09082017-CT-01.qxd 8/9/2017 12:55 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 9 AUGUST 2017 | CHANDIGARH Classical treat Illegal mining STA-AITA tennis meet Nila Sinha Roy performs before a limited but receptive audience at Tagore Theatre. P2 Not caring much about the norms, miners in Mohali district continue with the illegal activity. P4 Gurjosh Singh dumps Samarth Dogra to book a place in the boys' U-14 quarterfinals . P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.9°C MIN 27.7°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:10 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:47 AM Cops clam up, yet to amend Freeze! FIR, CCTV grabs look hazy STALKING CASE Cars captured in cameras, not numbers Tribune News Service CPM member Subhashini Ali and activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Janwadi Mahila Morcha being stopped by the Chandigarh Police near the Housing Board, Panchkula, on Tuesday. NITIN MITTAL Tribune News Service No media, please Chandigarh, August 8 It’s been four days and the police are still wondering if they should add more sections under the IPC to the stalking case. Of course, a case of bailable offence was registered against the two youths, including the son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala, for chasing a woman in the dead of night. But the delay has raised many a question. Is it that the police are buying time by seeking a legal opinion? Vikas Barala (23), son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish Kumar (22), were arrested for trying to block the victim’s way with their car while she was heading home. The accused also chased her before being nabbed by the police The Chandigarh Police stopped mediapersons with cameras from entering the Sector 26 police station on Tuesday. An armed constable was put on duty at the main gate to ensure that nobody with cameras entered even the main gate. Later, when journalists voiced anger, they were let in, but were asked to park their cars outside the main gate. at the Housing Board light point. They were later released on bail since the offence they were booked for was bailable. The FIR was initially lodged under Section 354-D of the IPC (stalking) and Sections 341 of the IPC (wrongful restraint) and 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs) were added to the case. Despite the complainant stating that the accused attempted to kidnap her, rele- vant sections were not added to the FIR. The UT Police are already facing flak for a botched-up probe and the delay in adding relevant sections to the case will only put them in a tight spot. A police official said: “It hardly takes an hour to decide which sections are to be added to an FIR.” Not even a single official was available for comments. The daily press briefing over any development in the case as assured by UT SSP Eish Singhal also didn’t take place today. SEE ALSO P3 Chandigarh, August 8 CCTV grabs procured by the Chandigarh Police are not clear. Cameras installed on the route on which the 29year-old woman was chased could not capture the registration number of the cars. The grabs are showing the cars, but not the numbers. The CCTV cameras, installed at various light points on the route between Sector 7 and the Housing Board, were not functioning on the day of the incident. The police had to scan the footage of other cameras installed on the route. On Monday, grabs from five cameras were taken. Sources said the camera footage from the Sector 7 market to Sector 26 was unclear. “A car followed by a white SUV is seen, but number plates are not visible,” they added. The police are now making efforts to locate more CCTV cameras in Sectors 7 and 26. Accused not quizzed Sources said the police had not summoned the accused even once in the past four days. “They have not been questioned yet,” they added. c m y b A massive traffic jam was witnessed on the Landran road in Mohali on Tuesday morning. Repeated pleas of commuters have fallen on deaf ears, with the situation going from bad to worse over the years. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU 8-month-old dies of swine flu No. of deaths Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 8 An eight-month-old baby girl from Panchkula died of swine flu last night. She was admitted to the PGI, but her parents took her home. The infant was handed over to the family after completing formalities under leave against medical advice (LAMA). VK Bansal, CMO, Panchkula, said the child was admitted to the Civil Hospital, where she died last night. He said the Health Department had isolated the family and started their treatment. The department is also trying to find out if there is any travel history. ■ On July 20, a 42-year-old man Meanwhile, three more city residents have tested positive for swine flu. Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, nodal officer, of Health Department, said epidemiologists of the neighbouring states had informed the department about the confirmed cases. The first patient is 36-yearold and resides in Sector 22, the second is 56-year-old and a resident of Sector 37, while the third is 43-year-old and lives in Sector 46. The trio have not been admitted to the from Sector 35 became the first victim of swine flu. ■ On July 26, a 60-year-old woman from Maloya breathed her last while on July 29, a 35year-old man from Himachal Pradesh succumbed to the flu. A 55-year-old head constable with the Chandigarh Police died of the flu on July 31. On August 3, a 35-year-old patient from Sector 52 in Chandigarh and a 47-year-old woman from Kurukshetra died of the virus. . hospital as yet. So far, four persons form the city, two from Haryana and one from Himachal Pradesh, have died of the flu in city hospitals. 2 held for kidnapping 3-yr-old boy Kharar, August 8 The Kurali Police have succeeded in freeing a three-yearold boy from the clutches of his kidnappers. Victim Jambant was taken to Bihar by the accused, identified as Shiva, alias Nirbhay, and Dinesh Yadav. SHO Kurali Bharat Bhushan said Shiva used to work with the boy’s father, Vishav Ram. They lived in the same house. Vishav Ram told the police that he was to give Rs 1,000 to the accused, but the latter wanted more. On July 29, the accused took the child to the market continued on page 5
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