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MCC wants money share up
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The municipal corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), in a memorandum to the third Delhi Finance Commission, has sought greater financial share and functional autonomy from the Chandigarh Administration. The administration had not paid at least Rs 40 crore of the due grant from 2001-2005, the note said.

The MCC has also not received the incentive amount of 50 per cent of the collection from property tax, as recommended by the commission. The MCC collected Rs 2.58 crore in 2005 and Rs 8.25 crore in 2006.

It has been pointed out that the functions transferred to the MCC by the administration need to be rationalised in a manner that "discharging of responsibility is easier".

There is some confusion due to lack of clear demarcation of the roles between the two authorities. It has been pointed out that certain criteria needs to be evolved for the same.

Streetlighting is entrusted with the MCC and it pays Rs 8 crore annually to the administration as energy charges. The MCC has asked the administration to bear the charges as part of the rationalisation process.

It has been pointed out that the administration is unable to transfer surplus funds to the MCC. These, therefore, are shifted to the consolidated fund of India. The MCC wants a system worked out to ensure that these are shifted to the MCC, instead of the corporation having to resort to sale of property.

The MCC also wants the administration to consider term loans to the MCC on easy repayment at nominal interest rate.

The corporation wants its share in assigned taxes be increased from 17 pre cent to 25 per cent. It has been pointed out that five more villages have been included in the MCC area and the number of wards increased from 20 to 26. These areas needed to be developed and money required for the same.

The MCC wants that all employees transferred to the corporation be treated as deemed on deputation. This will ensure that their pension and retirement liabilities are borne by the administration.

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A TRIBUNE INVESTIGATION
Beg your pardon, khaki slip is showing
Ramanjit Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Beggars are found everywhere in the city- at flood traffic light point, in commercial areas, the university and religious institutions.

Police personnel deployed at traffic lights points like those at Piccadilly rotary, Aroma, Sector 9 and 17 more often than not remain mute spectators to the menace.

The beggars not only violate the law, but cause traffic disruption, putting their lives as well as those of commuters to jeopardy. An assistant sub-inspector deployed with the traffic police can book a person for the offence.

Since January 1, 2005, till April this year the Chandigarh Police has arrested only 26 persons under the provisions of the Haryana Prevention of Beggary Act, 1971, despite growing incidents of beggars fleeing with articles from vehicles waiting at the traffic lights. This is often done by minor children by distracting the attention of gullible occupants.

A police officer said it was difficult to curb the menace in the absence of a reform house to lodge those booked for beggary. “We have to send the erring children to the juvenile home, women to Nari Niketan and men to old-age home. The inmates there object to being in the company of beggars.”

Disagreeing, UT senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gaurav Yadav said the UT home secretary in a notification issued in 2002 had certified a part of the Nari Niketan in Sector 26 as special home for woman beggars, a part of the Juvenile Home in Sector 15 for child beggars and a part of Old Age Home, Sector 15 for male beggars.

The police had launched specials drives against the menace and a similar drive had been launched today.

In 2005, the police arrested five persons for beggary out of which one was acquitted. In 2006, as many as 11 persons were arrested, the court convicted 10. In 2007, the police held 10 persons and seven were convicted.

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Beggary lucrative trade for minors
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Four-year-old Muskan is a novice at begging, but she can give the best in the trade a run for their money. Forced into begging when her parents died, she has mastered the art enough to pose competition to seniors.

  Daily earnings range between Rs 100-Rs 400 
 
Sectors 17, 34, 35 monopoly of “seniors”
 
Bullies take away lion’s share
In 2003 the Haryana Prevention of Beggary Act was extended to Chandigarh. Till then, there was no law governing the city’s beggars. The city has 4,000 beggars but there’s no survey to support the figure.

And she loves her “job” which she finds lucrative. Their daily earnings of most children range between Rs 100 and Rs 400, depending on the location of begging. Sectors 17, 34 and 35 are the most lucrative spots where only old hands are allowed to operate.

Newcomers must spare 20 to 70 per cent of the earnings to “bada bhais (big brothers/ bullies) if they want to share space. Police sources say there are no begging syndicates in Chandigarh.

In Sector 17 and 34, the bullies take away 70 per cent of children’s earnings. However, children who comprise the largest section of beggars in the city, don’t mind sharing the money. “We still save a lot,” says Muskan, one of the many beggars below seven years. The law doesn’t recognise children below seven as juveniles. They cannot, therefore, be arrested for begging.

So they get emboldened. Most of the money earned is spent on buying junk food or drugs, says Preet Arjan Singh of We Volunteers working with 30 beggar children. “Parents encourage children to beg as they are not interested in sending them to school. They say it’s better for children to beg than waste time,” he says.

No wonder begging is a full-time occupation, thriving due to poor law enforcement.

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Tubewells: Staff bores into billing process
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The municipal corporation of Chandigarh threw procedures to the winds while raising bills amounting to Rs 3 crore against tubewell use violations by some units in the industrial area.

Inspected in 2005, the units were sent provisional bills instead of regular ones. The bills had regular account numbers where there should have been temporary ones. Worse, MC records show that the bills were not entered in the ledger, hinting to mala fide intentions.

The manner in which the bills were calculated raises doubts about the functioning of the corporation, especially when seen in the backdrop of bylaws governing illegal boring of tubewells in the city.

The bylaws dated June 5, 2000, say that illegal tubewell consumers would be charged double the normal rates from the date of installation of tubewells till the time the approval is obtained. The bylaws nowhere mention that the consumers can be charged from the date of notification. The MC, in this case, however, raised new and revised bills of Rs 3 crore from the date of the notification.

Earlier, regular bills amounting to about Rs 99 lakh had already been raised by sub divisional engineer who had inspected the premises of violators. Later, however, revised manual bills running into lakhs were issued, for unknown reasons.

XEN R.P. Gupta, when contacted, defended the MC stand saying: “We charge illegal users from the date of notification if they are unable to prove the correct date of installation of the tubewell. We don’t recognise affidavits as violators tend to hide the truth.”

If that be the case, the MC should charge every faltering user from the date of notification. In a similar case of violation by Gurnam Singh and Sons, the MC charged Rs 3 lakh for the violation.

Had it charged from the date of notification, the bill would have amounted to about Rs 70 lakh. But the same was not done. However, the provisional bill of Rs 3 lakh sent to Gurnam Singh and Sons had a temporary account number and was valid.

Meanwhile, the users who have problems with the bills have gone to the MC’s dispute redressal committee.

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Cop caught on wrong side of law
Ramanjit Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
For the Chandigarh police there are no rules. Known for challaning motorists, the cops know how to get out of a mess when their brethren are caught violating the rules.

Cops on duty to book erring motorists in Phase II, Industrial Area, were caught on the wrong foot when a traffic inspector was “found” travelling in a Reva car (CH-01-G1-6232) without a seat belt by the public. Chaos prevailed for about 30 minutes when angry people disrupted traffic.

The situation worsened when the cops threatened the people to book them in a case of obstructing a public servant from discharging duty. Later, the police resolved the matter with a compromise.

The trouble began when cops issued a challan to one Gautam of Ram Darbar for using a mobile phone while driving. “When I asked them, why inspector P.S. Walia sitting in the car was not wearing a seat belt, they got furious and created a scene.

At this, people gathered there and asked the traffic police to challan their officer,” Gautam told TNS.

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Honing their faculties
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
As many as 35 mentally challenged inmates of Pingalwara, Palsora, were imparted training in clay modelling at a three-day workshop organised by the Inner Wheel Club of Chandigarh midtown.

Club president Jatinder Kaur Rai said J.S. Jolly, an art teacher from Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, conducted the workshop, which concluded today.

Vimla, a 45-yr-old deaf and dumb inmate, was declared best student at the workshop.

Chief medical officer Kanwal Vilku, the first Indian woman to visit Antarctica, presided over the concluding function. Members of the club took part in the function.

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COMMUNITY

Tata customer on ‘wild Safari’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
A city resident has accused Tata Motors and its dealership of cheating him by selling him a defective Tata Safari.

He has alleged that in spite of getting the braking assembly unit of the MUV changed thrice in three months of buying the vehicle, it remains defective.

Sukhwinder Singh alleged that he bought the silver Lx model of the MUV for Rs 7.4 lakh on January 15 this year. “But right from the start the vehicle started giving me trouble. The roof of the boot had a leak and then starter motor gave some problem. Finally, a problem in the braking assembly cropped up. Also, the vehicle made a rattling noise if driven over 80 kmph,” he said.

He said as the vehicle was within the warranty period, the MUV dealership, Joshi Autozone, got the MUV repaired. “But the MUV has multiple defects and the manufacturer should replace it with a new one or refund the money. Though I approached officials of Tata Motors here several times, they failed to help me out,” he said.

He also alleged that the dealership had offered to take back the MUV but with the accessories worth Rs 90,000 that he had got fitted in the vehicle later.

Though senior manager of Tata Motors Manoj Arora could not be contacted, managing director of Joshi Autozone Deepak Joshi denied that they had ever offered to take back the car.

“As a dealer, we can just repair the defect, which we have been doing as and when approached by the complainant. We only undertake the servicing of the car and this vehicle has already done 9,600 km on the road, which has led to some mechanical problems and it is presently in our service station,” he said.

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Move to evict Dalit dharamshala
MC ‘staff’ beat a retreat after protests

Chandigarh, April 19
Local residents today confronted and sent back officials of the municipal corporation who allegedly descended upon the Dalit dharamshala of Ram Darbar to forcible get the premises evicted.

As the word spread that a corporation team had come to take over the dharamshala, residents of the area assembled outside the premises and prevented them from occupying it.

The residents alleged that when employees were asked as to whose orders they were trying to take over the dharamshala, they claimed that they had been issued verbal orders by the area councillor who had told them to get the premises evicted.

Satish Kainth, a former general secretary of the Chandigarh Congress, who is also member of ward committee of the area, said he got in touch with officials of the social welfare department, as the dharamshala was under the department, but was told that no orders had been issued to get the premises evicted.

He said senior officials in the corporation also echoed the same views and stated that no such orders had been issued.

When the employees were not allowed to enter the dharamshala, they told the residents that they would return with written orders after lunch. They, however, did not return.

Later, the residents lodged a complaint with the corporation authorities in this regard.

The dharamshala is run by a 20-year-old committee. — TNS

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Bansal draws attention to plight of city’s poor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Once again minister of state for finance Pawan Kumar Bansal has drawn the attention of UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) towards the issue of the plight of the city’s poor and marginalised residents.

In reply to a recent missive sent by the administrator to Brig K.P. Singh Deo, chairman of the ex-servicemen department of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on the issue of land acquisition, the minister said issues of the common man were not being redressed on the same plank as are done in other cases.

“The whole purpose of the acquisition is to ensure that instead of trying to preserve a lifestyle that suits only a few well-to-do people, we create opportunities for those who have been casualties of our economic advance or who are marginalised because they are poor and illiterate,” reads the missive.

The issue of small dwelling units for residents of Deep Complex and Shastri Nagar and job opportunities for slum dwellers has been raised. Notices of building violations have been issued to residents of Ram Darbar, Dadu Majra, Maloya, Bapu Dham, Mauli Jagran and Indira Colony, whereas change in the land use and increase in the FAR area has been permitted in the Industrial Area, the minister said, adding that the escalating cost of land was depriving families from lower income groups and middle income groups from owning small dwelling units.

The minister has raised the same issue on previous occasions as well.

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Panchkula Cong chief takes Chander Mohan head-on
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 19
City president of the Congress R.K. Kakkar today raised a banner of revolt against Deputy Chief Minister and local MLA Chander Mohan by stating that he was not in favour of dissolving the Municipal Council.

Kakkar said here that according to the Panchayat Act, which was the basis for the establishment of the council, Chander Mohan’s recommendation held no weight.

Let somebody ask the Deputy Chief Minister how he can promise doing away with the council in his manifesto when the Congress manifesto supports no such agenda — Panchkula Congress chief

“We are writing to the Haryana working president of the party Ram Prakash, asking him to intervene in the matter. We will ask him not to dissolve the House. Also, let somebody ask the Deputy Chief Minister how he can promise doing away with the council in his manifesto when the party manifesto supports no such agenda,” he said.

Demanding that a year be given to the council, he said most councillors were also not in favour of dissolving the House since it would serve no purpose. “The deputy Chief Minister’s entire political career revolves around the council. It seems there is no work for him at the state level since he always has his hands full with issues of the council.

“The local MP, Selja, is also a member of the House, but she has hardly attended any meeting.”

Of the council budget of Rs 10 crore, nearly Rs 6 crore had been misutilised or misappropriated, he alleged, condemning the attack on NGO president Hemant Kinger.

Speaking on the issue of potholed roads, he added that at the time when Tarun Bhandari was the president of the council, he had moved a resolution stating that works on maintenance, repair and recarpeting of roads should be given back to the HUDA since the council did not have the wherewithal to carry out these jobs properly.

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Delegates apprised of MC projects
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
A 14-member team of the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre yesterday visited the Chandigarh municipal corporation to study various engineering projects in the country.

City mayor Harjinder Kaur gave a presentation highlighting the working of various sections of the corporation, including sanitation system, water works, electricity and other departments.

Councillors A.P. Sanwaria, Vijay Singh Rana and Gurcharan Dass Kala along with former additional commissioner O.P. Popli, joint commissioner H.S. Kandhola and other officials of the corporation interacted with the delegates.

Elaborating on water supply schemes, the mayor said city’s supply was based on two sources, surface and underground water.

While surface water was being obtained from Bhakhra main canal at nearby Kajauli village, underground water was being drawn from around 180 tube wells across the city.

Further, she said 1,400 km of roads fell under the corporation. These were categorised in seven sections — V-1 to V-7 — and a new policy initiative had been undertaken to select roads for widening and recarpeting.

Elaborating on horticulture projects undertaken by the corporation, the mayor said the city gardens had been developed over a long period of time.

Centre programme manager Hassan Shitu introduced the delegates and apprised those present of the initiative of the members to study about managed cities in Asia.

The other members of the delegation were: K.R. Tegla, P. Kansbanik, Madhu Bala, Navdeep Singh Dadhwal, Anu Dogra, Rahul Tayal, Hairvdin Bin Mohameh Ibrahim, Darsana Banhara Samarkoon, Krishan Rai, Hjmd Sofian Hjamit, Dr Nomita Halber and Abull Wajeeh. 

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Dist administrative complex
Kanwaljit: Project to start soon
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 19
Punjab cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh said here today that work on the district administrative complex would be started soon.

The minister held a meeting with senior officials to discuss plans related to the administrative complex. He said the administration was facing accommodation problems and this aspect would be considered on a priority basis.

While addressing a press conference, Capt Kanwaljit Singh said procedures had to be simplified so that members of the public were not harassed.

He said the PSEB should adopt other methods for bill collection instead of compelling consumers to deposit bills at board offices only.

There was a need to change the work culture and adopt a more helpful attitude to look into the problems of people. Mohali had to be made a model city and problems of water and power shortage, facing the town, had to be tackled.

The minister told police officials to adopt a people friendly approach. Small disputes should be tackled at the police-station level.

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Uplift of Disabled
Funds galore, govt will lacking
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 19
Funds allocated by the central government for the rehabilitation of physically challenged persons are not being used adequately, forcing them to lead a miserable life.

This has been stated by Kashmir Sanava and Balwant Singh Dardi, chairman and president, respectively, of the Physically Handicapped Association, Punjab. They have said Rs 1465.50 crore has been reserved under the 10th Five Year Plan for the welfare of the physically challenged. During 2002-2005, only Rs 456.65 crore was spent.

According to a survey, only 2 per cent of the handicapped children are getting education even though the government is claiming “education for all”.

A national handicapped finance and development corporation has been set up by the central government to provide financial aid to the disabled to launch their own ventures. Unfortunately, not a single penny has been given to any such person in Punjab under the scheme, they adds.

The corporation was given Rs 800 crore to give loans to the physically challenged for getting self-employed, but the corporation could spend only Rs 97.50 crore. It is only about 10 per cent of the total amount.

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Greenpeace on ‘ban bulb’ drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Environment protection group Greenpeace yesterday called for phasing out inefficient light bulbs in India by 2010.

Launching its campaign in Sector-17 Plaza, the group mobilised its activists to encouraged people to participate in a signature campaign to ban the use of bulb.

This will mark the beginning of a nationwide campaign to push for a national legislation to phase out incandescent light bulbs and promote the use of compact fluorescent lights.

Greenpeace proposes to get one million petitions signed from residents across the country, with message “Stop climate change, ban the bulb”.

The campaign in the city was initiated by municipal corporation mayor Harjinder Kaur. She signed the petition and spoke to the activists and members of public about the importance of banning the use of light bulbs.

“This ban will help in launching large scale energy efficiency measures, which will tackle India’s energy crisis and help take a definite step towards fighting climate change,” she said.

The mayor also said the city was doing its bit to bring in use more energy efficient devices.

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Oppn resents poor shape of roads
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 19
Twelve municipal councillors of the opposition group have said roads in the town are in bad shape and the civic body has failed to carry out the required maintenance.

In a joint statement issued by Harmanpreet Singh, vice-president, Amrik Singh, B.B. Maini, P.S. Kahlon, Phool Raj Singh, S.S. Barnala, Gurmukh Singh Sohal, Harwinder Kaur Lang, Mohanbir Singh Shergill, Harpal Singh, Kuljeet Singh Bedi and Kuldeep Kaur Kang here yesterday, it has been said poor condition of roads has led to a number of accidents. Only a few roads have been repaired since the new team of councillors took over more than eight months ago, they say.

The councillors allege that the council president is taking more interest in getting footpaths constructed, which involves a higher margin of profit and allegedly gives more scope for corruption.

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Temperature rise necessitates power cuts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Barely after a day of respite from heat temperature in various parts of Haryana and Punjab has shot up.

Frequent and long power cuts have brought heat-wave like condition to Haryana. Temperature recorded at various places indicated one to seven degrees above the normal.

Karnal and Ambala registered sharp rise in temperature recorded at 37.8 degrees and 36.1 degrees celsius, respectively. This is two degrees above the normal.

Hisar which was sizzling two days ago also recorded higher temperature, negating temporary relief felt in the region due to duststorm and rain. Temperature there touched 42.4 degrees celsius on April 16, six degrees above the normal.

Southern Haryana and areas adjoining Rajasthan have been facing problems due to rising temperature and shortage of power.

Haryana already has announced schedule of heavy power cuts in the state. Industry has been told it will receive power from 5 am to 7 am and 7 pm to 11 pm during peak load hours.

It has been decided to supply power to agricultural and rural feeders in two groups.

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Villagers get lessons on traffic rules
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh traffic police today organised an awareness camp at Kaimbwala village to educate villagers about the traffic rules and regulations.

Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Jaswant Singh Khaira said around 150 persons, including 100 children, participated in the camp held at the government school in the village. Inspectors P.S. Walia and Darshan Kumar delivered lectures on traffic rules.

Literature on the traffic rules was also distributed among the participants.

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Exposed eatables
Admn initiative against sale
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
In its effort to check the spread of infection and water-borne diseases, the administration has decided to launch a campaign against the sale of exposed eatables.

The sale of all kind of exposed eatables like sweets, cakes, biscuits, breads, parched grain of all kinds, overripe and cut fruits, is banned in the Union Territory under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

The sale of unchlorinated drinking water through water trolleys obtained from unauthorised sources, ice, ice candies, aerated water sold through outlets under unhygienic conditions is also banned.

Only properly covered cold drinks, including lassi, sugarcane juice, sharbats, jaljeera, curd, with wire gauze or glass for protection from dust and flies will be allowed to be sold in the market.

People have also been advised against consuming exposed eatables especially during summer as these may lead to various ailments like vomiting, diarrhoea, dysentery, food poisoning, jaundice, typhoid, etc.

For enquiry, residents can contact the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, through nos. 102, 2768266 and medical officer of health at 5067568.

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Ex-HC Judge Singhal dead
High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 19
The legal fraternity of Punjab and Haryana today expressed grief over the sudden demise of Justice M.L. Singhal, former Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Justice M.L. SinghalA Full Court reference was held at the High Court this afternoon to mourn the death of Justice Singhal, who breathed his last yesterday.

He retired last year after putting in 39 years of service. During his tenure of over seven years as Judge of the High Court he delivered several landmark judgements on civil, criminal and constitutional matters. After his retirement, he was appointed chairman, Haryana Tax Tribunal, where he laid the law on important matters, which helped in smooth implementation of VAT.

He is survived by his wife, a son and three daughters.

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Col cremated with honours

Chandigarh, April 19
Col Kanwar Deep Singh Sahney, who died on April 14, was cremated with full service honours here today.

A gunner, he was serving as the Colonel (Military Secretary) to the General Officer Commanding, 33 Corps in the North-East. A large number of officers and well-wishers attended the funeral.

Maj Gen P.C. Kharbanda from Headquarters Western Command laid a wreath on behalf of the GOC-in-C, Western Command, and all ranks. — TNS

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Vehicles challaned

Chandigarh, April 19
During a special drive conducted by the State Transport Authority along with the traffic police in the city, 114 vehicles were challaned today for various offences under the provision of the Motor Vehicle Act/Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. — TNS

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Letters
Stray dog menace

Day in and day out newspaper headlines offer a peek of the ever burgeoning incidents of dog-bites in the city. Since efforts on the part of the Chandigarh Administration are too meagre to meet the menace, harried residents are left to fend for themselves against the wild canine brigade.

Whenever a newspaper flashes a report of a fatal dog-bite, the administration wakes up from its deep slumber and announces measures afresh to deal with the problem.

Interestingly though, as the heat and dust generated by the news report dies down, the anti-stray dog campaign mounted by the administration comes to a virtual halt.

The administration should initiate effective measures to solve the problem, the sooner the better.

Jatinder Thakur, 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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CRIME

Prized Catch
Mobile thief gives cops the slip
Tribune News Service

Lalru, April 19
A mobile phone thief last night escaped from the police custody at the Nahar police post, that falls under the Lalru police station.

Acting against the erring officials, the Mohali police booked two police personnel, including in charge of the Nahar police post Mam Ram, for dereliction of duty.

The Lalru police registered a case of mobile phone theft on March 20 when a mobile shop was burgled. Even as the police was investigating the matter, the Kurukshetra police arrested a mobile thief, Kashmir Singh, a resident of Ram Nagar Kheri in Kurukshetra district.

The police claimed that Kashmir had confessed to his hand in the theft of mobile phones at Lalru. He was brought to the Lalru police station from Kurukshetra and was to be produced at a Rajpura court on April 16, police officials said.

In fact, he was produced before the Rajpura court yesterday and the court had directed the police to hand him over to the Kurukshetra police. However, he could not be handed over to the Haryana police last evening as legal formalities were not completed.

Following the escape of the thief, the police registered a case under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC against the police post in charge and home guards jawan Gurmail Singh, who was posted as sentry at the post.

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Tired of sick wife, trucker kills her
Ruchika M. Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Unable to get rid of a sick woman he had bought as a bride for himself four years ago, 28- year -old Krishan Kumar found the perfect way to get rid of her. He hacked her and when she did not die and started screaming for help, he strangled her to death.

The gruesome murder took place in Samheri village of Kurukshetra on April 16. The 22- year-old victim, Kallo Devi alias Puja, was allegedly bought by the accused from a village near Kanpur, though the ‘marriage’ was solemnised in Panipat almost four years ago. Krishan Kumar was unaware that the victim was suffering from tuberculosis. Since he could not locate her family to send her back, he decided to get rid of her.

A trucker by profession, Krishan Kumar had allegedly bought the victim while on one of his trips to Kanpur. Since he was unable to get a wife for himself within his community because of poverty, he had decided to “buy” a wife for himself.

Krishan Kumar has been arrested by the police and remanded to judicial custody till May 1. He reportedly told the police that he was tired of getting her treated for the disease and had decided to get rid of her at all costs.

Surprisingly the police has booked Krishan only on charges of murder, without investigating the human trafficking angle. “We have already charged him with murder. It is irrelevant if we press charges of human trafficking, which in this case is a minor offence,” said the investigating officer, sub inspector Ram Singh.

What is more shocking is the fact that after the murder, the last rites of the victim were performed by relatives of her husband, but no effort was made to inform or locate her own family members. “The local police should have at least made an effort to inform the victim’s family. This is a gross violation of human rights,” said Rishi Kant, the anti-trafficking officer of Shakti Vahini - an NGO dealing with human trafficking. Shakti Vahini has now taken up the case with the authorities in Kanpur and is trying to locate the victim’s family.

Rishi Kant informed TNS that this was the second case in Haryana where a human trafficking victim has been murdered and the police had failed to inform the victim’s family. “Last year, in a similar incident, Tripla, who was trafficked to a village in Jind, was murdered after she refused to develop relations with the brother of her ‘husband’. The police had cremated the victim on their own and her family was not informed of the death. This seems to have become the trend in Haryana. We now plan to approach the court and seek directions for the police to go strictly by the rule book and deal responsibly with such cases,” he added.

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Cop booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
A UT police head constable has been booked in a case of breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. He has been accused of duping several persons of Rs 4 lakh in a chit-fund case. Sources in police station, Sector 39, said head constable Ram Karan was booked under Sections 406 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code on a complaint filed by Jarnail Singh of Attawa village.

The police said other persons of the locality had also complained against the policeman for similar offence.

Cheating

Poonam of Sector 56 has accused her husband Shamsher Singh of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, of cheating her by concealing another marriage before her marriage. On her complaint, a case has been registered in police station, Sector 39.

Robbery

Ashwani Kumar of Phase X, Mohali, reported to the police that two unidentified motorcyclists hit him with an iron road and robbed him of his briefcase containing Rs 1.35 lakh in Phase II, Ram Darbar, last night.

He was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. A case has been registered.

Theft

Dhamabir Singh of Veer Trading, Sector 15, reported to the police that around 500 coins, some currency, clocks and other articles were stolen from his shop last night. A case has been registered.

Vehicles stolen

Baljit Singh Gill of Sector 36-D filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Maruti car (CHK 1750) was stolen from his residence on Wednesday.

Similarly, Kusum Harjoi of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, reported to the police that her Maruti car (CH 01 B 2421) was stolen from a parking lot in Panjab University on Tuesday.

Jaspal Singh of Sector 41 filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Bullet motor cycle (CH 01 J 2636) was stolen from his residence during the intervening night of April 16 and 17. Also, Subash Malik of Sector 20-A lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Hyundai Santro car (CH 03 M 1959) was stolen from his residence on Sunday night.

In another incident, Dalbir Singh of Mauli Jagran reported to the police that his truck (HR 37 A 0810) was stolen from his residence on Friday. Cases of theft have been registered in separate police stations of the city.

Assault

Gurwinder Singh of Khuda Ali Sher filed a complaint with the police alleging that Kulwant Singh and Jhujjar Singh, both of the same village, assaulted him. He suffered injuries and was admitted to the PGI.

The police has arrested both accused after registering a case under Sections 325 and 34 of the IPC.

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Youth held for sending obscene emails
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The local police has arrested a Panchkula resident on allegations of sending obscene material to his former colleague through Internet.

Deputy superintendent of police (east) Devinder Tahkur said a case under Sections 11 and 67 of the Information Technology, 2000 had been registered on a complaint filed by the victim, a resident of Sector 30, on Wednesday.

Acting on her complaint, the police arrested the accused, 26-year-old Arun Gupta of Sector 11, Panchkula.

He was produced before a local court, which remanded him in judicial custody.

Investigating officer Sukhwinder Singh said the girl and Gupta came in contact last year when they worked together in a private company in Parwanoo.

They exchanged their email IDs and after some time the accused started sending obscene mails to the victim’s address.

She talked to Gupta on the matter, who assured her of exercising restraint. But he kept sending objectionable mails through his four other IDs.

Meanwhile, around eight months ago, Gupta left the company and joined another firm, but she kept receiving the mails. To ensure that the mails originated from the accused, she created a new ID and gave it to him only.

When she got mails on her new ID from the same addresses, her suspicion was confirmed and she lodged a complaint with the police, said Sukhdeep Singh.

The police said they seized the hard disks of Gupta’s computer from his residence and those of cyber cafes he used to frequent.

These would be sent to the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory for further examination.

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Barnala resident held under Arms Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The local police today arrested a Barnala resident under the Arms Act for carrying a double-barrelled gun without valid permit. Besides, the police arrested two proclaimed offenders (PO). SHO of police station, Sector 19, Sukhdev Singh Bhullar said Lal Singh of Dhillwan village, Barnala district, was arrested on a complaint lodged by Narinder Singh of Sector 18.

The complainant told the police that the accused, who had been visiting his brother Parmineder Singh in his house, had been carrying a gun without a licence to carry it in Chandigarh. A case has been registered.

The SHO added that two POs - Prem Singh of Sector 33-A and Ashok Pal of Indira Colony, Mani Majra - were arrested today.

Both were wanted in cheque bounce cases registered under the Negotiable Instruments Act.

Prem was declared a PO in March this year, while Ashok was declared a PO in January.

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Burglars strike at Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 19
Mobile phones and cash were stolen from two shops in Phase VII here last night. The thieves broke shutters to gain entry into the shops.

Malkeet Singh, owner of one of the shops, said when he came to open his shop in the morning, he found the locks on the shutter missing. The thieves stole two new mobile phones and 35 secondhand ones.

Pawan Kumar, owner of the other shop, said he closed his shop early yesterday as his father had died. He did not even take home the cash. Today, he was informed by someone that a theft had taken place at his shop.

When he came to the shop, he found Rs 31,000 and 25 mobile phones missing.

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