01102021-CT-01.qxd 10/1/2021 12:40 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 1 OCTOBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH RESIDENTS PROTEST DENIAL OF RATION IN TWO UT VILLAGES PAGE 2 Residents of Khuda Lahora, Khuda Jassu villages hold protest over denial of ration benefit to the poor. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 7,38,965 65,230 64,370 6 41 1 819 0 MOHALI 4,34,390 6,02,359 30,738 68,738 30,340 67,632 0 3 21 41 0 1 377 1,065 0 1 AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 2 58 PANCHKULA 93 MOHALI 88 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 2 BIKERS NABBED FOR HITTING COP Chandigarh: The UT police have nabbed two suspects almost a week after the motorcycle-borne youths hit a traffic cop in Sector 46 here. Constable Harsh Kumar, who was on duty on the road separating Sector 34 and 46 on September 24, had signalled a motorcyclist coming from the wrong side on a cycle track to stop. However, the suspects sped away after hitting the constable, following which a case of attempt to murder was registered at the Sector 34 police station. During investigation, the suspects, identified as Chirag, a resident of Sector 47, and Yuvraj, a resident of Burail village, Sector 45, were arrested. The police said Yuvraj was also booked on September 26 in a case registered at the Sector 34 police station for assaulting and outraging the modesty of a girl who had snapped ties with him. TNS ‘PLACEMAKING’ EVENT ENDS AT INDIRA COLONY IN MANI MAJRA Twelve veteran players to participate in world senior (masters) tourney to be held in Spain from November 28. MAX 32°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.1°C | MIN 25.4°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:08 PM Foreign beer, liquor smuggling racket unearthed, 2 arrested Excise, Mohali police officials seize 1,600 cartons in Zirakpur Mohali, September 30 With the arrest of two persons, the police and the Excise Department today claimed to have busted an organised module of international beer and liquor smuggling racket in the district. As many as 201 cartons of imported liquor and 1,400 cartons of imported beer have been seized. The suspects have been identified as Vishawajeet Singh Dhindsa and Sumo. Divulging details, Naresh Dubey, Joint Excise Commissioner, Punjab, said they had received secret information that some persons were involved in smuggling bottledin-origin (BIO) brands and imported liquor into Punjab evading excise duty and other levies, which caused a huge loss to the state exchequer. He said acting on the tip-off, joint teams of the Excise Department and the Mohali police were formed under DSP Bikramjeet Brar and excise officer Sarupinder Singh. On the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, the teams got a tip-off that a consignment of illegal liquor was being brought in a Mahindra pick-up, which was coming towards the Zirakpur area. The pick-up was being escorted by Vishawajeet Singh in Mahindra Scorpio. Nakas were laid in Zirakpur where both vehicles were stopped and the two suspects TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Advocate nabbed for taking bribe ‘on behalf of tax official’ New Delhi, September 30 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an advocate on the allegations of demanding and accepting a bribe of ~80,000 on behalf of an Assistant Commissioner, Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST), posted in Chandigarh. Officials in the agency said the CBI had registered a case against Rajiv Kumar Meherwal, Assistant Commissioner, CGST, Chandigarh, and Sunil Arora, an advocate, on a complaint it received recently. Based on the complaint, the officials said, the CBI laid a trap and caught Arora while demanding and accepting a bribe of ~80,000. Later, searches were conducted on Searches conducted on the premises of both suspects in Panchkula, Delhi & Chandigarh; incriminating documents found the premises of both the lawyer and the official in Panchkula, Delhi and Chandigarh, which led to the recovery of incriminating documents, they added. The complainant alleged that his firm was allotted a tender pertaining to the water supply and sanitation work by the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, and the work was exempted from service tax as per a notification of the Government of India, the officials said. “It was further alleged that rules and building bylaws, which have been applicable in Chandigarh for over 60 years should not be altered or amended on the basis of “need-based” changes. The original rules and bylaws have been well thought out and should not be tampered with. “The city was planned for a population of 5 lakh. We already have close to a million inhabitants. No further densification or apartmentalisation should be permitted as there is great pressure on the infrastructure of the city. Any increase in population will lead to the collapse of the city,” they submitted. The vehicular traffic in the Man kills fellow worker over alcohol OPERATION ‘RED ROSE’ While supervising the operation “Red Rose”, Rajat Agarwal, Excise Commissioner, Punjab, said during the preliminary investigation, the two suspects disclosed that they used to import liquor and beer from Spain and Romania and further distribute it in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Telangana and Karnataka. He said the entire chain of forward and backward linkages was being pursued expeditiously. If any liquor contractor was found involved in this racket, strict action would be initiated against him, the official said. apprehended. On checking, the pick-up was found laden with 201 cases of imported liquor for which the suspects could not produce any valid document. Further investigation led to the recovery of 1,400 cases of illegally smuggled liquor brands such as Senior Boke Reaches Panchkula police post, confesses to the murder The two suspects being presented before the media. and Moller, which were illegally hidden at various hideouts of the suspects and godowns in the Lalru and Khizrabad areas of Mohali district. A case under Sections 61-114 of the Excise Act and Sections 420, 468 and 120-B of the IPC was registered at the Zirakpur police station. Supervising the operation, “Red Rose”, Rajat Agarwal, Excise Commissioner, Punjab, said the two suspects disclosed that they used to import liquor and beer from Spain and Romania and further distribute it in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Telangana and Karnataka. city must be carefully monitored and properly regulated, they said and added that it has already become a nightmare for pedestrians to cross a street in most parts of the city, especially between Sector 4 and 9, and Sector 5 and 8. They said: “Stress should be laid on preserving the planned nature and heritage of Le Corbusier’s city, which is renowned globally for its architecture and town planning.” Sukhna Lake and the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary need to be preserved and for doing so, eco-sensitive zones should be declared around both at the earliest, they added. — TNS Mohali, September 30 Hundreds of farmers today laid siege to the office of Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma four hours demanding an apology from the MLA and his followers for allegedly using unparliamentary language against the protesting farmers during the recent Bharat Bandh. The protesting farmers, led by Karam Singh of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal), Karam Singh Karkaur of Kisan Union (Rajjewal) and Lakhvinder Singh Lakhi of the Kisan Union (Kadian), demanded that the MLA, along with his supporters Tony Rana and his accom- Panchkula, September 30 A 28-year-old labourer was allegedly beaten to death by his fellow worker with an iron rod over an argument while taking alcohol at an abandoned factory in the Industrial Area, Phase 1, last night. The victim, identified as Pradeep, had estranged relations with his wife. The accused, identified as Sohan Pal (41), a native of Delhi, reported the matter to the police and confessed to having killed Pradeep. Both the victim and the accused were habitual drinkers. According to the police, the incident took place when both of them entered into an argu- Farmers raise slogans against MLA NK Sharma outside his office in Zirakpur on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL plices, must tender an unconditional apology for using unparliamentary language City records 29 pc deficit rainfall this monsoon In September, UT sees 19 per cent more than normal rainfall; light rain likely on next two days Even hilly areas like HP saw good amount of rainfall. Meanwhile, the city today saw 4.4-mm rainfall. The next two days are expected to see light rain. Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 30 Even as the city witnessed 19 per cent more than normal rainfall in September, the fourmonth monsoon season has been 29 per cent rain deficit. According to the Chandigarh Meteorological Department, the normal rainfall (June to September) in monsoon is 847 mm while the city recorded only 600.2 mm of rainfall during these months this year. It was only September that saw 19% more rainfall than normal. The rainfall in June, July and August was 8%, 48% and 44% less than normal, respectively. Manmohan Singh, Director, Meteorological Department, said, “Low pressure systems Withdrawal of monsoon expected around Oct 6 MONSOON FACTS 847 MM 600.2 MM NORMAL RAINFALL IN CITY RAINFALL THIS MONSOON 29% RAIN DEFICIT IN CITY People take shelter under a tree during rain in Chandigarh on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN are formed in the Bay of Bengal and move towards the West. This time its formation was less. Even when it was formed, the complainant received a demand notice from the CGST, Chandigarh, advising him to pay service tax of ~11,44,898. The complainant alleged that the advocate demanded a bribe of ~1 lakh from him for getting his matter settled. It was also alleged that the advocate demanded money at the behest of the Assistant Commissioner and subsequently, even the official asked the complainant to deliver the bribe amount of ~80,000 to the advocate,” said a senior CBI official. —TNS Police and excise officials show illegal liquor at Zirakpur on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL WHAT LED TO THE FIGHT “The argument between the two erupted after Pradeep expressed displeasure over the lesser amount of alcohol served to him by Sohan,” the FIR read. With blood oozing out of the head of an unconscious Pradeep, the suspect got scared. He rushed to the Sector 19 police post and confessed to the crime before the police. ment in an inebriated condition. Soon a fight ensued. Pradeep picked an iron rod and attacked Sohan. In defence, Sohan snatched the rod from him and hit the victim on the head multiple times, which led to his death. ‘Master Plan should not be tweaked’ Farmers gherao MLA’s office in Zirakpur Chandigarh, September 30 Concerned about the protection of clean and green environment and the planned heritage of the City Beautiful for the future generations, eminent citizens of the city have urged UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit that the Master Plan of Chandigarh-2031 should be treated sacrosanct and deviation from the same should not be allowed. In a letter to the Administrator, a former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Justice SS Sodhi; a senior advocate, Manmohan Lal Sarin; and an art historian, Dr BN Goswamy, stated that the PAGE 2 Three-day event to commemorate ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ concludes at New Park in Indira Colony. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:16 AM Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 VETERAN SHUTTLERS FETED, TO REPRESENT INDIA IN INT’L MEET its impact was more in western Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The formation did not move ahead as it was not strong.” The weathermen, however, said the overall rainfall in Punjab was normal and above normal in Haryana. c m y b The monsoon, which started on June 13, is expected to withdraw around October 6. “In current weather scenario, drastic reduction in moisture and absence of rainfall over extreme northwestern parts of India is very likely. Thus, conditions are likely to be favourable for the commencement of withdrawal of the southwest monsoon from some parts of northwest India from around October 6,” said Met Director Manmohan Singh. against farmers. Karam Singh of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) said Tony Rana and his accomplices passed remarks against women farmers in Mubarakpur. Sharma and his supporters must tender an unconditional apology or they will not allow any public gatherings of the MLA in the Dera Bassi constituency in future, he said. The farmers blocked the entry-exit points of Sharma’s office for over four hours and did not allow the movement of traffic. Hundreds of farmers first broke the barricades set up by the police near a dhaba to stop them from moving towards Sharma’s office. —TNS Floodgate of Sukhna Lake opened, 4th time in 2 mths Chandigarh, September 30 One of the three floodgates of Sukhna Lake was opened at 6.30 pm today after the water level of the lake crossed the danger mark of 1,163 ft. Due to continuous flow of water into the lake from its catchment area, the water level in the lake reached 1,163.2 ft. It was the fourth time this monsoon when a Sukhna floodgate had to be opened. Earlier, the gate was opened on September 21, August 14 and August 9. An alert was sounded in the neighbouring areas and to avoid flooding downstream, the water was being released in restricted amounts, said an official of the UT Engineering Department. He added Water level crosses danger mark of 1,163 ft that the Mohali Administration was also informed in advance about the opening of the floodgate. Two of the three floodgates had to be opened in August last year after the water level of the lake had crossed the danger mark and reached 1,163.4 ft and the gush of the water led to flooding in the Baltana area of Mohali district. To avoid repeat of such a situation, the department had decided to release water in limited amounts, said sources in the department. On September 24, 2018, officials had to open two floodgates of the lake. — TNS The duo, along with another worker Hemraj, had been living at the abandoned industrial plot for the past two to three years. Hemraj had gone to work when the incident took place. A murder case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Sector 20 police station. Sohan, who was produced before a local court today, was sent to one-day police custody. It is pertinent to mention here that a murder accused was killed by a group of men at Majri Chowk on Sunday. The police have been facing flak for deteriorating law and order in the district. —TNS PRADEEP TEWARI A woman gets the Covid vaccine at the GMSH-16. 6 more contract virus in city CHANDIGARH: The city recorded six fresh cases of coronavirus on Thursday and no death due to the virus. Meanwhile, seven more patients got the better of the disease in the past 24 hours. —TNS One death, three cases in Mohali MOHALI: One more patient succumbed to Covid-19, taking the death toll to 1,065 in the district. Earlier, the district had reported a Covid fatality on September 26. Meanwhile, three persons tested positive for the virus on Thursday, taking the tally to 68,738, while one patient was cured of the disease. A case each was reported from Dera Bassi, Kharar and Mohali. —TNS No new case in Panchkula PANCHKULA: The district recorded zero new case of coronavirus on Thursday, keeping the tally unchanged at 30,738. The toll also remained at 377. While 30,340 people have recovered from the infectious disease so far, 21 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.70 per cent. —TNS
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