09112017-CT-01.qxd 11/9/2017 1:02 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 9 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH HP Assembly poll Mohali not ODF PU handball meet PU allows students from Himachal Pradesh to go to their native places to cast vote. P2 The practice of defecating in the open is common at various villages in Mohali. P4 Hosts DAV-10 and MCMDAV-36 win their league matches in PU inter-college handball championship. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 27°C MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.4°C MIN 13.2°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.30 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.43 AM Market panel chairman poll Smog delays five flights deferred amid high drama Most pvt schools in Mohali closed for three days Tribune News Service Acting chief goes ‘missing’, found ‘drugged’; son alleges kidnap, police differ Chandigarh, November 8 The election of the new chairman of the Market Committee was today postponed following a high drama over the alleged abduction of one of the nine directors and acting chairman of the Market Committee, Harjit Singh. The election was necessitated after Jujhar Singh resigned from the post last week. The Administration had made Harjit Singh, vicechairman of the committee, as the acting chairman and fixed November 8 as the date of the election for the post. While the chairman of the committee was elected unanimously two times in the past, the election was announced this time as differences emerged in the BJP-dominated committee. There are two contenders for the post, Sukhvinder Singh Kala and Kulvinder Singh Kala. While the former got the support of the Congress, there was no unanimity on Kulvinder Singh Kala’s name. Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Gupta said the election had been postponed as only three directors reached the election venue while the presence of at least five members was required to complete the quorum. None of the BJP-supported The BJP engineered the whole drama to get the election postponed as it is facing factionalism. The party is not in a position to fight the election and is staring at the defeat due to factionalism and our (Congress) support to Sukhvinder Singh. A Market Committee employee calls out the names of directors for the poll in Sector 26 on Wednesday. PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN DEVINDER SINGH BABLA, a director of Market Committee directors reached the Market Committee office till 3 pm, the time fixed for the election. Kulvinder Singh Kala said how could they fight the election when one of their supporters was ‘abducted by the opponent’? The directors who reached the committee office were Devinder Singh Babla, Subhash Randhawa and Sukhvinder Singh Kala. Earlier, hectic activities were witnessed outside the Market Committee office after the news of the alleged abduction reached there. The Additional Deputy Commissioner and SDM East Arjun Sharma also reached the election venue along with senior police officers. In a complaint filed at the Area councillor Jagtar Singh said Harjit Singh was not in a position to speak as he was terrified and seemed to be under the influence of some drug. Sukhvinder Singh has denied the allegations levelled in the police complaint. Devinder Singh Babla, one of the directors, said the BJP engineered the whole drama to get the election postponed as it was facing factionalism. The BJP was not in a position to fight the election and was staring at the defeat due to factionalism and their (Congress) support to Sukhvinder Singh, he added. Market Committee elections are held every three year and the term of the present body will end in August next year. Mani Majra police station, Jasanjit Singh, son of Harjit Singh, alleged that on the behest of Sukhvinder Singh, some persons, including Sohan Singh, got his father kidnapped. He apprehended that his father might have been given some drugs to make him unconscious as he (Harjit Singh) was unable to speak when contacted over the phone. A daily diary report was lodged following the complaint and an investigation initiated. DSP East Satish Kumar, when contacted, said Harjit Singh was not kidnapped. Harjit Singh was later located on the MohaliChandigarh border near Maloya at 7 in the evening. Decrying DeMo TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh, November 8 A local court today acquitted three youths in a case of murder that took place in Mani Majra last year. An Ambala youth, who had come for the treatment of his foot and was staying with his sister, was allegedly hit with a rod on his head and he died. However, Mani Majra residents Harpreet, alias Laadi (20), Chandigarh Congress chief Pardeep Chhabra (right) and other party workers observe ‘black day’ to mark the first anniversary of demonetisation in Sector 34 on Wednesday. SEE ALSO P3 Juvenile awarded 20-year jail term for raping cousin Chandigarh, November 8 A local court today sentenced a 17-year-old Mani Majra boy to 20 years in jail for raping his 16-year-old cousin. He was also directed to pay a fine of Rs 1.05 lakh, of which Rs 1 lakh is to be given to the victim. He, along with accomplice Hari Prasad (21), was an accused in the case and was being tried separately. The 17-year-old is currently in a juvenile home and will be transferred to the Burail jail as soon as he turns 18. According to his counsel, there are revised guidelines which permit trying a juvenile in a normal court in case of heinous crimes. In other cases, juveniles are tried in special juvenile courts only. The case On August 20, 2016, the victim had gone to her brother’s house in Mani Majra after having an argument with her mother. She was sitting on the staircase of the house waiting for her brother to come home. According to the complaint, around 11 pm, her cousins, who lived on the ground floor, forcibly took her to a secluded Vehicles move amid dense smog on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway in Dera Bassi on Wednesday. Tribune News Service Mohali, November 8 Smog delayed at least five flights at the Chandigarh international airport in Mohali today. Sources said due to poor visibility, flights from Delhi and Srinagar got delayed by at least one hour. The worst affected were the afternoon flights. The affected flights included the GoAir Delhi-ChandigarhDelhi flight, which was delayed by an hour, the SpiceJet Delhi-Chandigarh-Srinagar flight, delayed by an hour Airfares still high The airfares from Chandigarh to Delhi for Thursday afternoon flights have touched the roof. While the rates of air tickets in morning flights are near normal, the tickets for the afternoon flights are available between ~9,000 and ~30,000, over three times the normal rates. “Those who can afford are preferring air travel to road travel due to smog,” said Pankaj Sharma, a local travel agent. and a half, the Vistara DelhiChandigarh-Delhi flight, delayed by an hour and a half, the SpiceJet Srinagar-Chandigarh-Delhi flight, delayed by an hour and 10 minutes and the Jet Airways Delhi-Chandi- garh-Delhi flight, delayed by an hour and 20 minutes. As many as 14 flights to and from Delhi have already been cancelled due to the repair of a runway at the Delhi airport for three days. Several trains running behind schedule too Chandigarh, November 8 Heavy smog in parts of Punjab and Haryana continued to disrupt railway traffic with over 30 trains getting delayed today, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. The trains delayed included Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express, Himalayan Express, Sadbhawana Express and trains from Amritsar and Ferozepur. The delay was for over three hours. Railway traffic incharge JP Singh said the rail traffic was disrupted due to heavy smog in the northern region. Nearly 15 important trains, including superfast, were delayed for nearly two hours. “The entire train service has taken a hit due to smog,” he said. A city resident, Deepak, said, “The Shatabdi Express Mani Majra murder: 3 youths walk free Tribune News Service Tribune News Service TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL ‘Abduction’ BJP ploy to put off poll: Babla Tribune News Service room. She said they raped her and fled from the spot. She later informed her mother, who took her to the police. A case of rape was registered under Section 376 of the IPC and under Section 8 of the POCSO Act on her complaint. The other accused, Hari Prasad, is facing a separate trial and is currently in custody. The defence counsel claimed that there was a property dispute in the family and thus the two were falsely implicated in the case. However, the accused was found guilty by the court. Mother deserts gang rape victim Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 8 The fate of the 14-year-old gang rape victim hangs in the balance as her mother has reportedly expressed her inability to take her home citing poor financial condition of their family. The victim, who hails from Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh, is presently staying at Ashiana, a children’s home in Sector 15. The victim’s mother was traced in Parwanoo. She came to the city and met the girl. The police said the victim’s mother had not lodged a complaint with the Himachal Pradesh Police after the girl went missing. Sources said she thought that her daughter would return on her own after some days. The victim had come to the city from Parwanoo, along with her friend Salman, alias Lucky (22). The duo started residing in Faidan village. After a few days, Salman allegedly called his friends and they gang-raped her. The matter was reported to the police on November 4. c m y b Mohali, November 8 Most of the leading private schools here have decided to go by the Punjab Government’s decision of keeping schools across the state closed for three days from tomorrow in view of smog. The managements of Yadwindra Public School, Doon International School, Learning Paths School, Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Gian Jyoti Public School and St Soldier International School have decided to keep their institutes shut on the three days. Manjit Madra, Principal, Doon School, said, “As our annual function is on the cards, students participating in the function have been asked to come to school for preparation at 10 am. They will leave at 2 pm.” Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said all schools have to be closed for three days from tomorrow. “I would ensure that there would be no violation in this regard as risk factors are very high due to smog here,” she said. Surjit, alias Noori (19), and Rajat (21) were let off due to lack of evidence. On March 9, 2016, Nayab Singh, brother of the deceased, got a police complaint registered against the three youths. He said his brother Jasvir Singh had come to the city just five days ago. He had an injury on his foot, which he wanted to get treated here. On the day of the incident, he had left home for a walk around 10 pm. Around 11.30 pm, Nayab got a call from a neighbour that Jasvir was lying near the Shani temple in a pool of blood. The family rushed to the spot and also informed the police. He was taken to the PGI where he was declared brought dead. The Mani Majra booked the accused under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. They were later arrested. According to the deceased’s brother, the victim had a fight with the three around two years ago. Jasvir then lived with his family in Mani Majra and used to repair shockers of vehicles. After several clashes between both sides, his parents had sent him to Ambala. He had come to the city for a few days to get his foot treated. The family claimed that old enmity let to his murder. was scheduled to start its journey to Delhi at 5.15 pm but left at 6.30 pm. On normal days, the train reaches Delhi at around 8.30 pm, but it reached at half past midnight yesterday.” — TNS See also page 4 Migrant youth electrocuted Mohali: A 24-year-old migrant was electrocuted at Badhmajra here on Wednesday. According to the police, the victim, identified as Avdhesh Kumar of Bihar who was residing at Badhmajra, was doing plaster work in his underconstruction house when he touched a live wire accidentally. He was declared brought dead at the Civil Hospital in Phase VI. The victim was unmarried and living here with his brothers’ families. TNS
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