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SHO gets life term in suicide case
Our Correspondent

Ambala August 5
Special Judge for CBI cases AS Narang has sentenced a former SHO of Dharuhera (Rewari) police station, Shri Ram, to life imprisonment and three years imprisonment to a head constable in a double suicide case.

Seeta Devi and her minor daughter had committed suicide in the police custody in Dharuhera police station in February, 2000. Two of the woman constables, who were also booked in this case, were acquitted by the court by giving them the benefit of doubt.

According to prosecution, Neeru, daughter of Seeta Devi, had filed a complaint with the police in this regard. She had alleged in the complaint that the body of her father was recovered near Rewari on November 16, 2000.

The police had taken away her mother and her sister to identify the body. The police kept them in illegal custody in the police station and tortured them. She had alleged that her mother and sister had committed suicide by taking some poisonous substance in the police station.

Later she filed a case in the high court in this regard and in 2002 the high court handed over the case to the CBI for investigation.



Govt failed to ensure commuters’ safety: HC
6-laning of Kharar-Kiratpur Sahib stretch incomplete
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the government has failed in its duty to ensure safety of commuters by not completing the work pertaining to six-laning of the killer Kharar-Kiratpur Sahib stretch on time. The assertion followed suo-motu cognisance of a news report

“Man, two sons among 5 killed in mishap” carried in these columns. Justice Jaswant Singh asserted: “A news-report in the Chandigarh Tribune dated August 2 with regard to motor vehicle accident that took place on August 1 near Rangilpur village on the Kharar-Kiratpur Sahib stretch on the National Highway-21, has invited my attention.”

“As per the news report, such accidents on the stretch are quite frequent and have claimed many lives. This road being a curtail link connecting Chandigarh to various parts of Punjab and Haryana has heavy traffic flow round the clock.

“The task of widening the road to six lane has been undertaken for the smooth flow of traffic. But it appears that the task, which was slated to be completed by the end of June, 2010, is nowhere near completion.”

Justice Jaswant Singh added that: “In fact, it is reported that 90 per cent of the work is pending. In my opinion, the government has failed in its duty in ensuring the timely completion of the project and ensuring safety of the travellers. Therefore, I deem it appropriate to take a judicial note of the news report and consider the same in public interest.”

Justice Jaswant Singh’s note, along with the clipping of the Tribune report, were placed before Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ajay Tewari this morning after the matter was treated under the public interest jurisdiction of the high court.

After going through the contents of the news report and Justice Jaswant Singh’s note, the Bench put the state of Punjab and other respondents on notice. 

Speed Matters

For preventing the journey from ending before destination, the Bench reiterated its earlier directions to Punjab to apply brakes on rash driving by ensuring all medium to heavy goods and passenger vehicles to be registered in the state are fitted with speed governors.

As a public interest litigation filed by the Suraksha Foundation came up for hearing, Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ajay Tewari asserted that accidents were taking place because of over speeding and even wrong-side driving. The Chief Justice said nothing much would have happened if the vehicles were not being driven rashly.

The Bench asserted that in Haryana the situation was worse than Delhi. As of now, Punjab has not filed an affidavit on the compliance of the directions, even as Haryana claimed that the transport department was implementing the relevant rule. Counsel for the Foundation, Puneet Bali, on the other hand, referred to a letter by secretary on over speeding and snapshots showing vehicles being challaned for driving at 90 plus speed.

In the petition, the Foundation had earlier sought directions to the state of Punjab and another respondent to “follow the provisions of Rule 118 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules; and to direct the state to prepare an implementation plan for the installation of electronic speed limiters within a specific time frame. 



Jammu-based businessman held in cheque-bounce case
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
A Jammu-based proprietor of Godrej company has been arrested in a cheque-bounce case. He was arrested in Jammu yesterday as four cheques for ` 5 lakh each given to the company were dishonoured. He was produced before a local court, which remanded him in judicial custody.

PV Singh, who was the proprietor of Godrej, was a supplier of company’s furniture and he was to pay ` 20,19,744.89 to the company. In order to clear the dues, Singh gave three cheques for ` 5 lakh each and one cheque for 
` 5,1944.89. However, all these cheques were dishonoured.

The company filed a cheque-bounce against him in October 2006 before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate. Singh then entered into an agreement with the company before the court. He agreed to pay the outstanding amount by the way of drafts. He had compromised to give ` 1.5 lakh every month. However, he never deposited the money.

The compromise was quashed in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate on September 24, 2007.

The case was transferred to the court of the Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Amandeep Kaur, following which the court issued a non-bailable warrants against Singh in December 2008. The court also initiated proceedings to declare him a proclaimed offender.



One acquitted in rape case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
Additional District and Sessions Judge GC Garg today acquitted Jasbir Singh in a rape case as the prosecution was not able to establish the case.

The girl did not depose in court as summons had not been served on her. It later came to light that the address of the victim provided was incorrect.

According to the prosecution, the victim had, in a written complaint, stated that Babu Ram, owner of the house where they stayed, proposed friendship two or three times.

She had stated that on November 5, 2007, Babu Ram and his cousin Jasbir Singh, alias Laddi, came to the house around 10 pm, started abusing her mother, Santosh, and told her to vacate the house.

She had added that when her mother asked him the reason, he slapped her mother. Her mother was dragged to another room and she was raped, according to the complaint.



No clue in car robbery case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
Even after a lapse of almost 24 hours, the police has failed to trace or identify the persons who robbed a doctor at gunpoint of his car at Sector 48 here last night.

Dr Vineet Singla, a resident of Sector 20, Panchkula, reported to the police that three persons travelling in a Mahindra Bolero jeep intercepted him around 11 pm.

They slapped him and forcibly took away his Hyundai i-20 car at gunpoint. A case was registered.

Body found

A highly decomposed body of a man was found in a disputed plot in Industrial Area on Thursday.

However, the police has ruled out any foul play behind the death. The police said the body has been kept in the morgue of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital-16 for post-mortem. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of CrPC.

Theft cases

Thieves today decamped with car stereos from two vehicles outside the UT Secretariat. Kirpal Singh, chief draughtsman (planning), whose office is located at the UT secretariat, said car stereos from two cars (CH-03-H-5302) and (PB-65-E-7617) were stolen while an attempt was made to open his Ford Ikon car (CH-03-U-5780).

Mukesh Garg, a resident of Sector 23-C, reported to the police that Sandeep Kant, alias Bunty, a resident of Sector 44, was caught red-handed while stealing two iron chairs from his residence on Wednesday.

In another incident, Sarla, a resident of Phase- III, Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, filed a complaint with the police that Mukesh Kumar, a resident of her locality, had stolen a TV from her house on Wednesday. The police later arrested the accused and recovered the TV. 



Auto driver rams into SP’s car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
A drunken auto-rickshaw driver today rammed his vehicle into the official car of UT SP (Operations and Vigilance) RS Ghumman near the UT Secretariat in Sector 9 here this morning.

The police said the auto-rickshaw driver, identified as Sita Ram, a resident of Kaimbwala village, was reckless and was driving on the wrong side. The police reached the spot and apprehended the auto-rickshaw driver. His medical examination proved that he was drunk and a case has been registered against him. He was later released on bail. 



Ballistic experts examine spot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The ballistic experts from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) today examined the spot where a CRPF constable allegedly shot himself at the force’s 14th Battalion Camp in Sector 43 here last night.

The constable, Nimy Charan Ghui, is still battling for life in the PGI. The SHO of the Sector 36 police station said ballistic experts were called to examine the spot. They would give their report about the incident, which would be corroborated with the statements recorded by the witnesses.

The SHO said the victim could not be operated upon and his condition was still critical. Ghui allegedly shot himself at around 8.45 pm on Wednesday and was rushed to the PGI. The CRPF officials told the police that Ghui was mentally unstable and was taking treatment. He was advised to keep away from firearms. He shot himself with a SLR issued to sentry Sanjay Singh.

The SHO said a case of attempt to suicide was registered against Ghui on statements recorded by Sanjay Singh while the latter was also booked for negligence. 



Saheb clinches two golds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
It was a double delight for Saheb Pratap, who bagged two gold medals, one in 100m freestyle and the other in 200m freestyle events in boys U-17 category on the second day of the Chandigarh State Swimming Competition at the Sector 23 Yoga Nursery Swimming Pool here today.

In the 100m freestyle, Saheb Pratap clocked 59.91 seconds to beat Sahib Rana (1:00.27 sec).


Boys U-17: 100m freestyle: Saheb Pratap 59.91 1, Sahib Rana 1:00.27 2, Mridul Punia 1:02.62 3; boys U-14: 100m backstroke: Tejinder Singh 1:28.76 1, Raja Prithu Sharma 1:40.60 2, Yogesh 2:07.30 3; boys U-12: 50m butterfly: Roshan Chirag Singh .41.13 1, Ranjot Singh 0.52.10 2, Amijot Singh 53.15 3; boys U-14: 50m butterfly: Amandeep Singh 33.35 1, Maninder Singh 40.30 2, Raja Prithu Sharma 50.02 3; boys U-17: 200m freestyle: Saheb Partap 2:17.31 1, Kashish Punia 2:34.18 2, Rishab Rana 2:35.59 3; boys U-10: breaststroke: Subham Arya 48.71 1, Mivaan Singh 1:.05.71 2, Ayush 1:12.45 3; boys U-12: 50m breaststroke: Aditya V Kaul 39.90 1, Roshan Chirag Singh 44.91 2, Amotoj Singh 47.48 3; boys U-14: 50m breaststroke: Ravinder Arya 33.87 1, Annwesh Dass 43.15 2, Kanwal Jeet Singh 45.73 3.

Girls U-8: 25m backstroke: Harnoor Kaur 34.89 1, Kudrat Thakhar 39.79 2, Gurnoor Kaur 43.83 3; girls U-10: 50m backstroke: Jasmeet Kaur 56.11 1, Shreya Kataria 1:08.34 2, Simrat Kaur 1:19.58 3; girls U-14: 100m backstroke: Sahibpreet Kaur 1:27.34 1, Nancy 1:45.30 2, Parul Goyal 1:48.20 3; girls U-10: 50m breaststroke: Khushnoor Kaur Walia 51.69 1, Soumya Nayyar 1:06.63 2, Rubaiyat Takhar 1:09.85 3; girls U-12: 50m breaststroke: Manimehtab Kaur 42.56 1, Akansha Sethi 53.06 2, Samkiti Jain 58.22 3; girls U-14: 50m breaststroke: Chahat Arora 37.44 1, Sukriti Nehra 46.30 2, Fesha Sharma-54.42 3.



Rs 20 lakh purse for women’s golf tour
City’s girl for 10-event battle
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, August 5
Top women professional women golfers of the country, including top golf icon Simi Mehra and Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma, will battle it out for a prize purse of Rs 20 lakh spread over 10 tournaments all over the country.

The Women’s Professional Golf Tour of India has got a big boost with Hero Honda lending its hand as the main sponsors, as the Tour’s fifth edition of the series got underway at the Eagleton in Bengaluru recently. In all, there will be two events each in Bengaluru, Gurgaon and Kolkata. Other centres hosting the events will be Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Panchkula.

Kavita Singh, president of WGAI, said, “It is indeed a great day for us as Hero Honda have extended their helping hand to help the fledgling Women’s Professional Golf Tour grow in a big way. Their support this year and also in the coming years should see women’s golf take its rightful place as one of the growing avenues as a viable career for Indian sportswomen.”

From five events in the first year, the number of events, which have been around six to eight in the last three seasons, will grow to 10 for the first time this year.

Pawan Munjal, managing director, Hero Honda Motors and a keen golfer, said, “Hero Honda has always supported Indian sports. For us at Hero Honda, golf has been a big focus in addition to our commitment to other sporting disciplines such as cricket, hockey, football and the ongoing Queen’s Baton Relay and the forthcoming XIX Commonwealth Games, Delhi, 2010. Women’s professional golf is in a nascent stage in the country and we hope our support will help it grow in popularity and become one of the leading sports in India.”

With more than two dozen players vying for the title and a total purse of Rs 20 lakh, seasoned Simi Mehra will lead the way. Youngsters like Sharmila Nicollet, Nalini Singh and Saaniya Sharma are also expected to hold the spotlight.



Karanbir, Danvir to lock horns in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
Pugilists Karanbir of Government Model School, Sector 43, and Danvir of GMHS, Sector 36, will face each other in the final of the 30-kg boxing event (U-14) in the Inter-School Sports Meet being held by the Chandigarh sports department at various venues here today.

While Karanbir got the better of Arshpreet of SD School, Sector 32, in the first semifinal, Danvir showed Sanjay the door to move ahead.

The event is being held at PML SD School, Sector 32.


U-14 boys (semifinal):

30 kg: Karambir, GMS-43, beat Arshpreet, SD-32; Danvir, GMHS-36, beat Sanjay, GMSS-Karsan; 32 kg: Vipin Kumar, GMSS-23, beat Kushal Thakur, GNK-30; Rahul, SDS-32, beat Jatin, SNS-22, Chd; 34 kg: Akashdeep, SNS-32, beat Ankit, GHS-11, Chd; Gurneet, Sd-32, beat Navdeep, Sharda-40, Chd; 36 kg: Vishal Sharma, GMSS-32, beat Abhishek, GMSS-Karsan, Joshan, SD-32, beat Rahul, GHS-40, Chd; 38 kg: Manjeet, GMSS-Karsan, beat Shubham, GMSS-47, Gagandeep, SNS-22, beat Parul, GNSS-30; 40 kg: Shikhin, GNK-30, beat Rohit, GSS-15, Himanshu, SD-32, beat Dilpreet, SNS-22, Sanjeev, GHS-46, beat Anmol, GSS-Karsan, Karan Uppal, SNS-46, beat Rohit, SD-32; 44 kg: Sandeep GHS-46, beat Rahul, Sharda-40, Ashok Singh, GMSS-Karsan, beat Parshant, SNS-22; 46 kg: Madhav, SNS-22, beat Manish, Sharda-40, Vinod, GSS-Raipur, beat Govind, GSSS-15, Sanjeev, GSSS-15, beat Ravi, GM School, Arjun, Tribune Model, beat Mohinder, GHS-35, Himanshu, SD -32, beat Sahil, GHS-23; 48 kg: Puneet, Sharda-40, beat Dhanajay, GMHS-29, Lakshay, GMSSS-40, beat Mosen Khan, GMHS-29, Amandeep, SD-32, beat Vinod Kumar, GMS-Karsan, Adesh, GSSS-15, beat Gaurav, GHS-38, Narinder, Sharda-40, beat Manu, GMSS-Karsan, Ajay, SNS-22, beat Raj Kumar, GNK-30; 50 kg: Aman, GSSMMT, beat Rahul, SNS-32, Sohan, SD-32, beat Durjesh, GMHS-42, Vikas, Sharda-40, beat Manoj Kumar, GHS-7, Sanjay Kumar, GMSSS-46, beat Rahul, GMS-Karsan, Kalish, GMSS-32, beat Sangam, Sharda-40, Chd, Chandan, GHS-46, beat Munmun, GSS-Raipur; 52 kg: Dheraj, Tribune Model-29, beat Pawan, GHS-47, Rishan Preet, SD-32, beat Rohit, GHS-24, Amandeep, GNK-30, beat Amit, GH-40, Aman, GSSS-Karsan, beat Darinder, Raipur Khurd; 54 kg: Yash Kumar, GMSSS-32, beat Pankaj, Sharda-40, Shubham, SNS-43, beat Ismail Khan, GMHS-29; 57 kg: Yadela Jagadesh, GNK-30, beat Rohit, GHSS-Karsan, Manish, GHS-20, beat Gurjeet Singh, GM-32, Vishal, SD-32, beat Tajas, St John’s-26; 60 kg: Dheraj, GHS-23, beat Surinder, GSSS-15, Prabhjot, SD-32, beat Ishant, GMS-Karsan; 63 kg: Aminder, GNK-30, beat Parveen, GMHS-36; 66 kg: Ashish, GMHS-24, beat Rampurshottam, GMS-Karsan, Mahir, GMSSS-33, beat Sahil Sharma, GMS-37; 70 kg: Varun, SD-32, beat Kashif Khan, DAV-8, Sanjay, Sharda-40, beat Shubham, GSSS-15.

Kickboxing: U-19 girls:

below-54 kg: Priyanka, GMSSS-18, 1, Poonam Patel, GMSSS-MHC, 2, Shubdeep, Ryan-49, and Pushpa, GMSSS-8, 3; below-57 kg: Sangeeta Kumari, GMSSS-18, 1, Karitika, RYAN-49, 2, Poonam, GMSSS-8, and Baljinder Kaur, GHS-47, 3; below-60 kg: Kanchan, GMSSS-18, 1, Purva Awasthi, RYAN-49, 2, Pooja, GMSSS-21, and Navneet, GMSSS-8, 3.

Sqay martial art:

U-17 girls:

below-36: Indu, GMSSS-8, 1, Payal Sharma, GMSSS-10, 2, Tanya, GMSSS-18, 3; below-48 kg: Tanya, GMSSS-8, 1, Parul, GMSSS-18, 2 and Nikita, GMSSS-20 3; below-40 kg: Sarita, GGSSS-20, 1, Prachi Gupta, GMSSS-20, 2, Vani, GMSSS-18, and Laxmi, GHS-7, 3; U-19 below-50 kg: Hema Rana, GHS-38, 1, Sonia, GGSSS-20, 2, Ankita Sharma, DAVSSS-8, Swati Manwal, GMSSS-8, 3; below-54kg: Nancy, GGSSS-20, 1, Malvika Sharma, DAVSS-8, 2, Reena, GHS-7, and Sita, GMSSS-8, 3; below-56 kg: Priyanka, GMSSS-8, 1, Sapna, GHS-7, 2, Amandeep, GMSSS-20, and Sabra, GGSSS-20, 3.



Golf camp for kids
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 5
A two-month junior golf camp will be held at the Chandigarh Golf Club from August 12 in which members and non-members of the club in the age group of 6-17 years will be taught the basics of the game by Manjit Kochar, overseas director of the ICGA Junior Golf Development Programme.

Junior trainees will go through the basic fundamentals of the game like putting, chipping, bunker shots, long and short irons, along with golf etiquette and rules.

As per the Indo-Canadian Golf Association guidelines, a 4:1 student-teacher ratio will be maintained. All participants will be provided golf sets, range balls and caddy money free of cost by the ICGA. A take-home CD/video of the camp will be given to each participant on completion of the camp, along with a participation certificate issued by the ICGA, Canada. More details can be had from Manjit Kochar at 98155 5478818.



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