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Activists, toll staff lock horns
Rajiv Bhatia

Dera Bassi/Lalru, February 12
The INLD political rally at Chandigarh today resulted in a heavy loss for contractors at Dappar and Dera Bassi toll plaza here today. Sources at the toll plaza claimed not a single penny was given by rally participants.

Official sources said the drivers did not even stop the vehicles to pay toll tax. The sources alleged whenever they were stopped by the toll staff, they came out from the vehicles and started fighting with the employees.

According to GMR sources, repeated attempted to stop the vehicles turned violent and they started argument with the staff members. The vehicles started coming in a large numbers since morning. During half-an-hour jam, the other commuters also faced problem, the GMR sources said.

The actual loss of toll collection could not be calculated but it might run into a few thousands rupees, he added.

The Dera Bassi toll plaza also faced same problem as the vehicles went without paying toll tax. Sources alleged minor tussle was also witnessed between drivers of rally vehicles and staff members on the toll tax barrier.

Dera Bassi toll tax officials stated, “We were helpless to stop them, as the vehicles were in large number and we could not do any thing in the political movement”.

Meanwhile, a large number of vehicles stuck in a jam on Dera Bassi-Zirakpur Highway for more than half an hour. The traffic was moving slowly on Ambala-Zirakpur highway. 

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Child’s Custody
Jail authorities in a fix
Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 12
Ambala jail authorities are in a quandary over the execution of a court order directing it to give the custody of a minor child of a woman inmate to her husband. The woman has refused to part ways with her son.

According to sources, the woman, Rishu and her parents, all residents of Yamunanagar, are in judicial custody in a murder case.

The police has charged Rishu with murdering her father-in-law. She has a two-year-old son, Krishna, who is living with her in the jail.

Woman’s husband Janak Raj had filed an plea in the court at Yamunanagar seeking custody of the child.

He pleaded that the child needed healthy atmosphere and good education for its overall development, something that was not possible on the jail premises.

He also claimed that Krishna needed vaccinations essential for his healthy growth.

The Yamunanagar court ordered the grant of interim custody of Krishna to Janak Raj. The court also directed the jail authorities to implement the order.

Janak Raj visited the Ambala jail twice to take custody of his son but could not succeed due to Rishu’s adamance.

According to Jail Superintendent SPS Chauhan, when the jail authorities asked Rishu to hand over the child to Janak Raj, she refused to do so. Chauhan said the jail authorities had informed the court concerned in this regard and were awaiting further directions.

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Woman attempts suicide
Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 12
A woman of nearby Jalbera village attempted to commit suicide by jumping in the Mahavir park lake today morning. She was identified as Sudhesh Kaur.

According to information, she was noticed by passersby, who informed the police immediately. The SHO, the Ambala City police station, reached there and with the help of people took her out.

She was immediately rushed to the hospital where her condition was reported to be stable.

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In-laws booked for demanding dowry
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 12
The residents of Khapre village in Ropar district, Jaswant Singh, his father Sajjan Singh and mother Jaswinder Kaur were booked today for demanding dowry.

The Kharar police booked them on the complaint of Jaswant's wife Jaswinder Kaur, who stated that she got married to him in 2003.

About a week after the wedding, Jaswant and his parents started demanding dowry from her.

Her father initially gave Rs 30,000 and later, Rs 50,000 to her husband.

Despite this, my in-laws kept harassing and torturing her for dowry, she said.

A case has been registered in this regard.

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27-year-old woman hangs to death
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, February 12
A 27-year-old woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Dera Bassi on Thursday.

According to the Dera Bassi SHO Dalbir Singh Garewal, the victim, Reena Saini, a resident of Malan village was married about two years back. She allegedly committed suicide after locking herself in a room. When the police reached the spot, the family members were mourning near the body.

The victim’s husband, who was present in another room, came to know about the incident after few hours when she did not open the door, the police added.

In his statement, the father of the deceased alleged that his son-in-law used to harass her, as they had no child. He also stated that Sandeep Saini was an alcoholic.

The police recovered the body and sent it to mortuary at Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where the post mortem will be conducted on Friday, the police added. A case has been registered against the husband of the deceased. 

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Scooterist injured
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, February 12
Karamjit Singh, a resident of Mahadian village, was seriously injured after a private bus hit the scooter he was riding on the bypass road today evening.

He was rushed to the civil hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger. The driver of the bus fled from the spot. The police has registered a case in this regard and has impounded the bus.

2 held for stealing wheat

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) today arrested two persons red-handed while stealing wheat from a goods train at the Bassi Pathana railway station.

According to the RPF sources, the cops on a routine patrolling notice some activity in the bogey of the goods train. They searched the bogey and found two persons filling wheat in gunny bags. 

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Mohali Murder
4 accused get police custody
Tribune News Service

The suspects in the murder of Mohali property dealer being produced in the district courts in Mohali on Thursday.
The suspects in the murder of Mohali property dealer being produced in the district courts in Mohali on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, February 12
Even as the four accused in the murder of Phase-1 property dealer Harvinder Singh were today remanded to the two-day police custody, the police has started working on the theory of the victim being bludgeoned to death as he was suspected to carrying a large amount of cash to register a land deal in Todar Majra village in Majri tehsil here.

Suspecting that the victim was to make payment (of around Rs 44 lakh) in the land deal, the assailants led by Randhir Singh alias Dhira had planned to eliminate the property dealer and escape with the booty.

Though, so far the police was admitting that Rs 1 lakh was being carried by Harvinder when he was attacked, sources said further probe into the matter was likely to bring fore more facts.

The victim has set up a company, Zoben Enterprises, to conduct his business and most of the payments were being made through cheques. But the main suspect, Randhir, planned the plot when he came to know that Harvinder was carrying cash. To cover up the murder, Randhir approached the Phase 1 police station to lodge a missing report on February 4, the day the victim was killed.

The missing report was lodged when the family of the victim called up Randhir to inquire about Harvinder’s whereabouts. Fearing arrest by the police, Randhir switched off his mobile. It was the tracking of the suspects, call details and their movements on the day of murder, the police was able to track down the case.

Meanwhile, raids were being conducted to recover the cash and the weapons used in the murder. The body had been recovered from a canal near Neelon last evening.

The other suspects are Sewak Singh alias Sebi, Nirmal Singh, alias Nima, and Girdhari Lal. The body had been left in a car.

The police said the assailants had believed that the car would not be noticed in the canal. The victim had been killed at Dhanas. 

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One killed in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
A man in his mid-forties died, when an unidentified vehicle hit his cycle at Sector 52, here yesterday night.

The police said the deceased had been identified as a labourer, Subhash of Sector 52, and was seriously injured. He was rushed to the Government Multi- Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, immediately after the accident, where the doctors declared him brought dead. SHO, Sector 36 police station, Anokh Singh, said, “The vehicle of the accused has not been identified, yet and investigations are on.”

In yet another incident, Raj Kumar of Mohali lodged an FIR alleging that a car bearing registration number CH-04-Y-9054 hit his scooter, at Sector 20 and sped away, yesterday. He was injured and admitted to the Sector-32 Government Medical College and Hospital. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Assaulted

The police registered a case on the complaint filed by Satwinder Singh, a resident of Mohali, alleging that Soni, Lucky and some unidentified persons attacked him and his friends with sharp-edged weapons, at Sector 46, yesterday. Satwinder and his friends got injured and were admitted to Sector-32 Government Medical College and Hospital. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Arrested

The police registered a case against Simon Roulet of Uttranchal, on the complaint filed by a resident of Baterla village, alleging that the accused threatened and outraged the modesty of his 14-year-old daughter at Sector 41, yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station and the accused has been arrested. In another incident, the police arrested Mohamed Ashraf and Hari Om, residents of Sector 26, from the transport area, while they were caught gambling at a public place and seized Rs 350 from their possession, yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.

Stolen

A resident of Sector 34, Bharti Bhagat, reported to the police alleging that some unidentified persons have stolen his mobile phone, pair of ear rings and a camera from his house, yesterday. A case has been registered in this regard.

Body found

Jitendar Kumar, a resident of Sector 7, lodged an FIR alleging that an unidentified person has placed a premature baby in front of his house, here today. A case has been registered in this regard and the body has been shifted to the mortuary at the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

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Youth attempts suicide, hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
A youth working as a sweeper at Saini Bhawan in Sector 24 allegedly attempted suicide by slitting his throat on the bhawan premises today morning.

Identified as Sudesh, he was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, from where he was referred to PGI. The police is yet to establish the reason behind the incident even as the colleagues of Sudesh told the police that he was possessed by some “evil sprits”. It is learnt that Sudesh had quit liquor about a couple of weeks ago and was upset owing to withdrawal symptoms.

The police said the colleagues of Sudesh also said that his behaviour was not normal after he had quit liquor. They told the police that today morning he went to chop wood with a knife. Suspecting something wrong, they went after him and found him lying in a pool of blood.

The police said the doctors decaled him unfit for recording statement. The police said they would record his statement for further action. 

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SGGS College win yoga meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Bagging 858.5 points, SRI Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, won the Panjab University Inter-College Yoga (men) A- Division Championship at PU Gymnasium hall, here today.
Elated team members of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, after winning the Panjab University Inter-College Yoga (men) Championship on Thursday.
Elated team members of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, after winning the Panjab University Inter-College Yoga (men) Championship on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Sourabh Malik, Dalip Kumar, Manjeet Kumar, Kuldeep Attri, Sanjeev Kumar and Ravinder Kumar were the players to sail the team home. DAV College, Abohar, secured the second place with 813.5 points. City College, DAV College, Sector 10, (Deepak Sharma, Gautam Dutt, Manmohan Singh, Chhabinder, Sunil Sharma and Vicky) secured third place bagging 621 points.

Sanjeev Kumar of SGGS College, Sector 26, got 177.5 points to be adjudged as the best individual all-round yogi. Manjeet Singh and Dalip Kumar of the college bagged 177 points and 173.5 points to secure second and third position, respectively.

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Harendra slips to tied 13th slot
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, February 12
Harendra P Gupta could muster a two over par 74 card to slip to tied 13th position at one under par 215 on the penultimate day of the Rs 30 lakh prize money Solaris Chemtech Open Golf Championship on the par 72 Golden Greens in Gurgaon today. The Chandigarh golfer was 10 strokes behind the leader, Mukesh Kumar, who shot a five under 67 to move his total to 11 under 205 (68, 70, 67).

Chandigarh's Randhir Singh Ghotra carded an even par 72 to be tied 24th at one over par 217 with KPS Sekhon occupying the tied 31st slot at four over par 220.

Three city golfers Harmeet Kahlon, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Sujjan Singh were tied 35th at six over par 222.

The other Chandigarh golfers in the fray are Rajiv Kumar (tied 42nd at seven over 223) and Dayal Singh (tied 45th at eight over 224).

Gaurav Pratap Singh was placed second at nine under 207. Rahil Gangjee's bogey-free 65, the best round of the day, placed him tied third at eight under 208 along with Arjun Singh.

M Dharma, the round two leader, slipped to fifth after shooting two over 74 in the third round. His overall score reads six under 210.

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Now, Gold Cup for women in April
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Inspired by grand success of the Four-Nation Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament for men, the Punjab sports authorities have now turned its attention towards players of the fairer sex.

After declaring the gold cup as an annual feature, the Punjab sports department is also in the process of organising the Four-Nation Hockey Tournament for women in April this year.

“I think this was for the first time that this kind of international hockey tournament was held in the region and we want to give our players an exposure of the international arena as much as we can and on these lines the women tournament will be organised from April 25 to May 2,” said Pargat Singh, Punjab director sports.

“The dates might get changed due to thick of elections. Efforts are being made on inviting the best three teams of the world and it will all depend on the availability of the teams,” added the director sports. Elated over the response of the crowd, he said, “The response of the crowd was amazing and I have been getting feedback that it was even better than cricket.

This was because the crowd always want to see quality sport and that what we were successful doing in.”

Though the Punjab sports department couldn’t rope in big sponsors for the Gold Cup but is confident of it for the forthcoming tournament.

“We couldn’t get the desired sponsors due to the lack of time and are hopeful of roping in good sponsors in the coming tournament,” said the director sports adding that the sponsors are also keen after witnessing the response from the crowd.

The Punjab government in order to give a fillip to it, the rural sports is also in process of hosting a cash rich kabaddi tournament.

In this tournament for the first time, Rs 1 crore will be awarded to the winner while Rs 51 lakh and Rs 25 lakh will be awarded to the second and third runners-up team, respectively.

“The tournament will be organised in Punjab and the dates and participating teams have not been finalised yet,” informed the director sports. 

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Ashish wins judo gold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Chandigarh Senior Judo Championship was conducted here today at Sharda Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, to select the players for the Senior National Judo Championship to be held in Lucknow from February 26 to March 2.

Ashish Thakur bagged gold medal to emerge winner in the 56 kg category while Rinku and Somveer clinched silver and bronze medal, respectively. In the 60 kg category, Tarun got the top honours. Sunil and Mehrban got silver and bronze medal, respectively.

Results: Below 66 kg category: Hardeep (gold), Ajay (silver) and Lalit (bronze); below 73 kg category: Rajnish (Gold), Gurinder (Silver) and Angrej Singh (bronze); below 81 kg category: Shamsher Singh (gold) and Vikas (silverbelow 90 kg category: Kuljinder (gold); below 100 kg category: Pawan (gold); Open weight category: Pawan (gold) 

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