03062018-CT-01.qxd 6/3/2018 12:59 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 3 JUNE 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU misses RUSA grant Fire services hit Rugby meet concludes Panjab University loses ~50-crore grant under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan. P2 Financial crisis faced by MC adversely affects fire and emergency services in city. P5 Rugby Warriors, Seven Sisters Club win men’s and women’s titles in Senior State Rugby Championship. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 38°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.4°C MIN 24.6°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.20 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.21 AM Police clueless over attacks on singers Celebrations in the air TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Mohali, June 2 While Punjabi singer-actor Gippy Grewal has claimed to have received a death threat from gangster Dilpreet Dhahan, the Mohali police have been found wanting in cracking two cases pertaining to attacks on singers Parmish Verma and Navjot Singh. Singer-director Parmish Verma was shot at on April 14 following extortion threats allegedly by Dilpreet Dhahan. While Parmish claimed that the attack was for not giving in to the extortion threat, the gangster had taken to social media to claim that it was a personal enmity. Five days ago, Navjot Singh, a budding singer, was found dead in Dera Bassi but the reason for the same is yet to be ascertained. The police are yet to make any progress in Parmish’s case. Several arrests have been made in the case but the police are not even close to catching Dhahan. In Navjot Singh’s murder, the police have been groping in the dark. Earlier this year, gangster Sampat Nehra was booked for allegedly making a Rs 3crore extortion call to a leading chemist in Chandigarh. While Gippy boarded a flight to Canada on Saturday and is expected to stay there P’kula woman loses gold chain to snatchers Panchkula, June 2 Two motorcycle-borne youths allegedly snatched a gold chain of a woman here on Saturday morning. The complainant, Veena Rani, was waiting for milk vendor outside her house in Sector 21 at 7 am when two youths came on a bike. The one riding pillion allegedly snatched her chain from behind. The person driving the bike was wearing helmet while the other was without headgear. The miscreants then sped away from the spot. The victim could not note down the registration number of the motorcycle. A case of snatching has been registered at the Sector 20 police station. —TNS WOMEN POLICE STATION YET TO OPEN ACCOUNT Fourteen months after the UT Administration issued a notification, no case related to crime against women and children has been registered at the women police station in Sector 17. Such cases are still being lodged at other police stations, defeating the purpose of having a women police station. PAGE 5 Parmish Verma was shot at in Sector 74, Mohali Navjot Singh’s bullet-riddled body was found in Dera Bassi GANGSTER DHAHAN OUT OF REACH The police are yet to solve the case of attack on Parmish Verma. Several arrests have been made in the case but the police are not even close to catching Dilpreet Dhahan, who claimed the responsibilty of the attack. In Navjot Singh’s murder, the police have been groping in the dark. for at least a month, the police seem confused. Speaking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Mohali SSP Kuldeep Chahal said they had registered an FIR at the Phase VIII police station. However, SHO Gurjant Singh refused to comment, saying that he was busy all day long for personal reasons. The munshi of the police station said no such case had been registered. Gippy’s family has confirmed about such a call received on WhatsApp. When asked, the SSP admitted to not having any evidence of the call. “Gippy has not given any number from which the call was made, but that is part of the investigation.” Sources said Gippy pointed out that it was an extortion call. However, the police did not confirm it. Gippy’s latest film ‘Carry on Jatta 2’ released worldwide on Friday. About the gangster Ropar resident Dilpreet Dhahan had escaped from the Punjab Police custody in July 2016 with the help of his fellow gangsters while he was being shifted from the Ropar jail to the Hoshiarpur jail in a drugs case. According to Punjab Police records, Dilpreet is a proclaimed offender (PO) and wanted in a number of cases in and outside the state. Most of the cases relate to murder, attempt to murder, extortion and the Arms Act. Graduates of advanced management programme celebrate after receiving certificates at the Indian School of Business in Mohali on Saturday. PAGE 2 Mohali residents reel under water shortage Tribune News Service Mohali, June 2 Mohali continues to reel under water shortage as people are forced to buy water. With no adequate water tankers available with the MC and GMADA authorities, people are arranging for water tankers at their own level. A water tanker with a capacity of a few thousand litres costs Rs 500. “Neither the MC nor GMADA is able to provide regular MC nor GMADA is able ❝Neither the Mohali residents. They to provide regular water supply to don’t even have adequate water tankers to help out residents. Many people are shelling out ~500 to arrange water tankers to meet their requirements. The authorities must wake up. SATVIR SINGH DHANOA, COUNCILLOR ❞ water supply to Mohali residents. They don’t even have adequate water tankers to help out residents. Many people are shelling out Rs 500 to arrange water tankers to meet their requirements. The authorities must wake up,” lamented councillor Satvir Singh Dhanoa. “For the past several days, water supply is not reaching the upper floor while the pressure is too low on the ground floor. We have called water tankers from private players many times,” rued Damanpreet Singh, a resident of Phase VII. However, Anil Kumar, Executive Engineer, MC, claimed, “At the MC’s end, there is not much problem in supplying water in the town. We are attending to all complaints.” The water demand in Mohali reaches to a minimum of 35 MGD during summer whereas the supply is nearly 17 MGD. The main source of water supply here is the Kajauli waterworks, from where 10 MGD of water is supplied to the town. Besides, GMADA and the local MC run about 105 tubewells. Residents of Sectors 66-69, 76-80, Aero City and Eco City are worst hit as GMADA had increased the water tariff in last September, but the supply did not improve much. Kurali lecturer honoured with Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar e-commerce giant Amazon fined as customer gets fake cell phone Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Mohali, June 2 A biology lecturer at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Kurali, is the only one from the district to win this year’s Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar. Kuljeet Kaur, the lecturer, received the award for outstanding results. She said she had to go through various rounds while competing for the award, including a written test, viva voce and interview. The Mohali resident with 21 years of teaching experience has been teaching at the Kurali school for the past eight years. A single Kuljeet Kaur receives the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar during a function in New Delhi. TRIBUNE PHOTO mother, Kuljeet’s daughter has completed her MBA while her son passed out of Class X this year. A total of 15 teachers from Punjab won the award. They received Rs 1 lakh cash prize from Vice President Venkaiah Naidu during an event held at the NDMC convention centre in New Delhi on May 29. Chandigarh, June 2 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has penalised an e-commerce website on a complaint about delivery of a fake product. The forum has fined Amazon around Rs 25,000 and let go the seller as well as the manufacturing company, who too were the respondents in the case. Prakriti Thakur, a student of Panjab University, Chandigarh, had filed a complaint against Amazon Seller Services Private Limited, Laxmi Communications, Mohali, and the Chief General Manager, Micromax House, Gurgaon. ❝ We are of the concerted opinion that the opposite party number 1 (Amazon) is solely liable if the product sold by a third-party seller on its platform turns out to be a fake. Amazon’s measures for countering fakes seem to be weak due to its lax policies and policing, which promoted the sale of fake products, as sellers could remain anonymous and know that they would face no legal recourse. CONSUMER FORUM As per the complaint, Thakur had ordered online a Micromax Canvas Fire 4 mobile handset from Amazon on October 20, 2016, for Rs 4,560. However, the mobile phone did not ❞ work, following which the complainant contacted the seller. Thakur was told that it was a fake mobile phone as its IMEI number was a digit short. It was not manufactured by Micro- max Company. She thus approached the forum through counsel Puru Jarewal. In its reply, Amazon, while admitting the factual matrix of the case, pleaded that the complainant bought the mobile handset from an independent thirdparty seller offering its products on the website operated by it. “Amazon is not responsible for the products that are listed on the website by various third-party sellers. The sellers themselves are responsible for their respective listings and products on the website,” the e-commerce website stated in its reply. continued on page 2 Protesting farmers lock Verka plant gate to cut milk supply Tribune News Service Mohali, june 2 Farmers locked the gate of Verka plant in Phase VI here on Saturday morning, stopping the entry of private vehicles supplying supply milk to the plant. The incident was part of their nationwide protest for their demands, including farm loan waiver, implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission and right price for their crops. Under the protest, farmers are stopping supply of vegetables and milk to cities. The protesters relented after about two hours, following an assurance by Verka General Manager that they would not buy milk from private players. The incident took place at around 10.30 am when farmers gathered outside the plant. They locked the gate to prevent private milk-supply vehicles from entering the plant. As a result, tractor trolleys carrying milk were stranded outside the plant. “How can they allow private vehicles to supply milk? As we gathered for a protest, Verka had to lock the door from inside while we locked it from the outside. The GM has assured us that they will not take supply from them. In case it is not done, we will seize the tractors and vehicles and distribute the milk to poor or organise chhabeel,” said Jaspal Singh Naimain, president, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal). Verka officials said they have sufficient milk supply for now, but the situation may deteriorate if the farmers’ protest persists for twothree days. Naimain said the Modi government at the Centre had promised to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission at the time of the elections, but did not honour it. Earlier, farmers had gone to Kharar mandi where they stopped traders from selling milk. However, the protesters acceded to the traders’ request to allow them to clear their stocks and that they c m y b would not sell it from Sunday. The protesting farmers also stopped motorcyclists carrying milk to supply it to residential areas. A biker was stopped and half of the milk he was carrying in containers was given to poor people. Milk shortage Due to the ongoing stir, shortage of milk was witnessed at some places in Mohali. At some Verka booths, there was not sufficient supply of milk. There were reports of milkmen not turning up at people’s homes. “Our milkman did not come on Saturday. Then, I went to the nearby Verka booth, but failed to get milk from there too,” rued Ishdeep Singh, a Sector 69 resident. Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) raise slogans against the Centre during a protest outside the Verka plant in Phase VI, Mohali, on Saturday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO
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