, his two employees and a watchman of the hostel.

He said, “We have recorded the statements given by these persons on video in which they claimed that Gaurav had inflicted injuries before them in the shop. They also told the police that Gaurav had asked them to inflict injuries on his forehead and arms and when they refused to do so, he did it himself following which he started bleeding profusely and he left the shop”.

When asked about the action in this regard, the DSP stated that the police would seek legal opinion after preparing a complete report of the entire episode and would take further action as per the law against those found guilty.

The police said they were yet to get the medical examination report of Gaurav Sharma from Sector 16 General Hospital.



Bird deaths not due to avian flu, say wildlife experts
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Trapping and sampling of migratory birds from the regulator end of Sukhna Lake continued today, with the UT Forest and Animal Husbandry Department keen to ascertain the cause of death of nine birds over the past week. The mortality was first detected on Sunday last by the surveillance teams of Forest Department. Later during the week, five more birds were found dead.

While the bodies of nine birds have been sent to Bhopal for testing through the Regional Diagnostic Lab in Jalandhar, sampling was conducted on about seven more migratory birds today. Bird trappers from Bihar have especially been called for the purpose, UT Chief Wildlife Warden Ishwar Singh told Chandigarh Tribune today, ruling out the chances of avian influenza among dead birds.

“We have sent the birds for detection only to be sure of the cause of death. But avian flu is certainly not a possibility because the migratory birds have been flocking at Sukhna for more than past two months. Had the case been avian flu, the entire stock would have been finished by now. No bird infected with avian flu can live beyond 20 days. In my opinion, an unprecedented low temperature this year could have cause the deaths. Seasonal mortality of birds is otherwise routine occurrence as several birds in the flock are aged or sick for other reasons,” said Mr Singh.

Allaying the fears of avian flu and apprehensive that panicky people might kill other migratory birds, Mr Ishwar Singh said neither the dead birds nor the ones from who the samples are being taken have presented any symptoms of avian flu. “They don’t have secretion from eyes or a drooping neck, nor are the birds staying away from the flock at an isolated place– a symptom common among birds suffering avian influenza,” he said.

In all likelihood, the deaths were triggered off after the temperature dropped to zero degree some days ago, Mr Singh said, adding the cause could also be food poisoning because people keep feeding the birds with insecticide and pesticide infested grains. “These birds have enough food in the Sukhna habitat and they don’t require any external source to feed them. We have been conducting awareness camps to tell people not top feed these birds as their digestive system cannot handle such grains. But to no avail. We will know the real cause of birds’ death in a week. Meanwhile, we have intensified our patrolling and surveillance.”

The UT Animal Husbandry Department is also collecting samples from birds and poultry and sending them for routine testing to Jalandhar. “Till now all the results have been negative,” said DR AVS Kohli from the Department.

Meanwhile, the Wildlife Department has kept two sick birds in their observatory. They are being closely monitored for any diseases.



Central Bank staff strike against management
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
A massive rally and demonstration by the employees of Central Bank of India was held at Bank Square, Sector 17, this morning. The employees were participating in a nation-wide strike called by the United Forum of Central Bank Unions, in protest against the alleged autocratic attitude of the management.

The employees, who are members of nine apex unions functioning in the Central Bank of India, took out a protest rally, by sporting black flags and raised slogans against the bank management headed by Chairperson, Ms H.A. Daruwallah. Officials of 10 branches in the tri-city and in the zonal office, participated in the strike.

Mr B.S. Gill, Co-Convener, United Forum of Central Bank Unions, addressed the rally and said that the bank management was hell bent on attacking the trade union rights; unilateral changes in staff related policies; non-implementation of agreed decisions and harassment of employees and officers.

He said they would again hold a strike on February 9, and in case their demands were not met, an indefinite strike would be launched in March. He added that other bank unions, representing the entire banking industry would support them in this strike.



Seminar on Hindi language
Tribune News Service

A Seminar on Hindi in progress at Vijaya Bank, Sector 9
A Seminar on Hindi in progress at Vijaya Bank, Sector 9, on Monday. — A Tribune Photograph

Chandigarh, January 22
A regional-level seminar on Hindi language and the role of computer in use of Hindi was organised at the regional office of Vijaya Bank, Sector 9, here today. Mr Naresh Kaushal was the chief guest on the occasion, while Mr B.S. Rai, Regional Manager, Vijaya Bank, presided over the function. Officers from various banks in the city participated in the seminar. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kaushal said banks could flourish only on the basis of language used by common man, so it was important to promote Hindi language.



Nursing probationers commissioned as lieutenants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
As many as 14 probationer nurses from the 38th Batch of the School of Nursing were commissioned as lieutenants in the Military Nursing Services at an impressive ceremony organised at Command Hospital, Chandimandir today.

The nursing officers were “pipped” by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt-Gen Daljeet Singh, and the hospital Commandant, Major-Gen V.P. Pathania. Family members of the newly commissioned officers were also present.

Congratulating them on their commissioning, General Daljeet exhorted them to be at their best while performing their duties as nursing was not a profession but a service and it was the nursing care in a hospital which determined its reputation and the quality of healthcare.

The nursing school’s principal tutor, Lt-Col T.G. Chandrika, said the syllabus for MNS officers had been modified to include more subjects. In the first year, a new paper on sociology and psychology had been introduced.

Other new subjects include health economics and nursing research, computer science and English.

Lt Deep Lata Kumari, who stood first in this batch and third in the All-India examination, bagged the gold medal and the exam trophy. Lt V.Rajitha Kumari and Lt Harpreet Kaur were both tied at the second position and got silver medals. The newly instituted award for the Best Bedside Nurse also went to Lt V. Rajitha Kumari, while Lt Kavita Joshi clinched the award for the Best All-round Cadet.



Fauji Beat
Can air power alone win wars?

While delivering his inaugural address at a recent seminar on “Air Power in Himalayas” in Chandigarh, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi, said any future war in J&K would be won only by the aerospace power. This statement can only be accepted with a pinch of salt. Leave alone in the Himalayas where the air power has many constraints, even in the plains the Air Force alone cannot win a war. The Gulf War in 1991, proved this point beyond any doubt.

So overwhelming was the part played by the allied air forces in the Gulf War that some analysts started thinking that the ground battle was not necessary. No doubt, the allies had the choice of starting the air war because of full domination in the sky. Yet it could achieve only 30 per cent destruction over a few weeks and the allies had to fight the ground battle to win the war. The entire allied campaign was a classic example of an “air-land battle” operation. Incidentally, the air-land battle strategy was devised by the USA for World War III. But it was tested in the Gulf War with great success.

The air-land battle strategy has come to establish itself as the modern way of fighting a war. It calls for the establishment of a unified higher command set-up, which the powers-that-be have always opposed in India. Besides, this strategy also brings home that air battle has to be won before starting the ground battle. But to say that the Air Force alone can win future wars is wrong. What needs to be clearly understood is that a war is won by a joint effort and no single service should claim that it could win a war on its own.

Polyclinics’ location

Almost all 227 polyclinics envisaged in the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) have become functional now. Rather than waiting till March 2008, a review of the location and category of the polyclinics, depending on the number of patients being catered to by them, should be carried out now.

As far as possible, the new buildings for the polyclinics in the non-military stations should be constructed in the centre and not in one corner of the cities. In Chandigarh, the new building is to come up in Sector 47. Granted that the land is available in this sector. But being in one corner of the city, this location distance-wise would be very inconvenient for more than 80 per cent of the patients, most of whom are in their 70s and 80s.

On an average about 200 patients visit Chandigarh polyclinic daily. Of them, at least 100 are from Mohali and its surrounding areas. This more than justifies that Mohali, which became a district last year, should have a polyclinic. Though a case was taken up last year that the polyclinic located at Solan in Himachal Pradesh, should be shifted to Mohali, it has not got through yet because of some resistance from that area.

Because of being located in a small house in Sector 11, the functioning of Chandigarh polyclinic is greatly hampered. The plan to shift it to a bigger building has been hanging fire for nearly two years.

Army dogs

Army dogs carry out the command of their trainer
Army dogs carry out the command of their trainer.

A dog-training wing was started as part of the Remount and Veterinary Corps (RVC) at Meerut in 1960. Army dogs are trained in various disciplines such as guarding, mines and explosive detection and for tracking. They are also used in infantry patrols. The Army dog units mostly have German Shepherds and Labradors.

To meet the ever-increasing demand of dogs, the RVC has also taken to breeding of pups. The dogs have saved many human lives by detecting explosive devices and mines in the ongoing J&K operations. Many dogs have earned the Chief of the Army Staff’s and the Army Commanders’ Commendation cards for their exceptional performance.

— Pritam Bhullar



‘Supnia da Safar’ released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Authored by Gian Singh, a Sub-Editor in Punjabi Tribune, a book, Supnia da Safar, was released by Dr Amarjit Singh Kang at a function held at Mohali. Mr Manmohan Singh Daon president of the Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Mohali, welcomed guests.

Narinder Bhullar, a journalist, presented his views with regard to contents in the book. The book is based on the experiences of Gian Singh during a visit to Pakistan in 2004. Gian Singh has tried to capture the days of the Partition when lakhs of people had to migrate from their native villages, now in Pakistan, to the country.

He had stated that memories of those lost villages were still embeded in the minds of people who were uprooted.

Mr Daon said Gian Singh had written the book in a beautiful style that attracted the reader. The narration of various incidents in the book was captivating. “It is a good attempt on the part of the writer”, Mr Daon said. In the book, Gian Singh has made a comparative picture of east and west Punjab.



Sand particles in water
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 22
A resident of Sector 66 has complained that the water which is being supplied in the area contains sand particles.

Mr Varinder Pal Singh said cooking food had become a problem because of this. The washing machine would get damaged in the long run.

He said last year also the residents of the area had faced a similar problem. A complaint made to PUDA in this regard failed to get the desired response.



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