28122018-CT-01.qxd 12/28/2018 12:58 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 28 DECEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH In neglect Cheating case Youth fest begins Mohindra Kothi on Mall Road in Patiala awaits renovation for more than two years. P3 On a girl’s complaint, the police register another cheating case against three persons. P5 Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal opens inter-varsity youth festival at PU. P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 20°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C MIN 3.4°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.30 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.17 AM FORECAST Youth shot at by ‘vehicle Boards with Rajiv’s name smeared at PU thieves’ in Panchkula Tribune News Service RECENT INCIDENTS Condition critical; confronted them outside house Tribune News Service Panchkula, December 27 Two car-borne miscreants, suspected to be vehicles thieves, shot at a youth in the stomach after he confronted them at Chaudhary Complex at Rally village in Sector 12-A here late last night. The miscreants, who were allegedly stealing a twowheeler, managed to flee from the spot after hitting a Gypsy of the SHO of the Sector 14 police station that was crossing from near the spot. The assailants also opened fire at Navneet, cousin of the victim, but he escaped unhurt. The victim, Rohit Nain, was taken to the Civil Hospital from where doctors referred him to the PGI, where his condition is stated to be serious. A case has been registered against unidentified persons at the Sector 14 police station. Cops have also alerted the police in HP Punjab and , Chandigarh. The police recovered three shells from the spot. The incident occurred between 12.15 am and 12.30 am. The police said Rohit, a native of Narwala, was living at Rally village and was working at the ambulance control room in the Sector 6 hospital. When he returned home, he saw one of the suspects stealing a bike parked outside the house. He raised the alarm after which the suspect pulled out a pistol from his bag and fired at him in the stomach. Naveen, who stays on rent with Rohit and works as a tutor at an institute in the complex, came out after hearing the noise. He picked up a Chandigarh, December 27 Miscreants smeared four signboards bearing the name of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with black ink at Panjab University (PU) today. It was an important day on the campus as the North Zone Youth Fest started. Teams from 34 universities were present. Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal was in the university to inaugurate the fest. The PU Chief Security Officer, Prof Ashwani Koul, said earlier they got to know only about two signboards near Rajiv Gandhi College Bhawan, where the name of the former Prime Minister was targeted and these were ■ Youth Akali Dal leaders Gurdeep Singh Gosha and Meetpal Dugri blackened the statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Salem Tabri, Ludhiana, on December 25. The duo shot a video of their act and spread it on social media. They sprayed black colour on the face of the statue and red on the hands. ■ On December 26, Sikh protesters demanded renaming of Rajiv Chowk in New Delhi, previously known as Connaught Place, after Shaheed Bhagat Singh and defaced a “Rajiv Chowk” signboard. They garlanded the signboard with shoes and slippers and splashed black paint on it. An NSUI activist removes black ink stains from a board at the PU in Chandigarh on Thursday. PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI cleaned before the youth fest started. Later, the authorities got to know that two more signboards of Rajiv Gandhi College Bhawan were targeted, one near Boys’ Hostel Number 4 and another near Ankur School. Two youths die in mishap A forensic expert at the spot in Sector 12-A, Panchkula; & (below) the victim’s cousin shows a bullet mark on a wall. NITIN MITTAL ALSO OPENED FIRE ON HIS COUSIN The miscreants, who were allegedly stealing a two-wheeler, fled after hitting a police Gypsy passing by the spot. They opened fire at the victim’s cousin, Navneet, but he escaped unhurt. brick and threw it at the assailants’ car, breaking its rear windshield. The suspects also opened fire at him, but he escaped unhurt. Vishal Kumar, ASI, said the SHO’s Gypsy was being used for patrolling, but the SHO was not in it. While fleeing from the area, the assailants hit other cars parked in the street, besides hitting the Gypsy. Kamaldeep Goyal, DCP , Panchkula, said the police team in the Gypsy chased the assailants, but they managed to escape taking the benefit of the darkness. He said they had got CCTV footage of the car and some clues, and the assailants would be arrested soon. Morinda, December 27 PGI in a critical condition. Two youths were killed while Manpreet Singh, a relative another one was injured of Harman Singh, said when their car was hit by residents of his village an unidentified vehicle organised langar at near Kainor village here. Fatehgarh Sahib every The deceased have year. The victims were been identified as Davinreturning home after der Singh (24) of Harman serving langar at FateDhanaur village and Harman hgarh Sahib when their car Singh (24) of Saman Khurd was hit by an unidentified village. The injured, Arshdeep vehicle around 9 pm yesterSingh (15), was admitted to the day, he said. — TNS 1 killed as car hits two bikes Zirakpur, December 27 A biker was killed, while another one was injured after they were allegedly hit by a rashly-driven car on the Ambala-Chandigarh stretch at Zirakpur here yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Jatinder Singh, a resident of Amlala village, Dera Bassi, while the injured is Karamvir Singh, a resident of Zirakpur. The police said the incident occurred at night when Karamvir Singh, who works in a private company at Zirakpur, was returning home after finishing his late night shift. When he reached continued on p2 Snatchings see a Buy device to keep dogs at 22% dip this year bay: P’kula MC to residents 186 cases reported against 238 in ’17 Costing ~600, it sends ultrasonic waves to chase away canines Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 27 There has been a 22 per cent fall in snatching incidents reported from Chandigarh this year as compared to 2017. While 238 snatchings were reported in 2017, this year the figure is 186. In the 186 snatching incidents reported this year, 93 mobile phones, 63 purses/bags and 30 gold chains were snatched. The police say as people hold mobile phones in their hands, it becomes easy for miscreants to snatch these and flee. Another reason for more phones being snatched is that these can be dismantled and their parts sold easily. The southern belt once again remained the most snatching-prone part of the city with around 100 snatchings reported from the area. Areas falling under the Sector 34 and Sector 39 police stations witnessed the maximum number of snatchings. The police said snatchers found it easy to escape towards Mohali after committing the crime in southern sectors due to which the number of snatchings in this part of the city was high. According to the police, 190 persons were arrested for snatchings in the city of whom 149 were first-time offenders. DSP Pawan Kumar said a campaign against snatchers in the city acted as a deterrent due to which the number of snatching cases had come down. “We managed to crack 69 per cent of the snatching cases this year. Of the 186 cases, 129 were solved,” the DSP said. CCTVs outside houses turned out to be of great help for the police, who managed to identify several snatchers either through the registration number of their twowheelers or their images. 101 women, 85 men were targeted Snatchers targeted 101 women and 85 men this year. Mobile phones and purses remained the most snatched items. CRIME IN FIGURES Items Gold chains Mobile phones Purses/Money Snatched 30 93 63 Cases worked out 19 63 47 SMALLER THAN A MOBILE SET Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Panchkula, December 27 After failing to deal with the stray dog menace, the local Municipal Corporation has urged residents to purchase a device costing around Rs 600 to keep stray dogs away from their localities. The device produces a discomforting but not harmful high-frequency sound audible to dogs but not to human beings. The device, which is safe for human beings, sends ultrasonic waves to chase away dogs. Though the MC is constructing a dog rehabilitation centre at Sukhdarshanpur village near Raipur Rani in the district at a cost of Rs 3 crore, there is uncertainty over its completion. The construction of a cow shelter in the same village, work on which was started about a year ago, has been hanging fire due to a shortage of technical staff. Using the latest ultrasonic technology, the device helps in stopping unfriendly and aggressive dogs as far away as 20 ft and will be beneficial for joggers, walkers, meter readers, cyclists, police and fire and rescue teams. Rajesh Jogpal, MC Administrator, said Rajesh Jogpal, MC Administrator, said the device was smaller than a mobile set and residents could keep it in their pocket or vehicle and use it whenever the need arose. He said the device was also available in the market and advised people to purchase it to keep themselves safe. Safe for human beings ■ Device smaller than a mobile phone, costs around ~600 ■ Produces a discomforting but not harmful high-frequency sound audible to dogs but not to human beings ■ Using the latest ultrasonic technology, the device helps in stopping unfriendly and aggressive dogs as far away as 20 ft. ■ It will be beneficial for joggers, walkers, meter readers, cyclists, police and fire and rescue teams. they had been regularly receiving complaints from residents regarding the dog menace and increasing number of dog-bite cases. To rid the city of this menace, he had contacted other municipal commissioners in the state, who suggested that this technique should be adopted. He said the MC had already purchased 10 sets of the device on a trial basis and the results were positive. Jogpal said the device was smaller than a mobile set c m y b and residents could keep it in their pocket or vehicle and use it whenever the need arose. He said the device had been provided to some employees of the corporation to operate it in their working areas. He said the device was also available in the market and advised people to purchase it to keep themselves safe. However, city residents said this was not a permanent solution and urged the corporation to speed up work on the dog rehabilitation centre. The police also reached the campus. Soon, activists of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) reached the spot and cleaned the boards with kerosene. National coordinator of the NSUI Manoj Lubana, who cleaned the signboards, said, “Acts like these are symbolic of cowardice and are definitely in pursuance of a political agenda. Proper investigations should be carried out and the miscreants brought to book so that acts like these don’t happen again.” NSUI leader Anuj Singh said such incidents had maligned the image of the university at a time when the youth fest was on. Earlier on October 19, Hindi text on a signboard outside gate number 1 and the address displayed on concrete slabs put up in the lane outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office at the PU were smeared with black ink. At that time, no complaint was submitted to the police. However, this time, the Chief Security Officer said they would submit a complaint. “We will ensure that police investigation is conducted into the incident,” said Lubana. continued on p2 Four held for smuggling 960 bottles of liquor Tribune News Service Mohali, December 27 The Excise and Taxation Department arrested four persons in three cases late last night for smuggling 960 bottles of liquor from Chandigarh to be used in the panchayat elections in Punjab. Giving details, Excise and Taxation Officer Vinod Pahuja said his team and another team, led by Excise Inspector Sarup Inder Singh Sandhu, had laid a naka on the KhararMorinda road. He said when a Lancer car approached the naka, they directed its driver to stop. However, the driver sped away and they chased him. When the driver took a turn towards the Ludhiana The illegal liquor consignments were reportedly meant for panchayat elections in Punjab road, the chasing party informed its counterparts in Fatehgarh Sahib, who laid a naka at Khamano. The team was able to stop the driver there and during a search of the car, 156 bottles of countrymade liquor were found. A case under the Excise Act was registered against the driver, Barinder Singh of Mohan Majra, at the Khamano police station. The team handed over the illegal consignment of liquor to the police. In another case, the team recovered 528 bottles of liquor, including 44 of Rajdhani make and 84 of Naina whisky, from a Verna car being driven by Santokh Singh of Ronekalan village near Khanna, which also had Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Samrala, in it. The suspects were handed over to the Gharuan police along with the liquor. In the third case, the team seized 276 bottles of Naina whisky from a Maruti car. After registering a case against Rahul, alias Vicky, a resident of Morinda, the team handed him to the police along with the illegal whisky.
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