10042019-CT-01.qxd 4/10/2019 1:28 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 10 APRIL 2019 | CHANDIGARH ALL SET FOR SYNDICATE MEETING TODAY PAGE 2 4-YEAR WAIT FOR VISITORS’ ROOM AT BURAIL JAIL Concerns over number of courses and seats to be discussed during the PU Syndicate meeting today. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF THREE AUTO RIDERS HELD FOR ROBBERY Chandigarh: Three auto riders have been arrested for robbing a Kishangarh resident of his purse containing cash and documents. The police said the victim, Suresh Thapa, was robbed while he was returning home on the intervening night of April 8 and 9 when he was robbed near Chandigarh Golf club. The victim noted down the registration number of the auto and immediately informed the police about the incident. Cops flashed a wireless message to all PCR teams, following which a PCR team found the auto. The suspects, identified as Pintu (23) and Amit Gautam (22), both brothers and one Deshraj (23), were arrested. A case has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~68.79 ~62.93 PANCHKULA ~72.55 ~65.19 MOHALI ~73.37 ~65.67 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH BOOK RELEASE: Writers Club - 'Remembering poet Dev Bhardwaj' with release of book, 'Contemporary Uzbek short stories', by Uzbekistan and Punjabi authors at Uttam Restaurant, Sector 46; 11 am. PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi Inauguration of five-day photography exhibition, 'Workers of Des Punjab', by Jaspal Kamana at PLKA Gallery, Punjab Kala Bhavan; 5.15 pm. LITERARY EVENT: Institute of Educational Technology & Vocational Education, Panjab University, to organise a special literary event on 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre with the theme, “Jallianwala Bagh Kavitavan Vich”. Dr BS Rattan, president, Global Punjabi Sahitya Sabha, Bathinda, to be keynote speaker; IETVE Multipurpose Hall, PU; 10.30 am APNI MANDI: Sector 15, 40 and 46 MOHALI APNI MANDI: Sector 58 PANCHKULA APNI MANDI: Sector 26 PAGE 3 A four-year-old proposal to have a new visitors’ room at the Burail jail yet to see the light of day. MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.4°C | MIN 19.2°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:46 PM Jitin Kumar Chetry upsets second seed Torus Rawat to enter boys’ U-18 quarterfinals at tennis meet. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:01 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Capt hands over Neha case MCnotice leaves exempted defence personnel fuming to state investigation bureau ❝ PROPERTY TAX Move after kin meet Punjab CM, seek probe shifted out of Mohali Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 9 Responding to a request from the family members of Neha Shoree, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday handed over the probe into the drug officer’s murder case to the Director, Bureau of Investigation (BOI), Prabodh Kumar. The victim’s family met the Chief Minister at his official residence to request for shifting the investigation in the case out of Mohali district. Acceding to the request, Capt Amarinder entrusted the probe to senior IPS officer Prabodh Kumar, who has over 14 years of experience in working with the CBI on murder cases. According to an official spokesperson, the Chief Minister has also asked the Chief Secretary to enquire into the lapses in the issuance of a revolver license to the accused, Balwinder Singh, by the Ropar District Police and the District Magistrate. The Chief Secretary would also enquire into the subsequent Slain drug officer Neha Shoree’s family members meet Capt Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh. DRUG OFFICER’S MURDER sale of weapon to the accused by a Ropar-based arms dealer. The Chief Minister said nobody would be allowed to interfere or intimidate any public servant in the discharge of their duties. He assured Neha’s family of justice. During the meeting, the family members expressed an apprehension that there was a well-planned conspiracy, which led to the killing of Neha, and requested for an in-depth investigation into the matter. They also raised questions over the alleged suicide by the accused and raised suspicion of his elimination too in order to cover up a larger conspiracy. Meanwhile, the family has remained tight-lipped about the meeting. Neha’s father Capt KK Shoree, however, said the allegations of the involvement of a mafia shouldn’t be traced to him. “I have not seen the mafia. I don’t know how to define a mafia. I don’t want this perception that I made these allegations,” he added. Ramkrishan Upadhyay MC NOD FOR EXEMPTION CAME LAST YEAR Tribune News Service ■ In its meeting in August last year, Chandigarh , April 9 Despite announcing that defence personnel were exempted from property tax, the local Municipal Corporation has started sending them notices. The move of the MC has perplexed hundreds of the defence personnel who termed the notices unjustified. In its meeting in August last year, the MC had approved the agenda for exempting the retired and serving defence personnel living in the city from paying property tax. As per the agenda, anyone who served or is serving on any rank in the Navy, the Army, or the Air Force will not be charged property tax on residential units. It was estimated that the MC would lose nearly Rs 35 lakh annually due to the exemption. The MC had passed the agenda after procuring the list of defence personnel from the Zila Saink Board. The agenda was passed for the second time after its earlier proposal was rejected by the UT Administration as the the MC had approved the agenda for exempting the retired and serving defence personnel living in the city from paying property tax. ■ It was made clear in the agenda that any person who has served or is serving on any rank, whether as combatant and non-combatant, in the Navy, the Army, or the Air Force will not be charged property tax on their residential units. ■ It was estimated that the MC would lose approximately ~35 lakh annually due to the exemption. ■ The MC had passed the agenda after procuring the list of defence personnel from the Zila Saink Board. exemption was proposed for family members of the defence personnel also. However, in the agenda passed in August last year, the MC restricted the exemption only to retired and serving defence personnel. Wing Commander CS Grewal (retd), a resident of Sector 27, said he was surprised on getting a property tax notice today. The Chandigarh Administration has imposed property tax on residential land and buildings with effect from Snatchers strike Kurali boy’s kidnapper arrested thrice in 30 mins Haryana youth demanded ~2 lakh ransom to fulfill his Bollywood dream Tribune News Service Shashi Pal Jain Chandigarh, April 9 Snatchers are prowl in the city as three more incidents were reported in the city within a span of half an hour on Tuesday evening. The police received the first snatching call around 8.37 pm. Sources said two youths, who were riding a motorcycle, snatched a mobile phone from a woman near Faidan barrier. The victim failed to note down the registration number of the bike. The second snatching was reported around 8.55 pm in Sector 22. Two youths, who were riding an Activa scooter, sped away after snatching a purse from a woman. The incident took place behind Hotel Piccadilly. In this case too, the victim failed to note down the registration number of the scooter. The police were informed about the incident, following which cops went to the spot. An investigation into the incident has been initiated at the Sector 17 police station. Kharar, April 9 The Kurali police have arrested a Haryana resident for the kidnapping of an 11-year-old boy four days ago. The boy was found at Ambala railway station later. The accused, Sahil Verma, had allegedly kidnapped Ashish Jot Singh, a class VI student, on Saturday night. A resident of Gohana in Haryana, he committed the kidnapping as he wanted to go to Mumbai to work in movies and need money to fulfill his dream. The boy was kidnapped from outside Chaudhary Hospital in Kurali. A case under Section 363 of the IPC was registered in this connection at the Kurali police station. Mohali SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar and Kharar DSP Deep Kamal Singh said while the boy was recovered within 12 hours of kidnapping, they now arrested the accused from Gohana. They said during preliminary investigation, they came THE INCIDENTS ■ The police received the first snatching call around 8.37 pm. A woman lost her phone to snatchers near Faidan barrier. The second snatching was reported around 8.55 pm in Sector 22. Around five minutes later, cops received another call about a snatching in Mani Majra. . Around five minutes later, cops received another call of snatching from Mani Majra. Sources said a pedestrian, believed to be a teenager, snatched a mobile phone from a woman at Modern Housing Complex (MHC). On getting information, a team of the Mani Majra police station rushed to the spot. SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar presents the accused before mediapersons in Mohali on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY to know that Sahil, aged about 25, was a graduate and unmarried. His father works as a building contractor in Gohana. The accused had music as a hobby and had been learning it along with his studies. In 2016, he came into contact with Amar and Sonu, both residents of Kurali, during the shooting of a song in Chandigarh. He started visiting them in Kurali after that and stayed at the residence of Parminder Singh, alias Sonu. For the past few months, the accused was staying at a rented room in Paprali village. According to the police, he met Ashish Jot Singh and two other children outside a stadium on the Singhpura road in Kurali on March 31 and April 2. He purchased burgers for the kids. On Saturday evening, Sahil went to the vegetable market in Kurali where he met Ashish Jot and the other two children. He purchased them ice-cream from a shop opposite Chaudhary Hospital. Later, he took the victim to his car and they went towards Ludhiana. When Ashish Jot insisted on going back home, the accused said it was too dark to go home at that moment. Later, he took the child to a restaurant and they spent a night in a rented room. The police said on Sunday morning, Sahil made a call to the victim’s family from his cell phone and demanded a ransom of Rs 2 lakh for releasing the child. However, he later got scared on realising that the police could catch him by tracking the location of his mobile phone. He took the child in a bus to Ambala. Fearing arrest, he left the boy at the Ambala bus stand and threw the SIM of his mobile phone. continued on page 5 Stepfather had violated 12-year-old Two women thieves caught, Victim, baby doing fine: DC had struck at city doc’s clinic Tribune News Service Mohali, April 9 The 12-year-old girl, who had delivered a baby at a government hospital in Chandigarh yesterday, was allegedly raped by her stepfather. According to sources, the victim, a resident of Mohali, was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who was arrested by the Mohali police in last week of January this year. A case in this connection was registered against him under relevant sections of the IPC and the POCSO Act. The accused worked as a mechanic at a local motor market. Though the Mohali Admin- PAGE 6 JITIN STUNS TORUS, ENTERS QUARTERS OF TENNIS MEET ACCUSED WAS ARRESTED IN JANUARY ■ The victim, a resident of Mohali, was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who was arrested by the Mohali police in last week of January this year. The victim, a Class V student, had told her teacher about her trauma. ■ A case in this connection was registered against him under relevant sections of the IPC and the POCSO Act. ■ After the incident came to light around two months ago, the district administration shifted the victim to a home for destitutes. istration and the local police remained tightlipped on the matter, Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said the victim and her newborn were doing fine. “A team of our officials, along with Dis- trict Legal Service Authority officials, was at the hospital to provide all help to the victim,” said Sapra, adding that required action in the case was initiated at the Administration’s level. After the incident came to light around two months ago, the district administration shifted the victim to a local destitute home. According to the head of the destitute home, the girl was around seven-month pregnant when she was brought there (destitute home) by some officials of the Administration. The victim, a Class V student, had told her teacher about her trauma, following which the victim’s mother was informed about it. The victim’s mother had told the police that she had married the accused around five years ago. c m y b Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 9 Two women thieves have been arrested by the UT police. The accused had recently committed a theft at a doctor’s clinic in Sector 21. The police said they had received secret information about two women roaming suspiciously in Sector 19. A team of the Sector 19 police station went to the spot and rounded up two women carrying goods in their bags. The women were identified as Usha (30) and Nita (34), alias HAVE CRIMINAL PAST ■ The police said Nita had three cases of theft registered against her at the Sector 19 police station and the Sector 3 police station in Chandigarh and the Phase I police station in Mohali. ■ Usha was booked for theft at the Sector 19 and the Sector 3 police stations in the city and in another case at the Phase XI police station in Mohali. . Anita, both residents of Dadu Majra Colony (DMC). Cops searched their bags and found a drill machine, a marble cut- ter and a woodcutter in it. The police said further investigations revealed that the women had recently committed a theft at a doctor’s clinic in Sector 21 on the intervening night of April 1 and 2. The women had stolen Rs 18,000, 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. The police said an interrogation of the accused revealed that they had committed thefts in Sector 20 on March 12 and Sector 7 on April 7. Exemption seems to be another jumla of the BJP Government. When the House had already exempted defence personnel from paying property tax, why was the MC sending notices to them? I will take up the matter with authorities. Devinder Singh Babla, CONGRESS ❞ COUNCILLOR 2013-14. Houses on plot measuring less than 125 square yards, EWS or LIG category and in villages falling within the limits of the MC were exempted. Devinder Singh Babla, Leader of the Opposition, termed the exemption another ‘jumla’ of the BJP He . asked when the House had exempted defence personnel from paying property tax, why was the MC sending notices to them? He said he would take up the matter with the authorities. 2 get life term for murder Mohali, April 9 A local court has awarded life term to two persons convicted in a murder case. The convicts, Shankar Sharma (55), a resident of Kheri village, and his brother-in-law Gautam Sharma of Bhankarpur village, have been sentenced to life term. A fine of Rs 10,000 each has been imposed on the convicts. The duo had murdered a 50-year-old Ashok Chawla, a rag picker, at Dera Bassi. The police had recovered the body from Baba Colony on March 15 last year. The convicts had smashed the victim’s head to hide his identity. The police had also recovered a bottle of liquor, along with disposable glasses, from the spot. — TNS Bailable warrants against realtor Chandigarh, April 9 A local court has issued bailable warrants against Jarnail Singh Bajwa, MD of Sunny Enclave, Mohali, in a chequebounce case. He had failed to appear in the court in the case for the past nearly a year. The next date of hearing in the case is July 12. Satellite Security Services had filed a case after cheques issued by Bajwa were dishonoured. The complainant stated that the firm was engaged by Bajwa for providing guards and supervisors. Against its invoice of Rs 5.45 lakh in December 2017, Bajwa had given three cheques for Rs 1 lakh each in January last year. However, the cheques were dishonoured. Now, the complainant has filed a separate civil suit for the recovery of Rs 5 lakh against the builder. The next hearing in the matter has been fixed for April 11. — TNS
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