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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Book highlighting UT police’s history released

SD Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, September 03, 2014
First Published: 13:23 IST(3/9/2014) | Last Updated: 13:33 IST(3/9/2014)

UT administrator Shivraj V Patil released a coffee table book reflecting the history of Chandigarh Police during the fourth annual cultural programme of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association dedicated to the Chandigarh police, at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, on Tuesday.

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With the police getting only 15 copies printed, those attending the function were not provided with copies of the book.

Addressing the gathering, Patil said, “The government, NGOs and other voluntary service and cultural organisations must come forward to alleviate the solitude of senior citizens. Also, their children, relatives and friends should be more compassionate and considerate for them. I am glad that the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association (CSCA) in collaboration with the city police force is contributing a lot to this noble cause.”

Earlier, the programme commenced with a ceremonial welcome by CSCA president Daljit Singh Grewal, who disclosed that the function was the beginning of a month-long socio-cultural activities that will culminate on International Senior Citizens Day on October 1.

On the occasion, as many as 10 persons, including three children, were honoured.

Constable Devinder Singh, who was hit by a car and driven around on its bonnet near the Sectors 17-9 roundabout on August 10, was awarded `10,000.

A cultural programme spreading messages on road safety and women empowerment was organised.

A short play, “Jaago loko jaago”, by playwright Kuldip Bhatti and artistes from police themed to awaken the people on traffic rules and morality was staged.

Young actors from Infosys Rangmanch were impressive in their play, “Unchahi” in street theatre format. A dance by Usha Sharma, 76, and a song ‘Badan pe sitare..’ besides a gidda and concluding boisterous bhangra by artistes from police rejuvenated the old senior citizens.

The coffee table book has five segments. The first section brings to fore the idea behind setting up Chandigarh, the City Beautiful. The second section showcases the glorious past of Chandigarh police, including the first FIR registered in 1966. The other sections of the books talk about initiatives of the police, such as know your case and mobile police station, besides listing the future plans of the police.

Senior police officers, including UT inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya, UT senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill, and UT traffic SSP Maneesh Chaudhry, were present at the event that also had comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi leaving the audience in splits as he weaved humour with punches on the social, political, economical issues with a dig on corruption, his all-time favourite. Punita Bawa and Vinod Vermani compeered the programme.

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