02052018-CT-01.qxd 5/2/2018 12:52 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 2 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH PUTA slams VC’s affidavit Panchkula violence Students get degrees PUTA office-bearers flay VC for filing an affidavit in Punjab and Haryana High Court. P2 Documents assessed by The Tribune reveal that nobody identified the six acquitted dera followers. P5 Students awarded degrees at convocation of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 34°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.2°C MIN 27.4°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.00 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.38 AM Reality check bares ugly side of smart parking Situation on ground contrary to that in MC officers’ report Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 With councillors and officers giving contradictory inspection reports on the paid parking lots in the city, Chandigarh Tribune, in a random check, found several discrepancies in the “smart” parking spaces, which have been okayed by the officers in their report. Raising a question mark over the officers’ report, ropes were found being used in some parking lots, vehicles were parked on road berms inside the lots, there were no space markings for vehicles and the lots had improper signboards for displaying rates. These things have been found in order as per the officers’ report, compiled on March 25, based on which the rates were doubled from April 1. Members of the Finance and Contract Committee, comprising councillors, in its April 16 report tabled in the House meeting, had found these things missing at most parking lots. The officers’ report is identical for almost all lots. Other than two columns — “boom barriers Old parking rates displayed at a parking lot near Sindhi Sweets in Sector 8, Chandigarh. MANOJ MAHAJAN are preferred, if not mandatory” and “branding/advertisement on one side of smart parking and the backside of parking slip is allowed” — strangely all remaining 13 points have been given the go-ahead in all 25 parking lots. Perhaps that was the reason, Joint Commissioner Tejdeep Singh Saini, who heads the parking wing, failed to table the report in the House, while the council- PARKING RATES The rates have been doubled twice in four months. The earlier revision was in December. The parking firm charges ~10 and ~20 for two and four-wheelers, respectively, for the first four hours and the same amount is charged for every subsequent two hours. Double rates are charged outside the parking lots at the Elante, Fun Republic and Piccadilly malls. Before December, the rates were ~2 and ~5 for full day. lors’ report was tabled. Chandigarh Tribune, which is in possession of the officers’ report, found that while the parking lot at the back of Sector 8-C had been certified as one with marking for car/scooter lanes, it turned out to be false. Cars were also parked on road berms inside the parking lot even as there was ample space for parking. There was no one to manage the parking inside. continued on p6 Two held for outraging girl’s modesty Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 Two photographers have been arrested by the Chandigarh Police after they stopped a 21-year-old girl, who was returning home on a scooter, and outraged her modesty on Monday night on the road separating Sector 44 and 45. Sources said the victim was returning home after dropping her friend in Sector 44 when the two accused, who were riding two motorcycles, forced her to stop. The police said the victim got scared and called up the police following which the accused, who were in an inebriated condition, tried to snatch her mobile. The accused thrashed the victim. Acting swiftly, police teams rushed to the spot and nabbed the accused, who were later identified as Ravinder Singh, a resident of Sector 45, and Mohammed Wasim, a resident of EWS Colony, Dhanas. The duo was arrested and a case under Sections 323, 341, 354, 354-B (assault or use of criminal force on woman with intent to disrobe) and 34 (acts by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the IPC registered against the accused at the Sector 34 police station. The accused were produced in the court on Tuesday and sent to judicial custody. SNIPPETS Biker hit by Tata Ace, dies Hit by car, woman cyclist dies Dera Bassi, May 1 A 54-year-old man died after his motorbike was allegedly hit by a Tata Ace on the Barwala-Dera Bassi road here on Tuesday afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Chandigarh. According to the police, the incident occurred around 2.45 pm when the victim and his brother Rajesh Kumar Chandigarh: A 50-year-old woman cyclist was killed after being hit by a car on the road to Panchkula from Hallo Majra on Tuesday evening. The victim has been identified as Bahoti, a resident of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran. The accused driver has been identified as Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 35. The victim was returning from Panchkula and turning towards Vikas Nagar when the accident took place. The injured was rushed to the GMCH-32, where doctors declared her brought dead. A case has been registered at the Mauli Jagran police station. The accused was arrested and later released on bail. TNS Woman duped of ~1.02 crore Chandigarh: A resident of Sector 50 has been duped of Rs 1.02 crore on the pretext of investing in a business of fuel sticks and conditioners. According to the police, the complainant, Sunita Bakshi, alleged that Yogender Kumar Dinubhai Desai, a resident of Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, along with others, had approached her claiming to be the director of Loxroy (Labuan) Limited Company, which carries out the business of fuel sticks and fuel conditioner. The accused had claimed that they wanted to open a subsidiary company in India. In her complaint to the police, Bakshi alleged that the accused assured her of high returns in the business. She alleged that the accused cheated her of Rs 1.02 crore on the pretext of investment in the subsidiary company in India for selling fuel sticks and fuel conditioner, after importing these from Malaysia and Singapore. The police have registered a case. TNS were coming towards the Dera Bassi side from Bhagwanpur village on separate motorcycles. When Ramesh reached near Saidpur village, a Tata Ace (HR-37-D-0652), which was also going towards Dera Bassi, reportedly hit the victim’s mobike from the rear end. The accused driver, Ram, a resident of Ambala, lost control over the vehicle and rammed it into an elec- tricity pole. However, Ram escaped unhurt and fled from the spot. Ramesh was rushed to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. On a complaint of the victim’s brother, the police have registered a case against Ram at the Dera Bassi police station. The deceased was working at a factory in Dera Bassi. OC Top gun Kajheri man duped of ~ 25,000 Chandigarh: Tricksters duped a Kajheri resident of Rs 25,000. According to the police, the complainant, Jitender Kumar, a resident of Kajheri village, Sector 52, reported that unknown persons approached him near the PNB at Burail village while he was going to deposit cash in the bank. Two accused befooled the victim by handing him a bunch of papers wrapped in a cloth, claiming that the amount was Rs 1 lakh, and in return they took the money from him. A case against unknown persons has been registered. TNS Striped beauty Commonwealth Games 50-metre air-rifle silver medallist Anjum Moudgil with her family members at their residence in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI PAGE 6 White tigress Diya in a playful mood inside its enclosure on a hot day at Chhatbir Zoo in Zirakpur. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VIJAY MATHUR No relief for over 25K CHB flat owners Panel won’t allow relaxation for those who have encroached upon govt land NEED-BASED CHANGES Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 While the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has formed a committee to make recommendations for allowing need-based changes made in flats and houses, over 25,000 flat owners won’t get any relief from the committee. Sources said as per the terms of reference of the committee, the recommendations for relaxation would be made only in cases where changes had been made internally and not on government land. The sources said the survey carried out by the CHB on violations and misuse had revealed that half of the owners of the CHB flats had encroached upon government land. The CHB has conducted a survey of all 61,067 units constructed so far to detect violations, encroachments and misuse. A report placed at the last meeting of the board had mentioned that the owners of around 36,000 flats had made changes against the bylaws, while around 25,000 had raised constructions on government land. The CHB has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Secretary, CHB, to recommend need-based changes that can be allowed in the CHB dwelling units. One of the members of the committee said the members would go into the details of all types of violations except those on government land. The committee would also take up the issue of one-time settlement with regard to violations in CHB houses. For years, allottees of dwelling units have been demanding that the changes made within the four walls of CHB houses without compromising the structural safety be regularised. The committee was formed after Kirron Kher, MP held a meeting with rep, resentatives of various associations on the issue. UT cop on song to sensitise people to road safety AmitSharma Tribune News Service Head Constable Bhupinder Singh spreads awareness on traffic rules in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh, May1 “Sadka te kai sapne choor hunde dekhe ne, apne to apne dur hunde dekhe ne” (I have seen many dreams being shattered on roads and people losing their loved ones). This is not a song by some Punjabi singer, but by a UT cop posted in the traffic wing, who has penned down the lyrics and sung the song to sensitise motorists to road safety and traffic rules. Singing songs at various police functions and public gatherings is an innovative way devised by Head Constable Bhupinder Singh to spread awareness among the masses. In the past over two years since Bhupinder got posted in the traffic wing, he has written 15 songs on road safety. Bhupinder, who has been interested in music and c m y b singing since his younger days, says music has a lot of influence on an individual’s life, especially that of the youth, following which he decided to constructively utilise his talent and pen down songs to sensitise them to road safety. There is a wide range of songs written by Bhupinder that emphasises on various important issues, including safe driving, encouraging women to wear helmets and say no to drunken driving. The latest song Bhupinder came up with is “bina gal te horn kyu bajaye janda hae” (why are you honking without any reason) to support the ongoing campaign of the traffic police against honking in the city. However, that’s not the end. The talented cop is soon coming up with a song on wrong parking in the city. “I have many ideas in my mind and will keep writing songs on social issues that benefit society,” he says. A few of Bhupinder’s songs are also available as caller tunes. SSP (Traffic and Security) Shashank Anand is also an admirer of Bhupinder’s songs and has Bhupinder’s song as a caller tune on his official number. Bhupinder also performed during the 29th Road Safety Week, observed by the Chandigarh Police recently. ABUSE OF POWER Ex-Kharar DSP named in FIR Our Correspondent Kharar, May1 The police have nominated a former DSP of Kharar, Raj Balwinder Singh Marar, and another person, Tarandeep Singh, in an FIR dated April 13, registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Information Technology Act, against unknown staffers of the office of the DSP . The case was registered on a complaint of the Director, Bureau of Investigation, Punjab, for obtaining call detail records of a prominent person’s mobile number in connection with a case registered in 2014. According to the FIR, the call details of a prominent person’s mobile number were obtained from the service provider by the office of the Mohali SSP on a request made by the office of the Kharar DSP in connection with an FIR of 2014 registered at the Kharar police station. According to the FIR, the office of the Kharar DSP had been misused/abused to obtain the call records, which were not required. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of UIET and PU residential complex, Sec 25 ROAD CLOSED The Municipal Corporation is going to start recarpeting work on the V-3 road separating Sector 10 and 11. Due to the work, the road will remain closed from May 2 to 6. The MC has advised the public to take alternative routes.
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