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Varsity coaches back director for second term
Gagan K Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 3
Just before Punjabi University, Patiala, is all set to conduct interviews of the candidates for the director’s post on June 8, the politics has already begun.

Allegations have heated the situation as various charges have been levelled against current director Dr Rajkumar Sharma who is believed to be one of the most promising candidates for the post again.

Surinder Singh Bhatia, a government school teacher at Bhatti, has blamed the director of using false certificates for acquiring his current position. Reacting to this, all coaches of the sports department of the university condemned Surinder’s allegations and said opponents made such allegations just to influence the decision of the selection committee.

One of the coaches said Dr Rajkumar had been one of the best administrators they had worked with. Cycling coach Mitarpal Singh said Dr Rajkumar had lifted the standard of sports in the university. “They did not have a personal screw before he joined. It was only because of Dr Rajkumar’s efforts that now they have 22 bicycles that enabled his players to win various inter-university and national championships,” Mitarpal said.

Football coach Dalbir Singh and boxing coach Jaswant Singh said the university had been established around 50 years ago and had not witnessed major achievements in sports earlier. But after Dr Rajkumar joined, the university bagged MAKA Trophy for the first time.

Thus, other universities unhappy with the director’s success made such remarks to defame him.

Other coaches, including Dal Singh, Avtar Singh, Jiwanjot Singh, Princeinder Singh, assistant director Gurdeep Kaur, Tejinder Kaur, Ghatka trainer Avtar Singh, Harbhajan Singh supported the director.

According to information, Surinder Singh who filed the complaint has nothing to do with the functioning of the university.

When asked that why he had complained, Surinder said joint director Bhupinder Singh was his friend and there was a conflict between Bhupinder and Dr Rajkumar. Thus, he had filed a complaint against the director.

Coaches said it happened because the joint director and the director would be standing against each other for the post of the director. They said joint director Bhupinder Singh had planted Surinder Singh to defend his case.

Defending his position Dr Rajkumar said: “I have full faith in myself. This has only been done to harm my reputation right before the interview.”



72 encroachments razed
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 3
Following the orders of the High Court, the police razed around 72 encroached houses here today.

Despite repeated notices and warnings, the encroachers were not vacating the land. These people had been allotted 50 yard land each and that too on prime location, but still they were not leaving the government land.

The disputed land is the one that had been given to the PRTC for the making of fully air-conditioned bus stand worth crores of rupees in the city. The total land allotted for this work is 90 bighas and one bisva, out of which one bigha and five bisvas had been left for Kedar Nath Mandir that is situated here.

These people had encroached the land for a century.

It is said that these labourers had earlier migrated to the city and settled at this place. But the land was later transferred to the transport department, which passed it on to the PRTC for the construction of the bus stand. The PRTC then sent a notice to these people and instructed them to leave the place as soon as possible, but these people repelled.

Two of their representatives, Omesh Kumar and Prem Kumar, then moved to the court against the decision. The court, after considering all aspects, had instructed the labourers to leave the place till May 15, but to no effect.

Finally, the police today took the charge and razed these houses, because the work had to begin soon.

Though many occupants complained of misbehaviour by the cops, but the situation was totally under control.

RS Sharma, SP, Patiala, said around 50 cops were deputed the whole day to check any dispute. The cops were just doing their duty and there was no manhandling, he added. The labourers were just not ready to leave and the cops had to get the land vacated and hence the use of bulldozers, he added.

The managing director of the PRTC, along with ADC Darshan Singh Sandhu, also reached the spot and ensured that everything went peacefully. The MD said this was court’s decision and they had to follow it.

Moreover, the PRTC also organised a langar today to help these labourers to settle down at their allotted places as early as possible.



Ransacking Incident at Hospital
2 docs booked, one bailed out
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 3
Doctors of private nursing homes of Ambala City expressed a great resentment over the attitude of the police in the ransacking incident of a private surgical hospital where a female patient had died during the operation process.

Relatives of the deceased had allegedly ransacked ML Surgical Hospital and the residence of an orthopaedic doctor after the death of Anju Bala today.

The police had registered a case under Section 304A against Dr MK Gupta and anaesthetist Dr Ashok Goel. Later the police had rounded up Dr Goel, who was later granted bail.

Around 12 doctors of the private nursing homes led by IMA president Ashok Sarwal met the SP, Ambala. They told that the police had violated the direction of the Supreme Court by arresting Dr Geol.

They said before the registration of the case against the doctors, the matter should be referred to a committee of doctors specialised in the field relating to which the medical negligence was attributed and only after the committee reports that there was a prima facie case of medical negligence, the action should be taken against them.

National vice-president of IMA, DS Jaspal, while condemning the ransacking incident said the police should act according to the Haryana medicare service persons and medicare service institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2009 before taking any action against the doctors.

Meanwhile, the police has also registered a case against two of the relatives of the deceased and a few others for damaging the property of the surgical hospital.



Tragedy averted as coaches separate from engine
Our Correspondent

Kalka, June 3
A major accident was averted on the Kalka-Shimla rail section after the couplings connecting the engine with coaches of the Shivalik Deluxe (241 up) train, with almost 230 passengers on board, got disconnected and kept on running on the track without the engine for few metres.

As a result of this, even the pressure breaks of the train stopped functioning. When the guard came to know about it he immediately applied hand breaks to stop the coaches. Meanwhile, the train driver also stopped the engine.

The passengers were fortunate enough as the place where incident had taken place was not so steep despite the fact that the gradient of the track between Barog- Kandaghat-Kannoh happens to be steep. The train driver informed the technical staff who managed to reconnect the couplings. After this, the train started its onward journey to Shimla. The Shivalik Deluxe train departs at 5.30 am and reaches Shimla at 9.55 am. The incident had taken place at around 8.50 am when it was in between Kandaghat and Kannoh.

Meanwhile, the couplings of the Holiday Special Train 257 also got unlocked at the Kalka railway station. Subsequently, the train got delayed by about an hour-and-a-half after reconnecting the couplings.

Experts of the carriage and wagon department told The Tribune that the engine and coaches are interconnected with each other with the help of couplings, which are properly locked. These incidents might be occurred due to the unlocking of the couplings, the experts added.

The DRM office at Ambala revealed that probe had been ordered for ascertaining the reason behind the incident.



Gang stealing wires busted
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 3
The police has busted a gang of robbers, who used to steal electricity wires from various parts of the city.

Addressing a press conference, RK Sharma, SP (City), said the main accused was Shinder Ram, who had 32 cases registered against him in various offences.

The others, who have been arrested, are Mukhtiar Ram, Surjit Ram, Bansa Ram, Satnam Singh and Sukhwant Singh, all of whom have been arrested.

On investigations, the accused revealed their modus operandi and admitted to have stolen lakhs of rupees’ electricity wires from nearly 22 places across the city.

The SP said the accused used to pose as electricity board employees and shut down the transformer, after which they used to steal wires.

A case has been registered at the Sadar police station and further investigation was going on.



Free medical camp organised
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 2
A free medical check-up camp was organised by Sri Sukhmani Multi-Speciality Hospital at Jawaharnagar village here yesterday. More than 154 patients were examined in the camp.

The camp was inaugurated by chairman of Sri Sukhmani Group, Prof Avtar Singh.

The camp drew an overwhelming response from the poor villagers and residents of the village. The team from the hospital visited the village for the welfare of the poor residents. The team of doctors examined the patients and the staff distributed medicines free of cost to poor and needy patients.



9 booked for assault
Tribune News Service

Lalru, June 3
The police booked nine persons in an assault case on the complaint of Shivcharan, a resident of Magra village, here today. The accused are still absconding, the police said.

According to the police, the complainant alleged that he was coming back from his field when the accused attacked him. The police said the reason behind the attack was some land dispute issue.

The police has registered the case.


Lakhbir Singh lodged a complaint with the police that his car (CH01-AS-8104) was stolen from outside MC office. Similarly, a resident of Anand Vihar, Baltana, reported that someone had stolen his Maruti car from in front of his residence. Two separate cases of thefts have been registered.



Undertrial escapes from police custody
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 3
An undertrial lodged in the Ambala Central Jail escaped from the police custody last late evening. The prisoner, Updesh Kumar, who is a resident of Merut, was nabbed by the Yamunanagar police on charges of attempting to rape.

Three days back, when he complained about sickness, the jail authorities had got him admitted in the civil hospital. The security guards of Yamunanagar were deployed in the civil hospital’s prisoner wards for his vigilance.

According to the information, around midnight, the prisoner asked for natural call. By duping the security guard, he managed to flee from the hospital. The police has registered a case against four security guards in this regard. No clue about the prisoner has been achieved so far.



Racial Attacks
Oz President’s effigy burnt
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 3
The Anti-Terrorist Front India burnt an effigy of President of Australia at Ambala Cantonment to protest against atrocities being done on Indian students there. Members of the front also raised slogans against the Australian government.

President Viresh Shandilya of the front said if the atrocities were not stopped, the front would burn the effigy of the Australian President in front of the Australian Embassy.

The front has asked the Union government to lodge its protest with the Australian government and make necessary arrangements for the security of the Indian students.



Student dies in accident
Tribune News Service

Kharar, June 3
A student was killed in a road accident today while he was on his way back home after collecting his result. Sangeet Singh, a resident of Sector 4 in Mundi Kharar, had appeared for class X exam privately. He had gone with his friends to collect his result.

On his was back home, he was riding a motor cycle, when a car coming from the Kharar side hit him near Kohari Wala Mandir in Mundi Kharar.

Sangeet died on the spot.

The car driver fled from the scene. The body was taken to the local Civil Hospital. A case has been registered against the unknown car driver. 



2 chemist shops raided

Ambala, June 3 
The assistant state drug controller, S L Singla, raided two wholesale chemist shops here today and took various medicines into possession as the chemists failed to produce their bills.

The team has also taken sample of some drugs from the shops. — OC



Tejvir tops varsity in M Pharmacy

Ropar, June 3
Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, awarded a gold medal to Tejvir Kaur, a student of ASBASJS Memorial College of Pharmacy, Bela, for attaining first position in M Pharmacy in the university.

Secretary Sangat Singh Longia, management committee of the college, and director GD Gupta of college congratulated her.

Tejvir has secured 78 per cent marks and completed her degree under the able guidance of Prof GD Gupta and Prof Sandeep Kumar. — TNS



Rape at Nari Niketan
Legal luminaries not to depend on technicalities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
A consensus of sort, on not depending too much on technicalities seems to be emerging among legal luminaries assisting the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the “rape of the retarded” at Nari Niketan case.

As the case came up for resumed hearing before the vacation bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Augustine George Masih, both the advocates-general of Punjab and Haryana were of the unanimous opinion that permission for terminating the pregnancy of the victim was not required, particularly when it was a matter of life and death.

Punjab and Haryana advocates-general, Hardev Singh Mattewal and Hawa Singh Hooda, were of the view the state was well within its powers to take the decision.

In fact, as the hearing resumed, the bench asked UT senior standing counsel Anupam Gupta why the administration was not taking a decision on the issue at its own level.

Replying to the query, Gupta informed the bench that such use of power in larger public interest now could be misused at a later stage, if a precedent was set.

Gupta said the medical board was of the view that both the mother and the child would be in danger, if the pregnancy was not terminated.

The hearing will continue on Thursday. The High Court had earlier asked senior advocates, Manmohan Lal Sarin and RS Cheema, also to assist the court on the issue of the state acting as a guardian for getting the pregnancy of a “mentally challenged” rape victim terminated.

The victim was reportedly raped at Nari Niketan, Sector 26.

A case of rape and criminal conspiracy has already been registered by the police under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC.

The doctors have recommended an abortion, but in the case of a “mentally challenged” girl, the parents or guardian’s consent is necessary.

In the victim’s case, records available with the UT administration say neither her parents, nor her relatives are traceable.

In its petition, the administration had earlier asserted that the victim was aged between 19 and 20 years and was now an inmate of Ashraya, a home for mentally challenged children at Sector 47.

The decision to go in for the medical termination of pregnancy was arrived during meetings of the medical board constituted for this purpose.

The petition said a sub-section barred the termination of pregnancy of a woman below 18 years of age, or a mentally-ill woman, except with the written consent of her guardian. Another sub-section ruled out abortion, except with the consent of a pregnant woman.



2 booked for attempt to murder
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 3
The police has booked a resident of Kumbra village and two others on a charge of attempt to murder. According to the police, Ranjit Kaur, a resident of Phase XI, had made a complaint that when her daughter, Jaspreet Kaur, was coming from Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan, Sohana, in a car, along with her uncle and aunt to Phase XI, the three persons followed them in a Skoda car.

The car was being driven by Gurdeep Singh of Kumbra village.

Later, they tried to stop the car, in which her daughter was travelling, but finally fled from there. Ranjit Kaur further alleged that at 11.45 pm, they came outside her house and fired from a pistol with an aim to kill.

She said the suspects were behaving in this manner, because a case was registered against them by her family in the Phase VIII police station on January 22.

The police has registered a case under Sections 307, 427 and 34 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act in this regard.



Three booked in attempt to murder case
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 3
The police has booked a resident of Kumbra village and two others on a charge of attempt to murder.

According to the police, Ranjit Kaur, a resident of Phase XI, had made a complaint that when her daughter, Jaspreet Kaur, was coming from Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan, Sohana, in a car along with her uncle and aunt to Phase XI, three persons followed them in a Skoda car. The car was being driven by Gurdeep Singh of Kumbra village. Later, they tried to stop the car in which her daughter was travelling, but finally fled from there. Ranjit Kaur further alleged that at 11. 45 p.m. they came outside her house and fired from a pistol with an aim to kill. She said the suspects were behaving in this manner because a case was registered against them by her family in the Phase VIII police station on January 22. The police has registered.



Woman set on fire
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 3
A young woman, identified as Akvinder Kaur (20) of Dharamgarh village, near here suffered 75 per cent burns after she was allegedly set on fire by a neighbour after the two had heated arguments.

According to reports, Akvinder and her neighbour, Babli, had heated arguments over some matter yesterday.

According to the statement given to a duty magistrate, Akvinder said she was standing outside her house today when Babli allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. She was taken to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

The police has registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC in this regard.



Woman robbed of jewellery
Tribune news Service

The police inquires from Bachhi Bai, who was robbed of her jewellery by a middle aged couple in Panchkula on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, June 3
A middle-age couple has robbed a woman of her jewellery in Sector 9 here today.

According to the police, victim Bachhi Bai, a resident of Sector 10, was going to a temple in Sector 9 at around 11 am when a middle-age couple approached her telling about a religious congregation being organised in Sector 16.

While talking, the couple took her to an adjoining park and the accused robbed her of two gold bangles and a chain.




3 killed in road mishaps

Panchkula, June 3
Three persons, including two youths, were killed in two separate road accidents here today. The deceased has been identified as Kamal and Sonu, both residents of Chandi Mandir, and Dal Chand, a gardener in Jainender Gurukul School.

According to the police, Kamal, a student at Government College, Sector 1, was going to drop Sonu at his Discover motor cycle to a stone crusher at Raipur Rani at the time of mishap. Sonu was working as a driver and he was supposed to drive back a vehicle full of material from the crusher, said the police. — TNS



Theft in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
Some unidentified thieves decamped with cash, jewellery and other costly goods from a locked house in Sector 26, Panchkula today. The theft came to light when Shami Chopra with his wife came back to the house from the PGI at 8 pm.

According to information, they had locked the rooms before leaving . But when they came back, the locks of the house were found broken. Cash worth Rs 45,000 and 140 gram gold were found missing. The police has registered a case.



Vanshika beats Anukriti, enters semifinal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Wild card entrant 10-year-old CLTA trainee Vanshika Sawhney made it to the semi-final by beating Anukriti Chaudhary of Delhi 7-5, 7-6 in the girls’ under-14 singles of the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Complex and Lake Club courts here today.

Other CLTA trainees, who reached semi-finals in under-18 boys’ event were top seed Digvijay S Mehta, who beat Gurvinder Mann in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and eighth seed Ajay Yadav defeated Suraj Beniwal of Haryana 6-3, 6-4. Fourth seed Mandeep Singh Gill defeated another CLTA trainee Gurinder Singh 6-4, 6-1.

In the boys’ under-14 event, fourth seed Fatehdeep Singh of CLTA eliminated seventh seed Ranjeet Singh of CLTA 6-3, 6-3. In the girls’ under-18 singles’ second seed, Ravnoor Kaur of CLTA ended the challenge of Gundeep Kaur of Punjab 6-3, 6-2.

However, in the under-14, top seed Kamal Kishore Maderana (CLTA), was upset by sixth seed Karan Salwan of Delhi and in the girls’ under-18 singles Bhavika Wadhawan (CLTA) lost to top seed Mehak Singh of Chandigarh 0-6, 1-6.

The singles’ semi-finals and the doubles final 
will be played at CLTA tomorrow.


Girls’ U-14 (quarterfinals): Jahnvi Gupta (Delhi) w/o Shreya Pasricha (1) (Delhi), Victoria Chahal (Hry) bt Riya Bhatia (Delhi) (4) 5-5 (Concd), Vanshika Sawhney (Chd) (WC) bt Anukriti Chaudhary (Delhi) (3) 7-5, 7-6 (3), Syesha B Dalal (2) (Delhi) bt Jaya Bhandari (Delhi) 6-3, 6-1.

Girls’ U-18 (quarterfinals): Mehak Singh (Chd) (Q1) bt Bhavika Wadhawan (Chd) 6-0, 6-1; Bhuvana (7) (Q2) bt Dhriti Verma (Delhi) (Q7) 6-2, 6-3; Jaspreet Kaur (8) (Q3) (Pb) bt Sayesha B Dalal (WC) (Delhi) 6-4, 6-4; Ravnoor Kaur (2) (Chd) bt Gundeep Kaur (6) (Q1) (Pb) 6-3, 6-2.

Boys’ U-14 (quarterfinals): Karan Salwan (6) (Delhi) bt Kamal Kishore Maderana (1) (Raj) 6-2, 6-3; Fatehdeep Singh (4) (Pb) bt Ranjeet Singh (7) (Chd) 6-3, 6-3; Himanshu Sagar (3) (TN) bt Ketan Tayal (5) (Delhi) 7-5, 6-3; Dhruv Agarwal (UP) (2) bt Aman Rawat (Q3) (Utk) 7-5, 6-1.

Boys’ under-18 (quarterfinals): Digvijay S Mehta (1) (HP) bt Gurvinder Mann (Delhi) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, Ajay Yadav (8) (Hry) bt Suraj Beniwal (Hry) 6-3, 6-4; Mandeep S Gill (Chd) (4) bt Gurinder Singh, 6-4, 6-1, Kunal Anand (2) (Delhi) bt Arjun Singh (Delhi) (Ll3) 6-2, 6-2.

Girls’ U-18 doubles (quarterfinals): Gundeep Kaur (Pb) and Jaspreet Kaur (Pb) (3) bt Nikita Bishnoi (Chd) and Harman Kaur (Pb), 6-1, 6-0; Bhuvana (AP) and Manuella Gomes (Delhi) (2) bt Dhriti Verma and Amreen Chaudhary (UP) 6-2, 7-6 (5); Harnoor K Mann (Chd) and Prabhamrit Kaur (Chd) (4) bt Bhavika Wadhawan (Chd) Priyanka Rawat (Utk) 3-6, 7-5, 10-6, Ravnoor Kaur (Chd) and Mehak (Chd) (1) bt Jaya Bhandari (Delhi) and Jahnvi Gupta (Delhi) 6-0, 6-0.

Boys’ U-18 Doubles (quarterfinals): Kunal Anand (Delhi) and Kshitij Kamal (Delhi) (1) bt Sachin Kumar (Chd) and Ranjeet Singh (Chd) 6-0, 6-4; Manoj (Chd) and Nishchay Rawal (Chd) bt Udai S Mann (Chd) and Bhavtaranpreet Singh (Chd) 6-3, 6-2; Arjun Singh (Delhi) and Arjun Tomar (Delhi) bt Akshat Joshi (Chd) and Dhruv Aggarwal (UP) (3) 6-4, 6-2; Ajay Yadav (Hry) (CLTA) and Navneet Kumar (UP) (2) bt Karan Salwan (Delhi) and Ankit Goyal (Hry) 7-5, 6-1.

Boys’ U-18-doubles (semi-finals): Kunal Anand (Delhi) and Kshitij Kamal (Delhi) (1) bt Manoj (Chd) and Nishchay Rawal (Chd) 6-0, 6-2; Ajay Yadav (CLTA) and Navneet Kumar (UP) bt Arjun Singh (Delhi) and Arjun Tomar (Delhi) 6-1, 7-6.



Cricket Meet
Winners get Rs 20 lakh cash prize
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Total Rs 20 lakh was distributed among the members of the under-22 state team and the team officials who had won the Under-22 Championship for Col. CK Nayudu Trophy 2008-2009 organised by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).

The PCA had added Rs 10 lakh to the earlier prize money of the BCCI making it Rs 20 lakh for the team.

The under-16 team, which won the Vijay Merchant Trophy for 2008-2009, was also a recipient of a prize money of Rs 4 lakh along with Rs 4 lakh from the PCA.



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