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Miscreants offer liquor to leopard at Zoo
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

A youth playfully offers a straw to a leopard in its enclosure, in violation of the Wildlife Act, at the Chhat Bir Zoo on Saturday
Tug of war A youth playfully offers a straw to a leopard in its enclosure, in violation of the Wildlife Act, at the Chhat Bir Zoo on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Chhat (Banur), June 18
A section of visitors at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park today tormented a caged leopard for nearly 30 minutes in the absence of the zookeeper and forced the feline to consume liquor. A cellular company had adopted the leopard under the Animal Adoption Scheme.

The incident took place around 3.30 pm in the presence of about 15 other visitors who were seen “enjoying” teasing of the poor animal by some youths. A visitor, pleading anonymity, said the boys were apparently in an inebriated condition and were forcing the animal to consume liquor diluted with cold drink.

Some visitors laughed as the leopard ran amok and roared due to the harassment. The youths even tried to put their fingers into the mouth of the animal, which made the leopard more infuriated.

A Tribune lensman captured the entire 30-minute teasing in his camera by taking at least 50 pictures.

The zookeeper arrived after around 30 minutes and by that time the teasers had left the place. Some visitors explained the matter to the zookeeper and told him to catch hold of the boys to pay fine or punishment, but nothing could be done.

Meanwhile, member of Punjab State Board for Wildlife Sandeep Kumar Jain, while demanding stringent action against the teasers, demanded an inquiry into the whole episode.

He said nobody could tease or feed any of the caged animals in any zoo.

The offender could be punished under Section 38-J of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, which prohibited teasing. “It says that no person shall tease, molest, injure or feed any animal or cause disturbance to the animals with noise or otherwise or litter the grounds in a zoo,” Jain said.

Any person who contravenes provisions of Section 38-J shall be punishable with the imprisonment for six months or with a fine, which may extend to Rs 2,000 or with both.

In case of subsequent offence the term of imprisonment may extend to one year or a fine, which may extend to Rs 5,000.

Jain said similar incidents were reported in the past as well wherein a bear killed a man who was trying to shake hand with the animal. In another incidence an exotic animal died after consuming plastic cap of a bottle that was thrown inside the enclosure by some visitor.

“It is usually seen that people throw packets of chips, bottles inside enclosures and people tease animals, but zookeepers hardly pay any heed,” he said.



A eunuch shobha yatra
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 18
Donning heavy jewellery and dressed in colourful attires, eunuchs from all over India got together to take part in a shobha yatra here yesterday. A symbolic marriage was also performed.

Giving details of the yatra, Mahant Babita Haji said the meet was organised to pay tribute to their ancestors and also discuss their problems.

Emphasising that such platforms were crucial to resolving their disputes, she said their community did not go to courts to sort out their problems. All issues were resolved amongst themselves, she added.

“Like other people, even we have family disputes. Then there are problems related to area division and dera disputes. Fake eunuchs are another major concern. We try to find out ways to stop harassing people. Eunuchs who beg in trains, buses, etc. have nothing to do with us. They are all fraud,” she added.

Babita Haji had invited her friends from all over the country for the yatra to help them take a break from their mundane life. “We will organise Miss Kinner India-2011 on June 19, which will be followed by a series of cultural programmes,” she added.



90 donate blood
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 18
A blood donation camp was held in KDDL Limited here today. This was the tenth camp in the series organised by the company. The camp was conducted by Rotary and Blood Bank Resource Centre, Chandigarh.

As many as 90 units of blood were collected in this camp. Employees and other voluntary donors took keen interest to make the camp a great success.



Agency produces another accused in Samjhauta blast case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 18
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) here today brought one more accused on production warrant from Jaipur in the Samjhauta blasts case.

The accused, who has been identified as Lokesh Sharma, a resident of Madhya Pradesh and co-accused in the Ajmer blasts case, was brought by the NIA and produced before the special NIA court in Panchkula.

NIA Special Judge sent Lokesh Sharma to judicial custody in Ambala jail till July 1. Notably, the main accused in the case, Swami Aseemanand, was also languishing in Ambala jail.

The NIA counsel said Lokesh had also played important role in the Samjhauta blasts and had done recce besides taking part in various meetings where Samjhauta blasts conspiracy was hatched. Rajasthan anti-terrorists squad (ATS) had arrested Lokesh from Madhya Pradesh last year.

Sources said the NIA had also prepared the charge sheet and would be submitting the same before the special NIA court in Panchkula in the next few days.

The Samjhauta blasts case dates back to February 18, 2007, when 68 persons were killed when bombs were set off in two coaches of cross-country Samjhauta Express around midnight at Diwana village, near Panipat. Only 38 victims could be identified and most of them were Pakistani nationals on their return journey to Lahore.

Investigations in the case had found that six firebombs, along with timers, which were kept inside six suitcases, were purchased from an outlet in Indore. Thereafter, agencies did not find any other clue.



Second arrest in fraud case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
In a case of fraud involving over Rs 1 crore, the economic offences wing of the Chandigarh Police today arrested another accused, Vineet Handa, from Fortis Hospital, Mohali. This is the second arrest in the case this week, with the police earlier arresting Vineet’s brother Vikas Handa, owners of Villa Pearls, on June 14 following a complaint by Sector-38 resident Rakesh Kumar Gupta.

In his complaint, Gupta had alleged that Ludhiana-based businessmen Vikas, Vineet and their father VK Handa, who deal in interior designing and decoration, had duped him over Rs 1 crore.

Gupta had claimed that the Handas had taken two cheques for Rs 75 lakh and Rs 25 lakh from him for renovating his showroom in Sector 5, Panchkula. However, after taking the money, they did not supply the material, Gupta had alleged. The deal was reportedly struck three years ago.



4 vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
Vinay Kumar Singal of Sector 38 (West) complained to the police that his car (CH 03 Q 8622) was stolen from Sector 17 on June 14.

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

In another case, Balwinder Singh of Dadu Majra Colony complained to the police that his car (CH 03 V 2116) was stolen from his residence on June 14. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered.

Similarly, Shubham Sarin of Sector 27 filed a complaint with the police alleging that his scooter (CH 49 T 9404) was stolen from Sector 20 on June 17. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-19. Also, Ravinder Singh of Sector 45 complained to the police that his motorcycle (HR 02 U 7472) was stolen from Sector 26 on June 11. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the police station-26.



Cop commits suicide in Ambala
Tribune Reporters

Ambala, June 18
Rajinder Kumar (45), a head constable of the Ambala police deployed in MV section, has allegedly committed suicide at his residence by hanging himself from a ceiling fan. The cause of his extreme step could not be ascertained so far.

According to information, Rajinder, hailing from Jind, was residing in Police Lines quarter for the past several years. His wife and children were also living with him.

One of the family members noticed the body of Rajinder hanging from a fan in his room. He informed the other members of the family. The police was also summoned. After the postmortem the body of the deceased was handed over to his relatives.


dera bassi: Two motorcycle-borne youths had snatched Rs 50,000 from a woman of Hebatpur village. Sukhwinder Kaur had gone to the State Bank of Patiala branch, Dera Bassi, for withdrawing money along with her brother-in-law.

While she was returning home two youths snatched Rs 50,000 from her and fled from the spot. A case has been registered.

Robbery bid

Lalru: A robbery plan was foiled when the Lalru police arrested four persons last night who were hatching a plan to rob petrol pumps situated on the national highway near here.

Some sharp edged weapons, two motorcycles and five mobile phones were also recovered from their custody. On a tip off, a police party had raided the premises of a blanket factory, which was lying abandoned for the past some time, and arrested four accused. One of the accused managed to flee from the spot.

The accused were identified as Kamal, a resident of Nabha, near Zirakpur, Kala, a resident of Dhanoula of Sangrur district, Gurjant Singh, a resident of Sandarshi, near Rajpura, and Gurcharn Singh, a resident of Mianpur. Jant, a resident of Bhuda, was absconding.


Mohali: The Mohali police today registered a case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC and the Immigration Act against the owners and employees of the M/S Jet International Placement Services, SCF-54, first floor, Phase VI, Mohali, on the complaint of Pushpa Salaria, all-India chairperson of the Human Rights Protection Forum, for duping many residents on the pretext of sending them abroad on work permit.

The accused have been identified as Deepak Arora, owner of the Jet International Placement Services, Karandeep Arora, Madhu Pandey and Puja Munjal.

The police said Salaria had filed a complaint alleging that the accused had taken money from various persons to send them abroad on work permit. But they neither sent them abroad nor returned their money, the police added.



NICS Academy drub CCA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
NICS Academy defeated CCA and GNPS in the third Ashok Kumar Vij Memorial Cricket (U-14) Tournament being held at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here today. Batting first, local team set a target of 173 in the allotted 25 overs. Ram Bishoni made a brilliant ton off 68, whereas his counterpart Subham Chand contributed 29 runs in total.

For Patiala, Sukhjeet took two for 40.

In reply, NICS, Patiala, achieved the target in 24 overs with six wickets in hand.

Pathak contributed the most 42 off 27. For CCA and GNPS, Subham Chand took one for 31 and Ishan Mavi took one for 49.



Khem Chand outplays Nipun
2-1 in snooker championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
Prashant defeated Faraz Arif during the ongoing 27th State Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship here today.

Faraz Arif went down to his opponent, Prashant after giving a tough fight by 1-2 (21-54, 61-39, 43-66) in the junior category. In another quarterfinal match of the same category, Rishab Gupta beat Kunal Gupta to enter the semifinal stage of the tournament.

In a one-sided affair, Rishab beat Kunal by 2-0 (54-25, 81-45).

In another match of the sub-junior category, Asim got the better of Chandan Gulati by 2-1 (44-52, 60-54, 42-25). Arush Sharma outperformed Ankit by 2-0 (56-31, 50-36).

In the senior snooker category, Khem Chand defeated Nipun Arora by 2-1 (70-10, 43-58, 57-15), whereas Mandeep Makkar outshone Rishab Gupta by 2-1 (29-65, 48-35, 54-30). Ashish Nanda beat Robin Singh by 2-0 (62-17, 58-21) in another match of the senior category.



Kahlon wins PGTI
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 18
Arjuna awardee Harmeet Kahlon of Chandigarh carded a three under 69 in the final round for a six under 210 total to win the PGTI Feeder Tour event at the Ranjitgarh Golf Club, Phillaur, today.

Arjun Singh Chaudhri of Noida finished one stroke behind to occupy the second slot.

Forty-year-old Kahlon’s (71-70-69) exceptional short game powered him to the top of the leader board on the final day.

Harmeet, who was overnight tied fifth four strokes behind the leader, began round three converting a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole.

Arjun Singh Chaudhri (71-68-72) finished as runner-up with a five under 211 total.

His final round of even par 72 included three birdies and three bogeys. Noida’s Pradeep Kumar and Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta were tied third at four under 212.

Rajesh Kumar Rawat of Lucknow was a further stroke behind in fifth position.



Mohali bundle out Ludhiana for 70
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 18
The match between Chandigarh and Jalandhar at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium was again abandoned due to bad covering of wickets during the Punjab Inter-District (U-22) Cricket Championship here today.

This is the second time that the match got cancelled, despite the weather been cleared up during the day. In other match of the day, Ludhiana team failed to overcame the bowling attack of Mohali. Ludhiana was bowled out at 70 in 35.1 overs at the PCA stadium, Mohali. Sandeep Singh (22) and Gitansh Khera (12) were the main contributors in the team’s total. For Mohali, medium pacer Rohit Rathi took four for 13, whereas left arm spinner Harpreet Singh took three for 22. In reply, Mohali team made 194 for four in 43 till the close of the day. Gurkirat Mann scored quick fire unbeaten 96 off 69 studded with 17 boundaries and a six.


Ludhiana: 70 all out in 35.1 overs (Sandeep Singh 22 not out; Rohit Rathi 4 for 13, Harpreet Singh 3 for 22).

Mohali: 194 for 4 in 43 overs (Gurkirat Manna 96 not out, Nitin Sharma 42, Sachin 39; Baltez 1 for 47, Ravi Kumar 1 for 14, Sandeep Singh 1 for 0).



Cricket probables selected

Chandigarh, June 18
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA) has selected 29 probables to represent the city in the Haryana District Cricket (U-16) Championship at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here yesterday. — TNS



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