C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


monica’s death
Can't rule out murder, says Police
Victim's kin stage protest outside Sector 19 police station, say cops shielding accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
A day after arresting the in-laws and husband of Monica Goyal, a schoolteacher who died allegedly due to hanging, the police today said it could not rule out murder. Her in-laws and husband were arrested on a charge of abetment to suicide yesterday.

They were also booked for destruction of evidence. However, the police did not add any new section today even as Monica’s parents staged a protest outside the Sector 19 police station alleging that the police was shielding the accused.

The police maintained that it was exploring all angles. However, so far it had not found any evidence strong enough to add the section of murder against her in-laws and husband. The investigations were on and it was studying certain discrepancies.

Demanding the registration of a murder case against the in-laws of Monica Goyal, family members of the teacher protested outside the police station a day after the postmortem report of the teacher revealed that there were injury marks on her head and the stomach. The autopsy report of the victim had stated that the death was caused due to "asphyxia due to hanging".

Asserting that Monica was a strong woman and could not have committed suicide, Monica’s father Bhagwan Das alleged that her in-laws murdered her and the police had only arrested them in am abetment to suicide case. “She was brutally beaten up by her in-laws and then done to death. She was a strong woman and had she faced any problem, she would have definitely called us for help. There are numerous contradictions in the statements given by her in-laws," said Bhagwan Das.

"Despite having three cars parked at their residence, the in-laws waited for a private ambulance for over an hour. It is a clear case of murder and my sister was being harassed for the past many years,” said Monica’s brother Amit Jindal.

The police, however, said the injury marks on her body were blood clots suggesting she used to be beaten up. On the contrary, Vikas Goyal, Monica’s husband, has told the police that Monica used to bang her head against a wall after fighting with him, which was the cause of the blood clots. “We are exploring all angles. The in-laws have been booked in a case of abetment to suicide and if we get any evidence leading to the conclusion that Monica was murdered, we will add the section of murder in the case. Our investigations are on,” said DSP (East) Vijay Kumar.

The police had arrested Monica’s father-in-law GP Goyal, mother-in-law Prem Lata Goyal, husband Vikas and brother-in-law Vishal on a charge of abetment to suicide. They are in police custody and will be produced in a court tomorrow.



Clot in Monica’s head could be 15 days old
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
An analysis of the postmortem report in the Monica death case reveals that the minor clot found in the head of the victim could be 15 days old. Sources said the clot was found to be caused by a minor head injury and could not be linked with the cause of the death.

A special team of CFSL experts had analysed the report along with the board of doctors, which conducted the postmortem. “The clot was too small. Following a one-hour analysis, the experts concluded that the clot could be as old as 15 days,” said the sources.

Her viscera has been sent for a chemical examination. “This analysis will primarily determine the possible intake of drugs or poison by the deceased,” the sources said.



Head Constable held on charge of smuggling garments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has arrested a Head Constable of the Chandigarh Police for allegedly running an illegal business of bringing garments from Punjab without paying the sales tax.

Head Constable Najjar Singh, posted at the Sector 26 Police Lines, was arrested near the Lakhnour sales tax barrier, Mohali, while bringing garments in a bus from Ludhiana.

On being intercepted by a team of excise officials, led by ETO Harjinder Singh, the Head Constable tried to hoodwink the team, but was later tracked down after a hot chase by PCR officials. “Najjar Singh tried to mislead the team by driving in residential areas of Mohali, but was finally overpowered,” said the ETO.

To mislead excise officials, the Head Constable had written "staff bus" on the vehicle and used to bring garments from Ludhiana for sale in city markets.

After impounding the vehicle, the excise officials found garments worth Rs 6 lakh in the vehicle. The Chandigarh Police has been intimated about the arrest of the Head Constable. The ETO said a trap was laid to intercept the vehicle after the department got information about the illegal business being run by the Head Constable.



'Kidnap victim' held for fraud
Allegedly duped 4 persons on pretext of sending them abroad
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 18
A "kidnapping victim" has been arrested for allegedly duping four persons under the pretext of sending them abroad. The accused has been identified as Karan Datta, a resident of the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula.

On Feburary 20 this year, Datta had alleged that he was kidnapped by five youths after they called him to the Sector 2 market. He had stated that he was lucky as his friend got a kidnapping message flashed with the help of the police, following which the miscreants left him near the Mouli police station. A case of kidnapping was registered at the Sector 5 police station, Panchkula.

In April, four persons, Vijay Pal, Mohan Lal, Randhir and Jagdish Lal, all residents of Mouli village, had got a complaint lodged with the police that Datta had duped each of them of Rs 2.80 lakh on the pretext of sending them to the USA.

Interestingly, Datta had got a kidnapping case registered against three of the victims.

“The victims were duped of over Rs 11 lakh. Datta had promised to send them abroad and had asked each one of them to pay Rs 2.80 lakh. He had taken the amount, but did not send them abroad,” said the in charge of the economic offences wing (EOW), Inspector Dharambeer Singh.

During the investigations of the kidnapping case, the police had stated that Datta had taken money from them.

The accused was produced in a court, which sent him to judicial custody.



booth scam
UT initiates action against 8 allottees
Three-member probe panel submits report to Adviser
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
In a major development in the infamous booth allotment scam, a three-member probe committee of the UT looking into former ADC PS Shergill’s report on the scam has initiated proceedings in at least eight cases of allotment, which have been found to have been made in violation of the terms and conditions laid down for the allotment of booths in the Krishna Market, Sector 41.

The report has been submitted a year after the probe panel was constituted to look into Shergill’s report.

Apart from initiating cancellation proceedings and apparent criminal action against the violators, the probe panel has recommended a probe into the monthly income profile of the benefeciaries in around 30 cases before taking any further action against them. A total of 93 allotments were under the scanner.

An action taken report on the findings of the Shergill report by the probe panel has been submitted to UT Adviser KK Sharma. Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin confirmed that the action taken report had been sent to the Administration.

The probe panel said the 93 allotments were made between 2003 and 2009. The screening committee, comprising assistant estate officers (AEOs) and SDMs who served during that period met more than 13 times to verify the authenticity of the beneficiaries. In its report, the probe panel has focused mainly on three parameters: first, the beneficiaries should not possess any commercial property in their or the name of their family members in the tricity.

Second, the allottees' income should not be more than Rs 7,500 per month and third, they must possess a hawker's licene/ handcart licence.

“Since the allotment conditions stipulated that the beneficiaries should not own any property in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, many allottees whose properties are in Zirakpur, Mullanpur and other neighbouring towns around the tricity have gone scot-free,” said sources.

The three-member inquiry committee, comprising Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin, Assistant Estate Officer Rahul Gupta and ADC Mahavir Kaushik, had summoned all 93 beneficiaries to know their viewpoint.

Earlier, it had been alleged the Shergill’s report was one-sided as "illegal beneficiaries were never summoned by him".


  • The probe panel is silent on the former ADC’s observations that only the then Assistant Estate Officer, Ashwani Kumar, was responsible for the allotments. Other IAS and PCS officers were also members of the screening committee besides Ashwani Kumar who cleared the names of beneficiaries for allotments made between 2003 and 2009.
  • The probe panel has not commented on scathing remarks in Shergill’s report about alleged involvement of top politicians and senior officials in the scam that allegedly involved allotments on the basis of a bogus survey carried out in alleged connivance with officials of the Estate Office and the Police Department.
  • The probe panel has no clue about the exact property details of certain beneficiaries like the plot number. Only in 14 cases has the estate office been able to dig out such details.

Time line

  • PS Shergill, while probing the allotments made between 2002 and 2007 in the Sector 41 market, had created a furore when he pointed towards the involvement of top politicians and senior officials in the scam. The report had stated that the scam ran into crores of rupees, including money paid to politicians, police officials and officials of the Estate Office. The inquiry officer had relied entirely on the complainants, Dinesh Sood and Nathu Ram.
  • After a fire in the Bajwara Rehri Market on May 23, 1989, the first complaint to the estate officer regarding alleged irregularities was made in May 2005. The second complaint was made in November 2005. It was alleged that the list of 119 names was changed to 171 before the draw of lots in 2007. The complainants issued a legal notice to the estate officer in February 2010. The ADC submitted the inquiry report to the DC on February 24, 2011. The Administration ordered through probe after it was found that the inquiry had been allegedly conducted in a one-sided manner.


MC projects on paper only
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
It has become a practice with the municipal corporation to approve interesting projects, which are not within its purview, in the annual budget. Interestingly, the councilors, who propose these projects, do not bother to inquire about their progress.

This year, at a budget meeting, the House approved special budget for solar energy and rain-water harvesting, considering them to be important issues. But, till date neither the councillors nor the officials have mooted any proposal for the same at any of the House meeting so far. The records of the corporation revealed that Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh were allocated in this year budget for the solar energy and rain-harvesting projects, respectively.

Last year also the House had approved such projects in the budget after councillors asked the Mayor to allocate special funds for them. The projects, which were approved in the budget meeting, included traders’ bhawan, 10 free-service ambulances and an international stadium. At the end of the tenure of the MC House, the councillors did not bother to even inquire from the officials about the status of these projects. All these proposals are on paper only.

There is a huge list of projects, including the renovation of dhobi ghats, modernisation of two cremation grounds and the installation of an LPG cremation furnace, bird slaughter house and carcasses utilisation centre, which have been included in the budget for the last three years but none of them has commenced so far. This clearly shows how serious the authorities are while preparing budget reports.

Though the cost of these major projects approved by General House in the budget for the last four years has almost doubled, no initiative has been taken by the authorities to chalk out plans for them.

Projects in limbo


Solar energy Rs 1 cr

Rain harvesting Rs 50 lakh


Traders’ Bhawan

10 free ambulances

International stadium



In trouble? seek help from para-legal volunteers
Legal authority sets up special corner at Mansa Devi shrine
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 18
If some one tries to tease you at the Navaratra fair and the police is not listening, you can seek help from para-legal volunteers. This Navaratras, for the first time, under the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Jaibir Hooda, a special corner has been set up by the legal authority services to help and educate the needy how can they make the police take action on their grievances.

The volunteers will also create legal awareness among the public.

The corner will remain functional on all the nine days during the festival at the Mansa Devi temple. Nine para-legal volunteers will be there to guide devotees.

“As thousands of devotees throng the shrine daily, this is the right platform to educate people about their legal rights. Even if eve-teasing takes place and the police does not listen to them, our volunteers can be approached and a complaint can be submitted then and there through them,” said CJM-cum-secretary of the district legal services Jaibir Hooda.

He added, “Though the volunteers have been asked to sit at the special corner from 10 am to 1 pm, they have voluntarily decided to be there till 5 pm.”

Issues like single women’s rights, senior citizens’ rights, drug abuse, various problems regarding children, etc, will also be discussed with visitors. “As poor people are unaware of their legal rights and usually their voice is suppressed by the powerful, this is the right place for them,” added Hooda.

“Our motto is ‘Justice for all’. It is another step to reach out to the general public. There are so many people who hesitate to take action and that is the reason we are there for them,” said Advocate Manbir Singh Rathi, one of the para legal volunteers.

Poor people with income less than Rs 1.5 lakh will be provided free legal aid in whichever case they want.

This is for the first time that the Mansa Devi temple will see such a corner. “It is really a nice initiative. At least, we feel safe that there is someone who can support us in case the police doesn’t act,” said Mamta Ghosh, a devotee.



Industrialists a harried lot
UT Administration yet to decide on their demands
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The industrialists of the city are facing difficulties as the UT Administration has failed to decide on the long pending demand of implementation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006.

The industrialists are also demanding conversion of leasehold industrial plots to freehold and need-based changes within industrial premises.

Arun Mahajan, president of Industries Association of Chandigarh, said it has been almost 14 months that the joint forum of Industries Association of Chandigarh and Chamber of Chandigarh Industries is writing to the Administration regarding these pending issues, but to no avail.

He added that to help the old, dying industries, they had requested the Administration to include those aspects of the MSMED Act which do not disturb the infrastructure of the existing industrial area. Such activities are automobile service station with denting and painting, IT and IT enabled services (ITES), service centres, banking services and warehousing.

Sandeep Sahni, president of Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, said under the RTI ACT they have got the information that the MSMED Act is in force in Chandigarh but still the industrialists are getting notices from the Estate Office for misuse for those services which comes under the MSMED Act.

On the issue of transfer of leasehold rights, Sahni said except Chandigarh, the leasehold rights are being changed to freehold plots in other parts of the country. He added that though the UT Administration has principally agreed to meet our demands yet it has not issued any kind of notification in this regard.

Recently, the UT Administration, under the chairmanship of Advisor KK Sharma, held a meeting in which the demand of implementing the MSMED Act was discussed. A senior official of the UT Administration said they have decided to only consider automobile service station with denting and painting and would further discussed the matter in details. On the other issues, the official added that at first there is a need to improve infrastructure and only then the remaining issues could be discussed.

Pending demands

  • Proper implementation of the MSMED Act, 2006
  • Conversion of leasehold industrial plots to freehold
  • Need-based changes within industrial premises



Railways adds more coaches
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 18
Due to the ongoing festive season, there are long waiting lists at the Chandigarh railway station. A rise in passenger volume has led to the long online waiting lists too as far as the train reservations are concerned.

Due to the waiting lists, the officials have decided to add some extra coaches to some trains so that the passengers may not feel any inconvenience. Till now, an additional coach has been added to the Unanchahar Express and the Chandigarh-Lucknow train.

“We are not getting any booking even to go to Delhi. I had come to my parents in Chandigarh and have to return back to Delhi before the Navrtras that is October 16 and all the trains to Delhi are packed to their capacity with long waiting lists,” said Sharda Dubey, who has come to her parents’ house at Sector 14, Panchkula.

Another resident of Sector 8, Chandigarh, said, “I checked the status online and was surprised to see such a long waiting list. I have to go home and celebrate Diwali with my family. I do not know how will I go home if this situation remains the same. Rishabh has to go to Mumbai and is working with a private firm here.

There are people who had booked their tickets six months in advance. The officials have advised the public to book their tickets in advance to avoid any inconvenience.

“I was told that a ticket to Indore is not at all possible. So, I had to book an air-ticket which has resulted in an unwanted increase in my vacation expenditure,” said Vivek Sharma, a resident of Mohali.

“We have added an additional coach to two trains to avoid any kind of inconvenience. In fact, every year even before the festive season begins, one comes across long waiting lists,” said Station Superintendent, Praveen Kumar.



Experts dwell on depression
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
During a public forum on ‘Depression: A Global Crisis’, organised at PGIMER here, today, experts noted that it is important to recognise and diagnose depression separately from normal fluctuations in mood.

Dr Vidhu Mohan, professor of Psychology in PU, said, “Introspection, self-realisation and healthy social relationships are crucial for human happiness.”Prof NN Wig, founder of the Psychiatry Department at the PGI, said, “Depression can be treated. He also said, “It is important to seek help (if one is suffering from depression).”

The forum ended with a resolution which stressed upon the need to spread awareness on depression and the importance of reducing and removing the stigma that surrounds this condition.



building bylaws violations
Roll back hike in penalty charges: Traders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The executive body of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) today urged the UT Administrator to roll back the hike in penalty charges in case of misuse and building violations. Recently, the UT Administration had increased the charges from Rs 10 per sq ft per month to Rs 500 per sq ft per month.

Charanjiv Singh, president of the CBM, and Diwakar Sahoonja, chief patron, while discussing the recent orders of the finance department, appealed to Shivraj V Patil, to roll back the penalty charges. They also urged him to allow general trades on the upper floors of all commercial buildings without charging conversion fee.



Air-compressor tank bursts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
There was panic in the motor market of Sector 48 when the tank of an air compressor burst in a shop at 10 am today. Luckily, nobody was injured in the incident.

Sonu, who runs a paint shop in the same market, said they had started the air compressor in the morning while his workers were busy working outside the shop. They were preparing to paint a car. Suddenly, the air tank of the compressor burst, he added.

He further added that the sound of the blast was so loud that the shopkeepers of the other shops also gathered and inquired about the well being of workers. He added that luckily nobody got injured in the blast.



Theatre theme of PU youth festival on Day 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Day 3 of the ongoing Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at Home Science College was about ‘theatre’. The first session comprised skits where the chief guest was an eminent theatre personality, Dr Atamjit Singh.

He is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the National Sahitya Academy Award, to name a few.

Dr Atamjit Singh appreciated progressive women who had taken diverse fronts so beautifully in their stride. Yet, he cautioned women, addressing them as daughters, not to compete with men in the mistaken domains.

The events of the day included skits on current issues like corruption, female foeticide and discrimination. This was followed by mime, wherein the silent performers made a noise about issues on female foeticide, development towards civilisation, water and mosquito, etc.

Mimicry was another category in which the participants from various colleges gave breath-taking performances. The afternoon session witnessed some touchy and fun-loaded dramas on themes like ‘sati ki smaadh’, ‘annkh khatir katal’, etc.



PGGCG celebrates UN Day

Chandigarh, October 18
Prashasnika and Political Science Society of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, celebrated the UN Day today. A paper reading contest was organised during the occasion.

A large number of students presented their views on the topics 'UN and Its Achievements’, ‘Terrorism and UN’, ‘Human Rights and UN’, ‘Relevance of UN in Contemporary World’. The students highlighted the issues through various examples, which explained historical context of the issues and the current role of the United Nations. The students also discussed the role being played by the UN for the global peace. — TNS




Sukhmanjot wins Abacus National Competition

Sukhmanjot Singh, a student of class V, St Xavier's School, Mohali, brought laurels to his school after winning the Abacus National Competition-2012 third time in a row. The competition was held at SD College recently. Now he will compete at the international level in Taiwan. Tanishq Sharma and Asmi Juneja from class V stood second and third respectively.

Model-making activity held

A model-making activity was held at DAV School, Mohali, on Thursday. Class VII students of the school made various models on different parts of a computer. Prakriti Vohra secured the first position while Mandeep Singh Saini and Akansha stood second and third respectively.

St Soldier students shine

In the Mini Olympics Athletics Competition held at Sports Complex, Sector 7, Chandigarh, St Soldier International School bagged 13 Gold medals in 100m, 200m, 400, 5000m and 4x100m relay races. The athletes also bagged eight silver and 9 nine bronze medals in various other events. Vishavjeet Singh and Simaranjeet Singh won three gold medals each.

Photography and banner-making contest

St John’s High School organised the Inter-School Photography and Banner Making Competition on Thursday. The event was organised for the second time by the school. Hundreds of students participated in the competition.

Students visit science city

156 girl students of Government High School, Mauli Colony, Chandigarh, were taken to an educational-cum-excursion trip to the Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, under the Innovative Activity Scheme of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan on Thursday. The students enjoyed the trip. — TNS



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Letters | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | E-mail |