26072018-CT-01.qxd 7/26/2018 1:16 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 26 JULY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Differently-abled students Two projects get nod Raga Yaman PU all set to facilitate physically challenged students and staff, prepares a blueprint. P2 Round-the-clock water supply in Mani Majra and public bicycle sharing projects get nod. P5 Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia spells magic, holds the audience captive with Raga Yaman. P2 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 30°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.2°C MIN 27.6°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.20 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.38 AM In new twist, victim’s husband held 2 vehicles get stolen from Morni gang rape Had sent her to accused Sunny for flesh trade, says DCP Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 25 The local police on Wednesday arrested the husband of the Morni gang rape victim under various Sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. He was produced before a court, which remanded him in three-day police custody. The husband has also been booked under Section 370 of the IPC for buying or disposing of any person as a slave. Earlier, on July 18, the victim and her husband had claimed that the main accused, Sunny, lured her by offering her a job as a domestic help at his farmhouse. However, instead of taking her there, he took her to a guest house in Morni, where about 50 people The Morni gang rape victim’s husband (centre) in police custody in Panchkula on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR allegedly raped her over four days. She escaped from the guest house in Morni on July 18. A special investigation team (SIT) was formed to look into the case which had arrested Sunny and some others in the case before nabbing the victim’s husband. How the husband landed in police net According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) RK Meena, the husband had sent the victim for flesh trade to Sunny. He claimed that both the husband and the victim were in touch with each other on the phone during her alleged confinement at the guest house. Earlier, the couple had claimed that they were not in touch with each other during this period. “Not just this, the victim’s husband and the main accused, Sunny, were also in touch during this period. The husband has been facing similar two or three other cases. Beyond this, I cannot say anything,” said the DCP . He did not comment on whether the victim was an accomplice in the flesh trade racket. The husband was rounded up on Tuesday night and later he was arrested. The victim claimed on Wednesday that her husband was being framed. She said her husband was taken to the police station for identifying suspects, but was arrested instead. She has been asking for the probe to be transferred to the UT police. In this case, for dereliction of duty, Assistant Commissioner of Police (women police station) Mamta Sauda and the Station House Officer (women police station), Inspector Rajesh Kumari, have been transferred, while ASI Saraswati, Morni police post in-charge, ASI Mange Ram and Ramgarh police post in-charge ASI Jagdish have been suspended. FIR trigger: A ~15,000 ‘deal’ that went awry Rajinder S Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 25 It was a “financial deal” of Rs 15,000 that went awry between the victim’s husband and Lovely Guest House owner Sunny, the prime accused in the gang rape case, which resulted in the FIR. A police official of the rank of inspector, who is privy to the investigation, revealed that Sunny and the victim’s husband were known to each Accused only paid ~13,000 The deal was struck between the main accused, Sunny, and the victim’s husband for ~15,000 for supplying a woman (not the victim), but Sunny only paid ~13,000 to the victim’s husband. Had financial dealings with Sunny: Husband Outside the court complex, the victim’s husband, while talking to the media, admitted that he had financial dealings with Sunny. However, he refused to divulge details of these deals. other and were involved in a number of flesh trade deals. In this particular case, the deal was struck between them for Rs 15,000 for supplying a woman (not the victim), but Sunny only paid Rs 13,000 to the victim’s hus- band. The less payment of Rs 2,000 created differences between them, which resulted in the lodging of an FIR against 40 people, he said. Sources, however, claimed that the police found a conversation between Sunny and the victim’s husband that implied that they were involved in a “deal” that went awry. Besides, Sunny had fixed a deal of Rs 9,000 with the victim’s husband for sending his wife, the sources added. Victim has second wife The victim is the second wife of her husband. His first wife is still at his native village in Bihar. Miscarriage angle Sources said the victim had a miscarriage last year. The police are now checking whether the victim’s husband forced her for abortion or it was actually a miscarriage. City Beautiful every day 404 stolen till June 25 this year, only 68 recovered Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 25 Putting a brake on vehicle thefts remains an uphill task for the UT police as on an average, two vehicles get stolen from the city every day. This is evident from police figures, which show that till June 25 this year, 404 vehicles have been stolen from the city of which only 68 could be recovered. Two-wheelers remain the hot favourite among vehicle thieves as of the total vehicles stolen, 322 were two-wheelers while 75 were four-wheelers and seven three-wheelers. According to the police records, the area falling under the Mani Majra police station witnessed 50 incidents of vehicle theft, the maximum among police stations. Fortyfive two-wheelers and five cars have been stolen from the area. The Sector 34 and Sector 39 police stations witnessed 43 cases of vehicle theft each. The police have not been able to crack a majority of the vehicle theft cases as only 51 cases of two-wheeler theft, 14 cases of four-wheeler theft and three cases of auto-rickshaw theft have been solved. The police said a majority of the vehicles, especially twowheelers, were stolen from free parking lots in city mar- VEHICLE THEFTS Police station Mani Majra Sec 34 Sec 39 Sec 36 Sec 17 Sec 19 Sec 26 Industrial Area Sec 49 Sec 31 IT Park Sec 11 Sec 3 Mauli Jagran Maloya Sarangpur kets. Those stealing twowheelers either use them for snatching or committing other crimes, while many steal two-wheelers for joyrides. “Two-wheeler thieves are more active in the city and most of them are drug addicts,” said a police official. Cars usually get stolen from residential areas during night. “The theft of fourwheelers has come down in the past few years with several gangs operating in this region having been busted,” said a police official. Security devices installed in vehicles also act as a deterrent for vehicle thieves, who find it tough to steal vehicles, ~9-cr notices issued to 28 more PROPERTY TAX Tribune News Service During the rainy season, motorists face inconvenience while parking their vehicles in slush outside the District Courts in Sector 43, Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY Parking issue turns ugly, blows exchanged at District Courts Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 25 Parking pangs at the District Courts in Sector 43 here took an ugly turn on Wednesday after a fight erupted between a man and a parking attendant after the latter stopped him from taking his car in the lot inside the court complex. After a verbal duel, the man and a woman, occupants of the car, allegedly attacked the parking attendant, who returned the blows. The fight was stopped after advocates intervened and all three had received minor injuries. The parking attendant, Kuldeep, said, “We have been employed by the Bar Association and have been told that only vehicles of advocates and the court staff should be allowed to enter. I was just doing my duty and asking them to park their car outside in the public area.” The president of the Bar Association, Ashok Chauhan, said the man claimed to be the SHO of the Sohana police ❝The parking problems and even the fight on Wednesday was the result of the lax attitude of the UT Administration. It has been five years since the proposal for a multi-level parking adjacent to the court complex was sent. It was approved, but no further progress has been made. ❞ -- ASHOK CHAUHAN, Bar president station in Mohali. However, at the police post in Sector 43, he told the police that he was not the SHO but was posted at the same police station and was an Assistant Sub-Inspector. However, no action was taken as both parties reached a compromise. There are three parking attendants inside the court complex. They are peons employed by the Bar, who have been asked to take care of the parking. They ensure that vehicles of the public do not enter the complex due to space constraints. Arguments and quarrels are erupting regularly even inside the court complex due to the high volume of cars, especially during the current rainy season. From 10 am to 3 pm, the problem is at its peak and cars are parked haphazardly, thus blocking many cars. This leads to arguments and quarrels, even among lawyers. Public vehicles are not allowed inside the complex. The visitors have to park their vehicles in a barren piece of land adjoining the courts. The piece of land here in not just barren but has not even been levelled. Monsoons are a nightmare for the public, who have to park vehicles in the muck and then walk through it. As the parking fills up, cars are parked behind the courts on the road separating Sector 42 and 43. This not only Continued on page 2 Chandigarh, July 25 Continuing with its drive against property tax defaulters, the MC has issued notices to 28 more defaulters. Sources said the notices for over Rs 9,16,42,051 were issued on the directions of MC Commissioner KK Yadav. Among the defaulters who have been issued notices are Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Youth killed as motorcycle rams into tree Punjab Administration, Sector 26 (Rs 26,65,514), SDE, Secretariat (Maintenance), Sector 4 (Rs 6,71,405), CEMC Night Shelter, Sector 26 (Rs 3,52,317), Haryana PWD office (Nirman Sadan), Sector 33-A (Rs 31,47,696), NITTTR, Sector 26 (Rs 23,73,091), Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31 (Rs 8,81,370), Golf Range, Sector 6 (Rs 53,50,277), ESIC, Sector 30 (Rs 3,34,893), Rainwater harvesting office, Sector 27 (Rs 10,85,490), Central Forensic office, Sector 27 (Rs 10,11,691), Director, Education Department, CBSE, Sector 32 (Rs 15,87,627), SCO 2943-44, Sector 22-C (Rs 6,12,565), the Regional Institute of Cooperative Management, Sector 32 (Rs 3,69,339), Lalit hotel (Rs 74,32,029), Research and Development Centre, Sector 37 (Rs 25,05,471), Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Sector 27 (Rs 6,99,828), Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 28 (Rs 8,80,978), RT Global and Info Solutions (Rs 8,73,398), Microtek International (Rs 38,91,950), Alchemist (Rs 77,70,802), Aeren IT Solutions (Rs 87,54,211), TBRL Hostel (Rs 5,24,347), Start-up Farms (Rs 79,09,048), FCS Software Solutions (Rs 74,69,210), Amadeus India (Rs 20,91,269), IDS Infotech (Rs 81,16,076) and Bharti Airtel (Rs 1,21,20,190). The MC has started tightening the noose around the defaulters and over 100 notices have been served so for. The MC has earned over Rs 29 crore in the current fiscal so far. Mystery shrouds death of 23-yr-old engineering student Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 25 A 25-year-old youth, who worked at a private hospital in Zirkapur, was killed while the pillion rider was seriously injured after their motorcycle crashed and hit a tree in Sector 35 on Tuesday night. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Karanvir Singh, a resident of Khanna, Punjab, who was riding the motorcycle. Ajay (27), a native of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh, who was riding pillion, was seriously injured in the accident that took place near the petrol pump in Sector 35 around 11.50 pm. Both injured were rushed to the PGI in a PCR vehicle, where doctors declared Karanvir brought dead. The victim’s body was shifted to the mortuary at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Continued on page 2 c m y b Kharar, July 25 Sahil Chaudhary (23), a thirdyear student of BE (Civil Engineering) at Chandigarh University, Gharuan, died under mysterious circumstances in his room at Nirvana Greens-2 situated on the Kharar-Kurali road. He was found dead on Wednesday morning. According to the police, the victim’s maternal uncle, Anil Sabharwal, an Executive Engineer at the Panipat Thermal Plant, told them that his nephew Sahil Chaudhary, a resident of Faridabad, was studying at the Chandigarh University. On Wednesday, he got information about his death on his mobile phone. He said he had come to know that two boys, Jugnu and Lavish, had left him in his room. He said the mobile of the victim was not found at the spot. The SHO of the Kharar City police station, Inspector Kanwaljit Singh, visited Nirvana Greens and sent the body to the Civil Hospital, Kharar. The police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. — OC Tribune flyover: Kher meets Gadkari Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July25 Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, met Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari over the Tribune flyover issue in New Delhi on Wednesday and urged him to expedite the project. Mukesh Anand, Special ARTIST’S IMPRESSION Secretary of the Engineering Department, was also present on the occasion. Anand gave a detailed presentation of the project before the minister. Sources said he apprised the minister of the report prepared by officials of a Mumbai-based consultant, Stup Constructions. Gadkari had announced the flyover during a visit to Chandigarh. Stolen 50 43 43 32 29 29 25 25 22 21 19 16 14 13 12 11 Recovered 6 6 12 6 5 4 5 3 1 1 3 2 5 6 3 the police said. Maximum thefts in Mani Majra area The area under the Mani Majra police station has witnessed the maximum number of vehicle thefts with 50 vehicles having been stolen from the area of which only six have been recovered. Vehicle thefts up The vehicle thefts in the city have gone up in the past few years as 601 vehicles were stolen in 2015, while 616 vehicles were stolen the next year. The number witnessed a steep rise in 2017 when 920 Continued on page 2 Property tax may be linked to its value Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 25 The Municipal Corporation may impose property tax based on the value of the property. Sources said the consultant appointed by Smart City, Chandigarh, had recommended to the MC to shift from the flat rate of property to the value-based taxation system. The sources said Knight Frank, the consultant, in a report submitted to the MC, had made several recommendations to increase the revenue of the MC. Smart City consultant says it will help raise MC revenue, suggests other measures The consultant, while mentioning the Mumbai model, said if the Chandigarh MC adopted the value-based system, it would earn Rs 100 crore more annually. The consultant suggested that the rateable value of the property should be arrived at by considering the cost of the land, the cost of construction and the prevailing collector rates of the land. The consultant also recommended development charges to be imposed all over the city. These are charges that are imposed by the Local Government on new or proposed development projects. The consultant said at present, the tax was imposed only in 10 villages. The consultant said development was taking place all over the city and residents should pay for it. The development charges were on the lower side in comparison to other states.
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