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Two brothers among 4 booked for theft
Used master key to gain access
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 4
Four persons, including two brothers, have been booked for committing theft in a house by using a duplicate master key.

The incident came to light after Vikas Garg, a resident of ward No. 14, approached the Kharar police. In his complaint, he stated that the brothers — Ranjit Singh and Manjit Singh — had been delivering milk to his family. Their mother worked as maid at the complainant’s house. Ranjit Singh is a student of polytechnic institute at Kharar and is pursuing diploma in computers.

During the past eight months, the family members had noticed that their belongings had been going missing each time they locked the house and went out of station.

Gold and other goods worth Rs 8 lakh have been reported missing from the house. Garg told the police that neither had there been any sign of breaking into the house nor had things been found scattered around.

“We noticed that our valuables had been going missing from the closets of our house with no signs of forced entry,” he told the police.

On October 30, Garg and his family went out for shopping. Upon return a few hours later, he found the door unlocked from the outside and bolted from the inside.

Vikas entered the house from another door and found four persons — Ranjit Singh, Manjit Singh, Sonu and Ravinder, both residents of Balongi — inside. By the time Vikas raised the alarm, all four managed to flee the house.

The police is yet to arrest the accused. According to sources, Ranjit and Manjit sold the gold stolen with the help of Sonu and Ravinder. Sources added that the CIA staff had rounded up an Ambala-based jeweller to whom all four accused had sold gold jewellery worth Rs 90,000. The police has booked all four under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC.



State penalised for absence of witness
Our Correspondent

Ambala, November 4
Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ambala, M. M. Dhonchak has imposed a penalty of Rs 1,400 on the state in state versus Gurmukh Singh and others case for not producing the prosecution witness on scheduled date. The court has issued an order to district magistrate for the depositing of penalty amount. A copy of the court order was also sent to IG, Ambala range.

Four of the accused in this case, Kaka Singh, Awatar Singh, Jasbir Singh and Gurmukh Singh, are in judicial custody, while the remaining a few others have been granted bail.

The case was to be heard on October 8, but in the absence of the witness, the case was adjourned for November 19.

The Judge further ordered that if the penalty amount was not deposited by November 19, the recovery would be made by attaching the property of the state.

While passing order in this regard on November 3, the Judge observed, " It shall be the duty of every police officer to promptly obey all the orders and warrants lawfully issued to him by any competent authority. Accused has a fundamental right of speedy trial. Belated service of summons/warrants of the witnesses has become prominent cause depriving the accused of his right."

He further observed in the order, "Lack of promptness in execution of the court orders as well as to keep the court orders at the last priority, on the part of police officials, had forced this court to keep the matter pending for the months together and has made the court itself a party to the violation of the valuable fundamental right of speedy trail of the accused. Lack of effective control of the senior police officers over their subordinate is writ large, which is responsible for the lackadaisical attitude."

"When proper action is not being taken against the negligent and careless police officers by their superiors, court can not shut its eyes and escape from its responsibility of protecting fundamental right of speedy trial of the accused", The Judge further said in the order.



Martial Arts Academy to start from next session
Tribune News Service

Anandpur Sahib, November 4
The Dasmesh Martial Arts Academy is expected to function from the next academic session, 10 years after its inauguration.

Punjab sports director Pargat Singh said four coaches would be provided for the academy this month. "We have recently employed 170 coaches and four of these will be deputed at the academy. They will be responsible for maintaining sports grounds and infrastructure," he said.

Pargat Singh added that a batch of around 100 students would be admitted in the first batch starting from the next academic session. The department aimed at starting the courses at the earliest and students would be admitted after taking their trials, he added.

He said it was yet to be finalised that whether the Sports Authority of India will run the academy or the state sports department.

The academy is built on 40 acres at a whopping cost of Rs 25 crore. Rs 16 crore were contributed by MP Avinash Rai Khanna from various government funds.

The former union defence minister George Fernandes had inaugurated this academy in 1999 and since then it had been lying unutilised. Last year in December, PUDA carried out maintenance work in the building at a cost of Rs 1 crore.

The academy has an auditorium, an administrative block, residential areas for all officials working at the academy, a horse-riding ring, a stable et al.



Keep away fanaticism from religion: VC
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 4
"Religious harmony to a great extent has caved into the tremendous pressure unleashed by religious fanaticism around the globe. Only true religious leaders and preachers can save the quintessence of spiritualism from further damage” remarked Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor Punjabi University, while presiding over Sardarani Kailash Kaur Memorial Lecture on "Swami Vivekananda: The Exponent of Religious Harmony".

The lecture was delivered by Prof Swaraj Basu, director distance education council, IGNOU, New Delhi, at the university Senate hall here today.

Dr Jaspal Singh said even the intelligentsia was not playing its due role to put a halt to this increasing trend of bigotry in the society. He urged them to strategies their wisdom and potential to overwhelm the fundamentalist forces bent upon dragging innocent citizens into committing such acts of spreading hatred and violence.

Dr Swaraj remarked, "Religious extremism has posed a serious challenge to secular liberalism”.

Dwelling upon the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, Dr Basu said "Sectarianism, bigotry and fanaticism have long possessed this beautiful earth, drenching it with human blood and sending nations into despair.



Minor sent to Nari Niketan
Our Correspondent

Ambala, November 4
The police has sent a minor girl from Assam to Nari Niketan yesterday, who was offered a household job at a residence in the Ambala city by a placement agency of Delhi.

According to information, the girl Sheela alias Pinky (15) told the police that she was sent to Ambala by the agency. She did not relish the job and she wanted to go back. Some of shopkeepers found her weeping at the Jagadhri gate. They took her to the police post No 4.

The police said parents of the girl were informed and no case was registered in this regard.



2 more lok adalats from Nov 10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court is all set to do what it has never done before. For bringing more and more warring sides face to face for amicable resolution of issues, it is increasing the number of lok adalats from one to three from November 10.

The adalats will function on a day-to-day basis in the high court and will be monitored by a sitting high court judge. Otherwise, a retired high court judge and a retired sessions judge will be on the panel.

The move is expected to go a long way in the expeditious disposal of cases, said Punjab and Haryana High Court’ Legal Services Committee chairman Justice K.S. Garewal.

Addressing a press conference, Justice Garewal said: “Keeping in view the number of disputes coming to the lok adalats for settlement, we felt there was a need for increasing the number of Benches”.

Initially, vehicle accidents claim decided by the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) would be taken up. As of now, approximately 2,800 such cases were awaiting disposal.

Chairman of the Mediation and Conciliation Committee Justice Mahesh Grover added as many as 20 mediation centres were also being planned for the states of Haryana and Punjab. “On November 8, as many as 17 such centres will be opened in the two states,” he said.

Elaborating, Justice Grover said in Haryana, mediation centres were coming up in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Rewari, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Jind, Hisar and Sonepat. In Punjab, these were being set up n Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Sangrur, Patiala, Moga and Hoshiarpur.

Justice Grover said lawyers would be trained and empanelled as mediators. “In fact, people from different fields, including lawyers, social activists, psychologists could become mediators after undergoing 40-hour training programme,” he said.

Justice Grover said matters pertaining to matrimonial disputes, partition issues between families, disputes with neighbours and runaway marriages will initially be brought under the ambit of mediation. “The entire process will be kept confidential and a maximum fee of Rs 4,000 will be fixed for the mediator. However, the fee will be payable only in the event of successful mediation,” he said.

Justice Grewal added lok adalats provided a level platform for resolution of disputes by way of compromise. All types of civil disputes and criminal offences, except non-compoundable ones, could be settled. “The decision of lok adalat was binding and final on both the parties and there was no appeal against the decision,” he said.



3 convicted in murder case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
Additional District and Sessions Judge R. S. Attri convicted Mewa Ram, Sucha Singh and Darshan Singh today for murdering a person, Raju, after a trial of three years. While the court acquitted Raj Kumar and Maheshi.

There was a rush of relatives and family members of the accused in the courtroom. When the accused were convicted, their families resisted from taking the accused into custody. However, the accused were taken into custody later. A lady even fainted out of shock outside the courtroom.

The quantum on the sentence will be pronounced on November 8.

According to the prosecution, the police had recovered a mutilated body from a jungle area near the Sector-39 Grain Market on the complaint of one Tinku, who later turned hostile. The body bore injury marks caused by a sharp-edged weapon on the head and other parts.

The word “Raju” was tattooed on victim’s hand. The victim could not be identified. During the trial, witness Jagtar Singh, who claimed to be a local leader of BJP, stated that two accused -- Mewa Ram and Sucha -- made extra-judicial confession before him that they had committed the crime.

The victim was in his thirties. The police had arrested five members of the sansi tribe in connection with the murder, citing illicit relations as a motive for the killings.

The police had arrested four brothers of the sansi tribe living in a nearby orchard. They were Sucha Singh, Raj Kumar, alias Raju, Darshan Singh and Maheshi. Their relative Mewa Ram was arrested in December, 2005.

Another prosecution witness, Yusuf Khan, stated before the police that when he was going from Dadu Majra to Maloya on his two-wheeler, he saw the deceased with the accused late at night. He claimed to have known the accused. During the trial, Yusuf was not able to identify even one accused.



Citibank to pay up Rs 25,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Citibank to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 to a former employee of DELL for not releasing his provident fund.

The petitioner, Teena Goel, stated in the complaint that she was employed with the Dell International Services from July 2005 till March 2006. A provident fund of Rs 597 was deducted from her salary every month.

When she resigned from her job and deposited all the documents required for refund of her PF, she was told by the authorities concerned that her PF would be refunded in two months, but nothing was done.

Thereafter, she approached the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner where it was confirmed that the PF amount was sent to her bank account through cheque but the money was not credited to her account.

The Citibank claimed that it had sent letters to the complainant requesting her to submit the requisite documents.

However, since she failed to do so, her account was closed, said the bank officials.



Food inspector gets 1-yr RI in graft case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jian today sentenced food inspector Sanjay Kumar Bahrol to rigorous imprisonment (RI) of one year for demanding bribe at district courts. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the accused.

Sanjay was held guilty under Prevention of Corruption Act-1988.

CBI had registered a case against Sanjay on the complaint of Naresh alias Bobby, the owner of Bobby Juice Shop in Sector 7.

Naresh alleged that Sanjay had visited the said shop on August 22 in 2006 and collected samples of a beverage. After taking the samples, the food inspector demanded a bribe of Rs 2,000 and assured him that he would not take the sample from the shop.

Naresh stated that he told the accused to take the samples, but the food inspector told him that he would come to his shop on August 24, 2006, in the morning to collect Rs 2,000.

The accused was arrested red-handed on August 24, 2006, and was granted bail on September 6, 2006. There were 29 witnesses in the case.



Justice Kannan to take oath today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
Pursuant to his transfer, Justice K. Kannan of the Madras High Court will be sworn in as a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday. The number of the high court judges with his transfer will increase to 48.

His transfer has ended speculation regarding the transfer of some other Punjab and Haryana High Court judges being currently in the pipeline. Justice Kannan is author of several leading law books, including ones on injunction and insurance. He was also an editor of the Madras Law Journal form 2006 to 2008, till his elevation as an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court.

He enrolled as an advocate in July 1977 and is third generation lawyer in the family. His father and grandfather have been lawyers at the district court of Cuddalore. Justice Kannan practiced at Cuddalore till 1992, when he shifted his practice to the Madras High Court. He was a senior panel central government standing counsel.



Kahlon case
VB seeks 2-month time
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 4
In an eight-year-old Punjab vigilance case pertaining to the purchase of 103 JCB machines by former rural development and panchayat minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon today took a new turn.

The investigating officer of the case today appeared before the court seeking permission to reinvestigate the case. A two-month time has been sought by the vigilance. The court has fixed November 6 to decide on the application.

Kahlon is now the speaker of the state Vidhan Sabha. Interestingly, when the Vigilance Bureau registered an FIR on May 16, 2002, against the Akali leader and other officials of the department, the Congress had been in power.



Man held with leopard skin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
The Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police arrested a Mandi resident and recovered a leopard skin from his possession. The accused worked at a liquor vend in the city.

Kameshwar, accused in leopard skin case, who was arrested by the Operations Cell, Sector 26, Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

According to DSP (Operations Cell) Jagbir Singh, the accused has been identified as 25-year-old Kameshwar Verma of Mandi. He was working as a salesman at a liquor shop in Sector 7. The accused was nabbed on information from near IT Park last night along with a leopard skin. He was booked under the provisions of the Wild Life Protection Act.

The DSP further said the accused during his interrogation told the police that he met a hunter, said to be hailing from Shimla a few days ago. The man told him that he had hides of leopards, which could fetch anything between Rs 2 to 5 lakh in Chandigarh. The hunter told Verma to meet him at Shimla. He went there and bought a hide for Rs 5,000 from him.

The police said Verma was looking for a customer and was caught in his first attempt. The DSP added that they got the hide examined from experts and found it to be original. The accused was produced before a local court, which remanded him to three days of police custody. The police said his sustained interrogation would lead to arrest of persons involved in the illegal trade.



Gang of thieves busted; 3 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
The police has busted a three-member gang of thieves who worked as domestic servants and cooks and decamped with valuables from houses in a few days. Besides this, the police has arrested three juvenile drug addicts involved in several cases of mobile phone thefts.

DSP (South) Jaswant Singh Khaira said prime accused in the case Bhuvan Chander Pandey and Kishan of Naya Gaon were arrested from a naka on Monday. A laptop and a bicycle were recovered from him. Their interrogation led to the arrest of their other accomplice Ramesh Chand, who is a brother-in-law of Bhuvan. Bhuvan was said to be involved in three cases of snatchings and was released on bail from the jail.

The police said three laptops, a portable CD video player and a mobile phone was recovered during their interrogation. About the modus operandi, the SHO of the Sector 36 police station Anokh Singh said the accused would look for an advertisement in newspapers asking for domestic help. They would work for a few days in the house.

Bhuvan took a job in a house in Sector 42. One day his employer went to a gurdwara leaving Bhuvan alone in the house. On coming back, he found his laptop and a cycle missing and reported the matter to the police. A case was registered on November 2 in this connection. Bhuvan and his party committed several thefts in the city in a similar fashion and the police said more recoveries were likely during further interrogation.

About the juveniles, in charge of the Sector 61 police post Baldev Kumar said the accused in their late teens were arrested. They had gone to sell stolen mobile phone to a shop and the police came to know about it. The police recovered six stolen mobile phones and two gold earrings from them. The accused are said to be drug addicts and are involved in petty crimes.



18-year-old shot at on Zirakpur-Panchkula highway
Operated upon at PGI; still critical

Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 4
An 18 year-old school student, Satwinder Singh, was seriously injured after some unidentified youths allegedly shot at him in Green city, located on the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway. The assailants, who had come on a motorcycle, fled away from scene. The victim is a resident of Mamta Enclave.

According to the police, the victim is a student of Class XII at AC National School, Zirakpur. The shot fired at the student hit his chest while he was standing with his friends, Goldi and Gurpreet.

As per the description given by victim, the assailants were their early twenties. He was operated upon at the PGI. His condition is said to be stable after the operation but he is yet to regain consciousness, till filing of the report. Sources also alleged that it might be due to some old rivalry with accused.

A case was registered against unidentified accused on the statement of the victim.


Meanwhile, Mohamad Hanif, a 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed in Dappar near Lalru. The victim, a resident of Chandigarh, was working as a fish suppler. In morning, when he was on his way to Ambala for his work his motorcycle hit the road near Dappar village.

The victim was wearing a helmet when the accident took place. The deceased was declared brought dead at the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital. The body of the deceased was handed over to the family after the post-mortem was carried out at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.



Jeev eyes second Asian crown
Donald Banerjee

Jeev Milkha Singh Chandigarh, November 4
Jeev Milkha Singh has set his eyes on an Asian Tour double crown. Yes, he trails leader Mark Brown of New Zealand by a little over US $1.5 lakh. He is aware that the next three Asian tournaments, which offer a combined purse of US $1.25 crore, can change the make-up of the merit list.

The $50 lakh HSBC Champions begins in Shangai on November 6, followed by the $50 lakh Barclays Singapore Open from November 13 and the $25 lakh UBS Hong Kong Open from November 20.

The Asian Tour leader in 2006, Jeev said: "I've won the Order of Merit title and I would love to win a second. It will come down to who does best in the HSBC, the Barclays and the UBS. There's huge prize money in those events and a win or a top finish in any of them would set you up for the merit title. It's going to be very interesting."

Jeev has enjoyed a stellar season with wins in Austria and Japan, but capping the year with a second Order of Merit crown would be the icing on the cake and also make him the first Indian to achieve a double.

“There's a lot of prestige in winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit, so I will be pushing Mark all the way," said the 36-year-old, who emulated Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa in winning the merit title two years ago.

The Order of Merit champion will gain exemptions into the British Open and WGC-CA Championship in the United States in 2009. In recent years, Augusta National Golf Club has also invited leading players from Asia to compete in the US Masters.

While Jeev is already assured of another appearance in the British Open through his rankings in Europe, he is determined to end the year with a flourish.

If all goes well, Jeev may cap the season with Japan Golf Tour tournaments Casio World Open and Golf Nippon Series.



Tennis Circuit
Vishal beats Jatinder 6-1, 6-3
Tribune News Service

A player in action during the Asian Juniors Tennis Circuit held at Sector-10 Tennis Stadium, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 4
Top seed Vishal Passi prevailed over Jatinder Singh 6-1, 6-3 in the boys’ under-14 to win the second-round match during the Asian Juniors Tennis Circuit held at Sector 10, Tennis Stadium, here today.

While in the girls’ u-14, Tarrannum Handa beat Rajbir Kaur 6-1, 6-4 to win the second round match. In another match Tamhita Nguyen (PHI) got the better of Nikita 6-2, 6-0 to win the second round match.


Girls U-14: Main Draw (2nd Round) Tarrannum Handa bt Rajbir Kaur 6-1, 6-4; Rimpledeep Kaur bt Anushaka Rajkumar 6-1, 6-1; Kavya Bharat bt Bhavika Wadhawan 6-3, 6-4; Parminder Kaur bt Tahira Bhatti 1-6, 6-3, 6-3; Swetha Sree Hari bt Sonali Bansal 6-2, 6-0; Mrinalini Alla bt Vasundra Raju 6-1, 6-3; C. Sai Samhitha bt Madhushani Rajendra 6-1, 6-1

Boys U-14: Main Draw (2nd Round) Vishal Passi bt Jatinder Singh 6-1, 6-3; Atul Sri Patel bt A K Paradhan Saradhi 6-1, 7-5; Nischay Rawal bt Dhruv Goel 6-0, 6-1; Kamal Kishore Madrena bt S.K. Mukund 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4; Himanshu Sagar bt Aamirsohra M M 6-4, 6-0; Digvijay Singh Naruka bt Ketan Tayal 6-2, 6-1; Bhavtaranpreet Singh bt Dheer Anush Bhatti 6-4, 6-1; Nguyen Hoagan Thien bt Manish Kumar 6-0, 6-1.



Cricket Meet
Harmanpreet rules the roost
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
A terrific all-round performance by Harmanpreet Singh (81 and 3 for 19) paved the way for St Stephen's School- 45 to rout Saupin's School, Sector 32, by 146 runs in the opening match of the 5th Molly Carver Cricket Cup for High Schools at the St Stephen's ground here today.

St Stephen's skipper Harmanpreet won the toss and elected to bat. They put up an impressive total of 254 for 6 in allotted 30 overs. Openers Harmanpreet and Guraunak gave their team a solid start by putting on 79 runs. Guraunak's knock of 38 contained four boundaries. Jaspreet Singh also played a solid unbeaten knock of 37. Karan Partap Singh was the most successful bowler for Saupin's as he bagged 2 for 46.

In reply, Saupin's was bowled out for 108 in 24.5 overs. Left hand spinner (3 for 19), medium pacer Talwinderjeet Singh (3 for 22) and Abhilash Sharma (2 for 18) were the principal bowlers for St Stephen's.



SGGS College-26 win athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 4
SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, with 39 points annexed the championship in the women category in the Panjab University Inter-College Annual Athletics Meet that concluded here today on the PU ground.

Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, and Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, got the second and third position.

While in the men category, DAV-10 with 81 points edged out SGGS College-26 (76.5 points) to bag the team championship. SGGS College-26 and JC DAV College, Dasuya, clinched the second and third position, respectively.

Ravinder of DAV-10 was adjudged the best athlete in the men category and in the women category Navjoban Kaur of GTB Khalsa College, Dasuya, was declared the best athlete.



Emily basketball tourney from today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 4
Eleven men's and eight women's teams are taking part in the fifth Emily Gosain Memorial Basektball Tournament which is being organised by St Xavier's School, Panchkula, from November 5 to 7.

The matches will be played according to the rules of the Basketball Federation of India. New Public School, Sector 18, will defend their titles both in the boys and girls sections, respectively.



Twenty20 tourney
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 4
The Cricket Federation of Chandigarh is organising for the first time in the tricity a Twenty20 cricket tournament at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3.

The matches will kick off from November 13 and will be played on Saturdays, Sundays and gazetted holidays.

The final of the tournament will be a day-night affair with coloured uniforms and a white ball. The winner and runners-up will get Rs 21,000 and 11,000 with attractive trophies and individual prizes.



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