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Missing family case cracked
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, June 22
The sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) swooped down Fatehgarh Sahib to crack a five-year-old case of missing family from Nogawan village in Bassi Pathana.

Family members, including two children and their parents, were reported missing in June, 2004.

A case in this connection was registered at Bassi Pathana police station and the crime branch investigated the matter.

Ultimately, the case was handed over to the CBI in June, 2007.

Beside taking the bank statements of relatives of the deceased, sleuths have also recorded the statements of a number of people associated with the family. The CBI has also got narco analysis tests of few suspected in the case conducted in this connection few months ago.

The entire family of the younger brother of Jaspal Singh, sarpanch of Nogawan village in the district, comprising Kulwant Singh (42), his wife Harjit Kaur (40), daughter Ramandeep Kaur (17) and son Amrinder Singh (14) had been missing, since June 3, 2004, under mysterious circumstances.

While the dead bodies of Kulwant Singh and his daughter Ramandeep Kaur were recovered from Bhakhra canal, but that of Harjit Kaur and her son Arvinder Singh have still not been traced.

Harjeet Kaur's brother, Kultar Singh, had lodged a complaint. In his complaint, he raised suspicion on accountant working for the deceased family and alleged that the family members were murdered.

As per the complainant, his sister, along with her husband and two children, left for Paonta Sahib in their car from Nogawan village on June 3, 2004.

The family members were informed that their vehicle was lying abandoned near Suhavi village, around 10 km away from Nogawan.

The family began searching for the missing family and found dead body of couple’s daughter, Ramandeep from Sirhind canal, and few days later, recovered the body of Ramandeep’s father, Kulwant Singh. They failed to trace the bodies of Harjit Kaur and her son.

Despite past five years of investigations, nothing concrete has come out in this case. Now, all hopes are pinned on the CBI, which claims to solve the case soon.



Water rafting expedition thrills Armymen
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 22
Assaulters of Sarvada Agrani Brigade, Strike One, undertook a White Water Rafting Expedition in the waters of Alaknanda and Ganga.

After completion of the expedition, the team was flagged by General Officer Commanding, Strike One, here on Thursday.

The team comprised one officer, one Junior Commissioned Officer and 10 other Ranks, who covered a distance of about 150 km in two rafts and one, Kayak from Rudraprayag to Rishikesh. The expedition included basic training at Base Camp, Shivpuri, by travelling to Rudraprayag on 12 June, 2009. The basic training included practice of various commands in rafting, rehearsal of ‘flip’ and ‘re-flip’ and safety drills. Starting from Rudraprayag on 13 June, the expedition comprised three stages of 35 km each and final stretch of 40 km culminating at Rishikesh.

The team negotiated the main rapids of grade ‘2’ to grade ‘5’ enroute, grade ‘5’, being the most difficult rapid.

The team took night halts at Rudraprayag, Srinagar, Devprayag and Kodiyala. It also undertook adventurous activities like cycling and mountaineering in the evening.

The team visited temples enroute, played volleyball and celebrated the success of the expedition with a campfire on the river beach at Rishikesh. The team was earlier flagged off by Commander, Sarvada Agrani Brigade, on 10 June, 2009, at Bathinda. The team members were exhurberant about the expedition and are looking forward to undertake such expeditions in the future.



DAV student tops in BSc-III
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 22
Parabhjot Kaur, a student of DAV College, here, topped in BSc-III in Kurukshetra University by securing 1,316 marks.

Earlier, she had secured first position in BSc-I and BSc-II in the university.

Another girl of the college, Pranti Gambhir, stood second in the university by securing 1,288 marks.

The college principal, JS Nain, said Prabhjot and Pranti had always been in merit. The DAV management committee had granted them Rs 10,000 each.

Parabhjot said her parents wanted her to be an IAS officer, but she had decided to join MCA. She said she had interest in computer technology.

She said she had studied for around 20 hours during the examinations. She said her parents, college principal and the staff had played an important role in her achievement.

Pranti Gambhir also wanted to join MCA. She said the academic environment of the college had persuaded her to go ahead.



SBoP honours toppers
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 22
The State Bank of Patiala organised a function to felicitate the toppers of classes X and XII of Punjab School Education Board, IAS officers and IITians from the city.

The function was organised at its head office, in which Ashok Nayar, managing director of the bank, was the chief guest.

He honoured class X toppers, Sahil (Tanda), Rahul (Batala), Renu Bala (Morinda), Neha Sharma (Ludhiana), Class XII toppers: Prabhjot Kaur (Ludhiana), Samir Dhawan (Nakodar) and Sanjoli (Malout), beside IIT toppers from Patiala: Jatin Kumar, Abhishek Gupta, Dilpreet Singh, Kanwarjeet Singh and IAS toppers Naveen Singla, Rahul Sharma and Jasmeet Singh Bhasin.



Power cuts cripple industry
Demand for diesel increases many fold
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 22
A severe power crisis in Punjab has crippled the industry in Mandi Gobindgarh, which has forced the steel units to cut prices and exporters to seek more time for delivering their orders.

The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has imposed a three-day power cut on induction and arc furnaces and two-day shutdown on other industrial sectors in order to ensure eight hours electricity supply to farm sector for paddy sowing.

“Neither the farmers are able to get full supply of electricity nor the industrialists. The situation in households is also the same,” said Tarsem Singh, an industrialist in Mandi Gobindgarh. According to PSEB officials, the state is facing a massive shortfall of 364 lakh units.

Owner of a re-rolling mill Anil Suraj from Mandi Gobindgarh rued that earlier the government was imposing power cuts only on the induction furnace industry. Now, the power cuts are being imposed upon re-rolling mills as well.

Earlier, when one industry was facing the power cuts at least the other industry would be running, but now both the re-rolling mills as well as the furnace industry are facing the crisis.

“The PSEB will have to bear with the loss as well as the industry as most of the units pay at least Rs 50 lakh per month as electricity bills out of the 100 industrial units in Mandi Gobindgarh,” he said.

Power shortage has also hit works in small industrial units and production activities have come to a halt. “It is not only about the power cuts but also the unscheduled cuts. We fail to get electricity when we get the labourers and when electricity comes the labourers are gone,” rued Santokh Singh, owner of a small scale industry at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Meanwhile, the owners of various gas stations in the district said the demand of diesel had increased many folds during the past few days as people from all walks of life faced acute power shortage and were running their generators on diesel.



Ajay Malik Case
All 3 accused acquitted
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
The infamous Ajay Malik case today culminated in acquittal of all three accused and strictures on the Chandigarh Police.

A city-based advocate’s son Malik, along with his alleged two accomplices-Ling Raj and Davinder Singh-were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment under the Provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Incarcerated since December 14, 2003, in the “biggest drug haul”, they have now been set free by Justice K. Kannan.

Justice Kannan ruled: The pregnant last sentence shall be: “The judgment under appeal is set aside, the appeal is allowed and the appellants are set at liberty”.

The action was initiated allegedly on the basis of secret information, stating Malik and others were coming in a Lancer; and were in the possession of opium and charas.

The informer had stated that the accused had rented out house number 2222, Sector 21, where they packed opium and charas. At a press conference, contraband worth Rs 50 crore was displayed.

Justice Kannan observed: “In December 2003, the vernacular and English newspapers had the public riveted to a story of one of the alleged biggest drug hauls in the recent police history from two prominent citizens of Chandigarh and a domestic servant. The news kept the people in disbelief and revulsion and the Press got the story going for nearly a month”.

Justice Kannan asserted “there was no secret informer and if there was one, in police reckoning, he was not taken seriously, for an information regarding storing and packing materials at kothi number 2222, Sector 21, was never taken to its logical end by carrying out the search immediately.”

“Deepak Kohli, the public witness, did not arrive by accident at 1 am at the spot. He was but a stock witness and he could have been made to give any statement to support the police version. The placing of naka and intercepting the Lancer car were highly doubtful, since the police did not seize the car and produce it as case property before court; the fact that the police did not think of investigating the complicity or otherwise of the owner of the car with the other accused was most unnatural,” the justice maintained.

Justice Kannan concluded: “I cannot leave without exhorting to them that strange are the ways of the world.

One may not always understand why a particular person comes by needless suffering for no wrong act done. Call it fate, destiny, divine will, bad luck and what have you, but the inexorable truth is: Cause and effect are tools of science, neither of theology nor of superstition. The appellants shall alone know, searching their own conscience whether it was another kafkaesque trial or whether it was some kind of nemesis catching up.”



HC reprieve for contractor
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
A whistleblower would have lost the contract for painting the internal walls in the circular area of PGIMER’s advanced pediatrics centre, but for the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Taking into consideration the “background” of the controversy, a division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today held the action of the PGIMER and other respondents in cancelling the contract to lowest bidder JS Construction “unreasonable, unfair and afterthought”.

In his petition against the institute and other respondents, the petitioner had claimed that he was a class-II contractor for civil works and had sought directions for quashing the order dated January 21, vide which its tender was rejected.

Arguing before the court, the counsel for the petitioner had asserted the tender was turned down since proprietor Jaspal Singh had “exposed two incidents of demand of bribe by the engineering wing of the institution”. Describing the action as “arbitrary”, the counsel added that it was designed to show undue favour to some other company.

Pronouncing the order during the vacations today, the Bench of Justice JS Khehar and Justice Uma Nath Singh observed: “The tender of the petitioner company was rejected, in a background of complaints made by Jaspal Singh with the CBI against the demand of bribe by the engineering wing, by Prem Chandra, who joined the post of hospital engineer on January 21.

“The same day without proper application of mind and knowing the background, the tender of the petitioner company was rejected. This is unreasonable also for the reason that the petitioner’s bid was the lowest and there was no complaint whatsoever against the working of the company, which has already been given other contracts of civil works by the PGIMER.

“The action at the hands of the respondents to cancel the contract issued in favour of the petitioner was unreasonable, unfair and afterthought…. We quash the rejection order dated January 21 and allow the writ petition without costs, with a direction to the respondents to fix justified rate after making proper calculation and further negotiation, if any, although admittedly the tender of the petitioner company is the lowest of the four bids submitted by the participants.”



Broker, wife held for fraud
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 22
The local police has arrested Nitul Mahajan, a former sub broker of Master Captial Service, and his wife Nikita for cheating a Panchkula resident of Rs 30.5 lakh here today.

Sanjiv, a resident of Mansa Devi Complex, lodged a complaint against Mahajan yesterday and alleged that he was Mahajan’s client when he suggested him to invest in the common pool of the company in January last year.

Mahajan told him that while his principal amount would remain safe and he would get 11 per cent interest on his money invested with the company, Sanjeev added. The money would be invested in the equities and he was assured of 60 per cent profit also, Sanjiv said.

However, Mahajan who had his office in Sector 34, Chandigarh, disappeared after he deposited Rs 30.5 lakh with him in January last year, Sanjiv added. Three directors of the company have been booked under the Section 420 and 120B.



One held for loot bid
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 22
The police has arrested an accused involved in attempting to loot three passengers, including two foreign nationals, after drugging them on May 26 in Chandigarh-Dehradun Special here today.

The accused has been identified as Ravinder alias Babbu, a resident of Ram Darbar, Chandigarh. One of his accomplices, Ashish Arora, a proclaimed offender, had already been arrested by the police yesterday.

A country made pistol was also recovered from Babbu, said Karamvir, SHO, Sector 20. Babbu was involved in a number of criminal cases in Panchkula and Maharashtra with the help of Arora, who was wanted by the Chandigarh Police in a murder case, said the SHO.



Man held for suicide bid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
The police today arrested a Sector-41 resident here on charges of attempting to commit suicide on a complaint lodged by his father.

According to police station-39 SHO Janak Rana Chattar Singh, a retired Punjab Police constable reported that his son Harinder Singh, in his mid-30s, had locked himself inside a room to commit suicide.

The police said the father alleged that his son, a father of two, was an alcoholic and had started talking drugs recently. His wife had deserted him in the past. Last night also he created a scene and threw them (Chattar Singh and his wife) out of the house.

Today again, he created ruckus and locked himself inside a room on the top floor of their residence, threatening to kill himself. The police said Chattar Singh called the police around 9.20 am, which reached the scene and broke open the door.

Harinder was holding a knife threatening to commit suicide when he was arrested. A case has been registered in this regard.



12 held for assault
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
Twelve persons were arrested for assaulting a resident of Dadu Majra Colony and snatching Rs 23,000 near parking of IT Park here last night.

In his complaint to the police, the victim, Ramandeep, had alleged that a group, including Pradeep Singh, a resident of Dadu Majra colony, and Harpreet Singh, a resident of Sector 42, had assaulted him and snatched the cash from him.

A case under Sections 147, 149, 323, 356 and 506 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-11.



Katoch Shield
Day 2: Jalandhar take slender lead
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 22
Jalandhar took 34-run lead over Chandigarh on the second day of the four-day Inter-District Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament held at the PCA stadium here today.

Chandigarh’s opener Sarul Kanwar went early on the individual score of six today.

Another opener skipper, Vishwas Bhalla, was joined by Amit Prashar. The two carried the total to 50 when Amit Prashar was caught by Robin Singh of medium pacer Navdeep Singh’s bowling for 22.

Gurkirat Walia joined his skipper and both took the total to 72 when Vishwas Bhalla was embroiled in a mix up with Gurkirat Walia and was run out by Pargat Singh for 28. At this stage, south paw Uday Kaul joined Gurkirat Walia and the duo stitched a fourth wicket partnership of 202 runs before Uday Kaul was adjudged LBW.

Right arm leg spinner Rahul Sharma scored 108 runs of 145 balls. Gurkirat Walia was joined by Anupam Gambhir and the two took the total to 323 and added 45 runs for the fifth wicket before Gurkirat holed out to Navdeep Singh while trying to hoist leg spinner Rahul Sharma out of the ground.

Gurkirat Walia scored 131 of 208 balls while Anupam Gambhir remained unbeaten on 54 and was associated in a seventh wicket stand of 45 runs with Anshul Tripathi, who scored 25 of 19 balls.

Chandigarh scored 384 for 7 in 89.2 overs when Rahul Sharma picked up 3 quick wickets and terminated the Chandigarh innings at 400 in 93.1 overs. Rahul returned with flattering figures of 38.1 overs, one maiden, 165 runs and 6 wickets.



Ind-Swift Trophy
Sector-37 Academy triumph again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 22
Sector 37 Cricket Academy maintained their winning spree by defeating DAV Senior Secondary School Academy, Sector 8, in the Ind-SwiftTrophy Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for Under-15 being organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy on the MCM DAV College ground here today.

It was second successive win for Sector-37 Academy while DAVSSS Academy suffered second loss.

In the second match played on the St Stephen’s School ground in Sector 45, APJ, Kharar, outplayed Satluj Public School Academy, Panchkula, by seven wickets.

DAV Academy posted 171 before their innings terminated in 26.3 overs. Arvind Chauhan scored 52 runs with the help of nine boundaries while Raman (33) and Kunal (29) were other contributors. Kulbhushan bowed a superb line and captured five wickets for 25 runs.

In reply, Sector 37 Cricket Academy achieved the target by scoring 172 for 8 in 29 overs. Shyam Kumar and Arun Kumar guided the team to victory by scoring 45 and 42 runs, respectively. Devinder Singh (12) and Arohi Sharma (not out 11) also contributed.

Nishan Verma (3 for 53), Vikas Chechi (2 for 23) and Arvind Chauhan (2 for 44) were the main bowlers for DAVSSS Academy.

In the second match, Satluj Public School Academy scored 144 in 29.2 overs against APJ Academy. The highlight of their innings was a 45-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Vaneet Dhaka (77 in 60 balls) and Subhir (23). Their innings was restricted by Karanveer (3 for 40), Anmol (2 for 4), Sarthik (2 for 20).

APJ achieved the target in 19.3 overs by scoring 145 for 3. The victory was possible due to a 70-run second wicket partnership between Harmanjeet (53 in 40 balls) and Anmol (47 in 30 balls).


Satluj Public School Academy, Panchkula: 144 in 29.2 overs (Vaneet Dhaka 77, Subhir 23, Karanveer 3 for 40, Anmol 2 for 4, Sarthak 2 for 20).

APJ Academy, Kharar: 145 for 3 in 19.3 overs (Harmanjeet 53, Anmol 47). APJ Kharar win by 7 wickets.

DAV SSS Academy: 171 in 26.3 overs (Arvind Chauhan 52, Raman 33, Kunal 29, Kulbhushan 5 for 25, Arohi Sharma 1 for 19, Devinder 1 for 39).

Sector 37 Cricket Academy: 172 for 8 in 29 overs (Shyam Kumar 45, Arun Kumar 42, Arohi Sharma 45, Arun Kumar 42, Arohi Sharma not out 11, Devinder Singh 12, Nishant Verma 3 for 53, Vikas Chechi 2 for 23, Arvind Chauhan 2 for 44).

Sector 37 Cricket Academy win by 2 wickets.



Kang all set for Tamil Nadu Open Golf
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 22
Seasoned Harjinder Singh Kang will be the sole heavyweight from the city when 50 golfers tee off in the LG Tamil Nadu Open Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Coimbatore Golf Club in Coimbatore on Tuesday.

Missing out from the championship will be Manav Das from Ambala, who has been blessed with a baby girl.

This is the last chance for the players to accumulate points before the Indian team probables for the Nomura Cup are selected. Ranked ninth on the LG Order of Merit, Kang is all set to take on the tough challenge from Southern India Open winner Arshdeep Tiwana, Delhi’s Rashid Khan, Abhishek Jha, Karan Vasudeva, Gagan Verma, Pawan Kumar, Moin Malak and Jasjeet Singh.

The LG Tamil Nadu Open is the fourth leg of the current season of the LG Indian Amateur Tour.

The Coimbatore Golf Course is one of the toughest courses in India. Apart from the main prizes and points, TaylorMade will give away a brand new golf set for the first player to make a hole-in-one on the par-3 14th, the designated hole for the Hole-in-One prize.



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