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A day of brawls, compromise
Hockey star trains gun at PGI doctor
Arun Sharma and Ramanjit Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Dr Anju Gupta talks to a police officer as Kanwalpreet Singh sits in the room with his face covered at the PGI in Chandigarh on Monday.
Dr Anju Gupta talks to a police officer as Kanwalpreet Singh sits in the room with his face covered at the PGI in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, April 2
Furious over being made to wait for over four hours to get his daughter examined at the Advance Paediatric Centre (APC) at the PGI, international hockey player and Punjab Police inspector Kanwalpreet Singh allegedly pointed his service revolver at a woman doctor this afternoon.

The incident took place at 1 pm when the infuriated cop barged into the doctor’s room and pointed his revolver at her, demanding that she examined his daughter immediately. A shocked Dr Anju Gupta, assistant professor in the department of paediatric medicine, immediately called for hospital security.

Sensing trouble, Kanwalpreet rushed out but was intercepted by the security staff. He threatened them too but was overpowered and handed over to the Chandigarh Police.

Talking to TNS, Kanwalpreet denied having pointed his revolver at the doctor. He said a heated argument took place between them following which he left the room. The security staff manhandled him, when he was going out, he alleged. However, the matter was sorted out.

He said he had come all the way from Jalandhar for the treatment of his one-year-old daughter.

As news spread about the altercation, mediapersons thronged the paediatric centre. A negotiation between Kanwalpreet and the authorities in the room of joint director superintendent Dr D.P. Mehta lasted over three hours.

During this time, SHO of the Sector 11 police station inspector Puran Chand was seen waiting for the outcome to take action accordingly.

Officials at the PGI said Kanwalpreet approached the doctors at 1 pm, requesting that his child be examined out of turn, saying his wife had to take an examination at 2 pm. His daughter was under treatment for renal problem at the PGI since October last. The doctor asked him to wait for a few minutes. He again went inside the doctor’s room with the same request. Once again he was asked to wait. Enraged, Kanwalpreet took out his revolver and threatened the doctor.

A spokesperson of the PGI, confirming the incident, said Kanwalpreet had tendered an apology and the matter had been resolved.



Staff force DPI to revoke orders
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Agitated teachers have a word with DPI (S) Ashwani Kumar outside his office at Sector 9 in Chandigarh on Monday.
Agitated teachers have a word with DPI (S) Ashwani Kumar outside his office at Sector 9 in Chandigarh on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, April 2
There was high drama outside the office of the Director Public Instructions (DPI), Schools, after orders were issued to a Class 1 NCC teacher of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, relieving him of services.

Ram Dev Sharma, a Class 1 NCC officer and a Sanskrit lecturer was handed over the orders by the department after he entered into an argument with the school gate- keeper over a petty issue.

A 90- member teachers’ delegation, led by Harbir Singh Anand and Dr Vinod Sharma, president and general secretary of the Government Teachers’ Union (UT) gathered outside the DPI (S) office against the “dictatorial” attitude of the principal.

The DPI (S) Ashwani Kumar was compelled to take the decision back by the agitated teachers. The DPI (S) constituted a three-member fact-finding committee, consisting of Vinod Sharma, Harbir Singh Anand and Khushali Ram Sharma, to inquire into the functioning of the school and submit a report.

Principal of the school Saroj Gupta denied having received any orders from the department. It all happened on March 29 at 11.15 am, when NCC teacher Ram Dev, after submitting half-day leave, tried to gain access from the rear gate of the school.

The gatekeeper refused to open the gate, saying he was abiding by principal’s “instructions”. He said no teacher could be allowed to enter or exit from that gate. The gatekeeper allegedly used foul language during the altercation.

The gatekeeper relented on persuasion by other teachers.

The following day, the principal sent to the teacher’s home a copy of the orders from the DPI (S) office, relieving him from services with immediate effect.



Flowers in pots atop poles wilt
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Plants in pots on electricity poles wilt for want of care on the Madhya Marg in Chandigarh.
Plants in pots on electricity poles wilt for want of care on the Madhya Marg in Chandigarh. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, April 2
The strength and size of the iron and steel grips erected on electricity poles along the Madhya Marg and Jan Marg to support flower pots shows the mammoth effort, physical and financial, that went into their installation.

However, there are no flowers in these pots. The plants appear to have withered away with the first signs of summer. The pots mainly have ferns and other varieties suited for the winters. No government agency, including the Municipal Corporation, has ensured that these plants are watered regularly.

The work had been assigned to a private agency. On rare occasions, a man is seen on a ladder, watering the plants. He is usually accompanied by another man, cycling a rickshaw carrying two water tanks. The pair has to cycle long distances to refill their water stock.

A senior official of the administration said: " We cannot ensure that the plants are watered and tended to on a regular basis because the job has been assigned to a private agency. As the party has been paid for the task, let them do it."

Sources said workers of the department concerned were not too happy with the UT taking up such an exercise, which they termed as impractical. They refused the upkeep of the flower pots after these were installed by the private agency.



Woman dies in freak accident
Tribune News Service

Police officials question the brother-in-law of the woman killed near the railway bridge on the Chandigarh-Ambala road on Monday.A relative consoles the victim’s sons.
Police officials question the brother-in-law of the woman killed near the railway bridge on the Chandigarh-Ambala road on Monday; (right) and a relative consoles the victim’s sons. — Tribune photos by Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, April 2
A woman got panicky as she saw an approaching train and jumped off the track, in the process suffering severe head injuries. She died on the spot as her head hit the stones on the elevated track on the Chandigarh-Ambala road this afternoon. Her two minor sons and brother-in-law accompanying her escaped unhurt.

Sources in the Government Railway Police (GRP) said 25-year-old Shushma of Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh was on a visit to the family of her brother-in-law, Naveen Kumar of Raipur Khurd village.

Naveen Kumar said they were returning from Ram Darbar at 2 pm after visiting an acquaintance. They wanted to board an auto-rickshaw for Raipur Khurd. Shushma’s sons, six-year-old Shibu and four-year-old Sanu, insisted on viewing the elevated track. On reaching the bridge, they heard the roar of an approaching train and ran back.

Shushma jumped to the other side of the track while he held the children. When the train passed, Shushma was nowhere to be seen. He crossed over the track and found her body stuck in the bushes on the slope of the elevated track.



Dog bites three at mini sectt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Three persons were bitten by a stray dog at the Punjab mini secretariat, Sector 9, here today.

The incident took place when Manjit Kaur, research officer in the language department, was going to the second floor of the building for some office work when a dog charged at her.

Narrating the incident at the General Hospital, Sector 16, the victim said she was going upstairs from her basement office when the dog came in her way.

She tried to shoo it away with a file she was carrying, but the dog attacked her and bit on her forehead several times.

She raised the alarm, following which Gurmikh Singh, head constable in Punjab Armed Police, came to her rescue. But as he tried to hit the dog with the butt of his rifle, the dog bit him as well.

The dog escaped from there and ran into a nearby park. There, Hari Pandey of Kansal village, who was taking a siesta, fell prey to the canine’s biting spree.

Meanwhile, as the word spread, the security at the secretariat reached the scene and took the victims to the hospital, from where they were discharged after being administered first-aid.



Airport goes WiFi

Chandigarh, April 2
The Chandigarh airport has now become a total connectivity zone with the availability of high-speed Internet through WiFi technology.

HFCL Infotel Ltd. (HITL) has executed the project for the Chandigarh Airport Authority, providing free Internet connectivity to all WiFi-enabled devices, including, laptops, mobiles and PDAs.

The service is a first-of-its-kind provided by a telecom firm in the region and will enable passengers at the airport to remain connected to the world without any cost. — TNS



Canadian-Indian writer’s quest for roots
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
She started her writing career with Russian Embassy’s bi-weekly “Soviet Land” in Mumbai many decades ago.

The next phase of her life came 16 years later, in 1973, only after she had become chief editor of the magazine.

She quit to move bag and baggage to Canada and today, Canadian-Indian writer Minnie Grewal is the author of four books (not in Russian but in Punjabi!).

She also has a collection of short stories coming out in Hindi soon and is hard at work on her next two writing projects.

What makes Minnie’s foray into Chandigarh from Canada interesting is that she is here to research a story that is very close to her heart, one of her heritage and her roots.

“It is the story of the history of my village, Mehma Singh Wala, (Ludhiana district), through the life and times of my ancestors particularly my grandfather Bachan Singh Grewal, who was an advocate in Ludhiana and Nabha,” she explains.

While the subject may seem slender to the lay reader, what Minnie hopes to encompass is “hope” in her story.

“I am constantly told by young people in this country that there is no future here. My great-grandfather was a farmer in the village. His son, my grandfather, went out, got his law degree and was a gold medallist. He then supposedly went on to become the Chief Justice of Nabha, that too in the time of the British. So, why cannot youngsters today, with all the opportunities, do this too?”

However, many kilometres and dusty roads later, all that she has managed to discover in the course of her travels around the region is a man deeply steeped in philanthropy but not much else.

“He was a prolific writer and helped establish schools for girls and boys. He was a champion of women’s rights and derided caste and the difference it brought within communities.”

But there is little else. “Even the title of Chief Justice is something I heard of but there are no references to this to be found.”

All she personally has to draw on are her earliest memories of her grandfather, before he passed away in 1951.

“He loved me very much and used to call me ‘pahwa’ (referring to the four legs of the bed) since I was as short as them,” she smiles.

She remembers him reading out science books to her. “He opened up the world of planets, the sun and the moon to me. He used to ask me how long a train would take to go from the earth to the sun.”

Next in line is “something on my Russian experience.” After all if Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are her idea of light reading, she sure is equipped to handle the subject.



Sahara City Homes: Promoters take people for a ride
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Dreams of scores of residents to own a home in the state-of-the-art Sahara City Homes, a prestigious project of the Sahara Group, at Rampur Kalan on the Zirakpur-Patiala road in the Chandigarh's periphery has gone sour as the promoters had allegedly taken them for a ride.

With fate of the project, touted as world's largest chain of self-sufficient high-quality townships promoted by Amitabh Bachchan still uncertain, the investors are at their wits' end years after investing their hard-earned money.

It was in 2004 that the Sahara Group had launched an aggressive all-India campaign for the project across 217 cities. The Chandigarh project was among the first phase townships where the people were to start living by 2007. However, all this seems to be a tall claim if the ground reality is any indication.

When this correspondent posed as a customer and contacted the company helpline(30300007), he was informed that the construction had been held up due to delay in the environment impact assessment (EIA). The construction is slated to start in three months' time and the project would be completed in three years, the correspondent was informed.

Lured by the advertisement campaign, MM Aggarwal, a Chandigarh-based entrepreneur, and his daughter Mamta Aggarwal applied for two bedroom flats and deposited an amount of Rs 90,800 each as advance money on March 20,2005. "We were assured that the number of flat would be allotted by May, 2005. But till date the promised flat number eludes us," a harassed Aggarwal, who had been corresponding with the promoters for about two years, alleged.

On July 7,2005, Sahara India Commercial Corporation Limited did respond to Aggarwal's letter claiming that the plans had already been submitted to PUDA and the project would be launched after completion of all legal formalities and government regulations.

However, in April, 2005 the project seemed to have run into rough weather with PUDA urging the police to take action against the promoters for violation of various provisions of the Punjab Apartments and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA), 1995.

PUDA action had come in the wake of the alleged advertisement by the company without obtaining a valid licence for the launch of the colony. Under PAPRA, any coloniser is prohibited to carve out plots or apartments on an area of more than 1,000 square metres without a licence from PUDA.



Navy rescues Indian merchant ship in Pacific Ocean
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
In an unprecedented operation thousands of miles away from home, an Indian warship yesterday rescued an Indian merchant ship stranded on the high seas in the Pacific Ocean.

A flotilla of Indian warships on deployment in south-east Asia, received a distress call from MV Maharashtra, a cargo ship belonging to the Indian Shipping Corporation. The beleaguered merchantman, positioned about 270 nautical miles north-east of Ho Chi Minh City, was without any power supply due to failure of its main diesel alternators. Attempts by the crew to restore the power supply were unsuccessful.

A 46,000 DWT dry cargo bulk carrier in service since 1996, MV Maharashtra was on passage from Tianjin in China to Bander Imam Khomeini port in Iran.

On receipt of the distress message at about 7 am (IST) on March 31, INS Rana, a Kashin Class destroyer, was promptly dispatched to provide the necessary assistance. The warship reached the area about an hour-and-a-half later and a technical team comprising 10 naval personnel was transferred by helicopter and boat to the merchant vessel for rendering assistance.

The Naval team was able to rectify the diesel alternators, enabling restoration of power supply on board the merchant ship. During the defect rectification, it was also observed that the fuel tanks supplying the diesel fuel to the alternators were contaminated. Supply of fresh fuel was essential to ensure uninterrupted power supply.

INS Rana then came alongside the stricken ship and transferred 10 tonnes of fuel to enable MV Maharashtra to continue its passage across the Pacific. Such an operation, where both ships were stationary alongside each other is very rare. Not only that, the merchant vessel did not have the equipment for fuel transfer on the high seas, calling for some innovation on part of the Navy. Fuel replenishment on the high seas by naval ships is done when vessels are in motion with a minimum stipulated distance between them.

Commanded by Capt L.V.S. Babu, INS Rana was with the merchantman till yesterday afternoon before proceeding to join the flotilla after ensuring the repaired vessel would be able to manage on its own.

INS Rana is part of a five-ship flotilla led by the Eastern Fleet Commander, rear admiral R.K. Dhawan presently in the Pacific for exercises with other naval forces of other countries. Other ships in the flotilla include the guided missile cruiser, INS Mysore, destroyer INS Ranjit, missile corvette INS Kuther and replenishment tanker INS Jyoti.

The flotilla sailed from Port Blair on March 23 and was in Singapore from March 27 to 30 for annual bilateral exercises.

It is now en route to Okinawa in Japan to participate in Exercise Malabar, joint Indo-US naval exercises.

The flotilla will thereafter proceed to China.



Fauji Beat
Where widows’ welfare is a casualty

A battle casualty at the Indian Army Hospital in Sudan.
A battle casualty at the Indian Army Hospital in Sudan.

“IN the fond memory of my daughter, late Jyoti Thakur, I wish to contribute Rs 25 lakh from my personal earnings to my unit”, wrote Kanwar Nirmal Singh, DGP, Haryana, to the Commanding Officer (CO), 2 Mechanised Infantry 1 Jat (LI), on September 12, 2006. Nirmal Singh was commissioned into 1 Jat (LI) in March 1968. From where, he was selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS) in July 1973.

He had desired that the donation be utilised for the welfare of widows, their dependents, serving and retired personnel and their families by setting up a welfare association in the unit. The CO had projected the case (through proper channel) for sanction by the Army Headquarters. The Army Headquarters had ruled that the donation could only be accepted if no conditionalities were attached to it by the donor and if he did not ask for the setting up of any trust or exercise any right over the expenditure of the fund.

Nirmal Singh (now retired) is dismayed over the Army Headquarters’ ruling. “This donation was for a noble cause to which I wanted to continue adding more funds. I did not want to exercise any direct control over the expenditure. But then some rules had to be framed by the unit so that no one could misuse the fund”, he says Nirmal Singh has remained closely associated with his unit till today. His sentiment to help the deserving widows of the unit should not be misunderstood.

Why this discrimination?

“How come when senior officers get involved in corrupt practices they are let off lightly as compared to the juniors who are awarded deterrent punishments for similar offences?” The reason why several Army, men were posing this question is simple. In the recent past, three Lieut-Generals have been let off leniently. One of them has been awarded “censure” for irregularities in the contract of supplying frozen meat worth crores of rupees to the troops based in the northern sector. “If the same offence was committed by a junior, he would have been tried by a General Court Martial and awarded severe punishment”, say many others.

Taking administrative action of this nature against senior officers and then recommending them for posting to higher or equivalent slots make a mockery of the Army discipline. There are 25 senior officers who are facing charges of corruption in the armed forces. Granted that corruption has assumed endemic proportions in the country. But then no army where seniors set examples of lack of moral turpitude for their juniors can remain an efficient fighting army for long.

UN Citation

The Indian Army Level-II hospital deployed as part of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) was awarded the Force Commander’s Citation in February this year. The hospital earned praise for treating battle casualties during the hostilities between the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and Sudanese Armed Forcers (SAF) in November last year. The hospital’s work was greatly appreciated for providing help to the SPLA soldiers during the outbreak of viral hepatitis in February 2006.

— Pritam Bhullar



Spectrum of colours in cotton, silk
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Celebrating the splendour of Indian yarn, ‘Weaves - Cotton and Silk Spectrum 2007’ brings to the city the creative passion of weavers from across India.

Weaves provides a platform to artisans of the country to showcase their very best.

The venture, now into its third exhibition, was put together by a Hyderabad-based advertising agency who researched on silk yarn extensively and went from state to state putting together those weavers and artisans who spun and wove only the purest threads without mixing Chinese yarn into their weaves.

“This platform allows the weavers to come in contact with consumers themselves and assess what is it that they really want,” explains M. Sarveshwar Reddy, managing director of Revathi Creative Communications, the organisers.

Andhra Pradesh’s fresh cotton and raw handloom silk take the form of mangalgiris with striking borders or of wall hangings with images and patterns woven into the fabric. Assam brings its diverse array of silks, endi, muga and pala while Bihar comes represented by its world-class Bhagalpur silk in delightful shades that range from deep pink to pale gold. Chhatisgarh’s exquisite tribal motifs find splendour on the vegetable-dyed tussars where the colours are drawn from vermillion, haldi, mehndi, flowers, fruits and vegetables enchant.

Gujarat’s patolas, where the weft and the warp are dyed separately using selected patterns, West Bengal’s exquisite kantha work, Karnataka’s tangails, Madhya Pradesh’s chanderis and maheshwaris with their striking borders, Maharashtra’s karvati saris from Bhandara district and Uttar Pradesh’s benarasis, jamdanis and brocades are some of the splendid silks and cottons to choose from.

What is worth a dekko is how the elegant silk takes on splendid varieties as it moves from one state to another.

The exhibition is on at Kisan Bhavan, Sector 35, till April 6.



Boozing in the open
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 2
It’s 9 pm. The chaat vendor in front of the group housing societies, Sector 5, Mansa Devi Complex, is doing brisk business as customers await their turn. A group of five persons, carrying a liquor bottle, disposable glasses and a bottle of water, sit down on the road berm near his rehri. And, the party begins to roll as they take turns to consume liquor and zing it up with a spicy plate of chaat. At a temporary stall of Chinese food at the other end of the market, a similar scene unfolds.

This is not a scene that’s confined to a particular market of the city. Drinking at public places in the open is the latest fad and residents are particularly perturbed with this latest development, which has its roots in the mushrooming eating joints.

While the HUDA and the police seemed to have turned a blind eye to this rising menace, residents feel this should be checked on a priority.

And, no market is untouched. The markets in Sector 6, 15, 20 are among the hot spots. Complaints by residents have borne no fruit since neither the police nor the administration has stepped in to nab the culprits.

General secretary of the House Owners'-cum-Plot Owners Association, Sector 15, J.S. Parmar said the problem was becoming more acute with no action initiated against those violating the law.

“The rush continues to grow at these rehris, courtesy these drunkards. The vendors have no reason to complain since it means good business for them. If anybody is suffering, it is the common man. We can’t afford to go out past 9 pm because the area is virtually under siege. We have brought this to the notice of the authorities but nothing seems to be happening,” he stated.

A resident of the group housing society in Sector 20, Prem Prakash, states: “This is an everyday affair in our sector. However, we feel the pinch most on days when the apni mandi is held and there are migrants consuming liquor in the open with impunity and passing lewd comments on the passersby. It hardly seems a modern city on such days,” he quips. In Sector 6 and 8, similar stalls of eatables attract bacchus lovers and sometimes a patrolling policeman also chooses to ignore this. A shopkeeper in Sector 6 admitted that such eating joints were becoming a nuisance.

In the Mansa Devi area, while this is common late in the evening, a liquor vend “sanctioned” in the market place has invited the residents’ wrath.



Stinking nullah bane of Lakhnour residents
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, April 2
A major environmental issue related to the discharge of untreated sullage in the open nullah, which passes through the Lakhnour village area here, hangs fire even as government departments attempt to pass the buck.

Residents of the village had prayed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2004 to direct departments concerned to stop the discharge of industrial affluents and sewage in the nullah. The court had taken a serious view of the issue and directed departments concerned to stop the discharge and complete a sewer and sewage treatment plant by August 15,2007.

After the directions of the court, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) tried to provide a temporary relief last month to the residents of the village by diverting the flow of sewage to the peripheral area.

However, nothing has been done for a permanent solution to the problem despite several meetings with the authorities concerned.

Another meeting regarding the setting up of an outfall sullage sewer in industrial Sectors 72-75 will be held under the chairmanship of the chief secretary, on April 10.

Sectors 72-75 are industrial sectors developed by the PSIEC. An RCC culvert has been set up from the middle of Sector 72 on the road dividing Sectors 72-75 and then along the road separating Sectors 75-76 up to end of Sector 76. Through this culvert the sullage and storm water Sectors 72 and 73 was being discharged in the nullah near the boundary wall of the Radha Soami Satsang Dera, which ultimately flows through the village.

At a meeting held under the chairmanship of chief administrator, GMADA, in January, the PSIEC was asked to initiate action in this regard.

It is learnt that at a meeting held later on January 22 under the chairmanship of principal secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, the PSIEC authorities had maintained that they were not responsible either to share the cost or to lay the outfall sewer in Sectors 72 and 73 as these sectors were being maintained by the Mohali Municipal Council.

Council officials said today that the work of laying the sewer was the responsibility of the PSIEC and not that of the civic body as it was an original work and the council only carried out maintenance work in the sectors handed over to it.



Carpentry course at juvenile home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Jean Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today inaugurated a course on carpentry at Juvenile Home, Sector 25, for the delinquent juvenile children and SC children of Colony No. 4, Industrial Area.

The course is being offered by the Child and Woman Development Corporation in association with the ITI. Two batches will be started in the beginning - one for juvenile resident children and the other for SC children belonging to slum dwellings of Colony No. 4.

Twenty-five children - 15 from the colony and 10 from the juvenile home - have been enrolled in the course, which will be provided to them free-of-cost.

Appreciating the efforts of the department, Ms Rodrigues said such initiatives on the part of the Chandigarh administration would go a long way in providing a better living to such children.

She assured the children and the department of ensuring administration help to the course and to all future programmes undertaken for the welfare of such children.



Sec 40 residents want post office back
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Residents of Sector 40 and surrounding areas have demanded the reopening of the post office that had been closed down in the Sector around a year ago.

According to a press note, in the absence of the post office, which catered to the needs of residents of Sectors 38, 39, 40 and 41, people were being put through a lot inconvenience.

There were around 10,000 account-holders in the post office when it was closed down. Surprisingly, all accounts were transferred to the post office, Sector 36, which was harder to reach for the residents.

The residents, particularly senior citizens and retirees, find it difficult to operate their accounts, as they have to switch buses to reach the post office, says S.K. Khosla, a resident.

“To cater to the needs of the residents of the five Sectors and villages, a full-fledged post office - with essential postal services such as speed post, national saving schemes and allied services - is needed in the area,” they say.

The residents have decided to resort to agitation in case the post office is not reopened, the press note adds.



Body found
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 2
The body of an unidentified youth was found at the railway tracks near Dhakoli here this morning.

According to sources, the youth was allegedly run over by a train last night.




Not fair

The news report titled “VIP kin in hit & run case” in the April 1 edition of Chandigarh Tribune unmasked the hypocrisy of the police. Whereas the cops do not hesitate to rain blows on petty offenders, they chose to look the other way when VIPs and their kin are involved in an offence, no matter how heinous it is. If the police force does not work impartially and with honesty, there is the danger of the common man taking law into his own hands.

On the other hand, respect for the law must be inculcated in the minds of the young.

— Geetinder Garewal, Chandigarh

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Bid to commit suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
A 25-year-old man allegedly attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself at his parent’s residence in Mauli Complex this afternoon.

The police said the man had had an altercation with his wife, following which he tried to kill himself.

He was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 16 where his condition was stated to be out of danger.

The man, Vengdeasham, who lives in a rented accommodation with his wife in the same locality, had gone to his father’s house around 4 pm after having an altercation with his wife.

He locked himself in a room and tried to hang himself from a ceiling fan hook with a belt.

As his parents learned about their son’s step, they raised the alarm following which neighbours arrived at the house.

They broke open the door and took him out just in time.

The police was informed about the incident and the man was shifted to the hospital.

The in charge of the Mauli Jagran police post said a case of attempt to suicide under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in this regard.



Tenant found murdered
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 2
An unidentified person was allegedly found murdered in a house in Kansal village here today.

According to the police, Swaran Singh, a resident of Kansal, had told it that the body of an unidentified person was found bundled in a sack from a room which he had given on rent to Amarnath, who hailed from Himachal Pradesh. Amarnath went missing in the area many days ago.

Swarn Singh told the police that Shankar, one of his tenants, told him that foul smell was emanating from the room.

He found a sack on a bed and on opening it, it was found that the sack contained another sack carrying the body.

The body was sent to the local Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

A case has been registered under Section 302 of the IPC.



2 drive off without paying for fuel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Two unidentified car-borne youths allegedly fled without paying from a petrol station in Sector 22.

The police said Desh Ram, sales manager at Gurdial Singh Petrol Station, lodged a complaint that two persons travelling in a Maruti Esteem car (HP 11 4714) drove off without paying after topping up their car with Rs 1,750 worth of petrol on Sunday.

A case of cheating has been registered in this regard. The police is investigating the matter.

Cylinder stolen

Raju of Colony No. 5 reported to the police that his LPG cylinder was stolen from his auto-rickshaw (CH 03 V 2029) parked in Industrial Area.

A case of theft has been registered.



HUDA official held for forgery
Arun Sharma

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 2
The Crime Branch of the local police arrested an assistant working at the Estate Office of HUDA here today. The accused Tek Chand, was arrested for forging documents of a property belonging to an NRI. According to information, Tek Chand was accused of preparing a dubious general power of attorney against which the NRI lodged a complaint with HUDA.



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