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Gang involved in vehicle thefts busted
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 24
The police has busted an inter-state vehicle-lifters’ gang that has been operating in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab for past three years. Nine members of the gang were arrested over a span of past one week.

The first to be arrested was Tarsem Singh, a resident of Mandiala village near Naina Devi (Una). Tarsem, the kingpin of the gang, usually picked up vehicles from near Naina Devi shrine and then sold it off in parts of Ludhiana, Ropar and Anandpur Sahib with the aide of eight others.

SSP LK Yadav said this was a well-knit gang that coordinated with taxi drivers and mechanics. Some stolen vehicles were used as taxis, while others were sold off to various persons.

The police has recovered one truck, two Tata Sumo vehicles and four motorcycles from the possession of the gang members.

The two Tata Sumo vehicles were found running without number plates. Sources said that few cars were dismantled and sold off as junk.

The other accused include Arun from Shimla, Gaurav Kumar and Maninder from Nurpur Bedi, Tara Chand alias Taru and Kanwaljit from Solan, Iqbal Kala from Ludhiana, Sukhwinder Singh alias Binder and Rinku from Anandpur Sahib and Vicky from Ludhiana.

The police is further investigating the case to find if the fake documents were used to sell off the stolen vehicles. It would be also ascertained if some more people were involved in the case.



Hospital opens serai
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 24
The Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital has opened a serai for stay of attendants of patients admitted to the indoor wards of the hospital. Dr HM Swami, medical superintendent of Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, said the serai had been a goodwill gesture for the management of the hospital to the patients undergoing treatment in the indoor wards of the hospital.

He said for a token fee, the patients’ attendants could avail of the facilities of a bed, attached toilets and other basic amenities. A canteen was already serving eatables in the hospital round the clock. Dr Swami said the locker facilities had also been made available for the attendants. They could put their belongings at a secure place under lock and key while they attended to their ailing relatives.

Dr Swami said the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital was equipped with the latest medical equipment and treatment in medical super specialties was available to the patients reporting at Gian Sagar Medical College and 

Dr Sukhwinder Singh, vice-chairman of the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust, said the hospital had been provided with state of the art technology and had latest equipment in laboratories. He said the trust was committed to providing quality healthcare services to the people of this part of the region.

He said the trust had ambitious plans on the anvil for providing specialised health services and highly affordable rates.

Harnam Singh, president of the trust, said the trust had set up an urban health centre at Rajpura and a rural health centre at Gajju Khera, near Rajpura, where a specialised medical treatment was being made available.

He said free ambulance service was available at these two centres for ferrying patients to Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital.



Rs 2.1 lakh robbed at gunpoint
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 24
Unidentified persons armed with pistols looted Rs 2.10 lakh at a gunpoint in Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib district, late yesterday evening. The four-armed men entered the office of National Trading Company at Battan Lal Road and fire a few shots in the air to intimidate the staff and then demanded money.

Kewal Singh, who works as an accountant in the firm was present in the office while the owner Dinesh Bansal was at its first floor. One of the miscreants put the pistol on the temple of Kewal Singh, while others started searching the office.

They, then, locked the upper portion of the office, where the owner was scanning paper files. The miscreants demanded cash from Kewal Singh, who handed over a bag containing Rs 2.10 lakh to them. The robbers took the money and fled away.

Senior police officials, including SSP Kaustubh Sharma and the SHO of the area, reached the spot. The SSP got all exit points sealed and also alerted the adjoining police posts of the area. The cops have launched a manhunt to nab the culprits.

A large number of looting incidents are taking place in the area due to the large amounts being transacted between the traders. 



Man commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 24
Vijay Kumar (35), a resident of Sarangpur Colony, committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan at his residence here today. According to sources, a relative of the deceased, Raju, informed the police about the incident when he went to meet Vijay at 8 am today.

The sources added that Vijay was frustrated due to a family dispute as his wife along with two children was staying away with her parents.

The police said the autopsy had been conducted at the Kalka Civil hospital.



Engg college gets accreditation
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 24
Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, has got accredited by the National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi.
Officials of Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, during a press conference at Kharar.
Officials of Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, during a press conference at Kharar. A Tribune photograph

CEC spokesperson claimed that institute had become first private engineering college of northern region to have got accredited for five years and had enlisted itself among top 25 private colleges like Kalinga Institute of Technology, Bhubneshwar, and Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Naidu.

Other than CEC, Landran, only four private engineering colleges all over the country have been granted five years’ accreditation in their maiden attempt during the year of 2009. The four colleges are Jaypee University, Solan, Xavier Institute of Management, Mumbai, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Tamil Naidu, and RMK Engineering College, Tamil Naidu.

Students of an accredited college tends to get an additional edge in competitive international scenario as their degrees get global acceptance under the provision of The Washington Accord, which marks their degree at par with degrees granted by foreign universities, while they become benchmark in India.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, president, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, said the accreditation would give a boost to research activities for students and the staff as accredited institution gets lucrative funding from various government bodies like Ministry of HRD, UGC and World Bank.



Play to sensitise people on social evils
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 24
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Cultural and Sports club of Amadpur village today organised a play to sensitise people about social evils.

Sant Baba Hari Om Giri said people should be united against all the social evils prevailing in our society. There should be no place for social evils in a good society. People’s Theater, Amloh, presented a play during the occasion, wherein disadvantages of social evils were highlighted.



10-yr-old boy missing since May 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
A 10-year-old boy of Kishangarh has been missing from his residence since May 21. The police received a call from an unknown man that Kailash was missing. Following this, the police confirmed the same form his house where her mother said her son had gone to play but had not come yet.

The police said it would trace the call details of the suspect, who informed the police to find out the truth. Meanwhile, a case under Section M-5 has been registered in the Manimajra police station on the complaint of the missing boy’s mother, Kailasho.



Man held for assaulting Sec-26 resident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Chhotu Ram, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, has been booked for allegedly beating up Vinod, also a resident of the same place.

Arun Kumar, a friend of the victim, complained to the police alleging that Chhotu and a few other persons had beaten and threatened his friend on May 22 at 9 pm. The victim was admitted at the PGI after he got injured.

A case under Sections 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 26 police station.


Jaspal Singh, SDE, MCPH sub-division no. 10, Chandigarh, complained to the police that someone had stolen solar light plates and solar batteries from Water Works, Sector-39, here.

A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 39 police station.


Momtu Richard, a resident of the PGI, was arrested today after a stolen car was seized from his possession.

TL Vandna, a resident of PGI campus, complained to the police alleging that Momtu had stolen her car (CH-01-0043) parked in front of her residence on May 22 at about 11.

A case under Section 379 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.


Mohit Tandan, a resident of Sector 15, complained to the police alleging that someone had stolen a laptop from her residence yesterday.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.



463 cartons of liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 24
CIA wing of the Mohali police today seized 463 cartons of Indian made foreign liquor from a truck near Landran here. The liquor was being smuggled to Rajasthan. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.


The Ambala-Chandigarh highway was blocked for 20 minutes by some residents of Panchkula in protest against an alleged move by some unidentified persons to take illegal possession of a plot in Zirakpur. While booking the protesters for blocking the highway, the trespassers were also arrested.

According to the police, a part of land situated in Singpura village is owned by Shyam Sunder, a resident of Panchkula. On Sunday, some unidentified persons tried to take forcible possession of the land. When the police did not reach the spot despite being informed, the owners of the land blocked the highway.


Three theft cases were reported from Zirakpur on Sunday. In first case, 60 g of gold, Rs 50,000 cash, four mobile sets, cable set-up box and wrist watches, along with many other household items, were found to be missing from the house of Balbir Singh, a retired SDO from the BBMB.

The owner had gone to attend a satsang at Amritsar along with his family. When the family returned on Sunday, they found locks of two of rooms broken and the household goods were scattered around.

Poppy husk seized

The Lalru police arrested two persons and recovered 50 kilograms poppy husk from their possession on Sunday. The accused were identified as Amit Kumar, a resident of Zirakpur, and Navdeep Singh, a resident of Sector-29, Chandigarh.

According to the police, the two were moving towards Zirakpur and were smuggling poppy husk. They were arrested near Dappar toll plaza after a tip off by the CIA staff.

The police said the accused were involved in smuggling cases and a watch on the accused had been kept. The accused used to purchase poppy husk from Gwalior.



4 held for cable theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The crime branch of the UT police yesterday arrested four persons, including a lineman, in the connection with the theft of 35-metre electricity cable from electricity office in Sector 33 on Friday.

The accused have been identified as Balkar Singh, lineman, Palvinder Singh, Gurmail Singh and Gurmukh Singh.



Husband, in-laws booked for dowry
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 24
The police has booked husband and father-in-law of a 22-year-old woman, for allegedly beating her up for not brining enough dowry and for keeping her under house arrest since Friday evening. The victim, Anu Bala, however, escaped from the house and went to her relatives’ house, who later admitted her to a hospital in Sector 6.

In a complaint to the police, Anu, a 22-year-old woman, showed injury marks on her hands and arms and alleged that her husband Gaurav Mangla and his father Manjit Kumar Mangla both residents of Sector 9, thrashed her and attempted to kill her for not brining enough dowry.

They even forced her to write a note mentioning that no one should be harassed in case of her death. Her sister-in-law Lilly, who is married at Vrindavan, used to instigate her in-laws, she added.

Following Anu’s complaint, the police has booked all the three accused under Sections 498, 323, 506 and 342 for demanding dowry, wrongful confinement and causing injury.

While Gaurav is working as an engineer with a telecom company in Chandigarh, Manjit is an employee of the Tubewell Corporation, Punjab, in Chandigarh.

Taking to the media at the hospital, Anu said it was on Friday when both the accused and the father started thrashing her and forced her to write the note. Following which Gaurav tried to strangle her. However, he left her before she fell unconscious, she added.

While she was under house arrest even the wires of the landline phone were disconnected, she alleged. Next day, on Saturday when both her husband and father-in-law were away, she managed to flee. Her relatives informed her parents in Delhi and admitted her to the hospital.

Father of the victim, Satpal Mittal, a wholesale dealer of medicines, said this was not the first time that they attempted to kill her after she was married on August 31 last year.

However, every time on the assurance of not repeating such acts, the accused at a meeting arranged by the relatives was convincing Anu to return to her in-laws house.

“Though I spent around Rs 20 lakh for the marriage, her in-laws still kept demanding more money. I paid Rs 1.5 lakh during Diwali, still the family was demanding Rs 5 lakh and when the money was not given they started harassing my daughter,” said Satpal.

“Last time it was January 27, when she was admitted to a hospital here after she was poisoned but we did not lodge any complaint, thinking that things might change, he added.

Again she was thrashed and forced to leave the house on March 28 following which the police was informed but due to the intervention of the relatives, the matter was solved, he added.



Five arrested

Panchkula, May 24
The police claimed to have arrested five persons for planning a robbery here last night. All the five accused have been identified as Vikram, Dara, Ramesh, Ram Singh and Charanjit. While Vikram belongs to West Bengal, the others are residents of UP.

According to police, the accused were trapped when it had set up a naka near Shiv Mandir in Sector 2. Three other members of the gang, however, managed to escape, said police. The accused were produced before a local court from where they were sent to the police custody till May 30. — TNS



Harmanjit powers Bharti Vij Academy home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Bharti Vij Academy got the better of Sector-37 Cricket Academy by 73 runs in the last league match of the Inter-Academy Under-16 Cricket League for St Stephen’s Cup organised by DP Azad Cricket Academy at St Stephen’s School-45 in Chandigarh today.

Batting first, Bharti Vij Academy scored a mammoth 292 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted quota of 40 overs.

Openers Harmanjit Singh (99) and Mayank Munjal (44) were involved in 157-run opening stand in 22 overs.

Later, Sarthik (55) and Kohinoor Sidhu (32) added 60 runs for the sixth wicket.

In reply, Sector-37 Cricket Academy were bowled out for 219 runs in 38.3 overs.

Right-arm medium-pacer Danish Jalhotra wrecked Sector-37 Cricket Academy, scalping five wickets giving away for 48 runs.

The finalists of the tournament have been spotted already with MCA Academy and DPACA taking on each other in the final.



PGTI Merit List
Two city golfers in top 10
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 24
Two city golfers - Harendra P. Gupta and Harmeet Kahlon - figure in the top 10 along with second placed Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala in the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) “Order of Merit” after the DDA Open, the eighth leg of the PGTI.

Bhullar, who shot to the second spot with four wins in three outings, concentrates more on the Asian Tour. He has also qualified for the British Open to be held in July when he will rub shoulders with the cream of world professionals, including Jeev Milkha Singh.

Bhullar's earnings from four outings on the PGTI circuit have fetched him Rs 11,82, 850 in prize money. He trails Mukesh Kumar of Mhow by a very small margin.

Harendra Gupta occupies the fifth slot and his earnings from eight outings are Rs 8,11,900. Harendra has not won any of the events, but he has figured in the top 10 five times.

Seasoned Harmeet Kahlon has played eight PGTI events and made the top 10 three times., He occupies the eighth slot and his total prize money this season so far is Rs 5,42,600.

Other city golfers in the PGTI merit list are Gurbaaz Pratap Singh Mann (25th rank with earnings of Rs 2,11,000), Ranjit Singh (26th rank with earnings of Rs 2,10,050), Randhir Singh Ghotra (37th ranked with earnings of Rs 1,40,885), Sujjan Singh (41st ranked with earnings of Rs 1,29,600), A.S. Lehal (57th ranked with earnings of Rs 90,200), Ajeetesh Sandhu (58th ranked with earnings of Rs 86,250), Amandeep Johl (72nd ranked with earnings of Rs 46,300), Dayal Singh (77th ranked with earnings of Rs 45,600), K.P.S. Sekhon (78th ranked with earnings of Rs 44,650), Roop Singh (82nd ranked with earnings of Rs 41,100), Rajiv Kumar (92nd ranked withe earnings of Rs 16,800) and Amaritinder Singh (99th ranked with earnings of Rs 7,500).



Cricket Meet
YPS drub GGS Sports Club
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 24
The YPS Cricket Academy defeated GGS Sports Club by 40 runs in the opening match of JAL Mohali Premier League being organised by the Mohali Cricket Association here at YPS.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 106 runs (all out) in 22.4 overs. Jagnoor (28) and Dinesh (17) were the main scorers. Sukhi of GGS Sports Club scalped four wickets for 14 runs in four overs. Bharat, Anmol and Krishan got two wickets each.

In reply, GGS Sports Club could score only 66 runs. Opener Dev (21) gave a good start but other batsmen failed to face the brilliance of G. Brar who took five wickets for only five runs in 2.3 overs. Jatinder and Aman also got two wickets each.

In another match, rain played a spoilsport. Bedi CC got better of Youth Star Cricket Club on the basis of better run-rate. After winning the toss Youth Star Club decided to bat and got all out for only 89 runs in 19 overs.

In reply, Bedi CC scored 79 for four wickets in 18.2 overs before the rain interrupted the match. Kailash Sanwal remained unbeaten on 34 runs and A Bedi contributed 17 runs. For Youth Star CC Manoj took two for 19 runs.



Manpreet to lead Fatehgarh Sahib team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Manpreet Singh will lead the 15-member Fatehgarh Sahib team in the coming Panjab U-19 Minor Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Dhruv Pandove Trophy.

According to Fatehgarh Sahib District Cricket Association secretary Sanjeev Aggarwal, Sachin Chandel will be the coach-cum-manager of the team.

Team: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Gurpinder Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Rahul Kumar, Satwinder Singh, Sukhraj Singh, Manpreet Singh, Mohan, Navdeep Singh, Suraj Gupta, Munish Kumar, Gagandeep Singh, Prokshit Rana, Sanjay Kumar and Sandeep Taman. Coach-cum-manager: Sachin Chandel.



Ambala X1 trounce Chandigarh XI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Riding high on Parabal Sharma’s quick knock of 91 runs, Ambala X1 beat Chandigarh XI by 27 runs in the Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament for under-16 at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

The tournament is being organised by the Haryana Cricket Association.



Jaspal grabs billiards title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Jaspal Singh defeated Ravi Mohan Singh by 4-2 to win the billiards’ final of the VIIIth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship held at the Chandigarh Club today.

Pardeep Kinger snuffed out the challenge of Vishal Gupta by 4-2 to win the snooker final.

Meanwhile, in yesterday’s match Vishal Gupta beat Vaibhav Anand by 3-1 in the semifinal.

In another match, Pardeep blanked Ajay Singla by 3-0. 



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