26092018-CT-01.qxd 9/26/2018 12:56 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Garbage mess stays Farmers hold protest Youth fest takes off Garbage in city piles up as strike by door-to-door waste collectors continues for the 15th day. P3 Farmers stage a protest against the Punjab Government near YPS Chowk in Mohali. P5 Panjab University Youth and Heritage Festival for Zone A begins at GGDSD College, Sector 32. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 32°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30.7°C MIN 20.2°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.14 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.13 AM Houses washed away, villagers seek shelter Sunshine, at last Stage a protest; Kaushalya dam waters cause damage SanjayBumbroo Tribune News Service The sky over Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh makes for a beautiful view on Tuesday as the weather cleared after three days of rain. BRIEFLY ~3.35 lakh stolen Chandigarh: An amount of Rs 3.35 lakh was stolen from two shops at the grain market in Sector 26 on the night of September 23. The complainant, Satpal Bansal, a resident of Panchkula, said Rs 1.10 lakh and Rs 2.25 lakh was stolen from shop number 151 & 152. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 16, 24, 26 and 37, Golf Club, Poultary Farm, Dhillion Farm and Kumar Farm, Raipur Khurd, Makhan Majra, Raipur Kalan, Khudda Lahora and Khuda Jassu villages, Colony No.1 and 2, Sarangpur village, marble market, Sarangpur, Kachi Colony and Rehabilitation Colony, Dhanas The lake is bursting at the seams this year and its flood gates were opened on Monday after a decade. MANOJ MAHAJAN P4 Brar set to be new UT DC Board, Managing Director, Tribune News Service Haryana Warehousing CorpoChandigarh, September 25 ration, and as the Deputy Mandip Singh Brar, a Commissioner of Panchkula, Haryana-cadre IAS officer of Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar the 2005 batch, is all set to join and Ambala. as the new Deputy CommisBrar has also served as the sioner of Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner as the Appointments of Karnal, the home Committee of the Cabconstituency of the inet (ACC) has Chief Minister. The approved his name for Chandigarh Administhe post, recommendtration recommended ed by the Ministry of his name for the post Home Affairs (MHA). from a panel of officers Brar is at present Mandip Brar sent by the Haryana posted as the Deputy Government. Principal Secretary to Chief In July this year, the Minister Manohar Lal Khat- Haryana Government had tar. sent the panel, which had the Brar has served in various names of Ravi Prakash Gupta capacities, including Chief (2007 batch) and Raj Narayan Administrator of the Haryana Kaushik (2010 batch), besides State Agriculture Marketing that of Brar to succeed Ajit Ramkrishan Upadhyay Balaji Joshi as the Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh. The three-year tenure of Joshi is ending next month. The post of the Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh is reserved for a Haryana-cadre IAS officer. Brar’s wife Ashima Brar is also a Haryana-cadre IAS officer. She is one year senior to her husband. She is posted as the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Haryana. Brar has studied in Chandigarh. Brar said he was yet to receive any communication about his Chandigarh assignment. As per the procedure for the inter-cadre appointment, the MHA will issue a formal order for the appointment after getting approval from the ACC. Panchkula, September 25 Residents of Rampur Seada village near Surajpur in the district today blocked the road in protest against the failure of the government to provide shelter to about 20 families in the village whose houses were either washed away or damaged late last night. The protest led to a traffic jam on the national highway after which officials, including the Kalka Tehsildar, arrived at the spot and managed to get the dharna lifted after assuring the protesters that they would look into the matter. The residents alleged that the authorities had failed to provide them shelter as a result of which they were forced to sleep in the open. Among those whose houses were washed away were Yashoda, Mishri, Vimlesh, Nirmal, Jitender, Lukman, Khemraj, Nathu, Somraj and Virender. The gates of the Kaushalya dam were opened after the water level rose to the danger level last night, causing damage to the houses located in the illegal colony. There are more than 100 houses in the locality set up by migrant labourers on the banks of the Kaushalya. Cracks started appearing in the houses all of a sudden, giving residents no time to save their household goods as they had to rush out to save their lives. Residents of adjoining houses were, however, able to take out their 2 snatchers, accomplice held Victim’s family gets Police claim 7 snatching, 3 vehicle theft cases solved Tribune News Service over ~36-lakh relief DEATH IN MISHAP Chandigarh, September 25 The crime branch of the UT police claims to have solved seven cases of mobile snatching and three cases of vehicle theft with the arrest of two snatchers and their accomplice, who used to purchase the snatched mobile phones from them. DSP (Crime) Pawan Kumar said the snatchers had been identified as Vicky (23), a native of Ludhiana who was at present staying at his aunt’s house in Sector 38 (West), and Happyjit Singh (22), also a native of Ludhiana who worked as a sweeper at a hotel in Burail. continued on p5 Tribune News Service The two snatchers in the custody of the police at Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Mohali police arrest two snatchers Mohali: The police have arrested two persons involved in two snatching incidents here. They have recovered a mobile phone and a motorcycle from the possession of the accused, Hardeep Singh and Jagdev Singh, both residents of Sangrur. The duo had snatched a mobile from a woman at Sector 70 two days ago. A case in this regard was registered at the Mataur police station. The duo was produced in a local court on Tuesday, which remanded them in judicial custody. TNS Chandigarh, September 25 The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded a compensation of over Rs 36 lakh to the family of a Kishangarh resident, Neem Bahadur, who was killed in an accident. The tribunal has directed the insurance firm concerned and the owner and the driver of the vehicle to pay the compensation to the victim’s family. According to the claim petition, Neem Bahadur, then 48, was killed in an accident. He is survived by his wife Neelu (39), son Vijay (21) and two daughters Asha (18) and Salomi (15). It was stated in the application that the victim was working as a mill operator in Bhushan Power and Steel Limited, CR Division, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, and was earning Rs 25,200 per month. The accident took place on November 7, 2017, when the victim was going for his duty (night shift) on an Activa scooter. When he reached the Industrial Area, Chandigarh, an Eicher truck came from the CTU light point at a high speed and hit a car and then the Activa of the victim. The vicitm suffered serious injuries. continued on p5 Child witness court non-functional for week Major violation of provisions of POCSO Act as victims being exposed to their perpetrators IshratS Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 25 In a major violation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the child witness court at the District Courts here has been nonfunctional for over a week. This means that minor victims of heinous crimes like rape are being exposed to their perpetrators during the trial. The POCSO Act says that courts must ensure that there is no eye contact between the vic- 2ND SUCH COURT OF COUNTRY The court was inaugurated in February 2016 and was said to be the first of its kind in the region and the second in the country after Delhi. It was set up keeping in view the safety and security of child victims in the court and the entire proceedings were to take place via video-conferencing. tim and the accused. It has been learnt that a technical glitch is not being taken care of since last week and the trials of all cases are on in a regular court. The child witness court on the ground floor has a special room covered with an opaque glass where the accused is made to stand. This way an eye contact between the accused and the victim is not possible. The accused can only listen to what is being said by the victim, but cannot see the child. The child identifies the victim through a screen where the accused is shown. A camera is placed in the room where the accused is present. Advocate Manjit Kaur Sandhu, who is also on the POCSO panel, said, “It is pertinent that the court stays functional to prevent further trauma to the child, who has already been abused”. Even last week, the chief and crossexamination of a 15-year-old male rape victim took place in a regular court while the 34- c m y b year-old woman rape accused was in the court. After a while, the court realised the lapse and the child was called near the Judge’s chair where a wooden partition separated him from the accused. The victim in the case had even tried to move an application demanding action against the accused, who was allegedly trying to contact the victim. The application had specifically stated that the accused was staring at the victim in the court as well as outside it. Some of the houses that were damaged at Rampur Seada village in Panchkula district; and (below) children sleep in the open in the absence of any shelter. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR household goods. Vijay Bansal, vice-president of the farmers’ wing of the Congress, urged the government to provide compensation to the affected people under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Labour Welfare Fund, besides making alternative arrangements for their stay. Seema Devi, local councillor (Ward No. 6), said the government as well as the real estate developer concerned had failed to construct a bundh on the banks of the river. She said had the authorities constructed the bundh from the Surajpur bridge to Amravati Enclave, the houses would not have been damaged. She said the crack on the national highway had also appeared due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities. Deputy Commissioner Mukul Kumar said he had sought a report from the Kalka SDM in this regard and compensation would be granted as per government rules. He said he had already asked officials to shift the affected people to safer places such as a school or religious places. He said officials of the Irrigation Department as well as the Public Works Department had been directed to take continued on p5
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