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Major fire renders 250 families homeless
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 28
Tragedy came enveloped in flames for 250-odd families of Saketri late this evening when a major fire broke out in the jhuggi-cluster of the village. Though no loss of life was known till the filing of this report, the fire was nothing short of catastrophe for these families with all their belongings reduced to ashes.

The fire, allegedly caused from a spark from a chullah, started around 8:30 pm and soon engulfed the entire cluster comprising jhuggis with hay roofs. As panicked jhuggi-dwellers, screaming for help, scrambled to run into the open, the blowing wind only worsened the situation and hastened the spread of the fire.

The entire sky lit up with nearly 20 feet high flames as villagers of Saketri began making frantic calls to the fire station, the police and the district administration. Much to their shock, they received only a lukewarm response from all quarters and the fire brigade from Panchkula reached well after their counterparts from Chandigarh responded to the calls.

While most jhuggi-dwellers said they lost their cash collected from working as daily wagers, everything from goats, clothes, ration, bed and beddings perished in the fire that lasted for nearly one-and-a-half hours.

Munni, sitting huddled in one corner with six children, said, “Most of the men had gone home after a hard day’s work and the women were busy cooking for their families. I, too, was ready to serve food to my family when I heard my daughter scream that a fire had broken out. I turned around and saw the advancing flames. I had barely time to just get out of the place. My children are hungry and scared. So am I and no help seems to be coming.”

Puran, a daily wage earner from Sehranpur, managed to save only two empty cans of drinking water. Having come to the city just about a year ago, he settled in this cluster because there were others from his village living there. “I only managed to carry out my eight children. The rest, including Rs 15,000, my entire earning, is gone. I am dreading the next few days ahead,” he said.

Asha, who lost three goats in the fire, sat in the midst of the ashes and cried her heart out. “These were our source of assured livelihood. At least my children used to get a stomach full because of the goats. Everything is gone forever. We will have to begin from scratch,” she said. All over the place there were plenty of sobbing families preparing to spend the night under the sun, lying on the dry grass and sleeping on an empty stomach.

Says Dilbagh Bhardwaj, “Everyone from the village ran out on hearing the screams. We came out to find the entire cluster in flames. I began calling up the fire brigade but there was no response. I called the Chandigarh police control room and the fire brigade. I called the DC residence and they said that they would send the message of the fire immediately. There was nobody for the poor when they needed them most,” he stated.

The villagers saved the day for the jhuggi-dwellers by pitching in with help. “They brought out our own tankers and helped out people to safe territory. We were so confused and baffled that if it had not been for them, we would have lost this race against time and perished along with our belongings,” remarks Bir Singh.

Agitated jhuggi-dwellers said that even two hours after the fire, nobody from the district administration had cared to visit them.

Interestingly, inquiries at the General Hospital, Sector 6, revealed that they, too, had not been alerted about the fire or any subsequent casualty. However, villagers said two children were injured in the fire and had been rushed to a private clinic nearby.



Adviser’s complaint prompted vigilance raid
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Two months ago, the administration had withdrawn powers of the estate officer to retransfer resumed properties in the city. The decision affected hundreds of prospective buyers who, while seeking favours from the estate officer under a provision of the Chandigarh Sale of Leasehold Sites and Building Rules, 1960, hoped to get prime properties at a price lower than the prevailing market rate.

Chandigarh, April 28
In a typical bureaucratic setup, different officials of the Chandigarh administration are working at cross-purposes, much to the inconvenience of city residents.

While the adviser to the administrator restored certain properties in his capacity as the appellate authority, there was inordinate delay on the part of officials concerned to implement the same.

Seeing the non-compliance his orders, the adviser has written to the UT vigilance to probe the delay in the implementation of his orders and pinpoint the responsibility, said sources in the administration.

It was on the directions of the top functionary that sleuths of the vigilance yesterday raided the estate office and confiscated files of at least nine cases - residential and commercial - wherein the properties had been restored after being rejected by the court of chief administrator.

The relief was given after the allottee had filed an appeal in the court of the adviser.

Though no official in the administration was ready to talk on the issue, sources confirmed that the vigilance after going through the records was ascertaining the reasons for delay and the name of erring officials, irrespective of their status.

It was also being ascertained if the officials in the estate office exercised their right to appeal and that too within reasonable time.

During yesterday’s raid, the officials reportedly searched records of the officials concerned, as they were looking for specific properties.

Under the procedure, an allottee of a resumed site can go in for appeal before the appellate authority. After the estate office, appeal is heard by the designated chief administrator’s court and then the adviser.

“If the allottee does not get any relief from the court of adviser, he can take legal recourse up to the Supreme Court,” said an official.

The sources said in case of a plot in Sector 36, officials in the estate office did write for legal opinion.

It, however, could not be confirmed whether the estate office was asked to implement the order of the adviser or they went in for an appeal in the higher court over some legal lacunae.

Under the provision of the relevant Act, the implementing authority can go in for appeal — a precedent rarely followed.

In the past, the decision to restore the sites by the court of adviser had led to heartburn among senior officials. It had even led to loss to the state exchequer.

As a result, the authority rejecting the appeal of an allottee was asked to be present when the court of adviser was in progress. But the issue was resolved at the intervention of the top brass.



Taj serves worms with kebabs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Hotel GVK Taj had yet another brush with controversy tonight, with some guests complaining about the presence of worms in a particular snack served to them before dinner at the hotel.

The ruckus reportedly occurred tonight when about 100 delegates attending a two-day seminar on “Law, environment and sustainable development” at the hotel were unwinding over the dinner organised at the Ballroom. Shortly after the snacks were served, guests were shocked to find out that the “seekh kebabs” being served to them were having “live” worms.

With the mood of the evening destroyed, the delegates reportedly raised a hue and cry, blaming the hotel authorities for the serious lapse. But, soon as the matter came to the notice of managers, they mustered their PR skills and were reportedly quick to placate the anxious guests. In “true spirit of customer service”, they offered to waive off the day’s food charges, sources told Chandigarh Tribune. The guests, it was learnt, were served thrice during the day - the cost of which they said they were ready to ignore. The seminar will continue tomorrow also.

Organised by Law Alliance, a Delhi-based organisation, the seminar was attended, among other legal experts, by three judges of the Supreme Court of India, but they had left before the ruckus started. A Chandigarh-based lawyer, who was present at the dinner, said, “It was a very serious matter but the hotel authorities were ready to apologise. So we decided not to give a written complaint. The seek kebab was indeed contaminated but the rest of the food was fine and we all had it later.”

The matter was thus resolved amicably, with the hotel staff offering to compensate the organisers for the inconvenience caused due to what they claimed was a “misconception”.

Sales manager Sandeep Kumar said there was no such problem. Restaurant manager Ashwani Dhar was absolutely clueless. He went on to counter question Chandigarh Tribune on the matter. “Was there a problem? I am not aware,” he said.

Public relations manager for the hotel, Itika, however, seemed aware of the issue. Not only did she admit there was some problem, she even reasoned with why she thought the claim of guests was false. “You can well imagine how many worms can survive in kebabs cooked at 150 degree temperature,” she said.



Now, NGO targets beggary
Tribune News Service

News Effect

By the end of the day the volunteers had managed about 450 signatures on their anti-beggary appeal. One of their findings that interested the visitors was 70 per cent beggars in Sectors 8, 9, 10, 11 and 17 are children.

Chandigarh, April 28
The visitors to sector 17 Plaza were in for a pleasant surprise today. For a change, they were accosted not by beggars, but by young volunteers campaigning against beggary.

While some of the weekend revelers seemed too busy to pay heed to the volunteers’ anti-beggary appeals, 80 per cent stopped by and listened. The talk was interesting, armed as it was with statistics from a two-month survey conducted at prime beggary locations. By the end of the day the volunteers had managed about 450 signatures on their anti-beggary appeal. One of their findings that interested the visitors was, 70 per cent beggars in Sectors 8, 9, 10, 11 and 17 are children.

But the other, more interesting piece of information related to where the money donated in alms went. And the 15 volunteers who are part of the NGO, We Volunteers, seemed to have spent considerable time doing their home work. So, they moved around the plaza confidently, intercepting visitors and telling them, “Child beggars spend the money to buy junk food and cheap drugs including tobacco products and intoxicating fluids. The rest of their earnings get usurped by elders in the trade. The adult beggars even gamble. Your donations don’t meet any useful purpose.” The information was also splashed on flow charts which the volunteers carried throughout their day-long mission to hit at the root of evil - the donors.

Preet Arjun Singh, one of the members and a final year Punjab Engineering College student, said he was driven by the Chandigarh Tribune campaign to do something worthwhile to stop beggary in the city. “We brainstormed and thought it would be best to go to people who donate and tell them how their money was being used to fuel odd trades like drugs and tobacco.

“We chose the plaza to target foreign tourists who often give away Rs 500 as alms. This has to be stopped.”

Today the students moved about in groups of two, asking visitors to sign a pledge that they will never donate alms. “We will continue our signature campaign tomorrow also. And then we plan to visit schools and colleges to create a similar awareness against beggary. Ours is a week-long campaign. Finally, we will approach the municipal corporation and request it to put up anti-beggary information at all prime locations,” said Ankush and Kanwal, who were on their feet all day trying to contribute to the cause.



Wheat straw burning, threshing dust triggering acute asthma
Burning of straw continues despite ban
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Harvesting season is here with its share of seasonal allergies and respiratory disorders. This time, however, specialists are reporting a very high incidence of asthma triggered by wheat threshing dust. The incidence is reported to be as high as 28 per cent in certain pockets of population in the region.

The general range of asthma incidence caused by wheat threshing dust is, however, 6 to 28 per cent depending on the geographical location, the age group and the type of contaminant in the allergen, which was discovered earlier by Dr Shakuntala Lavasa, a renowned allergy specialist from the region. She is receiving more than four such cases of allergy from across Punjab and Haryana at her Chandigarh clinic daily. Add to this the pollution load contributed by indiscriminate burning of wheat straw in the fields across Punjab and Haryana. Burning of wheat straw causes chemical-induced reactions in the body, including unstoppable sneezing.

Despite a standing ban on the burning of wheat straw by pollution control boards of these states, the problem continues unabated, more so in Punjab. In several areas, including Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Tanda, wheat straw burning has damaged roadside plantations and forest areas along canals where most farms are located. But no checks are being enforced by the Punjab Pollution Control Board and the forest department which is supposed to prevent damages to forests due to burning of straw. The pollution thus caused is damaging nests, this being the breeding season, forest officers say.

The greatest health hazard, however, is posed by fungal spores and chemical fumes released into the air during the burning of wheat straw. Together with wheat threshing dust, these spores become major sources of asthma not just among populations residing near the fields but also among people at faraway locations.

Dr Lavasa explains, “Asthma incidence due to wheat threshing dust is not restricted to agriculturists as was earlier believed. It exists among the urban population which is likely to experience unexplainable nasal allergies, sneezing, cough and cold and throat irritation during the season from mid-April to mid-May. In most cases, these allergies are traced to wheat threshing dust which travels far and wide from farms areas. Due to its inhalant route, it infects large populations in cities. That’s what is happening these days. So severe is the infection in some cases that asthma patients have to be hospitalised. We suggest immediate treatment to keep allergies caused by such pollutants and allergens at bay,” says Dr Lavasa, who will organise a free asthma camp at her Chandigarh clinic on May 1, World Asthma Day.

Meanwhile, burning of wheat straw mainly continues in the absence of other economical methods for clearing the fields for the next crop. Ploughing can cost a farmer anything between Rs 500 to 1000 per acre of farmland. Since it is not viable, they resort to burning of straw, which poses danger to plantations, people using highways and birds nesting along the canals. Such burning is also reported to kill friendly farm bacteria.



Entry of MNCs
Beopar mandal’s hi-tech plan to save traders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Fighting with their back to the wall against the entry of MNCs and major Indian corporates in the retail sector, the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) has decided to take up the cudgels against corporate giants in a bid to safeguard the interest of traditional traders.

Under the strategy, the general body meeting of the mandal held here yesterday decided to go hi-tech by having its website besides permanent toll-free phone number to redress the grievances of traders.

The information technology and toll-free numbers will help traders face the onslaught of big corporates, mandal president Charanjiv Singh told Chandigarh Tribune here today.

The mandal president underlined the need for unity among traders to ensure the growth of business of small and medium traders.

The members felt that with the shopping mall culture coming to the city, tough times were ahead for the trading community, which is already at the receiving end of recession.

At this juncture, the role of the Chandigarh administration in safeguarding the interest of traders assumed significance, general secretary Diwakar Sahoonja said.

Outstanding issues like VAT, building bylaw upgrade, beautification and better commercial use of markets and representation of the trading community in various committees of the administration was the need of the hour for cordial administration-trader relations, said building byelaws committee chairman L.C. Arora.

Police coordination committee, chairman Jagdish Kapoor expressed the need for securing shops with modern gadgets.



ESIC spent Rs 1 cr on treatments last fiscal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The regional office of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) in Chandigarh disbursed over Rs 1 crore for the treatment of patients needing super-specialty treatment during the past fiscal.

Corporation’s regional director G.C. Jena said the corporation had set up a revolving fund to meet the expenses of patients needing treatment and made payments directly to the hospitals.

He said a factory worker at Gorayan needed Rs 9.98 lakh for the treatment of his son suffering from an ear disease and needing some imported instruments.

The corporation paid the expenses incurred by the patient at the PGI, Chandigarh, for the treatment.

Similarly, Krishan Kumar, an employee in a factory at Phagwara, who was suffering from renal failure needed Rs 4.40 lakh to meet the expense of kidney transplantation.

The payment was deposited with the PGI by the corporation.

The corporation disbursed Rs 1.02 crore in 76 cases during 2006-07.



Claims belied

Chandigarh, April 28
Even as the ESIC makes tall claims about the prompt settlement of medical claims of the beneficiaries, the case of a private firm employee tells a different story.

Pritam Chand, an employee of the Sector 34-based Pugmarks Interweb Private Limited, has alleged that in spite of submitting all bills, the ESIC has failed to reimburse the amount. Pritam had gone to the ESI dispensary, Sector 29, for treatment and was referred to the ESI Hospital, Ram Darbar. From there he was referred to the PGI.

Jena has promised to look into the matter. — TNS



JCO says he did not receive any report on surplus ammunition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
A junior commissioned officer in charge of ammunition of 5 Sikh Light Infantry (SLI) today stated before the general court martial (GCM) trying a colonel for alleged misappropriation of ammunition in the Kargil sector that he had not received any report from his unit personnel that 4/8 Gorkha Rifles, the accused’s unit, was holding any surplus or unaccounted ammunition.

During cross-examination, Subedar Pargat Singh also stated that by July 20, 2005, handing over of ammunition at all forward posts was complete, whereas ammunition held in the battalion magazine was yet to be handed over. This could not be done as the magazine was sealed on August 27, 2005.

The defence once again objected to the jurisdiction of the court to try the accused after Subedar Pargat Singh deposed that he had not made any statements before the court of inquiry and the summary of evidence. Defence counsel, Col S K Aggarwal (retd) contended that this violated provisions of Army Rule 23.

During his deposition, he also said that in the last week of April, 2005, he was ordered by Col Anil Nautiyal to take over ammunition from 4/8 GR. AT a forward post, he observed that some ammunition was rusted while some was kept lose without packing materials or in gunny bags.

He said he had informed Colonel Nautiyal about this, who had told him to take over the ammunition which was in good condition. He said he had wanted to take over ammunition in the battalion magazine on the basics of Ammunition Inspection Report of June 2005. At this Colonel Aggarwal argued that ammunition kept loose or in gunny bags or rusted could not be considered as discrepancies in ammunition holding.



In-house training favoured for arbitrators
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Unanimously elected vice-president of the Indian Council of Arbitration at the polls held this week in Mumbai, designated senior advocate P.C. Markanda is in favour of in-house training for the arbitrators.

In a one to one with The Tribune over the phone from Nainital where he has gone to argue cases in the Uttrakhand High Court, Markanda says he has already decided to forward a proposal to the council for the purpose and hopes to get the modalities worked out soon. The move, he says, is essential as arbitrators without proper training sometimes fail to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of both the disputing parties, resulting in dissatisfaction, if not miscarriage of justice.

He adds that as a result of dissatisfactory answers to their problems, the parties often lose faith in the process of arbitration and move the courts for the adjudication of matters. In the process they increase the workload on the already over-burdened judiciary.

Markanda says a good arbitrator need not be a judge or an advocate. With a little training, he should be able to resolve the matters in an impartial manner in accordance with the principles of natural justice.

Giving details of the council's functioning, he says it has been set up to provide an alternative disputes resolution mechanism. The council ensures settlement of cases through a judge of its own choice, rather than getting the matter adjudicated through the civil courts. It is not only an expeditious process, but is also effective as an attempt is made to resolve the issues as early as possible to the satisfaction of both the sides.

As the vice-president, Markanda says he will be involved in the process of taking important decisions affecting the council's functioning. Besides this, by the virtue of being the vice-president he will on the council's arbitration committee, screening committee and editorial board.

Markanda has been a member of the council's governing body for 21 years now.



92 poor youths imparted training
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
As many as 92 youths from BPL families of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, Ram Darbar and Sector 29 have been trained as medical attendant and multiple-purpose worker by the Surya Foundation in collaboration with the municipal corporation under the Swaran Jayanti Shahri Rojgar Yojna during the last two years.

Their six-month training includes theory classes and practical clinical training in different nursing homes and clinical set ups.

Giving the details of the yojna during the valedictory function at Gujjar Bhawan, Dr Ramneek Sharma, chairperson of the foundation said many of these students have already been employed in different areas.

Elaborating on the activities of the Surya organisation, he said the organisation was running six creches and family counselling centres at Hallo Majra. It was involved in organising adolescent health and HIV and AIDS awareness camps.



Jawan cremated with full honours
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 28
Havildar Jarnail Singh, who was killed in a counter insurgency operation in Arunachal Pradesh on April 25, was cremated with full military honours at his native village in Tripuri near here today.

According to a press note, jawans of the AAD Regiment, Chandi Mandir, paid respects to the martyr who laid down his life for the nation, along with two others, in an area that falls in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh. On April 25, three Army vehicles of his regiment were patrolling the area when a landmine laid by ULFA militants burst, killing them. The vehicle was also badly damaged.

Wreaths on the body of the martyr were laid by H.I.S. Grewal, deputy commissioner, Raghvir Kaur Khaira, SDM, Kharar, and Varinder Pal Singh, SP (City). Wreaths were also placed by officers representing the Western Command and the Engineering Regiment, apart from a few political leaders.

Jarnail Singh, who was born in 1965, got recruited in the Army in 1985. He belonged to the 581 Light Regiment which got posted to Assam six months ago. He was to get his promotion as Naib Sudedar in a month.

The martyr has left behind his wife and two minor children.



Woman suffers 100 pc burns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
A 22-year-old married woman allegedly suffered burns while warming milk on a stove at her Sector 52 residence late last night. She has been admitted to the PGI with 100 per cent burns.

The police said the mother of one-and-half-year-old daughter, Seema, suffered burns while she was warming milk on the stove for her daughter at 9 pm. Hearing her cries, her husband Ajay Kumar, who works for a private telecom company, rushed for her help. He extinguished the fire by wrapping her in a blanket.

She was taken to the Sector 16 General Hospital, where the doctors referred her to the PGI, said the police.

Sources in the police said Seema told the police officials during treatment that it was an accident. However, by the time the police called the magistrate to record her statement, the doctors declared her unfit to give the statement.



Stale sandwich served on Shatabdi

Chandigarh, April 28
Passengers of the evening 2005 Kalka Shatabdi Express continue to be inconvenienced, with stale food being served on board. The fact came to light yet again this evening when Satinder Kaur, a Chandigarh resident was travelling back to Chandigarh from New Delhi.

She alleged that she was served stale snacks by the railway staff. Upon her arrival in Chandigarh, she came straight to The Tribune office with the packet containing a stale sandwich.

"The problem cannot be allowed to persist. We have complained about stale food being served several times, but to no avail. Last week, when our relatives were travelling on the Shatabdi, they faced a similar problem. The authorities had promised to make amends. But the situation remains unchanged," said Satinder and her husband Kanwaljit Kochhar. — TNS



Acquisition: admn invites objections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Going ahead with its plan to acquire 104 acres for the phase III of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park, Mani Majra, the Chandigarh administration has invited objections from the land owners under Section 9 of the Land Acquisition Act.

The land owners have been asked to file their objections on May 14. After analysing the objections, the administration would announce the compensation. Sources said the revenue officials had been asked to workout the collector rates.

Officials confirmed that land owners were likely to get more land compensation compared to the previous acquisitions.

The administration is acquiring 272 acres for the third phase.

Sources in the administration said the UT finance department issued notices under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, on February 28. The 272 acres is being acquired in two phases.



CITCO shed owners thank admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The CITCO Shed Owners Association has thanked the Chandigarh administration for “transferring the sheds to the estate office”.

Vice-president of the association Raminder Singh Kapany said: “A few months ago, the Governor had promised at the CII that very shortly something favourable would be done on the issue".

President of the Chandigarh Industrial Association M.P.S. Chawla said the rents being charged from the people, who were in possession of the property on GPAs, needed to be waived off.




Room for improvement

Although the conditions at Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine, Panchkula, have improved a lot after the Haryana Government took over its control, still a lot needs attention.

  • The direct entrance road to the shrine from railway crossing is closed for public use.
  • Lot of encroachment is visible on the shrine land.
  • There is a big rain water drain (nullah) on the side of the shrine and entry to the mandir is through a bridge over this nullah. This nullah stinks as it is full of waste thrown into it by the shopkeepers, sweeper and even visitors.
  • A gau shala (cow shelter) is situated in an open space right in front of Tourist Complex.
  • There is no permanent parking space and during Navratras, a makeshift arrangement is done near the railway crossing.

I request the Shri Mata Mansa Devi Mandir Board to look into these matters for the benefit of the devotees.

R.K. Garg

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Abducted girl reunited with family
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
It took over a month for a poor family to get justice when sleuths of the Chandigarh crime branch handed over their minor daughter, allegedly kidnapped on March 13, yesterday.

The crime branch team traced the 14-year-old girl from the police station, Sourav Vihar, Bhadarpur, at New Delhi on Thursday night.

Her alleged abductor, Ramesh Kumar, a resident of the colony, was also arrested.

He was produced in a court yesterday from where he was taken into judicial custody for 14 days.

According to sources, the girl had been missing from her residence since March 13.

A case was registered in this regard at the police station, Industrial Area, on March 16.

The case was shifted to the crime branch on April 14 and the branch got a breakthrough last night.

After conducting medical tests, the girl was handed over to her parents.

It is to be noted that the family had to run from pillar to post to get their complaint register after the alleged abduction of their daughter.

The case was registered only when her father along with other residents of the colony gheraoed the police station.

A delegation of the residents had also met with SSP Gaurav Yadav to shift the case to crime branch.



2 killed in road accident
Tribune News Service

Lalru, April 28
Two persons were killed in an accident between a car and a motorcycle on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Sirsini village, near here, early today.

According to the police, the accident occurred when the Indica car was trying to overtake motorcyclists Pal Singh and Sakatar Singh who were on their way from Lalru to Dangdehra village.

While Pal Singh died on the spot, Sakatar Singh breathed his last at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. The car driver absconded leaving his vehicle behind.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered and the car impounded.



Film producer in police net
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The police today arrested a Panipat resident, claiming to be a film producer, on the allegations of duping youngsters aspiring to work in films. He was allegedly taking money from them without issuing receipts when he was arrested from a SCO in Sector 40 here, said the police.

The suspect, 45-year-old Dharamveer Dixit, was arrested this afternoon when a Sector 18 resident, Smriti Thakur, reported the matter to the police alleging that Dixit was charging Rs 200 per candidate from the aspirants without issuing receipts. There were around 10 aspirants, including two girls, who had come for the audition.

Smriti reportedly told the police that she came for the audition after reading about it in a newspaper. The investigating officer of the case, Surinder Singh said Dixit told the police that he was a registered member of the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and was a producer of Maa Ambe Film Company.



Man booked for false complaint
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 28
The police today registered a case against a complainant who was found to have misled them. Sunil Dhiman, a resident of Rail Vihar, working with the HDFC Bank, Sector 11, today complained to the police that his mobile was snatched while he was crossing the road dividing Sectors 10 and 11.

In his complaint, Dhiman said he was walking towards his bank when three men, who were in Zen (HR09E-0011), snatched his mobile.

During the investigation, the police found that the car belonged to Sangeeta Sharma, a resident of Sector 7. Her husband, Anil Sharma, owner of a mobile showroom and an employee of a finance company said he sold a mobile worth Rs 12,600 on instalment basis to one Dinesh Jain. Dhiman was the guarantor. After Jain refused to pay the instalments, Anil contacted Dhiman for the payment. Anil also claimed that Dhiman arranged a meeting today and had handed over the mobile to him after which he registered a false case.



6 mobiles, cash stolen from shop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Thieves reportedly decamped with six mobile phones and cash from a shop in Sector 32 last night.

Sunil Bhasin, owner of Saak Communications, Sector 32 D, lodged a complaint with the police stating that he found his shop ransacked when he opened it this morning. Empty boxes of mobile phones and a sum of Rs 3,500 were missing.

The police said it seemed to be the handiwork of some insider as the locks were intact.

A case of theft under Section 380 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been registered.

Vehicles stolen

Jagjit Singh of Ludhiana reported to the police alleging that his car (PB 10 BA 2155) was stolen from the Sector-35 market area last night.

In another incident, Gursharan Singh of Sector 40 filed a complaint with the police alleging that his motor cycle (CH 03 L 6418) was stolen from his residence last night.

Two cases of theft have been registered.


Anwar Hussain of Bapu Dham colony lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Fayaz, a rehri-puller, had decamped with two bags of shoes and slippers that he had given to the latter to deliver in Sector 18 on April 15.

The accused did not deliver the articles and also failed to report back.

A case under Section 407 of the IPC has been registered.


A pedestrian, Amrik Singh of Sector 45, suffered injuries after being hit by a motor cycle (CH 03 L 7829) near Sectors 45-46 trafficlights yesterday.

The victim was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

The police has arrested the motorcyclist, Prem Singh of Sector 19, on the charges of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving.



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