22022018-CT-01.qxd 2/22/2018 1:20 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 22 FEBRUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Action sought Illegal occupants Bhav, Joginder qualify Audit Department of the UT calls for action against PU officials for submitting inflated bills. P2 GMADA all set to evict illegal occupants of 42 houses at Danga Peerit Colony Bhav Karan, Joginder qualify for the nationals final of the Mercedes Trophy at Panchkula Golf Course. P6 FORECAST P4 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 27°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C MIN 12.3°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.16 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.55 AM Rosy picture TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Bizman kidnapped in his Merc for ransom Released after taking ~3 lakh; SUV found abandoned Tribune News Service Preparations under way for the Rose Festival at Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Wednesday. The fest will begin on Friday. Give details of expenditure, income: HC to school body POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 44, 47, 48, 49, 50 and 63, and Bair Majra & Faida villages Tribune News Service Residents hold a protest in Sector 52 on Wednesday; and (below) one of the autos that was set on fire. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 21 Unidentified miscreants set five autos, a motorcycle and two rehris on fire at Teen Colony, Sector 52. The incident led to a protest by residents of Sector 52, who blocked the internal sector road over the deteriorating law and order situation in the area. Sources said while three auto-rickshaws and a motorcycle were set on fire on Tuesday night, two other autorickshaws were set on fire this morning. The police said they received information around 12.50 am from Lalji, who reported that someone had set his motorcycle, that was parked near his house, on fire. Another complainant, Sahil, reported that his auto was also set on fire. Residents claimed that there were over 10 miscreants, who also threatened a few people before fleeing from the spot. Police teams and fire tenders were rushed to the spot. A fire official said three autorickshaws and a motorcycle were set on fire following which two fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Later in the morning, two more auto-rickshaws were set on fire following which another fire tender was rushed to the spot. Agitated over the incident, local residents gathered at the spot. They staged a protest and blocked the internal road in Sector 52. Area councillor Chandrawati Shukla also staged a protest over the “police failure” to maintain law and order in the area. The protest continued for over two hours. Police teams were rushed to the spot to pacify the protesters. DSP (South) Deepak Yadav also reached the spot and assured the protesters that strict action would be taken against the accused. A case has been registered against unknown persons at the Sector 36 police station. Panchkula, February 21 A car was taken away at gunpoint on the road separating Sector 5 and 6 here on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The victim, Anil Kumar (40), a chef at a Morni-based hotel, was on the way to his home in Sector 41, Chandigarh, when the incident took place. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Anil Kumar said around 1 am a car hit his Swift Dzire from the rear side near Shalimar Mall. He came out to check who had hit his car. All of a sudden, two youths came out from a white i20 car and pointed pistols at Prez to arrive in city on Feb 27 Chandigarh, February 21 President Ram Nath Kovind will arrive in Chandigarh on February 27 to attend the golden jubilee celebrations of the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, on February 28.This will be the President’s first visit to the city after assuming office. According to sources, the President will arrive in the afternoon at Chandigarh on February 27 and visit Rock Garden. He will stay at the Punjab Raj Bhawan. He is likely to visit Sukhna Lake also. TNS Honeypreet, 21 others charged with sedition PANCHKULA VIOLENCE Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, February 21 The special investigation team (SIT) of the Haryana Police has slapped the sedition charge against 22 accused, including Honeypreet Insan, in connection with the Panchkula violence on August 25 last year. The SIT today submitted a list of Sections slapped against all 25 accused in the violence case, at the Panchkula court. The prosecution today started the final arguments on framing of charges and the subsequent trial against Honeypreet and the 24 others. The court has now fixed Sources said the victim, Harpreet, a resident of Sector 10, was kidnapped at gunpoint from outside a gym in Sector 9. The victim’s father owns Gurdev Studio in Chandigarh. The sources said the victim, Harpreet, a resident of Sector 10, was kidnapped at gunpoint from outside a gym in Sector 9. The victim’s father owns Gurdev Studio in Sector 17, Chandigarh. The miscreants then drove across the city. The police were informed about the incident, who rushed to the spot. UT SSP Jagdale Nilambari Vijay also reached the spot. Police teams posted at exit points in the city were alerted about the incident, apart from PCR vehicles. The police of neighbouring states were also informed about the incident. The statement of the complainant was recorded. No police official was available for comments. An investigation has been initiated by the police. Five autos, bike, two rehris Carjackers target chef in P’kula Armed with pistols, take away his Dzire near Shalimar Mall set on fire at Sector 52 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 21 About a year after the Punjab and Haryana High Court took cognisance of a petition challenging 8 per cent cap on annual increase in the school fee, the Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Shekher Dhawan has told the petitioner, the Independent School Association, to give details of expenditure, income and future projections. The association has been directed to provide details with reference to its contention that the imposition of such a cap was “arbitrary and intrinsically violative” of Article 14 of the Constitution. The case will come up in the second week of May. In the petition filed against Punjab and other respondents, the association, through counsel Tanu Bedi, had earlier blamed then SADBJP government for wooing voters by passing an Act which imposed 8 per cent cap. The petitioner claimed that the cap, along with other Continued on page 4 See also page 2 Chandigarh, February 21 Three miscreants kidnapped a businessman in his Mercedes SUV at gunpoint from Sector 9 and released him near Elante Mall after taking a ransom of Rs 3 lakh and fled with his SUV late tonight. The SUV was later found abandoned on the road towards the Industrial Area, Phase II, near the Kali Bari light point. Sources said the miscreants asked him to pay pay a ransom of Rs 3 lakh. The victim then asked his friend to bring the money. Victim’s father owns Gurdev Studio, Sec 17 Special Investigation Team seeks time to take prosecution sanction for sedition In another case related to FIR No. 343, the SIT on Wednesday sought time from the Panchkula court to take prosecution sanction from the state government to slap the sedition charge against the accused. The state government had already rejected the plea of SIT to include the sedition charge in this case. The court has now fixed March 9 as the next date for the hearing. Recently, the Panchkula court had dropped the sedition and attempt-to-murder charges against 53 dera followers in FIR No. 335. March 6 for further hearing in the case. According to the list sub- mitted by SIT, besides Honeypreet, dera chief’s top aides, including Suren- der Dhiman, Dan Singh, Chamkaur Singh, Gobind Singh, Dilawar Insan, Pardeep Goyal, Khairati Lal, Rakesh Kumar, Sukhdeep Kaur, CP Arora, Gopal Krishan and Pawan Insan, have been charged with sedition. Besides, other Sections of the IPC have also been slapped against them. Three accused — Sharanjit Kaur, Gurmeet Singh and his namesake — were charged with Section 216 of the IPC for harbouring an offender. All accused, including Honeypreet, appeared in the Panchkula court today. According to the police chargesheet, the conspiracy to spread violence in Panchkula was hatched at the dera headquarters by c m y b Honeypreet and the 45member dera management committee. Honeypreet, adopted daughter of rape convict Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, has been charged with criminal conspiracy and sedition, and is the prime accused in the Panchkula violence that broke out after the conviction of the dera chief. According to the chargesheet, the entire conspiracy to spread violence in Panchkula was hatched at the dera headquarters by Honeypreet and the 45member dera management committee. Nearly 20 dera members, including Aditya Insan, the alleged mastermind of the conspiracy, are yet to be arrested. Past cases Biker dies in hit-and-run Lalru, February 21 In yet another hit-and-run case, a 23-year-old youth was killed after his Bullet motorcycle was allegedly hit by an unknown vehicle on the Chandigarh-Ambala stretch here on Wednesday afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Rajat Chauhan, a native of Ambala district, who was staying at a rented accommodation in Lalru. The inci- Rajat, the victim dent occurred around 2 pm when the victim was going back to his village from Lalru. A case has been registered. The victim was unmarried and was working with the Steel Strips company in Lalru. OC Woman ends her life at Sohana Tribune News Service ■ January 6: A Fortuner was looted at gunpoint opposite a beer bar in the Sector 9 market. ■ Nov 15, 2017: A Verna was looted at gunpoint and a landlord kidnapped from Sector 9 and dumped in Dera Bassi. ■ March 21, 2017: Two robbers forcibly took away a Honda City from an engineering student near the Sector 19 railway T-point. ■ January 17, 2017: A girl was kidnapped, raped and her Hyundai i20 car taken away forcibly from her. The car was later recovered. Victim Anil Kumar narrates the incident. NITIN MITTAL him, he said. He said they were a total of five people. While two point- ed pistols at him, the remaining three were inside the car. Continued on page 4 Mohali, February 21 A 30-year-old married woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at Sohana today. The police said the deceased had been identified as Mandeep Kaur, a native of Rori village in Sirsa (Haryana). According to the police, the woman complained of weakness to her husband in the morning, following which she was taken to a nearby hospital. Inspector Manjit Singh, SHO of the Sohana police station, said, “Her husband took her to the Sohana hospital for a check-up. The couple then Continued on page 4
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