01082017-CT-01.qxd 8/1/2017 12:36 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 1 AUGUST 2017 | CHANDIGARH Defacement Reach Delhi in 2 hours Prinkle stands out As the student poll is nearing, campaigners have started putting up posters in the tricity. P2 The Indian Railways has decided to launch its first semi-high speed project. P4 Prinkle Singh stunned top seed Harshita Chugh during the CLTA-AITA tennis meet. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 31°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30.5°C MIN 26.2°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7:16 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.42 AM Massive traffic jam and bedlam At GMCH-32 road, commuters remain stranded for hours; ambulances stuck, no traffic cops Tribune News Service The Swift car that was taken away first and then abandoned at Sector 42 in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Engineer’s car taken away,foundinSec42 Tribune News Service Calls go unanswered Chandigarh, July 31 Unknown persons took away a Swift car from an engineer near the Civil Dispensary in Sector 22 on Sunday night. The car was later recovered from Sector 42. It is believed that the accused abandoned the vehicle after ramming it into a roundabout. Sources said Ankit was returning home when a speeding Accent car hit a scooterist, Tushar. When the former got off his car to rescue the injured, two occupants of the Accent car entered into an altercation with him and in the meantime the scooterist fled. One of the miscreants threatened Ankit with a rod and took away his car. The victim claimed that he made several calls to the Police Control Room, but could not get through to any of the officials. He then went Ankit, whose car was taken away, said he tried calling the Police Control Room, but could not get through. He then went to the police post in Sector 22. Laptop stolen The accused is learnt to have rammed the car into Attawa Chowk at Sector 42. The victim said the former had fled with his laptop which was in the car. . to the police post in Sector 22. The control room was informed about the incident and a message was flashed. After sometime, the police received information about a car lying abandoned in Sector 42. The accused rammed the car into Attawa Chowk at Sector 42. The victim said the accused had taken away his laptop. A probe is on into the incident. Chandigarh, July 31 A long queue of vehicles was seen at the GMCH-32 roundabout this afternoon. The patience of commuters was put to test as they had to wait for several hours to get out of the gridlock. Many ambulances too were stuck in the jam. Vehicles going towards Sector 32 and the road dividing Sector 32/31/29/30 moved at a snail’s pace. The entire stretch up to Tribune Chowk was choked. The commuters said many PCR vehicles passed the stretch (through alternative routes), but nobody bothered to stop and regulate the traffic. Arvind, a local resident, made a call to the Police Control Room to enquire about the reason behind the traffic jam. He was told that officials did not have any such information. “It was a massive jam and in the absence of any traffic policeman, the situation went from bad to worse. I called up the police to send an official to regulate the traffic, but to no avail,” he added. Many had to take a U-turn. Manipal Singh, a commuter who was stuck in the jam for over 25 minutes, said the UT Administration kept boasting of the Smart City tag, but when it came to do something, it looked the other way. “The authorities should come up with a mechanism Vehicles queue up on the road dividing Sector 32/31/29/30 on Dakshin Marg in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR the ❝It was a massive jam and inwentabsence oftoany I traffic policeman, the situation from bad worse. called up the police to send an official to regulate the traffic, but to no avail A COMMUTER ❞ . through which the Police Control Room gets to know about a traffic jam in the city. Traffic policemen should deployed at various intersections, depending upon the rush,” he added. Meanwhile, in the morning, traffic snarls were witnessed in various parts of the city. Long queues were seen at the old airport light point, Hallo MC workers fill up the pit near the Sector 20 gurdwara in Chandigarh on Monday. MANOJ MAHAJAN HC: Excise trial against Ghira abuse of law SNIPPETS Saurabh Malik Fourth swine flu death in city Chandigarh, July 31 A 56-year-old man died of swine flu at the GMCH-32 this afternoon. So far, four persons, including one from Himachal Pradesh, have died of the flu. The deceased, a resident of Sector 26, was a head constable with the UT Police. According to Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, Nodal Officer, UT Health Department, the patient was rushed to the GMSH, Sector 16, last night, where doctors referred him to the GMCH- 32. Dr Aggarwal said the patient’s condition worsened today. “House-to-house surveys have been intensified so that suspected patients can be rushed to hospital on time,” said Dr Aggarwal. He said the Health Department had formed a rapid response team to tackle the situation. So far, 13 cases of swine flu have been reported from the city. On July 29, a 35-yearold man from Himachal Pradesh died of the flu. On July 26, 60-year-old woman from Maloya breathed her last. The first victim was Sham Verma, 42, a resident of Sector 35. So far, two patients and a one with flu-like symptoms are undergoing treatment at the PGI. The doctor said the condition of the four PGI doctors was stated to be stable. — TNS Majra light point, poultry farm roundabout, Kalagram light point and Sector 22 Aroma light point. Rajiv Ambasta, DSP Traf, fic (South), said there was a pit near Gurdwara Chowk on Dakshin Marg and which was why the area had been barricaded. “The traffic was slow, but it didn’t stop,” he added. Dera Bassi: The Dera Bassi police on Monday booked an unknown person for allegedly killing a minor at Mahiwala village. The deceased has been identified as two-year-old Mohammad Farman. The victim’s father, Mohammad Saleem, told the police that on Sunday night he, along with his son, was sleeping in the veranda. Around 11 pm, he went to washroom and when he came back, he found his son missing. He then started looking for the boy. A few metres away from the house, he saw a man imposing himself on the child. On seeing the victim’s father, the man fled. The boy was taken to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where doctors referred him to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The child died on the way to the PGI, where GMCH-32 doctors had sent him. OC Tribune News Service The damaged auto in Panchkula on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN Branch falls on auto, driver hurt Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 31 A tree branch fell on an auto on the road dividing Sector 7/17, injuring the driver and a passenger today. While the passenger, Rakesh, escaped with minor injuries, 55-yearold driver Bhagwan Das suffered a head injury and cuts in the neck. The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital in Sector 6, The injured, Bhagwan Das where doctors referred Bhagwan Das to the GMCH-32, while Rakesh was discharged after a thorough check-up. The traffic remained affected for four hours on the stretch and had to be diverted from Sector 7. An ambulance too had to be diverted. Bhagwan Das had picked up the passenger from the Housing Board light point and was to drop him at Sector 16. When he was passing Sector 7, a big branch fell on the auto. The police were not aware of the incident till evening. Chandigarh, July 31 Six years after Punjab Deputy Superintendent of Police Raka Ghira was booked under the Excise Act, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that an Excise Officer could only proceed against an accused in cases involving liquor. Justice AB Chaudhari also held that the filing of the FIR, challan and charge-sheet against Ghira was without any authority of law and “void ab initio” or invalid. “The criminal case trial must be held to be the abuse of process of law,” Justice Chaudhari added. Justice Chaudhari also allowed her petition for the quashing of the FIR lodged at the Sector 11 police station on July 24, 2011, under the provisions of the Punjab Excise What court said The court made it clear that an Excise Officer could only proceed against an accused in cases involving liquor. It held that the filing of the FIR, challan and charge-sheet against Ghira was without any authority of law . Act applicable to Chandigarh, along with all consequential proceedings, including the final report, order framing charge and chargesheet framed on May 12, 2014. Her counsel Isha Goyal had earlier submitted that continued on p4 Minor dead, kin cry foul Youth commits suicide Chandigarh: A 25-year-old youth, working at the 3 BRD, Air Force Station, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Sector 42. The deceased, Geet Mohan Singh, a resident of Sector 42, was a weightlifter. He was rushed to the GMSH-16, where doctors declared him brought dead. No suicide note was found from the spot. “There seems to be no foul play, however, we are investigating the matter,” said a police official. TNS New SSP (Traffic) joins Chandigarh: Shashank Anand, a Haryana-cadre 2006-batch IPS officer, today joined the UT Police as the SSP (Traffic and Security). The post had been lying vacant since the term of SSP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary, a 2005-batch IPS officer of the Haryana cadre, ended on May 7, 2016. Ravi Kumar Singh was officiating as the SP (Traffic). TNS INCONVENIENCED! SORRY, NOT SORRY BSNL subscribers offline, system hacked Strike shocker for passport applicants Tribune News Service Panchkula, July31 A cyber attack on BSNL’s modems has left subscribers harassed. Since July 25, a large number of BSNL modems, especially the ones that were not updated and had the default administrator-set password to date, were left defunct. As many as 5,000 modems have been affected in Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunangar out of the total 23,000, it is learnt. The problem was severe in Panchkula, where many residents queued up outside the BSNL office. According to reports, over a 100 people visit the telecom office every day. Today too, there was heavy rush at the Sector 16 office. SK Sharma, a professor emeritus, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was one of the many harassed consumers. He made a telephonic complaint after his broadband modem stopped working and he was asked to go to the BSNL’s Sector 16 office. He reached there and had to wait for over four hours for his turn. Sharma complained about the ill-treatment by the staff. “We have been suffering for a week and the employees did not even speak to us properly,” rued Sharma. The staff told them that the system had been hacked. The BSNL authorities said they had found a solution to the problem and the queues would end gradually as the disrupted modems were c m y b being fixed. Sanjay Sharma, Assistant General Manager, Ambala division, said, “The modems need to be updated. While the procedure is simple and can be done by customers themselves, we are doing it for them at our respective centres.” When asked about the preventive steps being taken to avoid any such problem in the future, Sharma said the modems were now equipped with devices, which did not allow external interference. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 31 The pen-down strike by the All-India Passport Employees Association (AIPEA) left scores of passport applicants stranded today. Venting ire, a large number of people gathered outside the Passport Seva Kendra in Industrial Area and the Regional Passport Office in Sector 34-A, said how could the association make them suffer. Passport association members protest in Chandigarh. A majority of the applicants complained that they did not know about the strike. In Industrial Area, a few youngster were allowed to enter the kendra. Deepankar Das, passport officer, said continued on p4
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