24072018-CT-01.qxd 7/24/2018 12:54 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 24 JULY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Houses, vehicles searched Relief for commuters ‘Andhey Hain Hum’ Dera Bassi police hold a special drive to check activities of anti-social elements. P4 Traffic on Jan Marg from Matka Chowk to Sector 16/17 light point to resume by month-end. P5 Adakar Manch ensemble presents Hindi play ‘Andhey Hain Hum’ on Day 2 of Bharatmuni Natyotsav. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.5°C MIN 27.9°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.21 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.37 AM 70 calls, WhatsApp photos under lens MORNI GANG RAPE:There were three more women at guest house, says victim’s husband Women commission, NGOs offer help Rajinder S Nagarkoti Tribune News Service The new PU VC, Prof Raj Kumar, at his office on Monday. PRADEEP TEWARI PU VC takes charge, talks cooperation Refuses comment on NSUI protest Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 23 The new Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Raj Kumar, took charge on Monday, but avoided commenting on a protest by the National Students Union of India, which has labelled him a representative of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). Asked about his priorities, he replied, “This university belongs to all of us. We have to carry its traditions and values forward. We all have to get together and contribute as per our capabilities.” “I wouldn’t keep a communication gap (with journalists). Whatever initiatives are taken for development, these will be communicated to you,” he said. Asked about the financial crunch being faced by the PU and implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, for which about Rs 100 crore is needed, he said he would look into it. On the NSUI protest, he smiled and said the people concerned would deal with it. On vacancies in the PU, he said he would act as per the government policy on recruitments. Asked about his vision for the PU which he presented before the selection panel during his interview for the VC’s post, he said the word vision was simple but had complex implications. “Unless you know the system and its entire working, the vision cannot be translated into reality,” he said. Asked whether the policies would be “RSS-influenced” in the PU “like in JNU”, he said he had to stay here for three years and would work in collaboration with people. At this point, Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon intervened and asked reporters to keep questions for a later period. The question-answer session ended after that. RELATED REPORT ON PAGE 2 Panchkula, July 23 The special investigation team (SIT), which is investigating the Morni gang rape case, is now scrutinising around 70 calls made by the main accused, Sunny, who was operating Lovely Guest House in Morni, between July 15 and July 18. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the victim’s husband revealed that besides his wife, there were three more women at Lovely Guest House. He said his wife told him that there were three more women during the period when she was kept at the guest house. The police are also scrutinising the WhatsApp photos, probably of the victim and the other women, which were sent by Sunny to other people to call them to the guest house. Asked about the alleged sex racket being run by Sunny, Panchkula DCP Rajender Kumar Meena said the police Chandigarh, Panchkula police provide security to family Rajinder S Nagarkoti Tribune News Service The accused being taken for a medical examination to the Civil Hospital, Panchkula, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR FIVE MORE SUSPECTS ROUNDED UP The SIT has rounded up five more suspects from Raipur Rani, Morni and Naraingarh. Their tower location was found in Morni between July 15 and July 18. A senior police official said they were questioning these persons. ANOTHER ACCUSED HELD The Panchkula police have arrested one more accused, Dheeraj, a resident of Raipur Rani, in the gang rape case. He will be produced in a Panchkula court on Tuesday. were probing every possible angle and it would be premature to reveal anything. Panchkula, July 23 Three motorcycle-borne masked robbers allegedly looted Rs 35,000 at gunpoint from employees of a petrol pump situated on the Pinjore-Nalagarh road in the wee hours of Monday. The three robbers came on a black motorcycle and asked the petrol pump employees to fill fuel of Rs 400. One of the employees, Shashi, filled the bike tank with petrol. However, all of a sudden, two robbers pointed country-made pistols at Shashi, while the third one pointed a pistol at another employee, Pappu. They robbed Rs 12,000 from Shashi and Rs 23,000 from Pappu. The robbers ransacked the entire office and then fled towards the Pinjore side on their bike. The accused had continued on page 4 Accident toll rises to two Youth travelling in Fortuner succumbs to injuries Chandigarh, July 23 ling in the pick-up, had sucA day after a Fortuner collid- cumbed to his injuries at ed with a Mahindra pickup, the GMCH, Sector 32, a few one of the youths travelling hours after the accident, in the Fortuner sucone of the youths cumbed to his travelling in the injuries, taking the Fortuner, identified death toll in the accias Shivansh Khandent to two. na, a native of JalThe accident took ndhar, succumbed place at the Sector to his injuries at a 46/47/48/49 light private hospital in point on the inter- Shivansh Khanna Mohali on Sunday vening night of July night. He was a stu21 and 22. While Rajwinder dent of a private college in Singh (36), who was travel- Jalandhar. —TNS The SIT on Monday produced continued on page 6 Govt employee raped by NRI Case shifted to Bhiwani; victim wants it back with P’kula police Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 23 A 26-year-old government employee was allegedly raped by an NRI. On a complaint of the victim, the Panchkula police have lodged a zero FIR and sent the case to the Bhiwani police for further investigation. However, the victim has demanded that the case should be investigated by the Panchkula police as she was raped in Morni. The complainant submitted that she came in contact with a 40-year-old NRI, Dhanesh Sharma, who Three loot ~35,000 from petrol pump Tribune News Service Remand for accused; SIT to recover mobiles The petrol pump on the Pinjore-Nalagarh road that was targeted. claimed to be working as a coach with the Punjab Police. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the victim alleged that the accused had raped her in Bhiwani and Morni, but the Panchkula police only mentioned the Bhiwani incident in the FIR and transferred continued on page 6 Panchkula, July 23 A day after the Morni gang rape victim and her husband were told to vacate their rented accommodation, the Haryana State Commission for Women and NGOs offered help to the victim’s family. Haryana State Commission for Women chairperson Pratibha Suman on Monday visited the victim’s house and assured them of every possible help in searching for a new house. The matter was highlighted in these columns on Monday. Panchkula DCP Rajender Kumar Meena said NGOs were in touch with the family and would offer help if a new accommodation was required. The Chandigarh and Panchkula police also provided security to the victim’s family after it was reported in these 19-year-old maid violated in P’kula Panchkula, July 23 In yet another rape incident in Panchkula, a 19-year-old maid was raped by a driver. The accused has been identified as Ram Bahadur, who works as a driver in Sector 9. The accused was produced before a local court on Monday, which remanded him in continued on page 6 Home Guards jawan, 2 others held with heroin Mohali, July 23 A Chandigarh Police Home Guards jawan was among three persons arrested with 60 gm of heroin by sleuths of the Special Task Force (STF), Mohali, here on Monday. The accused have been identified as Mohali resident Dharampal, serving as a Home Guards jawan in the Chandigarh Police, Ajay Kumar from Chakk Naraini village in Pathankot and Rahul from Behlolpur village in Mohali. Mohali STF SP Rajinder Singh Sohal said the three were arrested from a park at Phase 4 where they were waiting for some client. “During a raid by our team, the trio was arrested with 20 continued on page 6 Members of the Haryana State Commission for Women outside Lovely Guest House in Morni. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH columns that there was no security cover for the family. The Panchkula and UT police have provided two cops each, including a woman constable each, in civvies outside the victim’s house in Mani Majra. Contraceptives, syringes found at guest house A team of the Haryana State Commission for Women raided hotels in the Morni hills, including the guest house where the woman was gangraped. Pratibha Suman, chairperson of the commission, took suo motu notice of the incident on Monday. During a raid, the team recovered contraceptives, syringes, liquor bottles, besides other objectionable material from Lovely Guest House. These shady properties were reportedly being used for prostitution. PLANTING OF DRUGS, FAKE CURRENCY Non-bailable warrants issued against ex-cop Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 23 A local court on Monday issued non-bailable warrants against a former Chandigarh Police inspector, Tarsem Rana, in a case involving planting of narcotics and fake currency. The UT cop failed to appear in the court multiple times and earlier bailable warrants were issued against him. On Monday, as he once again failed to appear in the court, non-bailable warrants were issued against him. Last year, charges were framed against Tarsem and an advocate, Jatin Salwan, under Sections 18 and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and Section 489 (tampering with property mark with intent to cause injury), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of A file photo of the accused, Tarsem Rana. offence), 212 (harbouring offender) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. They were arrested for allegedly planting 2.6 kg of opium and Rs 15 lakh in fake currency in the car of Bhagwan Singh, an accountant, who was arrested by the police in 2016 near Maloya. Tarsem, a resident of Sector 26, Salwan, a resident of Sector 15, and the third accused, continued on page 6 Under fire over dress code, Golf Club to allow kurta-pyjama Bows to public pressure after city BJP president Tandon seeks views on Facebook, writes to UT Administrator Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 23 Bowing to public pressure, the Chandigarh Golf Club has decided to review its dress code and also allow persons wearing kurta-pyjama without a jacket on the club premises. BS Gill, president of the club, said they would hold a meeting on the issue soon in which the dress code would be reviewed. Gill said they would also allow members and their guests in kurta-pyjama without a jacket. The development comes after an unsavoury incident on the club premises on Sunday when an official of the club asked Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon, who came for lunch wearing a kurta-pyjama without a jacket, to leave the club. Tandon got up and decided to go and wear a c m y b THE TRIGGER The development comes after an unsavoury incident on the club premises on Sunday when an official of the club asked Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon, who came for lunch wearing a kurta-pyjama without a jacket, to leave the club. Tandon got up and decided to go and wear a jacket kept in the car. Though Tandon had lunch, he took the matter to the public domain and wrote to the club president asking the reason for “disrespecting the national dress”. jacket kept in the car. Though Tandon had lunch, he took the matter to the public domain and wrote to the club president asking the reason for “disrespect- ing the national dress”. The matter reached the national level when Tandon asked people to share their views on Facebook. Tandon also wrote to the UT Administrator requesting him to issue instructions to all clubs in Chandigarh to uphold the dignity of the “national dress”. In the letter, Tandon said some clubs allowed western dresses, whereas persons in kurta-pyjama were not allowed. It seemed the effect of the British Raj was still there, even after 70 years of Independence, he said. “As a citizen of independent India, it is my duty as well as privilege to uphold the respect and dignity of our national dress,” he wrote. The issue evoked a huge response on Facebook with a number of people condemning the incident and urging the Administration to take remedial action.
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