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Cop pays for sloppy probe
Additional SHO investigating gangrape case suspended
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 5
City Superintendent of Police (SP) Maneesh Chaudhary today suspended assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Mahmood Khan, Additional SHO of the Sector-14 police station for not doing a fair investigation in a gangrape case registered against three persons.

The SP also marked a departmental inquiry against Khan and posted him to the police lines. This was the fourth instance in the past month alone when an investigation officer of the Panchkula police has either been suspended or issued a show-cause notice by the Panchkula SP.

On June 8, the Panchkula police registered an FIR under rape and kidnapping charges against Ajay Arya, a resident of Sector 21, Chandigarh; Amarinder Singh, a resident of Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula; and Kuldeep Singh under Sections 366 (kidnapping), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. The accused had allegedly gangraped a Sector-20 resident, running a travel agency at Panchkula.

Sources said senior officials learnt that Khan was not conducting a fair probe, following which an inquiry was marked against him. A subsequent inquiry report submitted to the SP stated that Khan had committed many lapses in the case.

The sources said Khan had not recorded the statements of private witnesses under Section 161 of the CrPC. He also did not inspect the car in which the accused had kidnapped the victim. He also did not impound the Maruti Swift car, which was used by accused in the crime.

The report also mentioned that Khan had not bothered to visit the petrol station from where the accused had kidnapped the victim. The victim, in her statement, had stated that the number of the house where the accused had gangraped her was 2500, but did not recall the sector. Khan never inspected the house of Arya, residing in house number 2500 at Sector 50 of Chandigarh.

The sources said after the registration of the FIR, senior officials informed Khan that their cyber cell had got Arya’s call details and had collected the same from the cyber cell. But yet, he did not acted swiftly and collected the call details only after a gap of three or four days.

The victim, in her statement, had also stated that after her car broke down at Sector 14, the accused approached her and offered her a lift in their car. The victim had alleged that when she refused their help, they pushed her in their car forcibly and later gangraped her.

Dereliction of duty by cops in June

June 8: Sector-16 police post in charge Shish Pal suspended for not handling a case properly

June 9: Sector-6 police post in charge issued a show-cause notice for not acting in a case despite orders from the Panchkula SP

June 11: Sub-inspector Sushil Kumar suspended after vehicle-lifter Amit Kaushal fled from his custody



Man gets life term for murder
Killed daughter’s mother-in-law
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Additional District and Sessions Judge Preeti Sahni today awarded life imprisonment to a Mohali resident for killing his daughter’s mother-in-law. The court also directed the accused to pay Rs 10,000 in fine.

The accused, Ved Prakash, had stabbed his daughter’s mother-in-law as he was upset with the alleged harassment meted out to his daughter. The case dates back to April, 2010.

According to the prosecution, the incident occurred around 11.30 pm on April 7, when 52-year-old Ved Prakash, a resident of Phase-II, Mohali, stabbed 55-year-old Nirmala Devi Babbar at her residence in Sector 55, Chandigarh.

Prakash’s daughter had come to her parent’s house on April 4 following an altercation with her mother-in-law and husband Ravi Babbar.

Seeing his daughter at home, Prakash got infuriated and went to the residence of Ravi and asked him to mend his ways.

The police said during the argumentation between Prakash and Ravi, Nirmala Devi came out and Prakash, who had carried a knife with him, stabbed her.

Hearing the screams, some neighbours called the police. Nirmala Devi was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where doctors declared her brought dead.

People who had assembled outside the house prevented Prakash from escaping. He was later arrested from the crime scene. A case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC was registered at the police station-39.

The police said Ravi was married to Amrita in 2006 and the couple had a son. Their relations had soured as Ravi was a class-XII passout and Amrita a graduate.



BTech student killed after clash
Fight over missing mattresses
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, July 5
A 19-year-old BTech first-year student of the Surya World Institute, near here, was killed this morning after a scuffle between two groups at the hostel. The students were fighting over “stolen” mattresses.

According to the police, some hostel inmates from Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar entered into a blame game over the missing mattresses the previous night. They fought with bricks, sticks and iron material. The fight continued till this morning.

SP Manmohan Sharma, who reached the spot, said mattress of some students from Himachal Pradesh went missing and they suspected that somebody from Bihar might have stolen those. He added that one of the students from Bihar overheard them. He further said both parties were infuriated and heated arguments ensued.

He said the deceased was identified as 19-year-old Himanshu of Jogindernagar, Himachal Pradesh. He said the college authorities did not inform the police the previous night, when the students were fighting.

Hostel security in charge Jarnail Singh said there were around 100 students in the hostel and they used to fight over petty issues, but had always been pacified by the college authorities or securitymen.

“Both parties were pacified after the scuffle. The injured were given first-aid and one of them was sent to hospital,” he said.

Parveen Ahluwalia, a lecturer at the college, said parents of one of the injured arrived this morning and were shown the spot.

While the boys were showing broken windowpanes and pieces of bricks and sticks near the hostel premises, one of the boys from the opposite group threw a brick from the hostel, which had five floors. The brick hit Himanshu’s head. He was rushed to the PGI in Chandigarh, where he was declared dead.

The injured were identified as Aquib of Jammu and Kashmir and Nikhil of Himachal Pradesh. The police said the injured were admitted to a hospital around 3 am, but the college authorities did not bother to inform the police.

Some boys were rounded up by the police in this regard and they were being questioned over the incident.

The police were yet to lodge an FIR in this regard as statements of the parents, the boys and the college authorities were being recorded till the filing of this report.

Himanshu’s father Inder Singh Madyal reached the institute today. A Himachal Pradesh Police official, he was currently serving as inspector at Kangra. Himanshu was the only son of his parents.



PCA orders suspension of inspector, 2 SIs
Nabbed complainant, not accused despite denial of anticipatory bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Coming down heavily on inspector Udey Pal Singh, who was reinstated on June 23 after remaining suspended for five months for negligence in the Khushpreet case, wherein the five-year-old boy was kidnapped and later killed, the Police Complaint Authority (PCA) today ordered the suspension of the inspector, along with two sub-inspectors (SIs), for gross abuse of power as they failed to arrest an accused in a case even three years after the registration of the FIR.

“The gross abuse of power and the exceptional arbitrariness displayed by the police officials, inspector Udey Pal Singh and SIs Swaran Singh and Shadi Lal, require exemplary disciplinary action against them. It is ordered that they be placed under suspension and departmental proceedings be initiated against them,” stated the order.

Announcing the order today, the PCA stated, “It is one of the rare cases where the bail plea of a person is declined by three courts, including the apex court and still, the police does not want to arrest the man. It is also a rare case, where the police has so conveniently and contemptuously treated and ignored the orders of the high court and the Supreme Court, dismissing the bail plea of the accused.”

The case related to the complaint by Kanwarjeet Singh, who spent 73 days in judicial custody while his name was never mentioned in the FIR. On the other hand, the three accused named in the FIR were never arrested for three years despite the fact that their anticipatory bail pleas were rejected by court.

Kanwarjeet Singh, who was president of the Nirwana Cooperative House Building Society at Sector 49, had alleged in his complaint to the police that he was forcibly made to sign the new allotment letters by a few persons in a meeting of members of the society. He was gheraoed, forced and threatened to sign seven illegal allotment letters in 2007.

After Kanwarjeet complained to the police, six persons who had obtained unauthorised allotment letters returned the allotment. A seventh person, identified as Mohinder Singh Sangwan, refused to do so and illegally took possession of the apartment of a New Zealand-based NRI named Rajesh Goyal.

During a visit to India in 2009, Goyal noticed that his flat had been unlawfully occupied by Sangwan, who was actually the holder of GPA of another allottee in the society, identified as Amrik Singh Garcha.

Kanwarjeet Singh, along with Goyal, had complained to the Chandigarh Police. After no action was taken, they moved court, which directed the police to register an FIR.

As per the complaint, there were three persons named in the FIR. These were Amrik Singh and Mohinder Singh and his wife Suman. The police had, however, arrested Kanwarjeet Singh, who was actually the complainant.

Mohinder Singh’s plea for anticipatory bail was rejected by court. Yet, the police failed to arrest the accused even after three years.

Demanding the arrest of the persons named in the FIR and accusing the police of arresting the wrong person, Kanwarjeet had then moved the PCA.

“The police is shockingly sitting over the complaint without taking notice of the allegations made therein,” stated the PCA’s order.

Not first blot on Udey Pal Singh’s uniform

On May 20, the PCA ordered the suspension of inspector Udey Pal in a separate case, wherein he was found guilty of detaining three persons, including a father-son duo, behind bars by ‘misusing his power’

Only past week, a departmental inquiry conducted by DSP Kulwant Singh Pannu found inspector Udey Pal negligently handling the Khushpreet kidnapping-for-ransom case

In January, a preliminary inquiry to look into lapses in the Khushpreet case had found the inspector guilty



Keep estate office files within: DC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
UT Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh today issued an advisory to Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) Rahul Gupta over completing file work of the estate office outside the premises.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Brijendra Singh said Gupta was advised to avoid taking estate office files to other offices of his.

“The estate office is the premier institute and the stakes are high here. It is prudent to complete its work on the premises. This is the advisory,” said the Deputy Commissioner.

“This is just advice. I understand the problem of the officer having multiple charge. Issues related to the estate office are a bit different and sensitive”, he said.

Gupta used to take files to his office at the Sukhna Lake Sports Club, as he also held charge of director sports and had his office there. A report in this regard was published in these columns on July 4.

Gupta, who also held charge as AIG (prisons)-cum-superintendent jails, director science and technology and controller of printer and stationery, had justified his “arrangement”, saying he was able to clear the backlog without being disturbed at the office in the club.


Tricity scan

CBC meeting: A meeting of the Chandigarh Business Council, an apex body of traders, was held under the presidentship of Jagdish Arora on Tuesday, to discuss a few ongoing problems. The meeting was attended by senior trader leaders Neeraj Bajaj, Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, Subhash Sethi, Sat Paul Garg, Baldev Goyal, LC Arora, Baldev Aggarwal, JPS Kalra, Kamal Gupta, BM Kohli, Gurdial Bhasin, Arun Talwar, Sukhpal Singh, Arun Malhotra and Ajay Gupta. The members had a detailed discussion on the issue of the Rent Act which was under the consideration for amendment through the Government of India by the Chandigarh administration. It was desired that the Model/Balance Rent Act should be enforced in the country. A separate representation shall be submitted to the UT Administrator as well as Pawan Kumar Bansal, Member Parliament and Cabinet Minister.

Interaction with IAS probationers: Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today interacted with IAS probationers Durga Sakthi Nagpal, Kumar Amit and Ghanshyam Thori of 2010-2012 batch who called on him at Punjab Raj Bhawan.

New GMCH timings: From July 11 onwards, the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32, will function from 9 am to 5 pm to 5 pm and OPD registration will be done from 8 am to 11 am.

New LPU VC: Hydrologist Dr Rameshwar S Kanwar has joined as the Vice-Chancellor of Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar.


Blood donation camp: As many as 131 units of blood was donated at a blood donation camp organised by Baba Shekh Farid Blood Donors Council, Mohali, in collaboration with the Punjab animal husbandry department at bridge market in Sector 17 here. Arjun Singh Kansal, in charge of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from Kharar assembly segment, was the chief guest on the occasion. A couple, Jaswant Kaur and Balwant Singh, donated blood for the 69 th time.

SAD criticised over claims: Balbir Singh Sidhu, MLA, Kharar constituency, in a statement criticised the statements of the Akali-BJP government for taking credit for the development works being done with the assistance of the Central government. The state government was bankrupt and was not in a position to spend even a single penny on the development work.

Minister visits dumping site: Food and Supplies Minister Adesh Partap Dingh Kairon today visited the dumping ground in Industrial Area, Phase VIII, here after the industrialist of the area complained to him about the illegal dumping of the city’s garbage at their doorstep. Chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) Kahan Singh and Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam were also present on the occasion. President of the Industrial and Commerce Association, Industrial Area, Phase VIII, Nikhil Saraf, who was also present on the occasion, briefed the minister about the poor condition of roads. The Deputy Commissioner informed the minister that two sites had been identified in Nimbuan and Samgoli. — TNS 



CITCO’s gift to staff: Torn, oversized uniforms
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The questionable quality of uniform for 1,200 staff members of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), which were recently procured from a Noida-based company at a cost of Rs 32 lakh, have turned out to be either tight, oversized or varying in colour shade.

CITCO employees have already filed over 175 complaints regarding the coarse cloth, torn pockets and fading of colour of the uniforms.

Besides, the other common complaint regarding the uniforms for which the measurement of every employee was taken in November 2010, are either tight, oversized or varying in colour shade.

The contract to the company was awarded on August 31 last year through e-tendering and the company has begun supplying the summer uniform just two months ago.

“Many employees are yet to get their uniforms but the pockets of my uniform which I got just last month are already torn,” said a waiter in Hotel Mountview.

Showing the faded colour of his trouser, a security guard at the hotel, said, “Can you believe I have washed it just once. Who can say that this is a new uniform?”

While another employee said that the zips, used in trousers are very small in size. “These small sized zips are being used for the pants of children. I think the contractor has to be told that large-sized zips are available in the market,” he quipped.

Most of the employees of the corporation have similar stories to tell about their uniform.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, CITCO Workers Union president Kashmir Chand said that the issue was brought to the notice of the UT Advisor recently.

“We came to know that the contractor is not a full-fledged tailor and draper, but manufactures ties and belts. The authorities have spent lakhs of rupees to hire him even without checking his credentials,” alleged Kashmir Chand. The CITCO has 1,200 employees and from sweeper to General Managers, all have to wear uniforms. Each employee gets five sets of uniforms. 

‘We will look into the complaints’

I am well aware of the issue.We have constituted committees, comprising three senior officials in each hotel to hear the complaints of each and every employee. We have not made any payment to the company so far and if we find faults in their work or material, action will be taken for sure ~

DK Tiwari, Managing Director, CITCO. 



Setback for Panchkula police as witnesses turn hostile
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, July 5
The Panchkula police received double setback when the Kalka gangrape victim failed to identify the fourth accused

and the three ‘key witnesses’ turned hostile during the trial.

The police recently nabbed the fourth accused, Sushil Kumar alias Diwan, and his trial was running separately. During the trial, the three key witnesses Nand Lal, Sunil Goyal and Kaka Ram, had turned hostile and did not identify the accused.

Eyewitness Nandlal, who is a resident of Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh, informed the court that he was passing by when he saw the accused were trying to rape the victim in a forest area in Dharampur. He further informed the court that the three accused under the influence of liquor started beating him up and even hit him on his forehead with a bottle when he tried to stop them from committing the heinous crime.

He further said that after hitting him with a bottle, the accused tried to kill him by pushing him in a deep gorge there. He added that he fell on the railway track and also received injuries. But when the defensc counsel asked him to identify Sunil Kumar, he failed to identify him.

Similarly, another eyewitness Sunil Goyal failed to identify the accused. Sunil was there in Dharampur when the car in which the accused had kidnapped and raped the victim, met with an accident. Third witness Kaka Ram also failed to identify the accused.

Notably the court had already awarded 10 years imprisonment to the three accused, Vikram Chaudhary, Madan Yadav and Sumit, all residents of Uttar Pradesh, in this case.

On the night of January 9, 2010, the accused allegedly kidnapped a girl, few meters away from the Kalka police post. They allegedly gangraped her in their car. The police spotted the car when it was crossing the Parwanoo barrier. Accompanied by a team of Himachal police, the Panchkula police finally nabbed the accused when their car met with an accident near Dharampur.


January 9, 2010: Victim was kidnapped and raped. Cops rescued victim and arrested three accused from Dharampur.

April 29, 2010: Court framed gangrape and kidnapping charges.

July 1, 2010: Victim identified three accused in courtroom.

January 25, 2011: Fourth accused Sushil Kumar arrested.

March 8, 2011: Court awarded 10 years imprisonment to three accused.



PGI officials under fire for absolving doctor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The PGI authorities have come under fire from the family of 55-year-old Ghinder Singh for having given a clean chit to the doctor who had treated the patient on June 27 when he got burnt on a stretcher while being revived by giving him electric shocks. Claiming the report to be lopsided, the family has maintained that the authorities conducted the probe without even recording their statement.

While the PGI authorities claimed that the family, when contacted, had refused to take the matter further, patient’s son Inderpal Singh, said: “We did get a call from them and were asked to reach the hospital within two hours. As we were busy performing the last rites of my father, we informed the authorities that we would come and meet them after the bhog ceremony, which was scheduled on July 3. However, they declared the doctor innocent even without hearing our side of the story. What was the urgency in taking the decision?” In the report submitted to the PGI Director yesterday, the committee headed by Prof RK Sharma, head, department of plastic surgery, termed the incident as rare and unfortunate.



Man falls into manhole, injured
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 5
An employee of PSCPL had a narrow escape when he fell into an open manhole of water supply in Balaji Enclave, located on the Zirakpur-Patiala road here last late night. He has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment.

According to sources, Kashmira Singh, a junior engineer posted in Zirakpur, was returning from Balajit Enclave after duty hours. When he reached near Badal colony, he fell into a manhole along with his motorcycle. He sustained fracture in his leg. The sources said the incident occurred as the streetlights were non-functional.

Mahesh Chawla, SDO, Punjab Sewerage and Water Supply, said that the matter was brought to his knowledge. He said he would inspect the area tomorrow and action would be taken after a proper inquiry. 



Panel formed to hold entrance test for IITs 
Saurabh Malik/TNS

Chandigarh, July 5
A committee has been constituted for conducting a common entrance test (CET) for engineering in the country, “as per the decision of the council for IITs”. A core committee, comprising Vice-Chancellors of the central universities, has also recommended common entrance examination for admission to the graduate courses in these institutions.

The assertions came on a petition filed in public interest on the submission of forms for admission to different management institutes by Abhineet Taneja. He has contended that the date is fixed by the institutes well before the declaration of the results of the CAT/MAT. Consequently, many of the candidates not qualifying are not refunded the fee.

As the petition came up for hearing, an affidavit filed by under secretary in the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development RK Maheshwari was placed before the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice AK Mittal. The affidavit read: “As per the decision of the council for the IITs, a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of secretary of the Department of Science and Technology Dr T Ramasami to conduct a common entrance examination for engineering. The final report of the committee is likely to be received by September 2011”.

The affidavit added: “The core committee of the Vice-Chancellors of the central universities has recommended CET for admission in the graduate courses of the central universities. A task force has been constituted to workout the modalities for the implementation of the recommendations of the committee. The recommendations of the task force are awaited.” Maheshwari also asserted that the All-India Council for Technical Education has asked the state governments “to hold the CET for respective states for the post graduate diploma course in management (PGDM)”.

“In addition, the AICTE has allowed five national level tests for entry to management courses CAT, XAT, MAT, ATMA and JMET.” It was added that the AICTE has also constituted a board to develop a model course for the PGDM. In fact, the board is in the final process of developing the model syllabus, which is expected by mid-July. The AICTE on the previous date of hearing had suggested that the last date for submission of the application forms should be March 31 and after the declaration of the CAT/MAT results.



PU runs out of MBA forms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
With the forms running out of stock at the post office located in Panjab University, applicants for masters in business administration (MBA) today faced a harrowing time.

The postal staff today sent the applicants to the University School of Open Learning (USOL) after lunch saying that they had run out of prospectus and the department needed to be contacted. However, when the applicants approached the employee deputed at the enquiry counter in USOL, he said the post office staff should get prospectus from store.

“It is for the university to coordinate if there is any problem, why are students being made to run from pillar to post,” said an applicant outside the post office. 

Parents submit representation

y Parents today gave a representation to the BCom admission counsellor and PU Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, seeking a chance for those students, who had not filled in more than three college options in their admission forms.

Declaration of seats

The proforma to be filled in for the declaration of the seats by the colleges in Punjab, Chandigarh and Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana, is available on the website <http://bedadmissions.puchd.ac.in/> Panjab University has urged all colleges to fill in the forms and send those at bed2011@pu.ac.in by July 8, 2011, before 5 pm.



PU applicants unable to deposit fees online
System develops glitch during peak admission time
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
An online fee deposit system that has become virtually defunct has come as a big disappointment for applicants for Panjab University courses during the peak admission season on the campus. Each time a new user attempts to create an account to pay the fee online, an error occurs in the system and the security code, which is mandatory to complete the process, does not appear on screen.

Responding to this drawback, PU officials claimed there was a proposal to open up zero balance accounts of students at State of Bank of India to deposit fees online. However, this system would be valid only for existing students who are required to pay the fees for the next semester. For fresh applicants the only way to deposit fees is manually at the time of counselling or admission.

While senior PU officials were unaware of any glitches in the online fee deposit system, they said the process was being introduced in phases and it was currently available for existing students only and not for fresh applicants.

“The online fee deposit system that was earlier introduced is still working. However, we’ll get the system checked at the computer centre to ascertain whether there’s any problem in depositing fees. For such a system there is convergence of the university and SBI websites needed to deposit fees. So such problems do occur,” said PU finance & development officer Vikram Nayyar.

He added a move was already in the pipeline to make the process of depositing fees online smoother. “For existing students we’re making a provision for zero balance accounts in SBI. Students can open up an account without any hassle and pay their fees through that account in the PU account. This would be the first phase. However for fresh applicants we’re already planning an online system,” said Nayyar.

Incidentally, though the online fee deposit facility has been around for the past few years, there have been few takers. Blame it on the unwillingness of students to use the new procedure or lack of awareness about the existence of such a system, but with hitches being faced this year the facility is not available even for those who wish to avail of it.

“There is a provision to book movie tickets and to do shopping online and people are now buying even wedding materials on the web, but it’s surprising Panjab University has no system in place for new applicants to deposit fees online. Admissions for almost all master’s courses have begun and still there is no option but to carry cash along and pay fees after standing in long lines,” said Sheetal Verma, an applicant who was seen buying a prospectus on the campus on Tuesday.



6,000 prospectuses downloaded this year
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The idea of providing online prospectus for government colleges seems to have taken the UT department of higher education by surprise as around 6,000 prospectuses were downloaded this year.

The department, which had for the first time introduced such a facility, was expecting that only a few students would download and submit the forms online, but such a huge response has surely left the officials rejoiced.

“Whenever an option is given to either register or get admitted online, it takes a few years for people to get such a huge response. We were expecting that a maximum of 1,000 students would probably opt for it, but having 6,000 such applications is surely the first concrete step towards making our education or admission system hassle free and tech savvy,” said Ajoy Sharma, Director, Higher Education.

The department is now mulling over going for online admission from next year.

“ The department wants to make admission process a queue free affair. We have set a long time goal of going for online counselling and admissions as being done in many engineering colleges. This was the first step towards it and the response suggests we may start online admissions from the next year itself,” added Ajoy Sharma.



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