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Non-lifting of Procured Paddy
Commission agents hold up traffic
Surinder Bhardwaj

Bassi Pathana, October 19
Commission agents, farmers and labourers organised a dharna and blocked traffic on the Bassi Pathana-Chandigarh road in protest against the distress sale and non-lifting of procured paddy by various government agencies allegedly on the behest of rice millers of the area.

The crowd in large number blocked the traffic for two hours and raised slogans against the government. Dr. Harbans Lal, former Minister, along with his supporters, also joined the dharna and sat on the road to block the traffic. The blockade was lifted after the officials of procurement agencies assured to start the purchase.

Addressing mediapersons, Satbir Singh Nogawan, Surinder Singh Bhangu, presidents of the local arhatya association, alleged that the procurement staff of various procurement agencies were harassing commission agents, farmers and labourers on the behest of certain rice millers of the area.

They alleged that the inspectors purchased paddy from personal shops of rice millers without checking any specifications and the procured paddy was lifted the next day, whereas on the shops of commission agents the paddy falling under specification was not purchased till the rice millers gave a signal to them. They said that the rice millers were blackmailing them by conniving with the procurement staff. They said the rice millers held a meeting and decided not to lift the procured paddy on the pretext of high moisture content just to harass the farmers and labourers.They alleged that Pungrain has deputed a woman inspector, who has just been recruited to make the purchase she has no knowledge about paddy.

They threatened that if the procurement agencies staff continued to harass them on the behest of rice millers, they would be forced to resort to agitation. 



Man killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, October19
A brick-kiln worker was killed in a road accident near Lalru last evening.According to information, the deceased, Chintamani, a resident of Amdaha in Bihar was a worker at the SRV Brick-kiln at Jaula Kalan.

The accident occurred when Chintamani was crossing the national highway and suddenly a Safari car hit him. Later, he was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police registered a case against the driver of Safari car on the statement of Sanjay Chaudhry, a relative of the deceased.

The body was handed over to the relatives after conducting a post-mortem examination.



Engg college team bring laurels in kabaddi
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, October 19
Kabaddi team of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology brought laurels to the institute by winning silver medal and trophy in the Inter-College Kabaddi Tournament held at SUSCET, Tangori.

Various teams participated in the tournament. In the first round, SSIET beat GZS, Bhatinda, and GEC, Anadpursahib.

The quarterfinals was between SSIET and CEM, Kapurthala, and semifinals between SBBSIET.

Team from SSIET, Dera Bassi, defeated all teams to reach the final.



Plan to Loot Petrol Pump
Five convicted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
A local court convicted five robbers for planning to loot a petrol station in Panchkula here today.District and Sessions judge PL Ahuja convicted Jeevan, a native of Bihar, Mahesh, Narender and Kunal, residents of Delhi, and Pinto, a resident of Rajasthan.

Quantum of sentence will be pronounced on October 21. The case dates back to June 24, 2009, when the police raided the parking area of Suraj Theatre and arrested Jeevan, Narender, Pinto and Kunal while they were planning to loot a petrol pump.

Later, Mahesh was also arrested. The accused during interrogation also confessed of their involvement in the robbery at the house of Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate last year on June 4 in Sector 6, Panchkula.



PEC Recruitment Scam
Court adjourns bail petition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Mohinder Bajaj, the accused in the PEC recruitment scam, today filed a bail petition in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) JS Sidhu. The bail was filed through his counsel advocate AS Sukhija.

It was stated in the petition that there was no documentary proof against the accused and the CBI had taken the specimen signature of the accused. The investigation agency does not need to conduct custodial interrogation of the accused and bail should be granted.

The court adjourned the bail petition to October 21.The matter had come to light when the CBI arrested Dr Nishikant, who had allegedly masterminded the case of forging identity cards to 11 students, showing them as foreign students to get admission in PEC under the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme. There are around 23 institutes, including PEC, covered under this scheme.

The DASA scheme was initiated for direct admission of eligible foreign students, persons of Indian origin (PIOs), NRIs to undergraduate engineering programmes offered by the National Institute of Technology and other centrally funded institutes. Students have to appear in the Scholastic Aptitude Test-II (SAT-II), besides other academic qualifications.



Nursing student found dead
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
A 20-year-old nursing student was found dead under mysterious circumstances here today.The deceased identified as Anu, a resident of Panipat, was studying in an institute at Zirakpur.

Her parents told the police that Anu was staying at a house in Sector 7 and after Sunday she had not contacted her parents.

Despite repeated calls on her phone, when her parents got no reply, they reached here last night. As nothing was visible in the night, they waited till morning and found her body hanging from the fan.

The body has been sent for post- mortem examination.



Man held for assault
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The police on Monday arrested a Sector 21 resident on the charges of assaulting a man in Sector 9. The victim, Sudhir Chauhan, a resident of Sector 16, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Vikram Bhardwaj, a resident of Sector 21, had trashed him and threatened him of dire consequences. The police has arrested the accused after registering a case against him.


The police on Monday arrested Surinder Kumar, who runs a shop at the Sector 17 ISBT, from near the fire station in Sector 17, on the charges of gambling at public place and recovered Rs 2,510 from him. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered in this connection. 



Briefcase stolen from car

Chandigarh, October 19
Thieves decamped with cash and other articles after smashing open windowpanes of a car parked in Industrial Area here this morning.Vinay Gandhi, a resident of Sector 44, said he had gone to a factory in Phase I, Industrial Area, and parked his Hyundai Santro car (CH-03-S-1256) on the road around 9.45 am.

He came back after 10 minutes and found the driver’s side windowpane smashed and his briefcase missing. There were Rs 4,000, two chequebooks and other important documents in the briefcase, he said.

President of the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries Naveen Maglani said this was the fourth incident in the industrial area within a couple of months. — TNS



Bulbul Case
4 GMSH docs, six employees booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The police today booked four doctors of the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) - Dr Veena Sarna, head of gynaecology department, Dr Deepak Thakur, diplomate of National Board student, Dr Usha Bansal and Dr Praveena Dhiman - and six other employees of the hospital on the charges of negligence and destroying and tampering with the material evidence in the infamous Bulbul case.

Sources in the Sector 17 police station said the case was registered against Dr Veena Sarna and Dr Deepak Thakur for allegedly destroying and tampering with the material evidence in the form of missing registration card and medical record of Bulbul while Dr Usha Bansal and Dr Praveena Dhiman, who are both on deputation, were booked for negligence.

The police has also booked Maya Devi, security guard, Parkash Rani, a ward servant and Dharma Devi, out patient department attendant, for criminal negligence in performing their moral and medical duties. Names of two technicians, Deepshikha and Kanchan Kataria, and a counsellor, Manju Arora, also figured in the case.

The development followed an inquiry report forwarded by UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil who gave a nod for registration of a case on October 11.

Confirming the development, UT SP (Traffic) HS Doon, who is officiating in place of the UT SSP, said: “We have registered a case against all those named in the inquiry report forwarded by the UT Administrator. We will now conduct an investigation into the case and take action against the guilty as per their role in the case leading to the death of the newborn child of Bulbul.”

On July 21, Bulbul, who hailed form Bihar, was forced to move about in the hospital’s gynaecology ward during labour. She delivered the baby near the OPD counter and the head of the baby reportedly hit the floor, causing instant death.

Sources said a case under Sections 304-A (causing death due to negligence), 201 (destruction of evidence), 465 (forgery), 466 (forgery of record of court or of public register) and 109 (act abetted in consequence where no express provision is made for its punishment) under the IPC had been registered against the accused at the Sector 17 police station.

Apart from recommending criminal case against five employees, the administrator had also approved departmental proceedings against Dr Usha Bansal and Dr Praveena Dhiman, both on deputation in the city, with the matter to be taken up with their parent state of Punjab.

With this, the Administrator also ordered a departmental action for medical negligence and slapping of show cause notices to Dr Paramjit Singh, Dr Ranjit Kaur, Dr Ashok Saini, Dr Neeraj Dhawan, Dr Dimple Dhaliwal Srivastava, Dr Jagrity Bahuguna Trigathia and Dr Parveena Dhiman for not attending to the newborn babies in the labour personally.



NCC cadets thrash two Amritsar lads
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
A minor altercation snowballed into a major fight between two groups on the final day of an NCC camp at Gur Sagar Gurdwara here last night.The incident, which left two students of DAV College, Amritsar, Shammi and S Joshi, with grave injuries, occurred at around 2 am in the basement of the gurdwara, where the cadets were staying.

Ignoring the grievous nature of the injuries inflicted to the victims, the police action only restricted to the preventive measures which resulted in the arrest of three local cadets - Gopal Singh, Lavkesh and Saurabh - for apprehension of breach of peace. Shammi, who sustained several bruises and cuts on his face and other parts of the body, was unable to speak while Joshi received injuries on his hand.

The camp CO, GM Singh, termed both the injured as ‘intruders’ claiming that they were not part of the camp and had trespassed in their valedictory function last night.

While talking to TNS, Singh said they came to cheer up the Punjab cadets during the inter-state naval NCC competition last night. “They received injuries when they were driven out of the function by a group of cadets,” he claimed.

On the other hand, one of the participants of the camp, who is also a student of DAV College, Amritsar, said the cadets from Punjab were attacked by a group of 25 youngsters armed with rods, bricks and sticks at around 2 am. “The attackers included some outsiders and the cadets from Chandigarh had called their friends following a minor tiff during the competition,” he said.

The injured were taken to the GMSH, Sector 16, immediately. Both the boys were discharged today morning.

Meanwhile, the police has arrested three cadets - Gopal Singh, Lavkesh and Saurabh - under preventive measures. Two of them are the students of Government College, Sector 11. They were produced before the SDM and were released on bail.



Termination of Kings XI Punjab
Clueless protesters make noise
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The ongoing protest against the BCCI for terminating Kings XI Punjab team from IPL was a mere farce. Most protesters didn’t even know whom they were supporting. The “so-called” fans of the local team were holding a mere “fun-filled” protest at GGDSD College, Sector 32, here this afternoon.

Interestingly, most fans were ignorant about the details of their “favourite” team and didn’t even know the reason behind its termination.

Some of the fans didn’t even know the name of Kings XI’s skipper. Amit Bhatia, main organiser of the ongoing protests, said Kings XI officials helped us financially during our university’s event. “Now it’s our turn to support the team,” he added.

Sukriti, a BBA student, who was carrying Kings XI flag during the protest said: “We are backing the team.” When asked about the names of the members of the team, Sukriti could tell only one name Yuvraj Singh.

“He (Yuvraj) is the skipper of our team,” she said when she was asked about the captain’s name.

Another protester Savita said “underperformance” was the reason behind the termination of Preity Zinta’s team. “The team was not playing up to mark. That’s why it was shown the door,” said Savita.

When asked who showed the doors to the team, she answered, “Just leave it sir, I don’t know. We are just enjoying here.”



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