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Custodial Death
SHO, 4 cops suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Chandigarh police today placed Industrial Area police station SHO Jagir Singh along with four other policemen under suspension in connection with the custodial death of 35-year-old Inderjit Singh, who died under mysterious circumstances at the police station yesterday.

Sources said besides inspector Jagir Singh, investigating officer of the case, sub-inspector Narinder Singh, head constable Joginder Singh, munshi and constables, Mangat Singh and Varinder Singh; sentries posted at the police station had been placed under suspension for their role in the circumstances leading to Inderjit’s death. Inderjit Singh, a horse-cart rider, was taken to the police station after his cart knocked down a pedestrian, injuring him.

IG S.K. Jain said the SHO was suspended for lack of supervision, while the others were suspended for their failure to discharge their duties properly to ensure the safe custody of the accused.

He added that if the accused was drunk, he should have been taken to the hospital for a medical examination. Besides, the accused should have been kept in the lockup. Meanwhile, the body of the victim was cremated under tight security at the Mani Majra cremation ground.

There was a heavy deployment of police force at the cremation ground. The police also registered a case of rioting against 20 unidentified persons for yesterday’s rioting.

The police persuaded the family of the victim to take the body straight to the cremation ground, instead of taking it to their house in colony No. 4.

A board of doctors conducted a post-mortem examination at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

The examination was conducted in the presence of judicial magistrate P.K. Lal and was videographed.

Giving an account of the footage available from the CCTV at the police station, sources said around 6.20 pm two acquaintances of Inderjit came to meet him.

They talked to Inderjit, who took a “biri” from them and began smoking. SI Narinder Singh and other policemen objected to it. It was learned that the SHO was at a meeting with a senior officer and was not present at the police station. He was informed about the incident at 7.10 pm.

At the hospital, Harish, one of the acquaintances of the victim who had seen the body claimed that there were no visible injury marks on the body.

Sudama, victim’s father, alleged that his son was tortured at the police station. He was also not allowed to meet his son and was informed about his death around 11 pm, six hours after his son died.

BJP’s local unit general secretary Sanjay Tandon said it was ironic that the police was quick at booking people for pelting stones but took a long time while registering a case of death due to negligence against its own men.

The police did not follow the manual and committed wrongdoing, which led to Inderjit’s death, he alleged. Officials were tightlipped and said the investigation would reveal the truth. Sources said the post-mortem report indicated that the victim had a ligature mark around the neck, which was 3 cm long.

Unanswered questions

Why was the victim allowed to go to the women desk?

Is it a coincidence that there was no CCTV camera in the women desk?

Was it possible that no one saw him while he allegedly hanged himself?

Is it possible to hang oneself with a belt?

What made him commit suicide?

Why was the victim not sent for a medical examination?

Why was he allowed to smoke while in custody?

Why was his father not allowed to meet him?

Why did the police delay in registering a case?

Why was the body removed before the CFSL team came?



3 custodial deaths in two years
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The image of the UT police has hit an all-time low. This is the third custodial death in the past two years.

Inderjit Singh, a 35-year-old man died in custody of the Industrial Area police station last evening. The police has suspended SHO Jagir Singh for his lack of supervision while the other four cops, the investigating officer, munshi and two constables, were suspended for their failure to discharge their duties properly to ensure safe custody of the accused.

In January this year, the police had placed under suspension then SHO of the Sector 31 police station Har Sahai Sharma, SI Narinder Singh, ASI Mukhram and head constable Kuldeep Singh on the basis of an interim report into the alleged custodial death of Nirmal Singh of Hallomajra.

The report found them guilty of “negligence and administrative lapses, following which an FIR was also registered against SI Narinder Singh and inserted Section 304 IPC instead of Section 304-A, IPC, in it.

Har Sahai has now been repatriated as the SHO, Sector 3 police station.

In July last year, another SI Narinder Singh was accused of torturing a Colony no 4 resident, Anil Kumar, in police custody, leading to his death.

Anil’s mother Phulwati had sought that a case should be registered against the SI for allegedly beating his son to death at the Manimajra police station. The victim was in custody of the SI.

The police had come out with all sorts of theories ranging from road accident to fall from a tree to suicide by jumping from the 11-feet-high first floor of the police station.



Admn seeks land for metro station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
There will be a metro station at the Chandigarh railway station. Under the proposed mass rapid transit system (MRTS) for the city, the Chandigarh administration has written to the Northern Railway regarding the setting up of a station at the Chandigarh railway station.

The station will come up along one of the proposed corridors from the motor market to Sector 105, Mohali, via the IT Park, Purv Marg.

The other proposed corridor is along the Sarangpur-Khuda Lahora-Maheshpur (Panchkula) section.

The importance of the railway station in the fast developing city and its connectivity to important destinations cannot be ignored. A number of mega projects are coming up on the northern and eastern brims of the city and there is a need to provide metro linkage to the railway station and the airport.

UT home secretary Sanjay Kumar confirmed that the railways had been approached to know about the availability of land for a metro station at the railway station.

The Chandigarh railway station has become an important hub with seven long-haul trains starting from the city. A similar plan for a metro station at the Chandigarh airport is also in the pipeline.

A few days ago, the administration had approved the name of RITES — a government of India undertaking — to carry out a comprehensive mobility plan for the metro project.

Among the three contenders — RITES, IDTE and Urban Mass Transit Company — the bid of Rs 55 lakh quoted by RITES was the lowest, confirmed a senior official.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh administration and the Northern Railway have agreed to give land for widening of road to the station. Witness to frequent snarl-ups, the existing road is also the only link to Chandigarh railway station.

The issue was discussed during a meeting between officials of the Chandigarh administration and their railway counterparts yesterday.

A senior official said while land on one side of the road belonged to the railways, the other was with the UT forest department.

On parking issue, the railways was going in for a major expansion of the parking area.

A bus queue shelter for passengers has also been planned outside the station building.



No extension of Nayagaon NAC limits
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune New Service

Mohali, July 29
The Punjab government has decided not to extend the limits of the Nayagaon Notified Area Committee (NAC) to include the entire areas of Nadah and Karoran villages.

In a decision taken recently by the government, it was held that the Nayagaon NAC had large tracts of land, which are locked under the provisions of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (1900) and a matter regarding the delisting of these areas from the PLPA was pending in the Supreme Court.

Highly placed sources said it had been decided that till the Supreme Court took a final decision on the issue, it would not be proper for the state government to make any changes in the NAC boundaries. The NAC currently includes the entire boundary of Kansal village and parts of Nadah and Karoran villages.

The decision of the government comes in the wake of an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the government should consider the representations made by the residents of these villages and take a final decision in this regard.

Residents of these two villages had filed a petition demanding inclusion in the NAC limits so that they could also access basic amenities like roads, streetlights, sewerage system and supply of drinking water. Disposing of the petition, a division bench of the High Court had on May 29 asked the government to consider the representations of the villagers and decide on the matter within eight weeks.

During a series of joint meetings of officials of the department of local bodies and the forest department, it was felt that the constitution of the NAC was in itself conditional and bound by Forest Acts. To add more area to it would not lead to any benefit to the residents.

Interestingly, petitioner Rajinder Singh and others had also prayed in their petition that an opinion of the Punjab’s advocate-general regarding the PLPA be also implemented. The AG had opined that the PLPA being a State law could be repealed. The AG had, however, conveniently forgotten to mention that a High Court order of 2004 had clearly laid down that the entire area of Karoran village notified under the PLPA is forest land and attracts the provisions of the stringent Central Forest Conservation Act 1980.

Sources added that while residents of the area had filed a petition to get access to basic facilities, the additional request for the implementation of the AG’s opinion raised eyebrows regarding the motive of the petition.

Sources said there was a general feeling that inclusion of the forest areas within the NAC limits would somehow mean “freedom” from Forest Acts and would somehow “legalise” all unauthorised construction activity carried out in the area. 



Beant Assassination
3-yr RI for malkhana in charge
Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 29
Rameshwar Prasad, in charge of judicial malkhana at Ropar courts in 2002, was today sentenced to three-year imprisonment by the court of ACJM Jaswinder Singh. He was also directed to pay a fine of Rs 5000.

In 1998, the Sohana police had recovered two wireless sets from the house of advocate D.S. Rajput, one of the accused in the then Chief Minister Beant Singh's assassination case. The two wireless sets were deposited at malkhana of Ropar courts and were found missing in 2002.

Then chief judicial magistrate, Ropar, Ravinder, had got a case registered against Prasad on April 20, 2002.



City mourns Ishmeet’s death
Aarti Kapur/S.D. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The moment the news flashed on the channels about the death of Ishmeet Singh, winner of Star Voice of India 2007, his fans started exchanging SMSes and there was great shock among them at the untimely and tragic death of their star.

Ishmeet, an 18-year-old Ludhiyana lad, touched the heights of glory by winning the hearts of people by his melodious voice. He was also one of the contestants of “Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar” a singing competition on Star Plus channel, and represented the Champions team. He was eliminated on June 20, 2008 .

The mail box of Ishmeet, which was filled with his praise, was overflowing with condolence messages to his parents and relatives. One of the messages sent to his parents was “Ishmeet was a great personality. I was shocked to hear about his death. But who knows what happens to us within the next fraction of a seconds? May Allah bless him! My condolences to his family and all fans of Ishmeet”.

The renowned Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann and his wife Manjit Mann expressed shock at the demise of Ishmeet. While recollecting a recent meeting with him in a flight, Gurdas Mann said Ishmeet touched his fleet for his blessings. He said it was very difficult to forget such a touching moment.

Noted actor-producer Jaspal Bhatti termed it a big loss to Punjabi that Ishmeet was representing with gusto in the realm of music. Bhatti recalled a meeting with his over jubilant parents at the airport. He said he wondered how they would reconcile with the tragedy.

Noted film and TV actor Rajesh Puri (Lallu of serial “Hum Log” fame) remembered how Ishmeet joyfully danced with him at Hotel Supremo two weeks ago.

Noted vocalist Rinku Kalia, winner of the national “Sa Re Ga Ma contest-1997” and national “Alfa TV Sa Re Ga final-2000 recalled Ishmeet’s dedicated devotion to win a national contest. Ishmeet was simply superb, she added.

B.D. Sharma, president, Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, also mourned his death.


Chandigarh shatters Punjab’s dreams
Building Finance and Planning Bhawan for state
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Chandigarh Administration has virtually shattered the dream of the Punjab government to construct its Finance and Planning Bhawan in Chandigarh.

The Punjab Government had given Rs 14.98 crore to the UT Administration for allotting 2.58 acres of land for the bhawan in March 2007. However, sources in the state government said the land was allotted to the state at such a place in Sector 38 where it was difficult to take possession of the land.

Sources said the land allotted was at present occupied by some persons and it was difficult to remove them from that piece of land. The UT Administration had been asked to give clear possession of the land to the state government after removing all the encumbrances involved in this regard.

In fact, the state government has made a provision of Rs 15 crore this year to start construction of the bhawan. However, as it is yet to get possession of the land, it is difficult for it to start the construction work on the land, it is learnt. In fact, the land has been allotted at such a place where it would be difficult for common people to visit. It should have been allotted at some central place. Several other organisations have been allotted land at suitable places whereas the state government has been allotted land at a place that will not be very convenient for the public to visit as it is on the far end of the city.

The state government has several off-shoots of the Finance Department scattered at several places in the city. The Planning Department that works under the command of the Finance Department is in Sector 17. The Lotteries Department that is also under the control of the Finance Department is located at some other place in the same sector.

Likewise, the Institutional Finance and Banking Department, Treasurer and Charitable Endowments, Treasury and Accounts and Small Savings wings of the Finance Department are located at different places.

The bhawan was conceived to being all off-shoots of the Finance Department under one roof for better coordination and administration. Provision has also been made for a full-fledged office for the finance minister in the bhawan, it is learnt.



‘Climate change, energy security major global concerns’
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Fascinating is the word ambassador Danie’le Smadja, head of the Delegation of the European Commission in New Delhi, chooses to describe her Indian experience since she arrived in September last year.

She’s quick to justify her choice of description for India. “It is not only fascinating for the varied hues splashed around on the Indian canvas, the rich cultural history, the interesting personalities but also for its movement towards ‘Incredible India’. The one thing that particularly strikes me about India is that she is changing by the week, making rapid strides towards development,” Smadja said in an interview to TNS.

In the city on “business” and between meeting hopping, she admits that the complexity and diversity of India intrigue her and there is a big world to discover out there. “India is so big and so varied that a part of the challenge comes from making the European Union (EU) more known to India and the Indians,” she remarks.

While the warmth of the Indians has over-whelmed her, it’s global warming and climate change that are of immediate concern to her as also the European Union.

“We stand committed to peace and stability in Africa, the Balkan states and elsewhere. Equally important is the issue of climate change and energy security. We cannot wait any longer and have to act now to save the world,” she maintains. While holding that the EU is a leader in climate change negotiations, she says all member states will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.

“We are committed to reduce these emissions to about 30 per cent while simultaneously working on energy conservation. Here, too, the plan is to meet 20 per cent of all energy needs from renewable energy again by the year 2020,” she insists.

The ambassador disclosed that though the targets had been identified and their thinking caps were on, the internal burden-sharing among states was still being worked out. “All member states are on board and modalities should be worked out by next year. How we get there is the big question before us now,” she explains.

Referring to the EU-India summit on climate change to be held later this year, Smadja opines, “Energy conservation is going to be a thrust area and we realise that India is committed to the cause and developing countries also need to set targets. The EU and India should and will be on the same side when it comes to climate change. However, we also agree that developing countries cannot have the same targets as developed countries but they have to be willing partners to at least be a part of the process.”

On the issue of India’s stake for a permanent seat in the Security Council, she said EU did not have a common position on this yet but this issue would be taken up in due course of time.

While she is keeping her fingers crossed that the on-going Geneva talks are “successful”. She juggles with concerns about multi-lateral trade and food security, all grave problems with no solutions so far, and time is running out fast. 



IPS probationers meet Rodrigues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Impressing upon the Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers the need to imbibe a value system, Punjab Governor and UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today asked them to develop qualities of head and heart, with the focus on character, commitment and courage.

A group of 25 IPS probationers, led by Ajay Kumar Nand, assistant director, Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, called on the Governor at Punjab Raj Bhavan for an interactive session and exchange of views on security environment and the role of the police in tackling various situations.



Custodial deaths

Custodial death is one of the worst crimes to happen in a civilised society. The union home ministry, directed by the Supreme Court, has circulated important guidelines to be followed by all the authorities concerned while making arrests. However, the recent death of Inderjit Singh, while he was in the custody of the Chandigarh police, is proof that the guidelines are not being adhered to.

The police often doesn't inform the Human Rights Commission despite the guidelines that the NHRC should be informed within 24 hours. The police should be made to adhere to the NHRC guidelines, recommending departmental or disciplinary action as well as prosecution of delinquent officials in cases where, prima facie, cases of custodial violence are established.

Rajesh Krishan, Chandigarh

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PU panel to probe Punjabi dept row
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Taking cognisance of Monday’s incident in which four students of the department of Punjabi, PU, protested against their teacher, the PU Syndicate today constituted a committee to look into the matter.

According to sources, it was decided that only after the committee’s recommendation, the university would consider re-evaluation of the examination papers as demanded by the students.

In fact, if the insiders are to be believed, when the matter was discussed in the Syndicate, some of the members opined that the allegations were politically motivated in view of the forthcoming Senate elections. However, looking at the severity of the allegations, the committee was constituted.

Four students of the Punjabi department had submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor and had sought re-evaluation of answer sheets of the M Phil first year examination, accusing the faculty of bias.

Levelling serious allegations, these students have accused the faculty of the department of victimising them because of the in-house fighting among the faculty members. 



Agreement Over Financial Matters
10-day deadline for Homoeopathy College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Panjab University Syndicate at its meeting held today decided to give 10-day deadline to Homoeopathy College, Sector 26, to implement the agreement between the management and teachers over financial matters and promotions in the presence of the vice-chancellor failing which the university would start the disaffiliation process as per section 30 of the PU Act.

Also, at the meeting for the ensuing Senate elections in September, six PU fellows (senators ) had requested for change of the faculty. The matter was considered but was not accepted after having gone through the legal opinion obtained from two legal retainers of the university. The syndics also gave their nod to the proposal for 1 per cent reservation to the wards of martyrs and permanently disabled Army personnel of the Kargil war.

A proposal to provide 1 per cent reservation up to maximum one seat in every department and exemption in fee and hostel fee was put up earlier, which was approved today. The syndics also approved the proposal to increase the number of scholarships for toppers of various disciplines from affiliated colleges as well as from the teaching departments of PU. Also, the university would increase the amount of scholarships to be given to them.

The syndics approved the proposal to hike the scholarship fund, which is taken from each student at the time of initial enrolment to PU and its affiliated colleges from Rs 10 to Rs 15.

The syndics also approved appointment of professor Meera Malik, Department of Correspondence Studies, as chairperson, Centre for Women’s Studies & Development. 



Ragging: Students blame media
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Students of the UIET (University Institute of Engineering and Technology), PU, are once again in the limelight and once more for wrong reasons. In a recent incident of ragging in UIET, the standing committee of PU had suspended the students after listening to both parties.

The involved students blamed the media today for straining their relationship with their seniors.

In fact, the students also staged a protest at Students’ Centre and submitted a memorandum to the PU authorities as well.

The first year students who were showing solidarity with their seniors had themselves identified the seniors as accused in front of the members of the anti-ragging standing committee.

What raises the doubts over the authenticity of this show is the fact that till yesterday these students were calling up the media persons saying that it’s their own genuine cause. In the protest, they were joined in by leaders of the university who sent the press statement exposing the genuiness of the whole drama.



Lending voice to underprivileged
Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, July 29
Surinder Singh and Ishwar Dayal Gaur, professors of history, Panjab University, after over three-year research have completed their project by editing a book, “Popular Literature and Pre-Modern Societies in South Asia.”

The two have tried to lend a voice to the underprivileged through the book.

It is a collection of 19 research papers written by historians from India and Pakistan and deals mainly with six themes related to state formation, resistance and protest, little traditions, gender relations, cultural fusion and social conventions.

“Books written on history in the past were based on official history but we tried to go beyond that and undertook a journey to Pakistan in January, 2006. We interacted with scholars, historians and intellectuals there to gather their first-hand account,” says Surinder Singh.

“Even though the stories of the underprivileged people are mentioned in history, these are not the words of such people but those of the elite class. Through this book, we have let people have their own viewpoint,” says Ishwar Dayal Gaur.

The contributors to this volume collectively intend to underline the significance of “history from below”.

For the purpose, they have encompassed the role of oral as well as popular written literary traditions.

The reader thus gets an opportunity to read vernacular or people’s history of Sind, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Jammu, Western Himalayas, Awzdh, Assam, Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

The book will serve as a guide to research students and a reference book to social scientists.



Teacher collapses in school, principal blamed
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , July 29
If teachers of Moti Ram School, Sector 27, here, who have been teaching for 20 years, are to be believed, they are being "terrified" by the school management.

Reason: They took liberty to raise their voice against the dictatorial attitude of the management and the differential pay structure being given to them.

One teacher, Madhu Madan, was under such a depression that she collapsed this morning while taking her class. Her colleagues alleged that the school authorities did not allow any teacher to accompany Madhu to hospital. Later, she was shifted to the GH-32 with the help of her husband.

Director principal Shakuntala Mahajan called it a concocted story. "The teacher was fainted out of shock because a student had exploded a cracker in washroom," she replied.

When this correspondent went to meet Madhu, she blamed the director principal for putting her under tension.

"I was under so much stress that I collapsed while taking my class in the morning. Shakuntala Mahajan has been pressuring me to submit resignation from the post. Don’t we have right to ask for a justifiable salary?", said Madhu, Class XII economics teacher, who has been serving for the past 20 years.

Madhu stated that if something happens to her, it would be only because of the autocratic attitude of Shakuntala Mahajan.

Other teachers, too, disclosed that such treatment was being meted out to those teachers only who had been enrolled regularly.

About the differential pay structure, the director said the matter of revision in the salaries would be done in due course. "We have already sent a communication to the DPI (S) for approval of committee members who would decide the pay structure. As soon as we receive the approval from the office, we would revise accordingly", she justified.

“Only those teachers are pulled up whose results were not up to the mark. Otherwise, there is no issue”, she said.

On the other hand, the teachers rued that their results were reasonably good, the school management is finding excuses for not following a uniform salary structure as per the CBSE guidelines. "I have been working in the school for the past 23 years, till date I get Rs 7,000 as monthly pay. Like me, other teachers, too, are being paid 25 per cent reduced basic pay," rued a teacher.

The education department had served a notice to the school, regarding the withdrawal of permanent recognition because of various discrepancies found in its functioning. The department had pointed out that the school was not paying salary and DA on a par with those teachers working in the local government schools and not maintaing account books, service books and personal files of the staff properly.



Teacher beats up student
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Parents of a Class II student today alleged that their son was beaten up by his class teacher yesterday. Tirlochan, a resident of Dadumajra, said, “My son Tarun Kumar, who studies in GMHS-38, was assaulted physically by his teacher, Naresh.

The matter was today brought to the notice of the police by the parents. The police called up the teacher and the parents at police station and the matter was settled after the teacher felt sorry against the whole episode.

Tirlochan alleged that the teacher had also threatened the boy that his name would be struck if he would reveal the incident to anyone. “It was only yesterday evening that I spotted swellings on his back. On my persuasion, he narrated the whole incident”, said Tirlochan. Principal of the school Dhanna Singh said it was for the first time that such an unpleasant incident occurred. 



2 get jail under NDPS Act
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 29
Halkesh Ram, a resident of Muktsar, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2 lakh was imposed on him by district and session judge Sanjeev Jindal today under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act 1985.

Solan resident Ram Nath was also sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed on him under the same Act. The Panchkula police had arrested them on March 22, 2005 from Railla village in Sector 12 with 23 kg poppy husk and 1.60 gm opium.



PIL on cleaner Panchkula
HUDA passes the buck to MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
For ensuring a clean Panchkula, the municipal council requires at least 800 safai karamcharis but financial constraints did not permit the local administration to induct so many persons - this is what the authorities concerned have to say on the conditions prevailing in the town.

As the public interest petition seeking a cleaner Panchkula came up for hearing, Haryana Urban Development Authority chief administrator T.C. Gupta, deputy commissioner Rajinder Kumar Kataria and others appeared before the Punjab and Haryana High Court Division Bench of Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover in accordance with the directions during the previous hearing on the need to ensure better sanitary conditions, roads, etc.

Others present during the resumed hearing on the case included executive officer, municipal council, Panchkula and the chief engineer, public health, Haryana.

Gupta apprised the court that various sectors and areas under reference in the report of the court commissioner A.R.Takkar were entirely within the jurisdiction of the municipal council and HUDA as such had little or no role either in repairs or other maintenance.

The deputy commissioner and also the municipal council officer pointed out that as far as the roads repair was concerned, it required at least Rs 50 crore to take up and complete the assignment. They added that paucity of funds with the municipal council was the single biggest hurdle in initiating steps for repair and maintenance of the roads. However, attempts are being made towards better garbage and solid waste management.

The officers, however, regretted that encroachments persisted because the affected persons were often able to secure a stay on the evictions. At this, the bench suggested that the civil courts should take the issue in entirety before granting stay on evictions as it hampered the development works of different nature. The need to attend to cleaning up of Singh Nullah of the garbage and similar other pollutants, too, was being taken up once the storm water management improved after the rainy season.

Before parting, the bench asked for a status report from the respondent within eight weeks and has listed the case for further hearing on September 30. 



Dimpy Murder Case
Police remand for Rocky
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Chandigarh police today formally arrested Jaswinder Singh Bhullar, alias Rocky, one of the prime suspects in the murder case of “gangster” Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy. He was produced before a local court, which remanded him in police custody till August 4, while his associate, Amandeep Singh, arrested under Arms Act with Rocky, was remanded in judicial custody.

Seeking remand, the police pleaded before the court that during interrogation Rocky had revealed the names of two Meerut-based shooters - Sunil and Surinder Kumar Vakil.

He also told the police that cartridges were lying with his acquaintance at Jaipur.

The police has so far ruled out the role of Harneev Kaur and Sandeep Bhau in the case. Teams will be dispatched to various places to conduct raids.

Meanwhile, Rocky was handed over to the crime branch of the Chandigarh, which was already probing the case.

Sources in the police said the only scientific evidence that could establish Rocky’s involvement in the case was the recovery of the .45 bore US army pistol from his possession.

IG S.K. Jain said brain mapping and narco-tests of Rocky would be conducted on him to corroborate the evidences gathered so far in the case.

Rocky had expressed his willingness to undergo the tests in the past, but remained elusive to the police after he was booked in an attempted murder case, in which he was later declared a proclaimed offender.

Sources in the police said the CID wing has apprised senior officials of the possibility of shooting of the suspects by members of another gang, citing an instance in Uttar Pradesh wherein members of Ansari gang were killed while being produced in court.

As relatives of Dimpy were in the city and also visited the courts, the CID wing expressed apprehension of shooting.

On the role of forensics, sources said every gun left behind its unique print on the shell - where the trigger hits the bullet and on the sides of the shell when it automatically comes out of the weapon on being fired.

Besides, spirals in the barrel of the firearm also leave their distinct impression on the shell. Moreover, lead of five bullets recovered from Dimpy’s body during autopsy can help identify the weapon used in the crime.

The weapon will be sent for examination to experts in the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL).



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