04042019-CT-01.qxd 4/4/2019 1:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 4 APRIL 2019 | CHANDIGARH SAFETY ON MIND, UBER STARTS 24X7 HELPLINE FOR USERS Uber launches a 24x7 helpline, which enables users to speak with its safety team in case they have an issue. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF MOHALI MAN HELD WITH HEROIN Chandigarh: The UT crime branch has nabbed a Mohali resident with 10.12 gm of heroin. According to the police, Kapil Sharma, a resident of Dhakoli, Mohali, was arrested from the Poultry Farm chowk-Ram Darbar road on April 2. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him at the Sector 31 police station. TNS THEFT REPORTED FROM CLINIC Chandigarh: A theft was reported from a clinic in Sector 21 from where Rs 18,000 and valuables were stolen on the intervening night of April 1 and 2. According to the police, Dr RC Garg reported that he learnt about the theft on April 2 when he came to the clinic. The main gate was lying open and the entire clinic had been ransacked. The police said money, two silver glasses, a computer, two headlights of a car, 10 taps, a drill machine, a wood cutter, a marble cutter and various other articles were stolen. The police were informed, who inspected the spot. A case has been registered at the Sector 19 police station. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~68.85 ~62.96 PANCHKULA ~72.60 ~65.22 MOHALI ~73.43 ~65.70 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH INTERACTION: University Institute of Applied Management Sciences to organise Citizen’s Townhall at UIET (Block-I), PU; 11 am APNI MANDI: Sector 34, 56 and Ram Darbar MOHALI APNI MANDI: Phase 8 PANCHKULA APNI MANDI: Sector 5 PAGE 2 MAX 33°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.6°C | MIN 17.2°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:42 PM Chandigarh University, Gharuan, women’s team storms into the semis of an inter-university football meet. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:09 AM Bansal plays job card Says its time to make the city crime-free, restore its glory Tribune News Service TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Tribune News Service make special efforts for providing employment. Speaking to senior citizens and women representatives, who had come to greet him, Bansal said the city had slipped to the 20th position in the Swachh Survekshan2019 due to “wrong policies” Cop shoots self in Ambala, admitted to PGI Blacklisting of Selvel not justified, says HC Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 3 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that the city MC and other respondents were not prima facie justified in blacklisting/debarring Selvel Media Services Pvt Ltd. The petitioner company was engaged in the business of advertising and other media-related services. Being successful in two different tenders for operation, running and maintenance of public toilets in internal markets of Chandigarh, it entered into two agreements with the respondent MC. The petitioner company was also successful in obtaining the third contract related to two toilets in Sector 23 and 35, Chandigarh. The time period for all three con- Ambala, April 3 A head constable of the Punjab Police shot himself in the abdomen at New Colony, Mahesh Nagar, last night. Booked by police on complaint of his wife He has been identified as Jasbir Singh, a resident of Muktsar Sahib, Punjab. He is deployed in Mohali. A case has been registered against him on a complaint of his wife at the Mahesh Nagar police station. In her complaint to the police, Gurpreet Kaur, Jasbir’s wife, said she got married to Jasbir in February last year. After a couple of months continued on p6 Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal interacts with people at his house in Sector 28, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL of the BJP He said the Con. gress always maintained the beauty of the city, but the quality of life had suffered during the five-year rule of the BJP . Bansal said he was committed to making the city number one again as far as civic tracts was five years. During the the contract period, the company was blacklisted. Through counsel Chetan Mittal, it moved the HC seeking quashing of the impugned order dated September 29, 2017, debarring it for two years from participating in tenders of the MC. The challenge was mounted on the grounds that neither any show-cause notice was issued nor an opportunity of hearing was granted. Mittal contended that the main ground on which the petitioner company was debarred in respect of keeping government property under unauthorised possession even after the date on which the contract came to an end was not even a part of the show-cause notice. — TNS amenities were concerned. He said city roads were broken, electricity and water problems were the bane of every sector, parking was a big issue and the BJP had done nothing on these issues during its five-year rule. continued on p6 0001 fetches ~4.20 lakh Chandigarh, April 3 The much-sought-after number, 0001, was sold for Rs 4.20 lakh at an e-auction of vanity registration numbers of the new series, CH01 BW, which concluded this evening. Though the Registering and Licensing Authority HOW 0001 HAS FARED ■ CH01 BN ~4.20 lakh ~7.30 lakh ~5.25 lakh ~5.13 lakh ~5.01 lakh . plice Sonu Singh, a resident of Rewari, Haryana, were detained and later handed over to the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department (Investigation Wing) for further investigation. c m y b against the Centre, but what about the charges against him. ❞ Satya Pal Jain, FORMER MP BANSAL SLAMS BJP, SAYS WILL EXPOSE IT Slamming the BJP, the former MP said, “Had I been involved, the BJP government would not have spared me in the past five years. Several raids were conducted on factories and many notices were sent to me, but they could not trap me. Several inquires were ordered against me, but nothing came of these. If they will raise the issue, I will also expose them in public. This shows the hollowness of the party and people will reject them for this. It is out of ignorance or mischief that they are raking up the issue, which they should have gracefully left.” tenders for the BJP ticket from the city. “People have two options, one of Narendra Modi’s strong leadership and the other of the Opposition chaos. The Congress and other parties are aligning with the sole motive of gaining power,” he said. “How will Bansal run away from the people’s court? When one stands for some office, his whole past and present is scanned. Undoubtedly, we are going to raise this issue once the name of our candidate is declared,” said a party organisation member, preferring anonymity. MP Kirron Kher refused to comment on the issue “before the announcement of the party candidate by the BJP”. Youth stabs wife, arrested (RLA) earned Rs 63 lakh from the auction of 266 numbers, the amount was less than that collected in the last auction. The 0001 number was sold for Rs 7.30 lakh in the last auction in which the RLA had earned Rs 90.03 lakh from the sale of 347 numbers. This time, the 0001 number was bought by a company, Super Engineers India Private Limited. The vanity numbers 0005 and 0009 fetched the second-highest price of Rs 2.25 lakh each. The 0007 number fetched the third-highest amount Rs 2.01 lakh. The other numbers which fetched high prices were 0003 (Rs 1.42 lakh), 0002 (Rs 1.30 lakh), 0010 (Rs 1.25 lakh), 1111 (Rs 1.22 lakh) and 0055 (Rs 99,000). — TNS Chandigarh, April 3 A 23-year-old youth allegedly stabbed his newlywed wife in a fit of rage at Tin Colony, Sector 52. The couple used to have arguments over minor issues following which the youth stabbed the victim today. Sources said Barinder Kumar and victim Anju got married around two and a half months ago. It was the second marriage of Anju, continued on p6 Suspicion on department baseless, say FDA officials DRUG OFFICER’S MURDER Kaveesha Kohli Tribune News Service ■ CH01 BQ registration number, which was intercepted near Sirsini village, falling under the jurisdiction of the Lalru police station, on March 27. The driver of the vehicle, Parmod Sangwan of Rajasthan, and his accom- ❞ Sanjay Tandon, CITY BJP PRESIDENT International athlete Hima Das pays tributes to martyrs, who were alumni of DAV College, Sector 10, on its premises in Chandigarh on Wednesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN P6 ■ CH01 BR Hoshiarpur. The police have informed the Dera Bassi SDM and officials of the Income Tax Department in this regard. Earlier, an amount of Rs 75 lakh was seized from a Scorpio, bearing a Chandigarh people have made up their mind to choose the BJP. Tribune News Service ■ CH01 BV Simranjit Singh, DSP, Dera Bassi, with the money recovered from a bus near Zirakpur. Chandigarh, April 3 With the announcement of Pawan Kumar Bansal’s name as the Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha poll, the city BJP said the railway cash-for-job scam (railgate) in which Bansal’s nephew was arrested when he was the Railway Minister would be one of its main poll planks. BJP leaders said though the 2013 scam was not publicised much during the past five years as he was not in office, Bansal was “bound to be questioned” now that his candidature had been announced. “He has been trying to make corruption an issue against the Centre, but first he should make his stand clear on the allegations of corruption against him. How is it possible that his nephew is involved in the case and he as the then Railway Minister had nothing to do with it? People will seek an answer from him,” said former MP Satya Pal Jain, one of the con- had rejected has been trying to ❝The publicand now too, ❝Hecorruption an issue him last time make Floral tributes ■ CH01 BW Our Correspondent FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE BJP:Railgate will haunt him, to be poll plank Sandeep Rana Chandigarh, April 3 Former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal today said the Congress had provided a large number of jobs to the city youth. He said Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park was an example of the Congress initiative towards development and employment where almost 51,000 youth were working. Bansal was speaking to the youth from the city who had come to congratulate him at his residence. He said it was time to work to make Chandigarh crime-free and restore its cleanliness, besides providing community parking in every sector. After the Congress Central Election Committee cleared Bansal’s name for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, there was a huge gathering of supporters at his house in Sector 28 to congratulate him. He said the Congress would restore the pride and glory of Chandigarh and PAGE 6 CU TEAM ENTERS AIU AMERICAN FOOTBALL SEMIS UT police apprehend three juveniles, aged between 12 and 16, on a charge of vehicle thefts in the city. ~54.90 lakh seized from bus Zirakpur, April 3 The Zirakpur police have seized Rs 54.90 lakh unaccounted money from a bus near here ahead of the Lok Sabha poll. At a press conference here today, Simranjit Singh, DSP , Dera Bassi, said a special search operation was being conducted on the instructions of Harcharan Singh Bhullar, SSP Mohali. , The money was seized at a naka near McDonald’s on the Ambala-Chandigarh stretch. The DSP said a bus, bearing a UP registration number, was signalled to stop at the naka. During a search of the bus, the police recovered Rs 54.90 lakh from the tool box. The driver, Swarn Singh, a resident of Jammu district, failed to give a satisfactory explanation about the source of the money, the DSP said. He said the driver claimed that the cash was to be delivered to Naresh Kumar of PAGE 3 THREE JUVENILES ARRESTED FOR VEHICLE THEFTS IN CITY Chandigarh, April 3 Officers at the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Punjab, where Neha Shoree worked, say they fail to understand why her husband Varun Monga suspects the involvement of the department in her murder. “I don’t think this is true. This is the last step a colleague would consider. How many colleagues do you hear of who murder their fellows?” said Pardeep Kumar Mattu, State Drug Controller-cum-Joint Commissioner, FDA, Punjab. Mattu said even if there was personal rivalry with a colleague, it was unlikely that it would unfold in this manner. Another officer, Balram Luthra, a drug inspector who had worked with Shoree, called her an “extremely jol- ly” person who had had “excellent relations” with all her colleagues. “I think the story about her colleagues being involved is completely wrong,” he said. According to Mattu, there was no talk of transferring or promoting Shoree, and transfers as such shouldn’t be looked at something out of the ordinary. He said much could not be made out even if someone guided Balwinder Singh, the accused, to her office, as this is how people usually respond when asked for directions. Monga, meanwhile, has said it is possible that the department and some “very powerful” people are involved in Shoree’s muder. “It is clear that powerful people are involved in the murder....it is important to find out that besides the mafia, who else are associated with the murder. It could be the mafia, it could be the department. Nothing can be ruled out,” he said. SECURITY MEASURES ■ Pardeep Kumar Mattu, State Drug Controller-cum-Joint Commissioner, FDA, Punjab, said he believed that “everyone is responsible for their own safety.” ■ “Only people know their conditions properly, so they should take steps accordingly,” Mattu said, adding that the department would install an access system, which would use thumb impressions, to beef up security. Police scan more records Mohali, April 3 To get clues in the Neha Shoree murder case, a team of the Mohali police, which is assisting the special investigation team (SIT), today procured more documents and records from the victim’s office. A key member of the SIT said their objective was to “clear all suspicion” in the case. “Though it is an ‘open and shut’ case, all angles, including that of the drug mafia, are being probed,” he said. Yesterday, the SIT had reconstructed the murder scene and collected some documents from Neha’s office. He said the victim’s family had also raised some doubts and wanted a high-level probe. “So far, nothing fishy has come out in the case. The scrutiny of the mobile phone call details of the accused also gave no clues of anything being amiss,” said the official. Kin of Neha Shoree have demanded a CBI inquiry into her murder, suspecting the possible involvement of a staff member of Neha’s department in the crime. — TNS
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