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suicide case
Police inaction alleged
Tribune News Service

Ropar, April 19
A family of Kotla Nihang village has levelled allegations of inaction and harassment by the local police in a case relating to the death of a 20-year-old youth here today.

The complainant, Balbir Kaur, mother of the deceased (Blawinder Kumar) while talking to media persons here said her son was in relationship with a girl, who belonged to Akbarpur village. But the girl’s uncle, who is a policeman, was against their affair. Her uncle had also warned Balwinder against their affair and had threatened him of dire consequences if he didn’t step back from the relationship.

However, on October 20 last year, Balwinder died of poisoning, she alleged. Following this, a case was registered under Section 306 of the IPC (abetment to suicide) at the Singh-Bhagwantpura police station even as it was a case of murder, alleged Balbir Kaur.

Though a case had been registered five months ago, the local police did not take any action against the accused, she said.

“I have been visiting the police station frequently to get justice. But nobody bothered to take any initiative in this regard,” rued the hapless mother.

Local DSP, Harbir Singh Atwal, however, denied any lapse on the part of police in the case.

An enquiry in the case was in progress and the required action will be taken as per the report, he added.



Two arrested with 10 kg of poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, April 19
The Lalru police has seized over 10 kg of poppy husk from two men at a check point near Tasimbli on Thursday night. The accused has been identified as Jaspal Singh and Vinder Singh, residents of Panjokhra Sahib.

SHO, Shinderpal Singh Bhullar, said a complaint against both the accused has been registered. He added that the police had received this success following the campaign launched against anti-social elements in this area. Shinderpal said recently also, the police had also seized nearly 10 kg of poppyhusk in this area 15 days ago at a police check point.



Man dies in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 19
A resident of Raipur village was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car near Madofal village on the Sirhind-Chandigarh highway. The victim has been identified as Satpal Singh here today.

The police said Satpal was going towards the Chandigarh side, when he was hit by a Bolero jeep and he died on the spot death. The jeep owner fled from the site of the incident along with his vehicle.

The police has registered a case against the unidentified driver the jeep. The victim’s body has been handed over the to his family members after conducting the post mortem examination.



Anupama's parents move national consumer panel over compensation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Aggrieved by the meager compensation granted by the UT State Commission, Anupama's parents have filed an Appeal before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), New Delhi.

Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia, who filed the appeal on behalf of Anupama’s parents, received the acknowledgment of the appeal being registered at FA No. 320 of 2013 today.

In his appeal, Chandgothia said: “It will be heard by the First Bench headed by Justice (retd) Ashok Bhan, President of National Commission on May 3, 2013.”

Pankaj Chandgothia said the appeal for enhancement of compensation has been filed only against the PGI and not the CTU. "The Appellant is not claiming any further relief against Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) and is satisfied with the claim granted by the learned State Commission to that extent against CTU,” said the appeal.

Chandgothia has pleaded for higher compensation against the PGI by saying that the learned State Commission has erred in assessing and awarding compensation on a very lower side against the PGI and on a consolidated and lump-sum basis. The compensation ought to have been assessed separately under various admissible heads, especially towards death of only child in her youth, pecuniary damages and special damages. The learned State Commission has altogether omitted the grant of special damages ie the Non-Pecuniary aspect.

It was pleaded that the family of the deceased is a poor and indigent family. They were rearing their only daughter Anupama, as their future hope and bread-earner for the family.



case against jeweller
Lawyer moves NHRC against SDM

Chandigarh, April 19
A day after a jeweller was booked under the preventive measures and spent a night at the police station following a verbal spat with the staff member of the SDM, an advocate has moved a case to the National Human Rights Commission in New Delhi against SDM East Tanvi Garg and her staff and the police officials for manipulating law.

Pankaj Chandgothia, advocate and social activist, today filed a complaint with the NHRC, New Delhi, against Tanvi Garg, her gunman, her driver and the Chandigarh police seeking their suspension for manipulating the law and conniving with each other to deny the freedom of a citizen and putting him in illegal detention for 21 hours, without there being any cognizable offence against him.

“Under the Section 107 of the CrPC, the SDM can summon a person and ask him to furnish a peace/good behaviour bond. Such a person is not produced in fisticuffs or produced by the police,” said the advocate. Under the Section 151, a police officer can arrest a person on apprehension of disturbing public tranquility, but if arrested, a Judicial Magistrate and not Executive Magistrate can only bail out that person.

The fact that the police left Vikrant after producing him before the SDM shows that he was not formally arrested. Therefore, keeping him in jail from 7 pm on April 17 to 3 pm on April 18 amounts to unlawful detention and violation of the Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. This is also a Human Rights Violation, the petition states. The impounding of his Bolero Jeep is also illegal as there is no allegation of any traffic violation against him. — TNS



Burglars strike at jeweller’s house in Sector 56
In broad-daylight theft, decamp with furniture, valuables on mini-truck within 10 minutes
Tribune News Service
The house owner shows a ransacked almirah at Sector 56 in Chandigarh on Friday
The house owner shows a ransacked almirah at Sector 56 in Chandigarh on Friday

Chandigarh, April 19
It took a gang of five to six burglars just 10 minutes to carry out a broad-daylight theft at a house in Sector 56 here today. The thieves, according to the police, ransacked the house and loaded the stolen furniture and other items on to a mini-truck within a span of 10 minutes.

Rajesh Verma, who owns a jewellery shop at Phase VIII, Mohali, reported to the police that he was at his shop and his wife had gone to attend a kirtan in the locality when some burglars ransacked his house. They came in a mini-truck and took away a dressing table, sofa, cash, jewellery and other items, he reported.

Rajesh’s teenaged son returned home as the thieves were fleeing. He entered into a scuffle with one of them, but was pushed aside.

A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. The son, however, managed to note down a part of the registration number of the Tata mini-truck used by the burglars: 9839.



24-yr-old woman booked for throwing acid on in-laws
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
A domestic dispute went awry when a 24-year-old woman threw acid on her mother-in-law and sister-in-law following an argument at her Sector 25 residence this evening.

The accused, Tinku, had a verbal spat with her in-laws, following which she poured the acid used for cleaning toilets on her sister-in-law, Usha (25), and mother-in-law, Shanti (50).

While Usha sustained 70 per cent burn injuries, her mother got 30 per cent burns.

In the process, Tinku too sustained 10 per cent burn injuries. All the three women were rushed to Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, for treatment. A case for attempt to murder has been registered against Tinku.



Drunken youth abuses, assaults minor girl on moving bus
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 19
A drunken youth allegedly tried to outrage the modesty of a 17-year-old girl after hitting her male friend in a moving bus here last evening.

In the incident, which reminds of the infamous Delhi gang-rape incident, one Ranjit Singh, alias Shunty (26), has been arrested. The accused is married and has a son.

The girl, who was on her way back home to Barwala along with her friend after appearing for a Class XII examination, was seated on the rear seat of the bus when she was assaulted.

The co-passengers, reportedly, did not come to her rescue. It was only after the driver heard the girl’s shrieks, he halted the bus near Majri Chowk and pushed Ranjit out of the bus.

On being pushed out, the accused allegedly pelted stones at the bus.

The incident was reported to the police, following which the accused was arrested within an hour. Station House Officer, Sector 5 police station, Inspector Navin Sindhu, said a case under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354-A (assault with intent to outrage modesty), 354-D (stalking), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 has been registered against the accused.

“I was sitting on the back seat, while my friend was sitting on a front seat, when a youth in an inebriated condition came and sat close to me and started misbehaving. When I asked him to behave himself, he got closer and sexually assaulted me,” reported the girl to the police.

She told the police that when her friend rushed to her seat and asked the youth not to harass her, the accused abused and thrashed both of them.

“He even threatened us that if we report the incident to anyone, he would kill us,” said her friend.



Three thieves held with stolen items
Tribune News Service

The police shows the recovered stolen items at the Sector 17 police station in Chandigarh on Friday
The police shows the recovered stolen items at the Sector 17 police station in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, April 19
The UT police today arrested a thief who was returning after committing a theft at a house in Sector 15. The accused has been identified as Rajat Dahiya, a resident of Sector 22. The police conducted a search of the accused and recovered stolen items from his possession.

During preliminary investigation, Rajat confessed of stealing laptops, cellphones and burgling houses in the areas of Sector 11 and Sector 17 along with co-accused Vihal Thakur, a resident of Sector 23 C, and Nitesh Bains, also a resident of Sector 23.

The police also arrested Vihal and Nitesh. On the basis of their interrogation, the police recovered five laptops, eight cellphones, one LCD, one piano, one hukka, one stereo with woofers, two imported bags and gold and silver items from their possession.

DSP Ashish Kapoor said: "The accused used to identify houses where students were staying as paying guests. They used to enter their rooms in the morning and steal laptops, cellphones, purses, and gold and silver items. They used to sell these items to various shopkeepers and students by providing them original ID proofs".

The DSP said the accused had been sent to police remand and further interrogation was going on, which might help trace more cases.

Rajat has done a diploma in electronics, while Vishal Thakur has done BTech from Kurali. Nitesh Bains is a student of BCom in a private college.



Two arrested for creating ruckus at naka
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
In yet another case of assault on the police, two persons have been arrested for misbehaving with traffic police personnel and damaging windowpanes of a PCR vehicle at the Sector 16/17 light point yesterday night.

A case under Sections 353, 34 of the IPC and Section 3 Prevention of damage to Public Property Act has been registered at the Sector 11 Police Station.

The police arrested IS Sarao, a doctor, a resident of PEC, Sector 12, Chandigarh, and Vikram Rana, an advocate, a resident of Sector 43, for obstructing traffic staff from duty at the traffic drunken driving naka point at the dividing road of Sectors 16 and 17, Chandigarh, and damaging the windowpanes of a PCR vehicle.

The incident occurred when the two were found to be heavily drunk at the naka and were being taken to Government Multi Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 for medical examination.

Both of them resisted and asked to open the windowpanes of the PCR jeep, saying that it's too hot.

The accused then damaged the windowpanes of the vehicle. The police immediately arrested the two.



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