30122017-CT-01.qxd 12/30/2017 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Parking curbs on NY Eve Three-fold hike approved City boys bow to Mohali Cabs, autos will not be allowed to park on main roads in Sectors 17, 22, 25 for two days. P2 MC House approved a three-fold hike in booking charges of two modern community centres. P8 Chandigarh bow to neighbours Mohali as they lose their second successive match. P7 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24.2°C MIN 7.2°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.32 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.18 AM Mohali police claim suicide; kin suspect foul play Chavan appointed new GMCH Director-Principal Pavneet Singh Chadha Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Mohali, December 29 A 31-year-old man from Anandpur Sahib died in police custody under mysterious circumstances at the Mataur police station in the wee hours today. The victim has been identified as Praveen Kumar, a resident of Khamera village in Anandpur Sahib tehsil, who was held under preventive measures on Thursday night following a dispute between the victim and Manoj, a local youth. Praveen had allegedly stabbed Manoj in the neck and hand, following an altercation, at the Phase VII market. Police officials claimed that the victim committed suicide by hanging in the lock-up. Mohali SP (Detective) Harbir Singh Atwal said: “The victim committed suicide around 5 am. He stuffed cotton from a quilt in his mouth. Then he made a makeshift rope from the quilt’s cover and hanged him.” Questioned on the cause of death, SP said: “An inquiry , by a judicial magistrate is under way, so I will not comment on the cause of death. According to preliminary investigation, it seems the victim was stressed over the dispute, but that is subject to judicial inquiry.” Police officials said Manoj, who works at Connect in Mohali, was taken to the Fortis hospital from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. His condition is said to be stable. “Manoj was fit to give a statement at night, but did not due to fear and anxiety,” said Atwal. Mataur SHO Jarnail Singh said: “Praveen Kumar was arrested under preventive measures under Sections 107/151 of the CrPC. Chandigarh, December 29 Chandigarh Administration has appointed Dr BS Chavan as new Director-Principal of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, as the present Director-Principal, Dr AK Janmeja, Professor and Head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, is retiring on December 31, 2017 Dr Janmeja was given the officiating charge of DirectorPrincipal in April 2017 after administration denied further extension to Dr Atul Sachdev for the second time. Sources said the additional charge of Director-Principal had been given to Dr Chavan till the regular appointment is made on the post. Dr Chavan is at present Head of the Mohali, December 29 Members of deceased Praveen Kumar’s family have demanded a high-level probe against the policemen who were on night duty, saying that he could not have committed suicide over a dispute, as claimed by the police. Praveen’s relatives said they made 50-60 calls on his mobile phone, which was in police custody, when he did not return in the evening. Praveen’s elder brother, Parminder Kumar, said: “Police officials in the morning at Anandpur Sahib told Deceased’s woman friend An FIR against him was not registered since the statement of the injured youth could not be recorded.” A post-mortem was conducted at Civil Hospital, Phase VI, by a medical board. One of the doctors on the board said: “The cause of death can only be revealed once the viscera report comes out.” Praveen worked at mobile Man attempts suicide in lock-up Remand for HC registrar Chandigarh, December 29 A resident of Khuda Alisher, who was taken in preventive custody, made a suicide attempt inside the police lockup at the Sector 19 police station yesterday. He tried to commit suicide by banging his head against the iron gate of the lock-up. According to the police, Tarun Chopra, a resident of Khuda Alisher, was arrested under preventive measures. Police said the accused, who was in an inebriated condition, Continued on page 2 HCS JUDICIAL PAPER LEAK CASE Youth dies in police custody Brothers of Praveen (inset), who died at Mataur police station, at the Civil Hospital in Mohali on Friday. He was held for stabbing a youth. PHOTO: VICKY Kin demand high-level probe Chandigarh, December 29 A local court has sent Balwinder Kumar Sharma, an accused in the Haryana Civil Services (Judicial) paper leak case, to three-day police remand. The Punjab and Haryana High Court registrar (recruitment) was arrested on Thursday night by a special investigation team of the Chandigarh police. The police had asked for fiveday remand and the public prosecutor argued that the records related to the case, which were received from the Supreme Court, were to be verified. The prosecution had also submitted an application seeking permission to search Sharma’s Kharar residence, which was allowed by the court. Sharma was recently transferred to Ropar from Chandigarh. However, the defence had argued that if the police could not find any incrimi- Sources said the woman friend of the deceased hailed from Khamera and had recently moved to Nurpur Bedi after marriage to an army man. She had allegedly complained to Praveen that Manoj was stalking her. Praveen had summoned Manoj to confront him over the issue. us that my brother had been arrested over a dispute. Only after coming to Mohali, we were informed that our brother had died.” He questioned why the police did not contact the family at night. “He had two mobile phones with him and all documents. Had the police contacted us at night, my brother would not have been as stressed,” he said. Another member of the family questioned why the victim’s body was taken to Civil Hospital at 10 am if the incident occurred at 5 am. “We were not taken to the lock-up and brought directly to the State Crime office,” he said. His brothers said Praveen had completed schooling and did not consume alcohol or do drugs. shop in his native village with his elder brothers. He came to Mohali yesterday in the afternoon to confront Manoj, who was harassing Praveen’s woman friend, said the sources. Balwinder Sharma, accused in the paper leak case, being produced before a court in Chandigarh on Friday. RAVI KUMAR nating evidence here, they would not find anything in Kharar as well, as he had just shifted on December 4. It was also stated that the police wanted to interrogate Sharma along with Sunita, the only other arrested accused in the case. Sunita, a lawyer, said to be the mastermind in the case, was arrested last month from Delhi. This would bring forth more details and may also lead to others involved in the scam, it was stated. The defence opposed the police remand and argued that the police had no logical reason Sharma was interrogated for seven hours on Thursday. As far as confrontation of Sharma with Sunita is concerned, it was argued that the police had already interrogated Sharma for 55 hours within a span of Continued on page 2 c m y b Dr BS Chavan UT gives him additional charge of the post as Dr Janmeja is retiring on December 31 Department of the Psychiatry in the GMCH. The sources said the administration had followed the principal of seniority while making the appointment on the post. Dr Chavan is the senior most professor at the college. Meanwhile, the administration has started the process for a regular appointed on the post. In the recently finalised rules, the administration has increased the upper age limit to 59 years from 56. The administration has decided to draft the amended rules for the post after many senior faculty members at the GMCH had sent their representation for changing the rules this January. Dr Chavan’s appointment has been made at the time when the GMCH is planning to start many new super-specialty wings at the college as well as new postgraduate seats. Boy dies after being hit by reversing van Panchkula, December 29 A five-year-old boy was killed in an accident at Industrial Area, Phase-II, in Panchkula today. Victim Akhilesh’s parents are slum dwellers. The boy was playing on the road near the shanties in a vacant plot where he lived. Mukesh, who drives a pickup van, had come to home in the same slum for lunch. As Mukesh reversed the pick-up van, the boy was hit. He, along with victim’s mother Kamla, took him to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where he was operated upon. However, he succumbed to injuries. — TNS POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Part of Sector 25 10 am to 2 pm: SCO No. 1 to 60, Madhya Marg, Sector 26
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