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Youths fire at trader, customs officer’s family
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 3
Three motorcycle-borne youths fired at a trader of Delhi near the Model Town crossing at Ambala City this noon and took away his bag containing the cash. Trader Munna was waiting for bus for Delhi on the G T Road.

According to information, Munna deals in plastic goods business. He frequently visits Ambala to collect amount from various shopkeepers. Today after collecting the amount, he was standing on the G T Road for the bus. In the meantime, three youths appeared there on a motorcycle. They asked him to hand over the bag to them. When he resisted, one of the youths fired at him. Munna sustained minor bullet injury and he was rushed to the local Civil Hospital.

The robbers marched toward the Chandigarh side on their motorcycle. In the mean time, a car of Ravi Sharma, an officer in the Customs department, was on the way to Chandigarh. They assumed that the car was chasing them. One of the robbers fired at the front screen of the car. The wife of the officer Yogita and his son Sudhaker sustained bullet injuries. They were taken to the Civil Hospital and later they were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. Munna who also sustained minor injury was discharged from the hospital in the evening.

SP, Ambala, and other senior police officers rushed to the spot. It was not the first incident in the city. Earlier too, motorcycle-borne youths had snatched the chains of several women in the city.

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LS Poll
Kalka shopkeepers relentless
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 3
The anguished shopkeepers of Kalka did not entertain BJP candidate for parliamentary elections Rattan Lal Kataria and supporters of Congress candidate Kumari Selja, who tried to make last-ditch efforts to woo them yesterday.

Both Selja, the sitting MP, and Kataria, former MP from the area, did not visit the Kalka market after the demolition of shops and residences on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on March 17, while the shopkeepers had already declared that they were going to fill Form 17 A under Section 40-O to reject all candidates.

Congress leaders and supporters of Union Minister of Poverty Alleviation and Urban Development Kumari Selja reached Kalka to discuss the issue with shopkeepers and tried to pacify them. They included Sardar Bhagat Singh, son of former Haryana minister Lachchman Singh, Vijay Bansal, former general secretary of state Congress, and Dhanender Walia, former chairman of the Panchkula Zila Parishad. A few Congress leaders from Karnal and Dabwali, including former additional advocate-general Deepak Kaushal was also accompanying them.

The shopkeepers, however, got agitated and even had heated arguments with them. While the Congress leaders assured of taking care of their interests after elections, the shopkeepers were not ready to bargain citing the past experience. However, the atmosphere was cooled down on the intervention of local leaders Bhagat Singh and Vijay Bansal, who later addressed the gathering also.

Bhagat Singh, who led the agitation of the shopkeepers against demolitions as chairman of the Kalka Bachao Sanghash Samiti, told the leaders that the shopkeepers were the victim of political conspiracy. At least 43 shops have been demolished.

They were rendered jobless leaving many of their employees without any source of earning. Now, they were forced to works as daily wage earners on construction sites in Parwanoo, said Bhagat Singh.

Bhagat Singh also sought an assurance of rehabilitation for these shopkeepers. However, the meeting wound up following his appeal to vote for the Congress without adopting any resolution.

Earlier, Rattan Lal Kataria who visited the market and staged a roadshow for the vote and support from shopkeepers. However, the shopkeepers who were assembled at the shop of Vinod Gupta, a BJP leader did not budge from their stand.

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Badal recalls Kanwaljit’s services
Tribune News Service

Punjab Chief Minsiter Parkash Singh Badal addresses an election rally in Dera Bassi
Punjab Chief Minsiter Parkash Singh Badal addresses an election rally in Dera Bassi on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Dera Bassi, May 3
I want to fulfil late Capt Kanwaljit Singh’s dream of getting all 13 Lok Sabha seats in these elections and am confident to win the Patiala seat with the highest margin. This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while addressing a rally in Dera Bassi today.

Badal said Jasjeet Singh Bunny would always be treated as party member. The designation of Bunny would be decided after the Lok Sabha elections.

When asked about the probability of winning the Bathinda and Patiala seats, he said both mother and the son would face defeat.

He also paid tributes to Captain Kanwaljit Singh, saying he worked very hard for the party and his area.

BJP in charge of Punjab Affairs Balbir Punj said if BJP comes to power, the black money deposited in the Swiss banks would be withdrawn to use for the development of the country.

Meanwhile, Jasjeet Singh Bunny, NK Sharma and Seelam Sohi appealed to the public to vote for their party.

The gathering had to wait for around two hours as Badal reached the venue at around 7 pm. Interestingly, Bir Devinder left the rally before the arrival of Chief Minister.

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Printing press owner booked
327 booths declared sensitive in Fatehgarh Sahib

Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 3
Owner of a Ludhiana-based printing press has been booked for not revealing the number of posters he had printed in favour of a Lok Sabha candidate and also hiding the name of the publisher.

As many as 25 complaints were received by the office of the district election officer wherein violations by candidates and their supporters were alleged. Acting on one of these complaints, a case under Section 127-A of the RP Act 1951 has been registered against the owner of the printing press which printed posters in favour of the Lok Bhalai Party candidate.

Officials failed to find any kind of discrepancies in rest of the 23 complaints but one of the complaints is still pending. Eleven of these complaints were made against the government officials who were accused of helping one political party or another, four complaints were against the village panchayats and 10 were general complaints. The officials said the complete report of all 25 complaints had been sent to the office of election observers appointed by the Election Commission.

Meanwhile, officials in the DC office said 1,330 polling booths had been set up in 975 different places in Fatehgarh Sahib and 327 polling booths out of these were declared sensitive.

The officials said 395 booths had been set up in 327 polling stations of Fatehgarh Sahib district. There are 35 sensitive polling booths in Bassi Pathana, 27 in Fatehgarh Sahib and 17 in Amloh. Besides this, 3,041 service booths had also been set up.

The officials also said the rehearsal of presiding and polling officers to be deployed in Bassi Pathana, Fatehgarh Sahib and Amloh would be held on May 7. They said the rehearsal of officials deployed in Bassi Pathana would be held by assistant returning officer-cum-SDM, Bassi Pathana, Puneet Shergill, Fatehgarh Sahib assistant returning officer-cum-SDM Gurpal Singh Chahal and the rehearsal of officials deployed in Amloh would be held by assistant returning officer Poonamdeep Kaur.

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Passengers stranded as train engine fails
Tribune News Service

Kalka, May 3
Hundreds of passengers were stranded between Solan and Barog due to locomotive failure of the 2 KS ( Kalka-Shimla) train today.

The train that was to reach Kalka at 8:15pm got delayed by 3 hours after the engine developed a snag.

The passengers faced great difficulty as they were asked to shift to the 254 train, the fare for which was on a higher side.

While some passengers shifted, those who could not afford were left stranded between Solan and Barog, where there were no eatables and the families with small children had no clue what to do.

Meanwhile, 40 passengers were stranded near the Sector 43 bus stand in Chandigarh. They were to board a bus for Manali at 9.30 pm. Till midnight the passengers were clueless about the whole situation. Rohit Sharma, a passenger said, “ We have been asked to pay different amounts by the respective travel agents and were fraudulently told that it is a Volvo even as it is not even a semi-deluxe.”

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Banur-Landran stretch nightmare for commuters
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Banur, May 3
The under-construction Banur-Landran stretch of the National Highway-21 is giving a nightmare to commuters. Thick clouds of dust make it difficult for drivers to drive safely.

The stretch is full of potholes. Heavy vehicles that run at a high speed overturn due to haphazard levelling at the road. Three trucks, a bus and a car had overturned on this road during the past few days near Saneta village.

Though no major injury was reported to occupants of these vehicles, the vehicles had been damaged badly.

The commuters rued that the drivers of small vehicles could not see the approaching vehicles due to too much dust on the road. People demanded that authorities should ensure regular water sprinkling on the road.

Some commuters plying on the road said the construction work had forced the nearby villagers to take a longer route to reach their destinations. The problem aggravates during night when one could not assess the margin between the road and nearby fields.

The widening and strengthening of the 39.5-km stretch of the Kharar-Banur-Tepla road would be completed in the next few months. Xen Ajit Pal Singh Brar, central works division, said such problem arose frequently in summers.

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Training for Kharga Corps begins
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 3
The Army today commenced a training exercise for Kharga Corps in Punjab.

An Army spokesperson here today said the exercise code named Shakti was aimed at enhancing the operational effectiveness of the Kharga Corps.

He said the exercise was being conducted in Punjab about 100 km from the border. The Kharga Corps are being exercised, both as Blue Land Forces and Red Land Forces, he added.

He further said it started with mechanised manoeuvres undertaken as a part of offensive operations in the plains of Punjab. A large number of tanks, artillery guns and special vehicles continued these manoeuvers to train soldiers for war-like situations.

A parachute drop by air-borne troops and heli-borne operations were also undertaken to supplement the offensive operations by the mechanised forces, he added.

He further stated being a part of the Army’s modernisation programme, a wide variety of equipment had been inducted for the corps. The Kharga Corps, exploiting the modern technology, had developed a concept of network operations.

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17 nabbed for group clash
Tribune News Service

Lalru, May 3
In the second poll-related violence in Mohali district, at least 17 persons were booked in two separate FIRs registred in an assault case at Lalru. While one of the group belongs to SAD, the other belongs to the BJP.

The fight took place over organising a party function at Nagla village near Lalru late on Saturday evening when both groups were making preparations to organise an election meeting in the village in support of SAD-BJP candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra. The incident took place moments before SAD leader and Zirakpur MC president NK Sharma and Neelam Sohi were to reach there. Three persons were seriously injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, an argument relating to welcoming of the leaders between sarpanch Jagdeep Singh belonging to the BJP and Raj Singh from SAD took the form of big assault between their respective groups leaving Satish and Sheesh Pal from the BJP group severely injured whereas Raj Singh sustained minor injuries. The three were rushed to the Civil Hospital from where Satish and Sheesh Pal were referred to GMCH-32.

The police reached the spot soon and seized a .32 bore countrymade gun, swords, baseball bats along with two motorcycles from there. A case will be registered after recording the statements of the injured admitted at GMCH-32, said the police.

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150 delegates attend state-level seminar
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 3
As many as 150 delegates and office-bearers of various unions, affiliated to the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), from all over Himachal Pradesh attended a state-level seminar of INTUC, organised yesterday, at Parwanoo.

Dr Chander Prakash, organising secretary of the All-India INTUC, and president Bihar INTUC, chaired the function.

The programme lasted for more than four hours. Various leaders of INTUC, including Dr Joshi, Ramesh Saini, Jagat Ram, Bhoop Singh Chauhan and Sita Ram Saini were the chief orators. They laid emphasis on various problems faced by INTUC.

They said soon the problems would be put forward before the Himachal Government.

Dr Chander stressed to follow the norms of INTUC.

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Bootleggers’ Sumo hits SSP’s car, man held
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 3
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested an occupant of a Sumo for hitting the official vehicle of Fatehgarh Sahib SSP and also possessing illegal liquor bottles.

According to SSP Kaustubh Sharma, in a press note issued here today, two men hit his official car late last night from wrong direction. The cops escorting him chased the vehicle and seized 54 illegal liquor boxes from Sumo. While one of the accused managed to escape, his accomplice has been arrested and a case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

The SSP stated that he was on his way from Shamsher Nagar to Sirhind in a car escorted by a Gypsy when a Tata Sumo (HR-51-J- 7687) hit his car and sped away. The cops chased Sumo and arrested one of the occupants. Another accused managed to escape after hitting one of the cops kicking one of the cops as it was dark. The arrested accused was identified as Sunny, a resident of Prem Nagar, Ludhiana.

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Muslims back Bittu
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 3
A large number of people belonging to the Muslim community today extended their support to Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib Ravneet Bittu. The members gathered at Congress Bhawan and announced their support to the young candidate.

Bittu expressed gratitude towards the support extended by the community and said the newly inducted Congress workers would be honoured by him and his party.

Ahmed, Lalla Miyan, Abdul Aziz, Akbar Hussain, Banne Miyan, Naseer Ahmed, Maulana Masi-ur-Rehman and other local leaders were present on the occasion.

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Man held for bullying woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Bhushan Kumar, a resident of Old Bishan Nagar, Patiala, was arrested for allegedly threatening a woman resident of Dashmesh Enclave, Zirakpur, on the phone here yesterday at about 7 pm.

A case under Section 294/506 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.

Arrested

The police arrested Vaneet Thapa, a resident of Adarsh Nagar, Naya Gaon for allegedly stealing a mobile phone.

Rahul Grover, a resident of Sector-15, complained to the police that he caught Vaneet red-handed while stealing mobile from his residence here yesterday at about 5pm.

A case under Section 380/411 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 11 station.

In another case, the police arrested Hardip Singh, Vikas Kumar and Sumed Singh, all residents of Sector 70, Mohali, while consuming liquor at a public place near Pratap Auto, Sector 22, on May 2 at 2.50 am.

A case under Section 68/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered in the Sector 17 police station. All accused were released on bail.

AC stolen

Captain Swaran Singh, manager of Hotel Metro Plaza, Sector 9, reported to the police alleging that someone had stolen outdoor unit of AC from outside the hotel on the night of April 29.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 3 police station.

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Software developer found hanging
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Karan Goel, 26-year-old software developer, was found hanging from a ceiling fan hook in his rented accommodation at the ESI Society in Sector 51 late tonight. The body was highly decomposed.

No suicide note was recovered from the room. The police termed it a case of suicide, ruling out the possibility of any foul play behind the death.

According to the police, Karan was working with a private firm in Sector 20 and was also doing an MBA through a private institute. He wasn’t in good terms with his parents and had left the house. His father, Chander Mohan Goel, who is working as hardware trader, and lives in Sector 34.

The SHO of the Sector 34 police station Sudarshan Thakur said the death came to light when Karan’s friends visited his place to check as he hadn’t answer their phone calls since Friday.

The door was locked from inside and when their repeated knocks went unanswered, they broke open the door only to find Karan hanging. Following this, they informed the police.

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Cops create ruckus at chicken shop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
A Sector 37-based chicken corner owner alleged that two personnel of the Chandigarh Police along with others created a ruckus at his shop and slapped his sons last night. He also alleged that the policemen were annoyed after his sons refused to give them chicken free of cost.

According to the owner of the Sanjeev Chicken Point in Sector 37, Sohan Lal, head constable Mahinder Singh Dhillon, constable Anil Mehta and others came at his shop around 10:40 pm and asked his sons to serve them chicken. But, they refused to pay and slapped his sons later.

Sohan further alleged that the policemen also forced him to pay Rs 5,000 per month for allowing him to place chairs in front of his shop.

SHO of the Sector 39 police station Janak Rana said they were recording statements in this regard and an action would be taken as per the enquiry.

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Man held for impersonation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
The police arrested a man for allegedly taking a written examination in place of his relative.

Chander Prakash, a boarder of Hostel Number 1 of DAV College, Sector 10, was arrested on the complaint of central superintendent of the college Ravi Prashad, while taking the exam of Pankaj, a student of BA III, here yesterday at 01.05 pm.

A case under Section 419/420 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in the Sector 3 police station.

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Shopkeeper commits suicide

Panchkula, May 3
A 47-year-old resident of Raipur Rani reportedly committed suicide after consuming some poisonous substance here yesterday.

The deceased has been identified as Sunil Kumar, owner of a grocery store. He was reportedly under depression for the last few days, it was learnt.

After reaching his shop in the morning, he told his neighbour shopkeepers that he had consumed tablets of an insecticide. — TNS

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M L Markan Trophy
Chandigarh, Patiala to lock horns today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Chandigarh and Patiala registered the final berth after winning their respective semifinal during the Punjab State Inter-District (Under-16) Tournament for ML Markan Trophy 2009-2010 on Sunday. The final match will be played at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala, from May 5 to 7.

In the first semifinal played today, Muktsar (Zone-B) couldn’t match up to the target set by the Chandigarh team yesterday and got all out on 243 in 87.3 overs in their first innings.

Mahavir (82), who struck the lone half-century, was the mainstay of Muktsar’s innings. Harjot Singh (35), Roop Karan (35), Sherbaz (28) and Harjeet (20) were the other contributors. However, their failing to convert their individual scores to big number cost the team dear.

Chandigarh’s Veer Karan Goyal broke the backbone of Muktsar as he claimed four crucial wickets. Pankaj also pocketed two wickets. Chandigarh that had scored 382 for 10 in 95 overs in its first innings won the match on the 1st innings lead basis.

In the second semifinal, Patiala got the better of Ludhiana on the basis of the 1st innings lead here at Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium in Patiala.

Ludhiana was packed off on a meager total of 217 in 90.4 overs in its first innings. Chirag Maurya (81), Abhinav Bhatia (36), Gurpreet singh (33) and Mankaran (25) were the main scorers for the team.

For Patiala, Sukhwinder Singh (4/80), Karan Kalia (2/62) and Kanwar Pal (2/25) did the damage. Patiala had yesterday set a target of 347.

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Cricket: Azad lads thrash Sector 37 academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy took seven wickets and registered a win over Sector 37 Cricket Academy on the opening day of the Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket League for St Stephen’s Cup here today.

Sector 37 academy won the toss and elected to bat. Initially, they were reeling at 26 for 7 after 37 overs. However, a 30-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Shyam Kumar (30) and Honey Kumar (11) helped it score 82 runs before being dismissed in 23 overs on the St Stephen’s School ground.

Azad Academy pacer Gaurav Singh made it difficult for Sector 37 academy by claiming four wickets for 27 runs in his eight-over spell. Other medium pacers Jagpreet Singh (3 for 16) and Anmol Rattan Singh (2 for 16) also bowled to support Gaurav from the other end.

In reply, Azad Academy achieved their target in 13.2 overs by scoring 83 for 3. A 45-run partnership between skipper Rishu Chopra (59) and Karan Aggarwal (15) was the highlight of the Azad Academy’s innings.

In the second match played today on the PCA ground in Mohali, MCA Mohali sailed smooth against Bharti Vij Academy.

Scores: Bharti Vij Academy: 176 all out in 38.2 overs (Harmanjit 64, Manuel Jain 26, Shyamsher Yadav 2 for 34, Mahanz Preet Singh 2 for 31).

MCA Mohali: 178 for 3 in 35 overs (Anmoljit Singh 67, Harpreet 29, Kinderpreet Singh 42, Shubhankar 2 for 28).

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Wrestling Meet
Jagmeet crowned Bharat Kesari
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Jagmeet was crowned ‘Bharat Kesari’ after he trounced Surjit Singh in the final bout during the PL Paul-Dr MS Chopra Memorial Wrestling Tournament organised by the UT Wrestling Association here today.

Jagmeet dared to challenge the “Great Khali’, a star performer in WWE, last year.

While Satinder defeated Dhirender to bag the ‘Bharat Mal Samrat’ titlea and Ombir Singh was adjudged the best wrestler of the tournament. Besides a glittering trophy, Ombir was given a cash prize of Rs 5,100.

International wrestler Niki outpointed Sonia More to be awarded the ‘Mahila Kesari’ crown.

Results:

Bharat Kesari: 1 Jagmeet Singh 2 Surjit Singh.

Bharat Mal Samrat: 1 Satinder 2 Dhirender.

Bharat Kumar: 1 Parvesh 2 Sonu.

Chandigarh Kesari: 1 Raj Singh 2 Ashok.

Chandigarh Kumar: 1 Kanwawr Baljit 2 Gautam.

Chandigarh Prince: 1 Sunil 2 Parveen.

Bal Kesari: 1 Deepak 2 Parveen (Ramli).

Mahila Kesari: 1 Niki 2 Sonia.

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UT to honour wrestlers

Chandigarh, May 3
The Chandigarh Wrestling Association will organise its annual cash prize distribution function to honour outstanding state wrestlers on August 15 and on January 26 next year.

The Chandigarh wrestlers have won three gold, four silver and seven bronze medals in various national meets and the KD Yadav Federation Cup Championship held last year. Association general secretary Darshan Lal said the Senior Chandigarh Wrestling Championship would be held in December. — TNS

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Golf camp for women concludes
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 3
With a burning desire to swing like Annika Sorenstam or Irina Brar, six women went through paces with passion in equal measure learning the basics of golf on the greens of the Chandiarh Golf Club.

The two-day-long camp was organised by the Chandigarh Golf Club under IGTF-certified coach Ajay Gujral that concluded today.

Ajay Gujral said: “Many women are coming forward to play the game. There are about 70 women members of Chandigarh Golf Club who play regularly”.

Another trainee Aanchal said: “Golf relaxes the mind and changes one’s personality and that’s why I’ve joined this camp”.

Complimentary golf magazines were also given to the women players.

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Bunty stars in United Sports Club win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
A fine all-round performance by Narinder Bunty (81 runs and three for 14) enabled United Sports Club to defeat HDFC Bank XI by four wickets in the IVth Sports World Cup League Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club here at Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 32 today.

Opener Gurinder Saini made 32 valuable runs. Barinder was the highest run getter as he scored a quick fire unbeaten 37 runs towards the end of the innings off just 20 balls. HDFC Bank XI could manage 147 for nine in stipulated 25 overs.

In reply, United Sports Club’s Rajesh Patha played a match-winning unbeaten knock of 81 runs off 46 balls. His innings was studded with eight fours and a couple of sixes.

Rajesh Monu also chipped in with 32 runs and gave Patha a company for a short time. Gurinder Saini bagged two for 32. Balwar Pooni also scalped two wickets in his two overs. Rajesh Patha finished the day's proceedings with a boundary and sealed the fate of HDFC Bank.

Earlier, Godrej & Boyce XI registered a thumping 60-run victory over Kingfisher Training Academy XI, thanks to a fine 71 by Narinder Walia and three-wicket haul by Naresh Dhingra.

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