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Market Disaster 
Illegal subletting to blame
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
Illegal subletting of showrooms in the Sector 26 vegetable and fruit market had a role to play in the recent roof collapse in the market.

While officials are looking for the reasons for the tragic incident, investigations reveal that one of the main reason for the roof collapse was “immense” pressure on the infrastructure.

A record with The Tribune reveals that the SCF sites (some being allotted as back as 1955) were accommodating five to 10 commission agents if one goes by the addresses mentioned in the licence issued by the market committee.

“Mentioning an address of the market is mandatory to get a licence. Taking advantage of the rule, the owners of the commercial sites sublet to a number of commission agents as no one checks it,” confessed an official.

While some of the people run their business from the front of the SCF, encroaching upon public space, others use the public space behind the SCF and the remaining conduct their business from the auction platforms---one of which collapsed.

With the increase in the number of commission agents, the number of persons engaged in the trade has multiplied, thereby putting pressure on the infrastructure.

“Ideally, the space which should be used by one or two commission agents was being used by several. The brick pillars were damaged due to this pressure,” sources said.

As per the allotment terms and conditions, bifurcation or partition of the SCF cannot be done and empty cartons of fruits and vegetables cannot be stacked on rooftops.

Not denying that violations existed, officials claim that notices of misuse had been issued by the estate office in the past.

“Be it poor basic amenities or violations in the buildings, official apathy did play an important role in light of the powerful trader lobby,” admit officials.

Unsafe structures could face axe

After demolishing the collapsed roof, two other structures (popularly called gada sheds) could also be demolished as the engineering department has declared them unsafe.

However, the market committee has not confirmed it.

Meanwhile, the district administration is contemplating to seek public opinion on the reasons leading to the roof collapse. 



Autorickshaw driver molests 8-yr-old, arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
After trying its level best to hush up a molestation case involving an eight-year-old daughter of a tea vendor by an auto-rickshaw driver this morning in the Sector 44-C market here, the Chandigarh police has finally registered a case.

SI suspended

DSP (south) K.I.P.Singh said SI Bant Singh had been placed under suspension with immediate effect and transferred to the Police Lines. He has also recommended a departmental inquiry against the SI

However, the registration of the case was preceded by high drama with shopkeepers of the market, who caught the accused Ram Nath of Colony No. 5 (said to be in his mid-forties) alleging that the police was hushing up the matter.

The shopkeepers nabbed the accused, gave him a sound beating and handed him over to the police after blackening his face. The accused is a father of three.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident took place at around 9.45 am when a shopkeeper noticed Ram Nath molesting the girl in his auto-rickshaw parked in front of the booth market. The victim’s father had gone to serve tea to a nearby building, where construction work was on. He raised the alarm and soon people gathered there. Enraged over the act, people thrashed the accused and then called the police.

The drama did not end at this. Sub-inspector Bant Singh of the Sector 34 police station reached the spot and manhandled photo journalists of two local dailies, preventing them from taking photographs. He pushed a journalist and even went to the extent of snatching his camera. He took the victim and the accused in his police vehicle to the police station.

Mediapersons took up the issue with the UT senior superintendent of police, who assured them of action in this regard. A complaint was also lodged in this connection.

Later in the day, when this correspondent contacted the police station to know about the status of the matter, officials informed that no case was registered as the victim’s father refused to lodge a formal complaint.

On the other hand, when TNS contacted the victim’s father at around 5 pm, he said, “I told the police that I am poor and illiterate, and do not know anything about law and how to proceed in the matter. I was told that they would themselves pursue the case and told me to go back. They got my thumb impression on a paper.”

The additional SHO of the Sector 34 police station, inspector Rajesh Shukla, said a case of molestation under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered and the accused Ram Nath arrested. He would be produced before a local court tomorrow.

Ram Nath, however, maintained that he treated the girl as his daughter and had been visiting her father’s shop for the past over six months.



Back in her mother’s lap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
The local police today handed over the six-month-old girl abandoned three weeks ago at the Sector 23 Missionaries of Charity to her mother following DNA reports.

A 26-year-old woman married in Patiala deserted her daughter outside the Missionaries of Charity on May 31 following a matrimonial dispute. However, the woman’s parents saw the picture of the child in newspapers and reached the city. They requested the police to allow them to take back the girl. But the police said it could only hand over the child after it was proved by a DNA report that the woman was the biological mother of the girl.

Sub-inspector Lakhbir Singh of the Sector 22 police post, investigating officer of the case, said DNA reports today confirmed that she was the biological mother of the child.

The child was handed over to her mother following orders of the SDM (central). 



He lured 8 girls into wedlock, held
Ramanjeet Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
A con man, Arjun, who duped eight girls by marrying them for looting their money and jewellery, finally fell into the net of the local police here today.

The modus operandi of the accused was that after marrying the girls, he used to make them unconscious by giving them sedative-laced food at hotel rooms during the honeymoon and then vanished with their valuables.

The police arrested him at the Sector 43 bus stand on the basis of identification details provided in a complaint made by one of his wives.

A resident of Khuda Ali Sher complained against Arjun, alias Aswini, alias Rajiv, alias Vikram, alias Sagar, two days ago.

In her complaint, the victim alleged that her husband, who had married her on May 17 this year, left her in a hotel room at Chintpurni immediately after their marriage.

Before leaving the hotel, he also took away Rs 15,000 along with 70-80 gm of gold jewellery belonging to her.

She alleged that the accused solemnised marriage on the false pretext that he was an employee of the general post office in Sector 17. He also claimed that before joining the GPO, he had served in the Army during the Kargil war. As he got injured there, so he retired prematurely, she added.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that he had cheated seven other girls in the same way.



Dera controversy Amarinder’s game plan: Bitta
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 18
Maninderjit Singh Bitta, founder-president of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, yesterday alleged that the entire Dera Sacha Sauda controversy was a “game plan” of former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

Bitta was in Mohali yesterday to attend a bhog ceremony.

Talking to mediapersons, Bitta alleged that president of the Delhi SGPC S. Sarna, vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal Mann Daljit Singh Bittu and spokesperson for Dera Sacha Sauda Dr Aditya Arora had hatched the entire conspiracy.

Admiring the work being done by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, Maninderjit Singh said former media adviser B.I.S. Chahal’s arrest was not a result of vendetta politics but a result of what he had been doing for years.

“Persons like him have no respect for women and are now paying for their misdeeds,” he said. 



Taragi, pallon, jhalani...Sounds French? It’s Punjabi
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
“Taragi”! what? Unable to explain “taragi”, Sukhbir poses a counter-question. A new generation kid, Sukhbir, who shifted from Bathinda to Chandigarh recently, is not the only one unable to understand this word that has been part of Punjabi folklore for centuries. Like her, there are several thousands other kids who cannot understand colloquial Punjabi words like “taragi”. It is a thread tied around the waist of babies.

Kirpal Kajak compiles a list of vanishing Punjabi folklore words for a dictionary to be brought out by Punjabi University

And they are not at fault. Over the years, several words which are a part of the Punjabi folk idiom have disappeared from the cultural lexicon of Punjab. The new generation, not only in urban areas but also in rural Punjab, has become alien to the vocabulary related to its many cultural traditions and customs associated with various happy and sad occasions such as birth, marriage, death and even crafts like of blacksmith, carpenter, shoe-maker etc.

Ask about "gohla". There will be hardly anyone among the Punjabi youth who can explain the meaning of this Punjabi word. Gohla was made from waste paper by mixing it with a particular clay. It was used as a utensil to stack small items.

"Pallon" is another word the meaning of which is unknown to most of the modern generation of Punjabis. Pallon is prepared from the waste of mustard stacks and clay for use in a "kutcha" house. New generation kids face difficulty in understanding word "jhalani" because they are more familiar with is English counterpart — kitchen.

There is hardly any boy or girl today who can tell the meaning of words like penjhu, paunchi, bakhara, jhok, dherna, nehi, artakhot, polhli, thathar, thula, dingli, tetua, titan, gahothri. All these are Punjabi words which were used in daily conversation in the rural areas four or five decades ago. However, now usage of these words has become rare. These are not the only words which have either disappeared or are disappearing fast from the daily dialogue in Punjabi. There are several hundred other words, the usage of which has become almost negligible.

"It is true that the new generation of Punjabis not only in urban areas but also in the rural Punjab has by and large become alien to its cultural roots. They find it hard to understand any words which were in use in Punjab 40 or 50 years ago," says Kirpal Kajak, a folklore expert having a deep understanding of rural cultural and traditions. Wards of those who have migrated from rural areas to urban areas have almost become strangers to Punjabi idioms used in rural areas.

"As communities and nations march ahead on the path of development, a lot new is added to their culture and traditions and a lot vanishes from their cultural past. There is never 100 per cent transfer of cultural heritage from one generation to the other," he adds. Loss of words is most in those professions and crafts where mass production has begun. However, in the crafts like te manufacture of ornaments, in which most of the work is still done manually, vanishing of words is minimal, he adds.

Kirpal Kajak has collected about 6,000 words, many of which have disappeared from usage in the recent years.

Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University S.S. Boparai has asked him for such a collection of words to prepare the Punjabi cultural vocabulary dictionary. "Boparai is a perceptive person. On examining my work on folklore and various tribes, he asked me to work on collecting and preserving the words which have disappeared from daily usage for future generations," says Kajak.

"The work is ready," he says, adding that it took some to complete it because a lot of touring was involved. "I visited several villages of the Malwa, Majha and Doaba regions to find the words, to understand their meaning and usage," he adds.



Villagers write to PM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
The welfare society of all 50 UT villages (Punjab capital project Chandigarh) has alleged that the Chandigarh administration is ignoring guidelines of the union government on land acquisitions and SEZ.

Pointing to the administration’s largesse to slum dwellers who have encroached upon public land and are given pucca dwelling units under the national poverty alleviation policy, the society said while dealing with farmers whose land was being acquired for the IT park, an iron hand was being used.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, UPA president Sonia Gandhi, chairman of the national commission for minorities of India, UT administrator and the local MP, the society has pointed out violation of rights.

The action of the administration on land acquisition was in contradiction to the policies of Punjab, as the UT has been following Punjab on different matters. “On the one hand private mega projects are being given permission owing to a spree of development in the adjoining area of Mohali falling under the Punjab New Capital Periphery Act and on the other hand, the case of land falling under the same provisions of the Act in Kishangarh village, Chandigarh, was being treated in a different manner,” said H.S. Billing, general secretary of the society.

Before any future acquisitions of lands for rehabilitating encroachers, a timebound investigation should be undertaken to book the actual culprits. Investigations by agencies like the CBI and vigilance should be done to find out those responsible for causing losses and demographic changes in the city from 1979.

“If 24,000 families of slum dwellers can be rehabilitated, then the families of uprooted villagers should also be rehabilitated,” Billing said.



Fauji Beat
Is Army for garbage cleaning?

No doubt, the secondary role of the Army is to provide aid to civil power for specified tasks. But this does not mean that the Army help should be asked for the tasks that the civil administration neglects/avoids to do.

In November 2005, the Jalandhar Municipal Corporation requested the Army to clear garbage spread over 14 acres near Warriana village. The Army readily agreed to undertake this task and the Vajara Corps Engineer Regiment accomplished this task. It was totally wrong for the Army to accept the Municipal Corporation’s request for a job that falls in the latter’s duties. Moreover, it set a wrong precedence, as there is no city in India that does not have garbage clearance problem.

The other day, the Kerala government sought the Army medical team’s assistance to cope with the spread of a viral fever to many parts of the state. The Army promptly dispatched these teams. But the request did not end here. The Army was also asked to join the state-wide cleanliness campaign. Is it correct for the state administration to request the Army to clean its cities and villages? Unless the Army learns to say no to such unjustified requests, it will find itself inundated with such requests. The Army should also not forget that such jobs bring the dignity of the soldier down.

Course for  officers

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company is offering a course for the retired armed forces officers between the age group of 30-50 years through the Directorate General Resettlement, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi. The company gives 100 per cent job placement assurance for the selected officers with a pay package between Rs 8-12 lakh per annum.

The three-month course will be preceded by a two-day orientation programme by ‘TMI First’, a company, which is entrusted with the responsibility of recruitment and selection of candidates for the course. The orientation programmes have been planned at Jammu, New Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Guwahati, Jodhpur and Vishakapatnam. The main course will be conducted at select business schools in the country. Initially, this course will be run at International School of Business and Media (ISBM), Pune, Chennai Business School (CBS) and Indian Institute of Learning and Management (IILM), Delhi.

The officers desirous of attending the course should contact Director (Training), DGR, Ministry of Defence, West Block-IV, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066, for further details.

Helping militancy victims

Recently, Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha, Governor, Jammu and Kashmir, inaugurated a home called Shakti Sadan at Reasi for the women who are victims of militancy. Conceived by the Army, Shakti Sadan is built at a cost of Rs 25 lakh for the women hailing from the sub-divisions, which are in the interior of Udhampur district. The home has a vocational training centre and women empowerment centre.

Every year, 120 women from Reasi and other interior areas would be made active members/instructors at the vocational training centre. Besides, 64 girls would be made proficient in handling of computer every year. The women empowerment centre will educate a large number of women from Reasi and neighbouring areas.

A children’s home, called Ankur, has also been constructed beside Shakti Sadan. These children will be provided motherly care by the inmates of Shakti Sadan. A computer centre has also been opened for the children.

— Pritam Bhullar



CAG reveals serious shortfall in Army training
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
Inadequate infrastructure and facilities at several Army training centres has compromised the training standards of recruits. This is evident from the percentage of relegation (extension of training) shooting up sharply.

“There was significant deficiency of critical infrastructure and essential training equipment such as firing ranges, parade grounds, gymnasium, simulators, tanks and other vehicles at regimental training centres of several arms and services,” the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its latest report has observed.

“These deficiencies resulted in poor standard of firing of troops and non-achievement of excellence in battle efficiency tests and physical proficiency tests,” the report said, adding that the increasing trend of relegation of recruits needed to be analysed for effective remedial action by Army Headquarters.

The incidence of relegation of recruits jumped from 9 per cent in 2001-02 to 22 per cent in 2005-06. The percentage of relegation on account of poor performance in training shot up from 34 per cent to 64 per cent of the total relegations during this period.

The expenditure incurred by the Army on relegation on account of poor training at eight training centres, including those of three infantry regiments audited by CAG, rose from Rs 56 lakh in 2001-02 to almost Rs 4 crore in 2005-06.

At the Artillery Centre, Nasik, for example, Bofors gun, inducted in 1988, was introduced only in 2002 and ammunition for this gun is still not authorised. Only theoretical training is being imparted to recruits. Small arms ranges at the centre were also found to be inadequate and there were deficiencies in other training equipment like simulators, vehicles and global positioning systems.

Army Air Defence was found imparting training to recruits without radar, which is vital equipment for such activities, and mock up models were being used instead.

Annual training directives issued by the Director General Infantry to all centres require that at 25 per cent recruits should achieve “marksman” grading in firing, while the remaining should be “first-class” shots (scoring 60 per cent and above). The CAG noted that shooting standards at the Maratha Light Infantry centre fell way below stipulated norms. For marksman, the achievement ranged from 1 per cent to 3.4 per cent, while for first-class the achievement varied from 15.76 per cent to 41.58 per cent over the past five years.



Labour Wasted? 
PCR vehicle sheds nobody’s baby
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 18
After the coming up of traffic control posts at all busy intersections, the latest addition to the town is the construction of PCR sheds to save the police from the vagaries of the nature.

Now, fewer police posts
In view of staff paucity, the police is working out a plan to reduce the number of police posts in the city. The SP said the entire force was currently scattered all over the town and very few police personnel were available in a post at any given time. “We plan to reduce the number of police posts and use the personnel to strengthen our PCR system. Their number is likely to go up from 12 PCRs to 15 PCRs once the plan is implemented,” he said.

At least 19 such sheds, sponsored by a private company, have come up around the city after due permission from the municipal council following a demand received from the police.

But the police knows nothing and the MC officials say their job ended with the permission. Now, even as the sheds await PCR vehicles, public has quickly stepped in to take “refuge”.

Superintendent of Police Balbir Singh said the council had, on its own, decided that the city needed sheds for PCR vehicles and gone ahead with executing the agenda.

“I don’t see much utility in such sheds. The PCR vehicles are supposed to be on the move and not stationed at one place. We gave our nod to the construction because the council said there was a sponsor for the same. If it has come our way free of cost, we don’t mind it at all,” he said.

The municipal council, however, had an altogether different version on sheds and officials maintained that the first move was made by the police department.

“The traffic wing wrote to us, seeking permission for the construction of sheds and we gave it because no financial burden was involved. Most of the sheds in the district are now ready for takeover,” he explained.

The company sponsoring the construction of sheds explained that these were supposed to serve as police booths. These would also assist public in locating PCR vehicles in case of need.

Maintaining that they have entered into a five-year agreement with the council on the construction and maintenance of sheds, an official added that the traffic wing of the police department had mooted the idea of Gypsy sheds.

He further stated that his company was working in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and similar sheds were coming up in Mohali.



Moon-Venus date  lights up the skies 
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
Poets would have rejoiced, lovers would have been smitten. The sight of the Venus cosying up beautifully to the Moon left everybody wonderstruck. And the moment during which the Heavens seemed to smile down as the Venus (which looks like any other star) caressed the Moon, is scientifically, a “lunar occultation of Venus.”

The new Moon rose with a star beaming next to its convex side. Astrologically considered to be the perpetuator of intense positive emotions among those who have Venus in their zodiac sign this month, astronomically, it was a phenomenon during which the Moon obscured Venus for about 40 minutes.

Observer at the Astronomy Wing of Department of Physics, Punjabi University, Patiala, Tejbir Singh said, “It is an astronomical event that lasts from a few minutes to a few hours and is known as lunar occultation,” he explained. “The Moon is between Venus and Saturn and there is a good view tonight because of the clear skies. Tomorrow, the Moon will occult Saturn. Venus will reach maximum brightness on June 29 and stay that way for the entire month,” he said.

He explained that this astronomical event, though not very rare, becomes special as it is visible to the naked eye. He added that astronomers monitor the event closely to determine the precise position of the stars and the planets.

Today, the lunar occultation started just after 7.30 pm, and after some time, Venus disappeared behind the Moon, re-emerging after half-an-hour.

The Tribune office was flooded with telephone calls during this time, giving information about the event. “I have never seen a more beautiful sight than this,” said Sunder Lal Wadhwa, a local resident.

The astrological implications of the phenomenon are also interesting. Panchkula-based astrologer Ravi Sharma said, “This is very positive for those ruled by the Moon or the Venus. However, those who have a weak Moon may have to deal with a lot of negative emotions,” he said. Interestingly, it may even usher in a phase when women would desire to shop for luxuries. For some, however, the sight is but another eclipse to be avoided. “All evening, I have been answering queries like these. There are people who did not take dinner because of this. But this is not a negative event,” said Sharma.

Madan Gupta Spatu, another astrologer, said, “Celestially, this is a common event that had earlier occurred in 2004. But the astrological interpretation changes each time. Persons who belong to Cancer, Libra, Aquarius and Capricorn signs will benefit the most,” he said.



Bhatia press club president

Panchkula, June 18
Surinder Bhatia, a senior journalist with Punjab Kesri, and Dayanand Chaudhary, a staff reporter of Ajit Samachar, were unanimously elected president and secretary, respectively, of the Panchkula Press Club at a meeting of the general house here today.

The new office-bearers said the executive of the club would be announced shortly. Bhatia has served two terms as president of the club. — TNS



Tips for safe driving
Rules of the Road

*Speed limits being aware of the speed limits for different types of vehicles.

*Lane Discipline awareness of lane driving and turning rules.

*Parking Choosing a sensible place to park.

*Lighting not letting your vehicle become a hazard.

*nSigns being aware of the mean ings of traffic signs.



News on FM

Print media and electronic media have unique roles in echoing vox populi besides dispensing information, education, enlightenment, entertainment. FM Radio, Chandigarh, is contributing its bit. It is suggested that Hindi news bulletin, of five-minute duration each, are relayed from the Delhi station at 0700 hours and 1305 hours also. Existing regional news bulletins in Hindi and Punjabi at 1305 hours and 1310 hours may be postponed by five minutes each.

Lalit Bhardwaj

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Purse containing Rs 15,500 snatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
An unidentified motorcyclist snatched a purse from a woman travelling in a rickshaw in Sector 15 this afternoon.

The police said Harwinder Kaur of Sector 15 told the police that she had withdrawn Rs 15,000 from a bank there and went to the market in the sector for shopping with her daughter. On their way back home, a motorcyclist snatched her purse while she was travelling in a rickshaw at around 12.15 pm. The purse contained Rs 15,500. A case has been registered.

Vehicles stolen

Munish Goel of Sector 27 reported to the police that his Scorpio (CH-03-W-57460 was stolen from his residence this evening. Swala Ram of Sector 46 lodged a complaint with the police that his Pulsar motorcycle (CH-03-Q-0186) was stolen form his residence last night. In another incident, Gurinderjit Singh of Sector 40 reported to the police that his Santro car (PB-12-J-6747) was stolen from his residence on June 16. Three separate cases of theft had been registered.

2 injured in road mishaps

A woman was hurt after the scooter she was riding pillion collided with an auto-rickshaw on the road dividing Sectors 36 and 42. The victim, Harwinder Kaur of Patiala, was admitted to the PGI. The auto-rickshaw driver sped from the spot. In another incident, a pedestrian, Munisha Raj of Sector 24-D, suffered injuries after being hit by a motorcycle (CH-03-R-9098) near Kisan Bhawan Chowk on June 14. She was injured and admitted to a private hospital.

Two separate cases had been registered in this connection.


Gulshan Deep Singh of Sector 40-B reported to the police alleging that Abhisek Kaushal of Sector 44, Gopal Singh of Sector 68, Mohali, and Rohit Sharma and Punit Sharma, both of Sector 4, assaulted him and threatened him in the Sector 40 market on June 16. Similarly, Ram Kishan of Indra Colony Mani Majra, reported to the police that two unidentified boys beat him near his residence on Sunday. Two separate cases have been registered.



House destroyed in cylinder blast
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 18
A major cylinder blast destroyed a house and damaged nearby property in Phase I here this afternoon. No loss of life is, however, reported though one person sustained minor injuries.

The blast occurred on the second floor accommodation when nobody was present in the house. The roof of the building collapsed and the walls suffered major damage. It is suspected that LPG leakage led to the blast .

Three cars and a scooter parked in the street got damaged.

The fire brigade staff rushed to the scene. It is learnt that they found gas leaking from a cylinder in the kitchen. They, however, are not sure whether the blast occurred due to the gas leakage.

Forensic experts had also been called. Some people are of the opinion that the building collapsed because it was more than 30 years old.

Fire brigade employees removed the debris from the second floor to reduce the weight on the first floor.

Neighbours said they had heard a loud sound in the afternoon when everybody was inside their houses. When they came out, they saw a lot of dust in the area. It was only when the dust settled did they get to know that a house had collapsed.

The deputy commissioner and senior police officials visited the spot apart from political leaders.

The owner of the house, Qamer Javed Ahmed, who works in Ranbaxy, was shocked on seeing the condition of his house. Ahmed said he had left the house at about 1.15 pm and around 3.30 pm he got a call from one of his neighbours about the incident. His wife and two daughters had left for Bihar last month.

He said he had purchased the house last year for about Rs 11 lakh.

Devinder Kaur, a neighbour, sustained injuries in the mishap.

A magisterial inquiry has been initiated.



Bank employee missing
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 18
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of an employee of the Malwa Grameen Bank posted at Samgoli, near here.

In her complaint lodged with the police, Ravinder Kaur, wife of missing employee Jagtar Singh, said he had been missing since May 2.

He was transferred from Bathinda to Samgoli in November.

Ravinder had told his wife that he would reach his house here on May 25. Though he took leave from the bank, he never reached home.

His mobile phone is also out of reach.

The police is investigating the matter.



Carjack bid in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 18
Three unidentified persons allegedly tried to take away a Zen car at gunpoint from a resident of Bakarpur village here today.

According to the police, Sukhvir Singh had come to the bus stand to drop his relative from the village.

On his way back, his vehicle was overtaken by a Maruti car carrying three persons near Kandala village.

He was signalled to pull over but Sukhvir tried to speed away. However, one of the wheels of his car got stuck in the fields.

The three persons then allegedly asked Sukhvir at gunpoint to leave his vehicle.

The weapon, however, accidentally went off after which the three fled the scene. The police has registered a case under Sections 382, 511, 341 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25 , 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act in this regard.



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