07082017-CT-01.qxd 8/7/2017 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 7 AUGUST 2017 | CHANDIGARH MUN conference Vehicle junkyards Paramvir to represent Oz The 8th edition of the Model United Nations conference concludes on a vibrant note. P2 Police stations turn dumping ground for seized and unclaimed vehicles. P4 Chandigarh-born shooter Paramvir to represent Australia in Police Games. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.4°C MIN 27.5°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.11 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.46 AM Middleman used links with senior officials Smart? Certainly not Bribe case:Gets one-day remand along with SDM Tribune News Service Chandigarh may be on the list of smart cities in the making, but the ground reality is different. In the absence of a bus queue shelter, an elderly man has difficulty in waiting for a bus on Madhya Marg in Sector 27, Chandigarh. Most bus stops in the city are devoid of shelters. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN SNIPPETS Motorcyclist dies in crash Youth ends life at Botanical Garden Chandigarh, August 6 A 21-year-old youth reportedly committed suicide by jumping in a water body at Botanical Garden this morning. The body was taken out a few hours after the victim drowned. Sources said a man, who had come for a morning walk, saw the victim going towards the water body. However, when he did not return after sometime, the man went close to the water body and found that the victim was not there. The victim had removed his shoes and jumped into the water body. Fearing that the victim had Mohali: A motorcyclist was killed while his acquaintance, riding pillion, sustained serious injuries in a road accident near Dara Studio at Phase VI here on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Vinod Kumar (22), a resident of Phase VI. His acquaintance, Rajesh Kumar, aka Raju, has been shifted from the Civil Hospital at Phase VI to the PGI where his condition is said to be critical. According to the police, Vinod, who was riding the mobike, lost balance due to which the bike hit a water tanker parked along the road. The police said both of them were working as caterers and were returning to their homes after purchasing vegetables. They were shifted to the Civil Hospital by PCR officials from where Raju was referred to the PGI. TNS Two snatching incidents reported Chandigarh: Two incidents of snatching were reported from the city on Saturday. While a purse containing Rs 26,000 and valuables was snatched in Sector 46, keys of a car were snatched from a man by a Duster-borne miscreant. According to the police, Babita, a resident of Sector 32, alleged that an unknown person riding a motorcycle sped away after snatching her person containing Rs 26,000, a pair of earrings, an ATM card and documents in Sector 46. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. In another incident, Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 27, alleged that a person driving a Duster snatched the keys of his Swift car. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. TNS Divers carry out a search operation at the Botanical Garden water body in Chandigarh on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO drowned, people informed the police around 7.30 am. A police team rushed to the spot and, after gauging the situation, called a distaster managment team and divers. The police said around 10.30 am, the divers managed to find the body and brought it out. The police said the victim had been identified as Sam Daniel, a resident of Ambedkar Colony near Dhanas. He was pursuing a computer course from an institute in Sector 24. The body has been kept at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. Inspector Shadi Lal, SHO of the Sarangpur police station, said it appeared to be a case of suicide. However, the matter was under investigation. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police. — TNS Chandigarh, August 6 Investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the arrest of an HCS officer, posted as SDM (East), her husband and a middleman while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 75,000, has revealed that the middleman had come in contact with the officer using links of higher officials. The role of one more officer in the SDM’s office, whose name has cropped up, will also be investigated by CBI sleuths. All three accused were produced before the Duty Magistrate, who remanded the HCS officer and the middleman in one-day custody while the officer’s husband was sent to judicial custody. The complainant in the case, Tarsem Kumar, had alleged that there was a property dispute between him and his brother and the matter was listed for hearing in the court of SDM (East) Shilpi Pattar. The property dispute was reportedly decided by the SDM on August 3, directing that the disputed property at the grain market in Sector 26 be sealed, without hearing the complainant. The property was sealed by the police the same day. According to the CBI, the complainant discussed the case with GS Brar, who took him to the SDM’s office. It was also alleged that Brar told the complainant that the SDM would revoke her decision provided the complainant paid a bribe of Rs 5 lakh to her. The bribe amount was reduced to Rs 2 lakh. The CBI laid a trap and caught Brar and the SDM while taking Rs 75,000 as the first instalment. SDM’s husband Dheeraj Dutt was also arrested as Rs 50,000 of the bribe money was recovered from him while Rs 25,000 was recovered from Brar. CBI sources said the SDM’s husband tried to hide the money in his undergarments. SDM (East) Shilpi Pattar (yellow suit) being produced before the Duty Magistrate in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Sunday. PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL ~2 lakh recovered from SDM’s house A search conducted at the SDM’s house in Sector 27 led to the recovery of ~2 lakh, bank locker keys and documents pertaining to bank accounts. Another officer under the scanner Sources said during the probe, it came to light that Brar came in contact with the SDM by using links of higher officials, which had to be investigated. CBI sleuths will also question the officer whom the complainant was asked to meet by the SDM to get the work done. SDM’s husband seen smiling While SDM Shilpi Pattar had moist eyes, there was no sign of remorse on her husband’s face, who was seen smiling outside the Duty Magistrate’s house in Sector 19. SDM’s husband Dheeraj (left) and middleman JS Brar (in specs) being produced before the Duty Magistrate. Over 30 cases pending in SDM’s court More than 30 cases of violation and misuse of property are pending in the court of SDM (East) Shilpi Patter Dutt. SDMs have been delegated the powers of the Estate Officer by the UT to hear cases of violation of building bylaws. All buildings are covered under the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act, 1952, implemented in the city. The Estate Officer first issues a notice to the owner if violation of building bylaws is found during checking. If the owner fails to remove the violations after the notice, the SDM can seal the building. The Estate Officer also has the power to de-seal the building . P’kula admn turns to Army for help Want justice, says Wants temporary bridges constructed over Ghaggar at five locations in Morni THE TRIBUNE IMPACT victim’s father Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 6 After Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the plight of students of Morni villages, who have to cross the swollen Ghaggar during the rains as their is no connecting road or bridge, the Panchkula district administration today swung into action. Deputy Commissioner Gauri Parashar Joshi wrote to the Western Command, Chandimandir, seeking the Army’s help in the construction of temporary bridges over the Ghaggar at five locations. After the Deputy Commissioner’s letter, a joint team of the Panchkula administration and the Western Command, including ADC Rajesh Jogpal, today visited the Bhojkoti area in Morni and it was decided to construct a foot overbridge there so that students, villagers and even two-wheelers can Army and Panchkula officials during a visit to Morni on Sunday. easily cross the Ghaggar. Army officials took the measurement of the area and it was decided that if the project worked successfully, it would be replicated at other dangerous spots as well. Earlier today, the Deputy Commissioner wrote to the Administration Commandant, Western Command, Chandigarh, saying, “The situation warrants immediate redressal. A number of hamlets and some villages in Morni have no access to road and villagers, including school students, have to cross the river bed to reach their destinations. The Ghaggar is prone to flash floods and at present, the level of the river is 3 to 4 ft. There is a warning of heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh, which will further increase the water level of the Ghaggar. To avert any c m y b untoward incident and loss of life, the district administration requests for help -- both in resources and technical expertise -- urgently”. foot overbridges, which would ultimately help the villagers, especially children and the elderly. Students lost lives in the past Villagers appreciate move Sanjay Singh, a resident of Morni, appreciated the move of the Panchkula administration. He said they were now hopeful that the Army would soon construct Villagers said a few years ago, three students of schools in Bijlag and Raji Tikri villages lost their lives on the way to their schools as they drowned while crossing a swollen rivulet. Chandigarh, August 6 “I want justice to prevail so that such youths all over the country get a lesson that they can’t go scot-free,” said the IAS officer whose daughter was stalked by two youths, including the son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala. Vikas Barala (23), an LLB student, and his friend, Ashish Kumar (22), a law graduate, were arrested for stalking and wrongful restraint after they tried to block the victim’s way, who was driving a car, and also chased her before being nabbed by the police at one of the light points. “This incident is not just about my daughter, but about the safety of all girls in the city,” said the IAS officer. The bureaucrat, who is firm on his daughter’s decision to pursue the case, said he would take the case to its logical end. He said it should not be treated as a tussle between a bureaucrat and a politician. Asserts stalkers should know they can’t go scot-free . “I visited the police station as a father, not as a bureaucrat. As a citizen of this country, I have the right to seek justice,” he said. Asked about both accused being granted bail, the IAS officer said he would not like to comment on whether the bail should have been granted but wondered what the police would have done had the same thing happened with their daughters. The victim’s father said both accused, being law students, were aware about the repercussions of such an act, but still went ahead with it. The accused apologised to the victim after learning that she was a bureaucrat’s daughter. However, neither the victim nor her father heeded their requests.
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