06042017-CT-01.qxd 4/6/2017 1:08 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE AADIL GEARING UP FOR WORLD JUNIOR MEET THURSDAY | 6 APRIL 2017| chandigarh MISHAP: ONE KILLED IN CRIME: FOREIGN NATIONAL HELD FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY ROAD ACCIDENT WITH 1 KG OF HEROIN THURSDAY Þ PAGE 6 Þ PAGE 4 MAXIMUM Þ PAGE 5 YESTERDAY MINIMUM 31°C 19°C 28.2°C 23.1°C SUNSET SUNRISE THURSDAY FRIDAY 6.43 PM 6.06 AM Prime accused Randhawa declared proclaimed offender Reward money raised to ~1 lakh BMW HIT-&-RUN ■ The reward money for information on Balraj has been raised from ~50,000 to ~1 lakh. Tribune News Service Students of the GCG-11 use umbrellas to shield themselves from rain during a protest against the fee hike outside the VC’s office at the PU in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL PAGE 2 ■ Heavy HEAVY RAIN DIPS MERCURY rain and strong winds brought down the temperature in the tricity by over 5°C on Wednesday evening. Earlier in the day, the tricity witnessed a pleasant day with cool breeze and light showers. ■ The maximum temperature was 28.2°C, five degrees below normal, while the minimum temperature was 23.1°C. The tricity recorded 0.2 mm rainfall. ■ The weatherman has forecast rain and thundershowers for the tricity on Thursday and dry days from April 7 onwards. See also page 5 Liquor vend goes for ~9.51 cr A NEW HIGH: Kler Wines makes highest bid for Sec 42 vend; UT auctions 53 for ~170.86 cr Tiff with competitor behind it, says Kler Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 5 The UT Excise and Taxation Department earned a revenue of Rs 170.86 crore with the auction of 53 liquor vends against the reserve price of Rs 138.98 crore in the allotment of vends today. The department revenue has increased by 22.94 per cent over the reserve price. The department had received 80 bidders for 53 licensing units. The Administration had advertised 77 licensing units to be allotted 2017-18, but it failed to get a response for all vends. There were no takers for 24 vends. The highest bid of Rs 9.51 crore was made by Kler Wines for a vend located at Sector 42 against the reserve price of Rs 4.46 crore. Darshan Singh Kler of Kler Wines purchased the liquor vend at Sector 42. This was the highest bid for any single liquor vend in the history of Chandigarh. The second highest bid of Rs 7.51 crore was also by Kler Wines for a liquor vend at the Sector 44 market. The reserve price of the vend was Rs 3.13 crore. The third highest bid was fetched by a liquor vend at Sector 30. Vineet Khanna and Kamlesh Khanna Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Darshan Singh Kler (right), who bought the Sector 42 liquor vend, being greeted at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU Top five Sector 42 Bottom five ~9.51 cr Sector 25 Sector 44 ~7.51 cr Sector 46 ~1.92 cr Sector 30 ~5.05 cr Mauli Jagran Colony ~2.01 cr Sector 15 ~4.55 cr Sector 28 ~2.06 cr Sector 41 ~4.21 cr Mani Majra Old Ropar Road ~2.07 cr bought the Sector 30 liqour vend for Rs 5.05 crore against the reserve price of Rs 4.97 crore. The auction was held at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, in the presence of Rakesh Kumar Popli, Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner-cum-Collector, ~1.51 cr Excise, SDM Kriti Garg, SDM Arjun Sharma and Ravinder Kaushik, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Chandigarh. The successful bidders are required to deposit 40 per cent of the total value of the bid amount within Chandigarh, April 5 In the auction of liquor vends by the UT Excise and Taxation Department, Darshan Singh Kler hogged the limelight by purchasing liquor vends at more than double the reserve price. Kler, who has been in the liquor trade for the past 34 years and is a major player in Punjab and Haryana, bought the Sector 42 liqour vend at the highest-ever price of Rs 9.51 crore against the reserve price of Rs 4.46 crore. The same vend was with Kler last year as well, when he, along with his partners, had bought it for Rs 4.25 crore. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Kler said he quoted high prices because of a tussle with one of the com- petitors. He said he was happy after successfully getting four liquor vends at the auction today. One of the bidders said they were aware that Kler would bid high prices because of his tiff with one of the competitors, but nobody had expected that he would quote more than double the reserve price. On the Supreme Court decision banning the sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways, Kler said the decision was good. On the auction of liquor vends by the UT on an individual basis instead of groups, Kler said it would increase competition among liquor vend owners in the same sectors. “I feel auction of vends in groups is good,” said Kler. Vends bought by Kler Location Sector 42 Sector 44 Sector 41 Sector 40 Reserve price ~4.46 cr ~3.13 cr ~2.11 cr ~3.21 cr Final bid price ~9.51 cr ~7.51 cr ~4.21 cr ~3.13 cr continued on page 4 Man posing as police commissioner held Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 5 The police have arrested a 32year-old resident of Sector 15 for posing as a police commissioner and committing a fraud. He was produced before a local court today, which remanded him in three-day police custody. The accused, Vivek Saklani, was arrested last night after a Sector 15 resident approached the police. The victim told the police that Saklani came to his shop and took away a cellphone claiming that he was the police commissioner. The Was using amber beacon atop car The accused was using an amber beacon atop his Tata Zest car along with a Government of India sticker, a flag that reads IRS and two stars on the number plate. police arrested the accused from his residence and also recovered a car from near his house. The registration certificate of the car does not bear Saklani’s name. Hailing from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, Saklani was living alone in a rented accommodation in Sector 15. He told the police that he was doing this for almost a year now to get his work done easily. Saklani is a science graduate. The accused being produced at the District Courts in Panchkula on Wednesday; and (left) the car that was recovered by the police. TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPHS c m y b Chandigarh, April 5 A local court today declared Balraj Singh Randhawa, the prime accused in the Akansh Sen murder case, a proclaimed offender (PO). The PO proceedings against him were initiated on February 28 by the court of Civil Judge Nisha. Police officials told the court today that they got his “most wanted” posters pasted at the Sector 43 and 17 bus stands, the railway station and at public places such as markets, but he could not be traced. Airports, railway stations and bus stands in the country were also sent alert notices. The Chandigarh Police had earlier moved an application in the court to declare Randhawa a PO. The court had issued nonbailable warrants against ■ The police have also moved an application in the court seeking permission to attach his property. Balraj Singh Randhawa, the prime accused in the Akansh Sen murder case. the two accused, including co-accused Harmehtab Singh, alias Farid. Though Farid was later arrested after his anticipatory bail plea was dismissed by the court here, he too proved a hard nut to crack for the police as despite taking him on police remand for several days, they could not trace Randhawa. Randhawa was accused of deliberately running over Akansh thrice with his BMW car outside a residential area in Sector 9 on February 9. Farid allegedly instigated him. Both were booked on a charge of murder by the police. The victim, Akansh, was a nephew of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while the co-accused in the case, Farid, is the grandson of Gian Singh Rarewala, a former Chief Minister of Pepsu state. One held for taking away auto Anand to be SSP (Traffic) Chandigarh: Four days after three youths forcibly took away an auto from its driver in Sector 10, the anti-snatching, robbery and dacoity cell of the crime branch managed to arrest one of the accused. The police claimed that four cases of theft and one of robbery had also been solved with the arrest of the accused. A team, led by Inspector Amanjot Singh, arrested the accused, Dhruv Negi, from Sector 10. Auto driver Raj Kishore had complained that three persons had hired the auto till Sector 10 on the night of March 31. After dropping the three near Hotel Mountview, he asked them for the fare. First the accused tried to scare him by showing a broken glass bottle. Then they drove away his auto. The police said the accused had a tainted past and was involved in theft cases. The accused was remanded in judicial custody. — TNS Chandigarh: A Haryana-cadre 2006batch IPS officer, Shashank Anand, will be the next Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Chandigarh. Anand is at present posted as the SP (Jind). The post of SSP (Traffic) has been lying vacant since the term of Maneesh Chaudhary, a 2005-batch IPS officer of the Haryana cadre, ended on May 7, 2016. Ravi Kumar Singh is at present officiating as the SP (Traffic). A panel of three officers, including Anand, was sent by the Haryana Government to the UT Administration. Sources said Anand’s name was sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) by the Administration. The MHA had cleared Anand’s name, who was expected to join soon, the sources said. The post of SSP (Traffic) in Chandigarh is reserved for Haryana-cadre IPS officers, while the UT SSP has to be a Punjabcadre IPS officer. — TNS POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH: Parts of Sectors 15, 16 and 20, Ram Darbar, Phase I, UGR, DRDO: 10 am to 4 pm Parts of MHC area, waterworks, duplex houses, Mariwala Town, Shanti Nagar and police station: 10 am to 5 pm
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