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Death in Custody
Police station gheraoed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Residents of Colony No. 4 and Indira Colony, led by uncles and the sister of the youth, Anil Kumar, who died in police custody of the Mani Majra police, gheraoed the police station this morning, demanding action against erring police officials.

Raising slogans against the officials, they demanded a case of murder against SI Narinder Singh, constable Gurdip Singh and constable Surjit Kaur.

SI Narinder Singh was suspended today on the basis of a preliminary departmental inquiry conducted by DSP K.I.P. Singh.

Geeta, sister of the deceased, said: “The police has murdered my brother and those should be hanged to death”.

“I have seen the body of my brother. The bruises, cuts and scars corroborate the fact that he underwent severe torture. He had a one-and-a-half inches cut on the left side of his chest. The suicide story is fictitious and we want justice”, said a sobbing Geeta.

Alleging foul play, Dev Narayan and Dev Parkash, uncles of Anil, said the police had kept the family in the dark. “On June 11 we were told that Anil was killed in a car-truck accident at Dera village.Yesterday, we were told that he had jumped to death from the second floor of the police station.We have also not been told from where he was arrested. The police kept changing statements which has led us to doubt its role.”

SSP Dinesh Bhatt said DSP Singh had submitted his preliminary report on the basis of which SI Narinder Singh had been suspended. He said the police was waiting for the post-mortem report.

The post-mortem was conducted at the PGI in the evening. A CD of the post-mortem had been prepared copies of which would be sent to SDM Shoorvir and DSP Singh.

The gherao continued till 3 pm.The crowd dispersed when assured by senior officials that “no guilty person” would be spared.



CBI nets another policeman
Akash Ghai/Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
In yet another Friday crackdown on the city police, CBI sleuths today caught ASI Baljit Singh taking a bribe.

The ASI, posted at the Palsora police post, was arrested by the CBI and Rs 1,000 cash allegedly taken by him from Ram Nath, a resident of Lal Bahadur Shastri Colony, recovered from his possession.

According to sources, a theft had taken place at Ram Nath’s house some time ago in which he had lost Rs 12,000. He complained to the police, but when no action was taken, hewent to the SSP who marked an inquiry to Baljit Singh. ASI Baljit Singh allegedly told Ram Nath that he would recover the stolen cash for which he would have to pay him Rs 1,000.

Ram Nath contacted the CBI this afternoon and according to the plan he called the ASI to his house to pay him the promised amount. The latter was nabbed on the spot by a CBI team led by DSP Armandeep Singh.



Shatabdi arrives 6 hrs late
Derailed wagon holds up traffic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/ Ambala, July 13
The derailment of a goods train on the main line near Delhi, threw traffic out of gear within Ambala division of the northern railway here today.

A number of trains on the busy Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Kalka sections were affected and several delayed, putting the passengers to a lot of harassment.

The railways had to divert the traffic through the congested Delhi-Rohtak and Delhi-Saharanpur sections, slowing the speed of fast trains. A railway officer said 15 Up trains and 11 Dn trains had been diverted while 15 local trains were cancelled. The affected trains included the Kalka Shatabdi and Amritsar Shatabdi.

While the morning Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi reached Chandigarh at 2.30 pm, six hours behind its scheduled arrival time, the Delhi-Chandigarh Jan Shatabdi was two hours behind schedule. The evening Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi reached Chandigarh two hours late.

The Himalayan Queen reached Chandigarh at 3.45 pm, against the scheduled arrival time of 10.30 am. The Mumbai-Chandigarh Paschim Express reached Chandigarh five hours late.

However, trains going towards Delhi are running on time.

Railway officials said the Up trains which had been diverted were 8101 Muri Express, 2311 Kalka Mail, train number 2413, 4553 Himachal Express, 2471 Swaraj Express, train numbers 5707 and 1057 to Amritsar, 4217 Ucchahar Express, 2028 Amritsar Shatabadi, 2467 Shan-e- Punjab, Himalayan Queen, 2818 Malwa Express, 2011 Kalka Shatabdi, Paschim Express and 1077 Jhelum Express.

The Dn trains which had been diverted were 8102 Muri Express, Himachal Express and Sachkhand Express.



2 killed in accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Two persons were killed in two accidents at Sector 35 and Sectors 41-42 roundabout this afternoon.

In the first incident, class X student Nirmal Singh, a resident of Sector 36, died when the scooter he was riding with his acquaintance Krishna, hit a pavement near the Government School of Sector 35 around 12 noon. Both were injured in the accident.

Later, Nirmal succumbed to head injuries in the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16.

The police has registered a case against Krishna, who was riding the scooter, under Sections 279 and 337 IPC. Later, he was bailed out. In another incident, 25-year-old Suman died when she was hit by an Accent car (PB 27 4141) being driven by advocate Kuldip Singh of Mundi Kharar on the roundabout of Sectors 41 and 42 this afternoon.

Suman walking along with her husband Sandeep on the road when the car hit her.



Power games make residents sweat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
City residents are peeved at the frequent unscheduled power cuts in different parts of the city since yesterday.

Residents of Sectors 20 and 30 complained of unscheduled cut last night which lasted at least five hours.

Said Manish Sharma: "I called the complaint centre and was told that power would be restored soon. However, the wait lasted till early morning. At around 10 am, there was another power failure. Throughout the day, the supply remained erratic.”

The XEN concerned said: ”The supply lines developed a major snag last night, which is being corrected.”

Residents of Khuda Lahora, Khuda Jassu, Dhanas, Sarangpur and parts of the PGI and Sector 15 complained that there was no supply from 7am to 6 pm today, which had resulted 
in a lot of inconvinience to them.

“We called complaint centre. We were told there was a minor snag. Later at noon, no official took our calls.”



Voter I-Card Drive
They wait in vain to be clicked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
A large number of residents are being left out from the special door-to-door campaign undertaken by the election department to click photos of voters.

It seems, the photography teams fail to turn up to click these voters, despite a notice. The work of photography has been outsourced to private persons by HARTRON, a Haryana government undertaking, which was given the contract to revise electoral rolls.

The special campaign started on July 5 would end on August 1.

Taking cognizance of the complaints, Additional Chief Election Officer R.K. Rao today pulled up the officials.There was some problem with booth-level officers which was sorted out.

Col Pritam Bhullar, a resident of Sector 2, said he had received a notice stating that a photography team would visit his house between 8 am and 8 pm on July 5. “The team did not turn up but another person came to verify my age. For senior citizens like me it is not possible to go the designated schools to get their picture clicked,” he added.

Residents of Sector 44 also complained that the photography teams had failed to keep date with them. “We kept waiting for the entire day on July 11 but in vain”, said S.S. Brar.

“This was despite the fact that the election department, through written notices a few days back, had asked the residents to remain in their homes for being photographed for the voter I card,” said Jai Dev Sharma, a resident of the sector. Now the residents have to go to the Sector 45 government school for the task.

Another resident of Sector 22 complained that though the pictures of his family members were clicked in May, the same were missing in the electoral rolls available at the Sector 23 school. Efforts to ascertain the status of the electoral rolls failed as the official website of the UT election department
(www.ceochandigarh.nic.in) repeatedly showed an error. 



Holding Punjabi flag aloft in Haryana
Our Correspondent

C.R. MoudgilChandigarh, July 13
An exemplar of serving the language and society through his literary creations, director of the Haryana Punjabi Sahit Akademi C.R. Moudgil has done a lot for the cause of Punjabi in Haryana..

Moudgil is instrumental in organising a spurt of seminars and Punjabi poetic symposiums in Haryana and non-Punjabi speaking states like Himachal Pradesh and Assam.

Moudgil maintained that such ventures were aimed at ensuring that non-Punjabis also experience and marvel at the felicity of Punjabi language and grandeur its rich cultural heritage. With a view to create awareness about Punjabi writers and their literary creations akademi's official quarterly magazine 'Shabad Boond', edited by Moudgil, has now been increased to monthly publication with more volumes and vitality. Moudgil has 25 publications of Punjabi prose, poetry and translation to his name besides 16 children’s books which he co-authored and has edited 10 books.

His writings, weaved into pastoral idiom, depict the social and cultural life in all its varied manifestations. Besides the element of realism operates in the thematic content and treatment of all his writings which is amply discernible in the veritable portrayal of the struggle, strife and sufferings of the poor, the gender inequality and consequent female foeticide, political and religious exploitation prevailing in the society.

Self-instructed litterateur, Moudgil with a modest beginning rose to the position of a respectable writer and director of the Haryana state Punjabi Sahit Akademi. He attained the academic excellence with post graduation in Punjabi literature, LL.B and PG diplomas during his service with the Punjab Language Department from where he retied as assistant director. His expertise of law and literature and his uprightness had won him a three-year deputation with CBI. Sincere approach, hard work and venturing into bold initiatives is the success mantra he learnt from his mentor, legendary scholar Giani Lal Singh.



Tree falls at school gate
Close shave for kids

Chandigarh, July 13
Tiny tots of Adarsh Public School, Sector 20-B had a providential escape when a tree, located right at the school entrance, fell at the school gate on a windy morning today. The incident happened when children were about to reach the school.

Taking note of the impending danger, the school authorities had written to the horticulture department to fell the tree as it posed threat to schoolchildren.

“A major tragedy was averted today. I fail to understand what the administration had been waiting for. A year ago, we wrote a letter to the XEN, horticulture department, for levelling the earth and trimming the tree, which is on the footpath just outside the gate of the school, but in vain,” rued Principal S. Thakur.

Anil Thakur, manager of the school, said the levelling of earth on the footpath had also not been done properly by the municipal corporation.

“Due to the uneven levelling, small pits remained at many places, making the area very slippery during rain. This also needs immediate attention.” — TNS



Officers want honorarium for poll work
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 13
Booth-level officers (BLOs) appointed for election-related work today demanded payment of honorarium for additional work they are made to do by the state government.

A meeting of BLOs was held at the council office here to discuss modalities for a drive to verify details of voter identity cards within a period of one month.

The BLOs said they were earlier told to prepare voter ID cards, work which took about six months to complete, and later made to carry out a survey in connection with the implementation of the atta-dal scheme of the government.

Such survey work was done in addition to routine office duties. The BLOs said an honorarium should be given for any work assigned to them in addition to their office work.



Blood camp for thalassaemics

Chandigarh, July 13
In continuation of its series of six blood donation camps in order to meet the shortage of blood during summer months this year, the Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association (TCWA), Chandigarh, will organise its final camp at Zakir Hall-A (research block), PGI, tomorrow.

The camp, scheduled to start at 8.30 am, will be inaugurated by Arun Kumar Kaushal, assistant general manager, State Bank of India, Sector 7.

The aim of the camp is to create awareness among public to prevent the disease from spreading further. — TNS



Plight of women to the fore
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
“Gender and development in India, theory and practice” was the topic of a discussion today, involving several eminent faculty members of Panjab University and a 16-member visiting delegation of teachers from America, Spain and Canada at the seminar hall in botany department.

Coordinated by Prof Manju Jaidka (English department), the roundtable touched upon the emerging face of women in India.

With speakers from the women’s study cell (Dr Malvinder Kaur and Dr Sultana Amir), from the sociology department (Profs Sherry Sabbarwal and Rajesh Gill), Virender Kumar, Professor Emeritus from the department of laws, speaking on the occasion and Dr Sharada Nayak bringing everything together as the team leader, the two-hour dialogue brought out the situation and the plight of women all across the world.

“Breaking through the traditional inertia” is what Dr Kumar focussed his talk on which brought all aspects of the struggle that women wage to the fore.

“We have found through repeated experience that law by itself is inadequate. It needs two more powerful elements to go hand in hand with it - education and economic empowerment. These are the keys to the emerging woman,” he said.

Gender issues said the speakers did impinge upon the development process, particularly in our country, because where family traditions were concerned there was a huge gap between theory and practice.

“Discrimination sets in early in India. The picture is depressing because the birth of a daughter is considered to a bane and the skewed sex ratio is the telling example,” said Dr Kumar.

The fact that girls struggle even to live in the womb or struggle for life after they are born and even then succeed is a showing example of their excellence,” he said.

Professor Gill stressed that gender discrimination was particularly evident in the socio-cultural milieu. “With the affluence of the West pulling at people, lifestyle is the choice that they make. One child, a good life and of course that child should be a son not a daughter,” she explained.

“In that sense prosperity has worked as a social deterrent to the condition of women. Even in the situation when parents do not get looked after by their sons, which in India is a social obligation, and their daughters step in, they realise the importance of the daughter but still want the son,” she added.

Adding her voice to the issue, Dr Amir said she was one of the lucky women in the country to be able to speak independently. Most women did not have this chance. “There is a huge proportion of the population that is oblivious to the plight of women in the rural and remote areas. Where ever there is a scarcity, women suffer but what is critical is how we perceive the problem,” she said.

While success stories were beginning to emerge, all agreed that women had a long way to go, not just in India but even abroad because as caregiver and family-maker, she was irreplaceable but the voice was not hers but the family around her. 



Tips for safe driving

In this situation when two cars arrive at an uncontrolled crossroad and each wants to turn right, both drivers have to apply ‘road courtesy’. As a general guideline, the car which arrives at the crossing earlier should be allowed to move first while the other stays stationary. However, no one should take these for granted. Uncontrolled crossing should be crossed with great care, giving proper signals and keeping a sharp watch on the mirrors.

‘Seat belts have saved many a limb and life — BELT UP !’



Unsafe bus shelters

I wish to draw the administration’s attention towards unsafe bus shelters. These shelters have very heavy RCC roofs with corrosion steel. Some of the shelters in Chandigarh and Punchkula are bent at various places. In front of the ISBT, Sector 17, one can see the damaged RCC pillars.

Design of bus shelters should be such that no one can place any suspicious item there and also no one can use the space at their back as urinal blocks.

People smoking and spitting at bus stands should be penalised.

The authorities concerned should do the needful.

Vikas Bhardwaj, Panchkula



Man poisoned by wife, in-laws
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 13
A 27-year-old resident of Sector 45, Chandigarh, today alleged that his wife and in-laws poisoned him.

Balkar Singh, a State Bank of India employee, is admitted to the Fortis hospital, here. In a statement to the police, Balkar said he had gone to bring his wife from her parents’ house in Sector 71 when they gave him a glass of water with poison in it.

The police has booked Balkar’s father-in-law Gajjan Singh, his brother-in-law Harpreet Singh and wife Jaspal Kaur under Section 328 of the IPC.

Mohali SSP R.S. Khatra said Balkar had gotten married more than a year ago. His wife had gone to her parents’ place in Mohali for the delivery of their daughter. After the child was born, Balkar had brought his wife and child back to Chandigarh, but his in-laws had called them back.

Balkar said he started feeling dizzy on drinking the water and managed to get out of the house and reach his car. He then called his friends who rushed him to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32. He was later referred to the Fortis Hospital in Mohali.

The SSP said an FIR had been registered and investigations were being carried out. “It is a unique case as one does not usually come across such incidents,” said the SSP. Sources in the police added that Balkar seemed to have been facing problems with his in-laws for some time now.



Farmer booked for assaulting engineer
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 13
The Mohali police has booked farmer Rajinder Singh of Patton village for attempt to murder. The farmer had allegedly attacked a junior engineer working with the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

JE Madan Singh had gone to Rajinder’s farm to remove a kundi connection when the latter hit him with an axe. The farmer has been booked under Sections 307, 186, 332, 324, 341 and 379 of the IPC.

Madan Singh, a resident of Dera Bassi, is employed with the PSEB at Banur.



3 booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 13
The police today booked three persons for cheating their relative in a property deal.

According to the police, Dalip Singh, an NRI who returned from the UK in 2006 and presently a resident of Muktsar, had complained that he had asked his brother-in-law Joginder Singh to buy some property for him, for which he had given him Rs 17 lakh. But Joginder, instead of doing as was asked, used the money to buy property for himself. Joginder, his son Maninder Pal Singh and another person, Sarabjit Singh, bought property assuring Dalip that it was in his name. But Dalip found out that his name was not in the property papers.

The police has booked the accused under Section 420 of the IPC.



Trucks fined for garbage dump

Mohali, July 13
Owners of two private trucks were fined by the municipal council here today on the charge of illegally dumping garbage at the dumping ground site in the industrial area.

Executive officer J.S. Thind said one truck from Banur had dumped rotten vegetables while the other had dumped waste from a local industrial unit dealing in chemicals. Fines were imposed in both cases for illegally using the dumping ground of the civic body. — OC



Clubs raided: 4 booked for smoking

Chandigarh, July 13
A team of over 70 policemen led by SSP Dinesh Bhatt raided various clubs in the city tonight. Atleast four persons, including a woman, were booked for smoking in public.

The raid began after 11 pm with the team first cracking down on Chandigarh Club where two persons were booked. The cops next raided the Central Club, which was almost empty. The raid ended at Arizzona where the police disrupted a party and booked two, including a woman, for smoking. — TNS



Sanghi allegation false: Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
A day after Federation of the Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC) chairman P.C. Sanghi alleged that a compromise was forced on him after the July 11 assault, Samajwadi Party president Shivi Jaiswal today termed the allegation false and motivated.

Addressing a press conference along with municipal corporation councillors Anju Bheniwala and Dr A.P. Sanwaria, Jaiswal claimed that the compromise was effected in the presence of several eyewitnesses and Sanghi was unnecessarily raising the issues to divert the public gaze from certain “real issues”.

Bheniwala and Jaiswal alleged that Sanghi had been interfering in the development works of Sector 21 by allegedly impersonating as MC councillor.

Producing a letter of June 27, 2007, allegedly written by Sanghi to the central public information officer of the MC as its councillor, Jaiswal demanded action against him under the provisions of the IPC for impersonating as councillor.

Meanwhile, a meeting of FOSWAC, under the chairmanship of vice-chairman Gurdev Singh Ahluwalia, took strong exception to “unprovoked and planned assault” on the federation chairman.

As elected president of the Sector 21 Welfare Association, Sanghi was within his rights to inspect the ongoing development works in the Sector, a press release said here today.



Mall clarifies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Pankaj Sehgal, managing director of The City Emporio Mall in Industrial Area, Phase I, has claimed that his project is fully compliant with the latest specifications of the National Building Code, including fire safety, environment, parking, rainwater harvesting, etc.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Sehgal said: “With regard to parking, our multiplex is fully compliant with the vehicle parking provisions under the National Building Code and the Rules and Regulations of the Chandigarh Administration.”

“Ours is the only project in Industrial Area with two extended basements, totalling over 1,20,000 sq ft for parking, in addition to surface parking. Additional parking sites being proposed by the administration will go a long way in easing the traffic situation in the area as a whole,” he said.

“Also, no specific request to create additional parking has been made by us to the administration as the new complex is fully equipped to handle the proposed traffic,” he said.

“As an environmentally conscious corporate entity, the management of the mall strongly advocates the preservation and protection of the green cover in the Industrial Area.”



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