10102018-CT-01.qxd 10/10/2018 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 10 OCTOBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Pangs of Partition Sonashi logs win SSP meets organisers Pangs of Partition highlighted during a play, ‘Yatra – 1947’, at Punjabi Theatre festival. P2 Sonashi Bhatnagar wins 6-0 6-3 during the ongoing The Tribune State Tennis Championship. P6 UT SSP Nilambari Jagdale holds meeting with Ramlila organisers, gives instructions. P5 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.7°C MIN 19.3°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:58 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:21 AM Convict’s plea boomerangs, Divine now gets life imprisonment lights Exercising suo motu power, HC enhances sentence from 10 yrs Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 9 More than nine years after a mentally infirm girl at Ashreya Home was raped and left pregnant, an appeal filed by a convict in the gang rape case has boomeranged. Exercising suo motu power while hearing the appeal against the conviction and sentence, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has enhanced the jail term awarded to convicted security guard Chottu Ram from 10 years to life imprisonment. The High Court refused permission to the accused to withdraw the appeal before delivering the judgment. The ruling came even as the Chandigarh Administration failed to file an appeal. Virtually admonishing the then Public Prosecutor, Justice Jitendra Chauhan recorded “with pain” its displeasure on the satisfaction recorded by him before the trial court that the accused seemed to have been sentenced adequately. Directing the forwarding of the judgment to the UT ASHREYA HOME RAPE CASE The rape of the mentally infirm girl at Ashreya Home came to light after a telephonic message was received at the Sector 26 police station on May 18, 2009. The police were told that the victim had been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, following rape. Chhotu Ram and his co-accused were chargesheeted for gang rape and other offences under Sections 120-B, 376 (2) (g) and 201 of the IPC after the completion of the investigation. The trial court, subsequently, convicted and sentenced the appellant and the co-accused. Director, Prosecution, to convey the court’s “pain and anguish” to “these officers”, Justice Chauhan noted that the then Public Prosecutor’s opinion was subsequently endorsed by the then UT Legal Remembrancer. Drawing a parallel between murder and rape while enhancing the sentence, Justice Chauhan asserted that Chhotu Ram, medically proved to be the biological father of the victim’s child, ought to have been awarded a stiffer and exemplary sentence, since a rapist degrades and defiles the soul of a helpless female, while a murderer destroys the vic- tim’s physical frame. Describing the case as a “shocking example of the protector turning into a predator and a trustee turning into a tormentor”, Justice Chauhan added that the accused committed inhumane and barbaric acts upon the child in their custody. “The court’s conscience is satisfied that the sentence awarded to the appellant is not commensurate with the conduct and crime. This court feels that this is one of the rare cases where the enhancement of sentence is warranted to do complete justice and to respond to the cries of the victim.” TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL The rape came to light after a telephonic message was received at the Sector 26 police station on May 18, 2009. The police were told that the victim had been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, following rape. Chhotu Ram and his coaccused were chargesheeted for gang rape and other offences under Sections 120-B, 376 (2) (g) and 201 of the IPC after the completion of the investigation. The trial court, subsequently, convicted and sentenced the appellant and the coaccused. The court, during the hearing, issued a notice to the appellant to show cause why the sentence awarded be not modified/enhanced. Justice Chauhan asserted that the court could not lose sight of the fact that the victim was a mentally infirm and destitute child in the care and custody of the accused. They betrayed the trust and confidence by repeatedly subjecting her to gang rape. The Mansa Devi temple in Panchkula all decked up for the Navratras on Tuesday. The nine-day fest begins today. Punjab gets two weeks to file report Five months after the HC was told that Punjab was contemplating identifying undisputed government/public properties before taking over the possession, two weeks time was granted to the state for filing a status report in the matter. P3 P5 Man jumps into Sukhna, dies Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 9 A 45-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by jumping into Sukhna Lake this afternoon. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Shiv Kumar, a resident of Nayagaon. Mohali MC wants govt to fulfil conditions water and rushed him to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police shifted the body to the mortuary and informed the victim’s brother, Sahil. No suicide note was recovered from the spot. Infant drowns in open drain Solid waste power project:Keeps approval pending for next House meeting The police said according to eyewitnesses, the victim was standing near the stairs from where boats are hired. Suddenly, he jumped into the lake. Visitors informed the police about the incident following which divers rushed to the spot. The divers brought the victim out of the Tribune News Service Akash Ghai COUNCILLOR OFFERS BANGLES TO OFFICIALS Tribune News Service Mohali, October 9 The Mohali Municipal Corporation House kept the issue of giving approval to the detailed project report (DPR) and the request for proposal (RFP) of a 12 MW Municipal Solid Waste Power Project for the GMADAPatiala cluster pending today. After a detailed discussion on the Rs 300-crore project, under which solid waste of 37 urban local bodies (ULBs) will be managed by a private company, the House wanted the state government to fulfil its three conditions. The conditions are opening of an Escrow account having the Local Government Department, the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Corporation, the Mohali MC and 36 ULBs as parties; passing of resolu- Councillor Hardip Sarao offers bangles to officials during the MC House meet in Mohali on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY tions by the 36 ULBs (falling under GMADA-Patiala cluster) that they accept the Mohali MC as the lead ULB; and assurance from the state government that if any ULB fails to pay its share, the lead ULB will be given the amount from the Escrow account, in which grants of all ULBs will go. The House decided that the Mohali MC will take the responsibility of the lead ULB only if the government accepted the conditions. Earlier, a presentation of the project, under which two plants will be set up — one at Samgauli and the other at Dudhar, was made by an offi- High drama was witnessed when BJP councillor Hardip Sarao entered the House carrying bangles, which he offered to MC officials. “Our MC officials are good for nothing. They are fit to wear bangles; so, I brought these for them,” said Sarao. He said a resident had “shooed away” a team of MC officials which went to vacate a green belt where cars were parked. cial of the IL&FS Urban Infrastructure company, which has been appointed the state consultant for the project. Appreciating the project, Mohali Mayor Kulwant Singh said under the project, the selected private company would be responsible for collecting door-to-door solid waste, around 940 tonnes a day, in all 37 ULBs and take it to the plants for power generation. “Then there will be no dumping yards in any town. Nearly 26 lakh people living in all 37 ULBs will be benefited,” said the Mayor. Of the 37 ULBs, 15 ULBS fall in the GMADA area and the remaining 22 under Patiala. Kulwant Singh said the issue had been kept pending for discussion in the next House meet. REMOVE REHRIS: MAYOR On the issue of nuisance of rehris in the town, the Mayor and the MC Commissioner cautioned the officials concerned to start a drive in this connection immediately or be ready to face the music. “Start from Phase 11 and remove all rehris there within three days,” said Kulwant Singh. continued on p4 Mohali, October 9 A six-month-old infant drowned in an open drain outside his house at Daun village here this morning. The victim, Rohit, was playing in his walker when the incident occurred around 7 am. According to Vishnu, father of the victim, he was taking a bath, while his wife was cooking at the time of the incident. “The victim’s maternal uncle was with the kid. He went inside for some work for three-four minutes. On returning, he found the kid missing. He saw the walker lying near the open drain filled with dirty water. Then we spotted Rohit inside the drain,” said the father. SNIPPETS Man killed, woman Hit by pick-up, boy dies Labourer falls off 9th floor, dies hurt in road mishap Zirakpur: A 27-year-old labourer died after he allegedly fell from the ninth floor of an underconstruction building at Nagla here on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Interaz Ansari, who hailed from Bihar. The incident occurred in the morning when the victim was engaged in work. OC Tribune News Service New OPD timings The OPD timings of the GMSH-16 and its allied dispensaries, including AYUSH dispensaries, the Civil Hospital, Mani Majra, the Civil Hospital, Sector 22, and the Civil Hospital, Sector 45, except the ESI, Sector 29, ESI, Sector 23, UT Secretariat and HC dispensaries, will be as under: October 16 to April 15 2019: 9 am to 3 pm. Chandigarh, October 9 A 32-year-old man was killed while a woman was injured after the car they were travelling in was hit by another car near the Sector 44/45/49/50 light point during the wee hours of today. According to the police, the complainant, Raj Kumar, reported that his brother-inlaw Devinder Singh, a resident of Phase XI, Mohali, was going in his Maruti car when a speeding i20 car, that was coming from the road separating Sector 51 and 52, hit the victim’s car. Devinder and a woman, Sonam, who was accompany- ing him, were injured in the accident. The police were informed following which a PCR vehicle reached the spot and rushed both of them to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where Devinder was declared brought dead. The police said the i20 car was being driven by Amit Gaur, a resident of Sector 23. The police have registered a case against the accused under Sections 279 (rash driving), 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 337 (causing hurt by an act endangering the life and personal safety of others) of the IPC. The accused driver was arrested and later released on bail. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 9 An eight-year-old boy was killed after being hit by a speeding Mahindra pick-up near Makhan Majra this evening. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Salash, a resident of a colony near the scarp market near Makhan Majra. The police said the victim was hit while he was crossing the road. The pick-up was being driven by Krishan Kumar, a resident of Phase I, Ram Darbar. The driver was on his way towards the scrap market when the accident took place. The injured boy was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, from where doctors referred him to the PGI. He was declared brought dead at the PGI. The police have registered a case against the accused at the Mauli Jagran police station. The pick-up driver was arrested and later released on bail. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 7 A, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 32 B, 37 B and C, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46 and 51, Transport area, Bapu Dham, Shastri Nagar, farmhouses, MES tubewells in Mani Majra and Dadu Majra Colony, Motor Market, Burail village, Makhan Majra, Mauli (Part II), Steel Authority godown, Daria Colony, railway station and police station. c m y b Village was adopted by MP Daun was adopted by the area MP Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana in 2015. According to residents of the village, the condition of the village hasn’t improved. The kid was unconscious when pulled out of the drain. He was shifted to the Civil Hospital at Phase 6 where doctors declared him brought dead. Vishnu, who has been living in a rented accommodation here with his family for the past five years, hails from Aligarh. He is a small-time businessman of plastic toys. Sources said the victim was the youngest among three children of Vishnu. One of the students who was injured in a clash on the Punjabi University campus in Patiala on Tuesday. RAJESH SACHAR 10 hurt in Punjabi University clash Ravneet Singh Tribune News Service Patiala, October 9 At least 10 students associated with the Democratic Students Organisation (DSO) were injured in a clash on the Punjabi University campus here this evening. Those injured have blamed students associated with other student parties, including the Students Association of Punjab (SAP) and the Secular Youth Federation of India (SYFI), and university officials for the violence. Those injured are DSO members Amarjit, Surveer, Ajaib, Jagtar Awara, Harbir, Lalit, Jaspreet, Sanjeev, Rajvir Kaur and Gurmukh. The injured girls — Surveer, Rajvir and Jaspreet — were sent to Government Rajindra Hospital with other students for treatment. Amarjit, Ajaib and Gurmukh suffered injuries on their head. The attackers also broke doors, windows, tables and other infrastructure in the ViceChancellor’s office complex. Surveer, a DSO leader who was injured, said, “More than 100 people attacked us while we were in front of the VC’s office. She alleged that students of SAP and the SYFI attacked them.” Amarjit, another leader of the DSO who suffered a head injury, said, “University officials were also involved in the attack. They were supporting SAP and SYFI students. We will continue our protest.” Amandeep Singh, a student of the University College of Engineering and DSO activist, said, “Students of SAP along with those of the , Department of Physical Education, attacked us.” The university authorities, including GS Batra, Dean, Academics, reached the venue of the clash. He said, “We rushed as soon as we got information about the clash. We tried to save the students.” He termed the incident unfortunate. DSP City 2, Sukh Amrit , Randhawa, who reached the university, said, “A clash took place on the campus. Some students were injured. They have been sent to the hospital for treatment. We will record their statements.” He said the police reached the spot after the incident. Responding to the allegations, Lovepreet of SAP said, “Students of the Physical Education Department attacked students of the DSO over an altercation with Nishan Singh that took place on Sunday. SAP had nothing to do with the attack.”
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