29062018-CT-01.qxd 6/29/2018 1:13 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 29 JUNE 2018 | CHANDIGARH Fire safety courses Mishap averted in Zirakpur Aditi in final PU panel recommends start of BE or BTech in Fire Safety and Fire Engineering in the university. P2 Major tragedy averted as wheel of bus comes off at the Zirakpur flyover and falls on an auto. P4 Aditi eases into tennis final, beats Harleen 7-5 7-6(3) to set up title clash with Ridhima. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 32°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 25.3°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.24 AM Snatchers get smart, now seek loan against booty Caught unawares Class IX student killed in hit-&-run Do not repay it; earlier they used to sell chains to jewellers for a song Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 28 While the police are trying to get smart these days, miscreants involved in snatching incidents are getting smarter. Snatchers have now devised another way of disposing of snatched gold chains by either selling these or taking loan against these from finance companies. The recent case of gold chain snatching, that led to the arrest of Punjab Police constable Arshdeep Singh, is one such case in which the accused sold the gold chain to the Muthoot finance company for Rs 33,000. Earlier, snatchers used to look for small-time jewellers or goldsmiths to dispose of gold chains. The jewellers, on realising that the chain had been snatched, used to purchase it at a low price. However, with the police cracking down on such jewellers, they have started saying no to snatchers who come to them for selling gold chains. The police said snatchers had now started taking loans against gold items from finance companies. “The companies offer loan equal to the market price of the gold chain due to which snatchers Modus operandi deposit ❝The accusedfinance gold chains with companies and take a hefty amount in return as loan. They, however, do not repay the loan and interest after which the finance companies confiscate the jewellery items — Police ❞ get a huge amount,” said a crime branch sleuth. The trend is picking up as at least 12 such cases have come to the fore during the past one year in which snatchers took a loan against the gold. “The accused deposit gold chains with finance companies and take a hefty amount in return as loan. They, however, do not repay the loan and interest after which the finance companies confiscate the jewellery items,” said the sleuth. Two cousins, who run hotel in Solan, arrested Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 28 A “Bullet motorcycle-borne” snatcher and his accomplice, both cousins, who run a hotel near Solan in Himachal Pradesh, have been arrested by the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police for snatching incidents in the city. The city has seen a spurt in snatching incidents. In some incidents, a miscreant riding a Bullet motorcycle was seen committing snatchings, while in several others, two snatchers were involved. Following the rise in the number of snatching incidents, a team of the crime branch, led by Inspector Amanjot Singh, intensified patrolling in the city. Sources said after gathering clues, crime branch sleuths nabbed 23-year-old Ramadeep Singh, a resident of Dera Bassi, who used to commit snatchings on his Bullet motorcycle. Ramandeep’s arrest led to the arrest of his accomplice, Manjeet Singh, a native of Kapurthala district in Punjab. A police official said Ramandeep used to commit snatchings alone as well as with Manjeet, who used to ride pillion on his Bullet motorcycle. “Both accused have taken a small hotel on lease at Kumarhatti near Solan,” the sources said. The police said the accused used to drive down from Kumarhatti to commit snatchings in the city. Both accused are drug addicts and used to commit the crime to fulfil their needs. Ramandeep was involved in a snatching incident reported on June 20. He snatched a mobile phone from a woman at the Sector 36/37/41/42 roundabout. The next day, he sped away after snatching a mobile phone from another woman in Sector 21. The Bullet rider snatched a mobile phone in Sector 34 on June 22. The police said the role of both accused would also be investigated in other snatching cases reported from the city. The accused have been remanded in police custody. A family braves rain at Phase 3B2 in Mohali on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY P5 Youth shot in gang war at Kalka Mohali, June 28 A 15-year-old boy was killed after an unknown vehicle hit him in Daon village on Wednesday night. The deceased has been identified as Sahil, a Class IX student. Sahil’s father Ramesh Kumar said his son was returning from his cousin’s shop near the highway. While he was crossing the road, a speeding vehicle hit him and sped away from the spot. Sahil was taken to the Civil Hospital in Mohali by passersby where he was declared brought dead. The SHO of the Balongi police station, Naveenpal Lehal, said they were checking the CCTV footage to identify the vehicle. — TNS 4 injured; assailants, numbering over 20, came in 5 vehicles Tribune News Service Panchkula, June 28 A 25-year-old youth was killed while four others were injured after over 20 youths, who came in five vehicles, opened fire on them at Paploha Majra village in Kalka on Thursday evening. Vikram, a resident of Ghatiwala village in Kalka, was killed in the firing. It was his birthday on Thursday. Three of the four injured were identified as Mahinder, Happy and Dalip. The injured were taken to the Kalka CHC from where they were referred to the PGI. The firing incident was the Victim killed on his birthday Around a year and a half ago, gunshots were fired at Bhupinder Babbu’s residence in Amravati in Pinjore. Similarly, BJP leader Sham Lal Tagra was attacked around seven months ago in Pinjore. The Sanju Majra group was accused of both these attacks. Sources said Vikram (in pic), who was from the Sanju Majra group, was planning to celebrate his birthday on Thursday when he was attacked by the Babbu group. Kin identify 8 assailants Family members and friends of the deceased, Vikram, have identified eight assailants. Empty bullet shells recovered from the murder spot point towards the use of short-range and long-range pistols in the crime. Panchkula DCP Rajender Kumar Meena said six teams had been formed to arrest the assailants. result of old enmity between the Sanju Majra and Bhupinder Babbu gangs. In the past, there were incidents of firing between these two gangs. Continued on page 4 Mohali water supply to be hit Mohali: Repair work to fix leakage in the main pipe line at the Kajauli waterworks will affect the water supply in parts of Mohali on Friday. The areas that will be affected are Sector 70 and 71, Mataur village, Shahi Majra, Phase 9, 10 and 11, and the Industrial Area, Phase I to V. Due to the repair work, water will be supplied at low pressure in the morning. There will be no supply in the afternoon, while the evening supply will be subject to availability. — TNS Bouncer arrested for 6 of 11 IAS officers in UT from AGMUT cadre Civic body proposes stealing car accessories Two more to join shortly; Punjab, Haryana want bigger share for their officers hike in user charges AGMUT-cadre IAS Yet to join Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 28 A 33-year-old bouncer has been arrested by the Chandigarh Police for stealing car accessories. The police claim to have recovered 17 stereos, 21 amplifiers, 16 woofers, 20 speakers, 20 pen drives and two tyres from him. The recovered items are worth around Rs 4 lakh. The accused has been identified as Balwinder Singh, alias Kala, a resident of Khuda Ali Sher, Chandigarh. Criminal past The accused was booked under the NDPS Act in February this year at the Nayagaon police station. A case of house trespass is also registered against him in Chandigarh. DSP (East) Satish Kumar said the accused stole the accessories after breaking the windowpanes of cars. “Seven theft cases registered in different police stations in Continued on page 5 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 28 The strength of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram Union Territories (AGMUT)cadre IAS officers has touched a new high, while the share of Punjab and Haryana in the present administrative set-up in the joint capital Chandigarh remains the same. Of the 11 IAS officers serving in the UT Administration at present, six are of the AGMUT cadre, while three are from Punjab and only two from Haryana. Besides, two more IAS officers of the AGMUT cadre were recently posted in Chandigarh and are likely to join here shortly. With this, eight of the 13 IAS officers in the UT Administration will be of the AGMUT cadre, probably the highest ever. However, the sanctioned strength of AGMUT-cadre posts in Chandigarh is only two. Moreover, as per the instructions issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on November Continued on page 4 c m y b officers Ajay Kumar Singhla Sanjay Kumar Jha Adviser Parimal Rai ■ Punjab Education Secy Bansi Lal Sharma Finance Secy Ajoy Kumar Sinha MC Commissioner KK Yadav Sports Secy Jitender Yadav Special Secy (Finance) Harish Nayar Additional DC Sachin Rana ■ Haryana SDM (South) Saurabh Mishra Home Secy Arun Kumar Gupta SDM (East) Arjun Sharma DC Ajit Balaji Joshi The background At the time of the formation of Chandigarh on November 1, 1966, a Punjabcadre ICS officer, Dr MS Randhawa, was posted as its first Chief Commissioner. Later, most of the eight other Chief Commissioners till 1984 and thereafter all Advisers, to which the Chief Commissioner’s post was converted on June 3, 1984, were AGMUT-cadre officers. Initially, the Adviser’s post was an ex-cadre post, which was converted into a cadre post. Agenda to be placed before House today Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 28 After the manifold increase in sewerage charges and tax on commercial properties, the local Municipal Corporation is ready to give another shock to residents as it has now proposed to revise the users charges of various services. The agenda for the increase in the users charges will be placed for approval before a meeting of the general house of the corporation, scheduled for June 29. The users charges which are to revised include those for stacking building material. At present, the MC is charging Rs 4,000 for space up to 1,000 sq ft and Rs 8,000 for space above 1,000 sq ft for stacking material. Now, the MC has proposed to increase the charges to Rs 15,000 and Rs 25,000 for six Continued on page 4
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