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Four killed in mishaps

Ambala, June 30
As many as four persons died in different incidents in Ambala. An assistant lineman of the Ambala Electricity Department died late last evening when he fell down from an electric pole while repairing a breakdown.

The deceased, Kawar Pal, belonged to Haridwar, and was residing in Ambala City for past several years. According to information, only two months were left for his retirement. The police handed over the body to his relatives after a post-mortem examination conducted at Civil Hospital, Ambala City. The HSEB Workers Union demanded a probe into the incident.

In another incident, a motorcyclist was killed on GT road near Ambala City this noon. According to information, a speedy truck hit his motorbike. The deceased was identified as Arun Kumar, a resident of Ambala City. The police has registered a case against the truck driver in this regard. A person was run over by a train on the Ambala-Chandigarh rail section near Ghel village close to Ambala City this morning. The body has not been identified so far. The police sent the body to civil hospital for post-mortem examination.

A beggar died due to heatstroke today. His body was found under the rickshaw shed near Jagadhari Gate at Ambala City. He was taken to civil hospital. The doctor on duty was of the view that the cause of death could be heatstroke. — OC



One held for illegal mining
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 30
The Lalru police has booked one person under the charges of illegal mining of sand. The police had registered a case on the inquiry report of the District Mining Officer, Mohali. The police said Satish Kumar, son of Brijmohan, a resident of Nagla, was booked under the Mining And Mineral Development And Regulation Act- Section 4 (1) 1957 and 379 of the IPC on the inquiry report of the District Mining Officer.

A complaint was filed by Prem Singh, a resident of Khelan village, with the District Mining Officer.



One killed, two injured in clash

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 30
A migrant labourer was killed in a clash while two others were seriously injured late last night. The migrant labourers working in factories at Mandi Gobindgarh had an altercation over a minor issue and one of them attacked the other with sharp-edged weapons.

The deceased has been identified as Naresh Kumar of Muzaffarnagar. His brother Rampreet and neighbour Jatinder were seriously injured in the incident and were undergoing treatment at the local civil hospital.

The accused have been identified as Shankar and Balistar, both brothers and residents of Chhapra in Bihar. Police officials who reached the spot said that the migrants clashed with one another over a petty dispute. A case in this connection has been registered against the accused, however no arrests have been made in this regard so far. — TNS



4 held for robbing petrol pump
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, June 30
The Dera Bassi police has arrested a gang of robbers, impounded a car, pistol and a bag of cash.

These robbers fled from Jankpuri, New Delhi, after robbing a Honda Accord car. DSP Jatinder Singh Khaira said the police had arrested four bobbers on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road. The police had set up this naka when petrol pump owners, here, informed the police that the robbers had robbed a bag of cash from the petrol pump at gun point.

He further said that the robbers had robbed the car from New Delhi and kidnapped the driver. The kidnapped driver was injured after he was shot at near Gurgaon by the robbers.

They then fled with the car. After reaching Dera Bassi they robbed a bag of cash from a petrol pump.

The police has impounded a Honda Accord car, seized one .315 bore revolver, including two live cartridges and a bag of cash from their custody.

Arrested robbers were identified as Pankaj, Deepak, Raju Sharma and Sunny, all residents of New Delhi. One accused fled from the spot.



Cattle Menace
Monsoon to worsen situation
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 30
With cattle menace in city on the rise, the arrival of monsoon would only worsen the situation. Drenched cows are often seen running on the busy roads, which can prove fatal,” said Harbans Lal, a resident of Gobind Nagar. Stray cattle have claimed a number of lives in the recent past.

A number of complaints have been made, but the municipal corporation officials have unheeded all of them.

Children are at risk, as they don’t know how to defend themselves in such a situation.

Rabbies-infected dogs are also a big problem in the city.

Recently, two kids were attacked by stray dogs.

Our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” rued Darshan and Jasbir, residents of Mahesh Nagar.

Cattle often cause traffic jams at busy intersections of Sadar Bazar and Ambala Cantt. Some even fall victims to reckless driving. It is the duty of MC officials to check the menace.

Surge in the menace can be attributed to the fact that whenever milch cattle turn dry, dairy owners leave them on streets. A dairy expert claimed that the menace could be checked if dairy owners resorted to the practice of numbering their cattle.

Hundreds of these cows, roaming on city roads, are owned by persons, who first profited from these animals and then deserted them on roads.

However, an official of the municipal corporation claimed that steps were being taken to contain the menace.



Ram Mandir: VHP to launch nation-wide campaign
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 30
Vishwa Hindu Parishad will launch a nation-wide campaign against the Congress-led government for planning job reservations for minorities.

There are job reservations for Muslims in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, whereas more than 5 crore Hindus in these states are without jobs and being neglected by the government.

This was stated by Parveen Togaria, general secretary of the VHP, who was here to attend a function.

He said the subsidy for Muslims to visit Haj pilgrimage was Rs 23,000, whereas Hindu pilgrims had to shell out Rs 2,000 each for Amar Nath Yatra.

“The Central government’s move to provide reservation benefits to Muslims and Christians is unconstitutional,” he added.

He also expressed concern over the increasing cases of terrorism in J&K.

“Hindus in Kashmir are not safe. If the government fails to take stern action against terrorism, we will launch an agitation,” Togadia added.

Parveen said, “The VHP will also start a campaign to press for the construction of Ram Mandir, the demand which has been pending for long. We will seek students’ help.”

He expressed concern over the rising prices in the country.

“About 3 lakh farmers in the country have been compelled to commit suicide due to the financial crisis incurred on them in the recent years,” he said.



Sec 9 Burglary
Another accused held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
With the arrest of another accused, the police has claimed to have solved a burglary case, in which 61 laptops and 30 LCDs worth Rs 30 lakh were stolen from a showroom in Sector 9 in November last year.

The accused has been identified as Shokin, a resident of Muzzfarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The accused was produced before a local court today, which sent him to a 14-day judicial custody. The police has already nabbed the other three accused.

According to police officials, the accused had entered the first floor of SCO 322 in Sector 9, and decamped with goods worth Rs 30 lakh from Spurpeck Computers. The police said it had recovered an LCD worth Rs 8,000 from Shokin.



Two held for theft
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
The local police with the help of public arrested two thieves who stole the bag of a woman when she was trying to board a bus near the Zirakpur-Panchkula barrier here today.

The police has registered a case against the two accused who have been identified as Sukh Singh and Raghubir, both residents of Hisar.

The police said that they arrested the two when they were trying to run from the spot after stealing a bag of complainant Maya Devi, resident of Ambala. The police said that when she was boarding a bus from the Zirakpur-Panchkula barrier, the two accused stole her bag. However, the police was able to arrest the two on the spot with the help of the people present at the site after the woman raised an alarm.

The police also recovered one gold necklace and one gold ring worth Rs 55,000 from the accused. The accused will be produced before the court on Thursday, the police added.



Bank official looted at gunpoint, 5 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The Chandigarh Police has arrested five persons, including four auto-rickshaw drivers, on the charges of looting a bank’s sales manager at Raipur Khurd village here last night.

The accused, identified as Johny, Naresh, Vicky, Ravi and Rohit, are said to have looted Ashish Tiwari of his mobile phone and a bag containing documents, at gunpoint in front of an English wine shop at Raipur Khurd village at around 10.45 last night.

While Johny, Naresh and Vicky are residents of Raipur Khurd village, Ravi and Rohit live in Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Giving details, DSP JS Khaira said that Tiwari hired an auto-rickshaw from Sector 7-D. “At the wine shop, the auto-rickshaw driver stopped and started talking with some persons standing there. Soon four persons came and sat in the auto and allegedly looted Ashish at gunpoint,” said Khaira.

The police arrested the accused on a tip-off and recovered the mobile phone from them. “However, we are yet to recover the pistol,” said Dilsher Singh, SHO of Industrial Area police station.



4-year-old raped
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
A four-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a 21-year-old migrant at Ram Darbar today morning.

The police has arrested the accused, identified as Vijay, a labourer.

According to the police, the accused was well known to the family of the victim. Today, the mother of the victim sent her to Vijay’s house to bring ice, where the accused allegedly raped her.

The victim told the incident to her mother following which the matter was reported to the police. The rape was confirmed after the medical examination and a case was registered against Vijay at the Sector 31 police station.



Govt museum instructor held on molestation charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
An instructor at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 was arrested on the charge of outraging the modesty of his subordinate today.

The 19-year-old victim, who has joined the institution as an assistant yesterday on contractual basis, alleged that the accused, PC Sharma, started making advances immediately after she joined the office.

In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that the instructor kissed her yesterday when she joined the office. He allegedly repeated the act today following which she reported the matter to the police.

The victim, who is said to have passed BCom from Government College, Sector 46, is a resident of Sector 28. The accused lives in Sector 23.

However, PC Sharma (35) has termed the allegations as baseless. “The allegations have been levelled to malign my reputation and the institution as well. The police should initiate investigation in the case,” said Sharma.

Meanwhile, a case under Section 354 of the IPC has been registered against Sharma at the Sector 3 police station.



Pedestrian hit by vehicle, dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
A pedestrian died after an unknown vehicle hit him near a road separating Sectors 52 and 53 here yesterday.

The victim has been identified as Ramesh, a resident of Mazdoor colony, Kajheri.

After the accident, Ramesh was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector-36 police station.

18 held for drinking in public

In a special drive, the police arrested 18 persons from different parts of the city while consuming liquor at public place last night.

The names of the arrested persons are Rameshwer Dayal, Sat Kumar, both residents of Sector 17, Partap Singh, resident of Amritsar, German Singh, Bhag Singh, Joginder Singh, Abhishek, Gagan Sharma, Rahul, Kulwinder Singh, Abhinav Das, Shally Sharma, Sabbir Kumar, Kushwinder Singh, Harwinder Singh and Ankit Goyal. Seven separate cases under the Excise Act have been registered against them at the Sector-17 police station.

In another incident, the police have arrested Kiran Kumar, resident of Sector 25 and Rama Nand, resident of Sector 56, from the Sector 24 market on the charges of consuming liquor at public place yesterday.

Two separate cases under the Excise Act have been registered against them at the Sector-11 police station.



National Football Camp
Ten city lads make it to probables’ list
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh June 30
Chandigarh Junior soccer players, who recently won the Dr BC Roy trophy for the first time, got the fruit of their hard work when 10 players from the city team were selected to attend the National camp (under-19) at AIFF training center in Goa from July12.

After their performance in the junior national tournament for the Dr BC Roy Trophy held in Kolkata, some players were expected to make their name to the final list of probables attending the national camp of the AIFF (All India Football Association).

The players will improve their skills at a training camp in Goa.

According to the information, Sandesh, Abraham Lalringeta, Akashdeep, Ramanjot Singh, Samuel, Shehnaj Singh, Amandeep Singh, Chinkash Tiwari, Rajinder Kumar and Sumeet Passi are selected for the camp.

Nine out of 10 players represents the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA), whereas Sandesh Jhinghan is pursuing his studies from Shishu Niketan School Sector 22.The selected players will report camp coordinator Tony Cabral on July 11.

The players from the neighbour states have also made it to the list. Kamaljit Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Tarun Taneja, Sunny, Gurpreet Singh, Luvtar Singh, Seiminlen Doungel, Prem Kumar, Amritpal Singh all from Punjab.

Whereas, Nitin Meen, Sonu, Pawan Kumar, Ram Niwas from Haryana were able to make it to the probables’ list.



BC Roy Trophy
Junior soccer champs in city
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, June 30
“I had never dreamt that one day I would lift this trophy,” was the first reaction of the Chandigarh team’s skipper Gagan Deep Singh, who reached the city, along with his squad, holding the national trophy, this morning.

“Though we have won the top honours in junior category, but certainly the level of our joy is no less than that of winning the FIFA World Cup,” was another comment from Rauftela, the custodian of the winning team.

Notably, this is the first-ever national soccer trophy, which any team from the city has won.

Talking about their experience in Kolkata where the national tournament (U-19) for Dr BC Roy Trophy was held, Gagan Deep said: “The competition was tough, all the teams were of equal potential, our team was in good touch with the ball, but it was the last league match which we lost against the host that gave us the fire to perform well in the final match.”

According to him, the main reason behind the success was that they followed their strategy throughout “Our coach guided us and told us what strategy to adopt for different teams,” said Gagan Deep.

“The team played like a unit, the whole credit of this win goes to the players who gave their best,” said Coach Tejinder Kumar Sharma.

The exposure in Germany also helped the players to perform well on the Astroturf field, where many strong contenders of the trophy fail to play, he added.

“Playing at the Astroturf is entirely different from playing on the natural grass ground,” said both coach and team captain.

According to the sources, Sandesh, Abraham Lalringeta, Akashdeep, Ramanjot Singh, Samuel, Shehnaj Singh, Amandeep Singh, Chinkash Tiwari, Rajinder Kumar and Sumeet Passi are all selected for the upcoming junior (U-19) national camp to be held in Goa.

Nine out of the 10 selected players are from a common hub Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) whereas Sandesh Jhangan is pursuing his studies from the Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22.



Chandigarh Baptist corner glory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Chandigarh Baptist defeated Hansraj Cricket Academy by 30 runs in the final match of Inter-Academy Cricket Cup League (U-14) Tournament at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, today.

For the winners, Ayush Sharma (58) was the noticeable batsmen with his 58 runs. Batting first, the visitors made 161 for 8 in 25 overs. Abhimanyu Bhardwaj was the pick of the bowlers with his four wickets, whereas Aashish Gautam and Shivam Arora claimed two wickets each .

Chasing the target, Hansraj Academy was all out on 131 runs in 22.3 overs. Shivam Arora contributed 39 runs. For Chandigarh Baptist, Aatish Bansal claimed four wickets.

Brief scores:

Baptist Cricket Academy: 161 for 6 (Ayush Sharma 58, Shivam Mehta 32, Abhimanyu Bhardwaj 4 for 28, Shivam Arora 2 for 25 and Aashish Gautam 2 for 18).
Hansraj Cricket Academy: 131 for all out (Shivam Arora 39, Aashish Gautam 22, Dhruv Mehta 18, Aatish Bansal 4 for 23, Mayur Sethi 2 for 9, Sahil Khan 2 for 18 and Shivam Mehta 2 for 16).



Time to brace up for series in Sri Lanka, says Bhajji
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
“Winning the Asia Cup after 15 years is a proud moment for India but it’s time for preparation for the forthcoming series in Sri Lanka, which will be a challenging one,” said Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan was in the city to inaugurate a family entertainment club at a local hotel this evening.

Talking about the forthcoming series with Sri Lanka, the Harbhajan was of the view that playing with Sri Lanka in their country is challenging. “In Sri Lanka, the conditions are different, but we are working hard and ready for any challenge,” said Harbahjan while adding that the celebration of Asia Cup win are over now.

When asked whether the inclusion of Yuvraj in the team would make any difference, Harbhajan said the team would be more strengthened with Yuvi’s presence.

However, the spinner was in no mood to talk about his much-publicised recent controversy with Pakistan’s Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar during the Indo-Pak ODI in Sri Lanka recently. “I have given my answer to him (Akhtar) with my sixer. But it’s better if you ask Akhtar,” said Bhajji.



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