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Postal identity cards to be issued in Haryana
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 10
The chief post master general (Haryana Circle), Indu Gupta, claimed that the postal department would be issuing identity cards as proof of residence for an individual. The identity card is issued for the benefit of tourists, representatives of the firms and the general public who experience difficulty in establishing their identity in connection with postal transaction like receipt of registered and insured articles and payment of money orders.

These cards will be available at any head post office by literate persons whose identity is well established in the locality in which they reside. The laminated cards will contain a full description of its holder, his signature and would have photograph with a hologram of the Government of India, she added.

She said this service had already been launched in some other parts of the country which provided the service at nominal charges and the postal identity card would be acceptable at all forums and departments.

When asked about the procedure, she replied that after receiving the application, postman of the area would verify since when the applicant had been living at the given address and the police of the area would also confirm it. The department, after receiving the report, would issue the card to the person concerned. The use of these cards was entirely optional, she said.



Varanasi crush Black Elephants by 3 wickets
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 10
The Poorvanchal Action Committee for Cricket (PACC), Varanasi, defeated the Black Elephant Cricket Club (BECC), Patiala, by 3 wickets in the first limited over match and took 1-0 lead in the four-match series of the Punjab Today Foundation Cup being played at the host ground today.

Winning the toss, the Varanasi team put BECC to bat first. BECC scored 175 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 40 over match. Anmolpreet Singh played a super knock of 64 runs with the help of 6 boundaries. He was well supported by Deepan, who contributed 33 runs for the team.

PACC chased the target in 35.2 overs after losing 7 wickets. Hari (36) and Akhand Partap (27 not out) helped their team to reach the target.

Brief score: Black Elephant Cricket Club (Under 19): 175 for 9 in 40 over: (Anmoolpreet Singh 64, Deepan 33, Vikrant 13, Prabhjot 14), ( Nadeem Ahmed 3 for 28, Ayan Chowdhry 2 for 20 and Parveen Dubey 1 for 21 )

PACC Varanasi: 178 for 7 in 35.2 over (Hari 36, Jagmohan 23, Dhiraj 18, Akhandpartap 27 not out) (Ajay Bharti 3 for 26, Anmoolpreet Singh 1 for 22 and Pyush 1 for 39 ).

Man of the match: Anmolpreet Singh of BECC.



Two children slip in pond, die
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, June 10
Two children — Dhananjay Kumar (10) and Sunita (12) — drowned in a village pond in Dhankansu village, around 2 km from Rajpura this morning. The children were playing adjoining the pond, which started overflowing due to continuous rains yesterday. By the time villagers came to know about the drowned children, they were dead.

Villagers said they dug earth from the pond and after rains it got completely covered with water. The children fell into the pond where water was around five to six feet deep.

Parents of the deceased children refused the autopsy of the bodies to be conducted and a letter in this regard was submitted to the SDM, Rajpura. Police officials reached the spot and said preliminary reports rules out any foul play.



Table Tennis district tourney from June12

Patiala, June 10
The Patiala District Table Tennis Association is going to conduct the District Table Tennis Championship on June 12 and 13 at DMW Staff Club, Patiala. The categories that will be included in the championship are cadet boys and girls, sub junior boys and girls, junior boys and girls, youth boys and girls, men and women singles. The entries for the championship may be given to Megha Sharma (9815100461) and Manik Raj Singla. The last date of entries is June 11 till 5 pm. — TNS



Club all cases of Sofat, says HC
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 10
The worries for Dr Sumit Sofat, an accused in the case of attempt to murder on his driver, are to increase again as the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued directions to club all cases pertaining to him and put them before one Bench.

Dr Sofat was booked by the police after he lodged a complaint in July last year stating that he was robbed of Rs 33 lakh by Ramesh Pashan and his sons belonging to Ludhiana at Morni Hills.

Dr Sofat’s driver suffered two bullet injuries in the incident. Sofat alleged that Ramesh Pashan and his two sons, Vinayak and Abhinav, with the help of their driver Ranjit and two other unidentified persons attacked him and injured his driver. He also alleged that the accused took away Rs 33 lakh.

Following this, Pashan family produced evidence before the Panchkula police claiming their innocence in the case.

Later during investigations, the police found out that Sofat, who was involved in a dispute over a piece of land since 2005 with Pashans, allegedly staged the dacoity to frame them in a criminal case.

While Sofat has been absconding, different courts have dismissed his anticipatory bail application.

Sofat had filed many writ petitions against Pashans, though in many cases he was booked by the police under Section 182 of the IPC.

The directions from the high court to club all such cases were issued last month when Sofat moved an application before the court alleging that the Panchkula police instead of taking an action against the Pashans made an accused out of him, though he was complainant in the incident.

Justice Nirmaljit Kaur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court while issuing directions said, “A number of cases have been filed by the petitioner. Three are pending before this court for today itself. In order to avoid passing of any contradicting orders and also to avoid any injustice to the petitioner, the registry is directed to put up all cases filed by the present petitioner together before one Bench after obtaining necessary orders from the Chief Justice in this regard.”



Irregularities in solemnisation of marriages
HC orders probe into validity of gurdwara
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Made in heaven, but not solemnised legally — that’s apparently the long and short of marriages taking place in a city gurdwara. Taking a serious note of the alleged irregularity in the solemnisation of marriage ceremonies, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered an inquiry to ascertain whether the “institution” was actually a gurdwara.

Justice Ranjit Singh, holding court during the summer vacations, also directed that it should be ascertained whether the “institution” was authorised to perform such ceremonies.

The directions came on two separate petitions filed by runaway couples. As the petitions for protection were placed before the Bench, Justice Ranjit Singh raised doubts over the authenticity of the marriages. Justice Ranjit Singh was of the apparent view that such cases frequently cropping up before the Bench.

Only recently, a similar situation had arisen before the court. After expressing doubts about the authenticity of marriage ceremonies earlier conducted, another Bench had asked a temple “purohit” to be present in the court.

The UT Senior Superintendent of Police was also asked to look into the matter.

The directions had come during the hearing of four separate petitions for protection placed before Justice Hemant Gupta, who too was 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.

Acting on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Chandigarh police had earlier 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 Assistant Superintendent of Police Madhur Verma.



Man dies as cop’s gun goes off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The police today arrested Darshan Singh, a constable of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), on charges of causing death due to negligence after his revolver accidentally went off, claiming the life of 31-year-old Jatinder Singh, a resident of Beas in Punjab.

The bullet hit the victim under the left eye. He was taken to the PGI, where he remained in coma throughout the night and died early this morning.

The police has registered a case of causing death due to negligence under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act against Darshan Singh, who is posted in the Punjab’s Civil Secretariat, on a complaint lodged by Paramjit Singh, the victim’s brother.

Jatinder Singh had come for a night stay at Darshan’s residence in Khuda Ali Sher village along with his brother Paramjit Singh, a friend of Darshan Singh and a head constable in the CISF.

He had come to the city for a medical check-up of his daughter, who is suffering from eye cancer, at the PGI. He had an appointment for Thursday.

Police station-11 SHO Sukhbir Rana said Darshan Singh had invited Paramjit Singh to his house after the latter contacted him on arrival in the city. The incident occurred around 10 pm in the courtyard of the house when Darshan Singh was loading his newly purchased .32-bore revolver after showing it to Paramjit Singh.

He handed over the unloaded revolver to Paramjit Singh. After inspecting the weapon, Paramjit Singh went to the toilet and Darshan began reloading it while Jatinder Singh was sitting beside him, the police said. Paramjit Singh, in his statement to the police, said he heard a gunshot and rushed out of the toilet. He saw his brother bleeding and Darshan Singh told him that his revolver had accidentally gone off. They took Jatinder to the PGI, where he died around 4.30 am. Darshan Singh was later produced before a local court, which remanded him in judicial custody. In the evening, the police handed over the body to the family after a post-mortem examination.



Former sarpanch killed in mishap
Tribune Reporters

Zirakpur, June 10
A 40-year-old pedestrian was killed by a speeding car opposite the petrol pump on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway here this morning. The deceased has been identified as Daljit Singh, a former sarpanch of Singhpura village.

The accident brought to fore police apathy. The body kept lying along the roadside for almost half an hour until the highway police arrived on the scene.

The incident took place around 10.30 am when Daljit Singh was crossing the road where a speeding Indigo car, coming from Zirakpur side, hit him. He sustained serious head injury.

An eyewitness said the deceased was thrown several feet up in the air after he was knocked by the car. He said the deceased died on the spot. The driver of the car fled from the scene. A case has been registered against the car driver.

Two killed in accidents

Kharar: Two persons were killed in different incidents at here since yesterday. Surinder Singh, a resident of Phase II, Mohali, was riding his scooter from Kharar towards Mohali. When he reached near Bansa Wali Chungi, a speeding Mahindra jeep hit him and sped away.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Kharar, and further referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. He died on his way to the hospital. The police has booked unknown driver of the Mahindra jeep.

In another incident, Parminder Singh from Sakrullapur village was going on his motorcycle last night. When he reached near Mamupur village an unknown vehicle hit him, following which he died. The police has booked a case against the unknown driver.

Man found dead

Ambala: Body of Ajay Sharma, a resident of Ambala City, was recovered from Bhakhra canal, near Jansui village, yesterday. He was missing from his house since May 23.

The police had recovered a suicide note from his residence in which he had stated that he would commit suicide by jumping into a canal following a property dispute.

On the complaint of the wife of the deceased, the police had registered a case against three relatives of the deceased under Section 306 (abetment to suicide). The police was suspecting that Ajay had jumped into the canal somewhere in Punjab area, close to Ambala.

According to information, a villager noticed the body this noon floating on the surface of the canal. He informed the police. Later, the body was identified by the relatives of the deceased.

The SHO, Ambala City police station, said the cause of the death could be ascertained after the autopsy.



Four held for trespass
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The police has arrested four persons for allegedly taking forcible possession of a house in Sector 8 here.

DSP (central) Jagbir Singh said Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Sector 8-A, had lodged a complaint alleging that Jeevandeep Singh Ghai, a resident of Sector 8-C, had entered into an agreement with him to sell his house for Rs 4.5 crore on June 11, last year. He had paid Rs 1.5 crore as earnest money and Ghai gave him the possession of the house.

Bhupinder claimed in his complaint that one of the clauses in the agreement mentioned that the seller had to return the earnest money in case he backtracked from the agreement. He told the police that his servants lived in the house.

Whenever he told Ghai to get him the no objection certificate from the estate office, he resorted to delaying tactics.

Bhupinder alleged that he later came to know that Ghai had sold the same house to Chander Mohan Sharma, a resident of Sector 28-A, and his father Vishal Sharma.

Bhupinder alleged that a group of persons barged into his house, kidnapped his servant Suresh Kumar and took with household articles.

The DSP said a case of kidnapping, criminal trespass, cheating, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy had been registered against Jeevandeep Singh Ghai, Chander Mohan Sharma, Vishal Sharma and others.

The police has arrested Jagjit Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurdip Singh, a resident of Barala Kalan, Surjit Singh, a resident of Ropar, and Jaswinder Singh Tangu, a resident of Pathankot, for illegally taking possession of the house.



Mizoram resident dies after fall
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
A Mizoram resident was killed after falling from the third floor of a house in Sector 15 in an inebriated condition in the wee hours of today. The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Lalngineiha, a resident of Khatla, Aizwal district. He had come to visit his sister in the city.

Police station-11 SHO Sukhbir Rana said the incident occurred around 4 am when the victim accidentally fell from a window of his room on the third floor of the house.

His sister, Lalrinsangi, who works as a sales executive in a shop in Sector 17, began looking for him after she could not find him in his room.

She saw him lying motionless in a pool of blood in the courtyard of the house.

The victim was taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

The SHO said Lalrinsangi told the police that her brother had gone to a party and came home drunk.

He again drank a bottle of beer and consumed some liquor.

Ruling out foul play behind the death, the police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code in the case.

A post-mortem examination of the body would be conducted tomorrow after the victim’s family requested the police to wait as they were making arrangements to take the body to Mizoram.



Jail warden nabs murder convict

Chandigarh, June 10
An alert Burail jail warden helped the local police arrest a murder convict, who had jumped his parole last year.

The convict, Raj Kumar, a resident of Kangra, was sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case registered in 2002. Sources said Bhupinder Singh, a warden of Model Jail, Burail, had spotted Raj Kumar near Gurukul School in Mani Majra. He contacted the jail staff to verify the description of the suspect and gave him a chase after he got a match.

Bhupinder Singh told the police that after getting a conformation on the description, he went to Raj Kumar and questioned him. Suspecting trouble, the latter fled to the school. However, Bhupinder apprehended him from there.

He informed the police, which later arrested the convict. Raj Kumar was arrested for killing a girl in Ram Darbar in 2002 and was held guilty by a local court in 2005. He was released on parole on May 18, 2009 for 42 days but he failed to report back. — TNS



Pedestrian crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
A pedestrian was crushed to death by a truck when its driver was reversing the vehicle near Makhan Majra on Wednesday.

The police said victim Dalip Chand was rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The police has arrested truck driver Sunil Dutt, a resident of Himachal Pradesh on the charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

Theft case

Sudarshan Goel, a resident of Mani Majra, reported to the police alleging that Sakel Dev, a resident of Mauli Jagran, had stolen his wallet containing Rs 3,500, two credit cards and some documents from near Fun Republic in Mani Majra on June 4. The police on Wednesday arrested the accused and registered a case against him.



22 challaned under Tobacco Act
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 10
As many as 22 challans were issued by officials of the health department to persons smoking at public places and illegally selling cigarettes and other tobacco related products in various parts of the town.

The drive to check smoking at public places was carried out yesterday by officials of the health department and State Tobacco Control Cell, Punjab. The enforcement wing of the municipal council and employees of the district administration were also involved in the drive.

Dr SP Surila, district health officer and the nodal officer of the District Tobacco Control Cell, said a number of persons smoking at public places were challaned. Tobacco products being sold illegally at roadsides and in the markets areas were also seized by the enforcement wing.

He said every effort would be made to make Mohali a smoke-free district and urged residents to cooperate in this regard.



Punjab Warriors tame Kanpur Knights

Panchkula, June 10
The local outfit Punjab Warriors defeated Kanpur Knights by 36 runs in the Premier Cricket League being played at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, here today.

Brief score: Punjab Warriors: 170 for 4 in 20 overs (Anshul Lamba 55 n o, Mohson Khan 33, Harkrishan Kali 30, Sachin Bharti 2 for 20, Rohit Dhama 1 for 20). Kanpur Knights: 134 for 9 in 20 overs (Sachin Bharti 36, Yashir Kaleem 25, Manish Nain 2 for 10)

In another match, the Chennai Champions got the better of the Haryana Bulls by six wickets. Haryana Bulls: 114 all out in 18.4 overs (Dharminder Phagna 42, Aditya Jain 27, Neeraj Sharma 5 for 14, Mohammad Faiz 2 for 13). Chennai Champions: 116 runs for 4 in 18.3 overs. Rajesh Patha (41 from 35), Sachin Aggarwal (31 from 28), Saurabh Srivastav (18 from 15 balls) Leela Vilas (2 wickets for 22 from 4 overs). — TNS



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