09052017-CT-01.qxd 5/9/2017 1:06 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 9 MAY 2017 | CHANDIGARH Century of torment Ghaggar bridge ToKnights their outing Built in 1901, Government Primary School at Sohana in Mohali lacks basic infrastructure. P2 The NHAI has decided to undertake repairs on the Ghaggar bridge near Dera Bassi in May. P4 Kolkata Knight Riders to take on hosts Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium on Tuesday. P6 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 41.7°C MIN 26.2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.05 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.33 AM FORECAST ~66.06 ~66.04 ~66.04 ~56.36 ~56.34 ~56.34 Bouncergunned down in gang war POWER SHUTDOWN Shot 11 times outside temple in Saketri in front of mother’s eyes; was out on bail CITY FUEL PRICES FOR TODAY PETROL HPCL BPCL DIESEL IOC HPCL BPCL IOC CHANDIGARH 10 am to 1 pm: Parts of Sector 41 and Badheri and Buterla villages MOHALI 10 am to 5 pm: Phase III (residential), Phase VI (residential) Phase II (industrial), Phase I (industrial) and nearby areas SNIPPETS Bribe case: Remand extended Chandigarh: The Chief Judicial Magistrate on Monday extended the remand of two employees of the Punjab Transport Department, who were allegedly caught taking a bribe of Rs 18,300 from a person for issuing him an all-India permit for his Honda Amaze car, by three days. They were earlier on three-day remand, which expired on Monday. The CBI counsel pressed for the extension of the remand by five more days. He told the court they needed more days to find out the source of the money. He said CBI officials wanted to make the accused sit with agents to get more details. However, the defence counsel contended that the premier investigating agency had already taken them on remand and there was no need for further remand. CBI sleuths had arrested the duo on May 5. The accused are senior assistant Swaran Bhatia and contractual employee Damandeep Singh. The bribe was allegedly received by Damandeep Singh on behalf of Bhatia, who was nabbed later. The complaint was filed by Kamal Kumar. TNS 2 snatching incidents reported Chandigarh: Two snatching incidents were reported from the city on Monday evening. The first incident was reported from Sector 19 where two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched the mobile phone of Rajbir Kaur. Sources said the snatchers were not wearing helmets. The police visited the spot. Police sources said the CCTV footage of the area was being scrutinised. The second snatching incident was reported from Sector 41. The victim, Uma, reported that an unidentified biker snatched her purse containing Rs 500. Sources said the victim failed to note down the registration number of the motorcycle. TNS Diesel counter sealed Mohali: A team of the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs on Monday sealed a diesel counter at the Phase IX petrol station here. “The dispenser was supplying 40 ml less diesel in 1 litre quantity; so we sealed the counter,” said Harveen Kaur, Mohali District Food and Supply Controller. However, the remaining four counters were found dispensing the right quantity of fuel. “We will send a report in this regard to our head office and the future course of action will be decided by it,” said Harveen Kaur. TNS Tribune News Service Panchkula, May 8 A 30-year-old bouncer, Amit Sharma, alias Meet, was shot dead outside a temple in Saketri in broad daylight today. The father of a oneand-a-half-year-old daughter, Meet was shot 11 times as he was leaving the temple with his mother around noon. Two assailants with muffled faces came in a Maruti Swift car, said the deceased's terrified mother, Roopa Rani. She was in a state of shock after seeing her son being killed in front of her eyes. She said more people might have been present inside the car. On her statement, a case of murder, criminal conspiracy and offences punishable under the Arms Act has been lodged against Sonu Shah, Gagan and Surjeet, who were involved in a gang war with the deceased’s group in Mohali last November. An FIR has been registered at the Chandimandir police station in this regard. No arrests have, however, been made so far. A .9-mm revolver was used in the crime, police sources said. According to an eyewitness, two men came to the temple and punctured the tyres of a car, which later turned out to be Meet's. One of them was urinating against a wall when Meet and his mother came out of the temple. Meet was about 20 ft ahead of his mother and both youths opened indiscriminate firing at him from behind before fleeing away in their car. Onlookers, along with his SI arrested for thrashing cop City Youth Cong chief Harmail Kesri and party workers keep brooms outside the Mayor’s office in Sector 17. TRIBUNE PHOTO Brooms gifted to Mayor! Chandigarh: Workers of the Chandigarh Youth Congress on Monday gifted brooms to city Mayor Asha Jaswal as a mark of protest against the slip in the city’s ranking from the second spot to the 11th in the cleanliness survey. As the Mayor was not in the office, the Youth Congress workers kept the brooms outside her office in the Municipal Corporation building in Sector 17. Youth Congress president Harmail Kesri said the Swachh Bharat Campaign launched by the MC was a mere eyewash and the result was in front of everyone. While it was the failure of the Mayor and her team, they were blaming the public, Kesri said. TNS of the same one-upmanship fight,” the sources said. Ishrat S Banwait Mohali, May 8 The police have arrested a Punjab Police SI on a charge of thrashing a constable. The accused, Pritpal Singh, posted at Sangrur, alleged that he was falsely implicated in the case due to an old rivalry with a DSPlevel officer, posted at Mohali. According to the FIR, Pritpal Singh thrashed Constable Jatinder Kumar at the entry gate of the PCA Stadium at Phase IX where the accused had come to see an IPL tie. A case has been registered under Sections 353, 186, 452 and 506 of the IPC at the Phase VIII police station. Pritpal Singh was produced before a local court where he claimed that no such incident took place. The accused has been remanded in judicial custody. — TNS History of violence Forensic experts and policemen inspect the crime spot and the car of victim Amit Sharma, alias Meet, at Saketri on Monday. WAS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUTH AKALI DAL Empty shells of bullets recovered from the crime spot. mother, rushed a profusely bleeding Meet to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he was declared dead on arrival. Over 10 bullets are said to have hit Meet in the chest, Victim Amit Sharma, alias Meet, was associated with the Youth Akali Dal. Sources said he was running a company that hired bouncers and provided them for security purposes to restaurants, discos and other places. His pictures with former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal had gone viral recently when the latter had presented him a memento. Meet had also supported SOI in the recent PU student elections. He had enmity with the Sonu Shah group. abdomen, back and left leg but the exact number will be clear after the postmortem, which will be conducted tomorrow. His body has been kept at the PGI mortuary. An eyewitness to the murder at Saketri. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL As the news spread, hundreds of bouncers gathered outside Meet's house in Mani Majra. It is learnt that Meet had a tussle with his rival group of bouncers over the leadership of bouncers in the region, following which both groups had been involved in firing at each other in Chandigarh and Mohali earlier. “The incident seems to be a fallout Power shocker for consumers UT Electricity Department hikes FPPCA charges by 30 to 40 per cent Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 8 While residents are yet to recover from the shock of enhanced bills due to the imposition of the fuel and power purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) charges earlier, the Electricity Department has once again decided to increase these charges. Sources said the charges had been increased by 30 to 40 per cent and would be reflected in the bills to be issued for the next cycle of three months (May-July ). The charges have been levied for all types of consumers -domestic, commercial and industrial. The charges vary from 65 paise to Rs 2.58 (maxi- mum) per unit over and above the existing rates being charged from consumers. This is the fourth hike in bills in a year. The JERC has authorised the UT Electricity Department to compute fuel and power procurement cost variations on a quarterly basis and charge it from the consumers. If the department buys electricity at higher rates, it is allowed to charge from the consumers on a quarterly basis. The sources said this was the fourth time in a year that the department had increased the FPPCA charges. An officer said the department had computed the charges for the period January-March. Naveen Manglani, president of the FPPCA charges Category Domestic Commercial Units 0-150 151-400 Above 400 0-150 151-400 Above 400 Paise* 65 121 128 124 138 258 *PER UNIT Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, said it was an unprecedented hike by the department in the name of FPPCA charges. He said the FPCCA charges had enhanced the previous electricity bills by approximately 55 per cent and now they would again have to pay 40 per cent higher rates in the next three months. He said the department should plan the purchase of electricity in such a way so that it does not put additional burden on the consumers. Hitesh Puri of FOSWAC said the FPPCA charges were unjustified. He said there was no check on power theft and unauthorised connections in villages and colonies. MODEL HAMLETS 3 villages selected to empower women An authority onpaper only Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 8 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has finalised three villages in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for the implementation of the scheme to turn them into model hamlets to empower women. The development took place soon after Justice Ritu Bahri initiated suo motu proceedings to prevent women from ending their lives and benefiting them at the precrime stage. As the case came up for resumed hearing, the coun- sel appearing for the state of Punjab gave the name of Jhanpur village in Mohali district; the counsel for Haryana suggested Bhareili village of Barwala block in Panchkula district; and the UT counsel came out with the name of Khudda Jassu village near the PGI. Approving the names, Justice Bahri asserted that the villages could be taken as sample for implementing the MGNREGA scheme, whereby women could be employed for the purpose of creating infrastructure for hygienic kitchen, besides beautification and cleaning of the villages. NGOs could also be associated for helping in installation of solar lights and biogas plants in the villages. The students from architecture colleges, too, could be associ- ated for giving suggestions to beautify the villages. Justice Bahri also recommended an increase in plantation by associating village panchayats and other villagers to overcome environmental threats. “Suggestions can be given as to how women living in the villages could be motivated to produce healthy food and handicrafts, which can be sold in cities with the help of social media and other means. College students can be motivated to share their books, toys and clothes with continued on page 5 c m y b Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 8 While Chandigarh has become one of the first UTs in the country to set up a temporary Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) in October 31, 2016, after the rules were notified by the Ministry of Urban Development, the authority has since remained only on paper. The Administration had appointed the Secretary (Housing) as the Chairman of the interim authority, but nobody knows where the office of the authority is situated. REAL ESTATE The board of the interim authority is also missing at the Secretariat. While the Centre announced the implementation of the Act from May 1, local residents will have to wait till the system becomes fully operational in the city. Ajay Jagga, an advocate, said he had recently visited the Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Chandigarh, to move a complaint, as prescribed under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act for violations by real estate agents, but the same was not accepted as the system was not in place to deal with such complaints. He said at the ground level, there was no preparation for the implementation of the law for the protection of consumers. He said there was no information about the prescribed pro continued on page 4 Meet's brother Ashish said he was the head of the bouncers' group in Chandigarh and had been in the profession for the past around 12 years. While he used to provide bouncers to around 12 clubs earlier, he now had only two to three clubs under him. Meet was involved in a firing incident last November in Mohali involving his group and another group of bouncers, led by Sonu Shah. Around 70 rounds were fired in that incident and Meet was arrested in the case later. The reason for the Mohali shooting was that both Meet and Sonu Shah wanted to head the bouncers' group in the region. Meet, who was facing an attempt-to-murder charge in the Mohali gang war case, was currently out on bail. In July last, three men had shot at Akhil, a friend of Meet, at a gym in Sector 26, Chandigarh, and had threatened to kill Meet. It was the first incident after the rival groups of bouncers started nursing a grudge against each other. The police said they were viewing the CCTV footage of nearby areas to get leads even as a CCTV camera installed at Saketri cow shed showed the assailants fleeing towards Kaimbwala. Chandimandir SHO Mohinder Singh said they had recovered four empty bullet shells from the spot. Senior police officers, including the Commissioner of Police and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, also visited the spot. Man held for assaulting cop Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 8 A Raipur Khurd resident has been arrested for assaulting a Head Constable, Bhagat Singh, and breaking a windowpane of a PCR vehicle at Raipur Khurd. The PCR staff had gone to “attend a spot” when the incident took place. According to the police, Bhagat Singh, who was on PCR duty near Raipur Khurd, reported that they had received information of a quarrel from Raipur Khurd following which they reached the spot. The complainant said on reaching there, they found that the accused, Vicky, had a dispute with his family. The police said Bhagat Singh tried to intervene when Vicky entered into an altercation and pushed him following which he fell on the ground. The accused then threw a stone at the PCR vehicle smashing one of the windowpanes. The Head Constable informed the Police Control Room following which police teams were rushed to the spot. The accused, who was reportedly in an inebriated condition, was arrested. A case under Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from the discharge of his duty) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Mauli Jagran police station.
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