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DAV-10 row
No HC relief for Josan
Tells college to decide in 2 months, admn to pay Rs 20,000
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Dubbing as unfortunate the Sector-10 DAV College controversy, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today refused to grant relief to under-suspension principal Balbir Chand Josan.

However, it directed the completion of departmental proceedings against him within two months. The UT administration, too, was asked to pay costs of Rs 20,000.

Josan had initially moved the high court after a resolution, dated May 19, 2010, was passed by the governing body ordering his transfer.

During the pendency of the writ petition, the governing body, on September 14, 2010, passed another resolution, placing his services under suspension as disciplinary proceedings were contemplated against him.

After the order, dated September 15, was served upon Josan, he moved an application before Panjab University Registrar, who stayed the operation of the order till further orders on September 16. But the very next day, the Registrar kept the order in abeyance, compelling Josan to move the high court again.

Justice Augustine George Masih asserted that the order dated September 16, passed by the Registrar, was not in accordance with the regulation.

“He was required to wait for the mandatory period of one week for the governing body to send the order of suspension, along with the charge sheet, to him.

“There is nothing on the record to suggest that there was any direction of the Vice-Chancellor, the Syndicate or the Senate in this regard and, therefore, the order dated September 17 cannot be said to be in accordance with the law.

“The order of the Registrar dated September 16 is also not in accordance with the law and, therefore, cannot withstand the scrutiny of the court.”

Justice Masih added, “The order dated September 17, passed by the Registrar, is hereby set aside. However, no relief is granted to the petitioner in this writ petition on the ground that the earlier order dated September 16, passed by the Registrar, is also not in accordance with the law.

“In the light of the fact that now the order of suspension and the charge sheet have been conveyed to the Registrar, and are in his knowledge, it will be open to him to pass appropriate orders in accordance with the law. It shall also be open to Josan to move a fresh application to the Registrar, if so advised, to claim relief.”

Allowing the petition by the college governing body, Justice Masih also quashed the impugned order dated September 20.

On that day, the Registrar (Education) (C) for the UT Education Secretary informed the governing body general secretary that the decision dated September 15 was invalid.

The costs of Rs 20,000 imposed on the administration would have to be deposited with the Legal Services Authority within four weeks.

Justice Masih concluded, “It is rather unfortunate as to what has happened in DAV College, Sector 10, an educational institution of high repute in Chandigarh.

“No one will dispute that this has harmed its image and reputation, and the studies and interests of students have suffered immensely because of this tussle. “The charge sheet was issued to Josan on September 18. The consequential proceedings are pending, which need to be finalised at the earliest so that the mist of uncertainty is cleared. This will not only be in the interests of the parties, but also the institution.

“Accordingly, a direction is issued to the parties concerned to finalise departmental proceedings initiated against Josan within a period of two months from today so that education and students are not made to suffer any more because of the friction between the management, its employee and others.”



Vehicle thieves’ gang in police net
Nine arrested; 51 snatched, stolen cars recovered
Tribune News Service
Members of the gang being taken to the district courts (top); and a policeman walks past the recovered vehicles at Mohali on Thursday
Members of the gang being taken to the district courts (top); and a policeman walks past the recovered vehicles at Mohali on Thursday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, July 14
In perhaps one of the biggest recoveries in Punjab, the Mohali police today displayed 51 cars, including many luxury vehicles, that had been sold to gullible customers after being lifted or snatched at gunpoint or stolen from different parts of the country by members of a notorious gang of inter-state criminals in the past four years.

Briefing mediapersons, Punjab DGP PS Gill said on the basis of a strategy adopted by the CIA wing of the Mohali police, nine members of the gang had been arrested. The value of the vehicles recovered was assessed to be Rs 4 crore.

Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said an interesting and new aspect in the case was that apart from criminals involved in lifting and snatching of vehicles, persons in the age group of 25 to 36 years, some belonging to educated families from Chandigarh and Mohali, were doing roaring business by selling vehicles on the basis of forged registration documents to keen customers on profit.

“The need for money to maintain a lavish lifestyle attracted them to the business,” he said. A printer, a laptop and a scanner being used for the purpose had also been recovered.

The modus operandi of the gang was to affix engine and chassis numbers of total-loss vehicles, lying with insurance companies, on stolen vehicles and to sell those in connivance with district transport officers in different states.

Most of the vehicles had been stolen from Sunam, Patiala, Karnal, Delhi, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad and parts of Karnataka.

Investigations by the police revealed that the gang had met in Tihar jail and some of the co-accused were still lodged in Delhi and Rohini jails.

Prabhasharan, Gurmail Singh, Bhushan Kumar, Harinder Singh, Rajwinder Singh, Chetan Bakshi, Vijay Parshad, Ritiz and Sarabjit Singh, who were arrested, had been booked under Sections 379, 411, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B in different cases registered at the Zirakpur, Matour and Kharar police stations.

Two of them, Vijay and Ritiz, and Manoj, who was absconding, were involved in several criminal cases registered in Delhi.

The SSP said investigations had revealed that they used to procure documents of total-loss vehicles from insurance companies and get engine and chassis numbers punched on stolen vehicles from Uttar Pradesh.

The police in Patiala and Delhi had already arrested some members of the gang. Their kingpin Manoj, who had escaped from the custody of the Delhi Police, was facing around 100 cases of vehicle theft and snatching.

Profile of the accused

Prabhasharan, alias Sonu (32), a resident of Mundi Kharar, Kharar, is a final-year law drop-out from Panjab University. Several cases of vehicle theft have been registered against him at Nawanshahr and Delhi.

Gurmail Singh (35), a resident of Sector 46, is a 10+2 pass-out and lived in a rented flat. He was known among friends for enjoying a lavish lifestyle.

Bhushan Kumar (36), a resident of Sangrur, is a matriculate and pretended to be running a water-filter business to cover his clandestine activities.

Harinder Singh (32), a resident of Darshan Vihar, Sector 68, Mohali, is a graduate. He was often seen moving around in luxury cars and pretended to be a property dealer.

Rajwinder Singh, alias Romy (32), a resident of Sector 39, is a graduate. His mother works with the Punjab Police and wife works as lecturer at a private college.

Chetan Bakshi (36), a resident of Yamunanagar, Haryana, is proclaimed offender and has several cases of vehicle theft registered against him. He used to buy total-loss vehicles from insurance companies and used their engine and chassis numbers for stolen vehicles.

Vijay Parshad (30) and Ritiz (28), residents of Delhi, have eight cases of robbery and car snatching registered against them.

Sarabjit Singh, alias Kala (35), is a drug addict and car lifting was his business.



Gymkhana Club manager sacked
Was arrested with aide in corruption case on July 7
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 14
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) passed orders regarding termination of services of the Gymkhana Club manager SK Kaushal here today.

He had recently been arrested by Haryana vigilance sleuths in connection with a graft case. HUDA also formed a committee to conduct a fact-finding inquiry into the episode.

HUDA Administrator Rajender Kataria said after a discussion with Chief Administrator DPS Nagal, they decided on the action. He added that they had initiated the process of appointing a new club manager. The Haryana vigilance team arrested Kaushal and his aide Virender from the club at Sector 6 here on July 7. Kaushal was allegedly demanding bribe from swimming pool contractor Harjit Singh.

Vigilance officials had maintained that Kaushal was threatening Harjit that he would issue a notice to him for a few faults in the pool.

Kaushal had threatened Harjit a number of times. Finally, Kaushal had told Harjit that he would not be issued a notice if he paid Rs 20,000.

Harjit had filed a complaint with the vigilance office. Thereafter, they laid a trap. After collecting money from Harjit, Kaushal gave it to Virender. Vigilance sleuths nabbed them both. Also, a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against them. Later, Virender had filed a bail application in a Panchkula court.



Businessman defrauded through Internet
Lost Rs 17.3 lakh following online advertisement; cyber crime cell receives first complaint
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The cyber crime cell of the Chandigarh Police has recorded the first incident of business fraud using the Internet, in which a local businessman allegedly lost Rs 17.3 lakh to a fraud proposal received in response to his online advertisement for expansion of business. The cyber crime cell forwarded the complaint for legal opinion.

The fraudsters had responded to an advertisement of VK Malhotra’s company, pertaining to the expansion of his business in quartz stone used in watches.

The victim, based in Industrial Area, Phase I, ended up paying Rs 17.3 lakh for the purchase of 4 kg of quartz stone, which turned out to be galena, another stone which cost around Rs 4,000.

Inspector Neeraj Sarna, in charge, cyber crime cell, said the deal featured a London-based firm, the owner of which offered the complainant a partnership to earn profit through the Internet.

“He gave the complainant the number of a dealer in Mumbai, following which the matter was referred to a Belgium-based expert, who was supposed to purchase the quartz and complete the deal. The deal went on fine till Malhotra paid the money and discovered that the dealers in all quarters were, in fact, part of an international gang, who duped him in a well-executed plan,” he said. He added that there were at least six accused in the case, as per the complaint.

Malhotra had pasted the advertisement for the expansion of business on the website tradeindia.com. He got a response from a certain David Osburn, who posed himself as a business consultant based in London.

David disclosed that there was a multi-national wrist-watch and jewellery manufacturing company based in Belgium and its directors desired to visit India to buy raw material.

David sent him a proposal to become a 50 per cent partner for purchasing raw material (quartz stone) from his dealers, Malhotra Enterprises in Mumbai, for further selling the same to the Belgium-based company on higher rates and earn profit.

Malhotra accepted the proposal and visited Mumbai in March this year. As per the commitment, the material was to be given in Mumbai after inspection of 300 grams of quartz stone as sample and the supply was to be given after that.

He met David’s assistant in Mumbai, who verified the sample, which he had purchased for Rs 2.31 lakh from the Mumbai-based dealer.

A representative of the Belgium-based company, Charles William, also met him. He approved the sample and demanded further supply. As per the agreement, half of the purchase amount was to be arranged by David and half by the complainant. Accordingly, Malhotra transferred Rs 15 lakh in an SBI account in favour of Malhotra Enterprises.

The next day, the complainant received the delivery of 4 kg of quartz stone. He got it checked from the purchase officer of the Belgium-based company, who confirmed that it was genuine.

However, when he contacted the company representatives of David for completing the deal, he was kept waiting on one pretext or the other and the deal was never finalised.

On making enquiries from the bank, he realised that David never deposited the amount of Rs 15 lakh and the entire deal was a fraud.

He also got the material checked, but it was found to be galena and not quartz stone. He realised that he had been duped of Rs 17.3 lakh.



Man kills neighbour in fit of rage
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 14
A man murdered his 34-year-old neighbour in a fit of rage over trivial issue at Ambedkar Colony in Dhakoli here this morning.

After a minor altercation, the victim was pushed into a dry borewell. He sustained injuries on the head and face.

The deceased was identified as Lakhwinder Singh, alias Lucky, a resident of the colony. He was a driver of a private school bus.

A police official said the accused, Mohan Kumar, was arrested and a case under Section 304 of the IPC registered against him. He was an auto mechanic by profession.

The investigating officer said the incident occurred when Lakhwinder was bathing beside a tubewell in the fields and Mohan went there to fill a bottle.

Heated arguments ensued and Mohan allegedly pushed Lakhwinder into the borewell, which was around 40 feet deep. A scared Mohan immediately informed Lakhwinder’s parents and others

Lakhwinder’s family and Mohan tried to pull Lakhwinder out, but failed as it was dark and gaseous down there.

They used a ladder to pull him out, but he died by then due to the head injury. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. The accused would be produced in court tomorrow.


30 more challans for underage driving
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Continuing its drive to tighten the noose around underage drivers, the Chandigarh Traffic Police today issued 30 challans and impounded 24 vehicles being driven by minors.

The police would now press for the imprisonment of the registered owners of the vehicles in court, making use of Section 180 of the Motor Vehicle Act, which allowed imprisonment of the registered owner of a vehicle driven by a minor up to three months. A total of 40 minors were challaned yesterday.

In addition, the police issued 95 challans to youngsters for driving without helmet and triple riding. A number of school buses were challaned for violation of traffic rules. The police had laid barriers on roads leading to schools at Sectors 16, 23, 27, 44 and 46 and Mani Majra.

DSP (Traffic) Vijay Kumar said the drive against drunk driving and underage driving would continue in the coming days and the police would seek imprisonment of the registered owners of the vehicles from court. “The endeavour is to make roads safer as driving by minors poses a serious menace on roads,” he said.



Drowning Victim’s kin allege foul play
Poolside picture in mobile deepens mystery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Even as the police has dubbed the demise of two youths — Ajay Lohlta and Nitin Mokta — in a swimming pool in Sector 23 on June 16 natural death by drowning, Lohlta’s family has claimed foul play as his cell phone contained a picture taken near the swimming pool on the day of the tragedy.

Soon after the tragedy, Lohlta’s friends had claimed that he had left his mobile phone in his room before he went swimming.

Also, Lohlta and Mokta were wearing slippers when they went swimming, while a shoe was visible in the picture, adding to the mystery and perhaps hinting at the presence of a third person when the two drowned.

The bodies of 26-year-old Lohlta and 28-year-old Mokta were recovered by a joint team of Chandigarh police and fire brigade officials on June 16.

The development also contradicts the claims of the victims’ friends, Divesh and Nitin, who had told the police that Lohlta had left his mobile phone in the room before he drowned along with Mokta in the swimming pool.

Alleging foul play, Lohlta’s family members have now lodged a complaint with the police at a public window in the police headquarters, Sector 9. Lohlta, who was an employee with HDFC Bank, Sector 23, was staying in a rented accommodation in Sector 23, while Mokta, Nitin Chauhan, and Divesh had come from Shimla on a visit.

Wearing shoes, not slippers?

The victims — Ajay Lohlta and Nitin Mokta — were wearing slippers when they went swimming, but a picture of the victims taken at the poolside on the day of the tragedy shows one of them wearing a shoe, perhaps hinting at the presence of a third person when the two drowned.



MC sets deadline for pending works
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The municipal corporation has set the deadline for the completion of various pending works. A decision to this effect was taken at a ward committee meeting (ward Nos. 1 to 5), presided over by MC Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh with the area councillors and officials, here yesterday. They reviewed the status of the projects approved in their areas.

Of the five councillors, two — Anu Chatrath of ward No. 2 and Sheela Devi of ward No. 5 — did not attend the meeting.

They directed the road wing to complete all pending road widening works in the five wards by October 31.

Also, the departments concerned will install playing equipment in the green belts having the approval of the general house by the mid of next month.

The officials of the horticulture department were directed to complete their pending works in the next two months.

Taking up the action-taken report of the five wards, the councillors pointed out that the electricity committee had not convened a single meeting, resulting in delay in the installation of streetlights and shifting of electrical poles due to the widening of the road.

The Mayor instructed the officials to table all pending electrical works in the next finance and contracts committee meeting for approval.

The officials told the councillors that contractors had been unable to complete the work on widening roads, allotted to them last year, due to the shortage of raw material.



Chief Justice hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, was admitted to the PGI here today. PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said his condition was stable.

He is suffering from pancreatitis. He was admitted to the PGI with the ailment in April also.



Lawyer Chambers
73 yet to pay licence fee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
As many as 73 lawyers have not furnished the outstanding licence fee for chambers allotted to them in the district courts. The matter was brought to the notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here today. As many as 94 lawyers were initially defaulters in the case.

In an affidavit filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, UT Assistant Controller (F&A), Rents, Susheel Kumar Vaid added that they were facing hardship in recovering the licence fee of the lawyers’ chambers.

The High Court was told that continuous reminders had been sent by his office to the defaulting lawyers; and a last opportunity was granted to them on April 5, 2011, to make the payment of outstanding dues within 20 days from the issuance of the notice, failing which the department would initiate eviction proceedings against them. The list of defaulters had also been forwarded to the estate office to proceed in accordance with law.

The list of lawyers along with their chamber numbers and outstanding arrears as on March 31, 2011, in addition to interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum had also been sent to the department.

The defaulters owe Rs 41,69,265 as fee but are least bothered to pay the amount.



Mumbai Blasts
Police to sensitise people
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The UT police will hold meetings with residents’ welfare associations, owners of shopping malls, brokers, BPO owners, school representatives and the like to sensitise them about passing information regarding suspicious activities, abandoned vehicles, articles and other objects to the police at the nearest police station or on telephone No. 100.

UT Inspector General of Police PK Srivastava said the police could work more effectively if people were sensitised on the issue.

The decision to hold meetings and create awareness was taken in the wake of serial blasts in Mumbai yesterday. The police must be informed of any strangers who might have come to stay in the neighborhood and whose activities appeared suspicious, he said. Information given by residents regarding any suspicious persons and their activities would be kept confidential, he added. “The police has four explosive vapour detectors and are being used frequently for conducting checks in parked cars and crowded areas. Vigil has been stepped up,”he said.



Tricity scan

Saplings planted

To observe Van Mahotsav-2011 in a befitting manner, the department of forest and wildlife, Chandigarh Administration, organised Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Day here on Thursday. The ceremonial function was held at Snehayala in Maloya village. Adviser to the Administrator, KK Sharma was the chief guest. He planted sapling of Plumeria (champa). He inspected dormitories and kitchen of the centre. The ceremonial function and tree plantation activities were organised by the Sai Tara Ummat Foundation in collaboration with the department of forest and wildlife.

Ban on firearms

The DM, Chandigarh Administration, has passed an order prohibiting carrying of firearms, lathis and cameras within the radius of 300 meters of the District Court in Sector 17 in order to avoid any unpleasant incident. However, the order will not apply to the police or military or paramilitary personnel and other government servant if called upon to carry firearms and lathis in connection with their official duties. The order would also not be applicable on others, who are specially permitted by a written order for carrying weapon(s) after assessment of threat perception to the life or property.


The UT Administrator has appointed Jaswinder Kaur as chief executive official till Ritu Sharma joined her duties after availing the ex-India leave.

Mumbai blasts condemned

A meeting of Traders Association, Sector 17, Chandigarh, regarding recent serial Mumbai blasts was held on Anand Complex premises on Thursday under the presidentship of Kamaljit Singh Panchhi. Panchhi condemned the attacks and asked the government to order a massive probe to find leads into this terror strike. The traders also observed two-minute silence to pay their obeisance to the deceased and also prayed for early recovery of those wounded in the blasts.

Protest against road widening

The Resident Welfare Association, Sector 40-A, at a meeting held on Thursday showed resentment against widening of roads in the sector. It was decided to urge the area councillor to stop widening of V-6 roads, as residents were facing parking problems. It was also sought that inner roads of the sector be re-carpeted.

Applications for scholarships

Fair and Lovely Foundation has invited applications for scholarships instituted in the direction of offering girls financial support for pursuing higher education. Established in 2003, the foundation has sought applications from girls who have at least 60 per cent marks in Class XII. Applications can be downloaded from www.fairandlovely.in and the last date of submitting the applications is August 20.

Cable wires disconnected

Three cable operators of Sectors 24, 39 and Colony number 5 on Thursday met Municipal Corporation Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh to complain that the author ities have disconnected their wires faultily. Cable operators alleged that without monitoring defaulters before disconnecting wires, MC officials disconnected their connection even though they are depositing monthly rent to the authorities on time. The Mayor asked the officials to hold a meeting with the cable operators’ association president tomorrow and crosscheck the list of defaulters.

Book released

Municipal Corporation Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh on Thursday released a book “Census of India-2011” written by former professor HIPA, Dr SP Gupta. The writer has tried to analyse and present all statistical data on population, mainly for Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh UT in this book. All information was based on census of India 2011 provisional population totals. Dr Gupta said census of provisional population total released on March 31 brought many startling facts throwing challenges for us in economic, social and cultural profile of the country at a particular point of time. The main purpose of this exercise is to take into account the scenario of census 2011.

Sanitation campaign

A sanitation campaign was flagged off on Thursday at Ram Darbar Colony by a local leader of the colony. This drive was launched in addition to regular sanitation by deploying 20 additional safai karamcharies in small groups under the close supervision of senior inspectorate staff for getting public places and open spaces swept in order to maintain aesthetic look of the area. Mechanical road sweepers, dumper placers, tractor trolleys and cycle rickshaw carts were deployed for sweeping and lifting roadside waste, garbage containers, horticulture waste, etc. The area was sprayed by the pest control wing of the municipal corporation. The information, education and communication activities were done among public for bringing change in their behaviour as to management of solid waste. Stickers carrying message of cleanliness were pasted on walls for general awareness of public.

Bathh is chief engineer

The Punjab School Education Board has elevated its engineer Gurinder Pal Singh Bathh to the post of chief engineer at the approval of Punjab government. Bathh, who is one of the senior employees with a remarkable service record, has assumed the charge immediately. The board in its communiqué expressed gratitude to the government for awarding a high post of chief engineer to its employee.


A noted Mohali-based Punjabi poet, Dr Surinder Gill was honoured at the world Punjabi conference held at Calgiri Alberta, Canada, organised by the Calgiri Likhari Sabha. Dr Gill read out his poetry while addressing a session in the conference.

Vocational course

The Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions has ventured into vocational training and courses keeping in view the demands of industry and educational institutions. The Pioneer Educational Group of North India has started Sri Sukhmani Polytechnic College, Dera Bassi campus, for vocational courses in ECE, civil, EE, CSE and ME with the intake of 60 seats each. The polytechnic college is approved by the All-India Council of Technical Education, New Delhi, and affiliated to the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Chandigarh. They have granted 60 seats in each course for which admissions have already started.

De-addiction camp

Cheema Medical Complex, Mohali, is organising a one-day free de-addiction camp on its premises in Phase IV, Mohali, on July 16. A team of doctors comprises Dr Abhijit Rozatkar (neuro-psychiatrist and addiction specialist), Dr D Kapoor (medical specialist), resident medical officials and trained staff of nurses and counsellors. The services in the camp would include assessment, examination, consultation, brief counselling therapy (individual) and group therapy, which would be provided free of cost. Dr Ajaiwant Cheema, medical director, Cheema Medical Complex, said they had found that many patients and relatives felt cheated elsewhere for addiction treatment, hence it was decided to organise the free de-addiction camp.

Poor power supply

Gian Chand Gupta, state treasurer BJP, Haryana, slammed the state government for poor power supply in Panchkula. Gupta said six-eight hours of power cuts in Panchkula and 10-12 hours of power cuts in villages of Panchkula district and industries has made the life miserable. He added that poor power supply in Panchkula has exposed the tall claims of the state government and rather than making false claims, the government should made proper arrangements of regular power supply in Panchkula.

Arrangements for I-Day

Panchkula DC Ashima Brar directed officials concerned to make adequate arrangements for the successful organisation of state-level Independence Day celebrations on August 15. The DC was giving directions to the officials of various departments regarding arrangements of the Independence Day function at the mini secretariat here on Thursday. She said the Independence Day would be observed at Parade Ground, Sector 5, Panchkula.

Folk dances

In an impressive function organised by the Haryana Kala Parishad at Indradhanush Auditorium in Sector 5 on Thursday, public witnessed varied folk dances. Mood of rural folk in different seasons could be seen in myriad forms during the performance, which was appreciated by audience. — Tribune Reporters



Mess contractors want food rates to be revised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Citing increased prices of diesel and cooking gas a reason, Panjab University hostel mess contractors have written a letter to officials concerned.

According to the letter, the contractors have claimed that food rates should be revised, as the substantial increase in prices would leave them in a fix over maintaining the current quality and quantity of food.

“What can we do? The university, out of fear of student leaders, does not increase the prices and we have to face the brunt. The prices have hiked and it is virtually impossible to go on this way. The university should think about us also. How do we manage?” said a contractor.

University sources, however, claim that no such hike is on cards as yet.



Rape accused absconding

Mohali: In connection with the case of a married woman being allegedly raped by the president of the NRI Sabha in the Phase VII Industrial Area here yesterday, the police today conducted raids to nab the NRI. DSP (City-I) Raka Ghirra said the suspect was absconding.

A case under Section 376 of the IPC has been registered against Amarjit Singh Virk on the statement of the victim. Yesterday, the 32-year-old victim of Patiala had complained that she was called to Chandigarh by the suspect who had promised to return Rs 1.50 lakh to her, which she had given to him for sending her abroad.

They both had lunch in Sector 17 and later came to the Industrial Area, Mohali, where she was allegedly raped. The police was awaiting the medical report of the victim.



Saleem Iqbal weaves magic
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, July 14
Ghazal maestro Ustad Saleem Iqbal cast an impressive spell at ‘sham-e-ghazal’ organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in collaboration with the Pracheen Kala Kendra here yesterday.

He commenced the recital with the romantic ghazal ‘Dilon ki baat nigahon tak pahunchi’, before doling out ‘Dekh laila tera majnu ka’ and ‘Ishq mein kya kya’.

His versatile son Safdar Saleem presented ‘Kaikshan door jaa ki’ and ‘Loot ley jaye naa’ in his mellifluous voice.



Flood rescue training given to 30
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
A seven-day camp on ‘Flood rescue training’ comprising 30 volunteers from Patiala district concluded at Sukhna Lake here today.

The camp was organised as part of efforts to encourage the village youth to manage disaster and flood situations effectively. The camp was coordinated by Bhawna Garg, special secretary (revenue).



NPS-18 Incident
Education department to conduct inquiry today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Taking a suo moto notice of yesterday’s incident at New Public School (NPS-18), Sector 18, where a science teacher hurled a pencil at a Class VIII student hitting him in the eye, the UT education department will conduct a formal inquiry in the incident tomorrow.

While the school on its part has recorded the statement of the student, Umesh, who claims that it might be an accident, the school is yet to speak to the teacher to establish motive of the “throw”.

“The boy has no complaint against the teacher and feel it might be an accident, but we will still question the teacher. The boy’s guardians have been summoned,” said principal RD Singh.

Officials of the department, meanwhile, wish to inquire and ensure that the boy is not being pressurised.

“We will be visiting the school tomorrow just to ensure that the boy is fine and no corporal punishment has been administered. We will be speaking to the teacher as well and ensure that the student is not under any pressure to withdraw his complaint,” said a senior UT official.

The horrific incident occurred yesterday when Umesh was left with a bleeding eye when his science teacher, Sanjeev hurled a pencil at him for allegedly scribbling in his book.



Art College-10
Discipline committee finds student guilty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Rubbishing the claims of Narinder Jeet Singh, a student, who accused a sculpture teacher, Sumangal Roy of thrashing him, the discipline committee of Government College of Art, Sector 10, has instead held him guilty of attacking the teacher. Barring him from the campus till further orders, the college authorities have summoned his parents before the final decision.

Interestingly, while the discipline committee reviewed CCTV footage and recorded the statement of teacher, the student failed to appear before the committee. “We have gone through all evidences and it proves that the teacher was attacked by this student without any provocation,” said college principal DS Kapoor.



admission fee
ABVP stages protest

Chandigarh, July 14
High drama prevailed at the department of laws yesterday when members of ABVP staged a protest and tried to lock the department in favour of Jitesh Kumar Pandey, who was reportedly denied submission of fee, despite securing admission in the department.

According to protestors, Jitesh secured 126 rank in the entrance test and attended counselling recently, but his name was missing from the list of students required to submit the admission fee. “When I inquired, they claimed that I was not present at the time of counselling but when the attendance register was retrieved, it confirmed my presence,” said Pandey. — TNS



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