14102020-CT-01.qxd 14-10-2020 00:45 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 14 OCTOBER 2020 | CHANDIGARH PU TO ALLOW SCHOLARS TO USE LABS, STAY IN HOSTELS PAGE 2 PU will allow scholars enrolled for over three years to attend lab activities from Oct 15, stay in hostels from Nov 1. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA SAMPLES TESTED 89,969 76,706 SAMPLES REJECTED 549 — POSITIVE 13,331 6,657 NEGATIVE 76,089 — RECOVERED 12,007 6,205 REPORTS AWAITED 131 — ACTIVE 1,127 351 RESENT — — DEATHS 197 101 MOHALI 89,225 — 11,517 76,468 10,394 1,240 914 — 209 PUNJAB POLICE CELL ARRESTS GANGSTER, 2 ACCOMPLICES PAGE 3 Police nail gangster Baljit Chaudhary and his two accomplices, seize two illegal revolvers, 20 cartridges. MAX 34°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.1°C | MIN 21.8°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:53 PM PAGE 3 UT Administration asks residents to apply online for the installation of rooftop solar panels free of cost. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:24 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Alarm: Illegal arms finding way into UT Mas(s)k campaign 52 held, 46 country-made pistols seized in 2 yrs Amit Sharma AIR QUALITY INDEX Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 125 PANCHKULA 168 MOHALI 127 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 APPLY ONLINE, GET SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED FOR FREE SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 7 am to noon: Parts of Sector 17-C & 30 Bays Building 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 41, 50 and 63 10 am to 3 pm: Parts of Sector 2, 3, 11, 15, 16, Milk & Housing Board Colony, EWS flats, Dhanas, IRB, Sarangpur & Daria villages, railway station, Mouli Jagran Complex-II (EWS houses), Steel Authority & government tubewells, Phase I 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 35, Police Lines & grain market, Sector 26 10 am to 5 pm : Parts of Vikas Nagar & Mouli Complex, Tubewell No. 5 near BBMB, Kalagram, Railway Colony, Washing Plant, TA Camp, MHC, Govindpura, Subhash Nagar, Bank Colony, Police Colony, Kishangarh & residential area of 220 kV power grid station, Kishangarh INBRIEF DOMESTIC HELP FOUND HANGING Chandigarh: An 18-year-old girl, who was working as a domestic help, was found hanging at a plot in the Industrial Area, Phase I. The police are suspecting it to be a case of suicide though no suicide note has been recovered. The victim’s family has, however, alleged that her employers used to harass her. She has been identified as Anju, a resident of Kansal, who was staying in the Industrial Area where her employers reside. She was found hanging on Tuesday morning after which the police were informed. She was taken to a hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. The Industrial Area police are looking into the matter. TNS City schools unlikely to open this month Chandigarh, October 13 Despite the decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases, city schools are unlikely to open this month. A senior official said the schools were unlikely to open in the UT after October 15 as most of the private schools and parents were not in the favour of reopening of the schools. In the Unlock.5 guidelines, the UT was given the flexibility to take a decision regarding the reopening of schools after October 15 in a graded manner. The decision was to be taken in consultation with the respective school management and parents. UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore had recently directed the Education Secretary to hold talks with parents regarding physical attendance of students of higher classes in the schools. — TNS People take part in a ‘mask signature’ campaign, launched by Dr Ravi Gupta of the GMCH-32 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A 36-foot-long mask was made by an NGO, Parivartan Welfare Association, to spread awareness on Covid-19. MANOJ MAHAJAN The making of a gangster Once a student leader, Bishnoi has kept police on toes Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 13 Once a student leader, Lawrence Bishnoi has emerged as one of the notorious gangsters in the region during the past decade. Bishnoi, a former student of DAV College, Sector 10, entered student politics years ago. This marked the beginning of the formation of a gang that comprised sportspersons, wards of police personnel and local students. In no time, Bishnoi had built a huge network in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Rajasthan. Bishnoi, a native of Abohar in Ferozepur district, is at present facing trials in cases of murder, attempt to murder, extortion FACEBOOK PROFILES Bishnoi has several Facebook profiles where selfies taken in jail have been uploaded. Bishnoi’s interrogation in the Sonu Shah murder case revealed that he had a mobile phone in jail which he used to communicate with his gang members. and robbery in several states, including Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The gangster and his aides UT bans hookah bars to contain coronavirus Tribune News Service have been keeping the UT police on their toes for the past few years. Bishnoi, who is now lodged at a jail in Rajasthan, had been operating his gang from within the jail. The UT police had recently brought Bishnoi on a production warrant for his alleged role in the murder of a man, Sonu Shah, at Burail. Bishnoi had confessed to hatching a murder conspiracy from the jail. Shah, a property dealer with a criminal past, was a rival of the Bishnoi gang. He was shot dead at his office in Burail, Sector 45, in broad daylight on September 28 last year. Earlier this year, shots were fired at a businessman’s house in Sector 33 and at a liquor store in Sector 9 at the behest of Bishnoi. Labourer buried alive, cops book site manager A CCTV grab shows Monty Shah with pistols. No arrests yet in 3 shooting incidents in city Chandigarh, October 13 So far, the Chandigarh Police have not arrested any suspect in three shooting incidents, including a murder, reported in the city last weekend. Gurlal Brar (26), state president of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), was allegedly shot dead by three motorcycleborne miscreants outside Emporium Mall while he continued on page 2 Chandigarh, October 13 Illegal weapons are finding their way into the city, which is evident from the fact that 52 persons were arrested in the past two years and 46 country-made pistols six other weapons were seized. In 2018, 18 country-made pistols, one .32 bore revolver, one rifle, 124 live cartridges and an empty cartridge were recovered with the arrest of 22 persons. Similarly, last year, 28 country-made pistols, a US-made pistol, a single-barrelled gun, a double-barrelled breechloading gun, a dunali and 109 live cartridges and 39 empty cartridges were recovered with the arrest of 32 persons. The recovery of weapons has also been made this year by the UT police, especially from members of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, who were arrested following the incident of firing at a hotelier’s house in Sector 33 and at a liquor vend in Sector 9. The arrest of Bishnoi’s gang members had led to recovery of pistols and live cartridges. Several murder cases reported in the recent past have also seen the use of country-made weapons. On December 18 last year, two youths, Vineet Kumar and Ajay, alias Ajju, were shot dead at their rented accommodation in Sector 15. Coun- WEAPON HAUL ARMS RECOVERED country-made pistols in 2018 country-made pistols in 2019 18 124 in 2018 28 in 2019 1 US-made pistol in 2019 109 32 bore 1 revolver in 2018 1 in39 Empty/fired in 2018 2019 1 rifle in 2018 TOTAL ARRESTS 22 32 1 single-barrelledgunin 2019 in 2018 in 2019 1 DBBL gun 1 dunali in 2019 in 2019 try-made weapons were used to kill the students. The arrest of the murder accused had led to the recovery of country-made pistols. Similarly, a country-made pistol and a US-made pistol were used in the murder of Sonu Shah, who was gunned down by four assailants inside his office at Burail vil- It’s a bumpy ride in Kharar Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 13 To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the UT Administration has imposed a ban on hookah bars in the city with immediate effect. An order issued by District Magistrate Mandip Singh Brar states that hookah bars are operational in Chandigarh in a clandestine way, which are serving flavoured hookahs, including tobacco molasses containing nicotine, which is highly injurious to health and at times there is a suspicion that apart from tobacco, other harmful narcotic chemicals are also mixed with tobacco molasses served in these hookah bars. “Hookah in many of these bars is being smoked or consumed by people or customers through a common bowl, pipe and hose having mouth piece, which is suscep- FOR 60 DAYS ■ The order will come into force from the intervening night of October 13 and 14 and will be in force for a period of 60 days. ■ Any person found violating the order will be punished under Section 188 of the IPC. tible to physical mouth-tomouth touch of many persons, thus posing danger to human life, health and safety by becoming a cause of as well as leading to the transmission and spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Chandigarh,” the order read. He said the practice needed to checked immediately. Chandigarh, October 13 A labourer was buried alive under a heap of soil while carrying out digging work of a pipeline at Dadu Majra Colony yesterday. The site manager has been booked by the police. The victim has been identified as Manish Yadav. He was carrying out digging work near a park at the colony. He was rescued and rushed to the PGI, where doctors declared him brought dead. According to the police, complainant Daroga Yadav alleged that the incident took place due to the negligence of site manager Piyush, a Sector 40 resident. A case has been registered under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of IPC against the site manager at the Maloya police station. IMPACT Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 13 Young ace hockey player Harpreet Singh, the 18-yearold who has been working as a labourer in double shifts to earn a living, was seen smiling ear to ear after he started received assurances of help from various known and unknown figures of the nation. Nirmal Milkha Singh, wife of former Indian sprinter Harpreet Singh Milkha Singh and mother of international golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, decided to meet Harpreet and help him achieve his dream of representing the country at a sports event. International shooter Anjum Moudgil also showed interest in helping the ace hockey player, who was among the top scorers of the U-21 Khelo India Games. “I will meet Harpreet and offer him some assistance in achieving his dream. He is c m y b lage, Sector 45, on September 28 last year. The assailants had pumped 10 bullets into Shah’s body. A county-made weapon was also used in the murder of Vishal Chhillar, a former student of DAV College, Sector 10, who was shot dead at a rented flat in Sector 49 on March 6, 2019. 20 committees get nod to stage Ramlila Tribune News Service ROAD ROT Chandigarh, October 13 The UT Administration today gave permission to hold Ramlila in the city, but under strict conditions and in compliance with the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs). Tribune News Service Kharar, October 13 Roads in Kharar are dotted with potholes, giving a harrowing time to commuters. Roads in Sante Majra Colony and Sunny Enclave, besides Mata Gujri Road and the Kharar-Landran stretch, are dilapidated. “The roads are causing accidents. They have been in a bad condition for a long time. The authorities are paying no heed to the matter and residents are inconvenienced,” said Ravinder Singh, who lives in Sante Majra Colony. “It is regretful that almost all road stretches inside Sunny Enclave are in a bad condition. Due to the potholes, A road in bad shape at New Sunny Enclave in Kharar. PHOTO: VICKY commuters drive at a slow speed and the vehicles are also damaged. The authorities have failed to do the needful,” added Harpreet Singh, a resident of Sector 125, Sunny Enclave. Himanshu Jain, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Kharar, told Chandigarh Tribune: “We have started the road works in different areas. As far as Sunny Enclave is concerned, the problem does prevail, but we have been passing directions to Bajwa Developers to get it resolved.” Varinder Kumar, a resident, said: “At most places, only patch work is being carried out. No proper recarpeting is being done. There are doubts about the material being used.” Help pours in for hockey striker facing odds In city, five more lose Nirmal Milkha Singh, Anjum Moudgil, Sonu Sood among those offering support battle against virus THE TRIBUNE Deepankar Sharda AMMUNITION RECOVERED Live cartridges undergoing a lot of struggle and we just can’t let him suffer,” said Nirmal Milha Singh. Later in the afternoon today, Indian film actor Sonu Sood and his associate Karan Gilhotra assured every possible help to Harpreet. “He is our country’s pride and it’s our duty to do the best for him. We will make sure that he is nurtured into a great hockey player. We will have Harpreet meet the Punjab continued on page 2 City sees 71 fresh cases, 109 recoveries Chandigarh, October 13 With five more deaths due to Covid-19 in the city, the virus toll has reached 197. The city also reported 71 new cases of coronavirus, taking the tally to 13,331. A 76-year-old woman from Sector 56, who was suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome and chronic kidney disease, died at the GMCH, MOHALI SEES 1 DEATH, 44 CASES 17 NEW CASES IN P’KULA, NO DEATH INSIDE Sector 32. A 96-year-old man from Sector 43, who was suffering from SARI and hypertension, also died at the GMCH. A 61-year-old woman from Sector 8, a case of diabetesmellitus continued on page 3 TO BE STAGED FROM 8 PM TO MIDNIGHT ■ The timings for staging Ramlila will be from 8 pm to midnight ■ The sound system is to be used in line with Environment Department instructions ■ The organisers will submit a list of 25 able-bodied volunteers for each Ramlila ■ No Ramlila to be staged in containment zones In an order, District Magistrate Mandip Singh Brar gave in-principle approval to 20 committees for holding Ramlila from tomorrow onwards on receipt of no-objection reports from the police. He said detailed SOPs and conditions regarding the number of people in consonance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the UT Administration would be issued later. As per the order, the timings of staging Ramlila will continued on page 2
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