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Three arrested after cross firing
Two cops, one accused, receive bullet injuries
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, June 29
The Rajpura police today arrested three alleged criminals after a cross firing near Chahlan village in Samrala. Two cops and one of the accused received bullet injuries during the firing.

The arrested accused have been identified as Dimple alias Dimpy of Amritsar, Balram, a resident of Ferozepur, and Sandeep alias Sandy of Kapurthala. Two others managed to escape from the spot.

SHO Bikramjeet Singh Brar said that he got a tip off about five hardcore criminals moving in two vehicles-a Xylo and a Swift Dzire car-in Patiala and they began a chase to arrest them.

However, the accused did not stopped anywhere and reached Ludhiana where the police party failed to stop them due to high volume of traffic and public movement on roads.

“We kept on following them in Ludhiana and they came back towards Samrala side where we blocked their path near Chahlan village”, Brar said. He added that all policemen were in plain clothes and only one of them was in the uniform and on seeing him they opened fire.

He added that the accused were not aware of the fact that the police was chasing them but when they were forced to stop on the road they fired gunshot and bullets hit the head constables.

The 11police officials were in three cars, including a Ford Endeavor, Swift and a Verna. The injured cops were identified as head constable Sher Singh and head constable Balwinder Singh.

Dimple, who fired gunshots, received injuries in the accident but is now out of danger. The accused who managed to escape were identified as Aslam, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, and Rahgu of Ferozepur. They escaped in a Swift Dzire car.

Police officials said that the Xylo car was looted by the accused from the Amritsar Civil Lines.

They are hardcore criminals and are facing various criminal charges at different police stations of Punjab.



Newly born found abandoned
Tribune News Service

Kharar, June 29
A newly born baby girl was found abandoned in a cradle left outside the Universal Disabled Care Taker Ashram at Padiala village.Ashram in charge Shamsher Singh said that child was found abandoned in a cradle at around 9.30 pm on Monday. The guard on duty heard the child crying.

The ashram in charge found a feeding bottle, a baby suit, a honey filled nipple and Rs 100 lying besides the baby. Shamsher pointed out that the child’s umbilical cord was fresh stating that the baby was hardly few hours old. The baby was immediately taken to the Civil Hospital, Kurali, where doctors declared her perfectly normal. The ashram inmates have named the child Jivanjot.

Shamsher added that this was the third child abandoned in past two years in the ashram’s cradle. Other two baby girls were adopted by loving families. He appealed that the society must learn to accept a girl child. 



Two kids saved from drowning
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 29
An incident of drowning was reported near Longowqal College, Dera Bassi, today when two children were brought to the hospital, here.According to information, the victims were children of labourers and were identified as Shiva, who is 5 years old, and Gulshan who is10.

They suddenly drowned in the water reservoir on the premises of Longowal College.

But the labourers, who were working at a construction site noticed the incident and took them out from the reservoir. Shiva was discharged from Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, after treatment was given to him, while Gulshan was admitted to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, in a serious condition.

The police was investigating the incident.



Baton at Bassi Pathana
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, June 29
The Queen's Baton was accorded a warm welcome by residents led by hockey players between 6 to 10 years belonging to the Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) Hockey Nursery as it entered into the town yesterday.

Narinder Singh Mejie, founder trustee of the MBCT, along with police officials, received the Baton. Residents were keen to see the Queen's Baton that they were standing on the rooftops and climbed trees to have a glimpse. Hasan Mejie said it was a great honour for the trust as well as for the town to receive the Baton, which has come for the first time in the town. He said it was a great encouragement for the sports fraternity, particularly for budding players.



Encroachment on land for judges’ houses
HC gives Haryana, UT two weeks to find solution
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Less than six months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notice to Haryana for alleged encroachment on land meant for judges’ houses in Sector 19, Justice Permod Kohli has given two weeks’ time to the state and the UT for settling the issue.

Justice Kohli also made it clear that the construction would go on. The court had earlier taken suo motu notice of the encroachment after several meetings with the state government failed to bring about any fruitful result.

The dispute pertains to construction of houses for high court judges. Following the shortage of houses for judges in the city, three houses were to be constructed in Sector 19, Chandigarh, near the Haryana PWD (B&R) office. While land for two houses was cleared, a chunk of land was reportedly encroached upon by officials of the department - some hutments have been raised on the land.

To resolve the dispute, the building committee of the High Court had called upon the officials of the PWD but the department officials allegedly refused to vacate the land. The committee then referred the matter to the High Court judicial side.



Vacancies in Debt Recovery Tribunal
PIL wants HC to intervene
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Vacancies in the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) at Chandigarh were yesterday brought to the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s notice by a Patiala resident.In a petition filed in public interest, Chander Shekhar Jolly claimed the tenure of the officer presiding over DRT’s second Bench came to an end in December last and additional charge was handed over to the presiding officer holding court at Delhi.

In March, the tenure of the officer presiding over DRT’s first Bench also came to an end. “Charge of this Bench also was handed over to the presiding officer holding court at Delhi,” said counsel Yogesh Goyal and HS Sandhu.

They added failure of the authorities concerned to fill up the vacancies had led to “huge pendency of cases” as the Delhi presiding officer was holding the court on fortnightly basis.

“The banks and the financial institutions in the four territories of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh are left with no other forum, as for the recovery of amount of Rs 10 lakh or above they can approach only the debt recovery tribunal,” the counsel added, while underscoring the importance of the tribunal.

In the petition against the Union of India, through the secretary in the Ministry of Finance, and secretary in the Ministry of Law and Justice, the counsel sought directions for “filling up the vacancies”.

Taking up the matter, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ajay Tewari issued notice of motion to the respondents, which was accepted by the Union of India’s counsel Onkar Batalvi. The petition would now come up for further hearing on July 29. Before partying with the case, the Bench verbally asked the Centre to do the needful.



Juvenile surrenders

Chandigarh, June 29
A juvenile today surrendered before a local court in a murder case of a 19-year-old migrant from Bihar who was stabbed to death by three Nepalese on April 24. The victim, Pintu, had some dispute over the payment for a mobile phone.

He was allegedly stabbed in the abdomen, rupturing his kidney on April 24. He was an auto-rickshaw driver and was residing with his parents in Daria village. The other two accused in the case are Khajinder and Goldy. — TNS



Two booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The local police has registered a case of cheating against Arvind Kumar and his wife Sapna, both
residents of Zirakpur,following a complaintby a Sector-46 resident here.

In the complaint, Rama Duliana had accused the couple of taking Rs 2.65 lakh from him on the pretext of sending him abroad.

“However, the accused neither sent me abroad nor return the money,” claimed the complainant.

The police has registered a case under Sections 420, 406 and 120-B, IPC, at the police station, Sector 36.

In a similar case, the police has arrested Naveen Rawat, a resident of Zirakpur, for playing fraud with Bajaj Auto Finance Ltd.

The complainant, Bharat Ghai, manager of the company, alleged that the accused had duped the company of Rs 50,850 in November.

“The accused had obtained a loan by showing himself as guarantor of false names,” the complainant had stated.

A case under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B, IPC, has been registered at the police station-26.



Gold jewellery stolen from house

Chandigarh, June 29
Thieves struck at the house of Harbhajan Singh of Ram Darbar and reportedly took away gold jewellery weighing around 250 gm, Rs 20,000 in cash besides other articles last night.

The house was locked as Harbhajan Singh was away to Ludhiana.

His brother Jujhar Singh, who stays nearby, said thieves took away jewellery, cash and other valuables from the house.

“The family of my brother was at my house when the incident occurred,” said Jujhar Singh.

The police has registered a case under relevant sections at the police station-31. —TNS



Two held for snatching
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The police claimed to have arrested two snatchers here today.The accused have been identified as Updeep Singh from Faridkot and Pritam Singh from Moga.The third accused, identified as Kaifi from Kotkapura, managed to give cops the slip.

According to the police sources, the trio robbed Banarasi Dass, a resident of Rajwar village, Hoshiarpur, of his mobile and wallet on the road dividing Sectors 42 and 53 on Tuesday.

On raising the alarm, the accused were nabbed by the PCR on the spot, while their third accomplice managed to flee.

A case under Sections 392, 411, 34, IPC has been registered.



Delhi clinch T-20 title

Chandigarh, June 29
Delhi defeated Haryana by six wickets to clinch the title for Youth Cricket Council League (U-15) Hot Weather T-20 Tournament, at Sector 40 here today.Batting first Haryana team was all out for 92 runs in the stipulated 20 overs. Ankit scored 35 runs, whereas Pardeep contributed 26 to the total of the team. From Delhi, Sunil, Sagar and Nadeem took two wickets each.

 Delhi achieved the target in 14 overs with six wickets in their pocket. Mast Ram (28) and Murli (11) remained unbeaten. Sumit of Delhi team man of the series, while Ankit from Haryana was best batsman and Kulwinder of Chandigarh team got best bowler. — TNS



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