Cop murdered by ex-cop
Inspector Sucha Singh, 57, posted with the UT police traffic wing was stabbed to death while a 42-year-old home guard volunteer Jatinder was left injured in June this year. They were attacked by dismissed UT police constable Basant Singh alias Bunty, wanted for murder in Sonepat, and his girlfriend Sarita, barely 100 meters from the Sector-17 police station. They had killed Sucha Singh after he started questioning them. Both Basant and Sarita were arrested and were recently awarded life term by a district court.
Railgate derails Bansal
Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Chandigarh MP, had to resign as railway minister after the CBI arrested his nephew, Vijay Singla, allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 90 lakh in lieu of a top post in the railways. Bansal was perceived to have a clean image before the controversy, though he has since been handed a clean chit by the CBI.
5 UT cops held for rape
The Chandigarh police were embarrassed, to say the least, as five young constables were arrested for rape and sexual harassment of a 17-year-old girl. The case was registered on December 19, after BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi took the girl to the police. The five are Sunil Kumar, Akshay, Jagtar Singh, Himmat and Anil Kumar, who have since been dismissed from service and are now in judicial custody. Worse, the police were accused of violating guidelines pertaining to handling of the case and recording of the victim's statement. Two inquiries have been marked to identify the lapses.
In August, residents of both Chandigarh and SAS Nagar reeled under a severe water crisis for 15 day as pipelines were damaged at Kajauli waterworks due to digging work by GMADA for phases 5 and 6 of the project. Though the authorities tried to supply free water from tankers to residents, very few could avail the service. Taking a lesson, the Chandigarh MC decided to install 45 tubewells in various parts of city, though SAS Nagar is yet to chalk out a plan.
Cattle roaming the city at night caused at least three deaths this year in road mishaps. The victims were sole breadwinners of their families, and despite a demand no action was taken against MC officials. While there are around 4,000 stray cattle in Chandigarh, the menace multiplies as there are 17,000 domesticated cows and buffaloes owned by residents of periphery villages who are left to graze at night. The drive by the MC to catch stray cattle did not did enough, and the menace remains.
In two House meetings, BSP councillor Jannat Jahan touched new lows as she hurled abuses for nearly 30 minutes at deputy mayor Satish Kainth and MP Pawan Kumar Bansal. In one meeting she used the F-word while underlining her disgust with the civic body's functioning. Surprisingly, the House never demanded any action against the councillor.
Lizards in mid-day meal
The mid-day meal central kitchen in Sector 47 was closed as unhygienic conditions and presence of lizards and insects was found in the food. Dead flies and mosquitoes were found in the meal served to the students of Government High School, Colony No 4, on August 22, leading to protest by the residents.
SAS Nagar advocate killed over parking
In February, 33-year-old advocate Amarpreet Singh was shot dead and two others grievously injured by nine people in Phase 3A, SAS Nagar, over a parking dispute. All nine, who were charged and arrested, were staying as paying guests near the victim's house. Though GMADA framed a Paying Guest Policy in 2008, it has not got it implemented till date. Even today, more than 1,000 PG houses are running illegally in SAS Nagar.
Jyoti murder case marred by hostile witnesses
Himachal Congress MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary surrendered on January 8 this year in the Jyoti murder case after absconding for 50-odd days. Jyoti was found murdered in 2012, and the chargesheet and trial started on August 22. So far eight witnesses have turned hostile, however, including Jyoti's father Butti Ram on December 23.
Ghaggar kills six teens
A big tragedy struck Panchkula when six teenagers got washed away in the Ghaggar river on July 24 near Diwanwala village. Eight friends had gone to celebrate a birthday after bunking their schools and colleges. They sat near a waterfall but suddenly the water level increased. Two had a narrow escape.
Rs 1.68-crore robbery
A robbery of Rs. 1.68 crore took place on the Pinjore-Siswan road on December 9, which was the second biggest robbery in Panchkula district. The case remains unsolved. The cash was robbed from a van of Axis Bank. Four men were involved in the crime and as many as 12 teams were formed to solve it. The police have zeroed in on three Punjab gangs but so far no success has been achieved.
Foetuses found at Panchkula
As many as six cases of foetus or newly born babies - male and female - being dumped have surfaced in Panchkula including two at General Hospital, Sector 6, this year alone. All cases remain unsolved even though cases were registered.
Cash-for-judge: Court order framing of charges
Despite the court ordering framing of charges against retired high court judge Nirmal Yadav in a graft case on July 31, the court is yet to do so as Yadav hase moved the Supreme Court. The corruption case was registered in August 2008 against Yadav and Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh, along with Sanjiv Bansal, former additional advocate general of Haryana; Rajiv Gupta, a Chandigarh-based businessman; and one Nirmal Singh, after Rs. 15 lakh allegedly meant for Yadav were reported to have been wrongly delivered at her namesake judge's house who called the cops. The case's next hearing is on January 18.