12022018-CT-01.qxd 2/12/2018 12:24 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 12 FEBRUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU Rose Fest concludes Open House Odisha lift title The three-day PU Rose Festival, that saw 198 varieties of roses on display, concludes. P2 Parents, teachers should extend a helping hand to children to prevent exam-related stress. P5 AG Odisha get the better of AG Haryana 3-2 at the Sector 42 sports complex, lift hockey title. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 21°C MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.8°C MIN 7.8°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.08 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.04 AM SHO booked for raping 50-yr-old Riding high Chandigarh, February 11 A Punjab Police Inspector, posted as the SHO, Phase XI, Mohali, has been booked by the Chandigarh Police for allegedly raping a 50-yearold woman. According to the police, the victim, in her statement to the police, stated that she was on her way to Chandigarh from Mohali to visit the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, on Friday, when she started feeling suffocated. The police said the victim mentioned that she stopped her car on the roadside and stepped out of it to have fresh air, when the accused, Sukhdev Singh, arrived in his car. The victim alleged that she was raped by the accused in her car. According to the victim, the accused then escaped from the spot. The police were informed about the incident following which the victim’s medical examination was conducted. Inspector Gurjit Kaur, SHO of the Sector 31 police station, said a case under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC had been registered on the victim’s statements. “No arrests have been made so far,” the SHO said. ‘Framed because I had booked her’ Tribune News Service No departmental action yet Mohali, February 11 Inspector Sukhdev Singh, SHO of the Phase XI police station, who was booked on charges of rape and criminal intimidation by the Chandigarh Police today, claimed that the registration of a case against the victim two years ago at the Phase 11 police station was the reason behind the development. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the SHO claimed that he had booked the woman in September 2016 under Sections of the IPC after she had According to Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh Chahal, no departmental action has been initiated against the SHO so far. “The victim had made similar complaints against other persons earlier also. We are looking into the matter minutely before taking any action in this regard,” said the SSP. an altercation with her neighbour. “That is the last time I had met her. Now, I have been falsely implicated in the case by her,” said Inspector Sukhdev Singh, adding that the victim had posed herself as a journalist. He claimed that three or four cases of sexual assault had already been registered against Three murder youth at Vikas Nagar Victim was returning from work on cycle when he was attacked; old enmity suspected some persons/neighbours of the woman on her complaints at the police station. Sukhdev Singh, who had joined as an ASI in 1993, was appointed the SHO of the Phase XI police station on July 13, 2016. He was shifted on April 3, 2017. He again joined the police station as its SHO on November 9, 2017. Four misbehave with cops, held Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 11 A 24-year-old youth was murdered at Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, by three unidentified miscreants last night. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Pawan Saho, a resident of Vikas Nagar, who used to work as a cook at a private hotel in Panchkula. Sources said the victim was returning home from work on a cycle when the three miscreants stopped him near the Community Centre. The victim was thrashed and attacked with a sharp weapon on his chest, leading to his death. The incident led to panic in the area following which police teams were rushed to the spot. The police said there was a CCTV camera installed near The police and local residents gather near the crime spot at Vikas Nagar in Chandigarh on Sunday; and (right) the victim, Pawan Saho. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR the spot in which the three miscreants were seen thrashing the victim. The sources said the murder seemed to be a fallout of some old enmity as the belongings of the victim were not taken away. “The victim’s purse and mobile phone were not taken away,” said a police official. A case under Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the IPC has been registered against unknown persons at the Mauli Jargran police station on a complaint of the victim’s brother, Lakshman Saho. Police sources said they had some clues regarding the suspects. DSP Jaswinder Singh said nobody had been rounded up by the police so far and teams were working on various clues. The body has been kept in the mortuary of a hospital. High Court gives UT last chance to file reply Mobile towers in residential areas: Case adjourned to March Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 11 Nearly two years after the city’s elite left concern bells ringing by filing a public interest litigation for protecting people from the harmful radiation emanating from cell towers in residential areas, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has given the Chandigarh Administration the last opportunity to file its reply. As the case came up for resumed hearing before the Bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal, counsel for the UT prayed for time to file a reply. Adjourning the matter to the fourth week of March, the Bench made it clear that the last opportunity was being granted. Virtually slamming the powers that be for apparent disconnect between them and health concerns of the people, Anuradha Saboo, Shivani Sehgal and Tani Sehgal of Sector 5 claimed they were alarmed at the “callous and careless manner” in which the UT Administration was permitting telecom companies to erect mobile signal broadcast towers in residential areas. They were doing so with “utter disregard for the The petitioners have contended that mobile towers in residential areas affect the health and well-being of residents. health of its citizens”. This, they contended, was in contravention of all norms, including the policies of the Administration. The three also sought the issuance of directions to the Administration to strike down the policy dated March 9, 2015, “to the extent it permits the setting up of cell towers in residential areas”. In their petition through Suvineet Sharma and other counsel, Saboo and the other petitioners contended the issue came to their attention when a cell tower was raised in proximity to their residences. “Such a tower affects the health and wellbeing of the petitioners and their families. Yet it has equally dangerous ramifications for anyone who is a resident of the surrounding area,” they contended. Not limiting their concerns to Sector 5 alone, they added the petition was being filed by Sector 5 residents, but the issue at hand was of much larger purport, and had farreaching consequences. “Such towers have been installed in many residential areas in and around Chandigarh as well, and therefore it would be in the general public interest that the petitioner would be raising this issue,” they contended. The court was told that the petitioners were well aware of the needs of a modern society, whose progress was based on digital empowerment and the need to stay connected. They were also well aware of the government’s ambitions when it came to establishing Continued on page 2 c m y b Chandigarh, February 11 Four persons have been arrested for assaulting and misbehaving with a constable and other police officials posted at the Sector 19 police station. The accused have been identified as Angrej Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Daljit Singh and Dinesh. Inspector Ashwani Kumar, SHO of the Sector 19 police station, said there was an issue between two parties, including Daljit Singh and Dinesh, at a house in Sector 21 following which they were asked to visit the police station. The SHO said Daljit and Dinesh arrived at the police station with Angrej and Gurmeet. The police said the accused entered into an Continued on page 2 TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Tribune News Service US Olympic gold medallist cyclist of Indian origin Alexi Singh Grewal (centre) rides with amateurs during an event organised by the Chandigarh Cycling Club in the city on Sunday. He plans to open an academy for cyclists in Chandigarh to put Indian cycling on the international map. Boy dies as auto rams into car Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 11 A 12-year-old boy was killed while five others, including the victim’s parents, were injured after the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in rammed into a car parked on the roadside at IT Park. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Abhimanyu (12), a resident of Sector 4, MDC, Panchkula, while the injured have been identified as Rajinder Singh and Was returning from marriage function The victim, Abhimanyu, was returning with his parents after attending a marriage function when the mishap took place. Devshri (victim’s parents), his two aunts Rekha and Lakshmi and auto driver Pardeep Kumar. The victims were returning after attending a marriage function at Kishangarh on Friday night when the incident took place. The auto driver reportedly lost control over the vehicle and hit a car parked on the roadside after which the auto overturned, leaving all passengers injured. The injured were rushed to GMSH, Sector 16, where the minor boy was declared brought dead. The police have registered a case against the auto driver on a complaint of the victim’s father at the IT Park police station. The accused was arrested and later released on bail.
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