09012019-CT-01.qxd 1/9/2019 1:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 9 JANUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH RETIRED TEACHERS HOLD PROTEST, SEEK ARREARS Over 150 teachers hold a protest near the regional office of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF YOUTH’S MOBILE PHONE SNATCHED Chandigarh: Two motorcycleborne miscreants snatched a mobile phone from a youth in the Industrial Area, Phase II, on Monday night. According to the police, the complainant, Mandeep Kumar, a resident of Ram Darbar, was returning home from Mauli Jagran when the miscreants stopped him near the horse cart stand. Their faces covered, the duo snatched the victim’s mobile phone and escaped from the spot. The victim failed to note down the registration number of the motorcycle. The police were informed about the incident, who visited the spot. A case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station. The police said there were no CCTV cameras near the spot. TNS ONE ARRESTED FOR MURDER ATTEMPT Chandigarh: A 23-year-old youth has been arrested by the Chandigarh Police in a case of attempt to murder. According to the police, the complainant, Rahul, a resident of Sector 25, alleged that he was attacked with sharp weapons by Ajay, Vijay, Amit, Popli and others. The complainant was attacked near his house on January 6. He was seriously injured and admitted to the PGI. The police were informed about the incident, who registered a case of attempt to murder and rioting against the suspects at the Sector 11 police station. Later, one of the suspects, Popli (23), was arrested in the case. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~64.79 ~59.28 PANCHKULA ~67.54 ~62.38 MOHALI ~74.28 ~62.94 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH Play: Tricity Drama Festival — Play ‘Raja ki Rasoi’ by Mehtab Arts at Tagore Theatre; 6.30 pm (entry by tickets.) Education fair: At Canadian Education Fair, meet Vineet Bajaj from Algonquin Colleges, Canada, at the regional office of GoGlobal Consultants; SCO 439-440; Sector 35-C; 11 am to 2 pm. Laugh out loud: Infosys Toastmasters, Chandigarh, is organising ‘Meeting number 325 Laughter is an instant vacation’ at Infosys Limited, Plot No 1, Phase 1, Mani Majra, Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park; 5.45 pm to 7.15 pm. PANCHKULA Food festival: A unique food festival, ‘Flavours of Punjab’, showcasing both authentic and refreshingly experimental cuisines from Punjab’s hinterland at Bella Vista, Sector 5, Panchkula. PAGE 3 ENCROACHMENTS GO UNCHECKED AT PGI SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:40 PM PAGE 5 STUDENTS FORCED TO STUDY UNDER THE OPEN SKY PGI turns a blind eye to encroachments by shops and medical stores on its campus. MAX 21°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19.4°C | MIN 6.7°C Students of Government Primary School, Chajju Majra Colony, have no option but to study in the open. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:20 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARH TRIBUNE 3 killed in boiler mishap at Lalru Robbers target ATM in Ambala, Charred in fire flash |Another one suffers 50% burns, admitted to GMCH Satinder Pal Singh Lalru, January 8 Three factory workers were charred to death while one another suffered over 50 per cent burn injuries in a fire flash from a boiler at a power generation plant within the premises of the Nahar Group of Industries at Lalru on the intervening night of January 7 and 8. The deceased have been identified as Munish Kumar (21), Hemant Kumar (21) and Sanjay Yadav (35), all residents of Bihar. The condition of Sonu, who sustained over 50 per cent burn injuries and has been admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, is stated to be stable. The police said the incident occurred around 2.15 am when Sanjay Yadav, along with three others, was The boiler at the power generation plant in Lalru where the incident took place. VICTIMS NATIVES OF BIHAR HOW IT HAPPENED The deceased have been identified as Munish Kumar (21), Hemant Kumar (21) and Sanjay Yadav (35), all natives of Bihar. The condition of Sonu, who sustained over 50 per cent burn injuries and has been admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, is stated to be stable. The police said the incident occurred when Sanjay Yadav, along with three others, was on a repair assignment of a motor near the boiler. One of the pipes developed a snag following which it burst. Due to the pipe burst, hot gas and steam escaped from the valve, causing burn injuries to the workers. on a repair assignment of a motor near the boiler of the 12 MW power plant at the factory unit. The police said one of the pipes in the boiler developed a technical glitch following which it burst. Due to the pipe burst, hot gas and steam escaped from the valve of one of the boilers which was accidentally opened with a pressure, causing burn injuries to the four workers, who were working near it. The victims were rushed to the GMCH, where Munish, Hemant and Sanjay succumbed to their injuries, while Sonu was under treatment, the police said. An official posted at the Nahar Group of Industries told The Tribune that at the time of the explosion, the temperature of the steam was continued on page 3 Nanded flight takes off amid religious chants chants. Sikh priests performed a ‘shabad kirtan’ and ‘ardas’ at the airport before the flight took off. Later, the flight, which returned from Nanded, was given a “water salute” by the airport authorities at Mohali as a mark of respect. Passengers were given a warm welcome by Air India and the airport authorities amid dhol beats and bhangra. According to MR Jindal, Air India manager at the local airport, the return flight from Hazoor Sahib was also packed to capacity. The flight will operate twice a week — Tuesday and Wednesday. The flight will take off at 9.10 am from Chandigarh and reach its destination at 11.30 am. From Nanded Sahib, it will depart at 12.05 pm and arrive at 2.20 pm. First swine flu death reported from Patiala ~6 lakh snatched from youth Tribune News Service Mohali, January 8 Three persons allegedly snatched Rs 6 lakh from a youth here last night. They were wearing monkey caps. The incident occurred near the Phase 1 police station in which the snatchers targeted Jaswinder Singh, who works with a Chandigarh-based company. Tribune News Service Mohali, January 8 With a flight taking off for Nanded Sahib from the local airport this morning, Chandigarh has been directly connected by air with the place of Sikh pilgrimage. The flight, which was packed to capacity with 162 passengers on board, took off at 9.10 am amid religious Patiala, January 8 In the first case of swine flu death reported from the district this year, a middle-aged woman of Patiala has succumbed to the disease. The deceased, who hailed from Jandoli village in the district, was admitted to a government hospital from where she was referred to Chandigarh. The 50-year-old woman was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh. Health officials said the woman had taken treatment from a private hospital after which she was taken to the government hospital in Rajpura division of the district. The patient was shifted to the government hospital in Chandigarh on January 6. The health authorities in Patiala said they had dis- bursed Tamiflu medicine among those who came in contact with the deceased. “We have given medicine to all those who came in contact with the deceased. The deceased woman’s cremation was held in accordance with the norms and instructions of the health authorities. We have sufficient stock of Tamiflu, masks and other items required as precautionary measures. Besides, separate ventilators have been kept for treatment of swine flu patients at Government Rajindra Hospital,” said district epidemiologist Gurmeet Singh. Tribune News Service No FIR yet, police verifying facts The victim on his way to Chandigarh after collecting cash from some units at the Industrial Area in Mohali. He stopped to answer the call of nature when the miscreants, who were carrying sticks, attacked him and snatched his bag containing the cash. The police are yet to register a case in this regard. They are verifying facts. Passengers who boarded the first flight to Sachkhand Hazoor Sahib, Nanded, in Mohali on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO flee with ~19 lakh Tribune News Service Ambala, January 8 Three unidentified robbers broke open an ATM of the SBI using a gas cutter near Manav Chowk in Ambala City and decamped with Rs 19 lakh in the wee hours of today. Before committing the crime, they allegedly tied the ATM guard and made him unconscious using some intoxicants. The robbers used a colour spray on CCTV cameras to prevent their images from being captured. The miscreants targeted the ATM around 2 am. Ramesh Kumar, the guard, claimed that around 2 am, he came out of the ATM booth to answer nature’s call when he was overpowered by three men, who used intoxicants to make him unconscious. The robbers pulled the shutter down, used a gas cutter to break open the machine and decamped with the cash. The matter came to light when the second security guard, Rampal, reached the ATM booth in the morning. He found Ramesh Kumar unconscious in the cabin. After being informed, the police reached the spot and started an investigation. However, the police were not convinced with the sequence of events narrated by the CVO orders FIR against 8 Estate Office employees Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 At least eight employees, including officers, of the Estate Office are in the dock with the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the UT Administration today directing the Vigilance Department to register an FIR against them in the high-profile case involving a renowned automobile agency, which had allegedly constructed a building in violation of the bylaws. Sources said the direction had been issued on the basis of a report of a committee, headed by Home Secretary Arun Kumar Gupta, which had recommended action against them after scrutinising records and documents. The Administration had formed the committee after the Vigilance Department, in its probe, named around 20 officers and employees of the Estate Office and the Architecture Department in the case. The committee was given the task of finding out who were responsible for the lapses. Former Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin had recommended a Vigilance probe into the case. AMALGAMATION OF INDUSTRIAL PLOT The sources said in its probe, the Vigilance Department had found that the building was constructed after amalgamation of two plots owned by two persons. According to the bylaws, the amalgamation of two industrial plots is allowed only if the owners of two plots are same. However, in this case, the names of the owners were found different. The sources said the plan approval committee, comprising officers of the Architecture Department, approved the original plan of the building and sent it to the Estate Office to be released to the owners. The committee, headed by the Home Secretary, concluded that it was the responsibility of the staff of the Estate Office to check the ownership of the plots and absolved the officials of the Architecture Department in the case. The CVO has now directed the Vigilance Department to register an FIR against the staff concerned of the Estate Office under the Prevention of Corruption Act. This is not the first time that the building branch staff of the Estate Office has faced a Vigilance probe. In the past also, some employees have faced Vigilance and CBI probes. Morni residents move High Court against illegal guest houses Describe these a den of ‘illegal, inappropriate and immoral activities’ | Court puts Haryana on notice Tribune News Service Art exhibition: DAAR Group - Art exhibition at Punjab Kala Bhavan gallery; 11 am to 7 pm. PAGE 2 Chandigarh, January 8 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the state of Haryana on notice on a petition seeking action, including demolition, against illegal guest houses in and around the Morni area. Describing these a “den for illegal, inappropriate and immoral activities”, the petitioners alleged that the guest houses were vitiating the atmosphere of villages around the area. As the petition filed against the state of Haryana and 20 other respondents by Yad Ram and other petitioners through counsel SS Salar came up for hearing, state Additional Advocate-General Deepak Balyan accepted the notice before praying for some time to seek instructions and file a counter-affidavit. Accepting the prayer, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli granted threeweek time for the purpose. The Bench also fixed January 29 as the next date of hearing in the matter. Residents have alleged that illegal guest houses are vitiating the atmosphere of villages around the Morni area. FILE PHOTO Salar asserted that the petitioners were living in villages, which were aloof from development in and around c m y b Chandigarh. Despite a modern city in the surroundings, the villages more or less remained traditional with res- idents sticking to old values. In flagrant violation/abuse of Acts and rules framed to protect roads from being congested and for “preserving land”, many hotels, bars, dhabas and guest houses had come up. The petitioners added: “Since the past year and a half, the rules and regulations are not being enforced either on account of negligence or connivance. Hundreds of guest houses and hotels have come up on this road and other roads where illegal activities are rampant” They added that teenage couples were visiting hotels and guest houses on an hourly basis in “scanty dresses” and in an inebriated condition. They openly took intoxicants even while on the roads. Referring to the “infamous rape case” involving 40 people in a guest house, the petitioners added that even the police were not responsive. “When there is a brawl or suspicious activity, the police are called, but there is no response,” they added. GUARD WAS MADE UNCONSCIOUS Ramesh Kumar, the guard at the ATM booth, claimed that around 2 am, he came out of the ATM booth to answer nature’s call when he was overpowered by three men, who used intoxicants to make him unconscious. The robbers pulled the shutter down, used a gas cutter to break open the machine and decamped with the cash. . security guard. Sources said the house of the security guard was near the ATM booth and maybe he was not present when the incident occurred. DSP (Headquarters) Sultan Singh said, “The images of two men, with their faces covered, were captured in one of the cameras before they used the spray. The CCTV footage of nearby areas is also being examined to get further clues. The claims of the security guard are being verified.” A case has been registered under Sections 457, 380 and 427 of the IPC at the Ambala City police station. Wife held for stoning man to death at Morni Panchkula, January 8 The police have arrested the wife of Islam, a resident of Karnal who was found murdered at a resort at Plasra village in Morni block of the district on Sunday. She has been identified as Shama Parveen, who, along with another person, had stoned her husband Islam to death. The police have handed over the body to the family after postmortem. Shama told the police that she, along with another per- Hunt on for another man who was with her ILLICIT RELATIONS? ■ The SHO of the Chandimandir police station, Naveen Kumar, said Islam was killed by his wife along with another person. The police are probing the illicit relations and enmity aspects. son, reached the resort first and then called her husband on some pretext. When Islam arrived, they killed him. The police said Islam was living with his family in Naraingarh where his brother was also living in a separate room. Both brothers worked as labourers. According to sources, though Shama has been arrested, she has not revealed the reason for killing her husband. The police are probing the illicit relations and enmity aspects. The SHO of the Chandimandir police station, Naveen Kumar, said Islam was killed by his wife along with another person. He said Shama had been arrested, while a manhunt was on to nab the other person. — TNS
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