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Five drug peddlers, four thieves arrested
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 3
The district police has arrested five drug peddlers, who were involved in the sale of drugs for a long time and four thieves, who used to steal iron and scrap from the godowns.

The police has recovered 2,900 intoxicant tablets, 52 kg poppy husk, 4,500 intoxicant injections, Tata 407 vehicle along with iron scrap worth Rs 2 lakh from their possession.

SSP HS Mann said the Sirhind police received secret information that a youth residing at Sirhind city is involved in the sale of intoxicants.

The police laid the trap and arrested Harjot Singh, a resident of Sirhind city and recovered 1,000 intoxicant tablets. After interrogation, the police arrested another youth, identified as Jatinder Pal, a resident of Harnam Nagar and recovered 900 tablets and both of them disclosed that one Rajnish Kumar of Sirhind is also involved in sale of drugs, he was also arrested and 1,000 tablets recovered from him.

SSP said all the three were booked under the NDPS Act. He said the Amloh police during patrolling noticed a suspicious person near Ghulu Majra village. After searching him, the police recovered 52 kg poppy husk from his custody and he was identified as Parkash Chand alias Bhura resident of Mohali. He admitted that he had come to hand over the consignment.

He said the Khamano police on a tip off raided the shop of one Ramesh Kumar alias Meshi in Vijay Nagar area of Khamano and recovered 4,500 intoxicant injections.

He used to sell these injections without any valid license and permit. The police arrested him and registered the case.

Similarly, during checking of vehicles at a naka in Khamano, the police signalled a Tata 407 No PB-11AM-8004 to stop. But the driver fled away.

After chasing, the police succeeded in overpowering the vehicle and its occupants recovered stolen iron scrap worth Rs 2 lakh from the vehicle and arrested them.



Jagbir made head of Pbi varsity dept
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 3
Prof (Dr) Jagbir Singh has been appointed as head of zoology and environmental sciences department at the Punjabi University, Patiala. Prof Singh is an eminent entomologist and a leading environmentalist of the country.

He has several national and international awards to his credit. He has published 150 research papers in various national and international journals besides three books.



mehak case
Police files plea to withdraw FIR
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 3
In a curious development in the Mehak case, the Panchkula police has requested a local court to accept the cancellation of the FIR lodged against the in-laws of the victim on the plea that she had extra-marital relations and that she had committed suicide.

The plea of the police is in contradiction to the report of the medical board that conducted the postmortem wherein it was mentioned that it was not a case of suicide. On the other hand, the police, in its report before the court, has made no mention of neither the post mortem nor the viscera report, which mentioned injury marks at the time of death. Sandeep Garg, husband of Mehak, has been granted bail in the case.

It was on August 20, when the body of 23-year-old Mehak was found under mysterious circumstances at the residence of her in-laws in Sector-16, Panchkula. In the police report before the court, the police have mentioned that it was the second marriage of Sandeep and as the financial condition of the Mehak’s family was not sound and no dowry was paid.

The report, filed by the Panchkula police, mentions more about the girl’s character stating, “Mehak made a number of calls to Harish before and after marriage and the former even proposed her and wanted to married. But due to poor financial condition, they could not marry. Even after marriage, the girl was in contact with the boy.”

“The whole report clearly shows that it is in the favour of the accused. Nothing has been mentioned about Mehak’s injury marks at the time of death,” said Sunil Gupta, the father of the deceased.

Further, no mention has been made about the observations made in the postmortem that the girl had injury marks on her arms before the death, said he.

The postmortem had also raised serious questions and the board had given its opinion on the viscera report that it was not a case of suicide. The doctors were suspecting it to be a case of homicidal hanging.

When contacted DSP Arun Moudgil of the crime branch, he said, “ We have written in the report what our team investigated.”



Rape bid: Man gets police remand

Panchkula, November 3
The Panchkula police today arrested man, who had alleged attempted to rape a woman this August. The woman was married to a Ludhiana-based industrialist.

The accused has been identified as Yogesh Goyal and is brother-in-law of the woman. Goyal was produced in the court today and has been sent to four-day police remand.

It was in August when Priya (name changed) had filed a complaint stating that her in-laws used to thrash and torture her following which her brother-in-law attempted to rape her. — TNS


Patient, husband arrested in Mohali kidney scam
Had got operated illegally in December last year
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 3
In the infamous kidney scam, that rocked the city last December, the local police has arrested two more accused, Sandeep Goyal and his wife Archna Goyal, from Panipat today.

So far, as many as five arrests have been made in the case. The earlier arrested accused include Sachin, a lab technician; and Manju Pandey and her son Abhishek Pandey; while three accused, Shakeel, Vikas and Amitabh Pandey (another son of Manju Pandey) are still at large.

Notably, day before yesterday Manju Pandey died at Patiala jail due to illness.

SP (City) Swarndeep Singh said Sandeep, who is in the business of blankets manufacturing, had managed to buy a kidney for his ailing wife Archna after paying Rs 3 lakh to Sachin and other accused, who used to allure innocent persons to sell their organs.

Sandeep and Archna had prepared fake documents and recorded false statements that the donor in their case was his brother-in-law, said SP Swanrdeep Singh.

Notably, Sachin alias Fagu Lal, who originally hails from Binayakpur, Uttar Pradesh, and had worked as a technician at a local hospital, used to replace the blood sample of the donor with some relative of the patient to match the DNA reports of the both. Other members of the gang -- Shakeel, Vikas and Pandey family -- fraudulently brought the innocent victims to the city and prepared fake identities for them before removing their kidneys. They even made arrangements for the stay of these victims.

Sources in the police department claimed that majority of the donors hailed from UP, Bihar and Nepal. They donated their kidneys illegally in return of money. The SIT investigations revealed that most of the donors were shown residents of Mohali by preparing fake documents.

The Mohali police has set up a special investigating team (SIT) to investigate the matter after registering a case under Sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 474 and 120-B of the IPC and 18, 19-A and 20 of The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994, at the Phase-VIII police station here.

Notably, the names of two local private hospitals, where these kidney transplantations had taken place, also surfaced for their alleged involvement in the scam after Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Lucknow, DK Thakur, claimed to have busted a gang engaged in human organ trafficking and the sale of kidneys.

Meanwhile, the police today produced both Sandeep Goyal and his wife in the court, which sent Sandeep to one-day police remand and Archna to judicial custody.

However, Archna had to be admitted to a private hospital after her condition deteriorated later in the day.



Car-borne youths snatch chain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Four car-borne youths, reportedly, snatched a gold chain from a woman in Sector 22 here yesterday. The police said that Surinder Kaur, a resident of Sector 49, complained that four unknown youths travelling in a car snatched her gold chain at Sector 22 market.

The complainant, reportedly, managed to note down the registration number of the car, on the basis on which an inquiry has been initiated. The statement of the victim is being verified and the owner of the car is being located through the registration number, the police officials said.

A case under various sections of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

2 held for looting

The Chandigarh Police has arrested two persons for threatening and looting a resident of Kishangarh village.

According to the police, one Vinay Kumar alleged that Mahinder Singh and Sonu, both residents of Shastri Nagar in Mani Majra, along with two accomplices, threatened him and looted Rs 10,000 near the light point at Shastri Nagar on November 1.

The complainant alleged that the accused also snatched his mobile phone. A case under various sections of the IPC has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Juveniles held for theft bid

Panchkula: Two children, wearing formal dresses, tried to steal a woman’s handbag containing cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.5 lakh at a wedding venue here today.

The attempt was foiled when others present at the venue nabbed the children.

A marriage was being solemnised at Sector-7 Gurdwara when the incident took place, said Tarsem Garg, president of residents’ welfare association, Sector 7.

The police was called following the incident and the children were taken into custody.



domestic violence
22-year-old woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
A 22-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide after setting herself ablaze at Kaimbwala village. The victim, who was reportedly harassed by her husband, succumbed to her injuries at the PGI today.

According to the police, victim Monica Yadav entered into a dispute with her husband, Vijay, a waiter for a catering company, after he reached home in an inebriated condition.

The dispute turned violent as Vijay allegedly started beating her, following which the victim locked up herself in a room. She allegedly poured kerosene on herself and set herself ablaze in the room. The police said the neighbours, after hearing some noises, informed them of the incident.

DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor said the victim was rushed to the PGI by the police, where her statements were recorded. The victimstated that her husband was an alcoholic and used to physically assault her, which forced her to take the extreme step, the DSP said.

Monica had married the accused around two years back. The police said the accused had been booked and arrested.



Youth held with 150 gm charas
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 3
In another case of drug peddling, the Panchkula police has nabbed a youth and seized 150 gm of charas this morning. The accused, identified as Ravinder, alias Ravi, was caught by the police at the road diving Sectors 14 and 19.

He was travelling in a car when he was arrested. The charas was seized from his car, said the police.

Ravi is reportedly involved in theft cases too. “Ravinder resides in Ashiana Colony and was taking the drug to someone. We still have to investigate who all are his customers. It is believed that he has big network,” said a police officer.

The Panchkula police is yet to find out since when the accused is involved in the drug trafficking.

Earlier, on the night of October 30 a youth, identified as Ravi Kant Sharma, was arrested by the Panchkula police. The police seized 90 grams opium from his possession. He was arrested from the Chandimandir Toll Plaza.



Man hit by vehicle, dies

Mohali, November 3
A 50-year-old man was killed after being hit by an unidentified vehicle at the Focal Point Industrial Area road, Phase IX, here last night. The victim was identified as Baljinder Singh, aka Vijay.

The police said Vijay, who used to ride a three-wheeler, was going on foot when he was hit by a vehicle from behind. The police identified the deceased from his mobile contact list. The police said the post mortem was conducted today following which the body was handed over to the kin. A case under appropriate Sections of the IPC has been registered at Phase XI police station. — TNS



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