10072018-CT-01.qxd 7/10/2018 1:23 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 10 JULY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Teachers up in arms Save Sukhna case Manika eyes glory Teachers’ JAC holds protest against UT Education Department at rally ground. P2 HC asks counsel for Punjab, Haryana to seek instructions on clearing water channels. P5 Manika Batra equips her armoury with new weapons to meet challenge at Asian Games. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.5°C MIN 29.7°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.27 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.30 AM Customs withholds export cache, asks UT: Is it your heritage? Consignment resembles Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier’s iconic furniture designed for the City Beautiful Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 9 For the first time since Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh creations began entering offshore auction circuits after escaping local law enforcement, the central Customs has withheld an export consignment that resembles the furniture the Swiss-French architect created for the City Beautiful. A cache of 14 designer chairs are lying in Delhi Customs Zone’s storehouse at Tuglakabad here awaiting confirmation from the Chandigarh Administration on whether the furniture belongs to it. Preliminary enquiries by the UT Administration reveal the chairs are part of the iconic furniture ensemble Corbusier and his cousin Pearre Jeanneret created for Panjab University, Chandigarh. The consignment may well be worth over US $70,000 in the international market where Corbusier’s furniture and fixtures have continued MAY WELL BE WORTH OVER $70,000 20 AUCTIONS IN 3 YRS Preliminary enquiries by the UT Administration reveal the chairs are part of the iconic furniture ensemble Corbusier and his cousin Pearre Jeanneret created for Panjab University, Chandigarh. The consignment may well be worth over US $70,000 in the international market where Corbusier’s furniture and fixtures have continued to be auctioned despite Indian activists raising the red flag with the CBI, the Archaeological Survey of India and the other authorities concerned. If sealed, this will be the first consignment of Corbusier heritage to be recovered at home before escaping for offshore auctions. The past three years alone have seen over 20 auctions in the US, France and other European nations of precious designer furniture and fixtures Corbusier created exclusively for Chandigarh. A designer chair, part of the export consignment meant for Belgium, but withheld by the Customs. to be auctioned despite Indian activists raising the red flag with the CBI, the Archaeolog- ical Survey of India and the other authorities concerned. Leading the crusade is Ajay Jagga, a Chandigarh-based activist-lawyer, whose fight to prevent Corbusier’s heritage ILLUSTRATIONS: SANDEEP JOSHI Man held with ~35-lakh gold at airport Mohali, July 9 A Jaipur-based man, who lives in Dubai, was on Monday caught with 1.16 kg of gold worth Rs 35 lakh at the international airport here. Kasam Ali, who works at a real estate firm in Dubai, was carrying the gold inside an iron (used to press clothes), which was in his handbag. He claimed to be going to Jaipur to meet his family. Three days ago, an Amritsar resident returning from Bangkok was arrested with 11 gold biscuits worth Rs 25.57 lakh. Six days ago, a 20year-old student was arrested with 7 kg of gold, worth Rs 2.1 crore. This was the 11th gold recovery at the airport since its reopening on June 1. —TNS NEW GMCH TIMINGS From July 16, the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, will function from 9 am to 5 pm. OPD registration 8 am to 11 am Blood Collection Centre timings: 8 am to 3 pm (Monday to Friday); 8 am to noon (Saturday) The emergency services will, however, be available round the clock as earlier. that Le Corbusier designed for Panjab University. On Monday, we met the PU ViceChancellor and asked him to certify the furniture. He is in the process of verifying the codes on the consignment, a majority marked PUL (read Panjab University Library). Once we get a conformation certificate, we will revert to the Customs, Delhi, seek sealing of the cache and an FIR for theft,” Jagga, member of the cell, told The Tribune on Monday. Back in continued on page 4 Dilpreet had shot sarpanch in Sec 38 Was again in news after he shot at Pbi singer Tribune News Service 25 CASES IN PUNJAB Inspector Amanjot Singh of the UT police rams his Fortuner into the Swift Dzire car of gangster Dilpreet Singh DSP Rakesh Yadav of the Punjab Police opens retaliatory fire at the gangster, hitting him on the thigh. The police nab the gangster after the exchange of gunfire. Later, he was taken to the hospital. How the gangster was nailed Amit Sharma 3 DSPS AMONG OVER 60 COPS WHO LAID TRAP Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 9 It was a broad daylight chase followed by gunshots fired by dreaded gangster Dilpreet Singh Baba and the Punjab Police that led to his arrest from outside the ISBT, Sector 43, on Monday afternoon. The gangster, who is wanted by the police of various states, opened fire at the police, forcing retaliatory fire, leaving him injured. The Punjab Police had a tipoff that Dilpreet would be arriving at the bus stand following which they shared the information with the Chandigarh Police. Several teams of the Punjab Police and a team of the UT crime branch laid a trap near the bus stand. Around 12.20 pm, Dilpreet, who had changed his look, was leaving from the ISBT in Punjab Police teams comprising three DSPs, nine inspectors and around 60 other police personnel had laid a trap near the ISBT, Sector 43, to nab Dilpreet. 60 BULLETS, RIFLE RECOVERED Around 60 bullets, a .30-bore rifle, two hockey sticks, two number plates with Haryana numbers printed on these, two shin guards and two hockey balls were recovered from the boot of the car. GANGSTER HAD CHANGED HIS LOOK Dilpreet had changed his look to avoid getting identified. He had cut his hair short and had no beard. An artificial beard was also recovered from the front seat of the car. Forensic experts inspect the bullets and gun recovered from the Swift Dzire car used by gangster Dilpreet Singh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIT SHARMA a white Swift Dzire car, bearing a Haryana number, when a team of the Punjab Police signalled him to stop. However, Dilpreet did not stop after which Inspector Amanjot Singh, in charge of the crime branch, Chandigarh, chased him and rammed his Toyota Fortuner into the Swift car from the rear side. In the meantime, a Punjab Civic body scraps parking pact F&CC to take decision on rate hike rollback today Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 9 The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, on Monday terminated the agreement with M/s Arya Toll Infra Ltd, which was running the 25 paid parking lots and the multi-level parking in the city. While the firm has decided to move court against the decision, the MC has taken over the parking lots and will run these on the same rates for now. Tejdeep Singh Saini, Joint Commissioner, MC, said the contractor had failed to deposit the fifth instalment of the licence fee, amounting to Rs 3,69,50,000, which was due on July 19 payable by July 25. Besides, the contractor has not deposited the penalties imposed by the MC from time to time for the breach of the terms and conditions of the licence agreement. The MC had served a notice on the firm on July 4 asking it why its licence for the operation and management of the 25 paid parking lots and the multi-level parking in the city should not be cancelled and dues equivalent to the out- from being sold as scrap or being smuggled led to the creation of the Chandigarh Heritage Protection Cell, which is working to address this challenge. The Tribune has learnt that the Heritage Protection Cell held an emergency meeting on July 6 after it got a query from the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and the Customs on whether the furniture consignment held back in Delhi was Corbusier’s designer creations for Chandigarh. The consignment was meant for export to Belgium. “Chairs in the consignment are mirror images of those With the parking contract scrapped, a policeman guides a motorist at a parking lot in Sector 17, Chandigarh. MANOJ MAHAJAN EMPLOYEES’ FATE HANGS IN BALANCE A large number of employees working with the parking firm have opposed the decision of the cancellation of the contract. They said they would hold a protest in this regard. The employees said how would they take care of their families now as they had been rendered jobless with the decision. The firm had employed over 400 employees, including women, to run the parking. FIRM TO MOVE COURT AGAINST DECISION An official of Arya Toll Infra Ltd said they would challenge the decision in the court as injustice had been done to them. An official of the firm said they had requested the authorities to give them eight more days to deposit the dues, but the MC did not allow. standing amount along with interest from the bank guarantee forfeited as per the terms and conditions of the agreement. However, the firm failed to deposit the instalment amount nor any written representation/reason was submitted in this continued on page 4 c m y b Police team, which was coming on foot from the opposite side, smashed the front windscreen of the car with a stone and also fired a gunshot on a tyre. Sources said Dilpreet, in a bid to flee, fired two gunshots from a pistol, forcing the Punjab Police to retaliate. A bullet fired by DSP Rakesh Yadav of the Punjab Police hit continued on page 4 Chandigarh, July 9 Notorious gangster Dilpreet Singh Baba came to the limelight in the city after he, along with his accomplices, gunned down a sarpanch in broad daylight outside a gurdwara in Sector 38 last year. Dilpreet was again in the news after he shot at Punjabi singer Parmish Verma in Mohali earlier this year. Satnam Singh, sarpanch of Khurd village in Hoshiarpur district, was shot dead outside the gurdwara on April 9, 2017. The accused, who were already present there, fired at him in full public view before escaping in an i20 car. The sarpanch, before succumbing to the injuries, had named three persons — Bobby, Arshdeep and Tirath. Following his statement, the police had registered a murder case against the trio at the Maloya police station. Later, after a video, made by a woman on her mobile, was received by the police, it was established that the three assailants who were seen shooting the victim were Dilpreet Singh Baba, Harjinder Dilpreet, who has 25 cases registered against him in Punjab, had also allegedly gunned downed a 48-year-old man by entering his house at Bahman Majra village in the Nurpur Bedi area in Ropar district on April 7, 2016. He, along with his accomplices, had also allegedly murdered a gangster in November 2016. A TENANT IN SEC 38 Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Jalandhar (Rural), said Dilpreet was staying as a tenant at a house in Sector 38-C, Chandigarh, since 2017. The house was a hideout which Dilpreet frequently visited. Singh, alias Akash, and Harvinder Singh, alias Rinda. Dilpreet was again in the news in April this year when popular Punjabi singer, actor and video director Parmish Verma and his friend Kulwant Singh Chahal were shot at in Sector 74, Mohali. MINOR SCUFFLE WITH KIN LED DILPREET TO CRIME WORLD WHY VIDEO FOOTAGE NOT INCLUDED IN CHALLAN, HC ASKS UT POLICE. PAGE 4
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