30122018-CT-01.qxd 12/30/2018 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Dip in student enrolment Community centre Better prospects Government schools witness a dip of 4.6 per cent in student enrolment in past six years. P2 Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher inaugurates a community centre in Sector 50. P5 Jeev Milkha Singh says small towns and cities give better chance to budding golfers. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 19°C MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19.2°C MIN 4.4°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 5:32 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 7:18 AM New Year trip turns tragic for 2 families Five members killed in accident on Chandigarh-Ambala highway; two drivers also killed Driver of ‘Volvo bus’ flees spot after accident Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 29 A New Year’s trip to Vrindavan in UP turned tragic for two families of the city when five of their members were killed in an accident on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway a few hours after they had started the journey from Chandigarh. Seven persons, including the two drivers, were killed and nine injured when a heavy vehicle rammed into two SUVs that were lined up on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway after one of these developed a snag. The driver of the heavy vehicle fled the spot after the accident. The incident occurred around 1 am. According to the family members, the victims were familiar with each other through Shri Balaji Sansthan situated at Sector 30. A pall of gloom descended on Rajesh Kapur’s residence at Sector 30-B who lost four members of his family, including wife Kavita Kapur (36), two daughters Harshita Kapur (9) and Ranjana Kapur (18) and sister-in-law Asha Rani (46), in the accident. Rajesh was anxiously waiting for the bodies. Harshita studied in Class III at Ramgarhia School, Sector 27, and Ranjana in SD College, Sector 32. Rajesh’s brother-in-law, Soni Kapur, said: “I had asked the children to stay back. They insisted that they would also go and celebrate the New Year. We wanted to send a male member with them keeping in view the Nitish Sharma Tribune News Service Deceased Kavita Kapur Deceased Asha & Harshita Kapur Families mourn the death of their kin at Sector 30-B, Chandigarh, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR security concerns, but no one took us seriously.” Asha Rani is survived by two sons Jatinder Kapur (23) and Gaurav Kapur (19). Her husband had died of dengue nine years ago. Renuka Sharma (35), who is also a resident of Sector 30, has suffered a fracture on the left leg. Vinod Sharma said: “I had warned my daughter-in-law against going on a trip late at night. Renuka was a family friend of the Kapurs who urged her to accompany Kavita and her daughters on the trip. Nights are foggy these days and it’s extremely perilous to venture out. We had initially refused to go.” Five-year-old Piyush from Sector 26 was also killed in the accident. EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT Palak (18), a resident of Sector 30, was also part of the group of people going to Vrindavan. She said: “There were nine persons seated in one SUV and 10 in the other. When we reached near Ambala, the SUV in which we were travelling had a flat tyre. The other SUV was parked right behind us. It was only a while we stayed, that a heavy vehicle rammed into our SUVs. None of us could remember what it was… Our SUVs were pushed long ahead and I found myself in a pool of blood with four people dead inside my car. I fretted at the horrific sight. I called my parents and informed them about the incident. Meanwhile, some people gathered and helped us extricate the bodies. There was no ambulance and we had to take the help of a passer-by, who dropped us at the hospital. It hurts me to recall the dreadful night.” < The ill-fated vehicle that met with an < accident on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. PHOTO: DEV DUTT SHARMA Strict nakas to check Hotel employee drunken driving rapes UK woman PROPRIETORS OF AI ANMOL JEWELS BOOKED The CBI has registered a case of financial irregularities against the proprietors of Al Anmol Jewels located at Shop No. 22, second floor, Elante Mall, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, for allegedly defrauding Canara Bank to the tune of over ~9 crore. PAGE 4 462 MORE STREET VENDORS ALLOTTED SITES As many as 462 more registered street vendors were allotted sites on the second day of the draw of lots held at the office of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on Saturday. PAGE 5 NEW YEAR’S EVE Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 29 At a meeting convened at the Police Headquarters, Sector-9, Chandigarh, under the chairmanship of Nilambari Jagadale, SSP police , officers, managers, event organisers and owners of restaurants, hotels, pubs and clubs were intimated about the guidelines they must adhere to during the New Year celebrations. Informing the managers about strict nakas to keep a check on drunken driving, the police encouraged them to advise their customers against indulging in any illegal activities. To ensure road safety of their customers, hospitality personnel were Security beefed up Tribune News Service The New Year will be celebrated at 115 places. Around 55 internal nakas and 18 outer border nakas have been set up. Nine ambulances, eight fire engines, three hydraulic ladders, eight aska lights and a similar number of quick response teams have been deployed across the city. A special women squad has been formed under the supervision of Inspector Reena Yadav to assist the women. Nine PCR vehicles, with women staff, are also being deployed to offer pick-anddrop facility to women in case any call is received by the control room. Chandigarh, December 29 A 55-year-old woman from the United Kingdom was raped by a 28-year-old employee of Lalit Hotel, IT Park, Chandigarh, on December 20. However, the police registered a case against the accused under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code on Friday based on the victim’s complaint. Police sources privy to the investigation said the woman had come to the hotel with her partner. The duo took a knee massage in the hotel on December 20. According to the police, the man tried to touch the woman inappropriately above the knee while massaging. When the woman objected to the employee, he said he was checking the advised to make adequate arrangements, including prior arrangement of cab/taxis. continued on page 2 pressure points. Her partner also took the massage with her. The police sources said the employee crossed the line when her partner left for taking a steam bath. As she was left alone, the employee sexually assaulted the woman. The police said the act of ‘wrongdoing’ falls under the preview of Section 376, IPC. The woman told the police that the man kept on insisting the woman put off her clothes. The woman immediately made a complaint to the hotel staff, after which they terminated the employee. Meanwhile, the duo left the city to another station in between. A week after the incident, the woman lodged a complaint with the IT Park police stations against the hotel employee. City to get first animal incinerator under Smart plan Panel okays ~700-cr projects; nod to 24X7 water supply in Mani Majra; bike-sharing to ease traffic Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 29 The local Municipal Corporation has decided to install the first animal incinerator in the city to dispose of carcasses of animals free of cost. Sources said the project was approved by the technical committee of the Smart City recently. Besides the animal incinerator, the com- mittee approved projects worth over ~700 crore under the smart city plan. The tenders of the projects will be floated soon. MC Commissioner KK Yadav said: “The incinerator will cost around ~5 crore and will be set up on a private-public partnership (PPP) mode. It will run on LPG. The company that bags the tender will set up the infrastructure for the project and the civic body will pay per animal carcass. The company will also set up a 24X7 call centre and pick up dead animals from the spot.” Meanwhile, the technical committee of the MC also approved three major projects worth around ~700 crore to be completed as part of the Smart City plan — 24X7 water supply in Mani Majra, public bicycle sharing and upgrade of the sewerage treatment plants. Under the water supply project, the heavily populated Mani Majra block will get round-the-clock supply. The project, worth around ~80 crore, will be started on a pilot basis. As urban population surges and vehicles clog the streets, c m y b the city gears up to launch bike-sharing system to ease traffic congestion and pollution. Under the project, around 5,000 bicycles will be available for residents. The project will cost around ~2530 crore. The third project of upgrading the existing sewerage and setting up new sewerage plants will cost the authorities around ~550 crore. Ambala, December 29 Seven persons, including three minors, were killed and nine injured after two SUVs were hit by an unidentified vehicle on the ChandigarhAmbala highway early today. The victims were on their way from Chandigarh to Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, when the accident occurred near Drive In-22 resort, 10 km from here, around 1 am. The deceased were identified as Kavita Kapoor (36); daughters Harshita (9) and Ranjna (17); Asha Rani (46), all of the same family and residents of Sector 30, Chandigarh; Piyush (5), a resident of Sector 26; and drivers Suresh (43) and Manoj (42). The accident occurred when one of the car’s broke down and were hit by a heavy vehicle from behind. The driver of the vehicle, suspected to be a Volvo bus, that hit the SUVs sped away. Injured Rajni, Komal, Sunita, Rishabh, Sangeeta, Preeti, Anju and Neeru were admitted to the GMCH-32, while Renuka, who was admitted to the Civil Hospital, was later referred to the Chandigarh hospital. The victims had left Chandigarh for Vrindavan around 11.30 pm on Friday night. “Following an oil leak in one of the SUVs, both vehicles pulled over and the drivers got down continued on page 2 Student killed as car rams roadside pole Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 29 A Class XII student of Vivek High School was killed in an accident on the road dividing Sector 19 and 27 at 1:50 am last night. He was coming from Sector 7. The deceased has been identified as Prathamvir Singh, who was accompanied by his four friends. After he got injured, he was shifted to the PGI where he was declared brought in dead. The car, in which the four were travelling, overturned after hitting a pole. An FIR has been lodged under Section 279 (rash driving), 337, 427 and 304-A against Vikram Singh (19), who is one of the four friends. He is a resident of Phase VI, Mohali, and was driving his father’s car. According to the police, Vikram’s parents said they were unaware of the fact that their child was outside that night. Investigation into the case is under way. Cyclist killed Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 29 In yet another case, a cyclist was killed after being hit by a car near the sports complex, Sector 7. The deceased has been identified as Ravi Kumar, a resident of Kishangarh. He was shifted to the GMSH-16 where the doctor declared him brought in dead. An FIR has been registered under Section 279, 337 and 304A of the IPC against a resident of Sector 16. He was arrested and later released on bail.
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