02012019-CT-01.qxd 1/2/2019 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 2 JANUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH Pending cases Renovation work Sufi spell 87,222 cases pending at district courts of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. P2 Renovation work on Mohindra Kothi, a heritage building in Patiala, to begin soon. P4 Pracheen Kala Kendra welcomes New Year with a soulful recital by Sufi singers. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 18°C MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20.8°C MIN 4.2°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.34 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.19 AM Girl,mother killed in Dera Bassi pile-up 13 injured in early morning mishap that was triggered by fog IAt least 12 vehicles involved Our Correspondent Dera Bassi, January 1 A mother-daughter duo was killed and 13 injured when dense fog resulted in a pileup involving at least 12 vehicles near Dera Bassi this morning. The pile-up was reported from the Ambala-Chandigarh highway near Gholumajra village in Dera Bassi in which 38-year-old Seema and her 18-year-old daughter Divya, both residents of Panchkula, were killed. Of the 13, two of the seriously injured, Manjit Kaur (48), a resident of Devi Nagar, Dera Bassi, and Disha (9), a resident of Panchkula, were referred to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, while the rest are under treatment at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, and a private hospital. Sources said 12 vehicles rammed into each other in on the highway. Officials of GMR Express- The mangled remains of some of the vehicles after the pile-up on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near Dera Bassi on Tuesday; and (right) a file photo of the deceased, Seema and her daughter Diyva. way said a tractor-trailer was going towards Dera Bassi and was reportedly hit by a minibus from the rear side near the Dappar toll plaza around 7 am due to poor visibility. They said another car ploughed into the minibus, triggering a pile-up of at least 12 vehicles, including a Volvo bus. The sources said the mother-daughter duo was travelling in the car. Two of the critically injured were travelling in another car. Sanjay Kumar (45), a resident of Panchkula, along with his wife Seema (38) and two daughters Divya and Disha, was heading back home towards Panchkula in their Alto car after attending a retirement party of one of their relatives in Kurukshetra. Sanjay, who was behind the wheel, applied brakes after he noticed a vehicle stranded along the highway. He said as soon as he got out of his car to have a look, his Alto car was reportedly hit by a bus from behind. His wife Seema and daughter Divya were taken to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where doctors declared them brought dead. Similarly, one of the injured, Roop Chand (42), a resident of Lalru, said he, along with his colleague Balbir Singh (55), was heading towards their office in Mohali in their Indica car, while two other colleagues were in Bolero, when their vehicles rammed into other vehicles in the pile-up. The accident led to an almost 2-km-long traffic jam on the highway. GMR officials shifted the injured to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, while a few of them were taken to Indus International Hospital near Dera Bassi. Among the injured were Hitesh (30), Sukhjit (29), Lal Singh (58), Dikshit (25), Akhil (21), Bindu (35), Neetu Devi (27), Vishal (34) and Inderjit Kaur (55). A case has been registered against the driver of the minibus. Youth held for stealing his clamped car HC seeks explanation from Sessions Judge Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 1 Just about a month after a city resident, with pellets still embedded in the body after a bullet injury, alleged repeated attempts by the Chandigarh Police to file an untraced report, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the UT District and Sessions Judge to apprise the Bench of the advisability of referring “matters of such nature to the Lok Adalat” even if the investigating agency submitted a cancellation report. Justice Rajan Gupta also asked the District Judge to express his opinion on the order, dated December 12, 2015, wherein the Lok Adalat Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 1 A 25-year-old youth was arrested on Monday after he reportedly stole his car from Sector 17, which was clamped by the traffic police for wrong parking. The traffic police had stated that the car was wrongly parked in front of the Income Tax building in Sector 17 on December 30. ASI Prem Chand, the complainant in the continued on page 6 POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 23A and C proceedings were signed only by the presiding officer and not by other members. The District Judge, on the previous date of hearing, was asked to report on the circumstances in which the case for attempt to murder and common intention under Section 307 and 34 of the IPC, besides provisions of the Arms Act, was forwarded to the Lok Adalat. However, the Judge prayed for 15 days time, as the case came up for resumed hearing. The petitioner, Darshan Singh Kler, had earlier alleged that the presiding officer of the UT Lok Adalat accepted the untraced report after recording that his counsel had no objection to its acceptance, even though Asks why murder bid case was referred to the Lok Adalat time was sought from the court to file a protest petition. He said the impugned order, dated December 12, 2015, came to be passed on an absolutely wrong premise that the counsel for the petitioner gave his consent to the alleged untraced report. Going into the background, his counsel Saurabh Arora asserted that the petitioner suffered firearm injuries on the left side of his chest and left arm, following which an FIR, dated November 2, 2011, was registered against the respondent at the Sector 34 police station. Acting under the influence of Davinder Singh Sandhu and two other respondents, the investigating agency prepared a cancellation report, dated November 16, 2013, on the grounds that the incident was found to have occurred in Nayagaon, for which a separate case stood registered at a police station there. The cancellation report was, however, ordered to be sent for further investigation. Thereafter, the investigating agency submitted a re-cancellation report, dated October 18, 2015, before the court of the UT Judicial Magistrate First Class. On December 12, 2015, his counsel sought time to file a protest petition, but “surprisingly” the presiding officer, Lok Adalat, observed that the state counsel submitted that a clue could not be found against the accused despite best efforts by the police and an untraced report may be accepted. The officer accepted the report after recording that the counsel for the complainant had stated that he had no objection if the untraced report was accepted. A perusal of the order, dated December 12, 2015, showed it was signed only by the presiding officer, but not other members. 25-yr-old cricket coach shot dead after a brawl New Year celebrations: Main suspect held Satinder Pal Singh Zirakpur, January 1 The New Year celebrations turned tragic in Trishla Plus Homes, a housing society in Dhakoli, on Monday night when a 25-year-old cricket coach was allegedly shot dead by a youth following a brawl. The police today arrested the main suspect, Mohit Singla, from Dhakoli and recovered three live cartridges and a .32 bore pistol from his possession. However, his accomplice Lal Chand is yet to be arrested. The deceased, identified as Suraj Bhan, who hailed from Bhiwani, was an aspiring cricketer and used to give coaching to budding cricketers at an academy in Panchkula. Harmandeep Hans, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dera Bassi, said the incident occurred on Monday night when residents of Trishla Plus Homes, including Suraj Bhan, were celebrating New Year at a party organised by society members. The ASP said one of the society residents, Lal Chand, while dancing, had an argument with another member after which the former left the party venue. The ASP said around 11.30 pm, Lal Chand again turned up at the venue along with his friend Mohit Singla, who was also under the influence of liquor. Lal Chand had reportedly asked for a .32 bore pistol, which Mohit was carrying and allegedly fired a celebratory shot into the air. When other society members objected to it, Mohit took back his pistol from Lal Chand and went on the stage and started dancing holding Suraj Bhan, the deceased Victim survived by wife, 2 daughters The postmortem examination of Suraj Bhan was conducted on Tuesday by a board comprising three doctors at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. One of the doctors on the panel said Suraj sustained a bullet injury between his shoulder and neck, which seemed to have been fired from a close range. The doctors also recovered a bullet from the victim’s abdomen. His body was handed over to the family members after the autopsy. The deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, aged two and three. his pistol in his hand. Meanwhile, Lal Chand began to instigate Mohit to fire another celebratory shot. Upon noticing, Suraj Bhan, too, went up the stage and an altercation took place between him and Mohit, which led to a scuffle, said the ASP . According to a complaint lodged with the police, Mohit Singla, in a fit of rage, allegedly fired a gunshot, which hit Suraj between his shoulder and neck on the left continued on page 6 Cops act tough, challan Of 256 complaints, of brawls 205 for drunken driving 74 werewas in place in city Tight security NEW YEAR'S EVE Tribune News Service MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh, January 1 As many as 205 persons were challaned for drunken driving at various nakas in the city on New Year’s Eve. Last year, 203 people were challened for the offence during the celebrations. Meanwhile, 6,574 challans were issued for drunken driving in 2018, which is slightly less as compared to the challans issued in 2017. Traffic cops had set up nakas in different parts of the city, especially in Sector 26 and Sector 7 that house several discotheques, clubs and restaurants. The police played smart and laid nakas just outside parking lots and roads leading to clubs to deter drunk revellers from driving. Despite this, 205 persons, who drove while being drunk, could not save themselves from the traffic police. The vehicles were impounded and challans issued to the violators. Cab drivers made a quick buck due to the strictness of the traffic police, which forced drunk people to hire cabs to return home. The An owner looks for the keys of his car that was impounded during the New Year celebrations, at Children Traffic Park in Sector 23. 7,389 licences ticked for suspension in ’18 During 2018, traffic cops recommended 7,389 driving licences for suspension. The licences were recommended for suspension for four violations -- drunken driving, speeding, using mobile phone while driving and jumping the red light. 20 nakas were laid Traffic cops had laid 20 nakas to check drunken driving in the city. As many as 205 vehicles -- 190 four-wheelers, 13 two-wheelers and two auto-rickshaws — were impounded for the offence. overall challans for drunken driving issued in 2018 was less as compared to 2017 when 6,663 challans were issued for the offence. — TNS SEE ALSO PAGE 3 Chandigarh, January 1 Stepped-up security and restrictions on the movement of vehicles on certain roads in the city turned out to be of great help in ensuring peaceful New Year celebrations. The Police Control Room (PCR) attended to a total of 256 complaints, including 74 related to brawls. The complaints and brawls were less as compared to last year when 286 calls were received at the police control room on New Year's Eve. Police officials said 256 complaints were received in the city between 8 pm to 8 am. Of these, 74 pertained to brawls, mainly between revellers, outside clubs, hotels and market areas where the New Year celebrations were held. The police attended to 53 complaints pertaining to noise pollution. A majority of these were of loud music played by revellers in their cars parked on roads. Meanwhile, 21 complaints addressed by the PCR were of creating nuisance at public places, 77 were miscella- c m y b Complaints addressed by Police Control Room Brawls Noise pollution Nuisance at public places Miscellaneous Accidents 74 53 21 77 21 Vehicles move during fog on the road separating Sector 24 and 25 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. PRADEEP TEWARI neous and 21 were relating to road accidents. Nearly 1,400 police personnel, including 10 DSPs and 25 inspectors, from various wings such as the crime branch, operation cell, security wing, the IRB and the PCR were deployed for law and order duties. All hotels, clubs, restaurants, community centres, markets and prominent places saw adequate police deployment, including policewomen. A police official said special women PCR vehicles, especially for pick-and-drop purposes, were deployed at nine prominent places. Twelve women were helped under this initiative by the PCR and they were dropped at their destinations. Last year, 286 spots were attended by the PCR on New Year's Eve. 8 flights delayed due to poor visibility, passengers hit Tribune News Service Flights withdrawn Mohali, January 1 Eight flights to various destinations, including Kolkata, Srinagar, Pune and Mumbai, were delayed by over four hours today due to poor visibility at the Chandigarh international airport, causing inconvenience to passengers. The Air India airport manager said the Alliance Air morning flight got delayed by around two hours owing to poor visibility. The most affected were flights arriving from Delhi as three of the sev- Air India, the premier flight operator of the country, has announced to temporarily withdraw its morning Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi flight owing to poor visibility at the airport. Similarly, the Air India KulluChandigarh-Kullu flight has also been withdrawn till January 15 owing to bad weather conditions at the Bhunter and Chandigarh airports, said Air India airport manager MR Jindal. . en flights got delayed. According to officials, the flight, which was scheduled to depart at 8.20 am, left at 9.52 am after a delay of 1 hour and 32 minutes. He said the flight had a delayed departure from Delhi at 7 am against its scheduled time of 5.55 am. Similarly, the IndiGo flight from Kolkata arrived at 12.30 pm against its scheduled arrival time of 7.30 am. The flight had a delayed departure from Kolkata at 9.20 am against its scheduled departure of 4.50 am. The IndiGo flight from Srinagar also got delayed and arrived at 3.23 pm against its scheduled arrival time of 10.45 am. continued on page 6
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