05CT01A_new.qxd 9/5/2012 12:32 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE wednesday | september 5 | 2012 | chandigarh PU POLLS: LAW DEPT LOSES ITS DOMINANCE Þ PAGE 2 SPORTS: SGGS-26 OUTPLAY PU IN CLOSELY CONTESTED MATCH Þ PAGE 8 CRIME: MAN FIRES INTO THE AIR IN MOHALI Þ PAGE 3 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY 32.0°MAXIMUM 25.8°MINIMUM ■ 14-year-old Nitika was 'fine' when she came to school on Tuesday morning; postmortem today Vivek Gupta Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 4 A 14-year-old Class X student of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 19, Nitika, died under mysterious circumstances on the school premises at about 11.45 am today. The victim, who collapsed all of sudden during the school recess, was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and was declared dead after some initial investigation in the hospital. Her sudden death sent shock waves among the school staff and students. School Principal Sukhneer Sekhon said Nitika, who was studying in the school from Class IV, had no major health problems. Her behaviour in the school was normal. “Though she was a little weak, her recent medical check-up in the school showed her in a reasonably good health with some dental problem. She arrived fine in the school today. Her classmates told me she was in a jubilant mood," said the Principal. She said, “We can't believe she is no more. All of us are wondering what may have caused her untimely death." Amita, a science teacher in the school, who witnessed the incident, said it all happened when Nitika reached the third floor of the school building along with her friend during the morning break. All of a sudden, her legs started shivering and she collapsed on the ground. “After I raised the alarm, EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT happened when reached the third floor of ❝ It allbuilding along withNitikafriend during the morning the school her break. All of a sudden, her legs started shivering and she collapsed on the floor. ❞ AMITA, SCIENCE TEACHER SPECULATION OVER CAUSE OF DEATH There was widespread speculation regarding the possible cause of Nitika’s death. Schoolteachers said a brain haemorrhage or a heart attack could be a possible reason. Foul play was not ruled out as the case pertains to a girl child. However, all are now eagerly waiting for the postmortem report. Nitika’s wailing mother at the GMSH-16 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN the staff gathered there and she was taken to a hospital,” she said. The postmortem could not be held today because of her parents' initial disapproval. The postmortem has now been scheduled for tomorrow morning. Her parents, who reside in Kishangarh, refused to get the postmortem conducted even after being pressed by the school authorities. Nitika’s father Ankush Kumar, an employee of a private firm, and mother Suman, a Class 1V employee at a private school, even went to meet DSP Vijay Kumar in the afternoon, along with some known people, to pursue their case. Inspector Harjit Kaur, SHO, Sector 19 police station, said the parents were keen on taking away the body without a postmortem. However, the police decided to get the postmortem conducted as it was important to ascertain whether there was any foul play. The police said the initial report of the postmortem was expected by tomorrow afternoon. Nitika's father said his daughter had no medical history and was fine when she left home this morning. UT police set to acquire Woman thrashes trader over ‘Segway’ for patrolling parking in Panchkula Hina Rohtaki COMPROMISE REACHED Aneesha Sareen Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 4 High drama was witnessed when a 32-year-old woman allegedly thrashed a shopkeeper and created a ruckus over a parking issue in Sector 9, Panchkula, this afternoon. It was only after the police reached the spot that the situation could be brought under control. “Local shopkeeper Pawan Arora had some work and was taking his car out of a parking area when a woman, driving a Pajero, stopped her vehicle behind his car. When Arora asked her to park her car on one side as he had to take his car ❝The woman is the wife of a businessman. We received a call from a shopkeeper after which we reached the spot. However, a compromise was reached between the two and they said sorry to each othe.❞ Chandigarh, September 4 Moving a step ahead in technology, the UT police is set to acquire a ‘Segway’ for better patrolling in the city. The light-weight battery-operated vehicle will soon be seen with policemen while chasing thieves and snatchers in crowded areas. A successful demonstration of the vehicle was made at the UT police headquarters in Sector 9 this evening when senior police officers drove the vehicle and were apprised of its advantages by company representatives. Commonly used at airports for patrolling by the security staff, the vehicle is just 54 kg and can run at a speed of 20 km per hour. The vehicle costs Rs 5 lakh and can travel 19 km in one go. “We are currently holding a trial run and will consider purchasing it after looking at its benefits. The vehicle will be helpful in patrolling at the Sector 17 plaza by the police and also at other crowded markets and parks,” said UT SSP Naunihal Singh. Moreover, the vehicle will also be beneficial for patrolling purposes at the Sukhna Lake and also at the parking lots of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The "self-balancing transportation divice" responds to the body’s movements sensing when to speed up or slow down. As its electric motor gives no emissions, it NUPUR BISHNOI, SHO out, she asked him to take it out from the other direction,” said Raj Kumar, a shopkeeper in Sector 9, Panchkula. He said, “Both of them got into an argument over the issue and soon the situation turned ugly as they started abusing each other.” According to the police, the woman allegedly thrashed the shopkeeper Attendant molested at GMCH; accused held Tribune News Service EARLIER PLANS Naunihal Singh, UT SSP, takes a test ride on a Segway in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: S CHANDAN is commonly used at airports to manage traffic. It is also used at golf courses. A representative of the company said the user commands the Segway to go forward by shifting his/her HAD FAILED Four years ago, the UT police had acquired battery-operated Reva cars for patrolling purposes in the city. However, these cars proved to be an expensive proposition as lakhs of rupees had to be spent on their maintenance every year. Continued on p6 Chandigarh, September 4 A woman attendant at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here was molested inside a ward of the hospital allegedly by a male attendant last night. The incident occurred in ward number 72. The male attendant, Kulbir Singh, tried to flee after allegedly molesting the attendant. The incident occurred at around 12.30 am when the victim was sleeping along with her patient. Kulbir tried to outrage her modesty following which the victim raised the alarm. The accused then tried to run away. The accused is a resident of Sector 7, Panchkula. Security guards deployed at the hospital managed to nab the accused at a short distance and called the police. In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that Kulbir Singh had tried to molest her twice earlier. The police has arrested the accused and a case has been registered. PU Vice-Chancellor acts traffic marshal ■ Warns students not to ride two-wheelers without helmets Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Students give traffic norms the go-by on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Chandigarh, September 4 Panjab University ViceChancellor (VC) Arun Grover today meant business while enforcing the traffic law on wearing of helmets. Falling in the footsteps of previous ViceChancellor RC Sobti, Grover has categorically told the students not to drive two-wheelers without wearing helmets. “Students will have to wear helmets on the Panjab University campus even if it means putting my 'vicechancellorship' at stake,” ❝ Students will have to wear helmets on the campus even if it means putting my 'vicechancellorship' at stake. A large number of families have a single child and it’s my duty to ensure that the child is safe on the campus.❞ ARUN GROVER, PU VC said Grover during an interaction with student leaders here. Sending a strong message to the students, Grover said the practice of driving without helmets on the campus would have to come to an end. In an all-party meeting, Grover made it clear that even if a student had to ride a two-wheeler from his hostel to any of the departments, he would have to wear a helmet. Justifying his move, Grover said as the ViceChancellor, he was accountable for the safety of the students on the campus and he would not compromise on the safety aspect. “A large number of families have a single child and it’s my duty to ensure that the child is safe on the campus,” Grover said. Student leaders, fearing that the decision might Continued on p6 following which other shopkeepers in Sector 9 closed their shops in support for Arora. The situation was brought under control following the intervention of the police. “The woman is the wife of a businessman. We received a call from a shopkeeper after which we reached the spot. However, a compromise was reached between the two and they said sorry to each other,” said the SHO of the Sector 5 police station, ACP (under training) Nupur Bishnoi. Commuters in Sector 9 had to face a harrowing time as there was an hourlong traffic jam because of the incident. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 6.41PM MYSTERY SHROUDS STUDENT'S DEATH SUNSET 6.02AM PU hostels raided ; 10 outsiders nabbed Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 4 Barely a few hours after the Chandigarh police launched a campaign to check the identity cards of students campaigning on the Panjab University (PU) campus, raids were conducted on three boys' hostels during the wee hours today in which 10 outsiders were nabbed. The raids were conducted on hostel Nos. III, IV, V and VIII during which the outsiders were nabbed. The outsiders were let off after verification. Rules stipulate that the hostel inmates concerned from where the outsiders were nabbed are to be fined Rs 1,000 per outsider. Dean Students Welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia said wardens had been asked to verify if any hostel inmate was caught for the second time sheltering an outsider. In case there was any such student, the hostel seat of that student would be cancelled. During a raid conducted last month, the PU authorities and the police had nabbed 71 outsiders. The students in whose rooms they were staying were fined and warned not to allow outsiders to stay in their rooms. Police sources said raids were likely to be conducted again to check the presence TRADER GETS 7-YR JAIL IN BIGAMY CASE The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge SS Sahni on Tuesday sentenced a 35-year-old businessman to seven years' imprisonment in a case of rape and cheating. The court convicted Amarpreet, a resident of Sector 19, and also imposed a fine of ~7,000 on him. P3 ~1,000 FINE PER OUTSIDER Raids were conducted on hostel Nos. III, IV, V and VIII during which 10 outsiders were nabbed. The outsiders were let off after verification. Rules stipulate that the hostel inmates concerned from where the outsiders were nabbed are to be fined ~1,000 per outsider OFFICIAL'S TAKE ❝ Wardens have been asked to verify if any hostel inmate has been caught for the second time sheltering an outsider. In case there is any such student, the hostel seat of that student will be cancelled.❞ AS AHLUWALIA, DSW of outsiders on the campus. “It is suspected that outsiders affiliated with student parties are staying in hostels and can create a nuisance on the election day. More raids will be conducted to look for such persons,” police officials said. University officials have sought explanation from students who were not present in their rooms at the time when outsiders were nabbed from their rooms. MORE ELECTION STORIES ON P2>>
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