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Abducted girl recovered after one year
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 24
The police today reunited a three-year-old girl with her parents who was abducted more than a year ago.

The police also managed to arrest the kidnappers from Patiala.

A couple, residing near gurdwara Jyoti Swarup, had abducted the girl around one and half year ago. A case in this connection was registered by the Fatehgarh Sahib police and efforts were made to trace the girl from various parts of the country, but in vain.

“We had sent police parties in Maharashtra, Anandpur Sahib, Poanta Sahib and some other places, but could not trace the child,” said the SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib.

He revealed that the photographs of the child were not clear and the sketches made out of the pictures were also very blurred. But the identity of the kidnappers was clear as the accused couple had half tarnished faces.

The child, Reshma - now three and half years old - was recovered from a gurdwara at Patiala on a tip off. “A nihang, who was aware about the missing girl and had suspected the couple as her kidnappers, informed the police yesterday,” said the SSP.

Stringent action has been recommended against the kidnappers in this connection, he said.



Woman commits suicide

Bassi Pathana, June 24
A women committed suicide last night near Dadiana village by hanging herself from the roof due to illicit relations of her husband.

In an FIR lodged with the police, Ajmer Singh, father of the deceased, said her daughter Rajinder Kaur, alias Rajdeep Kaur, (25) was married to Gurdeep Singh, resident of Dadiana, six years ago.

He alleged that her husband had illicit relation with other women. Her daughter used to object but he started beating her up over trivial matters. He said last night he came to meet her daughter and found that she had committed suicide by hanging herself.

His body was taken to the civil hospital and after post-mortem handed over to relatives. The police has registered a case against her husband Gurdeep Singh, who is absconding. — OC



Woman kills herself

Kharar, June 24
A woman committed suicide at Green Enclave locality here today. The victim, Rajji (24), hung herself from the hook of ceiling fan around 11 am. Rajji and her younger sister were the only family members at home. Police officials at Balongi police post said the cause of suicide could not be ascertained. Rajji’s father Kulwant Singh owns a juice shop in the Sohana area. Postmortem of the deceased will be conducted tomorrow. — TNS



Highway Robbery
5-day police remand for 2 accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
A local court today remanded two highway robbers in five-day police custody.

Sources in the police said both Rajiv, alias Raja, of Ludhiana and Bhupinder Singh, alias Bhupi, were produced before a court, which granted the police five days of police remand of the accused.

The investigating officials will take the accused to Ferozepur to track down their accomplices Ajaypal Singh and Chandu.

The police team had conducted a raid in Amritsar on Tuesday to trace Tejinder, alias Teji, to whom the robber reportedly sold their booty.

The police team found that Teji had sold his house in October last year and had disappeared.

The police team will make efforts to obtain the registry of his house to identify the witnesses who signed the documents in order to track down Teji.

Sources said the robbers had sold ornaments robbed from Lalit Behl for Rs 1.9 lakh to Teji.

Meanwhile, police station-34 SHO Sudarshan Thakur said Behl’s Honda Civic car and laptop had been returned to him following court’s orders.



Four gang members held
Remanded in 10-day police custody
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 24
The local police claims to have arrested four members of a gang involved in the June-4 robbery at the house of RS Mittal, a lawyer of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The gang had held the lawyer and his wife hostage with the help of their servant.

The accused, identified as Jeevan, Pintu, Narender and Kunal, were remanded in 10-day police custody after they were produced before the Duty Magistrate.

The police said the accused were arrested yesterday night near Suraj Theatre while they were planning to rob a petrol pump.

On the night of June 4, Jeevan, the servant, along with five others held the old couple hostage, while their son Sudhir and daughter-in-law Aradhana were away to Manali along with their two children.

The robbers collected valuables and around Rs 30 lakh in cash before dumping the couple in a store.

They then went upstairs where the couple’s maidservant, Asha, was washing fruits.

They allegedly asked her to draw curtains of the room with an intent to rape her and asked her to undress herself.

Asha, however, climbed down the window using a creeper and raised the alarm.

This forced the accused to flee the scene, leaving behind a major portion of the booty. However, they managed to take away valuables worth Rs 12 lakh.

The police has recovered a knife and a pry from the accused.



Couple held for duping woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The police has arrested a Sector 51-based couple on charges of duping a resident of Nawan Sahar of over Rs 10 lakh on the pretext of sending her aboard.

Jaswinder Kaur of Phirni Majra village, Nawan Sahar, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Rajiv Walia and his wife Nita Walia of ESI Hindustan Society Co-Operative Housing, Sector 51-B, had taken Rs 10,63,000 from her on the pretext of sending her abroad.

But they neither kept their words nor returned the money. The police arrested the couple after registering a case of cheating under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 24 of the Immigration Act against them.


The police has arrested Raj Kumar alias Raju of Firozpur from near BSNL exchange on the road dividing Sectors 48 and 49 yesterday afternoon while allegedly driving a stolen Maruti Alto car bearing a fake registration number.

The police has detected the crime while verifying the documents. A case of theft, forgery and criminal conspiracy has been registered against the accused.



Man cons taxi driver
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
A conman took a taxi driver for a ride and fled with Tata Indica from Sector 20, here, this afternoon, after hiring the vehicle.

Taxi driver Nirmal Singh of Mohali informed the police about the incident, but the police failed to catch the miscreant. The taxi driver told the police that the miscreant had hired his car (CH 04 B 9773) from Phase 3B2, Mohali, saying that he wanted to go to Chandigarh. While travelling on the road, separating Sector 20 and 21, the man told him to buy a cold drink for him and gave some money. No sooner did he get down from the car, than the man sped away with it.

SHO of the Sector 19 police station Ram Gopal said they were verifying the matter. Till the time of filing this report, no case was registered in this regard.



Kang climbs to tied eighth slot
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 24
Seasoned Harjinder Singh Kang braved a windy onslaught to card a five over par 77 to be tied eighth at 153, five strokes behind the joint leaders. Abhishek Jha and Aditya Bhandarkar at the midway stage of the LG Tamil Nadu Open Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Coimbatore Golf Club in Coimbatore today.

The lone Chandigarh heavyweight managed a five-over card despite conceding two double-bogeys. He climbed up from overnight 10th slot to be tied eighth along with Jasjeet Singh of Noida.

While the wind had taken mercy on the players in the opening round, it showed its true form in the second round today.

Kang started with a birdie on the second. But then double-bogeys on the fourth and seventh followed by a bogey on the eighth took him to a miserable four over before he birdied the ninth to take the turn at three over 39.

Kang conceded two more bogeys on the back nine to finish the day at five over 79.

On a day when pars came at a premium, Arshdeep Tiwana turned out to be the only player to shoot a one under par 71.

The cut was applied at 31-over 175 and exactly 40 players made the cut.

Top scores (after 36 holes): 148 Abhishek Jha (71-77), Aditya Bhandarkar (74-74); 149 Gagan Varma (72-77); 150 Rashid Khan (75-75), Samresh Sardar (72-78); 152 Imamul Haque (77-75), Pawan Kumar (78-74), 153 Jasjeet Singh (74-79), HS Kang (76-77); 154 Jaibir Singh (75-79), Karan Vasudeva (78-76); 155 Arshdeep Tiwana (84.71), Pritam Haridas (78-77), Rahul Bajaj (79-76).



Ind-Swift Trophy
DP Azad, Satluj academy emerge winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy and Satluj Public School Academy of Panchkula registered wins in the Ind-Swift Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for Under-15 being organised by DPA Cricket Academy here today.

Azad Academy outplayed DAV Senior Secondary School Academy, Sector 8, by six wickets while Satluj Public School Academy outclassed Shree Shree Academy of Panchkula by nine wickets.

On the St Stephen’s School ground in Sector 45, DAVSSS-8 Academy won the toss against DPA Cricket Academy and batted first. They were dismissed for 170 in 37.3 overs while Pardeep (52) and Bhagminder (31) were their main scorers.

Bhagminder and Viplab (12) were associated in a 43-run partnership for the third wicket. Pardeep and Narain (9) realised 49 runs for the last wicket partnership while Shivam Sharma (4 for 31) and Jagpreet (2 for 25) were the main wicket-takers for Azad Academy. Daksh Aggarwal took three catches behind the wicket. Azad Academy overtook rivals’ total in 28.3 overs by scoring 173 for 4 for their easy victory.

Captain Talwinderjit Singh (40) and Jagpreet (35) were their main scorers. Openers Daksh Aggarwal (17) and Karan Aggarwal (16) put on 23 runs for the opening wicket partnership while Gaurav contributed 25 runs.

For the fourth wicket stand, Jagpreet and Talwinder realised a match-winning partnership of 62 runs. Arvind of DAVSSS-8 Academy bagged 2 for 32.

In another match, facing a target of 123, Satluj PS Academy achieved it in 13.2 overs, as it made 128 for the loss of one wicket against Shree Shree Academy.

Vaneet Dhaka (51) and Amit (56* guided their team to facile verdict in their favour.

Earlier, Shree Shree Academy was dismissed for 122 in 21.3 overs. Karanveer (4 for 24) was the wrecker-in-chief and was supported by Shubham (2 for 1) while Himanshu (46, 9x4s) and Navjeet (21, 5x4s) batted well for the losers.



Katoch Shield
Chandigarh crowned champions
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 24
Chandigarh claimed the Katoch Shield Inter-District Cricket Tournament for seniors, as it drubbed Jalandhar by nine wickets on the fourth day of the tournament at the PCA Stadium here today.

A magnificent century by opener Sarul Kanwar of Chandigarh ensured the victory. Chandigarh resumed their innings today from the overnight score of 42 for no loss. The mainstay of Chandigarh’s innings was a 234-run partnership for the first wicket in 40.3 overs.

Sarul Kanwar, who scored 183 in 140 balls, was snapped by wicket-keeper Abhishek while playing a defensive prod to the bowling of Yogesh Kumar.

He was supported by opening partner, Simrat Bawa, who completed an unbeaten half-century (65) of 119 balls.

Sarul Kanwar became the highest scorer of the tournament (746) while Rahul Sharma, who claimed 25 wickets at an average of 26.20, was declared the best bowler.

The winning team was given the Katoch Shield Trophy along with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh while the runners-up, Jalandhar, bagged a cash prize of Rs 50,000.



PCA announces probables for conditioning camp
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 24
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has today announced probables for conditioning and preparatory camp for the upcoming season of the state team that will be held from July 1 to 20. The selected players are to report to PCA headquarters by June 30. The selection committee of the PCA headed by Chaman Lal Malhotra announced the names.

PCA officials said physical fitness of the players and achieving minimum standards under all parameters have to be achieved by the players who wanted to be selected for the conditioning and preparatory camp for the state team.

According to the PCA officials, the players from ICL were discussed during the selection committee meeting except Dinesh Mongia whose clearance has yet not been received from the BCCI. All ICL players were thereafter offered for the selection for the camp.

The selection committee thereafter went through the performance chart of all players who had participated in the Katoch Shield matches, including performance of the players in the qualifying round for the minor districts, and also had threadbare discussions about the merits of all ICL players in comparison with the players who had participated in the Katoch Shield.

It was also decided that the players who had played in the IPL and had not attended the first fitness camp or could not play in the Katoch Shield because of injury have to prove their fitness by reporting to the team physician who would assess them as per the physical fitness standards laid down by the association before they were allowed to join the on-going camp and final consideration of the selectors for future selection.

Gagandeep Singh, VRV Singh, Siddharth Kaul and Amanpreet Singh fall in this category.

Selected players: Manpreet Gony, Jaskaran Singh, Harmeet Bansal, Deepak Bansal, Bharat Loomba, Hardevinder Singh, Amrinder Sodhi, Love Ablish, Mohit Mohindra, Sarabjit Singh, Ladda, Rahul Venkey, Varun Khanna, Lakshay Seth, Rajwinder Golu, Ankur Jund, Krishan Kumar, Karan Goel, Ravi Inder Singh, Sunny Sohal, Sat Pal, Sarul Kanwar, Vishwas Bhalla, Sarabjit Singh (WK), Chandan Madan (WK), Uday Kaul, Mayank Siddana, Pankaj Dharmani, Ankur Kakkar, Taruwar Kohli, Gurkirat Singh Ahluwalia, Amit Prashar, Robin Singh, Sharad Loomba, Himanshu Chawla, Kunwar Raina, Gaurav Marwaha, Manish Bhatia, Saurab Kumar and Pargat Singh.



Women cricket meet from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Anit will lead Chandigarh women cricket team in the Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament for girls being organised by Haryana Cricket Association at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

Chandigarh will play their first league match against Yamunanagar tomorrow at GMSSS-19. The match will be 50-overs-a-side.Players: Jaswinder Kaur, Simarjeet Kaur, Seema, Savita, Gazal, Manisha, Sheetal, Jaskaran Kaur, Manota, Chandrika Sharma, Tanya, Annu, Rajni, Shalu, Shalini, Amandeep, Geeta and Sandeep Kaur. Standbys: Jyoti, Mamta, Madhu and Yashika. Manager of the team: Sumandeep Singh.



Trials tomorrow

Chandigarh, June 24
Trials for the Haryana cricket team, which would be participating in the 3rd All-India U-19 National Tournament in Hoshiarpur from July 7 to 13, would be conducted at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, on June 26 at 3 pm. It would be a 30 over a side match and is being organised by the Cricket Federation of India. — TNS



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