08032021-CT-01.qxd 3/8/2021 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 8 MARCH 2021 | CHANDIGARH COPS CANECHARGE PROTESTERS NEAR CAPT’S HOUSE IN PATIALA PAGE 2 After holding a sit-in outside the PSPCL office, the protesters tried to march towards the CM’s residence. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY OFFICIALS LEAVING FOR POLL DUTY GET VACCINE IN MOHALI CHD P’KULA MOHALI MAX 30°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30.7°C | MIN 17.6°C SUNSET MONDAY 6.26 PM PAGE 3 City Congress chief Subhash Chawla says prices of petrol, diesel and gas have gone out of reach of the common man. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.39 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Cases rise, GMCH-32 halts walk-in OPD registrations Women power Teleconsultation to be given |Patients to be seen physically, if needed Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 106 PANCHKULA 88 MOHALI 107 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 CONGRESS WORKERS PROTEST AGAINST RISING INFLATION A special vaccination drive held for officers who are scheduled to go for the election duty to various states. TRICITY COVID REPORT SAMPLES TESTED 2,66,685 1,87,377 1,95,323 POSITIVE 22,318 11,033 20,864 NEGATIVE 2,43,399 — 1,74,141 RECOVERED 21,253 10,660 19,478 ACTIVE 710 224 996 CHANGE 35 15 69 DEATHS 355 149 390 NEW 0 0 1 PAGE 3 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TWO HELD FOR VEHICLE THEFTS Chandigarh: Two persons have been arrested by the crime branch of the UT police for allegedly stealing two-wheelers. The suspects, Vicky (19), a resident of Sector 25, and Joginder (22), a resident of Dadu Majra village, were arrested at a naka in Sector 25 while riding a stolen motorcycle. The police said the motorcycle was stolen from an area falling under the jurisdiction of the Industrial Area police station. Their interrogation led to the recovery of another motorcycle, which was stolen from an area under the jurisdiction of the Sector 17 police station. TNS EXPECT LIGHT RAIN ON MARCH 10 Chandigarh: The Met Department has predicted light rain on Wednesday. Light showers accompanied by wind were witnessed in the city on Sunday. The sky is expected to be mainly clear on Monday and partly cloudy on Tuesday. The maximum temperature in the city was 30.7°C, four degrees above normal, on Sunday, while the minimum temperature was 17.6°C, six notches above normal. TNS Dhanas liquor vend has highest reserve price Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 7 A liquor vend in Dhanas has the highest reserve price of ~7.95 crore for the e-auction of 96 liquor vends under the Chandigarh Excise Policy 2021-2022. E-AUCTION The Dhanas liquor vend has been one of the most sought-after vends by the bidders due to the high sales there. For the financial year 2019-2020, the vend had fetched the highest bid at ~10.78 crore. In 2018-19, it had been auctioned for ~7.05 crore. A liquor vend in the Sector 9 internal market fetched the Continued on page 2 City women take part in a ‘Saree Run’ organised by the Run Club from the Capitol Complex on the eve of International Women’s Day in Chandigarh on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Cops to probe role of DSP, inspector 4 thrash 2 cops at Zirakpur, booked Tribune News Service Mohali, March 7 Four youths have been booked by the Zirakpur police for allegedly attacking two police officials and injuring them late last night.The injured policemen are Head Constable Ram Kumar and Constable Amandeep Singh. According to the police, the Police Control Room at the Zirakpur police station received a call around 11 pm that some people were fighting at Himachal Hotel in Zirakpur. After this, both policemen went to the spot and found a motorcycle parked outside the hotel. Soon, a youth came out and told the police that he owned the bike and left the spot immediately. After this, four youths came out of the hotel and started thrashing the policemen alleging that they Continued on page 2 Chandigarh, March 7 The UT police will summon two policemen — DSP Ram Gopal and Inspector Rajdeep Singh — to question them regarding the property grab case. The FIR lodged by the police against nine persons mentions the names of the two policemen whose role has come under the scanner. A police official said they would soon summon both policemen whose names had cropped up during the investigation. Their role in the case, if any, would be investigated. According to the statement of liquor baron Arvind Singla, who is an accused in the case, a meeting regarding the deal was held at the DSP’s office and later, the other accused, including PROPERTY GRAB CASE The house in Sector 37, which was being allegedly grabbed. Ashok Arora, Satpal Dagar (brother of DSP), Khalendra Singh Kadiyan and Sanjeev Mahajan, managed the documents through the DSP to get the house registered in the name of Manish Gupta. The FIR also mentions the name of Inspector Rajdeep Singh, who was then the SHO of the Sector 39 police station for not taking action on a complaint filed against Sanjeev Mahajan, Surjit Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service 3 youths arrested for blocking road at Hallo Majra light point NITIN MITTAL Chandigarh, March 7 Three youths belonging to student outfits have been arrested for blocking the road at the Hallo Majra light point and allegedly pelting a police team with stones, leaving three cops injured, on Saturday. The incident had led to a long traffic jam on the Chandigarh-Ambala road and various other alternative routes for almost four hours. According to the police, Amandeep Singh (25) of the PSU (Lalkar), a native of Ludhiana, Vaibhav Dhabda (25) of Naujawan Bharat Sabha and resident of Hanumangarh, Rajasthan, Gopal (28), a resident of Hallo Majra, and others had blocked the road, hurled stones at cops and obstructed the police from discharging their duty on March 6. The police said a case under Sections 147, 149, 332, 353, 341 and 323 of the IPC A police vehicle deployed at the Hallo Majra light point on Sunday. POLICE ACTION AGAINST PROTESTERS CONDEMNED Condemning the alleged lathicharge by the UT police on protesters and the arrest of three youths, civil society members, including social activists and artists, gathered at Shri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan in Sector 28 on Sunday. “The police restored to lathicharge on protesters. They did not even spare women, who had joined the protest,” said Manav, general secretary, Naujawan Bharat Sabha. had been registered at the Sector 31 police station. Amandeep, Vaibhav and Gopal have been arrested. A large number of people had gathered at the light point to protest against the murder of a six-year-old girl, who had gone missing on March 5. The protesters had blocked the road leaving commuters at the receiving end. — TNS UT sees 80 cases Chandigarh, March 7 Three weeks after the outpatient departments (OPDs) at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, reopened, these have been shut again in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the city. Yesterday, the UT had recorded as many as 122 cases, the highest in the past three months. The number of cases has seen an upward trend since midFebruary. In view of this, an emergency meeting of the authorities was held at the GMCH today. An official spokesperson said to tackle the situation of the rapid increase in the infection incidence, the Director-Principal, Dr Jasbinder Kaur, along with the department heads, decided to suspend the walk-in OPDs and provide only teleconsultation. “It has been unanimously decided to stop the offline registration of the OPD patients. Patients will be consulted only through telemedicine and eSanjeevani platforms. CHANDIGARH: The number of Covid-19 active cases in the city reached 710 with 80 fresh infections reported on Sunday. The UT case tally reached 22,318, while the death toll stands at 355. As many as 21,253 patients have recovered from the virus. —TNS Panchkula, March 7 A group of miscreants allegedly attacked a liquor vend worker and robbed him of ~30,000 at Rator village in Raipur Rani last evening. Complainant Avdesh Kumar, a native of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, told the police that he had been working at the liquor vend, MS Vikram Wine, for the past nine months. Last evening, a young man, who appeared to be in his early twenties, approached him around 7.40 pm and asked him to lend a box of countrymade liquor. “I asked him to pay ~1,250 for it. He requested me to charge ~1,200. I agreed to it. After collecting the money, when I was about to hand over the liquor box, he punched me on the head. I pulled his collar and dragged him inside the vend. Then, five-six men standing nearby rushed to us and started thrashing me. One of them pointed a country-made pistol on my chest, while another took out ~30,000 from the cash box. In the meantime, yet another one picked up four bottles of English liquor,” the FIR reads, quoting the complainant. While escaping, the sus- c m y b Week ending Cases March 6 519 February 27 322 February 20 177 February 13 160 Tests 12,140 11,037 9,235 12,766 They will be seen physically, if required,” Anil Moudgil, an official spokesperson, said. Another major hospital in the city, the PGI, has not resumed walk-in OPDs since these were shut in March last year when the first case of the infection was reported. However, OPDs at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, will continue to function. “A decision to stop or continue OPDs Positivity rate 4% 2.9% 1.9% 1.2% will be taken tomorrow. So, the OPDs will continue to function normally tomorrow,” the GMSH authorities said. At 0.34 per cent, Chandigarh has the third-highest growth rate in the country preceded by Maharashtra (0.41 per cent) and Punjab (0.45 per cent). The positivity rate in the city has also increased to 4 per cent (February 27 to March 6) from 1.2 per cent (February 6 to 13). MOHALI: One more person succumbed to Covid19 during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in the district to 390. As many as 96 fresh cases surfaced in the district, while 26 patients recovered from the virus. There are 996 active cases. — TNS 30 cases in P’kula PANCHKULA: The district on Sunday reported 30 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 11,033. The Covid toll remained at 149. While 10,660 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 224 cases are active. —TNS On the run for eight years, PO arrested Panchkula, March 7 The local police have arrested a proclaimed offender (PO), who was on the run for the past eight years, in a theft and cheating case. The accused, Harpreet Singh, a resident of 6-YR-OLD GIRL’S MURDER Day after, UT police add rape charge to case Chandigarh, March 7 A day after a six-year-old girl was found murdered near the Hallo Majra light point, the UT police today added the rape charge to the case. A protest was also staged at Hallo Majra by residents demanding that the suspect should be booked for rape too. A police official said although the postmortem report was yet to be received, Section 376 (rape) of the IPC was added to the case. The semi-naked body of the victim was founded dumped in the forest area on Saturday morning, around 15 hours after she had gone missing. Her face was smashed with a stone. The footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area led to the identification of the 12year-old suspect, who was seen taking the girl on a bicycle. The suspect was later apprehended by the police. — TNS ~30,000, liquor robbed from vend in Raipur Rani Tribune News Service 1 death in Mohali RISING POSITIVITY RATE pects also locked the victim inside the liquor vend. They then fled towards Hangola village on three motorcycles parked outside. A case has been registered under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and 395 (punishment for dacoity) of the IPC at the Raipur Rani police station. Vikaspuri in Delhi, was produced in a local court and sent to judicial custody. He was wanted by the police in a 2012 case registered against him at the Sector 5 police station under Sections 379 (theft), 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forging documents), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 473 (mak- ing or possessing counterfeit seal) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. He was arrested by the police and subsequently granted bail in the case. He was declared a PO by the court after jumping bail. — TNS
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