31082017-CT-01.qxd 8/31/2017 12:37 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 31 AUGUST 2017 | CHANDIGARH N-choe to be de-silted PU poll CHA lift twin titles After several plans for cleaning the N-choe, the authorities have now decided to de-silt it. P2 Panjab University releases election schedule; nominations to begin on September 1. P4 Chandigarh Hockey Academy lift twin titles in Junior State Hockey Championship. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.9°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.46 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.59 AM Poll plan SHO gives up post, says SSP, SNIPPETS Two arrested for DSP don’t let him work molesting minors Was stopped from registering FIRs: Inspector Akash Ghai Tribune News Service A general body meeting of the SFS in progress at the Student Centre, Panjab University, on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO PAGE4 City MC okays 10% hike in property tax Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 The MC, at its general house meeting today, approved a 10 per cent increase in property tax on commercial, industrial and institutional land and buildings. The last revision of commercial rates was done in 2004. While the rates were to be revised every five years, for the past nearly 10 years, these were not revised by the MC. Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla, citing a slump in the property market and the subsequent low rental income, opposed the increase in the commercial property tax. “People in Chandigarh are mostly service class. They ‘Tax wali Mayor’ Taking a swipe at Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal, Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla said, “The way you have been increasing rates and imposing taxes, people will remember you as tax wali Mayor.” To this, BJP leader Jaswal said, “No, I want to be remembered as a Mayor who had the support of opposition leaders.” cannot be burdened with an increase in the property, water, food and parking rates. At a time when the industry has failed in the city, why are we increasing the property tax,” asked Babla. MC Commissioner B Purushartha told the House that the coffers of the civic body were empty and to provide development and better services to residents, they would have to raise the tax to follow a financial discipline. The officer said the the civic body had a budget of Rs 1,000 crore while the UT had issued only Rs 265 crore. The MC’s own revenue was Rs 125 crore. After paying the salaries of employees, only Rs 90 crore was left for development. Crores of rupees were spent on water supply projects alone, he said. The MC also approved exemption to widows, the disabled and military persons (both serving and retired) from paying house tax on up to 300 sq yard houses. Ponzi scam accused denied bail Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 The bail plea of the Rs 600crore Ponzi scam accused, Kamal K Bakshi, was dismissed by a local court today. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had arrested the Ambala native on July 29 following raids at five places across India. It also seized fixed deposit receipts, immovable property papers, jewellery and high-end cars worth about Rs 4.18 crore during the raids. Bakshi is also a proclaimed offender in a cheating case registered with the city police in 2012. Four tricity residents were duped of about Rs 50 lakh, following which the economic offences wing of the city police had registered the case. The case was later investigated by the ED as there were many complaints against the Chandigarhbased Uni Pay Group from across India. The ED had conducted Continued on page 6 Compost garbage, get 10% rebate Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 The MC passed the agenda of giving a 10 per cent rebate on house tax to residents or residential societies that process their garbage through local composting. The agenda will now be sent to the UT Administration for approval and for making arrangements accordingly. The agenda was brought before the House today three months after MC Commissioner B Purushartha announced the plan to residents of Sector 48. Councillor Davesh Moudgil said wet waste, which was biodegradable, could be composted while the segregator could take the recyclable stuff from solid waste and sell it. The remaining solid waste would be 10 to 15 per cent, which would be taken away by waste collectors. The process would save labour and would be valuable for residents in the long run, said the BJP leader. Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla said a 10 per cent rebate was too less to encourage a household to make such arrangements. He favoured giving a 50 per cent rebate initially and said it could be brought down once residents adopted this system. The Congress leader Continued on page 6 Mohali, August 30 A Station House Officer (SHO) in Mohali today gave up his coveted post and joined the Police Lines for not letting him work and discharge his duties. Inspector Gurmeet Singh Sohal, who was posted as the SHO of the Mataur police station, has named Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal and DSP (City I) Alam Vijay Singh for forcing him to take the drastic decision. He has accused both senior police officers of not letting him work and discharge his duties. “As I was not allowed to work and perform my duties as the SHO, there was no point in retaining the post; my conscience does not allow me to remain posted there any longer. Hence I surrendered the post and joined the Police Lines,” Inspector Sohal told Chandigarh Tribune here today. Policemen who are place under suspension or punished for various reasons are generally sent to the Police Lines. However, the SSP and the DSP have categorically denied the charges and I was registering ❝Recently,whichstopped frombelonged toan FIR in a rape case, in the accused an influential background. Similarly, I was also stopped from booking some immigration consultants against whom I had got complaints. — GURMEET SINGH SOHAL, Inspector ❞ Inspector cited personal reasons: SSP Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal said Inspector Gurmeet Singh Sohal joined the Police Lines citing personal reasons. “All station house officers (SHOs) in various police stations across the district have no such complaint. claimed that Inspector Sohal had cited “personal reasons” for surrendering the SHO’s post and going to the Police Lines. Inspector Sohal claimed that the words “personal reasons” were added at the behest of his senior. “There were no personal reasons in leaving the post and joining the Police Lines,” claimed Inspector Sohal. Earlier, citing some instances, Inspector Sohal alleged that his seniors had prevented him from registering FIRs in certain matters. “Recently, I was stopped from registering an FIR in a rape case, in which the accused belonged to an influential background. Similarly, I was also stopped from booking some immigration consultants against whom I had got complaints,” alleged Inspector Sohal. He said could not work as a “rubber stamp”. “What is the fun of holding the SHO’s post when I cannot deliver justice to victims,” said Inspector Sohal. Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said Inspector Sohal joined the Police Lines citing personal reasons. “All SHOs in various police stations across the district have no such complaint. DSP Alam Vijay Singh refused to comment on the issue. Chandigarh: Two men have been arrested on a charge of molesting two girls at Ram Darbar. The girls, aged 14 and 12, were allegedly being sexually harassed by their paternal uncle Vijay Bahadur and tenant Bablu at the house. A case in this regard was already in progress at a mediation centre in Chandigarh but the advocate called childline 1098 on Wednesday as the harassment did not decrease. The girls live with their mother and two younger sisters on the first floor of the house. The girls were groped and harassed by Bablu and Vijay and were also not allowed to use the common washroom on the floor following which the girls decided to approach the advocate. TNS Man arrested on robbery charge Chandigarh: A Mani Majra resident, Sanju, was on Wednesday arrested for allegedly stabbing a man and robbing him of Rs 1,500 near a wine shop in Shanti Nagar on Monday. According to the police, the complainant, Lalit, resisted the robbery attempt after which the accused stabbed him and fled from the spot with the money. An FIR was registered in this regard after which the accused was arrested. TNS ‘Didi, goli maar doon inhe’ security , guard asked Honeypreet Insan Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 30 “Didi, goli maar doon inhe?” These were the words of one of the security guards of Dera Saucha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh after the Panchkula CBI court’s verdict on August 25 when the security guards tried to help the dera head escape from custody. One of the eyewitnesses told Chandigarh Tribune that the guard had sought permission from Honeypreet Insan, adopted daughter of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, after the court convicted him of rape. “The guard had pointed a gun towards senior officials of the Haryana Police, who were on duty in the District Courts complex on August We are happy to take you places again! Red bag secret signal A senior official of the Panchkula police said after the conviction, the dera head asked for his clothes from a red bag, which was actually a secret signal to inform the dera followers about his conviction and spread violence. Timely action by the police foiled the dera head’s escape plan, he said. 25,” said an official. However, within a few seconds, the security forces, including the Haryana Police and paramilitary forces, overpowered the guard and later arrested other guards as well, who tried to help the dera head escape from the custody of the Haryana Police. The Panchkula police have Now, you can go back to enjoying hassle-free and affordable rides. Looking forward to seeing you on-board soon. To get started, we have a special offer for you. booked seven persons in the dera chief’s security team who had “attempted to free him” at the District Courts complex in Sector 1 here after his conviction on August 25. Five of the accused are from the Haryana Police — three commandos and two on duty in the jammer vehicle. The remaining two were pri- vate security guards of the dera head. In their attempt to free the dera head, the seven security personnel even allegedly “slapped” an IG-rank official of the Haryana Police and scuffled with two other senior Haryana police officials. The security staff allegedly tried Continued on page 6 Use Code: FLAT49 & ride at Rs 49 for 7 km* *T&C : Applicable on Micro and Mini rides, till 3rd September, 2017 | Offer valid only in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Ambala, Patiala. c m y b
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