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Breakthrough in blind murder case, 1 booked
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 11
The police has claimed to have found a breakthrough in a month-old blind murder case of a native of Nalina Khurd village, identified as Jagtar Singh. The weapon used for committing the crime has also been recovered by the police. The arrested accused has been identified as Rajesh Kumar, a native of Shahpur village, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Superintendent of Police (Detective) Amarjit Singh Motwani said the accused was working in Nalina Khurd village and had given an amount of around Rs 12,000 to the victim. “After Jagtar allegedly failed to return the amount, Rakesh stole Jagtar’s buffalo, following which the accused had to undergo an imprisonment for six months,” said the SP.

Motwani said after his release from jail on October 3 the accused planned to seek revenge and murdered Jagtar while he was asleep in his cattle shed.

After murdering him, Rakesh dumped his body at an isolated place in the village and fled. The deceased Jagtar was unmarried and used to sleep in cattle shed. When his relatives could not find him the next day, they searched for him and found his body a few yards away from the site of incidnet.

Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested Rakesh from a bus stand in Kharoda village in Patiala. The police has booked the accused under various sections of the IPC.



3 booked on charges of abduction, rape
Our Correspondent

Ambala, November 11
The Maheshnagar police has registered a case against two youths for allegedly abducting a 15-year-old and raping her. According to information, two youths, identified as Suraj and Rinku, took the victim to Bihar and laced her cold drink with some sedative substance. She got unconscious and then the duo raped her. She alleged that a woman too had helped the duo in committing the crime.

The girl then approached the Child Line Welfare Society and narrated her ordeal to them. The spokesman of the child line then reported the matter to the Maheshnagar police following which a case was registered.

In a separate incident, a girl jumped off from a moving car at Ambala Cantt when a youth accompanying her attempted to molest her.

The youth had taken her along on pretext of providing her with a suitable job. The girl sustained minor injuries.



Monica’s murder: Accused claim innocence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
Recording their statements in the court in the Monica Goyal murder case, all four accused, including the victim’s husband, today claimed that they were innocent and had never inflicted any cruelty on the deceased. They said Monica was disturbed as she was debarred from getting a share in property and her parents used to instigate her. This resulted in domestic tension and some minor rifts following which she ended her life on her own, they claimed.

Monica’s brother-in-law Vishal Goyal said he was staying alone and had never demanded dowry. Her husband Vikas Goyal told the court that Monica’s parents instigated her against them.

Monica’s in-laws GP Goyal and his wife Prem Lata Goyal while recording their statements said their entire family had once got entangled in a property dispute and that they were also jailed in 2005.

After the family won the dispute in the court, the house was given to her brothers-in-law, but not Monica. “As a result, her parents instigated her which resulted in minor rifts in the house and she was then moved to the annexe. I then issued a public notice debarring Vikas and Monica from my property which depressed her,” said Monica’s father-in-law GP Goyal while recording his statements. The case has now been adjourned to November 14.

Monica’s in-laws stated that they had never asked for dowry. They said they found her hanging in her room and took her to hospital. Monica Goyal, a 35-year-old computer teacher at New Public School in Sector 18, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in October, 2012. The victim, Monica Goyal, was brought to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16, where she was declared brought dead. The family of the woman cried foul and alleged that her in-laws murdered her.

The police charged the accused under sections of murder as well as abetment to suicide, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence against Monica’s husband Vikas Goyal, father-in-law GP Goyal, mother-in-law Prem Lata Goyal and brother-in-law Vishal Goyal in the court today. Twenty-two days after the incident on November 8 last year, the police slapped murder charges against the accused. The police had booked all of them in a case of abetment to suicide.

After the incident, a team of CFSL had reconstructed the death scene and hung a dummy from the ceiling fan. The forensic team established that Monica Goyal was first beaten brutally the night before her death and then her body was hung from the ceiling fan. The CFSL has not ruled out the possibility that Monica could have been hung in an unconscious state.

The police had also added section of destruction of evidence after they recovered a bedsheet from her residence, which had been washed by her in-laws.



Judge bribery case
Court to frame charges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The CBI court today directed all the accused, including Justice Nirmal Yadav (retd), in the judge bribery case to appear before it on November 26. The court will be framing charges against all the accused during the next hearing.

The CBI Judge, Vimal Kumar, made it clear that there was no stay on the hearing of the case by the High Court. He said the High Court had returned the case record which it had summoned, and thus the trial court could proceed with the hearing.

The High Court had on September 13 admitted a revision petition filed by Justice Yadav and summoned the entire trial court records. This had brought the trial in the CBI court to a halt.

A fortnight back, the High Court, on the administrative side, had returned all the records to the CBI court.

All the accused barring Justice Yadav and Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh were present in the court today. These two accused have sought exemption from the case on health grounds.

Other accused are former additional advocate general of Haryana Sanjiv Bansal, Chandigarh-based businessman Rajiv Gupta and one Nirmal Singh.

The CBI registered a case against Justice Yadav under the Prevention of Corruption Act in August 2008.



Graft case
Complainant turns hostile in court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
After alleging that he had been threatened by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the complainant in a corruption case involving a head constable today turned hostile in court. Balbir Singh, the complainant, stated in court that he was forced to sign documents taking a fake identity, under the name Satish Kumar. He said he was not aware of any such incident in which a head constable demanded bribe.

As per the CBI case, a UT police head constable, Ram Niwas, was arrested last year while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000.

The complainant in the case told the court that he was threatened of imprisonment if he failed to sign the documents.

During the last hearing, Balbir’s minor brother Satish had also turned hostile in court.

The 13-year-old boy told the court that he worked with a juice vendor, Bablu. Bablu, he said, owed Rs 1,000 to Ram Niwas. Balbir gave the boy Rs 1,000 to hand over to Ram Niwas so that he could arrange a better place for them to put up the juice stall.

The conversation was overheard by the rehri association president, Sanjay, who complained to the CBI that the head constable was demanding bribe.

The complainants maintained there was no demand for bribe.



Geetanjali murder case
Court denies family custody of eldest child
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 11
In the Geetanjali murder case, the District Court today dismissed the petition filed by her family. The family had sought custody of the eldest daughter, Aasma. During the previous hearing, the defense counsel in the court said the children are in Jaipur and would be returning on November 10.

It was on July 17, when Geetanjali was found shot dead in Gurgaon.

The postmortem report , later, revealed that she was shot at thrice, resulting in her death.

Following the allegations by family of the victim and the course of investigations by the police, a case under Section 302 (murder) was registered against her husband Ravneet Garg, father-in-law KK Garg and mother-in-law Rachna Garg.

Ravneet Garg who was posted in Gurgaon, and had moved with Geetanjali from Jagadri to Gurgaon two months back following his promotion.

The family later alleged that their daughter was bearing the brunt of her inlaws for not giving birth to a boy.

Geetanjali is survived by her two daughters.



IRCTC penalised for causing harassment
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The IRCTC has been penalised for booking tickets for a special seasonal train which is yet to be introduced. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Group General Manager of IRCTC to pay Rs 6,880 to the complainant for expenses incurred on travelling and allied expenses from Chandigarh to Delhi and Rs 15,000 as compensation for harassment and mental agony. The opposite party has also been directed to pay Rs 7,500 as costs of litigation.

The complainant, Suresh Kumar, who wanted to go to Alwar, booked an e-ticket for Fairy Queen Special Train through the website of the IRCTC. The tickets from Chandigarh to Delhi were booked online. On reaching Delhi, the complainant was told that the Fairy Queen Services were not ready for the season. “The railway officials in Delhi were surprised when the matter was brought to their notice,” the complainant stated.

The complainant had to return to Chandigarh. The matter was taken up with the opposite party and it paid an amount of Rs 10,200 to the complainant. The said services were not available and the rolling stock was also not ready for the season 2010-11.



Bank manager, friend booked for extortion
Had demanded money from restaurant owner on finding rat in pickle bowl
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 11
Two persons, including the manager of a private bank, have been booked by the Mohali police for extortion, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation on the complaint of the owner of a restaurant. One of the accused allegedly found a dead rat from a pickle bowl while having dinner at the Phase V-based Haveli restaurant on the night of November 4.

The duo, bank manager Tarun Khullar and his friend Amandeep Singh, allegedly demanded Rs 5 lakh (later settled on Rs 1 lakh) from the restaurant owner, Kanwaljit Singh, for settling the case or “face consequences”.

A case under Sections 384, 506 and 120-B of the IPC has been booked against the duo at the Phase I Police Station. The two met the Superintendent of Police (City) Swarndeep Singh and pleaded their innocence.

The SP said he had ordered the station house officer of the area, inspector Dharam Pal, to verify all the facts and report to him before taking further action.

Kanwaljit said he had taken Khullar and his wife to Fortis Hospital, who were having dinner at his restaurant, for check-up, but they refused to get admitted to it.

“Instead, they called Amandeep Singh, who started asking for money,” said Kanwaljit.

Khullar said he had demanded no money. Inspector Dharam Pal said the rat was being sent to a laboratory for test.



Vehicles pile up near Phase VI, 3 hurt
Tribune Reporters

Three persons, including a woman, were injured in a pile-up of vehicles at Phase VI, near the Verka chowk, on Monday. A speedy Mercedes bus rammed into a Maruti Zen car, which further collided with a scooter resulting in the casualties. The incident occurred at around 9.30 pm.

Driver of the car Karanjeet, a resident of Kharar, was trying to take a U-turn from the broken divider and was hit by the bus in the process from the rear side.

Occupants of the scooter Gulshan and Monika sustained injuries and were rushed to the civil hospital in Phase VI. Karanjeet was later referred to a hospital in Chandigarh. The station house officer, Dharampal, said statements of injured are being recorded and further investigations were on.

Bus collides with truck, 17 injured

Ropar: About 17 passengers got injured when a CTU bus, they were travelling in, collided with a truck here today.

While three injured identified as Narinder Kaur, Rani and Ramesh Kumar were critically injured, others were discharged after administering first aid.

The injured are currently undergoing treatment at the local civil hospital. Ropar Station House Officer Manvir Singh said CTU bus bound for Chandigarh was coming from Amritsar when it collided with a truck at Nurpur Bedi near headworks bridge at around 7 pm.

The injured were rushed to hospital, while the truck driver fled the spot.



SI shoots himself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
A 49-year-old sub-inspector with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) allegedly shot himself with his service revolver outside Haryana Civil Secretariat, Sector 1. The deceased has been identified as SI Vimal Kumar. His .9mm pistol was recovered from the spot. SI Vimal left a handwritten suicide note on the entry pass saying that nobody is responsible for this extreme step but stated that he is under depression.

He was a native of Agra in UP and was deputed for the security of Haryana Secretariat. Police said he shot himself below the chin and the bullet oozed out from his head.

The victim is survived by his wife and two sons and used to stay with his family in Khuda Lahora village.

The security personnel came to know about the incident when they heard the voice of a gunshot and found Vimal Kumar in pool of blood. He was declared brought dead in GMSH-16. An inquest proceeding has been initiated.



2 caught cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The UT police booked caught two candidates of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Haryana, while cheating. They were caught at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 27, yesterday.

The two were cheating using blue tooth enabled mobile phones. The accused were identified as Naresh Kumar of Jind and Vikram Singh of Hisar.

Police said the accused had kept the cell phones in their undergarments with tiny speakers attached with their shirts.

The invigilator in the room noticed them and informed the police. The cell phones of the two were seized and are being sent for forensic examination to CFSL, Sector 36. The police have registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy in the matter. They were sent to one-day police remand.



Tennis tourney
Navneet beats Pranav 8-0

Panchkula, November 11
Tennis player Navneet Singh outplayed his opponent Pranav Chopra, in the final match of boys (U-14) category during the ongoing Manav Mangal School and Ideal Academy Tennis Tournament, concluded at the tennis courts of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11. Navneet defeated his rival 8-0.

Results: Boys (U-12) semi-final- Pranav Chopra beat Kavan Dev (6-0); Uddayvir Singh beat Raghav Singh (6-0); Boys (U-14) first round-Janmay Jay beat Prasanna (5-1); Rupin Wats beat Shubham (5-4)4; Ronit Arora beat Sidharth Dhaiya (5-4)2; Tushar Kumar beat Pratyush (5-1); Yatan Sharma beat Vidant (5-1); Yajur Bansal beat Prajwal (5-0); Navneet Singh beat Dhananjay Singh (5-2); Raghav Dewan beat Paras Dogra (5-1); Archit Bansal beat Grimanshu (5-0); Boys (U-14) 2nd round-Kavan Dev beat Janmay Jay (5-0); Saurav Yadav beat Rupin Wats (5-1); Tarish Dhingra beat Ronit Arora (5-4); Pranav Chopra beat Tushar Kumar (5-0); Uddayvir Singh beat Yatan Sharma (5-2); Yajur Bansal beat Nishank Thakur (5-3); Navneet Singh beat Raghav Dewan (5-0); Dhairyavir beat Archit Bansal (5-2); Boys (U-14) quarter- final-Kavan Dev beat Saurav Yadav (6-5)5; Pranav Chopra beat Tarish Dhingra (6-3); Uddayvir Singh beat Yajur Bansal (6-0); Navneet Singh beat Dhairyavir Singh (6-2); Girls (U-12) quarter final-Priyanka Khanna beat Anvi Nagpal (5-0); Aastha Dewan beat Muskan (5-0); Agrima Tiwari beat Komal (5-0); Innayat Sandhu beat Ekta Kadian (5-2); Girls (U-12) first round-Anvi Nagpal beat Arushi (5-4)5; Muskan beat Khushi (5-0). — TNS



Cricket academy lift T20 trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The Livewire Coaching Cricket Academy (LWCC) won the finals of Donate Eyes-Win Hearts Cricket Trophy (20-20), concluded here today. In the final match of the championship, the wining side defeated Carriers India Ltd, Chandigarh, 37 runs. Putting to bat first, the LWCC team was restricted to a total of 122-runs in 20 overs.

Sahil lead the team’s score scored 45-runs while Sanjeev Sehgal contributed an unbeaten knock of 36-runs. For bowling side, Naresh Nailwal was the pick of the team claiming 3 for 27. In reply, the Carriers Indian team could manage to score only 83-runs with Sandeep scoring 23-runs.

For bowling team, Abhishek Bhateja, Subham Yadav and Amandeep Pannu claimed 2 wickets each.

Sahil of LWCC was declared Man of the Match and Man of the Series also. Naresh Nehlwal of Carriers team was awarded with the Fair play trophy while Siddharth Bakshi and Rohit of LWCC were awarded cricket kits for most promising youngsters of the tournament.



Saupin’s defeat Sarvhitkari school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The cricket team of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, defeated Sarvhitkari School, Mohali, in a match of 1st Kanwar Bhan Memorial Cricket Tournament for boys (U-13). Putting to bat first, the Saupin’s side posted 236-runs for 5 wickets in 40 over. Gaurav with his 100-runs contribution helped the team to achieve a healthy total.

Manav scored 39-runs and Utsav contributed 33-runs t oremain other principal scorers for the team. Sarvhitkari’s bowlers Gurmehar and Jowanpreet claimed two wickets each. Chasing the target, the Sarvhitkari side bundled out on 210-runs in 39.2 overs.



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