18052017-CT-01.qxd 5/18/2017 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 18 MAY 2017 | CHANDIGARH ‘Incorrect’ info Encroachments galore City boys to face Mohali The UGC has told the Centre that the PU is providing incorrect info on staff strength P2 The road leading to the Sector 26 grain market is dotted with encroachments. P4 Chandigarh boys will take on Mohali in the U-16 ML Markan Trophy final at the PCA Stadium P6 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 37°C MIN 24.4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.11 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.27 AM FORECAST CITY FUEL PRICES FOR TODAY PETROL HPCL BPCL DIESEL IOC HPCL ~65.63 ~65.62 ~65.62 ~55.52 BPCL IOC ~55.51 ~55.51 POWER SHUTDOWN MOHALI 10 am to noon: New Sunny Enclave, Desu Majra, Fatehullahpur, Jandpur, Manana, Thaska, Hussainpur, Daun and nearby areas MC sets up screening panel on taxi stands F&CC approves development works worth around ~3 crore SNIPPETS Tribune News Service MACT orders ~45.78 lakh relief Chandigarh: The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has announced a compensation of Rs 45.78 lakh to a family residing in Sector 49 in an accident death case. The tribunal has directed the owner of a tipper, driver and National Insurance Company Ltd, Sector 26, to jointly and severally pay the compensation along with an interest of 7.5 per cent per annum from the date of application and realisation. Advocate Sunil K Dixit said the tribunal had announced the compensation to the deceased’s wife and three children. According to the plea, on May 5, 2016, Nageshwar Parsad was riding a motorcycle near Radha Swami Chowk, Sector 71, when the tipper, coming from the Industrial Area, jumped the red light and hit the motorcycle. The motorcyclist died in the accident. TNS Man jumps before train, dies Dera Bassi: An unidentified man reportedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train here on Tuesday night. According to GRP sources, they got information that a man had committed suicide. The police reached the spot and took the body into custody. The deceased appeared to be a slum resident and is believed to be about 30 years old. The police tried to get the victim identified, but did not succeed. OC Two theft cases reported Chandigarh, May 17 A screening committee has been formed by the Municipal Corporation to decide whether taxi stands in city are to be auctioned or their term is to be extended. The committee will carry out a survey about the existing taxi stands and table the agenda with a detailed report at the next meeting. Several violations have been found in 24 of the taxi stands. The matter was deferred during a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation today. During the meeting, development works worth around Rs 3 crore were passed. On the agenda for the allotment of Idle Truck Parking, Sector 26, the committee has decided to fix Rs 1 crore as the reserve price and has increased the parking charges for trucks from Rs 50 to Rs 100 and for big trucks with double axle from Rs 75 to Rs 200. The committee also decided to fix the reserve price of shops at Badheri, Buterla and Burail villages "at a hike of 50 per cent in different rent slabs". Besides, the rough cost estimate for the construction of a cement concrete footpath inside the green belt in Sector 48-A, B, C & D at Rs 28.33 lakh and the rough cost estimate for the purchase of three Mazda tippers for use in the road wing of the MC at Rs 48.54 lakh were also cleared. The fee of the UT Administration-empanelled advocates in the District Courts, labour court, permanent lok adalat, consumer forum and arbitration cases has been UT gets prime land vacated in Sector 30 amid protest enhanced from Rs 2,500 to Rs 7,500 per case. The committee has given nod for the allotment of space for opening an OBC branch in the MC building, Sector 17, on a monthly fee of Rs 70,872. The rough cost estimate for providing and fixing 60 mm thick PCC tiles on the main road berm in Maloya Colony at Rs 36.88 lakh, for boring and installation of tubewell in the green belt, Sector 34-C, at Rs 42.25 lakh and for the construction of a toe wall around leftout parks in Sector 34 at Rs 42.51 lakh was also passed. Judicial remand for rape accused Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh: Two cases of theft have been reported from the city. While Rs 40,000 was stolen from a cargo vehicle after breaking a windowpane, Rs 4,000 and a laptop were stolen from an office in the Industrial Area. Shadab Mustafa Qadari, a resident of Phase I, Ram Darbar, reported that someone stole Rs 40,000 and documents after breaking the windowpane of his cargo vehicle that was parked in a market at Burail village on May 14. In another incident, Shishpal Garg complained that Rs 4,000 and a laptop were stolen from his office in the Industrial Area, Phase II. TNS 3 computers stolen from office Chandigarh: The police have registered a theft case after three computers were reportedly stolen from Central Revenue Building, Sector 17. According to the police, Dharambir, superintendent, Central Excise and Service Tax Commissioner's Office, Chandigarh, reported that someone stole three computers from the building between May 2 and May 4. The police have registered a case. TNS Biker crushed to death Mohali: A motorbike-borne youth was killed after being run over by a tractor-trailer at the Siswan T-point in Mullanpur on Wednesday. The victim has been identified as Mohit Kumar, a resident of Ballangarh village. The police said the victim stopped on the roadside to drink water when the rashly-driven trailer crushed him and sped away. The police have registered a case. TNS CITYZEN PEOPLE, PLACES, PASSIONS PAGE 5 Chandigarh, May 17 A joint team of the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation removed encroachments on government land worth over Rs 9 crore during a drive carried out in Sector 30 today amid a protest. The plot, measuring 1,147 sq yards, was in the possession of the management of Shri Guru Ravidas Gurdwara Management Committee for the past 35 years. While the Administration termed the structure illegal, the gurdwara committee accused officers of removing the structure without a notice. Followers of the gurdwara assembled in large numbers and opposed the action. Pardeep Chhabra, president, Chandigarh Congress, also joined the protest and condemned the action. The drive was carried out in the presence of the police. The protesters also tried to block the road, which was cleared by the police. The protest continued till the evening. An illegal structure that was demolished by the Estate Office at Sector 30, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Sources said the encroached area was worth Rs 9 crore as per the latest policy announced by the Administration. In the policy, the Administration has decided to allot the land for institutional purposes through the system of limited auction. Om Parakash Chopra, president of the gurdwara management committee, said the plot was in their possession since 1982. He said they had requested the Administration to allot the plot to the gurdwara and it was under consideration for long. He said they had challenged the order of the Estate Office passed in January 2017, which turned down their application to allot the land, before the High Court. He said the High Court had directed the Administration to consider their application afresh. They met the Secretary, Estate, on April 27 but before any decision on their application was taken, the demolition drive was carried out. Chopra said the protest would continue till they got the land back. Chandigarh, May 17 A 29-year-old man accused of raping an IT professional was today produced in a court, which remanded him in judicial custody. The 27-year-old victim, who had arrived from Jaipur and was staying at Hotel Taj in Sector 17, had alleged that the accused, Sunny Kumar, a contractual employee of Hotel Taj who was working in the food and beverages department, allegedly raped her at his rented accommodation in Sector 22. The police said the victim and the accused had gone to the latter’s house to celebrate the victim’s birthday, where the victim was allegedly raped. The accused pleaded innocence in the court. Sources said the victim called the accused on his mobile phone a few times after reaching the hotel. However, he did not take the calls after which she called the police and told them about the incident. The paper leak scam accused in the custody of the Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU Key accused among three more arrested PAPER LEAK SCAM Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, May 17 In a big catch, Punjab Vigilance Bureau sleuths arrested one of the key accused, Sanjay Kumar Shrivastava, alias Guruji, alias Mithlesh Pandey (37), along with two other accused in the paper leak scam here today. Nageshwar Rao, Director, Vigilance Bureau, said along with Guruji from Lucknow, two other accused, Anup Kumar and Shiv Bahadur Singh, from Varanasi had been arrested in the scam. The Vigilance Flying Squad I team had recently brought the mastermind, Shailesh Kumar, of Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, on a production warrant from Hyderabad. “With the arrest of the main accused, including Guruji and Shailesh Kumar, all missing links have now been plugged in the case,” said Rao, adding that so far 85 accused, including 55 candidates-cum-conduits, had already been arrested. “Now, seven accused have been left, who are at large,” said Rao. The Punjab Government had conducted recruitment tests for posts of Assistant Corporation Engineer (Civil), Assistant Municipal Engineer (Civil) and Sub-Divisional Engineer (Civil) in the Municipal Corporation, Municipal Council, Nagar Panchayat and Improvement Trust on November 8 and November 15, 2015. Rao said the matter of paper leak for these recruitments was reported and after preliminary investigations, the Vigilance Bureau had registered a case on April 6 last year. During the investigation, similar cases of paper leak for the examination of Punsup and PUDA also came to the fore. The police said the gang was involved in leaking question papers for various senior-level posts, including SDO and JE, of different departments, including Punsup, PUDA, Local Bodies and Irrigation. The police said the gang used to charge a whopping amount, ranging between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 30 lakh, from each candidate and then take them to Nazafgarh or Lucknow where the candidates were given the question paper along with answers for the exams. “After leaking the question papers, Guruji, who has done MBA and a diploma in mechanical engineering, also helped the candidates in their exam preparation at Lucknow. The candidates were taken to Nazafgarh or Lucknow for the purpose,” said Rao. On the modus operandi, Rao said the gang members had tied up with printing presses, where question papers were being published, and bought the papers from there. “Two such presses at Delhi and Agra were under the scanner of the police. We have identified the accused and teams have been dispatched to nab them,” said Rao. The trio was produced before the court today. The court remanded Guruji in five-day police custody and Anup Kumar and Shiv Bahadur Singh in three-day police custody. Mohali admn's ‘insensitivity’ to the fore Everything lost, 20 families Day after fire, all it wants to know is whether Shaheed Udham Singh Colony is legal have nowhere to go Tribune News Service This is what remains of Shaheed Udham Singh Colony in Mohali after the fire; and (right) a langar being served at the colony on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: VICKY GHARU Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, May 17 While the "insensitive" district administration did nothing to help the hapless families of the fire incident that occurred yesterday except seeking a report on whether or not the affected Shaheed Udham Singh Colony was legal, the victims were fed by some good Samaritans, who organised a langar at the spot. Around 20 families, mainly of poor migrants, have lost everything in the fire except the clothes that they were wearing. The district administration failed to extend a helping hand to the victims, including women and children. Not even a single official from the administration or any political leader turned up to meet the victims and take stock of the situation. When Chandigarh Tribune contacted Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra to know about steps being taken by the administration to help of the poor, she said: “Let the report (about the status of the colony) come first”. When told that the victims had been left with nothing, the Deputy Commissioner’s reply was the same. “The colony has been here for the past several years. It’s shocking that the authorities are unaware about its status,” said a councillor. Langar organised During a visit to the spot, a Tribune team found some philanthropists arranging food for c m y b the victims by organising a langar there. “We have received help from residents of the colony. Besides, some passersby and residents of the town are also giving us donations to continue with the effort,” said Hardwai Lal, Sonu Kumar and Rajiv Kumar. STAFF CRUNCH TAKES FIRE OUT OF STATION PAGE 6 Mohali, May 17 Daily wage earner Shambhu Chawan and his family were scheduled to leave the town today to solemnise the marriage of his son at Siwan. The poor labourer had also booked the tickets, but yesterday’s inferno consumed everything, including his hutment, savings of around Rs 50,000, new clothes and other household items. “I have lost everything in the fire. We have no option but to postpone the marriage of my son indefinitely,” said Chawan with tears in his eyes. In the fire, which broke out at Shaheed Udham Singh Colony at Phase VIII, Industrial Area, around 20 families have lost everything. Surinder Sa, a native of Bihar who sustained a severe cut on his right hand A fire victim seeks help at Shaheed Udham Singh Colony in Mohali on Wednesday. a few days ago, is now clueless regarding how to feed his family, comprising his wife and four children. “Except for the clothes we are wearing, nothing has been left,” said Surinder. “Due to the grave injury on my hand, I was forced to stay at home. I lost everything, including my hutment, in yesterday’s fire. I don’t know what to do to feed my family,” said the halpless labourer. Sharda Devi, who sustained burn injuries on her face and arm during the incident, was seen crying for help. “Today, our neighbours and some philanthropists arranged food, but where will we sleep; what will we wear,” said Sharda Devi and other victims, including Kavita Devi and Sonu. “Most women of the victim families were working as domestic help at houses of nearby residents. Now, they have no place to leave their children. It’s a double blow for them,” said a resident of the colony.
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