09012018-CT-01.qxd 1/9/2018 12:51 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 9 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Illegal meat markets thrive Parking pangs in Mohali Pranay advances in tennis While lone slaughterhouse lies non-functional, illegal meat markets thrive in Panchkula. P4 Brawls are common due to haphazard and wrongly parked vehicles in Mohali markets. P5 Pranay Sharma overcame Parth Goel in boys’ U-16 in Talent Series (TS-7) Tennis Championship. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20.2°C MIN 4.7°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.40 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.20 AM Pramod Bery from city among top 20 in CAT ‘A Suitable Boy’ comes calling Tribune News Service Noted author Vikram Seth speaks on ‘Thoughts on being a writer’ as interlocutor Prof Pushpinder Syal looks on during the 2nd Professor Urmi Kessar Memorial Oration at Panjab University on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR P2 SUV robbed at gunpoint in P’kula Four youths thrash victim, dump him in Zirakpur, flee with vehicle Tribune News Service Panchkula, January 8 In yet another case of carjacking at gunpoint in the town, robbers targeted the driver of a restaurant owner in Sector 9 on the night intervening Saturday and Sunday. Later, they dumped the driver in Zirakpur and fled with the Toyota Fortuner. On the complaint of the driver, Randhir, the police have registered an FIR under Section 379 B of the IPC. The driver was kidnapped from the main market of Sec- tor 9 at gunpoint. Later, he was thrashed badly and dumped at a secluded place on the Zirakpur-Patiala road. The robbers fled with the Toyota Fortuner. Randhir informed his owner Arun Deep Singla, who runs ‘The Brew Estate’ in Sector 9, about the incident. As per the CCTV footage of the incident, there were four accused, in their mid 20s. The complainant stated that the robbers first asked him if he had a lighter. As he rolled down the window, the accused took out a gun and robbed him. No groupism, says Kirron Chandigarh, January 8 A student of the SD College here scored 100 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017, results of which were declared today. Nearly 2 lakh students took the exam across the country and only 20 students achieved 100 percentile — Pramod Bery, 21, being one of them. Pramod, a BCom final year student, is from Phagwara. His father Dr Inderjeet Bery is a businessman and mother Sunita a homemaker. He did his matric from Phagwara and Class XII from Jalandhar with 95.8 per cent marks. So far, he has got a call from the IIM, Ahmedabad. As many as 10,000 students from the city appeared in the exam. The CAT score is also valid for admission to the University Business School at the PU. Vipul Kukkar, 22, who did mechanical engineering from Punjab Engineering College (PEC), has scored 99.99 percentile in the exam. He said mock tests immensely helped him prepare for the exam. Himanshu Chopra, who did his engineering from teh CCET, Sector 26, scored 99.86 percentile. Priyam Gupta, a Sandeep Rana Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 While denying any groupism in the local BJP and commenting for the first time on the rebellion in the party, MP Kirron Kher today said she had earlier supported the party’s official mayor nominees Arun Sood and Asha Kumari Jaswal as well. “For me, all councillors are equal. I have supported previous mayor nominees Arun Sood and Asha Jaswal too,” Kirron told Chandigarh Tribune during an event at a local college today when she was asked to comment on the present situation that had kept the saffron party on tenterhooks. In the party circles, it is widely believed that the present mayor nominee, Davesh Moudgil, whose name earlier sparked off a rebellion in the party, is in her camp while Sood and Jaswal are in Tandon’s faction. Kirron was in Delhi for a Lok Sabha session when Moudgil was declared the BJP’s mayor nominee. Rebel councillors had indicated her involvement in the decision. Refuting the same, Kirron said, “There is no groupism or factions in the BJP We are . one.” When the MP was told that often, there were set preferences among councillors as to which senior Chandigarh, January 8 Over 100 residents of Dhanas village have taken ill in an alleged diarrhoea outbreak in the area. As per the Health Department, residents were taken ill after consuming contaminated water supplied to their houses. Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, nodal anti-malaria officer of the UT Health Department, said residents of houses, which were supplied water from tube well number 15, had fallen sick. “We have conducted a camp in the area and started offering treatment to those complaining of stomach ache. So far, 90 residents have received treatment,” said Dr Gaurav. Apart from pain killers, ORS sachets have been distributed among residents. On the other hand, villagers accused the authorities of swinging into action after the damage was done. Residents complained that they had PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Claims to have backed Sood, Jaswal as Mayor too Diarrhoea outbreak in Dhanas, over 100 sick MP Kirron Kher saves herself from coconut water splashing on her during a ritual at Government Polytechnic for Women on Monday. leader’s functions they were going to attend, she replied, “I invite all councillors to my events. Now, it is their affection who comes and who does not. But we are like a family and there are no groups.” She refused to comment on possible cross-voting by BJP councillors in the mayoral poll on Tuesday. However, she remarked, “I only know the BJP is going to win with a big margin in the mayoral elections.” Fourteen councillors had left the UT Guest House after Davesh Moudgil’s name was declared as the BJP candidate for the post of mayor. Jaswal and two others had filed nominations against the party’s official nominees. SEE ALSO P3 Water supply to be hit in city today Chandigarh, January 8 Due to urgent repair of a pipeline near the CSIO, Sector 30, water supply in certain sectors in the city will be affected for two days. The water supply to Sectors 1 to 11, 19, 20-A, 20-B, 26, 27, 28, 29-A and 29-B, Industrial Area Phase-I, Modern Complex and Mani Majra will be hit. Water will be supplied at normal pressure from 4 am to 8 am on January 10 and at low pressure from 6 pm to 8 pm. On January 11, water will be supplied at normal pressure from 4 am to 8 am. On normal days, water is supplied till 9 in the morning. MC officials have asked residents of the affected areas to store water as per their requirement. — TNS Contaminated water supply blamed been grappling with the problem for over two weeks, but the department concerned took no remedial measures. “Visit any house in the Peera Wala Chowk area and the area around 40 quarters, you will find someone suffering from diarrhoea. It has been over a week that we have been visiting the department concerned and lodging complaints about the supply of contaminated water, but nothing was done so far,” said Deepak Uniyal, who is among those fallen ill. Kuljit Singh Sandhu, Sarpanch of the village, along with UT epidemiologist Dr Inderpal Singh, visited the tube well. “We have been complaining about supply of contaminated water for over 10 days. I have visited every department concerned, but to no avail. continued on page 4 Students who cleared CAT are all smiles at an institute in Sector 8, Chandigarh. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL on mock tests. have been CAT ❝I relied 2016. I used to Ianalyse the preparing forappeared since June mock tests I in at my coaching centre and focussed on weaknesses. There were no fixed hours for studying every day, but I was regular. PRAMOD BERY, CAT TOPPER ❞ final year computer science student at PEC, got 99.61 percentile while Rishab Goyal, a final year student of electrical engineering at PEC, scored 99.60. Raghav Rai Singla, who is doing civil engineering from PEC, scored 99.54 percentile. Sophia Dhawan of the CCET settled for 99.52 percentile. She is in the final year of computer science stream. “Initially, I was studying for 23 hours daily but later started investing 4-5 hours,” she said. When asked what she wants to do after MBA, she said, “I want to make a lot of money.” Anmol Bansal, who is doing BSc from SD College, Sector 32, has scored 99.21 percentile. She has got a call from the IIM, Ahmedabad. SEE ALSO P2 HCS PAPER LEAK City Congress leader’s name crops up Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 The name of a local Congress leader has surfaced during the investigation in the HCS (Judicial) paper leak case. The person has already been summoned a few times and questioned over his suspected involvement in the case. Sources said the leader in question, also a member of a Residents’ Welfare Association, had exchanged several calls with Sunita, one of the accused and a beneficiary in the case. Ravi Kumar, SP , who is heading the SIT constituted in the case, said there was a strong suspicion of him being involved in the case. However, nothing could continued on page 4 POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sec 25 10 am to 5 pm: Plot No. 71, Industrial Area, Phase 1 A devotee shows the place from where thieves stole a silver sheet at Shiv Temple in Sector 24, Chandigarh. PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Thieves strike at temple in Sec 24 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 Thieves broke into a temple in Sector 24 here and made off with silver articles, including ornaments, worth around Rs 12 lakh on Sunday night. The incident was captured on a CCTV camera installed at the temple. The theft came to light at around 3 am when a devotee, Balbir Singh, reached the temple to pay obeisance. He immediately alerted the priest, Ram Gopal, who further informed the police. Ram Mehar, a staff member at the temple, said all temples inside the complex were locked at night but their locks were found to be broken later. Ram Gopal said silver ornaments in six temples were stolen. “They cost somewhere between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12 lakh,” he said. Sources said thieves did not break the cash donation boxes. The thieves had also continued on page 4 Stalking case: Call records belie Varnika’s claims Ishrat S Banwait CONTRADICTIONS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 Records of calls made by Varnika Kundu, the complainant in a stalking case against Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala, on the day of the incident have belied her original statement. As per her statement recorded in court, she had reached the inner market of Sector 8, Chandigarh, at 11.40 pm on August 4. However, her call records showed that she was in Chamkaur Sahib, Ropar, at 11.23 pm on the day. c m y b As per Varnika’s statement recorded in court, she had reached the inner market of Sector 8 in Chandigarh at 11.40 pm on August 4. However, her call records showed that she was in Chamkaur Sahib, Ropar, at 11.23 pm on the day. Yet another contradiction came to the fore when she stated that she was at her home in Panchkula before the incident and her driver had dropped her at Sector 8. Yet another contradiction came to the fore when she today stated that she was at her home in Panchkula before the incident and her driver dropped her in Sector 8. She stated this in response to a question posed by the defence counsel. As per Varnika’s call records, her location is shown to be in Chamkaur Sahib of Ropar at 11.23 pm on August 4, which is over 50 km from Chandigarh. However, her location at 12.33 am is in Sec- tor 26, Chandigarh. As per the call details, she was on call with her restaurateur friend in Manali, Anubhav Gurung, all this while. After the one hour, nine minute-call ended, she dialled ‘100’ and called Gurung again immediately after. Defence counsel Rabindra Pandit also pointed out in the court that Varnika was revising her statements. For the first time during the trial of the case, Varnika Kundu admitted that an advocate was present in the Sector 26 police station during the wee hours of August 5 when her complaint was being written. Varnika today admitted to the defence counsel that RC Takoria was also present in the police station while her complaint was being filed. However, Varnika also continued on page 4
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