26022018-CT-01.qxd 2/26/2018 1:08 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 26 FEBRUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Rose Festival ends Amusement parks Aadil gears up for trials Three-day Rose Festival ends on a colourful note at Rose Garden in Chandigarh. P2 Panchkula Administration to carry out inspections at amusement parks and picnic spots. P5 Seventeen-year-old golfer Aadil Bedi gears up for Asian Games trials to be held in April. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 28°C MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26.5°C MIN 14.3°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.18 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.51 AM Winning entry You may have to pay double to hire a community centre MC proposes hike in rates, House to take call today Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service A different view of the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises in Chandigarh — a photograph by Tribune staffer Sanjeev Kumar that won the second prize in the Rose Festival photography competition on ‘Architecture Beauty of Chandigarh’. Four arrested with over ~1 cr in old currency Year on , police fail to arrest prime accused Tribune News Service Mohali, February 25 The Mohali police arrested four persons along with over Rs 1 crore in old currency at a naka in Sohana here. The accused have been identified as Prabhjot Singh from Jhuner (Sangrur), Ram Singh from Koop Kalan (Sangrur), Gagandeep Multani from Malerkotla (Sangrur) and Ramit Kumar from Patiala. Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh Chahal said the accused were travelling in an i10 car (PB 13AS 8109) and were intercepted at the naka. “The old currency notes had been kept in a haversack. The notes belonged to Ram Singh, who, along with a person from Uttar Pradesh, had invested in a property at some place in UP His . acquaintance from UP had provided him the old currency to get it exchanged,” said the SSP . Of the total notes, 8,700 were of Rs 1,000 denomination and 3,200 notes of Rs 500 denomination, said the police. The police have registered a case under Sections 420 and 188 of the IPC and Section 5 of the Cessation of Liabilities Act, 2017, at Sohana village. The police have intimated officials of the Income Tax and Enforcement departments in this regard. BMW HIT-&-RUN Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 25 Even a year after Akansh Sen (28), nephew of Virbhadra Singh, a former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, was run over by a BMW car in Sector 9, the UT police have failed to arrest the prime accused in the case. The announcement of a reward of Rs 1 lakh also failed to be of any help. Akansh Sen was run over by the BMW car in Sector 9 on February 9 last year. The accused, Balraj Singh Randhawa, a resident of Sector 77, Sohana, Mohali, was allegedly driving the BMW car while Harmehtab Singh, alias Farid, a resident of Radewala Farm, Landran, Mohali, was sitting next to him when the incident took place. While Farid was arrested from Haridwar a week after the crime, Randhawa is still absconding. The police have announced a reward on Randhawa. However, they have failed to get any reliable information that can lead to Timeline Feb 9, 2017: Akansh Sen run over by BMW car driven by Balraj Singh Randhawa Feb 16: Harmehtab Singh, alias Farid, arrested Feb 20: BMW car, which was found abandoned in Mandi Gobindgarh, handed over to UT police. March 2: UT police announce reward of ~50,000 on Randhawa April 5: Randhawa declared PO, reward money increased to ~1 lakh April 10: Court directs the UT police to provide a report of tehsildar confirming the properties owned by Randhawa May 6: UT police file a 443-page chargesheet in the murder case June 1: Court allows application moved by UT police to attach the property of Randhawa Randhawa’s arrest. Earlier, a reward of Rs 50,000 was announced, which was later increased to Rs 1 lakh. After the accused could not be arrested, the court declared Randhawa a proclaimed offender. A police official said they suspected that Randhawa had fled the country. No political meetings Meetings or seminars of political parties will not be allowed at the community centres. Religious functions and display of banners and posters, gambling and smoking will also not be allowed at the community centres. It has been proposed to charge an amount of Rs 4,000 for short bookings (up to four hours) of AC halls along with a refundable security of Rs 1,000. Cleaning charges of Rs 1,000 will have to be deposited at the time of the booking. All above charges will be half for community centres situated in villages and colonies. 50 per cent rebate for employees, councillors The agenda has proposed 50 per cent concession in the fee for employees and their children. The rebate will also be provided to councillors and their children for booking community centres. No charges to be levied for medical camps Community centres in Sector 37, 38 to cost extra No charges will be levied for holding medical camps and blood donation camps on the recommendation of the Mayor or area councilor, marriage of girls belonging to families below the poverty line, meetings of RWAs and kriya and bhog ceremonies. The community centres in SEE ALSO PAGE 4 Girl’s neck slit by neighbour, dies I was possessed by evil spirit: Accused Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 25 The neck of a five-year-old girl, a resident of Sanjay Colony, Industrial Area, Phase I, was allegedly slit by her 35-year-old neighbour, leading to her death, while she was playing near her house this afternoon. The accused was nabbed by the victim’s father and other colony residents, who thrashed him, leaving him injured. The victim has been identified as Ujala (5), daughter of Manu Singh, a resident of Labour Colony. The victim’s father said his daughter left the house to play in the neighbourhood when the accused, identified as 35-year-old Kamlesh, caught her near his house and attacked her with a knife. “A woman staying in the neighbourhood saw the accused throwing the victim to the ground and keeping one of his knees on her neck. He then took out a knife and slit her neck,” said a police official. The woman raised the alarm and tried to stop the Asked why he killed the victim, the accused said he was possessed by some evil spirit and didn’t know what he was doing. However, the police said they were trying to ascertain the cause. Babita, along with her two sons (left) and other family members, mourns her five-year-old daughter’s death at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Had no enmity with him: Victim’s father “I had no enmity with accused Kamlesh. In fact, our children used to play together. My children also used to visit his house. The incident has left me shocked,” said Manu Singh, the victim’s father. Deceased Ujala accused. However, he pushed her. The victim’s father was informed, who rushed outside the house and caught the accused. Colony residents gathered at the spot and thrashed the accused. The minor girl, who was profusely bleeding, was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital Sector 32, where doctors declared her brought dead. The police were informed about the incident after which the accused was arrested. “Since the accused was also injured, he was admitted to the hospital,” said a police official. Accused Kamlesh Police officers visited the hospital after getting information about the incident. The victim is survived by her parents and two brothers. The accused is a native of Bihar and was staying at the colony with his wife and two sons. Sources said his family was at present at their native village. A case of murder has been registered against the accused at the Industrial Area police station. GMADA not sure when Airport Road will reopen 10-year-old boy dies Says repair work dependent on weather, can’t say when it’ll end Akash Ghai Tribune News Service 2 BDPOS TO BE SUSPENDED IN MULTI-CRORE SCAM PAGE 4 POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sec 35 Chandigarh, February 25 Residents may have to pay more for booking any of the 43 community centres across the city as the Municipal Corporation has prepared a proposal for the revision of the fee, which will be placed before the general house of the Municipal Corporation at its meeting tomorrow. Sources said as per the agenda, the MC had proposed to increase the booking rates by almost 100 per cent. The hike has been proposed on the recommendations of a four-member committee, constituted by the MC to revise the rates and to frame guidelines for membership and the management. The rates will be hiked 5 per cent annually on January 1 every year. According to the proposal, an air-conditioned hall and lawns will cost Rs 20,000 from the existing Rs 11,000 per day along with a security of Rs 5,000. A hall without an air conditioner and lawns will cost Rs 10,000 per day along with a refundable security. At present, the rate of a non-AC hall and lawns is Rs 5,000 per day. Sector 37 and 38 will cost extra. Residents will have to pay Rs 30,000 per day along with a refundable security of Rs 10,000. The booking for a short meeting will cost Rs 5,000 along with a refundable security of Rs 1,000. The community centres in these sectors have been constructed at a cost of Rs 5 crore each with various facilities such as a gym. Repair work under way on Airport Road in Mohali. VICKY Mohali, February 25 Even though nearly five months have passed since a 6-km stretch of Airport Road, from Airport Chowk to the Banur-Landran road T-point (PR 9), was closed for repair, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is still uncertain about when traffic will be restored on it. “The repair work is in c m y b progress. As it is dependent on weather conditions, we cannot say for sure when it will be completed,” said Sunil Kansal, GMADA Chief Engineer, when asked whether any deadline had been set for the completion of the repair work on the road. The stretch was closed in mid-September keeping in view its deplorable condition and fatal accidents on a particular spot. It had later come out during a survey of the road that it was constructed on “black cotton” soil, which had to be dug out and replaced during the repair. The road had got severely damaged as earth was not laid in its foundation as per the specifications. Besides, it was also found that substandard material was used during its construction. As the GMADA authorities had held the contractor responsible for the wearing continued on page 4 in freak mishap Tribune News Service Mohali, February 25 A 10-year-old boy got accidentally strangled to death while playing at his residence at Sohana village here today. The deceased has been identified as Ikhlaq Khan, son of Ajoob Ansari, a labourer. Ikhlaq had seven sisters. According to the police, Ajoob and his wife were out for work when the incident occurred around 10 am today. According to Ajoob Singh, they came to know about the incident when they returned home around 11.30 am. The child had fallen unconscious on the bed and his sisters told their parents that Ikhlaq was playing with a “dupatta” after tying it with a nail on the wall. The child was immediately taken to a hospital at Sohana where he was declared brought dead.
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