02112017-CT-01.qxd 11/2/2017 12:53 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 2 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Centre should bear burden Chandigarh turns 51 Better record on mind PU VC says Centre should bear burden of the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission. Activities mark beginning of the five-day Chandigarh Establishment Day celebrations. P4 Gaganjeet Bhullar keen on improving his record in India when he tees off in Panasonic Open. P6 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 27°C MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.3°C MIN 16.2°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.35 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.38 AM Governor leaves police Accused’s family trashes police theory red-faced over graft REMAND EXTENDED A local court on Wednesday extended the police remand of the accused, Gaurav Kumar, by a day. The police had sought a three-day extension in the remand to recover the blood-stained clothes, which the accused claimed to have dumped in a choe in Kajheri village, where he was staying in a rented accommodation. However, the defence counsel argued that ample time had been given to the police to question the accused for five days. The local court asked the accused to be produced on Thursday. MOHALI Wants zero tolerance to corruption in city DOUBLE MURDER Tribune News Service UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore inspects the parade on the 51st Raising Day of the Chandigarh Police at the Police Lines, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Tribune News Service COPS’ PAY, PERKS AMONG HIGHEST IN COUNTRY Chandigarh, November 1 The UT police top brass was left red-faced when Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, who was the chief guest at a parade to mark the 51st Raising Day of the Chandigarh Police here this morning, expressed displeasure over the “corruption prevailing in the local police”. Badnore, while addressing the gathering, which included UT top cop Tajender Singh Luthra and his deputies along with the force, said, “Mujhe bade dukh ke saath kehna pad raha hae ke yahan par bahaut corruption hae (with deep sorrow, I am constrained to say that there is a lot of corruption here)”. The Administrator said he wanted to make Chandigarh a corruption-free city. “I want zero tolerance to corruption in In his address, the UT Administrator also pointed out that the pay and perks of Chandigarh Police personnel were among the highest in the country. “Last year, I had promised you to provide houses...I have kept my word and we have started work on a police housing complex,” Badnore said, urging the police personnel to promise him that they would not indulge in corrupt practices. the city,” he said while addressing the gathering. Badnore said he expected the Chandigarh Police to continue to follow their duty with skill and transparency. The recent arrest of a subinspector by the CBI for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 2 lakh had further dented the image of the UT police. This was the third arrest of a cop made by the CBI in a graft case this year. Earlier, in separate cases, two head constables were also arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively. Besides, UT police person- nel had also complained against a senior officer levelling serious allegations of corruption against him. The inquiry is pending with the Police Department. In the past, some senior police officers of up to the SP-rank had also been trapped by the CBI in graft cases. Badnore, however, appreciated the Chandigarh Police for successfully controlling the law and order situation in the city. He also appreciated them for participation and achievements in sports activities at the national and international level. Mohali, November 1 In the double murder case of senior journalist KJ Singh (65) and his bedridden mother Gurcharan Kaur (92), family members of the accused, Gaurav Kumar, a 27-year-old unemployed youth hailing from Bulandshahr (UP), have alleged that the police have framed him by concocting a story. Talking to mediapersons outside a local court here, Gaurav’s father Satvir Singh said his son was innocent. “The police are claiming that he was driving a car when he was arrested. However, he neither knows how to drive nor has a driving licence. He met with an accident a few years ago in UP and has metal rods inserted in both his legs. He even NOT ALLOWED TO MEET HIM: FAMILY Accused Gaurav Kumar comes out of the District Courts in Mohali on Wednesday; and (right) his father Satvir Singh. VICKY GHARU Family members of the accused, Gaurav Kumar, including his father, elder brother and a close relative, said they were not allowed to meet Gaurav in the court. His father Satvir Singh said he had brought fruits for his son, but could not hand them over to him. takes assistance while walking. How can he commit the murder of two persons,” asked Satvir Singh, a former soldier in the Jat Infantry Regiment. Satvir Singh said his son had studied in an Army school and was brought up with good values. He said, “I had sent him to Canada to find work after selling 2 bigha land. He called me up on October 25 saying that he was coming home with money.” He said his son was Defence counsel Navin Saini said the story of the prosecution was false. “The police have cooked up a story and framed Gaurav for the murder to save their skin because they were under pressure to complete the investigation.” Saini said, “If he had committed the crime, why would he stay in Kajheri for a month within the vicinity of 200 metres of the SSP’s residence?” He said the accused Mohali, November 1 A 15-year-old boy, Manraj Singh, who was reportedly suffering from the dengue shock syndrome, died at a private hospital here today. Manraj Singh, nephew of a local councillor, was a resident of Kumbhra village and had recently returned from the USA, where he had gone on a school tour to NASA. The hospital authorities said the boy was suffering from the dengue shock syndrome and was admitted to the hospital yesterday. He was also suffering from appendicitis. CITYZEN PEOPLE, PLACES, PASSIONS REALITY CHECK FOR BIG FAT WEDDINGS NO-DOWRY PROPOSAL BY THE MC IS A STEP TOWARDS SOCIAL AWARENESS. P5 According to sources, the victim’s sister is also suffering from dengue and is undergoing treatment at a local private hospital while their father had recently recuperated from dengue. With Manraj Singh’s death, the dengue death count in Mohali this year has risen to five. So far, over 1,800 dengue cases have been reported from the town. Chandigarh: With the dengue count in the city rising to 973, the malaria wing of the Health department, along with the Municipal Corporation, carried out a joint cleanliness drive at Janta Colony in Sector 25 here on Wednesday. Tribune News Service 192 INCIDENTS Chandigarh, November 1 Two more snatching incidents have been reported from different parts of the city. One of the accused was nabbed a few hours after the snatchings. The incidents were reported on October 31. In one of the cases, the victim was travelling by an auto when a miscreant snatched her gold chain at the Sector 44/45 light point. According to the police, the victim, Sandeep Kaur, a resident of Kharar, had hired the A total of 192 snatching incidents have been reported from the city this year. Our Correspondent Kharar, November 1 A civil engineering student of Chandigarh University in Gharuan was killed while two other students ABHAYAB were among three persons seriously injured in a road accident on the Kharar-Morinda road near Bhogomajra village in Kharar this afternoon. The accident occurred when two motorcycles collided around 2.15 pm. All four bikers sustained serious injuries. They were auto from Sector 23 for Kharar. Sources said the auto stopped at the Sector 44/45 light point when the youth came and snatched the victim’s gold chain. The sources said the accomplice of the accused was waiting for him on a motorcycle on the other side of the road. The accused then escaped from the spot One of the ill-fated motorcycles being removed from the accident spot near Kharar on Wednesday. rushed to the Kharar Civil Hospital from where two of them were shifted to the PGI in a critical condition. Abhayab, who was in his early 20s and hailed from Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI. The three others — Aditya Bali and Abhinandan Mankotia, both civil engineering students at Chandigarh University who are in their early 20s, and an unidentified person — are battling for life. All three students, who were putting up in Kharar, were on the way to Kharar when the mishap took place. Investigating officer Sarabjit Singh said the police had informed the parents of the deceased and the injured students. Innova set on fire in Sector 15 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 1 An Innova Crysta parked outside a house in Sector 15 was set on fire by an unidentified miscreant late last night. The incident was caught on a CCTV camera installed outside the house. The miscreant arrived around 1.15 am and broke the windowpane of the front door with a sharp weapon. The accused then threw some fuel from a bottle inside the vehicle and set it on fire. The miscreant had been “planted”. The defence counsel said Gaurav had recently returned from Georgia. He said, “He had first gone to Canada, but due to problems with his visa, he was deported. The immigration agency, which had procured his visa, told him that they would send him to another country on a work visa. However, Gaurav was sent to Georgia on a tourist visa and hence deported. 2 snatchings reported, 1 held 2 juveniles among 3 Dengue claims Student killed, 3 injured 15-yr-old’s life as motorcycles collide Tribune News Service unmarried. Gaurav’s elder brother, Rajeev Chaudhary (Bablu), who works in a transport company in Noida, said Gaurav told the family members that he was working in a factory in Canada since March 2016. “I had dropped him at the airport,” he said. “We had no information that he had been deported from Canada and had been staying in Kajheri,” he said. escaped towards a park near the house. The vehicle owner, Sayeed Hussain, submitted a complaint to the police following which an investigation has been initiated by the Sector 11 police station. Police sources said the accused was suspected to have suffered burns on his hand while setting the vehicle on fire. An SUV that was set on fire in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN c m y b towards Sector 44. In another incident, a purse was snatched by a pedestrian from a girl. According to the police, the victim, Himani, a resident of Sector 22, alleged that a miscreant snatched her purse from near house number 1515 in Sector 22. The victim was walking towards her PG accommodation when the miscreant, who was on foot, came from behind and snatched her purse. Later, the accused, Paramjit Kumar, a native of Ferozepur, was arrested. held for snatchings Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 1 The police have arrested two juveniles and a youth in connection with two snatching cases, including one that was reported on October 29. The police claimed to have recovered four cellphones, including two iphones, from the accused. A team of the Sector 49 police station was at a naka in Sector 50 when the accused, identified as Sanjay, alias Jaggu, a resident of Burail, Sector 45, and two juveniles were nabbed while riding a motorcycle. A police official said two snatchings reported from the Sector 49 police station area had been solved with their arrest. One of the snatchings was reported in December last year. The motorcycle on which the snatchings were conducted has also been recovered. The juveniles have been sent to Juvenile Home in Sector 25.
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