16112018-CT-01.qxd 11/16/2018 1:13 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 16 NOVEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Science laboratory Black flags greet Khattar Yuvraj shown the door Panjab University is planning to set up a cognitive science laboratory on its campus. P2 Leaders show black flags to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Pinjore. P4 Kings XI Punjab part ways with local boy and India’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 26°C MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C MIN 13.8°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.26 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.49 AM Prime Banur land ‘transferred’ in name of pvt parties Local MLA, Municipal Council see well-knit nexus, approach police; officer who declined transfer was reportedly asked to proceed on leave Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, November 15 Prime government land worth over Rs 250 crore in Banur has allegedly been transferred in the name of private parties reportedly in connivance with senior officers. The Municipal Council, Banur, and the local Congress MLA have approached the local police to expose what, they allege, is “a well-knit nexus”. The Municipal Council has also approached the court to belie the claim of some persons, who claimed to have bought the same land at throw-away prices. Information gathered by The Tribune revealed that after the then sub-registrar declined to transfer the said land to private persons claiming that the “sellers were not the owners of this land”, senior officials asked the officer “to proceed on leave”. Later, another officer was deputed to ensure that the entire land was transferred. The Revenue Department has already ordered a probe into the issue. According to documents in the possession of The Tri- bune, 30 persons, a majority of whom are not residents of Banur, and former sub-registrars and an incumbent subregistrar have been named in a complaint shot to the Patiala police. The complaint, submitted by the Executive Officer, Banur, stated that 88 bighas of land had been transferred to various persons by unknown persons in connivance with Land and Revenue Department officials of Mohali. The complaint wants the police to ascertain the role of officials who executed the deal and take action against them. “Revenue records show that different persons came into existence in the column of cultivation and the khasra girdwaris of the said land were also changed. All persons were sitting as tenants and as per law, they had no right to get the sale deeds registered, but they managed to transfer the land to other persons,” said the Executive Officer of the Municipal Council, Banur, Gurdeep Singh. “Khasra numbers have been tampered with and unknown persons have been shown to be in possession of this land, 30 persons, ex-sub-registrars named in complaint According to documents in the possession of The Tribune, 30 persons, a majority of whom are not residents of Banur, and former sub-registrars and an incumbent sub-registrar have been named in a complaint shot to the Patiala police. The complaint, submitted by the Executive Officer, Banur, stated that 88 bighas of land had been transferred to various persons by unknown persons in connivance with Land and Revenue Department officials of Mohali. The complaint wants the police to ascertain the role of officials who executed the deal and take action against them. ❝Land sharks eyed this prime landaand the Mohali district administration allowed them smooth run to usurp government land. We will not allow this to happen and I will raise the issue in the Vidhan Sabha. — HARDYAL SINGH KAMBOJ, Rajpura MLA Rajpura MLA and MC officials at the disputed land site in Banur. while in reality, the cultivation column had no mention of their names,” he said. Officials connived and despite it being government land, the sub-registrar went on leave and the charge was handed to the Zirakpur subregistrar, who allowed the transfer of land. “Instead of taking a no-objection certificate from the Banur MC, the sub-registrar allowed the transfer of land worth crores. As per rules, the deed cannot be registered without approval from our office,” said Gurdeep Singh in his complaint to the Patiala SSP . Banur falls under the Mohali administrative jurisdiction and the Patiala police district. The 88-bigha land is situated near the national highway at Bhesi Isse Khan village, while another 112 bighas are located on the national highway around Banur. “The total land measures roughly 200 bighas, while at present, we have identified 88 Factory indicates illicit sale of booze rampant Excise official says it was being sold at vends in city, Punjab Case registered against two Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, November 15 The manufacturing of several country-made brands of liquor at an illegal factory in Lalru clearly indicates that the sale of illicit liquor is rampant in the area. This was stated by a senior officer of the Excise and Taxation Department here. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune on condition of anonymity, the officer said illicit liquor was being packed properly in bottles having labels of various country-made brands. The liquor was being sold mainly at liquor vends in Punjab and Chandigarh. According to an estimate of the raiding team, those running the factory were preparing between 700 and 1,000 cases of illicit liquor daily and the product was being supplied to liquor vends in Chandigarh and the peripheral areas of Punjab. “The illicit liquor bottles exactly look like the original ones. The labels of these bottles also have holograms. We Excise officials during a raid on an illegal liquor factory at Gholu Majra village in Lalru. A FILE PHOTO were surprised to see fake holograms at the factory. This also points towards another big scam of making fake holograms, which needs to be checked immediately by the police and other related agencies,” said the officer, adding that apart from 1,25,479 labels of different brands of liquor, they had also recovered 1,20,000 fake holograms from the factory. The team was also surprised to see a fully automatic plant, which was apparent- Book Rock Garden for weddings now Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 15 After a gap of over a year, the Chandigarh Administration has again allowed wedding functions at Rock Garden. Sources said with the decision, anyone could now book Rock Garden for a wedding function, which would generate income for the Rock Garden Society. The UT had stopped allowing wedding functions there a year ago after after it was found that these were creating a mess at Rock Garden. Even tourists faced problems because of the weddings as the area would remain closed for them during such occasions. ❞ ly set up around eight months ago. According to the local police, two Sirsa-based persons, Vikram Khanna and Pawan Kumar, had taken the factory site, spread over around 1,000 sq yards, on a monthly rent of Rs 65,000 from Varinder Malik, a Chandigarh-based businessman, in January this year. “A rent deed was also executed between the parties in this regard,” said Inspector Amarpreet Singh, Station A case under Sections 272, 420, 465, 468 and 470 of the IPC and under the Excise Act has been registered against Vikram Khanna and Pawan Kumar, both residents of Sirsa, at the Lalru police station. “Further investigations are on in the case. If required, more names will be included in the FIR,” said inspector Amarpreet Singh. House Officer of the Lalru police station. Officials of the Excise and Taxation Department and the police said the involvement of an inter-state liquor mafia could not be ruled out. Members of the raiding team also recovered labels of ‘Miss India’ brand, which is sold in Uttar Pradesh. “It seems the illicit liquor was also being supplied to Uttar Pradesh from here,” said the police. Continued on page 4 bighas of the said land. The rate at which the registries were done is much lower than the market price and it is a big fraud where senior officers posted in Mohali are directly involved,” claimed Rajpura MLA Hardyal Singh Kamboj. “Land sharks eyed this prime land and the Mohali district administration allowed them a smooth run to usurp government land. We will not allow this to happen and I will raise the issue in the Vidhan Sabha,” Zirakpur, November 15 High drama was witnessed here today when the traffic wing of Zirakpur issued a challan to a JE working with the PSPCL for not wearing a helmet and also impounded his two-wheeler. A few hours later, to avenge the challaning of its vehicle, the PSPCL in return snapped the connection of the traffic lights in Zirakpur. As a result, traffic jams were witnessed at several junctions in the town due to the non-functional traffic lights. The incident occurred when the JE was stopped by traffic cops and asked to show his papers. The JE argued with the cops, but he was challaned and his c m y b bought the land from the persons who are named in the tenant column of the said land and therefore the MC has no stake in this property. Rajpura DSP Krishan Kumar Panthe said he had summoned the parties who had bought this land and also municipal officials to verify their claims. “We will conduct a probe and register a case as per merit. Prima facie the council is the sole protectee of such land in the council jurisdiction. However, we are How it happened The complaint was filed by the MC as a major portion of the land is owned by “abadhi deh” and was cultivated by “makbujaj bashindganh deh”, but after some time, in the cultivation column, some private persons came into existence and against these persons, it is specifically written “gair marusi” (tenant). Revenue records show that the cultivation column and khasra girdawaris of the land also changed names at different times, but all persons are sitting as tenants. The tenants are not the owners of the land, but still managed to get the sale deeds registered without any authority. A major portion of the land was being tilled by tenants of the village. In many khasra numbers, the names of persons changed with the passage of time. The modus operandi suggests that owners changed in the land records and without any NOC from the Banur MC, the land transfers were allowed. Gunshot fired as 2 groups brawl While reversing car, a parked Uber cab was hit which triggered the incident Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 15 Two groups of youths entered into a brawl during which one of the youths fired a gunshot on the road separating Sector 17 and 22 on the intervening night of November 14 and 15. Sources said Pankaj, a resident of Sector 22, reported that he was standing in the parking of the Sector 22 market opposite the ISBT, Sector 17, when he saw three vehicles — a Swift, an i20 and a Ford — all bearing Punjab registration numbers, going towards the Sector 16/17/22/23 cricket stadium roundabout. The vehicles stopped on the road after which the youths entered into an argument. One of the eyewitnesses Trains cancelled Chandigarh: The Kalka-Delhi passenger train (54304) and the Chandigarh-Lucknow Express (15012) have been cancelled for November 18. The Lucknow-Chandigarh Express (15011) has been cancelled for November 17. The Kalka-Delhi passenger train (54304) will be cancelled between Ambala Cantt-Delhi on November 18. — TNS JE challaned, PSPCL retorts by snapping power to traffic lights Satinder Pal Singh Kamboj told The Tribune. Interestingly, an accused in the land scam had applied for approval of the site plan to the MC, Banur, but his application was rejected by the then MC authorities. Thereafter, the person approached the High Court, which asked the Banur MC to decide the case as per law. However, the then MC officials allowed only that particular case for site plan approval. Meanwhile, buyers claim that they have legitimately probing the case,” he said. vehicle impounded. Sources said the matter was reported to the SSP Mohali, who later , got the matter resolved. Interestingly, on July 3, PSPCL officials had conducted a raid on a traffic police beat box in Zirakpur and found that it was allegedly being run with a kundi connection. The PSPCL officials had snapped the power supply. A grab of youths engaged in a brawl on the intervening night of November 14 and 15 at Sector 22, Chandigarh. recorded the incident on his mobile phone. The video shows a youth opening fire. However, nobody was hurt. The police were informed about the incident, who visited the spot. However, the youths had escaped by then. Police sources said during investigation, it was found that the one of the cars had hit another car following which both groups stopped in Sector 22 and entered into an argument. “A minor scuffle was reported after which one of the persons fired a gunshot,” said a police official. The police said before leaving, both groups struck a compromise and no complaint was lodged with the police. The occupants of two of the three vehicles were called. Through verification and questioning, it came to light that six students went to a club, Chandiland, in Sector 7 for a birthday party. After having snacks and drinks, they left the club at 1 am and were going to the ISBT, Continued on page 4 Employees’ housing project to be ready by 2022: CHB Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 15 The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the timeline for the completion of the UT employees’ housing scheme on 11.795 acres in Sector 53 had been finalised. The project would be completed on February 20, 2022. An affidavit submitted before the High Court added that the board was in consultation with the UT Chief Architect and it had initiated steps for the implementation of the housing scheme. The development is significant as 252 “A” category 3BHK flats, 168 “B” category 2BHK and 144 flats “C” category flats will be constructed. In all, 564 flats will be constructed. The developments took place on a petition filed by Phool Kumar Saini and other petitioners against the CHB and another respondent. The petitioners were seeking directions to the CHB and another respondent to implement the Self-Financing Housing Scheme-2008 on a leasehold basis for 99 years for Chandigarh Administration employees. The court was told that the housing scheme for the employees was launched in February 2008 by the UT. The draw of lots was held on November 4, 2010, and approximately 3,950 employees were successful. However, nothing was apparently done by the CHB. Even acceptance-cumdemand letters were not issued to the successful applicants and “the bureaucrats at high level were sleeping over the matter”. The petitioners added that the CHB was apparently more interested in providing houses to encroachers. They were getting houses and tenements free of cost as “in all this, the CHB gets an opportunity for bungling”. On the other hand, the successful applicants like the petitioners, having a legitimate right to get a house by making a payment as prescribed in the brochure, were “left in the doldrums”. The petitioners claimed that they were also being “prejudiced against severely”. According to the conditions imposed by the CHB, the petitioners could not apply or buy any other property in the tricity till the possession of the flats was offered to the successful allottees. Besides, the delay in completing the project would significantly escalate the cost of construction.
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