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Shiv Sena activists rescue 18 bulls
Suman Bhatnagar

Activists of the Shiv Sena pull out the carcass of bull from a truck at Ambala City on Saturday
Activists of the Shiv Sena pull out the carcass of bull from a truck at Ambala City on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Ambala, April 21
Shiv Sena activists rescued 18 bulls from near the Haryana-Punjab border adjoining Ambala City late last evening. They were stuffed in a truck brutally. Four of them died, as they were crammed inside the truck in an inhuman manner.

In fact, the truck was having the capacity of transporting around half a dozen matured cattle, while as many 18 cattle were being carried in it.

According to information, three cattle smugglers had been carrying those cattle from Punjab to Uttar Pradesh for slaughtering. The workers of Sev Sena had been chasing them from Punjab. As soon as the truck entered in Haryana area, they stopped the truck. According to Kala Ram Chauhan, the president of Shiv Sena, the cattle smugglers fired several rounds in the air and later managed to disappear in the darkness.

The Shiv Sena workers informed the police and brought the truck at a goshala (deserted cattle house).

The police registered a case against unknown cattle smugglers under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960, on the complaint of Shiv Sena activists. Around one dozen cases have registered against the cattle smugglers in the district during last one year.



4-acre wheat crop gutted
Our Correspondent

The destroyed wheat crop at a field in Mehmadpur village of Dera Bassi on Saturday
The destroyed wheat crop at a field in Mehmadpur village of Dera Bassi on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Dera Bassi, April 21
Nearly 4 acres of standing wheat crop and 10 acres of wheat subtle were gutted in Ambala and Mehmandpur villages near Dera Bassi today. Fire tenders from Dera Bassi and ammunition depot, Dappar, reached the spot and controlled the fire immediately.

The fire broke out due to a short circuit in the wires, which were crossing over the fields of wheat crop.

As per information of fire control department officials and residents, nearly one acre of crop of Baldev Singh and two acres of crop of Sukhdev Singh were gutted and nearly 10 acres of wheat subtle was also destroyed in the fire. Along with this, one acre of wheat crop was gutted in Mehandpur village. Meanwhile, Bhartiya Kissan Union leader Manpreet Singh said the government should provide compensation to the affected farmers. The affected farmers said when they noticed fire, they informed the fire control station and tenders reached immediately to douse the fire.



HC tells Punjab to furnish info
Notices sent to against those degrading hillocks in Chandigarh’s northern region and action taken against defaulters so far
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court asked Punjab yesterday to furnish information on notices sent by the state to those allegedly degrading hillocks in the city’s northern region. Punjab was also asked to submit information on the action taken so far against defaulters.

The directions by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover came on a public interest litigation arising from a suo motu notice taken by the high court on a report in these columns.

The functioning of a Punjab vigilance bureau officer, a subdivisional officer and a Mohali-based BJP leader had come under the scrutiny of the high court after it took suo motu cognisance of the report on their alleged role in the ecological degradation of the hillocks.

Taking cognisance of the report, Justice Mehtab Singh Gill ruled that the petition raised ecological concerns and asked Punjab, the Chief Conservator of Forests, the Punjab Environment Secretary, the Union of India through the Forest Secretary and the Centre’s Environment Secretary to file their replies.

They were asked to inform the court on the action taken under “the relevant Acts against the erring government officials and persons occupying the land illegally”. Justice Gill also called for “details of the steps taken and required to be taken to restore the ecological balance”.

In the crisp “court on its own motion order”, Justice Gill ruled, “A news item in the Chandigarh Tribune dated May 26 has shown the extensive damage caused to the hillocks in the northern region of Chandigarh. It has been stated that inroads have been made into the Shivalik hills.”

He further noted, “The hillocks have been levelled and about 40 illegal farmhouses have been sold to non-locals.

About 500 trees have been illegally felled, uprooted and sold by local politicians-turned-realtors to remove all traces of forest land.

Thirteen persons who own farmhouses on this land have been identified. These 13 persons are related to high-ups.”



cement scam
Charges framed against three
Court discharges four others, including three MC officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Two years after the municipal corporation (MC) cement scam, a local court framed charges of forgery and criminal conspiracy against the three accused today. The court also discharged four persons, including three MC officials, as the police failed to produce anything substantial against them.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal framed charges against truck driver Harvinder Singh, private contractor Harshwardhan and his father Jawahar Jindal under Sections 420 (forgery), 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The cement scam came to light on the night of March 20, 2010, when the UT vigilance department arrested the accused for pilfering 200 bags of cement from the MC sub-store at Sector 17.

The police had received a tip-off that 200 bags of cement had been loaded in a truck from the cement sub-store. According to information, the truck was to leave for Barwala late that night.

Harshwardhan was the government contractor for the flooring work. His father had a factory at Barwala. The truck was impounded at the barrier near the Fun Republic.

The truck contained cement bags bought by the MC. The police nabbed Harvinder, the driver. After interrogating him, it had arrested Jindal, who was supposed to receive the truck.

Later, the police had arrested Harshwardhan, AK Sood and three MC officials.

During investigation, it was revealed that Sood had sublet the contract to Harshwardhan’s Sarv-priya Building Products. He was taking the cement from the store to Jindal’s factory at Barwala.



Man acquitted of rape, cheating, bigamy charges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge acquitted a man of the charges of bigamy, rape and cheating after six witnesses turned hostile. As per the prosecution case, the accused Sachin Joshi had married Savita, a Sector 38 resident, on November 15, 2010, in a temple in Sector 40.

Joshi left his wife a few days after his marriage and did not turn up. When the family contacted him, he told them he had got a job in Noida, but did not return. When the woman’s family inquired about him, they got to know he was already married to Anu, a native of Morinda, on October 15, 2010. Following this, an FIR was lodged against Joshi at the Sector 39 police station under Sections 420 (cheating), 376 (rape) and 494 (bigamy). He was later sent to Model Burial Jail, Sector 45.

During the course of case in the court, all witnesses, including the first wife of the accused, turned hostile. Savita told the court she had only got engaged with Joshi and they never got married.

Her father Dayanand also supported her statement alongwith other family members. Whereas Anu said that though they knew each other, they did not get married. Sachin was then acquitted.



khushpreet case
Statements of five recorded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Statements of five persons were recorded in the Khushpreet kidnapping and murder case in court here yesterday. Contractor Suresh Kumar of Fathegarh Sahib submitted his bank account statement, showing that prime accused Sukhdev deposited Rs 10,000 for payment of pipe works on December 12, 2010, after receiving ransom.

Another witness, Tara Chand, a patwari, confirmed in the court that the accused resides at house number 1309, Burail. Kushal Yadav, assistant manager, ICICI bank, submitted the bank account statements of a well-wisher who had given Rs 3 lakh which were to be given as ransom to the accused.

Baldev Singh, manager of Indian Bank, submitted bank details of the main accused in the court.

The next date of hearing was May 17.


Field day for thieves
Strike five houses of locality at Sec 57 on IPL match night
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 21
While the entire district police was busy to man the gates and surrounded area of the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium due to an IPL match, thieves had a field day last night.

As many as five thefts were reported from a single locality in Sector 57 late last night. Owners of the premises were away when the thieves struck there.

“The exact loss is yet to be determined as the owners of three houses are yet to return,” said Dharampal, SHO of Phase I police station.

According to the police, the houses belonged to Ram Asrey, Bhagwan Singh, Amarjit Singh, Daljit Kaur and Malkit Singh.

He added that it was a handiwork of same gang, as locks of all five houses were found broken in same manner.

The police said Amarjit Singh was on night duty and his family was away to Jammu at the time of the incident.

“On his return, he found the lock on the main door of the house broken. He lost around Rs 10,000 cash and a mobile phone. Similarly, Ram Asrey, a shopkeeper, went to a relative’s house with his family. When he came back, he found the broken locks of his shop-cum-residence and the thieves have taken away cash worth Rs 5,000, mobile recharge coupons worth Rs 10,000 and other valuables.

Meanwhile, the series of theft have created panic among the residents of the area.

“The police should intensify patrolling here, as the number of thefts and other petty crimes has been increasing,” said Ram Asrey.



pinjore scam
Audit clerk arrested
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 21
In the Pinjore municipal committee scam, the Haryana vigilance bureau has arrested an audit clerk, Hargu Lal, here today. Hargu was produced at local court from where he was sent to judicial custody. Before this, the bureau had arrested another accused, Mohan Lal Puri, a sweeping contractor on February 1.

The vigilance bureau Deputy Superintendent of Police Nihal Singh said a request was submitted before the court for the police remand of the accused, which was rejected by the court.

The case dates back to 2007 and 2009, when crores of rupees were allegedly embezzled by the accused by allocating works to the contractors, which were never carried out. It was detected that contracts were allotted to manufacture covers for drains worth Rs 85 lakh. These covers, however, were not found in place at the time of checking by the vigilance department.

A complaint in this regard was lodged by former councillors, Gurcharan Dhiman, Karm Chand Dhiman and Krishna Devi.

Following this, a case under Sections 406, 409, 420, 466, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC had been registered against the accused, including Pinjore municipal committee president Kuldeep Singh Kikka, the then civic body secretary Kashmiri Bansal and Hargu Lal.



Three arrested for kidnapping
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The UT police arrested three persons on charges of allegedly kidnapping and robbing a Sector 25 resident. The accused have been identified as Sandeep Kumar, resident of Nayagoan, Kuldeep Singh and Suraj Kumar, both residents of Sector 25. Another accused, Deepak Kumar, is still at large.

The three had kidnapped and robbed 30-year-old Sanjeev Kumar, resident of Sector 25. The accused disclosed to the police that Sanjeev had passed vulgar remarks to Suraj’s girlfriend, Pooja resulting which they decided to kidnap him to teach him a lesson.

Sanjeev, left home in the morning for work on his motorcycle. He was stopped near PGI by the accused, who were waiting for him. They forcibly pushed the victim into the car. They took him to Manimajra where they thrashed him in front of Pooja. They took him ATM card and made Sanjeev withdraw Rs 5000 from an ATM machine in Manimajra. The accused also made a video clip of the victim.

They also took him to Sukhna lake where they bashed him up before they took him to Panchkula. They then dropped him in Sector 8 in evening.

The victim informed the police. After scanning the CCTV footage of the ATM, the police laid a trap and managed to apprehend the accused from Sector 24. All the accused were in inebriated condition.

The police also impounded the car used in the crime.

A case has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.



Man commits suicide

Mohali, April 21
Forty-year-old Radhey Sham allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with the railing of the top floor of his residence at Phase VII here today. Radhey Sham, who worked as an accountant with a private firm in Lalru, was reportedly under depression for some time, said DSP RS Sohal.

The police also recovered a suicide note from the pocket of the victim’s trousers in which he mentioned that nobody was responsible for his step. The suicide note has date of April 19. Police sources said Radhey Sham went to the top floor this morning. The matter came to light when his 16-year-old daughter went upstairs to call him.

After initiating the legal proceedings and post-mortem as well, the body was handed over to the family. — TNS



Man killed in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 21
Thirty-year-old Manoj Kumar died after being hit by a car last night near the Mandi Karan Board at Phase X here last night. Manoj Kumar, a resident of Phase XI, was riding a two-wheeler when a Swift car, being driven by Gagandeep Singh, an engineering student, hit him near the Mandi Karan Board at around 12.20 am.

Manoj was shifted to the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, where he was declared brought dead.

Sub-Inspector Gurmeet Singh, SHO of Phase XI police station, said the police had arrested Gagandeep Singh after registering a case under Sections 279 and 304 A of the IPC against him. The accused was later bailed out.

Manoj is survived by a wife and a one-year-old child. He was working as a security guard with a private company.



Local lads outplay Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

A player in action during a cricket match at DAV school, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Saturday
A player in action during a cricket match at DAV school, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, April 21
The local cricket team defeated Ludhiana after bundling out the rivals in their second innings during the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-16) for the ML Markan Trophy at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today.

Earlier, the local team scored a total of 386 runs before declaring their first innings. With this win, the home team attained full six points, including a bonus point.

After continuing from their overnight score of 121 for one in 29 overs, the home team today declared their innings on 385 runs for six in 86 overs. Bhagminder Singh scored 47 off 61, while Jasnoor contributed 62 off 120. Other batsmen Lakshay Rakhra scored 82 off 132 and Raman Bishnoi contributed 38 off 62 with the help of two high towering sixes. For bowling side, Manan Jain took five for 134.

In reply, the Ludhiana team failed to achieve the target and bundled out for 128 in 43.4 overs. Manan Jain remained unbeaten on 46 runs, while Ramandeep Singh (21) was the other main contributor.

For local bowling side, Kuljeet Kulhar grabbed six for 37 and Shubham Chand took three for seven.

In the second match, the Ropar team failed to chase down Patiala’s total of 430 runs in their home ground and scored a total of 212 runs for nine in 95 overs during their first innings.

In the third match of the day, the Mohali cricket team took a crucial lead of 24 runs against Jalandhar in their match at YPS, Mohali.

Brief score (Match I):

Patiala (1st innings): 430 for 5 in 106 overs (declared): (Mandeepinder Singh Bawa 61, Akul Pandove 87 not out, Anmolpreet Singh 29, Ikjot Singh 115 not out, Mayank 31 not out; Jagdeep Singh 2 for 115, Resham Kumar 2 for 114).

Ropar (1st innings): 212 for 9 in 95 overs (Nikhil Kumar 52 off 86, Sachit 63, Jagdeep 17; Sudeep 3 for 26, Mayank 2 for 33).

Match II:

Jalandhar (1st innings): 216 all out in 96.5 overs (Mansab Gill 81, Karan Rajput 32, Rohit Chohan 21, Harkamaljeet Singh 22; Amish Sidhu 3 for 32, Tarnpreet Singh 3 for 42, Siddharth Shekhar 2 for 23).

Mohali (1st innings): 240 all out in 94.4 overs (Shubman Gill 75, Taranpreet Singh 43, Harpreet Singh 39; Manni Karan 3 for 57, Mohit Mariya 2 for 38, Karan Kahlon 3 for 47).



Tennis Meet
Saumya thrashes Preetnain
Tribune News Service

A tennis player plays a shot during her match at the CLTA Complex in Chandigarh on Saturday
A tennis player plays a shot during her match at the CLTA Complex in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, April 21
Local tennis player Saumya Saxena defeated Preetnain Grewal, a city player, in straight sets to qualify for the first round of the CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament for Boys and Girls’ (U-14 and 16) being played at the CLTA Complex and Lake Club here today.

Samuya defeated her opponent by 8-3 in the match of the U-16 category. In other matches of same category, Prinkle Singh of Jammu and Kashmir overcame Sabhyata Nihlani of Delhi 8-6, while Shreya Kalia of Himachal Pradesh defeated Abhilasha Mudgil 8-2.


2nd round: Boys (U-14): Yugal Bansal (Delhi) bt Manik Malhotra (Chd) 8-0; Alamjit Virk (Punjab) bt Nmam Gupta (PB) 8-0; Ritik Mohapatra (Chd) bt Yuvraj Singh (Chd) 8-7(2); Anmol Rattan Kamboj (Chd) bt Shreyas Chopra (Chd) 8-0; Mritunjay Badola (Uttarakhad) bt Chirag Dahiya (Haryana) 8-2; Udgam Aggarwal (Chd) bt Anant Singh Janjua 8-5; Abhimanyu Rozra (HR) bt Vishvender Singh 8-3; Saurabh Prashar (Chd) bt Parmeet Singh Deol (Chd) 8-7(3); Utkarsh Bhandari (Utk) bt Daksh Marwaha (Chd) 8-1; Akshay Sethi (PB) bt Sanjam Harish (Chd) 8-6; Ankush Mishra (PB) bt Jaskirat Singh Grewal (PB) 8-0; Rahul Kumar (Chd) bt Sahishnu Sharma (J&K) 8-2; Rohit Kumar (HR) bt Ravsehaj Puri (Chd) 8-2; Amitoj Singh (Chd) Shrut Mohapatra (PB) 8-3; MS Karthik (TN) bt Sarvesh Maria (PB) 8-5; Rishabh Sharda (Chd) bt Puneet Jain (PB) 8-2; Sagar Bains (Chd) bt Sohrab Kalia (HP) 8-5; Gaurav (Chd) bt Anshul Mahajan (PB) 8-4; Fardeen (Chd) bt Jyot Sikha 8-0; Himanshu Mor (HR) bt Robin (PB) 8-3; Gurjot Sidhu (PB) bt Udit Kamboj (HR) 8-0; Calvin Golmei (MAN) bt Tanik Gupta (PB) 8-3; Chinoy Sethi (Chd) Akshit Chabra (Chd) 8-3; Ramanjot Singh (Chd) bt Abir Hiranandani (Chd) 8-5; Raunaq Singh Marwaha (HR) bt Manvir Sohi (PB) 8-1; Neeraj Yashpaul (CHD) bt Jaskanwar (Chd) 8-2; Deepak Chahal (Chd) bt Sehaj Sidhu (Chd) 8-5; Sabrang Sandal (Chd) bt Savneet Singh Bajwa (Chd) 8-1; Aditya Vasisht (PB) bt Ankrish Khanna (Chd) 8-1; Chiraz Singh Dhanoa (Chd) bt Indresh Singh (Chd) 8-0; Jaideep Singh (PB) bt Nimit Jain (Chd) 8-3; Rishi Khirwar (PB) bt Karan Bhalla (Chd) 8-2.

Boys (U-16): Vikas Berwal (HR) bt Karun Bhandari (PB) 8-2; Manjot Singh (PB) bt Anmol Sandhu (CHD) 8-3; Paramveer Singh Bajwa (PB) bt Sarthak Jain (J&K) 8-2; Chinmay (Dli) bt Jotpal Singh (PB) 8-4; Divyansh Khatri (Dli) bt Jagdeep Singh Bajwa (Chd) 8-2; Mingki Talom (AP) bt Prithvi Khanna (Dli) 8-4; Gaurang (Dli) bt Eklavya Singh (JHA) 8-1; K Metba (DLI) bt Addhayan (CHD) 8-6; Faisal Qamar w/o Santbeer Singh Bhangoo (CHD); Shramay Dhawan (DLI) bt Aditya Vir Singh (HR) 8-0; Vasisht Cheruku (KAR) bt Siddharth Basnet (SKM) 8-3; Sumit Pal Singh (PB) br Kabir Bhatia (PB) 8-7(5); Surya Partap Singh (PB) bt Aditya Basu (DLI) 8-3; Raghav Talwar (CHD) bt Shrey Seth (PB) 8-6; Akhil Bansal (PB) bt Abhijeet Gahalan (CHD) 8-3.

1st round: Girls (U-14): Shea Bhasin (CHD) bt Sandeep Kaur (CHD) 8-0; Devika Rastogi (UP) bt Vedika Filosofia 8-0; Farhat Qamar bt Arshpreet Bajwa (PB) 8-2; Cheisea Stephen (PB) bt Pragya Singh (HR) 8-3; Seerat Kaur Pannu (PB) bt Smkiti Jain (CHD) 8-1; Taru Ahluwalia (CHD) bt Jahnavi Shivran (HR) 8-3; Seerat Sidhu (CHD) bt Mehakdeep Kaur (CHD) 8-3; Rubani Ahluwalia (CHD) bt Aastha Malhotra (CHD) 8-2; Komaljit Kaur (CHD) bt Harleen Kaur (PB) 8-5.



CLTA to get new coaching director
Tennis coach Gajendra Singh will boost the association
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Tennis coach Gajendra Singh, who has coached many Indian Davis Cup players, will join the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA). According to Jai Singh Gill and Rajan Kashyap, president and patron-in-chief of CLTA, the centre will get a boost after Gajendra Singh joins the association. He will join as the director of coaching and development programme.

Sources said Gajendra will also be in charge of the tennis development programme that will motivate coaches to run an effective tennis camps. Earlier, Gajendra conducted various tennis clinics with world famous players like Frew MacMillan, Bob Hewitt, Luke Jansen, Murphuy Jansen, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathy. He was also with Sania Mirza when she was a junior player and was a travelling coach of India (U-16) team to Pakistan.

He also worked as summer tennis Pro at Kutchers Tennis Academy, New York, from 1992 to 1997 where he had handled about 570 trainees every year.

He also worked at the Swiss Tennis Centre, Nepal, from 1979 to 81 and again from 1987 to 89. In addition to conducting a number of coaching camps with tennis legend Ramesh Krishnan, he also conducted tennis clinics during 2011 ATP event with Roger Federer and others like Davydenko and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.



Cycle rally a hit with participants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The second “Go Green Cycle Rally” was held in Chandigarh today. The rally organised by the State Bank of India (SBI) with the support of the Chandigarh Administration was an instant success with participants.

The idea behind holding the event is promoting concern for environment among residents of the tricity. The rally got off to a roaring start from Sector 10 Leisure Valley with nearly 600 cycling enthusiasts pumping their bicycles’ pedals with vigour and enthusiasm.

The rally was flagged off by Brijendra Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, and NK Chari, chief general manager, SBI, Chandigarh circle. The banking behemoth donated as many as 200 cycles to needy children. The cycle rally covered a distance of 6.5 km. The rally was a useful way to spread awareness about the importance of adopting energy conserving methods of travel like bicycles.



Corporate Cup
HDFC Bank get better of ACC Lions in cricket

Chandigarh, April 21
The Corporate Cricket Cup T20 Championship kicked off at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium here today. In the first match, HDFC Bank defeated ACC Lions. The losing side while batting first scored 71 runs for 10 in 19.3 overs with Sumita (28) and Parvindera (25) scoring the lion’s share. For the bowling side, Balvar Singh took three wickets and Gurinder Saini took two wickets.

The winning side achieved the target in the seventh over with Gurinder Saini remaining unbeaten on a score of 52 off 31.

In the second match, Nokia Siemens Network defeated Airtel Tigers.

The winning side scored 133 runs after loosing eight wickets in the allotted slot of 20 overs. Munish (26) and Umesh Joon (27) contributed the most runs, while bowler Sarang took three wickets.

In reply, the Airtel Tigers started off well but later got all out on 93 runs in 16.1 overs. Jatin (30) and Anuj (18) were the main scorers for the team. Bowler Charanjeet took six wickets. — TNS



Chess meet from April 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The Chandigarh Chess Association will organise the 23rd Chandigarh Chess Championship from April 26 to 29 at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here.

The top four players of the competition will be selected to represent the city in the forthcoming National Challenger Chess Championship to be held at Tirupathi from May 18 to 28.

The interested participants can confirm their entries with the organisers before April 25.



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