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8 booked for injuring woman, 3 others
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Surinder Kaur of Tarkhan Majra village at a hospital in Sirhind on Thursday.
Surinder Kaur of Tarkhan Majra village at a hospital in Sirhind on Thursday. Photo by writer

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 14
Post poll violence today left four people injured, including a woman. Three of the injured were said to be serious and rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Surinder Kaur, undergoing treatment at local civil hospital, along with her two sons, all residents of Tarkhan Majra village, accused vice-president of Sirhind Municipal Council of injuring her.

The injured alleged that a section of influential people were garnering a grudge against them since Municipal Council elections held last year.

Surinder said last year her son Jagjit Singh was contesting election against Balvir Singh Bailley. Since then Bailley was nursing a grudge against her son and other family members for daring to contest against him.

Bailley allegedly started shouting against the family in front of their house last night. When the family members came out Bailley and some others attacked them with sharp edged weapons and sticks. Jagjit Singh, Ranjeet Singh and Manjit Singh received injuries in the incident.

On the statements of Surinder, Sirhind police has booked Balvir Singh, Kanwar Jagtar Singh, Pappa, Rawal, Ghona and three unidentified people. The injured were rushed to local civil hospital from where Jagjit, Manpreet Singh and Kanwar Jagtar Singh (one of alleged attackers) were rushed to PGI, Chandigarh. Surinder and some other injured were still undergoing treatment at civil hospital.

Meanwhile, situation went out of control when a section of political leaders, including BSP candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib constituency Rai Singh and former Punjab minister Harbans Lal of Congress, today reached civil hospital. The supporters of leaders started accusing each other over the issue of politicising the case.

Supporters of the BSP and the Congress started raising slogans against each other. The situation was controlled when senior police officials reached the spot. The supporters of both the parties revealed that yesterday’s fight over the issue of installing poll tents led to severe fight today.

Meanwhile, vice-president of Sirhind Municipal Council has termed it a conspiracy against him and refuted all the allegations levelled by the injured.



Five held for selling railway oil
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 14
A team of Government Railway Police, Kalka, today conducted a special raid to check the quantity of high speed diesel in the tankers of the Indian Oil Corporation, Ambala, which was to be supplied to diesel shed, Kalka.

SHO Pala Singh revealed that while carrying out the measurement of the diesel in the two tankers no- HR-37-C-5858 and HR-04N- 1725, it was found that there was a deficiency of 48 cm and 50 cm of oil in the two tankers, respectively.

He said Jaswinder Singh, Shamsher Singh both drivers of the tankers, Sukhwinder Singh, Shyam Lal and Gurmeet Singh conductors, residents of Machhonda Sabar villages near Ambala have been arrested and a case has been registered under Sections 420,406, 409,418 and 419 of the IPC. The tankers have also been impounded. He added that the accused used to sell diesel illegally on the way.

According to sources, the measurement of the underground storage tanks of the diesel shed, Kalka, quantity of oil in the book balance and ground storage tanks was balanced.



Two killed, two injured in accidents 
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, May 14
Two people were killed and two others received serious injuries here in separate accidents during the past 24 hours. Babli Singh of Alampur village died this morning when he fell from a tractor, which collided with a speeding car near Rajpura city.

Babli was on his way from Alampur village towards Rajpura to fetch sand in the tractor trolley.

The car occupants also received serious injuries in the accident and were rushed to Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The car occupants were identified as Om Parkash and Satpal who were on their way from Mandi Gobindgarh to Patiala.

In another accident Balvinder Singh of Khatoli village in Ambala was on his way towards Sarala Kalan to meet his uncle in a car last night. He lost control over his car, which collided with a tree on the roadside killing him on the spot. The accident took place near Kapoori village around 11 pm.

Cases in this connection have been registered by the police and bodies of the deceased were handed over to their relatives after conducting postmortem at Rajpura Civil Hospital.



Five theft cases in 24 hrs
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi/Zirakpur, May 14
In less than 24 hours, around five cases of theft were reported in different parts of Dera Bassi and Zirakpur. The miscreants decamped with cash and valuables worth thousands after they broke into three shops in Dera Bassi and two houses in Zirakpur yesterday night.

According to the police, the first theft was reported at a mobile shop from where the thieves decamped with mobiles sets and cash whereas, the second incident was reported in an electronic goods shop from where Rs 3,000 along with mobile recharge coupons were stolen.

Meanwhile, the third incident was reported at a local milk dairy from where they decamped with cash and cylinder goods.

Thieves took away invertors and cylinders from two houses of Preet Colony in Zirakpur. 



Cong cries foul over late arrival of EVMs
Machines from Anandpur Sahib reached headquarters at 6 am
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Anandpur Sahib, May 14
High drama prevailed at Government Girls’ school at around midnight when the election officials of Anandpur Sahib Assembly segment allegedly delayed delivering EVM machines to Ropar headquarters.

While EVM machines from all other assembly segments reached their respective headquarters by 11 pm on May 13, those from Anandpur Sahib reached Ropar at 6 am.

Presiding officer of the area reached Anandpur Sahib SDM office by 11 pm. At around midnight APS Sandhu, assistant returning officer-cum-SDM, Anandpur Sahib, directed them to take rest and said the entire contingent would leave with the EVMs by 4 am. The officials took shelter in nearby government schools and other places.

However, allegedly, the SDM came back to the place where EVMs were stored and entered the room at 2.30 am and locked it from inside. In the meantime, someone informed local MLA Rana KP about the SDM’s nocturnal visit.

Congress workers of the area raised slogans against the SDM and the SAD-BJP government early in the morning. At 5 am, Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu called up Priyank Bharti, returning officer-cum-deputy commissioner, Ropar, apprising him of SDM’s visit and raising objections to it.

EVM machines reached Ropar at 6 am, while those from other assembly segments had already arrived at night. Later, in the morning, DC Priyank Bharti and BP Ravi, observer appointed by the ECI in the area, too visited Anandpur Sahib.

While talking to TNS, Bharti said EVM machines had not been tampered with in any way. “The observer has duly checked the machines which are perfectly sealed. The EVMs reached the headquarters late as it takes a lot of time for the paperwork to be completed before giving a final nod to pick the machines,” he asserted.

Congress men have refused to lodge any formal complaint with the election officials over the issue. 



5 pc voted without ID in Anandpur Sahib
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 14
Around five per cent of voters in Anandpur Sahib constituency cast their vote without using voter I-card issued by the Election Commission of India.

Chamkaur Sahib segment had as many as 7,302 voters who used identity proofs other than voter I-card, followed by Kharar at 6,509 and Anandpur Sahib at 6,463.

Voters were seen complaining about serious errors in the I-cards issued to them by the ECI. In many cases the details and photo on I-card did not match with each other. In few cases, the voters alleged that their names were missing from the lists.

Interestingly, women polled 13,417 votes less than men. Nawanshahr women topped the chart with 54,095 votes, while women voters at Balachaur cast the least 44,610 votes. Women voters at Mohali fared little better (47,302) than their Ropar (45,830) counterparts. Kharar women voters fared above them casting total 49,207 votes in total.

Amongst men, Kharar witnessed the largest voter turnout of 57,844, followed by Chamkaur Sahib at 57,557 and Mohali at 55,397.

Nawanshahr witnessed the highest voter percentage of 74.05 per cent, followed by Banga at 72.97 per cent and Balachaur at 70.04 per cent. Despite having maximum number of voters in entire Lok Sabha constituency, Mohali fared at just 62.57 per cent recording the least voter turnout in whole constituency.

While highest polling was reported in Brailley village of the Mohali segment, the lowest turnout was in the polling booth at Sector 71.



Candidates, leaders bank on astrologers
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 14
Finding themselves beleaguered in thick electoral battle, seemingly exhausted political leaders, Lok Sabha candidates and supporters are not only consulting astrologers for predicting the result, whereas some are resorting to ‘mobile pooja’ by modern pundits.

Irrespective of whether a politician belonged to the Congress, the SAD-BJP, the BSP or any other party, most of them were seen making beelines to astrologers or wearing precious stones suggested by the pundits.

While some candidates along with family members and supporters were descending at the doorsteps of pundits, others were performing mobile pooja at Bagla Mukhi shrine and other temples in Himachal Pradesh.

The candidates are not required to visit temples during the mobile pooja, as pundits do a hawan or yajna in favour of the candidates on their mobile phones.

“Since the candidates did not have time for prayers in the pre and post-poll scenario, the mobile mode of worship has become quite a popular medium nowadays,” says Hoshiarpur-based astrologer Bhaskar Sharan Bhalla, who was thronged by former ministers, MLAs and other politicians.

Various candidates, including Hans Raj Hans, and Navjot Singh Sidhu were seen flaunting stones depicting their intense belief in astrology. Also, a Malwa-based seasoned candidate of the SAD-BJP took an astrologer along to the office of the District Electoral Officer on the day of filing his papers.

When contacted, the astrologer refused to divulge the names of the candidates or leaders visiting him on the poll eve. He said: “Prominent politicians, including MLAs, MPs and former MPs came for celestial guidance.

Most of the candidates were a harried lot as they were curious to know what was lying in store for them on May 16,” he added.

“Candidates are keen to know the outcome of their efforts in advance. And they do not have an easy means like astrology for this,” said an astrologer, Dr Sanjiv Sood. 



Talk on significance of Punjabi
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 14
A seminar on “Punjab Di Sabhyacharak Niti” was organised by the World Punjabi Centre (WPC) at Senate Hall of Punjabi University here today.

Vice-Chancellor of the university

Dr Jaspal Singh said the university would act as a facilitator to those working for the promotion of Punjabi language, art and culture. He also laid emphasis on using digital technology for accelerating the pace of cohesive development of Punjabis in the era of globalisation.

While appreciating the achievement of Varinder Kumar Sharma, who cornered fourth position in the IAS main examination by using Punjabi as a medium, Dr Jaspal said the university would honour him soon.

Noted Punjabi scholar and vice-president of Bharti Sahit Academy Dr Sutinder Singh Noor said bilingual policy for the state was not in sync with the development of Punjabi language.

He urged the Punjab government and other organisations engaged in the promotion of Punjabi language to approach the Supreme Court to make Punjabi a mandatory subject in the schools. Director of the centre Manmohan Singh thanked the vice-chancellor for taking an initiative to finish the project at the earliest.

Prof RS Ghuman, Prof Joga Singh and Dr Rajinder Pal Brar presented research papers on the education, language and cultural policies of Punjab. 



240 sports students awarded diplomas
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 14
It was a red letter day for diploma pass outs of Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, when they got their diploma certificates from Olympian shooting gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, here yesterday.

A total of 240 pass outs were awarded diplomas at a ceremony held at NIS. Bindra congratulated the students and said NIS was moving on the path of development under the guidance of executive director LS Ranawat.

He said efforts were being made to redesign the education programme in sports coaching on the patterns of various developed countries.

Ranawat said the institute had accommodation for about 1,200 sportspersons on the campus. This year a 100-bedded hostel, which was inaugurated in February by Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Dr MS Gill, had been completed.

Another 200-bedded hostel for sportsmen is in the pipeline, he added.



High Court Death of Cadet
NCC told to conduct probe
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
After two years of struggle, the parents of a 13-year-old boy, Rajat Kumar, who died after falling ill at an NCC camp in June, 2007, have some hope of getting justice.

Having run from pillar to post to get someone held responsible for the alleged negligence that led to the death of their son, Manphool Chand and Kamlesh Kumari have finally got relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which has asked the NCC authorities to reinvestigate the case and give compensation.

The 13-year-old cadet fell sick during an annual training camp of the NCC and died soon after he reached home in 2007.

According to the medical report, he was suffering from acute encephalitis but was not taken to the hospital for medical check-up during the camp.

Providing relief to the parents, the High Court has directed the Group Commander National Cadet Corps (NCC) to hold a fact-finding inquiry into the circumstances that led to the untimely and sudden death of Rajat and also consider the claim of deceased’s father regarding payment of compensation in accordance with law.

A student of Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, Rajat had attended a 10-day NCC annual training camp at Ahlial, near Palampur, from May 25 to June 3, in 2007 and died of acute encephalitis at the PGI here on June 6, 2007.

The petitioner, Manphool Chand, said: “We have lost our son and the loss is irreparable. My wife had gone into a depression as she could not believe it. When he came back he was unwell and died.

“On June 3 around 5.30 pm, when I went to pick him up, he told me that he was suffering from severe headache and drowsiness. The following morning, he complained of uneasiness.

We took him to Government Medical College and Hospital-32. Later, he was shifted to the PGI where doctors diagnosed him with ‘acute encephalitis’, a brain-related disease.”



Gangrape Case
HC asks P’kula court to conclude trial
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 14
Disposing of the petition against the bail granted to one of the gangrape accused by the Panchkula district and sessions court, Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the former to conclude the trial within one month.

The mother of the victim had moved to the high court after Panchkula additional and sessions judge Sanjiv Jindal had granted bail to one of the accused, Aman Ahuja, on November 1 last year.

In a communiqué from the high court received here yesterday it was directed that the trial in the case is to be concluded within one month. However, as of now, the evidences are being recorded at Panchkula court in the matter and are expected to be concluded by the next date of hearing on May 21.

According to public prosecutor NK Goel, 18 prosecution witnesses have already been examined on May 13. Now, the court is to examine remaining prosecution witnesses. Following this the court is to record the statement of the accused under Section 313 of the CrPC and then witnesses would be presented by defence before arguments are held prior to the pronouncement of judgement.

The case dates back to September 17 when five persons, including a girl, allegedly abducted a schoolgirl and took her to a village in Punjab. She was allegedly raped there and the girl overpowered her while the others were raping her and the accused even burnt her body parts with cigarette butts, alleged the victim in her complaint.

However, the victim could not furnish the names and addresses of the accused except Jatin and the girl, Chhavi. Later, the police arrested Aman when the victim, during investigation, named him as a former accomplice of the rape accused. While Aman was granted bail, another accused Jitesh was still under judicial custody.

The police, however, could not trace two main accused Jatin and Chhavi till now.



JE arrested for slapping driver
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
The Chandigarh police today arrested Sudhir Narag, a junior engineer in road division of the Chandigarh municipal corporation, for slapping his driver in Industrial Area here.

According to police, the accused slapped his driver, Narinder Joshi, after the two had an argument. Joshi, who is a heart patient, fainted after being hit and was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

His condition was stable, the police said. Meanwhile, the police arrested Narag after booking him under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC. He was produced before the SDM (East) who released him on bail later.



Unsolved murder cases haunt police
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
Even as nine days have elapsed since two unidentified motorcyclists killed Amarjit Singh, the owner of Sham Fashion Mall, the local police is still groping in the dark for clues.

Though this is the only blind murder case out of seven reported this year that is yet to be cracked, last year the police had failed to work out five out of the 17 murder cases that rocked the city.

Sources in the police said the investigating officials had got no vital leads that could help them crack the case. The officials today attended the bog ceremony of Amarjit Singh at his residence and in gurdwara in Sector 34 in anticipation of getting some clues.

Police station-36 SHO said so far they had not got any breakthrough in the case.

Last year, the police had failed to achieve any breakthrough in five murder cases, including that of its inspector Kashmir Singh, who was found murdered in Dadu Majra Colony on August 2.

Besides, the police has failed to identify a woman in her mid-thirties, whose body, with her face charred beyond recognition, was recovered near Ram Darbar, Phase II, on April 22.

Also, on November 21, the police found the body of a man in his thirties dumped in a sewerage at proposed Filmcity Site, opposite Sarangpur village. The probe into both cases are still stuck at the initial stage.

The police had also not been able to achieve any success in cracking the blind murder case of Radha Dunia, whose body was from near the Sukhna Choe jungle area — between Colony No 4 and Darua village — on August 19.

Besides, the police has not been able to track down the three unidentified men who had stabbed to death Deepak Kumar, manager of Himachal Guest House in Mani Majra, on December 13.



Thieves decamp with Rs 1.75 lakh
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 14
Thieves managed to escape with Rs 1.75 lakh cash after breaking the window of a car parked outside a private bank in Kalgidhar enclave here today.

According to the police, the incident took place around 11 am when Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Gazipur village, went inside the bank with Sukhdeep, his relative, and two other persons. On returning Kuldeep found the window of the back seat of his car was broken and the suitcase containing cash missing.

Narrating the incident, Kuldeep stated that he was a property dealer in Gazipur. He said his relative Sukhdeep called him this morning to meet him at the bank for some personal work. Kuldeep asked Sukhdeep to bring the suitcase from his home.

Kuldeep said the suitcase had around Rs 1.75 lakh cash, including four chequebooks of different banks, blank signed cheques and important documents. He had kept the money for a property deal.

The police said during the investigation small stones were found in the car. The window of the car must have been broken using a catapult, the police added. The police has registered a case.



Two ICICI cheques misused
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 14
Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Panchkula, was shocked when he found that the cheques he had issued to his clients were presented in the bank by an unidentified person. Complainant Dinesh told the police that he apprehended that two cheques were stolen from a drop box at the ATM of a bank and were misused by the accused.

Dinesh, who runs a furniture gallery in the Industrial Area Phase II, alleged that he had issued two cheques of ICICI Bank, Sector 11, worth Rs 50,730 each in the name of Neeraj Gupta and Rajesh Kumar on May 7. Both cheques were dropped at the drop box of the bank’s ATM the following day, as both of them had accounts in the same bank, he stated.

When they did not receive money in their accounts today, Dinesh enquired with the bank and was told that one of the cheques he was claiming to have issued in the name of Rajesh Kumar was bearing the name of Rakesh Kumar Sharma.

Dinesh alleged that it was found that the cheque was presented for encashing by an account holder of Vijay Bank, Sector 11.

The other cheque issued in the name of Neeraj, however, could not be encashed as the bank found alterations on it, Dinesh said, alleging that the bank was avoiding to furnish the details about the cheque.



Asian Football Festival
Tanvi does city proud

Chandigarh, May 14
Indian girls football squad claimed the top honours in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 festival held in Colombo recently.

This win had something special for the city as Tanvi Bhargava, the lone player from Chandigarh, emerged as the top scorer for the team. She netted 11 goals in the festival in which five countries participated, including India, Bhutan, Iran, Jordan and Sri Lanka.

India beat Jordan in the final to win the title. In total, India played nine matches out of which it won seven, lost one and one draw.

Tanvi is hopeful that the Indian team will qualify for the World Cup to be held next year. “We performed well in the junior tournaments and I am hopeful that our team will qualify for the World Cup,” Tanvi added.

She led the team in the last year’s AFC festival in which India was the runners-up. “In every tournament we keep two captains and keep changing them. This year Raksha and Karishma are sharing the responsibility,” said Tanvi. — TNS



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