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Woman’s limbs severed, burnt alive
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, October 2
A woman was burnt to death and her husband received 40 per cent burns when their house was set afire on the Bhogla road here late last night.

Their newborn baby was saved by residents and fire brigade officials.

Manjit Kaur (34) and her husband Anup Singh (36) had been staying in their two-room house for the past around three years.

They had purchased the house three years ago after a dispute with their family members at Sarai Banjara village.

According to neighbours, the attackers chopped off the limbs of the woman and set the house on fire due to a property dispute.

“Anup Singh and his relatives fought often and we could hear shouts from the house,” a resident of the area said.

The residents said the house was locked from outside when the incident took place and the woman and child were found inside the house.

One leg of the woman was lying away from her body. Police officials, however, said it was domestic violence.

They alleged that Anup Singh along with his brother Kashmira Singh and nephew Balwinder Singh set the house on fire after beating up the woman.

The baby was saved when neighbours saw flames and smoke from the house.

The police said Anup Singh was handicapped and worked at a liquor vend, but for the past few years, he was sitting idle at his house.

His wife had some quarrel with him and he killed her with the help of his brother and nephew, it claimed.

“We have booked the man, his brother and nephew following a complaint by the mother of the deceased. The possibility of a property dispute can not be ruled out at this moment,” Sadar police station in charge Krishan Kumar said.

He said the videography of the house was done late last night and things would be clearer after the investigation.



Bajwa Developers’ MD booked for assault
Tribune News Service

Kharar, October 2
The Kharar police today booked managing director of Bajwa Developers, Jarnail Singh Bajwa, his four employees and around 35 unknown people for assaulting Bal Bhushan Sharma, the owner of RRS Company Developer.

Investigating officer in the case Didar Singh told TNS that Bajwa and his men had allegedly assaulted Sharma and his employees at noon today.

Both parties had differences over construction of a multi-storeyed building, which resulted in the clash.

In his complaint to the police, Sharma has alleged that he had bought some plots in Sunny Enclave from Bajwa Developers and was constructing three-storeyed flats on the piece of land.

On September 30, Bajwa visited Sharma’s office in Sunny Enclave and asked him not to construct more than two storeys.

“Bajwa told Sharma that constructing three-storeyed flats would decrease the value of houses constructed by him. Sharma told him that he had duly got the map of three-storeyed flats passed from the authority concerned and would proceed with his plans,” said N.K. Garg, a relative of Sharma.

Garg alleged that Bajwa then threatened Sharma of dire consequences. On October 1, a few labourers arrived here and allegedly started damaging Sharma’s property.

Today at noon, few people again arrived from Bajwa Developers and tried to stop the work at Sharma’s land.

These included Bheem Sharma, Sabbi, Safi and sarpanch Karam Singh. They allegedly called labourers who came on a trolley marked Bajwa Developer on it.

Sharma, his employee Chhotu and few other labourers were allegedly beaten up using iron rods.

Garg said as per medico legal report, Sharma had sustained injuries at nine places on body, including fractures.



Two killed in Kalka accident
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, October 2
In a tragic incident, two pedestrians lost their lives today. According to information, an overloaded truck from Parwanoo area overturned near Kali Mata Temple, killing two persons.

During the mishap, the truck also rammed into a Government Gypsy of HUDA and
hit an Innova.

Durga Dass, driver of the Gypsy, said two persons sustained multiple injuries and had a miraculous escape.

Out of the two deceased, one has been identified as Brijesh Rao (38) of Shakti
Nagar Kalka.

The other could not be identified until the filing of this report. Rekha (12) also sustained serious injuries in the accident and was rushed to the civil hospital. She was refered to the Sector 32 GMCH, in Chandigarh.

The bodies of the deceased have been placed in the mortuary of civil hospital Kalka. The postmortem would be conducted on tomorrow.

The traffic on the National Highway 22 was badly disrupted due the incident. Hundreds of vehicles remained stuck in the jam for more than three hours. A crane was used to remove the truck from the spot.

The police had a tough time to control the heavy crowd of people gathering around the spot, which created a hurdle in the rescue work. Traffic resumed after 3 hours.



Id celebrated with religious fervour
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 2
Id-ul-Fitter was celebrated with great religious fervour and gaiety here today. People from Muslim community started thronging Jama Masjid here, which was beautifully decorated, from early morning hours to offer prayers.

The main prayer function was organised at Railway Ground where thousands of devotees under the guidance of Mohammed Shamshad Ashraf Usmani, the imam of Jama Masjid, offered Namaz between 9 am to 11 am. Special enthusiasm prevailed among the children.

However, M.A. Faruqi, president, and M.N. Bari, vice-president of the Muslim Welfare Association of Kalka, alleged that the local police did not deploy even a single police personnel there, despite the fact that an application in this regard had been submitted 10 days back to the SDM, Kalka, who had forwarded it to the DSP.

They further resented that they had also made many telephone calls to the local police station regarding this, but to no avail.



Heritage fest at Yadvindra Gardens from today
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 2
The Haryana tourism is organising the 3rd Pinjore Heritage Festival from October 3 to 5 at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, to celebrate the centuries old heritage of Pinjore.

According to sources, the festival would be inaugurated by union minister of tourism & culture Ambika Soni.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would preside over the function and Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai would be the chief guest at the closing ceremony.

The festival would also showcase handicrafts. The sources further said a street bazaar, reminiscent of the Mughal times, would be created with shops and clusters of stalls, tented pavilion, food plaza, performance stage etc.

The cultural evenings would be hosted on all three days with the teams selected by NZCC-Patiala and NCZCC-Allahabad.

The programme for October 3 is ‘Rhythm and Harmony’ -- classical dances by national awardees Prathiba Prahlad, Sovana Narayan, Ranjana Gauhar and Bharati Shivaji Group from New Delhi; ‘Panchashar and Vedna’ -- dance drama by Pt Rajendra Gangani & Group, New Delhi, would be held on October 4, and ‘Quwalli’ by Sayeed Sabri & party of Jaipur would be performing on October 5.



Move to shift Housefed to Mohali opposed
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 2
In a representation to cooperation minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh, residents here have opposed the shifting of Housefed office from Ropar to Mohali.

People as well as employees of the department had demanded that the office should not be shifted to Mohali.

The office caters to needs of building loans for rural and urban people through cooperative house building societies.

The managing director of Housefed, Punjab, had ordered shifting of office from its present location in Ropar to Mohali by November 30.

This order was issued after core committee of Housefed, constituted to improve its financial condition, recommended that the office be shifted to minimise expenditure incurred on it.

At present office building at Ropar has been taken on rent at Rs 5,000 per month. Employees posted at Ropar are getting HRA at the rate of 5 per cent and other allowances at the level of C grade.

The rent of Mohali office is between Rs 15,000 to 20,000 per month and the allowances of employees will be raised to 20 per cent. This will increase financial liabilities of the department.

Shifting Ropar office to Mohali will cause harassment to employees posted at Ropar as well as public.

Members from house building societies of Ananpdur Sahib, Nangal, Nurpur Bedi, Ropar and Chamkaur Sahib will also have to go to Mohali for loan cases.

The office at Ropar was opened 15 years ago and had 100 per cent loan recovery targets. On the contrary, the recovery of loan is below 40 per cent at offices of Ferozepur, Muktsar, Tarn Taran, Mansa etc.

MLA Anandpur Sahib Baba Ajit Singh, chief parliamentary secretary public health and sanitation Chaudhary Nand Lal and MLA Chamkaur Sahib C.S. Channi have endorsed the demand of people and recommended the aforesaid office should not be shifted.



Patiala girls emerge taekwando champs
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 2
Patiala girls won gold medal in taekwando in the u-14 category during the 54th Punjab School Games that were held in Bathinda from September 26 to 30.

Taekwando was included in the school games for the first time. Coach Satwinder Singh said 550 players of 16 districts had participated in the tournament.

About 48 boys and girls from Patiala represented the district and won 21 medals
in all, he added.

The coach informed that the gold medallists of this tournament would represent Punjab in the National School Games to be held in Goa.

Results: Under-14 category: Girls: Harjot Kaur, Rashpinder Kaur and Amitoj Kaur won gold medals. Jasleen and Rajinder Pal Kaur won silver medal; Boys: Binaypreet Singh won silver medal whereas Rohit Rana won a bronze medal; Under-17 category: Girls: Raj Reena, Maya and Harpreet won silver medals. Rupinder Kaur won a bronze medal; Boys: Puneet Pal Singh won a gold medal whereas Chetan Bedi, Madhwan and Shubhdeep Singh won a bronze medal; Under-19 category: Girls: Priya Gulati, Rubina, Vidya and Parvinder Kaur won bronze medals; Boys: Gurvinder S. Kamboj, Harpreet Singh and Nanjot Singh won bronze medals.



Labourer hangs himself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
A 23-year-old labourer reportedly hanged himself at his rented accommodation in Palsora, here this morning.

The police said there was a property dispute in the family and the victim had been under depression.

According to the police, the body of Surinder Singh was found hanging from the ceiling fan by his wife at 8 am.

The death came to light when he failed to open the room from inside following her repeated knocks.

She peeped through the window and saw the body. She raised the alarm and broke open the door and lowered the body.

He is survived by an eight-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son besides his wife. The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination.



Youth killed in bike mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Vipin Kumar, a mechanic in his twenties, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding rammed into an electricity pole near the motor market in Sector 48 last night.

According to sources, Vipin, a resident of Jagatpura colony, had taken the bike on a test drive and was riding it at high speed.

He was severely injured in the mishap and was taken to the GMCH-32, where he was declared brought dead.



Three vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Sector 11, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his car (CH 20 T 7980) had been stolen from Sector 3.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-3.

Also, Raj Kumar, a resident of Sector 29, complained to the police that his LML Vespa scooter (CH 03 J 2820) had been stolen from Sector 17.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-17.

The police has also registered a case of scooter (CH 01 U 5178) theft from Mani Majra on the complaint filed by Vishal Gogia, a resident of Sector 30.

A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Cylinders stolen

Dharam Pal, a resident of Sector 20, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his two gas cylinders were stolen from his residence.

A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-19.



ICL Moody prevail over ITC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Local outfit ICL Moody defeated rivals ITC by 54 runs on the third day of the Senior National Twenty20 Cricket Championship-2008 at DAV College grounds here today.

The other teams that emerged winners today are Punjab, Haryana and CM XI.

Batting first, Moody put up 158 runs at the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Dharminder was the top scorer with 30 runs. For the ITC, Babloo and Pankaj took two wickets each.

In reply, ITC were restricted to 104 for nine. Himanshu played a defiant knock of 37 runs off 48 balls. Vinit Jain of Moody claimed three wickets for his team.

Continuing with its winning streak, Punjab team defeated Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH) by five wickets.

Electing bat first, DNH set up a target of 140 runs in the allotted 20 overs, after the team scored 139 for nine. Manjit Singh of Punjab took four wickets. Punjab batsmen reached the target losing just five wickets.

In the match between Haryana and Andhra Pradesh, the former won it by 58 runs.

Haryana were bowled out for 142 runs in 19.4 overs. Swaran was the main scorer with his 62 runs.

Durga of AP snapped four wickets, conceding just 13 runs. However, AP batsmen were bundled up for 84 in 17.2 overs.

Pawan of Haryana was the pick of bowlers with four wickets for seven in 2.2 overs.

In the last league match, CM XI defeated RCC XI by 43 runs. Batting first, CM XI scored 138 for 9 in 20 overs. But RCC were restricted to 95 runs in 16.6 overs.

Ajay Bhardwaj of CM XI returned with figures of 3 for 21 in four overs.



Bharat clinches snooker title
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 2
Bharat Kalia lifted the sub-junior snooker title defeating Dhamanpreet Singh in the Haryana State Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship at Haryana Billiards, Sector 11.

In pool B of senior billiards league matches, Anil Sharma defeated Ankur Nanda and Aneesh in over match.

Aneesh defeated Ankur Nanda by hitting good breaks of 41 and 47. Results: sub-junior snooker: Bharat Kalia b Dampreet Singh 2-1.

Senior billiards: Anil Sharma b Ankur Nanda 198-137; Anil Sharma b Aneesh 163-135; Aneesh b Ankur Nanda 197-135.

Junior billiards: Chirag Arora b Karan Issar 150-122; Himanshu b Ankit 150-129; Himanshu b Karan Dhir 150-110; Karan Dhir b Ankit 150-127.



Road cycling races
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association will hold Chandigarh road cycling races for seniors, junior and sub-junior (boys and girls) on October 6 at Lake Club.

Competitions will be held for seniors above 17 (20 km mass start for boys and 10k for girls), sub-juniors 15 to 17 years (10 km mass start for boys and girls and sub-junior) under-15 (5 k.m mass start for boys and girls).

Those willing to take part in the races can report with their date of birth certificate on October 6 at 6 am.

During the competitions, cyclists will be selected to represent Chandigarh for participation in the 14th Road Cycling National Championships to be held at Bijapur, Karnataka, from October 16 to 21.



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