11012018-CT-01.qxd 1/11/2018 12:39 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 11 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH ‘Subah Kab Hogi’ AYUSH mobile dispensary Tania gets India call-up ‘Subah Kab Hogi’ touches upon poignant aspects of human relationships through a couple’s life. P2 MP Kirron Kher flags off an AYUSH mobile dispensary van at a function in Palsora village. P4 City stumper Tania Bhatia makes it to the Indian women’s cricket team. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 22°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22.5°C MIN 4.8°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.41 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.20 AM In tatters SECTOR 33 ROBBERY Woman, daughterput up brave fight the CCTV cameras along. While the robbers had taken mobile phones, they forgot to take the driver’s mobile phone with the help of which Ajit Jain was informed about the robbery, who further informed the police. The sources said the assailants were slim and were wearing normal clothes. Tribune News Service Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu looks at a broken road near Fateh Burj at Chappar Chiri village in Mohali on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY P4 PU Prof dies of cardiac arrest in Rajasthan Tribune News Service Dog bite hurts more as dispensaries sans vaccine Sandeep Rana Chandigarh, January 10 Prof RS Loyal (59) of the Department of Geology at Panjab University died of a massive cardiac arrest in Rajgarh (Rajasthan), about 170 km from Hisar. He was on his way to Bikaner on a field trip along with 30 students of MSc (first year) of the department. According to Prof Naveen Chaudhri, chairperson of the Department of Geology, Professor Loyal complained of chest pain in the morning at a hotel in Rajgarh and a private doctor was called. “By the time, the doctor examined him, he was unconscious. He was rushed to a government hospital there where he was declared brought dead,” said Professor Chaudhri. Prof RS Loyal Professor Loyal was to retire in March this year. He did his MSc and PhD from the Department of Geology. He was working in the field of paleontology. He started teaching at the PU in 1982. His brother Prof Surinder Singh, who retired from the Department of History, left for Rajgarh to bring back his body. The students will come back on Thursday. Professor Loyal is survived by two daughters and wife Maninder Kaur, a lawyer at the Punjab and Haryana High Court. “He was a living encyclopedia. He loved teaching and was a knowledgeable person,” said Professor Chaudhri. Professor Loyal’s father also retired from the PU as a botany professor. Chandigarh, January 10 Ritu Jain, a jewellery designer, who, along with her daughter and servant, was present in the house in Sector 33 when the robbery took place, was injured after she tried to fight the robbers. One of the robbers hit Ritu on her face with a pistol butt. Her 32-year-old daughter tried to lock the robbers in the backyard. The robbery took place in less than 20 minutes. Four robbers, with their faces covered, had looted jewellery at gunpoint from a businessman’s house yesterday evening. The loss of jewellery is estimated to be around Rs 1.5 crore. Before entering the house, the robbers drugged the pet dog after which it fell unconscious. The main door was locked from inside. The robbers entered the house from a side entrance adjacent to the main door. “First of all, two armed miscreants entered the house who were seen by my daughter, who was in the kitchen. She tried to run, but fell on the floor; the servant, who was also in the kitchen, managed to run towards the backyard and was followed by the two robbers,” said Ajit Jain, the owner of the house. He said on seeing the rob- Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 10 Dog-bite victims are a harried lot as serums and vaccines have gone out of stock from two dedicated dispensaries in the city. Dog-bite vaccines are made available at the designated dispensaries in Sector 19 and 38 by the local Municipal Corporation. However, due to the “lackadaisical attitude” of the authorities concerned, “emergency patients” remain harassed as these health centres fail to provide them immediate treatment. The already traumatic victims are first sent to medical stores to buy vaccines. Besides causing inconvenience and delay in treatment, it also burns a hole in the pocket of poor patients. Sharing his experience, Over 50 cases reported daily Around 30 to 40 dog-bite cases are reported daily at the antirabies clinic in Sector 19. Besides, the dispensary at Sector 38 receives about 10 to 15 cases per day. Panchkula and Mohali patients also come here. one of the victims, Bharat Singh, a Sector 40 resident, said, “I was bitten by a stray dog on my hand on Sunday. I went to the Sector 38 dispensary, but they told me they do not have the injection and asked me to go to the market and buy it. I am a poor man, so I preferred to go to the GMSH, Sector 16. However, there also I got the same reply and was told to try at the dedicated dispensary at Sector 19. There too, they GMADA set to offer 900 residential plots IT CITY, ECO CITY-II Tribune News Service Mohali, January 10 The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GAMDA) is all set to offer around 650 residential plots in IT City and approximately 250 plots in Eco City-II. Giving details, Vini Mahajan, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Developmentcum-Vice Chairperson, GMADA, said applications in this regard would soon be invited from the public. “The scheme will be floated soon, but first the draw for allotment of land to landowners/oustees (whose land was acquired for these projects) will be held,” said Mahajan. GMADA had already conducted draws for allotment of plots/booths/bay shops/SCOs to landowners/oustees whose land was acquired in Sector 76-80, she said. “We have issued letters of intent to these landowners and allotment letters will be issued soon,” said Mahajan. She said GMADA was in the process of acquiring around 4,500 acres in various villages in the surroundings of the airport. “We are keeping in mind the migration of the youth from different areas of the state and from neighbouring states to settle in the town. There will be a huge demand for residential, commercial and industrial land in the time ahead,” said Mahajan. were out of stock.” “I had to buy two injections — one costing over Rs 300 and another over Rs 400. I am told I still need more injections. It is appalling that the two dedicated dispensaries are without medicine. This may prove dangerous in case of an emergency,” he said. Sources said unavailability of serums and vaccines was common now. Dr Nisha Sahi, in-charge, anti-rabies clinic, Sector 19, said, “Serums and vaccines went out of stock only a few days ago. It is a long process which involves tendering and inspection of medicines; so it has taken time.” The Medical Officer of Health (MoH) of the Municipal Corporation, Parminder Singh Bhatti, who is on service extension in Chandigarh, did not respond to phone calls. Snag delays Shatabdi Chandigarh, January 10 Passengers travelling by the morning Shatabdi Express to Delhi were left stranded after it developed a snag near Panipat. The train got late by two and a half hours and reached the destination around noon. As a result, some passengers missed out on their important meetings. “I had an appointment at the embassy, but failed to make it on time,” said Gaurav, who was travelling to Delhi. The railway authorities said the train got late due to a technical snag. Similarly, the Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express arrived after a delay of 40 minutes. The Kalka-Howrah Mail was delayed by 16 hours and 45 minutes. The AjmerChandigarh Express was also delayed by one hour and 15 minutes. — TNS c m y b DRIVER, WATCHMAN ALSO TAKEN HOSTAGE Ajit Jain (2nd from right) narrates the robbery incident outside his house in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL POLICE SUSPECT INSIDER’S ROLE Police sources said there was a strong suspicion that some insider or former employee of the jeweller was involved in the robbery as the assailants knew that the jewellery was lying in the safe. The dog was also drugged, which clearly indicates that the assailants knew about the dog and had come prepared. bers running behind the servant, she locked them outside. However, in the meantime, two other robbers entered the house and took her hostage. They then unlocked the door to let the other two locked outside come in. Sources said the robbers caught Ritu from her neck. She resisted following which she was hit by the butt of a pis- tol. The robbers took everyone’s mobile phones. The sources said while one of the robbers kept all three hostage, two other collected the jewellery. “One of the robbers asked for the keys of the safe from the complainant’s daughter and transferred the jewellery in a bag,” the sources said. According to the victims, all four miscreants were carrying weapons. In the meantime, the complainant’s driver and watchman also reached the house, who were also taken hostage. All five victims were then locked in one room after which the accused escaped from the spot in a Santro car which was parked outside the house. The accused also took the DVR of The driver and watchman had gone to Sector 22. When they reached home, they were also taken hostage. The robbers were inside the house when driver Ashwani and watchman Bhagwan Dass returned. As soon the driver entered the house, the robbers took him hostage. The watchman turned back and tried to escape, but the robbers brought him back. COPS ARRIVED LATE, ALLEGES COMPLAINANT Ajit Jain, who informed the police at 7.39 pm, alleged that the police did not arrive on time. Only one cop reached the house at 8.10 pm, he alleged. Later by 8.30 pm, police officials started reaching the house. “It is shocking that such an incident has been reported from Chandigarh. The incident has exposed police failure,” he said.
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