08012019-CT-01.qxd 1/8/2019 1:22 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 8 JANUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH WORKSHOP ON MGMT OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES AT PU PAGE 2 VC opens workshop on ‘Creation & management of digital libraries through open source software’. FORECAST ANNUAL TRICITY DRAMA FESTIVAL BEGINS The third edition of the annual tricity drama festival begins with Hindi play ‘Holi’. KRISHAN PIPS LAAROUSSI, ENTERS PRE-QUARTERS ~15-LAKH INNOVA FOR MAYOR Chandigarh: Even though the MC has been raising the issue of shortage of funds, the F&CC on Monday approved Rs 15 lakh for an Innova vehicle for the Mayor. The previous Innova is said to be creating problems. The proposal was cleared at a meeting chaired by Mayor Davesh Moudgil. TNS THEFT ATTEMPT AT SECTOR 29 TEMPLE Chandigarh: Three unidentified youths tried to steal money by breaking donation boxes at a temple in Sector 29. The complainant, Kamlesh Chander, secretary of the Sidh Baba Balak Nath temple, reported that he received a call from priest Manohar Lal Sharma on January 6, who informed him about a theft bid. TNS WOMAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT Mohali: A 60-year-old woman was killed in a road mishap at the Phase 10/11 traffic light point here. The victim, identified as Satinderjit Kaur of Sector 105, was on her Activa when she was hit by a Mahindra Bolero. The police said the victim was a private tutor. The Bolero driver, Sadhu Singh, has been arrested. TNS Deshraj moves High Court, wants his conviction stayed Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 7 Less than six months after Deshraj Singh was held guilty in a bribery case by the Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court, the 2008-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a stay on his conviction. The application for the stay was placed before the Bench of Justice Daya Chaudhary. Taking up the matter, Justice Chaudhary adjourned the hearing on the plea, without issuing a notice to the premier investigating agency. Deshraj was awarded three years in the case. His appeal in the matter was heard and admitted by IPS OFFICER WAS AWARDED 3 YRS IN BRIBE CASE The application for the stay was placed before the Bench of Justice Daya Chaudhary. Taking up the matter, Justice Chaudhary adjourned the hearing on the plea, without issuing a notice to the premier investigating agency. IPS officer Deshraj was awarded three years in the case. Justice Chaudhary in August last year. Justice Chaudhary had asserted that the fine slapped by the court below had already been deposited by the appellant with the trial court. It was added that the sentence imposed upon him, too, had also been suspended by the trial court vide an order dated August 10, 2018, up to October 10, 2018. “The same Chandigarh-Nanded 70-yr-old priest found flight takes off today murdered in Kalka Sikhs’ demand met: Chandumajra CHANDIGARH ~64.79 ~59.28 PANCHKULA ~69.64 ~62.36 MOHALI ~74.28 ~62.94 Play: Tricity drama festival - Play ‘Saari Raat’ by Drishti Theatre Club at Tagore Theatre; 6.30 pm (Entry by tickets) Slice of Kashmir: Culinary delight by chef Rajni Jinsi from Kashmir, at ‘Beyond Wazwan- Kashmiri Pandit Food Festival’; JW Marriot; 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm. Clicking with architecture: Author of ‘Chandigarh Revealed — Le Corbusier’s City Today’, Shaun Fynn, will deliver a talk on ‘Photographing Architecture’ at the Chandigarh College of Architecture; 3 pm. Tribune News Service Mohali, January 7 The much-awaited direct flight between Chandigarh and Sikh pilgrimage Sachkhand Hazoor Sahib in Nanded will start tomorrow. For the maiden flight of Air India, which will take off at 9.10 am tomorrow from the Chandigarh international airport, all tickets in the 162seater aircraft have been sold. Confirming the development, MR Jindal, Air India airport manager, said, “We are getting an encouraging response for the flight. Most of the tickets for Wednesday’s flight have also been sold.” Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, Member of Parliament from Anandpur Sahib, who is also going to Hazoor Sahib on the flight with senior Akali leaders, including Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and Jathedar Tota Singh, said with the start of the flight, a long-pending FLIGHT SCHEDULE ■ The flight will operate twice a week, on Tuesday and Wednesday ■ It will take off from Chandigarh at 9.10 am and reach its destination at 11.30 am ■ From Nanded, it will depart at 12.05 pm and arrive at Chandigarh at 2.20 pm. . Panchkula, January 7 A 70-year-old priest was found murdered in a room under the Mansa Purni Hanuman temple near the Kalka-Parwanoo barrier this morning. The body of the victim, Baba Shyam, was found soaked in blood. DCP Kamal Deep Goyal and Kalka SHO Inspector Lalit Kumar reached the spot. A devotee said the temple was closed at 9 pm yesterday. Another devotee found the body in the room and informed former councillor Somnath, who further informed the police. A cupboard in the room was Patiala, January 7 A 40-year-old debt-ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan on Sunday evening at Kakrala village in Nabha block, Patiala. In his suicide note, the victim cited mounting debts as the reason and also stated that the state government did not provide any relief. He also blamed six persons and a firm for his suicide. “I am committing suicide due to the burden of loan and the state government is committing ❝I amdue to the burden suicide Chandigarh, January 7 The Sector 31 police station has brought a bad name to the UT police as of the five corruption cases registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the past two years, three were against cops posted at this police station. One of the three cops, a head constable, posted at the Sector 31 police station was arrested while allegedly tak- ing a bribe of Rs 5,000 on the first day of 2017. Raj Kumar was allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from Anil Kumar, a resident of Ram Darbar. The cop was demanding the bribe from the complainant to let him off in an assault case. CBI sleuths then laid a trap on a sub-inspector (SI) posted at the Sector 31 police station. On October 24, 2017, the CBI had arrested SI Mohan Singh of the Sector 31 police station while allegedly taking GRAFT-TAINTED COPS Jan 4, 2018: Additional SHO of the Sector 31 police station SI Rajbir Singh trapped by the CBI. Rajbir, however, allegedly escaped with a bribe of ~10,000 October 24, 2017: CBI had arrested SI Mohan Singh of the Sector 31 police station while allegedly taking a bribe of ~2 lakh January 1, 2017: A head constable posted at the Sector 31 police station was nabbed by the CBI for allegedly taking a bribe of ~5,000 a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from a Ram Darbar-based property dealer. The deal was struck for Rs 8 lakh and the SI was arrested while taking Rs 2 lakh as the first instalment of Panchkula, December 7 The Panchkula Municipal Corporation has stopped the payment of the contractor who had constructed eight roundabouts in various sectors of the city after receiving complaints of use of substandard material. Rajesh Jogpal, MC Administrator, said he had already directed the Superintending Engineer on December 28 to stop the bills of the contractor till a committee constituted by the MC submitted its report on the technical aspects of the work. He said the payments of the contractor, M/s Shakambari Engineering Works, to the tune of Rs 83 lakh had been stopped. Jogpal said the committee investigating the matter the bribe near the Sector 31 police station. The recent case was of a trap laid on SI Rajbir Singh, who is accused of taking a bribe of Rs 10,000. c m y b WHAT VILLAGERS SAY Gurmel Singh, VICTIM According to villagers, Gurmel Singh failed to get any relief from the state government as he could not fulfil the conditions laid down for the crop loan waiver scheme. responsible for my suicide,” Gurmel Singh wrote in his two-page suicide note. In the note, a copy of which is with The Tribune, Gurmel mentioned that he had a debt of Rs 4 lakh against his two-acre land and he did not get any relief from the state government. According to villagers, Gurmel failed to get any relief from the government as he could not fulfil the conditions of the crop loan waiver scheme. The deceased named six persons and a firm in the suicide note for not making his payments related to a home- of loan and the state government is responsible for my suicide. ❞ Three of five corruption cases registered by the CBI in past 2 years against cops posted here Tribune News Service Committee set up to probe matter to submit report soon WON’T SPARE GUILTY: MC ADMINISTRATOR Rajesh Jogpal, MC Administrator, said the payment of the contractor, M/s Shakambari Engineering Works, to the tune of ~83 lakh had been stopped. He said the committee investigating the matter would submit its report soon and anyone found guilty would not be spared at any cost. . would submit its report soon and anyone found guilty would not be spared at any cost. He said the MC was committed to the development of the city and for this, everyone’s cooperation was essential. The contractor, Sandeep Sharma, said he had carried out the work as per the tender issued by the corporation and there was a possibility that the rates of some items might be on the higher or lower side. He said the work had been completed at the total amount mentioned in the tender. He urged the investigating committee not to submit its report before listening to his views otherwise he would be forced to move the court. He said a payment of Rs 83 lakh was due to him. He alleged that some of the complainants were trying to blackmail him by getting his payments stopped. He demanded that the investigation should be conducted by an independent agency to bring out the truth. Vishal Seth, chairman of the inquiry committee, said they were investigating all aspects, including the quality of material used. He said they would soon complete the investigation and submit a report. Blames Punjab Government for not providing relief; police book six persons, company Sector 31 police station a blot on khaki Amit Sharma P’kula civic body stops contractor’s payment Debt-ridden Patiala farmer hangs self to death Tribune News Service demand of Punjab people had been met. “We are thankful to Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu for this,” said Chandumajra. The flight will operate twice a week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The flight will take off at 9.10 am from Chandigarh and reach its destination at 11.30 am. From Nanded, it will depart at 12.05 pm and arrive here at 2.20 pm. Tomorrow, a religious ceremony, including ‘kirtan’ and ‘ardas’, will be held at the airport before the take-off. found open with all stuff scattered. It had silver jewellery. An Activa scooter of Shyam was taken away. There was an LED TV in the room, which was found dumped in a bag. Near the body, broken bangles were found and in a bucket, a brick was found in the water. Shyam had been serving in the temple for the past eight years. “The postmortem has been conducted. It came out that he was hit with a brick on the head. He was wearing two gold rings and a chain. However, these were not taken away. It doesn’t appear to be a case of loot,” said the SHO. — TNS FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARH TRIBUNE Members of the Youth Congress burn effigies of BJP leaders and protest against the MC following alleged irregularities in beautification of rotaries in Panchkula on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Tribune News Service DIESEL CHANDIGARH Exhibition: DAAR Group of Artistes Opening of art exhibition at 4 pm and cultural programme at Randhawa Auditorium at 5 pm The complainant had alleged that a departmental inquiry was ordered against him by the Senior Superintendent of Police on the basis of a report by the petitioner in connection with a case for dereliction of duty, insubordination and not informing senior officers about crime. It was also alleged by the complainant that he was not at fault. It was alleged that the petitioner called the complainant on his mobile and asked him to come to his residence. As the complainant reached the petitioner’s house, he discussed the functioning of the complainant’s police station and demanded money for not harassing him and for helping him in the inquiry by deposing in his favour. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD CONSTRUCTION OF ROUNDABOUTS Sanjay Bumbroo TRICITY FUEL PRICES WHAT’S ON shall remain suspended during the pendency of this appeal on his furnishing fresh bail/surety bonds to the satisfaction of the trial court,” Justice Chaudhary had added. The CBI had registered an FIR against the petitioner, Deshraj Singh, Superintendent of Police (City) on a written complaint filed by Anokh Singh, SHO of the Sector 26 police station. PAGE 6 Krishan Hooda storms into prequarters by defeating Laaroussi in tennis championship. PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 18°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20.2°C MIN 5.6°C | SUNSET: TUESDAY 5:39 PM | SUNRISE: WEDNESDAY 7:20 AM INBRIEF PETROL PAGE 5 SI Rajbir, who was posted as additional SHO at the Sector 31 police station, had allegedly demanded a bribe for not registering a case against a person. He took the bribe from the complainant and managed to escape in his car before he could be nabbed by CBI officials. Although Rajbir’s car was recovered, he is at large. It is also alleged that he tried to run over a CBI official while fleeing following which he was also booked for attempt to murder. run battery shop. The police have registered a case against the six persons and the firm under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC. Those booked are Parminder Singh, Bhinder Singh, Dutt, Gora Singh, Jagtar Singh and Dhama Singh, and Isser Combine Company. The police have not booked the state government even though the victim had blamed it. Harmel Singh of the BKU, Ugrahan, said, “A case should also be registered against the state government. The Congress government has failed to fulfil its poll promise of a complete loan waiver.” Family members of the victim today held a protest against the police for “inaction” against those responsible for his suicide. Gurmeet Singh, Station House Officer, Kotwali, Nabha, said, “We have not made any arrests, but investigations are under way.” Asked about the victim blaming the state government, he said, “I haven’t read the suicide note, but what I have heard is that he has blamed the government for not providing any relief.” 3 thieves, natives of UP, arrested Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 7 The UT police have nabbed three thieves who had burgled a house in Sector 42 in December. A team, led by Inspector Ranjodh Singh, SHO of the Sector 36 police station, nabbed the suspects, Harsh Kumar (23), Sushil Kumar (34) and Manish (24), all natives of Uttar Pradesh. The complainant, Ram Lal Jindal, a resident of Sector 42, had reported that he, along with his family, had gone to continued on page 4 The suspects arrested for a house theft in Sector 42, Chandigarh. A TRIBUNE PHOTO
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