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A TRIBUNE INVESTIGATION
5-yr-old taking to correction fluids

Drug abuse high
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
The district mental health programme is throwing up increasing evidence of inhalant drug abuse in the city. Camps conducted under the programme in different colonies show that children as young as five years are inhaling drugs like eraser fluids, solvents like taulene (used for fixing punctures), petrol and diesel.

This is happening, despite the ban on sale of correction fluids in Chandigarh. The ban was ordered when the Chandigarh Police, faced with a large number of such cases, took up the issue with the district magistrate. The fluid is, however, remains in use, primarily owing to its free availability in neighbouring Punjab villages like Nayagaon and Dera Bassi.

Right now, 17 children of Bapu Dham and 10 of Khuda Alisher are seeking treatment for addiction under the district mental health programme. At an ongoing camp in Khuda Alisher, doctors are treating seven children, who have been regularly using whiteners as drugs.

Sixty children addicted to inhalants have been counseled at the camp. At Bapu Dham, even five-year-olds have shown a chronic history of inhalant drug abuse. Whiteners are dangerous as they are known to damage organs with prolonged exposures.

“Many of these children were not attending schools. Apparently, the schools have been refusing them admission on socio-economic grounds. But we spoke to the DPI (Schools) and secured admission for some of them. At least 17 are being regularly monitored at our weekly checkup camps in Bapu Dham. They are on medicines that induce withdrawal,” said a senior doctor.

Experts demand curbs on easy and cheap availability of inhalants like whiteners. Dr B.S. Chavan of GMCH-32, who is associated with the programme, has written to the director of health services in UT, asking him to take up the issue in Punjab.

I have requested the DHS to write to his Punjab counterpart for a similar ban on correction fluid sale in Punjab.”

Meanwhile, children are on an experimentation spree.

The police authorities admit that a massive crackdown on smack trade in Chandigarh led to the increased use of correction fluids for drug abuse.

“Now that correction fluid has been banned, children are taking to solvents used in fixing punctures. Petrol and diesel are also being inhaled. Prescription drug abuse is as common, especially in Dera Bassi, Dadumajra and Maloya, where such drugs are easily available,” said a senior police officer, adding that drug control is on top priority of the UT police.

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No way to treat the ailing
Inmates of rehab centre rescued
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 10
As many as 44 inmates were rescued by the district administration from a drug de-addiction centre in the Phase IX Industrial Area here this evening.

Health department officials alleged that the centre had failed to provide basic requirements to the inmates.

A team of officials comprising civil surgeon M.S.Toor , SDM Jaspal Mittal , SP ( City) Varinder Pal Singh and doctors rescued the inmates, who were shifted to the Civil Hospital.

Parents of the rescued persons would be informed and could take away their children from the hospital, the officials said. It is learnt that at least three inmates needed medical treatment.

Toor said the centre, Disha Foundation, had applied for licence, following which a team of doctors visited the centre for inspection yesterday.

They found that the centre was not providing basic facilities to the inmates. It did not have proper ventilation and was overcrowded. It was also alleged that the centre did not have qualified staff for dispensing medicines to the inmates.

The inmates complained to the inspecting team that they were not allowed to meet relatives. Neither were they being given proper food.

It is learnt that the centre housed 54 inmates and 44 said they did not want to stay at the centre.

Today, the SDM, along with a team of doctors, visited the centre. The living conditions at the centre were brought to the notice of the deputy commissioner by the SDM, who later gave directions to rescue the inmates.

A 70-year-old man , who needed psychiatric treatment, was also found staying at the centre.

Two more drug de-addiction centres, one at Phase X here and the other in Zirakpur, had applied for licences, which are not being granted by the authorities concerned.

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Bridge Hitch
Cross bus crew allowed across
Pradeep Sharma/Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, April 10
It was a day of confusion and chaos for commuters on the Ghaggar Bridge on Ambala-Chandigarh highway. With the bridge yet to be officially thrown open to heavy vehicular traffic, particularly buses, those travelling on state transport buses between Chandigarh and Ambala were a harassed lot.

Tempers ran high as the bus crew flashed newspaper reports stating that the bridge had been opened to buses. Local traffic inspector Satnam Singh had a tough time explaining that the bridge was yet to opened. As the crew protested, the traffic police allowed a few buses to cross the bridge after obtaining a written undertaking that they were crossing the bridge at their "own risk."

Similarly, several buses, bound from Chandigarh to Ambala, were diverted to the Tepla-Banur road from the Zirakpur traffic lights by traffic police personnel.

Meanwhile, Mohali DSP (Traffic) Arun Saini reiterated today that the bridge was yet to be re-opened for heavy vehicles. The police was working on a plan to decongest Zirakpur, under which traffic bound from Chandigarh to Patiala would be diverted to alternative routes, bypassing Zirakpur.

Though the repair on the bridge has been completed, last-minute technicalities among the agencies involved in the project—the Mohali police, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and GMR Ambala-Chandigarh Expressway Private Limited—has delayed its re-opening.

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NHAI bends; Highway shrinks

ZIRAKPUR: In a major relief to shopkeepers along the Zirakpur flyover here, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has agreed to reduce the width of the stretch of the Chandigarh-Ambala highway passing through the town.

The "compromise formula" was reached at a meeting of shopkeepers, NHAI officials and representatives of the GMR Ambala-Chandigarh Expressways, the agency executing the four-laning project. It was decided that 65.6 ft along both sides of the road be left from the central point.

Narinder Sharma, president of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, who attended the meeting, told the Chandigarh Tribune today that this concession had been given to the shopkeepers of the main market alone as portions of their shops had to be demolished if the stipulated 146 ft width for the four-laned road was to be adhered to by the NHAI. Sharma hoped the gesture would speed up the four-laning of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway.

It may be recalled that last year the shopkeepers were up in arms against the NHAI notices to vacate the land allegedly encroached upon by them along the highway. In fact, a section of the shopkeepers had sought the measurement of land falling in front of their shops again and again alleging that “incorrect” measurement had been undertaken by the NHAI officials.

The completion of the four-project is slated for completion by November 2008.As part of the four-laning, the construction of a 2.7-km Zirakpur flyover is currently in progress. For the smooth flow of traffic below the flyover, service lanes are being constructed.

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Dullo Junior challaned yet again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
It seems that son of former president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Shamsher Singh Dullo hates to obey traffic rules and regulations. For the past four months Bunny Dullo has been booked for violating traffic rules at least three times.

Today was no different. He was booked for having a black film on car windows and driving without documents or a driver’s licence at a naka on the road dividing Sectors 15 and 16.

Besides this, the traffic police issued 78 challans to various traffic rules offenders and realised Rs 2,600 from on-the-spot fines, said co-ordinator of traffic marshals Gurnam Singh.

The police impounded Bunny’s Hyundai Elantra car (PB-26-D-0005), which was returned to him after he had paid a fine of Rs 6,500, said the UT deputy superintendent of police (Traffic).

In December last year, Bunny was booked for using a red light on his vehicle in Sector 36, while in February he was booked for using a black film. At that time too he had failed to produce a driver’s licence. 

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Woman found dead; kin call it murder
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 10
Fortytwo-year-old Paramjit Kaur was today found hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence in Lohgarh village of Pinjore. While her husband, Tirlochan Singh, said she was mentally disturbed, her family alleged that he and his family had been harassing her following a property dispute.

An autorickshaw driver, Tirlochan told the police that his wife was mentally upset following the death of two of her four children. Her son and daughter aged seven and eight, respectively, were not at home when the incident took place.

The victim's brother, Gurpreet Singh, who arrived from Chhichhrouli, alleged his sister had been murdered by her in-laws. He said she had been beaten up and her body hanged from the fan.

He said his sister was married for 20 years. She would often call up her family members, saying her in-laws wanted to gobble up her share in property. He said while the body bore bruise marks, he had found a broken tooth on the bed, indicating that his sister had been beaten up. The Pinjore police said though no suicide note had been found.The investigating officers said they would examine the spot of the crime and wait for the post-mortem report before initiating any action.

Woman commits suicide: A 29-year-old woman, a mother of four, allegedly hanged herself to death at her residence in the Sector 52 rehabilitation camp in Chandigarh this afternoon. The police said the reason behind the death was yet to be ascertained. Brothers of the woman, Neelam, ruled out possibility foul play behind the death.

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Kang blamed for sending notices to Kandi residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
Kamal Kishore, chairman of the Ilaka Sudhar Committee of Kandi area, today said the previous government had played a mischief on the people of the area by issuing them notices to demolish their houses by enforcing the provisions of the Punjab Land Preservation Act ( PLPA).

He said a large number of people in the villages located in the Shivalik foothills near Chandigarh in Ropar district had got such notices. “On my request, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has stopped the operation of such notices, ” said Kamal Kishore.

He said Kang had remained a minister for 10 years in the past 15 years but he had failed to free people of the area from the clutches of the PLPA. He said the notices to demolish the houses were issued on February 22, when the Amarinder government was in power, but were delivered late to the people concerned. Now, Kang had been trying to blame the Akali-BJP government for the notices but when he was a minister he did nothing to get the PLPA revoked, Kishore added.

“We have requested Badal to get the PLPA repealed as it was an Act that has become a hurdle in the development of Kandi belt,” he said. He further said people in certain villages had been sent hefty water bills. “The public health department did not send bills when Kang was minister The people were asked to pay bills for drawing water from taps installed in their homes,” he added.

Kamal has also sought an inquiry into the construction of the railway overbridge at Kurali. Construction of the bridge had made life hell for the residents of Kurali, he said. He alleged that bridge had not been built as per the specifications. He has urged the Badal government to depute some senior officers of the state government to listen to the problems faced by people of Kurali because of the overbridge as they had to pay toll for passing over the bridge, he said.

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Rodrigues reviews UT projects
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
Emphasising that constant renewal of schemes to suit the changing needs people is essential, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today asked senior officers of the Chandigarh administration to do a periodical validation of the ongoing projects to include strengthening of physical and social infrastructure, followed by immediate necessary corrective measures to ensure their time-bound completion.

“We can’t move forward unless we adopt an innovative approach and evolve an effective monitoring mechanism in our developmental processes, with focus on meeting the aspirations and needs of the common man,” he said.

The meeting reviewed the progress of works relating to the Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology Park.

General Rodrigues asked the finance secretary and director IT to focus on the speedy execution of phases I and II of the project, with simultaneous planning for the phase III, as the project was a major step in the knowledge sector and was to provide sufficient employment opportunities to professionals.

Later, General Rodrigues held a meeting with home secretary and director PGI to coordinate a programme of providing efficient healthcare services by integrating the PGI with two major hospitals and poly clinics in the Union Territory to enhance their reach to the disadvantaged sections of society.

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Parking Blues
Staff duck responsibility at Sector-34 lots
Where you pay for nothing
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
With burgeoning traffic in the city and subsequent shrinking of the parking spaces, finding a suitable place to park one’s vehicle in Sector 34 has become every motorist’s nightmare.

As if the growing number of vehicles is not enough, the manner in which these are allowed to be parked is compounding the problem.

Several motorists park their vehicles haphazardly, blocking other vehicles. Though the parking is paid here, those manning these do nothing to mitigate the inconvenience caused to those who pay to park their vehicles.

In spite of over five parking lots in the Sector, it takes at least half an hour to park a vehicle during peak hours. Realising the problem, the municipal corporation has decided to introduce token system at these parking lots. This, however, is likely to create a new set problem for those seeking space to park their vehicles.

Under this system, no cars will be allowed to be parked in the lot once all tokens have been given away.

Residents will either have to find a vacant parking lot or use the parking lots in adjacent Sectors. However, they will have to use other modes of transport, like rickshaws, to reach their destination.

Officials in the corporation maintain that “nothing much can be done in this regard as there is no more space available here”.

The only solution to the problem is the construction of a multi-story parking, but cost is a huge hurdle in the way of bringing one up.

One of the harried motorists who was on a visit to the regional passport office, Ankur Sharma of Sangrur, said it took a “huge effort” to locate a parking place.

He said when he asked the men collecting fee to help him find one, they rudely declined.

Rakesh Kumar, who works in one of the business establishments, said he tried to arrive here early so that he could find a parking place.

Though the corporation is doing its bit to address the problems beings faced by residents, the parking blues are likely to continue till some concrete measures are taken. 

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North Indians spend borrowed money on social events: Survey
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
All talks of expanding Indian economy notwithstanding, a substantial number of North Indians, borrowing money, are spending cash not only on social events like marriages, but also to meet their routine expenses, including money spent on food, housing, health, transport, education and durables.

A survey, carried out jointly by Max New York Life Insurance Company Limited and the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) on “How India earns, spends and saves”, has revealed that in Punjab 51 per cent of the borrowing households take loans from friends for their health and medical treatment expenses, besides social obligations.

As many as 21 per cent borrow money also, for covering other routine expenses.

Out of the total borrowing households, 37 per cent accept loans from moneylenders for social expenses like money spent on wedding and child birth.

As the samples for conducting the survey have been collected from across the country, information about the exact number or percentage of the borrowing household in the region is not readily available with the researchers.

Giving details of the findings, senior vice-president, head agency (North and East), Max New York Life, Kenneth Sannoo, says the situation is more or less the same in Haryana. Almost 39 per cent of the borrowing households accept money from friends for health and social obligations.

Twentyfive per cent take loans to cover routine expenditure.

Another 32 per cent households borrow from moneylenders.

In the city for releasing the report, he adds: In Chandigarh 72 per cent of the borrowing households accept loans from financial institutes.

None of the people included in the survey borrowed from moneylenders.

He adds that 97 per cent of households in Punjab and 99 per cent in Haryana feel they cannot survive for more than a year on their current savings in case of loss of household income’s major source.

Likewise, 93 per cent of households in Chandigarh are financially at risk.

As many as 19 per cent households in Punjab and 33 per cent in Haryana keep their savings at home. In Chandigarh , the percentage hovers around 25.

While 80 per cent of households in Punjab and 78 per cent in Haryana are aware of life insurance, ownership is at 19 per cent and 27 per cent respectively. In Chandigarh , 92 per cent of households are aware. Just 50 per cent own a life insurance policy

For the purpose of conducting the survey, a sample of over 63,000 Indian households was taken. Out of the total, 1804 households were in Punjab , 1788 households in Haryana and 218 households were in Chandigarh .

"The results broadly confirm the fact that Indian households are in the habit of saving. They are also fundamentally optimistic about their financial future.

However, for almost a quarter of households across the income spectrum, current income is insufficient for their routine and unusual expenditure,” he concludes.

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Ammo scam: Defence terms charges as vague
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
The defence in the general court martial (GCM) trying Col Vishal Bhargav, a former Commanding officer of a Gorkha Rifles battalion for alleged misappropriation of ammunition, today raised objections to the charges against the accused on the grounds of multiplicity and vagueness.

Defence counsel Col S.K. Aggarwal (retd) submitted before the court that the charges did not disclose any offence and were not explicit enough for the accused to know what to defend and how to defend.

Stating that the accused had been charged with “so negligently performing his duties that the ammunition held with the said unit was not properly accounted for between January 1, 2005 and 19 July 2005”, the defence counsel said the court’s convening authority and the accused’s commanding officer must specify what type of ammunition and the quantity involved so that the accused can defend himself and cross-examine witnesses with the help of records.

He contended that the accused assumed charge of his battalion on January 1, 2005 and he could not be held responsible for the alleged acts of commission or omission, if any, that might have taken place prior to his assuming command.

The defence also contended that the accused’s commanding officer, Brig Rajeev Bhalla, did not examine any witness and document pertaining to three charges during the hearing of the charge.

The court, however, did not allow the defence to examine witnesses in support of its contention that no hearing of charge was conducted by the commanding officer.

The court observed that the record of hearing of charge disclosed that the procedure was held properly.

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Water Billing
MC panel settles two disputes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
The first meeting of the municipal corporation’s committee for redress of disputes pertaining to water bills was held today.

Three disputes relating to alleged overcharging were discussed at the meeting, wherein the consumers put forth their point of view and documents in support of their claim.

The consumers sought reduction in their bills. The committee cross-checked the documents produced with the available official records.

Two of the cases were settled, while the third was deferred for consideration at the next meeting for want of additional record for verification.

According to a spokesperson for the municipal corporation, it was perhaps the only corporation in the country to have such a committee.

Consumer unhappy with the billing could make a request in writing to the nodal officer of the committee concerned with 33 per cent of the billed amount for putting the dispute before the respective dispute committee.

If the consumer was not satisfied with the decision of the dispute committee, he had the option to appeal to the appellate authority in writing within 15 days of the decision and depositing 17 per cent of the billed amount so as to cover 50 per cent of the total billed amount.

There are three-level reviewing and appellate authorities:

  • Up to Rs 10,000: division-level committee; circle-level committee.
  • From Rs 10,001 to Rs 1 lakh: circle-level committee; chief-level committee.
  • Above Rs 1 lakh: chief-level committee; commissioner-level committee.
Committees are competent to consider disputed cases of the consumers relating to excessive charging of water bills due to any of the following reasons:
  • Premises remained locked after construction but bills kept increasing every month.
  • Premises initially occupied but thereafter remained locked for considerable period.
  • Excessive billing on account of high average consumption due to any technical defect in water meter, including of wrong meter reading.
  • Excessive billing due to leakage within the residential premises of the consumer.
  • Connection was sanctioned but physically no meter installed at site and the construction was not commenced or only a part of the building constructed but remained incomplete.
  • Excessive bill due to levy of commercial charges where the commercial activity was not carried out at all or was carried out for a limited period.
  • To settle disputed bills where the corporation disconnected the supply but the same was reconnected by the consumer without the permission of corporation/informing the corporation.

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Documentary screened

Chandigarh, April 10
Riding on the success of 14 consecutive shows of their much acclaimed English play, Lion of Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh, staged at Waterman Arts Theatre, London, the Punajbi Theatre Academy of Middlesex London is all set to repeat their plays in the city beautiful and theatres in the region.

The play had been sculpted by noted playwright and film script writer James Brabazon and directed by Darren Machloy with T.P. Singh being the co-director. A documentary film on the making and staging of the play at the theatre was screened for the guests today. — OC

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Sec-45 blocks without water

Chandigarh, April 10
Residents of two blocks in Sector 45 C have been facing acute water shortage even before the heat of summer can unleash its full fury.

Residents living on the first and second floors of blocks 2123-2144 and 2145-2166 have complained of no water supply because of low pressure. They have been forced to fetch water from the ground floor or make alternative arrangements.

They claim that they have brought the issue to the notice of the municipal corporation authorities on several occasions but to no avail. — TNS

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Fauji Beat
When political bosses ignored military advice

MILITANCY that started in J&K in 1989 has claimed over 40,000 lives. Since it has not subsided and the killings are continuing, there is no reason why the Army should be withdrawn from the state. If any such decision is taken by the political bosses by ignoring the Army’s advice, it will prove disastrous for the state and the country. Discarding of military commanders’ professional advice while taking political decisions in the past has cost the country dearly.

If in 1948, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had listened to General (then Major-General) Thimayya, who asked for three more months to reach Muzaffarabad, we would not have been facing the Kashmir problem today. In early 1962, the Army Headquarters had sent a note to the Ministry of Defence, saying that it was not prepared to take on the Chinese. Yet the Army was asked to adopt a forward policy, which instigated China to attack India. The rest is history.

In 1987, the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was hurriedly moved to Sri Lanka against the professional advice of then Army Chief Gen K. Sundarji. The result was that the Army suffered 1155 soldiers killed and three times as many wounded and the country achieved nothing.

It was only in 1971 that then Army Chief Gen (now Field Marshal) Sam Manekshaw could convince Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to delay the war till December. That his professional advice brought credit to the country in the 1971 war is well known.

Women cadets’ training

From the time they were inducted into the administrative wings of the three services in the early 90s, the women have come to carve a niche for themselves in the armed forces. That their performance is in no way less than that of the men can be gauged from the enhancement of their training period at the Officers, Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. Until now, they were undergoing 26 weeks of pre-commission training at the OTA. But from the next course starting in October, their training period will be the same as that of the men i.e. 49 weeks.

Of the 235 cadets who passed out from the OTA in March, 162 were gentlemen cadets (GCs) and 73 lady cadets (LCs). It was LC Anupreksha Rawat who was awarded the silver medal for standing second in the overall performance on the course.

A heritage mess

The Anti-aircraft School along with Coastal Artillery moved from Karachi to Mumbai in 1942. From where, it moved to Deolali in 1947. The Air Defence Wing of the School of Artillery moved from Deolali to Gopalpur in Orissa in November 1989 and was re-designated as Air Defence and Guided Missile (ADGM) School.

The foundation stone of its Officers’ Mess was laid in March 1993 and the mess building after construction was occupied in August 1995. Being located on a hilltop, called Cashew Hill, it overlooks the surrounding areas and the Bay of Bengal and is now the Air Defence College Officers’ Mess. It has been declared as a heritage mess of the Corps of Air Defence Artillery. No changes can be made in this building without the permission of the Colonel Commandants of the Corps. The mess has the Portuguese flag, which was captured by 45 Air Defence Regiment during the Goa operations.

— Pritam Bhullar

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Letters
Reservation counters

Chandigarh faces perpetual problem of unwieldy crowds at the railway reservation counters at the ISBT and the railway station. The administration should make reservation facility available at e-sampark centres.

The reservation is available on the internet but the procedure is not very user-friendly. By making it available at e-sampark centres, the administration can make citizens lives easier.

Ashok Malik, Chandigarh

Readers are invited to write to us. Send your mail, in not more than 200 words, at news@tribuneindia.com or, write in, at: Letters, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh – 160 030

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3 travel agents booked for fraud

Chandigarh, April 10
The local police has booked three Mumbai-based travel agents on the allegation of duping a Mani Majra resident of Rs 8.5 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad.

Sources in the operations cell of the Chandigarh police said Varinder Kumar of Mani Majra lodged a complaint against Sanjay Dua, Rajesh and Sunita Puri of Andheri West, Mumbai, alleging that they had taken Rs 8.5 lakh from him to get him a visa for the US.

But they neither arrange visa for the US nor return his money and passport.

Varinder alleged that he had come across an advertisement published by the accused in a newspaper in November last year and approached them.

They promised him a visa for the amount. He paid Rs 1.5 lakh in cash to the accused when they were on a visit to the city.

The rest of the amount was paid through drafts in installments. However, with the passage of time, the accused became inaccessible to him and began avoiding him.

At this, the matter was reported to the police. — TNS

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2 held for motor cycle theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
The local police has arrested two persons on allegations of stealing a motor cycle.

The SHO of police station, Sector 31, said Vicky and Vijay of Ram Darbar were arrested near Singla turn last night as they were riding a stolen Bajaj Pulsar motor cycle (CH 03 Y 5082). The police had set up a checkpoint following specific information. Both are in their mid-20s.

He said the motor cycle belonging to Pawan Kumar of Ram Darbar had been stolen from his residence on Saturday night. He added that Vicky had been arrested earlier on snatching charges. The were produced before a local court, which remanded them in police remand for three days.

Vehicles stolen

Dr Anuj Bishnoi of Sector 33 reported to the police alleging that his car (RJ 07 C 3035) was stolen from a parking lot of the General Hospital, Sector 16, last night.

In another incident, D.P. Yadav of Sector 41 reported to the police that his Honda Activa scooter (PB 65 D 3519) was stolen from his residence last night.

Also, S.S. Sidhu of Sidhu Farm, Kishangarh road, Mani Majra, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Maruti car (DAC 6452) was stolen from Sector 9 yesterday. Three cases of theft have been registered.

Laptop stolen

Ajay Kumar of Sector 33 C filed a complaint with the police alleging that his laptop was stolen from his residence on March 27. A case of theft has been registered.

Theft

Charanjit Singh of Moga reported to the police alleging that a video camera, a suitcase containing Rs 5,000, three pairs of gold earrings were stolen from his car (PB 69 6111) parked at Rose Garden, Sector 16, this afternoon.

In another incident, Rana Karam Singh reported to the police alleging that a water meter was stolen from his residence on Sunday night. Two cases of theft have been registered.

Arrested

Amarjit Singh of Sirmour district reported to the police that he caught Vinay Krishan of Phase II, Ram Darbar, red-handed while stealing his purse near the passport office, Sector 34, yesterday.

A case has been registered.

Injured

A motorcyclist and a rickshaw-puller were injured after their vehicles collided near the ITI turn yesterday.

Both were taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. The rickshaw-puller has been identified as Bachana Lal of Phase II, Ram Darbar, and the motorcyclist as Raman of Phase IX, Industrial Area, Mohali. A case has been registered.

Cable stolen

Satyajit Gupta of West Bengal filed a complaint with the police alleging that electrical cable was stolen from 66 KV sub-station at Kishangarh village on the intervening night of April 7 and 8. A case has been registered.

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9-yr-old boy killed by speeding truck
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 10
A nine-year-old boy was crushed to death by a canter while crossing the road at the Majri Chowk light point in Sector 1 this afternoon. The boy, Babloo, alias Maniram, hailing from Muradabad, was residing in a jhuggi settlement in Sector 3.

The incident took place around 1 pm when a speeding canter (HR 38 K 1178), coming from Ramgarh, overran the child, dragging him for300 metres before the vehicle came to a halt. The driver of the vehicle fled. The vehicle has been impounded.

The accident led to a commotion with people running towards the accident site. The victim’s mother held the battered body in her arms, weeping inconsolably.

Apprehending trouble, the police, too, built up its numbers. Traffic on the road was blocked for over an hour as the body lay at the accident site.

The police registered a case against the driver of the canter on the complaint of an uncle of the deceased. 

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Man held for sodomy
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 10
The Panchkula police arrested Sandeep, accused for sodomy, from the Sector 4 bus stand, here, today.

According to police sources, Sandeep sodomised nine-year-old Harjinder at a place of worship near Bhainsa Tibba in 2004.

The victim Harjinder used to stay at the place of worship while Sandeep, a resident of Hardwar, had come there a few days before. He had been absconding after committing the crime.

House robbed

Zirakpur: A theft has been reported from the Defence Enclave here. Rajesh Kumar Kapoor, in a complaint to the police, alleged that someone broke into his house when he was not at home. Gold jewellery, watches, cash and a mobile phone worth Rs 70,000 were stolen. A case has been registered.

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1 hurt in clash
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 10
Ashok Kumar, a resident of Sector 69, sustained injuries during a clash at a liquor shop in Sector 70 last night.

According to the police, the persons involved in the incident were sitting at the shop to clear some accounts. Some heated arguments ensued over some issue which resulted in a clash. The victim was taken to the civil hospital. The police has registered a case in this regard.

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No headway in havildar’s murder case

Panchkula, April 10
The police carried out a search at the residence of Army havildar Gurjinder Singh at Chandi Mandir here today. He was found murdered in Morni on Sunday. After the post-mortem examination, the body was handed over to his wife.

Police sources said they made inquiries about the “missing” motor cycle and spoke to the neighbours. However, they had requested the Commanding Officer of 2 Sikh to ask the family to cooperate in the investigation and give their statement as soon as possible. — TNS

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