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Chemist shops raided
Intoxicants worth Rs 50,000 seized
Tribune News Service

Kharar, March 26
Close on the heels of Chandigarh authorities, a team of drug inspectors raided six chemist shops in Mohali, Kharar and Kurali today. The team seized intoxicants worth 
Rs 50,000.

Chemist shops in Jagatpura, Kharar and Kurali were raided in order to check illegal sale of habit-forming drugs. These drugs were sold over the counter without requisite prescription of registered medical practitioners (RMP). They have been selling those drugs without a prescription, which fall under schedule H drugs.

The raided chemist shops will be served show-cause notices under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The team also raided set-ups of quacks on receiving some secret information. However, by the time team members conducted raids, quacks had already closed down their shops.

The Tribune had also highlighted open illegal sale of drugs in the market. Following the reports, various chemist shops in Chandigarh and Mohali have been raided in last two days.

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Man convicted of cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
PS Jhandu, who claimed to be director of a government employment project, Shiksha Sewa Sabhyachar Yojana, was today convicted of cheating by the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class Balwant Singh after a trial of 12 years. The quantum on the sentence will be pronounced on March 27.

Jhandu used to ask the money from the residents assuring them to provide jobs. Many city residents were duped by him. Jhandu posed the project to be run by the government.

The police had registered an FIR against Jhandu on the complaint of Balwinder Singh, who was a resident of Ferozepur. Balwinder had made the complaint stating that the one Balbir Singh, who was an employee with the Punjab State Education Board, had introduced him to Jhandu. 

Balbir had assured that on depositing an amount of Rs 70,000, he would arrange a job for his wife. After borrowing Rs 30,000 and shelling out an amount of Rs 20,000, the complainant collected Rs 50,000.

Balwinder was introduced to Jhandu as director of Shiksha Sewa Sabhyachar Yojana on November 1, 1998, in an office at Sector 40. Balwinder handed over the money and the certificate he had collected to Jhandu and was assured that he would get appointment letter. But, no job was offered to his wife. Subsequently, he got an FIR registered at the Sector 39 police station.

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12-yr-old held for sodomy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
The police today arrested a 12-year-old boy for allegedly sodomising a five-year-old boy in New Colony in Khuda Lahora village here this afternoon.

The accused had reportedly taken the little boy to a nearby secluded overgrown area on the pretext of playing in the locality and committed the unnatural offence with him.

According to the SHO of the Sector 11 police station inspector Sukhbir Rana, the incident came to light when the victim’s father, who is working at a laboratory in Sector 15, went in search of him after he failed to reach home.

He heard cries of his son and went to the overgrown area, and to his shock found his son being sexually abused. The victim was bleeding. The father nabbed the miscreant and people gathered there.

The police said the public thrashed the accused before handing him over to the police. Both the victim and the accused were taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital. The victim was given medical aid there and also medically examined along with the accused.

The accused is a class VII student of a private school in the locality and his father is a car driver of a businessman. The police registered a case under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code against the accused.

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Crime
Scooter, motorcycle stolen
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 26
A scooter and a motorcycle were stolen from the city in last 48 hours. Dheeraj Garg of Sector 18, Panchkula, reported that some one had stolen his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-03-P-2835) from parking in front of Hotel Solitaire, Mani Majra, on Wednesday.

In another incident, Parmod Kumar of Ram Darbar reported that some one had stolen his Pulsar motorcycle (CH-03-W-1360) from near Dhiman Atta Chakki, Hallomajra, on Tuesday. Cases of thefts have been registered.

Lost

Pawan Garg, a resident of Sector 46A, reported to the police that he lost a bag containing rupees 4,50,000 on the Sector 37-38 roundabout on March 23. He was driving a scooter and the bag was attachéd to it. The police has registered a daily diary report in the matter.

Assault

Sunil Sharma of Sector-19-B complained against his tenants, Sushma of Sector 40 and Kanta of Sector 21, for allegedly beating and threatening him on Wednesday. The police has registered a case under Sections 147, 148, 448, 323 and 506 of the IPC at the Sector 19 police station. Both the accused have been arrested.

Accident

Gurpartap Singh of Sector 50 has filed a complaint against Sukhwinder Singh of Sohana, driver of Honda Civic car (CH-04-C0649) for hitting his Maruti Zen car (CH03P-4742) at the crossing of Sectors 49 and 50. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337.

Missing

Rajeev Gulati of Patiala reported to the police that his uncle, Raj Pal Gulati, had gone missing from the PGI OPD on March 23. He told the police that he brought his uncle to the PGI for treatment, from where his uncle went missing. His uncle was depressed due to his prolonged illness. He searched for him in and around the city.

A daily diary report has been recorded at the Sector 11 police station. He requested anyone having information about his uncle to contact him on his phone 94172-30398 and 98551-25119.

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Boy kidnapped, beaten up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
In a shocking incident, a group of school students took law in their hands today to settle an old enmity with one of their peers. A Class XII student was allegedly ‘bundled’ into the car and thrashed for around one hour before being dumped near a temple in Sector 19. 

The victim, who is a student of MRA School, Sector 27, was allegedly kidnapped by a group of boys near from the New Public School, Sector 18, where he was appearing for his Board exam.

Somebody reportedly informed the police control room. According to sources, the incident is the outcome of the months’ old clash between the victim and the accused in front of a city-based discotheque, where the victim had allegedly assaulted one of the opponents, and hence, had come to teach him a lesson.

However, the police brought both parties to the police station where they accused each other of initiating it. The matter was later settled with the intervention of parents who tried to negotiate to reach to a compromise.

One of the staff members said, “This is not a day’s affair. Everyday they fight and when parents are called, instead of punishing their wards they shield them and try using their influence to curb the other party. ”

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Son kills PAU professor
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 26
It was frustration of not fulfilling the aspirations of young Simran, who was watching his mother and sister toiling to meet their expenses that might have compelled him to commit the heinous crime of killing his father at Ludhiana today.

It was the first reaction of the neighbours of family living at House No. 302 in Sector 12 here.

The neighbours said the Simran’s mother was living with his two children at the house of his father for the past more than one year while Prof Charanjit Singh Malhi never came here to meet his children.

Simran killed his father by stabbing him following heated arguments between them.

Pretty, a family friend said the family, including Simran was well behaved. Simran who was appearing for Class XII exams used to work at a call centre. Simran’s mother, an MPhil also had an experience of teaching and was taking tuitions in the evening, while during the day works with some private company, informed Pretty.

Simran’s sister was pursuing physiotherapy while in the evening she was also taking tuitions, he said.

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Cricket assn encroaches public land
Rajiv Bhatia

Mohali, March 26
The brazen encroachment of eight-acres of public land in Phase IX by the Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) has bowled the residents out of a lush green belt.

The land owned by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has been used as cricket playground and net practice area for players of the association for over a decade reportedly with the active connivance of PUDA officials.

Interestingly, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), which is MCA’s parent body, has its own sprawling grounds within the cricket stadium right next to this piece of land, but like PCA, the MCA too seems to enjoy “bureaucratic patronage”.

While the PCA keeps its manicured cricket ground out of bounds for MCA players, the MCA continues to earn lakhs of rupees each year from the professional coaching it gives to the budding players using an encroached piece of land.

The land is designed like a park but is actually used mainly as a cricket playground exclusively for MCA’s registered players.

The jogging track is only on three sides, as the fourth side of the park has nets on it. The MCA also has a retiring room for players within the park.

The horticulture department of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA, earlier PUDA) also reportedly issues plants for the park but these are not visible on the ground, which has to be kept bare of any green cover for the players’ convenience.

Visitors to the park even allege that players routinely “misbehave” with those who try to use the park for exercise or walking during coaching or match timings.

One such resident, on condition of anonymity, told The Tribune that he had contacted the police against some of the players for their rowdy behaviour.

Local youths added that if they wanted to use the land for holding their own cricket match, the MCA players picked up fights with them.

Officials in the GMADA said they had visited the land early this week and the MCA coach on the spot even misbehaved with them.

The MCA secretary, GS Walia said, “We have told the PUDA that we would maintain the place. Also, we do not stop any of the local residents to use it as public park after the team requirements are over.”

While Walia insisted that they had the explicit approval of the PUDA for using the land, the GMADA officials denied having given any such permission.

“We have visited the spot and it is a clear case of encroachment. Also, in this case, the government property is being used to earn money by a private body,” added the officials.

Though the GMADA officials seem to have suddenly woken up to the encroachment, it is possible that some employees of the authority knew about such a visible encroachment and still did not do anything about it.

“We have never received any notice from the PUDA, nor any complaint from the residents.

They are very happy with us as their own children study,” said Walia.

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Prabhsimran guides APJ academy to win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
With unbeaten 47 runs, Prabhsimran ensured the victory of APJ Cricket Academy, Kharar, over hosts MCM Blue Caps by 8 wickets in the first league match of the u-13 Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament at MCM DAV College, here today.

The hosts after winning the toss elected to bat first were defeated by the bowlers of APJ academy. Though Shubham Vij (51) of the hosts team struck the lone half-century but the team got out on a meager score of 90 runs in 20 overs. For APJ, Preet (2/25) and Ashish (1/13) were the wicket takers. 

The APJ academy achieved the target in 13.5 overs only at the loss of two wickets. Man of the match, Prabhsimran, (47*) and Preet (19) were the principal scorers for them. Jaswinder and Avinash took a wicket each for Blue Caps. 

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Handball body holds tourney against admn directives
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
The UT administration’s directives to stop students’ participation in events during exams have proved to be a publicity stunt, with the involvement of school students in the handball matches.

For certificates, students were being forced to participate in the 29th Senior and 23rd Sub-Junior Handball Championship, which concluded here yesterday at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

“This is not done. My board exams are going on but I have to play or else I will not get my participation certificate, which will help in my further admission,” said a student while waiting for his match. “Sometimes we took our final exam in the morning and participated in the tournament in the afternoon,” said another student preferring anonymity.

However, the authorities dismissed it saying they have been considerate. “We are conducting the tournament in the afternoon when the exam is over,” Ravinder Singh Ladi, organiser of the tournament. “We had this tournament last year in December but this year due to the national school games, we had to delay it,” added the organiser.

Meanwhile, DPI (S) Samwartak Singh could not be contacted for his comments on the entire issue.

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