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Land Grab Case
Six booked, two held
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 16
The Dera Bassi police has booked 6 persons under the charges of land grabbing and arrested two accused out of the six, including a lawyer and his clerk.

According to information from the police, Advocate Narinderpal Singh Kohli and his colleagues had made a plan to grab a land of NRI Parmjit Kaur, who lives in America, by making forge documents. NRI Parmjit Kaur is the owner of nearly two-acre land near the national highway at Lohgarh village.

One kanal and 18 marla land was acquired by the national highway authority for the purpose of road widening out of the 2 acre. As much as Rs 14 lakh compensation for the acquired land was lying in the SDM office, Dera Bassi, because Parmjit Kaur was not here.

Following the plan of Kohli fake Parmjit Kaur had made an agreement with Saranjit Kaur to sell16-acre land that was lying with the national highway authority and Rs 40 lakh was shown as agreement money given to fake Parmjit Kaur.

To hide the forgery, purchaser Saranjit Kaur in the court of Dera Bassi filed a case against fake Parmjit Kaur and later a compromise was shown between the two sides.

Two members of the gang, Raghbeer Singh and Maghar Singh, identified Parmjit Kaur and signed on the forge documents as witness. Now this gang was trying to get the compensation money of the acquired land that is lying in the SDM office, here.

The case of forgery and land grab came in to light when some neighbours of NRI Parmjit Kaur had gone to SDM office to receive compensation of their acquired land. The police booked advocate Narinderpal Singh and his clerk Gurpartap Singh, Raghbeer Singh, Maghar Singh, Saranjit Kaur And fake Parmjit Kaur under Sections 420,465,467,468,471,120B and 511 of the IPC. The police arrested Kohli and his clerk. The case was registered on the statement of Ravi Sher Singh Sekhon.

DSP Jatinder Khaira said a land mafia was active in the area that was trying to grab the land of NRIs but these efforts could not be successful. The police would take action against such prsons, he added.



22-year-old killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 16
A 22- year-old Meerut resident was killed and a Khanna resident was hurt when a speeding truck hit their motorcycle on the GT Road in Mandi Gobindgarh today.

The deceased has been identified as Sunil, who was going towards Sirhind from Khanna on a motorcycle with Shiva riding pillion. According to reports, a speeding truck hit their bike from the rear side when they reached near Kukkarmajra village.

They were rushed to the Mandi Gobindgarh civil hospital where Sunil was declared brought dead and Shiva was being treated.

Police officials said a case would be registered after recording the statements of the eyewitnesses and relatives of the deceased.



Power cuts, labour shortage hit industry
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, June 16
The shortage of power and labour has been adversely affecting the industrial production in this area. This was claimed by some industrialists here.

The June-September period is very tough for industrialists as far as labour and power are concerned.

The owner of Cheema Spinning Mill, Lalru, who is also president of the industrial association, Lalru, informed that they had suffered a loss of 20 to 25 per cent in production due to shortage of labour and electricity in this season. A major fall had been noted in the turnout of labour from other states due to implementation of NREGA, he added. This scheme (NREGA) has been quite a successful in providing employment to a considerable number of labourers in the states of Bihar, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh from where a large chunk of manpower(labour) had been continually visiting and fulfilling the needs of industries and agriculture in Punjab.

Cheema said there were a total of 300 workers in his factory. Out of which 100 were female workers because male workers are not available in sufficient number.

Elaborating on the purchase of power, he said they were bound to purchase the power from other states, but the state government was charging 70 to 80 paise per unit.

Owner of Punjab Agro Dutch, near Lalru, M S Bhinder also decried over the shortage of power and labour.

He said the competition was tough as the Chinese products were already available at cheaper rates on the international market and shortage of power could do more harm to their businesses. He demanded that the government should take steps to remove the shortage of labour and power in the industry.



Eye-checking machines stolen

Dera Bassi, June 16
The Dera Bassi police has registered a case against unidentified persons regarding the theft of eye -checking machines from the Sukhmani Multi specialty Hospital, Dera Bassi.

The police told that the hospital management had informed the police that two eye-checking machines worth Rs 7 lakh were stolen from the hospital some time back. The police had registered a case under Section 381 of the IPC against unidentified accused. Public relation officer of sukhmani group Rashpal Singh demanded that the thieves be nabbed at the earliest. He said these machines were brought in the hospital for the free eye check-up camps. — OC



70-year old beaten to death over land dispute
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Hawara (Khamano), June 16
A 70-year-old man was beaten to death by his brother and nephews over a land dispute at the village last evening.

The dec-ased, Joga Singh, was collecting green gram (moong dal) from his fields when he was attacked by his brother Modan Singh and nephews Randhir and Gurmail.

They beat him with an iron tool with a long wooden handle and he died on the spot. The accused fled from the spot, leaving him in a pool of blood.

Some passerby informed members of Joga’s family, who rushed to the spot and found him dead.

As per investigating officer Manohar Singh, the deceased had three brothers, including Mahinder Singh, an ex-serviceman.

Mahinder was not married and had handed over 7.5 acres to Modan before his death two years ago.

Joga and his family had been nagging members of Modan’s family for taking possession of the entire 7.5 acres and still eying their land.

Joga accused his brother and nephews yesterday of trying to change the demarcation of his fields and cursed them for changing the boundary lines of fields.

Angry over the nagging, the accused attacked and beat him to death. A case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC was registered on the complaint of Gurnam Singh, son of the deceased.

Hawara’s village

Jagtar Singh Hawara, undergoing imprisonment in the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case, belongs to this village.



Man caught stealing cable wires
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
A Sector 45 resident was injured after he jumped form the first floor of a house when he was allegedly caught stealing cable wires.

Sukhpal Singh, a resident of Banur, reported to the police alleging that he caught Malkhan Singh, a resident of Sector45, red handed while stealing cables from an under construction house in Sector 21 yesterday.

In a bid to escape, the accused jumped from the first floor of the house and landed on the ground. He escaped with minor injuries.

Malkhan Singh was rushed to the Sector 16 government Multi Specialty Hospital, from where he was discharged later.

The police has recovered stolen articles and a case was registered against the accused.

Caught stealing

Jyoti Sharma, a resident of Sector 19, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Om Parkash, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was caught red handed stealing her bicycle in Sector 22 market, yesterday. A case has been registered.

Liquor seized

The police on Tuesday arrested Ifran, a resident of Sector 52, and Vinod, a resident of Rohtak, from the road dividing Sector 52 and 53 for allegedly carrying 30 cartons of country wine and 6 boxes of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL), which was being carried in Mahindra Jeep (PB 65 T-0495).

In another incident, Shiva Yadav, a resident of Colony No 4, was allegedly caught carrying six bottles of country wine near the slaughterhouse in Colony No 4 on Wednesday.

Two separate cases under the Excise Act have been registered at different police stations.


The police has arrested Ajay Kumar and Manoj Kumar, both residents of Sector 24, Iqbal Singh and Rakesh Kumar, both residents of Sector 25, from a park in Sector 24 on Tuesday while they were gambling. The police has recovered Rs 1,000 from them. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.



Labourer commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
A 45-year-old labourer committed suicide by hanging himself at Darua village here this morning.

The police said the deceased had been identified as Balbir Singh, a resident of Karnal. The death came to light at around 9 am when his nephew noticed him hanging and informed the police.

The police shifted the body to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital and a post-mortem would be conducted on Thursday. The police said the wife of the deceased had gone to her native village in Bihar a few days back after a quarrel with him.

The SHO of the Industrial Area police station, Dilsher Singh Chandel, said inquest proceeding had been initiated under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code.



One more arrest in robbery case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 16
The local police has arrested one more person in connection with the case of burglary on November 21. The thieves decamped with a laptop and LCDs worth Rs 30 lakh from a showroom in Sector 9 here.

In a press note, the police said the accused, identified as Rinku, alias Ajay, of Joshieowalla Mohalla at Ladwa town in Kurukshetra district, was arrested by the CIA staff headed by sub-inspector Desh Raj.

During investigation, a person arrested earlier had revealed the identity of Rinku, following which the team raided his house and also recovered two Lenovo laptops worth Rs 50,000.

He was produced in a local court today, which remanded him in judicial custody. Three persons had been arrested so far.



Thieves back in action
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 16
Keeping the police on its toes, burglars once again are back in action here looting cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh from a house in Sector 11.

The robbery came to light when neighbourer informed the owner of the house, Deepak Verma, who had gone with his family to Mussorrie for holidays, that the window grills were cut by some one. Verma, who returned yesterday informed the police about the theft.

A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 10 police station. A team of Central Forensic Science Laboratory also visited the house and took fingerprints.

Verma, who is employed with the Haryana Marketing Board as SDO, in his complaint to the police, said thieves had taken away 60 to 80 grams of gold jewellery, besides, Rs 40,000 from the house.

He said he had gone to Mussorrie on Saturday and came to know about the incident through his neighbourer last morning.



Body found under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 16
The body of a 38-year-old resident of Sector 26 was found under mysterious circumstances from a 300-feet gorge near Madna village in Morni block here today.

Deceased, who has been identified as Ram Kumar (38), was missing since June 14 and a few shepherds found the body this morning.

They immediately informed the police and his family members.

Chandimandir Police Station SHO, Jangsher Singh, said the victim had left for his fields, located on the top of the hill. While farming he lost his balance and fell, which resulted in his death, he added.

He further said they found his footmarks and it’s not the case of murder. Thakur Das, deceased’s brother said Kumar’s first wife had died 10 years ago and he has a 15-year-old son. He added that he had come to Mandana a few days ago and they thought he had left for his house in Sector 26, Panchkula, where he lived with his second wife.

He said they came to know about his death this morning.

On the other hand, cops have initiated the proceedings under 174 of the CrPC.

Meanwhile, sources said there were deep cut marks on the head of the deceased and there was a possibility that he was attacked on his head by some stick or rod before pushing his body in the gorge.



Mohali to have hockey stadium
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 16
After lying vacant for years, the prime land in the Sports Complex opposite the PCA stadium would now be used to construct an international level hockey stadium with synthetic turf.

Besides, volleyball, basketball and gymnasium facility and other sports facilities have also been planned on the 20 acres at a cost of Rs 25 crore.

Already four-kanal in the complex has been allotted for an Olympic Bhavan.

The process would start with the construction of hockey stadium, said NK Sharma, chairman of the Mohali District Planning Board. He said he had already discussed the issue with the sports director Pargat Singh.

According to sources, though the land has been handed over to the sports department, the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) had appointed consultants to chalk out the plan.

For the past 17 years, the prime 20 acres has been converted into a dumping ground. Heaps of garbage remains scattered all around in the area, as plans remain only on papers.

Sources in GMADA said against Rs 1.85 crore to be spent on construction of boundary wall, PUDA had spent Rs 6.85 crore. An inquiry into expenditure had proved the wasteful spending of Rs 6.85 crore by PUDA.

Besides, the chairman said a sports complex would come up on 20 acres at Nabha village near Zirakpur. A decision had also been taken to construct a mini stadium for every 10 villages to promote sports culture.

A garnt of Rs 50,000 would be given to villages to develop sports ground, the chairman added.



Fitness camp underway at PCA Stadium
Deepankar Sharda

Mohali, June 16
After PCA’s secretary MP Pandove Aired serious concerns on the fitness of Punjab’s senior players by , an off-season fitness camp for Ranji players has got underway at PCA stadium Mohali. The emphasis is on fitness, endurance and building up of stamina of the cricketers, said Adrian Dias, chief strengthening and conditioning coach, who is also a fitness coach in the IPL’s Punjab outfit Kings XI. He has been called by the association for the purpose.

Speaking on the issue, Dias said that he was working iso that he could take out the beat in players. “Though I have not found any major shortcomings among the players here, as far as their fitness level is concerned, but certainly, there is lot of scope for improvement,” said Dias.

Dias further added that instead of sweating out at gyms, he was in favour of bringing them to the grounds and do natural exercises to improve their endurance and stamina. A total of two sessions are being conducted daily, in which the players are made to toil hard.

Expressing satisfaction over the ongoing in the camp, senior player Reetinder Sodhi, Amit Uniyal and Gaurav Gupta said that the training would help them a lot in the season.

“Under the guidance of Adrian sir, the things have been improving a lot. We are following a well-planned schedule and it will really help us in the coming days”, said Sodhi.

Harvinder Singh, who is the bowling coach at the camp, said that their immediate target was to qualify for the knockout round this season. “Though our main focus in this camp is on fitness, but we are also working on skill in the evening session on every alternate day,”.

The camp began on June 10. “We will give a week rest to the players from June 23. After that we will continue with the proceedings”, said the chief coach.



Football Meet
City to tackle Manipur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June16
Chandigarh team will face Manipur in their first quarterfinal match of the 47th Junior National U-19 Football Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy to be held in Kolkata on June 18.

The teams which get a ticket to quarterfinal stage of the tournament are Chandigarh, Manipur , Karnataka, Uttrakhand, Goa, Meghalaya, Orissa, and West Bengal. Earlier, in the last match of the league stage of cluster VI match, Manipur defeated Tamil Nadu by 8-0 to march into quarterfinal. Chandigarh team that entered quarterfinal for the first time is in high spirits after putting themselves on the top position. Chandigarh in the quarterfinal stage is clubbed with Orrisa, West Bengal and Manipur. In their first quarterfinal match, Chandigarh will take on Manipur.

After their first match, Chandigarh will prove their iron against Orissa on June 20, and in their third match they will face the biggest hurdle of their ticket to semifinal, West Bengal which remained top scorer in their pre-quarterfinal with 39 goals in three matches.

Fixture for quarterfinals

Group A: June 17: Karnataka Vs Goa; Uttarakhand Vs Meghalaya.

June 19: Goa Vs Uttarakhand; Meghalaya Vs Karnataka.

June 21: Goa Vs Meghalaya; Karnataka Vs Uttarakhand

Group B: June 18: West Bengal Vs Orissa, Chandigarh vs Manipur.

June 20: Orissa vs Chandigarh, Manipur vs West Bengal.

June 22: Orissa vs Manipur, West Bengal vs Chandigarh.



227 take part in trials
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 16
As many as 227 players took part in the Sports Department, Punjab, wing trails that were conducted at Polo Ground, Patiala, today.

Jasbirpal Kaur Brar, District Sports Officer, Patiala, said trails were conducted for 16 disciplines.

The number of players for each discipline were: athletics (40), basketball (16), kabaddi (16), handball (25), volleyball (28), table tennis (3), gymnastics (12), boxing (6), judo (18), wrestling (7), swimming (1), badminton (7), football (9), weightlifting (14), cycling (6) and hockey (22).

The department would provide 150 residential seats to Punjabi University, Patiala, which could be converted to 300-day scholar seats as well as the daily for residential seat was Rs 120 and day boarding was Rs 60, she added.



Commonwealth Games
Venue changed for Queen Baton Relay
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The Chandigarh administration has changed the venue of function to welcome the Queen Baton Relay (QBR) of Commonwealth Games-2010 in the city next month.

The function will now be organised at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium instead of the Sports Complex in Sector 7.

The QBR is scheduled to arrive on July 3 here in the city.

According to sources, the stadium has large space as compare to the Sports Complex. “We are expecting a huge public participation and large during the function. Moreover, the stadium is more beautiful and located at the heart of the city,” said a senior official of the administration.

To welcome the baton, at least four live military bands would play at the venue while an Army helicopter would be pressed in service to shower flowers. Top sportspersons like Abhinav Bindra and city-based dignitaries Brig KS Chandpuri (retd) would grace the occasion.

The itinerary of the baton from the local airport would also be changed. A meeting to finalise the route of the baton would be held on Monday, the sources added.



Shivam spins Hansraj academy’s win
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 16
Skipper Shivam Arora led his team Hansraj Cricket Academy, from the front (4 for 26 and 27 off 25) to beat the Chandigarh Baptist Cricket team by one wicket in the inaugural match of the First Inter Academy (under-13) League Cricket Championship at the ground of Hansraj Cricket Academy, Sector 6, here, today.

After winning the toss, the Baptist-11 scored 138 all out in 21.5 overs with the help of opening batsman Ayush Sharma’s innings of 30 runs. Another batsman Mayur Sethi chipped in 26 runs.

For Hansraj, right-arm spinner Shivam Arora wrecked the batting lineup, claiming 4 for 26 runs.

Chasing the target of 138 runs, valuable knocks of 33-run by Sachin Chauhan and 27-run innings by Shivam Arora helped the team to overhaul the target.

Chetan Arora remained unbeaten on 20 runs.

Brief score

Baptist-11: 138 all out in 21.5 overs (Ayush Sharma 30, Mayur Sethi 25, Mohit Arora 20, Sidhant Tripathi 16, Shivam Arora 4 for 26, Rahul Soni 2 for 16, Sunandan Moudgil 2 for 28)

Hansraj Cricket Academy: 142 for 9 in 24.1 overs (Sachin Chauhan 33, Shivam Arora 27, Chetan Arora 20 n o, Ayush Sharma 2 for 31, Mayur Sethi 2 for 30, Sampark Chugh 2 for 17 and Sahil Khan 2 for 27).



Trials for sports wings

Chandigarh, June 16
The Punjab sports department will conduct trials for sports wing seats in colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Panjab University, Chandigarh, on June 16 and 17.

Trials for women will be held today, while for men trials will be conducted on June 17.

The trials would be conducted in various disciplines, including badminton, cycling, athletics, basketball, boxing, football, gymnastic (artistic and rhythmic), hockey, handball, judo, kabaddi, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling swimming and table tennis. The trials for all three universities would be held simultaneously. “The step has been taken to avoid shifting of players from one university to the other,” said Pargat Singh, director, Punjab sports department.

The selected players (residential) would be provided with food, sports kit, equipment and training. For Panjab University, Chandigarh, the trials will be conducted at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, while the venues for colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjabi University will be State College of Sports, Jalandhar, and Polo Ground, Patiala, respectively. — TNS



CSF U-15 Cup
Black Elephant emerge victorious
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 16
A fine batting by Harmik Singh 53 and fine bowling by Atul Singla four for 21 and 28 runs helped Black Elephant Cricket Club to defeat Buddha Dal Public School by 57 runs in the opening match of the CSF U-15 Cup played at MES ground No. 1 today.

Winning the toss first, skipper Param elected to bat first. BECC managed to score 192 for eight in 35 over match. Chasing the target, Buddha Dal boys started their inning on a sound note and added 78 runs in 10 overs without loosing wicket.

Host captain introduced spin bowling from both ends. The first to go was Deepak 26 and soon after Anurag 55. Ultimately, Buddha Dal team was out after scoring 135 on the board.

Score: Black Elephant CC Patiala (U-15): 192 for eight in 35 overs (Harmeek Singh 53, Navkaran Sharma 33, Sahil 32 and Atul Singla 28) (Bharamjot three for 38, Deepak three for 46 and Gurfateh one for 23)

Buddha Dal Public School Patiala: 135 all out in 33.4 overs (Anurag 55, Deepak 26 and Bharamjot 12) (Atul Singla four for 21, Rajat two for 22, Naman two for seven and Gurtek Singh one for 22).

Match II

In another match which concluded at ground no. 2, Amritsar Games Association, Amritsar, defeated Param XI, Partial, by eight wickets.

Param XI Patiala: 128 all out in 33.5 overs (Abhikaran 23, Ryal Puri 18 and Anmol Jain 12) (Akul four for 25, Abhinav one for 12 and Sanpreet one for 12).

Amritsar Games Association: 129 for eight in 17.2 overs (Sahil 51 n.o. Ashim 46 and Abhinav 20) (Rishav one for 32 and Abhikaran one for 36).



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