18092018-CT-01.qxd 9/18/2018 1:04 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Last-minute campaigning MC begins patchwork Dance festival begins Leaders throng rural areas to campaign aggressively for their candidates in Zila Parishad poll. P4 Chandigarh MC starts patchwork through newly introduced mobile road repair vehicles. P5 Three-day classical dance festival, ‘Nritya Sangam’, off to a serene yet grandiose start. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.6°C MIN 22.7°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.24 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.09 AM Youth gets 15 yrs in jail for raping infant Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 17 A local court sentenced a 21-year-old youth to 15 years in jail for raping a two-and-a-half-year-old baby girl. Uma Nath, a resident of Bhaderi village in Sector 41, was convicted under Section 6 of the POCSO Act and fined Rs 1.05 lakh. The court judgment observed that while young girls were considered goddesses, the youth chose to take advantage of her vulnerability. On February 22 this year, a case was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by the victim’s mother. Uma Nath, who lived in the same ~1.05 LAKH FINE Uma Nath, a resident of Bhaderi village in Sector 41, was convicted under Section 6 of the POCSO Act and fined ~1.05 lakh. The court judgment observed that while young girls were considered goddesses, the youth chose to take advantage of her vulnerability. house for the past five years, took the girl to the second floor of the house on the pretext of providing toffees and money. He then took her to the rooftop and committed the crime following which she began crying loudly. However, by the time the victim’s mother reached the roof, the continued on page 3 Two open fire at contractor’s SUV Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 17 Miscreants allegedly opened fire on the SUV of a contractor near his house in Sector 40 this morning. The victim and his driver escaped unhurt. The police said the complainant, Sunil Khasa, alias Sonu, reached the Sector 39 police station in his black Fortuner and reported that he had left his house at 10.45 am with his driver Monu in his SUV for the airport from where he was supposed to catch a flight to Delhi. He said they had just left the house Fight between couple leaves husband injured Victim, his driver escape unhurt; were on way to airport when two miscreants opened fire on him with the intention to kill him. Acting swiftly, the driver sped away from the spot. They then directly rushed to the police station. The complainant said he saw both miscreants escaping in a white Scorpio bearing a Haryana number, which had two more occupants. continued on page 3 +1 student killed outside schoolmates school Scuffle over mobile theft turns ugly; 2 main accused victim’s 20-25 PERSONS HAD COME FROM OUTSIDE: EMPLOYEE Panchkula, September 17 A 15-year-old boy, Vikas Kumar, was stabbed to death over the theft of a mobile phone outside Major Sandeep Sagar Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, here this afternoon. The main accused are two students of the school, who are juvenile. Eyewitnesses said some of the attackers were in ITI uniform and the incident occurred around 2.30 pm. When Vikas was attacked, Suraj, a student of Class X, rushed to defend him, but he was also attacked and suffered an injury on his hand. The victim was a student of Class XI of the arts stream in the school. His brother, Akash, was also his classmate, but he had left earlier. The school peon was the first to arrive at the scene. Teachers and students rushed both Vikas and Suraj to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Vikas was declared brought dead. He had suffered an injury in the chest. Suraj was sent home after being administered first aid. According to the police, Vikas had an altercation with the accused over the theft of a mobile phone, which resulted in the fight today. ACP Noopur Bishnoi and the SHO of the Sector 5 police station, Inspector Arvind Kumar, reached the spot. Principal Sanjay Kumar, who had come to meet the family at the General Hospi- Similar incident On September 26, 2011, three students had stabbed a 26year-old person to death as he tried to intervene in a scuffle between them and another student. The incident had taken place in the parking of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Chandigarh. Later, the students were held guilty and were awarded life imprisonment. Vikas Kumar, the victim According to Vinod Kumar, a Class IV employee of the school, there was a group of 20 to 25 people who had come from outside. He said he first forced them to leave the place. However, as the school dispersed, they came again. He said he heard about the scuffle and rushed towards the gate and chased the boys. But by then, they had stabbed Vikas. Teams sent to arrest accused, say police The spot outside Major Sandeep Sagar Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, in Panchkula where Vikas was murdered on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR PARENTS BLAME SCHOOL Vikas’ father Banwari Lal works in a factory as a labourer, while his mother Meena is employed as an attendant in British High School, Sector 8, Panchkula. The family lives in Railla village in Sector 12, Panchkula. Meena said, “The school should have taken care of its students. They need to protect them.” She said, “We will not allow the postmortem and the school to function till the accused are arrested.” Meena, the victim’s mother PARENTS INCONSOLABLE Both Banwari Lal and Meena wanted to see the body of their son. When they were allowed inside, the mother started wailing. The father also broke down. The victim’s sister at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Panchkula DCP Abhishek Jorwal said they had identified the accused. “There are two main accused in the incident, who are from the same school. It is learnt that on Saturday, there was a scuffle between the victim and the accused over the theft of a mobile phone belonging to the victim’s friend. It is claimed that the victim had allegedly slapped one of them,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhishek Jorwal. He said, “Today, the accused brought other boys to the school and Vikas was stabbed.” The police have registered a murder case and have sent crime branch teams to arrest the accused. “Once, the main accused are arrested, we will arrest the others,” said Jorwal. ~7.53 cr reserve price for 2-kanal plot Some relief UT Administration to e-auction 43 residential, 30 commercial sites soon Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 17 A fight between a couple over the husband’s alcohol addiction left the latter injured at their house in Khuda Ali Sher on the intervening night of September 16 and 17. The man received an injury on his neck with a blade while trying to stop his wife from slitting her veins. The police received information about an attack on a man at his house in Khuda Ali Sher after which a PCR team rushed to the spot. The police found the victim, Om Parkash, at the spot who had an injuiry mark on his neck. Investigation revealed that Om Parkash had an argument with his wife Sangeeta during night. The police said the woman took out a blade and threatened to cut the veins of her wrist. While trying to stop her, the husband got injured with the same blade. “He suffered an injury on his neck, leading to bleeding,” said a police official. The victim’s three children were also witness to the entire incident. The injured was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, from where he was referred to the PGI by doctors. The police said the victim had given a statement that he got accidentally injured while stopping his wife. The police have registered a daily diary report (DDR) at the Sector 11 police station. tal, Sector 6, said he was unaware about any old enmity of Vikas with somebody. He said he had gone for a meeting and was not in the school at the time of the incident. Tribune News Service MC employees collect garbage from residents in Sector 22-A, Chandigarh, as door-to-door garbage collectors continue their strike on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI PAGE 3 Chandigarh, September 17 The UT Administration has fixed the reserve price of commercial and residential sites which it intends to e-auction. The Estate Office has started the process for the auction after nearly 10 years. The last auction was held in 2009. Sources said the Estate Office had decided to auction 43 residential and 30 commercial sites, besides three nursing home sites and an industrial site. The reserve price had been fixed as per the prevailing collector rates of the properties. The Estate Office has fixed a reserve price of Rs RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES Sector Area (in sq yards) Reserve price 19-B 500.50 ~3,72,06,169 21-C 557.331 ~4,14,30,372 30-A 495 ~3,68,30,762 33-C 1014 ~7,53,78,732 37 251 ~1,86,83,593 COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES Sector Area (in sq yards) Reserve price 27 122 ~ 3,79,64,441 33 25 ~ 61,35,991 8 332 ~ 10,27,89,086 8C 332 ~ 10,27,89,065 7C 25.083 ~ 88,35,822 7,53,78,732 for a plot measuring 1,014 sq yards (two kanals) in Sector 33-C. Likewise, the reserve price of a plot measuring 500 sq yards (one kanal) has been fixed at Rs 3,72,06,169. This time, two plots of two kanal, three plots of one kanal and some plots of different marlas have been included in the auction list. The reserve price of a commercial property, measuring 122.91 sq yards, in Sector 27 has been fixed at Rs 3,79,64,441. A majority of the commercial properties that have been included in the auction are in Sector 39 and 40. Of the 30 commercial properties, three are in Sector 36, two in Sector 42, three in Sector 44 and 10 in Sector 39D. Commercial properties include booths and SCOs. Sources said the Estate Office was likely to hold an eauction as it had got approval continued on page 3 Saurabh Malik Foreigners arrested for drug Jewellery worth ~20L smuggling double in Mohali stolen from house Tribune News Service Akash Ghai Chandigarh, September 17 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today gave the UT Administration two weeks time to apprise the court of its stand on vendors and farhiwalas. “Needless to observe that the UT Administration shall be at liberty to call a meeting of the corporation and other authorities concerned before taking a stand in the court,” the Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta asserted. The directions came on an appeal preferred by the Union of India against the orders passed by the courts below whereby the suit of the Sabji Tribune News Service UT told to clear stand on vendors in 2 weeks Mandi Farhi Welfare Association was decreed, injuncting the UT Administration from evicting rehri/farhiwalas from footpaths where they were carrying their retail business of vegetable/fruits. Taking up continued on page 3 Mohali, September 17 The number of foreign nationals arrested in Mohali district for alleged involvement in drug trafficking has doubled since last year. While this has raised concern among the police over the growing nexus of peddlers with the international smuggling syndicate, it has also revealed that most of them have been staying in India beyond their stipulated visa period. The Special Task Force (STF), constituted by the Punjab Government to tackle drug smuggling in the c m y b state, has arrested 22 foreign nationals from the district so far this year. “This figure is nearly the double of last year’s tally when 12 foreigners were apprehended in such cases,” said STF Superintendent of Police Rajinder Singh Sohal. “All foreigners arrested are from African countries,” he said. The total number of arrests by the STF in Mohali district has risen from 59 in 2017 to 83 this year. The force, headed by an officer of the rank of the Additional Director General of Police, had been constituted last year. “We have taken note of the increase in the number of foreigners being involved in the drug trade. Last year, they accounted for about 20 per cent of the total arrests made by the STF, which has gone up to 27 per cent this year,” Sohal said. These figures do not include drug cases being investigated by the district police. The police said 35 kg of drugs and narcotics had been recovered by the SFT in the past two years, of which about 10 kg were seized from foreigners. A senior police officer said investigation had revealed continued on page 3 Kharar, September 17 A theft has been reported from a house at Sunny Enclave, Kharar. Thieves struck at the house of Neeraj Yadav and reportedly decamped with Rs 20,000 and gold ornaments worth Rs 20 lakh. The Kharar City police have registered a case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC on a complaint lodged by Neeraj Yadav, a resident of House No. 8451, Sector 125, Sunny Enclave, Kharar. The complainant told the police that they left their house on September 14 after locking it and went out of station. When they returned on September 16, they found the Goods lie scattered at the house in Sunny Enclave, Kharar. TRIBUNE PHOTO main door of the house broken. On entering the house, they found goods scattered and ornaments and cash missing. — OC
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