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Con man gets police custody
Victims converge on court
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
A Yamunanagar-based man, Sanjeev Nayyar, was today arrested on grounds of forgery and fabrication of documents to get duplicate passport issued.

He was later produced in the district courts where judge Atul Marya remanded him in police custody till tomorrow.

Additional and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi had on October 17 dismissed his plea on an anticipatory bail.

Nayyar is accused of duping a large number of people of their money. Some of his alleged victims today converged on the court premises for the hearing. The petitioner’s lawyer said Nayyar was a tenant in the house of Protima Sen Gupta in Sector 35.

“He prepared a false document of agreement of sale of the house belonging to Protima and allegedly took an earnest money of Rs 48 lakh from Kulwant Singh and Jagjit Singh Gill in 2004,” lawyer said. He disappeared after taking the money.

“An FIR was registered on the complaint of Protima. The accused was produced in the High Court where his bail was accepted in the case. He was asked to surrender his passport in 2005. Later, he complained to the police that he had lost the passport and got a duplicate one issued. He moved out of the city a number of times during this period,” the counsel said.

Nayyar sold the same house three times, he added.

Jagjit Singh said: “I gave him the initial amount for the house but could not trace him afterward. It took me three months to realise that I have lost my money to a trickster.”

However, Nayyar refuted the charges levelled against him.

“I have never applied for a duplicate passport and never stepped out of the city. All charges levelled against me are false.”

The defence lawyer said: “They have implicated Nayyar in a false case. The petitioner had some property dispute with him so they framed him in this case.”

Nayyar also faces forgery charges in Mumbai, where an FIR was registered against him in 1998. The Mumbai court declared him a proclaimed offender after he duped P. Shah by promising to double his money. He disappeared after receiving the money.

In another case, Nayyar sold a house (# 13, Sector 21) in Panchkula to another party after taking the earnest money from the complainant.

Nayyar also ran an immigration and career resolution firm - Worldwide Corporation Ltd - in Sector 37. He posed himself as its director.

Again, he disappeared after taking money from people interested in travelling abroad.

One such victim, P.K. Kareer, said: “We collected Rs 86,000 through loan and gave it to Nayyar. Thereafter, he made good with the money.”

According to sources, Nayyar resigned from the directorship of Worldwide Corporation Ltd on March 21.



Shatabdi delayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Passengers travelling on the Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi Express and Delhi-Chandigarh Jan Shatabdi Express were inconvenienced when passengers blocked the track between Sonepat and Panipat this evening.

Several other trains running on the Delhi-Amritsar track were also delayed.

Officials at the Chandigarh railway station said both trains were running over two hours behind schedule. 



Temple makes way for 4-laning
Pradeep Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
In a gesture worth emulating, the management of the Shree Shiv Manas Mandir in Phase II of the Industrial Area has decided to relocate the temple to pave the way for the four-laning of a major road.

The foundation stone of the temple was laid by industrialist Kewal Garg today.

The temple had been coming in the way of the project, intended to link the city with Mohali, and had been a bone of contention between the Chandigarh administration and the temple management.

The road is used by thousands of vehicles, particularly heavy vehicles, to turn from Tribune Chowk towards Mohali.

“The decision to shift the temple had been taken in the national interest so that the road was widened for the convenience of motorists,” Sushil Sharma, president of the committee, said.

The management decided to relocate the temple despite the fact that it had got a stay from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Meanwhile, Rs 1 lakh was collected by the committee for the construction of the new temple.

Caption An industrialist lays the foundation stone of a temple which is to be relocated for the four-laning of a road around the Industrial Area in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph



Zirakpur couple killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Tragedy struck a Zirakpur-based couple ahead of their son’s wedding on November 5 when the coupled died in a road accident near Hoshiarpur this morning.

According to information, Ravinder Sharma and his wife Promila were on their way to Hoshiarpur to distribute the wedding cards when their vehicle was hit by a jeep. They died on the spot.

The postmortem was conducted at the civil hospital in Hoshiarpur and the bodies were brought to Zirakpur. The cremation will take place tomorrow.

A trade union leader, Sharma was secretary of the Punjab circle of the All-India Postal Employees Union.

Mahavir Narang, president of the union, termed the death of Sharma as a loss to the trade union movement in Punjab.



Registrar (births) fined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The District Consumer Forum-I has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the registrar (births and deaths), Harshvardhan, additional district registrar and M.S. Bains, chief registrar, for harassing an applicant while issuing a birth certificate.

The court has directed them to pay the amount personally in equal shares. The president of the forum said, “It is an intentional default on the part of the registrar and additional registrar, births and deaths, because even after filing the present complaint, they did not supply the certificate.”

Surinder had submitted an application on February 12, 2007, and deposited a fee of Rs 21 for the issuance of a child birth certificate. He was given a receipt and was told to collect the certificate within seven days.

The counsel for the complainant said, “Surinder had applied for the birth certificate for someone known to him. Though 280 days have passed, no certificate has been given to him.”

Asked if a third person could apply for the birth certificate, he clarified,“A third person can apply for getting a public document issued as per Section 76 of the Indian Evidence Act.”

While the opposite party contended that the certificate could not be issued in view of incomplete information, Harshvardhan said Surinder was seeking information with regard to an individual with whom he had no concern and was filing various applications under bogus names.

The lawyer for the petitioner stated that as per the law, Surinder did not need to prove his relationship with the person whose birth certificate he had asked for.



Unchanged Melody
Terraced Garden — Not so musical any more
Satinder Pal Singh

Chandigarh, October 19
Tourists and music lovers visiting the Terraced Garden in Sector 33 are sore over the callous attitude of the municipal corporation towards the upkeep of its musical fountain.

The park, inaugurated in 1996, is the only major source of entertainment for residents of southern sectors.

The musical fountain, which has been the soul of the garden for years, has lost its symphony. For, most of the fountains are out of order.

The operator said: “I made a written complaint about it two months ago but to no avail.”

Also, lavatories at the garden are in bad shape, as there are no lights there.

Dr I.S. Koonar, a resident of Sector 33, said: “I have been a regular visitor to the garden and have never seen taps in the toilets. When replaced, most of these go missing within 48 hours. The authorities concerned must look into this matter seriously.”

During rainy season, water logging makes it difficult for people to visit the garden. The drainage system remains clogged.

Also, dog menace has been hounding visitors during the evening hours.

Brig Tarlochan Singh, who goes to the garden daily, said: “They roam freely in the evening. The authorities will wake up from the slumber only when someone gets bitten.”

Rahul Khanna, a student of SD College, said: “Same songs are played all the time and we have got bored listening to them. They should mix up the flavour of songs.”

Sarwanjit Singh, SO, horticulture, said: “I will look into the matter as soon as possible and action will be taken regarding the problems.”



The Chef goes out of business
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The Chef, a restaurant run by CITCO at the Inter-State Bus Terminus, Sector 43, will be closed down by this month-end.

The decision was taken by the CITCO managing director today after it failed to pay arrears running into lakhs of rupees to the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking.

The arrears were on account of water and electricity bills.

Sources said the premises was handed over to CITCO in 2002 and since then it had been running the restaurant at subsidised rates. But it was reportedly running into losses.

When the issue was brought to the notice of the secretary, transport, CITCO was told to vacate the premises.

An official said the premises would be auctioned soon for the convenience of the travellers.

Recently, the Chandigarh administration had framed an action plan for the upgrade and renovation of infrastructure at the bus terminuses in Sectors 17 and 43.

Under a changed commercial policy, it has been planned to licence commercial units through tender for six years with 10 per cent annual increase in the license fee.

Renowned brands of eateries, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, fruit juice shops, bakery, STD-PCO, ATMs, bookshops, general stores, etc. will be roped in.

Shops will be renovated to give enough space to attract prominent brands.



Police conducts search operations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
In view of the ongoing festival season, the Chandigarh police today conducted search operations in the central subdivision late in 
the evening.

Accompanying the police personnel were anti-sabotage teams that conducted search operations in market areas of Sectors 22 and 17.

The police also put up around 12 nakas in the central subdivision area. The nakas were put up behind Kiran Cinema in Sector 22 and opposite the petrol station in Sector 22, besides other spots.

ASP Madhur Verma, said, “Thorough searches were conducted as a preventive measure in the light of the recent blasts in Ludhiana, Ajmer and Hyderabad and also to avoid any untoward incident keeping in mind the festival season”.

The raids were conducted to reassure residents and warn criminal elements, he added.



Going Hi-tech
Ramlila like never before
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Ramlila has gone hi-tech. Mediocre dialogue delivery, faulty sound system, drab picturisation and delay in between scenes are now passe.

Spurred by the glut of mythological serials on television, organisers are using the technology to to keep pace with the times and make the epic narration an audio and visual delight.

Recorded dialogues, songs, quality sound system and special effects mark the staging of Ramlilas.

“Residents, particularly the younger generation, want high quality presentation in minimum possible time and our effort is to cater to their needs without compromising on the cultural heritage,” informs Suresh Bakshi, director of the Sector 17 Ramlila.

This particular Ramlila is a light and sound extravaganza with recorded dialogues, background music and special effects.

Artistes have to act without bothering about other distractions on the stage. “We have to move with the times as the interest of people in the traditional style of staging the epic has been on the wane,” Sunil Sharma, “Ravana” of the Sector 17 Ramlila, says.

Other Ramlilas are slowly switching from the traditional to the contemporary mode. “The change is inevitable. We would like to shift to a hi-tech style provided we have enough resources,” a member of the Navyug Ramlila Committe, Sector 7, says.

Also, the new trend of showing Ramanand Sagar’s “Ramayan” on huge LCD screens seems to be a hit with viewers. “It is technically perfect, viewer-friendly and conveys Ramayana’s message without other distractions,” claims Raman Kumar, an organiser in Phase II of Ram Darbar.

A visit to Ram Darbar and Sector 47 last night showed that hundreds of viewers, mainly migrant workers, were glued to the epic presentation. “It is as good as watching a film free after a day’s hard work,” says Ram Sumer, a daily wage earner.

The screening is gaining popularity in the city as is the response to the Sector 24 Ramlila shows where hundreds converge daily, Neeraj Garg, president of Jai Saraswati Ramlila Committee, says.



Firecracker sale banned in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 19
The district magistrate today imposed a ban on the storage and sale of firecrackers in the SAS Nagar district, except at places earmarked by the SDMs concerned.

The order said no firecrackers which generated pollution levels exceeding those specified by the Supreme Court could be sold or used at any place including those earmarked by the SDMs. The SDMs shall grant licences to shopkeepers for the sale of fireworks under the provisions of the Explosives Act 1984 and other relevant acts and rules.

Display of fireworks and bursting of crackers will also not be permitted between 10 pm and 6 am and in silence zones (near hospitals and educational institutions).

The order shall remain in force till November 15.



Team inspects Ghaggar bridge

Chandigarh, October 19
A team of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, led by the acting chairperson R.L. Anand, yesterday visited Ghaggar bridge, connecting Zirakpur with Panchkula, for an on-the-spot assessment of its condition.

The team visited the site in connection with the ongoing case, filed by human right activist Arvind Thakur, regarding allegations of its dilapidated 
condition. — TNS



BJP leaders visit Bapu Dham Colony

Chandigarh, October 19
Leaders of the local unit of the BJP today visited the Bapu Dham Colony in connection with the demolition of houses and hutment by the Chandigarh administration.

Led by local unit president Yash Pal Mahajan, the leaders claimed that in spite of assurances by top functionaries of the administration that the poor would not be displaced, the authorities had resorted to demolition. — TNS



A keen eye can prevent injuries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Festival season turns into a disaster for enthusiastic revellers every year, as hundreds of them are wheeled into city hospitals for treatment of injuries suffered during the 

However, a little attention by parents and others can reduce the risk of injuries during celebrations, opine city doctors.

“Children suffer injuries while playing with bow and arrows even before Divali,” says Dr Vaishali Gupta, department of ophthalmology, PGI. “Many children with eye injuries have already been admitted to the PGI.”

In fact, 107 patients from all over the region reached the city hospitals with burn and eye injuries last year.

The number was slightly lower a year ago in 2005, when 100 patients reported for the same reasons on Divali.

“Many of the injured lose their eyesight permanently while others go through long rehabilitation for injuries caused by crackers or arrows,” says Dr Gupta.

Many lose their eyesight just because they do no take proper care and by the time they reach the hospital, the golden period is lost, adds Dr Gupta.

Every year, over 15 patients reach the department of ophthalmology, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), on the night of Divali, says Dr Surinder Sood, head of department.

While two or three lose their eyesight permanently, others need to undergo prolonged treatment before they can see the world again, adds Dr Sood.

A majority of injuries are found to be due to bursting of the “anaar”, he adds.

Suggesting a ban on the sale of bow and arrow to children, Dr Gupta says parents need to take care that children do not purchase such toys.

Similarly, parents should accompany children at the time of bursting of crackers, says Dr Gupta.

“One should always wear protective glasses while handling crackers. A sterilised cotton patch should be placed on the injured eye and the patient should be taken to an eye specialist in case of injury.

“It should be ensured that the victim does not splash water or rub eyes in case they are pierced or are bleeding.

As the patient can require anaesthesia before treatment, eating or drinking anything immediately after the injury should be avoided,” she adds.



School watchman chargesheeted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The Chandigarh education department has imposed a penalty of compulsory retirement on Rattan Kumar, a sweeper-cum-watchman of Government Primary School, Sector 12, Chandigarh.

Rattan Kumar has been charged for using unparliamentary language with students and staff and not performing his duty in a proper manner. He has also been found guilty of creating nuisance in the school after getting drunk.

Rattan was earlier charge sheeted by the education department for “being rebellious and failing to maintain devotion to duty and integrity”.

Manmohan Hurria, IAS (retd) was appointed to inquire into the charges framed against Rattan.



Tame wild players

I fully agree with former cricketer Ian Chappell on his views about Shreeshant’s behaviour during the recent matches.

He is becoming too much of a nuisance on the cricket field and bringing bad name to the otherwise disciplined Indian team.

He has to be stopped in his tracks and as a token punishment, he should be given a three-match ban with immediate effect.

This will help in taming this wild player whose actions should not be tolerated anymore and need to be rectified.

I request the BCCI to wake up and discipline all such players. Afterall these players are the face of a great nation.

Dharam Bir Singh Chandigarh

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Car, scooter ‘torched’ at night
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
A Sector 37 family is in a state of shock after two of their vehicles were torched late last night.

According to family members, they woke up after hearing the sound of a blast.

It is the second incident when someone has tried to set their property on fire. Sitaram Sudhir, a resident of Sector 37-A, said they were virtually living under threat.

He said someone set their Indica car and LML scooter on fire by throwing a “petrol bomb” around 1.30 am. The vehicles, which were parked in front of the garage inside the house, were badly burnt.

“We heard a blast around 1.30 am. Immediately our neighbour informed us that our car and scooter were smoldering,” Ramesh, wife of Sitaram, said.

“It could have been very dangerous as both vehicles had ample petrol in their tanks. Had the fire reached the tanks, it could have led to a bigger blast,” Ramesh said.

He said they, along with their neighbours, had controlled the fire before the arrival of fire engines.

The family alleged that it could be the handiwork of their son-in-law against whom their daughter had got a dowry case registered.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under Section 435, IPC.

On August 17 also, the family had complained that someone had attacked their house with a petrol bomb at night.

The police has registered three cases against Vipin for harassing the family. A CFSL team would visit the spot soon, the police added.

Earlier, the police had arrested Vipin on August 26 in this regard. 



Husband booked for dowry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
A resident of Sector 16, Mona, filed a complaint against her husband and in-laws for harassing and maltreating her for dowry.

In her complaint, Mona alleged that her husband Sanjiv Saleria and her in-laws, residents of Darla village, had harassed her and demanded dowry.

A case has been registered.


The local police has booked Raju, a resident of Sector 25, Rinku, Mukesh and Mahavir, all residents of Mauli Jagran, for assault.

In his complaint, Mukesh Kumar of Sector 25 alleged that the accused trespassed onto his residence and assaulted him.

He alleged that he was injured during the attack and was admitted to the GMSH, Sector 16. A case has been registered.


Tej Pal Singh, a resident of Mani Majra, complained to the police that his Kinetic Honda scooter (CH 01 B 5972) was stolen from his residence yesterday. The police has registered a case.



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