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Tehsildar Assault Case
Ex-services league seeks independent probe
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 28
Indian Ex-Services League president Prabhjot Singh today said the league had submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal seeking an investigation by an independent agency in tehsildar Major GS Benipal (retd) assault case to bring culprits to the book of law at the earliest so that justice was delivered to the victim.

The Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, the oldest NGO of ex-servicemen and widows, strongly condemned the barbaric incidence of mercilessly beating of Major Benipal (retd) working as sub-registrar in Ludhiana.

Hooligans, by their act, had not only harmed a veteran physically but also exhibited a show of high handedness by party workers of the ruling party, which was elected to govern and maintain law and order to safeguard the interests of public at large.

The league had expressed its solidarity with Major Benipal and the ex-servicemen community had already offered to bear the whole expenditure if the victim wanted to go to the High Court to get justice.

The league had also expressed its concern over the deteriorating law and order condition in Punjab and requested the Chief Minister to maintain it at the earliest.



33 bottles of liquor seized; three held
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
The police arrested three persons in separate incidents and recovered 33 bottles of English wine and two cartons of country-made liquor here today. SSP Dr Kaustubh Sharma said 33 bottles of English wine were recovered from near a tavern at Shamsher Nagar Chowk.

The tavern owner had permission to sell the country-made liquor only. An employee at the tavern, Arvind Kumar, had been arrested.

In another incident, two cartons of country-made liquor were found during a naka put up at link road, near Khera village.

The police has arrested two persons, Manjot Singh from Hansali and Harpal Singh from Khera village.

Cases have been registered against the accused in both cases. 



Woman set on fire, 7 booked
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
A married woman from Nabipur village was allegedly set on fire today. The victim, Gurvinder Kaur, sustained serious burns and was rushed to a hospital in Ludhiana. On her statement to the Fatehgarh Sahib police, seven people from her in-laws’ family have been booked.

These include her husband Sukhdev Singh, father-in-law Joginder Singh, mother-in-law Banso, sister-in-law Sandeep, Paramjeet, Goldy and son-in-law of the family.

The victim told the police that she got married to Sukhdev Singh around one and a half years ago. After her marriage, her in-laws started harassing her for dowry. On Saturday, they sprinkled kerosene on her and set her on fire.



Farmer reaps benefit of solar power
Enjoys 24x7 water, electricity supply
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

While farmers of Punjab are reeling under power cuts, this farmer from Badali village enjoys full-time electricity through a solar system he has installed in his farm.
While farmers of Punjab are reeling under power cuts, this farmer from Badali village enjoys full-time electricity through a solar system he has installed in his farm. A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 28
As the farming sector continues to reel under acute power crisis, a local farmer enjoys 24x7 water supply, courtesy the solar system provided by the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA). The solar energy powers a motor at his farm for uninterrupted water supply.

“With increasing power cuts, people from distant places are visiting my farm to see uninterrupted water supply to the farms,” Balvir Singh said.

Balvir said the solar system was installed in his farm around six years ago and since then, the system had been working uninterrupted. He added that a contractor had purchased water from him for Rs 45,000 recently, as he was the only person who could provide him water without delay.

Owner of 4.5 acres, Balvir said the system could be installed at a depth of 45 ft, as he had done. The system could not be installed in farms where water was at a depth of more than 45 ft.

“I had asked many farmers to opt for this scheme, but they refused to spend Rs 35,000. Despite huge subsidy on the solar system, nobody went ahead at that time,” he said, adding that the exact cost of the system was nearly Rs 3.5 lakh.

He said though the capacity of releasing water of this system was slow, a marginal farmer like him could afford to overlook it. At least it did not affect my pocket, as it released water free of cost.

Moreover, Balvir had installed a small motor of 3 hp for the rains.

There are some farmers in the district who, too, had installed the solar system and were happy, he added.

Balvir pointed out that the electricity of his house could also be managed with this system, but he had to shell out extra money for that.

“I will definitely run home appliances with the solar system, but after some time,” Balvir said. 



BJP leader among two held for molesting woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The police today arrested two residents, including a local BJP leader of the Dadu Majra colony, on the charges of assaulting and harassing a woman of the same colony.

A section of the residents of the colony later staged a protest outside the Sector 39 police station, terming the police action biased and sought the arrest of the woman and her husband.

The SHO of the Sector 39 Police Station inspector Janak Rana told the The Tribune that a case of causing hurt, trespassing, molestation and common interest had been registered against Anil and his brother-in-law, Rajesh Kalia.

It was alleged that Anil had forcibly entered into the woman’s residence and molested her on June 24. Later, Rajesh also involved in the incident.

The SHO said, earlier, both the parties had quarrelled and they had initiated action against them under Section 107 and 150 of the CrPC.

After this, the woman went to the UT SSP and took up the issue with him, alleging the harassment. On the direction of the SSP, a probe was conducted into the matter and a case was registered against the accused.

DSP (South) Jaswant Singh Khaira said the protesters went away after handing over their representation and they would look into the matter.

Kalia is a bad character in the records of the Sector 39 police station.



Motorcyclist booked for rash driving
Was involved in a collision with the car of a cop, declared brain dead at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The police has booked a motorcyclist, who was critically injured in a mishap involving a car of a Chandigarh police sub-inspector Jaspal Singh Bhullar, for rash and negligent driving. The victim, Gagandeep Singh (22), sustained severe head injuries and is battling for life at the PGI.

According to the police, Gagandeep’s friend Mandeep Singh (23), who was riding pillion on the motorcycle escaped with minor injuries. Both victims were admitted to the Sector-16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, from where the doctors referred Gagandeep to the PGI while Mandeep was discharged after administering first aid. They hail from Moga and had come to city for IELTS coaching.

Though the police claimed that the motorcyclists were at a high speed and also jumped a red light, which led to the mishap at the traffic lights on the intersection dividing Sectors 22 C and D, the victim’s family maintained that the traffic lights were on “look and go” mode at that hour.

Gagandeep’s uncle said his condition was stated to be critical and he was on ventilator. The doctors said his brain was dead. Rubbishing police allegations that the boys were not wearing safety helmets and were over-speeding, he maintained that they had gone to fetch water and they could not drive at a high speed on the stretch of the road, “as there was not long distance to speed up the vehicle”.

According to the police, the incident took place around 10:40 pm. The motorcyclists were coming from Sector 22 and 23 traffic lights points and Bhullar, in charge of the Sector 22 police post, was on his way to Sector 22-A.

Bhullar maintained that the boys were over-speeding due to which they rolled over the bonnet of his car before landing on the road. He lost control due to the collision and his car rammed into a pole. He refuted allegations of fleeing the spot, saying that his car could not move after hitting the pole and he had also injured his arm in the accident.

Bhullar said he called the police post and the police control room for help and he assisted in putting one of the victims in a PCR vehicle and other in a private vehicle. He claimed that he had accompanied the victims to the hospital. ASP (Central) Madur Verma said prima facie it appeared that the motorcyclists were at fault. He, however, added that they would mechanically examine the vehicles and the spot with the help of experts to rule out doubts. 



Police drops rape charges
Accused gets bail, victim pleads for re-investigation
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 28
The working of the district police has come under a scanner after it dropped rape charges against excise and customs inspector Pardeep Sharma, who allegedly solemnised his second marriage with a local girl without telling her about his 
first marriage.

Following this, he was arrested and sent to judicial custody, but was granted bail by the local court here today.

The complainant, a mother of four-year-old son from Pardeep, however, has already filed an application under Section 156 (3) of the CrPC pleading for re-investigation.

She also pleaded for monitoring of the investigation by the court only.

The matter dates back to October 31 last year when a woman from Sector 20 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Pardeep, posted at Karnal as inspector with excise and customs department, had married her in 2004 without telling her about his first marriage and the two children he had from the wedlock.

She had claimed that she discovered about Pradeep’s marriage after about four years of living with him and when she confronted him, he disowned her and even allegedly threatened her with dire consequences in case she made an issue out of it.

After preliminary investigation, a case under Section 376 of the IPC was registered on November 28 against the accused at the Sector 20 police station.

Following this, the accused, while seeking anticipatory bail in the High Court, stated that the complainant was levelling allegations against him to extort money.

The accused, however, kept on denying any relation with the complainant in his replies at the local court as well as at the High Court.

Finding no escape, the accused ultimately surrendered before the Panchkula CIA staff on March 25 and he was sent to judicial custody.

The things, however, took a dramatic turn on June 25, when the police filed the charge-sheet, dropping Section 376 of the IPC and converting the case to Sections 506 and 495 of the IPC, sections applicable to the accused of bigamy.



Bharti Vij academy win LIC Trohpy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Bharti Vij Cricket Academy (BVCA) prevailed over Sector-37 Cricket Academy by one run in the final and claimed the LIC Trophy Under-13, held at Government Model School, Sector 26, here today. The BVCA batted first and scored 212 for 5 in 30 overs.

The openers, Abhishek and Priankit, could not score well although Akshdeep Singh and Rizul built a good 48-run partnership for the third wicket. Rizul scored 100 runs in 76 balls, hitting 15 fours and one six.

Tushar Mehta (2 for 24) and Kulbhushan (1 for 52) were the main wicket-takers for the Sector-37 academy.

The Sector-37 academy, however, missed the target by a whisker, as they got all out on 211. Sayyim Sarin (48) and Arnav (56) were the mainstay of the Sector-37 academy.

The match witnessed an exciting turn in the last over when it needed seven runs to win. Harish of the BVCA bowled the last over brilliantly and took a wicket, following which two more batsmen got run out and BVCA won the match by 1 run.

Rizul (2/56) and Divyanshu Sharma (2/56) were the main bowlers for the 

Rizul (BVCA) was adjudged the man of the series and man of the match. While Abhishek (BVCA) was declared the all-rounder, Harish (BVCA) was named the best bowler.

Sayyim Sarin (Sector-37 Academy) was declared the best batsman and Yogesh Nathani (Sector-37 Academy) the best wicket-keeper of the tournament. 



Sun CC get better of YPS CA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
The Sun CC got the better of the YPS CA by 10 runs during a cricket match of the Jal Mohali Premier League held in YPS, Mohali, here today.

The Sun CC scored 184 for four in 25 overs after electing to bat first. Ranjeet (40) and Irfan Khan (65) were main scorers for them. For the YPS CA, A Brar and Jatinder got two wickets each.

In reply, the YPS CA got all out on 174 in 24.2 overs.

All rounder, A Brar, (66) scored a half-century stitched with eight fours and two towering sixes.

G Brar (39) and Harpinder (23) were the other scorers for the team. For the winning team, Sukhvir Happy (three/21) and Irfan Khan (two/31) were the successful bowlers.

In the second match of the day, the match got tie between the Fateh CC and the Youth CC as both teams score 117 runs.

The Fateh CC team got all out in 23.1 overs scoring a total of 117 runs. While, the Youth CC score 117 runs for nine in 25 runs.



City men, women win titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Maintaining their dominance in the North Zone Ball Badminton Championship, Chandigarh men and women teams won their respective finals at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48-B, here today.

Chandigarh men team snuffed out a mighty challenge of Punjab 29-20, 29-28, while Chandigarh women team also got the better of Punjab 29-22, 29-16.

Haryana got the third place in both the men and women category.


Semifinals: Punjab bt Haryana 29-18, 29-20; Chandigarh bt Himachal 29-16, 29-24.

Final: Men: Chandigarh bt Punjab 29-20, 29-28.

Third place: Men: Haryana bt Himachal 29-23, 29-25.

Women: semi-final: Chandigarh bt Haryana 29-20, 29-18; Punjab bt Himachal 29-20, 29-27.

Final: Women: Chandigarh bt Punjab 29-22, 29-16. Third place: Women: Haryana bt Himachal 29-20, 29-22.



Chandigarh eves taste first triumph
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
After facing back-to-back defeat twice, Chandigarh women cricket team drubbed Karnal by 207 runs and won for the first time in the Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament held in Karnal today.

Batting first, Chandigarh scored 231 for 6 in 50 overs. Eleven- year-old Tanya Bhatia (70) top scored for the team while Jaswinder Kaur (30), Seema (25) and skipper Anit (25*) also chipped in.

Replying, Karnal’s batsmen had to face gullible bowling of city eves and were bundled out on just 24 runs in 14 overs. Manuta of Chandigarh was the wrecker-in-chief claiming five wickets while Seema and Jaswinder picked three wickets each.

Now, Chandigarh will take on Sonepat in their last match tomorrow.


Chandigarh: 231 for 6 in 50 overs (Tanya Bhatia 70, Jaswinder Kaur 30, Seema 25, Anit 25 n o)

Karnal: 24 all out in 14 overs (Seema 3, Manuta 5 for 4, Jaswinder 3 for 7)

Chandigarh win by 207 runs 



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