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Wife’s Killing
Lifer for ex-serviceman

Ambala, June 8
District and Session Judge, Ambala, RK Bishnoi sentenced an ex-serviceman to life imprisonment for murdering his wife. The accused, Krishan Jha, who belonged to Bihar had been residing in Ambala for the past few years.

The Baldev Nagar police had recovered the body of a woman, packed in a gunny bag, from a drain on February 1, 2009.

Initially, the body could not be identified. The victim was later identified as Neelu, wife of Krishan Jha. The police then registered a murder case against Jha. During the interrogation, Jha disclosed to the police that he belonged to Samastipur (Bihar) and \was unhappy with his wife’s habits. He had settled in Ambala, leaving her alone in Bihar. However, Neelu joined him in Ambala after a few months and he decided to get ride of her. — OC



High Court
Marriage ceremonies under cloud
Temple priest told to attend proceedings

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked a temple “purohit” to be present in the court, and directed the UT senior superintendent of police to look into the matter, after expressing doubts about the authenticity of marriage ceremonies earlier conducted.

The directions came during the hearing of four separate petitions for protection placed before Justice Hemant Gupta, who is currently holding the court during the vacations. The court was of the view that the matter appeared to be doubtful and directed the holding of the probe.

This is not the first time the functioning of religious institutions has come under judicial scrutiny. Acting on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Chandigarh police had earlier also submitted an inquiry report against a Sector 22-based mission.

The report had underscored the active collusion of some advocates with the institution in performing illegal marriages for runaway couples on payment of large sums of money.

The report, submitted to the High Court had stated that the “mission has become a commercial enterprise in connivance with advocates. The inquiries have revealed that the marriages, instead of being solemnised in a temple or a religious place, are being performed in a room of the mission…

“It has become an easily approachable destination for runaway couples when they find no other alternative apart from paying a considerable amount of money to the mission”. The report was submitted by the assistant superintendent of police Madhur Verma.



Eight acquitted in attempted murder case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Additional sessions judge GC Garg today acquitted eight persons in an attempt-to-murder case. They had pelted stones at the IT Park chowk at officials who were present there for a demolition drive.

The officials were supposed to carry out a demolition drive on July 10, 2007, at Kishangarh and Bhagwanpura villages to remove illegal structures as per the administration’s orders.

The eight accused, Kulwinder Singh, alias Kala, Sardara Singh, Vijay Kumar, Mool Chand, Kuldip Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Pashupati and Janardhan, were booked under Sections 147, 149, 341, 332, 352 and 307 of the IPC.

The officials present included the SDM(East), the then Mani Majra SHO, the ADC and the land acquisition officer, besides police officials.

When the officials reached the main road of the IT Park, they received information that a few vehicles had blocked the roundabout there.

The ADC, along with the SHO, reached the roundabout, where a mob gathered and pelted stones at them. Glass panes of their vehicles were broken.

The prosecution alleged that constable Sher Singh fell unconscious during the protest.

To stop the gathering from protesting further, the police fired gunshots in the air and arrested the accused. There were 37 witnesses in the case.

Defence counsel Terminder Singh said, “None of the witnesses were successful in identifying the accused and verifying whether they had pelted stones at the officials.”



Sec-20 Murder
Eyewitness stands by prosecution
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Additional sessions judge GC Garg today recorded the statement of the eyewitness and the complainant in the murder case of financier Harjinder Singh Dhillon at Sector 20 here. Eyewitness Simi Sharma stood by the prosecution. She stated in court that she was working at the Sector-20 office of Dhillon, who was into the business of car finance.

In 2007, a red Ford Fiesta was purchased by him on the basis of documents of the accused, Davinder Singh, alias Whisky.

A dispute was going on between them over the car. On the evening of November 25 last, Davinder, along with five or six other persons, entered his cabin and started quarrelling.

Simi stated that Dhillon called her up and asked her to inform the police. The accused entered into a scuffle with him.

Davinder asked Dhillon to hand over the vehicle and fired a shot on the left side of his chest.

She raised the alarm and broke the windowpane while Davinder, along with his associates, fled.

The court also allowed an application moved by the counsel of one of the accused, seeking directions to be issued to the zonal manager of BSNL, Spice, Airtel and Vodafone to preserve call details of inspectors Amanjot Singh, Hardit Singh and Kuldeep Singh, ASI Des Raj, Gurinderjit Singh, Jasbir Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Kulwant Singh.




Bail declined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Additional Sessions Judge Lalit Batra today declined bail to Nasib Chand and former NCB superintendent Balwinder Singh in a case of drug peddling. According to prosecution, the accused were rounded up while smuggling 60-kg heroine from Jammu border. Nasib Chand and Balwinder Singh were arrested in March last year.

The defence lawyer pleaded that the accused had been in custody for a year and should be granted bail.



Woman found dead, in-laws booked
Tribune News Service

SaritaMohali, June 8
Sarita, a 21-year-old married woman, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at the office of Punjab water supply and sewerage at Industrial Area, Phase I, here today. The victim, along with her husband Rajesh, had moved to the house of her in-laws a few days ago, who live in the residential quarters in the water supply complex.

Victim’s father-in-law Jang Bahadhur is employed as a chowkidar at the water supply office. Based on the statement of the victim’s brother Basant, the police has registered a case of murder against Sarita’s in-laws.

“Based on the autopsy report, the future course of inquiry would be decided,” said SP (city), Mohali, SS Gill.

Family members of the victim said the couple, Sarita and Rajesh, had married a year ago against the wishes of their family members. Last night the victim had created a ruckus when her husband had come drunk to the house.

The police has recovered a suicide note from the diary of the victim. In the suicide note she had stated that no one should be blamed for her death and her items should be handed over to her sister.

The victim’s brother told the police that the signatures on the suicide note, written in Hindi, did not match with her handwriting.

Earlier in the day when the police reached the spot, the victim’s knees were touching the ground and a dupatta had been used to hang from the ceiling fan.



2 women held for theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The police has arrested two women on charges of stealing batteries from a shop in Mani Majra. Shamsher Sharma, a resident of Sector 15, Panchkula, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Rita and Sunita, both residents of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra, had stolen some batteries from his shop in Shanti Nagar on June 6.

Acting on the information, the police later arrested the accused and recovered the stolen batteries from them. A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Police remand for murder accused

A local court today remanded Rampal, alias Gattu, accused of murdering Amit, whose body was recovered near a fountain at Poultry Farm Chowk on Friday, in two-day police custody.

Industrial Area police station SHO said they were yet to recover the spade with which Gattu had killed Amit, a resident of Mauli Jagran, along with his blood stained clothes.

Gattu told the investigators that he had dumped the spade and clothes in the jungles of Darua village.

After killing Amit, Gattu had reportedly wiped off blood from the victim’s body and cleaned the scene.

Gattu also worked as a caretaker of the fountain during the night and told the police that Amit used to steal articles from there to buy drugs for himself.

Vehicle stolen

Manju Goel, a resident of Sector 7-B, reported to the police alleging that her Tata Safari (CH 04 F 0333) car was stolen from her residence during the intervening night of June 6 and 7. A case of theft has been registered.



Woman hurt in acid attack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Unidentified persons travelling in a Maruti car threw acid on a woman in Sector 7 here this evening. The victim, 29-year-old Nisha, a resident of Sector 7, was taken to the PGI in a critical condition. She reportedly suffered burns on chest, arms and legs.

The police said Nisha was going to the market on a scooter when she was attacked near the gurdwara in Sector 7 around 8.30 pm. Till the filing of the report, the police was recording the victim’s statement to establish the identity of miscreants. The victim works at a Sector 47-based gas agency.

Sources said Nisha, the mother of a five-year-old daughter, was a divorcee and lived with her father, Terath Ram, a clerk with the UT public works department.

Nisha’s father told the police that he got information that his daughter had met with an accident and came to know about the incident only after reaching the scene.

In her statement told the police, the victim said she had a relationship with Raman Gupta, owner of the gas agency where she had been working. She alleged that Gupta’s family had objected to their relationship and one of the attackers had said her relationship with Gupta would now be over.



Rs 25,000 stolen from 2 showrooms
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 8
Keeping the police on its toes, thieves have once again become active in the city as they decamped with around Rs 25,000 from two showrooms at Sector 11 in the wee hours of this morning.

The incident came to light when owner of Fashion World Mukesh Aggarwal opened the showroom. He found Rs 15,000 missing from the cash box. The thieves had entered the showroom after removing the exhaust fan and took away valuable clothes, besides the cash.

The robbers also entered showroom number 14 in the similar fashion and took away Rs 10,000 from the cash box. The thieves had also made an unsuccessful attempt on five other showrooms in the same row.

The police has registered the case against unidentified persons and was investigating. Last month, too, thieves had burgled three shops at Sector 7 and decamped with Rs 77,000 from cash boxes. The police was still groping in the dark as it had not been able to arrest anyone in the case till now.



2 chemists arrested for cheating
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 8
Two Moga-based chemists — Pawan Kumar and Krishan Kumar — were arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in a case of cheating and corruption here today. They were produced in a local court from where they were sent to the police custody for two days.

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau had lodged an FIR under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 193, 195 and 120-B of the IPC and Sections 7, 8, 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1989, at Mohali yesterday against three brothers running a chemist shop, three of their employees, a shadow witness and an ASI of the bureau for allegedly manipulating the arrest of Balram Luthra, the drug inspector of Moga who was caught red-handed taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 here, last week.



Indian Football Team
2 city lads among probables
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Two players of Chandigarh Football Academy, Bikramjit Singh and Deepak Devrani made the city proud with their selection in the probable list for the Indian Football Team for Asian Games to be held in China in November this year. Bikramjit plays as midfielder, while Devrani is a defender.

Earlier, Bikramjit Singh was selected for the senior India coaching camp held in West Bengal in January.

Both of them are improving their skills under Tejinder Kumar, senior coach of the Chandigarh Football Academy and former captain of the Indian football team.

“We are happy with the achievement of Bikramjit and Deepak. Both of them are talented and well deserve,” said Harjinder Singh, coach of the Chandigarh Football Academy.



Hockey coaching camp ends
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, June 8
A month-long hockey coaching camp for U-14 boys and girls being organised by district sports department in collaboration with Dashmesh Hockey Club at local Government Senior Secondary School concluded here today. NIS trained coaches Jasbir Singh and Paramjit Singh imparted extensive coaching to more than 30 boys and girls. Uttam Kaur, district sports officer, was the chief guest.

Addressing the gathering, Uttam said she was surprised to see the talent of budding players and the day would come soon when like Sansarpur, Bassi Pathana would be known for the "Nursery Of Indian Hockey".

She said we should adopt “Catch them young" policy, if we want to revive the game. She appreciated the efforts of Dashmesh Hockey Club for providing facilities and coaching.

Pritpal Singh Dharni, club president, said the club had selected 30 boys and 30 girls between 6 to 10 years and they are being provided coaching in hockey by NIS trained coaches. He said: “If we want to save our national game, private houses, hockey lovers and social organisations have to come forward.”



City's Jatiwal 11th on Feeder Tour
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal of Chandigarh climbed up the ladder to occupy the 11th slot in the PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit after the fourth event of the circuit held at the Noida Golf Club. The city golfer played a poor 78 card on the final day to drop to the sixth slot, but that was enough to see him occupy the 11th slot in the all-India order of merit.

Participating in the Feeder Tour, a newly launched circuit of the PGTI for those golfers who could not figure in the top-60 of the PGTI Tour, Rajiv started with a one under par 71 opening round. This saw him sharing the lead with Shaurya Singh of Delhi. The opening round card saw the city golfer sinking five birdies.

But he could manage a one over 73 on the second day and finished with a poor six over par 78 on the third and final day to finish sixth.

Balpreet Singh Ghuman of Patiala is also in the all-India rankings of the Feeder Tour occupying 12th slot in the merit list.

Kuldeep Singh on 15th position is another city golfer followed by

Balwinder Singh Mattu from Jalandhar, who occupies 18th slot.

City's Dayal Singh and Roop Singh are placed 19th and 20th on the merit list.

Other city golfers in the rankings are Amritinder Singh (29th), KPS Sekhon (43rd) and Pushpinder Singh Gill (63rd).

Rajesh Pal of Amritsar, who recorded a hole-in-one at Noida, occupies the 45th slot.



Golf camp for kids from June 14
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 8
The Chandigarh Golf Club Academy will hold a five-day EGTF junior golf coaching camp from June 14 to 18. Spelling out the training programme, academy’s joint director Ajay Gujral said the camp would begin with putting on Monday.

Tuesday and Wednesday would see the trainees hitting the ball at the driving range.

This would include grip, aim, alignment, stance and posture.

Fundamentals of the short game, including chipping and pitching, would be taught on Thursday.

On the last day of the camp on Friday the trainees would take part in a competition in which the winners would get golf prizes worth Rs 1,500.

Open to youngsters in the 8-16 age group, the camp would be held daily from 4 to 5 pm.

To motivate the young golf enthusiasts and help them develop an interest in golf, each trainee would get a three-month complimentary subscription of “Golf Plus”.

This coaching camp would be open to members and non-members from Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar and would be conducted strictly on the guidelines of the European Golf Teachers’ Federation, UK. Golf club and golf balls would be provided free to the young trainees.

More details can be had from Ajay Gujral at the Chandigarh Golf Club or at 9814356013.



Spoilt sports
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
The rain played spoilsport to sports activities in the city. Four cricket matches, scheduled for today, could not start due to wet conditions. The four-day golf camp for women began at the Chandigarh Club at 5 pm as rain stopped by then.

Three matches of the Premier Cricket League at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula, and an under-19 Dhruv Pandove Trophy match at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Chandigarh, were scheduled.

Organisers of the Premier Cricket League awarded a point each to the six teams. The fourth match was not postponed. and would start as per schedule on the second day.



Cricket coaching camp from June 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 8
Bharti Vij Academy and Ropar Cricket Association will be conducting 10-day summer coaching camp, starting from June 11 to 20 for young cricketers at Government College, Ropar.

Bharti Vij, a former Ranji/Duleep Trophy player from Punjab and a level-2 BCCI coach, said latest techniques of fielding, video analysis of batting and bowling would be applied in the camp and video recorded CD of every individual would also be given. Besides, many other qualified coaches and former Ranji trophy players would be visiting the camp to give tips to players to improve their game.



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