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Bomb alarm throws patients out
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 16
Scare gripped the local Fortis Hospital after it received telephone calls that a bomb had been placed on the premises.

A cop checks the bag of a patient in Mohali on Monday.
A cop checks the bag of a patient in Mohali on Monday.

The hospital received two telephone calls on the mobile phone of the ambulance service. The caller said a bomb had been planted on the hospital premises and the hospital had 30 minutes to move the patients to safety.

Immediately, the authorities ordered the hospital security to launch a search of the hospital. The police was informed, which reached there within a short time. Patients and staff were moved out of the hospital. Beds were taken out of the emergency ward. Patients on the ventilator were also moved out into the open.

Later, the police took over the search operations in the hospital. A dog squad and an anti-sabotage team was put to the task. Areas from where patients could not be moved out were searched first. The patients had to spend nearly 45 minutes out in the open before they were sent back into the hospital.

Dr B.S.Chandhok, a doctor whose father was undergoing treatment for renal failure in the high dependency unit of the hospital, told The Tribune that at 4.20 p.m. when he was standing near the reception area, two securitymen came running, asking the people to vacate the premises as a security drill had to be carried out.

Patients and staff were moved out of the Fortis Hospital. Beds were taken out of the emergency ward. Patients on the ventilator were also moved out into the open.

He said he rushed to the emergency wing where he saw nurses asking patients to move out of the hospital immediately.

Dr Ashok V Chordiya , medical director, said the first call was received at 3.53 p.m. and the second at 4. 17 p.m. when the caller said that the hospital had 10 minutes time. Asked whether the caller had specified any particular area where the bomb had been planted, he replied in the negative.

SP ( City) Varinder Pal Singh, who headed the police team at Fortis Hospital, said the phone calls were made from two different telephones in Chandigarh. While the first call was made from a telephone in Sector 22, the second was made from Sector 17 from a coin-operated telephone (4645363). The police had registered a case against the caller. 

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Tribune Impact
Schools, hotels challaned under Tobacco Act
Ramanjit Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
As part of its campaign against those violating the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act-2003, the Chandigarh Police today issued 59 challans to educational institutions, Sector hotels and restaurants across the city. Among the schools challaned were DAV School , Sector 15; SD Senior Secondary School, Sector 24-C;Paragon Convent School, Sector 23- B; Moti Ram School Sector 27; and St. Soldier’s, Sector 28.

Tribune Impact

It is mandatory for educational institutions to put up a notice outside the premises reading: ‘The sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards of the institution is strictly prohibited.’

The police said almost all schools challaned in Sectors 7, 26, 27 and 28 were private schools.

A senior police officer said those violating the law were booked for not displaying the mandatory notice at the premises. It is mandatory for the educational institutions to put up a notice outside the premises reading that " The sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in an area within a radius of 100 yards of the educational institution is strictly prohibited."

For hotels and restaurants, it is mandatory that a notice at the entrance and another at a conspicuous place carries the warning: "No-smoking area- Smoking here is an offence."

A non-government organisation, Burning Brain Society (BBS), has appreciated the special drive by the police.

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He sought info under RTI, got beating instead
Tribune News Service

Hemant Kinger shows injury marks.
Hemant Kinger shows injury marks. — A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, April 16
President of the Punjabi Sabha Hemant Kinger was allegedly beaten up by contractors executing various development works here today for stalling payments.

Kinger, in a statement to the police, alleged that he went to the office of the municipal council to know the status of information he had sought under the Right To Information Act.

"Inside, I saw one of the employees talking to seven or eight contractors. He asked me to sit in his room since he needed clarification on the information sought. He came in minutes, accompanied by the contractors," an injured Kinger said. He alleged the contractors bolted the room and began hitting him. "They boxed me and kicked me till I managed to open the door and flee. The staff of the council, including the secretary, watched in silence. I called the police which rescued me."

He was taken for a medical examination and his statement recorded by the police. “A case will be registered once the report is known,” police sources said.

"I was apprehending trouble. I had repeatedly sought security from the police," Kinger said.

While nobody from the municipal council was available for comment, councillor RK Kakkar met the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police to register his protest against the attack.

In a statement, he said such hooliganism would not be tolerated and he would meet the Chief Minister.

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Farmers get a firm ‘No’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
Farm owners of Chandigarh, holding approximately 272 acres, for the first time today, came face-to-face with the Chandigarh administration on the issue of land acquisition at a meeting presided over by UT Administrator Gen(Retd) S.F.Rodrigues.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Mani Majra Farmers Welfare and Environment Protection Society (MFWEPA), consisting of Maj Gen(Retd) Darshan Singh, president, Brig(Retd) K.S. Kahlon, vice-president, Kultar Singh Nat, secretary, Dharam Singh and Harbhajan Singh.

Two sides

Rich companies will get land for peanuts while the farmers will have no other option but to approach the courts for seeking higher compensation.

Rich owners of farms are asking for a new model because they want to strike direct deals with private real estate developers for setting up night clubs.

The officials present were the home secretary, the finance secretary, the deputy commissioner and the director, IT.

The administration rejected the plea for higher compensation by farmers whose land is being acquired for the third phase of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP).

An press note called it "a clear case of exploiting a developmental project by the "haves" at the cost of "have-nots."

The farmers reacted saying: " It is funny that farmers are being called ‘haves’ while the billionaire IT companies are being called ‘have-nots’. Rich companies will get the land for peanuts while the farmers will have no other option but to approach the courts seeking higher compensation."

The farmers are demanding market rate for the land. The administration says " the whole project comprising Phases I, II and III will be at break-even rates. It would, therefore, be incorrect to say that the administration has made profit from the sale of land to the IT companies at the cost of farmers."

Nat, secretary of the MFWEPA, said: " If subsidies in the form of cheap land are to be provided, it should not be borne by the land owners, but the administration. It is pertinent to note that the estimated wage bill of Infosys for 1,000 employees would be over Rs 36 crore per year while we have received Rs 12 crore for 30 acres. It may be mentioned that five acres in Mani Majra was auctioned for 108 crore recently. Based on this market value of land, the effective subsidy that the administration will provide to Infosys for 100 acres is Rs 1,970 crore".

The administration, on the other hand, said: " The whole issue of protecting farmer's interest is being misrepresented. Rich owners of farms are asking for a new model because they want to strike direct deals with private real estate developers for setting up night clubs, restaurants and partly IT facilities."

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Kothi Row
MC chief issues notice to EO
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 16
President of the municipal council Rajinder Singh Rana has issued a show-cause notice to the executive officer (EO) of the civic body, asking him to explain why the requisition notice sent by the deputy commissioner regarding the house in the municipal complex was not brought to his notice.

Executive officer J.S.Thind has been asked to give a reply to the notice within two days.

Rana has reportedly said in the notice that had the EO told him that the two-kanal house in the complex had been requisitioned by the DC for residential purposes, he would not have made an effort to move there and would have, thus, been spared of embarrassment.

Rana said had he been aware of the orders, he would have discussed the matter with the district chief.

However, the EO said that the president had been told about the requisition notice. The matter had also been discussed with him several times.

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Waiting for a disaster
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
Barely a few yards from the MCC’s building, a disaster is waiting to happen as piles of dried up leaves have been left unattended that can possibly lead to a major fire incident in Sector 17 parking lots on either side of Neelam cinema.

Sweepers gather leaves and make heaps of these along the parking lots. These heaps can easily catch fire in case someone throws a cigarette butt or a match stick which can prove disastrous for a number of cars and other vehicles that are parked here.

Even those who park their vehicles here regularly appear to be unaware of seriousness of the situation. However, when the matter was brought to their notice, many preferred to shift their vehicles to a safer place.

These parking lots are generally used by shopkeepers who walk past these heaps without giving them a thought. This could be a reason why the MCC authorities also did not consider it important to remove the heaps.

Any fire caused due to negligence on part of a passerby, who unconsciously throws a cigarette bud on a heap, can turn into a major tragedy in case a car with a LPG kit is parked in the vicinity.

When the matter was brought to the notice of the senior MCC officials, they expressed ignorance about the heaps but ensured that appropriate action would be taken in this regard.

Meanwhile, the men guarding these parking lots stated that it was not their headache to look after these heaps. When told that it was their duty to keep the vehicles safe, they countered the remark saying that it was the duty of the MCC to take care of such things.

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Capturing captivating Sukhna
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 16
Situated in the cradle of nature in the foothills of Shivalk, Sukhna Lake is veritably termed as paragon of beauty.

This belief finds its testimony in the 53 photographic works created by acclaimed photographer Pradeep Mahajan in a solo show at the lake.

In the exhibition sponsored by the department of Chandigarh tourism, each one of the photographs represents a particular mood of nature and vies for recognition and appreciation.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Pradeep said it took over three years for him to capture the unique beauty of the lake in its varied manifestation.

A ‘moon rise’ with its reflection on the sleeping Sukhna waters is a classic shot born out of the 350D Cannon camera used by Pradeep.

The ‘sun rise’ immaculately captured with the tranquility and freshness of the morning dew is equally marvelous effort.

The artiste had many sleepless nights to confine the thundering of light during the night when the entire lake is in sleep.

The drama of clouds is worth watching as also the migratory birds flying over the lake.

Pradeep maintained that his deep interest and knowledge of astronomy had helped him understand nature and appreciate through his creative photographic work.

The exhibition will be on display till April 20 near the police post of lake.

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Protest against harassment
Autorickshaw drivers block traffic
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 16
Autorickshaw drivers of the town staged a protest here today against their alleged harassment at the hands of the Chandigarh traffic police.

The drivers gathered near the Yadavindra Public School and blocked traffic as a mark of protest. They also raised slogans against the police. The blockade was lifted soon after the police persuaded them not to harass the public.

The protesters said autorickshaw drivers operating in Chandigarh were allowed free movement in Mohali but when Mohali drivers moved to Chandigarh they were challaned by the police there.

He said nearly 500 autorickshaws were challaned in the past few days.

Earlier, they were not allowed to carry more than three passengers and now the police was compelling them to install meters. 

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DGCA reveals startling facts
Copter pilots’ working conditions
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
During investigations into a recent helicopter crash, the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has come up with some startling facts on the working conditions of helicopter pilots engaged in tour flights.

“It was discovered that pilots flew seven-eight hours a day without lunch or bathroom breaks,” a circular issued by the DGCA yesterday to helicopter operators has revealed. “Between flights, pilots keep the rotors of the helicopter turning to reduce wear on the engine. Though these practices were permitted by regulations, they had an adverse impact on the pilot’s decision-making and performance,” the circular added.

Referring to a recent crash where the helicopter encountered adverse weather conditions and crashed into the mountains killing the pilot and four passengers, the circular termed the probable cause of the accident to be the pilot’s decision to continue flight into an area of turbulence and reduced visibility, leading to spatial disorientation and loss of control.

Investigations also revealed that the operator concerned had never been subjected to inspection by the aviation authorities. Lack of surveillance, the circular stated, was a contributory cause.

In August 2003, a Bell 407 helicopter, owned by the Jammu and Kashmir Government crashed while returning to Srinagar from Amarnath. “The helicopter was flown into a hillock in poor visibility conditions on account of thick fog and low clouds and became uncontrollable on collision with trees and separation of tail rotor assembly” a publicly available DGCA report said. “Deliberate violation of safety norms, fatigue and self- developed compulsion to fulfil Amaranth pilgrimage mission without involving other pilots from the organisations are also considered to be contributory factors in the accident,” the report added.

In another weather-related helicopter accident in which former Lok Sabha speaker G.M.C. Balayogi was among the passengers, it was revealed that the pilot of the Bell 206 probably decided to execute unplanned landing while flying in foggy weather conditions and misjudged a water surface as plain ground.

When the pilot realised the situation, he tried to pull up the helicopter, but the rear portion of the helicopter hit the water, resulting in loss of directional control. As a result, the helicopter started spinning violently and went out of control.

The accident was attributed to the pilot’s inability to continue the flight due to poor visibility, and while searching for an appropriate place to land, made an error of judgement.

Besides weather-related accidents, there have been several other civilian helicopter crashes over the past few years where weather had no role to play, but were a result of technical failure or human error.

To cater to the challenges posed while flying in the mountains with unpredictable weather conditions and limited air traffic control coverage, the DGCA has recommended that the implementation of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast system be accelerated.

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Inter-regional swap arrangement may improve power supply
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
Reeling under a power shortage, even before the summer goes full steam, Punjab and Haryana have made inter-regional power swap arrangements with southern states to get additional power generated by them.

Officials in the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and Haryana Power Utilities (HPU) informed TNS that this was for the first time that they had made inter-regional power swap arrangements.

Though power swap arrangements with the neighbouring power surplus states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal had been made by the two states for many years, it was for the first time that inter-regional arrangements had been affected with Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh .

Under this arrangement, the two states supplied power to the above mentioned states during the winter and spring season. In return, these states will supply the same amount of power to Punjab and Haryana during the peak summer season - July - September. Punjab has made arrangements to get 100-250 megawatt (MW) of power through such arrangements from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Punjab is supplying power to these states from March-May this year and will get back the power between July-September.

Haryana, on the other hand, has made power swap arrangements for 300 MW of power with Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. The state supplied power to the these states between February-April and will get this power back from July- September.

Senior officials in the two states informed TNS that this arrangement of “power banking” would help them in dealing with the power crisis, especially during July- September when the demand in the agriculture sector, too, went up substantially. They say that subject to the availability of inter-regional corridor during July-September, the power crisis in Punjab and Haryana would ease off substantially through this arrangement. Besides, the two states have also signed power purchase agreements with other power trading corporations and state electricity boards.

Meanwhile, even as the summer is yet to go full steam, Haryana is already facing an erratic power supply. The industry and domestic consumers are facing power cuts ranging from three to five hours a day. As against an average daily demand of 600-620 lakh units, the state is presently supplying 560-570 lakh units a day.

Though the power situation in Punjab is slightly better, the state is facing a shortage of about 50 lakh units a day. As against an average daily demand of 900 lakh units, the state is supplying an average of 850 lakh units a day. 

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Centre plans to integrate rural entrepreneurship with industry
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Meenakshi Datta Ghosh
Meenakshi Datta Ghosh

Chandigarh, April 16
In an initiative that will go a long way in providing gainful employment to the rural youth, the Central Government plans to integrate rural entrepreneurship with industry.

The ambitious first-of-its-kind project is being undertaken at the block level in collaboration with other government agencies to bring the rural youth to the mainstream of socio-economic development, Meenakshi Datta Ghosh, secretary of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, told The Tribune here today.

Ghosh, who was here to inaugurate a workshop on ‘youth and local self-governance” organised by the Asia centre of the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), said the central government was aiming at “pro-active” role of various socio-economic programmes of youth-related programmes in the country. There was need for collaborative efforts among various government and non-governmental organisations in making the youth-related programmes visible at the ground level. This was particularly true of the programmes related to Panchayati Raj institutions which could go a long way in the uplift of the rural youth, she said.

Stressing the need for a significant role of the youth in the local self-government, Ghosh said this was the need of the hour to translate the ideas of social transformation into concrete realities so that fruits of development could reach the grassroots level.

Meanwhile, speaking on the subject of the workshop, Raj K Mishra, regional director of the CYP, said the five-day workshop was being organised to share information and knowledge about local self-governance. Besides, the existing and potential role and participation of the young people in the local self-government institutions and development at the local level would be discussed at the meet.

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Secys appointed to ward committees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
Chandigarh municipal corporation commissioner P.S. Aujla today appointed secretaries to ward committees and held a meeting thereafter.

The commissioner apprised the new secretaries about their duties. He stressed that these were not formal committees but statutory ones and due importance was to be given to these.

He stated that the committees had been constituted to increase public participation in development works.

The commissioner said the MCC secretary would create a special cell in agenda branch to maintain a liaison between ward committees and different wings of the corporation.

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Chandigarh scientist to be honoured by PM
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , April 16
A city scientist, now
settled in Delhi , has discovered fame in scientific breakthroughs. For innovative contributions to design and development of indigenous, state-of-the-art,
armament systems, a Rs 10-lakh award for “performance excellence”
has been conferred upon Dr S K Vasudeva
and his team.

As a team leader, he is scheduled to receive the honour, along with award money, from the Prime Minister on the occasion of Technology Day falling on May 11.

Currently working as the Director of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Delhi , Dr Vasudeva has spent good 30 years at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) here.

In 2001, he was chosen to lead “programmes of national importance for defence preparedness”.

Dr Vasudeva says he has all along been associated with all major trials of armaments.

In recognition of his achievements, he has already received several DRDO awards, including ones for his contribution to “Pokharan-I” experiments; “Path-breaking Research Awards” from the Union Ministry of Defence for contribution to “Pokharan-II” and “Shakti” experiments, along with “Scientist of the Year” award for 2002.

Giving details of the achievements leading to the conferring of the present award, the sources in the DRDO assert: Through effective programme management, Dr Vasudeva and his team of scientists from different DRDO laboratories developed special armament.

The same, they assert, led the nation to achieve self-reliance in the field of special armament systems. In fact, Dr Vasudeva and his team played a significant role in operationalisation of these systems for the services.

Born at Garhshankar, Dr Vasudeva did his Masters in Organic Chemistry before obtaining doctorate from Punjabi University at Patiala . He underwent one-year course at IAT, Pune, and joined the TBRL at Chandigarh in 1971 as Armament Scientist.

In 1976, he was selected by the Union Ministry of Education for a national scholarship to study abroad and did his post-doctoral research in the area of explosive compounds at a technical university in Warsaw.

In 1980, he was deputed to attend Warhead Technology Training Course at West Germany. He has also worked at Swedish Detonics Research Laboratory, Stockholm. 

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Three injured

Panchkula, April 16
Three persons were injured seriously in a motor accident and admitted to Civil Hospital, Sector 6, here today. One of the injured was later referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

According to information, the victims were on a motorcycle when a car going towards Nahan from Chandigarh hit them near Ramgarh. The injured Varinder and Ashwani were admitted at Civil Hospital of Sector 6 while the third person was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

The police has registered a case against Sachin, the driver of the car. — TNS

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Locking of park gates
Two hurt in clash
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 16
Two persons were hurt in a clash between residents and members of the park development committee over the locking of park gates in Sector 4 late last night. While both parties sought registration of cases against each other, the fight ended in a compromise.

Advocate S.K. Girhotra, a resident of Sector 4, said he was taking a walk after dinner when he was attacked by members of the park development committee, led by S.P. Malik.

"They began hurling stones at us and the matters only went from bad to worse. We ran to our houses and locked ourselves inside. Their grudge is that I raised objections to the locking of the gates of the park. They do not allow anybody especially children inside the premises and would treat it as private property," Girhotra said. Later, he called the police for help.

However, the other party maintains that they were attacked by Girhotra and his supporters. "My father, a member of the park development committee, was attacked unprovoked last night. Recuperating from a head injury, my father has no problem with Girhotra, who has repeatedly raised the issue of the locking of the gates," K.D. Malik said.

Malik further added that that they had locked the main gate with permission from the municipal council only to keep stray cattle out. "The smaller gates are always open and nobody is stopped from entering the park," he said.

After the matter reached the police, both parties were called to the police station and a compromise was worked out wherein they agreed not to repeat the same again. Following this agreement, the entire team of the park development committee has put in its resignation.

Meanwhile, Girhotra met the SDM and apprised him of the situation. He claimed that the SDM had marked the matter to the executive officer of the council and have asked him to remove all locks from the park gates.

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Fauji Beat
ECHS polyclinic needed in Mohali

On an average, 275 patients come to the Exservicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) polyclinic in Chandigarh daily. Of them, 50 per cent are from Mohali. The small building in which the polyclinic is located in Sector 11, cannot even accommodate its medical officers, administrative staff and equipment. As for the waiting patients, they have to sit in the open, which is not possible in the summer months. There is, therefore, an immediate requirement to provide temporary shelters with coolers for waiting patients.

The number of ECHS members who visit the Chandigarh polyclinic for medicines, review and referral, far exceeds the capacity of its medical and paramedical staff. This calls for boosting their numbers until such time as Mohali gets its own polyclinic. The permanent location of this polyclinic should be planned at a central place and not in Sector 47, which is in one corner of Chandigarh.

There is a crying need for Mohali to get a polyclinic. All 227 polyclinics planned earlier have already come up across the country. Rather than waiting till March 2008, new polyclinics should be planned at locations, which justify their existence. Until Mohali gets its own polyclinic, a polyclinic from another location should be shifted there.

UN medal

Our first contribution to a United Nations (UN) mission was in the 1950 Korean War where we sent our 60 Para Field Ambulance under Lieut-Col (later Colonel) A.G. Rangaraj. So impressed was General Macarthur, the UN force commander by the performance of Colonel Rangaraj’s unit that it was honoured by him with the award of “Meritorious Unit” citation. Since then we have been the major contributors to the UN peacekeeping missions.

The Kargil fame 2nd Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles, was inducted into the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006. It was given the task of conducting peaceful general election in the Katanga province. 2 Raj Rif not only conducted the election peacefully but also earned the praise of the local population. The unit has also been supervising the surrender of insurgents, besides carrying out humanitarian tasks to mitigate the sufferings of the locals.

On completion of its six months’ stay in Congo, all personnel of 2 Raj Rif were presented with the prestigious UN medal by Col Moumouni Zankaro, the Commander of the Katanga sector.

Banks frustrate ex-servicemen

The Government of India had enhanced the pensionary benefits of the personnel below officer rank (PBOR) with effect from January 1, 2006, and orders to this effect were issued in February last year. Several ex-servicemen have reported that the banks have still not started paying them the increase in their pension. One of them is former, Sepoy, Raj Singh, who has written to his bank (Punjab & Sind Bank, Phase V, Mohali) about this.

The government had issued orders in 2005 that the pensioners could open a joint pension account with their spouses. Many pensioners complain that their banks have still not complied with the orders. Lieut-Col S.S. Sohi (retd), president of the Exservicemen Grievances Cell, has reported from Mohali that a large number of exservicemen and widows are complaining against the banks for not taking any action on the government orders issued from time to time. The Reserve Bank of India should issue instructions to all the banks to comply with the government orders promptly.

— Pritam Bhullar

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Death in market quarrel
Case transferred to crime branch
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
Taking cognizance of a complaint by the family of 60-year-old Lal Chand Gupta, who reportedly died after a quarrel with the president of Sector 34 market last week, UT senior superintendent of police Gaurav Yadav has ordered the transfer of the case to the crime branch.

Unhappy with the police role, the family had met with Yadav demanding the transfer of the case for a fair investigation today.

Crime branch in charge inspector Satbir Singh confirmed that the case had been transferred to him.

Apprehending that the case was not being probed properly, Neeraj Gupta, the victim’s son, in a complaint lodged with the SSP alleged that the police station, Sector 34, had not registered a first information report (FIR) in the case so far in spite of the fact that he had given a complaint in writing on April 12, soon after the incident took place.

Even his statement was recorded two days after the incident.

In the complaint, Gupta stated that around 11 am on April 12, president of the Sector 34 market Pradeep Bansal, his brother Narinder Bansal and another shopkeeper Gurmail Singh had a quarrel with his father.

During the heated exchange, Narinder Bansal gave a push to his father following which the latter collapsed. He was taken to a private hospital in Sector 34, where he died.

He claimed that the accused were aware of his father’s physical condition (he was suffering from hypertension) and they deliberately hurled abuses at him to torment him, which ultimately led to the death of his father.

He further alleged that he had to make repeated requests to the police to get a copy of the daily diary report (DDR), which was given to him on April 14 at 7 pm.

In the DDR, he found misleading statements. He asserted that the DDR was neither in line with his complaint nor signed by him.

Moreover, the accused had threatened people at the market and witnesses against speaking the truth, he claimed.

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Landlord, 4 others held for attacking tenant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
In an attempt to evict his house in Sector 37, a landlord accompanied by a group of at least 15 persons allegedly barged into the house this morning and ransacked it after thrashing his tenant.

Tenant Varunjit Singh of Sangrur lodged a complaint with the police alleging that landlord Arun Jain of Sector 35 accompanied by his brother Alok Jain, their employees Mohammad Alam, Anadish, Ramesh and a Sirsa resident along with other unidentified persons barged into the house around 10 am.

The accused, who came in four vehicles, entered his room and beat him up besides ransacking the premises.

Varunjit told the TNS that the accused smashed his computer, took away Rs 1,15,500 and a gold chain, and threw away his belongings.

They remained in the house for over 30 minutes and threatened him to vacate the house before leaving.

He told the police that he was never issued any notice by the landlord. He had been living in the house for over a year. Varunjit is a private contactor.

Police station, Sector 39, SHO Nanha Ram Kadiyan said a case of rioting, trespassing, theft and causing injuries has been registered on a complaint by Varunjit.

The police has arrested Arun Jain, Alok Jain, Mohammad Alam and Ramesh while efforts are on to nab the remaining accused.

Gambling

The local police arrested Parkash of Balongi village near Government School, Dadu Majra colony, this morning for allegedly indulging in gambling at public place.

The police recovered Rs 1,245 from him and registered a case under the Gambling Act.

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Armed youths attack two
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 16
A verbal dual between two friends took a violent turn this morning when a group of youths armed with swords and other sharp-edged weapons assaulted two youngsters in Charan Singh colony, Mauli Jagran.

The injured were taken to the General Hospital, Sector 16, from where they were referred to the PGI. Their condition was stated to be stable.

A case of attempt to murder, rioting and trespassing has been registered and efforts are on to trace the accused, said the police.

Sources in Mauli Jagran police post said Pradeep and Ravi of Rajiv Colony along with a group of 10 armed persons from their colony barged into the residence of Sanjeev and Sanjay in Charan Singh Colony by breaking open the lock of the house to gain entry around 11 am.

They reached the terrace of the house, where Sanjay and Sanjeev were sitting, and attacked them. Sanjeev suffered head injuries, while Sanjay received injuries on the hand.

Sanjeev’s parents were not home at that time of the attack.

Sonu, an acquaintance of the victims, told mediapersons that Pradeep had earlier threatened Sanjeev of dire consequences. Last night, Pradeep had gone to Sanjeev’s residence with intent to assault him but had to return as he was away.

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Man beaten up
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 16
Ajay Gosain, a resident of Sector 19, alleged that he was beaten up by the owners of Batra automobiles in Sector 11. He said the father-son duo, Gaurav and his father, attacked him and took away his chain, cash, mobile and purse when he came to get his scooter repaired.

On inquiry, the police found out that Ajay owed Rs 350 to Batra automobiles. He had got his vehicle repaired for Rs 4,350 and had paid only Rs 4,000. When he came to the shop today, Gaurav demanded his balance.

Gaurav admitted to having kept back the scooter till arrangements for the remaining money were made. He denied having taken anything else.

Later, a compromise was arrived at. However, Jagdish, a police personnel of Sector 12, handling the case, was suspended in the evening.

Arrested

Patiala police on Monday arrested Rohit Kumar, a resident of Dhiru Ki Majri, Lower Mall, on the allegations of carrying 15 gm of smack near Old Octroi Post, Rajpura Road, Patiala. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered in the Kotwali police station near Kila Chowk.

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