Chandigarh City News

Tribune News Service
  1. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    In the second carjacking incident in less than a week, four car-borne miscreants took away an i20 car from a cab driver at gunpoint on the road separating Sector 52 and 53 near the furniture market on Wednesday morning.

    The victim has identified a member of the Jodha gang as one of the accused involved in the incident.

    Sources said the victim, Rajdeep Singh (23), a resident of Kharar who is a cab driver, had picked passengers from Phase 3B2, Mohali, and dropped them at the ISBT, Sector 17.

    The police said after dropping the passengers, the victim was returning home when a speeding Swift Dzire came from the rear side and rammed into the i20 car, forcing the victim to stop the car around 3.30 am.

    Four miscreants alighted from the Swift Dzire and got into an altercation with the victim. “Two miscreants then pulled out pistols and threatened the victim. One of them was also carrying a sharp weapon,” said the victim.

    The accused then took the victim’s car and sped away from the spot. The victim’s purse and three mobile phones were also in the car.

    Rajdeep said he stopped a cab and borrowed the driver’s mobile phone to call up the police. “I called up the control room several times. However, the call did not get through after which I sat in that cab and reached a Punjab Police PCR vehicle parked nearby. The police came with me to the spot and informed the Chandigarh Police about the incident,” he said.

    The police have registered a case under Sections 392 (robbery) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the IPC and Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against the accused at the Sector 36 police station.

    Mobile phones switched off

    Three mobile phones of the victim were left in the car. While two mobile phones were immediately switched off, the third was switched off near Kurali. The police scrutinised the CCTV footage of the toll plaza near Ropar and found that both vehicles — the Swift Drize and the i20 — crossed it at 3.58 am.

    Jodha gang active in city

    A team of the crime branch had arrested four members of a gang, including Yodha Singh, alias Jodha, involved in cases of carjacking and robbing people at gunpoint in the city in a Ritz car that was forcibly taken away from a cab driver. On February 7, Jodha escaped from police custody near Khanna while he was being brought back from a court hearing at Faridkot. Since then he has been continuously striking in the city.

    Recent strikes by Jodha gang

    • March 15: A new Hyundai Verna car taken away at gunpoint in Sector 35 by three miscreants riding a Creta.
    • March 13: A 23-year-old IT firm staffer kidnapped and robbed of 
    • Rs 20,000 at gunpoint by Yodha Singh, alias Jodha, and his accomplices on the road separating Sector 49 and 50.
    • March 3: Burail resident kidnapped in a Swift car, thrashed and dropped after a few minutes.
    • February 27: A restaurant manager, who was returning home on his motorcycle, kidnapped at gunpoint in a Swift car on the road separating Sector 5 and 8 and robbed of Rs 10,700.
    • February 21: Unidentified car-borne miscreants snatched a bag containing clothes from a man on the road separating Sectors 35 and 36
    • February 20: Three miscreants riding a Swift car allegedly thrashed a Pinjore resident near Daria and escaped after snatching his mobile phone.
  2. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    A middle-aged Sikh couple entered a house in Sector 37 posing as a couple looking for a house on rent and robbed an elderly woman of her gold jewellery which she was wearing on Wednesday. The accused, before fleeing, tied the victim, who sustained injuries, and locked her inside a room.

    The victim, Kamlesh Grover (66), who stays on the ground floor, was alone at home and was standing outside in the verandah when a man, wearing a turban, and a woman arrived outside the house on a white Activa scooter.

    Since a “to let” board was put up on the first floor of the house, the couple told the victim that they wanted a house on rent. “The first and second floor of the house is vacant and the couple insisted on seeing the house,” said Ramnath Garg, the victim’s husband.

    The victim went to the second floor with the couple, who took her into one of the rooms. “The accused gagged the victim and pulled her earrings and a gold chain which she was wearing,” he said.

    The accused then tied the victim’s hands with her stole and escaped from the spot after bolting the door from outside.

    Bhopal Singh, the victim’s immediate neighbour, said he heard a loud noise from the house following which he got suspicious and rushed to the victim’s house. “I went upstairs and found the door bolted from outside. I opened the door and found the victim injured,” he said.

    In the meantime, another neighbour, Sanjeev, also rushed upstairs. The victim was then brought to the ground floor and the police were informed about the incident.

    The police reached the spot and scrutinised the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. Sources said the police had recovered the CCTV footage in which both accused were seen riding an Activa scooter. The victim was taken to the GMSH, Sector 16. The victim received injuries on her face, ears and neck.

  3. Ramkrishan Upadhyay

    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    In a decision which is going to affect thousands of residents living in southern sectors, the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, has stopped the transfer of flats.

    Sources said in a communication to the Sub-Registrar’s office, the Registrar had said that they had sought a clarification from the Administration over the transfer policy announced by it on February 5, 2016. The conveyance deed/lease deed in the case of original allottee members can be done with the permission of the office of the Registrar. However, the conveyance deed/lease deed between a member and the society cannot be done till the clarification is received from the Administration.

    Sources said the sale deed will not be allowed in cases other than the original allottees. Even the original allottees will now require an NOC from the Registrar to get their flats transferred.

    The sources said the decision would adversely affect more than 70 per cent members of societies who got their flats transferred after the UT announced a policy in 2009. Thousands of people are living in over 10,000 flats of group housing societies in southern sectors (Sector 48 to 51).

    The flats have been constructed on land allotted by the CHB. The flats of the societies have been sold many times under the transfer policies notified by the Administration from time to time.

  4. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    Despite the MC claiming that it has procured data from Sampark centres, residents who have paid advance house tax are still getting notices to pay it.

    Nearly two months ago, the MC came in for criticism from residents and councillors at a House meet over the issue. Officials had later claimed that they had collected the latest property tax payment details from Sampark centres. However, things have not changed as people are still facing harassment.

    In several instances, the tax calculated by the MC, as shown in the notices, is incorrect. “I received a Rs 9,000 tax notice for the past few years. However, when I calculated the amount, it was incorrect. Similarly, others in our locality have received property tax notices ranging from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. When hassled residents went to the MC office, they were told to write an application for rectification of the error,” said a 70-year-old woman of Sector 33 on condition of anonymity.

    MC Additional Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg said, “We have got data from Sampark centres, but in case anybody has received a notice despite having paid the amount, we will update our records if he or she shows the receipts.”

  5. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    The echo of the police action in Punjab against drug addicts is being heard in Chandigarh, it seems. The Chandigarh Police on Wednesday not only claimed that the snatchers on the prowl in the city were drug addicts and “repeat offenders”, but also submitted that the crackdown on drug trade and drug abuse in Punjab had contributed to a rise in snatching incidents in the city.

    Visibly unimpressed with the measures taken by UTpolice to arrest the incidents of snatching, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the UT SSP to remain present during the hearing on April 3.

    Taking up the matter, the High Court also impleaded the Union Home Ministry as a respondent in the petition filed in public interest by advocate Hari Chand Arora. The newly added respondent was asked to update the Bench on the decision taken on the proposal reportedly sent by the Chandigarh Administration for amending the IPC to make snatching a “non-bailable” offence, attracting a sentence of up to 10 years.

    As the case came up for resumed hearing, the Chandigarh Police filed a short reply. Among other things, it claimed that various steps had been initiated for curbing chain snatchings and for bringing the offenders to book. The police added the needle of suspicion of the Chandigarh Police was revolving around “paying guest accommodations”. “All SHOs have been directed to conduct proper verification regarding the antecedents of paying guests,” the police said.

    The reply also stated: “It has been seen that persons who stand as surety for such accused are either not traceable or are fictitious.”

  6. Tribune News Service

    Mohali, March 21

    Two scooter-borne snatchers targeted a middle-aged woman and took away her gold chain here on Wednesday evening.

    The incident occurred on the busy road separating Phase 2 and Phase 4 when the victim, Chandan, a resident of Phase 2, was crossing the road.

    According to sources, the victim was on her way from a temple at Phase 4 to her residence when the snatchers targeted her.

    “Both snatchers were wearing helmets. They stopped their Activa scooter near the victim and snatched her chain and then sped away before she raised the alarm,” saidthe sources.

  7. Purse snatched in Sector 36

    Chandigarh: An unknown pedestrian escaped after snatching a purse from a man in Sector 36 on Tuesday evening. According to the police, the complainant, Sonu, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, Chandigarh, alleged that an unknown pedestrian snatched his purse containing Rs 5,700 and important documents near Kala Sagar, Sector 36. Accomplices of the accused also thrashed him. The police were informed about the incident. A case has been registered against the accused at the Sector 36 police station. TNS

  8. Panchkula: A 51-year-old Chandimandir resident was killed in a mishap on the Pinjore-Amravati road on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Hemraj, who runs a tea stall in the Chandimandir area. He was going towards Pinjore on his motorcycle when he met with an accident with another two-wheeler. A passerby arranged an ambulance and rushed him to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where he was declared brought dead. TNS
  9. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    A conman, pretending to be an agent of a diagnostic centre, fled with Rs 10,000 after duping a couple from Himachal Pradesh.

    The couple had visited the PGI for the treatment of their 14-year-old son suffering from blood cancer. The couple, along with their son, was camping in the emergency of the PGI for the past two days.

    Narrating the incident, Kailash Chand, a resident of Nankari Tehsil from Himachal Pradesh, said the person met them at the emergency on Tuesday night.

    Kailash said: “The person, who introduced himself as Raju, told my wife Sheela that he was also from Rampur village. He even brought the duty doctor and nurses for initiating the treatment of my son.”

    “He soon won our confidence and took Rs 10,000 in lieu of conducting some blood test. Raju took me to a private diagnostic laboratory in the Sector 11 market on the pretext of paying the fee for carrying out the tests,” said Kailash.

    “When we entered the diagnostic lab, Raju pretended that he had forgotten some documents in the hospital and asked me to fetch the same,” said Kailash.

    When Kailash returned, he was shocked to find Raju missing.

    “The mobile number he had shared with us was also not working. The diagnostic centre authorities told Kailash that they do not have any employee with the name of Raju,” complained Kailash.

    “We have spent Rs 10,000 on conducting the bone marrow tests. Whatever little money was left with us, the conman man took it away,” rued Sheela, Kailash’s wife.

    The family came in contact with Dhananjay, former president of NavSankalp, an NGO run by students that helps the needy at the PGI.

    The incident has yet again highlighted the presence of conmen who are duping people in the PGI.

    Amitabh Awasthi, Deputy Director, Administration, had assured stern action against such elements.

  10. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    A local court held a 23-year-old Haryana resident guilty in a sexual assault case of a PGI doctor. The convict has been identified as Vikram, a resident of Jind. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on Thursday.

    The incident pertains to September 9, 2017, wherein the doctor, who resides in a hostel at the PGI, alleged that she was harassed by a person at the PGI main gate. On her complaint, Singh was booked under Section 354 of the IPC.

    The complainant stated that when she reached the gate number 1, she met Singh. The complainant stated that he pushed her, touched her inappropriately and also tried to shove his cigarette in her hand. She filed a complaint with the police and a case was registered at the Sector 11 police station.

    The defence argued that the accused was mentally unfit and was roaming around the PGI for food since various hospitals offer free food to people there. While the defence argued that Singh had been falsely implicated, the court found him guilty.

  11. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    A local court has junked the anticipatory bail plea of Manmohini Kakkar, a Sector 8 resident and wife of former IAS officer Satish Kumar Kakar, in a case of cheating.

    On the complaint of Rajnish Arora of Sector 35, Satish Kumar Kakkar, a retired IAS officer, Ajay Kapoor, Manmohini Kakkar and Shivani Kakkar were booked for having duped him in connection with the sale of a house in Sector 8. The plea was declined by the Court of Additional Sessions Judge Rajnish Kumar Sharma.

    As per the complainant, he had paid Rs 5.95 crore to the accused for the purchase of the house. A case under Sections 420, 120-B and 454 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the accused at the Sector 3 police station.

    The plea had said that the complainant had made false allegations to cover up the fact that he had failed to make complete payment to the accused. He was to pay a total amount of Rs 6.30 crore by March 9 to get possession of the property, but he paid only Rs 5.95 crore.

    It also says that the complainant’s wife has already filed a civil suit for obtaining possession of the property, which is pending in the court. It thus averred that it is a civil dispute, which cannot be adjudicated upon under criminal process. However, the court, without commenting on the merits of the case, dismissed the plea considering that a huge amount is involved in the case.

  12. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    The Chandigarh Administration is going to lose two more officers this month.

    While the three-year tenure of Maninder Singh is ending on Thursday, another officer KK Jindal is retiring in the end of this month.

    Jindal is holding the charges of several departments like transport, personnel, hospitality and Vigilance.

    Sources said the charge of the CHB chairman was likely to be given to Ajoy Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Housing. The charges of Jindal will be distributed among other officers after his retirement.

  13. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, March 21

    The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed the Chandigarh Administration, along with Punjab and Haryana, to submit a status report on wearing of helmets by two-wheeler riders.

    The directions by the Division Bench of the High Court came during the hearing of a petition on the use of helmets by the riders, women included.

    The Bench was told that wearing of helmets by women riders was a distant cry as even a substantial number of men were not wearing helmets.

    Taking up the matter, the Bench directed that the status report to be filed should not only give data on challans, but also mention the steps initiated by the police to ensure wearing of helmets by the riders.

    Taking suo motu cognisance of women riding away from law by not wearing safety helmets, the High Court had earlier put Punjab and Haryana, along with the Union Territory of Chandigarh, on notice through the Home and Transport Secretaries.

    The notice came after a Tribune news report on an accident involving a woman rider in Chandigarh was brought to the High Court’s notice by law researcher Anil Saini.

    The Punjab and Haryana High Court had made helmets compulsory, while issuing a slew of directions on traffic regulation and road safety in the case of Namit Kumar versus Union Territory of Chandigarh decided in July 1998. The direction had, however, led to vociferous protest by Sikh women, who had even marched up to the High Court soon after the pronouncement of the judgment.

    Saini, in his note addressed to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for treating the news report appearing on November 4 as public interest litigation, asserted that the Bench had restricted the exemption only to Sikhs wearing turban while driving in its order.

    Taking up a civil appeal arising out of the High Court order, the Supreme Court in September, 2004, directed that “if any exemption was granted to any person, including Sikh women, from any of the motor vehicles rules relating to different states or areas under any statutory rule, the same shall operate notwithstanding the directions of the High Court that all persons, including women, shall wear helmets”.

    Referring to the judicial pronouncements on the issue of exemption, he added in his opinion wearing of headgear was compulsory for all riding in a public place. A Sikh person was exempted from wearing headgear while riding in public place only because he was wearing a turban.

    He further added such exemption was valid only to person medically advised by a chief medical officer not to wear such a headgear and Sikh persons wearing a turban. It was not valid or good for safety purposes of men as well as women not wearing the turban.

    The Bench also appointed advocate Namit Kumar as amicus curiae or the friend of the Court to assist the Bench. Law researchers Anil Saini and Nitin Sachdeva were also asked to assist the amicus curiae in this matter. Another advocate Pardhuman Garg, too, was allowed to assist the Court as intervener in this matter.

  14. Chandigarh, March 21

    The Chandigarh Administration has started preparations for the governors’ conference to be held in May this year. This is the first time that the governors’ conference is being held outside the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

    Sources said it was the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold the conference in the city.

    President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 26 governors from different states will attend the three-day conference.

    The administration has started the work to spruce up the rooms of the guest house for the conference. Besides changing floor tiles, wall tiles, glass and furniture in the rooms will also be changed. It has also been decided to remove the wall of the UT Guest House connecting the Punjab and Haryana Raj Bhawan.

    Home Secretary Anurag Agarwal said the walls would be removed temporarily to ensure free movement of dignitaries attending the conference. All dignitaries would be staying at the Punjab and Haryana Raj Bhawan and they would attend the conference in the compound without affecting the traffic outside the venue. This will avoid inconvenience to the public.

    Agarwal said the renovation of the guest house had already been started six months ago as it was long due. Three rooms were already renovated. The Hospitality Department had asked the Engineering Department to expedite the renovation of 8 rooms in view of the conference. — TNS

  15. Chandigarh, March 21

    The CBI has filed a challan against graft accused superintendent of the Punjab Transport Department Rajeev Kumar Sharma and clerk Jaswinder Singh. The duo was caught taking Rs 1 lakh bribe by the CBI for giving a clean chit to a suspended employee. The challan includes a 21-page chargesheet and 25 witnesses.

    The duo was nabbed by the CBI at the Punjab mini-secretariat for accepting Rs 1 lakh bribe. The CBI had recovered Rs 50,000 from each one’s possession. A suspended employee of his department had submitted the complaint. — TNS